David qualified as a Solicitor in 1987, and joined the practice in 1993. He was responsible for opening the Manchester City Centre office, and became Managing Partner in 2007, before becoming Managing Director in May 2014. David has an in-depth experience in Personal Injury and was responsible initially for setting up the Defendant department which acts for Insurers, and together with Brian Coghlan & Robert Myer manages the combined Personal Injury Department, which comprises of both Claimant and Defendant work. He has been involved in many cases involving catastrophic injuries and awards in excess of £1M.
David has developed a bespoke case management system for Claimant Personal Injury cases.
Brian joined the practice as a Trainee in 1994 and qualified into the Personal Injury Department in 1995. In 1998 he spent nearly 2 years managing the London office, and was made a Partner of the firm when he was transferred back into the Manchester office in 2000. Brian has specialised in Personal Injury litigation since qualification, and has a particular interest in improving rehabilitation pathways for seriously injured clients.
For the last few years he has been responsible for supervising and training lawyers, as well as overseeing operations and procedures generally across the department. Brian has overseen a steady expansion of the injury department in recent years, and works closely with David Horwich and Rob Myer managing the Personal Injury department of the practice.
Qualified as a solicitor in - 1995
Diploma of Credit in Personal Injury Litigation - 2003
Rob originally joined the practice as a Trainee in 1995. After qualifying as a Solicitor in 1997 Rob has specialised in Personal Injury. He became a Partner within the Practice in 2004. Rob has built up an extensive knowledge of all areas of Personal Injury during his career to date. He has been actively involved in developing the case management system in recent times to cater for all the various changes that have occurred in the Personal Injury sector. Together with David Horwich and Brian Coghlan, Rob manages the Personal Injury Department. In addition to providing supervision and training to other lawyers within the practice Rob is also Compliance Officer for Legal Practice & Finance & Administration. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
Degree at Birmingham University and Chester Law School
Mark is Head of the Defendant Personal Injury Department. Mark joined the practice as a Trainee in 1992. Since qualifying as a Solicitor in 1994, Mark has specialised in Defendant Personal Injury matters. He became a Partner within the practice in 2004. Mark deals with complex/high value claims in fields which include Road Traffic Collisions, Employers Liability, Public Liability and Clinical Negligence. Mark specialises in dealing in claims with foreign jurisdiction issues. This includes Defending claims on behalf of foreign insurers under the European Communities (Rights Against Insurers) Regulations 2002, when their insured is involved in an incident in this country, resulting in proceedings being brought in England and Wales. Mark also Defends matters brought by Claimants in England and Wales against foreign insurers where the incidents occurred outside the UK. Mark has a growing practice dealing with Employers and Public Liability claims. Mark’s experience involves dealing with complex matters including causation issues arising from cases involving fibromyalgia and strokes arising as a result of alleged negligence and/or breach of statutory duty.
Politics Degree (2:1) Lancaster University (1990)
CPE and Law Society Finals Chester College of Law (1991/1992)
Mike qualified as a Solicitor in 1993 and joined Horwich Cohen Coghlan in 2001. Mike has specialised in personal injury litigation since qualification, and over the last 20 years the years has developed a particular expertise in high value and complex claims. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and now deals with claims involving catastrophic and life-changing injuries, including injuries to the brain, spine and multiple muscular-skeletal trauma. He has enormous experience of the complexities of serious and catastrophic injury cases, and has also developed an extensive network of leading experts and barristers. In addition to his technical legal knowledge, Mike understands the wider challenges and problems that life changing injuries pose for for both the injured party and their immediate family, and he is dedicated to supporting them as best he can from the earliest possible stage.
Mike regularly attends clients in their homes, and makes himself available for communication with clients and their families at all times.
Mike has an in-depth knowledge of the Rehabilitation Code which (as revised in 2015), and seeks to maximise the benefits it can provide for clients with serious injuries. This will include working intensively at an early stage to deliver the necessary treatment and rehabilitation to clients following discharge from hospital.
Although he places a particular focus on delivery of treatment, Mike also ensures that the damages awarded are maximised. He regularly secures awards in excess of £1 million for clients, and recently negotiated an award of £5.9 million for a client.
2.1 Degree from Sheffield University
Chester Law School
Qualified as a Solicitor 1993
Mike has been short listed for "Claimant Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year 2016" at the Personal Injury Awards, which take place on 24th November 2016.
Philippa qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and has specialised in the field of Personal Injury ever since. She is is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), and has a special interest in high value and complex injury claims, for example cases involving;
Head and brain injuries
Serious Orthopaedic injuries
Chronic and Regional Pain syndromes
Philippa is a member of the Major Trauma and Serious Injury team at Horwich Cohen Coghlan Solicitors, and from an early stage in any Major Trauma case she and her colleagues work to identify and establish a client’s needs, and then take steps to ensure they get the treatment and rehabilitation they need.
Philippa makes sure that she is available for seriously injured clients and family members at all times, and where appropriate she will visit them at hospital and/or in their own home. She knows that seriously injured clients worry about the future for both them and their families, and does everything she can to give them peace of mind and ensure that their future needs are catered for.
Over nearly 20 years of working with injured clients, Philippa has developed relationships with leading barristers and a network of highly respected independent experts across the country, and their input is vital to ensuring delivery of outstanding service and the best possible advice.
Philippa cares passionately about her clients, and is committed to supporting them wherever possible in addition to providing expert technical legal advice.
Andrea joined the Practice in the year 2000 as a Legal Secretary within the Personal Injury Department, and with the support of the Partners she was promoted to the position of Litigation Executive and began running cases under supervision in 2003. She qualified initially as a Legal Executive in 2007 and thereafter as a Solicitor in 2010. Since 2009 Andrea has been responsible for managing and supervising a team of Solicitors and Litigation Executives, in addition to running her own caseload. Andrea was promoted to Associate in 2012, and made Partner in 2014.
Qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives (2007)
Stephen has specialised in personal injury law for over 18 years, and represents Claimants who have suffered serious injuries following accidents. He is a member of the Major Trauma and Serious Injury team at Horwich Cohen Coghlan Solicitors. He acts for clients who have suffered life changing injuries including brain injury, amputation, and multiple orthopaedic injuries, but also deals with cases which originally present as relatively minor injuries but then develop into chronic pain disorders. Stephen is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
Whilst working towards the best financial settlement for clients, Stephen initially focuses on supporting the individual and the family in their efforts to access and secure the best possible medical and rehabilitation services. He recognises that rehabilitation should ideally begin at the earliest appropriate point, in order to achieve the best possible recovery pathway and outcome.
Stephen has secured a number settlements in excess of a million pounds, and is currently handling claims with a potential value of several million pounds.
Jane qualified as a Solicitor in 1994 and joined Horwich Cohen Coghlan in 2015, achieving Associate status 12 months later. Initially upon qualification, Jane worked as a general civil litigator for approximately 5 years before specialising in Claimant personal injury litigation. Jane has experience in undertaking claims arising from all kinds of accidents, but has developed a particular specialism in the areas of public and employer liability claims and heads up the Employer/Public Liability team. Jane has also been instrumental in setting up and overseeing the firm's Food Poisoning Claims team.
With over 20 years experience as a solicitor, Jane has a particular interest in high valued and complex cases, and is a member of the the Major Trauma and Serious Injury team at Horwich Cohen Coghlan Solicitors.
David originally joined the practice in 2002 and qualified into the Personal Injury department in early 2006. He has worked in a number of roles at the practice including as a Team Manager supervising and training colleagues. David was made an Associate Partner in early 2012 and now deals with complex and higher value road traffic accident claims. With a keen attention to detail and a hands on approach to all his cases, David’s role now is to help support clients through the litigation process and obtain the evidence needed to achieve the best outcome for them in their claims.
Emma is Associate Partner at HCC. She was originally called to the Bar in 1999, and cross qualified as a solicitor in 2007. She specialises exclusively in claimant clinical negligence and joined the firm in early 2016 to head up our Clinical Negligence Department. In her almost twenty year career she has acquired extensive litigation experience, building up long standing relationships with barristers and experts. In addition she has a valuable practical perspective regarding clinical procedures after working with a team of midwives and nurses for a number of years.
Emma understands that a clinical negligence claim can often include very real feelings of isolation and distrust as claimants seek to find answers for the decisions made in their care. She prides herself on her supportive and compassionate approach and aims to give realistic advice from the outset.
Non Practising Barrister- Called to the Bar of England and Wales - 1999
Qualified Lawyers Transfer Test- Grade A - Placed on the Roll- September 2007
Having been called to the Bar in 1998 Tom was involved in research with the Institute of Criminology at University of Cambridge and while working in the Police Service conducted research funded by the Policing and Reducing Crime Unit at the Home Office.
Subsequently he was with the Office for the Supervision of Solicitors (The Law Society) before working as an independent Consultant. Tom Joined in 2012 from Clyde & Co where he was Audit Manager.
While his background is professional regulation, risk management and organisational development and review he has an in-depth knowledge of personal injury litigation particularly serious and fatal collisions involving pedestrians and cyclists.
Tom is our Money Laundering Reporting Officer and Data Protection Officer.
Kelly qualified as a Solicitor in 2013 having worked in the field of complex Personal Injury claims for a number of years previously. Since qualification Kelly has acted solely for Claimants who have suffered catastrophic and life-changing injuries including injuries to the head, brain, spine and multiple muscular-skeletal trauma including cases where clients have been required to undergo amputation.
Kelly deals with cases involving both adults and children. As a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) Kelly has a particular interest and focus upon securing early and appropriate rehabilitation, which has led her to be appointed as a member of HCC’s Major Trauma team.
She also understands the wider challenges catastrophic injuries present, including the effects that can be felt by her client’s family members. Kelly works with a number of dedicated and specialised case managers to ensure that all her client’s rehabilitation plans have a multi-disciplinary approach so to achieve the best possible outcome, both physically and mentally.
Kelly chose to complete her Law Masters upon the issue of Rehabilitation, which has placed her in a position to not only be able to focus and implement early treatment but also how to maximise her clients final settlement awards.
Qualified as a solicitor in 2013.
Lancaster University – History Degree (2:1)
Graduate Diploma in Law – Manchester (Commendation)