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I am a Partner in the Serious Injury department, based in our Cambridge Office. I have over 20 years post qualification experience and specialise in cases concerning complex high value catastrophic injury.
I am passionate about getting our clients the rehabilitation and compensation awards they need after an injury and I have a particular passion for working with children with brain injury and ensuring that those injured in their youth reach their full potential. I also have extensive experience of spinal injury and amputation cases as well as running cross-jurisdictional and fatal accident claims. I often work alongside Deputies and I support the use of Case Managers in complex injury cases.
I am renowned for successfully running high risk cases with complex legal arguments. I have written and presented training programmes for hospital consultants, case managers, police liaison officers, victim support and bereavement volunteers and the Citizen Advice Bureaux. I have also presented at the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers annual conference.
Excellent client care and communication is paramount to me. I pride myself in being accessible, available and proactive and I consider myself to have very strong strategic planning skills which come into their own in complex injury cases.
I never actually intended to go into law, I fell into it by chance. At school I was only really interested in performing arts and I secured myself a place at drama school. However, I never actually took up my place due to the experiences of my friends and I decided to do a combined degree in law and publishing instead.
I enjoyed the law side of my degree so much that I decided to do some work experience placements with solicitors firms. I spent a week sitting in Court and it was this experience which made me realise I would like to be a solicitor. Once I qualified I began work as a general litigator but soon specialised as a personal injury solicitor. They always say lawyers are failed actors!
The most rewarding aspect of my work is doing the best job I can for my clients, ensuring they are properly supported and able to live the most fulfilling lives possible after their accidents. I also take great pleasure in succeeding at trial, obtaining the maximum settlement possible at settlement meetings, setting case law precedents and appearing in the Court of Appeal.
I love working with people who are totally committed to doing all they can for our clients, often going above and beyond what's normally expected from a lawyer. Our clients and meeting their needs is at the core of everything we do at Irwin Mitchell and I am proud to be a part of this firm.
My life outside the office revolves around travel and cycling. I have been fortunate enough to have travelled extensively, spending many months at a time travelling in Europe and the USA in particular. When not travelling I love to cycle; I am passionate about both road and mountain biking. Recently I cycled 400 miles in four days from the Suffolk Coast to Aberystwyth in Wales, raising money for MAGPAS and SSAFA. I am now planning to cycle from Cambridge to Amsterdam as well as taking part in a number of long distance day events.
“While the time since Ayse’s death has understandably been extremely difficult for Tom and Ayse’s family to endure, they are comforted by the knowledge that the criminal process is over and the driver who caused Ayse’s death has been found guilty.
“Road safety is a cause we are passionate about and this tragic incident illustrates how important it is for road users to consider the safety of all of those around them. A momentary lapse in concentration can lead to accidents which often have terrible consequences for those involved and their families.
“We hope this incident will act as a reminder of the responsibility road users have for not only their own safety, but the safety of others.”
"This is an incredibly sad case in which the careless actions of a driver left two young men with serious and life-changing injuries.
"Joey is still coming to terms with his injuries and the long road to recovery he now faces. The guilty plea entered by the driver spared Joey and Shaun the stress and anxiety of a trial and the sentence handed down today has helped him draw a line under what has been a very difficult year.
“We are working with Joey to help him overcome his injuries in the best way he can and will be looking to help him access funds he will require for his ongoing therapy and recovery.”
“We’re all really excited now the Tour of Cambridgeshire is almost here and are proud to be sponsoring such a special event.
“The focus is rightly on the thousands of competitors and spectators enjoying a weekend to remember, but it is also an ideal time to remind all road users of their responsibility in helping to keep cyclists safe.”
“If you’re into cycling then this is the perfect weekend for you.”
“We at Irwin Mitchell are incredibly proud to be sponsoring the Tour of Cambridgeshire this summer. It’s such a great event for all to get involved in. The buzz around last year’s event was exhilarating; the local communities along the route were so supportive it was like riding through an 80 mile street party.
“It’s especially exciting that this ties in with our #SaferJourneys campaign which focusses on ensuring people stay safe whilst travelling.”