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  1. Personal injury: defendant
  2. Leading individuals
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Leading individuals

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    • Jamie McCabe - Sintons LLP

Next generation lawyers

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    • James Fisher - Sintons LLP

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DAC Beachcroft LLP’s Newcastle office plays a key role in the firm’s ‘outstanding national offering’. The ‘incredibly knowledgeable team handles all matters appropriately and expeditiously’ and ‘each member is a true expert in the field’. Rod Searl and the ‘innovativeCatherine Burt (who is also national head of the firm’s counter fraud group) jointly lead the eight-partner practice; Burt has notable expertise in road traffic accident claims and employers’ liability issues, and recently defended insurethebox and Aviva Insurance in separate claims relating to road traffic accident injuries. She also handled several public liability matters. Searl is recognised for his expertise in health and safety-related matters, including prosecutions. Clients also single out the ‘highly experienced’ Andrea Ward and ‘incredibly thorough’ associate Joanne Kingsland; Ward, who has a niche specialism in historic sexual and emotional abuse claims, recently defended a client in a sexual abuse claim brought against a teacher.

Sintons LLP’s ‘absolutely outstanding’ team is led by Jamie McCabe, a ‘market leader’ who is ‘a superlative negotiator with an analytical brain’. Clients single out his ‘thorough, professional and knowledgeable approach’ and his ‘approachability and attention to detail, which are second to none’. McCabe specialises in catastrophic injury work, particularly in defending multimillion pound claims relating to brain injuries, spinal injuries and amputations. The practice is also highly regarded for its expertise defending road traffic accident matters; in a recent highlight, McCabe defended a client in a brain injury claim arising from a road traffic collision. Representative clients include Eldon Insurance Services, ERS Insurance, Collingwood Insurance, Nissan Motor Manufacturing and Zurich. Frank Matthewson regularly defends motor insurers in catastrophic injury claims and also handles employers’ liability and industrial disease claims; Tim Smith has substantial expertise in chronic pain cases and associate James Fisher is ‘excellent on procedural matters’.

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