As part of our Spotlight On series to learn about the people behind the firm’s successes, we caught up with Lorna Burns to discover more about her life and what drives her.
Originally born in South Africa, Lorna was brought up in North Wales but moved to Birmingham to do her LLB at the University of Birmingham. Now based in Thompsons Nottingham office, she has worked at the firm for almost 15 years.
What inspired you to go into law?
I was always interested in law for its analytical and problem solving aspects - but I also knew that I wanted to use my training to help people. I feel very passionate about representing and advocating for those who are not in a position to do so for themselves and ultimately making a difference to their lives, and the lives of their loved ones. Having seen first-hand the impact that an employer’s negligence can have on individuals and their families has only made me more committed.
Lorna Burns, one of our Nottingham-based solicitors
What is your specialism? Why?
I currently specialise in serious injury claims. Thompsons clients have access to the very best lawyers who know how to use the law to fundamentally change the lives of those injured for the better and that is hugely important. Considering the long-term picture for our clients and what home adaptations, medical care, rehabilitation, or therapeutic interventions are necessary to improve their quality of life has a real practical impact and is very rewarding.
Why did you join Thompsons?
I was attracted to Thompsons’ history and ethos. From the outset, it has focused on championing those who have been injured and mistreated, standing out by only representing claimants and never employers or insurers. Thompsons’ ethos of championing social justice echoes my own beliefs, and the firm enables me to use my legal experience and knowledge to fight for those who really need it.
What has been the most challenging case for you at Thompsons and why?
I have dealt with a number of serious road traffic accident claims involving children and teenagers who have suffered orthopaedic and head injuries. As a mother to a young daughter I do find that any claim involving children is even more emotionally challenging, however, they are also amongst the most rewarding cases to deal with as you are truly able to positively impact the client’s life through rehabilitative or therapeutic intervention.
What do you enjoy most about working at Thompsons?
I am fortunate to work alongside people who are incredibly committed to acting in their client’s best interests and have a wealth of knowledge and experience that they are always willing to share. It’s a supportive and encouraging environment to work in.
Looking for legal advice following serious injury? Chat to one of our specialists today.
Thompsons Solicitors will move swiftly to support you or your loved one to build a case for compensation after catastrophic injury. Our priority is to establish the facts and apply for interim payments as quickly as possible to secure vital funds for treatment and rehabilitation. The aim is to get you, or your loved one, on the road to recovery as soon as possible.
Our committed serious injury specialists secure millions of pounds in damages for seriously injured people each year and are supported by Client Support Coordinators and groups such as the Spinal Injuries Association, Headway and the Limbless Association, to signpost clients to sources of further aid.
If you, or someone you care about, has been catastrophically injured in the last three years contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation with a serious injury expert to discuss your serious injury compensation claim.
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