Mark Hollinghurst

Brain and Spinal Injury

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Mark Hollinghurst

Director and Solicitor

Mark qualified as a solicitor in 1991.  He is Head of Switalskis’ Brain and Spinal Injury team and Joint Head of the firm’s Personal Injury department.  Mark is also a member of Switalskis' Management Board.

Brain and Spinal Injury

Switalskis Solicitors Ltd
In the DB Cargo Building
Lakeside Business Park
Carolina Way

Mark specialises in brain and spinal injuries for adults and children arising from all types of accidents and assault.

Mark’s case load of serious brain injury claims for adults and children includes a significant number of multi-million-pound claims for those suffering from serious brain injury. 

Mark has particular expertise in dealing with cases involving minimally conscious clients where there is often a cross-over with parallel Court of Protection proceedings, for example where there are issues about the client’s future residence.  Mark will fight tenaciously for the most profoundly injured clients to return to an adapted home setting if that is clinically appropriate. 

Mark also specialises in claims to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority relating to serious brain injury from assaults. 

Mark is involved in a number of external organisations associated with his work:

  • Co-Founder and Chair of Headway Yorkshire East Coast, branch of Headway (the brain injury charity)
  • Member of Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Member of UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum

Mark has been nationally recognised for his brain injury claims practice, winning the Lawyer of The Year Award at the UK Acquired Brain Injury Forum Awards 2017. 


Mark is consistently praised by leading counsel and counsel for his excellent level of client care, attention to detail and commitment to securing early interim payments for rehabilitation.

Mark’s clients say he is caring, approachable, empathetic and tenacious.  His determination sees him secure excellent results for clients.  Mark is often approached to take over cases from larger law firms in which the case has not been progressed or approached appropriately.  Mark has an ability to weave together the many and varied parts of a case to produce a coherent and strong case.  He is able to put this into practice through a loyal and energetic team around him. 


  • Represented a male who suffered profound brain injuries, initially minimally conscious. Able to return home with a very significant care package. Settlement of a lump sum plus annual payments, amounting to multi-millions over lifetime.
  • Claim for male suffering serious brain injury, with difficult background circumstances. Settlement of multi-millions.
  • Claim for male suffering serious brain injury, damaging previously good career prospects. Settlement of multi-millions.
  • Claim for a female relating to moderately serious brain injury and orthopaedic injuries. Settlement in excess of £1million.

“He is nobody’s push over 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.”

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