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Index of tables

  1. Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading silks
  2. Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading silks

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    • Andrew Lewis QC - Park Square BarristersA highly accomplished and very friendly silk.’
    • David Wilby QC - Parklane PlowdenA robust negotiator with meticulous attention to detail.’

Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors

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    • Simon Anderson - Park Square BarristersVery experienced in industrial disease and employers’ liability claims.’
    • Hylton Armstrong - Parklane PlowdenHe is very bright and has a great rapport with clients.’
    • Andrew Axon - Parklane PlowdenAn intellectual heavyweight.’
    • Richard Copnall - Parklane PlowdenA very strong advocate and negotiator.’
    • Toby Coupe - Park Square BarristersKnown for acting in claims involving life-changing injuries.’
    • Justin Crossley - Zenith ChambersHis practice includes high-value personal injury claims.’
    • Judy Dawson - Park Square BarristersVery experienced in insurance fraud cases.’
    • Michael Ditchfield - Kings ChambersHe has a wealth of talent.’
    • Daniel Edwards - Dere Street BarristersRecommended for cases involving catastrophic injuries and/or fatalities.’
    • Howard Elgot - Parklane PlowdenExperienced in catastrophic injury claims.’
    • Gordon Exall - Zenith ChambersHis legal knowledge is all-encompassing; clients are reassured by him.’
    • Stephen Friday - Parklane PlowdenHighly intelligent and tactically canny.’
    • Jonathan Godfrey - Parklane PlowdenWell known for acting in cases involving sports-related injuries.’
    • Mark Henley - Zenith ChambersHe has very good tactical nous.’
    • Mike Hill - Trinity ChambersVery experienced in dental negligence claims.’
    • Elizabeth Hodgson - Parklane PlowdenAn incisive advocate, who is excellent with clients.’
    • Ruwena Khan - Zenith ChambersHer practice includes industrial disease and clinical negligence disputes.’
    • Paul Kirtley - Exchange ChambersA superb analyst.’
    • William Lindsay - Park Square BarristersHe has a very thorough approach to cases.’
    • Pankaj Madan - Exchange ChambersVery experienced in high-value catastrophic injury claims.’
    • Simon Mallett - KBWAn expert in industrial disease claims.’
    • James Murphy - Parklane PlowdenHe has an impressive skill for revealing pertinent facts by shrewd questioning.’
    • Tom Nossiter - Parklane PlowdenClients love his self-assured manner.’
    • Richard Paige - Park Square BarristersRecommended for multi-track personal injury cases.’
    • Sarah Pritchard - Kings ChambersShe has a staunch approach to cases and a great client manner.’
    • Fiona Ross - Park Square BarristersVery experienced in personal injury claims.’
    • Matthew Smith - Park Square BarristersHe is a brilliant advocate.’
    • Robert Smith - St Paul’s ChambersKnown for acting in cases involving serious injuries.’
    • Catherine Souter - Parklane PlowdenGood on her feet, persuasive, and an impressive negotiator.’
    • Christopher Williams - Parklane PlowdenHis straightforward advice puts clients at ease.’
    • Andrew Wilson - Zenith ChambersHe is precise and to the point, with an eye for detail.’
    • Peter Wilson - Park Square BarristersAn excellent advocate; judges respect him.’

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Dere Street Barristers’ members are active in a range of personal injury and clinical negligence cases including industrial disease, catastrophic injuries, employers’ liability and motor fraud, to name a few areas.

Exchange Chambers houses Paul Kirtley and Pankaj Madan. Kirtley is well known for handing catastrophic injury matters following road traffic accidents and medical negligence, while Madan has expertise in brain injury cases.

KBW’s personal injury practice focuses on employers’ liability and occupational disease cases, in which members act for claimants and defendants. Simon Mallett is a key contact.

Sarah Pritchard at Kings Chambers is well known for her clinical negligence practice, acting for defendants in high-value claims. Michael Ditchfield is recommended for industrial disease work, particularly in cases involving asbestos exposure.

Park Square Barristers is well known for insurance fraud claims and personal injury matters, particularly industrial disease claims. Andrew Lewis QC has particular experience in catastrophic brain and spinal cord injury cases.

Parklane Plowden has ‘many experienced members’ in the field of personal injury and clinical negligence, with expertise spanning catastrophic injury, industrial disease claims and employers’ liability. David Wilby QC has particular experience in cerebral palsy claims, and catastrophic brain and spinal injuries cases.

St Paul’s Chambers’ recent workload has included cases of industrial disease, medical negligence, catastrophic injury and failure to diagnose.

Trinity Chambers houses Mike Hill, an expert in dental negligence cases due to previously qualifying as a dental surgeon. His recent cases include delayed cancer diagnoses.

Zenith Chambers has ‘a depth of talent’ for personal injury cases; members predominantly act for claimants in matters involving catastrophic injuries, employers’ liability, fatal accidents and industrial disease.

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