Charles Russell loses clin neg head as Irwin Mitchell swoops

Charles Russell personal injury and clinical negligence head Amanda Stevens has defected to Irwin Mitchell just months after Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) raided the firm for its London-based medical negligence team.

Amanda  Stevens
Amanda Stevens

Stevens will join the firm’s London office to head a new team working with serious brain and spinal injury clients. Stevens is a former president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). She is known by personal injury practitioners for her involvement in various government initiatives aimed at streamlining the claims process.

Stevens said the move was prompted by a desire to be involved in a larger team of lawyers. She said: “I was the only partner by the time I came to leave and there are limits to what you can do. It makes it easier if you’re surrounded by personal injury lawyers.”

Irwin Mitchell head of personal injury Andrew Tucker said: “Amanda’s arrival will strengthen our position in the complex injury arena in London and the South East at a time when we’re already seeing an increasing number of clients seeking our help and support at a difficult time in their lives.

“In her year as president of APIL, Amanda did much to ensure rehabilitation was on the radar of all claimant solicitors and she has an ongoing role as rehabilitation champion for APIL, having helped renegotiate the rehabilitation code of practice with defendants.”

In May, FFW took a five-strong team from Charles Russell’s London office including partners RichardVallance and Edwina Rawson, associates Chista Kermani and Claire Howeson and barrister Jonathan Zimmern (3 May 2010).