Meet The Team

Veronica Downing BA (hons) Dip COT

Veronica qualified in 1976 in Occupational Therapy, and has over 30 years experience as an Occupational Therapist working in brain injury and stroke rehabilitation, general rehabilitation of physical and neurological conditions with the elderly, children and adults with learning disability. She continues her clinical practice with individual assessment and rehabilitation of clients with varied conditions. She graduated with an Honours Degree in Psychology in 1991. In 1994 she established her private practice as a Consultant in Occupational Therapy and Expert Witness, providing assessment, advice and treatment services. She has Court experience and is instructed equally on behalf of claimants and defendants and also single joint instructions. She was Lawyer Monthly occupational therapy Expert of the Year 2016

Justine Fawcett BSc (Hons) Dip COT

Justine qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1991 and in 1996 gained an Honours Degree in Health Studies. She has wide clinical experience in the rehabilitation of people with acquired brain injury, neurological diseases, burns and hand injuries, elderly rehabilitation, amputation and orthopaedic conditions. She has continuous clinical practice, specialising in the rehabilitation of adults with acquired brain injury as the Head Occupational Therapist and Clinical Specialist within a specialist community rehabilitation service. She joined Veronica Downing Associates in 2001, is Expert Witness Accredited, has Court experience and is equally instructed for claimant defendant and jointly instructed cases.

Maggie Humphries Dip COT

Maggie qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1988. She has worked within the Health and Voluntary sectors in both community and hospital settings. She is an experienced Occupational Therapist whose work has included rehabilitation of elderly and adult mental health conditions, orthopaedics and surgical conditions, stroke rehabilitation, adults with HIV and AIDS, adults with learning disabilities, oncology and palliative care. She continues to specialise in cancer care. In 2001 she joined Veronica Downing Associates, is Expert Witness Accredited, and has experience of working for claimant, defendant and jointly instructed cases.

Lucy Martensz BSc (Hons)

Lucy qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1999 from Oxford Brookes University. Her clinical skills include providing high quality occupational therapy assessment and intervention to people with complex conditions, spinal injury, work related issues, mental health, stress/anxiety and learning disability. She is experienced in postural care assessment. She currently works as an independent occupational therapist providing services to adults with a variety of conditions.

Lucy has undergone Expert Witness training through Veronica Downing Associates since joining in 2016 and has prepared reports on behalf of the Claimant and Defendant.

Jo Featherstone

Jo qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2000 from the University of East Anglia. She has extensive clinical experience of assessment and rehabilitation in the areas of neurology, paediatrics, rheumatology, general medicine and acquired brain injury. She continues her clinical practice in community rehabilitation with adults.

Jo has prepared reports on behalf of the Claimant and has undergone Expert Witness training through Veronica Downing Associates since joining in 2017.

Hubert Sakkariyas

Hubert qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2000 with a Bachelors degree from SRM College of OT in Chennair, India. He gained an MSc in Psychology in 2003 and is undertaking a Masters degree in Neuro-rehabilitation. He has specialised in Neuro-rehabilitation, gaining wide past experience working in complex trauma and orthopaedics, elderly medicine, cancer and palliative care. He continues his clinical practice as a Clinical Specialist Occupational Therapist in Neuro-rehabilitation working with in-patients and in the community.

Hubert has prepared reports for the court and on behalf of the Claimant and has Court Experience. He has undergone Expert Witness training through Veronica Downing Associates.

Dawn Crafer

Dawn qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1996 from the University of East Anglia. She has extensive clinical experience in the areas of community rehabilitation, with a special interest in rheumatology, chronic fatigue and pain management, and out-patient services. She currently practices in hand therapy and rehabilitation and in rheumatology which are her particular areas of expertise and interest.

Dawn has undergone Expert Witness training through Veronica Downing Associates since joining in 2017.

Jennifer Youngs

Company PA