I am a paralegal within the Serious Injury team, based in our Newcastle office. Our team specialises in helping individuals and their families following a serious injury or fatal accident; with a particular interest in helping people who have sustained serious fractures or amputations.
My aim is to secure interim payments on account of a final awards where possible, in order to assist with rehabilitation and aid with quality of life.
The Legal 500 have described our team as “extremely impressive”.
Chambers and Partners have also ranked our team in the regional top band, with a peer commending that when it comes to high value road traffic accident claims, we are difficult to beat.
What inspired you to get into law?
I started working in a law firm as an office junior. I found the work extremely interesting and rewarding and decided that I would like to advance my career in law further. I commenced training as a lawyer through the Chartered Institute of Legal Executive and my career has progressed from an office junior, to a legal secretary and currently to my role as a paralegal. I hope to complete my CILEX qualification in the next couple of years and qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive.
What do you like about working at Irwin Mitchell?
The level of expertise my colleagues have is an inspiration; we all strive for excellence. We are passionate about helping people and making sure clients receive the correct rehabilitation to help them get their lives back on track. We work together sharing ideas and encouraging each other to do the best we can for our clients.
What do you do away from the office?
Away from the office I enjoy spending time with my family, including my two young boys who to spend time outdoor. I also like reading, watching American TV dramas and listening to music.
"I would like to thank Marie Harvey and Laura Gabby Cristofini for all the help they gave us in respects to our claim they were very helpful and thoughtful throughout . Thanks for helping make it as smooth as possible in our very sad situation. I would highly recommend you to anyone" -5* Trustpilot review
"It has been a long couple of years of hard work but IM kept up our spirits all the way and thanks to their help my son's family is now financially secure. I would especially like to thank Elaine Malcolm, Maria Harvey, Kim Davies and Laura Gabbey-Cristofini for all their hard work and support in progressing this claim. Their help especially their support in the early days is very much appreciated and we as a family can thoroughly recommend Irwin Mitchell." - 5* Trustpilot review
"Just to say that Irwin Mitchell's support throughout my traumatic ordeal was made easier with their professional guidance and always keeping me up to date. Maria Harvey was my main contact and couldn't recommend her enough! The whole team were brilliant." - 5* Trustpilot review
"Maria Harvey helped me with my claim, she was very nice to talk to and I felt listened to throughout my claim. It seemed to move a lot faster than I thought it would and I’d accepted my settlement within 6 months - I was expecting at least 2 years before it would be over. I would definitely recommend Maria she’s great at her job and has a very pleasant persona." - 5* Trustpilot review
"Although it was unfortunate that we had to deal with Irwin Mitchell due to a unfortunate accident we were treated with much care, compassion and always with great honourable dignity. We will always be thankful for Maria Harvey and everyone that has dealt with our case. We can't thank you enough for your time. We would not hesitate to deal with Irwin Mitchell law firm again."- 5* Trustpilot review
"Irwin Mitchell helped us with a complex family matter, our representative was Maria Harvey who did a great job and kept us informed at all times and we would highly recommend using Irwin Mitchell" - Client