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Clinical negligence: claimant

Index of tables

  1. Clinical negligence: claimant
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Rising stars

Leading individuals

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    • Hilton Armstrong - Armstrong Foulkes LLP
    • David Bradshaw - Hay & Kilner
    • Joanne Davies - Armstrong Foulkes LLP
    • Angela Kirtley - Irwin Mitchell

Rising stars

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Boutique clinical negligence firm Armstrong Foulkes LLP¬†focuses solely on the claimant side. The practice specialises in high-value litigation, as well as handling extensive post-issue litigation. Hilton Armstrong¬†leads the team and has extensive experience in high-value, complex medical negligence cases. His team includes the ‚Äėknowledgeable, meticulous and determined‚Äô Joanne Davies, who is ‚Äėvery good at what she does', particularly post-issue cases in a High Court setting. Also notable are Ashleigh Holt¬†and associate Kathryn Watson, who have expertise in a range of complex medical negligence cases.

Practice head(s):Hilton Armstrong

Other key lawyers:Joanne Davies; Ashleigh Holt; Kathryn Watson


'The firm provides a level of expertise and is the standout clinical negligence firm in its geographical area'

'Armstrong Foulkes is a small specialist, boutique firm focusing on clinical negligence work for claimants and does it extremely well'

'Victims of medical accidents in the north east are lucky to have them'

Work highlights

  • Represented LA in a claim for compensation arising out of pulmonary emboli she developed.
  • Represented widower of MB in a clinical negligence claim for the delay in diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer.
  • Represented family of deceased man in a clinical negligence claim arising out of his death following a CT scan which had been misinterpreted.
  • Representing widower in clinical negligence claim arising out of the death of his wife following the failure of the hospital to perform an ECG or correctly interpret a chest x-ray.
  • Represented SJP in a clinical negligence claim for the above knee amputation he underwent as a result of an MRSA infection.

Hay & Kilner¬†exclusively handles claimant work and has particular expertise in maximum severity claims, including cerebral palsy, spinal surgery, brain injury, meningitis and amputation cases. Practice head Clare Thompson¬†specialises in birth injury claims, involving children who have cerebral palsy as a result of delays in delivery or inadequate neonatal care, and is one of two AVMA panel members in the team. David Bradshaw¬†is the other and along with his ‚Äėwell-honed litigation skills‚Äô is an expert in acquired brain injury and complex spinal injury claims. Also notable are the ‚Äėvery tenacious‚Äô Helen Morland¬†and solicitor Sophie Moss, who has experience in dealing with a range of clinical negligence cases.

Practice head(s):Clare Thompson

Other key lawyers:David Bradshaw; Helen Morland; Sophie Moss


'Hay & Kilner has a great team of very capable clinical negligence lawyers who have a friendly and compassionate relationship with their clients'

'One of the most experienced and professional clinical negligence firms in the north east'

'Clients think the world of them'

Work highlights

  • Claim arising out of a delay in diagnosing and treating cauda equina.
  • Cerebral palsy claim arising out of breaches of duty by the midwifery team.
  • Claim for cervical cancer arising from the misreporting of cervical smears.
  • Delay in diagnosing and treating Behcet’s Syndrome.
  • Amputation required as a result of substandard care

Irwin Mitchell specialises in high-value birth injury cases and cerebral palsy claims, as well as doing significant work with charities. Angela Kirtley leads the team and has substantial experience in dealing with complex clinical and professional negligence cases. The team can call on the expertise of senior associate Lindsey Henderson, who was formerly a senior MRI radiographer and is a specialist in birth injury claims.

Practice head(s):Angela Kirtley

Other key lawyers:Lindsey Henderson


'Angela Kirtley has a first-rate reputation as an extremely experienced clinical negligence lawyer dealing with the most serious and complex cases'

'Angela Kirtley handles cases with reassuring competence given her extensive experience and knowledge of this work'

'Lindsey Henderson has a particular speciality in difficult cauda equina and head injury cases and is extremely adept at marshalling cases to an excellent outcome'

Known for high-value and complex cases, Burnetts¬†particularly specialises in neonatal issues. Angela Curran¬†leads the team and is an expert in the area of birth trauma cases, working primarily with children with cerebral palsy. She also ‚Äėunderstands medicine‚Äô and ‚Äėbuilds wonderful relationships with clients‚Äô. Her team was strengthened by the arrival of associate Michelle Armstrong¬†from Irwin Mitchell¬†in 2018, who has ‚Äėa medical background which manifests itself in a first-rate understanding of clinical issues‚Äô.

Practice head(s):Angela Curran

Other key lawyers:Michelle Armstrong


'Burnetts are very good, caring and very efficient. Nothing is any trouble to them'

'A solid and reputable local firm. The solicitors really care about their clients'

'The solicitors are highly communicative and are regularly in touch with counsel in relation to developments in their cases'

Work highlights

  • Represented a claimant with a birth injury, settling his claim for damages at £24.2m.
  • Investigating two multimillion-pound claims against the Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust on behalf of premature twins who now suffer from serious disabilities.
  • Collating evidence in support of a birth trauma claim against Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust following a complicated breech delivery.

BHP Law acts across a range of clinical negligence matters, including amputations, mis-diagnosis, laser eye treatment, failed sterilisation and birth defect cases. Ruth Markham leads the team and specialises in personal injury, dental and clinical negligence, as well as being experienced in CICA claims.

Practice head(s):Ruth Markham

Key Clients

Olive Foster

Gary Snape

Amy Jones

Nicole Linfoot

Matthew Balcombe

Jessica Reynolds

Geoffrey Cheesmore

John Bushby

Colleen Miller

Linda Bell

Diane Biggins

Alan Farbridge

Work highlights

  • Representing a client who was subject to substandard dental treatment.
  • Acting for a claimant who suffered from substandard dental treatment.
  • Acting for a claimant who received substandard treatment from the NHS trust.
  • Acting for a claimant who was given substandard treatment from the NHS trust.

Browell Smith & Co Solicitors Ltd is best known for its medical negligence work for claimants, notably in complex injury. Practice head Dawn Bagley is an experienced litigator who specialises in complex cases involving serious injury.

Practice head(s):Dawn Bagley

Work highlights

  • Clinical negligence claim in which it was alleged that the claimant was subjected to an unnecessary hysterectomy procedure. Claimant was 28 years of age at the time of the procedure. The case initially defended but settled by negotiation. Payment received in damages of £70,000.

The claimant-only practice at Thompsons Solicitors LLP acts for clients across the North East and Yorkshire on a range of clinical negligence matters. Tony Hood leads the national team that includes senior solicitor Clair Wilson, who is an experienced litigator and leads the firm in the North East. She specialises in complex clinical negligence cases, particularly those involving long-term consequences for the client, including cerebral palsy, brain injury, amputation, cauda equina and delayed cancer diagnoses.

Practice head(s):Tony Hood

Other key lawyers:Clair Wilson


'Maya Patel is very able and competent, especially with complex claims.'

'Rosalyn Steeple has a great manner with clients.'

'Linda Millband is extremely able, completely unflappable.'

Work highlights

  • Negligent delay in treatment led to an above-knee amputation.

Clinical negligence: defendant

Index of tables

  1. Clinical negligence: defendant
  2. Leading individuals

Leading individuals

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DAC Beachcroft LLP¬†is well-known across medical defence organisations, insurers and the NHS Resolution. The firm‚Äôs medical malpractice law team acts for insurers and insureds in a range of clinical defence matters. David Weatherburn¬†has expertise in volume claims portfolios as well as appellate court work. He leads the team with Neil Rowe, who has ‚Äėexcellent judgment and tactical know-how‚Äô.

Practice head(s):David Weatherburn; Neil Rowe


'DAC Beachcroft is probably the market leader in defendant healthcare. Its strength lies in the depth of experience across all of its offices, putting it ahead of its competitors.'

'Neil Rowe is an outstanding partner in Newcastle. He has huge experience in large scale litigation, including group actions.'

Key Clients

NHS Resolution



HC One


Bupa Dental

Care UK


States of Jersey

MS Amlin Inc




Allied World

WR Berkeley





NHS England



Marie Stopes


Work highlights

  • A clinical negligence claim was brought in respect of ABC's management of his delivery at XFT.
  • Represented  the client at an Interlocutory Application hearing, pursued by the Defendant, regarding whether admissions of liability, made on the basis of preliminary expert opinion, could be withdrawn even after they had been formalised in a consent order agreeing to judgement to be entered and approved by the court.
  • Represents a Defendant NHS Trust in a discreet cohort of claims relating to contamination of steroid fluid.
  • Instructed by the NHSR to act as lead on all vaginal mesh claims against the NHS in England relating to mesh products used in surgical management of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP).
  • Advising Spire in relation to explanation and settlement agreements regarding the implantation of silicone breast implants filled with industrial grade rather than clinical grade silicon, thought to predispose to rupture/leak.

A member of the NHS Resolution CNST clinical negligence panel, Ward Hadaway handles claims involving serious injuries, notably those arising out of birth injuries. The practice also has a particular expertise in risk management. Jeffrey Keeble is an expert in high-value birth injury claims and regularly advises as part of the firm’s urgent response team, on issues such as consent, confidentiality, capacity and mental health matters. He leads the team with Nicola Richardson, who specialises in high-profile clinical negligence litigation.

Practice head(s):Jeffrey Keeble; Nicola Richardson

Key Clients

NHS Resolution

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation

North-East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

NHS North Cumbria CCG

South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS

Gateshead Health NHS FT

Cumbria Partnership & North Cumbria Uni

Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust

Intraining Group Limited

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Hartlepool & Stockton CCG

NHS South Tees CCG

Northern Life Care Ltd t/a ubu

City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Gro

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Durham Dales, Easington & Sedgefield

NHS North of England Commissioning Suppo

University Of Newcastle

Delta Academies Trust

Tyneside Surgical Services Limited

Saint John of God Hospitaller Services

Gainford Care Homes Limited

St. Oswalds Hospice

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation

Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Found

Personal injury: claimant

Index of tables

  1. Personal injury: claimant
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Leading individuals

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Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Rising stars

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Irwin Mitchell is known for advising clients who have suffered amputation, work place injury and occupational disease, but the firm’s speciality lies in brain and spinal injury. Francesca Mayes and Roger Maddocks lead the experienced team that includes senior associate Andrew McGowan, who has expertise in catastrophic injury work, particularly related brain and spinal cord injury as well as cycling accidents; senior associate Jane Pyrah, who specialises in high value serious injury; and associate Emma Tordoff, who is an expert in industrial disease work, notably asbestos-related matters.

Practice head(s):Francesca Mayes; Roger Maddocks

Other key lawyers:Jane Pyrah; Andrew McGowan; Emma Tordoff


'Good team work and all interests are covered.'

'The firm is very thorough and professional. The team knows how to maximise a claim for a claimant.'

'Well informed and always seems available to talk with.'

'The Newcastle office specialises in disease work and has considerable expertise in this area, particular in asbestos-related claims.'

'Roger Maddocks manages a strong team, including Emma Tordoff.'

Work highlights

  • Acting for the claimant who, at the age of 54, was diagnosed as suffering from malignant mesothelioma due to his work as a plumber removing asbestos rope / boards from domestic properties. In September 2017, one of the defendants made an offer to the claimant to settle his claim.
  • Acting for the client in a complex regional pain syndrome case, caused by a workplace-related accident.
  • Settlement of this case of mesothelioma was agreed with the defendant in less than 11 months after Irwin Mitchell had been instructed.

Sintons LLP specialises in high value, serious and catastrophic injury claims, as well as employer liability and industrial disease matters. Phil Davison leads the practice, and has a particular focus on occupational diseases and claims arising from accidents abroad, and on aircraft and ships. His team includes consultant John Davis, who has expertise in neurotrauma. Also notable is associate Kate Nicklin, who joined in 2018 from Irwin Mitchell and has experience in complex brain and spinal injury claims.

Practice head(s):Phil Davison

Other key lawyers:John Davis


'Helpful, informative and seemed to take a real interest in the case.'

'Phil Davison is very supportive and encouraging. He was tenacious in pursuing the best outcome.'

'Phil Davison is always available.'

Key Clients

Gareth Rogers

Barry Davies

Christina Hall

Susan Liew

Christine Sharpe

Joseph Shaw

Susan Baker

Louise Harris

Sheila Nicholl

Lisa Jackman

Work highlights

  • Represented Gareth Rogers in a serious personal injury claim when the client fell from a ladder at work sustaining fractures to both lower limbs/ankles. Liability subsequently admitted but causation remained in dispute. The claim was successful at trial.
  • Represented Barry Davies in a substantial claim arising from two separate accidents at work with significant overlap.
  • Represented Christina Hall in a serious injury claim when the client tripped on a defective valve cover whilst walking on a pavement near her home. Settlement was achieved after exchange of medical evidence.
  • Represented Susan Liew in a claim arising from a bus driving over a pot hole causing rubble to be thrown into the air into the claimant’s eye.
  • The claimant, Christine Sharpe, entered a room and tripped on a duvet which was lying on the floor. Liability was agreed on a 60/40 basis in the claimant’s favour following exchange of witness statements.

The personal injury team at Beecham Peacock is known for representing private individuals as well as appointments on union legal services panels. The firm’s expertise ranges from serious injury and road traffic accidents, to employers and public liability. Occupational disease expert Victoria Wanless leads the team.

Practice head(s):Victoria Wanless


'Beecham Peacock is a sound and reliable firm.'

'The firm is a classic high street firm providing good quality legal services to the general public.'

'In the personal injury sector the team is staffed by experienced solicitors who provide individual and high quality services to clients.'

Claimant and employee firm Thompsons Solicitors LLP specialises in industrial disease litigation, with Ian McFall, Tony Hood and Andrew Venn regularly acting on behalf of union clients and the Forum of Asbestos Victim Support Groups. The serious injuries team, including solicitors Clair Wilson and Trevor Hall, has experience in brain injury, spinal injury, amputations and fatal injury claims. Also notable is associate David Robinson, who has particular expertise in military claims.

Practice head(s):Tony Hood

Other key lawyers:Ian McFall; Andrew Venn; Clair Wilson; David Robinson; Trevor Hall


'A long established firm of personal injury lawyers, the firm's traditions and history inform its ethos and ensure strong and efficient management with a very client-focused approach.'

'Andrew Venn, Gill Connelly, Helen Jones and Tim Hayward make a crack team for asbestos disease claims, with decades of experience between them.'

'The team in Newcastle stands out for its expertise in disease litigation, with some of the most experienced solicitors in the market, achieving great results for their clients.'

Key Clients

Jikha Rai

Michael Knights

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented a former British Gurkha following a brain injury sustained on adventure training in Canada, in which jurisdictional issues were raised.
  • Success in a claim where combat immunity was alleged and in which the claimant sustained significant psychological injuries as a result of military service in Afghanistan.
  • £4.95 million settlement for brain injured soldier who was injured in adventure training in Canada.

BHP Law handles high-value and complex claims, specialising in fatal accident, and serious and catastrophic injury cases. Ruth Markham leads the 'efficient, friendly and prompt' team, and is an expert personal injury litigator, experienced in acting for claimants and defendants.

Practice head(s):Ruth Markham


'The personal injury team were extremely efficient, friendly, prompt in responding to queries and understanding.'

'Ruth Markham was extremely understanding and prepared to listen.'

Key Clients

Stephanie Cameron

Patricia Johnson

Andrew Foster

Abbie Thornton

Carl Stainthorpe

Philip Everitt

Carolyn Scott

Graham Edgar

Lawrence Grieves

John Metcalf

Patricia Tarbett

Vicky White

Work highlights

  • The claimant was knocked over when crossing at a pedestrian crossing.
  • Claim for injuries sustained in a tripping accident
  • Represented the claimant in who was the driver of a vehicle that was involved in an RTA.
  • The claimant was walking her dog along a path when she got her ankle tangled in a manhole cover.  Her ankle became tangled in the rope that was negligently left there by the defendants. The claimant sustained knee injury, torn tissue and swelling. The matter is ongoing and liability has been admitted.
  • The claimant was involved in a road traffic accident as a result of the Defendant driving into her path causing her to brake.  Defendants are going forward on a without prejudice basis and are willing to pay her claim.

Browell Smith & Co Solicitors Ltd has a breadth of experience in personal injury matter, notably for complex injuries, industrial disease and asbestos-related cases. Complex injury specialist Dawn Bagley leads the team that focuses on employer and public liabilities work.

Practice head(s):Dawn Bagley

Work highlights

  • The claimant was employed by the defendant in a food production facility and suffered a crushed hand. The claimant was left with permanent impairment of function in the left hand and significant Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. After joint reports and an updated schedule of loss the defendant's final offer of £400k net of recoverable benefits in the sum of £11,184.20 was accepted.

The Burnetts team has expertise in serious and catastrophic injury work, including brain injuries, spinal injuries, industrial diseases and chronic pain. Practice head Angela Curran leads an experienced team that includes 'very experienced' senior associate Spencer Knaggs, who specialises in serious injury, fatal and industrial disease claims. Also notable is associate Paul Brown, who joined from Thompsons Solicitors LLP in 2018, and is particularly focused on high value catastrophic personal injury work.

Practice head(s):Angela Curran

Other key lawyers:Spencer Knaggs; Paul Brown


'Burnetts is a firm with strong local connections in a large rural area where specialist firms are few are far between.'

'The firm has excellent focus on clients and a determination to get the best results.'

'Paul Brown is a leader in the field acting for claimants who have suffered catastrophic injury. He has huge experience and is a first class operator.'

Key Clients

Frances Richards

Simon Thwaites

John Threlkeld

Anne Weightman

Kathleen Dale

Wayne Dixon

Helen Slee

Patricia Jefferson

Daniel Stewart

Daniella Wallace

Work highlights

  • Represented a claimant who sustained severe brain and orthopaedic injuries in a high-value ongoing case.
  • Settled a case relating to a mild brain injury and orthopaedic injuries, and continues to represent the claimant’s granddaughter suffering orthopaedic injuries.
  • Settled a brain injury case for a claimant who required neurorehabilitation following an accident while volunteering.
  • Represented a claimant who sustained a head injury when knocked off his bicycle by a City Council bus in Leeds city centre in June 2016.
  • Representing a claimant who is tetraplegic following a spinal injury caused on a family farm in Wales.

The serious and catastrophic injury specialist firm, Cartmell Shepherd, is experienced in representing claimants in fatal accidents as well as brain and spinal injury claims. Practice head Carol Fish handles a range of personal injury claims and litigation disputes, including road traffic accidents, employer and public liability, and claims involving animals.

Practice head(s):Carol Fish

True Solicitors LLP’s acts for clients all over England and Wales, specialising in claims arising from road traffic accidents, as well as employers’, occupiers’ and public liability matters. Andrew Mayall is head of the firm’s serious injury and liability practice, and Stephen McCourt leads the team that deals with road traffic accident claims.

Practice head(s):Andrew Mayall; Stephen McCourt


'Extremely well organised firm with spot on operational structure and processes, outstanding communication and perfect timing.'

'Honest and transparent.'

'Andrew Mayall is very professional.'

Ward Hadaway¬†has expertise in complex and difficult claims, including serious brain injuries. The ‚Äėdedicated and determined‚Äô practice head Roger O‚ÄôDonnell¬†specialises in dealing with high value claims, notably those involving road traffic accidents, accidents at work and industrial disease, as well as employers', occupiers' and public liability.

Practice head(s):Roger O'Donnell


'Roger O'Donnell is unique for his charm, unerring common sense, and ability as a lawyer, which is second to none.'

'Roger O'Donnell offers a personal service in a world in which many say they do, but few follow it through.'

Specialising in high value cases, Winn Solicitors¬†is especially well known for road traffic accidents and brain injury matters. Associate director Joanna Amos¬†is head of complex claims, and ‚Äėexperienced¬†practitioner‚Äô Paul Morpeth¬†leads the employers‚Äô liability, public liability and technical claims team. Also notable is the 'tenacious and diligent' David Burn, who focuses on representing clients who have suffered life changing injuries as a result of an accident. David Dewar¬†joined the firm in August 2019 in the new role of head of contested litigation.

Practice head(s):Joanna Amos; Paul Morpeth

Other key lawyers:David Burn; David Dewar


'Winn solicitors is a very professional organisation.'

'Their attitude and caring nature is second to none.'

'The volume of cases means the firm has exposure to a large range of complex matters, which gives them strong expertise when it comes to dealing with issues for loss.'

'Winn is a customer-facing firm offering a wide range of services but focused on personal injury litigation.'

'The team have a depth of expertise and breadth of experience together with sound judgment and advice.'

'David Burn's attitude is kind and caring, he is also very available when needed.'

'Paul Morpeth has a wealth of experience in personal injury. He always has an excellent grasp of the details and is committed to achieving the best for his clients.'

'Holly Clegg is known for her pragmatic approach. Her tenacity and determination ensure that she always does the best.'

'Simon Staton can handle a tricky cases well and hold his nerve under pressure.'

'David Dewar is an outstanding personal injury lawyer.'

'David Dewar has excellent communication skills and a deep understanding of both substantive law and procedure. He can be relied upon to act with the highest standards to be expected of an experienced solicitor.'

Work highlights

  • Represented a driver injured during a horrific car accident when he sustained serious lower injuries, achieving a settlement of £265,000.
  • Represented a client who sustained serious lower limb injuries following a work place accident where he fell from height, achieving a settlement of £350,000.
  • Represented a young lady who sustained a severe brain injury, achieving a settlement in excess of £3 million.
  • Represented a claimant who suffered significant, multiple injuries when a wall collapsed on him
  • Represented a claimant in personal injury damages claim, involving a severe crush injury to their foot while at work, settled for £320k.

Personal injury: defendant

Index of tables

  1. Personal injury: defendant
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Rising stars

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1
    • Emily Blackett - Clyde & Co LLP
    • James Fisher - Keoghs LLP
    • James Knox - Keoghs LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP provides a range of casualty services to clients, including pre-litigation claims handling services, as well as a speciality in current and historical abuse claims. The counter fraud team is led by Catherine Burt and handles claims across motor, casualty, disease and property matters. Also notable are Andrea Ward, head of the national abuse team, and David Drewe, who has expertise in complex and catastrophic claims against public and health sector clients.

Practice head(s):Catherine Burt; Andrea Ward; David Drewe


'DAC Beachcroft is reliable and has integrity when dealing with serious issues.'

'Andrea Ward and Joanne Kingsland are very experienced and knowledgeable. They are always up to date with legal developments and are able to provide a very detailed and sensitive service.'

Key Clients

Zurich Insurance Plc

Aviva Plc




Municipal Mutual

Insure the Box


Eldon Insurance

NHS Resolution

Work highlights

  • Represented Northumberland County Council in a claim brought by an employee assaulted in the course of her work.
  • Represented Newcastle City Council in an RTA case where it had designed a traffic light system on behalf of a neighbouring authority.
  • Acted for the employer in work-related stress claim.
  • Advised Bradford Metropolitan District Council and insurers Municipal Mutual Insurance and Zurich on sexual and physical abuse claims arising out of Tong Park residential home.

Keoghs LLP's newly acquired Newcastle defendant insurance business, which was bought from Sintons LLP in September 2019, focuses on high value serious injury claims, with particular expertise in motor-related accidents, as well as brain and spinal cord injuries. The team is also instructed by insurers in relation to cross-border claims and on settlements for claimants based outside the UK. The team is led by motor insurer expert Jamie McCabe, who works with senior associate James Fisher, who has experience in complex issues regarding indemnity and policy coverage, and senior associate James Knox, who specialises in catastrophic injury claims.

Practice head(s):Jamie McCabe

Other key lawyers:James Fisher; James Knox


'Jamie McCabe is a world class catastrophic injury lawyer.'

'Jamie McCabe and James Knox are stand-outs for how they look at technical matters with a fine tooth comb, but appreciate the economics.'

Clyde & Co LLP acts primarily in the areas of latent disease, including strategic advice to insurers, handling asbestos claims and short tail disease litigation. Industrial disease specialist Toby Scott leads the team and can call on experienced senior associate Emily Blackett, who has particular expertise in poisoning claims.

Practice head(s):Toby Scott

Other key lawyers:Emily Blackett

Key Clients

Aviva Group

Berkshire Hathaway Insurance Group

Professional negligence

Index of tables

  1. Professional negligence
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1
    • Gillian Burnett - DAC Beachcroft LLP
    • Adam Dymock - Watson Burton LLP
    • Tom Thurlow - Watson Burton LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP acts for solicitors, property professionals, financial institutions, insurance brokers and construction companies, as well as specialising in coverage disputes and policy wording. Leeds-based Suzanne Wharton leads the team that includes in the Newcastle office: Paul Davison, who acts for a number of leading insurers, advising upon a wide range of complex and high value claims and policy coverage issues; and construction specialist Stephen McLellan. Also notable is legal director Gillian Burnett, who has particular expertise in claims against solicitors, accountants, surveyors and brokers.

Practice head(s):Suzanne Wharton

Other key lawyers:Paul Davison; Stephen McLellan; Gillian Burnett


'Provide an excellent resource for professional negligence claims.'

'Paul Davison is an excellent coverage lawyer. He provides realistic succinct coverage advice.'

'Gillian Burnett has excellent attention to detail, leaving nothing unturned.'

'Stephen McLellan is very client focused and approachable to both insured and insurer clients.'

Key Clients

Zurich Professional & Financial Lines

Markel (UK) Limited

Travelers Insurance Company

International Insurance Company of Hannover SE

QBE European Operations FSM

Countrywide Plc


CNA Hardy

Manchester Underwriting Management / IGI


MS Amlin

Tokio Marine HCC

Global Risk Partners

Work highlights

  • Appointed on behalf of Markel (UK) Limited who provided advice to an Administrator around the value of outstanding WIP in contracts performed by a major utilities contractor on behalf of Thames Water.

  • Acting for a firm of tax advisors and their insurers in the defence of a £35m claim arising out of a failed property investment club.
  • Acting for an offshore law firm which was retained by a City firm and its client to act in a trusts dispute.
  • Instructed by an electrical engineering contractor to defend a claim concerning the outbreak of a fire at Gemini Retail Park in Warrington.
  • Liquidators of a precious metal company criticise client accountant's involvement in a transaction by which the company's assets and liabilities were transferred to a new entity.

Focusing on high value, complex matters, Watson Burton LLP¬†specialises in construction-based work, particularly cladding issues. The ‚Äėcalm, organised and thorough‚Äô construction expert Richard Palmer¬†leads the practice, and is known for his ‚Äėunflappable manner‚Äô, as well as ‚Äėa strong understanding and experience in the insurance market‚Äô. His team includes Anne-Marie Knight, who has notable experience in acting for professional indemnity insurers; associate Adam Dymock, who has expertise in claims against solicitors and construction professionals; and ‚Äėup and coming rising star‚Äô Tom Thurlow, who is a ‚Äėcalm and methodical‚Äô solicitor with ‚Äėexcellent client care'.

Practice head(s):Richard Palmer

Other key lawyers:Adam Dymock; Tom Thurlow; Anna-Marie Knight


'Watson Burton has commitment to its clients, to fairness and to going the extra mile, even when there is no obligation to do so.'

'An expert knowledge and ability to manage a clients expectations well, making sure the client is aware of all possible outcomes of a claim.'

'All lawyers seem more than competent and they are proactive in their approach to the legal issues.'

Key Clients

Hiscox Underwriting Limited

Travelers Insurance Company Limited

Canopius Underwriting Limited

Lucion Services Limited

AmTrust Corporate Capital Limited

CNA Hardy

Work highlights

  • Represented a construction company in a professional negligence claim arising from alleged deficiencies in the design of a gabion retaining wall at a commercial development in Cheshire.
  • Acting for a firm of solicitors and its insurers in relation to a claim arising out of negligent advice on the settlement of a Vibration White Finger claim.
  • Representing a party in the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry
  • Successful at a preliminary issue trial in the London TCC at which the claimant was seeking an indemnity of £7 million plus costs from the design and build contractor client.
  • Acting for a mechanical and electrical engineer and their insurers, in a long-running multi-party negligence claim relating to construction of a large private residence.

Clyde & Co LLP specialises in litigation and focuses on handling high value and complex claims. The practice acts for insurers, defending claims against a range of professionals, including solicitors, barristers, accountants, financial advisers and brokers, as well as construction and healthcare professionals. Anthony Brown leads the team and has particular expertise in defending claims against solicitors and accountants.

Practice head(s):Anthony Brown


'Real specialist sector knowledge of professional negligence claims and a deep understanding of the insurer market.'

'Anthony Brown is a very strong technical lawyer whose written output is always first class.'

'Anthony Brown is an experience professional negligence lawyer who has the ability to deal with document heavy cases and distil these into commercial reporting and advice. He is also a very good policy advice lawyer.'

Specialising in claimant work, Archers Law LLP acts for local and national businesses, high-profile and high-net-worth individuals, insolvency practitioners and charitable organisations. Kenton Bazeley joined from Tilly Bailey & Irvine in 2018, and leads the team that focuses on claims against solicitors, architects, accountants, surveyors and insurance brokers.

Practice head(s):Kenton Bazeley

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