Head of the Personal Injury team, my clients include claimants who have been seriously injured in all types of personal injury cases including road traffic accidents, workplace accidents, criminal injuries and product liability. I also deal with all types of industrial disease claims.
I have special expertise and interest in catastrophic injury cases including brain and spinal injuries and serious orthopaedic injuries. A significant number of my clients are children and adults who have suffered a significant brain injury. These cases require sensitive handling and a detailed knowledge of the particular needs of these clients. As a result I have developed a keen interest in the rehabilitation issues and needs on behalf of these clients and have developed strong links with the support organisations in this area.
I have lectured to various organisations including the CAB and support organisations on a wide variety of personal injury subjects. I have also given TV and radio interviews on transport disasters such as the Paddington and Ufton Nervet rail crashes, in relation to the group action for claimants sustaining burns from chemicals used in the manufacture of leather sofas, as well as having acted for many of the victims of these accidents.
Memberships include the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Senior Litigator Member), the Child Brain Injury Trust (Associate Member), the Brain Injury Social Work Group, Headway and Spinal Injuries Panel Solicitors. I am also a Headway Life Member, Trustee of Headway Thames Valley and Trustee of the Bicycle Helmet Initiative Trust, a charity committed to saving young people’s lives by promoting safer cycling and in particular the use of cycle helmets. I have been accredited as a Brain Injury Specialist by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and Boyes Turner are approved solicitors for Headway, the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA), the Child Brain Injury Trust (CBIT) and the UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum (UKABIF). We are members of the Brain Injury Social Work Group (BISWG).
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