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Top tips for anyone considering a career as a solicitor

Are you interested in a legal career? At Hampson Hughes, we are always keen to progress talent, having taken on many trainee solicitors in the last ten years.


But, getting a training contract can be tough, so we sat down with Hollie, Nick, Gary and Lisa to get some insight into their journeys, as well as a few of their tips for any inspiring solicitors.




Initially, I studied Criminology and Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University before deciding to pursue a career as a solicitor. I went to BPP in Manchester to study the graduate diploma in Law before undertaking the LPC at BPP Liverpool.


I was delighted when I was awarded a training contract at Hampson Hughes. Getting a training contract is extremely competitive, especially at a top law firm. It wasn’t an easy process and I had to work hard to get my placement. There have been a number of trainee solicitors at Hampson Hughes before me who were all of a high standard, so I’m pleased to have joined the ranks and achieved my goal.


My advice to anyone considering a career in law is to expect ups and downs but to never give up your end goal. If you have faith in yourself and your abilities, you’re sure to get there!




My journey with Hampson Hughes started in August 2019, once I had finished my LPC LLM at the University of Law in Chester. Despite early aspirations to go into psychology, I found that studying law at A-Level alongside personal experience and research ignited a passion for the legal side of healthcare. I gained as much experience in the industry as I could during my undergraduate LLB degree, and looked into many different areas of law but remained passionate about healthcare and particularly clinical negligence law.


Since joining Hampson Hughes I have gained invaluable exposure to clinical negligence law through assisting with all day to day aspects of client files, from initial client enquiries all the way through to trial. In July 2020 I became a trainee solicitor for the firm, and will be using this opportunity to become the best I can be in my field.


My advice for anyone considering law would be to never underestimate the knowledge experience of your peers and colleagues, be keen and inquisitive and put the hard work in! Furthermore, make sure you network as much as possible, utilising networking profiles such as LinkedIn to connect with as many professionals as you can.




I joined Hampson Hughes in March 2015, fresh from studying my LPC at the University of Law in Manchester. To be honest, once I had finished all my studies, I wasn’t completely sure what I needed to do next. So, I put my CV out there and luckily got a call within a few days from a recruitment agency who put me in touch with Hampson Hughes.


I accepted a role as a first response advisor. It was a great experience as I had never worked in an office environment before, so I was excited by everything going on and meeting the team. Within four months, I was promoted to a paralegal working for one of the heads of the RTA department at the time. After about 18 months in the role, I was offered a training contract to start in January 2018 which of course I duly accepted.


I started my training contract in 2018 and worked under one of the assistant heads of department. This exposed me to work of a higher difficulty and gave me the opportunity to learn from the senior team, following which I was given the chance to run my own caseload. Hampson Hughes helped me through my PSC and supported me fully through this.


I would definitely advise getting work experience in a number of different law firms before applying for a training contract as the job is much different to how it is often portrayed. The benefits of getting multiple work experiences is invaluable as it gives you an insight into different firms and allows you to find the one that suits you.



I completed my LLB Honours Law degree at the University of Liverpool in 2011 before studying my LPC at the University of Law in Manchester. I completed the LPC on a part-time basis, whilst commencing my role at Hampson Hughes in July 2015 as a full-time paralegal.


When I had completed the LPC, I decided to undertake my LLM Masters degree in Professional Legal Practice, which helped prepare me for my role as a trainee solicitor. I began my training contract in July 2018 at Hampson Hughes. I managed to gain in-depth experience across a number of different departments, including clinical negligence, personal injury, costs law, housing disrepair, commercial law, holiday sickness and sexual abuse claims. Following my two year training contract and completion of my Professional Skills Course (PSC), I qualified in July 2020 as a solicitor in the Clinical Negligence department where I hope to continue progressing my career. 


My main tip for aspiring solicitors is to gain as much exposure as possible to a variety of different areas of law during your training contract. This will provide you with a better understanding of which area you want to pursue once you are qualified, whilst also giving you the opportunity to learn new skills and broaden your knowledge of the legal industry.


Read more from our team of legal experts in our other blogs, or find out more about making a claim by contacting our team on 0800 888 6888, [email protected] or via the contact form.

Britain’s Bike Boom: Do you know how to stay safe on the road?

The government has committed £2bn to boost the number of people cycling across the country over the next five years.


As part of its ambitious plans to “build a healthier, more active nation”, it has pledged to overhaul the Highway Code and enforce quality control on new cycle lanes in an effort to make UK roads safer for cyclists. While it clearly recognises that public safety is a key priority, more education is needed among drivers and cyclists to address these safety concerns.

Lockdown encouraged millions of us to take to our bikes and it’s no wonder the government wants to continue this upward spiral – cycling alleviates pressure on crowded public transport systems and congested roads and switching from cars to bikes is one of the easiest, cheapest ways to cut emissions. But, there are still fears among cyclists about the lack of cycling infrastructure and a poll in 2009 revealed that almost 60 per cent of people are put off cycling by the idea of sharing the road with lorries or reckless drivers.

As more and more novice cyclists take to roads up and down the country, we ask how strong is their knowledge of the Highway Code now they’re on two wheels?



With the Prime Minister actively encouraging more bums on bicycle seats, we can expect to see the number of cyclists on our roads continue to increase as we ease out of lockdown.

This is a potential issue for a few reasons, though. While the Highway Code is tested for car drivers, no test is required to if we want to pick up a bike and get cycling. This, in turn, could mean a high number of new cyclists who have little knowledge of their rights on the road.

Not only that, but many of these new cyclists will have enjoyed travelling on previously very empty streets in the midst of lockdown. How will they fare when moved to busy roads and faced with congested junctions, and how will drivers cope with more people on the roads?

The government has promised to set out plans that will force local authorities to build new high quality cycle infrastructure – with a strong preference for segregated lanes. It has even revealed plans to give cyclists the right to ride in the wrong direction on one-way streets and proposed to reduce ‘unnecessary motorised freight’ like lorries and vans in UK cities and towns, by shipping freight to out-of-town depots. Our Head of Litigation Niamh Wilson was recently quoted in the Daily Mail exploring these topics in more detail.

Overall, these measures are welcome, but they will take time and even with these in place there needs to be more education and clearer messaging around safety awareness, so cyclists and drivers are fully aware of the rules of the road and the severity of the potential consequences if they are not followed.



With inexperienced cyclists, we’re likely to see a rise in road traffic accidents, sadly. We already see huge numbers of road traffic accidents involving cyclists, where both the cyclist and car user have been at fault.

Recently, we settled a claim for cyclist, Pat from Bootle. While cycling home from work, he suffered a collision from a car who hit him due to the driver failing to give way to him as he travelled straight across a roundabout. Sadly, he suffered a fractured skull, dislocated right shoulder, broken ribs, fractured collar bone and skin abrasions. Fortunately, he made a fantastic recovery and was fully healed within two years of the accident.

Following a court case, we settled his claim for £25,000. This covered his costs for physiotherapy post-accident, as well as for his bike plus further compensation for damages.



While many of us should, hopefully, be very aware of the Highway Code for drivers, just how good is our knowledge of the rules for the road as a cyclist?

With conflating public opinion on cycling issues like, can you cycle on the pavement, do you legally have to wear a helmet and more, we’re putting the question to the public – give it a go and let us know how you get on…

Help us find out how well you know the rules of the road with this quick, fun quiz.

Have you been injured in a Road Traffic Accident?

If you’ve been injured on the road due to an accident that wasn’t your fault, then you could be entitled to claim road traffic accident compensation. Whether you’ve suffered a minor injury or something more serious, our Road Traffic Accident Solicitors can help you to claim the compensation that you deserve.

Call 0800 888 6888 or send an email to .

Woman Charged after Toddler Dies in Dog Attack

A 29 year old woman has been charged over the death of a toddler, who was killed when he was attacked by a dog in Essex last year.

Dog attack

Three year old Dexter Neal died after he was attacked and bitten by an American Bulldog at Jade Dunne’s home in Essex in August 2016.

The dog was seized by officers at the time and later destroyed.


Essex police have confirmed that Miss Dunne has been charged with ‘owning a dog dangerously out of control’ that resulted in the death of Dexter.

Miss Dunne, of Parker Way, Halstead, Essex, has been released on bail and is due to appear at Colchester Magistrates’ Court later this month.

Dexter’s uncle Ashley Coe wrote on Facebook in the aftermath of the attack last year:

“I can’t even begin to describe what state we are all in this is an absolutely devastating loss for my sister and her husband and there’s nothing I can say to them.”

Dog attack claims – expert advice

If you have been attacked by a dog, even where the dog did not cause physical harm, you may be entitled to compensation. More information can be found via our ‘Dog Attack Claims’ page.

Whatever your experience involving a dangerous dog attack, speak to our expert team of personal injury solicitors today& find out how we could help you. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email .

Source: BT.com

Greggs Heir Convicted of Child Sexual Abuse

Colin Gregg, the heir to the Greggs bakery chain, has been convicted of historic child sexual abuse.


The 75 year old from Gosforth, Newcastle, originally denied sexually abusing four boys over a 30 year period, beginning in 1963.

Following a month long trial at Leeds Crown Court, a jury found Gregg guilty of nine counts of indecent assault on boys aged 10 to 14.

The trial in Leeds was a retrial, after a jury in Newcastle last month failed to reach a verdict.

The court heard how the sexual abuse of one of the boys took place in a swimming pool, while others were abused at a gym in Gregg’s home.

Gregg, who was released on bail, will be sentenced on 30 March.

Prison sentence ‘inevitable’

Judge Robin Mairs told the paedophile that the fact he was granting bail was no indication of sentence and that a prison sentence is inevitable. He said:

“These are serious matters and a custodial sentence is inevitable.”

Northumbria Police added that Gregg was “in a position of trust which he used to sexually exploit children”.

A spokesperson for children’s charity the NSPCC said:

“Gregg shamelessly betrayed the trust vulnerable young children placed in him and his sickening campaign of abuse will have had life-long effects on his victims.

“It is thanks to their bravery in speaking out that he’s finally been brought to justice.

“Gregg probably thought he got away with these crimes but this case is proof that victims of abuse will be listened to, no matter how much time has passed.”

Sexual abuse claims – expert advice

If you have been affected by any instance of physical sexual abuse or non-physical sexual abuse, contact us today. We offer expert advice on sexual abuse and assault claims, and we guarantee your confidentiality at all times.

For further information, and to discover how we could help you, begin a conversation with our experienced and friendly team. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email .

Source: BBC News

Update: Lord Janner – Historical Child Sex Abuse

Lord Greville Janner served as Labour MP for Leicester from 1970 to 1997. In 1991 allegations of child sex abuse were made against the then Labour peer, allegations which he denied at the time and consequently no further action was taken.

However, earlier in 2015 those allegations resurfaced – with six alleged victims coming forward with details of abuse said to span over 4 decades.

Janner was diagnosed with dementia in 2008 and his condition was the reason behind a decision by Director of Public Prosecutions not to bring charges against him. This decision was later overruled after an appeal by the alleged victims and Janner was summoned to court. In total Janner was charged with 22 counts of historical child sex abuse against young boys, including 15 counts of indecent assault and 7 further counts of a separate sexual offence.

With no improvement to Janner’s mental condition, a judge ruled at the start of December 2015 that he was unfit to stand trial based on based on the evidence of four experts. As a result of this, it was planned that a ‘trial of the facts’ would take place in April next year. Such a trial would not result in Lord Janner’s guilt or conviction, instead a jury would make a decision surrounding whether or not he actually committed the acts of physical abuse.

But this was not to be and Lord Greville Janner passed away on 19th December 2015, just a short time after this decision was made.

‘Robbed of Justice’

It has been reported that his victims now feel as though they have been ‘robbed of justice’ by Janner’s passing. There is also the concern that the planned ‘trial of the facts’ will no longer go ahead.

A former head of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has stressed that this is not necessarily the case. Speaking on BBC 4’s Today show recently, Ken Macdonald said:

“The whole point of a trial of the facts is that it does not exist to determine the guilt or innocence of anyone.

“There’s no question of a penal sanction at its conclusion. So it doesn’t, I suppose, require the presence of the defendant. In fact, it only takes place when the defendant is incapable of taking part, as Lord Janner unfortunately was.

“The argument for continuing is that [Janner] was not going to play any part in these proceedings in any event even if he had not unfortunately died.”

Despite such claims, Mr Macdonald does not think the trial of facts should proceed in Janner’s death. He added:

“I think there’s something unseemly about a criminal process to determine the acts of a person who has already died. That would be a ground-breaking proceeding, and probably ground-breaking in an unfortunate way.”

In further U-turn, it has recently come to light that Lord Janner’s £2 million North London flat was transferred back to him before he passed away. The property was signed over to his children in March last year, as police investigated sex abuse claims. This ultimately increases Janner’s alleged victims’ chances of compensation should they attempt to sue his estate.

CPS – ‘Procedural Implications’

Meanwhile, the Crown Prosecution Service said today that it is bearing in mind the ‘procedural implications’ of the sex abuse case against Janner. The CPS has said that the matter will now be considered at a court hearing next year.

In a statement, the CPS said:

“Greville Janner faced criminal proceedings for child sex offences, with a trial of the facts scheduled to take place in April 2016.

“When a defendant dies during criminal proceedings, it is usual that the case no longer goes ahead following formal confirmation of the defendant’s death at a hearing before the court.

“However, we are considering the procedural implications of this specific case. As the High Court will close today until January 11 2016, there can be no hearing before that date.”

It has been suggested his case may be considered as part of the Goddard inquiry, a wider investigation into child abuse in Britain which may take years to conclude.

Sexual Abuse Claims – Expert Advice

Hampson Hughes Solicitors specialises in directing sexual abuse claims in a considerate and compassionate manner. Our Abuse & Criminal Injuries Department is headed by Greg Neill – Greg is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL).

For an open and friendly conversation about your situation, and to find out how we can assist you relevant to your individual experience, call 0800 888 6 888 or email

You will be given the direct-dial of your case handler, meaning that you will always be able to reach the person you need.

Sources: Mail Online; Mail Online

Manufacturing Firm Fined After Employee Suffers Multiple Fractures

A manufacturing firm has been fined following an incident in which an employee suffered injuries to both of his thighs and multiple fractures to his left leg.


In June 2013, an employee of SPS Aerostructures Limited was cleaning excess metal filings from a conveyor belt in an attempt to clear a blockage. The worker slipped and as a guard had been removed from the conveyor, he fell into the machine which was running at the time. Nottingham Crown Court heard how the employee was trapped in the machine for around 20 minutes.

HSE Investigation

The Health and Safety Executive’s investigation into the incident found that SPS Aerostructures had failed to avert access to dangerous parts of the machine. The court was told that employees would regularly access the conveyor without detaching it. The court also heard how it was easy to remove the guards, allowing access to the conveyor whilst it was still in motion.


SPS Aerostructures Limited, of Sherwood Business Park, Annesley, Nottinghamshire, pleaded guilty to offences under Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER). The company was fined a total of £60,000 and ordered to pay costs of £11,038.

Injury at Work – Expert Advice

If you have been injured in the workplace you could be entitled to personal injury compensation. Remember, we offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation – discover today whether you have a claim. Speak to one of our professional and friendly advisers today on 0800 888 6 888 or email

Source: Health & Safety Executive

Doctor & Nurse Found Guilty of Manslaughter by Gross Negligence

In February 2011, Jack Adock, a six year old boy with Down’s syndrome, was admitted to Leicester Royal Infirmary with severe vomiting and diarrhoea. He later developed sepsis and died just 11 hours after entering the hospital, suffering a cardiac arrest.

Doctor Hadiza Bawa-Garba and an agency nurse, Isabel Amaro, have recently been sentenced for Jack’s manslaughter due to their “serious neglect”.

False Assumptions

Nottingham Crown Court heard that at the time of the incident, Dr Bawa-Garba wrongly assumed that Jack was under a ‘do-not-resuscitate’ order and consequently stopped performing CPR.

The court also heard how agency nurse Amaro had failed ‘woefully’ to monitor Jack’s treatment whilst at the hospital. The prosecution told the court that Amaro had failed to then alert colleagues when the six year old’s conditioned worsened.

In her defence, Bawa-Garba said that on the day of the incident she had worked a twelve hour shift without any breaks. Bawa-Garba also expressed that there had been a significant lack of communication on the ward that day.

Amaro accepted a breach of her duty of care; however she denied that any failings on her part had a substantial contribution to Jack’s death.

Telling the pair that their medical careers “will come to an end”, Mr Justice Nichol said:

“Jack’s life was cut short prematurely. That was a tragedy. No sentence that I pass on you will alter it.

“There was no evidence that either of you neglected Jack because you were lazy or behaved for other selfish reasons.

“You both had other patients to attend to. The problem was that neither of you gave Jack the priority which this very sick boy deserved.”


Dr Bawa-Garba and Ms Amaro were found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence last month. According to Mr Justice Nichol, his sentencing of the pair was affected by their personal circumstances. Bawa-Garba is the primary guardian and sole carer of her autistic five year old son, who also suffers behavioural issues, while Amara’s own psychiatric condition was taken into consideration.

A second nurse, Theresa Taylor, 55, was also involved in the boy’s care; however Taylor was cleared of the same charge.

In an impact statement, Jack’s mother Nicky spoke of her anger:

“Jack was neglected from the moment he entered the Leicester Royal Infirmary Children’s Assessment Unit.

“I will never forgive myself for taking him there. I could have cared and looked after him better than they ever did.

“It makes me so angry to think that my son could still be here today if they had done their jobs right.”

Jack’s father Vic said in a second statement:

“I wish I could forgive them but at the moment I can’t and I don’t know if I ever can.

“To hear their excuses has been so hard to bear. I had to watch my little man laid to rest.”

Fatal injury compensation claims – expert help from Hampson Hughes Solicitors

Our expert team of medical negligence solicitors is experienced in handling fatal injury compensation cases on behalf of clients grieving the tragic loss of a loved one. If you believe that the death of a loved one is linked to medical negligence, and if you wish to seek compensation, we can help. Remember, we offer you a FREE no-obligation telephone consultation.

For further information about fatal injury compensation, and to find out how our expert Medical Negligence Team can help you, call today on 0151 242 1025 or email

Source: BBC News

Three Companies Prosecuted by HSE after Worker Dies

Three separate companies have been prosecuted for safety failings following an incident in which a concrete slab fell from a lorry, killing a worker.


In January 2011, an employee of Punchards Haulage Limited (Punchards), Mr Travis Hale, was transporting four concrete panels via lorry to a construction site in Edinburgh.

Two separate companies, VTK Structures Limited (VTK) and Hanson Packed Products Limited (Hanson) were responsible for the design and the manufacture of the four panels respectively.

Mr Hale collected the panels, which had already been loaded onto a trailer, from Hanson’s yard in Derby. At this point, there were three vehicle straps that had been used to secure the panels onto the trailer. These straps had been provided by Hanson.

Not long after beginning the journey, Mr Hale was contacted and asked to ensure the load was secure. Several employees of VTK joined Mr Hale and recommended that he fit more straps onto the panels.

After untying one of the straps already in place, a concrete panel fell off the trailer. It landed on Mr Hale and killed him.

HSE Investigation & Fines

After an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it was revealed that not enough straps had been used to ensure that the load would not move. According to the HSE, all three of the companies involved should have liaised with each other to ensure that the panels were secured in a safer way.

Punchards Haulage Limited, of Bramshall Industrial Estate, Stone Road, Bramshall, Staffordshire pleaded guilty to an offence under Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined £140,000, and ordered to pay costs of £37,016.

VTK Structures Limited, of Mill Bay Lane, Horsham, West Sussex pleaded guilty to an offence under Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. The company was fined £140,000, and ordered to pay costs of £37,016.

Hanson Packed Products Limited (Formerly known as Hanson Building Products Limited), of Hanson House, Castle Hill, Maidenhead, pleaded guilty to an offence under Regulation 3(1) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. The company was fined £80,000, and ordered to pay costs of £37,016.

HSE Inspector Stuart Parry said after the meeting:

“Mr Hale was a devoted family man, well known in his local community, and his sudden death impacted on many lives.

“VTK and Punchards should have provided Mr Hale and other drivers with better means of securing panels, such as Toast racks or A frames. They did not do so and this failing led to the tragic death of Mr Hale.”

Injury At Work – Expert Advice

If you have been injured in the workplace you could be entitled to personal injury compensation. Remember, we offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation – discover today whether you have a claim. Speak to one of our professional and friendly advisers today on 0800 888 6 888 or email

Source: Health & Safety Executive

Firm Fined After Worker Loses Tips of Fingers

A firm that manufactures ducting for the building industry have been prosecuted following an incident in which an employee lost the tips of two fingers.

An employee of Support Systems (Nottingham) was assisting a saw operator to cut ducting with a band saw, when the saw was lowered and slices off two fingers on the worker’s right hand.

An investigation into the incident, which occurred on 4 August 2014, was carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Nottingham Magistrates’ Court was told by the HSE that workers operating the saw had removed the guard on numerous occasions for this particular job, as it was causing an obstruction.

The HSE also found that there had been insufficient training, information and supervision which meant that the band saw was used in an unsafe manner, not only on the day of the incident but also in the six weeks leading up to it.

Support Systems (Nottingham) Limited, of Nottingham Road, Attenborough, Nottingham pleaded guilty to an offence under Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER). The company was fined a total of £3,500 and ordered to pay £2,336 in costs.

HSE inspector Lindsay Bentley said after the hearing:

“This incident was entirely avoidable, had the defendant ensured that access to dangerous parts was prevented.”

Injury at Work – Expert Advice

If you have been injured in the workplace you could be entitled to personal injury compensation. Remember, we offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation – discover today whether you have a claim. Speak to one of our professional and friendly advisers today on 0800 888 6 888 or email

Source: Health & Safety Executive

Site Manager Fined After Worker is Injured at Height

The manager of a construction site has been fined for safety breaches following an incident in which a worker was injured on site.

A worker suffered a number of strain injuries whilst attempting to cut a protruding piece of steel at height from a house build. St Albans Magistrates’ Court heard that site manager Edwin Heaney used an excavator to raise the worker, who was operating a handheld grinder; however he left the machine unattended. Whilst Mr Heaney was elsewhere, the bucket of the excavator jerked downwards throwing the worker off balance. The court heard how the worker threw the grinder out of harm’s way quickly and managed to grab hold of a nearby wall, preventing a fall. A colleague provided a ladder for the worker to climb down to ground level.

An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) found that the excavator was not appropriate equipment for carrying the worker and that the bucket attachment of the machine was not a suitable platform to work from. Furthermore, the inspector found that Mr Heaney had ‘failed to take reasonable care for the health and safety of others’.

After being found guilty of breaching Section 7(a) of the Health and Safety at Work Act, Edwin Heaney, 43, of How Wood, Park Street, Hertfordshire was fined a total of £1,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,130.

Injury at Work – Expert Advice

If you have been injured in the workplace you could be entitled to personal injury compensation. Remember, we offer you a FREE no-obligation consultation – discover today whether you have a claim. Speak to one of our professional and friendly advisers today on 0800 888 6 888 or email

Source: Health & Safety Executive