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Mr S suffered orthopaedic injuries and permanent damage to his pituitary gland in a motorcycling accident. Mr S recovered £360,000 on a provisional damages basis.
Mr W suffered a serious knee injury in a motorcycling accident and he went on to develop chronic pain syndrome forcing his early retirement. Mr W recovered £575,000.
Mr N was walking down metal steps at work and slipped on oil sustaining injury and fracturing wrist. We secured a settlement for £110,000.
Mr M suffered a serious knee injury in a motorcycling accident and ultimately came to amputation of the injured leg. Mr M recovered £1,250,000.
Mr F suffered traumatic amputation of his foot and serious arm injuries in a motorcycling accident. Mr F recovered £863,524.
While Mr S was lifting heavy rolls of adhesive tape at work, he sustained a back injury. We secured a settlement for £55,000.
Mr T suffered an ankle and knee injury in a motorcycling accident and was unable to return to his former work as a Baker’s assistant. Mr T recovered £395,000.


How realistic is Silk?  Do the public find it believable?

Last night’s episode wasn’t quite typical of what had gone before, but the modern slant given to the storyline – with a ‘football’ theme – may have given it some extra local appeal.  Arguably, given the contents of Sol Campbell’s much self publicized autobiography over the weekend – raising the issues of race and homosexuality – it might even have given it some extra realism.  Personally, I reckon Silk probably wins the credibility stakes against Sol’s book – it hasn’t gone down too well with the powers that be at the F.A., nor with ‘pundit royalty’ on ‘5 Live.’

The main ‘Silk’ in the show – Martha Costello – for those of you not familiar with the series is played by the ever excellent Maxine Peake.  She plays it beautifully- totally committed to her clients, and burning the candle at both ends to ensure that she doesn’t miss a trick when a case comes on for trial.  There are no weak links in the cast, but I especially like the way that her clerk, Billy, is played by Neil Stuke – his finger is on everyone’s pulse, and what he doesn’t know about the London legal circuit isn’t worth knowing.  Unfortunately, it’s looking like he’s got s terminal illness storyline brewing, so watch him while you can, as I don’t fancy his chances of making it to series 4.  Also, there’s prosecutor Caroline Warwick QC, played vampishly by the magnificent Frances Barber.

Last night featured a lovely cameo role too by everyone’s favourite Coronation Street homicidal maniac, Brian Capron, who played a smug football agent to a tee.  Throw in a performance by Jessica Henwick as an out-of-her-depth pupil barrister, not quite sure of the world she had landed herself in, and, for those of us with some courtroom experience, I can say that much of Silk was very real indeed.

All of this on a backdrop of the legal heart of the capital – the beautiful Temple architecture in London; great characters; great acting; what’s not to like?




Written by Wai

Wai Yi is our joint Managing Director. She joined the firm originally as an articled clerk to the founder, Keith Beardsell and qualified as a solicitor in 1989. She became an equity partner in 1997, and upon the creation of Beardsells LLP in 2011, she became joint Managing Director. You can follow Wai Yi on Google+.

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