Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Meet the Team at Girlings

Jonathan Pidduck

Jonathan is Managing Director of Girlings Personal Injury Claims Solicitors. He qualified as a Solicitor in 1996, but has been practising Law since 1984 (specialising in personal injury work since the late 1980’s). He has been on the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel (for lawyers with a proven track record in personal injury claims) since 1996. He is also a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, having achieved their “Senior Litigator” accreditation, and is on the Headway list of head-injury solicitors since 2014.

Jonathan was born and bred in East Kent. He worked in Ramsgate from 1984 to 1986, Margate from 1986 to 2000 and Folkestone from 2000 to 2008. He is now based at our Canterbury branch.

He has experience of dealing with a wide range of cases, including head injury, employers liability claims, road traffic claims, repetitive strain injuries, occupiers liability, medical negligence claims, stress at work cases, trips and slips. He has experience of claims and appeals in the County Court, High Court, and Court of Appeal (ranging in value from about £1,000 to about £1,000,000).

He has a particular interest in acting on claims for compensation for brain injury, and also on behalf of clients whose hypermobility symptoms have been triggered or aggravated as a result of an accident.

Clare Milne

Clare is our Clinical Negligence Associate Director, and heads up our dedicated medical negligence team.  She deals exclusively with medical negligence claims.

She qualified as a solicitor in 1997 specialising in both personal injury and clinical negligence litigation.  Since qualifying she has gained a higher diploma in Personal Injury Law.  In particular, Clare assisted on the Porton Down case where ex-army personnel sued the Ministry of Defence for Sarin gas (nerve gas) poisoning at their Porton Down site.  This is the largest multi-party personal injury action ever to be brought in the UK and was well documented in the media.

Before joining Girlings Personal Injury Claims in April 2010, Clare worked for a specialist firm in Canterbury where she was involved in significant high value medical negligence claims of a complex and challenging nature.  Many of these cases were reported in local and national press.

Clare has been involved in such cases as birth injuries (in particular cerebral palsy), fatalities, cosmetic surgery, sexual assaults by medical professionals, missed brain tumours, delay in diagnosing cancer, pressure sore cases, group actions against hospital trusts for poor care of elderly patients, inappropriate and/or delay in performing surgical procedures and failure to diagnose perforated bowel.  Clare has a special interest in complex and high value brain injury cases, in particular those sustained by children at birth.

Clare has been awarded membership of the Law Society’s clinical negligence accreditation scheme. This accreditation acknowledges Clare’s proven competency and expertise in clinical negligence.
Clare has dealt with numerous high value clinical negligence claims during her years at Girlings Personal Injury Injury Claims

Brian Cowell

Brian is a Partner at Girlings Personal Injury Claims, dealing with clinical negligence claims.

He joined Girlings in September 2000 as an executive in the claimant Personal Injury department. Prior to this, he enjoyed a successful ten year career in the insurance industry, working for syndicates of Lloyds of London, principally dealing with accident and injury claims.

In 2009, Brian became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. This qualification, together with his broad experience of personal injury work enables him to offer a very high level of specialist service.

Brian is very experienced in dealing with a wide range of claims, including accidents at work, occupier liability claims, road traffic collisions and trips and slips and is now a partner and trusted pair of hands in our expanding clinical negligence team.

Michelle Meakin

Michelle, who was born and brought up in Canterbury, qualified as a solicitor in 2009 after completing her training at another well-known Kent firm.

Michelle joined the team as a specialist in medical negligence in 2013, having previously worked at an international Claimant firm based in London for over two years. During this time, Michelle dealt with both low and high value medical negligence claims, including claims involving the delayed diagnosis of cancer, accessory nerve damage, orthopaedic injuries and surgical errors.

Prior to this, Michelle worked for a Defendant firm representing both the NHS and the UK’s leading Medical and Dental Defence Organisation. She can therefore offer a valuable insight into how ‘the other side’ operates. Michelle has regularly given training seminars to doctors about medical negligence issues.

Since joining our team, Michelle has secured several high value settlements for her clients in claims involving negligent surgery and delayed diagnosis. She has a reputation for building supportive relationships with her clients and is regarded as efficient and approachable.

Sue Man

Sue is a Partner at Girlings Personal Injury Claims, dealing exclusively with clinical negligence claims.  Sue has over 14 years’ litigation experience. She undertook ‘on the job’ training before qualifying in 2009 specialising initially in Defendant personal injury litigation for one of the UK’s largest insurance companies. In 2011 Sue joined Girlings and transferred her skills to Claimant personal injury claims. Sue quickly developed an affinity for clinical negligence litigation and within 8 months moved her specialism into that field.

Sue was promoted to a Senior Associate in 2015 and in January 2019 became a Partner. Sue acts exclusively for Claimants in serious and complex clinical negligence claims. She is highly regarded as a Next Generation Lawyer with a breadth of expertise in high value claims arising from delayed diagnosis of cancer, substandard management of labour, fatal injury claims, negligent care resulting in amputation, and cases resulting in infant deaths.

Sue is recognised as a consistent high achiever within the firm, who is able to regularly secure settlements for clients whether by ‘round table meetings’, negotiation or mediation. She is a meticulous and committed lawyer and has been commended for her efficiency and attention to detail. Her clients have thanked Sue for her ‘hard work’, ‘professional care’, and ability to explain difficult to grasp issues.

Sue is a member of APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) and is accredited by The Foundation for Infant Loss

Rachael Stibbe

Rachael is a Chartered Legal Executive and gained her Law degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury, achieving a 2:1 LLB (Hons).

Rachael joined us in August 2012 and has been specialising in personal injury since 2008. Prior to starting at Girlings, she worked as a road traffic defendant lawyer at a national motor insurer for four years and had a busy caseload solely dealing with post-issued claims.

Rachael has a busy caseload with various types cases. Her particular interest is in road traffic claims (including uninsured/untraced driver claims and foreign driver claims) and she also has considerable credit hire experience. She also acts on trip/slip cases, accidents at work and product liability claims.

Shantala Carr

Shantala is a Senior Associate Solicitor who is part of our clinical negligence team.

She gained her law degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury, achieving a First Class honours degree, and a Distinction in her LPC at BPP in London.

She qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and has experience in acting for clients in a wide range of medical negligence claims, including surgical errors, orthopaedic injuries and delays in diagnosing cancer. She has particular interest and experience in gynaecological and obstetric cases, including cerebral palsy and birth injuries. Her clients have described her as professional, informative, supportive and easy to talk to.

She has previously taught law at further and higher education levels and is currently a Chief Examiner for the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX).