Laura is a seasoned personal injury practitioner with particular expertise in complex brain injury claims but her practice covers the whole range of personal injuries whatever the cause including multiple orthopaedic injuries and psychiatric injuries.
She is often chosen to represent vulnerable individuals in cases where there was a pre-existing vulnerability, learning disability or underlying illness which complicates quantum.
Notable Personal Injury cases
JXX v See Woo Foods Limited
Serious traumatic brain injury to manual worker with osteoarthritis pre-accident and a low IQ, who spoke little English, had never lived independently pre-accident. Settlement of £2.4m negotiated against a silk. (2020)
JXP v PXB
Serious brain injury to a boy aged 7 causing acute behavioural difficulties with suicidal ideation requiring special education and resulting in a very significant risk of developing epilepsy. Laura took over from silk and junior; marshalled intricate expert evidence relating to academic and career trajectory, attainment of capacity and secured settlement of £1.9m on a provisional basis after a failed JSM against a silk, by taking a judicious approach to further evidence. (2020)
Bishop v Broomfield & Privilege Insurance UK Limited
18-year old girl, not seat belted, thrown out of car driven by drunk friend resulting in T5 paraplegia. Led in this case by Andrew Ritchie QC of chambers Laura prepared a 78 page compellingly crafted schedule with complex projections of earnings, alternative approaches on accommodation and stepped care needs and a novel claim for expenses associated with management of her award. The schedule contributed to a settlement (on a lump sum + PPO basis) equating to £12m after 2 failed JSM’s and a failed mediation. (2020)
D v Forrest
Hypoxic brain and leg injuries in accident when car reversed over the Claimant. Capacity to litigate and manage finances on a knife edge. Overcame difficult arguments on capacity, extent of care need for self caring and largely independent woman with executive problems to steer the case to a settlement of £2.85m against a silk.
MGPS v Spencer and Liberty Specialist Markets Limited
Brain damage to teenage girl as a result of road traffic accident resulting in hemiplegia and devastating behavioural problems. Negotiated a settlement against a silk of £3.1m and PPO’s of £93,375 net of contributory negligence at 1/3 equating to a lump sum valuation of approximately £10m.
H v Storfer
RTA mild brain injury and functional neurological disorder, young woman. Night before JSM Defendant alleged fundamental dishonesty. Reasoned powerful negotiation secured a settlement of £300,000 against silk (2020)
ZF1 v Richer Sounds Limited
Liability denied claim; fall backwards down flight of stairs at work, head and back injuries. Claimant had no memory of accident which was not witnessed though there was some grainy CCTV footage. My detailed analysis of the evidence in the context of law on workplaces since the Enterprise Act 2013 and experienced confident predictions of value based on likely further expert evidence resulted in an apportioned settlement of £1.3m on a 60/40 basis in the Claimant’s favour approved by court. (2020)