I have over 15 years’ experience in dealing with personal injury claims. I specialise in complex claims which involve fractures, scarring, psychological injuries, mild to moderate brain injuries, dental injuries and injuries arising from incidents such as dog bites and equestrian matters.
What inspired you to get into law?
I first started to study law at A-Level. I was fascinated about how law came about, the rule of law and how the law develops. From that point, I knew I wanted to be a solicitor but I wanted to learn more about how the law helped people.
I didn’t go to university straight from college and instead started work as a paralegal dealing with minor injury claims. Even with minor injuries, I really enjoyed helping people get the treatment they needed and running a case to settlement, making a difference to their lives.
I enrolled with the Open University to complete my Law degree while working full time. Whilst it was a long slog, it was totally worth it to obtain the qualifications I needed as well as earn valuable experience in continuing to work with clients and in litigation.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
Seeing how thankful clients are when we secure funding for rehabilitation, equipment, support and their other needs. It really goes to show that our work is not all about the end settlement, it’s about the journey along the way.
What do you like about working at Irwin Mitchell?
Irwin Mitchell are extremely client focused and this really comes through in the way we go about securing rehabilitation and support for our clients.
We also have a real community sense in bringing different departments working together to get the best outcome for clients, no matter what their needs are.
What do you do away from the office?
To clear my head I enjoy running and interval training. I like to cook, try new food and spend time with my friends and family.
A weekend in the UK would involve a long country walk, followed by a good meal in a country pub with a glass of wine or a local ale. I also love to travel and enjoy researching new places to visit.
"During my lengthy 3+ year claim process I had constant contact(s) who kept me fully informed of the process and the stages my claim would go through. Laura Gabbey-Cristofini (who initially picked up my case) along with Adele Jepson and Elaine Malcolm who subsequently took over, were not only professional at all times but also fully knowledgeable, compassionate and understanding. Without their help, support and focus to get the best possible outcome I think the 3 plus years it took my class to settle would have felt like a very long and dry legal process." - 5* Trustpilot review
"From the first call & subsequent meeting Irwin Mitchell filled me with the reassurance I needed to start my personal injury claim. They have supported me through every step of a very long, emotional & daunting journey. Adele, Laura & their team have been exceptional throughout & have always been willing to respond to my questions & concerns. I would highly recommend their personal care & Irwin Mitchell as a solicitors." - 5* Trustpilot review
"My experience is that I was cycling to work and as I was crossing a roundabout, I was hit by a car. I suffered a severe head injury, fractured skull, brain damage and fractured ribs. Irwin Mitchell were so helpful in getting my settlement resolved. Adele Jepson was very helpful in communicating how the claim was progressing, and very diligent in providing the legal structure to make the claim possible. I was prompted to be looked after by all the best medical people and their communication to me gave me great understanding of my life changing condition. I consider the help and advice I have been given by Adele Jepson to be excellent." - 5* Trustpilot review
"I am so grateful Irwin Mitchell was recommended to me. Elaine Malcolm and Adele Jepson supported me in every step from start to finish answering any concerns I had always professional but in a caring and supportive manner. They helped get the best outcome for me and I can’t thank them enough. Any advice or help myself and my family might need in the future I will always turn to Irwin Mitchell. Highly Recommend" - 5* Trustpilot review
"I can't thank Adele, Elaine & Laura (Newcastle firm) for everything they have done for me over the four years, it felt like I became part of a new family! They went above and beyond to make sure I had the best outcome and all the way throughout the process they made me feel so at ease with everything. They all made sure I was well looked after during all of this. I really can't thank them all enough." - 5* Trustpilot review