I am a paralegal within the Serious Injury team, based in our Newcastle office. Our team specialises in helping individuals and their families following a serious injury or fatal accident; with a particular interest in helping people who have sustained serious fractures or amputations.
My aim is to secure interim payments on account of a final awards where possible, in order to assist with rehabilitation and aid with quality of life.
The Legal 500 have described our team as “extremely impressive”.
Chambers and Partners have also ranked our team in the regional top band, with a peer commending that when it comes to high value road traffic accident claims, we are difficult to beat.
What inspired you to get into law?
I started working in a law firm as an office junior. I found the work extremely interesting and rewarding and decided that I would like to advance my career in law further. I commenced training as a lawyer through the Chartered Institute of Legal Executive and my career has progressed from an office junior, to a legal secretary and currently to my role as a paralegal. I hope to complete my CILEX qualification in the next couple of years and qualify as a Chartered Legal Executive.
What do you like about working at Irwin Mitchell?
The level of expertise my colleagues have is an inspiration; we all strive for excellence. We are passionate about helping people and making sure clients receive the correct rehabilitation to help them get their lives back on track. We work together sharing ideas and encouraging each other to do the best we can for our clients.
What do you do away from the office?
Away from the office I enjoy spending time with my family, including my two young boys who to spend time outdoor. I also like reading, watching American TV dramas and listening to music.
"From my initial contact with the company to me writing this review, Irwin Mitchell have been excellent and extremely professional. Although the process was complex, Laura, Elaine and Maria kept me up to date with progress and offered calculated advice throughout. I would thoroughly recommend Irwin Mitchell for their professionalism in ensuring a excellent result for me and my family." - 5* Trustpilot review
"It has been a long couple of years of hard work but IM kept up our spirits all the way and thanks to their help my son's family is now financially secure. I would especially like to thank Elaine Malcolm, Maria Harvey, Kim Davies and Laura Gabbey-Cristofini for all their hard work and support in progressing this claim. Their help especially their support in the early days is very much appreciated and we as a family can thoroughly recommend Irwin Mitchell." - 5* Trustpilot review
"After the tragic loss of my husband I was introduced to Maria Harvey who handled my case from start to finish with dignity, empathy and respect. She advised me all the way and kept me fully aware of future communication that could upset me and explained everything to me in layman's terms and didn't have an issue having to explain things more than once to me, she was very patient and understanding of my situation, and the same for the whole team involved in my case including my Barrister Steven." - 5* Trustpilot review
"Maria Harvey helped me with my claim, she was very nice to talk to and I felt listened to throughout my claim. It seemed to move a lot faster than I thought it would and I’d accepted my settlement within 6 months - I was expecting at least 2 years before it would be over. I would definitely recommend Maria she’s great at her job and has a very pleasant persona." - 5* Trustpilot review
"Although it was unfortunate that we had to deal with Irwin Mitchell due to a unfortunate accident we were treated with much care, compassion and always with great honourable dignity. We will always be thankful for Maria Harvey and everyone that has dealt with our case. We can't thank you enough for your time. We would not hesitate to deal with Irwin Mitchell law firm again."- 5* Trustpilot review
"From day one Irwin Mitchell have treated Me and my family with the utmost respect dealing with a very sensitive car accident case. I found them very professional, always offered me advice but never pressured me to take it. Excellent Communication from them at every step. We are very happy we picked this company. Thank you very much to Maria who was assisting us and helped us with every step." - Client