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I am a solicitor in the Serious Injury department at Irwin Mitchell’s Newcastle office. I work with children and adults who have sustained serious brain, spinal and orthopaedic injuries. As a serious injury solicitor, I often support clients who do not have capacity to deal with litigation or manage their property and financial affairs. I work closely with family members and a variety of professionals including case managers, support workers and treating therapists in order to ensure our clients receive a tailored rehabilitation package as early as possible. My team work hard to obtain early interim payments and maximum compensation for all of our clients.
Prior to qualifying as a solicitor in September 2013, I worked as a trainee solicitor in the Court of Protection and workplace injury departments. I therefore also have experience in dealing with vulnerable clients and clients who have suffered from accidents at work/industrial diseases.
I originally studied English Literature at university. Although I found the course interesting, I knew that it wasn’t for me. Instead of just reading books and writing essays, I wanted to get involved in something challenging and worthwhile. I converted to law as soon as I finished my English Literature degree and haven’t looked back since! I knew that I wanted to work in an area of law that would really make a difference to individual people and so personal injury and in particular, catastrophic injury, seemed like an ideal area.
Unfortunately, the clients I work with have almost always suffered life changing injuries. Their lives and the lives of their family and friends have subsequently changed forever. I am fortunate enough to be able to support those clients and family members to adjust to the changes in their lives by securing early interim payments to fund rehabilitation packages. Without a doubt, the most rewarding aspect of my job is improving my clients’ quality of life and knowing that I have been able to make a difference to their future.
My colleagues are what make Irwin Mitchell the experienced, friendly firm that it is. I work alongside people who are not afraid to challenge decisions or fight for our clients. Without my colleagues, I would not have the experience and knowledge that I have and I would not feel as strongly as I do about getting the best for each and every client we have.
Away from the office I’m usually attempting to cook, jogging along the River Tyne or catching up with friends and family.
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