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Clinical negligence: claimant

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Boyes Turner's 'extremely well-thought-of clinical negligence team' is led by  Susan Brown and skilfully handles the full spectrum of matters ranging from cerebral palsy and brain injury claims to high-value complex medical negligence cases. Richard Money-Kyrle deals with high-value matters and is particularly proficient in cases involving cerebral palsy and birth injuries. Julie Marsh has expertise in claims involving cauda equina syndrome, which form the bulk of her caseload, and Vanessa Wand manages obstetric and birth-related injuries.

Practice head(s):Susan Brown

Other key lawyers:Richard Money-Kyrle; Julie Marsh; Vanessa Wand; Sita Soni

Testimonials

'This is an exceptional team which should be top ranked; they consistently deliver results on liability and quantum at the highest level in the most valuable and complex cases.'

'This is an experienced and realistic team. There is genuinely no weaknesses that exists in relation to professional competence.'

'Susan Brown is exceptionally experienced and knowledgeable, especially in relation to complex and high-value clinical negligence claims.'

'Susan Brown is a very tough negotiator, fights for every pound for her clients, and should be top ranked.'

'Richard Money-Kyrle is smooth, unflappable, and always on top of his cases.'

'Julie Marsh is up and coming, knows her stuff and fights hard for her clients. Definitely, one to watch for the future.'

'Vanessa Wand is extremely personable, easy to deal with and very bright. She is highly organised, progresses her cases in a highly effective manner and has good tactical judgment.'

Work highlights

  • Represented 5-year-old claimant who suffered from grade 2 hypoxic-ischaemic encephalopathy after a negligently delayed delivery.
  • Represented the mother of a 5-year-old girl in a complex, fiercely contested claim for psychological injuries suffered as a ‘primary victim’ during and after the child’s birth.
  • Represented a severely disabled teenager in this medical negligence case ending in a £21m settlement.
  • Secured a £12m capitalised equivalent settlement for the now 23-year-old, mentally capable but severely disabled claimant.
  • Achieved a £2.5m settlement for an 8-year-old boy with mild dyskinetic cerebral palsy in a strongly contested case.

'One of the very best firms nationally', Blake Morgan LLP has further strengthened its 'excellent' practice group with its acquisition of BL Claims Solicitors. The seasoned team skilfully handles high-value and complex claims pertaining to cerebral palsy, brain injury, and catastrophic injury. Practice head and qualified doctor John White handles mainly large complex catastrophic injury claims, and senior associate and former midwife Patricia Wakeford is 'thorough and determined in the pursuit of claims for clients'.

Practice head(s):Kym Provan; John White; Alison McClure

Other key lawyers:Patricia Wakeford

Testimonials

'John White has a formidable intellectual mastery of the topic with real human warmth.'

'John White's experience shines through everything he does; he is extremely well organised, clear-thinking, client-focused, and keeps things moving'

'Kym Provan is gritty, persistent, and showed her mettle in a tricky long-running case.'

Work highlights

  • Represented the claimant who had a pre-existing brain injury, following a significant orthopaedic injury sustained in a fall.
  • Represented the claimant who suffered an anaphylactic reaction to the anaesthetic resulting in a hypoxic-ischaemic brain injury.
  • Represented the claimant in a delay in diagnosis of post-operative complications led to peritonitis.
  • Represented the claimant in a case of misdiagnosis.
  • Represented the claimant in a delay in diagnosis of breast cancer.

The clinical negligence team at Coffin Mew LLP is led by Sue Bowler and handles an array of negligence matters pertaining to catastrophic injuries and misdiagnoses of disease. The team has extensive experience in cerebral palsy cases, with the name to note in this area being Douglas Miller. The 'very responsive' Tan Jaff acts for clients in catastrophic injury cases.

Practice head(s):Sue Bowler

Other key lawyers:Douglas Miller; Tan Jaff;

The 'very strong and extremely well-organised' clinical negligence practice at Freeths LLP is often involved in the region's highest-value cases concerning brain, spine and other injuries of maximum severity. Led by Carolyn Lowe, whom clients 'rate very highly', the team also has expertise in birth injury, stillbirth and neonatal death cases. Senior associate Catherine Bell is 'effective, tenacious and caring', and focuses on gynaecological claims including multiparty group actions.

Practice head(s):Carolyn Lowe

Other key lawyers:Catherine Bell; Lynne Foster;

Testimonials

'Freeths is a wonderful firm to work with. The firm has strength in depth, with a first-rate team handling the most catastrophic claims with compassion, knowledge, pragmatism, and humanity. They are all you could want if you were a client at your most vulnerable.'

'Carolyn Lowe has huge experience of dealing with catastrophic injury claims. She's wonderfully approachable and has a level of knowledge that is second-to-none. Extremely committed, a superb team player and great to have to fight your corner.'

Work highlights

  • Involved in a negligent performance of open myomectomy resulting in postoperative haemorrhage.
  • Handling an infant birth injury case.
  • Handling a claim involving the delay in diagnosis of cauda equina.

'An excellent office in a stellar national firm', the clinical negligence team at Irwin Mitchell has a particular specialism in high-value and high-profile birth injury, stillbirth, and neonatal death matters, and is led by Southampton based Justine Spencer, 'a go-to in the region'. Rebecca Brown is 'thorough, tactical and senior beyond her years' and has particular expertise in spinal injury and general surgical negligence, as well as group litigation. The team also benefits from the firm's public law practice group.

Practice head(s):Justine Spencer

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Brown,

Testimonials

'Irwin Mitchell is one of the pre-eminent clinical negligence claimant firms in the country and unsurprisingly, the Southampton office is no exception. The firm has unrivalled strength in depth and an exemplary resource base but never loses sight of the importance of providing a client-focused, compassionate service.'

'The team is a leader in the field in clinical negligence. They have an impressive pool of experience and knowledge to call upon in order to ensure that their clients obtain the best quality and realistic advice.'

'Justine Spencer is a fantastic lawyer. She is dedicated, tenacious, knowledgeable and wonderfully empathetic: a standout who leads the team from strength to strength.'

The clinical negligence team at Moore Blatch LLP specialises in infectious diseases of the brain, neurosurgery, cauda equina syndrome, and rare endocrinological conditions. The team is led by Tim Spring and includes Maya Sushila, who handles complex catastrophic claims pertaining to gynaecological incidents. Other key members include Victoria Hydon, who handles neonatal deaths.

Practice head(s):Tim Spring

Other key lawyers:Maya Sushila; Victoria Hydon

Testimonials

'The clinical negligence team at Moore Blatch is probably unique in being the only Claimant team, that consists almost entirely of solicitors who previously undertook Defendant work. This background gives the team much greater insight in how to present claims successfully to the Defendants and to achieve a good outcome'.

'The stars of the team are Tim Spring (head of clinical negligence), Maya Sushila, Mala Sidebottom, Sarah Stanton and Denise Deakin. Tim is a tenacious lawyer with vast experience. Maya, Mala, Sarah and Denise are skilled clinical negligence lawyers who care deeply about their clients, and who work tirelessly to resolve their claim. Mala has the benefit of being a qualified doctor'.

'One of those smaller firms that does a fantastic job, quite the equal of large national firms'.

'Maya Shushila is outstanding - careful, thorough, brings great intelligence and thought to the problems of a particular case'.

'Excellent case selection due to depth and breadth of the knowledge of the medical field. Work directly with the Charitable sector to support clients'.

'Tin Spring is an excellent person to work with'.

At Nockolds Solicitors, the 'extremely impressive' clinical negligence team has a reputation for handling high-value and highly complex catastrophic claims, with particular expertise in brain and spinal injury. A key figure in the team is Yasmin Ameer, 'a real leader in her field', who focuses on significant high-value claims, with particular expertise in brain injury and amputation matters.

Practice head(s):Jennie Jones

Other key lawyers:Yasmin Ameer; Rachel Davis

Testimonials

'Nockolds Solicitors has a very specialist serious injuries team. The team is not huge, but they are immensely skilled and have a great deal of experience in dealing with injuries of the utmost severity.'

'The experience of Yasmin Ameer sets Nockolds apart from many other firms.'

'Yasmin Ameer is the most experienced solicitor in high-value clinical negligence claims. She is supremely able, very confident in her dealings with the other side, fights her client's corner and has a lovely manner with clients and their families. I cannot recommend her highly enough.'

Work highlights

  • Secured a £9m settlement, in a clinical negligence matter.
  • Acting for a client in an undiagnosed brain haemorrhage claim.
  • Settled a paediatric claim for £18m.
  • Involved in a claim concerning the negligent management of cholecystectomy.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's clinical negligence department has 'serious legal firepower'. The practice, which is led in Guildford by Philippa Luscombe, handles a range of matters relating to brain and spinal injuries, as well as cerebral palsy. In addition, the 'tenacious and tactically shrewd' Alison Johnson has expertise in obstetric cases. Alison Appelboam Meadows, who leads the practice in Basingstoke, also heads up the firm’s cerebral palsy team. Other core members of the team include Stephanie Code in Guildford and senior associate Emma Beeson, who is noted as 'a star of the future.'

Practice head(s):Philippa Luscombe

Other key lawyers:Alison Appelboam Meadows; Alison Johnson; Emma Beeson; Elise Bevan; Lucie Prothero

Testimonials

'The firm provides extremely insightful and intelligent analysis of the issues that affect its clients. There is great attention to evidentiary detail and practice appears to be principled and ethical.'

'Alison Appelboam Meadows is a delight to work with and embodies all of the qualities that make Penngintons a standout firm. She is vastly experienced and knowledgeable, but not in the least bit self-satisfied or stuffy. She is brilliant with clients and opponents alike.'

'Alison Johnson seems to have a magical touch when it comes to negotiating fantastic settlements on behalf of her clients which reflects her charm and skill.'

Work highlights

  • Acting for a client who experienced a delay in the diagnosis and treatment of cauda equina syndrome.
  • Pursued a claim for negligent management of a client following a knee injury sustained at home.
  • Pursued claim against an otorhinolaryngologist, in relation to the initial management of a client’s throat cancer in 2010.

Royds Withy King's clinical negligence team is renowned for its complex catastrophic injury work which is led by Richard Coleman, 'a canny and experienced litigator'. 'Leaving no stone unturned', the team has been engaged in high-value claims involving cerebral palsy and obstetric brachial plexus injuries, in addition to claims involving spinal injury and fatalities. Tracy Norris-Evans specialises in claims of maximum severity, specifically neurological and paediatric cases. Judith Leach is recommended for her insight on a variety of medico-legal topics.

Practice head(s):Richard Coleman

Other key lawyers:Tracey Norris Evans; Judith Leach; Lucy Norton

Testimonials

'Tracy Norris Evans is the standout partner, undertaking both clinical negligence, personal injury and court of protection cases. She is thorough and very professional.'

'Richard Coleman is a tenacious and capable litigator in birth injury claims who will uncover all angles to explore attaining the best outcome for his client and does so unerringly.'

'This is a strong team with an exceptional presence that handles many cases of gravity and complexity.'

Work highlights

  • Handling an alleged negligence claim against defendants relating to treatment received whilst an inpatient with swine flu.
  • Handling a spinal clinical negligence case against a GP for failing to seek prompt specialist advice when presented with a patient with sudden onset of neurological symptoms.
  • Acting in a matter involving an error that resulted in a cardiac arrest for a client.

Shoosmiths LLP's 'very strong' clinical negligence team has a reputation for handling a range of high-value cerebral palsy claims, spinal injury and amputation claims, and matters relating to fatalities. Practice head Denise Stephens is a 'fearless advocate' and is known for her cutting-edge catastrophic clinical negligence work related to brain and spinal injury. The firm's Basingstoke office has now relocated to Reading, though the team has remained unchanged.

Practice head(s):Denise Stephens

Other key lawyers:Susan Prior; Anneliese Jones

Testimonials

'Denise Stephens is a lioness in the heavy claims jungle and is never afraid of going to trial.'

'Any client coming to this team has scored the jackpot. Not only is the depth and breadth of legal knowledge and practical experience unrivaled, but this team will go above and beyond to provide the client with a platinum service.'

'The word 'star' is too insubstantial for Denise Stephens. She works with tireless dedication to achieving success for all her clients.'

'Denise Stephens has vast experience and outstanding legal knowledge. I cannot praise her highly enough.'

Work highlights

  • Acting for a client who was injected with a contaminated spinal anesthetic resulting in a significant spinal injury and moderate brain damage.
  • Assisted a client whose husband died after suffering sepsis.
  • Assisted a client whose wife died as a result of failure to diagnose carcinoma of the caecum.
  • Rcepresented the family of a young child who died after routine tonsillectomy.

The 'impressive' clinical negligence team at Thomson Snell & Passmore is equipped to handle high-value matters involving cerebral palsy, brain injury, surgical errors, and delayed diagnosis of cancer. Practice head Fiona Follis specialises in clinical negligence litigation and maximum severity of birth injury cases. 'Tactically astute and technically excellent', Graham Bell deals with complex medical accident claims.

Practice head(s):Fiona Follis

Other key lawyers:Graham Bell; James Cahan; Oliver Chapman

Testimonials

'Graham Bell is the standout partner in the team; a first-class legal brain and an amazing ability to take on a new case, boil down the complexities to the key issues and come up with solutions to legal conundrums.'

'Graham Bell is probably the most meticulous lawyer I ever worked with. He sticks to the finest details of every case and he never leaves a stone unturned.'

'James Cahan is impressive and develops a great rapport with clients and counsel alike.'

Trethowans LLP focuses on claims involving cerebral palsy, serious brain injury and medical misdiagnoses. Led by Clare Carter, the practice group handles a wide array of matters for clients against the NHS, private health companies and hospitals. Specialist clinical negligence lawyer Gavin Lane deals with catastrophic injury claims, and Salisbury-based Chris Whiteley has significant experience in spinal and brain injury matters.

Practice head(s):Clare Carter

Other key lawyers:Chris Whiteley; Gavin Lane

At Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors, the clinical negligence department 'punches well above its weight', handling a variety of matters with a particular emphasis on the preventable suicides of psychiatric patients. Madeline Seibert leads the team and has expertise in claims involving injuries to mothers or babies during pregnancy and labour; she is rated for her 'willingness to unselfishly fight for a cause'. Other key members of the team include James Sherwin and Craig Knightley.

Practice head(s):Madeline Seibert

Other key lawyers:James Sherwin;

Testimonials

'Madeline Seibert is a colossus in the field. She has year on year grown into a key player in the market.'

'Madeline Seibert is a solicitor who is at first a human being, then a highly skilled professional with an incredible knowledge of the law and how it can be applied to benefit the customers and make people's lives better. Fantastic - will recommend a million times over to other claimants!'

'Craig Knightley is a professional solicitor with a kind approach and who has been exceptional while dealing with trauma. His commitment, empathy & knowledge has been outstanding.'

Barlow Robbins LLP has 'an excellent department' dealing with a wide range of clinical negligent claims pertaining to brain injury, spinal injury, oncology-related claims, and birthing injuries. Practice head Caroline Flashman is skilled in handling catastrophic claims involving brain damage, and Deborah Powlesland ('an extremely diligent solicitor') specialises in medical product liability.

Practice head(s):Caroline Flashman

Other key lawyers:Helen Goatley; Victoria Jones; Deborah Powlesland; Natalie Hirst

Testimonials

'Caroline Flashman as a partner exceeded my expectations. Her dynamism progressed my case to a good outcome and she leads the team with flair.'

'Natalie Hirst is an excellent lawyer, realistic and pragmatic. She gives clear advice to clients and is empathetic with their problems.'

'Victoria Ellen Jones is an extremely hard working and effective clinical negligence solicitor.'

Work highlights

  • Achieved a six-figure settlement for a claimant whose rare type of cancer was misdiagnosed.
  • Secured a £1.6m settlement for failure to correctly diagnose spinal fracture leading to cauda equina.
  • Achieved an £80,000 settlement for failure to diagnose and treat periodontal disease.

Dean Wilson LLP is 'an excellent quality firm' with a clinical negligence team that is filled with 'experienced and reliable practitioners'. The group specialises in high-value catastrophic clinical negligence claims involving birth, brain, spinal and orthopaedic injuries. Ben Davey is 'excellent' and focuses on complex multi-track cases, having developed a reputation for handling very high-profile matters.

Practice head(s):Frances Pierce

Other key lawyers:Alex Brown; Ben Davey

Testimonials

'Dean Wilson has strength and depth in a relatively small team. They are client-focused and results-focused.'

'Alex Brown is a senior solicitor with years of experience. He's good with clients, is realistic and commercial in his approach.'

'Ben Davey punches well above his weight.  He is astute and maintains a good grasp of the overview of a case, even when unexpected complications would knock a lesser lawyer off course.'

Work highlights

  • Acting for a client in a complex fatal delay in diagnosing lung cancer case.
  • Handling a multimillion-pound cerebral palsy matter caused by birth injury claim.
  • Acting in an article 2 ‘right to life’ matter denied by medical negligence.
  • Acting in a matter involving medical negligence causing the client to lose vision.

Hart Brown's clinical negligence practice group handles medium to high-value negligence claims and has expertise in the court of protection deputyships. Practice co-head Gerard Sanders specialises in cosmetic surgery claims, and disputes involving laser eye surgery and delayed diagnosis of cancer. Paul Grimwood also has experience in negligence litigation.

Practice head(s):Paul Grimwood; Gerard Sanders

The clinical negligence team at Holmes & Hills is 'tenacious in achieving good results for clients', handling the full scope of negligence work with with a particular focus on birth injuries, military medical negligence, misdiagnoses and negligent surgical procedures. Practice head Jason Brady specialises in complex military matters and Dominic Graham handles high-value late diagnoses of cancer claims.

Practice head(s):Jason Brady

Other key lawyers:Dominic Graham; Zoe Diss

Testimonials

'Jason Brady has a commanding knowledge of the field. He communicates very well with clients and is a strong negotiator, putting his point of view eruditely and succinctly.'

'Dominic Graham is a very adept litigator, and robust in standing up to defendant Hospital Trust tactics. He has the courage of convictions and pursues difficult cases and secures very good results.'

'Jason Brady and Dominic Graham are both powerhouse clinical negligence lawyers’

Work highlights

  • Obtained a settlement of £2.5m through the High Court for a client who required amputation as a result of misdiagnosis.
  • Represented a client who has suffered visual impairment as a result of delayed treatments by two defendants.
  • Representing the client in an on-going case following delays to treatment for an ulcer which has resulted in an amputation.

Knights plc's clinical negligence practice group is led by brain injury specialist Helen Niebuhr. The team handles high-value medical negligence matters involving to cerebral palsy and mistakes made in medical treatment. Also recommended is Jonathan Phillips, who has experience handling catastrophic injury matters and fatal claims.

Practice head(s):Helen Niebuhr

Other key lawyers:Matthew Heap; Jonathan Phillips; Kay Taylor

The team at Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP a wide range of negligence matters, but has specialist expertise in obstetrics and neonatal brain injury claims. The 'outstanding' Melanie Minter heads the practice group and Nick Garrish is noted for his 'ability to build up a good client rapport with first-rate litigation skills'.

Practice head(s):Melanie Minter

Other key lawyers:Nick Garrish; Caroline Godfrey;

Testimonials

'Melanie Minter has a calm, measured manner and sound judgment. She is highly analytical and sees points quickly in complex cases. She is not afraid to challenge barristers' views if she thinks they have missed something.'

'Melanie Minter is a very safe pair of hands for the trickiest cases.'

'Nick Garrish is a wonderful solicitor. He goes the extra mile for his clients, and has a personable, client-friendly manner.'

Work highlights

  • Represented the claimant in a litigated claim for a failure to diagnose a 3rd /4th-degree perineal tear during delivery in 2013.
  • Represented the claimant in a litigated claim relating to a negligent right total hip replacement which the claimant underwent at age 64.
  • Represented the claimant in a litigated claim against a defendant NHS Trust for mismanagement of labour.

The clinical negligence group at McMillan Williams handles a variety of catastrophic claims including spinal and brain injuries. Lauren Phillips, who co-leads the team, has expertise in obstetrics and gynaecology, and practice co-head Nicola Mooney has experience in complex brain injury cases in children. Other core team members include Jacqui Hayat and Andrew Bentham.

Practice head(s):Lauren Phillips; Nicola Mooney

Other key lawyers:Jacqui Hayat; Andrew Bentham

Thompson Smith and Puxon's clinical negligence department is 'a dedicated and courteous team' which handles a wide range of matters and is known for securing significant settlements and compensation for clients. 'Superb' practice head Steve Webb handles high-value brain injury cases and is also experienced in personal injury matters. 'Tenacious' Stacey Anderson is another core member of the team and is highlighted for her 'very good feel for settlement offers and parameters'.

Practice head(s):Steve Webb

Other key lawyers:Stacey Anderson

Testimonials

'Thompson, Smith & Poxon's clinical negligence team has without a doubt some of the most efficient and meticulous solicitors I've ever worked with.'

'Stacey Anderson is an excellent solicitor. She is extremely intelligent, organised and thorough. She has an exemplary relationship with clients who respect her and clearly feel supported by her.'

'This is a dedicated and courteous team devoted to fighting for the rights of its clients.'

The clinical negligence practice group at BTMK Solicitors deals with a range of matters from catastrophic claims to serious brain injury. The team includes Johanne Turner, who has experience in handling back and spinal injuries. Ruth Hemingway is rated as an 'extremely knowledgeable' solicitor.

Practice head(s):Johanne Turner

Other key lawyers:Ruth Hemingway 

The clinical negligence team at Clarkson Wright & Jakes focuses on cerebral palsy and catastrophic injury matters. Practice head David Greenlaugh specialises in negligence litigation, while Alex Wormald has expertise in birth-related complications and general surgical negligence. Michelle Easton is another key figure in the team.

Practice head(s):David Greenhalgh

Other key lawyers:Alex Wormald; Michelle Easton

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in a case against a health trust.

DMH Stallard LLP has 'an extremely strong and commercial clinical negligence department' headed by Tessa Grayson. The practice group has extensive experience across the spectrum of negligence matters with a focus on birth injury claims, surgical errors, and misdiagnoses. Lucienne Westbrook is also recommended and has expertise in multiple injury claims.

Practice head(s):Tessa Grayson

Other key lawyers:Lucienne Westbrook;

Testimonials

'Tessa Grayson is a dynamo of a solicitor, easy to work with, great with clients and a tough negotiator. She is a solicitor who gets results.'

'The team is adept at recognising when claims should or should not be run and/or settled. All the solicitors have a knack for getting a good result, even in ostensibly less promising cases. Although small, they are undoubtedly up there with the most effective firms I know.'

'Lucienne Westbrook is a very experienced and canny lawyer, who has a great depth of knowledge and an instinct for a good argument.'

Work highlights

  • Involved in a medical negligence matter involving up to six parties.

The 'experienced and knowledgeable' clinical negligence team at Duncan Lewis Solicitors specialises in brain injury matters including cerebral palsy and cardiac claims, as well as securing significant settlements for clients. The practice group is led by 'excellent' Rebecca Thomas.

Practice head(s):Rebecca Thomas

Testimonials

'Rebecca Thomas is extremely diligent and great with both clients and experts. She is all around great to work with.'

'It is a very good team of people who were informative and kept me updated’ 

Work highlights

  • Acting for a client who underwent maxillofacial surgery and subsequently suffered from a deviated jaw with associated pain. The case settled post issue of proceedings and pre-trial.
  • Acting for a client to pursue a claim against an NHS Trust.
  • Represented a client following a failure to diagnose Non- Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Gardner Leader LLP's 'sensible and practical' clinical negligence group covers the full range of medical negligence matters, with a particular emphasis on fatalities and inquest claims. Practice head Alastair Goggins, who is noted for his 'whip-sharp advice', has expertise in maternal and infant birth complications and injuries. Senior associate Andrew Shipp handles complex claims involving mental health.

Practice head(s):Alastair Goggins

Other key lawyers:Andrew Shipp

Testimonials

'Alastair Goggins is very efficient, very competent, very knowledgeable, and has good judgment and charming people skills.'

'Alastair Goggins reflects the strengths of his team, delivering cogent advice and practical solutions that put the client first.'

Work highlights

  • Represented a client who suffered from stress-related mental health issues due to a lack of training and additional staff support from their employer.
  • Represented a young adult who suffered serious injuries due to a deliberate car incident.

The 'highly competent' clinical negligence team at newly ranked Girlings Personal Injury Claims Ltd is 'conscientious and well-administered'. Led by the 'exceptional' Clare Milne, who has experience in multi-party injury claims, the team handles complex catastrophic claims involving brain injury and cancer. 'Extremely determined lawyer' and new partner Sue Man specialises in clinical negligence litigation matters, while senior associate Michelle Meakin is highlighted for her 'incredibly efficient attitude and real eye for detail'.

Practice head(s):Clare Milne

Other key lawyers:Sue Man; Michelle Meakin; Shantala Carr

Testimonials

'Clare Milne is a very strong and wise litigator. She has a firmness with opponents but a lightness of touch when handling complex cases. She leaves no stone unturned to achieve the best result for her clients and is a joy to work with.'

'Sue Man has a quiet and open-minded manner belying a tenacious approach to her work. Above all, she was meticulous with breathtaking attention to detail and an ability to communicate emotionally difficult information in a gentle and concise manner. It was a privilege to employ her services.'

'Sue Man is a hardworking and applied lawyer with good attention to detail. Likewise, she is alive to the commercial realities of clinical negligence work.'

Work highlights

  • Represented a claimant with regards to a brain injury claim resulting in a settlement in excess of £8m.
  • Represented claimant in relation to a clinical negligence claim resulting in a serious injury to the claimant's left knee.
  • Represented the claimant in relation to a failure to diagnose prostate cancer.

The clinical negligence group at Griffith Smith LLP handles catastrophic injury claims including spinal and brain injury cases. Practice head Jenny Ray has over 15 years of experience in acting for claimants in clinical negligence and personal injury matters.

Practice head(s):Jenny Ray

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)'s 'excellent' clinical negligence department has particular expertise in brain injury claims. Simon Pimlott has recently been involved in serious injury cases and also focuses on complex liability disputes. Practice head Malcolm Underhill focuses on neurological issues, particularly the late and misdiagnosis of strokes and brain tumours. The team often works in a cross-disciplinary manner with other practice groups to deliver 'efficient and sensible' results.

Practice head(s):Malcolm Underhill

Other key lawyers:Simon Pimlott

Testimonials

'Simon Pimlott is an outstanding claimant solicitor. He is thorough, intelligent, and empathetic.'

Work highlights

  • Representing claimant following the suicide of the husband.
  • Representing a claimant in brain injury negligence claim.
  • Representing a claimant in a fatal claim.

Morrisons Solicitors LLP clinical negligence team handles birth, brain, and spinal injury claims. The group is led by Kathy Fitzgerald whose area of expertise lies in obstetrics and gynaecology. Former in-house NHS solicitor James Fitzpatrick left the practice for Hill Dickinson LLP.

Practice head(s):Kathy Fitzgerald

The team at¬†Pinney Talfourd LLP¬†has built up¬†'an impressive reputation in the field of clinical negligence'. Overseen by¬†Stephen Green, the group 'punches well above its weight', handling a range of brain, birth, and spine injury claims, in addition to oncology-related claims.¬†The firm is regularly instructed to act against private medical companies and individuals. Kim Huggins¬†is¬†‚Äėabsolutely a powerhouse clinical negligence lawyer‚Äô¬†and is skilled in handling complex gynecological, cosmetic and cancer claims.

Practice head(s):Stephen Green

Other key lawyers:Kim Huggins;

Testimonials

'Kim Huggins has single-handedly built the team and is absolutely brilliant. She is an impressive lawyer and clients adore her.'

'Kim Huggins is a stellar performer in the clinical negligence arena. She has specialist knowledge and experience in delayed diagnosis of cancer claims. Kim has a robust and no-nonsense approach to her cases and always achieves the best possible results.'

'The team has a highly personal approach to clients and experts alike, where they try and obtain the best outcome for clients.'

Work highlights

  • Involved in a complex long-running claim stemming from a substandard hip replacement and numerous substandard surgeries.
  • Advised on a claim pursued under the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1934 and Fatal Accidents Act 1976.
  • Led a successful mediation following an NHS procedure at a private hospital resulting in permanent injury.


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Brachers has a reputable team, known for its diligent work for professional health services, where the firm holds a number of long-standing clients. Led by Maidstone-based Scott Alexander, the group has been handling high-value specialist claims and has recently undertaken advisory work for two general practitioner clients. John Sheath has over three decades of healthcare law experience under his belt and represents doctors and medical staff.

Practice head(s):Scott Alexander

Other key lawyers:Harriet Humphrey

Key Clients

The Medical Defence Union

The Dental Defence Union

Specsavers Optical Group

Medway Maritime NHS Foundation Trust

At DAC Beachcroft LLP, the team regularly acts for blue-chip companies, corporate insurers and the largest national health-care provider in high-value medical malpractice claims. Department co-head Matthew Mcgrath specialises in clinical risk, and Anthea Lane has a focus on dental negligence. Heather Durston-Hillyer is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Matthew McGrath; Nigel Montgomery; Heather Durston-Hillyer

Other key lawyers:Anthea Lane

Testimonials

'Belinda Dix and Heather Durston-Hillyer stand out as partners who genuinely care about their clients and go above and beyond when I have needed help and advice.'

'James Bolton went out of his way to make sure we were fully prepared and was courteous and reassuring at all times.'

'The team is highly experienced, extremely helpful, supportive, and has integrity.'

'Their advice is balanced and sensible.'

Key Clients

NHS Resolution

Medical Defence Union

Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT

University Hospital Southampton NHS FT

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS FT

Poole Hospital NHS FT

Hampshire Hospitals NHS FT

Great Western Hospitals NHS FT

Salisbury NHS FT

Isle of Wight NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Represented NHS Trust in defending a claim for damages arising from alleged negligent treatment in relation to the patient's psychiatric condition causing her to fatally stab her own mother.
  • Represented NHS Trust in c £18m claim brought by a patient who intended to pursue a Paralympian career but suffered neurological damage following medical treatment provided by the Trust.
  • Acted for NHS trust in a c£22m claim for a brain injury sustained at birth by the claimant.

The team at Gordons Partnership LLP has established a reputation for managing complex clinical negligence claims, particularly in the field of medical defense. Iain Pickering has recently handled a wide range of high-value and often medically complex claims, securing a £1m damages settlement at the beginning of this year. Other key figures include Alison Harden, practice head Charles Atkins, and Neil Grant, who joined as a partner from Ridouts LLP.

Practice head(s):Charles Atkins

Other key lawyers:Iain Pickering, Richard Creamer; Neil Grant; Alison Harden

The team at BLM is renowned for its clinical negligence practice which is concentrated in the healthcare sector where the team acts on behalf of the Medical Protection Society. Led out of Southampton, practice head Joe Wakeford, who also practices in the firm's Bristol office, has over 25 years of experience with a particular focus on mental health work. Stephanie Castell handles large claims around catastrophic injury, and Clare Garnett is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Joe Wakeford

Other key lawyers:Stephanie Castell

Testimonials

'Excellent service'

'Clare Garnett's knowledge is fantastic'


Personal injury: claimant

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  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

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asb law LLP brings 'a tremendous blend of knowledge, commitment and determination and pragmatism' to its personal injury work. A 'leader in brain injury work', Francis Lacy Scott focuses on catastrophic claims and brain injuries, and has secured several significant settlements in the past year. Also recommended is Jonathan Clement (formerly the head of injury at Thomson Snell & Passmore), who has two decades of experience in head and brain injury matters. Associate Dominique Parker is rated as a 'top negotiator'.

Practice head(s):Francis Lacy Scott; Jonathan Clement

Other key lawyers:Barry Osborn; Dominique Parker; Victoria Hubbert

Testimonials

'Jonathan Clement is a real fighter for his clients in the most difficult and borderline cases. He also has wonderful client-handling skills.'

'Francis Lacey-Scott combines his professional shrewdness with a disarming charm to great effect, in terms of client care, forging a team in which he has everyone playing to their strengths, and tickling his opponents into his hand. Working with, for, and even against Francis is an experience not to be missed.'

'Dominique Parker is a rising star whose arrival at the firm has added real strength to their offering in serious brain injury work. She is astute, wonderfully patient with troubled and anxious clients and secures excellent results.'

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of a minor who suffered a major brain injury following a high-speed road traffic accident.
  • Acting on behalf of a client who requires 24-hour care following a road traffic accident.
  • Acting for a client who suffered complex brain and orthopaedic injuries following a road traffic accident.

Boyes Turner advises clients on a range of personal injury matters, with specialist expertise across the areas of brain and spinal injury. Kim Smerdon is the key name to note in the team, handling large catastrophic claims, brain damage, spinal injuries, and serious orthopaedic injuries. Claire Roantree acts in mild to severe high-value brain injury matters and also has experience in musculoskeletal injury and chronic pain claims.

Practice head(s):Kim Smerdon

Other key lawyers:Claire Roantree

Blake Morgan LLP's personal injury practice group is adept at handling complex claims, particularly brain injury and spinal cord injury cases in a 'robust and realistic' manner. Head of the team John White has expertise in catastrophic injury claims, whilst co-head Allison McClure has a strong background in health care litigation. Senior associate Julia Prior's areas of practice include brain injury, accidents at work claims, and public liability claims.

Practice head(s):John White; Allison Mcclure

Other key lawyers:Julia Prior; James Wood

Testimonials

'Julia Prior exemplifies the calm and competent manner of this firm. She is very good at handling clients in a way that helps them understand what is going on and what they need to do, which in turn helps them maximize their claims.'

'The team is well organised, where the basic things are done right, which sounds like faint praise but isn't; it's surprisingly rare. They are a pleasure to work with.'

Coffin Mew LLP is 'a major player in the South for personal injury' and is led by Sue Bowler who has experience in some of the region's largest and most complex catastrophic claims and brain injury matters; Bowler is currently involved in Eaglesham v Ministry of Defence. The 'small but specialist' team also handles asbestos claims and is recommended by clients and counsel alike.

Practice head(s):Sue Bowler

Testimonials

'The team's professional manner and expertise gives the client the utmost confidence that whatever problems may occur, or whatever needs to be done will be resolved and carried out with speed and professionalism.'

'Sue Bowler is knowledgeable with a great sense of judgment and tactics.'

Work highlights

  • Acting for Phillip Eaglesham in a claim against the Ministry of Defence regarding the client's Q Fever acquired whilst serving in Afghanistan.

The specialist personal injury team at Collins Solicitors deals with significant high-profile and complex matters against big corporations and local governments. The group is proficient in high-value multi-party claims across the personal injury and professional negligence space. Most notably the team has been acting for clients in the infected blood public inquiry matter, which is led by firm founder and senior partner Des Collins with Danielle Holliday.

Practice head(s):Des Collins; Danielle Holiday

Testimonials

'The team is a force of nature for groups of injured claimants.'

Des Collins  is wise and approachable. Clients understand him and he understands them. Very committed to claimants.'

'Dani Holliday is clear, sharp and approachable.'

'Anna Murduck is committed and tough. Warm but very determined.'

'The firm is very focused on their claimants' cases and needs. Very senior lead partners are supported by a strong team of senior associates. Great communicators.'

Work highlights

  • Acting for over 1200 clients in connection with the Infected Blood Public Inquiry and by 500+ clients in connection with the associated Contaminated Blood Products Group Litigation (GLO).
  • Acting on behalf of 80 residents of Watling Street, Motherwell in a legal battle over a site insufficiently remediated prior to the building of residential dwellings which is putting families’ health at risk.
  • Acting for special needs teacher dismissed for whistleblowing at a state-run boarding school.

Dean Wilson LLP's personal injury team is 'knowledgable, compassionate, committed and full of talent'. Led by 'a total figurehead for the firm', Frances Pierce, the team skilled in handling an assortment of high-value and complex matters which range from severe brain and spinal injuries to amputation. Pierce is an accomplished mediator and litigator and specialises in brain injury claims in both adults and children, while newly-made partner Alex Brown is also skilled in dealing with brain injury claims.

Practice head(s):Frances Pierce

Other key lawyers:Alex Brown; Ben Davey

Testimonials

'Frances Pierce is definitely someone you would want batting for you, not for the other side. A strategic thinker who is willing to think outside the box to ensure the best outcomes for her clients.'

'Frances Pierce is a tenacious and formidable lawyer who is prepared to take risks and fight difficult legal principles.’

'Alex Brown is absolutely a rising star which is an obvious testament to his ability to have been made partner.’

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) has expertise in complex brain injury, child abuse, and other serious injury claims. Brain injury litigation is an area of focus for Simon Pimlott, while practice head Malcolm Underhill has niche expertise in child abuse work, and also undertakes advisory work on claims pertaining to fatalities, psychological injury, and those arising out of exposure to asbestos.

Practice head(s):Malcolm Underhill

Other key lawyers:Simon Pimlott

Testimonials

'IBB is a strong claimant firm with a reputation for intelligent lawyers.'

'Simon Pimlott is a very passionate lawyer and is dedicated to his clients. He has a particular aptitude for working with challenging and vulnerable clients, especially with mental health problems. He is not afraid to take on difficult cases.'

'Malcolm is an exemplary solicitor.  He has managed our expectations from the outset and articulated clearly and precisely how the process works. He makes you feel you are in good hands.'

Work highlights

  • Representing the claimant in a serious brain injury case.
  • Representing the claimant in mesothelioma case.

The 'fantastic' personal injury team at Irwin Mitchell has 'a wealth of knowledge' in of brain and spinal cord injury claims, orthopaedic injury matters and fatal accidents. Key figures in the team include Claire Howard, who leads the serious injury group, Andrew Buckman, who specialises in claims related to the armed forces, and Nicola Maier, who heads the asbestos disease team. Managing partner Guy Darlaston has particular expertise in representing mesothelioma patients.

Practice head(s):Claire Howard; Andrew Buckham; Nicola Maier

Other key lawyers:Guy Darlaston

Testimonials

'Andrew Buckham is an excellent partner in the military personal injury field, with a wealth of experience. He is strategic in his approach to the way in which his cases should be advanced and resolved.' 

'Guy Darlaston is incredibly knowledgeable and thoughtful when dealing with very sensitive situations. He is outstanding during the claims process, and well-liked and respected.'

'Irwin Mitchell has an excellent team, working incredibly hard for clients, and have a wealth of knowledge and recourses.'

'The individuals within the team are highly professional, very approachable and responsive. They provide clear instructions and guidance on requirements and pay in a timely manner for the services.'

Moore Blatch LLP deals with severe brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, complex musculoskeletal injuries, and other fatal accidents. Under the leadership of Damian Horan, the team has handled numerous multimillion-pound matters pertaining to serious brain injuries. Fadwa Errhioui is an increasingly visible adviser in the personal injury field and is building a reputation for securing rehabilitation and settlements for her clients. Another name to note is Richmond-based Trevor Sterling, who has a focus on trauma cases.

Practice head(s):Damian Horan; Trever Sterling; Matthew Claxson

Other key lawyers:Fadwa Errhioui; James Glasper; Martin Usher

Testimonials

'Matthew Claxson stands out as an exceptionally committed solicitor, who is both commercially astute and driven to ensure the best outcome possible for his clients'.

'Despite having offices across the UK, to my mind, the South East Moore Blatch team remains focused on serving their local community.  As a result, they provide the high-end legal services associated with national firms but tailored to the needs of their clients.  The quality of members in the team is extremely good and I would have no hesitation recommending them to friends and family'.

'Matthew Claxson: a calm and focussed litigator who gets the best from his team to deliver for his clients but who also does much for the wider field of personal injury at large. Always goes the extra mile'.

'A top notch regional firm and a leader in its field in SE England'.

'They are all extremely committed to getting the best possible result for their clients'.

'Matthew Claxson is phenomenally hard-working and has beaten market-leading rivals in beauty parades by some very demanding clients. His commitment to securing the best outcomes for his clients is unrivaled'.

Work highlights

  • Handling a £5m spinal cord injury claim.
  • Handling a £6m spinal cord injury claim.

Simply 'exceptional', Royds Withy King is known for its 'dedicated, knowledgeable, and successful' catastrophic injury team, and its expertise in brain and spinal cord injury claims. Led by Tracy Norris-Evans, the team also handles complex asbestos-related claims, fatal accidents and chronic pain matters. Helen Childs' 'knowledge of industrial disease litigation is excellent',and Ian Carrier is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Tracy Norris-Evans; Ian Carrier

Other key lawyers:Helen Childs;

Testimonials

'Royds Withy King has strength in depth and considerable experience dealing with serious personal injury claims. There is a particular specialism relating to claims under the Animals Act 1971 and generally involving riding accidents.'

'Ian Carrier has been excellent.  Nothing has been too much trouble for him, he is quite obviously an expert in his field.'

'Tracy Norris is extremely knowledgeable and experienced with the sole motivation of delivering the best outcomes for clients in all situations. Clients are left with no doubt that she is in their corner.'

'Helen Childs is an exceptional partner. She has a huge capacity for work and manages to combine an unerring willingness to fight for her clients with. She is a pleasure to work with.'

Work highlights

  • Represented a client's personal injury claim against the defendant for £1.5m, settled for £352,060 with costs of £300,000.
  • Acted in a high-value High Court personal injury claim involving severe traumatic brain injury governed by foreign jurisdictional law (Portuguese).
  • Acted in a personal injury claim issued to the value of £800,000; claimant was involved in a road traffic accident with an uninsured drunk driver.

'Particularly highly rated', Thomson Snell & Passmore's personal injury group comprises a dedicated team of practitioners who handle all catastrophic injury matters including child and adult brain injury cases. Led by Fiona Follis, the team also has expertise in brain injury litigation and asbestos claims. Graham Bell is regularly involved in the region's highest-value personal injury matters and is recommended for his insight into the industrial disease sector. Senior associate Oliver Chapman is 'definitely one to watch.'

Practice head(s):Fiona Follis

Other key lawyers:Graham Bell; Oliver Chapman; Jonathan Herbert

Testimonials

'Graham Bell is the standout partner for clinical negligence and personal injury work and always gets to the real points.'

'Jonathan Herbert has a real ability to understand the client and the case and get results needed.'

Trethowans LLP's personal injury lawyers handle complex catastrophic injury cases, including high-value head injury matters and spinal cord cases. Chris Whiteley in Salisbury and Gavin Lane are names to note for head and spinal injury cases. The team also handles fatal accidents, public liability, industrial disease claims and road traffic accidents.

Practice head(s):Gavin Lane;

Other key lawyers:Chris Whiteley; Tom Hartigan

Barlow Robbins LLP's personal injury team is 'definitely on the up' and handles a wide range of work from catastrophic injuries involving brain damage, spinal injury, and amputation to chronic pain, and fatal claims. Brain injury litigation is a specialism of the team, and a particular area of focus for practice head Caroline Flashman and Helen Goatley. Emma Potter is 'fantastic' and focuses on the physical and psychological aspects of pain, having developed an expertise in complex regional pain syndrome.

Practice head(s):Caroline Flashman; Emma Potter

Other key lawyers:Helen Goatley

Testimonials

'Emma Potter pays close attention to detail, is diligent in her scrutiny of the evidence and has the experience and astuteness to identify issues at an early stage that need to be addressed. She absolutely fights for her clients.'

'This is a great firm with a reputation for succeeding in substantial cases, and has a real focus on client care.'

Work highlights

  • Represented a client in road traffic accident claim after she suffered a traumatic brain injury and ophthalmic injury.

Blaser Mills Law personal injury department covers medium to high-value serious injury claims pertaining to brain and spinal injuries. Practice head Dave Mathews handles pavement tripping accidents and accidents at work, senior litigator Victoria Harvey has experience in industrial disease cases, and Nicola Heales focuses on brain and spinal injury claims.

Practice head(s):Dave Matthews

Other key lawyers:Victoria Harvey; Nicola Heales

The personal injury team at Freeths LLP is led by Oxford-based Julie Nichols and handles a wide range of road traffic accidents and public liability claims. Senior associate Irvin Thobourne has over two decades of experience in personal injury matters and is adept at advising on workplace accidents. Associate Amy Barnett is another name to note.

Practice head(s):Julie Nichols

Other key lawyers:Amy Barnett; Irvin Thobourne;

The 'very experienced and highly knowledgable' personal injury team at Holmes & Hills represents clients in road traffic accident claims, industrial disease matters, asbestos-related claims and high-value claims involving brain and spinal injuries. Led by 'excellent' Jason Brady, the group has a strong record of obtaining successful compensation for clients. Anna Watson has extensive experience in industrial disease and liability claims, and Dominic Graham is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Jason Brady

Other key lawyers:Dominic Graham; Anna Watson

Testimonials

'Jason Brady is excellent in all respects. He is a very good negotiator, a robust litigator and very good communicator with clients. He exudes authority and manages expectations very well.'

'Dominic Graham is a very adept and robust litigator, and very personable, which helps secure good relationships with clients, counsel, and opponents. He is tenacious and is unafraid to pursue difficult cases to very good conclusions.'

Work highlights

  • Represents the claimant who suffered a significant head trauma following a car accident, in a claim anticipated to settle in the region of £1m.
  • Represented the client in a workplace claim following significant injuries to the lower body, alleging a breach of statutory duty by the defendant.
  • Achieved a settlement of £130,000 for the claimant who suffered head and facial injuries as a result of a road traffic accident.

The personal injury team at Larcomes is led by practice head Richard Hopgood, who is renowned for his extensive expertise in asbestos claims. The team has experience in mesothelioma cases and handles a wide range of compensation claims for clients. Michael Osborne has experience in matters pertaining to mesothelioma and respiratory cases.

Practice head(s):Richard Hopgood

Other key lawyers:Michael Osborne

Testimonials

'Richard Hopgood is very personable and is able to put clients at ease despite the difficult and often time-pressured nature of these claims. His instructions are always comprehensive and he acts promptly on any advice or requests made.'

'Richard Hopgood is extremely knowledgeable and well liked by all his peers and patients. He provides exceptional service.'

'Michael Osborne has endless knowledge and is calm and confident when dealing with patients throughout a very distressing time.'

Nockolds Solicitors' personal injury group attracts high-value catastrophic injury claims with a particular focus on brain and spinal injury. The team places an emphasis on supporting rehabilitation for its clients and has built a track record of success in obtaining significant settlements. Jennie Jones specialises in brain and spinal injuries and has strong litigation experience.

Practice head(s):Jennie Jones

Other key lawyers:Yasmin Ameer

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP is 'highly rated and respected' and advises across the spectrum of personal injury matters, with expertise in road traffic accidents, employers’ liability and public liability claims. Practice head and 'skilled lawyer' Philippa Luscombe has expertise in brain injury matters.

Practice head(s):Philippa Luscombe

Other key lawyers:Elise Bevan; Lucie Prothero

Testimonials

'Philippa Luscombe is a truly standout practitioner who combines good judgement and sharp legal instincts with a caring and committed approach to her clients. Lucky them!'

'Alison Appelboam Meadows instills confidence. She is a very able all-around lawyer who is bright, intelligent, articulate and charming.'

'The team has talented and experienced lawyers who handle PI and clinical negligence claims of the utmost severity and complexity.'

Work highlights

  • Involved in a highly contested breach of duty by a hospital in risk assessment and care of vulnerable patients leading to catastrophic fall from height.
  • Handling a road traffic accident claim on behalf of a cyclist who sustained a serious head injury.

Shoosmiths LLP personal injury team deals with catastrophic injury claims including serious brain and spinal injuries, serious psychological trauma and complex pain matters. Practice head Rose Donoghue has experience in handling medium to high-value matters and possess a 'great understanding of the complexities of the cognitive and behavioural aspects of an individuals brain injury'. Donoghue is also proficient in mesothelioma and asbestos disease cases. Senior associate Paul Ashurst focuses on complex liability issues.

Practice head(s):Rose Donoghue

Other key lawyers:Paul Ashurst

White Dalton Motorcycle Solicitors' 'impressive' personal injury team has carved out a specialism in motorcycle accidents, motor-related injuries and collisions. Led by Andrew Dalton who has 'unrivalled experience and expertise', the team is skilled in undertaking high-value work, sometimes international in nature, pertaining to serious road-traffic accidents and orthopaedic and spinal cord injury work. Andrew Prendergast is efficient in all areas of motorcycle law and is noted for his 'prompt and accurate' advice.

Practice head(s):Andrew Dalton

Other key lawyers:Andrew Prendergast; Martyn Dey;

Testimonials

'Andrew Dalton stands out for his commitment, enthusiasm and dedication to the causes of his clients. He is also a good lawyer and an astute tactician and negotiator.'

'Both Andrew Dalton and Andrew Prendergast give the best they can, and are extremely dedicated.'

Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors' personal injury team is experienced in handling claims involving workplace accidents, road traffic accidents, fatalities, and industrial disease. Led by Sheenagh Parsons, the team also handles child abuse matters. Joanne Westbrook specialises in accidents in the workplace and also has a medical negligence background.

Practice head(s):Sheenagh Parsons

Other key lawyers:Joanne Westbrook

Birkett Long LLP handles a range of multi-track personal injury matters from employer liability to fatality claims. Key figures in the practice group include Chelmsford-based Nadina Edmondson and Colchester-based Tracy England, who are leading the high-value matters related to work accidents and occupational disease claims.

Practice head(s):Nadina Edmondson; Tracy England

Testimonials

'This is a team of professional and friendly partners and staff that take time to understand your specific requirements and tailor the advice'

Southend-based BTMK Solicitors' personal injury team services clients across a range of matters from low-value claims to catastrophic claims involving significant settlements. Johanne Turner has a particular focus on brain injury cases, as does Alan Bacon, who also handles clinical negligence matters.

Practice head(s):Alan John Bacon; Johanne Emma Turner

The personal injury team at Clarkson Wright & Jakes has a focus on serious brain, spinal-cord, and chronic pain injuries. Practice head David Greenlaugh's expertise includes medium-value serious injury cases, accidents at work, and road accidents, as well as travel litigation where personal injury occurs abroad. Alex Wormald is recommended for his specialism in catastrophic personal injury litigation.

Practice head(s):David Greenhalgh

Other key lawyers:Alexander Wormald; Michelle Easton; Josie Bowman

The personal injury team at Debenhams Ottaway has a strong focus on work-related accidents such as slip, trips and falls, and also has experience handling liability claims which range from low to medium value. Team leader Howard Kent has extensive experience in areas such as complex injuries arising from accidents in the workplace, including cases that feature chronic pain and spinal injuries.

Practice head(s):Howard Kent; Luke Harrison

Work highlights

  • Acting for a client in work related injury.
  • Managing a claim for construction worker seriously injured at work.
  • Acting for a claimant who sustained physical and psychiatric injuries as a result of injury caused by equipment in the workplace.

At DMH Stallard LLP, the 'very capable and experienced' personal injury group handles the full scope of matters with particular attention to brain and spinal injuries, accidents at work and accidents abroad. Group head Tessa Grayson has expertise in catastrophic claims and a specialism in dental negligence.

Practice head(s):Tessa Grayson

Other key lawyers:Catherine Smith; Julie Payne

Testimonials

'There are no weak performers in this team. All the fee earners have substantial expertise and possess extremely reliable and sound judgement. They are willing to take a chance on cases when other firms are not and will invariably exhaust all possibilities before "pulling the plug". '

Duncan Lewis Solicitors handles an array of personal injury work with particular specialism in fatal road traffic accidents. The team is currently representing a number of people in a high-value public inquiry, where it is advising on all aspects of public law and personal injury matters. Julie Leslie in Dalston handles employer negligence work in which the client has suffered severe disability. Rebecca Thomas heads the practice.

Practice head(s):Rebecca Thomas

Other key lawyers:Julie Leslie 

Testimonials

'The team's instructions were thorough, relevant and helpful.'

The personal injury practice group at Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP has experience across the full scope of claimant work involving accidents at work, road traffic accidents, public liability claims, and fatal accident claims. The team is overseen by litigator Bushra Elzubeir and has recently been involved in numerous high-value matters. Rhian Lowe is the key practitioner in the team and has expertise in public liability claims and accident prevention.

Practice head(s):Bushra Elzubeir

Other key lawyers:Rhian Lowe; Christopher Yemm; Lauren Hancock

Work highlights

  • Acting for a claimant who sustained multiple serious injuries in a road traffic accident.
  • Acting for the claimant in a claim for injuries following a road traffic accident where allegations of fundamental dishonesty were raised by the defendant.
  • Acting for a minor who sustained injuries in accident at school resulting in him developing Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

Kent-based Furley Page Solicitors handles a wide range of matters related to road traffic accidents, sports injuries and public liability claims, and also has experience in acting on matters involving the Human Rights Act. Recent work includes securing a £1.2m settlement for a client who had a road traffic accident. 'Outstanding' practice head Neille Ryan's specialisms lie in industrial disease and personal injury compensation claims. Chartered legal executive Robert Harvey is also a key member of the team and handles a variety of personal injury matters.

Practice head(s):Neille Ryan

Other key lawyers:Robert Harvey

Testimonials

'Neille Ryan is a hard-working and astute claimant personal injury lawyer'

'The team is well-known in the region for providing excellent client service. This is how a team should be'

'Ryan's negotiations skills are breath-taking'

Key Clients

University of Kent

National Association of Colliery Overmen, Deputies and Shotfirers

Abbey Legal Protection

Griffith Smith LLP handles fatal accident claims, road traffic accidents, brain injury, and serious spinal injuries. Jennifer Ray leads the team and has experience in acting for clients in serious head injury claims, where she has obtained many successful settlements.

Practice head(s):Jennifer Ray

Hart Brown's team of personal injury lawyers have experience in road traffic accidents and public liability cases. A key figure in the team is Gerard Sanders, who specialises in serious orthopaedic injuries and complex employers liability matters. The group also has experience in court of protection deputyships in relation to past settlements.

Practice head(s):Paul Grimwood; Gerard Sanders

Other key lawyers:Mark Wisby

Brighton-based Healys focuses on catastrophic injuries, industrial disease, fatal claims, and brain and spinal injuries. Key contacts include managing partner Dino Skinner and Trevor Henley, who leverages his litigation background to represent both claimants and defendants. Other core members include Jonathan Austen-Jones who specialises in medical negligence matters.

Practice head(s):Dino Skinner

Other key lawyers:Trevor Henley; Jonathan Austen-Jones;

The 'excellent' personal injury practice at Lennons Solicitors provides 'very efficient and client-focused service' on a range of matters with a particular focus on employers’ liability cases, occupiers’ liability, and road traffic accidents. Practice head and litigator Andrew King is 'nothing short of exceptional', and senior associate Katarina Morgan is 'a future star' of the firm.

Practice head(s):Andrew King

Other key lawyers:Katarina Morgan

Testimonials

'Andrew King is a safe pair of hands in any dispute.'

'Andrew King is a first-class litigator, robust in dealings with opponents, tenacious in securing good results for his clients and a very good communicator.'

'Katarina Morgan has laser-like focus on client care and a sound tactical brain. She has an excellent team around her as a well as a trusted team of external experts and counsel.'

'Lennons is a regional firm with national ambitions. It punches well above its weight in personal injury work and handling claims of increasing complexity and value.'

Work highlights

  • Acting in a catastrophic employer’s liability claim involving an accident on a building site.

Marsons Solicitors' personal injury team is led by Beth King, who has three decades of claimant PI experience under her belt and specialises in matters relating to accidents occurring at work. The practice group also handles road traffic accidents, industrial disease and professional negligence matters.

Practice head(s):Beth King

Work highlights

  • Acted for a driver with a minor back injury which led to a leak of spinal fluid resulting in a brain injury with cognitive deficits personality change.
  • Acting for a woman with life changing injuries due to necrotising fasciitis claiming against GPs who failed to refer her to hospital.

At Pinney Talfourd LLP, the personal injury team focuses primarily on high-value motor related accidents, and industrial disease claims for a wide range of clients. Key figures include 'accomplished litigator' Stephen Green, Stephen Eccles and the 'absolutely brilliant’ Kim Huggins. The team has been especially active in trauma and serious injury claims.

Practice head(s):Stephen Green

Other key lawyers:Stephen Eccles; Kim Huggins

Testimonials

'Stephen Green is an approachable, knowledgeable and proactive lawyer with much expertise in personal injury and industrial disease claims.'

'Stephen Green has a careful analytical approach, never jumping to conclusions and never shying away from a difficult claim.'

Tees Law's personal injury team is headed by 'first-class solicitor' David Jacobs and has a diverse case load with experience in complex, and often high-value work-related stress claims. Jacobs has led on a variety of matters this past year, concentrating on liability and securing a number of significant settlements.

Practice head(s):David Jacobs

Testimonials

'David Jacobs brings a vast range of experience to any case, and is a very skilful lawyer indeed. He is an extremely conscientious and determined individual who always gets the best for his clients. A real star.'

'Tees Law is a very well-run firm with excellent lawyers, and with particular strengths in insurance and personal injury work.'

Work highlights

  • Handling a personal injury claim involving a cyclist in Cambridge.
  • Acting in a claim involving knee injury and post-traumatic stress sustained in an accident in a shopping centre.
  • Acting on a claim involving an accident sustained on a bus with faulty doors.

The 'great' personal injury department at Thompson Smith and Puxon handles an array of matters including accidents at work, road traffic accidents, and trips and slips. Led by Steve Webb, the team also has experience in medical negligence and covers hospital and dental mistakes and psychiatric shock.

Practice head(s):Steve Webb

Other key lawyers:Sam Welham; Clare Sheeran


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The personal injury group at BLM has a stellar reputation for handling a wide range of high-value and complex matters. Jointly headed by Andrew Hibbert and Joe Wakeford, the practice group has expertise in the areas of health and safety and construction. The ten-partner team has a variety of specialisms ranging from loss and catastrophic injury to occupational disease claims, and also handles regulatory matters. Stephen Hazleton retired, but Bilal Mirza joined the team from DWF.

Practice head(s):Joe Wakeford

Other key lawyers:Andrew Hibbert, Stephen Hazleton; Clare Garnett; Andrew Williamson

Testimonials

'Andrew Hibbert remains the standout defendant personal injury solicitor in the region.'

'Clare Garnett's knowledge is fantastic and her service levels are very very good.'

Key Clients

DLG

QBE

Travelers

Hastings

Allianz

MIB

ERS

Certo

Markel

Aviva

LV

Dorset County Council

Through Transport

The team at DAC Beachcroft LLP handles the full scope of personal injury matters. Leveraging over 20 years of experience, Winchester-based Lea Brocklebank is skilled in defending high-value and complex personal injury claims involving traumatic brain injury, chronic pain and spinal injuries. Other members include Heather Durston-Hillyer, who focuses on defending clinical negligence claims, and senior associate Sheryl Gearing.

Other key lawyers:Heather Durston-Hillyer; Sheryl Gearing

Key Clients

Allianz Insurance

The Ministry of Defence

AXA

At Keoghs LLP, the 'highly skilled and knowledgeable team' advises clients on the full range of matters related to personal injury claims including liability and catastrophic injury. Acting in conjunction with the commercial litigation practice, the team also has niche capabilities in marine-related matters. Team members include 'excellent' practice head Michael Renshaw, 'rising star' and large loss specialist Matthew Perkins, 'standout partner' Matthew Burfield, and Sarah Parker.

Practice head(s):Michael Renshaw

Other key lawyers:Mathew Perkins, Sarah Parker; Matthew Burfield; Paul Baxter; Louise Abbott; Dan Oldroyd

Testimonials

'The team brings an impressive crossover knowledge of technical cost law and substantive catastrophic injury litigation.'

'This is a really strong team headed by Mike Renshaw. They are particularly forward thinking and have successfully pursued a strategy of building their insurer client base which is impressive.'

'Matt Perkins is heading for the stars; he is highly personable, hardworking, superb at analysing cases and has a fantastic ability to communicate with clients.'

Key Clients

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Freeths LLP's personal injury team undertakes a broad range of work for its strong corporate client base, with a particular expertise in the automotive sector. Led by Paul Chadder (who is noted for his 'clarity and superb client service') the group is renowned for handling high-value and high-profile public liability, employers liability, and industrial injury matters. Associate Matthew Bacon is recommended for his expertise in industrial disease claims.

Practice head(s):Paul Chadder

Other key lawyers:Matthew Bacon

Testimonials

'Paul Chadder takes a very hands-on role in his caseload, and the client gets far more partner-led input than might be true of comparable firms.'

'Matthew Bacon has an excellent eye for detail, and is robust in his approach both to negotiations and trial.'

'This is a small but dedicated team that is tightly run and well managed; there is detailed attention to cases in a way that larger firms often find difficult.'

Key Clients

AXA XL

Axis Capital

Zurich

BMW

Jaguar Land Rover

Faraday Underwriting

Starstone Underwriting

Armour Risk Management

Sompo International

Vesuvius UK

Work highlights

  • The team represented BMW in the successful defence of an Employers Liability claim at trial following an alleged trip on stairs.
  • The team represented the defendant insurer in relation to a high-value RTA matter pleaded at over £2m involving complex spinal injuries and contributory negligence arguments.
  • The team is representing an uninsured client in a complex multi-party construction matter involving duties arising under the CDM Regulations 2015.
  • The team represented the defendant RTA Insurer settling a claim for £60,000 which was pleaded at £250,000.
  • We represent an EL Insurer in a claim pleaded at over £1m, which was settled for £377,000 gross.

The personal injury team at Kennedys is led by the 'commercially astute' Richard West, who remains at the 'forefront of personal injury defendant work.' The group has a particular focus on complex catastrophic injury claims including liability matters as well as motor accidents. Joy Middleton is 'a joy to work with' and handles cases in a 'calm and expertly' manner. Other core team members include Jennifer Harris, who has experience defending liability claims. In summer 2019 a large team led by Andrew Caplan left to launch a Chelmsford office for Plexus Law.

Practice head(s):Richard West

Other key lawyers:Joy Middleton; Jennifer Harris

Testimonials

'Richard West is a fine legal mind and an incomparable team leader; these characteristics make him one of the real standout individuals in the sector for insurance clients.'

'Jennifer Harris is technically and procedurally quite brilliant. Insurance clients instructing Jenny are never in doubt that they are in the very safest pair of hands.'

'This is a team led by very strong partners, who provide sensible and realistic advice to insurer clients; it is real no-nonsense service.'

Key Clients

UI Group

MS Amlin

Brit Insurance

Chubb

Trethowans LLP's personal injury team offers clients an 'excellent bespoke service' with dedicated expertise ranging from liability matters to international claims. Led by Kelvin Farmaner, the group handles high-value and complex work, and also has experience in cross-border matters. Other key figures include Sarah Wheadon, who has niche experience in animal liability matters, and Bethany Blamire, who has acted for regional and international insurers.

Practice head(s):Kelvin Farmaner

Other key lawyers:Bethany Blamire; Sarah Wheadon

Testimonials

'Trethowans provides a high-level of knowledge that one can rely on. Their sound advice and support, attention to detail and pragmatic advice on what can be done in complex issues is what makes them stand out.'

'They are approachable, efficient, commercially aware, and they consistently take sensible litigation decisions. They have clear strategic direction and are prepared to provide ad-hoc advice and training on legal and industry developments whenever required.'

'Kevin Farmaner is robust but tactically very astute.'

'Bethany Blamire is meticulous and always ahead of her opponents.'

Key Clients

RSPCA

Jewson

Van Ameyde UK

Animal Friends Insurance

Farm and General Insurance

Appleby Westward Group

Cornish Mutual Assurance Co

Saint Gobain Building Distribution

Work highlights

  • Representing the Cornish Mutual in relation to an injuries claim pertaining to a complex cycle race which used The Animals Act 1971.
  • Representing Cornish Mutual and successfully defending a high-value fatal accident claim arising out of an accident on a farm.
  • Acting for Saint Gobain and repudiating a hire claim entirely on discovering the Claimant’s vehicle had no valid MOT.
  • Acting for Van Ameyde in relation to claims brought in the UK involving an accident in France.
  • Acting for a foreign insurer in relation to a high-value UK accident claim.

BDB Pitmans' personal injury defence team handles industrial disease claims and public liability matters. Ferhat Choudri focuses on catastrophic claims and road traffic accidents, and also has experience in significant cross-border claims, having worked across France, Italy, and Mexico.

Other key lawyers:Ferhat Choudri; Justine Waby

At Ellisons Solicitors, personal injury matters are handled seamlessly across the insurance litigation department and the small claims department, led by Robert Jones and Edward Weaver respectively. The group acts for high-profile clients in significant matters from contentious liability disputes to road traffic accidents. The 'highly efficient' Natalie Simpkins handles high-value injury claims and has expertise in motor liability.

Practice head(s):Robert Jones, Edward Weaver

Other key lawyers:Natalie Simpkins

Testimonials

'The team diligently handles an immense volume of work including many high-value complicated cases'

'Punches far above its weight and outdoes many London based peers'

'Excellent value for money'

'Robert Jones is largely responsible for driving the team forward'

Key Clients

AXIS Capital

Liberty Specialty Markets

Markerstudy

Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP specialises in acting for local authorities and emergency services in the region on all manners of personal injury claims, ranging from public liability matters to class actions. Led by Lee Hills, who also heads the travel team, the group has recently been involved in cross-border insurance claims. Also recommended is Beth Garrod, who has medical negligence experience.

Practice head(s):Lee Hills

Other key lawyers:Beth Garrod


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The Oxford-based team at Clyde & Co LLP has vast proficiency in handling high-value and high-stakes professional negligence matters. Led by Tony Nurse-Marsh, the team regularly handles large claims and disputes for leading clients in the legal and insurance sectors. Other key practitioners include Clive Brett, Jim Taylor, and Katherine Gregory, all of whom have expertise in construction-related claims.

Practice head(s):Tony Nurse-Marsh

Other key lawyers:Clive Brett; Jim Taylor; Katherine Gregory

Testimonials

'Absolutely a top performer.'

'Clyde and Co have strength in depth, high standards and a real understanding of litigation and PI issues through the eyes of the insurers.'

Cripps Pemberton Greenish's team has a focus on claimant related work and attracts a myriad of private clients for high-value matters. Led by 'brilliant' practice head Russell Simpson, the team has a strong grasp on fraud-related issues, coupled with knowledge on the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Truly standout in the region, the practice group also has expertise in professional negligence claims arising out of the financial services sector, an area in which Pradeep Oliver and newly qualified Tristam Razzell have a particular focus.

Practice head(s):Russell Simpson

Other key lawyers:Pradeep Oliver; Tristam Razzell

Testimonials

'Russell Simpson is very commercially astute and great with clients.'

'The practitioners are highly experienced, which puts them at an advantage to other firms. They are highly practical and efficient and great with clients.'

'It's a really impressive team. They kept me in the loop at all times and were honest and upfront from the beginning.

‘I can’t give them a better reference; they were simply brilliant.

Dentons is skilled in handling high-value negligence matters for its international roster of clients, which include major financial institutions, blue-chip companies, and high-net-worth private individuals. Milton Keynes-based James Fairbairn is the key name to note, bringing a blend of his litigation experience to professional negligence matters. Also recommended is practice head Tim Constable in the Watford office.

Practice head(s):Tim Constable

Other key lawyers:James Fairbairn 

Key Clients

Royal Bank of Scotland

Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Haringey

National House-Building Council (NHBC)

West Bromwich Building Society

Co-Operative Bank

Barclays Bank

Work highlights

  • Representing Haringey Council in a £7m professional negligence claim against NPS Property Consultants Limited for negligent design and contract administration services in relation to the extension of a primary school.
  • Acting for a private individual in a claim against a nationally recognised specialist firm of solicitors arising out of their failure to issue personal injury proceedings within the correct limitation period.
  • Representing a high-net-worth individual in a professional negligence claim against Hughes, Jay & Panter for negligent contract administration and quantity surveying services in relation to the extension and refurbishment of a £4m Grade 2 listed property.
  • Representing NHBC in a professional negligence claim against Clancy Consulting Ltd (consultant) and  Sadler Brown (architect) for negligent design and project management/contract administration services in relation to the defective replacement of a five storey glazed façade in an apartment building suffering from water ingress.
  • Acting for a number of banks in claims against solicitors for negligence and breach of trust arising out of imposter fraud.

Freeths LLP's professional negligence practice is led by Duncan Crine and handles a wide range of high-value and complex matters for both claimants and defendants across a wide pool of industry sectors. Recent work highlights include acting for a director of a large drinks company in a shareholder dispute. Other key figures include managing partner Sarah Foster, who has particular expertise in trust and probate-related professional negligence matters, and William Richmond-Coggan, who joined the firm from Pitmans LLP.

Practice head(s):Duncan Crine

Other key lawyers:Sarah Foster;

Testimonials

'Duncan Crine is a wise head, able to use his experience to great effect in the trickier moments in a case.'

'The team has top quality people who have the same high level of experience in this sector as many at larger firms, and get stuck into every case. Warm, professional with a wide breadth of knowledge.'

'The team is organized, pragmatic and client focused.'

The team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has over four decades of experience in handling professional negligence claims exclusively for defendants, which primarily include market-leading insurers and financial institutions. Led by James Robins, the practice group has expertise in claims against residential and commercial property professionals, and also has a variety of experience in the technology sector. Justin Tivey is a key contact for policy coverage disputes.

Practice head(s):James Robins

Other key lawyers:Justin Tivey,

Testimonials

'They are all excellent lawyers that are good with clients; they're approachable, but fight hard with the other side.'

'They are a competent team with a professional approach.'

Blake Morgan LLP's practice is routinely involved in claimant work catering to professional services such as solicitors, property professionals and financial advisers. Headed by Richard Portlock, the team has recently acted for a client in a negligence claim against a solicitor pertaining to the latter's failure to advise on the existence of a restrictive covenant. The group has also made a number of notable recruitment, which saw Michael Colledge join from Russell-Cooke LLP, and Nichola Gordon-Jones from TWM Solicitors LLP.

Practice head(s):Richard Portlock

Other key lawyers:Heather Welham

Testimonials

'Richard Portlock is very experienced in professional negligence work, and guides his more junior team members accordingly and engages with counsel rather than simply relying on or deferring to counsel.'

'Heather Welham is thorough, thoughtful and intuitive in her approach to the development of litigation.'

'The team is very responsive, user-friendly and has a great rapport with clients, witnesses, and experts.'

'All members are thorough, thoughtful and intuitive.'

Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP is stands out as claimant-focused practice that acts for a diverse range of clients including private clients and organisations. The team is led by Lewes-based Karim Mohamed and has experience spanning the banking, legal and insurance sectors. It has recently acted for a private individual in a high-value claim against a banking corporation. Olivia Zeki, Rosie Fletcher, and Helen Bell from the Brighton office are all key members.

Practice head(s):Karim Mohamed

Testimonials

'Karim Mohammed is exceptionally good with clients'

'They offer unparalleled expertise on the South Coast in bringing and defending professional negligence claims'

 

Barlow Robbins LLP's negligence team handles a wide array of claimant work for high-net-worth individuals, with a particular focus on bringing claims against solicitors, banks and financial services providers. David Foster is a key figure in the practice group and brings a blend of his litigation expertise to professional negligence claims. Scott Taylor is another name to note.

Practice head(s):David Foster

Other key lawyers:Scott Taylor

Testimonials

'Most helpful and confidence-inspiring.'

'The team is warm and friendly while maintaining a very professional approach to the job in hand.'

'They are effective communicators and give quick responses, making sure I am in the loop at all times.'

 

The lawyers in Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's largely claimant-based practice frequently litigate claims against city-based insurers and within the accountancy and financial services sector. Stephen Burns and David Savage are crucial figures in the team and have recently acted for Icon 1992 in a dispute against an insurance broker pertaining to the recovery of sums. Duncan Elson is another name to note, and has vast expertise in trust and estate-based litigation.

Practice head(s):Stephen Burns; Duncan Elson; David Savage

Key Clients

Cancer Research UK

Royal National Institute of Blind People

Zenium Technology Partners Limited

Lab Lateral Limited

Icon 1992 Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented a construction client against an insurance broker to recover collateral sums paid by way of a deposit.

Duncan Lewis Solicitors covers a broad range of professional negligence work concentrated in the construction and engineering sectors with additional niche expertise in claims against financial advisors. The team acts for a diverse client base, especially vulnerable individuals, which often seamlessly overlaps with the firm's other practice groups such as personal injury. Key figures include Sobashni De Silva and Anthony Okumah, who jointly lead the team based in Harrow.

Practice head(s):Sobashni De Silva, Anthony Okumah

Other key lawyers:Shabana Masood, Shilpa Sehgal

Testimonials

'Sobashni De Silva is an exceptionally thoughtful and able litigator.'

'They are unusually well organised with a team of strong communicators.'

'The team is tenacious in pursuing and protecting the clients' interests and position.'

Moore Blatch LLP has established a strong track record of claimant-focused professional negligence work that ends in favourable commercial settlements for their diverse client base. Practice head Rob Evans has expertise in tax-related claims, whereas Mark Osgood handles insolvency matters. Also recommended is associate Andrew Reid who handles financial miss-selling claims.

Practice head(s):Rob Evans

Other key lawyers:Mark Osgood; Andrew Reid


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