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The 'highly competent and client-centered' asb law LLP is 'the pre-eminent firm in the South of England for catastrophic brain injury work', of which the 'close-knit, multi-disciplinary team' has an 'excellent understanding'; it 'offers an impressive standard of service for vulnerable and challenging clients', with 'each case being treated with the utmost respect and dedication, no matter its size'. Other focus areas include fatalities, road traffic accidents, employment liability and injuries caused by defective products. Clients recommend 'highly experienced, knowledgeable and friendly' practice lead Francis Lacy Scott and 'driven and capable' partner Jonathan Clement , as well as 'highly supportive' solicitor Victoria Hubbert . Associate and 'fantastic negotiator' Dominique Parker joined from Thomson Snell & Passmore in November 2017.

'Excellent regional firm' Boyes Turner's 'talented and motivated' personal injury department 'has a strong presence and deserved national reputation, particularly in asbestos and other industrial disease claims'. Other specialisms include head and spinal injuries arising from road traffic and cycle accidents, and fatal cases, as well as other physical injuries sustained during accidents at work and in public places or via the use of defective products. The practice lead, 'fearless litigator and astute tactician' Kim Smerdon, settled a £750,000 case for a claimant who fell into a life-threatening coma and suffered a severe brain injury after their car was hit by the defendant's vehicle. Another highlight was a fatal mesothelioma matter, in which Smerdon successfully represented a family in its £1.1m loss-of-dependency claim. 'Thorough, professional and compassionate' senior associate Laura Magson is also highly recommended by clients for her 'long-standing reputation for achieving success in difficult asbestos cases'. Other noted individuals are partner Claire Roantree, who has 'great judgement and a brilliant manner with clients', and 'organised and client-focused' associate Peter Olszewski.

The 'professional, knowledgeable and pragmatic' personal injury practice of 'well-established firm' BL Claims Solicitors 'maintains its strong regional presence well in a challenging market' and 'increases its geographical spread'. The team covers life-changing brain and spinal cord injury, industrial disease and fatal cases, with special expertise in military, cycling accident and employment liability claims, as well as injuries involving animals. Clients recommend 'committed' senior associate and practice head James Wood, who has 'a calm and measured approach, but with a cutting-edge intellect' and is renowned for his 'specialist knowledge of industrial diseases and work-related upper-limb disorders', associate Julia Prior, who is 'calm and fights hard for her clients', and senior legal executive Julie Donovan, who is a 'real talent'. Associate Deborah Lewis is another name to note, while clinical negligence partner John White acts as supervising partner. The previous team lead David Healy left for Stewarts Law LLP at the end of 2017.

Coffin Mew LLP is 'a regional firm with the expertise of any national player in top-end personal injury work', with 'high levels of client support, knowledge and commitment' shown by the team. It consists of 'meticulous and easy-to-talk-to' partner Sue Bowler and solicitor Chris Unsworth, who specialise, respectively, in catastrophic injury and asbestos disease matters. A 'leading authority on catastrophic personal injury matters', Bowler continued to represent a Royal Marine in his multi-million-pound claim against the Ministry of Defence, brought after he contracted Q fever while serving in Afghanistan and became wheelchair-bound and in need of constant care. Unsworth, who is recommended for his 'efficient case preparation and a sensible, practical approach to litigation', successfully handled a £600,000 mesothelioma claim for the widow of the deceased in a four-day trial.

The personal injury department at Hertfordshire boutique firm Collins Solicitors covers road traffic accident, industrial disease, employers' liability, general transport and group claims. Recent highlights include the representation of the family of a pensioner who was knocked down on the road by an uninsured scooter rider, sustaining brain damage (including memory problems), respiratory failure, rib fractures and a laceration to the liver, and subsequently needed to move into a care home; the case resulted in a £205,000 settlement. In a different matter, the team acted for a machinist who lost two fingers in a work accident and suffered PTSD and anxiety, settling the claim against his employer for £785,000. Partners Des Collins and Danielle Holliday, as well as solicitor Anna Murduck, are the key contacts.

The 'first-rate' personal injury department of 'excellent regional firm' Dean Wilson LLP 'has a good team ethic, goes the extra mile for every client' and 'punches above its weight with good quality work, including heavy brain injury cases and rehabilitative support, both of which it excels in'. Other areas of expertise include spinal cord injuries, amputations and severe eye injuries. In a recent highlight, 'very bright, friendly and hardworking star associate' Alex Brown, 'tenacious and shrewd tactician' Frances Pierce, who also offers alternative dispute resolution and provides 'excellent client care', and associate Pardeep Gill settled a long-running amputation claim, which had arisen out of the claimant's involvement in a road traffic accident, for a sum of £2m. Consultant Sam Elsby , who brings experience concerning brain injuries in children and adolescents, accidents abroad and work accidents in the construction industry, and solicitor Katie Tizzard joined from Elsby Solicitors in February 2018.

The 'excellent' personal injury team at IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) impresses with its 'attention to detail, client-focused approach, above-average commitment, decisive and timely communication and organisation', with special emphasis on brain and spinal injury, child abuse, chronic pain conditions, industrial diseases, psychological damage and product liability class actions. Partner Malcolm Underhill and senior solicitor Simon Pimlott, who both 'appear methodical, experienced and efficient, as well as having an empathic understanding of the client's situation', represented a claimant who suffered from severe brain and orthopaedic injuries as a passenger in a car accident.

The personal injury department at the 'excellent' Irwin Mitchell is 'always professional, proactive and well liked by clients, case managers and therapy teams'. It is best known for handling brain, spinal cord and orthopaedic injury claims, as well as industrial disease, military and fatal accident cases. On the partner level, asbestos disease lawyer Guy Darlaston, serious injury solicitor Claire Howard and 'approachable, fair-but-firm' military injuries adviser Andrew Buckham are the key contacts. Other names to note are associates Ruth Johnson and Nicola Maier. The team can refer clients to other experts within the firm, such as the Court of Protection, client liaison management, trust and probate, asset management, employment, community care, education, immigration and family practices; the firm can also provide forensic road traffic advice.

The 'exceptional' Moore Blatch LLP is 'one of the best firms in the region dealing with spinal cord injury work, achieving some outstanding results in this area'. Other key areas of activity are brain, eye and brachial plexus injuries, as well as severe burns, amputation, loss of limb and fatal claims. In a highlight of 2017, senior partner Damian Horan, who has 'exceptional professional knowledge, competence and compassion', represented a claimant who sustained severe brain, orthopaedic and facial injuries after being hit by a car when she was crossing the road via a pedestrian crossing. Clients further recommend head of major trauma Trevor Sterling, who stands out for his 'good judgement and ability to immediately identify the necessities of a claim', partner Matthew Claxson, who is noted for his 'great attention to detail', and 'good communicator' James Glasper . Associate solicitor Martin Usher joined from BL Claims Solicitors in May 2017.

The 'deeply knowledgeable and experienced' personal injury practice of Royds Withy King 'is a leader in its field', uses a 'forward-thinking approach' and has gained 'an exceptional reputation in the local area'. Its team is 'one of the best to work with', as 'clients get access to a depth of lawyers across a large geographical area' and 'papers are handed in on time and put together very well'. The team's areas of expertise include brain and spinal cord injuries, as well as claims regarding asbestos-related diseases, fatal accidents, chronic pain syndrome, cycling, travel and foreign accidents, and injuries involving animals. Neurological and paediatric claims partner Tracy Norris-Evans is also responsible for deputyship matters.  She heads the team together with 'dedicated' spinal injury lawyer Ian Carrier. In a recent highlight, Richard Brooks represented a claimant in a county court trial and appeal to the High Court concerning compensation of £1m for the memory and concentration problems he sustained while working as a stable boy and falling from a spooked horse. 'Savvy asbestos litigation star' Helen Childs and 'thorough and knowledgeable' associate Rachel James are acting for a claimant who was exposed to asbestos in the 1980s before emigrating to Australia, and was recently diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma.

The 'professional, supportive and empathic' department at 'outstanding firm' Thomson Snell & Passmore 'makes each client feel like its number-one priority' and is 'a safe pair of hands in high-value personal injury matters', providing 'specialist knowledge and realistic advice'. The team is renowned for its brain injury case work, while also handling orthopaedic, industrial disease and neurological matters. 'Superb' partner Graham Bell is recommended for his 'excellent client care, responsiveness and sound assessment'. 'Erudite' senior associate Jonathan Herbert has 'a strong client focus'. Oliver Chapman, who is also a senior associate, is the third key member of the practice.

'One of the best all-round firms in the South', Trethowans LLP fields a 'top-tier' personal injury practice that is still 'small enough to offer a personal service'. It handles complex head, spinal and orthopaedic injury cases, as well as industrial disease matters and fatal claims resulting from accidents at work, in public places and road traffic. The 'hugely experienced' Gavin Lane leads the team. Partner Chris Whiteley is recommended for his 'experience, common sense and good client care' in employers' liability and asbestos-related claims, while partner Tom Hartigan has 'good specialist knowledge in head and spinal injury matters' and James Braund offers 'broad experience and persistent support'. 'Outstandingly good' solicitor Rhiannon Daniel is 'committed to achieving the best for clients'.

'Very good firm' Barlow Robbins LLP's 'first-rate' personal injury practice 'deserves recognition for its quality of work', 'thorough case preparation' and 'excellent level of client care'. Its major focus lies on catastrophic injuries to the brain and spine, as well as musculoskeletal conditions and amputations which were the result of road traffic or employment accidents or transport disasters. 'Very experienced' department lead Caroline Flashman 'constantly achieves settlements above expectations' and recently acted for an elderly man who suffered a brain injury and multiple fractures after the bus on which he was a passenger collided with a car. Chronic pain specialist Emma Potter, who 'goes the extra mile for clients', became a partner in 2017 and represented a claimant who developed CRPS through a soft-tissue injury on her thumb which was sustained at work. Clients further note key partner and 'good team player' Helen Goatley, as well as 'calm, exceptionally bright and insightful' senior associate Victoria Jones. Solicitor Natalie Hirst is recommended for her 'impressive grasp of claim details'.

'Top-class firm' Blaser Mills Law is 'one of the very best for personal injury in the South East', with a team of 'specialist lawyers' who provide 'great service'. Focus areas include head, brain and spinal injury claims. Clients recommend 'hardworking, precise and realistic' practice lead David Matthews and consultant Nicola Heales. Partner Julian Monk, chartered legal executive Andrew Castle and associate Kulvinder Bal are other names to note. While Tony Tillinton retired in March 2017, solicitor Victoria Harvey joined from Pattinson & Brewer later that year.

'One of the more organised, prepared and competent firms in the South East', Freeths LLP has a 'very efficient and client-focused' personal injury team which 'achieves good outcomes even in the riskier claims'. It handles brain injury, fatal, employers' liability and cycling matters. The core practice consists of 'very able, tactically savvy and easy-to-work-with' senior associate Irvin Thobourne, who is best known for cases involving the Motor Insurers' Bureau and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, and associate Amy Barnett, who specialises in liability claims.

The 'experienced and client-focused' personal injury department at Holmes & Hills delivers 'a tailored service that is nothing short of excellent' and is especially recommended for 'arranging quality rehabilitation for clients who were injured in no-fault accidents'. It 'handles a wide variety of claims', including road traffic accident, industrial disease, brain and spinal injury, and amputation cases. Niche expertise exists in claims concerning accidents that happened abroad and post-traumatic stress disorder. In a recent highlight,  'exceptional, competent and efficient' practice lead Jason Brady secured a settlement sum of £1.175m for a claimant who had a head-on car collision, which she later had no memory of, and thus sustained a traumatic brain injury, several fractures and surgery scars. The multi-track team also includes senior solicitor Dominic Graham and 'polite, responsive and understanding' senior chartered legal executive Anna Watson . Litigation executive Kamila Jaskula deals with a range of less complex cases.

Clients consider 'specialist law firm' Larcomes' 'knowledgeable and highly motivated' industrial disease practice to be 'first class'. Outstanding strengths include 'good case preparation' and the team members' 'great attentiveness and sympathy towards claimants who are often elderly and unwell'. In a recent highlight, Michael Osborne handled an employment mesothelioma claim for a 58-year-old woman who was exposed between the years 2000 and 2016, during which time it was her task to load plastic sheets into an oven lined with broken asbestos sheets. 'Experienced' partner Richard Hopgood, who has 'excellent client-handling skills', heads the department.

The  personal injury department at Nockolds Solicitors is 'vastly experienced and knowledgeable, with excellent client skills', especially concerning brain and spinal injuries. Recent highlights include a young girl's £28m to £30m claim for severe brain and orthopaedic injuries after she was hit by a car, resulting in the need for constant care for the foreseeable future, as well as a £12m claim brought by a cyclist following a motor accident with a delivery driver which led to life-changing brain and orthopaedic injuries. Key team member and Court of Protection professional deputy Yasmin Ameer is recommended. Practice lead Jennie Jones also engages in alternative dispute resolution in the healthcare sector.

Penningtons Manches Cooper's personal injury team 'provides a very good, proactive service and achieves appropriate settlements', with particular expertise in brain injury, fatal accident, product liability, cosmetic treatment and foreign travel cases, as well as group litigation matters. A highlight of 2017 was an occupiers' liability claim, handled by department lead Philippa Luscombe, against a hospital trust concerning a catastrophic brain injury that the cognitively impaired claimant sustained when they attempted to leave hospital and consequently suffered a fall due to unsecured accesses and furniture placed adjacent to safety rails. Senior associates Lucie Prothero and Charles O'Brien make up the rest of the core team, while partner Mark Lee heads the international travel claims department.

The personal injury department of 'nationwide firm' Shoosmiths LLP is a 'reliable performer' with a 'deserved and excellent market reputation', consisting of 'experienced practitioners with solid risk assessment, a proven record of success and a sympathetic understanding of their clients' needs'. It is best known for its work on cases involving brain and spinal cord injuries, as well as skeletal fracture, amputation, chronic pain condition, scarring, industrial disease, workplace cancer, dermatitis and noise-induced hearing loss claims. In a recent highlight, 'bright, capable and shrewd tactician' Rose Donoghue, who 'takes a no-nonsense approach with defendants', secured a settlement sum of over £3m for a claimant who lost his ability to walk due to brain, spinal and multiple fracture injuries sustained in a road traffic accident when his stationary vehicle was hit by a lorry. Other notable individuals include Garret Spring, senior associate Paul Ashurst and solicitor Anjali Kanish, 'a formidable force who quickly gets to grips with her claims'.

'Leading firm' White Dalton Motorcycle Solicitors' 'competent and experienced personal injury staff puts the interests of injured motorcyclists at the forefront of its business' and provides an 'unmatched, exemplary service' with 'in-depth knowledge of motoring law and related injuries, as well as strong connections to top medical experts and surgeons who help to promote the client's recovery'. The team has specialist expertise in areas including damage to soft-skinned vehicles, sliding motorcycle friction co-efficient and variables, pedestrian throw, helmet ejection, and impact of brakes and tyres, as well as details of the physics of motorcycle collisions. The team typically handles whiplash, amputation, paraplegic and fatal cases, as well as heavy brain, orthopaedic and spinal cord injury work, on both a national and international level. 'Highly experienced, realistic and pragmatic' senior partner Andrew Dalton leads the team. Clients also recommend 'professional' partner Andrew Prendergast, who 'has very good interpersonal skills, empathy and understanding'.  Martyn Dey and Gavin Grewal made partner in 2017.

Attwaters Jameson Hill Solicitors is an 'extremely able, experienced and approachable firm for claimant clients in personal injury cases'. The department covers workplace injury, industrial disease, noise-induced hearing loss and fatal cases, and has further niche experience in child and adult abuse, stress and bullying, product liability, actions against the police and international matters. Partner Joanne Westbrook, who is 'sensitive to clients' concerns while providing an excellent service', is recommended. Catastrophic injury partner Sheenagh Parsons heads the team, which also comprises fluent Polish, Russian, Panjabi, Urdu and Hindi speakers who assist native speakers resident in the UK with their claims.

The personal injury department at Birkett Long LLP covers employers' and public liability, road traffic accident, occupational disease and fatality claims. Niche experience exists in stress at work and child abuse matters. In 2017, Chelmsford-based associate Nadina Edmondson settled a £100,000 claim for a pensioner who sustained multiple orthopaedic fractures in a head-on road traffic collision. Associate Tracy England is the key contact in Colchester.

BTMK Solicitors' personal injury department in Southend handles both multi- and fast-track matters, including work and road traffic accident and public liability claims, as well as cases concerning criminal abuse and fatalities. The practice also offers rehabilitation and Court of Protection support. Director Johanne Turner and senior solicitor Ruth Hemingway are the key practitioners for complex injury cases, while solicitor Shefa Begum works on fast-track matters. Managing director Alan Bacon is continuing to support the team in his new counsel role from April 2018 onwards.

Clarkson Wright & Jakes' 'impressive' personal injury department is characterised by 'an interesting and diverse stream of work', 'a dedicated service', 'good value for money' and 'excellent quality throughout'. Focus areas include serious brain, spinal, loss-of-limb and chronic pain injuries sustained at work or in road traffic accidents, public places or accidents abroad. The team further handles claims involving tripping injuries, fatal accidents, stress at work and harassment, as well as actions against the police. In 2017, the team acted on a £1m traffic collision claim against an uninsured driver involving a claimant who was a pillion passenger on a motorcycle and sustained severe brain injuries and post-traumatic amnesia. 'Thorough and extremely experienced' practice lead David Greenhalgh, 'diligent and pragmatic' partner Alex Wormald and 'well-prepared' associate Michelle Easton are recommended.

The 'small, but well-run and competent' personal injury practice of 'long-established firm' Debenhams Ottaway 'has a good reputation', particularly for its 'consistently excellent service, quality of care and level of attention paid to cases'. The team's major focus area is employment-related accidents, including manual handling and work at heights, resulting in complex orthopaedic injuries or amputations; it also covers slips, trips and falls, occupiers' and public liability, road traffic accidents and fatal cases. 'Very experienced, committed and reliable' key practitioner Howard Kent represented a claimant who suffered a spinal injury while working in production on a film set, and further acted for a construction worker who suffered pelvic, hip, leg, ankle, abdominal and psychiatric injuries in a £150,000 claim against his employer and the main contractor company on site.

A 'market-leading team in the South East', DMH Stallard LLP fields a 'highly professional and knowledgeable' personal injury practice which 'delivers an excellent, bespoke service, with great understanding of its claimants'. It handles spinal injuries, industrial diseases, fatal claims and accidents happening at work, in public, abroad or in relation to road traffic, sport or faulty products. In 2017, the practice was instructed by a claimant who suffered life-changing injuries, leading to ongoing recovery needs, in a road traffic accident. 'Phenomenally effective adviser' and 'canny litigator' Tessa Grayson is the key contact.

The 'highly competent, hardworking and continually improving' personal injury department at Duncan Lewis Solicitors 'makes clients feel at ease' and 'fights hard for them', applying 'great tactical astuteness'. The team specialises in workplace, public liability, road traffic accident and disease claims involving serious injuries or fatalities. Practice lead Rebecca Thomas and Dalston-based partner Julie Leslie are recommended.

The 'excellent' Furley Page Solicitors' personal injury department is renowned for its 'level of communication, attention to detail, legal knowledge and client care'. It receives instructions for industrial disease, road traffic accident, slip and trip, sports injury, work accident, and product, occupiers' and public liability claims, as well as matters involving animals, accidents at sea and the Human Rights Act. Recent highlights include the representation of a former professional cricketer who suffered a severe knee injury, and is now in need of a knee replacement, in their £120,000 claim, as well as the £98,000 settlement of a mesothelioma case for the estate of the deceased, who worked as a miner. Team lead Neille Ryan, senior associate Robert Harvey and chartered legal executive Ross Rowland are recommended.

Gardner Leader LLP's personal injury team has niche expertise in transport accidents and disasters, road traffic collisions and various aviation accidents. The practice also handles claims involving physical and psychological workplace injuries. Associate Andrew Shipp acted for a claimant who damaged their wrist and shoulder after falling over a box at work, leading to surgery and other treatments, as well as representing a man who was hit by a car, suffered internal bleeding and had to be brought back to life twice on his way to the hospital. Partner Alastair Goggins serves as head of dispute resolution.

The personal injury team at Griffith Smith LLP is best known for handling fatal accident, brain injury, historic abuse and children claims. Partner Jennifer Ray is the key contact. In 2017, she settled a six-figure claim for a woman who was injured by a collapsing parasol at work, resulting in a head injury which caused post-concussional headaches, positional vertigo and hyperacusis.

Hart Brown is 'first-class in personal injury' and 'attracts high-value claims that are handled with measure and skill', thus 'putting clients at ease'. 'Excellent and highly professional' key partner Gerard Sanders has experience in occupiers', employers' and public liability claims, as well as road traffic accidents. The team also handles Court of Protection deputyships in relation to past case settlements. Recommended associate Isabel Bathurst  joined from Pierre Thomas & Partners in June 2017. Consultant Marek Bednarczyk retired in 2017.

'Vigorous and well-led Brighton firm' Healys 'is a growing and meaningful force in the personal injury market', with a special focus on industrial disease, cyclist and fatal accident claims. Clients recommend partner Trevor Henley, who is 'beyond compare as a litigator: fast, sharp as a knife and successful', as well as 'resourceful and capable' managing partner Dino Skinner. Motorcyclist accident and traumatic brain injury lawyer Jonathan Austen-Jones is the third key team member.

The 'amazing' personal injury team at Lennons Solicitors 'tirelessly' provides 'simply excellent, smooth and client-focused services, with second-to-none knowledge, regular updates and exceptional attention to detail'. Particular expertise exists in employers', occupiers' and public liability matters, as well as road traffic accident claims. In a recent highlight, 'strong negotiator' and key contact Andrew King , who 'controls each case to the client's best advantage', settled a six-figure claim for a young man who was a passenger in a high-speed car collision, resulting in multiple physical injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. Another important case was the representation of a woman whose partner was fatally injured at work in her six-figure schedule-of-loss claim. King is further recommended for his 'nerves of steel, judgement and the ability to construct a case out of very little'. Solicitor Katarina Morgan engages in fast-track matters, as well as supporting King on high-value claims.

Marsons Solicitors' personal injury practice 'delivers services to a very high, effective standard, clear advice and robust representation'. It mainly handles employers' liability claims concerning manual handling, tripping and slipping accidents at work, work at heights, defective equipment, repetitive strain injuries and product liability. Other areas of focus include public liability and road traffic accidents. In 2017, 'forceful, professional and concise' partner Beth King acted in a product liability claim for a client who needed eye removal surgery after they injured it with a defective orbital sander bought from a DIY retailer. Another current highlight is the representation of a former gas engineer, who worked with Asbestolux in the 1960s, in his pleural plaques claim. Tamsin Day left in July 2017 in order to practice on a freelance basis.

The personal injury team at Morrisons Solicitors LLP is best known for handling liability, road traffic accident and schedule-of-loss claims, especially in connection with acquired brain injuries. Partner Kathy Fitzgerald and solicitor James Fitzpatrick, who joined from his previous NHS in-house position in 2017, are the key practitioners.

Pinney Talfourd LLP's personal injury practice specialises in motorcycle accidents and industrial disease matters, as well as covering general road traffic accidents and employers' and public liability claims involving life-changing or fatal injuries. Recent highlights include the representation of a deceased claimant who was diagnosed with diffuse mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos during his railway employment in the 1950s, as well as a motorcycle accident claim for an elderly pedestrian who was knocked down while crossing a road at night, sustaining multiple fractures and a possible head injury. 'Real heavyweight' Stephen Green, who brings 'exceptional professionalism, outstanding performance under a time restraint, simple explanations and good legal knowledge', and litigation partner Stephen Eccles are the lead members of the team.

'Go-to firm' Tees Law fields a 'first-rate, organised, efficient and client-driven' personal injury practice which 'manages to blend traditional values with a modern approach' and 'provides an excellent and dedicated service'. The team typically handles claims relating to employers', public and product liability, historic sexual abuse, fatalities, and industrial diseases, as well as military and road traffic accident cases. The highlights of 2017 included a social worker's work-related stress and psychiatric injury claim, which was settled for £152,500, as well as the representation of a claimant who suffered from a head injury, vertigo, dizziness and post-traumatic amnesia after a head-on car collision. Clients recommend 'extremely experienced and capable' partner David Jacobs , who 'has a reassuring manner and a good understanding of the merits and risks of settlement terms', and paralegal Nicola Holtham .

Thompson Smith and Puxon is 'a top firm for personal injury claims in this geographical area and beyond'; its 'competent and pleasant' personal injury team provides 'excellent service'. The lawyers cover claims involving road traffic accidents, employment liability, trips and slips, defective products and accidents on private premises. Special expertise exists in work environment diseases, repetitive strain injuries and psychiatric shock matters. Clients recommend 'experienced and sensible' partner Steve Webb, associate solicitor Clare Sheeran and solicitor Sam Welham, all of whom are considered 'hardworking'.

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