Since qualifying as a Solicitor in 1991 Gavin has specialised in personal injury and clinical negligence cases (though early in his career he did have some Defendant experience) and brings experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to his work. Having first joined us in 1997 and rejoined (after a brief spell away) in 2003 he became a Partner in 2007.
Gavin specialises in a wide variety of complex employers’ liability cases and clinical negligence claims, but particularly catastrophic injury cases including brain injury, spinal injury, amputee cases and Claimants suffering multiple fractures. He has a reputation as somebody who will go the extra mile and fight and chase hard on behalf of his clients.
The fact that a large proportion of his cases are referred to him by solicitors from other firms is testament to his knowledge and expertise.
As well as being committed to ensuring maximum compensation, Gavin is committed working to ensure that his clients get the best rehabilitation possible, to ensure a good quality of life.
He is a member of the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel Accreditation Scheme (since 1995). He has been a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (apil) since 1993, and is an apil accredited Senior Litigator.
Gavin has been appointed by the Court of Protection to act as a Professional Deputy to manage the property and financial affairs of vulnerable adults.
Gavin is recommended for his ‘compendious’ and ‘outstanding knowledge of catastrophic injury cases’. Legal 500 (2017)
Areas of Expertise
Gavin secured damages of over £2 million for a man in his 70s who suffered spinal injuries in a road traffic accident. The claim was complicated by the fact that the client moved to Australia during the life of his case so he had to identify suitable Australian experts.
Gavin took a clinical negligence case to trial in 2014. His client suffered a severe injury to her hand because of an operation that had been performed incorrectly. The injury caused her to have to give up work and require a lot of care and attention. Damages of over £500,000 were awarded which was significantly more than the amount offered by the NHS.
Gavin acted for a young woman who suffered brain injuries of the utmost severity in a road traffic accident when she was in her late teens. The case settled on the door of the Court with approval of the Court. The Claimant was awarded a lump sum of nearly £3 million but more importantly periodical payments of nearly £300,000 per annum for the rest of her life for care and therapy.
He acted for a young man, a Sudanese refugee who was knocked of his push bike by a lorry in Portsmouth. The Defendant vigorously defended the case all the way to a Liability Trial and the client was fully successful at a Trial. Subsequently the case settled for over £100,000. The client suffered severe fractures.
What others say
Gavin has been described by Chambers (2018) as “good at finding experts and negotiating with defendants.” Chambers also recognise him as being a specialist in catastrophic injury claims, receiving regular instructions on head injury, spinal injury and amputation cases.
Legal 500 (2017) also recommend him for ‘compendious’ and ‘outstanding knowledge of catastrophic injury cases’.
Away from the office
Gavin is a keen sportsman. He has played for Havant Hockey Club for over 20 years, and captained his team at Warsash Tennis Club. He also enjoys golf, skiing, yoga and working out in the gym.