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'For high-value, high-complexity claims the overall level of service is good, the team is responsive and its knowledge is excellent', say clients of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. Among the firm's clients are large corporates and public entities including National Grid PLC, HSBC, McCain Foods, Turkish Airlines and Moulson Coors Brewing. Paul Coppin leads the corporate claims team in which Nicola Lashmar , who has more than 20 years' experience in this field of law, is highly recommended. Coppin is leading the representation of Anglian Water in a number of claims arising from the a serious flooding incident in 2015, when Kirkley Stream burst its banks following a period of extremely heavy rainfall, affecting 33 properties in the vicinity. He also advised Legal and General Insurance on a complex and high-value claim arising from an accident at a family BBQ, in which the claimant sustained 38% total body surface area burns. Claimant solicitors put in an a schedule of loss at short notice claiming just under £5m after liability had been conceded in the belief that a £2m insurance indemnity would be sufficient. Senior associate Kirsten Almond is 'very thorough and considers all angles'. Senior legal assistant Carl Hurle is 'very user-friendly and responsive and often acts as an extension of the in-house team'. Senior associate Mark Milkovics has more than 25 years' experience in personal injury work and he recently defended  Union Hosteleria, trading as Hotels Holiday Parks, against a claim brought by a teenager who suffered a serious spinal injury  as a result of falling through the glass floor of her hotel balcony.

Hunt & Coombs LLP has a large personal injury team that handles both defendant and claimant work. It is the only firm in Peterborough to handle the full range of defence litigation for both insurance companies and self-insured organisations. It also has in-house experience in costs, which means insurer clients do not have to bear the expense of an external costs draftsman. Practice head Naina Tilney has nearly 30 years' experience in personal injury law and specialises in complex and high-value claims, among which are those arising from amputations, brain injuries, serious orthopaedic injuries and complex psychiatric injuries. Her caseload consists exclusively of multi-track claims. Her six-lawyer team includes senior litigation executive Darren Fletcher and senior solicitor Richard Moon. The practice recently defended a self-insured company against a claim by a man who injured his non-dominant hand, in which a favourable settlement was reached without the need for an expensive joint settlement meeting. She is currently defending a claim against a logistics company brought by a client who injured his foot in an accident at work.

Taylor Rose TTKW focuses exclusively on costs disputes arising from successful compensation claims where the law enables claimants to recover the fees paid to lawyers for representation. Clients remark that 'response times are good and the lawyers are always available for ad hoc telephone queries as and when costs issues arise'. As part of Matthew Hoe's litigation team, bill drafting manager Catherine Rickett acts for insurers and other clients in the negotiation and recovery of costs, drafting costs budgets, and limiting the amount of costs to be paid upon conclusion of an unsuccessful claim. In 2017, the firm saved its insurer clients more than £16m.

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