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Clinical negligence: claimant

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  1. Clinical negligence: claimant
  2. Leading individuals
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Leading individuals

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    • Sophie Bales - Ashtons Legal
    • David Gabell - Tees Law
    • Ben Ward - Ashtons Legal
    • Sarah Wealleans - Irwin Mitchell

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Rightly very highly regarded and deserving of its top ranking’ according to clients, Ashtons Legal has eight lawyers focused on clinical negligence, giving it one of the region’s largest teams. Its excellent reputation is built over many years of experience in complex, high-value claims. ‘Immensely experienced and tenacious litigator’ Sandra Patton is ‘first rate’ and leads the medical injury practice. Leading light Tom Cook is among the region’s best-known practitioners for catastrophic injury claims, particularly those relating to cerebral palsy. Sharon Allison has developed a niche in inquests and suicides arising from failures in the mental health service. Associate Ben Ward is ‘good on detail, efficient and conducts cases very well – he can always be trusted to do the right thing’. He is described as ‘tireless in advancing his clients’ claims’. Also recommended are associates Julie Crossley (who is an experienced litigator and ‘has exceptional client-care skills’) and Carole Watts, who is ‘hardworking and has good judgement’. Solicitor Sophie Bales is ‘one to watch – she has a good eye for detail and leaves no stone unturned’. Crossley acted in a claim relating to chronic pain following the failure to remove a nephrostomy tube before it became encrusted in the client’s kidney, which resulted in the patient having it surgically removed along with part of her kidney. Watts advised a client treated for bowel cancer in 1995 but failed to have adequate follow-up colonoscopies and saw the cancer recur in 2010.

Irwin Mitchell is ‘one of the best in the area, and a national leader for clinical negligence’, according to one barrister. A client describes ‘an excellent clinical negligence team comprising solicitors with a vast amount of experience’. The firm handles cases of the highest value and complexity and is best known for its work in catastrophic injury claims including birth injury, adult and child brain injury; spinal injury; amputations; and fatal accidents. Guy Forster leads the medical negligence team and is ‘very experienced, very able, great with clients and confident with all of the technical issues’; he ‘leads with authority, care and aplomb – clients love him and he is a feared opponent’. The firm’s ‘professional, punctual and empathetic’ lawyers ‘completely understand the client’s best interests, often going beyond their role to help’. Solicitors Sarah Wealleans (who has ‘a particularly good bedside manner with clients’) and Gurpreet Lalli are ‘conscientious and talented solicitors carving out a very impressive reputation’. The team secured a structured settlement of £10m on behalf of an 11-year-old boy with cerebral palsy as a result of a delay in diagnosing hypoglycaemia in the hours following his birth. The firm also acted for a professional in his 50s with locked-in syndrome in a multimillion-pound claim against the A&E department that treated him after the acute onset of stroke symptoms.

Tees Lawapproaches cases sensibly and thoroughly and is always open to dialogue about any ongoing issues’. The team, which is considered one of the strongest in the region, consists of two partners, two associates and six support lawyers, all of whom have sub-specialisms enabling it to provide a rounded approach to catastrophic injury cases. In 2016, the team recovered more than £8m for its clients. Janine Collier, who now leads the team, is ‘meticulous in the preparation of her cases and has a good understanding of the medical issues even in very complicated cases’. Paul Taylor is ‘one of the best in the region; he ensures that he knows a case inside out and is empathetic with clients – always efficient and a pleasure to work with’. Clients also recommend associates David Gabell, who focuses on gynaecology, fertility, orthopaedic and general surgery claims, and the ‘thorough and responsive’ Adam Copeland who ‘goes the extra mile for clients’. Recent work includes the pursuit of a claim against Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust relating to severe brain injury from a stroke caused by a fat embolism following autologous fat injections for velopharyngeal insufficiency; and obtaining an award of £750,000 for a client in a claim against University of Leicester Hospitals NHS Trust for brain injury resulting from a cerebral embolism caused by a cardiac mass that should have been identified at an earlier stage.

A traditional firm with a progressive outlook’, Gotelee Solicitors is ‘a pleasure to work with; it is long established and offers a reliable and professional service to its clients’. The firm is a leader in Suffolk for complex and technically demanding cases. The ‘outstanding’ Tim Humpage is ‘a leader in clinical negligence claims; he commands clients’ respect and epitomises all the features one would hope to find in a solicitor’. ‘Supportive, reliable and caring’ chartered legal executive Chris Moffat is ‘a very experienced clinical negligence litigator who has great empathy for clients’. Both Humpage and Moffat are APIL-accredited clinical negligence specialists. Among Moffat’s recent successes is a £450,000 award for a single mother who sustained injuries from a failure to diagnose and treat a perforated ulcer. Diana Infanti settled a claim involving a fatal pulmonary embolism following a lower limb fracture for the sum of £900,000. Legal executive Sian Mullane now specialises in clinical negligence cases.

At Scrivenger Seabrook Limitedthe level of knowledge is outstanding’, and clients are impressed by the firm’s ‘professionalism, competence and business acumen’. The boutique firm focuses purely on clinical negligence and personal injury matters. In the clinical negligence field it acts on the full range of cases from dental negligence to maximum severity birth injury claims involving oxygen starvation and brain damage. ‘The advice given is faultless’, says one client who praises ‘dedicated, conscientious and empathetic’ litigator Vicki Seabrook for her ‘knowledge of both the law and the legal system, her network of contacts, her professional manner in dealing with vulnerable clients and her tenacity’. Clients also note that she is ‘very encouraging and supportive, and never lets the client give up hope’. Her recent cases include a claim against Bedford Hospitals NHS Trust on behalf of the widow of a man who received no diagnosis following a colonoscopy but was later found to have inoperable bowel cancer. The ‘experienced and informed’ Sarah Newcombe is also recommended. She acted on behalf of a man serving a long-term prison sentence whose developing subarachnoid brain haemorrhage was not diagnosed by prison authorities.

Slater and Gordon’s Cambridge office has developed a strong standing in the region, particularly for spinal cord and catastrophic injury cases. Principal lawyer Tim Deeming is ‘a very able, energetic and intelligent litigator’. He is a Law Society specialist panel member and an APIL senior litigator and spinal cord injury panel member. Deeming’s recent work includes leading on a case of neonatal death at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in which conducted all advocacy at the inquest and represented the child’s family in the subsequent high-profile claim that secured admission of liability from the hospital and led to the provision of additional monitoring equipment to reduce the risk of similar incidents in the future. He also pursued a multimillion-pound claim on behalf of a family whose child was left with cerebral palsy after a midwife failed to call for obstetric assistance during delivery. Further successful matters included a claim for errors during hip replacement surgery, a case relating to the incorrect assessment of risks in elective knee replacement surgery, and a matter involving a delay in diagnosis of an infection in a baby that led to brain injury.

For some, Buckles Solicitors LLP is ‘the best firm in Peterborough for clinical negligence work’. Clients note that it ‘achieves the difficult balance of being 100% behind its clients whilst retaining the ability to assess cases professionally and objectively’. The firm has a strong caseload of multi-track work for clients in the local region. Head of team Roger Clarke and ‘first-class’ associate Martin Herson are ‘always impressive and have a great understanding of the litigation process’. The firm’s ongoing work includes advising a claimant suffering from primary sclerosing cholangitis who was being monitored at Leicester Royal Infirmary. Patients with this condition have an elevated risk of cancer and the case centres on allegations that the Trust failed to identify early cancer symptoms; the condition has since been diagnosed as terminal. Herson is also pursuing a claim against a GP who failed to detect early symptoms of bowel cancer in a patient who had to subsequently undergo a complex prostatectomy.

Fosters has a high success rate in clinical negligence claims and handles a wide range of work for clients in Norfolk. Lead partner Stephen Green has more than 20 years’ experience in claims involving negligent surgery, missed or failed diagnosis and inappropriate treatment. Consultant Heather Duffy has built up a strong reputation over the last 15 years of legal practice and draws on her previous experience as a midwife and nurse to handle birth injury and obstetrics claims. Solicitor Barry Grogan is also an integral part of the team and is now running his own claims. Green acted for a client with Type 1 diabetes who presented to his GP with circulation problems that were affecting his left foot. After referral to the Community Health Trust he was given only physiotherapy despite skin ulceration. A £100,000 claim was settled following amputation of the patient’s lower limb. Grogan’s cases included settling a claim for a client who underwent negligent hip replacement surgery.

GMS Law Ltd is a niche firm whose specialist clinical negligence practice ‘punches above its weight in the region’. Senior solicitor Penny Horne has been in legal practice for more than 11 years and is praised for her ‘industrious and intelligent approach’ in addition to her ‘profound insight into clinical matters and the spectacular results she achieves’. She has specialist skills in dental and gynaecological claims. Senior solicitor Stephanie Mort also handles clinical negligence cases alongside asbestosis claims. Horne’s recent work includes settling a claim against a hospital that failed to adequately manage a client’s labour and did not identify that the foetus was mal-positioned. The patient suffered bladder and bowel damage as a result. She also secured a £45,000 settlement in the case of a hospital infection acquired during shoulder replacement surgery.

At Greene & Greene, highly respected litigator and head of dispute resolution Michael Batty handles complex clinical negligence matters as part of his broader professional negligence practice. He is supported by senior solicitor Andrea Nicholls and solicitors Ben Fox and Kate Struthers. The team is currently handling a claim against a regional hospital for a client who suffered a ruptured kneecap immediately after knee surgery. The rupture was not identified by the hospital, physical therapists or the GP, which resulted in further damage. Another on-going claim against a hospital centres on a post-operative infection suffered by a client. The delayed diagnosis resulted in the client’s admission to the intensive therapy unit.

Rogers and Norton’s busy practice in Norfolk handles multi-track cases and has two respected practitioners in Tim Nobbs and Mark Hambling. Nobbs, who is lauded for his ‘hard work and persistence’, has a broad caseload of claims against hospitals, GPs and dentists in East Anglia. He also acts in matters involving physiotherapists and pharmacists. His caseload included the recovery of a substantial sum for a client who underwent a delayed caesarean section and who alleged that the hospital was in breach of its duty of care; and representing a client who was recommended for pregnancy scans that did not take place resulting in the failure to identify a nutrient deficiency and the baby being stillborn.


Clinical negligence: defendant

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  1. Clinical negligence: defendant
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Next generation lawyers

  1. 1
    • Sophie Bales - Ashtons Legal
    • David Gabell - Tees Law
    • Ben Ward - Ashtons Legal
    • Sarah Wealleans - Irwin Mitchell

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The specialist defendant clinical negligence practice at Kennedys is ‘exceptional and always impresses with the prompt and helpful advice it provides’. NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) nominated partner and practice head Robert Tobin and partner Amanda Mead are ‘incredibly helpful and run the Cambridge office to a very high standard’. Senior associate Camilla Long and solicitors Ross Bell and Samantha Goward garner ‘particularly high praise for the peace of mind and the personal touch they give to their clients’. Clients also recommend solicitors Laura Ringrose and Debra Sexton (a former doctor), and senior associate Margaret Duncan. The firm is the dominant defence practice in East Anglia and is the region’s only NHSLA panel firm for clinical negligence. The firm’s extensive list of recent work includes acting on behalf of an NHS trust in a case involving more than 90 adverse outcomes following treatment by a specialist consultant; and acting for the NHSLA in the defence of high-profile case for a mental health trust. A recent success at trial for Mead, Ringrose and Tobin came in Hannah Pease v Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, which involved claims by a former patient diagnosed with conditions including social anxiety and autistic spectrum disorder alleging negligence in failing to diagnose Asperger’s Syndrome. The judge found no breach of duty.

A valued partner’, Mills & Reeve LLPpunches above its weight on a number of fronts; it is technically excellent but differentiates itself in its commercial understanding’. One client notes that ‘the lawyers are willing to put in the hard yards and have an exceptional bedside manner’. The medical malpractice team is led from Norwich by Stephen King, who is ‘proactive in keeping clients abreast of emerging issues; his advice is accurate and concise’. ‘Knowledgeable, approachable and empathetic’ associate Flora McCabe has ten years’ experience and ‘an understanding of the legal issues that is ahead of her peers’. Senior associate Matthew Wilson is also recommended. The firm acts for medical practitioners, insurers, regulators and corporate entities in the independent health sector. In 2016, the firm represented a GP who found herself without insurance having been on maternity leave and having neglected to renew her insurance immediately upon her return. A patient who developed a pituitary tumour alleged breach of duty when the GP failed to recommend an MRI scan. The case is set for trial this year. The team also acted for an insurer and a plastic surgeon in a claim relating to a rhinoplasty operation that required numerous revisions that the insurer declined to cover.


Personal injury: claimant

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  1. Personal injury: claimant
  2. Leading individuals

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Ashtons Legalnever leaves anything to chance and gets results both medically and financially’. Clients also note that ‘it gives a more attentive service than you might get at a bigger PI firm’. ‘Extremely good negotiator’ Richard Foyster leads the team and is ‘willing to take on and win difficult cases’. He specialises in high-value workplace and employers’ liability claims. Another leading light is Hannah Clarke, who specialises in catastrophic injury claims with an emphasis on fatal incidents, amputations, spinal injuries, psychiatric injuries and traumatic brain injuries. She is ‘first rate for complex and high-value claims; she is never satisfied with second best and is always pressing to ensure the best result for her client’. The firm’s many respected practitioners include ‘exceptional all-rounder’ Michael Wangermann, who focuses on accidents and industrial disease claims, often with a foreign element; ‘extremely efficient, hardworking, patient and reassuring’ associate Tom Ranson; associate Siobhan McWhinney, who stands out for her ‘client care, attention to detail and keen strategic judgement’; and solicitor Phoebe Osborne, who handles catastrophic and industrial disease cases. One recent example of the firm’s work is a mesothelioma claim brought by the widow of a maintenance engineer who was exposed to asbestos between 1982 and 2011, leading to his premature death. After a hearing at the High Court the matter was settled for a significant sum.

Irwin Mitchellgets on a claim very quickly and efficiently, and always seems to get an excellent settlement’. The firm is ‘at the top of the tree for asbestos litigation, far and away the best firm for asbestosis-related disease cases in the region’. The Cambridge team upholds the firm’s strong national reputation in serious brain, spinal, amputee and other complex injuries, as well as specialist armed forces and disease cases. Catastrophic injury specialists Ruth Booy and team head Neil Whiteleybring their enormous experience to benefit the injured in the Cambridge region and are rightly regarded as leaders in their fields’. Whiteley has ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of PI law’. ‘The leading light in mesothelioma cases in the region’, Rosemary Giles is ‘a fantastic lawyer – tenacious, extremely knowledgeable and exceptionally kind to clients, whose feedback is universally positive’. Simon Harrington’s military PI team is ‘impressive and has an abundance of experience’, and clients note Harrington’s ‘vast experience litigating against the Ministry of Defence’. The firm settled a £185,000 claim for a carpenter who died of mesothelioma in 2015. Among the team’s ongoing cases is a high-value claim for a client who sustained minor injuries in a fall but was subsequently admitted to hospital with critical illness caused by a stroke. The claim alleges the fall was caused by faulty equipment.

Slater and Gordon is ‘simply the best; it has a collection of very professional lawyers with excellent experience who take on very complex cases and cater for clients very well’. The Cambridge office has been handling multi-track claims relating to complex brain and spinal injuries, and is ‘certainly leading the way in brain injury cases’. Other areas of expertise include claims arising from fatal accidents, repetitive strain injury, military matters and Criminal Injury Compensation Authority (CICA). The team has a deep bench that includes ‘tough, tenacious and realistic litigatorPaul Tapner; military claims expert Richard Gaffney (who ‘strikes the perfect balance of professionalism, warmth and care, and who demonstrates an honest and sensitive approach to all matters’); Angela Beric, ‘an excellent litigator in claims of the utmost severity’; ‘fantastic performerAndrew Zajac, who ‘runs substantial claims with great skill and shows utter devotion to his clients’; and associates Mick Upton (who is ‘diligent and hardworking and knows his cases inside out’), Joe Speed (who has ‘real talent and good experience’) and Mark Copley (who ‘has a gentle touch with clients and can lull even the most obstreperous opponent into a false sense of security’). Tapner acted in a fatal accident claim relating to a death caused by a defective tumble dryer that started a house fire. During the evidence it emerged that there had been 20 other fires in that model of dryer but no recall had been issued. Emma Truin joined Barr Ellison LLP.

Barr Ellison LLP is ‘one of the best PI firms in East Anglia for high-value work and it has a track record of dealing with the highest-value cases sensitively and successfully’. Former team head Yasmin Ameer joined Nockolds Solicitors, but the firm hired Emma Truin as head of personal injury from Slater and Gordon; Truin is ‘an extremely good litigator, particularly in serious brain injury cases, who is well connected in the local brain injury scene and is thus able to ensure the best advice for her clients’. Truin is also rated for her ‘ability to instil confidence and trust in her clients’. Senior litigator Daryl Robinson (‘a top-class PI lawyer who is able to engage well with clients and is tenacious in achieving the very best outcome’) and managing partner Robert Curry each have more than 30 years’ litigation experience. The team’s significant cases in 2016 included advising a teenager with pre-accident psychiatric history on a complex brain injury case that settled for more than £2m; acting in a multimillion-pound traumatic brain injury claim in which the client was left with epilepsy, poor memory, concentration and slurred speech; and settling a claim for more than £6m in which a client was left with tetraplegia and diffuse axonal brain injury after a high-velocity RTA.

For some, Buckles Solicitors LLP is ‘the best in Peterborough for PI work’. Roger Clarke’s team primarily handles industrial disease, fatal accident and high-value catastrophic injuries, many of which involve motorcycle accidents. Clarke has more than 25 years’ experience in PI matters and has a respected associate in Martin Herson, who has higher rights of audience. Clients also praise legal executive Janet Cooper, who is ‘very efficient and has excellent empathy with clients’. Herson takes the lead on many cases and his current workload includes a £1m-plus claim for a client who suffered life-changing lower limb damage in a motorcycle accident and developed complications with compartment syndrome and lymphedema. He also acted in an employers’ liability claim arising from repetitive lifting and manoeuvring of a tail gate by a recovery driver that the claimant believes caused cauda equine complications and chronic back pain.

The service from Ellisons Solicitors is ‘highly attentive and competent’ and clients describe Robert Gair and Bernice Spurgeon as ‘diligent, bright and careful’. The firm handles a range of fast-track and multi-track cases through its Ipswich office, including fatal accident, acquired brain injury, industrial disease, RTA, workplace accident, public liability and occupiers' liability claims. Gair is described as ‘one of the most impressive solicitors around; extremely thorough and knowledgeable, he always considers every angle of a dispute before getting counsel involved’. One significant case from last year relates to a claimant who injured both knees in a fall at premises he was visiting as part of his employment. The occupier of the premises ultimately admitted primary liability. Gair is also pursuing a claim in which an employee received spine and shoulder injuries when a fellow worker landed on him after falling from a height.

Gotelee Solicitors is ‘a great firm that can compete with the regional players and maintains its ability to provide a top-class personal service’, says another. The firm handles a broad palette of work including claims relating to elder abuse, stress at work, neglect, wrongful death and mesothelioma alongside fast-track RTA and employers’ liability claims. James Davies leads the team and is ‘a great tactician in PI claims’. Within his broad practice he has successfully developed niche specialisms in injury law including cases that involve sexual abuse. Clients also recommend ‘knowledgeable, experienced, reasonable and courteous’ associate Howard Bush, ‘a seasoned litigator who will fight for the client’, and associate Sian Mullane, who has 23 years’ experience in a range of claims. Recent cases include securing admission of liability from a national charity for a disabled adult who was sexually abused while in its care, and pursuing a £200,000 claim for an employee injured in a team-building exercise.

Hunt & Coombs LLPhas a deep tradition of excellence in the field of personal injury and is a significant player in Cambridgeshire’. The firm has the largest team in Peterborough and all its members focus purely on PI cases. The ‘experienced, shrewd and robustNaina Tilney, ‘professional and caring’ senior solicitor Richard Moon, solicitor Mariam Alipour and senior litigation executive Darren Fletcher have the support of in-house barrister Davide Corbino. The firm’s caseload includes complex and high-value work alongside lower-value fast-track claims. One significant matter from 2016 saw Tilney and Alipour achieve a settlement of more than £600,000 for a client injured in a serious RTA caused by a driver using the wrong side of a dual carriageway. The team’s ongoing matters include a high-value claim for a woman who sustained multiple injuries in a motorcycle accident.

Niche claimant injury firm Scrivenger Seabrook Limited has ‘committed and experienced solicitors with insight and understanding of the practice area’. Director Marc Folgate has more than 15 years’ experience and specialises in complex and high-value PI cases, with particular expertise in dealing with claims involving complex regional pain syndrome, recently recovering damages exceeding £1m for a client who developed the condition. Other cases include claims for significant brain injury and complex poly-trauma, including the settlement of a claim for a serious injury at work sustained when the claimant slipped and came into contact with moving mechanical equipment. He also recovered more than £80,000 for a client who tripped and broke a hip.

At Fosters, Stephen Green leads the private client and personal injury teams, the latter of which grew with the hire of the highly experienced Ian Comer, who joined following the firm’s merger with PI specialist comercrawley in Diss. Green focuses on complex injury, accident at work and industrial disease cases, while Comer has particular expertise in head injury cases. Solicitors Lynn Satchell and Barry Grogan are also recommended. Satchell’s recent cases include the recovery of damages from a shopping centre where an automated system had overwatered hanging baskets causing black ice to form on the pavement, on which the claimant slipped and fell from her bicycle. Grogan advised a self-employed contractor who injured his leg because on-site safety railings were inadequate. Green acted for a restaurant manager who injured his lower back moving a large coffee machine in a confined space.

The service is superb’ at GMS Law Ltd according the clients, who single out Richard Clegg for having ‘incredible depth of knowledge and taking the time to explain everything clearly’. The firm has an extensive client base across East Anglia and in London, handling complex injury and accident at work cases as well as claims relating to asbestosis and mesothelioma. Stephanie Mort, who leads the asbestos disease team, is also highly recommended. Last year, Clegg negotiated the settlement of a claim relating to an injury at work caused by defective equipment. The defendant initially denied liability and disputed that the claimant was injured but an investigation revealed incomplete documentation and inconsistencies in witness statements that led to the matter being settled shortly before trial. Mort acted in an asbestosis claim against a prison where the claimant’s deceased father was exposed to asbestos while working on site.

According to clients, Rogers and Nortoncannot be faulted’. The ‘extremely supportive’ Mark Hambling ‘explains everything in detail and cares about his clients; he brings professionalism and sensitivity at a difficult time in people’s lives’, and the ‘very polite and understanding’ Tim Nobbs who is highly recommended for mesothelioma claims. Hambling mainly undertakes multi-track RTA and employers’ liability cases involving major injuries. Recent matters include cases involving amputations, brachial plexus injuries and electrocution injuries causing severe neurological damage. In one key matter Hambling acted for a cyclist who was hit by a vehicle emerging from a junction resulting in a fracture of the patella. Nobbs acted for a client who sustained spinal injuries at work while moving pieces of heavy equipment including three boilers each weighing 300kg.

Cozens-Hardy LLP is ‘a solid claimant firm with a loyal following in its catchment area, and attracts some very interesting cases on the back of a sound reputation’. The firm has established itself in the Norwich area as a credible practice for claimants with acquired traumatic brain injuries; it is a member of the Headway Head Injury Solicitors List and is accredited by APIL and the Law Society Panel of Personal Injury Lawyers. Damian Short (who is ‘efficient and very aware of the needs of brain-injured clients and their families, with whom he is very caring’) and associate Jane Gilbert are ‘quiet, calm and effective at driving cases towards settlement’.

Fraser Dawbarnsdeals with claims in a practical and sensitive way, acting swiftly when necessary and ensuring any risks are minimised’. Lead partner Neil John in Wisbech ‘provides sound guidance at a difficult time for clients; it is clear that he is extremely knowledgeable and that he understands the situation in which clients find themselves’. He recovered £475,000 in a fatal accident claim in which he successfully argued that the usual calculation of the dependency claim should be departed from on the basis that the business was dependent on the deceased. He also achieved a significant settlement in a work accident claim against an employer and site owner, both of whom initially denied negligence.

At Hegarty LLP, head of personal injury Sean Rowcliffe has more than 20 years’ experience. His practice covers a broad range of accident at work, public liability and RTA claims. He regularly acts for clients who have sustained catastrophic injuries such as severe spinal injury and brain injury, for which he has a track record of recovering damages in excess of £1m.


Personal injury: defendant

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At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, ‘advice can always be relied upon and the service always represents value for money’. Clients note that ‘as part of a global organisation the lawyers can tap into any area of legal expertise to the highest level of complexity, and their clear and concise advice always exceeds clients’ expectations’. The firm’s corporate claims team has a strong base in the Ipswich office, where Paul Coppin and Nicola Lashmar focus on injury cases; they ‘bring positivity, energy and enthusiasm to their roles’ and ‘always think and plan ahead to give reliable guidance not only on matters in hand, but also any future developments’. Senior associate Mark Milkovics is also recommended and has more than 20 years’ experience in PI litigation. The team is currently representing hotel owners Union Hosteleria ESBA in a multimillion-pound claim brought by a tour operator after a teenager fell through the glass floor of her hotel balcony. Another complex and high-value case for Coppin and his team related to psychological problems including PTSD and multiple personality disorder suffered by a young woman who as a child witnessed her mother being hit by a car. The case is set for a causation-only trial. The corporate claims team was also appointed by Turkish Airlines to handle passenger compensation claims worldwide, which involves co-ordinating claims across more than 60 jurisdictions.

Hunt & Coombs LLP is ‘an excellent firm that provides high-quality service and is going from strength to strength’. The team regularly acts for large insurers and self-insured organisations. The firm is considered to have the strongest PI defence team in Peterborough, led by Naina Tilney, who has specialised in this area of law since 1989, receives numerous referrals from commercial clients and is ‘a very robust advocate for her clients’ interests’. Other key figures include senior solicitor Richard Moon, litigation executives Darren Fletcher and Gemma Winterton, and in-house barrister Davide Corbino. Tilney’s recent successes include settling a claim against a transport company in which the claimant damaged his arm in a fall onto a concrete floor; defending a claim brought by a courier who injured a foot at a premises to which he was delivering a package; and defending an employer in a claim brought by a former member of staff injured by a vehicle.


Professional negligence

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  1. Professional negligence
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Clients receive ‘a high standard of service – London level at regional rates’ from Mills & Reeve LLP, which is ‘one of the leaders in the field and always provides timely advice; it is conscientiously precise in its assessment of claims, liability and quantum’. Stephen King and Neil Davies (who is noted for his ‘pragmatic approach and legal acumen’) lead a team with ‘a wealth of experience’ and which is ‘extremely flexible depending on the insurer’s needs’. Consultant Guy Hodgson is also recommended for insurance disputes and focuses largely on policy and coverage matters arising from claims against solicitors. ‘Thorough, efficient’ principal associate Clare Howard attracts praise for her ‘clear and robust advice’. Clients also recommend senior associate Matthew Wilson, who is ‘a star of the future and is calm under pressure’. The firm counts Countrywide, Sompo Canopius, CNA Hardy and Travelers among its clients. In 2016, the firm acted for a major international insurance group and its insured in a complex claim arising out of the purchase of a leasehold property and alleged failure to advise on enfranchisement issues. The team also advised an insurer on a claim against solicitors for breach of trust and negligence that arose out of a property sale.

The claimant practice at Birketts LLP has a strong reputation across its Cambridge, Ipswich and Norwich offices, handling claims against solicitors, accountants and many other professionals. The firm has a particular specialism in claims relating to negligent probate advice. Experienced litigator Max Roessler leads the professional negligence practice, which has input from partners in the firm’s respected commercial dispute resolution team, including Paul Matthews and Laurence Weeks. Senior associate Bernadette Baker has a long track record in matters relating to trusts, wills and the administration of estates, and senior associate Robert Tiffen has a busy caseload of claims against accountants, financial advisers and solicitors. Key work included advising on a claim arising from negligent management of a £350,000 claim by solicitors; acting in a claim against solicitors for the negligent handling of an £800,000 company sale; and bringing a claim against a firm of chartered accountants for negligent advice on a share issue and dividend payment.

Buckles Solicitors LLP regularly acts in complex and high-value professional negligence claims, predominantly for claimants, and last year saw a significant increase in the number of claims relating to negligent financial advice. The firm also has a busy caseload of claims against solicitors, architects, surveyors, accountants and property consultants. Solicitor-advocate James Maxey leads the team and fellow CEDR-accredited mediator Paul Branch has particular expertise in claims relating to advice on property and trust matters. Senior associate Nick Porter has a broad litigation practice that includes professional negligence claims. In 2016, the team advised a business client on a multimillion-pound claim against a well-known financial institution that arose from the mis-selling of complex financial instruments. In another key mandate, the firm acted for a family in a claim against an IFA that recommended investment in unregulated collective investment schemes that were subsequently liquidated.

Clients of GMS Law Ltdcan’t sing the firm’s praises enough’. The ‘gentle and caring’ Richard Clegg leads the team and is ‘there for his clients every step of the way’. Clegg’s practice focuses primarily on professional negligence, though he also handles defamation and personal injury matters. Among his recent successes is a claim against conveyancing solicitors relating to excessive charges for a deal in which a parcel of land had been left without any means of access. The client recovered the losses incurred on the sale of the land and the money spent on solicitors’ fees. Ongoing cases include a matter concerning the relationship between the claimant’s solicitors and a car hire company. The matter centres on car hire charges that exceeded the value of the client’s personal injury claim and resulted in a costs order against the claimant when the solicitors ceased to act for the client.



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