How do I feel about my Number 1 Chambers ranking?

I feel quite flattered and a bit embarrassed as I never expected this ranking.

But I also feel quite proud and of course it is nice to be recognised in such a way.

Chambers is a very prestigious legal directory, perhaps the most famous and it is viewed worldwide so of course it is great to get such recognition.

How do you feel about Chambers ranking KLS Law as second?

This is also fantastic news and a very deserved recognition for KLS Law probably long overdue. I am so lucky to be working with some very able lawyers at the top of their field and to be ranked number 2 following our first application is almost unprecedented I am told, so I am very proud to be a partner in such a company.

What areas of law do you specialise in?

I would say my specialty is serious and catastrophic injury cases.

These may arise from any type of accident including clinical negligence.

Sometimes it will be a very high value claim in the millions, but sometimes serious and even catastrophic injuries will be much lower value. Sometimes a very complex case on issues of liability for example may not attract such high value but I enjoy the challenges of pursuing such cases. It is very rewarding when an outcome is achieved which will make a serious difference to someone’s life.

As a very keen road cyclist myself I also have a special interest in acting for cyclists.

Almost every cyclist client I act for lists as their number one priority to be able to get back on the bike again. I am very proud that within the group of companies we also have a rehabilitation company that can make a real difference in this regard.

Why do you think you achieved the number 1 ranking?

I’d like to think that it was a combination of the cases themselves and the good feedback from clients, experts and professionals.

I have built up a very good relationship with a number of barristers and independent medical experts and other professionals covering a variety of niche specialist areas and been very involved with such people over many years on some big cases. I have also been very conscious over the years of the need to ensure a good connection and maintain good relationships with clients too and be with them on every step of the journey. Above all you cannot take clients for granted. I have always been generous in giving them as much time as they require knowing how devastating the injuries can be for them and how difficult the litigation process can sometimes be too. I would like to think this has been reflected in the feedback.

Can you give an example of the most challenging and rewarding case you have recently deal with?

It’s funny because sometimes the most difficult cases are those not attracting the highest sums in damages. For example, I recently settled a case for a young lady where liability was an issue and she allegedly suffered epilepsy as a consequence of a very mild head injury. In fact, the medical evidence from 3 different neurologists could not support any causation between the epilepsy and the claimant and despite all the problems with the case we still achieved a successful outcome of £40,000 when really to achieve anything at all was a result.

The most recent case I am most pleased about was achieving a settlement of £4 million for an orthopaedic surgeon in his late 59s paralysed from the waist down as a result of a road accident. Within the settlement we managed to get his house completely adapted to cope with his injuries too. We made a real difference to his life and that of his wife and continue to keep in touch. It was 3 years of very hard work involving as many as 12 different experts and the legal team we employed deserve as much credit as me for the final outcome. If ever there was a case which was a perfect example of quality professionals pulling together this was it.