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.
In 2019, I received Military Injury Specialist and Assessor accreditation from the Association of Personal Injury Layers (APIL)
What Inspired You To Get Into Law?
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
"An excellent partner in the military personal injury field, with a wealth of experience. He is strategic in his approach to the way in which his cases should be advanced and resolved." - Legal 500, 2020
"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