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Clinical negligence: claimant

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Irwin Mitchell’s clinical negligence practice is spread across its Leeds and Sheffield offices and is ‘among the best in its field in this region; it consistently meets the highest standards in terms of expertise, experience and client care’. Headed by Julianne Moore in Sheffield and Rachelle Mahapatra (‘a national leader in her field’) in Leeds, the practice handles cases of the utmost severity and complexity, including birth, spinal and brain injury cases; cases involving amputation arising from the development of diabetes; and cases involving sepsis, spinal surgical negligence, wrongful birth and late diagnosis and treatment of cancer. In an illustration of the firm’s ability to handle maternal injury cases, Mahapatra acted in a £1.7m claim in which the claimant suffered a cardiac arrest after giving birth to her daughter due to the negligent management of symptoms, including severe preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome. In another key matter, the ‘very experiencedSarah Coles acted in a claim for delay in diagnosis and treatment of sepsis resulting in lower and upper limb amputations, in which the firm obtained £4.5m in damages for the claimant. Other key figures include Sheffield-based partners Tom Mather (who ‘goes out of his way to take great care of his clients and who always provides useful insight’) and Sarah Rowland, ‘an experienced litigator who impresses with her tactical skills’; and the ‘efficient, caring’ Rachel Roach in Leeds. At associate level, Georgina Houston is ‘patient, thorough and unfazed by the complexities of a case’.

The merger of Mintons Solicitors and Lester Morrill to form Minton Morrill brings together two highly respected claimant clinical negligence practices with an extensive track record handling high-value, maximum-severity clinical negligence claims. Julia Morrillhas vast experience in handling the most difficult severe brain injury cases’, and Simon Mintonhas excellent relationships with many in the field and can often agree interims by consensus, which makes the claim run more smoothly’. The firm has a particularly high profile for handling cases involving children injured at birth and for severe brain injury cases; in an illustration of the former, consultant Charles Gillott acted for the claimant, who suffered a neonatal neurological illness leaving him severely disabled; the case was particularly complicated due to the client’s mother being a child in care of the local authority when she gave birth to him and who, upon becoming an adult and therefore no longer in care, applied to the Family Court to set aside the care order in respect of the claimant. Other key figures include Sahida Patel, who is ‘very responsive, efficient, intelligent, professional and organised’.

Atherton Godfrey Solicitors has a highly rated clinical negligence practice based in Doncaster, which handles claims involving birth injury, misdiagnosis, oncology, GP care and fatality, and is one of a small number of local firms with the ability to handle birth injury cases under contract with the Legal Aid Agency. John McQuater heads the wider litigation department, which encompasses clinical negligence and personal injury; his recent work includes acting for a one-month-old child in a claim that they suffered permanent brain damage due to the incorrect fitting of an external ventricular drain. Christopher Noble heads the clinical negligence team and has expertise covering birth injury claims and cases involving incorrect or substandard treatment in general surgery, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, accident and emergency, general practitioner care, vascular surgery and obstetric care. Noble recently acted in a claim alleging failure to carry out spinal examination or refer to the orthopaedic team for assessment, resulting in the claimant being rendered paraplegic.

Simpson Millar LLP’s well-respected clinical negligence practice is particularly adept at handling high-value and complex obstetric claims involving cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy, an area in which it is considered ‘one of the leading firms’. Lisa Swales attracts praise for her ‘hard work and dedication to clients’. The practice supplements its clinical negligence expertise with the ability to provide a rounded client care service, drawing on the firm’s expertise in social care, education, rehabilitation, Court of Protection and financial matters. Other key figures include Kay Barnes, who joined from Jordans. Neil Fearn joined Pryers Solicitors LLP in May 2017.

Stewarts Law LLP’s clinical negligence practice in Leeds has ‘all the advantages of being able to draw on the training and experience of a large London firm, whilst being readily available to Yorkshire claimants’. Frank Pinch (‘very experienced and a safe pair of hands’) heads the department, and is supported by ‘very able and intelligent’ senior associate Gabrielle Ross, who is singled out for her ‘first-rate client care’, as well as associate Anna Higham and new associate Esther Wilkinson, who joined from Irwin Mitchell. The practice has a core focus on claims involving catastrophic brain and spinal injuries, particularly where the injured person has severe difficulty adjusting to their disability. Pinch’s expertise covers niche areas such as cauda equina syndrome.

The ‘hugely experienced’ clinical negligence team at Switalskis Solicitors was significantly strengthened by the acquisition of a team of clinical negligence specialists from HLW Keeble Hawson. The expanded team, which now covers sites in Sheffield and Huddersfield, has a strong reputation for its handling of maximum-severity cases, particularly those involving birth injury and cerebral palsy. Suzanne Munroe heads the clinical negligence team in Huddersfield and attracts praise for her ‘experience, willingness to fight for her clients, and sound tactical judgement’. Janet Baker leads in Sheffield and is noted for her extensive track record in complex birth injury claims. Other key figures include Sarah Tipton Walker, who ‘is not afraid to take on the most difficult cases’, and Georgina Peckett, whose expertise covers amputation, Erb’s palsy and maternal injury cases. Munroe led a team including Jim Gladman and Claire Garrity in representing the family in an inquest arising from the death of a teenager due to complications arising from undiagnosed epilepsy.

Taylor & Emmet LLP’s clinical negligence practice is highlighted for its ‘extremely thorough and user-friendly approach to both professional and lay clients’. James Drydale heads the department and is ‘extremely good at isolating the medical issues and focusing on the relevant facts’. He is ably assisted by the ‘extremely well-prepared’ Paul Fouad, who successfully represented a claimant at trial in a claim arising from surgery to her feet, which resulted in a judgment in the client’s favour and a £150,000 damages award. Other recommended individuals include Camilla Attwood.

For many, Wake Smith Solicitors Limited is ‘a go-to firm for clinical negligence matters; advice is always precise and well set out’. Terry Regan (who attracts praise for his ‘sympathetic and patient handling of cases’) heads the practice, which includes John Vallance; collectively they bring more than 50 years of experience handling clinical negligence claims involving brain injury, cancer, product liability, cosmetic surgery and the Human Rights Act. Vallance is ‘the epitome of the clinical negligence lawyer; knowledgeable, committed, industrious and prepared to go the extra mile for his client’. Regan and Vallance are ably assisted by Holly Dobson, who is noted for her inquest advocacy expertise, and Kate Lax, who is ‘an excellent junior solicitor; hardworking, dependable and efficient’. Recent work includes acting in a five-day trial involving an elderly woman who suffered brain injury following a cardiac arrest in hospital, which resulted in a damages award amounting to £122,000.

Harrowells Solicitors attracts praise for its ability to provide ‘good, clear instructions’ and for its ‘excellent preparation of cases’. Richard Wood heads the team, which handles a range of clinical negligence cases involving brain and birth injuries, delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of cancer, and spinal injuries. Other key figures include Kim Daniells.

Howells is among a small number of firms in the region able to handle clinical negligence cases under contract with the Legal Aid Agency. Michelle Gyte leads the team, which is noted for its success in settling claims across the value range involving novel areas, including prison healthcare, mental health care and human rights, the last of which has involved bringing clinical negligence claims under the Human Rights Act. The firm also has an extensive track record in wrongful birth claims, cases involving children and protected parties, misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis matters, and cerebral palsy cases. Tania Harrison is the other key figure; her expertise covers surgical injuries and fatal accidents, as well as cases involving delayed diagnosis of cancer.

Founded by Ian Pryer (whose track record includes multimillion-pound brain-damage-in-birth cases), Pryers Solicitors LLP is ‘a very effective firm with very high standards; it is a very tight ship and inspires confidence that it will get the best result possible for its clients’. The firm has a dedicated product liability practice that is ‘especially good for product liability and clinical negligence cases involving prosthetic hip implants’. Richard Starkie, who leads the product liability department, is singled out for his ‘fusing of great intellect and tactical nous and for his first-rate knowledge of hip-related anatomy and physiology’. Also recommended is the ‘bright and very personable’ Robyn Hawxby, whose wide-ranging expertise encompasses spinal cord injuries, neurosurgical issues, cancer and injuries of maximum severity. Neil fearn joined the practice from Simpson Millar LLP in May 2017.

Bridge McFarland’s clinical negligence clients recommend the practice ‘without hesitation; it provides an excellent level of service and support, and timely and appropriate advice throughout the case’s lifecycle’. Lorraine Taylor heads the practice and attracts praise for her ‘combination of professionalism and ability to make the client feel valued’. The practice handles a range of cases, including those involving birth injury, brain injury, gynaecology, general surgery, gastroenterology and pressure sores. Taylor also specialises in inquest work. Lynsey Furley specialises in cauda equina cases and is also recommended.

The clinical negligence practice at Chadwick Lawrence LLP Solicitors attracts praise for its ‘thoroughness and clear advice’. Tony May heads the team, which includes ‘tenacious’ associates Carol Simpson and Michael Cotter, and Jacqueline Vance, who is singled out for her track record in spinal injury cases. May has particular expertise in cerebral palsy and other birth injury cases, often continuing to assist clients for many years after the conclusion of their case as a professional deputy.

Graysons Solicitors’ team of ‘excellent clinical negligence specialists’ was further strengthened by the arrival in March 2016 of Helen Donaghy from Simpson Millar LLP. She heads the team and brings significant expertise in birth, brain and spinal cord injuries. Other key team members include managing partner Peter Clark, whose track record includes handling inquests into fatal medical accidents, and Petra Heath, who ‘always goes the extra mile to provide the best service and secure the best possible outcome for the client’. Nikki Yavari acted for a 52-year-old who suffered an extravasation injury to his left hand and wrist; liability was disputed, leading to a trial in which Yavari achieved a damages award of £85,000, higher than the estimated value of the claim.

The clinical negligence practice at Hudgell Solicitors is spread across offices in Hull and Leeds, as well as in London, giving the firm a national presence in serious medical negligence cases. Chris Moore in Hull is singled out for his handling of complex brain injury cases, including cerebral palsy cases; he jointly leads the practice, which has a track record of handling clinical negligence cases under the Human Rights Act. The practice recently secured a six-figure damages settlement in a case in which a father of two died after being diagnosed with inoperable cancer three years after a growth was found on his bowel, which his doctors failed to tell him needed to be removed.

Morrish Solicitors LLP’s clinical negligence practice acts for a range of claimants, including an expanding list of trade union clients and their members, on cases involving fatalities, birth injuries, cosmetic surgery and dental negligence. Duncan Gardiner heads the practice from the Bradford office, which is the sole holder of the legal aid franchise for clinical negligence work in the Bradford area. Associate Jane McBennett is also recommended.


Clinical negligence: defendant

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For some, Capsticks LLP is ‘pre-eminent among NHSLA panel firms’, and its Leeds office ‘matches its London office in terms of the quality of the personnel conducting the work’. David Roberts and Ian Cooper lead the team in Leeds; in addition to handling a significant share of NHSLA matters, the team also acts for the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland as well as a number of private health providers and Lloyds underwriters. The firm’s expertise runs the full gamut of defendant clinical negligence matters, and it can call on dedicated advisory and inquest teams to advise on areas involving abuse and psychiatric injury and CQC regulation and enforcement. In an illustration of its track record in high-profile inquests, Roberts is leading the team acting for Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust in the inquests into the Hillsborough disaster, in which 96 people lost their lives. Roberts is also defending the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust in a case involving allegations of negligence in failing to warn the claimant of the risk of chronic, neuropathic pain prior to the performance of a hysterectomy, which has reached the Court of Appeal. Key associates include Lucy Hannon, Beth Dickinson and Gerard Aston, who attracts praise for his ‘good judgement and commitment to cases’.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s clinical negligence practice is singled out for its ‘approach to client support, wealth of expertise and fair and balanced approach to managing claims’. The firm, which has acted for the NHSLA since its inception, is regularly called on to handle high-value, catastrophic injury claims, including handling the largest group actions in the UK arising from breast surgery and orthopaedics. Other clients include the Medical Defence Union, private healthcare providers and three of the UK’s five largest providers of independent acute hospital services. Paul Taylor leads the team in Leeds, which includes Sean Doherty, who acts for the NHSLA on all metal hip claims pursued against the NHS nationally. Taylor recently acted in defending a claim alleging failure to prescribe adequate thrombo-embolic prophylaxis therapy prior to hip replacement surgery, which resulted in the patient’s death. In another key matter, Doherty defended Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in a claim alleging failure to correctly interpret an ultrasound scan leading to delayed diagnosis of ovarian and endometrial cancers.

At Hempsons, Adrienne D’Arcy, Kathleen Wilson and Helen Freeman have extensive track records handling NHSLA clinical negligence matters, with D’Arcy singled out for her expertise in spinal injury cases. Wilson regularly handles maximum-severity cases, particularly those involving cerebral palsy arising from negligent obstetric care. Freeman specialises in brain injury cases involving adults and children; her recent matters include successfully defending a high-value cerebral palsy claim allegedly caused at birth due to delay by midwives in calling for medical assistance and by the obstetric registrar in deciding to perform an emergency caesarean section for placental abruption. In another key matter, D’arcy and Laura Scott successfully defended a claim alleging inappropriate treatment by a physiotherapist leading to a torn calf muscle, deep vein thrombosis, haematoma and delay in recovery. Other key figures include Adam Hartrick, who regularly represents acute NHS providers and health and social care bodies before the Coroners Court. He recently acted before the Court of Appeal, in which he successfully argued a costs point in favour of the client.

A pleasure to work with’, CMS’s clinical negligence practice (which comprises the legacy Nabarro LLP team in Sheffield following the merger between the two firms along with Olswang LLP) ‘always gets the best result for its clients’. Led by the ‘vastly experiencedChris Horsefield (who attracts praise for his ability to ‘shrewdly judge the merits of a case’), the practice has built an excellent representation defending clinical negligence claims on behalf of the MDU and DDU; it also acts for medical and professional indemnity insurers, as well as members of the medical profession not covered by a medical defence organisation. Other key figures include Rachel Cooper, who splits her time between the Sheffield and Manchester offices and regularly represents MDU members in inquests and GMC investigations; Mike Jennings, ‘an unflappable litigator who handles the heaviest cases with skill’; and Rachel Brown, who recently joined the Sheffield office from Slater and Gordon.

Alistair Hewitt leads the team at RadcliffesLeBrasseur, which regularly acts for healthcare professionals in fitness-to-practise investigations and interim orders hearings before statutory regulators, as well as in public law and judicial review matters. Key mandates included acting in a three-week inquest into two separate deaths arising from misplaced naso-gastric tubes. Anne Green is also recommended.

Ward Hadaway’s clinical negligence practice is led by the Newcastle-based Jeffrey Keeble and includes Leeds-based partner Liz Hackett, who brings more than 10 years’ experience handling defendant clinical negligence matters on behalf of the NHSLA, the MDU and private healthcare providers. Mental health law is a particular area of expertise.


Personal injury: claimant

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According to some, Irwin Mitchell’s personal injury practice is ‘a clear market leader for its thoroughness, professionalism and knowledge’. The firm attracts particular praise for its ‘great deal of experience in brain and spinal injury cases’; the Sheffield office has dedicated serious injury teams led by Rachel Aram (‘a tenacious lawyer who is able to see obstacles and manoeuvre around them’) and the ‘commanding and experiencedLouise Jenkins, which act for clients who have sustained serious brain and spinal cord injuries, as well as other permanent and life-changing injuries. These teams sit within the wider personal injury practice in Sheffield headed by Adrian Budgen, who is ‘extremely knowledgeable and experienced in asbestos disease claims’. The practice in Leeds is headed by Jane Wright and includes Sion Kingston, who leads on serious injury matters. The firm supplements its personal injury expertise with dedicated Court of Protection, damages management and asset management teams, enabling the firm to provide a holistic service across the life cycle of claims.

For some, Stewarts Law LLP’s team of ‘real experts in this field’ is ‘head and shoulders above the competition’. The practice’s ability to ‘empathise very well with severely disabled clients and get really good results’ makes it a natural choice for cases involving fatal accidents or catastrophic injury, including brain and spinal cord injury. Spinal cord and brain injury specialist and head of the Leeds office Daniel Herman is considered ‘an all-round excellent litigator; his calm and reassuring manner, excellent strategic insight and empathy is greatly appreciated by clients’. He is ably assisted by Ben Townsend, who ‘believes in getting the best for his clients’ and recently acted for a claimant injured in a road accident resulting in tetraplegia and brain injury; and Warren Maxwell, who ‘has that great knack of managing to avoid difficulties and get an excellent result even in the most difficult cases’. Maxwell recently acted for a claimant who sustained a spinal cord injury when he fell from ladders while cleaning gutters at the defendant’s premises. Senior associate Rebecca Hill is also recommended.

Diane Parker heads the personal injury practice at Atherton Godfrey Solicitors, which includes highly respected litigator John McQuater. The practice’s expertise encompasses industrial diseases employers’ liability, criminal injury compensation, motor injury claims and occupational deafness.

The Leeds-based Simon Wilson heads Thompsons Solicitors LLP’s national personal injury practice, which has a dedicated serious injury team handling a high number of catastrophic injury claims. Wilson has particular expertise in serious brain injury cases, and is ably assisted by industrial disease specialist Simon Wood, who leads the serious injury team. Marion Voss handles the full range of asbestos-related diseases, with a notable focus on mesothelioma.

Emsleys Solicitors Limited handles a range of personal injury cases, including those involving road traffic accidents, employers’ and occupiers’ liability and public liability. Its innovative approach to handling claims makes it a go-to firm for under-settled cases. Andrew Greenwood heads the team and has an extensive track record in serious brain, spinal and fatal injury cases. He is ably assisted by Natalie Marrison, who is noted for her expertise in claims involving amputees, chronic pain and head injury, and John Hutchings, who specialises in employers’ liability claims.

HLW Keeble Hawson’s ‘well-trained’ practice attracts praise for its ‘efficient management of costs’. David Jones leads the team, which includes the ‘technically capable’ Owen Brown, who leads on industrial disease matters. Jones’s specialisms include employers’ liability, public liability and road traffic cases. In 2016, Mark Hollinghurst joined Switalskis Solicitors.

Harrowells Solicitors has an established track record handling catastrophic injuries arising from road traffic accidents and work-related accidents. Occupational stress claims are another area of expertise for the team, which is led by Richard Wood and which includes John Coulson and Kim Daniells.

Martin Bare heads the personal injury practice at Leeds-based Morrish Solicitors LLP, which operates on a national basis for a growing list of trade union clients. Its coverage runs the gamut of PI matters, from fatal and serious injuries and occupational disease, through to employers’ liability and road traffic accidents. In an illustration of its traction among trade union clients, Martin Bare led the team acting for a member of the Association of Teachers & Lecturers in a claim involving hip injuries sustained during the course of his employment as a vehicle fitter, when a commercial vehicle moved, trapping the claimant between the vehicle and a nearby obstruction. Bare leads the team, which includes Laura Nabozny, who specialises in employers’ liability claims, and Jason London, who regularly handles maximum-severity claims.

Slater and Gordon’s Sheffield office acts as the hub for the firm’s fast-track claim workload, which covers claims concerning road traffic accidents, accidents at work, and occupiers’ liability and product liability. Matthew Tomlinson leads the practice following Jane Cooper’s departure to Spencers Solicitors and the departure of Fozia Hossain, who left to establish The Asbestos Law Partnership LLP with Paul Glanville and Helen Wilson. Tomlinson brings more than 19 years of experience handling multi-track claims, with a particular focus on accident-at-work claims. Also in Sheffield, senior associate Christopher Briggs is noted for his expertise in noise-induced hearing loss, hand arm vibration syndrome and occupational stress claims.

Switalskis Solicitors significantly enhanced its personal injury practice with the recruitment in November 2016 of Mark Hollinghurst from HLW Keeble Hawson. He brings his extensive expertise in claims involving brain and serious injury to the firm’s Doncaster office; Hollinghurst has more than 25 years of experience in the field, including handling claims in excess of £5m concerning minimally conscious clients. In addition to focusing on serious brain injury claims, the firm also fields a team dedicated to handling child abuse claims led by David Greenwood from the Wakefield office.

Taylor & Emmet LLP’s personal injury practice provides a ‘persistently high-quality service; the team communicates effectively and provides regular updates, ensuring the case is driven through with due diligence throughout the process’. Jonathan Stittle heads the practice, which includes John Green, who ‘communicates in a language clients understand and is always efficient and thorough in his approach’. Stittle has a strong track record in high-value and complex cases, as illustrated by his work in a claim involving a motocross accident leading to paraplegia, which the claimant alleged was due to a defect in the motocross track; Stittle successfully obtained a settlement running into the hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Bridge McFarland’s personal injury practice is led by Leanne Keating, who handles a range of claims involving industrial accidents and diseases, and includes Kathryn Hudson, who is singled out for her expertise in claims involving injured seafarers and handles serious and fatal injuries arising from motorcycle accidents. Other recommended individuals include James Burrell, whose expertise covers cases involving brain and spinal cord injury, amputation, injury at birth and psychological disorders such as post-traumatic stress; and Debbie Schofield, who handles a range of industrial disease claims.

Lupton Fawcett LLP’s Jack Ferraro has an established reputation for handling claims related to road traffic accidents, work-related personal injury industrial diseases. He leads a team that includes Jackie Rowe, whose expertise covers road traffic accident cases, as well as employers’ and public liability claims; and senior associate Jonathan Linton, who handles a range of accidents at work and public liability matters.

Graysons Solicitors fields a team of ‘personal injury specialists’ that handles a range of high-value and complex cases, with particular expertise in severe brain injury cases. Managing partner and head of the firm’s litigation departments, Peter Clark, has more than 30 years of experience handling industrial disease claims, including mineworkers’ and industrial deafness claims. He is ably assisted by Mark Fisher, who recently achieved a five-figure settlement on behalf of a worker whose hand was crushed by a forklift truck when attempting to clear an obstruction; Lucy Flynn, who is representing a sheet metal worker who suffered a fractured ankle and shoulder as well as anxiety when a clamp holding a balustrade broke, causing the balustrade to fall and trap him; and Belinda Lancaster, who is singled out for her track record in industrial deafness claims. Public liability expert Jonathan West is also recommended.

At Howells, Sharon Rinaldi attracts praise for her ‘good grasp of the issues’. She handles a range of claims involving accidents at work, catastrophic and fatal road traffic claims, and product, occupier and public liability claims.

The personal injury practice at Hudgell Solicitors is spread across its offices in Hull, Leeds and London and handles a wide range of claims, including those involving brain and head injuries, spinal injuries, paralysis and fatal accidents. 2016 mandates included obtaining a settlement of £95,000 on behalf of a client who lost four of his fingers while using an unsafe circular saw, a six-figure settlement on behalf of a motorcyclist who suffered severe injuries after a car towing a caravan pulled across his path, causing him to become trapped underneath, and managing the ongoing support to a client whose partner and daughter were killed in a car accident. Jane Woodcock is the name to note.

Ramsdensserves its clients well and secures good results’. Steven Singh heads the personal injury practice, which includes consultant Jonathan Dixon, who is ‘a reliable, solid performer’ with more than 20 years of experience handling claims, many worth in excess of £1m. The practice’s experience includes accidents at work and road traffic accident claims.

Terence Regan heads the personal injury practice at Wake Smith Solicitors Limited. Recent matters include claims involving post-traumatic stress disorder, workplace accidents, and an assault on a teaching assistant by a pupil. David Brown is also recommended.


Personal injury: defendant

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DAC Beachcroft LLP’s defendant personal injury practice acts for a wealth of insurers, including Zurich Insurance, Allianz Insurance and AXA Insurance, as well as corporate clients such as Wm Morrison Supermarkets. The practice in Leeds is jointly headed by catastrophic injury specialists Ruth Winterbottom and Owen Rees, who both have substantial track records in heavyweight cases involving brain injury, spinal injury and amputations. In a highlight matter for 2016, David Williams represented Zurich Insurance in its successful appeal to the Supreme Court, which found that the claimant had misrepresented the size of the claim and thus induced the original settlement, which could be reopened on the discovery of evidence of fraud. Other key figures include Vicki Hilton, whose clinical negligence background makes her a natural choice for matters involving serious brain injuries; William Potts, who regularly handles high-value occupational cancer claims and claims involving asbestos-related diseases; and Andrew Scott.

DWF attracts praise for providing advice that is ‘always of the highest standard; the practice always comes up with a plan to resolve the claim at the earliest possible time when liability is not in dispute and where it is in dispute, it provides a thoughtful and creative plan to prepare the file for trial’. Glyn Jones (who is noted for his ‘great ability to cut through the important issues and save time and costs’) heads the defendant personal injury practice, which includes a six-partner team focused on catastrophic injury claims, as well as teams dedicated to occupational health diseases (particularly deafness), motor claims, costs issues and insurance fraud. Clients include major insurers such as Aviva and Allianz Insurance, employers and government bodies such as the Department for Transport. Recent matters include successfully defending a mesothelioma claim made by a former employee of the client, and acting for Markerstudy in the successful dismissal of personal injury claims that were found to be fundamentally dishonest. Other key figures include Lisa Collins, who is noted for her ‘great rapport with clients’, David Rogers, who is ‘thorough in his approach and is always readily available to talk through any issues’, and insurance fraud specialist Paul Holmes.

Kennedys significantly strengthened its already highly regarded personal injury practice with the recruitment in 2017 of partners Alan Dury, Suzanne Wilkinson and Paul Bedford, who joined along with their casualty team from Hill Dickinson LLP. They join a team in Sheffield that attracts praise for its ‘excellent level of service; deadlines are met, expectations are managed, and advice is practical, commercial and proportionate’. The Sheffield office has the depth of resources to handle the full range of personal injury matters for major insurers, corporate clients and a number of national retailers. Clients single it out as a ‘market leader’ in motor claims; its motor team, headed by Niall Edwards (‘among the top lawyers in the country for defending credit hire claims’), defends its clients in an array of motor and fleet-related claims, with an emphasis on complex and high-value road traffic accident injury disputes. Also recommended are practice head Suzanne Liversidge (who ‘takes time to build relationships and provides strategic support to clients’), Tom Holbrook, who represents insurers and police forces in employers’ and public liability claims, and Gregor Woods and senior associate Laura Siddall, who are noted for their ‘good all-round understanding of the law and willingness to go the extra distance for clients’.

Plexus Law’s practice is headed by Anthony Baker, who splits his time between Manchester and Leeds and has more than 20 years’ experience acting for insurers in personal injury disputes spanning sectors such as construction, retail and financial services. Baker is ably assisted by Alison Beesley, who heads the large-scale occupational disease team, Simon Hills, who has an extensive track record in providing support on local government issues, and Stephen Johnson, who is noted for his work for local authorities on employers’ and public liability claims. In an illustration of the practice’s track record in catastrophic loss cases, Paul Whitfield acted in a claim brought by a yard foreman alleging that a forklift truck was negligently driven into him, resulting in serious injury; in a second application, the firm succeeded in agreeing a ‘drop hands’ discontinuance with the claimant. In another key mandate, Baker acted for Balfour Beatty Living Places in a case involving a fatal road traffic accident in which the firm’s management of the case avoided any potential civil claims.

BLM’s ‘technically proficient’ personal injury practice in Leeds is headed by Henry Kirkup, who is ‘a hard negotiator and extremely passionate about what he does’. The practice handles a range of personal injury matters on behalf of insurers, including cases involving severe bodily injury, fatalities, spinal injury and stress. Kirkup is acting for a local insurer in a multimillion-pound claim by a motorcyclist injured in a road traffic accident, which involves a claim for loss of accommodation and care as well as loss of earnings. In an illustration of its travel-related personal injury expertise, Arion Jones is acting for the Freedom Travel Group in a multi-party action brought by seven claimants who suffered gastric illness, which involves complex issues of medical causation and quantum and a dispute between two defendants.

CMS merged with Nabarro LLP in 2017, bringing on board the latter firm’s defendant personal injury practice in Sheffield, which attracts praise for its ‘conscientious and thorough preparation of cases’. Practice head Carl Dray is singled out as being ‘pre-eminent in industrial disease litigation’. He leads a team that exclusively acts for large self-insureds and has an extensive track record in group actions, as illustrated by its work for the Department for Business and Industrial Strategy defending a GLO concerning 290 former coke workers suffering from a range of disabilities and injuries, including lung and skin cancer as well as a variety of non-malignant respiratory diseases. Other key mandates included defending The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in a claim brought by a current senior employee for psychological injury. Zoe Cooper, Tim Riordan and Jeremy Fletcher are also recommended.

Forbes Solicitors has a highly active defendant injury practice with a client base drawn from a range of claim-handling organisations, insurers and large self-insureds. Its expertise covers a wide range of personal injury matters, from industrial disease cases to employers’ and public liability, and has a substantial track record handling historic sex abuse and grooming claims. Practice head Siobhan Hardy specialises in public liability and employers’ liability claims and David Pickford heads the firm’s retail-sector practice; clients include Asda Stores, which Pickford acted for in a case involving an employee who fell from the top of a home delivery vehicle. Senior associate Judith Bloor acts for a number of major insurers.

Gordons LLP’s personal injury practice attracts praise for its ‘excellent service, fantastic response times and great knowledge of the client’s business’. Practice head Rachel Hudson (‘an extremely good lawyer with great commercial acumen and a real passion for delivering excellent results’) specialises in defendant personal injury matters related to the retail, distribution and industrial sectors. Other key figures include Lisa Brough, who is noted for retail-sector expertise. In addition to handling personal injury claims, the practice also assists its clients with reviews of their internal processes.

Langleys Solicitors LLP is on the panels of a number of insurers, including NFU Mutual and Brit Global Specialty, and is increasingly called upon to handle claims arising from catastrophic injury. Key work in 2016 included defending a claim brought by a cyclist who suffered an injury when he was unseated from his bicycle due to a depression in the road, causing him to lose control and collide with a wall. David Thompson heads the insurance law practice and is noted for his expertise in coverage and policy indemnity issues. Also recommended are Huw Edwards, who leads on motor claims, and regulatory head Rebecca Howitt, who regularly handles employers’ and public liability cases.

Clients of the personal injury practice at Weightmans single out its diligent approach: ‘every case is fully investigated, researched and advised upon, leading to a formidable success rate’. The firm has strengthened the foothold it established in the region through its merger with Ford & Warren in 2015 by recruiting local government specialist Helen Brown from Langleys Solicitors LLP in November 2016. Practice head Blaise Smith has particular expertise in head and spinal injury claims, regularly handling claims exceeding £3m; his recent work includes defending Ageas in a claim involving a very severe brain injury arising from a road traffic accident, which reached the Court of Appeal over the apportionment of liability between a parked car, an overtaking vehicle and an oncoming motorcyclist. Other key figures in Leeds include Iain Davison, who is ‘held in high regard by his insurer clients, by other solicitors and by the Bar’ and who is a specialist in insurance fraud matters.

BC Legal’s clients rate its ‘specialist understanding of the key issues that impact organisations in the disease arena’, thanks in no small part to joint Leeds office heads Darren Goldthorpe and Gary Brankin, who have ‘operated at a high level in disease claims for many years’. The firm’s specialist focus on occupational disease claims makes it a go-to firm for insurers such as NFU Mutual and Travelers, as well as Lloyds syndicates and uninsured companies. Recent mandates include acting for Resolute Management Services and RSA in a High Court asbestos-related mesothelioma claim with a pleaded value of £1.8m.


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Addleshaw Goddard fields a team that is ‘in the first rank of professional negligence practitioners; the team’s institutional experience enables it to tailor its services to clients’ expectations, management style and budget.’ In addition to heading the firm’s litigation practice in the North, Sally Emerton heads the professional negligence team and has a substantial track record acting for banks and building societies in disputes against solicitors, valuers and other professionals. In keeping with the firm’s prominent reputation for banking litigation, the professional negligence practice is particularly active in lender claimant professional work, for which it appears on the panels of a number of major banks and building societies. Other key figures include Ben Lowans, who handles investment negligence cases on behalf of high-net-worth individuals, in addition to acting for lenders in high-value disputes; Bill Gilliam, who acts for commercial clients; Joe Wilkinson, whose construction litigation expertise makes him a natural choice for professional negligence cases in that area; and managing associate Lee O’Sullivan, who attracts praise for his ‘redoubtable defence of valuer claims’.

DLA Piper UK LLP has a highly active professional negligence practice that acts for several UK clearing banks, a number of the Big Four accountancy firms, as well as major building societies. Practice head Hugh Evans has more than 35 years of experience handling high-value professional negligence claims on behalf of banks, building societies and other lenders; he leads a team that includes Adam Ibrahim who, in addition to heading the regulatory team in Leeds, has extensive experience handling financial services related professional negligence matters and is heavily involved in claims arising from the FCA’s investigation into the mis-selling of derivatives and swaps. Also recommended is Chris Harvey, who regularly acts for banks, building societies, asset-based lenders and accountants.

Walker Morris LLP’s professional negligence practice is ‘excellent; quick to respond with commercial, practical advice that is to the point’. Headed by Andrew Beck, the practice handles high-value professional negligence claims against solicitors and surveyors for banking and construction sector clients, including Lloyds Banking Group. In an example of its work against surveyors, Andrew Bennett acted for Mortgage Express in a £3.3m claim against a firm of surveyors for breach of fiduciary duty and deceit. Other key figures include Louise Power, who acts for financial institutions in claims for solicitors’ and surveyors’ negligence; Malcolm Simpson, whose clients include Persimmon; Martin Scott, who handles multi-party claims; And Gwendoline Davies.

3volution Limited’s claimant professional negligence practice is headed by Tim Stone, who also heads the firm’s commercial litigation department, and includes Matt Pugh, who focuses on property-related professional negligence claims. They are ably assisted by associate Samantha Wragg, who handles professional negligence claims against a variety of professionals. Highlights included acting for Omega Atlantic Limited in its professional negligence claim against GVA Grimley related to funding advice, and are representing Univer Manufacturing in a claim against its former solicitors alleging that the firm’s drafting of an exclusive distribution agreement and indefinite IP licence failed to protect the client’s interest causing substantial loss.

Gordons LLP’s ‘commercial and practical’ professional negligence practice is led by James Laycock and includes Andrew Breckenridge, a banking litigation specialist who joined in January 2017 from DWF, and Stephen McVey, whose experience includes acting in a multimillion-pound claim against a firm of accountants relating to tax avoidance schemes. The firm continues to handles professional negligence matters for longstanding clients, including Paragon Mortgages and Idem Capital Securities; Frances Mitchell is continuing to act for the former in multiple claims against a firm of solicitors concerning alleged breaches of duty over buy-to-let mortgages. The firm has also experienced growth in work relating to pensions disputes, in which it is acting for claimant trustees in disputes concerning pensions administration. Ian McCombie joined Ward Hadaway.

Steven Beahan leads Irwin Mitchell’s professional negligence practice following the departure of Daniel Brumpton to Manchester-based Berg. The Sheffield team acts for corporates and individuals in claims against a range of professionals, including solicitors, barristers, surveyors, financial advisers and accountants. The team also acts for insolvency practitioners in claims arising from insolvent estates and, working in conjunction with its London office, provides advice on tax-related claims. Clients include insurers such as Aviva Insurance and Aegus Insurance.

Nigel Broadbent heads Lupton Fawcett LLP’s professional negligence practice, which includes a further ten partners spread across the firm’s Leeds, Sheffield and York offices. Broadbent has wide-ranging experience in bringing claims against surveyors, accountants, engineers and solicitors. Also recommended are Paul Sykes, who has an extensive track record handling professional negligence claims at Court of Appeal and Supreme Court levels, as well as before the European Court of Human Rights; Johanne Spittle, who is noted for her handling of claims brought against banks for financial mis-selling; and Jonathan Warner-Reed, who is highly active in professional negligence claims related to property developments. Clients include FirstGroup and Chaucer Foods.

Blacks Solicitors LLP is regularly called on by individuals, SMEs and owner-managed businesses to handle professional negligence claims against a variety of professionals. Recent work for Luke Patel’s practice includes acting in claims for negligence against insurance brokers, solicitors and counsel.

LCF Law’s professional negligence practice is particularly noted for acting for individuals in claims against solicitors arising from inheritance disputes, as demonstrated by Bradford-based Ragan Montgomery’s representation of an individual in a claim against his stepfather’s former solicitors alleging negligence for failure to take adequate instructions as to the extent of the deceased’s estate in drafting his will and for failure to properly execute the will in circumstances where the solicitors knew of the deceased’s pending marriage and terminal illness. The firm also handles claims on behalf of corporates, SMEs and owner-managed businesses; Charles Abraham is assisting a listed company with a multimillion-pound claim against its former accountants arising from tax planning schemes.

Schofield Sweeney’s three-partner practice, spread across its Bradford, Leeds and Huddersfield offices, handles a wide range of professional negligence claims. Key figures include Richard Stockdale, who has more than 30 years of experience handling claims against solicitors, surveyors and architects, as well as claims concerning the financial services and construction sectors; Alistair Kennedy, who regularly handles claims against financial advisers; and James Staton.


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DAC Beachcroft LLP is widely regarded as legal adviser of choice for professional indemnity insurers such as Travelers. The practice’s market-leading capabilities span defending professionals in a wide range of sectors, including real estate, where it acts for national and international property consultants, surveyors and lettings companies; financial services, where the group regularly handles claims against accountants, auditors, tax advisers and other financial intermediaries; and legal services. Duncan Greenwood heads the team in Leeds; he is noted for his specialist expertise in claims against solicitors, insurance brokers and property professionals, and regularly assists the firm’s insurer client base with policy coverage disputes. Other key figures include Andrew Marsh, who has an extensive track record acting for employers, contractors and their insurers in the construction and engineering sectors; and Suzanne Wharton, who splits her time between Leeds and Manchester and focuses on high-value claims against solicitors and financial services professionals. In a key mandate, Greenwood represented a firm of insurance brokers in a claim brought by the owner and operator of a waste recycling plant, which suffered a major fire that was not covered by the insurers of the plant; the claimants contended that the policy brokered by the client was not suitable. The claim was resolved at less than 10% of the claim value.

Mills & Reeve LLP’s professional negligence practice is ‘a pleasure to work with; the team always responds promptly with well-considered advice that takes into account the legal position as well as the commercial realities’. The firm acts for a heavyweight list of international insurers and Lloyd’s syndicates, including XL Catlin Insurance, in claims brought against insured professionals in the legal, construction, accountancy and financial services sectors. The practice has also experienced notable growth in its work defending professionals in the technology, biotech and life sciences arenas. Recent work includes defending a firm of solicitors in a claim for indemnity arising from the purchase of a cinema complex development in the North East. Neil Howes heads the team in Leeds and is ‘very easy to work with; he understands what clients are looking for’. Also recommended are consultant Edward Coulson, who is ‘very astute at assessing whether a claim should be defended and at what price it can be settled’, and senior associate Matthew Liston.

Clyde & Co LLP established a presence in Leeds through its 2015 merger with Simpson & Marwick, bringing with it a team in Leeds with a strong track record defending claims against solicitors, barristers, accountants, and professionals in the construction and healthcare sectors. Gordon Walker has more than 30 years of experience defending claims against solicitors, surveyors and accountants, among other professionals.

Bond Dickinson LLP has an excellent reputation for professional negligence nationally and is continuing to strengthen its presence in Leeds, most recently recruiting tax and accounting indemnity specialist Karen Eckstein from Clyde & Co LLP. She joins a team that includes Jonathan Watmough, who attracts praise for his ‘superb eye for detail and commercial mind; he is always thinking one step ahead’. The firm’s client base includes insurers such as AIG, QBE and Liberty Mutual insurance, for which the team handles a wide range of professional indemnity claims, including defending claims against solicitors, accountants, insurance brokers and insolvency practitioners.


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