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Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant in East Midlands

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP‘s key specialists in Nottingham include Damian Whitlam , who is an expert in defending medical malpractice claims involving mental health for the NHS and private sector, including suicides, homicides and prison healthcare cases. In the ambulance sector, Ian Long has developed a niche defending cases involving death and serious injury due to failure to convey to hospital and misdiagnosis in ED. Lorna Hardman and Kelly Buckley are lead contacts for NHS Resolution, while Sarah Erwin-Jones has a strong reputation in the social care arena. James Fawcett handles personal injury litigation brought against local authorities.



Practice head(s):

Lorna Hardman

Other key lawyers:

Damian Whitlam; James Fawcett; Kelly Buckley; Sarah Erwin-Jones


‘They have outstanding knowledge and a strong client following in significant clinical negligence claims for a range of NHS Trusts.’

‘A team with a strong market following in the most serious and complex clinical negligence claims. Known for their technical expertise and ability to find solutions in high value and sensitive fatal and serious injury claims.’

‘Kelly Buckley – fantastic eye for detailed and super organised.’

‘Browne Jacobson have an excellent understanding of our needs and work collaboratively with us to ensure that they are met. They are hugely pragmatic and offer high-quality advice in a timely way. In my opinion they represent excellent value for money.’

‘Lorna Hardman has a wealth of experience and can always be relied upon.’

‘Browne Jacobson are probably the best NHSR Solicitors in the Midlands. They have a number of very talented individuals.’

Key clients

Medical Protection Society

NHS Resolution

Dental Protection Limited

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

CNA Hardy

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

Essex Partnership University NHS Trust

University Hospital of Dorset NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Representing Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council / Municipal Mutual Insurance Limited, to successfully defend a claim that it was vicariously liable for the alleged sexual abuse by a child’s uncle.
  • Advising NHS Resolution, as indemnifier for Sherwood Forest Hospital NHS Trust in a  dispute about whether the Claimant’s injuries were caused by negligence or a genetic condition.
  • Represented NHS Resolution – as indemnifier for Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, in a tragic mental health homicide case where a patient of the Trust (Patient A) was convicted of the murder of a 16 year old girl.

Weightmans LLP

Following the absorption of RadcliffesLeBrasseur, Weightmans LLP has significantly expanded its geographic spread and depth in defendant healthcare and personal injury. Dave Cottam maintains his strong position as a top defence counsel in catastrophic personal injury claims and is experienced in acting in claims arising out of motor, employer’s liability, public authority, and police cases. Andrew Clarke represents numerous local authorities, police and fire services in relation to personal injury claims, and increasingly dealing with data breach claims causing psychological injuries. Managing associate Asad Hadadi continues to carve out a niche in claims such flooding, social care, assault, data breach claims arising out of misuse of private information and claims of pure economic loss. Other key specialists include Clare Malpus and Sarah Ezzat for motor, public and employers liability. Based in Liverpool, Rob Williams is the claims director.

Practice head(s):

Rob Williams

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Clarke; Dave Cottam; Asad Hadadi; Clare Malpus; Sarah Ezzat; Lorna Ferguson


‘Weightmans have particular specialism in catastrophic claims, more specifically, traumatic brain injury and chronic pain cases. They are also at the forefront of trends and research with valuable intelligence.’

‘Lorna Ferguson, Partner – multi-skilled in areas of long-tail or short-tail legacy cases as well as a range of personal injury matters.’

‘The team I work for at this firm handle the most significant personal injury cases in the country. They do so with an exceptional team of very high quality solicitors. They also do so with an approachable style.’

‘I mainly work with Dave Cottam and Sarah Ezzat, both of whom are exceptional. They are extremely knowledgeable in the most complex of catastrophic injury claims and prepare cases with a remarkable attention to detail.’

‘The Leicester office of Weightmans is packed with highly professional and experienced Defendant lawyers, working for a range of blue chip clients.’

‘Standout partners are Andrew Clarke, who works mainly for local authorities, emergency services, education establishments and housing providers. He is an incredibly safe pair of hands, whether it is giving individual or strategic advice.’

Key clients


Motor Insurers Bureau

AIG Europe

AXAXL Insurance

PwC (Chester Street Holdings)

Municipal Mutual Insurance

Ageas Insurance

Tesco Underwriting

First Central Insurance

InterEurope AG Insurance

Covea Insurance

Octagon Insurance

Travellers Insurance Co

HDI Global

Hiscox Insurance

Esure Insurance

Prometheus Insurance

Hastings Direct

Markerstudy Insurance

Berkshire Hathaway Speciality Insurance

Liberty Mutual

Markel Insurance

DCL Insurance


Protector Insurance


Rolls Royce

Jaguar Land Rover

Lidl Stores



DHL Logistics

Severn Trent

Gallagher Bassett

Local Authorities and Police Authorities

Work highlights

  • Advised AIG Europe on a claim against its insured, an aircraft manufacturer. The injuries sustained were severe and Covid made it very difficult to progress rehabilitation and obtain medical evidence.
  • Advised Hastings Direct on a claim by a Claimant cyclist against their insured driver. The Claimant sustained an incomplete spinal injury and in later life would be confined to a wheelchair and require 24hour care.
  • Representing a local authority on this data breach claim that allegedly resulted in psychological injury.

Flint Bishop LLP

A ‘regional powerhouse in defendant personal injury work’ Flint Bishop LLP's Anthony Carrington-led team handles the full range of defendant personal injury work, ranging from small claims to catastrophic loss with a specialist counter fraud team and additional experience assisting with in relation to MIB technical committee cases.  An expert in catastrophic injuries and road accidents, Nigel Partridgegoes above and beyond for his clients’. With extensive defendant insurance litigation experience, Jonathan Gilbert  leads in claims involving severe brain and spinal injuries, as well as fatal accidents, and is frequently assisted by associate, Philip Thompson .

Practice head(s):

Anthony Carrington

Other key lawyers:

Nigel Partridge; Jonathan Gilbert; Philip Thompson


‘A regional powerhouse in defendant personal injury work. Very hot for fraud and exaggeration, but also sensible and measured. Cases are well prepared, the best experts are instructed, and reasonable and measured use of counsel is made. They are great to work with.’

‘Philip Thompson is very ambitious and hard-working, and definitely on his way up.’

‘Nigel Partridge really knows what he is doing. He is highly experienced and understands how to run catastrophic injury cases. Philip Thompson is very ambitious and hard-working, and definitely on his way up.’

Key clients

Haven Insurance Company Limited

InterAssista (UK Handling Agent for Balcia Insurance SE – Lithuania)

Derbyshire County Council

Rapid Vehicle Management

Chief Vehicle Rentals

Sixt rent-a-car

Belron UK Ltd T/A Autoglass

Work highlights

  • Advised Haven Insurance on a large loss personal injury claim, which followed from a road traffic accident. The claimant pursued a claim for personal injury, credit hire, vehicle damage and other associated property damage heads of loss.
  • Advised Haven Insurance on a personal injury claim worth £2.5 million following a high-speed road traffic accident with street furniture. As result of the accident, he suffered a traumatic brain injury and orthopaedic injuries that he said precluded him from pursuing a career in the armed forces.
  • Advised Haven Insurance on a personal injury claim following a car vs cyclist road traffic accident.