I am head of the Personal Injury Department and specialise in handling a wide variety of claims, including those arising from road traffic accidents, accidents at work and tripping and slipping accidents.
My particular areas of speciality and interest include brain injuries, spinal injuries and severe lower limb injuries, most often caused in significant road traffic accidents.
I bring a wealth of experience to the team, having conducted personal injury claims since 2001. Though I now generally advise claimants, prior to my time here at Battens I worked on the opposite side of the fence, advising insurance companies, local authorities and self-insured organisations in defending personal injury claims which had been brought against them. This extensive defendant-side experience has given me the invaluable ability to provide practical, realistic advice to claimants as to whether their claim has reasonable prospects of success and whether the claim should therefore be pursued, taking account of the arguments on liability which may be raised by the defendant. It also enables me to provide a realistic assessment of the likely level of compensation taking account of arguments likely to be raised by the other side.
My most notable recent cases include a road traffic accident in which the client was knocked from his pedal bike by a passing car and suffered traumatic brain injuries which made him incapable of managing his own affairs; and a case in which the client was knocked off his motorcycle by a car pulling out of a junction, suffering complex and life-changing leg injuries. Due to their injuries, both clients had complex and wide-ranging care and rehabilitation needs, as well as significant future losses. Both claims were litigated through the courts and ultimately settled for six-figure sums.
I represent most clients under conditional fee agreements, also called no win no fee agreements, or under legal expenses insurance. There are special considerations to take into account under such arrangements, and I am well versed in fulfilling all of the criteria necessary for success.
Having completed my training at Battens and qualified as a solicitor in 2001, I joined the Insurance Department of Veitch Penny in Exeter, specialising in defendant personal injury and insurance. My clients included many well-known insurance companies, Devon and Somerset county councils and the NHS Litigation Authority. From there, I moved to Bond Pearce in Bristol, becoming part of the liability claims team specialising in defendant personal injury and insurance, representing clients including the Royal Mail Group, Network Rail and several well-known insurance companies. I re-joined Battens in 2007 and am now a senior associate.
I am a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
When I am not working or looking after my young family, I enjoy playing the oboe and piano, and singing with the Somerset Chamber Choir.