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I am the Managing Partner for the Personal Injury division and executive board member on the Personal Legal Services Division.
I am a personal injury lawyer and I have been acting for clients who have suffered major injury for over 30 years. I have acted for many clients who have suffered brain and spinal cord injury and now work with a large team of lawyers who specialise in acting for clients who have suffered major injury and working as a team on all cases are highly skilled in accessing the very best rehabilitation and support to help rebuild their lives and in achieving the best outcome for any damages claim.
I am the Lead Partner for the personal injury teams here in Birmingham, who are regularly acclaimed in independent guides as the best personal injury lawyers in the Midlands.
"Brilliant with clients and an exceptionally good litigator." - Chambers & Partners 2017
Described as "glorious" and sources note his "very good reputation." - Chambers & Partners 2014
"A very talented businessman and a great catastrophic injury lawyer in his own right." - Chambers & Partners 2013
"Very capable and experienced" - Legal 500, 2012
"A top class litigator" with "enormous breadth of knowledge." - Chambers & Partners 2012
"Stuart Henderson’s seven-partner team delivers a service that clients can rely on every time.” - Legal 500, 2011
I became a personal injury lawyer because I was interested in law and medicine and had a desire to fight for justice for ordinary people who would often be taking on major companies or institutions in their legal battles.
I have achieved successful outcomes in numerous cases involving major brain and spinal cord injury leading to multi million pound awards of damages that have made an enormous difference to the quality of life of my clients and their families.
In particular I have worked with my colleagues to pursue legal arguments to increase the level of damages awarded to those with major injury. Some of the cases in which I have acted have set record awards of damages in their time, for example Christine Leung's case (£3.4m in 1994 which doubled the record award at that time) and Faisal Luhar (£5.1m in 2000) and I continue to work to obtain the very best award of damages for all of my clients.
Our people and the energy and enthusiasm we commit to everything we do. I particularly admire the strength and fearlessness of our lawyers in securing the very best for our clients.
I enjoy relaxing with my family. I have four children and enjoy their company greatly. I am also interested in all the arts and sports (apart from football!) and always ensure I find time to listen to live music, theatre and to visit galleries. I have a particular interest in British art from the 1950s and relax with my collection of acoustic guitars.
Helping good causes is part of daily life at Irwin Mitchell. The charities we support tend to be small to mid-sized local organisations near each office, many of which rely solely on charitable donations.
The amounts we are donating will be truly transformative for some of them. In previous years we’ve raised enough to fund new support workers in the charities, lifesaving equipment in a fleet of ambulances and a programme to educate young people about sexual abuse, exploitation and grooming in schools for a year, to name but a few. Hearing how the donations are spent, not only puts things into perspective, but inspires and motivates us to do even more year on year.
“It’s an honour to be able to provide this record donation to a truly fantastic cause in our local community.
“Last year we celebrated 20 years of the IMCF and I am delighted that thanks to the creativity and generosity of Irwin Mitchell employees, we made our anniversary year a record breaking one.
“Everyone at IM is passionate about giving back to the communities we operate in and making a real difference to the lives of those supported by our Charities of the Year.
“We are incredibly proud of what we achieved last year. Hearing how BCHC is going to use the donation, and the positive impact that will have on those they care for, is spurring on our staff to think of bigger and better ways to fundraise for this year’s good cause.”
The Charity of the Year initiative has been a fundamental part of our efforts to actively support the local communities where we are based for many years and we are proud to have helped a number of incredible causes along the way.
“Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice is a fantastic cause and we are already hard at work planning out the range of events which will be held across the year to raise vital funds to support the incredible work it does.”
"The three organisations which were shortlisted all do great work in their community in promoting and raising awareness of disability sports.
“We would like to thank everyone who took time to cast their vote and also all those who made pledges during 2017.
“We’ve seen first-hand through our clients and the organisations we work with how much disability and inclusive sports can help people. We hope that this money will now help all three of the shortlisted clubs in helping to provide opportunities for people. Disability need not be a barrier to physical activity.”
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