I work in the international serious injury team within Irwin Mitchell’s Birmingham office. I started working in the team as a paralegal and after four years, I qualified into the same team as a solicitor.
The international serious injury team deals exclusively with personal injury claims that involve a cross border element. We usually represent English people who're injured abroad in hotels, car accidents, aviation accidents, cruise accidents, and due to medical negligence. We also help non-English nationals including those who're injured in England.
What inspired you to get into law?
I used to work in recruitment in London, finding individuals for roles within marketing. As part of the role, more and more candidates used to ask for any advice on employment law.
I found that I enjoyed researching the information, in order to pass it on to the candidates and to help with their dilemmas. I soon realised that I wanted to change career and I went back to university to take a law conversion course and the associated training.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
Working in personal injury law can be incredibly sad and incredibly rewarding. I hear of many cases where people have been seriously injured through no fault of their own. Their injuries can turn their world and their family’s world upside down in an instant.
It's incredibly fulfilling to be able to get funds to help a client with treatment and rehabilitation. It's always rewarding to settle a case so that the client is happy with the outcome and has the funds to live their life in the best possible way.
What do you like about working at Irwin Mitchell?
Irwin Mitchell is well renowned as a law firm, especially within the personal injury world. Working for a large firm like Irwin Mitchell provides experience in a wide range of cases and with access to some incredible expertise.
Irwin Mitchell is one of only a few firms which specialises in international personal injury work and the training provided for this area of specialism is second to none.
As well as being at the forefront of personal injury law, the firm also encourages inclusivity, good work/life balance and flexible working, which are all very much welcomed in this day and age.
What do you do away from the office?
When I am not in the office I spend my time running and like most people I love spending time with friends and family. I have an unhealthy obsession with interior decorating!