Rachel Biddle is a respected lawyer in the accidents at work team based in Thompsons Solicitor’s Manchester office and covering the North West.
Rachel takes complicated “multi-track” cases worth in excess of £25,000 on behalf of clients who have been injured in accidents at work, on the road or during an assault. Sometimes the claims involve public liability.
Her clients will be suffering from a range of orthopaedic and psychiatric injuries.
Rachel, a chartered legal executive, is dedicated to securing the maximum amount of damages for her clients and to providing them with an excellent service.
She believes the most rewarding thing about working for Thompsons is its insistence on working exclusively for claimants and never for defendants or their insurance companies. “This sets us apart from other law firms,” she says. Rachel also points out that unlike a lot of other firms, Thompsons staff will always meet the client in person and will always treat them with the care and respect they deserve.
Rachel joined Thompsons in 1988 starting work in the post room aged 18 and eventually becoming a secretary. Thompsons supported her through night school and college and she became a qualified lawyer in 2001.
Away from work, Rachel loves to spend time walking, reading and spending time with her children.
RACHEL’S CASE EXPERIENCE
Employers’ Liability case – negotiated settlement August 2019
Unite member Edward Greslow was removing a brass ring from a machine when a jack supporting the equipment slipped, trapping his hand. Edward suffered severe crushing injuries and the tips of his right index and middle fingers had to be amputated. Rachel established that he was not provided with the appropriate work equipment and settlement terms were agreed at £82,031.80.
Road Traffic Accident case – negotiated settlement agreed October 2019
Rachel acted on behalf of David Guy, an RMT member, who suffered multiple injuries when he was hit by a vehicle while riding his bicycle on a roundabout. Rachel secured a settlement of £58,000.
POA case - trial September 2019
A prison officer was injured while on a course where he was training to be an instructor. He was taking part in a simulated riot when he was hit with the bottom of a shield being carried by a fellow employee. He sustained a deep laceration to his forehead and experienced significant psychiatric symptoms.
At trial the judge agreed that the defendant’s system of work and the equipment they had provided were wholly inadequate and an award of £29,235 was made.
UNISON member: “Thank you for all your help and support. I know you worked hard to bring me some justice and closure and I am very grateful.”
UNITE member: “Thank you very much for all your help, I do understand that this was not a normal, straightforward case, with so many complications, but we got there in the end. I want you to know that it is very much appreciated by myself and my family."
UNITE member: “Thank you so very much for all your hard work with my case. You are a star.”
UNISON member: “I cannot express how grateful I am to Thompsons and Rachel Biddle for helping and advising me in my time of need. Many, many thanks.”
UNITE member: “Many thanks for all the hard work and dedication you undertook to achieve my settlement. It really is appreciated.”
UNISON member: “I found it very easy to use your service and I’m very pleased with the outcome. All your hard work is very much appreciated.”