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 work on aviation claims for families of those killed in air accidents or those injured in such incidents. Before my legal career, 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.
I also act for families at inquests related to the deaths of service personnel within all three services and have been involved in inquests relating to the RAF Puma crashes, Afghanistan Friendly Fire incident, and the more recent Red Arrows Inquest.
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, water sports, walks with my dog Lexi, reading classical works of literature as well as various other endeavours.
Rising Star - Legal 500, 2024
"For military personal injury, Simon Harrington and Alex Davenport. The experience and knowledge of this area of work held by these individuals is second to none in my view." - Legal 500, 2022
"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 can't think of anything that he could do better or anything that he hasn't already done. I just want to say a massive thank you to Alexander for his efforts." - Client
"It's been a very challenging and complex period, but despite all these Alexander and his team has been outstanding, professional, competent and very accommodating throughout the process! Thank you all for the service you provide to support people seeking justice in their rights." - 5* Trustpilot review
"Words alone can’t described the excellent service I have received from Irwin Mitchell. Special thanks to Simon and Alex who had been very professional and friendly. I can’t think of any other firm that could have handled my case better than they did. The results surpassed my expectations."- 5* Trustpilot review
"I had a complex case with a long timeline and associated difficulties in obtaining information from MOD. The team at Irwin Mitchell performed really well with clear advice (although never pushing you into a decision you weren't comfortable with).
The knowledge and experience they have with military cases is exceptional with their legal experts knowing as much about the kit I was issued as I did. I would happily recommend the cold injuries team to anyone who is concerned that they may have sustained a cold injury from their military service" -5* Trustpilot review
"Excellent and professional and I mean it in every sense of the the word. My thanks to Alexander Davenport and all other professionals at Irwin Mitchell who showed unchallenged skill and thoroughness and a good professional relationship towards me.
You have persevered my case with a high sense of integrity and promptness. I believe that I speak for other injured veterans who dominated through your help in the fight to maintain some pride at the end of our service to this great country.
Thank you for being an important part of our story."- 5* Trustpilot review
"Both Alex and Deimante were very professional, approachable, good listeners, understanding, kind and ready to help. Didn't really know much about law or what to expect, but Alex went through everything with me in the simplest form so that I would understand.
Even when I asked the same questions over and over again, he was patient and always try to explain it to me or break it down further, so that I can make the right decision.
I really want to thank Alex and Deimante, and their entire team, I am grateful and appreciative of the work and time you guys put into my case.
I highly recommend Irwin Mitchell to anyone looking for a solicitor."- 5* Trustpilot review