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Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources

Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3


BLM handles a range of regulatory, civil and criminal health and safety issues with particular expertise advising on incidents arising in the construction, engineering, manufacturing sectors and care home-related cases. Henry Kirkup, who frequently assists clients in investigations and prosecutions by the police and HSE, heads up the team, which includes experienced inquest advocate Andrew Hetherington.

Practice head(s):Henry Kirkup

Other key lawyers:Andrew Hetherington

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 2


Insurers, corporates and public bodies alike tap into BLM’s expertise for advice on various types of claims, such as those involving fatalities, severe bodily and spinal injuries and stress. The firm also operates a catastrophic injury group led by Andrew Hibbert , comprising of nine sub-groups, each focusing on specific strategies to tackle catastrophic injury related topics such as periodical payments orders, subtle or severe brain injury, court of protection and mental issues. The firm also provides a specialist costs recovery unit.

Practice head(s):Henry Kirkup

Other key lawyers:Arion Jones

Key Clients

Fusion Insurance Services

Towergate Commercial Underwriting


Zurich Insurance plc

Pen Underwriting plc


One Insurance Limited

Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

Sompo International

Work highlights

  • Advised on a case in which the claimant, who was employed by defendant, had dropped a cling film holder onto her arm. She alleges she suffers complex regional pain syndrome but the defendant’s evidence suggested the claimant has developed a somatoform disorder.
  • Claimant was driving a landrover with an extending platform fitted to the back, when he overturned the vehicle going around a bend.
  • Claimant alleged she had been hurt whilst on ride at defendant’s theme park.
  • Acted on behalf of a manufacturing company in a claim relating to an upper limb injury claimed to have developed as a consequence of the claimant’s employment. The case was successfully defended to trial.
  • Instructed in claim for damages for brain injury and internal injuries by celebrity following charity bike ride.

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