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Browne Jacobson LLP is ‘head and shoulders above competitors’, providing support ‘beyond standard claims litigation’ to NHS Resolution and the Medical Protection Society as well as private insurers. The ‘well-organised and knowledgeable’ team, which ‘fights the client’s corner hard’, is renowned for its expertise in complex claims of maximum severity, including child abuse and birth injury. Clinical negligence practice head Lorna Hardman led a team defending the NHS trust against a claim for the extension of a duty of care owed to the family of two patients suffering from ALD. Ian Long, who ‘always provides a balanced view on a situation and quickly gets issues resolved’, successfully represented the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in a severe birth injury case. Susan Mabbott leads the personal injury team which handles cases ranging from child abuse to employer liability claims. The ‘very experienced and knowledgeableNick Parsons and associate Ceri-Sian Williams, who is ‘tenacious with opponents and popular with clients’, are representing the defendants in Armes v Nottinghamshire County Council in the Supreme Court. James Fawcett assisted clients with employer and public liability claims; Sarah Erwin-Jones defended an insurer against allegations of abuse by a local authority employee; and Simon Tait, Tom Armstrong and ‘first-class lawyer’ Susie Roome are also recommended. Associate Leah Jones is ‘a safe pair of hands, who adopts a common sense approach and gets the job done’. Clients also include Municipal Mutual Insurance, Insurance London Consortium and Nottingham City Council.

Weightmans LLP has a ‘modern and efficient practice with a national presence and reputation’. It handles a range of personal injury claims for local authorities, large insurers and public and private companies, such as Zurich, AIG, Ageas, Motor Insurance Bureau and Sportscover Europe. The team, which ‘combines business understanding with excellent knowledge of the legal environment’, includes Dave Cottam, who defended a major insurer against a multimillion-pound employer liability claim and also acted for an insurer in a case arising from an assault leaving the claimant tetraplegic. Paul Debney is renowned for his expertise in industrial disease and workplace claims, Mike Simpson has a ‘good technical understanding of road traffic accident claims’, and Stephen Robb has ‘a refreshing no-nonsense pragmatic approach to litigation and provides an outstanding level of service’.

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