Based in the Kenilworth office but regularly travel to our Northern office in Burnley, I am the Managing Partner and a Multi-Track Solicitor at Smith Jones Solicitors.
First and foremost, I see myself primarily as a Personal Injury Solicitor. I have a passion for achieving the best possible results for my clients. With over 30 years of practicing law, I have acted for clients nationally, many of whom have serious injuries, including:
- Head and brain injury;
- Spinal injuries;
- Fatal accidents;
- PTSD claims to arise from serious accidents;
- Serious injury claims of all kinds.
I recognise that the outcome of what may seem to be a modest claim to some may be life changing to the individual involved. I have a strong sense of “fair play” and of the need to stand up for the rights of the ordinary person against employers, large institutions, statutory bodies, their insurers and the like.
Furthermore, I have received accreditation from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers in recognition of my high level of technical expertise in personal injury law. The APIL Fellow accreditation also illustrates competence in the management of a personal injury department and acknowledges a position of professional and intellectual leadership in the field of personal injury law.
I have also held the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel Accreditation since its inception some 20 years or so ago.
For many years I also practiced in Personal Injury law on behalf of defendants and this gave me an invaluable insight into the way in which defendants and their insurers operate and has given me a great tactical advantage in how best to deal with them.
- Warwick School (1967 – 1975)
- Bristol University, BSc 2:1 in Economics (1976 – 1979)
- College of Law, Chester (1980-1982)
- Qualified in 1984
- Newsome Vaughan LLP, Solicitor (1982 – 1999), Senior Partner (1999)
- Keoghs, Solicitor (1999-2000)
- Smith Jones (Solicitors) Limited (formerly Farnworths), Managing Partner/Director (2000 – Present).
“A great tactician and always committed to getting the best possible results for his clients.”
- Chris Bright QC, No5 Chambers
“I have worked with Peter Jones over the last 25 years. In that time, I have worked with many Managing Partners of Law Firms. But there are very few with Peter’s all-around abilities.
Of course, he is an outstanding Personal Injury lawyer, winning cases that others would avoid. But it is his drive, and commercial nous which has complemented Paul’s vision to make Smith Jones the firm it is today.”
- Barry Wilkinson, Wilkinson Read & Partners
Why did you choose to practice personal injury law?
When someone has been involved in an accident, it can cause great distress and people often don’t know where to turn. If somebody else has not complied with their legal obligations, people’s lives can be ruined.
In my view, in many cases, “accidents don’t just happen”. Personal injury law gives those people a chance to get their lives back on track and return to a situation that is how it would have been had the accident not occurred. It’s fulfilling to be a part of that process and aid in changing people’s lives for the better.
Commonly in the accident cases in which I have acted, the prospective defendants have ignored or overlooked their legal obligations which are designed to protect employees, other road users or the public. It is only right that those who fail in their duties should compensate those whom they injure. There is rarely an automatic right to compensation. The art often lies in identifying and proving the failings of the prospective defendant and in not passively accepting blanket denials of liability or inadequate responses or explanations. A strong sense of justice and a determination not to give in easily are to my mind essential requirements of a good Personal Injury Solicitor.
On top of helping people rebuild their lives after an accident, I enjoy the competitive element of claiming against big insurance companies and getting successful results for my clients that really make a difference.
What is the most satisfying thing about your role?
Personal injury can be a difficult area of law to deal with, especially in larger value cases. People can experience the most unnecessary hardship if someone has failed in their legal responsibilities. I have been responsible for representing claimants in a variety of cases where serious injuries have occurred, and people have experienced such hardships. Helping people get back on the road to recovery, is the most rewarding part of my job and we try our best to help people return them to their pre-accident state of health or at the very least a condition much better than that they would have been in. I enjoy dealing with and reassuring people and that seems to me to be a very important part of my job.
What do you like to do outside of work?
Outside the office, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have four children, a lovely wife, two lovely daughters in law and at present two grandchildren. Since my earlier years, rugby has always been a great passion of mine, as a former player, coach and now active supporter of Kenilworth Rugby Club. When I’m not at the office or at the Rugby Club, I can often be found larking about on boats.