A leading social justice law firm has hired a new partner - with decades of experience in personal injury law – to lead the management of its Stoke office, strengthening its fast-track litigation department for those who have been injured or mistreated across England and Wales.

Glen Edney, 52 has joined Thompsons Solicitors with 26 years’ experience in personal injury law to manage the firm’s Stoke office. The Stoke office is focussed on delivering quick legal resolution for the injured whose claims have a value up to a £25,000 limit set by the government.

Qualifying from Guildford Law School in 1990, Mr Edney started his career the following year at Kidd Rapinet, before moving to Shoosmiths in 1994 as a team leader and, later, partner and department head. He moved to Irwin Mitchell in 2003, as lead partner for several departments, most recently the employer liability and public liability fast track department.

During his career, Mr Edney has championed innovation and digital processes, including bringing about one of the legal sector’s first paperless case management systems - provided a quicker and safer service for clients.

“Ever since I can remember, I have had an interest in helping others,” said Mr Edney. “The personal injury market has changed substantially since I started my career, but I’ve always used digital working and worked efficiently to stay one step ahead, ensuring that victims of injury, particularly those injured at work since they need to go back to work and it requires particular expertise get the specialist legal service they deserve.”

Mr Edney will manage a team of more than 70 staff in Stoke, with a particular focus on employer liability and public liability accident claims.

Glen Edney, who is heading up our Stoke office

The clients helped by the Stoke office will have injuries from trips and slips, broken limbs, particularly for those injured in work accidents - a specialist area for the firm.

He continued: “In my career, I have always acted on behalf of claimants, not defendants, so Thompsons Solicitors’ status as a leading social justice law firm really resonated with me. In my short time at the firm, I have already seen just how much value is placed on people – whether that is the clients, union members or staff – so I’m confident this new role will be a perfect fit for me.”

Clare Mellor, chief executive of Thompsons Solicitors, added: “In 2021, Thompsons will have been acting only for the injured and mistreated for 100 years, fighting throughout that century to ensure we get the maximum compensation for those injured through no fault of their own. Throughout Glen’s impressive career, he has echoed this approach in his work, which is why we are so excited to bring him on board.

“The Stoke office plays a vital role at Thompsons, supporting thousands of people who have suffered injury or received poor treatment every year. By ensuring their cases are quickly resolved and they get the financial help they need, our clients can move on with their lives.”