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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 joined Sintons LLP in May 2017.

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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