Partner and Head of Personal InjuryDownload vCard
Location: Leeds City Centre
- Personal Injury
- Industrial Disease
Gareth specialises in high value and complex cases.
Gareth joined Ison Harrison in 2001 and since then he has developed into one of the firm's most confident and able lawyers and was voted 'Ison Harrison Lawyer of the Year 2016' award by his fellow colleagues.
Boasting over 17 years' experience within our Personal Injury Department, Gareth has experience of dealing with every type of case that you can imagine, including a wide range of complex and high value claims. In 2016, Gareth was appointed as Head of the Personal Injury team, tasked with overseeing and developing the department's reputation for delivering exceptional client care, strong performance and negotiation.
Gareth's speed of thought is perhaps his most remarkable asset, enabling him to immediately cut straight to the heart of a problem and develop a solution quicker than most. Gareth prides himself on being efficient, responsive and pro-active ensuring that all of his clients are kept up to date and remain fully informed.
Gareth specialises in high value and complex cases. He has experience of dealing with claims arising from road traffic accidents, accidents at work and occupier's and public liability claims. In addition to this, Gareth represents the families of loved ones at Jury Inquests investigating their death. He also deals with Industrial Disease Claims, including those for hand and arm vibration syndrome and noise induced hearing loss.
He has also dealt with more unusual personal injury claims- these have included cases of sexual assault, product liability claims and even an accident aboard a vessel, which was heard by the Admiralty Division of the High Court.
Gareth loves client contact - clients return this courtesy and always appreciate his efforts. Due to his commitment to client care Gareth receives instructions that have been pointed in his direction from previous clients.
Gareth is a passionate rugby league fan, being a former professional rugby league player with Wigan and Hunslet, with whom he reached the Challenge Cup quarter final in 2003. As well as following rugby, in his spare time, Gareth enjoys spending time with his wife and two young boys- look out for them ‘geocaching’ across Yorkshire!
Below are details of a number of Gareth's most recent cases.
Motorcycle Accident - settlement in the sum of £275,000.00
Mr H, a motorcyclist, aged 36, was travelling to work when a vehicle failed to give way and pulled out from a petrol station forecourt into his path. Mr H sustained a significant fracture of his right femur, fractures of both wrists and abdominal injuries which resulted in a significant period of rehabilitation and absence from work.
Surveillance footage was obtained and medical evidence was contested, legal proceedings were issued and the case settled out of Court in the sum of £275,000.00.
Accident at work - settlement in the sum of £780,000.00
Mr H, a miner, aged 54, suffered catastrophic high pressure injection injuries when a hydraulic pipe burst in the mine. He suffered life changing injuries to his abdomen, back and hip causing permanent pain and resulting in Mr H being unable to return to work.
Medical evidence was contested but the case settled out of Court in the sum of £780,000.00.
Occupiers Liability - settlement in the sum of £25,000.00
Mrs R, a pensioner, suffered a fracture to her left hip when she tripped over a trolley in a big chain retail store. Liability was disputed and legal proceedings were issued. The case settled out of Court in the sum of £25,000.00.
Maritime law - sizeable settlement
Mr M, a master skipper aged 63, suffered fractures to his lower back when he fell down a hatch on board a vessel. Contributory negligence was alleged, surveillance footage was obtained and medical evidence was disputed. Legal proceedings were issued and Mr M received a sizeable settlement in an out of Court settlement, days before trial.
Inquest touching the death of Mr H
Mr H was out walking when he was hit by a A frame advertising board owned by a high street pub chain. Mr H fell backwards striking his head and sadly died the following day. Gareth represented the family of Mr H at the jury inquest which found that Mr H died when an unstable A frame advertisement board, owned by the high street pub chain fell in the wind and struck Mr H causing his death. Following the inquest Gareth successfully claimed damages on behalf of the estate.
Sexual assault of T
T who had learning difficulties suffered a serious sexual assault when attending a specialised youth club at a local authority venue. Gareth successfully claimed damages on behalf of T against the local authority due to lack of supervision and insufficient door locks and chimes.