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The β€˜excellent’ team at Fieldfisher has β€˜a strong reputation for winning challenging and high-profile cases’ and combines β€˜the strengths of a niche department with the resources and capabilities of a city firm’. The practice has notable experience in matters of maximum severity and specialises in obstetric and paediatric claims; recent work includes a Β£10m neonatal brain injury case resulting in hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Heading the department is the β€˜exceptionally talented’ Paul McNeil, who is arguably β€˜the leading lawyer in the field’ and has expertise in catastrophic injury cases, including spinal injury and obstetric negligence. The β€˜exceptional’ Samantha Critchley is β€˜a first-rate’ specialist in paediatrics, neonatology and neurology; she is praised for her β€˜incredible dedication and outstanding professionalism’. Clients also recommend the β€˜outstanding’ Mark Bowman, the β€˜extremely capable’ Iona Meeres-Young, and the β€˜passionate and courageous’ Jonathan Zimmern.

β€˜Top-class firm’ Irwin Mitchell is a β€˜market leader in catastrophic work’, with notable experience in high-value cases of maximum severity. The practice’s workload encompasses a broad spectrum of multimillion-pound cases involving obstetrics, brain injury, spinal injury and misdiagnosis claims, among others. Head of medical negligence Alison Eddy is a highly recommended specialist in birth-related and spinal injury claims and recently secured an Β£8.1m award in a claim concerning a delay in diagnosis of neonatal meningitis. Auriana Griffiths is also regarded for her work in obstetric mismanagement and has handled several cases involving neonatal hypoglycaemia and kernicterus, including a recent Β£12m hypoglycaemic brain damage claim concerning sub-standard midwifery management. Ian Christian, who recently handled a Β£6.5m hypoxic brain injury claim, also has notable experience in paediatrics and sporting injuries. Keith Barrett joined Fieldfisher in January 2017.

Kingsley Napley LLP is a β€˜first-class’ practice that provides a β€˜specialised’ service that is β€˜of the highest standard’. The β€˜confident and efficient’ team is β€˜extremely experienced in handling high-value and complex cases’, and works on a broad spectrum of catastrophic injury matters, including brain injury, spinal cord injury, delay in diagnosis and medical mismanagement claims. The β€˜exceptionally good’ Kate Rohde is a β€˜leading light in the field’ who is β€˜unmatched by any other solicitor’; she frequently acts for bereaved families and on behalf of profoundly injured children and adults, and is regarded for high-value catastrophic injury cases. Also recommended are the β€˜excellent’ Terrence Donovan, who heads the practice and is a β€˜leading’ specialist in maximum severity cases, including cerebral palsy, brain damage and fatal accidents; and the β€˜talented’ Richard Lodge, who is noted for brain and spinal injuries.

Praised for its β€˜superior’ expertise and β€˜excellent value for money’, Leigh Day’s β€˜professional, thorough and talented’ practice handles a range of clinical negligence cases, including delay in diagnosis, brain injury and birth-related injury claims. The firm was recently involved in a Β£5m wrongful birth claim resulting from a failure to identify foetal microcephaly, as well as concluding a Β£1.4m settlement in a fatal surgical negligence claim involving post-operative complications in an aortic root replacement surgery. Olive Lewin is singled out for her β€˜exceptional ability’ and β€˜particular experience in the highest-value cerebral palsy claims’. Claire Fazan is noted for representing children who have suffered a brain injury as a result of midwifery or obstetric negligence; she combines β€˜excellent judgement with steely determination’ and is praised for her ability to β€˜get the best deals for her clients’. Other key figures include β€˜top solicitor’ and department head Russell Levy, the β€˜excellent’ Nicola Wainwright and the β€˜brilliant’ Suzanne White.

β€˜Technically and strategically very good’, Stewarts Law LLP’s practice has significant expertise in high-value catastrophic injury claims and a notable track record for securing multimillion-pound settlements on behalf of its clients. The β€˜strong’ firm covers a range of clinical negligence claims and specialises in neurological, spinal and fatal injury cases. Recent work includes a tetraplegia claim against the NHS Trust that settled for Β£1.2m. Department head Muiris Lyons has particular expertise in birth-related injury cases. Other key figures include Nick Knowles, who is noted for his successful representation of children and protected parties, as well as his experience in brain and spinal injury claims; Robert Dransfield, who has a particular interest cauda equina cases; and Antonia Jones, who is highly experienced in cases of obstetric negligence, spinal cord and psychiatric injury and has acted for a number of claimants suffering from cerebral palsy and cauda equina.

Anthony Gold’s β€˜excellent’ practice has β€˜good legal and medical knowhow’ and is experienced in cases involving catastrophic negligence, birth-related injury and surgical mismanagement. The firm also specialises in representing foreign nationals in private medicine cases, recently handling a Β£2m claim on behalf of a Kuwaiti national who was left in a permanent vegetative state after undergoing treatment at The London Clinic. Department head Jon Nicholson is β€˜efficient, strong and skilled’ and is noted for his β€˜particularly good’ expertise in birth and child brain injury; he recently acted in a Β£16.3m obstetric mismanagement case on behalf of a client suffering cerebral palsy. The β€˜creative’ Dr Jock Mackenzie is a β€˜particularly cerebral solicitor’ who provides β€˜fantastic client care’ and has a unique level of expertise as a dual-qualified solicitor and doctor; Dr Mackenzie has specialist experience in neurological, brain and spinal cord injury cases, as well as cases involving rare medical conditions. Ali Malsher has experience in surgical, cardiac and emergency medicine cases, and is an expert in the field of vulnerable clients. Catastrophic injury specialist Ian Peters joined the partnership in May 2016 from Hodge Jones & Allen LLP.

The β€˜accomplished’ team at Bindmans LLP is β€˜highly experienced and provides consistently excellent advice in clinical negligence matters’. The firm regularly represents those who have suffered catastrophic injuries and has a reputation for success in particularly complex and high-value medical cases. The β€˜cutting-edge’ team has notable experience in representing claimants in cases of birth-related injuries, cerebral palsy, cardiology, spinal cord injury and orthopaedic-related negligence, and regularly acts for claimants of medical negligence in prisons or immigration detention centres. Practice head Jon Crocker is β€˜formidably experienced’ and has particular expertise in complex head injury claims. He leads a team that includes Siobhan Kelly, who is one of β€˜the best in the business’ and has β€˜great instinct’; and the β€˜excellent’ Alla Murphy, who specialises in catastrophic brain and spinal injuries.

Bolt Burdon Kemp’s β€˜simply outstanding’ practice has a β€˜truly excellent’ roster of β€˜competent and experienced’ solicitors who are β€˜experts in their field’ and β€˜go the extra mile to look after their clients interests’. The firm is β€˜well versed in the highest value and most complex clinical negligence cases’ and is experienced in complex and serious injury claims, including catastrophic brain injury, spinal injury, obstetric mismanagement and surgical negligence. the practice also has specialist expertise in representing ex-service personnel and is β€˜one of the leading firms in military clinical negligence work’. It recently handled a neglectful medical discharge case against the MoD on behalf of a client suffering from chronic PTSD. Heading the β€˜exceptional’ team is Caroline Klage, who is β€˜one of the very best’ solicitors in the field with β€˜second-to-none’ legal knowledge. Suzanne Trask is β€˜an excellent and highly experienced litigator’. New additions to the partnership include the β€˜extremely driven, able and effective’ Rhicha Kapila; Raquel Siganporia, who is β€˜an immensely impressive and committed’ solicitor with β€˜an excellent reputation’; and Ahmed Al-Nahhas who is a β€˜super tactician and superb negotiator’.

Russell-Cooke LLP’s β€˜efficient, effective and approachable’ team has a β€˜terrific reputation’ and provides the full range of clinical negligence support to clients, with notable expertise in public law and Court of Protection matters. The practice is experienced in handling β€˜a large number of claims of very high value and enormous complexity’, including brain injury, surgical negligence, obstetric mismanagement and dental negligence cases. Recent work includes acting in a claim against Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust on a delay in diagnosis and negligent discharge from hospital case, ultimately reaching a settlement of Β£250,000. Heading the β€˜excellent’ team is Deborah Blythe who β€˜works tirelessly for her clients’ and is β€˜utterly professional’; Blythe recently secured a multimillion-pound settlement in a case concerning midwifery mismanagement on behalf of a client suffering from cerebral palsy as a result of birth-related injuries. The β€˜very experienced and very capable’ Dominic Fairclough regularly handles cases involving surgical negligence and misdiagnosis. Janice Gardner (β€˜a practitioner of very high calibre’) is praise for her experience in cases involving obstetric mismanagement and surgical negligence.

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP is β€˜a high-quality claimant firm’ with experience in maximum severity cases; recent work includes a Β£430,000 settlement in a case involving brain damage as a result of prolonged circulatory arrest case. The β€˜unflappable’ Agata Usewicz specialises in obstetric claims and heads the team, which includes the β€˜utterly devoted’ Nina Ali, who is β€˜a shrewd and committed litigator’ with experience in high-value brain and spinal injury claims and expertise in psychiatric cases; and Andrew Harrison, who is experienced in handling cases of birth-related injury, misdiagnosis and delayed treatment, specialising in disablement and life-limiting injury claims. James Bell joined the firm from Slater and Gordon and brings expertise in amputation and serious brain injury cases.

McMillan Williams handles a wide range of clinical negligence cases, including catastrophic brain and spinal injury, birth-related injury, delayed or misdiagnosis of cancer and surgical negligence claims. Lauren Phillips is experienced in cases involving birth injury, cardiology and delay in diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome, while Shurouk Al-Sabbagh specialises in complex maximum severity claims for adults and children.

Penningtons Manches LLP’s practice β€˜always sets and attains high standards’ and is β€˜among the best in complex high-value claims’. The firm is experienced in handling a range of negligence matters, specialising in particular in cases involving brain injury, spinal injury, surgical mismanagement and failure to diagnose. Department head John Kyriacou stands out for his expertise in maximum severity claims, including cases of spinal injury and brain damage in infants.

Devonshires Solicitors LLP fields an β€˜intelligent’ practice with β€˜excellent client-care skills’ and β€˜an exceptional team ethos’. The firm is experienced in handling high-value cases involving spinal injury, paediatrics, surgical mismanagement, dental negligence and misdiagnosis. Nick Grant is β€˜good with clients’ and is experienced in a range of complex, high-value claims including birth injuries, obstetric care, negligent surgery and orthopaedics. Nicola Bould is a β€˜prominent’ solicitor with experience in complex negligence claims and expertise in surgical error, diagnosis of cancer and fatal accident claims. The β€˜very smart’ Karen Cathcart provides a β€˜refreshingly no-nonsense approach’ and regularly handles cases involving obstetric negligence and brain injury cases; she β€˜pushes as hard as she can for her clients’.

Hugh James has a β€˜fantastic’ team with extensive experience in high-value complex negligence claims, including cerebral palsy, obstetric mismanagement, cauda equina syndrome and fatal accident cases. The β€˜extremely knowledgeable’ Grainne Barton has expertise in maximum-value obstetric negligence claims. Stephen Webber regularly handles fatal accident claims and surgical negligence matters; his recent work includes acting for a client who was infected with Hepatitis B during an operation. Helen Neville is also highly experienced in misdiagnosis and surgical negligence claims, and specialises in cases involving the delay in diagnosis of head and neck cancer.

Hudgell Solicitors is an β€˜excellent’ firm that β€˜prides itself on a more personal touch’. Its β€˜conscientious and committed’ solicitors are β€˜pragmatic, approachable and very easy to work with’ and are β€˜prepared to go the extra mile’ for their clients. Key figures include Amanda Stevens, who β€˜works tirelessly and constructively’ on a range of matters including brain injury, spinal injury, birth injury and misdiagnosis claims; and Chris Moore, who specialises in complex brain injury cases. Rosamund Rhodes-Kemp left to establish her own firm.

Osbornes is β€˜a well-regarded niche firm’ that provides β€˜an excellent personal service to clients’. The practice is β€˜a specialist in the field’ and handles a range of matters including child and adult brain injuries, complex spinal injury and fatal claims. The β€˜highly experienced’ Stephanie Prior is β€˜a very practical negotiator’ who β€˜drives hard to achieve a good outcome’ and has β€˜strong’ experience in birth-related injuries. β€˜Star performer’ Ben Posford is β€˜a dynamic and impressive’ solicitor who takes β€˜a creative and dedicated approach to claims of the utmost complexity’; he specialises in catastrophic injury claims, including complex spinal cord injury and cauda equina cases.

Simpson Millar LLP handles a wide range of clinical negligence claims, including delayed and misdiagnosis of cancer, spinal injury and hypoxic brain damage following surgery. Department head David Thomas is experienced in high-value cases and specialises in birth injury claims including cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy; he recently acted on a case involving delayed diagnosis of malignant melanoma, obtaining a Β£150,000 settlement on behalf of his client. Geoffrey Simpson-Scott has expertise in high-value and technical claims.

Slater and Gordon’s β€˜long-established’ clinical negligence practice includes a roster of β€˜excellent up-and-coming junior solicitors’. The firm handles a broad spectrum of cases including spinal injury, obstetrics, orthopaedics and oncology, and is experienced in dealing with high-value claims. Deputy department head Emma Doughty is β€˜committed, intelligent and hardworking’ and has experience in a variety of complex and mid-high value cases including amputation claims, surgical error and fatal claims; she has also developed a particular specialism in cancer and obstetrics. Former department head James Bell joined Hodge Jones & Allen LLP, while Paul Sankey left for Foot Anstey.

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