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Clinical negligence: claimant

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Headed by β€˜standout practitioner’ Stephen Webber, Hugh James’s five-partner team has β€˜great strength-in-depth’, with clients putting it β€˜at the top of claimant clinical negligence firms in Wales’. The group is β€˜very impressive on high-value and high-complexity claims of maximum severity’, and has wide-ranging expertise enabling it to allocate practitioners to deal with a variety of cases. For example, Webber (who is β€˜at the very top of his game’) is regularly called on to advise clients on cerebral palsy and spinal injury cases; he recently secured a favourable outcome for a client on the eve of a trial in a case where the defendants had previously denied liability. β€˜Absolutely in the top rank nationally’, Mari Rosser excels at brain injury and fatal accident claims and regularly works alongside practitioners in the firm’s Court of Protection department, should the claimant require the appointment of a deputy. Andrew Davies has vast experience across a range of cases including acting for children and adults who have suffered brain injury or paralysis, as well as psychiatric injury claims. Other recommended partners include the β€˜straight-talking, measured and hardworking’ Rhian Parsons, who excels at wrongful birth claims, and the β€˜very focused’ Sarah Davies, who has a special interest in orthopaedic claims. Senior associate Katie McCraith β€˜displays real attention to detail and sensitivity in the way she handles cases’; she regularly acts in orthopaedic, gynaecological and cardiac claims, as well as cases involving gall bladder injuries.

Harding Evans LLP’s eight-lawyer team in Newport provides an excellent service’ to patients who have suffered unnecessary injury as a result of clinical negligence in southeast Wales, and is rated for its ability to run β€˜cases from the very small, to those of the utmost severity and complexity’. β€˜Down-to-earth’ team head Ken Thomas has β€˜vast experience’ across a range of cases and β€˜regularly manages the most valuable multimillion-pound claims arising from devastating birth injuries’. β€˜Accomplished negotiator’ Jane Rogers joined JMD Law in July 2017.

JCP Solicitors fields a seven-lawyer team that is β€˜one of the best in south Wales’ and β€˜takes a real interest in its clients, doing everything it can to improve their well-being’. The β€˜excellent and thoughtful’ Keith Thomas and Matthew Owen have a very strong reputation in the market and β€˜can be trusted to produce good results in difficult high-value cases, such as those involving birth injuries’. Owen is also noted for his expertise in handling catastrophic brain injury work along with the β€˜very capable’ Mei Li. In this regard, the team is seamlessly able to work alongside the firm’s Court of Protection offering, where Lynne Morgan regularly acts as a deputy to clients of the team.

With practitioners in Cardiff and Wrexham, the β€˜conscientious and hardworking’ team at Slater and Gordon has strong market penetration across both north and south Wales and handles a wide range and high volume of matters encompassing everything from small matters to those of the utmost severity. The β€˜hardworking and sensible’ Spencer Collier, Yvonne Agnew and Julia Reynolds are the highest-profile members of the team and all have significant experience across a broad scope of cases including those of the utmost severity. The firm’s strong trade union links ensures it receives a steady flow of work from their members.

Geldards LLP’s β€˜experienced and knowledgeable’ four-strong team undertakes work on a national basis and is β€˜particularly well-versed at handling a range of complex cases including failure to diagnose cancer, gynaecological injuries and dental negligence’. Angelina Rigby joined NewLaw Solicitors in August 2017.

Hutton's strong reputation in the market can be largely attributed to the impeccable credentials of the β€˜calm, intelligent and thorough’ Tim Musgrave, who is β€˜capable of dealing with anything from a relatively trivial injury to a huge multimillion-pound litigation and provides the same service to his clients at either end of this spectrum’. Recent cases have involved catastrophic birth injuries, nursing negligence leading to a stroke and a permanent bladder injury, and delayed diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP’s Cardiff office has a longstanding reputation in the market for handling a broad range of clinical negligence work, including maximum severity cases. Although the four-fee-earner team is relatively small in comparison to some of the higher placed firms in the ranking, the Cardiff office is part of a coordinated national offering and is able to leverage these additional resources should the need arise. β€˜Very experienced’ team head Cathryn Davies is β€˜capable of undertaking the most complex of cases’ including cases involving severe birth injury such as cerebral palsy. Senior solicitor Claire Evans recently secured a significant settlement on behalf of a client in a cerebral palsy claim.

β€˜A growing firm in this area’, NewLaw Solicitors handles a range of clinical negligence matters, including those involving brain injury, oncology, spinal injury and amputation. β€˜Tenacious’ team head Emma Scourfield has β€˜very good medical knowledge’ and is a β€˜safe pair of hands’, particularly in relation to high-value clinical negligence matters. Nicola Davies regularly handles claims relating to oncology/cancer misdiagnosis and orthopaedic and spinal injury. The β€˜very thorough and well-prepared’ Angelina Rigby joined in August 2017 from Geldards LLP.


Clinical negligence: defendant

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Led by David Mortimer, Blake Morgan LLP represents the Medical Protection Society in the defence of clinical negligence claims brought against its members. Although the firm has wide-ranging expertise, it has a particular niche acting for doctors sued in their role as experts in personal injury claims, and defends claims brought against health boards in Wales when the in-house NHS team is unable to act. The team also advises NHS Wales on risk and reputation management issues.

BLM provides clinical negligence advice as part of its broader healthcare advisory and inquest practice group, which is led by the β€˜competent and sensible’ Jane Lang. The β€˜tenacious’ Lang displays β€˜great judgement’ and provides an β€˜excellent service’ to medical and dental defence organisations on behalf of their members and private clients. Sarah Price regularly handles clinical negligence claims which follow on from inquests and regulatory matters.

The β€˜very strong’ two-partner team at RadcliffesLeBrasseur has β€˜substantial expertise in medical law, in particular clinical negligence and professional discipline relating to doctors and dentists’. The vastly experienced and β€˜very tactically astute’ Huw Llewellyn-Morgan has β€˜in-depth knowledge and understanding of his cases’ which include defending doctors and dentists in proceedings before the General Medical Council (GMC) and General Dental Council (GDC), as well as in cases before the High Court and County Court. Praised for his β€˜pragmatic and focused advice to clinicians’, Mike Scherp has β€˜lots of experience in clinical negligence and medical regulatory matters’, and has β€˜a very good understanding of the issues and how they will play out in front of a Tribunal’. Recent work includes successfully defending a complicated clinical negligence claim involving two defendants where each party had instructed three experts to consider the extremely complex causation case and the uncertainty over the cause of death.


Personal injury: claimant

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Clients of Hugh James’s β€˜very conscientious and absolutely committed’ team feel it β€˜stands way above the crowd’. With 19 partners dedicated to this area, the team has the strength-in-depth to be able to provide an β€˜absolutely first-class service to claimants’ and coverage across the gamut of claims, including multi-party actions and matters involving industrial disease and sexual abuse. Team head Mark Harvey is β€˜especially good on international claims’, an area which was recently bolstered by the arrival in September 2016 of the β€˜excellent’ Katherine Allen from Slater and Gordon – Allen is recognised as β€˜one of the most established practitioners for claimants in the field of foreign accident claims’. Gareth Morgan is a market leader for mining compensation claims as a result of numerous successes against the Coal Board for a number of conditions including deafness, respiratory disease and vibration white finger. The β€˜absolutely brilliant’ Alan Collins has a focus on sexual abuse claims and is representing victims in the Jersey abuse inquiry, as well as advising the United Kingdom Child Sex Abuse People’s Tribunal. The β€˜fantastic’ Andrew Harding specialises in brain and spinal cord injuries, and is able to provide an all-encompassing service to clients and their families by virtue of his Court of Protection expertise. β€˜Very skilled’ consultant Sian Warren is an β€˜expert in catastrophic injuries’ and rated for her β€˜assiduous case preparation’. Other key figures include Cari Sowden-Taylor, who is also β€˜very well versed in catastrophic injuries’, particularly relating to traumatic brain and spinal injuries; Gwen Evans, who heads the firm’s environmental practice and often works alongside Neil Stockdale, whose β€˜very effective and experienced partnership dominates the Welsh market for group litigation’; and Iain Scott, who is an β€˜expert in catastrophic injuries and high-end personal injuries’ and is praised for his β€˜ability to fight his corner’. The team is rounded out by Simon Ellis, Kevin McCarthy and Kathryn Singh, who are all praised for their ability to β€˜tackle difficult group litigation with aplomb’.

With 40 solicitors based in the firm’s Cardiff office, NewLaw Solicitors has the critical mass to handle a high volume of matters and is particularly strong at handling road traffic accident (RTA) claims for insurers. The team also has significant capability on more serious injuries, including acting in catastrophic brain injuries, where the β€˜absolutely superb’ Robert Thomas β€˜really knows what he is doing’, and is able to provide a holistic service to clients and their families affected by virtue of his Court of Protection credentials. β€˜Leading workplace injury and disease lawyer’ Cenric Clement-Evans is praised for his β€˜genuine interest in both the law and his clients; he does not lose sight of the rehabilitation needs of seriously injured clients’. Other recommended practitioners include Nicola Edwards, who heads the firm’s serious injuries team; Hilton Obery, who is β€˜very experienced and adept at spinal injury cases’; Lisa Samuel, an β€˜effective operator’ who β€˜deals with the highest-value and complex catastrophic injury cases with skill and a smile’; and Graham McGill, β€˜who brings experience, calmness, organisation and realistic analysis to every case he deals with’.

With offices in Cardiff and Wrexham, Slater and Gordon has significant market visibility in both north and south Wales, and is well versed in dealing with complex and high-value personal injury claims, as well as asbestos litigation. Leveraging the firm’s trade union relationships, the team receives a steady flow of work from union members and has the strength-in-depth to provide specialisms in discrete areas including industrial disease, occupier’s and public liability cases. The firm also provides integrated ancillary services such as free welfare advice via its novel Client Liaison offering. β€˜Very much the best in north Wales if not the country’, Jonathon Sharples β€˜is one of the leading catastrophic injury lawyers around’ and β€˜has a tremendous capacity to foresee potential issues in any serious injury claim’. Also based in the firm’s Wrexham office, senior associate Darren Hughes is β€˜very strong, relates very well to clients and has particularly strong client-care skills’. Susan Edwards heads the catastrophic injury team in Cardiff following Mark Church’s recent departure. Other key figures in Cardiff include industrial disease specialist John Browne; β€˜formidable litigator’ Nicholas Collins, who has a β€˜wealth of experience handling high-value personal injury cases’; and senior associate Julian Cason, who has a particular forte advising on mesothelioma claims and is praised for his β€˜marvellous manner with clients’.

Leveraging its deeply embedded trade union relationships with clients including Unite the Union, Unison, Rail and Maritime Workers Union, and Fire Brigade Union, Thompsons Solicitors LLP is noted for its β€˜excellent work’ across the spectrum of personal injury cases, ranging from low-value matters to those of the utmost severity. Eamonn McDonough is highlighted for his β€˜very compassionate’ and β€˜tenacious’ approach handling asbestos cases across Wales and south-west England. Amanda Jones also has vast experience handling asbestos cases and often represents women who have developed mesothelioma after coming into contact with asbestos when handling their male relatives’ working clothes. Anthony Welsh and Paul Rosser handle a range of personal injury cases deriving from accidents at work and on the roads, with Welsh also responsible for supervising the multi-track accident team in Cardiff.

Although it can handle claimant personal injury work of all kinds, the β€˜highly competent’ team at JCP Solicitors specialises in high-value catastrophic cases arising from brain and spinal injuries. Regularly receiving work from other brain injury professionals, the firm has a well-earned reputation for its β€˜effective handling of complex cases’, and is also praised for its β€˜caring nature towards the client’. Team head Keith Thomas has vast experience in the market and is β€˜highly knowledgeable about neuropsychological issues’; he also regularly works alongside the firm’s highly regarded Court of Protection team, led by the β€˜excellent’ Lynne Morgan, should the need arise. β€˜Effective and hardworking’ associate Mei Li specialises in handling maximum severity birth injury cases and Claire Goldsworthy particularly noted for her track record in spinal injury cases.

Mackenzie Jones Solicitors has a strong reputation in north and mid-Wales and provides an β€˜excellent service’ to clients across the spectrum of personal injury claims, with a particular focus on high-value and complex cases. β€˜Knowledgeable, caring and thorough’ team head Richard Davies Jones specialises in high-value cases including those involving spinal and head injuries and fatal accidents. Jones is currently involved in a complex case brought on behalf of a client injured following a fall from a zip wire ride against the owners the attraction and the manufacturers of the equipment for the ride. The β€˜thorough and determined’ Anna Mills Morgan is currently representing a client who sustained spinal and head injuries after being hit by a Land Rover; despite denying liability, Morgan has already managed to secure an invaluable Β£100,000 interim payment for her client prior to the full hearing on liability.

The β€˜very knowledgeable, experienced and industry-savvy’ team at Simpson Millar LLP β€˜serves its personal injury clients very well’. β€˜Very experienced’ team head Phillip Gower β€˜is extremely knowledgeable in the personal injuries and disease fields’, and specialises in asbestos-related injuries, among other industrial disease claims. Gower also handles other high-profile claims, including representing a client whose son suffered severe injuries as a result of a dog attack at his home.

With offices in Newport, Pontypool and Cardiff, Watkins & Gunn Solicitors has a strong presence in south-east Wales and is active across the gamut of multi-track and fast- track personal injury claims, including those relating to RTA incidents, disease cases and holiday claims. Led by the β€˜excellent’ Clive Thomas, the team is best known for handling employers’ liability claims on behalf of longstanding client Bakers Food & Allied Workers Union, and more recently the union Community in Wales and the South West. Thomas recently secured a settlement on behalf of a claimant who suffered significant injuries following a workplace accident; the case involved complex medical evidence in order to ascertain the extent to which her ongoing symptoms were the result of the accident and how much was caused by pre-existing arthritis. Jonathan Wellington provides β€˜thoughtful and incisive advice’, particularly in relation to complex multi-track matters. Lisa Guscott is also recommended.

While Dolmans is best known for its defendant practice, it does handle claimant-side personal injury work, where clients view it as β€˜equal in quality to its competitors, notwithstanding its size’. β€˜Pragmatic and client-focused’ team head Philip Bradley has a β€˜strong reputation’ across a range of personal injury claims including employers’ and public liability, road traffic claims and clinical disputes. Bradley’s past work includes successful claims for adult and child claimants who had suffered psychological injuries as a result of witnessing a gas explosion and its immediate aftermath. Although he is better known on the defendant side, Peter Bennett has represented clients and sports professionals who have suffered injury either in road traffic accidents or accidents at work.

GHP Legal provides a β€˜very intimate and individualised service’ on everything from small claims to more complex multi-track cases, including major psychiatric injury cases and brain injury cases. Clients also benefit from the firm’s Court of Protection service. Recent highlights include securing damages for the psychiatric injuries suffered by three secondary victims of a fatal motorcycle accident, including one who was not proximate to the scene. Key figures include Robert Williams, who β€˜plays the game very well and aims to win’, and the β€˜knowledgeable and friendly’ John Hulme.

Led by Andrew Christie, Harding Evans LLP’s three-strong team has capacity across the spectrum of personal injury claims including fatal and catastrophic accidents, occupational diseases and RTAs. The firm handles work for clients on a no-win no-fee basis and also receives instructions from several legal expenses insurers. Christie is particularly accomplished at handling employers’ liability claims; his recent work includes recovering Β£1.5m in damages for a client who sustained a below the knee amputation at work.


Personal injury: defendant

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BLM’s six-partner team provides a β€˜very high level of service’ across the spectrum of personal injury cases and is able to provide a sufficient degree of specialisation by virtue of the strength-in-depth it has at its disposal. Matthew Harrington has an β€˜extremely good reputation, particularly for disease work’, and heads the general liability and occupational disease sub-group. Kerris Dale is β€˜at the top of her game’ and provides a β€˜fantastic service’ to clients in the defence of a range of matters including serious traumatic injuries and road traffic claims. β€˜Extremely measured, thorough and skilful’ associate John Roberts provides a β€˜very impressive service’ to public sector clients. The β€˜excellent’ Simon Cradick is particularly accomplished at handling occupational disease defence work; he recently successfully defended a mesothelioma claim on the grounds of knowledge and foreseeability of risk at the material time of the exposure to asbestos in the 1950s. Clients include Allianz, Aviva and QBE.

An integral part of DAC Beachcroft Claims Limited’s large national network of offices across the UK, the Newport office has the strength-in-depth to provide discrete areas of specialism to the firm’s impressive array of insurance clients including catastrophic injury, credit hire and health and safety. Faye Fishlock heads up the office’s motor injury team and is also responsible for managing the firm’s public sector relationships, following the team’s recent appointment to the NPS for defendant litigation work. Alongside Peter Allchorne, who heads the motor pre-litigation team out of Bristol, Fishlock recently secured a positive outcome for a client in the defence of an RTA claim, which ultimately led to the claimant accepting a time-bound offer at a substantial discount of the potential amount at stake. Sally Roff handles personal injury work stemming from her market-leading safety, health and environment practice and excels at matters where there is involvement from the police and/or regulatory agencies. Nick Mahoney defends large loss and catastrophic injury claims on behalf of a major general insurer. Emma Fuller heads the firm’s credit hire practice. Clients include Zurich Insurance, AXA insurance and Allianz.

β€˜At the top of its game’, Dolmans β€˜benefits from close working relationships with its public authority clients and insurers’, and provides β€˜an excellent level of service’ across the gamut of matters including industrial accidents, child abuse, employers’ liability claims for harassment and bullying, and RTA work. β€˜Affable yet astute tactician’ Justin Harris heads the eight-partner team, which comprises β€˜fine leading lawyers with strength-in-depth’ and a degree of specialism that separates the firm from many of its peers in the market. β€˜Dedicated’ team head Adrian Oliver is β€˜highly respected’ for his work representing the police in the defence of claims brought against them, and is regularly assisted in this regard by the β€˜hugely dedicated and hardworking’ Melanie Standley. The β€˜detail-oriented and tactically aware’ Clare Hoskins specialises in public and employers’ liability work for local authorities including Cardiff City Council, who she recently successfully represented when it was faced with 142 pre-action personal injury tripping claims. Nicola Edwards specialises in social services negligence claims and is impressive in β€˜her ability to manage and absorb the salient content of large numbers of records and to identify the important issues’. The β€˜extremely diligent and thorough’ Paul Veysey handles a range of personal injury work including multi-track claims emanating from the firm’s defendant motor team. Simon Evans and consultant David Boobier are β€˜good at appreciating claim strengths and weaknesses, and make sensible decisions about when to fight’. At associate level, clients single out Tom Danter, who is β€˜very able and has a growing reputation’.

While it is much better known for its claimant work, Hugh James does handle some defendant work under the leadership of Stephanie Eedy. Eedy has a particular focus representing clients in the defence of employers’ liability claims including industrial disease matters. She is assisted by β€˜truly outstanding’ senior partner Gareth Williams, who handles some defendant-side work. Clients include Tradex Insurance, AIG and Tokio Marine Insurance.

Headed by the β€˜very strong’ Donna Makin, Geldards LLP’s two-lawer team represents a mix of self-insureds, public sector organisations and insurers in the defence of employers’ liability accident claims ranging from minor injuries through to injuries of maximum severity and death and occupational disease. Clients include Schneider-Electric, National Museum Wales and National Library of Wales.


Professional negligence

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DAC Beachcroft Claims Limited’s six-strong team β€˜knows professional negligence inside out – both the substantive law and the insurance market behind it’, and provides an β€˜exceptional service’, particularly on behalf of solicitors in the defence of professional negligence claims. β€˜Terrifyingly good’ team head Clare Hughes-Williams β€˜knows everyone in the industry and is therefore aware of every new development as soon as it happens’; clients single out her β€˜combination of deep knowledge of the law with excellent interpersonal skills and commercial acumen’. She is currently advising a large insurer on whether the acts and omissions of a solicitor which led to a multimillion-pound claim being brought against them are covered or excluded by the insurance document. The β€˜hardworking’ Catrin Davies β€˜knows her cases inside out’; in addition to defending solicitors against claims, she also has experience acting for surveyors, architects, letting agents, veterinary surgeons, doctors and dentists. β€˜Exceptional’ senior associate Tom Bedford, who is praised for his β€˜unmatched tenacity on behalf of his clients’ and his β€˜top-notch written work’, rounds out the team. Clients include Zurich, Travelers Insurance, QBE Insurance, and Munich Re.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s Cardiff office has a particular strength acting for lenders – including Santander, Deutsche Bank and GE Money – in claims brought against solicitors and valuers, often arising from secured commercial and residential lending. Although William Ellerton left in December 2016 to join DAS Law, the team maintains a strong presence in the market, where it is led by Nick Rundle and Anthony Davies, who both undertake professional negligence work for lenders as part of their broader financial services litigation expertise. Rundle recently advised Bank of Ireland in claims against two firms of surveyors resulting from allegedly negligent advice provided in connection with a decision to advance funds on security of a commercial premises. Other recommended practitioners include β€˜technically excellent’ principal associate Wayne Davies and senior associate James Coleman, who has β€˜excellent technical skills and a suitably robust approach to litigation’.

The β€˜first-class’ team at Berry Smith β€˜really knows its stuff’, and is particularly well known for representing entities bringing professional negligence claims relating to property matters. Iwan Doull is the principal partner handling professional negligence work and is praised for his β€˜clear advice’ and ability to β€˜crystallise the key issues even in very complex matters’. Although regularly involved in property-related professional negligence matters, another major part of Doull’s practice involves representing legal expenses insurer ARAG in cases where it is seeking to recover after-the-event insurance premiums and associated losses in instances where the insured made misrepresentation. Praised for his β€˜tremendous attention to detail’, Simon Care also handles professional negligence work as part of his broader real estate property litigation practice. As well as contentious work, the firm provides an advisory service to clients including The Police Federation, which has instructed the firm to implement a national audit of its relationship with panel firms instructed to deal with claims on behalf of all members of the police force in England and Wales.

Darwin Gray LLP regularly receives referrals as well as direct instructions from clients seeking to sue a wide range of professionals including solicitors, barristers, accountants, surveyors, architects and engineers. Ian Herbert is β€˜a sound commercial litigator’ who has substantial expertise in the area; he is currently representing a property owner on potential claims against the property developer and architect relating to an alleged failure to install an adequate damp proof membrane to the property. The β€˜pragmatic and commercial’ Stephen Thompson continues to represent bank customers in relation to claims against banks for the negligent mis-selling of interest rate hedging products. Kempton Rees also handles claimant professional negligence work as part of his broader commercial litigation practice.

Sitting within the broader commercial litigation function of the firm, which is recognised as β€˜market leading for high-value and important disputes’, Hugh James handles claimant-side professional negligence matters for both private individuals and corporates. β€˜Very clever and commercial’ litigation head Richard Locke is praised for his β€˜down-to-earth and calm approach’, which ensures he β€˜consistently achieves the best results for his clients’. Locke is representing ARAG in a complex professional negligence claim brought on behalf of their policyholder against surveyors who it is alleged failed to identify various structural problems and subsidence during the course of surveying a high-value property. The firm also specialises in financial mis-selling claims against Independent Financial Advisers (IFAs); Malcolm Evans continues to act for private claimants in claims brought against financial advisers alleging that they negligently advised to transfer their funds from their traditional occupational and/or private pensions into a Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) which would then invest in extremely high-risk investments. Senior associate Abigail Flanagan and solicitor Gareth Roberts also regularly handle professional negligence work and are noted for their β€˜very professional and hardworking approach’.

JCP Solicitors (which is β€˜exceptionally good at managing litigation in a cost-effective manner’) acts for a range of lenders, corporates and private individuals bringing claims against solicitors. Team head Kevin O’Brien is recognised as β€˜one of the best solicitors practising on the claimant side of professional negligence in the country’. O’Brien provides a β€˜superb service’ and is currently representing a client in a claim brought against her former solicitors for misconduct of employment tribunal proceedings. The β€˜professional and supportive’ Sophie Thomas also regularly handles professional negligence claimant work, with an emphasis on property-related solicitor claims and title rectification issues. Clients include Coventry Building Society, ITL Mortgages and Swansea Building Society.


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