Addies Solicitors‘ Blackpool-based medical negligence team focuses on dealing with complex birth injury cases for families. Diane Rostron, also a court of protection deputy, heads the practice and has considerable experience in catastrophic birth injury and cerebral palsy claims.
Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant in North West
‘This team is small and extremely close-knit. All members of the team know all of the cases inside out and the depth of expertise in terms of medicine, law, practicalities and tactical thinking is unmatched elsewhere.’
‘There is no better cerebral palsy specialist than Diane Rostron.’
‘A small dedicated team that provides a personal touch for their clients and a collective professional approach from instructed experts who are respectful of one another’s opinions.’
‘Diane Rostron leaves no stone unturned in pursuit of justice for clients, many of who have not made progress with previous law firms.’
‘Diane and her team are a life line to those in the most unimaginable pain.’
‘Diane is an inspirational woman. She does not stop.’
‘Diane Rostron is a very experienced and knowledgable partner. She will go above and beyond for the client. Her collaborative working with relevant experts is exceptional.’
‘I am extremely impressed with the way Diane Rostron and her team work, it is refreshing to see a team working in such tandem and professionalism. Addies are very much for the clients and for their needs.’
- Represented the family at the inquest of Ella Rose Clover who died in January 2018 following several months of child abuse.
- Secured a settlement for £13m for a baby who as a result of the hospital’s negligence has severe dyskinetic cerebral palsy.
- Settled out of court for £8m for a baby that suffered oxygen deprivation just before, during and immediately after her birth and has dyskinetic quadriplegic cerebral palsy as a result.
Bond Turner‘s personal injury team specialises in brain injury cases. Tony Oliver leads the Liverpool office, while Hamida Khatun heads the Bolton branch, acting across a wide variety of serious injury claims. Chantal Rabbetts is a key member of the team, handling high-value complex cases.
Tony Oliver; Hamida Khatun
Other key lawyers:
‘Chantal Rabbetts has been my main contact in the team. Made me feel like I was the only client, supportive, intuitive and caring, confident in her hands.’
‘Chantal Rabbetts has been totally supportive, caring and helpful in the whole process.’
‘Bond Turner take on, and win, difficult cases that other firms would not take on. Their approach means that they understand the importance of social justice and helps the “small man” take on the giants.’
‘Tony Oliver plays litigation like a game of chess and is always two moves ahead of his opponents. He secures settlements for his clients that others simply couldn’t.’
Butcher & Barlow LLP operates across the North West, principally based at the firm’s Bury, Leigh, Sandbach, Runcorn and Northwich offices. The clinical negligence practice handles an array of matters for clients, including dental, cerebral palsy, brain injury and other birth trauma claims. Anthony Higham heads the team from the Bury office, dealing with severe brain injury claims. On the personal injury side, the team acts on road traffic accident, employer’s liability, public liability, multi-party disputes and industrial disease claims. In addition to playing a key role in the clinical negligence department, Greg Porter leads the personal injury practice.
Other key lawyers:
‘Gregory Porter has a very good manner with clients; putting them at their ease and explaining the issues in their case succinctly.’
‘Gregory Porter is fantastic to work with, it’s clear he wants the very best for his clients and is diligent in working to achieve it.’
‘Gregory Porter is extremely thorough and takes care and time over the analysis of cases. He is very approachable and has a relaxed manner with clients putting them at ease.’
‘Anthony Higham is very proactive and has excellent relationships with client’s and experts alike.’
‘The team is headed by the managing partner, Anthony Higham, who has thirty plus years dealing with serious injury and clinical negligence cases at the highest level. He is efficient, deals with clients very ably and is a robust, but realistic negotiator.’
‘Gregory Porter’s professionalism and knowledge was second to none. He guided me thoroughly throughout the whole process and made me feel at ease. Greg was able to utilise his expertise to ensure that I got the best result possible.’
‘Anthony Higham in particular has persevered for years on our complex case and deserves extra credit.’
- Acted in complex, high-value claim for a young, working age client, involving the instruction of experts in multiple different fields, the quantification of a very significant special damages claim and provision for interim payments and treatment during the course of the claim.
- Acted in a complex high-value road traffic accident claim involving significant issues of medical causation and multiple expert reports from experts in numerous fields.
- Representing a minor in a high-value claim against East Lancashire NHS Trust following severe brain injury at childbirth which resulted in the claimant developing quadriplegic cerebral palsy. Achieved a settlement in excess of £5m.
CFG Law, a boutique serious and catastrophic injury firm, handles personal injury claims worth over £25,000. Matthew Evans heads the Manchester office, focusing on brain injuries as well as fatal road and workplace incidents. Vicky Whitney leads the Cheadle office alongside Emily Kalwak . Katie Pendower joined from Fletchers Solicitors and has considerable experience dealing with motorbike accidents. Senior associate Emma Jones handles traumatic brain injury claims, while fellow senior associate Michelle Cresswell is recommended for her work on occupiers liability, road traffic accidents and accidents at work claims. Senior associate Ashwini Kamath is another name to note. Former practice head Polly Herbert departed the firm in 2022.
Vicky Whitney; Emily Kalwak; Matthew Evans
Other key lawyers:
Emma Jones; Michelle Cresswell; Ashwini Kamath
‘Ashwini Kamath and Michelle Cresswell are both very caring and attentive to your needs, they listen and guide you through the process.’
‘Ashwini Kamath and Michelle Cresswell have been approachable and very caring and attention to detail is superb.’
‘If anyone were to ask me who to turn to regarding claiming for damages I would say, without a doubt, Matthew Evans at CFG Law.’
‘I have been very impressed by Vicky Whitney. She has a clarity of expression both in her communications with me and with our injured family member.’
‘The team I have worked with, led by Emily Kalwak, has been extremely caring and supportive, often going above and beyond what is expected.’
- Secured in excess of £8m for a spinal cord injured client in a claim against the Motor Insurers’ Bureau.
- Secured compensation of over £3.5m for client who sustained a traumatic brain injury in a pedestrian road traffic collision.
- Secured over £2.6m settlement for client who sustained a traumatic brain injury and extensive orthopaedic injuries in a cycling road traffic collision.
Clear Law LLP
Clear Law LLP’s personal injury practice is entirely claimant-focused, covering road traffic accidents, employers and public liability, serious injury and industrial disease claims. Matthew Corbett heads the Manchester team. Litigation manager Andrew Kwan oversees all of the firm’s personal injury departments. Hannah Bardsley leads the fast traffic road traffic accidents team and Iain Murray manages the employers liability and public liability unit. Daniel Lee leads the clinical negligence and serious injury practice, focusing on brain injury cases. Alex Bruce joined the firm from Mercury Legal in April 2021 and heads up the industrial disease group.
Matthew Corbett; Andrew Kwan;; Hannah Bardsley; Iain Murray; Daniel Lee; Alex Bruce
‘The most impressive aspect of the team is their ability to see the bigger picture in complex clinical negligence cases.’
‘Alex Bruce who was handling my case was extremely good at keeping me informed at every stage of the process of my claim and gave me excellent guidance throughout.’
‘Clear Law is a cut above the rest. I have had dealings with several law firms over the years and I found that Clear Law were knowledgeable, friendly and had all the answers.’
Daniel Lee (APIL Clin Neg Panel)
Headway Corporate Member
Daniel Lee (Headway Panel)
Brain Injury Group
- Litigated to a strong settlement for an industrial disease client where the defendant had put up a staunch defense through litigation.
- Secured a significant settlement on behalf of the estate of our client who had been left without a husband and parent following the delayed diagnosis of cancer.
- Handled the claim of a client who sustained significant injuries because of the actions of a reckless driver.
Express Solicitors Ltd
Express Solicitors Ltd handles complex clinical negligence claims for a range of clients. Practice head Carol Brooks-Johnson joined the firm in 2021, while Ben Gent and Anna Hansen departed in May 2021. On the personal injury front, the team deals with catastrophic and serious injury cases, including road traffic accidents, employers liability and occupiers liability claims. Daniel Slade heads the public liability team, focusing on brain injuries as well as cases involving amputation, pain syndromes and fatal accidents. Kimberley Kirby leads the road traffic accident claims department, while Richard Lowery is head of the firm’s employer’s liability unit.
Carol Brooks-Johnson; Daniel Slade; Richard Lowery; Kimberley Kirkby
‘The team is very approachable and “human”- they take care to get the best possible result for their clients. This is what sets it apart from other firms- it’s not just a claims factory.’
‘Carol Brooks-Johnson is a very good solicitor and dealt with a very tricky accident case expertly well.’
Mr Keith Hatcher
Mr Sharaz Sarfraz
Mr Ross Boyd
- Helped a young single mother of 6 children make a claim for clinical negligence leaving her in continual pain, significantly disabled and requiring a below knee amputation of her right leg.
Farleys Solicitors LLP‘s personal injury department has considerable experience acting for victims of abuse as as well as handling claims involving the human rights act, fatal accidents and local authorities. Jonathan Bridge leads the well-renowned specialist abuse and inquests team from the Manchester office, dealing with cases against social services, historic abuse matters and claims to the CICA following abuse. Michael Corrigan and Nick Molyneux co-head the personal injury department from the Blackburn and Accrington bases, respectively. Kelly Darlington specialises in high-profile inquests.
Jonathan Bridge; Michael Corrigan; Nick Molyneux
Other key lawyers:
‘The team at Farleys is very friendly and professional, and without knowing the full extent of the claim the secretaries have a good knowledge of the cases the solicitors are dealing with which helps when you can’t specifically speak with your solicitor urgently.’
‘Jonathan Bridge is truly an exemplary member of the legal profession, he has a clear understanding of his field and can convey such with ease and care, as it’s a highly sensitive area of expertise.’
‘Jonathan Bridge is is a conscientious, highly skilled and knowledgeable solicitor who works hard for the needs of his clients.’
‘There are not enough positive words to describe how fantastic Johnathan Bridge is.’
‘Jonathan Bridge is excellent.’
‘Farleys has one of the strongest teams representing survivors of child sexual abuse and neglect.’
‘Kelly Darlington provides powerful and fearless representation of families.’
Fieldfisher handles high-value and complex medical negligence claims. Jenny Urwin leads the practice, offering expertise in wrongful birth, brain injury, cerebral palsy, amputation and loss of visions cases. Claire Horton advises on claims related to the delayed diagnosis of brain tumours, compartment syndrome and birth injuries. Lindsay Holt handles child cerebral palsy matters, while Julia Hamilton advises on paediatric and adult acquired brain injury issues. On the personal injury side, practice head Bridget Collier handles industrial disease claims, with extensive experience in asbestos and mesothelioma cases. Keith Cundall joined from Irwin Mitchell in January 2022 and leads the serious injury department.
Bridget Collier; Keith Cundall; Jenny Urwin
Other key lawyers:
Claire Horton; Lindsay Holt; Julia Hamilton
‘Jenny Urwin is one of the best solicitors anyone could ever wished for she’s very determined and passionate about her work and very caring for her clients.’
‘We have been supported by Claire Horton over a number of years. I can’t imagine having gone through the litigation process without her. She has always operated with 100% integrity, honesty, and good humour.’
‘From start to finish the service was exemplary and the expertise and guidance second to none.’
‘Bridget Collier was our contact at Fieldfisher and offered high-quality, specialist advice throughout the case. Her professionalism, and attention to detail were exceptional which put us at ease during a difficult time.’
‘Claire Horton is a fierce advocate for her clients. She will pursue every last point, has a keen understanding of the law, and an absolute commitment to her clients.’
‘Lindsay Holt has strong client care skills and empathy for their predicament. She fights hard to obtain a positive result and is conscientious and diligent.’
‘Jenny Urwin is very experienced and with peerless expertise in wrongful birth litigation. She works exceptionally hard for her clients. Someone I would completely trust with my own case.’
‘Julia Hamilton is exceptionally good at handling sensitive and difficult cases. She is excellent with clients, gains their confidence at an early stage and retains that throughout. She fights hard for her clients and is incredibly thorough.’
- Settled a mesothelioma claim even after coroner declared there was no industrial disease.
Fletchers Solicitors advises clients on medical negligence and serious injury claims. Peter Rigby co-heads the clinical negligence team alongside Alison Flaherty, Bob Coupland, Christian Beadell and Tim Moulton. Kate Lozynska focuses on amputation claims. On the personal injury front, Jennifer Nolan leads the team, handling cases of maximum severity. Chief legal officer Adrian Denson is recognised for his work on spinal injury claims. Caroline Morris works exclusively with clients who have suffered catastrophic, life changing injury in RTAs, accidents at work and occupier’s liability cases. Julia Eyton is another key member of the team, with expertise in catastrophic spinal, brain amputation, brachial plexus, fibromyalgia and fatal accidents.
Jennifer Nolan; Peter Rigby; Alison Flaherty; Bob Coupland; Christian Beadell; Tim Moulton
Other key lawyers:
Caroline Morris; Julie Eylton; Rakhi Chauhan; Gerard Horton; Iain Dodd; Charlotte Mackulin; Adrian Denson; Kate Lozynska
‘The firm brings unfailing practicality and a no-nonsense approach to serious injury litigation via a series of well-organised teams.’
‘Iain Dodd is excellent. He combines a meticulous attention to detail with strong client skills.’
‘The team at Fletchers combines genuine empathy and care to the client at all times with a thorough approach to legal analysis coupled with commercial awareness and real expertise in catastrophic injury litigation.’
‘Julia Eyton is an outstanding fee earner who has tremendous experience in representing catastrophically injured clients. She instils confidence in every client by her irrepressible determination to get the best result coupled with real empathy for each client.’
‘Gerard Horton offers demonstrable expertise in handling high-value claimant personal injury cases.’
‘Iain Dodd is truly exceptional.’
‘Rakhi Chauhan handled my case and it couldn’t have been dealt with any better.’
BXA and BXB v Adams
Sullivan v Hoque
CMA by LWA v Vella v RSA
Costello v Greenfield
AB v X (A Company) 2021
X v A Company 2020
An adult dependant under the Fatal Accident Act
Allum (A Protected Party) v Crouch
SCV (through his litigation friend) v Postolink (2022)
Kyraciou v Finch (2021) 1 WLUK 359
- Acted against Highways England when the Claimant lost control on ice on a motorway leading to a 5-year complex dispute that resulted in settlement 3 weeks before liability trial resulting in a 6 figure settlement for the claimant.
- Acted for a claimant who had suffered a below knee amputation following a motorcycle collision, securing full establishment of primary liability of the defendant in spite of the defendant’s allegations that the claimant was speeding, overtaking adjacent to a junction and under the influence of drugs.
Gorvins Solicitors specialises in military, serious sports and spinal cord injuries from its Stockport base. The practice also handles cases involving traumatic brain injuries and chronic pain. Stuart Biddle leads the personal injury team, focusing on brain and back injuries as well as pain disorders. Gary Boyd is head of the military and serious sports injuries claims team, recognised for his expertise in this niche as well as other life changing injury claims, particularly spinal cord and brain injuries and amputations.
Stuart Biddle; Gary Boyd
‘Gary Boyd is is known and well respected for his deep knowledge and understanding of military cases (in particular the complex area of financial loss of military pensions and opportunities if/when personnel are medically discharged from service as a result of an injury).’
‘Gary Boyd is a national level military specialist. He has expertise beyond almost any of the other firms professing to practice in military work.’
‘Gary Boyd has more experience than any other military claims solicitor, he’s not afraid to fight difficult claims (including to the Court of Appeal), he knows military claims inside out with a really detailed knowledge of military protocols and practises, and he’s fabulous with clients.’
‘Very well led by Gary Boyd who has great expertise in military-related claims and in spinal cord injury. Great insight and terrific with clients.’
‘Gary Boyd is the best man for the job with the wealth of his experience and sound knowledge. He carried me along all the processes till the end.’
‘Gard Boyd is a very calm thoughtful presence in a case and drives complex litigation forward. His strengths include working with very vulnerable military veterans as well as dealing with complex medical issues.’
‘My main contact was with Stuart Biddle, I found him to be compassionate, understanding, supportive and professional.’
‘Stuart Biddle is am absolute star. He has an ability to boost the prospects of success on a claim with his “outside of the box thinking”.’
Mr Peter Robinson
Mr Michael Waterman
Ms Alison Turner
- Secured full admission and an award of £380,000.00 in a claim against the MOD on behalf a soldier who was subjected to prolonged extreme cold exposure, causing him to sustain bilateral non-freezing cold injuries in his hands and feet, leading to permanent debilitating symptoms and medical discharge, causing psychological sequelae.
- Secured full admission and an award of £297,500.00 in a claim against the MOD on behalf a soldier.
- Secured a settlement in case where client fell from patently unsafe ‘steps’ facilitating access to a mezzanine sleeping area in an apartment rented from a long-term tenant, resulting in many serious injuries.
Horwich Cohen Coghlan Solicitors
Horwich Cohen Coghlan’s major trauma and serious injury team advises clients on spinal and brain injuries as well as traffic and workplace accidents. The practice also acts for clients in inquests and major public enquiries. Mike Molloy and Philippa Simpson are the key senior contacts, with the former recognised for his work on claims involving catastrophic and life-changing injuries. Martin James offers expertise in serious injury litigation, while Victoria Higgins joined the firm from Slater and Gordon in November 2021.
Mike Molloy; Phillipa Simpson
Other key lawyers:
Martin James; Victoria Higgins
‘Philippa Simpson has a breadth of experience. She is calm in the face of adversity, sensible and pragmatic, but not afraid of a fight if required.’
‘Martin James is a stand-out partner who is thoughtful with serious legal knowledge and great commercial sense.’
‘Philippa Simpson has great client focus. She is not afraid of difficult conversations, but approaches these in a sensitive way. She is great in relation to difficult high-value work relating to chronic pain or fibromyalgia cases.’
‘I mainly work with Mike Molloy. They work well together as a team. They are very knowledgeable in respect of serious injury matters and have tackled some complex litigation issues in a calm and professional manner.’
‘I work closely with Mike Molloy. He is very knowledgeable in his field, is always prepared and is readily able to tackle any question put to him. I particularly like that he carefully considers matters and is decisive in his responses.’
‘Mike Molloy is patient and sensitive with family members whilst ensuring they understand the process and/or challenges within a legal case. Mike is supportive of the wider rehab team acknowledging their input as complimentary to his.’
‘Philippa Simpson is very approachable and efficient, strong and an effective negotiator.’
‘Philippa Simpson was an outstanding support to me and my family and went above and beyond, what I would have originally expected from a legal representative. From the outset, she showed genuine care of my case and compassion to me as an individual, constantly checking in with me and keeping me up to date.’
Irwin Mitchell’s clinical negligence team, led by Kristofer Inskip, specialises in dental negligence claims and supporting members of HM Forces where poor medical care has been received. Lindsay Wise is recommended for handling matters involving serious brain and spinal injuries, while Jennifer Cawthorne and senior associate Dina Lambourne offer expertise in birth injury claims. Senior associate Margaret Ryan handles an array of matters, including cases involving delayed meningitis treatment. Catherine Leech is another key member of the team. On the personal injury side, Jonathan Betts’ team acts for clients with serious brain and spinal injuries and asbestos-related diseases. The practice also deals with claims for military personnel under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, with Amanda Marsh recognised for her expertise in this niche. Deirdre Healy handles severe brain, spinal, amputation and other complex injuries. Matthew Brown and senior associate Richard Biggs are other key team members, specialising in brain and spinal cord injuries. Matthew Garson is recommended for his work on child claims.
Kristofer Inskip; Jonathan Betts
Other key lawyers:
Lindsay Wise; Jennifer Cawthorne; Dina Lambourne; Margaret Ryan; Amanda Marsh; Deirdre Healy; Catherine Leech; Matthew Brown; Richard Biggs; Kevin Saul; Matthew Garson
‘Matt Brown really stands out from the crowd, with his deep legal knowledge, particularly sympathetic and understanding manner with seriously injured clients, and his willingness to fight very very hard for the best result.’
‘Deirdre Healy stands out as being extremely knowledgeable and professional, always striving to seek the best for her clients. Deirdre has provided excellent training to my team and is always happy to advise and share her skillset.’
‘Richard Biggs is a fantastic member of the team, he is always reliable, skilled and approachable.’
‘Kris Inskip is a stand-out performer. He mixes strong intellect with a calm persona and now has the experience to take on all types of case. He has settled numerous high-value birth injury cases this year.’
‘Dina Lambourne has a medical background which is very helpful in the complex cases she handles and spots lines of enquiry which would not be obvious to many others.’
‘Catherine Leech is probably the best spinal injury solicitor in the country.’
‘Margaret Ryan has “human touch” with a well pitched sense of humour whilst always retaining professionalism. She is extremely understanding of the different pressures faced by clients, is always accessible, honest, thorough and responsive.’
‘Amanda Marsh is skilled tactician with an encyclopedic knowledge of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. Amanda delivers outstanding and life changing results.’
JEJ (A Protected Party) v Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
JC (Executrix of NC deceased) v MOD
LP as Executrix of CMC deceased v Salford Royal Hospital NHSFT
Stichting Victmes des Dechets Toxiques Côte d’Ivoire
Daniel Colley v MIB and Secretary of State for Transport
Billy “Sunshine” Stephens
WALKER v Smith
- Acted on claim relating to a failure to restart anticoagulants following gynaecology surgery in late 2018.
- Advised on negligence claim relating to delay in diagnosis and treatment of individuals melanoma prior to his death.
- Advised on clinical negligence claim relating to surgery to remove a brain tumour in February 2015.
JMW Solicitors LLP‘s clinical negligence team, led by Eddie Jones , specialises in high-value brain and spinal injury cases and offers specific expertise in cerebral palsy, kernicterus and cauda equina syndrome matters. Steven Brown, Angharad Hughes , Melissa Gardner and Sally Leonards are key members of the team, handling cerebral palsy, brain and spinal injury claims. Senior associates Jodie Miller and Nicholas Young are further names to note. The personal injury department, led by Richard Powell , deals with matters across the full spectrum of personal injury law, including head trauma, spinal injuries and fibromyalgia. The practice also specialises in industrial diseases and motorcycle accidents. Paul Breen oversees the catastrophic injury team whilst Clare Stevens heads up the military department. Gordon Cartwright handles pediatric brain injury claims and Andrew Lilley deals with catastrophic brain and spinal injury issues. Joanne Brine is recognised for her knowledge across the sector, while Nadia Kerr leads the specialist cycling injury team.
Eddie Jones; Richard Powell
Other key lawyers:
Steven Brown; Angharad Hughes; Melissa Gardner; Sally Leonards; Jodie Miller; Nicholas Young; Paul Breen; Clare Stevens; Gordon Cartwright; Andrew Lilley; Joanne Brine; Nadia Kerr; Mark Havenhand
‘Steven Brown, who has been working on my case, has been absolutely amazing. He is polite and friendly, whilst being professional. He knows when he is dealing with sensitive issues, and approaches them in a sensitive manner.’
‘Joanne Brine is a stand-out star in cross-border personal injury work.’
‘Jodie Miller is an outstanding solicitor who can deal effortlessly with the most complex of cases. She gets the best out of experts and achieves excellent results for her clients.’
‘Clare Stevens has developed a well-deserved reputation in the North West as a first class personal injury practitioner.’
‘Jodie Miller is a hard-working and diligent senior associate who prepares cases well and easily gains and maintains the trust of clients. Angharad Hughes is a very experienced and knowledgeable partner who tackles difficult cases with aplomb.’
‘Eddie Jones stands out for his tactical creativity.’
‘I work regularly with Steven Brown and he is everything the modern clin negligence solicitor should be – empathetic with clients, switched-on about the law and with a good understanding of medical issues.’
‘Andy Lilley is an outstanding experienced solicitor who is incredibly professional yet very much approachable. I was kept informed at every stage and he showed patience, taking time to ensure that I understood my options.’
‘Paul Breen was an absolute gentleman from start to finish. He made me feel so secure in such a horrendous time for me and my family. Nothing was ever too much, always helping and reassuring me with any worries.’
XPX v L hospital trust
F v X hospital trust
R v N hospital trust
X v Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust X v R NHS Foundation Trust
R v K hospital trust
Z v W hospital trust
T v B Hospital Trust
X v Y hospital trust
Y v Dr M
- Secured £22m in compensation to provide lifelong care for child ‘F’ who suffered catastrophic brain damage as a newborn due to delayed treatment of jaundice.
- Obtained £1.6m for a man who developed permanent spinal injury cauda equina syndrome due to hospital errors.
- Secured settlement of £15.2m for child with cerebral palsy caused by mistakes made during their birth, providing them with lifelong care and financial security.
Jobling Gowler Solicitors
Jobling Gowler Solicitors’ clinical negligence and serious personal injury team is overseen by Gill Peate, who handles brain and brachial injury claims as well as cases involving general surgical and medical conditions. Associate Nicola Woods is another key member, recognised for her work on cases containing ophthalmic conditions. Former practice head Louise Wilcox departed the firm in September 2021.
Other key lawyers:
‘Gill Peate is excellent professional. She is extremely well versed and articulate- a pleasure to work with.’
‘Highly recommend this practice. All staff were well informed, polite, and helpful.’
‘Gill Peate is an excellent legal professional who was paramount to the success of my claim.’
‘The team at Jobling Gowler has a unique combination of expertise, experience, dedication, intelligence, work ethic and sensitivity. When it comes to instructing solicitors, they present the perfect package.’
‘Gill Peate’s medical background and circuitous route to being a solicitor actually gives her a real advantage both in dealing with clients and in seeing the bigger picture.’
‘Nicola Woods is a very experienced practitioner who knows exactly what she is doing and does it brilliantly. She is brilliant and sensitive in conference with clients, helping to manage difficult issues with real sensitivity.’
‘Jobling Gowler offer a small firm, personal service in a PI market dominated by the big players.’
‘They are a niche firm of experienced lawyers who are able to provide an excellent personal service. They are able to provide partner involvement at all stages of the case and so clients get an extremely good individual service.’
‘Gill Peate and Nicola Woods provide an excellent service – they are knowledgeable, personable and very experienced.’
‘They are a niche firm with great experience in providing legal services to seriously injured claimants. Their unique selling point is that they are a smaller and more local practice with good links to the local community and client satisfaction is very high because they tend to deal with one lawyer throughout the case.’
Leigh Day’s clinical negligence team deals with cases of maximum severity, including child cerebral palsy, spinal injury, brain injury and fatal claims. The team has particular expertise in claims relating to women’s health, such as maternal birth injuries and delayed diagnosis of endometriosis. Stephen Jones leads the practice, noted for his work on cerebral palsy and spinal injury claims. Brendan Hope is another key member, advising clients on matters across the sector. On the personal injury side, the team covers serious injury, accidents abroad, industrial disease and workplace accident claims. Andrew Bradley heads up the Manchester office and manages the cycling and sports injury team, while Clare Campbell leads the specialist travel litigation team. Andrew Zajac joined the practice from Slater and Gordon in 2021, with expertise in cases involving chronic pain. The Liverpool-based Kevin Johnson specialises in asbestos claims alongside the Manchester-based Helen Ashton and Steven Dickens .
Stephen Jones; Suzanne White; Andrew Bradley; Clare Campbell; Helen Ashton; Kevin Johnson; Steven Dickens
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is dedicated, practical, and client-focused. They combine a practical, efficient approach to communications, billing, decision-making and initial contracting; with an empathic approach to clients.’
‘They are the market leaders in industrial disease. Their experience is unparalleled and they are extremely good with clients. The more senior team leaders have mentored their juniors very well, so that there are no weaknesses from top to bottom.’
‘Kevin Johnson is a leader by example. The most diligent solicitor I have worked with.’
‘Kevin Johnson has outstanding legal knowledge of asbestos mesothelioma. He is caring and compassionate and supports the family and the individual through the difficult times.’
‘They rightly enjoy their reputation as the UK leading experts in the field, successfully helping the injured people in most difficult cases.’
‘Andrew Zajac is the best personal injury lawyer I know. He is very bright, has an excellent eye for detail and determined not to leave any stone unturned in securing the best outcome for his client.’
‘Ross Whalley is an extraordinary solicitor and partner. He is always incredibly available and is able to provide you with responses with a very quick turnaround. He is a highly skilled solicitor with immense knowledge about personal injury claims.’
‘For me there is 1 standout individual and that is Stephen Jones. He is head and shoulders above any other solicitor in clinical negligence in the North West.’
SEEJ and SNEJ
Abdul Hafiz Gellaledin
- Acted for JKL, a child with cerebral palsy, securing a settlement of a lump sum of £3,952,000 and annual periodical payments for the rest of his life of £39,000 from 15/12/21 increasing to £101,150 per annum from 15/12/29.
- Acted for a client with a spinal injury, securing a settlement of £13m.
- Settled a claim relating to partial loss of vision for £1.3m.
Oliver & Co. Solicitors Limited
Oliver & Co. Solicitors Limited act for clients involved in complex, clinical negligence claims. Linda Schermer-Jones heads the team and is a dual-qualified doctor and lawyer. Kerry Goulden is recognised for her work on claims involving brain injury at birth and delayed diagnosis of fractures and cancer, as well as fatal, stillbirth and cauda equina cases. Elizabeth Fry is another key member of the team. On the personal injury side, the team is split into three specialist sub-divisions. Director Maria Pilkington heads the personal injury team, while associate directors Alison Pepper and Helena Cameron lead the road traffic collision and industrial disease departments, respectively. Associate director James Cameron focuses on asbestos disease claims.
Linda Schermer-Jones; Maria Pilkington; Alison Pepper; Helena Cameron
Other key lawyers:
Kerry Goulden; Elizabeth Fry; James Cameron
‘Helena Cameron is a first class solicitor, her approach to all she does is done in a caring thoughtful way, the levels of client care provided is beyond reproach.’
‘Oliver & Co have an excellent number of experienced solicitors. They have particular strength in industrial disease claims and employer’s liability matters.’
‘Helena Cameron is a very competent, diligent and experienced solicitor dealing with industrial disease matters.’
‘The team’s performance for personal injury including industrial disease claims is exceptional.’
‘Allison Pepper gave us her undivided attention, working hard to deal with every aspect of my claim.’
‘Linda Schermer-Jones is one of the best clinical negligence solicitors that I have worked with. Given her medical background, Linda has a unique advantage when it comes to complex arguments on breach of duty and causation.’
‘This is a firm which is forging ahead in asbestos disease litigation. They have a great caseload and are challenging the larger, longer established firms.’
‘Kerry Goulden is amazing, always keeps you updated with progress and checks in just to make sure you are doing ok. Warm and friendly and always available if you have any questions or worries about your case.’
- Represented Chelsea Grimshaw in a highly complex case involving complex medical issues and multiple expert witnesses, following litigation and a joint settlement meeting an award of £430,000 was agreed.
- Successfully achieved a settlement of £137,500 utilising mediation in a claim on behalf of Andrew Crockett who suffered life-threatening injuries.
- Achieved settlement in the sum of £27,000 for Owen Read following negligent surgery resulting in scarring.
- Represented Derrick Darby in a complex HAVS claim in the face of a changing evidential position and achieved a settlement on his behalf of £35,000 at a Joint Settlement Meeting.
- Achieved a mesothelioma claim settlement for Brian Crangle comprising a lump sum payment of £145,000 plus payment of the costs of private treatment unavailable to him on the NHS.
Potter Rees Dolan’s clinical negligence team advises clients who have suffered brain and spinal cord injuries. Helen Dolan leads the team, while Lesley Herbertson deals with maximum severity claims for both adults and children. Gill Edwards is another key name to note. The firm’s personal injury team specialises in complex brain and spinal injuries, amputations, serious orthopaedic and criminal injury cases. Hugh Potter oversees the practice, acting for clients with brain injuries who have made a good physical recovery, but are struggling with decision-making or poor behavioural control. Gary Herbert represents pedestrians and cyclists injured in road traffic accidents.
Helen Dolan; Hugh Potter
Other key lawyers:
Lesley Herbertson; Gill Edwards; Gary Herbert; Helen Budge
‘PRD are a great company to work with. They are very knowledgable in spinal injuries.’
‘While I have been going through my case I have felt that Lesley Herbertson has always explained all the information very well and has always made me feel as though we were going through it together and I am grateful for that.’
‘The professionalism and the doggedness with which Lesley Herhertson and her team handled our claim were exemplary, employing an avalanche of their experience to make sure our claim succeeded.’
‘Helen Dolan is outstanding, her knowledge of the law and ability to pick up on the smallest detail in conversation is how all solicitors should aim to practice, she is very caring and you feel that you are able to discuss anything with her.’
‘I would describe the practice as efficient, effective and focused, but in a person-centred rather than a bureaucratic way.’
‘Gill Edwards is a highly skilled and knowledgeable practitioner. Her friendly and supportive manner creates a strong bond with clients, and her experience in the field gives confidence to individuals and families who aren’t experienced in this world.’
‘Lesley Herbertson is very experienced and extremely knowledgeable. She takes an informed and realistic approach to all of her cases and offers cogent and sound advice. Clients, experts and counsel like and respect her.’
‘Gill Edwards is hugely experienced, very personable and willing to fight for a client.’
Price Slater Gawne
Price Slater Gawne handles a wide range of clinical negligence matters, including brain damage, birth injury and psychiatric injury claims. The practice also retains expertise in cerebral palsy, stillbirths, neonatal death and failures in elderly care cases. Mark Slater leads the team alongside co-head Chris Gawne, with the latter specialising in cases which arise from the results of surgery, and from deaths in hospital. Sarah Barclay focuses on birth injury claims while Rosamund Rhodes-Kemp deals with matters across the breadth of the practice area. Senior associates Andrew Harrison and Becky Jacobs are further key names to note. The personal injury team advises clients on brain injuries, psychological trauma, multiple orthopaedic injuries and historical abuse cases. Victoria Price heads the department and is supported by associates Jonathan Grundy and Gemma Stanley.
Mark Slater; Chris Gawne; Victoria Price
Other key lawyers:
Jonathan Grundy; Gemma Stanley; Sarah Barclay; Carole Watts; Rosamund Rhodes-Kemp; Becky Jacobs; Andrew Harrison
‘Mark Slater has the rare ability to immediately pick out all the salient issues in any case and to then analyse the merits and weaknesses, before setting out exactly what needs to be done to bring the case to a swift and satisfactory conclusion with maximum efficiency and minimal stress and fuss for the client.’
‘Jonathan Grundy has been around the block and knows what he’s doing.’
‘Price Slater Gawne to my mind is one of the best in this field. Their specialist clinical negligence team is incredibly strong. This firm is at the top of my list of personal recommendations when asked by friends and family.’
‘Andrew Harrison was fabulous. He was honest and realistic, kind and friendly and talked us through every step of the way.’
‘The support, professionalism, advise and expertise that Rosamund Rhodes-Kemp has provided has been incredible, she believed in our case when others didn’t and has fought tirelessly for us when other specialists would have walked away. ’
‘Due to health problems my life has felt out of control, Becky Jacobs, with her knowledge, methodical way of working and organisation skills has been my calm, my rock and someone who I trust and who has never let me down.’
‘Rosamund Rhodes-Kemp is stand-out superstar clinical negligence practitioner. She has an encyclopedic knowledge of birth injury claims and commands huge respect in the field.’
‘Price Slater Gawne stands out as professional, knowledgeable, friendly, and proactive.’
Serious Law LLP specialises exclusively in personal injury claims and is recognised for its work on complex liability cases. The Bolton-based practice advises clients, on spinal, brain, and other catastrophic injury claims. Ben Priestley co-heads the team alongside Tim Walters , who also oversees the court of protection team. Matthew Dixon and Jonathan Syddall complete the leadership quartet, with the latter specialising in high-value spinal injury, brain injury, amputations and fatal accident claims. Senior associate Chris Lecky is noted for handling cases across the full spectrum of serious injuries.
Ben Priestley; Tim Walters; Matthew Dixon; Jonathan Syddall
Other key lawyers:
‘Ben Priestley works very hard for his clients, often during extremely challenging times. He is approachable and knowledgeable and skilled in managing complex dynamics.’
‘Ben Priestley is the stand-out solicitor in this field in the North West. The solicitor who you would ensure was representing a close family who had been involved in a serious accident. Has a brain the size of a planet, combined with an empathetic approach and tactical judgement.’
‘Jonathan Syddall is now well established as a solicitor of choice for the catastrophically injured. Opponents both respect and fear him in equal measure.’
‘The personal injury team at Serious Law LLP is an absolute leader in the field.’
‘Ben Priestley is a star individual. He is easily the best solicitor I work for. He has a fantastic, easy manner with clients, but is a very tough litigator with a great eye for detail. He regularly deals with cases of the utmost severity.’
‘Tim Walters is very approachable and has complete knowledge of our mutual client so when discussing needs he makes informed and proactive choices.’
‘Chris Lecky is an excellent solicitor. He is very efficient, well organised and personable.’
‘Matthew Dixon has an uncanny sense at the start of the claim of where the value of a claim should be at the end. He spots every wrinkle and irons it out as best he can by collation of evidence.’
Simpson Millar LLP
Simpson Millar LLP handles the full range of medical negligence cases including cerebral palsy, spinal injuries, brain injuries, eye injuries and birth injuries. Helen Neville joined from Hugh James in 2021 and leads the North West team from the Liverpool office. Senior associate Carly Saxon-Garnett advises on a wide-range of matters, including delay in diagnosis of cancer, orthopedic injuries and fatal accidents. From the personal injury perspective, the practice focuses on catastrophic injury, employers and public liability, road traffic accidents and abuse claims. The team is led by a senior quintet based in the Manchester office, comprising Melanie Burden, Simon Stanfield, Deborah Krelle, Lee Anderson and Liam Goggin.
Helen Neville; Melanie Burden; Simon Stanfield; Deborah Krelle; Lee Anderson; Liam Goggin
Other key lawyers:
Carly Saxon-Garnett; Gulderen Salih
‘Gulderen Salih is just outstanding.’
‘The team was great regarding my claim. They were very sensitive, caring and knowledgeable in their approach. They were easy to communicate with and always replied to my queries and concerns in a timely fashion.’
‘Melanie Burden and Gulderen Salih are fantastic. The process was not always an easy one as a claimant but they were by my side every step of the way.’
‘Melanie Burden is exceptionally well placed or deal with complex and serious injury cases. She tackles everything from multiple party liability spats to complex regional pain cases, using her extensive knowledge and experience to cut through the issues.’
‘Gulderen Salih always puts the client’s needs first, often working late into the evenings and at weekends to ensure the best possible service and results.’
‘Carly Saxon-Garnett is incredibly intelligent, has a natural instinct for ligation, prepares competent and well thought through briefs. She is someone you would want in your corner.’
‘Carly Saxon-Garnett is an exceptional associate and destined to be a top clinical negligence lawyer. Empathetic, hugely knowledgeable and experienced, she works hard to achieve great outcomes for patients and families.’
‘Helen Neville is brilliant. Incredibly well organised and prepared, she knows exactly what needs to be done to move a case forward successfully.’
‘Deborah Krelle is key to the success of the industrial disease department.’
Co-operative Legal Services
Union of Distributive and Allied Shop Workers
- Represtened a motorcyclist who had been travelling at areasonable speed on a straight road when the defendant turned across his path causing a collision which unseated the claimant and caused him to suffer catastrophic injuries which he did well to survive.
- Represnted an amputee in her mid-30’s who lost her leg when a drunk driver lost control and drove into collision with the rear of the claimant’s leg, causing it to be amputated at the scene. Compensation of over £4.3 million was secured for the claimant.
- Represented claimant who was injured whilst walking on the pavement when a van mounted the pavement and trapped his arm against the van and a wall. The claim was settled for £411,929.78.
Slater and Gordon’s clinical negligence team litigates high-value catastrophic claims. Ben Gent heads the team, while Maria Repanos and John Doyle work on birth, brain and spinal injury matters. Helen Lewis handles neurological injury cases. The firm’s personal injury practice specialises in serious traumatic brain injury, spinal cord, amputation, poly-trauma, fatal injury, psychiatric injury and abuse claims. Managing director Madalene Holdsworth oversees the network of sub-teams and primarily handles industrial disease and military litigation. Matthew Tomlinson leads the serious injury unit and Michael Hardacre oversees the employers liability and public liability serious injury team. Richard Scorer manages the abuse and public inquiries department, while Jordan Bell leads the industrial disease division. Kim Harrison specialises in the representation of victims and survivors in abuse cases and public inquires as well as human rights cases. Andrew Zajac departed the firm in May 2021.
Ben Gent; Madelene Holdsworth; Matthew Tomlinson; Richard Scorer; Jordan Bell
Other key lawyers:
Maria Repanos; John Doyle; Helen Lewis; Richard Crabtree; Victoria Beel; Michael Hardacre; Jenny Keith; Kim Harrison; Pauline Chandler
‘Richard Scorer is indefatigable in pursuing a result. Moreover, he is compassionate and empathic and I knew I could trust him completely.’
‘Helen Lewis is 100% trustworthy, 100% reliable and 100% committed to her work.’
‘Richard Crabtree is without doubt by far the top of the tree. He is the most dedicated, uncompromising, compassionate, and respected pinciple solicitor it has been my good fortune to encounter.’
‘Matt Tomlinson was personable, knowledgeable and professional in equal measure and held our hand through what was a protracted and stressful situation.’
‘Ben Gent is totally committed to the client’s best interests and to achieving the best result permitted by the evidence and the circumstances.’
‘Richard Crabtree is a clear leader in his field and known for innovative and hard-nosed attitude to PI litigation, always putting his client at the forefront of his endeavours.’
‘Richard Crabtree is excellent as a solicitor in catastrophic injury work.’
Antony Higginson as claimant and on behalf of the estate of Laura Higginson (deceased)
Rachael Nuttall (On Administratrix of the Estate of Samantha Gibbon, Deceased)
Manchester Arena Public Inquiry
- Advised Ms Celine Martin at trials of liability and quantum further to life-changing neurological injuries caused by septicaemia (capitalised value of claim >£5m).
- Advised family of Laura Higginson deceased in inquest into her death involving potential charges including corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter.
- Advised Ms T Mazzuchetto in a claim involving catastrophic orthopaedic injuries achieving settlement of £600,000.
Stephensons Solicitors LLP
Stephensons Solicitors LLP‘s clinical negligence team supports clients across catastrophic injury claims. Practice head Judith Thomas-Whittingham is recognised for her work in birth and brain injury cases. Laura Sheehan deals with a wide range of negligence cases, from surgical errors to misdiagnoses and birth injuries. Claire Stockley handles amputation and spinal injury matters, while Tom Mooney and senior associate Carla Duprey are further key names to note. The personal injury team advises on accidents at work, road traffic accidents, catastrophic injuries and industrial disease claims. Louise Griffiths heads the team, while Danielle Callaway handles the breadth of personal injury law, including severe cycling injury claims. Kate Sweeney departed the firm in 2021.
Judith Thomas-Whittingham; Louise Griffiths
Other key lawyers:
Laura Sheehan; Claire Stockley; Tom Mooney; Carla Duprey; Danielle Callaway
‘Laura Sheehan is amazing at what she does. Laura is extremely professional in her role.’
‘Carla Duprey and the whole team were amazing.’
‘Danielle Calloway is outstanding. Very good with clients, very conscientious and very good knowledge of the law.’
‘A well-organised and managed practice; good use of working practice between senior fee earners and support staff.’
‘I work mainly with Claire Stockley and Carla Duprey. Both are highly committed to their clients, and develop a good working rapport with them. They will turn over every stone in pursuit of their cases whilst remaining realistic as to achievable outcomes – a rare balance.’
‘I have found Danielle Calloway to be an immensely skilled solicitor in handling very damaged and complex clients, and combining the ability to explore and promote a claim to the full, but with realism as to likely outcomes, and with appropriate advice to the client along the way. I have been enormously impressed by her.’
‘I have taken instruction as an expert witness from Stephensons for over 20 years and have always found them to be on top of their brief, fully informed and communicative. All of the claims that I have supported have been successfully pursued.’
‘Laura Sheehan has instructed me extremely efficiently on a number of clinical negligence claims, all successfully pursued by the claimant.’
- Represented the estate of a deceased lady who received over £93,000.00 following exposure to asbestos at work which led to a diagnosis of mesothelioma and sadly caused her death.
- Represented the claimant who suffered a range of injuries when he was cycling and was knocked off his bicycle by a vehicle and recovered £65,000.00.
- Represented the Claimant who was injured after her husband died at the wheel of his vehicle when she was a passenger and recovered £50,000.00.
The Dental Law Partnership
The Dental Law Partnership advises clients exclusively on dental negligence claims. Practice head David Corless-Smith is a dual-qualified solicitor and dentist. Co-heads Helen Coleman and Heather Owen complete the Nantwich-based leadership team. Associate Tim Armitage is another name to note, with considerable experience handling complex negligence claims.
David Corless-Smith; Chris Dean; Helen Coleman; Heather Owen
Other key lawyers:
‘This team is most efficient and give their experts detailed and well-thought out instruction. They are dogged in their pursuit of recourse for the claimants.’
‘Chris Dean is a stand-out.’
‘So far as I am aware the Dental Law Partnership is the only clinical negligence: claimant practice which deals solely with dental claims.’
‘All the solicitors with whom I deal are excellent, but I would especially mention Tim Armitage.’
‘DLP have lots of dental negligence claims and employ a highly competent battery of in-house dentists to ensure they are properly risk-assessed.’
‘Under Chris Dean’s wise and pragmatic leadership, the fixed cost regime for low-valued clinical negligence claims should hold no fear for DLP.’
- Acted for Mrs Hughes in the High Court in Hughes v Rattan on vicarious liability and non-delegable duty of care.
- Acted for claimant’s right to choose against whom she litigates in the Court of Appeal for Mrs Pawley in Pawley v Whitecross Dental.
- Secured judgment at Cardiff County Court in Breakingbury v Croad when it was held that a former owner of an NHS dental practice was, for the first time, both vicariously liable and to owe a non-delegable duty of care to an NHS patient for alleged poor treatment provided by associate dentists working at his practice.
The Roland Partnership
The Roland Partnership is a niche clinical negligence practice, advising clients on claims against hospitals, GPs and dentists. Practice head Nina Roland has particular expertise in maximum severity cases including cerebral palsy, birth trauma, spinal injuries and acquired brain injury matters and is on the Headway panel for such cases.
‘High-quality boutique clinical negligence and personal injury practice, with a strong commitment to client care.’
‘Nina Roland is unflappable and a vastly experienced senior litigator.’
‘The Roland Partnership provides a niche personalised service to its clients.’
‘Nina Roland is the stand-out lawyer and partner. She is at the very senior end of the profession and has years of experience she can call upon to benefit her clients.’
Thompsons Solicitors LLP
Thompsons Solicitors LLP’s clinical negligence department specialises in child cerebral palsy claims. Linda Millband is the firm’s national practice lead and handles cases of maximum severity. Associate Clare Jones co-heads the team, conducting a broad spectrum of cases including amputations, cerebral palsy, delay in cancer diagnosis, brain injuries and vaginal mesh claims. On the personal injury side, the firm exclusively handles claimant work and is often instructed by trade unions. Philip Liptrot leads the personal injury accident team, dealing primarily with multi-track accident cases. Peter Stringer heads the serious injuries department, while Martyn Gwyther oversees the cross-border claims division and represents victims of accidents abroad.
Clare Jones; Linda Millband; Samantha Hemsley; Philip Liptrot; Peter Stringer; Martyn Gwyther
Other key lawyers:
‘Thompsons involvement with trade law, suggests that they champion and are inclusive to all walks of life.’
‘I work along side Dave Roberts, whilst I am aware of the demands on his time, he strives to offer timely support, reassurance and guidance, firstly to the client and subsequently to myself. In my opinion Dave has the ability to make individuals feel psychology safe when describing their concerns and vulnerabilities.’
‘Thompsons are the outstanding union firm nationally. They are streets ahead of other firms in their client care and willingness to fight difficult cases.’
‘Thompsons have a well-deserved reputation for being an industry leader in claimant PI and clin neg because of their years of experience dealing with high value claims.’
‘Clare Jones is a perfect embodiment of Thompsons’ ‘client-first’ approach. She will not give up when litigation starts to get tough or issues start to look complex. Clients love her for sticking with them and being able to explain even the most difficult issues in easy-to-understand advice.’
MP v Firth
Val v BMI
C v QEH
DG v NCHU
L v ELHT
B v WUTH
T v WUTH
S v WWL
L v SRT
B V SMHT
UNITE THE UNION
- Settled a clinical negligence claim presented by a widow and her 2 children against the family GP for failure to refer her husband for urgent hospital treatment when he displayed all the red flag symptoms of flu and infection.
- Supported claimant in fatal clinical negligence claim, concernina delay in diagnosis of a malignant melanoma/failure to refer.
- Advised a pedestrian client who sustained a severe brain injury in an RTA. Multi-million pound settlement to be approved by the Court in 2022.
- Represented several clients who were victims of Modern Slavery by a Polish Organised Crime Gang.