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Clinical negligence: claimant

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  1. Clinical negligence: claimant
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Rising stars

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Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP's well-respected team of specialist lawyers has built up a national reputation, under the leadership of its practice head Rankeshwar Batta. It advises claimants on a wide range of matters ranging from modest value cases to complex multi-million pound actions. Its practice covers amputation claims, brain injuries, cosmetic surgery claims, dental negligence, GP negligence and spinal injury claims, among other areas. Senior associate Ann Houghton and associate Victoria Fullilove are recommended.

Practice head(s):Rankeshwar Batta

Other key lawyers:Sarah Huntbach; David Evison; Ann Houghton;Victoria Fullilove

Testimonials

'A very heart warming and trustworthy practice'.

'The quality of all their solicitors is very high. They have an exceptional work ethic'.

'The team is dedicated to its clients and is a pleasure to work with. All genuinely nice and caring people who go above and beyond to get the best results possible'.

'Rankeshwar Batta has a fantastic practice. He is a very good lawyer and has brilliant strategic awareness'.

'Rankeshwar Batta stands out as an exceptional solicitor with excellent specialist skills'.

'Rankeshwar Batta is a busy and inspirational leader, but one who makes time for his colleagues and juniors and above all the care of the client'.

'Both Rankeshwar Batta and Victoria Fullilove offer you a first-class and personal service whilst guiding you through the process, they are emphatic and compassionate to the clients' needs and offer their support throughout'.

'Both Rankeshwar Batta  and Victoria Fullilove  have gone above and beyond for us'.

'Sarah Huntbach is highly experienced. She is very determined and gets fantastic results for her clients. Victoria Fullilove has a practice way above her call and provides a first-class service'.

'David Evison is up and coming and very knowledgeable'.

'Sarah Huntbach, David Evison, Victoria Fullilove and Ann Houghton are organised, competent and able to explain legal issues well'.

Irwin Mitchell fields a large team, which is led by Lisa Jordan, and specialises in highly complex, varied and high value cases. Its areas of expertise include  birth injury cases, stillbirth compensation claims, neonatal deaths, cosmetic/dental surgery, as well as spinal and amputation cases. The group also has particular expertise in dealing with injuries and fatalities in a mental health setting. Emma Rush is another key figure.

Practice head(s):Lisa Jordan; Sara Burns; Mandy Luckman;Luke Daniels;Lindsay Tomlinson;Emma Rush

Other key lawyers:Jenna Harris

Testimonials

'It has outstanding individuals. Despite its size the team is very collegiate and works well as a unit. The team achieves some phenomenal results and is not afraid to take on cases that are tricky in order to secure damages for the clients'.

'One of the strongest clinical negligence teams in the country. It has incredible strength in depth and fantastic resources'.

'Lisa Jordan is the ultimate head and the ethos cascades down from her. She is a champion for claimants in this field'.

'Luke Daniels , Emma Rush  and Lindsay Tomlinson  are very sensible, collaborative and down to earth and easy to deal with'.

'Emma Rush is very efficient, gets fantastic results, is very committed and determined to win'.

'Emma Rush is a very able clinical negligence lawyer with sound judgment about how to progress her cases'.

'Sara Burns, Lindsay Tomlinson , Mandy Luckman and Luke Daniels fight hard for justice in complex and challenging cases'.

'Mandy Luckman, Emma Rush,Lisa Jordan and Sara Burns. All have huge experience, are technically competent and have great empathy with their clients. They and their associates have the firm trait which is a willingness to run difficult cases to trial and take risks on behalf of their clients'.

'Jenna Harris has excellent judgment and a determination to succeed. Clients appreciate the effort she puts into cases'.

 

 

Key Clients

KB- male, 58 years old

Gary Rasmussen

Sarah Haywood

Work highlights

  • Successfully settled a case where the claimant had blood tests taken which, it transpired, revealed he had an infection but the results were sent in error to his local hospital rather than his GP. He subsequently suffered a stroke and brain damage.  
  • Instructions in respect of a delay in diagnosis of oral cancer.
  • Acting in a case where there was substandard medical management which resulted in a stroke.
  • Represented the client in a fatal claim concerning the death of a 61 year old man as a result of negligent medical care in A&E.

Lanyon Bowdler has a superb reputation across all areas of clinical negligence, with a particular proficiency in handling brain and spinal injury claims. It also has a separate Court of Protection department, which provides ongoing support for clients after damages have been recovered. Team head Kay Kelly has extensive experience of gynaecological injuries, gender reassignment and fertility cases, among other matters. Associate solicitor Emma Broomfield is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Kay Kelly (Shrewsbury); Lucy Small (Hereford)

Other key lawyers:Emma Broomfield; Beth Harrison; Katherine Marriott-Lodge;

Testimonials

'Top notch team that kept us fully informed at all times'.

'Kay Kelly has a wealth of knowledge and experience and  filled us with confidence that she can assist us with all queries and important issues arising with our case. Both she and her associates are always on hand  to deal with any questions'.

'Kay Kelly is outstanding and  is very approachable and clients love her. She is tenacious, but level-headed. She is also a superb tactician'.

'The team has excellent knowledge and explains matters clearly and concisely'.

'The solicitors and the administrative staff are very professional. They have all been excellent in my experience'.

'Lucy Small and Beth Harrison  are very capable'.

'Beth Harrison is a strong team player with excellent judgment and is very popular with clients'.

'Emma Broomfield is always available and is exceptional with numbers'.

'Emma Broomfield is highly intelligent, knows how to win cases and will often take approaches to success which other solicitors would have missed'.

'Katherine Marriott-Lodge was very supportive and made the process straightforward'.

Key Clients

NB & MB re DB & GB Deceased

EB & OB by their Litigation Friend AB

MP

EC

SG

JM

JS re JI Deceased

SJW

Work highlights

  • Representing the claimants in wrongful birth and fatal claims against the defendant NHS trust.
  • Representing the claimants in a fatal claim against the defendant NHS trust following childbirth.
  • Represented the claimant against the defendant NHS trust in a claim for the delay in diagnosis and treatment of cervical myelopathy resulting in neurological deficit and restricted mobility.
  • Represented the claimant (age 13 at date of negligence and 19 at settlement) who suffered a SUFE hip joint injury that required surgery.
  • Represented the claimant against the defendant GP following the delay in diagnosis of rectal cancer.

Phil Barnes¬†leads the team at Shoosmiths LLP, which¬†regularly advises on complex multi-million pound claims involving cerebral palsy, acquired brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and multiple amputations, as well as fatal claims. Barnes has a specific interest in infection and sepsis cases. Kashmir Uppal¬†and others are particularly skilled at dealing with claims against ‚Äúrogue surgeons‚ÄĚ and at managing multi-party actions.

Practice head(s):Phil Barnes - National Head of Medical Negligence;Denise Stephens (Reading); Andrea Rusbridge(Northampton); Richard Follis (Head of Shoosmiths’ Consumer Division)

Other key lawyers:Kashmir Uppal; Richard Bannister; Natasha Read

Testimonials

'The team has been caring and compassionate from the start. The lawyers have explained everything I needed to know as the case progressed'.

'Has a friendly team that is easy to work with but forceful and determined in the pursuit of the best possible outcome for the clients'.

'With Kashmir Uppal her passion and energy took what felt like the weight of the world off my shoulders. In fact I started to sleep easier that very same night we met'.

'Kashmir Uppal has a long experience in clinical negligence and has worked on a large number of medicolegal cases. I have always found her very learned and erudite'.

'Richard Bannister is an excellent solicitor and is totally committed to his clients. He works incredibly hard and I have been very impressed by his attention to detail in a number of cases'.

'Natasha Read's attention to detail has been nothing short of impressive. She has a lot of talent and a bright future'.

Key Clients

LS

MH

LC

SW

BB

AB (Re SB)

JT (re PT Dec’d)

JD

JW

SY (Re MJ Deceased)

Work highlights

  • Acted in the case where a failure to refer the client for an operation resulted in a life-changing amputation.
  • Acted in a case where there was a brain injury following an episode of high blood pressure and low potassium.
  • Advised on a case where there was unnecessary surgery performed by Ian Paterson.
  • Advised on a delayed diagnosis of knee infection resulting in permanent disability.
  • Advised on a failure to identify and treat low potassium resulting in the tragic death of a 49 year old lady.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys takes on a large proportion of birth injury claims that are being investigated under the Legal Aid franchise, and it represents clients with claims under the Human Rights Act. Practice head Inez Brown is experienced in a wide range of general surgery clinical negligence matters, including birth injury and amputation cases, as well as spinal injury matters. She also represents clients at inquests. Charlotte Measures made partner.

Practice head(s):Inez Brown

Other key lawyers:Charlotte Measures

Work highlights

  • Advised on a case involving a delay in diagnosis of metastatic spinal cord compression (MSCC) leading to spinal damage and paraplegia.
  • Achieved a substantial settlement  for a client who had sustained life-changing injuries as a result of a hospital’s failure to promptly investigate, diagnose and treat her presenting condition of cervical spondylotic myelopathy.
  • Acted on a case involving a delay in diagnosis of the blocked mesenteric artery, leading to ischaemia and removal of part of the small bowel.
  • Advised on a case whereby EPK suffered brain damage at the age of two following negligent cardiac surgery, resulting in cerebral palsy.
  • Represented VS in a complicated matter related to gynaecological matters.

Higgs & Sons is recognised for its expertise in handling serious birth injury claims. Clare Langford is widely respected for her experience in cerebral palsy claims and Erb’s palsy, while Liz Hickman  excels in cases involving delayed diagnoses of cancer, as well as tetraplegia and birth injury matters. Other areas of expertise include matters where there has been a misdiagnosis, wrongful prescription of medication and cases involving lack of consent.

Practice head(s):Clare Langford; Liz Hickman

Other key lawyers:Sue Allen

Testimonials

'This is a very efficient and client focussed practice that does a very professional job'.

'Provides an excellent personal service to clients in a difficult area of work'.

'The team is  professional whilst maintaining a friendly and caring practice that is responsive and attentive to clients' needs'.

'Has a very experienced team that despite its prominence and presence in the market, retains a personal touch which it of great value to lay clients'.

'Sue Allen, Clare Langford, Liz Hickman are very approachable which is important when you are working with complex clients and families'.

'Clare Langford is extremely thorough. Provides personal attention to her clients. Approachable'.

'Sue Allen is an extremely experienced and well known clinical negligence practitioner who is respected by peers and (importantly) opponents'.

'Liz Hickman is another highly experienced and well known practitioner who is not afraid to take on challenging cases and get results from them'.

GHP Legal's team is experienced in difficult injury cases, including major psychiatric injury and wrongful diagnosis cases. It also acts for adult survivors of sexual abuse. The team advises on the full array of matters from NHS and private hospital negligence claims to cosmetic surgery negligence claims. John Hulme  leads the team.

Practice head(s):John Hulme

Sydney Mitchell LLP handles the full range of clinical negligence claims, including cases involving negligent treatment and delays in diagnosing cancer. Other matters stem from cosmetic surgery, brain surgery and gastric bypass surgery. In addition, other claims are connected with laparoscopic cystectomy, dentistry and gynaecology. It predominantly represents local clients in claims against local hospitals. The head of the team is Mike Sutton.

Practice head(s):Mike Stutton

Other key lawyers:Adam Hodson; David Lydon

Testimonials

'The team is extremely thorough'.

'David Lydon is the most diligent and understanding solicitor I have ever met'.

Adam Hodson is an outstanding lawyer who has an impressive legal brain coupled with exceptional emotional intelligence'.

Work highlights

  • Acting in a complex case against four defendants involving a late diagnosis of spinal tuberculosis, with liability and causation disputed throughout and ultimately achieving a favourable settlement.
  • Acting for a patient with oesophageal cancer who underwent surgery which was performed negligently and led to life-long and debilitating consequences.
  • Advising on negligent medical treatment that was carried out by an urological surgeon to treat prostate cancer that was unsuitable and resulted in avoidable urological consequences.
  • Advising on a  claim involving a new born child, where the failure of the trust to monitor the bilirubin levels and administer appropriate treatment resulted in brain injury.
  • Acting in a claim involving an admitted 18 month delay in diagnosis of lymphoma but  the trust is disputing causation and is seeking to argue that the disease was so rare and aggressive that the patient’s prognosis was always likely to be poor, regardless of the treatment he received.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP's group, which has a strong track record in high-profile cases, is well-regarded for its experience of TVT/vaginal mesh litigation. It handles various other matters, such as high-value cerebral palsy cases, wrongful birth claims, catastrophic injury cases and fatalities that arise from clinical negligence. It demonstrates strong credentials in group actions, and has brought various claims against a number of negligent surgeons in the Midlands. Linda Millband is a key member of the department.

Practice head(s):Linda Millband; Martin Singh

Testimonials

'Its strength is its depth and a wealth of experience. Supervision is excellent. The quality of the partners is extremely high and they are ably assisted by very good junior solicitors and legal executives'.

'Linda Millband and Martin Singh have enormous experience in clinical negligence work. They provide close supervision to their colleagues which maintains high standards'.

 

Key Clients

JE v University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (Surgical error case)

Work highlights

  • Successfully concluded a case where the claimant was affected by negligently performed spinal surgery and negligent remedial surgery.
  • Successfully settled a cerebral palsy case in which breach and causation were denied for a long period of time.
  • Successfully acted for the claimant in a wrongful birth case.

Wright Hassall LLP is currently handling two substantial group actions for clinical negligence, and its team's considerable experience also includes cases where the mother and/or the baby have suffered severe birth trauma. In addition, it is well-regarded in neurological claims where brain and/or nerve injury have arisen from surgery, and it has also successfully pursued claims where prostheses used in hip surgery has gone wrong. Also notable is that Jeanette Whyman, who is the head of the medical compensation team, represents clients at inquests.

Practice head(s):Jeanette Whyman

Work highlights

  • Conducting a group action on behalf of 20 claimants who are pursuing claims against Mr Manu Nair. The claims are varied but mainly concern treatment for prostate cancer.


Clinical negligence: defendant

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  1. Clinical negligence: defendant
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
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Bevan Brittan LLP¬†handles the full gamut of clinical negligence matters for NHS trusts. It is representing a number of health providers in various group actions involving single practitioners and organisations where systemic issues have arisen. It also demonstrates specialist expertise in complex Human Rights Act cases involving issues such as ‚ÄėDo Not Resuscitate Orders‚Äô, among others. Adrian Dagnall and Tim Hodgetts¬†are names to note in Birmingham.

Practice head(s):Joanne Easterbrook (London);Tim Hodgetts; Adrian Dagnall;

Testimonials

'Tim Hodgetts is practical and sensible'.

Key Clients

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust

Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Acted in the successful defence of claim relating to a fall in a hospital with costs recovery enforced against the CFA insurers direct.
  • Acted in the successful defence of a complex claim arising out of allegedly negligently reviewed cervical smears.

Browne Jacobson LLP has a large medical malpractice team, which acts for both NHS trusts nationally and major private healthcare providers. The first-rate team advises on a myriad of complex cases, and has secured many favourable liability settlements on cerebral palsy cases and other cases involving brain damage and catastrophic injury. It also has a large and respected healthcare inquest team. Practice head Sarah White, who is an NHSR-nominated partner, has a wealth of experience in high value claims. Rachael Morris made partner.

Practice head(s):Sarah White

Other key lawyers:Rachael Morris; Emma Rees

Key Clients

Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Resolution

Work highlights

  • Acting in a high profile case in which the team is dealing with contempt of court proceedings on behalf of a NHS trust.
  • Acted in a key case on informed consent.
  • Acted in the successful defence of obstetric case.
  • Acheived a discontinuance in breast cancer case.
  • Achieved a discontinuance in a hip surgery case.

Weightmans LLP is recognised as one of the leading advisers to NHS healthcare bodies on all areas of litigation. Its first-rate team regularly handles complex and high-value cases, and is particularly strong in claims against ambulance services, the former NHS Direct and other telephone triage systems. It is currently handling two large ongoing group claims in the Midlands. Tony Yeaman leads the firm's national NHS Resolution engagement. Jasmine Armstrong made partner.

Practice head(s):Tony Yeaman; Deborah Bannister; Jasmine Armstrong

Testimonials

'Jasmine Armstrong and Deborah Bannister are both organised, know their cases, promote a collaborative working relationship and are practical'.

Key Clients

National Health Service Resolution

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust

CFC

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS FT

Weight to Go

Royal Sun Alliance

Broadspire

Work highlights

  • Secured a trial success on a high-value stroke case for Midlands Partnership NHS Trust.
  • Represented University Hospitals of Derby & Burton NHS Foundation Trust in the dismissal of a claim at trial about the hospital’s management of an overdose of drugs and alcohol.
  • Represented Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS FT in the dismissal of a claim relating to  several weeks’ intensive care of a baby following premature delivery and the need for major abdominal surgery.


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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Irwin Mitchell undertakes a substantial caseload of personal injury matters for children and adults who have sustained brain injuries or other injuries, such as spinal cord injuries and multiple orthopaedic traumas. Its child abuse team also has an excellent reputation. Other core areas of expertise include industrial disease/workplace illness and international personal injury claims. In addition, the group advises on a multitude of cases for claimants who have suffered illness as a result of substandard food safety and hygiene. Regional managing partner Lisa Jordan is highly recommended.

Practice head(s):Stephen Nye; Alida Coates; Clive Garner;Amandeep Dhillon; Luke Daniels;

Other key lawyers:Stuart Henderson; Hilary Wetherell

Testimonials

'Excellent and well known team that acts quickly and is a pleasure to work with'.

'Has a national network of experts and specialists who have seen it all and done it all. The team has an excellent profile nationally and internationally and for many clients are the 'go-to' lawyers for complex and high value PI claims'.

'The group has a particular focus on ensuring clients' rehabilitation needs are met, in addition to securing appropriate compensation. They have a strong client care ethos'.

'This team is unique because of the consistency of legal quality amongst all of  its members'.

'Stuart Henderson is extremely thorough and highly intelligent'.

'Hilary Wetherell is excellent for serious injuries, she is technically excellent and has very good client handling skills as she is very down to earth'.

'Hilary Wetherell is a very experienced solicitor who commands respect from her peers and provides a first-rate service to clients while supporting families with compassion and understanding'.

'Luke Daniels tends to train the majority of his team members and it shows - they are all bright, articulate and hard working. He is one of the country's top historic abuse lawyers: he tends to achieve higher settlements than most other abuse lawyers, and really cares for the clients'.

'Stephen Nye can be relied upon to deliver a stand-out performance in complex cases'.

'Clive Garner is pre-eminent in the field of  cross-border personal injury field'.

Work highlights

  • Advised the personal representative of an estate on an asbestos related disease claim.
  • Advised a claimant on an asbestos related claim.
  • Advising a claimant on a case involving a traumatic brain injury, spinal injury and other orthopaedic / soft tissue injury.
  • Retained by over 50 claimants in relation to an action against their tour operator, Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited following an all-inclusive holiday to the Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel in Hugharda in Egypt in 2018 where many hundreds of holidaymakers suffered severe gastric symptoms which in some instances led to hospitalisation in the  resort and upon return to the UK.
  • Appointed to represent a family of 8 claimants who travelled to the El Paso Hotel, Port Aventura in Spain in the summer of 2013 who experienced an undiagnosed gastric illness during the holiday.

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP has built up an excellent reputation in the personal injury arena, thanks to its strong track record of handling a wide range of claims. Areas of expertise include road traffic accidents, accidents at work, as well as in other public places. The group is also adept at handling claims suffered as a result of crime, among various other matters. Rankeshwar Batta is a prominent name in the market.

Practice head(s):Rankeshwar Batta

Other key lawyers:Sarah Huntbach;Victoria Fullilove; Ann Houghton

Testimonials

'The team was all really supportive, knew exactly what the other was doing and kept me completely up to date with the proceedings'.

'The team is excellent at understanding customer requirements'.

'All team members are caring, intelligent and competent'.

'Rankeshwar Batta is very personable, has lots of common sense and has a good touch with clients'.

'Rankeshwar Batta is very professional'.

'Rankeshwar Batta works very hard to get the best outcome for his clients; shows real understanding and empathy for the difficulties his clients face'.

'Rankeshwar Batta is wonderful with clients, a great tactician with superb judgment and carries the respect of his opposite numbers'.

'Sarah Huntbach has built up a fantastic practice, is very highly regarded, compassionate yet tenacious. Victoria Fullilove is very much a rising star and is one to watch'.

'Victoria Fullilove  knows every detail of her cases and is also keen to help her clients get their lives back on track'.

'Ann Houghton has a wealth of experience and knowledge, with a genuine caring attitude to the client she supports'.

 

Work highlights

  • Secured a settlement for the client’s wife who was killed as a result of a road traffic accident.
  • Acting for the claimant (a 16-year-old young girl) who suffered  serious head injuries as a result of an accident when she was crossing the road.
  • Acting for the claimant who  was about to pull out of her drive and was waiting for traffic to pass when suddenly an ongoing vehicle collided with her at speed by way of a side impact.
  • Acting for a catastrophic injury client who is a minor and is bringing a claim by way of her mother and litigation friend.
  • Recent instructions on a catastrophic personal injury claim that was a result of a road traffic accident that took place in Ireland.

Lanyon Bowdler has an enviable reputation in serious injury cases, such as those involving spinal, amputee and brain injuries. Its focus is almost entirely on high-value cases of maximum severity and on catastrophic injury cases, in addition to key specialisms in military and international cases. Team head Neil Lorimer is highly experienced in dealing with complex brain injury cases. The team continues to grow at a senior level with the recent promotion of Debbie Humphries to partner.

Practice head(s):Neil Lorimer

Other key lawyers:Dawn Humphries; Debbie Humphries; Louise Howard; Phillip Roberts

Testimonials

'A consistently professional, efficient and empathetic team who have worked tirelessly to help me. They respond to all queries within the hour no matter how trivial and re-assure me that no questions are trivial'.

'The personal attention given to each case by the partners and associates is exceptional. The team has great strength in depth but the leadership comes from the very top. As a regional firm they are easily on a par for delivering a service with the best firms around'.

'The team does not just look at the claim they look at the individual's life and lifestyle. They look at the bigger picture and how they can help in ways other than just the legal things that need to be tackled'.

'Neil Lorimer is a very experienced, highly organised and efficient Head of PI who knows how to run a successful claim'.

'Neil Lorimer was outstanding & very professional.  I would recommend him and his team 1,000%!'.

'Neil Lorimer has an exceptional eye for detail and will leave no stone unturned. He is highly experienced and has pursued many high value cases to trial'.

'Dawn Humphries is a very knowledgeable spinal injury specialist who has a good understanding of this complex subspecialty of PI and is a key advocate for improved services'.

'Debbie Humphries is a first-class litigator with excellent soft skills when it comes to managing client expectation and navigating a difficult case through to a conclusion'.

'Clear communication is key and  Debbie Humphries nails it every time we chat'.

'Louise Howard has gone beyond the extra mile to support me and can be relied upon for accurate, timely and eminently pragmatic legal advice. Her attention to detail and proactive attitude are very good'.

Key Clients

NGT

CX

NX

RT

GJ

JSC

DM

CE

CPW

AS (Deceased)

Work highlights

  • Representing the claimant in a road traffic accident (RTA) claim in which he sustained a below knee amputation, a serious head injury and multiple injuries.
  • Represented the claimant in a RTA claim in which she sustained a severe traumatic brain injury.
  • Represented the claimant in a RTA claim in which he sustained a severe brain injury, a pneumothorax and an injury to his right shoulder.
  • Represented the claimant in relation to an accident at work in which he suffered an amputation of his left foot and a psychiatric injury.
  • Representing the claimant in relation to an accident at work in which he was crushed and sustained multiple injuries including a psychiatric injury.

Tim Gray heads up the practice at FBC Manby Bowdler LLP, which covers both serious injury and multi-track/catastrophic injury cases. It has a well-established reputation for handling complex and severe high-value brain and spinal injury cases, as well as industrial disease cases. The firm generates work from clients locally, regionally and nationally. Susan Todhunter is renowned for her experience in brain injury cases.

Practice head(s):Tim Gray

Other key lawyers:Susan Todhunter; Adam Wilson; Rachel Lomas

Testimonials

'Excellent group of specialists who are very knowledgeable and very approachable'.

'Susan Todhunter and Tim Gray  in particular stand out as experts in their own right and great colleagues to work alongside in complex litigation. They empathise with their clients, are able to get to the nub of an issue and have a good relationship with their experts'.

'Susan Todhunter is responsive, approachable, extremely knowledgeable, reassuring and fair'.

'Susan Todhunter is a very experienced and well regarded solicitor with a razor sharp mind'.

'Adam Wilson is very approachable and has a lovely manner with clients'.

'Rachel Lomas is thorough and professional'.

Key Clients

Craig Isherwood

Work highlights

  • Representing the family of a deceased individual, who became trapped in an air cupboard during the night at a time share apartment, sadly dying of hypothermia having broken cold water pipes in her attempts to escape.  
  • Represented a pedestrian who was struck by a taxi as she crossed the road – 55% liability was secured by negotiation.
  • Represented the claimant motorcyclist who suffered serious orthopaedic injuries.
  • Represent a child claimant who suffered severe brain injury when she fell from an upstairs window. Council worker found negligent at trial.
  • Represented a  front seat passenger who suffered very serious brain injury in a head on collision.

Higgs & Sons has a dedicated team, which advises on catastrophic injuries, as well as injuries at work and road traffic accidents. It also advises on industrial diseases caused by asbestos, noise, vibrating equipment and chemicals. In addition, the group advises on injuries suffered while abroad. Andy Shaw, who heads up the team, has a particular focus on head injuries and fatal accidents.

Practice head(s):Andy Shaw

Other key lawyers:Claire Burnell; Steven Santy

Testimonials

'What sets the team apart is its client care and attention to detail. The team leaves no stone unturned and isn't not afraid to take on difficult cases'.

'It is a strong team, with a high proportion of experienced practitioners who provide an outstanding level of service to their clients. They focus on rehab and have a collaborative working style, this is what marks the team out'.

'It is  the foremost medium-sized claimant personal Injury specialist solicitors in the West Midlands'.

'Andy Shaw is a great lawyer and tactician. He has a fantastic manner with clients and is able to see the 'wood for the trees' and thus able to address the real issues in a case and guide clients to them. He is a tough negotiator who is not afraid to push points to trial'.

'Andy Shaw is down to earth, dynamic and pragmatic with realistic expectations from his cases'.

'Andy Shaw always has a great command of his claims and has a meticulous approach to case preparation. He is a very shrewd negotiator'.

'Steven Santy is tireless and is always working to find the game changing point in the case. He is brilliant with his clients who clearly value and like him and is able to express complicated principles of law clearly and succinctly'.

'Steven Santy is  a wily litigator, who knows the highways and byways of RTA litigation through and through'.

'Steven Santy is a super litigator. He is very well prepared, has very good judgment and is always prepared to go the extra mile to get the best result he can for his client'.

'Claire Burnell: not entirely sure where Claire manages to find the time to put in the amount of work she does. She leaves no stone unturned in preparing a case'.

Work highlights

  • Advised on a matter where the claimant suffered a stroke as a result of a road traffic accident.
  • Advised the claimant who had been involved in a serious motorbike accident when his helmet dislodged at the time of the accident.
  • Advising another claimant who was involved in a serious motorcycle accident.
  • Acted for a front seat passenger in a head-on collision.
  • Acted for another claimant who was involved in a head-on collision.

Slater and Gordon undertakes the full spectrum of cases ranging from multiple fatality claims involving children to paralysis, traumatic amputation and brain injury matters. Richard Langton has a wealth of experience of complex personal injury claims, and also advises on other areas such as road traffic accidents, injuries at work and public liability cases. In addition, Langton runs group litigation claims.

Practice head(s):Richard Langton

Other key lawyers:Joe Speed

Testimonials

'Richard Langton is a real fighter for his clients, he does not give up but is sensible in the process and really knows his stuff'.

'Joe Speed is successfully handling cases of the utmost severity. Intelligent and completely dedicated'.

'Joe Speed shows excellent attention to detail'.

Key Clients

Poppy Arabella

Pearl Black

SB

AC

RW

JH

AD

SW

SS

YY + XX

Work highlights

  • As a result of serious accident the team is now campaigning with Poppy-Arabella’s parents, their MP and safety organisations to introduce a compulsory rule in the UK that all clinicians must notify DVLA if a patient is unsafe to drive, so their licence can be revoked.
  • Advising on a RTA where there are multiple claimant injuries - including a fatality.  
  • Acting for a claimant who was a bus driver and was severely injured when a roadside tree fell on his bus due to its roots being diseased.
  • Advising on a motorcycle accident where there was an amputation injury.
  • Advising on a fatal RTA.

Philip Edwards, leads the serious injury team at Clarke Willmott LLP, and has a particular focus on adult and child brain injury cases. The wider group's expertise includes matters involving complex psychiatric disorder issues, spinal cord injuries, industrial disease cases and amputation injuries. It is also experienced in fatal accident claims.

Practice head(s):Chris Thorne (Taunton)

Other key lawyers:Philip Edwards

Testimonials

'Philip Edwards is highly experienced in neuro trauma and cases of the utmost severity. His personal attention to his cases rather than simply overseeing team work marks him out as a first-class practitioner'.

Work highlights

  • Advising on a complex future loss of earnings claim in a multiple orthopaedic injuries case.
  • Successfully resolved a case for a client where an allegation of fundamental dishonesty was made.
  • Settled a fatal claim for an elderly man who had been killed when hit by a car based on his family’s dependence on his child care duties.
  • Pursuing a complex liability issue following an accident on a corporate team bonding event.

Sydney Mitchell LLP advises local clients on matters involving very minor injuries (as a result of minor road traffic accidents) to accidents resulting in very serious injury. Practice head Mike Sutton is skilled at representing clients who have suffered injury as a result of accidents at work, on the road or any other public place.

Practice head(s):Mike Sutton

Other key lawyers:David Lydon; Adam Hodson

Testimonials

'David Lydon stands out as a very experienced, hands on and pragmatic practitioner who is very well able to handle substantial and high value claims across the range of personal injury cases'.

'Adam Hodson is very thorough and fights hard for his clients. He leaves no stone unturned and has superb attention to detail'.

Work highlights

  • Representing a claimant in a high value claim where the claimant has had some fingers amputated as a result of a work accident and who is likely to require prosthetic fingers to improve appearance and function of hand.
  • Acting in a claim for compensation for a pedestrian who was knocked over as a result of an accident involving an uninsured driver and who suffered a traumatic brain injury.
  • Represented a client who suffered a brain injury as a result of a road traffic accident and whose claim was settled.
  • Settled a claim for the claimant who was involved in a serious motorcycle accident who suffered a serious shoulder injury resulting in him being unable to return to his pre-accident employment.
  • Acting in a  claim for a motorcyclist who suffered significant leg injury, described as a “de-gloving” injury and which required extensive surgical management.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP acts for members of trade unions and private clients on a wide range of mandates. The team is led by Karl De-Loyde, who has more than 20 years of experience. It advises on diverse matters such as severe brain injuries, spinal cord and amputation cases, as well as polytrauma, amputations and fatalities. Dave Fisher is the practice lead for asbestos-related claims.

Practice head(s):Karl De-Loyde; Dave Fisher ; Linda Millband

Testimonials

'Karl De-Loyde is diligent, hardworking and experienced'.

Key Clients

Mr W

Mr S

Mr Lewis

Mr M

Unite the Union

Fire Brigade Union

UNISON

PCS

Work highlights

  • Mr W was involved in a head on collision between a bike and car, liability was disputed but with expert evidence the firm was successful at trial.
  • Acted for a 55 year old pedestrian who was struck by a van whilst crossing the road late at night, he suffered a severe brain injury.
  • Represented Mr Lewis who was pursued and ran over by an uninsured farmer, the accident happened on private land.
  • Acted for Mr M who was fatally injured whilst working for National Grid, he was assisting to unload a lorry when he was crushed by the crane attachment to the lorry.

The wide-ranging scope of DBS Law's practice covers road traffic accidents, employer liability, public liability and mesothelioma disease cases, among other areas. It regularly advises on various serious injuries, such as head injuries, spinal injuries, amputations of limbs and fatal accidents. Practice head Shairoz Ahmed divides her time between Nottingham and Birmingham.

Practice head(s):Shairoz Ahmed

Work highlights

  • The team recovered £22,500 in damages for a client who sustained a severe injury to the right ankle and left elbow following a road traffic accident.
  • The team secured over £60,000 for a road traffic accident victim out-of-court after a string of serious injuries to the foot and shoulder, as well as psychological trauma.

GHP Legal has a strong capability in multi-track cases and it is often sought out in cases of the utmost gravity and complexity, including major psychiatric injury cases and sexual abuse claims (where it represents adult survivors). Workplace stress cases are another mainstay of the practice. John Hulme leads the team.

Practice head(s):John Hulme

Shakespeare Martineau LLP's Tony Hannington, who handles injury claims for individuals and insurers, has significant experience of dealing with fatal accidents and brain injuries. Other areas of expertise include industrial disease claims, and cases involving amputations and spinal cord injuries. Adam Parry is experienced in high-value matters, and represents clients who have sustained life-changing injuries as a result of serious accidents.

Shoosmiths LLP's team is best known for its expertise in serious injuries, including industrial disease cases, spinal cord injury, brain injury, amputations, fatalities, as well as severe and psychological trauma cases. Department head Sara Hunt handles accidents at work, road traffic accidents and accidents in other public places.

Practice head(s):Sara Hunt

Testimonials

'As a team the members are collectively and individually very knowledgeable, polite and courteous'.

'Provides an outstanding service with a caring attitude'.

Thursfields Solicitors advises on the full range of injuries from road traffic accidents to tripping/slipping accidents. It also routinely advises on workplace accidents, criminal injuries, product and public liability cases and industrial disease claims. Senior associate Bernadette Mackie leads the department.

Practice head(s):Bernadette Mackie

Testimonials

'Bernadette Mackie's handling of cases is exceptional'.

Key Clients

Melvyn Walker

Glenda Tedstone

Work highlights

  • Advised the claimant on a claim for damages arising from a road traffic accident when he was involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle, the driver of which suffered fatal injuries.
  • Advising the client injured in a slipping accident in JD Sports in a claim for damages for personal injury.


Personal injury: defendant

Index of tables

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

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

  1. 1

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Next Generation Partners

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Rising stars

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BLM has a full-service insurance practice, which services local and national insurer and corporate clients. It has a general liability unit, which is active in employers’ liability, motor, public liability and health and safety claims. It also has specialist occupational disease and fraud units. James Harvey heads up the department, which includes Mike Dobson. Dobson's work includes complex claims involving serious brain and spinal injuries, as well as cases with a foreign law element. Adrian Marston joined from Weightmans LLP, while Henry Bermingham moved in the opposite direction.

Practice head(s):James Harvey

Other key lawyers:Mike Dobson; Adrian Marston

Key Clients

DLG

Aviva

AXA xl

Affinity Water

Travelodge

Babcock

Bloor Homes

National Express

Work highlights

  • Defended a case where the claimant claimed damages for personal injury following a road traffic accident.
  • Acted in a claim from a third party driver, who was involved in a minor road traffic accident on a roundabout.

Browne Jacobson LLP provides specialist sector-focused advice to insurers, public bodies and corporate defendants. Its team particularly excels in matters concerning catastrophic injury, disease, highways and liability insurance. It is also continuing to grow its social care and abuse team. Bridget Tatham, who leads the insurance and risk team, regularly advises local authority and commercial clients on motor, public and employers’ liability. She is also knowledgeable about other issues, such as policy coverage, claims and risk. Matthew Harpin is another key figure. Paul Cox joined DAC Beachcroft LLP.

Practice head(s):Susan Mabbott (Nottingham); Bridget Tatham

Other key lawyers:Matthew Harpin; Kevin Lawson; Paul Wainwright

Testimonials

'The personal injury team possesses a swan-like skill: whilst the quality of the work indicates hard work, they never appear to make heavy weather of difficult cases, even those involving clientele who need extensive management'.

'The team has a dynamic approach and is very professional, knowledgeable and approachable'.

'Has long standing expertise, is highly professional and has exceptional knowledge'.

'In term of personal injury public liability work it is a Premier League firm with the wins and team clout to justify that label'.

'The team has strength and depth in abundance. Client care is superb. The team only deals with our most complex, sensitive and difficult cases'.

'With Bridget Tatham and Matthew Harpin it is clear that their cases are thoroughly thought about and prepared'.

'Matthew Harpin is highly professional and remains unruffled'.

'Matthew Harpin has an excellent relationship with his clients and an uncanny ability to call difficult cases early on as runners or ones to negotiate'.

'Kevin Lawson is a true master of his craft and a consummate professional. He excels in his field and has generated some remarkable results over the years. He is our lawyer of choice for complex injury loss'.

'Paul Wainwright shows excellent attention and a real ability to get 'under the skin' of a case'.

Key Clients

Hiscox

Tokio Marine Kiln

Gallagher Bassett

Wolverhampton City Council

Walsall MBC

Coventry MBC

Solihull MBC

Shropshire County

New India

Tesco Underwriting

Gloucestershire County Council

Birmingham City Council

Nuneaton District Council

Worcestershire County Council

Newcastle under Lyme Council

Davies Group

Dudley MBC

Sandwell & Dudley MBC

Resolute Management

Work highlights

  • Advsed Walsall MBC on a personal injury highways claim.
  • Advised Gloucestershire County Council on a personal injury/ highways liability claim.
  • Advising Flintshire County Council on its statement submitted to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (‘IICSA’) in relation to the inquiry’s “Accountability and Reparations” investigation.

DAC Beachcroft LLP's Birmingham team is led by Rhodri Richards. High-level multi-track and catastrophic injury matters are an area of focus; Sara May leads the work in this space. Helen Bates is the main contact in relation to volume motor and credit hire matters. Elsewhere, the firm has a well-regarded counter-fraud team. In addition, the firm assists clients with specialist motor claims management, motor prosecutions and coverage issues. It also advises on sports liability claims. Richard Stallard is also recommended. Paul Cox joined the team from Browne Jacobson LLP.

Practice head(s):Rhodri Richards

Other key lawyers:Sara May; Helen Bates; Richard Stallard; Elisabeth Jones; Paul Cox

Testimonials

'Unrivalled experience, technical knowledge and commercial nous of the partners is what sets this team apart'.

'Richard Stallard holds the unique position of being the defendants' expert on periodical payments. He is intellectually tenacious, with formidable forensic skills and fights a shrewd and unflagging battle for his clients'.

'Richard Stallard and Elisabeth Jones are exceptionally conscientious, their knowledge of relevant law and ability to apply it to best effect; their commercial nous and deal making abilities when negotiating with opponents, along with their total professionalism and customer focused approach, all set them apart from the pack'.

Key Clients

Aviva

AXA XL

NFU Mutual

Allianz

Ageas

Coop

ERS

AXA Insurance

MS Amlin

Work highlights

  • Assisted a major composite insurer with settling a case, which arose from the claimant sustaining a severe injuries in a road traffic accident as a child. The claimant suffered from significant physical disability and cognitive impairment, along with some behavioural problems.
  • Settled a case for a major motor insurer. The claimant was the widow of a passenger in a car which was struck by a lorry which had suffered brake failure on a steep hill. This was a high profile case, which involved a number of fatalities.
  • Represented Aviva Insurance in an appeal, which was connected with the claimant issuing proceedings for personal injuries arising from a road traffic accident. The claimant's case was dismissed and a finding of fundamental dishonesty was made.
  • Represented AXA Insurance in a major Court of Appeal ruling, which will see fraudsters pay additional damages to insurers if their behaviour and conduct are deemed ‘outrageous’.
  • Acted for AXA Insurance in a matter whereby the claimant was sentenced to a 16 month custodial sentence and ordered to repay £2,500 in costs following a conviction for contempt of court.

DWF has a full-service defendant personal injury practice, whose portfolio of work includes abuse claims, occupational health and industrial disease cases, as well as advice on complex policy coverage issues. The firm also has a renowned fraud practice, which is led by Lorraine Carolan, and excels in motor (credit hire, organised fraud and other areas such as fleet fraud) and casualty claims. Derek Adamson is the head of occupational health and casualty. Paul Donnelly is also highly regarded.

Practice head(s):Derek Adamson; Lorraine Carolan

Other key lawyers:Denise Brosnan; Paul Donnelly

Testimonials

'Overall service levels are excellent'.

'I value the individualised responses I get from DWF “one size does not fit all' and each client is dealt with in the best way that suits their needs and requirements'.

'Derek Adamson is very good on contractual liability and insurance policy wording issues'.

'Denise Brosnan  is very good on personal injury and  high-value class action disease and contamination claims. She understands the court process extremely well guiding clients through the process in a professional and user friendly way'.

Key Clients

Aviva

Markerstudy

Insure the Box

Mulsanne

Ageas

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in personal injury claims (and the public inquiry) arising from the Grenfell Tower disaster in June 2017.
  • Instructed by the Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church in relation to a scandal involving sexual abuse and in one instance murder by hand grenade of numerous children by members of the clergy (including three Bishops) in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
  • Acting for an insurance company in obtaining committal proceedings/suspended prison sentences against 9 persons involved in crash for cash.
  • Defended claims made by two claimants who were found to be fundamentally dishonest.
  • Acted in a ground breaking case involving the use of telematics data to uncover a fraudulent claim with savings of over £170,000.

Keoghs LLP's footprint in the insurance arena is evidenced by the fact that it acts for nine out of the top ten UK general insurers. It also acts for a wide range of self-insured clients, large corporates and public sector organisations. It has particularly notable expertise in abuse claims and in occupational disease cases. In addition, its complex and catastrophic loss team deals with the full spectrum of cases, ranging from multiple fractures to chronic pain cases. Ken Young heads up the team.

Practice head(s):Ken Young

Other key lawyers:Julie Park; Helen White

Testimonials

'Julie Park is proactive and cooperative, works hard to find fair and good solutions'.

'While a large firm offering facilities at all levels of claim to the insurance industry, it manages to provide a bespoke and careful service in the large claims'.

'This firm is absolutely the tops. Entirely realistic and pro-active in its approach to cases it achieves results for clients in commendably efficient timescales and at very reasonable costs'.

Key Clients

LV=

Allianz

Work highlights

  • Worked collaboratively with opponents to settle a spinal cord case within two years for a client without the need for proceedings.
  • Represented an insurer in a severe traumatic brain injury claim worth £10m.
  • Represented an insurance company in a public liability claim that was pursued dishonestly by the claimant.
  • Acting on behalf of a major insurer on a public liability claim involving contempt of court.
  • Acted on behalf of a motorcyclist involved in an accident with a pedestrian in the dark.

Plexus Law covers all major personal insurance specialisms, such as large loss and policy coverage disputes, as well as employers’ liability, public liability, casualty and motor cases. Other areas of expertise include occupational disease, fraud and public sector work. Its client base includes insurance companies, corporates and local authorities. Team head Damon Burt has a particular interest in asbestos-related matters; he defends clients against HSE prosecutions arising from serious injuries and fatalities sustained from exposure to asbestos. Jacqui Kendall is another notable individual.

Practice head(s):Damon Burt

Other key lawyers:Anthony Bushell; Jacqui Kendall

Testimonials

'Very professional, efficient and knowledgeable team that provides a personal service'.

'It delivers what the customer asks for, not want the law firm thinks they should provide. The team adopts a sensible and pragmatic approach'.

Anthony Bushell is pragmatic and thorough and is completely focused on the outcome for the client'.

'Anthony Bushell delivers clear and concise advice and is attuned to the needs of his clients. He constantly strives to deliver the best value outcome for his client'.

'Jacqui Kendall  is superb. Efficient and professional at all times and has an extensive knowledge of defendant personal injury litigation'.

'Jacqui Kendall takes no prisoners; she is a star'.

Key Clients

Aspen

Sutton Specialist Risk

Lang O’Rourke

Geopost

Ceva Logistics

Sims Metal Management

Mears Group

Wolverhampton City Council

West Midlands Police

Rugby Borough Council

Balcia Insurance

Davies Loss Adjusters

SLS Crawfords

Gallagher Bassett

ABB

Weir Group

Work highlights

  • Acted for Capita Insurance on behalf of the FSCS in a successful defence against a fatal mesothelioma claim.
  • Acted for an insurance company in the successful defence against a fictitious claim, which resulted in a finding of fundamental dishonesty.
  • Acted for an insurance company in the successful defence of a high-value personal injury claim.
  • Acted for Aspen Insurance in the successful defence of claim for hand-arm vibration syndrome at trial.
  • Acted for an insurance company in the successful defence of a high-value care home claim.

Weightmans LLP's Birmingham-based group is active in a broad cross-section of areas, such as casualty, disease, large loss and commercial insurance work. It acts nationwide for 16 of the top 20 insurers, numerous FTSE 100 companies, and other large private and public organisations. The disease team is led by David Tuck. Henry Bermingham joined from BLM, while Adrian Marston moved in the opposite direction.

Practice head(s):David Tuck; Chris Webb-Jenkins; Penelope Marshall; Henry Bermingham; Navdip Wilson; Bruce Ralston

Key Clients

Municipal Mutual Insurance

Nottinghamshire County Council

Travelers Insurance

Gallagher Bassett

Leicestershire County Council

Staffordshire County Council

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in the IICSA investigation into the suitability of the civil litigation process for child abuse personal injury claims.
  • Represented the second defendant ( a school) in a mesothelioma claim.
  • Representing a plumbing construction company in a fatal mesothelioma claim.
  • Represented the defendant in a fatal asbestos case which resulted in the claimant discontinuing the claim.
  • Represented a client in a work-related upper limb disorder case which resulted in the claimant discontinuing and paying part of the defence costs.

Kennedys' clients include global brands and leading insurance companies. It has a notable specialism in leisure industry claims, and is also strong in asbestos-related litigation, as well as catastrophic and fatal accident claims. The team's wide-ranging areas of sector expertise include construction, manufacturing, engineering and recruitment. Ian Davies is the firm’s product head of motor claims. Mark Walsh is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Ian Davies

Other key lawyers:Mark Walsh; James Shrimpton; Philippa Craven

Testimonials

'Provides clear non-formulaic advice with each case dealt with on its individual merits'.

'They are thought leaders in the field of disease litigation'.

'Is thorough, fair, transparent and pragmatic'.

'Ian Davies and Mark Walsh are a formidable team. Their knowledge and calm authority stands alone. They lead the team by example and are never afraid to pick up the phone to discuss more difficult issues'.

'Mark Walsh is a straight talking solicitor who constantly delivers excellent results on cases of the highest technicality and cost'.

'With Mark Walsh his knowledge and experience of large loss/catastrophic personal injury provides a level of security and trust when he is nominated to act on our claims knowing that we are robustly represented in the market'.

'James Shrimptonhas established a very competent team'.

' Philippa Craven gets people and what they require'.

'Philippa Craven has a wealth of experience, a good practical approach to cases and the skill to know when to negotiate and when to be firm'.

Key Clients

EON

Zenith Marque Insurance (formerly Chaucer)

Gallagher Bassett

ERS

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Alton Towers to manage the ongoing civil claims arising from a crash on the Smiler ride in June 2015, whereby 16 passengers suffered injury, including two who required amputation of lower limbs.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP ’s defendant insurance team acts for a variety of blue-chip insurance companies, intermediaries and self-insured organisations in high-value catastrophic injury claims. It advises on the full spectrum of employer, liability, property and motor liability claims mostly with a pleaded value in excess of £1m. Group head Craig Wallace represents various insurers, companies, public sector organisations and self-insureds. Ravinder Johal is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Craig Wallace

Other key lawyers:Ravinder Johal

Testimonials

'Shakespeare Martineau LLP's strength is with its people'.

'The team is always on the ball and it gets it right every time'.

'Ravinder Johal and Craig Wallace. Both have taken the account we work on together by the scruff of the neck and are providing a very good legal service for the client'.

' Ravinder Johal -his attention to detail is outstanding and the level of service he has provided has exceeded our expectations. He is always available if we need to discuss anything'.

'The team has very much a 'can-do' attitude and provides a swift service'.

'The team is dedicated and provides an excellent service to clients'.

Key Clients

Gallagher Bassett

DHL

Europcar

Sixt

Amlin Insurance

Zurich Insurance

Sainsbury’s

NEC Group

Keir Group

Morrison Utility Services

Crawford & Co

Community Union

Hawkwell Underwriting

Work highlights

  • Represented the first Part 20 defendant in contribution proceedings relating to a claim for damages by a tenant injured when part of the ceiling of his home fell on his head.
  • Represented the defendant in a head-on road traffic accident involving a high net worth claimant.
  • Represented the defendant in a catastrophic injury claim involving a claimant who had sustained a serious traumatic brain injury in a road traffic accident.
  • Advised on a claim whereby the claimant was a middle rear seat passenger who was involved in a road traffic accident when the defendant swerved in front of the claimant’s car, resulting in a head-on collision.
  • Represented the defendant in a case where the claimant, who was a child passenger, suffered a serious brain injury in a road traffic accident.


Professional negligence

Index of tables

  1. Professional negligence
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

  1. 1

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1
    • Lucy Tolond - BLM

Mills & Reeve LLP is a first port of call for many clients in the professional indemnity insurance market. It handles multimillion pound claims involving brokers, construction professionals, financial lines and loss adjusters, among others. The team includes Angus Turner, who specialises in solicitors' negligence claims, and Neil Frankland, who focuses on construction and insurance brokers negligence claims. The other key partner is David Gooding, whose expertise includes claims against accountants and independent financial advisers, as well as more general coverage issues.

Practice head(s):Angus Turner; Neil Frankland; David Gooding

Other key lawyers:Bharti Patel; Kelly Barnett

Testimonials

'Mills & Reeve LLP has a very strong professional indemnity team in Birmingham'.

'Angus Turner is personable and excellent'.

'Angus Turner and Neil Frankland are both very experienced and very well-known'.

'The team overall has real strength in depth and has a whole raft of excellent associates. Bharti Patel is exceptionally bright and Kelly Barnett is exceptionally good'.

Key Clients

AIG

Pen

Capita

MUM

CNA

Elite

Aon

Work highlights

  • Advising a law firm on a claim relating to a potential drafting error with a significant negative impact.
  • Defending a claim against a top 100 law firm in respect of the drafting of a will and the administration of an estate.
  • Handling the defence of litigation against a law firm arising out of commercial property transactions
  • Defending a leading architectural practice against allegations relating to cladding and fire stopping.
  • Advising an insurance broker on issues arising in relation to a marine cargo policy and sanctions following the broker’s client suffering a loss when a shipment of valuable goods was impounded in China.

BLM generates work from a wide range of insurers and corporates in high-value and complex claims. It represents professionals of all disciplines, and has witnessed a significant increase in fraud-related claims recently. Team head Julian Smart is frequently instructed by professional indemnity insurers to defend negligence claims against various professionals, such as surveyors, accountants, engineers and brokers.

Practice head(s):Julian Smart

Other key lawyers:Lucy Tolond

Testimonials

'A top-notch insurance practice'.

'The team has a broad base of experience and expertise in various areas of professional negligence. It is an approachable and user-friendly team'.

'Julian Smart  is excellent, very calm and collected and is very good at diffusing difficult situations'.

'Julian Smart is quietly assured and reassuring for insureds and insurers alike. Julian really knows his stuff and is able to robustly defend an insured's position in an understated and non-confrontational way'.

'Julian Smart is excellent with clients and sees the 'big picture' when it comes to high value/complex litigation'.

'Lucy Tolond is an outstanding litigator'.

'Lucy Tolond is excellent - hands on and with impressive knowledge of the insurance market'.

Key Clients

QBE

Everest Syndicate 2786

European Risk Insurance Company

Aviva

NFU Mutual

Collegiate

DWF has successfully built strong relationships with some of the UK’s leading insurers and now has a top-class insurer client base. It offers expertise across the full range of traditional professional negligence defence work, where it acts for professionals and their insureds. It has niche expertise covering areas where professional negligence overlaps into other practice areas such as criminal law, health and safety as well as public law. Paul Chaplin leads the team.

Practice head(s):Paul Chaplin; Kieran Walsh (Manchester)

Key Clients

Markel (UK)

Liberty International

Inter-Hannover

Travelers

CNA Hardy

MS Amlin

Work highlights

  • Representing an accountant and its insurers following a claim that it was negligent when acting for a solicitor client on the acquisition of another solicitor’s practice.
  • Representing a firm of tax consultant and its insurer following a claim by a number of clients that the advice given to enter into a tax mitigation scheme was negligent.  
  • Acting for SIPP trustee and its insurers following a number of claims by clients that their due diligence in accepting referrals from an IFA were flawed.
  • Acting for an engineer and its insurer regarding an alleged survey/quote for installing underground pumping/heat meter/plumbing parts to assist with a renewable heat incentive application.
  • Acting for a firm of solicitors and its insurer following a number of client account defalcations.

Kennedys has an impressive client roster, which includes many of the leading professional indemnity insurers. The group is adept at handling the full range of professional indemnity matters. It routinely handles complex and high-value claims for a variety of professions. The head of the team is Eamon Mooney, who has a particular focus on construction professionals’ claims, and also handles a significant number of claims against accountants and solicitors.

Practice head(s):Eamon Mooney

Other key lawyers:Patric Rouendaal

Testimonials

'Eamon Mooney is highly regarded'.

'Eamon Mooney is excellent and has a strong team supporting him'.

'Patric Rouendaal has developed particular skill and expertise in D&O work'.

Key Clients

Liberty

RSA

Channel Syndicate

AXA XL

Pen Underwriting

Sompo

W.R. Berley

Work highlights

  • Advising on an application by a high-profile individual in bankruptcy, against a number of parties, including the insured (a firm of solicitors that was previously instructed by the individual).
  • Acting on the defence of a number of multimillion-pound professional negligence claims against a firm of accountants, in a group action, arising from advice given to investors in the ‘Ingenious’ tax avoidance schemes.
  • Following the liquidation of a major UK construction company and the recent service of Part 20 proceedings, the team was instructed by that company’s professional indemnity insurers to take, prepare and lodge a holding defence, to advise upon coverage and to negotiate a path out of the ongoing litigation.
  • Acted for a company that managed terminal leasing contracts for financial institutions.
  • Advising on the ongoing handling of multi-million pound and multi-party litigation after the demerger of a family group of businesses - including allegations of breach of fiduciary duty and negligence against the accountants.

Although the primary focus at Shakespeare Martineau LLP is on the claimant side of the market, it also acts for defendants. It is currently acting for claimants in numerous professional negligence cases, many of which are funded using conditional fee arrangements. These claims range in value from tens of thousands to millions of pounds. It also acts for a variety of defendants, including solicitors and accountants. Mark Beesley and Barry Jervis are the names to note.

Practice head(s):Mark Beesley; Barry Jervis

Key Clients

Alliance Surgical

Brandscape Group

FM Conway

Scanlans Property Management

BDW Trading

Garner Investments

Diffusion Alloys

Star Micronics GB

Work highlights

  • Advising BDW Trading on a multi-million pound claim for negligent advice in relation to a planning application by architects resulting in the inability to develop a 400 houses site.
  • Advising Garner Investments on a claim in relation to losses caused by inappropriate specialist banking transfers.
  • Advising Ashok Dhir on a claim for losses in relation to incorrect drafting of a lease.
  • Advising a property investor on an action in relation to erroneous valuations leading to undervalue sale of a property portfolio.
  • Advising Diffusion Alloys on an action in relation to a negligent valuation and subsequent losses.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's Birmingham team, which includes Chris Busby and Neville Gray, works closely with practitioners in the Nottingham office on a substantial portfolio of professional negligence claims. The group covers both residential and commercial lending claims as well as having considerable pension sector professional negligence expertise. It routinely advises on major pension related professional negligence claims against actuarial firms and solicitors and also acts for pension trustees and major corporates.

Practice head(s):Chris Busby; Neville Gray; Sarah Langham

Key Clients

Santander UK

Lloyds Banking Group

Carey Pensions UK LLP/ Carey Pension Trustees UK

Nationwide Building Society

Coventry Building Society

Work highlights

  • Acting as joint advisor with one other panel firm for all professional negligence claims against Lloyds Banking Group.
  • Acting as sole advisor to Santander’s corporate and commercial recoveries team.
  • Acting as sole advisor for any residential lending professional negligence claims on behalf of the Nationwide Building Society.
  • Acting as joint advisor for any commercial lending professional negligence claims against solicitors and valuers.
  • Defending Carey Pensions UK LLP/ Carey Pension Trustees UK Limited (“Carey”) against multiple misselling claims and complaints relating to its role as a SIPP (self-invested personal pension) administrator and pension scheme trustee.

Wright Hassall LLP has a large claimant professional negligence department, which acts for major lenders on the recovery of losses in the aftermath of mortgage fraud, and also advises on negligence actions for the recovery of losses on property transactions. It also has expertise in negligence actions in probate matters, as well as other issues, such as tax litigation and the misselling of financial products. Sarah Perry and Gemma Carson jointly head up the department.

Practice head(s):Sarah Perry; Gemma Carson

Other key lawyers:Susan Hopcraft

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'Susan Hopcraft is calm, sensible and tenacious - a joy to work with'.

Key Clients

Brookvex IMS

Work highlights

  • Advised Brookvex IMS who was negligently represented at an adjudication.

Gateley Plc's team specialises in claims against a wide variety of professionals, such as solicitors, financial advisers, insurance brokers, accountants and insolvency practitioners. It also has a strong reputation for claims against construction professionals, including architects and project managers. Peter Davies, Stephen Goodrham and Mark Wilson head up the team.

Practice head(s):Peter Davies, Stephen Goodrham, Mark Wilson

Work highlights

  • Advised a vehicle manufacturer on a £3m professional negligence claim against the contractor and the architect of client’s new facility.
  • Acted for a major housebuilder in a  £1.5m professional negligence claim against the client’s former solicitors regarding an  option on  a development site.
  • Acting for a major housebuilder in a claim against  a firm of consulting engineers that failed to specify a sufficient number of bed joint reinforcements in the blockwork of houses.
  • Advised a client on a claim relating to the promotion and "sale” of a Ponzi scheme.
  • Instructed to act in relation to auditor liability claims concerning a failed offshore insurance company.

Sydney Mitchell LLP handles a wide range of cases, including those involving  negligence by solicitors, surveyors, accountants and architects. Other matters concern negligent advice by valuers on property transactions. The team, which is co-led by Sundeep Bilkhu and Kamal Majevadia, advises individuals, companies and financial institutions.

Practice head(s):Sundeep Bilkhu; Kamal Majevadia

Work highlights

  • Advised on the recovery of damages against a solicitor firm that failed to ensure that the client's lease was contracted out of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.
  • Acting in a claim for damages for overvaluing a property, when connected individuals were committed of fraud in the Crown Court and received custodial sentences.
  • Acting in a negligent claim against a valuer.
  • Advising an individual on a  claim arising out of  missing the limitation date for a claim under the Inheritance Act (family and Dependents) Act 1975.
  • Advising on a  claim for solicitors negligence and breach of a solicitors undertaking arising out of failing to obtain a first legal charge.


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