Most of my experience and background comes from being a police sergeant who specialised in roads policing and all that goes with that:
- Investigating complex road traffic collisions involving fatal accidents and serious injuries
- Managing bereaved families through that process after fatal accidents
- Case management within the Criminal Justice System
- Working with HM Coroners.
I also specialised in dealing with the carriage of dangerous goods on the road network, developing road casualty reduction programmes and managing police pursuits.
Having retired from the police after 26 years, I joined an engineering team with responsibility for designing and developing roads and signage, with a focus on safety. at Irwin Mitchell, my role is a mix of reviewing collision cases and developing new business streams through the links with the police service.
What inspired you to get into law?
I never really planned to work in the field of law. When I was much younger, I applied to become a police officer and very early in that career I found myself transferred from core policing into investigating complex collisions. I found that whole area of business fascinating (and still do) and part of that was to have a very clear understanding of road traffic law and its operational application.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
Without any doubt, it’s to examine a complex collision case, and work with the team to get the best outcome for a client. We push as hard as possible from all angles to help people whose lives have often changed within a millisecond of being involved in a collision.
What do you like about working at Irwin Mitchell?
I’m very passionate about what I do. At Irwin Mitchell I’m surrounded by a team with the same mindset who make it their daily business to push hard for victims. I’m in awe of the skills, knowledge, experience and drive of those around me. That’s a very healthy and enjoyable place to be.
What do you do away from the office?
I just adore being with my grandchildren. I have four, one of whom is locally based to me and the other three live 400 miles from me in South Wales. My wife and I enjoy visiting them when we can. Other than that, I play the highland bagpipes, so it’s a good job that my neighbours like the sound (or so they say!)