Areas of specialism
I head up the personal injury team in Leeds and deal with all areas of personal injury claims including road traffic accidents, employers’ liability, public liability, occupiers’ liability and product liability. I also deal with a small number of Noise Induced Hearing Loss case but predominantly my work load now revolves around clinical negligence cases.
Expertise and key strengths
My key strength has always been in addressing road traffic accidents where there are liability disputes. It is something I enjoy doing. I give advice on cases where there is a stalemate, sorting out matters where there hasn’t been an admission and trying to resolve this as quickly as possible for the client. I specialise in cases where Fraud is alleged and Low Velocity Impact Cases (where the impact between cars was slight).
I also have cases where unfortunately people have died as a result of their injuries and cases in which injuries have been very severe. Helping families secure the compensation they need to be able to live without someone or with the disabilities someone is left with is of paramount importance. I have over the years built a good all round knowledge of all areas of personal injury and all types of cases from the initial call right through to a Trial.
I am a fully qualified solicitor (LLB Hons) and also an Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) Accredited Litigator with more than 10 years of experience. I have been working with APIL over the last year to secure my Senior Litigator Accreditation Status and this should follow shortly.
I previously worked for Corries Solicitors, Cogent Solicitors, Minster Law, Pryers Solicitors, and Godloves Solicitors before joining Neil Hudgell’s team in 2010. I have also carried out defendant work and worked for Direct Line, one of the leading insurers.
After 14 years of personal injury work, I still have the same passion for helping clients to get the compensation they deserve. I have done both defendant and claimant work, so I have a good grasp of what I can realistically achieve for a client.
Proudest professional achievement
One of my recent successes was a claim I managed for more than three years for a client who came with me from two of my previous firms. The client suffered a crush injury to her arm which caused a compression injury to the ulnar nerve and resulted in Post Traumatic Raynaud’s phenomenon which meant her arm changed colour and there was an altered sensation felt in that same arm. The case was difficult to prove and was a long drawn out battle with the Courts being used. I was able to secure her nearly £200,000 in damages and it was very satisfying to get a good result in the end.
Qualifications and professional memberships
- Qualified solicitor with more than 10 years of experience
- Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) litigator with senior status pending