Director of Legal Services, Personal Injury
I have worked on behalf of clients with serious injury since qualifying as a solicitor and gained detailed specialist experience particularly in advising clients about traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple trauma and amputation.
My experience of working with people who have suffered brain injury includes more subtle but still potentially significant concussive head injury cases including post-concussion syndrome, and more serious cases of long term cognitive and behavioural difficulties after moderate brain trauma.
I'm passionate about ensuring that clients are given the opportunity to access appropriate rehabilitation and support to overcome as best as possible the impact of a serious injury, and for partners and family to get the help that they need to understand what is going on and assist in the process.
My expertise includes accidents which occur on the road, in the workplace and in public areas. I have taken cases to disputed court hearings on behalf of seriously injured clients, especially where the question of fault has been in dispute. I have succeeded at trial in all cases that have not settled on liability disputes including acting for clients who were motorcyclists and pedestrians.
My role at Irwin Mitchell has included leading the brain injury special interest group from 2010 to 2013 and national serious injury group co-ordinator from 2013 onwards.
In June 2014 I moved my practice after 20 years in Sheffield to Cambridge to lead on the opening of a new office there for Irwin Mitchell.
I have supported various charities and support groups over the years, including as Trustee and Secretary with Headway North Derbyshire until retiring due to relocation in 2014.
"Exceptional in every aspect" of complex claims" – Legal 500, 2020
"I could call him at any time and I couldn't ask for anyone better." - Chambers & Partners, 2019
Sources describe an "exceptional" and "incredibly experienced and capable lawyer" - Chambers & Partners, 2018
Neil Whiteley is "incredibly up on the law, is very good at client management and knowing when to take a point and when not to" - Chambers & Partners, 2017
Ruth Booy and team head Neil Whiteley "bring their enormous experience to benefit the injured in the Cambridge region and are rightly regarded as leaders in their fields." Neil has an "encyclopaedic knowledge of PI law" - Legal 500, 2017
I'm a co-author of the Guide to Claiming Compensation for Individuals with Brain Injury published by Headway, the Brain Injury Association.
I co-authored a chapter of "Good Practice in Brain Injury Case Management" published by JKP Publishers, 2006, London.