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β€˜Fantastic niche firm’ Barratts Solicitors is β€˜one of the best in the country’, advising solely on personal injury and clinical negligence cases of maximum severity, such as cerebral palsy and birth injury, spinal and brain injury, and delayed diagnosis and treatment. The clinical negligence department, led by Alison Brooks, is currently investigating quantum of a wrongful birth claim for a child born with severe microcephaly and suffering from cerebral palsy, epilepsy and other health complications. In Peppard v Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the team claimed damages for paraplegia resulting from delayed diagnosis and treatment of cord compression and venous thrombophlebitis. Emma Zukowska represented a patient of George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust in a trial contested on liability arising from delayed diagnosis of appendicitis followed by peritonitis. The β€˜intelligent, tactically astute and hardworking’ Julie Hardy, praised as a β€˜model solicitor’, settled claims for delayed diagnosis of pulmonary hypertension, glaucoma and ectopic pregnancy. Court of Protection specialist Julie Greenwood is claiming delay in delivery and resuscitation resulting in dyskinetic cerebral palsy. Personal injury practice head Ed Myers handled litigation proceedings arising from a fatal road traffic accident of a British citizen in France and represented two healthcare workers claiming assault in the workplace against their employer. Other work on the personal injury side included serious road traffic accidents and asbestosis claims. David Tomlinson is also recommended, as is associate Debra Morris, who heads the Derby office. Malcolm Goff has retired.

Freeths LLP is a β€˜regional leader’, where the team demonstrates β€˜consummate skill, client care and relentless attention to detail’, placing it β€˜head and shoulders’ above competitors. With β€˜unrivalled’ experience, Jane Williams is β€˜feared by opponents and loved by clients’ in high-value surgical and birth claims, and the β€˜fantastic’ Karen Reynolds specialises in obstetrics, gynaecology and severe birth injury cases and is praised as β€˜down to earth, highly intelligent and willing to goes the extra mile’. Also recommended are Siobhan Genever, a β€˜confident and experienced litigator with great client care skills’, and consultant Paul Balen, who is a β€˜stalwart of clinical negligence with second-to-none tactical experience’, particularly in product liability and cosmetic surgery claims. On the personal injury side, the team has a β€˜well-deserved reputation in the market’ and a solid track record representing children and adults with sustained brain and other catastrophic injuries. β€˜One of the best’ Jane Goulding β€˜uses her guile, experience and unfailing devotion to fight tooth and nail for her personal injury clients’.

The β€˜highly professional and diligent’ team at Nelsons Solicitors Limited is a β€˜leader in the field’. β€˜Big enough to be excellent, not too large to be impersonal’, the group handles complex personal injury and clinical negligence matters with a focus on catastrophic injury and group actions. β€˜First-class solicitor’ Bruce Williams, who leads the medico-legal department, has β€˜excellent antennae for difficult issues and an ability to hold a case together between counsel and experts’. Williams’ highlights included obtaining a favourable settlement despite initial denial of liability in a birth injury case pertaining to negligent delivery and resulting in severe quadriplegic athetoid cerebral palsy. In other work, Julie Walker acted for a claimant seriously injured in a multi-vehicle road collision in a case that involved controversies around one of the defendant’s use of a mobile phone at the time of the accident. The β€˜astute, considerate and personable’ Lisa Preece, who β€˜puts the client first’, handled a serious brain injury claim arising from a road traffic accident and including issues of contributory negligence. Chris Stansfield heads the personal injury team, and clinical negligence and inquests specialist Matthew Olner β€˜pays attention to detail and turns up trumps even in difficult circumstances’.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s β€˜highly regarded’ and β€˜very effective’ team maintains β€˜very good working relationships with experts’ and a β€˜fantastic workload’. Neil Clayton β€˜knows his cases backward’ and handles high-value birth and brain injury claims as well as incidents of delayed diagnosis and dental negligence cases. The β€˜very knowledgeable’ and β€˜immensely productive’ Robert Rose combines β€˜impeccable judgement’ with β€˜fantastic client skills’, and acts for claimants in a wide variety of medical negligence cases, including birth injury matters and injuries resulting from orthopaedic and cardiologic medical procedures. Also recommended are Kathryn Hart, who specialises in road traffic accidents, head injury claims and industrial disease issues, and Steven Baylis, who has a track record representing accident victims in traumatic brain injury and spinal injury cases. Recent work includes acting for a claimant in a delayed cancer diagnosis case, filing a claim for asbestos exposure dating back to the 1950s, and representing a victim left tetraplegic by a head-on collision.

Banner Jones Solicitors’ practice head Simon Wright is a β€˜straight-talker, who superbly handles clients and opponents to achieve results other lawyers would die for’. Together with Robert Banner, he manages high-profile and complex personal injury and clinical negligence matters, including brain injury claims and Court of Protection work. Wright recently represented claimants in road traffic accident claims, including acting for an individual who lost a leg and, separately, an individual who sustained severe head and spinal injuries. Banner is acting for a victim of an accident at work involving a forklift truck and also settled a claim for a fall at a petrol station forecourt resulting in complex wrist injuries and prolonged absence from work for the claimant.

Shoosmiths LLP’s β€˜experienced and knowledgeable’ team provides β€˜exceptional’ advice and β€˜second-to-none expertise’ with a β€˜personal touch’. Chris McKinney β€˜instils confidence’, and Andrea Rusbridge and Sarah Harper represented a wife of a patient who died following the hospital’s failure to diagnose an infected aortic fistula. The firm also acted on a claim for surgical error eventually leading to a significant reduction in claimant’s life expectancy and living standard; handled a case concerning negligent hip surgery for a patient with Parkinson’s disease; and represented a mother claiming failure to diagnose and treat the foetal distress shown by her deceased baby.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP is well known for cases involving road traffic and workplace accidents. Peter Magee represented a claimant rendered tetraplegic following a road traffic accident caused by an uninsured driver; Allison Fitchett acts for pedestrians who suffered serious injuries resulting from getting hit by a car; and Neil Baines specialises in mesothelioma cases. The group is led by Reuben Greenwood and Linda Millband.

Ian Sprakes heads Bridge McFarland’s β€˜efficient’ team, assisting individuals with maximum severity clinical negligence and personal injury claims. Recent work includes a delayed treatment claim for a cauda equina sufferer, a case of negligent bunion removal, and a negligent gynaecological surgery matter. Danielle Barney is handling a case of mismanagement of birth procedure and failed treatment in the neonatal period leading to bilirubin toxicity and impairing the claimant’s neurological function. Stephen Lambert is also recommended.

JMP Solicitors’ team is led by Ian Howard and specialises in complex and high-value personal injury litigation pertaining to industrial disease, accidents at work, fatal injuries and road traffic accidents. The group is acting for an individual suffering from complex regional pain syndrome and limited mobility in the aftermath of a fall in a public liability claim, while Neil McKinley represented a cyclist who suffered physical and psychological injuries in a road accident. On the clinical negligence front, the group handles cases of misdiagnosis, wrongful treatment and birth injury; it acted for the mother and her stillborn baby in a claim against United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust. Recent work also saw the firm representing a claimant in a historical sexual abuse claim against a local authority and assisting a claimant assaulted in a hospital by another patient.

Langleys Solicitors LLP’s β€˜well-organised and efficient’ group provides β€˜high-quality personalised client care’. The clinical negligence practice is led by Andrew Cragg and assists claimants in misdiagnosis and delayed or negligent treatment cases as well as birth injury claims. Cragg and associate Helen Rundle acted for an individual claiming delayed diagnosis and subsequent treatment of skin cancer, resulting in terminal prognosis for the patient. Other recent work includes settling a claim for a negligent treatment of lymphoma and representing an individual who suffered quadriplegic dystonic cerebral palsy as a result of acute hypoxia prior to his birth. Sally-Ann Robinson is now a consultant.

Smith Partnership’s lawyers are β€˜fearless in pursuing their clients’ interests’ and β€˜sensible in settlement negotiations’. The clinical negligence team, led by Martin Bradbury, represents claimants in cases against the NHS and private practitioners, including misdiagnosis, delayed or wrongful treatment, and plastic surgery-related matters. β€˜Combining the right attitude and skills of a highly specialised professional’,David Clark leads the personal injury team, handling a diverse workload, including cases pertaining to road traffic accidents, public liability, industrial disease and accidents at work. The team is managing a claim for an individual suffering from lung disease following prolonged exposure to noxious chemicals used at the former employer’s facilities and representing a claimant who endured extensive burns in a workplace accident. Loss of hearing claims are another area of work. Simon Rowley is also recommended.

Wilson Browne Solicitors’ β€˜highly knowledgeable, efficient and capable’ team β€˜works hard to secure the best outcome for clients’. In particular, Louise Tyler β€˜demonstrates particular determination in the field’; she recently led a team that acted for an individual suffering from chronic pain and other symptoms following hip replacement surgery. Personal injury work included representing a passenger suffering from multiple fractures, sort tissue injuries, abrasions and post-traumatic stress disorder following a head-on collision.

The lawyers at Actons β€˜prepare cases thoroughly’ and provide β€˜top’ client care. Its β€˜varied’ workload includes personal injury claims with disputed liability, incidents involving animals and cases against retailers and beauty salons. Gary Chadwick, who leads the team, has a β€˜good judgement’ and was recently instructed by an individual claiming negligence under the Animals Act following a horse accident. Other work saw the β€˜efficient’ Tom Payne handling a long-running claim against a local authority resulting from an accident at school, and the β€˜understanding and reassuring’ Heidi Gleadhill acting for a claimant who sustained upper body injuries after slipping on a water spillage.

Rothera Sharp Solicitors’ β€˜skilled’ team handles personal injury claims including public liability, accidents at work and road traffic accidents often involving – among others – children and foreign nationals. Recent work included settling a claim for a pedestrian involved in a road traffic accident, acting for a child claimant following a hand injury sustained at a playground and representing a claimant in a public liability claim pertaining to fractures sustained on a slippery floor. Elisabeth Halls combines β€˜good judgement with the right amount of scepticism and has a proven ability to optimise outcomes for claimants’. Rebecca Emeleus is also recommended.

The β€˜excellent, knowledgeable, empathetic and thorough’ group at Roythornes Solicitors handles claims ranging from accidents at work, travel claims and road traffic accidents to negligent cosmetic and dental treatments. The team acted for an individual in an Athens Convention claim pertaining to injuries suffered during a boat excursion, and represented a junior division football player in a claim following a negligent tackle and multiple leg fractures. Claims against the Ministry of Defence are another area of work; the team represented a soldier who suffered a freezing injury to his feet as a result of a lack of adequate clothing provided by the army. Victoria Stevenson, who leads the β€˜thriving’ department is a β€˜clear-thinking, balanced and efficient communicator’, and associate Robert Dempsey β€˜sees through to the key issues, knows what works and gets good results’.

Spencers Solicitors has an β€˜excellent’ reputation and is a β€˜safe pair of hands’ for claimant personal injury and clinical negligence work ranging from road traffic and workplace accidents to negligent surgical treatment. Jane Cooper has β€˜vast experience in the market’ and provides β€˜valued guidance at management level in handling large claims and numbers’. Amy Smitheringale led the advice to a claimant whose participation in a car collision resulted in a heart attack, while Emma Melia acted for an individual suffering from post-traumatic epilepsy, persistent post-concussion, chronic pain syndromes and a major depressive disorder in the aftermath of a road traffic accident.

At Wilkin Chapman LLP, personal injury specialists Mark Robinson and Tean Butcher are renowned for their expertise in military injury claims. β€˜Outstanding’ senior solicitor Jonathan Baker combines β€˜a sharp analytical mind’ with β€˜an excellent eye for detail’ in clinical negligence claims, including misdiagnosis and delayed or wrongful treatment. The group takes on cases with challenging chains of causation and is handling claims for wrongful birth, misdiagnosis of lymphoma and negligent treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis.

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