When you instruct City Lawyers to act on your behalf you will be represented by a qualified lawyer. All of our lawyers are either qualified solicitors or Fellows of the Institute of Legal Executives. In addition to being represented by a qualified lawyer, you will also be represented by a lawyer who specialises only in personal injury and clinical negligence work. Many other firms do not offer such a high level of service, instead appointing "claims handlers or litigation executives" to conduct claims on a clients' behalf. We recommend that when considering who to appoint you should seek clarification of whether or not that person is professionally qualified.
Virginia has practised in Personal Injury Law since qualifying as a solicitor in 1992. She was head of the Personal Injury Team at Sherrards solicitors where she worked for 11 years before leaving to establish City Lawyers in April 2004, where she is one of the current Directors of the Company.
Virginia is a Member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (“APIL") and has a wealth of experience in both personal injury and clinical negligence work. She has a particular interest in catastrophic injury cases including head injury, spinal injury and amputee cases. She has additionally dealt with cerebal palsy cases following mismanagement at birth.
Virginia is committed to the rehabilitation of accident victims and understands the importance of working with Claimants and their families to rebuild lives.
Louise specialises in both Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Litigation. She was part of the establishment of City Lawyers in 2004 and is one of the current Directors of the Company.
She gained experience in the Insurance Industry before she started to practice in Personal Injury Law in 1993. She qualified as a Legal Executive in 2001.
Louise is a Member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (“APIL") and The Travel and Tourism Lawyers’ Association (“TATLA"). As well as having a broad range of experience in various types of injury claims, she has a special interest in acting for clients who have suffered a head injury as a result of an accident or clinical negligence.
Her other special interest is representing people injured whilst on holiday/abroad. This is a niche area of Personal Injury Law mainly against Tour Operators. Louise has recently acted for a client who was successful in bringing a claim against a large UK tour operator. This was a hotly contested case for many years, which was finally decided in her client’s favour in the Court of Appeal.
Louise enjoys a challenge and is prepared to fight hard on behalf of her clients. This has been evidenced by the fact that she has successfully challenged decisions to the Court of Appeal. She has also successfully pursued many cases where other firms have advised the client that they have little prospect of success.
Louise is committed to fighting for access to justice.
John qualified as a solicitor in 1977 and has worked in personal injury law throughout his professional life. He has a wealth of experience in all types of accident claims.
He prides himself upon a focus on client care and satisfaction and the fullest and speediest possible medical rehabilitation of the accident victims whom he represents in addition to maximising their financial compensation.
John specialises in claims arising out of
- Road collisions - driver, passenger, cyclist, pedestrian; including fatal
- Employer’s liability - manual handling, construction site, machinery and working at heights; including fatal
- Public liability - occupiers, highway, Animals Act and sports, including winter sports; product liability; public health
- Inquest representation
- Criminal injuries and assaults
John is accredited as a senior litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. He is a committed supporter of the Road Victims Trust.
John received the accolade of being recognised in Chambers and Partners Guide to UK Lawyers 2009 as: “thoughtful, detailed, probing and aware, noted for his good judgement and utter commitment to obtaining the best results for his clients", and in the 2010 Guide as a “key individual and senior statesman best known for his work on RTA and campaigning on road safety issues." He is described in Chambers and Partners 2011 Guide as a "personal injury stalwart".
Nicola trained and qualified as a Solicitor at one of the top City law firms, Freshfields in 1994 where she then worked as a commercial litigator. She joined City Lawyers in 2007 and has since worked on a wide range of personal injury and clinical negligence matters.