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

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


Scott Rees & Co

Scott Rees and Co solicitors are celebrating 25 years of offering our services to victims of personal injury. Founded in 1992, the firm has continuously grown and gone from strength to strength. We are well regarded within the profession because of our dynamic approach to the way the industry has evolved, our commitment providing a diverse service that accommodates to a wide range of different clients, our innovation with both the processes we follow an the people we look to inspire and for being energetic with our approach to every aspect of our business.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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