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Irwin Mitchell ’s ‘client care is second to none and its case preparation is meticulous’. The stable team of specialist lawyers is ‘amongst the very best nationally’ and is known for its work on serious brain injury, spinal, amputee and other complex injury work in addition to its work on military and disease cases. Key figures include the ‘extremely competent’ Jonathan Betts; Deirdre Healy  and Catherine Leech, both of whom are ‘enormously experienced and knowledgeable and are both prepared to go that extra mile’; Geraldine Coombs, who  ‘works hard to get the best results for her clients in a firm and conciliatory way’; Gina Heather, who is ‘determined to get the best result and always shows empathy to her clients’; Dominic Hemsi, who ‘fights really hard for his clients’; the 'hugely efficient' Matthew Brown; and ‘excellent’ senior associate Matthew Garson.

Serious Law LLP  ‘employs staff with deep knowledge of their subject and a passion to assist claimants with more than just compensation’. Key members of the team include the ‘very experienced and methodical’ Tim Walters,  who ‘is a very good communicator with clients, families and all professionals involved in each case’; Ben Priestley, who is ‘an excellent communicator, supportive to his clients and well versed in the importance of rehabilitation'; the ‘knowledgeable’ Matthew Dixon, who is ‘always prepared to thoroughly investigate all angles in great detail’; and senior associate Jonathan Syddall , senior solicitor Richard Crabtree  and solicitor Hayley Martinez  are all ‘very responsive to the claimants’ needs’. The ‘client-centric, experienced and knowledgeable’ team also has the excellent John Sherrington . The team operates on a nationwide basis and has acted in some of the most serious and complex cases throughout the country involving spinal, brain and other catastrophic injuries. It regularly secures multimillion-pound awards for its clients and has a particular expertise in difficult liability cases.


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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Slater and Gordon  has a ‘wealth of experience and a track record in serious injury litigation - its reputation is well deserved as it has a very attentive, supportive and responsive team’. In Manchester the ‘immensely experienced’ Pauline Chandler  is ‘just superb; she gets a great result for her clients very quickly’. Jenny Keith  ‘knows all there is to know when it comes to serious personal injury’. The ‘highly experienced’ Damian Bradley  who is particularly strong for employers’ liability is ‘very intelligent, personable and helpful’. It fields some ‘great lawyers who are handling complex asbestos disease claims’ under the leadership of Madelene Holdsworth  who is the national head of industrial disease. The ‘knowledgeable’ Richard Scorer  who heads the abuse team ‘deploys his extensive experience effectively’. Senior associate Jane Martin  is applauded for her ‘diligence and hard work’ and associate Andrew Taylor  ‘always exercises great judgement’. In Liverpool Carol Hopwood is a ‘very experienced lawyer who has a charm and a light touch when trying to get the best outcome for her clients. Clients really warm to her and trust her judgement’. The large department has a number of key specialisms including advising on brain and spinal injury, travel law, abuses/sexual assault, human rights and inquest law.

JMW Solicitors LLP   is ‘continuing to grow its reputation in this field’ under the leadership of joint heads of department Chris Sutton and Richard Powell . Paul Breen who heads the personal injury department’s catastrophic injury team is ‘very much on top of his game’. Gordon Cartwright  is ‘outstanding – he devotes considerable time to each file’ and Nadia Kerr  is a ‘true expert in cycling; she really takes the time to understand each case and has a meticulous eye for detail’. Jason Harwood has ‘very good client handling skills, manages expectations well and always adopts effective tactics during negotiations’. The team handles road traffic collisions, employers’ liability, occupiers’ liability and industrial disease claims of all values. It has several specialisms including industrial disease (especially mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases), cycling claims as well as accidents/illnesses abroad.

Andrew Bradley  is one of the primary contacts at Leigh Day . The team is becoming ‘one of the leading firms for industrial disease litigation’. The ‘exceptionally bright and thorough’ Kevin Johnson  is ‘very knowledgeable and experienced’ and Helen Ashton  is ‘absolutely first-rate and is particularly good with clients’. Associate solicitor Rachel Botterill  is ‘very thorough, friendly and compassionate. When negotiating claims and interim payments she is very tenacious’. Senior paralegal Ben Hacking is ‘extremely professional and knowledgeable about cycling claims. He seems to really understand the specific worries and needs of cyclists who have been injured’. The team handles a broad range of claims including acting on behalf of cyclists and other sports people as well as acting for those who have been involved in a road traffic or a workplace accident. It also acts for people who have been injured abroad. Clare Campbell  specialises in acting for claimants who have been involved in accidents abroad and is adept at handling complex jurisdiction and applicable law issues. Campbell’s other areas of expertise include advising on Package Travel Regulations, maritime and aviation cases as well as large group illness litigation. The team is also well-regarded for its work for those who have suffered industrial disease (in particular exposure to asbestos).

Potter Rees Dolan has a particular specialism in complex brain and spinal injury cases as well as injuries requiring amputations, serious orthopaedic injuries and criminal injuries. Key contacts are Hugh Potter  and Rachel Rees . Three senior lawyers in the personal injury team were promoted to partner in 2018: Helen Shaw , Jeanne Evans and Gary Herbert . Alison Hartley is skilled in high-value head injury, orthopaedic and spinal injury claims for clients who have been injured in road traffic accidents, cycling accidents and accidents at work. The team also specialises in acquired traumatic child brain injury cases.

Simpson Millar LLP has a ‘well-recognised team’ that covers a broad spectrum of personal injury work from serious road traffic accident claims to disease claims. It is particularly recommended for its work in historic abuse claims (personal injury claims on behalf of people who were sexually abused when they were children). The abuse team is one of the largest in the country and specialises in child and elder abuse. Rose Gibson  is a ‘top-class personal injury lawyer who deals with high-value cases in a very client-centred way’. Peter Garsden  is ‘extremely experienced and is passionate about vigorously pursuing claims on behalf of victims’. Melanie Burden  is ‘excellent with clients and has a good rapport with medical experts’. The ‘outstanding’ Matthew Clayton  heads the catastrophic injury team.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP   has a ‘real commitment to getting the best results for its clients. Clients receive realistic and sensible advice’. Key members of the team include Martyn Gwyther  who heads the overseas accident claims and has an ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of the law’. Philip Liptrot is also ‘insightful, helpful and well prepared’. Matthew Tollitt  is one of the primary contacts in the serious injury team in the North West and Janet Finney  is another recommended contact. Senior solicitor Michael Wolstencroft  who specialises in asbestos related diseases is ‘impressive, he gets the job done fairly, quickly and well but also takes a commercial approach to cases – he is one to watch’. The firm acts as panel solicitors for many major trade unions and deals exclusively with cases of such severity that clients are likely to require significant ongoing care and rehabilitation.

CFG Law  is a niche serious injury firm that fields a ‘very professional team. It has a genuine desire to put the client at the centre of its business, rather than profit. It sets a benchmark on how solicitors should represent people with life changing injuries’. The ‘very knowledgeable and experienced’ Philip Coulthurst who specialises in brain injuries, spinal injuries and subtle head injuries is ‘very dedicated to his clients’ needs’. Polly Herbert  who is the head of catastrophic injuries ‘is very proactive and really understands the needs and concerns of people who have suffered life changing injuries and has a real passion to help people and to ensure that anyone who has been injured has access to advice’. Alastair Fernie  is another key member of the ‘excellent’ team. At associate level Victoria Cox  is ‘most helpful’ and Natasha Ulph provides ‘very solid advice’.

Farleys Solicitors LLP   provides an ‘excellent service to clients and its cases are meticulously prepared’. The group is best known for its specialist abuse and inquests team and is very experienced in acting for victims of abuse, human rights claims, fatal accidents as well as civil claims following inquests and claims against local authorities. In relation to ‘claims arising out of child abuse, the enormously experienced team is in the very top drawer not just in the North West but nationally. It is at the forefront of developing this area of law’. Head of the abuse and inquests team is Jonathan Bridge  who combines ‘excellent knowledge with a great ability to relate well to his clients who are often vulnerable and in poor mental health. He has a superb judgement and takes a very sensitive approach to his clients. He has an ability to find creative solutions to his clients’ problems’. The ‘very organised and effective’ Nick Molyneux has particular expertise in catastrophic injury cases involving brain and spinal injuries with considerable experience in cases involving fibromyalgia and industrial disease claims following exposure to asbestos. It is a ‘sound firm that provides an excellent service to its clients’.

Fletchers Solicitors  is ‘large enough to be able to reach a wide client base but small enough to retain a personal touch with its clients, many of whom have suffered devastating and life-changing injuries’. The team is also recognised for its ‘real expertise in fatal accident cases. It is very experienced at handling high-value personal injury claims particularly on behalf of seriously injured motorcyclists’. The ‘outstanding’ Julia Eyton is ‘unbelievably knowledgeable' and Adrian Denson  is a ‘real leading light in high-value personal injury litigation’. Eyton's areas of expertise include catastrophic spinal, brain and orthopaedic injuries as well as amputation and brachial plexus cases. Chartered legal executive Caroline Morris  is a ‘very tough litigator who has a knack of developing a real rapport with her clients’ and solicitor Gerard Horton  ‘continues to stand out as someone who can deal with the very high-value claims well. He is a tough negotiator’. The department has a ‘strong track record of good customer service and for the provision of sound legal advice’.

The team at Hilary Meredith Solicitors  is vastly experienced in advising on traumatic personal injury claims on behalf of service personnel whose injuries are regularly catastrophic and life changing. Hilary Meredith  is highly regarded. The team secured substantial compensation for a client who suffered a severe brain injury and multiple orthopaedic injuries when he fell from a rock face on Ben Nevis during a poorly-planned climbing exercise. The injury prematurely ended his army career and restricted him to part-time employment. In the last 12 months, the group has been also been instrumental in securing major policy changes from the UK government for service personnel and veterans who are battling post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological injuries as a result of their service in Iraq.

Roberts Jackson Solicitors  is a ‘market leader in industrial disease work’. Karen Jackson  is the ‘number one ‘go to’ person for industrial diseases; her drive, enthusiasm and entrepreneurship is what sets her apart'. The ‘well-respected’ team acts for industrial disease claimants who have suffered from work-related diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer, asthma and other injuries including hand arm vibration syndrome and occupational deafness. Other team members include Lorna McGlone  who ‘understands her clients’ needs and is compassionate without ever losing sight of the end goal of justice for the claimant’ and ‘tough negotiator’ Amrit Atwal.

Andrew Kwan  at Clear Law LLP  manages a ‘very articulate team that offers a very professional service'. Other key members of the ‘well-informed’ team include the head of the multi-track department Kevin Walker ; the ‘very supportive and knowledgeable’ Paul McCann; and the ‘hardworking’ Michael Blair. The team is skilled at advising on a host of claims such as brain injury claims, scarring, abuse claims and fatal accident claims.

Gorvins Solicitors' ‘switched-on team' handles a high volume of road traffic accidents and employer and public liability cases. In addition the group deals with a significant number of complex cases involving serious multiple injuries and brain injuries. The ‘very able and competent’ Stuart Biddle  heads the department. Biddle has a ‘good eye for his cases and leaves no stone unturned’. He has particular expertise in cases involving chronic pain.

Stephensons Solicitors LLP has the ‘client at the forefront of its mind; the team will not compromise on quality and provides a timely and professional service to clients while ensuring that the client has at all times a good understanding of the process and the desired outcomes’. The ‘honest, caring, knowledgeable, professional and passionate’ Kate Sweeney leads the personal injury team and ‘always shows a genuine interest in what is best for the accident victim’. The ‘very supportive and understanding’ Danielle Callaway (a senior associate) is also recommended. Rebecca Dawber  (also a senior associate) is ‘proactive and very effective; she understands the importance of rehabilitation to her clients as well’. The practice is best known for representing clients in serious accidents at work, public liability and road traffic accident cases involving complex or fatal injuries. It has several niche areas of expertise such as advising on foreign accidents, amputations and industrial disease claims.

Your Legal Friend   is well regarded for its work in serious disease litigation especially asbestos disease claims. The team routinely handles road traffic accidents, employers’, public/occupiers’ liability matters and holiday illness cases. It is also adept at dealing with cases where there has been a fatality. Key figures include the ‘organised and experienced  ‘Pamela Jane Woollen; Joanne Candlish, who is ‘very knowledgeable and able’; Philip Waters; Alison Saul; and Jenna Hargreaves, who has acted in claims involving serious injuries where clients have required home adaptations, future care and assistance. The department also has a significant Polish client base.

Express Solicitors Ltd attracts praise for its 'professional and friendly service'. Daniel Slade  specialises in catastrophic injury High Court claims and gives ‘clear and straightforward advice’. Slade has particular expertise in brain injury, spinal injuries as well as amputations, pain syndromes and fatal accidents. Richard Lowery  leads the employer’s liability team and Robin Patey  heads the road accident team as well as having experience in employer’s liability claims.

Mike Molloy  heads the major trauma and serious injury department at Horwich Cohen Coghlan and has extensive experience of claims involving catastrophic and life-changing injuries such as injuries to the brain, spine and multiple muscular-skeletal trauma. The team advises on a range of injuries including public liability claims, employers’ liability claims as well as road traffic accidents. Highlights included recently settling a fibromyalgia/chronic pain case. The group also settled two cases involving the late diagnosis of cancer leading to an early death.

KhanMather Solicitors has a ‘professional team that leaves no stone unturned. Matters are explained without the use of legal jargon’.Saqib Khan  ‘appears to ensure that his clients are given the Rolls Royce service’ and Helen Penney  is ‘technically brilliant’. In a recent road traffic accident the team secured a favourable outcome for the client where liability was at issue. The team used private CCTV footage on houses at the scene of the accident which showed that the defendant was to blame for the accident.

Alison Connolly  heads the department at Nexus Solicitors Limited  It is currently representing a man who is living in London with his young family. The client sustained catastrophic injuries including a life threatening head injury in a hit and run accident. The claim is being brought under the Motor Insurer Bureau’s untraced drivers’ scheme. The team advises on the full array of personal injury matters from road traffic accidents to product liability claims and criminal injury actions.

Savas & Savage Solicitors is experienced in dealing with high-value and complex claims including clinical negligence claims, personal injury claims as well as criminal injuries. Savas Argirou  is recommended. It continues to represent clients who have been injured while abroad. It recently secured compensation for a client who injured his foot due to a broken bulb glass which was negligently laying at the bottom of the swimming pool at his holiday resort.

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