Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant in South East

Boyes Turner

Boyes Turner‘s team has an outstanding track record securing significant judgements in high-value legally and medically complex clinical negligence and personal injury cases. Led by Susan Brown, the clinical negligence group frequently handles cases involving birth and neonatal brain injuries, spinal injuries and cerebral palsy. She works with Richard Money-Kyrle, as well as senior associates Vanessa Wand and Julie Marsh. Kim Milan leads the personal injury team, which includes Claire Roantree; its wide-ranging experience includes matters involving spinal cord damage, orthopaedic and musculoskeletal injuries, amputations and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Laura Magson, who recently made partner, heads up the mesothelioma and asbestos group.

Practice head(s):

Susan Brown

Other key lawyers:

Kim Milan; Claire Roantree; Laura Magson; Richard Money-Kyrle; Julie Marsh; Vanessa Wand

Testimonials

‘Susan Brown was our solicitor, treated us with the utmost respect and was very professional at all times.’

‘They listen to me and work with me, they are considerate, polite and encouraging. Very personal in their approach.’

‘Polite, considerate, quick to respond. They go above and beyond to ensure I am up to date and informed.’

‘Dealing with complex multifactorial cases, there is strength in the legal analysis and understanding of claims, but also clear precise instructions which do not infringe an expert witness independence.’

‘Claire Roantree has been an exceptional solicitor, intellectually decisive but also thoughtful and caring towards her clients.’

‘I have found the Boyes Turner personal injury team to be a very well-run effective operation with knowledge and experience, which enabled them to bring our case to a very satisfactory conclusion.’

‘Our case was handled by Kim Milan, who has demonstrated the highest professional standards throughout, combined with the evident determination that the client’s needs must come first.’

Work highlights

  • Secured £20m capitalised equivalent settlement for child claimant who suffers severe dyskinetic cerebral palsy as a result of acute hypoxia suffered during delivery caused by multiple midwifery errors.
  • Secured £13m capitalised equivalent settlement for the brain-damaged 19 year old claimant in this medically complex case, hampered by incomplete medical records, evidential difficulties and the family’s relocation to Australia. Worked with experts in the UK and Australia to value the claim.
  • Secured £21.2m capitalised equivalent settlement for the severely disabled child claimant who suffered grade 2 hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy when delivery was negligently delayed by up to 4.5 hours. The claimant will require full time care and will be totally dependent on others throughout her significantly shortened life.

Collins Solicitors

Collins Solicitors is known for acting for claimants in high-value and nationally-significant personal injury cases. It is highly reputed for its involvement in environmental cases and matters arising from rail disasters, and has been notably prominent acting for a large number of clients in the Infected Blood Public Inquiry and associated Group Litigation Order. Founder and practice leader Des Collins works with Danielle Holliday and senior associate Anna Murduck.

Practice head(s):

Des Collins; Danielle Holliday

Other key lawyers:

Anna Murduck

Enable Law

Enable Law operates as a standalone medical negligence arm of the Foot Anstey group. Robert Antrobus and Alison McClure jointly lead the team. which includes dual-qualified doctor and lawyer John White, who focuses primarily on cases involving brain injury and obstetric injury. Kym Provan has expertise in spinal injuries, brain injuries and delayed diagnosis involving cancer. Patricia Wakeford covers claims including spinal injuries, head injuries and amputations. James Wood specialises in employer’s liability claims and repetitive strain injury. Senior associate Julia Prior is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Rob Antrobus; Alison McClure

Other key lawyers:

John White; Kym Provan; Patricia Wakeford; James Wood; Julia Prior; Eleanor Armstrong

Testimonials

‘It has a range of experienced lawyers and efficient administrative backup.’

‘In my experience, Enable Law are prepared to fund the cases they run to ensure that they are properly evidenced. They are also prepared to run risky and difficult cases, and do so successfully.’

‘Friendly, approachable, empathetic but realistic, bags of experience, efficient and very good at analysing and considering cases before taking them on and/or passing to counsel.’

‘Instructions are detailed and helpful and there is timely and detailed follow-up so that nothing is left to chance.’

‘They have strong specialist knowledge and expertise within this field of work.’

‘Eleanor Armstrong is clear and calm, sensible and committed to clients.’

‘Eleanor Armstrong is very sensible and has excellent judgement.’

‘Eleanor Armstrong is one to watch – a canny litigator.’

Key clients

DAS

Legal Aid Agency

Private individuals

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP's clinical negligence department has a heavyweight reputation in cases involving maximum severity injuries, including complex brain injury and cerebral palsy matters. Practice leader Carolyn Lowe is particularly noted for her expertise in complex and high-value obstetric cases involving still-birth and neonatal death. Catherine Bell, who is a director and solicitor advocate, is another key individual, as is managing associate Lynne Foster.

Practice head(s):

Carolyn Lowe

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Bell; Lynne Foster; Lucy Habgood

Testimonials

‘Catherine Bell particularly stands out for her judgment and acumen.’

‘They are a firm with a national presence in the clinical negligence market dealing with some of the highest value cases.’

‘I work solely for Catherine Bell. She has a track record of dealing with very highest value birth brain injury cases and is hugely knowledgeable and tenacious.’

‘Overall an excellent clinical negligence department. Give a sense of confidence and expertise to both their clients and the expert witnesses that they instruct. Case management is very well organized and competent.

‘I work mostly with Carolyn Lowe, who is an excellent clinical negligence solicitor. She has a quiet confidence and competence and has outstanding case management skills. She has excellent judgement in managing difficult cases.’

‘The clinical negligence team at Freeths has real depth of experience, with a number of excellent partners. They are particularly approachable and flexible.’

‘Carolyn Lowe – has a real mastery of the medicine and an eye for the value in claims. Catherine Bell – is a rising star, doggedly determined and willing to take risks for clients.’

Irwin Mitchell

The 'fantastic' and 'stand out' Southampton-based team at Irwin Mitchell undertakes a wide range of high-value and complex clinical negligence and personal injury cases. Regional managing partner Guy Darlaston is highly regarded for his experience of complex mesothelioma claims. He works with Nicola Maier, who heads up the asbestos disease team and made partner in 2020. Claire Howard, who was promoted to the position of equity partner, is the head of the serious injury practice. She is an expert in high-value litigation involving head and spinal injuries. Andrew Buckham has a specialism in acting for members of the armed forces and their families in complex serious injury claims and military inquests. Justine Spencer, who leads the medical negligence team, specialises in obstetric and neonatal neurological injuries. Associate solicitor Rebecca Brown deals with clinical negligence claims, particularly those relating to surgical negligence, amputations and oncology.

Practice head(s):

Guy Darlaston; Claire Howard; Andrew Buckham; Nicola Maier; Justine Spencer

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Brown

Testimonials

‘I feel what makes this practice unique is their patience, resilience & overall care for their clients. Their strengths are definitely their knowledge in their field, which is absolutely exceptional. No query is ever unanswered and everything has always been dealt with in such a calm & measured way.’

‘The Southampton team are absolutely fantastic. I have nothing but good things to say about every person I have ever come in to contact with. Rebecca is an exceptional person and has made the entire process of my claim so easy and stress free. She regularly keeps me updated via call and email and always has the answers to any query I have.’

‘The team helping me at Irwin Mitchell in Southampton are very professional, yet friendly and treat me with care and understanding. They are extremely conscientious and always make sure I understand the status of my case and what is next. They have a keen eye for detail and make sure everything relevant is included.’

‘Rebecca Brown was extremely polite and very descriptive in what the process entails. Rebecca keeps me informed all the way and replies the very same day in regards to any emails I send.’

‘Justine Spencer has been working with our family for a very long time. In that time, we have found her to be ethical and transparent in her dealings with us and she has gained our trust.’

‘Such nice kind, compassionate solicitors who made the whole process much easier. In particular Nicola Maier and her team who were so easy and nice to work with. Such excellent service from start to finish.’

‘Mr Darlaston has a very kindly sympathetic manner and he gave me feedback from all the all the work he did and subsequent replies.’

Moore Barlow

Moore Barlow has maintained a first-rate reputation for both personal injury and clinical negligence following the successful merger of Barlow Robbins and Moore Blatch in 2020. Damian Horan, who leads the personal injury team, has an outstanding track record in catastrophic injury cases; he is a go-to for individuals that have sustained severe brain and spinal cord injuries. Anne Cassidy is the head of the clinical negligence practice, which excels in matters concerning cerebral palsy, maternal injuries, spinal injuries, oncology and endocrinological conditions, among other areas. Also recommended are Helen Goatley and Maya Sushila, who focuses on complex gynaecological and ophthalmic cases. Matthew Claxson and Fadwa Errhioui are other notable individuals, as is senior associate Victoria Jones, whose expertise includes cases arising from misdiagnosis and surgical errors. Tim Spring retired from the partnership in April 2020, but retains a role as a consultant.

Practice head(s):

Damian Horan; Anne Cassidy

Other key lawyers:

Tim Spring; Matthew Claxson; Fadwa Errioui; Helen Goatley; Tiago Azevedo; Victoria Jones; Paul Kingsley

Testimonials

‘Damian Horan and his team were always on hand to answer questions, keeping us up-to-date with progress, explaining expert witness reports and even travelling across the country whilst we were on holiday to deliver important news. At times, we felt as though they had gone over and above the level of service we would have expected.’

‘All the solicitors in the firm are knowledgeable about the case and provide clear instructions for my report. Tim Spring has been particularly exemplary in his detailed understanding of medical negligence cases.’

‘However large or small, the PI team at Moore Barlow handle treat each claimant as an individual with the same level of attention to detail. Their expertise in chronic pain claims is particularly strong.’

‘This firm has consolidated its position as a market-leading claimant catastrophic injury firm in the South East following the recent merger of Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins which were both leading firms. It now offers a huge array of strength in depth as well as geographical area.’

‘The Moore Barlow team embraces diversity and equality, to the benefit of the services they provide and, ultimately, their clients. They are the firm I would recommend to my friends and family, if they had suffered injury or were the victim of clinical negligence.’

‘Matthew Claxson as a partner is outstanding. He appears to work tirelessly on a case, giving it the attention and financial resources it deserves, all to the ultimate good of his client. Helen Goatley is a leading figure in complex injury cases and also acts as a Deputy at the Court of Protection.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for the Claimant in a clinical negligence judgment, which found as a preliminary issue that the Claimant is entitled to sue the GP who allegedly provided negligent pre-conception advice to her mother. This clarified a key point of law and rebutted the Defendant’s interpretation of the claim as being a “wrongful life claim”.
  • Secured a 90% liability settlement for an 8-year old who suffered serious neurological injury during her pre-term delivery. This is a complex and extremely high value claim.
  • Settled case for £1.3m, involving a 16 year old girl who sustained a brain injury whilst cycling on a road. The case featured issues of contributory negligence, for the failures of the client to wear a cycle helmet and have lights on her bike. The main and interesting issue of quantum was how the client’s injury would affect her aspiration to train and practise as a doctor.

Nockolds Solicitors

Nockolds Solicitors is extremely active in high-value catastrophic personal injury and medical negligence claims, notably cases involving brain and spinal injuries. It also frequently handles Court of Protection work for clients who are unable to manage their personal affairs; senior associate Yasmin Ameer is an appointed Court of Protection Professional Deputy with over twenty years of experience. In addition to being active in court litigation, the firm also demonstrates strong capabilities in ADR (in the context of complaints and claims made by clients), with Jennie Jones heading up the specialist Resolution division.

Practice head(s):

Jennie Jones

Other key lawyers:

Yasmin Ameer

Testimonials

I worked with Ms Yasmin Ameer as a solicitor specialising in clinical negligence. She was outstanding in her attention to detail and care of her client.’

Very client-centred approach with good team support.’

Yasmin Ameer is the very best for clinical negligence and head injury litigation, providing support long after the case is settled. Yasmin is an exceptional person and solicitor, giving advice gained through long experience to support the family of the client to provide for them in the time ahead.’

The key individual I work with is Yasmin Ameer. Her attention to detail is amazing and she has such a level head – certainly a figure of authority but also of calm reassurance and experience. She puts her clients at ease and is available at all times.’

The team at Nockholds Solicitors are very professional with excellent communication.’

Very experienced in clinical negligence.’

Yasmin Ameer – probably the most experienced claimant clinical negligence solicitor in the country. Supremely able. Absolutely committed to her clients, fights hard for them and achieves great results. Cannot recommend her highly enough.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for a young girl who suffered a severe brain injury (and serious orthopaedic injuries) after being hit by a car while playing out in a residential area. Following investigations, the defendant has now admitted liability (after originally disputing it). The claim is now proceeding to quantum.
  • Handling a case where a baby suffered severe cognitive and physical impairment as a result of a birth injury. Although CTG trace showed signs of fetal distress, delivery was delayed for a number of hours. Highly likely this case will attract damages in excess of £15m
  • Handling a case where a baby was born seemingly healthy. However, when around one day old, she started to show symptoms which were misdiagnosed as meningitis. A CT scan was ordered but delayed. It was therefore five days before doctors realised she had suffered a life threatening brain haemorrhage and cerebral palsy. Claim value in excess of £20m.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

At Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP, the 'impressive', 'experienced' and 'talented' clinical negligence and personal injury team focuses on a wide range of complex and high-value claims, including birth injuries, brain injury cases, fatal claims, elderly care cases and oncology matters. In addition to handling individual claims, the firm is also sometimes seen in group actions. Alison Appelboam Meadows is a 'first rate litigator', who leads the specialist cerebral palsy and stillbirth team. Another key individual is Philippa Luscombe, who specialises in neurosurgical cases, as well as fatal claims and matters arising from delayed diagnosis. Stephanie Code and Alison Johnson  are other names to note, as are senior associates Emma Beeson and Emma McCheyne.

Practice head(s):

Alison Appelboam Meadows; Philippa Luscombe

Other key lawyers:

Stephanie Code; Alison Johnson; Emma Beeson; Emma McCheyne

Testimonials

‘They have in Philippa Luscombe a partner who is highly intelligent. Her forte is medical negligence. I have been involved in a number of cases with her and her grasp of complex medical concepts is both rapid and penetrating.’

‘The team at Penningtons in clinical negligence are very efficient, knowledgeable and speedy in completing work on cases. They are meticulous in the processes involved.’

‘Stephanie Code, leading our case, has been extremely supportive, appreciating our concerns and providing expert guidance to both us and our son, for whom the case was being undertaken. She effectively translated complex legal procedures and terminology. She was flexible and compassionate, recognising our competing familial and work concerns.’

‘Philippa Luscombe leads the team from the front. She is a first rate PI and clinical negligence partner who is always across all issues in her cases. She is well-prepared, client-focused and a delight to work with.

‘Alison Appelboam Meadows, Alison Johnson and Emma Beeson are star practitioners. Alison Appelboam Meadows has an encyclopaedic knowledge of birth injury claims and is a first rate litigator, highly respected by clients and opponents alike with excellent judgment. Alison Johnson is a delight to work with: a great team player, she achieves extremely successful outcomes in the most complex of cases. Emma Beeson is a future star with a brilliant eye for detail, great dedication and first-rate client handling skills. ’

‘This is a very talented team of personal injury and clinical negligence lawyers. There is strength in the breadth and depth of experience in complex cases and high value claims of the utmost complexity. There is a drive to achieve results and provide a high standard to clients.’

‘Philippa Luscombe is the partner who heads the clinical negligence team. She is adept at analysing complex cases from different angles. She demands high standards of her team of lawyers and experts, and she leaves no stone unturned in pursuit of her clients’ claims. She gets results even in the most difficult cases.’

Work highlights

  • Handled a claim arising from negligent eye surgery. This was a complex claim as it related to three separate surgical procedures against a retired private ophthalmic surgeon.
  • Acted for a client who sustained multiple and catastrophic injuries, including burst spinal fracture and complete cord injury when he was cycling with his partner and both were struck from behind by a van. The firm was involved from the outset, instructed while the client was still an in-patient, two months post-accident.
  • Investigated and concluded a claim for a woman who was told definitively that she had pancreatic cancer and underwent major emergency surgery for removal of her pancreas, only to be told post-operatively that her tumour had been benign.

RWK Goodman

The team at Royds Withy King offers 'service you would expect from a City firm'. It undertakes a wide ambit of personal injury claims involving catastrophic injuries, such as spinal cord injuries, brain injuries and paediatric cases. Helen Childs leads a group that focuses on asbestos-related claims and other industrial diseases, while Tracy Norris-Evans heads up a dedicated compensation protection team. Ian Carrier spearheads the personal injury team in Oxford. Clinical negligence work is another key area of strength of the firm, with Richard Coleman leading the Oxford team handling work in this space. His recent caseload covered a myriad of catastrophic injuries, such as brain injuries (particularly those involving children), spinal injuries, limb amputations and cardiac claims. In 2020, Judith Leach left the firm to become head of legal services at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.

Practice head(s):

Tracy Norris-Evans; Ian Carrier; Richard Coleman; Helen Childs

Other key lawyers:

Rachel James; Lucy Crawford; Rosie Hodgetts; Lucy Norton

Testimonials

‘The team have been supportive from day 1 , the lead Ian Carrier explained how the process would work, arranged special insurance and they are so understanding and show great empathy.’

‘I have met many lawyers and barristers over the years but Ian Carrier and his team are people who do care and show support.’

‘Having dealt with several different departments within the practice. I have found them to be extremely knowledgeable and happy to help. All the advice I have received has been very helpful.’

‘This is an out of London firm which offers the level of service you would expect from a City firm.’

‘Ian Carrier is one of the most detailed and forensic lawyers I know. His skill base is well-suited to high value personal injury claims.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for a client who was diagnosed with mesothelioma in July 2020 after working as an electrician in several factory locations, as well as in the houses of Parliament in the 1960’s and 70s.
  • Acted for a client who was awarded compensation (on a capitalised basis) of over £10.8m following brain damage she suffered due to the mismanagement of her birth.
  • Took over conduct of a claim from previous solicitors in view of expertise in relation to spinal injury claims.

Shoosmiths

Shoosmiths‘ first-rate clinical negligence practice, which is led by Reading-based partner Denise Stephens, is a first port of call for catastrophically-injured clients from throughout England and Wales. The firm has an outstanding track record in high-value and groundbreaking claims. Further reflective of the breadth of the practice, a team led by recently-promoted partner Susan Prior acts for clients in lower-value matters. The firm’s wide-ranging workload covers complex cases involving spinal injuries, brain injuries, cerebral palsy and obstetric claims, as well as delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis cases, among other matters. Sue Bowler is national head of the Court of Protection team. Rose Donoghue, who was formerly the head of the personal injury department, now practises as a consultant.

Practice head(s):

Denise Stephens

Other key lawyers:

Rose Donoghue; Susan Prior; Sue Bowler

Testimonials

‘An efficient and well-run personal injury and clinical negligence department. Reasonable in terms of fees for superb service, with the client’s interest closely monitored at all times.’

Denise Stephens is the stand out litigator. She relishes complex work and deals with a determined manner whilst gently guiding her client. A true iron fist in a velvet glove.’

‘My main contact is with Partner Denise Stephens. Denise is a dedicated practitioner always going the extra mile for her clients. She has a dogged determination to cover every detail and thinks outside the box.’

‘Rose Donoghue has many years of experience in personal injury work and now focuses on catastrophic brain injury cases, arguably the most difficult category of personal injury work, to which she brings technical knowledge of a very high standard as well as client-handling skills at an extremely high level. She also deals with catastrophic spinal injury cases.’

‘The personal injury and clinical negligence team of Shoosmiths is exceptional. Headed by Denise Stephens, the team has a wealth of experience and knowledge. The whole team have a wonderful manner with their clients, being involved in the most professional (but very human) way.’

Thomson Snell & Passmore

Thomson Snell & Passmore is a leading name in the South East for clinical negligence and personal injury claims, with its work spanning a wide variety of complex cases. On the clinical negligence side, key workstreams include matters involving cerebral palsy, amputations, delayed cancer diagnosis and brain injuries. The firm distinguishes itself by having two assessors on the APIL Clinical Negligence Panel, namely Fiona Follis and Graham Bell; according to a client, the latter 'leaves no stone unturned' in both adult and child brain injury cases. James Cahan is another 'superb' practitioner in the clinical negligence arena; he has been admitted onto the prestigious AvMA Specialist Clinical Negligence Panel and he is also recognised as a specialist litigator by the APIL. Another individual to note is Oliver Chapman, whose personal injury expertise sees him handle cases involving brain, multiple orthopaedic and psychiatric injuries. He also regularly acts for clients in mesothelioma cases.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Follis

Other key lawyers:

Graham Bell; James Cahan; Oliver Chapman

Testimonials

‘The fact is they were willing to listen to me, understand how I felt and what I wanted to achieve from the claim.’

‘TSP are a major player in the South East who undertake the full range of clinical negligence work with genuine expertise. They have a national client base but have particularly strong connections with the local market. I have chosen to make my own personal referrals to TSP because of the quality of the firm.’

‘James Cahan is a superb claimant clinical negligence lawyer: bright, knowledgeable and highly motivated. He runs a mixed caseload of complex clin neg claims, including urological, surgical and delayed diagnosis cases and also has experience of fatal claims. He would be a standout partner at any firm.’

‘I believe the practice is unique due to the reliability and reassurance the staff provide to their clients. Thomson Snell and Passmore continues to stand out due to the amazing quality of service they provide their clientele. Their results over the years speaks for itself.’

‘Graham Bell: My experience with him was very pleasant. He is attentive to detail, patient and also easy to get along with. His vast experience in dealing with cases like mine was evident from the start.’

‘Our solicitor Graham Bell has an encyclopaedic knowledge of case law, the appropriate actions to take and which experts to engage. He will take time and work methodically to ensure we get the very best expert statements, even if it means waiting for them, and manage our case to the best and strongest it can be.’

Trethowans LLP

Trethowans LLP demonstrates strong credentials across the entire spectrum of personal injury and clinical negligence work. In addition to handling domestic matters, the firm is also prominent in claims that have a cross-border dimension. The department, which is led by John Hall, is adept at representing clients in matters ranging in value from multimillion pound cases to lower-value claims. Hall is particularly active in legally-complex asbestos disease work. Another key individual is Gavin Lane, who has an extensive clinical negligence caseload and handles catastrophic injury matters involving head injuries, spinal injuries, amputations and multiple fractures. In addition, he has notable expertise in employers' liability claims. Chris Whiteley is also recommended for advice on complex and high-value clinical negligence cases, as is Clare Carter. Elsewhere, on the personal injury side, the firm's varied workload includes road traffic accidents, workplace accidents and public liability claims. James Braund made partner in 2020.

Practice head(s):

John Hall

Other key lawyers:

Gavin Lane; Chris Whiteley; Frances Gillett; James Braund

Testimonials

Gavin Lane is a strong and seasoned practitioner. very committed to the work, his clients and well regarded by peers. He works assiduously and cautiously, and always delivers excellent results for his clients.’

Blaser Mills Law

Blaser Mills Law fields a team of experienced personal injury lawyers, whose work focuses almost exclusively on multi-track and highly complex cases. The group's caseload covers a wide range of accidents, with a notable increase in matters involving brain and spinal injuries. Beyond handling personal injury claims, clinical negligence work is also on the increase at the firm. The department is led by firm CEO Dave Matthews, who works with senior associates Victoria Harvey and Andrew Castle. Associate solicitor Kulvinder Bal is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

Dave Matthews

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Harvey; Andrew Castle; Kulvinder Bal

Testimonials

The practice offers down to earth, approachable and sensible assessments which clients appear to appreciate.’

Approachable, responsive and determined. He always on top of his cases and able to respond quickly to strategic advice.’

Excellent experience and incredibly sound judgment.’

Andrew Castle: gives very practical advice backed but detailed knowledge and experience. Excellent at dealing with clients and opponents.’

Dean Wilson LLP

Brighton-based firm Dean Wilson LLP specialises in clinical negligence and catastrophic personal injury claims involving birth, brain and spinal injuries, as well as medical misdiagnosis, among other issues. It stands out in difficult cases involving significant injuries where there are particularly complex causation arguments. The practice is jointly led by Alex Brown and Frances Pierce, who have a wealth of experience litigating high-value claims, including those concerning catastrophic birth injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord damage and fatal accidents. Court of Protection matters are another driver of activity. Senior chartered legal executive Ben Davey is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

Frances Pierce; Alex Brown

Other key lawyers:

Ben Davey

Testimonials

‘Ben Davey was most helpful in guiding me through an unfamiliar area of law to reach a good settlement.’

‘Alex Brown has ensured that I have been periodically but fully updated, explaining details empathetically, sensitively and with clarity. He has always given reasonable time frames when requesting information and been fully accommodating of questions and requests.’

‘Both Alex Brown and Frances Pierce are very approachable and responsive. They show impressive knowledge in the area of brain injury and give clear advice and summaries in response to questions, which instills confidence.’

‘Alex Brown has excellent interpersonal skills. He has a calm, efficient manner and also shows empathy for a complex situation. He reassures while being realistic and honest.’

‘Excellent small but heavyweight PI and clinical negligence team. Nestled in a larger private client firm it can be possible to overlook this PI & CN team but anyone does so at their peril. With a vastly experienced leader in Frances Pierce, the team can rely on its up and coming stars such as Alex Brown and Ben Davey, who have years of relevant experience and can take cases forward and to successful conclusions with vigour.’

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

At Duncan Lewis Solicitors, the highly regarded clinical negligence and personal injury team is led by the ‘exceptionalRebecca Thomas, who has over 25 years of experience in this area. Under Thomas’ leadership, the firm has built up an excellent reputation securing favourable outcomes for clients, including high-value settlements. The group’s workload includes fatal accidents, public and employers’ liability claims and asbestos disease cases. It also acts for children and adults in a multitude of claims arising from negligent medical care, such as neonatal, paediatric, neurological and neurosurgical cases. Solicitor Amy Bennett, who focuses exclusively on medical negligence cases, is noted for her work in stillbirth and neonatal death claims. Other solicitors of note include Ifrah Ahmed.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Amy Bennett; Ifrah Ahmed

Testimonials

‘Rebecca Thomas is thoughtful and determined. She never loses focus and will not stop until she has achieved the best result for her client. A real pleasure to work with.’

Ifrah Ahmed is super organised and understands her client’s needs and knows how to get results.’

‘To my mind, Duncan Lewis’ PI department have a flare for personal injury claims with ‘an immigration element’. Their representation of injured claimants from different ethnic backgrounds is first class.’

‘Rebecca Thomas is an exceptional lawyer who has a keen eye for the medical detail of complex birth injury claims. Her bedside manner with the client is superb whilst her hard-edge approach with defendants gets results.’

‘The company has been very efficient in providing detailed and helpful instructions and have been very competent at providing all the supporting medical records, reports and assessments.’

Holmes & Hills

According to a client, Holmes & Hills' team is 'detailed, competent, hard working and thorough'. Led by Jason Brady, it is a strong choice for advice on a comprehensive range of personal injury and clinical negligence claims. Its work includes high-value cases relating to birth injuries, spinal injuries, misdiagnoses, industrial disease and military medical negligence, among other issues. Senior solicitor Zoe Diss is sought after for advice on birth injuries and complex care claims. Anna Watson has expertise in asbestos-related work claims, workplace accidents and public liability claims, as well as matters arising from negligent diagnoses. In 2020, senior solicitor Nadina Edmondson (who has over 30 years of clinical negligence experience) joined from Birkett Long LLP. Consultant Christopher Ludlow recently joined from Fort Solicitors.

Practice head(s):

Jason Brady

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Ludlow; Zoe Diss; Anna Watson; Nadina Edmondson

Testimonials

‘Zoe will always go that extra mile for the client. Her client care skills are outstanding. She manages clients expectations extremely well.’

‘Zoe Diss pursues her cases efficiently and with compassion. She is an effective negotiator respected by her opponents. She fully understand the medical complexities, has a good ‘nose’ for winnable cases and ensures that the cases are properly resourced.’

‘Our experience with Holmes & Hills was very good and we always felt that they were completely on our side and trying to get the very best result for us. They dealt with our case efficiently and without drama. It was a difficult time for us because of what we were going through, but H & H always dealt with us very sensitively.’

‘The team have been detailed, competent, hard working and thorough. Working with the team makes me feel like I can take a step back because they have built up my trust to enable me to confidently leave them to it, particularly when things become quite technical.’

Jason has been a real support, particularly during the moments when I have read or heard something that has been at times emotionally difficult for me to come to terms with. He has been faultless throughout and has shown great capacity to level with me on a human level, guiding me through.

‘They are not just excellent solicitors but also caring people and I cannot thank them enough for the work they are doing for our daughter’s clinical negligence case.’

‘Zoe Diss was always helpful, informative, supportive and guided me through what seemed an extremely stressful experience with patience and confidence which, in turn, gave me the stamina to proceed with my claim.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a client who has suffered a double amputation due to medical negligence. Limitation has been an issue, and there are three defendants.
  • Represented a client with a suspected brain injury caused during the birth process.
  • Represented a client who required amputation of the leg after negligent hip surgery and is now bed bound without ability to remain in employment.

IBB Law

IBB Law is notably strong in high-value and complex medical negligence cases, particularly those involving brain injuries that have arisen from incorrect medication advice. The department is led by Malcolm Underhill, who is one of the relatively few accredited brain injury specialists in the UK. Elsewhere, the team is also highly experienced in sensitive matters relating to child abuse and sexual assault. In addition, dental negligence is another area of strength, as are cases relating to the diagnosis of psychiatric conditions. Senior solicitor Simon Pimlott has more than 15 years of experience representing claimants who have suffered serious and life-changing injuries.

Practice head(s):

Malcolm Underhill

Other key lawyers:

Simon Pimlott

Testimonials

‘Malcolm Underhill has an eye for detail and runs a tight team. Simon Pimlott explains complex issues in a very simple way and understands key issues of the case very quickly.’

‘Simon Pimlott is a very experienced and personable solicitor. He has particular expertise in working with clients with serious mental health problems and has a manner which is both commanding and reassuring.’

‘Outstanding claimant personal injury and clinical negligence firm. Very much committed to providing a personal service to clients and focused on clients who are geographically close to the firm. Particularly competent with complex cases requiring particular attention to detail.’

‘My overall impression of IBB Law is a firm with a busy clinical negligence practice that exercises excellent client care. They use a collaborative approach to achieve favourable settlements for their clients. They are prepared to fight in their clients’ corner at all times.’

‘Both Simon and Malcolm are a joy to work with. They are fully prepared, and when further information is required, they are quick to source that information in order for me to prepare pleadings for court and prepare for conferences. They ensure that the claimants fully understand the process of litigation and the risks involved.’

Larcomes

Larcomes has a first-rate reputation in handling asbestos-related disease claims, with its track record in this space dating back to the late 1980s. Richard Hopgood, who has led the team for 20 years, acts for disease victims and their families in compensation claims connected with asbestos-related pleural thickening, asbestosis, asbestos-related lung cancer and mesothelioma. Michael Osborne and Lisa Warburton are other key practitioners in the group.

Practice head(s):

Richard Hopgood

Other key lawyers:

Michael Osborne; Lisa Warburton

Testimonials

‘Their work is well-prepared and they are prepared to take on (and win) difficult claims.’

‘Richard is an experienced litigator with an in-depth knowledge of asbestos claims. He also has an excellent rapport with clients, which is particularly important in this area of work where many of the claims are terminal or fatal.’

‘Richard Hopgood is exceptional. He is diligent and experienced in handling asbestos claims. He has a very pleasant manner, which reassures clients and helps to guide them through the litigation process.’

‘Michael Osborne is very dedicated, knowledgeable and acts on advice.’

‘Larcomes are well respected in the PI filed, especially in asbestos-related diseases. They are conducting business digitally where possible and it has made things far easier in a pandemic setting. The team is knowledgeable, responsive and any queries are dealt with promptly.’

‘Richard Hopgood is extraordinarily good – the best I have worked with. Very knowledgeable on asbestos related matters, always friendly and conducts his business with such honesty and humility. An absolute pleasure to work with. He is now nurturing solicitors of the future and has a growing reputation as a trainer. Other colleagues have also joined the team and Michael Osborne complements the team very well.’

Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP

Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP's clinical negligence team includes practitioners with previous experience of acting for defendants, which gives it a unique vantage point in litigation. The firm is particularly known for its work on obstetric and neonatal brain injury claims, and it has a strong track record in cerebral palsy cases. It also acts for clients at inquests (in circumstances where deaths may have arisen from negligent care or treatment) and advises on catastrophic injury claims involving delayed medical diagnoses and amputations, among various other matters. Practice head Melanie Minter is on the AvMA referral panel and the SRA clinical negligence panel. Nick Garrish is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Minter

Other key lawyers:

Nick Garrish

Testimonials

The team has excellent contacts with high quality medico-legal experts who are essential to successful outcomes. There is a real teamwork ethic and a drive to provide a high quality service.’

Nick Garrish has had the benefit of working for both claimants and (previously) defendants. This gives him the advantage of being better able to “read” the other side and knowing when to strike a deal and when to press on with the claim. He’s an extremely pragmatic, resourceful and practical solicitor.

A highly thought of and very long established clinical negligence firm on the south coast doing the whole gamut of clinical negligence work.’

Melanie Minter stands out as a practitioner with enormous experience, whose speciality is catastrophic birth injury claims. She has recently concluded number of multimillion pound cerebral palsy cases. Nick Garrish is a partner with an interesting and varied caseload, and in particular, has an expertise in vascular-related amputation cases, as well as cases relating to blindness caused by badly treated glaucoma.’

Nick Garrish is a gifted lawyer with outstanding client-handling skills.’

Melanie Minter has experience and compassion in abundance. She leads her team well by example. Her cases are well prepared and her client management excellent. A very safe pair of hands and a strong recommendation for client care.

Work highlights

  • Negotiated settlement on a 90% liability basis for a child born with whole body dyskinetic cerebral palsy and learning difficulties, as a result of the defendant Trust’s failure to act on a pathological CTG. Quantum to be fully investigated but will be multi million pound claim.
  • Obtained a £1m settlement for a client who suffered a knee fusion and eventual amputation as a result of the defendant Trust’s negligent advice to weight bear following knee surgery.
  • Obtained admission of liability and interim damages for a client who suffered an amputation as a result of the defendant Trust’s failure to diagnose compartment syndrome.

Tees Law

At Tees Law, David Jacobs in Bishop's Stortford and Chelmsford-based senior associate Gwyneth Munjoma lead the personal injury and clinical negligence teams respectively. The firm attracts a strong flow of work from clients across a wide range of areas, including employers' liability claims, road traffic accidents, orthopaedic cases, obstetrics, sub-standard surgery and delayed diagnosis cases. In 2020, associate Craig Knightley and senior associate Natalie Pibworth joined from Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors  and Powell & Co Solicitors respectively. Associate James Sherwin was hired from Hudgell Solicitors.

Practice head(s):

David Jacobs; Gwyneth Munjoma

Other key lawyers:

Katheryn Riggs; Craig Knightley; Natalie Pibworth; James Sherwin

Work highlights

  • Represented client in respect of a Personal Injury claim for multiple injuries arising from a road traffic accident, including a right below knee amputation, achieving a seven-figure settlement.
  • Representing the mother of a missing airman into the upcoming inquest into their death.
  • Obtained a six-figure settlement for a client who sustained nerve damage, with a significant impact on her ability to work and quality of life, as a result of the negligent management of the delivery of her baby.

Thompson Smith and Puxon

Thompson Smith and Puxon's personal injury and clinical negligence team is led by Steve Webb, who has a strong track record securing favourable settlements for claimants. He is experienced in handling a full range of personal injury and clinical negligence cases, and is notably active in high-value brain injury claims. Webb works with chartered legal executive Stacey Anderson, who has particular expertise in medical accidents affecting women (including gynaecological and obstetric matters), in addition to undertaking more general cases. Solicitor Sam Welham is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Steve Webb

Other key lawyers:

Stacey Anderson; Sam Welham

Testimonials

‘Sam Welham and the team dealing with my personal injury claim in my experience are best described as amazing. They have a very personal touch, whilst representing with dignity and respect. They always appeared to go above and beyond, and nothing was too much trouble.

‘The team have an excellent, personal approach to clients going out of their way to ensure that clients’ needs are met. Their care when it comes to collating and reviewing medical records in clinical negligence cases is second to none. I have been impressed with their determination to pursue cases (with successful results) where other firms have given up.’

‘I have worked with Stacey Anderson who is a real rising star. She is careful and diligent and willing to go the extra mile to serve her clients and their cases.’

‘Stacey Anderson is a dream to work for. Her cases are always beautifully prepared and she has a really good tactical head on her shoulders. Her clients adore her.’

‘They have a small team that punches well above its weight, with an excellent and well-deserved reputation for clinical negligence.’

‘They are a strong yet supportive team in caring for those suffering loss and injury.’

White Dalton Motorcycle Solicitors

White Dalton Motorcycle Solicitors specialises in motorcycle accident claims, which range in severity from whiplash cases to fatal accidents. Its team notably comprises of 'motorcyclists working for motorcyclists'. Senior partner and practice head Andrew Dalton is experienced in cases involving amputations, fatal accidents and brain injuries, as well as significant loss of earnings claims. Managing partner Andrew Prendergast primarily undertakes matters arising from orthopaedic and brain injuries. Martyn Dey and Gavin Grewal are other key litigators.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Dalton

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Prendergast; Martyn Dey; Gavin Grewal

Testimonials

‘A strong, knowledgeable team that works together with fluidity and good communication between themselves. Resourceful and flexible in their approach to challenging situations.’

‘In his work, Andrew Dalton shows kindness, compassion and is down to earth. He remains tactful and sensitive whilst dealing with traumatic circumstances, with the ability to keep things appropriately light. He displays the right balance of amiability and firm, cool professionalism, securing the trust and confidence of his client.’

‘White Dalton are professional and informative, they managed to keep me updated from the first phone call throughout, even staying on late to finalise paperwork. Their commitment to me was second to none and made me feel as though I was the only client they had.’

‘Andrew Prendergast and his secretaries worked so hard to inform me of what stage the case was at, and what would be happening next. All paperwork that needed signatures was clearly marked and queries were highlighted so they did not get missed and cause delays.’

‘White Dalton are unique in the face that they are motorcyclists working for motorcyclists. This gives them in-depth knowledge and understanding of the issues that we face. My claim was handled professionally and with understanding and care, and empathetically, taking into account the injuries and difficulties I was facing.’

‘White Dalton specialize in what they know which is motorcycles and riders. For motorcyclists they are a godsend, earth angels who come to the rescue in times of need.’

‘I worked with both Andrew Dalton and Andrew Prendergast. Both were patient and emphatic while maintaining a professional stance and driving the cases forward. As senior individuals in the firm, it could not be led by two more outstanding individuals.’

Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors

The clinical negligence team at Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors is led by Joanne Westbrook, whose experience includes complex claims over medical misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis, surgical accidents and cosmetic surgery. She also acts for clients in fatal accident claims. Associate Penny Fitzpatrick joined the team in December 2020  from Slater and Gordon and focuses on complex clinical negligence cases, specifically spinal and brain injuries. She has almost 20 years of clinical negligence experience. Senior partner Sheenagh Parsons leads the personal injury practice.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Westbrook

Other key lawyers:

Sheenagh Parsons; Penny Fitzpatrick

Testimonials

‘I work with Penelope Fitzpatrick who is dealing with my insurance negligence claim. The service I have received in building my case ready for court proceedings has been very helpful and efficient, always contacting me and keeping me up to date on where we are. This has set my mind at rest and given me some self belief back as I had some confidence issues. The main thing that I feel is that when I talk to her she actually listens to what I am saying.’

‘The team have worked in line with instructions and myself. I have found all members of the team to be polite and professional.’

‘Our solicitor, Penny Fitzpatrick, has helped us stay within the time constraints at each stage.’

‘I’ve have worked for many years with Penny Fitzpatrick. Experienced, bright, hard working and goes the extra mile for her clients.

‘A very hard-working team, who are thorough and conscientious. They get excellent results for clients.’

BTMK Solicitors

BTMK Solicitors acts for clients in a wide range of personal injury cases, including workplace accidents, occupier liability claims, public liability claims and road traffic accidents. In addition, clinical negligence claims are a mainstay of the practice, with the caseload spanning dental negligence claims, fatal incidents and claims arising from negligent cosmetic surgery. Practice head Johanne Turner acts for clients in personal injury and clinical negligence claims that range in size from six and seven-figure cases to matters of a more modest value. She has particular expertise in cases involving brain injuries and obstetric/neonatal issues, as well as fatal claims. Senior solicitor Ruth Hemingway is also recommended. Alan Bacon is now a consultant.

Practice head(s):

Johanne Turner

Other key lawyers:

Ruth Hemingway; Alan Bacon

Testimonials

‘BTMK has a local presence but offers a service comparable to a national law firm.’

‘Ruth Hemmingway is a highly experienced and knowledgeable personal injury litigator. She has a good rapport with clients and fights their corner. She is not afraid to take on difficult cases.’

‘From my first contact with them, they listened to the details of my prospective case and gave friendly, honest advice.’

‘I dealt predominantly with the director of the practice, Johanne Turner. I particularly valued her honesty regarding the complexities of my claim and likely timescales; at the outset taking time to understand and assess my potential claim; her clarity of advice making it easy to understand the process, and next steps; her capacity to make me feel valued as a client and that I, and my claim, were important to her regardless of how busy she was.’

‘This is a first class personal injury and clinical negligence team, led by Jo Turner with real expertise, compassion and uncompromising determination on behalf of her clients.’

‘Jo Turner is the type of lawyer that any seriously injured claimant would want. She combines expertise with excellent judgment and always remembers the individual at the centre of any claim. Simply superb.’

Clarkson Wright & Jakes

Clarkson Wright & Jakes' practice is led by David Greenhalgh, whose wide-ranging personal injury experience includes claims arising from accidents in public places, road traffic accidents and workplace incidents. In addition, he also has over 30 years of clinical negligence experience, which includes claims over birth-related complications, surgical negligence and misdiagnosis. The other key partner in the department is Alex Wormald, who also undertakes both personal injury and clinical negligence work. Senior lawyer Michelle Easton is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

David Greenhalgh

Other key lawyers:

Alex Wormald; Michelle Easton

Testimonials

‘Alex Wormald has been fantastic on all levels with helping in my case. He has explained in the detail the process and is friendly and approachable. ’

‘From the start to the finish I always felt as if I was the only client and that they cared very much about me personally as well as being very professional whilst dealing with my case.’

‘David Greenhalgh and his team were polite, caring, understanding and very patient during a very stressful and difficult time for me. ’

‘A dedicated team with extensive knowledge and skill which enables them to achieve good outcomes on cases which other solicitors or even counsel have advised have little prospect of success. A fair and pragmatic view is always taken.’

‘Knowledge of area of expertise, strong negotiation strategies and understanding of what is required to get the claim to a position where settlement can be reached. Dedicated and thorough also.’

‘Clarkson, Wright & Jakes are a medium sized local firm who have a very strong personal injury and clinical negligence team. They have an interesting array of high quality work and are not afraid of taking on a challenging case.’

Debenhams Ottaway

Debenhams Ottaway is strong in claims arising from workplace accidents, including those where claimants have sustained upper limb disorders, spinal injuries and chronic pain. Other work includes cases arising from road traffic accidents, as well as occupiers' liability and public liability matters. Practice head Howard Kent, who garners praise for his 'high-quality advice', is a longstanding Law Society accredited personal injury practitioner and a member of APIL.

Practice head(s):

Howard Kent

Testimonials

‘I work with Howard Kent. He stands out because of his dedication to the client, enthusiasm for the work and his efficient case management while achieving a high standard so that clients feel cared for and that they can trust him to achieve their best interests.’

‘The personal injury and clinical negligence department is small but worthy of inclusion for the quality of care, skill and attention paid to his cases by the head of the department, Howard Kent. This is a small but well-run, efficient and caring team, sensitive to the demands of a personal injury and clinical negligence practice and delivering a consistently excellent service.’

‘Howard Kent is establishing a well-earned reputation for consistently high-quality advice and representation and can compete with more established firms, delivering the essential combination of professionalism, reliability and intuition to meet the clients’ needs.’

‘A strong practical and down to earth team that goes the extra mile for clients.’

‘I have done most work with Howard Kent. He is a determined and very hard working lawyer. He attracts excellent local work involving seriously injured clients.’

‘Howard Kent – diligent, experienced and hard working.’

Work highlights

  • Successfully recovered damages for a female driver of a vehicle who was injured when the defendant vehicle lost control.
  • Acted for claimant employed as an administrator by the Home Office who suffered a spinal injury (compression/prolapsed disc).
  • Acted for client who is an experienced brick layer and his accident occurred whilst working on a Bovis new build mixed development construction site in Hertfordshire.

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP handles a broad cross-section of personal injury and clinical negligence claims for its clients, such as those relating to surgical and dental negligence, industrial diseases, product liability and workplace accidents. The department is led by Tessa Grayson, who has over 40 years of experience in this space. Also recommended is Lucienne Westbrook, who serves as a court-appointed deputy to individuals who are unable to manage their own affairs due to their injuries. In addition, she acts for families at inquests. Catherine Smith was recently promoted to senior associate.

Practice head(s):

Tessa Grayson

Other key lawyers:

Lucienne Westbrook; Catherine Smith

Testimonials

‘Tessa Grayson is a professional at her job. She provides good balanced advice and makes sure you appreciate all aspects of it. She appears to work all hours and responds very quickly. She always demonstrates a positive and empathetic attitude.’

‘Everyone that I dealt with acted in an extremely professional manner and they were always friendly and approachable.’

‘Tessa Grayson was superb. From our initial phone call to any email correspondence. She kept me in the loop of everything and gave sound advice when needed. She obviously is highly skilled and knowledgeable and I felt like I was in safe hands, especially when negotiating a settlement.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for a fit and active police officer who suffered serious injuries when knocked from his motorcycle by an elderly motorist; the client has yet to come to terms with the physical limitations they are now subject to.
  • Acting for a client in respect of a misdiagnosis of cancer.
  • Acted for an employee suffering debilitating injuries due to using an unsuitable chair.

Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP

Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP has a strong profile among clients located in Essex and further afield elsewhere, with its team demonstrating strong capabilities in a wide range of complex personal injury and medical negligence claims. The group includes Rhian Lowe, who has been instrumental in growing the firm's portfolio of personal injury work since she joined in 2017, and she is also highly sought after in medical negligence cases. She works with Bushra Elzubeir to advise clients on matters arising from workplace accidents, road traffic accidents, slips and trips, delayed diagnosis, misdiagnosis and surgical errors. In 2020, solicitor Joe Sandercock joined the team from Leonard Gray.

Practice head(s):

Bushra Elzubeir; Rhian Lowe

Other key lawyers:

Joe Sandercock

Testimonials

The only person I have dealt with is Rhian Lowe. Incredibly hard working. Meticulous. An absolute details person.’

The team work very well together, using appropriate technology (especially in these times of a pandemic) to keep things moving and always keeping the client informed. Everything was explained to me fully and easy to understand.’

Rhian Lowe, the solicitor I worked with, was always extremely professional and available to talk to, always taking her calls. She was extremely honest and open, discussing options with me and giving her professional advice, which showed her absolute knowledge of her area of law and yet always willing to go the extra mile to achieve an excellent result, which she did for me.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for the claimant who fell from the top of a tower scaffold, shattering both ankles and being left with permanent life changing injuries.
  • Acted for the claimant who fell from scaffolding and fractured several vertebrae along with a suffering a serious wrist fracture.
  • Acted for the claimant in a medical negligence claim arising out of the negligence of a GP who failed to identify a cancerous mole despite several consultations.

Furley Page Solicitors

Furley Page Solicitors' team, which is led by Neille Ryan, covers a wide range of matters, including industrial disease litigation, cases involving psychological harm and fatal accident claims. Senior associate Robert Harvey handles a varied portfolio of work, with notable experience of claims involving minors, cyclists and motorcyclists. In addition to undertaking personal injury cases, senior associate Ross Rowland has been instrumental in growing the firm's clinical negligence offering; his experience includes matters connected with ophthalmology, orthopaedics, oncology and gynaecology. He is particularly prominent in six-figure multi-track claims.

Practice head(s):

Neille Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Ross Rowland; Robert Harvey; Rachael Stibbe

Testimonials

‘Great communication, as I was always kept well informed of events.’

‘I feel the best strength they possess is constant contact and transparency when any news or development in cases come to light, a strength many others have not had.’

‘Robert Harvey has shown us that justice does exist under the hardest of terms and that the qualities he possesses are by far greater than any can imagine. He made us feel valued when our backs are against the wall fighting a losing battle.’

‘They made all the options perfectly clear & straightforward.’

‘Ross Rowland is extremely efficient. He never misses a deadline. He has a great manner with clients. Importantly, he has good judgment about the case and how to handle issues which arise.’

Gardner Leader LLP

At Gardner Leader LLP, personal injury and clinical negligence cases are a cornerstone of the work undertaken by the dispute resolution department. Led by Alastair Goggins, the team covers a full spectrum of claims for clients, with particular specialisms in matters involving birth complications and injuries, fatalities and inquests, as well as cancer delays Also notable is that the firm is prominent in cases arising from high-profile transport accidents. Andrew Shipp, who made partner in 2020, is another key individual.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Goggins

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Shipp

Testimonials

‘Alistair Goggins is sensible and pragmatic. He always wants to do the best by his clients, and seeks advice where necessary.’

‘Gardner Leader are a great regional firm. They serve the communities in which they work exceptionally well, maintaining pretty much a full service. So the lawyers there have a great breadth of legal knowledge, but also carry out cases with impressive community knowledge and focus.’

‘The meticulous Andrew Shipp runs his cases like a Swiss watch. Clients are scrupulously advised, instructions are clear, and cases brought home with laser-beam focus.’

Girlings Personal Injury Claims Ltd

The Canterbury-based team at Girlings Personal Injury Claims Ltd is split into two different departments, with the personal injury team being led by Jonathan Pidduck and the clinical negligence group headed up by Claire Milne. On the clinical negligence side, the firm distinguishes itself in the Kent market for its excellent record of success in large catastrophic claims. Areas of expertise include brain injury cases, misdiagnosis claims and mental health matters involving suicide attempts or fatalities. Personal injury work covers issues such as workplace accidents, road traffic accidents and occupiers' liability, among other areas. Shantala Carr made partner in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Clare Milne; Jonathan Pidduck

Other key lawyers:

Sue Man; Brian Cowell; Michelle Meakin; Shantala Carr; Kate Kennell; Steevi Henderson

Testimonials

Clare Milne and Sue Man are partners with great client care skills, long experience and expertise in complex and high value cases.’

Michelle Meakin is thorough and engaging. Very professional in her dealings. Good attention to detail. Kate Kennell took over and made it seamless. Maintained professional approach throughout and thorough with her work.’

In my view, this firm is unique in that it has a relatively small team of but manages an impressive case load of often complex and high value work. There seems to be an excellent team spirit. They are motivated and genuinely committed to their work.’

They make sure everyone is treated as individuals. Very knowledgeable.’

Approachable and well-organised with efficient response to queries and provision of case materials. Good use of video and teleconference facilities, while keeping the process simple and effective.’

Kate Kennell is superb, and a very safe pair of hands. Put simply, she is an individual you can safely entrust with complex and high value cases. Her work is diligent, thorough and competent, and she displays a strong attention to detail.’

Girlings Personal Injury Claims have a strong client focus and caring, personable attitude. They are highly competent in litigating cases and undertake a lot of the day-to-day issues very well, without counsel’s input. However, when counsel is instructed, it is always at the appropriate juncture in a timely fashion and with a genuine team approach that makes them a joy to work with.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for claimant in case against East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust relating to adult hypoxic brain injury. The matter resulted in a settlement in excess of £8m.
  • Represented Claimant in relation to failure to diagnose breast cancer. This was a high-profile case that attracted media coverage.
  • Represented deceased’s family in a medical negligence claim relating to serious mental health failings by East London NHS Foundation Trust and Bedford NHS Foundation Trust leading to the suicide of Tony Collins. This case attracted media coverage.

Hart Brown

Hart Brown undertakes a mix of claimant-side clinical negligence and personal injury work for clients based in the South East and further afield across the UK. In the personal injury arena, it particularly focuses on litigating complex multi-track cases involving head and spinal injuries, as well as amputations. On the clinical negligence side, the firm is prominent in seven-figure cases involving birth injuries, orthopaedic claims, cosmetic surgery issues and pharmaceutical errors, among various other matters. The department is led by Gerard Sanders, who is 'impressive in settlement negotiations'. Associate Mark Wisby is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Gerard Sanders

Other key lawyers:

Mark Wisby

Testimonials

‘Gerard Sanders and Mark Wisby are confident and able clinical negligence and personal injury practitioners who have an assured approach and excellent understanding of the legal issues and attention to detail.’

‘I have worked with Mark Wisby and Gerard Sanders. Gerard is tireless in his approach to dealing with issues as they arise. He has excellent instinct and is very good with clients.’

‘Very approachable team, who send clear and comprehensive instructions to their experts. They clearly carry a lot of in-house expertise in the fields of personal injury and clinical negligence, as well as focusing on ensuring that their staff are appropriately trained.’

‘A real personal service to their clients, where nothing is too much trouble! Gerard Sanders, in particular, has provided a first class highly knowledgeable legal service to my family over the last four years.’

‘The whole team are very helpful and able to provide any information when asked. They all go out of their way to make you feel welcome and meet your needs. I feel like a person and not a case, which is really important to me.’

‘A good quality team which handles the full range of injury work, from clinical negligence and disease to road traffic and public liability. Gerard Sanders is experienced, knowledgeable and has a great record of success.’

‘This team is excellent at delivering a quality service for their clients. Their attention to detail is first rate. The are extremely dedicated in getting the claimant’s case as watertight as possible. Gerard Sanders is an outstanding individual in a high class team. His attention to detail and quality of instructions is spot on.’

Work highlights

  • Advised on a serious injury claim where the claimant suffered catastrophic injuries following a road traffic accident in 2014. The claim settled in June 2020 for £2.5m.
  • Acting a client who needed hip surgery which became infected. The infection wasn’t treated correctly, resulting in catastrophic consequences. The potential value is in excess of seven figures.

Healys

At Healys, the partners collectively have more than 50 years of experience handling medical negligence and personal injury claims. Managing partner Dino Skinner, who is a personal injury specialist, has particular expertise in fatal accident claims (including related inquest hearings), and claims involving injuries to cyclists, as well as amputation and spinal injury cases. Trevor Henley, who is the head of insurance litigation, generates a strong flow of work from large insurance companies. Jonathan Austen-Jones is a noted expert in medical negligence cases, with a workload spanning claims over misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis, inappropriate treatments, lack of informed consent, oncology and infant deaths.

Practice head(s):

Dino Skinner; Trevor Henley; Jonathan Austen-Jones

Testimonials

‘The team at Healys (Brighton) were superb. I had a complicated medical negligence claim and a specific partner at Healys (Brighton) took the lead. This partner was very knowledgeable, and his expertise gained for me a substantial settlement.’

‘From day one, I felt supremely confident that my claim would be successful, and my claim was was successful. I can not give enough praise to how Healys managed and ran my claim. This supreme confidence was down to the partner who handled my claim from day one through to settlement.’

‘Our case was a very sad and distressing one. Our family were supported at one of the most horrendous of times with such empathy and skill.’

‘I dealt with Jonathan Austen-Jones and his secretary and the care compassion and support gave me total confidence that my claim was justified and they were doing all that was possible for a positive outcome.’

‘Healys is a solid and reliable firm providing good quality service to lay clients who have complex claims.’

‘My main experience is of the work of Jonathan Austen-Jones, head of clinical negligence. He gives each case great attention to detail and also provides the claimant client with compassionate but always realistic advice.’

Lennons Solicitors

The Chesham-based team at Lennons Solicitors has developed a well-established reputation in the local market for personal injury and clinical negligence work, and it also increasingly attracts mandates from across the UK. Led by director Andrew King, the group excels in a number of key areas, including inquests, brain injury matters and clinical negligence cases related to children. It has a notable strength in securing favourable settlements for clients.

Practice head(s):

Andrew King

Testimonials

From local recommendations, it was made very clear to me that Lennons are very highly respected in this area and I am so pleased that I heeded that advice. Andrew King is my solicitor and it became clear to me very early on that he is a first-class lawyer and at the top of his game.’

Andrew King has been an innovator in the use of legal technology since the lockdown began. A pragmatic and resourceful litigator, he has a nose for a good case and is not afraid to back it when he finds it.

Our partner is well versed, knowledgeable and clearly experienced. We like their combative and can-do nature, coupled with a human touch.’

The team is very professional and always on hand to answer all questions. They are very professional in the way they handle things and always give updates on the case without you having to chase them up. What makes them unique is their client care. They pay attention to detail on individual cases and ensure that clients’ views are heard.’

Superb and very knowledgeable from start to finish and kept me up to date on every step.’

Personable, professional, committed to getting the best result for a case.’

Andrew King is excellent. He has diverse specialties but is first rate in everything he does. He is very good with clients, fighting hard for the best positive result. He is easy to work with and has an excellent reputation locally and more widely.

Work highlights

  • Represented 7-year-old girl who suffered traumatic brain injury at birth in ongoing multi-million-pound action against NHS Trust for negligence.
  • Represented widow at late husband’s Inquest and now in civil claim for damages against employer.
  • Represented a cyclist who suffered physical and brain injuries following collision with a car.

Marsons Solicitors

At Marsons Solicitors, the main contact is Beth King, who has specialised in personal injury work since she qualified as a solicitor in 1986. Her expertise in acting for claimants is complemented by her previous experience of working for defendant insurers, as well as her knowledge of solicitors' costs. King advises clients on a wide range of claims, such as those arising from work-related accidents, professional negligence, road traffic accidents and industrial disease, among other matters.

Practice head(s):

Beth King

Testimonials

Beth King – she’s pragmatic and realistic, with sound judgement.’

Beth King is highly experienced with a wise head on her shoulders. She is robust and well able to deal both with more difficult clients and also with the most belligerent opponents. She cannot be ruffled and is able to cope with pressure as needed. If one is looking for a safe pair of hands for a tricky case, then Beth King is a great option.’

A pleasure to work with.’

Communications brisk and to the point.’

Pinney Talfourd LLP

Pinney Talfourd LLP's personal injury practice, which is a core part of the wider dispute resolution department, is led by Stephen Green. It has a focus on high-value cases that involve life-changing injuries or fatalities, including those arising from road traffic accidents, particularly those involving motorcycles and bicycles; Green has the RoSPA Diploma in Advanced Riding Instruction. Other drivers of work include cases relating to workplace accidents, asbestos-related claims and public liability matters. Elsewhere, the firm is prominent in high-value multi-track cases in the clinical negligence arena, including those centred on cardiology, orthopaedic injuries, ophthalmology claims and delayed/undiagnosed oncology claims. Senior associate Kim Huggins is a 'powerhouse lawyer' at the firm, and a go-to for clinical negligence advice. Stephen Eccles is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Green; Stephen Eccles

Other key lawyers:

Kim Huggins

Testimonials

‘Stephen Green demonstrates real expertise in this field. He clearly understands the key issues, communicates well with both claimants and experts and handles cases very efficiently.’

‘Kim Huggins and her team are very precise lawyers, responsive and helpful.’

‘Great firm and clinical negligence team with real depth of expertise and experience. Can manage any case with aplomb. Not afraid to get stuck in and deal with tricky issues and pursue difficult cases doggedly.’

‘Kim Huggins is an exceptionally hard working lawyer with a huge range of experience. No challenge is too great. She refuses to take no for an answer when advancing and protecting her clients’ claims.’

‘Kim Huggins is the powerhouse lawyer within this department. Her tenacity, calm demeanour and extensive knowledge of her subject area translate into a very formidable litigator.’

‘Pinney Talfourd continue to punch above their weight in the clinical negligence market. The firm continually attract big cases and litigation that many established London clinical negligence firms would covet. The excellent team has carved out a niche clinical negligence practice which goes from strength to strength.’

‘Kim Huggins is a master tactician whose disarming charm and steely determination, make her a formidable negotiator. Kim handles clinical negligence claims across the range of severity and always gives 100% whatever the claim is worth.’

Work highlights

  • Advised and represented a claimant (and subsequently her litigation friend following loss of mental capacity) in respect of a prolonged orthopaedic injury and subsequent infections resulting in no less than eight surgical procedures and permanent disability, amounting to a claim value in excess of £500,000.
  • Represented a claimant in respect of a ‘never event’ which saw the claimant undergo surgery to the wrong side of his colon resulting in the need for additional surgery to remove polyps from the correct side of the colon. The claim was successfully concluded within a period of nine months from the date of instruction at a settlement sum of £65,000.
  • Representing a Claimant, and thereafter his estate, in relation to his death, caused by an asbestos-related disease. The exposure to asbestos occurred in the mid 1950’s, whilst he was employed by British Railways washing steam locomotives. A settlement was obtained of £175,000, representing about £20,000 more than the likely award at trial.

Taylor Rose MW

Taylor Rose MW is the result of Taylor Rose TTKW's acquisition of McMillan Williams Solicitors in May 2020. The personal injury department of the amalgamated entity is led by London-based partner Joanna Bailey. The wider South East team includes Sevenoaks-based senior associate Philip Scarles, who is experienced in claims involving a variety of serious and catastrophic injuries, particularly brain and spinal injuries, as well as mental health and chronic pain disorders. Also located in Sevenoaks is clinical negligence specialist Jacqui Hayat. The head of clinical negligence is Wallington-based partner Lauren Phillips. Nisha Sharma is a name to note in Hove. Timothy Pyant recently left the firm to join ArA Legal Consulting.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Bailey

Other key lawyers:

Philip Scarles; Lauren Phillips; Nisha Sharma; Jacqui Hayat

Testimonials

‘Nisha Sharma has swift insight into the issues in a clinical negligence claim. She prepares excellent instructions for counsel and achieves very good results for her clients. She is calm, collected and professional.’

‘I have worked with Nisha Sharma for many years and she is an extremely good lawyer who is also compassionate and very good with clients, including when having to give them bad news. She is incisive, responsive, knowledgeable and a real pleasure to work with.’

‘Nisha Sharma who has joined with the team from MW is a truly excellent clinical negligence solicitor with high quality legal expertise very good client care skills and excellent all round management of difficult high value cases.’

‘Emerging player in the clinical negligence market. Recently took over McMillan Williams: a smaller firm that punched above its weight for clinical negligence work. ’

‘I have worked for many years with Nisha Sharma: clinical negligence partner. Nisha is fiercely bright, hard working and loved by her clients. She achieves fantastic results for claimants in high value clinical negligence claims.’

‘Jacqui Hayat is a very highly regarded Claimant clinical negligence practitioner with a vast wealth of experience. I have worked alongside her on several cases. She’s a first rate litigator, very knowledgeable, extremely conscientious and has developed an excellent caseload.’