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  1. Clinical negligence: claimant
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Fieldfisher’s ‘top-tier clinical negligence team’ provides ‘the highest levels of customer service’, and ‘takes a real interest in cases that other solicitors might shy away from’. Paul McNeil (who is ‘one of the most experienced claimant lawyers’) heads the practice, which includes the ‘formidableSamantha Critchley, ‘capable and professional solicitorMark Bowman, and Edwina Rawson, who recently secured £3.8m in a cancer treatment negligence claim. Iona Meeres-Young is ‘very good at working with the bereaved’.

Irwin Mitchell’s ‘strong litigation team’ provides ‘a sophisticated system of support’ and has ‘excellent contacts with medical experts’. Practice head Alison Eddy specialises in brain and spinal injury, and has ‘unparalleled experience and first-rate skills’. Ian Christian is ‘very highly regarded’, and Auriana Griffiths is ‘intelligent, determined and committed’. Newly promoted partner Anita Jewitt is recommended for obstetric and spinal cord injury cases.

Kingsley Napley LLP is noted for its ‘efficient, effective and friendly client care’, and for its track record handling a broad range of catastrophic and fatal injury claims. Clients single out Kate Rohde for her ‘wealth of experience and cutting-edge approach’; she frequently acts for bereaved families on behalf of profoundly injured children and adults. Terrence Donovan heads the group, and is ‘well known for his expertise in brain injury claims’.

Leigh Day’s team is headed by ‘top solicitorRussell Levy, and includes radiography specialist Suzanne White, ‘meticulous investigatorOlive Lewin, and Nicola Wainwright, who is currently handling a number of brain damage and birth injury claims. Claire Fazan is noted for her handling of ‘the heaviest cases with great intelligence’.

Stewarts Law LLP’s ‘leading’ group has significant expertise in high-value catastrophic injury claims, securing substantial damages awards on behalf of its clients. Department head Muiris Lyonscommands respect amongst all his peers’, and has successfully acted opposite numerous NHS trusts. The ‘unflappableNick Knowles and ‘great tacticianRobert Dransfield are also recommended.

At Anthony Gold, Dr Jock Mackenzie is ‘a cerebral and hugely persuasive lawyer with a great eye for detail’, and has a strong focus on complex neurological, brain and spinal cord injury cases. Practice head Jon Nicholson has ‘an incisive intellect, and a first-class grasp of legal and technical law’, and Ali Malsher is recommended for surgical, cardiac and emergency medicine claims.

Bindmans LLP’s ‘excellent’ team has notable experience handling birth injury, brain damage and orthopaedic-related negligence claims, among others. Jon Crocker is ‘an excellent solicitor who sets the tone for the team’ and is ‘totally committed to his clients’. ‘Tough negotiatorSiobhan Kelly wins plaudits for her ‘first-class client skills and tactical awareness’. The 'tenacious' Alla Murphy attracts praise for her 'commitment, dedication and good judgment and client-care skills'.

Bolt Burdon Kemp is ‘outstanding for its approach to client care, and its willingness to take on high-risk cases’. Child brain injury specialist Caroline Klage is recommended along with Philippa Tuckman, who handles military negligence claims, and Jo Chapman, who ‘has an excellent understanding of all relevant issues’. Team head Suzanne Trask specialises in cancer misdiagnosis claims.

Russell-Cooke LLP provides the full range of clinical negligence support to clients, including advice on public law and Court of Protection matters. Janice Gardner is ‘an incredible lawyer and tactician who is tough with opponents, but also fair and approachable’; she recently acted in a high-value infection case arising from a routine thyroidectomy. Deborah Blythe heads the team, which includes Dominic Fairclough and Sarah Towler.

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP’s Agata Usewicz is ‘an excellent tactician; utterly competent, and always has the client’s interests at heart’. Julie Say is noted for her ‘great care and dedication to her cases; she leaves no stone unturned’. Nina Ali handles the full spectrum of negligence claims, and has particular expertise in psychiatric cases.

At McMillan Williams, Shurouk Al-Sabbagh handles complex maximum severity claims for adults and children, and Gwyneth Munjoma ‘combines a medical background with a very astute legal mind’. Jacqui Hayat joined from Slater and Gordon.

Slater and Gordon’s group is headed by James Bell, who attracts praise for his ‘excellent attention to detail and good judgement on liability issues’. Paul Sankey’s expertise includes brain injury, cancer misdiagnosis and mistakes leading to amputation.

Dr John White’s team at Blake Morgan LLP includes Ruth Powell, who has notable experience in cerebral palsy, maternal injury and plastic surgery related claims; and Malcolm Johnson, who specialise in child abuse compensation cases.

Devonshires Solicitors LLP is ‘a specialist firm with a solid reputation in high-value catastrophic claims’. The ‘experiencedNick Grant is recommended along with ‘outstanding lawyer’ Nicola Bould and Liz Bryant, who specialises in cases involving serious nerve damage.

Hudgell Solicitors is ‘a strong player that is able to deal with catastrophic life-changing cases as well as more routine work’. Amanda Stevens, Rosamund Rhodes-Kemp and Chris Moore are all key practitioners.

Hugh James’ practice is led by the ‘immensely experiencedGrainne Barton, who has notable expertise in maximum-value obstetric claims, and is ‘indefatigable in pursuit of her clients’ cases’. Cardiff-based Stephen Webber is also recommended.

At Penningtons Manches LLP, John Kyriacou is ‘a very experienced lawyer who does a solid job for his clients’. The firms handles maximum severity negligence matters, with a key specialism in cases involving severe brain damage in infants.

Simpson Millar LLP handles a broad range of clinical negligence cases, with a notable focus on cerebral palsy claims. Neil Fearn heads the team, which includes Peter Stefanovic.

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