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Headed by ‘standout practitionerStephen Webber, Hugh James’s five-partner team has ‘great strength-in-depth’, with clients putting it ‘at the top of claimant clinical negligence firms in Wales’. The group is ‘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 ‘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. ‘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 ‘straight-talking, measured and hardworking’ Rhian Parsons, who excels at wrongful birth claims, and the ‘very focused’ Sarah Davies, who has a special interest in orthopaedic claims. Senior associate Katie McCraith ‘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 ‘cases from the very small, to those of the utmost severity and complexity’. ‘Down-to-earth’ team head Ken Thomas has ‘vast experience’ across a range of cases and ‘regularly manages the most valuable multimillion-pound claims arising from devastating birth injuries’. ‘Accomplished negotiator’ Jane Rogers joined JMD Law in July 2017.

JCP Solicitors fields a seven-lawyer team that is ‘one of the best in south Wales’ and ‘takes a real interest in its clients, doing everything it can to improve their well-being’. The ‘excellent and thoughtful’ Keith Thomas and Matthew Owen have a very strong reputation in the market and ‘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 ‘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 ‘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 ‘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 ‘experienced and knowledgeable’ four-strong team undertakes work on a national basis and is ‘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 ‘calm, intelligent and thorough’ Tim Musgrave, who is ‘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. ‘Very experienced’ team head Cathryn Davies is ‘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.

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. ‘Tenacious’ team head Emma Scourfield has ‘very good medical knowledge’ and is a ‘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 ‘very thorough and well-prepared’ Angelina Rigby joined in August 2017 from Geldards LLP.

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