Frances McCarthy is head of the Personal Injury Department and the managing partner. She acts exclusively for Claimants; specialising in workplace accidents and occupational disease claims. She also has extensive experience handling injuries of maximum severity, fatalities, asbestos-related claims, clinical negligence cases and other areas of personal injury. Frances has represented victims in most of the major disasters in recent years.
Frances is recognised as a leader in her field in both the Legal 500 and Chambers directories and acknowledged by peers as "robust and tough, but sensible - a fighter and knowledgeable with it." She is highly respected by those she works with and, during her career, Frances has managed successful appeals to the European Court of Justice on the question of equal treatment in matters of social security.
She is a joint editor of Jordans' new Personal Injury book, a contributor to the 'Brown Book' Civil Procedure Rules and former editorial board member of the 'Journal for Personal Injury Law'. (JPIL). Experienced trainer of other legal professionals, regular lecturer, broadcaster and active campaigner for law reform which retains access to justice for injured people.
Frances is a member of the working party set up by Lord Woolf for pre-action protocols. She is a past President of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), a former member of the Civil Justice Council; an accredited senior fellow of APIL and a member of Unions 21 committee.
Frances and her husband, a journalist, have three boys and she believes this makes her an expert on all matters sporting. She is a keen supporter of Munster in particular and Irish Rugby in general.