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19 October 2012
One of the most experienced and highly-respected personal injury lawyers in Kent has joined Furley Page at its Chatham office – and relives how his career has come full circle at the Historic Dockyard.
With more than 40 years’ experience as a lawyer under his belt, Robert Harvey has joined Furley Page as a Chartered Legal Executive after a career spent helping thousands of accident victims across the Medway towns and all over Kent to win justice and compensation.
Robert, aged 61, qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives in 1976. He has vast experience in all types of personal injury claims, many involving significant injuries, including work-related injuries, road traffic accidents, public liability, industrial disease claims, holiday claims, sports injury and product liability claims.
Robert’s work was recognised in 2007 when he was awarded the first National ILEX Award for Excellence in Personal Injury work.
Educated at Upbury Manor secondary school and Maidstone and Holborn Colleges, Robert has enjoyed a long legal career but it could have all been so different. As a schoolboy in 1967 he took the Dockyard Entrance Exam at Chatham and passed.
A job as an apprentice shipwright beckoned but he was seduced by the legal profession and now, more than four decades later, he returns to the Historic Dockyard at Furley Page’s Admiral’s Offices.
Robert is a highly vocal advocate of the rights of innocent accident victims. He says: “Sometimes as a personal injury lawyer, I’m the only one there to stand up for the victim. When there is a fatal accident case it can be the toughest job to deal with but helping the family left behind is the motivation which gets you through.”
His most high-profile case involved representing three traumatised survivors of the Herald of Free Enterprise tragedy in 1987 when 193 passengers and crew were killed after the ferry capsized outside the port of Zeebrugge. “I have also represented former Chatham Dockyard workers (or their widows) who contracted asbestosis and that was also a hugely sad episode in the history of Medway.
“Over the years I have helped thousands of people obtain compensation as the innocent victims of accidents. Many are left with permanent disabilities and my job is to get them some form of reasonable life back, helping not only financially but also pressing for extra treatment, aids and equipment,” says Robert.
Michael Longmore, Partner and Head of Personal Injury at Furley Page, says Robert’s appointment has added tremendous strength to the firm’s expertise in a vitally important sector of the business. “His passion and commitment to helping clients burns fiercely and is an inspiration to all his colleagues here.”
Robert, who lives locally with his wife, enjoys following a range of sports, including football (he is a lifelong Arsenal fan) and F1 motor racing.
For further information call Robert Harvey on 01634 828277.
Furley Page Personal Injury Team
The personal injury team at Furley Page is recommended by Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 and is renowned in the South East for successful accident and injury compensation claims. The law firm has a long, historic association with Kent miners lasting 25 years, which is a testament to the quality of its work. The team includes members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and two Law Society Personal Injury Panel members.
Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx)
CILEx was formed in 1892, becoming the Institute of Legal Executives (ILEX) in 1963, and then the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) in January 2012. CILEx has around 20,000 members who are either trainee or qualified Chartered Legal Executive Lawyers (7,500 are Fellows and so fully qualified lawyers). Around 92,500 people have chosen CILEx as their route to become a lawyer since 1989.