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Clinical negligence: claimant

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Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP fields a team of β€˜empathetic and talented solicitors’ led with β€˜impressive authority, experience and skill’ by the β€˜thorough, astute and down-to-earth’ Rankeshwar Batta. The practice continues to offer legal aid services and covers all areas of personal injury and clinical negligence. Associate Ann Houghton – who β€˜continues to impress’ and β€˜is a pleasure to work with’ – assisted Batta with a claim against the Heart of England NHS Trust on behalf of a woman who sustained significant injuries during bowel cancer surgery. Solicitor Victoria Fullilove worked alongside Batta on a claim for a minor lacking capacity diagnosed with severe quadriplegic cerebral palsy following negligence. Also recommended are David Evison, Charlotte Measures and senior associate Sarah Huntbach; Measures and Huntbach are on the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panels and cover all aspects of personal injury and clinical negligence.

According to one client, Irwin Mitchell β€˜is the best clinical negligence team outside of London, and arguably the best in the land’. The department is led by national medical law head and cerebral palsy claims expert Lisa Jordan, and includes Mandy Luckman, who is β€˜undoubtedly a leading clinical negligence lawyer’; she β€˜leads her team with great aplomb’ and specialises in cosmetic surgery and birth injury cases. Also recommended are Sara Burns and Lindsay Tomlinson, who specialise in permanent brain, spinal and birth injury matters. Recent work for the team included a claim against an NHS trust in which the claimant suffered permanent brain damage due to a lack of oxygen during delivery; and representing a man who was paralysed following a routine hip resurfacing. Associates Laura Ralfe and Tom Riis-Bristow are β€˜bound for good things’.

The lawyers at Lanyon Bowdler β€˜put their clients’ interests at the centre of their work’ and attract praise for being β€˜realistic and open’ and for providing β€˜a service that is second to none’. Kay Kelly and Lucy Small lead the practice from Shrewsbury and Hereford, respectively, and have strong experience in cases involving birth injury, brain injury, gender reassignment and fertility, and delay in diagnosis. Other key names include associate Emma Broomfield, who represented a client in a claim regarding the misdiagnosis and treatment of a kidney disease; and Miranda Bailey, who led advice on a claim arising from the neonatal death of the client’s son. Assistant solicitor Katherine Marriott-Lodge is β€˜a very approachable person who is able to able to answer any queries in plain language’. Clients also single out the β€˜astute’ Beth Harrison, who β€˜grasps complex clinical situations quickly’.

β€˜The leading specialist clinical negligence firm in the country’ according some clients, Shoosmiths LLP’s team provides β€˜a first-class service’. Phil Barnes leads the team, which includes Nick Tubb, who has particular expertise in cases involving surgical errors, spinal injuries, and brain injury; and Kashmir Uppal, who represented a young mother suffering from serious permanent neurological impairment due to a substandard surgical intervention. In another key mandate, Richard Follis acted for a woman whose husband died during cardiac surgery performed by a doctor who had lost 15 patients in the period of a year. Senior associate Richard Bannister handled a case involving cerebral palsy, while senior associate Sarah Corser advised on a multiple amputation case following improper diagnosing of meningitis. Also recommended are senior associate Victoria Blankstone, who is β€˜a complete pleasure to work with’ and β€˜will always go the extra mile’, and β€˜well-trained, knowledgeable and diligent’ senior associate Michael Burrell.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys’s Inez Brown (β€˜always very thorough and straightforward’) jointly heads the department with Peter Savage, who specialises in brain and spinal injuries, and fatal accidents. The team experienced some changes in 2016 with the recruitment of solicitor Elizabeth McCumisky, who joined from Plexus Law, and the departures of Sarah Sutton and Jill Antrum. Recent work includes advising the estate of a woman who suffered from eczema, anxiety and depression and who committed suicide in a claim alleging negligence on the part of medical staff; and Ally Taft’s work on behalf of a man suffering from acute mental health problems who, despite having been placed in a secure unit, escaped and fractured his ankle following a fall. Other key names include Cheltenham-based associate Adam Hodson, who specialises in birth injury claims; he acted for the family of a deceased woman who died from a catastrophic bowel perforation following a delay in treatment.

Higgs & Sons β€˜continues to astonish’ clients with β€˜the quality of its clinical negligence expertise’, which covers birth injury cases and a wide array of other claims pertaining, among others, to delay in diagnosis, orthopaedic injury, respiratory arrest and strokes. β€˜Caring, conscientious, experienced, and astute litigator’ and team leader Clare Langford led the team acting in a claim concerning allegations of delayed treatment for meningitis resulting in permanent neurological damage; and acted in a claim against an NHS trust concerning poor mental health treatment provided to the client’s husband who committed suicide. In other key matters, Liz Hickman represented a client who had to undergo numerous emergency procedures and sustained long-term injuries following the hospital’s failure to appropriately deal with a pancreatic leak; and took over conduct of a legally aided case which had been running for 17 years, which she successfully settled within two years. Associate Sue Allen is also highly recommended and recently handled a claim involving spinal decompression.

Brethertons LLP’s personal injury practice is led by Rugby-based solicitor Richard Hopkin, who represents clients in claims against hospitals, GPs and dentists, and specialises in cases arising from serious injuries sustained in the workplace or in road traffic accidents. He is supported by associate and spinal injury expert Alison Goldney.

The β€˜client service is second to none’ at GHP Legal’s Oswestry office, where the β€˜knowledgeable and friendly’ John Hulme and litigation executive Rob Jones β€˜provide an outstanding service’. Jones and Hulme represented clients in heavily-contested late-diagnosis cases – namely in the context of cancer diagnoses – and handled psychiatric injury claims relating to serious accidents, wrongful treatment or diagnosis. Other work included acting in a cosmetic surgery negligence case in which the defendant failed to provide clear advice regarding a minor intervention. Solicitor Claire Parfitt is also recommended.

Sydney Mitchell LLP is β€˜a small firm that really punches above its weight’, and clients rate it for β€˜having the skills and knowledge to handle a vast array of negligence and personal injury matters’. Mike Sutton leads the clinical negligence practice; he β€˜has an excellent manner with clients’ and his experience β€˜allows him to focus on the key issues in the early stages of a case’. Sutton is representing the wife of a man who died of a pulmonary embolism following the hospital’s alleged failure to appropriately treat him during the post-operative recovery period. Stephen Jesson acted for a claimant seeking compensation in light of the alleged delay in diagnosis of cancer, and is acting in a group claim filed against a consultant urological surgeon for alleged improper treatment of prostate cancer.

At Thompsons Solicitors LLP, Linda Millband leads the national clinical negligence team and is supported by Birmingham-based solicitors Karl De-Loyde and Laura Harper. Other key contacts include Richard Johnson.

Jeanette Whyman heads Wright Hassall LLP’s clinical negligence practice and is supported by legal executive Rachael Flanagan. Whyman has particular expertise in obstetric claims, delay in diagnosis and treatment issues, and orthopaedic cases. She is handling a group claim against a consultant urologist concerning his allegedly inappropriate treatment for prostate cancer, and is representing a group of claimants in criminal and civil charges related to improper treatment of breast cancer, failure to obtain consent for treatment, conducting unnecessary operations and failing to carry out the operations safely. Other matters included in a nursing negligence claim arising from injuries sustained by the claimant while in hospital, and successfully obtaining a confession of liability from a hospital following a couple’s negligence claims pertaining to the loss of their son soon after child birth. The team also assists clients with neurological damage cases.


Clinical negligence: defendant

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The β€˜overall level of service is extremely high’ at Bevan Brittan LLP and its clinical negligence team β€˜is highly experienced, extremely focused and results-driven’. Birmingham-based Tim Hodgetts β€˜stands out for his dedication, in-depth knowledge of the law and great people skills’; he represents NHS trusts and the NHSLA as well as medical insurers. Hodgetts’s recent work includes defending a negligence claim alleging inadequate mental health treatment, and a birth injury claim filed by mother and son accusing the medical staff of mismanaging the delivery and causing brain damage to the child and an emergency hysterectomy for the mother. Adrian Dagnall leads the Birmingham office and has substantial experience in high-value indexation and quantum cases. Clients also single out Natasha Jones.

Browne Jacobson LLP attracts praise for tis β€˜excellent service’ and β€˜collaborative approach to cases’. Sarah White leads the clinical negligence team in Birmingham, which includes the β€˜highly intelligent and meticulous’ Neil Ward, who handles inquests nationally. The practice’s caseload primarily consists of work for the NHSLA, the MPS and private insurers. Sarah Manning (who β€˜is extremely highly thought of by clients and colleagues’) recently acted for the NHSLA in a high-value cerebral palsy claim involving a complex neonatal injury following a placental abruption, while the β€˜charming and tenacious’ Jonathan Fuggle represented a mental health NHS trust accused of failing to observe a detained patient’s liquid levels allegedly resulting in acute renal failure. Emma Rees, Simon Charlton and David Toulmin-Van Sittert are also recommended.

β€˜A leading player in the clinical negligence field’, Weightmans LLP’s Birmingham office has β€˜a strong, committed team of lawyers who really know this complex and demanding practice area’. Tony Yeaman heads the national healthcare litigation team, which acts for the NHSLA, NHS trusts and major insurers, and which is handling claims against a healthcare authority arising from alleged abuse at the hands of a consultant therapist working in a Midlands psychiatric unit in the 1960s; this high-profile matter involves significant police investigations and the establishment of a safeguarding panel.Melanie Isherwood, whose combined background as a doctor and a solicitor β€˜mark her out as a solid and fair lawyer’, works alongside Deborah Bannister, whom clients describe as β€˜a real fighter with a fantastic tactical awareness’. Recommended associates include the β€˜very bright, committed and practical’ Jasmine Armstrong and Catherine Ainsworth, who is β€˜a super practitioner’. Beth Buchanan left the practice to join a global charity.

Mills & Reeve LLP stands out for its β€˜speedy, thorough, genuinely helpful and reassuring’ responses. Stephen King heads the medical malpractice department with an emphasis on acting for medical insurers from the Norwich office. He works alongside Birmingham-based professional indemnity insurance specialist Neil Frankland. King acted alongside associate Sarah Kenyon defending a delay in diagnosis claim on behalf of an out-of-hours emergency care provider, while professional negligence expert David Gooding acted for a group of midwives with regards to allegations of negligence, breach of confidence, defamation, lawful conspiracy, breach of human rights related to the treatment and care of the claimant and her child during delivery. Other matters included advising plastic surgeons and insurers in connection with accusations of negligent cosmetic procedures, and representing chiropractors and an NHS fund, as well as a nursing care home facing negligence charges. Notable clients include Zurich Global, Novae and Virgin Care.


Personal injury: claimant

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Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP is β€˜a very professional firm’ that is β€˜experienced and highly regarded’ and which β€˜has an edge over many other specialist firms’. Practice head Rankeshwar Batta and associate Ann Houghton are β€˜solicitors of outstanding ability – the best of the best’, according to clients. Batta and Houghton recently represented a client in a high-value road traffic accident claim; other recent work includes representing the mother and litigation friend of a disabled claimant who sustained partial and serious burns while under the care of a residential home, and a novel case pertaining to foreseeable psychiatric damages with regards to stress at work. It also acts for clients in traffic accident claims. Also recommended are senior associate Sarah Huntbach, who is β€˜always available for advice and help’, solicitor Victoria Fullilove, and senior associate Charlotte Measures.

Irwin Mitchell is β€˜the clear market leader’, according to one client. The Birmingham office has dedicated specialists covering serious injury, child abuse, workplace illness, industrial disease, public health, and international travel injuries. Clive Garner leads the team, which clients rate for its β€˜extremely good strength in depth that few others match’. He is representing the families of 20 Britons killed in a terrorist attack in Tunisia as well as numerous injured individuals, and is acting for several claimants with regards to their claims following the sinking of the Costa Concordia in 2012. Amandeep Dhillon leads the travel injury team and is currently advising a group of 300 claimants alleging they sustained an illness during a visit to Exeter, while serious injury head Stephen Nye assists clients with severe road traffic injury claims. Stuart Henderson, Hilary Wetherell, Philip Banks, Alida Coates and Luke Daniels, who heads the firm’s child abuse practice, are also recommended.

β€˜Other West Midlands firms are eons behind’ Lanyon Bowdler, according to one client. The β€˜excellent’ Neil Lorimer heads the practice and β€˜has excellent knowledge of personal injury, particularly brain injuries’. The practice handles a large volume of high-value and complex road traffic accidents, and has specialist expertise in brain injury. It also works closely with the firm’s Court of Protection team. Associate Dawn Humphries β€˜is a lawyer clients can trust’ and works alongside the β€˜very friendly and clear’ Louise Howard in the Shrewsbury office. Recent work includes acting for a client who sustained life-altering injuries after being deliberately thrown from a moving car, and acting for an individual who developed psychological injuries in a claim against a government authority as his employer and provider of medical services. Associates Claire Vale, who specialises in multi-track injury cases, and Telford regional team manager Debbie Humphries are also recommended. Gayle Kinsey retired from the firm.

Key figures at FBC Manby Bowdler LLP incluyde Wolverhampton-based clinical negligence department head Tim Gray and Susan Todhunter, who leads the firm’s multi-track team and handles complex, high-value catastrophic injury claims. Other key names include associates Adam Wilson, who joined the firm in 2016, and Gurvinder Bhati, who leads the employers’ liability team and has substantial experience in handling CRPS cases.

Higgs & Sons’s personal injury team β€˜is a real player in the West Midlands market and nationally’. Ian Shovlin leads the team, which includes Andy Shaw, who is β€˜an excellent operator with a very impressive pedigree in brain injury litigation’; β€˜he sets himself apart through his unrelenting focus on the client’. Shaw recently advised on high-value road traffic accidents involving severe brain injuries, and acted for a client who suffered an accident at work which inflicted a life-altering disability. The firm is representing a young adult with regards to financial compensation following the death of her father upon whom she was financially dependent. Associate Steve Santy is β€˜very seasoned, sensible, and pragmatic; clients easily relate to him’.

Slater and Gordon’s personal injury practice in Birmingham handles catastrophic injury cases and attracts praise for β€˜maintaining a professional composure at all times’. Clients of Richard Langton feel β€˜he will bring everything to a favourable end and always inspires confidence through his warm and heartfelt manner’. Recent work includes acting in a highly-publicised criminal claim pertaining to the paralysis of two young girls by the defendant’s dangerous driving, and representing the family of a deceased schoolgirl who lost her life in a speedboat accident. The practice also handled several serious accidents at work – including one fatality – and an intentional hit-and-run matter. Solicitor Jayne Campbell assists Langton with serious injury claims arising from road traffic and accidents abroad.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP acts in injury claims pertaining mainly to industrial disease, accidents in the workplace and road traffic accidents, where Tony Hannington specialises in brain and fatal injuries. Nyah Giles handles compensation claims.

Sydney Mitchell LLP acts for local clients on a wide range of personal injury work – much of which consists of multi-track claims – and β€˜has a strong reputation in the West Midlands’. Team leader and β€˜very tenacious lawyer’ Mike Sutton β€˜does not shy away from difficult, complicated or messy cases’; he recently represented a man who suffered career-ending injuries following an accident at work, and acted on behalf of the family and financial dependents of a man killed by careless driving. Other key names include Stephen Jesson, who assisted an elderly client in her claim against a restaurant which allegedly failed to provide the duty owed by the manager to a disabled customer.

The Leamington Spa team at Alsters Kelley LLP handles catastrophic physical and psychiatric injury claims under the leadership of Tony Hall. Senior solicitor Haidee Vedy acted alongside Hall for an individual with mild learning difficulties who fell out of a moving vehicle on a busy motorway during a seizure, arguing that liability rested with the taxi driver for not locking the doors and requesting the use of a seatbelt. Other work included acting for a claimant with regards to repetitive strain and stress in the workplace, and representing a blind client who sustained serious injuries and deep vein thrombosis following a trip in the workplace.

Clarke Willmott LLP’s personal injury team has a specialist expertise in handling cases involving traumatic brain injuries. In Birmingham, Philip Edwards acted for a claimant who had sustained severe brain injuries following a road traffic accident in a High Court trial pertaining to future care arrangements, and successfully settled a claim for a man knocked off his motorbike by a reckless driver resulting in serious fractures and psychological trauma. The practice also handles three separate fatal claims which required criminal trials and for which the firm is handling the full inquest.

DBS Law Limited’s personal injury department is comprised of 24 fee-earners and is led by operations director Vicky Blodwell, who recently assisted a motor car servicer with his claim following an accident at his workplace where he was crushed by a car he was in the process of servicing. The practice is equipped to handle all aspects of personal injury work, including asbestos-related disease, fatal accidents, amputations, brain and spinal cord injuries, and employers’ and public liability investigations. Recent work includes handling several hit-and-run incidents, and acting on behalf of a self-employed man working as a contractor who lost his hand while using an operational saw; despite admitting to contributory negligence, the claimant was awarded Β£85,000 in damages. The team also successfully proved the employer’s liability in a case where a construction worker was critically injured at the workplace, resulting in Β£200,000 in damages.

GHP Legal β€˜is an excellent firm with a great crew’ and attracts praise for its ability to handle β€˜the full gamut of cases ranging from those of the utmost severity to the more modest, in the most competent manner’. John Hulme is based in Oswestry and heads the West Midlands practice with β€˜integrity and sheer persistence’. He acts alongside litigation executive and β€˜safe pair of hands’ Rob Jones, who is a β€˜most shrewd and able operator’. The team was recently instructed to handle serious high-value road traffic accident cases in which claimants sustained life-altering brain and orthopaedic injuries. Solicitor Claire Parfitt is also recommended.

The key contacts for personal injury work at Knights Professional Services Limited are consultant Justin Deacon and senior associate Richard Harris. They represent clients in a variety of complex, high-value claims including occupational health and criminal injury cases.

Shoosmiths LLP’s Sara Hunt β€˜maintains a high standard of efficiency and helpfulness’ and heads the Birmingham practice. Hunt focuses on asbestos-related disease claims and has substantial experience in fast-track court procedures. Kate Price – who joined the firm from Attwood Solicitors – is assisting Hunt with a claim concerning a fractured leg sustained at a leisure centre. Garret Spring, who recently joined the team from NewLaw Solicitors where he was head of occupational disease, is acting for claimants in relation to workplace accidents, including a fatal mesothelioma claim.

The Birmingham office of Simpson Millar LLP has β€˜an efficient and well-run team’ led by Howard Davies, who β€˜brings a wealth of expertise and good judgement to every case that comes his way’. The serious injury team recently handled a catastrophic road traffic accident in which the client suffered a double leg amputation, and David Erwin represented an individual who sustained a severe brain injury and several life-altering physical disabilities following a car accident, which was further complicated by a dispute over liability. The firm also handles employers’ liability matter, recently acting for a client who had fallen from a ladder while at work; the employer accepted primary liability but alleged significant contributory negligence on the part of the client. Other notable work included a road traffic accident in which a young child suffered catastrophic and life-altering brain and orthopaedic injuries, and representing a soldier with regards to a condition sustained during a military exercise.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP’s Richard Johnson specialises in injury at work cases and oversees the road traffic accident unit. He previously secured over Β£1m in compensation for a client who suffered partial paralysis when a concrete block fell on his head at work, and represented a woman who sustained life-altering fractures in a car collision. Karl De-Loyde has advised clients with regards to injuries sustained in the operating of heavy machinery, namely in the construction sector.

At Thursfields Solicitors, senior associate and brain injury and amputation injuries specialist Bernadette Mackie represented an individual who was injured in an explosion at his workplace. Mackie also acted for a claimant who pursued criminal personal injury charges following an assault in which she sustained a severe brain injury. Other notable cases included advising a client with regards to injuries sustained in a dog attack, and representing claimants in high-value road traffic accident cases.


Personal injury: defendant

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BLM β€˜is consistently at the top of the league table across all aspects of insurance work’, according to one client. Birmingham office head Mike Dobson is β€˜a heavyweight specialist who combines an encyclopaedic knowledge of insurance matters with an approachable and friendly matter’. He works alongside β€˜stellar insurance litigator’ James Harvey, who recently acted for Compass Group UK in a workplace injury claim. Motor team head Martin Smith advises major insurers and handled a high-value road traffic accident case. Stephen Hazelton specialises in catastrophic spinal and brain injury disputes, and advised a global insurer with regards to a traffic accident on foreign soil. Solicitors David Thompson and Verinder Bedi are also recommended.

The β€˜excellent’ DAC Beachcroft LLP is β€˜a market leader for fraud work’. Rhodri Richards leads the claims solutions practice, and is supported by Sara May, who heads the large loss unit, which covers catastrophic injury, strategic litigation, indemnity and chronic pain; and motor injury team leader Elizabeth Duley. Other key figures include Anthony Carrington, who successfully defended a phantom passenger case; and Georgia Court, who handled a case in which the claimants each received custodial sentences for fraudulent dishonesty. Richard Stallard advised on and negotiated a periodic payment order with regards to a serious brain injury claim involving full-time care needs, and acted alongside Stephen Holland on a high-value compensation claim arising from allegations of loss of dividends following a mobility-impairing injury. Elisabeth Jones is recommended. Bruce Ralston has moved to Weightmans LLP.

DWF is β€˜one of the best in the field’, according to clients. The team in Birmingham is led by Caroline Coates, Derek Adamson (who is a β€˜star individual’) and Lorraine Carolan and includes β€˜technically excellent’ senior associate Paul Donnelly, who handles historic abuse claims for social services and represents hotel chains in a wide range of claims; and Kate Archer, who is a β€˜very strong catastrophic injury lawyer with a cross-over skillset in associated regulatory crime’. Significant recent work includes Denise Brosnan’s advice to a child care company on the proposed extension of its duty of care following allegations of sexual abuse, and Carolan representation of a client in 12 suspicious claims, four of which were dismissed during the first day of the trial. Lindsey McQueen has particular expertise in insurance liability, and Rob Edwards stands out for disease-related claims.

Keoghs LLP has a 13-partner personal injury department – including the β€˜pragmatic and calm’ Ken Young and Lis Shrimpton in Coventry, and David Pugh in Bolton – which is β€˜right up there with the best nationally’, according to one client. Young recently acted for Zurich in a severe brain injury claim brought by a protected party following a road traffic accident, and Pugh is acting in a series of test claims involving industrial disease, including fatal cancers. Shrimpton recently handled several collision cases in which the claimants sustained serious injuries and raised liability issues, including a matter pertaining to a high-profile personality. Other key names include Julie Park, who acted in high-value employers’ liability claims and assisted a client in an action filed by an international individual with special tax status seeking financial compensation under the Equality Act on the grounds of his disability.

Damon Burt and Anthony Bushell lead Plexus Law’s Evesham-based personal injury practice, which handles the full spectrum of claims. The team is supported by an additional nine partners, and was joined by Jacqui Kendall and Michael Morris from DAC Beachcroft LLP. Workplace accidents and employers’ liability are key areas of focus; Bushell acted in a brain injury claim filed by a HGV driver under the client’s employment, while Burt – assisted by Kendal – acted for a private security company in connection with one of its employees potentially fatally injuring an aggressive patient during his night shift. Other key matters included Katriina Bennett’s work on a complex injury case revolving around the assumption that the claimant would have progressed through the ranks and been promoted were it not for his injuries. Serious motor accident expert Howard Cotes is also a key contact, as is Jennifer Bates, who defends complex HSE prosecutions. Notable clients include Tesco, AIG and DLG.

The β€˜knowledge and expertise of the handlers at’ Weightmans LLP β€˜is amongst the best in the UK’. β€˜Tenacious, tactically astute, very personable and popular with clients’, Chris Webb-Jenkins represents social care providers in the public and private sector and handles high-value local authority liability claims. Adrian Marston leads the commercial insurance department and specialises in psychological and chronic pain claims, while the β€˜very experienced and extremely knowledgeable’ David Tuck heads the Birmingham disease team, with a particular focus on asbestos and allergy claims. Associate Lisa Watson acted for a defendant in a significant decision related to asbestos-induced cancer and employers’ liability. Noel Walsh is a water claim and violence in the workplace specialist and recently defended a public transport client with regards to a collision claim. Other notable names include Penelope Marshall, who acts for public-sector clients on a wide array of litigation work, and Tim Salthouse, who acts exclusively for insurers and the Motor Insurers’ Bureau. Bruce Ralston has joined from DAC Beachcroft LLP.

Browne Jacobson LLP’s practice in Birmingham is led by employers’ and local authority liability defence specialist Bridget Tatham and includes associate Matthew Harpin, who is β€˜knowledgeable on the law and gets to the heart of issues in a case; he has excellent perception as to which cases to fight’. He recently acted in a mesothelioma claim as well as an accident at work case. James Arrowsmith handled a substantial brain injury claim brought by an infant who had been struck by the defendant’s vehicle, and acted for a major insurer in a dog bite claim in which the defendant was being pursued by another insurer under its pet plan policy. Kevin Lawson advised a member of a global sports organisation on issues of vicarious liability with regards to insurance cover provided under a group policy, while Paul Wainwright assisted Nottingham city council in connection with a claimant solicitor misleading the court in a minor road traffic accident case. Associate Paul Cox also recommended.

The advice given by Kennedys β€˜is consistently accurate, effective, prompt, thorough and professional’. Its personal injury team, led by Radd Seiger, β€˜handles all matters with considerable skill’. Seiger β€˜leaves no stone unturned when fighting cases and is a robust negotiator’, and works alongside senior associate Paul Morris, whose β€˜advice is invariably apposite and clear’. The team was recently instructed to manage the civil claims arising from the crash of the Smiler ride at Alton Towers – this matter was led by James Shrimpton – and to defend a high-value serious injury claim following a road traffic accident on behalf of a major transport company. Mark Walsh acted for ERS in a motorbike accident claim. Other key figures include occupational disease expert Philippa Craven, Robert Wallace, who has significant experience in brain and spinal injury work, and Khalid Mahmood, who represented an important sports organisation in an injury claim brought by a foreign national. Ian Davies joined from Lyons Davidson.

Catastrophic injury specialist Craig Wallace leads Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s personal injury practice, which acts for insurers, intermediaries and self-insured organisations. The team includes Julia Holden, who specialises in brain and spinal injuries, and experienced regulatory defence litigator Julia Messervy-Whiting. Recent mandates include acting for a major insurer in a high-value road accident claim, and Wallace’s work on a case arising from major fire damage to the property in which the claimant was a tenant. Also recommended are legal director Ravinder Johal, who handles a diverse caseload including disease prosecutions; solicitor Paul White, whose workload revolves mainly around high-value catastrophic injury claims; and solicitor Katie Heeley, who handles complex claims and liability investigations. Notable clients include DHL, Europcar, DLG, Zurich and Gallagher Bassett.


Professional negligence

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According to clients, Mills & Reeve LLP is β€˜an absolute pleasure to work with’. The professional negligence practice is headed by the β€˜very conscientious and astute’ David Gooding, who is β€˜without doubt one of the top professional indemnity litigators in the West Midlands’, and includes Angus Turner (β€˜has the legal expertise but also recognises commercial realities’), who heads the national legal negligence claims practice and, and construction and brokers negligence expert Neil Frankland. Assisted by principal associate Sarah Trendell-Smyth, Turner is advising on a client fund theft case, while Gooding is defending a major accounting company in high-value multi-party proceedings pertaining to claims of breach of confidentiality and serious misconduct against the company’s partners. Principal associate Lesley-Ann Hamlynis also acting in this matter. Other key mandates included representing an architect in a claim involving inspection duties arising from the refurbishment of a residential and leisure facility, and handling coverage issues arising from a fraud claim brought against an international law firm. Notable clients include Zurich, QBE, and Nexus.

DWF’s acquisition of Triton Legal (formerly Robin Simon LLP) significantly strengthened its capacity to handle defence work for professionals such as architects, surveyors, solicitors and financial services advisers. Caroline Coates leads the practice alongside head of the occupational health and casualty practice Derek Adamson, who specialises in policy interpretation in the context of mesothelioma and environmental claims.

Eamon Mooney, who advises insurers such as AIG, Allianz and Liberty on defence and coverage work, leads the Midlands professional negligence team at Kennedys with the support of Patric Rouendaal, who specialises in claims against solicitors, and property, liability and contractor’s insurance claims expert Robert Welfare. The team was recently instructed to handle a high-value claim against solicitors arising from allegations of negligent conduct of litigation with the assistance of senior associate Alison Siniver, who also supported a partner in the London office on the defence of a multi-million pound claim brought against accountants. Mooney represented an animal feed consultant with regards to allegations of over-supplementation of cattle, and addressed a counterclaim filed against an insured design and construction company in connection with the building of a manufacturing facility overseas. Angela Fisher specialises in claims against clients in the construction sector such as architects, contractors, engineers and project managers.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP provides β€˜a very solid, safe and knowledgeable service to clients and excellent support counsel’. The practice, which focuses on acting for claimants, is headed by Mark Beesley, whose expertise covers claims against solicitors and accountants. He is acting for longstanding client FCC Paragon in a claim alleging losses following a reference tenancy report indicating the tenant did not appear to exist or have the required credentials. Clients rate the β€˜calm, experienced, well-informed and well-prepared’ Tim Speed for β€˜delivering what they need in a solicitor’; he acted for West Bromwich Commercial Limited in a claim against an allegedly negligent valuation of a care home. In other highlights, the team represented a major insurer in connection with High Court proceedings against the client’s former digital marketing agency, while Barry Jervis acted for the trustees of an investment fund property portfolio in a claim against their former solicitors on the grounds of the allegedly negligent omission of a safety guarantee for a business premises lease. Associate Claire Burrows and associate partner James Woolstenhulme are also recommended.

According to clients, BLM β€˜is outstanding in every respect’ and β€˜does everything it can to provide a superb service’. The β€˜formidable and professional’ Lucy Tolond β€˜stands out for her technical, tactical and leadership qualities’ and has substantial experience in advising on claims against accountants, financial advisers and insolvency practitioners. Her recent highlights include defending an insolvency practitioner in a claim concerning the liquidation of a major utilities contractor, and handling policy coverage issues on behalf of a major global insurer related to a high-value contribution to the insured company’s pension scheme from former directors. The team is led by national professional and financial risk group head Julian Smart, who specialises in fraud and fund recovery; he recently acted in a multimillion-pound claim against a surveyor arising from allegations of failing to identify defects in a newly built property. Jagdeep Singh Hayre has experience acting for claimants and defendants in the construction sector, with particular emphasis in payments disputes related to public grants and large-scale public contract claims. Notable clients include Allianz, Aviva and Hiscox.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP β€˜knows the process inside out’. Practice head and β€˜total professional’ Chris Busby attracts praise for his β€˜strong knowledge and flexible approach’. Neville Gray’s clients value his β€˜understanding of detail, and firm grasp of the overall strengths and weaknesses of their position’. Busby and Gray are handling several claims arising from residential and commercial lending. Other highlights for the team included acting in a high-value claim related to the valuation of a significant area of development land in Scotland. Senior associate Daniel Murphy represent clients such as Nationwide and is recommended alongside Nottingham-based associates Kyle Richards, who β€˜thinks of the commercial endgame at all times’, and the β€˜excellent’ Daniel Jackson.

Key figures in the Birmingham office of Gowling WLG include Andrew Nugent Smith and arbitration specialist Andrew Manning Cox. He is defending a multi-party claim with complex third-party proceedings and significant disclosure issues. On the construction side, Ashley Pigott advises on high-profile disputes with property law expert Carole Peet, who has a track record of handling Landlord and Tenant Act 1988 cases on both the claimant and defendant sides.

Wright Hassall LLP β€˜has a very strong reputation in professional liability work’, and its β€˜robust and results-focused’ team β€˜work tirelessly for the best outcome’. Sarah Perry leads the practice and specialises in claims against solicitors, accountants, auditors and financial advisers. The β€˜personable and practical’ Matthew Sharp is β€˜tenacious when required’ and works alongside β€˜unflappable and determined’ solicitor advocate Matthew Goodwin, who is β€˜a top-notch legal analyst’. The team recently acted in a claim against solicitors for acts of omission with regards to the re-mortgaging of a property, and Susan Hopcraft led the advice to a married couple on a claim against an insurance broker. Other key names include Gemma Carson, who handles cases in the construction sector involving elements of procedural anomaly and deceit, and senior associate Nathan Talbott, who focuses on disputes concnerning the financial services sector.

The professional negligence practice at Freeths LLP is β€˜building a strong team with an impressive range of experience’, and was joined in 2016 by Louise Wilson and Richard Coates from Gowling WLG and Emms Gilmore Liberson, respectively. Wilson is β€˜a very bright and experienced lawyer with a fantastic track record’ and the β€˜charming’ Coates is β€˜a strong lawyer and a pleasure to work with’; the pair recently acted for clients with regards to claims against solicitors, and defended a conveyancer in a claim brought against him regarding a share sale transaction he was not aware of.

Hatchers Solicitors LLP’s professional negligence practice is headed by associate and dispute resolution expert Esther Richards, with support from Patrick Gittins, who handles commercial, regulatory and personal injury claims, and assistant solicitor Jennifer Woods. The team recently handled a number of claims against surveyors concerning failure to advise clients of damp and asbestos problems. Woods also advises clients on actions against medical professionals, and is acting on behalf of a client seeking to pursue the manufacturer of crib-retaining walls following the collapse of her purchase.

Sydney Mitchell LLP handles high-value and complex claims regarding property and banking issues for clients such as Hertford Solutions and West Bromwich Building Society. The β€˜commercially astute’ Dean Parnell has β€˜technical knowledge that is second to none and is a solicitor you would want on your side’. He leads the practice with Kamal Majevadia, who is singled out for insolvency, restructuring and financial cases. Assistant solicitor Sundeep Bilkhu supports the partners with regards to negligence claims against solicitors and construction professionals, and recently represented a professional client in a case against his governing body for allegedly failing to adequately represent him in court resulting in significant liability costs. The β€˜hardworking and responsive’ Preena Lal is also recommended.


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