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Value Reimagined: part of the Legal Reimagined Series

Our Manchester Legal Reimagined event will focus on the value proposition for the in-house function, but with a greater focus on reimagining how teams manage both the strategic risk challenge and effective outsourcing solutions.

Legal Reimagined goes beyond the ‘talk shop’, focussing on outcome-based and solution-orientated discussion. Conversation will be led by our Advisory Group of North West based general counsel and supported by insights from KPMG partners Nick Roome, Ed Bartlett and Paul Kelly. We welcome guest contributors on risk (Annabel Reoch) and value in the supply chain (Nicola Brooks).

Be part of it: peer-to-peer experience, knowledge-sharing and insights to transform ideas into solutions and action.

12 September 2019 | One St Peters Square, Manchester


Scott Rees & Co

Scott Rees and Co solicitors are celebrating 25 years of offering our services to victims of personal injury. Founded in 1992, the firm has continuously grown and gone from strength to strength. We are well regarded within the profession because of our dynamic approach to the way the industry has evolved, our commitment providing a diverse service that accommodates to a wide range of different clients, our innovation with both the processes we follow an the people we look to inspire and for being energetic with our approach to every aspect of our business.

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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 plc; 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 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’.

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