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Irwin Mitchell's team is best known for complex and high value cases involving birth trauma and spinal cord injuries. In addition the team is recommended for its work in dental negligence claims whether provided by the NHS or by private practice. Key figures include the ‘very experienced, knowledgeable and empathetic’ Lindsay Wise who is ‘accurate and realistic in her assessment of each case, which clearly comes from her extensive experience in this field’; the ‘thorough and sympathetic’ Jennifer Cawthorne, who is a ‘very capable lawyer with an excellent tactical and practical understanding of litigation'; Mark Havenhand, who is ‘very knowledgeable and treats clients with the utmost sympathy while explaining everything in great depth’; the 'excellent' Frank Patterson; and senior associate Dina Lambourne, who is ‘very good with clients and has an excellent ability to prepare and manage cases and to understand and analyse extremely complex issues’. At associate level Ayse Ince  ‘always responds quickly’, Kevin Saul is ‘meticulous, diligent and considerate’ and Sharon Williams  is ‘efficient, patient and accessible’.

JMW Solicitors LLP  fields an ‘excellent team of tenacious and down-to-earth solicitors who fight hard for their clients to ensure that they get the best possible compensation’. Department head Eddie Jones has an ‘excellent grasp of the key issues of law, practice and strategy; he is immsensely hardworking and can take a novel approach when needed to pursue the right litigation strategy’. Angharad Hughes  is ‘enormously sympathetic to her clients and has excellent attention to detail’ and Melissa Gardner  ‘strikes a great rapport with her clients which is vital for communication so she can elicit the best evidence for her clients’. The ‘highly specialised and dedicated team' has real expertise in the most serious cases of birth injury, brain injury and spinal injury cases, and is a leading firm for cases involving kernicterus brain injury and cauda equina syndrome. The ‘very experienced’ Sally Leonards  ‘adopts a tenacious but realistic approach to each case’. Senior associate Steven Brown  is a ‘highly committed and proactive claimant lawyer’. Olivia Scates is no longer at the firm.

Notwithstanding a number of departures, Slater and Gordon maintains notable strength in multi-track personal injury matters, especially overseas claims. Julia Hamilton ‘handles the most serious cases with aplomb; she has a good record of seeing difficult cases through to a successful conclusion’. The ‘empathetic’ Lindsay Holt is ‘business like and a strong negotiator; she has great strategic insight and is always ready to push an apparently closed door in the pursuit of a point’. Claire Horton  is ‘committed and highly competent’ and Sarah Sedge  is ‘practical with a very good eye for tactics and strategy’. Helen Budge  has ‘built up a good level of experience in serious cases and has a good knowledge of the law’. They are all principal lawyers. Ian Cohen is now at  Simpson Millar LLP, Kristofer Inskip  joined Hilary Meredith Solicitors and Jenny Urwin moved to Fieldfisher .

At Stephensons Solicitors LLP  the ‘whole team is excellent and all the lawyers there are uniformly professional’. Head of the ‘first-class department’ is the ‘dynamic’ Judith Thomas-Whittingham who is praised for her ‘drive, commitment and refreshingly down to earth approach’. Tom Mooney  is commended for his ‘courage and for his sound judgement when fighting difficult cases which others might not pursue’. The ‘compassionate’ Claire Stockley  ‘applies enormous dedication to her clients’ cases coupled with an extremely thorough approach to evidence and preparation. No detail is left unaddressed and she has an instinctive tactical understanding of the case and good judgement’. The senior associates also garner praise - Laura Sheehan  is lauded for her ‘ability to master complex cases and to concentrate on the key issues’. Jamie Cruickshanks  is ‘tenacious in securing the right results for his clients’ and Carla Duprey  is ‘on the ball and very efficient’. The team acts for clients nationwide and is known for its specialist skills in birth and brain injury as well as medical misdiagnosis and amputation cases. In addition the team has continued to secure the clinical negligence civil contract from the Legal Aid Agency. It has a ‘well-organised and very efficient team of enthusiastic and hardworking practitioners who are attracting some very good work’.

Leigh Day's team team has extensive experience in acting in high-value and complex cases in areas such as cerebral palsy, brain injury, spinal injury and amputations. Stephen Jones  can ‘achieve results in difficult cases that are quite beyond ordinary litigators’. Jones is known for representing families at inquests and in fatal claims, and acts for HM Coroner for Manchester as solicitor to the inquest in various cases. The ‘very experienced, efficient and client friendly’ Brendan Hope  is praised for his ‘indefatigable attention to detail, to the pursuit of all evidential angles and for his real commitment to understanding the medical issues involved in each case’.

Potter Rees Dolan  fields a ‘highly talented group of clinical negligence lawyers that is led by the formidable’ Helen Dolan .The strong three-partner department specialises solely in catastrophic clinical negligence and serious personal injury cases. Its court of protection department is also well regarded. The team routinely handles cases of the utmost complexity. Dolan heads the department and is recommended for her work in brain and spinal injury cases as well as the mismanagement at birth and cauda equine syndrome cases. Lesley Herbertson  specialises in all aspects of clinical negligence for both adults and children with a particular focus on cases of maximum severity such as cerebral palsy and other complex birth injuries, brain and spinal injuries. Herbertson is also experienced in cauda equine and amputation cases. Gill Edwards  handles a number of high value and catastrophic clinical negligence cases.

The Roland Partnership  is heavily focused on claimant clinical negligence work dealing with ‘no win-no fee’ private, insurance and publicly funded work. The team under the leadership of Nina Roland  acts in serious brain and birth injury cases as well as cerebral palsy, delays in diagnosing cancer, hospital acquired injuries in addition to serious orthopaedic cases and amputations. It deals with the full spectrum of injuries from lower value claims to multi-million pound claims of maximum severity. Trevor Roland is also recommended.

Butcher & Barlow LLP's team attracts praise for its ‘notable experience and skills in both large and small cases; the team is efficient and analyses cases well’. Anthomy Higham  has a ‘no-nonsense and robust approach which he has acquired through many years of practical experience and legal knowledge’. The ‘very bright and tactically astute’ Greg Porter  is ‘excellent with clients’. Solicitor Adam Shawcross  is also recommended. The team routinely handles a broad array of cases from mid-value to complex and high-value cases and acts for adults, vulnerable persons and adults.

The team at Express Solicitors Ltd is adept at supporting its clients and their families who have experienced negligence that has often resulted in life-altering injuries. The team advises on the full spectrum of damages and the ‘excellent’ Ben Gent  is well-regarded. Gent advises on a broad range of medical law claims. Anna Pearson  is also recommended and has a varied case load. Pearson advises on a broad range of cases such as mismanaged labour, mistakes made during surgery and delays in diagnosis and treatment.

Fletchers Solicitors  recruited Trevor Ward  from Knights Professional Services Limited; Ward has ‘impressive tactical skills, attention to detail and a commitment to his clients’. Other key members of the team include Georgia Briscoe and Mark Tempest . The ‘bright, hardworking and effective’ Maria Repanos  is also recommended. The team is well equipped to advise on a wide range of claims from cosmetic surgery and childbirth claims to misdiagnosis and ophthalmic claims.

Peter Dugdale  heads a ‘highly competent team’ at Forbes Solicitors, which attracts praise for 'putting the needs of the individual client at the forefront of the service’. John Bennett is praised for his ‘sympathetic approach to clients with his clear, honest and pragmatic advice. Clients feel understood and that their claims are being progressed with care and close attention’. The team deals with multimillion-pound claims and court of protection cases and holds a Legal Service Commission franchise in clinical negligence.

Jobling Gowler LLP Solicitors  is a ‘niche firm that is a match for the bigger firms’. The ‘well-organised’ Gill Peate  and the ‘experienced’ Simon Gowler  are the key figures. Peate advises on a range of serious injury claims and has a particular interest in cases involving acquired brain injury. Gowler has specific expertise in orthopaedic cases and cases of unnecessary lower limb amputations. The team is adept at handling complex claims including claims following birth injury, spinal injury or unnecessary fatalities. Heather Jobling retired.

The Dental Law Partnership is a ‘very professional, well run and organised claimant firm that is head and shoulders above others in the field of dental negligence’. Key figures include the ‘very approachable’ Daniel Kinnear, who is ‘tenacious and dogged’; Jonathan Owen, who  ‘confidently and efficiently settles claim after claim’; Jenny Wood, who ‘quickly gains her clients’ trust’; Tim Armitage, who 'understands dental litigation and is not afraid to take on difficult cases’; Heather Owen,  who is ‘laser-guided and meticulous’; and Kate Chadwick, who  ‘leaves no stone unturned’.

At Thompsons Solicitors LLP Rosalyn Steeple  is a ‘consummate professional. She deals with the most serious cases with calmness under pressure and in a very personable manner. Clients like her and she establishes good working relationships with defendant solicitors which makes negotiations easier’. Maya Patel has a ‘great deal of experience in dealing with the most serious and complicated of cases and brings this to bear in her forensic analysis of difficult cases’. It is one of the leading firms nationally for handling multi-party actions and is currently acting as the lead solicitors in the Ian Paterson litigation. The team is also at the ‘forefront of the vaginal mesh litigation’.

Your Legal Friend has a ‘very knowledgeable team that has a wonderful touch with clients’.Sara Stanger  is ‘efficient, resolute and perceptive’. Laura Morgan is ‘very patient with clients and polite yet persistent in achieving results for her clients’. The 'very professional' Lydia Brindley  is also recommended. At a more junior level Mark Thomason  is ‘knowledgeable and articulate’. Peter Hughes deals with ‘complex medical issues with many different experts and then can condense the key points to all concerned into a coherent form’. The firm ‘continues to do well and is very much one to watch for the future’.


Clinical negligence: defendant

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BLM   has a ‘highly competent team that takes a proactive approach to assessing the merits of the defence and to obtaining and analysing the expert evidence’. Sarah Woodwark  can ‘draw on the huge amount of experience that she has on medical regulatory, inquest as well as clinical negligence work; she pays close attention to detail and is excellent on strategy’. The recently promoted Chris Dexter  is also recommended. The practice has experience in high-value and complex litigation concerning delayed diagnosis, surgical claims (especially neurosurgery), wrongful birth and claims brought under the Human Rights Act. It has also built up considerable experience in dental negligence claims and other areas such as ophthalmic treatments, laser surgery and cosmetic procedures. The group successfully defended Medical Protection in a claim involving an allegedly negligent prescription by a GP. Other key clients include Allianz, Optimax and Ecclesiastical.  Lisa Nabou joined Hill Dickinson LLP  and Claire Fitzgerald moved to DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP   is nationally recognised as a leading defendant firm for clinical negligence work. In Manchester, practice head Simon Wortley  is a ‘massively experienced and shrewd litigator who leads his team with skill’ and works closely with offshore insurers and those involved in private finance in the health and social care sectors. At senior associate level Hazel Davies  ‘always gives a calm and realistic analysis of the merits of the claim’ and the ‘very approachable’ Jonathan Bonser is a ‘tenacious litigator with a meticulous attention to detail’. The group was joined by associates Carena Fullerton  (‘commercial and pragmatic’) and Claire Fitzgerald who is described as a ‘really impressive lawyer who is clear thinking and keeps a cool head at trial to determine the best strategy’ – both joined from BLM . An impressive roster of clients includes BMI Healthcare, The Medical Defence Union, NHS Resolution as well as Care Fertility Group and the Insurance Corporation of the Channel Islands. It also secured new clients in Elysium Healthcare and the MPLC.

Hempsons' ‘excellent team’ is well equipped to handle complex and high-value cases with particular strength in periodical payments and multi-party cases. Key clients include NHS Resolution NHSR and the Medical Defence Union, as well as a large number of trusts and commercial medical practice insurers. The group also has notable experience in claims concerning obstetric and surgical negligence as well as severe spinal cord injuries. Anne Ball  is ‘massively experienced with great tactical awareness’ and Kirsten Blohm  is an ‘unflappable and tenacious litigator who is very willing to discuss new ways to resolve matters’. Simeon Bower  is a ‘shrewd and realistic litigator’ and Taiyaba Waheed is ‘hugely experienced and very competent’. Racquelle Morris  is ‘very knowledgeable’ and Chris Alderson  is a ‘clever lawyer who likes to get under the skin of a case’.

Hill Dickinson LLP's team of 'experienced, able and capable litigators'  ‘runs like a well-oiled machine; work is appropriately delegated to junior fee earners who are effectively supervised and supported’. Andrew Craggs is a ‘dynamic and effective leader of the practice’; David Locke  is ‘commercially savvy and sensible. He gets straight to the heart of the case and makes the right decisions at the right time’. Richard Watson  is ‘a vastly experienced and thorough litigator who is empathetic with his clients and courteous to his opponents’. Philip Bradbury  is an ‘exceptional technical lawyer who assesses each case with conspicuous care’. Also recommended are the 'calm and realistic' Ian Gardiner  and the ‘knowledgeable’ Andrew Leslie. The team was joined by the ‘hardworking and energetic’ Lisa Nabou from BLM . Clients include NHS Resolution, MPS, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospitals NHS Trust in addition to Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Weightmans LLP's ‘highly regarded’ team routinely handles the most complex and high-value cases with particular expertise in handling cases where the claimant lives in another jurisdiction. Other niche areas of expertise include handling difficult organ transplant and blood donor cases. Active clients include NHS Resolution, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as well as Tameside and Glossop Care Integrated NHS Foundation Trust and North West Ambulance Service.  The ‘very well-respected and experienced’ Vicky Morris is one of the client partners for the NHS Litigation Authority and specialises in complex and unusual clinical negligence claims. Richard Jolly  is also highly recommended and is a nominated partner for the NHS LA. Jolly handles high-value clinical negligence claims and advises trusts on a whole range of legal issues from corporate governance, policies and procedures to human rights issues. ‘Skilled and pragmatic' consultant David Simpson  is also recommended.

Browne Jacobson LLP  has the ‘tenacious and thorough’ Amanda Callaghan  who plays a pivotal role in leading the firm’s publicly funded health care practice in the North West and in supervising NHS Resolution defence work. Callaghan also acts for private clinicians and has considerable experience in defence work for the Medical Protection Society. The ‘excellent and pragmatic’ Andrew Peel leads the UK and international practice on clinical negligence and regulatory matters for private sector healthcare providers and insurers. Associate Heather Caddy  is ‘well respected in the healthcare market’. Caddy advises NHS trusts and independent health providers on a range of contentious matters such as claims involving neurological injuries, neonatal deaths, complex orthopaedics, psychiatric injuries and delayed diagnosis. The team has an impressive array of other clients such as HCA, BUPA, NHS England in addition to Stockport NHS Foundation Trust.


Personal injury: claimant

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Irwin Mitchell ’s ‘client care is second to none and its case preparation is meticulous’. The stable team of specialist lawyers is ‘amongst the very best nationally’ and is known for its work on serious brain injury, spinal, amputee and other complex injury work in addition to its work on military and disease cases. Key figures include the ‘extremely competent’ Jonathan Betts; Deirdre Healy  and Catherine Leech, both of whom are ‘enormously experienced and knowledgeable and are both prepared to go that extra mile’; Geraldine Coombs, who  ‘works hard to get the best results for her clients in a firm and conciliatory way’; Gina Heather, who is ‘determined to get the best result and always shows empathy to her clients’; Dominic Hemsi, who ‘fights really hard for his clients’; the 'hugely efficient' Matthew Brown; and ‘excellent’ senior associate Matthew Garson.

Serious Law LLP  ‘employs staff with deep knowledge of their subject and a passion to assist claimants with more than just compensation’. Key members of the team include the ‘very experienced and methodical’ Tim Walters,  who ‘is a very good communicator with clients, families and all professionals involved in each case’; Ben Priestley, who is ‘an excellent communicator, supportive to his clients and well versed in the importance of rehabilitation'; the ‘knowledgeable’ Matthew Dixon, who is ‘always prepared to thoroughly investigate all angles in great detail’; and senior associate Jonathan Syddall , senior solicitor Richard Crabtree  and solicitor Hayley Martinez  are all ‘very responsive to the claimants’ needs’. The ‘client-centric, experienced and knowledgeable’ team also has the excellent John Sherrington . The team operates on a nationwide basis and has acted in some of the most serious and complex cases throughout the country involving spinal, brain and other catastrophic injuries. It regularly secures multimillion-pound awards for its clients and has a particular expertise in difficult liability cases.

Slater and Gordon  has a ‘wealth of experience and a track record in serious injury litigation - its reputation is well deserved as it has a very attentive, supportive and responsive team’. In Manchester the ‘immensely experienced’ Pauline Chandler  is ‘just superb; she gets a great result for her clients very quickly’. Jenny Keith  ‘knows all there is to know when it comes to serious personal injury’. The ‘highly experienced’ Damian Bradley  who is particularly strong for employers’ liability is ‘very intelligent, personable and helpful’. It fields some ‘great lawyers who are handling complex asbestos disease claims’ under the leadership of Madelene Holdsworth  who is the national head of industrial disease. The ‘knowledgeable’ Richard Scorer  who heads the abuse team ‘deploys his extensive experience effectively’. Senior associate Jane Martin  is applauded for her ‘diligence and hard work’ and associate Andrew Taylor  ‘always exercises great judgement’. In Liverpool Carol Hopwood is a ‘very experienced lawyer who has a charm and a light touch when trying to get the best outcome for her clients. Clients really warm to her and trust her judgement’. The large department has a number of key specialisms including advising on brain and spinal injury, travel law, abuses/sexual assault, human rights and inquest law.

JMW Solicitors LLP   is ‘continuing to grow its reputation in this field’ under the leadership of joint heads of department Chris Sutton and Richard Powell . Paul Breen who heads the personal injury department’s catastrophic injury team is ‘very much on top of his game’. Gordon Cartwright  is ‘outstanding – he devotes considerable time to each file’ and Nadia Kerr  is a ‘true expert in cycling; she really takes the time to understand each case and has a meticulous eye for detail’. Jason Harwood has ‘very good client handling skills, manages expectations well and always adopts effective tactics during negotiations’. The team handles road traffic collisions, employers’ liability, occupiers’ liability and industrial disease claims of all values. It has several specialisms including industrial disease (especially mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases), cycling claims as well as accidents/illnesses abroad.

Andrew Bradley  is one of the primary contacts at Leigh Day . The team is becoming ‘one of the leading firms for industrial disease litigation’. The ‘exceptionally bright and thorough’ Kevin Johnson  is ‘very knowledgeable and experienced’ and Helen Ashton  is ‘absolutely first-rate and is particularly good with clients’. Associate solicitor Rachel Botterill  is ‘very thorough, friendly and compassionate. When negotiating claims and interim payments she is very tenacious’. Senior paralegal Ben Hacking is ‘extremely professional and knowledgeable about cycling claims. He seems to really understand the specific worries and needs of cyclists who have been injured’. The team handles a broad range of claims including acting on behalf of cyclists and other sports people as well as acting for those who have been involved in a road traffic or a workplace accident. It also acts for people who have been injured abroad. Clare Campbell  specialises in acting for claimants who have been involved in accidents abroad and is adept at handling complex jurisdiction and applicable law issues. Campbell’s other areas of expertise include advising on Package Travel Regulations, maritime and aviation cases as well as large group illness litigation. The team is also well-regarded for its work for those who have suffered industrial disease (in particular exposure to asbestos).

Potter Rees Dolan has a particular specialism in complex brain and spinal injury cases as well as injuries requiring amputations, serious orthopaedic injuries and criminal injuries. Key contacts are Hugh Potter  and Rachel Rees . Three senior lawyers in the personal injury team were promoted to partner in 2018: Helen Shaw , Jeanne Evans and Gary Herbert . Alison Hartley is skilled in high-value head injury, orthopaedic and spinal injury claims for clients who have been injured in road traffic accidents, cycling accidents and accidents at work. The team also specialises in acquired traumatic child brain injury cases.

Simpson Millar LLP has a ‘well-recognised team’ that covers a broad spectrum of personal injury work from serious road traffic accident claims to disease claims. It is particularly recommended for its work in historic abuse claims (personal injury claims on behalf of people who were sexually abused when they were children). The abuse team is one of the largest in the country and specialises in child and elder abuse. Rose Gibson  is a ‘top-class personal injury lawyer who deals with high-value cases in a very client-centred way’. Peter Garsden  is ‘extremely experienced and is passionate about vigorously pursuing claims on behalf of victims’. Melanie Burden  is ‘excellent with clients and has a good rapport with medical experts’. The ‘outstanding’ Matthew Clayton  heads the catastrophic injury team.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP   has a ‘real commitment to getting the best results for its clients. Clients receive realistic and sensible advice’. Key members of the team include Martyn Gwyther  who heads the overseas accident claims and has an ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of the law’. Philip Liptrot is also ‘insightful, helpful and well prepared’. Matthew Tollitt  is one of the primary contacts in the serious injury team in the North West and Janet Finney  is another recommended contact. Senior solicitor Michael Wolstencroft  who specialises in asbestos related diseases is ‘impressive, he gets the job done fairly, quickly and well but also takes a commercial approach to cases – he is one to watch’. The firm acts as panel solicitors for many major trade unions and deals exclusively with cases of such severity that clients are likely to require significant ongoing care and rehabilitation.

CFG Law  is a niche serious injury firm that fields a ‘very professional team. It has a genuine desire to put the client at the centre of its business, rather than profit. It sets a benchmark on how solicitors should represent people with life changing injuries’. The ‘very knowledgeable and experienced’ Philip Coulthurst who specialises in brain injuries, spinal injuries and subtle head injuries is ‘very dedicated to his clients’ needs’. Polly Herbert  who is the head of catastrophic injuries ‘is very proactive and really understands the needs and concerns of people who have suffered life changing injuries and has a real passion to help people and to ensure that anyone who has been injured has access to advice’. Alastair Fernie  is another key member of the ‘excellent’ team. At associate level Victoria Cox  is ‘most helpful’ and Natasha Ulph provides ‘very solid advice’.

Farleys Solicitors LLP   provides an ‘excellent service to clients and its cases are meticulously prepared’. The group is best known for its specialist abuse and inquests team and is very experienced in acting for victims of abuse, human rights claims, fatal accidents as well as civil claims following inquests and claims against local authorities. In relation to ‘claims arising out of child abuse, the enormously experienced team is in the very top drawer not just in the North West but nationally. It is at the forefront of developing this area of law’. Head of the abuse and inquests team is Jonathan Bridge  who combines ‘excellent knowledge with a great ability to relate well to his clients who are often vulnerable and in poor mental health. He has a superb judgement and takes a very sensitive approach to his clients. He has an ability to find creative solutions to his clients’ problems’. The ‘very organised and effective’ Nick Molyneux has particular expertise in catastrophic injury cases involving brain and spinal injuries with considerable experience in cases involving fibromyalgia and industrial disease claims following exposure to asbestos. It is a ‘sound firm that provides an excellent service to its clients’.

Fletchers Solicitors  is ‘large enough to be able to reach a wide client base but small enough to retain a personal touch with its clients, many of whom have suffered devastating and life-changing injuries’. The team is also recognised for its ‘real expertise in fatal accident cases. It is very experienced at handling high-value personal injury claims particularly on behalf of seriously injured motorcyclists’. The ‘outstanding’ Julia Eyton is ‘unbelievably knowledgeable' and Adrian Denson  is a ‘real leading light in high-value personal injury litigation’. Eyton's areas of expertise include catastrophic spinal, brain and orthopaedic injuries as well as amputation and brachial plexus cases. Chartered legal executive Caroline Morris  is a ‘very tough litigator who has a knack of developing a real rapport with her clients’ and solicitor Gerard Horton  ‘continues to stand out as someone who can deal with the very high-value claims well. He is a tough negotiator’. The department has a ‘strong track record of good customer service and for the provision of sound legal advice’.

The team at Hilary Meredith Solicitors  is vastly experienced in advising on traumatic personal injury claims on behalf of service personnel whose injuries are regularly catastrophic and life changing. Hilary Meredith  is highly regarded. The team secured substantial compensation for a client who suffered a severe brain injury and multiple orthopaedic injuries when he fell from a rock face on Ben Nevis during a poorly-planned climbing exercise. The injury prematurely ended his army career and restricted him to part-time employment. In the last 12 months, the group has been also been instrumental in securing major policy changes from the UK government for service personnel and veterans who are battling post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological injuries as a result of their service in Iraq.

Roberts Jackson Solicitors  is a ‘market leader in industrial disease work’. Karen Jackson  is the ‘number one ‘go to’ person for industrial diseases; her drive, enthusiasm and entrepreneurship is what sets her apart'. The ‘well-respected’ team acts for industrial disease claimants who have suffered from work-related diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer, asthma and other injuries including hand arm vibration syndrome and occupational deafness. Other team members include Lorna McGlone  who ‘understands her clients’ needs and is compassionate without ever losing sight of the end goal of justice for the claimant’ and ‘tough negotiator’ Amrit Atwal.

Andrew Kwan  at Clear Law LLP  manages a ‘very articulate team that offers a very professional service'. Other key members of the ‘well-informed’ team include the head of the multi-track department Kevin Walker ; the ‘very supportive and knowledgeable’ Paul McCann; and the ‘hardworking’ Michael Blair. The team is skilled at advising on a host of claims such as brain injury claims, scarring, abuse claims and fatal accident claims.

Gorvins Solicitors' ‘switched-on team' handles a high volume of road traffic accidents and employer and public liability cases. In addition the group deals with a significant number of complex cases involving serious multiple injuries and brain injuries. The ‘very able and competent’ Stuart Biddle  heads the department. Biddle has a ‘good eye for his cases and leaves no stone unturned’. He has particular expertise in cases involving chronic pain.

Stephensons Solicitors LLP has the ‘client at the forefront of its mind; the team will not compromise on quality and provides a timely and professional service to clients while ensuring that the client has at all times a good understanding of the process and the desired outcomes’. The ‘honest, caring, knowledgeable, professional and passionate’ Kate Sweeney leads the personal injury team and ‘always shows a genuine interest in what is best for the accident victim’. The ‘very supportive and understanding’ Danielle Callaway (a senior associate) is also recommended. Rebecca Dawber  (also a senior associate) is ‘proactive and very effective; she understands the importance of rehabilitation to her clients as well’. The practice is best known for representing clients in serious accidents at work, public liability and road traffic accident cases involving complex or fatal injuries. It has several niche areas of expertise such as advising on foreign accidents, amputations and industrial disease claims.

Your Legal Friend   is well regarded for its work in serious disease litigation especially asbestos disease claims. The team routinely handles road traffic accidents, employers’, public/occupiers’ liability matters and holiday illness cases. It is also adept at dealing with cases where there has been a fatality. Key figures include the ‘organised and experienced  ‘Pamela Jane Woollen; Joanne Candlish, who is ‘very knowledgeable and able’; Philip Waters; Alison Saul; and Jenna Hargreaves, who has acted in claims involving serious injuries where clients have required home adaptations, future care and assistance. The department also has a significant Polish client base.

Express Solicitors Ltd attracts praise for its 'professional and friendly service'. Daniel Slade  specialises in catastrophic injury High Court claims and gives ‘clear and straightforward advice’. Slade has particular expertise in brain injury, spinal injuries as well as amputations, pain syndromes and fatal accidents. Richard Lowery  leads the employer’s liability team and Robin Patey  heads the road accident team as well as having experience in employer’s liability claims.

Mike Molloy  heads the major trauma and serious injury department at Horwich Cohen Coghlan and has extensive experience of claims involving catastrophic and life-changing injuries such as injuries to the brain, spine and multiple muscular-skeletal trauma. The team advises on a range of injuries including public liability claims, employers’ liability claims as well as road traffic accidents. Highlights included recently settling a fibromyalgia/chronic pain case. The group also settled two cases involving the late diagnosis of cancer leading to an early death.

KhanMather Solicitors has a ‘professional team that leaves no stone unturned. Matters are explained without the use of legal jargon’.Saqib Khan  ‘appears to ensure that his clients are given the Rolls Royce service’ and Helen Penney  is ‘technically brilliant’. In a recent road traffic accident the team secured a favourable outcome for the client where liability was at issue. The team used private CCTV footage on houses at the scene of the accident which showed that the defendant was to blame for the accident.

Alison Connolly  heads the department at Nexus Solicitors Limited  It is currently representing a man who is living in London with his young family. The client sustained catastrophic injuries including a life threatening head injury in a hit and run accident. The claim is being brought under the Motor Insurer Bureau’s untraced drivers’ scheme. The team advises on the full array of personal injury matters from road traffic accidents to product liability claims and criminal injury actions.

Savas & Savage Solicitors is experienced in dealing with high-value and complex claims including clinical negligence claims, personal injury claims as well as criminal injuries. Savas Argirou  is recommended. It continues to represent clients who have been injured while abroad. It recently secured compensation for a client who injured his foot due to a broken bulb glass which was negligently laying at the bottom of the swimming pool at his holiday resort.


Personal injury: defendant

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BLM  ‘brings excellent technical knowledge as well as great experience and insight into each case. Not only is the firm progressive and constructive in its approach it also has a highly qualified team that has a good business understanding of the key issues’. Key members of the team include Jonathan Clay  who has a ‘strong understanding of the major issues’ and Ruth Graham  who is ‘vastly experienced and a tough negotiator in the motor insurance sector’. The ‘very thorough’ Stuart Furniss  and the ‘outstandingly hard worker’ David Spencer  are recommended along with the ‘cerebral’ Andrew Kerr . Nicholas Thorne  ‘combines intellect with common sense and gets great results for his clients especially on complex matters’. Liverpool-based consultant David Evans  is praised for his ‘extremely in-depth knowledge and his very good client care skills’. Also in Liverpool Joanne Francis  manages the casualty team. Key clients include Allianz, Zurich Insurance, Sainsburys and QBE.

Clyde & Co LLP  is ‘reliable and provides sound legal advice in a timely way’. David Wynn  concentrates on resolving asbestos related, carcinogenic and chemical poisoning claims for composite insurers and multinational companies and also handles complex multi-track employers’ and public liability claims. Chris Murray is praised for his ‘very effective strategy in high-value claims’ and the ‘very fair’ Peter Whitehead ‘always extracts the best outcome for his insurer clients’.  James Dadge leads the claims validation offering for third party motor, employers' and public liability. The group is vastly experienced at handling the full range of catastrophic injury claims with a particular specialism in cases involving brain injury, spinal cord damage and amputations. It acted for the defendant in a case where the claimant claimed to have sustained a cauda equina injury at the defendant’s premises. Liability was disputed as the defendant argued that the accident did not happen as alleged or at all. Ultimately the claimant was ordered to pay the defendant’s costs. Other key clients include AIG.

DWF  provides ‘very commercial, pragmatic and reliable advice to its insurance clients. It is a well organised firm with high calibre fee earners’ under the leadership of Paul Berry. Ian Slater is an ‘opponent who really knows what he is doing; he adopts a collaborative approach to litigation which benefits all parties’. Jamie Taylor  is a counter fraud director at the firm and leads the Manchester based fraud team and a niche team of telematics specialists. Highlights included acting in a case where a claimant tripped and fell on an allegedly defective staircase at a public house sustaining a severe brain injury. The claim was successfully defended at trial. Active clients include Groupama, QBE, Markerstudy Group and Aviva. Philip D’Netto  joined Plexus Law

Kennedys  fields a ‘very thorough team that is robust but fair and is always looking for the right outcome for its clients’. Key individuals include the ‘client-focused, pragmatic’ Richard McKeown and the ‘strategic’ Christopher Oldfield  who ‘never loses sight of the bigger picture and has a calm and reassuring manner with his clients’. Oldfield has wide-ranging experience of handling EL/PL claims for insurer and corporate clients with a particular emphasis on construction, leisure and sporting bodies. Martin Stockdale  who heads the cross-sector fraud offering is also recommended for his skill on ‘large-scale matters’. At a more junior level ‘strong’ senior associate Scott Nightingale, who joined the team from Keoghs LLP, has a ‘good eye for detail’ and the ‘technically gifted’ solicitor Ian Ford is ‘very methodical on every point’. It has an impressive roster of clients including Hilton Hotels, JD Wetherspoon, Martson’s, British Cycling, UK Athletics as well as Merseyrail.

DAC Beachcroft LLP  is a ‘major player’. Its team provides ‘clear and comprehensive advice’. The group continues to flourish and acts for many of the leading UK insurers with key specialisms in the defence of disease claims (especially deafness claims). It also handles a significant volume of motor claims at all levels regularly acting for both large composite insurers and mono-line motor specialists.  Iain Moore handles the full range of substantial employers, product and general liability claims. Craig Godding  heads a solid motor injury team and has vast experience of dealing with complex road traffic, employers' liability and public liability claims. Corrine Sinker is recommended for her work on accident and asbestos-related claims.

At Forbes Solicitors  ‘clients receive real personal attention from people who know their stuff. The team is hardworking and knowledgeable and is very comfortable with high-value claims’. Praised for its ‘nonsense and cost effective approach’ the team defends all types of claims but has predominantly acted in the public sector and retail arenas. It is renowned for its considerable expertise in historic sex abuse/grooming cases. Andrew Ellis has a ‘calm and patient manner and makes himself very available and approachable’. Kella Bowers  is ‘vastly experienced in social services and abuse claims and has developed an unrivalled expertise in this area’. Lucy Harris  also has a ‘wealth of experience in this area and is able to identify the relevant issues to minimise the client’s exposure’. Elizabeth Bower  pays ‘very keen attention to detail and relates very well to her clients’ andSiobhan Hardy is ‘highly motivated’. Other key members of the ‘extremely strong’ team include the ‘technically very competent’ Chris Booth  who ‘works very collaboratively with clients to achieve a positive outcome for them’, the ‘excellent’ Paul Geldard  and the ‘passionate and solid all-rounder’ Ridwaan Omar  .

Keoghs LLP   is a ‘strong firm with a good breath of expertise in serious injury work’. The practice was further strengthened by the recruitment of a ten-partner team from Hill Dickinson LLP  and Mike Suddards, who joined from DWF . Ben Leech  was made partner. The large team now has some of the ‘best talent around’. The ‘vastly experienced’ Andrew Underwood   garners considerable praise for his ‘pragmatic approach to resolving cases quickly and efficiently. He is prepared to engage with claimant lawyers and to conduct cases in a collaborative way’. Alistair Gillespie  is recommended for his work on ‘large scale sexual abuse cases’ and Damian Ward  is ‘completely focused on getting the ‘right outcome by looking for creative solutions and is an effective negotiator’. The ‘highly experienced’ group acts for nine of the top ten UK general insurers and also acts for a range of self-insured clients, commercial companies and public sector organisations. Active clients include Hastings Direct, esure and new client MS Amlin.

Weightmans LLP   has a ‘vastly knowledgeable team’. David Holt heads the large loss and technical claims practice and is the client partner for the Motor Insurer’s Bureau. Peter Wake is an ‘excellent communicator and an effective negotiator who gives clear and comprehensive advice’. Wake has considerable experience of defending abuse claims against schools, local authorities and other organisations. Roddy MacLeod  deals with employers’ and public liability claims and has particular expertise in workplace stress claims. Jim Bryant  is recommended for his work in occupational disease claims including asbestos-related diseases, asthma, HAVS and stress cases. The large team has a number of areas of expertise including handling claims in child sexual exploitation/abuse cases. It works for 16 of the top 20 insurers and numerous FTSE 100 companies, public limited companies as well as large private and public organisations. Active clients include Zurich, AIG and Markel.

Plexus Law is a ‘very strong defence firm that is proactive in its approach to matters. The team delivers what it says it will and is transparent in its operations’. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Andrew Steel is ‘very easy to communicate with and has an assured communication style, making it easy for clients to make swift decisions about the next steps in a claim’. Tim Short  specialises in high-value motor claims involving brain injury, spinal injury and multi-party actions as well as dealing with large-scale fraud rings. The practice was joined by Daniel Clegg  and the ‘very bright’ Philip D’Netto, both from DWF. Gary Petterson was made partner. The team is skilled at handling complex personal injury claims in numerous industry sectors such as construction, retail and financial services in addition to its experience in multi-jurisdictional litigation. It counts several household names as clients including Tesco, Swiss Re and Balfour Beatty.

Horwich Cohen Coghlan  ‘does a lot of good work and takes a detailed approach to each case’. Mark Woodall heads the personal injury department and is a ‘phenomenally productive lawyer; his technical acumen is second to none’. Woodall deals with complex and high-value claims arising out of road traffic collisions, employer’s liability, public liability and clinical negligence. He has particular expertise in dealing with claims with foreign jurisdiction issues - this includes defending claims on behalf of foreign insurers under the European Communities (Rights Against Insurers) Regulations.


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BLM  is ‘undoubtedly one of the pre-eminent firms in the North-West in professional negligence work. The well-structured team has good industry knowledge in claims handling and defendant litigious work for insurers'. Standout individuals include Ben Parks  and Jason Nash: Parks is ‘calm and measured but his calmness masks a steely resolve'; Nash is ‘as tenacious as he is sagacious - he has a nose for a weak case and will hunt it down mercilessly’. Nash, an accredited mediator, acts for a range of professionals on regulatory and disciplinary matters and sits on the Regulatory Affairs Board of the Law Society. Parks frequently defends high value claims brought against solicitors, surveyors, brokers, IFAs and construction professionals. The ‘excellent’ team is currently defending a solicitor client in a matter under appeal. The claimant paid £1.03m for the purchase of a residential property. Following completion it came to light that the purported vendor was a fraudster impersonating the true vendor. By the time the fraud came to light the purchase money had dissipated. The matter will have serious ramifications on the extent of a solicitor’s liability where they are innocently caught up in a fraud. Key clients include Hiscox and Inter Hannover.

Clyde & Co LLP   regularly acts for defendants and their insurers in claims of the highest value and complexity. Louisa Robbins  is ‘very technically strong with a sound grasp of the detail of her cases and an encyclopaedic understanding of the law. Her analytical skills are very impressive’. James Preece  is a ‘consummate professional liability lawyer who is held in the highest regard throughout the PI insurance market. He is a shrewd tactician and a very skilled litigator’. Preece and Robbins are ‘titans of the professional negligence world nationwide’. At senior associate level Anne-Marie Morgan-Barrett  is a ‘rising star at the firm who is developing a very good reputation for important claims and coverage advice’. The team is defending an international firm of solicitors and Libra Managers in a professional negligence claim under the Consumer Credit Act. The ‘incredibly efficient, commercial and approachable’ team is praised for its ‘succinct and always sensible advice’.

Kennedys   has a ‘strong and well-established team that has an excellent reputation both regionally and nationally’. Key individuals include the ‘approachable’ Claire Bushen who provides ‘proactive yet succinct advice’ and the ‘commercial’ Jeremy Riley, who is described as ‘one of the most highly experienced professional liability lawyers in the UK’. Tom Pelham  is also ‘highly regarded’. The ‘commercial and knowledgeable’ Hannah Williams  joined from Hill Dickinson LLP . Thomas Handley  is ‘very impressive, very hardworking and has carved out quite a niche in the field of architects’. Both are senior associates. The ‘very responsive’ team is also active in defending claims relating to directors and officers insurance with an enviable client base including most of the market’s leading insurers. It also has extensive links with both the Northern and London based broking and underwriting community.

Legal Risk LLP  is a niche firm that provides an ‘excellent service with extremely fast response times; the team’s industry knowledge is extremely wide and this it applies in a practical way’. Team head Frank Maher is an ‘outstanding lawyer who always goes the extra mile for his clients’. Maher’s claims experience also spans fraud issues in the UK and elsewhere. The ‘brilliant’ Sue Mawdsley and Francis Dingwall are able to provide ‘easily understandable advice and practical solutions at short notice ‘. The team advises law firms and their insurers and regulators on professional liability and professional disciplinary issues. It is also adept at handling coverage issues that arise during mergers, acquisitions and the closure of law firms.

Weightmans LLP  has a number of ‘excellent’ partners such as Mike Grant , Mickaela Fox , Patrick Gaul  and James Holman . The team that has a ‘major presence in the area’ regularly deals with complex claims on behalf of blue chip law firms and novel claims against senior barristers. It has been busy defending a number of claims against arbitrators and on complex construction professional negligence claims. Key clients include Liberty, Libra, Bar Mutual Indemnity Insurance and Barbican. Highlights included acting for an arbitrator in the defence of an application to remove her from office pursuant to s24 of the Arbitration Act. This was an unusual case as these applications are rarely heard. The claimant unsuccessfully applied to remove the arbitrator citing partiality, inexperience and procedural irregularity. The firm’s client was eventually awarded costs. In another matter involving complex engineering points, the team is currently defending a firm of structural engineers that was engaged in the design of a state-of-the-art and high value ‘eco home’.

Mark Molyneux heads the team at Addleshaw Goddard, which handles a considerable amount of lender professional negligence work and sits on the panel of a number of major banks and building societies. Ben Lowans frequently acts for lenders in their most complex and high value disputes typically against solicitors who had assisted on real estate finance. Consultant John Gosling  is another key member of the team and has considerable experience advising on significant professional negligence claims for banks as well as experience in several non-lender claims. Managing associate Matthew O’Neil   regularly advises financial services clients on claims against valuers, surveyors, brokers and solicitors.

At DAC Beachcroft LLP head of department Ian McConkey has considerable expertise in professional negligence claims against solicitors, brokers, valuers, construction professionals as well as directors, officers and emerging professionals. Martin Paxton  is a ‘very effective lawyer who is great with clients and at managing opponents’. Harald Loeffler is a known name for his work in the defence of complex IT, IP and contractual disputes on behalf of insurers. The group is frequently instructed on the most complex, multi-party, high-profile and high-value claims especially against solicitors, insurance brokers and design and construct contractors. It has a number of excellent clients such as Travelers Insurance, AmTrust, Markel and Allied World Assurance Company.

Headed by Andrew MacLeod and Paul Dally, the team at DWF holds panel appointments for some of the UK’s largest general insurers and syndicates. MacLeod defends in contentious claims against construction professionals and insurance brokers – he also routinely advises on construction-related appointment agreements. Dally has vast experience on a broad range of claims against all professions and miscellaneous ‘new’ professions. Mark Jenkyn-Jones  is an ‘experienced and highly skilled litigator who makes even the most complicated of claims look easy’. Senior associate Chris Burns has a ‘natural ability to deal with the most complex of matters in the most sensible of ways’. Key clients include RSA Insurance Group, Towergate AIUA, Novae Syndicates and Ecclesiastical Insurance. The team has specialist knowledge of highly technical insurance matters particularly relating to policy coverage advice on new and bespoke risks such as drones, cyber insurance and data breaches.

FS Legal  is a ‘leading firm in this geographical area for professional negligence relating to financial advice' The team has notable expertise in conducting proceedings on behalf of high-net-worth individuals and undertakings who have suffered losses arising out of negligent advice in connection with tax avoidance schemes. The ‘immensely experienced and thoroughly professional’ Kit Sorrell  is a ‘great tactician who knows how to plot the outcome of a case from the very outset’. Julia Norris ‘can command a lot of detail very quickly. She is extremely hardworking, very bright and unfazed by anything that is required of her. Together they make an ‘excellent and completely client-focused team. They can attract work that one would ordinarily expect to see large firms litigate on. They are fearless and innovative litigators who really seem to go that extra mile for their clients’. The claimant-focused professional negligence firm also has ‘high-quality assistants and junior staff who all provide creative and insightful advice’.

Keoghs LLP  ‘offers excellent value for money and now punches well above its weight’. In a major development four partners moved from Hill Dickinson LLP  to the firm along with two legal directors. Ruth Lawrence  is a ‘force to be reckoned with - she is widely experienced and a highly skilled negotiator’. Jonathan Anslow  is a ‘thoroughly reliable pair of hands and fights hard to produce the best possible outcome for his clients’. Christopher Stanton is a ‘first-class lawyer who has great knowledge about everything that he does’ and Sarah Naylor  is ‘especially excellent’ for her work in professional indemnity claims, coverage disputes, product liability claims as well as drafting and advising on policy wordings. Legal director Tony Wilson  is a ‘veteran litigator who is one of the best in the business for veterinary surgeons’.

Mills & Reeve LLP  ’s ‘extremely responsive' team 'is able to provide pragmatic solutions' and 'leaves clients with the impression that it knows its onions’. Niall Innes  ‘inspires confidence; he can spot a good point a mile off and has an extraordinary ability to distil a complex case to its core elements. He then produces a very swift and instinctive answer on how best to achieve the client’s strategic goals’. Also recommended are Ben Hardiman, who has a ‘real can-do attitude', and principal associate Liam Burnett, who has 'a razor-sharp mind and is an incisive litigator who is particularly skilled at spotting his opponent’s weak points’. It is renowned for handling claims made against legal professionals (solicitors, barristers and licensed conveyancers) and has been instructed to defend a number of high profile and multi-million pound claims recently. Clients include XL Catlin, Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund and Travelers.

Pannone Corporate LLP   ‘is a formidable force. The team is particularly able to handle financial and tax information well in professional negligence cases’. Paul Jonson  deals with matters with a ‘calm assurance and pragmatism’. Martin Pennington  ‘is one of the most thorough solicitors you could meet’ and Nicola Marchant  has particular expertise in professional negligence in trust and probate matters as well as in partnership disputes. David Brown is also recommended. It is primarily a claimant practice that acts against a wide range of professionals such as tax professionals, architects and solicitors.

Gorvins Solicitors  regularly handles a range of complex professional negligence and liability matters for clients against solicitors, barristers, surveyors, valuers, architects, accountants and insurance brokers. Mark Deverell is the practice head.

Shoosmiths LLP  has a ‘highly energetic and enormously competent team that punches well above its weight'. Adam Draper  has a particular emphasis on solicitor negligence and investment advice. Senior associate Richard Marshall  has ‘huge resources of energy and is always prepared to go the extra mile for the client. He considers all possible angles before working out the best strategy for his clients’. Marshall is particularly known for his professional negligence work in defective product designs. Highlights included receiving instructions from Deltic Group (a large UK nightclub operator) to pursue a £1m professional negligence claim against its former insurance brokers. In another significant matter the team secured a successful outcome for its client in a product liability dispute where a small business faced a substantial loss relating to a possible design defect for luxury carpets that it had supplied to a wealthy customer.


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