Expertise and key strengths
Over a career spanning three decades I have assisted clients in many different cases. My particular expertise is in complex brain injury cases, in birth injury claims such as Cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy and generally in helping those people who have had the misfortune to suffer catastrophic injury.
Recent successes include recovering seven figure sums in compensation for clients suffering avoidable Cerebral Palsy and Erb’s Palsy and for a person who was left with paralysis following a preventable stroke. All three cases were fiercely contested with the claims for compensation persistently rejected by the defendants before justice prevailed .
I have been a solicitor for more than 25 years. I joined Hudgell Solicitors in 2011 having been responsible for the personal injury and clinical negligence departments of my previous firm. I have been a member of the elite Law Society Panel of Specialist Clinical Negligence Solicitors for approaching 20 years.
Proudest professional achievement
One well known case I was involved in – Beck V MOD (Court of Appeal) – led to new guidelines being laid down about the use of expert witnesses in cases. Now, an expert’s findings have to be disclosed, whether or not they are favourable to a claimant or a defendant’s case, before a new expert can be instructed. The aim is to discourage lawyers from shopping around for the expert reports most favourable to their case.
Winning my first trial and securing my first seven-figure settlement are also career highlights.
Qualifications and professional memberships
- Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) Accredited Senior Litigator
- Member of the Law Society’s Specialist Clinical Negligence Panel
- Advanced Diploma Personal Injury Litigation