Next Generation Partners: Personal Injury

Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant in North West

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP’s health advisory and litigation team handles clinical negligence claims for NHS Resolution, Medical Protection Society, independent healthcare providers and medical malpractice insurers. The practice has specialisms in obstetrics, GP indemnity, mental health, emergency and ambulance, spinal and dental matters. Amanda Callaghan heads up the Manchester office, offering extensive experience in the healthcare advisory and claims field. Sarah Manning supervises teams of clinical negligence lawyers based across the Midlands and Manchester offices, while recently promoted partner Louise Jackson leads the team representing dental practitioners and orthodontics specialists; she has of late been acting head of clinical negligence.

Practice head(s):

Amanda Callaghan; Sarah Manning; Louise Jackson

Other key lawyers:

Bethan Parry

Testimonials

‘Their experience in defending these claims is unrivalled.’

‘Louise Jackson – tactically astute, misses nothing, fights hard for her clients.’

‘Louise Jackson is a first rate senior associate.’

‘Louise Jackson is an excellent solicitor.’

‘Bethan Parry has recently joined the team from an extensive claimant background. Her attention to detail and communication skills are outstanding.’

Key clients

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust

Stockport NHS FT

Manchester Mental Health NHS FT

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS FT

The Christie NHS FT

North West Ambulance Trust NHS Trust

Medical Protection Society

Dental Protection Limited

NHS Resolution

Work highlights

  • Obtained a finding of fundamental dishonesty against a playboy glamour model and an award for costs pursuant to CPR 44.16 (1) in excess of £100,000. The claimant’s appeal failed in March 2021 and the defendant was awarded additional costs.
  • Defended three separate money claims issued against our client’s member GPs and the practice manager by a former disgruntled patient.

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co merged with Clyde & Co in 2022. On the clinical negligence side, Clyde advises clients on all aspects of healthcare, including brain and spinal injuries as well as delayed diagnosis of cancer claims. The BLM team is recognised for handling a range of cases, including neurosurgery, wrongful birth and meningitis claims. From a personal injury perspective, BLM and Clyde support clients via an array of specialist sub-teams, and between them cover the breadth of the practice area.

Practice head(s):

David Wynn; Mark Hemsted; Damian Rourke; Peter Unsworth; Melanie Mooney; Siobhan Mullins; Chris Murray; Rob Muttock; Vanessa Splaine; Luisa Lamb; Jonathan Clay; Sarah Woodwark; Chris Fletcher; Simon Jones; Stuart Furniss; Paul Wainwright

Other key lawyers:

Ruth Graham; Andrew Jones; David Spencer; Chris Dexter; Chris Eccles; Nicola Overmire; Andrew Kerr; Elizabeth Wallace

Testimonials

‘Excellent team led by Chris Murray.’

‘Vanessa Splaine at Clydes is an outstanding litigator and team supervisor.’

‘With Chris Murray, in particular, I have my ‘go to’ lawyer, whose experience in cases of the utmost severity/value is second to none. His technical knowledge, negotiating abilities and people skills are exceptional.’

‘Chris Eccles is a calm, highly knowledgeable and very astute solicitor. He is very good at judging the strategic issues.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a large insurer on case that involved a complex historical physical and sexual abuse claim.
  • Instructed to defend a claim for Axa Insurance UK plc.
  • Advised Transportation Claims Limited/QBE Insurance on a RTA contribution claim.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP‘s clinical negligence team handles matters across the public and private health sectors, advising on claims for NHS Resolution, Medical Defence Union and a range of private hospital groups. The practice also deals with cases for mental health, fertility and telemedicine services. Simon Wortley heads the Manchester office, advising independent healthcare providers and forging strong relationships with insurers to the healthcare sector. Sean Doherty has moved from the Leeds branch to the Manchester office, specialising in birth injury claims. Associate Claire Fitzgerald is recognised for her work on mental health matters. On the personal injury side, Craig Godding and Corinne Sinker head the team, while associate Naomi Marshall is another key member.

Practice head(s):

Simon Wortley; Craig Godding; Corrine Sinker

Other key lawyers:

Sean Doherty; Claire Fitzgerald; Naomi Marshall

Testimonials

‘The team at DACB are second to none when it comes to their clinical negligence work. Their focused, detailed approach to reporting, makes what are ordinarily very complex cases easy to understand and deal with.’

‘Simon Wortley is excellent. His support on med mal, cost management and account management is invaluable.’

‘The DACB Manchester healthcare team led by Simon Wortley is extremely friendly and professional.’

‘Claire Fitzgerald is excellent at achieving great results for her clients.’

Key clients

Circle Healthcare Group

HCA International Limited

Medical Defence Union

Dental Defence Union

Schoen Clinic UK

Elysium Healthcare Ltd

Florence Nightingale Hospital

NHS Resolution

Insurance Corporation of the Channel Islands

MS Amlin

Allied World Assurance Company

Zurich

Beazley

Royal Sun Alliance

CNA Hardy

Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth

Evodental

AMMA Assurance (Belgium)

Medical Professional Liability Company (MPLC)

Intereurope AG

Teladoc UK Ltd

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England/Improvement

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NOE CPC

Work highlights

  • Advised NHS Resolution/Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in respect of committal for contempt of court against the litigation friend (the Claimant’s mother) from the original civil claim, with the claim pleaded at circa £5.5m.
  • Acted for NHS Resolution on behalf of various NHS Trusts and Secretary of State for Health and Social Care in all metal on metal hip claims involving the NHS nationally.

DWF

DWF handles complex personal injury claims on behalf of major insurers. The practice also has a niche in fraudulent personal injury claims. Ian Slater is the global head of the major injury and casualty practice area. Tom Higson leads the Manchester catastrophic injury team with expertise in brain and spine injuries, amputation, fatal accidents and chronic pain. In the Liverpool office, Jewels Chamberlain handles spurious soft tissue and whiplash claims, while Stuart Poole covers RTA, casualty and large loss exaggeration cases. Colin Bushell deals with motor and property damage matters.

Practice head(s):

Ian Slater; Tom Higson; Jewels Chamberlain; Stuart Poole

Other key lawyers:

Colin Bushell

Work highlights

  • Advised on no contact road traffic accidents featuring claimants driving mopeds/motorcycles with suspect solicitors, engineers and feeder companies in various locations.
  • Advised on case involving use of telematics data to uncover a fraudulent claim with savings of over 170k.
  • Acting for insurance company, defending claims made by two international rugby players who were found to be fundamentally dishonest.

Forbes Solicitors

Forbes Solicitors‘ complex and catastrophic injury team is recognised for its work on high-value, construction injury claims. Andrew Ellis co-heads the Manchester office alongside Chris Booth, who has expertise in tackling fraudulent personal injury claims. Nicola Dawn joined the office from Clyde & Co in November 2021, specialising in occupational disease claims. The Blackburn office is led by a senior quartet, comprising Kella Bowers, Ridwaan Omar, Paul Geldard and Elizabeth Bower. Bowers leads the specialised social services and abuse claims team whilst Omar heads the department’s regulatory practice. Geldard and Bower are renowned as key contacts for large loss and casualty claims, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Chris Booth; Paul Geldard; Kella Bowers; Elizabeth Bower; Ridwaan Omar; Andrew Ellis

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Dawn; Lucy Harris

Testimonials

‘Whilst Forbes Solicitors are an ever-expanding firm, the personal touch is still very much present.’

‘Andrew Ellis deserves special mention. Not only is he exceptionally knowledgeable, he is easy to speak with.’

‘Kella Bowers and Chris Booth are excellent specialists in their own particular fields and will sort out extremely complex historic matters that seemed daunting beforehand.’

‘Andrew Ellis’s approach is fairly representative of the company’s ethos. His personality makes an excellent central point of contact –  leaves an open door approach that allows for technical and or naive questions to be asked by clients without making non-legal staff feel awkward.’

‘Chris Booth is an excellent lawyer and case manager who has an ability to have an overarching feel for a case. He is always receptive to ideas and alternative ways to dealing with a case.’

‘Elizabeth Bower always gives clear and cogent advice. She is a calming influence when clients are anxious about a case.’

‘Paul Geldard is technically up there with the very best.’

‘Kella Bowers is exceptional and the “go-to” person for claims against social services departments, including those arising out of or related to coroners inquests.’

Key clients

Co-operative Group Ltd

Galliford Try Plc

Rochdale Borough Council

Sportscover Europe

AXA Liabilities Managers (Insurer)

Cunningham Lindsay International t/a Sedgwick

Zurich Insurance

Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Lloyds Syndicate 2525

Charles Taylor Adjusters

Morgan Sindall Plc

Salford Council

Gallagher Bassett

Broadspire/Crawfords

RSA

Wigan Council

Travelers

Guinness Partnership

Kepak Group

AIG

Calico Homes

Carlisle Council

Conwy Council

Cumbria Council

Cumbria Fire and Rescue

Flintshire Council

Gwynedd Council

Lancaster City Council

Manchester City Council

Preston City Council

Symphony Housing Group

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

Warrington Borough Council

Doncaster Council

Highways Wales

Manchester College

Calderdale Council

QBE

Salix Housing

Pembrokeshire Council

Work highlights

  • Represented Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council in claims brought by a significant number of claimants relating to historic Child Sexual Exploitation following publication of the Jay Report.
  • Represented a large construction company in a claim following an accident on a building site which resulted in the claimant suffering an above knee amputation.
  • Advised on the identification of around 20 linked highways claims, indicative of a co-ordinated effort to defraud the public purse, securing a finding of fundamental dishonesty.

Hempsons

Hempsons advises on matters across the clinical negligence sector, including dental, mental health and, fraud and dishonesty claims. The practice also works on NHS Resolution’s panels for trust claims and primary care. Anne Ball heads the team, offering extensive experience in healthcare law, whilst also representing NHS Trusts at inquests in particular sensitive cases involving patient suicides. Co-head Kirsten Blohm, also the NHS Resolution lead partner, oversees the national healthcare litigation team. Patricia Roe and Jennie Chapman are further key members, with the latter working on birth injury, brain damage and amputations claims. Associate Nigel Wood focuses on ophthalmic and dental claims.

Practice head(s):

Anne Ball; Kirsten Blohm

Other key lawyers:

Patrica Roe; Jennie Chapman; Nigel Wood

Testimonials

‘Nigel Wood kept me informed at every stage, he gives me the best legal advice.’

‘Jennie Chapman stands out for her fearlessness when taking a claim to trial and her ability to stay calm whilst all hell is breaking loose.’

‘Nigel Wood is always all over the issues. He puts in the time to get to know the details, which can make all the difference.’

‘Nigel Wood is a skillful pragmatist; fights the cases which need to be fought and settles the cases which need to be settled.’

‘Hempsons are perhaps the strongest team in the NW handling clinical negligence defence work. They are a titan in the field.’

‘Very experienced in defendant clinical negligence work, cohesive and comprehensive team that works well together.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Work highlights

  • Advised NHS Resolution and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on an alleged failure to diagnose a TIA in A&E; at trial in this £1m+ claim Justice Richie found for the defendant on all issues.

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP handles claims for NHS Resolution and private healthcare insurers. The department offers expertise in claims relating to gender reassignment, the aesthetic sector and those involving a non-delegable duty of care. Practice head Andrew Craggs , also the national head of health business group and health litigation, specialises in stress/bullying and sexual assault claims in the health sector. David Locke deals with non-delegable duty of care arguments and the prosecution of fraudulent claimants. Jonathan Heap handles maximum severity clinical negligence cases, while Joanne Hughes has significant experience in GP and dental matters. Associate Claire Christopholus focuses on the defence of NHS commissioning claims. Jessica Neary joined the practice in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Craggs

Other key lawyers:

David Locke; Jonathan Heap; Joanne Hughes; Claire Christopholous; Jessica Neary

Testimonials

‘Joanne Hughes is dynamic and personable; she relates well to both clients and opponents.’

‘Andrew Craggs leads the team with passion and commitment.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Medical Protection Society

CNA Hardy

Beazley Group

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Northern Care Alliance (Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust)

Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust

NHS England

St Helens and Knowsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Defended a highly repercussive claim for NHSR Resolution, in which a claimant sought permission to bring proceedings for a second time by arguing that Bailey represented a material change in the law.
  • Prosecuted a claimant and a witness for contempt of court, acting for NHS Resolution.
  • Advised NHS Resolution in relation to a major obstetric incident at an NHS Trust which is likely to result in claims which could conceivably have a value of £500m.

Horwich Cohen Coghlan Solicitors

Horwich Cohen Coghlan defends clients nationally across the UK insurance industry, handling both domestic and cross-border disputes. The team has a particular focus on the public transport sector. Practice head Mark Woodall specialises in defending complex personal injury claims and receives instructions from clients to handle motor, employers liability and public liability cases.

Practice head(s):

Mark Woodall

Work highlights

    Kennedys

    Kennedys handles the breadth of the personal injury practice area, acting for major global insurers as well as hospitality, transport and elite sport sector clients. The team is also home to the firm’s specialist fraud group. Martin Stockdale heads the team, while Gordon Davidson has extensive experience working on employers and public liability claims. Richard McKeown focuses on issues arising in the leisure and hospitality, retail and transport sectors. Christopher Oldfield is another key member of the practice. Senior associate Ian Ford acts on serious injury cases with an emphasis on logistics, construction and leisure claims. Lauren Gosnell joined the practice from Clyde & Co in 2022.

    Practice head(s):

    Martin Stockdale

    Other key lawyers:

    Gordon Davidson; Richard McKeown; Christopher Oldfield; Ian Ford; Lauren Gosnell

    Testimonials

    ‘Very good sports injury team headed by Chris Oldfield.’

    ‘Kennedys personal injury/insurance team in Manchester has a formidable reputation and is highly respected and feared in equal measure.’ 

    ‘Richard McKeown stands head and shoulders above the rest. Master tactician, extensive industry knowledge and always one step ahead of his opponent.’

    ‘Ian Ford is always available to discuss matters and has a strong understanding of the industry/market, his competitors and provides practical and clear advice which is clearly laid out, allowing us to consider angles we had not previously thought of.’

    ‘Gordon Davidson is the stand-out individual.’

    ‘Richard McKeown is impressive in his approach as he takes time to understand the client’s wider needs and approach to claims rather than just assuming a one-size fits all method.’

    ‘Richard McKeown leads the account and provides a very personable approach with pragmatic legal advice. Richard has an in-depth knowledge of the clients which assists all parties in the successful handling of claims.’

    Key clients

    Hilton Hotels

    JD Wetherspoon Plc

    Chubb

    Abellio Transport Holdings Limited

    MJ Gleeson

    Marston’s Plc

    The Innovation Group

    UK Athletics

    Virgin West Coast Trains

    The Go Ahead Group

    Atalian Servest Ltd

    Revolution Bars Group Plc

    British Cycling

    Work highlights

      Keoghs LLP

      Keoghs LLP acts for a range of self-insured clients, commercial companies and public sector organisations. The team handles matters across the breadth of personal injury, including motor liability, disease, abuse and catastrophic injury claims. Gary Fitzpatrick and Don Clarke oversee the Bolton office. Damian Ward and Peter Kenworthy lead on counter-fraud strategy and disease claims, respectively. Andrew Evans is head of corporate risk, operating from the Liverpool base. Mike Pope is recognised for his work on traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, polytrauma, amputations, and fatal accidents. Emma Spencer specialises in catastrophic injury claims.

      Practice head(s):

      Gary Fitzpatrick; Don Clarke; Damian Ward; Peter Kenworthy; Andrew Evans

      Other key lawyers:

      Emma Spencer; Mike Pope

      Testimonials

      ‘Mike Pope and Emma Spencer are stand-out individuals. They combine astute intelligence and have the complete trust of their clients.’

      ‘The team at Keoghs has a breadth of experience and is extremely thorough in the advice it provides to its clients. The PI team are very knowledgeable and they have the ability to be agile and provide tactical advice at the highest level.’

      ‘Emma Spencer is technically-minded and still retains a friendly and approachable demeanour. No request is too demanding and her attention to detail is second to none.’

      ‘Mike Pope is a very experienced lawyer and brings a wealth of knowledge to the table. He is able to comprehend challenging legal arguments and draws on his experience in an approachable manner.’

      Key clients

      Esure

      LV

      Allianz

      Zurich

      Motor Insurers’ Bureau

      Mulsanne

      First Central

      AXA Insurance

      Work highlights

      • Acted on behalf of Hastings Direct/Advantage Insurance in a landmark case dealing with contributory negligence associated with passengers accepting lifts from intoxicated drivers.

      Plexus Law

      Plexus Law’s personal injury team focuses on casualty, motor, disease, fraud and large loss claims. The department is instructed by major insurers, the Metropolitan Police and various local authorities. Anthony Baker leads the practice, specialising in work-related stress claims. Tim Short and Gary Petterson oversee the motor and fraud teams, respectively. Philip D’Netto heads the catastrophic injury department and Louise Shaw manages the casualty unit. Andrew Steel and Matt Smith co-head the public sector/police law team.

      Testimonials

      ‘The Plexus team is fantastic to work with. They’re very bright and are creative in how they can deploy causes of action or procedural rules to a client’s advantage: no stone is left unturned.’

      ‘The team at Plexus Law offers a first class legal service. They provide thorough advice on all the relevant legal points and their ability to develop positive relationships is second to none.’

      ‘Louise Shaw has been one of the most impressive solicitors that I have had the pleasure of working with. She has masterminded numerous excellent legal strategies which have led to significant costs savings for our company.’

      ‘Excellent engagement, always willing to assist, no query too small.’

      ‘Plexus Law has provided excellent legal advice, support and case handling in motor personal injury cases.’

      ‘Andrew Steel offers excellent insight into cases, knows all aspects of the case. He is very good with clients, putting them at ease and most importantly, explaining the economic pros and cons of litigation.’

      Key clients

      QBE

      AIG

      Tesco Stores Ltd

      Ageas

      Swiss Re

      Balfour Beatty

      The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

      Greater Manchester Police

      Cumbria Police

      Lancashire Police

      Work highlights

      • Advised on a high-value head injury claim.
      • Defended a civil action made against MPS for false imprisonment, assault and personal injury.

      Weightmans LLP

      Weightmans LLP handles clinical claims for NHS trusts and primary care beneficiaries (GPs), as well as numerous medical malpractices claims for insurers. The team is noted for its work on birth and brain injury cases, organ transplant and blood donor issues well as national inquires. Richard Jolly co-heads the Liverpool office alongside Vicky Morris, with the latter recognised for her work on blood donor and organ transplant cases. Ian Critchley handles a range of matters including high-value birth injury work, while Lisa Spencer works on prison healthcare claims. On the personal injury side, the practice specialises in casualty, disease, motor, public authority and large loss claims. Co-heads Peter Forshaw, Jim Bryant, Peter Wake and Suzanne Milne all oversee northwest based sub-teams. Roddy MacLeod is recognised for his work on stress claims, while Louise Mutch handles complex catastrophic injury cases. David Holt specialises in non-indemnity insurance work.

      Practice head(s):

      Richard Jolly; Vicky Morris; Peter Forshaw; Jim Bryant; Peter Wake; Sue Milne;

      Other key lawyers:

      Ian Critchley; Roddy McLeod; Louise Mutch; David Holt

      Testimonials

      ‘The team at Weightmans has strong and longstanding relationships in the North West with a number of NHS trusts, medical defence organisations and private hospital groups. The team specialises in medical liability and regulatory cases involving all types of health professionals.’

      ‘Ian Critchley is a very able lawyer. He is extremely har working and has good judgement.’

      ‘Vicky Morris is very dedicated and hardworking. She is particularly able in understanding complex medical matters.’

      ‘This is a leading defendant PI practice with solicitors and partners with excellent legal knowledge and first rate commercial and client considerations at the forefront of what they do.’

      ‘Richard Jolly is unparalleled in experience and expertise.’

      ‘Richard Jolly is hugely experienced and incredibly knowledgeable. He is likeable and modest but very able indeed. His team, as a result, are very good indeed across the board.’

      ‘Peter Wake has encyclopeedic knowledge of this area of law and is a very safe pair of hands.’

      ‘Roddy Macleod’s reputation is unparalleled.’

      Key clients

      NHS Resolution

      IDH

      Markel

      CFC

      North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

      Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

      Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

      Mersey Care NHS Trust

      Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

      Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

      NHS Blood & Transplant

      Wirral Community NHS FT

      Zurich Insurance

      Motor Insurer’s Bureau

      AIG Europe Ltd Insurance

      AXA XL Insurance

      PwC (Chester Street Holdings)

      Municipal Mutual Insurance

      Ageas Insurance

      Tesco Underwriting

      First Central Insurance

      InterEurope AG Insurance

      Covea Insurance

      Octagon Insurance

      Collingwood

      Sabre Insurance

      Travellers Insurance Company

      Tradex Insurance

      Insure the Box

      RSA Insurance

      HDI Global

      Esure Insurance

      Prometheus Insurance

      Hastings Direct

      Markerstudy Insurance

      Berkshire Hathaway Speciality Insurance

      Liberty Mutual

      Markel Insurance

      DCL Insurance

      Hiscox Insurance

      Broadspire / Crawfords

      Protector Insurance

      Vinci

      Jaguar Landrover

      Rolls Royce

      Nestle

      Retailers including Lidl, Primark and Menzies

      Energy companies including Shell and BP

      DHL

      Utilities including Severn Trent and Eon

      Hundreds of local authorities and police authorities

      Work highlights

      • Advised NHS Resolution/Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in a case relating to the failure to diagnose and treat an internal hernia resulting in bowel resection, intestinal transplant and a still birth, successfully negotiating a settlement in a lump sum with no provisional damages order or ongoing PPO.
      • Advised NHS Resolution/Mersey Care in a claim concerning an allegation that the trust failed to provide a reasonable standard of nursing care to the claimant following his attendance at a clinic for a regular dressing of his below knee amputation wound.
      • Advised NHS Resolution/Leicester Partnership NHS Trust in a case relating to the failure to provide appropriate mental health care in prison, leading to the deceased’s suicide.
      • Acted on behalf of Warrington Council and others and identified a massive fraud ring which involved over 500 fraudulent “slip and trip” cases.