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BLM represents major insurers – including Zurich, QBE, Aviva and Allianz – and their policy holders in a wide range of disputes. Practice head Peter Campbell leads on the personal injury front and Patrick Mullarkey leads for clinical negligence. The firm has been involved in the high-profile Historic Abuse Inquiry since its commencement in 2013. Fintan Canavan, who joined the firm in April 2015 from Jones & Company solicitors, is leading on that matter.

In keeping with its global reputation for insurance, Kennedys’ Belfast office advises some of the region’s biggest insurers on personal injury and clinical negligence matters, and represents major healthcare providers and individual practitioners in major disputes. The team’s workload includes catastrophic injury and psychiatric damage cases, and has recently expanded to include dental negligence. Amanda Wylie leads the team, which includes Raymond Gilmore and senior associate Megan Boyd.

Arthur Cox Belfast regularly acts for global insurers such as Zurich and Hiscox, most recently defending the former in several fraud claims. Other matters handled include employer’s liability for personal injury claims. Chris Ritchie leads the practice.

Carson McDowell LLP’s merger with defendant insurance defence firm McCloskeys Solicitors has considerably expanded the firm’s insurance team. Claire Harmer heads the personal injury practice, which acts for clients including Belfast Harbour Commissioners, Faraday Insurance and Riverstone Insurance on a range of disputes, including hearing loss, catastrophic injury, mesothelioma and road traffic accidents. Roger McMillan leads the clinical negligence and healthcare teams, which acts for clients including the Medical Protection Society and the National Pharmaceutical Association.

John McKee Solicitors’ solid clinical negligence practice represents a range of insurers including National Farmers Union Mutual. Leonard Edgar heads the practice.

Tughans defends insurers and corporations in a range of personal injury claims and coverage disputes. Clients include RSA, which the firm represented in multiple road traffic accident claims. Other clients include the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and Thomas Cook. Andrew Anthony leads on clinical negligence cases and the firm also has a specialist fraud team.

C & H Jefferson represents a number of well-known insurers including Allianz, AXA and Aviva. Gareth Jones is the key name.

Lacey Solicitors has ‘an excellent understanding of the local insurance market’. Clients consist of insurance companies including Prestige Underwriting, RSA Insurance and Enterprise Insurance. The group works on road traffic accident cases and more general personal injury claims. Terence Lacey heads the practice, which includes Damian McGeady.

McCartan Turkington Breen defends motor insurers in personal injury cases. Ernie Telford is the key name.

McKinty and Wright advises insurers on coverage disputes and is particularly well known for motor claims. Sean McGahan is the key name.

Napier and Sons regularly defends employers in a range of personal injury claims including catastrophic injury, road traffic accidents and noise induced hearing loss. Clients include BT. The group is also acting for religious congregations on the investigations into historical abuse. Joseph Napier is ‘an excellent leader’.

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