Blackpool-based Addies Solicitors specialises in claims arising from complex birth injuries, including cerebral palsy and severe brain damage. The team also handles other medical negligence claims. Diane Rostron, who is also a Court of Protection deputy, heads the firm, working with solicitor Leanne Devine.
Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant in North West
Other key lawyers:
‘Attention to detail, approachable, considerate. Thorough and caring.’
‘Diane Rostron is very professional, very thoughtful, works hard in the best interests of her clients, and has built a team with a similar ethos. Leanne Devine is a solicitor in exactly the same mode.’
‘A small team that takes on challenging claimants’ cases, many of which have been ‘let go’ by previous solicitors. In-house medical knowledge and choice of experienced experts and counsel has generated a high success rate for their clients.’
‘Diane’s team is unique in that it is extremely close-knit and every member of the team knows the details of all their cases, inside-out. The other unique feature of their team is that it includes a consultant paediatric neurologist who provides invaluable insight to cases at all stages.’
‘The firm’s staff are extremely kind and sensitive to clients and their families who have often suffered horrific injuries. Every case is special.’
‘Diane Rostron has abundant intellect and tenacity. She has an amazing capacity for hard work and a never-give-up attitude. ‘
- Advising client on alleged birth injury in Cumbria 32 years ago – the client was left with cerebral palsy and other significant disabilities.
- Secured £5m for client whose child has significant disabilities, including cerebral palsy, following complications during birth.
Butcher & Barlow LLP's clinical negligence team has significant expertise in cerebral palsy, brain injury and other catastrophic birth injury claims. Other key areas of work include industrial disease and medical misdiagnosis claims. Practice head Anthony Higham has a particular niche handling claims relating to hip replacements and loss of vision. In addition to its head office in Bury, the firm has a strong presence across Cheshire.
‘I have had nothing but the best support and service from all concerned. Keeping things balanced between being professional, helpful, sympathetic and patient is a difficult tightrope to walk but I feel it has been done very well by all involved.’
‘Extremely responsive to the clients needs and supportive.’
‘Butcher & Barlow combine local know-how with the expertise and resourcing provided by their network of offices to give user friendly and accessible, yet expert, service.’
‘Working with this firm has always been easy. They are well organised, efficient and professional.’
‘Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.’
‘Spread across its series of local offices, it provides an excellent combination of local accessibility with the resources of a larger firm.’
Serious and catastrophic injury solicitors CFG Law specialise in personal injury claims valued at over £25,000. The team was recently bolstered by the hires of experienced practitioner Matthew Evans; he previously held senior roles at GLP Solicitors and Slater and Gordon, and David Hilton , who joined from Bromleys Solicitors LLP to lead the firm’s new Court of Protection practice. Brain and spinal injury specialists Emily Kalwak and Vicky Whitney were also promoted to the partnership in early 2021. Below partner level, senior associates Emma Jones and Michelle Cresswell are other key members of the team.
Nicola Hughes; David Hilton
Other key lawyers:
Matthew Evans; Vicky Whitney; Emily Kalwak; Emma Jones; Michelle Cresswell
‘I cannot fault CFG Law in any way whatsoever; they were diligent and took care of all my needs during the four and a half years it took to resolve my case, All the people that I dealt with there were exceptional.’
‘Vicky Whitney and her team were always approachable and understanding.’
‘CFG helped us after a bad car accident. I found them exceptionally helpful and were always ready and willing to help us and arranged for me to get the help I needed.’
‘The team are very helpful, supportive and sincere.’
‘A young dynamic team led by Vicky Whitney. The firm puts clients very much at the centre of everything that they do. The firm is always able to go as far as is required in order to achieve a result for the client. The practice seeks to promote young associates and provide them with responsibility. In my work with the firm, I have found them to be entirely dependable and classically client focused.’
‘Sara Ouko stood out for me because of her genuine concern for my welfare on all levels, and I would say her team are the same. I would recommend them to absolutely anyone and I would most certainly use them again if needed.’
Senior associate Sarah Jones heads up Clarke Willmott LLP's Manchester clinical negligence department after joining the firm in 2019 from Slater and Gordon. The team operates as part of a national practice led from Bristol and Taunton. Key areas of expertise include cerebral palsy, amputations, birth injury, spinal injuries and fatal cases.
Clear Law LLP
Andrew Kwan acts as litigation manager at Clear Law LLP, overseeing the firm’s personal injury department. The practice handles claims arising from road traffic accidents, and houses a fast track RTA team headed by Hannah Bardsley. Iain Murray leads the employers’ and public liability department, advising on workplace accidents, while Daniel Lee heads the clinical negligence and serious injury group, which has particular experience with brain injury claims.
Andrew Kwan; Hannah Beardsley; Iain Murray; Daniel Lee
‘The practice provides a very personal service, which is unique. They are very compassionate and listen to any concerns you have and address them in a quick timescale.’
‘Excellent communication meant I was confident that the process was always being monitored and progressed. All the information received was always explained in detail. Quick in responding and always welcoming.’
‘The team is led by the very able Daniel Lee. They were one of the first teams to deliver an effective response to the pandemic.’
‘The firm has a small but select team of specialists lawyers who have extensive experience in the field of PI and clinical negligence.’
‘I was always able to speak to someone about my case, I was never passed over or ignored – I felt that I was a valued client.’
- Represented a client in a claim arising from delay in diagnosis and treatment of gallstones leading to pancreatitis and diabetes type 3c.
- Handled a claim arising from alleged negligence during a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, resulting in a £45,000 settlement.
- Handled a claim concerning failure to provide suitable safety netting advice in A&E, leading to a delay in diagnosis resulting in large sections of the bowel needing resectioning.
Express Solicitors Ltd
Niche personal injury and clinical negligence firm Express Solicitors Ltd handles a range of employers’ liability, occupiers and public liability, road traffic accidents and kernicterus claims, as well as recovering damages for mothers sustaining psychiatric injury in childbirth. Firm director Daniel Slade advises on group actions, sporting accidents and foreign accidents; Richard Lowery handles the employers' liability team, while Kimberly Kirkby heads the road traffic accident department.
Daniel Slade; Richard Lowery; Kimberly Kirkby
Other key lawyers:
‘Express Solicitors have a keen eye for detail in a personal injury claim. In my experience, they investigate each claim to the fullest extent and are not afraid of the challenge of a difficult case.’
‘All members of the team were unanimously understanding and reassuring, always willing to help and patient.’
‘Express Solicitors dealt with my personal injury claim with professionalism and compassion right from the first contact.’
‘They have great solicitors with a wealth of experience in the area. Because the firm is well funded they will investigate cases which other firms would be afraid to get involved in.’
‘The team at Express have a great deal of experience dealing with personal injury claims, including specialist claims such as foreign accidents and Scottish claims.’
- Represented a claimant who suffered catastrophic brain damage following alleged clinical neglect of a brain tumour diagnosis.
- Handled a clinical negligence claim arising from severe neurological injuries to a 40-year-old woman who had suffered a stroke.
- Represented a claimant who suffered an above knee leg amputation following a failed embolectomy.
The personal injury practice at Farleys Solicitors LLP is particularly well-known for its specialist abuse and inquests team. The team, led by Jonathan Bridge, handles civil claims following inquests and claims against local authorities; Bridge is known as 'one of the top solicitors in the country specialising in child abuse and sexual abuse claims'. Work within the wider personal injury department, headed by Nick Molyneux and Michael Corrigan, focuses on high value and complex matters, including brain and spinal injuries, serious injuries and industrial disease claims. Well-regarded associate partner Kelly Darlington heads up the inquest department - she is 'excellent with clients and a fierce litigator'.
Michael Corrigan; Nick Molyneux; Jonathan Bridge
Other key lawyers:
‘Highly capable team with unmatched expertise in very high value claims arising out of childhood abuse and neglect.’
‘Jonathan Bridge has a phenomenal work rate and has secured some of the highest-ever compensation awards for victims of abuse in the UK.’
‘Jonathan Bridge is one of the top solicitors in the country specialising in child abuse and sexual abuse claims – he gets phenomenal results and is truly expert and an excellent solicitor. He deals with very traumatised clients in a particularly sensitive and professional way which marks him out as one of the best in the field.’
‘Kelly Darlington is excellent with clients and a fierce litigator.’
‘Kelly Darlington is a high achieving lawyer and great asset to the team. Kelly is always accessible, an excellent communicator and a great pleasure to work with.’
‘Kelly Darlington work tirelessly to ensure the best results for her clients whilst gently taking them through the process.’
‘Jonathan Bridge is deeply respected and loved by all who have come across him.’
‘Jonathan Bridge’s extensive experience and knowledge in his field, coupled with flawless communication skills set him apart from the rest. The whole experience has been lengthy and has at times caused much sadness and anguish, but I value how skilled Jonathan is in extracting what information he needs first time around without having to make me repeat myself. In cases like this is so important to get it right first time and he really has.’
- Acting for brothers in a claim against Lancashire County Council alleging negligence, breach of duty and breach of the Human Rights Act. The case concluded with an award of £9.6m.
- Acted for numerous victims of a serial rapist in high-profile case against the Probation Service.
- Acting for victims of abuse in the Rochdale area. Claims pursued include CICA claims and claims against the Local Authority for negligence, breach of duty and breach of the Human Rights Act.
Fieldfisher's Manchester medical negligence team has a strong record of work on high value and complex claims, handling brain injury, spinal injury, cerebral palsy and amputation claims. Practice head Jenny Urwin has specialist expertise in maximum severity and wrongful birth claims, relating to congenital conditions such as spina bifida and chromosomal abnormalities. Julia Hamilton is noted for her experience in paediatric and adult-acquired brain injury cases. On the personal injury side, Bridget Collier heads the mesothelioma and asbestos claims team.
Jenny Urwin; Bridget Collier
Other key lawyers:
Claire Horton; Julia Hamilton; Lindsay Holt
‘A personal service where one feels known and treated as an individual. Very joined-up – people work as a team and it shows to clients.’
‘Jenny Urwin is determined, dogged and highly professional.’
‘The Fieldfisher team includes some of the best clinical negligence lawyers in the North West. They provide an excellent service to their clients.’
‘Bridget Collier was particularly exceptional in the way she was able to approach my dying father and liaise with members of the family with dignity and compassion.’
‘I have the highest regard for Claire Horton’s intelligence and diligence, but I think the most outstanding quality for me is her integrity. From the outset she was careful to describe and frame expectations of the process and possible outcomes. Claire is an excellent communicator and warm and easy to deal with, however I don’t doubt that there is a spine of steel should her clients’ interests or her own professional probity be challenged.’
‘Julia Hamilton is a particularly impressive solicitor. She takes a great deal of time and trouble over cases and is excellent with clients.’
‘Very experienced – a great clinical negligence team.’
‘Lindsay Holt is caring and thoughtful with clients but clear-sighted and robust in relation to the merits of a case.’
- Obtained a £19m settlement for a child who suffered brain injury at birth following negligent management of cord prolapse at delivery resulting in severe cerebral palsy.
- Obtained a £9.6m settlement for the wrongful birth claim of a child with Down Syndrome.
- Obtained a £23m settlement for a child who suffered brain injury at birth after negligent management of antenatal care resulting in severe cerebral palsy.
- Recovered £220,000 for a claimant following his diagnosis of mesothelioma.
- Obtained £227,500 damages for a claimant exposed to asbestos in the 1960s whilst working for BTR Industries in Leyland.
Fletchers Solicitors specialises in serious injury and medical negligence claims, 'bringing a personal and caring element to all cases'. Georgia Briscoe leads the general medical negligence team, while Peter Rigby heads the serious injury team. Key areas of expertise include brain and birth injuries, spinal injuries, amputation, stroke, cauda equina, sepsis and urogynaecology claims. Associate Kate Lozynska is noted for her experience in opthalmic, colorectal and gastrointestinal matters. The personal injury practice focuses on maximum severity claims and has a niche in motorbike accidents, an area in which director Andrew Clark is recommended. Head of multi-track PI Jennifer Nolan handles traumatic brain injury and serious orthopaedic cases.
Georgia Briscoe; Peter Rigby; Andrew Clark; Jennifer Nolan
Other key lawyers:
Julia Eyton; Kate Lozynska; Trevor Ward; Caroline Morris; Mike Hagan; Michael Gray; Iain Dodd; Louise Riley
‘Caroline Morris – excellent performer. Outstanding ability to deal with clients and opponents.’
‘Fletchers were recommended to me by a close friend. The team that dealt with my case were very efficient, and extremely helpful.’
‘Julia Eyton is a hugely experienced fee earner handling catastrophic injury cases. Her dogged determination coupled with good humour and an empathetic client manner are the skills that make her stand out.’
‘Mike Hagan, who leads the travel team, is a true rising star in this area. He has a very strong knowledge of the law and is a fearless litigator. He is also pleasure to work with.’
‘Michael Gray is an outstanding solicitor: knowledgeable, a good communicator, hardworking and displays very good judgement in difficult cases.’
‘Kate Lozynska is a rising star and very hardworking.’
‘Trevor Ward – a past master at clinical negligence cases; very experienced, great judgement.’
‘Iain Dodd handles cases of catastrophic injury and high complexity with the skill of a solicitor 10 years more senior.’
- Secured £3m lump sum for amputee on liability contest matter taken to trial.
- Secured £5m lump sum and PPO of £125,000.00 pa for young incomplete tetraplegic on liability contested matter.
- Secured £2.5m damages on a long fought case where liability was disputed by two defendants.
- Handled a case arising from claimant developing a spinal abscess following discectomy ahead of which she was not adequately screened for MRSA.
- Secured settlement for £1m for a 27-year-old female who suffered liver cirrhosis following a delay of two years in the identification of a gene mutation and polycythemia vera disorder.
The clinical negligence practice at Forbes Solicitors focuses on serious medical claims, including birth injury and brain injury cases, hospital negligence and prescription errors. John Bennett - who has 'a great empathy for his clients and a quiet determination to succeed' - leads the team in Accrington, handling both personal injury and clinical negligence claims. Fellow partner Leonie Millard has recently relocated to Leeds.
John Bennett; Leonie Millard
‘John Bennett is the quiet driving force behind this department. They are deeply rooted in their local community and maintain local offices which serve those communities whilst also exerting a regional force.’
‘The team is accessible, friendly and client focused. Above all, their approach to litigation is invariably realistic and pragmatic rather than confrontational, with benefit accruing to clients as a result.’
‘John Bennett is the stand-out individual with whom I have contact. He has great empathy for his clients and a quiet determination to succeed on their behalf, whilst never losing his objectivity and focus.’
‘Leonie Millard is a star, as well as John Bennett. They know the local market and the judiciary back to front and what buttons to push to achieve a settlement.’
Stockport-based Gorvins Solicitors handles claims arising from industrial, serious and life-changing or debilitating injuries. Personal injury head Stuart Biddle has particular experience with brain injury and other catastrophic injury claims. Gary Boyd leads the military and serious sports injury claims departments; he is highly recommended for his expertise in these areas, and has substantial experience in catastrophic injury claims including spinal cord injury cases.
Stuart Biddle; Gary Boyd
‘Gorvins is a very customer-focused firm. I have been very impressed by the close attention I have received at partner level and the way the legal response has been tailored to my specific needs. Tenacity and professional excellence combined with first class customer support has delivered a very good customer experience.’
‘A total commitment to the client well beyond anything I have experienced in legal firms elsewhere.’
‘Very knowledgeable and clearly understand and manage the complexities of military medical and service records.’
‘The team has the interest of their clients at their heart. They are prepared to go the extra mile exploring all avenues to maximize the claim for the benefit of the claimants .’
‘Stuart Biddle – a conscientious solicitor, takes great care in studying the case thoroughly and find the aspects that gives the maximum value for his clients.
‘The team is led by Stuart Biddle, who is a tenacious litigator. He really fights the corner for his clients to ensure that their claims are maximised to their full potential. In particular he has a keen knowledge of how to litigate pain cases, which can be very difficult.’
‘Gary Boyd and Stuart Biddle are excellent. Great legal knowledge, factual analysis, and judgment.’
‘Gary Boyd is a great solicitor. very extensive experience in military claims and catastrophic injury. Very down to earth and approachable – a key issue in dealing with claims of this kind. ’
- Represented a soldier in a claim against the MoD concerning prolonged extreme cold exposure and racially motivated bullying, resulting in a settlement of £660,000.
- Handled a claim against the MoD by a soldier who sustained bilateral non-freezing cold injuries in his hands and feet, resulting in an award of £700,000.
- Ran an employers’ liability claim against a heavy castings company arising from an accident caused by defective equipment.
Horwich Cohen Coghlan Solicitors
Horwich Cohen Coghlan's major trauma and serious injury team handles claims arising from spinal injury, brain injury, traffic accidents and workplace incidents. The team particularly stands out for its close working relationships with rehabilitation providers and case managers, an area where Mike Molloy and Brian Coghlan have extensive experience. They jointly head the practice with Martin James.
Mike Molloy; Brian Coghlan; Martin James
‘Martin James is exceptionally supportive and a very thoughtful and engaged individual to work with. His passion to support clients is evident in all my interactions with him. ‘
‘Mike Molloy is collaborative, practical and focused on the single goal of achieving the best result for the client.’
Irwin Mitchell‘s clinical negligence and personal injury departments are ‘exceptional across the board, with quality practitioners at all levels who achieve fantastic results for their clients‘. Jonathan Betts leads the personal injury practice; he works with Catherine Leech , who is a ‘go-to practitioner for spinal injuries‘. Senior associates Matthew Garson and Richard Biggs are also recommended. Kristofer Inskip heads the medical negligence team; Lindsay Wise has extensive expertise dealing with serious brain and spinal injury cases, while Jennifer Cawthorne is recommended for birth injury and delay in diagnosis of cancer claims. Senior associates Dina Lambourne and Margaret Ryan are noted for their stroke and birth injury, and delay of diagnosis claims experience respectively.
Jonathan Betts; Kristofer Inskip
Other key lawyers:
Jennifer Cawthorne; Lindsay Wise; Catherine Leech; Dina Lambourne; Margaret Ryan; Matthew Garson; Richard Biggs; Amanda Marsh
‘Kristofer Inskip is a highly dedicated clinical negligence practitioner, with a keen sense of achieving the best outcomes for his clients. He sets a really good example to all in his group.’
‘Margaret Ryan is a rising star – she is a very strong performer in negotiating, who can take on forceful lawyers and ensure she will not be brow-beaten.’
Jonathan Betts leads by example. One of the best PI lawyers you will encounter. He is considered by his peers as being in the top few such litigators in the UK and that is an opinion held by defendant lawyers too. He is and remains at the top of the tree.’
‘Matthew Garson works tirelessly for his client, burning the midnight oil. He is now an acknowledged star in the PI field. I struggle to think of any comparators of his generation , he beats them all.
‘Richard Biggs has a clear empathy with all his clients but this is especially apparent in fatal cases. He was a star of the future and is now a star of the present.’
‘Dina Lambourne fights like a tiger for her clients.’
‘Standout partners include Lindsay Wise, who really is the the complete clinical negligence solicitor.’
‘Amanda Marsh is the encyclopaedia on Armed Forces Scheme work.’
- Handled a clinical negligence claim relating to a failure to restart anticoagulants following gynaecology surgery in late 2018.
- Handled a fatal claim arising from delay in diagnosis of thymoma, a rare cancer of the thymic gland.
- Handled a catastrophic brain injury claim arising from an injury sustained abroad as a child.
- Handled a brain injury claim resulting from a road traffic accident.
- Handled a negligence claim where the claimant was negligently taken off her anticoagulant medication, following which she suffered an occlusion in the left leg leading to an above the knee amputation.
The ‘fabulous team of rigorous, committed and caring solicitors’ at JMW Solicitors LLP focuses on high value and complex work, regularly securing multimillion-pound settlements for clients. The clinical negligence practice has particular expertise in high-value brain and spinal injury cases, particularly cerebral palsy, kernicterus and cauda equina syndrome; the ‘compassionate and sympathetic‘ Eddie Jones heads the department. Sally Leonards is noted for her experience in cerebral palsy claims, ‘instilling confidence in clients‘ who ‘trust her implicitly‘ while Angharad Hughes, Melissa Gardner and Steven Brown are also key members of the team. Senior associate Jodie Miller is also well-regarded for her work on complex cases. Richard Powell leads the personal injury team, which handles minor to catastrophic injuries, including head trauma, spinal injuries and fibromyalgia. The group also has specialisms in industrial diseases and motorcycle accidents. The ‘highly experienced and utterly unflappable‘ Joanne Brine primarily deals with cross-border complex and catastrophic personal injury claims. 'Formidable negotiator' Clare Stevens heads up the military department.
Eddie Jones; Richard Powell
Other key lawyers:
Angharad Hughes; Sally Leonards; Melissa Gardner; Steven Brown; Joanne Brine; Jodie Miller; Jason Harwood; Clare Stevens
‘A fabulous team of rigorous, committed and caring solicitors. Persistent and thorough, taking a compassionate approach to clients, but realistic and sensible. Leading for overall coverage in the North West in my opinion. Eddie Jones, Angharad Hughes and Melissa Gardner embody all of this.’
‘Angharad Hughes is very experienced and knowledgeable. Clients appreciate her compassionate and friendly approach. She is widely respected by opponents.
‘Jodie Miller is hard-working and committed. She constantly seeks to secure the best outcome for each individual client and secures their confidence by keeping them informed and explaining matters in easily comprehensible ways.’
‘I would single Angharad Hughes, a formidable litigator who is always thoroughly on top of her cases, and Melissa Gardner who is excellent with her clients and her experts.’
‘Jodie Miller deals effortlessly with medically complex cases. She gets the best out of the expert evidence and achieves excellent results for her clients. She is hugely experienced in managing all aspects of clinical negligence cases.’
‘Angharad Hughes is a good lawyer. She is very thoughtful and considerate and is super with clients and with experts. She has a delightfully happy personality which lightens any difficult aspects of the work.’
‘Melissa Gardner is very dedicated to her clients.’
‘Angharad Hughes is incredibly empathetic, which gains the trust of the client, but is also able to see the weaknesses of a case so that she gives realistic, balanced advice and does not give clients false hope. She is a very experienced litigator who doesn’t take any nonsense from the other side, but at the same time guides the client through every step of the process so as to minimise any stress of upset they might be feeling.’
- Obtained £24m compensation settlement for client with severe cerebral palsy due to maternity failures who requires 24-hour, lifelong specialist care.
- Secured £1.6m in compensation for a man who had to take early retirement due to delayed treatment of cauda equina syndrome.
- Secured lifetime comprehensive care package totalling £18m for child with catastrophic kernicterus brain damage.
- Represented a claimant who sustained a catastrophic head injury as a result of a quad bike accident in Zante, Greece.
- Represented a claimant assaulted by a hotel security team when being ejected from a room, which resulted in a cardiac arrest and subsequent hypoxic brain damage.
Experienced litigator Louise Wilcox heads the clinical negligence and personal injury team at Jobling Gowler Solicitors; she has specific expertise in handling fatalities and brain injuries. The practice also acts for clients pursuing claims involving surgical and medical conditions and cases of late diagnosis.
Other key lawyers:
‘Fantastic support and expert guidance at every step of the way. Our sensitive case has been treated with compassion throughout and out solicitor has worked tirelessly to make to process as straight forward as it can be.’
‘Louise Wilcox is a force of nature, vastly experienced and technically proficient.’
‘This is a partner-led practice which is almost unique and beneficial to the client particularly in terms of accountability and client care.’
‘Jobling Gowler are a niche practice providing specialised services – a small firm that concentrates on giving high quality advice.’
‘Gill Peate is exceptional. Her ability to explain legal processes to us, to manage multiple stakeholders and keep momentum going despite the pandemic has been excellent.’
Altrincham-based KhanMather Solicitors handles claims arising from road traffic accidents, injuries sustained abroad and claims relating to catastrophic loss and fraud cases. Saqib Khan and Helen Penney jointly head the practice.
Saqib Khan; Helen Penney
‘The KhanMather team is extremely well-lead by Saqib Khan; this team is exceptionally approachable putting one at ease and explaining things in layman’s terms.’
‘Great firm. Excellent response. Brilliant fees.’
‘Everyone at this firm is very helpful. From start to finish, people at KhanMather Solicitors have given excellent service.’
‘Saqib Khan is great example of a solicitor who wants to get things done for his clients. Saqib thinks like his clients and structures things in the most pragmatic way without compromising on quality and thoroughness. ’
‘Saqib Khan explains everything in detail and makes me feel very confident in using this firm. He also responds in a timely manner and no stone is left unturned.’
‘Helen Penney – an excellent litigation lawyer who are saved me money over the past decade by providing good advice and addressing the case in an expedient way which ultimately resulted in success.’
The medical negligence and personal injury teams at Leigh Day focus on high value, complex and serious claims. The clinical negligence practice handles cerebral palsy, brain injury and spinal injury claims, and is recommended for women's health claims including maternal birth injuries and delayed diagnosis of endometriosis. The 'fantastic' Stephen Jones heads the department. On the personal injury side, the group runs cycling, mesothelioma and asbestos, workplace accident and accident abroad claims. Andrew Bradley heads the Manchester office; Kevin Johnson is in charge of the Liverpool team; and Clare Campbell manages the specialist travel litigation team. Helen Ashton exclusively represents claimants with asbestos diseases.
Stephen Jones; Clare Campbell; Kevin Johnson; Andrew Bradley
Other key lawyers:
Helen Ashton; Brendan Hope
‘I thought the team were extremely professional and very competent in their field. I felt very comfortable working with the team as they were knowledgeable, thorough, and they keep me up to date with every stage of the claim process. The communication was excellent as I was kept informed of all aspects of the case and next steps.’
‘Stephen Jones is an fantastic solicitor. Very trustworthy, professional and supportive. He explained all the legal aspects of the case in a clear manner. He is very competent and diligent.’
‘The team are young and ambitious and combine a huge enthusiasm for all matters travel-related with excellent results for their happy clients. A campaigning zeal in their approach to litigation gives this team the edge.’
‘Clare Campbell was exception in all areas, friendly, approachable, contactable, professional and caring.’
‘Kevin Johnson is the most thorough and hard-working solicitor I know. He has a wealth of experience and is brilliantly organised.’
‘Helen Ashton’s thorough yet caring questioning was so appreciated by my father and he was so reassured that Helen would deal with his claim in the way he wanted. Her bedside manner was just lovely and she made a difficult subject very easy to deal with. Helen’s service from start to finish was excellent and we could not have asked for better. I would unreservedly recommend Helen to anyone.’
‘Brendan Hope is very patient, without being patronising. He has exceptional knowledge about medical matters. He explains things very thoroughly and made me feel in control of my case to an appropriate level. He is very friendly was well as professional.’
‘Kevin Johnson has forgotten more about asbestos disease than most practitioners know…. brilliant with clients – encyclopaedic knowledge and fights hard for his clients.’
- Settled living mesothelioma claim for a client in his 70s who was the carer for his adult grandson.
- Advised on claim on behalf of the wife of a cyclist killed in a road traffic collision.
- Acted on behalf of an English claimant who was injured as a result of an accident in a Spanish hotel.
- Settled a claim for £500,000 which addressed the poor treatment of endometriosis and the way in which women are often patronised within the healthcare system. .
Potter Rees Dolan specialises in both catastrophic personal injury and clinical negligence claims, and its lawyers are praised for their 'efficiency and empathy'. The clinical negligence team, led by Helen Dolan, focuses on brain injuries and spinal cord injuries such as cerebral palsy or cauda equina, and also handles failure to diagnose cases, surgical negligence and amputations. On the personal injury side, the practice has a strong reputation for complex brain and spinal injury cases, injuries requiring amputations, serious orthopaedic injuries and criminal injuries. Hugh Potter leads the team; 'excellent communicator' Richard Edwards is also recommended.
Helen Dolan; Hugh Potter
Other key lawyers:
Rachel Rees; Richard Edwards; Gary Herbert; Helen Shaw; Alison Hartley; Jeanne Evans; Lesley Herbertson; Gill Edwards
‘Potter Rees Dolan is a bespoke firm – you really get a specialist product when you go to them.’
‘Helen Dolan is a force to be reckoned with.’
‘Gill Edwards – calm, reassuring and knowledgeable, always available whenever you need her. Very caring and understanding of our concerns.’
‘Richard Edwards gave clear advice in a complex situation and was proactive in driving the case forward.’
‘Jeanne Evans was amazing and felt like she had become part of the family – she always was approachable and always made us feel that she understood our worries and concerns.’
‘Lesley Herbertson has been exceptional from the start. She is always professional, easy to talk to, understanding, fast to respond and efficient.’
‘Rachel Rees is a peerless litigator whose thoroughness and acumen are exemplary.’
‘Helen Dolan is a standout leader in her field. She has very good attention to detail, excellent judgement, is a strong negotiator and is excellent with clients.’
Price Slater Gawne
Price Slater Gawne handles a wide range of clinical negligence claims from its base in Altrincham, including brain damage, birth injuries and psychiatric injuries claims. Other areas of expertise include cerebral palsy, still births and neonatal deaths, and failures in care of the elderly. Mark Slater jointly heads the practice with Chris Gawne, who specialises in cases arising from surgery and from deaths in hospital.
Mark Slater; Chris Gawne
Other key lawyers:
Peter Flory; Rosamund Rhodes-Kemp; Sarah Barclay
‘I have felt very supported by Price Slater Gawne. They have treated the claim with sensitivity and compassion. They are very experienced and responsive, and have enabled us to feel confident in a positive outcome from the very start of the process.’
‘The team is very experienced in clinical negligence litigation with a level of expertise that compares very favourably with large London firms.’
‘Rosamund Rhodes-Kemp is an outstanding clinical negligence solicitor who specialises in complex birth injury claims on behalf of claimants.’
‘Highly approachable and knowledgeable in their areas.’
‘The team have strength in depth with excellent fee earners at all levels of seniority which ensures a high standard of representation and client care.’
‘Price Slater Gawne are a niche practice offering bespoke legal services in clinical negligence. Their strength is in the quality of solicitors employed by them – very experienced and knowledgeable in their field and with a good ability to spot the strengths and weaknesses of a case from the outset of the case.’
Savas & Savage Solicitors
Based in Crewe, Savas & Savage Solicitors represents clients involved in road traffic accidents and workplace accidents. The team also handles claims arising from injuries sustained while abroad. Managing director Savas Argirou has particular experience in employment law and occupational claims.
‘I can’t rate this firm highly enough – the way they have handled my claim and the support they have given me is second to none, at every step I’ve had things fully explained to me, all my appointments with specialists being handled brilliantly.’
‘I have always found Savas & Savage to have a good depth of fee earners who are all extremely competent. Their attention to detail is exceptional and their instructions are detailed, clear and well thought out. ‘
‘They are willing to take cases forward that others might not, therefore often achieving awards/settlements that others might not.’
‘A local firm that was approachable and very helpful, they kept me updated throughout my claim.’
- Represented a claimant in a personal injury claim resulting from a partial ceiling collapse, leading to an award of £4,500.
- Handled a claim on behalf of a nursing home resident who developed a mouth infection.
- Represented a claimant involved in a road traffic accident who sustained serious injuries to the right leg.
Bolton-based Serious Law LLP specialises exclusively in serious personal injury cases. The practice has a strong record in spinal, brain, and other catastrophic injury claims, and is particularly recommended for complex liability cases. Ben Priestley jointly heads the department with Tim Walters, who also heads the Court of Protection team. Jonathan Syddall is noted for his experience in fatal accidents and amputations.
Tim Walters; Ben Priestley
Other key lawyers:
Jonathan Syddall; Chris Lecky
‘The team are devoted to this area of the law. The maxim of putting the customer first is truly displayed in everything that they do.’
‘Ben Priestley and Jonathan Syddall provide a wealth of expertise in personal injury with excellent attention to detail and client care.’
‘Richard Crabtree is vastly experienced in catastrophic injury work. He has a very driven and effective approach to complex litigation and has good judgment on tactical issues.’
‘Ben Priestley is an outstanding individual. He is a leading practitioner in the field of catastrophic injury. His technical knowledge is first-rate as is his ability as a negotiator and he combines this with a personable approach to his clients.’
‘Jonathan Syddall has tremendous experience of brain and spinal injuries, including cases of the most severe brain injuries. He is a very switched on litigator.’
‘Ben Priestley and Tim Walters are very capable solicitors who will go the extra mile for their clients and families. Having an understanding of brain injury and spinal cord injury also helps them to inform their practice whilst improving the quality of life of those they aim to help. They work as a team and problem solve in some very complex situations.
‘Chris Lecky – experienced and more than competent enough to be a partner, and making the very best of the learning opportunities he has been given.’
‘Tim Walters’ Court of Protection reputation grows annually – he is a leader in this area.’
Simpson Millar LLP‘s Manchester office is known for its serious injury work, with specialisms in brain injury, spinal cord injury, loss of limb cases and chronic pain. The practice also has a strong offering in difficult and complex liability accidents concerning employers’ liability, public liability and road traffic accidents; Simon Stanfield heads the RTA team. The department also has specialised abuse, industrial disease and fast track groups, led by senior associate Liam Goggin, Deborah Krelle and Lee Anderson respectively. Melanie Burden is national head of the employer’s public liability serious injury department. Caroline Fox, who was promoted to partner in October 2021, is another key member of the team.
Melanie Burden; Deborah Krelle; Simon Stanfield; Lee Anderson; Simon Goggin
Other key lawyers:
Matthew Clayton; Caroline Fox; Rose Gibson; Nicola Hardy; Gulderen Salih
‘First class personalised service.’
‘Extremely good customer service. I have been kept informed every step of the way as to what is happening. Frequent updates. Friendly service. Thorough research. Compassionate and understanding. Would definitely recommend to others.’
‘A diverse team that makes use of new technologies to cope with Covid and has applied client-centred principles.’
‘Simpson Millar are a stand out PI firm taking on difficult cases where others would fear to tread. Strength in depth and excellent collaboration between team members.’
‘Rose Gibson is head and shoulders above the competition in terms of client care.’
‘Caroline Fox is a very capable solicitor with a real passion for her clients and their claims.’
‘Matthew Clayton secures incredible result for those for whom he acts. He will leave no stone unturned in seeking to secure the right result for his clients.’
Slater and Gordon has a strong national reputation for both clinical negligence and personal injury claims; Madelene Holdsworth is senior practice director for personal injury. The team covers a variety of specialist practice areas - Andrew Zajac manages the RTA group, while Michael Hardacre heads the employers' and public liability teams. Matthew Tomlinson leads the industrial disease team, where Pauline Chandler and David (Jon) Andrews are also noted. The abuse litigation group is led by Richard Scorer; Kim Harrison is also noted for her experience in CSA inquiries. Ben Gent joined the medical negligence team from Express Solicitors Ltd in March 2021; he has been leading the Manchester medical negligence practice, which handles birth and spinal injury cases, cauda equina and delayed diagnosis of cancer cases.
Madelene Holdsworth; Andrew Zajac; Michael Hardacre; Richard Scorer; Matthew Tomlinson
Other key lawyers:
Pauline Chandler; Ben Gent; David (Jon) Andrews; Kim Harrison; Helen Lewis; Maria Repanos; Sarah Sedge; Helen Barry; Victoria Beel
‘A fantastic firm, who put people first. They are professional, confident, astute, rigorous, yet compassionate. The team pursued a negligence case for me and were amazing.’
‘The team that Victoria Beel pulled together was exactly what was needed. She is cool, calm and calculated in her work. The work she has done for me thus far is outstanding. This compliment extends to the whole team. I feel blessed.’
‘Ben Gent is a first class lawyer with experience of high value complicated cerebral palsy claims. Couldn”t rate him more highly.’
‘Maria Repanos is excellent – hard-working with a lot of experience in the clinical negligence industry and consistently providing a high level of client care.’
‘Helen Lewis is a very intelligent lawyer. First class mind with great analytical skills.’
‘Helen Barry is an ambassador for Slater and Gordon. From the very outset, we knew our case was far from straightforward. In fact, it was very complicated indeed, which Helen always made quite clear. Helen did not provide any unrealistic expectations. She was always able to explain clearly, but with empathy, any difficulties that arose. She has provided a exceptional service’.
‘Victoria Beel is exceptional. She personally follows up with everything important and made a genuine effort to pursue my case whilst showing the utmost professionalism and heartfelt empathy. I owe her a lot and really hope she delivers. She is a class act.’
- Acted on a complex matter involving allegations against the deceased’s GP. It was alleged that there was a negligent failure to appreciate the severity of the claimant’s presentation and a failure to refer the deceased to hospital. The deceased subsequently died as a consequence of acute viral pneumonitis.
- Advised on a case in which the deceased died after treatment from a disgraced urologist.
- Advised on a case in which the deceased was admitted with pneumonia. She was negligently given a paracetamol overdose which it is claimed caused an acute liver injury which added to an undiagnosed chronic liver condition, triggered generalised sepsis, multi-organ failure and ultimately pancreatitis, leading to her death.
Stephensons Solicitors LLP
Stephensons Solicitors LLP's clinical negligence team handles a variety of work including brain and birth injury claims, amputation and spinal injury cases. Practice head Judith Thomas-Whittingham has a strong record of running cerebral palsy and wrongful birth claims. Laura Sheehan is noted for her experience in claims arising from surgical errors. On the personal injury side, the group, led by Kate Sweeney, advises on catastrophic injury claims, accidents at work, accidents abroad and industrial disease claims. Danielle Callaway has substantial experience in employers' and public liability, abuse and RTA claims.
Louise Griffiths; Kate Sweeney; Judith Thomas-Whittingham
Other key lawyers:
Danielle Callaway; Laura Sheehan; Shahina Sakeria; Claire Stockley; Thomas Mooney; Carla Duprey
‘The practice as a whole offers a very professional service. Client confidentiality was kept at all times, and their customer service is second to none. The members of staff I spoke with were always helpful and supportive.’
‘Kate Sweeney is extremely personable; her knowledge and understanding of the personal injury claims process and sector as a whole is extensive – she also has a great sense of humour.’
‘Danielle Callaway is an outstanding lawyer. She is friendly, approachable and has en eye for detail. I have confidence that she is on top of the case and the issues that require attention.’
‘Shahina Sakeria is always on top of a case and will be able to give clear and detailed advice at any stage. She is excellent in negotiating good settlements for clients and is able to assess the risks properly to ensure that she gets the best results possible.’
‘My solicitor Danielle Callaway was amazing. Very professional and made me feel like like I mattered and not just one of her cases. She was very supportive throughout and explained everything step by step and always communicated with me. Danielle has a kind, gentle approach with her clients but also displays a strong ‘take no nonsense’ side and you know she is fighting your corner.’
- Represented a client who received £9,250 following exposure to welding fumes at work which led to a diagnosis of emphysema.
- Represented a client who received £25,000 following a slipping accident at work which resulted in her being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress, a cervical spine whiplash injury and thoracolumbar spinal injury.
- Advised a client on a clinical negligence claim brought under the provisions of the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 and Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1934.
The Dental Law Partnership
The Dental Law Partnership is a specialist claimant dental negligence practice, recommended for vicarious liability and non-delegable duty of care-based cases. David Corless Smith, a dual-qualified solicitor and dentist, and Chris Dean, dual-qualified barrister and dentist, jointly head the firm with directors Helen Coleman and Heather Owen.
David Corless Smith; Chris Dean; Helen Coleman; Heather Owen
‘They provide excellent back-up throughout all processes. Excellent communication, advice and support. A very engaging and welcoming team.’
‘Heather Owen is fantastic; a highly capable solicitor and incredibly organised manager; she runs a tight ship.’
‘The highly experienced team of six dentists ensure that all of the claims are thoroughly vetted at an early stage and the firm enjoys a fantastic success rate.’
‘I approached the Dental Law Practice on the recommendation of a personal injury lawyer given the specialist nature of dental claims. They clearly know their sector, and I was comforted by the depth of experience of the principal lawyers.’
‘They are a well led, professional organisation. All staff I have had correspondence with have always been very helpful and transparent.’
- Represented client in a complex dental claim in which breach of duty was admitted but causation disputed.
- Represented client in a dental negligence claim with compensation of £80,000 awarded.
- Represented client in a dental negligence claim settled on a vicarious liability basis.
The Roland Partnership
The Roland Partnership, headed by Nina Roland, primarily focuses on clinical negligence work, handling a combination of no-win no-fee, private, insurance and publicly-funded work. Recent work has included claims arising from serious brain injury, serious birth injury and cerebral palsy, delays in diagnosing cancer, amputations, and gynaecological and urological injuries.
Thompsons Solicitors LLP
Thompsons Solicitors LLP particularly stands out for its market-leading personal injury work for a range of trade unions. Its catastrophic injury team handles claims encompassing brain injuries, spinal injuries, injuries involving amputations, multiple orthopaedic injuries and severe burns. Philip Liptrot, who has substantial experience acting for adults and children with complex multi-trauma injuries and pain conditions, jointly heads the team with Peter Stringer. Clare Jones heads the clinical negligence practice, which advises on claims arising from delayed diagnosis of cancer, amputations, birth injuries and injuries caused by rectal and vaginal implants.
Philip Liptrot; Peter Stringer; Clare Jones
‘They fight hard for their clients and are not afraid to take on difficult cases.’
‘The team is committed and dedicated to getting the best possible outcomes for their client, no matter the situation. Even with the lockdown restrictions, this has not stopped them from providing their dedicated, person-centred approach.’
‘Clare Jones’ experience of dealing with clinical negligence claims arising from the most serious of injuries sets her apart in the field. Her dedication to her clients is commendable and she is a tenacious litigator.’
‘They are not afraid to go to bat for claimants even in the most difficult of cases. They have good resources and good organisational structures so that knowledge can be shared quickly and applied effectively.’
‘Those I work with all are committed to their clients, communicate well with them and really care about them.’