You may never have met us, but if you ride a bike in London, we’re always with you. We’re the Cycling Solicitors and we stand up for cyclists in London. If you get knocked off your bike or fall down a pothole, we’ll help you get compensation in court,
We are solicitors who cycle, based in Hackney. One of us, Tom Reynolds, has one practical bike; the other, Mike Macdonald, has many less practical bikes. We both ride to work. As cyclists and as solicitors, we’ve realised that London’s cyclists get a very raw deal, and no one is
doing anything about it. We’re going to stand up for cyclists. We’re going to use the law to do it. We’re the Cycling Solicitors. If you want to talk to us, send us an email, or call us on 020 7490 1888.
These are just a few of London cyclists the Cycling Solicitors have helped when they’ve been knocked off their bike. Legal regulations mean we have to keep them anonymous, but their cases – and the
damages they received – are absolutely real. If you’d like to find out more about the people we’ve helped, email us or call us on
020 7490 1888.
Jake is a musician. One day he was cycling along the Embankment in London when he was knocked off his bike by a passing coach. He suffered a fractured shoulder. The coach did not stop, but we managed to take his claim to the Motor Insurer’s Bureau. Jake was awarded £28,500.
Karen was knocked off her bike when a car suddenly turned left directly across her path. She suffered soft tissue injuries to her neck and low back and extensive bruising and lacerations (right knee, right calf, right hip, left thigh, right elbow, right foot). We recovered £10,535 for Karen.
Joanna was riding along in a cycle lane when a Honda Civic decided to drive on the wrong side of the road and straight into her. Joanna was lucky. Her injuries weren’t as serious as they could have been, but she was still hurt. She suffered a cut to the face, a chipped tooth and general bruising. She was awarded £4,750.
Francesca was hit by an oncoming car and thrown from her bike. She suffered a fractured wrist and extensive bruising to her right thigh, right leg, knees and a cut chin. The fractured wrist was fixed with a plate and screws leaving a 12cm scar. We recovered £6,500 for Francesca.
“I’ve been cycling In London since I was tiny, and a solicitor for almost as long. I’ve taken care of hundreds of personal accident and personal injury cases, but I rarely see cyclists standing up for themselves. That’s what we’ve set up the Cycling Solicitors to do.”
“I video my ride to work in London every day. It makes horrific viewing. That’s why I want to use the law to protect cyclists, and to punish people who harm us through no fault of our own. That’s my aim for the Cycling Solicitors.”
According to TfL’s own figures, one London bike journey in every 135 ends in a casualty*. So, statistically speaking, anyone who cycles to and from work regularly is going to suffer a casualty around four times a year. (It doesn’t matter how good a cyclist you are. If it can happen to Wiggo, Cav and Shane Sutton, then it can happen to you.) The Cycling Solicitors are putting an end to the culture that allows
people to knock cyclists off their bikes with impunity. We’re doing it by hitting them where it hurts: in their pocket. * According to TfL report “Cycling Casualties in Greater London – 2010”, there were 4,007 cycling casualties as a result of collisions. According to TfL “Traffic in London Report 4”, there were 540,000 journeys that involved a cycle stage in 2010. The figure is 540,000 divided by 4,007, rounded up.
The Cycling Solicitors believe every cyclist who is knocked of his or her bike through no fault of their own should make a claim against the person or organisation to blame. We are experienced in personal accident claims, so have the expertise to take that action for you. If you are knocked off your bike by a car, the driver shouldn’t be able
to just get away with it. If your bike or your bones are broken because there’s a pothole in the road that no one has mended, then the people responsible should be punished. You should be compensated. It’s your right – and it’s the only way to change people’s behaviour.
When we say we stand up for cyclists, we mean it. We believe the people who harmed you should pay. So when the Cycling Solicitors take your case on, we will do so on the basis of what is called a “Conditional Fee Agreement”. This means that you do not pay us anything unless we are successful on your behalf.
The Cycling Solicitors believe that you should receive all of the damages that you are rightly entitled to.
The Cycling Solicitors will also cover the cost of any up-front expenses of the initial investigation.
The Cycling Solicitors are on your side.
If you want to talk to us about anything, send us an email or call us on 020 7490 1888.
WE’RE SICK OF POTHOLES! So if you report one to us, the Cycling Solicitors will use our legal skills to take it up with the people responsible, and to make them do something
about it. We’ll even tell you what’s being done. Please use this form or send us a email to to let us know. (You can share a picture of the pothole with us too if you have one).
Hackney are offering residents a try before you buy scheme for just £10. Once registered you can borrow a bike, lock, lights, helmet, child seat and more for one month hire for £10. After the month you can either return the bike and stuff you hired or buy it at a discount. Full details at www.cycleexperience.com/hackneycycleloan
Its a national scheme that has helped cyclists in Hackney and it is very simple. You mark your bike so that any opportunistic thieves think its going to be harder to sell on. Then if you do get your bike stolen you have a chance of someone getting it back to you. You can get the products on line or look out for marking events run by the police. Follow Bike register on twitter for update! Simple.
Part of our work here looking after Cyclists is looking at images very similar to those in the new book being developed called “Cycling shouldn’t Hurt” by Neil Grayshon. These images are hard viewing, they show how cyclist bodies and lives are changed by simply trying to ride a bike to get from A to B. Neil Grayson’s view is that much of the media focus on statistics and headlines and not individual stories. With these images you cannot help but see the person, imagine their lives and how they will be changed by the bike accident. So if you are going to Spin take time out of all the fun stuff and take a moment to look at Grayshon images. Maybe they could change how society sees cyclists and how we need change on our roads and maybe one way of doing that is documenting each accident and life – one person at a time.