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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.

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