Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant in North

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s clinical risk team in Newcastle defends a wide range of clinical negligence claims including complex, high-profile matters, such as vaginal mesh group actions. Heading up the practice are Neil Rowe , who draws on 25 years of experience, David Weatherburn , who leads the firm’s overall relationship with NHS England and Dawn McIntosh. McIntosh helms the medical malpractice sub-team, with a notable aspect of her practice the defence of clinicians or corporates working in settings such as prisons or care homes. Andrea Ward is also a leading name in the practice, whose clients appreciate her ‘clear communication style’.

Other key lawyers:

Andrea Ward; Rachel Thompson


‘Dawn McIntosh has been extremely supportive to me from the start of our relationship. I feel able to pick up the phone and ask for advice even if there is not legal work generated from it.’

‘Having experienced the claims handling process from a variety of law firms over the years I would say that DAC Beachcroft are by far the best. They are excellent at providing timely well structured reports to us as defendants – setting out key points and recommendations in a way that makes interpretation of the reports easy. They are also very good at picking up the phone to keep me as the client updated.’

‘They are approachable and helpful, they are very clear in their written communication including emails. Dawn McIntosh stands out as a great communicator both in the written form and by telephone too. Dawn has worked with us on a couple of complex claims and her thoroughness and attention to detail is excellent. I have also worked closely with Andrea Ward and have also appreciated her clear communication style.’

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 Hospitals NHS FT

Newcastle upon Tyne 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 for NHS Resolution and its member Trusts on the high profile vaginal mesh group claims, currently the largest group action against the NHS.
  • Acting for NHS Resolution and its member Trusts taking 3 matters to trial in 12 months and losing none.
  • Settling a £15m claim against NHSR and its member Trust for £4.4m using a combination of liability ADR and quantum negotiations.

Keoghs LLP

Praised for its ‘highly detailed and forensic’ approach, the Newcastle-based team at Keoghs LLP defends against personal injury claims with particular expertise in catastrophic injuries and a core practice of claims resulting from road traffic accidents. Practice head Jamie McCabe is known for his catastrophic injury work. Senior associate solicitor James Fisher is experienced in claims with an overseas component while senior associate solicitor James Knox is described as ‘particularly good on complex indemnity and liability disputes.’ The team continues to grow with new hires including solicitor Peter Goodwill from Weightmans in November 2021 and David Burn from Winn Solicitors in October 2021.

Practice head(s):

Jamie McCabe

Other key lawyers:

James Fisher; James Knox, Chris Patton; Joanne Grieve; Peter Goodwill; David Burn


‘The practice is unique in terms of having a team of individuals that are at the top of their game in dealing with the most complex multi-million pound catastrophic injury cases. They adopt an approach that is highly detailed and forensic according to the evidence in the case but never lose sight of the bigger picture and are always proactive in seeking to resolve the case at the earliest possible stage. Keoghs are at the cutting-edge of technology and have a number of market innovations including the use of AI and machine learning in dealing with significant cases. Nothing is too much trouble in terms of added value services including regular insight on market development and bespoke training. They are genuinely a pleasure to work with.’

‘Jamie McCabe has nurtured his talented lawyers in Newcastle to produce one of the most sought after high-value teams in the country. He is one of the UKs leading experts and assists us in the most complex and valuable cases. As well as being highly technical and detailed he is always approachable and truly understands the needs of our business. James Fisher is super bright and exceptionally talented. He undertakes multi-million pound brain injury and spinal-cord cases and delivers a KC level of service. James Knox has developed into one of the best catastrophic injury lawyers around. He is particularly good on complex indemnity and liability disputes. Chris Patton is skilled at dealing with cases of maximum severity and always goes the extra mile to look after the needs of his client.’

Key clients

Somerset Bridge Group


Collingwood Insurance

Noble Claims Services

Tesco Underwriting

Insure the Box

Zurich Insurance

Sompo International

Tokio Marine Kiln

Munich Re

Great Lakes Insurance

Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd

Clyde & Co

The Newcastle practice at Clyde & Co stands out with its strength in industrial disease matters, helping clients handle both long-tail and short-tail claims. Providing ‘excellent teams on complex cases’, the practice is also able to draw on a number of claims-related legal tech solutions such as a cost assessor or accommodation claims calculator. Practice head Toby Scott is renowned for his expertise in industrial disease and has a strategic approach to both test and group litigation.

Practice head(s):

Toby Scott

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Patterson


‘The people are important. We place a high priority on the team maintaining corporate knowledge associated with the liabilities. The Clyde & Co team continue to serve us well ensuring the legal validity of claims and dealing with their complexities right through to a conclusion. Overall we remain very satisfied with the team’s performance and value for money in handling claims and the provision of legal advice.’

‘Team members are innovative and provide a service tailored to our business needs.’

‘They have great experience acting for liability insurers in complex litigation and in particular group litigation. They put together excellent teams on complex cases and are good at identifying and working with expert witnesses. Compared to some other firms these teams are well supervised (inexperienced trainees are not left to get on with it). Being part of a national firm with an enviable reputation they have access to specialists in other departments who can assist with topics such as company law or taxation.’