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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.

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