• Michelle Thomson
  • Newly Qualified Solicitor
  • Newcastle

Working In PLS: Rosie's Story

Rosie PLS dealLike many other 25 year olds, Rosie Mayes is a music fanatic who loves attending live gigs and festivals. Rosie was a history undergraduate at  the University of York when she was involved in a road traffic accident where the car she was travelling in overturned on an icy road.

She was left tetraplegic, with only a limited amount of movement in her right bicep. Rosie spent 10 days in intensive care and was in hospital for a further 10 months, recovering from severe spinal injuries.

Our Serious Injury team represented Rosie in her fight for a settlement package that reflected her complex care needs. The driver’s insurers denied liability on the basis that it was an inevitable accident due to the icy conditions.

The case went to trial on this issue, and the defendant driver was found to be 100% liable for Rosie’s injuries. At the High Court we secured a compensation settlement that will fund the rehabilitation that Rosie needs including a lump sum and annual payments for the rest of her life to cover the costs of vital care and support.

Importantly, her payments are linked to the annual survey of hours and earnings for carers, meaning that as her care costs increase with time, her payments will also increase so she isn’t out of pocket.

Rosie enrolled at the University of Sheffield to finish her degree. She had to learn a new way to study and take her exams, as she couldn’t write lengthy essays and had the services of a scribe during lectures and examinations to successfully complete her studies.

At the start of 2015 we worked with Rosie on a YouTube video series telling her story. More recently, she has attended a number of music events as part of our Access All Areas campaign, which examines the experience of disabled people at gigs and music festivals.

Rosie successfully graduated from the University of Sheffield in July 2015.

Partner Perspective:

Rachael Aram (Partner, Serious Injury team)

Rachael Aram

"For me, personally, it was all about Rosie. At Irwin Mitchell, our client is at the heart of every decision and consideration we make. I found the way Rosie tackled her recovery and rehabilitation to be truly inspiring. She has continued to achieve great things, including graduating from university, after sustaining her spinal cord injury, and it is a credit to her strength and determination that she is where she is now.

"Rosie’s case was extremely litigious in nature, involving many complex legal arguments and at times some novel solutions; it was ground-breaking in many ways. The trainee solicitors involved in her case had the opportunity to work on and consider legal arguments at the forefront of civil proceedings and see exceptional civil litigation advocacy at trial. Their in preparing for trial was invaluable."

Trainee Perspective:

Jo Witherington

Jo Witherington (Solicitor)

"I was given responsibility for co-ordinating a team tasked with preparing the quantum trial bundles. I was also extremely lucky in being given the rare opportunity of attending a contested court hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

"The case was fascinating, complex and heavily contested. As a legal team, the final outcome was made all the more important given the life changing injuries Rosie had sustained."


Your Development

As part of our ongoing and fundamental commitment to the development of our people, we have entered into a unique partnership with the University of Law to create the Irwin Mitchell Academy.

If you join us, the University of Law will guide you through a bespoke PSC course tailored to the area of our firm that you'll be joining.

Your Social Life

We want all our people to have a healthy work-life balance and really enjoy their careers with us.

So as well as working hard for our clients, there's an active social network including sports leagues, monthly drinks, Christmas parties and fund-raising activities for our designated charities.

Whether you’re into football, netball, badminton, rowing, karaoke or just a quiet drink on Friday night, you’ll find someone here willing to join in.

Closing Dates:

2017 Legal Work Placements - Now closed

2019 Training contracts only - 30 June 2017

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