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The Team

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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Tim Burgess
Tim Burgess

Tim Burgess

Solicitor

Tim joined NewLaw Solicitors in January 2008 as a paralegal where he was responsible for his own caseload of fast-track personal injury claims, the majority of which required litigation if liability or quantum was in dispute. He also developed a specialism in low velocity impact cases.

Tim was successfully awarded with a Training Contract with NewLaw which started in October 2009. Tim received training in civil litigation, employment law, commercial litigation and private client departments before qualifying as a Solicitor in October 2011 when he joined the Serious Injuries Team. Tim now works within the Spinal Injuries team, acting on behalf of persons who have sustained serious spinal and other orthopaedic injuries as a result of an accident.

Originally from Cardiff Tim attended Cardiff University.  Outside of the office he is a keen sportsman and particularly enjoys playing 5-a-side football and a round of golf. He is a keen Arsenal and Cardiff City supporter and also follows many other sports, particularly Formula One.

Chris-Marie Niemelae
Chris-Marie Niemelae

Chris-Marie Niemelae

Solicitor

Chris-Marie initially graduated with a degree in psychology and criminology and a year later (2004) gained a MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science in Criminal Justice Policy .  After completing several law modules she soon realised it was law she eventually wanted to practice. After a few years of working at a Youth Offending Team she went on to complete the Graduate Diploma in Law (law conversion course).  Following this, she completed the Bar Vocational Course (BVC) and qualified as a Barrister in 2008.  She is a member of the Middle Temple and Bar Council.  Whilst completing the BVC, she was already working full time in a leading catastrophic personal injury firm in London. 

During this time, Chris-Marie gained significant experience in representing  those seriously injured in accidents.  This inspired her to want to practice as Solicitor so she decided to cross qualify.  She completed this training successfully and  was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in September 2012.

Having spent the best part of 10 years in London, it was time to move on and see other parts of the country.  Chris-Marie joined NewLaw's Serious Injuries Team in January 2013 and now runs her own case load for those who have sustained predominantly orthopaedic injuries.  Due to the years of experience she gained in London, she also assists Senior Solicitors on their catastrophic injury claims.  Chris-Marie now specialises in spinal cord injuries and serious orthopaedic injuries.  

In her spare time, Chris-Marie enjoys reading, music, dance and the arts in general. She has always had a passion for travelling.  She now has a young family to look after so spends more time learning the art of baking and cooking


Lisa Samuel
Lisa Samuel

Lisa Samuel

Solicitor - APIL Accredited (Senior Litigator)

Lisa qualified as a solicitor in 1996, and has dealt with personal injury claims for 18 years. She is an APIL senior litigator.

Lisa has extensive experience in dealing with high value, catastrophic personal injury claims to include brain and spinal injuries, amputations and multiple fractures.  She has a particular interest in amputation and spinal injury claims and regularly acts on behalf of amputees and spinal cord injured individuals, having specialist knowledge of the challenges faced by those who have undergone life changing injuries particularly in relation to prosthetics, specialist equipment and care and accommodation issues. She works with leading experts/case managers within these respective fields on a regular basis so has developed a network of relationships that can provide the best possible support from all angles (medical, emotional, practical and legal) to the client during the process of the claim.

Outside of work, Lisa spends most of her time looking after her family but her interests include horse riding, walking, watching rugby and eating out with friends.

Rachael George
Rachael George

Rachael George

Chartered Legal Executive

Rachael joined NewLaw in 2008 and has worked on a wide range of high value cases involving spinal cord injuries, amputations, fatalities and brain injuries.

In 2011 Rachael decided to specialise in cases involving multiple fractures, amputations and spinal cord injuries and now deals with claims ranging from £25,000 to £500,000 in value. 

Rachael is also a member of the Spinal Injuries Team within NewLaw and assists senior solicitors on cases involving complete and incomplete spinal cord injuries worth millions of pounds.

In her spare time Rachael enjoys going to the theatre, socialising with friends and supporting the Welsh rugby team whilst pretending to know what the rules are.

Julie Sutton
Julie Sutton

Julie Sutton

Welfare Manager

Julie Sutton is an Accredited Counsellor with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Welfare (IOW).  She has gained extensive experience in supporting individuals who have been affected by trauma, bereavement, personal injury and mental health issues. 

Julie said, “Every day is different and every case is different with its own complexities. Looking at client’s needs from an emotional perspective to assisting clients at their most vulnerable time is humbling and rewarding.”

Julie provides support to our clients all over England and Wales with experience of brain injury and orthopaedic injuries, supporting families in their times of need, especially in the case of fatal road accidents.

The support offered by Julie is an integral part of the our client care and she ensures that the solicitors have regular welfare support updates to ensure the client’s needs are being met.

Julie’s primary aim is to help our client’s regain independence and resume control over their lives.

In her spare time, Julie enjoys the theatre, swimming and learning classical guitar (badly!).

Mike Tonkin
Mike Tonkin

Mike Tonkin

Welfare Manager

Mike Tonkin is a registered Social Worker with the Care Council of Wales, has extensive experience in assessment, case management and supporting individuals with physical disability, spinal cord injury and brain injury.

Mike said, “I enjoy assisting those who need support and helping them regain independence and bring dignity back in their lives. We don’t work 9-5 as we want to offer a service that’s flexible to our client’s needs, wherever they are.”

Mike provides support to our clients all over England and Wales with experience of brain injury and orthopaedic injuries, supporting families in their times of need, especially in the case of fatal road accidents.

The support offered by Mike is an integral part of the our client care and he ensures the solicitors have regular welfare support updates to ensure the client’s needs are being met.

Mike’s primary aim is to help our client’s regain independence and resume control over their lives.


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