The Back Up Legal Panel

Our panel is here to help you find a solicitor with expertise in claims for spinal cord injury caused by an accident or medical negligence. Panel members can help 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.

The selection process for our legal panel was rigorous. We sought references from all applicants and ensured that they possessed a high level of expertise in general practice and spinal cord injury cases. All our panel members are trusted firms who support Back Up’s work and have demonstrated their expertise and commitment to people with a spinal cord injury. Panel members also make an annual sponsorship donation to Back Up to appear on our website.

We strongly recommend that anyone wishing to seek advice in relation to a spinal cord injury claim should consult at least two or three firms before coming to a decision. There are other law firms available who handle spinal cord injury cases and you are not obliged to instruct a firm on this panel.

Click on the firms below for further information and contact details.

Our panel members:

Main Contact: Denise Stephens 03700 86 6245 or

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: Paul Breen  0161 838 2731

Spinal injuries can substantially impact on your quality of life and a serious spinal injury will often mean you require long-term comprehensive care, which will be costly. Many people who suffer spinal damage do so following an accident, perhaps at work or in a motor vehicle, and at JMW, our solicitors have the experience needed to secure the compensation these people deserve.

Over the years, we have secured millions of pounds worth of compensation for people with all kinds of spinal injuries, from temporary bruising and pain to long-term and life-changing breaks and fractures.

To speak to our legal professionals about your injuries and how we can help ease the financial blow of dealing with life after an accident.

Main Contact: Cathy Leech – Manchester Office 0161 838 3191 or 07713157786

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
Sheffield – Rachael Aram – 0114 274 4307
Leeds – Carolyn Heaton – 0113 220 6231
Birmingham – Nicola Golding – 0121 214 5475
Bristol – James Davies – 0117 926 1551
Southampton – Claire Howard – 02380 930704
Cambridge – Ruth Booy – 01223 791828
London – Chani Dhaliwal   – 0207 421 4752
Scotland – David Bell – 0141 300 4310

Main Contact: Raquel Siganporia  0800 030 20 40

Aspire Law is the only law firm in the UK with dedicated spinal cord injury lawyers, 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: Daniel Easton 020 7650 1226

Manchester: Andrew Bradley

0161 393 353

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.

Main Contact: Helen Clifford 01483 268847

At Lynn Murray & Co experience makes the difference and small is beautiful. 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, our teams are able to meet all your other legal requirements.