I primarily deal with claims by service personnel against the Ministry of Defence for injuries sustained during the course of their service. This can range from noise-induced hearing loss, heat injuries, non-freezing cold injuries, through to various other injuries.
I also undertake work on aviation claims on behalf of families of those killed in air accidents or by those injured in such incidents. Prior to undertaking a profession in law I undertook Pilot and Officer Training within the RAF, which has given me a formidable understanding of the workings within the Armed Forces and a level of knowledge that is useful on a daily basis.
Further to the above, I act for families at inquests related to the deaths of service personnel within all three services and have previously being involved in inquests relating to RAF Puma crashes, Afghanistan Friendly Fire incident and the more recent Red Arrows Inquest.
In addition to the above I currently am dealing with the updating and development of a central knowledge management system relating to MOD matters and case law i.e. Combat Immunity, to assist my colleagues within the department.
What Inspired You To Get Into Law?
I was interested in the law from a young age due to both my father and uncle working in different aspects of the law. I undertook work experience within a local firm during my time at school and it was only due to a change in personal circumstances that I changed to study Medical Biochemistry at university instead of Law. Following my completion of my degree and service within the RAFVR as a pilot, I returned to university and completed my studies in Law.
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?
There are various aspects of my role which I would class as being highly rewarding and picking which is the most rewarding is incredibly difficult. However, I believe the sense of gratitude received from clients and the feeling that you have made a difference to someone’s life following a tragic/traumatic experience and done absolutely everything to assist them is certainly a driving factor within my role. Due to strong ties within my family and close friends with the military I desire to help service personnel as much as possible, and therefore being able to provide any assistance and feel that I have made a real difference to them is ultimately the most rewarding aspect of my work.
What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?
I enjoy working with other like-minded, friendly individuals who are eager to help people. I feel privileged to work with solicitors who are seen as leaders within their respective fields and learn from them as I progress my own career. In addition to this I have also found the inter-team cooperation and assistance to be highly impressive; this was most recently displayed during my time working with the London-based Aviation Department on the Red Arrows Inquest in Lincoln.
Given my role with the MOD Department and my continued commitment to the development of a central knowledge management system to help colleagues, I find the library, research and reference sources impressive and immensely helpful.
What Do You Do Away From The Office?
Away from the office I undertake an eclectic mix of activities including commission artwork, exercise (boxing and rowing primarily), golf, watersports, walks with my dog Lexi, reading classical works of literature as well as various other endeavours.
"He is head and shoulders above his competitors in his fine-grain understanding of the military and PI law. He is professional, rigorous and empathetic; he is quick to establish a bond of trust with his clients who appreciate his frank advice delivered sensitively." – Legal 500, 2021 (Rising Star)
"Alexander Davenport has dealt with my case above my expectations. I cannot think of anything that he could do better or anything that he has not already done. I just want to say a massive thank you to Alexander for his efforts." - client