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Richard Lowery Express Solicitors

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 also our training principle and devotes a lot of time bringing on Trainee Solicitors and those looking for a career in the law.
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

Partner

Robert Weeden

Partner

Hailing from the white rose of Yorkshire, born and raised in Leeds, it is safe to say I am now a Mancunian at heart, having been in Manchester for over a decade. Despite my advancing years, I remain a keen amateur rugby player, and enjoy 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 Partner within the Employers Liability team, I have 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 me to approach each individual client on a personal level from which I 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 actually is.
As a result of specializing in accidents at work and industrial disease claims I have developed an analytical approach, to a range of work place accident cases, that allows me to apply my expertise and attention to detail to strive to achieve the best outcome for my clients.

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Michael Connor

Partner

Michael Connor

Partner

Michael Connor is a Partner in the Employers Liability Department at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in April 2018. Michael specialises in multi-track accidents at work and has done since qualifying in 1991.

When asked what he likes best about his role, Michael commented, “Acting for those injured at work and being able to secure compensation to help them get back on their feet and on the road to recovery as soon as possible.”

“I am very approachable and give legal advice in terms which people understand. I make a difference by using the law to secure maximum compensation levels in the minimum amount of time.”

For the last 15 years, Michael has been a Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). In order to become a Fellow of APIL, an applicant must be able to show that they are an experienced practitioner with:

  • a high level of technical expertise in personal injury law, including trial procedures;
  • competent in the management of a personal injury department; and
  • who is recognised by his or her peers as being in a position of professional and intellectual leadership in the field of personal injury law.

Michael was one of the first Lawyers in the country to become a Fellow of APIL. He is also a former Trustee of the Children’s charity Barnardo’s and a former Council Member of the Manchester Law Society.

Michael has almost 30 years experience in personal injury claims and has recovered millions of pounds for clients. He has also been a Partner at some of the largest Personal Injury firms in the UK, first becoming at Partner at the age of 29.

Michael has extensive experience in Personal Injury compensation claims, below are some comments from past clients;

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William O Brien

Partner

William O Brien

Partner

William is a Partner in the Employers Liability 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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Karl Tonks

Consultant Solicitor

Karl Tonks

Consultant Solicitor

Karl Tonks joined Express Solicitors in January 2021 as a Consultant Solicitor.

When asked what Karl liked best about his job, he said that ‘’It is a privilege to get to know and understand people’s jobs and what they do.  And it is really worthwhile and fulfilling helping people re-build their lives after things have been so disrupted and upset, through no fault of their own.’’ He specialises in Accidents at work as well as Industrial disease.

Karl feels that to make a difference, it is really important to fully investigate the precise circumstances of what has happened as sometimes the smallest details can make the difference between success and failure.

As for achievements, when Karl was President of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, he was part of the campaign for a scheme to compensate people with mesothelioma when their employers’ insurers could not be traced.  They met with government ministers to explain why this was needed.  The Mesothelioma Act 2014 was passed and set up the much-needed fund of last resort.  Karl was the president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) from 2012 – 2013, a past chair of Citizens Advice Manchester and a past trustee of the charity Together Dementia Support.

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Ruth Magee

Senior Associate Solicitor

Ruth Magee

Senior Associate Solicitor

Ruth Magee is a Senior Associate Solicitor 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.

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Tracey Bennett

Senior Associate FCILEx

Tracey Bennett

Senior Associate FCILEx

“Tracey Bennett is a Senior Associate FCILEx is the Employers Liability department at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in August 2019.

“I have over 30 years’ experience working in London, Manchester and Birmingham, all for well-known large PI firms, always for the Claimant. Proud now to be working with Express.”

“The chance to make a difference – I take on difficult cases that may have been turned by others. I am prepared to give those difficult cases a chance. I only act for individual employees, never the employer.”

“I specialise in helping individuals who have had accidents whilst in the workplace, through no fault of their own.” Tracey takes pride in representing employees who have suffered injuries in the workplace as a result of their employers’ negligence.

I take pride in my work. Every client matters. Every client is an individual. Every case is different. I listen, I empathise, and I take a chance. Every client is treated the same, with professionalism and compassion. Every client is important.”

Tracey’s achievements she explains are, “My children, all doing well, succeeding and being successful in their own right.”

“I am dedicated to offering a high-quality, professional and supportive service to all my clients. I take on difficult cases that may have been turned down by others. For example, a client who tripped over sticky labels hanging from the desk in the reception area secured £18,000 in damages when she landed heavily on her knees – liability remained denied but the Judge agreed the employer’s continued refusal to provide a basket to place the labels in amounted to negligence. This was turned down by a large well-known law firm as having no prospects.”

Prior to joining Express Solicitors, Tracey Completed her FCILEx and came top in the whole of the UK on the tort paper. Tracey commented, “Working full time, commuting and studying full time is never easy, so to gain a distinction and the highest mark in the UK was an amazing achievement for me.

I admire all my young colleagues who are starting out on their careers, working full time and studying so hard. It is not easy, but the results are worth it. If I can share some of my knowledge and experience with them to help them on their journey in the law, then I know it has all been worthwhile.”

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Adam Farrell

Associate Solicitor

Adam Farrell

Associate Solicitor

Adam Farrell is an Associate Solicitor in the Employers Liability 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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Irfan Khan

Associate Solicitor

Irfan Khan

Associate Solicitor

Irfan Khan is an Associate Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability department. Irfan joined the firm in July 2019. Irfan specialises in Accidents at work- representing clients in a wide range of professions including construction workers, rail workers, NHS Staff, Retail and heavy manufacturing sectors.

When asked about his role at Express Solicitors, Irfan said: “I enjoy the quality of the work and training provided, the opportunity to help those who have been injured through no fault of their own and the people that I work alongside. I enjoy the challenge of putting my client’s case forward to the Defendant’s insurers and pressuring them into admitting liability and offering settlement awards which reflect the seriousness of the injuries sustained and my valuation of the claim. Unfortunately, and in my experience, it is very rare that an insurer will make an offer which is appropriate, and I do on most occasions have to fight hard to get the best outcome for my client.”

One of Irfan’s achievements up to date was qualifying in 2010 and then going on to achieve the title as Associate Director in 2017.

Prior to joining Express Solicitors, Irfan completed his LLB at the University of Bradford and his LPC at Leeds Metropolitan University. He is also an Accredited Police Station Representative.

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James Lovesay

Associate Solicitor

James Lovesay

Associate Solicitor

James Lovesay is an Associate Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability department at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in October 2015.

When asked what he enjoys most about his role at Express Solicitors, James answered: “I enjoy being able to help clients who find themselves in difficulty following their accidents. It is satisfying to know that at the conclusion of a case you have left a client in a much better position with their health and finances.”

James believes that good organisation and time management skills are keys to success, as it promotes efficiency and effectiveness and allows the provision of the best possible service to any client. James has worked hard to ensure that this is one of his biggest strengths.

James graduated from the University of Leicester in 2006 with an LLB in Law; he then went on to complete an LPC at BPP Law School in Manchester whilst working as a Litigation Executive. James qualified as a Solicitor in 2011 and was one of the first people to be offered a training contract at his previous firm.

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Eleanor Turton

Associate Solicitor

Eleanor Turton

Associate Solicitor

Eleanor Turton is a Associate Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability department, having joined the firm in March 2017.

When asked what she enjoys most about her role at Express, Eleanor responded: “I enjoy getting good results for my clients. It is so satisfying settling a claim, and knowing that the damages obtained for the client will help make a real difference to their lives.”

Eleanor specialises in Employer’s Liability claims and describes her extensive experience as being her main attribute for success, having worked for both the claimant and defendant. Eleanor further commented, “This has allowed me to have a good understanding as to how both sides work, which I consider gives me a tactical advantage when negotiating liability and quantum.”

Before joining Express Solicitors, Eleanor completed her LLB Degree at University of Wales, Aberystwyth before then going on to complete her LPC at The College of Law, Chester.

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David Dean

Assistant Solicitor

David Dean

Assistant Solicitor

I am an Assistant Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability department assisting the Head of Department, Richard Lowery, on his serious injury caseload.

Before working at Express Solicitors, I completed my LLB Honours Degree at the University of Hull before completing my MSc LPC in Law Business and Management at the University of Law, Manchester.

I started working at Express Solicitors in the New Client Team in 2016 before commencing my Training Contact with the firm in January 2017. In January 2019, I qualified as a Solicitor and have worked in the same role assisting Richard Lowery since.

I thoroughly enjoy my role within the firm and every day aim to do what I can to help our injured clients. I aim to build strong relationships with clients to gain a full understanding of their personal circumstances and how they have been impacted by an accident. This relationship is key for our clients receive the best service possible. This also ensures that clients receive the maximum amount of compensation to both reflect the extent of the injuries that they have suffered as well as all their financial losses.

Outside of work, I enjoy travelling and going to the theatre. I am also a keen Pianist, having trained since the age of 9.

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Mark Grist

Assistant Solicitor

Mark Grist

Assistant Solicitor

Mark Grist is an Assistant Solicitor in the Employers Liability 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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Ali Raza

Assistant Solicitor

Ali Raza

Assistant Solicitor

Ali Raza is an Assistant Solicitor in the Employers Liability department at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in October 2018.

Ali specialises in Employer Liability claims, with additional experience in a range of Personal Injury claims including Public and Occupiers Liability and Road Traffic Accidents. Ali has also undertaken an Immigration and Asylum Law seat on his training contract, where he said he “gained invaluable experience in dealing with asylum appeals to the First and Upper tier tribunals as well as actions brought under the Human Rights Act.”

When asked what he likes best about his role, Ali commented, “It’s humbling and rewarding to be able to help someone access justice and make a difference. I enjoy the varied nature of the work; you learn something new every day. I enjoy the adversarial nature of litigation and the process of helping clients build their case which will eventually help them right wrongs.”

“I think I am a calm and collected Solicitor, with a ‘straight to the point’ kind of attitude, which helps me break down a case well for clients. This in turn helps them understand where they stand.”

Ali pays attention to detail when dealing with his clients he believes this is his, “Key to winning a case… I persevere with clients to ensure that I fully understand the issues in dispute, so I can provide the best solution and advice in order to progress their case.”

Before Joining Express Solicitors, Ali graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) in 2012 with a Law Degree (LLB) and went on to complete his LPC at MMU achieving a distinction.

Prior to joining Express Solicitors, Ali worked as a General Personal Injury Litigator and, then went onto to complete his training contract in September 2016.

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Alex Langston

Assistant Solicitor

Alex Langston

Assistant Solicitor

I am originally from Birmingham and have wanted to work in law since I shadowed a barrister when I was at school.

I studied Law at the University of Liverpool, graduating with a high 2:1 in July 2013. I then studied a Masters in European Union Law at Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands, graduating in 2015. I completed the LPC at the University of Law with a Distinction in 2019.

I always want justice for my clients; I want to get them the compensation that they deserve when they have been hurt by incidents that aren’t their fault. I want to be able to put things right for my clients.

I have experience working for a Defendant firm and I believe that, coupled with my experience of living abroad with people from all over the world, has strongly influenced my ability to see things from the perspective of others, and that this helps me greatly when I analyse and work on my cases.

I am a bit of a law geek and enjoy the technical side of cases and getting stuck into them. I always want to further my knowledge of the Civil Procedure Rules and different types of case so I can apply this to the cases I work on and benefit my clients through it.

I want to be the best that I can be so that I can be the best for my clients.

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Donna Simcock

Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

Donna Simcock

Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

I am an Associate Chartered Legal Executive in the Employers Liability Department, having joined the firm in September 2018.

I have over 20 years’ experience in dealing with a variety of claimant fast track and multi track personal injury cases including public liability, accidents at work, industrial disease and civil assaults, from instruction through to conclusion either through settlement or litigated to trial.

I have always represented the injured party in fighting for workers’ health and safety rights and obtaining the justice they deserve.

I come from a background of representing trade union clients for injuries sustained in or outside of the workplace with a trade union firm I had worked for, for almost 27 years, with the latter part of my employment primarily litigating cases to trial and successfully obtaining Judgment.

My career began as a secretary for a trade union legal firm and after 4 years of working in this capacity, I decided I wanted to progress into fee earning and therefore spent the next 4 years at college on a course run through the Institute of Chartered Legal Executives on a part time basis, still working full time and bring up a young family. I gradually transitioned into full time fee earning. After passing the last of my exams in 2000, I was admitted as a Fellow in 2001.

I am a well organised individual with good time management and prioritisation skills and take pride in the work I undertake. I enjoy building up a good professional interactive rapport, treating them with empathy and compassion and managing expectations. I believe the client always comes first.

I strive to obtain the best result that I can and am not afraid to fight the more difficult and complex cases and litigate where necessary in order to obtain that all important Judgment for the client, whether it be for a few hundred pounds or several thousands of pounds, including cases that had previously been turn down by other legal firms.

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Pritha Bala

Trainee Solicitor

Pritha Bala

Trainee Solicitor

I am a Trainee Solicitor in the Employers Liability department at Express Solicitors, having initially joined the firm’s New Client Team in March 2017.

I currently handle my own Employers’ Liability caseload to a high standard. I would say that I am a hardworking person who strives for the best possible outcome, whatever it takes. I do this by negotiating settlements with Defendants and making offers at opportune stages in the claim. I ensure that my client understands this process throughout and ensure that I am acting in his/her best interests.

I think that the best part of my job is helping put people back in the position they would have been, had it not been for the accident.

I am delighted when I have led a client through the beginning, middle and successful conclusion of a claim.

I pride myself in providing clients with an understandable approach to their claims. I achieve this with my personalised approach to each client and believe that this puts clients at ease from the outset of the claim. I aim to be approachable and accessible to each and every client.

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Megan Hayes

Trainee Solicitor

Megan Hayes

Trainee Solicitor

I completed my 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. I am a Trainee Solicitor in the Employers’ Liability 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 I have done everything in my power to make the process as stress-free as possible. I work with a team of experienced, skilled and likeminded individuals, also committed to this goal, and strive to obtain the best results for my Clients.

I pride myself in developing and maintaining an excellent relationship with my Clients, and I am 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. I am driven to ensure that my 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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Eden McCaughie

Trainee Solicitor

Eden McCaughie

Trainee Solicitor

Eden McCaughie is a Trainee Solicitor in the Employers Liability 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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Aidan Uttley

Trainee Solicitor

Aidan Uttley

Trainee Solicitor

Aidan Uttley is a Trainee Solicitor in the Employers Liability department, at Express Solicitors, having initially joined the firms New Client Team in May 2017.

When asked what he likes best about his role, Aidan commented “I enjoy the fast pace of personal injury law and the self-discipline which is required to ensure that I am aware of the most recent updates and changes which can ultimately end up making a difference to my client’s case.

“I believe that it is important to recognise the demography of our Clients’ and as such, ensure that I tailor my approach to the changing needs of each individual. It is important to manage the expectations of the Client’s and provide clear, concise and easy to understand legal advice.

“It is crucial to recognise, empathise and try to understand the effect that an accident which results in an injury may have on each individual. The injuries that our Client’s suffer can sometimes be the least of their worries, they must also deal with periods of absence from work, medical costs and an inability to do the things that they most enjoy.”

Before joining Express Solicitors, Aidan studied Law at Liverpool John Moores University. During his degree, Aidan lived in Malaga, Spain for 3-months during the summer of 2015 conducting Legal Research and helped to shape the curriculum of the University of Malaga’s Law course.

Aidan then moved back to Manchester where he studied at BPP University for his LPC, whilst working full-time at Express Solicitors. He completed his LPC in June 2018 and is currently studying his Business Masters Degree part-time.

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Nyasha Madyavanhu

Litigation Executive

Nyasha Madyavanhu

Litigation Executive

I am a Litigation Executive in the Employer’s Liability department at Express Solicitors. Before joining the firm, I was undertaking academic studies for which I initially attended the University of Bradford where I completed my LLB Honours Degree in Law. I then went on to complete the Legal Practice Course and thereafter obtained a MSc in International Business Management at the Manchester Metropolitan University.

I then joined the firm having completed my studies in November 2017 in the New Client Team. With time I progressed onto becoming a Litigation Assistant initially under the supervision of Eleanor Turton and Donna Simcock and then Khuram Ahmed and Simran Sathi, all exceptional Solicitors and Litigation Executives. I’ve had an extensively valuable insight into running an Employer’s Liability claim and their valuable experience has gracefully had me progress onto becoming a Litigation Executive currently handling my own caseload. My experience with the firm overall has given me an appreciation for unrelenting and sheer determination to achieve the best results for clients.

I thoroughly enjoy my role within the firm, and I take pride in providing clients with an empathic approach to their claims. I always aim to build strong relationships with clients to gain a full understanding of their personal circumstances, which I believe is crucial in providing a service to clients who have been injured and it ensures that they receive the best service, which the firm’s service pledge provides for.

Outside of work, in my own spare time I enjoy making music. I find music calming and I have always enjoyed singing since I was a young boy. I find it to be an effective and essential connection to people’s hearts and souls.
People usually describe me as a calm and relaxed person, which I find to be quite valuable in giving people confidence in approaching me and reassurance and support. I think to accurately describe my character, a merge of two of my favourite quotes say it best, “to every problem there is a solution so keep calm and carry on”.

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Thomas Murtagh-Nelson

Litigation Executive

Thomas Murtagh-Nelson

Litigation Executive

I started working for Express Solicitors, in the New Client Team, during July 2018. I was successfully promoted to the Employers Liability department in January 2019, where I took responsibility eventually in managing my own files. Within the employer’s liability department, my role is to help those who have been unfortunate enough to be injured while at work, through no fault of their own.

I am passionate about helping injured people and I work hard to progress each case in cooperation with Clients. The legal process can be complex and confusing, and as such, I always attempt to make sure to take the time to discuss, with each and every client, the different stages of their claim and avoid the use of legal jargon.

I am originally from Hull and I graduated with a law degree from the University of Liverpool in 2016. I have lived in Manchester since July 2018. When I am not at work, I enjoy watching football and rugby league, supporting both Hull City and Hull FC respectively.

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Sasha Smith

Litigation Assistant

Sasha Smith

Litigation Assistant

I graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Law in July 2018, and I am originally from Anglesey. I started working for Express Solicitors in the Employer’s Liability department in March 2019 as a Litigation Assistant.

I feel that there is a sense of achievement that comes with helping injured clients, and I am passionate about helping injured people obtain compensation after they have sustained an injury following an accident that wasn’t their fault. Therefore, I always strive to achieve a positive relationship with all clients, and I am 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.

I 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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Bethany Crossley

Litigation Assistant

Bethany Crossley

Litigation Assistant

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Richard Lowery Express Solicitors

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 also our training principle and devotes a lot of time bringing on Trainee Solicitors and those looking for a career in the law.
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

Partner

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Hailing from the white rose of Yorkshire, born and raised in Leeds, it is safe to say I am now a Mancunian at heart, having been in Manchester for over a decade. Despite my advancing years, I remain a keen amateur rugby player, and enjoy 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 Partner within the Employers Liability team, I have 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 me to approach each individual client on a personal level from which I 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 actually is.
As a result of specializing in accidents at work and industrial disease claims I have developed an analytical approach, to a range of work place accident cases, that allows me to apply my expertise and attention to detail to strive to achieve the best outcome for my clients.

Michael Connor

Partner

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Michael Connor is a Partner in the Employers Liability Department at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in April 2018. Michael specialises in multi-track accidents at work and has done since qualifying in 1991.

When asked what he likes best about his role, Michael commented, “Acting for those injured at work and being able to secure compensation to help them get back on their feet and on the road to recovery as soon as possible.”

“I am very approachable and give legal advice in terms which people understand. I make a difference by using the law to secure maximum compensation levels in the minimum amount of time.”

For the last 15 years, Michael has been a Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). In order to become a Fellow of APIL, an applicant must be able to show that they are an experienced practitioner with:

  • a high level of technical expertise in personal injury law, including trial procedures;
  • competent in the management of a personal injury department; and
  • who is recognised by his or her peers as being in a position of professional and intellectual leadership in the field of personal injury law.

Michael was one of the first Lawyers in the country to become a Fellow of APIL. He is also a former Trustee of the Children’s charity Barnardo’s and a former Council Member of the Manchester Law Society.

Michael has almost 30 years experience in personal injury claims and has recovered millions of pounds for clients. He has also been a Partner at some of the largest Personal Injury firms in the UK, first becoming at Partner at the age of 29.

Michael has extensive experience in Personal Injury compensation claims, below are some comments from past clients;

William O Brien

Partner

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William is a Partner in the Employers Liability 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.

Karl Tonks

Consultant Solicitor

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Karl Tonks joined Express Solicitors in January 2021 as a Consultant Solicitor.

When asked what Karl liked best about his job, he said that ‘’It is a privilege to get to know and understand people’s jobs and what they do.  And it is really worthwhile and fulfilling helping people re-build their lives after things have been so disrupted and upset, through no fault of their own.’’ He specialises in Accidents at work as well as Industrial disease.

Karl feels that to make a difference, it is really important to fully investigate the precise circumstances of what has happened as sometimes the smallest details can make the difference between success and failure.

As for achievements, when Karl was President of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, he was part of the campaign for a scheme to compensate people with mesothelioma when their employers’ insurers could not be traced.  They met with government ministers to explain why this was needed.  The Mesothelioma Act 2014 was passed and set up the much-needed fund of last resort.  Karl was the president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) from 2012 – 2013, a past chair of Citizens Advice Manchester and a past trustee of the charity Together Dementia Support.

Ruth Magee

Senior Associate Solicitor

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Ruth Magee is a Senior Associate Solicitor 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.

Tracey Bennett

Senior Associate FCILEx

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“Tracey Bennett is a Senior Associate FCILEx is the Employers Liability department at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in August 2019.

“I have over 30 years’ experience working in London, Manchester and Birmingham, all for well-known large PI firms, always for the Claimant. Proud now to be working with Express.”

“The chance to make a difference – I take on difficult cases that may have been turned by others. I am prepared to give those difficult cases a chance. I only act for individual employees, never the employer.”

“I specialise in helping individuals who have had accidents whilst in the workplace, through no fault of their own.” Tracey takes pride in representing employees who have suffered injuries in the workplace as a result of their employers’ negligence.

I take pride in my work. Every client matters. Every client is an individual. Every case is different. I listen, I empathise, and I take a chance. Every client is treated the same, with professionalism and compassion. Every client is important.”

Tracey’s achievements she explains are, “My children, all doing well, succeeding and being successful in their own right.”

“I am dedicated to offering a high-quality, professional and supportive service to all my clients. I take on difficult cases that may have been turned down by others. For example, a client who tripped over sticky labels hanging from the desk in the reception area secured £18,000 in damages when she landed heavily on her knees – liability remained denied but the Judge agreed the employer’s continued refusal to provide a basket to place the labels in amounted to negligence. This was turned down by a large well-known law firm as having no prospects.”

Prior to joining Express Solicitors, Tracey Completed her FCILEx and came top in the whole of the UK on the tort paper. Tracey commented, “Working full time, commuting and studying full time is never easy, so to gain a distinction and the highest mark in the UK was an amazing achievement for me.

I admire all my young colleagues who are starting out on their careers, working full time and studying so hard. It is not easy, but the results are worth it. If I can share some of my knowledge and experience with them to help them on their journey in the law, then I know it has all been worthwhile.”

Adam Farrell

Associate Solicitor

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Adam Farrell is an Associate Solicitor in the Employers Liability 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.

Irfan Khan

Associate Solicitor

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Irfan Khan is an Associate Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability department. Irfan joined the firm in July 2019. Irfan specialises in Accidents at work- representing clients in a wide range of professions including construction workers, rail workers, NHS Staff, Retail and heavy manufacturing sectors.

When asked about his role at Express Solicitors, Irfan said: “I enjoy the quality of the work and training provided, the opportunity to help those who have been injured through no fault of their own and the people that I work alongside. I enjoy the challenge of putting my client’s case forward to the Defendant’s insurers and pressuring them into admitting liability and offering settlement awards which reflect the seriousness of the injuries sustained and my valuation of the claim. Unfortunately, and in my experience, it is very rare that an insurer will make an offer which is appropriate, and I do on most occasions have to fight hard to get the best outcome for my client.”

One of Irfan’s achievements up to date was qualifying in 2010 and then going on to achieve the title as Associate Director in 2017.

Prior to joining Express Solicitors, Irfan completed his LLB at the University of Bradford and his LPC at Leeds Metropolitan University. He is also an Accredited Police Station Representative.

James Lovesay

Associate Solicitor

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James Lovesay is an Associate Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability department at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in October 2015.

When asked what he enjoys most about his role at Express Solicitors, James answered: “I enjoy being able to help clients who find themselves in difficulty following their accidents. It is satisfying to know that at the conclusion of a case you have left a client in a much better position with their health and finances.”

James believes that good organisation and time management skills are keys to success, as it promotes efficiency and effectiveness and allows the provision of the best possible service to any client. James has worked hard to ensure that this is one of his biggest strengths.

James graduated from the University of Leicester in 2006 with an LLB in Law; he then went on to complete an LPC at BPP Law School in Manchester whilst working as a Litigation Executive. James qualified as a Solicitor in 2011 and was one of the first people to be offered a training contract at his previous firm.

Eleanor Turton

Associate Solicitor

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Eleanor Turton is a Associate Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability department, having joined the firm in March 2017.

When asked what she enjoys most about her role at Express, Eleanor responded: “I enjoy getting good results for my clients. It is so satisfying settling a claim, and knowing that the damages obtained for the client will help make a real difference to their lives.”

Eleanor specialises in Employer’s Liability claims and describes her extensive experience as being her main attribute for success, having worked for both the claimant and defendant. Eleanor further commented, “This has allowed me to have a good understanding as to how both sides work, which I consider gives me a tactical advantage when negotiating liability and quantum.”

Before joining Express Solicitors, Eleanor completed her LLB Degree at University of Wales, Aberystwyth before then going on to complete her LPC at The College of Law, Chester.

David Dean

Assistant Solicitor

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I am an Assistant Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability department assisting the Head of Department, Richard Lowery, on his serious injury caseload.

Before working at Express Solicitors, I completed my LLB Honours Degree at the University of Hull before completing my MSc LPC in Law Business and Management at the University of Law, Manchester.

I started working at Express Solicitors in the New Client Team in 2016 before commencing my Training Contact with the firm in January 2017. In January 2019, I qualified as a Solicitor and have worked in the same role assisting Richard Lowery since.

I thoroughly enjoy my role within the firm and every day aim to do what I can to help our injured clients. I aim to build strong relationships with clients to gain a full understanding of their personal circumstances and how they have been impacted by an accident. This relationship is key for our clients receive the best service possible. This also ensures that clients receive the maximum amount of compensation to both reflect the extent of the injuries that they have suffered as well as all their financial losses.

Outside of work, I enjoy travelling and going to the theatre. I am also a keen Pianist, having trained since the age of 9.

Mark Grist

Assistant Solicitor

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Mark Grist is an Assistant Solicitor in the Employers Liability 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.

Ali Raza

Assistant Solicitor

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Ali Raza is an Assistant Solicitor in the Employers Liability department at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in October 2018.

Ali specialises in Employer Liability claims, with additional experience in a range of Personal Injury claims including Public and Occupiers Liability and Road Traffic Accidents. Ali has also undertaken an Immigration and Asylum Law seat on his training contract, where he said he “gained invaluable experience in dealing with asylum appeals to the First and Upper tier tribunals as well as actions brought under the Human Rights Act.”

When asked what he likes best about his role, Ali commented, “It’s humbling and rewarding to be able to help someone access justice and make a difference. I enjoy the varied nature of the work; you learn something new every day. I enjoy the adversarial nature of litigation and the process of helping clients build their case which will eventually help them right wrongs.”

“I think I am a calm and collected Solicitor, with a ‘straight to the point’ kind of attitude, which helps me break down a case well for clients. This in turn helps them understand where they stand.”

Ali pays attention to detail when dealing with his clients he believes this is his, “Key to winning a case… I persevere with clients to ensure that I fully understand the issues in dispute, so I can provide the best solution and advice in order to progress their case.”

Before Joining Express Solicitors, Ali graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) in 2012 with a Law Degree (LLB) and went on to complete his LPC at MMU achieving a distinction.

Prior to joining Express Solicitors, Ali worked as a General Personal Injury Litigator and, then went onto to complete his training contract in September 2016.

Alex Langston

Assistant Solicitor

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I am originally from Birmingham and have wanted to work in law since I shadowed a barrister when I was at school.

I studied Law at the University of Liverpool, graduating with a high 2:1 in July 2013. I then studied a Masters in European Union Law at Universiteit Leiden in the Netherlands, graduating in 2015. I completed the LPC at the University of Law with a Distinction in 2019.

I always want justice for my clients; I want to get them the compensation that they deserve when they have been hurt by incidents that aren’t their fault. I want to be able to put things right for my clients.

I have experience working for a Defendant firm and I believe that, coupled with my experience of living abroad with people from all over the world, has strongly influenced my ability to see things from the perspective of others, and that this helps me greatly when I analyse and work on my cases.

I am a bit of a law geek and enjoy the technical side of cases and getting stuck into them. I always want to further my knowledge of the Civil Procedure Rules and different types of case so I can apply this to the cases I work on and benefit my clients through it.

I want to be the best that I can be so that I can be the best for my clients.

Donna Simcock

Associate and Chartered Legal Executive

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I am an Associate Chartered Legal Executive in the Employers Liability Department, having joined the firm in September 2018.

I have over 20 years’ experience in dealing with a variety of claimant fast track and multi track personal injury cases including public liability, accidents at work, industrial disease and civil assaults, from instruction through to conclusion either through settlement or litigated to trial.

I have always represented the injured party in fighting for workers’ health and safety rights and obtaining the justice they deserve.

I come from a background of representing trade union clients for injuries sustained in or outside of the workplace with a trade union firm I had worked for, for almost 27 years, with the latter part of my employment primarily litigating cases to trial and successfully obtaining Judgment.

My career began as a secretary for a trade union legal firm and after 4 years of working in this capacity, I decided I wanted to progress into fee earning and therefore spent the next 4 years at college on a course run through the Institute of Chartered Legal Executives on a part time basis, still working full time and bring up a young family. I gradually transitioned into full time fee earning. After passing the last of my exams in 2000, I was admitted as a Fellow in 2001.

I am a well organised individual with good time management and prioritisation skills and take pride in the work I undertake. I enjoy building up a good professional interactive rapport, treating them with empathy and compassion and managing expectations. I believe the client always comes first.

I strive to obtain the best result that I can and am not afraid to fight the more difficult and complex cases and litigate where necessary in order to obtain that all important Judgment for the client, whether it be for a few hundred pounds or several thousands of pounds, including cases that had previously been turn down by other legal firms.

Pritha Bala

Trainee Solicitor

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I am a Trainee Solicitor in the Employers Liability department at Express Solicitors, having initially joined the firm’s New Client Team in March 2017.

I currently handle my own Employers’ Liability caseload to a high standard. I would say that I am a hardworking person who strives for the best possible outcome, whatever it takes. I do this by negotiating settlements with Defendants and making offers at opportune stages in the claim. I ensure that my client understands this process throughout and ensure that I am acting in his/her best interests.

I think that the best part of my job is helping put people back in the position they would have been, had it not been for the accident.

I am delighted when I have led a client through the beginning, middle and successful conclusion of a claim.

I pride myself in providing clients with an understandable approach to their claims. I achieve this with my personalised approach to each client and believe that this puts clients at ease from the outset of the claim. I aim to be approachable and accessible to each and every client.

Megan Hayes

Trainee Solicitor

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I completed my 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. I am a Trainee Solicitor in the Employers’ Liability 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 I have done everything in my power to make the process as stress-free as possible. I work with a team of experienced, skilled and likeminded individuals, also committed to this goal, and strive to obtain the best results for my Clients.

I pride myself in developing and maintaining an excellent relationship with my Clients, and I am 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. I am driven to ensure that my Clients’ cases are progressed and settled efficiently, without adding to this stress, by explaining the claims process to them every step of the way.

Eden McCaughie

Trainee Solicitor

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Eden McCaughie is a Trainee Solicitor in the Employers Liability 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”.

Aidan Uttley

Trainee Solicitor

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Aidan Uttley is a Trainee Solicitor in the Employers Liability department, at Express Solicitors, having initially joined the firms New Client Team in May 2017.

When asked what he likes best about his role, Aidan commented “I enjoy the fast pace of personal injury law and the self-discipline which is required to ensure that I am aware of the most recent updates and changes which can ultimately end up making a difference to my client’s case.

“I believe that it is important to recognise the demography of our Clients’ and as such, ensure that I tailor my approach to the changing needs of each individual. It is important to manage the expectations of the Client’s and provide clear, concise and easy to understand legal advice.

“It is crucial to recognise, empathise and try to understand the effect that an accident which results in an injury may have on each individual. The injuries that our Client’s suffer can sometimes be the least of their worries, they must also deal with periods of absence from work, medical costs and an inability to do the things that they most enjoy.”

Before joining Express Solicitors, Aidan studied Law at Liverpool John Moores University. During his degree, Aidan lived in Malaga, Spain for 3-months during the summer of 2015 conducting Legal Research and helped to shape the curriculum of the University of Malaga’s Law course.

Aidan then moved back to Manchester where he studied at BPP University for his LPC, whilst working full-time at Express Solicitors. He completed his LPC in June 2018 and is currently studying his Business Masters Degree part-time.

Nyasha Madyavanhu

Litigation Executive

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I am a Litigation Executive in the Employer’s Liability department at Express Solicitors. Before joining the firm, I was undertaking academic studies for which I initially attended the University of Bradford where I completed my LLB Honours Degree in Law. I then went on to complete the Legal Practice Course and thereafter obtained a MSc in International Business Management at the Manchester Metropolitan University.

I then joined the firm having completed my studies in November 2017 in the New Client Team. With time I progressed onto becoming a Litigation Assistant initially under the supervision of Eleanor Turton and Donna Simcock and then Khuram Ahmed and Simran Sathi, all exceptional Solicitors and Litigation Executives. I’ve had an extensively valuable insight into running an Employer’s Liability claim and their valuable experience has gracefully had me progress onto becoming a Litigation Executive currently handling my own caseload. My experience with the firm overall has given me an appreciation for unrelenting and sheer determination to achieve the best results for clients.

I thoroughly enjoy my role within the firm, and I take pride in providing clients with an empathic approach to their claims. I always aim to build strong relationships with clients to gain a full understanding of their personal circumstances, which I believe is crucial in providing a service to clients who have been injured and it ensures that they receive the best service, which the firm’s service pledge provides for.

Outside of work, in my own spare time I enjoy making music. I find music calming and I have always enjoyed singing since I was a young boy. I find it to be an effective and essential connection to people’s hearts and souls.
People usually describe me as a calm and relaxed person, which I find to be quite valuable in giving people confidence in approaching me and reassurance and support. I think to accurately describe my character, a merge of two of my favourite quotes say it best, “to every problem there is a solution so keep calm and carry on”.

Thomas Murtagh-Nelson

Litigation Executive

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I started working for Express Solicitors, in the New Client Team, during July 2018. I was successfully promoted to the Employers Liability department in January 2019, where I took responsibility eventually in managing my own files. Within the employer’s liability department, my role is to help those who have been unfortunate enough to be injured while at work, through no fault of their own.

I am passionate about helping injured people and I work hard to progress each case in cooperation with Clients. The legal process can be complex and confusing, and as such, I always attempt to make sure to take the time to discuss, with each and every client, the different stages of their claim and avoid the use of legal jargon.

I am originally from Hull and I graduated with a law degree from the University of Liverpool in 2016. I have lived in Manchester since July 2018. When I am not at work, I enjoy watching football and rugby league, supporting both Hull City and Hull FC respectively.

Sasha Smith

Litigation Assistant

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I graduated from the University of Liverpool with a degree in Law in July 2018, and I am originally from Anglesey. I started working for Express Solicitors in the Employer’s Liability department in March 2019 as a Litigation Assistant.

I feel that there is a sense of achievement that comes with helping injured clients, and I am passionate about helping injured people obtain compensation after they have sustained an injury following an accident that wasn’t their fault. Therefore, I always strive to achieve a positive relationship with all clients, and I am 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.

I 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.

Bethany Crossley

Litigation Assistant

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