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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. 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.

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. Recent success has included the first interpretation of the Lugano Convention in line with the Odenbreit principle in a claim establishing the jurisdiction of the English court and winning a heavily contested liability trial at the Royal Courts of Justice arising out of an accident at sea off the coast of Lindos, Rhodes.

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 has successfully challenged AFCS decisions to achieve the highest level award for her clients.

Louise helped co-ordinate our conference '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 was recognised as a Next Generation Lawyer in 2018 and again in the 2019 edition of The Legal 500 described by her clients as “caring” and “always looking out for her clients”.

 

Client Testimonials

I found them straightforward and polite, and a nice receptionist, that helped put me at ease.

- Mr R Francis, Ludlow

I always felt you were working in my best interests, but you didn't sugar coat or patronise me. My case was complex and I appreciated the professionalism shown and how the legal system "worked"

- Mrs J Bradford, Stafford

Knowledge of all issues regarding house purchase. Used you before four years ago and you're still performing to a high standard.

- Mrs J Ward & Dr J Jenkins, Shrewsbury

Competence and detailed legal knowledge.

- Mr S Martin & Mrs R Martin, Shrewsbury

The professionalism of the service received and the expert knowledge of the solicitor who handled my case.

- Mr K Whitelaw, Wolverhampton

Client Quotes

As a Welsh speaker, I attach great importance to being able to communicate in Welsh with my solicitor - as I can with him.

- Mr H Jones & R Jones, Llanrhystud

'You really cared and wanted the best possible outcome for our son'

- Mr & Mrs Abernethy, Cheshire

Excellent representation in court

- Mr Gibson, Telford

Using Lanyon Bowdler twice for two separate issues being completely different. Both were dealt with complete efficient manner, my questions were always answered with honesty and explaination.

- Mr G Martin & Mrs L Rees, Bromsgrove

Staff are most helpful and understanding

- Mrs Edwards, Oswestry

Latest Case Study

19 Sep 2017

Arm Injuries Suffered by Holidaymaker on Belgium Bus

Mr and Mrs S booked a coach holiday online, which was a five day break from Folkstone to Bruges, Belgium. At Bruges,...