One of our clinical negligence lawyers, Oliver Thorne, was shortlisted for the prestigious Clinical Negligence Lawyer of the Year award at the National Personal Injury Awards, which took place in Manchester on 27 November 2019.
Commenting after the awards ceremony, Oliver said:
“it was a huge honor to be shortlisted for this award for the second year in a row. It was a really strong field this year with some truly excellent lawyers making the shortlist.”
Oliver eraned his place among the finalists by demonstrating an extraordinary degree of compassion and empathy for the people he represents. His clients are often facing terminal illness, dealing with the loss of a loved one or having to cope with a lifetime of illness and care. While some lawyers might just concentrate on “getting the job done”, Oliver takes the time to build a genuine relationship with the clients. They talk of his “warmth”, “kindness” and “compassion”. As one client put it, "quite simply, he listened”.
Oliver prides himself on providing access to justice for the victims of medical accidents and is part of a team that can assist clients with all types of clinical negligence cases. He represents families at inquests, often without making any charge, and his achievements have been recognised by the influential Legal 500 publication, the 2019 edition noting him as being ‘very experienced and knowledgeable’.
Oliver receives a large number of personal referrals. He has links with his local branch of Headway and has recently been working with the Calvert Trust who offer outdoor pursuits to people suffering from disabilities.
Here are some comments we have received about Oliver:
“I would unhesitatingly recommend Oliver as a slawyer for serious clinical negligence and personal injury claims. I have worked with Oliver over many years and find Oliver to be intelligent, approachable, thorough, and determined to do the best for his clients.” – Jamie Gamble. Barrister, No5 Chambers.
“When we made the difficult decision to leave our original solicitors firm, Oliver came highly recommended to us by some of his previous and existing clientele. Upon meeting Oliver, he emitted warmth and kindness and his passion along with dedication to make a positive difference to the lives of his clients really shone through."
"It was clear that Oliver had a genuine empathy and teamed with his knowledge and professional manner, he quickly made us feel at ease. We felt complete confidence in selecting Oliver to become our new Lawyer. Oliver was able to make the transition of changing firms appear smooth, uncomplicated and as a result not at all stressful for us. Soon after, Oliver managed to quickly and efficiently obtain full admissions of liability on our cases, as well as securing a first interim payment for our son who sadly suffered a profound brain injury during his birth, proven as a direct result of medical negligence. The interim payment has since allowed us to provide Oliver with all of the help and support that he needs now and, in the future, subsequently halving our stress levels.
Our Family would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Oliver Thorne and his Team at Slee Blackwell for the outstanding support that has been provided to us during what was and continues to be a traumatic and difficult time.” – Birth Injury Clinical Negligence Client
Oliver is always happy to have an informal chat with anyone thinking about bringing a medical accident compensation claim. You can call him on 0800 975 8091 or drop him an email at [email protected]