Who Are Rebecca & Alec?

Consultant Solicitor
I am a Consultant Solicitor that specialises exclusively in Personal Injury. I take on clients, exclusively, and proceed through a regulated law firm, meaning you get my individual time and dedication, but with the safety of knowing the case is run through a law firm that is appropriately insured.
I am very fortunate to be able to work through a law firm who share the same principles as I do in terms of acting in their client’s best interests.
I have over seven years of experience in Personal Injury and many of these years I have acted for clients across England and Wales in various, heavily contested, claims.
​You are probably wondering why you would instruct a Consultant Personal Injury Solicitor over a Personal Injury Firm who also offers No Win, No Fee? My clients appreciate me treating them like a person, not a number and a source of income;

Client care is extremely important to me and my clients. It doesn’t matter that you will not be paying me out of your own pocket, my clients are human beings who have been injured (some very seriously) was through no fault of their own and they come first.

I have a wealth of experience in bringing Personal Injury claims on behalf of injured clients. Importantly I have significant experience in claims where the third party are contesting the claim, usually by arguing they are not liable in law – that doesn’t deter me and it shouldn’t d
Consultant Solicitors choose their work and are free to run your case as they see fit for you:
Some law firms will most likely want their lawyers to run the files in their own particular way. 
Remember your claim isn’t the same as “the Jones” next door so why should your claim be run the same way too.
Consultant Solicitors tend to have fewer cases, compared with lawyers in a law firm, which means that they give your case more time and dedication that you deserve – you are not a number!
Some law firms will want their lawyers to progress cases as quickly as possible to increase turn over – usually at the detriment of the client. It could potentially mean that your claim could be compromised, meaning you don’t necessary get the best outcome.
However a Consultant Solicitor will be able to ensure all the appropriate evidence is collated before proceeding forward.
That doesn’t mean that you should avoid litigation. In fact experienced Personal Injury Lawyers will know how when to move forward by issuing legal proceedings –
Remember, the insurers on the otherwise make money by taking premiums from their policyholders and finding anyway possible to avoid paying out
Consultant Solicitors are highly experienced who will not be afraid to push forward with litigation whilst, at the same time, ensuring all bases are covered once legal proceedings have started
a Personal Injury Lawyer will need to ensure you keep up with all court deadlines and directions otherwise your claim could be struck out
Rebecca HennessyConsultant Solicitor
I am a Consultant Chartered Legal Executive (CILEx Laywer) and my area of specialisms are Personal Injury & Holiday Illness. I have over five years of experience in Personal Injury and many of these years I have acted for clients across England and Wales in various claims including acting for those who have sustained injury at work.
Most people know what a Solicitor or a Barrister is. Many people do not realise that they are both types of Lawyers (Solicitors usually act for clients in proceedings and Barristers represent clients at Court hearings). However, what most clients do not know is that there are at least eight types of Lawyers that are regulated:-
  • Solicitors
  • Barristers
  • Chartered Legal Executives
  • Cost Lawyers
  • Immigration Lawyers
  • Licensed Conveyancers
  • Notaries
  • Trade Mark/Patent Attorneys
All of these are Lawyers.
I am a Chartered Legal Executive. I am a lawyer who has qualified through the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.  I am regulated by CILEx Regulation (click here to find out more) where as Solicitors are regulated by the SRA and Barristers are regulated by the BSB.  Many law firms have both Solicitors and Chartered Legal Executives. Some law firms are regulated and run by Chartered Legal Executives and can also qualify to be Judges.
I had to undertake the appropriate academic training and a minimum of three years qualifying employment before I qualified as a CILEx Lawyer.
This meant that when I qualified as a Lawyer I had already been acting for clients for several years (four years in total). I carried out the same work as other Lawyers ad tot he same standard.
I was also required to provide a extensive portfolio of my work over a two year period to demonstrate I was capable of being a qualified Lawyer. I knew of several trainees whose portfolio was rejected due to demonstrating an insufficient standard whereas my portfolio was accepted first time.
I am regularly up against Solicitors, Barristers and Chartered Legal Executives. Many people instruct firms and are allocated a paralegal or “case handler”.
I have the right of audience (right to appear in Court) to represent you in interim hearings (hearings heard  in a Judge’s chambers) and I am not deterred by the fact that my opponents regularly instruct a Barrister to oppose me. Barristers spend most of their working life in Court so you can imagine that many Lawyers prefer not to go up against Barristers.
When you instruct me you know that:-
  • I am a qualified Lawyer
  • I have years of experience compared with newly qualified Solicitors (who will usually have two years of experience in four different areas of law before qualifying)
  • I regularly act for clients and I am regularly up against Barristers and Solicitors
​You are probably wondering why you would instruct a Consultant Personal Injury Lawyer over a Personal Injury Firm who also offers No Win, No Fee? My clients appreciate me treating them like a person, not a number and a source of income;
“….I have just completed a number of months in pursuing a claim which has thankfully now come to a successful conclusion. During this process Mr Hancock has been consistently cordial and pleasant to interact with. On more than one occasion, I have felt that he has gone beyond the call of duty in giving his time to patiently explain legal jargon and concepts that I found to be impenetrable. It has made the process significantly smoother – having someone whom I felt to be on my side, guiding the process in a courteous, considerate and thoughtful way.
I would be glad to know that Mr Hancock will be recognised for his excellent interpersonal service skills in addition to the fact that the claim was ultimately concluded in my favour.”
​Client care is extremely important to me and my clients. It doesn’t matter that you will not be paying me out of your own pocket, my clients are human beings who have been injured (some very seriously) was through no fault of their own and they come first

I have a wealth of experience in bringing Personal Injury claims on behalf of injured clients. Importantly I have significant experience in claims where the third party are contesting the claim, usually by arguing they are not liable in law – that doesn’t deter me and it shouldn’t deter my clients.
Alec HancockConsultant Chartered Legal Executive

Why Are We So Good?

We’re independent Consultant Lawyers and work in your best interests, but you get the reassurance that all our work is run through a regulated law firm*. Getting compensation for your accident at work is never as straight forward as it sounds.

We are based in Cornwall, however we act for clients across England and Wales.

You’ve been injured because of an accident through no fault of your own and you come first – here are a few of the ways that we can help you:

Qualified & Experienced Accident at Work Lawyers

  • Over 14 years’ experience

  • We don’t just give up if your employers deny liability for your accident

  • Instructing a firm can mean an inexperienced, unqualified person running your case, but with us, you know exactly who we are

A Small Caseload So We Can Focus On You

  • Most accident at work lawyers, in firms, have lots of cases but we work for ourselves and only need a few cases so we have the time to dedicate to you

  • We can be more diligent and give full consideration to your case & the best way to proceed

We Choose How To Run Your Case

  • No two claims are the same, so it’s important that each case & each client is treated differently

  • Most accident at work firms have a set way to run a case, but because we’re consultants, we choose the best way to run your case for you

  • We ensure you get as much compensation as possible.

We’re Available & Here For You

  • We understand that you aren’t always available to speak during office hours, so we can speak to you in the evenings or weekends.

“Can I say thank you for all that you have done for me. I know you get paid but it felt as though I was a ‘human being’ and not just a claim number. Your help has been invaluable as has your guidance”

*Rebecca Hennessy (Consultant Solicitor) and Alec Hancock (Consultant Chartered Legal Executive) carry out all their legal work exclusively through MJW Law Limited, a law firm regulated by CILEx Regulation.

Types Of Accident At Work

Unsafe System of Work -Think Safe! Accident at Work

Unsafe System of Work

Your employer has a duty to take...

Various Accidents At The Work Place

Slip,Trip & Accidents In The Workplace

Your employer has a non-delegable duty of care to ensure your place of work is reasonably...
Injury caused by inappropriate or lack of PE

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Some of our clients have been given inadequate PPE as a cheap, cost-saving option.  Some...
Injuries Caused By Manual Handling

Manual Handling

Regardless of whether you work in an office, warehouse or a construction site, you may well...
Accident And Injuries Caused By Working At Heights

Working At Heights

Most people have an aversion to heights – it’s perfectly natural to worry about falling...

Accidents And Injuries At Construction Sites

Construction Site Accidents

There are many hazards on a construction site.  My clients are usually subcontracted to...
Injury Caused By Inappropriate or Defective Equipment

Defective/Unsuitable Work Equipment

Many employees are required to use work equipment in order to do the job required of them. ...
Injury Due To Violence At Work

Assault At Work

Many, if not most of you, are comfortable with your fellow employees – you get along with...

Testimonials

I contacted Rebecca to pursue a personal Injury claim. Rebecca was very helpful throughout the entire process, responsive and explained everything in a way that i was able to understand. Rebecca won my case and the service I received from start to finish was excellent. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her for a helpful, professional and prompt service.

[Rebecca’s client following an incident in a shopping mall where he sustained a nasty laceration to his leg]

Contact Rebecca or Alec

Call Rebecca on 01613 597168 or Alec on 01613 597167.

You can also email us on claims@accident-at-work.legal

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FAQ

How long will the process take?

It depends whether liability is admitted, how serious your injury is and other factors. Some law firms will be deterred by service user claims...

Do I have to go to Court?

Not necessarily. In fact, many claims are resolved without legal proceedings being issued. Most claims never make it to a Court room. Courts...

Can I bring a claim against my employer whilst I still work there?

Did you know that employers are obligated to have liability insurance for their employees? This is because it is your legal right to recover...

How can I afford to pursue a claim? I don’t have enough money to pay privately.

Our claims are run on a No Win, No Fee basis (called a Conditional Fee Agreement) which means that you don’t have to pay anything out of your...

Free Accident at Work Legal Information

Following an accident at work, many of our clients have concerns about making a claim:
  • Will they be able to recover their lost earnings?
  • Will there be consequences for making a claim for the accident?
  • How can they prove their employer was negligent when they have all the evidence?
Some clients are unaware that their employer is required to have employers liability insurance to ensure that if an employee has an accident at work, the employer will be indemnified (i.e. the liability insurance will cover the legal fees and any compensation).  It is also unlawful to dismiss an employee because they have made a claim  for an accident– it is a right for anyone to bring a claim if they believe they had an accident at work as a result of someone else’s negligence.
This means that effectively it is the insurance company dealing with the claim, not your employer directly. The sole purpose of that insurance policy is so the employer doesn’t have to worry about paying out for an accident claim with their own money.
However, that doesn’t mean that your employer’s insurer will pay out simply because you had an accident at work.  Insurers make money by having insurance premiums and avoiding paying out for an accident.  This is where we come in.
Before 2013, Personal Injury Solicitors and Lawyers needed only to prove that the employers had breach one of the various employment regulations and that breached caused the injury in order to secure compensation. The common regulations were:-
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
  • Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
  • Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992
  • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 [now replaced with the 2015 Regulations]
However when the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 came into it force it meant a breach was no longer enough to establish liability for an accident at work claim. It requires Claimants, (you, the people making the claim) their Personal Injury Solicitor and Barrister to prove that the Defendant had been negligent.
That does not mean you cannot claim compensation. In fact the usual health and safety regulations still apply- they just do not give you an automatic right to compensation for your accident at work.
This is where an experienced Accident at Work Solicitor or Lawyer can build a case, relying on the relevant regulations, prove your employer has been negligent and help you secure compensation. No Win, No Win claims allow you to instruct a Personal Injury lawyer or Solicitor and pursue the accident compensation without having to worry about large legal bills.