I manage one of the Serious Injury teams in the Sheffield office. I specialise in dealing with adult brain injury and spinal cord injury cases.
I am dedicated to ensuring that those people who suffer such permanent and life-changing injuries through no fault of their own, receive appropriate and enabling rehabilitation to promote independence where possible.
I have extensive experience in securing substantial interim payments for the purpose of providing adapted accommodation, establishing case management and care and therapy packages.
Cases of Note:
Mayes v Egan (2012)
Successful case on liability trial where the Claimant sustained tetraplegia as a result of a road traffic accident, the Claimant received Judgment of 100% of her damages and a large interim payment to fund a 24 hour care package, therapy and accommodation adaptations.
Downs v Hadee Engineering Limited (2010)
Claimant sustained a severe brain injury and loss of sight as a result of a workplace accident. Succeed at Trial on liability for 100% of damages and substantial settlement of lump sum and periodical payments to pay for his care and case management package and adapted accommodation.
Nevins v Nicholson & CIS (2007)
Claimant sustained a severe brain injury and hemiplegia as a result of a serious road traffic collision. Interim funds were obtained to pay for case management, 24 hour care package and rehabilitation including residential rehabilitation before living in the community. Interim funds were also obtained to fund house purchase. Significant settlement achieved for future damages.
Tolley v Kershaw (2006)
Judicial decision in favour of the Claimant against relying on additional life expectancy evidence due to the Claimant smoking. Substantial settlement for incomplete tetraplegia at the level of C5 as a result of a serious road traffic collision.
What Inspired You To Get Into Law?
My parents encouraged me to do well at school, and in discussion with them and my school tutors we agreed either medicine or the law would be a good fit. Unfortunately I can't stand the sight of blood so medicine was out pretty quickly!
I read law at Durham University and undertook my Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in York. At that stage I had not decided what area of the law I wanted to specialise in but the first seat of my training contract was in personal injury and I never looked back.
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?
I am inspired to help my clients and their families at a time in their lives when they have been through such a traumatic experience and everything they hold dear to them appears to be changing. This can happen in a number of ways whether it is assisting with introductions to private rehabilitation, appointing a case manager, liaising with architects over housing adaptations, securing interim funding to pay for much needed services or helping them with debt management. The list can be endless and we try to make their lives easier for them when they need it the most. I find this the most rewarding, a close second is when former clients make contact and let me know how they are getting on post-settlement, that always makes me smile!
What Do You Like About Working For Irwin Mitchell?
I like the opportunity to assist my clients by working with a team of people who are absolutely dedicated to doing their upmost to secure damages that are fair and reasonable and will make such a difference to our clients lives.
At Irwin Mitchell we have such a large breadth of knowledge and experience in a variety of areas of law which can assist in our cases, and we have the opportunity to push the boundaries and test new solutions to existing law where it will not appropriately compensate our clients.
"Hugely experienced" - Legal 500, 2020
"Her technical knowledge is second to none," says one interviewee, adding: "She has an incredible, analytical mind and can evaluate and make reasonable conclusions with ease." - Chambers & Partners, 2019
"Fearless in promoting her clients' interests" - Legal 500, 2018/19
"Very knowledgeable and competent". Sources say: "She has an ability to digest a huge amount of technical information and pick out essential and non-essential details. She leaves no stone unturned." - Chambers & Partners 2018
Rachel is recommended for the "absolute clarity" she brings to complex trials and, according to one client she stands out for her "combination of being easy to speak to and very tenacious with the case." - Chambers & Partners 2017
Rachel is "always willing to go to battle" for her clients - Chambers & Partners 2015