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Armstrong Foulkes LLP is a ‘top-quality’ boutique with a superb reputation for complex clinical negligence claims and expertise in a wide range of matters, including child brain injury, surgical negligence and delayed diagnosis cases. Hilton Armstrong is ‘a tough and determined litigator’ with ‘excellent judgement’; he acted for a client who suffered from a spinal stroke following a  walk-in clinic’s failure to diagnose the client’s ailment correctly and provide adequate treatment; the claim was settled before trial. The ‘experienced and intuitive’ Ashleigh Holt (who ‘conducts litigation with exemplary vision and skill’) acted in a clinical negligence claim arising out of delayed diagnosis and treatment of cauda equina syndrome. The team also handles claims pertaining to negligent care in mental health centres. Other key individuals include the ‘very good’ Joanne Davies and associate Kathryn Watson.

Clients rate Hay & Kilner for its ‘exceptional level of client service and attention to detail’. The team excels in handling claims concerning cerebral palsy, brain and spinal injuries and cancer. Clare Thompson (a ‘tough negotiator, who fights for her clients') acted for a client in pursuing a claim against an NHS foundation trust and an out-of-hours doctor to recover damages for personal injuries and losses arising from an alleged delay in diagnosing and treating cauda equina syndrome. She also represented a client in claims arising from the reporting of cervical smear samples which failed to address pre-cancerous changes requiring treatment. ‘Hugely experienced’ team head David Bradshaw acted for a client with a history of mental health problems in claims concerning the alleged failure to consider the variability of the claimant’s mental state and assess related risks accordingly while undergoing treatment in hospital. Other key individuals include the ‘very hardworking and friendly’ Helen Morland, ‘very thorough’ solicitor Lauren Hall and ‘very good’ solicitor Sophie Moss.

Irwin Mitchell is ‘truly excellent’ and best known for its expertise in handling high-value cerebral palsy and serious brain injury claims. Team head Angela Kirtley recently recovered an interim payment for a claimant, who suffered a brain injury immediately before her birth at the University Hospital of North Tees. In a similar matter, she acted for a client whose delayed resuscitation following his birth led to catastrophic brain injury. The team also handled a complex clinical negligence claim pertaining to an acquired brain injury in the perinatal period which resulted in the claimant suffering from cerebral palsy and a learning disability, and acted for a client who suffered a serious brain injury from the delayed diagnosis of a brain tumour. Senior associate Lindsey Henderson has particular expertise in cosmetic surgery cases and routinely advises on substandard breast surgery issues and adverse outcomes following dermal fillers.

Burnetts’s ‘very good’ team is ‘a pleasure to work with’; it ‘communicates well between them’ and provides a ‘fantastic service level’, ‘supporting the client fully at all times’. The practice is also consistently praised as ‘ensuring that the client is always put first’. ‘Very charismatic and client-focused’ team head Angela Curran ‘works tirelessly’ and has substantial expertise in high-value birth trauma cases; she has been advising the family of a young man with quadriplegic cerebral palsy caused by delays in his delivery and has recently secured interim payments. She also advised a client on the alleged failure of Cumberland Infirmary to manage the mother’s ante-natal care appropriately. Also recommended are ‘very professional and efficient’ associate Lynne Hall, who is ‘able and willing to drill down to the details’ and ‘always prepared to go the extra mile for her clients’, and ‘very experienced and knowledgeable’ associate Jayne McCluskey. Victoria Watson left the firm in 2017.

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