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Congratulations to the Brain Injury Group – affectionately known as BIG – on celebrating its 10th Anniversary!

We remember back in 2011, we were approached by Francis Lacy-Scott and Sally Dunscombe to discuss an exciting new idea they had to help people affected by brain injury find the best advice and support.

We really liked the thinking behind the concept and plans for the Brain Injury Group (BIG), especially as it reflected our own values and ethos; to provide the best service for our clients. As a result, we both joined the Brain Injury Group Board of Directors and were involved in establishing the operational and strategic plans with the team.

When the Brain Injury Group was launched, we joined our fellow BIG Directors and embarked on a nationwide road trip, running a series of seminars inviting dedicated brain injury solicitors to come along and become part of a network of specialist brain injury solicitors and other expert service providers. This included Barristers and financial advisors, making up the complete package of services offered by the Brain Injury Group to those affected by brain injury.

As a partner, ILS provided a support service to the member firms who signed up to join BIG. This service included carrying out urgent INAs; providing a family coordinator to assist at time of crisis and guidance on eligibility for welfare and family benefits.

Since that time, we have continued to sponsor several of BIG’s successful and informative training days ably organised by Julie McCarthy and have been delighted to provide speakers to compliment the programme when asked. We have even been tempted out onto the golf course for the annual charity Golf Day on several occasions and Julie and the team are to be commended for raising a significant amount of money for their chosen charity, “Brain Injury is Big”. This organisation was founded by the families of those who have experienced catastrophic brain injury and they continue to provide such essential advice and support to other families going through similar circumstances.

We very much view our fellow members of the Brain Injury Group as colleagues, and embrace the great opportunities offered for client-centred collaborative working. Listening to them and the needs of their clients over the years has helped us to evolve too, including the development of our new commercial business terms.

We look forward to continuing to be an active and enthusiastic member of the Brain Injury Group.

By Kate Maclean and Karenmarie Smith, ILS Case Management

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