Ken Specter studied Law at London University and The College of law in Chester.
Ken founded Specters in 1985 and for the first 15 years of his career specialised in litigation, acting on behalf of Private, commercial and insurance clients appearing before many courts and tribunals.
Ken founded Lawshield, a legal expenses insurance business, alongside Connexus insurance solutions in 1996 which both service a number of high net worth insurers nationally as well as providing insurance to private individuals and companies.
Ken has extensive litigation knowledge in many areas including property, insurance, insolvency and professional negligence claims.
Ken is a business man as well as a lawyer and understands the commercial imperatives facing businesses today, and the need to ensure cash is used astutely when pursuing litigation.
For clients who don’t just want a lawyer who tells them what they want to hear, Specters is the right choice. The philosophy is based on a transparent, practical approach with an emphasis on knowledge, achievement, hard work and reliability with the client at the forefront of all we do.
As the Managing Director at Specters, Ken oversees major financial decisions, is involved in key litigation matters and assists clients with funding options.
Soyab studied Law at Liverpool University, completing the Legal Practice Course at The College of Law in Chester and was admitted as a solicitor in 1995.
Initially, he dealt mainly with Commercial Litigation concentrating on the Law of Contract, before expanding his practice to include Personal Injury, Professional Negligence and Employment Law. Soyab is a very experienced advocate holding Higher Rights of Audience in all Higher Courts, including representation of families at Inquest in fatal accident cases.
Soyab joined the Specter Partnership solicitors in 1993 and proceeded to specialise in catastrophic personal injury, head and spinal injury claims. Soyab also specialises in clinical negligence. In 2008 he completed a Master of Law degree in Advanced Litigation and Dispute Resolution and in recognition of his achievements Soyab was promoted to Partner.
He is a member of the Association Professional Injury Lawyers, Professional Negligence Lawyers Association and Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates, as well as a member of the Spinal Injury Association.
Soyab has been involved in several high profile cases such as Grayrigg Train Derailment, and other notable cases reported such as appeal against the decision of the Employment Tribunal to make no award for pension loss.
On a personal level, he enjoys cycling, sport, reading and more sport! LLB LLM Solicitor-Advocate (All Proceedings)
Andrew achieved a first-class honours degree in Economics and Econometrics at the University of Nottingham.
Andrew completed both the Graduate Diploma in Law and then the Legal Practice Course at BPP Law School, graduating with a Distinction. Andrew would go on to study for a Masters of Laws at the London School of Economics, again graduating with a Distinction.
Andrew has worked at Specters since 2017 and qualified as a solicitor in 2019. He specialises in general litigation, with a particular emphasis on Clinical Negligence and Professional Negligence.
In his free time, Andrew enjoys playing tennis and spending time with his family.
Gareth has been admitted as a solicitor for over 30 years and is currently a consultant with Medical Negligence Solutions. In his career, he has specialised, particularly in litigation involving medical negligence. He has been a member of the Law Society's Personal Injury Panel and has fought in both the High Court and the Court of Appeal. He has dealt with cases where operative procedures and sepsis had led to the death of patients and represented their families in the Coroner's Court himself.
Paul studied Law at the University of Hertfordshire and then completed his Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in York. Paul qualified as a Solicitor in July 2012.
Paul joined The Specter Partnership in February 2016 and is based in the London office. He specialises in Professional Negligence for claims against Surveyors, Lawyers, Accountants, Brokers, Independent Financial Advisors and also victims of conveyancing fraud.
Paul also acts for clients that have sustained serious injuries as a result of an accident at work or a road traffic accident.
Throughout his career, Paul has dealt with various complex and high-value claims. A few examples are mentioned below.
Outside of work he is a keen sportsman and enjoys watching and playing rugby and skiing in winter.
Laura qualified as a Fellow Chartered Legal Executive in October 2004 and has specialised in Clinical Negligence through her career, also undertaking some Personal Injury and Civil Litigation in the past. She joined Specters in January 2019 as Head of Clinical Negligence.
She a member of APIL and regularly volunteers on the AVMA Helpline. She has a strong history of handling all types of negligence claims, including high-value complex claims and has a wealth of experience in this regard.
Laura takes a personal approach to each and every case, and understands the needs of her clients and the importance not only to obtain compensation but also to support through the life-changing event that has happened.
Jan studied History at University of Birmingham and completed a Law Conversion Course in London. He is a member of The Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, the Motor Accident Solicitors Society and the Spinal Injuries Association. Jan is also a Civil and Commercial Accredited Mediator, qualified in 2009.
Recently settled cases include:
Emma studied law at Leicester University before completing her LPC at the College of Law, Chester in 1995. Emma was admitted as a Solicitor in August 1997 and joined Specter and Grant in the Matrimonial Department in March 1998. In 2000 Emma transferred to the Personal Injury Department to deal with Fast Track and Multi-Track personal injury claims and manage one of the firm's fast track personal injury teams.
When Specter and Grant became the Specter Partnership solicitors in 2004, Emma was appointed Client Care Officer taking over responsibility for the firm's internal processes for the handling of complaints from clients. Emma was promoted to Partner in April 2005. In 2008 Emma became a Partner in Warrington firm KLS Law, being responsible for Client Care and Compliance within both law firms.
With the changing regulatory requirements imposed by the Solicitors' Regulation Authority, Emma became Compliance Officer for Legal Practice (COLP) for the Specter Partnership in January 2013. After the merger of the northern office of the Specter Partnership with KLS Law in June 2013, Emma transferred to become COLP for KLS Law. Emma continues to undertake the day to day responsibility for the internal processes and procedures within KLS Law for both Client Care and regulatory compliance.
Tracey became qualified in the UK in 2017. She completed an LLB at the University of London, an LPC at BPP and is currently finishing her Masters in Business.
Tracey is a bi-lingual English/Arabic speaking solicitor. She has a broad range of experience in various sectors within the legal profession.
Tracey is frequently instructed in cases involving complicated financial matters and represents clients of a high net worth both in the UK and based in other jurisdictions.
Tracey supports her clients and invests considerable time into their objectives. She prides herself on the long-lasting relationships she builds and the success she achieves for individuals and their businesses.
Kellie completed the LPC at the University of Law Manchester in 2014 and obtained her Law Degree at Edge Hill University in 2013. Kellie has mostly specialised in residential property and has experience in Commercial Property and Wills and Probate. She was also shortlisted for the Law Society Trainee Solicitor of the year in 2018.
Kellie enjoys going to the gym, travelling, various sports, and she relaxes by sketching her favourite people and places. But most importantly, she loves to spend time with her husband, two sons and border collie.
After 7 years of working in the legal industry whilst completing exams, Jessica Fitzgerald has now qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive and Fellow of CILEx. Jessica joined the firm as a Paralegal in the Professional Negligence department assisting the team’s Solicitors Andrew Specter, Paul Daniel and Tracey Atallah on complex Professional Negligence claims. Jessica will now continue to work alongside her colleagues gaining valuable experience required for her career ahead.
Jessica has worked in civil litigation since 2014. She has worked in both regional and city firms. Jessica also has a background in commercial and intellectual property law following experience in a litigation department specialising in mobile communication patents.
Jessica assists the professional negligence team on matters against professionals for negligence committed within course of acting.
Jessica thoroughly enjoys listening to clients and assisting them in getting help for the injustice they have suffered.
Nicole studied Law at Nottingham Trent University and graduated in 2016. She is currently studying the LPC LLM at Nottingham Law School and is due to graduate shortly. Nicole joined Specters in July 2020 and is a paralegal in the Family department.
Nicole has worked as a paralegal for a number of years and has experience in the following areas:
In her spare time, Nicole enjoys travelling, the gym and spending time with her family.