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Louise Howard

Associate Solicitor - Personal Injury Claims Team


Louise's Teams

Personal Injury


Profile/Experience

Louise joined Lanyon Bowdler in 2007 and qualified as a solicitor in September 2011.

As an APIL member and an experienced solicitor in serious injury cases, Louise has worked with clients who have sustained life changing spinal and head injuries. Louise settled a brain injury matter at a joint settlement meeting where the claimant suffered a head injury at work, the matter was complicated by past serious head injuries leading to difficult questions of causation and exacerbation of injuries. The client in that matter was very pleased with the six figure sum achieved, however, during the course of the case Louise also worked with the client's GP to introduce the client to Headway and secure funding for the same which was a huge benefit to the client.

As a member of PEOPIL, Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury lawyers, Louise has a keen interest in accidents abroad. She has acted for clients injured in Greece, Finland, France, Holland, Spain, Belgium, Slovakia and Thailand. Her cross border litigation experience includes challenging European Regulation in the local courts and working as UK agent where the matter is before the Courts in a foreign jurisdiction.

Louise also has an interest in psychiatric injury claims, secondary victim claims and PTSD cases including acting for current and former members of the Armed Forces in cases against the Ministry of Defence and through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. She is a firm believer in putting rehabilitation in place as early as possible for the client either through interim payments or use of the Rehabilitation Code.

Louise helped co-ordinate our most successful conference yet 'Surviving Brain Injury – The Journey' which took place at Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury in March 2016 building on the success of our Accident Abroad Seminar the year before which brought together experts from all over Europe and the UK to discuss cross border litigation.

Further experience includes fatal accident claims, Criminal Injury Compensation Scheme applications and appeals, occupiers liability and highway claims.

Armed Forces Community Covenant

Louise sits on an Operations Group in Shrewsbury run by the Armed Forces Community Covenant Co-ordinator.

The Operations Group is made up of representatives from the council, Help for Heroes, SSAFA, RBL, Combat Stress, West Mercia Police, local regiments, Enable, Walking with the Wounded, Confide, Veterans UK, Lanyon Bowdler and other charities. Each month they meet and case manage veterans through their needs, for example; if a veteran has a housing need that will be addressed, if they require treatment or assistance in facilitating treatment they all work together to find a way to make that work. The Group is very much about identifying a veteran with needs and then working together to problem solve and improve the situation for each individual veteran. Examples of this range from simply finding a way to solve an issue with transport to medical treatment, to whole scale support for a veteran with severe PTSD.

She has been involved in the Operations Group since day one as she was passionate about improving the lack of support for servicemen and veterans locally (based on the experiences of her clients). Louise was also finding that her role in her cases also involved a lot of signposting clients to appropriate support, the group gives her access to people she can refer her clients to.

Legal 500 Recommendation

Louise is recognised as a Next Generation Lawyer in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500.

Case Studies

Read some of Louise's case studies below:

Expert Advice Provided in Package Holiday Claim

Arm Injuries Suffered by Holidaymaker on Belgium Bus

Two Employer's Liability Claims

RTA on Spanish Motorway

Client Testimonials

As a charity legacy officer I am used to reluctance from professional executors to communicate. I found him professional yet friendly and efficient at all times - very pleased.

- Cats Protection, Haywards Heath

Very polite members of staff, took the time to explain everything to us.

- Mr R Wilford & Mrs J Wilford, Bromyard

How easy it was to speak to her and she explained the situation to me in ways that I could understand.

- Mrs S Mizrahi, Hereford

Ease of contact, understanding of business context. An excellent and pragmatic approach to a relatively complex business transfer.

- Mr D Coull, Shrewsbury

A very personal service with kind helpful start.

- Dr S Robertson, London

Client Quotes

Helpful and courteous. Took time to explain complex issues.

- Mr J Barrett & Mrs W Barrett, Oswestry

I was competely satisfied with all aspects of the service.

- Mr S Taylor, Telford

Excellent, friendly, positive and extremely helpful. Nothing too much trouble - a job well done.

- Mrs P Moore, Mrs S Price

Communication surrounding my injury claim was excellent with other departments within the firm.

- Mrs L Dowbiggin, Much Wenlock

Ease of contact, understanding of business context. An excellent and pragmatic approach to a relatively complex business transfer.

- Mr D Coull, Shrewsbury

Latest Case Study

19 Sep 2017

Compensation for Road Traffic Accident in Seville

Ms G was on holiday in Spain in July 2008 with her partner. On a day trip to Seville in a hired car their enjoyable h...