Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant in South East

Boyes Turner

Boyes Turner, a 'solid firm with a wealth of talent and experience' has a strong offering for both personal injury and clinical negligence. Susan Brown leads the team alongside PI expert Kim Smerdon who has over twenty-five years of experience handling catastrophic injury cases. Key partner and experienced trial lawyer Richard Money-Kyrle handles high-value and complex cerebral palsy and neonatal brain injury matters, and is supported by Vanessa Wand and Julie Marsh, who comprise the medical negligence group. On the personal injury side, Claire Roantree is the contact for complex orthopaedic and musculoskeletal injury. Laura Magson heads up the mesothelioma and asbestos disease team and is highly rated by clients. She also acts for victims of road traffic accidents, including cyclists and pedestrians.

Practice head(s):

Susan Brown; Kim Smerdon

Testimonials

‘Boyes Turner specialise in catastrophic injury cases with a caseload to rival the big London firms. The firm are in a league of their own for client care and getting care packages in place for the seriously injured from the very start. Few firms place so much emphasis on rehabilitation of the seriously injured as Boyes Turner, which has deep and long-standing connections with brain and spinal injury charities. The firm gets great results for their clients both in and out of the courtroom.’

‘Laura Magson knows nearly all there is to know about asbestos litigation. She has a calming manner and is a dream to work with.’

‘Laura Magson is a leading industrial disease lawyer. She is very experienced and knows her area of practice inside out. She has also not shied away from undertaking difficult cases and is very committed to her clients and the type of work she does.’

‘Kim Smerdon is a fantastic negotiator and brilliant tactical lawyer. Kim is unafraid to fight tough liability claims in addition to her bread and butter catastrophic work, for which she has an encyclopaedic knowledge.’

A youthful and dynamic team in both areas. Really focus on clients, a very genuine desire to obtain the best result as opposed to always looking to maximise profit, makes the teams easy to work with.’

The team is a solid provincial firm with a wealth of talent and experience.’

Unrivalled quality and ability for asbestos disease claims in the Thames Valley area – the “go to” firm.’

Claire Roantree and Kim Smerdon lead the personal injury team with great distinction. They are two of the most highly regarded lawyers in their field.’

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the claimant at trial in wrongful Down’s Syndrome birth case which reiterated the importance of checking the patient’s understanding of the purpose/type of antenatal screening tests for consent to be properly informed.
  • Secured a £15m equivalent settlement for a teenager with learning difficulties, sensory-neural hearing loss, visual/motor/intellectual impairment and behavioural problems caused by the defendant hospital’s failure to recognise and treat early signs of meningitis when the claimant was eight months old.
  • Secured a £520,000 settlement for the bereaved, dependant family of a 50-year-old cyclist in a fatal road traffic accident case.

Collins Solicitors

Collins Solicitors specialises in high-value and often complex personal injury matters, acting for claimants on a range of issues, particularly arising out of major rail disasters and medical negligence. The standout matter of national significance continues to the Infected Blood Public Inquiry, which the team continues to play a central role in; founder and practice head Des Collins oversees the group, working alongside Danielle Holliday. Elsewhere, senior solicitors Catherine Fox and Anna Murduck are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Des Collins; Danielle Holliday

Other key lawyers:

Anna Murdoch; Catherine Fox

Testimonials

‘They show real care and involvement in their clients’ cases. They are easy and flexible to deal with.’

‘The team is friendly, approachable and caring while maintaining a high professional standard.’

‘Both Dani Holliday and Anna Murdoch are exceptional in their understanding of the subject matter. They both work incredibly hard and respond to any queries within reasonable time.’

Key clients

Core participants and seven campaign groups in the Infected Blood Public Inquiry

Jason Evans (and Others) v Secretary of State for Health in the Contaminated Blood Products Group Litigation

Various residents in Watling Street Motherwell

Work highlights

  • The firm was instrumental in bringing about the statutory UK-wide Infected Blood Public Inquiry looking into how and why thousands of people in the 1970s and 80s were given infected blood and blood products, from which thousands have since died.
  • Applied for the ‘Contaminated Blood Products Group Litigation Order’ in the High Court, on behalf of 500+ clients, which was granted in July 2017.
  • Acting on behalf of 140 residents of Watling Street, Motherwell in a legal battle over a site insufficiently remediated prior to the building of residential dwellings which is putting families’ health at risk.

Foot Anstey

In summer 2020, Blake Morgan LLP's entire personal injury and clinical negligence practice moved over to Enable Law, a standalone specialist firm within the Foot Anstey group. Dual qualified doctor and lawyer John White is a key figurehead in the practice and his area of focus includes cerebral palsy and brain injuries; he also has expertise in quantum work. Kym Provan specialises in catastrophic claims. Other core members include senior litigator Alison McClure, who is recommended for mental capacity matters, and qualified midwife Patricia Wakeford. On the personal injury side, the experienced James Wood oversees the team and handles the whole range of serious matters including head injuries, complex orthopaedic injuries, and occupational disease. Wood specialises in employer’s liability claims. Julia Prior is recommended.

Other key lawyers:

Patricia Wakeford

Testimonials

‘Kym Provan is a terrific claimant’s solicitor. Patricia Wakeford – definitely a safe pair of hands. They are both friendly, approachable, on top of their cases and extremely hard working. What more could a claimant ask?

‘A really friendly, reliable claimant clin neg team. They know their stuff.’

‘Julia Prior works very hard for her clients, but has a sensible overview of the case at all times.’

‘James Wood is very meticulous and thorough and pays close attention to timetables.’

‘John White is medically qualified, which gives him an advantage in dealing with complicated medical issues. He is also very caring in respect of his lay clients.’

‘Kym Provan is incredibly hardworking, empathetic and has excellent judgement. She goes the extra mile for her clients but also gives them sensible and pragmatic advice, resulting in good settlements.’

‘Dr John White is intelligent, thoughtful and hugely experienced.

Exceptionally attentive service from my lead clinical negligence expert, John White. He was professional at all times, guiding me through what turned out to be a three-year process, and did not waver when the medical complexities of my case seemed overwhelming. I also found him to be a kind and compassionate human being.

‘Kym Provan is a dedicated, thorough and meticulous solicitor who leaves no stone unturned in her attempts to secure the best for her clients. She has achieved some extraordinarily good results often in very testing circumstances.’

Key clients

DAS

Legal Aid Agency

AvMA

APIL

Work highlights

  • Secured an apology for the parents of a child who had suffered catastrophic brain injury at birth, together with compensation for the child worth in excess of £18m to ensure that all his accommodation, care, therapy and social needs will be fully met for the rest of his life.
  • Secured a lump sum payment of over £1.1m to meet the capital needs of a young adult who had sustained a significant head injury in an RTA, together with an annual sum of £30,000 to cover his ongoing need for a support worker to enable him to continue to live independently.
  • Successfully negotiated and concluded a long-running case for a client whose claim concerned issues of both PL and clinical negligence, who had sustained a previously undiagnosed TBI and who had  fluctuating capacity and needs as a consequence. He obtained damages in excess of £500,000.

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP has an 'excellent' clinical negligence practice and provides a wide regional offering for clients. Operating out of Oxford, the team is led by national head Carolyn Lowe and handles an assortment of maximum severity injuries including complex brain and cerebral palsy cases. Senior associate Catherine Bell is highlighted by clients for her specialism in clinical negligence work and has expertise in neurological claims. Lynne Foster is the key name for fatal claims work; the group also acts in stillbirth and neonatal death cases.

Practice head(s):

Carolyn Lowe

Testimonials

‘A reliable specialist clin neg team – all very enthusiastic and thorough.

Catherine Bell is a calm and considerate advocate for her clients who gets the job done with a minimum of fuss.

Siobhan Genever and Catherine Bell both stand out. Siobhan has vast experience in complex claims and Catherine is highly intelligent and absolutely committed to getting the best outcome for her clients. She is tireless in pursuit of the best outcome.’

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell is widely considered as one of the 'leaders in the field' for both clinical negligence and personal injury matters. The Southampton team is overseen by office managing partner and mesothelioma expert Guy Darlaston. The clinical negligence group, which is headed by Justine Spencer, handles brain and spinal cord injuries with a specialism in neonatal injury, negligent spinal surgery, and catastrophic neurological injuries. Rebecca Brown is the recommended contact alongside Spencer and has vast experience in representing clients in claims relating to injuries during childbirth. Elsewhere, Claire Howard leads the serious injury team which comprises Andrew Buckham who has expertise on armed forces claims and other military-related matters. Asbestos disease matters are overseen by senior associate Nicola Maier.

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Brown; Nicola Maier

Testimonials

‘A national market leader that has built its reputation on personal injury litigation.’

All members of the team show an excellent depth of legal knowledge and client management skills from partner level down. They are real specialists in this area and it shows in their approach to their cases. The good client care they have is vital since these are almost always highly distressing cases involving fatalities or shortened life expectancy.’

‘Guy Darlaston is a class act with huge knowledge about mesothelioma cases. He has clear expertise in the most difficult and valuable cases and is able to spot novel lines of argument where others would miss them.’

‘I have worked with Justine over many years and have never failed to be impressed by her work ethic and dedication to a case. Always on top of the detail and picks up on those arguments that others would often miss.

Terrific PI and clin neg team – true leaders in the field!’

Knights plc

Knights plc took over asb law LLP in early 2020; the combined team operates under the trading name of CL Medilaw. The team, which handles the full spectrum of claims relating to catastrophic injuries and clinical negligence, has been joined by 'class-leading solicitors' Francis Lacy Scott and Jonathan Clement from asb law LLP in Crawley. Key figures on the Knights side include Helen Niebuhr and Jonathan Phillips, both of who are based in Oxford.

Testimonials

‘Two class-leading solicitors in Francis Lacey-Scott and Jonathan Clement.’

‘One of the few firms in the region with the genuine ability and capacity to take on the most complex and high value of catastrophic injury cases.’

Francis Lacy Scott is the best catastrophic injury solicitor in the area.’

They are truly expert in their field and yet down to earth, compassionate and approachable.’

The go-to firm for catastrophically injured claimants in Kent and Sussex. Its reputation has been built by a string of very satisfied clients.

Francis Lacey-Scott, who leads the team, works tirelessly for his clients. while taking the stress out of the litigation through his innate charm and calmness. In a league of his own.’

Jonathan Clement is super-committed to the clients and their families and achieving life-changing benefits – not just the damages but with the rehabilitation of claimants and support for their families.

‘Francis Lacy Scott – tremendously experienced, insightful and has an ability to form hugely beneficial working relationships with insurers to get the best outcome.’

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of a minor who suffered a major brain injury following a high-speed road traffic accident.
  • Acting on behalf of a minor who suffered catastrophic injuries following a head-on collision.
  • Acting on behalf of a client who suffered severe orthopaedic injuries in an accident at work.

Moore Barlow

Moore Barlow's 'excellent' clinical negligence team is skilled in handling the most complex catastrophic personal injury and medical negligence matters. Senior partner Damian Horan leads the personal injury team from London with Richmond-based Anne Cassidy overseeing the clinical negligence side. The team was significantly expanded by the recent merger of Moore Blatch and Barlow Robbins - firmwide chairman Helen Goatley is a fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and a Law Society-accredited clinical negligence specialist, while in Woking, consultant Caroline Flashman is another key figure. The practice regularly handles multimillion-pound brain and spinal injury claims; Matthew Claxson and Fadwa Errhioui are among the key contacts for this. Maya Sushila is recommended for complex gynaecological cases. A standout feature of the practice is its alliance with the specialist spinal cord injury solicitors at Aspire Law. Tim Spring heads the healthcare team and is considered a trailblazer in this field for combining education law, community care and Court of Protection departments.

Practice head(s):

Damian Horan; Anne Cassidy

Testimonials

‘Damian Horan is hugely experienced – great with clients and a savvy operator.’

‘Very good communication within the team and with external contacts. Strong interpersonal and the sense of a shared high quality service ethos.’

‘Moore Barlow’s clinical negligence team is unique in that almost all its members were formerly defendant clinical negligence solicitors. This gives them a much better understanding of how to present claims to the defendant side, in a way that will lead to early settlement.’

Tim Spring is a hugely experienced clinical negligence solicitor who pursues his cases with tenacity. Maya Sushila is an excellent clinical negligence solicitor, both in terms of legal knowledge and people skills.

‘Matthew Claxson is a star, supremely deft and thorough, with an eye for detail, preparing his cases in a way that ensures optimal outcomes. He also gives up much of his own time to support the claimant injury sector voluntarily. Leading by example.’

Andrew Reid is extremely pleasant to deal with. He is curious, professional and his advice is spot on.’

The key player, who has a granary of knowledge and insight is Helen Goatley – she is unrivalled in her industry and is capable of bringing home a just result to the most difficult of cases.’

Work highlights

  • Acted in a clinical negligence claim for a 34 year-old woman who was awarded in excess of £3m after she was left with severe visual impairment following significant delays in follow-up and treatment of glaucoma.
  • Advised on a case involving a young man who sustained a severe traumatic brain injury at the age of seven, whilst he was a passenger in a car. The firm secured funding under the Rehabilitation Code for rehabilitation, case management, and support.
  • Advised on a case involving a police officer who sustained a T4 complete spinal cord injury, rendering him paraplegic, when he was deliberately struck by a vehicle on Westminster Bridge, during the terrorist attack in March 2017.

Nockolds Solicitors

At Nockolds Solicitors, the medical negligence and personal injury practice is 'well-organised and well-resourced', according to clients, and is experienced in handling high value, catastrophic personal injury and medical claims, with particular expertise in brain and spinal injury. Led by Jennie Jones, the group contains standout senior associate Yasmin Ameer, who has more than three decades of experience in this field. The team is skilled in successfully acting for clients in serious matters which include misdiagnosed and undiagnosed medical cases.

Practice head(s):

Jennie Jones

Other key lawyers:

Yasmin Ameer

Testimonials

Yasmin Ameer is an outstanding member of the team. She was hardworking and knowledgeable, and efficient in managing all aspects of a very complex medical negligence case. It was settled very successfully after several years. I would certainly recommend her to anyone looking for a solicitor specialising in clinical negligence.’

‘Yasmin Ameer’s experience and expertise is second to none.’

Yasmin Ameer is the most experienced and able clinical negligence solicitor I have come across in 25 years’ practice. She is supremely knowledgeable, very confident, has a fantastic manner with clients and fights hard for the best result she can achieve on their behalf.

‘This is a well organised and well resourced department of experienced practitioners with good quality work.’

Work highlights

  • Handled a £15m–£20m medical negligence claim for a girl with encephalitis which was misdiagnosed and left untreated for 2.5 years.
  • Acted in a  £15m-£20m medical negligence claim for a baby born with an undiagnosed brain haemorrhage.
  • Acted in a £20m-plus personal injury claim 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.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's 'fantastic' practice is known for handling complex claims across the serious personal injury and clinical negligence space. Led out of Guildford by 'class act' Philippa Luscombe, the team is skilled in birth injuries, surgical issues and delayed diagnosis on the medical negligence front. Alison Johnson deals exclusively with clinical negligence matters and is recommended for her insight on birth injury and oncology. Over in Basingstoke, Alison Appelboam-Meadows has a specialism in obstetric and paediatric negligence, as well as heading up the firm’s cerebral palsy team. Stephanie Code is recommended for fatal claims and inquest work. The core team also comprises  senior associates Emma Beeson and Emma McCheyne. The group is also experienced in product liability matters.

Testimonials

‘Philippa Luscombe heads the personal injury and clinical negligence teams. She is a class act. She is strategic in her thinking about her cases. She handles complex cases of the utmost severity. She is a thinker who sees the problem and thinks through solutions. She ensures her clients are properly advised of the key issues and of their options.’

‘Alison Appelboam Meadows is a senior partner with particular expertise in handling high value cerebral palsy claims. She instil confidence in her team and clients. She is a tour de force.’

This team is excellent. They are exceptionally hard-working. They have detailed knowledge and experience of clinical negligence practice, but they combine this with a friendly and open manner which makes them very easy to deal with. Clients feel they are very well supported.’

Philippa Luscombe is one of the outstanding clin neg solicitors in the country. She manages her team brilliantly and leads by example. The essential quality this team has is that it combines very hard work with excellent client care. They are all very empathetic but understand the complexities and difficulties of litigation and are adept at steering their clients through the stress and strains of protracted legal proceedings.’

There are three star individuals that I would single out: Alison Appelboam Meadows, Alison Johnson and Emma Beeson. Alison Appelboam-Meadows has an encyclopedic knowledge of clinical negligence: she’s creative, tenacious and a delight to work with. Alison Johnson is equally tremendous: great with clients and opponents alike and time and again appears to secure settlements against all expectations. Emma Beeson is very much a rising star: incredibly thorough and she handles a caseload of increasingly high-value cases. First-rate.’

A very impressive outfit.  The team handles a wide range of cases across different medical specialisms and values. There is real strength in depth throughout their team.’

Alison Johnson the compassion and warmth that she conveys to her clients belies the steeliness with which she presses their cases with defendants. She is very thorough and leaves nothing to chance.

Emma Beeson – very impressive for such a relatively junior solicitor. Has been involved in some extremely (medically) sensitive cases with demanding clients and shown herself to be more than capable of dealing with these.

Philippa Luscombe stands out as the most well known and able lawyer in the firm doing clinical negligence and personal injury work. She is very experienced and very capable. Calm, well prepared, considered, intelligent and sympathetic. She is a joy to work with.’

A fantastic, professional team, large enough in the claimant clinical negligence field to have unsurpassed expertise, but small enough to retain the personal touch.’

Philippa Luscombe’s judgement on the tactics and management of cases is exceptional. Emma McCheyne’s attention to detail is second to none. Naomi Holland is excellent with clients. Stephanie Code has a sureness of touch and gets results.’

Work highlights

  • Acted in a clinical negligence claim brought by LS, a woman in her thirties, relating to delayed diagnosis and treatment of subarachnoid haemorrhage. The claim proceeded against GPs at an NHS walk-in-centre and an NHS Trust in respect of treatment provided by NHS Direct.
  • A claim was investigated and successfully concluded on behalf of a young girl who sustained acute profound asphyxia during the course of her birth, as a result of the delay in delivering her in the face of signs of fetal distress, namely fetal bradycardia (low heart rate).
  • Instructed for a claimant who was admitted to Royal United Hospital in Bath in a confused and agitated state and with a known dislike of hospitals and some cognitive deficits. Due to a series of failures, the access way up to the roof of the hospital was unsecured and the claimant fell and suffered a catastrophic brain injury.

Royds Withy King

The team at Royds Withy King is described as 'really savvy, experienced and high-quality'. The clinical negligence practice is led by Richard Coleman, who handles complex catastrophic injury work including cerebral palsy and obstetric brachial plexus injuries. Judith Leach is singled out for her dual expertise in the medico-legal field and insight on neurological cases. Serious personal injury matters are jointly led by Tracy Norris-Evans and Ian Carrier, with Helen Childs the key name for asbestos and industrial diseases. The group is experienced in representing claimants in relation to mesothelioma and lung cancer matters. Associate Rosie Hodgetts is highlighted by clients.

Testimonials

Royds Withy King are in my view one of the up-and-coming firms who punch above their weight in the mid-size/regional sector. They have the capacity and the experience and commitment to take on cases of the greatest complexity, outside the top-tier firms so as to make them leaders in the firms outside London.

‘Ian Carrier’s focus on attention to detail is far greater than most other solicitors, and is a fantastic skill to have in the personal injury sector. He has a broad range of cases including foreign accident claims, and claims of the utmost severity.’

Richard Coleman and Judith Leach are both real fighters for claimants.

‘Royds Withy King have an excellent, high profile presence along the M4 corridor both in personal injury and clinical negligence work.’

Rosie Hodgetts is a very down to earth, level headed, hard-working and determined specialist clinical negligence practitioner who is very keen to learn and improve.

‘A really savvy, experienced and high-quality team. Richard Coleman is extremely knowledgeable and a highly impressive client-focused strategist.’

‘Richard Coleman and Judith Leach are both real fighters for claimants.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a young claimant who sustained a catastrophic brain injury. Liability was difficult and initially denied, but through extensive evidence gathering, the firm secured a very favourable 75/25 apportionment in the claimant’s favour.
  • Advised on Carey v Vauxhall Motors [2019], the first successful claim for mesothelioma in England and Wales following secondary exposure to asbestos as a result of the claimant laundering her electrician husband’s overalls in the late 1970’s.
  • Advised on a clinical negligence case whereby the claimant (aged 19 at the time of trial) had been left with so little small bowel as a child, through negligence, that he would spend the rest of his life needing to be fed via a central venous line.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP's 'impressive' clinical negligence and personal injury practice is well-known for its handling of multimillion-pound cerebral palsy claims and brain injury cases. Denise Stephens in Reading is the key contact for this and oversees the practice alongside Andrea Rusbridge in Northampton. Stephens is supported by Hollie Weller on cerebral palsy and spinal injury claims. The team has secured many victories for clients; its core group also includes senior associate Susan Prior who has nearly three decades of litigation experience and is the name for failure to diagnose cases. Also in the Thames Valley, Anneliese Jones handles serious injury matters. Sarah Corser is recommended by clients. Serious brain injury specialist Sue Bowler joined in 2020 from Coffin Mew LLP; she now serves as national head of the Court of Protection team.

Practice head(s):

Denise Stephens

Testimonials

‘Young, dynamic and great track record of successes.’

‘Denise Stephens is an exceptional solicitor, a tigress who gets fantastic results.’

‘Sara Corsa is sensible, committed and learns fast.’

‘They all go the extra mile and beyond and have considerable knowledge within their field. They also have the ability to convey that knowledge with a communication style that respects those with whom they deal and puts everyone they deal with at ease.’

Denise Stephens is noted for her knowledge, passion for her clients, attention to detail, looks and works outside the box. Always goes above and beyond.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for a client who was injected with a contaminated spinal anesthetic resulted in a significant spinal injury and moderate brain damage. The case was settled for £2.2m.
  • Acting for a client whose husband died after suffering sepsis.
  • Acting for a client whose wife died as a result of failure to diagnose carcinoma of the caecum.

Thomson Snell & Passmore

The 'incredibly meticulous' practice at Thomson Snell & Passmore focuses on high-value clinical negligence and serious personal injury matters, handling an array of work on cerebral palsy, brain injury, and catastrophic injuries. Fiona Follis heads the team, which is experienced in complex brain injury litigation matters and securing significant victories for clients - personal injury expert Graham Bell is the key name for this. Core members of the practice include James Cahan, who handles both clinical negligence and personal injury with a specialism in delays in diagnosis. Newly promoted partner Oliver Chapman is rated by clients and specialises in mesothelioma claims.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Follis

Testimonials

‘Thomson Snell & Passmore are at the very top of my list. The solicitors are of a very high calibre and professionalism. They are well organised. They demonstrate empathy and care for their clients many of whom are vulnerable and who need to be represented in a professional manner for the law to be implemented properly. The team is incredible.’

‘Graham Bell and Fiona Follis as senior partners are excellent leaders of the personal injury and clinical negligence department and it is always a pleasure to work with them. They are highly experienced and knowledgeable and emphatic towards their clients and their more junior colleagues and always approachable. Their supervision and influence, and leadership has steered the department to male it, in my opinion, the best to work with, and to recommend.’

Fiona Follis – incredibly hard-working and dogged in getting the best results for her clients, but also great sensitivity. Carley Ross – one of the brightest legal executives I have worked with.’

‘Graham Bell has a natural fascination for the specialism which gives him an edge – a genuine interest and commitment to his cases and his clients. What makes him different is the depth of his thinking and his strategic overview of a case fro the start.’

‘James Cahan is pragmatic and a great communicator; he has a great rapport with clients and experts alike and thus gets the most out of everyone in the team. Jenny Waight is an associate legal executive who is better at running a complex clinical negligence case than many senior associate solicitors in my experience.’

‘James Cahan is a calm, authoritative presence; efficient and effective in dealing with complex clinical negligence matters and negotiations in particular.’

‘Oliver Chapman is a new partner and deservedly so: thoughtful, knowledgeable. One to watch for the future.’

Graham Bell is the complete package of exceptional strategic and tactical skill and premier league knowledge.

Trethowans LLP

Trethowans LLP 'punches above its weight' and handles a mixed caseload of serious clinical negligence and personal injury work. Clare Carter in Salisbury leads the clinical negligence practice and is described by peers as a 'formidable opponent', handling the full scope of matters including cerebral palsy, birth injury cases, misdiagnosis, and negligently treated medical conditions. The team regularly acts against NHS Trusts, hospitals and GPs regionally. Gavin Lane is a key name for head and spinal injury cases. Serious personal injury matters are overseen by Southampton-based John Hall, who covers the spectrum of catastrophic matters with a speciality in asbestos work. Frances Gillett is a personal injury expert and is recommended for road traffic accidents whilst managing partner Chris Whiteley is known for his work on catastrophic head and spinal injury cases.

Practice head(s):

John Hall; Clare Carter

Testimonials

‘Trethowans is a regional firm punching above its weight in terms of reputation, quality or work and fee earners. They build good relationships with clients and adopt a compassionate and client-focused approach.’

‘Frances Gillett is experienced, organised and pragmatic. Her clients value and trust her judgement. Gavin Lane is vastly experienced in medical negligence litigation. He knows his onions, is an effective negotiator and works with determination to secure a fair result for his clients.’

‘Frances Gillett – a personal injury specialist with an impressive caseload. She is very clever and leaves no stone unturned in getting to the bottom of every case.’

‘Trethowans has the benefit of being a multi-location local practice but providing the service of a national personal and clinical negligence firm. Clients find their ease of location attractive as this is not a substitute for excellent service. Work is of the highest quality and resources are not compromised – they have the financial resource to pay medical fees and disbursements without having to rely upon agencies and the limited that brings.’

‘Gavin Lane is a seasoned campaigner. Dedicated and wily, he puts his client’s interests at the top of his objectives and secured excellent results. Clare Carter is a dedicated practitioner, no detail is left unchecked and this is the bedrock of her success. Particularly necessary in clinical negligence cases in which Clare specialises.’

‘Clare Carter is an exceptional lawyer. She has passion and intellect and is dogged in her pursuit of claims and understand the big picture – each case gets the commitment it requires whatever.’

‘Clare Carter’s attention to detail is phenomenal. Once she decides to take a case on, she is relentless. A formidable opponent’

This team is proactive, efficient and very pragmatic. They are adept at identifying the key points very early in the litigation and tailoring appropriate strategies. They have particular expertise in acting for and understanding the needs of overseas insurers.’

Blaser Mills Law

Blaser Mills Law focuses exclusively on personal injury matters, including accidents at work, serious road traffic accidents, and complex matters of the brain. Dave Matthews leads the practice; the core team comprises key senior associates Andrew Castle and Victoria Harvey. The team also handle public and occupiers’ liability claims and industrial disease such as asbestos. Experienced personal injury solicitor Nicola Heales left the team to head the personal injury group at Bevirs.

Practice head(s):

Dave Matthews

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Harvey; Andrew Castle

Dean Wilson LLP

Operating out of Brighton, Dean Wilson LLP's personal injury and medical negligence practice 'consistently outperform bigger rivals' and is noted for its handling of complex personal injury claims. Frances Pierce oversees the team alongside the highly rated Alex Brown, and is experienced in undertaking spinal cord injury, brain injury, amputations, and fatal accidents matters. The group has expertise with regards to quantum cases and Court of Protection matters, which practice head Pierce is known for. Ben Davey is an experienced associate who is seen as 'a passionate litigator who is strategic and very family orientated.'

Practice head(s):

Frances Pierce; Alex Brown

Other key lawyers:

Ben Davey

Testimonials

‘Ben Davey is brilliant.’

‘Led by the knowledgeable Francis Pierce, this niche team deliver at the very highest level to seriously injured claimants. Backed up by the best in the business: Alex Brown, ferociously hard-working, with great judgement and soft interpersonal skills, this team delivers year after year.’

‘Frances Pierce is hugely experienced and very client focused.’

‘Alex Brown – is very bright and extremely personable; an expert in high-value claims. Ben Davey is a passionate litigator who is strategic and very family orientated.’

Dean Wilson are an excellent provincial outfit, they are knowledgeable, professional and a pleasure to work with.’

‘A niche personal injury and clinical negligence team that consistently outperform their bigger rivals in terms of service and high-value claims.’

‘Alex Brown and Ben Davey are absolutely first class in their conduct of high value and complex claims. They are two of the rising stars in this area of law.

An energetic team who provide a top-rate service for clients: a sympathetic and supportive approach combined with excellent legal knowledge.’

Alex Brown is confident, calm and excellent with clients who require more reassurance. He handles complex cases with ease.’

‘Frances Pierce is an expert in issues around capacity, disability and the trickier aspects of high-value claims. She has years of experience at the very highest levels of practice and is one of the best.’

Ben Davey is a litigation executive from whom clients get the services of an experienced solicitor. He routinely handles significant value cases alone and has the skills to manage them. He has recently had a string of successes in settlements.

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for Keith Tarry in a high-profile claim against EasyJet where staff failed to recognise the client had suffered a stroke prior to boarding.
  • Acted for a family who lost their husband and father in a hit and run accident and successfully settled for £1.3m.
  • Acted in a claim following a road traffic accident for a client who suffered serious paraplegia injuries and the claim settled for in excess of £10m.

Holmes & Hills

Holmes & Hills has 'excellent knowledge of clinical negligence matters' and also handles a variety of personal injury work. Jason Brady now solely leads the practice and has a specialism in complex brain and spinal cord injury cases. He is supported by Zoe Diss who has a focus on cases relating to failure to diagnose. Anna Watson is praised by clients and handles mostly personal injury work, with attention on road traffic and work-related accidents. The team's capacity was recently boosted by the hire of experienced clinical negligence lawyer Nadina Edmonson, who joined from Birkett Long LLP.

Practice head(s):

Jason Brady

Other key lawyers:

Zoe Diss; Anna Watson

Testimonials

‘This team leave no stone unturned in ensuring successful outcomes for their clients. They provide excellent client care services and are detailed and well-prepared. This team has gone from strength to strength over recent years with valuable additions to the team and are now the go-to firm for clinical negligence in their area.’

‘A recent addition to this firm, Zoe Diss, is worth her weight in gold. She has a caring and professional rapport with clients. She is detailed, grasps the complex issues on causation fast and knows her cases inside and out. An excellent negotiator, she consistently delivers successful outcome for her clients. She is a pleasure to work with.’

There isn’t a single thing I can fault with Anna Watson’s professionalism and knowledge. Anna was always confident in her decisionmaking without making me feel pressured to do one thing or another but always gave good, solid advice that was well explained and I always put my trust in her which was the right thing to do. Anna Watson was definitely the right solicitor for me and if I ever find myself in need of legal help again, I know exactly where I’m going.

Jason Brady is a very experienced clinical negligence lawyer and very knowledgeable.

Jason Brady stands out in his communication and organisation of cases.

Work highlights

  • Successfully settled a claim for clinical negligence against the defendant trust in the sum of £150,000 shortly after commencing court proceedings in a case that took a number of years to fully investigate and prepare.
  • Representing the claimant mother and daughter, both of whom suffered an injury during the birth, in a case anticipated to be worth in excess of £10m.
  • Acting for the claimant who now lives abroad, following an accident abroad resulting in a spinal injury.

IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett)

At IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett), the team handles significant cerebral palsy, complex brain injury, and serious personal injury matters. Practice head Malcolm Underhill is known for his work on historical child sexual abuse and sexual assault cases, while dental negligence work also features in the caseload. Described as 'outstanding', Simon Pimlott is the key name for serious accidents and complex liability disputes, having over fifteen years of experience in the field.

Practice head(s):

Malcolm Underhill

Other key lawyers:

Simon Pimlott

Testimonials

‘Simon Pimlott is a thorough and intellectual solicitor with an empathetic manner with clients. Exceptionally good with clients with mental health problems.’

‘Simon Pimlott is pragmatic. He is exceptional in his level of empathy for clients, and is able to navigate thorny cases with aplomb.’

Simon Pimlott is simply outstanding.

‘Simon Pimlott is the strength of the firm. He is very good at understanding the key issues – he works very hard and knows his law.’

‘The team is very good at understanding the central issues on a case, very good in looking at the medical evidence to ensure nothing is missed, and very good at keeping the client involved and informed at all stages.’

Work highlights

  • Advised adult abuse client following the suicide of a paedophile, which arose after the police initiated an investigation.
  • Advised family of a young boy who was struck by a car while riding his scooter and suffered a severe traumatic brain injury.
  • Advised client who suffered a severe brain injury when he was struck by a car while riding his bike home from work.

Larcomes

Larcomes exclusively handles personal injury matters with a niche in asbestos-related illness claims. The team is led by Richard Hopgood, who has over twenty-five years of experience. The practice is skilled in handling mesothelioma cases and other lung-related illnesses for clients - Michael Osborne has vast expertise in this area and is a recommended contact. The group enjoys a steady stream of of referrals from other firms and counsel.

Practice head(s):

Richard Hopgood

Other key lawyers:

Michael Osborne; Lisa Warburton

Testimonials

‘Michael Osborne and Richard Hopgood are specialist asbestos disease claimant lawyers. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience which they are always willing to share with other lawyers helping other people and not just their own clients – they have a very collaborative attitude which is positive for victims of asbestos diseases.’

Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP

Spanning across seven locations in Sussex, the clinical negligence practice at Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP is skilled in handing mid- to high-value clinical negligence matters. Dual-qualified nurse Melanie Minter leads the team and is noted as 'a very experienced and competent expert in catastrophic clinical negligence', handling an assortment of obstetric and neonatal brain injury claims. Nick Garrish handles brain injury matters and has a track record of securing million-pound settlements for clients. Senior associate Gail Waller has a background in personal injury matters, offering significant experience of liability matters.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Minter

Other key lawyers:

Nick Garrish; Gail Waller

Testimonials

‘Melanie Minter is a role model as a claimant clinical negligence lawyer. She analyses issues carefully and thinks strategically to deliver life-changing results for her clients. She is adept at putting clients at their ease despite the stresses of litigation.’

‘Nick Garrish is very experienced in high-value claims. He has excellent contacts with experts whom he can call on to assist in his cases. He gives clear down to earth advice to his clients and has good judgement.’

Melanie Minter is top-class. Experienced, a savvy negotiator and a very safe pair of hands. Easily comparable in ability with top partners at central London clin neg claimant firms.’

‘Nick Garrish is tactically and commercially astute with excellent client handling skills. Gail Waller really knows how to crack the whip and is a pleasure to work with.’

A very solid and long-established South Coast firm with strength in depth in a number of practice areas.’

‘A very safe pair of hands. The team can be relied on to be organised and on top of the paperwork, to predict issues well in advance and understand how best to respond. Efficient and capable.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for a claimant who was born with bilateral cerebral palsy with four-limb motor disorder. Following complex investigations into liability and causation, judgment was obtained in early. At a joint settlement meeting in January 2019 the claim settled for a lump sum of £4m.
  • As a result of the defendant trust’s failure to appropriately diagnose DVT, the claimant suffered a below-knee amputation. Liability was denied in pre-action correspondence, proceedings were issued and directions ordered. The parties agreed a compromised settlement of £620,000.
  • Advised a claimant who suffered a severe brachial plexus injury during the birth process. Liability was admitted in pre-action correspondence. An interim payment was obtained.

Tees Law

The 'dedicated and expert' practice at Tees Law provides expertise on both clinical negligence and personal injury matters for clients. David Jacobs has over thirty-five years of experience in this personal injury space, and leads a team which handles claims relating to historic sexual abuse and road traffic accidents. Formerly at McMillan WilliamsGwyneth Munjoma is the key name for clinical negligence, having 'unparalleled' expertise in obstetric claims due to her background in midwifery. The clinical negligence team has expanded with Craig Knightley who joined from Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors. Cambridge-based Janine Collier is the overall head of the team.

Practice head(s):

David Jacobs; Gwyneth Munjoma

Other key lawyers:

Janine Collier

Testimonials

Janine Collier is a really good solicitor – she really understands the medicine in clin neg cases and works well with the team, the clients and the experts to get excellent results in difficult cases.’

A very dedicated and expert team.’

‘Gwyneth Munjoma’s clinical negligence work is unparalleled. She is able to take complex, sensitive information and provide it in a clear way while being sensitive to the impact it may have on her client. Striking the right tone when delivering difficult information, yet ensuring the recipient fully understands with as little upset as possible, is a true skill.’

I have worked with Gwyneth Munjoma for several years and always found her to be a very effective claimant clin neg solicitor. She is clearly very experienced is a pleasure to work with.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a claimant in a personal injury claim following a road traffic accident which resulted in a head injury.
  • Represented the claimant following a serious accident in which a pillion passenger was thrown from a motorcycle due to a collision with a car and sustained multiple injuries.
  • Secured a £130,000 settlement for a client following a two-year delayed diagnosis of breast cancer due to a computer glitch.

Thompson Smith and Puxon

'Quietly and tenaciously delivering results', Thompson Smith and Puxon's team is led by Steve Webb and handles a mixture of both complex medical work and serious personal injury matters. Sam Welham is experienced in both spheres of personal injury and clinical negligence and has an employment law background to assist with claims relating to workplace stress. Clients have high praise for 'superstarStacey Anderson, who specialises in clinical negligence work, focusing particularly on cerebral palsy cases.

Practice head(s):

Steve Webb

Other key lawyers:

Stacey Anderson; Sam Welham

Testimonials

‘Stacey Anderson is a superstar. She knows her cases inside out. She has a lovely manner with clients and she is prepared to fight extremely hard for them.’

Steve Webb gives measured, sensible and above all, honest advice.

‘A good clinical negligence team that deal with a range of medical negligence cases on behalf of claimants. In my experience, they seem to have a stream of satisfied clients and to achieve good results.’

‘Sam Welham is an extremely kind and client focused lawyer.’

‘Stacey Anderson was fantastic from the start! She kept in contact the whole way through, offering advice if we were unsure and nothing was ever too much for her. Her knowledge of the medical negligence sector is impeccable, she is an absolute credit to the team. We would never be able to thank Stacey enough for everything she has done regarding our case, she is an absolute star.’

A firm imbued with the best values of professionalism. They are unstinting in their efforts to support their clients. Exuding fundamental decency, they make no fast bucks but quietly and tenaciously deliver what they are asked to achieve. In an increasingly brash age, they stand out as a firm with traditional values.’

White Dalton Motorcycle Solicitors

Boutique personal injury firm White Dalton Motorcycle Solicitors, which is based in Aylesbury, has a specialism in motorcycle-related accidents, injuries, and collisions. The practice is led by experienced practitioner Andrew Dalton, who handles heavy brain injury and spinal cord matters resulting from motorcycle accidents. Managing partner Andrew Prendergast has experience in both civil claims and criminal defence work. Other key names in the team include litigator Martyn Dey.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Dalton

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Prendergast; Martyn Dey

Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors

Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors fields a team of 'heavyweight clinical negligence solicitors' led by Joanne Westbrook; she succeeded former practice head Madeline Seibert, who left to join Slater and Gordon in late 2019. The practice is skilled in handling spinal injuries and birth injuries, as well as substantial claims involving brain-damaged and severely injured children. Cases involving preventable suicides of psychiatric patients and inquest work also feature in the workload. Senior partner Sheenagh Parsons is head of personal injury.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Westbrook

Testimonials

‘The firm have for some time punched above their weight in this area.’

Jo Westbrook and Sheenagh Parsons are heavyweights in the field.’

‘The superb Lesley-Ann Mayhew acts as deputy to some of their clients that lack capacity. She is extremely knowledgeable and sympathetic to clients needs.

Attention to detail but also excellent professionalism and empathy whilst discussing a difficult topic.

Work highlights

  • Acting for a child with a neurological injury because of a negligently caused skull fracture at the time of his birth.
  • Acting in a preventable bilirubin toxicity in a new-born baby causing neurological damage and deafness.

BTMK Solicitors

The team at BTMK Solicitors is jointly led by Johanne Turner, who specialises in personal injury, and Alan Bacon who is experienced in handling complex catastrophic claims. The team handles brain injury matters and has had success in securing settlements for clients of several million pounds. Ruth Hemingway is a key contact in the personal injury team and has over twenty years of experience.

Practice head(s):

Alan Bacon; Johanne Turner 

Other key lawyers:

Ruth Hemingway

Testimonials

‘Alan Bacon is very well regarded in the industry, efficient, personable and respected.

Jo Turner is hardworking – excellent delivery and results.’

‘This is a great regional firm that has excellent results. They seem to have cornered the local market.’

Work highlights

  • Advised claimants who had taken action against their employers for emotional (and some physical) injuries as a result of historic bullying, sexual, physical and verbal abuse during their employment with the emergency service.

Clarkson Wright & Jakes

Clarkson Wright & Jakes offers a 'fantastic service' to clients in clinical negligence matters and is led by David Greenhalgh. The team has experience handling a range of cerebral palsy and catastrophic injury cases, for which Alex Wormald is a key figure specialising in clinical negligence litigation. Michelle Easton focuses mostly on personal injury matters and is recommended for accidents at work and road traffic accidents.

Practice head(s):

David Greenhalgh

Other key lawyers:

Alex Wormald; Michelle Easton

Testimonials

‘Clarkson Wright & Jakes have great strength in depth across their personal injury and clinical negligence teams. In a marketplace which is dominated by large firms, they stand out as a medium-size firm which offers a fantastic personal service to clients across an impressive range of cases.’

‘Michelle Easton is very thorough and always provides detailed analysis with all her instructions.’

‘The team’s strength is being able to assign the right person to deal with specific problems. Having worked with David Greenhalgh, I found him to be very focused in regards to my case. Kind, never condescending thus putting me at ease with the whole process.’

‘David Greenhalgh has an impressive and varied personal injury and clinical negligence caseload. He runs many high-value cases and is not afraid to take a risk on a difficult case on behalf of a client. David has a great manner with clients and his experience and dedication earn their respect and trust.’

‘Alex Wormald runs personal injury claims arising out of a wide variety of circumstances including false imprisonment and assault. He regularly takes on difficult cases that many other solicitors would shy away from.’

Coffin Mew LLP

Coffin Mew LLP's serious personal injury team handles claims relating to accidents at work, asbestos and mesothelioma claims, head and brain injuries and road traffic accidents. Solicitor Tan Jaff is the key contact.

Debenhams Ottaway

At Debenhams Ottaway, the 'very experienced' personal injury practice undertakes work related to occupiers’ liability and public liability claims, work-related accidents and road traffic accidents. The team, which is led by Howard Kent, continues to be instructed on serious injury matters and also handles spinal injury cases.

Practice head(s):

Howard Kent

Testimonials

‘Howard Kent is a highly experienced lawyer who is loved by all his clients’.

‘Howard Kent is personable, very client-focused and takes a committed approach to all of his cases.’

The team are very experienced in personal injury matters and can easily service all aspects of any claim.’

Work highlights

  • Advised on a multi-track personal injury claim on behalf of a claimant who sustained a traumatic injury to his left index finger caused by a saw blade at work.
  • Acting for a claimant who sustained a serious ankle injury whilst attending Wales Rally GB as a spectator.
  • Instructed by an 87-year-old female claimant who fractured her right hip as a result of a fall in a supermarket in 2017.

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP is experienced in both clinical negligence matters and personal injury work. Jointly led by Tessa Grayson in Gatwick and Lucienne Westbrook in Guilford, the team handles surgical, dental and spinal injury matters for clients. Road traffic accidents and accidents at work also feature in the personal injury workload. Associate Julie Payne is recommended for liability claims.

Other key lawyers:

Julie Payne

Testimonials

‘Lucienne Westbrook and Tessa Grayson are both excellent, pragmatic lawyers, who often obtain better than expected results for clients. I have frequently recommended them to others.’

‘Very client-focused – more than usually mindful of the personal impact of litigation on claimants. All the fee earners possess excellent interpersonal skills. Advice and decisions are pragmatic and decisive.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for a lady who lost her job and her home following a series of errors by several doctors and surgeons within the same NHS Trust. The schedule of loss is estimated as being in excess of £1m.
  • Advised on a protracted claim on behalf of a passenger involved in a road traffic accident which included two defendants, which was settled in the sum of £350,000.
  • Acting for an individual who suffered a serious injury in a fall at his local garage where a raised pipe was not marked. The claim was settled for £44,000.

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

The 'excellent' clinical negligence and personal injury practice at Duncan Lewis Solicitors is led by Rebecca Thomas and is experienced in handling a spectrum of matters including brain, spinal, and neurological injuries. Amy Bennett has vast expertise in stillbirth and neonatal death claims as well as childbirth injury and gynaecological related claims. On the personal injury side, the group handles road traffic accidents and asbestos-related illnesses. Ifrah Ahmed is another key team member, specialising in clinical negligence matters.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Amy Bennett; Ifrah Ahmed

Testimonials

‘Rebecca Thomas and Amy Bennett are both excellent solicitors. Amy is fantastic with clients, she really fights for them in an empathetic way. She is tenacious getting to the heart of the case and excellent with clients and experts alike.’

An excellent firm with some very good heavyweight clin neg work. They are a professional outfit with depth in all areas. Impressive clin neg team.’

Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP

Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP has an 'outstanding' personal injury offering for clients, and also and handles medical negligence and serious injury claims. Bushra Elzubeir oversees the practice, which has experience covering claims pertaining to road traffic accidents, liability, and accidents at work. Rhian Lowe is a key contact in the team and is the 'star of the firm', according to clients. Lowe acts in accidents involving children and fatal accident claims, as well as some medical negligence claims including misdiagnosis matters.

Practice head(s):

Bushra Elzubeir

Other key lawyers:

Rhian Lowe

Testimonials

‘Outstanding service throughout the entire claims process by Rhian Lowe. Clear and timely communications and regular updates. From a client’s perspective, every aspect of Rhian’s handling of the claim was first class and the settlement Rhian achieved was very significant. I would not consider going anywhere else beyond Rhian Lowe and Fisher Jones Greenwood should I ever need legal services in the future.’

‘Rhian Lowe was consistently professional, accommodating and informative throughout the entire claims process. All telephone, email and postal communications were extremely professional and every part of the claims process was explained to me in detail. I have complete faith in Rhian Lowe as a solicitor of the highest standard and would wholeheartedly recommend her and Fisher Jones Greenwood to anyone requiring legal services.’

Rhian Lowe is a pleasure to work with; her instructions are always well prepared and delivered in a timely manner.’

The star of this firm is undoubtedly Rhian Lowe, who is very professional and deals with people in a kind, understanding and caring way. She promotes the firm in a positive way.

Work highlights

  • Acting for a claimant who suffered life-changing injuries when a car drove into the side of a public house.
  • Acting for the executor of the claimant’s estate in a medical negligence claim. The claimant’s concerns about a lesion were dismissed by his GP on numerous occasions; the claimant subsequently died.
  • Acting for a claimant who suffered life-changing injuries in an accident at work. The defendants alleged fundamental dishonesty but these allegations were overcome.

Furley Page Solicitors

The specialist personal injury team at Furley Page Solicitors has experience of a wide variety of claims, handling fatal accidents and industrial diseases. Operating from Canterbury, the group is led by Neille Ryan and also handles head and spinal cord injuries. Ross Rowland advises on road traffic accidents, whilst Robert Harvey has extensive experience in acting on work-related injuries and public liability matters.

Practice head(s):

Neille Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Ross Rowland; Robert Harvey

Testimonials

‘Ross Rowland was always available, replied promptly and informed us of every step along the way. He inspired confidence in us to pursue our case and was always honest with his advice.’

‘Neille Ryan dealt with our case in a very professional manner. He took time to talk through our situation with us, outlined the way forward and did his best for us. We are pleased that we used Neille for our case and feel that no one could have handled it better than he did.’

At a very difficult time for us Furley Page treated us very well. After our initial meeting, they informed us of what needed to be done and kept us up to date along the way. At all times we were confident that they were doing the best that they could for us.’

Key clients

National Association of Colliery Overmen, Deputies and Shotfirers

Markel

University of Kent

Work highlights

  • Acted for a claimant who tripped in a hole in the floor of the premises at which she was attending a dog agility class resulting in a fracture.
  • Acted for an elderly client involved in head-on collision which led by multiple strokes leading to permanent brain damage.
  • Acting for a claimant whose neighbour left a fire unattended and it spread onto her land burning her stables to the ground.

Gardner Leader LLP

Gardner Leader LLP's clinical negligence practice advises on the full spectrum of matters for clients, with specialisms in fatalities and inquests work, led by litigator Alistair Goggins. The team also includes senior associate Andrew Shipp, who has over twenty years of experience acting in personal injury matters and is recommended for claims involving mental health injuries in the workplace.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Goggins

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Shipp

Girlings Personal Injury Claims Ltd

The 'excellent' practice at Girlings Personal Injury Claims Ltd is highly rated by peers and handles a blend of catastrophic clinical negligence cases and personal injury matters. Described as 'top-notch', Clare Milne leads the clinical negligence team, which handles the full spectrum of matters as well as specialising in cases involving sexual assault by medical professionals. Sue Man is another key member of the team and deals exclusively with clinical negligence matters, having over twenty years of experience in litigation. The team also handles failings related to suicide. On the personal injury side, managing partner Jonathan Pidduck leads the group and handles all forms of liability claims.

Practice head(s):

Clare Milne; Jonathan Pidduck

Testimonials

‘Claire Milne is tactically astute, clever and gets brilliant results for her clients.’

Shantala Carr has been amazing. She has given us both expert advice and opinion and has also shown great empathy and understanding. She is very transparent and is quick to clarify anything we have requested with a kind and polite manner.’

I work with Clare Milne and Michelle Meakin. Clare is a bright and tenacious solicitor who really fights for her clients. She is very tactically astute and extremely well prepared. Michelle is also very good and is great with her client handling skills. Both are good solicitors and a pleasure to work with.’

Girlings PI are a specialist outfit handling personal injury and clinical negligence claims. Albeit a relatively modest team, they have good work, seemingly largely serving their geographical region. They are a very personable firm and are led by two able and enthusiastic partners in Clare Milne and Michelle Meakin. The firm really do put the client first, which is not necessarily universally the case these days.’

The team is very knowledgeable about clinical negligence. Have a network of excellent medical experts. Fantastic secretarial support.’

Sue Man leaves no stones unturned in fighting the case for her client; she is always very clear with instructions; very available whenever I needed to ask questions and clarify points of law. She is also extremely efficient and very calm. It has always been a pleasure to receive instructions for her.’

Efficient and prompt delivery of service to clients and to medical expert witnesses. Attention to detail. Support to expert witnesses through ready availability for discussion and clarification.’

‘Sue Man was a pleasure to deal with, very down to earth, explaining the potential legal outcomes in terms which were understood. She is professional, caring, sympathetic and made herself available when contacted. She was honest and at no time misleading or giving false hopes. she conducted the case ensuring that aftercare to injuries and recovery were received.I would recommend Sue Man, especially when dealing with cases concerning young people and children.’

‘Michelle Meakin is a pleasure to work with; very down to earth and technically sound. Shantala Carr is very switched on and able to deal with the most serious of cases.’

Sue Man has been a godsend. My circumstances and injuries sustained have been very difficult to deal with. Sue has been a shining light and has assisted me throughout my claim. Her advice, experience, knowledge and her referrals to other professionals for my benefit are greatly appreciated and have been so helpful.’

Brian Cowell has excellent communication skills, was clear and constructive with his feedback. Brian kept me informed without delay, answered my worries and reassured me throughout the three years until the case was settled. I would and have recommended Girlings to others but specifically recommended Brian for personal injuries because of the outstanding support he delivered to me at such a sensitive time. I will never forget the support that Brian gave to me.’

Claire Milne is approachable, tenacious, tactically and strategically astute. Top-notch.’

Excellent team who communicates extremely well with partners. Timely responses to all communications and high-quality documentation presentation.’

Work highlights

  • Represented the 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 a suicide.
  • Acted for the claimant in an adult hypoxic brain injury case against East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust resulting in a settlement in excess of £8m.
  • Represented claimant in relation to failure to diagnose breast cancer.

Griffith Smith LLP

At Griffith Smith LLP, the team, led by Jenny Ray, handles a blend of both personal injury and clinical negligence matters. The group is experienced in assisting clients with brain injuries and orthopaedic injuries, as well as road traffic accidents and accidents at work on the personal injury side.

Practice head(s):

Jenny Ray

Hart Brown

Hart Brown's 'high quality' practice spans five offices, handling both clinical negligence and personal injury matters. Led out of Guildford by Gerard Sanders, the team handles road traffic accidents and liability claims for clients and has a track record of securing significant settlements.

Practice head(s):

Gerard Sanders

Testimonials

A small but high-quality team of lawyers who progress cases well and understand complex issues.’

Gerard Sanders has years of experience and can handle anything from clinical negligence to disease work, from million-pound claims to a low value, from House of Lords to County Court.

Small regional firm with excellent engagement.’

Gerard Sanders is very engaged and hard-working. Very focused on his client and winning.’

The level of diligence and patience is outstanding. No question has ever seemed tiresome, and every request or question is always responded to promptly.

Gerard Sanders has been handling a very complex case for me for the past few years, and has been fantastic at every stage. Always professional and sympathetic to the difficulties involved, whilst explaining the legal process with endless patience.’

Healys

Operating from Brighton, Healys' personal injury team has established itself as a strong local firm handling catastrophic and serious injury matters led by managing partner Dino Skinner. Trevor Henley oversees the personal injury practice and is noted for his extensive litigation expertise. The practice also has clinical negligence experience, with Jonathan Austen-Jones being the key name.

Lennons Solicitors

Lennons Solicitors' 'excellent' personal injury team, described as a 'well-run outfit' by clients, is experienced in undertaking brain injury matters and inquest work. Andrew King remains the key contact and handles all forms of liability claims, particularly employers' liability. Katarina Morgan is another key member of the group.

Practice head(s):

Andrew King

Other key lawyers:

Zaid Anwar; Katarina Morgan

Testimonials

Lennons combine good technical knowhow with a very personalised service to clients which makes for a very successful and impressively efficient legal service.’

‘Andrew King is excellent, hands-on and committed in his approach, and a tough negotiator too.’

‘I found the team to be reliable and friendly, they express patience and give a real sense of genuine care for my situation and the case as a whole. I am made to feel like an actual person rather than just another case number on a pile.

Andrew King cares about his clients. He is an excellent lawyer and a pleasure to deal with. Andrew also takes a practical approach to his cases.

Zaid Anwar is a very good young lawyer. He is well organised and responsive. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with him.’

An excellent local firm dealing with a variety of complex cases. I consider them to be a very professional and well-run outfit.’

Andrew King is an outstanding lawyer. Excellent with clients and experts and great at finding niche angles. I would strongly recommend him.’

Andrew acted with honesty and transparency throughout, adequately explaining each step of the process, the results of each part of the process and what that meant for our case.

Work highlights

  • Represented five-year-old girl who suffered a traumatic brain injury at birth in ongoing action against NHS Trust for negligence.
  • Successfully settled a claim for £2m on behalf of a client injured at work when a tipper crushed his leg causing life-changing injuries.
  • Represented a cyclist who suffered physical and brain injuries following collision with a car.

Marsons Solicitors

At Marsons Solicitors, the personal injury team is led by experienced practitioner Beth King, who has over thirty years of expertise in this field. The practice primarily handles accidents at work and also has some professional negligence experience.

Practice head(s):

Beth King

Pinney Talfourd LLP

Pinney Talfourd LLP's personal injury practice is jointly led by Stephen Green and Stephen Eccles. The team has a specialism in acting in high-value motor-related accidents, particularly serious motorcycle accident cases involving life-changing injuries and polytrauma. Industrial disease claims also feature in the workload. Kim Huggins is the standout member of the team, noted for her handling of complex gynaecological, cosmetic and cancer claims; clients describe her as a 'brilliant tactician'.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Green; Stephen Eccles

Other key lawyers:

Kim Huggins

Testimonials

‘Pinney Talfourd has a niche boutique clinical negligence department. Despite its relatively small size its expertise is second to none.’

Stephen Green is calm, analytical and pragmatic.’

‘Kim Huggins is a superstar of a solicitor whose determination to get the best result for every client ensures that she adds value to every case. A brilliant tactician and negotiator who is not afraid to fight but who usually doesn’t have to. Kim is, quite rightly, adored by clients and feared (but respected) by opponents.’

Stephen Green is very experienced and interacts in a calm and efficient way, giving clear advice.

Stephen Green is an exemplary legal professional. His knowledge of the law and its application, particularly pertaining to matters of personal injury, is remarkable. During our professional relationship, he would present to me complicated legal matters in a thorough and understandable format, particularly for a layman like myself, and knew at every turn how to respond to the opposition in the most effective manner.’

Stephen Green is tenacious, dedicated and calculating when seeking the best settlement for a claimant. I have not come an across injury lawyer with better knowledge of the unique needs of motorcycle related claims.’

Kim Huggins is a highly dedicated specialist with a passion for representing the victims of clinical negligence. Very skilled at explaining complex legal and medical issues to lay clients in a way that is easily understood. I would not hesitate to instruct her if I needed a clinical negligence solicitor.’

Kim Huggins is hugely knowledgeable and fierce litigator. Can always be relied upon to fight tooth and nail for her clients.’

Kim Huggins is very friendly and approachable, whilst maintaining professional relationships. This is a great firm to work with.

What makes Pinney Talfourd unique as a practice is their ability to make you feel understood and cared for despite them running a business and not a charity. They take the time to listen, respond to any questions you have in no time at all.’

Kim Huggins is really good to deal with. She is very helpful and explains exactly what is required in very clear terms. She is also extremely helpful and is flexible. Probably the most helpful and efficient lawyers that I deal with.’

Work highlights

  • Advised and represented a claimant at formal mediation to secure a settlement of £205,000, being three times the value of the original offer, in respect of visual impairment following substandard monitoring by an NHS Trust.
  • Represented the husband and young children of the deceased at inquest and thereafter pursued a clinical negligence claim against multiple defendants for failure to treat resulting in death, leading to a claim on behalf of the estate and dependants of the deceased.
  • 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-1950s, whilst he was employed by British Railways washing steam locomotives. A settlement was obtained of £175,000.

Taylor Rose TTKW

Taylor Rose TTKW acquired McMillan Williams in May 2020; the clinical negligence team includes Lauren Phillips, who specialises in obstetrics and gynaecology matters. The practice handles brain and spinal injury, cerebral palsy claims, as well as birth injury claims. Other key names include Nicola Mooney in Brighton and Jacqui Hayat in Sevenoaks.

Practice head(s):

Lauren Phillips

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Mooney; Jacqui Hayat