A New Beginning for Me in the No Win No Fee and Personal Injury World

April 5th, 2014

OK so I didn’t really update my travel blog as much as I would have liked during my Worldly travels, with most of my updates happening on my Facebook pages – which just seemed a lot easier than logging into the Free to Adventure website and adding new blog posts on here.  However, as I will be returning back to the UK shores shortly I thought it was an idea to kind of wrap up what happened over the last couple of months, as well as important career decisions that I’ve come to.

As you will know, I’ve been a practising personal injury solicitor in London for a number of years now, but in truth my recent travels have opened my eyes up to so much more than my professional life in London where I’ve been dealing with people’s personal injury claims.

Whilst wandering around Asia and North America I met a lot of people who have had amazing life experiences – and one chance encounter in Singapore looks likely to change my life – possibly forever.

I’ve decided that I will be moving to Singapore in 2015 where I’ve been offered a partner position at a local firm who need an experienced personal injury claims lawyer to deal with their ever growing amount of British, American and English speaking clients.  For me it’s an excellent opportunity and will mean I can get to explore further parts of the World and still keep my line of work whilst getting to see more of what the World has to offer.

It’s going to be a wrench leaving the guys at Personal Injury Solicitors London UK, especially since the recent partnership with the Accident Claim Line happened – I am truly proud of all the work I did in helping them to become one of the leading London Personal Injury Claims companies – and am very proud of the efforts I put into the No Win No Fee Lawyers and Solicitors section for London.

So what about the future of the Free to Adventure blog?  Well, it never really took off as I had wanted it to or truly planned.  I think in the future I will turn the website into a blog talking about the World of personal injury claims – not just in London, but obviously now Singapore and other countries.  I hope that it will become a very valuable resource – we’ll just have to see.

Anyway, as an end note – here’s one of my fave images from Singapore.

Travelling is truly a great experience.

Fishy Feet in Singapore

Fishy Feet in Singapore

In Thailand… But Miss My Job in London and the Madness of Personal Injury Law

January 6th, 2014

I’ve been in on my travels now for around three weeks and so far so good – in fact it was the best decision I ever made.  I miss my friends who work in London, I miss my job as a personal injury solicitor, and of course, I miss my family… but would I change it for the world?  No way.  The things that I have seen so far have blown my mind.

My first stop on the journey has been Thailand and so far I’ve been driven unexpectedly in the back of a jeep by some monks who took me off on an adventure – totally unplanned!  I’ve met loads of people along the way, and just had the most amazing time.  Places that I recommend in Thailand include Crabbi, Bangkok, and the islands.

Bangkok was a complete head f**k… its true what they say that anything goes.  I met a guy who thought he was in the CIA, I saw lady boys doing unmentionable things, I saw rats the size of cats… and have eaten the most amazing food you could ever wish to taste – apart from this – look… bugs for sale in the street! People eat this!

bugs

Bugs for sale in Bangkok for people to eat

Anyway, my colleagues at home wanted to know what I missed from working in personal injury… well, I can honestly say it’s the day to day interaction with new accident claims clients.  Working on a no win no fee basis you get to meet a lot of Londoners with really bizarre stories to tell – especially concerning how they actually became injured in the first place.

I don’t think people often give us solicitors enough credit.  We get a rough ride from certain sectors, especially the media.  But working as a personal injury solicitor, especially in London, can be so rewarding and we do realty help people out – I think that’s what I am missing most at the moment.

Unfortunately there have been no opportunities to practice personal injury out in Thailand yet – despite the fact it is such a crazy country.  I am sure legal practices could make a killing out here though especially considering how many Englishmen and women are out here doing risky things.

Oh well… more to tell you in a couple of weeks I guess.  Next stop Vietnam!

PS: Guys, really proud of the work that you have managed to do on the new personal injury solicitors London UK website.  It looks awesome especially with the small design changes that you made a couple of weeks ago – yes I have been logging in to the Internet far too much!

Why I Loved the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014

August 21st, 2014

I was lucky enough to catch some of the sporting events recently at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.  It truly was an amazing experience, with the city transformed into a mecca of sports and vibrancy.  I’d been to Glasgow many times before and not really enjoyed myself there – but this time was completely different.  Everyone was super-friendly, there were things going on all through the city, and the events themselves were very well managed.  I think it will be hard to top this event for the future hosts!  Below is a video on some of the best moments.

Thank God for this Locksmith in Hull – I Salute You!

June 13th, 2014

OK so I’ve had quite a mad few days up in Hull visiting my girlfriend. If you’ve ever been to Hull you will know how easy it is to get lost in the city centre, but that’s only half the story… believe me it’s been quite an experience and I probably wouldn’t actually be writing on my blog if it wasn’t for a locksmith in Hull who got me (or us) out of a really tricky and sticky situation. Let me explain.

We decided that we would go out for the evening for a meal. There are loads of lovely places to eat in Hull – you can see some of them on the Visit Hull website – we opted for the Giuseppe’s Italian just in case you wondered – comes highly recommended. Anyway, before we left I decided to lock all the doors front and back using a small key that was placed on the mantelpiece – and on the front door I was playing with this cantilever type lock button. I am quite security conscious like that – probably like many blokes are – perhaps it’s OCD – little did I know that that small action was to lead to us having to call out an emergency locksmith in Hull later that evening.

Anyway, to cut this rather convoluted and long story a bit shorter, when we got back (after consuming the best part of two bottles of red Chianti) we tried to open the front door, but the security lock had slipped back into the chamber – from where I had been messing around with that cantilever thing. We had to call out a locksmith. Now, in my experience from living in other cities other than Hull, when you call out an emergency locksmith they tend to arrive, do the job and then give you an invoice for an unfeasible amount of money.

Locksmith HullThat wasn’t the case at all with Pix Locks Locksmith Hull – just a quick phone call and we were put through to a very friendly guy who diagnosed the locking issue over the telephone and was with us in 20 minutes – despite it being 11 o clock at night. When he arrived he explained that he is slightly different to other locksmiths in Hull, as he can usually quote over the telephone and be to most parts of the city within minutes.

Well, to cut this story even shorter, he took about 10 minutes to fix the lock, we paid him the very reasonable amount of money (under eighty quid) and he went on his way. Due to the excellent service he gave us I said I would give him a shout out and a link from my blog – so I’ve done that now and wish him all the best with his business.

In the unlikely event that you need a locksmith in Hull I really recommend the guy – visit his website and bookmark him for future reference for all your Hull locksmith needs. I know it’s unlikely but you never know! Rant over.

My Experience of Letting Agents in Bournemouth – And a Personal Recommendation

April 17th, 2014

In today’s blog post I decided to take a step away from my own career aspirations in personal injury to tell you a story about when I used to live in Bournemouth.  Bournemouth is a great place, and it’s where I went to university to study.  Whilst at Bournemouth university I completed a law degree, but that’s not what I wanted to talk about today – my small blog piece if all about letting agents.  There are some fantastic lettings agents in Bournemouth and many of them come highly recommended, but as a student you really have to be very careful about who you pick and which letting agent that you choose to work with.

My student friends and I chose a local letting agent who was based on Bournemouth high street. I won’t tell you their name, but many students have complained about them online.  The whole process of renting through them was a complete nightmare.  They tried to hold our deposits back, didn’t maintain the house which was in need of a dire repair job, and ended up charging us for damage we didn’t actually do.  That’s why I think it’s important for people looking for property in the Bournemouth area to be made aware of a very good letting agent that has recently appeared on the scene – Mint.

What sets them apart is their friendly approach and professional approach to property management, their affordable rental fees, and just the way they conduct themselves as an agency in the Bournemouth and Christchurch area in Dorset.

Why am I making this post – well, they are dear friends of mine so I wanted to recommend them for other people and students looking to rent property in the town.  If you live there and want to talk to them then get in touch with them via their website – the link to which is further up this blog post – and see for yourself.  In my view these guys are the very best when it comes to lettings agents in the Bournemouth area and I would recommend then wholeheartedly.

What I Will Miss About Being a Personal Injury Solicitor

December 14th, 2013

This year off (or sabattical) can’t come soon enough, and many of my friends and family have asked me if I will miss working as personal injury solicitor?  To be honest, I am not sure if I will. It’s been a real hard slog over the last couple of years, working all hours that God sends, dealing with some very complex cases, and hardly ever getting a day off let alone a lunch-break.

But… given my obsessive personality which many of you have commented on before, perhaps I will find myself missing being at work in London… perhaps I might not be able to let go?  I am going to endeavour to only write my blog and emails back home, and will probably switch Facebook off and things like that.  But don’t be surprised if I can’t help myself!

The worst thing for me is that the guys I work with back in London are starting up a new project about personal injury law with their new website.  I’ve been involved with it since the beginning so it’s going to be hard to turn my back on the project before it’s even complete.

 

The Beginnings of My Travel Adventure

December 14th, 2013

So I made the great leap into the unknown and decided that I was going to take a year out of the rat race and go travelling.  I think it’s about time that I saw some more of the World.  I’ve been working as a solicitor in London for the last 10 years, and don’t feel like I’ve had a break.

The Free to Adventure blog is going to be permanent record of my travels around the globe.  I will be publishing photos from my trip, writing about the people I meet, and the adventures that I have.

I hope you can join me for the ride, or at least follow my progress on my travel blog!

For all the guys back at the firm following my blog… I do not want to be called, emailed, Facebooked or anything about work until I get back!