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Clinical lawyer appointed new judge.

Byline: Report by John Corser

An experienced clinical negligence lawyer has been appointed as a deputy district judge.

Sue Allen, who works for Brierley Hill-based law firm Higgs & Sons, successfully completed the application process.

And following in-depth training and 'sitting in' days - shadowing an experienced district judge - she hopes to preside over her first case before the end of the year.

"I was delighted to receive the news that I had been selected," said Sue. "It is a highly competitive process which actually began in spring 2018, and involved online assessments, an interview, role playing and background scrutiny.

"Everyone here at Higgs has been incredibly supportive, and I am especially grateful to Andy Shaw for his encouragement and backing." Associate solicitor Sue joined Higgs & Sons more than 10 years ago with a background in advising defendants in clinical negligence claims. She previously worked as a solicitor based at Royal & Sun Alliance.

She is an accredited member of the Law Society clinical negligence panel, which recognises expertise in this area of law, and a Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution trained mediator.

Partner and head of personal injury and clinical negligence at Higgs, Andy Shaw said: "This is a wonderful achievement for Sue, but also extremely pleasing for Higgs as it is a recognition of the experience and quality we have here at the firm. We look forward to Sue sharing with us the knowledge and insight she gains from sitting as a civil judge."

Outside of work, Sue is a volunteer leader for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award at a local youth group in Dudley. Deputy district judges are appointed by the Lord Chancellor.

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Publication:Express and Star (Wolverhampton, England)
Date:May 11, 2019
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