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BLM is a ‘premier firm that undertakes top-end serious injury work in addition to general personal injury/motor insurance work’ for clients such as ACE, Covea and Aviva. Standout figures include the ‘eruditeAndrew Kerr, ‘unflappableRoger Brooks, ‘conscientiousRuth Graham, and ‘highly intelligent and pragmaticDavid Spencer.

James Dadge heads the ‘excellent’ team at Clyde & Co LLP, which advises clients such as Aviva, Admiral Insurance, NHS Litigation Authority and Zurich Insurance. The firm fields specialist teams for occupational diseases, asbestos/mesothelioma, abuse, costs and fraudulent claims. Also recommended are the ‘vastly experienced’ Peter Walmsley, and Neil Southern, who joined the team from Keoghs LLP.

DWF’s team acts on some of the largest personal injury claims for major insurers and household names such as LV and Groupama. Key individuals include the ‘very experienced’ Philip D’Netto, the ‘immensely knowledgeable’ James Pinder, who stands out for insurance fraud, Nicky Kinnear, who ‘quickly gets to grips with the key details of the case’, and Jamie Taylor, who is especially recommended for his work in telematics.

Iain Moore heads the three-partner team at DAC Beachcroft LLP and primarily advises companies in the industrial goods and service sectors on fatal accident cases. Clients include Zurich, Avivia and NFUM.

Kennedys combines ‘consistently high levels of service with clear, pragmatic and concise advice’. The ‘very astute and proactive’ Richard McKeown leads the team, which advises clients such as Hilton Hotels, Chubb and JD Wetherspoon. Senior associate Ian Ford ‘takes the time to understand his clients’ business’.

Weightmans LLP is ‘excellent for defence insurance’, and is singled out for its particular experience in MIB claims. Jim Bryant is ‘a true industry expert’ and is recommended for occupational disease claims. The ‘very sensibleRichard Jolly is rated for his work on inquests. Roddy Macleod provides ‘realistic yet robust’ advice and is recommended for his experience in workplace stress claims. Key clients include AIG.

Forbes Solicitors acts for over 50 local authorities as well as clients including Travelers, ASDA and Syndicate 2525. Paul Geldard and Martin Crabtree are ‘technically excellent and provide a first-rate service’. Kella Bowers ‘goes above and beyond to explain things well and clearly in layman’s terms’. The firm has particular expertise in historic abuse and grooming claims.

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘approachable’ team acts for Tesco, the Co-operative Insurance, Marks and Spencer and Chaucer. Head of insurance Ruth Lawrence is singled out for praise. Alastair Gillespie is recommended for his work in abuse and social care cases. David Scott acts for a wide range of tour operators and leisure parks.

Keoghs LLP acts for eight out of the top ten UK general insurers, as well as government and public sector bodies and corporates. Estelle Machell has a ‘reputation for achieving excellent results either at trial or in negotiations’. The well-regarded Andrew Underwood heads the complex injury claims department. Key clients include LV= and NFU Mutual.

Plexus Law’s seven-partner team acts for clients such as AIG, Tesco, Balfour Beatty and Swiss Re. Tim Short specialises in high-value motor claims and is recommended alongside Louise Shaw, who heads the multi-track casualty team, and Andrew Steel.

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