- Recommended Lawyer for 'Personal injury: defendant (West Midlands)'
"…is ‘a tremendously able solicitor’ and ‘a very skilled operator’."
The Legal 500 UK 2018/19
- Qualified in England and Wales in 2002
Mark is a partner in our Birmingham office. He qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 2002 and joined Kennedys in 2015.
He advises composite insurers and large corporate clients in relation to the investigation and defence of personal injury claims, with a particular emphasis on high value and catastrophic injury claims. He is experienced in handling claims involving brain injury, spinal injury, pain syndromes and severe psychiatric illness, as well as investigating exaggerated claims.
Mark has been involved in several notable and reported cases including Farrugia v Burtenshaw  which involved a 17 year-old who suffered a severe brain injury in a road traffic accident and was left with profound communication and physical disabilities for which he required 24 hour care. There was a significant loss of chance claim based on the claimant becoming a professional footballer. The main issues at trial were the cost of care and whether the insurer (which was by then in administration) was “secure” for the purposes of the regulations. The annual periodical payment order (PPO) in the case was around £250,000.
Mark has recently advised a hire car company in respect the implications of one of their vehicles being involved in a major terrorist incident.
Mark has delivered client based training on a full range of personal injury related topics including the assessment of general damages, calculating care claims, issues surrounding chronic pain cases and fundamental dishonesty. Mark has also worked closely with insurers in developing and refining their referral process to ensure the identification and handling of higher value cases at an earlier stage.
He is also a member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL).