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BLM’s six-partner team provides a ‘very high level of service’ across the spectrum of personal injury cases and is able to provide a sufficient degree of specialisation by virtue of the strength-in-depth it has at its disposal. Matthew Harrington has an ‘extremely good reputation, particularly for disease work’, and heads the general liability and occupational disease sub-group. Kerris Dale is ‘at the top of her game’ and provides a ‘fantastic service’ to clients in the defence of a range of matters including serious traumatic injuries and road traffic claims. ‘Extremely measured, thorough and skilful’ associate John Roberts provides a ‘very impressive service’ to public sector clients. The ‘excellentSimon Cradick is particularly accomplished at handling occupational disease defence work; he recently successfully defended a mesothelioma claim on the grounds of knowledge and foreseeability of risk at the material time of the exposure to asbestos in the 1950s. Clients include Allianz, Aviva and QBE.

An integral part of DAC Beachcroft Claims Limited’s large national network of offices across the UK, the Newport office has the strength-in-depth to provide discrete areas of specialism to the firm’s impressive array of insurance clients including catastrophic injury, credit hire and health and safety. 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 NPS for defendant litigation work. Alongside Peter Allchorne, who heads the motor pre-litigation team out of Bristol, Fishlock recently secured a positive outcome for a client in the defence of an RTA claim, which ultimately led to the claimant accepting a time-bound offer at a substantial discount of the potential amount at stake. Sally Roff handles personal injury work stemming from her market-leading safety, health and environment practice and excels at matters where there is involvement from the police and/or regulatory agencies. Nick Mahoney defends large loss and catastrophic injury claims on behalf of a major general insurer. Emma Fuller heads the firm’s credit hire practice. Clients include Zurich Insurance, AXA insurance and Allianz.

At the top of its game’, Dolmansbenefits from close working relationships with its public authority clients and insurers’, and provides ‘an excellent level of service’ across the gamut of matters including industrial accidents, child abuse, employers’ liability claims for harassment and bullying, and RTA work. ‘Affable yet astute tactician’ Justin Harris heads the eight-partner team, which comprises ‘fine leading lawyers with strength-in-depth’ and a degree of specialism that separates the firm from many of its peers in the market. ‘Dedicated’ team head Adrian Oliver is ‘highly respected’ for his work representing the police in the defence of claims brought against them, and is regularly assisted in this regard by the ‘hugely dedicated and hardworking’ Melanie Standley. The ‘detail-oriented and tactically aware’ Clare Hoskins specialises in public and employers’ liability work for local authorities including Cardiff City Council, who she recently successfully represented when it was faced with 142 pre-action personal injury tripping claims. Nicola Edwards specialises in social services negligence claims and is impressive in ‘her ability to manage and absorb the salient content of large numbers of records and to identify the important issues’. The ‘extremely diligent and thorough’ Paul Veysey handles a range of personal injury work including multi-track claims emanating from the firm’s defendant motor team. Simon Evans and consultant David Boobier are ‘good at appreciating claim strengths and weaknesses, and make sensible decisions about when to fight’. At associate level, clients single out Tom Danter, who is ‘very able and has a growing reputation’.

While it is much better known for its claimant work, Hugh James does handle some defendant work under the leadership of Stephanie Eedy. Eedy has a particular focus representing clients in the defence of employers’ liability claims including industrial disease matters. She is assisted by ‘truly outstanding’ senior partner Gareth Williams, who handles some defendant-side work. Clients include Tradex Insurance, AIG and Tokio Marine Insurance.

Headed by the ‘very strong’ Donna Makin, Geldards LLP’s two-lawer team represents a mix of self-insureds, public sector organisations and insurers in the defence of employers’ liability accident claims ranging from minor injuries through to injuries of maximum severity and death and occupational disease. Clients include Schneider-Electric, National Museum Wales and National Library of Wales.

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