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Clinical negligence: claimant

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  1. Clinical negligence: claimant
  2. Hall of Fame
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With four partners focused on clinical negligence claimant work and supported by a specialist Court of Protection offering, Hugh James has the critical mass and expertise to handle a wide array of cases including ones of the utmost severity such as brain injury and cerebral palsy claims. 'Class act’ Stephen Webber heads the claimant division at the firm and 'can handle all the pressures of running multimillion-pound claims with aplomb'. 'Combining an extremely relaxed persona with a very agile mind and high level of ability', Webber is regularly at the forefront of high-value and complex claims including his recent representation of a claimant with a long psychiatric history, who having developed a spinal abscess became paraplegic following her refusal to undergo an operation. The case revolved around the failure to identify that the claimant had significant psychiatric symptoms and therefore lacked capacity to reject surgery. 'The thoughtful and unflappable’ Mari Rosser heads the firm's clinical negligence team and has particular specialism advising on both child and adult brain injury cases, and fatal accident claims. Other recommended practitioners include Sarah Davies , who has a special interest in surgical cases, especially those involving injuries to the bowel; Rhian Parsons , who excels at handling wrongful birth claims; and Katie McCraith, who is currently involved in a specialised investigation into the inappropriate prescription of anticonvulsant medication to pregnant women and the effects of the medication on babies in utero and the significant care requirements needed by children born with mental and physical disabilities. Senior associate Elin Davies  is also recommended.

One of the largest standalone clinical negligence practices in Wales, Harding Evans LLP's eight-strong team has vast experience acting for claimants across established areas including brain injury and cerebral palsy matters as well as claims in new growth areas such as cosmetic and weight loss surgeries. As well as direct instructions, the firm regularly receives referrals from other law firms and medical professionals, and also benefits from a high success rate in Conditional Fee Arrangement (CFA) funded cases. Team head Ken Thomas has a high profile in the industry and has vast experience handing claims across an array of clinical negligence matters including those of the utmost severity such as fatal injury and brain damage cases. Senior associates Sara Uren and Lauren Watkins are also recommended.

Praised for its 'empathetic approach', the 'friendly, knowledgeable and responsive' six-strong team at JCP Solicitors provides an 'excellent service' to claimants from its Swansea headquarters, as well as from west Wales (utilising its Carmarthen and Haverfordwest offices), across the gamut of injuries including cases of the utmost severity. 'One of the best law firms in Wales working in this area', at a senior level, the team can call upon the expertise of the 'well organised and experienced' Keith Thomas, who has particular expertise at handling birth injury cases, and the 'excellent' Matthew Owen and Mei Li , who both have significant experience handling cases involving catastrophic brain injuries. The firm is also able to handle work for clients who have become mentally incapacitated by virtue of its Court of Protection offering which is headed by the 'excellent' Lynne Morgan.

Led by the 'fantastic' Yvonne Agnew, the 'professional, well-organised and highly efficient' team at Slater and Gordon handles a wide range and high volume of matters, and 'has a lot of experience dealing with cases of the utmost severity'. The 'experienced and knowledgeable' Agnew is praised for her 'second-to-none analytical skills' and ability to 'cut right to the heart of an issue'. She also 'puts the clients at ease by being able to demonstrate she knows each of their cases inside out' and is particularly accomplished at handling high-value and complex birth injury, brain and spinal/vascular injury claims. The 'excellent' Julia Reynolds also has vast experience in the field and is well-versed at handling cases involving both children and adults without capacity, requiring court approval. Senior associates Lara Bennett and Kelly Lloyd-Davies are also recommended. Spencer Collier joined Geldards LLP in July 2017.

Now headed by the 'excellent' Spencer Collier following his move in July 2017 from Slater and Gordon, Geldards LLP's three-strong team has 'lots of experience covering the full range of complexity and value', from maximum severity brain injuries to fatal accident claims and orthopaedic and surgical matters. 'Great with clients on the claimant side', and appreciated for his 'excellent grasp of all of the issues before instructing counsel', Collier recently advised on an amputation matter caused by a delay in diagnosing circulatory issues with the claimant’s lower limbs. 'Very good' associate Rachel Kirby is also recommended.

Hutton's team head Tim Musgrave has a strong reputation in the market across a wide range of matters including catastrophic injury, birth injury and fatal accidents claims. As well achieving many notable settlements for clients throughout his career, Musgrave is also a formidable opponent in court and recently secured the highest court award ever made following a contested trial for a client suffering from cerebral palsy.

Recently strengthened by the arrival in August 2017 of the 'very impressive and experienced'¬†Angelina Rigby¬†from¬†Geldards LLP, NewLaw Solicitors¬†provides an 'excellent service' to claimants across a range of cases including those relating to brain injury, oncology, spinal injury and amputation claims. Former team head Emma Scourfield¬†now serves as a consultant to the firm and ‚Äėtakes on complex and high value cases and handles them well‚Äô.¬†Nicola Davies¬†is also recommended.

The 'strong and very able' team at Thompsons Solicitors LLP handles a vast amount of 'quality clinical negligence claims in south Wales', particularly on behalf of union members including Unite the Union, Unison and Fire Brigade Union. Herself a former midwife, senior solicitor Claire Evans 'has excellent knowledge of medical matters', and excels at handling obstetric and birth injury cases. Cathryn Davies is also well regarded in the market, particularly in relation to cases of the utmost severity including cerebral palsy. Solicitor Amy Griffiths is also recommended and recently handled a case involving lack of informed consent during breast surgery. The team is also able to handle work for clients lacking mental capacity by virtue of its subsidiary, BBH Legal Services, which provides Deputyship, Trust and Court of Protection services.


Clinical negligence: defendant

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Headed by David Mortimer, Blake Morgan LLP receives a significant flow of work on behalf of the Medical Protection Society (MPS) where it represents its members in defending claims brought against them. The team also 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 conflicted out. At an associate level, Alison Huckle and Tina Whitman are also recommended.

Headed by the 'experienced' Jane Lang as part of the broader healthcare advice and inquest practice group, BLM has 'significant experience in defending healthcare trusts' against clinical negligence claims, as well as in medical inquest work. Although she is better known for her work advising healthcare practitioners in disciplinary and regulatory matters, solicitor Sarah Price  also has experience of dealing with clinical negligence claims which follow on from inquests and regulatory matters. Clients include Medical Protection, Dental Protection and National Pharmacy Association.

Benefiting from 'strong specialist knowledge of the medical profession', the two-partner team at RadcliffesLeBrasseur provides a 'first-rate service' to doctors, dentists and allied healthcare professionals, and has an 'unrivalled depth of knowledge and experience in work straddling regulatory, inquest, clinical negligence and employment cases across the medical spheres'. Praised for his 'top-notch client handling skills', Huw Llewellyn-Morgan has 'an inordinate amount of experience in medical law - particularly regulatory cases before the General Medical Council and medical inquests, where there may also be a clinical negligence claim'. Morgan recently represented a medical practice in a claim by a patient alleging misprescription of an addictive drug which they since became dependent on. The 'down-to-earth and approachable' Mike Scherp is a 'fantastic litigation tactician' who is 'tactful in dealing with clients facing challenging cases' and also 'knows how to speak to and deal with doctors and get the best results from experts'. Scherp is representing a General Practitioner (GP) in a claim where allegations have been made against two other GPs and a hospital consultant in relation to life changing injuries sustained by the claimant.


Personal injury: claimant

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'At the forefront of personal injury litigation', Hugh James's 16-partner team is 'at the top of the tree not only in Wales but across the UK in this sector', and has the critical mass to handle a tremendous volume and variety of cases including major pieces of group litigation. Headed by Mark Harvey, the team benefits from partners with sub specialisms including the 'fantastic' Gwen Evans, who has 'vast experience of handling environmental cases' - particularly group litigation relating to private nuisance claims. Andrew Harding is 'very easy to work with' and heads up the multi-disciplinary neurolaw department which includes a specialist Court of Protection unit providing professional deputy input to those who lack the necessary capacity to manage and administer their own finances. The 'outstanding' Cari Sowden-Taylor has a 'lovely manner with clients' and along with 'thorough and meticulous' consultant Sian Warren (who 'knows her way around a catastrophic injury case and is unfazed by the litigation process') are also part of the neurolaw team and handle work for claimants with traumatic brain injuries. Alan Collins is the firm's go-to-partner for sexual abuse claims and is 'widely recognised as one of a handful of specialists in this field and has acted in some of the most sensitive and important cases in the UK', including the Jimmy Saville litigation. The 'very experienced' Simon Ellis specialises in noise induced hearing loss and unitary disease work and is praised for his 'superb approach to client care and depth of knowledge'. The 'fantastic' Richard Green is 'excellent at asbestos-related disease work' and is a key member of the diverse team that also includes the 'pragmatic' Neil Stockdale, who heads up the firm's group actions department; consultant Gareth Morgan a market leader for mining compensation claims; multi-track specialist Iain Scott; and Kevin McCarthy, who specialises in noise induced hearing loss claims.

With personal injury work accounting for a large part of the firm's business, the 'expert and committed' team at NewLaw Solicitors is effectively able to manage a wide range of cases, ranging from low-value road traffic claims through to catastrophic cases involving spinal and head injuries. As well as being able to call upon lawyers with significant expertise across the gamut of personal injury claims - with a 'particular strength in handling motorcycle accidents' - clients benefit from a holistic service which also includes access to welfare managers (should the need arise) whose role is to support the injured party and their family across a whole host of non-legal aspects. The 'very experienced and detail-oriented' Nicola Edwards  heads the firm's serious injury team and recently settled a complex orthopaedic case for a sum of just under £800,000. Benefiting from 'decades of experience', Cenric Clement-Evans is, according to one barrister, 'probably the best workplace injury and disease solicitor in the UK', and as well as his fee-earning work is also involved at a governmental level including his involvement as Secretary of the Cross Party Group on asbestos at the National Assembly for Wales. Lisa Samuel  'demonstrates excellent judgement and tenacity in achieving a good result for the client' and is a key member of the team that also includes 'superb industrial disease specialist' Lowri Morgan ; Hilton Obery , who specialises in spinal injury cases; and Mark Gayler , who specialises in amputation claims and complex orthopaedic injuries caused by motorcycle accidents.

'Well-versed in dealing with complex/high-value personal injury claims and asbestos litigation', Slater and Gordon provides an 'excellent service' on behalf of a loyal cadre of clients including numerous trade unions such as GMB, Unite and USDAW. Due to the size of the team, lawyers are able to specialise in certain niche areas, including the 'experienced and knowledgeable' John Browne who heads the industrial disease team in Cardiff and 'has recently been successful in extending the firm's presence into the South West where it now regularly acts for asbestos injury claimants'. 'A formidable litigator',Nicholas Collins has a 'wealth of experience of undertaking complex/high value personal injury litigation and is a great man to have in your corner'. Senior associate Julian Cason's  'forte is asbestos litigation' and is 'eminently suited to this area of work by virtue of the excellent manner he has with clients, which fills them with absolute confidence'. The 'excellent' Susan Edwards heads the office's serious injury department and has significant experience handling spinal injury and brain injury cases. The firm no longer has a capability in north Wales following the recent closure of its office in Wrexham.

The 'friendly, knowledgeable and responsive' team at JCP Solicitors specialises in high-value catastrophic cases arising from brain and spinal injuries and is acknowledged in the market for taking a 'genuine interest in its clients' welfare'. Team head Keith Thomas has a 'wealth of knowledge and experience' and is particularly accomplished at handling maximum severity acquired brain injury and birth injury cases. The 'excellent' Matthew Owen is also recommended for birth and brain injury cases, Mei Li has significant experience across an array of catastrophic injury cases, while Welsh speaker Ian Rees is able to undertake personal injury matters in Welsh or English. The merger in April 2017 with Glamorgan Law has enhanced the firm's coverage extending from its pre-existing south west Wales foothold through to the south east of the country where the experienced Helen Cradick has expertise across a range of personal injury mandates including road traffic accidents (RTA) and employers' liability claims.

Able to leverage 'strong and longstanding trade union relationships', including on behalf of Unite, Unison and RMT, the 'very committed and experienced' 16-strong team at Thompsons Solicitors LLP receives a significant volume of work across a wide range of cases ranging from low-value matters to those of the utmost severity. The 'excellent asbestos litigation expert' Amanda Jones is well regarded in the market, as is the 'very knowledgeable and experienced' Eamonn McDonough, who also handles asbestos-related litigation. The 'intelligent and hardworking' Anthony Welsh provides 'very pragmatic and well-prepared advice' in relation to multi-track cases, where he is noted for the 'speed with which he recognises the salient issues' and his ability to 'prosecute his client’s case to the maximum advantage'. The 'very thorough' Paul Rosser is also recommended.

Mackenzie Jones Solicitors has a strong reputation advising north and mid Wales and north west England-based clients across a range of personal injury claims, ranging from RTA cases through to industrial disease claims. Founding member and team head Richard Jones has a raft of experience handling cases of the utmost severity including spinal and head injuries. Anna Mills Morgan is also recommended.

At Simpson Millar LLP, 'excellent' Cardiff-based team head Phillip Gower has a 'fantastic reputation', in particular for handling industrial disease personal injury work and has a particularly strong track-record handling mesothelioma cases caused by exposure to asbestos.

With practitioners based in Newport, Pontypool and Cardiff, Watkins & Gunn Solicitors has excellent coverage across south east Wales and acts for clients across a range of personal injury matters including RTA, holiday cliams, elder abuse, and industrial disease cases. The team is, however, best-known for its employers' liability prowess and has represented the Bakers Union for over 25 years. Team head Clive Thomas has an excellent reputation across a variety of cases, including catastrophic injuries and psychiatric injury. Thomas recently settled a case for a claimant who suffered significant injuries in a workplace accident; the case was complicated by having to determine the extent to which her ongoing symptoms were the result of the accident and how much of them were caused by pre-existing arthritis and how this impacted on her inability to work. Jonathan Wellington and Lisa Guscott are also recommended.

Although it is principally a defendant practice, Dolmans also 'handles some high-quality claimant work as well'. The 'exceedingly thorough' Philip Bradley provides a 'very professional and polished approach' to clients engaged in a wide array of personal injury claims including employers’ and public liability, road traffic claims and clinical disputes. Bradley's past work has included recovering major settlements for a self-employed building contractor who had suffered serious lower leg injuries in a road traffic accident and for a holiday maker who sustained serious back injuries in a slipping accident in Heathrow Airport. Peter Bennett is also recommended.

'A¬†good local alternative to the now familiar ‚ÄúBig Fish‚ÄĚ', north Wales-based GHP Legal combines 'old-fashioned values with modern thinking and service' across¬†everything from small claims to more complex multi-track cases, including major psychiatric injury and brain injury cases. Recent highlights include representing¬†a claimant who suffered severe multiple orthopaedic injuries and brain damage in an RTA involving a foreign driver and insurance company. The 'personable' John Hulme¬†'has a wealth of experience' and provides an 'effective service'. Robert Williams¬†is also recommended.

Headed 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. Christie is particularly accomplished at handling employers' liability cases.


Personal injury: defendant

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'In the premier league for defendant personal injury in south Wales', BLM has the strength-in-depth to be able to handle a wide range of work for an impressive roster of insurers including Allianz, Aviva and Zurich. The 'excellent' Matthew Harrington heads up the office's general liability and occupational disease sub-group and as part of his broad-ranging practice regularly handles catastrophic injury cases including group litigation. Harrington also often advises clients in crisis management in the aftermath of serious incidents and in the defence of organisations against health and safety prosecutions. Kerris Dale heads the office's specialist motor unit and has vast experience handling a range of motor claims, from small straightforward matters through to catastrophic injury claims. Associate John Roberts has a particular focus on handling public sector, fraud and motor work and is a key member of the team that also includes Simon Cradick, who has a strong track-record handling occupational disease and high value employers’ liability and public liability matters, and Cenydd Edwards, who has a focus on short and long tail occupational disease including asbestos-related litigation.

With over 100 fee-earners based out of the firm's Newport office with a focus on defence work and also operating as an integral part of the firm's wider national network,  DAC Beachcroft Claims Limitedhas the critical mass to handle volume work in addition to more specialist areas including catastrophic injury, credit hire and health and safety. Sally Roff handles  personal injury defence work within a health and safety context and as well as defending clients in the aftermath of an incident is also well-versed in advising on risk management procedures and training to avoid problems further down the line. Roff recently provided crisis response advice to the engineering arm of a major insurer in the aftermath of fatal injuries to two engineer surveyors in separate incidents within a few weeks of each other. Nick Mahoney handles large loss and catastrophic injury claims arising out of motor accidents, employers' liability and public liability claims; he recently successfully defended a major general insurer using remoteness causation arguments against claims made by a claimant alleging brain injury following an accident at work. 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 National Procurement Service (NPS) for defendant litigation work. Other recommended practitioners include  Emma Fuller, who heads the firm's credit hire practice and associate Sean Harris, who specialises in the defence of chronic pain and fibromyalgia claims.

Praised for its 'depth of knowledge, responsiveness and clear advice', Dolmans¬†has a 'longstanding reputation for excellence in the field of personal defendant, local/public authority and insurance work'. The firm's deeply entrenched ties with Welsh local authorities sees it handle a significant volume of work within the public sector, where the 'quiet, calm, efficient and wily tactician' Justin Harris¬†has a tremendous reputation across¬† occupational stress, bullying, harassment and assault cases. Harris also heads up the firm's defendant road traffic practice and in this context handles work for numerous private sector entities including Tesco Insurance Company, which he recently acted for in a high-value and complex RTA case where the claimant suffered significant physical and psychological injuries. The 'thorough, tenacious and personable' Clare Hoskins¬†'always has a firm grasp of the cases she is dealing¬†with' and is the lynchpin of the firm's personal injury defence work on behalf of¬†Cardiff Council and Newport City Council. The 'highly experienced, pragmatic and commercial' Nicola Edwards¬†specialises in¬†complex claims against social services for alleged failure to protect children from abuse and neglect. Adrian Oliver¬†and Melanie Standley¬†'really understand their clients' aims and provide a high-quality service' to a myriad police forces in claims brought against them. Both are currently representing the¬†West Midlands Police in relation to litigation arising out of the Hillsborough disaster for psychological damage as a result of an alleged ‚Äúcover-up‚ÄĚ by police forces resulting in damaged reputations of Liverpool supporters. The 'hardworking and efficient' Peter Bennett¬†¬†heads the firm's occupational disease team and has an outstanding reputation representing clients in the defence of asbestos-related claims. Other recommended practitioners include 'rising star' Paul Veysey, Simon Evans¬†and associate Tom Danter, who is 'very able and has a growing reputation'.

Although it is better known for its claimant work, under the leadership of Stephanie Eedy,  Hugh James also provides an 'excellent service'  for blue-chip corporates, public sector entities and insurers across a range of defendant personal injury work including industrial disease and public liability. Eedy has a particular focus on employers' liability and recently successfully secured a settlement of approximately half the initial claim for Calsonic Kansei UK following an action brought by an employee following a serious accident at work. Senior associate Leon Lloyd 'has vast experience in the field' and is praised for his 'clear eye for detail and commercial advice' on behalf government funded public bodies and private individuals.

The 'experienced and knowledgeable' team at Geldards LLP provides a 'thoroughly professional service' to insurers, manufacturing and construction companies, utility companies, charities, local authorities and retailers across the gamut of personal injury matters. Described as 'a pleasure to work with', team head Donna Makin has a 'thorough understanding of her areas of specialism', that include advising self-insured corporates in the defence of high-value industrial disease claims and fatal and catastrophic accident claims. Clients include National Museum of Wales, Maxfort Insurance, Schneider-Electric and Enersys.


Professional negligence

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The 'outstanding' six-strong team at DAC Beachcroft LLP has 'an expert knowledge of the law and is also very commercial in its approach to insurance claims' brought against a range of professionals. Led by the 'experienced, calm and pragmatic' Clare Hughes-Williams, the team is best known for defending solicitors in professional negligence claims, Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) investigations and professional disciplinary proceedings. Praised for her 'keen strategic eye which enables her to see the wood from the trees', Hughes-Williams 'brings a refreshingly straightforward approach to tackling difficult claims and achieving the best possible outcome'. The 'dedicated and sensitive' Catrin Davies also 'knows the market very well' and provides 'level-headed advice' in claims against solicitors as well as in defending actions against mortgage brokers, letting agents and veterinary surgeons. Senior associate Tom Bedford is also recommended.

The 'enormously experienced and well-resourced' team at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP¬†provides 'clear and commercial' advice to¬†lenders ‚Äď including Santander, HSBC, Deutsche Bank and GE Money ‚Äď in claims brought against solicitors and valuers. As head of the secured recoveries part of the firm's financial services dispute resolution group,¬†Nick Rundle¬†regularly handles work for lenders including Bank of Ireland which he is representing in bringing 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. The 'knowledgeable and commercially focused' Anthony Davies¬†is a 'very safe pair of hands' and as well as handling professional negligence arising from title defects in lending transactions, also has a particular specialism in professional negligence against construction professionals including architects, engineers, loss adjusters, builders and underpinning contractors arising from the defective construction claims.¬†'Technically knowledgeable'¬†senior associate Lisa Murphy¬†provides 'common sense and pragmatic advice' and is a key member of the team that also includes 'excellent' senior associate James Coleman, senior associate¬†Ashley Davies, and 'very effective' principal associate Wayne Davies.

Berry Smith acts exclusively for claimants in professional negligence matters across all areas including financial, accountancy and surveying but according to one client its 'greatest specialism is in property-related work, where it has a national reputation'. In this regard, the 'exceptional' Iwan Doull is 'able to weigh up complex and difficult matters quickly and provides clear and practical advice'. Doull is also noted for his 'excellent and commercial advice' for after-the-event insurers including ARAG, in claims brought against law firms who negligently advised their insureds. 'Ferociously bright' and 'very effective' property litigator Simon Care is also regularly engaged in claimant work against property-related professionals. A growing area of Care's work is in relation to bringing claims against solicitors for negligent advice delivered in the context of property transactions; he is representing Coffee Mania! in a claim brought against its former solicitors for allegedly negligent advice in failing to secure the renewal of a protected business tenancy of premises.

Capital Law LLP 's 'very innovative commercial dispute resolution team' approaches professional negligence work with 'great ingenuity and expertise', for both claimants and defendants. Headed by the 'very commercial and effective' Andrew Brown, the firm has handled several professional negligence claims under the umbrella of its own litigation fund, Capital Dispute Finance, including on behalf of Deloitte, as liquidators of DJ Litts on its £40m professional negligence claim against its former auditors who failed to detect and inform the innocent directors about a ponzi scheme being run by one of the directors of the company. The 'highly experienced, technical and personable' Stephen Meade also has expertise in the area and alongside Brown is representing claimants in a multimillion-pound action brought against their former lawyers alleging losses brought about by their negligent advice in relation to the terms of a freezing order to which the clients were subject to. 'Detail-oriented' solicitor Lucy Emanual is also recommended.

Sitting within the firm's broader commercial litigation practice, which is recognised for its 'very high quality of work', Hugh James handles claimant-side cases for private individuals and corporates brought against a range of professionals including solicitors, barristers, accountants and financial advisers. The 'extremely bright, personable and very technical' Chris Mayers  specialises in professional negligence work and is representing numerous individuals in claims brought against their solicitor for failing to serve the Particulars of Claim within the relevant 14-day period and thereby enabling the defendants in the underlying case to strike out the claim. Praised for his 'outstanding client skills', commercial litigation team head Richard Locke  is 'very tough but also very fair' and regularly handles high-value professional negligence work, as do the 'capable and technically proficient' Robert Phillips, who handles professional negligence as an offshoot of his property litigation practice; the 'very bright and hardworking' Tracey Singlehurst-Ward; and 'extremely experienced' consultant Gareth Williams . At associate level, Abigail Flanagan  and Gareth Roberts  are also recommended.

At JCP Solicitors, Kevin O'Brien has a strong reputation advising claimants in cases brought against solicitors, particularly in relation to underlying corporate, commercial and property transactions. O'Brien recently successfully settled a case on behalf of former owners of a company in a £2m claim against their former solicitors arising from the solicitors’ conduct of the sale of the entire issued share capital of the company. The 'extremely efficient and knowledgeable' Sophie Thomas also regularly handles professional negligence claimant work, with an emphasis on property-related solicitor claims and title rectification issues. Thomas is representing an individual client in relation to a claim concerning an allegedly negligent survey report of a property which failed to report (either sufficiently or at all) on a number of defects at the property which have had a significant detrimental impact on the value of the property.

Although it lacks a standalone professional negligence department, Darwin Gray LLP has 'significant experience of handling claims' against a wide range of professionals including solicitors, barristers, accountants, surveyors, architects and engineers, as part of its 'excellent' broader commercial litigation function. Praised for his 'excellent litigation judgement', Ian Herbert receives direct instructions and referrals from other law firms across a range of professional negligence claimant work.


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