Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant in East Anglia

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

The corporate claims practice at Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is ‘responsive and proactive, easy to contact and provides clear advice and guidance‘. The firm acts directly for clients in handling high-stakes matters for large businesses, among them Johnson Controls International, the Civil Aviation Authority and Legal & General. Practice head Nicola Lashmar in Ipswich is ‘very experienced and technically excellent‘. Partner Louise Bland, legal director Paul Coppin , and principal associate Wayne Donovan, who ‘looks to achieve the very best outcome‘, are vastly experienced in both clinical negligence and personal injury matters. Bland acted for Argus Insurance in a £12m PI claim concerning a high-speed road accident. All named lawyers are based in Ipswich.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Lashmar

Other key lawyers:

Louise Bland; Paul Coppin; Wayne Donovan


‘The team is responsive and proactive. They are easy to contact and provide clear advice and guidance. Enjoyable to work with and great relationship.’

‘Nicola Lashmar is very experienced and technically excellent in dealing with claims against gas suppliers.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable in the relevant areas of the law. A great deal of knowledge of our corporate history which is helpful in the event of a major claim.’

‘Wayne Donovan – looks to achieve the very best outcome for the client. Always looks to make cost-effective decisions for his client.’

‘Louise Bland understands how to explain English law to foreigners. She communicates well with clients (policyholders) and knows how to get information that is outside the usual scope of a British law firm.’

‘Paul Coppin and Nicola Lashmar are very good, sensible, practical.’

‘Personable, friendly. High technical knowledge and they ensure they are aware of all our own company changes. They understand our culture. They feel like an extension to our team because of their understanding of the issues we have. Their guidance is presented clearly so decisions can be made at the earliest opportunity.’

‘Nicola Lashmar – has a great deal of knowledge about the business and the relevant areas of the law, built up through years of experience representing the business.’

Key clients

Johnson Controls International

Civil Aviation Authority

Thames Water Utilities Limited

Forestry England

UK Research & Innovation

Norfolk County Council

Gov Facility Services Limited

Legal & General

Generali Versicherung AG

Resolute Management Limited


Kennedys is a specialist clinical negligence defence firm with a stellar reputation for success. The firm is a key adviser to NHS Resolution, and it has long-standing relationships with a host of NHS Trusts, both in East Anglia and across the UK. The ‘clever, inspiring, caring‘ Robert Tobin is the lead partner in Cambridge, where Amanda Mead is a relationship partner for NHS Resolution and a client partner for numerous Trusts and CCGs in East Anglia. ‘Her calm and authoritative manner definitely inspires confidence‘, say clients of Camilla Long. Senior associates Margaret Duncan, who is ‘a steady hand on the tiller who deals with clinical negligence claims with sensitivity and focus‘, and Samantha Williams also play pivotal roles in the practice.

Practice head(s):

Robert Tobin

Other key lawyers:

Amanda Mead; Camilla Long; Margaret Duncan; Samantha Williams; Samantha Goward; Laura Ringrose


‘Kennedys has several offices which enables them to pool expertise and enhance the quality of their advice by sharing experience. Kennedys East Anglia benefits from working within the overall Kennedys umbrella which enables it to provide specialist advice in healthcare and clinical negligence at a regional level. There is a very strong team of specialist lawyers under the leadership of Rob Tobin and Amanda Mead.’

‘Samantha Goward is a highly intelligent and committed lawyer. Papers are always immaculately prepared and her instructions focus directly on the key issues to be addressed. She has a no-fuss approach and excellent communication skills. She is a solicitor advocate and conducts inquests on behalf of Trusts.’

‘Margaret Duncan is a steady hand on the tiller: she deals with a large range of clinical negligence claims with sensitivity and focus. We worked together on a case where the child died between settlement of liability and assessment of quantum where her dealings with the opposing team was exemplary.’

‘Camilla Long was a valuable addition to the team, having vast experience in handling GP claims, including substantial trial experience. Her calm and authoritative manner definitely inspires confidence.’

‘Kennedys are an invaluable support for our Trust. They are always on hand 24/7 to provide advice on complex matters and deal things urgently. They provide the right level of help depending on the complexity and offer very competitive rates for ad-hoc queries. They are a pleasure to work with and we tend to get positive feedback from clinicians who come into contact with them.’

‘Amanda Mead – Partner – Down to earth and extremely approachable. Very knowledgeable and understands clients needs. Extremely supportive, flexible, intuitive and smart. Amanda is the heart of Kennedys. Rob Tobin – Partner – Knowledgeable, always able to deal with any complex query. Great with clinicians and professional.’

‘Rob Tobin has all the qualities of an excellent leader – clever, inspiring, caring. Sam Goward is knowledgeable and reliable. Laura Ringrose is a good strategic thinker and excellent at negotiating. Camilla Long is an excellent partner who is very well respected.’

‘Amanda Mead and Robin Tobin head up this successful team. A large proportion of the Team are women and many members work flexibly round children and other caring responsibilities. They also reflect this in their working style and relationships with Counsel. With a wealth of experience for defendant clients, in particular the NHSR, they are very much leaders in this area and are instructed by Trusts around the country.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP‘s Norwich office is home to a full-service health sector offering that includes the firm’s medical malpractice group. The practice handles clinical negligence claims for insurers, CCGs and other healthcare providers, as well as advising on policy and governance issues. The five-lawyer practice is led by health and insurance partner Stephen King, who deals with matters concerning personal injury,  disease, product liability and medical negligence. He acts for a number of NHS teaching trusts in the UK, and frequently deals with fitness to practice defence matters.

Practice head(s):

Stephen King