As managing partner at GLP Solicitors, I have spent nearly thirty three years representing many hundreds of injured people. After qualifying as a lawyer, I realised that I was interested in personal injury law because I had the opportunity to make a difference to injured people and their families by ensuring they received full and fair compensation, allowing them to move on with their lives as much as possible after their injury. Brain and head injuries became a particular interest because of their complexity. People who’ve had a brain injury may appear unchanged but often it’s affected them in subtle ways that can go unrecognised by others, but I can offer a real understanding of it to my clients.
I have acted for people in a wide variety of accidents and circumstances, such as on the roads, at work, in public places, even at sea. I have extensive experience in the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme (CICS) and have represented over a hundred children who have been tragically injured as a result of shaken baby syndrome. We regularly the secure the maximum award of £500,000 through the CICS, and in 2012 we won the largest ever award of £6.5 million for a shaken baby syndrome case. We’ve recently also won awards varying between £750,000 to £2.5 million under civil law cases.
I’ve spoken to a variety of audiences on the topic of personal injury litigation, especially brain injury, and I lecture to other lawyers and local authority legal and children’s services departments. I am a contributing author to Butterworth’s Personal Injury Litigation Service and have had academic articles published in paediatric, neurological and social work journals as well as magazines such as Adoption Today, the Law Society Gazette and newspapers including the Times. I am also a Fellow and Executive Committee member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and was involved in the design of its brain injury competency standards and its Best Practice Guide to Rehabilitation. In addition I am an APIL brain injury accredited lawyer and am appointed to the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, for whom I am an assessor. In 2001 I was extremely proud to receive a commendation in the UNICEF Child Rights Lawyer awards and I also sit as a tribunal judge in the social entitlement chamber.
My firm is involved with the Brain and Spinal Injury Charity and I am a member of its annual charity ball committee, in addition to providing assistance to a charity providing support for people with neurological conditions. I am also involved with a charity that supports victims of serious accident and their families and another that supports the families of victims of homicide. My firm and I have had a long association with Victim Support, for whom we provide pro bono assistance and training.