Heather Kolar, Solicitor

Heather Kolar is a Medical Negligence Solicitor and is based at our Huddersfield office

Tel: 01484 825200

Department:
Medical Negligence

Address:
Norwich Union House, High Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2LR

Email Address:
heather.kolar@switalskis.com

Profile

Heather supports the Medical Negligence team, while dealing with a caseload of her own files. Heather has particular expertise in fatal, bowel trauma and birth injury to both mother and child cases.

Experience

Heather supports the Medical Negligence team, while dealing with a caseload of her own files. Heather has particular expertise in fatal, bowel trauma and birth injury to both mother and child cases.

Heather Kolar qualified as a solicitor in 2009 and has built up knowledge and experience covering the full range of clinical negligence claims. She joined Switalskis in 2014.

More about Heather

We asked Heather:

Q: What do you love about your job?
A: No two days are ever the same and no two cases are ever the same. I learn something new from every case, which I can then apply to the next – medicine is an ever developing field. I also get the opportunity to meet many amazing people – the lengths that some client’s go to give their loved ones the best is truly fantastic and uplifting to see.

Q: What can clients expect from you?
A: Someone who is upfront and honest with them about their case, but is also not scared of a legal fight. If there is a case there, I want to find it and win it. I would hope they find me approachable and understanding of their needs.

Q: What is your specialist area of work?
A: I have worked on cases in all aspects of clinical negligence, but have particular experience of fatal, bowel trauma and birth injury to both mother and child cases.

Q: What drew you to your specialism?
A: Despite having left university thinking I wanted to pursue a career in commercial law, I found the people and medicine in clinical negligence fascinating. The cases are complex and take a long time to investigate, during which you really get to know your clients. The cases are also invariably far from straightforward and regularly need picking away at and a lot of thought.

Q: How long have you worked in your specialism?
A: Nearly all my legal career, having a short time in works accident claims and a brief spell in commercial property.

Q: What did you want to do when you were a child?
A: I always loved history and wanted to work in the world of museums – my first job after my history degree was working as a costumed demonstrator at Beamish Museum in County Durham.

Q: Which of your achievements are you most proud of?
A: Work wise, I have a couple of complex and challenging cases I settled of which I am very proud.  Both involved decisions patients made based on information given. Neither were straightforward. Out of work there is no one thing, more the way I manage to devote time to my family, while running my work and ensuring I have a bit of ‘me time’ – not easy.

Q: What are your ambitions?
A: I always like to be learning something new and can never sit still. I would love to be a much better and more experimental cook.

Q: Do you have any hobbies?
A: My mother taught me to sew as a child and I always have some project or other on the go, usually several unfinished ones…  I have recently taken up furniture upholstery and I also enjoy gardening and baking.

Q: Are you active in any organisations outside of work?
A: Not presently. Throughout my teens I worked as a volunteer on a preserved narrow gauge railway before work and family life took over.