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Clinical negligence: claimant

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Barcan Woodward and Kirby Sheppard merged to form Barcan+Kirby LLP, which clients consider ‘one of the best in the South West’. Richard Harries heads the team, which acts for claimants in high-value claims involving fatalities or serious injuries caused by late diagnoses or surgical negligence. Newly promoted senior associates Jay Nathwani and Claire Hurrell are also recommended.

Robert Antrobus’ department at Foot Anstey specialises in maximum severity cases and works closely with charities such as Headway. Claire Stoneman and Andrew Hannam are birth injury experts. Senior associate Alex McKnight arrived from Pryers Solicitors LLP.

Julie Lewis leads the ‘truly client-driven’ practice at Irwin Mitchell, which is considered ‘a market leader’ for cases involving elderly abuse, injuries to children and fatalities. Jonathan Peacock acts in inquests and abuse claims against social services and care homes.

Michelmores LLP stands in ‘a class of its own’. Laurence Vick, who heads the practice, ‘always goes the extra mile’ and is renowned for child cardiac surgery claims and matters involving jurisdictional issues. Bernadette McGhie is ‘an outstanding lawyer’ and continues to be active in maternal, birth and brain injury claims. Spinal injury expert Angie Maxwell was promoted to partner.

Royds Withy King is a ‘leading firm’ for catastrophic birth injury cases. Key figures include practice head Simon Elliman, who handles dental negligence, cerebral palsy and spinal injury claims; ‘first-rate solicitor’ Paul Rumley; and Kerstin Kubiak, who stands out for her ‘exceptional analysis’.

At Clarke Willmott LLP, Kerry Fifield focuses on cerebral palsy, stillbirth and neonatal fatality claims. Brain injury expert Marguarita Tyne arrived from Simpson Millar LLP.

Tozers Solicitors LLP is noted for its ‘excellence in the field of brachial plexus injuries’, including Erb’s palsy. Endurance Arthur and Stuart Bramley head the department. Tony Mills retired in 2015.

At Trethowans LLP, department head Clare Carterfights fiercely for clients’ on birth injury and cerebral palsy claims. Other areas of expertise for the practice include delayed cancer diagnosis and surgical negligence.

Ashfords LLP is well regarded for delayed cancer diagnosis cases, and Jason Squire is noted for his expertise in malpractice and cosmetic surgery claims.

At Coles Miller Solicitors LLP, department head David Simpson is ‘a great asset’ in cases involving cauda equine syndrome and mismanaged labour. Lydia Barnett made partner.

Simpson Millar LLP’s caseload includes spinal injury and Erb’s palsy claims.

Slee Blackwell undertakes cosmetic surgery negligence and birth injury claims, with Mike Clarke leading on brain injury cases. Legal executive Oliver Thorne heads the practice.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP excels in urological, maternal birth injury and orthopaedic claims. Senior solicitor Madeleine Pinschof is ‘intelligent, efficient and likeable’.

Under the leadership of Alison Underhill, Wards provides ‘excellent service’ in claims involving delayed cancer diagnosis and surgical negligence.

At Wolferstans, Barry Bayley excels in cerebral palsy claims.


Clinical negligence: defendant

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DAC Beachcroft LLP’s Nigel Montgomery defends clients against group actions and catastrophic injury claims. The team, which is led by Rachel Roberts-Jenkins, represents a number of leading insurers and is on the panel of the NHSLA. Simon Perkins arrived from RPC and Hannah Volpe was promoted to partner.

Bevan Brittan LLP is an NHSLA panel firm and also represents CNA, Marketform and several NHS trusts. Practice head Joanna Lloyd handles inquests, and high-value brain injury and group action claims.


Personal injury: claimant

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  1. Personal injury: claimant
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For some, Irwin Mitchell is ‘the premier firm’ for serious cases. Key figures include practice head James Davies, who undertakes catastrophic brain and spinal injuries; Virginia Chalmers, who leads on mesothelioma claims; and Jonathan Peacock, who is ‘an outstanding lawyer’.

QualitySolicitors Burroughs Day handles the full range of public liability and fatal injury matters. Crispin Edmonds heads the road traffic accident group and focuses on brain injuries, limb loss and other catastrophic injuries.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP handles a high volume of workplace injury and disease claims, with Nicholas Seymour the key figure for this work. Lisa Gunner handles fatalities, amputation, brain and spinal cord injuries.

Royds Withy King sits on the panels for the United Kingdom Acquired Brain Injury Forum and Headway. Department head Louise Hart handles amputation, orthopaedic injuries, chronic pain, PTSD and facial injury matters. Stuart Brazington is also recommended.

Clarke Willmott LLP acts in multimillion-pound claims arising out of road traffic accidents. Lee Hart and department head Martin Pettingell are key contacts.

Foot Anstey has expertise in brain injuries and group litigation involving amputee and spinal injury claims. Clients have ‘nothing but praise’ for legal director Juliette Clarke.

Lester Aldridge LLP’s Tim Blackwellgives clients a great sense of reassurance’ in claims involving military personnel, fatalities, brain and spinal injuries.

NewLaw Solicitors undertakes motorcycle accident, brain injury, amputation and occupational disease claims. Legal executive Judith Brightman and Jo Darlington are recommended.

Slee Blackwell has a track record handling sexual abuse claims and cases involving injuries inflicted by animals. James McNally heads the practice.

Veale Wasbrough Vizards’ claimant personal injury practice operates under the Augustines Injury Law banner, and represents the Royal College of Nursing’s members in employers’ liability cases. Practice head Jan Markland is ‘totally committed’.

Ashfords LLP is a ‘leader’ in road traffic accidents, and employers’ and public liability claims. Key figures include ‘first-class’ practice head Stephen Walker and the ‘exceptional’ Flora Wood.

Barcan+Kirby LLP brings together individuals from Barcan Woodward and Kirby Sheppard following their mergers; the ‘high-quality team’ handles workplace accidents and catastrophic brain injuries. Key figures include senior partner Bill Willcocks, senior associate Samantha Castle, and newly promoted senior associates Adrian Stone and Myfanwy Buckeridge.

Headway panel firm Coles Miller Solicitors LLP handles brain injury and road traffic accident claims. Department head Adrian Cormack and Christopher Whittle are recommended.

Key figures at specialist asbestos claim firm Humphreys & Co. include Peter Montgomery, who is ‘an expert’ in mesothelioma claims.

Simpson Millar LLP hired mesothelioma specialist Helen Grady and industrial disease practice head Gavin Evans from Thrings LLP and Asons Solicitors, respectively. Emma Costin heads the Bristol office.

Managing partner Chris Whiteley and Clare Carter are the standout practitioners at Trethowans LLP, which handles many catastrophic claims.

At Battens Solicitors Limited, senior associate Kate Golding undertakes brain, spinal and severe lower limb injury claims.

Ann-Marie Whelan and Julia Briano head the practice at Festival Law LLP, which is best known for industrial disease work and excels in asbestos litigation.

Nash & Co has a strong niche in military claims. Michael Shiers leads the team and is a ‘great tactician’.

Novum Law is the associated personal injury practice of Thrings LLP and concentrates on serious injuries and asbestos-related claims.

Veitch Penny’s caseload includes motorcycle and workplace accident claims.


Personal injury: defendant

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s ‘excellent’ catastrophic injury practice is led by James Morris, who defends against high-value claims arising out of road accidents and public liability cases. Clients include The Ministry of Defence and Aviva.

Ashfords LLP focuses on road traffic accidents, and employers’ and public liability cases. Practice head Flora Wood ‘has a wealth of experience defending serious claims’. Clients include uninsured defendants and Cornish Mutual.

BLM’s Andrew Lawson focuses on road and workplace accidents, while Rebecca Shafto handles catastrophic injury claims. The ‘excellent’ practice acts for local authorities and insurers.

Bevan Brittan LLPpunches well above its weight’. Associate Adrian Neale excels in asbestos matters, and ‘first-class’ practice head Paul Taverner handles high-value head and spinal injury claims. Clients include Praxair and CNA.

Bond Dickinson LLP’s David Brown provides ‘good, practical and measured advice’ on cases involving brain and spinal injuries, amputations and fatalities. The department also handles motor and hearing-loss claims. Clients include Transdev and Liberty Mutual.

At Browne Jacobson LLP, Joanne Pruden focuses on sex abuse and social care claims, while practice head Mark Fowles specialises in catastrophic injuries. Clients include local authorities and public bodies.

DWF has growing expertise in claims concerning chronic and somatoform pain disorders. Practice head Claire Gribben handles catastrophic injury and fatality cases. Paul Davies and director Stephen Byass are also recommended. RSA Group and Travelers are key clients. Director Michael Guy retired from practice.

Wansbroughsknows the local authority market inside out’. Robert Hams heads the practice, which acts for leading insurers. Newly promoted partner Cynthia Watts is experienced on the social care side. Sarah Beresford-Smith has retired.


Professional negligence

Bond Dickinson LLP is ‘among the best firms for defendant work’, especially for claims against solicitors. Ian Peacock and Gary Oldroyd’s clients include construction contractors and barristers. Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund and Liberty Mutual are also clients of the firm.

CMS is ‘among the top echelon’ for insurance disputes and defending solicitors and brokers. Key clients include practice head Belinda Schofield and ‘excellent’ construction disputes expert Cheryl Gibson. Clients include Chubb, W. R. Berkley and Novae Group.

Marcus Campbell’s practice at DAC Beachcroft LLP defends solicitors, property consultants and brokers, and provides an outsourced claims handling service to professional indemnity insurers. Zurich and XL Catlin are clients. Rebecca Smith joined from RPC.

RPC acts for major insurers and defendants in regulatory and disciplinary matters, as well as professionals in high-value claims. Department head Jeremy Barnes focuses on claims brought against accountants and brokers, and Peter Mansfield handles construction claims involving high-profile buildings.

At Burges Salmon LLP, Andrew Burnette manages a ‘seriously impressive outfit’ that acts for claimants in disputes against solicitors, surveyors, auditors and financial advisers. Clients include Nationwide, The Co-operative Bank and Paragon Finance.

Clarke Willmott LLP has a national reputation for claimant work, and fields specialist banking, financial mis-selling and negligence, construction and agriculture teams. Alex Jakubowski’s practice sits on the panels of Lloyds Bank and Julian Hodge Bank.

Osborne Clarke’s claimant-focused practice handles pensions, construction and investment-related disputes. Practice head Tom Ellis undertakes negligent art authentication claims and is recommended along with Clare Robinson. Clients include Capita, Temple Trustees and Clerical Medical.

TLT provides cross-border advice on corporate, pensions, financial services and construction claims. Clients include UPS and WHSmith. Practice head Richard Hall, Neil Franklin and Chris Owen are key contacts.

Rory Mac Neice and Victoria Bonnet’s practice at Ashfords LLP handles claims against surveyors, solicitors, projects managers and vets. It provides ‘a London service at South West prices’.

Beale & Company Solicitors LLP defends insurers and the insured, including solicitors, accountants and independent financial advisers. Rhian Howell heads the practice.

At Kennedys, Simon Combe acted for Riverstone and Brit Insurance on behalf of an insured engineer concerning allegations of negligence arising from a port development. Practice head Sarah Cornish is also recommended.

Veale Wasbrough Vizards represents defendants and claimants, including lenders, such as The Co-operative Bank and Bank of Ireland. Ed Husband and Ben Holt, who joined from Osborne Clarke, are the key figures.

Defendant firm DWF acts for leading insurers. Executive partner Simon Mason heads the practice. Ian Welland joined Reynolds Colman Bradley LLP.

Claimant firm Lester Aldridge LLP handles claims relating to tax schemes against accountants and independent financial advisers. Michael Giddins heads the practice.

Meade King LLP stands out for its ‘tenacious battles for clients against insurers’. Adam Chivers acts for professionals that have been denied cover.

At Michelmores LLP, Simon Barnett’s practice works alongside Andrew Oldland QC and the financial services team in representing claimants and defendants in cross-border and agricultural sector claims.

Chris Harper leads Stephens Scown LLP’s practice, which includes Catherine Mathews, who handles claims against financial advisers and accountants, and Toby Claridge, who joined from Foot Anstey.


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