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I manage the Serious Injury team in the Manchester Office and am passionate about getting our clients the rehabilitation and compensation awards they need after they have sustained serious injuries in an accident. I have recovered tens of millions of pounds of compensation for my clients during my career, over a wide range of complex serious injury cases representing clients with brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputations and complex orthopaedic injuries.
Some of my most recent settlements include:
I have expertise in securing substantial interim payments, some in excess of £1m for the purpose of providing accommodation, establishing case managed care and rehabilitation schemes for my seriously injured.
I also handle professional negligence cases against other solicitors arising from badly handled personal injury claims, and regularly present on the topic of rehabilitation and quantification of damages to health care professionals
My team were short listed for the Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence Team of the Year at the Manchester Law Society Legal Awards, 2010.
We also won Claimant Solicitor of the Year in the 2016 Post Magazine Rehabilitation First Awards.
"He's someone who knows his matters inside and out; he has a really nice manner with clients." - Chambers & Partners, 2017
"At the top of his game, makes things happen, is very organised, personable, caring, patient and committed" - Legal 500, 2017
Jonathan is "a recognised talent" - Legal 500 2016
"He 'drives a hard bargain, fights his client's corner and gets the best deal possible,' enthused one source." - Chambers & Partners 2016
"Probably one of the best negotiators I've come across - he is streets ahead in terms of being able to get the best deal for his clients." - Chambers & Partners 2015
Whilst at school, I was not sure of which career path to take. My father had an interest in the law having been a police officer and I was encouraged to do some work experience placements with solicitors, the police and the CPS. I did an A-level general studies module in Law and visited a number of Courts including the Royal Courts of Justice in London. With this experience I wanted to be a solicitor so undertook my law degree and Legal Practice Course. I was told by a tutor that I had "good interpersonal skills" which would be suited to personal injury work and I then secured a training contract with a Personal Injury firm, Alexander Harris.
I take great pride in being able to help my clients and their families in their time of desperate need. This may be getting them the medical treatment, care, accommodation, aids, equipment and financial support they need in the immediate aftermath of the accident and injuries. I have to say that it never ceases to amaze me how much a simple "thank you" from my clients can mean to me when I have helped them get the compensation they need to provide for their future needs. I also have contact with a number of my ex clients who keep me appraised of everything they are getting up to (good and bad)
I love working with a team of people who are absolutely and utterly dedicated to doing all they can for our clients and potential clients, even where that means pushing the boundaries of the current law. That is not only my team in the Manchester office, or the Personal Injury lawyers in the firm in general, but the lawyers in other areas of law who will assist us in getting people what they need and are entitled to. We have access to public law experts who can ensure that clients get the appropriate services and housing from the local authority or the medical treatment and drugs they need. I have a case at the moment where I think I have engaged six different areas of the law who work with me in the Manchester office
I am a keen participant in the Liverpool Irish Golf Society who keep reducing my handicap! I have recently been encouraged to ski which has taken me to some wonderful parts of the world. Unfortunately this requires some level of fitness so I have been known from time to time to attend a gym.
I am also a Trustee and Director of Citizens Advice Trafford
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“Through our work, we see the devastating impact spinal cord injuries have on those that suffer them. Back Up does fantastic work in helping people rebuild their confidence after suffering an injury and they help put independence back into people’s lives.
“Many of their volunteers and team members have been affected by spinal cord injury so they have a strong understanding of the challenges an injury can pose. They are with those they help, and their families, through every stage and I cannot speak highly enough of the work they do.”
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“Pamela’s commitment to swimming despite the difficulties she has faced are a huge inspiration and we are delighted to offer our support to her.
“We would also like to wish her all of the best and are looking forward to cheering her on when the championships come around in June.”
It is a miracle that no fatalities were caused by this explosion and our thoughts are with those who’ve been injured or had to find alternative accommodation as a result of the blast.
Through our work representing those who have been affected by gas explosions in the past, we understand the physical and emotional trauma those caught up in it must have experienced.
It is imperative that Merseyside Police find answers as to why the explosion happened as soon as possible to ensure an incident like this never happens again.
“This is a fantastic achievement and we are incredibly proud of Deirdre. The award is hugely deserved and I’m very pleased she has been recognised for her outstanding work with clients suffering with brain injuries.
“Through the important work Deirdre and our personal injury team undertakes, we see the huge consequences that brain injuries have on sufferers and how those affected need specialist support to get the best from life.
“I’d also like to congratulate everyone else who was recognised at the event. It was a fantastic day and I look forward to next year’s event!”
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