Matthew Teakle


Tell us about yourself

I am a Solicitor and I have been working in Bristol and the South West since 2001 focusing exclusively on personal injury claims. I joined John Hodge Solicitors in 2016 having moved from a large Bristol firm.

What is your specialist area of law?

I have extensive experience of making claims for compensation for injured persons, which has been my specialist area for more than 15 years. I have managed claims across the spectrum of injury claims from road traffic accidents, accidents at work, tripping and slipping, through to product liability and disease claims. I have experience of claims from the more modest injuries, up to catastrophic level injuries, including brain injury and spinal damage, as well as fatal accidents.

What do you offer clients of John Hodge Solicitors?

A personal service tailored to the needs of each client. All clients will have different priorities. Some will want support and assistance to help them through a traumatic injury and will be keen to understand the full impact of an accident before settlement. Others, however, will want to prioritise a swift settlement. Whatever my clients’ priorities are, I will listen to their requirements and deliver a service tailored to their own needs rather than forcing all clients into accepting the same default level.

Do you belong to any Panels or Associations which show you have reached a notable level of expertise and experience in your specialist area of law?

I am a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, which campaigns on behalf of injured persons.

I have extensive experience in dealing with motorcycle accidents having managed a team of lawyers specialising in this area. I have a comprehensive understanding of the arguments about liability, the impact of injuries on bikers and also the affect of the more serious or fatal accidents on the biker and their families.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I love the challenge of finding the best solution to a problem for my clients and achieving this for them. I take the time to understand what a client wants from their claim and I will do whatever is possible to achieve this for them.

What do you think makes a good lawyer?

The most important element of being a good lawyer is communication. All of my clients are treated as individuals and I will take time to understand your own needs and requirements. Sometimes a client will want a ‘slow and steady’ approach whereas others will want speed of settlement to be the priority. By dealing with my clients on an individual basis I can get them the outcome that they want.

A message for clients:

Making any kind of claim can often be a stressful experience and this will be particularly the case if you go to a firm which cannot offer you face-to-face meetings or where you cannot be sure of the experience of the person handling your claim. At John Hodge Solicitors we look to meet with our clients wherever possible so that we can establish excellent communications which will help you to cope with the pressures of making and claim and help us to ensure the best possible outcome for you.

Is there anything else you'd like to say?

No-one wants to suffer an injury or to have to make a claim, but sometimes you can, through no fault of your own, find yourself in a situation where you have to. By instructing John Hodge Solicitors you can deal with a qualified person, someone who can take the time to deal with you as a person and make the process of making a claim easier for you.