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Employer Liability Department

Richard Lowery

Head of Employers Liability Dept

Richard Lowery

Head of Employers Liability Dept

Richard Lowery has been a Partner at Express Solicitors since May 2012.

Richard is head of the firm’s Employer’s Liability Department dealing with complex cases, overseeing a team of Solicitors specialising in cases involving Personal Injury sustained in the workplace. Regarded as an empathetic and considerate solicitor, Richard invests time to foster a strong rapport with every individual and family he represents.

He has a meticulous eye for detail, effortlessly examining the fine detail within each individual case, identifying the potential strengths and weaknesses of a claim from an early stage.

Richard deals with serious and catastrophic injury claims suffered in all circumstances, with experience of claims involving spinal injury, brain injury, pain conditions and claims involving amputations.

Richard is Accredited by the Law Society Personal Injury Panel.

Richard was also named within the 2017 Legal 500 as a recommended Lawyer Legal 500 said of Richard Top tier firms

Express Solicitors Ltd has a ‘very professional and caring team’ that includes the ‘knowledgeable’ Richard Lowery.

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Robert Weeden

Principal Partner

Robert Weeden

Principal Partner

Hailing from the white rose of Yorkshire, born and raised in Leeds, Robert is a Mancunian at heart, having been in Manchester for over a decade. Despite advancing years, he remains a keen amateur rugby player, and he enjoys a Saturday turnout even in the glorious weather that the North West is blessed with.

Having worked at Express since 2010 and progressed to the position of Principal Partner within the Employers Liability team, Robert has amassed experience both in the technical side of the law but also in terms understanding the emotional impact and unfortunate devastation that can come with someone suffering an injury. This allows Robert to approach each individual client on a personal level from which he can consider not only the client’s immediate needs and long-term outcomes from bringing a claim, but also how to help them understand the process of what a personal injury claim is.

As a result of specializing in accidents at work and industrial disease claims he has developed an analytical approach, to a range of workplace accident cases, that allows Robert to apply his expertise and attention to detail to strive to achieve the best outcome for his clients.

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William O Brien

Partner

William O Brien

Partner

William is a Partner in the Employers Liability claims department at Express Solicitors having joined us in July 2017. William specialises in Personal Injury work. He undertakes fast and multi-track litigation on behalf of a national client base, with a particular interest in complex fractures and high value Employers Liability work.

When asked what he liked best about his role, William commented “First and foremost I would describe myself as a people person, so it follows one of the things I enjoy most about my job is the interaction I have with clients, colleagues, and yes even Defendants. Another aspect of my personality is my competitiveness, some would say over competitiveness! As a young lawyer I realised that litigation was always going to appeal to me due to its adversarial nature, and I find winning cases for my clients to be the most satisfying aspect of my job.”

“My clients always come first and I provide a professional, dynamic, yet sympathetic and approachable service for them, with demonstrable success over the 10 year period since I have qualified as a Solicitor. I have excellent technical skills as a litigator and consider myself to be a strong negotiator. I always fight to obtain the best possible outcome for my clients.”

William studied Economics at Manchester Metropolitan University and was awarded a 2nd class honours degree. Following graduation he worked in various commercial/ marketing roles throughout his 20’s whilst completing the CPE/PGDL and LPC on a part time basis

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Seetal Sagar-Jhanji

Partner

Seetal Sagar-Jhanji

Partner

Seetal Sagar-Jhanji is a Partner in the Employer’s Liability department at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in February 2016.
Seetal has extensive experience helping clients who have had accidents at work but before Express has also specialised in RTA, PL and Cosmetic Negligence cases.

When asked what she enjoys most about her role, Seetal commented: “When clients have suffered injuries affecting their way of life, often you are the person they go to for assistance and knowing that you are an integral part in making things become easier for them is very rewarding.”

Seetal prides herself on building strong relationships with her clients by ensuring she is personable and approachable, a trait that she believes is the reason returning clients request her services again.

One of Seetal’s most successful cases to date was for a gentleman who sustained injury by a hit and run driver. As a result he seriously hurt his knee and was advised he would not be able to work in the same profession in the future. Seetal successfully secured the gentleman a settlement of just over £80,000.

Seetal studied in Birmingham where she passed her LLB Law Degree, an LLM Masters in Law and finally went on to also complete the LPC at the College of Law.

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Ruth Magee

Partner

Ruth Magee

Partner

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Ruth Magee is a Partner in the Employers Liability department at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in April 2018.

Ruth specialises in a variety of areas including complex and high value claims and dealing with serious and life changing injuries. When asked what she likes best about her role, Ruth commented “I strive to achieve the best results I can for my Clients and make the whole process simple and stress free for them. I also like succeeding in achieving compensation for my Clients whose claims had been rejected by other firms of Solicitors and Barristers because they were assessed as having poor prospects.”

Ruth also went on to say, “I am an excellent communicator and the feedback I have received from my Clients over the years is a testament to this. I am enthusiastic with a real passion and drive for doing the very best for my Clients.”

Ruth has nearly 20 years’ experience of acting on behalf of Clients who have suffered personal injuries. She has also obtained a BA(Hons) in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Liverpool. Ruth started work in a law firm after graduating and then began studying law part time at the University of Central Lancashire. Thereafter she completed her training contact and qualified as a Solicitor in March 2005.
Articles Published

Article on Complex regional pain syndrome published in Legal Futures Jan 2020
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Leaking sink causes 12 month injury

PERSONAL
Ruth’s weekends are mostly spent with family and friends. She also enjoys training to keep fit and long walks in the countryside with her border terrier dog – Frank.
Ruth’ favourite quote –
Carpe Diem – Seize the day!

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Damian Bradley

Partner – Head of Legal Operations

Damian Bradley

Partner – Head of Legal Operations

Damian Bradley is a Partner and Head of Legal Operations at Express Solicitors Limited and joined the company in 2021. Damian specialises in Employers’ Liability claims with over 20 years of experience as a qualified Solicitor.

Damian deals with claims arising from all types of serious injury following an accident at work, including brain injuries, spinal injuries, and musculoskeletal injuries together with claims involving pain syndromes such as chronic pain, CRPS and cases involving amputation.

Damian is a Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and served for 6 years as their North West Co-ordinator. Damian regularly lectures to various audiences on developments in personal injury law, for example, procedural rule changes, case law analysis and litigation strategy.

Damian has previously been mentioned in the Legal 500 as being ‘hugely experienced.’

Owing to his meticulous approach, that he asserts is essential in the preparation of all cases; Damian says that his favourite quote is:

“The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail.” – Charles R Swindoll, pastor & author.

Damian is currently representing clients on a number of cases but one case in particular that concluded recently was particularly striking. A gentleman was working on a large construction site in London and his left leg was unfortunately driven over by a dumper truck when his co-worker negligently reversed the truck into a site walkway. The client suffered devastating injuries to his lower leg and was hospitalised for several weeks, his leg having been placed in a frame. Despite having had multiple surgeries the bones failed to knit together properly. The client had very poor mobility, was in constant pain and unable to work.

Damian recalled that the client’s partner had given birth to their first child a few weeks prior to the accident and through no fault of his own his client had suffered life changing injuries and placed the wellbeing of his family in jeopardy as he was the sole provider and could not afford to pay his rent.

Damian obtained substantial interim payments for the client to enable him to pay his bills and pay for some care and help around the home. The client was living in a rented flat with no lift access at the time of the accident and monies were obtained to re-house the client and his family in a ground floor flat. An automatic car was purchased using the funds as he could not operate the clutch in his manual car. The interim payments also paid for further private surgery and rehabilitation that eventually led to reduced pain for the client and greater mobility.

Damian’s client received treatment to help build up his confidence and vocational rehabilitation to learn new skills as he was not fit to return to construction work.

It was vital for Damian to secure interim payments for this client in order to help him rebuild himself and his life. This was also necessary to avoid unnecessary financial hardship for the client and his family until his claim was in such a position to place a final valuation on the case.

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Jon Andrews

Partner

Jon Andrews

Partner

Jon Andrews is a partner at Express Solicitors. He has nearly 30 years experience as a qualified solicitor acting for victims and their families following serious and often fatal accidents at work and occupational disease.

Jon studied at Warwick University, where he was also General Secretary of the Student’s Union, and then at the College of Law at Chester, before becoming a trainee solicitor in Manchester. He has spent his professional life based in North West England, but acting for clients throughout England and Wales.

Having completed his training, Jon went on to become a partner in a Manchester based firm, before moving on to a leading national practice, where he was a Principal Lawyer. He is now delighted to have joined Express.

Jon is recognised in the leading legal services publication the Legal 500 as a key lawyer, with a ‘dogged determination’ to fight even the toughest of cases, and has been consistently highly rated in the Legal 500 over several years. He is also accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

Jon specialises in claims arising from accidents at work and medical conditions caused by work. These can include injuries sustained as a result of falls, collisions, faulty equipment, unsafe working practices, repetitive and unsuitable manual tasks, and occupational exposure to a range of hazardous substances.

Jon has pursued and managed numerous claims against large manufacturing and retail companies where the use of unsafe equipment resulted in numerous serious accidents, utilising expert evidence to win difficult cases and recover damages for multiple clients as a result of identifying technical weaknesses in the Defendant’s argument. He has run numerous cases in the High Court and has appeared in the Court of Appeal.

Career highlights include;
– recovering damages to cover the cost of a move to a single storey home, adaptations to a vehicle, and life long provision of prosthetic limbs, following an accident where a client suffered a leg amputation;

-obtaining compensation to pay for the adaptation of a client’s home including the installation of a lift following an accident at work that left the client paralysed from the waist down;

-securing payment to cover a move to a bungalow after a client was crushed by a fork lift truck.

-recovering substantial damages for psychological injury caused by bullying to a whistleblower

-recently Jon has been particularly pleased to recover compensation which will provide long term payment of life saving treatment for an occupational cancer.

Jon has also taken a keen interest in mentoring and developing junior colleagues for many years. He has been delighted to have encouraged and advised young lawyers who have gone on to become leaders in their field and was training principal at a national practice. He takes an active role in this field, contributing to legal journals and also lectures at Trades Union conferences and other events.

Away from work, Jon can frequently be found hiking in the Peak District, renovating a not yet seaworthy boat, planning his next trip to the Le Mans endurance race and enjoying time with his wife and rapidly growing up children!

”I came in to the law to try and make a difference and to try and make things better. That is still what I try to do everyday and I regard being able to carry out that work as a privilege”.

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Donna Simcock

Partner

Donna Simcock

Partner

Donna Simcock is a Partner in the Employers Liability department at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in September 2018.

When asked what she likes best about her role, Donna commented “I always enjoy building up a good working relationship with the client and having that interaction with them, constantly striving to improve and exceed their expectations.”

“I come from a background where I have always acted on behalf of claimants, giving them the justice, they deserve which in turn influences employers to improve their health and safety in the workplace”

“I have over 20 years’ experience in dealing with a variety of claimant personal injury cases including, accidents at work, industrial disease and civil assaults from first instruction right through to conclusion, whether it be a settlement or trial. I have always worked for the injured party.”

“I pride myself on being very organised and having good time management skills which in turn helps me to deal with cases more swiftly and efficiently, whether it be interacting with clients or third parties, and bringing cases to a more than satisfactory conclusion. I have a good reputation as a litigator who can be relentless in fighting for the maximum compensation for clients. “

“I previously worked for a trade union personal injury firm for almost 27 years. I started my career with them initially as a secretary. After 4 years working in this capacity, I decided I wanted to progress into a fee earning capacity and therefore spent 4 years at college on a part time basis, whilst still working full time and bringing up my family. After passing the last of my exams in 2000, I was admitted as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 2001. During my training at college, I transitioned from my secretarial role into a fee earning role at work and have never looked back since.”

PERSONAL
Donna currently commutes from Fenton in Stoke on Trent. In her spare time Donna loves to attend Spinning classes and has also recently taken up baking as well.
Donna’s favourite quote –
“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can and succeed at” – Stephen Hawkins

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Mark Grist

Partner

Mark Grist

Partner

Mark Grist is a Partner in the Employers Liability claims department at Express Solicitors, having initially joined the firm in April 2018.

Mark specialises in accident at work cases, but the work varies widely, Mark commented “One moment I could be looking at a case where a client has been sprayed with ammonia by a faulty valve the next I could be dealing with somebody who has developed a Repetitive Strain Injury from using a computer for a prolonged period. I really enjoy the varied nature of the work I do.”

“I do have extensive experience dealing with all areas of personal injury law. I have worked in the industry for 15 years and during this time I have also focused on differing aspects of personal injury law including road traffic accident claims, fatality claims and cycling accidents.”

“Before joining Express Solicitors in April 2018, I had started to deal with more complex injuries and claims that tended to be very prolonged and complicated affairs involving multiple medical reports and substantial future loss of earning capacity claims. I dealt with many cases that settled for over £50,000.”

“I do think I am able to ‘see the wood through the trees’ and get to the bottom of what is most important in a case. I am not afraid to approach difficult issues with Defendants or Clients. It is always better to discuss things early on rather than let it all come out in a final court hearing.”

“I will always ask questions to maximise damages for the client, at the end of the day that is always the most important thing in my mind. I do understand that most clients would prefer the accident never happened and to be in the position they were before the accident but unfortunately, I cannot put them in that position.

I can however get them financial justice and do what I can to help ease their problems.”

Prior to working as a Solicitor, Mark worked in the Publishing Industry in Central London. He has also worked as a teacher in the UK and abroad. Mark taught English as a foreign language for 3 years in South Korea and taught secondary history for a couple of years in schools in the Manchester area. Mark is a qualified secondary history teacher to go alongside his legal qualifications.

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Stephanie Osborne

Senior Associate Solicitor

Stephanie Osborne

Senior Associate Solicitor

Stephanie is a Senior Associate Solicitor in the Employers Liability Claims Department at Express Solicitors having joined us in August 2022, after working for over 5 years at a Legal 500 firm as a Team Leader. Stephanie has a vast experience of dealing with all Personal Injury Claims including Employer Liability claims and has done so for over 18 years. Stephanie is also a member of PEOPIL.

Stephanie has dealt with Employer Liability claims since 2004. A number of her most recent cases include a degloving injury sustained whilst operating a faulty circular saw with no protective guard or emergency stop features, a food poisoning claim, a significant fall from a ramp which was not highlighted resulting in a fracture to both ankles and a repetitive strain injury which could have been avoided had the correct equipment been provided. Stephanie has also had a number of jobs, whilst completing her education, which has included working in factory environments, offices, public houses and construction sites. This lends Stephanie a better understanding of the roles that clients undertake during their employment.

Since qualification, Stephanie has worked in Manchester for a number of Solicitor firms. She has also previously used her experience to set up and run a department of 14 Fee Earners.

Whilst Stephanie has a great amount of experience in relation to accidents occurring overseas, these have also included significant Employer Liability cases. Stephanie routinely represents Claimants where their settlements are over £100,000.00 and has also secured damages of over half a million on a number of claims including one involving a fatality following a train derailment in India. Stephanie’s experience of dealing with these high value cases means that she has a keen eye and skill for spotting all possible heads of loss that can be considered in order to maximise damages.

Stephanie has exceptional client care skills which she uses to ensure that clients are always updated in clear, easy to understand language. She is also very organised in all aspects of her life. Clients can feel 100% confident that their files will always be progressed as efficiently as possible.

Stephanie has worked for both Claimants and Defendants which means that she can often foresee any issues or arguments at an early stage and ensures that these points are dealt with quickly and efficiently. She also enjoys a challenge and often prides herself on being successful with claims where other Solicitors have failed.

Stephanie qualified as a Solicitor in 2006 after obtaining a law degree at Hull University and a commendation at York Law College for the Legal Practice Course. She has always known that she wanted a career in Law after sustaining an injury herself as a child and assisting the Solicitors during the litigation process in securing a settlement for her. This also means that she understands from personal experience, how important it is to make sure that the clients feel that they are appropriately compensated for all losses that they have sustained. Her whole education and career progression has always been designed around being a Personal Injury Solicitor, resulting in an exceptional knowledge of all technical points and ensuring that these are always used to the Client’s benefit.

Stephanie is competitive in all aspects of her life which includes both work and play being a keen hockey player in her free time.

Stephanie has recently received a special mention as a Key Lawyer within the Legal 500 ratings.

Stephanie has had a number of cases which have featured in the media including this one in The Sun.

She has also written a number of blogs such as these on LinkedIn.

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Adam Farrell

Senior Associate Solicitor

Adam Farrell

Senior Associate Solicitor

Adam Farrell is a Senior Associate Solicitor in the Employers Liability claims department at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in May 2019.

Adam is very committed to his role. In his view “The ultimate aim is to be successful to help my clients return to normality, as best they can.”

For the last 12 years or so Adam has undertaken most types of injury work. In recent years he has specialised in medical negligence and industrial disease/accident claims.

“My technical and tactical knowledge and general attention to detail have ensured that my success rate has remained high throughout my career”.

Adam was the winner of the Rising Star award at a legal awards ceremony in London in 2017.

Adam has settled various complex and high value matters, including but not limited to traumatic and acquired brain damage, blindness following ophthalmic injury, burst spinal fracture, lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening claims, hand arm vibration syndrome and other musculoskeletal upper limb injuries and a number of fatal accident claims, including metastatic lung disease following delayed referral for excision of malignant soft tissue sarcoma and subdural haematoma following a fall in hospital, settling from £60,000.00 to £315,000.00.

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Sam Nicholson

Senior Associate Solicitor

Sam Nicholson

Senior Associate Solicitor

Sam Nicholson is a senior associate solicitor of Express solicitors Ltd, having joined the firm in 2022. Sam has joined the firm’s employers‘ liability team dealing with employees‘ claims arising out of accidents at work.

Sam has a significant amount of experience in this field, having qualified as a solicitor in 2003.

Sam comes to Express from Thompsons Solicitors, where he was a senior solicitor in the higher value cases department dealing predominantly with trade union members’ claims against their employers for injuries at work. The types of injuries suffered ranged from spinal injuries, significant psychological problems, head and brain injuries, ankle and wrist injuries resulting in fusion / joint replacement, loss of fingers, injuries leading to the development of chronic pain conditions, and injuries to vision. His cases were typically valued at in excess of £50,000.00.

Sam has had a number of recent successes in this area of work, including:

A case for an HGV driver who fell from height when securing a load on his trailer, suffering brain and spinal injuries

Acting for a MEWP (mobile platform) operator who suffered significant ankle injuries requiring expert evidence in the fields of orthopaedics, psychiatry, pain, and occupational therapy, and resulted in an award of nearly half a million pounds in damages,

A client who lost a finger operating machinery at work and required both robotic and cosmetic prostheses (artificial fingers) at significant cost.

Sam enjoys dealing with more complex cases and cases involving more serious injuries, but no matter the severity or complexity he always places the needs of his clients first and endeavours to keep clients informed and updated in as clear and straightforward a manner as possible, throughout the litigation process. Sam will seek payments on account of damages, and ensure defendants cover rehabilitation costs throughout the process, where this is appropriate.

Sam has concluded a number of cases both in negotiations, at joint settlement meetings, and at trial. He has successfully brought two cases to the Court of Appeal – the child abuse test case of AB and Others v Nugent Care Society (2010) which related to the time limits in which cases of this type could be brought, and the case of O’Connor v Stuttard (2011), a road traffic accident involving a child pedestrian who was badly injured when playing in the street by the defendant driver.

Prior to Sam’s work at Thompsons he has had significant experience in a number of (mainly claimant) personal injury fields. He was a senior solicitor in a medical negligence serious injuries unit, and prior to that was a salaried partner dealing with a range of personal injury cases of varying values, which included running the Industrial Disease department. Before that Sam acted for several years for adult survivors of child abuse both in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, and he began his legal career with a training contract at city firm Clyde & Co.

Outside of work Sam enjoys distance running, hiking, scuba-diving, and spending time with his young family.

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Timothy Fieldhouse

Senior Associate Solicitor

Timothy Fieldhouse

Senior Associate Solicitor

Tim is a Senior Associate Solicitor within the Employers Liability team. Having qualified as a solicitor in 2005 Tim trained and qualified at Thompsons Solicitors specialising in all areas of Personal Injury Law. At Thompsons Tim dealt with all cases ranging from road traffic accident to multi track accident at work and claims for minors.

Tim then went on to work at regional firms specialising in industrial disease claims assisting people with injuries including noise induced hearing loss, vibration white finger, occupational cancer, asbestos related illness, and work-related upper limb disorders.

For the 6 years prior to joining Express Tim was the Head of a successful industrial disease team that had many successful cases and took on many cases that leading firms had refused to deal with. Many of Tim’s claims were valued at over £50,000. Tim was involved in the management of an industrial cancer claim where instructed counsel had put prospects at less than 10% but a settlement of damages of £200,000 was secured for the client. Tim also secured an early settlement within 6 months of instructions of £45,000 for a respiratory injury claim where the Defendants had denied liability. This settlement was in excess of the value counsel had advised the claim would likely receive if proceeded all the way to trial. A large amount of cases Tim deals with includes clients who not only have physical injuries but also psychological injuries stemming from their injuries.

Tim puts client care at the forefront of his work. Tim understands that no claim is the same and will always aim to keep his clients updated as much as possible as well as being available for discussions on the phone for his clients. ‘I understand how distressing this procedure can be for my clients and would always want to be available to answer any questions they may have throughout the running of the claim.’

Out of work Tim enjoys spending time taking walks but does says most weeks he ends up as ‘dad taxi’ taking his children to clubs and sporting events.

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Hywel Thomas

Senior Associate Solicitor

Hywel Thomas

Senior Associate Solicitor

Hywel Thomas is a Senior Associate in the Personal Injury Department specialising in Employers Liability cases.

Originally from Cardiff, Hywel graduated from Liverpool John Moore’s University in 1998, where he obtained an LLB Honours Law Degree. He completed his Legal Practice Course in 2000 and qualifed as a solicitor in 2002 following his 2 year training contract.

Hywel has over 20 years experience as a personal injury solicitor and is respected for his high degree of technical knowledge and skill. He has a particular specialism in Employers Liabilty cases and a strong track record in achieving the best results for injured clients. Hywel has acted for injured clients to bring claims against all manner of Defendants; including against multi-national companies and many branches of Government.

When asked what motivates him, Hywel answered:
I love getting the best result for my client. To do that, it is vital to understand that each client is different; with unique needs and motivations. It is also essential to keep clients updated regularly, to listen and to hear them, and to discuss and explain each stage of the process with them.

Hywel has put his technical know-how to use in some significant cases. Notable appeals he has run or overseen include:
(i) An appeal to the High Court to protect a claimant from having his foreign language statement struck out on technicality, and

(ii) An appeal in the County County to improve the prospect of recovery of costs for claimants in applications for pre-action disclosure of necessary documents.

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Craig Bibby

Senior Associate Solicitor

Craig Bibby

Senior Associate Solicitor

Craig Bibby is an Senior Associate Solicitor who joined us 14th December 2020.

When asked what he likes most about his job, Craig said he enjoys getting a positive result for client regardless of complexity and the size of the opponent. He also enjoys working in a team that is passionate, professional, dedicated and determined in pursuing clients claims.

Craig specialises in Employers Liability Claims and when asked why is he the best at what he does, he replied “I have exclusively represented Claimants for over 30 years and have built up a plethora of experience dealing with a variety of claims including road traffic accidents, public liability claims, employers liability, product liability and accidents abroad. I have worked with numerous experts and barristers and have taken many cases successfully to Trial building up significant experience.”

Craig qualified as a Solicitor in 2005, which he achieved over a period of 10 years whilst working as a Claimant specialist and completing his studies at college at night. An achievement during this time is that he settled a claim for a client who had suffered a traumatic below knee amputation for just under a million pounds within 2 years and seeing the damages used to help the client get his life back together.

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David Dean

Senior Associate Solicitor

David Dean

Senior Associate Solicitor

David Dean is an Senior Associate Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability department, having originally joined the firm’s New Client Team in July 2016.

When asked what he enjoys most about his role at Express, David commented: “I enjoy talking to clients and having the opportunity to build a relationship with them. Additionally, I am learning new things and developing new skills every day as part of my training contract.”

David understands the significance of no two clients being the same and prides himself on being a great listener to ensure he understands each client’s individual circumstances.

Before joining Express Solicitors, David completed his LLB Degree at the University of Hull before then going on to complete his MSc LPC in Law Business and Management at the University of Law.

Cases reported in Lawtel include Graham V J Murphy and Sons 2018.

David wrote an article for Legal Futures ‘Raising awareness of pain conditions in personal injury and clinical negligence matters’.

David lives in Warrington and outside of work enjoys keeping active by going to the gym during the week.
David also has a passion for playing the piano in his spare time, having trained since he was 9 years old David enjoys playing in front of an audience. As well as enjoying the piano, David also enjoys travelling and would like to visit as many places as he can.

David’s favourite quote comes from Marcus Aurelius: “Live not one’s life as though one had a thousand years, but live each day as the last.”.

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Deborah Roberts

Associate Chartered Legal Executive

Deborah Roberts

Associate Chartered Legal Executive

Overview for website: Deborah Roberts is an Associate Chartered Legal Executive in the Employers Liability Department at Express Solicitors.
Deborah has 25 years’ experience of dealing with personal injury claims and has only ever represented Claimants.

She has experience of dealing with a variety of claims which includes road traffic accidents, employer’s, public and occupier’s liability claims, assaults at work, work related upper limb disorders and work related stress claims. Deborah has dealt with both fast track and multi track claims from initial instruction to conclusion.

Deborah started as a receptionist at a law firm and progressed to the role of legal secretary and then assistant to a Partner. She has been in a Fee Earner role, handling her own caseload since 1998. She studied at Stoke on Trent College for 4 years on a part time basis whilst working full time and qualified as a Legal Executive in 1995. She was admitted as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 1997.

Away from work, Deborah loves music and attends numerous concerts and music festivals. She also enjoys keeping fit and is a season ticket holder at Stoke City Football Club.

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Elizabeth Beckett

Senior Associate

Elizabeth Beckett

Senior Associate

Elizabeth is a Senior Associate who joined Express Solicitors in August 2021, having over 35 years of experience in the Personal Injury legal profession, dealing with various types of Personal Injury claims, predominately specialising in Employer Liability claims.

Prior to joining Express Solicitors, Elizabeth worked for a national Trade Union firm of Solicitors for over 30 years where she started her legal career as an office junior in 1985. Elizabeth secured several promotions throughout her career, culminating in a senior position as a Team Manager of 20 Lawyers handling Fast Track Personal Injury claims including Employer Liability, Public Liability and Occupiers’ Liability claims.

During her career Elizabeth has dealt with a mixture of claims, including those relating to breaches of the COSHH Regulations leading to the development of dermatitis due to contact with contaminated coolant; exposure to harmful fumes within the workplace such a chlorine exposure and lack of ventilation resulting in asthma.

In addition, Elizabeth has specialised in Work Relating Stress claims, bullying and harassment within the workplace in addition to Civil Assault claims.

Elizabeth has represented many individuals who have suffered injury in all types of general accidents which unfortunately occur all too often within the workplace due to a failure of employers adhering to Health and Safety Regulations.

Elizabeth prides herself in being professional, empathetic and approachable to her clients and always represents the injured party. She strives to achieve excellent results for individuals who have suffered injury through no fault of their own. Elizabeth is keen to secure the appropriate compensation for each client but appreciates how stressful the litigation process can be for a client and therefore, is keen to ensure claims are dealt with in a timely manner to achieve satisfactory and speedy resolution.

There are numerous cases which Elizabeth is particularly proud of the settlements achieved, not just in respect of the level of damages recovered, but also due to the complexity of the issues involved and the level of difficulty of the claims. In one such claim, Elizabeth represented a social worker employed by the Local Authority. It was alleged that the client had developed work related stress which prevented her from continuing what had been a successful and fulfilling career. Elizabeth initiated a civil claim against the employer alleging a breach of the duty of care and recovered compensation of a six-figure sum in an out of court settlement.

A further notable success involved a breach of the COSHH regulations within the workplace. The client was a swimming instructed employed by the Local Authority who it was alleged was exposed to harmful chlorine levels in the workplace causing the development of a respiratory condition which precluded her continuing her employment as a swimming instructor. Elizabeth secured evidence which significantly strengthened the merits of the claim thus resulting in an out of court settlement being reached with the employer and significant compensation in respect of future loss of earnings being recovered for her client.

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Sapna Bedi

Associate Solicitor

Sapna Bedi

Associate Solicitor

Sapna is an Associate Solicitor within the Employer’s Liability claims Department. She graduated with a degree in Biology from the University of Leeds before completing the GDL and LPC at the College of Law in Chester.

Sapna originally joined Express Solicitors in 2009, completing her training contract, and qualifying as a Solicitor with the firm in 2013. She assisted senior lawyers on complex, high value claims as well as running her own caseload.

On relocating to Nottingham, Sapna joined a national trade union firm representing members affected by workplace injury, in 2015. Thereafter she worked in a Defendant role investigating suspected motor fraud, from opportunistic low velocity impact claims to exaggerated and ringed fraud operations.

Sapna has a meticulous eye for detail and strong analytical and time management skills. This, coupled with her personable approach, allows her to work efficiently and to a high standard whilst meeting the demands of both fast and multi-track litigated claims. Having both Claimant and Defendant experience she can adopt a pragmatic approach whilst achieving the best result for her clients.

Outside of work, Sapna enjoys spending time outdoors with her young family keeping fit with yoga and running and enjoying a range of culinary cuisines.

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Nick Cowley

Associate Solicitor

Nick Cowley

Associate Solicitor

Nick Cowley is an Associate Solicitor in the Employers Liability claims department at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in June 2022.

Prior to joining Express Nick has worked exclusively for Claimants for over 10 years across all areas of personal injury and qualified as a Solicitor during this period.

Nick initially began his career dealing with road traffic accident claims before moving on to specialise in Employers Liability, Occupier’s Liability, Public Liability and Product Liability.

Nick has gained extensive exposure to different types of accidents and injuries of varying significance during his career to date which allows him to confidently advise his Clients. Nick’s previous settlements include figures in excess of £100,000.

When asked what he enjoys most about his work Nick responded “No two claims or Claimants are the same. I enjoy assessing and advising a Client on their claims specifics whilst also building a strong rapport between Solicitor and Client for the lifetime of their matter. The aim and focus being to assist the Client in their recovery from injury in the best manner possible.”

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Alex Langston

Associate Solicitor

Alex Langston

Associate Solicitor

PROFESSIONAL

Alex Langston is an Associate Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability department.

When asked what he enjoys most about his role at Express, Alex responded: “The tactical element of dealing with a case is something that I find interesting, especially when you are dealing with a whole plethora of insurers, brokers, or solicitors representing a Defendant! It is very satisfying to plan out what you will do in a case and for it all to come to fruition. I enjoy winning.”

Alex understands the importance of standing up for a client where someone else may have not. “I believe that having spent some time at a Defendant firm, my understanding of the claims and court processes has improved a lot. I use this “inside knowledge” to try and put myself in the position of Defendant insurers and solicitors when I am up against them, and to work out their next move, and thus to plan mine accordingly”.

Before joining Express Solicitors, Alex completed his LLB Degree at the University of Liverpool before then going on to study in Netherlands where Alex graduated from the Univeristeit Leiden with an LLM in European Law. Alex is currently studying for the LPC at the University of Law in Manchester.

PERSONAL
Originally from Birmingham, Alex now resides in Manchester. Alex has a passion for football including supporting his home team Birmingham City FC, “I will argue vehemently against anyone that says that Blues [not ‘the Blues’] winning the 2011 League Cup final was not the single greatest sporting achievement in history.”

Alex also loves to go to gigs and music festivals having seen some great bands and acts live. His top 5 are:
1. The Rolling Stones
2. Muse
3. Kasabian
4. Red Hot Chili Peppers
5. The Stone Roses
… with honourable mentions to Bob Dylan, Crystal Fighters, the Chemical Brothers, Blossoms, and both Liam and Noel Gallagher.

Alex also enjoys travelling, reading and writing, his favourite authors include Charles Bukowski, Hunter S. Thompson, and Jack Kerouac.

Alex’s favourite quote comes from David Attenborough: “I just wish the world was twice as big, and half of it was still unexplored”.

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Nicola Griffiths

Associate Solicitor

Nicola Griffiths

Associate Solicitor

Nicola Griffiths is an Associate Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability claims Department at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in February 2019.

Nicola specialises in a variety of areas including claims arising from working at height, construction accidents, manual handling, trips and slips in the workplace and dealing with serious injuries. Nicola has previously dealt with Occupiers Liability, Public Liability, Clinical negligence and Road Traffic Accident claims.

Nicola has received feedback from her clients that she is friendly and approachable. Nicola endeavours to achieve the best possible result in every case that she deals with. She utilises her experience to overcome any difficult hurdles that she comes across to succeed, to secure the best results and settlements that she can for her clients.

Nicola has nearly 20 years of experience of acting on behalf of clients who have suffered personal injuries. Nicola obtained a Law Degree and completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Chester before becoming qualified as a Solicitor in August 2001.

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Sally Gray

Associate Solicitor

Sally Gray

Associate Solicitor

I have over 20 years’ experience working for Claimants having qualified as a Solicitor in 1999. Experience in dealing with a variety of Fast Track and Multi Track personal injury cases including Road Traffic Accidents, Animals Act claims, Accidents at work, Public and Occupiers Liability cases

I studied Sociology and Social Psychology obtaining a 2.1 BSc Hons degree before completing the CPE and LPC at Leeds.

I am empathetic, a good listener; making sure I understand each client’s own individual circumstances and injuries so I can maximise their damages.

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Simran Sathi

Associate Solicitor

Simran Sathi

Associate Solicitor

Simran Sathi is an Associate Solicitor in the Employers Liability department. Simran graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a degree in Law and Human Rights, before completing the LPC in Manchester.

Having initially joined the firm in August 2013, Simran was promoted to the Employers Liability department where he completed his training before qualifying as a Solicitor in September 2017.

Simran specialises predominantly in Accidents at Work/ Industrial Disease type claims but also has experience in Occupiers and Public Liability claims and has dealt with cases involving Cosmetic/Clinical Negligence.

Simran is a thorough and detailed Solicitor and has strong analytical skills. This enables him to identify issues in respect of both the Claimant’s and Defendant’s case, with no stone being left unturned. Simran has handled both Fast Track and Multi Track cases and has brought hundreds of claims to a successful conclusion. Simran successfully secured a six-figure settlement for a client who suffered a psychiatric injury, following her being held hostage at work.

Simran prides himself on his excellent communication skills, he is approachable, empathetic and takes a personable approach when running his cases. He understands that for many clients, making a claim can be a new and daunting process and in order for the case to run smoothly he ensures that his clients are kept updated, are fully aware of the next steps in relation to their claim and what is required to successfully progress the matter.

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Mark Worthington

Associate Solicitor

Mark Worthington

Associate Solicitor

Mark Worthington is an Associate Solicitor working in the Employers Liability department. Mark graduated with an LLB Hons degree from Liverpool University in 2006 before going on to study his LPC at John Moores University in 2009. Mark fully qualified as a Solicitor in 2011 and has been working in Personal Injury Law since.

Mark has a vast amount of experience in investigating liability, establishing breach of duty and obtaining evidence to support both General and Special damages.

Mark has worked in many areas of Personal Injury Law over the years but has always had a particular fondness for Employers Liability claims Including those involving manual handling, falls from heights, defective premises and equipment.

Mark has previously been a self employed Consultant Solicitor for a number of years at which time he helped one firm set up their Holiday Sickness Department and another to open up a new high street office.

Mark prides himself on offering a very high level of customer service and has developed excellent communication skills. Mark always makes sure that the client is at the centre of everything that he does.

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Eden McCaughie

Associate Solicitor

Eden McCaughie

Associate Solicitor

Eden McCaughie is a Associate Solicitor in the Employers Liability claims Department, having initially joined Express Solicitors in July 2016 as part of the Summer Vacation Scheme. Upon competition of the Scheme, Eden was offered a full-time position in the New Client Team which involved taking the initial calls from new clients.

Eden has worked her way up the ranks from the New Client Team and joined the Employers Liability Department in October 2016 as a Litigation Assistant to Kimberley Kirkby (Partner). In November 2017 Eden was promoted to a Litigation Executive in the Employers Liability Department, where she was given the opportunity to run her own case load, specialising in accidents that happen at work or during the course of someone’s employment.

Eden was offered a training contract and became a Trainee Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability Department in September 2019 and she is now in the second year of her training and continues to run her own case load with the view to qualifying as a Solicitor in September 2021.

When asked what Eden enjoyed most about her role she commented “I enjoy helping injured clients to get their lives back on track in the most-stress free way possible. I take pride in not only securing the right settlement for clients, but also assisting them with their recovery along the way either by arranging for them to undergo treatment, or simply lending a sympathetic ear”.

When asked why Eden enjoys working at Express she commented “My colleagues at Express are like my second family. We all come from different backgrounds and have varying levels of experience, but despite this no question is ever too small and we are treated equally”.

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Megan Hayes

Associate Solicitor

Megan Hayes

Associate Solicitor

Megan Hayes completed her LLB at Newcastle University, followed by an LLM in Healthcare and Ethics Law at the University of Manchester and an LPC at the University of Law, Manchester. Megan is an Associate Solicitor in the Employers’ Liability claims Department, having initially joined the firm in November 2017.

There is such a sense of achievement in helping Clients who have suffered accidents, through no fault of their own, secure the settlement that they deserve and knowing that Megan has done everything in her power to make the process as stress-free as possible. Megan works with a team of experienced, skilled and likeminded individuals, also committed to this goal, and strive to obtain the best results for her Clients.

Megan prides herself in developing and maintaining an excellent relationship with her Clients, and she is sympathetic to the difficulties that can ensue following an accident, which can be life changing. The effects of an accident can often span beyond physical injury, as there can be added stressors such as a loss of earnings resulting in worries about bills. Megan is driven to ensure that her Clients’ cases are progressed and settled efficiently, without adding to this stress, by explaining the claims process to them every step of the way.

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Neil Sagar

Associate Solicitor

Neil Sagar

Associate Solicitor

Neil Sagar is a Associate Solicitor within the Employer’s Liability Claims Department. He graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Law & Business in 2010 before completing the remaining compulsory Law modules part time at the University of Law, Manchester in 2011.

He originally joined Express Solicitors in 2011 and completed his LPC at the University of Law,Manchester in 2014 whilst working and studying part time. He initially was a member of the Road Traffic Accidents Team and ran his own case load. He completed his training contract and qualified as a Solicitor in September 2016.

Neil then joined Co-op Legal Services in November 2017 where he gained experience working with all types of PI cases including Employers Liability Claims, Public Liability Claims, Occupiers Liability Claims, Product Liability Claims, Dog bite cases, Holiday Claims and Defective Premises claims.

Neil returned to Express Solicitors in March 2021 to deal solely with Employers Liability Claims. Neil deals with both fast track and multi-track claims and prides himself on providing excellent client service, communication skills and pushing along his cases in the most efficient manner ensuring the best possible outcome for his client’s.

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Amy Heath

Associate

Amy Heath

Associate

Amy Heath joined Express Solicitors in September 2020 as a Senior Litigation Executive, and has progressed to now be an Associate.

When asked what she likes best, Amy said ‘’I find the work to be thoroughly rewarding. Personally, there is a huge amount of satisfaction from seeing a client’s case through to an end result, either through satisfactory settlement or victory in court. I am passionate about achieving the best outcome for each client and strive to obtain redress for the people who have suffered injuries through no fault of their own.

‘’I currently specialise in Employer’s Liability claims at Express. However, my previous experience in the industry has been a variety of Claimant fast track personal injury cases including public liability, accidents at work, civil assaults, and road traffic accidents. I have dealt with such cases from instruction through to conclusion either through settlement or litigated to trial. I have always represented individuals, the injured party’’.

Amy believes she demonstrate high levels of client care in a manner which is highly personable, approachable and friendly. Over the years, she has received many cards, well-wishes and messages of thanks from Clients.

She is also a very organised person and takes pride in her work. Amy is very thorough and will exhaust all avenues of evidence gathering and assessment of the same. She is not afraid to take a chance on those cases that have been turned down by other firms, or cases that are more difficult and/or complex.

Amy studied the BPTC on a part-time basis, whilst working a very demanding full-time job, managing a caseload in the region of 100 litigated cases. She is an unregistered Barrister, having been Called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in March 2019.

She earned her Law Degree from Sheffield Hallam University – LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology (Grade – 2:1). Amy has also completed the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC; Grade – Very Competent) on a part-time basis whilst working full-time at BPP Leeds. She was Called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in March 2019.

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James Leaitherland

Solicitor

James Leaitherland

Solicitor

James Leaitherland is a Solicitor at Express Solicitors Limited.

He studied History and Politics at degree level achieving a 2:1 BA with honours at Liverpool John Moores University, and then studied Law part time whilst working full time, completing the GDL with a commendation at UCLAN University and the LPC at BPP University Law School where he achieved a commendation.

James is experienced in handling fast track and multi track claims from sign up stage until trial. He has prior experience handling industrial disease claims, having specialised in noise induced hearing loss, where he consistently delivered fantastic results for his clients.

James is driven to obtain justice for those that have been wronged by others through no fault of their own. He relies on his technical knowledge to ensure the best possible outcome is achieved for his clients.

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Sarah Megarry

Solicitor

Sarah Megarry

Solicitor

Sarah Megarry is a Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability Claims Department at Express Solicitors. She joined the firm in March 2023.

Sarah graduated with a Law degree at the University of Manchester and completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Chester. She was admitted to the roll of solicitors in 2009 and has previously worked in several personal injury firms in Manchester, dealing with Employer’s Liability claims in addition to Road Traffic Accident, Occupiers Liability, Public Liability and Criminal Injury claims. She has considerable experience of both Fast Track and Multi-track claims.

Sarah has worked exclusively for Claimants throughout her career as she has always strongly believed that people who have been injured through the negligence of someone else should not be left with the losses to bear themselves. Her career highlight to date has been securing a six-figure sum for an injured fireman who was unable to work again.

Originally from Belfast, Sarah lives in South Manchester with her husband and bulldog and in her spare time enjoys playing bass guitar, teaching her Irish class, learning different languages and flying lessons when the weather allows it.

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Ebony Hornby

Solicitor

Ebony Hornby

Solicitor

Ebony Hornby is a Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability claims department.

Ebony joined the firm in June 2019 after completing her MLAW degree at Northumbria University. Ebony started her journey at Express Solicitors as a Litigation Assistant in the Employers Liability Department and progressed through the ranks obtaining her Training Contract in May 2020.

When asked what she enjoys most about working in the Personal Injury sector, Ebony answered: “I am passionate about helping people who have suffered injuries through no fault of their own and making a difference in their lives by assisting them with their recovery and obtaining maximum compensation for the injury they have sustained. It is important to get to know your client and understand that every client is different, with different needs and expectations and I strive to provide each of my clients a personal experience.”

Since Ebony started working for Express Solicitors, she has received the ‘Service Hero’ award on multiple occasions. This award is provided to employees who have received positive feedback from clients about the service they have received throughout their claim.

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Samuel Ward

Solicitor

Samuel Ward

Solicitor

Samuel Ward is a Solicitor in the Employers Liability team at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in January 2020.

“What I love most about my job is that there are people who care about me both as a person and about my professional growth. Additionally, there seems to be a genuine spirit of cooperation and shared goals, all revolving around helping the clients to the best of our ability and ensuring their cases run as smoothly as possible.”

“I view my work ethic as the difference maker. I am both driven and determined to be the best at what I do through means of hard work and my meticulousness in regard to client care. What makes me the best at what I do is my willingness to go the proverbial “extra mile” for my clients.”

Sam has completed several marathons and tough mudder events, which he highlights are some of his most noteworthy achievements. Sam added, “They convey my ability to be disciplined and to work hard towards a certain goal.”

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Liam Hanlon

Solicitor

Liam Hanlon

Solicitor

Liam joined Express Solicitors as a Solicitor in October 2023. Liam qualified as a Solicitor in 2001 and has over 22 years’ experience within the personal injury sector. Liam has experience in all manner of personal injury claims and will be an Employer Liability Specialist at Express Solicitors.

Liam has an extremely empathetic approach towards his clients and gains considerable satisfaction in assisting them with successful settlement and rehabilitation needs.

Outside of work, Liam has a passion for cycling, hiking, playing piano and time with family and friends.

Favourite Quote:
“Yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision, but today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.”

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Bethany Whitfield

Solicitor

Bethany Whitfield

Solicitor

Beth Whitfield is a Solicitor in the Employers Liability department. Beth graduated from Edge Hill University in 2014 with a BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice, she went on to complete her GDL and LPC before completing her training contract with Clyde & Co.

Beth works solely for Robert Weeden a Principal Partner in the EL department. “I enjoy working with Rob and his wealth of knowledge, I learn something new every day and all of the cases I work on bring a new challenge. I love talking with clients and understanding how they are feeling and building an individual relationship with them. Our clients are going through one of the toughest times of their lives and it is pivotal we lend a listening ear and actually hear them”.

“The legal process can be extremely daunting for clients and there is a lot of legal jargon involved. Every client is different with their level of understanding, and we have to adapt to each client and scenario. Therefore, we have to take this into consideration when talking to clients or drafting letters explaining what the next steps are or what is currently happening in their case”.

“My favourite part of the job is reviewing and drafting documents. I have a very analytical mind with an attention for detail and I feel like this is where my skills are at their best”.

Personal

Beth currently lives near Stockport with her husband.
One of her hobbies is collecting and reading books. Her back-room upstairs is a library room floor to ceiling with books. The books have started to overflow into other areas of the house.

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Amita Brahmbhatt

Solicitor

Amita Brahmbhatt

Solicitor

Amita Brahmbhatt is a Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability department. She has handled injuries caused by falls, collisions, unsafe working practices, faulty or inadequate equipment and unsafe working practices. Previously she has also specialised in Public Liability, Occupiers’ Liability and Road Traffic Accidents.

Amita studied at Queen Mary, University of London and completed her LPC at the College of Law in London. Amita is now based in Manchester where she spent her former years.

As client care is integral to Amita, she very much resounds the service pledge of Express Solicitors towards clients. She prides herself in taking the time to explain any questions clients may have in regards to their case. Amita is keen on a having an open form of communication with clients as it also helps her to understand the impact of the injury on every aspect of their life and leads to a much more successful outcome.

Away from work, Amita enjoys spending time with her young family. Globetrotting is a keen interest as she has spent time exploring the Pacific North West of America. She hopes to participate in the SACA Charity Bike Ride from London to Birmingham which she successfully completed previously.

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Connor Sweetman

Solicitor

Connor Sweetman

Solicitor

Connor Sweetman is a Solicitor within the Employer’s Liability claims Team. He joined the firm in February 2021.

Connor feels that it is extremely rewarding to achieve a good settlement for clients when the Defendant has fought the case all the way. There is no client who wants to have an accident, especially when it is down to someone else’s negligence, so it is a good feeling be able to help people to get back on track with their lives.

‘’Since 2015 I have been involved exclusively in personal injury work. My previous roles have involved a wide variety of cases, including accidents at work, road traffic accidents, and claims involving the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. This experience has exposed me to a broad range of accidents and injuries, with clients from all walks of life.

In addition to my own caseload, I have had the opportunity to assist senior solicitors in cases with significant injuries, where the impact on the victims cannot be understated’’.

Connor believes it’s incredibly important to treat each client as an individual, with different needs and expectations. He likes to think he develops a good relationship with his clients by trying to understand what they are going through as a result of their injuries.

The same high level of service should be given to all clients, no matter the injury. Indeed, sometimes it is the smallest injuries that are fought the hardest!

Connor completed a Politics degree at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2014, finding his first job in personal injury law in 2015. He found himself really enjoying legal work, being awarded junior employee of the year then employee of the year within his first two years at the firm.

Keen to progress his legal knowledge and understanding, Connor undertook the Graduate Diploma in Law at the Manchester University of Law to earn a qualifying law degree, studying part time alongside employment. Balancing the degree alongside full time work was challenging but rewarding and helped with the organisational skills required to succeed in law.

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Mary Williams

Solicitor

Mary Williams

Solicitor

Mary is a Solicitor in the Employers Liability department at Express Solicitors. Having graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a degree in Business Management with Law, she then went on to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law before completing the Legal Practice Course and obtaining a Masters in Law in May 2020.

Having completed her studies, Mary joined Express Solicitors in June 2020 as a Litigation Assistant under the supervision of William O’Brien, Partner in the Employers’ Liability department. Through assisting a Partner on a large number of multi-track cases, she has gained invaluable experience which has enabled her to confidently progress onto handling her own caseload.

Mary finds working in personal injury very rewarding as she is able to help people who have suffered injury following an accident that wasn’t their fault. She always takes the time to understand how the accidents have affected our clients’ lives, which in turn motivates her to achieve the best results for our clients.

Mary always considers the Express Service Pledge throughout her work to ensure our clients are provided with an excellent service and to achieve the right settlement for our clients.

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Reece Throop

Solicitor

Reece Throop

Solicitor

Reece completed his Graduate Diploma in Law at Nottingham Law School and has completed the LPC at the University of Law, Manchester.

He has worked at Express Solicitors since 2017 and progressed from the New Client Team to working as a valued member within the Employers Liability Team.

Reece enjoys his role within the firm and aims to provide the best service possible for each and every client. He works to a high standard and ensures cases are progressed and settled with no delay. He focuses on building good relationships with each client and is empathetic to their personal circumstances and how they have been impacted by the accident.

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Sasha Smith

Solicitor

Sasha Smith

Solicitor

Sasha graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Law in July 2018, and she is originally from Anglesey. Sasha started working for Express Solicitors in the Employer’s Liability department in March 2019, and is currently a Solicitor.

Sasha feels that there is a sense of achievement that comes with helping injured clients, and she is passionate about helping injured people obtain compensation after they have sustained an injury following an accident that wasn’t their fault. Therefore, she always strives to achieve a positive relationship with all clients, and she is sympathetic to each and every client as the effects of an accident at work often go beyond physical injury, and impact on all aspects of life. Building this relationship early on is important in ensuring a client’s confidence and trust going forward.

Sasha will always make sure to give clear advice without legal jargon, as the legal process can often be very confusing. This helps to ensure that clients understand each stage of the claim, and that they are confident going forward.

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Adrian Kaminski

Associate Chartered Legal Executive

Adrian Kaminski

Associate Chartered Legal Executive

Adrian joined Express Solicitors in September 2021 in the Personal Injury Department, he specialises in employer’s liability claims.

Adrian is an ambitious, enthusiastic and committed Chartered Legal Executive, who possesses interest, understanding and experience in the Personal Injury Industry.

From a young age, Adrian was involved in helping vulnerable people and this inspired him to choose a career in law.
After completing his law degree at Salford University in 2012, Adrian gained his professional experience in other Personal Injury practice in the North West where he progressed through the ranks and run a caseload of a wide range of matters arising from employer’s and public liability, road traffic accidents and industrial disease.

Adrian qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2019.

He has particular interest in difficult cases and has always strived to achieve the best possible outcomes to those who put their claim in his care.

Adrian prides himself in providing excellent service to his clients. He enjoys guiding them through the complexities of personal injury litigation.

In his spare time, Adrian keeps fit, going to the gym four times a week and running. He is a big sports fan, and particularly enjoys watching football and mixed martial arts.

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Larissa Alderson

Chartered Legal Executive

Larissa Alderson

Chartered Legal Executive

Larissa Alderson is a Chartered Legal Executive in the Employer’s Liability department. Larissa graduated from BPP Law School in 2015 with an LLB (Hons) in Law. Larissa has over 9 years of experience within the personal injury industry and in 2023 qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive.

“My favourite part of my job is being able to help people at a time when they are often at their most vulnerable. I love being able to secure a favourable outcome for my client’s and to try and assist with getting them back to how they were prior to their accident”.

Larissa currently lives in Liverpool with her wife and cat. Her favourite thing to do outside of work is read books and play board games.

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Sarah Wood

Senior Litigation Executive

Sarah Wood

Senior Litigation Executive

Sarah Wood is a Senior Litigation Executive within the Employers Liability Department; Sarah has worked as a Litigation Executive in the legal industry for over 20 years before joining the team at Express.

Sarah brings with her a vast amount of experience, having recovered millions of pounds for her clients over the years, including individual settlements of up to £700,000.

Her experience has not only included Employers Liability cases, but she also has an extensive amount of experience in both Occupiers Liability matters and Industrial Disease cases. She has also represented clients who have suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns from negligent beauty treatment providers.

When asked what she enjoys most about the role, Sarah stated “I enjoy providing, not only the professional advice and service but I also like getting to know my clients and fully understanding the impact the accident and subsequent injuries have caused. Whilst two accidents can occur in similar circumstances, the effect of any injuries suffered and the recovery journey, differs significantly from client to client, which is why listening to the individual and providing appropriately tailored advice and guidance is essential in order to achieve the best overall outcome.”

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Jonathan Speight

Senior Litigation Executive

Jonathan Speight

Senior Litigation Executive

I am a Senior Litigation Executive with in excess of 30 years experience in dealing with personal injury claims on behalf of injured Claimants.

I have previously dealt with all aspects of different types of injury claims, including road traffic accidents, tripping accidents, accidents in shops and public buildings and accidents at work.

I now specialise in injury claims as a result of accidents at work (employers liability accidents), having previously acted for a national union and its members.

Career High – settling a serious brain injury claim where damages exceeded 2.3 million pounds. “it was important not only to get to know the client but several members of his family upon which the accident and injuries had caused a significant impact and rewarding to secure an excellent settlement that assisted in improving the client’s quality of life”.

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Aleisha Edwards

Senior Litigation Executive

Aleisha Edwards

Senior Litigation Executive

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Nicola Case

Senior Litigation Executive

Nicola Case

Senior Litigation Executive

Nicola Case is a Senior Litigation Executive, having accrued over 15 years experience in dealing with personal injury claims prior to joining Express. She has experience in dealing with a variety of claims such as Road Traffic Accidents, Public Liability and Employers Liability.

She also has experience in clinical negligence claims, boundary disputes, housing disrepair and contentious probate.
Nicola decided to work in the legal sector as she finds obtaining justice and compensation for people who have been injured through no fault of their own, incredibly rewarding. She strongly believes in the importance of keeping clients up to date with the progress of their claims and ensuring that they understand the process from start to finish.

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Elena Khan

Trainee Solicitor

Elena Khan

Trainee Solicitor

Elena is a diligent trainee solicitor, graduating from MMU with a 2:1 in LLB and LPC in 2020. With a transition from litigation assistant to trainee solicitor in September 2023, she has showcased a steadfast commitment to legal excellence.

Dedicated to securing the best outcomes for clients, Elena approaches her work with compassion and determination. She strives to provide exemplary legal representation, guiding clients through challenges with empathy and expertise.

With a strong academic foundation, practical experience, and a genuine dedication to client advocacy, Elena is positioned to make significant contributions to the legal field, maintaining the highest standards of integrity and service.

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Hafsa Mustafa

Trainee Solicitor

Hafsa Mustafa

Trainee Solicitor

Hafsa Mustafa is a Trainee Solicitor in the Employers Liability Department, having joined the firm in September 2021.

Hafsa graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2020 with a LLB Law Degree and completed her LPC and LLM in 2021.

Hafsa has gained invaluable experience in both fast-track and multi-track claims. Hafsa finds her job very rewarding as she is able to help people who have been injured and is able to assist in obtaining maximum compensation for the injuries they have sustained.

Hafsa Ensures the client is provided with clear and concise advise and strives to build a relationship with the clients to ensure she has their trust and assurance throughout the lifetime of their case.

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Hiba Mahmood

Trainee Solicitor

Hiba Mahmood

Trainee Solicitor

Hiba is a Trainee Solicitor in the Employers Liability department at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in October 2021.

Hiba specialises in Personal Injury, predominantly Fast Track matters together with Multi Track together with criminal injury matters. This has given her a strong background in litigation and claims handling.

With over 9 years of experience in personal injury she has received positive feedback from clients during this time for being clear and approachable.

Outside of work Hiba likes to travel, spend time with friends and family and shop.

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Bethany Crossley

Solicitor

Bethany Crossley

Solicitor

Bethany joined the firm in September 2019 after completing her LLB Law degree at Sheffield Hallam University. Bethany has completed her LLM LPC at the University of Law in Manchester.

As a Solicitor, Bethany is keen to ensure that clients are supported throughout the duration of their claim and as such takes time to build a strong rapport with clients. Bethany understands that it can be difficult for clients to discuss certain aspects of the claim and strives to make each client feel comfortable discussing details of their accident that may be distressing. Bethany ensures clients are kept updated and carefully explains each stage of the process so clients can be satisfied their personal injury claim is being managed effectively.

Bethany strives to achieve the best results for all clients who have suffered injuries through no fault of their own. Bethany understands that the litigation process can be daunting for clients and works hard to go above and beyond for all clients.

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Veronika Zerdeva

Trainee Solicitor

Veronika Zerdeva

Trainee Solicitor

Veronika Zerdeva is a Trainee Solicitor in the Employers Liability claims department, having joined the firm in August 2018.

Veronika completed her Law and Management Degree with a First Class Honours at the University of Salford and is currently completing her Legal Professional Course with her Masters in Law at BPP University.

Veronika believes in establishing a rapport with all her clients by communicating with them effectively, keeping them informed throughout the process and taking the time to learn about their injuries. She describes herself as personal and approachable. She works to a high standard and efficiently to meet clients’ demands and to ensure she secures the right settlement for clients.

Veronika understands each client has different needs and ensures she tailors her advice and approach to meet individual client’s needs.

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Olivia Casey

Trainee Solicitor

Olivia Casey

Trainee Solicitor

Olivia joined Express in January 2022 as a Litigation Executive. Olivia graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2015 with a Law Degree and has also completed the LPC in 2020 with BBP University in Manchester on a part time basis whilst also working full time.

Olivia has been handling claims for over 6 years and has experience working on both sides of the claim; for the Claimant and for the Defendant and therefore has great knowledge of how to navigate the claims process to achieve the best results. Olivia has a wide range of experience handling and assisting claims for industrial diseases and employers liability claims, some of which are very high value and complex.

It is important to Olivia that her clients receive excellent results in their claim and will always listen to the client and their needs, explaining the whole process to them and making sure they are updated throughout their claim. Olivia believes attention to detail is key to delivering great results.

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Zain Javed

Trainee Solicitor

Zain Javed

Trainee Solicitor

Zain Javed is a Trainee Solicitor working in the Employer’s Liability department assisting Principal Partner Robert Weeden, on high value multi-track injury caseloads.

Zain graduated from Aston University in 2019 with a LLB Law Degree, Zain began working at Express in June 2020 at the beginning of the global pandemic and had to adapt to learning the business and law remotely.

As of September 2022, Zain has now started the SQE Degree Apprenticeship with Express with the aim to qualify as a Solicitor by 2025.

Zain has gained a lot of experiencing over the years at Express dealing with a lot of serious and sometimes catastrophic injuries, working in personal injury can be very difficult and intense but Zain has found it quite rewarding when achieving a good result for the Clients.

It is important for Zain to uphold Express Service Pledge throughout his work and ensure all of the Client get the best result possible and this is achieved by a lot of hard work and effort on all cases no matter the circumstances.

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Savannah Evans

Trainee Solicitor

Savannah Evans

Trainee Solicitor

Savannah graduated from the University of Birmingham with a first class law degree in July 2020 and is currently a Trainee Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability Department at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in August 2020.

Savannah finds her job extremely rewarding as she is able to help clients who have found themselves injured at work through no fault of their own to achieve compensation that is proportionate to the pain, suffering and loss of amenity that they have suffered.

She appreciates that personal injury claims can be a long and confusing process for clients, especially those who have never made a claim before, and therefore she strives to help make the process run more smoothly and is always happy to answer any questions that they may have along the way.

Savannah started her career at Express as a Litigation Assistant before being promoted to Trainee Solicitor in September 2022, when she commenced the SQE Degree Apprenticeship route to qualifying as a Solicitor. She hopes to become a Qualified Solicitor in March 2025.

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Amy Murrer

Trainee Solicitor

Amy Murrer

Trainee Solicitor

Amy graduated from the University of Manchester in July 2021 with a first class LLB in Law. She started working at Express Solicitors as a Litigation Assistant in the Employer’s Liability department in September 2021.

Amy has progressed on to become a Trainee Solicitor, starting her SQE Degree Apprenticeship with Express and hopes to qualify as a Solicitor by 2025.

Amy has gained invaluable experience during her time with express, assisting Partners Damian Bradley and Jon Andrews with a large number of high value multi-track injury caseloads.

Amy strives to build rapport with her clients by communicating with them effectively and prides herself on listening to each client’s needs and ensuring she keeps them informed throughout their claim.

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Klaudia Kieltyka

Trainee Solicitor

Klaudia Kieltyka

Trainee Solicitor

Klaudia Kieltyka is a Trainee Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability Department. Klaudia graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2021 with a Bachelor of Laws – LLB Law.

Klaudia began working at Express in September 2021, immediately after completing her degree.

As of September 2022, Klaudia started the SQE Degree Apprenticeship with Express with the aim to qualify as a Solicitor by 2025.

Klaudia has gained a lot of experiencing since starting at Express and has become a confident litigator. Klaudia has always got the clients best interests in mind and this is the main focus for her throughout the duration of a claim.

When asked what Klaudia enjoys the most about her role, Klaudia stated that she enjoys building good relationships with clients and getting to know them. She also enjoys the variation of cases she comes across and each case having their own challenges she must face

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Erika Daly

Trainee Solicitor

Erika Daly

Trainee Solicitor

Erika Daly joined Express Solicitors as a Litigation Assistant in December 2021, before being promoted to Trainee Solicitor in September 2022, and is hoping to qualify March 2025 via the SQE Route.

Erika graduated from University of Central Lancashire with a 2:1 LLB Law Degree in June 2021 prior to joining Express.

She works within the Employer’s Liability Department here at Express and when asked what she enjoys most about her job she said “I find my job extremely rewarding on the basis that I have the opportunity to help people that have been injured through no fault of their own and to get them the compensation that they need in order to place them back in the same financial position they were in prior to their accident.”

She also added that she prides herself on being a hardworking, driven and approachable individual that will go the extra mile to help assist clients.

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Olivia Mayhew

Trainee Solicitor

Olivia Mayhew

Trainee Solicitor

Olivia graduated from the University of East Anglia with a degree in Law in July 2021. She started working at Express Solicitors in the Employer’s Liability department in June 2021 as a Litigation Assistant.

Olivia prides herself on providing clear and concise advice to Clients and will always go above and beyond to achieve the best in their case. She is passionate about helping injured people and understands that this can be a long and confusing process, however she strives to build a relationship with her Clients to ensure she has their trust and confidence throughout the lifetime of their claim.

Olivia is an approachable and friendly person outside of work and brings this quality with her to the office. She understands that dealing with solicitors can be a stressful process and aims to alleviate as much stress for the Client as possible.

She is due to start the SQE Degree Apprenticeship in September 2021, and hopes to become a Qualified Solicitor in March 2025.

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Simran Tandon

Trainee Solicitor

Simran Tandon

Trainee Solicitor

Simran is a Trainee Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability department.

Simran completed her law degree in 2020 at the University of Lancaster and went on to complete a master’s degree in international business and Commercial Law, at the University of Manchester.

Having joined Express Solicitors in February 2022 as a Litigation Assistant, Simran became a Trainee Solicitor and began studying the SQE in September 2022.

When asked what is most enjoyable about her role at Express, Simran explained she enjoys building a rapport with clients and assisting them throughout their case. Simran’s background in law, business and 10+ years of charity work, enables her to complete work and empathise with clients extremely well. Simran is aware clients are often in a vulnerable position and ensures to explain each stage and process to clients, whilst working to achieve the best possible outcome.

Furthermore, Simran is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Group at Express Solicitors. Within this group, Simran works hard to create events for the firm to enjoy, contribute ideas to ensure equality is maintained and offers support for any D&I questions and topics which colleagues wish to discuss.

Simran hopes to qualify as a Solicitor in 2025

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Sehar Ali

Trainee Solicitor

Sehar Ali

Trainee Solicitor

Sehar Ali is a Trainee Solicitor at Express Solicitors Limited and works within our Employment Liability Department. Sehar joined Express Solicitors in February 2022 and was offered a training contract at Express Solicitors in November 2022.

Sehar graduated from University of Manchester in 2019 with a LLB in Law and Criminology and completed her LPC and LLM at the University of Law in 2021.

When asked why she joined Express Solicitors, Sehar answered: “I wanted to combine my law degree and business skills learnt within my family business together. I was looking for my first real legal job. I heard that Express Solicitors was one of the fastest growing Personal Injury firms who mainly prioritised promoting their employees working for the firm. You don’t find many firms doing that now.”

When asked what Sehar enjoys most about her role at Express Solicitors, Sehar answered: “I work in a fantastic and hardworking team. Every member aims to help and push the other. There is never two days that are the same. Everyday there is something new to tackle and something new to learn. I am always speaking to different clients from different background and I love interacting to this diverse clientele.”

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Melissa Menelaou

Trainee Solicitor

Melissa Menelaou

Trainee Solicitor

Melissa Menelaou is a Trainee Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability department. Melissa graduated from the University of Reading in 2020 with a Bachelor of Laws – LLB Law and completed her LPC and LLM at the University of Law in 2021. Melissa joined the team at Express immediately after completing her studies.

What Melissa enjoys the most about her role at Express Solicitors is that each day is different and you can learn something new every single day. Each day has new challenges to overcome and that’s what keeps her motivated.

Melissa explained that each client is different with their own personality and levels of understanding therefore she always tries to make sure that clients understand at what stage their claim is and what the next steps will be without any legal jargon. Melissa said that although she might feel a bit frustrated at times, she knows that she can seek assistance from her team at any time.

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Ruth Adebayo

Trainee Solicitor

Ruth Adebayo

Trainee Solicitor

Ruth is a Trainee Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability Claims Department at Express Solicitors. She joined us in September 2021 as Litigation Assistant. Prior to joining Express, Ruth graduated from the University of Liverpool with a First-Class degree in Law. Ruth furthered her education at the University of Law in Manchester completing her LLM LPC with a Distinction.

Ruth is a confident and determined litigator who aims to achieve the best possible outcome on her cases. She ensures the best interest of her clients and this remains her focus point throughout the duration of their claim. She also takes her time to build a good relationship with her clients.

When asked what she enjoys most about her role, Ruth stated she enjoys the versatility of her caseload and having to face new challenges each day. Ruth is keen on acquiring new skills and enjoys being pushed to be best of her ability.

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Wajeeha Nasir

Trainee Solicitor

Wajeeha Nasir

Trainee Solicitor

Having graduated from University of Manchester; she then went on to complete the Legal Practice Course with Masters in Summer 2020 obtaining a distinction. Having completed her studies, Wajeeha joined Express Solicitors in January 2021 as a Litigation Assistant under the direct supervision of Ruth Magee, Partner.

By assisting a Partner, she has gained valuable experience in complex high value multi-track claims. Wajeeha has now progressed onto a Trainee Solicitor and hopes to qualify in January 2025. By working in a Claimant personal injury firm, she finds it very fulfilling and building relationships with Clients enables her to achieve the best outcome for Clients.

She always ensures Clients are kept up to date and goes the extra mile to ensure Client cases are progressed as quickly as possible to ensure Client’s receive their settlement as early as possible. She ensures Clients are explained the litigation process in layman’s terms at each step to allow Client’s to feel comfortable and satisfied

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Guido Di Bari

Trainee Solicitor

Guido Di Bari

Trainee Solicitor

Guido is a Trainee Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability Department.

Before joining Express, Guido completed his LLB Honours Degree in Law at the University of Abertay Dundee in 2020. He then proceeded to change his degree in Scots Law to English Law by completing the Graduate Diploma in Law at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2021, where he also successfully completed his Legal Practice Course in 2022.

Shortly after completing his studies, Guido joined Express as a Litigation Assistant in June 2022. Guido progressed in the company at a fast pace, which ultimately awarded him a Training Contract beginning in April 2023.

As a Trainee Solicitor, Guido wants to ensure that Clients fully understand the legal process. He tries to explain every step of the way avoiding legal jargon where possible, and where not possible, to best explain what the terms mean and what implications will these have for the Client’s claim. Guido also fully appreciates how stressful the legal process may be for a Client and tries to keep all of his clients as up to date as reasonably possible.

Guido speaks both Italian (Native) and Spanish (fluent) allowing him to go above and beyond for Clients who may face language barrier and ensuring them to make them feel comfortable by communicating in their native tongue.

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Caroline Wheeler

Trainee Solicitor

Caroline Wheeler

Trainee Solicitor

Caroline Wheeler is a Trainee Solicitor in the Employers Liability Claims Department. Caroline joined the firm in 2021.

In 2014 Caroline embarked on a career change into Law, studying law from 2014 to 2019 graduating with a LL.B honours degree, LL.M Masters & went on to study and successfully complete the LPC, Legal Practice Course.

After completing the legal studies Caroline’s legal career began as a legal assistant working within a serious and catastrophic injuries team (accidents at work).

Caroline takes great pride in the work she undertakes, she is determined and forward thinking, taking time to build rapport and professional relationships with Clients, treating Clients with respect and empathy.

Caroline believes in equality and justice and has chosen to specialise in Employers Liability claims “employers should be held to account for their wrongdoings and/or negligence, ignorance of the law is no excuse”. Caroline is also interested in the effect and impact injuries often have on our Clients mental health.

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George Gordziejewicz

Trainee Solicitor

George Gordziejewicz

Trainee Solicitor

George is a Trainee Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability Claims department.

Having graduated with a Law Degree with a 1st from Swansea University in 2020, George joined Express Solicitors in April 2022 and took part in the firms impressive training academy before joining the Employer’s Liability Department and handling his own files.

As of September 2023, George has begun his SQE Degree Apprenticeship with the aim of qualifying as a Solicitor.

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Klaudia Mileszczyk

Trainee Solicitor

Klaudia Mileszczyk

Trainee Solicitor

Klaudia, a Trainee Solicitor in the Employers’ Liability department, holds an Undergraduate degree in English Literature and pursued legal studies at the University of Law, graduating with a Postgraduate Diploma in Law. Joining Express Solicitors as a Litigation Assistant in January 2023, she swiftly ascended to the role of Trainee Solicitor within a remarkable nine-month period. Concurrently, she dedicates her time to studying the SQE part-time while continuing her work at the firm.

Her tenure at Express Solicitors has been transformative, offering a diverse array of experiences and significantly enhancing her legal acumen. Through her role, Klaudia has been able to broaden her understanding of the legal landscape, enriching her professional journey along the way.

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Sadia Hussain

Trainee Solicitor

Sadia Hussain

Trainee Solicitor

As a Trainee Solicitor specializing in Employer’s Liability, Sadia embarked on her legal journey as a Law student at the University of Manchester. Following the completion of her Bachelor of Laws degree, she commenced her professional career as a Litigation Assistant at Express Solicitors, under the mentorship of an Associate Solicitor specializing in Employers Liability. After a year of dedicated service, Sadia earned a well-deserved promotion to the role of Trainee Solicitor and has since been actively pursuing her studies for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).

Her experience as a Litigation Assistant provided Sadia with invaluable exposure to a diverse array of cases, including both fast-track and multi-track claims. Through these experiences, she developed a keen understanding of the importance of placing the client’s individual experience, comprehension, emotions, and personality at the forefront of every claim she handles.

Assisting an Associate Solicitor has allowed Sadia to further refine her legal acumen and gain the confidence to manage her own caseload, thereby enhancing her legal expertise. Sadia’s journey from a Law student to a Trainee Solicitor underscores her unwavering dedication to continuous learning and growth within the realm of Employer’s Liability law.

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Cameron Boyce

Trainee Solicitor

Cameron Boyce

Trainee Solicitor

Cameron graduated form the University of Liverpool with a First-Class degree in Law. He also spent a year studying at Griffith University in Brisbane Australia for his year abroad.

Cameron started his training contract in December 2023, when asked about his role at express Cameron said, “relating to client’s personal injuries and taking them into account form start to finish is an integral part of my role. Establishing that initial relationship and rapport with clients is crucial and I will endeavour to meet the needs of each client. Clients are treated with the utmost respect and professionalism, acknowledging the complexities and legal jargon of personal injury claims are not common to everyone.

Seeking compensation for those wronged is important in everyday life, and seeking a personal injury claim provides an avenue into achieving that.”

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Sophie Price

Trainee Solicitor

Sophie Price

Trainee Solicitor

Sophie, a Trainee Solicitor specializing in Employer’s Liability, commenced her legal journey as a Law student at the University of Lincoln. Upon earning her Bachelor of Laws degree, Sophie relocated to Manchester and assumed the role of Litigation Assistant at Express Solicitors, working under a Partner specializing in Employers Liability.

After a year of dedicated service, Sophie earned a promotion to the position of Trainee Solicitor. She is currently pursuing studies for the SQE qualification, further enhancing her legal expertise.

Throughout her tenure, working closely with a Partner has afforded Sophie a diverse range of experiences, particularly in handling cases involving service user attacks and clients with severe or complex injuries. Sophie recognizes the importance of prioritizing the client’s individual experience, understanding, emotions, and personality in every claim she handles.

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Shaun Kochun

Trainee Solicitor

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Litigation Assistant

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Richard Lowery

Head of Employers Liability Dept

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Richard Lowery has been a Partner at Express Solicitors since May 2012.

Richard is head of the firm’s Employer’s Liability Department dealing with complex cases, overseeing a team of Solicitors specialising in cases involving Personal Injury sustained in the workplace. Regarded as an empathetic and considerate solicitor, Richard invests time to foster a strong rapport with every individual and family he represents.

He has a meticulous eye for detail, effortlessly examining the fine detail within each individual case, identifying the potential strengths and weaknesses of a claim from an early stage.

Richard deals with serious and catastrophic injury claims suffered in all circumstances, with experience of claims involving spinal injury, brain injury, pain conditions and claims involving amputations.

Richard is Accredited by the Law Society Personal Injury Panel.

Richard was also named within the 2017 Legal 500 as a recommended Lawyer Legal 500 said of Richard Top tier firms

Express Solicitors Ltd has a ‘very professional and caring team’ that includes the ‘knowledgeable’ Richard Lowery.

Robert Weeden

Principal Partner

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Hailing from the white rose of Yorkshire, born and raised in Leeds, Robert is a Mancunian at heart, having been in Manchester for over a decade. Despite advancing years, he remains a keen amateur rugby player, and he enjoys a Saturday turnout even in the glorious weather that the North West is blessed with.

Having worked at Express since 2010 and progressed to the position of Principal Partner within the Employers Liability team, Robert has amassed experience both in the technical side of the law but also in terms understanding the emotional impact and unfortunate devastation that can come with someone suffering an injury. This allows Robert to approach each individual client on a personal level from which he can consider not only the client’s immediate needs and long-term outcomes from bringing a claim, but also how to help them understand the process of what a personal injury claim is.

As a result of specializing in accidents at work and industrial disease claims he has developed an analytical approach, to a range of workplace accident cases, that allows Robert to apply his expertise and attention to detail to strive to achieve the best outcome for his clients.

William O Brien

Partner

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William is a Partner in the Employers Liability claims department at Express Solicitors having joined us in July 2017. William specialises in Personal Injury work. He undertakes fast and multi-track litigation on behalf of a national client base, with a particular interest in complex fractures and high value Employers Liability work.

When asked what he liked best about his role, William commented “First and foremost I would describe myself as a people person, so it follows one of the things I enjoy most about my job is the interaction I have with clients, colleagues, and yes even Defendants. Another aspect of my personality is my competitiveness, some would say over competitiveness! As a young lawyer I realised that litigation was always going to appeal to me due to its adversarial nature, and I find winning cases for my clients to be the most satisfying aspect of my job.”

“My clients always come first and I provide a professional, dynamic, yet sympathetic and approachable service for them, with demonstrable success over the 10 year period since I have qualified as a Solicitor. I have excellent technical skills as a litigator and consider myself to be a strong negotiator. I always fight to obtain the best possible outcome for my clients.”

William studied Economics at Manchester Metropolitan University and was awarded a 2nd class honours degree. Following graduation he worked in various commercial/ marketing roles throughout his 20’s whilst completing the CPE/PGDL and LPC on a part time basis

Seetal Sagar-Jhanji

Partner

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Seetal Sagar-Jhanji is a Partner in the Employer’s Liability department at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in February 2016.
Seetal has extensive experience helping clients who have had accidents at work but before Express has also specialised in RTA, PL and Cosmetic Negligence cases.

When asked what she enjoys most about her role, Seetal commented: “When clients have suffered injuries affecting their way of life, often you are the person they go to for assistance and knowing that you are an integral part in making things become easier for them is very rewarding.”

Seetal prides herself on building strong relationships with her clients by ensuring she is personable and approachable, a trait that she believes is the reason returning clients request her services again.

One of Seetal’s most successful cases to date was for a gentleman who sustained injury by a hit and run driver. As a result he seriously hurt his knee and was advised he would not be able to work in the same profession in the future. Seetal successfully secured the gentleman a settlement of just over £80,000.

Seetal studied in Birmingham where she passed her LLB Law Degree, an LLM Masters in Law and finally went on to also complete the LPC at the College of Law.

Ruth Magee

Partner

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Ruth Magee is a Partner in the Employers Liability department at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in April 2018.

Ruth specialises in a variety of areas including complex and high value claims and dealing with serious and life changing injuries. When asked what she likes best about her role, Ruth commented “I strive to achieve the best results I can for my Clients and make the whole process simple and stress free for them. I also like succeeding in achieving compensation for my Clients whose claims had been rejected by other firms of Solicitors and Barristers because they were assessed as having poor prospects.”

Ruth also went on to say, “I am an excellent communicator and the feedback I have received from my Clients over the years is a testament to this. I am enthusiastic with a real passion and drive for doing the very best for my Clients.”

Ruth has nearly 20 years’ experience of acting on behalf of Clients who have suffered personal injuries. She has also obtained a BA(Hons) in Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Liverpool. Ruth started work in a law firm after graduating and then began studying law part time at the University of Central Lancashire. Thereafter she completed her training contact and qualified as a Solicitor in March 2005.
Articles Published

Article on Complex regional pain syndrome published in Legal Futures Jan 2020
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Leaking sink causes 12 month injury

PERSONAL
Ruth’s weekends are mostly spent with family and friends. She also enjoys training to keep fit and long walks in the countryside with her border terrier dog – Frank.
Ruth’ favourite quote –
Carpe Diem – Seize the day!

Damian Bradley

Partner – Head of Legal Operations

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Damian Bradley is a Partner and Head of Legal Operations at Express Solicitors Limited and joined the company in 2021. Damian specialises in Employers’ Liability claims with over 20 years of experience as a qualified Solicitor.

Damian deals with claims arising from all types of serious injury following an accident at work, including brain injuries, spinal injuries, and musculoskeletal injuries together with claims involving pain syndromes such as chronic pain, CRPS and cases involving amputation.

Damian is a Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and served for 6 years as their North West Co-ordinator. Damian regularly lectures to various audiences on developments in personal injury law, for example, procedural rule changes, case law analysis and litigation strategy.

Damian has previously been mentioned in the Legal 500 as being ‘hugely experienced.’

Owing to his meticulous approach, that he asserts is essential in the preparation of all cases; Damian says that his favourite quote is:

“The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail.” – Charles R Swindoll, pastor & author.

Damian is currently representing clients on a number of cases but one case in particular that concluded recently was particularly striking. A gentleman was working on a large construction site in London and his left leg was unfortunately driven over by a dumper truck when his co-worker negligently reversed the truck into a site walkway. The client suffered devastating injuries to his lower leg and was hospitalised for several weeks, his leg having been placed in a frame. Despite having had multiple surgeries the bones failed to knit together properly. The client had very poor mobility, was in constant pain and unable to work.

Damian recalled that the client’s partner had given birth to their first child a few weeks prior to the accident and through no fault of his own his client had suffered life changing injuries and placed the wellbeing of his family in jeopardy as he was the sole provider and could not afford to pay his rent.

Damian obtained substantial interim payments for the client to enable him to pay his bills and pay for some care and help around the home. The client was living in a rented flat with no lift access at the time of the accident and monies were obtained to re-house the client and his family in a ground floor flat. An automatic car was purchased using the funds as he could not operate the clutch in his manual car. The interim payments also paid for further private surgery and rehabilitation that eventually led to reduced pain for the client and greater mobility.

Damian’s client received treatment to help build up his confidence and vocational rehabilitation to learn new skills as he was not fit to return to construction work.

It was vital for Damian to secure interim payments for this client in order to help him rebuild himself and his life. This was also necessary to avoid unnecessary financial hardship for the client and his family until his claim was in such a position to place a final valuation on the case.

Jon Andrews

Partner

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Jon Andrews is a partner at Express Solicitors. He has nearly 30 years experience as a qualified solicitor acting for victims and their families following serious and often fatal accidents at work and occupational disease.

Jon studied at Warwick University, where he was also General Secretary of the Student’s Union, and then at the College of Law at Chester, before becoming a trainee solicitor in Manchester. He has spent his professional life based in North West England, but acting for clients throughout England and Wales.

Having completed his training, Jon went on to become a partner in a Manchester based firm, before moving on to a leading national practice, where he was a Principal Lawyer. He is now delighted to have joined Express.

Jon is recognised in the leading legal services publication the Legal 500 as a key lawyer, with a ‘dogged determination’ to fight even the toughest of cases, and has been consistently highly rated in the Legal 500 over several years. He is also accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

Jon specialises in claims arising from accidents at work and medical conditions caused by work. These can include injuries sustained as a result of falls, collisions, faulty equipment, unsafe working practices, repetitive and unsuitable manual tasks, and occupational exposure to a range of hazardous substances.

Jon has pursued and managed numerous claims against large manufacturing and retail companies where the use of unsafe equipment resulted in numerous serious accidents, utilising expert evidence to win difficult cases and recover damages for multiple clients as a result of identifying technical weaknesses in the Defendant’s argument. He has run numerous cases in the High Court and has appeared in the Court of Appeal.

Career highlights include;
– recovering damages to cover the cost of a move to a single storey home, adaptations to a vehicle, and life long provision of prosthetic limbs, following an accident where a client suffered a leg amputation;

-obtaining compensation to pay for the adaptation of a client’s home including the installation of a lift following an accident at work that left the client paralysed from the waist down;

-securing payment to cover a move to a bungalow after a client was crushed by a fork lift truck.

-recovering substantial damages for psychological injury caused by bullying to a whistleblower

-recently Jon has been particularly pleased to recover compensation which will provide long term payment of life saving treatment for an occupational cancer.

Jon has also taken a keen interest in mentoring and developing junior colleagues for many years. He has been delighted to have encouraged and advised young lawyers who have gone on to become leaders in their field and was training principal at a national practice. He takes an active role in this field, contributing to legal journals and also lectures at Trades Union conferences and other events.

Away from work, Jon can frequently be found hiking in the Peak District, renovating a not yet seaworthy boat, planning his next trip to the Le Mans endurance race and enjoying time with his wife and rapidly growing up children!

”I came in to the law to try and make a difference and to try and make things better. That is still what I try to do everyday and I regard being able to carry out that work as a privilege”.

Donna Simcock

Partner

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Donna Simcock is a Partner in the Employers Liability department at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in September 2018.

When asked what she likes best about her role, Donna commented “I always enjoy building up a good working relationship with the client and having that interaction with them, constantly striving to improve and exceed their expectations.”

“I come from a background where I have always acted on behalf of claimants, giving them the justice, they deserve which in turn influences employers to improve their health and safety in the workplace”

“I have over 20 years’ experience in dealing with a variety of claimant personal injury cases including, accidents at work, industrial disease and civil assaults from first instruction right through to conclusion, whether it be a settlement or trial. I have always worked for the injured party.”

“I pride myself on being very organised and having good time management skills which in turn helps me to deal with cases more swiftly and efficiently, whether it be interacting with clients or third parties, and bringing cases to a more than satisfactory conclusion. I have a good reputation as a litigator who can be relentless in fighting for the maximum compensation for clients. “

“I previously worked for a trade union personal injury firm for almost 27 years. I started my career with them initially as a secretary. After 4 years working in this capacity, I decided I wanted to progress into a fee earning capacity and therefore spent 4 years at college on a part time basis, whilst still working full time and bringing up my family. After passing the last of my exams in 2000, I was admitted as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 2001. During my training at college, I transitioned from my secretarial role into a fee earning role at work and have never looked back since.”

PERSONAL
Donna currently commutes from Fenton in Stoke on Trent. In her spare time Donna loves to attend Spinning classes and has also recently taken up baking as well.
Donna’s favourite quote –
“However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can and succeed at” – Stephen Hawkins

Mark Grist

Partner

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Mark Grist is a Partner in the Employers Liability claims department at Express Solicitors, having initially joined the firm in April 2018.

Mark specialises in accident at work cases, but the work varies widely, Mark commented “One moment I could be looking at a case where a client has been sprayed with ammonia by a faulty valve the next I could be dealing with somebody who has developed a Repetitive Strain Injury from using a computer for a prolonged period. I really enjoy the varied nature of the work I do.”

“I do have extensive experience dealing with all areas of personal injury law. I have worked in the industry for 15 years and during this time I have also focused on differing aspects of personal injury law including road traffic accident claims, fatality claims and cycling accidents.”

“Before joining Express Solicitors in April 2018, I had started to deal with more complex injuries and claims that tended to be very prolonged and complicated affairs involving multiple medical reports and substantial future loss of earning capacity claims. I dealt with many cases that settled for over £50,000.”

“I do think I am able to ‘see the wood through the trees’ and get to the bottom of what is most important in a case. I am not afraid to approach difficult issues with Defendants or Clients. It is always better to discuss things early on rather than let it all come out in a final court hearing.”

“I will always ask questions to maximise damages for the client, at the end of the day that is always the most important thing in my mind. I do understand that most clients would prefer the accident never happened and to be in the position they were before the accident but unfortunately, I cannot put them in that position.

I can however get them financial justice and do what I can to help ease their problems.”

Prior to working as a Solicitor, Mark worked in the Publishing Industry in Central London. He has also worked as a teacher in the UK and abroad. Mark taught English as a foreign language for 3 years in South Korea and taught secondary history for a couple of years in schools in the Manchester area. Mark is a qualified secondary history teacher to go alongside his legal qualifications.

Stephanie Osborne

Senior Associate Solicitor

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Stephanie is a Senior Associate Solicitor in the Employers Liability Claims Department at Express Solicitors having joined us in August 2022, after working for over 5 years at a Legal 500 firm as a Team Leader. Stephanie has a vast experience of dealing with all Personal Injury Claims including Employer Liability claims and has done so for over 18 years. Stephanie is also a member of PEOPIL.

Stephanie has dealt with Employer Liability claims since 2004. A number of her most recent cases include a degloving injury sustained whilst operating a faulty circular saw with no protective guard or emergency stop features, a food poisoning claim, a significant fall from a ramp which was not highlighted resulting in a fracture to both ankles and a repetitive strain injury which could have been avoided had the correct equipment been provided. Stephanie has also had a number of jobs, whilst completing her education, which has included working in factory environments, offices, public houses and construction sites. This lends Stephanie a better understanding of the roles that clients undertake during their employment.

Since qualification, Stephanie has worked in Manchester for a number of Solicitor firms. She has also previously used her experience to set up and run a department of 14 Fee Earners.

Whilst Stephanie has a great amount of experience in relation to accidents occurring overseas, these have also included significant Employer Liability cases. Stephanie routinely represents Claimants where their settlements are over £100,000.00 and has also secured damages of over half a million on a number of claims including one involving a fatality following a train derailment in India. Stephanie’s experience of dealing with these high value cases means that she has a keen eye and skill for spotting all possible heads of loss that can be considered in order to maximise damages.

Stephanie has exceptional client care skills which she uses to ensure that clients are always updated in clear, easy to understand language. She is also very organised in all aspects of her life. Clients can feel 100% confident that their files will always be progressed as efficiently as possible.

Stephanie has worked for both Claimants and Defendants which means that she can often foresee any issues or arguments at an early stage and ensures that these points are dealt with quickly and efficiently. She also enjoys a challenge and often prides herself on being successful with claims where other Solicitors have failed.

Stephanie qualified as a Solicitor in 2006 after obtaining a law degree at Hull University and a commendation at York Law College for the Legal Practice Course. She has always known that she wanted a career in Law after sustaining an injury herself as a child and assisting the Solicitors during the litigation process in securing a settlement for her. This also means that she understands from personal experience, how important it is to make sure that the clients feel that they are appropriately compensated for all losses that they have sustained. Her whole education and career progression has always been designed around being a Personal Injury Solicitor, resulting in an exceptional knowledge of all technical points and ensuring that these are always used to the Client’s benefit.

Stephanie is competitive in all aspects of her life which includes both work and play being a keen hockey player in her free time.

Stephanie has recently received a special mention as a Key Lawyer within the Legal 500 ratings.

Stephanie has had a number of cases which have featured in the media including this one in The Sun.

She has also written a number of blogs such as these on LinkedIn.

Adam Farrell

Senior Associate Solicitor

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Adam Farrell is a Senior Associate Solicitor in the Employers Liability claims department at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in May 2019.

Adam is very committed to his role. In his view “The ultimate aim is to be successful to help my clients return to normality, as best they can.”

For the last 12 years or so Adam has undertaken most types of injury work. In recent years he has specialised in medical negligence and industrial disease/accident claims.

“My technical and tactical knowledge and general attention to detail have ensured that my success rate has remained high throughout my career”.

Adam was the winner of the Rising Star award at a legal awards ceremony in London in 2017.

Adam has settled various complex and high value matters, including but not limited to traumatic and acquired brain damage, blindness following ophthalmic injury, burst spinal fracture, lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening claims, hand arm vibration syndrome and other musculoskeletal upper limb injuries and a number of fatal accident claims, including metastatic lung disease following delayed referral for excision of malignant soft tissue sarcoma and subdural haematoma following a fall in hospital, settling from £60,000.00 to £315,000.00.

Sam Nicholson

Senior Associate Solicitor

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Sam Nicholson is a senior associate solicitor of Express solicitors Ltd, having joined the firm in 2022. Sam has joined the firm’s employers‘ liability team dealing with employees‘ claims arising out of accidents at work.

Sam has a significant amount of experience in this field, having qualified as a solicitor in 2003.

Sam comes to Express from Thompsons Solicitors, where he was a senior solicitor in the higher value cases department dealing predominantly with trade union members’ claims against their employers for injuries at work. The types of injuries suffered ranged from spinal injuries, significant psychological problems, head and brain injuries, ankle and wrist injuries resulting in fusion / joint replacement, loss of fingers, injuries leading to the development of chronic pain conditions, and injuries to vision. His cases were typically valued at in excess of £50,000.00.

Sam has had a number of recent successes in this area of work, including:

A case for an HGV driver who fell from height when securing a load on his trailer, suffering brain and spinal injuries

Acting for a MEWP (mobile platform) operator who suffered significant ankle injuries requiring expert evidence in the fields of orthopaedics, psychiatry, pain, and occupational therapy, and resulted in an award of nearly half a million pounds in damages,

A client who lost a finger operating machinery at work and required both robotic and cosmetic prostheses (artificial fingers) at significant cost.

Sam enjoys dealing with more complex cases and cases involving more serious injuries, but no matter the severity or complexity he always places the needs of his clients first and endeavours to keep clients informed and updated in as clear and straightforward a manner as possible, throughout the litigation process. Sam will seek payments on account of damages, and ensure defendants cover rehabilitation costs throughout the process, where this is appropriate.

Sam has concluded a number of cases both in negotiations, at joint settlement meetings, and at trial. He has successfully brought two cases to the Court of Appeal – the child abuse test case of AB and Others v Nugent Care Society (2010) which related to the time limits in which cases of this type could be brought, and the case of O’Connor v Stuttard (2011), a road traffic accident involving a child pedestrian who was badly injured when playing in the street by the defendant driver.

Prior to Sam’s work at Thompsons he has had significant experience in a number of (mainly claimant) personal injury fields. He was a senior solicitor in a medical negligence serious injuries unit, and prior to that was a salaried partner dealing with a range of personal injury cases of varying values, which included running the Industrial Disease department. Before that Sam acted for several years for adult survivors of child abuse both in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, and he began his legal career with a training contract at city firm Clyde & Co.

Outside of work Sam enjoys distance running, hiking, scuba-diving, and spending time with his young family.

Timothy Fieldhouse

Senior Associate Solicitor

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Tim is a Senior Associate Solicitor within the Employers Liability team. Having qualified as a solicitor in 2005 Tim trained and qualified at Thompsons Solicitors specialising in all areas of Personal Injury Law. At Thompsons Tim dealt with all cases ranging from road traffic accident to multi track accident at work and claims for minors.

Tim then went on to work at regional firms specialising in industrial disease claims assisting people with injuries including noise induced hearing loss, vibration white finger, occupational cancer, asbestos related illness, and work-related upper limb disorders.

For the 6 years prior to joining Express Tim was the Head of a successful industrial disease team that had many successful cases and took on many cases that leading firms had refused to deal with. Many of Tim’s claims were valued at over £50,000. Tim was involved in the management of an industrial cancer claim where instructed counsel had put prospects at less than 10% but a settlement of damages of £200,000 was secured for the client. Tim also secured an early settlement within 6 months of instructions of £45,000 for a respiratory injury claim where the Defendants had denied liability. This settlement was in excess of the value counsel had advised the claim would likely receive if proceeded all the way to trial. A large amount of cases Tim deals with includes clients who not only have physical injuries but also psychological injuries stemming from their injuries.

Tim puts client care at the forefront of his work. Tim understands that no claim is the same and will always aim to keep his clients updated as much as possible as well as being available for discussions on the phone for his clients. ‘I understand how distressing this procedure can be for my clients and would always want to be available to answer any questions they may have throughout the running of the claim.’

Out of work Tim enjoys spending time taking walks but does says most weeks he ends up as ‘dad taxi’ taking his children to clubs and sporting events.

Hywel Thomas

Senior Associate Solicitor

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Hywel Thomas is a Senior Associate in the Personal Injury Department specialising in Employers Liability cases.

Originally from Cardiff, Hywel graduated from Liverpool John Moore’s University in 1998, where he obtained an LLB Honours Law Degree. He completed his Legal Practice Course in 2000 and qualifed as a solicitor in 2002 following his 2 year training contract.

Hywel has over 20 years experience as a personal injury solicitor and is respected for his high degree of technical knowledge and skill. He has a particular specialism in Employers Liabilty cases and a strong track record in achieving the best results for injured clients. Hywel has acted for injured clients to bring claims against all manner of Defendants; including against multi-national companies and many branches of Government.

When asked what motivates him, Hywel answered:
I love getting the best result for my client. To do that, it is vital to understand that each client is different; with unique needs and motivations. It is also essential to keep clients updated regularly, to listen and to hear them, and to discuss and explain each stage of the process with them.

Hywel has put his technical know-how to use in some significant cases. Notable appeals he has run or overseen include:
(i) An appeal to the High Court to protect a claimant from having his foreign language statement struck out on technicality, and

(ii) An appeal in the County County to improve the prospect of recovery of costs for claimants in applications for pre-action disclosure of necessary documents.

Craig Bibby

Senior Associate Solicitor

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Craig Bibby is an Senior Associate Solicitor who joined us 14th December 2020.

When asked what he likes most about his job, Craig said he enjoys getting a positive result for client regardless of complexity and the size of the opponent. He also enjoys working in a team that is passionate, professional, dedicated and determined in pursuing clients claims.

Craig specialises in Employers Liability Claims and when asked why is he the best at what he does, he replied “I have exclusively represented Claimants for over 30 years and have built up a plethora of experience dealing with a variety of claims including road traffic accidents, public liability claims, employers liability, product liability and accidents abroad. I have worked with numerous experts and barristers and have taken many cases successfully to Trial building up significant experience.”

Craig qualified as a Solicitor in 2005, which he achieved over a period of 10 years whilst working as a Claimant specialist and completing his studies at college at night. An achievement during this time is that he settled a claim for a client who had suffered a traumatic below knee amputation for just under a million pounds within 2 years and seeing the damages used to help the client get his life back together.

David Dean

Senior Associate Solicitor

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David Dean is an Senior Associate Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability department, having originally joined the firm’s New Client Team in July 2016.

When asked what he enjoys most about his role at Express, David commented: “I enjoy talking to clients and having the opportunity to build a relationship with them. Additionally, I am learning new things and developing new skills every day as part of my training contract.”

David understands the significance of no two clients being the same and prides himself on being a great listener to ensure he understands each client’s individual circumstances.

Before joining Express Solicitors, David completed his LLB Degree at the University of Hull before then going on to complete his MSc LPC in Law Business and Management at the University of Law.

Cases reported in Lawtel include Graham V J Murphy and Sons 2018.

David wrote an article for Legal Futures ‘Raising awareness of pain conditions in personal injury and clinical negligence matters’.

David lives in Warrington and outside of work enjoys keeping active by going to the gym during the week.
David also has a passion for playing the piano in his spare time, having trained since he was 9 years old David enjoys playing in front of an audience. As well as enjoying the piano, David also enjoys travelling and would like to visit as many places as he can.

David’s favourite quote comes from Marcus Aurelius: “Live not one’s life as though one had a thousand years, but live each day as the last.”.

Deborah Roberts

Associate Chartered Legal Executive

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Overview for website: Deborah Roberts is an Associate Chartered Legal Executive in the Employers Liability Department at Express Solicitors.
Deborah has 25 years’ experience of dealing with personal injury claims and has only ever represented Claimants.

She has experience of dealing with a variety of claims which includes road traffic accidents, employer’s, public and occupier’s liability claims, assaults at work, work related upper limb disorders and work related stress claims. Deborah has dealt with both fast track and multi track claims from initial instruction to conclusion.

Deborah started as a receptionist at a law firm and progressed to the role of legal secretary and then assistant to a Partner. She has been in a Fee Earner role, handling her own caseload since 1998. She studied at Stoke on Trent College for 4 years on a part time basis whilst working full time and qualified as a Legal Executive in 1995. She was admitted as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 1997.

Away from work, Deborah loves music and attends numerous concerts and music festivals. She also enjoys keeping fit and is a season ticket holder at Stoke City Football Club.

Elizabeth Beckett

Senior Associate

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Elizabeth is a Senior Associate who joined Express Solicitors in August 2021, having over 35 years of experience in the Personal Injury legal profession, dealing with various types of Personal Injury claims, predominately specialising in Employer Liability claims.

Prior to joining Express Solicitors, Elizabeth worked for a national Trade Union firm of Solicitors for over 30 years where she started her legal career as an office junior in 1985. Elizabeth secured several promotions throughout her career, culminating in a senior position as a Team Manager of 20 Lawyers handling Fast Track Personal Injury claims including Employer Liability, Public Liability and Occupiers’ Liability claims.

During her career Elizabeth has dealt with a mixture of claims, including those relating to breaches of the COSHH Regulations leading to the development of dermatitis due to contact with contaminated coolant; exposure to harmful fumes within the workplace such a chlorine exposure and lack of ventilation resulting in asthma.

In addition, Elizabeth has specialised in Work Relating Stress claims, bullying and harassment within the workplace in addition to Civil Assault claims.

Elizabeth has represented many individuals who have suffered injury in all types of general accidents which unfortunately occur all too often within the workplace due to a failure of employers adhering to Health and Safety Regulations.

Elizabeth prides herself in being professional, empathetic and approachable to her clients and always represents the injured party. She strives to achieve excellent results for individuals who have suffered injury through no fault of their own. Elizabeth is keen to secure the appropriate compensation for each client but appreciates how stressful the litigation process can be for a client and therefore, is keen to ensure claims are dealt with in a timely manner to achieve satisfactory and speedy resolution.

There are numerous cases which Elizabeth is particularly proud of the settlements achieved, not just in respect of the level of damages recovered, but also due to the complexity of the issues involved and the level of difficulty of the claims. In one such claim, Elizabeth represented a social worker employed by the Local Authority. It was alleged that the client had developed work related stress which prevented her from continuing what had been a successful and fulfilling career. Elizabeth initiated a civil claim against the employer alleging a breach of the duty of care and recovered compensation of a six-figure sum in an out of court settlement.

A further notable success involved a breach of the COSHH regulations within the workplace. The client was a swimming instructed employed by the Local Authority who it was alleged was exposed to harmful chlorine levels in the workplace causing the development of a respiratory condition which precluded her continuing her employment as a swimming instructor. Elizabeth secured evidence which significantly strengthened the merits of the claim thus resulting in an out of court settlement being reached with the employer and significant compensation in respect of future loss of earnings being recovered for her client.

Sapna Bedi

Associate Solicitor

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Sapna is an Associate Solicitor within the Employer’s Liability claims Department. She graduated with a degree in Biology from the University of Leeds before completing the GDL and LPC at the College of Law in Chester.

Sapna originally joined Express Solicitors in 2009, completing her training contract, and qualifying as a Solicitor with the firm in 2013. She assisted senior lawyers on complex, high value claims as well as running her own caseload.

On relocating to Nottingham, Sapna joined a national trade union firm representing members affected by workplace injury, in 2015. Thereafter she worked in a Defendant role investigating suspected motor fraud, from opportunistic low velocity impact claims to exaggerated and ringed fraud operations.

Sapna has a meticulous eye for detail and strong analytical and time management skills. This, coupled with her personable approach, allows her to work efficiently and to a high standard whilst meeting the demands of both fast and multi-track litigated claims. Having both Claimant and Defendant experience she can adopt a pragmatic approach whilst achieving the best result for her clients.

Outside of work, Sapna enjoys spending time outdoors with her young family keeping fit with yoga and running and enjoying a range of culinary cuisines.

Nick Cowley

Associate Solicitor

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Nick Cowley is an Associate Solicitor in the Employers Liability claims department at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in June 2022.

Prior to joining Express Nick has worked exclusively for Claimants for over 10 years across all areas of personal injury and qualified as a Solicitor during this period.

Nick initially began his career dealing with road traffic accident claims before moving on to specialise in Employers Liability, Occupier’s Liability, Public Liability and Product Liability.

Nick has gained extensive exposure to different types of accidents and injuries of varying significance during his career to date which allows him to confidently advise his Clients. Nick’s previous settlements include figures in excess of £100,000.

When asked what he enjoys most about his work Nick responded “No two claims or Claimants are the same. I enjoy assessing and advising a Client on their claims specifics whilst also building a strong rapport between Solicitor and Client for the lifetime of their matter. The aim and focus being to assist the Client in their recovery from injury in the best manner possible.”

Alex Langston

Associate Solicitor

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Alex Langston is an Associate Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability department.

When asked what he enjoys most about his role at Express, Alex responded: “The tactical element of dealing with a case is something that I find interesting, especially when you are dealing with a whole plethora of insurers, brokers, or solicitors representing a Defendant! It is very satisfying to plan out what you will do in a case and for it all to come to fruition. I enjoy winning.”

Alex understands the importance of standing up for a client where someone else may have not. “I believe that having spent some time at a Defendant firm, my understanding of the claims and court processes has improved a lot. I use this “inside knowledge” to try and put myself in the position of Defendant insurers and solicitors when I am up against them, and to work out their next move, and thus to plan mine accordingly”.

Before joining Express Solicitors, Alex completed his LLB Degree at the University of Liverpool before then going on to study in Netherlands where Alex graduated from the Univeristeit Leiden with an LLM in European Law. Alex is currently studying for the LPC at the University of Law in Manchester.

PERSONAL
Originally from Birmingham, Alex now resides in Manchester. Alex has a passion for football including supporting his home team Birmingham City FC, “I will argue vehemently against anyone that says that Blues [not ‘the Blues’] winning the 2011 League Cup final was not the single greatest sporting achievement in history.”

Alex also loves to go to gigs and music festivals having seen some great bands and acts live. His top 5 are:
1. The Rolling Stones
2. Muse
3. Kasabian
4. Red Hot Chili Peppers
5. The Stone Roses
… with honourable mentions to Bob Dylan, Crystal Fighters, the Chemical Brothers, Blossoms, and both Liam and Noel Gallagher.

Alex also enjoys travelling, reading and writing, his favourite authors include Charles Bukowski, Hunter S. Thompson, and Jack Kerouac.

Alex’s favourite quote comes from David Attenborough: “I just wish the world was twice as big, and half of it was still unexplored”.

Nicola Griffiths

Associate Solicitor

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Nicola Griffiths is an Associate Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability claims Department at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in February 2019.

Nicola specialises in a variety of areas including claims arising from working at height, construction accidents, manual handling, trips and slips in the workplace and dealing with serious injuries. Nicola has previously dealt with Occupiers Liability, Public Liability, Clinical negligence and Road Traffic Accident claims.

Nicola has received feedback from her clients that she is friendly and approachable. Nicola endeavours to achieve the best possible result in every case that she deals with. She utilises her experience to overcome any difficult hurdles that she comes across to succeed, to secure the best results and settlements that she can for her clients.

Nicola has nearly 20 years of experience of acting on behalf of clients who have suffered personal injuries. Nicola obtained a Law Degree and completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Chester before becoming qualified as a Solicitor in August 2001.

Sally Gray

Associate Solicitor

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I have over 20 years’ experience working for Claimants having qualified as a Solicitor in 1999. Experience in dealing with a variety of Fast Track and Multi Track personal injury cases including Road Traffic Accidents, Animals Act claims, Accidents at work, Public and Occupiers Liability cases

I studied Sociology and Social Psychology obtaining a 2.1 BSc Hons degree before completing the CPE and LPC at Leeds.

I am empathetic, a good listener; making sure I understand each client’s own individual circumstances and injuries so I can maximise their damages.

Simran Sathi

Associate Solicitor

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Simran Sathi is an Associate Solicitor in the Employers Liability department. Simran graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a degree in Law and Human Rights, before completing the LPC in Manchester.

Having initially joined the firm in August 2013, Simran was promoted to the Employers Liability department where he completed his training before qualifying as a Solicitor in September 2017.

Simran specialises predominantly in Accidents at Work/ Industrial Disease type claims but also has experience in Occupiers and Public Liability claims and has dealt with cases involving Cosmetic/Clinical Negligence.

Simran is a thorough and detailed Solicitor and has strong analytical skills. This enables him to identify issues in respect of both the Claimant’s and Defendant’s case, with no stone being left unturned. Simran has handled both Fast Track and Multi Track cases and has brought hundreds of claims to a successful conclusion. Simran successfully secured a six-figure settlement for a client who suffered a psychiatric injury, following her being held hostage at work.

Simran prides himself on his excellent communication skills, he is approachable, empathetic and takes a personable approach when running his cases. He understands that for many clients, making a claim can be a new and daunting process and in order for the case to run smoothly he ensures that his clients are kept updated, are fully aware of the next steps in relation to their claim and what is required to successfully progress the matter.

Mark Worthington

Associate Solicitor

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Mark Worthington is an Associate Solicitor working in the Employers Liability department. Mark graduated with an LLB Hons degree from Liverpool University in 2006 before going on to study his LPC at John Moores University in 2009. Mark fully qualified as a Solicitor in 2011 and has been working in Personal Injury Law since.

Mark has a vast amount of experience in investigating liability, establishing breach of duty and obtaining evidence to support both General and Special damages.

Mark has worked in many areas of Personal Injury Law over the years but has always had a particular fondness for Employers Liability claims Including those involving manual handling, falls from heights, defective premises and equipment.

Mark has previously been a self employed Consultant Solicitor for a number of years at which time he helped one firm set up their Holiday Sickness Department and another to open up a new high street office.

Mark prides himself on offering a very high level of customer service and has developed excellent communication skills. Mark always makes sure that the client is at the centre of everything that he does.

Eden McCaughie

Associate Solicitor

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Eden McCaughie is a Associate Solicitor in the Employers Liability claims Department, having initially joined Express Solicitors in July 2016 as part of the Summer Vacation Scheme. Upon competition of the Scheme, Eden was offered a full-time position in the New Client Team which involved taking the initial calls from new clients.

Eden has worked her way up the ranks from the New Client Team and joined the Employers Liability Department in October 2016 as a Litigation Assistant to Kimberley Kirkby (Partner). In November 2017 Eden was promoted to a Litigation Executive in the Employers Liability Department, where she was given the opportunity to run her own case load, specialising in accidents that happen at work or during the course of someone’s employment.

Eden was offered a training contract and became a Trainee Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability Department in September 2019 and she is now in the second year of her training and continues to run her own case load with the view to qualifying as a Solicitor in September 2021.

When asked what Eden enjoyed most about her role she commented “I enjoy helping injured clients to get their lives back on track in the most-stress free way possible. I take pride in not only securing the right settlement for clients, but also assisting them with their recovery along the way either by arranging for them to undergo treatment, or simply lending a sympathetic ear”.

When asked why Eden enjoys working at Express she commented “My colleagues at Express are like my second family. We all come from different backgrounds and have varying levels of experience, but despite this no question is ever too small and we are treated equally”.

Megan Hayes

Associate Solicitor

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Megan Hayes completed her LLB at Newcastle University, followed by an LLM in Healthcare and Ethics Law at the University of Manchester and an LPC at the University of Law, Manchester. Megan is an Associate Solicitor in the Employers’ Liability claims Department, having initially joined the firm in November 2017.

There is such a sense of achievement in helping Clients who have suffered accidents, through no fault of their own, secure the settlement that they deserve and knowing that Megan has done everything in her power to make the process as stress-free as possible. Megan works with a team of experienced, skilled and likeminded individuals, also committed to this goal, and strive to obtain the best results for her Clients.

Megan prides herself in developing and maintaining an excellent relationship with her Clients, and she is sympathetic to the difficulties that can ensue following an accident, which can be life changing. The effects of an accident can often span beyond physical injury, as there can be added stressors such as a loss of earnings resulting in worries about bills. Megan is driven to ensure that her Clients’ cases are progressed and settled efficiently, without adding to this stress, by explaining the claims process to them every step of the way.

Neil Sagar

Associate Solicitor

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Neil Sagar is a Associate Solicitor within the Employer’s Liability Claims Department. He graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Law & Business in 2010 before completing the remaining compulsory Law modules part time at the University of Law, Manchester in 2011.

He originally joined Express Solicitors in 2011 and completed his LPC at the University of Law,Manchester in 2014 whilst working and studying part time. He initially was a member of the Road Traffic Accidents Team and ran his own case load. He completed his training contract and qualified as a Solicitor in September 2016.

Neil then joined Co-op Legal Services in November 2017 where he gained experience working with all types of PI cases including Employers Liability Claims, Public Liability Claims, Occupiers Liability Claims, Product Liability Claims, Dog bite cases, Holiday Claims and Defective Premises claims.

Neil returned to Express Solicitors in March 2021 to deal solely with Employers Liability Claims. Neil deals with both fast track and multi-track claims and prides himself on providing excellent client service, communication skills and pushing along his cases in the most efficient manner ensuring the best possible outcome for his client’s.

Amy Heath

Associate

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Amy Heath joined Express Solicitors in September 2020 as a Senior Litigation Executive, and has progressed to now be an Associate.

When asked what she likes best, Amy said ‘’I find the work to be thoroughly rewarding. Personally, there is a huge amount of satisfaction from seeing a client’s case through to an end result, either through satisfactory settlement or victory in court. I am passionate about achieving the best outcome for each client and strive to obtain redress for the people who have suffered injuries through no fault of their own.

‘’I currently specialise in Employer’s Liability claims at Express. However, my previous experience in the industry has been a variety of Claimant fast track personal injury cases including public liability, accidents at work, civil assaults, and road traffic accidents. I have dealt with such cases from instruction through to conclusion either through settlement or litigated to trial. I have always represented individuals, the injured party’’.

Amy believes she demonstrate high levels of client care in a manner which is highly personable, approachable and friendly. Over the years, she has received many cards, well-wishes and messages of thanks from Clients.

She is also a very organised person and takes pride in her work. Amy is very thorough and will exhaust all avenues of evidence gathering and assessment of the same. She is not afraid to take a chance on those cases that have been turned down by other firms, or cases that are more difficult and/or complex.

Amy studied the BPTC on a part-time basis, whilst working a very demanding full-time job, managing a caseload in the region of 100 litigated cases. She is an unregistered Barrister, having been Called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in March 2019.

She earned her Law Degree from Sheffield Hallam University – LLB (Hons) Law with Criminology (Grade – 2:1). Amy has also completed the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC; Grade – Very Competent) on a part-time basis whilst working full-time at BPP Leeds. She was Called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in March 2019.

James Leaitherland

Solicitor

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James Leaitherland is a Solicitor at Express Solicitors Limited.

He studied History and Politics at degree level achieving a 2:1 BA with honours at Liverpool John Moores University, and then studied Law part time whilst working full time, completing the GDL with a commendation at UCLAN University and the LPC at BPP University Law School where he achieved a commendation.

James is experienced in handling fast track and multi track claims from sign up stage until trial. He has prior experience handling industrial disease claims, having specialised in noise induced hearing loss, where he consistently delivered fantastic results for his clients.

James is driven to obtain justice for those that have been wronged by others through no fault of their own. He relies on his technical knowledge to ensure the best possible outcome is achieved for his clients.

Sarah Megarry

Solicitor

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Sarah Megarry is a Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability Claims Department at Express Solicitors. She joined the firm in March 2023.

Sarah graduated with a Law degree at the University of Manchester and completed the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in Chester. She was admitted to the roll of solicitors in 2009 and has previously worked in several personal injury firms in Manchester, dealing with Employer’s Liability claims in addition to Road Traffic Accident, Occupiers Liability, Public Liability and Criminal Injury claims. She has considerable experience of both Fast Track and Multi-track claims.

Sarah has worked exclusively for Claimants throughout her career as she has always strongly believed that people who have been injured through the negligence of someone else should not be left with the losses to bear themselves. Her career highlight to date has been securing a six-figure sum for an injured fireman who was unable to work again.

Originally from Belfast, Sarah lives in South Manchester with her husband and bulldog and in her spare time enjoys playing bass guitar, teaching her Irish class, learning different languages and flying lessons when the weather allows it.

Ebony Hornby

Solicitor

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Ebony Hornby is a Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability claims department.

Ebony joined the firm in June 2019 after completing her MLAW degree at Northumbria University. Ebony started her journey at Express Solicitors as a Litigation Assistant in the Employers Liability Department and progressed through the ranks obtaining her Training Contract in May 2020.

When asked what she enjoys most about working in the Personal Injury sector, Ebony answered: “I am passionate about helping people who have suffered injuries through no fault of their own and making a difference in their lives by assisting them with their recovery and obtaining maximum compensation for the injury they have sustained. It is important to get to know your client and understand that every client is different, with different needs and expectations and I strive to provide each of my clients a personal experience.”

Since Ebony started working for Express Solicitors, she has received the ‘Service Hero’ award on multiple occasions. This award is provided to employees who have received positive feedback from clients about the service they have received throughout their claim.

Samuel Ward

Solicitor

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Samuel Ward is a Solicitor in the Employers Liability team at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in January 2020.

“What I love most about my job is that there are people who care about me both as a person and about my professional growth. Additionally, there seems to be a genuine spirit of cooperation and shared goals, all revolving around helping the clients to the best of our ability and ensuring their cases run as smoothly as possible.”

“I view my work ethic as the difference maker. I am both driven and determined to be the best at what I do through means of hard work and my meticulousness in regard to client care. What makes me the best at what I do is my willingness to go the proverbial “extra mile” for my clients.”

Sam has completed several marathons and tough mudder events, which he highlights are some of his most noteworthy achievements. Sam added, “They convey my ability to be disciplined and to work hard towards a certain goal.”

Liam Hanlon

Solicitor

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Liam joined Express Solicitors as a Solicitor in October 2023. Liam qualified as a Solicitor in 2001 and has over 22 years’ experience within the personal injury sector. Liam has experience in all manner of personal injury claims and will be an Employer Liability Specialist at Express Solicitors.

Liam has an extremely empathetic approach towards his clients and gains considerable satisfaction in assisting them with successful settlement and rehabilitation needs.

Outside of work, Liam has a passion for cycling, hiking, playing piano and time with family and friends.

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“Yesterday is but a dream, and tomorrow is only a vision, but today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope.”

Bethany Whitfield

Solicitor

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Beth Whitfield is a Solicitor in the Employers Liability department. Beth graduated from Edge Hill University in 2014 with a BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice, she went on to complete her GDL and LPC before completing her training contract with Clyde & Co.

Beth works solely for Robert Weeden a Principal Partner in the EL department. “I enjoy working with Rob and his wealth of knowledge, I learn something new every day and all of the cases I work on bring a new challenge. I love talking with clients and understanding how they are feeling and building an individual relationship with them. Our clients are going through one of the toughest times of their lives and it is pivotal we lend a listening ear and actually hear them”.

“The legal process can be extremely daunting for clients and there is a lot of legal jargon involved. Every client is different with their level of understanding, and we have to adapt to each client and scenario. Therefore, we have to take this into consideration when talking to clients or drafting letters explaining what the next steps are or what is currently happening in their case”.

“My favourite part of the job is reviewing and drafting documents. I have a very analytical mind with an attention for detail and I feel like this is where my skills are at their best”.

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Beth currently lives near Stockport with her husband.
One of her hobbies is collecting and reading books. Her back-room upstairs is a library room floor to ceiling with books. The books have started to overflow into other areas of the house.

Amita Brahmbhatt

Solicitor

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Amita Brahmbhatt is a Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability department. She has handled injuries caused by falls, collisions, unsafe working practices, faulty or inadequate equipment and unsafe working practices. Previously she has also specialised in Public Liability, Occupiers’ Liability and Road Traffic Accidents.

Amita studied at Queen Mary, University of London and completed her LPC at the College of Law in London. Amita is now based in Manchester where she spent her former years.

As client care is integral to Amita, she very much resounds the service pledge of Express Solicitors towards clients. She prides herself in taking the time to explain any questions clients may have in regards to their case. Amita is keen on a having an open form of communication with clients as it also helps her to understand the impact of the injury on every aspect of their life and leads to a much more successful outcome.

Away from work, Amita enjoys spending time with her young family. Globetrotting is a keen interest as she has spent time exploring the Pacific North West of America. She hopes to participate in the SACA Charity Bike Ride from London to Birmingham which she successfully completed previously.

Connor Sweetman

Solicitor

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Connor Sweetman is a Solicitor within the Employer’s Liability claims Team. He joined the firm in February 2021.

Connor feels that it is extremely rewarding to achieve a good settlement for clients when the Defendant has fought the case all the way. There is no client who wants to have an accident, especially when it is down to someone else’s negligence, so it is a good feeling be able to help people to get back on track with their lives.

‘’Since 2015 I have been involved exclusively in personal injury work. My previous roles have involved a wide variety of cases, including accidents at work, road traffic accidents, and claims involving the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. This experience has exposed me to a broad range of accidents and injuries, with clients from all walks of life.

In addition to my own caseload, I have had the opportunity to assist senior solicitors in cases with significant injuries, where the impact on the victims cannot be understated’’.

Connor believes it’s incredibly important to treat each client as an individual, with different needs and expectations. He likes to think he develops a good relationship with his clients by trying to understand what they are going through as a result of their injuries.

The same high level of service should be given to all clients, no matter the injury. Indeed, sometimes it is the smallest injuries that are fought the hardest!

Connor completed a Politics degree at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2014, finding his first job in personal injury law in 2015. He found himself really enjoying legal work, being awarded junior employee of the year then employee of the year within his first two years at the firm.

Keen to progress his legal knowledge and understanding, Connor undertook the Graduate Diploma in Law at the Manchester University of Law to earn a qualifying law degree, studying part time alongside employment. Balancing the degree alongside full time work was challenging but rewarding and helped with the organisational skills required to succeed in law.

Mary Williams

Solicitor

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Mary is a Solicitor in the Employers Liability department at Express Solicitors. Having graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a degree in Business Management with Law, she then went on to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law before completing the Legal Practice Course and obtaining a Masters in Law in May 2020.

Having completed her studies, Mary joined Express Solicitors in June 2020 as a Litigation Assistant under the supervision of William O’Brien, Partner in the Employers’ Liability department. Through assisting a Partner on a large number of multi-track cases, she has gained invaluable experience which has enabled her to confidently progress onto handling her own caseload.

Mary finds working in personal injury very rewarding as she is able to help people who have suffered injury following an accident that wasn’t their fault. She always takes the time to understand how the accidents have affected our clients’ lives, which in turn motivates her to achieve the best results for our clients.

Mary always considers the Express Service Pledge throughout her work to ensure our clients are provided with an excellent service and to achieve the right settlement for our clients.

Reece Throop

Solicitor

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Reece completed his Graduate Diploma in Law at Nottingham Law School and has completed the LPC at the University of Law, Manchester.

He has worked at Express Solicitors since 2017 and progressed from the New Client Team to working as a valued member within the Employers Liability Team.

Reece enjoys his role within the firm and aims to provide the best service possible for each and every client. He works to a high standard and ensures cases are progressed and settled with no delay. He focuses on building good relationships with each client and is empathetic to their personal circumstances and how they have been impacted by the accident.

Sasha Smith

Solicitor

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Sasha graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Law in July 2018, and she is originally from Anglesey. Sasha started working for Express Solicitors in the Employer’s Liability department in March 2019, and is currently a Solicitor.

Sasha feels that there is a sense of achievement that comes with helping injured clients, and she is passionate about helping injured people obtain compensation after they have sustained an injury following an accident that wasn’t their fault. Therefore, she always strives to achieve a positive relationship with all clients, and she is sympathetic to each and every client as the effects of an accident at work often go beyond physical injury, and impact on all aspects of life. Building this relationship early on is important in ensuring a client’s confidence and trust going forward.

Sasha will always make sure to give clear advice without legal jargon, as the legal process can often be very confusing. This helps to ensure that clients understand each stage of the claim, and that they are confident going forward.

Adrian Kaminski

Associate Chartered Legal Executive

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Adrian joined Express Solicitors in September 2021 in the Personal Injury Department, he specialises in employer’s liability claims.

Adrian is an ambitious, enthusiastic and committed Chartered Legal Executive, who possesses interest, understanding and experience in the Personal Injury Industry.

From a young age, Adrian was involved in helping vulnerable people and this inspired him to choose a career in law.
After completing his law degree at Salford University in 2012, Adrian gained his professional experience in other Personal Injury practice in the North West where he progressed through the ranks and run a caseload of a wide range of matters arising from employer’s and public liability, road traffic accidents and industrial disease.

Adrian qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2019.

He has particular interest in difficult cases and has always strived to achieve the best possible outcomes to those who put their claim in his care.

Adrian prides himself in providing excellent service to his clients. He enjoys guiding them through the complexities of personal injury litigation.

In his spare time, Adrian keeps fit, going to the gym four times a week and running. He is a big sports fan, and particularly enjoys watching football and mixed martial arts.

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Larissa Alderson

Chartered Legal Executive

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Larissa Alderson is a Chartered Legal Executive in the Employer’s Liability department. Larissa graduated from BPP Law School in 2015 with an LLB (Hons) in Law. Larissa has over 9 years of experience within the personal injury industry and in 2023 qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive.

“My favourite part of my job is being able to help people at a time when they are often at their most vulnerable. I love being able to secure a favourable outcome for my client’s and to try and assist with getting them back to how they were prior to their accident”.

Larissa currently lives in Liverpool with her wife and cat. Her favourite thing to do outside of work is read books and play board games.

Sarah Wood

Senior Litigation Executive

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Sarah Wood is a Senior Litigation Executive within the Employers Liability Department; Sarah has worked as a Litigation Executive in the legal industry for over 20 years before joining the team at Express.

Sarah brings with her a vast amount of experience, having recovered millions of pounds for her clients over the years, including individual settlements of up to £700,000.

Her experience has not only included Employers Liability cases, but she also has an extensive amount of experience in both Occupiers Liability matters and Industrial Disease cases. She has also represented clients who have suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns from negligent beauty treatment providers.

When asked what she enjoys most about the role, Sarah stated “I enjoy providing, not only the professional advice and service but I also like getting to know my clients and fully understanding the impact the accident and subsequent injuries have caused. Whilst two accidents can occur in similar circumstances, the effect of any injuries suffered and the recovery journey, differs significantly from client to client, which is why listening to the individual and providing appropriately tailored advice and guidance is essential in order to achieve the best overall outcome.”

Jonathan Speight

Senior Litigation Executive

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I am a Senior Litigation Executive with in excess of 30 years experience in dealing with personal injury claims on behalf of injured Claimants.

I have previously dealt with all aspects of different types of injury claims, including road traffic accidents, tripping accidents, accidents in shops and public buildings and accidents at work.

I now specialise in injury claims as a result of accidents at work (employers liability accidents), having previously acted for a national union and its members.

Career High – settling a serious brain injury claim where damages exceeded 2.3 million pounds. “it was important not only to get to know the client but several members of his family upon which the accident and injuries had caused a significant impact and rewarding to secure an excellent settlement that assisted in improving the client’s quality of life”.

Aleisha Edwards

Senior Litigation Executive

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Nicola Case

Senior Litigation Executive

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Nicola Case is a Senior Litigation Executive, having accrued over 15 years experience in dealing with personal injury claims prior to joining Express. She has experience in dealing with a variety of claims such as Road Traffic Accidents, Public Liability and Employers Liability.

She also has experience in clinical negligence claims, boundary disputes, housing disrepair and contentious probate.
Nicola decided to work in the legal sector as she finds obtaining justice and compensation for people who have been injured through no fault of their own, incredibly rewarding. She strongly believes in the importance of keeping clients up to date with the progress of their claims and ensuring that they understand the process from start to finish.

Elena Khan

Trainee Solicitor

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Elena is a diligent trainee solicitor, graduating from MMU with a 2:1 in LLB and LPC in 2020. With a transition from litigation assistant to trainee solicitor in September 2023, she has showcased a steadfast commitment to legal excellence.

Dedicated to securing the best outcomes for clients, Elena approaches her work with compassion and determination. She strives to provide exemplary legal representation, guiding clients through challenges with empathy and expertise.

With a strong academic foundation, practical experience, and a genuine dedication to client advocacy, Elena is positioned to make significant contributions to the legal field, maintaining the highest standards of integrity and service.

Hafsa Mustafa

Trainee Solicitor

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Hafsa Mustafa is a Trainee Solicitor in the Employers Liability Department, having joined the firm in September 2021.

Hafsa graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2020 with a LLB Law Degree and completed her LPC and LLM in 2021.

Hafsa has gained invaluable experience in both fast-track and multi-track claims. Hafsa finds her job very rewarding as she is able to help people who have been injured and is able to assist in obtaining maximum compensation for the injuries they have sustained.

Hafsa Ensures the client is provided with clear and concise advise and strives to build a relationship with the clients to ensure she has their trust and assurance throughout the lifetime of their case.

Hiba Mahmood

Trainee Solicitor

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Hiba is a Trainee Solicitor in the Employers Liability department at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in October 2021.

Hiba specialises in Personal Injury, predominantly Fast Track matters together with Multi Track together with criminal injury matters. This has given her a strong background in litigation and claims handling.

With over 9 years of experience in personal injury she has received positive feedback from clients during this time for being clear and approachable.

Outside of work Hiba likes to travel, spend time with friends and family and shop.

Bethany Crossley

Solicitor

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Bethany joined the firm in September 2019 after completing her LLB Law degree at Sheffield Hallam University. Bethany has completed her LLM LPC at the University of Law in Manchester.

As a Solicitor, Bethany is keen to ensure that clients are supported throughout the duration of their claim and as such takes time to build a strong rapport with clients. Bethany understands that it can be difficult for clients to discuss certain aspects of the claim and strives to make each client feel comfortable discussing details of their accident that may be distressing. Bethany ensures clients are kept updated and carefully explains each stage of the process so clients can be satisfied their personal injury claim is being managed effectively.

Bethany strives to achieve the best results for all clients who have suffered injuries through no fault of their own. Bethany understands that the litigation process can be daunting for clients and works hard to go above and beyond for all clients.

Veronika Zerdeva

Trainee Solicitor

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Veronika Zerdeva is a Trainee Solicitor in the Employers Liability claims department, having joined the firm in August 2018.

Veronika completed her Law and Management Degree with a First Class Honours at the University of Salford and is currently completing her Legal Professional Course with her Masters in Law at BPP University.

Veronika believes in establishing a rapport with all her clients by communicating with them effectively, keeping them informed throughout the process and taking the time to learn about their injuries. She describes herself as personal and approachable. She works to a high standard and efficiently to meet clients’ demands and to ensure she secures the right settlement for clients.

Veronika understands each client has different needs and ensures she tailors her advice and approach to meet individual client’s needs.

Olivia Casey

Trainee Solicitor

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Olivia joined Express in January 2022 as a Litigation Executive. Olivia graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2015 with a Law Degree and has also completed the LPC in 2020 with BBP University in Manchester on a part time basis whilst also working full time.

Olivia has been handling claims for over 6 years and has experience working on both sides of the claim; for the Claimant and for the Defendant and therefore has great knowledge of how to navigate the claims process to achieve the best results. Olivia has a wide range of experience handling and assisting claims for industrial diseases and employers liability claims, some of which are very high value and complex.

It is important to Olivia that her clients receive excellent results in their claim and will always listen to the client and their needs, explaining the whole process to them and making sure they are updated throughout their claim. Olivia believes attention to detail is key to delivering great results.

Zain Javed

Trainee Solicitor

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Zain Javed is a Trainee Solicitor working in the Employer’s Liability department assisting Principal Partner Robert Weeden, on high value multi-track injury caseloads.

Zain graduated from Aston University in 2019 with a LLB Law Degree, Zain began working at Express in June 2020 at the beginning of the global pandemic and had to adapt to learning the business and law remotely.

As of September 2022, Zain has now started the SQE Degree Apprenticeship with Express with the aim to qualify as a Solicitor by 2025.

Zain has gained a lot of experiencing over the years at Express dealing with a lot of serious and sometimes catastrophic injuries, working in personal injury can be very difficult and intense but Zain has found it quite rewarding when achieving a good result for the Clients.

It is important for Zain to uphold Express Service Pledge throughout his work and ensure all of the Client get the best result possible and this is achieved by a lot of hard work and effort on all cases no matter the circumstances.

Savannah Evans

Trainee Solicitor

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Savannah graduated from the University of Birmingham with a first class law degree in July 2020 and is currently a Trainee Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability Department at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in August 2020.

Savannah finds her job extremely rewarding as she is able to help clients who have found themselves injured at work through no fault of their own to achieve compensation that is proportionate to the pain, suffering and loss of amenity that they have suffered.

She appreciates that personal injury claims can be a long and confusing process for clients, especially those who have never made a claim before, and therefore she strives to help make the process run more smoothly and is always happy to answer any questions that they may have along the way.

Savannah started her career at Express as a Litigation Assistant before being promoted to Trainee Solicitor in September 2022, when she commenced the SQE Degree Apprenticeship route to qualifying as a Solicitor. She hopes to become a Qualified Solicitor in March 2025.

Amy Murrer

Trainee Solicitor

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Amy graduated from the University of Manchester in July 2021 with a first class LLB in Law. She started working at Express Solicitors as a Litigation Assistant in the Employer’s Liability department in September 2021.

Amy has progressed on to become a Trainee Solicitor, starting her SQE Degree Apprenticeship with Express and hopes to qualify as a Solicitor by 2025.

Amy has gained invaluable experience during her time with express, assisting Partners Damian Bradley and Jon Andrews with a large number of high value multi-track injury caseloads.

Amy strives to build rapport with her clients by communicating with them effectively and prides herself on listening to each client’s needs and ensuring she keeps them informed throughout their claim.

Klaudia Kieltyka

Trainee Solicitor

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Klaudia Kieltyka is a Trainee Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability Department. Klaudia graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2021 with a Bachelor of Laws – LLB Law.

Klaudia began working at Express in September 2021, immediately after completing her degree.

As of September 2022, Klaudia started the SQE Degree Apprenticeship with Express with the aim to qualify as a Solicitor by 2025.

Klaudia has gained a lot of experiencing since starting at Express and has become a confident litigator. Klaudia has always got the clients best interests in mind and this is the main focus for her throughout the duration of a claim.

When asked what Klaudia enjoys the most about her role, Klaudia stated that she enjoys building good relationships with clients and getting to know them. She also enjoys the variation of cases she comes across and each case having their own challenges she must face

Erika Daly

Trainee Solicitor

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Erika Daly joined Express Solicitors as a Litigation Assistant in December 2021, before being promoted to Trainee Solicitor in September 2022, and is hoping to qualify March 2025 via the SQE Route.

Erika graduated from University of Central Lancashire with a 2:1 LLB Law Degree in June 2021 prior to joining Express.

She works within the Employer’s Liability Department here at Express and when asked what she enjoys most about her job she said “I find my job extremely rewarding on the basis that I have the opportunity to help people that have been injured through no fault of their own and to get them the compensation that they need in order to place them back in the same financial position they were in prior to their accident.”

She also added that she prides herself on being a hardworking, driven and approachable individual that will go the extra mile to help assist clients.

Olivia Mayhew

Trainee Solicitor

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Olivia graduated from the University of East Anglia with a degree in Law in July 2021. She started working at Express Solicitors in the Employer’s Liability department in June 2021 as a Litigation Assistant.

Olivia prides herself on providing clear and concise advice to Clients and will always go above and beyond to achieve the best in their case. She is passionate about helping injured people and understands that this can be a long and confusing process, however she strives to build a relationship with her Clients to ensure she has their trust and confidence throughout the lifetime of their claim.

Olivia is an approachable and friendly person outside of work and brings this quality with her to the office. She understands that dealing with solicitors can be a stressful process and aims to alleviate as much stress for the Client as possible.

She is due to start the SQE Degree Apprenticeship in September 2021, and hopes to become a Qualified Solicitor in March 2025.

Simran Tandon

Trainee Solicitor

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Simran is a Trainee Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability department.

Simran completed her law degree in 2020 at the University of Lancaster and went on to complete a master’s degree in international business and Commercial Law, at the University of Manchester.

Having joined Express Solicitors in February 2022 as a Litigation Assistant, Simran became a Trainee Solicitor and began studying the SQE in September 2022.

When asked what is most enjoyable about her role at Express, Simran explained she enjoys building a rapport with clients and assisting them throughout their case. Simran’s background in law, business and 10+ years of charity work, enables her to complete work and empathise with clients extremely well. Simran is aware clients are often in a vulnerable position and ensures to explain each stage and process to clients, whilst working to achieve the best possible outcome.

Furthermore, Simran is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Group at Express Solicitors. Within this group, Simran works hard to create events for the firm to enjoy, contribute ideas to ensure equality is maintained and offers support for any D&I questions and topics which colleagues wish to discuss.

Simran hopes to qualify as a Solicitor in 2025

Sehar Ali

Trainee Solicitor

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Sehar Ali is a Trainee Solicitor at Express Solicitors Limited and works within our Employment Liability Department. Sehar joined Express Solicitors in February 2022 and was offered a training contract at Express Solicitors in November 2022.

Sehar graduated from University of Manchester in 2019 with a LLB in Law and Criminology and completed her LPC and LLM at the University of Law in 2021.

When asked why she joined Express Solicitors, Sehar answered: “I wanted to combine my law degree and business skills learnt within my family business together. I was looking for my first real legal job. I heard that Express Solicitors was one of the fastest growing Personal Injury firms who mainly prioritised promoting their employees working for the firm. You don’t find many firms doing that now.”

When asked what Sehar enjoys most about her role at Express Solicitors, Sehar answered: “I work in a fantastic and hardworking team. Every member aims to help and push the other. There is never two days that are the same. Everyday there is something new to tackle and something new to learn. I am always speaking to different clients from different background and I love interacting to this diverse clientele.”

Melissa Menelaou

Trainee Solicitor

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Melissa Menelaou is a Trainee Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability department. Melissa graduated from the University of Reading in 2020 with a Bachelor of Laws – LLB Law and completed her LPC and LLM at the University of Law in 2021. Melissa joined the team at Express immediately after completing her studies.

What Melissa enjoys the most about her role at Express Solicitors is that each day is different and you can learn something new every single day. Each day has new challenges to overcome and that’s what keeps her motivated.

Melissa explained that each client is different with their own personality and levels of understanding therefore she always tries to make sure that clients understand at what stage their claim is and what the next steps will be without any legal jargon. Melissa said that although she might feel a bit frustrated at times, she knows that she can seek assistance from her team at any time.

Ruth Adebayo

Trainee Solicitor

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Ruth is a Trainee Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability Claims Department at Express Solicitors. She joined us in September 2021 as Litigation Assistant. Prior to joining Express, Ruth graduated from the University of Liverpool with a First-Class degree in Law. Ruth furthered her education at the University of Law in Manchester completing her LLM LPC with a Distinction.

Ruth is a confident and determined litigator who aims to achieve the best possible outcome on her cases. She ensures the best interest of her clients and this remains her focus point throughout the duration of their claim. She also takes her time to build a good relationship with her clients.

When asked what she enjoys most about her role, Ruth stated she enjoys the versatility of her caseload and having to face new challenges each day. Ruth is keen on acquiring new skills and enjoys being pushed to be best of her ability.

Wajeeha Nasir

Trainee Solicitor

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Having graduated from University of Manchester; she then went on to complete the Legal Practice Course with Masters in Summer 2020 obtaining a distinction. Having completed her studies, Wajeeha joined Express Solicitors in January 2021 as a Litigation Assistant under the direct supervision of Ruth Magee, Partner.

By assisting a Partner, she has gained valuable experience in complex high value multi-track claims. Wajeeha has now progressed onto a Trainee Solicitor and hopes to qualify in January 2025. By working in a Claimant personal injury firm, she finds it very fulfilling and building relationships with Clients enables her to achieve the best outcome for Clients.

She always ensures Clients are kept up to date and goes the extra mile to ensure Client cases are progressed as quickly as possible to ensure Client’s receive their settlement as early as possible. She ensures Clients are explained the litigation process in layman’s terms at each step to allow Client’s to feel comfortable and satisfied

Guido Di Bari

Trainee Solicitor

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Guido is a Trainee Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability Department.

Before joining Express, Guido completed his LLB Honours Degree in Law at the University of Abertay Dundee in 2020. He then proceeded to change his degree in Scots Law to English Law by completing the Graduate Diploma in Law at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2021, where he also successfully completed his Legal Practice Course in 2022.

Shortly after completing his studies, Guido joined Express as a Litigation Assistant in June 2022. Guido progressed in the company at a fast pace, which ultimately awarded him a Training Contract beginning in April 2023.

As a Trainee Solicitor, Guido wants to ensure that Clients fully understand the legal process. He tries to explain every step of the way avoiding legal jargon where possible, and where not possible, to best explain what the terms mean and what implications will these have for the Client’s claim. Guido also fully appreciates how stressful the legal process may be for a Client and tries to keep all of his clients as up to date as reasonably possible.

Guido speaks both Italian (Native) and Spanish (fluent) allowing him to go above and beyond for Clients who may face language barrier and ensuring them to make them feel comfortable by communicating in their native tongue.

Caroline Wheeler

Trainee Solicitor

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Caroline Wheeler is a Trainee Solicitor in the Employers Liability Claims Department. Caroline joined the firm in 2021.

In 2014 Caroline embarked on a career change into Law, studying law from 2014 to 2019 graduating with a LL.B honours degree, LL.M Masters & went on to study and successfully complete the LPC, Legal Practice Course.

After completing the legal studies Caroline’s legal career began as a legal assistant working within a serious and catastrophic injuries team (accidents at work).

Caroline takes great pride in the work she undertakes, she is determined and forward thinking, taking time to build rapport and professional relationships with Clients, treating Clients with respect and empathy.

Caroline believes in equality and justice and has chosen to specialise in Employers Liability claims “employers should be held to account for their wrongdoings and/or negligence, ignorance of the law is no excuse”. Caroline is also interested in the effect and impact injuries often have on our Clients mental health.

George Gordziejewicz

Trainee Solicitor

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George is a Trainee Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability Claims department.

Having graduated with a Law Degree with a 1st from Swansea University in 2020, George joined Express Solicitors in April 2022 and took part in the firms impressive training academy before joining the Employer’s Liability Department and handling his own files.

As of September 2023, George has begun his SQE Degree Apprenticeship with the aim of qualifying as a Solicitor.

Klaudia Mileszczyk

Trainee Solicitor

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Klaudia, a Trainee Solicitor in the Employers’ Liability department, holds an Undergraduate degree in English Literature and pursued legal studies at the University of Law, graduating with a Postgraduate Diploma in Law. Joining Express Solicitors as a Litigation Assistant in January 2023, she swiftly ascended to the role of Trainee Solicitor within a remarkable nine-month period. Concurrently, she dedicates her time to studying the SQE part-time while continuing her work at the firm.

Her tenure at Express Solicitors has been transformative, offering a diverse array of experiences and significantly enhancing her legal acumen. Through her role, Klaudia has been able to broaden her understanding of the legal landscape, enriching her professional journey along the way.

Sadia Hussain

Trainee Solicitor

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As a Trainee Solicitor specializing in Employer’s Liability, Sadia embarked on her legal journey as a Law student at the University of Manchester. Following the completion of her Bachelor of Laws degree, she commenced her professional career as a Litigation Assistant at Express Solicitors, under the mentorship of an Associate Solicitor specializing in Employers Liability. After a year of dedicated service, Sadia earned a well-deserved promotion to the role of Trainee Solicitor and has since been actively pursuing her studies for the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE).

Her experience as a Litigation Assistant provided Sadia with invaluable exposure to a diverse array of cases, including both fast-track and multi-track claims. Through these experiences, she developed a keen understanding of the importance of placing the client’s individual experience, comprehension, emotions, and personality at the forefront of every claim she handles.

Assisting an Associate Solicitor has allowed Sadia to further refine her legal acumen and gain the confidence to manage her own caseload, thereby enhancing her legal expertise. Sadia’s journey from a Law student to a Trainee Solicitor underscores her unwavering dedication to continuous learning and growth within the realm of Employer’s Liability law.

Cameron Boyce

Trainee Solicitor

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Cameron graduated form the University of Liverpool with a First-Class degree in Law. He also spent a year studying at Griffith University in Brisbane Australia for his year abroad.

Cameron started his training contract in December 2023, when asked about his role at express Cameron said, “relating to client’s personal injuries and taking them into account form start to finish is an integral part of my role. Establishing that initial relationship and rapport with clients is crucial and I will endeavour to meet the needs of each client. Clients are treated with the utmost respect and professionalism, acknowledging the complexities and legal jargon of personal injury claims are not common to everyone.

Seeking compensation for those wronged is important in everyday life, and seeking a personal injury claim provides an avenue into achieving that.”

Sophie Price

Trainee Solicitor

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Sophie, a Trainee Solicitor specializing in Employer’s Liability, commenced her legal journey as a Law student at the University of Lincoln. Upon earning her Bachelor of Laws degree, Sophie relocated to Manchester and assumed the role of Litigation Assistant at Express Solicitors, working under a Partner specializing in Employers Liability.

After a year of dedicated service, Sophie earned a promotion to the position of Trainee Solicitor. She is currently pursuing studies for the SQE qualification, further enhancing her legal expertise.

Throughout her tenure, working closely with a Partner has afforded Sophie a diverse range of experiences, particularly in handling cases involving service user attacks and clients with severe or complex injuries. Sophie recognizes the importance of prioritizing the client’s individual experience, understanding, emotions, and personality in every claim she handles.

Shaun Kochun

Trainee Solicitor

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Susana Hijazi Vicente

Litigation Assistant

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Dumo Ndhela

Litigation Assistant

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Begay Mendy

Litigation Assistant

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Justinas Lakacauskas

Litigation Assistant

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Danielle Mitchell

Litigation Assistant

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Ellie Sutcliffe

Litigation Assistant

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Jade Perry

Litigation Assistant

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Jorja Flanagan

Litigation Assistant

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Rachael Madden

Litigation Assistant

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Rael Millington

Litigation Assistant

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Shazeb Hussain

Litigation Assistant

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Daria Wazna

Litigation Assistant

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Lloyd Teka

Litigation Assistant

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Ayomide Abdulkarim

Litigation Assistant

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Catalin Popov

Litigation Assistant

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Amelia Jones

Litigation Assistant

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Elliot Walker

Litigation Assistant

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Kate Hall

Litigation Assistant

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Koladele Sinkaiye

Litigation Assistant

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Michelle Woo

Litigation Assistant

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Muneeb Arif

Litigation Assistant

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Sabrina Daramola

Litigation Assistant

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Sebastian-Henry Rutsch

Litigation Assistant

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Ella Houlubjowsly

Litigation Assistant

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Freya Hall

Litigation Assistant

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Lauren Mavin

Litigation Assistant

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Wissal Aslan

Ligitation Assistant

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Julie Taylor MCILEX

PA to Richard Lowery

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Angela Cheetham

PA to Elizabeth Beckett & Tim Fieldhouse

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Emma Hynes

Personal Assistant

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Lynne Lowing

PA to Seetal Sagar-Jhanji

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Paula Carter

PA to Mark Grist

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Nicola Walters

PA to Ruth Magee

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Pauline Bracewell

PA to Jon Andrews

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Chloe Cresswell

PA to Will O’Brien

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Joanne Crook

PA to Damian Bradley

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Raisa Kaushal

PA

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Fleur Schofield

Legal Secretary

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Charlotte Ford

Legal Secretary

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Marie Murray

Legal Secretary

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Sarah Irwin

Legal Secretary

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Clare Barker

Legal Secretary

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Ann Bradley

Legal Secretary

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Megan Mclean

Legal Secretary

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Abbey Heathcote

Legal Secretary

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Sophie Skye

Legal Secretary

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Elle Brierley

Legal Secretary

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