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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€˜small, but 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.

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