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I qualified as a Solicitor in the Serious Injury team in Sheffield in September 2014. I work on cases involving catastrophic acquired brain injuries, multiple orthopaedic injuries and psychiatric injuries. I represent adults, adolescents and children.
I first joined Irwin Mitchell in September 2007, and during my training gained experience in a number of different areas of law, including medical negligence, defective products, and serious injury.
Some of the cases I've been involved with include:
Charity and fundraising work is very important to me and I have been a member of the Irwin Mitchell Charities Foundation (ICMF) since I joined the firm. I am a member of the Child Brain Injury Trust (CBIT) and regularly organise funding events for them, such as the Welly Walk in spring 2015. I am also an advocate of the "Be Seen, Not Hurt" campaign to keep children safer in winter.
My aunty trained to be a Barrister, and when she was taking her bar exams she used to talk me through the statutes and case law that she was studying. I found it fascinating and decided to do some work experience in a Magistrates Court while I was still in high school. I got the bug and never looked back.
It is enormously rewarding to help individuals who are at their most vulnerable overcome their injuries and get the best quality of life.
I like the sense of community at Irwin Mitchell. We care about our clients: they come first. I am involved with various groups within the firm - I am captain of the company netball team and organise the annual tournament. I also help supervise the placement students who apply here for vacation schemes and training contracts.
In my spare time I enjoy playing netball, running, going to the gym, reading, relaxing with friends and family, travelling and camping.
"You have a wonderful way of dealing with people and you steered us through a complicated issue very successfully, and we will always be grateful. We would love to hear about your next successful step on 'the ladder' and we wish you all the best" - Client testimonial
“Pass on my thanks to you and the rest of the team for all their help on what was a far from easy case…. I look forward to working with you all again” - Barrister
“Our client’s story is a clear example of the devastating impact that road collisions can have on cyclists, with Rachael requiring a significant amount of support as she worked to recover from the crash.
“Road Safety Week is an important time to reflect on the responsibility that all of us have to keep ourselves and others safe from harm on the road. This year’s theme is an important reminder that those on two wheels can be at particular risk, so it is vital that motorists do what they can and remain vigilant.”
“This was a mindless act of violence which left Robert with very serious injuries and we are pleased that the assailant was found guilty.
“The vicious assault that he endured has had a huge effect on his life, leaving him with very severe injuries.
“Head and brain injuries can have such a devastating effect on both individuals and their families. The most serious injuries can cause long term disability leaving those injured needing 24 hour care and rehabilitation for life. We are working with Robert to get him access to the specialist support that he needs.”
“This is a really sad case as Jean loved working even at the age of 79. Unfortunately some of her independence has been taken from her but the settlement means she can get access to the specialist rehabilitation to help her. She has been able to get into the garden even if she can’t dig things up or mow the lawn anymore, and she has been able to go to football matches with the help of her son.
“Jean’s case highlights the impact that work accidents and brain injuries in particular can have on people who were previously fiercely independent. She now needs help to do things she would previously be able to do on her own and finds this incredibly frustrating.
“We hope that all employers will take note of this case and ensure that their workers are properly protected from risks in the workplace to reduce the risk of similar incidents in future.”
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