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Switalskis looks to the future with latest director promotion

By John Durkan

Published In: People Stories

Lesley Graves, personal injury and clinical negligence lawyer and risk management strategist, has been promoted to director.

Switalskis has promoted personal injury and clinical negligence lawyer and risk management strategist, Lesley Graves, to director.

Switalskis’ newest director has over 32 years’ experience within the claimant clinical negligence and personal injury sector. Before joining Switalskis in 2018, Lesley was a Legal 500 rated partner and head of catastrophic injury in three leading claimant law firms. She also set up a consulting law firm advising banks, accountants and law firms on risk management strategy.

Lesley is focussed on securing justice and rehabilitation for Switalskis’ clients. Strategy and risk management also underpin her work, having brought risk management to a greater fore since joining Switalskis. She now leads the claimant departments’ Strategy and Professional Support team to help adapt to the significant pressures on work in clinical negligence, personal injury and child abuse.

Says Lesley: “Since joining Switalskis I’ve committed to understand and manage risks, unlocking opportunities for new ways of working. I have also made strategic improvements to increase performance and build on our team’s achievements. I’m privileged to support my fellow directors who head up teams in clinical negligence, personal injury and child abuse. I’m always learning and always looking to improve the outcomes for our clients and their families and supporting my colleagues whilst doing so.”

John Durkan, Switalskis’ managing director says: “Bringing Lesley onboard in 2018 was part of our growth strategy, to keep ahead in this fast-paced area of law. Having worked in a consulting role with law firms as clients, Lesley has seen what makes a business thrive and fail and having that insight is a rare commodity. Her dual expertise as a former partner and specialist advisor to the claimant legal and banking sector fits well with our vision for the future. I’m therefore sure Lesley will be an excellent addition to our board of directors and will play an active role in our continuing success.”

Switalskis’ acclaimed clinical negligence, personal injury and child abuse teams work with clients across the UK from offices in London and across Yorkshire.

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John has been Switalskis’ Managing Director for over 15 years.  He was among the first non-lawyers in the UK to be named as a director of a law firm. John became Managing Director in 2007, following changes to SRA regulations.

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