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Clinical negligence: claimant

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Irwin Mitchell Leeds fields a 'fantastic' medical negligence team based in Sheffield and Leeds that is 'deserving of its very strong reputation in this area'. The team attracts praise for its ability to 'deal with cases of maximum severity and complexity' and 'undoubtedly works hard for clients to achieve the best possible result'. Headed by Julianne Moore in the Sheffield office and Rachelle Mahapatra in Leeds, the practice represents clients in complex matters involving brain and spinal injury cases and birth injury claims, including cerebral palsy, neonatal deaths and still birth . Mahapatra led a team in a complex development dysplasia case, whereby the practice was able to successfully establish causation, and achieved a favourable settlement for the client. In Leeds, Ross McWilliams is also recommended for his 'great client manner and good understanding'. New additions to the team include senior associate Lisa Swales in the Leeds office and associate Tania Harrison in Sheffield; they joined from Simpson Millar LLP  Leeds and Howells Sheffield respectively.

Minton Morrill is an 'excellent niche firm' that specialises in the most complex cases, including birth injury matters, fatal accidents, brain injury matters and cerebral palsy claims. 'Excellent tactician' Simon Minton is 'a class act' and heads the practice which includes Sahida Patel who is capable of 'operating at a similarly high level'. Minton and Patel have handled several complex birth injury matters, achieving significantly high value results for clients. Consultant Charles Gillott is also 'an excellent lawyer, painstaking and thorough' and is adept at acting in complex matters concerning cerebral palsy. The practice is able to leverage its Court of Protection department which it employs in particularly in high-value infant matters, with Julia Morrill often acting as deputy in these cases. In addition, the team also works closely with the firm's inquest team advising on civil claims resulting from deaths investigated at inquest.

'A pre-eminent claimant clinical negligence firm', Stewarts Law LLP is many clients' 'first port of call for high-value claims'. 'Immensely knowledgeable and tactically aware'' practice head Frank Pinch  is 'extremely experienced, very knowledgeable and pragmatic'. Key areas of expertise include  matters involving spinal cord, brain injury and other serious and complex injuries. The team is also highlighted for offerings a 'personal service' with its strength for 'client care and case preparation' being described as 'the hallmark of the firm'. The 'truly excellent' practice also includes senior associate Gabrielle Ross, who employs a 'tenacious approach and particular attention to detail'.

The practice at Atherton Godfrey Solicitors is acknowledged for its capabilities in a wide range of complex medical negligence representations, including in birth injury claims, general surgery and GP care matters, cerebral palsy cases and fatalities. John McQuater heads the litigation team which encompasses both the clinical negligence and complex injury teams, which are led by Christopher Noble and Stephanie Veysey respectively. The practice continues to stand out as one of few firms in the region able to offer legal aid for birth injury claims.

Simpson Millar LLP's clinical negligence practice handles a range of complex matters, and is particularly known for acting on obstetric claims. The team benefits from being able to draw upon the firm’s national network of offices and significant strengths in other areas, including social care, rehabilitation, court of protection and financial matters, to provide a holistic approach to advice. Liverpool-based +Ian Cohen joined the team from Slater and Gordon > Birmingham and heads up the national practice following +Neil Fearn's departure to Pryers Solicitors LLP > York. Cohen has considerable experience in group actions against the NHS. Another key name to note is Lisa Swales who frequently deals with high value birth injury matters. Litigator Daxa Patel joined Ridley & Hall.

Switalskis Solicitors' 'really strong team' combines 'excellent technical and client skills' with 'a passion for justice'. Considered 'one of the biggest hitters in the area' the significant team is spread across two offices, with Suzanne Munroe heading the practice in Huddersfield, and the 'technically excellent' +Janet Baker heading the team in Sheffield. The 'hugely experienced and highly competent' Munroe 'goes the extra mile for her clients' and has particular experience handling cases concerning cerebral palsy, brain injury, birth injury, chronic pain. Baker also deals with complex matters with 'attention to detail and a cool, calm and collected approach'. The 'thorough and dedicated' team acted in relation a fatal claim which involved complex consideration of cross-border elements due to dependents of the deceased residing in Russia. In another matter, Sarah Tipton led a team in a claim for brain injury matter successfully achieving significantly high value compensation. 

The clinical negligence department at Taylor & Emmet LLP handles complex and high-value matters, as well as being one of few firms able to offer legal aid for birth injury cases. Recently made up to equity partner, +James Drydale is on the Law Society’s clinical negligence panel and a senior litigator of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. Drydale leads the practice, which also includes +Paul Fouad, who is regularly instructed on cerebral palsy, delayed diagnosis of cancer and birth injury matters. Camilla Attwood is another key name to note.

The 'exceptional specialist clinical negligence team' at Wake Smith Solicitors Limited is known for 'undertaking claims of the highest complexity'. noted for its 'very big skill base and determination to provide an exceptional service to clients', the practice represents clients in a range of claims including neurodisability, product liability and those involving human rights breaches. Practice head Terry Regan has the capabilities to handle a wide range of matters from missed diagnosis of cancer cases to cosmetic injury claims. The 'hardworking and thorough' John Vallance has over 30 years’ experience and is recommended as being a 'very assured and practical lawyer combined with the ability to put clients at ease'. Other key names to note include Holly Dobson for inquest preparation and advocacy and the 'well prepared and conscientious lawyer' Kate Lax, who is praised for 'going that extra mile for her clients'.

The medical law department at Harrowells Solicitors is 'very good and quick to respond' and acts for clients in variety of complex and high value clinical negligence claims. Richard Wood is head of the practice which deals with medical negligence cases involving surgical, spinal and birth injuries including cerebral palsy cases. Other key practitioners include John Coulson and Kim Daniells.

Howells is recognised for its 'longstanding experience in the field' of clinical negligence and its 'personal attention to clients'. The practice has expertise in niche claims such as those relating to prison healthcare, walk in centres, provision of mental health care and human rights considerations. The team also handles wrongful birth claims, delayed and misdiagnosis of cancer, substandard orthopaedic surgery claims as well as representing clients at inquests. In addition, it is one of the few practices with a legal aid agency clinical negligence franchise. The 'very experienced claimant clinical negligence solicitor' Michelle Gyte is singled out for having 'managed many high value claims'.

Considered to be 'a strong player in clinical negligence' Pryers Solicitors LLP is 'an up and coming star firm' with 'good quality instructions and knowledgeable individuals'. The team benefits from the addition of Neil Fearn, a 'terrific solicitor, with bags of commercial nous', who previously led the clinical negligence team at Simpson Millar LLP. Fearn is a 'dynamic innovator, deal-maker and very good litigator' and heads the practice alongside Carmel Walsh, +Robyn  Hawxby and +Richard Starkie. The practice also boasts a team dedicated to product liability claims, led by Starkie who is considered 'star of the medical device world with unparalleled knowledge of relevant issues'. The team is adept at handling cerebral palsy claims and other birth injuries, as well as spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, and neuro-surgical issues. Senior solicitor Alistair Stokes is highlighted as 'one to watch'.

Bridge McFarland has the capabilities to handle a full spectrum of clinical negligence matters. Lorraine Taylor heads the clinical negligence practice in Hull and has experience in birth injury claims as well as representing families at inquests. The team also includes solicitor Lynsey Furley, Furley focuses on claims arising from delay in diagnosis and surgical error. 

The 'terrific' clinical negligence practice at Chadwick Lawrence LLP Solicitors has a breadth of experience in this area. Practice head Tony May provides 'very solid and sensible advice', particularly in cerebral palsy and other birth related injury cases, where he also often also acts as court of protection deputy. The team regularly handles fatal cases with issues of dependancy and mental health, as well as claims arising from delayed diagnosis of cancer and cauda equina syndrome. Another key name to note at the practice is the 'highly competent' associate Jacqueline Vance.

Graysons Solicitors fields a 'good niche clinical negligence practice' that is highlighted for its 'professional, but at the same time empathetic' approach. Managing partner Peter Clark leads the team and splits his time between personal injury and clinical negligence work.  Nikki Yavari is adept at handing medium to high value, complex cases with 'professionalism, compassion and empathy'. Yavari successfully represented an individual who suffered  gynaecological problems following an operation and was able to prove a breach of care and causation in complex circumstances, achieving a substantial settlement. Chartered legal executive Jodie Cook is also singled out as a 'careful litigator' who 'is prepared to go the extra mile when necessary'. Former practice head Helen Donaghy now leads the clinical negligence team at Joseph James Law.

Hudgell Solicitors' substantial clinical negligence practice is spread across the Hull and Leeds office and provides 'fantastic overall service' and handles matters with 'complete professionalism'. Vince Shore, who splits his time between the Hull and Leeds offices, jointly heads the team alongside Hull-based Chris Moore and is experienced particularly in hospital negligence, surgical error and dental negligence cases. Moore tends to deal with claims relating to brain injury, catastrophic injury and birth negligence, and recently achieved a multi-million-pound damages settlement was secured for a teenage girl left with life-long injuries after errors during her mother’s pregnancy. Based in Leeds, the 'helpful and professional' Caroline Murgatroyd represents clients in a wide-range of matters and has 'a very good grasp of all the legal complexities'. 

The clinical negligence team at Morrish Solicitors LLP represents private individuals and trade unions in matters of varying complexity, from fatal cases and birth injuries through to cosmetic surgery and dental negligence claims. The team also stands out for holding a legal aid franchise for this specialist field of work in the Bradford. Head of the department Duncan Gardiner acts for clients in the full spectrum of claims and has particular expertise in matters arising from birth injury and fatalities. Another key name to note is Jane McBennett.

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Well regarded for defending clinical negligence claims, Capsticks LLP 's team is 'very supportive and understand the client's needs'. Led by David Roberts, the practice represents clients in some of the most complex and high-value claims.  Ian Cooper heads the national advisory and public law team and is known for his advice on the inspection and regulation of health providers by the Care Quality Commission. The group is instructed by 11 NHS organisations in defence of clinical negligence claims, and recently secured two new NHS trust appointments through its NHS Resolution panel membership. London Ambulance Service and Medacs Healthcare Group are also clients. Other key names to note include associate Lucy Hannon and senior solicitor Emily Senior.

The 'extremely strong' team at DAC Beachcroft LLP 'handles serious cases efficiently and effectively' for both public and private sector clients. As well as being instructed by various NHS Trusts, the group is also 'a well-respected player in the professional indemnity market, with a strong portfolio of insurer clients' and deals with matters for the MDU. With 'superb leadership skills', the 'experienced and able' Sean Doherty heads the practice alongside the 'highly experienced, good tactician' Paul Taylor. Practice heads Doherty and Taylor are adept at advising on the most complex cases and have particular specialisms for matters of spinal and brain injury in adults and children, and metal on metal hip prosthesis claims, respectively. The department boasts an 'experienced team top to bottom' including the  'hard working and bright' solicitors Nicola Perrott and Laura Hawksworth. The team continues to represent its clients in large volumes catastrophic injury claims and acts in claims arising from the fields of breast surgery and orthopaedics.

The 'outstanding' clinical negligence team at Hempsons are 'regarded as very experienced and competent litigators'. The 'calm and very professional' practice head Adrienne D’Arcy has handled complex and high value matters relating to spinal injury, wrongful birth and delayed diagnosis. With 'years of experience and lots of common sense and legal nous' Kathleen Wilson is instructed by NHS Trusts and Health Authorities on a range of matters, including sensitive matters requiring human rights considerations. The 'experienced lawyer' Helen Freeman and Adam Hartrick, who focuses on handling inquests, are key individuals. Recently promoted associate Chloe Davies is praised for her 'down to earth approach'  and ability to build a 'good rapport with clinicians/clients'.

The clinical risk and medical advisory team at CMS is headed up by Chris Horsefield, who previously headed up the practice at Nabarro and Olswang, prior to firm’s merger with CMS in May 2017. The team regularly represents medical and dental professionals in clinical negligence claims and professional disciplinary investigations. Another key name to note is the recently promoted partner Rachel Cooper, who splits her time between the firm's Sheffield and Manchester offices, and has significant experience acting for individuals on clinical risk issues, inquests and for health organisations on safeguarding investigations.

RadcliffesLeBrasseur  healthcare regulation team is regularly instructed by individuals, companies and organisations in clinical negligence claims; inquests; regulatory, professional and police investigations; and prosecutions. Major organisations represented by the group include the MDDUS, Dental Protection and Medical Protection. Managing partner of the Leeds office Alistair Hewitt has broad experience defending clients in high profile and high value work, and heads up the practice which also includes Anne Green  and Simon Kernyckyj . The practice recently acted for a client in fitness to practice investigations brought by the General Medical Council (GMC) and a resulting discrimination claim against the GMC.

The healthcare team at Ward Hadaway is experienced in defending clinical negligence claims on behalf of NHS resolution and several NHS trusts. The team also have significant experience in advising clients on managing risk.  Newcastle-based  Jeffrey Keeble heads the team which also includes Liz Hackett in the Leeds office.

Personal injury: claimant

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Irwin Mitchell's personal injury team is split across the Leeds and Sheffield offices and has 'a well-deserved reputation for excellence' thanks to its 'wealth of experience and knowledge'. Recognised for 'excellent client care' the team, led by Adrian Budgen, is instructed in some of the most complex, serious and sensitive claims, and has the capabilities to offer financial and asset management advice; handle any family and child care matters; and leverage its strong public law team to advise on human rights and other issues. The practice also benefits from a strong court of protection team, which deals with clients' tax affairs; care needs, including house adaptations; and the preparation of trust and wills. Rachael Aram is described as 'fearless in promoting her clients' interests' and has particular expertise acting for claimants with brain injury and spinal cord injury. Louise Jenkins, also leads a serious injury team from the Sheffield office, and is praised for building 'amazing rapport with clients' and for successfully securing interim payments for accommodation adapted to meet their needs. Following Jane Wright’s retirement in May 2017, the firm's Leeds-based practice is headed up by Sion Kingston  and includes Carolyn Heaton  and Ian Toft , who lead the neurotrauma and asbestos diseases teams respectively. Another key name to note at the firm is senior associate David Withers who is 'willing to take on the most difficult arguments'.

Highlighted as 'true specialists in personal injury matters' Stewarts Law LLP Leeds is described as 'the pre-eminent firm for catastrophic injury claims'. The team handles fatalities, brain and other serious injuries, with 'particular expertise in dealing with spinal cord injuries'. 'Highly knowledgeable' and 'frighteningly intelligent' practice head Daniel Herman  is 'a formidable opponent, but puts clients at ease'; he led representation of six claimants based in India following a minibus crash in England, which resulted in one fatality and five individuals sustaining serious injuries including spinal cord and brain injuries. In this complex cross-border matter, the team successfully argued for a discount rate of -5% rather than 2.5%, achieving a substantial result for clients. The team's other key partners, Warren Maxwell - who is singled out for his 'charm, sheer tenacity and attention to detail' - and 'master tactician' Ben Townsend, have specialisms in employer and occupiers liability cases and brain injury claims respectively. Senior associate Rebecca Hill is also a key name to note.

Atherton Godfrey Solicitors has an established reputation in personal injury, and has capabilities to handle the most complex and serious injury cases. The practice has experience acting in claims arising from fatalities or life changing injuries or illnesses, as well as those arising from holidays abroad, criminal injury compensation claims and motor insurer’s claims. John McQuarter heads the litigation department which incorporates the personal injury team, led by Diane Parker. Parker represents clients across a full spectrum of claims, including those involving brain injury and employers’ and public liability issues; she also has particular experience acting in cases of industrial diseases, including Mesothelioma caused by asbestos and noise induced hearing loss. Head of complex injuries Stephanie Veysey and Janet Lee, who handles a range of fast track and multi-track cases,  are also strong in this area.

Offering 'an approachable, friendly and personal service but with a depth of resource', Thompsons Solicitors LLP is considered 'one of the market leaders in catastrophic injury work'. The 'claimant-oriented firm, with specialists at every level' is instructed by trade unions and has 'a justified reputation for protecting the rights of those injured in the workplace'. 'Expert in high value claims', associate Simon Wilson leads the national serious injury group, and 'combines experience and knowledge with charm and a sensible, pragmatic approach to litigation'. Partner Simon Wood, who heads up the firm’s operations in Yorkshire and the North East, bolsters the team with over 20 years of experience and a specialism in hand arm vibration syndrome and work-related upper limb disorder cases. The department is also experienced in handling asbestos and industrial disease claims, Marion Voss and Helen Tomlin are key contacts in this area.

'Characterised by its efficiency and client friendly nature' Emsleys Solicitors Limited has been described as 'one of the best firms of its size in the Yorkshire region'. The team has the capabilities to handle a range of complex matters including road traffic accident claims and employers' liability, occupiers' liability and public liability claims. Practice head Andrew Greenwood combines his 'fantastic intellect' and 30 years' experience with 'excellent client relations'. The 'thorough and experienced' +John Hutchings was recently promoted to director, has expertise in employer liability claims, and is additionally experienced acting in brain and spinal cord injuries and traumatic amputation cases. Natalie Mousavi and Jennifer Harle are also adept at handling high value and serious injury matters. Natalie Marrison left the team to join Ramsdens Solicitors LLP.

Acknowledged as being 'a strong player in the Yorkshire personal injury market' Harrowells Solicitors offers a 'superb service to their clients'. Richard Wood heads up the personal injury and medical law team which is experienced in advising clients on complex claims and those arising from catastrophic injuries. John Coulson is singled out for his 'gravitas in negotiations, and bundles of charm with clients'. Kim Daniells is also active in this area.

Morrish Solicitors LLP has the experience and capabilities to handle a range of personal injury matters, with clients including individual claimants and trade unions. Laura Nabozny heads up the team and has expertise handling employer’s liability and occupational disease claims. The firm is instructed by Unite the union and has successfully represented several bus drivers who have sustained injury at work. In another recent work highlight a team led by Martin Bare, who is acknowledged for his 'vast experience', advised a claimant injured in a road traffic accident during the course of employment. Changes to the team include Bare stepping down from the partnership and John Morrison's recent promotion to partner.

The 'modern and forward thinking' personal injury department at Slater and Gordon has been highlighted as a 'big player' in the market in Yorkshire. Head of operations at the Sheffield office, and 'stand out practitioner', Matthew Tomlinson leads the team and handles accident at work claims including those resulting in life changing injuries. Tomlinson recently advised a police constable at the Metropolitan Police Force following an incident whereby a fire extinguisher was sprayed in the claimants face by a colleague.  In another recent work example, senior associate Joanne Markham successfully represented a individual who sustained an injury resulting in chronic regional pain after having an accident at work, and successfully achieved a significant settlement. The 'very strong' Sheffield-based team also includes senior associate Christopher Briggs who has particular expertise in claims arising from industrial diseases, including those relating to asbestos. The practice is ably assisted by the 'down to earth and friendly' associate Alicia Townsend, who has 'a good deal of experience in personal injury work'.

The personal injury practice at Switalskis Solicitors is based across the firm's Wakefield and Doncaster offices and specialises in child abuse claims and serious injuries respectively. David Greenwood heads the child abuse claims team, which includes Rob Casey. The practice has successfully represented clients nationally against both public and private institutions and individuals . In South Yorkshire, Mark Hollinghurst leads the department's brain and serious injury practice and is supported by three litigation executives.

The personal injury team at Taylor & Emmet LLP handles the full spectrum of matters, from small claims to high value claims and those concerning catastrophic injury. Department head Jonathan Stittle has expertise in serious head injuries, paraplegia, industrial diseases and fatal accidents, and successfully represented an individual who was diagnosed with lung cancer following asbestos exposure. John Green has experience representing clients from initial instruction to trial, advising on a range of personal injury cases. The department also leverages the firm's probate department to offer assistant to clients with the formation of personal injury trusts as well as arranging court of protection orders and wills.

Bridge McFarland's personal injury department, led by Leanne Keating, is instructed in matters ranging from work-related and industrial disease claims to those concerning catastrophic injuries, regional pain syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder. Working alongside Keating in Hull, James Burrell has a specialism for handling high value and complex industrial disease cases. Another key partner to note is Kathryn Hudson, who leads on personal injury matters in the Grimsby office.

Offering 'excellent service, advice and representation', the personal injury department at Graysons Solicitors maintains 'the best of old-fashioned values whilst evolving with the times'. Peter Clark heads the litigation departments which encompasses the six-partner personal injury practice. Key personal injury partners include, Belinda Lancaster who has 'impressive knowledge' of claims arising from asbestos exposure. Lancaster recently acted in a claim involving complex issues of causation arising from the death of an individual from lung cancer, following years of exposure. In another work highlight, the 'tenacious, imaginative and highly effective' Mark Fisher achieved a  significant settlement for a client in a complex accident at work matter.

The personal injury department at Hudgell Solicitors includes solicitors across the firm's Hull and Leeds offices. The team has the capabilities to deal with particularly complex and high value cases. In an ongoing collaborative law case, the team is instructed on a sensitive claim arising following a car accident which resulted in the death of the client's wife and daughter and severe brain injury of the his infant son. The practice is led by Hull-based Jane Woodcock and Karen Smith in Leeds, who are both ably supported by two additional practitioners in each office. Woodcock regularly acts in a broad-range of claims, while Smith is acknowledged for her niche in representing with sports personalities who have sustained injuries which compromise their careers.

The personal injury team at Keebles is experienced in representing claimants in employer's liability, industrial disease claims, public liability and road traffic accident matters. David Jones heads up the practice, which also includes Owen Brown and associate Leanne Farey.

Lupton Fawcett is recognised for its experience in handing a range of personal injury matters, particularly relating to road traffic accidents, public and occupier's liability, and employer's liability cases. With a wealth of varied experience, Jack Ferraro heads up the practice which also includes consultant Graham Ford, who's specialisms lies with public liability and prison law. Director Jackie Rowe leads the road traffic team and deals with fast and multi-track cases, as well as employers' liability matters. 

Howells' personal injury practice focuses on handling high value and complex cases. +Sharon Rinaldi heads up the team, which has experience representing clients in matters of catastrophic injury, accidents at work, fatal road traffic claims, accidents abroad, product liability and occupier's and public liability claims.

Ramsdens Solicitors LLP's personal injury practice has been described as 'very professional, helpful and good value for money', comprising of individuals of a 'high professional standard'. The practice falls within the the litigation team which is headed up by +Steven Singh. The team is bolstered by the addition of Natalie Marrison, who joined from Emsleys Solicitors Limited, who established the abuse team, handling proceedings relating to physical and sexual abuse against private institutions and establishments. Ably supported by experienced solicitor Anne Scott, the group has the capabilities to handle a range of claims including fatalities and catastrophic Injuries; road traffic accidents; employers', occupiers' and public liability; and criminal injury compensation. Former consultant Jonathan Dixon left the practice.

The 'excellent' personal injury practice at Wake Smith Solicitors Limited has been instructed on occupational health claims, work place injuries as well as an accident occurring in a public place which resulted in leg amputation. Terence Regan  heads up the department which includes chartered legal executive David Brown , who is recommended for his 'thoroughness' and 'commitment to his clients'.

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The established personal injury practice at DAC Beachcroft LLP continues to receive high value instructions from insurers, as well as directly from companies, to defend claims. The practice acted for Zurich Insurance in successfully defending a employer's liability claim arising from alleged chronic pain syndrome following manual handling during the course of employment. David Williams led on this matter which was discontinued following evidence given by the team. Owen Rees, Ruth Winterbottom and William Potts jointly head up the department, which includes a specialist disease team - led by Potts nationally - and a specific casualty pre-litigation service group led by James Tallant. Rees and Winterbottom both regularly represent insurers and companies in catastrophic injury claims.

Considered 'a premier league defendant insurance firm' DWF has a 'strong regional centre' in Leeds. With a 'high level of knowledge and tactical acumen in dealing with large injury claims', the department defends clients in catastrophic injury cases, occupational health matters, fast track and multi track matters. The group also includes dedicated insurance fraud practice led by Paul Holmes, who, alongside associate +Marsha Crosland, successfully acted for LV in contempt of court claims against nine individuals for conspiracy to defraud the insurer. 'Excellent lawyer' Glyn Jones heads up the practice which has been instructed by insurers Aviva, Tesco Insurance, as well as the Department of Transport. For 'clear, concise and robust advice' David Rogers is a key name to note in catastrophic injury claims.

Highlighted for 'great strength in depth' and 'excellent value for money' Kennedys has been described as 'one of the best' for defendant personal injury work. Suzanne Liversidge heads up the practice which is instructed by corporates, insurers and public bodies on a range of matters. The department's motor team, led Niall Edwards, focuses on the defence of high value road traffic accident work, with Edwards being particularly experienced in handling cases of the utmost severity and complexity. The group also has a strength in disease litigation, dealing with both volume and complex claims. Cameron Clark leads the disease team and with 'impressive depth of knowledge and expertise' Helen Snowball leads a team representing local authorities on a range of claims. The firm is also highlighted for its strength in the retail sector (with clients including Arcadia Group, Costco and Debenhams), the team is instructed on employers’ and public liability work and workplace claims in this industry.

The 'highly competent, efficient and proactive' personal injury practice at Plexus Law is highlighted for its 'high quality, pragmatic advice and robust resistance to weak or manufactured claims'. With a focus on casualty, motor, disease, fraud, large loss and policy, the department acts for both insurers and individual corporate clients. The team additionally acts for public sector clients and receives instructions from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis. The 'particularly astute and thoughtful lawyer' Anthony Baker heads up the casualty practice, which includes Chris Foulkes, who tends to handle insurance litigation claims, and Sally Richmond who is known for defending motor claims. The team is instructed in occupational disease claims, and recently successfully represented AB Inbey UK in defending a claim of injury resulting from alleged high levels of noise. Head of the counter fraud practice Gary Petterson was recently promoted to the partnership.

Noted for its 'strength in depth', BLM's 'very professional team' is highlighted as being 'extremely strong, particularly in disease litigation but also employers’ liability more generally'. The 'practical and experienced' practice head Henry Kirkup attracts praise for his 'commercially minded approach and ability to manage high value litigation efficiently and effectively'. Arion Jones is another key name to note, and defends clients in high value and complex cases, including chronic pain, severe orthopaedic and fatal accidents. Clients include both insurers, corporates and public bodies, with the firm receiving instructions from Hiscox, Aspen Risk Management, Thomas Cook and Bradford Metropolitan Council.

The health claims team at CMS acts exclusively for self-insureds, including national and multi-national corporates as well as public bodies. Carl Dray heads up the practice and continues to lead a team representing the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy in a multi-million pound group litigation order. In another work example, the team is instructed by Tarmac in a complex claim following the death of a 22 year old with mesothelioma. This matter raised issues of causation, cross-border elements as the deceased was a resident in Spain at time of death, as well as contractual liability arising from company mergers. Other key names to note include consultant Gareth Watkins for large scale group litigation and senior associate Tim Riordan, who has particular expertise advising on the defence of industrial disease claims.

Forbes Solicitors' ' professional, approachable and reliable' personal injury practice attracts praise for its 'traditional client-centric personal service'. The team is experienced representing local authorities and is highlighted for its  'good public sector industry knowledge'. Chris Booth was instructed by Conwy Council in a case brought by school employee who alleged injury following an accident at work. The department acting for Asda Stores in a claim from an employee who fell from the top of a delivery vehicle when attempting to retrieve a hat. Head of the retail sector focused insurance work, David Pickford, led a team in this matter which successfully argued that the employee was acting outside the scope of his employment, reinforcing an earlier Court of Appeal decision. Booth, who leads the fraud and disease teams, jointly heads the insurance practice alongside Siobhan Hardy who is considered 'very good in providing strategic support'.

The 'excellent, pragmatic and commercial' personal injury practice at Gordons LLP acts for companies and insurers defending claims, and has a significant strength in the retail sector. Rachel Hudson heads up the team and regularly handles defendant insurance work in the retail, distribution and industrial sectors. Lisa Brough led a team instructed by Wm Morrison Supermarkets Plc and successfully defended a claim providing evidence leading to the case, which had a potential value of £100,000, being discontinued. B&M Retail, Congregational & General Insurance plc and Hermes Parcelnet are all clients of the practice.

The 'truly client-focused' personal injury group at Langleys Solicitors LLP is described as being 'a stand out performer for litigation and negotiation outcomes, and in value for money'. In a high profile matter, Huw Edwards is instructed by MS Amlin following a fatality at a zoo when an employee of the insured company was attacked by a tiger. The team handled the pre-inquest review and will continue to act in the upcoming inquest. Highlighted for 'client care, strategy and team development', practice head David Thompson is experienced in handling catastrophic work, multi-party claims and claims involving complex liability disputes. Head of the team's public sector cases, Carol Dalton attracts praise for her 'care and sensitivity in respect of social care, schools and difficult injury claims'. Another key name to note is Rebecca Howitt who heads the regulatory sub-team. Changes to the team include promotion of the 'tenacious' Sean Riley to partner.

The substantial personal injury department at Weightmans attracts praise for its 'strong understanding of the commercial objectives of the insurer clients' and regularly defends large loss, commercial insurance, motor, fraud, local government, casualty and costs claims. The practice, headed up by Blaise Smith, is described as 'very good, particularly in respect of employer's liability claims'. Smith has significant experience handling high profile, high value and complex claims and acts exclusively for insurers, with a focus on catastrophic claims. Other key names to note include Jim Byard, the 'commercially astute' Iain Davison and Lindsay Staddon for occupational disease claims, insurance fraud matters and high value, large loss cases, respectively. Clients include Zurich, AIG, Leeds City Council and Durham County Council.

The 'niche firm' BC Legal focus on occupational disease matters and have been described as being 'one of the market leaders in defendant disease litigation'. The team is jointly led by Gary Brankin and Darren Goldthorpe, who focus on claims arising from asbestos exposure, and noise induced hearing loss cases, respectively. Brankin is singled out for his 'shrewd tactical awareness' and handles high value and complex matters. Another key name to note is Hajinder Gill who also handles asbestos-related litigation.

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Addleshaw Goddard's professional negligence practice represents regional, national and international clients in claims across a range of sectors, but has particular expertise acting for major lenders bringing actions against solicitors, valuers and other professionals. +Sally Emerton is head of litigation for the North, and leads the firm's clinical negligence department. +Joe Wilkinson specialises in claims arising from the construction space, while Bill Gilliam is the firm's go-to for claims brought by commercial clients, outside of the financial sector. Managing associate Lee O’Sullivan is highlighted as 'extremely competent', particularly in complex banking matters.

The 'excellent' practice at DLA Piper UK LLP has experience acting for claimants and defendants in professional negligence claims. The department is spread across the firm's Sheffield and Leeds offices and is jointly led by Hugh Evans - who has expertise in the banking sector - and head of the litigation and regulatory team +Adam Ibrahim. In a recent highlight, David Young led advice to Goodwood Estate Company and Goodwood Estate Pensions in claims against two of the companies' former law firms for alleged negligent advice. Other key names to note include legal directors Chris Harvey  and Sheffield-based Paul McNamee. Clients include the RBS group, Leeds Building Society, Bank of Ireland and GE Capital. The team has also represented high profile individuals.

Made up of 'a number of experienced and specialist solicitors', Walker Morris LLP's 'excellent professional negligence department' acts for groups of individuals and companies on claims across a variety of sectors. +Andrew Beck heads the 'strong practice', which has been described as 'having the edge' in mortgage fraud claims. Andrew Bennett is advising Dunfermline Building Society in a case against CBRE for the alleged negligent overvaluing of a development site, for which the client and a second bank lent a significant amount of money. In another work highlight, a team, led by Martin Scott, is instructed in a £13m multi-party claim involving 222 individuals against three solicitors firms, for alleged negligence in a conveyancing transaction. The 'organised and proactive' senior associate +Jonathan Brooks is singled out for his 'strong grasp of the law' and 'excellent client-care skills'. The team was further strengthened with the arrival of banking litigator Rob Aberdein from Aberdein Considine.

The commercial litigation practice at 3volution Limited is regularly instructed by both individuals and companies in professional negligence claims against solicitors, surveyors, insurance brokers and professional pensions advisers. Tim Stonehas particular expertise handling pensions-related claims, and heads up the department which includes associate Samantha Wragg. The team recently acted for Mark Grafton and RE Grafton following the failure of Whitehead & Low to register Mr Grafton's floating charge of the companies assets on the sale of the company. Matthew Pugh who focused on property related claims, left the practice to join Legal Studio.

Gordons LLP's professional negligence practice is highlighted for its expertise in representing claimants in the financial services sector. The team acted for two buy to let mortgage lenders, in the same group of companies, on a £1.8m claim relating to advice given on over 100 mortgage transactions by its former solicitors practice. In addition to companies, the team has been instructed by groups of individuals and estates. The department is advising 13 estates in a £1.3m claim for the misappropriation of funds by a former partner at the defendant solicitors firm. Andrew Breckenridge joined the practice from DWF and heads up the practice following the departure of James Laylock to Irwin Mitchell. Other changes to the team include Matthew Howarth's departure to Shoosmiths LLP.

With 'a fantastic team of very able lawyers' Irwin Mitchell's 'excellent' professional negligence team handles claims brought by both corporate clients and individuals against a spectrum of professionals. The department has particular expertise in claims arising out of insolvency estates, which 'sets the firm apart from its peers', and is instructed by insolvency practitioners such as Wilson Field and Begbies Traynor. The 'extremely knowledgeable and efficient' Natasha Guthrie has been highlighted as a 'stand-out star' in this area and heads up the professional negligence group. The team sits within the wider commercial litigation team, which is led by the 'tactically astute, highly experienced and very commercial' Steven Beahan.

The commercial dispute resolution practice at Blacks Solicitors LLP has a 'commercially sound approach' and 'a track record of success' in professional negligence claims. Luke Patel is a 'standout professional negligence lawyer' and heads the team, which has represented individuals and SMEs in claims against solicitors, accountants and surveyors.

The 'very sharp' and 'commercially aware' disputes team at LCF Law are considered 'among the best' for representation of individuals in professional negligence claims. The 'born litigator' Charles Abraham heads the practice which has acted for several individuals in claims against former solicitors arising from real estate transactions. It is also advising a company on a multimillion-pound claim against its former accountants. The Bradford-based Ragan Montgomery is another key name to note.

Lupton Fawcett's claimant professional negligence practice has a 'deserved reputation for excellence'. Key individuals include Leeds-based Arif Khalfe , who 'works tirelessly for his clients to achieve the best possible outcomes' and Simon Lockley in Sheffield, who attracts praised for his 'outstanding professional manner'. Former head of dispute resolution Nigel Broadbent left the practice to join Tilly Bailey & Irvine and Paul Sykes joined Levi Solicitors LLP.

The 'exceptional' professional negligence department at Schofield Sweeney, headed up by Richard Stockdale, is known for its representation of high net worth individuals and SMEs in claims against solicitors, counsel, financial and tax advisers and construction professionals. Alistair Kennedy, who is singled out for his 'sound, practical advice', acted for an individual in a £4m claim arising from auditing, and other accountancy errors, which contributed to the collapse of a car sales business. The Leeds-based practice has been bolstered with the arrivals of Leo Jones-Rowe, Matthew Fidler and Gary Ashton from LCF Law, Stewarts Law LLP and Hawkswell Kilvington Limited, respectively.

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The professional and financial risks team at DAC Beachcroft LLP provides 'excellent technical and commercial knowledge, good value for money and successful outcomes'. The 'established and well-respected' practice represents insured companies across a range of industries. It was instructed by Liberty Mutual Insurance to advise a firm of insurance brokers in a £6m claim resulting from declined cover of the fire at a waste recycling plant. Duncan Greenwood led a team in this matter successfully settling at less than 10% of the original claim value. David Weatherburn heads the group which includes the 'intelligent and capable' Suzanne Wharton and 'very bright, thoughtful, diligent and conscientious' senior associate Naomi Park as well as Mark Cawthorne, who is singled out for his 'excellent judgment and tactical know-how'. Other clients include First Title Insurance, Countrywide plc and Zurich Professional & Financial Lines.

Mills & Reeve LLP is 'one of the leading firms for professional negligence in the area'. The team has the ability to 'handle the biggest and best cases with a human touch' and frequently represents legal professionals in addition to individuals in other sectors including construction, tech, finance, insurance and life science. The 'very experienced and commercially sensible' Neil Howes heads the practice and is praised for his 'legal expertise' and 'excellent judgement'. Howes acted for Pen Underwriting concerning a claim against a firm of solicitors regarding a purchase of a cinema complex which alleged a duty of care was owed to another firm of solicitors involved in the transaction. The team reached a favourable settlement at mediation. Other key names Matthew Liston and consultant Edward Coulson, who is at the 'top of his game'.

The professional and financial disputes group at Clyde & Co LLP is highlighted for its 'first-rate service' and is frequently instructed by insurers, such as AIG, Hiscox and QBE. London-based Andrew Blair heads up the national practice which includes a team of 'excellent practitioners' in Leeds. Key names to note include experienced partner Anthony Brown  and the 'very talented' senior associate Simon Oliver is considered to be 'particularly good with client relationships'.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has 'a well-earned reputation' as a 'major player in professional indemnity work'. Professional negligence specialist and chartered tax adviser, Karen Eckstein is a 'market leader in tax-related negligence cases' and heads the team in Leeds.  Eckstein works closely with London-based Sushma MacGeoch, who leads the UK-wide professional risks team and head of insurance Jonathan Drake. The team acts for national insurer clients including AIG. Jonathan Watmough !Leeds left the practice to join Keystone Law.

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