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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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