I’m a Solicitor working in conjunction with a team in our Sheffield office specialising in catastrophic injury cases, mostly involving:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Very significant orthopaedic injuries.
I started working at Irwin Mitchell in 2014 as a Legal Helpline Advisor before joining the Serious Injury team as a Paralegal in February 2016. I secured a training contract the following year which began in August 2019. I then qualified as a solicitor in May 2021.
I support clients who lack capacity, ensuring that they are provided with the appropriate support not just whilst we progress the case but for the rest of their lives into the future. I've assisted on multi million pound settlements during my time in the Serious Injury team both as a paralegal, trainee and now as a solicitor.
I'm a committee member of our Pro Bono committee in Sheffield. I also sit on the committee of Headway Barnsley, providing support to people who have sustained brain injuries in the surrounding area.
What inspired you to get in to law?
My father was a police officer for South Yorkshire Police and so law was always a part of my life on some level. I decided on the back of this to study A level law and my tutor Kathy inspired me with her passionate views and her love of Lord Denning! I then went to university to study my LLB and the rest, as they say, is history!
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
I love the challenge of working for a fast paced team; every day is different and presents new challenges for the team to work through to most effectively serve my client’s needs.
What do you like about working at Irwin Mitchell?
I work within a fantastic team of lawyers who are a pleasure to work with. I'm also proud of the amazing work that I'm able to contribute towards which provides outstanding outcomes for our clients.
Working at Irwin Mitchell also provides fantastic opportunities including, providing training about the work we do to third parties including, case managers and the police.
I'm also an active committee member of the Irwin Mitchell Charities Foundation (IMCF), and contributed to raising a six figure sum for our Charity Of The Year in 2019. I'm also proud to work for a firm that focuses on how it can support colleagues wellbeing and is continually looking to improve and adapt, particularly during the COVID pandemic.
What do you do away from the office?
I'm a trustee at the Sunday Centre and volunteer regularly with the homeless and rootless community in Sheffield. I also support other homeless charities in the city including Archer Project and Harc.
I'm a Boccia Leader, running weekly boccia sessions from Ponds Forge alongside a number of my colleagues. I'm passionate about providing our members with a sociable and competitive environment to compete on an even playing field.
I'm a carer for my nan who has been diagnosed with dementia. While difficult at times to manage my time, it's been incredibly rewarding to spend as much time with her as I have done, particularly since her diagnosis.