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Aaron Harrison

Junior Cost Draftsman

Aaron Harrison is currently working as a Costs Assistant within the Costs department. He joined Oakwood Solicitors through an apprenticeship as a Business Administrator in the Administration department in 2017. Aaron developed his skills over a year-long period within the Administration department, completing his Business Admin NVQ and earned himself a position as a Costs Assistant…

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Abbie Keech

Solicitor and Managing Director

Abbie Keech started working at Oakwood Solicitors in 2004 as a Paralegal in the Road Traffic Accident department. Abbie became Head of the department in 2010, becoming a Director and a Solicitor at the same time. She then went on to lead the Clinical Negligence, Employment and Psychological Injury departments. She took over as Managing…

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Adeela Naz

Paralegal - Psychiatric Injury

Adeela Naz has been with Oakwood Solicitors since 2015. Adeela is a Paralegal working within the Psychiatric Injury department, specialising in Psychiatric Injury claims arising as a result of work-related stress, harassment and excessive workload cases. Last year Adeela obtained a TQUK Level 2 certificate in Awareness of Mental Health Problems.

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Alex Lee

Solicitor - Medical Negligence

Alex Lee joined Oakwood Solicitors Ltd as a Solicitor in November 2020. Alex studied the MLaw (LPC Exempting) degree at Northumbria University where she graduated with a 2.1. Before moving to Leeds, Alex spent 4 years working in Liverpool on a range of clinical negligence claims. She has experience working on high-value and complex clinical…

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Alex Singleton

Paralegal - Employers' and Public Liability

Alex Singleton joined Oakwood Solicitors in April 2021 as an experienced Paralegal, having worked in Personal Injury since 2018. Currently, Alex works in the Employers’ Liability and Public Liability department, where she ensures Claimants receive the best outcome in their claim for compensation. Prior to joining Oakwood Solicitors, Alex achieved a law degree from BPP…

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Angie Kayles

Paralegal - Wills and Probate

Angie Kayles is a Paralegal working within the Wills and Probate team. She joined Oakwood Solicitors in March 2014 and has worked her way up from starting out in the Administration team. Angie assists the Wills and Probate solicitors with all aspects of their day to day workload including, but not limited to, drafting Wills, preparing…

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Asimah Ali

Trainee Solicitor- Industrial Disease

Asimah Ali is currently a Trainee Solicitor in the Industrial Disease Department. Asimah started working at Oakwood Solicitors in October 2016, shortly after completing the Legal Practice Course in July 2016. She initially started as a Legal Assistant in the Psychiatric Injury Department, assisting two solicitors in their workload. Asimah then moved into the Mortgage…

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Beverley Barker

Paralegal - Employers' and Public Liability

Beverley Barker is an experienced Paralegal in our Employers’ and Public Liability Department, having begun her career at Thompsons Solicitors in Sheffield in 1997.   She has also worked for Irwin Mitchell, Ison Harrison, Walker Morris and is one of the original members of the Oakwood Solicitors team. Beverley deals solely with Claimant work and…

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Callum Morton

Paralegal - Psychiatric Injury

Callum Morton started working for Oakwood Solicitors in 2012 as a member of our Administration team. He has since moved on to become a Paralegal in our Psychiatric Injury department, as well as assisting with various other areas of Litigation. Callum has worked within the Psychiatric Injury department for five years, initially vetting and handling incoming…

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Carol Cook

Head of Department - Medical Negligence

Carol Cook joined Oakwood Solicitors in May 2017 to lead the Medical Negligence department. She handles a wide range of Clinical and Dental Negligence claims and has a specialist interest in Birth Injuries. Carol has years of experience in handling complex clinical and Dental Negligence claims securing substantial amounts of damages for her clients. Carol studied her…

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Ceridwen Daly

Litigation Executive - Psychiatric Injury

Ceridwen Daly is a Litigation Executive working within the Psychiatric Injury department. She is experienced at handling high-value claims, having specialised in serious Road Traffic Accidents since 2012. Ceridwen is also experienced in dealing with mental health conditions, having specialised in Mental Health Complaints when working as a Case Manager for the Healthcare Commission. She…

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Chantelle Williams

Legal Assistant - Medical Negligence

Chantelle Williams graduated from the University of Huddersfield in 2020 with a 2:1 Law Degree, and is currently working as a Legal Assistant in the Medical Negligence department at Oakwood Solicitors. Alongside working full time, Chantelle is currently studying her Legal Practice Course part-time at the University of Law to further her ambition of becoming…

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Charlotte Bandawe

Solicitor and Head of Wills and Probate

Charlotte Bandawe is our Head of Wills and Probate department, leading a team of three other colleagues. Charlotte is also a member of Solicitors For the Elderly (SFE). View her SFE listing here. Testimonial for Charlotte

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Daniel Masterton-Doig

Paralegal - Financial Litigation

Daniel Masterton-Doig is a Paralegal in the Financial Litigation Department and acts on behalf of a number of clients in relation to financial misselling, breach of contract and breach of trust matters. Daniel comes from a financial services background, having previously worked in commercial insurance underwriting, mortgage underwriting and credit insurance broking. This experience leaves Daniel…

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Danielle Lightfoot

Director, Solicitor and Head of Financial Litigation

Danielle Lightfoot is a Director and our Head of the Financial Litigation Department. Danielle joined the firm as a Paralegal in 2011 and qualified as a solicitor in October 2014. She has acquired extensive experience in high value, complex litigation traversing numerous practice areas. Danielle is a specialist in financial miss-selling matters, with a particular…

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Daryl Ross Smith

Paralegal - Employment

Daryl Ross Smith joined Oakwood Solicitors as a Paralegal in October 2018. Daryl finished his degree in Forensic Science at Northumbria University, before completing the GDL and the LPC LLM at the University of Law in Leeds. When he began working at Oakwood, he initially worked in the Criminal Injury department before finding his true…

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Emma Piorkowska

Solicitor and Assistant Head of Department - Psychiatric Injury and Employment

Emma Piorkowska joined Oakwood Solicitors in October 2009 and qualified as a Solicitor in September 2013. Emma works in our Psychiatric Injury and Employment departments, specialising in Work-Related Stress claims. She is fully committed to providing her clients with straightforward, practical advice. Emma has extensive experience in Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Employment Disputes and Civil Discrimination claims.

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Gabrielle Henry

Paralegal - Criminal Injury

Gabrielle Henry joined Oakwood Solicitors Ltd in September 2021 and is a Legal Assistant in the Criminal Injury Department. Initially, Gabrielle completed work experience with Oakwood Solicitors within the Clinical Negligence department, however, this progressed into a role in Criminal Injury. Prior to her role at Oakwood Solicitors, Gabrielle worked in hospitality but is now…

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Helen Thompson

Costs Assistant

Helen Thompson recently joined Oakwood Solicitors Ltd in July 2021 and is currently working as a Costs Assistant within the Costs department. Helen completed her degree in Modern Languages with Business from the University of Nottingham in 2018. Prior to her role at Oakwood Solicitors, Helen worked in customer service and is now looking forward…

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Ian Abel

Solicitor and Head of Employment

Ian is a solicitor and qualified in February 2009. He specialises in and deals exclusively with Employment law. Ian has a unique skillset that allows him to provide commercial and pragmatic advice, primarily focusing on the impact this has on the day to day operations of a business. His particular specialisms include large scale restructuring…

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Jade Glover

Solicitor - Medical Negligence

Jade Glover is a Solicitor in the Medical Negligence team. She has worked for the company for over 9 years and completed her training during that time. She has specialised in Personal Injury claims throughout her professional career dealing with both industrial disease and medical negligence claims. Jade now deals with solely medical negligence claims and…

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Jessica Rowson

Director and Head of Psychiatric Injury

Jessica Rowson started as a Paralegal at Oakwood Solicitors in July 2010, qualifying as a Solicitor in September 2013. Following her qualifying as a Solicitor, Jessica established a niche department dealing primarily with Stress at Work claims. She was promoted to Assistant Head of Department in 2014 and took over as Head of Department in 2016,…

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Joseph Hilton

Paralegal - Medical Negligence

Joseph Hilton is currently a Paralegal in the Medical Negligence Department. Joseph started working at Oakwood Solicitors Ltd in 2020 and has completed his Law Degree at The Leeds University, along with his LPC and Masters. Joseph has previous experience in dealing with an array of Clinical Negligence matters and Litigated claims. His experience range…

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Karinel Ellazar

Legal Assistant - Industrial Disease

Karinel Ellazar joined Oakwood Solicitors Ltd in 2021 as a Legal Assistant in the Industrial Disease Department. Prior to joining us, Karinel worked for the Civil Service for over 2 years, in the National Probation Service as a case worker and then for the Government Legal Department as an EL/PL Executive Officer, on behalf of…

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Karla Samwell

Head of Administration

Karla Samwell is Head of our Administration department, having worked her way up from secretary to the Employment Department when she first started with the company in 2013. She has experience in many different areas of law but enjoys the role in the Administration department, as it is varied and no two days are the…

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Katherine Booth-Law

Solicitor - Wills and Probate

Katherine Booth-Law is a Solicitor working within the Wills and Probate department, having trained and qualified at Oakwood Solicitors. She strives to provide a professional and inclusive service to all her clients, ensuring that their needs are met. As a member of Solicitors for the Elderly and a Dementia Friend, she has a greater understanding…

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Kathryn Stitt

Trainee Solicitor - Medical Negligence

Kathryn Stitt is a Trainee Solicitor in the Medical Negligence Department, having commenced her training contract at Oakwood Solicitors in September 2021. Kathryn was previously a Paralegal in the Medical Negligence Department and she hopes to qualify as a Solicitor in March 2023. After graduating with a 2.1 LLB Law Degree from the University of Birmingham in…

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Katie Bell

Director, Solicitor Advocate and Head of Costs

Katie Bell is a Director, Solicitor, Higher Rights Advocate Civil Proceedings, who is the Head of the Cost Department. Katie has worked for the firm since November 2010, specialising in Cost Litigation since 2015. Katie deals with all areas of Cost Litigation for the firm from start to completion. She has worked in Payment Protection…

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Kaye Barnard

Solicitor - Psychiatric Injury

Kaye Barnard has worked for over ten years within the legal industry, gaining extensive experience in both Civil Litigation and Personal Injury claims of varying complexity. She completed her training and qualified as a Solicitor in November 2012. Kaye joined Oakwood Solicitors in June 2015 as a Solicitor in the Psychiatric Injury Department and now…

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Kelly Ruddiman

Junior Cost Draftsmen

Kelly Ruddiman started working for the firm in September 2014 in the Admin Department and moved to the Costs Department to be a Costs Assistant in July 2016. She has developed skills in drafting Bills of Costs, Schedules, Estimates and Statements of Costs. Kelly has also completed a Business Admin Level 3 NVQ and is…

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Laura White

Paralegal - Psychiatric Injury

Laura White joined Oakwood Solicitors in December 2014 and is a Paralegal in the Psychiatric Injury department. Laura is regularly instructed to act on behalf of claimants, in respect of workplace claims relating to Bullying, Harassment, Sexual Harassment, Assault, Unfair Treatment, Breach of Duty of Care and Excessive Workload. She is committed to assisting her…

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Lauren Heppell

Solicitor and Deputy Head of Department - Medical Negligence

Lauren Heppell has worked at Oakwood Solicitors Ltd since January 2013, graduating from university with a 2.1 LLB Law Degree with Honours and her LPC qualification. She started as a Paralegal with Oakwood Solicitors Ltd and qualified as a Solicitor in April 2016. She has specialised in Personal Injury claims throughout her professional career dealing…

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Liam Hill

Solicitor - Industrial Disease

Liam Hill is a Solicitor working within the Industrial Disease Team, having trained and qualified at Oakwood Solicitors. Liam joined us in 2013 after successfully completing the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law and having studied Law at Lincoln University. Down-to-earth in his approach to legal advice, he is enthusiastic in ensuring the Claimants…

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Lottie Walker

Legal Executive - Industrial Disease

Lottie Walker joined Oakwood Solicitors Ltd in March 2020. She is very experienced in the field of Industrial Disease claims after acting for defendants from 2009, before making the move to represent claimants in 2018. She has therefore gained experience on both sides of a claim and has found her home acting for the suffering/injured…

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Lowri-Ashley Greaves

Legal Assistant - Psychiatric Injury

Lowri-Ashley Greaves graduated from the University of Derby in 2017 with a 2:1 law degree, having developed an interest in Personal Injury matters throughout the course of her studies. Lowri joined the the Stress At Work/Psychiatric Injury department as a legal assistant and handles her own caseload. She is a vocal advocate of mental health…

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Manita Birdi

Solicitor - Psychiatric Injury and Employment

Manita Birdi started at Oakwood Solicitors as a newly-qualified Solicitor in October 2018, working in our Psychiatric Injury and Employment departments. She has over three years’ experience in Personal Injury, Road Traffic Accidents (RTA), Employers’ and Public Liability and now Psychiatric Injury and Employment claims.

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Millie Swaby-Pritchard

Paralegal - Criminal Injury

Millie Swaby-Pritchard joined Oakwood Solicitors Ltd in October 2020 and is a Paralegal in the Criminal Injury department. Millie finished her Law degree with the Open University in 2019 and completed the LPC with a Masters in Law, Business and Management at the University of Law in June 2020. Alongside her paralegal role, Millie is…

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Natasha Golding

Solicitor - Industrial Disease

Natasha Golding has been at Oakwood Solicitors since February 2016, and has many years’ experience within the legal industry. She has conducted claims both in and out of the Portal, and also those which have subsequently been litigated. In this period, she has managed to obtain compensation for numerous satisfied clients, gaining reimbursement of financial losses incurred,…

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Natasha Hardy

Solicitor and Assistant Head of Industrial Disease

Natasha Hardy is a Solicitor specialising in Industrial Disease matters and has experience in handling a wide range of cases including claims for Noise-Induced Hearing Loss & Tinnitus, Hand/Arm Vibration Syndrome & Vibration White Finger, Work Related Upper Limb Disorders, Occupational Dermatitis, Asbestosis, Respiratory & Chest Conditions and Lung Disease. Natasha acts on behalf of…

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Paul McMullan

Deputy Head of Road Traffic Accidents

Paul McMullan is Deputy Head of the Road Traffic Accident Department and joined Oakwood Solicitors in 2010. Paul represents his clients in a wide range of cases, including complex claims and catastrophic injury. His experience in this field ensures that cases are progressed efficiently whilst maintaining a high level of client care. In addition to…

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Paul Shemwell

Senior Litigator - Personal Injury & Housing Disrepair

Paul Shemwell is a Senior Litigator who specialises in complex and high value cases. Paul has over 20 years vast experience of all areas of Personal Injury Law and has an excellent trial success rate. Paul holds the qualifications LLB (Hons) and ACilex and is employed in the Personal Injury and Housing Disrepair Departments at…

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Rabina Khaleeq

Paralegal - Industrial Disease

Rabina Khaleeq is a Paralegal in the Industrial Disease Department. Before joining the firm, Rabina worked at Direct Line Group for 8 years as a Claims Handler predominantly dealing with Road Traffic Accidents from the Defendants perspective. During her time as a Claims Handler,  Rabina had her own case load managing claims from the start…

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Rob Crompton

Head of Personal Injury

Rob Crompton joined Oakwood Solicitors in July 2007 as a Road Traffic Accident Paralegal Fee Earner. Rob has progressed through the organisation and holds the current position of Head of Personal Injury. Rob quickly proved his ability to deal with Road Traffic Accident Claims efficiently and with an extremely high level of innovation and client care.…

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Samantha Clegg

Costs Lawyer - Costs

Samantha Clegg completed her law degree and Legal Practice course prior to working as a Law Costs Draftsman at Irwin Mitchell LLP. She amassed four years’ experience before qualifying as a Costs Lawyer in July 2017. Samantha deals with Costs Litigation from the start until completion, preparing Costs Budgets and Bill of Costs, dealing with…

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Sara Montgomery

Paralegal - Medical Negligence

Sara Montgomery graduated from University in 2017 with a 2:1 Law Degree. During her final year of studies, she started working in the New Enquiries team at Oakwood Solicitors Ltd in April 2017. In May 2018, Sara began working in the Clinical Negligence department as an assistant before quickly progressing to the role of Paralegal.…

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Sarah Hull

Consultant - Family Law

Sarah Hull is a Family Law Consultant. Sarah is adept at understanding and managing difficult issues, involving settlements including High Net Worth Assets, Company Structures, Family-Owned Businesses, Trusts, Bitcoin and Pensions. Sarah acts for clients from all walks of life both regionally and nationally. Her clients value her sympathetic and understanding manner, backed by a…

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Stephanie Eatwell

Paralegal - Financial Litigation

Stephanie Eatwell joined Oakwood Solicitors in October 2016 as a Legal Administrator, having completed her (NVQ) in Business Admin Level 2 in her first year here. In early 2019, Stephanie was promoted to Deputy Head of Department in the Admin Team and was Acting Head of Department from May 2019-Jan 2020 due to staff leave.…

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Tim Driver

Paralegal - Road Traffic Accidents

Tim Driver has been handling Road Traffic Accident (RTA) claims since around 2007, dealing with both English and Scottish cases. Tim strives to settle his clients’ claims on the best terms possible, getting them the maximum compensation as quickly and efficiently as he can.

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Tim Fieldhouse

Solicitor and Head of Industrial Disease

Tim Fieldhouse is a Solicitor and Head of our Industrial Disease department. Tim qualified as a Solicitor in 2005 having trained at national law firm Thompsons solicitors. With experience in all areas of Personal Injury law, Tim has assisted many people suffering from irreversible hearing loss, hand symptoms and other illnesses that have developed as…

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