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With 'excellent defendant firm' Brachers, clients 'always know that the case will be well prepared and thought through'. The team is renowned for its case work with the Medical and Dental Defence Unions, Specsavers Optical Group, Medway NHS Foundation Trust and Newline Insurance Company, especially on brain injury, cerebral palsy, psychiatric, dental, oncology and ophthalmic claims. Clients recommend 'fantastic and hugely experienced' practice lead Scott Alexander, as well as 'efficient and tireless' associate Harriet Humphrey, the 'hardworking' Frances Cutler and the 'competent' Dana Ellis. Another key team member is experienced healthcare law partner and mediator John Sheath.

DAC Beachcroft LLP's clinical negligence team is best known for its experience in brain injury, cerebral palsy and other birth and catastrophic injury cases. Recent highlights include the representation of NHS Resolution against a £14m birth injury claim involving major brain damage caused by inadequate management of labour, as well as defending the same client in trial proceedings concerning the treatment of a child in an A&E department. The Medical Defence Union and various local NHS Foundation Trusts make up the majority of the client base. Head of the clinical risk cluster Matthew McGrath, Winchester clinical risk group leader Heather Durston-Hillyer and birth injury and dental claim specialist Anthea Lane are the key contacts.

The clinical negligence department at Gordons Partnership LLP represents medical organisations, corporate bodies and individual healthcare professionals against catastrophic brain and spinal injury, paediatric, obstetric and neurosurgical claims. Charles Atkins and Iain Pickering head the practice. GP, neurosurgical and psychiatric claims specialist Alison Harden is the third long-standing partner in the team. Partner Rachel Margetts and consultant Richard Creamer joined from BLM and Hill Dickinson LLP, respectively,  in August 2017, while solicitor Leigh Taylor left for an in-house legal adviser position at the Medical Protection Society. Louise Ball was promoted to associate in 2017.

The clinical negligence practice at BLM 'provides an informed and experienced service', defending insurers, medical defence organisations, care homes and individual healthcare professionals. The Southampton team consists of catastrophic injury lawyer Joe Wakeford and Stephanie Castell, who handles birth, spinal, brain injury and amputation claims, as well as associate Gemma Parker, who works on misdiagnosis, fatal and cerebral palsy cases.

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