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Capsticks LLP's team is a 'safe and reliable pair of hands' that offers 'a fantastic overall level of service' and 'outstanding value for money'. The practice acts for the MDDUS and as well as more than 300 NHS and private sector health clients. Recent work includes a case concerning the scope of the duty of care of emergency department receptionists which reached the Supreme Court and a complex case involving claims against five defendants for delay in diagnosis of the claimant's spinal cord compression, resulting in spinal tuberculosis and paraplegia. Catherine Bennett acted in both cases; she 'inspires confidence' and has 'very sound knowledge of the field and a successful track record'. Tracey Lucas is praised as having 'a breadth and depth of knowledge that is unsurpassed'. Gemma Brannigan joined Clyde & Co LLP.

Clyde & Co LLP has a full-service healthcare offering that is praised for its 'thorough knowledge' and ability to achieve 'successful results'. The practice represents healthcare professionals in negligence claims, fatal accident inquiries, inquests, internal disciplinary, criminal and regulatory proceedings. The practice is 'rapidly responsive and leaves no stone unturned in protecting the client’s interest'. The arrival of Gemma Brannigan from Capsticks LLP and Judith Duffin from BLM has strengthened the team, which is headed by Claire Petts, who specialises in brain injury and obstetric claims of maximum severity or complexity. She is described as a 'titan who takes no prisoners and gets the best results for her clients'. Also recommended are Jennifer Bevan, who has 'the ability to dismantle even the most battle-hardened opponents', and Sam Holden, who is 'excellent with clients' and has 'good judgement'.

DAC Beachcroft LLP¬†provides strategic, commercial and regulatory advice to NHS and private healthcare clients. The practice is particularly active in¬†large group actions arising from the work of individual surgeons in the fields of breast surgery and orthopedics. It acts for three of the UK‚Äôs five largest providers of independent acute hospital services ‚Äď Spire, Bupa and Nuffield. Nigel Montgomery¬†is highly active in defending against cases involving catastrophic injury and group actions. Matthew McGrath¬†is also recommended.

The healthcare practice at Hempsons handles a range of complex and high-value claims as well as multi-party actions, and is known for its 'common-sense and pragmatic advice, as well as its depth of knowledge and experience'. The firm acts for the NHSR and MDU, as well as several NHS trusts and commercial medical practice insurers. Key individuals include John Holmes and Nadya Wolferstan, who concentrates on clinical governance, mental health law interpretation, public inquiries, judicial review challenges, information governance and inquests.

Kennedys is an 'exemplary firm with a very clear client care strategy and culture'. The practice acts on behalf of NHS trusts, private hospitals, clinics and their insurers and is noted for its active role in the development of legislative and regulatory framework in the area. Christopher Malla has 'an impressive ability to uphold and maintain high standards of service'. His track record includes defending cases involving cerebral palsy, obstetric and gynecological claims, and high-value spinal and orthopedic claims. Malla's recent work includes defending the NHSR in the nationwide 3M Capital hip implant litigation. The 'charming and effective' Edward Glasgow acts for a number of NHS Trusts and is also recommended, as is healthcare department head Janet Sayers, who is recommended for her 'leadership and strategy'.

Bevan Brittan LLP fields a team of 63 lawyers who are described as 'highly experienced and talented practitioners'. The firm was recently reappointed to the NHSR's panel and acts for several trusts and private medical malpractice insurers and healthcare providers such as Neon and CNA Hardy. Its areas of expertise include provides legal support for issues arising from the change in the discount rate; representing clients in sensitive group actions; and handling Human Rights Act claims. Dan Morris acted for Whittington Hospital NHS Trust in a case involving allegations that the hospital failed to detect signs of cervical cancer, which caused the claimant to be infertile. Department head Joanne Easterbrook handles complex and high-value cases involving brain injury and mental health issues, as well as handling claims arising from fertility treatment. Recommended senior associates include Catherine Radford, who is known for her work on establishing the limits to interim payments in high-value cases, and Verity Danziger, who specialises in birth and spinal injury claims.

Hill Dickinson LLP's lawyers are a 'pleasure to work with' and deal with 'incredibly complex cases in a firm and reassuring manner'. The firm is described as 'one of the very best in terms of efficiency', with 'good response rates' and 'exceptional industry knowledge'. It was appointed to the NHSR's London panel and was one of two firms appointed to the MPS's panel. Other clients include private healthcare providers such as Priory Group, Care UK, Virgin Care and major trusts, as well as Health Education England, for which it is the sole legal provider. Key figures include Andrew Craggs, who specialises in stress/bullying claims involving the NHS; Janet Mcwhinney, who is 'measured, focused and efficient'; the 'very experienced and calm' David Locke; and Joanne Hughes, who 'the rising star of the team'.

The 'commercial, strategic and pragmatic' practice at RPC defends against a range of substantial and highly complex claims, with notable expertise in cases involving general surgery, reproductive healthcare, clinical trials, psychiatric injury and cauda equina. Key work in 2017 includes claims concerning cosmetic and bariatric surgery, large group actions and international issues. The 'very experienced and high skilled' team works with private hospital groups, clinics, hospices, international assistance organisations, home carer services and individual practitioners. Head of Department and 'star performer' Dorothy Flower  led the team defending consultant surgeon Ian Paterson and Spire Healthcare and NHS Trust in high-profile litigation concerning the performance of unorthodox mastectomies and other unnecessary surgical procedures. The 'hardworking' and 'very friendly' Rowan Brown is noted for her 'good attention to detail'; sheis experienced in group litigation and matters with international focus.

Weightmans LLP has an extensive track record handling complex and high-value cases, often with a cross-border component. Organ transplant and blood donor cases are key areas of focus, as are claims against ambulance services.  The NHSR is a key client, with the firm being one of only four reappointed to all three lots on the NHSR's panel. Isobel Michie joined from BLM and is described as 'an extremely experienced case handler with a strong depth of knowledge and experience of the NHS'. Other key individuals include Vanessa Splaine and Rachel Kneale, who leads the healthcare team nationally. Sarah Ellington departed to become a district judge in the Court of Protection

The 'very experienced' team at BLM has a 'wealth of clinical negligence knowledge' and 'a good understanding of the commercial interests of clients'. Clients include the MPS and NHSR, as well as a number of NHS trusts, insurers, care homes and individual healthcare professionals. Vicki Swanton heads the healthcare department nationally and is regularly involved in high-value claims defending both doctors and dentists. Rosie Shapiro has 'excellent in-depth knowledge', 'focuses on crucial points' and uses her 'sensible approach to cases'. Matthew Trinder joined Browne Jacobson LLP and Rachel Margetts joined Gordons Partnership LLP. Gary Allison and Jane Littlewood left the firm.

CMS regularly acts on behalf of the MDU and DDU in a range of clinical negligence and professional disciplinary cases brought against its members. The team also acts for medical and professional indemnity insurers and members of the medical profession. The firm is 'particularly trusted' with high-value, complex and sensitive work involving brain injury, breach of duty and negligence resulting in fatality. Chris Horsefield heads the department and specialises in dental claims and medical advisory work. Yvonne Screene is described as 'one of the most proficient in this area of law'.

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