Susan Brown qualified as a solicitor in 1996, and was a partner and Head of Personal Injury at niche West End litigation firm Reid Minty until 2003, when she moved to the in-house legal team for Royal&SunAlliance. She was with Prolegal from 2007 to June 2016 as Head of Personal Injury and Professional Negligence. She is now a mediator and a director of Claims Portal and Medco.
Sue has specialised in personal injury, clinical negligence and professional negligence claims for over 20 years and has a particular interest in asbestos disease claims and in complex psychiatric injury claims. She has handled a wide range of professional negligence claims including against solicitors, surveyors, architects and accountants.
Sue talks and makes regular published contributions in the legal and national press on issues of personal injury, professional negligence, costs and funding.
Sue was Chair of the Motor Accidents Solicitors Society from 2014 to 2016 and is an APIL Senior Litigator.
This Practice Note considers the different regimes for identifying the applicable law in foreign accident claims including Rome II, Part III of the Private International Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1995 and the common law. It also considers the application of Retained Rome II for accidents that occur on or after 1 January 2021. The general rule for all personal injury claims where the accident occurred on or after 1 May 1996 is that the law of the country where the accident occurred will apply. The general rule can only be displaced and another country’s law applied in certain circumstances.
This Practice Note aims to provide an overview of the key features of the Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Employers’ Liability and Public Liability claims (from 31 July 2013), together with practical guidance on using the portal.
This Practice Note covers the ‘Guidelines on the diagnosis of noise-induced hearing loss for medicolegal purposes’ and the ‘Guidelines for quantification of noise-induced hearing loss in a medicolegal context’ which are used to assess noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). The guidelines’ requirements which need to be met to diagnose and quantify NIHL are considered together with the modifying factors which can apply.
This Practice Note covers limitation in noise-induced hearing loss cases. It discusses facts ascertainable by the claimant, causation, tinnitus, case law and the discretionary exception to limitation.
This Practice Note outlines the background and development of Medco and provides guidance on obtaining medical reports in soft tissue injury claims.
This Practice Note aims to provide an overview of the key features of the Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury Claims in Road Traffic Accidents (RTA) (from 31 July 2013), together with practical guidance on using the portal.
This Practice note aims to provide an overview of the key features of Stage 2 and 3 of the Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Road Traffic Accident (RTA) claims (from 31 July 2013) together with a review of the recent County Court decisions and their practical implications for those using the portal.
This Practice Note covers developments in the law relating to noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) in the workplace. It covers defined periods since 1963 when NIHL was first recognised as a problem and the relevant legislation and case law.
This Practice Note deals with factors relevant to the level of general damages awarded in noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) claims such as the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG), comparable previous court decisions and the extent of the hearing loss. It also considers specific heads of special damages that are often appropriate in these cases and the disablement benefit a claimant may be able to claim in respect of hearing loss and/or tinnitus and other compensation schemes a claimant may be able to claim under.
This Practice Note gives some basic pointers on audiograms and noise.
ARCHIVED: This Practice Note has been archived and is not maintained. It considers issues around claims where the claimant entered into a conditional fee agreement (CFA) prior to 1 April 2013, and then after 1 April 2013, either that retainer is terminated or the claimant instructs another firm of solicitors.
This Practice Note provides guidance on tracing defendants and insurers in noise-induced hearing loss claims. It covers obtaining claimants’ employments histories from the HMRC, the Employers’ Liability Tracing Office, APIL Members’ Area and Companies House Webcheck.
Archived: This Practice Note has been archived and is not maintained. This Practice Note considers issues around existing Conditional Fee Agreements, particularly pre-LASPO CFAs, where the firm that was originally acting under the CFA prior to 1 April 2013 closes or changes its status by merging with another firm or converting, eg from a partnership to a limited company or LLP.
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