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Hugh James

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Why choose us 

We have extensive experience in handling compensation claims for people who have suffered spinal cord injuries. Our team of specialist spinal injury solicitors work to ensure that our clients receive the highest possible level of compensation to give them security and choices for their future.

As well as being Trusted Partners of Spinal Injuries Association, we’re also accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and are members of the Law Society. Our solicitors have been consistently ranked in the top tiers by the independent legal guides, Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners and are recognised as leaders in the field of personal injury and specifically spinal cord litigation.

Our expert team includes welfare benefits advisors and a qualified social worker who offer invaluable practical advice and guidance.

Our services

Our specialist solicitors can advise on the following:

  • The Hugh James Emergency Fund and how it can assist you
  • Obtaining private rehabilitation
  • Compensation
  • Interim payments while waiting for a settlement
  • Welfare benefits and access to additional funds e.g. charities
  • Employment concerns
  • Wills, trusts and powers of attorney
  • Dealing with mortgage, credit card and loan providers
  • Investigating any potential insurance cover that may exist
  • Social services and local authority funding for care and equipment
  • Human rights and disability rights

Our emergency fund

Our specialist neurotrauma lawyers work exclusively with clients who have suffered life-changing injuries. We’ve set up the Hugh James Emergency Fund to help support those families going through this difficult time.

The fund provides grants to help families cope with sudden financial hardship after spinal injury. The situation of each applicant is considered when allocating funds and those with limited resources are prioritised.

The fund helps with:

  • Travel costs for families visiting relatives in hospital
  • Emergency accommodation costs
  • Other family costs that emerge, including childcare

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Our client’s story

We acted for a young man who worked as a barperson in a busy Brighton bar. The cellar door was left open during a shift without the correct safety precautions being followed by his employer. The claimant fell down the cellar steps, suffering serious spinal cord injuries at C4, resulting in tetraplegia. The case was not straightforward, and we had a hard fight to establish liability, which was successful.

Following that we negotiate a multi-million-pound settlement for our client, including annual payments for life for his care. 

As a result of his injury, our client sustained paralysis in his arms, hands, trunk and legs, meaning he needs life-long assistance with daily living, including eating, dressing and getting in and out of bed.  He no longer has control of his bladder and bowel. As a result of the claim, he has been able to purchase and adapt a bungalow and has begun a new career, becoming a successful writer. 

I was delighted with the service which you provided me with, I would not hesitate to recommend you to others. You explained the most complex issues in a straightforward manner and negotiated an outstanding settlement for us.

Mrs Y, a client

Meet the team

Cari Sowden-Taylor

Cari represents claimants who’ve suffered catastrophic spinal and brain injuries. She focuses on accessing specialist rehabilitation as early as possible and liaises with her clients, their families, case managers, clinicians, expert witnesses and support teams to ensure that people get the compensation and rehabilitation they deserve.


Ciaran specialises in assisting those who’ve suffered life-changing brain injuries (adults and children) and spinal cord. He’s also acted for those who have suffered amputation, severe orthopaedic and brachial plexus injuries. Ciaran often initially meets clients at major trauma centres, hospitals or rehabilitation units throughout the country, or can meet you at home or at our office.

Rhian specialises exclusively in clinical negligence – with a focus on spinal cord medical negligence claims. Rhian has successfully concluded several seven figure clinical negligence claims involving catastrophic injuries caused by negligent medical treatment. Rhian also deals with many other lower value clinical negligence cases and is mindful of the fact that each case is of vital importance to the client, irrespective of its financial value.

Andrew Harding

Andrew is head of the firm’s neurolaw department and leads a specialist court of protection team. The team represents the interests of those who have brain or spinal cord injury, and their families and carers. He provides continued support and input after any settlement. Andrew is currently personally appointed as deputy to more than 130 individuals who are unable to make financial decisions for themselves following a catastrophic injury.