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asb law LLP brings 'a tremendous blend of knowledge, commitment and determination and pragmatism' to its personal injury work. A 'leader in brain injury work', Francis Lacy Scott focuses on catastrophic claims and brain injuries, and has secured several significant settlements in the past year. Also recommended is Jonathan Clement (formerly the head of injury at Thomson Snell & Passmore), who has two decades of experience in head and brain injury matters. Associate Dominique Parker is rated as a 'top negotiator'.

Practice head(s):Francis Lacy Scott; Jonathan Clement

Other key lawyers:Barry Osborn; Dominique Parker; Victoria Hubbert

Testimonials

'Jonathan Clement is a real fighter for his clients in the most difficult and borderline cases. He also has wonderful client-handling skills.'

'Francis Lacey-Scott combines his professional shrewdness with a disarming charm to great effect, in terms of client care, forging a team in which he has everyone playing to their strengths, and tickling his opponents into his hand. Working with, for, and even against Francis is an experience not to be missed.'

'Dominique Parker is a rising star whose arrival at the firm has added real strength to their offering in serious brain injury work. She is astute, wonderfully patient with troubled and anxious clients and secures excellent results.'

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of a minor who suffered a major brain injury following a high-speed road traffic accident.
  • Acting on behalf of a client who requires 24-hour care following a road traffic accident.
  • Acting for a client who suffered complex brain and orthopaedic injuries following a road traffic accident.

Boyes Turner advises clients on a range of personal injury matters, with specialist expertise across the areas of brain and spinal injury. Kim Smerdon is the key name to note in the team, handling large catastrophic claims, brain damage, spinal injuries, and serious orthopaedic injuries. Claire Roantree acts in mild to severe high-value brain injury matters and also has experience in musculoskeletal injury and chronic pain claims.

Practice head(s):Kim Smerdon

Other key lawyers:Claire Roantree

Blake Morgan LLP's personal injury practice group is adept at handling complex claims, particularly brain injury and spinal cord injury cases in a 'robust and realistic' manner. Head of the team John White has expertise in catastrophic injury claims, whilst co-head Allison McClure has a strong background in health care litigation. Senior associate Julia Prior's areas of practice include brain injury, accidents at work claims, and public liability claims.

Practice head(s):John White; Allison Mcclure

Other key lawyers:Julia Prior; James Wood

Testimonials

'Julia Prior exemplifies the calm and competent manner of this firm. She is very good at handling clients in a way that helps them understand what is going on and what they need to do, which in turn helps them maximize their claims.'

'The team is well organised, where the basic things are done right, which sounds like faint praise but isn't; it's surprisingly rare. They are a pleasure to work with.'

Coffin Mew LLP is 'a major player in the South for personal injury' and is led by Sue Bowler who has experience in some of the region's largest and most complex catastrophic claims and brain injury matters; Bowler is currently involved in Eaglesham v Ministry of Defence. The 'small but specialist' team also handles asbestos claims and is recommended by clients and counsel alike.

Practice head(s):Sue Bowler

Testimonials

'The team's professional manner and expertise gives the client the utmost confidence that whatever problems may occur, or whatever needs to be done will be resolved and carried out with speed and professionalism.'

'Sue Bowler is knowledgeable with a great sense of judgment and tactics.'

Work highlights

  • Acting for Phillip Eaglesham in a claim against the Ministry of Defence regarding the client's Q Fever acquired whilst serving in Afghanistan.

The specialist personal injury team at Collins Solicitors deals with significant high-profile and complex matters against big corporations and local governments. The group is proficient in high-value multi-party claims across the personal injury and professional negligence space. Most notably the team has been acting for clients in the infected blood public inquiry matter, which is led by firm founder and senior partner Des Collins with Danielle Holliday.

Practice head(s):Des Collins; Danielle Holiday

Testimonials

'The team is a force of nature for groups of injured claimants.'

Des Collins  is wise and approachable. Clients understand him and he understands them. Very committed to claimants.'

'Dani Holliday is clear, sharp and approachable.'

'Anna Murduck is committed and tough. Warm but very determined.'

'The firm is very focused on their claimants' cases and needs. Very senior lead partners are supported by a strong team of senior associates. Great communicators.'

Work highlights

  • Acting for over 1200 clients in connection with the Infected Blood Public Inquiry and by 500+ clients in connection with the associated Contaminated Blood Products Group Litigation (GLO).
  • Acting on behalf of 80 residents of Watling Street, Motherwell in a legal battle over a site insufficiently remediated prior to the building of residential dwellings which is putting families’ health at risk.
  • Acting for special needs teacher dismissed for whistleblowing at a state-run boarding school.

Dean Wilson LLP's personal injury team is 'knowledgable, compassionate, committed and full of talent'. Led by 'a total figurehead for the firm', Frances Pierce, the team skilled in handling an assortment of high-value and complex matters which range from severe brain and spinal injuries to amputation. Pierce is an accomplished mediator and litigator and specialises in brain injury claims in both adults and children, while newly-made partner Alex Brown is also skilled in dealing with brain injury claims.

Practice head(s):Frances Pierce

Other key lawyers:Alex Brown; Ben Davey

Testimonials

'Frances Pierce is definitely someone you would want batting for you, not for the other side. A strategic thinker who is willing to think outside the box to ensure the best outcomes for her clients.'

'Frances Pierce is a tenacious and formidable lawyer who is prepared to take risks and fight difficult legal principles.’

'Alex Brown is absolutely a rising star which is an obvious testament to his ability to have been made partner.’

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) has expertise in complex brain injury, child abuse, and other serious injury claims. Brain injury litigation is an area of focus for Simon Pimlott, while practice head Malcolm Underhill has niche expertise in child abuse work, and also undertakes advisory work on claims pertaining to fatalities, psychological injury, and those arising out of exposure to asbestos.

Practice head(s):Malcolm Underhill

Other key lawyers:Simon Pimlott

Testimonials

'IBB is a strong claimant firm with a reputation for intelligent lawyers.'

'Simon Pimlott is a very passionate lawyer and is dedicated to his clients. He has a particular aptitude for working with challenging and vulnerable clients, especially with mental health problems. He is not afraid to take on difficult cases.'

'Malcolm is an exemplary solicitor.  He has managed our expectations from the outset and articulated clearly and precisely how the process works. He makes you feel you are in good hands.'

Work highlights

  • Representing the claimant in a serious brain injury case.
  • Representing the claimant in mesothelioma case.

The 'fantastic' personal injury team at Irwin Mitchell has 'a wealth of knowledge' in of brain and spinal cord injury claims, orthopaedic injury matters and fatal accidents. Key figures in the team include Claire Howard, who leads the serious injury group, Andrew Buckman, who specialises in claims related to the armed forces, and Nicola Maier, who heads the asbestos disease team. Managing partner Guy Darlaston has particular expertise in representing mesothelioma patients.

Practice head(s):Claire Howard; Andrew Buckham; Nicola Maier

Other key lawyers:Guy Darlaston

Testimonials

'Andrew Buckham is an excellent partner in the military personal injury field, with a wealth of experience. He is strategic in his approach to the way in which his cases should be advanced and resolved.' 

'Guy Darlaston is incredibly knowledgeable and thoughtful when dealing with very sensitive situations. He is outstanding during the claims process, and well-liked and respected.'

'Irwin Mitchell has an excellent team, working incredibly hard for clients, and have a wealth of knowledge and recourses.'

'The individuals within the team are highly professional, very approachable and responsive. They provide clear instructions and guidance on requirements and pay in a timely manner for the services.'

Moore Blatch LLP deals with severe brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, complex musculoskeletal injuries, and other fatal accidents. Under the leadership of Damian Horan, the team has handled numerous multimillion-pound matters pertaining to serious brain injuries. Fadwa Errhioui is an increasingly visible adviser in the personal injury field and is building a reputation for securing rehabilitation and settlements for her clients. Another name to note is Richmond-based Trevor Sterling, who has a focus on trauma cases.

Practice head(s):Damian Horan; Trever Sterling; Matthew Claxson

Other key lawyers:Fadwa Errhioui; James Glasper; Martin Usher

Testimonials

'Matthew Claxson stands out as an exceptionally committed solicitor, who is both commercially astute and driven to ensure the best outcome possible for his clients'.

'Despite having offices across the UK, to my mind, the South East Moore Blatch team remains focused on serving their local community.  As a result, they provide the high-end legal services associated with national firms but tailored to the needs of their clients.  The quality of members in the team is extremely good and I would have no hesitation recommending them to friends and family'.

'Matthew Claxson: a calm and focussed litigator who gets the best from his team to deliver for his clients but who also does much for the wider field of personal injury at large. Always goes the extra mile'.

'A top notch regional firm and a leader in its field in SE England'.

'They are all extremely committed to getting the best possible result for their clients'.

'Matthew Claxson is phenomenally hard-working and has beaten market-leading rivals in beauty parades by some very demanding clients. His commitment to securing the best outcomes for his clients is unrivaled'.

Work highlights

  • Handling a £5m spinal cord injury claim.
  • Handling a £6m spinal cord injury claim.

Simply 'exceptional', Royds Withy King is known for its 'dedicated, knowledgeable, and successful' catastrophic injury team, and its expertise in brain and spinal cord injury claims. Led by Tracy Norris-Evans, the team also handles complex asbestos-related claims, fatal accidents and chronic pain matters. Helen Childs' 'knowledge of industrial disease litigation is excellent',and Ian Carrier is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Tracy Norris-Evans; Ian Carrier

Other key lawyers:Helen Childs;

Testimonials

'Royds Withy King has strength in depth and considerable experience dealing with serious personal injury claims. There is a particular specialism relating to claims under the Animals Act 1971 and generally involving riding accidents.'

'Ian Carrier has been excellent.  Nothing has been too much trouble for him, he is quite obviously an expert in his field.'

'Tracy Norris is extremely knowledgeable and experienced with the sole motivation of delivering the best outcomes for clients in all situations. Clients are left with no doubt that she is in their corner.'

'Helen Childs is an exceptional partner. She has a huge capacity for work and manages to combine an unerring willingness to fight for her clients with. She is a pleasure to work with.'

Work highlights

  • Represented a client's personal injury claim against the defendant for £1.5m, settled for £352,060 with costs of £300,000.
  • Acted in a high-value High Court personal injury claim involving severe traumatic brain injury governed by foreign jurisdictional law (Portuguese).
  • Acted in a personal injury claim issued to the value of £800,000; claimant was involved in a road traffic accident with an uninsured drunk driver.

'Particularly highly rated', Thomson Snell & Passmore's personal injury group comprises a dedicated team of practitioners who handle all catastrophic injury matters including child and adult brain injury cases. Led by Fiona Follis, the team also has expertise in brain injury litigation and asbestos claims. Graham Bell is regularly involved in the region's highest-value personal injury matters and is recommended for his insight into the industrial disease sector. Senior associate Oliver Chapman is 'definitely one to watch.'

Practice head(s):Fiona Follis

Other key lawyers:Graham Bell; Oliver Chapman; Jonathan Herbert

Testimonials

'Graham Bell is the standout partner for clinical negligence and personal injury work and always gets to the real points.'

'Jonathan Herbert has a real ability to understand the client and the case and get results needed.'

Trethowans LLP's personal injury lawyers handle complex catastrophic injury cases, including high-value head injury matters and spinal cord cases. Chris Whiteley in Salisbury and Gavin Lane are names to note for head and spinal injury cases. The team also handles fatal accidents, public liability, industrial disease claims and road traffic accidents.

Practice head(s):Gavin Lane;

Other key lawyers:Chris Whiteley; Tom Hartigan

Barlow Robbins LLP's personal injury team is 'definitely on the up' and handles a wide range of work from catastrophic injuries involving brain damage, spinal injury, and amputation to chronic pain, and fatal claims. Brain injury litigation is a specialism of the team, and a particular area of focus for practice head Caroline Flashman and Helen Goatley. Emma Potter is 'fantastic' and focuses on the physical and psychological aspects of pain, having developed an expertise in complex regional pain syndrome.

Practice head(s):Caroline Flashman; Emma Potter

Other key lawyers:Helen Goatley

Testimonials

'Emma Potter pays close attention to detail, is diligent in her scrutiny of the evidence and has the experience and astuteness to identify issues at an early stage that need to be addressed. She absolutely fights for her clients.'

'This is a great firm with a reputation for succeeding in substantial cases, and has a real focus on client care.'

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in road traffic accident claim after she suffered a traumatic brain injury and ophthalmic injury.

Blaser Mills Law personal injury department covers medium to high-value serious injury claims pertaining to brain and spinal injuries. Practice head Dave Mathews handles pavement tripping accidents and accidents at work, senior litigator Victoria Harvey has experience in industrial disease cases, and Nicola Heales focuses on brain and spinal injury claims.

Practice head(s):Dave Matthews

Other key lawyers:Victoria Harvey; Nicola Heales

The personal injury team at Freeths LLP is led by Oxford-based Julie Nichols and handles a wide range of road traffic accidents and public liability claims. Senior associate Irvin Thobourne has over two decades of experience in personal injury matters and is adept at advising on workplace accidents. Associate Amy Barnett is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Julie Nichols

Other key lawyers:Amy Barnett; Irvin Thobourne;

The 'very experienced and highly knowledgable' personal injury team at Holmes & Hills represents clients in road traffic accident claims, industrial disease matters, asbestos-related claims and high-value claims involving brain and spinal injuries. Led by 'excellent' Jason Brady, the group has a strong record of obtaining successful compensation for clients. Anna Watson has extensive experience in industrial disease and liability claims, and Dominic Graham is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Jason Brady

Other key lawyers:Dominic Graham; Anna Watson

Testimonials

'Jason Brady is excellent in all respects. He is a very good negotiator, a robust litigator and very good communicator with clients. He exudes authority and manages expectations very well.'

'Dominic Graham is a very adept and robust litigator, and very personable, which helps secure good relationships with clients, counsel, and opponents. He is tenacious and is unafraid to pursue difficult cases to very good conclusions.'

Work highlights

  • Represents the claimant who suffered a significant head trauma following a car accident, in a claim anticipated to settle in the region of £1m.
  • Represented the client in a workplace claim following significant injuries to the lower body, alleging a breach of statutory duty by the defendant.
  • Achieved a settlement of £130,000 for the claimant who suffered head and facial injuries as a result of a road traffic accident.

The personal injury team at Larcomes is led by practice head Richard Hopgood, who is renowned for his extensive expertise in asbestos claims. The team has experience in mesothelioma cases and handles a wide range of compensation claims for clients. Michael Osborne has experience in matters pertaining to mesothelioma and respiratory cases.

Practice head(s):Richard Hopgood

Other key lawyers:Michael Osborne

Testimonials

'Richard Hopgood is very personable and is able to put clients at ease despite the difficult and often time-pressured nature of these claims. His instructions are always comprehensive and he acts promptly on any advice or requests made.'

'Richard Hopgood is extremely knowledgeable and well liked by all his peers and patients. He provides exceptional service.'

'Michael Osborne has endless knowledge and is calm and confident when dealing with patients throughout a very distressing time.'

Nockolds Solicitors' personal injury group attracts high-value catastrophic injury claims with a particular focus on brain and spinal injury. The team places an emphasis on supporting rehabilitation for its clients and has built a track record of success in obtaining significant settlements. Jennie Jones specialises in brain and spinal injuries and has strong litigation experience.

Practice head(s):Jennie Jones

Other key lawyers:Yasmin Ameer

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is 'highly rated and respected' and advises across the spectrum of personal injury matters, with expertise in road traffic accidents, employers’ liability and public liability claims. Practice head and 'skilled lawyer' Philippa Luscombe has expertise in brain injury matters.

Practice head(s):Philippa Luscombe

Other key lawyers:Elise Bevan; Lucie Prothero

Testimonials

'Philippa Luscombe is a truly standout practitioner who combines good judgement and sharp legal instincts with a caring and committed approach to her clients. Lucky them!'

'Alison Appelboam Meadows instills confidence. She is a very able all-around lawyer who is bright, intelligent, articulate and charming.'

'The team has talented and experienced lawyers who handle PI and clinical negligence claims of the utmost severity and complexity.'

Work highlights

  • Involved in a highly contested breach of duty by a hospital in risk assessment and care of vulnerable patients leading to catastrophic fall from height.
  • Handling a road traffic accident claim on behalf of a cyclist who sustained a serious head injury.

Shoosmiths LLP personal injury team deals with catastrophic injury claims including serious brain and spinal injuries, serious psychological trauma and complex pain matters. Practice head Rose Donoghue has experience in handling medium to high-value matters and possess a 'great understanding of the complexities of the cognitive and behavioural aspects of an individuals brain injury'. Donoghue is also proficient in mesothelioma and asbestos disease cases. Senior associate Paul Ashurst focuses on complex liability issues.

Practice head(s):Rose Donoghue

Other key lawyers:Paul Ashurst

White Dalton Motorcycle Solicitors' 'impressive' personal injury team has carved out a specialism in motorcycle accidents, motor-related injuries and collisions. Led by Andrew Dalton who has 'unrivalled experience and expertise', the team is skilled in undertaking high-value work, sometimes international in nature, pertaining to serious road-traffic accidents and orthopaedic and spinal cord injury work. Andrew Prendergast is efficient in all areas of motorcycle law and is noted for his 'prompt and accurate' advice.

Practice head(s):Andrew Dalton

Other key lawyers:Andrew Prendergast; Martyn Dey;

Testimonials

'Andrew Dalton stands out for his commitment, enthusiasm and dedication to the causes of his clients. He is also a good lawyer and an astute tactician and negotiator.'

'Both Andrew Dalton and Andrew Prendergast give the best they can, and are extremely dedicated.'

Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors' personal injury team is experienced in handling claims involving workplace accidents, road traffic accidents, fatalities, and industrial disease. Led by Sheenagh Parsons, the team also handles child abuse matters. Joanne Westbrook specialises in accidents in the workplace and also has a medical negligence background.

Practice head(s):Sheenagh Parsons

Other key lawyers:Joanne Westbrook

Birkett Long LLP handles a range of multi-track personal injury matters from employer liability to fatality claims. Key figures in the practice group include Chelmsford-based Nadina Edmondson and Colchester-based Tracy England, who are leading the high-value matters related to work accidents and occupational disease claims.

Practice head(s):Nadina Edmondson; Tracy England

Testimonials

'This is a team of professional and friendly partners and staff that take time to understand your specific requirements and tailor the advice'

Southend-based BTMK Solicitors' personal injury team services clients across a range of matters from low-value claims to catastrophic claims involving significant settlements. Johanne Turner has a particular focus on brain injury cases, as does Alan Bacon, who also handles clinical negligence matters.

Practice head(s):Alan John Bacon; Johanne Emma Turner

The personal injury team at Clarkson Wright & Jakes has a focus on serious brain, spinal-cord, and chronic pain injuries. Practice head David Greenlaugh's expertise includes medium-value serious injury cases, accidents at work, and road accidents, as well as travel litigation where personal injury occurs abroad. Alex Wormald is recommended for his specialism in catastrophic personal injury litigation.

Practice head(s):David Greenhalgh

Other key lawyers:Alexander Wormald; Michelle Easton; Josie Bowman

The personal injury team at Debenhams Ottaway has a strong focus on work-related accidents such as slip, trips and falls, and also has experience handling liability claims which range from low to medium value. Team leader Howard Kent has extensive experience in areas such as complex injuries arising from accidents in the workplace, including cases that feature chronic pain and spinal injuries.

Practice head(s):Howard Kent; Luke Harrison

Work highlights

  • Acting for a client in work related injury.
  • Managing a claim for construction worker seriously injured at work.
  • Acting for a claimant who sustained physical and psychiatric injuries as a result of injury caused by equipment in the workplace.

At DMH Stallard LLP, the 'very capable and experienced' personal injury group handles the full scope of matters with particular attention to brain and spinal injuries, accidents at work and accidents abroad. Group head Tessa Grayson has expertise in catastrophic claims and a specialism in dental negligence.

Practice head(s):Tessa Grayson

Other key lawyers:Catherine Smith; Julie Payne

Testimonials

'There are no weak performers in this team. All the fee earners have substantial expertise and possess extremely reliable and sound judgement. They are willing to take a chance on cases when other firms are not and will invariably exhaust all possibilities before "pulling the plug". '

Duncan Lewis Solicitors handles an array of personal injury work with particular specialism in fatal road traffic accidents. The team is currently representing a number of people in a high-value public inquiry, where it is advising on all aspects of public law and personal injury matters. Julie Leslie in Dalston handles employer negligence work in which the client has suffered severe disability. Rebecca Thomas heads the practice.

Practice head(s):Rebecca Thomas

Other key lawyers:Julie Leslie 

Testimonials

'The team's instructions were thorough, relevant and helpful.'

The personal injury practice group at Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP has experience across the full scope of claimant work involving accidents at work, road traffic accidents, public liability claims, and fatal accident claims. The team is overseen by litigator Bushra Elzubeir and has recently been involved in numerous high-value matters. Rhian Lowe is the key practitioner in the team and has expertise in public liability claims and accident prevention.

Practice head(s):Bushra Elzubeir

Other key lawyers:Rhian Lowe; Christopher Yemm; Lauren Hancock

Work highlights

  • Acting for a claimant who sustained multiple serious injuries in a road traffic accident.
  • Acting for the claimant in a claim for injuries following a road traffic accident where allegations of fundamental dishonesty were raised by the defendant.
  • Acting for a minor who sustained injuries in accident at school resulting in him developing Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

Kent-based Furley Page Solicitors handles a wide range of matters related to road traffic accidents, sports injuries and public liability claims, and also has experience in acting on matters involving the Human Rights Act. Recent work includes securing a £1.2m settlement for a client who had a road traffic accident. 'Outstanding' practice head Neille Ryan's specialisms lie in industrial disease and personal injury compensation claims. Chartered legal executive Robert Harvey is also a key member of the team and handles a variety of personal injury matters.

Practice head(s):Neille Ryan

Other key lawyers:Robert Harvey

Testimonials

'Neille Ryan is a hard-working and astute claimant personal injury lawyer'

'The team is well-known in the region for providing excellent client service. This is how a team should be'

'Ryan's negotiations skills are breath-taking'

Key Clients

University of Kent

National Association of Colliery Overmen, Deputies and Shotfirers

Abbey Legal Protection

Griffith Smith LLP handles fatal accident claims, road traffic accidents, brain injury, and serious spinal injuries. Jennifer Ray leads the team and has experience in acting for clients in serious head injury claims, where she has obtained many successful settlements.

Practice head(s):Jennifer Ray

Hart Brown's team of personal injury lawyers have experience in road traffic accidents and public liability cases. A key figure in the team is Gerard Sanders, who specialises in serious orthopaedic injuries and complex employers liability matters. The group also has experience in court of protection deputyships in relation to past settlements.

Practice head(s):Paul Grimwood; Gerard Sanders

Other key lawyers:Mark Wisby

Brighton-based Healys focuses on catastrophic injuries, industrial disease, fatal claims, and brain and spinal injuries. Key contacts include managing partner Dino Skinner and Trevor Henley, who leverages his litigation background to represent both claimants and defendants. Other core members include Jonathan Austen-Jones who specialises in medical negligence matters.

Practice head(s):Dino Skinner

Other key lawyers:Trevor Henley; Jonathan Austen-Jones;

The 'excellent' personal injury practice at Lennons Solicitors provides 'very efficient and client-focused service' on a range of matters with a particular focus on employers’ liability cases, occupiers’ liability, and road traffic accidents. Practice head and litigator Andrew King is 'nothing short of exceptional', and senior associate Katarina Morgan is 'a future star' of the firm.

Practice head(s):Andrew King

Other key lawyers:Katarina Morgan

Testimonials

'Andrew King is a safe pair of hands in any dispute.'

'Andrew King is a first-class litigator, robust in dealings with opponents, tenacious in securing good results for his clients and a very good communicator.'

'Katarina Morgan has laser-like focus on client care and a sound tactical brain. She has an excellent team around her as a well as a trusted team of external experts and counsel.'

'Lennons is a regional firm with national ambitions. It punches well above its weight in personal injury work and handling claims of increasing complexity and value.'

Work highlights

  • Acting in a catastrophic employer’s liability claim involving an accident on a building site.

Marsons Solicitors' personal injury team is led by Beth King, who has three decades of claimant PI experience under her belt and specialises in matters relating to accidents occurring at work. The practice group also handles road traffic accidents, industrial disease and professional negligence matters.

Practice head(s):Beth King

Work highlights

  • Acted for a driver with a minor back injury which led to a leak of spinal fluid resulting in a brain injury with cognitive deficits personality change.
  • Acting for a woman with life changing injuries due to necrotising fasciitis claiming against GPs who failed to refer her to hospital.

At Pinney Talfourd LLP, the personal injury team focuses primarily on high-value motor related accidents, and industrial disease claims for a wide range of clients. Key figures include 'accomplished litigator' Stephen Green, Stephen Eccles and the 'absolutely brilliant’ Kim Huggins. The team has been especially active in trauma and serious injury claims.

Practice head(s):Stephen Green

Other key lawyers:Stephen Eccles; Kim Huggins

Testimonials

'Stephen Green is an approachable, knowledgeable and proactive lawyer with much expertise in personal injury and industrial disease claims.'

'Stephen Green has a careful analytical approach, never jumping to conclusions and never shying away from a difficult claim.'

Tees Law's personal injury team is headed by 'first-class solicitor' David Jacobs and has a diverse case load with experience in complex, and often high-value work-related stress claims. Jacobs has led on a variety of matters this past year, concentrating on liability and securing a number of significant settlements.

Practice head(s):David Jacobs

Testimonials

'David Jacobs brings a vast range of experience to any case, and is a very skilful lawyer indeed. He is an extremely conscientious and determined individual who always gets the best for his clients. A real star.'

'Tees Law is a very well-run firm with excellent lawyers, and with particular strengths in insurance and personal injury work.'

Work highlights

  • Handling a personal injury claim involving a cyclist in Cambridge.
  • Acting in a claim involving knee injury and post-traumatic stress sustained in an accident in a shopping centre.
  • Acting on a claim involving an accident sustained on a bus with faulty doors.

The 'great' personal injury department at Thompson Smith and Puxon handles an array of matters including accidents at work, road traffic accidents, and trips and slips. Led by Steve Webb, the team also has experience in medical negligence and covers hospital and dental mistakes and psychiatric shock.

Practice head(s):Steve Webb

Other key lawyers:Sam Welham; Clare Sheeran

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