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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.

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