Liz is an Associate (CILEX) in the Insurance and Liability Claims Team.
She has extensive experience in all sectors of Personal Injury Law, in particular workplace accidents and public sector claims, giving sound commercial advice in each case.
Liz advises public bodies, private companies, insurers and individuals on a wide number of issues. She offers a robust assessment of risks and tactics tailored to each case. Once a strategy is in place she uses her experience to offer commercial but pragmatic solutions to her clients. With over 20 years' experience in her field, she is a skilled negotiator and understands her clients' needs and priorities, whether it be gathering evidence for trial or negotiating commercial settlement.
- Providing training to a local authority regarding the recent Jackson rule changes, also offering free procedural advice when required. She is often called upon to give a second opinion by the Claims Manager, testament to the level of trust the claims handlers have in Elizabeth's assessment of suitable tactics in a wide variety of cases.
- Dealing with a claim for distress from a relative whose father's grave had been disturbed. This case required sensitive but firm handling to avoid adverse publicity for the local authority.
- Defending a school in a claim brought by a child injured when his arm became trapped behind a radiator. Defending a claim by a child was dealt with carefully to avoid adverse publicity.
- Acting for a Local Insurer: The Ashfords team has received over 1400 instructions from this insurer, testament to the high quality of service offered over the years, in a very competitive market. Elizabeth represents their insured when faced with a Motor, EL or PL claim, often involving a commercial or agricultural setting. She adopts a high level of client care, liaising closely with the insured to ensure she understands their needs in each individual case.
- Defending a football club: Defending a claim brought on behalf of a child who was injured whilst playing on goal posts on the club's premises. Elizabeth took the matter to trial and the claim was defeated.
- Defending a driver who hit a pedestrian. Liability, causation and quantum issues arose, with a complex claim for lost earnings. Elizabeth recognised that the best commercial result for her client was to resolve the claim through mediation and settlement was duly agreed at a JSM, saving the costs of further litigation in a case in which it was difficult to gain reliable cost protection by a Part 36 offer.