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Irwin Mitchell β€˜houses a remarkable group of superb practitioners who are strong on client care and always willing to go that extra mile; it has real strength in depth’. Head of team Lindsay Wise is a β€˜personable and able litigator who is also superb with clients’. Jennifer Cawthorne is β€˜tremendously committed to her clients, works exceptionally hard and provides a good and realistic assessment of each case’ and Mark Havenhand β€˜takes the time to explain each stage of the claim in great detail and guides his clients step by step. Clients always feel that he is on top of every detail’. Frank Patterson has particular expertise in cancer misdiagnosis as well as birth injury cases. At associate level Sharon Williams is β€˜always well prepared, shows great attention to detail and is very good client with clients’. Dina Lambourne has β€˜flourished throughout the years, she can absorb the detail in the really complex cases and out of this can produce fabulous results for her clients’ and Kevin Saul is β€˜thorough and dedicated’. Assistant solicitor Shahin Master has β€˜excellent knowledge of dental law’. The team is adept at handling the most complex and high-value cases covering the whole spectrum of severity claims, with specialist advice on negligence involving suicides. In addition, it has a reputation nationally for dental negligence claims and has developed a specialism in supporting currently serving and retired/discharged members of HM Forces.

Slater and Gordon β€˜remains at the pinnacle of clinical negligence in the North West and is one of the best teams nationally’. Liverpool-based Ian Cohen β€˜cares greatly, makes a real difference to the cases he is involved in and has the guts and the drive to make things happen’. Other key figures include Brian Dawson, who has β€˜loads of experience’and senior associate Justine Jones. The β€˜highly intelligent, utterly professional and very determined’ Jenny Urwin heads the team in Manchester, which includes the β€˜effective, efficient and charming’ Julia Hamilton, the β€˜empathetic’ Claire Horton and the β€˜thorough and sympathetic’ Kristofer Inskip. The team advises on a broad array of matters and has a dedicated expertise in medical law and Human Rights law. It is also experienced in assisting families with pursuing cases opposing DNR (do not resuscitate) orders. The firm is regularly instructed on the potential application of Article 2 of the Human Rights Act. It also routinely advises on group actions and on complex medical legal issues involving multiple defendants. Other areas of expertise include urogynaecological cases, amputation cases and cauda equina cases.

JMW Solicitors LLP’s lawyers β€˜stand out for their attention to detail, hard work and dedication to their clients’. Practice head Eddie Jones leads a β€˜successful practice that still manages to offer a very personal service’. He is renowned for his expertise in child and adult catastrophic brain injury cases and spinal injury work. The β€˜very well-prepared and meticulous’ Olivia Scates β€˜gains her clients’ trust and confidence’. Sally Leonards, who is very skilled at dealing with cerebral palsy, spinal injury and high-value catastrophic injury claims, is β€˜thorough, experienced and approachable but steely when it comes to dealing with defendants when needed’. Melissa Gardner has extensive experience of successfully settling high-value child brain injury and cauda equina syndrome claims and is a β€˜first-rate lawyer’. Beth Reay β€˜combines academic excellence with the common touch. Clients consider her to be not just their lawyer, but also their friend’. Senior associate Steven Brown is a β€˜highly competent solicitor who is going places’. The specialist practice deals with claims against the NHS, private sector healthcare organisations and individuals, with an emphasis on successfully settling high-value brain injury cases that have been vigorously defended by the NHS. Another niche area of expertise is the successful management of kernicterus brain injury and cauda equina syndrome spinal injury claims.

Leigh Day has two standout lawyers in the β€˜excellent’ Stephen Jones who is β€˜thoughtful, careful and realistic with a great bedside manner’, and the β€˜intelligent, helpful and sympathetic’ Brendan Hope, who is a β€˜fantastic lawyer’. Hope joined the practice from Slater and Gordon. The group is β€˜meticulous at looking into every aspect of the claim’, and has extensive experience of acting in high-value complex claims in areas such as cerebral palsy, brain injury, spinal injury and amputation. Jones is also known for his work representing families at inquests.

Potter Rees Dolan is β€˜going from strength to strength’. Senior solicitor Gill Edwards is a β€˜very good new recruit’ from Slater and Gordon and is β€˜accustomed to dealing with complex matters’. The β€˜keenly intelligent, confident, cheerful and compassionate’ Helen Dolan leads the team and is praised for her β€˜calm command of all matters to do with the case’. Senior solicitor Lesley Herbertson is a β€˜first-class solicitor, completely efficient and totally intelligent with excellent communication skills’. The team handles all aspects of serious injuries stemming from treatment through the NHS and private hospitals, with considerable expertise in a broad range of matters from medical mismanagement at birth, failure-to-diagnose cases and cases involving surgical negligence.

Stephensons Solicitors LLP attracts praise for its β€˜highly client-centric approach’ and for its β€˜hardworking team, which does a first-class job’. The β€˜excellent and well-managed department’ is led by the β€˜highly respectable’ Judith Thomas-Whittingham, who is a β€˜very bright and able lawyer and remains very down to earth’. Claire Mooney is an β€˜extremely thorough and thoughtful lawyer’ and Carla Twist is β€˜very caring and efficient’. Louise Griffiths and newly promoted partner Tom Mooney are also singled out for praise. The β€˜very professional and ethical team’ acts for clients nationwide and is known for its specialist expertise in birth and brain injury, medical misdiagnosis and amputation cases. In addition the team has secured the clinical negligence civil contract from the Legal Aid Agency, which enables it to conduct legal aid work throughout the country.

The Roland Partnership is β€˜one of the leading clinical negligence firms in the North West of England; It has a depth of experience within the team’. Practice head Nina Roland is a β€˜practitioner of formidable experience and good sense, who never seems to lose her zeal or determination and secures excellent results for her clients’. Trevor Roland has a β€˜terrific eye for the telling details of the case’. Solicitor Sovani James is a β€˜safe pair of hands with a track record of success and is one to watch’. The team deals with private, insurance and publicly funded work. Recent matters include advising on serious brain injuries, serious birth injuries and cerebral palsy in addition to serious orthopaedic and other medical injuries.

At Butcher & Barlow LLP, Anthony Higham is an β€˜extremely experienced practitioner who regularly deals with claims of the upmost severity with sensitivity and a no-nonsense approach’. Gregory Porter and solicitor Adam Shawcross are both β€˜well prepared, efficient and thorough; they are personable and offer realistic advice to their clients’. Recent work includes representing one of the families at the Hillsborough inquest and enquiry.

Express Solicitors Ltd’s Ben Gent β€˜has very quickly established a well-earned name for consistently high-quality advice that is always provided in a caring way’. Gent is β€˜always prepared to go that extra mile for his clients and he shows great intuition of what his clients need’. Associate Anna Pearson is β€˜thorough and very effective’ and is another key member of the team that is adept at handling high-value claims. Pearson demonstrates a β€˜great insight into the key issues of the case’.

Forbes Solicitors β€˜knows what points to push to put the defendant in difficulty; the team provides a personalised and attentive service and each case is likely to be handled by an experienced partner throughout ’. Head of department Peter Dugdale is β€˜tenacious and will go the extra mile to make his case a success’ and John Bennett is a β€˜skilled negotiator’. It frequently acts in multi-pound claims and court of protection cases.

Jobling Gowler LLP Solicitors routinely handles complex claims arising from birth injury, spinal injury and unnecessary fatalities. In 2016 the firm developed an in-house Court of Protection team. Simon Gowler specialises in complex clinical negligence claims, with an emphasis on those arising from birth damage. Heather Jobling is also recommended.

At Linder Myers the β€˜careful but compassionate’ Sarah Sedge specialises in ophthalmology, cosmetic surgery, obstetrics and general surgery cases. It fields a large and specialist team that advises on the full spectrum of complex claims and works closely with its Court of Protection department. Areas of specialism include high-value brain injury and birth injury claims coupled with delayed diagnosis and GP negligence cases. Julia Bridges and Sion Wynne are also recommended. Former head of department Trevor Ward has joined Knights Professional Services Limited.

The Dental Law Partnership is a β€˜market leader in dental claims; it knows all about dental negligence claims inside out’. David Corless-Smith and Christopher Dean are key contacts and associates Daniel Kinnear and Heather Owen have β€˜bags of experience and know exactly how to conduct cases to achieve good outcomes’. The team provides specialist advice to claimants in dental negligence claims.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP has been doing some β€˜excellent work’ under the leadership of the β€˜brilliant’ Linda Millband, who is based in Birmingham. β€˜Thorough and tenacious’ senior solicitor Maya Patel remains β€˜calm under pressure’ and solicitor Spencer Knaggs is β€˜always well prepared and is fantastic with clients’. It is handling a substantial number of claims involving catastrophic injuries (including cerebral palsy, amputations and brain injuries) and acts for some of the most influential trade unions in the country.

Your Legal Friend has an β€˜experienced team’ that includes Laura Morgan, who has considerable expertise in birth and brain injury cases, amputations and fatal cases. Morgan is an β€˜excellent clinical negligence practitioner’. Sara Stanger is also recommended for her work on cases arising from a delay in diagnosis of cancer and orthopaedic matters including brachial plexus and Erbs palsy injuries.


Clinical negligence: defendant

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BLM’s team has β€˜extensive experience of healthcare matters across the board, which allows them to see things from all angles’. The β€˜friendly, insightful and pragmatic β€˜Sarah Woodwark is β€˜great to work with’, and Lisa Nabou is an β€˜incredibly safe pair of hands’. Also recommended are Chris Dexter, who has a β€˜forensic approach’; Nigel Wood, who is β€˜very thorough and tactically excellent’; and Claire Fitzgerald, who is β€˜an up-and-coming lawyer who is one to watch for the future’. The group regularly advises on high-value cases brought against healthcare professionals, with expertise in delayed diagnosis, surgical claims (especially neurosurgery), wrongful birth and brain injury claims, in addition to claims brought under the Human Rights Act.

Practice head Simon Wortley is a key contact at DAC Beachcroft LLP, which handles a large volume of the NHS Litigation Authority’s portfolio and is adept at dealing with group actions that arise as a result of the work of individual surgeons in the field of cosmetic surgery and orthopaedics. It is currently dealing with orthopaedic product liability claims arising from the use of components in the NHS. In addition, the skilled team acts for a large share of the private sector market, with clients including the Medical Defence Union, Spire, Bupa and Nuffield. In a major matter the group successfully defended BMI Healthcare in a two-week liability-only trial.

Hempsons fields β€˜experienced, knowledgeable and high-quality practitioners; there is real strength in depth in the team’. The β€˜unflappable’ Anne Ball is an β€˜excellent strategic thinker’ and the β€˜vastly experienced’ Kirsten Blohm is a β€˜shrewd tactician’. Simeon Bower is an β€˜excellent litigator whose quiet and calm approach is underpinned by great skill and a strong nerve’. At a more junior level associate Jayne Popplewell is β€˜already a very strong litigator’ and solicitor Belinda Goodwin is β€˜very impressive’. The team is well equipped to handle the full range of clinical negligence matters with key expertise in sectors such as complex, high-value and sensitive matters in addition to multi-party actions. The team defended seven trials at first instance and at the appellate courts in 2016. It also has considerable skill in advising on periodical payments and acts for clients such as the NHSLA, the MDU and a large number of trusts in addition to commercial medical practice insurers. Other named clients include Stockport NHS Foundation Trust.

Hill Dickinson LLP’s β€˜knowledge of the healthcare industry is exemplary; the scope of knowledge across the teams and within the teams is amazing and this knowledge is seamlessly provided to the client’. Andrew Craggs (a β€˜robust and able litigator’) and the β€˜meticulous’ Richard Watson are both β€˜enormously experienced and swift off the mark to ensure that clients get the right help as quickly as possible’. Philip Bradbury, Jonathan Heap, Andrew Leslie and Mike McKenna are all β€˜thorough; clients always feel in safe hands with them’. Other members of the large team include the β€˜very practical and level-headed’ Ian Gardiner, who β€˜can be relied upon to keep the head in the most emotive situations’ and the β€˜fearless’ David Locke, who excels at health-sector group litigation. Legal Director Joanne Hughes is a β€˜rocket, with impressive brainpower and the energy to match; she has a confident and robust approach to the high-value caseloads that she handles’. Clients include the NHS Litigation Authority, Virgin Care, the Care Quality Commission and new client the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

Weightmans LLP is β€˜excellent across the board’. The β€˜excellent’ Vicky Morris is one of the client partners for the NHS Litigation Authority and specialises in complex or unusual clinical negligence claims; Richard Jolly is also a nominated partner for the NHSLA. He handles high-value clinical negligence claims and advises trusts on a whole range of legal issues from corporate governance, policies and procedures to human rights issues. Other major clients include Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trusts, Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Public Health England.

Browne Jacobson LLP fields a β€˜superb team whose client care is second to none; it is supportive throughout of the defendant and very aware of the great strain that litigation puts on them’. The β€˜tenacious and considerate’ Amanda Callaghan is at the β€˜forefront of client care and defendant medicolegal work’, and Dr. Andrew Peel has a β€˜high profile in this area; he is utterly dedicated, goes that extra mile, and draws on his own experience as a former qualified doctor to great effect’. Associate Heather Caddy has β€˜excellent judgement and a no-nonsense approach when giving advice’, and solicitor Louise Jackson is β€˜passionate and formidable when fighting a case’. The ten-strong team acts for clients such as HCA International, the Medical Protection Society, NHS Resolution, BMI, Stockport Acute NHS Foundation Trust and private clinicians and clinics such as the Priory Group. It also has considerable healthcare inquest expertise.


Personal injury: claimant

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Irwin Mitchell is β€˜able to deploy its considerable resources to all cases to produce very high quality work and to get great results for its clients’. Team head Jonathan Betts is β€˜at the top of his game, makes things happen, is very organised, personable, caring, patient and committed’. Catherine Leech is β€˜one of the most knowledgeable spinal injury lawyers in the UK’, and Deirdre Healy has an β€˜endless capacity to absorb each and every detail of brain injury cases’. Geraldine Coombs is also recognised for her work on asbestos-related disease work and Matt Brown is well regarded for his work on injuries of maximum severity, complex orthopaedic injuries and amputations. The team has a β€˜market-leading’ reputation for its work in serious brain injury, spinal, amputee and other complex injury work, in addition to its work on military and disease cases. Another key member of the group is Geraldine McCool, who specialises in product liability, aviation and military claims. Key figures at associate level include Matthew Garson, who has β€˜an excellent rapport with his clients’; the β€˜conscientious’ Gina Heather; and the β€˜caring and compassionate’ Richard Biggs.

Slater and Gordon is β€˜able to draw on a great deal of experience throughout the firm to handle the most complex and high-value cases very well’. The β€˜very experienced’ Richard Scorer is β€˜one of the leaders in abuse law’ and Michael Hardacre is β€˜very personable, committed and experienced in getting the right result for his clients; he really understands the litigation process and isn’t afraid to take on the most difficult cases’. Patricia Noone has the β€˜ability to cut to the chase and summarise often very complex matters into clear issues’. Stephen Hill has a β€˜great gift of being able to think things through in new and innovative ways to solve problems’ and the β€˜tenacious’ Jennifer Maloney β€˜stands out for the way she helps profoundly injured claimants and for her drive to get rehabilitation on board for her clients as soon as possible’. Carol Hopwood is β€˜compassionate, supportive and knowledgeable’. Clients are β€˜extremely impressed with’ senior associate Gemma Hall’s β€˜commitment and client-centric approach’. Pauline Chandler is recommended for her industrial disease work.

JMW Solicitors LLP has a β€˜team of very experienced lawyers’ headed by Chris Sutton and Richard Powell. Andrew Lilley heads the industrial disease team and Gordon Cartwright handles high-value personal injury claims with particular expertise in brain and head injuries, amputations and serious orthopaedic claims. Paul Breen joined the team from Cassell Moore. The team advises on the full spectrum of work from minor to catastrophic injuries. It is skilled at handling road traffic collisions, employers’ liability, occupiers’ liability and industrial disease claims of all values. The group has several specialisms in a range of including mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases, cycling claims and accidents/injuries that have been sustained abroad.

Leigh Day provides β€˜a high level of service and dedication’. The team is singled out for its β€˜truly expert service to those who have been injured abroad; the lawyers have real in-depth expertise in travel package claims and injuries that have occurred in the air or at sea’. Key figures include the β€˜very thorough’ Andrew Bradley and the β€˜tenacious’ Clare Campbell, who is an β€˜outstanding cross-border personal injury lawyer with extensive experience of handling tricky jurisdictional issues and is committed to achieving the best possible result for her client’. At a more junior level Joseph Dawson is a β€˜very knowledgeable and confident; he is a rising star’. The team is also very skilled in the niche area of cycling claims. Ben Hacking is β€˜extremely knowledgeable about cycling claims’. Kevin Johnson is one of the β€˜leading solicitors in the North West for asbestos claims’; he has an β€˜extremely reassuring manner with clients’ and joined the team from Slater and Gordon to assist in opening the firm’s new Liverpool office.

Potter Rees Dolan has an β€˜absolutely fantastic and approachable team with first-rate knowledge of all aspects of personal injury claims’. Rachel Rees has β€˜intrinsic knowledge of head injuries and the long-term effects of such injuries; she is about as good as you can get in this area’. The β€˜diligent and approachable’ Hugh Potter is an β€˜excellent communicator’. The β€˜tenacious’ Richard Edwards and β€˜excellent’ Gary Herbert are also recommended. The practice specialises in the most serious cases for victims of catastrophic injuries and is renowned for its expertise in complex brain and spinal injury cases and injuries requiring amputations, serious orthopaedic injuries and criminal injuries.

Serious Law LLP has a β€˜proactive team with a keen focus on practicality; no case is too difficult’. Ben Priestley is β€˜an outstanding professional who has excellent communication skills and is fully supportive of his clients’. Tim Walters is β€˜highly skilled and organised, while also being very empathetic to his clients’. The β€˜knowledgeable and efficient’ Matthew Dixon β€˜relates very well to his clients and is able to explain complex matters in a practical way’. Senior associate Caroline Morris has a β€˜really natural way with clients but can be aggressive when needed against difficult opponents’. Jonathan Syddall (also a senior associate) is β€˜highly competent’. The firm operates on a nationwide basis and has acted in some of the most serious and complex cases in the country involving spinal, brain injuries and is especially skilled at handling difficult liability cases. Richard Crabtree recently joined the team from Slater and Gordon, offsetting the departure of the β€˜extremely professional and dedicated’ Matthew Heap, who is now at Knights Professional Services Limited.

Simpson Millar LLP is known for its serious injury work, with niche specialisms in brain injury, spinal cord and loss of limb cases. Rose Gibson is an β€˜outstanding claimant lawyer who will always go the extra mile to ensure that her clients achieve the best possible outcomes’. Gibson is also known for her work representing families at inquests. Peter Garsden leads an β€˜incredibly dedicated, knowledgeable and hardworking team that is always willing to work even harder and push boundaries to secure the best outcomes for very badly damaged people’. Garsden heads the specialist child abuse department. Melanie Burden heads the serious personal injury department and is strong on cases involving chronic pain neuropathic conditions (especially CRPS and Fibromyalgia).

Thompsons Solicitors LLP represents a significant number of trade unions. The serious injury team deals exclusively with cases of such severity that clients are likely to require significant ongoing care and rehabilitation. Martyn Gwyther has extensive experience of cross-border claims including multimillion-pound fatal accidents and catastrophic injury claims. Imogen Wetton specialises in serious injuries and workplace accidents such as brain and amputation injuries. Janet Finney is another key contact. Recent work includes representing a young man who sustained life-changing brain injuries in a road traffic accident and secured multimillion-pound damages. In another significant matter the team is representing an infant who was injured at birth and sustained cerebral palsy.

CFG Law is a niche serious injury firm that has a β€˜strong sense of looking after the interests of its clients’. Key figures include Alastair Fernie, who leads the team; the β€˜very supportive and proactive’ Sabrina Lawlor; and Natasha Ulph, who is β€˜passionate about client care’. Recent work includes securing a favourable settlement for a fork lift driver after he was involved in a serious accident at work that knocked him unconscious.

The team at Farleys Solicitors LLP is β€˜on the ball and works to a very high standard’. Jonathan Bridge heads the abuse and inquests team, which has β€˜amassed a significant amount of experience in this specialised area’. The β€˜methodical’ team shows β€˜great sensitivity to its clients many of whom are so vulnerable’. Nick Molyneux heads the personal injury team, with particular experience in catastrophic injury cases including brain and spinal claims. The team is also skilled at representing clients with cases of fibromyalgia and other pain disorders in addition to industrial disease claims following exposure to asbestos.

Fletchers Solicitors is praised for its β€˜compassionate approach coupled with having good systems in place to ensure efficiency in managing claims’. Adrian Denson is β€˜brilliant for spinal injury work and is an established heavyweight in the claimant personal injury world’. Julia Eyton, a chartered legal executive, is β€˜extremely caring, very popular with clients and at the same time will get the job done’. Her expertise spans catastrophic spinal, brain, orthopaedic injuries, amputation, brachial plexus and fatal accidents. Solicitor Gerard Horton is also recommended. The team secured substantial damages for a claimant who suffered multiple injuries as a result of a road traffic accident.

Hilary Meredith Solicitors is an β€˜excellent firm for claimant personal injury and related work such as inquests. It is a specialist firm when it comes to military claims’. Hilary Meredith is described as the β€˜most tenacious personal injury lawyer, who is absolutely dedicated to her clients; she is constantly striving to get the best resolution of her clients’ claims’. Clare Stevens is β€˜fantastic with clients and is excellent at guiding them through the complexities of personal injury litigation and inquests’. Both are β€˜enormously experienced on military claims and can handle the most demanding of clients really well’. Gary Boyd is praised for his β€˜great attention to detail’. The team has long-established links with UK servicemen and women and the armed forces community, as well as a number of associated charities.

Linder Myers’ β€˜unique selling point is its personal attention to every detail coupled with a wonderful compassionate attitude to the claimant’. Its excellent niche occupational disease practice, which specialises in asbestos cases is singled out for particular praise. Jon Andrews has a β€˜dogged yet affable determination to support each client in their claim; he is a star performer, a great negotiator and is very tenacious in the pursuit of a successful resolution of the most difficult cases’. Andrews is adept at handling all aspects of mesothelioma claims in addition to asbestos-related lung claims. Another key member of the β€˜compassionate and efficient team’ is the β€˜diligent’ Sheila Costello who β€˜works hard for her clients and gets good results’. Andrew McBride’s strength lies in brain and catastrophic injury cases. Other core strengths include motorcycle accidents and the team works closely with its Court of Protection department to provide long-term support to severely injured clients.

Roberts Jackson Solicitors is β€˜at the forefront of industrial disease cases both regionally and nationally’. For some, the firm, β€˜has no equal in the area of noise-induced hearing loss’. The β€˜astute and energised’ Karen Jackson is noted for her β€˜legendary knowledge of the industrial disease market’. Amrit Singh Atwal is praised for his β€˜attention to client care’ and the β€˜hardworking’ Lorna McGlone β€˜deals very effectively with the most complex cases’. The β€˜very able’ Jennifer Corris is also recommended.

Kevin Walker and Andrew Kwan are the key figures at Clear Law LLP. Recent work includes acting in a claim arising from the alleged clinical negligence of the defendant when the defendant failed to discover the presence of a Mirena coil before performing an abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy. The team secured a favourable settlement for the client.

Gorvins Solicitors handles a large volume of road traffic accidents as well as employers’ and public liability cases. It also deals with a significant number of complex cases involving multiple injuries. Head of department Stuart Biddle is experienced in cases involving chronic pain disorders and brain injuries. Associate Paul Regan has particular expertise in litigated public liability claims.

Scott Rees & Co fields an β€˜attentive team that communicates well and clearly with its clients’. Royston Smith is a key contact at the team, which routinely advises on road traffic accident claims and personal injury matters.

Express Solicitors Ltd has a β€˜very professional and caring team’ that includes the β€˜knowledgeable’ Richard Lowery and Daniel Slade, who β€˜asks the right questions’. Senior partner Robin Patey is also singled out for his handling of cases. At associate level Craig Philips has a β€˜great grasp of the main issues of the case’ and Anna Woodruff manages cases with β€˜skill and determination’. In a complex matter on liability and quantum the team secured a good settlement for the claimant who suffered a severe head injury and brain injury when she was knocked over by the defendant.

The β€˜dedicated’ Mike Molloy at Horwich Cohen Coghlan deals with β€˜very substantial personal injury claims in an effective and sensible way’.

KhanMather Solicitors has a β€˜professional team that is passionate about what it does and leaves no stone unturned’. Saqib Khan is β€˜always able to assist with difficult issues, provides good advice and is supportive in helping clients piece things back together’. The β€˜exceptional’ Helen Penney is also recommended. The team secured a favourable outcome for a client who had received a poor level of treatment at his local NHS Trust. The matter was complicated by the fact that although a breach of duty had been admitted, causation was a live issue.

Alison Connolly heads the department at Nexus Solicitors Limited, which advises on a broad range of injury claims and traumatic brain injuries in particular. It settled a claim for a Manchester-based professional services business owner who sustained life-threatening injuries in a road traffic accident. Director Christopher Pugh is also recommended.

Associate Ashley Singer heads the team at SAS Daniels LLP. He advises on a broad range of claims and is skilled at advising on larger claims. The team advises on claims arising from road traffic accidents, accidents at work and those involving animals. It secured a settlement for an elderly lady who fell over a pothole; the issue of quantum was complicated as there was uncertainty surrounding the cost of future dental treatment.

Savas & Savage Solicitors’ workload includes high-value and complex claims in areas such as criminal injuries, clinical negligence and personal injury. Savas Argirou is recommended. The team successfully represented a man who had an accident at work when he tripped over an unsecured cable.

Your Legal Friend fields a team that attracts praise for its β€˜meticulous preparation’. Key figures include Alison Saul and Jenna Hargreaves, who has acted in claims involving serious injuries where clients have required home adaptations, future care and assistance.


Personal injury: defendant

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BLM has a β€˜strong team with real strength in depth that provides expert knowledge, insight and support on a timely, commercial and professional basis’. Jonathan Clay has β€˜great technical and insurance market knowledge, which he delivers in a very hands-on way’. Also recommended are Joanne Francis, who provides β€˜high-quality advice on time’; Val Jones and Donna Rawding, who are both β€˜very experienced and build up a great rapport with clients’; the β€˜pragmatic’ Stuart Hardy; and the β€˜very capable and erudite’ Andrew Kerr. Other key figures include the β€˜very able’ Stuart Furniss, who is recommended for catastrophic injury work, and Ruth Graham, who oversees the transport team and is a β€˜conscientious and calming presence on the really big cases’. Nicholas Thorne brings a β€˜balance of pragmatism and intelligence to cases and is good on complex liability disputes’; he is particularly experienced in brain injury claims. Lauren Gosnell is an β€˜up-and-coming associate who already has the feel for the big-game litigation’. The team has significant expertise in retail, leisure, construction, manufacturing and utilities claims. Key clients include Zurich, Allianz, QBE and Direct Line Group. It recently successfully represented the Ministry of Defence in a claim for damages for personal injury that was brought by a former Gurkha soldier injured in an adventure training exercise in Canada. The team negotiated a favourable settlement.

Clyde & Co LLP is among β€˜the most impressive of the defendant insurer firms’. Peter Walmsley is β€˜very experienced in serious injury claims and takes a sensible and collaborative approach, which is very effective in resolving complex disputes’. He heads the catastrophic injury and large-loss team in Manchester and specialises in claims with a value in excess of Β£5m. Hugh Mullins is very experienced in group litigation and Mark Hemsted provides a β€˜personal and detailed service on higher-value injury claims and complex indemnity cases’. Hemsted’s clients include a number of composite motor insurers and major corporations. David Wynn is a β€˜pragmatic and tenacious advocate who fights hard to protect his clients’. Wynn’s primary practice is in asbestos related, carcinogenic and chemical poisoning claims for composite insurers and multinational companies. He also handles complex, multi-track employers’ and public liability matters. James Dadge acts exclusively for road traffic, employers’ liability and public liability insurers and their insureds. The practice has a broad range of specialist teams dedicated to areas as diverse as abuse, costs issues as well as fraudulent claims, with a particular speciality in cases involving brain injury, spinal cord damage and amputations. It also deals with low-value/low-complexity personal injury cases and has a specialist volume disease team that deals with pre-litigation noise induced hearing loss and mesothelioma claims.

DWF is a β€˜major national player with expertise at every level’; β€˜many of its solicitors are very highly regarded and it has an impressive commitment to training up its juniors well’. Dave Young does a β€˜really great job for his insurer clients, while also being fair and pragmatic’. Philip D’Netto has β€˜many years of personal injury claims experience; he is an excellent negotiator who can cut to the chase to resolve issues quickly’. The β€˜hardworking’ Carl Graham is an β€˜excellent litigator who is fair and sympathetic when dealing with claims brought by claimants with catastrophic injuries’. Director Jamie Taylor, who is recommended for his excellent work on fraud claims and telematics, has β€˜time and time again delivered outstanding results’. The β€˜very thorough’ Ian Slater is β€˜completely client-focused’. Paul Berry and Rob McKee are also recommended. Clients include major insurers such as Aviva, QBE, Quinn and Zurich. The large practice has a number of specialist teams in catastrophic injuries and large loss, as well as areas such as occupational health and industrial disease. In addition it has considerable expertise in motor traffic accidents and counter fraud work.

Kennedys has β€˜one of the pre-eminent teams in the region’, which is praised for its β€˜clear understanding of the most complex cases’. Head of department Richard McKeown has β€˜great commercial vision and is tactically astute’. He is ably assisted by senior associates Ian Ford, who is β€˜very knowledgeable and experienced’ and is praised for his β€˜very clear advice’; and Katherine Totty, who is β€˜hugely experienced’. The practice recruited Gordon Davidson, who specialises in liability claims and is described as a β€˜legal colossus who adds considerably to the team’. It also recruited Paula Garvey, who is experienced in claims in the transport, manufacturing, hospitality and care sectors. Both Davidson and Garvey joined from Hill Dickinson LLP. It has an impressive roster of clients such as Hilton Hotels, JD Weatherspoon and Merseyrail in addition to acting for a number of market leading insurers.

DAC Beachcroft LLP continues to flourish and acts for many of the leading UK insurers. Craig Godding heads a strong motor injury team and has a wealth of experience in dealing with complex road traffic, employers’ liability and public liability claims. Corrinne Sinker is recommended for her work on accident and asbestos-related claims. Iain Moore is now a consultant. Clients include DHL and Westfield. Forbes Solicitors provides a β€˜superb service and works hard for clients’. The firm is β€˜fast becoming one of the major players in abuse work’. Key figures include the β€˜experienced’ Kella Bowers and Elizabeth Bower, who is β€˜extremely knowledgeable’. Also recommended are Paul Geldard and Martin Crabtree, who are β€˜truly excellent for high-value and complex matters’; and Chris Booth, who β€˜truly goes the extra mile to secure results for his clients regardless of the overall value of the claim’. The team has substantial experience defending all types of claims but works predominantly in the public sector and retail arenas acting for clients such as ASDA and the Cooperative Group. The practice is particularly known for its work in the defence of historic sex abuse/grooming claims and acts for clients such as Rotherham Councils.

Keoghs LLP has a β€˜very strong client-focused team with consummate professionals who are reliable and experienced’. Mike Pope garners praise as a β€˜very experienced handler of catastrophic injury cases of the highest complexity; his advice is renowned for being sound, to the point and easily digestible’. Estelle Machell is a β€˜tenacious and highly intelligent solicitor who has fantastic tactical awareness and is the go-to partner if the matter is likely to go to trial’. Andrew Underwood is also β€˜immensely experienced, with an excellent feel for the value of the case’ and the β€˜pragmatic’ Mark Whalley is β€˜in tune with his clients’. It acts for eight of the top ten UK general insurers as well as government and public bodies and large corporates across a wide range of sectors including fraud and disease work.

Weightmans LLP is a β€˜well-respected and highly professional outfit’, with specialist expertise in occupational stress and bullying work. Key figures include Roddy Macleod, who is a β€˜very tough and experienced opponent’, Jim Bryant, who is β€˜always calm, clear and at explaining matters from different perspectives’, and David Holt, who heads the large loss and technical claims practice and is the lead legal advisor for MIB. The large team has a number of areas of expertise including handling claims in child sexual exploitation/abuse cases. It works for 16 of the top 20 insurers and numerous FTSE 100 Companies, PLCs and large private and public organisations.

Andrew Evans at Hill Dickinson LLP is β€˜very knowledgeable and always willing to go the extra mile’. Kari Hansen is β€˜very focused and hardworking; she is determined to serve her clients’ interests well and has a good tactical and strategic overview of cases’. Both partners are particularly strong in the retail sector. Alastair Gillespie heads the abuse and social care team and senior associate Ian Carroll does β€˜first-class’ work in this area, especially in religious claims. The team acts for major insurers and a wide range of corporates including Marks & Spencer and Chaucer. Gordon Davidson and Paula Garvey joined Kennedys.

Plexus Law’s lawyers β€˜are real players in the market’. Tim Short and Lorien Helm are both β€˜excellent litigators’. Short specialises in high-value motor claims, brain injury, spinal injury and multi-party actions in addition to large-scale fraud rings. The team is adept at handling complex personal injury claims in numerous industry sectors including construction, retail and financial services. It is also experienced in multi-jurisdictional litigation. It counts household names such as Tesco, Swiss Re and Aspen as clients.


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The team at BLM is β€˜ably led’ by Jason Nash who is a β€˜very experienced and shrewd practitioner’. Nash β€˜knows the sector backwards’ and the β€˜pragmatic’ Ben Parks has β€˜excellent judgement’. The large regional team has a β€˜good range of skills at appropriate PQE levels’, among them associate Heather Mitchell, who provides β€˜clear, focused and commercial advice and has the ability to deal calmly and commercially with even the most assertive solicitors on the other side’. The practice can β€˜handle the full range of professional indemnity matters for various professionals such as accountants, surveyors and other emerging professions’. Clients include QBE, Zurich, Hiscox, RSA and Barbican.

Clyde & Co LLP’s professional liability team in Manchester has β€˜a very good reputation in the market, especially with the major insurers; the whole team has a high degree of specialist knowledge, an extensive familiarity with the professional indemnity insurance market and real commercial sophistication’. James Preece and Louisa Robbins are both β€˜extremely able and excellent with clients’. The β€˜charming’ Preece is a β€˜solid black letter lawyer with a very good eye on detail and a very good strategic overview of each case’. Robbins is β€˜effervescent and incredibly hardworking, always on top of every last detail and tireless in her ability to run a case exactly as it should be’. Anne-Marie Morgan-Barrett is a senior associate with β€˜great experience and a varied caseload; she is technically very good as well as being an extremely tough litigator’. The team is well placed to service the insurance market at all levels and for all types of claims, with lawyers focusing on each of the major professions in addition to the emerging professions. It also offers insurance products such as cyber, libel and crime cover and has recently successfully arbitrated a number of disputes. The team successfully defended arbitration proceedings that challenged the insurers’ refusal to cover solicitors who had acted as escrow agents in connection with a complex overseas investment. Key clients include AIG, Axis and Libra.

Hill Dickinson LLP provides a β€˜top-quality service; the team is very thorough and particularly strong on policy coverage and investigations into recovery/subrogation’. With the β€˜sharp and very knowledgeable’ Christopher Stanton β€˜you know that you are in a safe pair of hands’. The β€˜very pragmatic’ Sarah Naylor β€˜has excellent communication skills and does not crack under pressure; she has a real ability to get to the heart of the dispute and to steer you through it with a sure hand’. Other key members of the β€˜well-resourced and experienced team’ include Jonathan Anslow, who is β€˜very highly respected among his insurer clients and pulls no punches in tough negotiations’; and Ruth Lawrence, who heads insurance and has a key focus on construction claims. Legal director Tom Handley is an β€˜incredibly hardworking and no-nonsense lawyer who is wonderfully efficient and is just brilliant at drafting robust defence arguments’. The team continues to defend heavyweight claims concerning construction professionals and solicitors and has been increasingly advising on claims relating to pensions advice and film finance schemes.

Kennedys provides β€˜solid, reliable and swift advice, and is very good when a dispute involves an overseas element or proceedings in another jurisdiction as it can call upon its extensive office network’. Jeremy Riley, who heads the professional liability and financial institutions group, is β€˜extremely knowledgeable and also exceptionally client-focused’. The β€˜bright, astute and very reassuring’ Claire Bushen has a particular focus on accountants, auditors, insurance brokers, estate agents and solicitors and is β€˜totally committed to a case’. Tom Pelham β€˜really understands our business and works with us to deliver a favourable outcome’; he is recommended for his work in defending solicitors and accountants in high-value professional negligence claims. The team is also active in defending claims relating to directors and officers insurance, with an enviable client base including many of the market’s leading insurers. It also has extensive links with both the Northern and London broking and underwriting community.

Legal Risk LLP β€˜knows its subject inside out; its response times are immediate, technically correct and very commercial’. Frank Maher and his team are praised for providing β€˜an exceptional and affordable service’; Maher β€˜gives consistently very high-quality advice, absorbing the issues and background quickly and effectively and demonstrating an exceptional knowledge of the law’. He has an extensive track record in defending many of the largest law firms and handles fraud issues in the UK and elsewhere, as well as consumer credit matters. Francis Dingwall advises law firms and other professions and their insurers on professional liability issues and policy coverage disputes. The team is adept at handling coverage issues on mergers, acquisitions and the closure of law firms. Named clients include ALAS (Attorneys Liability Assurance Society). It has acted for over 30 of the top 100 firms and acts on policy coverage disputes both for the insurer and the insured.

Weightmans LLP stays on β€˜top of the detail of each case’. The β€˜very intelligent and knowledgeable’ Mickaela Fox β€˜combines excellent legal and analytical skills with a very empathetic and helpful personality’. Patrick Gaul is β€˜very switched on’ and James Holman adopts a β€˜sensible and commercial approach to his cases and deals carefully and well with his clients’. Mike Grant is β€˜full of enthusiasm and proactive energy. His sharp mind and outstanding technical expertise place him in the premier league of professional indemnity lawyers’. Associate Alex Marler is β€˜excellent at dealing with large and case-managed litigation’. The team has been increasingly advising on coverage work around non-disclosure and breach of warranty claims and has niche expertise in defending arbitrators. It has witnessed increased instructions in complex negligence claims against barristers and has also been working on a large number of claims against construction professionals. The practice has also enjoyed repeat instructions from blue chip law firms. Key clients include Inter Hannover, Travelers, Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund and Liberty. Highlights included dealing with multiple claims arising from the design of several commercial premises. Some of these premises collapsed which required demolition of existing structures and the re-design and construction of new premises. It also successfully defended a barrister in the High Court in a professional negligence action arising from the settlement of a personal injury claim where the claimant lacked capacity.

Clients of Addleshaw Goddard single out its particular experience in financial-led professional negligence work such as large-scale valuer negligence cases. Key figures include John Gosling, who is an β€˜excellent lawyer with great strategic judgement’, and Ben Lowans, who acts for major banks, building societies and commercial clients. Paul Rowley is a managing associate with β€˜years of experience to bring to bear on cases’.

DAC Beachcroft LLP is known for its β€˜high levels of service and for the breadth of its advice’. The β€˜solid’ Martin Paxton specialises in defending claims against various professionals including lawyers, insurance brokers and construction professionals. Ian McConkey heads the team and is known for his considerable experience in diverse claims against professionals such as brokers, valuers, directors and officers. Harald Loeffler has extensive experience of defending complex IT, IP and contractual disputes for insurers. β€˜Very knowledgeable’ senior associate Claire Randall- Smith is also recommended. It counts Markel, Aviva, Zurich and Travelers as clients. It is regularly instructed on complex, multi-party, high-profile and high-value claims particularly against solicitors, insurance brokers and design and construct contractors.

DWF fields an β€˜outstanding practice’ that covers the full range of disciplines, from fatality to criminal defence/health and safety investigations to inquests and regulatory proceedings. Head of team Kieran Walshe is β€˜hugely experienced, has fine tactical and commercial judgement, and is immensely hardworking’. Andrew MacLeod, Paul Dally and Mark Jenkyn-Jones are also key members of the team. Clients include QBE Insurance, Novae Syndicates, Ageas Insurance and Aviva. The team defended a firm of solicitors (on instruction by its professional indemnity insurers) in a claim for contribution/indemnity that was brought by a bank following declaration proceedings seeking removal of the bank’s legal charge.

FS Legal is a β€˜firm that punches well above its weight and is particularly strong in the areas of financial services, pensions and tax schemes’. The β€˜commercially focused and tenacious’ Kit Sorrell garners praise for his β€˜personal attention to clients and for ensuring that he gets a good result for his clients’. The other key partner is Julia Norris, who is β€˜definitely on the ball’. It routinely handles complex, multimillion-pound claims and represents high-profile individuals and national corporations such as Morris Homes.

Mills & Reeve LLP has a β€˜strong and visible brand in Manchester’ and fields an β€˜accessible, responsive and knowledgeable team that is willing to go that extra mile when needed’. Key contacts include the β€˜very bright and personable’ Niall Innes and β€˜clear and concise communicator’ Ben Hardiman. The team is renowned for its work in handling claims against legal professionals (solicitors, barristers and licensed coveyancers) and has been instructed to defend a number of high-profile and multimillion-pound claims. It is defending a firm of solicitors in a claim resulting from the sale of off-plan hotel rooms. Clients include Bar Mututal Indemnity Fund and XL Catlin.

Pannone Corporate LLP has a β€˜very accessible and responsive team that provides commercially sound advice’. The β€˜very calm and measured’ David Brown β€˜genuinely cares about his clients and does everything in his power to achieve the best possible outcome for them’. Paul Jonson has a β€˜good strategic overview of his cases’ and is also recommended. Other β€˜very able members of the team’ include associate partner Martin Pennington, who β€˜works extremely hard and is brilliant at getting to grips with and analysing data in complex cases’; and senior associate Sean Hackett, who is a β€˜first-rate litigator with an eye for detail’. It is a primarily claimant practice that acts against a wide range of professionals including tax professionals, architects and solicitors.

Berg recruited the β€˜incredibly user friendly and quietly knowledgeable’ Daniel Brumpton* from Irwin Mitchell, bringing his β€˜superlative client skills, commercial sense and tactical acumen’. He attracts praise for his β€˜depth of knowledge across all indemnity work’. The claimant professional negligence practice works for both businesses and individuals and β€˜can only go from strength to strength under his leadership’. *Since publication, Daniel Brumpton has joined Nelsons Solicitors Limited.

Mark Deverell heads the practice at Gorvins Solicitors, which handles a range of complex professional negligence and liability matters for clients against professionals including solicitors, barristers, surveyors, valuers and architects.

Shoosmiths LLP β€˜punches well above its weight’. Key figures include the β€˜very able’ Adam Draper, who is β€˜excellent with clients’, the β€˜very professional and knowledgeable’ Richard Marshall, who provides β€˜sound and well-considered advice’, and β€˜proactive’ solicitor Matthew Brown. Highlights included acting for Deltic Group, the UK’s largest nightclub operator, in the pursuit of a Β£1m professional negligence claim against its former insurance brokers. In another matter it is advising the claimant in a claim for the rectification of a will against the solicitors who prepared the will.

Slater Heelis LLP advises claimants in claims against a wide range of professionals such as solicitors, accountants, financial advisers and engineers. Helen Brown is skilled at handling high-value claims and associate Daniel Stern is experienced in property related negligence claims.


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