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PLANTATION PLACE, 30 FENCHURCH STREET, LONDON, EC3M 3BL, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7638 2811
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Fax 0161 832 7956
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14302 MANCHESTER1
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www.blmlaw.com
Belfast BT2, Belfast BT2, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Derry and 9 more

London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 8

BLM

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 1

BLM

BLM’s national team is led by Manchester-based Clare Chapman and attracts praise for its ‘pragmatic advice and good understanding of technical issues’. The practice regularly represents medical and dental practitioners; recent work includes representing a consultant psychiatrist and the Medical Protection Society in a high-profile inquest involving a teenager who had died in care. Juliette Mellman-Joneshas great judgement and gives clear and robust advice’. Vicki Swanton and Judith Duffin are also highly recommended.

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 4

BLM

BLM acts for insurer clients, as well as NWN Media and H Bauer Publishing. Tim Smith defended the latter, and its insurer, in litigation initiated against Take a Break magazine pertaining to the publication of the photograph of a child.

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London: Human resources

Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

BLM

Jennette Newman leads BLM’s department, which ‘stands out among the crowd’ and is a ‘strong operator’ in the construction and care sectors, with substantial inquest experience. Key names include Leanne Conisbee and Victoria Kennedy, who is ‘the absolute epitome of professionalism’.

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London: Insurance

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

BLM

BLM’s Gary Allison is ‘an incredibly safe pair of hands for large, high-value and complex claims’. Department head Vicki Swanton has ‘a huge breadth of experience and sound judgement’, and ‘always fills clients with confidence’. Greg McEwen handles medical product litigation, along with major claims for the NHSLA and the MPS.

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Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 5

BLM

BLM is ‘excellent in all areas’, although it attracts particularly strong praise in relation to product liability, personal injury and construction-related litigation. Key figures include Mark Aitken, who is singled out for his ‘strong attention to detail and substantial knowledge in all areas’; John O’Shea, who is ‘approachable, supportive and thorough’; and Alistair Kinley, who also attracts high praise. Catherine Hawkins heads the property damage group.

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Personal injury: claimant
Leading individuals

Jenny Moates - BLM

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

BLM

BLM has ‘a great team of lawyers that provides consistently high levels of professionalism and expertise’. The ‘tenaciousVictoria Kennedy specialises in large loss claims for insurers and corporate clients, and is ‘the absolute epitome of the modern lawyer – always highly professional, approachable and knowledgeable’. Practice head Michael Pether’s expertise includes catastrophic injuries related to stress, abuse and education. Jennette Newman specialises in health and safety claims across various industry sectors.

Leading individuals

Jenny Moates - BLM

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

BLM

Jim Sherwood heads the practice at BLM, which acts for insurers as well as corporates on issues ranging from medical device claims to toxic tort issues and construction-related disputes. It also has a strong focus on coverage issues, where it acts for leading insurers such as Zurich, XL and Allianz. The practice recently defended Transform Medical Group, and their insurers in a group litigation case involving 1,200 claimants. David Kidman joined DWF.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 4

BLM

BLM defends a broad range of professionals including lawyers, estate agents, surveyors, construction professionals, accountants, auditors, banks, local authorities, and trade unions. Elliot Pound heads the team and has ‘an encyclopaedic knowledge of the advisory landscape and the regulatory environment’. Pound is ably supported by consultant Charlotte Capstick, who is ‘an extremely experienced and capable lawyer’; Martin Jensen, who has ‘the ability to cut through complex problems and find lateral solutions’; Peter Stockill, who is ‘an energetic and effective litigator’; and the ‘knowledgeable, skillful and innovativeMichael Harvey. Richard Wilkins, Michael Salau, Keith Lonsdale and Alex Traill are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Charlotte Capstick - BLM

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London: Public sector

Education: institutions
Education: institutions - ranked: tier 3

BLM

BLM has notable strength handling student claims and complaints, including judicial reviews, claims in the High Court and county courts, and referrals to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator. Richard Wilkins defended an academy against allegations of disability discrimination pertaining to its refusal to admit a student who had failed to meet its academic criteria for admission to post-sixteen education. Elliot Pound leads the team.

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London: Real estate

Construction
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 4

BLM

BLM’s strong contentious practice is led by ‘seasoned construction litigatorMichael Salau and Keith Lonsdale, who is ‘highly regarded by insurers in finding solutions to claims against a wide range of construction and property professionals’. Key clients include Griffiths & Armour, Aviva and Arup.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 4

BLM

Michael Salau is ‘excellent on both the detail and overall strategy of a case’ at BLM, where the team is active on behalf of insurers and insureds in significant civil and criminal matters. Salau successfully acted for Saltbrook Motors in securing the withdrawal of a suspension notice issued by the Environment Agency on a vehicle scrap site in the West Midlands.

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London: Transport

Travel
Travel: personal injury - ranked: tier 4

BLM

BLM’s ‘up-and-coming’ department advises clients including tour operators, travel agents, insurers and excursion companies such as LastMinute.com, Jet2, Regis Mutual, Olympic Holidays and Stena Line. Team head Matthew Ford is ‘excellent’.

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