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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.
"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
Neil is "indefatigable" and "painstaking in his preparation" - Legal 500, 2016
Neil is "one of the most thorough lawyers, meticulously prepared and with vast legal knowledge" - Legal 500, 2015
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.
“We are thrilled to offer our support to Living Sport.
The charity does great work for disabled sport throughout the local area, linking in nicely with Irwin Mitchell’s Don’t Quit, Do It campaign which encourages disabled people to take part in sporting activities.
We are looking forward to working alongside the team.”
“As a firm we are passionate about doing what we can to support important causes through the IMCF and the Charity of the Year initiative. Rowan undertakes important work and we are delighted to have raised over £10,000 for them in 2018 and we will be looking to beat this total in 2019 when once again we will be raising funds to support the fantastic services the organisation provides. We are hugely proud of the relationship we have developed with Rowan in recent years and are excited about seeing just how much we can do for the organisation in the coming months.”
“This is a case which highlights the huge impact that road traffic collisions can have on those involved, with the true extent of Martell’s injuries only becoming apparent weeks after the incident. A bleed on the brain can be particularly dangerous as they are not always spotted straight away and can become more obvious when the condition may be close to critical.
“We are determined to help Martell access the support that he continues to require to overcome his injuries the best he can, but we need more information about the collision. We are aware of at least one witness who saw the crash and we would be keen to hear from them or others in relation to it.”
“As a firm we have always been passionate about doing what we can to support important causes and organisations through the IMCF and the Charity of the Year initiative.
“Rowan undertakes incredibly important work and we are delighted to once again be raising funds to support the fantastic services that the organisation provides.
“We are hugely proud of the relationship we have developed with Rowan across recent years and are excited about seeing just how much we can do for the organisation and our other chosen charities across the coming months. We have really enjoyed working with Rowan and their clients throughout the year in 2018.”
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