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Bolt Burdon Kemp is 'excellent in terms of service delivery and knowledge' and 'undertakes good quality work in a professional manner and with a good degree of efficiency'. Its areas of expertise include cases involving brain injuries in both children and adults and delays in diagnosis. The team is headed by Caroline Klage who specialises in child brain injury cases and is 'incredibly responsive'. Raquel Siganporia is 'tenacious, but utterly charming' and has 'incredible insights into the more difficult spinal cases'. The 'very knowledgeable' Suzanne Trask is 'tough and uncompromising in seeking the best for her clients'; she is experienced in claims involving adult brain injury.

Fieldfisher  provides 'a level of service that is 10/10 in all aspects'. The team of 'excellent litigators' handles all types of high-value claims both in the UK and abroad and combines 'a highly compassionate and client-oriented approach with the resources and the hard-driving attitude of a City firm'. It expanded its team further with the recruitment of Jane Weakley from Irwin Mitchell, Will Jones from Leigh Day and Jenny Urwin from Slater and Gordon. Paul McNeil and Nilam Patel reached favourable settlements in cases involving a catastrophic birth injury and a failure to treat eosinophilic vasculitis properly.

Irwin Mitchell is praised for 'managing claims and dealing with cases professionally and effectively' and is led by Ian Christian. It has a strong focus on handling cases of maximum severity involving brain injuries and adults left with severe neurological injuries. Alison Eddy  focuses on brain and spinal cord injuries and has the ability 'to look at the bigger picture when managing claims to achieve results'. Anita Jewitt is praised for her 'excellent judgement' and Auriana Griffiths is 'unflappable and incredibly hardworking'.

Kingsley Napley LLP is a firm with 'a well-deserved, longstanding reputation in this field'. Cases range in value from to several thousands of pounds to several million pounds, covering cerebral palsy, brain damage and a range of catastrophic injury cases. A 'doyenne of the field', Kate Rohde is 'experienced and reliable' and committed to 'achieving the best possible outcome for the client'.  Terrence Donovan is a 'highly experienced litigator' who focuses on cases involving cerebral palsy and brain injury. Laura Sylvester is a 'notably caring and conscientious practitioner, but with a steely core'. Bridget Hughes is an 'excellent and careful lawyer' and Punam Sood is a 'front rank litigator'.

 Leigh Day is praised for having 'a large pool of shared knowledge and expertise' in complex claims involving life-changing injuries or difficult question of law and ethics. Claire Fazan’s experience is 'second to none'; she combines 'sensitivity with superb judgement'. Birth injury claims specialist Suzanne White is known for her 'enthusiasm and advocacy of her clients’ rights'. Sally-Jean Nicholes is a 'shrewd lawyer with great judgement' and is 'committed to get the best result for her clients without losing sight of what is achievable'.

Stewarts Law LLP  is 'competent, responsive, organised and attentive to detail'; all in all it provides 'first-class service'. A 'standout practice for catastrophic injury', the practice has an extensive track record handling multimillion-pound neurological, spinal and fatal injury cases. Alison Goldney re-joined the firm from Brethertons LLP  and is recommended alongside Muiris Lyons, who is recognised throughout the UK and abroad as one of the leading figures for maximum severity work. Nick Knowles has many years of experience and 'a caring heart to his cutting-edge practice'.

Anthony Gold's highly respected includes Dr Jock Mackenzie, who is a qualified medical doctor, and Ali Malsher  and Jenny Kennedy, who are former nurses. The firm has a 'long-held reputation in handling cases of varying severity and especially complex catastrophic litigation'. The practice's track record includes cases involving brain injuries, amputations, cardiac arrests and tumors and is 'dedicated professionals achieve incredible results for their clients in an impressive cost-efficient manner'. Jon Nicholson heads the injury and medical claims team and  is 'a master of detail and extremely tenacious'. Jenny Kennedy is 'well-respected in the industry'.

The 'strong team' at Bindmans LLP  attracts praise for its 'excellent and highly personal service'. The practice workload includes claims arising from delayed diagnosis, birth or brain injuries and psychiatric disorders. It also provides pro bono advice to vulnerable members of society. The practice was strengthened by the arrival of Alison Mackintosh from Plexus Law and Darren Conway  from HCA Healthcare. Department head Jon Crocker 'sets the tone of the team' and is 'intelligent, enthusiastic and able'. Other notable individuals include Siobhan Kelly, who is a 'good and determined negotiator' and 'offers first-class client care' and the 'warm and dedicated' Alla Murphy, who is 'very focused on the client but is not afraid to call a halt to a claim which is likely to fail'.

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP fields a team of 'very experienced clinical negligence solicitors', many of which have medical backgrounds. The practice handles a range of complex cases including failure to diagnose, birth injury and psychiatric disorders, often with a human rights element. Medical negligence head Agata Usewicz focuses on obstetric claims and is a 'very calm, competent and reassuring practitioner'. James Bell is a “warm, empathetic lawyer, who never forgets the personal dimension in each case'. Andrew Harrison  represents clients with birth-related injuries, misdiagnosis and delayed treatment.

Russell-Cooke LLP handles the full range of clinical negligence advice from mobility issues to brain injuries and has 'an excellent track record in handling novel, complex and high-value cases'. The 'incredibly intelligent and diligent' Deborah Blythe heads the team and 'shows great competence and compassion'. Janice Gardner is 'at the peak of her powers with a grasp of difficult issues and complex cases that is second to none'.

Devonshires Solicitors LLP is a 'practical firm that takes an interest in the needs of each client' and offers a 'shrewd awareness of the risks of litigation and routes to effective resolution'.The firm has 'a well-established, conscientious and knowledgeable team' and 'represents great value for money'. Nick Grant has more than 18 years of experience in a wide variety of complex and high-value claims. Other notable individuals include Karen Cathcart and the 'detailed and sensible' Katie Hughes.

Penningtons Manches LLP  handles a range of cases, from those involving brain and spinal injuries through to delayed diagnosis and mental health. John Kyriacou heads the department and brings 25 years of experience in the field of clinical negligence. Emily Palmer handles cases involving spinal injuries and Sarah Gubbins has specialist expertise in cases involving cosmetic surgery, obstetrics and gynecology. Warren Collins has developed a niche for representing injured UK nationals in the US and vice versa.

The 'professional, thorough, efficient and helpful' practice at Simpson Millar LLP has an 'excellent track record' in cases related to cerebral palsy, amputation, spinal injuries and neo-natal deaths. The department was joined by Ian Cohen from Slater and Gordon, who is national head of clinical negligence, and Law Society accredited mental health specialist Alison Hills, who joined from Girlings. Other recommended individuals include David Thomas, who focuses on high-end catastrophic birth injury and 'the always helpful and understanding' Geoffrey Simpson-Scott.  Carley Ann Hurley and Justin Gleinster left the firm at the end of 2017.

Slater and Gordon's team is composed of 'hardworking lawyers' who 'fight hard for their clients' and 'know their clients and cases inside out'. The practice handles a wide range of cases including those involving brain and spinal injury, amputations, delayed diagnosis of cancer, orthopedic and surgical claims. Emma Doughty, who was appointed joint head of the London and Cambridge clinical negligence department acted in more than 750 claims for unnecessary surgeries, achieving a global landmark settlement of £37m as well as provision for recovery of compensation for future claimants. Laura Preston 'prepares cases skillfully'.

Hudgell Solicitors is known for handles a range of work, often involving life-changing injuries or illnesses. Jodi Newton handles cases involving spinal and organ transplant surgery, nursing errors, claims against fertility clinics, plastic surgery, and dentistry matters. Other key figures include Josie Robinson and Renu Daly.

Hugh James has a 'fantastic, kind and committed' team that is praised for its 'speedy responses and excellent service'. It handles a range of claims including those arising from delay in diagnosis, surgical error, mental health issues and death as a result of inaccurate treatment . Grainne Barton handles maximum-value obstetric cases and complex high-value claims. Lynda Reynolds is 'incredibly determined and inventive' and 'leaves no stone unturned in trying to find a remedy for clients'.

The clinical negligence department at McMillan Williams is made up of 'highly experienced, knowledgeable and reputable lawyers' that includes Nisha Sharma, who joined the team from Slater and Gordon. High-value pediatric brain injury cases are a key area of activity, as are cerebral palsy cases, which are handled by Nicola Mooney and Lauren Phillips. Phillips heads the department and has a particular interest in claims concerning gynecology, birth injury, spinal surgery and cardiology and in quantification of claims as well. Mooney also focuses on birth injury cases.'Rising star' Andrew Bentham represents clients in inquests and fatal accident claims and is described as 'immensely hardworking and really sharp'. Gwyneth Munjoma left the firm.

Osbornes has a 'highly experienced clinical negligence team' which handles a wide range of claims including brain and spinal cord injuries, wrongful surgery and late diagnosis. Key figures include Stephanie Prior, who has in-depth knowledge of medical practice; Ben Posford, who is instructed in cases involving spinal injury but is 'especially good on the crossover between personal injury and clinical negligence cases'; and Robert Aylott, who focuses on brain and spinal cord injuries.

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