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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Clinical negligence: claimant

Index of tables

  1. Clinical negligence: claimant
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Leading individuals

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Next Generation Partners

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    • Laura Sheehan - Stephensons Solicitors LLP

Irwin Mitchell is described as 'the premier claimant firm in the north west, especially for high value and complex claims' involving birth trauma and spinal cord injuries. 'Clever, conscientious and highly effective litigator' Kristofer Inskip is the new practice head having joined the firm in July 2018 from Hilary Meredith Solicitors. Other key figures include Lindsay Wise, Jennifer Cawthorne and Mark Havenhand, while senior associate Dina Lambourne is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Kristofer Inskip

Other key lawyers:Lindsay Wise; Jennifer Cawthorne; Mark Havenhand; Dina Lambourne; Sharon Williams; Kevin Saul; Sarah Sharples; Margaret Ryan; Ayse Ince


'In-depth experience and access to huge resources for their clients' benefit. Their involvement in high-profile cases has resulted in the acquisition under one roof of expertise second to none. Clients love them.'

'Sarah Sharples is as good as any partner. Extremely professional and caring when advising on a difficult situation. She skilfully handled media interest as well and the case itself. Sarah had a good deal of empathy and technical ability. She was proactive in driving the case forward and achieving a settlement which exceeded our expectations. '

'I have always found working with Irwin Mitchell a pleasure. The solicitors and the administrative staff are extremely professional.'

'A very strong team mixing experienced practitioners of great ability with younger members who are diligent and committed.'

'Jennifer Cawthorne has very good client handling skills, very sound judgement, and a steadfast commitment to her clients' causes. Mark Havenhand is an excellent and confident lawyer. Dina Lambourne shows 100% commitment to her clients.'

'You know with Irwin Mitchell that everything will always be well prepared. '

Work highlights

  • Advised on a case involving an overdose/mismanagement of insulin resulting in brain injury.
  • Advised on a case involving failure to undertake wound debridement leading to below knee amputation.
  • Advised on a spinal injury case following delay over diagnosis of an epidural haematoma following surgery.
  • Advised on a ophthalmic claim arising out of negligent mismanagement.
  • Advised on a clinical negligence claim arising out of a delay to diagnose and treat a colloid cyst.

JMW Solicitors LLP 'provides an excellent service in the north west, with a national reach in claimant clinical negligence work'. Eddie Jones leads the department, which is well-renowned for its expertise in settling high-value and contentious brain injury and spinal injury cases defended by the NHS, in particular those involving kernicterus brain injury and caudal equine syndrome spinal injury. Angharad Hughes 'is determined, efficient and tactically astute', while Sally Leonards and senior associate Steven Brown are also highly rated.

Practice head(s):Eddie Jones

Other key lawyers:Sally Leonards; Melissa Gardner; Angharad Hughes; Steve Brown; Jodie Miller;


'The JMW team are unique in the way they communicate, they are all very approachable and will explain and put you at ease with every task that is undertaken. The team are very good at keeping you informed with every process so there is full understanding of legal process. They are extremely diligent in any task and quick respond to any event. They do a sterling job and I could not sing their praises high enough. I would recommend JMW Solicitors to anyone in need of their expertise as they are second to none.'

'Eddie Jones is a genuinely caring individual who is very efficient and knowledgeable in the machinery of the legal process. His attention to detail is outstanding, he is quick to respond and is punctual in everything from a phone call to paperwork and meetings. This man is a shining star for JMW and I can think of nothing worthy of criticism.'

'The team is highly organised and takes a manageable work load such that they are easily contactable when required. I found their manner is very polite and sincere and they are very approachable.'

'Angharad Hughes is an impressive clinical negligence lawyer handling high value claims. Her strength is in the preparation she puts into cases. She is good with clients and with counsel.'

'JMW acted with professionalism at all time, no question was left unanswered, their knowledge on the subject was second to none, they knew all the best experts to help with the case and whenever we hit a stumbling block they resolved issues quickly and satisfactorily.'

'There are a number of highly capable and highly competent clinical negligence solicitors who provide a dedicated and professional service.'

'I would particularly single out Angharad Hughes. She is determined, efficient and tactically astute. She looks after her clients well and works hard to achieve excellent results for them.'

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in a £25m compensation birth injury cerebral palsy claim against a hospital.
  • Led on a £22.3m compensation claim for an 11-year-old girl with severe cerebral palsy due to birth errors.
  • Led on a £21.9m compensation claim for a boy with cerebral palsy caused by maternity failures to provide the lifelong specialist care he requires.
  • Advised on a £22.1m compensation claim for a girl with severe cerebral palsy due to maternity failures.
  • Handled a £18m compensation claim on behalf of a girl with severe cerebral palsy due to maternity errors.  

Leigh Day has 'an excellent clinical negligence team with a growing Manchester presence'. Stephen Jones is 'a hugely knowledgeable and able leader of the Manchester office', and works in tandem with Brendan Hope  - a 'force to be reckoned with'. The team, which was recently boosted by the arrival of new associate Lauren Tully from Slater and Gordon, has substantial experience of high-value and complex cases including cerebral palsy, brain and spinal injuries a well as amputations.

Practice head(s):Stephen Jones

Other key lawyers:Brendan Hope; Lauren Tully; Stephen Clarkson


'Utterly reliable in dealing with complex claims, The partners have very wide experience of medicolegal matters, and no stone is left unturned in trying to understand the full facts of a claim. The firm is very responsive, the solicitors easily available for discussion.'

'Stephen Jones is very quick to understand complex medical issues - he checks out and follows up on the smallest of points, like a terrier for seeking out all the facts. He is  very sharp, very thorough and ensures every aspect of the case is thought about carefully - he is liked by clients as he is thoughtful and caring about their situations.'

'Brendan Hope deals with issues quickly and easily gets to grips with clinical detail. Astute and very thorough.'

'Stephen Jones is the consummate professional and has superb knowledge and experience which enables him to offer accurate and sensible advice.'

'Stephen Jones is the best clinical negligence solicitor I know currently in the North West. He makes things happen in difficult cases.'

'The team is led by two of the leading claimant clinical negligence practitioners in Stephen Jones and Brendan Hope. True experts and really nice people to boot'

'Stephen Jones is tough but fair. I have utmost respect for the way he advocates for his clients with overstepping the mark.'

'Brendan Hope knows his stuff, having practised in this area for years - he is firm but fair.'

'Brendan Hope is very impressive. He knows your file like the back of his hand and clearly cares about you as a client. He has excellent knowledge of both the legal and medical issues involved in a claim and is a force to be reckoned with. He is a first-class tactician.'

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in a £5m+ cerebral palsy claim.
  • Represented parents of a child at the inquest into his death, establishing that his was a neonatal death rather than a stillbirth and obtaining a conclusion that the death was due to neglect.
  • Represented client at inquest into his wife’s death, enabling the family to show that there had been negligence in care.  

Potter Rees Dolan has a 'superb clinical team' under the leadership of 'redoubtable' name partner Helen Dolan. The group is recognised for its  specialism in complex brain and spinal injury cases as well as surgical injuries, failure to diagnose cases and injuries requiring amputation. Lesley Herbertson  and Gill Edwards were promoted to partner in March 2018, while senior solicitor Helen Budge joined from Slater & Gordon in May 2018.

Practice head(s):Helen Dolan

Other key lawyers:Lesley Herbertson; Gill Edwards; Helen Budge; Hannah Bottomley; Sophie Birch


'Helen Dolan is a redoubtable litigator with enormous experience.'

'Gill Edwards is a wonderful solicitor who I would be pleased to have represent me. She is lovely with clients and committed to her clients.'

'Helen Budge and Hannah Bottomley are approachable, supportive, thorough and extremely knowledgeable. They are also happy to listen to our suggestions and together we have an excellent plan in place.'


Work highlights

  • Represented a client who suffers with cerebral palsy, in settlement of £20m after suffering a brain injury due to technical difficulties during unrelated surgery as a new born baby.
  • Represented a client in settlement of £15m after suffering a brain injury due to a delay in delivery at birth.
  • Represented a client in settlement of £10.6m after there was a delay in performing a caesarean section, causing her to suffer a brain injury due to the lack of oxygen.
  • Representing a client in a case of clinical negligence after there was a delay in diagnosing baby boy with meningitis, resulting in brain damage.
  • Advised on a case involving a pregnant woman who suffered a cardiac arrest sustaining a brain injury due to a delay in commencing CPR.

'Conscientious' and 'experienced' litigator Julia Bridges is the new head of medical negligence in Slater and Gordon's Manchester office, having joined in 2018 from Linder Myers following a number of departures from the team. The practice advises on cases encompassing all areas of clinical negligence, with standout expertise in relation to coroner's inquests and human rights cases, including the application of Article 2 of the Human Rights Act.

Practice head(s):Julia Bridges

Other key lawyers:Sarah Sedge; Helen Lewis; Zak Golombeck; Sarah Jones; Aisling Kiernan; Stephanie Kelly; Victoria Beel; Joe Eley


'Julia Bridges is an experienced litigator. Sarah Jones is a very good litigator and would make a great addition to any clinical negligence team.'

'Julia Bridges and Sarah Sedge are conscientious and committed solicitors.'

'Joe Ely is impressive, with a sensitive approach to the client and an impressive ability to handle evidence.'

'Sarah Sedge is careful, understated and effective.'

'Sarah Jones is learning fast and one to look out for.'

'Joe Eley was my solicitor throughout my claim and I simply don't know what I would have done without him. Not only the settlement he secured for myself was substantial and changed my life, as due to the medical negligence I am very disabled now, but I know without his support I simply would have given up. Joe is the most professional, thoughtful, understanding solicitor I could ever wish for. I cannot recommend him highly enough.'

Work highlights

  • Advised on an Article 2 inquest and clinical negligence fatality.
  • Successfully represented the claimant at a trial on liability in June 2018 for a claim against Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust alleging negligent delay in treating a stress fracture of the right femur
  • Advised on a claim which concerned a failure to diagnose post-partum SIRS/sepsis, leading to death of female.

Stephensons Solicitors LLP is known for its specialist expertise in birth and brain injury cases, especially cerebral palsy and Erb's palsy, as well as amputation and medical negligence misdiagnosis, acting for claimants nationwide. Judith Thomas-Whittingham, who is recognised by the Law Society's Clinical Accreditation Scheme, leads the team. Claire Stockley's expertise, in addition to high value brain and birth injury claims, lies in amputation and spinal injury. Tom Mooney deals with claimant clinical negligence cases and professional negligence by solicitors. Laura Sheehan was made partner in May 2018.

Practice head(s):Louise Griffiths; Judith Thomas-Whittingham

Other key lawyers:Claire Stockley; Tom Mooney; Laura Sheehan; Jamie Cruickshanks; Carla Duprey; Gemma Crompton

The 'committed, determined and sympathetic' Diane Rostron leads Addies Solicitors' clinical negligence team, which specialises in complex catastrophic birth injuries. Rostron- 'the powerhouse behind a small team' - is known for her strong track record in securing multimillion-pound settlements. Leanne Devine , who joined the firm as solicitor in January 2018 from Linder Myers, has experience of representing clients at inquests.

Practice head(s):Diane Rostron

Other key lawyers:Leanne Devine


'Diane Rostron's dedicated support and personal commitment to clients and their families makes her stand out from others in the field. She is the most committed and compassionate of solicitors that I have come across in dealings with in excess of 50 UK and worldwide law firms.'

'What always strikes me is how well-informed each individual is about every single case (of which they have many) and how each of them brings a different skill to the table. Diane is vastly experienced and there is no trick that she hasn't written the book on. She is passing this onto the rest of her team and they get stronger each year. One particular strength is the incredibly resourceful in-house medical consultant, who works on each and every case, providing extremely useful insight into the medicine. It would not have been possible for me to prepare so thoroughly for cons, inquests and trials without the benefit of his very considerable expertise; enormous credit must go to Diane for tapping into such a rich vein of knowledge.'

'Excellent communications and exceptional pastoral care for clients.'

Butcher & Barlow LLP is 'able to combine local knowledge with the resources of a large firm through its series of offices' across the north west. Anthony Higham leads the team, which handles a diverse and complex clinical negligence caseload including birth injuries, cosmetic surgery claims, pregnancy and gynaecology injuries as well as surgical compensation claims. Adam Shawcross, who goes 'above and beyond', Samuel Dale and Andrew Mackenzie were all promoted to partner in May 2018.

Practice head(s):Anthony Higham

Other key lawyers:Gregory Porter; Adam Shawcross; Samuel Dale


'Within the claimant market they are able to be very hands on with their clients, being able to see them face-to-face on short notice.'

'Managing partner Anthony Higham is extremely experienced, an excellent negotiator and practically minded as well as being very bright.'

'Andrew MacKenzie, Adam Shawcross and Samuel Dale all bring an excellent mixture of intellectual ability with the same down-to-earth approach to dealing with clients and their claims which generally produces well-run, successful and well-managed claims.'

'I can't praise Anthony Higham and Adam Shawcross highly enough for the way they dealt with my case on a professional level, but at the same time showing empathy and compassion for the traumatic experience myself and my family were going through.'

Work highlights

  • Advised on a claim against the Christie NHS Trust following negligence elected surgery.
  • Representing the  claimant in a claim against Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust in relation to failed carpal tunnel surgery.
  • Representing the claimant in a claim against her mother’s GP for failing to notify her that she was a carrier of Menkes disease.
  • Representing the claimant in a high value claim against East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust following alleged negligent orthopaedic surgery.
  • Representing a  claimant in a high value claim against Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust following brain injury during childbirth.

Express Solicitors Ltd has an 'in-depth understanding of medical negligence issues', fielding a team led by 'outstanding all-rounder' Ben Gent. The department has substantial experience of emotionally challenging clinical negligence cases on behalf of clients and their families. Anna Hansen is particularly adept in dealing with cases concerning mistakes made during surgery, delay in diagnosis and treatment as well as preventable amputations. One of the firm's specialities lies in obtaining interim payments in order for clients to begin their rehabilitation process as early as possible.

Practice head(s):Ben Gent

Other key lawyers:Anna Hansen


'Thorough case preparation and persistent advocacy on behalf of their clients.'

'The team led by Ben Gent are a very friendly and personable team, but are heavyweight performers in the field of clinical negligence.'

'Ben and his team are extremely knowledgeable, work efficiently and produce fantastic results for clients. Counsel is always provided with the clearest of instructions on specific issues to be addressed.'

Work highlights

  • Represented a child in a £23m settlement who developed cerebral palsy after hospital staff missed signs of distress during his mother’s labour
  • Represented a 30-year-old woman with misdiagnosed cervical cancer.
  • Representing a 40-year-old woman who suffered complex neurological injuries following a cerebellar infarct.
  • Represented a lady with misdiagnosed lung cancer.
  • Represented a 23-year-old man who lost vision his in one eye due to negligent treatment.

The 'extremely clever and knowledgeable' Jenny Urwin and the 'warm, empathetic' Lindsay Holt both joined the fast-growing team at Fieldfisher from Slater and Gordon during 2018, and have since been joined by their former colleagues Claire Horton and Julia Hamilton. The team primarily handles complex, high-value claims, regularly securing multimillion-pound settlements.

Practice head(s):Jenny Urwin

Other key lawyers:Lindsay Holt; Claire Horton; Julia Hamilton


'The Manchester office of Fieldfisher has some excellent lawyers who provide a thoroughly professional service to their clients, work hard for them, and achieve excellent results. I would rank them as probably the best clinical negligence claimant firm in the north west.'

'Jenny Urwin, who is tactically astute, tough, efficient and highly professional. Her clients are immensely loyal to her.'

'Jenny Urwin is building an impressive team of experienced clinical negligence litigators including Julia Hamilton and Claire Horton. The team promises to make Fieldfisher one of the leading clinical negligence firms in the North of England.'

'Fieldfisher are a high quality firm who prepare clinical negligence claims exceptionally well. The Manchester team has grown recently by recruiting excellent talent from rival firms.'

'Jenny Urwin is extremely knowledgeable about the law and practice of clinical negligence. She knows which experts to use, and how to run a case.'

'Julia Hamilton has considerable experience for her age and is first rate with clients, particularly in complex cases.'

'Lindsay Holt is very experienced, gets on with clients well and is realistic in managing their expectations. She is utterly professional and secures very good outcomes as a result.'

'Lindsay Holt is a warm, empathetic lawyer who is highly efficient and competent and an absolute joy to work with.'

Work highlights

  • Represented an adult claimant in a £3.4m claim for clinical negligence after a negligent failure to diagnose and treat a brain haemorrhage resulting in an acquired brain injury.
  • Representing the claimant in a claim for damages arising out of negligent mismanagement of her delivery, leading to cerebral palsy.
  • Advised on a case involving a client who was not offered appropriate treatment options before proceeding to angioplasty, leading to nerve injury and chronic pain.
  • Secured a £7.25m settlement for negligent medical treatment provided to the claimants resulting in the wrongful birth of their child with severe congenital brain condition.
  • Secured a full admission in a claim estimated to be worth more than £6m for a child with severe cerebral palsy resulting from negligent medical management of her birth.

Fletchers Solicitors' large team which serves a national client base from its north west heartlands, is divided into two parts. Mark Tempest, whose specialisms include acquired brain injury, spinal injury, complex birth injuries and Erb's Palsy, leads the firm's medical negligence serious injuries team, while Georgia Briscoe is in charge of the clinical negligence department. Associate Kate Lozynska is 'thorough' and 'leaves no stone unturned.'

Practice head(s):Mark Tempest; Peter Rigby; Alison Flaherty; Bob Coupland

Other key lawyers:Georgia Briscoe


'A well run firm with a coordinated approach.'

'Cases are investigated head to toe to ensure no stone is left unturned.'

'Ian Clifton is an up-and-coming talent with an eye for detail and great client care.'

'This is a knowledgeable team, which is driven to deliver the best service possible.'

'Iain Dodd is a solid, safe pair of hands with a down-to-earth manner. He is capable of handling truly high value litigation.'

'Fletchers have built a very strong clinical negligence practice relatively quickly. They have recruited good people and have good internal systems for managing complex and high value work. They deal with cases efficiently and sensibly - focusing on the key strengths of a claim and dealing head on with weaknesses.'

'Michael Gray is an excellent litigator. He has a keen understanding of what is required to lay the foundation for a successful claim and wastes no time in pulling those threads together. He is also very popular with lay clients.'

'Iain Dodd is also well received by clients. He is compassionate and kind whilst maintaining the utmost professionalism and dealing with very sensitive issues. He is pragmatic and knowledgeable. He is a strong negotiator and always prepared to fight for a good result for his lay clients.'

Work highlights

  • Represented a  client who suffered a perforated bowel and is at increased risk of suffering small bowel obstruction. Damages secured by Fletchers will allow the claimant to deal with any residual symptoms and address her care needs on a private basis.
  • Advised on a claim by a 37-year-old man who received £45,000 for the delay in diagnosing and providing medication for his ankylosing spondylitis between October 2010 and April 2014.

Nina Roland, who 'is very experienced in claimant clinical negligence work', heads up The Roland Partnership, which deals with a broad range of claims, including those at the lower end of the spectrum up to multimillion-pound maximum severity cases. The team handles matters concerning serious brain injury, serious birth injuries, including cerebral palsy, delays in diagnosing cancer, hospital acquired infections, amputations, gynaecological and urological injuries as well as serious orthopaedic and other injuries arising out of negligence.

Practice head(s):Nina Roland

Other key lawyers:Trevor Roland; Ian Soutter; Laura Bauress; Stephanie Neden-King


'The firm has a skilled team of dedicated experienced lawyers. It takes on the most complex cases that other firms turn down, yet manages to secure successful outcomes and life-changing awards of damages for its seriously injured clients.'

'Nina Roland has an excellent rapport with her clients and is sensitive to their needs and concerns. Her judgement is second to none. She is astute and highly analytical; seeing the big picture in what is a complex area.'

Forbes Solicitors is praised for its 'great experience in clinical negligence work', drawing on 'decades of know how'. Practice head Peter Dugdale has a particular focus on serious birth brain injury claims, as well as a wide experience of other serious injury claims. John Bennett also specialises in a wide range of clinical negligence work including birth injury cases as well as other serious injury matters.

Practice head(s):Peter Dugdale; John Bennett

Other key lawyers:Sara Linford


'Forbes' clinical negligence team is efficient, approachable, and down to earth in its advice and its litigation style. Its members work hard to achieve the best outcomes for their clients, achieving some outstanding results through settlement and trial.

'John Bennett is very switched on. A cool head in a dispute with a great knowledge of procedure and the courts. Gets great outcomes for clients.'

'They have access to a great selection of experienced experts which gives them the edge over many defendants. They are not afraid of a fight in court if it is necessary.'

Work highlights

  • Acted for the claimant in the mismanagement of his bowel obstruction leading to death, where no other significant co-morbidities.
  • Represented bereaved husband on death of his wife.

Jobling Gowler Solicitors handles a braad spread of work including birth injury and cerebral palsy claims, as well as brain and spinal injury cases. Other areas of expertise includes delays in diagnosis of cancer, misdiagnosis and amputation cases. Practice head Gill Peate benefits from 'medical knowledge from a previous career as a nurse', while name partner Simon Gowler 'gives down-to-earth advice with a light touch' and has particular expertise in Cauda Equina cases. The team has been strengthened in recent months by number of new hires, including Louise Wilcox, who has expertise in handling cases centred around fatalities and serious brain injuries.

Practice head(s):Gill Peate

Other key lawyers:Simon Gowler; Louise Wilcox


'The firm's uniqueness is that clients tend to be dealt with at partner level, by experienced knowledgeable practitioners who provide realistic advice.'

'Simon Gowler is experienced, measured and gives down to earth advice with a light touch.'

'Gill Peate is experienced and has a good eye for the outcome of a case.'

'Louise Wilcox is a real fighter who gets stuck in and is not afraid of a difficult case.'

'Unquestionable professionalism and extensive experience in their field. Help, advice and support is always available. Unrivalled level of care demonstrated.'

'An exceptional level of care and understanding.

'Louise Wilcox contributed to making my case the least traumatic that it could possibly be due to her professionalism, knowledge and empathy. I am unsure I could have embarked on this journey with any other solicitor.'

'Local and personal for those wanting to avoid the high rise city centre firms but obtain similar quality.'

Work highlights

  • Successfully pursued and settled a cerebral palsy claim in excess of £28m.
  • Achieved six-figure settlement for the claimant suffering with the aftermath of Cauda Equina.
  • Successfully challenged expert’s initial findings to the benefit of the claimant in Cauda Equina negligence claim.
  • Advised on complex acquired brain injury case, working closely with the Professional Deputy to ensure a successful rehabilitation programme was secured for the client.

At Simpson Millar LLP, department head Ian Cohen has considerable experience of advising on cases involving life-changing injuries, while Helen Barry focuses on areas including obstetrics, gynaecology, neurology and spinal injury and is known for 'really fighting for her clients'. Pamela Williams handles matters relating to plastic surgery and oncology, while Sean McCann has expertise when it comes to male urology, delay in diagnosis of male cancers as well as matters involving failure to prevent suicide.

Practice head(s):Ian Cohen

Other key lawyers:Helen Barry; Pamela Williams; Sean McCann


'Helen Barry is very experienced and has handled a lot of high profile cases over the years. She really fights for her clients and cares for them.'

The Dental Law Partnership is a specialist claimant dental negligence practice, where director Helen Coleman heads up the legal team. Founding partner David Corless-Smith draws on his experience a qualified dentist and is frequently advises on highly complex matters. Director Chris Dean is particularly responsible for claim assessment and has a keen interest in the safeguarding of the rights of dental patients.

Practice head(s):Helen Coleman; David Corless-Smith; Chris Dean

Other key lawyers:Heather Owen


'Extremely professional and timely in their communication through all stages of the claim process and in their advice.'

'Jonathan Owen is very understanding and open - he gave me confidence in all stages of those case.'

'An outstanding firm. They provide clear instructions, excellent files, and the individual solicitors are all easily accessible and are au fait with the specialist terminology used in the dental profession. They are certainly the people I would go to if I had a dentally related complaint.'

Work highlights

  • Advised a client in a dental negligence claim against his treating dentist after receiving unsatisfactory bridge work resulting in the need for extensive corrective treatment. The claim settled for £77,000.
  • Assisted a client in a dental negligence claim against his dentist; the case was settled on a vicarious liability basis due to non-compliance of the treating dentist.
  • Assisted a client in bringing a claim against a prolific defendant in dental negligence claims who has multiple dental negligence claims against him.
  • Advised a client who underwent unnecessary cosmetic dental treatment in the form of dental veneer placement, which condemned her to a life time of replacement cycles of veneers. The claim was settled for £30,000.
  • Represented a client in £35,000 dental negligence case.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP is a leading law firm for for cases involving mesh implants, particularly vaginal mesh implants. The team also handles high value cerebral palsy and wrongful birth cases. Senior clinical negligence specialist lawyer Clare Jones joined from Horwich Farrelly in July 2018 and is adept at handling cases relating to delayed diagnosis of cancer and amputations. Senior solicitor Rosalyn Steeple deals with complex medical negligence claims.

Practice head(s):Linda Millband (Derby)

Other key lawyers:Clare Jones; Rosalyn Steeple

Work highlights

  • Advised on high-profile cerebral palsy case which settled for £23m.
  • Instructed on behalf of the family of a young woman who committed suicide whilst under the psychiatric care of the defendant.

At Your Legal Friend, director Laura Morgan leads the team with 'compassion and dedication'. The firm has a substantial Polish client base, who receive all correspondence in Polish language. Lydia Brindley is recognised for her 'fantastic depth of knowledge'. The group handles a varied caseload consisting of complex brain injuries, mismanaged Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, delay in diagnosis and mismanagement of cancer as well as ectopic pregnancy.

Practice head(s):Laura Morgan

Other key lawyers:Lydia Brindley; Carly Saxon; Mark Thomason


'The team is small, but very well managed and client focused. They are willing to take on difficult cases and see them through. The have good technical knowledge and systems.'

'Carly Saxon is great with clients and shows judgement and skill far beyond her experience. A really safe pair of hands and clearly a star of the future.'

'All fee earners have a fantastic depth of knowledge and understanding of clinical negligence, including those who are relatively junior.'

Clinical negligence: defendant

Index of tables

  1. Clinical negligence: defendant
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

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Next Generation Partners

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Rising stars

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BLM's defendant clinical negligence team is well-versed in handling high value and complex litigation brought against healthcare professionals and organisations providing healthcare services. Areas of specialism include dental negligence, ophthalmic treatments, cosmetic procedures and cases arising out of nursing homes and prisons. Sarah Woodwark leads the practice while 'outstanding solicitor' Chris Dexter is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Sarah Woodwark

Other key lawyers:Chris Dexter; Rachel Barnes


'Extraordinarily hardworking team coupled with a real empathy for client difficulties.'

'The Manchester office is led by some extremely experienced partners who lead a very strong team. Importantly, not only do they have the knowledge and experience to get great results, but they are also deeply committed to providing an excellent level of client service.'

'The team has a great depth and breath of knowledge. They work across a large spread of the industry - from care homes to prisons and most in between. In my view this it is a particular strength of able to understand how all aspects of the industry operate and inter relate.'

'Chris Dexter inspires confidence. He has a very sure manner and brilliant technical knowledge. An outstanding solicitor with razor sharp judgement.

'Rachel Barnes gets to the root of the issues quickly. She is rapidly responsive, very pragmatic and provides concise no-nonsense advice.'

Key Clients

Medical protection

Dental protection



CNA Hardy








Simon Wortley leads the Manchester clinical risk practice at DAC Beachcroft LLP, where the team's national reputation is underlined by regular instructions from the main London healthcare providers. Wortley, who is highly regarded for his client handling skills, also works with insurers to the healthcare sector, advising on both domestic and cross-border claims. Other key team members include Sean Doherty and associates Claire Fitzgerald and Paul Burrows.

Practice head(s):Simon Wortley

Other key lawyers:Sean Doherty; Claire Fitzgerald; Paul Burrows


'DAC's clinical negligence team is incredibly responsive, cost effective and gives me confidence that the matter is being dealt with in the best way possible. They have a wide range of experience and always know the right person for the job.'

'Simon Wortley is the best client relationship partner there is. He is extraordinarily responsive, deals with and resolves any issues promptly, and always knows who has the right expertise for the matter, including for areas outside of clinical negligence. He is very pleasant in meetings and always has a good anecdote to share. He has also provided good training sessions for our in-house team. He ensures that all work coming from his office is of a high standard.'

'The team is very strong and provides excellent legal advice. It's an extremely approachable firm and the response time is minimal to any queries raised. The calibre of talent is way above the competitors.'

'Simon Wortley is sensible in his advice and is able to provide advice with a very short turn over time. He is also most importantly a really approachable person and a great sounding board.'

Key Clients

BMI Healthcare Ltd

HCA International Ltd

Medical Defence Union

Elysium Healthcare Ltd

Care Fertility Group Ltd

Florence Nightingale Hospital


NHS Resolution

Insurance Corporation of the Channel Islands

SHA (South Africa)

MS Amlin



Allied World Assurance Company

Priory Group

THFC (Transform)

Hempsons' large defendant clinical negligence department is known for handling complex and high value cases, with notable expertise in periodical payments and multi-party cases. The team is also renowned for its experience in handling claims relating to obstetric and surgical negligence as well as severe spinal cord injuries. Anne Ball leads the practice, which has seen a number of changes in recent months as the firm continues to develop its young talent. James Down, Jennie Chapman and Helen Claridge were all promoted to partner in July 2018, while Racquelle Morris retired.

Practice head(s):Anne Ball


'Hempsons have many years experience of working with public sector organisations - their ability to keep pace with the numerous changes has made them the go-to firm for clear advice on healthcare matters.'

'Their expertise and knowledge is unrivalled and they can always be relied on to have an understanding of the issues at hand.'

'They have real expertise and experience in dealing with clinical negligence claims.'

'Excellent service - Hempsons have an in-depth knowledge of NHS practices. Their advice is sound, well rounded and practical.'


Key Clients

NHS Resolution


Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended a number of NHS Trusts at liability-only trial in January 2018.
  • Represented defendant trust in clinical negligence claim involving bowel injury.

Hill Dickinson LLP's clinical negligence defence team enjoys an excellent reputation, holding places on a number major national healthcare panels such as the Medical Protection Society and NHS Resolution. The group also acts for a significant number of NHS Trusts throughout the country. The 'dynamic and astute' Andrew Craggs and Ian Gardiner jointly lead the department, while other key team members include Richard Watson, David Locke, Mike McKenna, Philip Bradbury and Andrew Leslie. Joanne Hughes was promoted to partner in May 2018.

Practice head(s):Andrew Craggs; Ian Gardiner

Other key lawyers:Richard Watson; David Locke; Mike McKenna; Philip Bradbury; Andrew Leslie; Jonathan Heap; Joanne Hughes; Claire Christopholus; Rachel Doherty


'This is a team who have a highly specialised knowledge of clinical negligence and work very much in partnership with their clients and counsel. They are extremely knowledgeable, efficient, dedicated and approachable. Nothing is ever too much.'

'An outstanding service in terms of case preparation, response time and tactical nous.'

'This a very strong team which has developed over a period of years. Andrew Craggs provides dynamic and astute leadership; knowing how to engage with clients effectively .They understand how to appreciate the client's perspective and the importance of extra value. The senior lawyers do a significant amount of file handling as well managing and mentoring younger team lawyers. There is good rapport within the teams and you sense the more junior members feel well supported.'

'David Locke is, for me, probably the best NHS Trust defence lawyer there is. He knows exactly what info to secure from a Trust early on, organises the factual and expert evidence quickly and gets the case prepared in such a way that it is almost always possible to tell before proceedings are issued whether to fight or settle. If settling, negotiates hard for his client.'

'Andrew Craggs is very effective in his role and there is an impressive array of experienced litigators.'

'Phil Bradbury is tactically astute and achieves excellent results using meticulous preparation.'

'Andrew Leslie communicates effectively with his opponents which makes them receptive to his position.'

'Jon Heap is acquiring a reputation as a leading litigator. He is not afraid to fight on principle which makes him a formidable opponent.'

'Ian Gardiner has a calm and focused approach which gives him excellent judgement in high value cases.'

'Joanne Hughes has demonstrated a dynamic and robust approach. She is clearly a star in the making.'

Key Clients

NHS Resolution

Medical Protection Society

CNA Hardy

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospitals NHS Trust

Northern Care Alliance

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

Manchester NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Represented NHS England (indemnified by NHS Resolution) in a complex and repercussive case concerning the provision of healthcare in prisons.
  • Instructed by NHS Resolution to represent Countess of Cheshire NHS Foundation Trust in a high value cerebral palsy claim including complex quantum arguments.
  • Instructed by NHS Resolution to handle multiple group actions involving the highest reputational and risk management issues for both individual NHS Trusts, and the NHS as a whole.
  • Instructed by NHS Resolution to represent an NHS Trust in relation to a complex claim by a child who sustained a brain injury as a new-born.
  • Instructed by NHS Resolution to act for two NHS trusts in a very complex and unusual claim brought by twins who sustained brain injuries around the time of their birth.

Weightmans LLP is best known for handling complex and high value cases for NHS Resolution and its trust clients. The team has particular expertise in organ transplant and blood donor cases, group claims, claims against ambulance services and the former NHS Direct as well as other telephone triage systems. Richard Jolly and Vicky Morris are the main contacts. Ian Critchley was promoted to partner in May 2018.

Practice head(s):Richard Jolly; Vicky Morris

Key Clients

NHS Resolution



North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

Mersey Care NHS Trust

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Blood & Transplant

Wirral Community NHS FT

Amanda Callaghan leads Browne Jacobson LLP's clinical negligence defence practice, which acts for major public players in the healthcare sector, such as NHS Resolution and the Medical Protection Society, as well as a line-up of private sector clients. The team's expertise includes a track record of roles on healthcare inquests.

Practice head(s):Amanda Callaghan

Other key lawyers:Andrew Peel; Lucy Sealy; Rebecca Fitzpatrick; Ed Pollard; Louise Jackson; Gemma Corlett; Heather Caddy; Sian Brown; Claire Morris


'Browne Jacobson has an exceptionally strong team of experienced clinical negligence lawyers handling the most complex and high value claims.'

'Heather Caddy an associate to watch - she is astute, to the point and gives clear advice to clients.'

'A really strong regional and national reputation based on its strong relationships built with individual NHS Trusts. Great strength in depth and clinical negligence expertise at all levels of seniority.'

'The team are always very knowledgeable and professional. The variety of different knowledge in the team is always obvious. They respond in a timely manner.'

'One of the strongest defendant clinical negligence firms in the country, with a fantastic team in Nottingham and a great set-up there which fosters a really good team spirit.'

Key Clients

NHS Resolution

Medical Protection Society

The Priory Group

NHS England

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS FT

Stockport NHS FT

Bolton NHS FT

CNA Hardy

Work highlights

  • Success in complex co-defended litigation arising from laser eye surgery involving disputes between the defendants about where responsibility lay for consenting a patient and the extent of the indemnity given by private surgeons to a large private provider of laser eye surgery.
  • Achieved discontinuance of a claim against a GP relating to the alleged delay in diagnosing and treating the claimant’s brain tumour leading to the development of aggressive Grade III Astrocytoma and death.
  • Discontinuance secured less than two weeks before trial in a claim against a GP for the alleged negligent prescription of steroids leading to osteopenia causing or materially causing fracture of the hip.
  • Early discontinuance and saving of costs and damages in excess of £100,000, in a claim arising from mastectomy.
  • Represented the Priory Group in the inquest touching upon the death of a patient in January 2019.

Personal injury: claimant

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Irwin Mitchell enjoys an excellent reputation for its work on cases involving complex brain and spinal injuries, as well as amputations and military matters. Geraldine McCool leads the firm's military team, which represents some of the most severely disabled armed forces personnel and also specialises in product liability and aviation claims. Other key individuals include practice head Jonathan Betts, Matthew Brown, who specialises in difficult and complex liability cases, Deirdre Healy, Catherine Leech and Geraldine Coombs. Senior associates Matthew Garson and Richard Biggs are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Betts

Other key lawyers:Matthew Brown; Geraldine McCool; Deirdre Healy; Cathy Leech; Grahame Codd; Geraldine Coombs; Matthew Garson; Richard Biggs; Katrina London; Keith Cundall; Amanda Marsh; Cheryl Palmer-Hughes; Gina Heather


'The team is well resourced and covers a wide range of personal injury work.'

'Matthew Brown is a very experienced solicitor, who has excellent judgement and a calm, down to earth manner.'

'Some of the most talented lawyers in the field.'

'Great lawyers. Particularly Geraldine McCool, who has experience as one of the most eminent aviation, catastrophic injury and military claims.'

'Cathy Leech has huge experience in spinal cord injury. She is not only a great lawyer; she puts a huge amount into organisations like the Spinal Injuries Association which supports those who are newly injured as they adjust to their new life.'

'Victoria Higgins is up and coming - she is not only an excellent lawyer but has great client skills.'

'They are leaders in their field nationwide, almost beyond comparison.'

'Jonathan Betts is a well-known expert in his field - he could claim to be one of the best PI solicitors in the UK.'

'Matthew Garson is a star of the present and his future is limitless. Excellent with expert witnesses in conference and teasing out the important issues.'

'Nick Jackson is a star of the future with a pool of knowledge and experience beyond his years.'

'Cathy Leech is extremely good - she has a lovely manner with clients. Hugely experienced, great team player.'

'Geraldine McCool does a fantastic job. Very able and a joy to work with.'

'Very organised with all employees from paralegals up knowing their duties. Probably the top Manchester firm in my opinion.'

'Jonathan Betts is extremely competent and a decent guy. He leads from the top but hasn't forgotten how he got there.'

'The team handles the most serious and complicated claimant catastrophic injury work in the North West. There are fearless in presenting their client's cases. They have the ear of the large insurance companies. They attract the most significant injury work.'

'Richard Biggs is very conscientious. Really cares about his clients and is meticulous in his approach.'

Work highlights

  • Advised a pedestrian involved in a road traffic collision which resulted in severe brain injuries.
  • Advised a woman who suffered severe brain and orthopaedic injuries in road traffic accident.
  • Advised on a case involving road traffic accident which resulted in tetraplegic client with brain injury.
  • Advised a client who suffered injury abroad, resulting in traumatic brain injury, spinal injury and other orthopaedic/soft tissue injuries.
  • Acted for a Cosmetic Surgeon who was knocked off his motorcycle and suffered a brachial plexus injury causing a loss of sensation to his right (dominant) hand.

JMW Solicitors LLP's claimant personal injury department, which is jointly led by Richard Powell and Chris Sutton, deals with the full spectrum of personal injury claims, from minor to catastrophic injuries, including industrial diseases cases such as mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases. Due to recent changes in personal injury law, which has led to a reduction in low-level road traffic accident work, the group has shifted its focus to accidents abroad and military cases. Key names in the team include personal injury catastrophic injury team leader Paul Breen, Gordon Cartwright, Jason Harwood, cycling expert Nadia Kerr and Andrew Lilley. Military claims expert Clare Stevens joined from Hilary Meredith Solicitors in September 2018, while Joanne Brine, who has experience in holiday sickness cases, joined from Slater and Gordon in April 2018.

Practice head(s):Richard Powell; Chris Sutton

Other key lawyers:Gordon Cartwright; Paul Breen; Jason Harwood; Nadia Kerr; Andrew Lilley; Clare Stevens; Joanne Brine (nee Berry)


'A well established team with a strong reputation that has cannily brought in some very big players to bulk up the team.'

'Clare Stevens stands out. She is one of the top military lawyers in the country, with huge experience of military claims. She's sensitive to her clients but very strong in her dealings with the MOD. She knows these claims backwards.'

'There is real strength in the team, with a good deal of knowledge and a thoroughly professional approach.'

'Joanne Brine has many years of experience and a real 'can do' attitude. She is not afraid to take on difficult cases, and runs them very well. She always has the best interests of her clients at the forefront of her mind.'

'Joanne Brine has enormous experience of cross-border personal injury claims. She has a calm and unflappable approach to litigation and a wonderful bedside manner with clients who love her for it. She is actively involved with a variety of industry bodies within the sector.'

'The team is headed-up by an experienced and impressive team of practitioners. That quality filters down to the more junior members of the team, who are clearly well-trained and supported. It's a team which is evidently capable to dealing with all levels of work. The cycling claims team, in particular, has a level of specialist expertise which see its clients benefit from both empathy and tenacity.'

'Nadia Kerr is a technically brilliant lawyer; her work is thorough, meticulous and pointed. She is receptive to client needs and wishes, and presses hard to exceed expectations.'

'Jo Brine is an outstanding personal injury lawyer with considerable breadth of expertise in cross border claims and injuries and illness abroad. She is a charming negotiator and handles clients with skill and consummate care. Her ability to marshal complex and sensitive cases makes her a go-to leader in her field. I would not hesitate to recommend her as a lawyer for an acquaintance.'

'Joanna Brine has a very good understanding of procedure and can very easily identify the key issues that have to be dealt at the beginning in a claim abroad.'

Key Clients

Mitchell Collins

Marlon Miller



Farzadneia & others


Master Luke Mason

Jasmin Gill

Kieron Pulford

Daisy Mullay

Work highlights

  • Represented a client who was knocked off his motorbike and suffered life changing injuries.
  • Represented a client who was involved in a road traffic accident after a young driver crashed into him whilst she was racing a friend.
  • Represented a client who fell from a height over a low wall whilst on holiday in Greece and suffered multiple injuries.
  • Instructed by a client who was involved in a road traffic accident whilst on holiday in Spain.
  • Represented a family of four who fell ill with gastric symptoms whilst on holiday in Egypt.

Serious Law LLP, which is based in Bolton but also has an office in Cambridge, acts on the most serious and complex personal injury cases including spinal, brain, and other catastrophic injuries. The group has particular strength in difficult liability cases and regularly obtain substantial interim payments on behalf of clients. Key individuals include senior partner John Sherrington, Ben Priestley, Tim Walters and Matthew Dixon. Senior associate Jonathan Syddall is also recommended. Senior solicitor Gillian Lakes joined the firm in February 2018 from Horwich Farrelly.

Practice head(s):Tim Walters; Matthew Dixon; Ben Priestley

Other key lawyers:John Sherrington; Jonathan Syddall; Peter Eckersley; Oliver Shaw; Richard Crabtree; Gillian Lakes; Hayley Martinez; Chris Lecky; Caroline Dunn; Richard Lynch; Rebecca Hilton


'The team have considerable strength in depth. The solicitors are experts in their field and have substantial expertise in dealing with complex and high value litigation.'

'Gillian Lakes, Ben Prestley and Richard Crabtree have display an excellent ability to understand complex issues. They make clients feel comfortable and at ease.'

'This firm has an almost unrivalled depth of catastrophic injury work. The quality of their cases is matched by the quality of their work. The team is able to take the most challenging, high-value cases in their stride and get terrific results for their clients. The team has an in-depth knowledge of the sector, with excellent connections to leading silks, junior barristers and experts.'

'Ben Priestley is a real star of the personal injury profession. He is unfailingly calm and polite, unflappable and able to conduct the most complex litigation. He is superb with clients, opponents and counsel.'

'Jonathan Syddall has an excellent practice of really high-value personal injury cases, including brain and spinal cases. He is excellent with clients and is a real expert in his field.'

'A niche practice for catastrophically injured claimants competing with all the major firms on a par.'

'Matthew Dixon is excellent with all his clients and shows a level of compassion well beyond the norm but without losing his focus away from the claim. He manages his client expectations brilliantly and there are never any surprises when defendants raise points in the claim because he has covered them already.'

'Tim Walters is recognised as being a safe pair of hands.'

'Experts in their field. Always willing to explore every avenue of a case in thorough detail. Client care is exceptional.'

'Tim Walters is able to describe often complex situations in appropriate terms with great empathy.'

'They are a multidiscipline practice with a breadth of knowledge across the legal profession with a particular specialism in complex high value claims, often surrounding tragic circumstances resulting in severe spinal cord injuries or acquired brain injury. These are two areas that require a high level of skill as legal practitioners to navigate the complexities of the case accordingly and produce optimum outcomes for their clients.'

'The team's legal knowledge, when it comes to serious injuries, is as good as it gets but for me what makes the Serious Law team stand out is their ability to communicate with their clients. Building genuine relationships, keeping the client informed in a caring, non-patronising way comes naturally to the team. Combine this with an obvious comprehension of the actual injury and you're in the hands of a team that will fill you with confidence and ensure you're in the best possible position to rebuild your life.'

'Ben Priestley - Ben has a very calming manner and amazing people skills; he's someone you'll look forward to seeing as he builds a strong bond with his clients. Don't confuse kindness with weakness, Ben's legal knowledge and experience means he'll fight for his clients every step of the way.'

'John Syddall has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law when it comes to serious injury. John is someone who is always thinking about how he can help his clients to get the best possible outcome and is someone everyone would want on their team.'

'Tim Walters - a client of Tim is a client for life, not just the duration of the case. He is a 'doer'- if Tim says something will be done, you can rest assured it will be done.'

'The team are very experienced and have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. They carry out their responsibilities with the the utmost professionalism. They are very experienced in neurological injury which enables them to fully understand the needs of the client and their families. They make themselves available in a very responsive and timely manner and are approachable and sincere in everything they do. Internally they function very well as a team and have clear roles and responsibilities which enable the efficient management of information. If a solicitor is not available they will always ensure there is someone else available to respond.'

'Ben Priestley, Tim Walters and Chris Lecky care about their client and families and demonstrate this by taking a clinical and personal interest whilst maintaining professional boundaries. They go above and beyond in terms of facilitating for any issues that arise and help to troubleshoot by acting as an extension of the treating team.'

Slater and Gordon has an 'exceptionally well regarded team with an established history of being at the forefront of child abuse litigation', led by Richard Scorer. The team also has a particular specialism in running industrial disease cases, particularly in relation to asbestos exposure. National head of industrial disease Madelene Holdsworth is 'experienced and particularly tenacious in pursuit of cases, with a keen eye for detail.' Pauline Chandler, Michael Hardacre and principal lawyers Kim Harrison and David (Jon) Andrews, who joined from Linder Myers in 2018, are recommended. Michael Wolstencroft also joined from Roberts Jackson Solicitors as a senior solicitor, while Jennifer Maloney left the firm and now is a judge. Well-regarded principal lawyer Andrew Zajac recently relocated to from Cambridge to join the Manchester team.

Practice head(s):Alicia Alinia; Matthew Jarvis (national heads)

Other key lawyers:Richard Scorer; Pauline Chandler; Matthew Tomlinson; Madelene Holdsworth; Michael Hardacre; Kim Harrison; Steve Hill; Alicia Rendell; Katie Pendower; Gill Owen; David (Jon) Andrews; Darren Hughes; Jennifer McDade; Matthew Corby; Jordan Bell; David Roberts; Andrew Taylor; Linda Yen Fox; Christopher Woods; Andrew Zajac


'Kim Harrison is highly experienced and very able. She puts clients at their ease and ensures they are central to the process.'

'Richard Scorer and Kim Harrison have a deservedly excellent reputation as leaders in the field of child abuse compensation litigation.'

'There is a large team in Manchester with significant depth of experience and ability. Particular mention goes to the team undertaking asbestos disease work.'

'Pauline Chandler has unmatched experience in disease work and enjoys a worthy reputation as a fierce opponent acting on behalf of claimants.'

'Their strength is the size of the practice and consequently the depth of knowledge and the resource that they can provide to cases. Their key capability is the ability to give early advice in asbestos cases and run them well and to a quick conclusion. Their is standout knowledge amongst the partners in this area.'

'Jon Andrews has undertaken asbestos work for many years and has a wealth of knowledge in relation to asbestos claims. He is able to utilise his experience and tactical ability to get a great result for clients. Madelene Holdsworth is experienced and particularly tenacious in pursuit of cases, with a keen eye for detail.'

'Jordan Bell is measured, calm and a bright up-and-coming disease lawyer.'

'Richard Scorer is renowned for his expertise and experience, and for his leadership in this field. He is very personable with clients and colleagues and is generous in sharing his knowledge. He is always responsive to requests for assistance.'

'Michael Hardacre is a really fantastic lawyer. He is brilliant with his clients, delivers hard messages where necessary but fights tooth and nail for the best outcome. He makes the difference; ensuring that the evidence is as thoroughly prepared as possible. Any claimant would be lucky to have him as their lawyer.'

'Years of know how and great depth of knowledge in asbestos litigation and occupational illness in general. Huge resources and client base. They have connections to the many of the national asbestos charities and treatment centres and therefore have great knowledge of the latest treatment techniques being employed.'

'Jon Andrews is a great addition to the team. He is a wily campaigner who knows how to get a case across the line.'

'Madelene Holdsworth has great knowledge of the area and will go the extra mile for clients. She leads her team brilliantly.'

'The team is strong: it is led by Richard Scorer and Kim Harrison, who are two of the top lawyers in the field of historic abuse litigation. Richard Scorer has a particular ability to use his links with the media to obtain strong results for his clients and he receives very high quality work as a result, typified by his status as the principal abuse survivor lawyer at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.'

'The team is very strong with a depth and breadth of experience - you could throw anything at them and you get the impression that someone has encountered it before.'

'Michael Hardacre is a good technical lawyer and has excellent client care skills.'

'Andrew Zajac is helpful, approachable and has a keen interest in his clients.'

'Andrew Zajac is a level-headed and thorough solicitor.'

CFG Law is entirely specialised in serious and catastrophic injury work, with a particular focus on the rehabilitation aspects of cases. Key individuals include head of serious and catastrophic injury Polly Herbert, who is adept at dealing with many serious injuries including brain injuries, spinal injuries and fatal accidents, and Philip Coulthurst. Emma Jones, and the 'exceptional' Michelle Cresswell and Vicky Whitney were promoted to senior associates in April 2018, while Emily Kalwak joined the firm from Slater and Gordon in June 2018 as a senior associate.

Practice head(s):Polly Herbert; Nicola Hughes; Paul McCarthy

Other key lawyers:Philip Coulthurst; Emma Jones; Vicky Whitney; Emily Kalwak; Michelle Cresswell; Hywel Thomas;


'The team is professional, caring, polite and efficient. They are very client focused and really put you as the client at ease and make you feel respected and valued. They are easy to contact, follow everything up efficiently and they are extremely knowledgeable about their area of expertise. They have put me in contact with some excellent medical specialists who have really helped me with my recovery from a mild traumatic brain injury. CFG have been exceptional. After not very good experiences with a couple of other law firms and having had such a different experience with CFG Law, I wouldn't go anywhere else.'

'Michelle Cresswell is exceptional. She leads the subtle brain injury team. She is very approachable and compassionate and I have felt that she has genuinely cared about my family and me. She is also very professional and efficient. She is very good at explaining legal matters in a way that I can understand. I feel that she is doing absolutely everything she can to get me the medical help I need and to secure the best compensation payment for me.'

'Cases and clients are represented by a team which included not only experienced, leading catastrophic injuries lawyers but also in-house clinicians. This isn't just to tick a rehabilitation box, but to actively advocate on behalf of the client and families to ensure they are getting the best possible rehabilitation and support and to help solve practical problems from day one.'

'Polly Herbert has a genuine passion to help families suffering from life changing injuries and bereavement. This passion is not limited to the cases upon which she is instructed, but also a desire to ensure all victims of road traffic collisions are offered free, initial legal advice, support and signposting irrespective of whether there is a civil case.'

'Philip Coulthurst is the standout individual. He is exceptionally knowledgeable in the field of brain injury litigation, in particular in keeping up to speed with the latest areas of academic research and literature. He has developed strong working relationships with key medical experts working in this field, enabling him to access high quality advice from the best available experts. He is extremely committed and passionate about his cases, but able to maintain the independence and clear judgement required of any litigator.'

Work highlights

  • Represented the  claimant in a settlement following a head injury in a case which was transferred from another solicitor with an estimated value of £30,000.  
  • Representing a client after a C5 spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury.
  • Represented the  claimant in a settlement after a T12 spinal cord injury, with settlement achieved in two years of the accident.
  • Represented the claimant in a settlement after a traumatic brain injury, providing all-round support to him and his wider family.
  • Representing a client with a severe Traumatic Brain Injury in a case again the Motor Insurers’ Bureau withan estimated value in excess of £1m.

Leigh Day covers a broad range of personal injury claimant work, including representing cyclists and others injured in road traffic accidents. Travel team head Clare Campbell has considerable expertise acting for claimants who have been injured abroad. Andrew Bradley is in charge of the Manchester office and manages the cycling and sports injury team. Kevin Johnson, whose 'dedication is phenomenal', together with Helen Ashton is part of 'one of the leading specialist asbestos exposure teams'. Solicitor Colin Murphy joined from Slater and Gordon in January 2018.

Practice head(s):Andrew Bradley; Clare Campbell; Kevin Johnson; Helen Ashton

Other key lawyers:Rachel Botterill; Steven Dickens; Colin Murphy


'The support given by the whole team, led by Clare Campbell, involved with our case was exceptional - professional, compassionate, patient and thoughtful at all times. We really couldn't have asked for more. We had dealings with other solicitors regarding our case and found Leigh Day to be outstanding both with the legal support they could offer us, including the press and PR we needed, and on a personal level too. We just couldn't find this anywhere else and are so grateful to them for taking us through an incredibly horrendous time as gently as possible.'

'Clare Campbell is absolutely wonderful. She led us through the whole process with compassion, kindness and warmth, backed up with professional guidance, support and advice that was second to none. We felt completely reassured every step of the way, from the moment we first met, and were fully able to put our trust in her at a time when others were failing us. I am so very thankful that we met and that she was willing to take our case on.'

'Their depth of knowledge is unsurpassed and they work very well as a team.'

Key Clients

British Cycling

British Triathlon Federation

National Accident Helpline

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in his personal injury claim following an accident at work in which he sustained physical and psychological injuries.
  • Represented a  client in her personal injury claim following road traffic collision in which she sustained serious injuries.
  • Represented a client in his personal injury claim following a construction site accident in which he sustained multiple injuries and psychological distress.
  • Represented the families of two young girls who drowned in South Africa whilst volunteering for English company Lattitude Global Volunteering.
  • Represented a client in his personal injury claim following a road traffic collision in Russia.

Name partner Hugh Potter leads Potter Rees Dolan's personal injury claimant team, which is particularly well-versed in dealing with complex brain and spinal injury cases as well as injuries requiring amputations, serious orthopaedic injuries and criminal injuries. The group also has expertise in matters involving accidents abroad, accidents in the workplace, road traffic accidents and fatal accidents. Key names in the department include founding partner Rachel Rees and Alison Hartley. Helen Shaw, Gary Herbert and Jeanne Evans were promoted to partner in March 2018, while senior solicitor Richard Edwards is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Hugh Potter

Other key lawyers:Rachel Rees; Helen Shaw; Gary Herbert; Alison Hartley; Jeanne Evans; Richard Edwards; Nicola Mepstead; Amber Mitchell;


'Richard Edwards is a very high quality personal injury solicitor. He has fantastic attention to detail, works really well as part of a team. He also has very strong legal knowledge, and this in a particularly technical area of personal injury practice.'

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in settlement of £10m after suffering a severe brain injury following a vehicle collision.
  • Represented a client in settlement of £9.3m after suffering a severe head injury when hit by a car as a pedestrian.
  • Represented a client in settlement of £8.5m after suffering a severe head injury, leaving him permanently disabled, when he was a rear passenger in a car accident which killed the driver.
  • Represented a client in settlement of £8.5m after suffering a severe head injury, leaving him permanently disabled, when he was a rear passenger in a car accident which killed the driver.
  • Represented a client in settlement of £5m after she suffered very severe brain injury when a passenger in her friend’s car which collided with another vehicle, leaving her in a permanently minimally conscious state.

Simpson Millar LLP's personal injury department is recognised for its serious injury work, with a particular focus on brain injury, spinal cord injury and cases involving loss of limbs. Serious personal injury department head Melanie Burden has particular expertise in the area of injuries resulting in chronic pain neuropathic conditions such as fibromyalgia. Simon Stanfield leads the road traffic accident department, while the abuse team led by Peter Garsden is one of the largest in the country. Matthew Clayton and Rose Gibson are also key team members. Industrial disease expert Deborah Krelle joined in September 2018 from Michael W Halsall.

Practice head(s):Melanie Burden

Other key lawyers:Matthew Clayton; Peter Garsden; Rose Gibson; Simon Stanfield; Deborah Krelle; Caroline Fox


'The firm as a whole care about the clients and ensure that they are put at the centre of the process. They want to understand how suppliers work so that they can support the work we do also. They have very much supported my company and the services that we provide. They have taken the time to meet with us and learn more about what we do and how we can help the clients.'

'This firm is very proactive, caring and efficient; there is a lot of personal contact with the clients and experts.'

'Matthew Clayton and Caroline Fox both demonstrate extreme professionalism and competence. Its a pleasure to work with this firm in general and the individuals in particular.'

Key Clients

National Accident Helpline ( NAH )

Injury Lawyers for You ( IL4U )

Co-operative Legal Services





National Accident Helpline ( NAH )

Injury Lawyers for You ( IL4U )

Martyn Gwyther is at the helm of Thompsons Solicitors LLP's claimant personal injury department, which is known for acting as panel solicitors for many major trade unions in relation to employers liability, public liability and road traffic accident claims. Gwyther is also involved in serious cross-border personal injury work. Louise Larkin has a specialism in asbestos-related disease cases, while in the area of catastrophic injury, Philip Liptrot acts for adults and children with complex multi-trauma injuries and for families of victims of fatal accidents, while Matthew Tollitt represents seriously injured claimants in brain injury, amputation and multi-trauma cases.

Practice head(s):Martyn Gwyther

Other key lawyers:Janet Finney; Philip Liptrot; Louise Larkin; Matthew Tollitt; Sarah Gardner


'The team is well equipped to deal with all aspects of claims from the slip, trip and fall to the top of the spectrum. They deliver and manage members expectations from day one to conclusion.'

Work highlights

  • Advised on cross border issue, succeeded in establishing applicability of English law and achieved settlement of £120,000.
  • Achieved £1.1m settlement for amputee in a claim against US resident.
  • Secured judgment on preliminary issue of liability in a multimillion-pound brain injury claim on behalf of a German national.
  • Secured settlement of £250,000 for a Bulgarian national who suffered brain injuries as a result of being struck by a motor vehicle in the UK.

Jonathan Bridge and Nick Molyneux jointly lead Farleys Solicitors LLP's claimant personal injury department, which is best known for its specialist abuse and inquests team, which acts for victims of abuse, Human Rights Act claims, fatal accidents, and claims against local authorities. The group also is adept at handling high value and complex personal injury matters including catastrophic injury claims such as brain and spinal injuries, serious injuries and industrial disease claims.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Bridge; Nick Molyneux

Other key lawyers:Michael Corrigan; Kelly Darlington


'Jonathan Bridge leads an outstanding team. He has considerable experience and excellent relations with experts and opponents.'

'Jonathan Bridge has a specialist practice in claims involving child abuse and neglect - these are difficult claims and he is quite exceptional in running them and getting unbelievably good results.'

'Jonathan Bridge stands out as a very skilled and knowledgeable, easy-to-work with professional.'

Work highlights

  • Secured £11m for the family of a young boy who was injured following a severe brain injury after being struck by a car.
  • Successfully brought a claim against Lancashire County Council for £9.6m, eclipsing the highest previous award in a claim of this nature.
  • Advised on a public inquiry into a fatal shooting by Greater Manchester Police in March 2012. This is the second time in England that an inquiry has been set up to establish how a person came to their death, replacing the role of an inquest.
  • Secured substantial compensation on behalf of a client who suffered severe injuries in an accident at work.
  • Acting on behalf of a seriously injured man as a result of a road traffic accident, after he was left at the side of the road after being hit by a car.

Fletchers Solicitors is recognised for its expertise in serious injury cases, particularly involving motorbike accidents. Chief legal officer Adrian Denson has considerable experience conducting maximum severity cases including brain and spinal cord injuries. Head of the catastrophic personal injury team and 'stand-out practitioner' Julia Eyton's areas of expertise include brain, spinal, orthopaedic injuries, amputation, brachial plexus and fatal accidents. Working closely with the firm's Court of Protection team, chartered legal executive Caroline Morris routinely represents clients who lack capacity and is adept at handling high value, complex matters for both adults and children.

Practice head(s):Andrew Clark; Julia Eyton; Jennifer Nolan


'Fletchers have developed real expertise in the liability, medical causation and quantum issues involved. They adopt a team approach to cases and keep the clients updated and involved. They are a stand-out practice. The hallmarks of Fletchers' excellent approach are their depth of expertise, team approach and balance of technical legal knowledge with commercial insight.'

'Julia Eyton is a standout practitioner, as are various other fee earners including Ashley Nolan - a real specialist in serious brain and brachial plexus injury claims.'

'The team are simply fantastic. Professional, kind, very patient and understanding of the difficulties claimants have in adjusting to the injuries incurred and changes they bring. The team respond to emails and calls promptly and will explain details as often as required to ensure the claimant is as clear as possible about how the claim is progressing.'

'The team are so much more than just professionals working a case. Over the last couple of years they have been there in the background fighting my corner and deserve a medal for all the work they have done and continue to do for my case. I have been so impressed with the continuous dedication to their roles and overall professionalism. They are a great team and I honestly do not now how I would have coped without them. I am where I am now with my recovery because of the efforts put in by Ashley Nolan to ensure I have been put in contact with appropriate specialists to support not only my physical needs, but also my emotional needs.'

Work highlights

  • Represented a client following the death of her husband in a road traffic accident. Liability not admitted but settlement approved for £400,000.
  • Represented a client following a road traffic accident. Liability was denied in full but two weeks before trial an admission of primary liability was received.
  • Represented a claimant who was involved in a road traffic accident and then underwent emergency surgery during which a sheath was inadvertently inserted into an artery, allegedly causing a clot which resulted in brain damage.
  • Represented a client pursuing a claim against the Motor Insurers’ Bureau under the ‘untraced drivers’ agreement.’ The claim was initially declined and an appeal process took place.

Gorvins Solicitors is praised for its 'outstanding knowledge of personal injury sector and great professionalism'. 'Plain speaking' personal injury head Stuart Biddle has particular specialisms in dealing with complex injuries where the injury has a debilitating and life-changing effect, while he also has expertise in cases involving chronic pain and significant pain disorders. Gary Boyd joined from Hilary Meredith Solicitors as head of military claims in May 2018, bringing with him a wealth of experience representing armed forces personnel.

Practice head(s):Stuart Biddle; Gary Boyd

Other key lawyers:Lisa Chambers; Ryan Gledhill


'Gorvins are an approachable and straight forward firm. They are easily contactable and deal with queries quickly and efficiently. It is clear they strive to achieve the best results possible for their clients.'

'Ryan Gledhill is an exceptional solicitor. Extremely thorough and takes a sensible and informed view. Ryan has an excellent manner with clients. He explains legal facts in a straightforward and easily digestible manner. He has a robust stance with opposing sides and works hard to get the best result possible for his clients.'

'Everyone I have worked with is an excellent team player.'

'They are very organised and diligent. They are also very good at risk assessing cases so that hopeless cases do not progress. If they take a case they pursue it forcefully, often getting excellent settlements pre-trial.'

'They have the ability to fully understand the needs of each client and continue to ensure they have the essential legal knowledge and experience to deliver the best service and advice to their clients.'

'Lisa Chambers and Stuart Biddle consistently strive to achieve the best possible outcomes for their clients. They clearly work to fight their clients' corner whilst keeping them fully informed.'

Work highlights

  • Advised a client who was injured during the course of her employment.  Injury to ankle was in permanent debilitating symptoms.  Claim against the NHS settled at Joint Settlement Meeting by agreement in the sum of £332,500.
  • Advised a claimant who was involved in a collision with mobility scooter on a zebra crossing, which resulted in a fracture to the left hip.
  • Advised a claimant who sustained a brain injury following collision with a vehicle as a pedestrian.
  • Advised a claimant who received damages for injuries suffered in her own home.
  • Advised a claimant who tripped and fell down the stairs of a hotel where she was staying on holiday and fractured her ankle.

Niche firm Hilary Meredith Solicitors is recognised for its long-standing track record pursuing traumatic personal injury claims on behalf of armed services personnel. Founding partner Hilary Meredith enjoys a stellar reputation among the armed forces community and is described as a 'great advocate for the interests of servicemen and women.' Simon Quinn was promoted to partner July 2018, while former Birchall Blackburn catastrophic injury head Dianne Yates brought significant experience to the team after joining in late 2018.

Practice head(s):Hilary Meredith

Other key lawyers:Sinead Cartwright; Dianne Yates; Simon Quinn;


'Continuing strength in military claims with a lengthy track record of achieving high value settlements for injured soldiers. Very high profile.'

'Simon Quinn is a very steady pair of hands with a great deal of experience in military claims.'

'Hilary Meredith is a first class solicitor who is dedicated to her clients. She is also a great advocate for the interests of servicemen and women; for example she is instrumental in the campaign to prevent historic prosecutions.'

Work highlights

  • Advised on the first case to test the MoD’s duty to protect against Q fever.
  • Secured a settlement worth almost £7.2m on behalf of a Navy pilot who suffered catastrophic injuries during the course of his duties.  
  • Secured one of the highest ever settlements in a Non-Freezing Cold Injury claim.
  • Secured high value win at trial for an international athlete.
  • Secured high value settlement for soldier in terrifying mid-air ordeal.

Specialist personal injury firm Stephensons Solicitors LLP is recognised for acting on behalf of clients in relation to serious work accidents, public liability and road traffic accidents involving complex or fatal injuries. Other areas of expertise include accidents abroad, Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority and abuse claims and industrial disease claims, especially asbestos and mesothelioma. Kate Sweeney leads the team. Danielle Callaway was promoted to partner in May 2018.

Practice head(s):Kate Sweeney

Other key lawyers:Danielle Callaway; Rebecca Dawber; Shahina Sakeria;

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in road traffic accident claim resulting in life-changing injuries and damage to quality of life.
  • Represented a client in accident at work claim who received £65,000.
  • Represented a client in an industrial disease claim after he developed asbestosis causing his life expectancy to be reduced and his chances of developing lung cancers increased.
  • Represented a client in a road traffic accident claim when she was hit as a pedestrian and sustained significant mobility issues.
  • Represented a client in an accident at work claim when she was working as a healthcare assistant.

At Clear Law LLP, solicitor-advocate Andrew Kwan manages the claimant personal injury departments. Solicitor Iain Murray leads the firm's employers liability and public liability team, while solicitor Hannah  Bardsley is responsible for the fast track road traffic group. Solicitor Nigel Smith, who joined from Slater and Gordon in June 2018 and head of serious injury, has particular expertise in relation to major trauma, life changing and complex serious injury claims involving brain injury, amputation, spinal injury and fatal collision incidents.

Practice head(s):Matthew Corbett; Andrew Kwan; Hannah Bardsley; Nigel Smith

Other key lawyers:Iain Murray

Work highlights

  • Successfully argued the case for a client against two defendants who both denied liability for an accident that saw him sustain significant injuries.
  • Resisted high pressure tactics from a defendant in order to ensure a recovery of damages for client.

Express Solicitors Ltd's claimant personal injury team is praised for its 'great communication', with Daniel Slade is a specialist in catastrophic injury High Court cases. Richard Lowery manages the employers' liability team representing clients who have suffered serious injuries, while Robin Patey leads the road traffic team. Christopher Hibbert joined the road traffic department as an associate partner in May 2018, while Michael Connor joined the employers' liability department in April 2018 from Hayes Connor Solicitors.

Practice head(s):Christopher Hibbert; Daniel Slade; Richard Lowery

Other key lawyers:Robin Patey; Robert Weeden; Sarah Mawdsley; Jennifer Lutton; Mr William O’Brien EL Department Supporting information


'Very friendly, helpful and efficient individuals.'

'Every individual I spoke with was very professional, friendly, good listeners and explained any and every questions I asked throughout.'

'Several different people handled my case - they were all on top of their game and knew what advice to offer me. They always rang me back when they said they would and achieved a successful outcome.'

Jobling Gowler Solicitors has experience in the full range of of personal injury work, including road traffic accidents, employers' liability and public liability. David Mercer is the department head and focuses on sports injury claims with considerable experience in claims relating to football injuries and rowing accidents. Name partner Simon Gowler deals with serious personal injury claims. New additions to the team include Louise Wilcox, who joined from Price Slater Gawne in January 2019, and solicitor Laura Hart who moved over from the now insolvent Roberts Jackson Solicitors in mid-2018.

Practice head(s):David Mercer

Other key lawyers:Simon Gowler; Gill Peate; Louise Wilcox


'A boutique law practice -with well qualified and highly experienced practitioners who provide a bespoke service to clients. They do not undertake high volume litigation but specialise in higher value cases where client contact is more important. They choose their experts carefully in cases as part of the bespoke service. they are also respected by defendant firms because of their expertise and consequently get better results for clients.'

'Simon Gowler is measured, experienced and gives excellent advice delivered with a light touch.'

'Louise Wilcox is very dedicated to clients, presses cases hard and works tirelessly to get the best result for the client.'

'Gill Peate is a former nurse; she is very experienced and has excellent judgement. David Mercer truly leaves no stone unturned when running a case.'

Your Legal Friend enjoys a good reputation for its work in relation to serious disease litigation, particularly asbestos disease claims. The team is also routinely involved in work relating to road traffic accidents, employers' liability matters and holiday illness cases. The team, which has a significant Polish client base, comprises asbestos disease department manager Joanne Candlish, director of personal injury Alison Saul, Jenna Hargreaves, Lee Quinn, and head of multi-track Philip Waters.

Practice head(s):Alison Saul

Other key lawyers:Joanne Candiish; Jenna Hargreaves; Lee Quinn; Philip Waters

At Horwich Cohen Coghlan, Mike Molloy, who 'always has his clients' wellbeing at heart' is in charge of the major trauma serious injury team. Andrea Green leads the MoJ department, while name partner Brian Coghlan and Robert Myer jointly oversee the wider personal injury department. The firm has recently launched a new dedicated specialist motorcycle claims team.

Practice head(s):Brian Coghlan; Rob Myer; Mike Molloy

Other key lawyers:Philippa Simpson; Stephen Kilpatrick; Kelly Hutton; Andrea Green;


'Mike Molloy is an excellent personal injury/clinical negligence litigator. Not only does he ensure the best outcome for claimants, he has excellent client management skills that provide reassurance and guidance to claimants at a difficult time in their lives. Claimants all speak fondly and highly of Mike.'

'Mike Molloy is always friendly, approachable, efficient and has an excellent working ethos.'

Work highlights

  • Advised on a motorcycle accident involving a below-the-knee amputation and substantial therapy required for client. Matter settled for £1m in 2018.  
  • Advised a female client injured in road traffic accident resulting in a major spinal cord injury causing paralysis from hips down. Settled in 2018 in seven-figure sum.
  • Advised on a £4.5m claim settled on split liability for £3.3m from motorcycle accident which resulted in brain injury.
  • Secured £1.5m for an off-duty Automobile Association patrol professional who sustained serious lower limb fractures.

KhanMather Solicitors covers a wide range of claimant personal injury work, from road traffic and cycling accidents, accidents at work and asbestos related injuries to public liability and product liability claims. Name partner Saqib Khan and Helen Penney jointly lead the department from the firm's north west offices in Altrincham and Huddersfield. Director Aaminah Khan, who joined the firm in January 2019 from the Information Commissioner's Office, is also a qualified barrister.

Practice head(s):Helen Penney; Aaminah Amanda Khan

Other key lawyers:Saqib Khan; Sabeela Javed; Terry Wilson

Work highlights

  • Acted as claimant personal injury solicitors in a road traffic accident.

Led by Alison Connolly, Nexus Solicitors Limited is experienced in handling complex, high value personal injury litigation, especially catastrophic life-changing injuries, product liability claims and accidents abroad involving jurisdictional disputes. Other areas of expertise include road traffic accidents, accidents at work, holiday and care homes. The team is also adept at handling cases involving fatalities.

Practice head(s):Alison Connolly

Other key lawyers:Chris Pugh

Savas Argirou is at the helm of Savas & Savage Solicitors's claimant personal injury practice, which deals with a diverse range of PI work including road traffic accidents, accidents at work, industrial disease, slips and trips as well as criminal injury claims.

Practice head(s):Savas Argirou

Other key lawyers:Conor Callan; Kevin Savage; Sally Joseph; Stuart King; Daniel Marshall; Michael Sheen; Annette Gardner; Ruth Tucker


'The firm has a friendly approach and offers a well-articulated explanation of legal matters.'

Personal injury: defendant

Index of tables

  1. Personal injury: defendant
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

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Leading individuals

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Next Generation Partners

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    • Lauren Gosnell - BLM
    • Jamie Taylor - DWF

Rising stars

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BLM's substantial personal injury defence team has considerable expertise across the whole spectrum of cases. Jonathan Clay and Joanne Francis jointly lead the practice, which acts for a wide range of clients in the public sector, as well as charities, SMEs and multinational companies across sectors including retail, leisure, construction, manufacturing and the motor industry. Key team members include Andrew Kerr, Ruth Graham, David Spencer, while four lawyers were promoted to the partnership in the team during 2018 - Lauren Gosnell, Louise Stubbs, Steven Lynch and David Rainey. Associate Nicola Overmire is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Clay; Joanne Francis


'Vast experience across the industry, with an unrivalled team of partners.'

'David Spencer has an ability to get to the heart of complex issues of liability and quantum. Vast and almost unique knowledge of motor sports claims '

'Andrew Kerr has an unrivalled experience of catastrophic value PI claims.'

'BLM are a leading practice for defendant insurance. Their partners have genuine strength in depth, which cascades down through more junior associates.'

'Andrew Kerr is unflappable, highly intelligent and modest. He has excellent commercial judgement and attention to detail. If anyone sued me I'd want him on the job.'

'Gill Rothwell is quietly spoken but tenacious. Huge experience, great technical skills and almost psychic ability to predict settlement values.'

'Victoria Jackson is a rising star, superb at covering the proliferation of noise claims.'

'Very personable, with an excellent combination of diligence and approachability.'

'BLM's Manchester office is the first port of call for almost all major insurers. In catastrophic injury work they are adept at engaging with claims at an early (pre-action) stage and are able to ensure that claims are sensibly and swiftly dealt with, sometimes even before proceedings have be issued. The partners and associates have a strong team of junior solicitors and paralegals supporting them.''

'Andrew Kerr has a really good grasp and tactical awareness of how catastrophic injury claims work, and is able at an early stage to co-operate with claimant solicitors and work out route maps to both sides obtaining the necessary evidence to be in a position to consider settlement as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. He is determined and unflappable.'

'Lauren Gosnell is really on top of her case load, knows the details of each one inside out and is enthusiastic and determined to get the best outcome in each case.'

'Louise Stubbs instills her clients with complete confidence in her professional ability and her approach to cases. She is determined when it comes to a fight.'

'Nicholas Thorne is calm and measured, and strikes up good working relationships with his opponents.'

'Andrew Williamson and Nicholas Thorne are bright and capable with excellent capacity to deal with the swings and roundabouts of the litigation process, and good knowledge of their field. The same applies to Alison Noonan and Danielle Worrow.'

'David has an in-depth knowledge of the motor sports sector - he is popular with clients as he provides robust, tactically sound and practical advice to maximise success for those he represents.'

'The team has a wealth of experience in dealing with high value personal injury cases.'

'Sally Whalley is an excellent PI lawyer. She has outstanding interpersonal skills, and knows how to prepare, and to win, a case.'

'The team has a solid background of work in this area which is passed on through the generations. Their practice and procedures are highly organised to assist in bringing out the best from each individual but also assist in analysis of cases at greater depth.'

'BLM's strength is founded upon their specialisation and deep knowledge of the insurance sector upon which they focus. They have excellent, seasoned, experienced professionals providing active, hands on solutions rather than a number of their process led competitors who are content, rather than outcome, led.'

'Stuart Furniss, Elizabeth Wallace and Lauren Gosnell are class acts in terms of identifying key issues, garnering the requisite evidence and advancing cases efficiently, while managing their insurers clients expectations. They provide prompt and accurate service to the clients and know the best occasions on which to involve counsel prior to any settlement meeting, medication or trial.'

'Luisa Lamb is particularly knowledgeable and a great leader for the Manchester team.'

'Lauren Gosnell goes the extra mile for her clients. She has the ability to hold her nerve and remain focused on the real issue in a case when unexpected developments occur.'

'Paula Jefferson: She is hugely experienced in abuse cases, acting for a wide range of religious institutions and their insurers. She does so with tact and good sense.'

'Streamlined and efficient personal injury lawyers dealing with defence cases in a cost effective manner.'

'Stuart Furniss is focused and very able.'

'BLM has populated their Manchester office with the best PI lawyers in the north west. As a result it is not unusual for insurers to send catastrophic claims to BLM's Manchester office even where the claim has no north west connection. All of the lawyers are extremely hard working and know their stuff as well as, and in some cases better, than anyone else.'

'Andrew Kerr has the intellectual ability to master the most complex claims - clients love his calm and authoritative approach.'

'David Spencer is an absolute master at client handling, right at the top of his game and an instinctively good lawyer.'

'Lauren Gosnell is probably the hardest working solicitor I know and will always put the client's needs at the top of the agenda, as well as having the know-how to manage a multimillion-pound claim.

'Chloe Davies is utterly reliable and a crucial part of the team.'

'BLM Manchester are probably the biggest firm in the NW handling Defendant PI work across the full spectrum from catastrophic injury to industrial disease to motor claims. The firm offers nothing less than a gold standard service. It has absolutely the right balance between a dynamic commercial approach to its cases and old school client care. It has unrivalled technical expertise and insight into industry developments and how to best advance their client's cause in those matters.'

'Ruth Graham is a wise head with bags of experience whom the insurer clients warm to and can trust.'

'Ruth Graham has huge experience in the sector and is very pragmatic and results-oriented.'

'A dynamic team with a broad range of knowledge and great depth of experience to deal with large loss claims. The partners are very much hands on and spend a lot of their time working on the cases.'

'Stuart Hardy is client focused and a great team leader. He has a brilliant grasp of the technical and commercial realities of litigating complex legal disputes.'

'Andrew Kerr has an excellent mind and an eye for detail.'

'Nicholas Thorne has a calm, reassuring manner that instills confidence.'

'David Spencer is robust and a good litigator.'

'Karen Redmore has excellent technical and legal knowledge and good sense of judgment.'

'There are few firms that can match their personal injury, regulatory, and insurance knowledge in the field of motorsports accident litigation.'

'David Spencer is highly experienced, and has the ability to cut through cases and see past the irrelevant detail. A seasoned negotiator who's never intimidated. I'd want him on my side.'

Key Clients











JW Lees

Karro Food Group



Ringway Jacobs


Thames Valley Police




Peel Ports




Network Rail







Aspen Risk




The personal injury defence team at Clyde & Co LLP is well known for delivering innovative solutions in cases involving the most serious injuries and providing strategic disease litigation. David Wynn predominantly deals with asbestos-related, carcinogenic and chemical poisoning claims for insurers and multinational companies, while Chris Murray focuses on complex personal injury litigation in respect of road traffic accidents, employers' and public liability. James Dadge and Peter Whitehead are also key names. Damien Rourke, who specialises in defeating fraudulent claims, relocated from the firm's London office to Manchester in late 2018.

Practice head(s):David Wynn; Peter Whitehead; Chris Murray; Mark Hemsted; Damien Rourke; Rob Muttock; Siobhan Mullins

Other key lawyers:James Dadge; Judith Martin; Kate Duffy; Chris Eccles


'Mark Hemsted and his team provides valuable support with our motor personal injury defendant litigation work. Clyde & Co are utilised to support our business in view of their extensive knowledge of the motor injury claims legal environment.'

'Mark Hemsted has an in-depth understanding of our business and our commercial requirements. He provides our claims management team and case handlers with both a professional and personal support across a wide range of subjects.'

'Chris Murray is a great force behind the team. Kate Duffy is also an excellent tactician and a great leader.'

'Working with Clyde & Co is a very positive experience. Clyde & Co have a team which consistently strong. When something crops up outside their field they can pull in other resources from elsewhere in the firm, both efficiently and swiftly and in a way which is unparalleled in my experience.'

'Chris Murray has a relaxed but professional manner which makes him easy to work with. He has a knack for spotting the cases requiring investigation. He knows his cases well but delegates effectively and has respect for his team. His team is talented from the most junior trainee up. They get things done.'

Key Clients

Axa Insurance



Riverstone Insurance

Pro Insurance Solutions



InterEurope AG

Work highlights

  • Defending a claim for Pro Insurance Solutions that exposure to diesel fumes and ammonia had caused asthma.
  • Defending a high value fatal mesothelioma case for Resolute brought by relatives of a deceased former employee.
  • Helped NFU Mutual to secure the dismissal of a claim for a serious injury on a point of abuse of process.
  • Advised Catalina Re on a groundbreaking approach to chronic pain claim which saved 99% of the sum claimed.

Paul Berry is at the helm of DWF's national insurance team, which comprises a broad personal injury practice, handling catastrophic injury claims and large loss matters such as fatalities, serious brain and spinal injuries, to occupational health and industrial disease cases and motor traffic accident claims. The department also has a dedicated counter-fraud team led by Jamie Taylor. Ian Slater, who heads up the Manchester insurance practice, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Paul Berry

Other key lawyers:Rob McKee; Nigel Teasdale; Ian Macalister; Simon Mather; James Roden; Mark Treacher; Tom Higson; Simon Denyer; Patrick McBrien; Daren Charlton; Ian Slater; Dave Young; James Pinder; Jamie Taylor; Andrew O’Connell; Stuart Poole; Graham Smith; Carl Graham; Giles Kellner; Fiona Matthews Sarah Mir David Woolley Hannah Fitzgerald

Key Clients



QBE ( longstanding)

Markerstudy Group



Groupama ( longstanding)



Equity Red Star

RSA ( longstanding)


Forbes Solicitors is recognised for its work advising local authorities on casualty and highway claims. The department also has expertise in the defence of fraudulent claims for insurance clients and is involved in high profile historic abuse cases. Other areas of activity include the handling of high value personal injury claims and employers' and public liability claims for large national retail chains. Key names in the department include Chris Booth, Paul Geldard, Kella Bowers, Elizabeth Bower, Ridwaan Omar and Andrew Ellis.

Practice head(s):Chris Booth; Paul Geldard; Kella Bowers; Elizabeth Bower; Ridwaan Omar; Andrew Ellis

Other key lawyers:Lucy Harris; David Mayor


'Andrew Ellis is an excellent partner - he always has time for everyone no matter who they are or level of experience. He ensures everyone understands his opinion and proposals for proceeding with a detailed level of clarity. '

'The team is well regarded by their clients and have a strong position in the market in this part of the country.'

'Kella Bowers is an expert in child abuse, child sexual exploitation and local authority negligence claims; clear and forthright in her advice; commercial and pragmatic in her approach to claims.'

Key Clients


Gallagher Bassett

Cooperative Group

Cunningham Lindsay international t/a Sedgwick

Lloyds Syndicate 2525

SportsCover Europe



Guinness Partnership

Riverside Housing

Kepak Group


Work highlights

  • Successful defence of a coordinated group of highway claims against Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council, having identified fraudulent activity.
  • Representing Rotherham MBC in a potential group action resulting from institutional abuse within an adult care centre.
  • Defence of fraudulent highways claim for Bury Council with QOCS being overturned.
  • Defence of public liability claim as a result of injury during a football match.
  • Represented the Local Authority in their handling of the Rochdale child sexual exploitation cases.

Gordon Davidson and Martin Stockdale jointly lead Kennedys' personal injury defence department. Davidson is adept at assisting local authorities with their employers and public liability claims as well as their disease claims, while Stockdale leads the counter-fraud team, which acts for a mix of insurers, public sector clients and corporates, handling work which often has an international element. The team has expertise in a number of sectors such as leisure and hospitality, sport, construction, manufacturing, transport and logistics. Richard McKeown and senior associate Ian Ford are also key individuals.

Practice head(s):Gordon Davidson; Martin Stockdale

Other key lawyers:Richard McKeown; Christopher Oldfield; Paula Garvey; Ian Ford; Scott Nightingale; Katherine Totty; John Mackenzie; Chris Stubbs; Robert Ashurst; Michael Bickerstaffe; Nicola Smith; Paula Leece


'A growing team with excellent strategic skill in the most complex and challenging injury claims for insurers.'

'Gordon Davidson is the stand-out individual. A legal colossus. Vastly experienced, hugely affable and universally liked and respected by clients and opponents alike. One of the last true gentleman solicitors.'

'Very professional and understand their customer's requirements. The practice brings confidence and assurance that our, the customer's interests are protected.'

'The team at Kennedys in Manchester provide an excellent service. They are extremely thorough, bring a high level of expertise to each claim, but are also commercially and tactically very astute. The team is structured in a way that enables the senior fee earners to delegate where appropriate to more junior members of the team who are always bright, enthusiastic and extremely efficient which is always really helpful. The team, in keeping with the firm, are also innovative in the way in which they provide their legal services to their clients.'

'The individuals I work with all have a very high level of technical expertise. They are particularly good at determining those cases which need to be fought and do so tenaciously. Equally they are also adept at recognising early the cases where a degree of pragmatism is going to be required to get the best overall outcome for the client. They build and maintain strong relationships with their clients and are a pleasure to work with.

'Chris Oldfield and Richard McKeown are vastly experienced and are well known to stand out within this practice area.'

'The team are keen to engage with us on what approach we like to take with our personal injury claims. They consider the bigger picture such as brand reputation and customer service as well as providing clear, helpful legal advice. We almost see the team as an extension of our own in-house legal team which is great.'

'Richard McKeown is very friendly and approachable and goes above and beyond to provide a high standard of legal service and advice.'

'Richard McKeown has a true passion for defending claims but also is realistic and does not raise hopes of success where there may be loopholes in our defence. He has a common sense approach which is rare these days, and looks at whether our clients contractual expectations are realistic.'

'The team are dedicated to establish a second to none, working relationship with ourselves and the client. They are both personable, yet professional, which makes the relationship dynamic and efficient. By fully understanding the needs, and working relationship of the client, this enables all round satisfaction.'

'Richard McKeown has extensive knowledge, charisma and dedication.'

Key Clients

Hilton Hotels

JD Wetherspoon Plc



MJ Gleeson

British Cycling

Marston’s Plc

TCS Claims (Endsleigh)

UK Athletics

Virgin West Coast Trains

The Go Ahead Group

Keoghs LLP's large team acts for many of the leading UK insurers, including nine of the top 10 UK motor insurers, as well as a variety of self-insured clients, commercial companies and public sector organisations. The group handles a good mix of claims comprising motor, disease, catastrophic injury and insurance fraud. The department's abuse team, under the leadership of Alastair Gillespie, acts on behalf of insurers, religious organisations, schools, charities, sporting clubs and public organisations. Andrew Underwood specialises in serious and catastrophic injury cases, while Mark Whalley, Damian Ward and Emma Spencer are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Don Clarke; Gary Fitzpatrick

Other key lawyers:Andrew Underwood; Mike Pope; Alastair Gillespie; Damian Ward; Sarah Swan; Ian Carroll; Ben Leech


'The team in Manchester and Bolton are grounded diligent, practical and easy to work for.'

'Emma Spencer stands out for her all round common sense. Mike Pope and Mark Whalley are sound, experienced hands who know what they are doing. They are all well supported by a stable team.'

'Really experienced team who have huge level of experience in dealing with claims arising out of alleged child sexual exploitation.'

Key Clients




Hastings Direct




Direct Line Group


Work highlights

  • Represented Barclays through Royal & Sun Alliance on a potentially precedent-setting Court of Appeal decision on vicarious liability for an independent contractor.
  • Acted on behalf of South Yorkshire Police in relation to a group of civil claims arising from alleged child sexual exploitation between 1994 and 2011.
  • Acted on behalf of AIG, Zurich and RSA in a case where the judge handed down what is believed to be the first judgment on the issue of PPOs as a mechanism for funding future immunotherapy in mesothelioma claims.

Weightmans LLP has a very large defendant personal injury team, which, in addition to representing a vast number of local authorities and police authorities, acts for the majority of top insurers and numerous FTSE 100 companies. David Holt is client partner for the Motor Insurers' Bureau and focuses on non-indemnity insurance work and catastrophic injury claims, including spinal injuries, paralysis and serious head injuries, while Peter Forshaw is the firm's lead lawyer for casualty litigation, specialising in employers, public liability and product liability claims. Peter Wake has considerable experience defending injury claims that arise out of professional negligence allegations against social services as well as historical abuse claims. Roddy MacLeod leads the firm's stress team. Liam McGuire is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):Peter Forshaw; Liam McGuire; Peter Wake

Other key lawyers:David Holt; Victoria Coleman; William Quinn; Suzanne Milne; Roddy MacLeod; Chris Ball; Graham Dean; Louise Mutch; Katie Gemmell

Key Clients


Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB)

NHS Resolution

Cooperative Insurance

AIG Europe Insurance

Ageas Insurance

Tesco Insurance

Sabre Insurance

Collingwood Insurance

First Central Insurance

AXAXL Insurance

Travelers Insurance

Insure the Box

Liberty Mutual Insurance



Enterprise Rent A Car


Rolls Royce

DAC Beachcroft LLP's defendant personal injury team is continuing to expand its client base, which includes many of the leading UK insurers and self-insured corporates. Head of motor injury Craig Godding has extensive experience of dealing with complex road traffic, employers' and public liability claims, while the team also has strength in the defence of disease claims, particularly those relating to deafness. Corrine Sinker is in charge of the firm's casualty department and focuses on accident and disease work, with particular strength in dealing with complex asbestos cases. Kate Archer recently rejoined the firm as partner after six years at DWF.

Practice head(s):Craig Godding; Corrinne Sinker; Kate Archer

Other key lawyers:Peter Newstead; Naomi Marshall; Barrie Hall

At Horwich Cohen Coghlan, practice head Mark Woodall handles complex and high value claims comprising road traffic collisions, employers' liability as well as public liability. Woodall is also recognised for his work on personal injury claims with a foreign element. The firm acts for insurers, self-insureds and UK claims handlers for foreign insurers.

Practice head(s):Mark Woodall

Other key lawyers:David Horwich

Plexus Law has a strong track record across a wide array of personal injury claims including casualty, motor, occupational disease, fraud, employers' and public liability, with key clients including government departments and major corporates. Anthony Baker is 'a truly excellent lawyer with great knowledge', while Tim Short has particular strength in chronic pain and subtle brain injury claims. Other key names in the department are counter fraud head Gary Petterson, Philip D’Netto, who recently took up the leadership of the catastrophic injury team, and public sector head Andrew Steel, who works in tandem with Matt Smith and Louise Shaw. The team was boosted in early 2019 with the addition of two new partners - Stuart Clemson and Nadia Nahapiet, who joined from DWF and Clyde & Co LLP respectively.

Practice head(s):Anthony Baker; Tim Short; Gary Petterson; Philip D’Netto; Louise Shaw; Andrew Steel

Other key lawyers:Andrew Smith


'The team approach the task of representing their clients with a great blend of enthusiasm and discipline.'

'Andrew Steel leads the team in a friendly and approachable manner. He is always available when needed and responds to all our requests in a clear and consistent manner, enabling us to share his advises on without further interpretation.'

'This is an outstanding team who couple robust attitude with pragmatism. They are equally comfortable in the trenches and engaging in sensible negotiation as the case may require.'

'Gary Petterson is fantastic with clients. He marries sound legal knowledge with the ability to communicate the strengths and weaknesses of a case to the client.'

'An excellent approach to cases with thorough knowledge of the relevant law and an adeptness at dealing with clients.'

'Anthony Baker is a truly excellent lawyer with great knowledge; hardworking and fantastic with clients.'

Key Clients



Tesco Stores Ltd


Swiss Re

Balfour Beatty

The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

Police forces including Merseyside and Lancashire

Work highlights

  • Represented a landlord at the behest of his insurers, Direct Group Ltd, in the defence of a claim brought by a property surveyor who fell through an open cellar hatch into a cellar whilst attending the landlord's premises to complete a pre-tenancy inspection and inventory. The claimant's case was dismissed.
  • Represented defendant Vax Ltd in the defence of a claim brought by a customer alleging his flooring was damaged by a vacuum cleaner manufactured by the client. The case was dismissed at trial.
  • Advised on a matter arising out of a road traffic accident in which the claimant was a passenger in a black cab which collided with an East Midlands Ambulance Service vehicle.

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The BLM professional negligence team is led by Jason Nash - 'one of the most experienced and best-connected partners in the country in this area.' The practice acts for professionals from all disciplines and has particular expertise in professional indemnity claims and in handling claims relating to fraud, especially where solicitors are involved. On the non-contentious side the team assists clients with the drafting of policy wordings and terms and conditions. Nash works alongside Ben Parks, who specialises in defending high value claims brought against surveyors, brokers, accountants and construction professionals.

Practice head(s):Jason Nash

Other key lawyers:Ben Parks; Iain Fraser; Anne Eady; Sarah Elderton; Michael Appleby; Richard Gould; Jennifer Bebbington; Laura Scott


'Jason Nash is one of the most experienced and best-connected partners in the country in this area; he has exceptional judgement.'

'Ben Parks is an up and coming and very highly regarded partner.

'Exceptionally good value for money; a very experienced team, offering insurers and defendants a highly competent service.'

'BLM have achieved a rare consistency in the professional indemnity market in the last few years. They seem hardly to be buffeted by the winds of change which blow other firms off panels and into difficulties. This is probably because they boast such a consistently strong team.

'The team is talented at all levels. Jason Nash has an eye for selecting strong asoociates who provide great support. It is one of the top three professional indemnity practices in the area.'

'I particularly recommend two partners, Ben Parks and Jason Nash. Ben is calm and measured, but his calmness masks a steely resolve. He has a habit of getting good results. Jason is as tenacious as he is sagacious. He has a nose for a weak case and will hunt it down mercilessly.

'Jason Nash is highly experienced in leading teams dealing with the heaviest of cases. He is a born negotiator and has a strong commercial feel.'

'Ben Parks goes from strength to strength. He has developed into a very safe pair of hands in whom clients repose trust.

'Richard Gould is an associate who is both efficient and mature. He has a good feel for which cases to fight.'

'Jason Nash is responsive, pragmatic, and highly personable.'

Key Clients







Manchester Underwriting


James Preece and Louisa Robbins lead Clyde & Co LLP's professional negligence department, which in the past year has seen an increase in instructions in the property sector relating to claims against solicitors and surveyors, as well as an uptick in the defence of claims against construction professionals. Disciplinary and regulatory work is another area of enhanced activity for the team. Senior associate Anne-Marie Morgan-Barrett is also recommended.

Practice head(s):James Preece; Louisa Robbins

Other key lawyers:Sam Godding; Anne-Marie Morgan-Barrett; Vicky Hardy


'The team at Clyde & Co has a unique blend of powerhouse intellects and those with an eye for detail and diligence beyond the call of duty. It is a fantastic blend which keeps clients happy and is a dream to work for and with.'

'Louisa Robbins is bright, effervescent, and with an output that would put two solicitors to shame, let alone one. She is liked by everyone who has dealings with her, and is at the very top of her field. If she cannot crack a case, it is uncrackable.'

'James Preece is a seriously bright man, with a great feel for strategy and the nuance of difficult cases. He is also extremely personable, and a great favourite with insurers and clients alike.'

'A great team, highly skilled and a top performer. Clyde & Co perform to the highest standards.'

The practice at DWF, which is led by Andrew MacLeod, holds panel places for many of the UK's largest general professional indemnity insurers and syndicates. The team has particular strength in handling high-value, multi-party construction-related  cases, but also has a track record on claims involving other professionals such as solicitors, insurance brokers, accountants, surveyors stockbrokers and IFAs. Other areas of expertise include D&O/management liability claims as well as breach of contract, IP and cyber claims in the IT and media sectors. Senior associate Nathan Penny-Larter is recommended.

Practice head(s):Andrew MacLeod

Other key lawyers:Mark Jenkyn-Jones; Paul Dally; Michael Pease; Nathan Penny-Larter; Hilary Harrison


'A very strong team, with good leadership and some excellent senior associates such as Nathan Penny-Larter. They are able to deal with complex issues quickly and efficiently, and this includes both coverage and defending the substantive allegations of negligence.'

'Nathan Penny-Larter is a standout individual. You want him on your side. He has a broad client base and experience of both insurance, and different areas of professional negligence; works ferociously hard, is clever and is responsive and a pleasure to deal with.'

Work highlights

  • Acting for an architect in a claim relating to high rise student accommodation cladding.
  • Advising an international bridge engineering consultancy on a £22m claim.
  • Acting for a specialist façade contractor on a £12m claim.
  • Represented solicitors sued in connection with the handling of a murder trial.
  • Representing an architect's practice in a £1.2m planning dispute.

Litigation boutique FS Legal has particular expertise in financial negligence claims and complex tax negligence claims against banks, financial institutions and major insurers, with values in the multimillion to billion-pound range. The practice, which is jointly run by Kit Sorrell and Julia Norris, conducts the vast majority of their cases on a fully contingent, no win no fee basis. Senior associate Nicola Stanley is another key member of the team, while Christine Newton joined as a legal director from logistics firm Arrow XL in December 2018.

Practice head(s):Julia Norris; Kit Sorrell

Other key lawyers:Mubarik Haider; Christine Newton; Nicola Stanley


'The firm has developed an impressive niche expertise in claims against accountants, tax advisers and other financial professionals. They are particularly experienced in professional negligence claims arising from failed tax avoidance schemes.'

'Kit Sorrell is very experienced in professional negligence claims; something of an elder statesman on the Manchester legal scene. Julia Norris is keen, commercially astute and has formidable capacity for absorbing complex case files in short time.'

'Julia Norris' advice is clear, concise and confident.'

'Julia Norris is very responsive and demystifies complex issues.'

'FS Legal are utterly fearless and fight for their clients, offering an unbelievable service. They believe in their ability to pick winning cases but there is an underlying desire to assist people who have been subject of professional negligence and have lost all their savings.'

'Julia Norris is an absolute superstar and one of the best professional negligence lawyers around - the combination of Kit Sorrell with all his contacts and experience with a brilliant young lawyer make a fabulous team, and they are proving hugely effective.'

Key Clients

Michael W Halsall Solicitors

George Urquhart

Leasehold Clients

Blackstar/E-Shares Clients

Work highlights

  • Acting for Michael W Halsall Solicitors in a £6m-plus professional negligence claim concerning negligent tax advice.
  • Acting for one of the defendants in a multimillion-pound action dubbed the ’Ingenious’ litigation.
  • Representing more than 630 individual clients nationwide in relation to the Leasehold scandal where homeowners find themselves unknowingly bound by highly onerous ground rent clauses rendering their homes worthless and leaving them unable to sell or remortgage.
  • Acting for numerous claimant companies in claims against their accountants for negligent advice concerning tax mitigations schemes known as E-Shares and promoted by Blackstar (Europe) Limited.

Kennedys' professional negligence practice offers a broad range of expertise, defending all kinds of professionals, from lawyers and accountants to construction professionals and contractors, particularly in relation to cladding/fire-safety issues for commercial and residential properties. The team also advises on insurance coverage disputes, acting for many of the market's leading insurers. Key team members include practice head Jeremy Riley, Claire Bushen, Tom Pelham and associate Thomas Handley.

Practice head(s):Jeremy Riley

Other key lawyers:Claire Bushen; Tom Pelham; Thomas Handley; Sarah Mawbey; Hannah Williams


'The team is exceptional, always available and instantly engaging. In particular, Tom Pelham is a delight to work with. His no-fuss approach is exactly what we need and he puts our clients instantly at ease.'

'The firm has a very good global reach - the Manchester team are responsive and can deal with anything we throw at them.'

At specialist professional indemnity firm Legal Risk LLP, the 'outstandingly knowledgeable' Frank Maher focuses on advising top 100 law firms (including US firms), their insurers and regulators on professional liability claims, including professional indemnity insurance, and professional disciplinary issues. The team also advises on the coverage issues of mergers, acquisitions and closures of law firms, the latter being a particular niche that the practice is recognised for.

Practice head(s):Frank Maher


'They provide a quick response, knowledgeably with very practical advice that you can follow reliably. They advise you of the risks and issues so you can make informed decisions.'

'Frank Maher is so incisive, and if the point isn't within his field of expertise, he will suggest some of equal calibre. A great first port of call.'

'Frank Maher and Sue Mawdsley really know their stuff. It is very reassuring to have them on our team.'

Mickaela Fox and Mike Grant jointly lead Weightmans LLP's professional negligence practice, which acts across the range of professional liability claims, and is well-regarded for its expertise in the legal and construction sectors. In recent months the team has seen an uptick in work deriving from claims against architects, as well as an increase in instructions from insurers on D&O/management liability matters ranging from defamation and claims in the charity sector to regulatory investigations.

Practice head(s):Mickaela Fox; Mike Grant

Other key lawyers:Alex Marler; Pamela Freeland; Deborah Sullivan

Key Clients

Markel International

Markel UK

Hamilton Underwriting

Libra Managers


Irwin Mitchell

Tokio Marine HCC






Work highlights

  • Advised on a case in which the High Court dismissed a series of applications made against a barrister arbitrator.
  • Represented an insurer client in a multimillion-pound cross-border coverage dispute with its policyholder.

Led by Mark Molyneux, Addleshaw Goddard's professional negligence department has particular strength in the banking and construction sectors, handling high value claims against solicitors, valuers and other professionals. In the wake of the Grenfell disaster, cladding and fire safety issues have become an area of increased activity for the team, which has been advising a broad range of clients on issues relating to cladding and fire safety compliance. Susan Garrett handles professional negligence claims in the pensions area, while managing associate Matthew O’Neill focuses on claims against valuers, surveyors, brokers and solicitors on behalf of financial services clients.

Practice head(s):Mark Molyneux

Other key lawyers:Susan Garrett; John Gosling; Matthew O'Neill


'Addleshaw Goddard gives a very high level of client service. It has an extremely high profile in this sector and knows the market very well. It is a firm that never loses sight of the client's commercial aims and gives a top notch service at all levels of seniority. It has the strength in depth to handle the biggest disputes in the sector.'

Ian McConkey is at the helm of DAC Beachcroft LLP's team, which, in addition to acting for most of the major professional indemnity insurers, has considerable experience acting for a wide array of professionals including solicitors, insurance brokers, property managers, engineers, architects as well as design and build contractors. The team also handles an increasing number of claims against 'emerging' professionals, particularly those in the media and IT sector. Martin Paxton and IP and IT specialist Harald Loeffler are also key team members.

Practice head(s):Ian McConkey

Other key lawyers:Martin Paxton; Harald Loeffler; Stephen Gorman

Key Clients

QBE European Operations

Travelers Insurance Co Limited

Zurich Insurance plc

Tokio Marine HCC

Great Lakes SE

Allied World Assurance Company


WR Berkley

CNA Hardy

XL Insurance

Work highlights

  • Acted for QBE on behalf of a well-known firm of quantity surveyors in connection with a claim arising following the failed development of a joint police/emergency services training facility in Northern Ireland.
  • Acted for a design and build contractor in a part-refurbishment and part new-build of 170+ eco-friendly mixed use apartments.
  • Instructed to act for Amtrust Limited's policyholder in respect of claims for damages by 10 claimants arising out of alleged negligence and breach of contract in provision of solicitor services.

Under the leadership of Ruth Lawrence, Keoghs LLP's main focus is on the defence of claims against a variety of professionals such as solicitors, brokers, IFAs and those in construction. A unique characteristic of the practice is the specialist veterinary team that acts for veterinary surgeons, nurses, farriers and race horse trainers. The team also works closely with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, advising on claims and coverage issues. Christopher Stanton, Sarah Naylor, Jonathan Anslow and senior associate Graham Taylor are all key team members.

Practice head(s):Ruth Lawrence

Other key lawyers:Christopher Stanton; Sarah Naylor; Jonathan Anslow; Graham Taylor


'A good strong performer with a responsive approach.'

'The team is strong in the defence of construction professionals, in particular engineers.'

'The team has a wealth of experience in dealing with coverage issues. They are every bit as good as the London firms in this field. I find they are particularly good at client handling and communication.'

Key Clients


Arch Insurance

Hiscox Insurance

Libra Managers

AmTrust at Lloyd’s


Boots UK

Kingfisher plc

John Lewis & partners

Prosight Lloyd’s Syndicate 1110

Niall Innes and Ben Hardiman lead Mills & Reeve LLP's professional negligence department, which is entirely devoted to insurance disputes involving professional indemnity, construction and D&O policies. The bulk of the team's workload involves the handling of claims against legal professionals including solicitors, barristers and licensed conveyances. Other areas of activity include defending construction professionals such as main contractors, architects and engineers in multi-party disputes, especially in relation to fire safety and cladding issues, as well as acting for insurance brokers.

Practice head(s):Niall Innes; Ben Hardiman

Other key lawyers:Liam Burnett; Emma Harrison; Sarah Rose


'The team are very capable of handling big-ticket complex professional liablity claims, from a legal and strategic perspective.'

'Extremely professional, highly knowledgeable and also very personable.'

'Niall Innes is an exceptionally good partner. Hands on when needed. Very intelligent, tactically astute.'

'Liam Burnett is thorough, exceptionally bright, on the ball and has great judgement.'

Key Clients


AXIS Specialty

Bar Mutual

CNA Hardy

Countrywide plc


W/R/B Underwriting

Starr Companies

International Insurance Company of Hannover

Pannone Corporate LLP's practice, which is part of the firm's wider litigation offering, is recognised for handling complex and high value cases against a wide array of professionals including tax professionals, accountants, solicitors, architects and surveyors. The team usually acts for businesses or high net worth individuals, as well as defendants, either where there is no insurance or the insurance that is in place does not respond to the claim. Paul Jonson, Nicola Marchant and David Brown are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):Paul Jonson; Nicola Marchant; David Brown

Other key lawyers:Martin Pennington


'Small but highly specialised niche practice; strong on claimant professional negligence work and other commercial litigation. Very thorough case preparation.'

'Paul Johnson is very experienced and knowledgeable. Daniel Clarke is an academically gifted lawyer with lots of commercial nous. Elizabeth Walsh is an  up and coming associate; very thorough.'

'The niche team at Pannone Corporate is small but perfectly formed, with an extremely hard working and able team.'

'Martin Pennington is utterly devoted to the detail of even the most complex case, stays calm throughout crises, employs a penetrating analysis, and does it all with a dry wit and sunny disposition. A true pleasure to work with.'

'Paul Jonson is smoothness personified, and is the perfect partner for taking charge of difficult cases with difficult clients.'

Gorvins Solicitors routinely handles complex matters involving a wide range of professionals including solicitors, barristers, surveyors, valuers, architects, accountants, insurance brokers and other non-medical professions. Mark Deverell, David Guest and Guy Lightowler are the main contacts. Deverell regularly works with insurers, primarily concerning legal advisers, while Lightowler has considerable experience advising owner-managed businesses, SMS, PLCs and multinationals.

Practice head(s):Mark Deverell; David Guest; Guy Lightowler

Led by Tim Norman, Myerson Solicitors LLP's claimant-focused professional negligence practice works in tandem with the firm's other practices, particularly in relation to property litigation, construction and conveyancing, while also pursuing negligence claims against solicitors and accountants. The firm was boosted in 2018 by the arrival of Sean Hackett - who has a track record in professional negligence claims arising out of property related matters - from Pannone Corporate LLP.

Practice head(s):Tim Norman

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Hassall; Suzanne Carr


'Professional, approachable and easy to work with.'

'It is rare to find a practice which has genuine specialism, like Myersons, in acting for claimants in professional negligence claims.'

Key Clients

CGL Group Limited

Clearway Drainage Services Limited

Bennett Holdings Shrewsbury Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Clearway Drainage Services Limited in a professional negligence claim against its former solicitors for loss of chance following the negligent handling of the client’s High Court litigation claim against its insurance brokers.

Richard Marshall leads Shoosmiths LLP's professional negligence practice, which is known for its expertise in construction and product professional negligence claims, as well as matters involving insurance brokers. Marshall advises clients in the white goods manufacturing industry in relation to tumble dryer fire claims, while Adam Draper has a particular interest in solicitor negligence cases.

Practice head(s):Adam Draper; Richard Marshall

Key Clients - BGL Group

Hoover Limited

MD Insurance Services

Deltic Group Limited

Max Testo

PSB UK Limited via Chubb Insurance European Limited (Grenfell Inquiry)

HDI Gerling Insurance Company

Work highlights

  • Representing PSB UK Limited at the Grenfell Tower inquiry.
  • Serving as sole supplier to Hoover Candy for property and product liability matters.

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