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Clinical negligence: claimant

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The team at BL Claims Solicitors is led by John White, who attracts praise for his ‘instinct for identifying and exploiting the weaknesses in the other side’s case’, and includes the ‘tenacious’ Kym Provan, who is ‘an excellent litigator’.

Susan Brown heads the team at Boyes Turner and specialises in high-value brain injury claims against NHS Trusts. Adrian Desmond is also recommended.

At Coffin Mew LLP, newly promoted partner Douglas Miller and Sue Bowler focus on complex brain injury and neonatal cases. The group is representing Rachael Robinson in a £3m claim arising from a cerebral palsy injury.

Freeths’ team is led by the ‘hugely experiencedCecily Cameron, whose knowledge is ‘second to none’. ‘Experienced partnerCarolyn Lowe is noted for her ‘good common sense’ and handling of neurological and fatality claims.

At Knights Professional Services Limited, the ‘hardworking’ and ‘well-respected’ Helen Niebuhr has ‘bags of experience and excellent judgement’. Newly promoted partner Jonathan Phillips is ‘sympathetic with clients and tough with opponents’.

Tim Spring heads the ‘assiduous’ team at Moore Blatch LLP, which handles claims arising from infectious neurological diseases and rare endocrinological conditions.

The ‘superb’ team at Penningtons Manches LLP includes the ‘outstandingPhilippa Luscombe and Alison Appelboam-Meadows, whom clients praise for their ‘extensive expertise’ and ‘robust and clear’ advice.

The ‘exceptionalDenise Stephens at Shoosmiths LLP attracts praise for her ‘determination to achieve the very best for her clients’, and for her track record in seven-figure birth injury claims.

Thomson Snell & Passmore’s knowledge spans complex surgical to obstetric injury claims. The ‘solid and approachableteam includes Patricia Fearnley, Graham Bell and Fiona Mills.

The ‘knowledgeable, dependable and competent’ team at Royds Withy King is led by ‘astute strategistRichard Coleman and includes Tracy Norris-Evans, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable and committed to her clients’.

Madeline Seibert leads Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors’ team, which handles claims and inquests arising from negligence in psychiatric health units.

The ‘vastly experiencedHelen Goatley at Barlow Robbins LLP is noted for her ‘well-tailored’ advice. Caroline Flashman ‘goes that extra mile for her clients’.

Irwin Mitchell’s team was bolstered by its merger with Thomas Eggar LLP and the recruitment of Justine Spencer, who specialises in birth injury cases, from Penningtons Manches LLP.

At Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP the ‘excellent’ Melanie Minter is praised for her expertise in birth injury claims, particularly concerning cerebral palsy.

Nicola Mooney and Shurouk Al-Sabbagh at McMillan Williams are renowned for their experience in surgical, obstetric and paediatric injury cases. Jacqui Hayat joined the team from Slater and Gordon.

Thompson Smith and Puxon’s team is led by Julian Wilson. Its offering includes managing claims and inquests against psychiatric health practitioners and institutions.

At Trethowans LLPClare Carter has a ‘sharp legal mind’ and is noted for her ‘meticulous’ attention to detail. The team acts against primary care practitioners as well as NHS Trusts.

Clinical negligence: defendant

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Key figures at Brachers include the ‘extremely thorough and tenacious’ Kelly Ratcliffe and Scott Alexander, and John Sheath, who attracts praise for his ‘clear judgement and good tactical skills’.

Clients of DAC Beachcroft LLP include NHS Litigation Authority, The Medical Defence Union and Marketform. Practice head Matthew McGrath and Heather Durston-Hillyer are recommended.

Joe Wakeford leads the practice at BLM, which defends NHS Trusts against high-value claims arising from injuries of maximum severity. The group has acted in several multi-agency inquests.

Gordons Partnership LLP’s three-partner team defends medical practitioners against multimillion-pound claims. Charles Atkins has expertise in spinal injury cases, and Iain Pickering and Alison Harden are well versed in general practice and surgery claims.

Personal injury: claimant

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A leader in the field’, BL Claims Solicitors specialises in areas from industrial diseases through to child abuse claims. The ‘outstanding’ David Healy has ‘a wealth of experience and sound technical skills’. James Wood, a former partner at LB Claims, joined as a senior associate.

The specialist industrial diseases team at Boyes Turner, led by Kim Smerdon and Adrian Desmond, is ‘hugely experienced and well-respected in mesothelioma claims’. Smerdon also heads the dedicated personal injury group, which acts for children and adults who have suffered catastrophic injuries.

The group at Collins Solicitors is noted for its ability to ‘take on unusual, difficult or complex cases and run them exceptionally well’. The ‘exceptionalDes Collins and Danielle Holliday are ‘tenacious fighters’.

The ‘outstanding’ team at Irwin Mitchell includes Claire Howard, who is a ‘formidable advocate’ and ‘consistently delivers an excellent service’. The group specialises in high-value, life-changing injury claims.

Moore Blatch LLP’s ‘thriving and dynamic’ team represents clients in expert-heavy proceedings. Catastrophic injury claims specialist Ciaran McCabe is ‘a tough negotiator who gets results’. Damian Horan is ‘a remarkable innovator in litigation, who accepts and wins difficult cases’.

Jonathan Clement at Thomson Snell & Passmore is ‘an astute and passionate litigator with expertise in serious brain injury and sport injury cases; he knows the law inside out’. The team achieves ‘spectacular results’ in the most complex catastrophic injury claims.

At Royds Withy King, Tracy Norris-Evans is renowned for brain injury and paediatric work, and ‘shrewd lawyer and tacticianRichard Brooks specialises in claims involving animals. Also recommended are Ian Carrier, who is adept in spinal injury claims; and Helen Childs, who leads the industrial diseases practice.

The team at asb law LLP is led by the ‘highly collaborativeFrancis Lacy Scott, who is ‘one of the best brain injury lawyers in the country’.

Tony Tollinton leads the practice at Blaser Mills, which acts for severely injured claimants in multi-defendant claims.

Jonathan Rees at Brethertons LLP is noted for his track record in spinal and brain injury claims.

Coffin Mew LLP’s practice specialises in catastrophic brain injury claims. Sue Bowler leads the team.

The team at Freeths is led by the ‘organised, efficient and thoroughPaul Chadder and handles the full range of PI matters, including RTA, travel and sports claims.

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) has expertise in managing child abuse and brain injury cases. Malcolm Underhill is a key contact.

Penningtons Manches LLP’s practice is led by the well-regarded Philippa Luscombe. Recent work includes high-value catastrophic and fatality cases in England and abroad.

The ‘small but highly impressive outfit’ at Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP attracts praise for achieving ‘excellent’ outcomes for seriously injured claimants. Frances Pierce joined Dean Wilson LLP in September 2016.

Rose Donoghue heads Shoosmiths LLP’s practice, which acts for victims of serious and catastrophic RTAs and accidents at work.

Simpson Millar LLP acquired Colemans-ctts in 2015, bringing with it Claire Roantree and Nolan Mortimer, who are ‘experts in travel law’ and related claims.

The ‘modern and progressive’ team at Trethowans LLPleaves no stone unturned’ and ‘achieves tremendous results’. Chris Whiteleycuts through to the bone of a case’ and is recommended alongside Gavin Lane, who has ‘outstanding knowledge of catastrophic work’.

White Dalton Motorcycle Solicitors’ team attracts praise for its ‘focus and determination’ and ‘unrivalled experience dealing with claims brought by motorcyclists’. Andrew Dalton and senior associate Jo Readman are recommended.

Personal injury: defendant

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BLM’s ‘innovative and well-respected’ team regularly defends against catastrophic injury claims. Andrew Hibbert, Michael Renshaw and Nick Rogers are recommended.

Duncan Rutter heads the team at DAC Beachcroft LLP, which handles the full range of PI matters, from claims resulting from accidents at work through to sexual abuse and catastrophic injury, for insurers including Zurich, Allianz and AXA. Lea Brocklebank is recommended.

Kennedys is noted for its combination of ‘a careful focus on the detail of a case with the ability to see the wood for the trees’. Richard West heads the team, which includes Andrew Caplan, who attracts praise for his track record and sound judgement, and the ‘extremely capable and hardworking’ Thom Lumley.

In addition to DWF’s core focus on defending catastrophic injury and large loss claims, its practice also assists insurers with issues relating to occupational health and industrial diseases. Charles Ashmore and Tanja Neuhoff are key contacts.

The group at Weightmans LLP attracts praise for its ‘tenacity, expertise and robustness’. Highlights included retaining its position as a principal panel firm for Zurich and defending a range of claims for local authorities. Karyn Brannigan heads the practice, which includes the ‘pragmatic, knowledgeable’ and ‘tactically astuteMark Brenlund.

Paul Chadder at Freeths is ‘organised, efficient, thorough and good with clients’. The team specialises in claims ranging from employers’ and public liability through to product liability and industrial diseases.

The ‘excellent’ group at Pitmans LLP includes Ferhat Choudri, who is praised for his ‘technical expertise and market knowledge’.

Trethowans LLP is ‘an excellent and progressive firm’, which stands out for its ‘clear and strategic advice’ to foreign insurers. Kelvin Farmaner is ‘a robust but realistic negotiator’ who can ‘be relied upon to provide a constructive and analytical approach’.

Professional negligence

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Bond Dickinson LLP is best known for representing insurers and policy holders including AIG and Liberty Mutual. The Southampton team’s expertise covers a range of professional industries, with a longstanding track record in the property and legal sectors as well as more recent experience in the technology and cyber industries. James Robins, legal director Justin Tivey and managing associate Belinda Fox are the key names.

Clyde & Co LLP fields a ‘first-class’ global professional indemnity team, which handles claims against traditional and emerging professions. Clients include Zurich, Hiscox and Allianz. Tony Nurse-Marsh leads the team, which includes Jim Taylor and Clive Brett.

Blake Morgan LLP’s team of ‘strong litigators’ has seen an increase in claimant representations. Key names include Susie Dryden, Richard Portlock and senior associate Karl Cameron.

Cripps LLP is best known for pursuing claims against surveyors, solicitors and accountants. Russell Simpson and Philip Youdan are the partner-level contacts.

At Dentons, the ‘extremely experiencedJames Fairbairn (who has an ‘excellent tactical eye’) leads the team, which bolstered its ability to act in financial services disputes with the arrival of Tim Constable from Matthew Arnold & Baldwin LLP.

FreethsDuncan Crinedoes not shy away from difficult issues’. Also recommended are ‘tough but realistic litigator’ Clare Bellis and managing partner Sarah Foster.

At Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP, practice head Karim Mohamed has ‘a quiet but steely manner, a very good legal mind and is a very experienced litigator’.

Simpson Millar LLP merged with Colemans-ctts in 2016. The team, which benefits from the firm’s national footprint, includes Andrea Rasmussen, who stands out for her ‘tremendous tenacity’.

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