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I specialise in representing children and adults who have suffered brain and/or spinal cord injuries, amputations or multiple trauma.
I have extensive experience in obtaining substantial interim payments to fund treatment, rehabilitation and other professional support for my clients, as well as securing adapted accommodation and specialist equipment where this is needed.
I lead a team of specialist serious injury lawyers at the Bristol office.
"He has the combination of having a huge confidence in the way he runs cases while at the same time having a really lovely, patient and softly spoken manner with clients." - Chambers & Partners, 2019
"A very shrewd tactician who is well respected in the profession" - Legal 500, 2018/19
James is described as a "go-to person" who is "seriously brave in litigation." A commentator explains: "He is very thorough indeed and has astonishingly good client skills." - Chambers & Partners 2018
James is "unflappable, astonishingly charming and very thorough" and clients describe him as "incredibly supportive" and note that his "knowledge is second to none" - Chambers & Partners 2017
Market sources praise him for being "extremely efficient and hands-on with the clients." - Chambers & Partners 2016
"A real star... he's a very bright and absolutely delightful chap who gets on brilliantly with the clients." - Chambers & Partners 2014
"We received excellent service and advice over a three year period, right from the very first consultation at their offices with James Davies and then Georgina Ife. We obtained their name from the Headway Brain Injury Association panel of specialist legal advisers and solicitors. They were always available, held a number of office consultations and phone conferences and secured an entirely satisfactory award and outcome. Would recommend this company if anyone is in the unfortunate position of needing their specialist help and advice." – Stephen Ogden, client
"It was a complex case and was dealt with brilliantly – thanks to Deborah Rose, Georgie, James and Vince. I would highly recommend them." – Mandy Andrews, client
"We have absolutely no reservations in recommending James, Georgina and their team at Irwin Mitchell, Bristol. Their advice has been first class, their manners extremely pleasant and their admin prompt & accurate. Thank you all” - Clive Sibley, client
I was attracted to the law by the issues involved and have always enjoyed meeting people from all walks of life.
The opportunity to help those who have suffered the most severe injuries has always driven me, and making a real difference is particularly fulfilling. Every client is different, and getting it right for each individual is vital.
The positive energy from being surrounded by highly skilled professionals, all dedicated to doing their very best for our clients.
I get outdoors as often as possible, usually with my three young sons, and that keeps me fit. I am a lifelong rugby and cricket fan, and also specialise in losing golf balls on any course provided.
“We are absolutely delighted to have been able to support Derriford Hospital through our recent fundraising challenge.
“Tackling the Welsh Three Peaks was a gruelling effort, we walked 17 miles and climbed 8,000 feet, but knowing that it was raising vital funds for such a good cause helped to drive us all forward.
"We know from our work supporting families how demanding those first few weeks can be, and we truly hope that these facilities will help to make a difference, It is fantastic to see our donation being used in such an important way.”
“Through our work we have seen on numerous occasions how sport has been able to help our clients with rehabilitation following serious injury.
“Unfortunately, while there are over 12 million people with disabilities in the UK, only one in six actually takes part in sport regularly.
“Part of this is due to the lack of funding and availability of specialist equipment and, with that in mind, we hope these grants will help support individuals and sports teams so they can realise their true potential.
“The City of Oxford Rowing Club’s para-rowing squad are hugely dedicated to their sport and are a great example of the huge benefits that such activities can have for those with disabilities. We are delighted to provide this donation and hope it will prove vital as they continue to develop their work further.
“Disability should not be a barrier to sport.”
“Matthew is a truly inspirational young man who has overcome countless challenges which would have left many people wanting to give up.
“The injuries Matthew suffered changed his and his family’s lives forever and although nothing can turn back the clock, the funds he will receive will enable him to afford the on-going professional care and specialist equipment he will require for the rest of his life.
“We fully support Brake’s Road Safety Week to raise awareness of the six pledges for safe driving. Agreeing to these pledges can make the difference between life and death, as most collisions that happen on the road are preventable.”
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