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A series of bitesize sessions brought to you by our specialist lawyers and featuring some special guest speakers.

The series is designed to deliver concise and interesting updates, conversations and presentations on a range of topics.

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Stewarts Soundbites Episode 54 - International travel – are you prepared for the unexpected?

In this special episode, International Injury partner Chris Deacon spoke to Bryan Joubert of Northcott Global Solutions. 

NGS is an international emergency response company specialising in evacuations, medical assistance, security and travel risk management. The NGS team consists of high-calibre individuals who are carefully selected for their experience, ability to make decisions and get the job done.

When an emergency or crisis develops, NGS can immediately respond, offering the client a choice of options ranging from the quickest, most cost-effective or what they recommend based on successfully running over 8500 cases.

The session covered:

  • The importance of prior planning when travelling.
  • The barriers one can face in an emergency whilst abroad.
  • Aspects to a medical emergency and how NGS manages these.
Bryan Joubert - Stewarts Soundbites

Stewarts Soundbites episode 53 - Discussing Local Authority Care Provision with Rachel Burley-Stower

We are delighted to welcome Rachel Burley-Stower back to Stewarts Soundbites.

Last time Rachel joined us, Continuing Healthcare Funding, we explored NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC), dispelled common misconceptions, discussed eligibility and offered top tips for securing CHC provision.

In this episode, Rachel explained the funding and services available from local authority services when a person is ineligible for NHS continuing healthcare. She will address:

  • Capital rules
  • Capital for those in residential care vs. at home
  • Income rules
  • The impact of personal injury settlements (and the issue of double recovery)
  • Eligibility
  • Future concerns
Rachel Burley-Stower, Consultant, Martin Searle Solicitors

Stewarts Soundbites episode 52 - How will the care crisis affect evidence in injury claims?

We are all acutely aware that the care sector is in crisis. Recruitment and retention of staff is proving more difficult than ever and, as a consequence, there has been huge growth in the wages being offered to carers.

The changes have major implications for injury claimants who require care packages. Dan Herman joined Emma Lyons to discuss requirements for experts reporting in these cases, case managers (on the ground and in witness evidence) and members of rehabilitation teams.

Dan will explored practical steps to consider in the course of litigation to protect claimants and ensure the advancement of appropriate and realistic care claims.

Dan Herman - Personal Injury

Stewarts Soundbites episode 51 - Exploring ‘The Liminal Space’ after serious injury

The ‘Liminal Space’ is a space in time between the familiar ‘what was’ and the uncertain ‘what’s next’. Many patients and clients who sustain serious injury find themselves in The Liminal Space: they have experienced a fundamental loss or change in their lives and have not yet accepted or adapted to the adjusted phase of their new life. This brings with it many challenges, which can often manifest in depression, hopelessness and even suicidal ideation.

Bev Palmer, a behavioural specialist at Bush & Coto, examined this topic which impacts the lives of many following serious injury.

Bev spoke to Emma Lyons about identifying clients who are living in ‘The Liminal Space’ and working with them to transition into the adjusted phase of their lives. Bev explained the importance of identifying the extent to which problems may be attributed to living in The Liminal Space, in the context of other ongoing physical, neurological, psychological and developmental processes.

Bev Palmer, behaviour specialist, Bush & Co

Stewarts Soundbites episode 50 - Concussion and serious injuries in sport

To celebrate Stewarts Soundbites’ 50th episode, we are delighted to welcome Nick Worth to speak about concussion and serious injuries in sports. Nick has a very interesting career history and a wealth of experience in dealing with sportsmen and women who have sustained injury as a result of participation in sports.

It is common knowledge that anyone participating in sports runs the inherent risk of sustaining serious injury. Nick is a chartered physiotherapist with over 20 years’ experience in elite sport. He is the National Lead Clinician for Ascenti, a large physiotherapy company that delivers over 50,000 appointments every month. Nick regularly teaches at Salford University and the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine as well as overseas on a range of healthcare topics. He is regularly instructed as a physiotherapy expert witness in sports litigation.

Nick highlighted the most common injuries resulting from sports and the importance of recruiting a knowledgeable and suitably qualified physiotherapist when dealing with a client who has sustained a sporting injury.

Stewarts Soundbites episode 49 - Identifying and addressing poor insight and engagement in TBI neurorehabilitation

To kick off 2022, we are delighted to welcome Dr Dane Rowley, Clinical Neuropsychologist, who spoke about the problem of engagement in neurorehabilitation after Traumatic Brain Injury.

Dr Rowley introduced some approaches and techniques for engaging hard-to-reach clients and consider how insight impacts upon engagement.

Dr Rowley explored some traditional approaches to working with clients who lack insight and will consider some alternatives, discussing when these may be required.

Stewarts Soundbites episode 48 - The road to Paralympic success with Ben Watson

In this final Soundbites episode of 2021, Chris Smith, a senior associate in our Personal Injury team, is joined by double Paralympic Champion Ben Watson and his Orthotist Ian Talbot of Pace Rehabilitation, to discuss Ben’s road to the Paralympics and the support provided by Ian and the team at Pace.

In 2003, when he was 14, Ben was diagnosed with Guillain Barre syndrome. He was left with weakness in his hands and very little movement, sensation or control below his knees.

In five years, Ben went from an office job to double Paralympic Champion at the Tokyo Paralympic Games. Ben and Ian spoke about becoming a full time athlete, his orthoses and how they benefit his performance and Ben’s Paralympic success.

Stewarts Soundbites episode 47 - Loneliness after brain injury

Dr Stephen Dunne, a researcher and senior lecturer in psychology  discussed how people define and experience loneliness after brain injury.

Dr Dunne has been conducting an impressive research project considering how brain injury survivors have experienced life in lockdown and how this compares to non-brain injured people’s experiences. The pandemic has caused many to have their first real experience of prolonged social isolation. The lifting of restrictions has given hope to and served as a release for many, marking the end to isolation and loneliness. However, it appears that for those living with a brain injury, these experiences may well continue to affect their lives just as they did before the pandemic.

Dr Dunne and Emma discussed the preliminary findings of the research project and considered the difference between isolation and loneliness; how this is defined by various groups; and how loneliness may impact upon those caring for brain injury survivors.

Stewarts Soundbites episode 46 -The role of virtual reality in neurological rehabilitation

We are delighted to welcome Matt Booth and Alex Chester, founders and directors of Flex Health, to discuss the virtues of using virtual reality in physical therapy following neurological injury.

Matt and Alex discussed the emerging technology in relation to both virtual and augmented reality and the growing use of it in neurological rehabilitation. They drew on their own experience of using the technology with brain injured clients and will comment upon the costs, the benefits and potential uses in rehabilitation.

Matthew Booth and Alex Chester - Flex Health

Stewarts Soundbites episode 45 - Key issues with care claims in catastrophic personal injury cases – part two

We are delighted to welcome Gerard McDermott QC back to Stewarts Soundbites to discuss care claims in serious injury cases.

Gerard and Emma Lyons discussed the Supreme Court decision in the Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake case and reflect upon the impact on care regimes in catastrophic injury cases.

This case considered whether home workers who are required to remain at home in their shift and/or residential care workers who ‘sleep in’ are entitled to national minimum wage for time not spent performing a specific activity.

Stewarts Soundbites episode 44 - Document production, sharing and effective reporting during personal injury litigation

Emma Lyons and Ben Townsend shared some top tips on document production during personal injury litigation.

This episode is for case managers and all rehabilitation professionals working with those affected by serious injury.

Ben and Emma discussed:

  • What is required in key documents and reports;
  • A brief recap on which documents and notes are privileged and which are not (and to what extent rehab professionals and case managers need to worry about this!);
  • When it is appropriate/necessary to share documentation with others, and the impact circulating documents may have in a disclosure context;
  • How to manage referring to expert evidence which has not yet been disclosed;
  • How to deal with difficult or negative issues in reports which may impact upon the case but are necessary for the team to be aware of.
Ben-Townsend Partner, Personal Injury

Stewarts Soundbites episode 43 - Your catastrophic injury questions answered – with Daniel Herman

In this episode of Stewarts Soundbites, Nickie Maple-Pearson puts your questions to Daniel Herman, Partner in the Catastrophic Injury team and Head of the Leeds office.

Daniel answers the viewers’ burning questions about the litigation process.

Topics discussed included:

  • What do you look for in a Case Manager and what aspects of the Case Management role do you find the most frustrating?
  • What are the pros and cons of the Rehab Code v single instructed case managers to the client, their case and their rehabilitation?
  • What would be your top 3 tips to prepare to draft a witness statement? Do you always ask for evidence from a case manager, and if so why?  And how important is case management evidence in the litigation process?
  • How do you select / instruct your medical experts?  What is important to investigate before you instruct and what information do you ask for prior to instruction?  What are your expectations of them during the case?

Stewarts Soundbites episode 42 - A contemporary approach to the age-old limb salvage dilemma

In this episode of Stewarts Soundbites, Senior Associate Chris Smith spoke to Nicole Bennett, an orthotist and prosthetist at Pace Rehabilitation, the UK’s largest independent provider of amputee rehabilitation services.

Chris and Nicole discussed the advanced orthotic solutions that are changing the landscape in the management of lower limb complex trauma injuries. These can bring significant improvements in pain and function compared with more conventional orthotic interventions.

Nicole was the lead orthotist at Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court from 2011-2018 and the only orthotist in the Ministry of Defence during this period. Working in the complex trauma team, Nicole saw a high volume of young patients with limb salvage following improvised explosive device (IED) blast injury. Typically, her role was to provide orthoses to maximise injured personnel’s functional capability and reduce pain.

Nicole Bennett, HCPC Orthotist/Prosthetist, PACE

Stewarts Soundbites episode 41 –Sex and dating after spinal cord injury, an insider’s perspective

We are delighted to welcome back Allan Clayton to Stewarts Soundbites. Allan was a promising young footballer who was only 17 when he sustained a spinal cord injury in a road traffic accident.

He was told there was only a 5% chance that he would be able to use his limbs again. Against all the odds, he excelled in his rehabilitation and walked away from the spinal unit. In our previous session, Allan took us through his journey, his problems after the settlement of his injury claim and the turning points in his life.

In this episode, Allan discuss sex and dating after spinal cord injury. Although a difficult and sensitive topic, it is an important one not only for those impacted by spinal cord injuries but also for everyone working in the spinal cord injury community.

Allan addressed, from personal experience, the challenges of meeting someone new and dating after spinal cord injury. He discussed the impact of disability upon physical function, confidence and relationships.

Stewarts Soundbites episode 40 – The importance of good sleep and how to achieve it; a guide for busy professionals

We are delighted to welcome back a wonderful and knowledgeable speaker, Dr David Lee, Clinical Director of Sleep Unlimited, for a fascinating conversation about the importance of sleep.

In our previous session with Dr Lee, we discussed corrupted sleep in individuals who have sustained catastrophic injuries. This session of Stewarts Soundbites is all about you, the busy professionals working with clients and patients who have sustained life-changing injuries.

It is fair to assume that busy work and home lives impact the amount and quality of our sleep. Indeed, struggling to fit in sufficient sleep and achieve a satisfactory work-life balance has become an increasing challenge for all. The lines between work and home have been blurred throughout lockdown, and it is more tempting than ever to spend extra time at our computers.

In this session, Dr Lee explored common sleep problems, the potentially harmful effects of insufficient/poor quality sleep and offer top tips for breaking bad habits and improving your sleep.

Dr David Lee, Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist, Clinical Director of Sleep Unlimited

Soundbites Episode 39 -Fifteen Minutes for Financial Deputies, Part 2

This is the second of a special two-part mini-series of Stewarts Soundbites aimed at those acting on behalf of seriously injured clients as property and financial affairs deputies.

Emma Lyons spoke to Mark Holt, chief operating officer of Frenkel Topping. In this episode, Mark explained the key due diligence considerations that should be taken into account when instructing an independent financial advisor or discretionary fund manager. He explored how deputies can go about challenging and comparing investment performances in P’s (patient’s) best interests.

Mark and Emma discussed the key considerations in deciding upon the best investment routes, including an exploration of onshore versus offshore investments.

Mark Holt, Chief Operating Officer, Frenkel Topping

Soundbites Episode 38 - Fifteen minutes for Financial Deputies – Part one

This is the first of a special two-part mini-series of Stewarts Soundbites, aimed at those acting on behalf of seriously injured clients as a Financial Deputy.

In this first instalment, Emma Lyons spoke to Mark Holt, Chief Operating Officer of Frenkel Topping, about periodical payment orders (PPOs) versus lump sum settlements in catastrophic injury cases. Mark and Emma discussed whether there is a growing trend away from PPOs towards lump sums in recent years and Mark explained the possible reasons behind the current trends.

Mark discussed the management of compensation after settlement of a high-value injury case. He explained the appropriateness of active versus passive management of funds and will explore whether there is a happy middle ground in combining the two.

Mark Holt, Chief Operating Officer, Frenkel Topping

Soundbites Episode 37 - The early days after catastrophic injury – a guide to common non-compensation issues

The early days following catastrophic injury is a bewildering and stressful time for clients and families. Common concerns include finances, capacity, lasting powers of attorney, debt management, benefits and living arrangements to name a few.

This episode is a practical insight for all those supporting people who have been affected by serious injury into common problems that are normally dealt with outside the litigation process and in cases where there is no compensation claim at all.

Emma Lyons and Stewarts Pro Bono team discussed these important non-compensation issues affecting those who have sustained catastrophic injuries. Kara Smith, Legal Director at Stewarts and Head of the Pro Bono department explained a little about the Stewarts Legal Service, which provides hundreds of hours of free and comprehensive legal advice every year and assistance to clients on non-compensation issues.

Kara and Emma was joined by Emily Charlesworth, Senior Paralegal in the Pro Bono team, who explored the most common sources of immediate stress for families after serious injury. Emily offered insight as to how these issues are dealt with in the early stages and provide tips in relation to next steps and appropriate signposting.

Emma, Kara and Emily also discussed some of the less conventional issues that have arisen in cases and how these have been handled.

Kara Smith – Legal Director, Head of Pro Bono, Emily Charlesworth, Senior Paralegal, Pro Bono Department

Soundbites Episode 36 -Stress in personal injury litigation and managing your client: a guide for rehab professionals

Emma Lyons speaks to Stewarts partner Ben Townsend to discuss the inherent stress experienced by claimants and their support network during the litigation process.

It is natural that some clients will feel more stressed with the litigation process than others (sometimes influenced by the nature and extent of their injuries). However, Ben will identify the most common triggers and stages of personal injury litigation which generally cause stress and worry for claimants.

Emma and Ben discuss the importance of forward planning and developing agreed strategies to assist and support clients during these times to minimise any adverse impact upon rehabilitation and engagement. Ben explores how a case changes after court proceedings are commenced and offers advice upon the specific stressors arising from expert appointments. Ben provides some top tips for case managers and other professionals who accompany clients to both claimant and defendant expert appointments.

Ben-Townsend Partner, Personal Injury

Soundbites Episode 35 -Finding and adapting accommodation in a post Covid world – what has changed?

Emma Lyons was joined by Jonathan France to discuss how finding and adapting accommodation for those affected by catastrophic injury has changed since Covid-19.

Jonathan explored the new challenges presented to individuals and rehab teams in finding suitable property for people who have sustained life-changing injuries. He explained the difficulties experienced by patients transitioning from hospital to home and the impact Covid-19 has had on this.

Jonathan also discussed the effect of Covid-19 on adaptations to properties and whether it is likely to have a long-term impact.

Finally, he offered top tips for rehab teams working with clients who are renting or purchasing adapted properties in the current climate.

Jonathan France, Managing Director of France and Associates

Soundbites Episode 34 - Sleep after catastrophic injury: a quick-fire guide for rehabilitation professionals

In this episode of Stewarts Soundbites, Emma Lyons speaks to Dr David Lee, Clinical Director of Sleep Unlimited, about how sleep can become corrupted after catastrophic injury.

Dr Lee discusses the most common sleep issues people experience (based upon the nature and extent of their problem) and how to identify the stage at which a sleep assessment is appropriate (if at all).

Dr Lee explores how corrupted sleep can impact a programme of rehabilitation and offers top tips to the multi-disciplinary team when dealing with someone experiencing sleep problems in the course of therapeutic interventions. Dr Lee and Emma also discuss the most common means of treating corrupted sleep.

Dr David Lee, Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist, Clinical Director of Sleep Unlimited

Soundbites episode 33 – Functional neurological disorder: A discussion with Professor Jon Stone, Consultant Neurologist

Professor Jon Stone, Consultant Neurologist discuss the fascinating and important topic of functional neurological disorder (FND).

FND and functional symptoms are surprisingly common but can be complex to diagnose and manage. Professor Stone explained what FND is, its main symptoms and causes and how it can be diagnosed. Professor Stone explored the interplay between FND and other disorders and  discussed the prognosis and recovery for those affected.

Professor Jon Stone, Consultant Neurologist

Soundbites episode 32 – Relationship breakdowns and protecting the vulnerable

In this episode of Stewarts Soundbites, Emma Lyons spoke to Jenny Bowden, a senior associate in the Stewarts divorce team, about the wider implications of catastrophic injury upon family life and relationships.

Jenny and Emma will discussed the most common family problems that arise after someone has sustained a life-changing injury.

Jenny explained the potentially complex implications of serious injury upon family dynamics and advise on precautionary measures to consider to help manage familial problems that may arise further down the line.

Jenny explored planning options, including cohabitation agreements and pre and post-nuptial agreements.

Emma and Jenny discussed what happens to compensation/property if a relationship breaks down and how best to advise vulnerable clients who may be experiencing difficulties in their marriage or other relationships.

Jenny Bowden Senior Associate, Divorce and Family

Soundbites episode 31 – The Role of an independent Financial Advisor in personal injury litigation 

In this episode of Stewarts Soundbites, Emma Lyons spoke to Alison Taylor, Senior Consultant at Frenkel Topping, about the role of an independent financial advisor (IFA) in personal injury cases.

Alison explained the stage at which input from an IFA may be beneficial or necessary, the types of issues that can be dealt with and the extent to which they may be able to assist the litigation team, including the case manager.

Alison explored the difficult issue of financial abuse where particularly vulnerable clients are involved and discusses the role of an IFA as a means of supporting catastropically injured clients.

Alison Taylor, Senior Financial Consultant & Head of Training at Frenkel Topping

Soundbites episode 30 – The future of autonomous vehicles for the catastrophically injured 

In this episode of Stewarts Soundbites, Lucie Clinch of Stewarts discussed the emergence of autonomous vehicles and their potential impact on the lives of those affected by catastrophic injury.

Lucie explained some of the potential risks and benefits of introducing these vehicles to our roads and considers the types of individuals who may benefit from this advancement in technology. Lucie explored the timescales involved in introducing autonomous vehicles to the UK and examine some of the issues that have arisen with their use in the US.


Lucie Clinch, Associate, Knowledge Development Lawyer

Soundbites episode 29 – Working with Court of Protection and personal injury trust clients: the benefits of a joint approach

In this episode of Stewarts Soundbites, guest host Nickie Maple-Pearson spoke to Clare King and Lynsey Harrison of Clarion about the benefit of a joint approach when working with Court of Protection and personal injury trust clients, covering non-contentious and contentious issues.

Clare and Lynsey discussed some important issues arising in dealing with clients who lack capacity, including financial abuse, how to deal with those suspected of not acting in the client’s best interests, and who should and should not act for them.

They offered some practical tips for recognising the signs of financial abuse and what to do if you suspect abuse is happening, whether financial or in another form. They also explored the importance of the client’s best interests being kept at the centre of any dispute and discuss the sensitive issue of how to address a situation where a litigation friend appears not to be acting in the best interests of a client who lacks capacity.

Clare and Lynsey are highly regarded experts in their respective fields.

Clare-King-and-Lynsey-Harrison - Clarion

Soundbites episode 28 – The importance of speech and language therapy provision and social communication after catastrophic injury

In this episode, Emma Lyons speaks to Judith Scholefield about the importance of speech and language therapy provision and social communication after serious injury.

Judith will explore how to identify when a speech and language therapist is required as part of a multidisciplinary team and the point at which it is appropriate to introduce them to the rehabilitation process. Judith will discuss the difficulties experienced by those who suffer from social communication disorders and how a speech and language therapist addresses those problems.

Judith will explore how understanding in people affected by severe traumatic brain injury is assessed. She will also analyse whether there is room for speech and language therapy for patients with prolonged disorders of consciousness and non-brain injury cases.

Judith-Scholefield onsultant Dysphagia Practitioner

Soundbites episode 27 – Jason Richards: from hero to zero and working his way back up again, 25 years after spinal cord injury.

In this special episode, Emma Lyons interviews Jason Richards, a father of three and a successful building services engineer and sustainability consultant, who sustained a complete spinal cord injury at the age of 26.

Jason was involved in a road traffic accident in 1996, which transformed his life. He was a keen sportsman before his injury and has passionately pursued an impressive career as an athlete as part of his rehabilitation. His sporting endeavours include competing in marathons and pentathlons, and javelin, shot put and discus events, as well as wheelchair racing.

As well as discussing the highs of his athletic career, Jason shares powerful and personal insights into the challenges of his life after injury and the ongoing issues he deals with 25 years on. Jason discusses his recovery, his journey into parenthood (he is the proud father of 13-year-old twins and a two-year-old little boy) and his mental health challenges. He also shares some top tips for people working with and affected by catastrophic injury.

Jason-Richards SCI

Soundbites episode 26 – Twenty one years after spinal cord injury: a conversation with Allan Clayton

In this special episode of Stewarts Soundbites, Emma Lyons spoke to Allan Clayton, a counsellor and coach.

Allan was a promising young footballer who was only 17 when he sustained a spinal cord injury in a road traffic accident. He was told there was only a 5% chance that he would be able to use his limbs again. Against all the odds, he excelled in his rehabilitation and walked away from the spinal unit.

After pursuing a personal injury claim, Allan struggled to manage his compensation and found himself investing in failing businesses. He battled with his disability and depression and began drinking and taking drugs.

Twenty-one years later, Allan is an inspiring and motivated coach and counsellor. In this episode, Allan took us through his journey, his problems after the settlement of his injury claim and the turning points in his life. He discussed what support he thinks would have been valuable to him following his injury, his ongoing challenges and provided some top tips for those working with and supporting catastrophically injured individuals.

Soundbites episode 25 – Robotics and rehab; intensive rehabilitation, the technology and the client

In this fascinating episode of Stewarts Soundbites, Emma Lyons spoke to Sarah Daniel, Neurological Physiotherapist and Clinical Director of Motion Rehab for Yorkshire and Humberside.

Sarah provided insight into the Lexo Robotic Gait Trainer, an innovative technological advancement in rehabilitation. She explored the meaning and value of “intensive rehabilitation” and discussed the management of fatigue in clients who regularly undertake intense physical therapy.

Sarah Daniel, Neurological Physiotherapist

Soundbites episode 24 – Drones – the evolving liability regime and implications for personal injury litigation

In this episode, Associate Kieran Mercer and Max Archer, a barrister at 12 King’s Bench Walk, discussed the growing number of drones in the sky, the evolving liability regime and the implications for personal injury litigation.

Max examined the potential parties to a personal injury claim following a drone accident and highlighted the issues a claimant may need to overcome when seeking redress. Max looked at recent legislation and considered whether the removal of the distinction between non-commercial and commercial drone operations will affect the numbers of drones seen above us and the corresponding risk of injury.

Max Archer, a barrister at 12KBW

Soundbites episode 23 – Best Interests Decisions on behalf of Incapacitated Individuals; Applying Section 4 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005

In this episode, Emma Lyons and John McKendrick QC discussed the practical application of the best interests principle under s4 Mental Capacity Act 2005.

John explained how to identify when a best interests decision needs to be made, the formal process, including when a best interests meeting is required, who should be consulted and who is the decision-maker. John explained what happens when there is a dispute regarding a person’s best interests and will provide top tips for those involved in the process.



Soundbites episode 22 – Frontal lobe paradox with Professor Ingram Wright, consultant in neuropsychology, University Hospitals Bristol

In this episode of Stewarts Soundbites, Emma Lyons spoke to Professor Ingram Wright, consultant neuropsychologist, about the frontal lobe paradox.

This is the fascinating phenomenon whereby individuals who have sustained frontal lobe damage and experience functional difficulties in their everyday lives continue to perform well in interviews and testing.

Professor Ingram Wright explored how to identify and understand the frontal lobe paradox and the impact on those affected. Professor Wright explained why executive dysfunction can hide so well in assessments and how important it is to obtain input from a person’s family and friends. He explored the risk of “mislabelling” and discussed the influence of anxiety and other external factors.

Click here to view the ‘Mental Capacity Act (2005) assessments: why everyone needs to know about the frontal lobe paradox’ paper by  Melanie George and Sam Gilbert

Professor Ingram Wright, Consultant Neuropsychologist

Soundbites episode 21 – Continuing Healthcare Funding with Rachel Burley-Stower, Consultant, Martin Searle Solicitors

In this episode, Emma Lyons and Rachel Burley-Stower discussed the importance and mechanism of NHS Continuing Healthcare. Rachel dispelled some common misconceptions and explained the eligibility criteria and assessment process. She offered top tips for securing CHC funding and provided advice for appeals.

Rachel Burley-Stower, Consultant, Martin Searle Solicitors

Soundbites episode 20 - Advancements in Subtle Brain Injury Testing with Pankaj Madan, Barrister, 12KBW

Subtle Brain Injuries are widely misunderstood and under-diagnosed. The term “subtle brain injury” may suggest that the injury is minor when so often the effect may be extremely serious for the individual and the family.

In this fascinating episode, Emma Lyons and Pankaj Madan discussed what subtle brain injury is, how to recognise it and the advancements of testing in this difficult area.


Soundbites episode 19 - Catastrophic injury claims: a quick-fire guide to the litigation process – part 4 - The client's perspective - With Chris Smith, Senior Associate

This is the final part of our four-part mini-series dealing with the key stages of the litigation process in a catastrophic injury claim.

In this episode, Chris Smith turns the discussion on its head speaking to a past client who sustained a catastrophic injury and has been through the litigation process. This is an extremely interesting exploration of what the litigation process looks like through the eyes of a claimant and his family.

Soundbites episode 18 - Catastrophic injury claims: a quick-fire guide to the litigation process with Emma Lyons, Associate

This is the third part of our four-part mini-series dealing with the key stages of the litigation process in a catastrophic injury claim.

Emma examined  how a case is run after court proceedings are issued, witness evidence, schedules of loss, settlement meetings, the trial and key considerations in relation to form of awards.



Emma-Lyons Senior Associate, Personal Injury

Soundbites episode 17 - Catastrophic injury claims: A quick-fire guide to the litigation process with Ben Townsend

This is the second part of our four-part mini-series dealing with the key stages of the litigation process in a catastrophic injury claim.

Partner Ben Townsend discussed the key issues arising in a case in relation to record-keeping by case managers and the multi-disciplinary team, preparation and disclosure of documents and expert appointments/evidence.

Ben-Townsend Partner, Personal Injury

Soundbites episode 16 – Catastrophic injury claims: A quick-fire guide to the litigation process with Daniel Herman

This is the first part of a four-part mini-series dealing with the key stages of the litigation process in a catastrophic injury claim.

Partner Daniel Herman examined the early stages in the life of a catastrophic injury case from meeting the client and their family, ascertaining immediate needs and establishing funding, choosing a case manager and single versus joint instruction.

Soundbites Episode 15 – Key Issues with Care Claims in Catastrophic Personal Injury Cases

Emma Lyons spoke to Gerard McDermott QC about the key issues arising in relation to care claims in catastrophic personal injury cases. Gerard provided invaluable insight based on his vast experience and covered a range of topics.

  • Key considerations as to the appropriate type and level of care in a particular case;
  • Views upon how should care be delivered;
  • The pros and cons of Agency vs Direct Hire Care;
  • When nursing care may be justified;
  • Specific issues regarding care claims in ABI cases;
  • The significance of the decision in Mencap v Tomlinson-Blake

Episode 14 - Accommodation claims in International Injury

International Injury Partner Chris Deacon, Solenn le Tutour (France) and Ana Romero (Spain)  provided an insight into how accommodation claims are calculated under the laws of their respective countries.

This follows the interest in this area of personal injury damages under English law this year further to the Court of Appeal decision in Swift v Carpenter.

Solenn le Tutour (France) and Ana Romero (Spain) provided an insight into how accommodation claims are calculated under the laws of their respective countries.

Episode 13 - Distinguishing treatable symptoms after Traumatic Brain Injury; an insight into alternative assessment and treatment for fatigue, cognition, sleep, dizziness and mood disturbance 

In this episode, Emma Lyons and Dr Silver discussed the origins of fatigue after traumatic brain injury as well as the potential treatable causes.

Dr Silver offered invaluable insight into simple assessments of and treatment for fatigue that are commonly overlooked and explores other treatable symptoms arising from brain injury including poor cognition, sleep difficulties, dizziness and mood disturbance. He explained whether it is possible to distinguish between the pervasive and chronic symptoms compared to those which may be addressed by assessment and treatment.

Dr Nicholas Silver, Consultant Neurologist

Episode 12 – Rental Properties after Serious Injury; Obstacle or Opportunity?

Emma Lyons and Phill Gill talked “all things rental” in this episode of Stewarts Soundbites. Phill Gill is the Managing Director of PLG Consultants, disability property specialists. He discussed the common problems faced by people searching for a new home after catastrophic injury and explores the opportunities that arise in “trialling” a completely different living environment.

Phil-Gill Managing Director of PLG Consultants

Episode 11 – Common Employment Issues (and how to deal with them) after Serious Injury

In this episode, Emma Lyons discussed the most common employment issues that arise for those affected by catastrophic injury with Will Young, a barrister specialising in personal injury and employment law. Will provided advice in relation to the important early steps to be taken by someone who has been injured (or their family or case manager) in relation to their employment following serious injury. He explained what the employer’s duties are in relation to holding jobs for people and basic salary entitlement.

Will discussed a person’s right to ‘reasonable adjustments’ in the workplace and the protection that discrimination law affords those affected by serious injury. He also provided guidance for family members who find themselves suddenly in a position where they become carers and are facing difficulties in their own employment.

William Young, Barrister at Outer Temple Chambers

Episode 10 – Brachial Plexus Injuries after Serious Trauma

In this fascinating episode, Emma Lyons discussed brachial plexus injuries after serious trauma with Mr Tom Quick, a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in peripheral nerve injury. Mr Quick provided a valuable insight into brachial plexus injuries in the context of spinal cord injuries and discussed whether damage to the nerves can come about after primary trauma.

He examined how injury to the brachial plexus is often overlooked, what the main symptoms are and what treating clinicians, case managers, carers and family members need to look out for. Mr Quick also covered the treatment that is currently on offer (and in development) for injuries to the brachial plexus.

Mr. Tom Quick, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and an expert in Peripheral nerve injury and orthopaedic reconstruction

Episode 9 - The surprising link between pain and nutrition

In this episode, Sheri Taylor delivers an insightful look at the surprising link between pain and diet. She will explore the impact of nutrition upon chronic pain after catastrophic injury and will advise upon how food choices affect pain.

Sheri Taylor, Specialist Rehabilitation Dietician at Specialist Nutrition Rehab

Episode 8 - Providing Continual Care for Amputees during COVID

In this episode, Clinical Specialist Prosthetist Jamie Gillespie spoke about how Pace have remained open during COVID and supported existing patients, as well as seeing an increase in referrals when perhaps they would have gone to the NHS initially, or instead of, the private route.


Jamie Gillespie, Clinical Specialist Prosthetist

Episode 7 – Warm water therapy in spinal cord injury claims; an expert’s perspective

In this episode, Partner Warren Maxwell spoke with Laura Bochkoltz, specialist physiotherapist and CPR Part 35 expert, on the benefits of warm water therapy for spinally cord injured patients.

The session covered: the different types of warm water therapies that are available; the benefits of warm water therapies; what issues experts consider when assessing a claimant’s aqua therapy needs; and what evidence can be gathered by members of rehab MDTs to achieve the best outcome for their client and to assist the expert in forming a sound opinion.

Laura Bochkoltz Chartered Physiotherapist

Episode 6 - A quick-fire guide to welfare benefits after serious injury; issues, appeals and the impact of coronavirus

In this session, Associate Emma Lyons and Grace Horvath­-Franco, a senior paralegal in the Stewarts Pro Bono department, discussed the key welfare benefits to be considered by those affected by serious injury and the professionals working with them.

A significant number of patients and their families experience a huge range of financial, social, and health issues as a result of serious injury or illness. Most people are not aware of the benefits available to them and the circumstances in which they may apply. This webinar aimed to provide a bitesize, yet comprehensive guide to welfare benefits after serious injury which will include: An overview of the key available welfare benefits; How to claim welfare benefits in light of the complications posed by COVID19; and How to prepare for welfare benefits appeals.

Episode 5 - Health and Welfare Decisions on behalf of Incapacitated Clients: Who Calls the Shots?

In this very special Q&A, we will talk to Jemma Morland, Director and Head of the Court of Protection Team at EMG Solicitors, about how to deal with health and welfare decisions to be made on behalf of a client who lacks capacity following a serious injury.

Jemma Morland, Director and Head of the Court of Protection Team at EMG Solicitors

Episode 4 - In conversation with Dr Donald Brechin

We were delighted to speak with Dr Donald Brechin, Consultant Neuropsychologist, who addressed how individuals impacted by traumatic brain injury have coped from a psychological perspective throughout the different stages of lock down and what the challenges will be as we now emerge from it and establish a “new normal”.