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JMW Solicitors LLP

Work 0345 402 0001
Fax 0161 828 1827
14372 Manchester 1
Liverpool, London, Manchester

Chris Sutton

Work 0161 828 1824
JMW Solicitors LLP

Work Department



Head of Operations and COLP. An expert in catastrophic brain and spine injury cases, and cases where clients have been exposed to asbestos. Chris applies a creative approach to claims and has worked closely with case managers and rehabilitation providers to find innovative ways of delivering care packages that suit particular clients’ needs. Deals with business development on behalf of the department and building links with a diverse range of organisations. Also developing the department’s in-house case management system and delivering newer, more efficient ways of working and therefore delivering the best service possible for clients. Also involved in charitable work for both the Spinal Injuries Association and the Child Brain Injury Trust. Recent notable cases include settlement of a lengthy case where the client was the victim of a hit and run incident at the age of just 11, sustaining a severe head injury, a broken pelvis and shoulder, requiring lengthy stays in hospital. The case recently settled for £3m; a lump sum of £1.52m and a lifetime annual payment of £45k per annum. Chris has also acted in challenging cases on behalf of clients, including an individual injured after a fall from makeshift scaffold who suffered fractures to both femurs, a laceration to the scalp and psychiatric injuries; and a formwork carpenter injured at work, sustaining a fracture to one of the vertebra close to the base of the skull, associated soft tissue injuries and PTSD, rendering him unable to continue in his job. Both settlements ensured a safe and secure future for these clients.


Trained JMW Solicitors LLP; qualified 1999; solicitor JMW Solicitors 1999 to date, partner 2003; director YouClaim.


Audenshaw High School; Hyde Sixth Form College; Manchester Metropolitan University (1996 Law; 1997 LPC).


Attempting to keep fit by running, playing football and golf, and supporting the only English football team with 20 top-flight league titles.

North West: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant

Within: Personal injury: claimant

JMW Solicitors LLP   is ‘continuing to grow its reputation in this field’ under the leadership of joint heads of department Chris Sutton and Richard Powell . Paul Breen who heads the personal injury department’s catastrophic injury team is ‘very much on top of his game’. Gordon Cartwright  is ‘outstanding – he devotes considerable time to each file’ and Nadia Kerr  is a ‘true expert in cycling; she really takes the time to understand each case and has a meticulous eye for detail’. Jason Harwood has ‘very good client handling skills, manages expectations well and always adopts effective tactics during negotiations’. The team handles road traffic collisions, employers’ liability, occupiers’ liability and industrial disease claims of all values. It has several specialisms including industrial disease (especially mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases), cycling claims as well as accidents/illnesses abroad.

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