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Matthew Harrington

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Defendant personal injury.


Senior partner specialising in most aspects of defendant personal injury work, with particular emphasis on employers’ liability, public liability, catastrophic injury and occupational disease claims; experienced in group litigation and the defence of HSE prosecutions. Notable cases include J W Evans v Volex Group Plc [2002] All ER (D) 366 (Feb); K J Brown v Corus UK Ltd [2004] All ER (d) 551 (Mar); G Jones v Caradon Catnic [2006] EWCA Civ 1821; E Hindson v Pipehouse Wharf (Swansea) Ltd [2006] EWCA Civ 27; Jones v Carnaud Metalbox [2007] Lawtel; Watson v Cakebread Robey [2009] EWHC 1695 (QB); Sloan v Halsen Engineering [2009] Lawtel; Hinchliffe v Corus [2010] EWHC All ER(D) 237 (Nov); White v Denton [2014] EWCA Civ 1275; Coventry University v Mian [2014] EWCA Civ 1275.


Trained Dolmans; qualified 1992; Cartwright Adams and Black 1995; partner 1998; founding partner Cartwright Black 2002; senior partner BLM Cardiff 2007 to date.




Lady Mary RC High School, Cardiff; University of Southampton (1989 LLB Hons 2(1)); College of Law Guildford (1990 LSF).

Wales: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

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

Personal injury: defendant

Within: Leading individuals

Matthew Harrington - BLM

Within: Personal injury: defendant

'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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