Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant in East Midlands

Barratts Solicitors

Edward Myers and David Tomlinson head the personal injury practice at Barratts Solicitors. The team acts in all types of personal injury matters, with particular experience in spinal and brain injury and fatal claims. Additional specialisms include criminal injuries compensation claims and overseas cases as well as cases representing families of mental health patients that committed suicide. The clinical negligence team is headed by Alison Brooks together with Emma Zukowska and Julie Hardy, who 'have first rate skills for handling complex clinical negligence claims of maximum severity and value', such as matters relating to complex birth injuries, spinal injuries and delay of diagnosis.

Practice head(s):

Edward Myers; David Tomlinson; Alison Brooks; Emma Zukowska; Julie Hardy


‘Each member of the team I have spoken to has been friendly, demonstrated clear knowledge of my case, and always dealt sensitively with my case. Emma Zukowska has been truly amazing throughout the whole of my case. She has always listened and been a objective voice in what has been a very emotional journey. From my very first call, she offered calm and reassuring advice. Her professionalism, honesty and sensitivity toward both myself and my family has been greatly appreciated. Her thorough preparation, excellent knowledge and determination to obtain a positive outcome for my case has enabled me to trust her implicitly.

‘I experienced best in class legal professionals, guided by a top class leadership team. My expectations were set at the start of the process and i was updated in a timely fashion. All process and billing was clearly explained and well managed.’

‘Exceptional client-focused firm with partners taking direct responsibility for each client. Very experienced in handling catastrophic injury cases. ’

‘Emma Zukowska and Julie Hardy are very experienced and have first rate skills for handling complex clinical negligence claims of maximum severity and value. Both go above and beyond to get the best results for their clients.’

‘Genuinely niche PI and clinical negligence practice – a “go to” firm. The fee earners are, without exception, excellent and down to earth.’

‘I consider Barratts to be the best claimant clinical negligence solicitors in Nottingham. I am always impressed by the quality of their instructions and the settlements ultimately achieved on behalf of their clients. All solicitors are experienced, hard working and dedicated to each and every client. I enjoy working with every solicitor at Barratts.’

‘Emma Zukowska is a knowledgeable and thorough solicitor, dedicated to meeting the needs to each client to the best of her ability. She has an excellent grasp of what is necessary to conclude litigation favourably and within the time frame permitted by the requirements of the case. Emma is excellent in my view. Julie Hardy is an outstanding clinical negligence lawyer.’

‘I experienced best in class legal professionals, guided by a top class leadership team. My expectations were set at the start of the process and i was updated in a timely fashion. All process and billing was clearly explained and well managed.’

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the son of a man who died from mesothelioma, secured compensation on behalf of the family against the Quarry Company for whom the deceased had spent many years working and where he had been exposed to asbestos dust. Expert evidence was obtained advising on the level of asbestos dust to which the deceased would have been exposed. The parties were able to reach an amicable settlement.
  • Secured compensation for client who was hit by a vehicle whilst he was on his bicycle when he was 16. The claim was pursued as an MIB claim due to the perpetrators driving a stolen vehicle and the fact they were never found. The client suffered a brain injury resulting in life changing difficulties.
  • Pursued a claim against the defendant for failing to diagnose and treat a non-malignant tumour to the leg. Secured significant settlement  before trial for the client, who underwent complex surgery to remove the tumour and reconstruct the leg.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP has an impressive track record of handling all manner of high value, complex clinical negligence matters, such as birth injuries and complex life injuries. ‘ExceptionalJane Williams heads the team from the Nottingham office and is particularly experienced in oncology and complex surgical injury cases while profound brain injuries specialist Karen Reynolds heads the Derby office. Jane Goulding is a ‘tenacious litigator who gets the best results‘ in cases relating to spinal injuries, among others, and fellow consultant Paul Balen handles a high volume of inquest work. Recently, the team has been working with NHS Resolution on piloting an early settlement scheme.

Practice head(s):

Jane Williams

Other key lawyers:

Karen Reynolds; Jane Goulding; Paul Balen


‘The firm is exceptionally professional and I felt that from day one. I was introduced to the firm via word of mouth. From my first conversation with them I felt at ease and like someone was listening and taking me seriously. During lockdown they continued to maintain a high level of professionalism.’

‘The team has been extremely supportive, has recognised the issues we have faced and been very professional throughout the whole process. There has been a strong personal touch, but always with a team available to support in the background in case of need. Strong knowledge of the issues we may face and we were pre-warned of what may or may not happen throughout. A true collaborative approach where all parties we able to input.’

‘Excellent communication and real focus on the client in all the comings and goings of a case. The size of the firm has huge advantages and the breadth of skill has allowed for other colleagues from separate disciplines to be pulled in to support with ease and professionalism. Fluid, appropriate and cohesive ’

‘Karen Reynolds is focused, lovely to deal with, approachable and professional. She takes a real collegiate approach and one feels included in decision making.

‘Jane Williams is marvellous. Precise and an excellent communicator. Treated as an equal always, with a real focus on the person in the middle of it all. A pleasure to work with.’

‘Jane Williams is vastly experienced as a clinical negligence lawyer; she is loved by her clients and feared by her opponents. She has a track record of delivering in group litigation as well as individual cases.

‘Jane Goulding is a tenacious litigator who gets the best results for severely injured clients.’

‘The lawyers at Freeths are incredibly approachable compared to many other firms. They are also unfailingly competent. Jane Williams is exceptional. She epitomises skill and integrity, with a keen strategic eye on getting the best possible results for clients.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for a large number of women regarding the use of pelvic mesh implants which have been used in the surgical repair of pelvic organ prolapse and to manage certain types of incontinence and which are known to cause crippling side effects on the basis that there was a lack of compliance with NICE guidelines and/or Montgomery informed consent.
  • Continued investigation and pursuing of formal claims against NHS trusts regarding the use of electro-convulsive therapy to treat a range of psychiatric conditions.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Nelsons Solicitors Limited is a 'leading firm of claimant lawyers' which offers up a 'specialist niche team of highly committed practitioners' for all kinds of clinical negligence and personal injury matters, including historic cases. Areas of focus for the 'outstanding' team, which is on a variety of relevant personal injury and clinical negligence panels such as AvMa and APIL, include severe and catastrophic injury cases. Practice head Lisa Preece specialises in severe orthopaedic injuries, including traumatic amputation, and secures 'excellent settlements for her clients'. The 'excellent' Bruce Williams frequently acts for children on matters relating to acquired and traumatic severe brain injuries as well as birth injuries.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Preece

Other key lawyers:

Bruce Williams


‘A leading firm of claimant lawyers. Bruce Williams is first class – he works with an excellent team of lawyers. They provide a personalised service, which is client rather than fee-centred.’

‘This is an excellent team. They are super to deal with and give good service. They are important in the market. They are excellent with clients and experts. There is great experience at the top end which leads the team very well. ’

‘Bruce Williams is excellent. He is thoughtful, diligent, and very effective.’

‘The personal injury team, led by Lisa Preece, remains outstanding in all aspects of their service delivery. Their communication and coordination with clients and involved health professionals remains excellent.’

‘Bruce Williams is outstanding – he has first-class judgement and ability to see the wood for the trees. He is my first port of call if I am asked for a recommendation for a claimant solicitor. He is also personable and companionable to work with. He is very client focused.’

‘An incredibly talented team with a high level of technical knowledge and a firm grasp on the complexities of running claims involving difficult medical issues.’

‘Lisa Preece shows good judgement borne out of her specialist expertise in catastrophic injury work, with an instinctive approach to securing excellent settlements for her clients.’

‘The team is driven by a desire to obtain the best for their clients. I consider them to be the best claimant firm in the Midlands area. A pleasure to work with.’

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of 80 claimants who were unnecessarily admitted, as children, to Aston Hall Mental Hospital in Derby in the 1960s/70s.
  • Represented the wife and daughter of a man who hanged himself after being able to escape from a secure psychiatric hospital. A four-day jury inquest into his death found that there were gross failures in the deceased’s care and that his death was contributed to by neglect.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

At Lime Solicitors, which is part of Shakespeare Martineau LLP, the 'outstanding' Kathryn Hart heads the personal injury department and the 'extremely experienced and tenacious' Robert Rose leads the clinical negligence department. The teams provide 'a fantastic service', with the personal injury team focusing on head injuries, cycling claims, accidents at work and sports-related claims while the clinical negligence team acts on all types of medical claims, including birth injuries, oncology, emergency and accident medicine, dentistry and care matters. Additionally, the team has a niche specialism in cases against GPs and gynaecologists. Steven Baylis is experienced in spinal and traumatic brain injuries.

Practice head(s):

Robert Rose; Tony Hannington

Other key lawyers:

Steven Baylis; Helen Rundle


A leading team in the East Midlands.’

‘Lime have strength throughout their ranks, from the most junior fee earners to the most senior. It is clear that the leadership team imbue a commitment to the clients in all who work under them, ensuring that the entire team give their all on every case. There is no cutting of corners; at every stage of a case the team work methodically and diligently.’

‘The team has an excellent reputation for clinical negligence work, enhanced considerably by the recruitment of the excellent Helen Rundle.’

‘Helen Rundle is a stand-out solicitor, really superb. She has fought the client’s corner with a degree of commitment and enthusiasm that is a rare sight. Her empathy and dedication to her clients is second to none. I would like you to know Helen Rundle has gone above and beyond in her efforts to help us get justice.’

‘Efficient, professional and knowledgeable staff. Any queries dealt with and explained immediately.’

‘The team was accessible and able to explain things in a manner suitable for the audience. This is an important and key element to provide reassurance and support when a significant claim is in progress.’

‘Very friendly, approachable and down to earth team to work with; very experienced partners at the head of each team providing cogent advice and support to their fee earners all the time; excellently prepared briefs – very well organised team fair on costs and understanding of counsel’s time and availability.’

‘The whole team are dynamic and approachable and always have their clients’ best interests at the centre of their work. They also have a very good spread of seniority and specialism within the team which means they are fully able to manage all things sent their way.’

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of a mother in a wrongful birth claim against Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust. A schedule totalling in excess of £11m was served.
  • Acted for a claimant who sustained a fractured skull and a brain injury when his bicycle collided with a car when he was a child. The claim settled on 75%/25% basis in the claimant’s favour. The net sum is £900,000.
  • Acted for a client who was born with a congenital abnormality, whereby she had two uteruses and one vagina. The client underwent an unnecessary hysterectomy procedure during which her caecum was perforated; she was later diagnosed with vaginal cancer.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP have a reputation as ‘industry leaders in client care‘ with clients praising the ‘reliability, honesty and top-of-the-market expertise‘. Other departments of the firm, such as Court of Protection, family and wealth management, assist to offer a holistic service to clients. Christopher McKinney heads the personal injury team nationally and ‘amazing‘ and ‘supportive solicitorSharine Burgess heads the Northampton office. Burgess specialises in high value claims, including psychiatric illness and sexual abuse. Birth injury and cauda equina case specialist Andrea Rusbridge ‘fights hard for all her clients‘ and heads the clinical negligence team.


‘Shoosmiths have more than fulfilled my expectations. They are approachable, responsive and clearly know what they are talking about. As well as their legal support, they have made our lives much easier. We know that we can depend on them and that they are doing the best they can for us. That means a great deal in this area.’

‘Chris McKinney has been exceptional in our dealings with him over the last couple of years. His advice is always relevant, timely and personal. He also clearly knows his area of expertise inside out.’

‘Sharine Burgess and her team handled my case at Shoosmiths. Sharine was very professional and an amazing solicitor. To have Sharine work on my case I was grateful. She was very honest, thorough and clear on legalities of what may happen with my particular case and at the same time very understanding and supportive. I would recommend Shoosmiths as my experience has been brilliant.’

‘Shoosmiths stand out for their reliability, honesty and top-of-the-market expertise. Before appointing lawyers, I researched the market very carefully, took advice from lawyer friends and interviewed a number of companies, including those that have a high profile in this area of law. None of the others came close to Shoosmiths.’

‘There is no question that they are industry leaders in client care. They are all so personable and ooze knowledge that they inspire the utmost confidence in clients from the start.’

‘High quality clinical negligence team, led by Andrea Rusbridge. They have a national presence and are able to attract cases from the whole range of medical disciplines. Capable of dealing with low value claims as well as those of the utmost severity.’

‘Andrea Rusbridge is very experienced and knowledgeable. Forensic analysis of the nuts and bolts of a case. She exudes a clam steeliness and fights hard for all her clients.’

‘Sharine Burgess has been the most approachable and supportive solicitor the charity, and myself, have ever engaged with. The support she has provided to our beneficiaries has been incredibly supportive even when the outcomes could not be positive. Her knowledge, honesty, directness and integrity are always well received.’

Banner Jones Solicitors

Banner Jones Solicitors offers a full array of personal injury services, including court of protection deputyships and personal injury trusts. The team has niche specialisms in the area of serious injuries, such as loss of limbs and spinal injuries, and has recently seen an increase in sexual abuse instructions. 'Extremely able' Simon Wright heads the practice and Robert Banner 'deals with massive cases but never loses the personal touch with clients' as he continues to advise as a consultant solicitor on a full caseload of clinical negligence and personal injury matters.

Practice head(s):

Simon Wright

Other key lawyers:

Robert Banner


‘Simon Wright was indefatigable in his efforts – we are extremely grateful for his ongoing support.’

‘Simon Wright is approachable and has a no nonsense approach, which allows you to relax, seek guidance to gain the correct outcome.’

‘Robert Banner is extremely professional, trustworthy and experienced and has given me the best advice and dealt with my case amazingly. I would not hesitate in recommending Banner Jones to anyone. Whatever the case, they will represent you to the highest satisfaction. Very down to earth as well, which is really good in what can be very complicate legal processes at times.’

‘The practice has staff that are warm, friendly and go out of their way to help. If they say they will contact you – they do and all calls are returned if immediate contact is not possible. Their use of videoconferencing has worked very well over the last year – I have used it on a few occasions and it has gone very smoothly.’

‘All members of staff I have had contact and/or meetings with have been very helpful, friendly, understanding and professional in their approach. Procedures and processes have been explained clearly and carefully so that I know exactly what is happening and when.

‘Robert Banner has been excellent in every respect. He shows patience, respect and professionalism in all aspects of his work. His secretarial staff and receptionists have been most helpful when I have dealt with them – they have helped immediately when they could or ensured I receive replies to my enquiries and questions as soon as possible. Nothing is left unresolved.’

‘Robert Banner went above and beyond to make me feel safe, listened to my concerns and was very caring.’

‘Simon Wright is an extremely able and vastly experienced litigator in big PI and CN cases. He is the best organised solicitor I have ever worked with and his command of his cases and clients is exceptional.

Work highlights

  • Acted for a client who suffered a serious injury at work, resulting in the amputation of his leg below the knee. The case settled for £1.6m. Assisted client with his return to work and in the acquisition of his purpose built bungalow.
  • Acted for a client regarding historical sexual abuse against a family member. A freezing order was made on all of the defendant’s assets including a house. Judgement was obtained in the sum of £110,000 and the defendant’s property was ultimately sold to recover the damages and costs.
  • Assisted a client with two separate and distinct complex clinical negligence claims. The secondary claim for bedsores has been confirmed by experts to have arisen because of the initial undiagnosed medical condition. Settlement estimated to be in the region on £250,000.

Bridge McFarland LLP

Ian Sprakes is head of the personal injury and industrial disease department at Bridge McFarland LLP with Danielle Barney, Nicola Evans, Lorraine Taylor and Stephen Lambert heading the clinical negligence teams from Grimsby, Lincoln, Hull and Louth respectively. The clinical negligence work includes matters relating to gender reassignment surgery, gastroenterology, colo-rectal and birth injuries. The personal injury teams in Grimsby and Hull are led by Kathryn Hudson and Leanne Keating; Hudson has a specialism in acting for injured seafarers. The teams are experienced in representing clients at inquests and on cross-jurisdictional matters.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Hudson; Danielle Barney; Nicola Evans; Stephen Lambert

Other key lawyers:

Ian Sprakes; Leanne Keating; Lorraine Taylor

Work highlights

  • Acted for a client in a claim regarding the mismanagement and delay in treating haematoma post neurological surgery which resulted in pain and surgical delays.
  • Represented a client in a claim that related to the delay in diagnosis and treatment of Cauda Equina Syndrome.
  • Represented a client in a claim relating to the treatment received at Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care following a total knee replacement procedure.

JMP Solicitors

Founded as a niche specialist firm for personal injury, clinical negligence and industrial disease litigation, JMP Solicitors continues to specialise in these areas, offering representation in matters such as road traffic accidents, duty of care negligence, work accidents and mental injuries. Managing director Ian Howard focuses on high value complex personal injury claims and clinical negligence disputes. Christine Bowerman is experienced in serious groin injuries and negligent dental treatment.

Practice head(s):

Ian Howard; Christine Bowerman

Other key lawyers:

Ray Butler


‘This team works tirelessly and always in the best interest of their client.’

‘Regularly punches above its weight for a regional firm in a challenging market.’

‘Ray Butler works tirelessly and passionately for his clients. Has an enviable caseload of high-value work, but consistently fights for his clients, irrespective of a case.’

Smith Partnership

Smith Partnership handles all manner of personal injury and clinical negligence claims, including spinal and orthopaedic injuries, catastrophic injury claims and fatalities. 'Oustanding' David Clark and 'excellent' Martin Bradbury head the team. Clark has a niche specialism in industrial disease matters, particularly those concerning the lungs, and Bradbury has a focus on clinical negligence matters pertaining to misdiagnosis, brain injuries and dental negligence. The 'exceptional' Anna McLeod regularly acts on missed fracture and cosmetic surgery error cases.

Practice head(s):

David Clark; Martin Bradbury

Other key lawyers:

Anna McLeod


‘I must say I was so very impressed with this firm.. My solicitor and his team were outstanding – every team member had their role and carried it out professionally, clearly and above all, in a friendly way. Just outstanding.’

‘David Clark is outstanding. Listened to everything I had to say, showed great empathy, explained all processes clearly for me. Kept me in the loop brilliantly. Thank you David. I found them all outstanding and very approachable.’

‘Anna McLeod and Martin Bradbury are excellent solicitors – they are down to earth and very approachable. This makes them good to work with. Their communication is clear, timely and always professional.’

‘The team take the time to meet their clients’ needs, they establish facts by conducting comprehensive screen of cases. A very professional team.’

‘Anna McLeod is exceptional – she and the rest of the team are very professional in every aspect of what they provide for their clients.’

‘David Clark always fights hard for clients in my experience, and explores every line of enquiry.’

‘Martin Bradbury has excellent knowledge and client care skills. He is brilliant at communicating with clients and explaining the situation, good or bad.’

‘Smith Partnership has a team of very capable and highly experienced clinical negligence practitioners. Their strength lies in their experience and knowledge, which means that there is a focused approach to each case from the start, which minimises costs and maximises the chances of success.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a client to recover damages arising from a workplace accident which, although straightforward on liability, involved complex causation issues in respect of his injuries.
  • Represented a client in a pavement tripping type accident which has involved very serious arm and shoulder injuries which are severely debilitating and will resort in a five figure sum in damages.
  • Represented a client in a claim involving serious injuries as a result of an accident caused by a defect at a skate park. Liability was initially contested, which involves potentially life changing injury, complicated by a pre-existing congenital condition.

Wilkin Chapman LLP

Wilkin Chapman LLP handles the full spectrum of personal injury and clinical negligence matters. Mark Robinson and Steven Hennegan lead the personal injury team which also acts on industrial disease claims and public liability accidents. Head of the medical negligence team Jonathan Baker is experienced in complex injury and fatal cases and 'achieves fantastic results for his clients'. Tean Butcher has a niche specialism in military accidents, such as noise induced hearing loss, kit failures and negligent discharge of firearms.

Practice head(s):

Mark Robinson; Jonathan Baker; Steve Hennegan

Other key lawyers:

Tean Butcher


‘First-class client care; careful and well-drafted instructions to counsel; realistic and client-focused advice.’

‘Jonathan Baker is an outstanding young solicitor making his way to the top in clinical negligence. He is insightful and gets the big picture as well as drilling down into the detail. His clients get excellent service.’

‘The team at Wilkin Chapman have a high level and breadth of knowledge in the clinic negligence field. The collective experience is exceptional and they are a joy to work with.’

‘Jonathan Baker’s attention to detail is phenomenal. He achieves fantastic results for his clients and always goes the extra mile. He acts in high value and complex cases to which he brings extensive experience. An excellent strategist, he routinely exceeds his clients expectations.’

Wilson Browne Solicitors

Wilson Browne Solicitors acts for clients on all types of clinical negligence matters and supports clients with advocacy at inquests. The team is headed by Louise Tyler, who gives 'sound advice and guidance through complex cases', such as birth injuries and suicides following failures from mental health services. The department continues to hold a Legal Aid Franchise and so is able to ensure that clients bringing birth injury claims receive their full compensation.

Practice head(s):

Louise Tyler

Other key lawyers:

Gemma Pabari


‘Louise Tyler is outstanding at being able to make us feel valuable, and communicates often with us. Louise is great at being able to guide us on our journey. Never reluctant to speak with us, and always tells us the positives and the not so easy things.’

‘My case was very sensitive and upsetting and the solicitor and her team treated me with respect, individuality and care. They were a breath of fresh air.’

‘Louise Tyler was exceptional all the way through my case, which took years to settle. She was professional, helpful and always available to discuss any concerns i may of had. I think if I hadn’t had her guidance we may not have continued with the case.’

‘Louise Tyler is a standout solicitor in her field. She has the experience and knowledge to give sound advice and guidance through complex cases. Louise has always appreciated the emotive nature of our case and will always spend the time listening to any concerns and ensuring we have the correct information.’

‘I have worked with Gemma Pabari and find her helpful, responsive, and to have good empathy.’

‘This is a very strong team in a regional clinical negligence firm with great depth of knowledge. Definitely one of the two best teams I have dealt with outside of London.’

‘The team is really responsive and have excellent client-handling skills. They take a robust approach and ensure that client interests are safeguarded.’

‘Louise Tyler has the most friendly, and understanding approach to her clients and those she communicates with in the course of dealing with her case load. Her attention to detail, knowledge of even the most complex of medical accidents and approach to clients is absolutely first class.’

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the parents of a little girl who was born very premature and suffered a complication to her eyes as a result of her prematurity known as retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). The hospital failed to diagnose and treat the condition when the signs were first present and as a result the little girl is now totally blind.   The hospital admitted negligence; the total value was £5m.
  • Advising on a case involving a man who committed suicide while on unescorted leave from hospital. Following an inquest into his death the firm was instructed to investigate a civil claim.


Greg Almond, who joined in 2020, heads the personal injury practice at Rotheras. Almond has 'a significant expertise in catastrophic injury claims', specialising in cosmetic and clinical negligence matters. The team, which includes 'stand-out' Rebecca Emeleus, has particular expertise in fatal accidents, serious injuries including amputation cases as well as brain and spinal injuries. Wayne Vickers has departed and Elisabeth Halls has retired.

Practice head(s):

Greg Almond

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Emeleus


‘Extremely strong client focused firm – prompt, insightful, and clear in all their dealings. Clients have always been extremely happy with the firm.’

‘The Serious Injury team at Rotheras are exceptional in their dedication to their clients, their client care and their collaborative approach to achieving the best result for their clients in the most cost effective and timely manner. They are moving towards being completely paperless to streamline efficiencies but do not compromise nor streamline on their conduct of the case.’

‘Their determination and dedication to their clients and their desire to embrace technology whilst never losing that personal touch is refreshing. You are in safe hands with the Serious Injury Team at Rotheras Solicitors.’

‘Rebecca Emeleus has a robust, unflappable manner with even the most difficult of opponents. Greg Almond is very organised and ensures the smooth running of the team.’

‘An ambitious team – small and responsive enough to give a bespoke service.’

‘Greg Almond works hard in leading the team and comes to the firm with a significant expertise in catastrophic injury claims.’

‘Regional firm with a high street feel which clients value, but a national practice base and an impressive caseload.’

Roythornes Solicitors

Roythornes Solicitors advises on a full range of personal injury matters and offers 'high quality service' for clinical negligence claims. The 'polite and efficient' team, headed by Victoria Stevenson, has a focus on head injuries, catastrophic injuries as well as fatalities and is particularly experienced in road traffic accidents. Robert Dempsey has a specialism in accidents at work. The department is accredited with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Stevenson

Other key lawyers:

Robert Dempsey


‘Polite and efficient. Always responded quickly.’

‘I have found Roythornes to be efficient, understanding, helpful and keen to solve problems in a timely fashion.’

‘Contactable even during the Covid pandemic. Responsive to my queries. Able to solve difficulties in a timely fashion. Friendly.’

‘Roythornes are one of the best known firms in the region. They offer a high quality service across a broad range of areas. Their strength is the diversity of their offering and a strong personal touch. In every case I have worked on with them, their client care and manner has been excellent.’

‘I have worked on many cases with Robert Dempsey. He has a broad personal injury practice. His client care skills are extremely good. He has very good judgement and offers sound and realistic advice to clients.’

‘This team is dedicated to providing the best possible service to their client, even in circumstances where they may not recover their costs of doing so. They put their client at the heart and centre of every case.’

‘Victoria Stevenson goes the extra mile to ensure that her clients get the best possible representation and to ensure that they understand every step of the litigation process. She ensures that no stone is left unturned and all aspects of the case are properly investigated.’

Spencers Solicitors

The serious injury team at Spencers Solicitors deals with a variety of complex and major injuries, including spinal and traumatic brain injuries, fatal claims and clinical negligence. Amy Smitheringale, who heads the team, specialises in personal injury litigation and is experienced in motor personal injury claims. The department further handles a variety if liability claims, such as public liability, employers liability and criminal injury claims.

Practice head(s):

Amy Smitheringale


‘A small firm which is practical and approachable and knows its way around personal injury claims.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for a client who suffered severe injuries when her foot was caught in a hole on the edge of her driveway as a result of work being carried out on a neighbouring property. The client received £100,000.
  • Acted for a claimant who received £25,000 when the Defendant NHS trust failed to diagnose lung cancer resulting in invasive treatment and surgery.
  • Acted for a claimant, who was a minor when he was crossing a pedestrian crossing and was hit by the defendant’s motor vehicle. The claimant settled at a JSM in the sum of £1.9m.