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Clinical negligence: claimant

Armstrong Foulkes LLP’s well-regarded boutique practice is led by ‘honest and straightforward’ managing partner Hilton Armstrong, whose recent cases include a catastrophic brain injury resulting from oxygen starvation at birth. Kathryn Watson and Ashleigh Holt are also recommended.

Hay & Kilner’s team acted for a client through his mother and litigation friend for a claim of clinical negligence against a GP and a NHS Foundation Trust. Clare Thompson led the matter and is singled out for her ‘intelligent and practical approach to cases’. Other key figures include the ‘friendly and compassionate’ Helen Morland and practice head David Bradshaw.

Irwin Mitchell’s team recently acted for a client in a wrongful birth claim, involving a settlement on liability and ongoing quantum investigations, which include the cost of raising a disabled child. Team head Angela Kirtley and Michelle Armstrong ‘are outstanding – both are particularly adept at dealing with delicate matters’.

At Burnetts, Angela Curran recently won a multimillion-pound case for a child who was born prematurely when negligent management of the labour led to severe injuries including cerebral palsy. Curran leads the team and ‘is driven, efficient and approaches the investigative side of a case with precision and acumen’.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP’s clinical negligence practice is led by Janet Allan and includes Bryan Prudham, who is singled out for his specialism in accidents at the workplace; Ian McFall, who handles asbestos litigation; and Clair Wilson, who has experience in amputation cases.

Clinical negligence: defendant

DAC Beachcroft LLPhas a strong team that provides appropriate advice gauged at the relevant audience’. Practice head David Weatherburn is highly experienced in group actions and high-value claims, and Neil Rowe specialises in birth and catastrophic injury claims. The team is on the NHS Litigation Authority Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts panel, the Medical Defence Union panel, and acts for a number of medical malpractice insurers.

Highlights for the Ward Hadaway team included successfully defending a liability trial on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health where the claimant alleged brain damage caused by failure to perform a caesarean section. Jeffrey Keeble leads the team.

Clyde & Co LLP acted for three doctors in a claim by a woman who underwent a foot amputation. In other matters, the team acted for a doctor in a claim brought on behalf of a claimant who is in a vegetative state as a result of alleged negligence by various parties. Anthony Brown is the key contact.

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Irwin Mitchell’s practice is led by the ‘very experienced, determined and resourceful’ Fran Mayes, who is ‘totally committed to clients’ cases’. Recent mandates include submitting two applications for substantial interim payments for two children that suffered brain injuries as a result of a road traffic accident. John Davis retired from the partnership, but remains as a consultant.

Sintons LLP attracts praise for providing a level of service that ‘exceeds clients’ expectations’. Key figures include team head and catastrophic injury specialist Mark Quigley, who ‘puts clients completely at ease’; Raelene Lingam, who joined in May 2015 from Lyons Davidson and is highly praised for her knowledge of mesothelioma and asbestos matters; and Phil Davison, whose specialisms include work-related upper limb disorders, accidents at work, stress and serious injuries.

At Beecham Peacock, Kirsten Scott recently acted for a tetraplegic client in a contested liability case in which significant damages were secured for the client’s ongoing support. David Dewar joined in March 2016 from Ward Hadaway and attracts praise for his ‘shrewdness and ability to pitch things at the right level’.

The ‘knowledgeable’ team at Browell Smith & Co Solicitors Ltdworks hard to get the best for the client’. Singled out for her track record in high-value claims, Dawn Bagley ‘is very good at steering clients through the choppy waters of litigation’, and is a head injury specialist. Kathryn Shingles jointly supervises the fast track and road traffic department with Matthew Scrafton. Clint Milnes joined Winn Solicitors in March 2016.

Cartmell Shepherd provides ‘appropriate, concise and professional advice’ across a range of personal injury matters including catastrophic brain, spinal injury and amputee cases, and fatal accident claims. Key individuals include Deborah Flynn, who is ‘extremely well-organised and communicative’, and the ‘first-rate’ Carol Fish, who is appreciated for her sensitive approach to client care.

Slater and Gordon’s practice is led by Richard Allbeson, who specialises in employer’s liability cases and high-value RTAs. Recent work includes settling a motorbike accident claim. Vicki Deritis left the firm.

Thompsons Solicitors LLPreally goes the extra mile for its clients’. Recommended individuals include military claims specialist David Robinson and Paul Brown, who is an expert in high-value brain injury litigation.

The team at Winn Solicitors handles psychiatric injury, head and spinal injury, and amputation cases. Ghazala Bashey attracts praise for her ‘commitment to her clients’. Jo Amos is head of the complex claims team, which was recently joined by Browell Smith & Co Solicitors Ltd’s former practice head, Clint Milnes.

BHP Law welcomed Phil Masters in 2015 from Askews Solicitors. The ‘excellent’ Ruth Markham leads the team, which has experience in noise-induced hearing loss and hand-arm vibration syndrome claims.

Butterworths Solicitors’ practice includes Catherine Oakley, who has longstanding experience in industrial disease cases, Andrew Kirkpatrick, ‘who is an excellent litigator’, and team head Jonathan Ditchburn, who is singled out for his ‘dedicated approach’.

Hay & Kilner’s personal injury team handles a range of multi-party actions and catastrophic injury claims, and is on the panels for the Spinal Injury Association and Headway. Ros Sparrow is recommended for liability claims and David Bradshaw is rated for spinal injury cases.

Ward Hadaway’s personal injury practice handles a range of matters, including farming accidents, brain injuries and accidents in the workplace. Roger O’Donnell leads the practice and has extensive experience acting in cases resulting in multimillion-pound settlements.

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A national heavyweight in insurance, DAC Beachcroft LLP’s Newcastle practice is headed by Catherine Burt and was recently bolstered by a nine-lawyer team from DWF. Burt is highly experienced in employer’s liability, public liability and RTA claims, including advising on the fraud aspects of these claims. Clients include Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, Greggs plc and Insurethebox.

Sintons LLP’s team is led by Jamie McCabe, who is rated by clients for his expertise in high-value catastrophic injury work; ‘his analytical mind and meticulous attention to detail makes him one of the best’. Frank Matthewson is a specialist in defending motor insurers in catastrophic injury claims.

Professional negligence

Recent work for DAC Beachcroft LLP’s practice includes acting for insurers in connection with a breach of warranty claim arising from the acquisition of a manufacturing company. Paul Davison leads the team and primarily acts for insurers and brokers.

Watson Burton LLP’s practice is led by Richard Palmer, who stands out for his ‘straightforward, professional advice that is always well-researched’. Recent work includes defending a claim against a surveyor for the alleged negligent overvaluation of two high-end student tower blocks.

At Clyde & Co LLP, Anthony Brown has extensive experience in insurance policy coverage claims, resolving multi-party claims through mediation, and defending clinical negligence claims for doctors, dentists, optometrists and nurses. In 2015 the team has defended accountants, solicitors and management consultants.

Highlights for Hay & Kilner’s team included an alleged forgery of mortgage documentation and possible negligence of the broker in failing to properly identify the customer. Ros Sparrow heads the team.

At Burnetts, practice leader Patricia Hall is praised for her ‘thoroughness, diligence and analysis’. The team predominantly acts for claimants in disputes against solicitors.

Alison Leith heads Tilly Bailey & Irvine’s team, which regularly acts for claimants against solicitors, architects, accountants, surveyors and insurance brokers. The ‘personable’ Kenton Bazeley is rated for his ‘great combination of boldness and realism’.

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