Managing Partner: Hugh Potter
Number of partners: 11
Number of assistant solicitors: 13
Number of other fee-earners: 5
Hugh Potter ([email protected])
This Manchester firm has a national reputation in personal injury and clinical negligence, notably in cases of the utmost severity and complexity. It also advises about Court of Protection and welfare benefits matters.
The firm was established 21 years ago by Hugh Potter. The firm is now a Limited Company and has rebranded as Potter Rees Dolan. In 2011, it gained a base in Cumbria through an agreement to use the premises and other facilities of GK&M Solicitors. In 2017, the firm established a wholly owned subsidiary, Potter Rees Dolan Trust Corporation Ltd, to accept appointments as Deputy, Professional Trustees and executors.
Potter Rees Dolan has acquired an enviable reputation over the past 21 years as a provider of the highest quality legal services for people who have sustained a serious injury or who live with a disability. It is known, in particular, for its expertise in acting on behalf of those who have sustained catastrophic injury through accident or clinical negligence. It has always been committed to treating clients in a caring, professional and client-friendly manner — delivering advice in a clear and straightforward way.
Potter Rees Dolan provides initial free advice and lawyers usually travel to see clients at home or in hospital. Its city centre offices are fully wheelchair accessible. The practice is a proud sponsor of The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) and Headway. A number of its solicitors are AvMA panel members, SRA Accredited and Fellows of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), assuring clients the best service and care at all times.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Personal Injury: 54%
Clinical Negligence: 27%
Court of Protection: 19%
Welfare Benefits: 1%
PRINCIPLE AREAS OF WORK
Serious Personal Injury: Potter Rees Dolan has experience in all types and aspects of acquired brain injury and spinal cord injury including cases leading to compensation of millions of pounds. The firm acts in a range of matters including accidents abroad, in the workplace, in public places, road traffic accidents, serious criminal assaults, fatal accidents and professional negligence. The firm has sued other solicitors who have failed to properly carry out their professional duties on behalf of their injured clients.
Clinical Negligence: Potter Rees Dolan acts on behalf of many injured clients because of the negligence of medical professionals, including cases involving treatment in the National Health Service and private hospitals. Expertise includes medical mismanagement at birth, negligence cases resulting in brain injury and spinal cord injury such as cerebral palsy or caudia equina, failure to diagnose cases, surgical negligence and pressure sores. In appropriate cases, the practice fully investigates all physical and mental impairments, as well as cost of future care, loss of future earnings, costs of obtaining access to special equipment, costs of future accommodation requirements.
Court of Protection: The firm has an experienced Court of Protection team, members of which act as financial deputy or trustee for a wide variety of clients, including children with cerebral palsy, adults with severe brain injuries, mental health problems or learning difficulties and elderly clients with dementia. The department provides services to other firms of solicitors, who require evidence of future Court of Protection costs for personal injury or clinical negligence claims or the appointment of a suitably qualified deputy.
Welfare Benefits Advice: The firm believes in providing a holistic service to all its clients and has a highly experienced, dedicated welfare benefits solicitor who provides essential, timely advice for those clients and their families who need it following a serious injury. This can include obtaining welfare claim forms, assistance with completing them, assistance with benefit appeals, representation at benefit appeal tribunals and assistance setting up personal injury trusts to protect benefit entitlement post-settlement. The department also provides pro-bono advice on welfare benefits matters to individuals and charitable organisations.