Laura Gooding

Call 2001

gooding@exchangechambers.co.uk

"She has niche expertise in military personal injury claims."

The Legal 500 2018/19
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Personal Injury

Laura practices exclusively in personal injury work and related litigation. She has a busy practice which sees her regularly instructed for both Claimants and Defendants in multi-track litigation.

Laura has particular expertise in the following areas:-

  • Road Traffic Claims
  • Employers Liability Claims
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Criminal Injuries
  • Military Claims

Laura is experienced in dealing with high value cases featuring significant claims for loss of earnings, care and assistance and accommodation.

Laura also has extensive experience in dealing with complex high value Criminal Injury Compensation Appeal claims and Armed Forces Compensation Scheme claims involving brain injuries and severe psychological injury.

Laura acts at all stages of litigation and assists with the provision of early advice on the merits, the drafting of pleadings and schedules/counter schedules of loss, attendance at interlocutory hearings including costs and case management hearings and representation at trial.

Laura is regularly instructed in cases involving vulnerable Claimants and children. She has been fully trained in the handling of vulnerable witnesses, including children and people with learning difficulties by the Bar Council. Laura is valued by solicitors for her personable approach, excellent communication skills and the ability to place all lay clients at their ease quickly through difficult cases.

Laura prides herself on her thorough preparation, focused and incisive advice and her effective advocacy skills.

Notable Cases

CRIMINAL INJURIES APPEAL CASES

James Patterson (by his Litigation Friend Janet McArthur) v CICA – Advising in relation to an award of £211, 668 in a case where the client suffered a severe brain injury following an assault. The case required consideration of complex eligibility issues along with the tariff, life expectancy, loss of earnings, medical treatment costs, accommodation, adaptations and special equipment, care and financial guardianship fees.

Goulding v CICA – A claim for a client with a significant brain injury involving complex issues of future loss of earnings and capability. Successfully appealed the initial decision on eligibility and at the final hearing a maximum award  of £500,000 was secured.

Hughes v CICA – Successfully appealing a decision in a sexual assault case resulting in an award of £187,025.

Stoney v CICA – Successfully appealing a decision in a claim arising out of a serious assault for mental illness, scarring and head injury resulting in an award of £41,715.

Ennis v CICA – Successfully appealing a decision in a claim for brain injury, mental illness and facial injuries following an assault resulting in an award of £45,084.

Edwards v CICA – Successfully appealing a decision in a claim involving complex issues of eligibility due to previous criminal convictions.

Partington v CICA – Successfully appealing a decision in a claim for PTSD following a carjacking incident with complex issues surrounding the loss of earnings claim.

Cross v CICA – Successfully appealing a decision in a claim arising out of a serious assault for mental illness with complex arguments regarding the loss of earnings calculation.

Chapman v CICA – Successfully appealed an eligibility decision in a brain injury claim sustained when the Appellant was an infant by being shaken.

Johnson v CICA – Successfully appealing a decision in a claim for severe back injuries. The Appellant sustained debilitating fractures to her spine when she jumped from an upstairs window to escape a violent burglary.

ARMED FORCES CASES

Holroyd v Secretary of State (Vetrans UK) – The Appellant suffered a significant brain injury following a violent attack in barracks by a fellow soldier.

Clarke v Secretary of State (Vetrans UK) – The Appellant suffered a significant back injury during a training exercise.

Ch v Secretary of State (Vetrans UK) – The Appellant suffered blast injuries including a significant fracture to his spine when his vehicle drove over an IED.

Sh v Secretary of State (Vetrans UK) – The Appellant suffered blast injuries including a brain injury when his vehicle drove over an IED.