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HCC is proud to work in partnership alongside Spinal Injuries Association in its Trusted Partner programme. 

Our expert team offers legal advice and helps you to access the best medical care, rehabilitation, and support. We will also investigate your case to find out if anyone was at fault, and work to get you and your family the answers and compensation you deserve.

We’ll also assess the impact of your injury to understand what support you and your family needs now and in the future.

To request a call back from a member of our team, please fill out the contact form on the right side of this page or call us now on 0330 175 7770.



    Why choose HCC? 

    We understand that a spinal cord injury can have a devastating, traumatic and life-changing consequences on victims and their families. Our team understands the importance of securing rehabilitation pathways and mental health services at the earliest possible opportunity after a spinal cord injury has occurred.

    We have many years of experience in handling cases where people have sustained spinal cord injuries. If you, or a family member, have experienced major trauma resulting in a spinal cord injury you can be assured you are in safe hands with our legal team.

    Patients often feel isolated and overwhelmed during their initial treatment at the hospital and around 25% of spinal injury patients develop symptoms of depression. This is why our specialist lawyers will visit you in hospital as soon as possible so that we can understand your position and provide you with the right kind of help.

    What are the facts?

    We are a Trusted Partner of SIA (Spinal Injuries Association) and we work closely with them and its membership base to make sure that people with spinal cord injuries get the best possible support. SIA estimates that there are 50,000 people living with a spinal cord injury in the UK and each year another 2,500 people become newly injured. There is currently no known effective cure for spinal cord injuries. However, scientists and medical professionals are always working on ways to improve treatments. You can find out more about our work with SIA here.

    What help do we offer?

    Symptoms of spinal cord injuries depend on the severity and the location of the damage but can include partial or complete loss of sensory function or motor control of arms, legs and/or other areas of the body.  The most severe cases affect bowel movement, bladder control, breathing, heart rate and blood pressure. Many people with a spinal cord injury experience chronic pain.

    At HCC, we will become an integral part of your support network if you have sustained a spinal cord injury. Your quality of life will be our number one priority and our aim is to provide you with everything you require to help you to rebuild your life and get you back on track.

    Watch one of our clients describe how our lawyers helped him and his family following a spinal cord injury:

    Our expert team for SIA members

    Patrick Maguire (Partner) 

    Patrick Maguire, partner, HCC

    Patrick is a Partner and the Head of the HCC London office.  Patrick and his team in London only represent people that have suffered serious or catastrophic injury and families who have lost a loved one. Patrick was awarded Claimant Lawyer of the Year in the prestigious Personal Injury Awards 2022 for his work representing people who have been seriously injured. Patrick is often instructed on behalf of victims of spinal cord injury, Patrick has strong links with various charities and organisations that help provide support to his clients beyond a compensation claim. Patrick has strong relationships with many of the leading insurance companies in the UK which means he can often access rehabilitation and financial support for his clients very quickly.


    Patrick is often instructed on high profile cases. For example, being personally instructed by a number of those that were injured or killed in the Westminster attack, the London Bridge/Borough Market attack and the Novichok nerve agent attack in Salisbury.   He represents bereaved families at Inquests at various levels from local Coroners Courts to the Old Bailey.   Patrick is well versed in dealing with the press in such cases.

    Patrick has been instructed by clients from all over the world but where the incident has taken place in the UK.  In the last 3 years he has received instructions from clients in the US, France, Canada, Germany, Hungary, India and New Zealand.

    All of Patrick’s clients instruct him on the basis of recommendation.  He is often asked to take over cases from other firms who are not providing the appropriate level of service.

    Patrick and his team pride themselves on the relationships they build with their clients and their families. Clients have commented that the care and support provided by Patrick and his team would be the sort only expected from close family and friends. You can contact Patrick directly on 07775 808 820 or email

    Emma Richards (Partner)

    Emma Richards, partner, HCC

    Emma is a 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 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. You can contact Emma on 0161 830 4600 or email 

    Michelle Weaver (Partner) 

    Michelle Weaver HCC Solicitors

    Michelle Weaver, partner, HCC

    In the aftermath of a serious injury, families are confronted not only with the physical and emotional toll but also with the daunting legal complexities that follow. We recognise the multifaceted challenges families face during these times.

    Michelle WeaverPartner and Head of Court of Protection at HCC plays a pivotal role in safeguarding the rights and interests of individuals grappling with life-altering circumstances – and can assist you with:

    1. Protection of Decision-Making Authority:
      • We specialise in handling legal matters when individuals lack the mental capacity to make decisions. In tandem, establishing Lasting Power of Attorney empowers individuals to appoint someone they trust to make decisions on their behalf, ensuring their wishes are honored even in incapacitation.
    2. Holistic Legal Expertise:
      • Michelle Weaver possesses a profound understanding of the legal intricacies surrounding mental incapacity. From managing financial affairs to healthcare decisions, she offers comprehensive guidance, aligning every decision with the best interests of the incapacitated individual.
    3. Lasting Power of Attorney as a Proactive Measure:
      • An LPA is a proactive legal tool that allows individuals to plan ahead. By designating an attorney to manage their affairs in the event of incapacity, individuals retain control over crucial aspects of their lives, providing peace of mind to both themselves and their loved ones.
    4. Tailored Solutions for Unique Circumstances:
      • Each case is unique, and our Court of Protection team, led by Michelle Weaver, prides itself on delivering personalised solutions. Whether establishing a Deputyshipcontesting decisions, or managing financial affairs, we tailor our approach to meet the specific needs and preferences of each client.

    You can contact Michelle directly on 07983 742 907 or email 

    To request a call back from a member of our team, please fill out the contact form or call us now on 0330 175 7770.

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