Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant in East Anglia

Ashtons Legal

Ashtons Legal is a ‘friendly, knowledgable, effective firm known for good case management, good communication and attention to detail‘. The firm’s niche personal injury and clinical negligence teams both have stellar reputations for high-value recoveries in complex cases. Richard Foyster in Ipswich leads on personal injury matters, while in Bury St Edmunds, Sharon Allison leads the medical negligence practice and Michael Wangermann is head of injury services. Also in Bury St Edmunds, Sandra Patton is a long-standing expert in clinical negligence, senior associate Tom Ranson is ‘empathetic, kind and trustworthy‘, and senior associate Mick Upton returned from CFG Law in 2021. The ‘meticulous and tenaciousBen Ward in Norwich leads on catastrophic injury claims including cerebral palsy, paraplegia, amputation and adult brain injury.

Practice head(s):

Richard Foyster; Sharon Allison; Michael Wangermann

Other key lawyers:

Ben Ward; Mick Upton; Julie Crossley; Tom Ranson; Sandra Patton

Testimonials

‘Friendly, knowledgable, effective firm – good case management, good communication, attention to detail.’

‘Ben Ward is excellent to work with – communication second to none, very thorough, misses nothing, meticulous with the details, tenacious, would highly recommend.’

‘Michael Wangermann guided us through the whole process, including referring us to a colleague in life planning to sort out a personal injury trust. We could not have wished for a better solicitor.’

‘Tom Ranson became my lawyer, his professionalism, empathy, kindness and, trustworthiness and support blew me away. He goes above and beyond, he is always just a phonecall away, he has really helped me navigate through this trauma. I think he is outstanding at his job and I wouldn’t want anyone else in the world to help me through this difficult time.’

‘Sharon Allison – meticulous attention to detail with a compassion and clear sighted support of clients. Ben Ward – a great strategic mind able to cut through to the essence of a claim.’

‘Julie Crossley combines an empathetic approach with evident experience.’

‘I work with Ashton’s Legal as a GP Expert Witness. The instructions I get are well drafted and there are rarely any problems working with Ashtons. The Solicitors all seem to be very professional and very efficient.’

‘The team has helped in every way possible in terms of all the needs that are required from billings, medical and mental needs.there is not a bad thing I can say and that is from the bottom of my heart.’

Key clients

Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union

Work highlights

  • Acting on a number of cerebral palsy claims including a recent new instruction which will be quantified as multi-million pound in which the Claimant, a 1 year old boy, has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy affecting all four limbs as a consequence of a delay in diagnosis of meningitis as a neonate.
  • Representing a significant number of clients with brain injury claims including a matter settled recently for over £500,000 where there was an unusual liability dispute as to whether the cause of a road traffic collision was the condition of the road or the Defendant’s driving.
  • Acting on behalf of many asbestos-related disease sufferers including settling for £280,000 the claim of a former BBC engineer who was exposed to asbestos both in buildings and on location and developed mesothelioma in his 70s.

Barr Ellison LLP

First and foremost, the team are completely tuned in with their clients‘, remarks a client of Barr Ellison LLP in Cambridge, adding that ‘they show great respect, are extremely courteous, reliant, empathetic and genuinely go the extra mile to support‘. The firm, which has a dedicated office at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, which is the major trauma centre for East Anglia, specialises in head and brain injury, spinal injury, amputations, life-changing orthopaedic and other serious injury cases. Practice head Emma Truin is known for her experience and expertise of handling catastrophic injury work with a particular specialism in brain injury cases. Associates Mark Copley , who is ‘highly competent and is a master of the detail‘, and Lucy Spraggons are highly recommended by clients.

Practice head(s):

Emma Truin

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte Dixon; Mark Copley; Lucy Spraggons

Testimonials

‘First and foremost, the team are completely tuned in with their clients. They show great respect, are extremely courteous, reliant, empathetic and genuinely go the extra mile to support. Communication is handled very well and in a manner and at a level the client can relate.’

‘Any legal jargon is explained leaving the client confident that activities are understood and being handled in a highly experienced manner. That ensures they stand out from the crowd especially when I compare to other customer-facing companies who’s level of service is lacklustre in comparison.’

‘The team are professionals, very knowledgeable and you can trust their judgement 100%. Emma Truin raised our level of trust with the team. She must have worked incredibly hard during the handover period considering the colossal amount of documentation attached to the case. We should mention also, Charlotte Dixon who has supported us greatly with various administration tasks.’

‘Having gone through a very traumatic period of our lives, I can honestly state our pressure was eased and stress levels kept to a minimum knowing we had (and continue to have) a reliable, friendly, hardworking team fighting our cause.’

‘Emma Truin leads an excellent team in Barr Ellison’s personal injury department specialising in high value traumatic brain injury claims. The firm is sufficiently small for the personal touch but has great talent and experience in the personal injury team.’

‘The firm took a very personal approach from the very first meeting. The initial meeting was undertaken in very trying times, the solicitor made sure that we were ok and explained the whole process in detail and words that I could understand even though my brain was not functioning given the circumstances. Once I had engaged the firm, they made sure the we were kept up to date with all developments right through to it’s conclusion’

‘Their personal approach and understanding of the trauma that we were going through as a family. Their explanation of the process and how they were going to undertake the case, the steps that needed to be taken and full explaining any legal terms.’

‘Mark Copley has been most helpful and approachable at all times.’

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell in Cambridge is ‘a market leader in the East Anglian region and there is a good balance in the team that is highly focused on achieving the best results for its clients‘. The firm is unique in the region in that its PI practice combines expertise in serious injury claims with a market-leading military claims practice. ‘The clinical negligence team has scaled unbelievable heights in terms of the quality‘, according to one client. Head of serious injury Ruth Booy, head of clinical negligence Guy Forster, Ministry of Defence specialist Simon Harrington, lead clinical negligence partner Neil Whiteley and head of workplace injury and asbestos-related disease Rosemary Giles are all acknowledged experts in their fields. Senior associate Samantha Shaw and associates Sophie Bales, Alexander Davenport Sarah Wealleans and the ‘intellectually top-drawerGurpreet Lalli are highly recommended by clients.

Practice head(s):

Neil Whiteley; Guy Forster; Ruth Booy; Rosemary Giles; Simon Harrington

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Bales; Gurpreet Lalli; Sarah Wealleans; Alexandra Davenport

Testimonials

‘Irwin Mitchell has developed a high-quality clinical negligence and personal injury team in a relatively short time, and it is now a market leader in the East Anglian region. The team is highly specialised and undertakes high value and complex cases. There is a strong collegiate ethic within the team that is well-organised under its head, Guy Foster.’

‘There is a good ethnic and gender balance in the team that is highly focused on achieving the best results for its clients. In a relatively short time since it opened in Cambridge his team has now made IM the team to compete against in East Anglia.’

‘Guy Foster has led the development of the team from early on following its opening and he has now built up a formidable team in the East Anglian area. He is a strong leader with a keen sense of building a team in which all members feel they are valued. He ensures the focus of client care and welfare is always a paramount feature for all members of the team. He also takes on his own caseload and manages to combine his undoubted skills as an experienced clinical negligence practitioner with deft management of the team overall.’

‘Sarah Wealleans is an  associate and she handles a diverse and heavy caseload of clinical negligence cases. She is highly intelligent with good clients skills, and moreover is able to identify legal and practical issues in a case quickly and efficiently. She is a rising star in claimant clinical negligence practice.’

‘Gurpreet Lalli- is an associate solicitor who manages complex and high value clinical negligence cases with both aplomb and proficiency. She is intellectually “top-drawer” and consistently obtains highly beneficial results for her clients. Gurpreet is a fearless negotiator who can hold her own against the visisitudes of strong-willed defendant practitioners and overall, she has tactical acumen that should see her at partner level in the near future. She is definitely “one to watch”.’

‘Simon Harrington is a partner who undertakes personal injury cases, with an emphasis on military personal injuries. Over the past 15 years Simon has focused on the niche area of representing injured service personnel and he is an acknowledged expert, with vast experience. He regularly handles high value and complex cases of service personnel injured in the UK and overseas and is second to none in his tactical ability and legal knowledge. He is one of the main “go to” solicitors in the UK for claimant military personal injury cases.’

‘Neil Whiteley is an excellent practitioner whose experience shines through. It is a joy to work with him. He’s great with the clients, he always knows the case inside out and can always see the bigger picture. An incredibly talented solicitor.’

‘Ruth Booy is outstandingly good. I work for pretty much all of the leading catastrophic injury firms and i would rate Ruth in the top tranche of catastrophic injury practitioners nationwide. She has unparalleled levels of experience and is unwavering in her commitment to clients. She has also got a superb ability to connect with defendant solicitors to get the best outcome to cases on a collaborative basis.’

Work highlights

  • Elderly client who had previously worked as a carpenter diagnosed with Asbestosis. Disease was contracted whilst working for a local employer who had passed in 2015 leading the team to trace executors of the employers estate.
  • An individual born with severe brain damage due to mistakes in the client’s maternity care. The client had initially brought a claim for damages to cover long term care of their child. Unfortunately the child in question passed away weeks after the delivery. An investigation was launched that was mismanaged. As part of the settlement, mediation was made available for the family to explore patient issues giving further reassurance. The mediation was attended by Jeremy Hunt MP and Clinicians from the trust.

Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon‘s Cambridge office focuses purely on PI cases, in which it has a stellar reputation. Paul Tapner  is ‘is an exceptional solicitor always goes above and beyond and always works extremely hard to achieve the best outcome for his clients‘. Angela Beric is ‘extremely able, hardworking and sensible‘. The ‘patient and caringRichard Gaffney is a catastrophic injury specialist who handles brain and spinal cord injury, amputation and fatal accident claims. Crystal Eaton ‘combines her sensitive approach to client with the fiercest determination to fight for their cause‘.

Practice head(s):

Madelene Holdsworth

Other key lawyers:

Paul Tapner; Angela Beric; Richard Gaffney; Crystal Eaton; Andrew Hostler; Elham Mobini

Testimonials

‘Richard Gaffney, Andrew Hostler and the team at Salter Gordon truly guided me through my claim. The process was difficult and confusing but Richard supported me fully, he clearly explained the process. Richard was patient and caring while also explaining the situation, pitfalls and possible outcomes. I am truly grateful to Richard, Andrew and the team.’

‘They were recommended to us as being experts with injury claims by staff members at Addenbrookes hospital. They keep us very well informed with what is going on and will always make time for appointments to keep us in the loop with the claim.’

‘Angela Beric is very approachable when we have questions which may seem simple at the time and she is friendly.’

‘Both Elham Mobini and Crystal Eaton were brilliant during the process. What made them stand out was their understanding of this new situation we found ourselves in and the clear explanations they offered. Also the manner in which they dealt with the Covid situation when using phoine calls rather than face to face eetings with the different bodies concerned.’

‘Crystal Eaton is my favourite. The kindest person I know who combines her lovely sensitive approach to client with the fiercest determination to fight for their cause.’

‘Excellent team. Have worked with them for many years. Particular strengths attention to detail, close contact with client and expert, efficient, hard working and go the extra mile.’

‘Paul Tapner is an exceptional solicitor always goes above and beyond and always works extremely hard to achieve the best outcome for his clients.’

‘Angela Beric is an extremely able, hardworking solicitor with long experience in claims for seriously injured clients. She is sensible, her judgment is reliable and she will pursue all reasonable steps to achieve the best possible outcome.’

Tees Law

The ‘professional and sympathetic‘ team at Tees Law is ‘approachable, understanding and shows genuine care’. The firm handles both catastrophic and lower-value medical negligence claims, and it has lawyers who specialise in inquest work and NHS continuing healthcare claims and appeals. Vastly experienced practice head Janine Collier ‘really cares and is a very dedicated person who just wants to help‘. She secured a seven-figure interim payment for a client suffering from cerebral palsy as a result of skull fractures. Tim Deeming is ‘outstanding in his advice and also realistic‘. Widely acknowledged PI expert Vicki Seabrook and ‘polite and efficient’ associate Sarah Stocker also play key roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Janine Collier

Other key lawyers:

Tim Deeming; Sarah Stocker; Vicki Seabrook; Rachel Benton; Adam Copeland

Testimonials

‘Janine Collier has an amazing reputation and quite rightly, she very quickly spotted something that wasn’t the main focus of the case but is able to zoom out and look at everything that’s going on and spot things others wouldn’t spot. You can tell she really cares and is a very dedicated person who just wants to help. The team are all caring and efficient.’

‘I deal with Rachel Benton most of the time and she is quite exceptional, very sensitive to all my emotional ups and downs as well as very professional. It’s obvious that she really cares about her clients, and she’s such a safe pair of hands. It’s a long, uncertain and exhausting process but she is really understanding and she is constantly managing and juggling everything brilliantly with the end goal in sight.’

‘Sarah Stocker is professional, efficient and kind.’

‘Tim Deeming has provided a sympathetic ear and understanding of our situation and he has been amazing in all he has done to help move our case forward in a professional and knowledgeable manner whilst still being on ‘our level’. If we didn’t understand anything or needed it repeating he was more than happy to do so, especially with all the technical terms and wording that has been used.’

‘I have mainly dealt with Mr Tim Deeming during our case and, without exception, have found him to be professional, caring and at all times very clear with regard to where we are and how we are progressing.’

‘Tim Deeming was the partner we dealt with, and he was always available to answer any questions or issues we had. He guided us through the minefield of two inquests, mediation, and always with a sensitive approach to our feelings. He was outstanding in his advice and also realistic which was very important as to the expectations of the legal process. Finally he was encouraging when we had to give evidence and was always on hand to help with statements and any evidence we needed to provide.’

‘Janine Collier demonstrates first rate client care skills and assays her considerable expertise in handling claims (such as for people who have lost their sight) into a highly personal and tailored service for her clients taking into account the wide range of needs they may have other than just purely legal help. Adam Copeland also provides highly tailored and specialist advice whilst maintaining his kind and approachable care to injured patients.’

‘Since Tees took over our case it has moved along very quickly. The team have been very supportive and understanding of our case and only have the best intentions for us. Their response to emails, questions and queries have been dealt with promptly and professionally.’

Work highlights

  • Secured a seven-figure settlement for the client who suffered cerebral palsy.
  • Advising a client on an ophthalmic medical negligence claim arising out of a failure to monitor glaucoma post-cataract surgery to their left eye.
  • Representing a client in relation to a claim for a 3+ year delayed diagnosis of a brain tumour.

CFG Law

CFG Law is a firm of serious and catastrophic injury solicitors who specialise in personal injury cases with a value exceeding £25,000. Its office in Bury St Edmunds opened in 2021, when the firm hired the vastly experienced Hannah Clarke and newly promoted partner Siobhan Thacker from Ashtons Legal. Both are ‘standout individuals in terms of legal knowledge, litigation practice and client care‘. One client remarks that ‘their tactical acumen is second to none and they progress cases with close attention to detail presenting their client’s cases as strongly as they can be‘. They recently secured in excess of £10m for a spinal cord injured client who was involved in a motorbike road traffic collision.

Practice head(s):

Hannah Clarke

Other key lawyers:

Siobhan Thacker; Sarah Barrett

Testimonials

‘A real delight to work with. They truly understand the client’s situation and seek to serve them in an holistic way. Their tactical acumen is second to none. They progress cases with close attention to detail presenting their client’s cases as strongly as they can be. They are very skilled at notation.’

‘Siobhan Thacker and Hannah Clarke. Two standout individuals in terms of legal knowledge, litigation practice and client care.’

‘I always enjoy working with the CFG Bury St Edmunds Personal Injury Team. My understanding is that CFG Law hold a fund whereby they can provide support to their injured clients from the outset. They also have a superbly competent Client Support Team, who do their upmost to get support to injured clients ahead of case management commencing, so helpful for that injured individual.’

“Siobhan Thacker and Sarah Barrett. Siobhan Thacker has recently been made Partner at the firm and I feel this is wholly deserved. She is dedicated and passionate about her work and fights hard for the best outcome for her injured clients. She is also highly respectful of my work as a case manager and will do her upmost to work collaboratively and be a true member of the multi-disciplinary team.’

‘Sarah Barrett is one of the most delightful individuals I have met. She is highly personable able to listen and empathise and works just as hard to keep her clients’ needs at the forefront of her legal practice.’

Work highlights

  • Secured in excess of £10m for a spinal cord injured client who was involved in a motorbike road traffic collision.
  • Secured compensation of nearly £2m for a client who sustained a traumatic brain injury in a road traffic collision.
  • Over £1m compensation for a client who sustained orthopaedic injuries and ongoing psychological symptoms after a head on collision.

Ellisons Solicitors

Ellisons Solicitors ‘gives each case and each individual client the care and attention they deserve‘. The Ipswich office has a specialist personal injury practice that handles workplace accidents, road traffic accidents and accidents in public places, as well as advising bereaved families. December 2021 arrival from Gotelee Solicitors Stevan Stratton leads the practice following the retirement of Robert Gair, with clients remarking that he is ‘highly intelligent, hardworking, compassionate‘, and one noting that he is ‘tenacious with opponents and very caring towards clients‘. Senior associate Bernice Spurgeon is ‘impressive to watch‘ and specialises in fast and multi-track cases including road traffic accident, employers and public liability.

Practice head(s):

Stevan Stratton

Other key lawyers:

Bernice Spurgeon

Testimonials

‘Ellisons have embraced the use of technology since the start of the pandemic. However, they still give each case and each individual client the care and attention they deserve.’

‘Stevan Stratton has recently joined the firm as a Partner and Head of Personal Injury. This was a very smart move by Ellisons. Stevan is a highly intelligent, hardworking, compassionate individual. He is tenacious with opponents and very caring towards clients. In recent years he has had conduct of some very high value but also emotionally challenging personal injury cases. He has dealt with these cases with aplomb. The clients have been very fortunate to have Stevan by their side. No wonder he has been made a partner at such a relatively young age.’

‘This is a small but extremely competent claimant team operating within a firm that specialises mainly in defence work for injury litigation. The team is led by Stevan Stratton and I work for him and a colleague, Bernice Spurgeon.’

Stevan Stratton is relatively new to Ellisons, having taken over the managing partner role in October 2021. He has hit the ground running, having to take over a complex and diverse portfolio of cases which he has achieved brilliantly. He has an excellent manner with both clients and opponents, achieving sensible compromises through powerful communication.’

‘Bernice Spurgeon has demonstrated enormous skill and dedication in the cases she has worked on with me over the last year. She has had to adopt the mentality of social worker and counsellor while simultaneously bringing on-board specialist psychologists and case managers. It is impressive to watch from afar.’

Fosters

Fosters in Norwich handles both clinical negligence and personal injury cases. Stephen Green leads the PI group and has a long-standing reputation as a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel membership and an APIL Senior Litigator. He recently settled a claim for a young woman who suffered a brain injury at 17 for the sum of £2.75m. Senior associate David Gabell handles claimant medical negligence work and is an AvMA panel member. He recently settled a claim for a man in his seventies who had suffered a stroke and whose clinicians failed to refer him for the appropriate neuro-rehabilitation, resulting in ongoing right upper limb weakness.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Green

Other key lawyers:

David Gabell

Work highlights

  • Achieved a large settlement for a man who had suffered a stroke and was not offered the appropriate rehabilitation.
  • Achieved settlement for a passenger, not wearing a seatbelt, who was injured in a collision between two drivers each of whom blamed the other. Both Defendants alleged that the client’s failure to wear a seatbelt led to him sustaining much more serious spinal injuries than otherwise would have been the case.  Medical evidence was obtained to rebut this assertion.  The claim settled for £140k.
  • Representing a family who have suffered injury arising from the prescription of the drug Epilim during the mother’s pregnancy.  There are potential claims against the GP who prescribed the medication, the three hospitals who subsequently reviewed it and confirmed that it should continue to be prescribed and the manufacturers of the drug.

Gotelee Solicitors

Gotelee Solicitors in Ipswich handles both fast-track and complex personal injury and clinical negligence cases. Its PI work encompasses fatal accident claims, asbestos related cases and historical and current abuse cases, and the practice also has a strong track record in employers liability and public liability matters. The clinical negligence practice deals with cases arising from all aspects of medical treatment including claims against GPs, hospitals, dentists and matters arising from private treatment. This includes severe birth injury claims and matters concerning permanent life-changing injuries. Tim Humpage leads the injury department, while Diana Infanti is the lead partner for clinical negligence. Legal executive Sian Mullane is highly recommended. Stevan Stratton  left the firm in December 2021.

Practice head(s):

Timothy Humpage

Work highlights

  • Acted for estate of man who died of Mesothelioma following exposure to asbestos in the 1960’s working in factory. We settled the case in excess of £100,000 for the estate.

Hatch Brenner LLP

Hatch Brenner LLP in Norwich is ‘understanding, hardworking and persevering‘ in matters of personal injury and clinical negligence. ‘He is always quick to respond to any queries I had, and made me feel like nothing was too much trouble for him‘, says a client of head of dispute resolution Colin Cook who specialises in PI. He recently recovered in excess of £500,000 for a client who struck his head on a low door beam at work, resulting in a brain injury. Partner Sara Westwood is ‘personable and approachable‘ in PI and CN cases, and is an APIL senior litigator. Litigation executive Pasha Alnadaf ‘will do his utmost for justice‘, says one client.

Practice head(s):

Colin Cook

Other key lawyers:

Pasha Alnadaf; Sara Westwood

Testimonials

‘The Hatch Brenner Team were involved in my personal injury claim for two years and my experience during that time was they were always professional with great communication skills. The Hatch Brenner Team were always understanding, hardworking and persevering. I am so glad that I chose Hatch Brenner as they have helped me to get my life back on track after my workplace accident which at times I doubted was possible for me to feel this positive again.’

‘Colin Cook was always quick to respond to any queries I had, and made me feel like nothing was too much trouble for him. I would recommend Hatch Brenner to anyone needing help with a personal injury claim.’

‘Hatch Brenner was a recommended Solicitors and one which I have had no regrets in using. From the onset, I had every step of the case explained to me in layman’s terms. I have prompt replies to all my emails and frequent telephone calls for any further advice or explanation.’

‘My Solicitor is Pasha Alnadaf and his communication throughout has been one of support, reassurance and extremely well led. I have felt at all times that he will do his utmost for justice, on my behalf. I couldn’t have been made more assured by him, on all levels of this case. I would highly recommend, Mr Alnadaf.’

‘Sara Westwood has been fantastic. She is always very professional and yet emphatic in what was a very emotional situation for us.’

‘Sara Westwood was always very personable and approachable. We lost my Father through clinical negligence and Sara showed us all compassion whilst dealing with our case. Sara is very friendly and always informative.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a former IT Consultant from Norwich, struck his head when walking beneath a low door beam during the course of his employment at a luxury travel agent. The Defendant – the travel agent – denied that the Claimant had received a brain injury, explaining that the symptoms related to his chronic pain disorder and was unrelated to the “mild bump on the head of a kind which people suffer regularly and which has led to no long-term consequences at all”. The Court preferred the Claimant’s case and the firm was able to recover c. £509,000 in damages and an additional c. £50,000 pursuant.
  • Representing a claimant who was travelling as a passenger in a vehicle which was involved in a road traffic accident. The vehicle was hit from behind by a tractor. The claimant suffered a head injury and had continued symptoms, struggling to carry out the more complicated areas of his career resulting in an inability to take more senior positions. The firm settled the case for £120,000 following a settlement meeting in September 2021.

Clapham & Collinge Solicitors

Clapham & Collinge Solicitors handles both personal injury and clinical negligence work, and clients note that it has ‘a small team that packs a punch above its size‘. ‘They are able to manage large claims and understand the needs of severely injured claimants‘, says a client of practice head Philip Lumb in Norwich and legal executive Kate Smith, who is vastly experienced in PI matters. Lumb has experience in high-value claims arising from industrial disease, asbestos-related illness, serious injury, accidents at work, road traffic accidents and clinical negligence.

Practice head(s):

Philip Lumb

Other key lawyers:

Kate Smith

Testimonials

‘A small team that packs a punch above their size. They are able to manage large claims and understand the needs of severely injured claimants.’

‘No-one works harder for her clients than Kate Smith.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a client who suffered a hand injury in an accident at work. The client’s claim for personal injury and loss settled in October 2021.
  • Representing a client who suffered a traumatic amputation of his forearm and hand below his elbow as a result of an accident at work.
  • Represented a client who suffered soft tissue injuries in a road traffic accident. The claim settled in December 2021.

Fraser Dawbarns

Fraser Dawbarns in Wisbech has a strong standing in its local market for personal injury matters, in which practice head and ‘exceptionally talented negotiator‘ Neil John has long-standing expertise. His experience in niche sectors such as claims for union members and motorcycle claims is part of a broad practice that now includes matters arising from complex or life-changing injuries. The practice is ‘helpful and professional‘ and clients report that it is ‘a local firm which offers a high-quality service comparable with the very best inner city firms‘.

Practice head(s):

Neil John

Testimonials

‘Fraser Dawbarns has a comprehensive team of solicitors who have provided legal representation and advice to my family in several areas of their professional and personal lives. They are a local firm with offices in several local market towns, but offer a high quality service comparable with the very best inner city firms. Their service to myself personally and also to my immediate family relatives has always been exceptional.’

‘I was represented by Mr Neil John within my legal case. I cannot speak highly enough of my regard for Mr John. From the outset, Neil was clear and pragmatic about my case providing an outline plan of how to approach my case. Throughout the process of dealing with this case Neil proved to be an exceptionally talented negotiator. Neil visited me at home several times whilst I was injured, in order to progress my case. He always listened carefully to my views, and presented these in the best possible way. I am very grateful to Fraser Dawbarns for representing and settling my case on favourable terms.’

‘I found dealing with this firm very personable, and actually switched to them mid claim from an insurance recommended legal firm for that reason.’

‘The person who dealt with my case, Neil John, was extremely knowledgeable, particularly in the area of road traffic collisions involving motorcycles.’

‘Fraser Dawbarns is located near to the market in Wisbech. Get a good localisation. I have recommendations from my friend who need them help couple years ago. As it was my first time when I need a lawyer, I was very surprised of them approach to the client. They was very helpful and professional.’

‘As English is not my first language I have a problem with understanding the official phrases. Fraser Dawbarns team always was very placed to explain me that. I always was asked questions if I was not sure and always get the answers. Everything has been organised very well and I will recommended Fraser Dawbarns in Wisbech to everyone who will need the help.’

‘During my no-cost telephone consultation with Neil John all of my questions were answered with full transparency and the cost quoted was the cost paid. Lots of updates from them. Excellent service, I have already referred a friend to them.’

Work highlights

  • Obtaining £900,000 settlement for a young passenger who suffered injuries including serious damage to his leg in a head on road traffic collision.  He is likely to need a full knee replacement before he is 35.
  • Obtained over £70,000 settlement for a client who suffered an orthopaedic injury when his motorcycle was hit by a car.
  • Handling a range of workplace injury claims including most recently obtaining £110,000 for a client who required extensive surgery and a prolonged recuperation period after his hand became caught in a piece of machinery.

Moons Solicitors

Moons Solicitors in Peterborough is a firm specialising in claimant personal injury matters. Lead partner Richard Moon‘s main area of focus is claims involving a psychiatric element, and particularly somatoform disorders and other chronic pain cases. He handles fast-track claims and complex, high-value matters, among them a claim for a client who suffered brain injuries and serious fractures to his wrists in a fall at a construction site. He is praised as ‘a pleasure to work with, extremely diligent and competent, very good with clients and not afraid to take on difficult cases‘.

Practice head(s):

Richard Moon

Testimonials

‘Excellent small team. Very strong local knowledge. Very personal approach.’

‘Richard Moon is excellent. Attention to detail is exceptional. Goes above and beyond.’

‘A boutique solicitors specialising in personal injury run by the very competent Richard Moon formerly at Hunt & Coombs. In my view, this is one of the very few firms in Peterborough and surrounding areas that can deal with middle to high-value person injury claims.’

‘Richard Moon is a pleasure to work with extremely diligent and competent. Very good with clients and not afraid to take on difficult cases.’

‘A small team but overseen by a brilliant senior, Richard Moon. He has years of relevant experience in the PI field and comes widely respected in the field. His ethos is to ensure that each case is dealt with carefully and giving it the attention it deserves and his juniors have adopted that method of work so that each case is thoroughly and pristinely prepared. A gold standard in every case.’

‘Richard Moon is simply superb. His knowledge, attention to detail and tactical acumen are second to none. He handles extremely complex and difficult cases with ease and at every step goes the extra mile for the client.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for a client with brain injuries and balance problems who is unable to return to work.
  • Acted for a client who suffered brain injuries and serious fractures to his wrists in a fall at a construction site, with liability disputed between two defendants and difficulties over insurance cover.
  • Acted for the widow of a man killed in a fall from height, with liability disputed.