Jon Nicholson heads the personal injury team, which is described by one client as a ‘go-to choice for personal injury work in central London’, at Anthony Gold Solicitors LLP. Multiple team members are on the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, and the workload includes such technically difficult and sensitive matters as psychiatric injury; employment cases involving stress at work; amputation cases; multi-trauma and catastrophic injuries; road traffic accidents; and traumatic brain injury in adults and children – the last of these areas is one of particular specialism for Jackie Spinks. Notably, in 2021, the firm’s managing partner David Marshall, ‘one of the finest injury solicitors working today’, led and succeeded on Stansfield v the BBC, one of the most significant injury cases of that year. ‘Leading light in this field’, Jenny Kennedy, is another standout in the team, specialising in complex brain, spinal and amputation injuries, with a strong reputation for representing foreign nationals injured in the UK, a specialism shared by Ian Peters. Recently promoted partner Samuel David is one to watch in the team, as is catastrophic injury specialist Adam Dyl .
Personal injury: claimant in London
Other key lawyers:
Jenny Kennedy; David Marshall; Jackie Spinks; Adam Dyl; Amanda Hopkins; Ian Peters; Hema Vekaria; Sana Bibi; Katherine Brown; Samuel David; Ben Simons; Nina Brennan
‘It is no exaggeration to say that Jenny Kennedy is a leading light in this field. The superlatives for this lady are endless. Adam Dyl has a brilliant intellect, and is able to deliver complex advice in a clear and straightforward manner. Ian Peters is an experienced solicitor, excellent strategist and communicator – you want him on your side.’
‘Jenny Kennedy is the best in the business, with her amazing medical knowledge she can see issues experts in the field don’t even spot; she is always one step ahead of the opposition on tactics and preparation; a fighter and protector of her clients.’
‘Ian Peters is a shrewd litigator who sees the bigger picture and guides his clients to the best result. He is unafraid to make tough decisions and works incredibly hard to get the right outcome.’
‘Jackie Spinks is diligent, organised and well-respected; Sana Bibi’s calm exterior belies a steely approach to her cases; Amanda Hopkins is very doughty, a good lawyer and capable of running serious cases; Katherine Brown is meticulous, with fantastic client care skills.’
‘Jon Nicholson is very experienced and has a great level of skill at steering claims. He is a master tactician and fights strenuously. All the partners offer a first-rate client service and super attention to detail.’
‘Anthony Gold are a go-to choice for personal injury work in central London. They have a great team culture, strength in depth across all levels of seniority, are hugely approachable and down to earth with no egos, but are brilliant at what they do. One of my favourite firms to work with.’
‘Ian Peters is fantastic. He is extremely bright, has first-rate judgment, is no-nonsense and 100% calm. Jackie Spinks is up there with the very best – she handles an exceptional caseload of catastrophic cases of the utmost complexity; she’s on top of every detail of a case, is wonderful with her clients and opponents; sensible, tenacious and dedicated. Adam Dyl justifiably inspires total confidence in his clients and is going places; a great litigator who you would want to have fighting your corner.’
‘David Marshall showed nerves of steel in driving the case forward to trial; he is one of the finest injury solicitors working today.’
- Acted on Stansfield v BBC, representing a BBC science programme presenter who was injured when posing as a human crash test dummy in a go-kart for a show; the matter settled for over £1.5m.
- Represented a 33-year-old doctor who was rendered a high-level tetraplegic following a road traffic collision; the case was settled for £15 million.
- Representing a man who suffered a life changing injury as a result of the Croydon tram derailment in November 2016.
The ‘truly excellent’ team at Fieldfisher is co-led by Paul McNeil, Peter Williams and Jill Greenfield whom, having worked on international cases for victims of Harvey Weinstein, was sought out to act on behalf of UK victims of Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse in 2021, and did so successfully – she is described as being ‘at the top of her game’. The team is renowned for its international work, including acting on behalf of victims of terror attacks; it campaigned to introduce the legislation which now means that UK victims of terror attacks can fight for compensation, wherever in the world the attack occurs. Andrew Morgan and Peter Williams lead the asbestos and mesothelioma specialist sub-team; in 2021 they successfully widened the scope of dependency of those suffering mesothelioma to foster children, following a successful case at the Court of Appeal. Following a holistic approach, the team is dedicated to assisting clients with specialist care, support and rehabilitation, where needed. The team has also been at the forefront of the debate surrounding the safety of Smart Motorways, with ‘standout’ Harvinder Kaur having worked on such cases. ‘Outstanding‘ Dushal Mehta and ‘star‘ practitioner Jennifer Buchanan complete the roster of recommended practitioners.
Jill Greenfield; Paul McNeil; Peter Williams
Other key lawyers:
Jennifer Buchanan; Shaheen Mosquera; Eman Hassan; Keith Barrett; Harvinder Kaur; Lewis Ayre; Keith Cundall; Claire Glasgow; Dushal Mehta
‘In my opinion, definitely the best personal injury team there is, both in London and elsewhere in the UK. The team is totally outstanding and provides the best all-round service to claimants. No other team I have come across achieves results like this one; dealing with the aftermath of catastrophic injuries so as to get rapid interim payments and rehabilitation packages, and recovering outstanding settlements at the end of the case. I cannot praise them enough.’
‘Jill Greenfield is truly exceptional. They also have excellent support from associates and paralegals and all work brilliantly as a team.’
‘This is a truly excellent team which has a driven ethos, ensuring that the needs of a client and their family are met immediately and effectively. They are exceptional at ensuring that clients are moved from acute treatment placements to the best private rehabilitation units. They drive cases incredibly hard to conclusion. They have a very tough litigation and negotiation style but are pragmatic, flexible and resourceful. They are simply hugely experienced and able. In particular, unlike many others they are nimble on their feet but have huge resources at their disposal because they are part of a city firm.’
‘Jill Greenfield is an exceptional and dedicated litigator. Jennifer Buchanan is a star in the making – she’s highly intelligent, highly caring for clients, relentless in her pursuit of their interests, and so successful. Dushal Mehta is an outstanding lawyer – he’s dedicated, exceptionally hard-working and very caring. Peter Williams is one of the very best in the field of industrial disease.’
‘Absolutely standout claimant personal injury and industrial disease team. Fieldfisher have an outstandingly able team of lawyers who devote significant amounts of focused partner and senior solicitor time to their cases. They provide exemplary, compassionate and supportive client care and are unflinching in their pursuit of their cases.’
‘The genuine care that they display towards their clients is unparalleled, as is the attention to detail in claim management, optimising outcomes for their clients. They are skilled at obtaining early interim payments for their clients and addressing their needs for recovery such as rehousing and ongoing medical care.’
‘Jill Greenfield and Jennifer Buchanan are at the top of their game. Keith Barrett is loved by clients and has bags of common sense.’
‘Shaheen Mosquera is an absolutely top-class operator in asbestos litigation; tenacious and conscientious in equal measure. She gets superb results for her clients in difficult claims on both liability and quantum. I would highly recommended her for complex and high-value mesothelioma claims.’
- Representing a number of claimants affected by sexual assault carried out by high-profile individuals and lobbying for better access to compensation.
- Challenging the law regarding mesothelioma claims, including acting on behalf of a claimant whose husband died having been exposed to asbestos at an ICI explosives factory at Ardeer, North Ayrshire.
- Assisted with national press on safety campaigns highlighting the catastrophic impact of the Highways England policy, as well as settling two fatal cases regarding Smart motorways.
The majority APIL-accredited personal injury team at Irwin Mitchell is co-led by heads of serious injury Richard Geraghty and Tracey Storey, and regional lead partner Alison Eddy, who specialises in adult and childr brain and spinal catastrophic injury claims. The team’s workload consists of legally and emotionally complex claims of value in the multi-millions, with the Tunisian terror attack multi-party action being one recent example of this. Demetrius Danas, who has significant experience of litigating abroad, having pursued cases in over fifty jurisdictions worldwide, leads the sub-team which focuses specifically on international claims. Additionally, there is a sub-team specialising in workplace disease and asbestos claims, helmed by Ian Bailey and lead partner on the recent landmark Court of Appeal case Rix v Paramount Shopfitting, Joanne Jefferies. Extensive rehabilitation and financial support services are offered to clients both pre- and post-settlement, in the form of the dedicated support and rehabilitation co-ordination service. Sarah Griggs, Leane Shanks and the ‘superb’ Chani Dhaliwal are also noteworthy members of the team.
Richard Geraghty; Tracey Storey; Alison Eddy
Other key lawyers:
Demetrius Danas; Ian Bailey; Sarah Griggs; Chani Dhaliwal; Demetrius Danas; Jennifer Lund; Angela Batchelor; Laura Middleton Guerrard; Sofie Toft; Kylie Hutchinson; Anna Pask; Peter Lorence; Leane Shanks
‘They are the creme de la creme for claimants – they take the risky cases that others won’t touch and they fight them hard. They are the leaders of the pack on the claimant side.’
‘Chani Dhaliwal is a partner of great ability and tenacity. He is sympathetic with his clients. He understands the problems caused by their injuries and is willing to work with them to achieve important outcomes via litigation. He is a master tactician and unafraid to take matters to court. All in all an outstanding solicitor.’
‘Anna Pask has a terrific eye for detail and prepares her cases meticulously, achieving outstanding results for her clients.’
‘Richard Geraghty is a talented lawyer with many years of experience. He is really personable but also a shrewd operator. He runs a tight ship with the serious injury team and has a great team of lawyers who are easy to work with and serious about getting the best possible outcome for their clients.’
‘Laura Middleton-Guerrard is a first class lawyer who leaves no stone unturned on behalf of her clients. She is empathetic, always on top of detail, builds relationships of trust with clients and opponents alike but will stand her ground and gets great results for her clients.’
‘Tracey Storey is the real deal; capable, confident, personable, empathetic and a great lawyer.’
‘Peter Lorence is a very capable lawyer who is conscientious, knowledgeable and easy to work with. He will go far.’
‘Richard Geraghty is simply one of the most experienced, even-headed claimant personal injury solicitors practicing, with superb practical judgement.’
Leigh Day‘s injury offering is co-led by head of personal injury and ‘force of nature’ Sally Moore and head of international law Richard Meeran, while its disease team is jointly led by Daniel Easton and Harminder Bains. Major trauma is an area of particular expertise for the group; it is on the panel for three major trauma hospitals in the UK and continues to be the sole provider of legal services to British Cycling and British Triathlon members. Rory McCarron is developing a strong reputation in cycling injury work. The firm's workload extends to niche areas of injury, including food poisoning and allergic reactions, which Michelle Victor in particular, is recognised for. Notably, the team has a global reach and regularly acts for foreign claimants who have suffered injury in the UK, with Sapna Malik being just one of the key names to note in this respect. In addition, the team is experienced in dealing with cases intrinsically linked with international human rights issues, a recent example being its representation of 75 claimants who suffered alleged extensive and traumatic abuse at work in Tanzania. 'Legend in this area' Martyn Day continues to be a leading presence in the team.
Sally Moore; Richard Meeran; Daniel Easton; Harminder Bains
Other key lawyers:
David Preston; Laura Murphy; Bethany Sanders; Daniel Easton; Patrick Walsh; Ewan Tant; Robin Selley; Rory McCarron; Sapna Malik; Sophie Turner; Oliver Holland; Martyn Day; Vijay Ganapathy; Michelle Victor
‘Harminder Bains dealt with my husband’s claim, and has much experience in dealing with asbestos claims against companies. She was totally understanding of our situation, nothing was ever too much trouble for her, and her knowledge of the law was extensive.’
‘I was happy to follow Daniel Easton’s excellent advice at all times as I knew he had tremendous experience and prior success in mesothelioma cases. He was extremely thorough and prepared me for the difficulties the defence sometimes presents. Daniel was considerate, helpful and understanding of my difficult personal circumstances over the four year case, offering me effective support.’
‘Patrick Walsh’s knowledge of the case subject was outstanding. He has excellent task management skills and scheduled each stage of the case precisely. I completely put my trust in Patrick; he was honest with his advice and was very flexible and positive in his approach. He worked at connecting all aspects of the case, bringing together all information and expert reports whilst compiling the claim. He investigated all avenues of inquiry to build the claim.’
‘Our experience of Leigh Day was that throughout the process from start to finish, it felt to my wife like the main priority was her health and wellbeing, underpinned by the legal process which Leigh Day managed exceptionally well. They just shared with us the right amount of information and discussion on decisions where they needed to be made, without making any assumptions on how we felt, or what we should feel or decide. A really good balance of skills and communication engagement with the lead and support roles, we felt really well supported throughout the process.’
‘Sally Moore leads an industry-beating team of personal injury lawyers. She inspires her team, who have a commitment to pro bono and charity work, which complements their litigation work. As solicitors for British Cycling, the firm has a deep knowledge of sport, recreational and utility cycling.’
‘Sapna Malik is incredibly conscientious and thorough and always goes the extra mile. Martyn Day is a legend in this area who continues to break new ground with the cases he takes on.’
‘They are the best team in industrial disease litigation by miles; their knowledge and experience are unparalleled.’
‘Sally Moore is a force of nature. She tackles the toughest and most complex cases with ease. She has huge experience, fantastic analytical skills and great judgment. She knows when to push and when to compromise.’
- Acted for a cyclist who collided with a tractor and was dragged under the trailer resulting in serious injuries leading to a below the knee amputation.
- Acted for a claimant alleging asbestos exposure for the 35 years they’d worked at Maida Vale’s Delaware Road London BBC studios between 1979 and 2015.
- Acted for 95 Tanzanians who alleged that they had been the victims of serious human rights violations, including killings, sexual assault, rape, shootings and physical assault.
As of May 2022, Daniel Herman has taken over from Paul Paxton as leader of the ‘standout’ personal injury offering at Stewarts Law LLP. The team deals with the most complex, high-value catastrophic personal injury claims, acting exclusively for clients who have suffered life-changing injuries worth a minimum of £1m in damages – its cases often involve road traffic or workplace accidents resulting in such issues as brain, spinal, psychiatric and orthopaedic injury, as well as injuries requiring amputation. It also has extensive experience dealing with cross-border cases. The team’s ethos is that every partner has fewer clients and a smaller workload, allowing them the time necessary to focus fully on the cases that they are running. Stephanie Clarke has been involved with some of the team’s most complex cases in recent years, including a landmark interim payment settlement. Kara Smith leads the pro bono team, which provides 10,000 hours worth of free legal advice to hospital patients, annually. Managing partner Stuart Dench, Charles Edwards and Ben Rogers are also recommended.
Other key lawyers:
Charles Edwards; Andrew Dinsmore; Clare Salmon; Kimberley Owen; Perry Redgrave, Nichola Fosler; Stephanie Clarke; Anna Wiseman; Lucy Robinson; Megan Goodyer, Anjali Krishnan; Kara Smith; Ben Rogers; Paul Paxton
‘Charles Edwards showed exceptional knowledge and compassion on our first meeting and I knew he was the person we needed to represent us. Throughout the case, Charles found top-ranking experts to help with my husband’s daily needs and ongoing rehabilitation. I cannot speak highly enough of Charles, he is exceptional.’
‘Our experience of Stewart’s law was outstanding in every way, we were referred to them at an understandably very difficult time and from the very first interaction we had with them we felt comfortable, at ease and supported in every way possible! The partners display exceptional professionalism whilst still being friendly, approachable and very informative. Every professional we were referred to by Stewart’s was high-end and first-class.’
‘Kimberley Owen was extremely professional from the very beginning of our case, whilst showing empathy, support and personal ambition to ensure we received the settlement we were entitled to and deserved. The advice and support she gave were outstanding – we were fully informed of every aspect of our case, we received communications very regularly and were able to contact Kimberley with any queries and she always responded efficiently. We especially valued Kimberley’s compassion, invaluable knowledge, judgement and passion for the job she does and would highly recommend her to anybody. We can never thank her enough for what she done for us as a family.’
‘Stewarts Law is unique in the personal injury sector and its long-standing position in tier 1 is wholly merited. The business model of handling only high-value catastrophic injury claims, restricting the caseload of partners and associates to a small fraction of the number handled by their competitors results in an unrivalled level of service and commitment to clients. Strong relationships have been forged with rehabilitation providers, case managers and therapists, hospitals, medical professionals and insurers. Stewarts have a flourishing pro bono unit that helps both clients and others.’
‘The firm has such a standout reputation in the market that they are treated with particular respect by defendant firms and insurers. If I am ever asked for a recommendation for a catastrophic injury firm for a claimant, Stewarts is always top of the list.’
‘For me, Perry Redgrave is the best claimant catastrophic solicitor in the country. His knowledge, understanding and empathy with clients is second to none. But best of all is his unparalleled ability to forge excellent working relationships with defendant solicitors and insurers, thereby ensuring cases run smoothly and reach their maximum potential.’
‘Andrew Dinsmore is simply excellent; hugely experienced, calm, diligent and effective. Lucy Robinson is hardworking, thoughtful and an absolute joy to work with. Clare Salmon is focused and hardworking. Nichola Fosler is diligent and committed to her clients.’
‘Megan Goodyer is down to earth, pragmatic and a great team player. Ben Rogers has a knack for winning the most difficult cases; excellent analytical skills, dynamic, committed and persuasive. Stephanie Clarke is proactive, organised and loved by clients.’
- Acted for a cattle manager who fell from a height during the course of his employment; the claimant sustained a complete spinal cord injury, multiple fractures and is resultantly wheelchair dependant.
- Acted for a front seat passenger involved in a single vehicle road traffic accident who sustained a severe spinal cord injury.
- Acted for a claimant injured as he crossed a road when he was hit by a taxi, in a case also containing a claim against the claimant’s employer over risk assessment and duty to employees.
The offering at Bindmans LLP is led by 'veteran' Jon Crocker, and exclusively acts on claims involving catastrophic or very serious injury. The key types of claim which the team is experienced in dealing with usually involve road traffic and workplace accidents, which regularly lead to brain, spinal and orthopaedic injuries, as well as debilitating and complex pain conditions; its cases also regularly have cross-jurisdictional elements. In addition, the team works on sensitive psychiatric injury causation cases, for both primary and secondary victims; 'natural leader' Alla Murphy has particular expertise in this area. ‘Really excellent personal injury lawyer’ Yagmur Ekici, who specialises in head injury, psychological trauma, fatal accident and difficult quantum cases, is one to watch in the team.
Other key lawyers:
Yagmur Ekici; Alla Murphy; Shelly Pastakia; Rosaleen Wyllie; Siobhan Kelly
‘Yagmur Ekici is a really excellent personal injury lawyer. She has terrific attention to detail and understanding of the law, combined with a really compassionate approach to her clients.’
‘The team works well together and is led well. They have the ability to take on complex clients, with diverse needs and cultural differences. They find the best way of working with everyone supportively, and communicating effectively with teams around them, in order to act in their clients’ best interests. They are well organised and supportive.’
‘All the team members that I have worked with are knowledgeable, experienced and develop very supportive relationships with injured clients, which helps to reduce the trauma of the legal processes.’
‘Alla Murphy, Shelly Pastakia and Rosaleen Wyllie are approachable, thorough and helpful, with excellent attention to detail.’
‘The team are very client-centric. Throughout our case, we felt that everyone ‘had our back’ and was focused on achieving the very best outcome for us. We found everyone at Bindmans to be extremely personable and easy to work with.’
‘Solicitors at Bindmans are very knowledgeable and experienced. They know what they are doing and how best to do it. They are driven to achieve the best outcomes for their clients. They go above and beyond to ensure that this is achieved.’
‘They are very committed to their clients and have a really good connection with them. For them, the ideal of ‘putting the client at the heart of their practice’ is absolutely what they do. They are not only great lawyers but also terrific with client care. Their human rights work is well known and they have a well deserved reputation for challenging unfair decisions and practices, which is reflected in their personal injury work.’
‘Alla Murphy is a natural leader – she is organised and efficient. Siobhan Kelly is a great lawyer and simply wonderful with vulnerable clients, taking time to deal with their concerns and dealing with the wider issues that may arise within the wider family when a member is catastrophically injured. John Crocker is a veteran in personal injury and related litigation and steers this team with great skill.’
- Acted for a client who sustained complex orthopaedic injuries in an RTA, culminating in a below-knee amputation; prosthetics and a specialist clinical and care support package were funded on an interim basis leading to a settlement in January 2022.
- Acting for a claimant who suffered life-changing injuries in an accident in a gym when he struck his head falling from a treadmill, which led to a mild injury and loss of capacity; he has severe conversion disorder, is bedbound and requires 24 hour care.
- Acted for a claimant who suffered complex head, spinal, shoulder and pelvic, and psychiatric injury as a result of an RTA.
Jonathan Wheeler leads the personal injury offering at Bolt Burdon Kemp LLP; it functions as a cross-departmental group spanning adult brain injury, child brain injury, spinal injury, military claims, abuse and complex injury. The sub-division of specialisms allows team members an increased focus on their own area of expertise. In addition, the team has been expanding into more niche areas, with women’s health becoming a particular focus in recent years. Ahmed Al-Nahhas leads the military sub-team, working on cases involving such complex issues as PTSD, and is described as ‘one of the best lawyers in the market for military personal injury work’. The has recently campaigned around the impact of Covid-19 on child abuse, inequality in Britain’s legal aid system and the safety of e-scooters – Joshua Hughes has done impressive work on the last of these. The team also offers early therapy and trauma support to its clients. Child abuse lead David McClenaghan has led on multiple recent cases which are being considered by the Supreme Court.
Other key lawyers:
David McClenaghan, Cheryl Abrahams, Ahmed Al-Nahhas, Joshua Hughes, Victoria Oliver, Ipek Tugcu; Gaggan Mawi; Caroline Klage; Rhiannon Daniel; Ben Pepper; Rebecca Sherriff; Jessica Standley
‘Joshua Hughes is an energetic, motivated and highly astute claimant solicitor who always ensures that his clients’ cases are presented persuasively and realistically. He is always willing to go the extra mile for clients.’
‘Cheryl Abrahams is excellent, knowledgeable and highly personable.’
‘Jessica Standley has excellent people skills – nothing was ever too much trouble and she made me feel at ease throughout the whole process of my claim.’
‘It is their extensive knowledge of the subject area that makes Bolt Burdon Kemp unique, along with their ability to really listen and take the time to understand the impact an injury may have on their client. The firm communicates very well, I am never left wondering what is going on. Truly exceptional.’
‘Ahmed Al-Nahhas is a true gentleman, who put me at ease from the outset. There was so much uncertainty with my injury when we first made contact but he has been there as a support through it all. I have supreme confidence in Ahmed’s ability to make the right decisions at the right time. He goes the extra mile.’
‘Ahmed Al-Nahhas is one of the best lawyers in the market for military personal injury work. He is urbane, charming and affable, whilst also being ruthless with defendants. His knowledge of all things military is peerless and he has a great combination of sensitivity and hard work.’
‘Victoria Oliver runs high-value and complex spinal claims. She is vastly experienced and with a great client manner – especially with younger claimants. She’s diligent, empathetic and I’d highly recommend her.’
‘Victoria Oliver and Rhiannon Daniel are both excellent, with great client handling skills.’
- Acted for a group of clients who suffered racist abuse whilst training at Chelsea Football Club in the 1990s, securing apologies and damages for those affected.
- Acted for a man who sustained a serious brain injury after being involved in a road traffic accident, securing interim funds to set up a rehabilitation and treatment package whilst the claim progressed, before settling the case for a seven-figure sum.
- Acting for a female officer in the Forces who has experienced assault, racial harassment, victimisation and career fouling during her service, and has developed PTSD as a result.
Hodge Jones & Allen‘s team is co-led by head of personal injury Leticia Williams and head of asbestos and ‘first-rate litigator’ Isobel Lovett. The team has a strong reputation for its specialism in complex, retrospective mesothelioma work; notably, Lorna Webster recently secured a six-figure settlement on a significant case against Ford Motor Company. The group also has significant experience dealing with other high-value and complex areas of personal injury, involving such difficult and sensitive factors as psychiatric illness and duty of care; road traffic and workplace accidents resulting in traumatic brain injury; severe orthopaedic injury; spinal cord injury; and amputation. Riffat Yaqub, in whom clients ‘rightly have great confidence‘, often leads on the team’s most complex cases spanning these areas, and is also experienced in assisting foreign claimants who have sustained serious injuries in the UK.
Leticia Williams; Isobel Lovett
Other key lawyers:
‘Patrick Allen is one of the most experienced claimant lawyers practicing in personal injury. He has an interest in justice and also a deep interest in law and law reform, he inspires confidence and has a good rapport with clients.’
‘Riffat Yaqub is a first-class litigator; she is highly organised and skilled at running litigation, including the most complicated, high-profile and high-value claims. Clients rightly have great confidence in her.’
‘A very experienced personal injury team which is adept at dealing with industrial disease claims.’
‘Isobel Lovett has a clear grasp of applicable legal principles, which is allied to an exemplary manner with clients who, rightly, have every confidence in her. She is a first-rate litigator who is always ‘at the top of her game’.’
‘The key strengths of the team are their medical knowledge, client care, empathy and understanding of the implications of injuries to individuals. Processes are well thought out and structured so that the client does not have an additional burden to their convalescence, rather the client is benefitting from the discussions and fact-finding throughout the claim, enhancing their quality of recovery.’
‘Riffat Yaqub possesses a wealth of experience and individual excellence. It is astonishing that these qualities are demonstrated whilst maintaining an empathetic approach with clients that are going through a personally challenging phase in their life.’
‘In my experience, Leticia Williams is one of the best solicitors in the field. She is incredibly thorough, her instincts are always spot on, she is sensible and tactically astute. Her manner and client care skills are second to none.’
‘Hodge Jones & Allen is a well known and popular claimant law firm, with a reputation for taking on complex cases that require excellent legal knowledge and courage.’
- Acting on a multi-party product liability claim regarding the swine flu vaccine under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 and Vaccine Damage Payment Act 1979 on behalf 88 claimants.
- Acted for a living mesothelioma client who successfully pursued a claim against the Ford Motor Company and settled for a significant sum plus an order that future private medical treatment costs will be met by the insurers.
- Acted for a deceased mesothelioma client more than 4 years after the limitation date had expired; the claim settled for £143,341.
The team at Osbornes is co-chaired by personal injury department head Stuart Kightley; head of child abuse and clinical negligence Stephanie Prior, who has acted on such high profile claims as those made by the abuse victims of Jimmy Saville; and head of catastrophic injury Ben Posford, who is described as being ‘one of the leading catastrophic injury lawyers in the country’. The team deals with multi-million pound, often multifaceted claims, involving such factors as severe brain, psychiatric, gynaecological and spinal injury, major trauma, amputation and fatality. Sophie Davies specialises in brain injury and lower limb amputation cases. The team is the official legal partner of the London Cycling Campaign, and Andrew Middlehurst has a growing specialism in cycling claims and in the laws around e-scooters. Notably, multiple members of the team are fluent in various eastern European languages. Recently appointed partner Sam Collard is one to watch. ‘Brilliant negotiator‘ Robert Aylott is another key team member.
Stuart Kightley; Ben Posford; Stephanie Prior
Other key lawyers:
Sophie Davies; Laura Swaine; Nicola Hall; Magdalena Knez; Andrew Middlehurst; Sam Collard; Robert Aylott
‘This team has carved out an exceptional reputation in catastrophic injury work. Osbornes have managed to recruit a team of outstanding catastrophic injury lawyers who are at the top of the game. Their key strength is the consistent high quality of fee earners and the fact that Ben Posford has his finger on the pulse as one of the leading catastrophic injury lawyers in the country, dealing with some of the highest profile cases.’
‘Ben Posford is a top-class litigator. He knows everything there is to know about catastrophic injury and major disaster litigation. He is a great tactician, a great negotiator and generally, the man you want on your side when dealing with serious personal injury work. Robert Aylott has a fierce intellect, which means he can analyse and evaluate even the most complex cases quickly. He is a brilliant negotiator who always gets the best deal for his client.’
‘This is a really excellent personal injury team that can be regarded as one of the major players in the London claimant personal injury market. Two features distinguish the team. First, strength in depth through having a large number of very high-quality solicitors. Second, the firm’s outreach to eastern European clients who have settled in the UK. The firm has high-calibre UK qualified lawyers who speak eastern European languages at native level.’
‘Ben Posford is a pre-eminent solicitor in the field of very high-value catastrophic injury claims. Robert Aylott is widely regarded by other professionals in the field as one of the best all-round personal injury solicitors practising; superbly experienced, he brings great practical flair and analytical ability to pursuit of claims.
‘Sam Collard is a very effective lawyer with great attention to detail on claims. Magdalena Knez is compassionate and really able to see the wood for the trees when handling matters. Stephanie Prior is very empathetic and practical, she gets to the heart of a case quickly.’
‘A really first-rate team, well capable of dealing with the most serious and complex injuries.’
‘The team at Osbornes deals with catastrophic injury claims with the same professionalism as the largest firms, but provides a much more client-focused experience. They are a boutique firm with highly experienced partners who are well-respected in the industry.’
‘Ben Posford has a very effective and engaging style, which puts injured clients at their ease. He is willing to take on the most challenging of clients and the most challenging of cases which sets him aside from many. He wears his exceptional intelligence lightly.’
Families of the Deceased (Croydon Tram Crash Inquest)
The personal injury offering at Hugh James is co-led by head of specialist personal injury Mark Harvey and head of abuse claims Alan Collins. The offering is formed of multiple sub-teams, which focus on areas including personal injury, abuse, neurolaw, asbestos and military claims. The team in London has a particular focus on catastrophic and serious injury, and is ably supported by the Court of Protection sub-team. In addition, it has a strong reputation for handling claims on behalf of vulnerable clients, including those concerning such matters as child sexual abuse and the duty of care owed to claimants lacking capacity. There is also an asbestos specialism in the team; ‘extremely talented’ Mary Mulhall takes the lead in this area.
Mark Harvey; Alan Collins
Other key lawyers:
Nia Wyn-Evans; Mary Mulhall; Kevin Grealis; Danielle Vincent; Phoebe Osbourne
‘This is an excellent team and very knowledgeable in asbestos-related disease claims. Very approachable for clients – prompt and efficient service.’
‘The child abuse team are exceptional. They take on very difficult cases with outstanding results.’
‘Nia Wyn-Evans is an excellent lawyer, she is very good on litigation strategy and is completely trusted by her clients.’
‘The firm has a stellar asbestos team. They have expertise in abundance, a willingness to take on difficult cases and the know-how and resources to take on the biggest cases.’
‘Mary Mulhall is extremely talented, passionate and dedicated.’
‘Alan Collins has been involved in some of the most significant cases in this area and knows how to win cases.’
‘The team leads the way in personal injury claims brought on behalf of injured members of HM Armed Forces against the Ministry of Defence. They have carved out a leading position in the market through their excellent, well-resourced, and innovative military department which is capable of handling very large numbers of claims. Despite handling a large volume of claims, one of their real strengths is their commitment to client care and getting the details right in each case. There is also a culture that prioritises the building of strong relationships with their clients.’
‘A highly able team with vast experience representing claimants who have suffered sexual abuse.’
Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP‘s team is co-led by the ‘incredible’ Warren Collins and the ‘exceptional’ Tristan Hallam. The team focuses on claims made by the catastrophically injured, and allocates its clients a dedicated lead lawyer from the outset. Its cases are complex in nature and often of significant value; they regularly involve road traffic accidents and assaults, resulting in such issues as severe brain and spinal cord injury, upper limb and orthopaedic injury leading to amputation, psychological harm and wrongful death. The team also has experience dealing with international matters, with a particular niche expertise in trans-atlantic catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims. Notably, Louise Taylor is currently working on a complex group action involving psychological harm caused to police officers during the Grenfell Tower disaster, and the team also works with Police Care UK, which provides support and rehabilitation to traumatised officers.
Warren Collins; Tristan Hallam
Other key lawyers:
Louise Taylor; Renee Wright; Sophie Bullimore
‘Renee Wright and her team did fantastic work. They were prompt and clear with exactly what I could expect throughout the process and unbelievably accommodating to my questions. Renee’s knowledge was unparalleled, as well as her passion to engage with me. It truly felt that I had her undivided attention, as if my case were her sole work. She worked tirelessly over many years. I would have wanted no one else to work with me, her expertise and understanding of my specific circumstances, combined with outstanding interpersonal skills, made me feel heard.’
‘The team as a whole have demonstrated a thoroughly professional approach to the claim in which I am involved. The practice understand the sensitivities and the right to privacy of those involved and have used innovative technology to allow detailed briefings of all claimants to take place whilst maintaining the individuals’ confidentiality and anonymity.’
‘Louise Taylor has been my primary contact throughout my claim and I cannot rate her highly enough. Throughout my dealings with her she has been thorough, compassionate, prompt and effective. Her attention to detail and grasp of the issues at hand are remarkable. Some of the conversations which needed to be had during this claim have been very hard and emotional and distressing for me; throughout, she has remained professional, non-judgemental and compassionate. The qualities that she has displayed have surpassed my expectations. I have rarely met an individual who displays such skill and professionalism.’
‘This is an excellent team which boasts such heavyweights as Warren Collins, who is renowned in catastrophic work. Tristan Hallam is also very capable and a seasoned lawyer with enormous talent.’
‘Warren Collins is an incredible lawyer with an amazing ability to secure fantastic results. He works tirelessly and is much admired in the sector for his thoroughness, capability, wisdom and experience, he will never let a client down. His opponents understand his ability and respect him hugely. He has encyclopaedic knowledge of personal injury and is a true top-notch performer.’
‘Sophie Bullimore is extremely bright and efficient, with excellent judgment.’
‘Tristan Hallam and Renee Wright are both exceptional and provide great client care and support.’
‘Tristan Hallam is one of the most experienced injury solicitors around. He has a marvellous sense of calm and reassurance that the clients appreciate, accompanied by his clear and concise advice. Renee Wright has a skill set beyond her years of experience.’
The personal injury offering at Shakespeare Martineau LLP, trading under the Lime Solicitors name, has grown significantly in recent years with its acquisition of the Hudgell Solicitors‘ team and is, as of May 2021, led by partner and former personal injury lead at Moore Barlow, ‘amazing individual’ Martin Usher. The team’s workload is focused in part towards abuse work, which can involve sexual abuse against children or workplace abuse and can often be brought in the form of group actions - this area is Malcolm Johnson‘s specialty; he is presently acting for claimants allegedly wronged during Windrush. The team has acted for claimants involved in other such high profile alleged abuse cases against, among other, religious systems, the UK schooling system and established employers. In addition, the team works on serious injury claims, with Kent Pattinson standing out in this area.
Other key lawyers:
Malcolm Johnson; Amy Lee; Kent Pattinson
‘Martin Usher is a very reliable personal injury solicitor.’
‘The personal injury team at Lime is well established. It mostly represents the interests of claimants, and undertakes high-complexity and high-value cases.’
‘The experience they offer is unparalleled.’
‘Kent Pattinson has such experience in dealing with the highest value claims. He is brilliant with clients and knows exactly what he is doing.’
‘Martin Usher was totally amazing throughout my case. He offered regular support and was always there to answer my questions. Martin provided me with outstanding legal advice as well as advice on my rehabilitation. He was and is an amazing individual.’
‘The team is pro-active and takes the initiative well in cases.’
‘Kent Pattinson is hugely experienced and has outstanding client management skills in often very difficult situations. He knows how to collate the evidence efficiently in cases.’
- Represented around 165 people in a group action against two private schools in London.
- Representing 14 claimants bringing claims under the Windrush Compensation Scheme.
- Acted for a claimant who suffered a spinal cord injury resulting in complete paraplegia at a young age in a road traffic accident, and secured interim payments of over £2m to purchase and adapt accommodation and to provide for ongoing equipment, therapy and care, before agreeing a final settlement of £12m.
The personal injury offering at Slater and Gordon is led by head of serious injury in the South, Tracey Benson, who is described by one client as ‘an excellent solicitor and a huge asset to the firm’. The firm has five London serious injury teams, which cover road traffic accidents, including complex new issues such as automated braking in cars; secondary victim claims; public liability; employers’ liability; and product liability. There is a clear focus on catastrophic injury in the team, which is ‘bright and industrious’ principal lawyer Will Cornwell ‘s area of expertise; its cases are often of significant value, frequently involving such issues as orthopaedic injury and amputation, severe traumatic brain injury and gastroenterological injury, as well as psychiatric injury elements.
Other key lawyers:
Will Cornwell; Nick Godwin; Jamie Day; Delia Coleman; Edmund Young; Lisa Fountain
‘I cannot recommend Will Cornwell highly enough. He is very experienced and tactically astute. He handles catastrophic injury claims of the highest value with skill and achieves excellent results.’
‘Nick Godwin is a tireless advocate for his clients. Nick leaves no stone unturned to ensure the best possible result, combining a forensic eye for detail with an astute tactical brain that always sees the big picture. He is a fearless litigator whose remarkable results are testament to his ability.’
‘Tracey Benson’s ability to see the wood for the trees in any case means that she focuses on what matters from the start. As a result, she is usually at least one step ahead of her opponents. She is also a formidable negotiator.’
‘The London team boasts several capable lawyers including Will Cornwell and Tracey Benson, who take on cases of considerable severity and seriousness and handle them with huge aplomb. They undertake impressive catastrophic work.’
‘Will Cornwell is a bright and industrious lawyer. He is a deep thinker and works hard on structuring his catastrophic cases sensibly and methodically. He has great knowledge of each claim he deals with, identifies the pinch points early and works tirelessly to resolve them. He has the respect of clients and opponents alike.’
‘Tracey Benson is excellent. She works tirelessly for her clients and ensures the best possible outcome for each and every client. She is an excellent negotiator. Every client of Tracey’s is fully aware of the realities of litigation. She does not shirk from the difficult cases but rather relishes the challenges such cases bring.’
‘Tracey Benson is an excellent solicitor and a huge asset to the firm. Nick Godwin is a very technical lawyer with a sound grasp of complex rules and regulations. Jamie Day is bright, personable and extremely diligent. He runs cases way above his level of experience, which is testament to his ability.
‘Delia Coleman is an experienced lawyer who works very hard and genuinely cares about her clients, renowned for winning difficult cases.’
Grenfell Tower claimants
- Representing a claimant who was medically discharged from the Met Police following a motorbike collision which resulted in severe lower limb injuries and an elective below-knee amputation.
Horwich Cohen Coghlan Solicitors
Horwich Cohen Coghlan Solicitors‘ London office was formed in January 2021 with Patrick Maguire, who continues to lead the personal injury offering, at the helm. He has significant experience dealing with international work. The team’s workload exclusively involves catastrophic, life-changing and fatal injury claims, resulting mainly from road traffic and motorbike accidents and terror attacks; Amber Braybrook specialises in these areas. The team is also developing a reputation acting for claimants in cases where causation is difficult to establish, including sports and horseplay environments, and those where the claimant was at work or on duty when they obtained their injury. The recruitment of associate partner Joe Dodman to the team from Slater and Gordon in December 2021 has added further experience and expertise.
Other key lawyers:
Amber Braybrook; Joe Dodman
‘From the first phone call, the team have been sympathetic, caring and extremely efficient. I cannot fault them at all.’
‘Patrick Maguire and Amber Braybrook are always friendly and interested in the whole family, not just the case. They were always happy to communicate in whatever way was most appropriate for me.’
‘They have a strong team located in various cities across the UK.’
‘The team devotes its resources to detailed preparation of each claimant catastrophic injury case. Unlike competitors, the team provides a bespoke specialist service to the client to obtain the best result. All case handlers are experienced and their workload is measured as is necessary, specialising in the most serious personal injury cases of spinal injury and brain damage. In summary, the client comes first.’
‘Patrick Maguire has recruited the best lawyers to his team and evokes a true and positive work ethic, recognised by the clients.’
‘The lawyers are experienced and dedicated. They are personally concerned with the welfare of their clients. This is evidenced by their aim to engage with defendant insurers at an early stage and progress the matter under the rehabilitation code, and investigate the value with both side’s experts and settle prior to issuing proceedings, if possible. This approach reduces the adversarial nature of the litigation and endorses a co-operative approach. Nevertheless, should the defence teams not engage, the lawyers are excellent litigators.’
‘Professional, reliable and very down to earth.’
‘Patrick Maguire and Amber Braybrook are fantastic. Professional with great attention to detail, but also very friendly which makes you feel at ease.’
- Acted for the police officer victim in the Salisbury poison incident; the case was settled for a significant six-figure sum.
- Acted for a 17-year-old claimant who suffered a serious spinal cord injury in a motorbike accident resulting in quadriplegia.
- Acting for four families of victims, in a six-week inquest due to take place in 2023, which will examine various failings on the part of Devon & Cornwall Police in handling the perpetrator in the Plymouth shooting, who had engaged in violent behaviour shortly before the attacks.
The London-based personal injury team at Moore Barlow is co-led by major trauma specialist Trevor Sterling and Damian Horan, who is experienced in dealing with both national and international claims. It has particular expertise in orthopaedic injuries and amputations, fatal accidents and severe brain injuries in adults and children; its expertise in the last of these areas is illustrated by panel membership on the Child Brain Injury Trust in London. In collaboration with Aspire Law, the team also acts on a considerable number of spinal injury cases. Amandeep Khasriya founded and chairs the firm’s diversity and inclusion committee, and is developing a strong reputation in the injury field, working exclusively on major trauma cases.
Damian Horan; Trevor Sterling
Other key lawyers:
- Represented the claimant in a catastrophic spinal cord and brain injury claim, securing a £5m settlement in addition to extensive rehabilitation, care and adapted housing within the lifetime of the claim.
The Putney-based team at Russell-Cooke LLP is led by Sarah Towler. The team covers a broad range of complex injury work, often of substantial value, occasionally with cross-border elements. Notably, it has an offering of dedicated, in-house medical professionals to assist on its cases. Strengths include acting for adults and children on issues including inquests and fatal claims; brain and spinal injury; paralysis caused in youth; and aquatic injuries. In addition, the team works on claims relating historical sexual abuse multi-party actions and resultant psychiatric injury. The arrival of ‘top drawer’ partner Grant Incles, formerly of Leigh Day, in Januar 2022 bolstered the strength of the team; notably, he recently succeeded in the landmark Court of Appel case Swift v Carpenter. Senior associate Nimmisha Aslam, who specialises in road traffic and workplace accidents, is one to watch.
Other key lawyers:
Grant Incles; Janice Gardner; Lucy Lawson; Dominic Fairclough; Nimmisha Aslam
‘Janice Gardner is hardworking, responsive, kind, professional, organised.’
‘Lucy Lawson is my absolute rock through the hardest time in my life! Without her help and constant support I wouldn’t be where I am today that’s for sure! She means the world to both me and my partner and is a credit to the firm.’
‘Janice Gardner combines integrity, a sense of fun and a laser focus on her client’s interests with real attention to detail and a great commercial sense of what is and is not possible. I cannot praise her highly enough.’
‘Grant Incles is quite exceptional. He is a very intelligent solicitor with a great grasp of the law. He is extremely astute when it comes to tactics and his ‘bedside manner’ when dealing with terribly injured clients and/or their families is not, in my experience, surpassed. If I was badly injured, he’s the solicitor I would turn to.’
‘When I am asked for a recommendation in London or the South East, I always start with Russell-Cooke. They are excellent at what they do and they have a size where I can guarantee that any case sent to them will be dealt with excellently by someone in their team.’
‘Dominic Fairclough is a tactical and strategic master. Sees the wood for the trees right from the outset.’
‘Sarah Towler is fantastic at client care – a hardworking lawyer that gets results for her clients efficiently and in good time.’
‘Grant Incles is a top-drawer claimant personal injury lawyer – incredibly efficient and tactically astute. A formidable litigator, but approachable and courteous. He operates at the the very highest level in the claimant personal injury market.’
- Settled a claim for a 24-year-old man rendered tetraplegic in a waterslide accident.
Royds Withy King
RWK Goodman's personal injury offering is co-headed by the firm’s national head of industrial disease Helen Childs, who has significant expertise in asbestos-related illnesses, and Richard Brooks, who has a strong reputation for his niche specialism in handling Animal Act cases. In addition, it also has interest and experience in dealing with chronic pain injury cases, including complex regional pain syndrome, fibromyalgia and other such less visible illnesses. The team is strengthening its bench, having recruited partner and asbestos claim specialist Sarah Wolf from Fieldfisher to its London team in April 2021.
Richard Brooks; Helen Childs
Other key lawyers:
‘Their asbestos team is one of the best in the market.’
‘Helen Childs knows asbestos litigation inside out and will go the extra mile for her clients.’
‘I have always found them to be efficient and reliable, communicating in a timely manner and with great professionalism. They appear to form strong relationships with their patients and clients, with a sense of personal pride in successfully negotiating and winning cases.’
‘Helen Childs is a strong and effective leader. Extremely knowledgeable within her field of asbestos related diseases. Works incredibly hard for her clients and caseload. Easy to reach and responds promptly to correspondence.’
- Acted on an out-of-time mesothelioma claim for the widow of a Babcock & Wilcox service engineer, which settled on the eve of trial.
- Succesfully acted on a fatal mesothelioma claim.
- Acted on a mesothelioma claim against Vospers ship repairers, which settled within 9 months of instruction.
Taylor Rose MW
Taylor Rose MW‘s clinical negligence and personal injury team is led by Joanna Bailey – who has a strong reputation acting for claimants who have suffered serious brain injuries in road traffic accidents or for their bereaved families – with Caroline Kempster as deputy lead. Many team members are APIL-accredited. The group’s workload involves cases from minor accidents to those of the utmost severity, and predominantly involves road traffic and workplace accident claims leading to serious injuries. ‘Standout’ Ian Latimer has particular experience acting on complex stress-at-work psychological injury claims.
Joanna Bailey; Caroline Kempster
Other key lawyers:
Ian Latimer; Simon Rooney; Allen Myers
‘Very committed to their clients and never fail to put the clients’ interests first in a market where that is not always the case. Really good lawyers, who are very knowledgeable and take great pride in their work, seeking maximum compensation for often severely injured clients.’
‘They were sympathetic, knowledgeable and kept me abreast of the process as it unfolded.’
‘We were lucky to have Allen Myers on our case – hewas very kind and appropriate when talking with our child whom the case revolved around – he believed in her and her truth.’
‘The team has a real passion to do their best for their clients and provide a bespoke service which fits with the particular needs of each individual case.’
‘A great firm with excellent, experienced lawyers, who dealt with my case in very professional way.’
‘Ian Latimer and Joanna Bailey are the standout partners for me. They are both prepared to go the extra mile in achieving the best outcome possible for their client and are true experts in high-value and complex injury and fatal accident claims.’
‘The team undertakes increasing amounts of catastrophic work, which they handle well – a growing force in the catastrophic personal injury market.’
‘The team were very professional throughout the whole process of my claim. The outcome was the best we could have hoped for.’
Thompsons Solicitors LLP
The team at Thompsons Solicitors LLP is co-headed by branch manager Henrietta Phillips and national serious injury lead Samantha Hemsley. It represents claimants who have suffered substantial injury, often as a result of a road traffic, cycling or workplace accident. Issues which the group typically handles include orthopaedic injury and amputation - an area of specialism for Nicola Saunders - development of long-term conditions such as tinnitus, and complex mental health illnesses including depression and PTSD. Christalla Christodoulidou has particular expertise in serious brain injury cases. Additionally, the team has experience in dealing with asbestos-related claims.
Henrietta Phillips; Samantha Hemsley
Other key lawyers:
Christalla Christodoulidou; Nicola Saunders; Kam Singh
‘The service I received was perfect.’
‘I dealt with Kam Singh and can say he was excellent in his approach. I always felt he had my best interests at heart.’
‘They have an attitude to clients and claims that is unique in the industry now. Specifically, they match high-level technical expertise and competence with always putting the client first. Their union background is instilled over many years and really shines through in the service that they provide.’
‘Samantha Hemsley is on a par with any solicitor practising in the area nationally: compassionate, caring, technically superb and not afraid to really fight when the need arises. She’s someone you want in your corner and is a very, very strong litigator.’
‘Christalla Christodoulidou is particularly experienced in serious brain injury cases and has a lovely touch with clients. Nicola Saunders is a real fighter, with a great deal of experience in amputations in particular.’
‘A strong, well-informed and very capable set of solicitors who handle the whole spectrum of personal injury cases on a national level. They have very close links to the trade unions and other workers’ collectives which makes them uniquely placed to understand and advise on workplace-related accident and exposure claims. This knowledge is key in understanding the tactical side of litigation and predicting the approach defendant insurers will take to any claim.’
‘Kam Singh is a bright litigator, who is very attentive to the needs of all his claimants and is tactically astute, achieving great results in difficult cases.’
‘Nicola Saunders is a very knowledgeable and personable solicitor who successfully predicts the moves that defendants make at all stages of a case and usually outwits them.’