Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant in North

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Major healthcare providers and bluechip insurers around the country instruct the medical negligence team at DAC Beachcroft LLP. The firm's offering in the North is led by medical malpractice head and Newcastle chief David Weatherburn, whose expertise ranges from volume claims portfolios to appellate court work; clinical risk team leader Neil Rowe; and the 'experienced and dedicated' Dawn McIntosh, who regularly defends maximum severity clinical injury claims. On the personal injury side, the lteam is led by Catherine Burt and Andrea Ward  - national heads of fraud and specialist liability respectively- and David Drewe. The team acts for corporates, public sector bodies, and brokers, providing both pre-litigation and litigation support.


Neil Rowe is an excellent lawyer with good judgement. He also has excellent client care skills.

Dawn McIntosh is very experienced and dedicated.

I have been very impressed with Suzanne Landels’ work as a senior associate at the firm.

Neil Rowe is an experienced litigator and is excellent in disputes involving different parties, where I have been very impressed with his strategic and tactical skills.

Key clients

NHS Resolution



HC One


Bupa Dental

Care UK


States of Jersey

MS Amlin Inc




Allied World

WR Berkeley





NHS England



Marie Stopes


Aviva Plc




Municipal Mutual

Insure the Box

Eldon Insurance


Newcastle CC

Work highlights

  • Defended Spire Healthcare against multiple claims relating to the implantation of silicone breast implants filled with industrial grade rather than clinical grade silicon.
  • Represented Durham County Council in a historical physical abuse claim.
  • Successfully defended NHS Resolution against a wrongful birth claim.

Ward Hadaway

The team at Ward Hadaway has a strong track record of work on claims involving severe injuries, particularly birth injuries, on behalf of defendants throughout the North. The practice is jointly headed by Jeffrey Keeble - 'a walking encyclopaedia of health care law' - who frequently advises NHS trusts on diverse issues including consent, confidentiality, capacity, and mental health as part of an urgent response team, and Nicola Richardson, an experienced advocate at the Coroner’s Court, where she frequently represents NHS clients at contentious inquests. Risk management is another key area of focus for the firm.


The team has an incredibly strong group of clinical negligence experts.

The team has a broad and sound technical ability, they are extremely bright and able, and they go the extra mile for their clients.

Thorough in preparation and analysis.

Jeffrey Keeble is a walking encyclopaedia of health care law. He is very approachable and puts witnesses at ease with his gentle manner.

Lisa Evans is extremely knowledgeable and approachable. Able to turn things around quickly and understands the constraints of public sectors.

Gillian Muir is fantastic. Highly intelligent, patient, unflappable and experienced.

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation

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

Clyde & Co LLP

Industrial disease litigation specialist Toby Scott is at the helm of Clyde & Co LLP's Newcastle team, which was recently boosted by the arrival of former Jacksons Law partner Anthony Pattison. Another key member of the team is Victoria McKinnon, who focuses on asbestos claims, particularly mesothelioma. The team has recently worked with a major insurer client on a  process to settle mesothelioma claims quickly while still giving claimants access to private treatment funded directly by the insurer.

Practice head(s):

Toby Scott

Other key lawyers:

Victoria McKinnon


Clyde & Co has assembled an impressive team of lawyers in this area.

The team has a unique ability to adapt to change and be instrumental in delivering new innovative ways of working.

First rate technical skills.

Articulate and driven, Toby Scott provides excellence in delivery.

Strong ability to work as a team.

Key clients

Aviva Group

Berkshire Hathaway Insurance Group

Catalina Re

Pro Insurance Solutions

Work highlights

  • Devised a strategy for handling mesothelioma claims for a major insurer, which allows actions to be settled quickly but still allows claimants to access private immunotherapy treatment which is funded and administered directly by the client.

Keoghs LLP

Keoghs LLP, which specialises in defendant personal injury work, moved into the Newcastle market in 2019 with the acquisition of Sintons LLP's practice. The team works with a broad range of clients, including both local and national self-insured clients, commercial companies, and public sector organisations. Practice head Jamie McCabe is known for his expertise in catastrophic injury work, and regularly handles brain, spinal and fatal injury claims. The firm also handles complex road traffic accident claims, and advises on chronic pain issues. Other key contacts at the practice are senior associates James Knox and James Fisher, both of whom are frequently instructed by motor insurers in relation to catastrophic injury claims.

Practice head(s):

Jamie McCabe

Other key lawyers:

James Knox; James Fisher


The entire team are all approachable to answer any query large or small at any time. They provide us with clear quality advice on high value cases.

Jamie McCabe has an encyclopaedic knowledge of catastrophic injury cases.

‘The team has a track record of dealing expertly with cases of maximum severity.’

Jamie McCabe’s experience, knowledge and tactical advice on catastrophic injury claims is first class.

James Fisher has built up an enviable client list because of his superlative analytical skills.