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North West: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant
Clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 1

Hempsons (Manchester)

Hempsons fields β€˜experienced, knowledgeable and high-quality practitioners; there is real strength in depth in the team’. The β€˜unflappable’ Anne Ball is an β€˜excellent strategic thinker’ and the β€˜vastly experienced’ Kirsten Blohm is a β€˜shrewd tactician’. Simeon Bower is an β€˜excellent litigator whose quiet and calm approach is underpinned by great skill and a strong nerve’. At a more junior level associate Jayne Popplewell is β€˜already a very strong litigator’ and solicitor Belinda Goodwin is β€˜very impressive’. The team is well equipped to handle the full range of clinical negligence matters with key expertise in sectors such as complex, high-value and sensitive matters in addition to multi-party actions. The team defended seven trials at first instance and at the appellate courts in 2016. It also has considerable skill in advising on periodical payments and acts for clients such as the NHSLA, the MDU and a large number of trusts in addition to commercial medical practice insurers. Other named clients include Stockport NHS Foundation Trust.

Leading individuals

Anne Ball - Hempsons

Kirsten Blohm - Hempsons

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North West: Public sector

Health - ranked: tier 1

Hempsons (Manchester)

Hempsons has a β€˜first-class team that provides timely advice’. Anne Ball β€˜inspires confidence’ and Kirsten Blohm is β€˜extremely supportive and is prepared to go that extra mile’. Both are recommended for their management of cases of the utmost severity involving complex medical and legal issues. Jane Donnison has β€˜the ability to explain complex legal issues in simple terms’ and Taiyaba Waheed is β€˜excellent at health care’. At associate level Karen Dean and James Down (who is recommended for his work on inquests) are described as β€˜excellent’. The practice advises public and private healthcare organisations in addition to charities and social enterprises that are involved in health and social care services on a myriad of issues. It also routinely advises clients in the life sciences sector. Highlights included advising Transform Cosmetic Surgery Group on a corporate re-alignment of its real estate holdings. In another highlight it advised the Greater Manchester Academic Health and Science Network on its DataWell process, which involved procuring a provider for the development of a new IT solution across the whole of Greater Manchester to integrate health data and to develop new models of healthcare.

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