Legal Panel

“Finding the right solicitor is so important. It’s not all about the money, it’s the tools they can give you in getting a better life”

How does it help you?

We want to help you find the best solicitor for you. Sustaining a spinal cord injury is a traumatic experience with a lot to cope with. It can often bring added pressures in the short term when you have a legal case alongside that. We want to make sure you are with a solicitor that has the right experience to ensure you; access appropriate legal advice and representation to support you through proceedings, access financial entitlements, healthcare and additional rehabilitation, and pursue a fair compensation claim.

What is the legal panel?

The Back Up Legal Panel is a group of Legal Firms that we trust. We know these firms have a high level of expertise to work with people who have sustained a spinal cord injury.

How does it work?

Below you can see the panel members logos, click on their logos to find out more about the different firms. We always recommend that anyone seeking legal advice in relation to a spinal cord injury should always speak to at least two or three firms before coming to a decision. If you live in Scotland the law differs from England and Wales and you should instruct a firm who has jurisdiction in Scotland.

Click on the logos and follow their links to learn more and get in touch.

Our Panel Members



Main Contact: Helen Clifford

hclifford@helencliffordlaw.co.uk

01483 266615

www.helencliffordlaw.co.uk

Helen Clifford is a multi award winning solicitor with a reputation for securing exceptional results for her clients. They are at the heart of everything she does. Unlike some firms, we do not take a percentage of your compensation.

Clients’ feedback includes, “she is the best of the best” and “she is simply one of the kindest, most caring and intelligent people I have ever dealt with”.

There is life after injury and an essential part of our role is to empower our clients to achieve that. In addition to supporting Back Up, Helen Clifford Law is proud to sponsor Claire Lomas MBE. Since suffering a SCI Claire has become a prolific fundraiser and challenge seeker.

We offer a bespoke service to ensure that we meet our clients needs and that they are supported throughout the claims process. In addition, we can assist you with all your other legal requirements.

Main Contact: Paul Paxton ppaxton@stewartslaw.com

020 7822 8000

www.stewartslaw.com

Stewarts is the UK’s leading spinal cord injury firm, acting for more people with spinal cord injury than any other law firm in the UK. We only act for clients who have sustained life-changing injuries. Our lawyers typically act for just 10-12 clients at any one time, ensuring that we give all our complex cases the time and attention they deserve.

 

We regularly obtain interim payments to fund rehabilitation, adapt or purchase accommodation, pay for equipment and set up care regimes.

 

We have a dedicated pro bono department which works in parallel to the lawyers handling our clients’ claims. Our pro bono lawyers can assist with all kinds of legal and practical issues such as insurance, welfare benefits and finances to help alleviate some of the anxieties experienced by our clients and their families.

 

We have been ranked the No1 personal injury law firm in the two main independent legal directories, The Legal 500 and Chambers, for the past 15 years

Main Contact: Julia Eyton

juliaeyton@fs.co.uk

07970 378412 or 01704 515522

https://www.fletcherssolicitors.co.uk/

At Fletchers, our specialist spinal cord injury solicitors have secured multi-million pound settlements for those who have suffered a serious injury. We offer genuine support throughout the legal process to ensure the journey is as smooth as possible.

Our Court of Protection team offers long-term support; including life planning and financial management, for those who no longer have the mental capacity to make their own decisions.

Peter Rigby leads the Medical Negligence Serious Injuries team; specialising in life-changing injuries caused by medical mistakes. We also have a large personal injury department, led by Director of Personal Injury, Andrew Clark.

Main Contact: Denise Stephens

denise.stephens@shoosmiths.co.uk 03700 86 6245 or

www.seriousinjury.shoosmiths.co.uk

Established for over 165 years, the firm has offices in Birmingham, Manchester, London, Leeds, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Nottingham, Reading, Southampton, Edinburgh and Belfast.
Nationally, the firm was cited as ‘the leading specialist clinical negligence firm in the country’ in the Legal 500’s Private Client practice rankings 2017 and Shoosmiths Solicitors personal injury team have similarly acknowledged expertise in spinal cord injuries and serious brain injury cases.

Our specialist lawyers have achieved some of the highest ever financial settlements in SCI cases but we also understand that compensation should not be our only priority. Ensuring our clients and their families have access the best possible medical care and rehabilitation support for as long as they need it is equally essential.

Our expertise in litigation is complemented by our ability to provide a single-source for assistance with all the related issues families may face, such as the provision of specialist aids or equipment and modifications to or buying a new home.

By calling on the skills of colleagues across the firm, we can also help in securing continuing entitlement to state benefits through appropriate Trusts, making a Will, appointing a professional deputy or making applications to the Court of Protection, as well as fighting for Special Educational Needs provision if needed.

Main Contact: Cathy Leech – Manchester Office

Cathy.Leech@irwinmitchell.com 0161 838 3191 or 07713157786

www.irwinmitchell.com

Irwin Mitchell Solicitors are one of the UK’s most respected and successful law firms, with an independent recognised personal injury team who have a unique specialism in spinal cord injuries. We understand that compensation is only part of the story, and we help support our clients and their families to help them access the best possible medical care and rehabilitation to make the best recovery possible. Each year our clients rely on our nationally recognised personal injury teams to fight fearlessly to protect their best interests, reaching an outcome that can make a real difference to them and their families.

Irwin Mitchell regional offices

Newcastle – Fran Mayes – 0191 279 0093 francesca.mayes@IrwinMitchell.com
Sheffield – Rachael Aram – 0114 274 4307 rachael.aram@IrwinMitchell.com
Leeds – Carolyn Heaton – 0113 220 6231 carolyn.heaton@irwinmitchell.com
Birmingham – Nicola Golding – 0121 214 5475  nicola.golding@irwinmitchell.com
Bristol – James Davies – 0117 926 1551  james.davies@irwinmitchell.com
Southampton – Claire Howard – 02380 930704 claire.howard@irwinmitchell.com
Cambridge – Ruth Booy – 01223 791828  ruth.booy@irwinmitchell.com
London – Chani Dhaliwal   – 0207 421 4752 charankamal.dhaliwal@IrwinMitchell.com

Main Contact: Raquel Siganporia

Raquel.Siganporia@aspirelaw.co.uk  0800 030 20 40

www.aspirelaw.co.uk

Aspire Law is the only law firm in the UK  dealing exclusively with spinal cord injury claims. Our specialist spinal cord injury solicitors work only with clients that have a spinal cord injury. They are genuine experts in this field. The financial results we get for our clients are the highest possible. Aspire Law contributes 50% of any profits to Aspire charity every year to help improve and expand on their services to the spinally injured community. This socially responsible model ensures fairness and support for those with and without personal injury claims.

Main Contact: Jennifer Buchanan

jennifer.buchanan@fieldfisher.com 0207 861 4530

www.fieldfisher.com

Fieldfisher are leading Personal Injury Lawyers. We have extensive experience supporting victims of catastrophic injury with an initial focus on bespoke rehabilitation and securing financial support.

Brave, determined and compassionate is how we describe our approach to all our cases. We work tirelessly and quickly to get expert medical care and specialist rehabilitation in place early to ensure a brighter future for accident victims and their families. We truly value the personal relationships that develop along the way.

“The top PI team in the country … Their knowledge and experience is peerless.” Legal 500 2021

Main Contact: Daniel Easton

deaston@leighday.co.uk 020 7650 1226

Manchester: Andrew Bradley

0161 393 353 abradley@leighday.co.uk

www.leighday.co.uk

Leigh Day’s spinal injury team has been representing clients who have suffered devastating and life-changing spinal cord injuries for over 30 years.

We have secured multi-million pound settlements for clients seeking spinal injury compensation and have one of the largest teams of specialist back and spinal cord injury lawyers in the country.

Our spinal injury compensation lawyers are highly experienced in assessing the merits of a potential claim. If we are able to take on your case our lawyers are happy to visit you at home or at hospital to take full details from you.

Our Scottish panel

Main Contact: Chris Stewart

Chris.stewart@digbybrown.co.uk 0141 566 9541 or 07973 977 638

www.digbybrown.co.uk/spinal-injury-claims

Digby Brown Solicitors are experts at helping people who have been injured through no fault of their own.

We have seven local offices – Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Inverness, Kirkcaldy, Aberdeen and Ayr.

Our mission is to ensure that when you come to us you will receive the very best legal advice and service.

Because if it matters to you, it matters to Digby Brown.

 

Main Contact: Cathy Leech – Manchester Office

Cathy.Leech@irwinmitchell.com 0161 838 3191 or 07713157786

www.irwinmitchell.com

Irwin Mitchell Solicitors are one of the UK’s most respected and successful law firms, with an independent recognised personal injury team who have a unique specialism in spinal cord injuries. We understand that compensation is only part of the story, and we help support our clients and their families to help them access the best possible medical care and rehabilitation to make the best recovery possible. Each year our clients rely on our nationally recognised personal injury teams to fight fearlessly to protect their best interests, reaching an outcome that can make a real difference to them and their families.

Scotland – David Bell – 0141 300 4310 David.Bell@IrwinMitchell.com