Insurance Specialists Join Ward Hadaway

Posted on the 9 September 2016

Insurance Specialists Join Ward Hadaway

An experienced team of insurance specialists have joined leading North law firm Ward Hadaway.

Paul Hughes and Chris Smith have joined the UK Top 100 law firm as Consultants in the Personal Injury team with a combined experience of over 30 years advising insurers, companies and local authorities on claims against them

Paul has over 20 years’ experience in dealing with injury claims on behalf of insurers, self-insured companies and their representatives.

He handles complex and high value claims, including catastrophic injuries, fatalities, stress at work claims and other psychiatric injuries and has experience of dealing with complex inquests.

Paul has advised bus companies on claims for more than 15 years, including major injury cases, inquests, fraudulent claims, credit hire and routine injury claims.

He is also a qualified mediator who has mediated in over 65 personal injury and professional negligence claims over a number of years.

Paul is a member of the Advisory Council to Trust Mediation (a specialist mediation provider for personal injury claims), former deputy head of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers Alternative Dispute Resolution sector focus team and a former member of the Law Society’s Civil Justice Committee.

Chris Smith has over 7 years’ experience in dealing with injury and recovery claims on behalf of insurers, self-insured companies, local authorities and their representatives.

He deals with all forms of injury claims with a particular specialism in investigating and defending fraudulent claims, including leading an investigation into 180 fraudulent injury claims against a local authority.

Chris also deals with complex liability disputes and recovery claims.

Paul Hughes said: "Ward Hadaway is a firm with a great reputation for quality and client care so I am delighted to be joining the team here.

"Having worked in the North East legal sector for a number of years, it is a firm I know well. I am looking forward to working with my colleagues in the Personal Injury team and across the firm to deliver high quality legal support to our clients."

Chris Smith said: "It is great to be working with Paul again at such an excellent firm.

"Ward Hadaway already works with many of the region's leading companies and public sector bodies so we are looking forward to the prospect of offering our expertise to help those organisations to deal with injury claims and associated issues."

Roger O'Donnell, Partner and Head of Personal Injury at Ward Hadaway, said: "Paul and Chris are great additions to the Personal Injury team.

"Their wealth of experience advising insurers, companies and local authorities on dealing with a wide range of injury claims further strengthens the team and widens the range of expertise and support which we can offer to our clients.

"Their expertise and ability are great assets to the firm and will stand us in good stead for the future."