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Wales: Human resources

Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2


Best known for complex fatal accident investigations and high-profile inquests, BLM has a particularly strong presence in the manufacturing, construction, public and care sectors. Team head Matthew Harrington has 'great depth of experience in health and safety regulatory matters and prosecutions', and is appreciated by clients for his 'logical, methodical and commercial thinking, and consideration of the wider ramifications of issues and not just the legal ones'. The firm's national 24-hour helpline and access to advice in the immediate aftermath of an incident (including attendance at site) ensures that clients are well-served throughout the process.

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Wales: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant
Clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 2


Headed by the 'experienced' Jane Lang as part of the broader healthcare advice and inquest practice group, BLM has 'significant experience in defending healthcare trusts' against clinical negligence claims, as well as in medical inquest work. Although she is better known for her work advising healthcare practitioners in disciplinary and regulatory matters, solicitor Sarah Price  also has experience of dealing with clinical negligence claims which follow on from inquests and regulatory matters. Clients include Medical Protection, Dental Protection and National Pharmacy Association.

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


'In the premier league for defendant personal injury in south Wales', BLM has the strength-in-depth to be able to handle a wide range of work for an impressive roster of insurers including Allianz, Aviva and Zurich. The 'excellent' Matthew Harrington heads up the office's general liability and occupational disease sub-group and as part of his broad-ranging practice regularly handles catastrophic injury cases including group litigation. Harrington also often advises clients in crisis management in the aftermath of serious incidents and in the defence of organisations against health and safety prosecutions. Kerris Dale heads the office's specialist motor unit and has vast experience handling a range of motor claims, from small straightforward matters through to catastrophic injury claims. Associate John Roberts has a particular focus on handling public sector, fraud and motor work and is a key member of the team that also includes Simon Cradick, who has a strong track-record handling occupational disease and high value employers’ liability and public liability matters, and Cenydd Edwards, who has a focus on short and long tail occupational disease including asbestos-related litigation.

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