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BLM has ‘a great team of lawyers that provides consistently high levels of professionalism and expertise’. The ‘tenaciousVictoria Kennedy specialises in large loss claims for insurers and corporate clients, and is ‘the absolute epitome of the modern lawyer – always highly professional, approachable and knowledgeable’. Practice head Michael Pether’s expertise includes catastrophic injuries related to stress, abuse and education. Jennette Newman specialises in health and safety claims across various industry sectors.

Clyde & Co LLP’s team provides ‘a generally high level of service’ with ‘genuine strength in depth’. Kevin Bitmead heads the practice, which includes ‘strong and consistent performers’ Danielle Singer, Charles Brown and David Knapp. Key clients include Aviva, AXA Insurance and the NHSLA.

DWF’s ‘well-prepared’ group is led by Graham Dickinson who has notable experience acting on international claims, particularly involving French and Spanish insurers. Claire Bowler heads the international claims group, advising UK and European insurers on catastrophic injury claims and large loss cases.

The team at Kennedys is noted for its ‘reliable, detailed attention, good professional expertise and realistic strategy’. Key figures include Mark Burton, who ‘pushes the boundaries of the law with innovative ideas about how best to resolve claims; Joe McManus, who handles major catastrophic injury claims; and Tracy Head, who leads the casualty team, which acts for composite insurers and large corporates.

DAC Beachcroft LLP is singled out for its ‘practical and responsible advice to clients’. Practice head Tania Sless is highly recommended for her product liability claims expertise, and Andrew Parker has notable experience in employers’ liability, construction and disease claims. Associate Alastair Homan is also a name to note.

Philip Tracey heads the team at Plexus Law, which includes Kathryn Oldfield, who handles large loss claims; Anthony Baker, who heads the casualty team; and Steve Phillips, who is ‘a standout practitioner in asbestos litigation’.

Weightmans LLP is ‘a heavyweight defendant PI firm’, which is a regular fixture on significant catastrophic injury claims. Practice head Elaine Chapmanhas an excellent understanding of what the client wants’. Other key figures include David Johnson, who is ‘a great tactical thinker’; and Sarah Hamilton, who is ‘great with employers’ liability claims’ and ‘leaves no stone unturned when preparing a case’.

Browne Jacobson LLP is singled out for its ‘very good advice, especially in the area of social services and alleged sexual and physical abuse cases’. David Maggs heads the team, which includes the ‘knowledgeable and approachableAndrew Pieri, and Sarah Erwin-Jones, who is ‘sensitive to reputational risk issues, and provides sound legal guidance’. Steven Conway left to join Keystone Law.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s ‘approach to each client is informed by the broader strategic concerns of the indemnitor’ and the team is ‘always interested in facilitating resolution and minimising disputes’. Tony Dempster jointly heads the practice with the ‘responsive, perceptive and detail-oriented’ Howard Watson, who specialises in high-value group actions.

RPC’s group is noted for its ‘great level of industry knowledge’ and for its ‘consideration of both old and new case laws in its advice’. Gavin Reese and Nick McMahon co-head the group, which acts for clients including OIM, Arch and Hiscox, and which successfully represented the defendant in a £1m traumatic amputation claim.

Hill Dickinson LLP is ‘very knowledgeable on all aspects of maritime law’, with practice head Maria Pittordis attracting praise for providing industry knowledge that is ‘second to none’. Recent work includes acting for TUI UK and Louis Cruises in a class action brought by 43 passengers related to a bacterial gastro-intestinal illness. John Caddies is the other key figure.

Charlotte Davies leads the practice at Ince & Co, which has notable cross-industry expertise and handles claims related to workplace and construction accidents, and health and safety issues. Deafness and asbestos liability are also key areas of focus.

Keystone Law’s practice was strengthened by the arrival of Steven Conway from Browne Jacobson LLP in 2016. Conway has notable experience defending local authorities, public authorities and insurers against a range of civil claims. Cordelia Rushby is also a key figure.

John Strange heads the marine personal injury team at Thomas Cooper LLP, which ‘has an outstanding degree of knowledge within its niche area of practice. Rachel Mills acts for ship owners and their insurers, P&I clubs and cruise operators. Key clients include Britannia Steamship Insurance Association, Norwegian Hull Club and Thomas Miller P&I.

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