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I am head of the Serious Injury team in Southampton and specialise in claims for adults and children who have suffered life-changing injuries, which may include brain or spinal injury. These injuries can result from road accidents, accidents at work, falls from height, defective products or chemical exposure.
I have over 20 years of experience and have acted on behalf of accident victims throughout that time. I am client-focused from the outset. I always ensure that clients receive the rehabilitation they need via co-operation with the defendant insurer, issuing proceedings early and securing court ordered payments or, if liability is disputed, ensuring the NHS provide all available support.
"Apart from being an incredibly capable solicitor, very personable, approachable and always willing to help.", additional interviewees laud her as "absolutely amazing," - Chambers & Partners, 2019
A client praises Claire as "absolutely terrific; I have the highest regard for her as a personal injury specialist for spinal injuries. She goes the extra mile and really puts in a shift for her clients." Another adds: "She is responsive, helpful and brilliant to work with. I have 100% confidence in her." - Chambers & Partners 2018
Claire "really fights and gets fantastic results" and "her depth of knowledge is excellent." - Chambers & Partners 2017
"Outstandingly good" - Legal 500, 2017
Claire Howard is "a formidable advocate" and "consistently delivers an excellent service" - Legal 500 2016
"A remarkable lawyer who does tremendous work for her clients" - Chambers & Partners 2016
"Claire Howard 'is very committed,' 'works hard' and 'has great judgment', sources say. She frequently handles complex and high-value claims." - Chambers & Partners 2015
To be honest, I fell into it. I wanted to go to university and law seemed a good option. Having completed the degree it seemed sensible to qualify as a solicitor. During my training I realised that personal injury litigation was the area for me. It suited my personality and I really enjoy the client contact and being fulfilled by making a real difference to peoples' lives.
I am in a very privileged position. I come into peoples' lives when they can be in crisis, and am able to take away some of their worries and help individuals and their families rebuild their lives
I enjoy the camaraderie, the fresh and vibrant feel of the new office and working with like-minded individuals where the client always comes first.
I try to support people with a brain injury within the local community as a committee member for the Isle of Wight Headway branch. I volunteer at monthly support group meetings, fundraise and have advocated on behalf of service users and their families. Each year I attend the Headway National Conference and AGM. Out of the office, I enjoy walking Baxter, my flat coat retriever, foreign travel and spending time with my family.
"I hope you know by now how much we value you and how grateful we are to have had you on our side all through this. You have been truly marvellous every step of the way and we have had complete faith in you throughout!" - JC
"Thank you for all your continued support. It has meant so much to me and Andy. I know people will say well it's your job but you always seemed to go that extra mile and encourage. There was many a time that I felt like throwing in the towel but you always gave me that 'fire in my belly' to continue....Thank you" - JL
"Claire has been a pillar of support from our initial contact through to the completion of our claim. We would have no hesitation in recommending her to other families finding themselves in our position" - Mr & Mrs C
"I would like to thank Claire Howard for her consummate professional assistance over the years in what has been a challenging and very complex case. Thank you - you have been great!" - LS
“Sadly, at Irwin Mitchell, we see the consequences of road traffic collisions, first-hand, every day. The use of mobile phones in cars, causing distractions for the driver, is something we are seeing more and more of in our work. The importance of raising awareness of the dangers of this is something that cannot be underestimated.
It is for this reason that we are proud to support the #DontStreamAndDrive campaign as it aims to help make our roads safer for everyone.”
“Through no fault of his own Phil suffered terrible injuries in the collision which will impact on him tremendously for the rest of his life.
“Road Safety Week is an important time to reflect on the responsibility that all of us have to keep ourselves and others safe from harm on the road. Phil’s case vividly highlights the devastating consequences that vulnerable road users such as cyclists can be left to face because of the carless actions of others.
“We will continue to support Phil and his family to help him access the specialist care and therapies he needs as he continues to come to terms with how his life has been turned upside down.”
“The work that Headway does makes a huge difference to everyone whose lives have been touched by the consequences of a brain injury.
“We are very proud of our links with the organisation and felt the recent conference was an ideal opportunity to try and give something back to this fantastic cause.
“Serious injuries can transform people’s lives, but Headway’s effort is a reminder that it does not mean that survivors cannot get the best from life. We look forward to doing more to support them very soon.”
“Through our work we have seen numerous instances when people’s lives have been completely turned upside down as a result of a traumatic brain injury, whether it is survivors themselves, family members or friends.
“It can be an incredibly difficult period of anyone’s life, but we also know how access to the right rehabilitation and support can help survivors get the best from life.
“We are a proud supporter of the work of Headway and warmly welcome the focus of this year’s Action for Brain Injury Week. It is a vital reminder of how so many survivors – like Michael - are able to overcome incredible obstacles to regain much-needed independence.
“Misunderstandings surrounding his brain injury worry Michael the most. He fears that people assume he is drunk or stupid when he tries to speak with them or respond to a question. So he hopes that by being open about his injuries and life after the accident in general he can make people more aware of the everyday challenges brain injury survivors face.”
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