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Irwin Mitchell has a track record in multimillion-pound brain and spinal injury cases. Virginia Chalmers joined in 2014, and works on mesothelioma cases with associate Satpal Singh. Jonathan Peacock leads the team, which includes the ‘tactically astuteJames Davies.

QualitySolicitors Burroughs Day has distinct teams handling road traffic accident, employers’ liability and public liability matters. Crispin Edmonds, who works on cases including brain injuries and limb loss, heads the road traffic accident team.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP has several trade union clients, and focuses on injuries at work, including deafness and vibration injury. Nicholas Seymour is part of the team, which receives referrals from Unite the Union, Unison and the PCS.

Headway panel member Withy King LLP has expertise in brain and spinal injury work. The three-partner team includes leader Louise Hart, and Stuart Brazington, who ‘provides first-class support and guidance’.

Clarke Willmott LLP’s ‘specialist and experienced’ team handles complex work involving recurrences of previous conditions, loss of limbs and brain injuries. Lee Hart has ‘deep experience in heavyweight cases’.

Foot Anstey’s department, run jointly with its clinical negligence team, has a focus on road traffic injuries. Legal director Juliette Clarke handles employers’ liability claims.

Humphreys & Co. specialises in asbestos claims, including those with international elements. Peter Montgomery is ‘a class act.

Lester Aldridge LLP works on traffic collision injuries and incidents at work. Tim Blackwell is recommended.

Slee Blackwell has a niche practice focusing on child sexual abuse and animal-inflicted injuries. James McNally leads a four-partner team.

Veale Wasbrough Vizards’ ‘highly experienced and well-resourced team of specialists’ is led by Jan Markland, and acts in air and sea cases. The firm also advises trade unions, including the Royal College of Nursing.

Ashfords LLP works on road incidents, and employers’ and public liability matters. The three-partner team, led by Stephen Walker, has ‘excellent in-depth experience’.

Barcan+Kirby has expertise in complex injuries. Adrian Stone is recommended.

Coles Miller Solicitors LLP’s Brian Parsons and Andrew Cormack, a Headway panel member, are ‘organised, ethical and knowledgeable.

NewLaw Solicitors is a rapidly growing ABS, with six qualified lawyers handling high-value claims, including motorcycle injuries.

Simpson Millar LLP has expertise acting for trade union members injured at work, including members of the GMB and the Communication Workers’ Union.

Thrings LLP’s personal injury operation is now Novum Law, and focuses on high-value claims.

Trethowans LLP has ‘specialist expertise in catastrophic injury work. Industrial disease specialist John Hall joined from Thompsons Solicitors LLP in February 2014.

Veitch Penny carries out work including claims for sports injuries, chemical injuries caused by hairdressing, and road collisions.

Battens Solicitors Limited handles sexual abuse claims arising at work, and brain injuries. Senior associate Kate Golding is ‘particularly good’.

Festival Law LLP has ‘a stable team of experienced fee-earners’ who advise on industrial diseases.

The head of Pattinson & Brewer’s personal injury department, Frances McCarthy, is a former president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

Wolferstans has a four-partner team with expertise in military employers’ liability claims.

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