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Personal Injury advice with strength and sensitivity

Winter 2010
Christmas in full colour!

Seasons greetings from Irwin Mitchell                                       Irwin Mitchell recently organised a
Irwin Mitchell would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and       drawing competition to celebrate
Happy New Year. As with previous years, and as part of the firms social     Christmas with the winning entry
responsibility programme we have made a donation to the Access for
Justice Foundation Charity to replace the number of traditional cards we
                                                                            adorning the cover of this edition of
send.                                                                       IMpulse.

The Access to Justice Foundation was established to distribute additional   We received lots of entries and every one of the pictures was
financial resources that will help to get free of charge (pro bono) legal   fantastic, meaning it was exceptionally hard to choose an
                                                                            overall winner. However, after much debate the winner of the
assistance to those who need it most. More details about their work can
                                                                            competition was Alex Joseph Sargent (age 8) from Emmaus
be found by visiting:                 School in Sheffield. Alex has won £50 in gift vouchers,
                                                                            plus a donation to his school so they can buy some new
                                                                            art equipment. In second place was William Scott (age 5)
                                                                            from Beighton Nursery and Infant School, Sheffield, and in
Everyone at Irwin Mitchell would like to take                               third place was Lucy-May Lapidge (age 8 ¾) from Emmaus
                                                                            School, Sheffield.
this opportunity to wish you a wonderful
Christmas and a peaceful New Year.                                          We would like to thank everyone who took part and
                                                                            many congratulations to the winners.


                                                                                                         Alex Joseph Sargent
                                                                                                         (age 8)


William Scott
(age 5)


Lucy-May Lapidge
(age 8 ¾)
SNAPS Big T within IM
Developments Awards

The first ever SNAPS Big T Awards recognising the selfless
contributions of individuals who make a real difference to the lives of
others was held in Leeds in September.

A Leeds based charity, Special          Sam Grundy, Chair of SNAPS said:
Needs and Parental Support (SNAPS)
was established by, and for, parents    “The Big T awards gave the families
who have children with a disability.    we work with a chance to say a Big
Together with Irwin Mitchell’s          Thank You to the people who have
specialist personal injury team, the    made a positive difference to their
charity organised the awards after      children’s lives. An extra special thank
realising how many people there are     you goes out to the winners of the
making fantastic contributions to the   awards who all do such fantastic jobs
lives of others.                        and really do make a difference to
                                        many family’s lives.”
Supported by many charities from
across the region including: People     Rachelle Mahapatra, head of the
in Action, Leeds Mencap, Little         medical negligence law team at Irwin
Hiccups, ABC and Daisychain             Mitchell, Leeds, added:
Support Groups, the winners were
announced at a ceremony held            “After such an exciting and rewarding
at Irwin Mitchell’s Leeds office        award ceremony, we can’t wait for
and alongside the awards, the           next year’s awards! It has definitely
hosts organised a Big T Party with      proved to be a huge success in
cupcakes provided by celebrity          acknowledging the wonderful work
cupcake favourite Fancie. The           of all the nominees and winners. The
SNAPS 2011 calendar, starring           awards recognise those individuals,
families who benefit from the work      teams or organisations that have
of the charity, was also officially     gone the extra mile in supporting
launched.                               families with a child with a disability
                                        and are an opportunity to say thanks
The Lord Mayor presented the            to the people who make a big
awards to winners Lorna Dunn,           difference.”
Teaching Assistant at Garforth
Community College, Leeds; Elaine        For further information on SNAPS           And the winners are…
Parr and Michael Moran, bus escorts     or should you wish to purchase a           Top picture: Lord Mayor with Friends of Lucy Mai charity
for Green Meadows Nursery and           calendar, visit their website at:
School, Guiseley and Mel Midgeley,                       Middle picture: Award nominee Thomas Blagg of the
Community Nursery Nurse at                                                         Weekenders project looking at the calendars with his family
Seacroft Clinic, Leeds.
                                                                                   Bottom picture: Lord Mayor with the Daisy Chain Support
Football legend and solicitors support charity launch!                                                                                              5

Newcastle Footballing Legend ‘Supermac’ Malcolm MacDonald and a team
from Irwin Mitchell, Newcastle, have joined forces to help North East mothers
launch a new charity - BRAINBOX.
BRAINBOX is a new independent service that will provide crucial            John Davis commented:
advice and support to families facing the challenges of coping with a
young person with a brain injury.                                          “People rarely realise the challenges that dealing with a young
                                                                           person with a brain injury can bring. Symptoms can include: memory
A group of volunteers will be giving up their free time to run a 24 hour   loss, shortened temper, cognitive difficulties and in some cases, a
advice helpline                                                            complete personality change.

John Davis, Regional Managing Partner at Irwin Mitchell, is actively       “I know from my own experience that an organisation like BRAINBOX
involved with the charity and is Chair of BRAINBOX.                        will fulfil a vital function to many families in the region.”

Former England and Newcastle United star, Malcolm MacDonald is             BRAINBOX’s Julie Cordon said:
supporting the charity and acts as Patron for BRAINBOX.
                                                                           “BRAINBOX will provide a listening ear, counselling, advocacy and
BRAINBOX was launched in November 2009 and has been working                mentoring to help improve the well-being of the whole family, not just
hard since then to establish, organise and promote the charity as          the person most directly affected by the injury.
well as setting up the telephone advice service and training the
telephone volunteers.                                                      “A brain injury to a child can understandably prove to be a complete
                                                                           shock for relatives and BRAINBOX will be there to help whenever it’s
On Friday 1st October 2010, the first group of BRAINBOX volunteers         needed – whether that‘s for a general chat in the afternoon or to help
completed their training and they attended the IM Newcastle office to      deal with a family crisis at three in the morning.”
be presented with their training certificates by Malcolm MacDonald.
Supermac’s appearance in the office caused much excitement and             For further details about BRAINBOX, please contact:
enthusiasm from the Newcastle staff, even though many of whom
were too young to remember seeing him in action in his heyday.             Email:
Malcolm presented each of the volunteers with their certificates.          Telephone: 0800 0124027
Meerkat mischief cheers
Developments within IM up children

All kinds of animals, especially those of a mischievous meerkat, entertained and
enthralled children and adults alike at The Foundation for Conductive Education’s
annual party, which was held recently at the charity’s headquarters in Cannon Hill
House, Birmingham.
The Foundation was established to help provide a better quality of life for children affected by conditions such as cerebral
palsy and dyspraxia and this, the third annual party, saw the children joined by their parents and families in what was an
exciting fun filled day of activities and attractions which included a picnic, face painting and an animal presentation by
Tropical Inc.

The event was hosted by Irwin Mitchell and partner Lisa Jordan, a medical negligence law expert who said:

“The event was a great success. Children who attend the Foundation, were accompanied by their parents and carers
and they joined in the fun with staff and volunteers from Irwin Mitchell, who attended with their own children.”

During the day youngsters came face to face with animals including: a corn snake, a carpet python, a rainforest frog, a
desert hedgehog, a skunk, a bearded lizard, a kookaburra and even a turtle that had been rescued from a Birmingham
canal! They were even allowed to touch some of the creatures, though no-one chose to cosy up too close to the

Everyone who attended had a wonderful time and the event was considered a real breakthrough success for the
Foundation and the children it helps and supports. It has to be said however, that the behaviour of one particularly cute
little chap was responsible for more than his fair share of the entertainment. Lisa explains:

“Whilst the face painting and the picnic were great fun, the highlight of the party was without doubt the animal
presentation and, in particular, a meerkat who stole the show and was loved by the children and adults alike.

 “Events like this party offer a chance for children, parents and carers to bond and engage in stimulating and fun
activities. We were delighted to have the opportunity to get involved with the charity which makes such a difference to
the lives of the children and their families.”

For further information on the Foundation for Conductive Education visit their website at:
Respite is the glue that sticks families together

Irwin Mitchell, Caudwell Children and Acorns Children’s Hospice recently held
a fringe reception at the Conservative Party Conference to highlight the need
to protect and support residential and short break respite care for families with
disabled children.
Entitled ‘Respite is the glue that sticks
families together’ the hugely successful
and prestigious event was addressed
by speakers including: Anne Milton MP,
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State
(Department of Health); David Strudley, Chief
Executive of Acorns Children’s Hospice and
Jackie Griffiths, Families Ambassador at
Caudwell Children.

In setting the agenda for the discussions, the
organisers’ established their mission to:

• Have funding for respite services ring-
  fenced to ensure families are able to
  access these vital services in their area
  both now and in the future.
• Promote and deliver volunteer-led short
  break respite services, ensuring families       Irwin Mitchell                                      the benefits of respite services, and we are
  with disabled children gain access to           Mandy Luckman, partner at the Birmingham            excited about working in partnership with
  leisure facilities.                             office of Irwin Mitchell, said:                     such a well regarded charity.”
• Promote early intervention via charity and
  not-for-profit community organisations,         “Many of our clients who care for severely          For further information on Caudwell
  preventing costly social care and medical       disabled children or vulnerable adults with         Children, please visit their website at:
  intervention in later life.                     special needs, tell us that respite care is
• Engage with the ‘Big Society’ to promote        critical in allowing them to continue in their
  and deliver volunteer-led projects.             roles as carers. Sometimes just one night off       Acorns Children’s Hospice
                                                  a month to enable a carer to have a good            Chief Executive, David Strudley spoke on
Vital role                                        night’s sleep or an afternoon out to recharge       behalf of Acorns Children’s Hospice, a charity
Through a range of interesting presentations,     the batteries, can make the vital difference        offering a network of care for life limited and
delegates shared insight into the vital role      between feeling able to cope or overwhelmed         life threatened children and young people and
that respite services play in helping to reduce   and unable to carry on.”                            their families across the heart of England.
family breakdown and the need for expensive
social care and medical intervention. Respite     Caudwell Children                                   “We currently care for nearly 600 children
has been shown to help sustain family             Caudwell Children is a national children’s          and young people but in our region alone,
caregiver health and wellbeing, avoid or          charity providing donations of specialist           there is an estimated additional 1,000 more
delay out-of-home placements and reduce           equipment, treatment and therapies to sick          children that could benefit from our support,
the likelihood of abuse and neglect. It can       and disabled children living in the UK. The         demonstrating the significant need for respite
take place in a variety of settings either at     charity also provides short break respite           care.
home; a few hours a day at a day centre; in       through its Family Support Services and
a residential home or with a separate family      has arranged 300 short break and respite            “The service we provide helps relieve the
approved through the Adult Placement              opportunities with trained volunteers within        huge pressure our families face having to deal
Service.                                          one Local Authority during the last 6 months.       with children with complex needs every single
                                                  Trudi Beswick, Chief Executive at Caudwell          day. It’s not unusual for us to be described by
The importance of the issues raised was           Children said:                                      them as a vital lifeline.
supported by facts which indicate that over
25% of lone parents have a disabled child;        “We have first hand experience of the extreme       “Much of our success in delivering these
as many as 53% of parents of a disabled           pressure full-time care places on the family        services is a result of working in partnership,
child have reported relationship problems or      unit and the sometimes devastating effects.         and we are very excited to be able to put the
breakdown and that up to 73% of disabled          We have also been instrumental in providing         spotlight on this importance issue and how it
children have no access to leisure or days        families with short break and family support        can be addressed at this event.”
out.                                              to alleviate some of these pressures and
                                                  introduce additional happiness into family life.”   For further information on the Acorns
                                                                                                      Children’s Hospice, please visit their
                                                  “This event provides an ideal platform for          website at:
                                                  Caudwell Children and Acorns to explain
One small step for Irwin Mitchell...                                                                                             9

A celebration to mark the launch of the recently opened Irwin Mitchell Leicester
consulting office took place at the National Space Centre in Leicester on
Thursday 14th October 2010. Up to 100 guests, including representatives
from key businesses, charities and health professionals from across the East
Midlands, attended the special evening reception and were treated to canapés
and space cocktails throughout the night!

Storm Troopers greeted guests on arrival and then
mingled with guests, as they explored the unique
setting of the Space Centre Rocket Tower during the
first part of the evening. After a welcome address
by partner Adrian Budgen, guests navigated their
way through the interactive space exhibition and
those brave enough took the journey to Europa the
Ice Moon on the simulator! Feedback from the event
has been extremely positive describing the night as
“memorable” and “thoroughly enjoyable event” in
such a “unique and exciting venue.”

The new venture will offer Leicestershire an unrivalled
level of legal advice in the fields of personal injury,
medical negligence as well as the business and private
client services, and provide greater access for clients to
their specialist legal advisors.

Leicestershire clients’ cases will be dealt with by
specialist teams at Irwin Mitchell covering areas such
as: serious head and spinal injuries, industrial disease,
medical negligence, asbestos related disease, accidents
at work, family and divorce law, buying and selling
                                                                                       Guests from Headway Leicester and Headway
a property and wills, trusts and probate. Business law services include:               UK with Joanne Witherington from the Sheffield
real estate/property, commercial litigation and corporate and commercial               and Leicester serious injury team

Helen Ashton, one of the partners at Irwin Mitchell who is leading the Leicester
operation, said: “For many years we have provided specialist services to
personal injury clients in Leicester and across the East Midlands from our
offices in Sheffield and Birmingham. Having a physical presence in the city of
Leicester enables us to offer an accessible and localised service to our existing
and future clients. We have always catered for our clients throughout the East
Midlands, but now we are looking to expand our growth in Leicestershire and
the Leicester consulting office is an important part of that development.”

Neil Whiteley, a partner in the Serious Injury Team at Irwin Mitchell, said:
“We are looking forward to continue supporting community projects in the
Leicestershire community over the coming years. The work we do assists our
clients and helps families rebuild their lives from serious injury and, in many
cases, helps to support a lifetime of future care and a better quality of life. This   Helen Ashton, the partner leading the
makes it so important that we have strong links with relevant partners and             Leicester development with Alida Coates and
charities across the region.”                                                          guests from Mesothelioma UK

 Contact details:

 Irwin Mitchell consulting office*: Suite 122 1st Floor, Gateway House, 4 Penman Way, Grove Business Park, Enderby, Leicester
 LE19 1SY Telephone: 0116 289 4622

 * Consultations are by appointment only.
High Hope for Headway

  Headway in Glasgow had high hopes of raising much needed charity funds
  when it organised a climb of Ben Hope, the most northerly Munro (or for
  those South of the border, Mountain over 3000ft) in Scotland this summer.
 Joining representatives from Headway were Irwin Mitchell        Elaine Russell commented:
 intrepid explorers David Bell and Alistair Barbour who helped
 raise £715 for the charity.                                     “It was invaluable speaking to different people with acquired
                                                                 brain injury and to learn about the support that is provided by
 After the climb, the two exhausted volunteers attended the      the drop-in centre. We spoke about issues that someone with
 Glasgow Headway drop-in centre and together with partner,       an acquired brain injury faces and the difficulties and stigmas
 Elaine Russell, they presented a cheque to Headway. Whilst at   they encounter. The whole visit was a real learning experience
 the centre, which is run by Simon Glen, who also completed      for us. Thanks to David and Alistair for giving up their free time
 the climb, David, Alistair and Elaine spent time speaking to    as the money raised will really assist Headway Glasgow.”
 people with acquired brain injury.
                                                                 For further information on Headway, please visit their website
Upcoming events                                                                                                    11

  Keeping Treatment Records and                                 2nd UK Paediatric Neuropsychology
  Financial Issues for Injured People                           Symposium: Rehabilitation and
                                                                Educational Support
  Date:       16th February 2011
                                                                Date:      28th February – 4th March 2011
  Venue:      Academic Centre, The James Cook
              University Hospital, Marton Road,                 Venue:     UCL Institute of Child Health, London
              Middlesborough, TS4 3BW

  Unravelling The Mental Capacity Act                           Brain Injury Social Work Group Spring
  - Is the Mental Capacity Act (2005)                           Conference 2011
  delivering on its promises?
                                                                Date:      5th April 2011
  Date:       10th March 2011
                                                                Venue:     The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
  Venue:      Leicester Marriott Hotel
  Details:    FREE conference for health and
              social care professionals
              Full programme to be confirmed
              Key note speaker - Martin John,
              Office of the Public Guardian


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