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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 hearing loss due to noise and 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Non-freezing cold injuries can have a very serious, debilitating impact on victims, leading them to suffer sensitivity to the cold and chronic pain which can affect them for the rest of their lives. Quick and accurate diagnosis of them is incredibly important.
“Most concerning is that it was only through our investigations that Morgan was correctly diagnosed with NFCI. Those who serve put their lives on the line and do not deserve to be let down in ways like this.
“We are determined to ensure that our client gets both the justice he deserves and also access to the support which will assist him as he continues to cope with the impact of this permanent condition will have on him in the future.”
“I hope that by speaking out about my experience, I can help raise awareness of the disease.
“I initially thought I was suffering from muscle tightness down the back of my leg, and didn’t think much of it. However, when my body showed signs of infection my health deteriorated quickly and steeply.
“I don’t remember much of my time in hospital due to the high amounts of painkillers I was on, but one thing that has stayed with me is the support my family and Sarah gave me during what must have been an incredibly difficult time for them. It has only been from speaking with them and my doctors since my discharge that I was able to realise quite how serious my condition was.
“I would also like to take the opportunity, on World Sepsis Day, to praise the work of the fantastic nursing staff of the critical care unit and the surgical staff att Leighton Hospital who were amazing throughout and without whose help I would not be here today.. However, the fact I was initially turned away by the A&E department still worry me as the outcome could have been drastically different.”
“I know I am one of the lucky ones, that sepsis was diagnosed and treated early enough to prevent a truly devastating outcome. Many people will not be so lucky.”
“At Irwin Mitchell, through our close work with The UK Sepsis Trust, we have seen the urgent need to promote the signs of sepsis and provide early care in the UK. I hope that World Sepsis Day will raise vital funds to save thousands of lives and improve the outlook for all of those affected, like me.”
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