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Clinical negligence: claimant

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Irwin Mitchell’s ‘efficient’ practice is led by Julianne Moore in Sheffield and the ‘informedRachelle Mahapatra in Leeds. It has particular expertise in birth injury cases.

One of the market leaders’, Lester Morrill Solicitors’ team is led by Susan Bartfield, who specialises in cancer cases, and includes the ‘vastly experienced’ Julia Morrill.

The ‘professional and considerate’ team at Atherton Godfrey Solicitors is led by Christopher Noble and sits within John McQuater’s litigation department. Noble’s expertise covers birth injury claims, general practitioner care and cases involving incorrect treatment in general surgery.

At HLW Keeble Hawson, practice head Janet Baker primarily handles cerebral palsy, amputation, spinal injury and catastrophic injury cases resulting from anaesthetic accidents. Birth injury specialist Georgina Peckett is also recommended.

Mintons’ clients cite the firm’s track record of ‘achieving high-value settlements’ in birth injury claims. The ‘meticulousSimon Minton heads the team, which includes ‘very able’ senior litigator Sahida Patel.

The ‘particularly diligent’ team at Simpson Millar LLP is led by Neil Fearn, who handles cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy claims. The ‘very hardworking’ Lisa Swales was promoted to partner in 2015. Helen Donaghy is now at Graysons Solicitors.

Stewarts Law LLP’s department specialises in catastrophic injury claims and is praised for its willingness to ‘take on hard cases’. ‘Very good tactician and litigatorFrank Pinch specialises in cases involving spinal cord and brain injuries in adults and children.

The ‘extremely well-prepared’ James Drydale leads the ‘thorough and user-friendly’ team at Taylor & Emmet LLP, which includes the ‘personable’ Paul Fouad, whose expertise includes cases involving the delayed diagnosis of cancer, as well as cerebral palsy cases.

Howells’ ‘very good’ team is headed by the ‘vastly experienced’ Michelle Gyte, who handles birth injuries, plastic surgery and fatal accident claims. The ‘extremely efficient’ Tania Harrison has ‘excellent judgement’.

The ‘highly experienced’ practice at Switalskis Solicitors is led by Suzanne Munroe, who ‘has very sound tactical judgement’. The team’s strengths include fatal injury claims, psychiatric claims and birth injuries. Solicitor Sarah Tipton Walker ‘really fights for her clients’.

The ‘very patient’ Terry Regan leads Wake Smith Solicitors Limited’s ‘extremely efficient’ team, which advises on a wide range of matters, including cancer and cosmetic surgery cases.

Clinical negligence: defendant

Capsticks LLP’s practice is headed by David Roberts, who specialises in high-value obstetric cases. Roberts continues to lead the team representing Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust in the reopened Hillsborough Inquests. Ian Cooper is an expert on CQC inspections. Kathleen Wilson is now at Hempsons.

Led by Paul Taylor, the ‘outstanding’ team at DAC Beachcroft LLPprovides very thorough advice’. The ‘no-nonsenseSean Doherty continues to act for the NHS Litigation Authority and various NHS trusts in over 140 claims involving an orthopaedic surgeon.

Hempsons’ healthcare litigation department is ‘one of the best’. Adrienne D’Arcy leads the team, which includes Helen Freeman, who specialises in brain injury cases involving adults and children, and the ‘highly experiencedKathleen Wilson, who returned from Capsticks LLP.

Nabarro LLP’s ‘specialist team’ is led by Chris Horsefield, who is noted for his ‘good eye for detail’. The practice primarily acts for members of the Medical Defence Union and Dental Defence Union.

RadcliffesLeBrasseur’s group is led by Anne Green, who regularly defends medical and dental practitioners in disciplinary cases and also advises on regulatory law in the same field.

Healthcare practice head Jeffrey Keeble leads Ward Hadaway’s defendant clinical negligence team, which specialises in risk management and is a member of the NHS Litigation Authority panel.

Personal injury: claimant

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One of the best claimant personal injury firms’, Irwin Mitchell’s practice is led by national asbestos litigation head Adrian Budgen in Sheffield and Jane Wright in Leeds and covers serious injuries, work-related accidents, brain injuries and spinal injury claims.

Led by Daniel Herman, Stewarts Law LLP specialises in high-value catastrophic injuries including amputations, severe orthopaedic injuries and fatal accidents. The firm often acts for clients who have been injured abroad. Ben Townsend is also recommended.

Atherton Godfrey Solicitors’ department is led by Diane Parker and includes John McQuater, who heads the litigation practice. The team advises on industrial diseases, occupational deafness and employers’ liability, with particular expertise in criminal injury compensation and motor insurers’ claims.

Slater and Gordon’s group is jointly headed by Sheffield-based Jane Cooper, who specialises in road traffic accidents, and asbestos expert Fozia Hussain in Halifax. Senior solicitors Matthew Tomlinson and Paul Glanville lead on employers’ liability and industrial disease cases, respectively. David Cass is also recommended. Since publication Fozia Hussain and Paul Glanville left to establish The Asbestos Law Partnership LLP.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP’s team is headed by national practice head Simon Wilson, who specialises in brain and spinal cord injury cases, as well as accidents resulting in amputations. The group acts for major trade unions.

The ‘innovative’ group at Emsleys Solicitors Limited is headed by ‘strong negotiator’ Andrew Greenwood and includes the ‘personable’ Natalie Marrison.

The ‘well-prepared’ and ‘efficient’ department at HLW Keeble Hawson is jointly led by Mark Hollinghurst in Doncaster and the ‘exceptionally thorough’ David Jones in Sheffield. Senior litigator Owen Brown specialises in industrial disease work.

Harrowells Solicitors’ team is led by Richard Wood and specialises in catastrophic injury claims including serious road traffic accidents and work-related accidents, as well as work-related stress. Clients recommend ‘tenacious’ solicitor Rachel Griffiths.

Led by Martin Bare, Morrish Solicitors LLP’s department handles fatal injury, occupational disease, employers’ liability and road traffic accident claims.

The ‘brilliant’ team at Taylor & Emmet LLP is noted for its ‘exceptional expertise’ on a wide range of high-value claims, including fatal accidents, industrial disease and professional negligence claims resulting from personal injury. The practice is led by the ‘very knowledgeable’ Jonathan Stittle and includes solicitor John Green.

Bridge McFarland’s practice is headed by Leanne Keating, who specialises in industrial accident and disease claims. The team includes Kathryn Hudson, who handles maritime disputes and accidents at sea. Associate James Burrell joined from Hudgell Solicitors in 2015.

Headed by Jack Ferraro, Lupton Fawcett Denison Till specialises in road traffic claims and public, occupiers and employers’ liability cases.

Personal injury: defendant

Led by Owen Rees, DAC Beachcroft LLP’s department advises insurers on catastrophic injuries. It includes Ruth Winterbottom, whose expertise includes occupational stress and chronic pain cases, and Vicki Hilton, who specialises in severe brain and spinal cord injury claims. Will Potts leads the casualty team.

DWF’s ‘solid’ department handles catastrophic injury claims, occupational health, motor and insurance fraud matters. The team includes Lisa Collins, whose ‘attention to detail is second to none’, and the ‘very strong’ David Rogers. The practice is led by Glyn Jones.

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice is singled out for its ‘detailed and thorough’ advice on public and employers’ liability, disease, and high-value motor claims for insurers and uninsured corporates. The ‘customer-focusedAlan Dury acted for Chubb on a number of high-value claims. The department is headed by Liverpool-based Ruth Lawrence.

Kennedys is ‘a pleasure to deal with’. Led by the ‘market-leading’ Suzanne Liversidge, the practice acts for insurers, corporates and public bodies on motor, disease, retail, local authority and costs matters. The ‘approachable’ Niall Edwards and ‘extremely capable’ Tom Holbrook are also recommended.

At Plexus Law, practice head Anthony Baker acts for clients in a variety of industry sectors, including construction, retail and financial services, with particular expertise in multi-jurisdictional litigation. The group includes an occupational disease team.

BLM’s ‘very strong’ group acts for insurers and local authorities, as well as for clients in the travel and retail sectors. The practice is headed by the ‘robustHenry Kirkup.

Gordons LLP’s ‘excellent’ team is led by Rachel Hudson, who stands out for her ‘good commercial acumen’. Hudson primarily acts for clients in the retail, distribution and industrial sectors.

Langleys Solicitors LLP’s ‘very good’ practice is led by the ‘dedicatedDavid Thompson, who is particularly experienced in handling catastrophic, multi-party claims and complex liability disputes. Laura Collins and Carol Dalton were promoted to partner.

Nabarro LLP’s ‘conscientious and thorough’ department is led by the ‘unflappable’ Carl Dray, who represents national and multinational self-insured corporates and public bodies against claims brought by insurers.

Led by Siobhan Hardy, Forbes Solicitors acts for clients in the retail, housing, education and public sectors, with particular expertise in disease and fraud work.

Weightmans merged with Ford & Warren in 2015. The team, which is noted for its ‘high level of client care’, is led by Blaise Smith, who is particularly experienced in brain and spinal injury claims, fatal accidents and policy disputes. Iain Davison leads the team on fraud claims and is ‘held in the highest regard’.

Professional negligence: claimant

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s department is led by Sally Butt (who also heads the firm’s national financial disputes group) and includes construction litigation partner Joe Wilkinson and Bill Gilliam, who handles procurement-related disputes. The team primarily advises banks and building societies, as well as clients in the construction sector.

DLA Piper UK LLP’s professional negligence team is led by Hugh Evans and sits within the firm’s wider litigation and regulatory practice. Evans and legal director Chris Harvey represented RBS and NatWest in a claim brought by Crestsign alleging the banks negligently sold hedging products. Ben Johnson joined from the firm’s Manchester office.

Gordons LLP’s ‘proactive and knowledgeable’ team is headed by Matthew Howarth, who is ‘easy to get along with’ and who often acts for lenders against solicitors and valuers. The team has been advising long-term client Paragon Mortgages on a group claim valued at over £1m alleging breaches of duty and trust concerning planning and building consents on multiple properties.

Irwin Mitchell’s group is led by Daniel Brumpton, who handles claims against solicitors, surveyors, financial advisers, architects and insurance brokers.

Lupton Fawcett Denison Till’s department is headed by Nigel Broadbent, who acts for PLCs and SMEs in disputes involving suppliers, customers and government bodies. Property litigation specialist Rob Cooke joined the Sheffield office from Taylor & Emmet LLP.

Walker Morris LLP’s ‘practical’ department acts for lenders and blue-chip companies on a wide range of professional negligence and fraud matters, including construction disputes. Andrew Beck heads the practice and is recommended alongside Andrew Bennett, who leads on all fraud matters.

3volution Limited’s team is headed by co-founder Tim Stone, who has particular expertise in pensions-related disputes. Matt Pugh often handles property-related disputes for a wide range of clients, including other law firms.

Blacks Solicitors LLP provides a ‘very high level of service’ under the leadership of the ‘exceptional’ Luke Patel, who also heads the commercial dispute resolution team. The group primarily acts for individuals, owner-managed businesses and SMEs in a wide range of sectors, including insurance, financial and construction.

Schofield Sweeney’s team is led by Richard Stockdale, who advises on claims against solicitors, financial advisers and professionals in the construction sector. Alistair Kennedy has particular expertise in claims against financial advisers and financial institutions.

Professional negligence: defendant

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s department is headed by Duncan Greenwood, who specialises in defending property professionals, solicitors and insurance brokers. The four-partner team includes Andrew Marsh and Simon Arnold, both of whom act for professionals in the construction and engineering sectors. Suzanne Wharton primarily handles claims against solicitors and financial services professionals, as well as insurers. Roohi Sheikh-Collins has retired.

At Triton Legal (formerly Robin Simon LLP), practice head Jason Ford specialises in claims against solicitors, as well as construction and property professionals. Also recommended are Matthew Reynolds, who handles regulatory investigations, and Helen Fagg, who acts for solicitors, insurance brokers, surveyors and accountants.

Mills & Reeve LLP’s ‘excellent’ team is led by Neil Howes, who has ‘an excellent, commercial approach’. The group acts for insurance brokers, pension professionals, construction professionals and solicitors, among others.

Bond Dickinson LLP strengthened its practice with the arrival of ‘fantastic’ associate Jonathan Watmough from Mills & Reeve LLP. The team primarily acts for insurers.

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