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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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