Brain Injury & Serious Injury specialist Mark Hollinghurst is based in Doncaster, but acts on behalf of clients from across the North of England and beyond.
Mark Hollinghurst is Head of the Brain Injury & Serious Injury team at Switalskis, providing expert advice and representation to clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries in claims for compensation. As a serious injury Solicitor committed to this complex and constantly evolving area of law, Mark has specialised in serious personal injury for over 25 years. He joined Switalskis Solicitors as a Director and Head of Department in November 2016.
Mark specialises in representing people who have suffered serious head injuries as a result of accidents or assaults. He has particular expertise in acting on behalf of clients who are in a minimally conscious state (MCS) as well as cases where the client has suffered a serious brain injury through criminal assault (CICA claims). Mark places a high importance upon securing early rehabilitation for clients, and is dedicated to achieving interim payments where possible so they can begin the rehabilitation process.
Mark also acts on behalf of adults who have suffered abuse by clinicians, psychotherapists and counsellors and took a pioneering role in pursuing such cases over the last 20 years.
Mark has, for a large part of his legal career, been closely associated with Headway, the brain injury association, he is a former Chair of York Headway and is now Chair of Headway Yorkshire East Coast. Mark is also former chair and a present committee member of the Yorkshire Acquired Brain Injury Forum.
Mark has for many years been a firm representative on the Headway Personal Injury Solicitors List. He is also a longstanding member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. In addition, Mark is a member of the UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum.
Contact Mark Hollinghurst on 01302 279750 or send him an email.
We asked Mark:
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy getting to know the amazing clients I work for and their brave families, and knowing that I can use my legal skills to help in securing early rehabilitation for a better future life. Ensuring my clients get the rehabilitation and care they need is my passion.
What can clients expect from you?
I give advice to my clients in a clear, friendly and empathetic manner. I am very readily available to my clients at any time, by mobile, text and e-mail. I always go to see my clients in their home or at hospital.
What aspect of serious injury claims do you find most interesting?
I am amazed at the complexities of the brain and in total admiration of individuals (and their families) who have suffered brain injury and their fight to adapt to traumatic events. I feel honoured to be able to use my skills and the legal process to help.
Are you active in any organisations outside of work?
I am Chair of Headway Yorkshire East Coast, a branch of Headway – The Brain Injury Association. I co-founded this branch in 2011 to assist those who had suffered brain injury in the Scarborough and surrounding area. I am a former Chair of the Yorkshire Acquired Brain Injury Forum, of which I am still a Committee Member.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Watching and playing sports – I love sport in general, in particular ball sports. I have played many sports, including league tennis for many years. I have attended many sporting events, including the Olympics, Commonwealth Games and tennis events.
Weekends will usually find me watching my children’s various sporting activities or practicing sports with my children. I also love to be by the sea, where I will retire one day and I enjoy reading when time allows.
‘Mark Hollinghurst is a very good lawyer and approaches his cases with care and thought. He has a pragmatic approach to litigation, seeking the sensible and workable outcome rather than becoming fixated upon being right – an admirable quality in a good solicitor. He is nobody’s pushover and his calm manner and courteous style, even in the face of aggression from his opposite numbers, is a reflection of his quiet strength. I have no hesitation in saying that he is more than a safe pair of hands. He knows his stuff. He is doggedly determined – refusing to give up on cases many others had turned down.’The Legal 500