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Clarke Willmott LLP advises adults and children on injury cases relating to brain, spinal cord, industrial diseases involving asbestosis and mesothelioma, as well as amputation injuries. The practice is also experienced in handling fatal accident claims, neurological injuries such as brachial plexus and multiple orthopaedic fractures. Practice head Lee Hart also assists with claims arising from accidents involving animals, while associate Melanie Brown is a specialist in child and adult psychiatric disorders.

Practice head(s):Lee Hart

Other key lawyers:Stephen Trump; Melanie Brown

Testimonials

This firm has massive experience and is really engaged with clients and their cases.

A good team providing both breadth and depth in experience and ability.

The practice undertakes work at the highest level.

The team has an excellent understanding of clients, communicates well between all parties and keeps everyone informed. People with the right expertise handle the cases.

Work highlights

  • Advising on a claim arising from an accident where the driver of a car drove off the road into the Bristol canal.
  • Advising on a spinal cord injury claim arising from a traffic accident.
  • Advising on a claim arising from a traumatic brain injury occurred at workplace.
  • Advised on a claim arising from a neurological injury caused by a traffic accident.
  • Advising on a claim arising from an amputation of thumb caused by an accident at workplace.

Irwin Mitchell focuses on claims arising from brain and spinal cord injury as well as fatal accidents. The ‘incredibly knowledgeable and very approachable’ practice co-head Virginia Chalmers is a mesothelioma specialist solicitor and is also experienced in advising on claims arising from asbestos-related diseases. The ‘wonderfully calm and consummate’ practice co-head James Davies regularly handles cases involving children and teenagers with ‘excellent judgement’. Securing interim payments to help claimants recover is a key aspect of the practice’s work.

Practice head(s):James Davies; Virginia Chalmers

Testimonials

The team is extremely thorough in its approach to litigation and very industrious in the pursuit of necessary evidence by which to best present clients’ claims.

The very reliable and friendly practice provides an excellent service and makes clients feel relaxed and confident that the team sorts out their dealings.

This is without a doubt the best serious and catastrophic injury team in the South West.  It runs the biggest cases with calm and efficiency, thereby achieving fantastic results for the clients.

The practice has a very strong, flexible and adaptable leadership.

The firm possesses the ability to win cases of great difficulty and complexity. It has a good bench strength and brings its formidable machine to bear to operate in the best interest of its clients.

Each communication is treated with complete dignity.

The team is always very well-prepared for any meeting, and all documentation and correspondence is explained very clearly.

Consisting of tough but practical litigators, the firm has the resources and know-how to progress long-tail litigation and to assure that an individual claimant has the best chances of securing post-accident rehabilitation as well as suitable compensation.

Royds Withy King is experienced in dealing with claims relating to paediatric injury and pain disorder cases. The ‘tenacious, systematic, experienced and well-organised’ practice co-head Louise Hart specialises in claims involving amputations and chronic pain. Practice co-head Stuart Brazington is a ‘first-class solicitor with excellent legal and client care skills’. Brazington focuses on brain and spinal injury claims. The firm regularly handles claims arising from workplace accidents, car, motorcycle and cycling accidents as well as accidents involving animals. Senior associate Jennifer Seavor specialises in industrial diseases.

Practice head(s):Louise Hart; Stuart Brazington

Other key lawyers:Jennifer Seavor

Testimonials

The team provides an excellent client-driven service to injured clients.

The diverse team is impressive.

The team works to very high standards of professionalism, which is combined with a warm and caring approach.

The practice’s approach is consistent throughout the claim up to its conclusion. The team contains the right mix of experience and specialisation to provide a top-flight service to its clients. The lawyers consult each other, which ensures that clients get the input they need.

Key strengths of the firm are its depth of legal knowledge, its ability to think outside the box, its courage in taking on cases other firms would not – and winning them.

The team is well-known for its experience in dealing with asbestos claims.

Louise Hart continues to go the extra mile for her client, whilst maintain a good perspective on each case. She is also a very human lawyer.

Louise is excellent in every way. Her depth of knowledge and experience in dealing with complex, multifaceted cases is impressive, combined with her highly effective personal skills of commitment, care and communication.

Stuart Brazington has huge experience in dealing with maximum severity brain injury cases. He is extremely knowledgeable and has a strong team to him. Stuart gets excellent results in really difficult cases.

Work highlights

  • Advised on a £250k claim arising from injuries caused by asbestos.
  • Advised on a £132k claim arising from injuries caused by asbestos at the workplace in a factory.
  • Advised on a £132k claim arising from injuries caused by asbestos at the workplace in a train maintenance hall.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP maintains strong ties to trade unions and is specialised in employee claims arising from workplace accidents, industrial diseases and defective workplace equipment. The firm is experienced in handling passive smoking, deafness, upper limb and vibration related injury cases. Other cases relate to amputations as well as spinal cord and brain injuries. The practice equally handles asbestos diseases.

Practice head(s):Nicholas Seymour; Lisa Gunner

Testimonials

This firm has a wealth of expertise in personal injury claims.

Thompsons is the pre-eminent claimant employers’ liability practice. It has real strength and depth in the market and strong trade union links, which enables the delivery of a high level of service.

As a firm consisting of trade union lawyers, the practice does not only have expertise in the specific areas of law, but also in knowing how to deal with union members and employers excellently.

Key Clients

Unite the Union

Unison

Prison Officers Association

Public and Commercial Services Union

Rail and Maritime Workers Union

Fire Brigades Union

Work highlights

  • Advised on a £280k brain injury claim relating to an employee falling from a ladder whilst working on a roof.
  • Advised on a claim arising from ailment caused during the claimant’s employment as firefighter.
  • Advised on a £100k claim arising from injuries caused by a cycling accident.
  • Advised on a claim arising from diseases caused by dust during mining activity.
  • Advising on a £150k claim arising from industrial asthma caused by exposure to coolant fluid.

VWV has expertise in brain, upper limb, spinal and multiple orthopaedic injury as well as amputation claims. The firm also assists with cross-border accident claims. Another area of expertise are injuries sustained in road traffic accidents. The practice equally advises on claims relating to suicides and psychiatric diseases. The team is experienced in assisting with the obtainment of funds for accommodation and rehabilitation costs. The team is headed up ‘the very experienced and conscientiousJan Markland, who deals with fatal accident claims.

Practice head(s):Jan Markland

Other key lawyers:Dan Thompson

Testimonials

The firm is impressive, skilled, empathetic and transparent.

Senior associate Dan Thompson accomodates diseases in the most empathetic way.

Work highlights

  • Advising on a £250k claim arising from a fall from a scaffold.
  • Advising on a £3m claim arising from injuries caused by an car traffic accident abroad.
  • Representing an NHS consultant who sustained a serious brain injury in a RTC.

As the personal injury practice of Foot Anstey, Enable Law has a particular expertise in handling acquired brain injury claims, assisting with group litigations, and advising on amputee as well as spinal cord, orthopaedic and multiple injury claims. This involves assistance with the securing of rehabilitation funds. The practice also advises on workplace, traffic and sports accidents. The firm is also experienced in handling claims involving injured children.

Practice head(s):Robert Antrobus; Juliette Clarke

Lester Aldridge LLP advises on claims arising from severe injuries such as brain and spinal injuries. Other cases involve clinical negligence, road accidents, marine accidents as well as amputation cases. The practice is also experienced in handling claims arising from injuries sustained in a workplace. The ‘extremely efficient and well-prepared’ practice head Tim Blackwell assists with the securing of rehabilitation funds and advises families of injured individuals.

Practice head(s):Tim Blackwell

Testimonials

'Tim Blackwell has a sound judgment and gives the client a great sense of reassurance.'

Work highlights

  • Advised on a claim arising from a brain injury sustained in a road accident.
  • Advising on a claim arising from an accident involving a county council. 
  • Advising a on a claim arising from severe fractures in a fall in a supermarket. 
  • Advised on a claim arising from a brain injury following a road accident.
  • Advising on claim arising from cerebral palsy suffered by the son following a birth injury.

NewLaw Solicitors handles personal injury cases involving both adults and children. The firm advises on claims arising from road traffic and aviation accidents leading to brain injury, paralysis and amputations. The practice is also specialised in mesothelioma and lung cancer cases as well as on on injuries arising from asbestos. Another key area of expertise is assistance with the acquisition of rehabilitation funds.

Practice head(s):Nicola Edwards; Karl Ford

Other key lawyers:Richard Wargert

Testimonials

Highly competent and efficient. Good attention to detail. Demonstrate ability to have proper conduct of a file.

'Richard Wargert is highly recommended. He knows his own mind. He works tirelessly for his clients and achieves spectacular results despite his calm and quiet demeanor. And the NewLaw team supports his approach very well.'

Richard Wargert has been having very considerable experience in this practice area for many years. His judgment is sound, the preparation of his cases thorough and effective and his client handling skills extremely able.

Key Clients

Carol Nash Legal Services

Ageas Law

RCN Legal

Your Law

BMA Law

FMG Legal

H & R Legal

National Accident Helpline

Work highlights

  • Advised on a £178k provisional damages claim as part of a negotiated settlement in an orthopaedic case, which gives the client future protection should the risk of amputation arise

Slee Blackwell provides advice on road accident and public liability claims as well as on claims arising from injuries in workplaces. The firm also has expertise in sexual abuse and Criminal Imjuries Compensation Authority (CICA) claims. Practice head James McNally handles animal liability claims and assists adults and children who suffered from dog attacks leading to physical harm and mental illness.

Practice head(s):James McNally

Testimonials

The lawyers have an excellent ability to relate to vulnerable clients.

The flow of information between members was very good and professional.

A truly professional firm that gives a lot of confidence in pursuing a case.

Work highlights

  • Advised on a claim arising from an untreated disease leading to injuries while being detained in prison.
  • Advised on a claim arising from injuries suffered from a road accident while riding a horse.

Ashfords LLP regularly advises on workplace and car traffic accidents as well as on injuries sustained at public places. The firm assists with claims involving restrictions to mobility, amputations, fractures, neorological injuries as well as fatalities. Having ‘excellent forensic skills and abilities while being client-focused simultaneously’, practice head Stephen Walker is experienced in handling injury claims involving children and babies.

Practice head(s):Stephen Walker

Testimonials

The practice is characterised by its clarity and detail of instructions, accessibility, responsiveness and client focus.The team clearly has the individual client‘s best interests at heart - and it's not just about compensation.

Very client-focused and diligent.

The claimant team is very thorough in its approach to all cases. It is always aware of the key issues and deals with everything in a timely manner.

The practice always acts promptly and is clear and concise when reporting and giving advice.

Excellent and second to none.

The team is very helpful team and makes one feel at ease during meeting. The team is always available to answer any queries and explain legal issues in a very pleasant and relaxed manner.’

Humphreys & Co. Solicitors is specialised in claims arising from asbestos-related mesothelioma. Other key areas of expertise involve asbestos-related lung cancer and asbestosis as well as pleural thickening on both a provisional and final damages basis. The ‘thorough, excellent and carefulStephen Burbidge has expertise in the assistance with the obtainment of early interim payments to fund potentially life extending treatments such as immunotherapy.

Practice head(s):Stephen Burbidge

Testimonials

A fantastic, hard-working, approachable and very knowledgeable asbestos-related disease team.

A confident team that started on mesothelioma cases in the region before any other firm.

The team is very efficient at what it does and treats victims with the respect they deserve.

Work highlights

  • Advised on a compensation claim arising from mesothelioma.
  • Advised on a mesothelioma which culminated in a successful application under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme.
  • Advised on an asbestos compensation claim.

Simpson Millar LLP has expertise in claims related to diseases arising from contact with asbestos. The practice also advises on other respiratory claims, including emphysema, COPD, occupational cancer, hand arm vibration syndrome and dermatitis as well as personal injury claims arising from industrial deafness, repetitive strain injury and carpal tunnel syndrome. The firm is also specialised in the securing of funds for immunotherapy treatments.

Practice head(s):Helen Grady

Testimonials

A leading industrial disease practice known for handling difficult and high value cases

Simpson Millar’s claimant team possesses extensive specialist knowledge, particularly in the disease field. The practice knows how to run claims effectively and efficiently to secure great results for their clients

Helen Grady is an emphatic lawyer who is known for her close relationship with clients

Trethowans LLP has particular expertise in multiple fracture and head injury claims as well as multiple orthopaedic and spinal injury cases. The firm covers workplace injury occupiers’ liability, fatal accidents, public liability and industrial disease claims as well as claims arising from road traffic accidents. The firm is also involved in asbestos-related liability claims. Another area of expertise is the making of claims arising from mental illness.

Practice head(s):Gavin Lane; Tom Hartigan

Wards Solicitors LLP regularly advises on claims arising from fatal road traffic accidents, workplace injuries and injuries caused by dog attacks. The ‘excellent’ practice head provides ‘professional advice in a supportive manner’ and advises on fatal accident claims, psychological injuries resulting from assaults at work as well as on injuries resulting from trips and slips causing fractures and facial injuries.

Practice head(s):Alison Underhill

Testimonials

The team provides thoroughly professional, honest and helpful advice.

Work highlights

  • Advised on a claim arising from hand injuries in a children’s play area.
  • Advised on a claim arising from injuries sustained in a road traffic accident.
  • Advising on a claim for financial losses and personal injuries, including serious fractures and traumatic brain injuries, resulting from a road traffic collision.
  • Advising on a claim arising from back injuries sustained in an accident on a construction site.

Barcan+Kirby LLP is experienced in handling claims arising from brain, back and neck injuries and has a track record or pursuing claims arising from amputations, fatal injuries, psychiatric injuries as well as road traffic and work place accidents. Public liability claims are another key area of expertise. The firm also assists with claiming funds for rehabilitation and support measures.

Practice head(s):Richard Harris

Testimonials

‘Barcan+Kirby has a personable and dedicated team which is friendly and efficient at what it does.’

'Senior associate Myfanwy Buckeridge is one of the most effective solicitors I have ever known, really at the top end. She does a fantastic job for her clients.'

'A client focused team. Very approachable, very competent and puts you at ease.

'Senior associate Adrian Stone is knowledgeable, diligent and tactically astute. A good team player - he worked hard to get an excellent result on a high value, complex case for me.'

'Approachable, realistic about case merits, practical and friendly.'

Coles Miller Solicitors LLP is experienced in providing advice on personal injury claims arising from severe injuries such as brain damages caused by sports activities as well as workplace and road traffic accidents. The ‘intuitive lawyer and born negotiator’ practice head Adrian Cormack sits on various personal injury trusts and assists injured claimants with the securing of rehabilitation funds and life-long income.

Practice head(s):Adrian Cormack

Testimonials

The firm has a large team of highly experienced solicitors.

Work highlights

  • Advising on a personal injury claim against the defendant hospital trust.
  • Advised on a public liability claim arising from a road traffic accident.

Coodes Solicitors handles matters including road traffic accidents as well as claims arising from employer, public and occupier liabilities. The firm also deals with liability claims regarding slips and trips. The firm assists with claims arising from fractures, brain injuries and orthopaedic damages affecting arms and legs as well as mental illnesses. The firm gathers supportive evidence in respect to financial losses and negotiates settlements.

Practice head(s):Rachel Pearce

Work highlights

  • Advised on a claim arising from an accident at work.
  • Advised on claim arising from a road traffic accident.

GA Solicitors acts for adults and children in claims arising from brain injury. The firm additionally advises on chronic pain disorder cases and product liability claims. Other claims relate to road traffic accidents and asbestos-related diseases. The firm is also experienced in securing funds needed for long-term care treatment, which involves advice on medical retirements, loss of earnings as well as pension and benefit claims.

Practice head(s):Matthew Sheather

Nash & Co has particular expertise in claims arising from industrial diseases with particular focus on asbestos-related diseases, fatal accidents in workplaces such as construction sites, road traffic accidents as well as in claims related to cancer. Practice head Michael Shiers ‘knows his cases back to front’andis active for claimants who sustained neurological injuries or who were exposed to dangerous chemicals negligently disposed in the environment.

Practice head(s):Michael Shiers

Testimonials

Nash & Co deals with matters swiftly and efficiently. Papers are received in a timely fashion, with all relevant matters identified and included. It is a pleasure to deal with such an effective firm.

His practical and effective approach to litigation makes Michael Shiers a delight to work with. His experience means that he is able to identify the matters most relevant to the case and to include those documents which counsel needs to see without swamping the matter with paperwork.

Work highlights

  • Advising on an injury claim against the Probation service in relation to a sentence of unpaid work.
  • Advising on an environmental claim arising from neurological injuries sustained due to the negligence of a utility.
  • Advising on a claim arising from major burns sustained whilst excavating a live cable.
  • Advised on a claim arising from diffuse pleural thickening.
  • Advising on a claim arising from career-ending injuries sustained when the client slipped on a construction site.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP advises on claims arising from high speed road traffic collisions, accidents involving animals, and injuries sustained in workplaces. The firm is also experienced in dealing with farming accidents. The firm advises on brain injuries, limb fractures, orthopaedic injuries as well as on injuries arising from slips and falls. The firm also has expertise in handling amputation cases.

Practice head(s):Bronwen Courtenay-Stamp; Ian Brown

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