Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant in North

Armstrong Foulkes LLP

Highly specialised boutique Armstrong Foulkes LLP offers clinical negligence advice and representation solely to claimants. As well as practice head Hilton Armstrong, who specialises in high-value, complex medical negligence cases, the team also includes Joanne Davies, who 'thoroughly understands the needs of her clients'. Other key team members include Kathryn Watson, who made partner in October 2019, and Ashleigh Holt, whose caseload comprises matters of the highest value and complexity. The firm's expertise spans medical misdiagnoses, consent issues, and surgical complications.

Practice head(s):

Hilton Armstrong


There are many solicitors in this practice who are very knowledgeable, professional, understandable and reachable.

They give you a very personal service and have a professional yet caring attitude.

Kathryn Watson genuinely cares about her cases and engages in the fine detail. She really understand the needs of clients, and is skilled at steering them through some tough decisions.

Their advice is given in a no nonsense way and the technical terms explained fully in language a lay person understands.

Joanne Davies is a junior partner whose attention to detail is unusually high.

Hilton Armstrong has long experience in catastrophic injury claims.

Ashleigh Hoult was an absolute star who put me at ease every step of the way through this ordeal.

Work highlights

  • Representing a claimant in a negligence claim following failure to diagnose pre-eclampsia at full term, resulting in full eclampsia, collapse and stillbirth.
  • Representing a claimant following significant irreversible deformity to her foot.
  • Representing a claimant following an alleged substandard delay of 24 hours in identifying a perforated bowel during hernia repair surgery.

Hay & Kilner

With significant expertise in maximum severity claims, the clinical negligence team at Hay & Kilner specialises in spinal injury claims, including cauda equina cases. Birth trauma, meningitis cases involving delayed diagnosis, and brain injury are also key areas of focus. Clare Thompson, who leads the team, frequently handles birth injury claims, as well as representing adults and children who have undergone unnecessary amputations. Other key specialists within the team include David Bradshaw, cerebral palsy expert Helen Morland, and solicitors Sophie Moss and Lauren Hall.

Practice head(s):

Clare Thompson


Very dedicated, professional and experienced.

Clare Thompson is a real fighter and superb negotiator, who gets the best for her clients.

David Bradshaw is massively experienced with an instinctive feel for the merits of a case.

A very client-centred and experienced clinical negligence team, comprised solely of niche practitioners.

Lauren Hall is a pleasure to work with.

A really experienced, competent and friendly team which is a pleasure to work with.

They handle the complete gamut up to the most catastrophic injuries.

Sophie Moss is an up-and-coming talent with good medical knowledge and litigation skills.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's Newcastle medical negligence team is led by Angela Kirtley, and covers a wide range of work, including birth injury and cerebral palsy claims and medical misdiagnosis. Clients also benefit from the specialist medical knowledge of former radiographer and senior associate Lindsey Henderson. On the personal injury side, the firm has a strong track record of work on brain and spinal injury claims. The key name to note for this area is team lead Francesca Mayes. Other key figures include workplace injury and occupational disease head Roger Maddocks, and senior associate Emma Crowther, who focuses on matters relating to abuse and assault.

Other key lawyers:

Lindsey Henderson; Emma Crowther


A very strong across-the-board presence.

Angela Kirtley is a veteran of clinical negligence work, nothing fazes her, and she has a sure touch.

They have experienced and knowledgeable personnel and well managed teams. They achieve excellent results for clients.

Angela Kirtley stands out as a practitioner with the ability to see both sides of an issue, the intellect to cut through the immaterial and the personality to deliver the right answer for her client.

Emma Crowther is very effective, tenacious and achieves excellent outcomes for clients. Not afraid to take on difficult claims and see them through to a successful conclusion.

Lindsey Henderson is a great lawyer with medical knowledge.

Roger Maddocks knows everything in this  area. Clever and precise, with an excellent reputation.

Broad team able to benefit from national coverage and many specialist colleagues.

“The individual solicitors show deep understanding of their clients’ needs and have good understanding of many of the clinical as well as the legal issues. They are tireless in their pursuit of the best outcome for their clients. I would single out Francesca Mayes, Laura McIlduff and Jane Pyrah as especially impressive and user-friendly.’

‘Francesca Mayes is very creative and innovative in seeking best outcomes for her clients.’

‘Jennifer Craven is a star of the future. She achieves a good balance of seeking the very best results for her clients while maintaining realistic expectations.’

‘Rebecca Maddock is an incredibly personable individual. She has an excellent knowledge of brain injury and how this can affect individuals. Rebecca responds effectively and professionally in times of crisis and is flexible in the way she works.’

Browell Smith & Co Solicitors Ltd

Browell Smith & Co Solicitors Ltd offers clients a wealth of expertise in both clinical negligence work and personal injury matters. The practice is jointly headed by Dawn Bagley and Philip Browell, both of whom have considerable experience advising clients on complex injuries and occupational disease. The firm also handles cases relating to brain and spinal injuries, including cauda equina. On the industrial disease side, the team is frequently instructed by clients with asbestos related conditions, including mesothelioma.

Practice head(s):

Dawn Bagley; Philip Browell


‘The team has massive experience in dealing with industrial diseases and a corporate knowledge of workplaces, work practices and personnel that make investigating claims efficient and effective.’

‘One of the best firms in the North East.’

‘I value Dawn Bagley’s knowledge of the relevant issues and skill in pursuing claims.’

‘Dawn Bagley is excellent.’


Spencer Knaggs leads both the medical negligence and serious injury teams at Burnetts. The practice has a strong focus on complex neonatal and spinal injury cases, as well as dealing with high value fatality cases with significant dependency claims, and co-operates closely with the firm's Court of Protection department to offer clients seamless advice across a range of issues. Key specialists within the team include dual-qualified solicitor and midwife Michelle Armstrong for birth injury work, and senior associate Lynne Hall, who has particular expertise in all cancer-related work, including delayed and missed diagnoses. On the personal injury side, Newcastle-based associate solicitor Paul Brown has many year of experience handling cases concerning serious brain, amputation and spinal injuries. Knaggs and Brown were both recently re-accredited to the panel of the Spinal Injury Association.

Practice head(s):

Spencer Knaggs


I have always found them highly effective and efficient in handling claims and a pleasure to work with.

Michelle Armstrong is a tenacious litigator who fights hard for the best result for her clients. Her background as a midwife gives her an excellent understanding of the clinical aspects of her cases.

Lynne Hall is compassionate, meticulous and thorough.

Burnetts is a fantastic regional firm offering a detailed and compassionate approach to clinical negligence law, with a high standard of client care.

Michelle Armstrong is very competent, organised and proactive, and with good judgement.

Lynne Hall is exceptional. She is conscientious, courteous and highly effective and a pleasure to work with.

‘Paul Brown at Burnetts is very passionate and strives to achieve excellent results for his clients.’

Work highlights

  • Representing a claimant in a clinical negligence claim following hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy, allegedly inflicted as a result of management errors during pregnancy.
  • Obtained a settlement of over £4m following a birth injury trauma.
  • Represented the interests of a family at an inquest following the administration of a fatal dose of morphine.
  • Advised a client who sustained a severe brain injury in a road traffic accident and suffered from cognitive, physical and psychological problems, including fatigue, work-finding difficulties and vision problems. The case was settled after negotiation for a lump sum of £2m in full and final settlement.
  • Advised on claim on behalf of an individual who was injured in a road traffic accident when he was six years old and suffered moderate head/brain injury and scarring. The case was settled for £500,000.

Sintons LLP

The team at Sintons LLP includes catastrophic injury claims specialists who have strong credentials for advising on injuries of the utmost severity, including brain and spinal cord traumas and amputations. Key figures include Mark Quigley (head of personal injury), Phil Davison (head of general personal injury) and Andrew McGowan (head of neurotrauma). The personal injury team works closely with multiple groups within the voluntary sector, as well as numerous professional bodies aimed at the rehabilitation and care of seriously injured individuals. On the occupational disease side, noise-induced hearing loss claims expert Paul Woodford is the lead partner. Other work includes advising on hand arm vibration syndrome and asbestos-related conditions.


A bespoke team that has considerable and specialist knowledge of personal injury work.

Phil Davison is unbelievably thorough, very knowledgeable, and a pleasure to work with.

Their experience allows them to carry out an in-depth assessment of the case at an early stage, therefore obtaining the evidence to support the case.

Phil Davison is tenacious in achieving the best result for his clients.

An experienced and knowledgeable team that works hard to maximise the claims of their clients.

Andrew McGowan is tenacious and thorough in his preparation of cases. He has a robust negotiating style.

Work highlights

  • Represented a self-employed claimant following an injury at a construction site.
  • Acted for a claimant following an injury sustained whilst undertaking repetitive work.
  • Successfully settled on behalf of a claimant following an injury at work, involving disputes over both causation and quantum.

Beecham Peacock

The personal injury team at Beecham Peacock handles claims relating to catastrophic injuries, public liability and occupational disease, the latter of which is a key focus for practice head Victoria Wanless. The firm is experienced in handling cases relating to asbestos-induced conditions, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, and pleural thickening. The practice also assists clients with clinical negligence matters, including consent issues and post-surgical complications.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Wanless

Work highlights

  • Represented a claimant in a consent case following repeat sutured rectopexy surgery.
  • Acted for a living lung cancer claimant who was exposed to asbestos fibres during the course of employment.
  • Acted on behalf of a widow and successfully obtained damages following negligent post-surgical treatment of husband.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP

The team at trade union firm Thompsons Solicitors LLP handles a wide variety of matters, spanning clinical negligence, personal injury, and industrial disease. Tony Hood leads on both medical negligence and personal injury, overseeing a client base which also includes leading charities. Asbestos specialists Ian McFall and Andrew Venn take the helm on work relating to industrial disease, including handling mesothelioma and lung cancer cases. For serious injury, the key names to note are Fiona Belgian and solicitors Clair Wilson and Trevor Hall.

Other key lawyers:

Clair Wilson; Trevor Hall


Thompsons has a strong reputation for dedication to clients.

They are experienced, skilled and dedicated.

Huge strength in depth.

Driven and highly capable. They will happily go beyond the call to deliver the best possible case for the claimant.

Trevor Hall has a very good manner and strong judgement.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented a client in a clinical negligence case concerning issues of consent.
  • Obtained a £400,000 settlement for a 32-year-old soldier following a non-freezing cold injury.
  • Obtained a £430,000 settlement for a widow following a diagnosis of mesothelioma.

Winn Solicitors

At boutique firm Winn Solicitors, the team focuses primarily on technical road traffic matters, employers' and public liability, and other complex claims. The practice is jointly headed by associate directors Joanna Amos and David Dewar; Dewar joined the firm as head of contested litigation in mid-2019. Solicitor David Burn, who frequently acts in serious injury cases, including fatalities, brain injuries, and spinal injuries, is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Amos; David Dewar

Other key lawyers:

David Burn


David Burn is an unerringly effective lawyer. Excellent with clients, and thinks ahead to meet his opponents’ concerns before they become an issue.

They are a legal powerhouse; their knowledge and depth of experience in all aspects of personal injury and clinical negligence work makes them a force to be reckoned with.

David Burn is a litigator who is not only approachable, but who is also extremely knowledgeable.

The team take a very personal and caring approach to their clients.

David Dewar is a very good lawyer, with great judgement and a firm grip on what is required to steer a case to a successful conclusion.

Holly Clegg is fantastic. She is experienced yet down-to-earth, and clients love her no-nonsense approach.

Work highlights

  • Represented a claimant who was severely injured in a road traffic accident where liability was denied and contributary negligence alleged.
  • Represented the passenger, who suffered a severe head injury and complicated orthopaedic injuries, in a car driven by the defendant.
  • Obtained a settlement of £84,000 on behalf of a client who slipped on wet steps within premises which had no warning signs or system of cleaning in place.