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Clinical negligence: claimant

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Hugh James’ seven-partner team is noted for its strength-in-depth, enabling it to advise on a broad-ranging caseload which includes cerebral palsy, spinal and brain injuries. The ‘First-classStephen Webber heads the team and, as Chairman of the Society of Clinical Injury Lawyers, has been heavily involved in managing the market’s reaction to the Jackson reforms. The ‘matchlessMari Rosser specialises in child and adult brain cases, and successfully acted in a complex cerebral palsy claim arising out of the negligence of ambulance staff. Andrew Davies is also recommended.

Harding Evans LLPpunches above its weight’ and is ‘capable of running cases from the very small to those of the utmost severity and complexity in the High Court’. The ‘hugely experienced and knowledgeable’ Ken Thomas leads the team, which includes Jane Rogers, who is praised for her ‘excellent tactical acumen’.

Headed by ‘canny operator’ Matthew Owen, JCP Solicitors’ two-partner team provides a comprehensive service to individuals who have suffered a range of injuries, including providing an integrated Court of Protection offering for catastrophic brain injuries. The ‘seasoned and unflappable’ Keith Thomas specialises in severe birth injury cases and is recommended alongside ‘effective and hardworking’ associate Mei Li.

The Welsh clinical negligence department of Slater and Gordon consists of the former Leo Abse & Cohen Lawyers in the south, and the former Walker Smith Way Lawyers in north and mid Wales. Therefore, the firm has the critical mass to carry out the full range of negligence claims, including catastrophic brain and spinal injuries. Out of the firm’s Cardiff office Spencer Collier, Yvonne Agnew and Julia Reynolds are praised for their ‘hardworking and sensible approach’, while ‘excellent’ senior associate Justine Jones represents claimants from the Wrexham office.

At Thompsons Solicitors LLP, the ‘tenacious and hardworking’ Claire Evans is noted for her ‘knowledge of the defendant’s mind, which is extremely helpful in advancing cases’. Cathryn Davies is also a prominent figure in the firm’s Cardiff office and has a strong track record for serious injury work, including cerebral palsy cases.

Geldards LLP is ‘very capable of dealing with complex clinical negligence matters’. Team head Angelina Rigby is a ‘first-rate litigator who deals with complex cases efficiently and effectively’.

At NewLaw Solicitorsseasoned clinical negligence litigator’ Emma Scourfield ‘gets to grips with complex and difficult cases with ease’.

Clinical negligence: defendant

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Blake Morgan LLP regularly represents the Medical Protection Society (MPS) in defending claims brought against its members and also represents doctors sued in their capacity as experts in personal injury claims. David Mortimer is recommended.

At BLM, team head Jane Lang provides a ‘personal service with a good knowledge of healthcare professional issues’. Clients include MPS and DPL members.

At RadcliffesLeBrasseur, Huw Llewellyn-Morgan handles clinical negligence defendant work as part of his broad-ranging healthcare practice.

Personal injury: claimant

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Led by Mark Harvey (who is ‘a force to be reckoned with’) and leveraging the firm’s London office, the 14-partner team at Hugh James has the critical mass to include numerous sub-divisions with experts focusing on industrial disease, neurolaw and specialist personal injury (including sexual abuse cases). The industrial team, led by Gareth Morgan, has a national reputation for bringing group actions on behalf of former miners. Other key figures include the ‘very experiencedAndrew Harding, who is a ‘market leader’ in traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, Iain Scott, who heads the specialist multi-track team, Malcolm Evans, Lisa Morgan, Simon Ellis and Kathryn Singh.

One of the leaders in their field in south Wales’, NewLaw Solicitors has a number of experienced practitioners in this field, including brain injury specialist Robert Thomas, who is ‘a reassuring and capable practitioner whose Court of Protection work buttresses his brain injury practice’; Nicola Edwards, who heads the serious injury team; Hilton Obery, who leads the spinal injury group; and Graham McGill and Susan Williams, who ‘know their area of law very well and are very comfortable and confident dealing with complex high-value personal injury claims’.

Slater and Gordon’s recent mergers have given it the critical mass to provide ‘an exceptional service’ across the spectrum of claimant personal injury work in north and south Wales. Wrexham-based Jonathon Sharples focuses on serious injuries and is ‘head and shoulders above anyone else in the region for spinal injuries’. The ‘conscientious and hardworking’ Mark Church heads the serious injury team in Cardiff.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP has a longstanding reputation in personal injury claimant work and has the ‘strength-in-depth’ to cover all areas from slips/trips through to asbestos-related mesothelioma and serious injuries. Eamonn McDonough has ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of asbestos-related diseases’ and the ‘thorough and well-prepared’ Louise Westlake is noted for her track record in serious injury cases. Anthony Welsh is also recommended.

Mackenzie Jones Solicitors is among the few firms in north Wales with a significant capability at handling catastrophic injury cases. Richard Jones and Anna Mills Morgan provide an ‘excellent service’.

Simpson Millar LLP provides ‘knowledgeable and tactically aware advice’ to a longstanding and loyal union clientele. Phillip Gower is ‘very well versed in the personal injury and disease fields’ and leads the team, which handles industrial disease work for GMB and Communication Workers Union.

At Watkins & Gunn Solicitors, the ‘thoughtful and astuteJonathan Wellington is one of a number of ‘high-quality’ practitioners who handle a range of multi-track and fast-track claims. The ‘excellentClive Thomas has significant experience of dealing with complex, high-value employer’s liability cases.

Dolmans’ Philip Bradley ‘builds a rapport with clients on challenging cases’ and is the primary contact for claimant work along with Peter Bennett.

GHP Legal provides a ‘warm and friendly service’ to claimants in north Wales. The ‘vastly experienced’ John Hulme ‘brings gravitas to any case’.

At Harding Evans LLP, team head Andrew Christie is noted for his expertise which covers the full spectrum of personal injury claims, from slips/trips to fatal accidents.

Although it is a small team, Swansea-based JCP Solicitors handles a significant volume of high-value catastrophic cases where it can leverage its Court of Protection practice. The ‘superb’ Keith Thomas and Lynne Morgan ‘are knowledgeable about neuropsychological issues’.

Personal injury: defendant

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The ‘focused’ six-partner team at BLM acts for a plethora of insurers including Allianz, Aviva and QBE. Recommended practitioners include Matthew Harrington, for general liability and occupational disease; Kerris Dale, who acts in motor claims; and associate John Roberts, who runs the public sector group.

Sally Roff overseas DAC Beachcroft Claims Limited’s four-partner team and focuses on large-loss claims with Nick Mahoney. Other key contacts include Peter Allchorne, who heads up the motor team, and Emma Fuller, who oversees the burgeoning credit hire practice. Clients include Zurich, Axa and Direct Line.

Dolmanshas real depth and experience in dealing with claims of the utmost severity and complexity’ for an impressive mix of local authorities and insurers. ‘Highly experienced and professional litigators’ Adrian Oliver and Melanie Standley ‘have significant experience running cases with extensive disclosure’, and are both specialists in handling claims brought against the police force. Nicola Edwards is ‘commercially astute and highly experienced in complex social services negligence claims’. The ‘very intelligent’ Justin Harris handles a range of work including defending road traffic claims.

Led by the ‘experienced and skilled’ Stephanie Eedy, Hugh James’ three-partner team handles a regular flow of personal injury matters for insurers, as well as from the firm’s large roster of corporate and public sector clients. Senior partner Gareth Williams has significant experience in the defence of claims as well as coverage disputes.

At Geldards LLP, Donna Makin is noted for her ‘clear and reasoned advice’ and regularly defends clients in employer’s liability and public liability claims. Senior associate Nicholas Mallen has a ‘good grasp of the issues’. Clients include Schneider Electric, National Museum of Wales and Admiral Insurance.

Professional negligence

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Led by Clare Hughes-Williams, DAC Beachcroft Claims Limited’s ‘knowledgeable, practical and down-to-earth’ specialist defendant professional negligence team has an excellent pedigree in the market, particularly in relation to claims brought against solicitors. Associate Catrin Davies provides ‘pragmatic and real-world advice’ to insurers on coverage issues. Clients include Hiscox, Libra and Zurich.

Led by William Ellerton, Eversheds LLP provides ‘an excellent service’. The firm acts for lenders including Nationwide, Santander and HSBC on professional negligence disputes.

At Berry Smith, the ‘knowledgeable and commercially minded’ Iwan Doull handles claims against solicitors and real estate disputes. Doull also handles a raft of work for ARAG seeking to recover after-the-event insurance payouts where the insured made misrepresentation.

Darwin Gray LLP handles a substantial volume of claimant work – predominantly against solicitors – as part of its broader commercial litigation function. Stephen Thompson handles a significant amount of this work and is also currently acting in claims made against numerous banks regarding alleged negligent mis-selling of interest rate hedging products. Ian Herbert is also recommended.

Hugh James regularly handles negligence claims brought against professional services entities including law firms and architects. The ‘commercial and no-nonsenseRichard Locke often handles professional negligence mandates.

JCP Solicitors has ‘a good grasp of the complex issues which tend to arise in professional negligence cases’. The firm is regularly instructed by banks, private clients and local businesses in claims against solicitors. ‘Outstanding’ team head Kevin O’Brien is ‘highly intelligent, robust and firm while remaining courteous and sensible’.

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