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Clinical negligence: claimant

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  1. Clinical negligence: claimant
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For some, Slater and Gordon has the ‘most efficient and professional team in the North West’. In Liverpool the ‘very approachable’ Ian Cohen ‘has an excellent grasp of the key issues’, and Christian Beadell ‘goes more than the extra mile for his clients’. Key individuals at the Manchester office include Kristofer Inskip, who is ‘highly organised and hardworking’; the ‘clever and determinedJenny Urwin; ‘effectiveJulia Hamilton; and Gill Edwards - .

Lindsay Wise leads the ‘strong team’ at Irwin Mitchell and is a ‘very able litigator’. The practice covers all areas of medicine from surgical and clinical errors to complex high-value birth, brain and spinal injuries. It is also experienced in psychiatric suicide cases, MOD malpractice and dental negligence. Jennifer Cawthorne is ‘industrious and extremely quick thinking’.

JMW Solicitors LLP is singled out for its ‘attention to detail, hard work and its dedication to clients’ interests’. Practice head Eddie Jones is ‘very thorough’ and Olivia Scates is ‘very experienced and caring’. Newly promoted partners Melissa Gardner, Beth Reay (whose ‘star is in the ascendancy’) and Angharad Hughes are also recommended, as is Sally Leonards, who is ‘just fantastic’.

At Linder Myers, head of department Trevor Wardreally knows how to handle a case and has obtained some excellent settlements that others just could not have obtained’. The large and specialist team advises on the full spectrum of complex claims and works closely with its court of protection department.

The Roland Partnership is a ‘leading firm specialising in clinical negligence based in Chester but servicing clients way beyond’. Team head Nina Roland ‘always goes that extra mile for her clients’ and Trevor Roland displays an ‘exceptional mastery of detail’.

At Express Solicitors Ltd, Ben Gent leads a team of ‘very effective litigators’ that is ‘professional, responsive and experienced’.

At Jobling Gowler LLP Solicitors, the ‘very knowledgeable’ Simon Gowler and the ‘vastly experienced and very thorough’ Heather Jobling are recommended.

Leigh Day has a ‘professional, responsive and efficient’ team that recruited the ‘fiercely bright and determinedStephen Jones from Slater and Gordon.

Potter Rees Dolan’s ‘well-respected team’ includes the ‘highly able and experiencedHugh Potter and ‘excellentHelen Dolan.

Stephensons Solicitors LLP has a ‘proactive team that focuses on the clients’ needs’. Judith Thomas-Whittington is ‘down to earth and knowledgeable’ and Louise Griffiths is also well regarded.

The Dental Law Partnership is ‘one of the go-to specialist claimant dental firms’. ‘Thorough’ associate Jonathan Owen is ‘technically excellent’ and is recommended alongside director David Corless-Smith.

At Your Legal Friend, Sara Stanger has a ‘very impressive grasp of the law and technical medical issues’, and Laura Morgan ‘has the ability to see right through to the heart of the matter’.


Clinical negligence: defendant

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BLM is a ‘powerhouse for defendant clinical negligence work and is packed full of experienced lawyers’. The ‘very efficient and pragmaticSarah Woodwark focuses on claims against doctors and defendants and is recommended alongside the ‘committed and meticulousLisa Nabou. Clients include Ecclesiastical, CNA, Allianz and Optimax.

DAC Beachcroft LLP has a ‘first-rate clinical negligence team that has experience across the whole health sector’. Practice head Simon Wortley is noted for his ‘sound and prompt advice’, and associate Hazel Davies ‘deals with complicated high-value cases with great skill’. The ‘extremely approachable’ Elizabeth Anderson is also recommended. Clients include Zurich.

Hempsons’ team ‘produces work of the highest calibre’. Anne Ball (who is ‘very sharp on detail’) is recommended alongside Kirsten Blohm, who ‘works hard to quickly achieve a fair outcome for both sides’, and the ‘practical and efficientRacquelle Morris. Clients include Stockport NHS Foundation Trust and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

At Hill Dickinson LLP, the ‘very responsiveAndrew Craggs is recommended alongside the ‘very sensibleJonathan Heap and Richard Watson. Clients includes Virgin Care, the Care Quality Commission and NHS England. David Locke is praised for his ‘innovative approach’ in handling group actions.

Weightmans LLP provides ‘a gold-standard service’ to clients such as Markel, AIG Europe and Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. Key figures include Richard Jolly, who is ‘very practical and realistic’, Vicky Morris and associate Ruth Clarke.

Browne Jacobson LLP acts for clients including the Medical Protection Society, NHS Litigation Authority and NHS England. Dr. Andrew Peel and Amanda Callaghan are singled out for praise. Claire Batchelor joined the team from BLM and divides her time between Manchester and Nottingham.


Personal injury: claimant

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Irwin Mitchell’s team is ‘right at top of the tree’ and handles a wide variety of complex cases. Key figures include Jonathan Betts, who is ‘a recognised talent’; the ‘outstanding’ Catherine Leech, who has particular expertise in spinal cord injuries; the ‘thorough and extremely efficientGeraldine McCool, who is very highly rated for her expertise in military and aviation claims; and the ‘meticulous’ Deirdre Healy, who excels at serious brain injury cases.

Slater and Gordon has a ‘national presence but has retained its local feel’. The diverse practice ‘takes on the difficult cases and provides a wonderful service’. The ‘determined and cerebral’ Kevin Johnson is rated for his work in industrial disease claims and Patrick Walsh has ‘an encyclopaedic knowledge of disease law’. Richard Scorer receives particular praise for his work in child abuse cases.

JMW Solicitors LLP’s team advises on the full spectrum of personal injury claims, from brain injury and accidents/illnesses abroad to asbestos-related disease cases. Chris Sutton and Richard Powell jointly head the team, which attracts praise for being ‘caring, knowledgeable, hardworking and professional’.

At Serious Law LLP, Tim Walters, Matthew Dixon and Ben Priestley have ‘extensive experience of handling very serious personal injury claims’. The team is ‘a shining example of how difficult cases ought to be managed’. John Sherrington is ‘very experienced and very capable’.

Simpson Millar LLP’s team is ‘completely focused on client care’. The ‘very thorough’ Melanie Burden is a ‘passionate advocate’, and Simon Stanfield and David Erwin show ‘excellent attention to detail coupled with a willingness to always go that extra mile’.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP is the ‘champion of union-funded clients’. The ‘thorough’ Martyn Gwyther is skilled at handling claims concerning accidents abroad, and Imogen Wetton is ‘empathetic and secures the best possible outcome for her clients’.

CFG Law’s ‘outstanding’ team is recommended for serious injury, employers’ liability and public liability claims. Alastair Fernie is a key contact.

Farleys Solicitors LLP’s ‘strong and well-established’ practice has particular expertise in child abuse cases and inquests. Jonathan Bridge is ‘very impressive’. Des Draper and Nick Molyneux are ‘very thorough, professional and easy to deal with’.

Fletchers Solicitors is noted for its expertise in motorbike RTAs. Adrian Denson has considerable experience in spinal cord injuries and Julia Eyton is ‘tactically very astute’.

At Leigh Day, Clare Campbell is singled out for her ‘impeccable knowledge of travel law litigation’.

Linder Myers’ team ‘knows how to win cases’. Jon Andrews is a ‘star performer’ for industrial disease litigation. The ‘compassionate and efficientSheila Costello is also well regarded.

Potter Rees Dolan’s ‘attention to detail and client care is second to none’. Hugh Potter is ‘technically very able’ and Rachel Reesreally fights for her clients’.


Personal injury: defendant

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BLM is a ‘premier firm that undertakes top-end serious injury work in addition to general personal injury/motor insurance work’ for clients such as ACE, Covea and Aviva. Standout figures include the ‘eruditeAndrew Kerr, ‘unflappableRoger Brooks, ‘conscientiousRuth Graham, and ‘highly intelligent and pragmaticDavid Spencer.

James Dadge heads the ‘excellent’ team at Clyde & Co LLP, which advises clients such as Aviva, Admiral Insurance, NHS Litigation Authority and Zurich Insurance. The firm fields specialist teams for occupational diseases, asbestos/mesothelioma, abuse, costs and fraudulent claims. Also recommended are the ‘vastly experienced’ Peter Walmsley, and Neil Southern, who joined the team from Keoghs LLP.

DWF’s team acts on some of the largest personal injury claims for major insurers and household names such as LV and Groupama. Key individuals include the ‘very experienced’ Philip D’Netto, the ‘immensely knowledgeable’ James Pinder, who stands out for insurance fraud, Nicky Kinnear, who ‘quickly gets to grips with the key details of the case’, and Jamie Taylor, who is especially recommended for his work in telematics.

Iain Moore heads the three-partner team at DAC Beachcroft LLP and primarily advises companies in the industrial goods and service sectors on fatal accident cases. Clients include Zurich, Avivia and NFUM.

Kennedys combines ‘consistently high levels of service with clear, pragmatic and concise advice’. The ‘very astute and proactive’ Richard McKeown leads the team, which advises clients such as Hilton Hotels, Chubb and JD Wetherspoon. Senior associate Ian Ford ‘takes the time to understand his clients’ business’.

Weightmans LLP is ‘excellent for defence insurance’, and is singled out for its particular experience in MIB claims. Jim Bryant is ‘a true industry expert’ and is recommended for occupational disease claims. The ‘very sensibleRichard Jolly is rated for his work on inquests. Roddy Macleod provides ‘realistic yet robust’ advice and is recommended for his experience in workplace stress claims. Key clients include AIG.

Forbes Solicitors acts for over 50 local authorities as well as clients including Travelers, ASDA and Syndicate 2525. Paul Geldard and Martin Crabtree are ‘technically excellent and provide a first-rate service’. Kella Bowers ‘goes above and beyond to explain things well and clearly in layman’s terms’. The firm has particular expertise in historic abuse and grooming claims.

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘approachable’ team acts for Tesco, the Co-operative Insurance, Marks and Spencer and Chaucer. Head of insurance Ruth Lawrence is singled out for praise. Alastair Gillespie is recommended for his work in abuse and social care cases. David Scott acts for a wide range of tour operators and leisure parks.

Keoghs LLP acts for eight out of the top ten UK general insurers, as well as government and public sector bodies and corporates. Estelle Machell has a ‘reputation for achieving excellent results either at trial or in negotiations’. The well-regarded Andrew Underwood heads the complex injury claims department. Key clients include LV= and NFU Mutual.

Plexus Law’s seven-partner team acts for clients such as AIG, Tesco, Balfour Beatty and Swiss Re. Tim Short specialises in high-value motor claims and is recommended alongside Louise Shaw, who heads the multi-track casualty team, and Andrew Steel.


Professional negligence

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Clyde & Co LLP attracts praise for its ‘acute understanding of the commercial needs of both insurers and professionals facing substantial damages claims’. Louisa Robbins is ‘very strong on claims against surveyors’ and the ‘very brightJames Preece is the ‘go-to person for solicitors’ negligence claims’. Clients include Elite and QBE.

Hill Dickinson LLP has a ‘strong and well-resourced team that provides a uniformly good level of service’ to clients such as Aspen and Lemma. Christopher Stanton has a ‘wealth of experience in defending claims against solicitors’. Tom Handley and Jonathan Anslow are ‘outstanding and hard-hitting construction lawyers who go the extra mile on a daily basis’.

Kennedys’ ‘first-rate team gets great results’. Claire Bushen is ‘exceptional’ and Jeremy Riley has the ‘ability to convey complex problems in a readily understandable way’. Senior associate Tom Pelham is ‘a rising star’.

At Legal Risk LLP, Frank Maher leads the ‘responsive, practical and knowledgeable’ team, which acts for law firms and their insured on professional liability and regulation issues primarily.

Weightmans LLP has a ‘top-notch insurance-based professional negligence and indemnity practice’, which includes the ‘razor-sharpPatrick Gaul and Mickaela Fox, who is ‘incredibly dynamic and resourceful when fighting her client’s corner’. Clients include Inter Hannover and Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund.

Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s team provides ‘commercial and pragmatic advice’ to major banks, building society lenders and commercial clients. John Goslingtakes excellent control of complex projects and quickly gets to grips with the facts’.

BLM’s ‘commercial’ team acts for a wide range of professionals including solicitors, accountants and construction professionals. Jason Nashcuts right to the heart of the case’ and the ‘analyticalBen Parks is ‘great on detail’.

DAC Beachcroft LLP is noted for providing ‘the proper degree of practicality and commercial savvy’. Ian McConkey is ‘at the top of his game’ and has a ‘natural aptitude to read a situation during negotiations’. Martin Paxton recently joined the team from Clyde & Co LLP and has ‘a very strong reputation in the market’.

FS Legal’s ‘approachable and very competent team’ includes Kit Sorrell and Julia Norris, who are ‘very effective, energetic and knowledgeable’.

Niall Innes has built up ‘a very solid practice’ at Mills & Reeve LLP, which covers claims against lawyers, insurance brokers, and construction and IT professionals. Clients include Amlin UK and CNA Hardy. Ben Hardiman is now a partner.

Andrew MacLeod at Triton Legal (formerly Robin Simon LLP) advises the defendant insurance sector on professional negligence claims and coverage disputes. Mark Jenkyn-Jones and Paul Dally are also singled out for praise.


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