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I head a team within Irwin Mitchell's International Travel Litigation Group.
I act for clients who have been injured in accidents whilst they are travelling or working abroad or for foreign nationals who have accidents in the UK. Many of the clients who I have acted for have sustained serious and, in some case, life altering injuries in all kinds of accidents, including coach crashes, other road traffic accidents, accidents at hotels and accidents at work.
I also act for groups of clients who sustain illness abroad following holidays at hotels or onboard cruise ships. These cases can involve salmonella, e-coli, cryptosporidium and campylobacter infection as well as other serious conditions, including Legionnaires Disease. I have acted for groups of up to 1000 clients who have contracted illness at hotels abroad.
I became a personal injury lawyer as I wanted to fight on behalf of those injured and help them take actions against large corporations and insurance companies to put their lives back together.
The most rewarding part of my role is definitely working together with an injured client to try and achieve the best results possible for them to put their lives back on track.
I very much value the support and expertise that is available from an exceptional group of lawyers who work extremely hard to achieve outstanding results for clients.
I love most sports, particularly football, cricket and rugby. I like to read widely and listen to a whole range of music. I also very much like to travel, having been lucky enough to spend long periods abroad.
At the moment my activities have been curtailed by my young family but I wouldn't have it any other way!
“It is very concerning to hear reports of this incident in Spain. The clear priority at this stage is ensuring that the passengers and driver injured in the crash receive the support and treatment they require to overcome any physical and psychological injuries.
“It is also important that a thorough investigation is conducted by the local authorities in order to understand the cause of the accident, which was undoubtedly extremely traumatic for those involved. We hope that by investigating the incident carefully then appropriate measures, if any, can be taken to prevent similar incidents occurring in the future.
“Sadly this is one of several major coach crashes to take place on the European mainland in recent years and while it remains too early to say what caused this latest crash, it is vital – where possible – that lessons are learned.”
“This tragic incident led to the loss of one life and put many others in danger. The schoolchildren and adults involved in this incident suffered a terrible ordeal and some continue to suffer the consequences.
“The holiday was intended to be an opportunity for the children to improve their language skills and experience cultural differences in Belgium and Germany, but instead it will be memorable for all the wrong reasons and, understandably, those on-board the coach and their parents want answers about what happened.
“Our clients also want reassurances that any safety failings are corrected in the future to reduce the risk of others from going through the same horrific experience. It is impossible to ignore the parallels with the Alvechurch School coach crash. We have repeatedly called for stricter regulations to improve coach safety and reduce the risks posed to both passengers and crew. It is important that the Department of Transport and the European Commission review issues of coach safety and consider the introduction of tougher regulations, particularly for long haul and international coach travel.
“Our focus now is to provide our clients with the answers they deserve and to ensure they are able to access the support, medical treatment and rehabilitation needed to help recover both physically and mentally from this ordeal.”
“We have been working very closely with Joanna since the terrible injuries she suffered during her honeymoon, which obviously marred her and Andrew’s start to married life. We have managed to secure interim payments that have enabled her to make progress in her recovery.
“However, she still requires rehabilitation to complete her recovery and still faces the prospect of spinal surgery. She has been unable to return to the role she once had of running her own business, which is understandably causing her a great deal of stress and anxiety.
“We have now issued formal court proceedings against the Spanish driver’s insurers, Pelayo Mutua de Seguros, which has admitted liability for the accident and injuries Joanna suffered. We hope now to be able to agree a fair settlement that will help secure her financial future as well as ensuring she can continue to access the help and support she requires to continue her recovery.”
“We are bitterly disappointed for our clients that Costa Crociere Spa has still not admitted liability for the disaster that happened over four years ago. The incident is still firmly in the minds of clients who are trying to fully come to terms with their injuries, and for them to have to fly back to Italy for their medical examinations may well open up old wounds.
“The victims of the Costa Concordia disaster have suffered enough over the past few years and the impact on their lives of the legal proceedings should be kept to a minimum. There are many medical experts based locally to our clients who can and have assessed the victims for the purposes of the case.
“We urge the lawyers of Costa Crociere Spa to work with us constructively to try and resolve our clients’ claims as soon as possible.”