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.
"Claire Howard is efficient, friendly, personable and extremely capable with a great deal of expertise in her area." – Chambers & Partners, 2020
"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
What Inspired You To Get Into Law?
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.
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?
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
What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?
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.
What Do You Do Away From The Office?
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