About Us

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 20 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.

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 25 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.

 

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.

Carol Matthews

Carol has 20 years experience as a Personal Injury Legal Executive. She regularly acts for clients in relation to workplace and road traffic accidents and joined the firm in 2017.​

Carol has High Court experience and is fully conversant with portal cases and multi-track, employers liability, public liability and road traffic cases.  One of her highest settlements was for £265,000.

 

Tyla Skates

Tyla is a Paralegal dealing with cases involving accidents at work, including amputations, and road traffic incidents.  Tyla also provides research assistance to the clinical negligence department with complex claims.

Outside of work, Tyla is undertaking a Masters degree in Law, including developing her specialism into Surrogacy Law. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and cooking.

 

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.

In Memory of Claire Hodgson

It is with great sadness that we report that Claire Hodgson, our Senior Clinical Negligence Solicitor passed away unexpectedly on the 25th of August, 2019.

Claire was a Senior Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Solicitor with over 30 years experience, having qualified in 1991. During her career, she helped hundreds of claimants over the years. She was legendary in her pursuit of justice and frequently gave free advice to members of the public, while walking her dog.

Claire was a real favourite with both her clients, work colleagues and other Personal Injury Lawyers around the UK. She was an achiever who got things done.

As a specialist Industrial Disease Solicitor, Claire had many years experience in handling complex civil actions and had settled several mesothelioma cases for substantial awards. One of her most notable settlements was for just under £250,000 when she acted for a young mesothelioma victim and secured settlement for the “lost years” of his life.

Claire was a member of multiple notable organisations, which include; the Legal 500, where she was regularly consulted by Solicitors throughout the UK; the Claimants’ Steering Committee for the high profile British Coal VWF Litigation; the Law Society’s highly accredited Personal Injury Panel of which she was a long standing member. Since 1999, Claire was also the co-organiser of the Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) Symposium and had contributed to Sweet & Maxwell’s Occupational Illness Litigation (Ed, Andrew Macdonald). She was a speaker at various courses for the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and most recently at the Noise Induced Hearing Loss Symposium in Manchester, where she was also a member of their Executive Committee.

Claire was also an experienced horse owner and frequently advised in relation to equine related incidents.

When people surfed their phones over a morning coffee, Claire would sit and read law reports! She was immensely knowledgeable and her passing will leave a gaping hole in the legal world. Claire is greatly missed by her partner, friends and colleagues and will be irreplaceable. She was a unique and extremely talented lawyer.

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Authorised and Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority: SRA Number 518688 SC Law is a trading name of SC Law Solicitors Limited. Registered in England and Wales.

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COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE

We want to give you the best possible service.  However, if at any point you become concerned about the service we have provided, then you should inform us immediately, so that we can do our best to resolve the issue.

Procedure:
We will acknowledge your complaint within 2 working days and investigate straightforward matters within 7 working days.  If we consider that it may take longer than 7 working days to investigate, we will advise you of the likely timescales of when you can expect our final assessment.

In the first instance it may be helpful to contact the person who is working on your case to discuss your concerns and we will do our best to resolve any issues.  If you are still not satisfied you should address your concerns directly to the Principal Saffora Choudri or Ian-Austen Jones, who is another senior solicitor at the firm.  The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) require that a client gives us 8 weeks in which to deal with the complaint.

Making a complaint will not affect how we handle your case.  Your complaint will be investigated fully and fairly by someone independent, such as another senior lawyer not related to the case, who will offer a suitable solution where possible.

What to do if we cannot resolve your complaint:
In the first instance please let us know if you are willing for an independent law firm or the local Law Society Group to review your complaint.

Alternatively, the Legal Ombudsman can help you if we are unable to resolve your complaint ourselves.  They will look at your complaint independently and it will not affect how we handle your case.

Before accepting a complaint for investigation, the Legal Ombudsman will check that you have tried to resolve your complaint with us first.  If you have, then you must take your complaint to the Legal Ombudsman:

• Within six months of receiving a final response to your complaint; and
• No more than six years from the date of the act/omission; or
• No more than three years from when you should reasonably have known there was cause for complaint.

If you would like more information about the Legal Ombudsman, please contact them directly, using the contact information below:

Visit: www.legalombudsman.org.uk
Call: 0300 555 0333 between 9.00 to 17.00.
Email: enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk
Legal Ombudsman PO Box 6806, Wolverhampton, WV1 9WJ

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The SRA can help if you are concerned about our behaviour.  This could be for things like dishonesty, taking or losing your money or treating you unfairly because of your age, a disability or other characteristic.

Visit their website to see how you can raise your concerns with the Solicitors Regulation Authority.​