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I began work at Irwin Mitchell in 1998 on work experience and little did I know this would lead to a long and fulfilling career. I initially worked for a short period in the industrial disease team. I then moved to work in the employers liability team where I qualified as a solicitor in 2003 and then became an associate solicitor. I get to help people injured in accidents at work from people with minor injuries to more severe injuries. I also work with people who have suffered psychological injuries.
I am the editor of The Sheffield Law Society Bulletin
On leaving school I thought I wanted to join either the RAF or South Yorkshire Police so enrolled on a Public Service Course. Whilst at college I also studied Law which I found challenging. I then decided to do a degree in Law and Criminology as I was not certain which area I wanted to enter for a career. I found that the Law subjects were the part of the degree that I enjoyed and I decided to follow a career in Law. This was not always an easy choice as securing employment is often done a few years in advance but on starting at Irwin Mitchell I realised I had made the right choice and still enjoy the role today.
I would say the most rewarding bit of my job is that I get to deal with people who need my help following sometimes involvement in very serious accidents. People often find it difficult to approach solicitors but we make sure clients are put at ease, know exactly what they can expect to happen and know that they can pick up the phone and speak to me if they have any questions even if only to put their mind at rest. I get to deal with clients every day which makes the job very rewarding.
I enjoy working at Irwin Mitchell as I get to specialise in an area of law I find interesting. There is regular training so I am able to keep up to date in order that I can advise clients clearly. The client care policies at Irwin Mitchell mean that I am confident that when my clients are dealt with they will be happy with the service they receive as a whole.
Outside of my working hours I enjoy walking, cycling, attending the gym and the cinema. My main hobby is running as I am currently training to run two marathons for charity. I seem to find myself pounding the streets, woods and fields and thoroughly enjoy it, the muddier the better!
“We deal with lots of incidents involving children and it’s very sad to see. These children could have been seriously injured and we hope they recover well.
“Children’s safety is paramount and companies that are responsible for supplying equipment for their entertainment must ensure that their safety is put first. With the accident taking place at a busy carnival, extra checks should have been in place to ensure safety with the amount of children playing on the castle throughout the day.
“We hope they learn from this so as not to put any more children in danger.”
“Over the past couple of years we have seen an increasing number of enquiries from people who have suffered scarring or disfigurement as a result of cosmetic procedures, particularly laser hair removal which has led to burns.
“It has been very difficult for Rebecca to come to terms with what happened as she had previously had laser hair removal at another clinic which had been successful. The black ink used to mark the areas of her body where the treatment was needed was the problem in this case and should not have been treated. She has now been left with significant scarring on her legs, inner thighs and bikini line which has been very painful and distressing for her.
“The Department of Health has carried out reviews in the regulation of laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) hair removal in previous years. We now hope that action is taken to put in place strict regulations for this type of treatment to prevent any other serious injuries like the burns Rebecca suffered.”
Through our work representing those injured at work we are well aware of the serious consequences workplace injuries can have and it is absolutely vital employers take their responsibility for safety seriously.
"That means ensuring safe working practices are in place, staff are trained correctly and risks are assessed and mitigated against to ensure workers are protected.
The manufacturing industry can be extremely dangerous for workers and a wide range of safety measures and regulations are in places to ensure the health and safety of employees remains a top priority. However, in our work we regularly see the very serious consequences for workers if these guidelines are not followed.
“Worker health and safety should always be a top priority for employers, which means conducting risk assessments and taking steps to ensure all safety measures are in place. A failure to do so can lead to severe injuries, such as occurred in this case, or more serious consequences for those involved.
“We hope this successful HSE prosecution will act as a reminder for employers to ensure workers’ safety is always regarded as a top priority and all measures are taken to protect members of staff.