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London: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 3


Osbornes is experienced at handling high-value clinical negligence work, with a particular emphasis on fatal claims, child and adult brain injuries as well as complex spinal damage cases. Stephanie Prior, who holds a dual qualification as a nurse and solicitor, brings to the department an in-depth knowledge of medical procedure. Spinal cord injury expert Ben Posford is regularly instructed to act on cases involving Cauda Equina Syndrome. The team further offers representation to claimants from non-English speaking communities against healthcare providers both in the public and private sectors.

Practice head(s):Stephanie Prior

Other key lawyers:Ben Posford; Rob Aylott


'Osbornes provides a very intimate and personal client service which is increasingly rare in this sector.'

'The lawyers in the team are highly experienced and will drive cases very hard on behalf of their clients.'

'Stephanie Prior has a realistic attitude to the complexities of the cases. She wins the trust of her clients and goes the extra mile to ensure they get the best outcomes.'

'Stephanie's background in medicine gives her an ability to read between the lines where medical records and expert evidence are concerned and is a great asset. '

Work highlights

  • Acting in a case against University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust concerning an overdose of Lidocaine given to the Claimant which caused her to sustain a cardiac arrest and suffer permanent brain damage (valued at £2m).

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


Osbornes 'continues to build on its success', fielding a personal injury team that predominantly assists individuals who have sustained serious and life-changing injuries. The team receives instructions in high-value and complex trial litigation, involving severe brain, head and spinal cord injuries, as well as fatal accident claims. Ben Posford leads on catastrophic injury work, demonstrating particular expertise in cauda equina syndrome claims, while injuries of utmost severity, debilitating pain syndromes and functional neurological disorders are all key areas of activity for Robert Aylott. Department head and cycle injury team leader Stuart Kightley specialises in brain injuries as well as cycling and workplace accidents. The wide service offering also encompasses child abuse claims for which Stephanie Prior is noted.

Practice head(s):Stuart Kightley

Other key lawyers:Ben Posford; Stephanie Prior; Robert Aylott


'Osbornes now has a team of highly experienced personal injury lawyers; particularly strong on high-value quantum cases, workplace accidents and claims involving foreign workers injured in the UK.'

'The team provides fantastic strength-in-depth for personal injury claims. It is also particularly well placed to service clients from Eastern Europe with specialist native language speakers. From the smallest case to a multimillion-pound spinal injury case, Osbornes has the right staff to manage every claim.'

'Ben Posford remains pre-eminent in his field with expert understanding of litigating cases of the upmost severity. His experience builds on Stuart Kitley's running of the firm with recent partner additions of Rob Aylott making a fantastic addition.'

'A firm going from strength-to strength-which retains its client care whilst being able to offer a full personal injury service.'

'Rob Aylott is a top-class litigator who has an unrivalled knowledge of catastrophic personal injury. A ferocious eye for detail means that quantum claims are always maximised and every angle analysed in liability cases.'

'Beneath Ben Posford's calm and reassuring presence, which clients love, lies a formidable tactical and legal brain. His experience tells and he gets it right at every stage of the process from arranging the best possible rehabilitation, to ensuring, so far as possible, a polite relationship with those acting for the defendant in order to ensure best and early resolution of the claim.'

Rising stars

Robert Aylott - Osbornes

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London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4


Osbornes represents high-net-worth individuals, families, trustees and executors in complex estate disputes. The team is frequently appointed by the court to act as an independent administrator and litigation friend to resolve long-running disputes. The team has also been busy advising clients on various issues under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 and on the variation of trusts. Jan Atkinson heads the team and Elspeth Neilson is another key contact.

Practice head(s):Jan Atkinson

Other key lawyers:Elspeth Neilson


'The team is very caring, experienced and detailed and was clear about the  next steps and offered very helpful advice and suggestions'.

'Jan Atkinson is a stand out partner who combines a non-contentious and contentious practice. She is calm, persuasive and persistent. Clients would undoubtedly trust her and she is able to call on a super nice rock solid team around her'.

'Jan Atkinson has extensive experience in private client matters, which underpins her excellent skills in the contentious probate area. Plus she is strong on international matters'.

'A small but formidable team, punching above its weight. Jan Atkinson is a seasoned pro. Approachable but no push-over'.

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Family - ranked: tier 3


Osbornes is known for its expertise in high-value litigation with a cross-border component and for its work on complex cohabitation issues and the niche area of confiscation. It is also recommended for its work on private children’s matters and international child protection issues including child abduction. Other areas of expertise include international adoption, surrogacy and fertility law. Bridget Thompson and Mark Freedman head the department and through Lisa Pepper the team also has an impressive mediation practice, while Joanne Wescott specialises in divorce and financial matters. In addition the team has considerable collaborative expertise. David Leadercramer recently joined the team from DMH Stallard LLP.

Practice head(s):Bridget Thompson; Mark Freedman

Other key lawyers:Lisa Pepper; David Leadercramer; Naomi Angell; Joanne Wescott


'Osbornes is pre-eminent for family law in North London. Mark Freedman is a real rainmaker. He is an excellent lawyer and has a top-notch practice'.

'Mark Freedman is intelligent and personable and has a good selection of high-net work cases'.

'Exceptional value for money. Highly competent and reasonably priced. Mark Freedman: one of the best in the field'.

'Client-focused. Ready to fight the clients' corner, but also ready where possible to steer client from unnecessary dispute. Mark Freedman – very experienced, with good instinct for the eventual result. Clients love him and he thinks ahead and directs the client to the best result for the client'.

'Mark Freedman is a serious player. A fearless family law litigator, who protects his clients' interests passionately'.

'Lisa Pepper – good litigator, very friendly and approachable but tough, "straight bat" with the opposition. Can steer a client deftly to settle when he should'.

'Naomi Angell has a vast wealth of knowledge and experience'.

'Breadth of knowledge and willingness to go the extra mile is what makes it stand out. Mark Freedman – devoted to his clients'.

Key Clients

Maria Mills

Work highlights

  • Advised Maria Mills on joint lives spousal maintenance.
Next Generation Partners

Joanne Wescott - Osbornes

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Family: mediation
Family: mediation - ranked: tier 2


Osbornes has a number of mediators in the department who can offer co-mediation (a male and female mediator) if the case requires it. Head of team is Lisa Pepper who is accredited by the Law Society for Mediation and is registered with the Family Mediation Council. Pepper has a busy practice and mediates on private law children and matrimonial finance cases. David Leadercramer has recently joined the team from DMH Stallard LLP.

Practice head(s):Lisa Pepper

Other key lawyers:David Leadercramer


'Osbornes is known for combining strong legal expertise with a commitment to resolving family matters amicably. This instils a huge amount of trust in any lawyer referring their clients to this mediation team. The team is particularly good at dealing with financial matters.'

'Lisa Pepper is extremely approachable and this shines through in the outcomes she achieves from mediation. She makes clients feel at ease, which enables them to feel empowered to resolve matters amicably and find a creative outcome which many mediators may have overlooked.'

'Lisa Pepper is building a very strong mediation practice at very competitive rates and is able to build a rapport quickly with almost anyone.'

'Lisa Pepper loves her work and has a very sensible head on her. That means her practice is thriving and rightly so.'

'The very recent addition of David Leadercramer to the team should be great – he is known as someone who gets results.'

'Lisa Pepper is very thorough in her preparation and has super personal skills to put parties in mediation at ease'.

Leading individuals

Lisa Pepper - Osbornes

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London: Real estate

Social housing: tenant
Social housing: tenant - ranked: tier 2


Osbornes' clients turn to the firm for advice on a broad cross-section of contentious issues involving local authorities and housing associations, including disrepair claims, homelessness appeals, possession proceedings and unlawful evictions. William Ford's housing law expertise is complemented by his knowledge of community care, including cases concerning the rights of children and care leavers. Ford also acts for the elderly, individuals lacking mental capacity and other vulnerable clients. Also notable is that he has particular experience of matters where there is an overlap between housing law and EU or immigration law. Shilpa Mathuradas also leads on complex housing cases. Associate solicitor Manjit Mandair is among other notable individuals. The group works closely with the family and matrimonial department, as well as the private client team.

Practice head(s):Shilpa Mathuradas

Other key lawyers:William Ford; Manjit Mandair; Edward Taylor; Joanne Wong; Alex McMahon; Arjun Jethwa

Work highlights

  • The firm defended a vulnerable client who lacked litigation capacity against a claim for possession of his home and an application for an anti-social behaviour injunction.
  • The firm acted for a vulnerable homeless client who had been refused assistance by the local authority.
  • The firm successfully represented a client in an application to set aside a warrant for her eviction.
  • The firm successfully represented a vulnerable homeless client with complex physical and mental health issues, and who was a victim of domestic violence, in a homelessness case.
Next Generation Partners

William Ford - Osbornes

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