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Clinical negligence: claimant

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  1. Clinical negligence: claimant
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

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Jointly led by the 'superb' Mari Rosser and Stephen Webber, Hugh James' 14-strong team has the critical mass and expertise to handle a huge volume and variety of matters, including those of the utmost severity such as brain and spinal injuries. The team is aided by a Court of Protection service which offers support to clients after an award of compensation has been made. The size of the team has enabled practitioners to develop particular areas of specialism including Sarah Davies, for surgical cases; Katie McCraith, who excels at orthopaedic and gynaecological cases; and Rhian Parsons, for brain and catastrophic spinal injury matters.

Practice head(s):Mari Rosser; Stephen Webber

Other key lawyers:Sarah Davies; Katie McCraith; Rhian Parsons: Elin Davies



'Overwhelming level of involvement and detail.'

'Dogged and indefatigable work ethic.'

'Rhian Parsons provides a high level of professionalism which is tempered by a considerate and personal touch.'

Headed by the 'superb' Ken Thomas, Harding Evans LLP's 11-strong team has an 'excellent reputation' in Wales and beyond, across a wide range of clinical negligence cases brought against medical, nursing and dental practitioners. As one of the very few firms in Wales with a clinical negligence Legal Aid franchise contract, the team receives a significant flow of publicly-funded mandates. Alongside Thomas, Lauren Watkins  has had a key role in developing the practice, and is noted for her expertise across a range of negligence claims, including in relation to brain and birth injury, spinal injury, obstetric and gynaecologic cases.

Practice head(s):Ken Thomas

Other key lawyers:Lauren Watkins; Sara Uren; Debra King; Danielle Howell


'Strong team.'

'Ken Thomas is a leader in the field.'

The 'leading claimant clinical negligence team in Swansea and west Wales', JCP Solicitors excels at handling maximum severity cases, where it provides a partner-led service and also benefits from working alongside the firm's Deputyship team. 'Outstanding' team head Keith Thomas has a market-leading reputation for handling maximum severity birth injury cases and heads an eight-strong team that also includes the 'excellent' Matthew Owen, who is particularly noted for his expertise at handling brain injury cases.

Practice head(s):Keith Thomas

Other key lawyers:Matthew Owen; Mei Li; Thomas Rees


'Very well-organised.'

'Take a genuine interest in clients' welfare.'

Slater and Gordon is able to call upon the expertise of a large number of 'excellent lawyers' at varying levels of experience, across the full spectrum of claimant clinical negligence cases, including those of the utmost severity. As well as the firm's litigation expertise, it is also provides a holistic service through the life-cycle of a case by virtue of its national client liaison team, specialist Court of Protection offering and independent financial planning company. Team head Yvonne Agnew has extensive experience across all types of clinical negligence cases, particularly in relation to high-value and complex birth injury, brain and spinal/vascular injury claims. Praised for his 'skill and sensitivity', senior associate Luq Ali is head of fixed fees for clinical negligence claims in Cardiff.

Practice head(s):Yvonne Agnew

Other key lawyers:Luq Ali; Julia Reynolds; Lara Bennett; Kelly Lloyd Davies


'Luq Ali has a very busy case load with many complex and high-value cases.'

'Lara Bennett handles complex and high-value cases with excellent skill.'


Work highlights

  • The firm achieved an excellent settlement for a claimant who underwent an above knee amputation.
  • The team is acting for the claimant in a sensitive misdiagnosis case.
  • The team is acting for the claimant who suffered complications as a result of a delay in diagnosis and treatment of Cauda Equina Syndrome.
  • The team successfully acted for a claimant who suffered significant loss of vision as a result of a delay in referring for specialist ophthalmic treatment.

Geldards LLP's four-strong team has expertise across all aspects of clinical negligence, from maximum severity brain injury to fatal accident claims and orthopaedic and surgical matters. 'Highly experienced' team head Spencer Collier has an 'excellent feel for a case' and  has recently handled numerous cases related to delayed ambulance response times in Wales.

Practice head(s): Spencer Collier

Other key lawyers:Rachel Kirby


'They have a great deal of experience in this area and provide an excellent service to clinical negligence claimants.'

'Spencer Collier is very pragmatic.'

Hutton's team head Tim Musgrave has an excellent reputation in the market, particularly in relation to handling catastrophic injury, birth injury and fatal accident claims.

Practice head(s):Tim Musgrave

Able to resource matters from its Cardiff and Bristol offices, and recently enhanced by the arrival of several paralegals, NewLaw Solicitors excels in handling a significant volume of cases, ranging from low-end matters to those of the utmost severity. The firm's Court of Protection offering enables the team to provide a holistic service through the life-cycle of a case. Consultant Emma Scourfield has a strong reputation in the market particularly in complex, high-value cases, including sensitive matters involving child birth injuries.

Practice head(s):Nicola Edwards

Other key lawyers:Emma Scourfield


'There is nothing that Emma Scourfield hasn't seen or can't handle.'

Thompsons Solicitors LLP 'has an excellent reputation on behalf of unions' and regularly acts for their members in bringing clinical negligence claims. Team head Cathryn Davies has a strong reputation for handling claims of the utmost severity, including brain injury at birth cases.

Practice head(s):Cathryn Davies

Key Clients

Unite the union


Fire Brigades Union

Clinical negligence: defendant

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Spearheaded by David Mortimer, Blake Morgan LLP has a 'strong reputation' for handling defence work and is one of the few law firms in Wales with a significant focus on defending clinical negligence claims brought against doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals. The team also has a particular niche acting for doctors sued in their role as experts in personal injury claims.

Practice head(s):David Mortimer

Other key lawyers:Claire Rawle; Tina Whitman; Alison Huckle

Led out of Cardiff by Jane Lang , and also able to leverage the expertise of practitioners spread across the firm's national network of offices, BLM has a strong reputation on behalf of the members of healthcare defence organisations. The team has expertise across the spectrum of cases, including those involving alleged delay in diagnosis of cancer, surgical claims, brain injury, and claims brought under the Human Rights Act 1998. Lang also regularly defends healthcare professionals in disciplinary hearings before their regulators.

Practice head(s):Jane Lang

Other key lawyers:Aliyah Hussain

Key Clients

Medical Protection

Dental Protection

National Pharmacy Association

Led by the 'outstanding' Mike Scherp, the 'very competent' two-strong team at RadcliffesLeBrasseur provides a 'responsive and efficient' service to the members of all three main UK medical and dental defence organisations, as well as being instructed privately by individual professionals. Scherp has an excellent perspective on matters as a result of his work on both the defence and claimant side, and is also able to provide advocacy for healthcare professionals in complex inquests, ranging from deaths resulting from errors in general practice to deaths in custody, many of which involve issues arising from the Human Rights Act. Huw Morgan retired in December 2018.

Practice head(s):Mike Scherp


'Excellent healthcare sector knowledge and experience.'

'Lawyers are properly on top of the cases when they instruct counsel.'

'Mike Scherp's experience means he has seen it all before and he is unflappable.'

'The tactically astute Mike Scherp has excellent judgement and is fully on top of his cases.'

Key Clients


Medical Protection

Dental Protection

Medical Defence Union

Work highlights

  • Representing two GPs in a multimillion-pound claim involving two other General Practitioners, the Welsh Ambulance Trust and a Local Health Board.
  • Acting for numerous clients in a claim for compensation pursued against a GP, a Health Board and several other GPs relating to life changing injuries sustained as a result of alleged clinical negligence.
  • Representing a GP in a complex and long-running matter arising out of a patient death that has been subject to GMC action, a Local Health Board investigation, a Coroner’s Inquest and a claim.
  • Multi-party litigation involving complex issues of breach of duty and causation – the claim involves multiple GPs, a Consultant Surgeon and an NHS Trust.
  • Representing the client in a pending claim arising from alleged clinical negligence in relation to a police investigation for a possible criminal offence and also a Coroner’s Inquest.

Personal injury: claimant

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  1. Personal injury: claimant
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

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    • Lucy Strong - Hugh James
    • Anthony Welsh - Thompsons Solicitors LLP

With seven partners focused on personal injury claimant work, Hugh James has the critical mass and experience in the market to be able to resource matters using true specialists in areas including industrial disease, environmental, military litigation and sexual abuse. The firm is perhaps best-known for its industrial disease offering and has a national reputation in bringing group action claims on behalf of former miners. The 'vastly experienced' Mark Harvey and Andrew Harding lead the overall claimant personal injury team, which also includes the 'empathetic and knowledgeable' Richard Green - who is 'a leader in his speciality' of asbestos-related matters.  Other recommended practitioners include Alan Collins for his work on behalf of sexual abuse victims; Kevin McCarthy, who specialises in noise induced hearing loss claims; and associate Lucy Strong, who has a focus on asbestos-related matters.

Practice head(s):Mark Harvey; Andrew Harding

Other key lawyers:Richard Green; Alan Collins; Kevin McCarthy; Iain Scott; Gwen Evans; Cari-Sowden-Taylor; Lucy Strong


'The Industrial Disease team at Hugh James work tirelessly to advocate and prioritise their clients needs.'

'Attentive and tactful at a time that is distressing given the palliative nature of their asbestos-related malignancy.'

'Able to progress challenging cases that others have declined and successfully achieving compensation for clients.'

'Richard Green is a gentleman when in contact with patients/clients and attentive to their individual circumstance.'


Work highlights

  • The firm represented clients who were sexually abused by Douglas Slade in successful compensation claim.
  • The firm is representing the former residents of the Les Chenes children’s home in Jersey in their claim for damages arising from unlawful imprisonment.
  • The firm is representing various claimants sent to Australia and Southern Rhodesia between 1950 and 1970 in case against the UK government.
  • The firm is representing various claimants waiting for their retrospective NHS Continuing Healthcare cases to be considered.
  • Representing claimant in complex and on-going living mesothelioma claim.

The leading personal injury claimant firm in west Wales, and increasingly spreading its sphere of influence further east (largely due to the firm's recent acquisition of Glamorgan Law), Swansea-headquartered JCP Solicitors excels at handling high-value catastrophic cases arising particularly from brain and spinal injuries. As well as receiving direct instructions, a significant proportion of the work handled by the team is by way of transfer from other firms upon the recommendation of other brain injury professionals. 'Excellent' team head Keith Thomas is noted for his prowess at handling acquired brain injury cases. Mei Li also excels at handling catastrophic personal injury claims.

Practice head(s):Keith Thomas

Other key lawyers:Mei Li; Matthew Owen; Helen Cradick; Peter Davies; Owain Davies


'An excellent practice, particularly in relation to high-value claims.'

With personal injury matters accounting for the majority of work handled by the firm, the 'approachable and dedicated' 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. The team is able to provide a fast and responsive service, particularly in relation to the more commoditised and lower-value claims by virtue of a new and evolving case management system. Clients also benefit from a holistic service which includes access to welfare managers. Head of the firm's specialist claims team, Nicola Edwards, has an excellent reputation for handling personal injury claims of the utmost severity. The experienced Hilton Obery is noted for his expertise at handling spinal injury cases.

Practice head(s):Karl Ford (Head of Fast Track) and Nicola Edwards (Head of Specialist Claims)

Other key lawyers:Hilton Obery; Cenric Clement-Evans; Mark Gayler; Lisa Samuel; Emma Louise-Jones; Melanie Ford


'The very experienced Hilton Obery has a lovely manner with clients.'

'Nicola Edwards is very experienced and strong.'

'Lisa Samuel and Emma Louise-Jones are sensitive, sensible and demonstrate sound judgement.'

Key Clients

Carol Nash Legal Services

Ageas Law

RCN Legal

Your Law


FMG Legal

H & R Legal

National Accident Helpline

Work highlights

  • Secured a £6.1m settlement on behalf of a claimant who suffered a severe spinal injury and other complications whilst felling trees as part of his employment.
  • Secured £85,000 in compensation for a 48-year old male for a lower limb fracture and an ACL tear injury.
  • Secured settlement for future aids and equipment to assist the claimant being able to return to work following a road traffic accident.
  • Securing a settlement for £125,000 when the defendant’s sought to argue the debilitating audio- vestibular condition was not genuine

Slater and Gordon has a strong reputation among private individuals, as well as for members of numerous trade unions, across a wide range of personal injury claims, ranging from RTA and employers' liability through to serious industrial disease. Clients also benefit from various ancillary services, including a Court of Protection offering and a client liaison and welfare benefits adviser. John Browne has 'in-depth knowledge' in relation to industrial disease-related claims, and Nicholas Collins has vast experience dealing with workplace injuries, particularly within heavy industry environments. The 'empathetic and sensitive' Julian Cason excels at handling asbestos-related matters.

Practice head(s):John Browne (Head of Cardiff Industrial Disease Team) and Andrew Owen (Head of Cardiff Personal Injury Team)

Other key lawyers:Nicholas Collins; Michael Jenkins; Julian Cason


'Vastly experienced and resourced personal injury team with a long history of fighting for claimants.'

'Impressive breadth of knowledge.'

'The experienced Nicholas Collins has a good tactical approach to complex claims.'

'John Browne is a canny litigator who has a wealth of experience in dealing with asbestos litigation and always seems to be one-step ahead of the opposition.'

'Julian Cason has an excellent manner in dealing with people in very difficult circumstances.'

The 'responsive and approachable' team at Thompsons Solicitors LLP derives most of its claimant personal injury work as a result of its deeply embedded union ties. The team benefits from 'experienced solicitors in a wide range of fields with expertise spanning many years', including the 'excellent' Amanda Jones, who manages the asbestos sub-group and 'pragmatic and well-prepared' associate Anthony Welsh , who manages the multi-track accident team in Cardiff.

Other key lawyers:Catherine Cladingbowl; Cathryn Davies; Amanda Jones; Anthony Welsh


'The attention to detail is high, as is the level of client care.'

'This is a very good team devoted to client care within a large catchment area.'

Key Clients

Unite the Union


Fire Brigades Union

Public and Commercial Services Union

Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers Union


Prison Officers Association

National Association of Probation Officers

Work highlights

  • Secured a £700,000 gross settlement on behalf of a client following an accident at work which resulted in a significant lower back injury.
  • Secured a £120,000 gross settlement for a client in an employers liability case following a slip on an uneven surface.    
  • Secured a £45,000 gross settlement on behalf of a client following an accident at work which resulted in a lower back injury which forced early retirement.

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. Managing director Richard Davies Jones and Anna Mills Morgan both have vast experience across a range of matters, including those relating to spinal and brain injuries.

Practice head(s):Richard Davies Jones

Other key lawyers:Anna Mills Morgan

Work highlights

  • Secured a £5m gross settlement on behalf of a claimant in a personal injury matter involving catastrophic injuries.
  • Represented the claimant in a claim for compensation for very serious injuries sustained as a result of a road traffic accident, a result of which the defendant was killed.
  • Represented the claimant in a personal injury claim which settled for in excess of £300,000
  • Represented the claimant in a tripping accident.
  • Represented the personal representatives of the deceased in a fatal accident claim which settled for £165,000.

Although it lacks the critical mass to handle the volume of instructions many of its higher-ranked peers do, Simpson Millar LLP regularly handles industrial disease work, including asbestos-related and vibration white finger claims. Team head Gavin Evans has specialist expertise in asbestos and chest disease claims, as well as occupational cancer cases.

Practice head(s):Gavin Evans

Other key lawyers:Simon Rosser


'The knowledgeable and experienced team provides solid advice.'

Traditionally strong throughout the Gwent region, and increasingly gaining a foothold in Cardiff courtesy of the growth of the firm's office there since its opening seven years ago, Watkins & Gunn Solicitors handles a range of personal injury work for private clients and trade union members. The firm has particular strength in relation to employers' liability, an area that managing partner Clive Thomas has particular expertise in.

Practice head(s):Clive Thomas

Other key lawyers:Michael Imperato; Jonathan Wellington; Lisa Guscott

Key Clients

Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union

Community Union

Work highlights

  • The firm is involved in a fatal accident case following the death of a pedestrian in a road traffic accident.
  • The firm recently concluded a complex case (made particularly challenging as a result of the claimant having no recollection of the accident) on behalf of a schoolgirl  who suffered significant injuries in a road traffic accident when she was struck by a passing tractor.

Although it is best-known for its defendant practice, Dolmans also handles a small amount of claimant work. Team head Philip Bradley has particular skill in handling personal injury claims arising from road traffic accidents, as well is in the context of employers' liability.

Practice head(s):Philip Bradley

Other key lawyers:Peter Bennett

Servicing clients in north and mid-Wales, as well as across Cheshire and Shropshire, Wrexham-based GHP Legal has a strong offering across a range of personal injury matters, from small claims to more complex multi-track cases including major psychiatric injury and brain injury cases.

Practice head(s):Robert Williams

Other key lawyers:Rod Waters

Work highlights

  • The firm secured damages awards for the psychiatric injuries suffered by three secondary victims of a fatal motorcycle accident, including one who was not proximate to the scene.
  • Acting on behalf of a claimant who suffered severe multiple orthopaedic injuries and brain damage in a road traffic accident involving a foreign driver and insurance company.

At Newport-based Harding Evans LLP, Andrew Christie has vast experience across the gamut of personal injury claims, including those of the utmost severity.

Practice head(s):Andrew Christie

Personal injury: defendant

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  1. Personal injury: defendant
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners

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The 'knowledgeable and client-centric' team at BLM have a strong track-record across the spectrum of personal injury defendant work, from lower-value claims through to highly complex matters of the utmost severity. Based out of Cardiff, but also able to leverage the expertise of practitioners across the firm's national network of offices should the need arise, the firm has the critical mass to resource matters utilising practitioners with particular sub-specialisms, including Kerris Dale, who leads on motor claims; the 'very professional' John Roberts on public sector defence; and the 'vastly experienced' Matthew Harrington, who heads up the general liability and occupational disease sub-group.

Practice head(s):Matthew Harrington (head of general liability and occupational disease); Kerris Dale (head of motor claims); John Roberts (head of public sector) and Craig Hevicon (head of volume disease team)

Other key lawyers:Simon Cradick


'Excellent at industrial disease work.'

Key Clients

Cunningham Lindsey

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

Capita Insurance Services

Tata Steel UK


BBA Aviation


DAC Beachcroft LLP provides a comprehensive defence service across personal injury motor claims handling, motor injury and casualty claims and litigation from first notification of loss until trial. Spearheaded by Nick Mahoney, the Newport office is a centre of excellence for motor work and has the scale and resources to manage a high volume of motor claims on behalf of the majority of leading motor insurers, regardless of value or complexity. Sally Roff  handles personal injury defence matters within a health and safety context - work which regularly sees her brought into advise corporate boards of directors on crisis management in the aftermath of major incidents.

Practice head(s):Sally Roff, Faye Fishlock, Nick Mahoney and Emma Fuller

Other key lawyers:Sean Harris; Tim Rees; Melanie Lewis


'The scope of the related services provided across claims of all values and complexity and the extensive knowledge and experience of the individuals making up the team was fantastic.'

'The credit hire team has a truly in-depth understanding of their area of the law and a tremendous esprit de corps.'

'Emma Fuller is a power player in the area of credit hire.'

'The tactically very sound Sally Roff has a wonderful way with clients.'

Key Clients

Zurich Insurance

AXA insurance


NFU Mutual

HDI Gerling


Co-operative (CIS)

NPS Wales

Work highlights

  • Emergency post-incident advice and support following a fatal incident involving large plant machinery at a recycling plant.
  • Immediate post-incident advice and support of company following two separate and serious incidents involving trapped limbs in machinery (one incident involving amputation of a finger) within a relatively short period of time.
  • Upon securing a pleading of fundamental dishonest, the firm successfully secured a much lower damages settlement (from £1.4m to £50,000) for the insurer in relation to injuries suffered by a claimant as a consequence of a major road traffic collision.
  • The firm successfully secured the striking out of a substantial credit hire claim as a result of non-compliance of a court order by the claimant.
  • Successfully defended a claim for diminution of vehicle value submitted by the claimant.

In the 'premier league for defendant personal injury in south Wales', Dolmans has 'particular experience in acting for the police and public authorities in high value and complex personal injury claims'. Although the team is active across the gamut of personal injury matters, spearheaded by Adrian Oliver, it has recently picked up a significant increase in child exploitation and social services matters. On the private sector front, led by 'wily tactician' Justin Harris, the team is increasingly active for national insurers in relation to catastrophic and large loss motor work. The 'pragmatic and commercial' Nicola Edwards excels in complex claims against social services for alleged failure to protect children from abuse and neglect.

Practice head(s):Adrian Oliver

Other key lawyers:Justin Harris; Peter Bennett; Nicola Edwards; Simon Evans; Clare Hoskins; Melanie Standley


'The firm has a large number of high-quality defendant instructions.'

'Excellent and comprehensive service.'

'Justin Harris is a quiet, calm, efficient and wily tactician who is quite capable of landing a well-placed body blow when required.'

Key Clients

Ageas Insurance

Travelers Insurance

AXA XL Insurance

Aspen Insurance

Municipal Mutual Insurance (run-off)

Sompo Canopius

HCC Insurance

Specialist Liability Services

Kudos Loss Adjusters

Gallagher Bassett International


Carmarthenshire County Council

Work highlights

  • The firm is defending the West Midlands police force against a group litigation brought by various claimants who are survivors of Hillsborough or are relatives of the deceased alleging  psychological damage as a result of an alleged “cover-up” by police forces resulting in damaged reputations of Liverpool supporters
  • Claim for damages on behalf of 11-day old baby who sustained a catastrophic brain injury in a RTA settled in the sum of £14.85m, being the largest settlement by Ageas in 2018, notwithstanding the claimant is only 4 years of age.
  • The firm represents the Local Authority in coronial proceedings relating to the death of a 15-year-old schoolboy who took his own life on school grounds during school time in December 2013.
  • In what is thought to be the first case of its kind, the firm represented BMW UK  in an application to strike out a claim, before trial, on the basis of fundamental dishonesty.
  • The firm is defending the Council against claims made by the Official Solicitor, on behalf of three siblings, alleging that the Council was negligent in failing to remove them from their mother’s care, sooner, which would have avoided them suffering an assault at the hands of their mother, when the oldest child’s throat was cut by her.

Led by Donna Makin , Geldards LLP's corporate risk and insurance team provides a cradle-to-grave claims and risk management service to insurers, corporates and public sector clients. Although it is active across the spectrum of defence work, it has recently witnessed an influx of employer liability and public liability claims from a number of public sector organisations, since the firm's appointment to the National Procurement Service litigation panel in September 2015.

Practice head(s):Donna Makin

Key Clients

Schneider Electric

National Museum Wales

National Library of Wales

Maxfort Insurance



Work highlights

  • Advising the defendant in a claim brought by a secondary victim who alleges she was exposed to asbestos whilst washing her father’s overalls.
  • Acting for the client in the defence of a claim for damages for asbestosis made by a former employee of the company.
  • Defending the company against a claim for damages for mesothelioma.

Although it is best-known for its excellent claimant offering, Hugh James has a considerable capability for defendant work on behalf of insurers, as well as its corporate and public sector client base. Work ranges from low-value cases, to those of utmost severity - including industrial disease.

Practice head(s):Alun Tobias and Stephanie Eedy

Key Clients

Calsonic Kansei UK

Work highlights

  • The firm successfully secured a significantly reduced settlement figure for the defendant in a personal injury claim brought against it for a work-related upper limb disorder.

Professional negligence

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  1. Professional negligence
  2. Leading individuals
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'Streets ahead of anyone else in the region and a serious player on the national scene', the Newport-based five-strong team at DAC Beachcroft LLP is focused exclusively on defendant work, and has deeply embedded ties with insurers who instruct them across negligence claims brought against a raft of professionals. It is, however, perhaps best-known for its defence work on behalf of solicitors, an area for which the 'exceptional' Clare Hughes-Williams and the 'dedicated and sensitive' Catrin Davies are particularly well-regarded. Senior associate Tom Bedford also handles solicitors' defence work, as well as actions brought against surveyors.

Practice head(s):Clare Hughes-Williams

Other key lawyers:Catrin Davies; Tom Bedford


'The team has extensive expertise, with litigators who are willing to go the extra mile.'

'Case handling is intelligent and balanced.'

'The firm has vast experience and knowledge in the professional indemnity field.'

'Clare Hughes-Williams inspires confidence and gives clear and direct advice.'

'Clare Hughes-Williams is quick to identify and focus on the issues at the heart of the matter.'


Key Clients



Axa XL

MS Amlin

Munich Re

QBE Insurance Company (UK)

Tokyo Marine HCCI

Travelers Insurance

W R Berkley Insurance (Europe)



Co-headed by Nick Rundle and Anthony Davies, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP benefits from a 'core team of accomplished lawyers dealing with complex and higher-value professional negligence cases'. The team specialises in acting for banks as secured lenders in claims brought against solicitors and valuers. As well as expertise in the core professional negligence issues, the team's  has broader financial services litigation knowledge enabling it to act in matter relating to fraud, title rectification and enforcement of directors' guarantees. Principal associate Wayne Davies has a 'wealth of experience' handling negligence claims arising in commercial lending - often involving large portfolios of properties. Senior associate James Coleman has a thriving practice for lenders in claims relating to retail and commercial lending.

Practice head(s):Nick Rundle and Anthony Davies

Other key lawyers:Wayne Davies; Ashley Davies; James Coleman; Alison Poole


'The proactive team provides an excellent level of service.'

'James Coleman is adept at working with big corporate clients and handling large cases and projects.'

'Wayne Davies is technically excellent.'

Key Clients


Bank of Ireland

Nationwide (including ThMortgage Works and UCB)

Deutsche Bank

GE Money



Capital Trust Capital Plc

Legal & General Insurance

MD Insurance Services

Work highlights

  • The firm acts for two large UK-based banks across a range of professional negligence matters, including in cases where the client suffers a shortfall of more than £30,000 on a residential mortgage account (these cases involve claims against solicitors and surveyors for negligence relating to residential mortgage transactions).
  • Advising the lender in connection with claims against a leading firm of residential property surveyors relating to the alleged overvaluation of 14 properties in connection with 14 separate mortgage applications during the period 2006-2010.
  • Represents a bank in relation to a loan made on a Grade II listed manor house within its own grounds.
  • Representing a bank in a professional negligence claim following the failure by solicitors to redeem all existing charges upon completion of a remortgage, with the consequence that the bank's charge has not been capable for registration.
  • Instructed by a secured business lender to pursue a professional negligence claim against a firm of solicitors which failed to register a charge at companies’ house, with the consequence that the security was void when the company became insolvent, leaving the client as an unsecured creditor.

Berry Smith acts exclusively for claimants in professional negligence matters. 'Honest and reliable' team head Iwan Doull  is particularly accomplished at handling claims brought against solicitors, and receives a significant flow of work from a major legal expenses insurer. Leveraging the firm's strong real estate and construction offering, the team also handles a significant volume of matters brought against property professionals, including surveyors.

Practice head(s):Iwan Doull

Other key lawyers:Simon Care; Gavin Hoccom


'The team provides empathetic, honest and swift advice.'

'The responsive Iwan Doull doesn't give us false hope but we have every faith in him to be able to achieve justice.'

Key Clients


The Police Federation of England and Wales

Riverstone Insurance

CAD Properties

Dawnus Construction

The Welsh Government

Work highlights

  • Reached a settlement on the eve of a trial for partners owning a substantial chain of retail properties against their former insurance broker.
  • Representing an after the event insurer against a firm of solicitors for negligent advice as to prospects of success for a claim that the insurer would not otherwise have insured.
  • The firm is representing an ultra-high-net worth individual in a claim against her architect and contract administrator for breach of contract and negligence arising from the refurbishment of a property in St John’s Wood, London.

Capital Law Limited 'approaches matters with ingenuity and expertise', in negligence claims brought against a number of professions, including solicitors, accountants and surveyors. The 'commercial and effective' Andrew Brown has particular third party litigation funding expertise and continues to run numerous professional negligence matters through the firm's own fund - Capital Dispute Finance. 'One to watch', associate Lucy Emanuel 'has already amassed considerable experience across the business end of the professional negligence field', and regularly handles claimant work against accountants, auditors and insolvency practitioners.

Practice head(s):Stephen Meade and Andrew Brown

Other key lawyers:Philip Jones; Lucy Emanuel


'Practical and cost-effective, founded on a wealth of experience and technical knowledge.'

'A very experienced and competent professional negligence team who are familiar with hard-nosed commercial litigation plus the various options for funding such litigation.'

'Philip Jones' down-to-earth and approachable style, belies a wealth of litigation experience and legal knowledge.'

'Lucy Emanuel is very smart, efficient and easy to deal with.'

Key Clients

DJ Litts (Firearms) Ltd (in liquidation)

Howard Tenens

Hartley Pension

British Medical Association

Mr and Mrs Pickering


Work highlights

  • The team represented a company (in liquidation) in a £82m claim brought against its accountants and auditors for failing to detect and report that a ponzi scheme was being run through the company accounts.
  • Acting on behalf of a claimant developer in a multimillion-pound professional negligence claim against the project manager, quantity surveyor and contract administrator.
  • Acting on behalf of a pension trustee and operator in respect of a claim against a third-party trustee for paying away money, held on trust, in breach of its professional obligations and/or fiduciary duties.
  • Acting on behalf of a claimant in a claim against its former solicitor for negligent advice in respect of a disciplinary process.

Hugh James represents private individuals and corporates as claimants in cases brought against a range of professionals, including solicitors, barristers, accountants and financial advisers. Litigation team head Richard Locke provides 'incisive and no-nonsense advice' and is particularly active handling cases brought against solicitors. Senior associate Abigail Flanagan has developed a strong professional negligence practice in claims against solicitors and finance professionals, including in relation to pension  matters.

Practice head(s):Richard Locke

Other key lawyers:Rob Phillips; Gareth Williams; Tracey Singlehurst-Ward; Abigail Flanagan

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of various claimants against a solicitors firm that mishandled hearing loss claims.
  • Acting on behalf of seven claimants in a claim against their solicitor for failing to serve the Particulars of Claim within the relevant 14-day period.
  • Representing a midwife in relation to a claim against her former solicitor and barrister arising out of the negligent conduct of her employment tribunal claim, which resulted in the claim being under-settled.

JCP Solicitors regularly handles claimant professional negligence work for a range of south west Wales-based clients against a myriad different professionals. The 'knowledgeable and energetic' Kevin O’Brien is particularly accomplished at representing clients bringing claims against solicitors in relation to property and commercial transactions. The 'proactive and responsive' Sophie Thomas manages the firm’s commercial recoveries work, and has a growing reputation for dealing with property-related professional negligence claims.

Practice head(s):Kevin O'Brien and Sophie Thomas


'The team is highly knowledgeable, approachable, efficient and proactive.'

'Kevin O'Brien is an established expert and market leader in the field.'


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