Donns managing partner quits to establish PI firm

Manchester personal injury firm Donns Solicitors has lost managing partner Hilary Meredith.

Meredith, who made her name in Gulf War Syndrome litigation, has left the firm to return to fee-earning, establishing her own practice, Hilary Meredith Solicitors. She takes her clients and one qualified lawyer with her, but will not recruit any further staff from Donns.

Meredith told The Lawyer: “We’re actively looking to expand. We’re looking to recruit paralegals and another solicitor by January.”

The new firm will be based in Cheshire and will specialise in brain and spinal injury matters. “I’m excited about getting back to the grass roots,” said Meredith. “Helping people with serious injuries is why I went into law in the first place.”

She will continue to act as a consultant to Donns’ clients. Donns has promoted Adrienne de Vos to the role of Head of the Catastrophic Injury Department, having dispensed with the Managing Partner position.