Fentons colleagues appointed to national organisations

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Fentons colleagues appointed to national organisations

28th September 2010

Two Fentons specialists have recently been appointed to positions in national organisations aimed at improving the lives of individuals affected by serious injury.

Richard Crabtree, who is recognised as one of the UK's leading practitioners in cases involving head and brain injuries, has been appointed Co-ordinator of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers' Brain Injury Special Interest Group.

Richard is secretary of the Child Brain Injury Trust (Manchester) group, and secretary and trustee of the charity Aftermath Support. After having previously served as Secretary and Co-ordinator for the APIL Brain Injury Special Interest Group between 1996 and 2004, he was recently elected to again serve as the group's Co-ordinator.

Meanwhile, Fentons colleague Jonathan Fogerty has been elected to the Spinal Injuries Association Board of Trustees. The governing council is elected annually by full members of the SIA, those members who are themselves spinal cord injured. This ensures the SIA remains one of the largest user-led organisations in the country, governed by those whom it is intended to serve - namely spinal cord injured people.

Jonathan, who himself was spinal cord injured in a diving accident, will serve a maximum of three years as a Trustee after which he must step down and offer himself for re-election. The SIA Trustees meet four times a year and determine the SIA's policy, objectives and targets for the year ahead and review progress. In this way, the SIA can continue to grow and meet the needs of all those with a spinal cord injury.

Kieran Maguire, senior partner with Fentons Solicitors LLP, said the appointments were illustrative of the firm's commitment to excellence and its work with leading national organisations.

"We are delighted for our colleagues and very proud of their appointments, not least because they serve to reflect the calibre of solicitor here at Fentons," said Kieran.

"The firm has been a supporter of the work of the SIA for many years - most recently sponsoring its invaluable Advice Line - and the Board will undoubtedly benefit from Jonathan's wealth of knowledge and experience.

"Similarly, Fentons has longstanding links with APIL, and I am delighted that Richard will now be bringing the same passion to his role within the Brain Injury Special Interest Group as he does to acting on behalf of those clients who have sustained serious head injuries."

For more information about the SIA and APIL, visit their websites at www.spinal.co.uk and www.apil.org.uk.