Our People

Our People

Meet some of the people behind Silverman Livermore Solicitors.
 
 

Doug Fraser
Solicitor and Partner


Doug Fraser has spent much of his career acting for people who had been seriously injured or killed at work. A bit like his mentor Sir Harry Livermore, Doug likes to represent those who have been injured because of the lack of care of employers or drivers. He still gets a thrill out of winning cases in which blame for the accident has been denied by an employers or driver’s Insurance Company. He firmly believes that if you are injured because of someone else’s fault you should receive adequate compensation for the injury and financial losses you sustain.

Doug qualified as a Solicitor in 1982 and joined Silverman Livermore the same year and was made a partner shortly afterwards. Doug now heads the Personal Injury Department at the Runcorn office and is a Member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel and Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

Doug has recovered millions of pounds of compensation for clients over the years and whilst many of the awards are modest he has secured settlements of over £1 million on several occasions and remains in touch with a lot of clients as their choice of Co-Trustee to provide the best ongoing financial returns from their compensation awards.

In 1990 Doug was consulted by a number of families throughout the UK who had lost a loved one when they had fallen from high speed inter city trains when doors opened apparently for no reason at high speed. A pattern of such accidents soon emerged and as a result of the litigation led by Doug - electronic locking devises were fitted to all trains to prevent future tragedies.

He also has extensive experience attending Inquests over many years.

Doug had previously been appointed a Deputy District Judge sitting at Courts in Chester and the North Wales region from 1992 to 2000.

In 2010, Doug settled over 1,000 claims for people who had been adversely affected by the escape of sewage odour from the Sandon Dock Waste Water Treatment Plant in Liverpool ... a global settlement of £4M was achieved and this was shared between a large number of registered Claimants.

Despite his sometimes high profile Doug continues to deal with smaller cases and is happy to offer an entirely free initial consultation to anyone who has been injured with a view to advising them as to whether or not they are entitled to receive compensation.

Doug is currently acting for a large number of people living in the Weston Point area of Runcorn whose life-styles have been affected by the dust, smoke, smell, light pollution and noise which is alleged to come from the Runcorn EfW Incinerator operated by Viridor.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Multi-Party Actions
  • Accidents at work
  • Public Liability Claims (slip/trip)
  • Occupiers Liability Claims (slip/trip)
  • Product Liability Claims
  • Criminal Injuries Compensation Claims (C.I.C.A)
  • Road Traffic Accident
  • Industrial Disease Claims
  • Clinical Negligence Claims
  • Probate
  • Contested Probate
  • Wills & Trusts

Karen Wishart
Solicitor and Partner


Karen obtained her Degree in Law at Liverpool University and joined Silverman Livermore in 1990 as a Solicitor and became a Partner in 1992. Karen is the Head of the Family Law Department, specialising in all aspects of Family Law gaining expertise and experience in the field over the last 35 years, and is a member of the Law Society Family Law Advance Panel.

Karen has a large amount of experience in handling complex and sensitive cases with a friendly no nonsense approach, aiming to resolve, support and guide clients through what can be a stressful and confusing process for a beneficial conclusion of each case.

Karen’s areas of expertise include:

  • Divorce and Separation
  • Child Care Cases
  • Contact Issues
  • Cohabitation Disputes
  • Pre-Nuptial Agreements
  • Dissolution of Civil Marriage
  • Child Protection Issues
  • Domestic Violence/Injunctions
  • Financial/Property Disputes (Tolata – Trust of Land Law and Trust Act)
  • Adoption
  • Change of Name
  • Wills

Darren Earnshaw
Senior Legal Advisor


Darren joined Silverman Livermore in 1991 as a Junior Clerk, in October 1992, he moved to the Civil Litigation Department at the then Victoria Street Office in Liverpool. In 2000, Darren returned to Runcorn to set up the Personal Injury Department. He has recently achieved his 25 years service and is one of the longest serving members of staff at the Practice. Darren is a member of the Liverpool Law Society.

Darren is a Senior Legal Advisor who deals with a wide variety of compensation claims including Accidents at work, Public and Occupiers Liability cases, Road Traffic Accidents and Slipping/Tripping claims/Criminal Injuries Compensation cases, Motor Insurer’s Bureau claims, and some Landlord and Tenant disputes.

Since 2014, he has been advising clients with regards to Lasting Power of Attorney, Court of Protection, preparation of Wills and Probate matters and Tolata.

Darren is approachable, conscientious and deals with all matters from initial instructions through to settlement or Final Hearing.

Darren also worked closely with Doug Fraser in the Sandon Dock Litigation. This involved in obtaining settlement for over a 1,000 claimants who had been adversely affected by the escape of sewage odour from the Sandon Dock Waste Water Treatment Plant in Liverpool. Global settlement of £4,000.000.00 was achieved which was shared between the large numbers of registered Claimants.

In addition to his role with the Litigation Department, he is also involved with the private client sector.

In his spare time he enjoys running, playing 5-a-side football, supporting Everton Football Club, Widnes Vikings, Widnes Moorfield ARLFC, and Widnes RUFC. Darren is a member of the Runcorn Christian Aid Committee arranging fundraising events’ that work globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality.

In October 2015, Darren became a Trustee for Halton Carers Centre, Runcorn. Halton Carers Centre is a registered charity and a company limited by a guarantee. Their aim is to ensure that carers in Halton receive the best possible advice and support to meet their needs.

We are happy to offer an entirely free initial consultation to anyone who has been injured with a view to advising them as to whether or not they are entitled to receive compensation.

Areas of expertise include:

  • Accidents at work
  • Public Liability Claims (slip/trip)
  • Occupiers Liability Claims (slip/trip)
  • Product Liability Claims
  • Criminal Injuries Compensation Claims (C.I.C.A)
  • Road Traffic Accident
  • Industrial Disease Claims
  • Clinical Negligence Claims
  • Probate
  • Contested Probate
  • Court of Protection
  • Power of Attorney
  • Tolata
  • Wills & Trusts

To arrange an appointment with any of the team at Silverman Livermore, please contact us on 01928714121.