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Jonathan Peacock’s team at Irwin Mitchell focuses on neurotrauma and fatal accident cases and asbestos-related disease work. Catastrophic injury specialist James Davies joined the team in October 2013. Associate Satpal Singh handles mesothelioma work.

At QualitySolicitors Burroughs Day, team head Crispin Edmonds specialises in brain and catastrophic injury claims, and Hugh Balchin deals with a caseload of accident at work, stress/harassment at work, and repetitive strain injury cases.

National heavyweight Thompsons Solicitors LLP has a ‘very strong' team which is ‘second to none'. It focuses on volume trade union work, and has ‘a growing reputation' in both industrial disease and catastrophic injury work.

Louise Hart at Withy King is ‘extremely knowledgeable and thorough', and heads the firm’s Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) practice. The team also handles claims for severely injured victims of cycling accidents. Stuart Brazington specialises in high-value brain and spinal injury claims.

At Clarke Willmott LLP, Martin Pettingell specialises in child and adolescent traumatic brain injury cases; Lee Hart focuses on high-value catastrophic injury and fatal accident claims; and Stephen Trump’s expertise includes amputation, traumatic brain injury and multiple injury cases.

Juliette Clarke heads the personal injury practice at Foot Anstey, and handles a broad range of claims with a specialism in catastrophic claims, including brain and spinal injury cases.

At Humphreys & Co., the highly respected Peter Montgomery is ‘an expert' in asbestos-related litigation.

Lee Dawkins heads a six-partner team at Slee Blackwell, which handles a wide range of claims.

At Veale Wasbrough Vizards, the ‘first-rate' John Webster deals with a diverse range of claims including RTA and accident at work cases.

Veitch Penny advises on a broad spectrum of claims including RTA, fatal accident and sports injury cases.

Ashfords LLP’s Stephen Walker specialises in RTA, employers’ liability and occupational and industrial disease claims.

At Barcan Woodward Solicitors, litigator Myfanwy Buckeridge focuses on serious injury claims, and ‘dedicated' associate Adrian Stone specialises in head injury, spinal injury, injury at work and fatal accident cases. The highly rated Marina van Vessem retired from practice in 2013.

Adrian Cormack at Coles Miller Solicitors LLP specialises in complex brain injury cases. Christopher Whittle has particular expertise in industrial illness and other work-related cases.

The ‘highly experienced' Tim Blackwell at Lester Aldridge LLP has expertise in catastrophic injury, industrial disease and marine accident claims.

Pattinson & Brewer has a ‘client-focused' practice led by highly regarded specialist Gary Lightwood.

Emma Costin at Simpson Millar LLP specialises in industrial and occupational disease claims.

Thrings LLP’s personal injury team is ‘excellent, efficient, knowledgeable and thorough'.

Trethowans LLP undertakes a wide range of claims including accident at work, occupiers’ liability, RTA and fatal accident cases.

Wolferstans has dedicated teams handling serious injury and industrial disease work. Recommended individuals include Linda Woollams, Andrew Warlow and James Walsh, who is highly regarded for his asbestos-related work.

The highly rated Kate Golding at Battens Solicitors Limited advises on RTA and accident at work claims.

Co-operative Legal Services deals with a broad spectrum of claims including RTA and catastrophic injury cases.

Festival Law LLP specialises in industrial disease and cycling cases, and also has experience in asbestos-related litigation and noise-induced hearing loss claims. Ann-Marie Whelan and Julia Briano are the key contacts.

NewLaw Solicitors has particular expertise in motorcycle claims. Jo Darlington, formally of Irwin Mitchell, is the key contact.

Bronwen Courtenay-Stamp at Stones Solicitors LLP advises claimants in cases relating to sports injuries and injuries sustained when travelling abroad.

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Legal Developments in South West for Personal injury: claimant

  • Business interruption insurance: importance of understanding cover

    Business interruption insurance is often a key component of a company’s business continuity plan. The insurance is designed to compensate an insured for the financial effect of the interruption or interference to that business as a result of physical damage to an insured property or other key external events, such as damage at a supplier’s or customer’s premises. The intention is to restore the business to the same financial position as if the loss had not occurred, subject always to the terms and conditions of the policy. 

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  • Home Office announces extension of support service for SMEs

    An online support service for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) which need to recruit skilled overseas workers has been extended until 28 February 2014. The pilot was launched by UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) in partnership with the Greater London Authority (GLA) and provides a step by step guide to sponsoring an overseas worker. This service is available via the GLA website.
  • Penningtons Manches' immigration team considers new changes to the Tier 4 Sponsor Guidance

    The Home Office has recently published new Tier 4 Sponsor Guidance, version 12/13. This guidance is to be used by all prospective and existing Tier 4 sponsors from 11 December 2013.
  • Finding the 
right words

    In the recent case of Newbury v Sun Microsystems [2013], the defendant argued that an offer to settle proceedings was ‘in principle' only and that a binding contract could not be formed until further terms had been agreed and a formal contract had been signed. It supported this argument by referring to a statement, in the offer letter, that the settlement was to be ‘recorded in a suitably worded agreement'. 

  • Behind the corporate veil: is that all there is?

    That companies have an existence entirely separate to that of their shareholders and directors is a foundational principle of English law and commerce.

  • Playing fair with penalty clauses

    It is often difficult to predict what will be recoverable as damages for breach of contract. To provide some certainty, parties will often seek to agree the sum that will be payable in the event of specified breaches. 

  • Restoring environmental damage: putting a price on ecosystem services

    On 7 August 2009 a 40-inch pipeline ruptured, spilling 5,400 cubic metres of crude oil into the soil and groundwater of La Crau nature reserve in southern France, a habitat protected under French and European law. The operator had to excavate and replace 60,000 tons of soil, install 70 wells to pump and treat groundwater and 25 pumps to skim oil from surface water, at a cost in the region of €50m. However, this was just the primary remediation (that is, restoring the site to the state it would have been if the damage had not occurred). The operator was also required to compensate for the damage to the habitats and the loss of the ecosystem services that would otherwise have been provided by La Crau nature reserve. Measures included purchasing land outside of the nature reserve and contributing to its management for a period of 30 years (over €1m), monitoring the water table for 20 years (over €500,000), monitoring fauna over three years (€150,000) and rehabilitation in accordance with best available ecological techniques (nearly €2m). Overall, the compensatory restoration (to compensate for the amount of time that the ecosystem was impacted) and complimentary restoration (to compensate for elements of the ecosystem that had been permanently lost) came to more than €6.5m. 

  • The role of arbitrators in EU antitrust law

    In May 2014, it will be ten years since Regulation No 1/2003 entered into force. When the legislator of the European Union adopted this Regulation on 16 December 2002, its main objective was to decentralise the enforcement of the two main provisions of EU antitrust law, Articles 81 and 82 of the Treaty establishing the European Community (now Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)). Where do the arbitrators fit in this picture?

  • New Immigration Bill, October 2013: cause for concern or appeasing public sentiment?

    The year 2013 has seen a string of reforms to the immigration system by the current coalition government. On 10 October, the government published a Bill aimed at continuing its drive to reduce net migration figures. 

  • New Schengen EU Regulations: impact on short-stay visa visitors

    The publication on 26 June 2013 of the European Union Regulation EU 610/2013 modified the incumbent Regulation EU 562/2006 in relation to third country nationals (ie non-EU citizens) and those travelling on a short-stay visitor visa, as well as those who do not require a visa to enter the Schengen area, Romania, Croatia and Bulgaria. Exceptions include EU and EEA nationals travelling to other EU/EEA states within the Schengen area together with foreign nationals holding either long-stay or residence permits for their destination Schengen countries.

  • New revised guidelines for administrators in pre-pack sales

    Pre-pack sales by administrators are now used frequently enough for most people in business to be aware of them and many have come across them in their business lives. A small amount of controversy still attaches to pre-packs, but it is probably right to say that they are now an accepted part of the UK business scene as a useful means of rescuing a business in difficulty and preserving some or all of the jobs connected with the business.
    - Druces

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