I’m a trainee solicitor in the Military Injury Team, based in Manchester, supporting our veterans and service personnel with:
- Civil claims against the Ministry of Defence for physical and psychological injuries caused by negligence
- Claims under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.
Previously, I was a paralegal specialising in medical negligence for about three years.
What inspired you to get into law?
I didn’t know what I wanted to do for a career while at school, but found that analytical thinking was one of my strengths. I studied science subjects at A-level and started a Masters in chemistry at the University of Sheffield. I enjoyed the academic side of chemistry but found that a human element was missing so I explored alternatives and switched to law.
I got a wide variety of work experience during my degree, ranging from criminal defence work to corporate law at one of the big four accountancy firms. I also co-founded a pro bono legal advice clinic at the law school which continues to this day.
I wanted to help people when I graduated and was drawn to personal injury claims due to the scientific and medical aspect.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
People come to us for help because they need compensation to improve their quality of life and mitigate the financial losses sustained following their injury, which can often be the loss of their military career. This is understandably a difficult time for our clients and we work hard to secure the highest levels of compensation possible for them based on their individual circumstances. The cases we deal with are complex and every successful outcome is rewarding, particularly if the case involves challenging medical or legal issues.
What do you like about working at Irwin Mitchell?
I enjoy being part of a national and diverse team comprising of the UK’s largest personal injury practice. Being part of a wider team lets us help our clients and their families with every aspect of their recovery with broader legal and financial advice.
What do you do away from the office?
When I am not tiring out or looking after my mischievous Irish Terrier, Colin, I enjoy going out and socialising with my friends and family. Occasionally, I will go out for a run or go to the gym but more often than not watching a true crime series is usually more appealing!
“Henry McCabe... in my opinion is the best paralegal any lawyer could wish for, his efficiency, attention to detail, and his patience, know no bounds. Lindsay Wise and her team are caring and more importantly super efficient.” – Former client, 5* Trustpilot Review
"We were assigned Dina Lambourne a senior associate solicitor as our case manager... She was supported by a junior “Henry” who when Dina was not available was also very helpful… I am sure that Henry also did plenty to assist Dina and both were very easy to get on with and have a pleasant re assuring manner.” – Husband of a former client