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I work in Irwin Mitchell's specialist Armed Forces Claims team. We help injured Service personnel and their families on a variety of issues. This includes assisting severely injured service personnel with compensation claims (On and Off Duty), Boards of Inquiry and Coroners Inquests.
I have represented a number of soldiers with brain and spinal injuries, including Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson. I supported Ben and his family in their fight for fairer compensation for injured soldiers.
I represented and provided support to a family affected by the SAS Brecon Beacons accident, where they were able to successfully recover compensation from the MOD following a fatal accident claim.
I have experience in representing members of the intelligence and security services, and in navigating the sensitive issues commonly faced when making a claim of this type. These include operational matters, loss of pay and benefits, and gaining the clearance level required in order to progress their case.
I was also part of the legal team that represented all 14 families from the Nimrod accident at the Coroner's Court Inquest.
I served in the Army for seven years before I joined Irwin Mitchell's Armed Forces team and wanted to give something back to the military community. Our team works with a number of the military charities and welfare teams and its very rewarding to help and advise injured service personnel and their families.
There is a genuine passion and belief within Irwin Mitchell that injured service personnel deserve the very best medical care and rehabilitation, as well as receiving support and compensation that reflects the sacrifice made by our Armed Forces.
"Whilst serving in the Armed Forces I sustained a life changing injury. Andrew Buckham in the MOD team Southampton went ahead and took on my case. Andrew dealt with me personally and kept me updated at every stage.
"I felt confident I could contact him at any time if I needed to. I couldn’t be happier with the results that Andrew and his team achieved for me. " - Client
"Approachable, fair-but-firm" - Legal 500, 2018/19
The "down-to-earth, approachable and responsive" Andrew Buckham has particular niche experience in injury, trauma and fatality matters involving members of the armed forces, and is "a great lawyer to have on your side". – Legal 500, 2017
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“The last 10 days have been an emotional time for Stuart and Michael as they relived the events of what happened that day.
“The incident has had a profound effect on them, not only through the injuries they suffered, but also through the devastating loss of two colleagues.
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“We would like to thank the Coroner for their thorough investigation. Both Stuart and Michael now want the Ministry of Defence to learn lessons from this avoidable incident so other families don’t have to suffer the heartbreak that Matthew’s and Darren’s families have following their deaths.”
This was a tragic incident in which two soldiers sadly lost their lives and two others were severely injured during a training exercise. Stuart has been left suffering with serious burns and injuries and will likely need treatment for the rest of this life.
“The incident has had a profound effect on both Stuart and Michael and they are devastated at the loss of two colleagues. It’s now imperative that we understand exactly what caused this incident and the sad loss of lives so that lessons can be learned to reduce the risk of similar problems in future.”
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