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Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

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  1. Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals

Specialist firm Barratts Solicitors is home to considerable expertise in high-end personal injury and clinical negligence litigation. On the personal injury front, the team has a proven track record in cases involving brain and spinal injuries, among others. Damages sustained at birth, GP negligence and surgical mismanagement are examples of specialist areas on the clinical negligence side. Ed Myers is highly recommended, and the team also including Julie Hardy  on the clinical negligence side. Debra Morris departed to join Affinity Law.

Other key lawyers:Ed Myers; Julie Hardy; Emma Zukowska; David Tomlinson; Julie Hardy; Alison Brooks

Acclaimed as ‚Äėextremely professional and efficient‚Äô, Freeths LLP‚Äôs personal injury team¬†places particular emphasis on brain, birth and spinal cord injury work for both children and adults. The firm is also a 'quality outfit in the clinical negligence market‚Äô, with expertise in diagnosis delays, misdiagnoses, surgical errors, incorrect treatment, cosmetic surgery and product liability. The ‚Äėhighly knowledgeable‚Äô Jane Goulding¬†leads the personal injury team. The clinical negligence practice is co-led by¬†Karen Reynolds¬†and¬†Jane Williams; the latter¬†is a 'market leader and go-to expert in her field'.

Practice head(s):Jane Goulding, Jane Williams and Karen Reynolds

Other key lawyers:Gemma Bedford; Adrian Denton


'Adrian Denton is very professional and his knowledge of the system is second to none'.

'They have integrity and common sense. They do not pursue weak points or weak cases'.

'The team is tenacious, meticulous, clearly knowledgeable and willing to help at all times. They are supportive and sympathetic, clear in their explanations and always ready to listen'.

'Jane Goulding is a thorough solicitor and readily recommended.  She is tenacious but fair'.

'Jane Williams never gives up and we know she will keep going until she is satisfied that she has done all she can to get a justified result'.

'Jane Williams stands out as an excellent litigation specialist in the highest value claims'.

Work highlights

  • Acted for the claimant in the landmark case of Webster v Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which emphasised the importance of patient choice in respect of the treatment they receive. This was a successful Royal Courts of Justice appeal where the client, born in 2003, suffered cord compression and a hyptoxic ischaemic injury at birth as a result of the Defendant's failure to find polyhydramnios in his mother's womb.      
  • The firm has handled 14 settled cases for former patients arising from the high-profile surgical malpractice of Roger Bainton.  

Bruce Williams¬†is a key name at Nelsons Solicitors Limited, providing clients with a ‚Äėwealth of experience and a calm nerve‚Äô. He is reputed for his handling of acquired and traumatic severe brain injury cases for children, including birth injury claims. The team is knowledgeable about a broad range of severe and catastrophic injuries on both the personal injury and clinical negligence fronts, including spinal and orthopaedic injuries. Multi-party actions and inquest-related litigation are also areas where the group demonstrates a proven track record.¬†Lisa Preece¬†heads up the team, which comprises of ‚Äėexperienced and shrewd litigators', who are noted for their 'excellent client care‚Äô.

Practice head(s):Lisa Preece

Other key lawyers:Julie Walker; Matthew Olner; Bruce Williams


'Lisa Preece is excellent at building a strong case by getting the details right’.

'Dianne Collins is highly experienced and effective'.

'Bruce Williams' style is quiet, calm and assured. He works economically, without inflating costs. He knows the field of clinical negligence like the back of his hand and applies his experience accordingly'.

Work highlights

  • High-profile matter pertaining to death of a 4 year-old girl following Sepsis.
  • Group action following historical child abuse at Aston Hall.
  • Death following routine surgery due to delays in administering antibiotics, and mistakes in the administration of medicine.

At Shakespeare Martineau LLP, the department undertakes a broad range of clinical negligence and personal injury matters, including birth and brain injuries, wrongful births, delayed cancer diagnoses, spinal injuries and industrial disease cases. Team head Robert Rose  is experienced in claims against negligent healthcare professionals, notably cases involving birth trauma. He is also knowledgeable about associated areas, such as paediatrics, orthopaedics and cardiology.

Practice head(s):Robert Rose

Other key lawyers:Neil Clayton; Steven Baylis; Kathryn Hart

Work highlights

  • Settlement in the High Court of a claim against University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust following a brain injury stemming from negligence during surgery.    
  • Clinical negligence claim against Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust and Dr Fatema Jamil over a minor injured at birth.
  • Clinical negligence claim against NHS West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning after a woman died of multiple organ failure despite being discharged from a care centre.
  • Clinical negligence claim against East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust following a late arrival to a call-out and the subsequent death of the client's baby.
  • Claim against University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust relating to a female patient falling into a diabetic coma, despite being admitted to hospital for monitoring of the condition.

Banner Jones Solicitors' team¬†‚Äėis happy to think outside the box‚Äô and ‚Äėvalues the client as an individual‚Äô. Although the practice is particularly well-known in the area of personal injury, it also undertakes a broad range of clinical negligence work. Matters connected with the loss of life, the loss of a limb, spinal and brain injuries are core areas of focus. Also notable is that practice head Simon Wright¬†is developing a strong reputation for sexual abuse compensation claims. The caseload also consists of road traffic accident, workplace accidents and industrial disease-related claims.

Practice head(s):Simon Wright

Other key lawyers:Robert Banner; Sarah Sadler


'Support staff, especially Sarah Sadler, are very efficient'.

'Communication is always excellent'.

'Individuals within the organisation are contactable and accessible.  They also return calls and emails in a timely manner'.

Work highlights

  • Assisted with the settlement of a claim where the client, an individual with learning difficulties, suffered an injury during the course of employment resulting in an almost complete amputation of his right hand.  
  • Claim of clinical negligence arising from the loss of use in the client's right eye.
  • Personal injury claim arising from a road traffic accident, which eventually led to the amputation of the client's leg.
  • Acting for the widower in a clinical negligence claim where the deceased suffered a cardiac arrest despite being discharged from hospital with no treatment.

Bridge McFarland’s clinical negligence team, which is led by Ian Sprakes, is active on a broad range of matters, such as birth injuries, cerebral palsy and human rights claims, general surgery, cancer treatment and GP negligence. In the personal injury sphere, Kathryn Hudson compliments her niche expertise acting for injured seafarers with experience in amputation and spinal injuries and serious burns. Nicola Evans recently joined from Hudgell Solicitors, and arrives with particular experience in obstetric and gynaecology-related claims.

Practice head(s):Ian Sprakes, Stephen Lambert, Kathyryn Hudson and Danielle Barney


'Bridge McFarland combines a modern, commercial approach to personal injury litigation with the best traditions of a regional firm - friendliness, approachability and dedication to the needs of the client. There is an in-depth expertise in personal injury law, including the most serious of cases. The team knows who to turn to in an given case - they have a real in-depth knowledge of the market when it comes to counsel and experts. They have a burgeoning expertise in asbestos litigation'

'Kathryn Hudson is a stand-out talent. She is a fearless litigator and the client always knows that she will fight for their interests. She has a real depth of experience in catastrophic personal injury, including spinal injury cases and she is an expert in accidents that happen at sea'

'Bridge McFarland have always kept me fully informed at all times'

Clients recommend Shoosmiths LLP¬†‚Äėwithout hesitation‚Äô, with the team being praised as ‚Äėknowledgeable, compassionate and confidence inspiring‚Äô. Andrea Rusbridge¬†leads the department, which is active in all types of clinical negligence matters, such as cerebral palsy claims, spinal injuries, amputation and fatalities.¬†The firm is also home to a well-regarded personal inquiry practice, which demonstrates prowess in brain, spinal and amputation injuries as well as occupational stress, sexual and elderly abuse and military-related claims.

Practice head(s):Andrea Rusbridge

Other key lawyers:Chris McKinney; Sharine Burgess; Sarah Cunliffe


'The practitioners listen and act upon your concerns'.

'The firm has a reputation of being efficient and professional'.

'Everything is centered around the client's interests'.


Work highlights

  • Settlement of £5m for case of compartment syndrome caused by facial surgery.
  • A wrongful birth case in which the baby was revealed to have a complex heart condition soon after birth.  
  • A case of non-diagnosis of tumours and fractures in the client's spine.

JMP Solicitors’ caseload encompasses a broad array of personal injury and clinical negligence and industrial litigation. The team is particularly experienced in handing industrial disease and road traffic accident cases. It also excels in head injuries, misdiagnoses of cancer, negligent dental treatment, still births and amputation matters. In addition, cases involving historical sexual abuse are a strength, so too is the department’s track record of representing vulnerable clients.

Practice head(s):Ian Howard, Yvonne Carratt and Samantha Towle

Work highlights

  • Claim arising from a violent assault of an elderly patient while staying at the defendant's hospital.
  • Representation of a claimant in a serious road traffic accident that resulted in life-changing injuries
  • Representing a pedestrian hit by car resulting in crushed leg injury and amputation.
  • Representing the parents at an inquest following the death of their baby due to delayed medical treatment.
  • Representing a claimant following a misdiagnosis of a serious fracture.

Langleys Solicitors LLP ‚Äėstands out‚Äô through its ‚Äėfocus on the individual needs of the client throughout the duration of the claim‚Äô. The team, headed by Andrew Cragg, handles a broad caseload of clinical negligence matters ranging from those of low value to maximum severity claims. Delays in diagnosis, preventable suicides and surgical errors are among the areas of expertise, as are brain injuries. Helen Rundle and Helen Murphy were both recently promoted to senior associate.

Practice head(s):Andrew Cragg

Other key lawyers:Helen Rundle; Helen Murphy


'Helen Murphy is a very careful and organised legal executive. She has the Langleys knack of knowing when a case is likely to succeed'.

'They are extremely responsive to queries and comments and are focused on what is best for the client at all times'.

'It feels like nothing is too much; they always have time to discuss matters and are very supportive'.


Work highlights

  • Represented the client in a claim for damages worth in excess of £5m and relating to negligently acquired cerebral palsy.
  • A claim for damages against Social Services which settled at £2.2m and related to a child suffering a devastating head injury due to not being received into care.
  • Representing Client LC in a claim for damages worth in excess of £1m and relating to a negligently acquired hypoxic brain injury..
  • Represented the widow of the deceased in a claim for damages that settled in excess of £350,000 and related to a failure to treat a massive retroperitoneal bleed.
  • Representing the client in a claim for damages worth in excess of £1m relating to a delay in diagnosis of a frontal brain abscess, frontal sinusitis, and Potts Puffy tumour.

David Clark, who leads the personal injury practice at Smith Partnership, undertakes a mixed caseload  but is noted for his specific expertise in disease and industrial accident cases. The wider team is also adept in injuries arising from car accidents and criminal assaults. In the clinical negligence space, Martin Bradbury heads up a team with specialist knowledge of brain injuries, misdiagnoses, dental negligence, fatal claims, missed fractures, cosmetic surgery errors and delays in cancer diagnosis.

Practice head(s):David Clark and Martin Bradbury

Other key lawyers:Simon Rowley

Work highlights

  • Assisted a client with obtaining a settlement of £1.5m against NHS, following complication arising from spinal surgery.
  • Assisted a client with obtaining a settlement of £70,000.00 against NHS, following avoidable death of cancer patient seven years earlier than anticipated.
  • Acted for the executors of an elderly lady in a matter arising from neglect in a care home, which led to her death.
  • Acted for a young rugby player where incorrect medical diagnoses on an injured knee led to delay in treatment and curtailment of his playing career.
  • Representing the client in a high value claim for damages for a catastrophic brain injury.

Wilson Browne Solicitors' team is noted for its¬†‚Äėdedication to the case and speed of communication‚Äô. The practice, which is led by Louise Tyler, solely focuses on clinical negligence work. It¬†undertakes a broad range of matters, such as cases involving birth-related injuries, delayed cancer diagnoses, surgical claims and avoidable falls by the elderly. Client representation at inquests is another area of activity.

Practice head(s):Louise Tyler

Other key lawyers:Marianne Stapleton


'It is a friendly firm, which does not confuse clients with complicated terminology'.


'The team works very professionally'


Work highlights

  • Secured damages of £60,000 for a minor who suffered a delayed diagnosis of a scaphoid fracture and fracture of his pubic ramus bone.

Actons' ‚Äėhighly professional‚Äô team provides an ‚Äėefficient prompt service and obtains good results‚Äô. Distinguished through its niche expertise, it has a strong track record in hair and beauty claims, matters involving children, dog attacks, accidents involving horses and falls within retail premises. Tom Payne¬†is hailed for his ‚Äėexpertise‚Äô and ‚Äėopen and honest approach‚Äô, he heads up the practice following the retirement of Gary Chadwick.

Practice head(s):Tom Payne

Other key lawyers:Justine Tyas; Heidi Gleadhill


'Tom Payne's communication is clear and concise'.

'They are open, honest and transparent all the way through the process'.

'All solicitors in the personal injury department are worthy of praise'.

Work highlights

  • Represented a client who developed rhabdomyolysis and chronic fatigue syndrome as a result of an induction session at the gym with a personal trainer who pushed her too hard.
  • Represented a client who fell on a cycle-path, sustaining a personal injury.  
  • Acted for a client in a stress-related claim, arising from bullying at work.
  • Acted for a client who broke a tooth on food served to him in a hotel restaurant.
  • Acted for the claimant, who sustained an injury after being bitten by a dog.

At Rothera Sharp Solicitors, the practice is made up of 'knowledgeable and client centred lawyers’. The work encompasses a broad spectrum of personal injury matters, including public, employer and occupier liability claims. Sports injuries, slips and falls, defective beauty treatments and defective products are key strengths, as are road traffic accidents and cases involving children. Rebecca Emeleus  and Elisabeth Halls jointly lead the department, which undertakes maximum severity cases and possesses a strong track record in claims against the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.

Practice head(s):Elisabeth Halls and Rebecca Emeleus


'Lawyers are prepared to venture out on a limb to represent their clients' best interests.

'Elisabeth Halls is a dedicated litigator who is able to negotiate surprisingly good outcomes for her clients'.

Work highlights

  • Assisted a client with settling a claim for an injury to knee for £100,000 (to include future loss of income).
  • Assisted a client with settling a claim for a back injury for £37,500.

Roythornes Solicitors¬†is home to a ‚Äėknowledgeable and hardworking‚Äô team, noted for its ‚Äėfriendly, approachable and personable staff‚Äô. Both personal injury and clinical negligence instructions form the caseload with core strengths including psychological injuries, substandard care, accidents at work, road traffic accidents and travel claims. A number of vulnerable claimants form the client roster, namely the elderly and those who lack mental capacity. Victoria Stevenson¬†leads the team.

Practice head(s):Victoria Stevenson

Other key lawyers:Tim Edwards; Robert Dempsey


'The client care is very good and they give clear, straight advice'.

'They do a brad range of work, and do it well'.

'Robert Dempsey is personable and trusted by his clients'.

'They are excellent at what they do'.

Work highlights

  • Significant compensation obtained for a client who brought a claim for personal injury damages arising from the negligent delay in investigation, diagnosis and treatment of a post-operative haematoma and Compartment Syndrome in his right leg.
  • Successful representation of a client who suffered from the failure to identify a spinal arterio-venous malformation during an MRI scan.
  • A case where deficiencies in surgery caused the client increased leg pain and swelling, resulting in an osteotomy to correct the original surgery.  
  • Obtaining settlement for a client who fell into a hole when delivering supplies to the defendant's premises.
  • Compensation obtained for the client, a former soldier who suffered eye trauma during an altercation with a fellow soldier at a mess function organised by the MoD.

Amy Smitheringale's team at Spencers Solicitors has a varied workload of catastrophic and complex personal injury claims. Among its areas of expertise are brain and spinal cord injuries, industrial disease, motor-related accidents, amputations, fatalities and whole body burns. Employer, occupier and public liability claims also form the workload, as do a number of clinical negligence matters. Karen Cawood and Steven Barke are new arrivals, joining from SSB Law and Thompsons Solicitors LLP respectively.

Practice head(s):Amy Smithineringale

Other key lawyers:Helen Reynolds; Mary Kay; John Spencer

Work highlights

  • Assisted a client with obtaining a £3.25m settlement following a motorcycle accident.
  • Assisted a pedestrian with obtaining a £135,000 settlement following a road traffic accident.
  • Assisted a client with negotiating an £18,000 settlement following injuries which were caused by an explosion at his work place.
  • Acted for the client in a matter where he suffered a right shoulder dislocation, which the defendant failed to diagnose.
  • Acted for a vulnerable claimant in a matter arising from him jumping from the roof of the defendant’s premises, which resulted in him being tetraplegic.

The ‚Äėdedicated team of professionals‚Äô at Wilkin Chapman LLP¬†¬†‚Äėleaves no stone unturned in their pursuit of justice‚Äô. Jonathan Baker¬†leads the clinical negligence practice, which operates across the full range of medical negligence matters, including brain and birth-related injuries. On the personal injury front, department heads Mark Robinson¬†and Tean Butcher¬†specialise in Ministry of Defence and highway claims, in addition to employer liability.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Baker, Mark Robinson and Tean Butcher


'It is particularly strong in claims by serving and ex-service men and woman against the MOD'.


Work highlights

  • Representing a brain-injured Claimant whose injuries would have been avoided with reasonable treatment.
  • Represented a child who suffered a Grade 3 brachial plexus injury at birth.
  • Represented client in personal injury claim where client suffered fibromyalgia as a result of injuries sustained in a RTA
  • Representing a child who suffers from cerebral palsy arising out of the management of labour.
  • Representing a university student who has suffered permanent nerve damage and brain injury as a result of a delay in diagnosis and subsequent treatment of encephalitis.

Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

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  1. Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

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Browne Jacobson LLP provides 'an excellent and timely service’ to a roster of health, social care, commercial insurance and local authority clients. In the clinical negligence space, the group has expertise in cerebral palsy and other matters involving brain damage and catastrophic injuries. The firm's personal injury work includes cases involving sexual and physical abuse, as well as highway and Human Rights Act matters. Elsewhere, the firm's strength in child abuse litigation has recently seen it generate work from faith organisations, as well as clients from the sports and education sectors. Lorna Hardman and Susan Mabbott jointly lead the team. Sarah Erwin-Jones is another notable figure.

Practice head(s):Lorna Hardman and Susan Mabbott

Other key lawyers:Simon Tait; Sarah Erwin-Jones; James Arrowsmith;


'They seem capable of taking a good overview of a case and, unlike some other firms, do not become embroiled in detail and lose perspective'.

'They always have the interests of their clients at the front of their minds'.

'Fee-earners are always well prepared and sensible in the advice they give'.

'Sarah Erwin-Jones, is a stand out practitioner. She has a significant amount of experience and is a formidable opponent'.

'Lorna Hardman is an excellent partner, who has specialised in medical law since the start of her career. She is a very good lawyer who has superb commercial judgment'.

'Sarah Erwin-Jones is the partner managing the abuse team. She is clear and concise in her advice, and practical and approachable. Her team includes experienced associates who are also very knowledgeable and appreciate the wider aspects at play in claims of this nature'.

'The firm was one of the first in the country to develop a real specialism in the area of child abuse and social services negligence litigation. The insurance team in Nottingham has been at the forefront of this area of law for more than 25 years'


Key Clients


Birmingham City Council

Derbyshire County Council

EM LawShare

Environment Agency

Gallagher Bassett International Limited

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust


Insurance London Consortium


Lincolnshire County Council

Markel (UK) Limited

Medical Protection Society

Municipal Mutual Insurance

Natural England

NHS Resolution

Norfolk County Council

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

NPS Wales

Peterborough City Council

Resolute Management

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Southend University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Stoke City Council

Suffolk County Council

The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust

University Hospital of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Acted for NFU Mutual Insurance Services Ltd in the successful recovery of costs in a precedent-setting case involving allegations of fraud.
  • Successfully defended NHS Resolution in a case where the claimant had sustained nerve injury as a result of hip surgery.
  • Represented Leicester City Council in a precedent-setting case on multi-agency meetings; leave is being sought to appeal to the Court of Appeal.
  • Assisted NHS Resolution /Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust with negotiating a settlement in a brain damage case, which saved the NHS several million pounds.
  • Acted for University Hospitals of Derby and Burton at a high-profile inquest into the death of a 48 year old mother of three from an undiagnosed sub-arachnoid haemorrhage (i.e. a bleed on the brain).

Flint Bishop LLP's practitioners¬†are ‚Äėtrained to a high standard, highly professional and intensely enthusiastic‚Äô. The team is adept in all forms of defendant insurance litigation, representing a client base which includes government agencies, insurance companies and national self-insured corporations. Its portfolio of work includes several complex large loss claims involving catastrophic injuries, such as those arising from road traffic accidents (RTAs), among other scenarios. Fraudulent personal injury claims and industrial disease cases are also areas of activity.¬†Qamer Ghafoor¬†leads the rapidly growing practice, which recently expanded further with the arrivals of Kiran Ryatt and Laura O‚ÄôConnor from DAC Beachcroft LLP and Weightmans LLP respectively.

Practice head(s):Qamer Ghafoor

Other key lawyers:Raj Sumal; Jonathan Gilbert


'Raj Sumal and Andrew Whiting are true experts in their field. They have a robust approach, vast experience and detailed knowledge'.

Key Clients

Haven Insurance

The core areas of focus at Weightmans LLP include disease, large loss and casualty personal injury matters. Another cornerstone of the practice involves acting for the police and public authorities. Dave Cottam heads up the team, whose other clients include fire services, housing providers and education establishments. Cottam exclusively undertakes catastrophic personal injury claims, including matters involving spinal and brain injuries, paralysis, amputation and chronic pain. Also knowledgeable about catastrophic personal injury cases is Clare Malpus. Paul Debney, who leads a specialist disease counter fraud team, advises local authorities, insurance companies and corporates.

Practice head(s):Dave Cottam

Other key lawyers:Paul Debney; Andrew Clarke; Clare Malpus;

Key Clients


Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB)

NHS Resolution

Cooperative Insurance

AIG Europe Insurance

Ageas Insurance

Tesco Insurance

Sabre Insurance

Collingwood Insurance

First Central Insurance

AXAXL Insurance

Travelers Insurance

Insure the Box

Liberty Mutual Insurance



Enterprise Rent A Car


Rolls Royce

Work highlights

  • Acted for AXAXL in Swift v Carpenter, which is the leading case on accommodation claims. The case arose from the claimant sustaining a below knee amputation in a road traffic accident.
  • Represented AIG Europe Insurance in a  noise induced hearing loss claim that was struck out for dishonesty.
  • Represented the Highway Authority in an important case that established that, in erecting a warning sign , it was under no duty to prevent that sign becoming obscured by adjacent vegetation.
  • Acted for Zurich Insurance in a noise-induced hearing loss claim that was discontinued after evidence was obtained about the claimant's dishonesty in relation to his date of knowledge.
  • Acted for AXAXL in the Supreme Court in the leading case on compensation for sensitivity to platinum salts.

Professional negligence

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  1. Professional negligence
  2. Leading individuals

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Browne Jacobson LLP, whose team has expertise in every stage of the lifecycle of an insurance claim, assists clients 'in a fast and efficient manner’. Jonathan Newbold, who is an expert in policy coverage matters, serves as the practice head. He is experienced in assisting underwriters with policy wording and insurers on strategy and risk management. Elsewhere in the team, Marlene Henderson has specialist knowledge of indemnity issues affecting professional indemnity policies and management liability portfolio policies. The group defends surveyors and valuers, estate agents, lawyers, accountants, designers and renewable energy consultants, among others.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Newbold

Other key lawyers:Marlene Henderson; Nik Carle


'The response times are good when requests are submitted for information'.

'They have an excellent understanding of unique industries'

'The team give practical, sensible and high quality advice which balances the legal position against the commercial reality of cases.  They are an extremely friendly team who are easy to work with an provide an excellent service'.

'The practice combines a programmatic awareness of its clients' commercial imperatives with legal excellence'.

'Jonathan Newbold is a standout individual who is charming, intelligent and adept at managing the most challenging situations'.

'The team there excels in its assessments of not just the merits, legal and factual, but also the commerciality of litigation'.

'The team's familiarity with recent developments in the law is impressive'.

'Marlene Henderson is excellent'.


Key Clients


Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund

Pen Underwriting

International Insurance Company of Hannover SE

Arthur J Gallagher Insurance Brokers Ltd

Aston Scott Lark


Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Royal Institute of British Architects

Work highlights

  • The firm is acting for the actuaries of a pension scheme, and their primary and excess layer insurers, in a high value, multi-party, complex piece of pensions litigation.
  • The firm is advising on a claim against an agent acting in sale of a high-end property in London.

At Flint Bishop LLP, department head Qamer Ghafoor is well-versed in professional negligence claims against solicitors, brokers, accountants and surveyors. His team also demonstrates prowess in disputes arising from corporate and commercial property transactions, as well as claims surfacing in the context of trusts and estates. Instructed by individuals and businesses alike, the practice solely undertakes claimant-led instructions.

Practice head(s):Qamer Ghafoor

Other key lawyers:Nick Wells; Lorna Trueman

Key Clients

Henry Boot Developments

Work highlights

  • Acting for a business client in a claim against a quantity surveyor valued at over £9m.
  • Advising a significant brand in relation to a potential negligence claim against former solicitors which alleges breach of fiduciary duties by a director, breach of supply agreements and breach of lease agreements.
  • Advising the executors of and estate, worth a six figure sum, in relation to a negligence claim against solicitors who drafted the deceased’s last will.
  • Advising the beneficiaries of an estate worth a six figure sum upon negligence in relation to the administration of their deceased’s father’s estate.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited's client roster includes high-net-worth individuals, sports professionals and property businesses. It handles claims against solicitors and barristers, financial advisers, insurance brokers, surveyors and architects, among others. It has a notable specialism in defending professionals against claims where there is no insurance cover in place or where cover has been reserved. Although it predominantly acts for claimants, the team is also engaged by insurance companies on the defendant side. Daniel Brumpton heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):Daniel Brumpton

Other key lawyers:Cathryn Selby; Chris Adams

Work highlights

  • The firm is acting for the claimants in a group action for breach of duty against GPC SIPP Limited & Guardian Pensions Trustees Limited, being pension administrators and trustees.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP undertakes professional negligence claims against various professionals, such as solicitors, accountants, barristers, independent financial advisers, surveyors and pension trustees. Matters involving SIPP operators, as well as mortgage and insurance brokers, are also cornerstones of the practice. A key figure is legal director Kendal Litherland, whose practice is almost exclusively geared towards acting for claimants. The arrival of Anton Letten from Smith Partnership recently bolstered the practice. Martin Noble is the team head.

Practice head(s):Martin Noble

Other key lawyers:Kendal Litherland

Work highlights

  • Represented a private client in a landmark case establishing the liability of a SIPP operator.

Noted for the ‚Äėbreadth of its expertise‚Äô, Smith Partnership‚Äôs claimant-focused practice is well-equipped to represent both private individuals and corporate entities. Claims against financial service providers, accountants, architects, surveyors and builders, trade unions and lawyers are undertaken by the team, which is led by Alison Neate. She is praised as ‚Äėexceptional, committed, diligent and commercial‚Äô.

Practice head(s):Alison Neate


'Every member of the team goes the extra mile'.

'They are always on top of their cases, developing good relationships with their clients and ensuring they receive an excellent service'.

'Alison Neate's commitment to the client is unrivalled and she will always do her utmost to secure the best outcome for them'.

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