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    • Jamie McCabe - Sintons LLP

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    • James Fisher - Sintons LLP

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The ‘very good and reliable’ team at DAC Beachcroft LLP  ‘is prompt with its responses and provides in-depth and detailed advice’, ‘often going out of its way to ensure that cases are dealt with accurately, appropriately and efficiently’. The practice has a strong profile for motor and casualty claims and frequently defends local authorities as well as public and private sector health providers against disease and liability claims. The team is also well versed in handling various fraud issues from policy inception fraud through to fraudulent claims, resulting in a steady flow of instructions form a number of well-known insurance companies, corporates and public sector bodies on a regional and national level. In significant counter fraud work, national head of counter fraud Catherine Burt acted for insurethebox in a fraud claim which arose from an alleged road traffic accident. The ‘very knowledgeable, proactive and thorough’ Mark Douglas defended North Tyneside Council against claims for deafness and tinnitus following alleged noise exposure between 1991 and 2003. Other key individuals include casualty team head David Drewe and ‘knowledgeable’ head of abuse Andrea Ward; Ward is noted for her expertise handling claims against the care sector, including social services, schools, religious organisations and the private sector.

Providing a personal and professional service’, Sintons LLP is particularly rated for its strength in catastrophic injury work, defending multimillion-pound claims stemming from brain injuries, spinal injuries and amputations. The team also acts for insurers in claims with extra-territorial elements, including accidents abroad and settlements for claimants based outside the UK. While most of its work arises from road traffic accidents, the practice, led by the ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Jamie McCabe, is also experienced in defending claims pertaining to workplace accidents and industrial disease, with Frank Matthewson experienced in these areas. Tim Smith is well versed in dealing with chronic pain matters. Senior associate James Fisher is also recommended.

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