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Clinical negligence: claimant

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Clients trust Ashtons Legalto make good decisions and do an excellent job’, thanks in no small part to ‘shrewd practitioner’ Sandra Patton, who has ‘deep tactical and technical knowledge’. Leading practitioner Tom Cook (whose ‘exceptional interpersonal skills make for excellent client relationships’) secured £5m for a victim of avoidable respiratory collapse. Newly promoted partner Sharon Allison is ‘a tenacious warrior and fearless crusader for her clients’. The firm has strong associates in the ‘hardworking, sensible and sympathetic’ Julie Crossley, Carole Watts, who ‘always gets the best for her clients’, and the ‘thoughtful and reliable’ Amanda Cavanagh.

For some, Irwin Mitchell’s Cambridge office has ‘the premier practice in East Anglia’ and is ‘able to manage cases of the highest value and complexity’. Guy Forster is ‘a leader in his field and is superb with clients’ and Sarah Wealleans is ‘experienced, knowledgeable and fantastic with clients’. Together they are representing a child with cerebral palsy following a delay in diagnosing and treating hypoglycaemia. Forster is also representing the parents of a baby who died at birth due to a mismanaged breech delivery.

Tees Law is ‘a truly great firm’ with ‘a competent, committed, professional and friendly’ team that includes Paul Taylor, who exhibits ‘huge expertise, thoroughness and great compassion’, and Janine Collier who is ‘sensible, highly intelligent and has unswerving commitment to clients’. Also recommended are the ‘bright, energetic, hardworking and dedicated’ Adam Copeland and gynaecology specialist David Gabell, who has ‘exceptional analytical foresight’. Collier secured a 100% liability settlement against Cambridge University Hospitals Trust for a brain-injured adult.

Gotelee Solicitors is noted for its ‘excellent service provided by helpful and intelligent experts’. Tim Humpage (who ‘always finds ways to solve problems’) and Diana Infanti handled several birth injury claims including two of the utmost severity. Other key figures include Sian Mullane, who is ‘fantastically persistent and very clear in her communication’ and chartered legal executive Chris Moffat, who is advising a single mother given negligent intravenous immunology.

Scrivenger Seabrook Limited is a niche claimant injury firm focused largely on complex clinical negligence matters. Tenacious and vastly experienced litigator Vicki Seabrook recently secured payments totalling £9m for a brain-injured child.

Slater and Gordon is ‘one of the leaders in its field’. Tim Deeming, who joined from Irwin Mitchell to lead the clinical negligence team, recovered £10m-plus substantial annual payments for a baby injured at birth and more than £2m for a client who suffered a spinal injury during hip replacement surgery.

The best in Peterborough’, Buckles Solicitors LLP is noted for providing ‘a thorough and methodical approach to claims’. Team head Roger Clarke is pursuing a £2m claim against a London hospital for a client left brain damaged at birth in the 1960s. Associate Martin Herson is handling a £300,000 claim against a GP for failure to diagnose prostate cancer.

At Fosters, Stephen Green recovered £60,000 for the widow of a man who died after delays in diagnosis for heart disease. He also secured £50,000 for a client who sustained two shoulder injuries and attended a walk-in medical centre where the severity of the injuries was not recognised. Consultant Heather Duffy is a former nurse and midwife with over 15 years’ experience.

GMS Law Ltd is ‘a competent and competitive firm providing specialist clinical negligence advice’. The ‘very industrious and intelligent’ Penny Horne settled a claim for a man who lost his partner to sepsis and ischemia after a hospital failed to treat peripheral vascular disease.

Key practitioners at Morgan Jones & Pett include David Jones and Sara Westwood, who is on the Law Society Panel of Clinical Negligence Specialists and who secured £550,000 for a man left unable to work after negligent bowel surgery.

At Hansells, APIL-accredited senior litigator and consultant Pamela Hoare and clinical negligence specialist Jane Stockings are recommended for their high degree of client service and for their advice to disabled children and brain-injured adults.

At Rogers and Norton, Tim Nobbs and Mark Hambling handled claims for misdiagnosis, failure to spot fractures, birth injury, delays in treatment and negligent laparoscopic surgery.

Clinical negligence: defendant

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A market leader’, Kennedys is ‘very responsive to the needs of the client’. NHSLA-nominated partner Robert Tobin and senior associate Camilla Long (who is ‘bright, on the ball and incredibly nice’) successfully defended a £5m birth injury claim against Barts Health NHS Trust. Amanda Mead is noted for her ability to ‘see issues clearly and for her empathy’. Recommended solicitors include former doctor Debra Sexton (who has ‘excellent knowledge of medical issues’), and Ross Bell and Laura Ringrose, who ‘know how to fight their clients’ cases robustly’.

Clients get a central London quality of service at a regional price’ from Stephen King’s team at Mills & Reeve LLP, which has ‘unbelievable technical knowledge’. King acted alongside associate Flora McCabe in defending a £300,000 claim for negligent hip surgery.

Personal injury: claimant

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Ashtons Legal’s team is ‘unequalled in client service – diligent and hardworking, it provides a better service than most larger national firms and is a delight to work with’. Key figures include ‘extremely good negotiator’ Richard Foyster; ‘exceptional all-rounder’ Michael Wangermann, who ‘charms his opponents into submission’; Hannah Clarke, who handled a £1m catastrophic workplace accident case; and ‘tireless and resourceful’ associate Tom Ranson, who is ‘amongst the best in his field’.

For some, Irwin Mitchell is ‘undoubtedly a market leader for claimant work in the region’. The ‘indefatigableNeil Whiteley is ‘painstaking in his preparation’, and Ruth Booy, who joined from Minster Law Limited, is ‘a polished practitioner and a strong advocate’. She advised on a high-value RTA matter involving spinal and brain injuries. Also recommended are Rosemary Giles, who has ‘real expertise in asbestos disease cases’, and Simon Harrington, who is ‘enormously experienced in military PI’.

Slater and Gordon’s personal injury team is ‘very experienced in dealing with extremely complex cases’. The 22-lawyer team includes prominent practitioners Emma Truin (who is ‘very approachable and thorough’), Paul Tapner, who is ‘an excellent tactician and very experienced in adult TBI cases’, Angela Beric, who is singled out for her experience in cases involving children, and military claims expert Richard Gaffney. ‘Very thorough, sensible and efficient’ associate Mick Upton and Court of Protection lead Jocelyn Fox (who is ‘one of the best in her field in the UK’) are also recommended.

At Buckles Solicitors LLP, Roger Clarke’s team of ‘down-to-earth, sensible lawyers’ stands out for its ‘vast experience’. Associate Martin Herson is ‘undoubtedly one of the finest injury lawyers in Peterborough’; he is pursuing an £800,000 claim on behalf of a man who suffered head injuries causing cognitive restriction in a motorcycle accident.

Robert Gair of Ellisons Solicitors is ‘one of the most impressive PI solicitors; he is extremely thorough and knowledgeable and fights fearlessly for his clients’. Gair is advising a headteacher on a £500,000 stress at work claim, and for a client pursuing a six-figure claim for a knee injury suffered on a site he visited for work.

Gotelee Solicitors fields a ‘small but capable team with particular expertise in asbestos cases’. Clients praise James Davies’ ‘good judgement’ and Sian Mullane’s ‘thorough and efficient approach’. Davies secured £200,000 for an employee injured in a team-building exercise. Associate Howard Bush is one to watch.

Hunt & Coombs LLPimpresses with its friendliness and efficiency’. Naina Tilney, who ‘provides very clear instructions and responds quickly’, secured £1.25m for a client who required a full leg amputation. ‘Efficient, straightforward’ senior solicitor Richard Moon is one to watch. The team is supported by in-house barrister Davide Corbino.

Niche claimant injury firm Scrivenger Seabrook Limited has a small team that nevertheless competes on quality with larger practices. Marc Folgate’s practice prioritises high-value cases involving brain and spinal injury, complex regional pain syndrome and industrial disease.

Stephen Green leads the team at Fosters and is handling a number of stress at work claims. Solicitors Lynn Satchell, who secured £20,000 for a client who slipped on the floor of a shop, and Barry Grogan, who handled a £23,00 claim for a client injured at work, are also recommended.

GMS Law Ltd’s practice is led by ‘highly competent litigator’ Richard Clegg and includes asbestos specialist Stephanie Mort. Mort succeeded in settling a complex asbestosis case for multiple defendants in which their employer not only denied negligence, but also disputed the diagnosis.

At Hegarty LLP, Sean Rowcliffe has over 20 years’ experience in PI and is pursuing a claim for a client who suffered head injury as a child due to defective bicycle brakes. Andrew Hornsby is also recommended.

Key figures at Leathes Prior include David Richards, who is known for ‘excellent client care’, and Tim Cary, who oversees the team handling motor claims across the UK. Cary and Richards secured £300,000 from a mental health organisation in a stress at work claim.

Rogers and Norton’s Tim Nobbs has a busy caseload of multi-track matters including RTA and injury at work claims. He advised a client injured while working at a theme park. Mark Hambling has represented numerous clients in asbestos and mesothelioma cases.

Cozens-Hardy LLP is a respected adviser to clients with traumatic brain injuries. Damian Short is ‘clear, approachable and responds quickly – he is one of the best in any region’. Associate Jane Gilbert is also recommended.

At Howes Percival LLP, ‘seasoned PI practitioner’ Paul Kirby ‘has a track record of excellent results’ and was recently appointed by a longstanding trade union client to handle all PI matters. His caseload includes serious RTA and injury at work claims.

Fraser Dawbarns is noted for its ‘excellent face-to-face service for local clients’. Steve McGregor, Neil John and Janet Lane ‘bring a wealth of experience and quality service at a reasonable rate’.

At Hansells, APIL member Shelyna Mariscal has over 20 years’ experience and is regional coordinator of the Motor Accident Solicitors Society.

Hatch Brenner LLP’s Colin Cook ‘particularly impresses with his willingness to take on risky cases and get favourable results’.

At Mears Hobbs & Durrant, qualified psychotherapist and professional deputy Angus Lyon has 35 years’ litigation experience, of which 20 have been spent in the PI field. He handles serious injury and high-value RTA matters alongside psychiatric damage claims, including PTSD.

Personal injury: defendant

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Eversheds LLP stands out for its ‘pragmatic advice, good knowledge and personable service’, and the ‘immensely client-focusedPaul Coppin and Nicola Lashmar are singled out as ‘experts in their field’. Coppin is defending a multimillion-pound claim for The Royal Parks following injury to a boy hit by a falling branch.

At Hunt & Coombs LLP, lead PI partner Naina Tilney settled a £500,000 claim for £13,000 plus solicitors’ costs for a corporate client and persuaded a leading insurer to cover a large part of the client’s outlay. The team is supported by in-house barrister Davide Corbino.

Mills & Reeve LLP’s Sarah Garrood defends NHS trusts at inquests and tribunal hearings.

Professional negligence

Mills & Reeve LLP’s lawyers ‘know their stuff, are experts in professional negligence work and are utterly reliable’. The ‘very experienced and able team’ includes Stephen King and ‘very competent’ associate Andrew Hipper, who together defended a £1m claim against solicitors and insurers; Guy Hodgson and Clare Howard, who together acted in a £400,000 claim against solicitors; and Neil Davies, who is a ‘calm and commercially savvy expert in surveyor’s negligence’.

Ashtons Legal has a strong team of litigators in Rob Adam, Mark Merriam and Polly Stephenson. Highlights included bringing a claim against solicitors for breach of duty of care, and a further claim against solicitors who advised on the termination of a lease.

Birketts LLP’s team includes ‘outstanding litigatorMax Roessler, Paul Matthews and property litigation specialist John Scannell. Highlights included a claim against a will writing company over a trust deed, and defending a £100,000 claim against a mortgage broker.

Experienced solicitor-advocate James Maxey, CEDR-accredited mediator Paul Branch and associate Nick Porter are the key figures at Buckles Solicitors LLP, which handles disputes against solicitors, architects, surveyors and property consultants. In one highlight, Maxey settled a negligent conveyancing claim at mediation.

GMS Law Ltd provides ‘a level of expertise, candour and sound legal reasoning rarely experienced with other firms’. Richard Clegg is ‘unquestionably a man of complete integrity’; he successfully settled a significant claim against an independent financial adviser.

At Fosters, newly promoted partner Chris Fielding now supports senior partner and veteran litigator Adrian Newborough. Highlights included a claim against accountants for negligent tax advice on property transactions.

At Greene & Greene, ‘skilful litigator’ and head of dispute resolution Michael Batty acted in a £100,000 claim against a firm of archaeologists, and a £200,000 claim against solicitors arising from the purchase of a building plot.

Highlights for Mike Barlow at Leathes Prior included advising a national provider of waste and recycling services on a professional negligence claim against a provider of accountancy services.

At Morgan Jones & Pett, David Jones now focuses almost exclusively on professional negligence matters and is singled out for his ‘hard work and fantastic service’.

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