• Ranked in Chambers & Legal 500 for Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence
  • Featured in the Times Top Law Firms 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022 List for Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence
  • In 2021 alone, we were successful in securing over £85 million in damages for our clients
  • Over £98 MILLION in damages secured for our clients during lockdown!
Helen Shaw Personal Injury - Partner
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Memberships & Accreditations

  • Fellow / Chartered Legal Executive
  • Fellow Member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
  • Secretary of Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) Merseyside Group
  • Secretary of Headway South Cumbria
  • Associate Member of Cumbria Neurological Alliance

Helen Shaw

Helen Shaw is a Partner here at Potter Rees Dolan Serious Injury Solicitors and has specialised in dealing with serious personal injury claims for over 35 years. 

Education & Career

Helen graduated from Liverpool John Moores and was admitted in 1990. Helen says:

My Father’s sense of seeking to ensure fairness & justice for all & to help others wherever possible inspired me to start a career in law.

Helen joined Potter Rees Dolan in 1999, then Hugh Potter & Company. Having previously represented Nurses, Firefighters and Engineers, Helen has particular experience of dealing with work-related claims involving spinal cord injury and head injuries. She also has extensive experience of dealing with motorcycle accidents, being a motorcyclist herself.

Helen has previously carried out a great deal of voluntary work for Victim Support and has a wealth of experience in dealing with CICA claims, any subsequent Appeals. She has also represented family members at a number of Inquests. Helen says:

The most special thing about my job is the privilege of being able to help make a real difference to clients lives post injury. I am regularly inspired by the sheer drive & determination of many of my clients to overcome their difficulties. An added bonus, is that many clients keep in touch, which means a great deal.

Successful cases

Helen received instructions to act on behalf of a young man who suffered catastrophic injuries - including a severe spinal cord injury - during the course of his employment, whilst operating a cherry picker. Despite the case remaining fully defended throughout, Helen & specialist Counsel, Darryl Allen QC managed to negotiate settlement of his claim in the gross sum of  £9,425,000. Read the full case study here. 

Professional memberships & accreditations

FILEx, Fellow Member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), Secretary of Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) Merseyside Group and Secretary of Headway South Cumbria. Helen is also recognised by the Legal 500 and Chambers Guides.

Outside of work...

Helen enjoys watching motorcycle racing (being a proud owner of a BSAB31 Gold Star Replica herself!), helping out at local farms, attending local sheepdog trials, watching live bands, singing, walking & watching wildlife in Cumbria. Helen is also fluent in British Sign Language.

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