I qualified as a solicitor in 1978. Throughout my period of training, and since then, I have been representing people who have been injured. For many years now, I have represented those who have been particularly badly injured, having sustained injuries that have proved to be life changing events.
The law provides that in a successful case, an injured person can recover compensation. However, in every case it is possible to use this process to generate interim payments of compensation to fund a rehabilitation programme and also to identify how a disability can best be managed. It is very much part of Irwin Mitchell’s policy and, indeed, culture when dealing with these cases to ensure that the maximum that can be done for the client in terms of their recovery, is done. In all our cases there is evidence of this approach.
"Absolutely first-class", adding that "he is a very significant player" who is "very well respected" - Chambers & Partners, 2019
Praised as a "standout practitioner" and a "towering figure" - Chambers & Partners 2018
"Stands head and shoulders above everyone else in the country for catastrophic injury - there is no one else who has got anything like his experience or ability"; "He is very accommodating and always puts the client's needs first." - Chambers & Partners 2017
"The leading personal injury solicitor in the country" - Legal 500, 2017
"Determined, ambitious and thorough in the way he runs cases" - Chambers & Partners 2015
Sources say he is "absolutely superb" and is widely considered to be amongst the most experienced practitioners operating within the personal injury field nationally." - Chambers & Partners 2014
"Sets the standard for the rest of the team" and his "client care is second to none." - Legal 500 2013
Case Study 1: Moderate Brain Injury Leaves Woman With Poor Vision
My client suffered what was acknowledged as a moderate brain injury. However, the injury has affected her significantly with regards to fatigue and concentration. She also has very poor vision in one eye which has led to her only being able to work part time. She also had a love for recipe writing, but found this process quite difficult after her injury. With the assistance of an occupational therapist, appropriately qualified, and support workers, a scheme of work has been identified whereby the level of support that our client needs in order to carry out effective recipe writing has been achieved.
Case Study 2: Support And Therapy Achieved For Serious Brain Injury Victim
Another previous client sustained a very serious brain injury whilst in a residential care home. It took a while for his case to be resolved as liability was in issue. He led a very basic existence and his personal care needs were attended to but that was about it. Once we were able to finalise the issue on liability and generate interim payments, we involved a case manager who co-ordinated the involvement of various therapists for our client. This included an occupational therapist, physiotherapist, as well as a psychologist and support workers. The effect of this has been that our client now is able to participate in and carry out many activities. His quality of life is restored to a level that was, at one time, thought unimaginable.
For over 10 years I have been one of the editors of the Journal of Personal Injury Law. In every one of their editions I will write notes on various cases. I have also written articles of a topical legal nature that have gone into that Journal as well as the Law Society Gazette, the Solicitor’s Journal and other publications.
What Inspired You To Get Into The Law?
I wanted to become a lawyer so that I could help people. People regularly need legal advice and not only should this be top quality but those representing them should have empathy with the people whom they represent. I hope that I can offer that. As I have indicated in the case examples I have given, representing injured people does give an opportunity to help repair their lives. I do not consider that people realise the opportunities that claims involving personal injury present. It is not just a question of recovering as much compensation as possible, it is also about helping people with their standard and quality of life after they have been injured.
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect of Your Role?
The answer to that question is, as I have already indicated in the cases where we represented injured people, it gives me immense satisfaction if we are able to help them with the recovery from what is very often a catastrophic injury. Statutory services provide a very important opportunity for individuals when they have been injured but they have limited funds. If there is a successful personal injury case then this can supplement what is on offer and can so often help them to a very significant extent.
What Do You Like About Working at Irwin Mitchell?
Irwin Mitchell is a vibrant firm. It is very modern in its approach and outlook. The personal injury department has a very good reputation for the work that it does. It is, at least, one of the best in the country. What I really like about working within the department is that it very much supports and promotes the approach that I have already described, that is to help our clients improve the quality and standard of their lives as much as we possibly can.
What Do You Do Away From the Office?
I am a family man. I am married with three grown up children who I see as often as I can and whose company I enjoy very much. I also have what I think is a wide circle of friends and I very much enjoy socialising with them. I love music, in particular jazz and I enjoy watching live concerts. Brazilian music is also of great appeal to me. I take a keen interest in current affairs and will often attend political events. I try to keep fit, I regularly run in races which includes, now, 6 half marathons. I am a football addict and go to watch my football team whenever I can and have been doing so for many, many years. What football team do I follow? That is a closely guarded secret.