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Switalskis Solicitors

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Bradford, Huddersfield, Leeds, Sheffield, Wakefield, York

Yorkshire and the Humber: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 2

Switalskis Solicitors

At Switalskis Solicitors, the criminal practice has substantial experience defending vulnerable individuals including young people and defendants suffering with mental health problems; the team has specific practitioners specialising in these niche areas. Michael Devlin heads up the group, Jim Littlehales is an in-house barrister, and Rob Fones has expertise defending clients accused of sexual offences.

Practice head(s):Michael Devlin

Other key lawyers:Jim Littlehales; Rob Fones


'Switalskis is efficient, professional and courteous, and looks after its clients by keeping them well informed of proceedings, giving practical advice and ensuring cases are well prepared in good time'.

'The individuals are quick to respond to requests and keep in regular contact with their clients, showing a caring commitment'.

Work highlights

  • Acting for a young man who was acquitted of a violent incident linked to a murder.
  • Defending a man charged with attempted murder.
  • Acting for a man arrested for possession with intent to supply cannabis.
  • Defending a man accused of witness intimidation.
  • Representing a vulnerable client convicted of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Switalskis Solicitors

Switalskis Solicitors are held in high esteem in the clinical negligence arena, both by competitors who recognise the quality and depth of their caseload, and by clients, who benefit from an 'absolutely personal approach'. Jointly led by Suzanne Munroe - 'the driving force behind the success of the firm' and Janet Baker - 'one of the most experienced, capable and successful clinical negligence lawyers in the country' - the practice deals with brain, spinal and birth injury claims, as well as psychiatric injuries and cancer claims among others, while a cluster of smaller specialist teams focus on specific areas, such as inquests and fatal cases, complex and unusual cases as well as lower value healthcare claims.

Practice head(s):Suzanne Munroe; Janet Baker

Other key lawyers:Sarah Tipton Walker


'Janet Baker is one of the most experienced clinical negligence practitioners in the country and brings to the firm depth of knowledge and experience as well as leadership.'

'Suzanne Munroe and Sarah Tipton Walker (along with Janet Baker) head up an exceptional team of clinical negligence specialists who provide outstanding service to their clients.'

'From the first consultation to the aftercare, Switalskis provide a level of service that is second to none.'

'The firm is client driven, collegiate, and hard working. They are resolutely not corporate in their approach to work and this reflects in their willingness to run difficult cases.'

'Janet Baker is one of the most experienced, capable and successful clinical negligence lawyers in the country. I have worked with her in numerous claims by individuals who suffer from cerebral palsy. She is quite simply the best.'

'Suzanne Munroe has experience, commitment, drive and enthusiasm which results in exceptional client care.'

'Suzanne Munroe is the driving force behind the success of the firm. She is very experienced and highly regarded in the region.'

'Sarah Walker is a courageous solicitor, not frightened to take on difficult cases or to argue difficult points on her clients' behalf, but who is also skilled at working co-operatively with her opponents and fostering opportunities for early resolution. She is very hard working, and always tries to make herself available.

'Janet Baker is without doubt one of the most experienced, capable and successful maximum severity clinical negligence lawyers in the country. She combines experience and empathy with a superb eye for detail.'

'Associate Natalie Cosgrove is phenomenal. A force of nature. I have encountered few people who can litigate a case as well as she can. Her clients absolutely love her. She has a real dedication to making life better for people with disabilities. I have never met anyone who worked so hard to understand the types of problems faced by people with disabilities. Most lawyer see their role as being to value a claim and organise the evidence. Natalie sets out to gain a better understanding of her client's life and apply that to the legal problems that they face. If everybody did this the legal profession would be better for it.'

Work highlights

  • A very tragic case involving Mr Learoyd’s partner, who died postpartum at the age of 23 years.
  • Advised on a case in which the defendant admitted liability for failing to diagnose and appropriately treat the claimant’s right elbow fracture.
  • A newborn passed away following a delay in transfer of her mother to hospital by the ambulance service.
  • A complex claim which involved sub-standard treatment from various clinicians.
Leading individuals

Janet Baker - Switalskis Solicitors

Rising stars

Sian Morris - Switalskis Solicitors

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Switalskis Solicitors

Switalskis Solicitors personal injury practice operates out of the firm's Doncaster and Wakefield offices, which respectively focus on brain injury/serious injury and child abuse claims. The child abuse team is led by David Greenwood , who is hugely experienced in his field, acting on a series of landmark cases in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. Meanwhile, the brain injury team, which is headed by the 'calm, courteous and doggedly determined' Mark Hollinghurst, handles claims in excess of £5m concerning profound brain injury and minimally conscious clients.

Practice head(s):Mark Hollinghurst; David Greenwood

Other key lawyers:Rob Casey


'Mark Hollinghurst is a very good lawyer and approaches his cases with care and thought. He has a pragmatic approach to litigation, seeking the sensible and workable outcome rather than becoming fixated upon being right - an admirable quality in a good solicitor. He is nobody's pushover and his calm manner and courteous style, even in the face of aggression from his opposite numbers, is a reflection of his quiet strength. I have no hesitation in saying that he is more than a safe pair of hands. He knows his stuff. He is doggedly determined - refusing to give up on cases many others had turned down.'

'Julie Wilkinson is efficient and a pleasure to deal with. She ensures the nuts and bolts are dealt with, without fuss'

'Switalksi's is a small firm but provides an excellent service - up there with the big players but with a more personal touch.'

Work highlights

  • Settlement achieved for victim in vicarious liability claim against local authorities for assault by a foster carer.
  • Complex claim for personal injuries arising from child sexual abuse.
  • Child sexual exploitation claim against local authority and police.
  • Serious abuse claim settled against detention centre.
  • Proceedings against local authority for failure to return child to birth family.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Family: Elsewhere in Yorkshire
Family: Elsewhere in Yorkshire - ranked: tier 3

Switalskis Solicitors

The team at Switalskis Solicitors expanded its South Yorkshire offering during 2018 with Alison Kitchman joining the firm's Doncaster office from Keebles and former Banner Jones Solicitors partner Toby Netting coming on board as Sheffield head of family law. The practice handles divorce, finance and children law matters; Kitchman is collaboratively trained, and Netting is an accredited specialist with resolution for children matters, pre-nuptial and cohabitation agreements and domestic violence issues.

Practice head(s):Alison Kitchman

Other key lawyers:Toby Netting


'Alison Kitchman is sensible, warm, good and makes sure clients feel comfortable knowing they will be well looked after'.

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Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 4

Switalskis Solicitors

With notable practitioners in Wakefield, Bradford, Leeds and York, Switalskis Solicitors' family and child care law team is one of the largest in the region and handles the full spectrum of family law issues, including Children Act work and care issues, divorce and relationship breakdowns, financial matters, domestic violence work and forced marriages, with particular experience handling matters complicated by serious allegations of abuse. Razia Jogi and Clare Peckett jointly lead the department; Jogi specialises in issues concerning children, domestic violence, forced marriage and 'honour' violence, and Peckett handles cases relating to unmarried couples. Ranjit Uppal and Lisa Phillips are also key names for children work.

Practice head(s):Clare Peckett; Razia Jogi

Other key lawyers:Ranjit Uppal; Lisa Phillips


'Switalskis is a key name in the market for care and children work, and has really made a name for itself in the local region'.

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Yorkshire and the Humber

Offices in Huddersfield, Wakefield, Leeds, Bradford, York, and Sheffield

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