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Clinical negligence: claimant

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Armstrong Foulkes LLP is a ‘top-quality’ boutique with a superb reputation for complex clinical negligence claims and expertise in a wide range of matters, including child brain injury, surgical negligence and delayed diagnosis cases. Hilton Armstrong is ‘a tough and determined litigator’ with ‘excellent judgement’; he acted for a client who suffered from a spinal stroke following a  walk-in clinic’s failure to diagnose the client’s ailment correctly and provide adequate treatment; the claim was settled before trial. The ‘experienced and intuitive’ Ashleigh Holt (who ‘conducts litigation with exemplary vision and skill’) acted in a clinical negligence claim arising out of delayed diagnosis and treatment of cauda equina syndrome. The team also handles claims pertaining to negligent care in mental health centres. Other key individuals include the ‘very good’ Joanne Davies and associate Kathryn Watson.

Clients rate Hay & Kilner for its ‘exceptional level of client service and attention to detail’. The team excels in handling claims concerning cerebral palsy, brain and spinal injuries and cancer. Clare Thompson (a ‘tough negotiator, who fights for her clients') acted for a client in pursuing a claim against an NHS foundation trust and an out-of-hours doctor to recover damages for personal injuries and losses arising from an alleged delay in diagnosing and treating cauda equina syndrome. She also represented a client in claims arising from the reporting of cervical smear samples which failed to address pre-cancerous changes requiring treatment. ‘Hugely experienced’ team head David Bradshaw acted for a client with a history of mental health problems in claims concerning the alleged failure to consider the variability of the claimant’s mental state and assess related risks accordingly while undergoing treatment in hospital. Other key individuals include the ‘very hardworking and friendly’ Helen Morland, ‘very thorough’ solicitor Lauren Hall and ‘very good’ solicitor Sophie Moss.

Irwin Mitchell is ‘truly excellent’ and best known for its expertise in handling high-value cerebral palsy and serious brain injury claims. Team head Angela Kirtley recently recovered an interim payment for a claimant, who suffered a brain injury immediately before her birth at the University Hospital of North Tees. In a similar matter, she acted for a client whose delayed resuscitation following his birth led to catastrophic brain injury. The team also handled a complex clinical negligence claim pertaining to an acquired brain injury in the perinatal period which resulted in the claimant suffering from cerebral palsy and a learning disability, and acted for a client who suffered a serious brain injury from the delayed diagnosis of a brain tumour. Senior associate Lindsey Henderson has particular expertise in cosmetic surgery cases and routinely advises on substandard breast surgery issues and adverse outcomes following dermal fillers.

Burnetts’s ‘very good’ team is ‘a pleasure to work with’; it ‘communicates well between them’ and provides a ‘fantastic service level’, ‘supporting the client fully at all times’. The practice is also consistently praised as ‘ensuring that the client is always put first’. ‘Very charismatic and client-focused’ team head Angela Curran ‘works tirelessly’ and has substantial expertise in high-value birth trauma cases; she has been advising the family of a young man with quadriplegic cerebral palsy caused by delays in his delivery and has recently secured interim payments. She also advised a client on the alleged failure of Cumberland Infirmary to manage the mother’s ante-natal care appropriately. Also recommended are ‘very professional and efficient’ associate Lynne Hall, who is ‘able and willing to drill down to the details’ and ‘always prepared to go the extra mile for her clients’, and ‘very experienced and knowledgeable’ associate Jayne McCluskey. Victoria Watson left the firm in 2017.


Clinical negligence: defendant

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‘Well respected in the field of clinical negligence defence’, DAC Beachcroft LLP’s ‘top-drawer’ team comprises ‘high-quality people’, who are ‘very responsive’ and ‘know the healthcare market very well’. The practice handles a high volume of instructions from NHS Resolution (formerly known as the NHS Litigation Authority); the team acted for the client alongside various NHS trusts in all vaginal mesh claims against NHS England relating to mesh products used in the surgical management of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. In other group action work, the ‘sensible and pragmatic’ Neil Rowe is advising Spire Healthcare on various claims made in England and Scotland concerning the implantation of silicone breast implants filled with industrial grade rather than clinical grade silicon. David Weatherburn heads the team, which includes senior associate Dawn McIntosh, who is noted for her ‘ability to handle tricky claims’, and senior associate Caroline Calde.

Ward Hadaway fields a team of ‘fully committed lawyers’ with ‘a vast wealth of knowledge’ and which ‘takes the time and effort to ensure their clients’ needs are met’. The ‘very good’ team acts for a number of NHS organisations including various NHS trusts and is led by Jeffrey Keeble, who is best known for his expertise in dealing with high-value birth injury cases; this area of expertise is shared by the ‘very smart and analytical’ Gillian Muir, who is ‘very easy to work with’ and described by clients as ‘a thoroughly safe and sensible pair of hands’. She is also well versed in handling high-value claims pertaining to spinal injuries, amputations and the delayed diagnosis of cancer. Robert Rushton specialises in defending claims on behalf of NHS Resolution and NHS trusts. Nicola Richardson and Lisa Evans are other names to note.


Personal injury: claimant

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  1. Personal injury: claimant
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

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Clients consider Irwin Mitchell a ‘go-to firm in the North for claimants’, with a ‘superb reputation’ for personal injury work. The practice handles the full spectrum of serious and catastrophic injury work such as brain, spinal cord and multiple orthopaedic injuries as well as fatalities resulting from road traffic accidents, work place injuries and occupational disease. The Newcastle office is noted as being ‘very able, thorough and professional at all levels’ and ‘particularly good for asbestos cases’. Occupational disease cases are handled by Roger Maddocks, who has specialist expertise in workplace injuries, while team head and ‘total star’ Fran Mayes is ‘pragmatic and very sharp’ as well as ‘highly experienced in severe head injury and spinal cord cases’. Other key members of the team include ‘fantastic’ senior associate Jane Pyrah, who is ‘extremely thorough and good with clients’; ‘knowledgeable and experienced’ solicitor Laura Mcilduff, who is ‘totally committed to her clients and gets excellent results’; and the ‘hardworking and tenacious’ Emma Tordoff. Associates Andrew McGowan and Rebecca Maddock are also recommended. John Davis  joined Sintons LLP  in May 2017 as a consultant.

Sintons LLP’s ‘very organised and highly professional’ team is ‘a pleasure to work with’, with clients singling out its ‘first-class service’ and ‘depth of experience’ in personal injury work, particularly related to spinal injuries. The ‘very experienced and bright’ Phil Davison jointly heads the team with the ‘impressive’ Kate Jenkins. Regarded by clients as ‘strategically aware’ and ‘unflappable’, Davison regularly handles matters pertaining to serious orthopaedic injuries, while Jenkins, who ‘provides sound no-nonsense advice’ and is also praised for her ‘good tactical awareness’ and ‘very thorough preparations’, specialises in neurotrauma claims and high-value brain injury matters in particular. ‘Vastly experienced, proactive and hardworking’ consultant John Davis, who joined the firm from Irwin Mitchell in May 2017, is regarded ‘as a go-to lawyer in the North East for neurological injuries’ and stands out for his ‘unmatched ability and tactical acumen’. Other key individuals include Joanne Willits, Paul Woodford, who ‘recognises gaps in the evidence, others might miss’, and industrial disease team head Suzanne Maddison. Associate David Knipe joined the team in February 2018 from Browell Smith & Co Solicitors Ltd; he has experience in employer liability claims and an ‘excellent manner with clients’. Former practice head Mark Quigley now acts as the firm’s managing partner. Kate Nicklin joined from Irwin Mitchell.

Beecham Peacock fields a ‘professional and personable’ team that is ‘very effective in pursuing personal injury claims ’and is ‘always happy to go the extra mile for the client’. Clients rate ‘tactically astute and very focused’ team head David Dewar as ‘outstanding’; he is a ‘tough litigator with meticulous attention to detail who provides sensible, down-to-earth and realistic advice’, while his ‘very thorough preparations’, ‘great client-handling skills and determination to get the best result for his client’ are also noted. The ‘very thorough and highly tenacious’ Victoria Wanless is also recommended, with clients citing her ‘good judgement and attention to detail’.

Browell Smith & Co Solicitors Ltd  is ‘a very strong local firm with a solid reputation’ in handling personal injury cases such as employers’ and public liability claims alongside holiday and travel matters. Associate Dawn Bagley, who jointly heads the team with managing partner Philip Browell, acted for a client in a claim for personal injury involving an accident at work when the claimant fell the height of approximately 10ft while moving equipment, causing injuries to the skull, neck, back, sternum and collar bone. Adam Burton  (‘always puts the client first’) acted for a claimant who sustained a serious crush injury to his foot and was subsequently diagnosed with chronic regional pain syndrome. David Knipe moved to Sintons LLP in February 2018. Solicitor Kathryn Shingles is also recommended.

Cartmell Shepherd's ‘very professional’ team has a strong profile for serious and catastrophic injury work, including claims involving fatal accidents, brain injuries, serious orthopaedic injuries, spinal injuries and chronic pain. It also handles work pertaining to accidents abroad and those involving horses and other animals. Team head Carol Fish is ‘knowledgeable, friendly and easy to work with’, and is  praised as ‘working very hard for her clients’. Her recent work includes an occupiers’ liability claim where the claimant suffered multiple fractures to the lower leg and serious psychological injury from an accident. In other work, she acted for a client who sustained multiple injuries following a road traffic accident, handled a claim for severe psychological injury, and dealt with a claim for an injury caused by two dogs.

Acting for children and adults, Thompsons Solicitors LLP is ‘approachable and friendly’ and receives regular instructions pertaining to industrial disease litigation and claims arising from catastrophic and serious injuries; frequently, this relates to brain and spinal injuries, amputations as well as multiple and fatal injuries. The team pursued claims for an infantryman, who, as a result of his service, developed non-freezing cold injuries (NFCI); the claimant was subsequently awarded a six-figure-sum in an out-of-court settlement. ‘Top drawer’ solicitor Paul Brown ‘fights the corner for his clients’ and is noted for his ‘gentle and considered manner while having a firm grip on each of his cases and a determined approach to litigation’. Leeds-based national serious injury team head Simon Wilson  ‘combines experience and knowledge with charm and a sensible, pragmatic approach to litigation’, and ‘tenacious solicitor’ David Robinson is a ‘very good legal mind’ and ‘goes the extra mile’. Tony Hood is noted for his specialism in claims arising from asbestos-related diseases.

Much of BHP Law’s work pertains to fatal accidents as well as serious and catastrophic injury claims. Team head and associate Ruth Markham handled an instruction from a claimant who suffered a serious hand injury as a result of employer’s negligence, and solicitor Phil Masters acted for a claimant involved in a work accident which left the client unable to work for approximately 13 months; he also deals with a number of road traffic claims.

Butterworths Solicitors handles the full spectrum of serious and catastrophic injury claims, including brain and spinal injuries, arising from accidents at work, road traffic accidents and accidents abroad. Jonathan Ditchburn, Andrew Kirkpatrick and Catherine Oakley are the main contacts. Oakley is noted for her experience in industrial disease and clinical negligence matters.

Ward Hadaway's ‘very effective’ team is headed by Roger O’Donnell, who is experienced in handling claims involving brain injuries, road traffic accidents, accidents at work and industrial disease, as well as employers’, occupiers’ and public liability matters. He is supported by ‘extremely dedicated and determined’ associate Kerri Kershaw, who ‘ensures that all aspects are considered and all angles of a case explored’; and ‘extremely thorough and caring’ associate Carole Ward, who ‘will always fight hard for her clients and is determined to get the best outcome for them’. Kershaw has a specialism in road traffic accident work involving drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists, while Ward focuses on traffic accidents involving insurers and the MIB, while also handling employers’ liability claims pertaining to falls from height, manual handling operations and unsafe and unsuitable work equipment. Consultants Chris Smith and Paul Hughes left the firm in May 2018.

Winn Solicitors has substantial expertise handling claims pertaining to road traffic accidents while also dealing with employers’ and public liability claims. As an example for the latter, solicitor Simon Staton acted for a client who sustained a severe crush injury at work from an accident with a fork lift truck. In an illustration of its track record in road traffic accident cases, the team acted for a client involved in an accident where the defendant moved across the claimant’s path when overtaking, forcing him into a collision with a brick wall which led to a spinal injury and soft tissue disruption to the nerve roots. David Burn specialises in serious injury claims involving brain and spinal injuries, amputees, multiple orthopaedic injuries and fatalities. Also recommended are Joanna Amos, Paul Morpeth and trials team head Emily Sunderland. Former practice head and director Ghazala Bashey retired in 2018.


Personal injury: defendant

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  1. Personal injury: defendant
  2. Leading individuals
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    • Jamie McCabe - Sintons LLP

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    • James Fisher - Sintons LLP

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The ‘very good and reliable’ team at DAC Beachcroft LLP  ‘is prompt with its responses and provides in-depth and detailed advice’, ‘often going out of its way to ensure that cases are dealt with accurately, appropriately and efficiently’. The practice has a strong profile for motor and casualty claims and frequently defends local authorities as well as public and private sector health providers against disease and liability claims. The team is also well versed in handling various fraud issues from policy inception fraud through to fraudulent claims, resulting in a steady flow of instructions form a number of well-known insurance companies, corporates and public sector bodies on a regional and national level. In significant counter fraud work, national head of counter fraud Catherine Burt acted for insurethebox in a fraud claim which arose from an alleged road traffic accident. The ‘very knowledgeable, proactive and thorough’ Mark Douglas defended North Tyneside Council against claims for deafness and tinnitus following alleged noise exposure between 1991 and 2003. Other key individuals include casualty team head David Drewe and ‘knowledgeable’ head of abuse Andrea Ward; Ward is noted for her expertise handling claims against the care sector, including social services, schools, religious organisations and the private sector.

‘Providing a personal and professional service’, Sintons LLP is particularly rated for its strength in catastrophic injury work, defending multimillion-pound claims stemming from brain injuries, spinal injuries and amputations. The team also acts for insurers in claims with extra-territorial elements, including accidents abroad and settlements for claimants based outside the UK. While most of its work arises from road traffic accidents, the practice, led by the ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Jamie McCabe, is also experienced in defending claims pertaining to workplace accidents and industrial disease, with Frank Matthewson experienced in these areas. Tim Smith is well versed in dealing with chronic pain matters. Senior associate James Fisher is also recommended.


Professional negligence

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DAC Beachcroft LLP fields a ‘heavyweight’ team of ‘real specialists’, who are praised for their ‘excellent technical and commercial knowledge’. Providing ‘good value for money’, the team frequently acts for insurers, property and construction sector professionals and financial institutions, in claims against accountants, independent financial advisers, auditors and tax advisers. In recent work, the team defended Liberty Mutual, a firm of insurance brokers, in  a claim brought by the operator of a waste recycling plant concerning allegations that it received unsuitable insurance policy advice, and acted for First Title, a UK regulated insurer, in pursuing a loss of chance claim against a firm of solicitors following an aborted personal injury claim. Key individuals include Paul Davison, construction and engineering specialist Warren Kemp and Helen Ager.

Watson Burton LLP ‘gives very good and comprehensive advice’ and ‘never leaves a stone unturned’. The team is ‘hugely committed to its clients and regularly delivers great results’ thanks to its ‘willingness to always go that extra mile’. The team, led by Richard Palmer, routinely defends claims against architects, surveyors, solicitors, accountants and construction professionals, with particular expertise in defending claims brought against asbestos surveyors. As a key mandate in the construction sector, the ‘focused, committed, diligent and hugely personable’ Anne-Marie Knight successfully defended a client against a claim brought by a design and build contractor arising from the alleged defective design of foundations to several warehouses. ‘Excellent strategist’ Sarah Wilson is ‘intellectual and highly committed’.

The ‘top-class’ team at Clyde & Co LLP acts for insurers in the defence of claims brought against various professionals, most notably solicitors and accountants. Recent work includes defending a claim brought against an accountant for alleged incorrect advice, and defending a claim arising out of failed litigation. Anthony Brown heads the practice, which includes ‘first-rate’ London-based lawyer Gordon Walker  and the Edinburgh-based Gavin Henderson, who is described by clients as a ‘true leader with an incredibly sharp eye for detail and encyclopaedic knowledge’. QBE Insurance, Markel, Hiscox and Precision Underwriting are all clients.

Burnetts is noted for its expertise in professional negligence cases related to the property and construction sector, where the team frequently deals with claims against solicitors. Team head James Johnston, who was elevated to partnership in January 2018, represented a West Cumbrian engineering client in a claim against its former solicitors for their alleged failure to protect an option to purchase a freehold interest in an industrial unit. Consultant Patricia Hall negotiated a settlement of £150,000 for a client as a result of a successful claim against the claimant’s former solicitor for negligence and breach of fiduciary duty with regards to a property transfer. In other work, Johnston acted for a dental practice in its claim against an architect for alleged failure to prepare suitable plans for the development of a newbuild site. Consultant Sally Johnson is another key member of the team.

Cartmell Shepherd’s claimant-focused practice is led by director Mark Aspin and predominately acts for individuals and SMEs but is also experienced in dealing with defendant matters. The practice acted for a development company asserting negligence claims against financial brokers and a finance company, which failed to provide adequate advice on the suitability of finance products offered to the claimant. On the defence side, the team acted for a number of accountants.

At Hay & Kilner, Ros Sparrow is the main contact for professional indemnity work, which encompasses work for individuals, insurers, insured parties and brokers. Consultant Martin Soloman and agriculture specialist Rodney Jones are other names to note.

Noted for its ‘excellent level of service’, Tilly Bailey & Irvine’s ‘highly professional and knowledgeable’ team regularly acts for clients in pursuing professional negligence claims against solicitors, architects, accountants, surveyors and insurance brokers. Alison Leith heads the team. Helen Lyne and Kenton Bazeley joined Archers Law LLP in 2018.


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