The Team

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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Darren Hackley-Green
Darren Hackley-Green

Darren Hackley-Green

Solicitor - APIL Accredited (Senior Litigator)

Darren Hackley-Green was called to the bar in 1999 and qualified as a Solicitor in November 2002. Thereafter he qualified as a Solicitor-Advocate (Criminal and Civil proceedings) in 2009. 

Darren joined NewLaw Solicitors in September 2009.

Darren previously worked for Beachcroft Solicitors in Bristol where he headed up the Motor Prosecutions Defence Unit and defended sub-catastrophic injury claims.

Currently Darren heads up the following teams:

  • The Jurisdictional team (accidents abroad)
  • The Criminal Injuries Compensation team
  • The Motor Prosecutions Defence team

In his spare time, Darren cares for the animals on his 120 acre farm and looks after his twin sons. 

Tim Carter
Tim Carter

Tim Carter

Solicitor

Previously a personal injury partner at a leading South West firm, Tim joined NewLaw in June 2012 to undertake serious orthopaedic injury claims arising from car and motorcycle accidents.

Tim works from NewLaw’s Bristol office as part of its growing team of serious injury lawyers based in the city.

Tim is a keen traveller and occasionally finds time for golf, tennis and squash when work and the commitments of a young family permit.


Aled Davies
Aled Davies

Aled Davies

Solicitor

Aled joined NewLaw in 2009, having qualified as a solicitor in 2000.

Aled has an LLM in Commercial Law and before joining NewLaw, he practiced in the field of Litigation undertaking a variety of work to include claimant and defendant personal injury, dispute resolution, contract/commercial, employers and public liability and Legal Help and Help at Court.

Since joining NewLaw, as part of their serious injuries team, Aled specialises in serious orthopaedic personal injuries arising predominantly from motorcycle accidents.

Aled has an interest in art and design and is an avid collector of TV and Film memorabilia.

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.

Emma - Louise Jones
Emma - Louise Jones

Emma - Louise Jones

Solicitor

Emma-Louise joined NewLaw Solicitors in July 2010 as a case assistant after completing her law degree and legal practice course at Cardiff University. Emma’s role included assisting senior solicitors running mixed value cases before becoming a junior litigator and running her own opersonal injury claims in 2011, which involved recovering outstanding credit hire charges from Third Party Insurers. 

Emma-Louise was awarded a Training Contract with NewLaw, which she commenced in March 2013. Her training included learning and experiencing work in different departments such as, civil litigation, compliance, wills, trusts and probate (including care home fee recovery) and serious injuries. 

Emma-Louise qualified as a Solicitor in April 2015 and runs her own cases in the serious injury department. She represents claimants who have sustained serious orthopaedic injuries as well as assisting more senior solicitors with claims involving fatalities, amputations and other catastrophic injuries.  As an active member of NewLaw’s charity committee she helps to raise thousands of pounds each year for extremely worthy causes. 

In her spare time Emma-Louise enjoys going to the theatre and singing in the Castell Coch Choral Society. The choir raises money for various local charities by organising concerts and fundraising events throughout the year. She is also an avid Arsenal and Cardiff City football fan.

Leanne Khan
Leanne Khan

Leanne Khan

Solicitor - APIL Accredited (Senior Litigator)

Leanne joined NewLaw in November 2012, having qualified as a solicitor 2007.

Since joining NewLaw, as part of their serious injuries team, Leanne specialises in road traffic accidents, representing clients with life changing or life-threatening injuries such as serious or complex fractures requiring surgical intervention, neurological or internal injuries resulting in permanent disability or significant soft tissue injuries such as de-gloving or serious lacerations requiring plastic surgery.  Leanne also represents the families of the victims of fatal accidents, working to provide financial security in the most unfortunate of circumstances.  Her particular area of interest is non-contact motorcycle accidents involving highway defects or dangerous road layouts.

Before joining NewLaw, Leanne trained and practised in the field of personal injury for almost 10 years, gaining a wealth of experience in all areas of claimant personal injury law including employers liability and public liability, claims against schools and local authorities, tripping claims, accident abroad and industrial disease. She has also represented numerous Claimants with defective metal-on-metal hip implants. 

Outside of work, Leanne enjoys going to the cinema and is a keen karaoke singer. She also bakes and decorates cakes and cupcakes – often using these to fatten her colleagues!

 

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.

James Llewellyn-Jones
James Llewellyn-Jones

James Llewellyn-Jones

Solicitor - APIL Accredited (Senior Litigator)

James joined the firm in August 2010 having worked in the area of claimant personal injury claims specialising in employers’ liability and occupational disease claims since his admission in 1998.  He now specialises in high value road traffic accidents involving orthopaedic injuries and, in particular, motorcycle accidents.  He has a growing practice in high value spinal and amputee injury claims.

He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers with accredited senior litigator status.

Laura Metcalfe
Laura Metcalfe

Laura Metcalfe

Solicitor

Laura joined NewLaw Solicitors in October 2011 within the fast track personal injury department, as a paralegal on the specialist motorcycle team. Prior to working at Newlaw, Laura gained 4 years experience from working for another legal firm.  

In 2013 Laura was awarded a Training Contract with NewLaw and qualified as a Solicitor in April 2015. She works within the Brain Injury team and specialises in representing the interests of claimants who have sustained brain injuries. 

Originally from Cornwall, Laura studied for her Law Degree at the University of Exeter and then moved to Cardiff where she completed the Legal Practice Course.      

Outside of work Laura enjoys reading, going to the theatre and socialising with friends. 


Nigel Mills
Nigel Mills

Nigel Mills

Solicitor - APIL Accredited (Fellow)

Nigel joined NewLaw in November 2009. He has over 25 years’ experience of a broad spectrum of Personal Injury claims including those concerning acquired brain injury and catastrophic spinal injury.

Nigel is based in Kent for 3 days a week and in the Cardiff office for 2 days.

He has been noted in Legal 500 as well as the SIA and Headway Directories. He has also acted for clients in the Southall and Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiries. He settled one of the last successful multi party actions when almost a thousand applicants received compensation. He is a Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

Outside work, after family life and his children, his passion is in old motor cars having both rallied, raced and also generally hung around remote places in Wales, Scotland and England spectating on or marshalling rallies, or freezing/boiling on former disused airfields watching very expensive motor cars being thrashed.

Recently he has taken up cycling and completed a charity ride from London to Paris; currently the novelty of modern cycling and its intricate technicalities is threatening his interest in cars.     

Christopher Morgan
Christopher Morgan

Christopher Morgan

Solicitor

Christopher Morgan qualified as a solicitor in 2011 after training in Reading. He moved back home to Cardiff and joined NewLaw, specialising in road traffic accident (RTA) liability and complex injuries. Whilst working in the serious injuries team he managed a large case load of orthopaedic injuries, jurisdictional claims, and fatal accidents worth hundreds of thousands of pounds. 

In May 2016 he began working in the Employee Development department, writing and delivering technical training to staff on all aspects of personal injury civil litigation. He has also been an hourly paid lecturer in civil litigation at Cardiff & Vale College. 

Christopher was elected to co-chair the company’s LGBT staff forum ‘IRIS’ upon its launch in 2015 and also sits on the national Law Society’s LGBT Division. 

Christopher has not always been a lawyer. Before becoming a solicitor, he worked in publishing and marketing for Marie Curie Cancer Care and for the Houses of Parliament. He also spent some time working for British Airways as Cabin Crew and seeing the world. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, camping and the great outdoors; as well as spending quality time in the great indoors with the theatre, good books and even better Chianti.

Liz Phipps
Liz Phipps

Liz Phipps

Solicitor - APIL Accredited (Senior Litigator)

Since qualifying as a solicitor in 1994 her work as a personal injury solicitor has covered a wide range of complex legal issues and injuries. Liz joined NewLaw in 2008 and has worked in the Serious Injury Team predominately representing injured motorcyclists. She specialises in high value complex orthopaedic injuries; amputations; internal injuries, ( e.g loss of bowel; kidney) and psychiatric injury.

Over the years Liz has developed contacts with a wide range of experts and organisations that enable her to help those injured cope with life changing injury and get the best support and opinion on their injuries and what they need over their lifetime to get back to a meaningful life.

Liz is an accredited senior litigator with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), and is also Head of Development of the Serious Injury Team.

Outside work Liz is a taxi service and PA to her 2 kids! She enjoys spending time with family and friends, (mainly eating and drinking), and walking the family dog. Recently she has rediscovered playing tennis and joined a choir to further exercise her vocal chords. Many would say no further exercise is required!

Richard Wargent
Richard Wargent

Richard Wargent

Solicitor

Richard joined NewLaw in November 2012 and works from NewLaw’s Bristol office as part of its growing team of serious injury lawyers based in the city.

He has over 20 years experience of acting for claimants who have suffered serious orthopaedic and brain injuries. Richard regularly acts for families in fatal accident claims.

Richard enjoys time with his wife and their wayward West Highland terrier, as well as spending time fishing on the river bank.


Hayley Neil
Hayley Neil

Hayley Neil

Chartered Legal Executive

Hayley Neil started working at NewLaw in January 2008 on the fast track litigation team whilst studying for her Legal Executive Qualification via distance learning.  In September 2011, she qualified and achieved Fellowship Status within the Institute of Legal Executives.  In March 2013 she joined the Serious Injury Department and has since dealt with claims involving complex orthopaedic and psychiatric injuries. 

Hayley Neil is married and has a daughter.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and socialising with her friends. 

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