I head the defendant team in Irwin Mitchell’s international personal injury team. For over 25 years, I've specialised in cross-border personal injury claims, representing European insurers. This includes both accidents involving overseas visitors in the UK and accidents which happen abroad.
I'm experienced in dealing with issues of jurisdiction (where the claim can be brought) and applicable law, and deal with many cases where foreign law applies. My cases range from minor injury claims to catastrophic injury claims, including brain damage, spinal injury and paralysis and fatal accident claims. Many of my clients are large European insurance companies.
What inspired you to get into law?
I was an argumentative child! But, seriously, I enjoy the way in which the law provides a framework – a set of rules - for settling disputes.
I enjoy using the rules to gain the best result possible for my client. I see my role as guiding my client through the maze. I also think negotiating is a very important part of our job and I enjoy that too.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
As above. I also enjoy forming professional relationships with a wide range of clients and experts, all over Europe. I really enjoy reaching a settlement in a case and knowing I have done a good job for my client.
What do you do away from the office?
I enjoy reading, playing chamber music, attending concerts and theatre, and spending time with my family. I also enjoy walking and can be persuaded on to a bicycle.