Samantha handles casualty risks matters for a number of major insurer clients and self-insureds, working on both pre-litigation and litigated claims. She specialises in small and fast track employer liability, public liability and road traffic claims. A high level of these matters are on behalf of the bus and coach industry, as well as tram operators.
Samantha's casualty experience also includes defending claims arising from accidents in the workplace and she has advised on claims stemming from alleged product defects. Samantha also regularly assists on multi track matters concerning catastrophic injuries, credit hire, complex chronic conditions, fraudulent cases and fatalities.
She also deals with subrogated property recovery matters, working for a number of major insurer clients. The majority of these claims arise from road traffic claims. Other property recovery matters have stemmed from flooding, chemical spills, construction works and subsidence.
Samantha is currently on secondment with the firm's professional risks team handling an extensive caseload of professional negligence claims against solicitors for one of our largest insurance clients. She has experience with claims arising from a variety of issues, including negligent property transactions (including a number of lenders claims), failed litigation, misconduct of personal injury claims and mishandled estates.
During her training contract, Samantha undertook placements in the Casualty and Property Risks team, Private Wealth and Real Estate and Energy teams. Prior to her training contract, Samantha was the key client co-ordinator for one of the firm's top ten clients and was responsible for the production of financial reporting, client management and support during the retender process. She was also a paralegal with the firm in the Property Litigation team – a position that cemented her aspirations to specialise in litigation. She has been with the firm since 2010.
- A major transport client – Samantha assisted on a complex multi-track employer liability claim which involved a range of medical issues, conducting employee interviews, instructing experts, drafting questions to medical experts, dealing with a complex schedule of damages, calculating semi-complex Ogden calculations; drafting instructions to Counsel and collating bundles for the trial. The matter settled due to a robust stance supported by a strong defence to the claimant's allegations
- A major general insurer client - She also assisted on a case involving the standard litigation procedure for an employer liability claim and a complex Compensation Recovery Unit issue. Previous attempts at arguing that a pre-existing medical condition did not attach itself to the injury caused by the index accident had failed, leaving the client with a CRU certificate in the region of £22,000. Samantha undertook an extensive review of the medical evidence, researched the medical condition, the previous health position of the claimant and drafted a detailed explanation to the CRU of why the benefits being received by the claimant were in relation to a pre-existing condition and not the index accident injury. Samantha was successful in her challenge and subsequently saved the client £22,000
- A major insurer client - She has experience of handling an extensive caseload of subrogated property recovery matters and developed a strong relationship with the client, a world leading provider of property and casualty insurance and a key client for the firm, attending client relationship meetings
- A major insurer client - Samantha has successfully undertaken a secondment to the professional risks team managing an extensive workload of claims handling matters, reaching commercial settlements where possible, minimising exposure through providing a robust response to claims, developing a strong relationship with brokers and the client and supporting the implementation of a claims reporting system for the client in conjunction with another panel firm
- Samantha also has experience of attending road traffic accident trials and coroner inquests, dealing with Counsel, parties and witnesses. She has also represented clients at listing hearings, without prejudice meetings between parties, CCMC's and assisted senior colleagues at successful mediations. She has recently presented a training seminar to a major transport client's claims handling team on credit hire in personal injury cases which focused on updates, case law, strategy and tactics for defending this type of case, as well as a Q&A session.