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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.  

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.

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.

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.

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