Yorkshire and Humberside

The Child Brain Injury Trust’s Legal Support Service Provider for Yorkshire and Humberside is Simpson Millar.

The firm supports and advises families right across the region and is the only law firm working in partnership with the charity in this area.

Simpson Millar has an office in Leeds and has a team of dedicated experts to offer assistance when it is needed on a huge array of legal issues that may affect a family when a child suffers a brain injury.

Key Individuals:

Kate McCue

Kate joined the Clinical Negligence department at Simpson Millar in January 2023 after previously working at Chris Kallis Solicitors in Plymouth. Kate qualified as a solicitor in 2004 and has developed extensive experience in both Personal Injury and Medical Negligence.

Initially Kate started working as a Defendant Solicitor for firms such as Bond Pearce LLP and DAC Beachcroft Claims Ltd. This has allowed Kate to develop a tactical advantage to her cases, using the experience of how a claim is dealt with from a Defendant’s perspective.

In 2015 Kate decided to make the change to represent Claimants rather than Defendants, as she felt that too often Claimants were not obtaining the damages they deserved as a result of tactics from the Defendant. Since then Kate has enjoyed developing her practice and working closely with Claimants to achieve the compensation they deserve.

Kate has obtained significant experience in personal injury claims, but for the last 8 years has specialised in high-value, complex Medical Negligence cases including birth injury cases. She has been involved in high value hypoxic brain injury cases involving injury at birth and in the neonatal period.  Kate has tackled these cases from inception to conclusion with tact and sensitivity given the highly emotive circumstances and assisting families in obtaining rehabilitation throughout the process where needed.

Contacte Kate: kate.mccue@simpsonmillar.co.uk

Jonathan Thursby

Jonathan is an Associate Solicitor in Simpson Millar’s catastrophic/serious Injury department, specialising in serious injury and brain injury.  He has over 15 years of experience in personal injury matters and prides himself on being approachable, and sensitive to the needs of his clients.  He is also practical, with strong attention to detail.  Jonathan recognises not just the need to obtain an appropriate level of damages and future support, but also the need to have rehabilitation put in place early on to assist his clients in their return to as normal a life as possible following their injury.

Jonathan is currently acting on behalf of children who have suffered serious head injuries in road traffic accidents whilst travelling as passengers and whilst they were pedestrians.  In addition, Jonathan acts for children who are injured whilst out and about in a public place.

Contact Jonathan: jonathan.thursby@simpsonmillar.co.uk

Kate Sweeney

Kate is the Head of Clinical Negligence at Simpson Millar, she drives growth and operational excellence across all of her teams, ensuring an optimal client experience.

Kate has extensive experience both in leadership and in the field of Personal Injury. She has 10 years of experience in Clinical Negligence where she handled a wide range of client files as well as managing and growing the team. For the last 16 years, Kate has worked in the area of Personal Injury, leading the team alongside managing a caseload.

Throughout Kate’s career, and in her previous role, she has achieved some fantastic results for clients as well as obtaining managerial successes, including building a Clinical Negligence team and introducing several new case management systems.

During her time working in the Personal Injury field, Kate has brought in and embraced new technological advances in correlation with the ever-changing Personal Injury legal framework and aims to build on this, looking towards the future and the changes on the horizon across the entire Injury Practice Area.

Contact Kate: kate.sweeney@simpsonmillar.co.uk

Matthew Clayton

Matthew specialises in Serious Injury claims for compensation including Amputations, Brain Damage and Head Injuries, and Spinal Cord Injuries.

Matthew joined Simpson Millar in November 2016, and heads our department which looks after clients who have suffered life changing injuries.

Matthew is a former Principal Lawyer with Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK. He qualified as a Lawyer in 1990, and has a wealth of experience in helping clients who have suffered a range of injuries.

He obtained a degree in Law and Politics from Manchester Metropolitan University.

Due to his specialism in cases involving serious injuries, many of the individual settlements that Matthew has secured are in excess of £1million, and he has been the lead Solicitor on many ground-breaking cases.

A skilled litigator, Matthew also has knowledge of criminal and matrimonial law and has experience in cases involving professional negligence.

Matthew is motivated by improving the quality of life for his clients and always focuses on rebuilding people’s life after they suffer a serious injury.

Matthew is recommended in Chambers and Partners UK 2022 as a notable practitioner.

They commented “He is well known for his tenacity in pursuing his clients’ interests.” and previously as “one of the most naturally gifted brain injury solicitors with an excellent feel for tactics and the needs of the case.”

He was noted in Legal 500 2022 as a key lawyer.

“Matthew Clayton secures incredible result for those for whom he acts. He will leave no stone unturned in seeking to secure the right result for his clients.”

Matthew was recently recommended in Chambers and Partners’ 2023 guide with one person commenting: “Matthew Clayton is one of the toughest and most brilliant litigators I have worked with.”

Contact Matthew: matthew.clayton@simpsonmillar.co.uk

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