Donna is a Corporate Risk and Insurance Lawyer, specialising in employer liability and public liability claims. She provides advice to insurers, corporates, charities and public bodies.
A graduate of Manchester University, Donna trained at Eversheds in Cardiff and qualified in 1992. She specialised immediately in defendant personal injury litigation and became a Partner in Eversheds in 1997.
She joined Geldards as a Partner in 2003 and is based in our Cardiff office where she heads the Corporate Risk and Insurance team.
She is a member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers.
Donna lives in Aberdare, South Wales with her husband and their two teenage daughters and elderly Labrador.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Clients say she is "excellent and always happy to discuss claims and provide required information," adding that she "gives clients clear advice on the best way forward and is a good strategic thinker.".
Chambers & Partners Directory, 2019
"Head of department Donna Makin is noted for her work on public liability and employers' liability acting for insurers and self-insured companies as well as public sector organisations. She is described as having "excellent up-to-date knowledge and an ability to communicate complex issues in a straightforward manner. She provides first-class, reliable legal advice.""
Chambers & Partners Directory, 2017
"Donna has been our Client Partner for several years; in this capacity she handles all initial requests for advice for Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum Wales. She makes sure that they are passed to the most appropriate lawyer to deal with the issues in hand and ensures that we know the likely cost of the advice in advance. She is always available, quick to respond and inspires confidence that the advice being asked for will be exactly what we want. In her capacity as Partner responsible for personal injury claims, she ensures that we receive swift advice, identifies any means of limiting our liability and provides us with specialist advice which is pragmatic and reliable. Through this process we have successfully defended claims and in other cases negotiated a realistic settlement within the parameters identified in the initial appointment."
Mark Richards, Deputy Director, Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum Wales
"Donna has an excellent understanding of our business. Her clear advice allows us to make quick decisions, which is critical considering the number of claims we have."
Stuart Turner, Group Insurance Manager, Schneider - Electric
"Sources say Donna Makin is "pragmatic and commercially aware" and displays "a particular eye for detail."
Chambers & Partners Directory 2016