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Clarke Willmott LLP’s personal injury department is ‘ably led’ by brain injury specialist Martin Pettingell. Lee Hart ‘demonstrates great care and compassion for his clients’, and serious injury team head Stephen Trump is ‘very hardworking and prepared to think outside the box’.

Crispin Edmonds heads the RTA team at QualitySolicitors Burroughs Day, and impresses with ‘his absolutely first-class client care skills’. Hugh Balchin is praised for his ‘level of knowledge and ability in both disease work and workplace accidents’.

Withy King LLPprovides an excellent service for clients with personal injury claims’. Practice head Louise Hart has recently handled a number of cases involving chronic pain. Stuart Brazingtonunderstands brain and spinal injuries and the complexities they generate’.

Marina van Vessem heads the specialist personal injury team at Barcan Woodward Solicitors, whose expertise spans RTAs, accidents at work and serious injuries.

Irwin Mitchell’s personal injury team ‘shows great empathy with injured parties and their families’. Jonathan Peacock is ‘a force to be reckoned with in brain injury claims’, while associate Satpal Singh handles cutting-edge mesothelioma work.

Slee Blackwell’s team deals with a wide range of claims. James McNally handles Animals Act cases, while John Hasson is acting in group litigation over PIP breast implants.

National personal injury heavyweight Thompsons Solicitors LLP is known for its trade union client base, and has specialists in serious injury, road accident, industrial disease and accident at work cases in its Bristol and Plymouth offices.

John Webster heads Augustines Injury Law, Veale Wasbrough Vizards’ dedicated personal injury and union services provider. The team deals with a broad spectrum of claims including RTA and accident at work cases.

Veitch Penny is ‘an outstanding firm with a very talented personal injury team’. Head of the motorcycle claims team Andrew Harris is ‘particularly skilled at dealing with claimants who have significant psychological injuries’.

Ashfords LLP handles a wide array of cases, and recently won panel appointments with Accident Advice Helpline, the Accident Claims Helpline and Fair Justice Claims.

Coles Miller Solicitors LLP’s personal injury department, headed by Adrian Cormack, is spread across the firm’s Bournemouth, Poole and Charminster offices.

Co-operative Legal Services handles a high volume of RTA claims, and regularly deals with catastrophic injury cases.

Festival Law LLP is home to BPE Solicitors LLP’s former personal injury team, with the experienced Mark Ovington a consultant.

Robert Antrobus heads the team at Foot Anstey. Juliette Clarke is ‘an experienced personal injury practitioner with a broad-based practice’.

Humphreys & Co. is a ‘very strong firm with considerable experience of asbestos litigation’.

Lester Aldridge LLP’s Tim Blackwell is currently handling an RTA claim involving a serious brain injury and significant orthopaedic injuries.

Kay McCluskey is a key contact at Metcalfes.

Gary Lightwood is the head of Pattinson & Brewer’s Bristol office, and is a personal injury expert.

Simpson Millar LLP has ‘a top-quality personal injury practice’. Emma Costin is ‘an excellent lawyer’.

At Stephens Scown LLP, associate Matthew Cross handled a number of RTA claims and an occupiers’ liability case in 2012.

At Stones Solicitors LLP, Bronwen Courtenay-Stamp has a niche practice in tourism accidents.

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

Trethowans LLP’s Chris Whiteley has particular expertise in serious head and spinal injury cases.

Wolferstans’ three-partner personal injury department has expertise across RTA, industrial disease, and brain and spinal injury claims.

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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.
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