Clinical negligence: claimant in London

Fieldfisher

Living up to its reputation for offering 'strength in depth at all levels', Fieldfisher has consolidated its expertise even further by welcoming widely recognised 'doyenne of this field' Kate Rohde and highly regarded 'meticulous' senior associate Deborah Nadel from Kingsley Napley LLP. They join a firm known for its 'excellent and very caring way with clients', and its commitment to high value birth injury and brain damage cases. Practice head Paul McNeil's 'leadership of the team is exceptional'. Key names to note at partner level include 'amazing' Samantha Critchley; obstetric and neonatal claims expert Jane Weakley; Mark Bowman, whose regular workload includes surgical negligence and amputation cases; and 'innovative, intelligent, highly experienced lawyer' Jonathan Zimmern.

Practice head(s):

Paul McNeil

Other key lawyers:

Samantha Critchley; Jane Weakley; Mark Bowman; Jonathan Zimmern; Kate Rohde; Deborah Nadel; Iona Meeres-Young

Testimonials

‘Fieldfisher have unparalleled strength and depth in the claimant clinical negligence field. They are titans in the field. Their junior solicitors are given appropriate independence to learn their skills under excellent supervision from the more experienced members of the team. They prepare their cases thoroughly, instruct the best experts and ensure that their clients’ cases are well supported by evidence in order to achieve the best possible results.’

‘Samantha Critchley is amazing. She will consistently go that extra mile on each occasion to get the best outcome; surrounding herself with the best experts and team and genuinely caring about her client. She is fully invested in the matter and literally works round the clock. She misses nothing.’

‘Paul McNeil is in a class of his own nationally. He is simply the very best. His leadership of the team is exceptional whilst still being responsible for his own cases. He has some of the very best partners in Samantha Critchley and Mark Bowman and Iona Meeres-Young. Samantha is one of the most meticulous, well-prepared and committed litigators in the jurisdiction. Mark is an exceptionally hard-driving and highly, highly able lawyer. Iona is a fantastic litigator – the most complex cases do not seem to trouble her at all and are just dealt with calmly, efficiently and successfully. Jonathan Zimmern is another innovative, intelligent, highly experienced lawyer. They have been joined by Kate Rohde, doyenne of this field. The partners have terrific support from really excellent associates. All firms would covet this team and the sheer ability within it.’

‘Fully engaged; always available; and excellent advice.’

‘Extremely strong clinical negligence team, with an ethos of great attention to detail and very engaged client management.’

‘We could not fault the team at Fieldfisher. They were always someone we could talk to and we were completely informed at every stage of the process. They embraced new IT technologies to help with communication (especially during the pandemic).’

‘Deborah Nadel is fantastic – very meticulous and fantastic at covering every aspect of high value difficult cases.’

‘There is such strength in depth at all levels. Their case preparation is second to none – exceptionally thorough. They are aggressive but pragmatic in their approach. They use only the best experts. They have an excellent and very caring way with clients.’

Work highlights

  • Secured £20.7m for a child brain-injured at birth due to hospital’s failure to recognise that the baby was in distress for more than six hours and the consequent delay in delivery.
  • Obtained a £10.9m settlement in a wrongful birth claim regarding failure to diagnose Down’s syndrome during pregnancy
  • Secured liability in a multi-million claim concerning failure to treat neonatal sepsis in an extremely premature baby, resulting in brain damage.

Irwin Mitchell

The 'exceptionally strong' team at Irwin Mitchell is known for 'driving forward difficult cases to get fantastic results' in a wide arena of injuries. Highly respected partner Alison Eddy, who continues to maintain a caseload of complex matters, recently handed the reins over to 'hard working star' Auriana Griffiths, who now leads the department. With Griffiths at the helm, the practice is divided into sub-groups, which are in the hands of 'formidable leaders'. These include birth injuries specialist Ian Christian, brain injury expert Leena Savjani and Anita Jewitt, for whom spinal injuries are a particular area of focus. In other notable developments, Anne Kavanagh and Shivi Nathan made partner in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Auriana Griffiths

Other key lawyers:

Alison Eddy; Ian Christian; Leena Savjani; Anita Jewitt; Anne Kavanagh; Shivi Nathan; Lauren Hurney; Richard Keyser

Testimonials

‘The clinical negligence team at Irwin Mitchell are all absolutely fantastic. They provide a consistently good all round service dealing really competently with a range of very difficult cases for clients who are traumatised and rely very heavily on their expertise, support and guidance. They are always ready to help with practical support for clients as well as providing the best advice and driving forward difficult cases to ultimately get fantastic results.’

‘Irwin Mitchell is one of the leading claimant clin neg firms. One of their strengths is that from partner to paralegal they all have in-depth knowledge of their cases and are exceptionally organised. They instruct the most highly qualified experts and I have never seen a case from IM that hasn’t been meticulously prepared.’

‘Auriana Griffiths and her team have been fantastic throughout the whole case. Incredibly professional, thorough and very supportive. The relationship between legal professional and client can be tricky & fraught with tension at times but Auriana and her team made me feel very confident that I could rely on them and their expertise and I could go to them with any concerns I had and know they would be dealt with swiftly.’

‘ Strength in depth is an old cliche but with IM it is a reality. They merit all the superlatives you can think of.’

‘Auriana Griffiths has been a hard working star since I first came across her some 20+ years ago. It was plain to me that she would rise through the ranks and lead from the front. Her clients adore her. She is organised and clear-minded. The best instructing solicitor bar none. She heads several teams with formidable leaders who include Ian Christian and Leena Savjani, both of whom are excellent lawyers as well as great communicators.’

‘Irwin Mitchell are leaders in their field. They are a large clinical negligence firm offering a national service to patients seeking representation for clinical negligence claims. They offer a nationwide service of the highest standard advocating strongly for their clients. They deal with all types of claims – from a claim with a modest value to the maximum severity claims. All clients, regardless of value of claim, receive a first class service.’

‘Ian Christian is committed to quality work in his practice and seeks to send out this message to NHS Trusts: “let’s get it right first time”. Auriana Griffiths is the lead partner in the London office but her clients remain her number one priority. Alison Eddy creates opportunities for the next generation of CN lawyers and has a legacy in diversity and inclusion whilst servicing her clients’ complex needs in her exemplary fashion. Anita Jewitt has a wide range of complex cases in her portfolio and she is not afraid to take on claims without guaranteed success. Totally dedicated to her clients and a star of the future. Leena Savjani is committed to her role in improving diversity and inclusion in the profession at large. Richard Keyser is a high octane performer with commercial acumen in spades. Lauren Hurney is an expert in spinal claims, a true specialist area within CN. Anne Kavanagh appeared in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court in the same year and was victorious in both – that’s a claim to fame!’ 

‘Exceptionally strong team.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for a claimant who suffered liver and brain damage at or around the time of birth as a consequence of untreated Rhesus (D) Haemolytic disease in utero.
  • Successfully settled a case for just under £8m lump sum on a 35% basis, on behalf of an 11 year old girl who suffers from quadriplegic cerebral palsy as a result of the negligent antenatal care provided to her mother.
  • Acted for the respondent in a Supreme Court case concerning an admitted negligent delay in diagnosis and treatment of cervical cancer in a 29 year old woman and her claim for the costs of surrogacy to found a family.

Leigh Day

Leigh Day continues to be seen as a 'go-to firm for all types of clinical negligence cases', known for its 'vast experience' and 'absolute tenacity' when approaching matters of the utmost complexity and severity. Birth, brain and spinal injuries, along with fatal claims, form the cornerstone of the group's work. Practice head Suzanne White, who focuses on catastrophic injuries and inquests, is described by a client as 'one of the most committed, hard-working lawyers in the business'. In recent developments, the large and specialised team grew further, welcoming solicitors Amy Cassar-Pullicino and Charlotte Norton from Slater and Gordon, and Ceilidh Robertson from Fieldfisher. There was also consolidation at the partner level, with 'first class' practitioner Anna Brothers joining existing notable names including Sanja Strkljevic , Olive Lewin and Sally-Jean Nicholes.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne White

Other key lawyers:

Sanja Strkljevic; Olive Lewin; Sally-Jean Nicholes; Anna Brothers; Emmalene Bushnell; Maria Panteli; Kirsten Wall; Angharad Vaughan; Despina Kavadas; Ceilidh Robertson; Amy Cassar-Pullicino; Charlotte Norton

Testimonials

‘Leigh Day is definitely in the Premier League of clinical negligence firms. Their solicitors are meticulous and have vast experience of complex cases.’

‘Suzanne White is one of the most committed, hard-working lawyers in the business. Absolute tenacity when securing the best outcomes for her clients.’

‘One of the very best teams in the market. A go-to firm for all types of clinical negligence cases. Excellent lawyers and teamwork across the board.’

‘Olive Lewin exemplifies the quality of the solicitors in this firm by her meticulous approach, leaving no stone unturned.’

‘Suzanne White is a real fighter for her clients but also a Rolls Royce when dealing with experts.

‘Anna Brothers has deservedly been made partner recently – her sparkling sense of humour is incredibly engaging and her work is first class. Angharad Vaughan is super-bright and really goes the extra mile for her client. Maria Panteli is a canny operator and builds a warm relationship with her client. Despina Kavadas is just great – really down to earth but a consummate professional. Sanja Strkjljevic is incredibly polished and impressive – she can be very persuasive.’

‘Kirsten Wall is a dream to work for. Her knowledge of complex medical issues is encyclopaedic and she has a batch of exceptional experts on tap. She is the epitome of competence and efficiency. Plus – the clients all absolutely love her.’

‘Sally-Jean Nicholes takes the time to understand her client’s story and is sensitive to their needs. She is a terrier in pursuit of their claims. She has a good network of trusted medico-legal experts to call on. She is not afraid of asking difficult questions to get to the nub of an issue. She has excellent judgment and powers of analysis.’

Work highlights

  • Represented the family of Mary Agyapong at the high profile inquest into the cause of her death in March 2021.
  • Represented a child who suffered a catastrophic high spinal cord injury as a result of negligence at the time of his delivery.
  • Acting on a wrongful birth claim concerning a baby born with significant abnormalities and requiring constant care and attention after developing with microcephaly in utero.

Stewarts Law LLP

Stewarts Law LLP is known for its exclusive focus on the highest value clinical negligence claims, including fatal accidents, significant injuries arising from the mismanagement of mental health claims, and obstetric cases. The firm is singled out by one client as fielding 'dynamic, polished litigators who leave nothing undone in the pursuit of the best outcome'; this combination of qualities is exemplified by 'outstanding' practice head Muiris Lyons. Other key practitioners include spinal injury expert Robert Dransfield, and psychiatric specialist Hugh Johnson. The department recently strengthened its offering at partner level with the promotion of Amy Heath and Alison Goldney in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Muiris Lyons

Other key lawyers:

Nick Knowles; Robert Dransfield; Hugh Johnson; Amy Heath; Alison Goldney

Testimonials

‘SUPER! GREAT! They have so much expertise in this field that I won.’

‘Hugh Johnson, I never met a person that knows the file off by heart quite like him. If there was a part that is in question, he will be able to tell you what page it is in the file.’

‘Total dedication to the client, and securing the best possible outcome. Brilliant at client care and litigation in equal measure, in the most challenging of cases. A joy to work for and with.’

‘Muiris Lyons heads up the team, which he has built to lead the field. Hugh Johnson is relatively new in partnership but leading the next generation of young partners, together with Amy Heath. Dynamic, polished litigators who leave nothing undone in the pursuit of the best outcome.’

‘I worked with Robert Dransfield, he could consider things from many perspectives and certainly had strong arguments to support our case. On a personal level he managed my expectations well and took a balanced view.’

‘Muiris Lyons is an outstanding clinical negligence practitioner with a long pedigree.’

Work highlights

  • Representing a 46 year old civil servant who suffered a rare complication further to spinal surgery that rendered him paraplegic.
  • Representing professional footballer Matty Fryatt who suffered an injury to his left Achilles tendon area during a match in 2014, which was subsequently not treated properly.
  • Representing an 11 year old who suffered chronic partial hypoxia as a result of mismanagement of his birth.

Anthony Gold Solicitors LLP

Anthony Gold Solicitors LLP is noted for its 'collaborative' approach, by virtue of which the firm's 'huge collective experience is shared to the benefit of all'. Practice head Jon Nicholson brings a wealth of experience in obstetric care to his role, and regularly proves himself 'relentless in tracking down the detail' of intricate claims. Jenny Kennedy's 'exceptional reputation' extends particularly to complex brain and spinal injury cases; she is also widely known for representing international clients who have received negligent treatment in private hospitals. Jock Mackenzie's previous medical experience ensures that he remains a firm favourite for matters involving complex medicine and rare medical conditions. For surgical, cardiac and emergency issues, 'highly practical lawyer' Ali Malsher is a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Jon Nicholson

Other key lawyers:

Jock Mackenzie; Jenny Kennedy; Ali Malsher

Testimonials

‘The team at Anthony Gold is superb. Their commitment to their clients and expertise in the field is second to none. It is a collaborative team with a huge collective experience which is shared to the benefit of all.’

‘Ali Malsher is an exceptional and highly practical lawyer.’

‘There are no weak members of the team – every practitioner has first rate knowledge and client handling skills. They are extremely approachable without any trace of pomposity. I recommend them to clients without hesitation.’

‘Jenny Kennedy’s experience and expertise is unmatched. She regularly obtains awards of the highest value for the most seriously injured claimants. Her attention to detail and commitment to her clients is outstanding. It is a privilege to work with her.’

‘Personal service of a high quality with all members of the team well versed in terms of the case. This is a very efficient team who know the case details well for each case and they are very supportive of clients. They do what they say they will do and do so promptly.’

‘Jon Nicholson is very approachable. He has a clear grasp of the key challenges and is relentless in tracking down the detail. He keeps professionals fully informed of developments in the case and is very clear about the sequence of the steps needed to progress the case for clients.’

‘A firm who handle cases of gravity and moment and consistently secure excellent results.’

‘Jenny Kennedy has an exceptional reputation within the field – a true fighter with a phenomenal work ethic and a great tactical mind.’

Bolt Burdon Kemp

Bolt Burdon Kemp's 'wonderful team' of 'true clinical negligence experts' are able to combine 'real intelligence with fantastic tactical thinking'. The firm is differentiated by its injury-oriented structure; the practice consists of specialist departments dedicated to particular types of injury. 'Simply superb' practitioner Caroline Klage developed and continues to head up the renowned birth and child brain injury group, which was further strengthened by the recent arrival of consultant Julie Aldred and associate Tamsin Day from Wiseman Lee. Suzanne Trask takes the lead on adult brain injury matters. Senior associate Alex Dabek is a key name to note in the dedicated spinal injury offering.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Klage

Other key lawyers:

Suzanne Trask; Jo Chapman; Claudia Hillemand; Alex Dabek; Julie Aldred; Tamsin Day

Testimonials

‘A simply wonderful team of friendly, committed, highly competent solicitors who all work brilliantly together in a range of complex cases to get the very best results for clients.’

‘Caroline Klage is simply superb. She is the person I would want if I was ever in the awful position of having a child with a brain injury caused at birth. She is at the very top of the game and totally focused on getting the best outcome for her clients. Her people skills are second to none.’

‘BBK are true clinical negligence experts. The team cover cutting edge and high value claims. The firm boasts lawyers of real intelligence with fantastic tactical thinking on cases. In addition the firm has retained its emphasis on client care.’

‘Claudia Hillemand has a deep grasp of complex child brain injury claims. She combines her medical understanding with wonderful client care.’

‘A hugely committed team who truly specialise in child brain injury and spinal surgery claims. They have great strength in depth, whilst remaining extremely approachable and modern in outlook.’

‘Alex Dabek leaves no stone unturned. She is one of the most assiduous lawyers I have ever come across and is driven to achieve the best results for her clients.’

‘Caroline Klage runs an exceptional team of solicitors, all of whom do a fantastic job.’

‘Without exception they are highly knowledgeable, compassionate and completely dedicated to their clients. I know of no harder working group of lawyers in this field. They are also a very diverse firm, who provide a huge amount of support to those wanting to have children and continue their careers.’

Hodge Jones & Allen

The ‘brilliant‘ offering at Hodge Jones & Allen is differentiated by its unique mix of practitioners with previous medical experience, including a former GP, three former senior nurses and a former NHS project manager. The firm is noted for its ‘excellent attention to tactics coupled with a compassionate approach to vulnerable clients‘. Practice head Agata Usewicz continues to focus on obstetric claims; as well as acting for children brain damaged at birth, she has settled a number of cases involving maternal injuries. Other key contacts include James Bell, who is singled out by one client for his ‘great judgement and tactical nous‘, Emma Wray and Dawn Treloar. For psychiatric matters, Nina Ali is highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Agata Usewicz

Other key lawyers:

James Bell; Nina Ali; Dawn Treloar; Emma Wray; Andrew Harrison

Testimonials

‘A brilliant team with with a wealth of experience in all types of claim.’

‘Emma Wray is very knowledgeable, extremely hardworking, diligent, and clear. She’s a very good solicitor.’

‘James Bell is hugely experienced, with great judgement and tactical nous. Fights hard for his clients and gets results. Dawn Treloar is industrious, knowledgeable and careful. She really looks after her clients.’

‘Agata Usewizc is very experienced, calm under pressure, undoubtedly very capable. Emma Wray is a former nurse with a good nose for a case and will pursue it with tenacity.’

‘The team has strength in depth at all levels, and the working arrangements with expert witnesses and counsel are very collaborative. There are former healthcare professionals within the team, and the investigations undertaken are very thorough. There is also a public service ethos in the firm generally.’

‘Excellent attention to tactics coupled with a compassionate approach to vulnerable clients.’

‘They have strength in depth, with hugely experienced people such as Agata Usewicz and Emma Wray.’

‘James Bell is the vastly experienced former head of clinical negligence at Slater & Gordon in London. In addition to excellent case preparation skills he has a very nice manner with injury victims. Agata Usewicz is deservedly now leading the team, very clever, hard working but also has good empathy. Dawn Treloar is a former ITU nurse, which greatly enhances the quality of her case management and advice.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for 69 families calling on the Government to hold a Statutory Public Inquiry into Essex Mental Health Services.
  • Acted for the parents in a fatal case involving the death of newly born baby.
  • Acting for a client who developed muscle necrosis as a result of failings by nursing staff while receiving treatment for myeloma.

Kingsley Napley LLP

Kingsley Napley LLP offers a ‘high level of client care combined with top level handling of litigation tactics and specialist clinical knowledge‘. As well as spanning a wide range of serious spinal, brain and birth injuries, the team’s expertise also extends to complex cases concerning blindness, organ damage and psychiatric care. ‘Senior statesmanTerrence Donovan leads the group, as well as specialising in catastrophic claims and inquests. Injuries of the utmost severity are also an area of focus for ‘first rate‘ practitioner Richard Lodge, who is singled out by one client for his ‘forensic knowledge‘. The firm is also noted for its talent at associate level, with Punam Sood and Laura Sylvester standing out as key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Terrence Donovan

Other key lawyers:

Richard Lodge; Punam Sood; Laura Sylvester; Aideen McGarry; Kirsty Allen

Testimonials

‘A very capable and extremely dedicated team who go out of their way to achieve excellent results for their clients.’

‘Terry Donovan is extremely experienced, a very steady hand, calm and reassuring. Punam Sood is hugely competent, with a wealth of experience of a wide variety of clinical negligence claims. Excellent judgement.’

‘The team is very collaborative. Senior members ensure each case is subject to regular strategy reviews. Nothing gets missed and the clients can be reassured that their case is getting proper attention and expertise. The technology for sharing papers and bundles is very good indeed.’

‘The team is organised, well-resourced, pleasant to deal with, responsive and collegiate.’

‘Richard Lodge is a first rate partner and a delight to work with. He’s got huge experience of handling brain and spinal injury claims: he has a forensic knowledge of his cases, is wonderful with clients and fights hard to achieve the best results for his clients. Laura Sylvester is equally a joy to work alongside: excellent judgement, compassionate and hard working.’

‘High level of client care combined with top level handling of litigation tactics and specialist clinical knowledge.’

‘As a team they’re hugely approachable, know their stuff inside out, prepare cases immaculately and are a force to come up against.’

‘Terry Donovan is a senior statesman. Hugely experienced. Incredibly calm and reassuring. Lovely manner and wonderful with clients. Kirsty Allen is efficient, hard working, organised and very capable. Punam Sood is bright, diligent and very effective. Aideen McCarry is focused, bright and thorough.’

Work highlights

  • Representing Lady Christine Brownlie in an important claim regarding an issue of jurisdiction of the English Courts for claims involving injuries that occur elsewhere in the world.

Russell-Cooke LLP

The ‘really excellent clinical negligence team‘ at Russell-Cooke LLP is known particularly for its specialism in brain injuries, both paediatric and adult, and infection cases resulting in serious injuries. Its expertise in the former was recently strengthened further by the arrival of highly regarded consultant Bernadette McGhie from Enable Law. Inquests are another core area of focus for the firm, which fields a discrete sub-group for such work, headed by Lucy Wilton and Dominic Fairclough. In recent highlights, practice head Janice Gardner took a case concerning acts of illegality occurring following negligence to the Supreme Court, exemplifying the firm’s ability to secure work of the highest profile.

Practice head(s):

Janice Gardner

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Towler; Dominic Fairclough; Lucy Wilton; Bernadette McGhie

Testimonials

‘A really excellent clinical negligence team with strength across the board and a couple of outstanding practitioners. This firm regularly gets some of the highest profile clinical negligence cases because of their reputation in the field.’

‘Between them they have a wealth of medical knowledge and experience and are well supported by an equally experienced administrative team. They have real strength and depth. There is excellent collaboration between team members. They present as committed, determined and highly competent with the client always at the centre.

‘Lucy Wilton is outstanding. She is one of my first choices when I am asked for a recommendation on high value clinical negligence cases. She is incredibly bright, fearless and utterly dedicated to her clients.’

‘For me as a client their ability to ensure that relevant expertise was used to provide the best possible advice stood out. The whole team had the ability to make me feel that I was always their priority. The logical, methodical and thorough preparation of the case was exceptional.’

‘Good knowledge of their specialism, excellent client management.’

‘Bernadette McGhie has excellent client management, really knows and understands the children and families on the cases she works with and has excellent communication with experts, which is both efficient and personable.’

‘They will look after potential clients with the utmost care, respect and dignity. They are a very professional company, yet approachable.’

‘Dominic Fairclough, Janice Gardner and Lucy Wilton are all highly professional and competent. Dominic is down to earth and easy to get along with. He has an abundance of common sense. He will always go the extra mile for the client but at the same time remains measured in his approach. Janice Gardener has great empathy. She is always practical and focused, and is able to think outside the box. Lucy Wilton is equally impressive. She gets on with the job and is very practical in her approach. She is able to convey complex information to the client in a straightforward and reassuring way. Above all she is decisive and is not afraid of making difficult decisions.’

Work highlights

  • Acted on two cases where the “admitted” negligent failings of the mental health services led to the death of two innocent people and the wrecked lives and loss of liberty to claimants who acted when delusional and unwell.
  • Successfully represented a claimant in a 12 day High Court trial, concerning sepsis, compartment syndrome and amputations, against multiple defendants.
  • Pursuing a claim to determine the law on whether a mother can claim her PSLA and financial losses arising out of a negligently managed birth in circumstances when she doesn’t have a psychiatric injury.

Bindmans LLP

The ‘principled and able‘ practitioners at Bindmans LLP handle a wide range of complex cases, with child and adult head injury claims, cases where a limb amputation could have been avoided and preventable attempts at suicide making up a large part of the caseload. The team was recently strengthened by the promotion of ‘star in the makingYagmur Ekici to partner. Practice head Jon Crocker and ‘formidable‘ partner Alla Murphy are much lauded by clients.

Practice head(s):

Jon Crocker

Other key lawyers:

Siobhan Kelly; Alla Murphy; Yagmur Ekici

Testimonials

‘Alla Murphy is a formidable solicitor. She knows everything and everyone in the field; she has excellent expert contacts and those experts will do almost anything to assist her. She’s fearless but pragmatic.’

‘Yagmur Ekici is a star in the making.’

‘Committed claimant lawyers who are principled and able.’

‘Alla Murphy:  I have valued her clarity of thought in terms of secondary victim status case law, but also her empathy in terms of dealing with challenged clients often in socially challenging situations.’

‘This is a firm with a strong ethical foundation.’

‘The main lawyer I am dealing with is Jon Crocker, and the experience has been everything I would have hoped. In my opinion, every aspect of the case has been looked into, including my son’s on-going care, which is hugely reassuring.’

‘The team is knowledgeable and experienced. From my experience, they all establish pragmatic approaches when working with very complex clients and work around the difficult issues to achieve excellent outcomes.’

‘It has been a particular pleasure to work with Jon Crocker. In addition to being an extremely experienced lawyer, he has an extensive knowledge of neurological problems and how they affect patients. I worked with Siobhan Kelly on a particularly complex and ultimately tragic personal injury case. She was most diligent in her attempts to supply me with the correct documentation from more than 20,000 pages available, and it was obvious from these hospital notes that Bindman’s had an extensive network of support workers in many disciplines assisting with their clients’ rehabilitation. I have also worked with Yagmur Ekici. She is a very knowledgeable practitioner who appears destined for a highly successful legal career. She provides prompt and sensible answers to my communications and it is a pleasure to work with someone who has such a command of the intricacies the case.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for the widow and daughter of a Turkish man who died in North Middlesex Hospital as a result of a failure to appropriately manage and treat his acute pancreatitis.
  • Acting for a minor in a claim against Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHSFT arising from negligence during the management of his mother’s labour and birth.
  • Acting for a young woman born with a congenital condition (which in part affects her eyes) in a case which centres around the delayed diagnosis of a detached retina, which caused loss of sight in her right eye.

Moore Barlow

A 'very high focus on client needs combined with detailed and accurate analysis' marks out the offering at Moore Barlow. The 'excellent practice' brings a 'clear logical approach' to a wide range of complex cases, including those relating to infections of the central nervous system, cauda equina syndrome, maternal obstetric injuries, oncology, orthopaedics, ophthalmics, neurosurgery and endocrinology. The team is also noted for fielding 'talented senior practitioners with a wealth of experience'; these include team lead Anne Cassidy, whose 'medical background is a real asset' and consultant Tim Spring.

Practice head(s):

Anne Cassidy

Other key lawyers:

Tim Spring; Sarah Stanton; Mala Sidebottom

Testimonials

‘A welcoming team who have been outstanding in explaining things and communicating.’

‘Anne Cassidy is an outstanding medical negligence solicitor. Her medical background is a real asset as well. She is thoughtful and measured in her way of working. She has great compassion for the clients and their families. She is very skilled at unpicking complex challenges so that a way forward can be identified. She is very sensitive to cultural issues.’

‘Excellent practice with a clear logical approach.’

‘Mala Sidebottom was fantastic, messages were always precise and delivered delicately but to the point. I felt that she took a personal interest in my case. She delivered results. Forever grateful.’

‘Great communication, compassion and have been brilliant at explaining every step.’

‘An excellent firm. They have a high level of complex and challenging work and provide a consistently first rate service to their clients. They benefit from a number of talented senior practitioners with a wealth of experience.’

‘Anne Cassidy heads up the team and is hugely impressive to work with. Extremely knowledgeable, dedicated, thorough, she examines every aspect of the case. She is great with her clients and works extremely effectively with her opponents. She’s also steely and a great negotiator!’

‘The very high focus on client needs combined with detailed and accurate analysis of the forensic parameters of the problem are the hallmarks of this firm.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for a claimant who was bringing a dependency claim for herself and her two children following the death of her husband from bowel cancer.

Osbornes

The team at Osbornes was recently strengthened by the arrival of 'experienced and empathetic' associate Jodi Newton from Hudgell Solicitors. She joins a department noted for its expertise in delayed diagnosis and wrongful birth claims, as well as for its multi-lingual capabilities and focus on Eastern European clients. 'First-rate clinical negligence specialist' Stephanie Prior leads the group, which also includes fatal claims expert Robert Aylott and Ben Posford, who has extensive experience acting on claims concerning cauda equina syndrome.

Practice head(s):

Stephanie Prior

Other key lawyers:

Jodi Newton; Nicholas Leahy; Ben Posford; Robert Aylott

Testimonials

‘A very experienced team headed up by the wonderful Stephanie Prior, who has a fantastic reputation in the marketplace.’

‘Really great clinical negligence practice, staffed by experienced practitioners who know how NHS Trusts work. They also build great rapport with clients.’

‘Stephanie Prior is a superb senior practitioner with an accurate eye for the nub of a case and an acute sense of the merit of any claim.’

‘Jodi Newton is brilliant – a very capable, experienced and empathetic solicitor who has experience of handling high value and complicated cases. I am working with her on a cerebral palsy case at the moment, in which she has obtained an admission of liability and a substantial interim payment. A first class addition to the team.’

‘This firm is responsive and efficient. Their rapidity in dealing with complications or hiccups is excellent.’

‘Stephanie Prior is a first-rate clinical negligence specialist whose industry, great experience and medical background put her in an exceptional class.’

‘They are an excellent firm who achieve fantastic outcomes for their clients. They are also very prominent in injuries to those travelling to or from Europe. Multiple languages are spoken by the team. ‘

‘Stephanie Prior is very experienced, with an encyclopaedic medical knowledge. Fights tooth and nail for her clients.’

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

John Kyriacou leads the 'very experienced and expert team' at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, and advises on a substantial caseload of high value cases including surgical complications and delayed diagnoses. The firm also fields a strong offering at associate level; Rosie Nelson brings her 'excellent instincts' to a wide range of cerebral palsy matters, orthopaedic injuries and claims involving elderly care; Lyndsey Banthorpe is noted for her expertise in spinal, sepsis and adult-acquired brain injury claims; while Emily Reville is regularly instructed by families to represent them in complex coronial proceedings.

Practice head(s):

John Kyriacou

Other key lawyers:

Rosie Nelson; Lyndsey Banthorpe; Emily Reville; Sarah Hibberd

Testimonials

‘Superb, professional team.’

‘Rosie Nelson has been compassionate, considerate and understanding from my initial enquiry and right through the claim process.’

‘Most of my work has been with Lyndsey Banthorpe and Emily Reville. Each is truly excellent. Each prepares cases beautifully and identifies all the relevant issues and then works to resolve any problems. They are just a joy to work with.’

‘Emily Reville was extremely efficient and helpful with a quick grasp of quite complex medical issues.’

‘Excellent people skills and communication. Regular updates provided. Professional whilst appropriately empathetic. Good use of technology during the pandemic.’

‘I have worked with Rosie Nelson, who I find to be a very good litigator, with excellent instincts, very organised, and caring to her clients.’

‘A very experienced and expert team who do a great job for clients.’

‘John Kyriacou and Lyndsay Banthorpe are both very approachable and professional with a lovely sympathetic human touch, which was much appreciated by us. We were both very happy with the care and the exceptional level of detail that was used in scrutinising the evidence and in finding the best medical experts for us.’

Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon's offering, which focuses on catastrophic cases, is seen by one client as 'a real force in the claimant clinical negligence world'. The team is split into a number of sub-groups, headed up by; brain and birth injury specialist Laura Preston ; technical director Madeline Seibert ; senior associate Matthew Smith ; and associate Joanne Warren.  'Excellent' London-based practitioner Emma Doughty brings her extensive experience of cancer and obstetric claims to her role as practice head, while senior practice director Madelene Holdsworth provides support from the Manchester office.

Practice head(s):

Madelene Holdsworth; Emma Doughty

Other key lawyers:

Laura Preston; Madeline Seibert; Matthew Smith; Joanne Warren

Testimonials

‘Emma Doughty as head of clin neg does a brilliant job and is an excellent solicitor.’

‘A brilliant team capable of handling cases of any size and complexity. A real force in the claimant clinical negligence world.’

‘Madeleine Seibert is a very experienced, capable, down to earth and effective litigator. Really knows her stuff. Matt Smith in the London office is a calm, capable and effective litigator.’

‘As a team, Slater and Gordon have worked efficiently, productively and with motivation to set out a plan for our case and overcome obstacles . They have been persistent in their pursuit to achieve the best possible outcome for us as clients. They have communicated reports in detail, working collaboratively and professionally.’

‘Emma Doughty is hardworking, committed and gets great results. She really cares for her clients and goes the extra mile. Clients love her. Madeline Seibert has enormous experience and gets brilliant results in difficult cases.’

‘Laura Preston really went all out to make sure I was happy with everything and always reassured any worries I had. I cannot stress enough how much of an asset she is to this firm. After 5 years of working with her she has became more than our solicitor, she has always put our needs first and listened and understood every concern.’

‘Emma Doughty is professional, caring, thorough and a good communicator.’

Devonshires Claims

National firm Devonshires Solicitors LLP merged its clinical negligence department with barrister-led offering  PI Law Direct to create Devonshires Claims in spring 2021. The specialist medical malpractice and personal injury practice is led by managing partner Nick Grant. The offering focuses particularly on birth and catastrophic injury cases, and is also noted for its expertise in opthalmology claims. The team was recently strengthened with the promotion of Karen Cathcart to partner.

Practice head(s):

Nick Grant

Other key lawyers:

Karen Cathcart; Nicola Bould; Katie Hughes; Sandra Wheeler

Testimonials

‘I find them very efficient, always providing clear and full instructions and all of the necessary documents. They treat every case as individual and special and make a maximum effort in every case.’

‘Excellent team led by Nick Grant and Karen Catchcart. Clear instructions are always provided and the whole team has a keen grasp of medical issues and the litigation process. Significant depth in knowledge and experience.’

‘Karen Cathcart is excellent – she fights tooth and nail for her clients and builds up fantastic relationships with clients, counsel and experts.’

Hugh James

Ruth Powell leads Hugh James' clinical department in London. Noted by one client as being 'excellent right across the board', the team was recently strengthened by the arrival of associate Charlotte Allen from Fieldfisher, and by the formation of a distinct inquests sub-group under the leadership of experienced senior associate Lynda Reynolds. National practice head Mari Rosser in Cardiff is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Mari Rosser; Ruth Powell

Other key lawyers:

Lynda Reynolds; Sophie Jones; Fran Moore; Charlotte Allen

Testimonials

‘Excellent right across the board.’

‘Extremely knowledgeable and experienced in the area. Absolutely trustworthy and determined to get the best result for the client at all costs. Exceptional clinical negligence team, organised, skilled, sympathetic and understanding.’

‘Very client focused and collaborative, with an excellent relationship with key experts across the range of clinical areas. Ahead of the game in terms of electronic papers and bundles.’

‘Lynda Reynolds has a laser-like forensic approach to medical issues and knows exactly which expert to instruct. She is utterly realistic and wins the confidence and trust of her clients.’

‘They offer the quality and quantity of the big players in the market but also retain a sense of collegiality and teamwork. A wonderful group of people, who get on well with each other and provide a good service to their clients.’

‘Lynda Reynolds is straight-talking, extremely knowledgeable, hard-working and very good with clients. Every case is thoroughly prepared and no stone is left unturned. An exceptional solicitor. Fran Moore is excellent with clients, sympathetic and kind yet steely in her desire to get the best result. She is very knowledgeable and always thoroughly prepared. Fran has a very good understanding of the area. Top notch.’

‘Very good team with lots of expertise in different areas and at different levels.’

‘Hugh James are very client driven and focus on the best outcome for their clients. They are well respected amongst other firms of solicitors and they have recruited and attracted some very experienced lawyers in the last few years.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for a claimant in connection with a claim for damages for a failure to diagnose and treat pneumococcal meningitis when the claimant was aged about 15 months old.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Lime Solicitors' (part of national firm Shakespeare Martineau LLP) London offering has been steadily growing since the relocation of Neil Clayton from the Leicester office in 2018. The most recent development saw the group acquire Hudgell Solicitors' clinical negligence team in its entirety, in May 2021; two of the key practitioners taken on as a result of this were Sharon Lam and Josie Robinson. The practice is noted for its expertise in birth injuries, and high value restorative dentistry cases.

Practice head(s):

Neil Clayton; Robert Rose

Other key lawyers:

Josie Robinson; Sharon Lam

Testimonials

‘Efficient, empathetic and knowledgeable. Highly recommended.’

‘Sharon Lam is one of the most dedicated and hard working solicitors I have met. A pleasure to work with and ensures she gets the best results for her clients.’

‘Josie Robinson is an excellent solicitor. Very capable, highly efficient, and has a great, sympathetic rapport with her clients.’

‘Sharon Lam is extremely efficient and can see straight to the heart of a case.’

Simpson Millar LLP

At Simpson Millar LLP, seasoned practice head Geoffrey Simpson-Scott 'knows all the tricks of litigation' and is noted for his ability to 'identify the true issues in a case'. The firm also fields 'exemplary' practitioner David Thomas, who handles a niche caseload of high value, catastrophic birth injury claims, and is differentiated by his additional qualification in Polish law. Helen Neville joined the firm as a partner in Liverpool in summer 2021, strengthening the team.

Practice head(s):

Geoffrey Simpson-Scott

Other key lawyers:

David Thomas

Testimonials

‘Well-managed team. Client care seems second to none – combining warmth and friendly relationships with expert advice and representation.’

‘David Thomas’ handling of my case was totally exemplary, he took immense care to explain all the necessary details of my case to me, and interpreted the other side’s manoeuvres so that I did not get too stressed by it all. He really treated me as an intelligent participant in the case rather than in a patronising way, which I experienced from other firms I have dealt with.’

‘Very strong team who work well together.’

‘David Thomas is superb, handles very complex brain injury cases with minimum of fuss and gets great results for his clients.’

‘Geoffrey Simpson-Scott is an engaging, capable and conscientious practitioner who really knows his onions.’

‘A firm with a great presence in clinical negligence work. They handle cases of the utmost gravity, grasping technology and ensuring their staff are well versed in its use.’

‘David Thomas undertakes heavy clin neg cases and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to handling them. He strives always to achieve the best result for his client and his industry is endless. He is respected by opponents and is fearless in his approach to litigation. He has great empathy with parents in birth injury claims and understands the emotions in play in high value actions. He is a seasoned performer with a wealth of knowledge.’

‘Geoffrey Simpson-Scott has a wealth of experience and knows all the tricks of litigation. He knows civil procedure and the relevant case law inside out, which means that his cases are always brilliantly prepared. He is very astute and able to identify the true issues in a case which means the experts are always properly instructed and he doesn’t give false hope if a case if not going to succeed. Lastly, he is very empathetic which is essential in clinical negligence cases.’

Thompsons Solicitors LLP

Practitioners at Thompsons Solicitors LLP 'stand out for their willingness to take on a difficult case'. The key contacts are 'exceptional' senior solicitor Gwen Kirby-Dent, who specialises in claims for adults and children who have suffered brain injuries associated with permanent disability; branch manager Henrietta Phillips; and national practice head Samantha Hemsley.

Practice head(s):

Gwen Kirby-Dent; Henrietta Phillips; Samantha Hemsley

Testimonials

‘They pursue all types of clinical negligence claim giving 100% for every client and achieving great results, often against the odds.’

‘Gwen Kirby-Dent is an exceptional solicitor who is in constant communication with us with case updates and always takes the time to listen to our concerns and explain each stage so we know what is happening next and what to expect with timescales. We appreciate how very lucky we are to have Gwen and her team on our side and have nothing but praise for all their efforts. We have faith and trust in Thompson’s, who are working in our family’s best interest with compassion, honesty, ethics, integrity and full transparency. Because of these qualities I would always highly recommend Thompson’s to everyone.’

‘A diverse, experienced and knowledgeable team of dedicated practitioners who achieve the best for all their clients.’

‘They have experience of every sort of case and are knowledgeable, talented and repeatedly get good results for their clients.’

‘They stand out for their willingness to take on a difficult case.’

‘From day one the team at Thompsons have treated my wife and I with courtesy, understanding and a respect for the mistreatment I experienced at the hands of the hospital trust.’

‘We worked with Gwen Kirby-Dent, and we were fortunate to have worked with someone who had so much previous experience. Her advice and guidance were invaluable. Her empathy was unwavering and unforced, so it gave us such reassurance that our legal representative understood just what we were experiencing. There were several occasions when we needed Gwen to explain certain complexities related to calculations of compensation that were not easy to understand. She always took the time to break down anything abstruse into simpler terms. Friendliness  may not be a prerequisite in a business relationship, but it goes a long way to helping to develop a rapport and leaves you with a positive impression of the individual and the organisation they work for.’

Work highlights

  • Acting on a clinical negligence claim with complex causation issues which settled for over £1m.
  • Acting on a cerebral palsy claim which has a total potential value of £15m.
  • Acting on a brain damage claim for a minor with £750,000 of interim payments and breach of duty now admitted.