Ed Fletcher first joined Fletchers Solicitors, the UK’s leading medical negligence and serious injury law firm, in September 1996 as a personal injury solicitor.
Just three years later, Ed severed his spinal cord in a motorbike accident and is now a paraplegic wheelchair user. Despite his injuries, he did not let this hinder his career ambitions and he became partner in 2005 and director in 2007. He was later appointed as CEO in 2012 and has overseen an unprecedented period of growth within the firm, taking the number of employees from 90 people to the 300 people it employs today. He has also been pivotal in establishing Fletchers Solicitors as one of the largest medical negligence and serious injury practices in the UK.
His own experience of spinal injury informs his daily work, and his personal mantra puts the needs of the injured party at the heart of everything he does. The Chambers directory, which ranks the world’s leading lawyers, noted Ed to be “an approachable lawyer with a comprehensive understanding of complex spinal cord injury cases.” In addition to this, he was shortlisted as ‘Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year’ at the National PI Awards in 2012.
Since becoming CEO, Ed has broken down the conventions of the standard law firm. As a result, the firm has tripled in size, received recognition twice in the London Stock Exchange’s ‘1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain’ and achieved the Investors in People (IIP) Gold Award.
Whilst the organisation has expanded, employee engagement and communication has remained at the heart of Ed’s vision. The firm boasts a dedicated recruitment strategy, which aims to attract and retain the very best talent that the industry has to offer. This investment in creating an employee-focused strategy has led to the firm’s recognition within the well-esteemed Sunday Times 100 Best Places to Work For in 2016.