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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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