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Firms To Watch: Personal injury: claimant

Brian Barr Solicitors has developed a niche in fibromyalgia and chronic pain claims and demonstrates a strong litigation record in this space. Pain conditions specialist Alex Cohen is the key name to note.
Hudgell Solicitors is notably acting for around 160 potential claimants injured in the Manchester Arena bombing, and a number more who were psychologically injured, following the beginning of a major inquiry into the event. Key names include Sarah Patten and Caroline Murgatroyd.
The Asbestos Law Partnership LLP is expanding in the North West. The firm’s Manchester office is headed by Helen Wilson, an APIL accredited occupational and asbestos specialist with a high level of experience in pursuing industrial disease claims. Louise Larkin heads up the Liverpool office, which was opened in 2022.

Personal injury: claimant in North West

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell‘s international claimant personal injury practice, based in Manchester, is led by Jonathan Betts, an APIL accredited brain injury specialist. Betts is supported by Matthew Brown, an experienced litigator with a strong record in liability and quantum disputes; cross-border serious injury claims specialist Cheryl Palmer-Hughes; and asbestos claims expert Geraldine Coombs. The firm is well known for its military injuries sub-group, key names within which include Amanda Marsh and Carol PurangMatthew Garson and Richard Biggs were both promoted to partner in May 2022 and 2023, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Betts

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Brown; Cheryl Palmer-Hughes; Geraldine Coombs; Amanda Marsh; Carol Purang; Richard Biggs; Matthew Garson


‘From an expert witness point of view, the firm is one of the best I work with in explaining exactly what they need from me and then giving me the tools in term of the background medical data and support in providing robust, CPR complaint reports.’

‘Carol Purang at Irwin Mitchell Manchester has a deep understanding of the issues surrounding noise and military induced hearing loss and of the impact that damage has on individuals. She is empathetic and leads a strong team well.’

‘Simply from start to finish everything was perfect and professional in every way.’

‘My dealings with the team leave me in no doubt that they have the claimants’ best interests at heart and as such their pastoral care is excellent.’ 

‘The team support the local charities relating to asbestos and in particular mesothelioma and last year all of them were involved in raising money for good causes. I was happy to support them as it means that the firm is not just about the business of personal injury but also has a vested interest in its clients stretching beyond the claim and helping to support others.’

‘Whilst each individual has unique qualities and abilities, collectively their main strength is their teamwork which is impressive and at a level I would describe as being outstanding.They all share and practice the company’s core values.’

‘Irwin Mitchell continue to be the dominant force in personal injury litigation as the pre-eminent firm with strength and depth. This applies more generally in the personal injury space but also in narrower specialised areas such as foreign accident/travel claims.’

‘I have longstanding experience of working with the military personal injury team and they have an in-depth specialism in this niche area of the law. They have excellent client care, particularly in relation to psychologically injury military personnel, and consistently achieve beneficial results.’

JMW Solicitors LLP

JMW Solicitors LLP‘s practice is recommended for complex personal injury matters, ranging from heavily contested liability disputes to cases of uncommon injuries such as carbon monoxide poisoning. The practice is jointly led by paediatric brain injury specialist Gordon Cartwright and industrial disease specialist Andrew Lilley. Joanne Brine, who is experienced in cross-border injury claims, is another key name in the team. Catherine Leech, a highly regarded specialist in spinal injuries and polytraumas, joined the firm from Irwin Mitchell in October 2022.

Practice head(s):

Gordon Cartwright; Andrew Lilley

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Brine; Catherine Leech

Work highlights

  • Represented a claimant who suffered CO poisoning at work, and settled before trial for £585,000.
  • Representing a claimant who suffered a spinal cord injury following an RTA.
  • Represented a 23-year-old male who sustained a serious brain injury in a motorcycle accident, and obtained a settlement for £3.85m.

Leigh Day

Leigh Day‘s ‘formidable team of experts‘ is led jointly by Andrew Bradley, who has 25 years’ of personal injury law experience and handles a specialist cycling subdivision of the team; Clare Campbell, who handles cases of personal injury sustained while travelling; and industrial disease experts Kevin Johnson and Steven Dickens. Colin Murphy, who handles multi-party actions, often with a cross-border element – with the Stade de France incident being a recent standout matter – is also integral, as is Andrew Zajac. Clients recommend the firm as ‘a forward thinking, innovative practice which handles a highly diverse caseload‘.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Bradley; Clare Campbell; Kevin Johnson; Steven Dickens

Other key lawyers:

Colin Murphy; Andrew Zajac; Helen Ashton


‘A formidable team of experts under the skilled and impressive supervision of superstar Clare Campbell. The team has particular skill in cross-border personal injury cases of the highest profile. There is real strength-in-depth from this team in the travel personal injury field.’

‘Clare Campbell: superstar partner based in Manchester. Colin Murphy: the cerebral travel lawyer’s travel lawyer. A great brain and a kind and engaging presence for lay clients, also based in Manchester.’

‘The team at Leigh Day do some excellent, difficult and high-value work. They are well known for taking a sensible approach to litigation, and as a result get some very good results for clients, both settlements and court awards.’

‘Clare Campbell really knows her stuff when it comes to cross-border and travel cases, and is a pleasure to deal with. Colin Murphy really adds value to any case he works on.’

‘A forward thinking, innovative practice which handles a highly diverse caseload, with particularly complex legal issues (jurisdiction/applicable law). They are often at the forefront of legal developments in this area.’

‘Clare Campbell is an excellent all-round travel lawyer who has huge respect in the industry and secures excellent results for her clients.’

Colin Murphy is exceptionally intelligent and can unpick the knottiest legal problems to the benefit of his clients.

‘The team is first class across the board, not least because it is headed up by two very impressive and dynamic leaders in Kevin Johnson and Steven Dickens. They are both very down to earth but work tirelessly for their clients. Their knowledge and experience of asbestos litigation is peerless.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for more than 600 Liverpool FC fans to bring claims for physical and psychological injuries suffered as a result of the events surrounding the UEFA Champions League final which took place at the Stade de France in Paris.
  • Acted for a UK expat now living in New Zealand who was exposed to asbestos when working for a company in North West England, settling the matter for £220,000 and additional payment of ongoing medical treatment.
  • Representing a claimant who was severely injured while working at Hinkley Point C.

Serious Injury Law Limited

Boutique claimant personal injury firm Serious Injury Law Limited, based in Bolton, handles catastrophic injury cases. The firm is part of The Major Trauma Signposting Partnership in conjunction with the NHS, providing legal advisory services to catastrophic injury patients following admission to hospital. The practice is led by the ‘superlativeBen Priestley jointly with managing partner Tim Walters, spinal and brain injury specialist Jonathan Syddall, and experienced litigator Matthew Dixon. Chris Lecky, who also serves as Deputy District Judge, is a further key name.

Practice head(s):

Ben Priestley; Tim Walters; Matthew Dixon; Jonathan Syddall

Other key lawyers:

Chris Lecky


‘Serious Injury Law offer a service that puts clients at the forefront. The expertise in the sector is superb.’

‘I have been very impressed with how knowledgeable the team are and how they take each client as an individual, treating their requests sensitively and making decisions on a bespoke basis to meet the unique needs of each client.’

‘My experience with them has been on several highly challenging cases where an open-minded, bespoke approach has been required to meet needs in the clients’ best interests. They have never been dismissive of quite off-the-wall ideas and are always ready to discuss recommendations and requests to ensure the most appropriate outcome.’

‘Absolutely dedicated to their field of serious injury. Extremely thorough but most importantly always putting the client first. The best in this area that we have worked with.’

Approachable, knowledgeable, willing to work proactively to find solutions. Client-centric, treating clients as individuals and investing in them to get the desired result. More than happy to visit clients at home when required across a nationwide basis.’

‘Attention to detail, exceptional customer service, out to help each of the clients.’

‘A very solid team headed by the superlative Ben Priestley.’

Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon handles a diverse range of work in the personal injury field. The practice is jointly led by Jordan Bell, who is highly recommended for asbestos-related claims; military injury specialist Madelene Holdsworth; and managing partner and catastrophic injury litigator Matthew Tomlinson. Abuse and public inquiries experts Kim Harrison and Richard Scorer also form an integral part of the team, handling major high-profile work, including a claim stemming from the Manchester Arena Bombing public inquiry. Also recommended are Michael Hardacre, who handles occupiers’ and public liability work, brain injury specialist Richard Crabtree, and experienced industrial disease lawyer Pauline Chandler.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Tomlinson; Madelene Holdsworth; Jordan Bell

Other key lawyers:

Kim Harrison; Richard Scorer; Michael Hardacre; Richard Crabtree; Pauline Chandler


‘Very strong team of lawyers handling asbestos disease claims for claimants.’

‘Absolute stand-outs in the field of claimant asbestos disease claims.’

‘They are well resourced and professional, with excellent IT, great connections and are very flexible. Highly recommended.’

‘Michael Hardacre is excellent on complex, high-value pain cases.

‘Very large personal injury team with sub-specialisms within it. Some very good people.’

‘Michael Hardacre: experienced and capable in multi-track personal injury litigation.’

‘Excellent team, really easy to work with. They are friendly, down to earth and provide clear instructions.’

‘Michael Hardacre is very good. Extremely knowledgeable and very pragmatic. He finds inventive solutions to tricky legal issues.’

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented a police officer with the Metropolitan Police service who suffered PTSD after being exposed to harmful images of sexual offences against children over a prolonged period.
  • Representing 11 of the 12 families of the deceased at the Manchester Arena Bombing public inquiry.
  • Representing 16 victims and survivors of serious sexual and emotional abuse in the former religious cult The Nine O’ Clock Service.


CFG Law specialises in serious and catastrophic brain injury claims, particularly resulting from road traffic accidents. The team is jointly led by expert on psychological trauma following injury Vicky Whitney, ‘amazingEmily Kalwak, and head of the Manchester office Matthew Evans. David Hilton, Michelle Cresswell, Emma Jones and Nigel Smith are among the other key names to note in the team. The firm is recommended for its compassionate approach, keeping the client’s ‘needs and feelings paramount‘.

Practice head(s):

Vicky Whitney; Emily Kalwak; Matthew Evans

Other key lawyers:

David Hilton; Emma Jones; Nigel Smith; Michelle Cresswell


‘They are very methodical and diligent. They appear to be very professional, dedicated and empathetic with the case, keeping my needs and feelings paramount.’

‘I value the depth of communication from Emma Jones and Nigel Smith from CFG Law. They have always put me first. They work well together by taking over tasks when one or the other is unavailable. They give me the impression that they really care about me and will only pursue something if it is in my best interest.’

‘Approachable and available, a team led by Emily Kalwak who goes above and beyond, leading by example.’

‘Emily Kalwak and David Hilton both are available at all times to offer reassurance and gifting us confidence in the most difficult of circumstances. Friendly, professional and above all knowledgable.’

‘The team at CFG have been incredibly supportive, helping us all the way through a long and emotional journey. We always felt as though we had someone available to support us and that they had our best interests at heart.’

‘When we started to work with CFG, we had no idea what was happening, what CFG did or whether to trust them, it was all a complete blur as we entered into a different world. It didn’t take long for us to realise that we had made the best decision possible and had found someone in Emily Kalwak who would get us through a very difficult time.’

‘This practice is amazing, specifically Emily Kalwak, she has an amazing team that work with her. Emily was so approachable, nothing was too much trouble, I was able to contact her whenever I needed to.’

Work highlights

  • Secured a £4m settlement for a client who sustained a severe traumatic brain injury in a road traffic collision.
  • Obtained a £3.7m settlement through the Motor Insurers’ Bureau for a client who sustained a traumatic brain injury in a pedestrian hit-and-run collision.
  • Obtained a £2.8m settlement for a client who sustained a severe traumatic brain injury in an accident at work.

Farleys Solicitors LLP

Farleys Solicitors LLP‘s ‘powerful team‘ is particularly recommended for its abuse claims work, with Jonathan Bridge having specialised in this area for nearly three decades. Bridge leads the team jointly with Michael Corrigan and Nick Molyneux; the latter focus on catastrophic injury claims, including spinal and brain injuries. Further key names include inquest specialist Kelly Darlington, described by clients as one of the ‘leading lights in complex inquest work in Manchester and the North West‘, and 'brilliant' mental health claims expert Alice Wood.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Bridge; Nick Molyneux; Michael Corrigan

Other key lawyers:

Kelly Darlington; Alice Wood


‘Farleys have a powerful team with enormous experience of claims arising out of child abuse and neglect.’

‘Jonathan Bridge has a huge caseload but is always on top of the detail of every case. He has secured the largest ever awards in cases of child abuse and neglect.’

‘The best firm for historic child abuse and sexual assault claims.’

‘Jonathan Bridge is a truly exceptional solicitor in this area of work and gets fantastic results.’

‘Kelly Darlington and her team have established themselves as the leading lights in complex inquest work in Manchester and the North West. They are compassionate and approachable as well as diligent and responsive.’

‘Kelly Darlington – leads her team of highly motivated and diligent lawyers. Kelly cares about every case she does and it shows in the quality of her work. She always goes the extra mile.’

‘It’s a very person-centred team. Lawyers get to know their clients on a personal level, which encourages clients to be open with the team and helps build a strong rapport. Solicitors are very responsive to emails and have good relationships with the barristers they instruct.’

‘Alice Wood is a brilliant solicitor. A safe pair of hands and always on top of the papers. She is always willing to go over and above and, often at short notice, will find a way to find the answer to a question. She’s a solution-focused person.’

Work highlights

  • Representing the family of a two-year-old who died due to a severe respiratory condition due to prolonged exposure to mould in his home environment, a housing association flat managed by Rochdale Boroughwide Housing.
  • Representing the families of two young men who died whilst under the care of Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust at Prestwich Hospital.

Fletchers Solicitors

Fletchers Solicitors has a large team covering a high turnover of catastrophic injury matters. The team is jointly led by brain injury and vehicle collisions expert Julia Eyton; spinal injuries and amputations specialist Caroline MorrisGerard Horton, who was promoted to partner in August 2022; and Victoria Marsden, who was promoted to head of employers' and public liability claims in October 2022. The highly experienced Adrian Denson is also key.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Morris; Victoria Marsden; Gerard Horton; Julia Eyton

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Denson


‘A firm specialising in motorcycle catastrophic injury claims. I consider them an authority in this field.’

‘I found this team to be very professional.’

‘The team at Fletchers are very professional, friendly and understanding. They took time to listen to me and worked very hard on my case to get a resolution.’

‘The whole team stood out.’

‘I felt valued, heard and listened to. That’s what makes Fletchers unique.’

‘Caroline Morris and team handled my case with care, kindness and professionalism.’

‘They are very approachable and supportive.’

‘Take a very personalised approach.’

Work highlights

  • Settled a claim relating to an RTA for £7m gross on behalf of a claim.
  • Representing the family of a lady who died in a parasailing accident in Greece.
  • Represented a claimant who suffered a below knee amputation after a collision as a motorcyclist, when a French national emerged from a side road into his path.

Hugh James

In 2022 Hugh James acquired Potter Rees Dolan, taking on a team ‘characterised by efficiency, dedication and compassion‘, and known for its work in complex brain and spinal injury cases. The team is led by Hugh Potter, an APIL accredited brain injury specialist with over three decades of experience in the personal injury field. Also key to the team are paediatric brain and spinal injuries specialist Gary Herbert and amputations expert Richard Edwards. Sami Palmer-Latif is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Hugh Potter

Other key lawyers:

Gary Herbert; Richard Edwards; Sami Palmer-Latif


‘They are specialist practitioners in personal injury litigation who fight hard for their clients.’

‘Commitment to achieve justice for their clients. They are determined fighters.’

‘The team is characterised by efficiency, dedication and compassion. They are always on top of the medicine underpinning their clients’ claims and provide the necessary reassurance to manage expectations, realistically.’

Sami Palmer-Latif is an excellent lawyer.

‘Friendly and able to communicate well with very vulnerable clients on exquisitely difficult cases.’

‘Client care, case progression and results are second to none. They really care about their clients and work tirelessly to achieve great outcomes. Brilliant commitment to rehabilitation.’

Simpson Millar LLP

Simpson Millar LLP has a comprehensive claimant-side personal injury offering covering catastrophic injury and abuse matters. The team is headed jointly by employers’ and public liability specialist Melanie Burden; industrial disease expert Deborah Krelle; and Paul Rimmer, who focuses on personal injuries sustained abroad. The practice has a well recommended abuse claims sub-team under Liam Goggin, who specialises in claims relating to child abuse. Further key names include Darrel Jardine and Jai-Inder Rattan. Clients recommend the practice for its ‘expert guidance through trauma which can be harrowing for clients’.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Burden; Deborah Krelle; Paul Rimmer

Other key lawyers:

Liam Goggin; Jai-Inder Rattan; Darrel Jardine; Gary Frith; Anthony Waddington


‘Had the strength and capability to obtain a settlement.’

‘Darrel Jardine displayed tenacity in the pursuit of a reasonable outcome.’

‘Very easy to contact.’

‘They have a very good approach to client care, and take on cases that many would not.’

‘Liam Goggin is a strong leader in the abuse team. He leads from the front.’

‘The firm have a specialist claimant abuse team who are one of the leading claimant abuse teams in the country. It is a difficult area to work in, many of the the cases they deal with are historic and the clients are very vulnerable.’

‘This team has a long history of working in this area and are very specialist in it, and so are able to provide expert guidance through trauma which can be harrowing for clients.’

‘A very capable team with a good knowledge base in both domestic and international personal injury claims and outstanding links to the consumer insurance sector.’

Thompsons Solicitors LLP

Thompsons Solicitors LLP specialises in work for trade unions, acting for a number of the UK’s major names in this space, including UNISON, UNITE, the BMA and the Fire Brigades Union; such clients instruct the firm to bring personal injury claims on behalf of their members injured at work, or for members or their families who have been injured in other circumstances. The practice is led by Martyn Gwyther, a specialist in catastrophic injuries sustained while working abroad and offshore, including on ships and oil rigs, and Peter Stringer, who has a strong record in high-level brain and spinal injury litigation. Multi-trauma injuries and fatal accidents expert Philip Liptrot is also key.

Practice head(s):

Peter Stringer; Martyn Gwyther

Other key lawyers:

Philip Liptrot


‘Thompsons are the stand out trade union firm who also provide specialised advice in other areas including foreign accident work and niche areas such as admiralty/maritime accidents not normally covered by other claimant personal injury firms.’

‘I recommend Martyn Gwyther in the foreign jurisdiction department. He is an experienced and very capable solicitor and very pleasant to work with and has excellent client care skills. His knowledge of foreign accident work is extensive arising from many years’ specialisation in this area.’

‘The team has a strong consumer and trade union-focused presence in the industry. The team has strength and depth of expertise and carries out the full spectrum of claimant personal injury work.’

‘Martyn Gwyther – highly experienced team leader with an encyclopaedic knowledge of matters relevant to international personal injury claims.’

‘Thompsons have a strong team in travel law who are able to deal with all types of claims abroad including RTAs, hotel accidents and local standards claims. They can deal swiflty with complex jurisdictional issues and will take a practical approach.’

‘Martyn Gwyther is very good as a leader of his team and he is always approachable to provide practical solutions to complex matters. He has a very good understanding of the specific requirements in this field of law dealing with a foreign element.’

‘Thompsons is the leading trade union firm in the country, with a well-deserved reputation for fighting for the very best outcomes for its clients.’

‘Peter Stringer in Manchester brings enormous experience to the team. His calm and measured approach provides great reassurance to clients.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a German national who suffered severely traumatic brain injury as a result of a road traffic accident that occurred in Leicester.
  • Represented a client who suffered a below the knee amputation, and secured a settlement in excess of £4m in mediation.
  • Represented a flight attendant in her claim against her employers after she had been injured by a heavy oxygen cannister that fell out of an overhead locker.

Express Solicitors Ltd

Express Solicitors Ltd has a strong record in obtaining settlements for clients in challenging cases and is recommended for being 'very knowledgeable and skilled in pursuing claims'. The team is jointly led by experienced personal injury litigators Daniel Slade, Richard Lowery and Kimberley Kirby. Katryn Mercer, who focuses on public and occupiers' liability, is another name to note. Jon Andrews joined the firm from Slater and Gordon in early 2022.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Slade; Richard Lowery; Kimberley Kirkby

Other key lawyers:

Katryn Mercer; Jon Andrews


‘The team are all very professional and helpful.’

‘The practice is very experienced with good quality solicitors who are very knowledgeable and skilled in pursuing claims.’

‘Key capabilities – knowledge, experience, strength in depth, well resourced.’

Work highlights

  • Achieved a £3.2m settlement for a client whose case was due before the High Court.
  • Achieved a £7.6m outcome for a claimant and ensured she kept custody of her two young children.
  • Secured a settlement of £1.8m for a claimant and secured interim payments leading up to the settlement to help him sustain his quality of life.


Fieldfisher is highly recommended for its expertise in industrial disease claims. Bridget Collier - an expert in asbestos, mesothelioma and employers' liability matters - and Keith Cundall - who covers other serious injury work, including road traffic and cycling accidents claims - jointly head up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Bridget Collier; Keith Cundall


‘Experts in the field of industrial disease claims.’

‘Bridget Collier is a very caring, patient and understanding professional person willing to listen in supporting every concern. She is conscientious to ensure that the legal statements are accurate and is dedicated to getting the best outcome for a claim. She kindly helps with reassuring confidence-boosting chats when I’m feeling low and makes me feel she is a true friend.’

‘Acted with kindness, professionalism and courtesy. All emails/phone calls/communications were dealt with swiftly and in full. Any questions/concerns/worries I may have had during this process were dealt with with total understanding and compassion.’

‘Bridget Collier was superb and so knowledgeable. It was always a great pleasure to talk to her.’

‘Niche asbestos litigation team.’

‘Bridget Collier – vastly experienced in the asbestos field. Excellent lawyer with great people skills. Highly recommended in the North West.’

Work highlights

  • Acted in the lung cancer-related case of Alan England v G Dew & Co Limited to obtain a settlement.
  • Obtained a settlement in the asbestos claim Kenneth Jonas v F A Griggs & Sons.
  • Acted in the mesothelioma case of Vera Walmsley, exec of estate of Ralph Walmsley dec’d v Stotherts & A G Barr & Co Ltd.

Gorvins Solicitors

Gorvins Solicitors‘ Stockport-based personal injury team is led jointly by Stuart Biddle, a highly experienced litigator who specialises in brain and spinal injuries and pain disorders, and military and sports injury specialist Gary Boyd. The latter has a strong record in complex military injury claims against the MOD, covering matters including non-freezing cold injuries and PTSD. Cerys Jones, who is also a military injury specialist, is a further key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Biddle; Gary Boyd

Other key lawyers:

Cerys Jones


‘A first class team that places client care at the forefront. Their strength is based on individual knowledge and experience across a wide range of personal injury matters. Responsive and highly professional but without losing the personal touch that makes all clients and associates feel valued.’

‘Gary Boyd combines a first-class legal brain with boundless energy and dogged determination. He is vastly experienced in a wide range of personal injury issues with particular expertise in military claims. Completely client focussed, he has exceptional attention to detail and is meticulous in his case management. Responsive and always willing to make himself available.’

‘It is a small, specialist team with a very strong niche area of expertise in military claims going back many years. They are highly thought of by the Ministry of Defence and known generally for their expertise.’

‘Gary Boyd is one of the top 2 or 3 solicitors nationally practising in specialist military claims. He’s a real terrier, and will take on the most difficult or problematic of claims. He’s achieved some superb results over the years and is unafraid to take a claim to trial – and to the Court of Appeal where necessary. He is the epitome of a safe pair of hands and technically excellent.’

‘Very experienced in catastrophic injury and military work.’

‘Gary Boyd – empathetic and knowledgeable.’

‘Highly professional but personable.’

‘A dedicated and knowledgeable personal injury team.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a claimant who sustained a spinal cord injury – resulting in C6/7 incomplete tetraplegia – as a result of being thrown from the defendants’ horse.
  • Acted in a claim against the MOD on behalf a soldier from Ghana who suffered prolonged extreme cold exposure, causing him to sustain bilateral non-freezing cold injuries in his hands and feet.
  • Obtained from the the MOD a settlement for £288,000 on behalf of a soldier who sustained two major injuries in service leading to his medical discharge from the army – PTSD due to a narrow escape from a fire in a warrior vehicle and and non-freezing cold injuries in both hands and feet due to cold exposure while on military exercise.

Stephensons Solicitors LLP

Stephensons Solicitors LLP has broad capability across the personal injury field, covering matters including fatal accidents, occupiers' liability, amputations and industrial disease claims. The Wigan-based team is led by the ‘enormously thorough and diligentDanielle Callaway, who handles a range of work and has particular expertise in employers' and public liability claims, and fatal accidents. Shahina Sakeria is a further name to note.

Practice head(s):

Danielle Callaway

Other key lawyers:

Shahina Sakeria


‘Danielle is a great solicitor; she is enormously thorough and diligent, but also creative and vigorous in her approach to a case. She has excellent communication with her clients, showing real sensitivity and care towards them.’

‘Danielle Callaway clearly has her clients’ best interests at heart.’

‘Well organised, provides good paginated notes, selects good experts.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a claimant in an asbestos-related lung cancer case against multiple defendants.
  • Acted for a claimant in an asbestosis case against multiple defendanst due to significant asbestos exposure.
  • Representing a claimant in a case relating to an accident at work resulting in pelvic fractures and with split liability issues to consider.

Bond Turner

Bond Turner, based in Bolton and Liverpool, deals with catastrophic injury claims. The team is jointly led by polytrauma expert Hamida KhatunTony Oliver, who focuses on amputations and fatal accidents; and ‘tactically excellent‘ litigator James Tomlinson, a neurological trauma specialist who joined the firm from DWF in May 2022. Chantal Rabbetts, who was promoted to team leader in the Catastrophic Serious Injury Team, is also key.

Practice head(s):

Hamida Khatun; Tony Oliver; James Tomlinson

Other key lawyers:

Chantal Rabbetts


‘We recommend Hamida Khatun.’

‘These solicitors have a lot of experience in managing catastrophic injuries and particularly brain injuries and in my experience they show a high level of professionalism in terms of managing personal injury claims and liaising with medical experts.’

‘James Tomlinson is a brilliant solicitor – he is responsive, calm and tactically excellent.’

Clear Law LLP

Clear Law LLP covers a broad range of matters in the personal injury space. Matthew Corbett, Andrew Kwan, Hannah Bardsley and Iain Murray handle accident claims, including road traffic accidents, and employers’ and occupiers’ liability claims. Industrial disease specialist Alex Bruce is a further name to note. Jonathan Cloudsdale left the firm to join Simpson Millar LLP in March 2023.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Corbett; Andrew Kwan; Hannah Bardsley; Iain Murray; Alex Bruce


‘Alex Bruce has been fantastic through my case. Always keeps me up to date. He is very knowledgeable, and his expertise is outstanding on my case.’

‘Clear Law dealt with my claim with great professionalism and I was kept in the loop with regular updates. Anything I didn’t understand was explained fully until understood better.’

‘I would single out Alex Bruce at Clear Law. Nothing seemed too much trouble for him. He had a very good knowledge of my claim and what was the best course of action. He was very professional.’

Horwich Cohen Coghlan Solicitors

Horwich Cohen Coghlan Solicitors‘ personal injury team is led by the experienced Mike Molloy. The team is known for its work handling high-value catastrophic injury claims, including those involving fatalities. The practice also has strong capability in inquest-related work.

Practice head(s):

Mike Molloy


‘Excellent client management. Good use of remote working carried on since pandemic. Always willing to investigate all issues and explore difficult arguments.’

Butcher & Barlow LLP

Butcher & Barlow LLP‘s personal injury team is led by highly regarded practitioner Greg Porter, who handles a mix of work in this space, including road traffic accidents, employers' liability cases, and industrial disease claims. Adam Shawcross and Thomas Sedley are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Greg Porter

Other key lawyers:

Adam Shawcross; Thomas Sedley


‘Greg Porter listened to me when I went to see him about an accident I had at work. I was left in no doubt I had chosen the right solicitor to help me.’

‘I was impressed with the efficiency, timeliness and ultimate outcome in regards to my claim.’

‘Greg Porter handled my claim with impressive competence.’

Work highlights

  • Acting in a claim with a value of £350,000 arising from an RTA causing serious, lifelong injuries and a risk of limb amputation in future.
  • Acting in a claim valued at over £850,000 arising from an RTA for a young, working-age client who sustained life-changing injuries and which significantly affected his mental health.
  • Acted on a £50,000 claim arising from an assault which was pursued against the insurer of an insolvent defendant.

Chester-based Oliver & Co Solicitors fields a comprehensive practice covering personal injury, road collision and industrial disease claims. The team is jointly led by amputations and catastrophic injuries expert Maria Pilkington, asbestos disease litigation specialist Helena Cameron and the motor accidents focused Allison Pepper. The ‘excellentJames Cameron and solicitor-advocate Angela Cross are also key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Maria Pilkington; Allison Pepper; Helena Cameron

Other key lawyers:

James Cameron; Angela Cross


‘This firm provided a service that felt very personal, always dealing with our concerns and queries compassionately and without judgement.’

‘Friendly, efficient staff who really seem to care. Emails and questions always answered and advice given promptly. ‘

‘This practice is unique in many ways, it has a great team of professionals that all work very well together but also can work very well individually.’

Key clients

Tibor Horvath

Paul Felix

Kenneth Rawson

David Eden

Terry Parker

Derek Bird

Grainne Sweeney

Stephen Perks

Julie Hudson

Claire Hayes

Christopher Page

Antony Wedgewood

Mr Fabio Piteira

Mr Damian King

Mr Callum Wilson

Andrea Rountree

Catherine Potter

Heshmat Ramyar

Matthew Smith

Work highlights

  • Represented Mr K in an amputation claim arising out of an accident at work with detailed medical evidence and extensive rehabilitation being sought resulting in an ultimate settlement of £1,915,000.
  • Achieved a mesothelioma claim settlement for Paul Felix following detailed accountancy evidence in support of an extensive lost years’ claim, comprising a lump sum payment of £410,000 plus provision for private treatment into the future to be funded by the Defendant.
  • Secured a high value settlement of £3,000,000 for Mr Wilson following a road traffic collision in which he suffered severe injuries resulting in amputation.

Price Slater Gawne

Price Slater Gawne‘s personal injury team, based in Altrincham, is led by Victoria Price, whose work range includes psychological injury, historical abuse and criminal injury claims. Jonathan Grundy, who works primarily on orthopaedic injuries and amputations, and Gemma Stanley, who has experience handling abuse claims, are also key.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Price

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Grundy; Gemma Stanley


‘The firm was very professional in all aspects of its interactions with me. In addition, the advice given was clear and accurate. The firm chose highly experienced and well respected external experts to make representations on my behalf.’

‘Well-informed, personable, provide excellent instructions.’

‘Faultless dedication to their clients, willingness to go above and beyond.’

‘I must single out Jonathan Grundy for praise.’