Claire Hodgson is a very experienced, approachable solicitor, most recently at BHP Law.
A specialist personal injury solicitor with 25 years trial experience Claire has been listed in the legal 500 and is regularly consulted by Solicitors throughout the UK on a consultancy basis. Claire qualified as a solicitor in 1991 after training at Watson Burton in Newcastle. She was a member of the Claimant's Steering Committee for the British Coal VWF Litigation (reported in 1996 & 1998) until she left Watson Burton in 2004 for Askews, where she had conduct of Kew v Bettamix on behalf of the claimant.
Claire has been a member of the Law Society's Personal Injury Panel for many years. She was 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 APIL (many years ago) and others, most recently at the NIHL Symposium in Manchester.
In addition to her work on HAVS cases, Claire has of course also dealt with Noise Induced Hearing Loss (where there is vibration, there is noise!), Asbestos, Dermatitis, Work Related Upper Limb Disorders, and workplace and other accidents, and with clinical negligence matters.
Claire has also experience of costs arguments – notably on the success fee issue in HAVS cases (Nicholls v Ransomes & Dyform), and is well versed in both restoring companies and in deferring their dissolution.
Claire is also an experienced horse owner, and can advise in relation to specialist horse related incidents or equine accidents. Finally, Claire also has experience as a company director, having been a non-executive Director of Newcastle’s post privatisation bus company, Busways, and prior to that was active in the then TGWU and the regional TUC.