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SC Law was established specifically to help people who have suffered an injury, from minor through to the most serious and catastrophic. Accident victims are often bullied by their own motor or home insurers to use their own “panel” firm, when in fact under English law they have the complete freedom to use any solicitor of their choice. An accident victim should carefully choose the solicitor they want to represent them, particularly where the injuries are very serious. Similarly, if you not happy with your current solicitor it is usually very easy to have your case transferred to the solicitor/law firm of your own choice.

Our clients choose us because they believe in our lawyers abilities to meet or exceed their expectations of service and expertise in pursuing their claims. All clients have a dedicated lawyer dealing with their case and one who is specially trained in handling specific types of injuries or accidents. The team at SC Law have almost a 100 years of combined experienced between them, a 100% success rate on concluded claims and have never lost a case at trial.


Meet the key team members

Saffora Choudri

Saffora is a Senior Personal Injury Lawyer with over 17 years experience acting exclusively for injured claimants, including clients who have sustained catastrophic and very serious injuries. She is a specialist in lower limb amputations and spinal/back injury cases and a highly skilled negotiator, regularly achieving settlements beyond her clients expectations.

With her wealth of experience, Saffora has successfully dealt with thousands of cases and eased the lives of many claimants who have been injured. She has extensive experience in dealing with complex liability claims against government organisations, workplace and construction site accidents, claims involving buses and fatal accidents, including acting for multiple group claimants. She is also experienced in dealing with leisure and sporting accidents and injuries involving children. She also acted for several victims of the July 7th London terrorist bombings.

Amongst the many cases Saffora has dealt with, include the high profile case against the Ministry of Defence in the Mount McKinley expedition in Alaska involving a horrific fatality and other very seriously injured climbers. She also recently negotiated settlement of a claim involving an avid hand glider who sustained seriously debilitating leg injuries for almost half a million. Saffora regularly represents clients who have sustained lower limb amputations.

Saffora is a member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s Personal Injury Panel, one of the highest accredited personal injury panels. She is also a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and speaks Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi and is a well known innovative and popular lawyer amongst the Asian community.

Hobbies and interests include diving, black and white photography and the theatre.

Ian Austen-Jones

Ian is a Senior Personal Injury Solicitor and a Consultant to SC Law with over 24 years specialist experience in dealing with personal injury cases. He is also a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

The legal knowledge and technical skills that Ian brings to personal injury claims ensures an extremely high rate of success. Ian has extensive experience in dealing with many types of accidents, including catastrophic and brain injury cases and claims involving multiple claimants, such as the tragic M25 National Express coach crash in 2007 killing two passengers and seriously injuring many other passengers, some of whose injuries were catastrophic. He is also experienced in dealing with work related industrial disease claims. Ian recently settled a complex brain injury case for £1.2 million where the defendant argued the claimant was partly at fault.

Having also worked in the defendant industry, Ian has the added advantage of knowing how an opponent is likely to respond to a claim and this wealth of experience keeps Ian steps ahead of his opponents both inside and outside the Courtroom.

Vina Lad

Vina is a Senior Solicitor with over 16 years of expertise in family law. With her vast experience, she has achieved successful outcomes for thousands of clients.

Vina is a member of the Resolution Family Law panel, who promote the constructive and non confrontational resolution of family problems. Vina has settled extensive disputes between parents or relatives in relation to their children and dealt with complex financial and property matters.

As a member of Resolution, Vina is committed to helping clients reach constructive and lasting agreements. She also provides emotional and practical advice and support to her clients throughout their dispute. Her specialist experience encompasses a wide range of family issues including divorce and separation matters, disputes concerning children and financial settlements acting for husbands, wives, cohabiting couples, same sex couples and family members.

Through Vina's extensive experience she has dealt with a variety of cases including:

  • Acting for parents, grandparents and other relatives in children issues involving residence, contact and other issues
  • Successfully preventing the removal of children from the UK where parental consent has not been obtained
  • Representing parents to relocate internationally with their children to various parts of the world
  • Emergency applications to safeguard the protection of men, women and children
  • Acting for parties in financial disputes including acting for third parties where they have invested/lent money to the separating party
  • Representing clients in nullity and divorce applications

Vina has experience in other areas of law including housing, debt and welfare enabling her to give full rounded advice to her clients. She is also fluent in Gujarati and a recognised and respected member of the Asian community.

David Ellis

David has been qualified for over 9 years and regularly acts for clients who have suffered serious brain or spinal injuries, which often involves dealing with complex medical evidence and life-changing injuries. He is a highly skilled negotiator, regularly achieving settlements in the range of £200,000 to over £1.3 million.

David acts for clients who have suffered serious brain or spinal injuries, which often involves dealing with complex medical evidence and life-changing injuries. David also has a special interest in motorcycle accidents. He has links with the Brain and Spinal Injury Centre and believes in a rounded approach to his cases and his clients' needs. He has worked not just in the full range of Civil Courts but also assisted and been praised in relation to associated criminal problems that brain injured clients have found themselves in as a result of the nature of their injuries.

He is an active member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and is a freelance writer for the Solicitors Journal. He is also a member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority's Personal Injury Panel, one of the highest accredited personal injury panels in the country.

In his spare time David enjoys golf, travel, scuba diving and running. He has taken part in a number of half marathons to raise money for brain injury charities and also recently completed the London Marathon as part of the Spinal Injuries Association team.

Claire Hodgson

Claire is a Personal Injury solicitor with over 25 years experience. Her specialist areas are Industrial Disease, including Mesothelioma & Asbestos, Dermatitis, Work Related Upper Limb Disorders, as well as extensive experience in Clinical Negligence and workplace accidents.

Claire is a Personal Injury solicitor with over 25 years experience. Her specialist areas are Industrial Disease, including Mesothelioma & Asbestos, Dermatitis, Work Related Upper Limb Disorders, as well as extensive experience in Clinical Negligence and workplace accidents.

As a specialist industrial disease lawyer, Claire has many years' experience in handling substantial civil actions and has settled several Mesothelioma cases in the region of £150,000 to £250,000. Among one of her most notable settlements for just under £250,000, she acted for a young mesothelioma victim and secured settlement for the “lost years” of his life.

Claire is also an experienced horse owner and can advise in relation to specialist horse related incidents or equine accidents. Claire has been listed in the Legal 500 and is regularly consulted by Solicitors throughout the UK. She has also been a member of the Claimants’ Steering Committee for the high profile British Coal VWF Litigation. Claire is also a member of the Law Society's highly accredited Personal Injury Panel. She has been the co-organiser of the Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) Symposium since 1999 and has contributed to Sweet & Maxwell's Occupational Illness Litigation (Ed, Andrew Macdonald). She has also been a speaker at various courses for the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and most recently at the Noise Induced Hearing Loss Symposium in Manchester.

Pritee Manji

Pritee is a qualified Solicitor and has been at SC Law for eight years. During her career, Pritee has acted exclusively as a personal injury lawyer for accident victims.

She is head of the Road Traffic Department at SC Law and runs cases quickly and efficiently through the government’s new claims process. She also handles very serious injury cases caused by motor accidents, including amputations.

Pritee has a proven track record of winning difficult tripping and slipping cases against local authorities and at work.

Among one of her most successful and difficult cases that Pritee has recently won, which although was relatively low value at £5,500, there were two opponents, both denying liability throughout. The claimant was an injured tenant who wanted to claim against the landlord, who in turn was blaming the maintenance company, which had gone into administration, creating difficult and complex issues. As liability was denied, before Pritee could issue Court proceedings against the maintenance company, she first had to apply for the company to be restored at Companies House, which involves extensive skill and knowledge. Pritee successfully concluded the case and achieved a positive outcome for the client.

Through her experience Pritee has developed excellent negotiation skills and often secures settlements beyond her clients expectations. She is hardworking and dedicated towards her clients to help secure the maximum possible settlement.

Shirley Giani

Shirley has over 22 years experience as a Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Solicitor. Shirley is particularly dedicated to making a difference to the lives of brain injury victims, having encountered her own personal experience of a brain injury after her close relative sustained very serious brain injuries. Through her substantial network of professional services, Shirley has assisted brain injury survivors make inspirational recoveries through early rehabilitation and other support networks. Having first hand knowledge of the legal, emotional and financial issues that arise out of these tragic circumstances, Shirley will assist with the early rehabilitation process that is essential in brain injury cases by obtaining an interim payment (money on account) as soon as possible. Shirley works closely with specialist Queens Counsel (experienced barristers) and leading experts on these cases to achieve the best possible settlement for her clients.

In addition to brain injuries, Shirley also represents children who have suffered cerebral palsy due to brain damage and other defects caused at birth. She also has vast experience in handling catastrophic and very serious injuries, as well as cosmetic surgery that has gone wrong and pain and suffering caused by bed pressure sores, mis-diagnosis and amputations caused by medical negligence.

Shirley is also a member of the UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum and also the Brain Injury Group. She actively works with brain charities to help her severely injured clients receive the best possible support. She is also a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

As a Clinical Negligence specialist lawyer, Shirley has the added advantage of knowing how a hospital or doctor is likely to respond to our clients claims, having worked in the defendant industry for several years. This valuable benefit gives our clients an advantage over defendants and their likely tactics.

Althea Francis

Althea joined SC Law as a law graduate and has many years of experience in legal services and various local government authorities through her former roles in regulation, inspection and public funding as well as acting as an investigator at the Solicitors Regulation Authority for several years.

As well as being a Personal Injury Lawyer, Althea is also dually qualified as a nurse clinician and her medical knowledge is invaluable to her work as a personal injury legal advisor at SC Law.

At SC Law, Althea predominantly works in the Road Traffic Accident department, where she runs claims quickly and efficiently, often achieving higher than expected settlements. As part of preparing cases for claimants injured in road traffic accidents, Althea often prepares complicated schedules of losses and expenses, even where clients are self-employed, regularly achieving excellent settlements for her clients.

During her dual career as both a qualified nurse and legal advisor, Althea has been highly commended by the Department of Health for her work to develop lay assessor inspection regimes for people with multiple disabilities. Her medical knowledge and experience as a Lead Nurse touches on strategic planning for borough wide End of Life multidisciplinary services. Althea is also experienced in primary care, fully recognising the issues around medical duty of care, as well as having vast experience in the case management of people with catastrophic injuries.

She is passionate that her personal injury clients receive high quality litigation services, enabling them move forwards with their lives. Althea is also a member of the British Medico-Legal Society, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and the Society for Research in Rehabilitation.

Catherine Humphrey

Catherine joined SC Law in 2010 and is the firm’s Business Manager.

As well as managing the accounts, she is responsible for the business development and marketing strategy. Catherine’s role is pivotal to ensuring the firm maintains high service levels for its clients. She also focuses on maintaining the firm’s competitive position in the industry and works closely with the Directors to identify and proactively manage key products and services for the firm.

Tim Self

Tim is the firm’s Practice Director and manages the firm’s development, finances and IT requirements.



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Areas covered - Personal Injury, Family, Employment and Wills.

Why Choose Us

  • 100% success rate
  • Our solicitors have never lost a case at trial
  • Tailor-made service for serious injury claims
  • High success rates in complex liability claims
  • Post-settlement advice to protect your award
  • Qualified lawyer dealing with your case
  • Specialists in catastrophic injury claims, including amputations, brain and spinal injuries
  • Proven excellent negotiators who have secured substantial awards