Damon Parker - Director
Damon is one of the founding members of the firm and leads the firm's litigation department. He has established the firm's innovative approach to litigation case management and litigation funding. He was listed in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 in 2016 and is recommended in Chambers & Partners as one of the leading practitioners in his field.
Damon has shaped the firm’s approach to litigation and the use of litigation funding, ensuring that the focus is on helping those who might otherwise be prevented from bringing a claim against large corporations. This has included the many shareholders in the Arch Cru and Lloyds cases who lost their life savings and pensions as a result of the investments.
Damon is a member of ACTAPS (Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists). He is also on the board of AMAR, an award winning charity that works in the Middle East, building and improving the lives and livelihoods of some of the world’s poorest and disadvantaged people. Damon plays an active part in the management of the Elliot Foundation, a charitable multi-academy trust specialising in primary academies.
Edward Parkes - Director
Edward has extensive experience of group and multi-party litigation on behalf of large groups of claimants: he was involved in litigation against Capita Financial Managers Limited on behalf of two thousand investors in the Arch cru funds and he assists in the ongoing and widely publicised claim brought by 6,000 Lloyds Bank shareholders in connection with losses they suffered when the bank acquired HBOS in 2009.
Edward has acted for investors bringing claims in relation to the mis-selling of investments and in complaints to the Financial Ombudsman Service and Financial Services Compensation Scheme. He also has experience in reputation management having acted on a number of privacy, defamation and harassment cases. Edward has litigated in the Chancery Division, the Queen’s Bench Division and the Court of Appeal, and he also has experience in various forms of dispute resolution including extensive experience of mediation.
Edward joined Harcus Sinclair as a trainee solicitor in 2009 and qualified in 2011. He was made an associate of the firm in 2014 and a partner in 2017.
Emily Fernando - Solicitor
Emily is a solicitor in the litigation department with particular expertise in group litigation. Emily joined Harcus Sinclair’s litigation team in 2010 as a paralegal and went on to specialise in commercial and financial services litigation as a litigation manager.
During her time as a litigation manager, Emily project-managed a number of group claims. These included the CF Arch cru GLO claims on behalf of two thousand claimants, many of whom had lost their life savings.
Emily qualified as a solicitor in 2016. Emily read History of Art at the University of Bristol before completing the GDL and Bar Vocational Course at City University. She completed the Legal Practice Course at BPP in 2015.
Jennifer Cassidy - Litigation Manager
Jennifer is a litigation manager specialising in group litigation. She is responsible for managing the firm’s team of litigation paralegals and is involved in project managing the litigation department's group claims. She has worked on group claims that range in size from a few hundred claimants to approximately forty thousand.
Jennifer also has experience assisting with appellate work in the Privy Council, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Jennifer joined Harcus Sinclair as a paralegal in September 2014. Prior to joining the firm Jennifer worked as an adjudicator at the Financial Ombudsman Service.
Jennifer studied Law and German Law at the University of Exeter and spent her fourth year at the Universität des Saarlandes in Saarbrücken. She subsequently completed the Bar Vocational Course at College of Law.
Dipo Osikoya - Associate
Dipo joined Harcus Sinclair UK Limited in December 2019. Prior to that he worked for Slater and Gordon where he undertook work on a range of employment related matters some of which included complex discrimination, equal pay and dismissal claims.
Sophie Clarke - Associate
Sophie qualified as a solicitor in Australia in 2016 while working as an associate to a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland. She then practised in commercial litigation and insolvency in Brisbane before relocating to the UK in August 2018.
Before joining the team at Harcus Sinclair in November 2019, Sophie worked in house for a large financial services company in their litigation and regulatory team.