I am the President of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, currently serving a second term of office. Smith Jones have always been supporters of the aims of APIL which is primarily ensuring that the voice of the injured person is heard. That role includes:
- working to effect changes that will benefit the injured and their families;
- working to ensure that know-how is passed on to practitioners representing injured people; and
- providing an easy to understand system of accreditation that allows the injured person to identify the lawyers and law firms best placed to help them
I am a Senior Fellow of APIL, one of only eleven in the country. Smith Jones is a firm accredited by APIL, which recognises a well-run firm that is supportive of injured people. There are a number of other accredited lawyers working at Smith Jones.
I have been involved in many government consultations on behalf of APIL that impact on injured people:
- Revisions to the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 Approved Code of Practice
- HSE consultation on the exemption of self-employed from the Health and safety at Work Act 1974
- Consultation on revisions to the pre-action protocol for personal injury
- Revisions to the Provision and use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 Approved Code of Practice
- Revisions to the Workplace Health Safety and Welfare Regulations 1992 Approved Code of Practice
- Civil justice reform in Northern Ireland
- The 2017 proposed whiplash reforms
- The discount rate consultation
I have also acted as a spokesman to the media for APIL, recently given evidence at a select committee in Parliament on the 2017 proposed whiplash reforms, the discount rate in 2017 and attended the House of Lords on behalf of APIL to brief opposition ministers on health and safety issues.
I am responsible for writing and delivering the personal injury update training and employers liability training that is delivered nationally to APIL’s members. This is the core information that is needed for personal injury lawyers to keep up to date on the law and current practice.
In 2015 I was appointed as a solicitor member of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee and have been asked to serve a further term. I am also a member of their subcommittee dealing with reform of the court system and implementation of the pilot schemes for the online court system. Recently I have been a member of the sub-committees redrafting the Disease and Illness Pre-action protocol for resolution of package travel claims.
I am also a member of the HMCTS professional engagement group, and the Ministry of Justice Steering Group and Legal Sub-Group for whiplash reform. I am also the vice-chair of the Civil Justice Council Low Value Claims Working Group.
I have recently accepted an appointment to be the case comment and digest editor for the Journal of Personal Injury Law. I have practised as a solicitor since 1999 and have a wealth of experience in representing both private and trade union clients.
All of this work enables Smith Jones to be at the cutting edge of the law of personal injury and make them best placed to achieve the best results for them.
- St Theodore’s RC High School and Sixth Form
- Leicester University, LLB (Hons) 2:1
- College of Law, Chester
- Qualified in 1999
- Rowlands Solicitors Manchester
- Towns Needham Solicitors
- Lupton Fawcett LLP
- Smith Jones Solicitors
Why did you choose to practice personal injury law?
When someone has been injured through no fault of their own they need the help of society to put their life back together as best they can. A claimant personal injury lawyer helps them do just that.
What is the most satisfying thing about your role?
Helping the injured person, and their family, put their life back together.
What do you like to do outside of work?
Outside the office, I enjoy spending time with my family and undertake some beta testing of technology products and software.