I help the victims of catastrophic accidents to recover compensation. Many of my clients have serious brain injuries, spinal cord injuries or amputations. I also help families to recover damages after fatal accidents.
When I first meet a client and their family, it is normally at a time when the most devastating event has occurred, and when things can seem hopeless.
It is my job to make sure that the injured person and their family get support through the claims process, rehabilitation and interim payments. I also ensure that the final award not only compensates them for what they have lost, but also delivers a good quality of life for the future.
Things may not go back to normal, so we must make sure that the ’new normal’ is the best that it can be.
What inspired you to get into law?
I always wanted to be a lawyer, even from a young age. I would watch barristers arguing in Criminal cases on TV and dream about doing it myself one day.
I did a little bit of Criminal Defence work at the start of my career, but then I was given an opportunity to work with injured people and I have never looked back.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
Working closely with clients and their families is the best part of this work. Something awful has happened to them and they have never had to deal with anything like this before.
It is a privilege to be able to fight for them and to take as much of the stress and worry out of the situation as possible.
Very often, an injured person will become isolated after their accident. Their world can shrink to the 2-4 people in their immediate family. Putting a support package in place, or buying some specialist equipment, to help them to get out and to start doing things again, is incredibly rewarding.
It's also incredibly rewarding when an injured person is able to find the thing that they enjoy doing after their accident.
I can’t really put into words how it feels when a case that I have been building for years comes to a successful conclusion.
To know that the client and their family will be financially secure, and able to build a bright future for themselves, makes this the best job in the world.
What do you like about working at Irwin Mitchell?
Irwin Mitchell are the best in the business. They have the resources to fight even the most difficult cases. I get full support in my role to fight difficult cases against challenging defendants.
What do you do away from the office?
Outside of work, I am a 1st Dan black belt Taekwondo instructor. I enter competitions (Bronze medal for Sparring in March 2019) and teach a class of 4-15 year olds on a Sunday afternoon.
I am married with two young children and I love spending time with them.
I like painting and trying to keep fit in the gym.