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Nicola Edwards
Nicola Edwards

Nicola Edwards

Head of Serious Injuries

Nicola qualified as a Solicitor in 2003 and has experience in personal injury law.  After attending the University of Wolverhampton and Nottingham Law School she returned to Cardiff to be close to family and friends.

Nicola joined NewLaw Solicitors in 2010 and is an accredited Senior Litigator with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

Nicola currently manages a team of Solicitors and case assistants providing advice and support on their cases.  Her time is split managing her team and working on serious orthopaedic injury cases.  Her work involves amputation cases, non-union fractures claims and injuries requiring joint replacements.  

In her limited free time Nicola spends it with her husband and two young children.  Having two boys she spends time playing football, rugby and refereeing their games. She enjoys foreign holidays and has spent time travelling around New Zealand.


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Hilton Obery
Hilton Obery

Hilton Obery

Solicitor - APIL Accredited (Senior Litigator)

Hilton joined NewLaw in 2009 and is head of the spinal cord injuries unit  Hilton also deals with cases involving complex multiple fractures, amputations, brachial plexus injury, chronic pain and fatalities where the compensation exceed £500,000.00

Hilton qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and is accredited by being a member of the Personal Injury Panel of the Law Society. He is also Senior Litigator of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.  Hilton is also a trained mediator.

He lives in the West Country with his wife, two sons and a daughter and when time permits is a keen sportsman and allotment gardener. He has recently completed his advance driving course.  


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Jo Darlington
Jo Darlington

Jo Darlington

Head of Brain Injury - APIL Accredited (Senior Litigator)

Jo Darlington heads up the Serious Injury Team in our Bristol office. She specialises in the most complex and significant of personal injuries for both adults and children. Jo has been in practise in Bristol for 24 years and is recognised by APIL as a Senior Litigator, a Brain Injury Specialist and is also one of the first solicitors in the country to be accredited by APIL as a Brain Injury Assessor. This means Jo assesses other solicitors for their competence in this field and has lectured trainee solicitors on the Professional Skills Course at the University of the West of England for 18 years.  . In the last year she has obtained £12.5 million in compensation for clients.

Outside the office Jo enjoys reading detective novels and visiting France.

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Mark Gayler
Mark Gayler

Mark Gayler

Solicitor - APIL Accredited (Senior Litigator)

Mark is a Solicitor (1997 qualification), a Senior Litigator of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and a dual qualified Mediator. He has been dealing with PI claims for claimants since 1984.

Mark’s expertise is in claims involving multiple fractures; Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and cases where there is a substantial psychological impact on the claimant, together with fatal accident claims. He has wide experience of all types of claim especially Stress and Harassment claims, including an award of £200,000 for a client for a “first breakdown” stress claim.

Outside work, Mark is a keen hockey player, having, in his younger (and fitter) years played for Cheltenham Hockey Club when they were in the National League in the 1990’s. He is also a qualified Coach (Level2) and Umpire (Level1). He also is an avid skier, reader (on his long commutes) and a gardener. He enjoys travelling abroad on holidays both in Europe and further afield. He has a wife and two children. He has, for some years been writing a Fantasy Novel which he hopes, one day, to get published.

Ian Kinnear
Ian Kinnear

Ian Kinnear

Solicitor - APIL Accredited (Senior Litigator)

Ian joined NewLaw in 2009 following a 20 year career dealing with claims for people injured as a result of road traffic accidents or in the course of their employment.

Hailing from Northern Ireland but living in South Wales Ian has a specialist interest in motorcycle cases and fatal accident claims.  He acts for clients all over the country in this capacity.

Ian is a keen squash player, enjoys DIY and loves a good curry.

Ian Cummings
Ian Cummings

Ian Cummings

APIL Accredited (Senior Litigator)

Ian has worked in personal injury litigation since 1995. Since then he has practised exclusively for claimants conducting personal injury claims. Ian joined NewLaw in 2016 where he continues to specialise in acquired brain injury and fatal accident claims. Ian was the West Midlands coordinator for the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers for 4 years prior to joining the Brain Injury Unit within the Serious Injury Team at NewLaw Solicitors.

Outside of work Ian enjoys football, both watching Southampton FC and coaching a children’s football team (for which his son plays) and holds the Football Association’s Level 2 coaching qualification.


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