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BLM is known for its 'exceptional work ethic', 'attention to detail', 'unparalleled knowledge' and 'ability to engage with its clients’. James Harvey co-heads the team and is ‘a tactical and tenacious litigator' who 'consistently goes the extra mile in order to achieve outstanding results’. He defended Compass Group against a £500,000 personal injury claim from an ex-employee and advised West Midlands Travel on a claim where a client was allegedly involved in a fault accident. Fellow practice head Mike Dobson is ‘exceptionally bright’ and ‘respected nationally, both by instructing insurers and opponents alike’. He acted for Allianz on an employer’s liability personal injury claim. Other notable names include:  Martin Smith  , who is an expert in motor insurance matters; and Stephen Hazelton, who focuses on catastrophic injury claims. Also recommended are: David Thompson, who is an expert in employer and public liability claims; and Verinder Bedi, who specialises in motor, employer liability and public liability claims. Chris Wiggin has joined Shakespeare Martineau LLP.

DAC Beachcroft LLP has a strong reputation in personal injury defendant work with clients that include Axa, Allianz and Aviva. Rhodri Richards is the group’s head of business development and has extensive experience in insurance and personal injury work. Sara May leads the complex and catastrophic injury team in Birmingham and is ‘very professional’ and ‘very efficient’ with ‘excellent industry knowledge’. Elizabeth Duley  is an expert in motor injury, employer’s liability and public liability claims. For some, Richard Stallard ‘is undoubtedly the leading authority on periodical payments in this area of law’ and ‘is exceptionally focused, attentive to detail and has a strong strategic sense but never forgets that the claimants are human beings’. Liz Jones regularly acts for insurers on claims stemming from motor accidents or employment and public liability. Anthony Carrington advised Aviva Insurance on a claim seeking damages for an injury which allegedly arose from a three-vehicle collision. Counter fraud specialist Jemma Lewis assisted Direct Line Group Insurance Services with three claims which were allegedly caused by a road traffic accident.

DWF  is ‘highly regarded by insurers’ and ‘is truly specialist in this field’. Insurance policy expert Derek Adamson heads the occupational health and casualty team and provides ‘top-drawer’ advice . Lorraine Carolan is also a key figure and is the national head of counter fraud. Kate Archer often acts for clients facing investigations from the police, HSE or local authorities. Other notable names include insurance liability specialist Lindsey McQueen and disease-related claims expert Rob Edwards. Paul Donnelly was promoted to partner in 2017 and advises on historic abuse claims. He recently advised Coventry City Council and Zurich Insurance on the alleged crimes of Kevin Donaldson at a care home in Coventry. Caroline Coates left the firm and works as an independent consultant

Keoghs LLP  has 'a good national presence’ and provides ‘prompt’, ‘sound’ and ‘pragmatic technical and legal advice’. Ken Young is ‘calm’, ‘knowledgeable’ and ‘an excellent negotiator’, with particular strengths in employer and public liability claims, as well as motor. David Pugh has extensive experience in complex disease claims, working alongside assistant solicitor Katie Rose.  Julie Park has ‘a strong legal mind’ and is ‘a fierce advocate’ on liability claims. Personal injury specialist Julian Dexter is ‘extremely dedicated and committed’ and ‘provides clients with excellent service’. Daniel Elder and Rada Campbell are also key figures.

Plexus Law provides ‘knowledgeable and detailed advice’, ‘robust handling’, and ‘efficient response times’. Damon Burt leads the team and recently defended Anglia Heating on a mesothelioma claim from an employee in the High Court. Catastrophic injuries specialist Anthony Bushell ‘has consistently demonstrated an ability to control cases to what is considered an appropriate and favourable conclusion’. Jennifer Bates is also an expert in fatal accidents and advised Ballymore Asset Management on an employer’s liability personal injury claim. Katrina Bennet defended Bluestone Resorts on a claim involving an alleged serious head injury suffered while attending a wedding at the client’s premises. Jacqui Kendall was promoted to partner in 2018 and is a ‘thorough’, ‘confident’ and ‘professional’ individual. Insurance litigation specialist Nigel Partridge also recently joined the firm.

The team at Weightmans LLP  covers the entire spectrum of personal injury defendant work. David Tuck  leads the practice and specialises in occupational lung disease issues, mainly relating to asthma, allergies or asbestos exposure claims. Penelope Marshall  focuses on social services claims, which can often involve abuse or assault claims. Tim Salthouse is an expert in public and employer's liability claims, and recently defended the Motor Insurer’s Bureau against a £1,000,000 motor accident claim. Chris Webb-Jenkins' interests lie in social care and regularly works on group action cases.  Zurich Financial Services,  AIG and Ageas are key clients.

Browne Jacobson LLP is ‘very highly rated’ and ‘one of the big national guns in this field’ with expertise in catastrophic injury claims, complex disease claims and dual insurance disputes. Bridget Tatham  leads the team and is known for her ‘thoroughness, attention to detail but also a pragmatic and pro-active approach where needed’. She is assisted by Kevin Lawson , who has strong expertise in rehabilitation support and road traffic accident claims. Liability claims expert James Arrowsmith  is ‘extremely efficient’, ‘well prepared’ and ‘has a sharp eye for detail'. Other notable names include: Paul Wainwright , who focuses on asset protection through counter fraud measures, and associate Matthew Harpin, who is experienced in public and employer’s liability claims.

Kennedys represents global and UK insurers where its ‘great knowledge coupled with its professionalism produces very favourable results’. Practice head Ian Davies  has extensive experience in motor accident claims, and is ‘widely respected’ and ‘very well liked by insurers’. Mark Walsh also focuses on motor accidents and is ‘a tremendously able solicitor’ and ‘a very skilled operator’. James Shrimpton is an expert in leisure industry claims and most notably advised on the civil claims that stemmed from the crash at Alton Towers on the Smiler ride in 2015. Robert Wallace has notable expertise in chronic pain cases and is ‘very well respected’ and possesses ‘a sensible approach to his cases having acted for claimants and defendants in the past’. Philippa Craven handles occupational disease cases and provides ‘excellent knowledge and advice’. James Shrimpton handles cases predominantly in the public sector.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP act for Direct Line, Zurich and DHL, where its ‘experience is outstanding’ and ‘response times exceed expectations’. Practice head Craig Wallace is an expert in catastrophic injury claims and splits his time between the firm’s Birmingham and London offices. Julia Messervy-Whiting has extensive experience in employer’s and public liability claims, as well as motor accident claims. Jayne Doore was promoted to partner in 2017 and ‘adopts a very thorough approach to the investigation and defence of high value personal injury claims’ and ‘her attention to detail is second to none’. Consultant Julia Holden has ‘a wealth of knowledge dealing with high value personal injury claims’ and ‘is able to negotiate with the claimant's lawyers and bring about early and sensible settlements’. The team has been strengthened with the arrivals of corporate risk specialist Christopher Wiggin, who recently joined from *BLM.

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