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Personal injury: claimant in South East

Boyes Turner

Boyes Turner enjoys a first-rate reputation on the personal injury front, specialising in maximum severity catastrophic injury claims, including head and brain injuries, amputation, spinal injury, and complex trauma with associated psychological issues. Kim Milan heads the personal injury team, focusing her practice on securing significant compensation for clients with acquired brain damage, spinal injuries and major trauma. 'Top-notch solicitor' Claire Roantree is a key contact for workplace injury claims and accidents on the roads. The 'outstanding' Laura Magson leads the mesothelioma and asbestos disease team and is both an APIL accredited senior litigator and an APIL accredited asbestos disease specialist.

Practice head(s):

Kim Milan; Laura Magson

Other key lawyers:

Claire Roantree


‘We worked with Claire Roantree who was fantastic and we cannot praise her and her team enough for the hard work they put into our case. Claire was very knowledgeable in her field and showed patience and compassion in frustrating situations.’

‘Laura Magson is outstanding, she is so kind, very hard working, attentive to detail always goes that extra mile and won a good settlement for my husband, we would definitely recommend Boyes Turner and especially Laura Magson to anyone needing help, especially in the field of Industrial Injuries.’

‘The asbestos team at Boyes Turner is second to none. They have a wealth of talent and experience. They are a pleasure to work with and work hard to obtain the best results for their client.’

‘Laura Magson is an outstanding lawyer willing to take on difficult cases and win them.

‘Kim Milan is a very experienced and effective PI lawyer. She is very practical in approach and fights hard for her clients.’

‘One of the best regional firms, delivering high quality results in a whole range of PI cases. The team is ably led by the highly regarded and impressive Kim Milan and capable of dealing with high value and complex PI claims as well as lower value cases. A definite leader in the field.’

‘Kim Milan  leads the PI department with real flair. The team is efficient, market-aware and very well run. Kim is undoubtedly one of the the best Claimant PI litigators in the business. Very client focused and a tough negotiator.’

Collins Solicitors

Collins Solicitors is described as a 'thoughtful and hardworking boutique firm which always put clients first' and acts on complex, high-value and multi-party claims in the personal injury space. Des Collins heads up the department and has a demonstrably strong track record for complex claims alongside civil and group litigation. Danielle Holliday  is another key contact at partner level.

Practice head(s):

Des Collins

Other key lawyers:

Danielle Holliday; Anna Murduck; Julie Taberer

Enable Law

Enable Law maintains its strong influence in the South East on the personal injury side, with its offering including deep expertise in catastrophic injury as a result of a road traffic accidents alongside accidents at work, abuse, industrial disease and accidents abroad as well as military accidents. Alison McClure and Robert Antrobus jointly lead the team from Southampton and Plymouth respectively. Managing associate Eleanor Armstrong is well-experienced in the personal injury space, particularly on claims with an international element. Senior litigator Julia Prior deals with the full-spectrum of high level claims, and was praised for being 'very experienced in road accident claims and those involving catastrophic injury'.

Practice head(s):

Alison McClure; Robert Antrobus

Other key lawyers:

Eleanor Armstrong; Julia Prior; James Wood


‘James Wood has unrivalled knowledge of work related upper limb disorders and vast experience of workplace accidents. He is consistently tenacious in extracting maximum awards in cases and a fighter where others would settle.’

‘Julia Prior is very experienced in road accident claims and those involving catastrophic injury. She is approachable and supportive of clients but also practical and realistic in the advice given and approach taken.’

‘A dedicated team, with caring associates, able to handle complex and sophisticated cases.’

‘Julia Prior is best described as a safe pair of experienced hands. She understands the law and the litigation process thorough. She goes about achieving great results for her clients in a matter-of-fact way, that hides her depth of knowledge and experience.’

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell remains a market leader for high-complexity and critical seriousness personal injury cases, receiving praise as a an ‘entirely efficient and knowledgeable team’. Guy Darlaston leads the personal injury team and is known for his practice which handles complex mesothelioma claims. Regional head of serious injury Claire Howard  primarily represents clients who have suffered life-altering injuries. Nicola Maier  is the firm’s regional head of industrial disease and is a go-to name for all issues associated with diagnosis of an asbestos related disease. Andrew Buckham  is another important port of call for military injury claims.

Practice head(s):

Guy Darlaston; Claire Howard; Andrew Buckham; Nicola Maier

Other key lawyers:

Ruth Johnson; Lauren Haas


‘Irwin Mitchell continually demonstrates a highly impressive level of competency. Everyone in Irwin Mitchell treats you with the utmost respect and dignity.’

‘The team in Southampton has an extraordinary depth of expertise in asbestos claims.’

‘Nicola Maier is superb. She is a sharp intellect with an eye for detail, definitely someone you want on your team.

‘The team has a strong supportive approach. An excellent and highly personal service. Without exception, those with whom I have regular contact have outstanding people skills and are very conscientiousness.’

‘Ruth Johnson clearly has her clients’ best interests at heart.’

‘The lawyer that handled my claim was Guy Darlaston. He was extremely knowledgeable and professional at all times. He explained in detail each aspect of the claim throughout. His expertise with my type of claim was truly outstanding and he showed so much care and compassion from beginning to end.’

‘Discuss matters in an easy to understand manner for those with no legal knowledge’

‘Guy Darlaston was calm, understanding and took time to explain every step.’

Moore Barlow

Moore Barlow's personal injury offering is praised as a 'strong and diverse team with enormous experience and great strength in depth, with a well regarded and justly growing reputation - a real market leader'. In Southampton, dual qualified solicitor and barrister Damian Horan leads the serious injury team and works closely with charities concerned with brain and spinal cord injuries. Richmond's major trauma service is led by highly experienced practitioner Trevor Sterling. Emma Potter is another key name to note as head of serious injury in Guildford and Woking.

Practice head(s):

Damian Horan; Trevor Sterling; Emma Potter

Other key lawyers:

Helen Goatley; Matthew Claxson; Fadwa Errhioui


‘The team is exceptionally dedicated, always instructs excellent experts and does a really detailed and thorough job in large complex cases’

‘Fadwa Errhioui and Damian Horan are partners I can highly recommend.’

‘Now the pre-eminent firm in the South East outside of London which regularly represents claimants who have suffered catastrophic PI. They have huge breadth and depth at all levels of seniority and are also doing great work in terms of promoting diversity in the workplace.’

‘Matthew Claxson’s calmness and coolness in the most challenging of circumstances is a credit to him and an asset to his clients. A seasoned and wily litigator but one who fully embraces collaborative working to get the best results for his clients.

‘Emma Potter has towering knowledge, is a great strategist and creates warm client relationships.’

‘Matthew Claxson is a visionary leader of his team at Moore Barlow. His commitment to his clients is unrivalled and he goes above and beyond to secure the best possible outcomes for them. He is totally committed and works incredibly hard.’

‘Matthew Claxson is an excellent leader. The whole team are excellent.’

‘I never fail to be impressed by their grasp of the issues as well as their client care.’

Nockolds Solicitors

Coming highly recommended for its ‘very personal service and excellent knowledge’, Nockolds Solicitors is vastly experienced on all aspects of personal injury work and also frequently handles Court of Protection matters, acting for vulnerable clients. Seasoned practitioner Yasmin Ameer heads the department. Jennie Jones handles complex personal injury cases whilst also heading the firm’s resolution division, which delivers ADR for complaints and claims made by clients, patients and consumers in regulated sectors.

Practice head(s):

Yasmin Ameer; Jennie Jones


‘The team at Nockolds, from the receptionists to the partners, are all there for you when you need them most. After such life changing events, this firm have been a rock, always so empathetic and understanding. Throughout the whole process my family have been treated with honesty and respect. No matter how tough the situation, Nockolds will get you though. If the worst has happened, you need Nockolds!’

‘Very personal service, excellent knowledge, reliable and personable.’

‘I could not possibly list all of the amazing humans at Nockolds whom have been there for my mum and dad. Honestly, they’re all top tier.’

‘I would like to again thank Yasmin Ameer, Yasmin really is so deserving of her top tier status, so calm and collected.’

‘Jennie Jones has always been there if we needed her. Jennie has a way of explaining things so that us lay folk can really get our heads around the bigger picture. Honest, efficient and yet still so very human. Thanks Jennie, we look forward to all of our dealings with you.’

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's core workstream in the personal injury space covers catastrophic, multiple and fatal injuries but the team also offers other niche areas of expertise across product liability, elderly care and cosmetic treatment claims, as well as cases that overlap both personal injury and clinical negligence. Guildford-based Philippa Luscombe heads the practice and specialises in high value brain injury and fatal accident cases.


Practice head(s):

Philippa Luscombe

Other key lawyers:

Mark Lee; Andrew Clayton


‘Philippa Luscombe is not only approachable and delightful but has a national reputation in dealing with complex brain and spinal injury and fatal accident claims. Andrew Clayton, also in the Guildford office, is switched on and down-to-earth.’

‘A diverse team who show a high level of empathy whilst clearly knowing their subject very well.’

‘Philippa Luscombe is outstanding and the go-to person for complex and challenging cases where catastrophic injuries have been sustained. She has excellent powers of analysis and sound judgement. She gives careful consideration to her cases and ensures her clients are kept informed at all key stages.’

‘ They are very professional and are focused on getting the right outcome.’

‘Accessible and approachable.’

‘Kind and approachable – client centred.’

Work highlights

  • Acted on a personal injury claim arising out of an RTA where the claimant suffered multiple injuries had to undergo one lower limb amputation early in the claim and had the other lower limb amputation four years after the accident.
  • Acted on a personal injury claim for a young man in his 20s arising out of an RTA as a result of which he suffered a spinal cord injury and was left paralysed.
  • Brought a successful claim on behalf of a protected party which was heavily disputed on both liability and causation.

RWK Goodman

RWK Goodman - the result of the 2022 merger of Royds Withy King and Goodman Derrick - is recognised for its catastrophic injury work, particularly acquired brain injury and paediatric cases, alongside spinal cord injury work. Tracy Norris-Evans heads the injury division and specialises in claims of maximum severity, specifically neurological and paediatric cases. Ian Carrier  is personal injury team leader in the Thames Valley with over 25 years experience in the space. For industrial disease claims, Helen Childs  and Rachel James are the key points of contact as the national head of the asbestos unit, and the Oxford industrial disease team leader respectively.

Practice head(s):

Tracy Norris-Evans; Ian Carrier; Helen Childs; Rachel James

Other key lawyers:

Mark Walters


‘The industrial disease team at RWK Goodman are second to none. They have a wealth of knowledge and years of expertise.’

‘Rachel James continues to impress. Her knowledgebase is impressive and she’s not afraid of a fight.’

‘The huge growth of this team over the last three years is a clear illustration of how they are getting things right – they are extremely client-focused and are fearless in taking on cases. The partners are fantastic team leaders who have brought through many younger solicitors to senior associate level.’

Work highlights

  • Instructed on a claim where XY was tragically rendered Tetraplegic after being involved in a motor collision in circumstances where the driver was uninsured.
  • Successfully concluded claim within 7 months of Mr C’s diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma. This included an early interim payment and final Order which included provision for any future private treatment that Mr C might require, as well as significant sum for financial and services dependency for Mr C’s co-habiting partner.


The key names at Shoosmiths LLP are national personal injury head Christopher McKinney and national medical negligence head Phil Barnes. The team collaborates with the wider firm's employment and Court of Protection teams to provide a holistic approach to client care that centres upon rehabilitation. The group’s work in the space covers complex, high-value claims, with a notable focus on alternative dispute resolution. Experienced litigator Paul Ashurst represents clients on severe injury claims and complex liability issues.

Practice head(s):

Christopher McKinney; Phil Barnes

Other key lawyers:

Paul Ashurst

Thomson Snell & Passmore

Thomson Snell & Passmore's personal injury and clinical negligence team is headed up by Fiona Follis and is lauded for its 'considerable experience and depth of knowledge'. Graham Bell  is a key name on critical seriousness brain injury cases involving both adults and children. Oliver Chapman specialises in industrial disease litigation, and the majority of the caseload comprises of brain, audio-vestibular, multiple orthopaedic and psychiatric injuries.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Follis

Other key lawyers:

Graham Bell; Oliver Chapman


‘Since my very first meeting at Thomas Snell & Passmore I have been impressed by the friendly, knowledgeable and approachable manner of everyone I have worked with. Oliver Chapman’s team are always prompt to reply to any of my queries and questions. Since day one, I have been made to feel at ease – legal processes and terms are always explained in a coherent and transparent way.’

‘Oliver Chapman is a friendly, knowledgeable and approachable solicitor who has always maintained detailed knowledge of my case. It always impresses me that no matter when I ring, he always knows who I am and will answer any question linked to my individual case without hesitating. His advice is always transparent and clear and he will always take time to explain any legal terms or procedures that I am unsure of in a clear and easy to understand manner.’

‘Working with TS&P has been a real pleasure right from the start. They are professional, efficient, communicative, knowledgeable and more importantly, warm, kind and compassionate. Legal cases are complex and scary and often happen in a period where the client is experiencing a difficult, traumatic time. At times like these, being supported by a team who understands these complexities and knows how to navigate them with the client’s best interest at heart makes the difference between a client who is able to stay the course and those who fall away. I can not emphasise the importance of clear and open communication and TS&P are wonderful at that.’

Trethowans LLP

Trethowans LLP is praised as a ‘powerhouse south coast firm that maintains the feel of a local firm whilst providing services of an exceptional quality’ meaning it is well placed to provide 'high quality, reliable regional service in personal injury'. John Hall heads up the practice group; he is well known for his expertise in complex asbestos disease cases - acting for the victims of mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer, asbestosis, and pleural thickening. Chris Whiteley and Gavin Lane are key names at partner level for catastrophic injury cases, particularly head and spinal.

Practice head(s):

John Hall

Other key lawyers:

Chris Whiteley; Gavin Lane; James Braund; Frances Gillet


‘The personal injury team has strength and depth. It is hard-working and progressive, delivering consistently high-quality client care.’

‘This is a fantastic firm. Clients enjoy first class facilities and legal advice, with experienced and well trained lawyers. They are tireless in getting good results for their personal injury clients and handle really big cases with no difficulty.’

‘Trethowans provide a high quality, reliable regional service in personal injury. There is good interrelationship between modern well equipped offices in Poole, Southampton and Salisbury to provide facilities local to clients across a wide area. In my experience they operate at the higher end of the regional practices.’

‘Chris Whiteley demonstrates sound judgement and excellent case preparation to install client confidence and efficient outcomes. James Braund is a rising star. He has a good nose for a successful argument in a case and is a tenacious advocate for his clients. Frances Gillett is very approachable and supportive of clients.’

‘Chris Whiteley is pragmatic and with good judgement. Not afraid to run with difficult cases.’

‘The team is exceptionally thorough and responsive. Their ability to handle tricky clients is second to none. They are a top quality PI firm.’

‘Fran Gillett. Superb attention to detail backed up by excellent judgement on each case.’

‘Frances Gillett is highly competent and knowledgeable with unparalleled client care. Great communication and good team player.’

Dean Wilson LLP

Dean Wilson LLP handles both personal injury and clinical negligence cases from its long-established base in Brighton, and is known as 'an excellent regional firm which can be trusted with the heaviest of cases'. Alex Brown heads up the team - he is described as 'wise well beyond his years.... rivalling the most experienced solicitors in the field'. He works alongside the formidable Frances Pierce and well-regarded senior chartered legal executive Ben Davey - 'an up and coming lawyer taking on cases of increasing complexity and value and doing them really well.'

Practice head(s):

Alex Brown

Other key lawyers:

Ben Davey; Frances Pierce


‘In my experience of this practice, they are thorough, well organised and appear to leave no stone unturned in their attention and preparation of cases. It is evident that they hold a particular specialism in PI and CN cases.’

‘I work regularly with Alex Brown and Ben Davey. I find them both to be highly professional, and clear and concise. I find that they, along with all other more junior members of their team that I have dealings with, are approachable and open, which helps establish a proactive and efficient approach.’

‘Ben Davey thinks outside the box – he sees and acknowledges my struggles.’

‘Small but perfectly formed team – all very able and very committed lawyers with high standards driven from top down, but with a human touch that is integral to the type of work the department does and the clients they work with.’

‘I would highlight Alex Brown in particular – he is knowledgeable, industrious, has good tactical awareness and is an absolute pleasure to work with. Lawyers would have a better reputation if there were more people like him in the profession.’

‘Alex Brown has personal experience with the complexities of people with certain disabilities which has been very helpful in preparing me for future issues that I may not have considered.’

‘Frances Pierce is a formidable lawyer. She combines enormous knowledge, experience and tenacity with emotional intelligence and empathy.

‘Alex Brown is a real star. His insight is second to none: he knows exactly what needs to happen to bring a claim to a successful conclusion and quite simply gets the job done. He is wise well beyond his years and rivals the most experienced solicitors in the field. He is a pleasure to work with.’

Work highlights

  • Set up a compensation scheme for victims David Fuller worth in excess of £10,000,000 for over 150 victims.

DMH Stallard LLP

DMH Stallard LLP's personal injury group is led by Tessa Grayson and handles a wide range of claims, with catastrophic injuries, fatal accidents, inquests and accidents at work being particular areas of specialism for the team that is commended for 'its client-centred approach and ability to provide astute advice even in the most difficult of cases'. Catherine Smith is highly experienced and focuses on serious road traffic accident, cyclist claims, accidents at work and criminal injuries claims.

Practice head(s):

Tessa Grayson

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Smith; Julie Payne


‘Tessa Grayson is very caring, extremely efficient and she has always gone above and beyond our expectations. She answers phone calls and emails promptly and often after hours. We have always felt valued and she always includes our daughter in her care.’

‘I always felt like an individual and not just another client. I was kept fully informed of the progression of my case, whether it was 9am or 11pm. Tessa was always willing to listen to my point of view and ensured I always fully understood the implications of any decisions taken. Always felt like my best interests were very important to them.’

‘Tessa Grayson has been absolutely fantastic, could not have asked to deal with a nicer and more compassionate person but at the same time knowing she has to carry out her legal responsibilities to me. Has always made me feel at ease and not afraid to speak up if I ether don’t understand or disagree with something.’

‘They have lead me every step of the way, keeping me updated in a professional and timely manner.’

‘DMH are known for their client-centred approach and their ability to provide astute advice even in the most difficult of cases. The team are experienced in handling personal injury claim both at home and overseas and are highly knowledgeable in the personal injury arena.’

‘Tessa Grayson places her clients at the heart of everything she does. She is extremely personable in her approach, and is able to explain complex issues to her clients with ease. She is well versed in personal injury work and is one of the key players in this area, often securing settlements in challenging cases.’

Duncan Lewis Solicitors

Duncan Lewis Solicitors is known for its 'hardworking, client focused' and diverse team, attracting praise for its 'collaborative attitude', which means that 'working with the team is a dream'. The key names are Rebecca Thomas, who handles both personal injury and clinical negligence cases, and Renu Daly, who focuses on clinical negligence while also having expertise in the area of abuse. Daly - who was previously head of legal services for a multi-site acute NHS Hospital Trust - 'brings a real energy and buzz to every case'; other well-regarded members of the team, which operates from offices in Harrow and London, include the 'kind, considerate and extremely hardworking' Ifrah Ahmed.

Practice head(s):

Rebecca Thomas; Renu Daly

Other key lawyers:

Nazir Mirza; Ifra Ahmed


‘Duncan Lewis have a vast level of diversity – I have been in contact with several of their team ranging from Muslim, Jewish, Christian, African, Caribbean, English and Indian. I was super impressed as this is quite unique. The beautiful thing is all their team are consistent in building good rapport and spend their time to get to know the client better.’

‘I can not find the right words to describe my son’s solicitor Renu Daly as words will not do justice to describe her qualities. Renu is the most honest, transparent, compassionate, kind, understanding and unique individual. My children absolutely love her to bits as she is excellent when it comes to children. Renu Daly has been the best thing that has happened to our son’s life.’

‘Ifrah Ahmed displayed expert knowledge in the area of obstetrics and gynaecology. She showed great patience and understanding regarding the nature of my injuries. She worked relentlessly to make sure I got the settlement that I deserved.’

‘Ifrah Ahmed – kind, considerate and extremely hard working but with a good sense of humour. Ifrah has will always place a client at ease even in the most difficult of cases.’

‘Renu Daly is an excellent clinical negligence lawyer.’

‘Renu Daly is greatly valued by all her clients, she brings a real energy and buzz to every case.’

Holmes & Hills

Holmes & Hills‘ personal injury and clinical negligence team acts for a clients on a wide range of cases, including birth, head, brain and spinal injuries alongside negligent surgical procedures. The group is described as ‘strong and client focused, ensuring it succeeds in obtaining favourable outcomes for its clients’ and is headed up by experienced litigator Jason Brady. Complex birth injuries are Brady’s forte.  Zoe Diss represents vulnerable individuals on a full-suite of claims, specifically cosmetic surgery, orthopaedic and obstetric negligence.

Practice head(s):

Jason Brady

Other key lawyers:

Zoe Diss


‘In my opinion they truly treat clients as real people. From my first contact have felt valued and not a mere case number. Their staff are highly trained, motivated, professional, respectful and friendly.’

‘The team are personable, organised, experienced, diligent, focused and approachable. Above all they appear to have the client’s best interests to heart which manifests as exceptional pastoral care of their client base.’

‘Jason Brady is dealing with my case. Since day one he has always been fast to get everything moving forward. He has been amazing. If there is ever a issue or update regarding the case he will always get in contact straight away. He’s always happy to help in any way he can. There has been times when I didn’t have anywhere else to turn and I have got in contact and he’s always been happy to listen and help. I would definitely recommend him to anyone!’

Pinney Talfourd LLP

Pinney Talfourd LLP is well known for its work within the personal injury space, and places particular emphasis on two-wheel accidents, including motorcycle and bicycle accidents, alongside industrial disease claims. Stephen Green leads the personal injury team and is  praised as 'a very experienced, tactically astute litigator who uses his skills to progress cases efficiently to achieve great outcomes'. Stephen Eccles is a fellow key contact at partner level.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Green

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Eccles


‘Stephen Green is a dedicated catastrophic injury solicitor with a keen interest in motorcycle claims and asbestos related matters. Exceptional knowledge of the area with a determination to present the very best case possible. Compassionate understanding of the personal issues suffered by seriously injured people and their families.’

‘Stephen Eccles excels in high value and complex litigation, particularly in clinical negligence work and also has decades of experience in property disputes of all kind. Extremely efficient.’

‘Very strong, partner led service, so clients can be assured of being in safe, experienced hands at all times.’

‘Stephen Green is excellent. A very experienced, tactically astute litigator who uses his skills to progress cases efficiently to achieve great outcomes. Particularly strong in cases involving vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists and pedestrians. Not afraid to take on challenging cases other solicitors would turn down.’

Tees Law

Tees Law predominantly handles cycling accidents and road traffic accidents on the personal injury side. Natalie Pibworth and Janine Collier head up the wider clinical negligence department. Gwyneth Munjoma is a key name in the South East for catastrophic personal injury claims.

Practice head(s):

Natalie Pibworth; Janine Collier

Other key lawyers:

Gwyneth Munjoma

Thompson Smith and Puxon

The long-established practice group Thompson Smith and Puxon handles high-value road traffic accident claims on the personal injury side, and receives praise for its 'excellent local knowledge and a passion for securing the best result for their clients'. Litigation head and personal injury team leader Steve Webb  is an APIL accredited senior litigator. Sam Welham  is an expert on issues surrounding work-related stress leading to psychiatric injury.

Practice head(s):

Steve Webb

Other key lawyers:

Hasina Choudhury; Sam Welham


‘The team have excellent local knowledge and a passion for securing the best result for their clients. They are prepared to go the extra mile and are committed to providing a personal service.’

‘Very professional firm, always felt like they would listen to you, and I felt they truly were sympathic to my situation. I felt like they really wanted to help.’

‘Thompson Smith and Puxon have been extremely professional, caring and supportive throughout our case. We can not fault the rigour and humanity they have brought to what could otherwise be an extremely traumatic time.’

Clarkson Wright & Jakes

Clarkson Wright & Jakes' Orpington-based personal injury team offers expertise on complex, large-scale and multi-track claims in the Kent and wider South East region, maintaining its strong links with local charities including brain injury association Headway. David Greenhalgh leads the team and has extensive expertise in all aspects of personal injury, specifically serious injury, accidents at work, fatal accident claims and work-based stress - among others.

Practice head(s):

David Greenhalgh

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Easton; Josie Bowman; Kate Horley

Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP

Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP's  personal injury team is housed within the wider dispute resolution department with Rhian Lowe and Tony Fisher as heads of team respectively. Lowe is APIL accredited and her personal injury focus includes accidents at work, road traffic accidents, public liability claims, fatal accidents and chronic pain cases.

Practice head(s):

Tony Fisher; Rhian Lowe

Gardner Leader LLP

Gardner Leader LLP handles predominantly high-level personal injury cases, including an array of publicised transport accidents including aviation, car and train alongside an increasing focus on complex and sensitive claims that involve mental health issues. Litigation practice head Alastair Goggins leads the personal injury team, whilst Andrew Shipp is a go-to name for road traffic accidents, employer’s liability claims, trip or slip cases and fatal accidents.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Goggins

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Shipp


‘Andrew Shipp is the fee earner with whom I have had most contact. He is an excellent lawyer, with great attention to and command of detail, whilst also being a thoughtful and considerate advisor for his clients.’

‘It’s a close knit team run by the delightful Andrew Shipp. He listens carefully to his clients and takes real pride in his work.’


Larcomes' Portsmouth-based industrial diseases team is headed up by Richard Hopgood it has strong niche expertise in acting for clients on asbestos related illness claims. Hopgood is an APIL member and is actively involved with various asbestos victim support groups as a specialist practitioner in the space.

Practice head(s):

Richard Hopgood

Other key lawyers:

Michael Osborne


‘Larcomes have a wealth of knowledge in respect of asbestos litigation. They are a leading law firm in this field.’

‘Michael Osborne shows tenacity and dedication on his cases.’

‘Richard Hopgood has an intuitive understanding borne of many years of experience.’

Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors LLP

The Milton Keynes-based personal injury team at Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors LLP is led by Navdip Gill, whose practice focuses on acting for claimants who have sustained brain and spinal injuries. Other recent cases handled by the wider team concern road traffic accidents and accidents at work. The practice is well-regarded for 'taking on difficult cases at short notice' from other law firms.

Practice head(s):

Navdip Gill

Other key lawyers:

Sam Seaford; Ann Summerling


‘A very competent and well run team. A forward thinking approach to cases. The department has the knowledge, depth and experience to take on difficult cases at short notice even from previous law firms.’

‘Ann Summerling has a fantastic eye for detail. Cases are meticulously prepared.  She gets great results for her clients.’

‘Navdip Gill is a partner who handles significant multi-track work.  He has great client skills and is a good judge of a case.’

Hart Brown

Hart Brown's personal injury team is headed up by Gerard Sanders, with a focus on litigating multi-track cases where clients have suffered complex spinal and head injuries as well as amputation. Road traffic accidents, employers liability cases, occupiers and public liability claims are traditionally strong areas of the team's work.

Practice head(s):

Gerard Sanders

Other key lawyers:

Mark Wisby


Healys' Brighton-based personal injury team has expertise in catastrophic and serious injury work arising from road traffic and workplace accidents. Dino Skinner  leads the team and is known for his work on fatal accident claims, injury to cyclists and injuries involving amputation.

Practice head(s):

Dino Skinner

Other key lawyers:

Trevor Henley; Paul Keown


‘Dino Skinner is a hugely experienced serious injury solicitor. Tenacious but sees the wood for the trees and is very realistic. Great judgement.’

‘They have experience of big cases, but provide a more personalised service that you can’t really get from really large firms.’

‘Paul Keown really understands the personal injury market. He is very approachable and friendly and engages directly with clients rather than delegating everything to junior fee earners.’

Work highlights

Helen Clifford Law

Helen Clifford Law‘s diverse caseload spans a broad range of personal injury claims, with particular expertise in brain and spinal cases, inquest representation and accidents occurring within the construction industry. Firm founder Helen Clifford is well known as ‘a highly experienced lawyer who has a solid track record of winning for her clients’.

Practice head(s):

Helen Clifford


‘The team at this law firm are the most dedicated, professional and passionate in the country. Nothing is ever too much trouble and they will go above and beyond to help their clients.’

‘Helen Clifford’s integrity, professionalism and passion is incredible. Helen will go out of her way to help in whatever way she can. This is way more than a job to Helen and she always demonstrates how she truly cares for her clients and constantly fighting so hard for what is right’

‘Helen Clifford she just gets you she guides you in the right direction explains everything in easy turns for you and even when the case is over she is still there to support you though the unknown.’

‘Helen Clifford has an in depth and personal knowledge of the claimants and the cases.’

‘Helen Clifford is a sole practitioner with her clients’ interests at the heart of her empathetic and dedicated professional service. She is second to none in her motivation to get good results for those who have suffered accidents at work.’

‘Helen Clifford is very active with a number of charities and some of her clients from years ago remain friends and support her charity work.’

‘Helen Clifford is a highly experienced lawyer who has a solid track record of winning for her clients, often where other firms have failed. Clients talk highly of Helen. Her approach is to focus on clients, not the injury which means Helen’s compassionate for clients and their families enables Helen to build a high level of rapport with clients. This allows Helen to really understand the physical and emotional trauma experienced by her clients, ultimately helping Helen to secure maximum outcomes for her clients.

‘Helen Clifford is exceptionally knowledgeable yet is able to communicate this knowledge to her clients in an understandable way and is passionate about getting the right outcome for her clients. As Helen is a sole practitioner she can offer a level of service and client focus that other larger firms simply cannot match. Helen’s superb client feedback and ongoing client contact is a reflection of how highly her clients regard the work she does for them. Helen knows that the settlement is far from the end of the process for the client.’

Work highlights

  • Negotiating a substantial settlement on behalf of a crane supervisor against two defendants. Liability was in dispute throughout.
  • Negotiating a substantial settlement on behalf of a cable puller against three Defendants. Liability was in dispute throughout.
  • Negotiating a seven figure settlement on behalf of claimant.

Hugh James

Cardiff-based firm Hugh James is continuing to grow its asbestos and medical negligence practice in the South East, with a niche and specialist asbestos focus that spans nationwide and frequently involves international litigation. Peter Hilditch is the key partner in the firm’s asbestos group in Southampton.

Practice head(s):

Richard Green; Ruth Powell

Other key lawyers:

Peter Hilditch; Lynn Yeates; Gemma Osgood

Lennons Solicitors

Lennons Solicitors has a strong reputation for personal injury work and comes recommended for ‘providing City level service at regional rates’. Firm director Andrew King heads the department and is praised as ‘an excellent negotiator and utterly reliable. Commercially minded with an eye on the final outcome at all time’.

Practice head(s):

Andrew King


‘Provides City level service for regional rates. An excellent go-to firm.’

‘Andrew King is the stand out solicitor. An excellent negotiator and utterly reliable. Commercially minded with an eye on the final outcome at all time.’

‘Andrew King is sublime. His genial nature is evident and he is always able to make clients feel at ease, even at difficult and unpredictable stages in the litigation. His ability to command the key issues at an early stage and to roadmap the case from that point makes litigation straightforward and efficient.

Work highlights

  • Acted in a contested liability case regarding the claimant’s husband, who was tragically killed whilst working in the course of his employment.
  • Representing a cyclist who was involved in a collision with a car travelling at approx. 25mph and negotiated a high pay-out for the client as part of a fast track claim.

Marsons Solicitors

Marsons Solicitors handles a broad range of personal injury work under the stewardship of practice group leader Beth King. King oversees the team’s caseload that includes claims arising from work-related accidents, professional negligence, road traffic accidents and industrial disease.

Practice head(s):

Beth King


‘A pleasure to work with.’

‘Being a relatively small practice, it is flexible and able to accommodate the needs of its clients in a very bespoke manner. Without long chains of command or overlarge departments it can be, and is, nimble and agile in carrying out what needs to be done.’

‘Beth King is tenacious and a battler. Any client in a tricky spot would be delighted to have her on their side. She is not easily put off and will always fight hard for her corner. She inspires trust and confidence, in part because of her robust approach, but also simply because she knows her stuff.’