Personal details

Full Name:
Umar Arshid
Job Title:
Associate Solicitor
Department:
Industrial Disease
Education:
  • BPP Law School, Manchester
  • Leeds Metropolitan University
  • Oulder Hill Sixth Form
  • Oulder Hill Community School

Specialities

  • Personal Injury
  • Industrial Disease
  • Noise Induced Hearing Loss Claims
  • Road Traffic Accident Claims
  • Employers' Liability/Public Liability Claims
  • Criminal Injury Claims

Background

I have been a qualified solicitor since 2014 and have extensive experience in the areas of road traffic accident, employers' liability, public liability, criminal injury, and more notably in noise induced hearing loss claims.

Motivation

What aspects of your job do you enjoy the most?
Strategies, tactics and helping others in progression of their cases.
Why did you choose a career in the legal sector?
I believe it is suited to my personality and so I considered this a natural choice.

Personal interests

  • Football – Manchester United fan
  • Badminton
  • Outdoor activities

Key cases

  • I was able to challenge the much used case of Pascoe v Ministry of Defence (2013) – defendant solicitors regularly use to argue that losses at 6kHz, in absence of losses at 4kHz was not diagnostic of NIHL. In my case of Derek Reay –v- Schlumberger Flow Measurement Limited (2017) which we won at trial, we were successful in arguing that losses at 6kHz alone is indeed diagnostic of noise induced hearing loss. The defendants sough to rely upon the oral evidence of Professor Lutman (one of the co-authors) of the literature used by all representatives in the field of noise induced hearing loss whose evidence was not preferred over our medical expert Mr Ian Johnson.
  • Successfully obtained redacted disclosure from defendant solicitors despite them arguing the redactions were GDPR compliant and redacted due to data protection amongst many other factors. Able to convince the courts that this was not correct in which the judge stated that ‘it is at the height of arrogance for the defendants to decide what they should or should not disclose’
  • Successfully obtained specific disclosure of documents from the defendants in an noise induced hearing loss case which included ‘Inception of the insurance policy document/s for the defendants along with all term of conditions attached to the insurance policy documents’, which is very uncommon to come across.
  • Multiple wins on obtaining correctly signed list of documents when defendant argued there is no one to sign these for a dissolved companies

Read what other clients have said about working with Umar:

  • Loss of hearing

    Trustpilot (July 2021)Cannot thank Umar and his team enough,from start to finish they have been first class handling my loss of hearing claim. They explained the whole process in layman's terms and were always there for any questions I might have, they were so professional in every thing they have done for me. Many thanks to you all. Michael Lockey