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Claire Newstead

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I manage the Polytrauma section of the serious injury team in our Leeds office, specialising in acting for clients who have been seriously injured as a result of road crashes and accidents at work. The majority of my clients have suffered from injuries including amputations, serious fractures requiring surgery, burns and scarring and psychological trauma.

I also have a special interest in Fatal Claims, representing families who have suffered bereavement as a result of either road crashes or accidents at work. I do the majority of this work in the Leeds office. In addition I have national responsibility for Irwin Mitchell’s relationship with BRAKE and our relationship with the Police. I am supported by a team of four.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

I enjoy all aspects of the work I do, but what I find most rewarding is being able to make a difference to clients who have found themselves in a terrible situation through no fault of their own. Amongst many things this can be from securing an interim payment to help financially, to arranging treatment to assist with recovery.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

The difference with working for Irwin Mitchell is that we have such a vast array of knowledge and in house support here which means we can provide a wealth of advice to our clients. There is always someone or a department that is able to assist no matter what the enquiry is.  We also provide a holistic approach to all cases.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I enjoy travelling and experiencing new places both at home and abroad. I swim regularly to keep fit, and to balance the fact that I enjoy dining out. I also enjoy reading.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 07/11/2018
    Scaffolding Company Plead Guilty After Forklift Collapse Leaves Worker In Intensive Care

    “Health and safety should always be a priority for employers and the details outlined in this case have highlighted how this company ultimately failed in its duty to properly protect Thomas. “Following this prosecution, it is vital that all employers take steps to assess the details of this case and learn lessons from the issues that it has raised. We are now also pushing on with our efforts to ensure that our client can gain civil justice regarding what he has been through.”

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  • 17/08/2018
    Family Calls For Lessons To Be Learned As Inquest Into The 2017 Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride Cyclist’s Death Concludes

    “David’s family have had to wait a long time for some answers regarding his death. With this inquest, they have finally got those answers. “In recent years we have seen the importance of cycling to the region and the organisers Human Race have done a fantastic job of promoting this putting Yorkshire on the world map for cycling. “This is what makes it all the more important now that the lessons highlighted during this inquest are learned to ensure the sport’s continued success in the region, while also ensuring cyclists are kept safe when taking part in the sport they love.”

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  • 17/10/2017
    Expert Serious Injury Lawyers At Irwin Mitchell Back Government Plans to Jail For Life Drivers Who Kill

    At Irwin Mitchell we often see first-hand the devastation and heart-break that is caused by the reckless and selfish actions of drivers who pose a real danger on our roads. “I am sure there is more detail to come in the proposals but I welcome the Government’s announcement to introduce tougher sentences. “While it is sadly too late for many families that have been ripped apart because of drivers who kill or seriously injure loved ones, we hope that these planned tougher sentences act as a deterrent to motorists and that they think about the consequences of their actions, so the number of people killed or badly injured on our roads reduces.”

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  • 22/12/2016
    Family Relief As Driver Found Guilty Of Killing Father-Of-Four

    “As this case shows, the consequences of failing to be fully aware of other road users while driving can be fatal and devastating. Due to Mr Hall’s actions, four young children will now have to grow up without their father. “Nothing is more important than your own safety and the safety of others on the roads. It is vital that people remember this when while driving, particularly over the festive period, as we see first-hand on a daily basis the impact careless driving has on people’s lives.”

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