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Clinical negligence: claimant

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  1. Clinical negligence: claimant
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Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP’s team represented a client who sustained a head injury but was not given a CT scan, despite the claimant’s family reporting abnormal behaviour to the health authorities. The client subsequently suffered a haemorrhage. A team led by Rankeshwar Batta, who heads the department, negotiated a six-figure settlement.

Lisa Jordan heads the practice at Irwin Mitchell, where a team including Luke Daniels successfully represented a claimant born with cerebral palsy resulting from a premature birth due to an incorrectly administered C-section.

Kay Kelly, who heads the department at Lanyon Bowdler, led a team that acted for a young woman who developed permanent visual impairment as a result of a misdiagnosis and delay in the treatment of the condition. The claimant received a seven-figure settlement.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ team, which is headed by Inez Brown, grew through the addition of five new members. A notable engagement was obtaining a high-value settlement on behalf of a client who was misdiagnosed and given a decade of unnecessary treatment. Lead partner on this case was Ally Taft.

Higgs & Sons’ Sue Allen represented a young girl who developed cerebral palsy due to foetal distress during her birth, achieving a seven-figure compensation claim for the client. Liz Hickman heads the team.

The team at Shoosmiths LLP is headed by Phil Barnes and also includes Nick Tubb, who specialises in brain and spinal cord injury cases. Tubb assisted a client in winning a significant sum from a hospital that delayed a diagnosis, which led to a life-changing condition.

The key contact at Thompsons Solicitors LLP is Linda Millband, who recently settled a case of a woman who died of breast cancer in which the caregiver failed to diagnose during the early stages of the illness.

Brethertons LLP’s team, which is led by Richard Hopkin, specialises in head, brain and spinal cord injuries. Jonathan Rees is recommended. Nicola Heales moved to Blaser Mills, and Richard Pell retired.

Sydney Mitchell LLP acted for the relatives of a man who underwent surgery to remove cancer and subsequently died in hospital due to a failure to administer essential medication. The resulting compensation was a six-figure sum. Mike Sutton heads the team.

Nicola Lewis, who heads the department at Waldrons Solicitors, led a team in a successful claim against an NHS trust for issues that were caused by surgery performed by a rogue surgeon.

Jeanette Whyman’s team at Wright Hassall LLP acts in obstetric, gynaecological, neurological and orthopaedic cases. A recent highlight was helping a client to win a five-figure settlement for dental negligence.


Clinical negligence: defendant

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The ‘first-class operators’ in Bevan Brittan LLP’s team are led nationally by Joanne Easterbrook, with Adrian Dagnall leading the Birmingham group. The department recently defended a multimillion-pound claim relating to infant brain damage, which concluded at the Royal Courts of Justice.

Browne Jacobson LLP’s key clients include the NHS Litigation Authority and the Medical Protection Society. Sarah White heads the department and ‘is an outstanding practitioner’; Neil Ward and Mark Barnett are also recommended.

Tony Yeaman’s team at Weightmans LLP is ‘professional, responsive and reliable’ and has recently acted for Great Ormond Street Hospital, the NHS Litigation Authority and AIG Europe. Deborah Bannister is recommended, as is Jasmine Armstrong.

Mills & Reeve LLP’s client list includes Zurich Global UK and Allied World Insurance. Stephen King heads the team and Neil Frankland is also a key partner.


Personal injury: claimant

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Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP’s team is led by Rankeshwar Batta and specialises in claims involving road traffic accidents and industrial injuries. Tony Hall moved to Alsters Kelley LLP.

Irwin Mitchell represented a group of 300 pub diners who developed gastric illness after eating at the establishment. The practice also acts for claimants in workplace illness, industrial disease and international personal injury. Stuart Henderson is managing partner of the personal injury division.

Lanyon Bowdler’s team has a particular strength in road traffic accidents and also handles workplace injuries. The practice handled a multimillion-pound claim for a client who received catastrophic injuries in an accident at her partner’s home. Neil Lorimer is the practice head.

Tim Gray and Susan Todhunter lead the team at FBC Manby Bowdler LLP, which acted for a child who sustained head injuries in a fall from a window, leading to an eight-figure claim. Todhunter also helped to secure an £8.5m settlement for a child who sustained a traumatic brain injury in a road traffic accident.

Ian Shovlin heads the team at Higgs & Sons, which recently represented a claimant who was given a harmful substance to drink while working abroad and who sustained physical and psychological injuries as a result. The team is experienced handling cases involving medical matters, road traffic accidents and the workplace.

Slater and Gordon’s team is headed up by Katherine Allen, while Richard Langton heads the serious injury practice. A notable recent instruction was acting for a client who received life-changing injuries in a road traffic accident.

Knights Professional Services Limited acts for clients in sporting injuries, road traffic accidents and occupiers’ liability. Helen Niebuhr and Jonathan Phillips are key partners in the team.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s team, which is headed up by Tony Hannington, specialises in cases involving industrial disease, workplace accidents, brain and spinal injuries, and road traffic accidents. Kathryn Hart is also a key contact.

Sydney Mitchell LLP handled a number of workplace injury claims, with several cases ending with six-figure settlements. Mike Sutton heads the team, which also includes senior litigation practitioner Steve Jesson.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP’s team has specialists in industrial and asbestos-related diseases. Richard Johnson is recommended, as is serious injury lawyer Karl De-Loyde.


Personal injury: defendant

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BLM’s clients include Birmingham City Council, Zurich Insurance, Allianz Insurance and Whitbread PLC. Notable work included defending a case involving a claimant who sustained a serious injury while abroad. Mike Dobson heads the department.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s regular clients include BAE Systems, Zurich Insurance and Aviva plc. Rhodri Richards heads the department, and Sara May is recommended.

Derek Adamson heads the team at DWF, where Lorraine Carolan is national head of counter fraud and executive partner Caroline Coates deals with cases in the automotive, manufacturing and utility sectors.

Key contacts at Keoghs LLP include Ken Young and Lis Shrimpton, the latter of whom defended a case brought by a worker who fell from a height in the workplace and suffered paraplegia as a result. Shrimpton helped to establish a significantly reduced liability.

Plexus Law’s team expertly addresses a broad range of other personal injury claims. Leading individual Damon Hart is a key contact along with Jason Burt and Anthony Bushell.

Clients of Weightmans LLP include Motor Insurers’ Bureau, AIG and Sabre Insurance. Adrian Marston heads the department and David Tuck, an industrial diseases specialist, is also recommended.

Browne Jacobson LLP’s team specialises in severe injuries, public sector work and highways authorities’ claims. Nottingham-based Susan Mabbott is national head, and Bridget Tatham is recommended.

Kennedys’ team grew through the recruitment of seven fee-earners, including a group of three from Lyons Davidson which included Mark Walsh and Robert Wallace. The team acts for clients in the energy, leisure and construction sectors. Radd Seiger heads the practice.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s team is led by Craig Wallace and includes key name Tony Hannington. The practice covers serious injury, industrial disease and road traffic accident claims.


Professional negligence

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Mills & Reeve LLP acts for clients in the finance, insurance and construction arenas, with notable examples including the likes of Marketform, Sompo Canopius and XL Catlin. Angus Turner is department head, and Neil Frankland and David Gooding are other key partners.

DWF’s team, which is led by Caroline Coates and Derek Adamson, has a strong focus on construction, product liability and environmental litigation.

Gowling WLG acts for major clients such as Deloitte, PwC, KPMG and Philips Electronics. Jane Howard heads the team. A recent highlight was advising E.ON in connection with a £26m claim stemming from defects at an offshore wind farm in Scotland.

Kennedys’ team is headed by Eammon Mooney, who specialises in construction matters. Elsewhere, the team handles claims involving solicitors, accountants and IT professionals. Patric Rouendaal is also recommended.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s heads of department are Mark Beesley and Barry Jervis. Beesley acts mainly for claimants, while Jervis receives instructions from claimants and defendants. Andrew Holden joined Napthens LLP.

Triton Legal (formerly Robin Simon LLP)’s team is headed by Paul Chaplin and defends architects, surveyors, solicitors and financial services professionals against claims.

BLM’s recent highlights include defending a £2.5m claim regarding transport infrastructure and liabilities incurred through faulty design. Julian Smart is head of the practice and is recommended.

Eversheds LLP defended HSBC Private Bank against negligence claims relating to investments in film finance schemes. Other clients include West Bromwich Building Society and Santander. Chris Busby heads the practice and Neville Gray is recommended.

Wright Hassall LLP’s team defended a foodstuffs company against a claim by a former employee in a high-value case regarding employee benefits and pensions. It also advises on claims involving financial services, accounting and auditing. Sarah Perry heads the team and is recommended.


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