specialist solicitors, meet them below:
Hilton Armstrong - Partner
I love this type of work. Fighting for the small individual against the big Corporation and all their resources. It’s why I became a lawyer. I qualified in 1982 and have spent the last 30 years dealing with all sorts of medical claims. Small or large I always give each case my best shot.
Sport has always been important to me. I used to play football and squash, but since an ACL injury in my 30’s I have tried most things (usually to excess!). About four years ago I settled on road biking, open water swimming and a bit of running. The balance is good and to spice it up I enter competitive triathlons which helps me focus. My running is the weakest discipline, so I tend to find that those who I have overtaken on the bike shoot past me in the run section!
Joanne Davies - Partner
I have been lucky enough to specialise in Clinical Negligence work since I was a trainee solicitor, subsequently qualifying here at Armstrong Foulkes in 2002. Unfortunately many people are unaware of their rights in terms of medical treatment. I find it rewarding to help my clients through what are often very difficult, confusing and distressing times to ensure that their rights are protected, their questions answered and to obtain for them compensation which can ease both the financial and physical burden of their injuries or problems.
My time outside of work mainly revolves around family activities. A young family leaves very little time for my old favourite pastimes like dining out, travelling, reading and socialising with friends, these days we’re generally ice skating, dancing or out walking for miles. I am a self-professed expert on Marvel or DC Superheroes (including the girls) and on any Disney Princess or other Disney character. I like nothing more than a family day out visiting new places and I am regularly at museums, parks or woodland trials, I now consider myself an expert at making the perfect picnic food! As a very amateur photographer having a family has given me an opportunity to hone my photography skills, there is something very rewarding about capturing a particular moment in time to enjoy long after it has passed.
Ashleigh Holt - Partner
I always knew that I wanted to be able to help people and I’ve built my career on being able to do this every day. It’s rare in a job like this that we get to give good news but over the last 12 years I’ve been able to give comfort, relief and support to many people who have suffered because of medical negligence.
Outside of work I have a young family and this takes up my spare time. Ask me in 5 years and I expect I’ll be able to tell you all about my son’s hobbies. Ask me in another 15 and I hope I’ll have found some time to develop hobbies of my own!
Kathryn Watson - Associate solicitor
I love this job because no two cases are the same and that means my work is always interesting. I find it very rewarding, not only when we win a case and recover compensation, but also being able to provide our clients with answers they desperately seek which have often not been explained to them by members of the medical profession. I specialise in clinical negligence law having been a trainee solicitor at Armstrong Foulkes, qualifying as a solicitor here in 2011.
Most of my time outside work is taken up with horses. I event regularly although keeping at least one horse (and myself!) injury-free is a constant battle. I enjoy holidays abroad and spending time with friends and family.
Dan Richardson - Solicitor
When I started my legal career I had few firm ideas about what area of law I wanted to focus on. What I was sure of however is that I wanted to use my knowledge and skills to help the people who needed it the most. Medical negligence offers a fantastic opportunity to do just that and I have been fortunate enough to work in a specialist firm which allows me to focus exclusively on this type of work.
Outside of the office I am an avid football fan (which can be hard work as I support Sunderland AFC!). I also enjoy getting out into the garage and seeing what I can put together. Most recently a team of friends and I were lucky enough to take part in the Redbull Soapbox Race at Alexandra Palace in London. Despite some unexpectedly large obstacles both the soapbox and occupants got to the end of the course intact (mostly).