A new law firm dealing solely with cyclists has opened in Islington this week. Cycle Legal will specialise in representing seriously injured cyclists – in particular those with brain injuries, multiple orthopaedic injuries and significant scarring.
While not the UK’s first cycling law firm (Cycle Law Scotland has been around for a while now) founder Kevin O’Sullivan clearly believes there is a niche for his new firm and told the Islington Gazette how he loves representing cyclists.
“Cyclists buy into their health and fitness and their main focus is getting back on the bike. They enjoy being represented by a firm which only looks out for them, fighting for their rights, and campaigning for safer roads and increased cycle usage across the country.”
A personal injury lawyer for 20 years, O’Sullivan has specialised in cycling for 15 and ran a cycle department at his old firm before deciding to go it alone.
“People say that no matter how safe they are they cannot legislate for motorists,” he says. “The other thing that always affects me is the fatals, when you have the families coming to you. There is no sense of victory at all, it’s horrible. Obviously litigation is all about the money, but that is the last thing they are thinking about. They want an answer and explanation.”
Despite this, he believes London is becoming safer for cyclists.
“You get some serious injuries, but the amount of people cycling has gone up enormously. Motorists give more space and you have advanced boxes now that they used to ignore – now the vast majority keep out of them.”
Cycle Legal’s launch event is being held tonight at Look Mum No Hands on Old Street.