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Elizabeth Johnson

Associate (CILEx)

Biography

Elizabeth is an Associate (CILEx) in the Insurance and Liability Claims Team with extensive experience in all sectors of personal injury law.

Elizabeth 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, pragmatic and cost effective solutions to her clients. She has particular experience in workplace accidents and public sector claims, giving sound commercial advice in each case.

Elizabeth is a member of our Data Protection Team and advises clients on all aspects of claims arising from breaches of the Data Protection Act.

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.

The litgation sector has changed rapidly in recent years. Elizabeth offers sound, commercial advice to her clients. In a market in which fixed fees are more prevalent Elizabeth offers a quality service to clients. Elizabeth brings her personality, people skills, extensive technical experience and attention to detail to the table to achieve a 'results driven' solution to cases.

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Relevant experience

  • Insurer: The Ashfords Team has received over 1500 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.
  • Local authority: Defending a school in a claim brought by a child injured when his arm became trapped behind a radiator. The child was only 5, it was a high risk strategy, to defend a claim from such a young child. We were able to demonstrate to the judge that the radiator did not pose an enticement, trap or danger to the child and that the teacher's supervision of the group was not negligent. The witnesses were nervous and careful management was required to ensure co-operation. The case went to trial and was dismissed.
  • Insurer: Defending a driver who hit a pedestrian. Liability, causation and quantum issues arose, with a complex and speculative 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.
  • Local Authority: Defending a claim against a school when a car park barrier allegedly descended and hit Claimant on head.4 independent witness statements were served by Claimant to support her claim, but we had concerns about her account and how the accident occurred.We obtained evidence about the installation and maintenance of the barrier pre and post-accident.Served video footage of the safety feature in operation and liaised closely with the school taking statements about the management of the barrier.Claimant discontinued after all this evidence was served.
  • Insurer: Acting for a haulage company when one of their vehicles was accused of being involved in an accident, which the driver denied. It was difficult to prove a negative, however we carefully gathered evidence (including petrol consumption statistics) to prove that the vehicle could not have been involved as alleged. No offers were made and the Claim was struck out.