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The ‘second to none’ team at Browne Jacobson LLP ‘provides a first-class service’ and ‘runs a busy caseload of very varied cases with great efficiency’. Under the lead of practice head Susan Mabbott, the very large team boasts experience in advising insurers, local authorities, clients from the health sector, social care providers and enjoys a reputation as ‘one of the best panel firms for NSHR work’. In a major recent highlight, James Arrowsmith led advice for Nottinghamshire County Council in a Supreme Court case dealing with public authority liability for abuse by foster parents. Leah Jones, ‘who has excellent strategic judgement’, sucessfully defended the Environment Agency against a claim for workplace stress and bullying, involving allegations of severe psychiatric illness. Associate Ceri-Sian Williams ‘is a very experienced litigator’ who ‘has excellent judgment’. Sarah Erwin-Jones ‘is a hard, but fair opponent who has a strong knowledge of all aspects of abuse work’. James Fawcett and Helen Rideout, who heads the complex claims group, are also recommended. Nick Parsons retired and now works as a consultant for the firm. Other clients include Hiscox, Gallagher Bassett International and Municipal Mutual Insurance.

Weightmans LLP demonstrates particular strength in defending matters involving disease, large loss or motor claims, but also fields a strong practice in claims involving the police or local authorities in addition to a busy defendant clinical negligence caseload. Practice head Dave Cottam acted on behalf of a local authority in a claim brought for failure to remove a minor who had been severely injured by his mother’s partner as a baby, sustaining a severe traumatic brain injury and later developing cerebral palsy. Another highlight in Cottam’s recent workload was acting for AIG in a case involving a claimant who had sustained a severe brain injury when being knocked down by the driver of a rental vehicle, including the arrangement of an Immediate Needs Assessment, intensive rehabilitation and settlement negotiations involving a periodical payment order. Andrew Clarke acted for Nottinghamshire County Council in a claim brought under the Highways Act by a pedestrian who had slipped on ice, claiming the council should have gritted the footpath. Mike Simpson, Paul Debney, Clare Malpus, Deborah Edwards and consultant John Glendening are also recommended. The illustrious client list also features Zurich, the Motor Insurers’ Bureau and Sportscover Europe.

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