Position: Partner and Head of Department
Phone: 01625 547 319
Steve studied law at the University of East Anglia. He then went on to complete the Legal Practice Course at Chancery Lane before training at a large London firm. Since qualifying in 1987 Steve has worked exclusively for claimants at several leading personal injury firms.
He has over 25 years experience handling a range of personal injury claims. His areas of particular expertise are serious injury cases involving spinal cord and traumatic brain injury and foreign accident claims. Steve joined Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd in August 2012 and as a Partner he heads up the Complex Litigation Department.
Steve wrote the Law Society response to the Government consultation paper on the reform of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme published in 1999. He has also contributed to and written articles published in The Psychologist and Headway News. He has written Client Guides on the operation of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme and other Personal Injury actions which have been widely taken up by Victim Support groups and Citizen Advice Bureau’s.
As a past secretary of Chesterfield Headway group and a former member of Sheffield and Derby Headway Groups, Steve has been committed for many years to improving services and facilities for people after a head injury. He has lectured extensively to other Professionals, Headway Groups, Victim Support Groups, Citizen Advice Bureau’s and the Police on a wide range of topics including the legal management of head injury cases, preparation of medical reports, the work of Headway and the assessment of loss in catastrophic cases.
Steve was the first Solicitor to recover more than 2 million pounds in compensation from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority while acting for a severely head injured client and in 2012, Steve recovered over 7 million pounds from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority on behalf of a young girl who had suffered a catastrophic head injury leaving her very seriously disabled which is one of the highest awards made by the Authority.
Member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
Member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel for over 15 years.
‘Steve Ireland helped my family enormously and I found the whole ordeal more manageable because of his compassion, professionalism and empathetic understanding of my circumstance. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Steve’.
Mrs Nicola Clifford
Outside work, Steve attends a gym on a regular basis and enjoys motor sport and travelling with his family and friends. His favourite holiday destinations include California, Las Vegas, Italy and the less commercialised Greek Islands.