Rebecca is a very experienced advocate who has specialised in personal injury law for the last 16 years, with a focus on multitrack litigation and in more recent years, the Court of Protection. Rebecca regularly represents parties in claims involving serious orthopaedic injury, fatal accidents, clinical negligence, criminal injuries and higher value industrial disease litigation. She has a strong background of representing local authorities in a wide range of employer’s liability, public liability claims and in the Court of Protection.
Rebecca is known for her thorough preparation, attention to detail, effective advocacy and cross examination and her excellent working relationships with lay clients and experts. Clients include the individual claimant or defendant as well as local authorities and insurers. Rebecca welcomes being able to provide informal advice on potential claims at an early stage, and frequently provides advice as to on-going case management from the earliest intimation of litigation, whether that is advising on letters in response and disclosure or advice as to the future conduct of litigation.
She places particular emphasis on an efficient and effective ‘team approach’. Rebecca has considerable experience in all respects of personal injury law. As a qualified mediator she is interested in pursuing all alternative means of dispute resolution.
Reflecting her training and experience as a volunteer for the National Autistic Society, Rebecca provides advice and represents parents in the First Tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) on choice of schools and appears regularly in the Court of Protection. Rebecca is a reviewer on the Bar Pro Bono panel.
Personal Injury Cases
G – A delicate case involving two separate families in a fatal accident case following a divorce and re-marriage. The case involved very sensitive handling of the issues at the same time as steadfastly fighting the corner of the children of the former marriage when a conflict arose between the widow and the children. A settlement was reached prior to issue of the claim on the basis of a carefully drafted schedule taking a realistic long term view of the longer dependency of children in the modern age with contributions for university, deposits for housing and contributions to weddings. The issue of representation for the three children and the widow was successfully contested.
L – loss of a thumb in a young joiner at the outset of his career. A robust and carefully drafted schedule at an early stage resulted in a successful settlement at a JSM at ten times the original offer from the Defendant.
B – A significant knee injury in a middle aged man with secure employment resulted in a successful settlement on the basis of an Ogden calculation for ongoing disability.
R – In the face of the overly optimistic views of the orthopaedic and plastic surgeons my advice to instruct a consultant vascular surgeon revealed ongoing compromise in the claimant’s leg following a crushing injury resulting in a much higher settlement.
S – An apparently straightforward road traffic accident injury resulted in a clinical negligence claim for a missed scaphoid fracture. Careful conduct of the two claims and a fully drafted schedule resulted in a significant settlement based on the nursing career she had hoped to pursue as a young woman.