Congratulations to Des Collins, Senior Partner at Collins Solicitors, who was named “Claimant Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year” at the 2010 Personal Injury Awards. The Awards were held last Thursday evening at the Millennium Hotel, London.
This is the second major award that Collins has won in the last two months. At the end of last month, the Law Society Awards 2010 named him “UK Legal Personality of the Year”.
Mr. Collins was recognised for the support he gave to families during the landmark claim for negligence against Corby Borough Council. He also represented families after the oil depot explosion at Buncefield and the Southall and Paddington Rail crashes. This work also contributed to the most recent award.
After the presentation, Collins said that he was delighted to win two major awards that recognised the work of Collins Solicitors over the last 10 years. He praised his outstanding team without whose help it would have been impossible to handle major cases and paid tribute to the courage of his clients.
The firm has a challenging time ahead, Collins continued. One of the major cases they are currently fighting is the personal injury claims against a toxic site at Motherwell . However, next year will also see significant changes and the firm must address the issue of funding and how it will affect access to justice in the wake of the changes to the legal aid and personal injury compensation award systems announced by Kenneth Clarke last week.