I am a Consultant Solicitor in the Personal Injury Department at Duncan Lewis and based in the company’s Birmingham branch. I possess over 25 years’ experience in dispute litigation matters. As a Personal Injury Lawyer, I have been involved in complex claims that have included a number of ground breaking cases including;
- Landmark Court of Appeal case of Carver v BAA (2008) EWCA Civ 412, where I was unsuccessful but later proved right by Lord Justice Jackson in his Final Report on Costs in December 2009 and who advised that this decision be reversed;
- High Court claim for cyclist who although found substantially to blame for an accident was successful in recovering one third against a defendant who refused to pay anything, Flavio v Jeffrey ( 2008) before Mr Justice Mackay
- Successful appeal for claimant, clarifying law on costs for infant approvals: Nicholson v Hickman ;
- A successful damages claim against the Hollywood actor, Steven Seagal, who assaulted a client on a film set;
- £3 million in damages for a brain damaged child who had ran out in front of an ice cream van: Coogan v Bridgen ;
- The first successful claim for a police officer who developed noise induced deafness through motorcycle wind noise : Lee v Wet Midlands Police (1999);
- Led the First Group Action for police officers suffering from Firearms Deafness;
- Common Law breach of duty established for social worker who was forced to manually handle a patient at home during an emergency : Colclough v Staffordshire County Council  CLY 208;
My prominence in industry is illustrated by the fact that I have written a number of books and articles, including: Manual Handling Law and Litigation (1997); Health and Safety Law: A Modern Guide (2002); Surviving Jackson: How to Develop a Profitable Personal Injury Practice for the Future (2013). Further to this, I am an occasional contributor to the Law Society Gazette.
Alongside my personal injury practice, I also possesses considerable experience in dealing with professional negligence claims against Solicitors and other professionals. I am a member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association (“PNLA”) and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (“APIL”). In recent years, I have dealt with a number of professional negligence claims that include:
- Missed court deadlines that have caused loss to an injured claimant;
- Failure to commence court proceedings within the appropriate limitation period;
- The High Court case of Snowdon v Thurstan Hoskins & Partners and others 2002, where I successfully argued that a medical condition that was only discovered many years after a notional trial could be taking into account in assessing damages for a breach of a duty of care on the part of a Solicitor;
- Undersetting a personal injury claim where the solicitors failed to include a substantial pension loss;
- In a recent action, against a leading trade union, a successful claim was made when the union’s representative failed to bring an employment claim with the strict time limits imposed by the Employment tribunal;
- Numerous Claims against doctors who have failed to exercise the requisite care and skill
My professional approach is personable and conscientious to ensure clients are not forgotten in big systems or teams. I operate an approach that if I take a claim on, I will deal with it myself with the support of my experienced team and fight for the client’s best interests.
I return calls and emails promptly because that’s what I believe clients expect and deserve. I will talk plainly without the usual legal jargon and will advise a client up-front if I am of the view that their claim has any merit. I am happy to communicate using client’s own preference and regularly use Skype to conduct client meetings.