Daxa Patel -
Partner, Medical Negligence
T: 0345 357 9000
F: 0345 357 9199
Based in: Leeds
Medical Negligence Claims, Personal Injury Claims and Community Care Law
Daxa is a senior, specialist Solicitor in our Medical Negligence Team and a Partner in the Complex Personal Injury Division.
Having read law and acquired an MBA from the University of Leeds, Daxa qualified as a Solicitor in 1995. Prior to Simpson Millar she trained and became an Associate with the Leeds branch of Spencer Ewin Mulvhill, where she specialised in insolvency and civil litigation law.
Joining us in April 1999, she became an Associate and in 2006 a Partner; a role she retained until 2012, when she took a career break to care for her father. In the course of her initial tenure with Simpson Millar, Daxa headed the Personal Injury team in Leeds, before setting up and leading the Care Home team. She re-joined us in March 2015 and became a Partner for a second time in August 2016.
During her time with Simpson Millar, Daxa has spent 12 years representing Trade Union clients and dealt with a wide range of cases, including an amputation claim where the injured party received a settlement from the Motor Insurance Bureau exceeding £1.1million. She was also on the Law Society Personal Injury Panel for 15 years and has considerable experience dealing with complex injury cases, such as those that lead to fatalities. Since returning, she has handled a number of trials, including a High Court Appeal.
Daxa has spoken publicly about the necessity of NHS funding for clients with primary health care needs, discussing the matter on Radio 5Live, as well as contributing to many podcasts throughout her career. She maintains a social media presence, has appeared in a live YouTube webinar and continues to contribute topical articles on various aspects of the law to the Simpson Millar website.
Outside of work, Daxa has been a Governor at a High School in Leeds and presently volunteers for OPAL and Silver Line, two charities offering support to senior citizens living independent lives. She also keeps fit through running and walking and has run the Leeds 10K twice, raising money for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre in memory of her father and St. Gemma's Hospice in Leeds. Since February 2016, Daxa has been a Trustee and Director of Carers Leeds, a charity that supports unpaid carers. The organisation recently celebrated its 20th anniversary in the presence of its Patron, HRH The Princess Royal.
Daxa enjoys long walks, music, cooking, writing, politics and cricket. Her literary pursuits have resulted in one of her poems being published by Carers UK. She is a passionate advocate of rights for the elderly.