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Clinical negligence: claimant

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  1. Clinical negligence: claimant
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BL Claims Solicitors is an β€˜excellent claimant clinical negligence firm’, whose work is β€˜always top quality and well researched and prepared’. The β€˜efficient and hardworking’ Kym Provan, who is the key partner for the Southampton office, and John White lead the team. Provan, who is β€˜willing to go the extra mile for her clients whilst concentrating on realistically achievable outcomes’, focuses especially on spinal and brain injuries as well as delayed cancer diagnosis cases. In addition, several lawyers have medical qualifications: White worked as a doctor in the NHS before joining the firm, while senior associate Patricia Wakeford (who is β€˜a very safe pair of hands’ and β€˜excellent with clients’) is a state registered nurse and midwife, specialising in birth injury and cerebral palsy claims. Associate Gemma Osgood also handles high-end claims and a range of fatal accident, dental negligence, cosmetic surgery and misdiagnosis cases.

The β€˜very competent’ clinical negligence department at Boyes Turner in Reading has β€˜a huge amount of expertise in handling all kinds of claims’ and β€˜retains a close partner involvement in the running of its cases’. Most of the cases involve cerebral palsy, brain injury or catastrophic injury. After Adrian Desmond’s retirement, the team hired the β€˜practical and measured’ Richard Money-Kyrle from Penningtons Manches LLP as co-lead to the β€˜immensely experienced’ Susan Brown. Cerebral-palsy expert Money-Kyrle is recommended for his β€˜unflappable approach and commitment to getting a fair result’, while Brown has β€˜excellent judgement and good people skills’. She specialises in child brain injury resulting from birth trauma and neonatal negligence as well as maternal obstetric injury and severe injuries in women. Another key member is senior associate Vanessa Wand, who β€˜has a razor-sharp mind’ and primarily works on obstetric and birth injury claims such as neonatal injuries, maternal death, stillbirth with psychiatric injuries, perinatal tears and cloacal injury. The β€˜efficient and down-to-earth’ associate Julie Marsh is noted for β€˜getting excellent results’. Brown and Ward represented a child claimant against the Barts Health NHS Trust in a catastrophic birth injury matter involving whole body cerebral palsy, epilepsy, severe visual impairment and severe learning difficulties; the claim was settled for Β£3.3m, considering a 33-year life expectation. Money-Kyrle acts for an eight-year old child who developed dyskinetic/athetoid cerebral palsy with severe neurological disability from a period of progressive hypoxic ischaemia due to a delay in the mother’s labour. Another highlight was Marsh’s advice in a cauda equina claim for a 36-year old claimant. Apart from negligence representations, the team also provides an in-house legal support service for disabled children and their families regarding Court of Protection and special education needs.

Coffin Mew LLP’s clinical negligence team in Portsmouth is β€˜professional and caring’, β€˜leaving no stone unturned to achieve a result for the client’. The β€˜highly experienced and dedicated’ Douglas Miller and β€˜great tactician and top-class litigator’ Sue Bowler are the main contacts, focusing on brain injury matters. Miller specialises in pre-term delivery cases, congenital misdiagnosis and cerebral palsy litigation. Solicitor Tan Jaff joined from Miya Solicitors in August 2016.

The clinical negligence department at Freeths LLP in Oxford is β€˜very thorough, easy to work with’ and provides β€˜great client care’. The team is especially recommended for its β€˜good case preparation’. The β€˜experienced, dedicated and approachable’ team lead Carolyn Lowe, who advises on cerebral palsy, severe orthopaedic and cardiac claims, cauda equina syndrome as well as stillbirths and neonatal deaths, is supported by senior associate and fatal claims specialist Lynne Foster and the β€˜very bright and enthusiastic’ associate Catherine Bell. Bell handles neurological injury matters as well as obstetric and gynaecological claims. Together with β€˜effective negotiator’ Lucy Habgood, Lowe recently led on the case Christine Reaney v University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust, which involved a misdiagnosis and consequent paraplegia. Solicitor Laura Bland left for Knights Professional Services Limited in April 2017.

Irwin Mitchell’s clinical negligence department in Southampton impresses with β€˜impeccable response times, in-depth knowledge and paperwork that is always spot-on’. It undertakes work in the areas of cerebral palsy, stillbirth, neonatal deaths, cauda equina, spinal surgery and undiagnosed spinal infections, as well as other types of brain injury and oncology claims. β€˜First-rate lawyer’ Justine Spencer, who was promoted to partner in the past year, and the β€˜competent and compassionate’ associate Rebecca Brown are the main contacts. The β€˜extremely bright, tenacious and dedicated’ Spencer specialises in birth injuries and neonatal neurological claims such as hypoglycaemia and group B streptococcal infection, while recommended Brown focuses on spinal injuries, surgical negligence and cancer - including previous work on breast cancer group claims. Recent highlights include an Β£8m brain injury claim against delayed diagnosis and treatment of neonatal hypoglycaemia, as well as a claim regarding a delayed diagnosis of bladder cancer. The firm also provides an in-house client liaison manager and Court of Protection services.

The clinical negligence team at Knights Professional Services Limited is based in Oxford. Team lead Helen Niebuhr handles neurological damage, cerebral palsy and fatal injury claims, while Jonathan Phillips also focuses on brain injury as well as cancer misdiagnosis and spinal injury. At senior associate level, the recently promoted Laura Cook works on brain and birth injury matters. Solicitor Laura Bland, who has experience in orthopaedic cases, delayed cancer diagnosis, gynaecological claims including perineal tears, claims against GPs, fatal injury claims, stillbirths and neonatal deaths, joined from Freeths LLP in April 2017.

At Moore Blatch LLP’s β€˜exemplary and dedicated’ clinical negligence department, the β€˜outstanding lawyer and critical thinker’ Tim Spring has a specialty for encephalitis cases, while the team also handles other infectious brain diseases, neurosurgery and cerebral palsy. Spring, who leads the practice, is recommended for his β€˜tenacity’ and β€˜dogged pursuit of even the most contested cases’. β€˜Excellent’ neurological injury lawyer Sarah Stanton’s β€˜understanding of clinical negligence work is second to none’, while the β€˜impressive’ Mala Sidebottom, who is a dual-qualified anaesthetist and focuses on obstetrics and epilepsy cases, is described as β€˜a real fighter for her clients’. Maya Sushila brings experience in cauda equina matters, while Victoria Hydon works on inquests and diabetical complications. Also recommended are the β€˜persevering and determined’ Anne Cassidy, who is dual-qualified and focuses on neurological injury, and the β€˜hardworking’ Paul Kingsley, who is an expert in acute disseminated encephalomyelitis and vasculitis. Other services provided in conjunction with this department include healthcare, community care (via Paula Barnes, who has expertise in cancer misdiagnosis and gynaecological claims) and education law. Senior solicitor Sarmad Gassoub joined from Kingsley Napley LLP in October 2016.

Penningtons Manches LLP’s β€˜efficient and responsive’ clinical negligence department consists of β€˜excellent lawyers who carefully consider and analyse their cases’, representing clients with birth or neonatal brain injuries, amputation, cauda equina, product liability, delayed cancer diagnosis, cosmetic surgery, infection and fatal injury claims. The β€˜talented and analytical’ Philippa Luscombe, who takes on spinal and brain injuries as well as fatal cases and delayed oncology diagnoses, and β€˜empathic and thorough’ cerebral palsy expert Alison Appelboam-Meadows lead the respective teams in Guildford and Basingstoke. Also recommended are β€˜extremely bright and down-to-earth’ associate director Alison Johnson, the β€˜personable’ senior associate Tim Wright and the β€˜organised’ associate Emma Beeson. Appelboam-Meadows and Beeson represented a female client in a case regarding misdiagnosed and delayed treatment of septicaemia and chronic pneumonia, which resulted in bilateral foot amputations. Another highlight was Luscombe’s advice on a claim concerning oncologists failing to conduct a venous thromboembolism risk assessment after the claimant had undergone bladder cancer surgery.

The clinical negligence department at Royds Withy King in Oxford β€˜combines lots of experience in complex cases with empathy, understanding and expectation management’, β€˜fosters excellent team work’ and is β€˜very competent in cases involving cancer treatment’. Apart from niche areas such as bariatric surgery (led by the β€˜very knowledgeable’ practice head Richard Coleman), the β€˜motivated and productive’ team also handles cerebral palsy, obstetric brachial plexus injury, spinal injury, stomach necrosis and limb amputation. The β€˜capable’ co-lead and β€˜empathic communicator’ Tracy Norris-Evans provides Court of Protection services and advice on shari’ah law compliance. Coleman, who provides β€˜tremendously sensitive client care’, has β€˜a great tactical brain and an excellent grasp of medical issues’, and is also known for representing clients in Erb’s palsy claims. Further specialty exists through associate Judith Leach’s acute stroke management and fatal injury case expertise and the obstetric brachial plexus injury work of the β€˜tenacious’ Lucy Norton. Lucy Crawford was promoted to associate in 2016.

Shoosmiths LLP’s β€˜outstanding’ clinical negligence department in Basingstoke has β€˜a well-earned reputation’ and is β€˜passionate about the right outcome for the client’. The team is led by β€˜star performer’ and β€˜utterly dedicated and formidable litigator’ Denise Stephens, who possesses β€˜exceptional intelligence and technical knowledge’. Stephens represents clients in brain and spinal injury matters, especially in regard to birth injuries. Also recommended are the β€˜extremely knowledgeable and capable’ associates Susan Prior and Anneliese Jones, as well as β€˜the very caring and committed’ Helen Mackenzie. Prior works on diagnosis cases as well as cases involving orthopaedic injury, gynaecological and bowel injury, failed feticide, brain injury and failures in heart treatment, and also heads the department’s fixed-cost unit, which is dedicated to low value but complex claims, including fatal cases. Recent highlights include Mackenzie’s case regarding a paralysis resulting from a spinal anaesthetic and Prior’s representation of a wife whose husband died due to misdiagnosed early symptoms of heart attack.

The β€˜well-run clinical negligence team’ at Thomson Snell & Passmore in Tunbridge Wells consists of β€˜strong performers’ who β€˜provide an excellent service to their clients’. The β€˜very experienced’ practice lead Fiona Follis is a β€˜safe pair of hands’ and β€˜establishes good empathy with lay clients’, focusing on obstetric and surgery cases, while the β€˜sensible’ Graham Bell β€˜really adds value for his clients’. Patricia Fearnley often represents families at inquests regarding fatal cases due to negligence. The partners are supported by senior associates James Cahan, who is currently acting in a fatal case regarding negligent oncology treatment, and Dominique Parker. Also recommended is the β€˜tenacious’ associate Sharon Lam, β€˜who will pursue any meritorious claim with vigour’.

Trethowans LLP is β€˜a strong regional firm in clinical negligence work’ that maintains β€˜good relationships with its clients’, β€˜gets excellent results’ and provides β€˜extremely supportive but sensible client care’. The β€˜clever and tenacious’ birth injury and cerebral palsy lawyer Clare Carter leads the practice together with the β€˜experienced’ Gavin Lane, who β€˜prepares complex cases soundly and fights hard for the client’. Chris Whitely is also recommended for his β€˜promptness and efficiency’. Other areas of work include stillbirth, as well as gynaecological, paediatric, spinal, cardiac, orthopaedic, radiological, pharmaceutical and amputation negligence.

The β€˜consistently excellent’ clinical negligence team at Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors in Essex handles cerebral palsy, misdiagnosis and failed surgery claims and has developed niche expertise regarding negligence and suicide in psychiatric units. The β€˜enthusiastic’ team lead Madeline Seibert, who has β€˜great judgement’ and β€˜works tirelessly for the client’s benefit’, also focuses on matters involving pregnancy and labour, such as substandard nursing and midwifery care. Seibert and consultant David Kerry both participate in inquests, with the latter specialising in elderly and psychiatric patient care matters. Clients further recommend the β€˜hardworking and conscientious’ solicitor James Sherwin, who has a β€˜good grasp of issues and shows great empathy’. The team gained an addition in solicitor Ivan Moody, who joined the Harlow office in October 2016 from the Government Legal Department.

The clinical negligence department at the β€˜very professional and competent firm’ Barlow Robbins LLP in Woking and Guildford is β€˜a strong regional player with the right levels of empathy and efficiency’. The β€˜very approachable and effective’ overall practice lead Caroline Flashman is a β€˜supreme litigator’ who β€˜has a good grasp of key issues’, handling matters relating to brain injury, cerebral palsy, ophthalmic issues, surgical errors, oncology, amputation, orthopaedics, infection and other diseases, while the head of the Guildford team, the β€˜experienced’ Helen Goatley, also works on delayed diagnosis and fatal claims, β€˜giving robust advice to clients’. Further recommended are senior associate Victoria Jones, who is β€˜a shrewd analyst of the legal and medical aspects of a case’, with niche expertise in nursing care and nerve injury matters, and associates Deborah Powlesland, whose strengths are β€˜attention to detail and identifying the right experts’ in the fields of gynaecology and obstetrics cases, and the β€˜meticulous’ Natalie Hirst. The firm also provides Court of Protection advice in conjunction with this department.

Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP’s clinical negligence practice in Brighton is β€˜very experienced in this area and provides good client care’. The β€˜thorough and efficient’ Melanie Minter, also a trained nurse, leads the department with β€˜a good objective view’ and is supported by obstetric and orthopaedic negligence lawyer Nick Garrish, who β€˜will press for the very best settlement and gives sound tactical advice’, and John Lingwood, who handles birth and acquired brain injury cases and further acts as a deputy for clients after settlement. The β€˜very experienced’ associate Caroline Godfrey is experienced in quantum investigations and regularly undertakes work in matters relating to gynaecology, misdiagnosis, negligent surgery, birth injury and fatal cases.

The clinical negligence department at McMillan Williams is led by Nicola Mooney in Brighton, who handles neonatal, birth and brain injuries (with special expertise in kernicterus), as well as spinal injuries and surgical error claims. Hasina Choudhury in New Addington and Carshalton-based Lauren Phillips lead the adult and children claims teams respectively, with Choudhury focusing on brain and spinal injuries as well as inquests, and Phillips specialising in obstetrics, cauda equina and gynaecological matters. Nisha Sharma undertakes work in the fields of IVF treatment, negligent care and related suicide during care, GP negligence, and oncology claims.

At β€˜solid and reliable firm’ Nockolds Solicitors in Bishops Stortford, the head of clinical negligence Jennie Jones ensures β€˜a high level of service, clear explanations, prompt communication and confidence’ in the department. The past year has seen the recruitment from Barr Ellison LLP of senior associate Yasmin Ameer, who combines β€˜huge experience with supreme confidence and a perfect manner with even the most difficult client’. Court of Protection lawyer Ameer, who specialises in surgical and anaesthetic errors resulting in iatrogenically induced brain injury, is further described as β€˜extremely responsive and compassionate, going beyond the normal call of duty’. Jones and chartered legal executive Rachel Davis also focus on brain and spinal injury work. Recent highlights include a Β£6.7m case concerning a toddler whose non-accidental cerebral abscess diagnosis was delayed and led to a brain injury, as well as a Β£3.9m case involving the dehydration of a baby during a hospital admission.

Thompson Smith and Puxon’s clinical negligence team is recommended for its β€˜commitment, personal service and relationships with clients’, with the individual lawyers providing conditional fee arrangements and being β€˜insightful, prompt, responsive, clear and highly organised’. Cases handled span neonatal, psychiatric and orthopaedic claims involving both children and adults. Colchester-based Julian Wilson leads the practice and focuses on birth injuries and cerebral palsy cases, while Steve Webb, whose β€˜strength is his ability to explain difficult legal issues in simple terms’, undertakes brain injury work. Also recommended is the β€˜professional, polite and knowledgeable’ associate solicitor Clare Sheeran, who has a particular specialisation in matters involving female cancer patients and birth injuries.

The clinical negligence department at BTMK Solicitors is located in Southend-on-Sea and jointly led by managing director Alan Bacon and director Johanne Turner, who advises clients on multi-track matters involving brain injuries and maternity complications. The team, which provides conditional fee agreements, home visits and other necessary arrangements to accommodate its clients, also consists of senior solicitor Ruth Hemingway. Typical work includes negligent care, wrong and late diagnoses, and surgical errors.

Chelmsford-based senior associate Nadina Edmondson is currently the sole fee-earner within Birkett Long LLP’s clinical negligence practice. She engages in claims against local hospitals as well as GPs, dentists and care homes regarding oncology, dental treatments, ambulance services, cosmetic surgery, gynaecology, obstetrics and fatal cases. The head of the private client department, Claire Read acts as a deputy for children or mentally disabled clients.

The clinical negligence department at Clarkson Wright & Jakes in Orpington handles negligent care, surgery faults, negligence in psychological units, gynaecological and birth injuries. Practice head David Greenhalgh and partner Alex Wormald specialise in birth injuries and palsies, as well as surgical mismanagement with gynaecological, urological and intestine consequences. Associate Michelle Easton and solicitor Josephine Bowman also handle misdiagnosis cases as well as general surgery and cosmetic errors.

The clinical negligence department at DMH Stallard LLP is β€˜very efficient’. The recommended Lucienne Westbrook and overall team lead Tessa Grayson are the key contacts, and have experience in birth injury claims, surgical errors, misdiagnosis, cosmetic surgery as well as niche fields including pressure sores, undiagnosed fractures, product claims and general negligence by GPs, dentists, osteopaths, chiropractors, physiotherapists and opticians. Grayson recently advised a client who had not been informed of the risks and was subsequently injured by a number of failed lumbar puncture attempts performed by junior doctors in a hospital, while Westbrook undertook a claim regarding a negligent eye operation where an unusually high dose of intra-cameral cefuroxime was applied and caused macular oedema. Another highlight is the current representation of a client who was left moving around unsupervised during a hospital stay and sustained a head injury through several falls, even though the staff knew of her mobility problems.

In summer 2016, Dean Wilson LLP’s clinical negligence practice in Brighton welcomed the entire team of Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP and now provides legal advice on birth, brain, spinal and orthopaedic injuries, as well as cancer, amputations, fatalities and general misdiagnoses. Frances Pierce leads the team, consisting of associates Alex Brown, who currently handles several cerebral palsy cases and is also experienced in amputation claims, Ben Davey and Pardeep Gill. Davey previously represented clients in cases concerning delayed treatment for diabetic retinopathy and a brain meningioma.

The clinical negligence department at Chelmsford-based firm Gadsby Wicks is managed by Gillian Gadsby and covers birth injury, cancer misdiagnosis, gynaecological injury, orthopaedic injury and surgical complications in fields such dental, cosmetic and vascular surgery. Other notable individuals are Tami Frankel, Alan Mendham, litigator Tony Mitty and Fran Pollard.

Specialising in birth asphyxia claims, Gardner Leader LLP’s clinical negligence practice β€˜devotes considerable time and attention to its cases and also develops sensible relationships with the opposition’. Alastair Goggins in Newbury is the key contact and β€˜has a very calm manner combined with dogged persistency and breadth of litigation experience’. He recently acted for a child who was starved of oxygen during labour due to a delay in her caesarean section delivery.

The clinical negligence practice at the β€˜reliable and well-respected’ firm Hart Brown in Guildford ensures that β€˜communication with the client never breaks down’. β€˜First-rate lawyer’ Gerard Sanders, who specialises in cosmetic surgery, laser eye surgery and delayed diagnosis of cancer claims, as well as the β€˜meticulous, skilled and dedicated’ Marek Bednarczyk are recommended, the latter especially for his β€˜masterly attention to detail’ and β€˜keen intuition for arguments that are likely to succeed’. Bednarczyk handles brain and birth injuries and has an additional focus on injuries caused by surgery and fatalities.

In clinical negligence, the β€˜compassionate, knowledgeable, efficient and professional’ firm Holmes & Hills in Braintree β€˜has an outstanding track record for assisting clients’ in claims regarding late or misdiagnoses, birth injuries, brain injuries, fatalities and strokes. Team lead Jason Brady and senior solicitor Dominic Graham are β€˜passionate for their cases as well as extremely thorough and hands-on’. Brady focuses on complex brain and spinal injury and amputation cases, while Graham handles diagnosis and cancer matters and is also able to bring claims against multiple defendants. Senior chartered legal executive Anna Watson and litigation executive Kamila Jaskula handle surgical errors and lower-value cosmetic surgery claims such as laser hair removal. Partner Christopher Livingston left in November 2016 and solicitor Zoe Diss joined in March 2017.

The clinical negligence department of IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) in Uxbridge has a strong focus on brain injury claims, for both adults and children, with senior solicitor Simon Pimlott handling disputes regarding long-term brain injuries and psychological conditions. Team lead Malcolm Underhill also represents clients in amputation, stroke, failed surgery, misdiagnosis other terminal disease matters.

Morrisons Solicitors LLP in Wimbledon has β€˜a very professional clinical negligence practice with a well-balanced team, good communication’ and β€˜a growing reputation’, which separated itself from the dispute resolution department in 2016. Team lead Kathy Fitzgerald, who became a partner in May 2016 and shows β€˜calmness, but also steely resolve’, specialises in brain injury matters, including cerebral palsy and sepsis. Clients see the β€˜vast medical knowledge she brings from her previous background in nursing and midwifery’ as her greatest strength. Also recommended is the β€˜experienced’ senior associate Peregrine Lavington, who β€˜has a strong track history of converting difficult cases into successful ones’ and provides β€˜excellent client care’. Solicitor Olivia Mitchison left for Bolt Burdon Kemp in March 2017.

Osborne Morris & Morgan’s clinical negligence practice is based in Leighton Buzzard and handles claims ranging from Erb’s palsy, stillbirths, spinal injuries and negligent anaesthetics to surgical errors and incorrect diagnoses and treatments from hospitals, GPs and community healthcare professionals. The firm also offers Court of Protection support. The key lawyers are senior partner and cerebral palsy expert David Turner, Milton Keynes-based partner Gary Williams, chartered legal executive Martin Elam and solicitor Natalizia Capizzi, who focuses on claims against NHS trusts, GPs and private practitioners.

The clinical negligence department of β€˜tremendous local firm’ Pinney Talfourd LLP is β€˜a real pleasure to deal with in every way’ and provides β€˜an exemplary service’. Its big strengths are β€˜constant communication’ (with β€˜queries being answered on the same day’) and the availability of conditional fee arrangements. Typical cases include matters regarding acquired brain injury, missed or delayed diagnosis, fatalities, obstetrics, gynaecological, orthopaedic, neonatal, spinal and nerve injury, as well as vascular and ophthalmic conditions. Clients recommend β€˜first-class lawyer’ and associate Kim Huggins in Brentwood, who is β€˜extremely understanding’, β€˜helpful’ and β€˜very approachable’, β€˜working tirelessly for her injured clients’ and β€˜preparing cases in great detail’. She handles claims against private practitioners, hospital trusts and GPs and also provides alternative dispute resolution methods. Team lead Stephen Eccles and partner Stephen Green supervise on matters and focus on brain injuries, infectious diseases, surgical errors and misdiagnoses in their own work. Eccles and Huggins advised a female client on a claim against the NHS concerning her hip replacement which caused her an infection and a leg discrepancy. They also worked on a matter about a gallstone pancreatitis misdiagnosis and the related non-performance of an emergency surgery.

Clinical negligence: defendant

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The clinical negligence department at Brachers is β€˜a strong player in the field’ with β€˜good experience and expertise in the medical issues underlying birth trauma and spinal injury claims, providing early and realistic advice’. The team further handles cosmetic surgery, oncology and ophthalmic cases. Recurring clients include the Medical Defence Union, the Dental Defence Union and Specsavers Optical Group. β€˜First-class solicitor’ and β€˜meticulously thorough’ team lead Scott Alexander, who β€˜has good judgement and is strong on client relationships’, focuses on high-value and ophthalmic claims, while John Sheath represents clients at inquest and in regulatory matters, where he gives policy advice and supports during inquires, judicial reviews and criminal prosecutions. Also recommended are the β€˜conscientious’ associate Harriet Humphrey, the β€˜sensible’ solicitor Frances Cutler, who specialises in surgical and orthopaedic work, and the β€˜professional’ associate Dana Ellis. Recent highlights include Alexander’s successful representation of the Medical Defence Union in a β‚€1m claim against a doctor regarding a hip examination which was claimed to be inadequate, as well as in a claim against GP defendants concerning a failure to diagnose and treat an infant’s pneumococcal meningitis. Sheath advised a doctor of the MDU who was named as an interested party during an inquest over the suicide of a patient who suffered from hypertension, depression, cardiac and acute prostatitis.

The β€˜strong’ clinical negligence team at DAC Beachcroft LLP in Winchester β€˜provides an excellent service delivering honest, frank and well-informed advice’. Team head Matthew McGrath, Heather Durston-Hillyer and Anthea Lane, who was promoted to partner in May 2016, are β€˜always smart, organised and punctual at court attendances’. The practice represents public clients, such as the NHS Litigation Authority and the Medical Defence Union, private sector clients, including medical malpractice insurers and private hospitals, as well as surgeons against orthopaedics, breast surgery and product liability claims. The β€˜incredibly able and supportive’ McGrath specialises in brain injury, while the β€˜very sound and reassuring lawyer’ Durston-Hillyer handles birth injuries (such as cerebral palsy) and other catastrophic injuries in adults and children. In addition to similar birth injury cases, the β€˜engaging and pragmatic’ Lane handles dental claims. Durston-Hillyer represented the NHS Litigation Authority and the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust against a claim concerning a delay in the treatment of cauda equine, which was discontinued by the claimant after evidence had been presented in the form of medical record entries. McGrath defended the same client against alleged negligent care of the claimant (now an adult) as a newborn, which led to a brain injury, while Lane won a trial regarding surgical mismanagement during an orchidectomy which caused a haematoma.

BLM’s clinical negligence practice delivers a β€˜very good level of service overall with sound advice’ and is described as β€˜committed’ and β€˜a very safe pair of hands’. Practice lead Joe Wakeford β€˜is an experienced defence solicitor who is strong on client relationships’, representing insurers, care homes, individual professionals, NHS Trusts and the NHS Litigation Authority. He is joined by Stephanie Castell, who advises on cerebral palsy and related postnatal injuries as well as spinal and brain injuries. The fields of product liability, pathology, genetic screening and group litigation are relatively new developments in the practice.

The clinical negligence team at Gordons Partnership LLP in Guildford advises medical defence organisations, private hospitals, insurers and individual practitioners, and undertakes a considerable amount of regulatory, disciplinary, professional conduct and inquest work as well as criminal proceedings. Representing medical professionals in proceedings and inquests falls within the purview of former doctor Leigh Taylor, who also advises on data protection and consent issues. Team lead Charles Atkins focuses on catastrophic injuries and multi-party claims, with a specialisation in spinal surgery matters. Iain Pickering handles cases of similar complexity that involve general practice, obstetrics and surgery, while Alison Harden has experience in neurology and psychiatry.

Personal injury: claimant

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  1. Personal injury: claimant
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BL Claims Solicitors’s personal injury team is based in Southampton and handles a variety of matters. Team lead David Healy, who also has a degree in medical physics, specialises in catastrophic spinal, head and brain injuries and is also experienced in claims involving the Ministry of Defence and the military. He is supported by senior associate James Wood and associate Deborah Lewis, who focus on work-related matters such as repetitive strain injuries, industrial disease, upper-limb disorders, vibration syndrome, and claims regarding unsafe work environments and dangerous equipment. Associates Julia Prior and Julie Donovan regularly undertake road traffic accident cases, while Prior has further expertise in injuries involving animals as well as abuse claims. Healy defended a female client in a Β£6m claim regarding a spinal cord injury and paraplexis that occurred in a road traffic accident. The case quantum was significant, as the claimant had previously engaged in eventing and also bred competition horses. Together with Wood, Healy also represented a former production line worker at a bakery in Salisbury who developed occupational asthma, rhinitis and contact dermatitis from the flour dust and enzymes, as the company had not supplied him with adequate protection equipment.

Boyes Turner has β€˜a very strong personal injury team in the Thames Valley’ which is especially recognised for its industrial disease work in relation to occupational asthma and asbestos cases. In this field, the β€˜highly efficient’ lawyers β€˜are not afraid to take on difficult claims’ and β€˜always keep the client informed’. In regard to occupational accidents, there is sector expertise in construction, education, environmental, shipping, and oil and gas. β€˜Tenacious’ practice lead Kim Smerdon is an β€˜excellent negotiator and is well versed in high-value claims’, focusing on road traffic accidents, workplace and industrial accidents, criminal injuries and product liability. The department has undergone several changes recently, such as Adrian Desmond’s retirement, the departure of Nicholas Story to DAS Law and emigration of Nicola Choa, as well as the arrival of Claire Roantree from Simpson Millar LLP in February 2017. Roantree brings experience in brain and spinal cord injuries, regional pain syndrome, military and PTSD cases (including traumatic burns) and amputations. Also recommended are the senior associate solicitors, who all specialise in industrial diseases: the β€˜knowledgeable and supportive’ Laura Magson, the β€˜pragmatic and client-focused’ Melloney Harbutt and the β€˜detailed and impeccable’ Niamh Sherwood are best known for asbestos and pleural thickening claims, while the β€˜proactive litigator’ Annabelle Neilson also undertakes mesothelioma representations. Smerdon and Sherwood handled a Β£1.1m asbestos case for a claimant who was exposed to the dust through his job as a welder at haulage companies, steelworks, car factories and power stations. Associate solicitor Adrianna Rajwa provides niche expertise advising Polish nationals on accidents in the UK, as well as handling claims relating to beauty treatments and animal attacks. The firm also provides related Court of Protection services.

The β€˜diligent and energetic’ personal injury team at Collins Solicitors in Watford β€˜stands out through the lawyers’ willingness to take on non-routine or unusual individual cases that require a considerable amount of analysis and research, as well as major group actions’. There is also good expertise in β€˜obtaining and managing scientific expert evidence’. The β€˜enthusiastic and positive-minded’ team lead Des Collins, who β€˜has a wealth of experience and a high level of professionalism’, and β€˜hard-working and committed’ key partner Danielle Holliday β€˜are a formidable duo’ and β€˜leave no stone unturned in their research’. Also recommended are solicitors Anna Murduck (β€˜hugely impressive and with excellent judgement’) and newly qualified Rachel Hire, who is noted for her β€˜attention to detail and diligence’. Work examples include a group action for 80 residents in Watling Street, Motherwell regarding a site causing health risks due to negligent remediation as well as the representation of a former railway employee who injured his arm and the entire right side of his body during the transfer of a lorry load and fixing scaffolding safety bars onto it, resulting in regional chronic pain syndrome and depression.

The β€˜excellent’ personal injury department at IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) impresses through β€˜decisive, timely communication, clear direction and attention to detail’. The key lawyers are brain injury specialist Malcolm Underhill, who also gained considerable experience in matters involving child abuse, and senior solicitor Simon Pimlott, who focuses on spinal and head injuries as well as chronic pain syndrome and psychological conditions. Both have an β€˜above-average commitment and a high level of understanding of individual clients and their specific needs and expectations’. They are further recommended for being β€˜professional, methodical and organised’. Niche areas of work include acoustic shock, noise-induced hearing loss, asbestosis and vibration injury cases. For child abuse matters, Underhill is able to consult various psychologists and therapists for expert reports. One of his recent cases involved the representation of a claimant with mental health issues who had suffered abuse from a paedophile several decades ago, where Underhill undertook detailed research in order to identify possible defendants and insurers. The case was compromised during a joint settlement meeting.

The personal injury team at Irwin Mitchell in Southampton has β€˜considerable depth of experience and competence’ and β€˜gives excellent support and advice’. The team is led by the β€˜outstandingly good’ Claire Howard, who takes on head and spinal cord injuries as well as polytrauma cases. She is supported by asbestos and mesothelioma specialists Guy Darlaston and Nicola Maier as well as the β€˜down-to-earth, approachable and responsive’ Andrew Buckham, who has particular niche experience in injury, trauma and fatality matters involving members of the armed forces and is β€˜a great lawyer to have on your side’. He was promoted to partner in April 2016. Associate Ruth Johnson focuses on orthopaedic injuries. Howard represented Rachel Burton whose husband died in a road traffic accident in a compensation claim for her and her two children, which settled for Β£435,000. Darlaston and Maier are being instructed on a fatal mesothelioma matter where the disease was obtained through the restoration of an extensive building which is several hundred years old. Buckham represented a client who was a guardsman in Afghanistan and sustained a serious brain injury after a lance corporal stepped on an improvised explosive device.

The Southampton-based personal injury practice of Moore Blatch LLP handles a variety of matters involving catastrophic brain, spinal cord, psychological injuries as well as amputation cases and fatal accidents. Practice lead Damian Horan also advises on jurisdictional issues and acts as a professional deputy for clients. He represents a client who sustained a severe brain injury as well as several orthopaedic injuries in a road traffic accident; the defendant had been driving the vehicle in which the claimant had been sitting at the time of the incident. Matthew Claxson joined from Slater and Gordon in November 2016.

The β€˜excellent and forward-thinking firm’ Royds Withy King in Oxford, which β€˜strikes the right balance through quality advice and great client care’, was created through a merger between law firm Royds and the Bath-based Withy King in September 2016. Team lead Tracy Norris-Evans specialises in brain injury and paediatric claims and also acts as a professional deputy, while the β€˜experienced practitioner’ Ian Carrier is known for his spinal injuries and fatal accidents work and has β€˜impressive attention to detail and case preparation skills’. Other notable individuals are Richard Brooks, who regularly handles animal-related claims and β€˜knows equine matters inside out’, and industrial diseases expert Helen Childs. As a result of the merger, James Millar Craig, who gained experience in permanent health insurance cases, was added to the team. The β€˜highly organised, knowledgeable and approachable’ associates Jennifer Seavor and Rachel James joined from Boyes Turner and Irwin Mitchell, respectively. Especially recommended in β€˜asbestos-related claims’, Seavor represented a client who had developed mesothelioma through his occupation at a railway company from the late sixties to the early seventies; he wanted the claim to settle during his lifetime and accepted an offer of Β£230,000.

Thomson Snell & Passmore’s personal injury team in Tunbridge Wells is β€˜a strong leader in this field’ and β€˜has an excellent case strategy, works hard and is committed to clients’. The practice is recommended for its expertise in β€˜traumatic brain injury, sports injury and asbestos-related claims’. The β€˜stellar intellect and strategist’ Graham Bell is the key partner and β€˜has an excellent eye for detail’. He is supported by the β€˜extremely thorough’ senior associate Jonathan Herbert, who specialises in asbestos cases and β€˜can cut through technical issues’, the β€˜empathic’ brain injury lawyer Dominique Parker and the β€˜impressive and tenacious’ associate Oliver Chapman. Another person to note is senior associate James Cahan, who β€˜has the wisdom of lawyers many years his senior’. Partner Jonathan Clement left for asb law LLP in Crawley in February 2017.

At Trethowans LLP, personal injury team leads Chris Whiteley and Gavin Lane focus on head and spinal injury matters, with Lane also handling asbestos and amputation as well as multiple fractures claims. The third key partner in the team is Clare Carter. Other typical work includes fatal accident cases, road traffic accidents and liability claims against employers and public institutions.

The personal injury team at asb law LLP is β€˜very responsive and approachable with extensive experience and a high level of knowledge’, particularly in the field of brain injury. Team lead Francis Lacy Scott β€˜has a wonderfully personal way with seriously injured claimants, while being quietly professional with opponents’ and also advises on spinal injury and aviation disaster cases. The practice also consists of associate Barry Osborn, who is based in Maidstone and has experience in occupational diseases and fatal accidents, solicitor Victoria Hubbert, who provides expertise in employers’ liability claims, and the β€˜committed’ chartered legal executive Katie Russell. Jonathan Clement joined from Thomson Snell & Passmore.

The personal injury team at Blaser Mills in High Wycombe and Staines β€˜offers a fantastic, friendly service’ while it β€˜consistently manages to achieve excellent results’ in head, brain and spinal injury cases caused by slips, trips as well as road traffic and work accidents. The team is made up of β€˜experienced and determined litigators’, such as the β€˜tactically aware’ practice lead Dave Matthews, the β€˜thorough’ brain injury consultant Nicola Heales, who is also β€˜knowledgeable, professional and sympathetic’ and β€˜reacts in a timely manner’, and the β€˜hardworking’ chartered legal executive Andrew Castle.

Coffin Mew LLP is recommended as β€˜very strong’ and β€˜competitive’ in personal injury cases, with team lead and brain injury specialist Sue Bowler’s abilities as a β€˜great tactician and litigator’. Bowler β€˜puts a huge amount of work into obtaining and marshalling complex expert evidence’ and β€˜demonstrates excellent communication skills’. She is supported by solicitors Chris Unsworth (whose expertise lies in asbestos-related claims) and Tan Jaff, the latter of whom joined in August 2016 from Miya Solicitors. A recent highlight for Bowler was the representation of Phillip Eaglesham against the Ministry of Defence regarding his contraction of Q Fever Chronic Fatigue Syndrome while serving as a Royal Marine commando corporal in Afghanistan.

In summer 2016, Dean Wilson LLP in Brighton welcomed the β€˜efficient and up-to-speed’ personal injury team of Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP, which increased the firm’s coverage of brain, spinal cord and eye injury as well as amputation cases. The β€˜driven’ team lead Frances Pierce focuses on brain injuries and provides β€˜a professional, yet personal client care’ with β€˜excellent tactical acumen and knowledge’. Associate solicitor and β€˜highly effective litigator’ Alex Brown β€˜has acquired knowledge and experience of severe brain injury cases well beyond his years and brings enthusiasm to his work’. Junior executive Ben Davey is recommended for his β€˜attention to detail’. Pierce and Brown recently settled a road traffic accident matter regarding the cause of the claimant’s brain injury worth Β£3.5m.

Freeths LLP’s personal injury practice is β€˜a very smartly run outfit’ that is β€˜very reactive to clients’ needs’ and β€˜forward looking in terms of case preparation’. The team engages in brain injury, fatal injury, employers’ liability and cycling claims. Overall team lead Paul Chadder in Oxford is β€˜quietly confident, sensible and thorough’, while senior associate and head of claimant personal injury Irvin Thobourne is described as β€˜highly competent’, β€˜always being on the front foot of a case’ and possessive of β€˜sound judgement’. Thobourne also brings experience in motor claims involving amputations and public liability matters.

The personal injury team at Nockolds Solicitors in Bishop’s Stortford is led by Jennie Jones, who handles both multi- and fast-track claims, including fatal matters, claims involving the Motors Insurers’ Bureau and other road traffic accidents. Senior associate Yasmin Ameer, who joined from Barr Ellison LLP in May 2016, is experienced in brain and spinal injuries and also acts as a Court of Protection deputy.

The clinical negligence team at Penningtons Manches LLP in Guildford β€˜has a deep expertise and understanding of high-value and catastrophic personal injury cases’ in the fields of road traffic accidents, fatal claims as well as employers’ and public liability. Other areas of work are product liability and claims for injuries sustained abroad (led by travel law expert Mark Lee). The β€˜outstanding, unflappable and pleasant’ Philippa Luscombe leads the practice and β€˜has both an eye for detail and sound judgement’, focusing on brain and fatal injuries. She is supported by senior associates Charles O’Brien and Lucie Prothero.

Shoosmiths LLP in Basingstoke impresses with an β€˜excellent level of service, quick response times and a high level of industry knowledge’ in personal injury and β€˜always puts the client first, striving to achieve the best result with care and compassion’. The team handles spinal cord, brain injury, amputation, severe burns and occupational upper-limb disorder cases, as well as cases involving psychological trauma, work-related stress (also in relation to the armed forces) and bullying. The team is also β€˜backed with the strong resources of a nationwide firm, which means that no stone is left unturned in an investigation’. Practice lead Rose Donoghue β€˜provides concise and clear instructions’ and β€˜takes care in dealing with clients and works hard to ensure the needs and expectations are dealt with properly’. Other notable members are senior associate Paul Ashurst, who also brings experience in chronic pain condition claims, the β€˜experienced’ associate Stephanie Tracey, and Anjali Kanish, who β€˜has a particular tenacity when dealing with defendants’. Occupational disease specialist Garret Spring joined from NewLaw Solicitors in January 2016.

White Dalton Motorcycle Solicitors specialises in spinal cord, orthopaedic and brain injury cases, as well as amputation and fatal cases, following from motorcycling accidents, with some of the cases having a cross-border element. The team possesses expertise in niche areas relating to motorcycle injuries such as helmet ejection, CE body armour and the interpretation of damages to soft-skinned vehicles. Senior partner Andrew Dalton is β€˜very determined’ and β€˜cares for his clients’. His team in Aylesbury also includes managing partner Andrew Prendergast, senior associate Martyn Dey and solicitor Gavin Grewal.

In personal injury, Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors is β€˜extremely able, experienced and approachable’. Sheenagh Parsons’s team handles both national and international claims relating to road traffic accident, stress, bullying, product liability, industrial diseases and noise-induced hearing loss, work accidents and fatalities. Clients particularly recommend Joanne Westbrook and litigation executive Sebastian Jakubowski, who β€˜are sensitive to their clients’ requirements while providing an excellent service’; Jakubowski is also a fluent Polish speaker and thus supports Polish nationals who are UK residents with their claims. Solicitor Elaine Prewer developed a specialty in claims against the police regarding duty of care and liability.

The personal injury department at BTMK Solicitors in Southend-on-Sea engages in both multi- and fast-track claims stemming from work accidents, public liability and road traffic accidents. Managing director Alan Bacon, who works as a consultant in the team, has special expertise in brain injury, crime and abuse claims, while director Johanne Turner handles the practice operations and focuses on multi-track brain and maternity injuries. The directors are supported by senior solicitor Ruth Hemingway. In January 2016, solicitor Shefa Begum joined the firm in order to assist clients with fast-track claims such as cosmetic and dental surgery. The firm also offers deputyship in Court of Protection matters via other departments.

The personal injury team at Barlow Robbins LLP in Woking and Guildford is β€˜very effective, reliable and focused on client needs’ and β€˜has a very good grasp of medical concepts and can drill down onto the most important elements rapidly’. Woking-based team lead Caroline Flashman is β€˜vastly experienced’, β€˜gives sensible, practical advice’ and β€˜expertly handles insurers’. She focuses on ophthalmic and amputation cases as well as brain and spinal injuries. Helen Goatley in Guildford mostly handles fatal accident, inquest advocacy, multiple injuries and brain damage claims. Both Flashman and Goatley are able to act as deputies in Court of Protection matters. Senior associate Emma Potter is recommended for her β€˜dedication to clients’ and the β€˜great deal of energy and time that she invests in order to get the best results for her clients’. She specialises in road traffic and work-related accidents as well as chronic pain (such as complex regional pain syndrome) matters.

The personal injury department of Bennett Griffin & Partners is based in Worthing, Sussex and now consists of Amy Kenward and case worker Lindsey Ransley, the latter of whom arrived in April 2017 and spent the majority of her career until that point at Thomas Eggar (now Irwin Mitchell). While both handle road traffic accident, cyclist, motorcyclist, industrial disease, workplace accident and psychological claims, Kenward brings additional expertise in travel and multi-jurisdictional claims as well as chronic pain and sports injuries. The previous head of department, Toby Barrett, no longer works at the firm.

Birkett Long LLP’s personal injury department comprises associates Nadina Edmondson and Tracy England, who mainly handle road traffic accident, employers’ and public liability, occupational disease and fatal accident claims. Further expertise exists in brain and spinal injuries, as well as psychological and psychiatric cases. Edmondson, who β€˜provides an excellent service, keeps her clients informed and explains legal procedures’, represented a cyclist who sustained a fracture of the tibia on the left-hand side and of the shoulder on the right-hand side during a collision with a car in a claim worth Β£115,000 against RBS Insurance. The team is supported by other departments for Court of Protection deputyship and financial advice. The β€˜faultless’ England is recommended for her β€˜patience, helpfulness and responsiveness’; she possesses β€˜perfect business acumen and outstanding legal knowledge as well as sensitivity’ in relation to life-changing cases.

Clarkson Wright & Jakes in Orpington β€˜has an excellent and well-regarded personal injury team’. The β€˜astute and perceptive’ department lead David Greenhalgh β€˜has a wealth of experience in serious injury work’ and β€˜secures great results for his clients’. Together with his team, he focuses on work accidents, road traffic, trips and accidents in public places, fatal claims, occupational stress and harassment claims, travel and cross-border accidents as well as wrongful imprisonment, actions against the police and product liability claims. Also recommended is β€˜bold litigator’ Alex Wormald, who β€˜is happy to take on the challenges of a difficult case’, and associate Michelle Easton, who β€˜has a great rapport with clients and goes the extra mile’. Easton has further experience in industrial disease matters.

DMH Stallard LLP delivers β€˜a professional, friendly and informative legal service’ in personal injury with β€˜speed and focus on the customer’ and by β€˜being persistent, hiring experts and keeping the client fully informed’. Team lead Tessa Grayson has the β€˜ability to empathise with her clients while also delivering some fantastic outcomes in the work she conducts for them’, such as employers’, occupiers’ and public liability, road traffic accidents, criminal injury and product liability matters. Grayson is supported by two legal executives: Julie Payne and the β€˜enormously helpful’ Catherine Smith. Recent highlights include the representation of a shop assistant against her employer seeking to claim support after sustaining both physical and psychological injuries during a robbery at the shop. Together with Smith, Grayson also advised a pedestrian who injured his ankle due to icy conditions on a footbridge, which had not been maintained during winter.

In personal injury, the β€˜excellent and well-respected firm’ Furley Page Solicitors ensures a β€˜trouble-free service and genuine client care’. Team lead Neille Ryan works out of the Canterbury and Thames Gateway offices and β€˜has wide-ranging experience in personal injury law, covering the more usual cases as well as niche and cross-over areas such as abuse and state-failing claims’. Both he and chartered legal executive Ross Rowland are β€˜easy to deal with, polite and civil’. The lawyers handle industrial disease claims as well as road traffic accidents, slips and trips, work accidents, injuries involving animals, product liability, occupiers’ liability, accidents at sea and Human Rights Act claims. Chartered legal executive Robert Harvey brings additional experience in holiday claims and sports injuries. He represented a painter and decorator who fell off a defectively positioned ladder which did not have a risk assessment undertaken; the case settled for Β£485,000. Harvey also advised a claimant on a liability claim against a food company involving one of its soup products.

Gardner Leader LLP’s personal injury practice is based in Newbury and Maidenhead and has developed niche experience in transport accidents, including railway (e.g. the Ladbroke Grove rail crash) and aviation disasters (e.g. helicopter crashes in Afghanistan), for which the lawyers act for claimants at inquests. Team lead Alastair Goggins represented a claimant who sustained nerve damage in her neck and shoulder as well as constant pain during her work with adolescents who have learning difficulties; the matter settled for Β£50,000. Andrew Shipp, who became an associate in July 2016, undertook a case worth up to Β£75,000, where the claimant was injured by a motorcycle which did not stop at a pedestrian crossing and ran over her foot, leading to both psychological symptoms and deep corns in her feet. Senior associates Judith Rountree and Tara McInnes are other key lawyers in the team.

The personal injury department of Griffith Smith Farrington Webb LLP in Brighton is led by Jennifer Ray. The practice is known for its experience in fatal accident, brain injury and claims involving children. Ray’s recent cases include a substantial loss of earnings claim concerning a 14-year-old who had been struck in the eye by a golf ball and sustained considerable visual impairment as well as a Β£85,000 matter for a claimant whose husband died as a cyclist in a road traffic accident. Ray also handled a work accident claim regarding the collapse of a parasol where the claimant injured her head and now suffers from post-concussion migraines, positional vertigo and hyperacusis.

The personal injury team at Hart Brown in Guildford mostly handles road traffic accident claims, but Marek Bednarczyk also has experience in other multiple injury cases and public liability matters, while associate solicitor Gerard Sanders undertakes employers’ liability claims, orthopaedic injury cases and matters concerning the Motor Insurers’ Bureau. Team lead Paul Grimwood also offers deputyship support in the Court of Protection, particularly in relation to severe brain injuries. Sanders represented a claimant who had sustained a head injury and multiple fractures in a road traffic accident against the negligent driver and his insurers; the matter contained two hearings at the Court of Appeal and an application to the Supreme Court before being settled at a round table meeting for a sum in the low millions.

Healys is a β€˜power player in Brighton’ and has β€˜a solid reputation in the personal injury field’ for β€˜keeping clients informed at every step and explaining small details properly’. The team, led by Trevor Henley, who β€˜is not intimidated by the opposition and pushes to achieve better conditions’, undertakes work in serious injury, travel litigation and industrial disease (mesothelioma) claims. The β€˜knowledgeable and consummate’ managing partner Dino Skinner β€˜runs cases aggressively, but without needless provocation’ and has β€˜great tactical skill, instinct and judgement’; he specialises in fatal accident, cyclist, amputation and spinal injury claims. Skinner is also experienced in inquest hearings. The β€˜incredible’ Jonathan Austen-Jones has β€˜commendable attention to detail, industry knowledge and work ethic’ and focuses on motorcyclist accidents, traumatic brain injury cases and low velocity impact claims.

The β€˜thriving’ personal injury practice at Holmes & Hills is β€˜progressive and forward-thinking’, provides β€˜impeccable service with excellent knowledge and advice’ and β€˜looks after clients’. Team lead Jason Brady is β€˜calm and reassuring with clients’ and β€˜makes them feel safe and well-listened to’, engaging in matters relating to road traffic accidents, industrial disease, spinal injuries, amputations, brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. Also recommended is Dominic Graham, who has β€˜a customer-focused, friendly and professional approach to dealing with individual cases and concerns’. He specialises in employment cases, such as accidents at work and occupational diseases; the latter is also the focus of chartered legal executive Anna Watson. Christopher Livingston left the firm in November 2016.

Larcomes in Portsmouth and Waterlooville deals exclusively with asbestos (including pleural thickening, asbestosis and asbestos-related lung cancer) and mesothelioma claims, and provides a network of experts with in-depth knowledge about materials that contain asbestos. Richard Hopgood leads the team, which also consists of assistants Amanda-Jane Shackleton and Charlotte Cooper. He has particular experience with dockyard claims. Asbestos solicitor Michael Osborne joined from Moore Blatch LLP in May 2016. A recent highlight for Hopgood was the representation of a claimant who was employed in several management positions at a cement company from the 1950s to the 1980s and contracted mesothelioma; the case involved a large amount of research regarding the evidence of asbestos exposure and settled for Β£100,000. Osborne advised a client who had been working as an assistant quality surveyor in the 1960s on his risk claim to have been exposed to asbestos through the cutting and drilling of asbestos sheets by co-workers.

The personal injury department at Marsons Solicitors in Bromley delivers β€˜excellent service’, mainly in employment-related claims such as manual handling, workplace accidents (including the involvement of height), repetitive strain injuries and defective machinery or equipment. Tamsin Day is recommended for β€˜always being contactable, responding quickly to enquiries and keeping clients well informed’. Practice lead Beth King recently advised a driver regarding his back injury and related leak of cerebral spinal fluid claim caused by the attempt to lift a 140kg-heavy security cage for gas canisters. Day represented a claimant from Iran who sustained a brain injury and a shoulder fracture from a road traffic accident in Canterbury; the vehicle he was sitting in had been driven by a German national and it was also registered and insured in Germany, which raised jurisdictional issues.

In 2016, Morrisons Solicitors LLP’s personal injury department in Wimbledon separated itself from the dispute resolution practice. Team lead Kathy Fitzgerald, who became a partner in May 2016, also has a medical background as a nurse and midwife and handles matters relating to brain injury, amputation, spinal injury and visual impairment. She is supported by senior associate Peregrine Lavington.

Pictons Solicitors LLP’s personal injury department consists of the head of dispute resolution, associate Deborah Saini and solicitor Sue Michael. Saini handles road traffic accidents, slips and trips, international claims (such as holiday accidents), product liability claims, accidents involving animals, and criminal and fatal claims. She also undertakes lower-value matters, including those involving failed beauty and hairdressing treatments. Michael specialises in representing victims of traumatic injury as well as physical and sexual abuse. The team is based in Luton.

The β€˜professional and knowledgeable firm’ Pinney Talfourd LLP is β€˜excellent for asbestos litigation’ and impresses with β€˜near immediate response times and giving clients confidence and therefore taking the pressure away from them’. The β€˜honest and helpful’ Hornchurch-based practice head Stephen Green is a β€˜splendid personal injury lawyer with good judgement, sound tactics as well as fantastic people and negotiation skills’. While he also handles motorcycle, workplace accidents and public liability claims, clients are particularly impressed by his β€˜thoroughness and experience in asbestos cases’. Green represented a claimant in dependency claim after her partner had passed away from mesothelioma. Apart from liability insurance issues, the matter contained further complexity due to the fact that the partners had not been married and the deceased had died without a will.

T G Baynes’s personal injury practice in Bexleyheath β€˜provides excellent service to the client and keeps cases running smoothly’. The claims team handles lower-value accidents, while the multi-track team takes on serious injury claims, including spinal and brain injuries, road traffic and occupational accidents, trips and slips and industrial disease claims. In 2016, the department expanded its work to holiday travel claims. Additionally, the firm is able to offer rehabilitation support through a network of chiropractors and osteopaths. The key lawyers are practice lead Michael Clark and the β€˜outstanding’ travel and criminal injury compensation claims partner Nadeem Sarwar. Solicitors Hayley Wheatley and Pavandeep Gill provide expertise in mental health, fatal accidents, amputations and post-traumatic stress disorder claims. Clients further recommend chartered legal executive Laura Sparrow, who β€˜has a very good feel for the strengths and weaknesses of a case and uses this information to bring the claim to the best possible conclusion’.

Tees Law is β€˜a very efficient and dedicated firm which provides a fantastic service to its clients’, handling public and employers’ liability claims (which also include work-related stress, industrial disease matters and claims against the Ministry of Defence) as well as road traffic accidents, fatal claims and historical sexual abuse cases. The β€˜tenacious’ David Jacobs in Bishop’s Stortford is the key contact in the South East region and β€˜has fantastic judgement and a great rapport with his clients’. Jacobs represented a soldier who was requested to go out on patrol and carry items with a weight over 100kg despite having sustained an injury to his right medial meniscus during training and being medically downgraded. He consequently injured his knee during an attack and also developed a psychological condition after his return to the UK. He also advised a teacher on his claim regarding the termination of his employment after he developed a psychological injury (anxiety and depression) due to work-related stress.

Thompson Smith and Puxon’s personal injury team in Colchester handles occupational and road traffic accidents as well as defective product, repetitive strain injury, psychiatric shock, and slipping and tripping claims. Practice lead Steve Webb also brings expertise in brain injury matters, while associate solicitor Clare Sheeran handles criminal and public liability claims and solicitor Sam Welham specialises in cases relating to occupational stress.

The personal injury department at Woodfines LLP in Bedford handles road traffic accident, work accident and public liability claims, including crime and assault. Keith Jones leads the department, which also includes solicitors Lynne Quarmby and Hannah Young.

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β€˜Top-flight firm’ BLM provides β€˜sound expertise at every level’ and, despite losing eight personal injury lawyers to Keoghs LLP in 2016, has a team of 11 partners and 70 other lawyers. Andrew Hibbert, Andrew Williamson and motor claim expert Nick Rogers (β€˜very cool under fire’) are the joint heads of the β€˜highly proficient’ team. Hibbert, who β€˜has a wealth of knowledge and forges good relationships with policy and other stakeholders’, focuses on brain and spinal injury as well as amputations and fatal accident claims. Williamson is recommended for β€˜leaving nothing to chance during preparation of evidence’, taking on claims relating to road traffic accidents employers’ and public liability and also representing clients at inquests. Other names to note are office head and brain injury lawyer Joe Wakeford, associate Scott Insley, who also handles multi-jurisdictional matters, and head of industrial diseases Andrew West. Cerebral palsy lawyer Stephanie Castell was promoted to partner and associate solicitor Gus Peake joined from Coffin Mew LLP in 2016. Recent highlights include Rogers’ representation of RiverStone Insurance in repudiation of a road traffic accident claim against an unidentified and uninsured person who stole the claimant’s car after he had given them permission of use. West acted for NIG in an industrial disease claim. Direct Line Group, Equity, Aviva and Allianz are also active clients.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s personal injury team is based in Winchester and handles public and employers’ liability as well as road traffic accident claims for insurers. Department lead Duncan Rutter, Lea Brocklebank and senior associate Geoff Lee are the key contacts. They have experience in brain and orthopaedic injuries, paraplexis, occupational stress as well as cross-border matters. Regular clients include Allianz Insurance, the Ministry of Defence, AXA, Insure the Box, Liberty and Aviva.

The personal injury practice of Kennedys in Chelmsford undertakes work regarding motor, employers’ and public liability, disease, product liability and fatal claims. Team lead Andrew Caplan focuses on claims of historical physical and sexual abuse and catastrophic injury, while Richard West handles spinal, brain and psychiatric injuries as well as chronic regional pain syndrome. Senior associate Thom Lumley has experience in insurance liability and advising on risk management policies in combination with serious injuries, while John Bucklow specialises in matters involving the military. Keith Gaston joined from Gaston Whybrew in December 2016. The team has acted for clients such as Transport for London, Virgin Holidays, Allianz, several London boroughs and Vodafone.

The personal injury department of Keoghs LLP in Southampton was newly formed in July 2016 with the arrival of several partners from BLM. The team acts for insurers, government bodies and corporations against fraud, motor, liability, large loss and disease claims relating to catastrophic injury and health and safety. Team lead Michael Renshaw handles motor, employers’ and public liability claims involving amputation, paralysis, brain and spinal injury as well as multi-jurisdictional issues. Together with Rachel Coombs, he represented a taxi insurer in an Β£8.3m claim regarding a student who fell into a six-months long coma and sustained a severe brain injury after being hit by a taxi while crossing a road. Other notable team members include motor accident specialist Matthew Perkins, who has taken on one of the largest amputation claims ever pleaded for client LV=, Sarah Parker, who specialises in brain injuries in children, and amputation and prosthetic rehabilitation specialist Stuart Giddings. Allianz, CovΓ©a, esure, Zurich and Government Procurement Services are active clients.

DWF’s personal injury practice in Milton Keynes handles catastrophic injury, amputation and fatality claims arising from motor accidents, as well as occupational health and large loss claims in general. Business development partner Charles Ashmore heads the team, which also includes brain and spinal injury lawyer Tanja Neuhoff. Neuhoff focuses on employers’ and public liability as well as workplace and road traffic accidents. Aviva, Ageas, CovΓ©a and Tesco Insurance are among the firm’s clients.

The personal injury defence team at Trethowans LLP is β€˜very strong all round and valued for its high-quality legal services offered at competitive rates’ and has β€˜a tremendous reputation in the south of England’. The team is also recommended for its β€˜promptness and efficiency’ and β€˜expertise in cross-border claims’. The primary areas of focus are road traffic accidents and matters involving animals. Practice lead Kelvin Farmaner, who β€˜can always be relied upon to provide a constructive and analytical approach’, has β€˜a knowledge of costs that is second to none’ and is a β€˜logical choice for self-insuring businesses’. The β€˜realistic’ Bethany Blamire is β€˜quick to grasp the issues in even the most specialist technical matters’ and has experience in the niche area of β€˜agricultural accidents’. She is also recommended for β€˜consistently developing and maintaining relationships with lay clients which puts insurers in a strong position’. Farmaner advised Cornish Mutual regarding a motor accident between the policyholder’s parked vehicle and a motorcycle resulting in fractures and knee replacements; the claim involved the question of whether a parked vehicle should display parking lights as well as a number regulations from the Highway Code. A recent highlight for Blamire was the representation of Generali Belgium in a quantum dispute relating to a road traffic accident involving a Belgian driver and vehicle in the UK. Blamire was recently made partner, while the β€˜knowledgeable and accessible’ health and safety expert Sarah Wheadon joined from Paris Smith LLP in February 2016.

The β€˜very capable and experienced’ personal injury practice of Weightmans LLP in Dartford offers β€˜very good response times and rates that are good value for money’. Team lead Karyn Brannigan focuses on liability claims against employers and in public spaces and is β€˜always on the legal pulse in this area of law’. Both Brannagan and β€˜relentless litigator’ Fiona East, who has particular expertise in product liability cases, β€˜always provide over and above what is required by being on call for advice at any time’ and β€˜their knowledge is second to none’. Clients further recommend Jonathan Shaer for having β€˜a very good handle on mesothelioma claims’ and Mark Brenlund for β€˜considering cases and their intrinsic issues from every angle’. Shaer also takes on other occupational matters, such as vibration injuries, skin disease, stress and hearing loss as well as child abuse cases, while Tom Challis mainly acts for local authorities and housing associations. Recent highlights include Brenlund’s successful settlement for Tokio Marine HCC Underwriting Agency of a head injury claim by an employee who worked on a building site. Brannigan supported Zurich Global Corporate in a loss-of-earnings claim submitted by a lift engineer who almost fell down a shaft and developed a psychological injury which meant he could no longer work in his profession; Brannigan achieved a reduced settlement amount. Surrey Police is another active client of Brenlund’s.

The personal injury practice at Freeths LLP in Oxford takes on liability matters involving employment, products and injuries occurring in public places, as well as industrial, motor, and health and safety claims. The β€˜sensible’ team lead Paul Chadder is supported by β€˜shrewd’ assistant solicitor Matthew Bacon, Amy Barnett and senior associate and road traffic accident specialist Irvin Thobourne. Chadder and Bacon represented Vesuvius against a claim regarding the development of respiratory problems and hysterical pseudo dementia by a site employee who claims his injuries were caused by exposure to cement dust and welding fumes. They also supported a director of Novae Syndicates regarding a breach of the Health and Safety At Work Act 1974 which caused an employee to be injured. XL Catlin, BMW, Zurich and AmTrust are also active clients.

Pitmans LLP’s personal injury practice focuses on motor, employers’ and public liability and industrial disease claims. The Reading-based Ferhat Choudri heads the team.

Regarding personal injury, BC Legal in Southend-on-Sea deals exclusively with occupational disease claims. Founding partner Boris Cetnik represents insurers, corporate clients, local authorities, NHS Trusts and other defendants in this area, while Charlotte Owen and office head Ashley Collins have a particular focus on noise-induced hearing loss and acoustic shock claims. Solicitor Alexander Buchanan handles short-tail claims such as work-related upper limb disorders, cumulative back injuries, occupational asthma, dermatitis, stress and zoonoses. Other team members include solicitor Cresce Stokes, who has developed niche expertise in carpal tunnel syndrome cases, and Katie Brook, who also advises on asbestosis and pleural thickening matters.

The personal injury department of Ellisons Solicitors is based in Colchester and is headed by catastrophic injury lawyer Robert Jones, who mainly handles spinal cord, amputation and brain injury claims. Louise Bland specialises in motor claims, coverage advice and agreements with the Motor Insurers’ Bureau. Other areas of work for the team include employers’ and public liability claims as well as chronic pain syndrome cases. Associate Natalie Simpkins is another name to note. Previous clients include Markerstudy Insurance Company, Liberty Syndicate Management, Zenith Insurance and Metroline.

The Sussex-based firm Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP focuses on advising insurance, travel and public sector clients regarding personal injury and fatal claims and has specific experience in the fire service and water industry. While solicitor Miranda Jenkins also supports clients in the public sector, practice lead Lee Hills and solicitor Carmen Calvo-Couto specialise in travel claims, particularly regarding the involvement of Spanish-speaking countries. Active clients in this area include Olympic Holidays, Viking River Cruises, AJP Loss Adjusting and Companhia De Seguros Fidelidade Mundial. Michael Mulcare joined Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP.

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According to clients, Bond Dickinson LLP fields a team of β€˜industry experts’ that β€˜provides the full package – commerciality, regional offices and competitive rates’, and which is praised for its β€˜ability to understand the specific business needs of each client and take them into consideration when offering advice’. The practice covers the full spectrum of professional risks, including surveyor, engineer, accountant, barrister and estate agent liability, and also regularly advises on director and officer-related matters and cyber risks. Leading figures include the β€˜highly experienced’ James Robins, who provides β€˜pragmatic advice’ and specialises in professional indemnity insurance matters; Justin Tivey, who has extensive experience handling negligence matters involving solicitors, and also advises on cyber risks in the insurance sector; and Australia-qualified Belinda Fox, who defends accountants, surveyors, brokers and construction professionals in high-profile disputes. In a recent highlight, Robins and Fox acted for Countrywide Surveyors in a claim brought by Webb Resolutions regarding an alleged overvaluation of a residential property, where the firm successfully secured liability for the client’s costs following abandoned High Court proceedings. Other notable clients include AIG Europe, Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund, Partner Re and Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Clyde & Co LLP provides a β€˜City-quality service at very reasonable rates’, dealing with cases involving all major professions including accountants, lawyers, real estate consultants and IT and TMT professionals, along with a number of emerging professions such as aircraft inspectors, carer suppliers and auctioneers. Tony Nurse-Marsh heads the regional professional indemnity practice and advises on claims in relations to solicitors, financial consultants and other professionals; he also has notable expertise in cases related to fire damage. Other key practitioners include Clive Brett (β€˜vastly experienced with excellent judgement’), who has extensive expertise in matters of policy coverage and acting for solicitors in regulatory investigations; Jim Taylor, who advises on claims and coverage disputes across both traditional and emerging professions; and Katherine Gregory, who has notable expertise in construction-related professional indemnity. Philip Evans is also a name to note; his practice focuses on accountants, engineers and management consultants, often in relation to fraudulent transactions.

Cripps LLP’s β€˜highly regarded’ practice is β€˜one of the leading departments for claimant professional liability work’. The team is known for its expertise in property and finance-related cases, and also receives a strong flow of claims related to solicitor, surveyor, accountant and architect negligence. In a recent highlight, the firm acted for the plaintiffs in a case against EAR Sheppard, a structural and civil engineer consultancy company, which related to advice provided prior to a purchase of residential premises where the property had to be demolished due to defects not advised upon by the defendant. The firm successfully secured full damages and indemnity costs on behalf of the client. Russell Simpson heads the practice and is β€˜well regarded in the market’, with significant expertise in complex professional negligence cases. Associate David Morgan is β€˜very sympathetic, and has an easy-going manner when dealing with clients’. Also recommended are Gemma Pearmain, who β€˜takes a practical approach to all her cases’, and Nitej Davda, who is the name to note for property and construction-related disputes.

Dentons is β€˜highly experienced in all aspects of construction and engineering disputes’; the team β€˜is able to manage fact-heavy cases with ease, responding quickly to all client queries and dealing efficiently with aggressive tactics from opponents’. Clients include a strong base in the financial services space including Allied Irish Bank, The Co-Operative Bank and Barclays. Tim Constable (a β€˜fine litigator’ who is β€˜able to cut through complex issues without difficulty’ and β€˜understands the value of taking a forensic and reasoned approach to problems’) represented Barclays in a matter concerning a negligent valuation of several commercial properties; he successfully secured a deduction in damages for contributory negligence. In another work highlight, the β€˜formidable’ James Fairbairn represented Haringey Council in a Β£7m professional negligence claim against NPS Property Consultants for negligent design and contract administration with regards to the extension of a primary school. Helen Simpson heads the commercial disputes department, and frequently represents individuals, corporates, lenders and insurers in high-value professional negligence claims.

Blake Morgan LLP continues to handle a strong flow of claims in relation to property professionals, and has also acted in claims in specialist areas such as insurance, employment, financial institutions and medical negligence. Other areas of expertise include claims on behalf of lenders, and cases related to complex pension schemes, inadequate tax planning and financial advice and trusts and regulatory matters. Richard Portlock heads the practice, and has notable experience handling cases involving solicitors, property professionals, insurance brokers and financial and pension industry advisers; his client base includes a mix of insurers, corporate companies, trustees and individuals. Senior associate Karl Cameron acts for SMEs, individuals and mortgage lenders on a range of high value claims, and advising institutional clients on risk and policy coverage issues.

Freeths LLP has β€˜a very good depth of knowledge in the area of professional negligence and the difficulties that can arise with various parties’. The team handles a mix of claimant and defendant matters in the financial and property sectors, and also has strong expertise in emerging professions and D&O liability insurance. In a recent highlight, the firm represented Travelers International Insurance Company in two related solicitors negligence claims regarding property transactions, successfully securing a favourable summary judgment with costs; it also represented the client in a case arising from a decision not to pursue a claim against an NHS Trust. Practice head Duncan Crine has β€˜a cool head’ and β€˜is a class act’. He is ably assisted by Sarah Foster, who specialises in probate disputes and regularly handles claims against local authority employees; Clare Bellis, who is β€˜a strong, sensible and capable litigator’ with significant property litigation expertise; and Angela Bowman, who specialises in probate and charity-related claims.

The β€˜solid team’ at Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP acts primarily on the claimant side, and has significant experience handling financial mis-selling claims. The firm’s client base ranges from Plcs to individual professionals, and the team works closely with its property litigation and dispute resolution departments to handle claims against solicitors, surveyors, accountants and architects. Recent work includes acting for two individuals in a dispute regarding complex garden design, construction work and structural landscaping, where the architectural design was found to be structurally flawed. Key figure Karim Mohamed is β€˜a reassuring presence for clients’, β€˜has formidable and tactical approaches to litigation’, and is β€˜particularly good at financial services claims and claims against lawyers’. Helen Bell is β€˜a strong presence in the team, particularly in property-related matters where she is extremely knowledgeable’. Barry Davis is the key name to note in the Eastbourne office.

The β€˜honest, hardworking and knowledgeable’ group at Simpson Millar LLP β€˜genuinely puts the interests of clients above its own’ and β€˜is very good at instilling confidence’. The firm regularly advises on complex and high-value claims against solicitors, accountants, surveyors and architects. The β€˜excellent’ Andrea Rasmussen heads the department, and is β€˜great at working closely with counsel and experts to quickly identify the strengths and weaknesses in a claim, and to develop an appropriate and effective strategy’.

The β€˜well-led team’ at Barlow Robbins LLP is β€˜particularly strong in acting for high-net-worth individual in claims against banks and claims against negligent trustees’. The group is β€˜able to give clear and consistent support whenever there is a lack of clarity in the legal issues’. In a recent highlight, the firm represented the parents of a baby diagnosed with spinal muscular dystrophy, where the hospital applied to withdraw treatment from the child. The β€˜technically sound’ David Foster also acted for the daughter of a financier on probate matters and will validity, a matter totalling Β£50m in value. Other leading figures include Esther Millard, who has β€˜a real understanding of how professional indemnity matters interplay with the underlying subject matter’; Scott Taylor, who is β€˜particularly good in probate and trust disputes involving professional negligence’; and Lisa Green, who β€˜makes every effort to ensure that her clients achieve the best possible outcomes’. Simon Fulford handles professional negligence claims with a property angle.

Charles Russell Speechlys LLP’s β€˜excellent practice’ is β€˜particularly good on the private client side of disputes’, acting for a range of claimants in actions against solicitors, accountants, financial advisers and construction professionals. Stephen Burns predominantly handles business disputes, and also has substantial experience in the technology, telecoms and healthcare sectors. David Savage is β€˜the kind of litigator you want on your side – good with the law, a fantastic thinker and able to engage in commercial bargaining with the other side’; he is noted for his expertise in construction-related claims. Senior associate Andrew Keeley is the other key figure, regularly handling negligence claims against architects, quantity surveyors and engineers. Active clients include Cancer Research UK, the Royal National Institute of Blind People, and Zenium Technology Partners.

Moore Blatch LLP has significant expertise handling complex group actions arising from secured lending, and retains a strong base of lender clients. The firm also advises on actions against solicitors, valuers, high street banks and public bodies, and has strong experience across the construction, professional services, real estate and financial sectors. Recent work includes acting for an individual in a claim for losses arising from negligent advice from former solicitors who had advised the client on complex divorce proceedings. It also represented various football leagues in a Β£6m claim concerning a negligent valuation of a business. Key practitioners include Mark Osgood, who is noted for his expertise in actions arising from tax mitigation schemes and insolvency, and Rob Evans, who handles financial mis-selling claims.

Stevens & Bolton LLP advises on claims against firms of solicitors, accountants, surveyors and tax advisers, and has significant experience in the construction and engineering sectors. Highlights have included advising on a claim against solicitors when a sale and purchase agreement failed to reflect the agreed terms; advising on a claim against an investment bank in relation to transfer of savings to an offshore trust; and handling a claim against an accountant firm in relation to negligent audits. Dispute resolution partner Andrew Quick is the name to note.

Specialist claimant firm Thomson Snell & Passmore is β€˜extremely good on all fronts’, and is β€˜able to tackle major defence-oriented firms habitually retained by insurers on equal terms’. The firm has notable expertise handling claims against solicitors, and acts for businesses and private individuals in compensation recovery for a range of matters, including residential property purchases, land development, divorce and ancillary relief proceedings. In a recent highlight, the team acted for an individual in a claim against solicitors regarding failure to issue an inheritance to an autistic child. The β€˜tenacious and determined’ Nicholas Horton heads the practice, which includes Julie Gabay and Mark Steggles.

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