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Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP fields a team of ‘empathetic and talented solicitors’ led with ‘impressive authority, experience and skill’ by the ‘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 ‘continues to impress’ and ‘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 Mitchellis 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 ‘undoubtedly a leading clinical negligence lawyer’; she ‘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 ‘bound for good things’.

The lawyers at Lanyon Bowdlerput their clients’ interests at the centre of their work’ and attract praise for being ‘realistic and open’ and for providing ‘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 ‘a very approachable person who is able to able to answer any queries in plain language’. Clients also single out the ‘astute’ Beth Harrison, who ‘grasps complex clinical situations quickly’.

The leading specialist clinical negligence firm in the country’ according some clients, Shoosmiths LLP’s team provides ‘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 ‘a complete pleasure to work with’ and ‘will always go the extra mile’, and ‘well-trained, knowledgeable and diligent’ senior associate Michael Burrell.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys’s Inez Brown (‘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 & Sonscontinues to astonish’ clients with ‘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. ‘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 ‘client service is second to none’ at GHP Legal’s Oswestry office, where the ‘knowledgeable and friendly’ John Hulme and litigation executive Rob Jones ‘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 ‘a small firm that really punches above its weight’, and clients rate it for ‘having the skills and knowledge to handle a vast array of negligence and personal injury matters’. Mike Sutton leads the clinical negligence practice; he ‘has an excellent manner with clients’ and his experience ‘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.

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