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South West: Insurance

Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 2


‘Excellent defendant insurance firm’ BLM handles a wide range of personal injury matters, including catastrophic injury, industrial disease, casualty claims, health and safety, fast and small track litigation, and public liability claims. It also has specialist teams dedicated to marine and abuse claims, and also catastrophic injury and local authority claims. The firm regularly acts in multimillion-pound cases and cases involving seriously injured children and babies. Joe Wakeford heads the team and acts for large insurers and in non-clinical claims for the NHS Litigation Authority, in addition to handling inquests. Andrew Lawson is adept at defending catastrophic injury claims particularly in relation to road traffic accidents, he is ‘professional’ and ‘achieves outstanding results’. Rebecca Shafto has ‘good judgement’ and defends catastrophic injury claims involving brain injuries, amputations and multiple traumatic injuries. Clients include Direct Line Group, QBE, Gallagher Bassett, North Somerset Council and FirstPort. Recent work includes acting for Liverpool Victoria in a road traffic accident case in which an individual became paraplegic, involving defending the garage which undertook an MOT of the vehicle shortly before the crash.

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South West: Transport

Shipping - ranked: tier 2


BLM deals with all aspects of marine casualty work with particular emphasis on P&I and freight demurrage and defense matters. Clients include owners, charterers, operators, brokers and insurers from a range of countries. Areas of expertise include personal injury, fatalities, accidents involving cargo ships and passenger ships including personal injury, medical negligence and class actions arising out of illness and disease outbreaks. The firm advises clients on health and safety matters, policy and risk management and also all aspects of of charter parties, bills of lading, supply and carriage of goods. Gemma Pearce heads the team, she focuses on shipping, marine, and non-marine insurance, international trade, travel and cruise sectors. All-round shipping lawyer Stephen Favali specialises in complex recovery actions with cross-border aspects. The firm has recently been working more with main stream insurers trying to break into the shipping sector.

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