As head of Litigation and Personal Injury for the firm, I have had experience of most types of litigation including crime, family (including divorce), commercial litigation, personal injury litigation and clinical negligence claims. In my role as commercial litigator I was recommended by the publication “The Legal 500” as an expert in Reservation of Title claims (Romalpa) which often involved emergency interlocutory injunctions, both in the County Court and the High Court. I have been involved with litigation claims for 40 years, and have conducted personal injury claims throughout that time.
I went to Nottingham University where I read law and became a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 1974. I commenced work as an Articled Clerk (now known as a Trainee Solicitor) in March 1975 with Gordon Bancks & Co in Pershore, a predecessor to Thomson & Bancks, and have been with the firm ever since. I qualified as a Solicitor in June 1977 and was made a Partner in July 1978. I am accredited by the Law Society as a Personal Injury Specialist, and also by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) as a Senior Litigator.
Whilst I deal with a wide range of personal injury claims, I tend to specialise in larger more complex claims including brain injury claims, catastrophic claims, and claims involving multiple injuries.
As for my brain injury case experience, I am very familiar with the devastating effects that brain injury can have upon the client and his or her family, and the ways in which victims and families can be helped at a relatively early stage after the incident causing injury. I have worked with a number of Case Managers and support workers, and have instructed top experts in many types of expertise including Neurology, Neuro-Psychology, Neuropsychiatry, Orthopaedic, Case Management, Housing adaptation, occupational therapy, vocational therapy, speech and language therapy, and whatever other expertise is required for any particular claim.
I have considerable experience of running complex brain injury claims. In particular, I was involved for a Claimant in probably the first case in which AIG Insurers funded a periodical payments order for my client (costing them a premium of £2 million for the insurance policy), the client in his early 30’s having suffered a severe brain injury, and needing 24 hour specialist care. The client therefore received a substantial lump sum of which a portion was used to purchase a specially adapted house, and periodical payments of over £100,000 per annum tax free to fund his 24 hour per day care. I have dealt with various substantial cases involving periodical payments, and conventional lump sum cases, and a mix of both.
I am experienced in Road traffic accident, Employer Liability (industrial injury), Public Liability claims, and Fatal Accident Act claims, and have attended Inquests when appropriate. I have successfully concluded several Mesothelioma cases, including most recently for the estate of a deceased victim of 89 years for which I obtained £100,000 in damages. I also have experience of package holiday claims.
I conducted a leading case on contributory negligence (Dymoke White v Lady Sarah Chapman) where a client was knocked down by a car whilst crossing the road in London, the client (in her early 20’s when she suffered her accident) who suffered brain injuries eventually recovering a mix of a substantial capital lump sum, and periodical payments, tax free and linked to RPI, for her lifetime.
I conducted a CICA pre-tariff claim which resulted in a 14 year old boy receiving substantial damages of approximately £3.5 million, the boy having suffered from cerebral palsy due to injuries deliberately inflicted shortly after birth.
I have experience of the work of a Professional Deputy appointed by the Court of Protection acting for brain injured clients. I have experience of giving the “Peters Undertaking” in relation to Local Authority funding.
I sued the London fire brigade for a client in her early 30’s who suffered a road traffic accident in London. She had quite severe back injuries which restricted her future earning capacity and career. After a trial on Quantum lasting a week in London, she recovered damages of £750,000.
Recently I obtained damages of £120,000 for a 60 year old client who sued her employer for shoulder injuries, having had difficulty in opening and closing a safe door that was proven to be defective and needed replacing. The client eventually had to leave her employment having suffered chronic pain syndrome, and recovered substantial damages, including future loss of earnings.
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