Martin James

Martin James represents people who have sustained serious injuries through no fault of their own. An expert on traumatic injury cases and fatal incidents, he has a sensitive, hands-on and proactive approach to working with families and guiding them through the legal process. He has successfully concluded many cases with settlements of multi-millions of pounds.

Martin qualified in 2003 and joined HCC Solicitors in their Birmingham office from a previous role as the National Head of Serious Injury. Martin is a partner and Chief Operating Officer (COO). His approach has allowed him to achieve numerous landmark results for clients. Never afraid to push the boundaries in pursuit of people’s rights, Martin changed the law for the benefit of injured people seeking interim payments at the Court of Appeal in the case of Berry v Ashead. Another landmark verdict was at the High Court in the case of Lewington v Motor Insurance Bureau where the Judge ruled that the MIB must comply with the applicable EC directive and compensate Ms Lewington for serious injuries caused by an off road vehicle.

Martin is a keen supporter of numerous charities including Brake (the road safety charity), The Spinal Injuries Association and Headway. Recognised in the Legal 500 as an excellent practitioner he is also an accredited serious injury solicitor by the Association of Personal Injury lawyers. Martin also lectures regularly and helps educate people on the subject of personal injury litigation as well as campaigning for the rights of injured and bereaved people.

Polly Herbert

Expertise:

Partner and National Head of Catastrophic Injury, specialising in traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, complex regional pain syndrome and fatal injuries.

Career:

Polly is a Partner and National Head of Catastrophic Injury team at CFG Law. Polly has settled many multi-million-pound catastrophic injury cases, specialising in traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries, complex regional pain syndrome and fatal injuries. Her work in this area means that Polly appreciates the trauma and turmoil her clients can be feeling at this time and strives to put in place the early treatment and support them and their family so desperately need.

Polly has vast experience dealing with serious road traffic collisions and has helped support bereaved families after a fatal accident. Her compassionate nature is key to supporting these clients through this difficult time and ensuring that their immediate needs are met, whether this is financially after the main wage earner in a family has been injured or killed, or emotional support to ensure they are coping with a loss or a life-changing injury.

Clients are given Polly’s direct mobile telephone and home visits are provided to ensure her clients’ needs are met as soon as possible. Due to her commitment to offering the best service possible to her clients, Polly has provided civil law training to Police Family Liaison Officers across England and Wales who provide invaluable support to families.

As Partner and Head of the Serious and Catastrophic Injury team, Polly has helped the team to achieve several awards for their Client First Service:

  • Winners of the ML Awards 2019 & 2020: Personal Injury Team of the Year
  • SIA’s Rebuilding Lives 2019: Torch Trophy Award
  • Law Society Excellence Awards 2019: Excellence in Client Service
  • Law Society Excellence Awards 2020: Highly commended in the Excellence in Client Service category

Memberships:

Leading individuals: Personal Injury - North West - Legal 500

Interests:

Snowboarding, music (more guitars the better) and the general mayhem from having 2 young children!

Hannah Clarke

Expertise:

Hannah specialises in catastrophic and fatal claims involving children and adults, including the brain, spinal cord and amputation injuries.

Career:

Hannah specialises in catastrophic and fatal claims involving children and adults, including the brain, spinal cord and amputation injuries. She is passionate about assisting victims and their families whilst fighting for justice. She has significant experience of representing clients at Inquests and dealing with cases involving road collision, workplace matters, railway and so on.

Hannah appears regularly in the regional and legal media and on local radio and won the ‘Personal Injury Young Achiever of the Year’ category at the 2009 Personal Injury Awards.

Memberships:

She is accredited as a Fellow by the APIL, a member of the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel, Headway and SIA.

Matthew Claxson

Expertise:

Solicitor and a Partner at Moore Barlow LLP, specialising in major trauma and bereavement.

Career:

Matthew is a Solicitor and a Partner at Moore Barlow LLP who have offices in London, Richmond and Southampton. He specialises in representing those who have, through no fault of their own, suffered major trauma or bereavement, claim compensation from the party at fault. A part of this process is the focus on early rehabilitation and interim payments.

Moore Barlow LLP is listed in the independent directory “Legal 500” top tier for serious injury and Matthew is a recognised individual. He is a keen believer in access to justice both through his day to day work and through the charitable organisations which he supports.

Matthew is a panel member of the national road safety charity “RoadPeace” who support those sadly bereaved or seriously injured after a road crash. Matthew is recognised in the national brain injury charity “Headway” directory for the London area and is Secretary for the South of England Group of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyer’s (APIL).

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Rose Gibson

Expertise:

Complex Personal injury, including high-value Catastrophic Injury Claims such as brain injuries, loss of limb, spinal injuries, loss of sight and fatal accidents

Career:

Rose is a partner in the Complex Personal Injury Department of Simpson Millar LLP in Manchester, but travels nationwide.

Trainee Solicitor 1994-1996, Mendelson’s Solicitors, Solicitor 1996-2000, Fentons Solicitors, Partner 2000-2013, Fentons Solicitors, Principal Lawyer, 2013- 2016 Slater and Gordon.

Rose lectures to professional bodies all over the country and abroad in relation to the civil justice system in the UK, and aims to meet all clients personally. She enjoys a challenge and has often succeeded in concluding difficult cases that have been turned away by other law firms. She deals with road traffic collision cases as well as employers’ and public liability personal injury cases. She frequently conducts her own advocacy and inquests. Rose is best known for her empathy and client care. She has a reputation for always delivering the best possible result for her clients, but at the same time ensures that the client is at the centre of the case. She appreciates that when the worst happens, a 9-5 lawyer isn’t sufficient. All clients have access to Rose’s mobile number. Rose has a particular interest and experience in product liability claims in the automotive industry. Manufacturing or design defects can cause accidents as a result of defective brakes, tyres, seat belts or airbag failures and often result in serious injuries. She offers a 0% success fee to all clients, apart from criminal injury claims.

Memberships:

APIL and supporter of the SIA, BRAKE and HEADWAY. Rose is also a member of the Attorneys Information Exchange Group USA.

Interests:

Swimming and keeping fit, dog-walking and motorcycling.