I qualified as a solicitor in 1987, and since 1992 have specialised exclusively in representing people who have been seriously injured in accidents, or who have been the victims of a violent assault.
My first brain injury case came by chance in the late 1980’s. The son of a commercial client had been injured in a road accident in the Lake District and was in intensive care in a coma. He made a full physical recovery but was left with behavioural problems. As I began to take on more cases, I soon learnt that no two cases are the same, and that the cognitive/behavioural consequences following brain injury are almost invariably more significant and long lasting than the physical consequences.
The serious injury team at Slater and Gordon Cambridge is now 21 strong, including a substantial Court of Protection team handling the finances of those who are so seriously injured that they can’t manage their own affairs. Over the years the team has handled countless multi-million pound awards, and we are particularly proud of the effort we put in to make sure an injured person’s chances of return to independent living and work are maximised.
My personal highlight was taking on and winning a case for a 15 year old boy who had been injured in a car accident when just 18 months old, sustaining a serious brain injury. His then solicitors and Counsel recommended settlement of the case when he was just 3 years old on the basis of one brief medical report. The court subsequently approved the settlement. This was far too premature and sure enough by age 15 his behavioural problems were only too evident, and he needed the additional support I had recognised.
Chambers and Partners’ legal directory describes me as a “tough cookie” and “an extremely good lawyer and tactician”. The Legal 500 directory describes me as “a tough litigator” who “runs a very efficient operation” with a team that “gives excellent service to clients and goes to great lengths to pursue claims”.