Looking after clients across the South West from our offices in Bridgwater, Bristol, Weston-super-Mare, Yatton, Wedmore and Clevedon
Tell us about yourself
I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (FCILEX) and I qualified in June 2010. I am member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
I have worked representing injured Claimants since August 2004, initially as a trainee and then as a qualified claims handler, always acting for the Claimant (injured party).
I joined John Hodge Solicitors in December 2021 having previously worked for a large firm in Bristol where I gained extensive experience in all types of personal injury claims. For two years I worked within the community NHS rehabilitation sector. This experience places me in an unusual position whereby I have the legal and rehabilitation experience and can understand the rehabilitation needs of an injured person.
What is your specialist area of law?
I specialise in personal Injury claims and have wide experience in cases arising from serious road traffic collisions (RTC), which can involve multiple vehicles, and injured motor cyclists. I also act for cyclists injured through the actions of other road users or the condition of the road.
I represent people injured in incidents at work and in public spaces. I have experience in a range of public liability claims, and occupiers’ liability claims, including acting for those injured at retail parks, leisure parks and tourist attractions, concerts and entertainment venues, and in shops or other people’s homes and gardens. I have acted for those who have been injured by animals, from small dogs to cows and horses. I deal with claims throughout the whole claim process, from pre-issue, to litigated cases, from the start, to conclusion through settlement or at trial.
I speciaise in all types of injury claim, including head injury claims, claims for multiple injuries, claims for chronic pain, and all types of psychological injuries. It is common for victims of accidents to suffer psychological injury or psychiatric injury, which may be due to the injury causing scarring or the accident causing psychological trauma.
What do you offer clients of John Hodge Solicitors?
I provide a free initial consultation for potential clients to discuss their personal injury matter without any obligation. I always aim to provide fair and realistic advice on both the case prospects and the claims process so clients can make an informed decision thereafter on whether to proceed.
I am a good lawyer as I am thorough, detail orientated and motivated to do the best I can for my clients to ensure that they are properly compensated for what they have suffered and receive the best personal injury settlement possible.
What do you most enjoy about your role?
I enjoy the challenge of each claim turning on its own facts and evidence. This means no two claims are identical and it allows me to continue to learn new things in line with how the law continues to change and evolve which I find rewarding.
A Message for clients:
I appreciate that unexpected injuries can impact all aspects of a person’s life, such as the ability to continue a job, carry out domestic tasks and meet financial commitments. This can impact both physical and psychological wellbeing. I am happy to listen to client’s worries, answer questions to put their mind at ease and offer emotional support throughout the claims process.