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BLMis consistently at the top of the league table across all aspects of insurance work’, according to one client. Birmingham office head Mike Dobson is ‘a heavyweight specialist who combines an encyclopaedic knowledge of insurance matters with an approachable and friendly matter’. He works alongside ‘stellar insurance litigatorJames 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. Consultant Chris Wiggin is ‘regarded by many as the godfather of the Birmingham defendant insurance market’. Solicitors David Thompson and Verinder Bedi are also recommended.

The ‘excellentDAC Beachcroft LLP is ‘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 and Bruce Ralston are also recommended.

DWF is ‘one of the best in the field’, according to clients. The team in Birmingham is led by Caroline Coates, Derek Adamson (who is a ‘star individual’) and Lorraine Carolan and includes ‘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 ‘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 ‘pragmatic and calm’ Ken Young and Lis Shrimpton in Coventry, and David Pugh in Bolton – which is ‘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 ‘knowledge and expertise of the handlers atWeightmans LLPis amongst the best in the UK’. ‘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 ‘very experienced and extremely knowledgeableDavid 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.

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 ‘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 Kennedysis consistently accurate, effective, prompt, thorough and professional’. Its personal injury team, led by Radd Seiger, ‘handles all matters with considerable skill’. Seiger ‘leaves no stone unturned when fighting cases and is a robust negotiator’, and works alongside senior associate Paul Morris, whose ‘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.

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