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Bevan Brittan LLP

The clinical risk team at Bevan Brittan LLP represents an impressive mix of NHS trusts and insurers, with a specialism in defending group actions. The practice also has expertise in sexual abuse cases, as well as brain and neurosurgical injury claims. Solicitor-advocate Joanna Lloyd heads the department is an expert in brain injury claims, and is also on the UK Advisory Panel for Healthcare Workers Infected With Bloodborne Viruses. Simon Lindsay has notable strength in clinical negligence claims involving mental health law. On the personal injury side, the team has expertise in indemnity issues in motor claims, often advising insurers when there is issue over the extent of a driver's insurance cover. Another area of specialism is work for buildings and content insurers in relation to claims arising from personal liability cover, including serious injuries caused by fires. Paul Taverner heads the insurance team, and specialises in high-value head and spinal cases, acting for insurers and local authorities. Lynda Thomas is another name to note, with experience in claims involving historic abuse.

Practice head(s):

Joanna Lloyd; Paul Taverner

Other key lawyers:

Simon Lindsay; Lynda Thomas

Testimonials

‘The team provide a first class service. They are always available and have excellent attention to detail.’

‘Bevan Brittan as a whole, and by extension their staff, fit very well with our customer-centric values whilst at the same time meeting our high service demands. This is by far the best service we receive from a panel law firm. They are excellent with even the most difficult of customer or claimant and go out of their way to assist at every stage of the legal process. Their knowledge and experience throughout the team means that the right decision is always reached. Their billings is always of a very high standard. Bevan Brittan are always looking at ways to innovate from their end and also always on board with changes that we wish to make to any process. All in all, I am extremely happy with Bevan Brittan.’

‘Rapport is easily built up; they keep you closely informed as a client.’

‘Paul Taverner is widely respected nationally.’

‘Paul Taverner is the partner that we deal with. Paul is always on hand should we need to speak to him. In the unlikely event that any issue arises, Paul will quickly correct. He is instrumental in the good relationship that we have built up with Bevan Brittan over the years and the confidence that we hold in Bevan Brittan stems from our relationship and interaction with Paul. He is very knowledgeable and always extremely good natured.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution – CNST

NHS Resolution – CNSGP

CNA Hardy

University Hospitals Birmingham

Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust

Somerset Partnership NHS Trust

Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Bristol NHS FT

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

2Gether NHS Foundation Trust

Allied World Assurance Company

Covea Insurance

Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty

Nottinghamshire County Council

Newham Learning Partnership

Basingstoke and Dean Borough Council

Ageas

ISG

Zurich Insurance

Work highlights

  • Successful defence of double amputation claim pleaded at £5m brought against SW NHS Trust.
  • Successful defence of £10m brain injury claim said to have resulted from use of an unlicensed drug- potentially very significant ramifications for other claims against the NHS if the trial had been lost.
  • Successful defence of SW NHS Trust- facing a claim by an insurer for a contribution to the settlement of spinal damage claim which the insurer said was made worse by the Trust’s management of injuries caused in an RTA.

BLM

BLM's team is instructed by major insurance companies in a variety of cases, with a focus on marine, abuse and catastrophic injury claims. Led from Southampton by Joe Wakeford, the group in Bristol includes Andrew Lawson and Rebecca Shafto, both of who lead on complex catastrophic injury matters.

Practice head(s):

Joe Wakeford

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Lawson; Rebecca Shafto

Testimonials

‘Leaders in the defendant PI market. They act for multiple insurers and reinsurers.’

‘Good solid range of solicitors with expertise in most areas of law providing a detailed, comprehensive and efficient service.’

‘Andrew Hibbert has the ability to think outside the box and is a great communicator and negotiator.’

‘The team proves that high-value and complex PI work can be done to a very high standard outside London.’

‘Rebecca Shafto – any client instructing Rebecca knows that they are in the very safest of hands; she has outstanding client care skills.’

Key clients

DLG

LV=

QBE

Gallagher Bassett

North Somerset Council

NSL

First Port

Hastings Direct

Herefordshire Council

Work highlights

  • Representing an insured groundworks contractor where the worker sustained a traumatic amputation of his arm.
  • Represented LV= in settlement of a multi-party claim bought by a paralysed passenger in a motor vehicle.
  • Successful settlement of a claim involving multiplies injuries following a fall from a mobile scaffold tower to include severe brain injury and multiple fractures. The accident occurred in England the claimant residing in Ireland resulting in difficulty with complex rehabilitation treatment and experts.

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP has developed a strong health and social care practice in Exeter, acting for a variety of NHS Trusts in clinical claims across the south west. Mark Barnett heads the department; he defends clinical negligence claims on behalf of the NHS and has particular expertise in defending cases against mental health providers. The technical claims team acts for multiple local authorities in the south west, in cases involving psychiatric injury, failure to nurture, occupiers' liability, and highways litigation. The group is led by Joanne Pruden, who takes the lead on local authority work. Pruden also has a specialism in sexual abuse cases. Director Angela Williams is another name to note, and specialises in employers' liability claims for insurers.

Practice head(s):

Mark Barnett; Joanne Pruden

Other key lawyers:

Angela Williams; Michael Chambers

Testimonials

‘The team is friendly and prepared to come on site to meet staff and deliver training. They are knowledgeable, approachable, responsive and communicate effectively using language everyone understands.’

‘Mark Barnett delivered bespoke training for our trust – he is is approachable and down to earth.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Dorset County Hospital NHS FT

South Western Ambulance Service NHS FT

Torbay & South Devon NHS FT

Devon Partnership NHS FT

Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch NHS Trust

Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Trust

Royal Cornwell Hospital NHS Trust

Salisbury Hospital NHS Trust

Royal United Hospital Bath

University Hospitals Bristol NHS FT

Ageas Insurance

Cornwall Council/Cormac

Arthur J Gallagher/Plymouth Community Homes

Dorset County Council

Bristol City Council

Plymouth City Council

Tesco

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service

RICS

Isle of Wight Council

East Devon District Council/Gallagher Bassett

Devon County Council

Somerset County Council

Torbay Council

Travelers

Municipal Mutual Insurance Company

Ageas Insurance

Cornwall Council/Cormac

Arthur J Gallagher/Plymouth Community Homes

Dorset County Council

Bristol City Council

Plymouth City Council

Tesco

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service

RICS

Isle of Wight Council

East Devon District Council/Gallagher Bassett

Devon County Council

Somerset County Council

Torbay Council

Travelers

Municipal Mutual Insurance Company

Work highlights

  • Advised on catastrophic injury claim arising from a patient fall from a roof at an NHS hospital.
  • Advised on a personal injury claim arising from blindness suffered by nurse following routine hepatitis vaccination.
  • Represented a Trust in defence of a claim for medical negligence for the alleged failure to immobilise a patient following a trauma accident leading to spinal and neurological injury.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP's clinical risk group, which is on the NHS Resolution panel, regularly represents NHS England on legacy liability claims. It also acts for corporate insured clients including Bupa. Rachel Roberts-Jenkins heads the Bristol-based team and focuses on birth injury and brain damage claims. Nigel Montgomery specialises in catastrophic injury work, while Simon Perkins is noted for ophthalmology and plastic surgery cases. On the personal injury side, the firm represents defendants, insurers and corporations in claims involving brain and spinal injuries, as well as in relation to motor, employers' liability, casualty and public liability insurance. Sally Yuill heads the team, which includes Paul Parke.

Testimonials

‘The strength of the team is in their size and national presence, so they are able to update on key developments.

‘Really well organised, agile and knowledgeable team. A real pleasure to work with.’

‘Quite simply, this is my favourite defendant clinical negligence team. There is a really good spirit and camaraderie between its members and the quality of their work is excellent. Although based in Bristol, they outshine similar departments in London.’

‘DAC Beachcroft are commercial and value for money.’

‘They have a close-knit, friendly and approachable team that work well together. They fight for their clients.’

‘Hannah Volpe seems to find extra hours in the day. She is exceptionally hard-working and commercially astute. She understands exactly what is required to resolve the highest value claims.’

‘A standout character is Mark Ashley, who I would probably choose first to fight my corner if I were faced with a medical malpractice claim. He is a master tactician who comes up with unique angles to counter points made by defendant solicitors. Mark brings a very human approach to the medical malpractice world.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

The Medical Defence Union

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Gloucester Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

North Bristol NHS Trust

Zurich Global Corporate

RSA

WR Berkley

Bupa Dental

Enstar

Optegra UK

Priory

QBE

Beazley

Neon

Renaissance Re

Bermuda Hospital Board

Newline

MS Amlin

Corvelia

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted in Court of Appeal proceedings in a case which clarified the law on the illegality defence in tort.
  • Successful defence of Cauda Equina case for NHS Resolution, North Bristol NHS Trust and Secretary of State for Health.

DWF

The team at DWF is led by solicitor-advocate Claire Gribben, who regularly acts for insurance companies in large loss personal injury claims involving brain and spinal injuries, fatal accidents and amputations, as well as in industrial disease cases.

Practice head(s):

Claire Gribben

Wansbroughs

Wansbroughs' insurance litigation group mainly defends local authorities and other public bodies, although it is also instructed by insurers and corporate clients in a variety of cases. Robert Hams takes the lead, specialising in stress, bullying and harassment claims and inquests. Michael Davies is another experienced lawyer who has taken personal injury cases to the Court of Appeal.

Practice head(s):

Robert Hams

Other key lawyers:

Michael Davies

Testimonials

The team has strength in depth and a bespoke approach to each case and client, which means that cases are treated on their own merits.’

Wansbroughs is a rarity in the insurance world these days – a local firm which covers insurance work for the local market. They provide a first-class service to the clients in the West Country – including many local authorities – because of their local knowledge. Client have real confidence in them.’

Wansbroughs’ defendant personal injury team are excellent lawyers who combine their knowledge with practical good advice for their clients.’

The firm provide legal services across all classes of personal injury claims. As a relatively small firm their key selling point is the personal touch that they provide without sacrificing the technical knowledge and strategic acumen that is essential.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

At Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, the casualty litigation team represents insurers, self-insured entities and private commercial organisations on a variety of issues arising from personal injury claims, including insurance disputes and risk management issues. The group, headed by catastrophic injury expert David Brown, handles employers' and public liability matters, and motor, industrial disease and travel claims.

Practice head(s):

David Brown

Key clients

RATP Group (including London United Busways, London Sovereign, Epsom Coaches, Metrolink, Selwyns, and The Original London Sightseeing Tour)

AIG

Transdev

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company (Europe)

CNA Hardy

Work highlights

  • Advised on claim by bus driver for injuries arising from a slip at work following which the he developed alleged Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome in his neck, shoulder and arm. the claimant was persuaded to accept damages of £60,000 based on the medical evidence and the risk he faced should the court accept the client’s medical evidence in full.
  • Advised on claim by bus driver for noise induced hearing loss following exposure to noise during his employment as a mechanic in various bus depots.
  • Defending a company in relation to three separate claims relating to historical asbestos exposure. The claim is of significant financial importance to the client, both in terms these and potential future claims, as it involves alleged contractual agreements which would, if established, transfer the liability for asbestos related claims to the client even though the client did not exist at the time of the alleged exposure to asbestos.