I am a partner at Hugh James Solicitors and head of the firm’s Neurolaw Department, a unique multidisciplinary team representing only claimants and their families following a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury. For more than 20 years I have been acting to secure the best possible results for people who have suffered traumatic brain injury and their families and carers.
Having established the firms dedicated brain injury unit in 1998, I now concentrate solely on complex traumatic brain injury cases and those resulting from clinical negligence. My most recent settled cases involve negotiating settlement of a multimillion pound claim on behalf of a young woman left in a locked in condition following traumatic brain stem injury; a claim on behalf of a teacher who sustained subtle but far reaching brain injury at school which meant that he could not continue in his work; and a claim for very severe brain injury suffered by a young girl after her first solicitors had failed to progress the claim for several years.
In addition to undertaking litigation, I am appointed deputy by the Court of Protection in a very significant number of cases where large damages awards have been made, which award needs to be managed following settlement of the claim. I am a member of the Court of Protection Court Users Group and was formerly a member of the PGO Professional Deputies Forum and a member of the panel of deputies.
I have been a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel since its inception and am a member of APIL. I sat as a Recorder on the Wales & Chester circuit for some years. I feel very proud that the current Legal 500 guide to the profession said of my team:
catastrophic/neurological injury matters are lead by “absolute expert”, Andrew Harding who is also an “excellent” deputy.”
My commitment to helping people affected by brain injury extends well beyond my professional life and takes up much of my time outside the office too! I have been a committee member for Headway Cardiff since shortly after its formation and have acted as Chairman for almost 10 years. I am also a member of the Board of Trustees of Headway UK. I established the Children’s Brain Injury Trust Wales Group and am currently involved in establishing a South Wales ABIF. I have also sat on numerous NHS steering groups and committees in connection with brain injury rehabilitation and community services in Wales. I am frequently asked to present at conferences and seminars on the topic of brain injury.