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Joel Shaw
Accident Team
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Job Title

Partner within the accident team in the Glasgow office.

About Joel

Joel is a solicitor in the Glasgow office with over 10 years’ experience of handling accident claims in the Court of Session, the Specialist Personal Injury Court and Sheriff Court.

He is highly experienced in securing redress for clients from the most modest of injuries to the most severe and life changing, such as cases involving serious brain injury and amputation. In his time at Thompsons Joel has achieved substantial settlements on behalf of families who have tragically lost loved ones in accidents at work and road traffic accidents. Accordingly, he has experience in assisting bereaved families through the difficult and alien process of what happens following the sudden death of a family member including any decisions made by the Crown.

Joel has experience of advancing claims through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau and through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme where he has secured the maximum award of compensation available for victims of criminal injury on two separate occasions.

Joel has experience in complex medical negligence cases most recently securing a seven-figure settlement on behalf of his client and also in advancing a number of professional negligence ‘loss of chance’ cases on behalf of clients against other Scottish law firms through the Commercial Court.

Although mostly private accident work, Joel also does work for Union clients and has acted for several professional footballers against professional clubs through the PFA Scotland.

As well as personal injury work, Joel played an important role in the VW emissions litigation prior to it becoming the first Group Proceedings in Scottish Legal History.

He prides himself on being entirely approachable, giving advice in a way that is clear and understandable and having a strong commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for his client in each case.

What Clients Say About Joel

‘Joel I couldn't have had a better lawyer.

You took over a case that another firm said I couldn't win. Your communication with me was excellent and gave me confidence in a  positive outcome. 

Thank you for all your hard work. It is most appreciated.’ C. McKendry

I found Joel to be a particularly likeable young man -  in fact I found him to be a contemporary lawyer with a warm and caring attitude to his work in helping people to gain justice.
In my (not straightforward), case, had he not been persistent and positive, yet realistic, right from the beginning and throughout the process,  I am pretty sure I would not have had the successful outcome he fought, and won together with me.    
He was patient, encouraging and always took his time to sensitively explain legal terms and procedures.  
On reflection of my work with Joel, I found him to be patient, whilst remaining very knowledgeable & professional with a gentle and down to earth tone and approach.  
I would have no hesitation in recommending him to any one, and I remain grateful to him. L. Rodger

"Joel was recommended to me by a charity manager when I was researching a reputable solicitor to help me pursue a compensation claim.

I was involved in a road traffic accident where I was seriously injured with multiple fractures. At the time of the accident, I was a pedestrian and felt an innocent party. Being 65 years old at the time this incident was life changing. I felt recounting the details of this accident potentially traumatising had it not been for Joel's kindness and thorough understanding of such circumstances

Joel was pain-staking in his approach of demystifying the whole process from the start to a rewarding conclusion. I was aware that there was a great deal of work involved in pursuing my claim which I was spared.

Joel is a consummate professional and I would have no hesitation in commending his services." A. Scratcherd

‘I am writing to express my heartfelt appreciation for the exceptional support and understanding provided by Joel Shaw throughout my legal journey. From the very beginning, Joel demonstrated a remarkable grasp of my case, and his guidance has been invaluable in achieving my desired outcomes. His active listening skills and perceptive approach allowed him to fully understand the intricacies of my case and the specific results I wanted.
His unwavering commitment to assisting a client with a disability has truly set a remarkable standard in client service. From the very beginning, Joel exhibited a deep understanding of the unique challenges that individuals with disabilities face in navigating legal matters. His sensitivity, patience, and proactive approach in accommodating my needs have made a significant impact throughout the process. His efforts to ensure that all communication was accessible and inclusive, whether through clear written correspondence, verbal explanations, or any necessary adjustments was much appreciated.

From the outset, I've been impressed by his commitment to keeping me informed. His regular updates, whether through emails, or even in-person meetings, have been both timely and informative. It's evident that he understands the importance of providing clients with a clear understanding of the status of their case, and his dedication to doing so has not gone unnoticed. In a field where communication gaps can often lead to frustration and uncertainty, his approach has been refreshingly different. He has consistently gone above and beyond to address any questions or concerns I've had, ensuring that I feel well-informed and engaged at every step. This level of service has greatly contributed to my peace of mind during what could have otherwise been a stressful time.         

His insightful advice and clear communication ensured that I was always well-informed and able to make informed decisions. His ability to translate complex legal matters into understandable terms further facilitated my participation and confidence in the legal process. It is a rare find to work with a solicitor who not only possesses exceptional legal skills but also genuinely cares about the client's goals and concerns. Joel's dedication to helping me achieve my desired outcomes has left a lasting impression. His professionalism, empathy, and proactive approach are a testament to his commitment to his clients' success. I would like to extend my gratitude to Joel and the entire Thompson Solicitors team for their support throughout my case. Joel's exceptional understanding from the outset has been instrumental in turning what could have been a daunting experience into a positive and productive one. I am deeply grateful for his guidance and would wholeheartedly recommend his services to anyone seeking expert legal representation.' Dr J. McElroy

I would recommend Joel as he is a very understanding and helpful person and he dealt with everything in a professional way. He was always available to answer and help with anything. I had a very complicated case that took a lot of time and effort and the compensation that Joel won will make my life easier and if you are lucky enough to have joel fighting your case I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. Myself and my family are grateful to Joel for everything he done for us.  A Lynch


2:1 LLB Hons at Edinburgh University in 2007 and Diploma from Edinburgh University in 2009

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