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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.

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