Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant in North

DAC Beachcroft LLP

'Very experienced litigatorNeil Rowe  is now at the helm of DAC Beachcroft LLP's clinical risk team; he brings over 25 years of experience acting on behalf of core client NHS Resolution to the role, and is noted for his 'strategic and tactical skills', particularly in relation to product liability and catastrophic injury work. The firm also fields a dedicated medical malpractice sub-group, which is headed up Dawn McIntosh, and includes a specialised pre-litigation offering (which advises major insurers and corporates on incident management and claims handling). Other recommended practice members include Newcastle location head David Weatherburn, senior associate Suzanne Landels and associate solicitor Katy Barraclough-Jones.

Practice head(s):

Neil Rowe; Dawn McIntosh; David Weatherburn

Other key lawyers:

Suzanne Landels; Katy Barraclough-Jones


‘The team at DACB has strong and longstanding relationships in the north east 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. It provides, I believe, an excellent service to each.’

‘Very high quality people and very responsive. Always looking for ways to help solve problems and not just give standard advice.’

‘Neil Rowe is a very able lawyer. He is extremely hard working and has good judgment. He also has excellent client care skills. This is probably why the team that he leads has established such good relationships with its NHS and other healthcare clients all of whom are highly demanding. Neil Rowe is himself a very experienced litigator. He is excellent in disputes involving several different parties. In one particular case involving complicated contribution proceedings, I was consistently impressed by his strategic and tactical skills and overall command of the claim. He achieves excellent results for his clients through his clear sighted identification of the key issues and his success in patiently but firmly negotiating a good outcome with other parties.’

‘Dawn McIntosh is very experienced and dedicated. She has good judgment and client care skills. She is very focused on the client but is not afraid to call a halt to the defence of a claim which is likely to fail. She is a good and determined negotiator. However, her excellent client care skills do not prevent her giving difficult advice when it is necessary. Clients have commented to me on her experience and professionalism. They clearly trust her absolutely.’

‘I have just started working with Suzanne Landels. I have been very impressed with her work as a senior associate at the firm. She is committed and dedicated and has good judgment and client care skills.’

‘Having used the DACB Newcastle team for in excess of 6 years, I have always appreciated the consistency of their advice, despite changes in the team members over the years. They understand our business, are happy to have challenging conversations with our staff to extract the right information and always show compassion for the difficulties faced by our healthcare staff working on the front line. I always feel able to pick up the phone and ask for advice, no matter what the situation may be and this level of support is invaluable to me due to the complex nature of our business.’

‘The team is very strong; all the lawyers have sound experience in their field and have a very pragmatic/commercial approach.’

‘Neil Rowe, Dawn McIntosh and Katy Barraclough-Jones are very professional, knowledgeable, pro-active and commercially-minded.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution


Neon Underwriting Ltd

Care UK

Allied World

Zurich Global Corporate



MS Amlin


Practice Plus Group

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS FT

Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS FT

Cumbria Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS FT

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS FT

South Tees NHS FT

Newcastle Hospitals NHS FT

Dale Underwriting

Everest Re




States of Jersey

London Clinic


BMI Healthcare Ltd

Care Fertility Group


Bupa-inc Bupa Dental

Work highlights

  • Acting exclusively on the high profile vaginal mesh group claims, representing almost the entire gynaecological service within the NHS in England via NHS Resolution.
  • Defending NHS Resolution and North Tees and Hartlepool NHST against a case brought by a claimant with quadriplegic cerebral palsy, hearing loss and learning disabilities.  
  • Successfully represented NHS Resolution in an atypical judicial review case, in which the client was named as a defendant alongside the Parliamentary Health Service Ombudsman.

Keoghs LLP

Following its acquisition by the Davies Group (which delivers operations, consulting and technology solutions across the risk and insurance value chain) in early 2020, the group at Keoghs LLP has continued to defend a wide range of complex and catastrophic injury claims on behalf of notable insurers, MGAs, brokers and corporates. Team lead Jamie McCabe is ably supported by senior associates James Knox and James Fisher; the offering was further strengthened by the recent arrival of Chantel Connelly and Liam Anderson, formerly of DAC Beachcroft LLP and Sintons LLP, respectively. The firm has a proven track record acting in extremely high value brain and spinal cord injury matters, as well as amputation and fatal accident cases.

Practice head(s):

Jamie McCabe

Other key lawyers:

James Fisher; James Knox; Chantel Connelly; Liam Anderson


‘Jamie McCabe heads up an exceptionally strong team in Newcastle as part of Keoghs specialist Complex Injury Claims unit. They provide first-class support and QC quality advice to our large and catastrophic claim technical handlers.’

‘Jamie McCabe has unparalleled expertise in defending the most serious injury cases especially brain injury, spinal and amputations and has nurtured a team of lawyers who share his forensic approach. He is always approachable and has an easy manner that we as clients really appreciate.’

Key clients


Tesco Underwriting

Noble Claims Services


Somerset Bridge Group

Zurich Insurance

Sompo International

Tokio Marine Kiln

Munich Re

Great Lakes Insurance

Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd

Work highlights

  • Successfully settled a case involving significant life-changing injuries to a claimant who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of a serious crash.

Ward Hadaway LLP

High value birth injury claims are a core focus for noted practitioners Jeffrey Keeble and Nicola Richardson at Ward Hadaway; both also act as nominated partners for key client NHS Resolution and are 'interested in building relationships with the Trust's claim team and the clinicians involved'. Keeble and Richardson are capably supported by Gillian Muir, who brings 17 years of experience working on the claimant side to her current role; Robert Rushton, who has expertise in Court of Protection work; and Lisa Evans, who is an active member of the urgent response team (which advises on consent, confidentiality, capacity and mental health issues). Associate Andreja Begus Harrison is singled out as a 'great fighter'.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Keeble; Nicola Richardson

Other key lawyers:

Gillian Muir; Robert Rushton; Lisa Evans; Andreja Begus Harrison


‘Always fantastic, detailed and insightful. A clearly efficient organisation, approachable people, good relationships with the NHS Trusts they work for and NHSR.’

‘Ward Hadaway offer a friendly service; they are interested in building relationships with the Trust’s claim team and the clinicians involved in litigation. They are happy to meet with clinicians in person which helps in supporting them through the claims process.’

‘Robert Rushton puts the work in himself rather than simply passing to others, and is always available and approachable. Gillian Muir is good with experts and has excellent instincts. Andreja Begus Harrison is a great fighter and really knows her cases well.’

‘The claims knowledge within the team is extensive and all those involved in working on claims ensure that the Trust is kept up to date with developments in the claim.’


Key clients

NHS Resolution

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

North-East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP fields an 'excellent team of PI and disease defence lawyers'. The group has acted in the majority of industrial disease test cases in recent years, and has a focus on reducing the life cycles of claims, decreasing indemnity costs, and avoiding the opening of litigation floodgates. Insurers from across the country are quick to instruct practice head Toby Scott due to his lateral thinking, as well as his 'technical and strategic foresight' when approaching both test and group litigation.

Practice head(s):

Toby Scott


‘The whole team is very slick. They have a good understanding of each other’s caseload so can step in very effectively for one another. They are very experienced and there is no-one better dealing with disease litigation in their region.’

‘Toby Scott shows technical and strategic foresight.’

‘Clyde and Co have an excellent team of PI and disease defence lawyers who work well as a team with their insurers and counsel.’

‘I know them for their excellent insurance-based team. They are good at pro-actively handling group litigation orders.’

‘Well versed in their area (personal injury and disease specialists) and in related insurance work.’

Key clients

Aviva Group

Berkshire Hathaway Insurance Group

Catalina Re

Pro Insurance Solutions