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Riffat Yaqub

Riffat Yaqub | Partner

ryaqub@hja.net 020 7874 8451

I have over 18 years of experience of dealing with personal injury and clinical negligence litigation, having spent 15 months of my training in the personal injury department at Iliffes Booth Bennett.

I have significant experience of representing clients who have suffered severe injuries including head and spinal injuries. However, I deal with all types of personal injury claims, including medical accidents, road traffic accidents, accidents at work, public liability claims and many more.

I have dealt with cases involving minors, fatal accidents and I have taken cases on from other firms where they do not have the expertise or the client has decided to change solicitors.

Education

  • Diploma of Medicine (Royal Society of Medicine) – 2001
  • College of Law, Lancaster Gate – Solicitors Finals, 1991 – 1992
  • Law LLB (Hons) 2.1, South Bank University, 1989 – 1991

Career

  • Hodge Jones and Allen – partner, 2016
  • Edwards Duthie – partner, 2004 – 2016
  • Edwards Duthie – solicitor, 1997 – 2004
  • Qualified as a solicitor in 1996

Client Comments

  • “As requested I am confirming I have received the cheque for £6,000 in full payment for my claim. Thank you very much for all your hard work and time this has taken. It is much appreciated. Rest assured if in the future I have need of a good legal team I will contact you first!” Mr Fisher
  • “I have today received a cheque in full and final settlement of my hearing loss claim. I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation for the professional and competent manner in which you have dealt with my claim. Throughout my dealings with you, I have found you to be approachable, knowledgeable and timely, which in turn led to a very satisfactory conclusion to my claim. Your advice proved to be invaluable. I would have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone who needs legal advice. Once again, than you very much.” Mr Foxon
  • “Thank you so much for your hard work helping and supporting me, I cannot thank you enough.”

Notable Cases

  • SG v SC
    I acted for Mr G who suffered catastrophic life changing injuries when he was knocked down in a road traffic accident. Mr G has been left with a spinal cord injury whereby he is an incomplete C5 sensory C6 motor tetraplegia. I assembled a specialist team of experts and therapists to provide rehabilitation to maximise Mr G’s recovery and ensured that Mr G received all the support and assistance he required to make the transition from hospital to community care with a 24-hour care package in a specialist-adapted property as painless as possible. Mr G received a lump sum award of £2,850,000 (two million eight hundred and fifty thousand) and periodic payments of £125,000 every year for the remainder of his life. I secured an agreement that he would also continue to receive PCT funding of his care package separate to that paid by Mrs C’s insurers. Mr G’s award of compensation was valued at the equivalent of £7.5 million if capitalised.
  • X v Frimley Park Hospitals NHS Trust
    I acted for X, a 12-year-old boy who was injured due to mismanagement at birth. In the minutes immediately prior to his birth, his mother’s labour was complicated by shoulder dystocia. His case was that urgent assistance ought to have been summoned by the midwives within 2 minutes of delivery of the head. If X had been delivered earlier, he would have been in a better condition and would have avoided suffering from moderately severe dyskinetic cerebral palsy. His life expectancy was reduced as a result. X’s claim was compromised with X receiving 80% of the full value of his claim. X was awarded a lump sum of £1,910,000 (one million, nine hundred and ten thousand pounds) and staged periodic payments of £33,200 increasing to £104,000 per annum. His award was valued at the equivalent of £3.4 million if capitalised.
  • Z v Others
    I acted for Mr Z who suffered multiple injuries during the course of his employment when a skip, which was being lowered towards a mixer, dropped without warning crushing Mr Z causing him to suffer severe injuries. Claims were pursued against Mr Z’s employers and the owners of the crane as well as the owners of the site where the accident occurred. Liability was fought between the three defendants and I successfully recovered damages of £850,000 for Mr Z.
  • D v Ford Motor Company
    I acted for Mr D who was injured during the course of his employment as a Crane driver with Ford Motor Company. He was awarded the sum of £315,000 for injuries suffered to the fingers of his non-dominant hand.
  • A v C NHS Trust
    Mismanagement during A’s birth led to her suffering a hypoxic ischaemic event with the result that she now suffers from athetoid cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia. A was awarded a lump sum payment of £1,950,000 (one million nine hundred and fifty thousand pounds) with further annual payments (periodic payments) for the remainder of her life. She was 8 when her case was approved by the Court.
  • A v Homerton University NHS Foundation Trust
    A was born with dystonic cerebral palsy following a delay in his delivery. He was given a life expectancy of 25 years and was awarded £2,200,000 (two million two hundred thousand pounds) which was approved by the Court.
  • S v G
    S was a pedestrian who was knocked down by a speeding motor car. He suffered severe head injuries and was awarded £1,800,000 (one million eight hundred thousand pounds).
  • P v S
    Mr P was a motorcyclist who was knocked down by a speeding motor car. The defendant argued that the brakes of P’s motor cycle caused or contributed to his accident. After a five day trial in the High Court Mr P was awarded £1,100,000 (one million one hundred thousand pounds).
  • N v R
    Mr N was a participant in an organised Go- Karting event. Whilst driving round the track he hit an unguarded metal post and suffered fractures to his tibia and ankle. N was awarded £252,000.
  • B v S
    Mr B fell 15ft whilst climbing up an unstable scaffold tower. He suffered fractures to both ankles. Following a two day trial the Judge awarded Mr B £140,266.
  • H v CG
    Mr H was employed as a chef for CG. Whilst pulling a trolley loaded with tuna boxes the wheel of the trolley became caught in a crack in the ground resulting in the trolley tilting over. Mr H suffered nasty injuries and recovered £90,000.

Memberships

  • Law Society Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme
  • Accredited litigator of Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

Personal Interests

I enjoy musicals, running and attending the gym.