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Matthew Ford

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Personal injury and tour operator liability.


Matthew is a partner specialising in complex and high-value EL, PL, sports liability and tour operator liability claims. Matthew is instructed by insurers and corporate clients to defend a range of claims from head and spinal injuries, to fibromyalgia and chronic pain. Clients have described Matthew as a ‚Äėsafe pair of hands who does everything possible to look after [his clients‚Äô] interests.‚Äô He advises clients across all industry sectors, including retail, leisure, construction and manufacturing, and regularly contributes to insurance and specialist industry publications. Reported cases include Gosling v Screwfix ‚Äď the first case to establish ‚Äėfundamental dishonesty‚Äô in QOCS cases; Adam v Omer Homes; Pask v McNicholas Construction and Dobbs v Mitchell & Butlers.


Trained BLM London; qualified 2003; partner 2009.


Law Society; TATLA.


Driffield School; University of Warwick (1999 LLB Hons 2(1)); Nottingham Law School (2001 LPC commendation).

London: Insurance

Personal injury: defendant

Within: Personal injury: defendant

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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London: Transport


Within: Travel

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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