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Accident Solicitors Direct have been helping clients in Sheffield and the surrounding area gain the compensation they deserve since 1984. Originally established as Beresford and Long Solicitors, the company was incorporated to become Accident Solicitors Direct, dealing exclusively with personal injury litigation. Our qualified and experienced personal injury solicitors are dedicated to providing clients with a highly personal service, including face-to-face meetings.

We take immense pride in supporting our clients. We never accept referrals from claims management companies, who rarely put the clients’ needs first and have tarnished the image of Solicitors in recent years.
For over 30 years we have provided a ‘No Win – No Fee’ service for local people in Sheffield and the surrounding area. During this time, our dedicated Solicitors have recovered millions of pounds in compensation for thousands of clients. We estimate that we have secured damages of more than seventy five million pounds for local people.

When you contact ASD, you will deal with a Solicitor. From the initial meeting to the end of the case. Our Solicitors have extensive experience in the area you wish to make a claim, whether this is a serious injury, an accident at work, an industrial disease or a road traffic accident. We work with a wide range of trusted local experts to ensure our clients receive the maximum amount of compensation possible.

We believe it’s vital to meet clients face-to-face and we aim to visit clients in as little as 3 hours, after an initial phone call. This means we generally act for people who live in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Humberside.

Find out how we can help you by calling our freephone line 0800 163 622.

 

Meet the Team

Richard Long, Senior Partner

Richard Long, Senior Partner


Joined Lincolns Inn in 1969
Year of call: 1973
Fields of Work: Personal Injury / Civil Litigation

Richard practiced as a Barrister at the Nottingham Bar between 1973 - 1980. Richard became a Solicitor in June 1980 and established Beresford and Long Solicitors in Sheffield in 1984. He has specialised in personal injury cases for the last 26 years. Richard is a long standing member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

Richard Meggitt, Partner

Richard Meggitt, Partner


Year of Call: 1999

Degree LLB (Hons) Hull University
Fields of Work: Personal Injury / Civil Litigation

Richard is a qualified solicitor having joined the firm in 1996. As well as being the Managing Partner, Richard has a case load of high value, asbestos disease claims. Having acted for thousands of local people his expertise in personal injury law is recognised by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. Richard is a senior litigator.

Ralph Clark, Associate Solicitor

Ralph Clark, Associate Solicitor


Year of Call: 2007

Degree BSC (Hons) PG DL PG Dip
Fields of Work: Personal Injury / Civil Litigation

Ralph joined the firm in September 2003. He has since completed a part-time Post Graduate Diploma in Law and has completed the Legal Practice Course, obtaining a distinction in the same.

Ralph's background is in health and safety. He graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Environmental Health in 1998, before qualifying as an Environmental Health Officer. He then specialised in the enforcement of health and safety and accident investigation within premises in Sheffield, before commencing an MSc in Occupational Health and Safety Management.

Ralph has an in-depth knowledge of Health and Safety legislation, specialising in traumatic accidents at work. Having experience of civil trials, site meetings, and engineering disputes, Ralph became a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) in 2004.

Christopher Chappell, Associate Solicitor

Christopher Chappell, Associate Solicitor


Year of call: 1999

Degree LLB (Hons) Bournemouth University
Fields of work: Personal Injury / Civil Litigation / Criminal Litigation

After completing his training contract at Banner Jones & Middleton Solicitors in Chesterfield, Chris chose to specialise in Criminal Litigation at a position in Irwin Mitchell in Sheffield. During his time there, he gained extensive experience in Criminal Defence work, specifically defending clients at police stations and at the Magistrates’ Court. Chris has also assisted Counsel with representing defendants at the Crown Court for more serious offences.

After his time at Irwin Mitchell, Chris moved to Favell Smith & Lawson in Sheffield in 2003 to continue his Criminal Litigation experience by specialising in trials and motoring cases. In 2008, Chris joined ASD where he deals with all aspects of Personal Injury and Civil Litigation, while continuing to deal with privately funded Criminal Litigation.

Robert Hart, Associate Solicitor


Year of call : 2015

Degree LLB University of Sheffield
Fields of work: Personal Injury

Robert obtained a First class honours degree in Law from the University of Sheffield, completed the Legal Practice Course and joined the firm in July 2012 as a paralegal. During his time with ASD, Robert has gained much experience in managing personal injury claims; right from the first meeting with a client all the way through to winning cases at trial. Qualifying as a solicitor in April 2015, Robert can assist clients with all aspects of personal injury litigation, including claims arising out of road traffic accidents, injuries at work and accidents in public places.

Lydia Topham, Practice Manager


Lydia has been a member of the ASD team since 1988 when she joined as the Accounts Manager. Lydia is now the Practice Manager and is responsible for the efficient management of the Company. She is a member of the Institute of Legal Cashiers (ILCA).

Linda Marsh, Legal Assistant


Linda has worked at ASD since 1985 when she joined the team as a Senior Secretary. Linda has over 30 years’ experience in Personal Injury and is an invaluable member of the ASD team. She works closely with ASD’s Solicitors to assist with the efficient handling of every case and is the primary contact for ASD.

Judy Pearson, IT / Marketing Manager


Judy started working for ASD in 1997 as a Secretary. She is now head of Reception and has taken on the roles of IT Manager and Marketing Manager.

Julie Watts, Costs Clerk


Julie joined ASD in 1999 as a Secretary in the Personal Injury Department and now handles Cost recovery with the assistance of Just Costs, Solicitors.

Joanne Casey, Secretary


Joanne has been a loyal member of staff since 1994. She now assists in dealing with all the ATE Insurance for our Clients.

Marie Cocker, Reception / Secretary


Marie is our longest standing member of staff having worked for the Practice since it first started over 25 years ago.

Kirsty Wild, Secretary


Kirsty has been with ASD since 2005 when she began work with us as the Office Junior. Whilst working for ASD, Kirsty has completed her NVQ 1, 2 & 3 in Business Administration and her NVQ 1 & 2 in ITQ. Kirsty has now been promoted to Secretary. Kirsty is an invaluable member of the Team.

Tracy Launt, Reception / Secretary


Tracy joined the Practice in 2001 as a Secretary in the Conveyancing Department.. She is now helps run the Reception in addition to her Secretarial duties.

Ashleigh Eyre, Office Junior


Ashleigh joined ASD in June 2010 as the new Office Junior. She is now undertaking more secretarial roles with a view to progressing in the Company.

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"I would like to acknowledge receipt of the cheque which you sent to my mum in settlement of her accident claim. Thank you very much for all the help you have given her over the last few months. Also I would like to thank Julie Watts who was very helpful and understanding especially with the frustrations we had with Zurich!"
Marjorie, Cleethorpes

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