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I am a Partner in the Leeds Personal Injury department. I head a team dealing with road traffic, work accident and public liability claims involving a wide variety of injuries and values.
I also head the Personal Injury Professional Negligence team responsible for advising client in respect to claims against solicitors and barristers arising out of poorly/negligently handled personal injury and clinical negligence cases.
I am National Head of Road Traffic Crash claims and National Head of General Accident claims with national responsibility within the firm for the coordination of these areas of the Department with responsibility of training, business development and process and report to the PI National Executive. I am also National Head of Personal Injury Professional Negligence.
I sit on the PI Department's Best Practice Group. I am also Counsel Liaison for the Personal Injury Department responsible for managing the Department's relationship with counsel's chambers.
I became a lawyer because I wanted a rewarding job and to do a job helping individuals. Being a lawyer also allows me to satisfy my love of a good argument.
Helping injured people get their lives back together. As a Partner and manager in the practice, I enjoy being able to develop young lawyers.
The challenging work that is attracted by the firm's reputation.
I have a young family and therefore much of my spare time is spent with my children. When I do get time, I enjoy climbing (it helped overcome my fear of heights) and clay pigeon shooting.
“Sadly we see far too regularly people whose lives have been changed as a consequence of road traffic collisions.
“Drivers losing concentration for a split-second or ignoring simple road safety advice can be extremely dangerous, especially when the weather worsens and it’s darker for longer periods of time.
“Hopefully families, schools and charity groups will all use the A-Z again this year to remind -children and all road users of safety during the darker nights, and ultimately lead to a decrease in avoidable incidents during the winter months.
“Our #SaferJourneys campaign reminds everyone how important it is to stay sensible and alert once the clocks go back. Dark and wintery conditions present possible dangers for pedestrians, runners, cyclists, car drivers and motorbike riders.
“Stay bright at night so you’re visible at night and make sure to follow our road safety advice.”
“With a sharp rise in cases compared to the summer months, more needs to be done to educate and reinforce simple yet lifesaving safety messages.
“Drivers need to be prepared for a lower sun in the afternoon, darker skies earlier in the evening and the first frosts when winter comes.
With the clocks going back, this is the perfect time for all road users to think about their actions and ensure they act sensibly at all times.”
The increase in the number of children killed or seriously injured on the UK’s roads is extremely concerning and indicates the work that still needs to be done on road safety. While the UK’s roads are some of the safest in the world, one death is quite frankly one too many, so it is vital further work is done to make the UK’s roads even safer.
“Measures such as 20mph zones in urban areas, where children are particularly vulnerable, a tougher stance on drink and drug driving and the introduction of a graduated driving licence for new motorists would all help contribute to improvements on the roads.
“We have seen the devastating impact road collisions can have, particularly when vulnerable road users such as children and cyclists are involved. Therefore, it is vital every possible measure to reduce road casualties is explored and, if appropriate, implemented as soon as possible.”
We are delighted to be involved with the launch of the Day One charity. Through our work we see firsthand the devastating consequences major trauma can have on patients and their families.
“Day One will provide much-needed support to these individuals to help them come to terms with their injuries and to support them in moving forward with their lives.
“We are pleased to be able to help Day One through launching a dedicated helpline for those in need, as well as contributing towards its marketing materials and literature to inform patients of the support on hand for them through Day One.”