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Clients of Hugh James’s ‘very conscientious and absolutely committed’ team feel it ‘stands way above the crowd’. With 19 partners dedicated to this area, the team has the strength-in-depth to be able to provide an ‘absolutely first-class service to claimants’ and coverage across the gamut of claims, including multi-party actions and matters involving industrial disease and sexual abuse. Team head Mark Harvey is ‘especially good on international claims’, an area which was recently bolstered by the arrival in September 2016 of the ‘excellent’ Katherine Allen from Slater and Gordon – Allen is recognised as ‘one of the most established practitioners for claimants in the field of foreign accident claims’. Gareth Morgan is a market leader for mining compensation claims as a result of numerous successes against the Coal Board for a number of conditions including deafness, respiratory disease and vibration white finger. The ‘absolutely brilliantAlan Collins has a focus on sexual abuse claims and is representing victims in the Jersey abuse inquiry, as well as advising the United Kingdom Child Sex Abuse People’s Tribunal. The ‘fantasticAndrew Harding specialises in brain and spinal cord injuries, and is able to provide an all-encompassing service to clients and their families by virtue of his Court of Protection expertise. ‘Very skilled’ consultant Sian Warren is an ‘expert in catastrophic injuries’ and rated for her ‘assiduous case preparation’. Other key figures include Cari Sowden-Taylor, who is also ‘very well versed in catastrophic injuries’, particularly relating to traumatic brain and spinal injuries; Gwen Evans, who heads the firm’s environmental practice and often works alongside Neil Stockdale, whose ‘very effective and experienced partnership dominates the Welsh market for group litigation’; and Iain Scott, who is an ‘expert in catastrophic injuries and high-end personal injuries’ and is praised for his ‘ability to fight his corner’. The team is rounded out by Simon Ellis, Kevin McCarthy and Kathryn Singh, who are all praised for their ability to ‘tackle difficult group litigation with aplomb’.

With 40 solicitors based in the firm’s Cardiff office, NewLaw Solicitors has the critical mass to handle a high volume of matters and is particularly strong at handling road traffic accident (RTA) claims for insurers. The team also has significant capability on more serious injuries, including acting in catastrophic brain injuries, where the ‘absolutely superb’ Robert Thomas ‘really knows what he is doing’, and is able to provide a holistic service to clients and their families affected by virtue of his Court of Protection credentials. ‘Leading workplace injury and disease lawyer’ Cenric Clement-Evans is praised for his ‘genuine interest in both the law and his clients; he does not lose sight of the rehabilitation needs of seriously injured clients’. Other recommended practitioners include Nicola Edwards, who heads the firm’s serious injuries team; Hilton Obery, who is ‘very experienced and adept at spinal injury cases’; Lisa Samuel, an ‘effective operator’ who ‘deals with the highest-value and complex catastrophic injury cases with skill and a smile’; and Graham McGill, ‘who brings experience, calmness, organisation and realistic analysis to every case he deals with’.

With offices in Cardiff and Wrexham, Slater and Gordon has significant market visibility in both north and south Wales, and is well versed in dealing with complex and high-value personal injury claims, as well as asbestos litigation. Leveraging the firm’s trade union relationships, the team receives a steady flow of work from union members and has the strength-in-depth to provide specialisms in discrete areas including industrial disease, occupier’s and public liability cases. The firm also provides integrated ancillary services such as free welfare advice via its novel Client Liaison offering. ‘Very much the best in north Wales if not the country’, Jonathon Sharples ‘is one of the leading catastrophic injury lawyers around’ and ‘has a tremendous capacity to foresee potential issues in any serious injury claim’. Also based in the firm’s Wrexham office, senior associate Darren Hughes is ‘very strong, relates very well to clients and has particularly strong client-care skills’. Susan Edwards heads the catastrophic injury team in Cardiff following Mark Church’s recent departure. Other key figures in Cardiff include industrial disease specialist John Browne; ‘formidable litigatorNicholas Collins, who has a ‘wealth of experience handling high-value personal injury cases’; and senior associate Julian Cason, who has a particular forte advising on mesothelioma claims and is praised for his ‘marvellous manner with clients’.

Leveraging its deeply embedded trade union relationships with clients including Unite the Union, Unison, Rail and Maritime Workers Union, and Fire Brigade Union, Thompsons Solicitors LLP is noted for its ‘excellent work’ across the spectrum of personal injury cases, ranging from low-value matters to those of the utmost severity. Eamonn McDonough is highlighted for his ‘very compassionate’ and ‘tenacious’ approach handling asbestos cases across Wales and south-west England. Amanda Jones also has vast experience handling asbestos cases and often represents women who have developed mesothelioma after coming into contact with asbestos when handling their male relatives’ working clothes. Anthony Welsh and Paul Rosser handle a range of personal injury cases deriving from accidents at work and on the roads, with Welsh also responsible for supervising the multi-track accident team in Cardiff.

Although it can handle claimant personal injury work of all kinds, the ‘highly competent’ team at JCP Solicitors specialises in high-value catastrophic cases arising from brain and spinal injuries. Regularly receiving work from other brain injury professionals, the firm has a well-earned reputation for its ‘effective handling of complex cases’, and is also praised for its ‘caring nature towards the client’. Team head Keith Thomas has vast experience in the market and is ‘highly knowledgeable about neuropsychological issues’; he also regularly works alongside the firm’s highly regarded Court of Protection team, led by the ‘excellent’ Lynne Morgan, should the need arise. ‘Effective and hardworking’ associate Mei Li specialises in handling maximum severity birth injury cases and Claire Goldsworthy particularly noted for her track record in spinal injury cases.

Mackenzie Jones Solicitors has a strong reputation in north and mid-Wales and provides an ‘excellent service’ to clients across the spectrum of personal injury claims, with a particular focus on high-value and complex cases. ‘Knowledgeable, caring and thorough’ team head Richard Davies Jones specialises in high-value cases including those involving spinal and head injuries and fatal accidents. Jones is currently involved in a complex case brought on behalf of a client injured following a fall from a zip wire ride against the owners the attraction and the manufacturers of the equipment for the ride. The ‘thorough and determined’ Anna Mills Morgan is currently representing a client who sustained spinal and head injuries after being hit by a Land Rover; despite denying liability, Morgan has already managed to secure an invaluable £100,000 interim payment for her client prior to the full hearing on liability.

The ‘very knowledgeable, experienced and industry-savvy’ team at Simpson Millar LLPserves its personal injury clients very well’. ‘Very experienced’ team head Phillip Gower ‘is extremely knowledgeable in the personal injuries and disease fields’, and specialises in asbestos-related injuries, among other industrial disease claims. Gower also handles other high-profile claims, including representing a client whose son suffered severe injuries as a result of a dog attack at his home.

With offices in Newport, Pontypool and Cardiff, Watkins & Gunn Solicitors has a strong presence in south-east Wales and is active across the gamut of multi-track and fast- track personal injury claims, including those relating to RTA incidents, disease cases and holiday claims. Led by the ‘excellentClive Thomas, the team is best known for handling employers’ liability claims on behalf of longstanding client Bakers Food & Allied Workers Union, and more recently the union Community in Wales and the South West. Thomas recently secured a settlement on behalf of a claimant who suffered significant injuries following a workplace accident; the case involved complex medical evidence in order to ascertain the extent to which her ongoing symptoms were the result of the accident and how much was caused by pre-existing arthritis. Jonathan Wellington provides ‘thoughtful and incisive advice’, particularly in relation to complex multi-track matters. Lisa Guscott is also recommended.

While Dolmans is best known for its defendant practice, it does handle claimant-side personal injury work, where clients view it as ‘equal in quality to its competitors, notwithstanding its size’. ‘Pragmatic and client-focused’ team head Philip Bradley has a ‘strong reputation’ across a range of personal injury claims including employers’ and public liability, road traffic claims and clinical disputes. Bradley’s past work includes successful claims for adult and child claimants who had suffered psychological injuries as a result of witnessing a gas explosion and its immediate aftermath. Although he is better known on the defendant side, Peter Bennett has represented clients and sports professionals who have suffered injury either in road traffic accidents or accidents at work.

GHP Legal provides a ‘very intimate and individualised service’ on everything from small claims to more complex multi-track cases, including major psychiatric injury cases and brain injury cases. Clients also benefit from the firm’s Court of Protection service. Recent highlights include securing damages for the psychiatric injuries suffered by three secondary victims of a fatal motorcycle accident, including one who was not proximate to the scene. Key figures include Robert Williams, who ‘plays the game very well and aims to win’, and the ‘knowledgeable and friendly’ John Hulme.

Led 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. The firm handles work for clients on a no-win no-fee basis and also receives instructions from several legal expenses insurers. Christie is particularly accomplished at handling employers’ liability claims; his recent work includes recovering £1.5m in damages for a client who sustained a below the knee amputation at work.

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