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West Midlands: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 3


BLM 's insurance fraud practice focuses on both criminal and civil fraud cases. Sarah Hill leads the practice and advised Thomas Cook on a number of fraudulent travel sickness claims from its customers. Simon Hammond is also a key figure, and recently assisted DLG with a motor accident claim and advised The National Express on a road traffic accident insurance claim.

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Birmingham
Commercial litigation: Birmingham - ranked: tier 4


BLM ‘works hard to grasp the complexities of the situation in each individual matter’. Julian Smart, who ‘works tirelessly on clients’ cases from the beginning, staying on top of things’, continues to act for Towergate Financial in a piece of M&A litigation. Other work includes cartel follow-on damages claims and heavyweight civil fraud matters, often concerning insurance – Caroline Kane is a significant contact for this; she ‘has brilliant knowledge of ever case: she is like a walking dictionary and gets to the core points in ways she makes everyone understand’. Jagdeep Hayre handles a variety of cases for Birmingham City Council. The firm also acts for Fujitsu and European Risk Insurance Company.

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West Midlands: Human resources

Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2


BLM handles a range of matters including corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter cases. Bob Davies is a key figure in the Birmingham office and regularly advises on fatal accident cases. Recent work highlights include advising Priority Construction on a fatal accident that occurred on its construction site and assisting Millbrook Healthcare with a HSE investigation involving the death of an elderly woman from using one of the client's mobile hoists. Jill Crawford is also a key figure and specialises in environmental investigations and prosecutions.

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West Midlands: Insurance

Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 1


BLM is known for its 'exceptional work ethic', 'attention to detail', 'unparalleled knowledge' and 'ability to engage with its clients’. James Harvey co-heads the team and is ‘a tactical and tenacious litigator' who 'consistently goes the extra mile in order to achieve outstanding results’. He defended Compass Group against a £500,000 personal injury claim from an ex-employee and advised West Midlands Travel on a claim where a client was allegedly involved in a fault accident. Fellow practice head Mike Dobson is ‘exceptionally bright’ and ‘respected nationally, both by instructing insurers and opponents alike’. He acted for Allianz on an employer’s liability personal injury claim. Other notable names include:  Martin Smith  , who is an expert in motor insurance matters; and Stephen Hazelton, who focuses on catastrophic injury claims. Also recommended are: David Thompson, who is an expert in employer and public liability claims; and Verinder Bedi, who specialises in motor, employer liability and public liability claims. Chris Wiggin has joined Shakespeare Martineau LLP.

Leading individuals

James Harvey - BLM

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3


BLM is 'a strong firm in this region' with 'an established following' and 'proven expertise' in this field. Julian Smart  leads the team, and is 'pragmatic' , 'commercial' and 'has a very deep understanding of the sector'. He has extensive experience representing professional indemnity insurers in defending negligence claims against accountants, financial advisers, brokers, surveyors, architects and engineers. Lucy Tolond  has 'the understanding and range of expertise, crossing multiple different disciplines, necessary to answer the most complicated questions'. She focuses on claims against accountants, financial advisers, insolvency practitioners and insurance intermediaries.

Next generation lawyers

Lucy Tolond - BLM

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West Midlands: Public sector

Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 4


BLM s work in this space exclusively involves public sector disputes. Paul Owston heads the practice and recently represented Reigate and Banstead Borough Council in an occupiers liability claim involving an accident that occurred on the client’s land. Joanna Brocklehurst, Jagdeep Hayre and Val Hughes are also recommended. Birmingham City Council, Derby City Council and Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council are key clients.

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