Chris Sutton

Job Title: Head of Department

Location: Manchester

Personal Injury

Chris joined JMW as a trainee solicitor in July 1997 straight after sitting his Legal Practice Course Exams. Following his two year training contract, Chris chose to specialise in claiming compensation for victims of accidents and has worked as part of the JMW Personal Injury team ever since.

When not at work Chris enjoys playing golf, tennis, football and squash.Chris became a Partner at the firm in 2004 and is now the joint head of the department alongside Richard Powell. Chris has a reduced case load to allow him to supervise the lawyers in the department and to ensure the smooth running of the team so that JMW can continue to offer the best possible service to our clients.

Why did you join JMW?

I joined JMW because I had got to know the firm after I undertook work experience at JMW when I was 20 yrs old, when I worked here during my summer holidays in an office junior role. I thoroughly enjoyed that time and felt at home at the firm. I was made to feel very welcome by all the staff, including the Partners (who I had originally felt in awe of but then came to know them as friends). JMW is a very friendly and fair firm and I like to think I do my best to keep the firm that way. I hope that permeates through to our clients and the people we help fight for compensation know we are on their side.

Who would you...

Share a pint with:

If I were going to go for a drink with someone other than a good friend, then I'd like to go for a pint with Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Karl Pilkington because the three of them make me laugh out loud and that's the type of night out I'd like.

Have cook for you:

I'd finish my night out with the famous threesome with a late night curry, probably at one of the many great curry houses around Manchester.

Key cases

Securing a six figure settlement on behalf of a formwork carpenter, an occupation which requires specialist skills and training. The client was up a ladder on a job when a gust of wind blew shutters against him and the resultant impact threw him into the ladder. He suffered a fracture to one of his vertebrae close to the base of his skull, as well as soft tissue injuries to the cervical and lumbar spine. As a result of the accident, the client also had PTSD and situational anxiety surrounding working at height. He was unable to continue his job due to the injuries rendering him unfit to continue at the level of physical labour it required of him and therefore had to re-train. Our settlement amount reflected this need and the great deal of adjustment this change in his life forced him to endure.

Gaining a six figure settlement for a client who worked for an asbestos removal company who fell from makeshift scaffolding. He had multiple severe injuries including fractures to both femurs, a laceration to the scalp and psychiatric injuries. These injuries limited his ability to walk beyond more than 400 yards without experiencing acute pain, and he was unable to return to his pre-accident job as a result of these injuries, effectively rendering him unemployed.

What others say

Chambers and Partners: At the outset of every new claim Chris always makes sure he understands exactly what his client wants to achieve from the litigation process and will deal with cases differently for each client. Chris applies a creative approach to claims and has worked closely with case managers and rehabilitation providers to find innovative ways to deliver care packages to clients to suit their particular needs.

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