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The ‘overall level of service is extremely high’ at Bevan Brittan LLP and its clinical negligence team ‘is highly experienced, extremely focused and results-driven’. Birmingham-based Tim Hodgetts ‘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 ‘excellent service’ and ‘collaborative approach to cases’. Sarah White leads the clinical negligence team in Birmingham, which includes the ‘highly intelligent and meticulousNeil Ward, who handles inquests nationally. The practice’s caseload primarily consists of work for the NHSLA, the MPS and private insurers. Sarah Manning (who ‘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 ‘charming and tenaciousJonathan 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.

A leading player in the clinical negligence field’, Weightmans LLP’s Birmingham office has ‘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 ‘mark her out as a solid and fair lawyer’, works alongside Deborah Bannister, whom clients describe as ‘a real fighter with a fantastic tactical awareness’. Recommended associates include the ‘very bright, committed and practical’ Jasmine Armstrong and Catherine Ainsworth, who is ‘a super practitioner’. Beth Buchanan left the practice to join a global charity.

Mills & Reeve LLP stands out for its ‘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.

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