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Clinical negligence: claimant

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The 'tenacious' team at Ashtons Legal is 'extremely competent and keeps clients' interests foremost; it gives clients a distinct edge over other firms'. The firm has a stellar track record in the highest-value and most complex cases of physical and psychological injury. One on-going case is a claim under the Human Rights Act for the family of a teenager who took his own life after his GP recommended he be seen by mental health professionals within 24 hours, only for an NHS health trust to deem him not to be at significant risk. Sandra Patton leads the medical injury team and clients describe her as 'calm, efficient and thorough, whilst being very sensitive and thoughtful and extremely professional'. Her team is 'a pleasure to work with' and one client remarks that 'they are very bespoke, so no client will feel lost in a system, and they really care about outcome'. Leading light Sharon Allison, whose practice includes a focus on inquests and suicides arising from failures in the mental health service, is 'well prepared, diligent and hardworking; she drills into the detail of every case'. 'His experience and wisdom give him a reassuring presence in cases of the highest value', says a barrister of prominent partner Tom Cook. 'Very assiduous and very good with clients', says counsel of rising star associate Ben Ward who is 'a gifted analyst who can manage and run a complex case to a successful conclusion'. Also recommended are 'knowledgeable and efficient' associate Julie Crossley and 'thorough and diligent' rising star solicitor Sophie Bales, who is 'very good at dealing with expert evidence, and has an excellent grasp of the complexity of cases'.

The Cambridge office of national firm Irwin Mitchell has built up a strong following in Cambridge because 'the service is fantastic, the lawyers get back to you immediately and their in-depth knowledge and advice is really useful'. The firm is 'one of the best in the country', according to one barrister, and has a national medical negligence practice that handles cases of the highest value and complexity. Head of medical negligence in Cambridge Guy Forster is 'very experienced, able to get his head round any kind of case, very good with clients and able to get the best from a case'. One barrister remarks that he has 'a lovely way about him with clients, gives excellent instructions and keeps me informed about the case as it progresses'. Rising star Sarah Wealleans is 'amazing - warm, compassionate and always calm; she is very good at negotiating on clients' behalf'. Solicitor Gurpreet Lalli  has a particular interest in claims involving stroke, cauda equina, spinal injury, stillbirth and neonatal deaths, as well as assisting Forster with maximum severity catastrophic injury cases. Forster and Lalli secured a seven-figure settlement in a case of wrongful birth and failure to diagnose spina bifida in utero. Forster also worked with Wealleans to secure an eight-figure settlement for a boy of 12 who developed cerebral palsy as a result of a delay in diagnosing and treating hypoglycaemia in the hours following his birth.

Tees Law provides 'very good professional service and quick response times; the team is on the ball and explains things well to clients'. The firm is known for 'high-quality instructions with intellectual calibre' and it has one of the largest clinical negligence practices in the East Anglia region. 'They are dedicated to the cases they handle', says one barrister of the team led by the 'intellectually sharp, personable and sensitive' Janine Collier and Paul Taylor , who provide 'robust and fair advice'. Taylor led a team that acted in a £1.2m claim arising from negligent management of a long-term Warfarin prescription, which led to an intracranial haemorrhage. Collier acted for the wife of a deceased man who developed sepsis after a routine elective reversal of an end colostomy at a private hospital in London. The amount of compensation has yet to be decided, but the claim has an estimated value of £7m. Associate and APIL senior litigator Adam Copeland is 'very able - he pushes very hard and obtains tremendous settlements'. He has 20 years' experience and recently secured £130,000 for the wife a man who was misdiagnosed as having an immunodeficiency disorder and consequently received unnecessary and excessive doses of immunoglobulin. 'Professional, friendly and helpful' solicitor Sarah Stocker is also recommended. Associate David Gabell joined Fosters.

Fosters's expanding team is handling a growing number of complex and high-value cases. Stephen Green leads the practice and has more than 20 years' experience in medical negligence claims against hospitals, GPs and the Ambulance Service. Solicitor Ian Comer is also known for his long experience in misdiagnosis and negligent surgery claims. The recruitment of highly-rated associate and APIL-accredited litigator David Gabell from Tees Law adds mid-level experience to the practice. He brings specialist expertise in gynaecology, fertility, orthopaedic and general surgery claims, and his recent successes at his former firm include securing a large settlement for a client who lost both fallopian tubes due to surgical negligence and suffered a subsequent ectopic pregnancy. Solicitor Barry Grogan is also recommended. Among the practice's recent highlights is a £30,000 settlement for a client who suffered keratitis following eye surgery.

Gotelee Solicitors¬†in Ipswich is a member of the Society of Clinical Injury Lawyers and has a client base that extends far beyond East Anglia. Last year, it represented numerous bereaved families who lost relatives as a result of failings in the mental health services across Norfolk, Suffolk and North East Essex, and it acted for¬†a large number of children who suffered catastrophic hypoxic birth injuries at local hospitals. It handles complex and technically demanding cases, which last year included securing substantial damages for a¬†bereaved client whose wife took her own life whilst an inpatient at a secure mental health facility in North Essex. Practice head¬†Tim Humpage¬†has 23 years' experience in clinical negligence cases and is a member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel. Partner and former nurse¬†Diana Infanti¬†specialises in high-value, complex cases including Fatal Accident Act claims, delayed cancer diagnosis and mental health claims. Also recommended are legal executives¬†Chris Moffat, who like Humpage is an APIL Clinical Negligence specialist, and¬†Sian Mullane, who is an APIL senior litigator.  

Scrivenger Seabrook Limited¬†has ‚Äėa first-class practice in clinical negligence with a team of specialists who have repeatedly illustrated their ability to handle complex and high-value matters with finesse‚Äė, according to one source who adds that ‚Äėthe team‚Äôs overall level of skill and knowledge of the law in this area is second to none, and the¬†advice is faultless‚Äė. Vicki Seabrook¬†is ‚Äėa clear leader in her field and a meticulous lawyer, technically and strategically impressive; she fights incredibly hard for her clients and is intelligent, experienced and completely committed‚Äė. She secured ¬£180,000 for a claimant who suffered nerve damage during vaginal surgery. Former nurse and ‚Äėphenomenal, fearsome and tactically astute advocate‚Äė¬†Sarah Newcombe¬†has ‚Äėan excellent knowledge of medicine which, when combined with her vast legal knowledge, makes her a first-rate lawyer in her field; she is a tough, tenacious and realistic litigator who runs substantial claims with great skill and shows utter devotion to her clients with impressive end results to match‚Äė. She acted for a man whose left big toe was left deformed following two procedures performed by a consultant podiatric surgeon.¬†Clients also recommend the ‚Äėthorough and outstandingly creative‚Äė¬†Helen Hillson¬†as ‚Äėa skilled and devoted lawyer with a great depth of knowledge who can absorb the detail in really complex cases and can produce phenomenal results for her clients‚Äė.

'High-quality and very client-focused firm'¬†Slater and Gordon¬†is 'one of the best in the country', according to one barrister. Another source remarks that the firm is 'excellent in its instruction to me as an expert and knows what it is doing in regard to clinical negligence'. The firm handles some of the most high-value and complex cases, notably in the areas of spinal cord injury and catastrophic injury, and it also has a prominent Court of Protection practice. Its current caseload includes numerous matters involving children who have suffered cerebral palsy following birth injury, amputations and spinal cord trauma.¬† Practice head Tim Deeming¬†is 'very experienced, very good with difficult cases, and has a particular expertise in difficult ophthalmic cases'. He is described as 'very good with clients; he also gives excellent expert instructions'. His recent highlights include advising a client, a boy of three, who suffered from a complex delay in diagnosis of and treatment for an infection that resulted in bilateral below-knee amputations as well as the removal of seven fingers.  

Buckles Solicitors LLP is 'an extremely and through law firm' and clients speak highly of 'superb' associate Martin Herson. 'He is a credit to the firm, very professional with an extremely good client manner that is helpful and focused', says one. The clinical negligence practice led by Roger Clarke is the most prominent in Peterborough and is known for having a selective approach to cases to ensure that only those with merit are taken on. Its roster of high-value and complex cases continues to grow and its recent work includes multiple instructions relating to delay in diagnosis of cancer, paralysis from epidural anaesthetic during labour; failure to diagnose Turners Syndrome in a child leading to adverse physical and psychological development; and failure to diagnose fractures in the A&E department. Herson recently secured a £75,000 settlement for a claimant pregnant with her first child whose requests for an elective C-section were ignored and who suffered a 4th degree perineal tear during labour.

Rogers and Norton has a highly respected practice in the Norfolk region thanks to two experienced partners Tom Nobbs and Mark Hambling. The firm handles a significant volume of multi-track cases and is able to advise on both low- and high-value claims. Among recent examples of work was Nobbs' advice to a client who lost a kidney as a result of alleged failures on the part of a consultant urologist during the course of private treatment, specifically a  failure to carry out the treatment in the appropriate manner and review the outcome of the surgery. Nobbs also handles matters involving physiotherapists and pharmacists. Legal executive Hannah Rudling plays a key role in the practice.


Clinical negligence: defendant

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Kennedys 'has a strong team that performs consistently across a wide range of cases'. The firm has 'efficient, bright and effective litigators, who work extremely well together'. The Cambridge office acts on behalf of NHS Resolution in managing its portfolio of work for healthcare trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups across East Anglia, as well as for London Trusts. Its caseload encompasses medical treatment decisions, deprivation of liberty, safeguarding in a healthcare setting, inquests, Mental Capacity Act work and DNACPR matters . Robert Tobin is head of the Cambridge office and handles a variety of claims for NHS Resolution including cerebral palsy, neurological injuries, Erb’s palsy, neonatal deaths, psychiatric injuries, orthopaedics and GP negligence matters. Amanda Mead is 'an effective and well-liked leader'. She recently defended a case involving a twin born with cerebral palsy and learning difficulties following a delay in delivery. She also defended a hospital trust against a £3m claim by a woman who suffered an ectopic pregnancy requiring life-saving laparotomy, and who allegedly subsequent pelvic inflammatory disease and chronic pain disorder. Mead reduced the award by more than £3m. Senior associate  Camilla Long (who is 'very experienced and has superb judgment'),  senior associate and employed barrister Samantha Williams and solicitor Debra Sexton are 'standout lawyers'.

Stephen King in Norwich leads the national medical malpractice group at Mills & Reeve LLP, which is praised by clients for its 'excellent provision of services that are prompt, to-the-point and relatively inexpensive'. King has a broad insurance defence practice that includes defending the NHS and some of its largest teaching trusts, as well as acting for independent healthcare providers, multi-national corporations, specialist associations and individual practitioners. He has niche expertise in Mental Capacity Act matters. Senior associate Matthew Wilson has a professional negligence practice that includes the defence of claims against surgeons, as well as complex coverage issues. One recent case led by King involved the defence of an insurer in matters arising from a mass litigation in the US, which led to claims in the UK concerning health problems allegedly caused by defective mesh products used to repair tissue prolapses. He also represented an insurer and a provider of urgent care in a claim brought by an individual who sought treatment for a hand injury caused in a fall. The matter concerns alleged delays in the review of x-rays and treatment. Virgin Care, Zurich Global and Global Diagnostics are among the firm's clients.


Personal injury: claimant

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Ashtons Legal¬†‚Äėprovides a highly professional service to its clients and to the counsel it instructs;¬†its technical knowledge is amazing and it provides extremely good value for money'. 'A great firm - the best in the region', says one barrister. 'Very smart and very capable' head of personal injury¬†Richard Foyster¬†has ‚Äėan admirable grasp of the detail in a complicated task, and an empathy for his clients‚Äė. Hannah Clarke¬†(who is 'really switched on and proactive; she really cares about people and handles claims aggressively') and associate Siobhan McWhinney¬†make 'an impressive team; they are strong negotiators and know how to run a catastrophic injury claim'.¬†'The firm raises the bar in their level of service', according to one client who picks out 'absolutely fantastic' associate¬†and¬†APIL Senior Litigator¬†Tom Ranson¬†as¬†'the¬†star solicitor; he¬†is like a Grandmaster of the chess world - a great listener and brilliant tactician with a very good sense of honesty and integrity - and his level of expertise is second to none'. He has¬†more than 20 years' experience in personal injury litigation and 'bends over backwards to support clients' claims'.¬†Solicitor Phoebe Osborne¬†handles mesothelioma cases and a barrister notes that she is 'extremely thorough and fights her client‚Äôs corner very hard'. Partner¬†Michael Wangermann¬†is also recommended. The firm's highlights included securing ¬£2m for an elderly man¬†with a severe spinal cord injury.

Barr Ellison LLP¬†in Cambridge has¬†'a professional and very friendly team‚Äė and one referrer notes that 'its willingness to build relationships with service providers to enhance the process for our clients makes it stand out'. One barrister describes it as 'an excellent boutique firm that does an incredible job for its catastrophically injured clients'. Another says, 'I rate it as one of the very best PI firms in East Anglia doing high-value work'. The firm's well-established catastrophic injury practice, which has an office at¬†Addenbrooke‚Äôs Hospital, successfully pursued a ¬£3m claim¬†arising from a road accident in which liability was disputed. It also acted in a ¬£7m claim for a child who suffered a diffuse axonal injury at the age of six. Leading light¬†Emma Truin, who leads the practice and has 'a lot of experience in the field and is known for her excellent negotiation skills', and the 'outstanding, invaluable' Daryl Robinson¬†are known for¬†'respect, cooperation and quick responses; both are their friendly and have a collaborative approach'. Robinson is 'a shrewd, hardworking and tactically astute operator, whose abilities are well recognised by clients and opponents; he will fight tooth and nail for his clients'. Robinson and managing partner¬†Robert Curry¬†each have more than 25 years' experience in personal injury law. Associate Mark Copley¬†joined from Slater and Gordon¬†and is described as 'a rising star at the firm, who does a very good job on high-value claims'.

The service from¬†Irwin Mitchell‚Äės PI practice in Cambridge is ‚Äėperfect‚Äė, according to one client. 'It is in my view the leading firm in this region, with a wealth of knowledge and experience such that they provide a full and comprehensive service', remarks one barrister. 'A true heavyweight in the sphere of catastrophic injury law, respected, formidably intelligent and skilled litigator' and¬†practice head Neil Whiteley¬†is ‚Äėsympathetic but able to get clients to accept realistic outcomes‚Äė. 'A tough negotiator and great tactician', catastrophic injury specialist Ruth Booy¬†'has oodles of experience in high-value personal injury and brings her formidable intellect to bear on her cases', according to one barrister who adds that 'I have absolute faith in her judgment'. She secured a ¬£2m settlement for a client who was left paralysed following injuries sustained in a road accident.¬†Simon Harrington¬†leads a military PI practice that is 'the best specialist team in this part of England and Wales', according to one barrister who adds that¬†'Harrington leads a team of able solicitors with an abundance of military PI experience from large numbers of such claims, and he has vast experience of litigating against the MoD'. MoD and aviation claims specialist¬†Alexander Davenport¬†is one to watch.

Slater and Gordon¬† in Cambridge 'gives a very good service to its clients; the lawyers are diligent in their investigations, go to great lengths to pursue claims and make things as easy as possible for the client'. The firm runs a multi-track practice handling complex, multimillion-pound brain and spinal injury claims; military claims; Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) matters; fatal accident and repetitive strain injury claims; and second opinion cases for clients seeking new legal input into existing claims. The firm has numerous panel appointments including Child Brain Injury Trust, Limbless Association, Headway and Spinal Injuries Association. It¬†has a deep bench of talent that includes Paul Tapner¬†(who is ‚Äėa good tactician who is also extremely experienced‚Äė); military claims expert Richard Gaffney;¬†¬†Andrew Zajac¬†who handles complex and high-value brain and spinal injury claims and is 'a tough negotiator who handles cases with great skill'; and¬†Angela Beric, who is ‚Äėexperienced and pragmatic and works tirelessly and effectively on behalf of her clients‚Äô. One client notes that Beric ‚Äėhas a high level of knowledge in the area of complex brain injury ‚Äď with children and adults ‚Äď and is extremely thorough in her work‚Äė. The office also has a strong associate team in Crystal Eaton,¬†Mick Upton¬†and¬†Joe Speed. A key highlight saw Tapner act for a claimant who died as a result of¬†a defective tumble dryer which caused a house fire. He obtained formal admission of liability from the manufacturer and the case is now being valued.  

Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough has 'an extremely high quality clinical negligence and personal injury department that is easy to work with and really put clients first, which tells in its results'. One barrister remarks that the firm is 'very good at giving total support to its clients, whilst maintaining the professionalism to give dispassionate and accurate advice'. Roger Clarke leads the practice, in which 'first-class solicitor' Martin Herson is 'an extremely skilled tactician and negotiator, extremely thorough and hardworking, and his client care skills are superb'. 'He has a great understanding of the litigation process', says one barrister who adds that 'I have absolute confidence that he will do the right things at the right time; his expertise unquestionably obtains higher settlements and awards for claimants than would be achieved by other solicitors'. The firm handles industrial disease matters and high-value catastrophic injury claims, primarily involving motorcycle injuries. Herson secured £2.5m for a client who suffered catastrophic injuries to his left leg in a traffic accident.

Fellow of APIL Robert Gair at Ellisons Solicitors has a stellar reputation for complex and high-value personal injury cases, in which he has almost 30 years' experience. He undertakes all manner of PI cases, and his many areas of specialism include claims arising from fatal accidents, acquired brain injury, industrial disease, road traffic accidents and workplace accidents. Legal executive Bernice Spurgeon handles fast and multi-track cases including road traffic accident, employers and public liability claims. One of Gair's on-going matters involves representing a client whose employer fell on him, leaving him with a fractured spine and severe shoulder injuries. He is also pursuing a high-value settlement for a client who fell and injured herself, immediately receiving an admission of liability from loss adjusters, who then withdrew that admission once proceedings were issued. The case is made more complex by international elements relating to tax liabilities and healthcare costs abroad.

Fosters has an experienced head of personal injury in Stephen Green who is a an Association of Personal Injury Lawyers senior litigator and has been on the Law Society Personal Injury Panel for more than 20 years. Solicitor Ian Comer specialises in head injury, catastrophic injury and multi-trauma claims. He is a recommended solicitor for brain injury charity Headway and the Spinal Injuries Association, and he has extensive experience in  dealing with asbestos exposure claims. The firm is now on the panel of Headway  and the Spinal Injury Association, and is part of the Injury Consortium at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. The five-lawyer practice has a regular flow of industrial disease, product liability and stress at work claims. A recent highlight saw solicitor Barry Grogan secure £95,000 for a client who suffered psychological injury following an armed robbery at her place of work. Solicitor Lynn Satchell is also recommended.

Gotelee Solicitors is 'up there amongst the very best firms in this practice area in East Anglia', according to one barrister.  The firm handles elder abuse claims, sexual abuse claims involving local authorities, stress at work cases, claims of neglect and wrongful death against public bodies, mesothelioma and asbestos-related claims as well as fast-track RTA and employer's liability matters. James Davies  is the lead partner and as part of his broad PI practice he excels in niche areas of injury law such as sexual abuse. He also has an exclusive relationship with a charity in Suffolk and other organisations that specialise in helping historical child abuse victims, with whom he works to bring civil and CICA claims. Associate Stevan Stratton  is 'excellent with lay clients - very approachable, empathetic and caring; he fights his client's case fearlessly and tenaciously, often beating the other side into submission with the well-reasoned, on-point arguments'. Clinical negligence specialists Tim Humpage and Diana Infanti also play a role in the firm's PI cases.

The team at¬†Hunt & Coombs LLP¬†is ‚Äėdedicated and client-focused‚Äė. 'It is an excellent example of a regional firm which provides good quality legal services, primarily to the injured victims of accidents', comments one barrister. 'Shrewd and tough'¬†head of department¬†Naina Tilney¬†handles both claimant and defendant matters and has nearly 30 years' experience in personal injury law. The firm focuses on high-value and complex cases and deals purely with multi-track claims. Tilney and solicitor¬†Mariam Alipour¬†acted for a client involved in a head-on car collision, which resulted in the death of the third-party driver driver who was driving on the wrong side of a dual carriageway. The claim was settled for ¬£620,000. The same team advised a young mother involved in a motorcycle accident as a pillion passenger, who sustained multiple serious injuries.¬†Senior litigation executive¬†Darren Fletcher¬†and senior solicitor¬†Richard Moon¬†play key roles in the practice.  

Niche claimant injury firm Scrivenger Seabrook Limited in St Neots has a 'high level of knowledge, skill and expertise'. The 'personable, very knowledgeable' Marc Folgate 'keeps clients at ease and is calm throughout the process'. He is 'able to speak plain English, enabling clients to understand the process and make informed decisions'. He represented a claimant struck by a car who suffered multiple injuries including a brain injury that resulted in cognitive impairment and a requirement for on-going care. On a full liability basis, the claim is valued at around £5.4m. In other cases, Folgate secured more than £300,000 for a client whose ankle was crushed in a workplace injury, and successfully pursued a £270,000 claim for a client whose fall at work resulted in a hip fracture.

Fraser Dawbarns has an experienced partner in head of civil litigation Neil John in Wisbech. His broad litigation practice includes a steady flow of complex personal injury claims. Among his recent highlights was a case in which liability was strongly denied and in which he replaced the incumbent solicitors. He managed to achieve a £25,000 settlement for a pedestrian who had been struck by a car. Another case saw him achieve an improved outcome for a client in a dispute over who had right of way at a temporary traffic light, in which witnesses were unwilling to give evidence. He also secured a £16,000 settlement in a case where liability was strenuously denied because of the client's pre-existing back condition.

At¬†Rogers and Norton, 'the¬†quality of service is really good and the team is very knowledgeable, gives great advice and responds quickly to questions'. Practice co-head¬†Mark Hambling¬†is ‚Äėsound, professional and personable‚Äė. Tim Nobbs, who jointly runs the personal injury and legal expenses practice, is 'always¬† available and always explains everything that is happening in a way that is understandable'. The firm handles a significant volume of¬†multi-track RTA and employers‚Äô liability cases involving major injuries, and also supports clients in a variety of disease-related claims. Nobbs acted for a client and, subsequently, his widow in a mesothelioma case in which the client survived for an extended period after diagnosis. Interim payments were secured while the client was alive, followed by a settlement after his death. Nobbs also advised a client involved in a serious motorcycle accident, which resulted in catastrophic injuries including the amputation of the lower half of one leg and a brachial plexus injury.

Cozens-Hardy LLP in Norwich is 'a well-respected and sound firm that gets good results in some challenging and high-profile PI cases for its local clients'. One barrister remarks that it is 'a first-rate provincial firm'. Head of the accidents team Damian Short is a PI specialist who has particular expertise in cases involving acquired traumatic brain injury. He is on the panel of brain injury charity and is a member of the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel. Associate Jane Welsh has 'an excellent, personable and straightforward manner with her clients and witnesses, which enables her to get the best out of them while taking the strain out of litigation; she retains a steely inner core when it comes to her opponents'.


Personal injury: defendant

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'For high-value, high-complexity claims the overall level of service is good, the team is responsive and its knowledge is excellent', say clients of Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP. Among the firm's clients are large corporates and public entities including National Grid PLC, HSBC, McCain Foods, Turkish Airlines and Moulson Coors Brewing. Paul Coppin leads the corporate claims team in which Nicola Lashmar , who has more than 20 years' experience in this field of law, is highly recommended. Coppin is leading the representation of Anglian Water in a number of claims arising from the a serious flooding incident in 2015, when Kirkley Stream burst its banks following a period of extremely heavy rainfall, affecting 33 properties in the vicinity. He also advised Legal and General Insurance on a complex and high-value claim arising from an accident at a family BBQ, in which the claimant sustained 38% total body surface area burns. Claimant solicitors put in an a schedule of loss at short notice claiming just under £5m after liability had been conceded in the belief that a £2m insurance indemnity would be sufficient. Senior associate Kirsten Almond is 'very thorough and considers all angles'. Senior legal assistant Carl Hurle is 'very user-friendly and responsive and often acts as an extension of the in-house team'. Senior associate Mark Milkovics has more than 25 years' experience in personal injury work and he recently defended  Union Hosteleria, trading as Hotels Holiday Parks, against a claim brought by a teenager who suffered a serious spinal injury  as a result of falling through the glass floor of her hotel balcony.

Hunt & Coombs LLP has a large personal injury team that handles both defendant and claimant work. It is the only firm in Peterborough to handle the full range of defence litigation for both insurance companies and self-insured organisations. It also has in-house experience in costs, which means insurer clients do not have to bear the expense of an external costs draftsman. Practice head Naina Tilney has nearly 30 years' experience in personal injury law and specialises in complex and high-value claims, among which are those arising from amputations, brain injuries, serious orthopaedic injuries and complex psychiatric injuries. Her caseload consists exclusively of multi-track claims. Her six-lawyer team includes senior litigation executive Darren Fletcher and senior solicitor Richard Moon. The practice recently defended a self-insured company against a claim by a man who injured his non-dominant hand, in which a favourable settlement was reached without the need for an expensive joint settlement meeting. She is currently defending a claim against a logistics company brought by a client who injured his foot in an accident at work.

Taylor Rose TTKW focuses exclusively on costs disputes arising from successful compensation claims where the law enables claimants to recover the fees paid to lawyers for representation. Clients remark that 'response times are good and the lawyers are always available for ad hoc telephone queries as and when costs issues arise'. As part of Matthew Hoe's litigation team, bill drafting manager Catherine Rickett acts for insurers and other clients in the negotiation and recovery of costs, drafting costs budgets, and limiting the amount of costs to be paid upon conclusion of an unsuccessful claim. In 2017, the firm saved its insurer clients more than £16m.


Professional negligence

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The service from Mills & Reeve LLP‚Äės defendant practice is ‚Äėprofessional and comprehensive with timely responses‚Äė. One client notes that 'it is¬†one of the leading firms in the country for professional negligence with¬†unrivalled experience across the range of professions'. Insurance disputes specialist¬†Stephen King, who frequently handles claims against¬†solicitors and clinicians, and¬†Neil Davies, whose work includes matters involving the construction industry, surveyors and insurance brokers, are co-heads of the practice. Davies and¬†principal associate¬†Clare Howard¬†are¬†known for 'pragmatic advice and successful outcomes'. Clients also recommend 'extremely able' senior associate¬†Matthew Wilson¬†and associate¬†Sophie Howard. The firm counts Countrywide plc, Sompo Canopius, CNA Hardy, Travelers and Pen Underwriting among its clients. Consultant¬†Guy Hodgson, who previously led the insurance disputes practice, remains keenly involved in matters involving¬†policy and coverage advice, and handles claims against solicitors. The firm's highlights included a high-value claim against a contractor who failed to identify and remove asbestos from a commercial building, causing delay to a major refurbishment project.

Birketts LLP¬†has a strong claimant practice that services clients both in East Anglia and nationwide. It regularly handles claims against a variety of professionals but with a particular focus on solicitors and accountants, and it deals with many cases concerning negligent probate advice.¬†Experienced litigator and member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers‚Äô Association (PNLA)¬†¬†Max Roessler¬†leads the practice and advises both business and private clients on claims against a wide range of professionals, though many of his cases focus on matters involving other law firms. Partners¬†Paul Matthews¬†and PNLA member Laurence Weeks¬†also play key roles in the practice, in which senior associates Bernadette Baker¬†and Robert Tiffen¬†and associate Susannah Catchpole¬†are also recommended. Roessler recently acted for a client bringing a claim against financial advisers for poor investment advice affecting beneficiaries. Highlights for Matthews included acting in a claim against solicitors for the negligent management of a potential claim.  

Buckles Solicitors LLP¬†in Peterborough regularly handles complex and high-value professional negligence claims, predominantly for claimants but the practice is seeing an increasing number of cases for uninsured defendants. A key strand of its workload arises from the mis-selling of financial products, with cases brought against¬†financial institutions, financial advisers and lawyers who have failed to deal with initial claims effectively. Solicitor advocates¬†James Maxey¬†and Paul Branch¬† have broad litigation practices that include a substantial amount of professional negligence matters, and senior associate Nick Porter¬†has more than 15 years' experience in this field. The firm's highlights included acting for a large business in the veterinary sector that purchased interest rate derivatives from a leading UK bank. The claim arose from the resulting financial losses the business suffered, after which it was discovered that the products had been mis-sold. The multimillion-pound claim is currently in the Court of Appeal.  

Greene & Greene in Bury St Edmunds joins the ranking thanks to its highly-rated litigation practice, which acts for both corporate clients and individuals in professional negligence cases against solicitors, accountants and surveyors, as well as other professions. 'Measured, considered, realistic and professional' head of dispute resolution Michael Batty calls on senior solicitor Andrea Nicholls, solicitor Ben Fox and assistant Kate Struthers to handle complex cases, which last year included a £100,000 claim against solicitors for a residential conveyancing matter in which defects in a newly built home were discovered not to have been covered by guarantees the purchasers believed to be in place. Batty also pursued a £200,000 claim against solicitors for failure to ensure that the estate of an elderly man with significant assets was executed before his death.


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