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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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