I am a Senior Associate in the Occupational Disease team in Sheffield, acting for employees who have suffered injury as a result of their employment. I have 10 years experience of handling a variety of disease claims, qualifying as a solicitor in April 2007.
I primarily act for clients who suffer with respiratory conditions (particularly asthma), noise induced hearing loss, hand arm vibration syndrome and work related upper limb disorders. I have also acted in various niche disease claims including a claim brought by a gentleman with toxic brain syndrome, caused by exposure to paint fume.
I presently act for a number of former military personnel who have suffered injury as a result of their service.
"Fantastic service - I was very lucky to have David Johnston Keay as my solicitor, he did an excellent job on my compensation claim and kept me informed every step of the way." - Client
What Inspired You To Get Into Law?
I failed to get into medical school and took a law degree instead, inspired by Mr John Grisham. Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing. I only began to like the law when reading for my degree and once practicing it, I came to love the everyday challenges posed by it.
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?
Knowing that there is very rarely a 'right answer' and that a well reasoned argument, good tactics and a bit of luck can make or break a case.
What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?
It’s a very friendly place to work. I work alongside some talented colleagues who on many occasions have come up with some great ideas when I couldn't see the wood for the trees. Knowing you always have someone willing to talk through your ideas, including busy partners, is always very comforting.
What Do You Do Away From The Office?
In days gone by I would have said football, squash and golf. Now that my son is growing up, he keeps me busy for any period I would previously have referred to as 'spare time'.