Hear from the judging panel, view the menu and read the full shortlist
Welcome to the virtual programme for the Personal Injury Awards 2023. Below you’ll find everything you need to know about the awards ceremony, from who’s hosting and what’s on the menu, to the all-important shortlist.
Kicking off the programme below is an introduction from Mike Benner, chief executive of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, who chaired the independent judging panel.
The quality and number of submissions was very high and it was, for me, an inspiring and enlightening experience to read – or in some cases watch – the entries. ‘Inspiring’, because it reinforced my almost daily experiences of the exceptional dedication, capability and commitment which defines a great personal injury lawyer and others who have chosen to work in the sector and ‘enlightening’, because I learnt so much from the stories arising from the submissions.
Experiencing an injury – becoming a victim of negligence – can be life changing for many, but is certainly difficult and stressful for all and therefore our sector has a duty to ease the process and do what we can to rebuild lives shattered through negligence. I see these awards as a celebration of that.
Thursday 23 November 2023, Hilton Deansgate Manchester
Dress code: Black tie
19:00 Welcome reception
After turning to stand-up as a break from his studies whilst he was a junior doctor, Paul Sinha went on to become both a practising GP and an Edinburgh comedy award nominee. He continued to perform whilst working as a locum in the East End of London, at the same time his experiences on the NHS frontline became a great source of material.
Paul’s wonderfully relaxed, friendly story-telling style combines wry observations on life and the world with beautifully crafted one-liners, along with a fund of anecdotes from his experiences with patients and bureaucracy.
Having now forsaken doctoring, Paul is frequently heard on Radio 4 and 5Live displaying his knowledge, passion and wit on current affairs and sport- especially cricket and football- on everything from his own documentary features to The News Quiz, Just a Minute, The Now Show, Fighting Talk and Yes It’s The Ashes. He wrote and hosted his own documentary for Radio 4, The Sinha Test, in which he looked at the intertwining of sport and nationality, a theme he revisited for the Olympics with The Sinha Games. He also presented his History Revision series which took on the more unusual yet telling aspects of history, and appeared on QI, Would I Lie to You?, and ITV4s sporting quiz Football Genius.
A quiz obsessive (and a regular fixture in the UK’s top 20 best quizzers) Paul realised a life-long dream by appearing on special editions of both University Challenge and Mastermind. he appears as a ‘chaser’ on ITV’s popular quiz show The Chase (where Paul is known as ‘The Sinnerman’). As well as participating in televised and pub quizzes, he writes and hosts them. He’s also a published wrter with his first book The Real British Citizenship Test: What You Really Need to Know to be a UK Citizen taking a comic look at British identity and stereotypes. Paul made headlines when he offered Gordon Brown some tips on how to keep his jokes fresh.
Hipster are a Cheshire and Staffordshire based band who travel UK wide playing a unique blend of classic rock, pop and indie. Since forming in 2000 they have played at over 1000 weddings and parties, large and small. They were also they headline band at the Batman Live World Premiere after party and even played for Prince Harry on New Years Eve in 2011!
Meet the Personal Injury Awards Team
Will is the account executive for our Claims Media portfolio, responsible for entries and ticket enquiries. Will is an avid Manchester United fan.
Emma is the staff writer for Claims Media and content editor for the wider Claims Media events portfolio. She is based in Sheffield and spends her spare time weightlifting.
Amelia is the lead events coordinator for the Claims Media events portfolio. When she’s not putting on exceptional events, Amelia likes spending time with her two cats.
Matt is in charge of partnerships for the Personal Injury Awards and the wider Claims Media portfolio.