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Regarded as ‘one of the leading firms in this practice area’, Fieldfisher’s group includes ‘some of the most talented and experienced practitioners in the field’. Jill Greenfield is ‘an effective, formidable and highly experienced litigator’; Peter Williams is ‘rigorous, thoughtful and communicative’; and practice head Paul McNeil has recovered substantial damages in road traffic accident, product liability and employment claims.

Irwin Mitchell is ‘undoubtedly one of the leading firms in the country’ and ‘has the resources and temperament to give each case the attention it deserves’. Managing partner Colin Ettinger has particular expertise in high-value spinal injury and traumatic brain injury cases, and Tracey Storey has ‘a thorough manner, but combines this with empathy for her clients’. Alison Eddy is also a key figure.

Leigh Day is considered by clients and counsel to be ‘one of the best firms in the field of personal injury’. Sally Moore (‘a powerhouse in the PI world’) and Martyn Day jointly head the department, which has strong expertise in industrial disease, amputation and multi-party abuse and torture claims. Other key figures include Daniel Easton, who is ‘a fantastic practitioner’, and Harminder Bains, who is ‘quite prepared to take on very difficult cases and issues’.

Stewarts Law LLP provides ‘a fantastic service on all levels’ and has ‘a flawless understanding of each case, particularly the client’s diagnosis and personal needs’. Practice head Paul Paxton has been involved in numerous catastrophic and fatal injury cases, and spinal injury specialist Julian Chamberlayne is recommended for claims with an international element. Andrew Dinsmore is ‘an excellent negotiator who always remains calm under pressure’.

Anthony Gold is ‘an excellent firm for serious and complicated injury claims’, and the group ‘works tirelessly for the good of its clients’. Jenny Kennedy is ‘one of the most experienced PI litigators in the field; she brings extensive medical knowledge to bear in her cases’. Also recommended are practice head and ‘standout practitionerJon Nicholson, who handles catastrophic brain and amputation injuries; David Marshall, who handles brain injury, stress-at-work and psychiatric cases; Sana Bibi, who specialises in complex orthopaedic injuries; and catastrophic injury expert Jackie Spinks, who ‘always gets the job done’.

Bindmans LLP’s group is headed by Jon Crocker (‘an excellent solicitor who is totally committed to his clients’) and Lynn Knowles, both of whom have ‘excellent attention to detail and great communication skills’. They are ably supported by Siobhan Kelly, who is ‘sympathetic with clients and tough with opponents’; and Alla Murphy, who is ‘a tenacious, determined negotiator who doesn’t shy away from giving difficult advice’.

Led by Cheryl Abrahams, Bolt Burdon Kemp is ‘an excellent firm with a number of great litigators’. The team includes Jonathan Wheeler, who heads the specialist child abuse group, ‘stellar performerMarilene Antoni, and Caroline Klage, who ‘is highly committed, detailed and compassionate’.

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP’s recent work includes acting for 88 claimants, the majority of them children, in a case related to the Pandemrix swine flu vaccine. The ‘highly experiencedPatrick Allen heads the group.

Pattinson & Brewer is ‘a client-committed firm that goes the extra mile whilst remaining pragmatic’. Frances McCarthy ‘has extensive experience and great client-handling skills’. She heads the practice, which includes Caroline Phelan, who is a key figure in the accident and industrial department; and Marcus Weatherby, who handles maximum severity claims and recently achieved settlements in excess of £1m.

Slater and Gordon is ‘very capable of handling the most complex and high-value claims’. Practice head Liz Dux specialises in physical and sexual abuse claims for both adults and children, and Paul Kitson is recommended for road traffic accident related injuries.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP continues to handle the full range of accident and injury claims for major trade unions. The group is led by Henrietta Phillips, who specialises in serious and catastrophic injury claims, and includes accident and disease specialist Andrew Hutson and Samantha Hemsley, who is recommended for brain and spinal injury claims.

Ian Mulkis and Elizabeth Smith are the key figures at Howard Kennedy LLP, which is ‘an excellent claimant firm, particularly in respect of accidents at work, occupational stress and work-related upper limb disorder’.

Osbornes handles high-value accident and fatality claims, and is noted for its expertise in cycle injury cases. Ben Posford specialises in catastrophic brain and spinal injury claims, and Stuart Kightley is ‘very good in complex cross-border cases. Stephanie Prior has a significant child abuse claims practice.

Prince Evans Solicitors LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice recently obtained a number of favourable judgments in fatal traffic accident claims, and has also handled numerous high-value brain injury cases. Bryan Neill heads the department, and Gary Smith is the other key figure.

Russell-Cooke LLP has ‘an excellent track record in child sex abuse cases, as well as employers’ and public liability claims’. Janice Gardner is ‘an incredible lawyer and tactician; there is nothing she doesn’t know about running tricky and challenging cases’. Practice head Deborah Blythe ‘has exceptional client-handling skills’.

Simpson Millar LLP is noted for its work on behalf of trade union members, along with individuals from other membership organisations. Practice head Adrian Fawden ‘has a vast amount of experience in mesothelioma and asbestos illness claims’. The team also has a strong eastern European practice, acting for injured migrants.

The ‘well-prepared’ Helen Clifford heads the practice at McMillan Williams, having joined from Leigh Day in 2015. Joanna Bailey handles brain injury and fatal accident claims, and Philip Scarles has a particular focus on road traffic collisions. Shurouk Al-Sabbagh is also a key figure.

Penningtons Manches LLP’s Warren Collins has particular experience in US claims, and has handled cases related to traumatic brain injury, amputations and fatal accidents.

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