The Scott Rees partnership

Scott Rees & Co is a personal injury firm of over 200 employees. The company is currently headed by Managing Partner, Royston Smith who joined Scott Rees in its founding year of 1992.

Find out below the list of partners and managers at Scott Rees & Co who are responsible for leading their effective teams and departments, as well as managing the efficiency of how our day-to-day business is ran.

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Daniel Rees – Senior Partner

Daniel is one of the founding partners of Scott Rees & Co, establishing the firm in 1992.

Specialising in personal injury claims, Daniel has overseen the management and development of the firm since its inception and continues to play an active role in the firm’s progression.

He studied to become a solicitor at Birmingham University and also has experience of general and commercial legal practice.

Royston Smith - Managing Partner

Royston joined the firm in its founding year of 1992 and became a partner in 1997. After a distinguished academic career, Royston qualified as a legal executive and solicitor with First Class Honours in law.

Throughout his career Royston has specialised in dealing with serious and catastrophic injury cases. As just one example of his expertise, Royston was able to secure a settlement of £1.2 million for a head on collision case that occurred on a country lane where liability was disputed with no witnesses. He also headed a high profile brain damage case arising from a road accident and was able to secure a judgement of over £3.5 million.

As Managing Partner of Scott Rees and Co, Royston plays a pivotal role within the operational performance of the firm and is a key figure within our ‘Investor in People’ and Lexcel Gold Accreditation for which we have achieved and maintained the gold standard.

He has also overseen the installation of our state of the art IT system which has since achieved award winning status.

Scott Rees & Co continues to grow and build upon it’s core business in what is a highly competitive market and this is thanks largely to Royston’s vision.

He is also a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

Tim Allen - Compliance Partner

Tim is the Client Care and Compliance Partner for Scott Rees and Co. He is responsible for ensuring that our service for our clients remains excellent and beyond expectations.

Tim studied law at Bristol University and at the Chester College of Law.

After becoming a fully qualified lawyer, Tim worked at various legal practices to broaden his knowledge and experience of the personal injury sector.

Tim specialises in multi-track and fast-track claims, which includes employer’s liability, public liability and road traffic accident claims. He also works closely with the road traffic litigation department and outlay recovery teams.

In 2007, Tim Allen became a partner of Scott Rees & Co.

If you have any issues or complaints regarding your case or solicitor, then it would be best to contact Tim as early as possible so that changes can be made, if possible to do so.

Chris Walker - Partner & Head of the Catastrophic and Serious Injury department

Chris heads Scott Rees & Co’s department for catastrophic and serious injuries. He is responsible for dealing with the most complex of accidents and injuries, and therefore the cases with the highest value. Such cases include brain injuries, amputations and spinal cord injuries.

Chris has previously held the position of Chairman for the Liverpool branch of the now Charted Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx), where he was responsible for organising the first ever Liverpool Legal Walk.

Some of Chris’ successful cases include:

  • T v C. Motorcyclist requiring a craniotomy. Damages awarded at £5.3m. Injuries included: carotid artery dissection, hemiparesis, loss of language and a loss of mental capacity. Liability heavily disputed. Manchester High Court.
  • E v V. Baby involved in a road traffic accident. Damages awarded at £2.7m (£1.45m lump sum and a periodical payment order of £30,000 for life). Client suffered cerebral palsy and hemiparesis, and is unlikely ever to obtain mental capacity. Liverpool High Court.
  • Q v O. Motorcyclist in a collision with a HGV. Damages agreed at £1.66m. Liability heavily disputed. Injuries including brain injury necessitating a craniotomy. This resulted in a loss of mental capacity. London High Court (Royal Courts of Justice).
  • A v T. Motorcyclist involved in an accident with another vehicle. Damages agreed at £1.2m. Liability disputed. Injuries included brachial plexus injury, severe orthopaedic injuries and a moderate brain injury. London High Court (Royal Courts of Justice).
  • L v B. Settlement of £2.75m in the Royal Courts of Justice London. Case included brain injuries and loss of mental capacity.
  • M v B. Settlement of £1.5m for motorcyclist involved in a road traffic accident, resulting in a brain injury and loss of mental capacity. London High Court (Royal Courts of Justice).
  • H v D. Case involving short bowel syndrome, causing very rare complications. Damages awarded at £1.15m. Queens Counsel described the case as “unique”. Nottingham High Court.
  • T v N. A fatal case of clinical negligence that was reported in the national news. This case directly led to the Minister of Health changing the cleansing procedures of laryngoscopes in all hospitals in order to prevent further deaths.

Lucie Illingworth - Partner & Serious Injury Manager

Lucie is responsible for the day to day running of the catastrophic and serious injury team and handles her own complex and serious injury cases. Such cases include brain injuries, amputations, orthopaedic and spinal injuries. Lucie has a wealth of experience in complex employers liability disputes.

Lucie is a long-standing member of staff having joined the firm in 2002 as a legal assistant. She undertook her training contract with the firm and progressed to a partner in 2012.

Some of Lucie’s successful cases include:

  • J v H. Motorcyclist involved in a collision with another vehicle. Damages of £510,000 were recovered for shoulder injuries, a severe ligament disruption to the knee and complex regional pain syndrome.
  • G v T. Motorcyclist involved in a collision with another vehicle. Damages of £320,000 were recovered for a complex shoulder injury involving a massive rotator cuff tear and chronic pain.
  • R v M. Army officer involved in a military vehicle collision. Damages of £235,000 were recovered for serious spinal injuries resulting in the claimant’s discharge from the army.
  • T v M. Roofer involved in a fall from height at work. Damages of £120,000 were recovered for serious wrist, head and jaw injuries.

David Poole - Partner & Head of the Employers & Public Liability department

David graduated from the University of Manchester in 1995 in Economics. Whilst working in the financial services sector, he completed a Graduate Diploma in Law and qualified as a Solicitor in 2003.

He joined Scott Rees & Co in 2010 and was made Partner in 2012. In September 2016, David assumed responsibility as Head of the Employers and Public Liability Department.

Chris Connor - Partner & Personal Injury Manager

Chris joined Scott Rees and Co as a fresh-faced filing clerk back in 2004 and soon gained his first promotion to junior file handler, while furthering his legal education by attending night school.

From here he embarked down the alternative route into law and became a Chartered Legal Executive after six years of study. Alongside his studies, he continued his progress within the firm and earned further promotion to team leader, which allowed him to gain valuable management experience during the final three years of his study.

A year later following his graduation, Chris was promoted to Associate solicitor. With his vast acquired experience, he was eventually offered the role of partner in December 2015.

Jeanette Aspinall - Partner & Head of the Medical Negligence department

Jeanette joined Scott Rees and Co in 2015 to head up the firm’s newly revamped medical negligence department.

Jeanette is a solicitor who has dedicated her career to personal injury work since 1996. She has been involved in several high profile cases and is regularly interviewed by the press on TV and radio in relation to her support for better care and treatment.

She has also provided training to other companies on issues surrounding medical negligence by passing on her experience in providing the best quality legal service and support to victims of medical negligence.

Since her arrival at Scott Rees and Co, Jeanette has overseen the development of the medical negligence department. With the inclusion of nurses to the firm, we are now capable of dealing with claims involving pregnancies and births, cosmetic surgery, eye injuries, surgeries gone-wrong, delays in diagnosis cases for cancer and other serious diseases.

Jeanette’s good work was recognised when she was offered the role of partner in 2016, almost a year on from her initial arrival.

Hywel Thomas - Partner & Head of the Road Traffic Accident department

Hywel, originally from Wales, graduated in law from Liverpool John Moores University in 1998. He went on to the Chester College of Law to complete his LPC in 2000 and qualified as a solicitor in October 2002.

After building his portfolio, experience and knowledge of the personal injury industry, Hywel finally joined Scott Rees & Co in 2013 where he was part of the employers and public liability team.

In 2015, Hywel worked his way up and was promoted in 2015 to Head of the Road Traffic Accident claims department. It wasn’t long till he was made a partner of Scott Rees & Co in June 2016.

Benjamin Gill - Partner & Team Manager of RTA Litigation

Ben Gill, from Merseyside, originally studied Biochemistry and Management at Liverpool University before doing a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) to begin his journey into the legal industry. This was quickly followed by completing his Legal Practice Course (LPC) in 2003 and joining the solicitor’s roll in 2010.

In 2013, Ben joined the family of Scott Rees & Co to work within the RTA litigation department. Starting as a fee earner, Ben has enjoyed the role of Deputy Team Manager and then Team Manager within the department before becoming an Associate in 2017. His time as Team Manager has helped Ben to further develop his leadership skills and responsibilities.

Within 6 years at Scott Rees & Co, Ben Gill became a Partner at Scott Rees & Co.

Here are some of Ben’s successful cases:

  • Ghodrati v Rahim & the Coop Insurance: The Defendant insurer accused the client of being fraudulent, being complicit in staging the accident in-order to make a claim, the matter went to Trial and the Claimant was successful satisfying the Court that he was an innocent victim and was awarded compensation accordingly.

Emma Sharples - Partner & Head of Outlay

Emma, from Lancashire, completed the Level 6 Ilex Course and qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in 2009. She joined Scott Rees & Co in 2011 as a file handler for the RTA department before being promoted to Team Manager in 2013.

Her hard work and dedication made her an easy candidate for promotion to Associate in 2016. In December 2018, she took on further responsibilities as she was made Head of Outlay. In this line of work, she deals with the complex and higher value personal injury cases, credit hire cases and cases where fraud is alleged.

In June 2019, her accomplishments and outstanding contributions finally paid off as she was promoted to Partner at Scott Rees & Co.

Anita Gee - Head of the Conveyancing department

Anita Gee is a Solicitor and Head of the Conveyancing Team at Scott Rees Solicitors with over twelve years experience in Residential Conveyancing, Commercial Property and Wills and Probate. She specialises in Freehold/Leasehold, Unregistered Property, New Builds, Help to Buy, Shared Ownership, Transfers of Equity, Transfers of Part, Enfranchisement, Deeds of Variation, Declarations of Trust, Adverse Possession Buy to Let and Auction Properties.

She qualified as a solicitor in 2006 gaining a Commendation on the Solicitors Legal Practice Course. She completed her training contract at Tickle Hall Cross Solicitors, working at several firms of solicitors before joining Scott Rees & Co solicitors. She notes that ‘in a period of rapid technological change we aim to provide clients with a high quality personable, approachable and friendly service while supporting a team of happy, well trained and efficient staff’.

Pauline Shaw - HR Manager

Pauline is responsible for all of the human resource (HR) activities at Scott Rees and Co, including the formation of policies, procedures, health and safety and recruitment drive.

She is a qualified Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has worked in the financial, retail and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector before joining the firm.

If you are interested in working at Scott Rees & Co, you should send an email with your CV enclosed to hr@scottrees.co.uk and addressed to our Human Resources Department.

Sharon King - Operations Manager

Sharon joined Scott Rees & Co in 1992 and works closely with the partners and management teams to monitor quality levels and operational performance of the firm.

She studied Business and Finance at Wigan and Leigh College and went on to complete a BA in International Business Administrations at Humberside and Lincolnshire University.

Peter Bland - Head of Costs

Peter Bland is a Costs Lawyer with nearly 20 years experience in the specialist field of Legal Costs. He is also a member of the Association of Costs Lawyers and a Graduate member of Chartered Legal Executives.

He joined us in 2005 after previously working as a manager and principal negotiator for two well-known local firms.

At Scott Rees & Co he is the Head of Costs and is responsible for the day-to-day management of Scott Rees & Co’s Costs department.

Peter became an Associate member at Scott Rees & Co in 2016.