Ian Eyre

Job Title: Partner

Location: Manchester

Personal Injury

Ian specialises in complex cases involving accidents at work, sporting injuries (cyclist and motorcyclist claims) and spinal injuries. He has extensive claimant and defendant experience.

He joined the firm in September 1995 with the brief to establish a new Road Traffic Accident Personal Injury Department. Since he joined, the department has gone from strength to strength and is now a 50 plus strong team that took home Personal Injury Claimant team of the year at the 2011 Personal Injury awards.

When not at work he can be found plodding around the country lanes of Cheshire on his bike trying to stay fit enough to cycle race. Mark Cavendish need not worry…

Other interests are good food and wine (too much of both...) and Manchester United.

Why did you join JMW?

The firm offered me the opportunity to establish from scratch a new department which was a great challenge and an opportunity not to be missed.

Key cases

Shah and Barclays Bank Plc: Mr Shah was a passenger in a lift situated at 1 Churchill Place in Canary Wharf London, the headquarters of Barclays Bank. The lift was on the 23rd floor when without warning it fell out of control coming to rest at the 3rd floor. He sustained significant physical and emotional injuries for which damages were recovered.

Williams and The City Of London: Mr Williams was employed by the City Of London as a tour guide at Tower Bridge. On the day in question the lift in the north tower dropped 15 meters with Mr Williams and 8 visitors inside. Mr Williams suffered significant lower limb injuries and psychological insult. The accident caused Tower Bridge to be closed and was reported on Sky News and all the daily newspapers.

Burkett and Old Colfians Rugby Club: Mr Burkett was at pre-season rugby training when the accident occurred. He was accepting a pass out on the wing when he accidentally stepped on a wooden drain cover. He slipped and collided with a scrum machine that had been left too close to the pitch. He suffered very extensive knee and hip injuries as a result of the collision and he will be unable to return to sport of any kind.

Gardner and D & S Engineering Ltd & East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust: Mr Gardner worked as an electrician for the first defendant. He fell off a ladder that was inappropriately supplied for the task he was required to undertake injuring his back. On admission to the second defendant’s Hospital (Blackburn Royal) he was misdiagnosed as only having soft tissue injuries but in actual fact had suffered a significant spinal injury. He was sent home and told to rest. Two days later he became paralysed from the waist down. The first defendants settled the claimants claim two days prior to trial in The High Court and the second defendants admitted liability for the misdiagnoses some time later. Mr Gardner was awarded substantial damages.

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