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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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  1. Personal injury: claimant
  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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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

Testimonials

'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)

Testimonials

'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

JB

JD

Farzadneia & others

EL

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.

FIRMS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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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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

Testimonials

'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

Testimonials

'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;

Testimonials

'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

Testimonials

'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;

Testimonials

'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

Testimonials

'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

Unionline

GMB

CWU

ISU

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

Testimonials

'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

Testimonials

'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

Testimonials

'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

Testimonials

'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;

Testimonials

'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

Testimonials

'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

Testimonials

'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;

Testimonials

'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

Testimonials

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

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