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Jennifer is a principal lawyer in our serious injury department at Slater and Gordon in Manchester.
She handles cases for clients who have sustained a serious injury or have lost a family member as a result of an accident. Jennifer is particularly specialised in dealing with complex brain injury and spinal cord injury cases.
Jennifer's primary area of expertise is road traffic collision claims. She also deals with workplace accidents, public liability, occupier liability and compensation for victims of criminal injuries.
Her career to date includes a number of landmark case successes. She has secured significant sums of compensation for people who have been severely injured in road traffic collisions, including gross settlements of £9m for a spinal cord injury and a £5.4m for a seriously brain injured mother or two.
A particular highlight of Jennifer's career has been her involvement in the case for Annie Woodland, who nearly drowned in a school swimming lesson when she was 10 years old. The case changed the law so that schools now owe pupils a non-delegable duty of care, following a Supreme Court judgment given in 2013 (Woodland v Essex County Council  UKSC 66). Jennifer also represented Annie at the five day liability trial against the school and lifeguard responsible for her supervision. After winning the trial in 2015, Jennifer negotiated a £2m settlement the following year. She has been interviewed regarding the widely reported case by the BBC, ITV and various newspapers.
She has a special interest in difficult chronic pain cases and in 2014, she achieved a £1.3m settlement for a young man with complex regional pain syndrome. Not only this, Jennifer is experienced with Motor Insurance Bureau claims which arise when a negligent driver is uninsured or cannot be traced.
An expert in her field, Jennifer has spoken at road safety training conferences run by BRAKE, a road safety charity. She has delivered training lectures to police family liaison officers, healthcare professionals and medico-legal experts across the country. She is passionate about improving healthcare for the spinal cord injury communities and regularly contributes to the medical training days for NHS staff run by the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA), which are supported by Slater and Gordon.