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Gary Herbert

Gary is a Partner within our Personal Injury team and has dealt extensively with clients who have sustained life changing catastrophic injuries for 18 years.

Gary joined the Personal Injury team at Potter Rees Dolan (now Hugh James)  in 2015 and was promoted to Partner in 2017.  He specialises in acting for children and adults who have sustained traumatic brain injuries. He has acted for clients with all types of brain injuries – from those able to return to supported work to those who have been left in minimally conscious states – and has acted in a number of cases where therapy and substantial compensation has been secured, even when earlier medical investigations were inconclusive.


Gary studied Law at Sheffield University, graduating in 1999 before completing his LPC in 2000. He started pursuing compensation claims for accident victims with brain injuries during his time as a trainee, and has specialised in this work ever since qualifying as a solicitor in 2002.


Gary is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. He is also secretary for Headway Salford, Trafford and North Manchester.

Career highlights

  • Represented a client in a minimally conscious state to secure lifetime care and accommodation in spite of a shortened life expectation and a reduction in damages for a failure to wear a seatbelt.
  • Achieving a settlement for an 18-year-old brain injured client with no physical injury and retained intellect combined with very impaired memory. Settlement represented 1:1 care for life.
  • Achieved settlement for child injured when crossing against a red man signal and completely obscured by illegally parked car. Established claim against the driver of the parked vehicle and settled for a lump sum to allow for 1:1 care in adult life.
  • Represented a brain injured 17-year-old female injured as a restrained front seat passenger. Settlement achieved for a combination of lump sum and PPO allowing for 24/7 care for life.
  • Took over conduct of a claim for a brain injured 54-year-old male who refused support and was living an impoverished life. Negotiated acceptance of support on 5 days per week and settled with provision for this support for life.
  • Acted for a male injured in a deliberate act sustaining very severe brain injury with no physical impairments. The case settled for a combination of lump sum and annual payments allowing for 2:1 support for life.
  • Acted for the successful Claimant in RO (by MI) v Gray and MIB [2021] EWHC 2770 (QB) in which the Claimant was deliberately ran off the road by the Defendant who claimed that the Claimant’s provocation should absolve the Defendant of the consequences of his actions.

Gary, we wish to send our heartfelt thanks to you and your team. Your hard work, support, empathy & guidance has been invaluable & very much appreciated over the past four years. We can’t thank you enough for restoring the harmony in our family. We could never have done this without you. A huge thank you.

Mr M & family

From the outset, Gary was a massive help. He was clear from the start that this would not be a quick process, but I cannot be more pleased with how it was handled. From the experts recommended to the case manager appointed, everything was perfect. I would most definitely recommend. Bev was also great at being there when Gary was not available to help.

Will Evans