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South East: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Collins Solicitors

The specialist personal injury team at Collins Solicitors deals with significant high-profile and complex matters against big corporations and local governments. The group is proficient in high-value multi-party claims across the personal injury and professional negligence space. Most notably the team has been acting for clients in the infected blood public inquiry matter, which is led by firm founder and senior partner Des Collins with Danielle Holliday.

Practice head(s):Des Collins; Danielle Holiday

Testimonials

'The team is a force of nature for groups of injured claimants.'

Des Collins  is wise and approachable. Clients understand him and he understands them. Very committed to claimants.'

'Dani Holliday is clear, sharp and approachable.'

'Anna Murduck is committed and tough. Warm but very determined.'

'The firm is very focused on their claimants' cases and needs. Very senior lead partners are supported by a strong team of senior associates. Great communicators.'

Work highlights

  • Acting for over 1200 clients in connection with the Infected Blood Public Inquiry and by 500+ clients in connection with the associated Contaminated Blood Products Group Litigation (GLO).
  • Acting on behalf of 80 residents of Watling Street, Motherwell in a legal battle over a site insufficiently remediated prior to the building of residential dwellings which is putting families’ health at risk.
  • Acting for special needs teacher dismissed for whistleblowing at a state-run boarding school.
Next Generation Partners

Danielle Holliday - Collins Solicitors

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South East: Private client

Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx
Family: Beds, Bucks, Herts, Middx - ranked: tier 3

Collins Solicitors

Based in Watford, Collins Solicitors' family practice acts on both public and private law cases. The team, headed by Danielle Messenger (promoted to partner in December 2018), is well versed in separation and divorce disputes, including financial remedy matters for middle to high-net-worth individuals. Advice on prenuptial agreements is an area of growth. Donna Downes is known for her experience in Children Act work, assisting children, guardians, parents and the extended family.

Practice head(s):Danielle Messenger

Other key lawyers:Donna Downes

Testimonials

'The firm provides solid, sound legal advice, coupled with great client care and support'.

'All team members are very approachable but also firm with their advice'.

'Knowledge of the practice area is very good and cases are managed very efficiently'.

'I am incredibly impressed by Danielle Messenger.  Her level of expertise, tactical thought, detailed care and excellent client service is unsurpassed'.

'Danielle Messenger is an excellent solicitor. Well-prepared, thoughtful and committed, she does an excellent job in quite difficult circumstances'.

'Danielle is a genuine pleasure to work with'.

'The team led by Donna Downes is superbly organised'.

'Donna Downes is a force of nature! She is supremely organised, thorough and with an exceptional attention to detail that never compromises the big picture. Her negotiation skills are great'.

'Donna will always go above and beyond on any case she is working on'.

Work highlights

  • Financial remedy proceedings.
  • Children Act proceedings.
  • Acting for a baby through his children’s guardian.
  • Acting for a number of children through their guardian.
  • Acting for a number of children in care proceedings.
Next Generation Partners

Danielle Messenger - Collins Solicitors

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