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London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 1

BLM

BLM

BLM 'retains a core of highly skilled and experienced professional disciplinary lawyers whose abilities are second to none; they are able to call upon a breadth of experience across a range of disciplinary areas, including before the major professional disciplinary bodies such as the GMC and GDC, as well as experience in the criminal courts on behalf of healthcare professionals whose alleged misconduct also amounts to criminal offences'. The practice acts for healthcare clients throughout the UK and Ireland; it recently represented a former medical director at UC24 in a General Medical Council investigation and Medical Practitioners Tribunal hearing into allegations that he failed to action over 150 test results, reports and letters in his practice as a GP and failed adequately to manage his responsibilities as medical director. The key London partners are Rosie Shapiro, whose practice encapsulates clinical negligence claims, professional discipline and regulatory and judicial review and is 'extremely bright and analytical, sees straight to the point, has excellent client handling skills, and gives clear advice'; and recently promoted partner Adam Weston, who 'has a calm, reassuring manner and can defuse what are often stressful situations for his clients'. In Manchester, head of the firm’s professional discipline and regulatory practice group Clare Chapman 'has considerable experience in challenging cases, with a personable style that belies her immense talents'; Katie Costello is 'known for her insight and no-nonsense approach and provides strength and depth to the team, having successfully practised in this field for many years'; and Lisa Jones is 'switched on and gets to grips with a case with ease'. Other recommended advisers include Cardiff-based Jane Lang, who heads the healthcare advice and inquest practice group; while former head of the health and care sector Juliette Mellman-Jones became Medico legal director of the MPI Group.

BLM 'retains a core of highly skilled and experienced professional disciplinary lawyers whose abilities are second to none; they are able to call upon a breadth of experience across a range of disciplinary areas, including before the major professional disciplinary bodies such as the GMC and GDC, as well as experience in the criminal courts on behalf of healthcare professionals whose alleged misconduct also amounts to criminal offences'. The practice acts for healthcare clients throughout the UK and Ireland; it recently represented a former medical director at UC24 in a General Medical Council investigation and Medical Practitioners Tribunal hearing into allegations that he failed to action over 150 test results, reports and letters in his practice as a GP and failed adequately to manage his responsibilities as medical director. The key London partners are Rosie Shapiro, whose practice encapsulates clinical negligence claims, professional discipline and regulatory and judicial review and is 'extremely bright and analytical, sees straight to the point, has excellent client handling skills, and gives clear advice'; and recently promoted partner Adam Weston, who 'has a calm, reassuring manner and can defuse what are often stressful situations for his clients'. In Manchester, head of the firm’s professional discipline and regulatory practice group Clare Chapman 'has considerable experience in challenging cases, with a personable style that belies her immense talents'; Katie Costello is 'known for her insight and no-nonsense approach and provides strength and depth to the team, having successfully practised in this field for many years'; and Lisa Jones is 'switched on and gets to grips with a case with ease'. Other recommended advisers include Cardiff-based Jane Lang, who heads the healthcare advice and inquest practice group; while former head of the health and care sector Juliette Mellman-Jones became Medico legal director of the MPI Group.

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London: Human resources

Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 4

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BLM

The 'highly impressive' Helen Devery leads the team at BLM following Jennette Newman's departure to Clyde & Co LLP. Leanne Conisbee is the key contact in the firm's London office; she regularly defends companies and individuals in regulatory investigations and prosecutions. The practice also handles compliance and enforcement work and represents clients in inquests. Aviva, Allianz, Fusion and Regis Mutual Management are example clients. Jonathan Edwards also joined Clyde & Co LLP and Victoria Kennedy joined DAC Beachcroft LLP.

The 'highly impressive' Helen Devery leads the team at BLM following Jennette Newman's departure to Clyde & Co LLP. Leanne Conisbee is the key contact in the firm's London office; she regularly defends companies and individuals in regulatory investigations and prosecutions. The practice also handles compliance and enforcement work and represents clients in inquests. Aviva, Allianz, Fusion and Regis Mutual Management are example clients. Jonathan Edwards also joined Clyde & Co LLP and Victoria Kennedy joined DAC Beachcroft LLP.

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London: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant
Clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 3

BLM

BLM

The 'very experienced' team at BLM has a 'wealth of clinical negligence knowledge' and 'a good understanding of the commercial interests of clients'. Clients include the MPS and NHSR, as well as a number of NHS trusts, insurers, care homes and individual healthcare professionals. Vicki Swanton heads the healthcare department nationally and is regularly involved in high-value claims defending both doctors and dentists. Rosie Shapiro has 'excellent in-depth knowledge', 'focuses on crucial points' and uses her 'sensible approach to cases'. Matthew Trinder joined Browne Jacobson LLP and Rachel Margetts joined Gordons Partnership LLP. Gary Allison and Jane Littlewood left the firm.

The 'very experienced' team at BLM has a 'wealth of clinical negligence knowledge' and 'a good understanding of the commercial interests of clients'. Clients include the MPS and NHSR, as well as a number of NHS trusts, insurers, care homes and individual healthcare professionals. Vicki Swanton heads the healthcare department nationally and is regularly involved in high-value claims defending both doctors and dentists. Rosie Shapiro has 'excellent in-depth knowledge', 'focuses on crucial points' and uses her 'sensible approach to cases'. Matthew Trinder joined Browne Jacobson LLP and Rachel Margetts joined Gordons Partnership LLP. Gary Allison and Jane Littlewood left the firm.

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Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 4

BLM

BLM

‚ÄėWith an impressive reputation in insurance litigation,¬†BLM's¬†London office can hold its own with any firm‚Äô; it has ‚Äėa very strong team with market-leading expertise in coverage disputes, notably in the fields of commercial property insurance and liability insurance‚Äô. This has recently been enhanced by the arrival of professional negligence expert Ross Baker, who specialises in professional indemnity and D&O liability insurance, from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. ‚ÄėA modern litigator who gets excellent results‚Äô, Baker is ‚Äėan insurance and reinsurance coverage expert with superb people skills‚Äô. The strong team is headed by John O‚ÄôShea,¬†who has ‚Äėgreat experience of coverage litigation and major subrogated claims‚Äô, as well as ‚Äėa very acute understanding of the law', and is¬†'admirably cool under pressure'. Another noteworthy member of the team is Mark Aitken,¬†‚Äėan insurance litigator with particular strength in factually complex coverage disputes such as major fire claims‚Äô, whose ‚Äėrigorous pursuit of every line of enquiry has secured an enviable series of victories in the High Court‚Äô. The team acts for major insurers in important reported cases and ‚Äėachieves excellent results through its meticulous enquiries and clear, rigorous litigation strategies‚Äô. A recent example is its advice to Network Rail Infrastructure on a variety of property-related disputes including environmental issues, boundary disputes, engineering issues and other liability claims relevant to land ownership and the rail industry, notably the Court of Appeal case of Williams and Waistell v Network Rail Infrastructure Limited.

‚ÄėWith an impressive reputation in insurance litigation,¬†BLM's¬†London office can hold its own with any firm‚Äô; it has ‚Äėa very strong team with market-leading expertise in coverage disputes, notably in the fields of commercial property insurance and liability insurance‚Äô. This has recently been enhanced by the arrival of professional negligence expert Ross Baker, who specialises in professional indemnity and D&O liability insurance, from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. ‚ÄėA modern litigator who gets excellent results‚Äô, Baker is ‚Äėan insurance and reinsurance coverage expert with superb people skills‚Äô. The strong team is headed by John O‚ÄôShea,¬†who has ‚Äėgreat experience of coverage litigation and major subrogated claims‚Äô, as well as ‚Äėa very acute understanding of the law', and is¬†'admirably cool under pressure'. Another noteworthy member of the team is Mark Aitken,¬†‚Äėan insurance litigator with particular strength in factually complex coverage disputes such as major fire claims‚Äô, whose ‚Äėrigorous pursuit of every line of enquiry has secured an enviable series of victories in the High Court‚Äô. The team acts for major insurers in important reported cases and ‚Äėachieves excellent results through its meticulous enquiries and clear, rigorous litigation strategies‚Äô. A recent example is its advice to Network Rail Infrastructure on a variety of property-related disputes including environmental issues, boundary disputes, engineering issues and other liability claims relevant to land ownership and the rail industry, notably the Court of Appeal case of Williams and Waistell v Network Rail Infrastructure Limited.

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

BLM

BLM

BLM is a 'market leader for defendant personal injury in all areas'. Its expertise runs the gamut of personal injury matters, from catastrophic injury and occupational disease cases to motor, rail industry, abuse, travel and public sector cases. Clients include major insurers such as DLG, Aviva, Allianz, Hiscox and Hastings. The 'proactive and energetic' team 'always meets clients’ expectations' and is noted for its 'good value for money' and 'well-informed, careful and constructive advice'. Matthew Ford heads the London casualty team and regularly acts for insurers, brokers and corporate clients in class actions, fatal accidents and catastrophic injuries. Michelle Penn heads the occupational disease team in London; she has a longstanding reputation for handling cutting-edge cases and assists clients with reviewing the strategy in their handling of occupational disease cases. Other key figures include Claire Collins, who has more than 16 years' experience handling high-value, complex cases, including spinal, brain injury and amputation cases; the 'exceptional' Nick Pargeter, whose expertise encompasses complex policy coverage issues, disease claims and test litigation; Nigel Lock, who is noted for his 'calm and unruffled presence' and who has particular expertise in deafness and HAVS claims; and Anthony French, who heads the London catastrophic injury team and is 'the port of first call for amputation cases'.  Jonathan Edwards and Jennette Newman joined Clyde & Co LLP, Victoria Kennedy joined DAC Beachcroft LLP and Jenny Moates retired.

BLM is a 'market leader for defendant personal injury in all areas'. Its expertise runs the gamut of personal injury matters, from catastrophic injury and occupational disease cases to motor, rail industry, abuse, travel and public sector cases. Clients include major insurers such as DLG, Aviva, Allianz, Hiscox and Hastings. The 'proactive and energetic' team 'always meets clients’ expectations' and is noted for its 'good value for money' and 'well-informed, careful and constructive advice'. Matthew Ford heads the London casualty team and regularly acts for insurers, brokers and corporate clients in class actions, fatal accidents and catastrophic injuries. Michelle Penn heads the occupational disease team in London; she has a longstanding reputation for handling cutting-edge cases and assists clients with reviewing the strategy in their handling of occupational disease cases. Other key figures include Claire Collins, who has more than 16 years' experience handling high-value, complex cases, including spinal, brain injury and amputation cases; the 'exceptional' Nick Pargeter, whose expertise encompasses complex policy coverage issues, disease claims and test litigation; Nigel Lock, who is noted for his 'calm and unruffled presence' and who has particular expertise in deafness and HAVS claims; and Anthony French, who heads the London catastrophic injury team and is 'the port of first call for amputation cases'.  Jonathan Edwards and Jennette Newman joined Clyde & Co LLP, Victoria Kennedy joined DAC Beachcroft LLP and Jenny Moates retired.

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Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 3

BLM

BLM

BLM's¬†practice is headed by¬†Jim Sherwood, who ‚Äėbuilds a good team for the case in hand'.¬†Michael Harvey¬†leads on matters for a food and drinks conglomerate client, and Carys Oatham¬†advises large insurers including QBE. The practice‚Äôs clients also include consumer products multinationals and an Asian IT software and technology giant. Suppliers and manufacturers also instruct the firm in everything from cross-border disputes to recall claims. RSA and Globachem have retained the firm in a multimillion-euro claim relating to crops that were allegedly damaged, and the group continues to represent Sunseeker and QBE in claims relating to a fire, which allegedly originated from a vessel that was manufactured by the insured.

BLM's¬†practice is headed by¬†Jim Sherwood, who ‚Äėbuilds a good team for the case in hand'.¬†Michael Harvey¬†leads on matters for a food and drinks conglomerate client, and Carys Oatham¬†advises large insurers including QBE. The practice‚Äôs clients also include consumer products multinationals and an Asian IT software and technology giant. Suppliers and manufacturers also instruct the firm in everything from cross-border disputes to recall claims. RSA and Globachem have retained the firm in a multimillion-euro claim relating to crops that were allegedly damaged, and the group continues to represent Sunseeker and QBE in claims relating to a fire, which allegedly originated from a vessel that was manufactured by the insured.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

BLM

BLM

The team at BLM¬†is made up of ‚Äėtrue specialists in professional negligence‚Äô, handling disputes in the property, public, construction, education, legal and financial sectors, among others. It is also noted for claims involving trade unions and regulatory bodies; team head Elliot Pound¬†is advising UNISON and Zurich on a claim concerning employment law advice given in relation to difficulties experienced by Leicestershire County Council relating to the 2015 general election count. Pound is also advising the University of East London and RSA on a claim brought by an international student. Michael Harvey¬†is representing an international insurer which was the victim of a large-scale fraud concerning its involvement in a scheme for solicitors‚Äô professional indemnity insurance. Richard Wilkins¬†defended solicitors accused of making a will which was argued to be invalid for want of capacity, and acted for the Bar Standards Board in a claim by a practising QC disputing its handling of a complaint from another barrister. Martin Jensen¬†is a ‚Äėbrilliant, instinctive lawyer‚Äô, who shows ‚Äėcourage, a very high degree of intelligence and calmness in difficult circumstances‚Äô, and Alex Traill¬†is ‚Äėsensitive to the requirements of all stakeholders, while being technically very thorough‚Äô. Keith Lonsdale¬†and Michael Salau¬†specialise in construction sector mandates. Ross Baker¬†is also recommended, as are associates Genevi√®ve Rich, Andrew Layton-Morris¬†and¬†Katherine Heath. Peter Stockill¬†joined Penningtons Manches LLP¬†in 2018, and Charlotte Capstick left the firm.

The team at BLM¬†is made up of ‚Äėtrue specialists in professional negligence‚Äô, handling disputes in the property, public, construction, education, legal and financial sectors, among others. It is also noted for claims involving trade unions and regulatory bodies; team head Elliot Pound¬†is advising UNISON and Zurich on a claim concerning employment law advice given in relation to difficulties experienced by Leicestershire County Council relating to the 2015 general election count. Pound is also advising the University of East London and RSA on a claim brought by an international student. Michael Harvey¬†is representing an international insurer which was the victim of a large-scale fraud concerning its involvement in a scheme for solicitors‚Äô professional indemnity insurance. Richard Wilkins¬†defended solicitors accused of making a will which was argued to be invalid for want of capacity, and acted for the Bar Standards Board in a claim by a practising QC disputing its handling of a complaint from another barrister. Martin Jensen¬†is a ‚Äėbrilliant, instinctive lawyer‚Äô, who shows ‚Äėcourage, a very high degree of intelligence and calmness in difficult circumstances‚Äô, and Alex Traill¬†is ‚Äėsensitive to the requirements of all stakeholders, while being technically very thorough‚Äô. Keith Lonsdale¬†and Michael Salau¬†specialise in construction sector mandates. Ross Baker¬†is also recommended, as are associates Genevi√®ve Rich, Andrew Layton-Morris¬†and¬†Katherine Heath. Peter Stockill¬†joined Penningtons Manches LLP¬†in 2018, and Charlotte Capstick left the firm.

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London: Public sector

Education: institutions
Education: institutions - ranked: tier 3

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BLM

BLM is noted for its 'extensive experience in cases involving educational institutions and regulators' and counts universities such as Cambridge, Surrey and Newcastle, as well as insurance companies, among its clients. The highly experienced Richard Wilkins advises both colleges and insurers on a range of contentious and advisory matters, including acting for Bridgwater & Taunton College in a claim brought by the University of Plymouth which alleged that the college was liable for payments made by the university to over 30 students due to breaches of obligations by the college in course delivery. Elliot Pound and associate Geneviève Rich are defending the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in High Court proceedings brought by a former lecturer who was dismissed after a disciplinary hearing; the matter is further complicated by an Employment Tribunal case being handled by a different firm.

BLM is noted for its 'extensive experience in cases involving educational institutions and regulators' and counts universities such as Cambridge, Surrey and Newcastle, as well as insurance companies, among its clients. The highly experienced Richard Wilkins advises both colleges and insurers on a range of contentious and advisory matters, including acting for Bridgwater & Taunton College in a claim brought by the University of Plymouth which alleged that the college was liable for payments made by the university to over 30 students due to breaches of obligations by the college in course delivery. Elliot Pound and associate Geneviève Rich are defending the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in High Court proceedings brought by a former lecturer who was dismissed after a disciplinary hearing; the matter is further complicated by an Employment Tribunal case being handled by a different firm.

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Education: schools
Education: schools - ranked: tier 5

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BLM

BLM's team, which is headed by Elliot Pound, is, according to one client, 'quite excellent in all respects and always very responsive'. It advises clients in the schools sector on risk management issues pertaining to disciplinary procedure policies, admissions and academy conversions. The group acted for St Olave’s Grammar School on a controversial issue pertaining to the grades required to progress to A-level courses, which included a contentious element. The well-regarded Richard Wilkins and Tim Smith are other noted names and associate Geneviève Rich is also 'excellent'.

BLM's team, which is headed by Elliot Pound, is, according to one client, 'quite excellent in all respects and always very responsive'. It advises clients in the schools sector on risk management issues pertaining to disciplinary procedure policies, admissions and academy conversions. The group acted for St Olave’s Grammar School on a controversial issue pertaining to the grades required to progress to A-level courses, which included a contentious element. The well-regarded Richard Wilkins and Tim Smith are other noted names and associate Geneviève Rich is also 'excellent'.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 3

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BLM

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 4

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BLM

In 2017, BLM¬†brought on an ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô real estate team from Slater & Gordon, which specialises in property management work and letting, and has experience across a range of sectors including hotel and leisure. Co-headed by Peter Klim, the department is split across the firm‚Äôs London and Manchester offices, the latter of which houses practice co-heads Stephen Crook¬†and Stephen Lintott. Klim handles property portfolio management and a host of letting work for clients such as Public and Commercial Services Union and The Police Federation of England and Wales. On the tenant side, the team advised Hunters and Partners on the relocation of its international HQ to a new development in Hammersmith. Klim also provides ongoing property support to Be At One, and has experience with hotel sale and purchase transactions.

In 2017, BLM¬†brought on an ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô real estate team from Slater & Gordon, which specialises in property management work and letting, and has experience across a range of sectors including hotel and leisure. Co-headed by Peter Klim, the department is split across the firm‚Äôs London and Manchester offices, the latter of which houses practice co-heads Stephen Crook¬†and Stephen Lintott. Klim handles property portfolio management and a host of letting work for clients such as Public and Commercial Services Union and The Police Federation of England and Wales. On the tenant side, the team advised Hunters and Partners on the relocation of its international HQ to a new development in Hammersmith. Klim also provides ongoing property support to Be At One, and has experience with hotel sale and purchase transactions.

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Construction
Construction (contentious) - ranked: tier 4

BLM

BLM

BLM's construction team is headed by¬†Michael Salau¬†¬†and¬†the ‚Äėcalm, sensible and unruffled‚Äô Keith Lonsdale. Recent work includes Salau's advice to Turner & Associates on the ¬£300,000 conversion and refurbishment of an existing office building in Dorchester; and Lonsdale's work for structural engineers on the construction of a ¬£4m residential home that featured on Grand Designs, which incorporated a substantial basement in a challenging location.¬†Guy Lane¬†is ‚Äėvery experienced, diligent, and a strong black letter lawyer‚Äô. ‚ÄėTechnically strong‚Äô associate Chris Bates¬†is also recommended.

BLM's construction team is headed by¬†Michael Salau¬†¬†and¬†the ‚Äėcalm, sensible and unruffled‚Äô Keith Lonsdale. Recent work includes Salau's advice to Turner & Associates on the ¬£300,000 conversion and refurbishment of an existing office building in Dorchester; and Lonsdale's work for structural engineers on the construction of a ¬£4m residential home that featured on Grand Designs, which incorporated a substantial basement in a challenging location.¬†Guy Lane¬†is ‚Äėvery experienced, diligent, and a strong black letter lawyer‚Äô. ‚ÄėTechnically strong‚Äô associate Chris Bates¬†is also recommended.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 4

BLM

BLM

BLM primarily acts for large liability insurers in respect of regulatory advice and pollution and contamination claims.¬†Michael Salau¬†advises waste management operators, environmental consultants, contractors, environmental specialists and their insurers on a wide range of issues. Recent work includes preparing a company for an interview under caution with the Environment Agency for an alleged offence under Section 4 Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act regarding the construction of a hydroelectric power station. Industrial disease expert Nicholas Pargeter¬†and Edward Sainsbury are also recommended, as is associate Zita Mansi, who¬†is ‚Äėvery knowledgeable and diligent‚Äô, and associate Chris Bates, who ‚Äėgets to the root of issues very quickly‚Äô.

BLM primarily acts for large liability insurers in respect of regulatory advice and pollution and contamination claims.¬†Michael Salau¬†advises waste management operators, environmental consultants, contractors, environmental specialists and their insurers on a wide range of issues. Recent work includes preparing a company for an interview under caution with the Environment Agency for an alleged offence under Section 4 Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Act regarding the construction of a hydroelectric power station. Industrial disease expert Nicholas Pargeter¬†and Edward Sainsbury are also recommended, as is associate Zita Mansi, who¬†is ‚Äėvery knowledgeable and diligent‚Äô, and associate Chris Bates, who ‚Äėgets to the root of issues very quickly‚Äô.

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London: Risk advisory

Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 4

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BLM

BLM is a defendant practice that represents a wide range of clients including but not limited to insurers, newspapers, magazines, advertisers, marketing companies, police forces, local authorities and universities. In the past year, partner Tim Smith  has been instructed by the City of London Police and its insurers in relation to defamation proceedings brought by an individual convicted of making fraudulent insurance claims, The University of Cambridge and its insurers in relation to a negligence claim brought by a job-seeker and King Edward Camp Hill School for Girls and its insurers. Julia Varley  is one to note. Steve Kuncewicz  and Hannah Pilkington  are recent additions to the team.

BLM is a defendant practice that represents a wide range of clients including but not limited to insurers, newspapers, magazines, advertisers, marketing companies, police forces, local authorities and universities. In the past year, partner Tim Smith  has been instructed by the City of London Police and its insurers in relation to defamation proceedings brought by an individual convicted of making fraudulent insurance claims, The University of Cambridge and its insurers in relation to a negligence claim brought by a job-seeker and King Edward Camp Hill School for Girls and its insurers. Julia Varley  is one to note. Steve Kuncewicz  and Hannah Pilkington  are recent additions to the team.

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London: Transport

Travel
Travel: personal injury - ranked: tier 3

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BLM

BLM¬†acts for tour operators, travel agents, insurers and excursion companies on complex, serious and catastrophic injury claims, and also handles group and class action cases. It is representing Thomas Cook in a large group a large group action involving allegations of a cryptosporidium outbreak; and the team was also involved in the first prosecution and criminal conviction of claimants who had pursued fundamentally dishonest travel sickness claims. Sandals, Jet2, Regis Mutual, Olympic Holidays, British Airways and Stena Line are clients. Matthew Ford¬†has ‚Äėgood judgement‚Äô and leads the leisure and travel casualty team. Leeds-based Arion Jones¬†heads the tour operator liability team. In Bristol, Gemma Pearce¬†is experienced in marine casualty and is noted for personal injury and fatal accident cases involving cargo ships, passenger ships, ports and terminals. Associate Deborah Sayers, who regularly acts for tour operators. ¬†Birmingham-based Sarah Hill¬†heads the fraud practice group.

BLM¬†acts for tour operators, travel agents, insurers and excursion companies on complex, serious and catastrophic injury claims, and also handles group and class action cases. It is representing Thomas Cook in a large group a large group action involving allegations of a cryptosporidium outbreak; and the team was also involved in the first prosecution and criminal conviction of claimants who had pursued fundamentally dishonest travel sickness claims. Sandals, Jet2, Regis Mutual, Olympic Holidays, British Airways and Stena Line are clients. Matthew Ford¬†has ‚Äėgood judgement‚Äô and leads the leisure and travel casualty team. Leeds-based Arion Jones¬†heads the tour operator liability team. In Bristol, Gemma Pearce¬†is experienced in marine casualty and is noted for personal injury and fatal accident cases involving cargo ships, passenger ships, ports and terminals. Associate Deborah Sayers, who regularly acts for tour operators. ¬†Birmingham-based Sarah Hill¬†heads the fraud practice group.

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