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Clinical negligence: claimant

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Armstrong Foulkes LLPhas an unrivalled and enviable reputation in the region for clinical negligence work’; ‘any client would be lucky to have the group fighting their corner’. Hilton Armstrong is ‘a clever, committed and passionate advocate who achieves excellent results in an unfussy manner’, and leads a practice that attracts praise for its ‘bespoke, specialist and experienced’ manner. Armstrong’s recent mandates include a case involving misdiagnosis of giant cell arteritis, and acting for an individual who became paralysed following surgery to repair an aneurysm. The ‘highly efficient’ Ashleigh Holt ‘has a profound knowledge of the subject area’; she recently handled an inquest following the release of a mental health patient who later committed suicide. Joanne Dennison is also singled out as ‘a meticulous and industrious individual’ who ‘has an excellent understanding of medical issues and always gets outstanding results’.

Hay & Kilnergets the job done in an efficient and practical manner’ and has notable expertise advising on severe injury cases, with substantial experience in cerebral palsy and spinal surgery claims. The ‘highly accessible and effective’ David Bradshaw leads the specialist department and recently acted on behalf of a claimant with a history of mental health problems in a matter involving negligence resulting in a severe brain injury. Bradshaw is an SRA Clinical Negligence Panel member, as are fellow practitioners Clare Thompson and Helen Morland. Thompson is recognised for her birth injury expertise, with particular emphasis on cerebral palsy; she recently acted for an individual in a claim for damages arising from treatment received by the client at birth. Morland, who attracts praise for her track record in cerebral palsy, brain injury, spinal injury and cancer claims, is representing a client in a claim against an NHS foundation trust involving allegations of breach of duty of care.

A major player in the field in the North of England’, Irwin Mitchellstands shoulder to shoulder with the best firms in the region’, with clients citing its ‘willingness to go the extra mile in championing its clients’ causes’ and its ‘truly fantastic service’ as key differentiators. The team covers the whole gamut of clinical negligence issues and has a ‘well-earned reputation’ in high-value cerebral palsy claims, thanks in part to practice head Angela Kirtley. Kirtley’s recent work includes handling a case involving catastrophic brain damage resulting from a failure to diagnose an infection, and a case involving the failure of hospital staff to identify a patient’s risk of suicide due to mental health problems. Other recommended individuals include solicitor Michelle Armstrong, who is ‘professional, knowledgeable, caring and approachable’ and specialises in birth injury claims, and associate Lindsey Henderson who is praised as ‘a shrewd tactician with an ability to overcome complex and tricky hurdles’.

The ‘absolutely excellent’ Angela Curran leads the ‘fantastic’ group at Burnetts, which stands out for its ‘approachable and friendly demeanour’ and for its ‘ability to go above and beyond for clients’. Curran is highly regarded for her experience in high-value birth trauma cases; she recently acted in a negligence case concerning failure to manage jaundice after birth leading to brain damage and cerebral palsy. Victoria Watson (‘demonstrates great insight no matter the issue’ and ‘shows clients that she really cares’) acted in a wrongful birth case and a matter regarding allegations of negligence leading to the death of a mental health patient who committed suicide after he was allowed to leave the hospital. Watson is also recognised for her track record handling inquests and has extensive experience in cases involving misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis of cancer.


Clinical negligence: defendant

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According to clients, DAC Beachcroft LLP is ‘the prime defendant practice in the region’. The firm fields ‘a very strong and well-balanced team of sound and committed lawyers’ which attracts praise for its ‘incredible all-round service and quality in depth’. David Weatherburn leads the ‘truly first-class group’ and has ‘sound tactical sense and an excellent attention to detail’. The firm is regularly called on by the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) to handle clinical negligence matters and recently assisted it with a claim relating to an alleged negligent hip replacement surgery. It also acted for the same client in a claim regarding alleged negligent obstetric care during labour. Neil Rowe is singled out for his ‘ability to see the bigger picture’ and for his ‘impressive strategic and tactical skills’; Rowe recently represented the NHSLA and North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust in multiple claims concerning the use of partially sterilised endoscopic instruments at Cumberland Infirmary. Rowe also acted for Spire Healthcare in the high-profile PIP breast implant group action, and defended the NHSLA in a claim regarding obstetric and anaesthetic treatment of post-partum haemorrhaging. The Medical Defence Union, Marketform and Allied World are also noteworthy clients.

A top performer’, Ward Hadaway acts for more than 60 NHS organisations, including multiple NHS trusts. Highlights included defending the NHSLA and Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in a negligence claim brought by a claimant with cerebral palsy; acting for the NHSLA and County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust in a matter concerning delayed diagnosis and treatment of neonatal hypoglycaemia; and advising the Secretary of State for Health on a high-value birth negligence claim. The group is led by the ‘excellentJeffrey Keeble, who specialises in high-value birth injury claims. Other key figures include Nicola Richardson, who acts for the NHSLA and health care trusts and also has substantial inquest experience; Kathryn Myers, who is noted for her track record in cases involving birth injury, cancer treatment and group litigation; and birth injury specialist Lisa Evans. Gillian Muir and Robert Rushton are also recommended.


Personal injury: claimant

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An absolutely outstanding firm’ that is ‘one of the national leaders in the field’, Irwin Mitchellis second to none for sheer hard work alone’; the firm’s ‘innovation and dedication to its clients places it in a league of its own’. The team is led by the ‘top-class’ Fran Mayes, who ‘has a fantastic client manner and always inspires trust and confidence’; she specialises in serious injury work and recently acted in several cases involving spinal and brain injury. The team includes a number of other ‘star players’, including occupational injury and illness specialist Roger Maddocks, who ‘gets incredible results and is on top of each case from beginning to end’; ‘outstanding’ associate Jane Pyrah, who specialises in cases involving serious brain injury; Andrew McGowan (also an associate), who focuses on severe head injuries and cycling accidents; and ‘highly intelligent’ solicitor Emma Crowther, who is recommended for her industrial disease expertise. John Davis is now a consultant at Sintons LLP.

Sintons LLP fields ‘an outstanding team that is unmatched in the region’, and the firm’s ‘strong footprint in Newcastle extends regionally and nationally’. The ‘diligent, client-focused’ group ‘always goes the extra mile’ for clients, who rate practice head Mark Quigley for his ‘combination of a composed and sensible approach with superb charm, pragmatism and robust experience’. Other key figures include Phil Davison, who is ‘truly trusted by clients and always delivers the best possible results’; Kate Jenkins, who is noted for her ‘great manner with clients’; the ‘very attentive’ Joanne Willits; Suzanne Maddison, who is ‘eminently sensible and blessed with a ruthless efficiency’; and Paul Woodford, who ‘sees straight to the heart of the problem’. Maddison and Woodford specialises in noise induced hearing loss matters. Recent mandates include acting for an individual who sustained lower limb injuries following a motorcycle crash, handling an occupational disease claim for an individual who was exposed to asbestos at work, and representing a client in a claim regarding head and back injuries following an accident at work. Consultant John Davis joined from Irwin Mitchell.

Beecham Peacock’s ‘incredibly professional’ department, led by the ‘outstanding’ David Dewar and the ‘brilliant’ Victoria Wanless, is recognised for its serious injury, occupational disease and medical negligence expertise. Dewar is noted for his complex brain injury and disease work, and Wanless is recommended for industrial disease and asbestos mandates. Dewar recently acted for an individual who suffered a finger amputation at work, and acted in an occupational injury claim following a bus accident. Wanless’s key work included handling a road traffic collision matter and an asbestos exposure claim. Other recent matters handled by the practice include acting for an individual who sustained a fractured wrist fracture which later developed into complex regional pain syndrome, and handling multiple claims involving noise induced hearing loss. In addition to its work for individuals, the group also sits on the panels of the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers, Unite and the Northern TUC Asbestos Support and Campaign Group. Kirsten Scott retired in 2016.

Browell Smith & Co Solicitors Ltd fields a ‘professional, helpful and efficient’ group that has ‘a very strong reputation as a local personal injury firm’ thanks in part to its ‘exceptional service standards, first-rate client care and uncompromising approach’. Dawn Bagley’s recent work includes advising on an employer’s liability case relating to lung cancer caused by the work environment; handling an occupiers liability claim for a claimant who sustained a brain injury following a fall; and assisting a client who suffered serious facial injuries in a work-based accident. Clients also single out ‘excellent tactician’ Adam Burton, who regularly deals with industrial disease matters and ‘provides clear and well-prepared advice that has been meticulously thought through’; and legal executive David Knipe, who ‘puts the client at the heart of the process and is always striving to achieve the best possible result’.

At Cartmell Shepherd, practice head Carol Fish is recognised for her catastrophic injury expertise, which spans fatal accident claims, brain injuries, spinal injuries, amputee claims and cases involving chronic pain. She also has a niche specialism in accidents involving animals. Her recent workload includes cases involving occupational injuries, brain injuries, and injuries arising from falls. Wills and trusts expert Deborah Flynn is also recommended for her track record in cases involving brain and spinal injuries.

For many, Winn Solicitors is ‘without question the market-leading firm in the region for claims arising out of road traffic accidents’. Recent work includes acting for the passenger of a vehicle who sustained head and facial injuries following a collision with another vehicle; acting for a pedestrian who was hit by a car while crossing the road; and representing a motorcyclist who was involved in a road traffic accident. Beyond the firm’s road traffic accident expertise, the group also cases involving head and spinal injuries, amputations, tinnitus, chronic pain syndrome and psychiatric injury. Practice head Ghazala Bashey is ‘a bold and attentive litigator who tempers a fighting spirit with a robust and commercial common sense’. Other key figures include Emily Sunderland, Jo Amos, who leads on complex claims, Jeff Winn (a ‘great leader’) and solicitors Simon Staton and Karen Whiteley, who are both members of the firm’s complex claims team.

Ruth Markham leads the group at BHP Law, which is noted for its fatal accident and catastrophic injury expertise. Recent work includes advising an individual who sustained an injury to their finger at work, acting for a client who scalded her hand, and representing a claimant who suffered a spinal fracture and psychological trauma. Also recommended are Karen Pratt, who jointly leads the firm’s wills, trusts and probate team, and associate Phil Masters, who is recommended for claims involving road traffic accidents, work accidents and fall-related injuries.

Jonathan Ditchburn leads the ‘high-quality’ practice at Butterworths Solicitors and regularly handles claims involving road traffic accidents, industrial accidents and occupational liability. Andrew Kirkpatrick (‘as experienced and competitive as they come’) has substantial expertise in high-value catastrophic injury claims and cases involving brain injury. Catherine Oakley is noted for her considerable experience in industrial disease and clinical negligence mandates.

Hay & Kilner is on the panels of the Spinal Injuries Association and Headway – the brain injury association. The practice is particularly noted for its head and spinal injury knowledge, with other areas of expertise including employers’ and public liability issues, road traffic accidents and sporting injury cases. Department head Ros Sparrow is recommended for liability claims and David Bradshaw specialises in acquired brain injury claims and spinal injury issues.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP attracts praise for its ‘excellent, measured and under-stated style’. The firm handles claims relating to road traffic accidents, medical negligence, industrial disease, accidents at work and asbestos-related disease. Key practitioners include David Robinson and ‘excellent performer’ Paul Brown. Robinson is recognised for his expertise advising members of the armed forces on serious injury claims and his work in catastrophic injury claims involving amputations, spinal cord injuries and head and brain injuries. Brown stands out for his track record in cases involving road traffic collisions and occupational accidents. Clients also single out clinical negligence specialist Clair Wilson.

Ward Hadaway’s ‘exceptional’ practice ‘prides itself on its excellent and first-rate customer service’ and for its combination of ‘outstanding expertise and experience with a personal touch and endless charm’. The ‘thorough, knowledgeable and understanding’ Roger O’Donnell (who) heads the group and regularly handles high-value claims. Other key figures in the ‘extremely efficient and well-run team’ include ‘tenacious’ associate Kerri Kershaw, who focuses on road traffic accidents and employers’ liability claims, and ‘diligent’ associate Carole Ward, who advises on physical and psychiatric injuries. Areas of notable expertise for the department span serious brain injuries, claims involving farm accidents, and cases resulting in multimillion-pound settlements. Recent work includes acting in several cases involving amputations and occupational accidents. Consultants Paul Hughes and Chris Smith both joined in 2016 from Bond Dickinson LLP.


Personal injury: defendant

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    • James Fisher - Sintons LLP

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DAC Beachcroft LLP’s Newcastle office plays a key role in the firm’s ‘outstanding national offering’. The ‘incredibly knowledgeable team handles all matters appropriately and expeditiously’ and ‘each member is a true expert in the field’. Rod Searl and the ‘innovativeCatherine Burt (who is also national head of the firm’s counter fraud group) jointly lead the eight-partner practice; Burt has notable expertise in road traffic accident claims and employers’ liability issues, and recently defended insurethebox and Aviva Insurance in separate claims relating to road traffic accident injuries. She also handled several public liability matters. Searl is recognised for his expertise in health and safety-related matters, including prosecutions. Clients also single out the ‘highly experienced’ Andrea Ward and ‘incredibly thorough’ associate Joanne Kingsland; Ward, who has a niche specialism in historic sexual and emotional abuse claims, recently defended a client in a sexual abuse claim brought against a teacher.

Sintons LLP’s ‘absolutely outstanding’ team is led by Jamie McCabe, a ‘market leader’ who is ‘a superlative negotiator with an analytical brain’. Clients single out his ‘thorough, professional and knowledgeable approach’ and his ‘approachability and attention to detail, which are second to none’. McCabe specialises in catastrophic injury work, particularly in defending multimillion pound claims relating to brain injuries, spinal injuries and amputations. The practice is also highly regarded for its expertise defending road traffic accident matters; in a recent highlight, McCabe defended a client in a brain injury claim arising from a road traffic collision. Representative clients include Eldon Insurance Services, ERS Insurance, Collingwood Insurance, Nissan Motor Manufacturing and Zurich. Frank Matthewson regularly defends motor insurers in catastrophic injury claims and also handles employers’ liability and industrial disease claims; Tim Smith has substantial expertise in chronic pain cases and associate James Fisher is ‘excellent on procedural matters’.


Professional negligence

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One of the major players in the region’, DAC Beachcroft LLP attracts praise for its ‘client-friendly approach, attention to detail and fluid service’. Paul Davison (who is recognised for his ‘incredibly commercial approach’) leads the practice, which includes Warren Kemp, who regularly handles matters in the construction and engineering sectors, and Helen Ager, who is ‘a charming lawyer who gets results through calm and measured persuasion; clients cannot recommend her highly enough’. The defendant-focused group handles the full gamut of issues with notable expertise acting for solicitors, accountants, property professionals, financial institutions, insurance brokers and clients in the construction sector. In a key mandate, the firm acted for Catalina Insurance Ireland in claims arising from failure to investigate a property that had been converted into flats without the relevant planning permission. It also defended a claim concerning fraudulent account transactions and assisted with issues concerning allegations of solicitor negligence. Other major insurer clients include Zurich, Markel, Travelers Insurance Company and XL Catlin.

Watson Burton LLP’s ‘strong team’ combines ‘excellent service levels and efficient response times coupled with a strong team’. The practice is led by Richard Palmer, a ‘great negotiator’ who is ‘very good technically, has unmatched pragmatism and is always on top of the details’. He is ably assisted by Anne-Marie Knight, who focuses on the construction sector, ‘calming and assured’ associate Caroline Rye, and solicitors Adam Dymock and Tom Thurlow, who are both ‘very clear and thorough’. Hiscox Underwriting, Travelers Insurance Company, Canopius Underwriting, Lucion Services and AmTrust Corporate Capital (A new win for the team) are key clients. Knight’s recent highlights include acting for the insurers in a multi-party claim arising from commercial property damage, while Palmer represented an insurer and local authority in a claim relating to allegedly undetected asbestos. The team has notable expertise acting for asbestos consultants and also regularly advises engineers, contractors, solicitors, accountants and franchisors. Newly promoted partner Anthony Rance is recommended for claims in the technology sector.

The ‘highly experienced, capable and professional’ team at Clyde & Co LLP has ‘a practical and sensible approach to litigation’ and is ‘able to cover all areas of professional indemnity from both a coverage and defence angle’. The firm’s Newcastle office sits as ‘a key component in the firm’s national and international offering’ and is ‘highly regarded in the region’. The practice regularly defends claims against a variety of professionals including solicitors, barristers, accountants, financial advisers, insurance brokers and healthcare professionals. The ‘highly personableAnthony Brown is recognised for his mediation experience, particularly in multi-party claims, and ‘has notable skill in accountancy claims’. Other key practitioners include Gordon Walker in London, who is well regarded for his experience acting for solicitors, and the ‘practical and eminently sensible’ Edinburgh-based Gavin Henderson, who handles claims against construction and financial professionals. Other key clients include QBE, Markel and Hiscox.

The department at Burnetts is noted for its ‘excellent reputation in the local area’. Senior associate and ‘thorough, attentive, detailed and strategic thinker’ James Johnston heads the practice, which includes consultant Patricia Hall, who is a ‘truly exceptional lawyer’. The group’s recent work includes acting for an individual in a claim against a solicitor who had misappropriated a portion of the client’s damages following a previous clinical negligence claim, handling a claim relating to negligent conveyancing, and representing an individual against a firm of solicitors that failed to prepare a will in reasonable time. Johnston is also advising a construction company in a claim against a solicitor relating to negligent advice regarding a Part 36 offer and cost consequences given to the client following litigation, and Hall is handling a claim against solicitors for negligence and a breach of fiduciary duty relating to a property transaction.

At Hay & Kilner, Ros Sparrow is the key name for professional indemnity mandates, and regularly advises a client base encompassing individuals, insurers, insured parties and brokers. The practice handles issues across a wide range of sectors, acting both for and against solicitors, banks, mortgage lenders, financial advisers, insurance brokers, surveyors and healthcare professionals. The group’s work also encompasses professional conduct and risk management. Other key contributors to the practice’s mandates include litigator Martin Soloman, Rodney Jones, who has expertise in agricultural issues, and Neil Dwyer, who also handles employment disputes.

Tilly Bailey & Irvine attracts praise for its ‘impressive expertise and knowledge’, which ‘ensures clients receive an excellent level of service that is unbelievably helpful’. Alison Leith heads the department, which primarily acts for claimants in disputes against solicitors, architects, accountants, surveyors and insurance brokers. Other key figures include Kenton Bazeley, associate Debra Burton, who is a member of the contentious probate department, and associates Gemma Smith and the ‘highly professional’ Helen Lyne, who are recognised for their property litigation expertise.


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