Firms To Watch: Personal injury: claimant

The London office of Horwich Cohen Coghlan Solicitors was launched in January 2021, following the arrival of Patrick Maguire from Slater and Gordon, where he acted as practice director, with responsibility for the serious injury practice across the UK.
With Richard Brooks and Helen Childs at the helm, the offering at Royds Withy King is noted for its expertise in the niche areas of Animals Act claims, industrial disease work and permanent health insurance cases.

Personal injury: claimant in London

Anthony Gold Solicitors LLP

The team at Anthony Gold Solicitors LLP is ‘able to deliver a first class service across the whole range of personal injury claims‘ and fields ‘high calibre lawyers at the top of their game‘. The practice is regarded as a go-to for major trauma cases, particularly those involving complex brain, spinal and amputation injuries. Key leading practitioners include department head Jon Nicholson, managing partner David Marshall, child brain injury expert Jackie Spinks and ‘peerless tacticianJenny Kennedy. The firm’s offering at senior level was further strengthened by the recent promotion of Amanda Hopkins and Adam Dyl to partner. Its expertise in international matters is another strength of the group; Ian Peters is the name to note for this type of work.

Practice head(s):

Jon Nicholson

Other key lawyers:

Jenny Kennedy; David Marshall; Jackie Spinks; Ian Peters; Sana Bibi; Amanda Hopkins; Adam Dyl; Samuel David

Testimonials

‘Excellent, high calibre lawyers at the top of their game.’

‘A first rate outfit, which consistently manages to punch above its weight. AG is led by some of the best partners in the business and is able to attract work of the highest quality. Able to deliver a first class service across the whole range of personal injury claims, from fast track to multi-million catastrophic injury claims.’

‘Really excellent personal injury team with strong procedures in place to ensure consistent performance across the whole team.’

‘Jon Nicholson is highly intelligent and very experienced. Jackie Spinks is sympathetic, sensible, efficient and a great lawyer. David Marshall is one of the most respected solicitors in his field, and rightly so.’

‘Excellent client service.’

‘Jackie Spinks is meticulous and determined, she leaves no stone unturned in getting the best results for her client. She is a very tough opponent, but always realistic about a case’s strengths and weaknesses. Sana Bibi is a very determined litigator. Sana gets better and better with experience and is capable of running serious injury cases with calm authority.’

‘Jenny Kennedy has a razor sharp mind and is a peerless tactician. Adam Dyl recently made partner and deservedly so – a brilliant lawyer who has excellent people skills. Ian Peters is a clever, pragmatic no nonsense lawyer.’

‘Their client care is second to none, in my experience.’

Fieldfisher

The team at Fieldfisher 'has the resources and contacts to deal with the most complex of claims', and is able to utilise these in order to obtain 'amazing results in challenging and difficult matters'; Dushal Mehta , Peter Williams and Andrew Morgan are all singled out for their handling of 'some of the largest and best-known cases in this field'. The firm exercises 'remarkable ingenuity' to successfully resolve issues concerning UK citizens both at home and abroad, as well as regularly representing nationals from jurisdictions as varied as Japan, Australia and Hong Kong; the practice also has particular expertise in international plane crashes which occur in Thailand, Nepal, Zambia, Peru and India. Asbestos-related diseases are another core area of focus for the group. 'Simply outstanding' Jill Greenfield oversees the serious injury offering, while renowned practitioner Paul McNeil heads up the personal injury department.

Practice head(s):

Paul McNeil; Jill Greenfield; Peter Williams

Other key lawyers:

Dushal Mehta; Jennifer Buchanan; Andrew Morgan; Shaheen Mosquera; Keith Barrett

Testimonials

‘The Fieldfisher team is an exceptional one, made up of people with extensive experience, extremely well trained. This team knows how to give you the necessary confidence that everything will be ok!’

‘Absolute stars for claimant industrial disease and personal injury work.’

‘Market leaders. Experts in their area of practice and personable too.’

‘The most exceptional personal injury team, totally committed, highly efficient, remarkable ingenuity and amazing results in challenging and difficult matters. They should be everybody’s first choice.’

‘Peter Williams, Dushal Mehta, and Andrew Morgan are all exceptional. They have handled some of the largest and best-known cases in this field. They are thorough and have excellent client-handling skills. They also have the respect of their opponents, which helps them to achieve the best outcomes for their clients.’

‘Jill Greenfield is simply outstanding. With an encyclopaedic knowledge of the industry, but also a very clear communicator. She goes above and beyond time and time again. Jenny Buchanan is also exceptional, and can be described as being “cut from the same cloth” as Jill. Her personal approach to cases is truly infectious.’

‘Fieldfisher has the resources and contacts to deal with the most complex of claims. They will not only invest and instruct some of the best experts in the industry, but crucially will listen to the advice and guidance given and consequently build very strong cases.’

‘I dealt exclusively with Shaheen Mosquera, who is absolutely phenomenal at what she does. She is an expert with well over ten years experience – and it shows. It was very easy to develop a great working relationship with Shaheen. She helps you focus on what you can control and somehow makes you feel so much better. An absolute superstar lawyer and I would rate her as certainly one of the very best lawyers that I have ever had the pleasure of working with.’

Key clients

 

 

Work highlights

  • Secured an eight figure settlement for a young boy who suffered severe, life-changing brain damage after being struck by a car as he was crossing the road with his grandfather.
  • Successfully appealed a High Court ruling from 2019 that businessman Mike Head could not recover any loss of earnings following his diagnosis of mesothelioma simply because the successful family business he founded and ran would continue after his death.
  • Acting for victims of terrorism following attacks at Westminster Bridge, Finsbury Park Mosque and London Bridge.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell maintains its reputation as ‘a market leader‘ in claimant personal injury work, and is noted especially for ‘the specialism within its teams‘ and the ‘excellence of its lawyers‘. National practice head Tracey Storey, London office managing partner Alison Eddy and core practitioner Ian Christian are all picked out by one client as ‘outstanding individuals‘. Other key senior names at the firm include Richard Geraghty and Demetrius Danas, who lead the national and international serious injury offerings in London, respectively. In terms of fields of particular strength, the group’s experience in traumatic brain injury work is seen as ‘second to none‘; Sarah Griggs has extensive experience in this area. For asbestos claims, Ian Bailey and Joanne Jefferies are recommended.

Practice head(s):

Tracey Storey; Alison Eddy; Ian Christian

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Griggs; Demetrius Danas; Richard Geraghty; Chani Dhaliwal; Laura Middleton-Guerard; Joanne Jefferies; Jennifer Lund; Ian Bailey

Testimonials

‘One of the best overall teams in the sector. Deep experience at all levels.’

‘They are a quite exceptional firm in respect of the quality of their people and the resources they are able to throw at a case. They have specialist help from their other teams which is always available.’

‘They stand out because of their willingness to take on difficult cases and cases that involve novel points of law that they are never afraid to challenge. Outstanding individuals in my view include Alison Eddy, Ian Christian and Tracey Storey.’

‘Irwin Mitchell is a market leader in claimant personal injury work. IM stands out within the field for the specialism within its teams and the excellence of its lawyers throughout. The opportunities that are given to trainees to engage with cases, including in conference, settlement meetings and at court offer fantastic training.’

‘Tracey Storey leads a huge team doing predominantly high-value work. She is a top quality leader and litigator. Richard Geraghty in London has superb knowledge and is one of the best in the business.’

‘The London team has experience in traumatic brain injury second to none.’

‘Sarah Griggs is outstanding. An extraordinarily empathetic and experienced solicitor. Just total class.’

‘Chani Dhaliwal is an excellent solicitor. He is wiling to run difficult legal points, has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and the factual issues affecting those he represents and is robust with the defendant. I have been involved in a large number of cases for clients with very serious injuries. He has always pushed for the best result possible, more than the defendant was willing to initially offer. He is an excellent solicitor.’

Work highlights

  • Representing a claimant and his family who were on an open-top bus tour in Malta in April 2018 when the bus crashed resulting in one fatality and multiple injuries to around 50 people.
  • Acting for a claimant whose husband died as a result of exposure to asbestos by the defendants.
  • Acting for claimants who were attacked by a lion that came into their camp when they were on a safari holiday.

Leigh Day

Leigh Day's 'truly unique' practice 'takes on cases others would not touch and uses them to advance the law and break new ground'; this willingness to handle ground-breaking litigation was illustrated most recently by the firm's involvement with the landmark case of Swift v Carpenter. Sally Moore, who is described by a client as 'one of the strongest lawyers in the field', leads the personal injury department, while Daniel Easton and Harminder Bains jointly head up the dedicated industrial disease team. Richard Meeran oversees the international work which is such a cornerstone of the practice, and for which renowned practitioners Martyn Day and Sapna Malik are particularly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Sally Moore; Richard Meeran; Daniel Easton; Harminder Bains

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Leader; Martyn Day; Sapna Malik; Bethany Sanders; Oliver Holland

Testimonials

‘Leigh Day is truly unique in the personal injury field. The firm takes on cases others would not touch and uses them to advance the law and break new ground. They are totally committed to their clients as well as broader social causes. The quality of the personnel from the partners to junior lawyers to paralegals to admin staff is as good as a Magic Circle firm.’

‘A great team for catastrophic injury claims and taking on difficult high-value claims.’

‘This team is absolutely first rate. They have strength in depth, are able and wiling to cover all levels of work, and there are some absolutely exceptional solicitors within a consistently excellent team of fee earners.’

‘Very experienced claimant industrial disease team. Very committed to clients. Take on difficult cases.’

‘Martyn Day is a total icon. He has seen and done it all and the whole team benefits from his deep experience and instincts. He is charming to work with and compliments junior members of the team whenever it is merited which means team morale stays high when the heat is on. Oliver Holland is a recent new partner whose promotion was totally deserved. He has nous beyond his years and knows which buttons to press to get under the skin of his opponents. Great with clients and super cool under pressure. Daniel Leader brings a super intellectual approach to his cases which are always beautifully prepared and well thought through. He is deeply involved in the business and human rights world and brings this to bear in his cases. Deeply principled and leaves no stone unturned in pursuit of justice for his clients. Sapna Malik is an inspirational lawyer who has worked on some of the most ground breaking human rights litigation. Incredibly conscientious and committed to her cases and clients.’

‘The department is led by one of the strongest lawyers in the field: Sally Moore. No client could hope for a better solicitor. She leads an incredibly strong team, any of whom I would be happy to recommend (and have often recommended).’

‘Harminder Bains is a passionate advocate and utterly determined.’

‘The lead partner I worked with, Bethany Sanders, clearly cared at a personal level as well as at a professional level. She was always aware of the personal challenges I had and adapted her style with empathy and understanding. In addition she worked hard to understand my business and the impacts on the business. We had a working relationship for nearly five years working on the case and she was consistent throughout. Always across the detail and able to adapt to new strategies and navigate the complexity to stay ahead of the defendant’s case. This enabled her to have a strong negotiating position at all times resulting in a settlement considerably higher than I expected.’

Work highlights

  • Representing the wife of a deceased Bangladeshi ship worker, who lost his life as a result of catastrophic injuries sustained after falling from a height whilst dismantling a ship in Chattogram, Bangladesh, in 2018.
  • Successfully settled a case concerning a cyclist who was severely injured when run over from behind (along with two other cyclists) by a driver who fled the scene but was later apprehended by police for circa £7m.
  • Successfully settled an asbestos case on behalf of a claimant who has two young children for A$4.8m plus the defendant to pay costs of and associated with future treatment.

Stewarts Law LLP

Stewarts Law LLP's ongoing commitment to acting solely for clients who have sustained the most catastrophic injuries ensures that the firm only deals with claims worth in excess of £1m. Typical cases for the practice include fatal accidents and severe injuries, especially those involving the brain or spinal cord, as well as amputations, burns, orthopaedic and neurological complications. For clients involved in particularly high-profile matters, the group offers a service which assists those coping with the added complication of intense media interest at a difficult and traumatic time. The team is equally proficient litigating both overseas and in England. Paul Paxton heads up the offering, which also includes recommended practitioners Charles Edwards and Ben Rogers.

Practice head(s):

Paul Paxton

Other key lawyers:

Charles Edwards; Ben Rogers; Lucy Robinson; Stephanie Clarke; Andrew Dinsmore; Nichola Fosler; Clare Salmon; Peregrine Redgrave

Work highlights

  • Represented a claimant who suffered a bilateral through knee amputation after being crushed between two cars whilst helping his friend change a tyre on a car.
  • Representing a 32-year-old cyclist in a road traffic accident that resulted in him sustaining a severe traumatic brain injury which rendered the client wheelchair dependant and in need of a significant level of daily care.
  • Representing a claimant who sustained a severe spinal cord injury and mild brain injury when he was involved in a road traffic accident at the age of 2, and is paralysed from the mid chest down.

Bindmans LLP

The 'committed and able' practitioners at Bindmans LLP, all of whom handle mixed caseloads of personal injury and clinical negligence claims, are able to utilise the experience of handling complex medical evidence gained in the course of the latter to inform challenging issues of causation in the former. 'Extremely effective' practice head Jon Crocker specialises in high-value claims involving clients who have sustained severe brain damage and spinal injuries. Much-lauded team member Alla Murphy is known for handling catastrophic neurological, orthopaedic and psychiatric injury cases on behalf of both individuals and groups. Also recommended are 'excellent' practitioner Siobhan Kelly and recently promoted partner Yagmur Ekici.

Practice head(s):

Jon Crocker

Other key lawyers:

Alla Murphy; Siobhan Kelly; Yagmur Ekici

Testimonials

‘Committed and able lawyers, who take on challenging cases including those with a human rights element.’

‘Jon Crocker is an extremely effective partner who has a thorough grasp of the issues and able to direct experts to the key points of a case.’

‘A hard-working and well-known firm who have a good standing in the industry, with work undertaken with great insight into catastrophic injury. Many capable people with experience.’

‘Alla Murphy has been exceptional in balancing legal prerogatives against client empathy and support. Instructions are clear cut in cases where legal precedent is evolving and is informed by, but not dictated by, medical diagnosis.’

‘I have communicated with several members of the Bindmans team and all have impressed me for their resilience, their dedication and their understanding of the medical issues pertaining to the cases in hand. This emphasises the ability of the firm to recruit people of of good quality.’

‘Yagmur Ekici is an excellent personal injury solicitor. Very detailed in her approach, with good knowledge of the relevant case law. Also very empathetic with clients.’

‘Siobhan Kelly is excellent.’

‘Very thorough, knowledgeable and approachable team. Very supportive and personable during the process.’

Bolt Burdon Kemp LLP

Bolt Burdon Kemp fields an 'excellent team with exceptional talents'. The practice has earned its 'superb reputation' by building up significant expertise in a number of highly specialised areas. Senior associate Victoria Oliver is seen as 'one of the most talented solicitors in the field' of spinal injury work, while Ahmed Al-Nahhas is known for being the 'fantastic leader' of the military claims department. Abuse is another area of particular strength, and core practitioner Jonathan Wheeler is particularly noted for having built up the firm's capabilities in this field; David McClenaghan now heads up the dedicated sub-group, which also includes recently promoted partner Dino Nocivelli

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Wheeler

Other key lawyers:

Ahmed Al-Nahhas; David McClenaghan; Cheryl Abrahams; Joshua Hughes; Suzanne Trask; Dino Nocivelli; Victoria Oliver

Testimonials

‘An excellent personal injury team with a superb reputation within the PI sector, particularly in the field of spinal injuries and abuse work. The real strength in this firm comes from the consistent quality of their personnel and their willingness to put absolutely everything into their cases for the benefit of their clients.’

‘Victoria Oliver is one of the most talented solicitors in the field. She is head of spinal injury and combines warmth of personality and the utmost sympathy with the client with a fearless and pragmatic no-nonsense manner with defendants. She is extremely organised and her cases are always in the best order.’

‘This is a highly motivated team. They are known for taking on difficult cases and winning them. Very much a premier firm in the area of child abuse compensation claims.’

‘Jonathan Wheeler is well known in the personal injury world as a former president of APIL, and for his work in child abuse including the landmark case of A v Hoare [2008] UKHL 7. Also one of the authors of “Child Abuse Compensation Claims” published by Lexis Nexis – he has built a fantastic department in child abuse compensation claims at Bolt Burdon Kemp and now manages the firm. A highly regarded individual in his field.’

‘Excellent team with exceptional talents. They will assist you throughout the legal process and encourage you emotionally to fight for your rights.’

‘Dino Nocivelli has worked with my organisation for many years, I have always found him to be kind, empathic, patient and knowledgeable. He is passionate about the work he does and the outcome for our clients. He wants to make the world a better, safer place for vulnerable people.’

‘The team I am most familiar with is the military injury team, which is really outstanding in its field. Its reputation is very strong with veterans, and the team is constantly involved in research and high-profile campaigns. It also has a good record on the bread and butter issue of winning claims.’

‘Ahmed Al-Nahhas is very personable and a fantastic leader of the military team. He is brilliant with clients and fights their corner tenaciously.’

Hodge Jones & Allen

The offering at Hodge Jones & Allen is ‘ably led‘ by Leticia Williams, and was recently further bolstered by the arrival of Ken Brough, formerly of Slater and Gordon. The group is noted for both its strength and breadth, and is singled out for its ‘deep expertise in group litigation as well as catastrophic personal injury work‘; a notable example of the former is the department’s ongoing involvement with the Pandemrix multi-party action, in which recommended practitioner Riffat Yaqub plays a key part. Another differentiator is the firm’s ‘excellent‘ asbestos team, which is headed up by much-lauded partner Isobel Lovett and also includes ‘very experienced practitionerLorna Webster.

Practice head(s):

Leticia Williams; Isobel Lovett

Other key lawyers:

Riffat Yaqub; Lorna Webster; Patrick Allen; Louise Jukes; Ken Brough

Testimonials

‘HJA have an ethos that is client focused and that prioritises social justice and law reform. The department is ably led, with deep expertise in group litigation as well as catastrophic personal injury work. The firm has a mature attitude to risk, making it willing to take and run to trial cases that other firms would avoid.’

‘Patrick Allen is a legend in the PI world. Riffat Yaqub is a skilled and experienced litigator, who is able to handle high-profile, complicated and high-value cases with ease. Any client can be confident of her judgement and zeal.’

‘The industrial disease/asbestos team is excellent. It is led by Isobel Lovett, who has a wealth of experience in this field.’

‘The team members are tactical and intelligent, as well as compassionate towards their vulnerable clients.’

‘Riffat Yaqub is prepared to take on very complex cases where there are added difficulties, such as country of residence, language barriers and difficult matters of negligence and causation. She genuinely cares for the individuals and families she represents.’

‘The firm’s fee earners are extremely knowledgeable and very experienced in their specific fields.’

‘Lorna Webster is a very experienced practitioner in asbestos work – an area in which she has practiced for many years and her depth of knowledge reflects that experience.’

‘Isobel Lovett is a first-rate litigator with an in-depth knowledge of asbestos injury claims (legal and procedural issues). She is prepared to take on and win very difficult claims. Clients rightly have confidence that every effort will be taken on their behalf. In addition, Isobel has an excellent rapport with clients – this is particularly important in terminal claims. If I had to sum Isobel up it would be “one of the best in this field”‘. 

Key clients

88 claimants in the Pandemrix (pandemic H1N1 swine flu vaccine) multi-party action.

40 claimants in the product liability claims against Oculentis Bv and GbmH for defective eye lenses.

 

Work highlights

  • Acting on 88 ongoing claims in the Pandemrix multi-party action.
  • Acting for a group of claimants in product liability claims against Oculentis Bv and GbmH in a matter concerning the production of defective eye lenses.
  • Acted for a living mesothelioma client who successfully pursued a claim against the Ford Motor Company, achieving a significant settlement and an order that future private medical treatment costs be met by the insurers.

Osbornes

According to one client, Osbornes 'comprises some of the most technically adept and hard hitting lawyers in the business'. To complement its strong reputation for high-value and complex personal injury work, the firm continues to develop its 'excellent and innovative line in cases involving non-English speaking claimants'; the offering recently expanded its Spanish, Hungarian and Polish capabilities. The group is also noted for its expertise in matters relating to cycling injuries, and is the official legal partner of the London Cycling Campaign charity. 'Enormously experienced' department lead Stuart Kightley is a key contact, as are 'fiercely bright' head of catastrophic injury Ben Posford and 'all-round gem' Robert Aylott. For child abuse claims, specialist Stephanie Prior is the name to note.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Kightley; Ben Posford

Other key lawyers:

Robert Aylott; Stephanie Prior; Sophie Davies; Kate Milton; Laura Swaine; Sam Collard

Testimonials

‘Excellent coverage of personal injury, and traumatic brain injury. There is a real specialism in claimants who do not speak English as a first language.’

‘Ben Posford is one of London’s best catastrophic injury lawyers, in my view. He is a real brain injury specialist. Also pleased to see Robert Aylott promoted to the partnership. He is an excellent lawyer.’

‘The Osbornes personal injury team now comprises some of the most technically adept and hard hitting lawyers in the business.’

‘The team is brilliantly led by the effervescent Ben Posford with excellent fellow partners Robert Aylott, Sophie Davies, and Stuart Kightley handling similarly complex and valuable catastrophic injury litigation. The partners are well supported by the diligent and experienced Kate Milton and Laura Swaine. This combination of experience and diligence reaps massive rewards for clients, Osbornes being well known in the industry as a fantastic firm.’

‘A niche firm that punches well above its weight in the catastrophic injury sector, borne out by the quality of work they obtain.’

‘A really excellent group of PI solicitors, notable for their individual quality.’

‘Great expanding team with expertise and respect in the sector. Led by a commercially savvy and business minded team. The firm has an excellent and innovative line in cases involving non-English speaking claimants, managed by recruiting paralegals with multi-language skills – an impressive route for expansion of the caseload.’

‘Ben Posford is fiercely bright, with an unrivalled passion for his clients’ cases. His encyclopaedic knowledge of all things PI is second to none. His foresight and commercial nous have propelled Osbornes into the highest echelons of the market where they rightly belong. Stuart Kightley is enormously experienced and a very committed lawyer. The firm have benefitted a lot since Stuart took on a more managerial role; his drive and ambition have been key in their success. Robert Aylott is one of the most charming and technically astute solicitors out there. He has an unflappable manner that must disarm any opponent quite quickly. A pleasure to work with and an all-round gem. Sam Collard is a rising star, that despite his junior years is making a name for himself in a crowded market. Very easy to work with and on the ball with costs and managing expectations. Laura Swaine is another product of the Osbornes academy of excellence, Laura has drive and energy that are the envy of her contemporaries. Nothing is too much trouble and she instils confidence in her clients.’

Key clients

Families of the Deceased – Croydon Tram Crash Inquest

Hugh James

The practice at Hugh James has an 'excellent reputation', particularly when it comes to particular niche areas. The department's expertise in abuse claims is particularly well known; Alan Collins, who oversees this type of work, is described by one client as a 'real doyen of the field'.  The firm also fields an 'amazing asbestos-related lung injury team' and a highly regarded military claims group. Mark Harvey, who leads the specialist PI offering, has recently welcomed several notable arrivals, including 'respected' partner Kevin Grealis from Stewarts Law LLP and 'exceptionally able' senior associate Danielle Vincent from Bolt Burdon Kemp.

Practice head(s):

Mark Harvey; Alan Collins

Other key lawyers:

Ciaran McCabe; Cari Sowden-Taylor; Kevin Grealis; Danielle Vincent

Testimonials

‘Wide range of talented individuals, all of whom are first rate at handling vulnerable clients and in managing their expectations.’

‘Alan Collins has vast experience of child abuse work. A real doyen of the field.’

‘Kevin Grealis has a vast amount of experience in the most serious, complex personal injury cases. He has great inter-personal skills; his client care is excellent. He manages his cases to the highest standard. He has a deep understanding of medical issues. He achieves maximum awards for his clients. He is always up to date with developments and is excellent in helping others with their training. I know that he has had diversity training. He is respected and rated by both sides of the profession. I would, and have recommended him to others.’

‘Alan Collins is a really exceptional solicitor completely dedicated to helping clients who have suffered abuse and fighting difficult cases with great results. He is really outstanding in this area of law.’

‘Amazing asbestos-related lung injury team. Efficient and very knowledgeable – not afraid of tackling difficult cases.’

‘They have an excellent reputation.’

‘Alan Collins is the partner in charge of the team. He has about 25 years experience at the very forefront of this area having been involved in many of the leading cases. Danielle Vincent is an exceptionally able senior associate who manages a heavy case load but is well recognised for still providing a personalised service to individual clients.’

Key clients

Anonymised victims in the Joseph McCann case

Anonymised victims in the case against the Jersey Government

Anonymised victims in the case against police and CPS

 

Work highlights

  • Representing victims in the Joseph McCann case, in which a convicted criminal, whilst in breach of his licence, abducted and raped innocent members of the public, including three women.
  • Representing survivors of child sexual abuse committed by a teacher in Jersey.
  • Successfully settled a case on behalf of a claimant who was exposed to asbestos as a 16-year-old girl when she was employed by Marks & Spencer in Staines, ensuring that provision was included within the settlement agreement for additional payment for any private immunotherapy treatment which the claimant may require in the future.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

At Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, highly regarded team lead Warren Collins 'drives cases forward to excellent outcomes', focusing particularly on traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations and wrongful death cases on behalf of claimants from both the UK and USA. Another key senior figure in the group is Tristan Hallam, who has been instructed by one of the firm's core clients, the Police Federation, for over 23 years. Hallam works closely with recommended associate, Renee Wright. The offering is singled out by one client for its 'open and collaborative approach'.

Practice head(s):

Warren Collins; Tristan Hallam

Other key lawyers:

Renee Wright; Louise Taylor

Testimonials

‘They are a very strong firm who have a good foothold in the industry.’

‘The serious injury team are clearly experienced at dealing with claims of the very highest value. I have found that they adopt an open and collaborative approach to working on these claims.’

‘I have been impressed with Warren Collin’s professionalism and his general manner. He communicates risks and uncertainty in a clear and transparent fashion. He is reassuring and upfront without offering false reassurance. He is kind and polite to speak with and contains the inevitable anxiety which arises from the claims which he deals with so seamlessly. Having spoken with friends and family about my injury before I contacted Warren, I was astounded and impressed by how understood I felt by him. He has an uncanny ability to put himself in the client’s position.’

‘Very capable and rounded team with excellent results and client care.’

‘I mainly have experience of working with Warren Collins. He has a highly creative and commercial approach to litigation. He finds pragmatic solutions to problems and drives cases forward to excellent outcomes.’

‘The firm are highly experienced and enjoy an excellent reputation in this area of work.’

‘I have found the whole team to be courteous and professional. They have been easy to maintain contact with and responsive despite the pandemic.’

‘Warren Collins is highly knowledgeable in dealing with serious injury claims. He fights for his clients’ interests whilst still recognising the benefits of working collaboratively with opponents to move things along.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a Hungarian claimant who sustained a brain injury while working in the UK, securing a settlement of over £10m.
  • Representing a group of more than thirty claimants in an ongoing high profile matter, which is the subject of an inquiry, and involves multiple claimant groups and multiple defendants.
  • Successfully secured primary liability and refuted any allegations of contributory negligence following a fully contested High Court trial for a claimant amputee.

Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon fields a large and highly specialised personal injury practice; 'hugely experienced team leader' Tracey Benson is the key contact for serious injuries, public and employers' liability work; 'truly excellent' practitioner Nick Godwin oversees severe injury claims arising from RTAs; and 'very professional and knowledgeable' Edmund Young takes the lead on industrial disease matters. Other areas of expertise include secondary victim cases and product liability issues. The firm is known to act for clients who have suffered serious brain or spinal injuries, amputations or orthopaedic complications, as well as representing bereaved families in fatal cases.

Practice head(s):

 Edmund Young; Tracey Benson; Nick Godwin 

Other key lawyers:

Will Cornwell; Lisa Fountain; Daniel Denton; Emma Wilson

Testimonials

‘Tracey Benson is a hugely experienced team leader with a shrewd judgment and an innate ability to secure the best possible settlements for her clients.’

‘Will Cornwell has an excellent eye for detail and getting the very best possible result for his clients Nick Godwin has a good manner, very sympathetic yet firm achieving very advantageous settlements.’

‘A strong PI team with some outstanding work.’

‘Tracey Benson is the star lawyer at the firm. Tracey is a very well respected, first class practitioner. Opponents know they that they have met a formidable lawyer in Tracey. Tracey’s clients adore her and know that she will put everything into their case. Not one to balk at a challenge, Tracey is one of the main reasons for the upward trajectory of Slater & Gordon. Nick Godwin is a technical and competent solicitor. Nick deals with claims of the utmost severity. He is very hard working and genuinely cares about his clients. Will Cornwell is empathetic and diligent. He is a sensible and fair minded lawyer. Will is often instructed on high value cases which he deals with sensitively. Emma Wilson is an experienced, tenacious litigator. A relatively new recruit to the firm, her legal prowess will bolster what is an already strong team.’

‘Extremely friendly team, offering great client care and great results.’

‘Nick Godwin is truly excellent. I don’t think I have ever met a more hard working solicitor. He is 100% committed to each and every case and clients have complete trust in him. Tracey Benson is also highly regarded within the market. She is a total powerhouse who will do everything she can to get the best outcome on her cases.’

‘Edmund Young is very professional and knowledgeable on his subject.’

‘Tracey Benson is excellent! Great with clients and a tough negotiator.’

Howard Kennedy LLP

Industrial stress cases continue to form the backbone of the practice at Howard Kennedy LLP; team lead Elizabeth Smith is known as a 'doyenne' of this type of work. Smith heads up an 'excellent team of true professionals', which also includes fatal accidents expert Joel Leigh. Notable trade union clients of the firm include the Royal College of Nursing and the Society of Radiographers.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Smith

Other key lawyers:

Joel Leigh; Julia Wookey

Testimonials

‘Elizabeth Smith – doyenne of occupational stress litigation; incredible negotiator; fights fearlessly for her clients.’

‘Joel Leigh combines a sound grasp of the law with an exceptional knowledge of the High Court. His tactical judgement was consistently outstanding and unfailingly right. He is also remarkably patient and calm, handling effortlessly the many extraordinary provocations my opponent put in his way without ever being thrown off balance or diverted from his goal. I cannot imagine any other solicitor handling a case of this sort against this kind of opponent better. He was at all times ably assisted by Julia Wookey. In the end the outcome was totally successful, as I was consistently and correctly advised that it would be, but I doubt that other lawyers apart from Joel Leigh and Julia Wookey would have been able to get me through.’

‘Elizabeth Smith is a proper force of nature. She is lovely to work with and is tenacious fighting for her clients.’

‘Vast experience of personal injury claims.’

‘A small but excellent team of true professionals. Very good at driving a strong settlement.’

‘Elizabeth Smith is very hardworking, a great communicator and hugely knowledgeable. Fabulous attention to detail.’

‘I have been working with Joel Leigh, who is charming to deal with and helpful. He is on top of the case and easy to work with. He has a good astute tactical mind and is fearless.’

‘Elizabeth Smith shows attention to detail which ensures that she presents the best possible case for her clients. She is a great tactician.’

Key clients

Harvey Proctor

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Harvey Proctor, a former politician who developed severe psychiatric injury when accused of rape, murder and other paedophile offences by a man who was subsequently exposed and convicted as a fantasist, securing £500,000 in damages plus payment of all costs incurred since the date of the first investigation.
  • Acting for many radiographers on claims regarding the reasonableness of the workload they are exposed to.
  • Acting for numerous clients in various professions who have suffered psychiatric injury either through an overload of work or harassment at the hands of colleagues.

Moore Barlow

Moore Barlow has a longstanding reputation for serious injury work, with 'great expertise in brain injury cases', as well as orthopaedic and fatal accident claims. The firm also fields a major trauma service, which was set up by highly regarded practitioner Trevor Sterling, and  a specialised spinal cord injury provision via its joint venture with Aspire. 'Great leader' Damian Horan is much lauded by clients.

Practice head(s):

Damian Horan; Trevor Sterling

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Tuff; Sophie Davies

Testimonials

‘Damian Horan is a great leader and commercially aware. Innovative and determined to chase down every line of inquiry in every case.’

‘The team is very committed to their clients and leave no stone unturned in pursuing evidence to support their claims and obtaining the best range of expert evidence to maximise claims.’

‘Matthew Tuff is excellent – really good with clients and understands the detail.’

‘Moore Barlow are now becoming a major player in PI.’

‘Trevor Sterling has an excellent feel for a case and brings great wisdom and experience to his handling of matters. He works tremendously hard for clients who love him and trust his judgment. Most of all he is respected and admired by his peers and opponents alike. Sophie Davies is very much an up and coming star who is a capable and hard working member of the team and understands the stresses that a catastrophic injury can have not just on the claimant but his/her whole family.’

‘Damian Horan is a standout practitioner – vastly experienced, lovely manner with clients and not afraid of a fight.’

‘Friendly, dynamic and efficient.’

‘This practice has great expertise in brain injury cases. I was impressed by their ability to pay attention to the needs of their clients and how they manage to secure appropriate rehabilitation for clients at an early stage.’

Russell-Cooke LLP

With ‘fantastic‘ practitioner Janice Gardner at the helm, the ‘group of incredibly experienced and first-class litigators‘ at Russell-Cooke LLP are ‘unafraid to run the most difficult of cases‘. Although the firm is proficient in the full range of personal injury work, brain injury remains a particular area of specialism; the recent arrival of Bernadette McGhie from Enable Law strengthened this expertise even further.

Practice head(s):

Janice Gardner

Other key lawyers:

Nimmisha Aslam; Sarah Towler; Dominic Fairclough; Lucy Wilton; Lucy Lawson; Bernadette McGhie

Testimonials

‘The cross-border team at this leading London firm bring passion and activism informed by the firm’s strength and depth in a wide number of specialist fields.’

‘Janice Gardner is a real enthusiast in her client’s interests. Down-to-earth, hard working (above and beyond the call of duty), she always has her client’s back. She has been ferocious in her clients’ interest and brings energy and commitment to everything she does. The kind of lawyer that clients love.’

‘Dominic Fairclough is a wily litigator. He can see the key points in a case immediately. Sarah Towler is another senior of the highest quality. Sarah provides realistic and appropriate advice from the outset. She is excellent with clients. Lucy Wilton’s knowledge of all medical matters is first rate. Her attention to detail is exceptional.’

‘The team are a group of incredibly experienced and first-class litigators.’

‘Janice Gardner, Dominic Fairclough and Sarah Towler are all fantastic solicitors. They are all truly dedicated to their clients; they work tirelessly for the best outcome; and they all have great judgement.’

‘An excellent firm who handle cases of great moment. They have many capable individuals with enormous experience and they are unafraid to run the most difficult of cases with the most knotty of legal problems.’

‘Good, respected and experienced firm with long history and community ties.’

‘Nimmisha Aslam is an excellent junior solicitor who is destined for great things. Easy to work with, approachable, and committed to assisting injured people. Good instincts and excellent at assessing risk and managing claims for maximisation of outcomes.’

Key clients

Grenfell Victims

 

Work highlights

  • Acting for 36 Grenfell victims in multi-jurisdictional claims.
  • Acting for the claimant in a case set to challenge the CN v Poole decision on vicarious liability.
  • Acting for the claimant in a high value and profile multi- jurisdictional claim, concerning a 23-year-old man who was left tetraplegic after using a water slide in Benidorm.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Growth and development has characterised the recent period at Lime Solicitors (part of national firm Shakespeare Martineau LLP). In May 2021, the practice acquired Hudgell Solicitors' personal injury team in its entirety, and welcomed Martin Usher (formerly the group lead at Moore Barlow) to lead this newly strengthened offering. The 'highly specialist' department is noted particularly for its 'wide ranging knowledge of abuse work'; Malcolm Johnson is the name to note for such cases. Kent Pattinson is a key contact for serious injury claims.

Practice head(s):

Martin Usher

Other key lawyers:

Malcolm Johnson; Kent Pattinson

Testimonials

‘The team is highly specialist and has wide ranging knowledge of abuse work for claimants. The client care and management is second to none and it consistently puts the interests of the (often) psychiatrically damaged clients first and foremost. There is good diversity in the team and the right balance of youth and experience and overall it is a very impressive PI outfit. I would recommend them to any claimant with a PI abuse claim.’

‘Malcolm Johnson is one of the country’s leading PI abuse specialists acting for claimants. He handles the clients really well, provides sound and realistic advice and acts at all times to make the client’s difficult circumstances as easy as possible. He is totally dedicated to claimant PI abuse work and he consistently gets really good results for his clients. I have the highest regard for his knowledge and ability to run a massive case load so effectively.’

‘I have had a really good service from the associates in the team who are experienced and very dedicated in the area of claimant abuse work. This firm is making a real impression in this area of PI law.’

‘Kent Pattinson has years of experience in dealing with claimants and understands their needs.’

‘This is a very strong and well-respected team that undertakes serious personal injury work, but with an emphasis on claimant child abuse and psychiatric injury.’

‘Kent Pattinson is a standout PI solicitor, he is incredibly knowledgeable, calm and good with clients.’

Key clients

Various clients in the Windrush claims

Grenfell Tower Fire families

Various clients in the claims against St James/St Vedast

Work highlights

  • Acting for a cyclist who sustained a severe traumatic brain injury when he was knocked off his bicycle by a motor vehicle.
  • Represent more than 140 clients with respect to claims of historic abuse at St James and St Vedast private schools.
  • Represent 14 clients with respect to claims arising from the wrongs they experienced as a consequence of the Windrush Generation scandal.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP

Strong links with its core client base of trade unions and their members ensure that Thompsons Solicitors LLP continues to enjoy its reputation as a 'go-to firm for employers' liability claims'; the team is able to 'achieve excellent results for all clients', whether they have been injured at work, on the roads, or elsewhere. National practice head Samantha Hemsley and managing partner of the London offices Henrietta Phillips are key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Samantha Hemsley; Henrietta Phillips

Other key lawyers:

Christalla Christodoulidou; Nicola Saunders; Kam Singh

Testimonials

‘A large, diverse and very knowledgeable team who really know the market. They are superb at predicting the moves that defendant insurer solicitors are likely to make in contested cases and achieve excellent results for all clients. Every aspect of claimant personal injury work is known to them and they benefit from experienced specialist teams.’

‘Definitely one of the “big beasts” and still the go-to firm for employers’ liability claims. Continuing links with the major trade unions give this firm the ability to attract the whole range of employers’ liability claims. A particular expertise in disease claims.’

‘Henrietta Phillips is a very highly regarded lawyer, whose pedigree is unquestionable. Now primarily in management, her in depth knowledge and delightful persona ensure that any junior solicitors have one of the best mentors available. She is a real ambassador for the firm, whose commitment and professionalism are immediately apparent. Kam Singh is another very competent and charming solicitor at Thompsons. Kam has a caseload that comprises severely injured people. His calm and methodical approach leaves an often vulnerable lay client feeling reassured and confident that they are in safe hands. Nicola Saunders is another huge asset to the firm. She has a high-value caseload that she manages effectively and diligently. She has a very approachable manner that is essential when dealing with cases of the utmost severity. Nicola is particularly effective when it comes to ensuring that her clients receive all the necessary rehabilitation. Christalla Christodoulidou is a vastly experienced litigator. She is able to get to the crux of a complex legal issue with the minimum of fuss. She fights tooth and nail for her clients and her tenacious, commercial approach to litigation is to be applauded.’

‘My main contact at the firm is with Samantha Hemsley, who has a huge passion for this work, knows how to delegate and supervise, but has a real eye for detail meaning that she can ensure that all the cases she oversees are properly managed. She is excellent at building honest and trusting relationships with clients.’

‘Excellent team who are ready for a fight.’

‘The team I worked with were great at communication. They talked me through every step, kept expectations real, emailed often enough that I felt reassured that they were there for me without being intrusive. Most importantly, they treated me with dignity, which over the course of several months in hospital, had been somewhat eroded.’

‘I worked with Kam Singh. His communication was always clear and precise. He was friendly and approachable. His people skills are, in my eyes, faultless. He was honest and direct, he made my wife and I feel that he was there every step of the way. Most importantly, he listened. Kam demonstrated active listening skills from day one and he knew when to step in to try and keep morale up on what was a very long journey.’

‘Christalla Christodoulildou is a highly experienced lawyer specialising in serious injury claims. She has an easy rapport with claimants and their families and her attention to detail marks her out as a real leader in her field. Nicola Saunders is one of the best serious injury and clinical negligence lawyers I have worked for. She is compassionate and meticulous. Her client care is excellent, including the ability to deliver difficult advice, and she holds the respect of her opponents.’

Work highlights

  • Representing a group of over 100 fire brigade union members who attended the Grenfell Tower fire on the night of the tragedy and in the following days, and who have suffered injuries as a result of their involvement.
  • Represented the claimant in a serious injury claim for compensation after his wife suffered a catastrophic brain injury in a road traffic accident.
  • Represented the claimant in a case in which the Supreme Court ruled against the Motor Insurers’ Bureau, upholding that the organisation is liable to pay compensation to an individual who was run down by an uninsured vehicle on private land.