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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

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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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

Ruth Magee is a Partner in the Employers Liability claims 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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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

Senior Associate Chartered Legal Executive

Donna Simcock

Senior Associate Chartered Legal Executive

I am an Senior Associate Chartered Legal Executive in the Employers Liability claims 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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Jon Evans

Senior Associate Solicitor

Jon Evans

Senior Associate Solicitor

Jon Evans is a Senior Associate who joined Express Solicitors in February of 2021.

When asked what he likes best about his job, Jon said “When clients have had an injury, which prevents them from working, this has a massive financial impact on them and their families. Using my experience to help them recover their loss of earnings, plus compensation for their injury, to put them back in the position they would have been had it not been for the accident is the best thing about the job”.

Jon specialises in Employer’s liability claims.

A lot of employers consider their profit margin is far more important than the safety of their staff. Jon likes to think what he does helps to redress the balance and encourage employers to take steps to prevent similar accidents happening again.

Over his 20-year career as a personal injury solicitor, Jon has successfully concluded hundreds of cases. It is difficult to pick one out. Before turning to law, Jon earned a degree in History.

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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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Jennifer Paine

Senior Associate Solicitor

Jennifer Paine

Senior Associate Solicitor

Jennifer Paine is a Senior Associate in our Employer’s Liability claims team, having joined the firm in April 2022.

Jennifer has over 20 years’ experience in dealing with a variety of personal injury cases and prides herself on being down to earth and approachable, to ensure the legal claims process is as stress-free as possible for her clients. Jennifer works efficiently and thoroughly to expedite cases and is adept at quickly identifying and applying the relevant law and procedure to progress a claim.

Jennifer has successfully pursued thousands of claims over the years, on behalf of employees that have suffered injury whilst at work, including those involving brain injuries, spinal injuries, pain conditions such as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, burns and amputations.

“Having suffered an injury at work, whilst simply trying to do your job, can be devastating for some people. The stress of being off work, balancing the difficult relationship with an employer you are pursuing a claim against and dealing with legal issues that are unfamiliar should be made more bearable with the help of the right firm of solicitors. My aim is to help my clients to seek justice efficiently and to ensure that they feel informed and supported throughout the process”.

Not averse to a challenge, Jennifer will ensure that she leaves no stone unturned in ensuring her clients receive the maximum amount of compensation following an injury. She has taken over conduct of cases that have been turned down by other firms and tenaciously pursued them to a successful conclusion on multiple occasions.
In 2021, Jennifer successfully pursued a matter all the way to the Court of Appeal. The case related to the issue of adding multiple Defendants to a claim against the Claimant’s wishes and, following defeat at the High Court, the issue was determined in the Claimant’s favour by the Lord Justices in the Court of Appeal.
As well as working as a solicitor, Jennifer also volunteers as a Magistrate in her local Magistrates’ Courts and therefore has excellent experience of working within the Court setting and has valuable knowledge of the judicial system.

Jennifer graduated from Staffordshire University with an LLB (Law), having decided at the age of 12 that she wanted to become a lawyer! She completed her LPC part-time at John Moores University whilst also working full-time undertaking a training contract in a high-street firm in Liverpool. She qualified as a solicitor at the age of 24 and has enjoyed a successful career in law ever since.

Away from the law, Jennifer enjoys travelling with her family, having visited numerous countries all around the world. She also always has at least one book on the go, enjoys reading fiction and non-fiction and is a member of a book club.

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Adam Farrell

Associate Solicitor

Adam Farrell

Associate Solicitor

Adam Farrell is an 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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Eleanor Turton

Associate Solicitor

Eleanor Turton

Associate Solicitor

Eleanor Turton is a Associate Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability claims 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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Craig Bibby

Associate Solicitor

Craig Bibby

Associate Solicitor

Craig Bibby is an 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

Associate Solicitor

David Dean

Associate Solicitor

I am an Associate Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability claims 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

Associate Solicitor

Mark Grist

Associate Solicitor

Mark Grist is an Associate Solicitor 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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Jenny Stevenson

Associate Solicitor

Jenny Stevenson

Associate Solicitor

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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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Neil Sagar

Assistant Solicitor

Neil Sagar

Assistant Solicitor

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Nicola Griffiths

Assistant Solicitor

Nicola Griffiths

Assistant Solicitor

Nicola Griffiths is an Assistant 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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Karl Young

Assistant Solicitor

Karl Young

Assistant Solicitor

Karl Young first started with Express Solicitors in October 2014 as Litigation Assistant and worked his way up to Assistant Solicitor before leaving us early 2020. Since then, Karl has returned to the Employer’s Liability claims department in October 2020.

What he says he enjoys most about being a solicitor is probably the litigation, arguing and winning! Karl is passionate about helping injured people obtain compensation after they have sustained an injury following an accident that wasn’t their fault.

“Accidents can have a massive far reaching impact on people lives. It is especially difficult if the accident wasn’t your fault, I take great pride in my work in helping people get the maximum compensation, achieve a sense of closure and get their lives back on track following such an accident” says Karl.

His particular expertise in fast track cases where the claimant has sustained an injury during their employment. The cases he deals with on a day to day basis range from accidents involving faulty machinery, defective work equipment and or tools to slips and trips at work.

As mentioned, Karl is passionate about his work and clients. Therefore, he prides himself on giving clear succinct advice. The legal process can be complex and confusing at times and he always make sure to take the time to discuss with every client each stage of their claim. Karl mentions that he wants to ensure they are completely up to speed every step of the way and for them to know they are supported throughout the life of their claim.

As for Karl’s achievements to date, he has successfully concluded hundreds of claims for injured people throughout his career. He has a fantastic track record of taking cases to trial and winning. Karl completed his law degree at Sunderland University and then went on to graduate from his LPC at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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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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Bethany Knight

Assistant Solicitor

Bethany Knight

Assistant Solicitor

Bethany Knight is a Litigation Assistant in the Employer’s Liability claims department at Express Solicitors, having initially joined the firm’s New Client Team in August 2015. Beth’s role involves assisting on cases whereby a client has been injured in the workplace through no fault of their own.

When asked what she enjoys most about her role at Express Solicitors, Beth answered: “I love the direct contact with clients and making them feel at ease with the legal system. I also enjoy drafting documents that are needed for the case to progress. The job is a challenge and I enjoy that aspect, it’s like solving a puzzle and it’s great to be able to put the skills I learnt at university into practice.”

Beth describes herself as a people person and she believes that this helps clients to feel at ease when talking to her about their case and injuries sustained in the workplace. Beth likes to get her tasks done immediately and she strives to be as organised as possible to achieve this; especially when receiving tasks which are of an urgent nature. Beth always aims to work both efficiently and effectively and ensures any work she does is of a high standard.

Before joining Express Solicitors, Beth gained a 2:1 Criminology and Criminal Justice degree from Edge Hill University. Beth has also completed a GDL at the University of Law and is currently studying the LPC part-time at the same institution.

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Eden McCaughie

Assistant Solicitor

Eden McCaughie

Assistant Solicitor

Eden McCaughie is a Assistant 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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Alessandra Paduano

Assistant Solicitor

Alessandra Paduano

Assistant Solicitor

Alessandra Paduano is a Litigation Executive in the Employer’s Liability claims Department.

Before joining Express, Alessandra completed her LLB Honours Degree in Law, Diploma in Professional Legal Practice and an LLM in Corporate and Commercial Law at the University of Dundee. Alessandra is also a New York Attorney.

From a young age, she took a natural interest in law, the fascination grew from her understanding of the difference between “right” and “wrong”. Alessandra has worked in different sectors, developing a natural ability in bringing a creative, imaginative, and practical approach to different situations. This experience has allowed Alessandra the capacity of looking for different courses of actions, analyse different possibilities and review possible outcomes. She describes herself as confident, ambitious and approachable and has been known to thrive on a challenge. She believes in building a rapport with clients based on trust and respect; listening to each individual’s circumstances and injuries and achieving the best results for them.

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James Leaitherland

Assistant Solicitor

James Leaitherland

Assistant Solicitor

James Leaitherland is an Assistant 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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Emma Pomfret

Chartered Legal Executive

Emma Pomfret

Chartered Legal Executive

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Adrian Kaminski

Chartered Legal Executive

Adrian Kaminski

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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Laura Lofthouse

Trainee Solicitor

Laura Lofthouse

Trainee Solicitor

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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 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 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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Ebony Hornby

Trainee Solicitor

Ebony Hornby

Trainee Solicitor

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

Ebony joined the firm in June 2019 after completing her MLAW degree at Northumbria University. She has always enjoyed Personal Injury and completed her dissertation focusing on Vicarious Liability in the workplace.

Ebony is passionate about helping people who have suffered injuries through no fault of their own by obtaining the maximum compensation for them and helping them get the treatment they need to assist in their recovery. She understands that every client is different, and every client’s needs are different and will cater her approach to meet individual clients needs, whether that be by providing more regular updates or speaking to a client’s partner/relative about their claim.

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 after their claims have settled.

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Kalsum Bibi

Trainee Solicitor

Kalsum Bibi

Trainee Solicitor

I am a Trainee Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability claims Department at Express Solicitors having joined the firm in October 2018. My current role involves assisting on Fast Track and Multi-Track industrial disease/accident claims.

What I enjoy most about my role is the varied nature of the cases I assist on and the challenges that they bring. No two days are the same and I learn something new every day. I take pride in my work and ensure that any task I do is to a high standard.

My legal career began as a secretary when I turned 19. After working at various law firms, I realised I wanted to be a solicitor. I was advised to obtain a Law Degree if I wanted to progress in the legal sector. I spent the following 4 years studying part time at the University of Birkbeck in London whilst working full time, and in 2017, I graduated with a 2:1. This was one of my proudest moments.

I am currently studying the SQE at BPP and hope to fulfil my dream of qualifying as a solicitor by 2024.

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Nyasha Madyavanhu

Trainee Solicitor

Nyasha Madyavanhu

Trainee Solicitor

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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Connor Sweetman

Trainee Solicitor

Connor Sweetman

Trainee Solicitor

Connor Sweetman is a Trainee 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

Trainee Solicitor

Mary Williams

Trainee Solicitor

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Reece Throop

Trainee Solicitor

Reece Throop

Trainee Solicitor

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Sasha Smith

Trainee Solicitor

Sasha Smith

Trainee Solicitor

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

Trainee Sollicitor

Bethany Crossley

Trainee Sollicitor

Bethany joined the firm in September 2019 after completing her LLB Law degree at Sheffield Hallam University. Bethany is currently studying towards completing her LLM LPC at the University of Law in Manchester.

As a Trainee 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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Amy Bailey

Senior Litigation Executive

Amy Bailey

Senior Litigation Executive

Amy Bailey joined Express Solicitors in September 2020 as a Senior Litigation Executive.

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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Hiba Mahmood

Senior Litigation Executive

Hiba Mahmood

Senior Litigation Executive

I am a Senior Litigation Executive in the Employers Liability claims department at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in October 2021.

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

I have over 7 years of experience in personal injury and have received positive feedback from clients during this time for being clear and approachable.

Outside of work I like to travel, spend time with friends and family and shop.

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Olivia Casey

Litigation Executive

Olivia Casey

Litigation Executive

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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Veronika Zerdeva

Litigation Executive

Veronika Zerdeva

Litigation Executive

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Savannah Evans

Litigation Assistant

Savannah Evans

Litigation Assistant

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Wajeeha Nasir

Litigation Assistant

Wajeeha Nasir

Litigation Assistant

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Zain Javed

Litigation Assistant

Zain Javed

Litigation Assistant

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Oliver Hinds

Litigation Assistant

Oliver Hinds

Litigation Assistant

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Olivia Mayhew

Litigation Assistant

Olivia Mayhew

Litigation Assistant

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Amy Murrer

Litigation Assistant

Amy Murrer

Litigation Assistant

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Daniel Kelly

Litigation Assistant

Daniel Kelly

Litigation Assistant

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Klaudia Kieltyka

Litigation Assistant

Klaudia Kieltyka

Litigation Assistant

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Ruth Adebayo

Litigation Assistant

Ruth Adebayo

Litigation Assistant

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Melissa Menelaou

Litigation Assistant

Melissa Menelaou

Litigation Assistant

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Caroline Wheeler

Litigation Assistant

Caroline Wheeler

Litigation Assistant

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Erika Daly

Litigation Assistant

Erika Daly

Litigation Assistant

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Sehar Ali

Litigation Assistant

Sehar Ali

Litigation Assistant

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Simran Tandon

Litigation Assistant

Simran Tandon

Litigation Assistant

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Alex Cain

Litigation Assistant

Alex Cain

Litigation Assistant

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Elena Khan

Litigation Assistant

Elena Khan

Litigation Assistant

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George Gordziejewicz

Litigation Assistant

George Gordziejewicz

Litigation Assistant

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Olivia Bownes

Litigation Assistant

Olivia Bownes

Litigation Assistant

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Blaise Morris

Litigation Assistant

Blaise Morris

Litigation Assistant

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Julie Taylor

PA to Richard Lowery

Julie Taylor

PA to Richard Lowery

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Emma Hynes

Personal Assistant

Emma Hynes

Personal Assistant

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Michelle Brookes

Personal Assistant

Michelle Brookes

Personal Assistant

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Angela Cheetham

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Angela Cheetham

PA to William O'Brien

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Lynne Lowing

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PA to Seetal Sagar-Jhanji

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Joanne Crook

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Nicola Walters

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Nicola Walters

PA to Ruth Magee

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Pauline Bracewell

PA to Damian Bradley & Jon Andrews

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PA to Damian Bradley & Jon Andrews

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Charlotte Ford

Legal Secretary

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Legal Secretary

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Chloe Cresswell

Legal Secretary

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Legal Secretary

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Marie Murray

Legal Secretary

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Legal Secretary

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Sarah Irwin

Legal Secretary

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Legal Secretary

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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

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.

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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 claims 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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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

Senior Associate Chartered Legal Executive

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I am an Senior Associate Chartered Legal Executive in the Employers Liability claims 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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Jon Evans

Senior Associate Solicitor

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Jon Evans is a Senior Associate who joined Express Solicitors in February of 2021.

When asked what he likes best about his job, Jon said “When clients have had an injury, which prevents them from working, this has a massive financial impact on them and their families. Using my experience to help them recover their loss of earnings, plus compensation for their injury, to put them back in the position they would have been had it not been for the accident is the best thing about the job”.

Jon specialises in Employer’s liability claims.

A lot of employers consider their profit margin is far more important than the safety of their staff. Jon likes to think what he does helps to redress the balance and encourage employers to take steps to prevent similar accidents happening again.

Over his 20-year career as a personal injury solicitor, Jon has successfully concluded hundreds of cases. It is difficult to pick one out. Before turning to law, Jon earned a degree in History.

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.

Jennifer Paine

Senior Associate Solicitor

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Jennifer Paine is a Senior Associate in our Employer’s Liability claims team, having joined the firm in April 2022.

Jennifer has over 20 years’ experience in dealing with a variety of personal injury cases and prides herself on being down to earth and approachable, to ensure the legal claims process is as stress-free as possible for her clients. Jennifer works efficiently and thoroughly to expedite cases and is adept at quickly identifying and applying the relevant law and procedure to progress a claim.

Jennifer has successfully pursued thousands of claims over the years, on behalf of employees that have suffered injury whilst at work, including those involving brain injuries, spinal injuries, pain conditions such as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, burns and amputations.

“Having suffered an injury at work, whilst simply trying to do your job, can be devastating for some people. The stress of being off work, balancing the difficult relationship with an employer you are pursuing a claim against and dealing with legal issues that are unfamiliar should be made more bearable with the help of the right firm of solicitors. My aim is to help my clients to seek justice efficiently and to ensure that they feel informed and supported throughout the process”.

Not averse to a challenge, Jennifer will ensure that she leaves no stone unturned in ensuring her clients receive the maximum amount of compensation following an injury. She has taken over conduct of cases that have been turned down by other firms and tenaciously pursued them to a successful conclusion on multiple occasions.
In 2021, Jennifer successfully pursued a matter all the way to the Court of Appeal. The case related to the issue of adding multiple Defendants to a claim against the Claimant’s wishes and, following defeat at the High Court, the issue was determined in the Claimant’s favour by the Lord Justices in the Court of Appeal.
As well as working as a solicitor, Jennifer also volunteers as a Magistrate in her local Magistrates’ Courts and therefore has excellent experience of working within the Court setting and has valuable knowledge of the judicial system.

Jennifer graduated from Staffordshire University with an LLB (Law), having decided at the age of 12 that she wanted to become a lawyer! She completed her LPC part-time at John Moores University whilst also working full-time undertaking a training contract in a high-street firm in Liverpool. She qualified as a solicitor at the age of 24 and has enjoyed a successful career in law ever since.

Away from the law, Jennifer enjoys travelling with her family, having visited numerous countries all around the world. She also always has at least one book on the go, enjoys reading fiction and non-fiction and is a member of a book club.

Adam Farrell

Associate Solicitor

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Adam Farrell is an 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.

Eleanor Turton

Associate Solicitor

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Eleanor Turton is a Associate Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability claims 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.

Craig Bibby

Associate Solicitor

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Craig Bibby is an 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

Associate Solicitor

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I am an Associate Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability claims 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

Associate Solicitor

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Mark Grist is an Associate Solicitor 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.

Jenny Stevenson

Associate Solicitor

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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.

Neil Sagar

Assistant Solicitor

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Nicola Griffiths

Assistant Solicitor

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Nicola Griffiths is an Assistant 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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Karl Young

Assistant Solicitor

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Karl Young first started with Express Solicitors in October 2014 as Litigation Assistant and worked his way up to Assistant Solicitor before leaving us early 2020. Since then, Karl has returned to the Employer’s Liability claims department in October 2020.

What he says he enjoys most about being a solicitor is probably the litigation, arguing and winning! Karl is passionate about helping injured people obtain compensation after they have sustained an injury following an accident that wasn’t their fault.

“Accidents can have a massive far reaching impact on people lives. It is especially difficult if the accident wasn’t your fault, I take great pride in my work in helping people get the maximum compensation, achieve a sense of closure and get their lives back on track following such an accident” says Karl.

His particular expertise in fast track cases where the claimant has sustained an injury during their employment. The cases he deals with on a day to day basis range from accidents involving faulty machinery, defective work equipment and or tools to slips and trips at work.

As mentioned, Karl is passionate about his work and clients. Therefore, he prides himself on giving clear succinct advice. The legal process can be complex and confusing at times and he always make sure to take the time to discuss with every client each stage of their claim. Karl mentions that he wants to ensure they are completely up to speed every step of the way and for them to know they are supported throughout the life of their claim.

As for Karl’s achievements to date, he has successfully concluded hundreds of claims for injured people throughout his career. He has a fantastic track record of taking cases to trial and winning. Karl completed his law degree at Sunderland University and then went on to graduate from his LPC at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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.

Bethany Knight

Assistant Solicitor

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Bethany Knight is a Litigation Assistant in the Employer’s Liability claims department at Express Solicitors, having initially joined the firm’s New Client Team in August 2015. Beth’s role involves assisting on cases whereby a client has been injured in the workplace through no fault of their own.

When asked what she enjoys most about her role at Express Solicitors, Beth answered: “I love the direct contact with clients and making them feel at ease with the legal system. I also enjoy drafting documents that are needed for the case to progress. The job is a challenge and I enjoy that aspect, it’s like solving a puzzle and it’s great to be able to put the skills I learnt at university into practice.”

Beth describes herself as a people person and she believes that this helps clients to feel at ease when talking to her about their case and injuries sustained in the workplace. Beth likes to get her tasks done immediately and she strives to be as organised as possible to achieve this; especially when receiving tasks which are of an urgent nature. Beth always aims to work both efficiently and effectively and ensures any work she does is of a high standard.

Before joining Express Solicitors, Beth gained a 2:1 Criminology and Criminal Justice degree from Edge Hill University. Beth has also completed a GDL at the University of Law and is currently studying the LPC part-time at the same institution.

Eden McCaughie

Assistant Solicitor

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Eden McCaughie is a Assistant 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”.

Alessandra Paduano

Assistant Solicitor

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Alessandra Paduano is a Litigation Executive in the Employer’s Liability claims Department.

Before joining Express, Alessandra completed her LLB Honours Degree in Law, Diploma in Professional Legal Practice and an LLM in Corporate and Commercial Law at the University of Dundee. Alessandra is also a New York Attorney.

From a young age, she took a natural interest in law, the fascination grew from her understanding of the difference between “right” and “wrong”. Alessandra has worked in different sectors, developing a natural ability in bringing a creative, imaginative, and practical approach to different situations. This experience has allowed Alessandra the capacity of looking for different courses of actions, analyse different possibilities and review possible outcomes. She describes herself as confident, ambitious and approachable and has been known to thrive on a challenge. She believes in building a rapport with clients based on trust and respect; listening to each individual’s circumstances and injuries and achieving the best results for them.

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James Leaitherland

Assistant Solicitor

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James Leaitherland is an Assistant 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.

Emma Pomfret

Chartered Legal Executive

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Adrian Kaminski

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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Trainee Solicitor

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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 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 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.

Ebony Hornby

Trainee Solicitor

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

Ebony joined the firm in June 2019 after completing her MLAW degree at Northumbria University. She has always enjoyed Personal Injury and completed her dissertation focusing on Vicarious Liability in the workplace.

Ebony is passionate about helping people who have suffered injuries through no fault of their own by obtaining the maximum compensation for them and helping them get the treatment they need to assist in their recovery. She understands that every client is different, and every client’s needs are different and will cater her approach to meet individual clients needs, whether that be by providing more regular updates or speaking to a client’s partner/relative about their claim.

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 after their claims have settled.

Kalsum Bibi

Trainee Solicitor

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I am a Trainee Solicitor in the Employer’s Liability claims Department at Express Solicitors having joined the firm in October 2018. My current role involves assisting on Fast Track and Multi-Track industrial disease/accident claims.

What I enjoy most about my role is the varied nature of the cases I assist on and the challenges that they bring. No two days are the same and I learn something new every day. I take pride in my work and ensure that any task I do is to a high standard.

My legal career began as a secretary when I turned 19. After working at various law firms, I realised I wanted to be a solicitor. I was advised to obtain a Law Degree if I wanted to progress in the legal sector. I spent the following 4 years studying part time at the University of Birkbeck in London whilst working full time, and in 2017, I graduated with a 2:1. This was one of my proudest moments.

I am currently studying the SQE at BPP and hope to fulfil my dream of qualifying as a solicitor by 2024.

Nyasha Madyavanhu

Trainee Solicitor

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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”.

Connor Sweetman

Trainee Solicitor

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Connor Sweetman is a Trainee 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

Trainee Solicitor

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Trainee Solicitor

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Sasha Smith

Trainee Solicitor

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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

Trainee Sollicitor

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Bethany joined the firm in September 2019 after completing her LLB Law degree at Sheffield Hallam University. Bethany is currently studying towards completing her LLM LPC at the University of Law in Manchester.

As a Trainee 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.

Amy Bailey

Senior Litigation Executive

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Amy Bailey joined Express Solicitors in September 2020 as a Senior Litigation Executive.

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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Hiba Mahmood

Senior Litigation Executive

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I am a Senior Litigation Executive in the Employers Liability claims department at Express Solicitors, having joined the firm in October 2021.

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

I have over 7 years of experience in personal injury and have received positive feedback from clients during this time for being clear and approachable.

Outside of work I like to travel, spend time with friends and family and shop.

Olivia Casey

Litigation Executive

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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.

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Veronika Zerdeva

Litigation Executive

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Savannah Evans

Litigation Assistant

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Wajeeha Nasir

Litigation Assistant

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Zain Javed

Litigation Assistant

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Oliver Hinds

Litigation Assistant

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Olivia Mayhew

Litigation Assistant

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Amy Murrer

Litigation Assistant

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Daniel Kelly

Litigation Assistant

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Klaudia Kieltyka

Litigation Assistant

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Ruth Adebayo

Litigation Assistant

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Melissa Menelaou

Litigation Assistant

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Caroline Wheeler

Litigation Assistant

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Erika Daly

Litigation Assistant

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Sehar Ali

Litigation Assistant

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Simran Tandon

Litigation Assistant

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Alex Cain

Litigation Assistant

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Elena Khan

Litigation Assistant

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George Gordziejewicz

Litigation Assistant

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Olivia Bownes

Litigation Assistant

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Blaise Morris

Litigation Assistant

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Julie Taylor

PA to Richard Lowery

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Emma Hynes

Personal Assistant

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Michelle Brookes

Personal Assistant

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Angela Cheetham

PA to William O'Brien

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Lynne Lowing

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Joanne Crook

PA

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Nicola Walters

PA to Ruth Magee

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Pauline Bracewell

PA to Damian Bradley & Jon Andrews

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Charlotte Ford

Legal Secretary

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Chloe Cresswell

Legal Secretary

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Marie Murray

Legal Secretary

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Sarah Irwin

Legal Secretary

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