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I joined Irwin Mitchell in 1997 having previously worked for a few months with a large firm in my hometown of Leeds. Having qualified as a solicitor in 1999, I initially worked in a number of different teams including group litigation, product liability and clinical negligence. I began dealing with claims arising from workplace accidents in January 2003 and became an Associate at Irwin Mitchell in 2004.
I work exclusively with people who have serious injury cases arising from accidents in the workplace. My clients include those who have suffered injuries including upper and lower limb amputations of varying degrees, crush injuries including severe hand injuries, multiple orthopaedic injuries and back injuries, as well as PTSD and other psychological conditions. I also assist families of workers who have suffered fatal accidents.
From the age of about 14 I knew I was heading for a career in the legal profession. With a family keen on all things motor sport/fast I had originally wanted to be a pilot but after a year or so of the physics GCSE course I had soon changed my aspirations! I was good with people and wanted to pursue a career where I would have plenty of human contact, plenty of variety and where I would be able to help people. Law seemed like a good way to do that and the lawyers on LA Law seemed to have some great 80s shoulder pads!
I am always pleased when I can guide someone through a system that they are usually encountering for the first time. Many people are sometimes apprehensive of everything associated with law and the legal system so I am hopefully a friendly presence and help them understand legal concepts that they weren't familiar with before coming to us.
At Irwin Mitchell I am able to work in a specialist team within personal injury which means that I am able to spend plenty of time looking at the law and regulations applicable to my area, and get a more detailed knowledge than if I had to cover a number of different areas. The more people I act for the more I get to know about all sorts of different jobs in all walks of life, so my work is always interesting.
Having spent most of my childhood in stockcar stadiums, and some of it driving one, I remain keen on motor sport enjoying Grand Prix and other formulas. I also spend a lot of my time running my boy around various parties, playcentres and football venues (thankfully indoor mostly, at least for now)! I enjoy walking as long as it's not too strenuous and involves refreshment stops.
Through our work we have seen on numerous occasions how sport has been able to help our clients with rehabilitation following serious injury.
“We believe in building strong links within the communities in which we work. The Sheffield Steelkings are a real success story and the club perfectly fits the ethos of Don’t Quit, Do It, which is all about supporting and boosting participation in disability sport.
“We are proud to be sponsoring the club once again as they continue to spread the word about the physical and social benefits of being active and we wish them a successful season.
“Para ice hockey is a fast-paced, exciting game and we would encourage people to go along and try it, or cheer on the team from the sidelines.”
“Through our work with people affected by serious injury and disability, we’ve seen how sport can aid rehabilitation and help people turn their lives around. With our ‘Don’t Quit, Do It’ campaign, we want to encourage more people to get involved and enjoy these positive experiences.
“Be Part Of It, is about bringing the people together that make disability sport happen and showing, through pledges, how they make it possible. We’re proud to support the Sheffield Steelkings and clubs and charities up and down the country, to help raise awareness and make it easier for a new audience to take part.
“Para ice hockey is a fast-paced, exciting game and once you watch it live, it’s easy to see why it’s such a unique and special sport.”
“At the time of her accident, Maggie had been asked to work in an environment that carried many risks to her. It is an employer’s duty to regularly consider the risks which their employees are exposed to, and to take the necessary steps to eliminate or reduce those safety risks.
“The training that Maggie received was simply not appropriate to the level of risk she was being exposed to and there were other facilities within Cambian better equipped to deal with higher risk residents. More could and should have been done by those running Willow Lodge Care Home to protect their staff.
“I am pleased that we have now been able to resolve the matter, securing Maggie a settlement to help her move on from this incident.”
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