Personal injury and clinical negligence; claimant in South West

Barcan+Kirby LLP

Barcan+Kirby LLP's clinical negligence and personal injury lawyers have a strong offering for claimants, providing 'good value without cutting corners'. The outstanding clinical negligence practice covers the full spectrum of issues, with departmental head Richard Harries specialising in cases relating to delayed cancer diagnoses and maximum severity birth injuries. Claire Hurrell is another core team member with expertise in cases arising from negligent obstetric care. Vastly experienced senior associate Jayshree Nathwani is noted for brain injury claims and cases involving opthalmology, spinal injuries and amputation. Senior associate Helen Franklin also has an active caseload. The lead contact for personal injury cases is Samantha Castle, whose practice covers workplace accidents, occupier's liability cases and road accidents. Castle works closely with Myfanwy Buckeridge, who handles road traffic and construction site accident claims, as well as heavy industry-related employer's liability cases.

Practice head(s):

Richard Harries

Other key lawyers:

Samantha Castle; Myfanwy Buckeridge; Claire Hurrell; Jayshree Nathwani; Helen Franklin


Barcan + Kirby are a great firm and provide an excellent client service. They deal with all types of clinical negligence disputes.’

In particular, I would highly recommend Jay Nathwani and Helen Franklin. They are extremely safe pairs of hands and highly experienced.

A highly specialised clinical negligence team benefitting from consistently good lawyers at all levels. They work together collaboratively and share team knowledge and expertise.’

Rich Harries and Claire Hurrell are both excellent lawyers who are understanding, tenacious and careful in pursuit of justice and damages claims for their clients.’

This is a relatively small but specialised clinical negligence team. The level of attention to individual cases is very high and the service provided is excellent.’

Jay Nathwani was my main point of contact and I must say she worked tirelessly to smooth the path to a successful conclusion. I was kept informed at all stages during the course of this case and have nothing but gratitude for all that she did for me.’

The department occupies an important niche in Bristol: good value without cutting corners. They are good at attracting talent and retaining it.

The team dealing with my case has made an incredibly stressful process bearable, and collaborated well to ensure I had the best chance of success.’

Clarke Willmott LLP

At Clarke Willmott LLP, the personal injury and clinical negligence teams are coordinated by Chris Thorne. The 'very experienced' personal injury team represents adults and children with serious injuries, including brain, spinal cord and amputation issues. The group also has experience in fatal accident claims and in cases involving complex psychiatric disorders. The practice group is led by Lee Hart, an expert in catastrophic injury and fatal accident claims. Philip Edwards, who splits his time between Bristol and Birmingham, is an expert in brain injury and amputation claims. Associate James Edmondson is increasingly active in fatal accident and secondary victim claims. The clinical negligence team, managed by Kerry Fifield, has an 'exceptional reputation', with a strong focus on birth injuries, as well as handling brain and spinal injury claims. The group is particularly active in novel cases, including in relation to the loss of cord tissue samples stored for stem cell therapy. Marguarita Tyne has a strong track record in non-birth catastrophic injury cases for adults and children, with additional expertise in fertility loss cases. Associate Vanessa Harris is particularly noted for delayed cancer diagnosis claims.

Practice head(s):

Chris Thorne; Lee Hart; Kerry Fifield

Other key lawyers:

Philip Edwards; Marguarita Tyne; Vanessa Harris; James Edmondson


Clarke Willmott has an exceptional reputation in clinical negligence cases. It has a specialist team who are highly experienced in a wide variety of claims. There are only a small number of firms that I would recommend to any client and they are one of them.’

Wealth of knowledge regarding clinical negligence claims allied to approachable and able lawyers, led by a really strong partner team.’

Chris Thorne is one of the most humane lawyers a client could hope to instruct. He has natural empathy combined with a wealth of experience and provides clients with a very complete service. Marguarita Tyne is also a very experienced lawyer whose attention to detail is faultless. She is a very reassuring pair of hands. Vanessa Harris is very thorough in her work and is good at looking for practical solutions to difficult problems.’

A small and very good clinical negligence team who take on the full range of cases. Senior solicitors are involved in every claim and I get the impression that they offer a very personalised service. They are empathetic, as well as being very thorough and on top of the detail.

Communication has been timely and relevant. Easy-to-understand language and communication used. They listen to clients’ views and needs.

Chris Thorne has been highly professional from our first engagement. He is clear and communicates promptly and relevantly. I rarely wait more than 24 hours for answers to emails and he is always at the end of the phone to help with questions.’

The standard of service at Clarke Willmott is exemplary in every sense. Communication is clearly an especially important part of the firm’s approach and is something that has been particularly appreciated in my case. Chris Thorne has worked incredibly hard to update me via letters and emails as and when news or developments have occurred.’

Very experienced in handling PI claims of complexity and maximum severity.’

Coles Miller Solicitors LLP

At Coles Miller Solicitors LLP, the 'hardworking and client-focused' personal injury team represents individuals in brain and catastrophic injury cases, and is able to provide advice on after-the-event insurance. The group is led from Poole by Adrian Cormack. On the clinical negligence side of the practice, lawyers have expertise in misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis matters, as well as cases involving nerve injuries, surgical errors, mismanaged labour and injuries to babies and mothers. Team head David Simpson has experience in cauda equina cases, while Christopher Whittle is an expert in matters involving negligent dental treatment. Lydia Barnett is another accomplished clinical negligence expert with additional expertise in secondary victim claims for psychiatric injury.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Cormack; David Simpson

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Whittle; Lydia Barnett


The support staff are efficient. In the course of the last year, the firm has moved to paperless working and has effectively managed the transition during the pandemic.’

Hardworking and client focused. Always willing to put in the time and effort to make sure a client’s case is fully explored.

David Simpson is very empathetic with clients, careful and thorough.’

‘Excellent communication and available for discussion. Good clinical negligence lawyers.

Hardworking, always approachable and good with clients.’

Adrian Cormack is highly experienced in both clinical negligence and PI claims. He has good client rapport. He is an effective tactician and is usually one step ahead of the opposition. David Simpson efficiently manages a very substantial caseload. He is particularly good at identifying the issues from the defendant’s perspective. Lydia Barnett is the most efficient member of the team. She is always up to date on her files and has a keen eye for detail.

Coodes Solicitors

At Coodes Solicitors, the 'capable and extremely well-organised' personal injury and clinical negligence department is led by Rachel Pearce. The clinical negligence team has significant expertise in trauma, orthopaedic and surgical claims, with a focus on birth injury and gynaecological claims across the South West region. Julie Hatton is a key name in the team, with experience in maximum severity cases arising from brain and spinal injuries. Catherine Hyde is noted for personal injury work.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Pearce

Other key lawyers:

Julie Hatton; Sharon Parsons; Catherine Hyde


They are quality lawyers, with interesting cases which they prepare very well. Rachel Pearce really impressed me with her tenacity and client-focused approach. She doggedly pursued a case which seemed like a no-hoper until we finally got the supportive evidence we needed and settled the claim.’

The clinical negligence team is highly capable and extremely well-organised team led by Rachel Pearce.’

Rachel Pearce works very hard to produce the best results for the client. She is dedicated and very experienced in clinical negligence work. Julie Hatton is also tremendously experienced, thoughtful and strategic. Both of them are excellent assets to the firm.’

‘A very experienced professional negligence team with excellent local knowledge.’

‘Julie Hatton is always knowledgeable and approachable.’

‘It is a small firm in the South West but provides an excellent service to its clients, and tackles the smaller and bigger cases with enthusiasm and vigour.’

Dutton Gregory LLP

Dutton Gregory LLP's Bournemouth-based clinical negligence team is noted for handling cases involving birth injuries, head injuries, amputations and spinal injuries. Practice head Carol Maunder is described by clients as 'an exceptional team leader, commanding respect and affection from her loyal team'. Senior associate Melanie Reynolds is another name to note for birth injury claims and cerebral palsy cases. Senior associate Michael Kingman has experience in a number of high-profile cases, focusing on claims against hospitals, GPs and dentists, including in relation to fatal injuries.

Practice head(s):

Carol Maunder; Emma Menzies

Other key lawyers:

Melanie Reynolds; Michael Kingman


The firm’s work is high quality and efficiently managed.’

Carol Maunder is the standout practitioner in the department. She manages an enviable practice of high-value and complex cases. Melanie Reynolds approaches her cases methodically and carefully. She works pragmatically to ensure the best outcome for her clients. Michael Kingman is a highly experienced and confident litigator.

Dutton Gregory has developed an outstanding reputation in paediatric medical negligence cases. They are willing and able to take on highly complex cases but also less demanding cases. What has been especially useful for me is their diplomatic but necessary prompting in order to maintain the momentum of the case.’

Responsive to enquiries.’

The key is personal service, and giving their clients all the attention they need in what may be traumatic circumstances. The firm is also well-connected to local charities and organisations whose business relates to their own work.

Carol Maunder is an exceptional team leader, commanding respect and affection from her loyal team. She is also very popular with clients, and takes a personal interest in their well-being. For a hands-on, caring service, one could not expect more. Having a medical background herself, she is well versed in the science and quickly picks up the issues. She is also extremely sensible in terms of what can be achieved and expected, and her adversaries have come to respect her judgement in negotiations.’

Melanie Reynolds is a diligent member of the team, who prepares her cases extremely thoroughly and is respected and well-loved by her clients.’

Enable Law

Viewed by one client as ‘probably the best clinical negligence firm in the West Country‘, Enable Law‘s practitioners have experience in high-value and catastrophic birth and non-birth-related claims, with a strong team able to draw on the firm’s wider expertise in Court of Protection issues. Robert Antrobus leads the entire national team from the Plymouth office, and is an expert in birth injury cases and claims arising out of the management of orthopaedic injuries, while Alison McClure leads the group in Southampton. Paul Sankey is an expert in negligent treatment by GPs, NHS trusts and private doctors. Jackie Linehan‘s practice spans childbirth, brain and spinal injury claims as well as fatal accident cases. The personal injury team is led by Huw Ponting and has expertise in acquired brain injury, amputee and spinal injury claims. Juliette Clarke is a core member of the team and an expert in serious spinal cord injury claims. Tim Jones has expertise in brain and spinal injury cases.

Practice head(s):

Rob Antrobus; Huw Ponting; Alison McClure

Other key lawyers:

Paul Sankey; Jackie Linehan; Michelle Biddulph; Juliette Clarke; Tim Jones


I was most impressed that across the team, I was treated with patience, respect and urgency. In my experience with other firms, the lack of urgency or appreciation for your needs to be heard is the most upsetting of issues.’

The number one choice for claimant clinical negligence west of Bristol – a top-class team with superb individuals.

‘A well-established clinical negligence firm staffed by first-rate practitioners.’

Jackie Linehan is a legend – whatever I try to say about her will never do her justice. She is pure brilliance and has done a magnificent job in handling my case. We have had many people represent us over the past 18 years and it has often been a very stressful process – until we met Jackie. Jackie operates on an entirely different level – she is calm, focused, dedicated and above all makes sense of everything that was previously completely baffling!

Paul Sankey is one in a million. He is professional, thorough, kind and attentive. I will forever be in debt to him and I could not have asked for a better lawyer to manage my case.

Enable Law are probably the best clinical negligence firm in the West Country. They have a fantastic case load, great resources and work very well as a team.’

‘A highly experienced and specialised team in the field of clinical negligence. Approachable and efficient to work with. Good grasp of issues in complex claims. Able to secure excellent results for claimants in difficult cases. Very sensitive handling of catastrophic injury and neonatal death cases.

A smart, efficient and effective team – well-managed and absolutely committed to securing the best outcomes for their clients.’

Huw Ponting is highly experienced in all high-value personal injury claims. He is particularly knowledgeable when it comes to traumatic brain injury claims.’

Enable Law has strong personal injury, child abuse and clinical negligence teams. Their client service is top class, and their understanding of these areas of law is amongst the very best in the legal sector.

GA Solicitors

The team at GA Solicitors has a varied practice, with particular expertise in representing children in personal injury litigation. The group also has experience in motorcycle and cycling claims, as well as claims against the Ministry of Defence. Workplace injury claims are another area where the firm has significant strength. Matthew Sheather, described as 'a man for detail', leads the practice, with substantial experience in chronic pain cases and fatal accident claims. James Walsh is noted for his expertise in industrial disease litigation, while Kevin Digby works alongside trade unions in occupational disease claims.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Sheather

Other key lawyers:

James Walsh; Kevin Digby


GA operates a team of specialist solicitors who are all exceptional at what they do.’

Matt Sheather is a man for detail and for a fight on the hardest of claims. James Walsh stands out in the South West for his industrial disease work. Kevin Digby brings enormous experience to the team in terms of employers’ liability claims.

Humphreys & Co.

The team at Humphreys & Co. is renowned for asbestos-related claims, with one client observing that it has 'the greatest expertise in this area of law in the region'. Lawyers at the firm are well versed in cases involving asbestos-related lung cancer, pleural thickening and mesothelioma. The department is led by seasoned personal injury lawyer Stephen Burbidge, described as 'willing to go the extra mile for his clients', who has a strong track record in asbestos claims. Fabio Seccatore is another key individual who is an expert in cases involving paralysis, amputation and head injuries.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Burbidge

Other key lawyers:

Peter Montgomery; Fabio Seccatore


The asbestos disease specialists at Humphreys & Co have perhaps the greatest expertise in this area of law in the region. They are knowledgeable, committed and easy to work with.’

Stephen Burbidge is an expert in asbestos disease cases. He is familiar with the High Court procedures and has an in-depth knowledge of litigation claims of this type.’

The team has a wealth of knowledge and experience in handling asbestos claims. The partners and associates are hardworking and very good with clients. ‘

Stephen Burbidge is very experienced in asbestos-related claims. He is diligent and very knowledgeable. ‘

Very knowledgeable and experienced in relation to asbestos-related diseases.’

Stephen Burbidge is willing to go the extra mile for his clients.’

‘A great firm with extensive knowledge of asbestos-related claims. Excellent to work with and highly efficient.’

Fabio Seccatore has worked very hard on our case, along with his colleagues at Humphreys. We are very grateful for what they have done and the compassionate way they have treated us throughout.’


The 'excellent' Bristol team at Ince handles clinical negligence and personal injury claims for a wide variety of individuals. The 'standout' clinical negligence group is led by Gillian Clark and specialises in birth injuries, spinal injuries and catastrophic brain injuries. The group also handles issues relating to cancer diagnosis delays, an area where Frances Wright has developed significant expertise. The personal injury group is led by Kay McCluskey, who is often instructed on cases involving serious head and spinal injuries. Hugh Balchin is an employers' liability specialist focusing on accidents, stress and harassment at work claims, as well as cases arising from repetitive strain injuries and industrial disease. Senior associate Laura Bailey is skilled in quantum assessments.

Practice head(s):

Gillian Clark; Kay McCluskey

Other key lawyers:

Frances Wright; Hugh Balchin; Rachel Eyers; Paula Hill; Laura Bailey; Hambi Charalambou


The clinical negligence team provides a high-quality client service, often taking on the risk of running high-value, complex and challenging cases.’

Gillian Clark is very able and understands complex and technical medical evidence. She is tenacious in her approach to litigation, gathering the evidence and negotiating cases to a successful conclusion. Her case planning is meticulous.’

Ince has a standout clinical negligence team. They are approachable, knowledgeable and extremely professional. It’s always a pleasure to work with them on cases.’

‘A pre-eminent personal injury claimant firm in Bristol with huge experience of complex and challenging claims.’

Kay McCluskey has unparalleled experience. If I had a serious personal injury claim I would not look anywhere else in Bristol.’

Hambi Charalambou is friendly and approachable, but with a sensible and practical head on his shoulders. He understands the strengths and weaknesses in his cases.’

‘An excellent firm with talented individuals and great results.’

Work highlights

  • Achieved £1.5m compensation for a woman who had suffered catastrophic injuries, including critical illness myopathy and quadriplegia, following an undiagnosed post-partum infection.
  • Handled a multimillion-pound settlement for a client who was involved in a road traffic accident.
  • Obtained compensation for a 28-year-old woman who was left with a permanent tracheostomy due to the delay in diagnosis of laryngeal cancer.

Irwin Mitchell

The 'exceptional' clinical negligence practice at Irwin Mitchell is varied and backed up by a deep bench. Areas of expertise include claims involving negligent obstetric treatment, delayed cancer diagnoses, neurological injuries, complex fatalities and delayed diagnoses of meningitis, leading to brain injuries. The group is supported by a strong Bristol-based Court of Protection team that assists with financial deputyships and damages management. Legal services are often supplemented with advice on rehabilitation options and social care. The 'outstanding and very experiencedJulie Lewis heads the team, which includes senior associate and obstetric claims expert Kate Easy. The personal injury group is subdivided into a team dedicated to brain and spinal cord injuries and fatal accidents, led by James Davies and including brain injuries specialist Deborah Rose, and a separate industrial disease team focusing on asbestos-related claims, led by Virginia Chalmers, who is ably supported by senior associate Isabelle Selley.

Practice head(s):

James Davies; Virginia Chalmers; Julie Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Kate Easy; Luke Trevorrow; Isabelle Selley; Deborah Rose


Julie Lewis is an outstanding and very experienced clinical negligence lawyer, and a leader in her field. She is willing to take on difficult legal issues and cases and achieves excellent results.’

This is a brilliantly resourced, excellently run, forward-thinking outfit, which takes exceptional care of its clients and which enjoys a fearsome reputation amongst its opponents. It is exceptional in that it is the full package and has no obvious weak spots. Few other firms have such a consistent strength across all facets of practice.’

Julie Lewis is a very hands-on partner who takes exceptional care of her team and her clients. Her team work with her rather than for her and this supportive mentoring approach helps bring out the best in them. She is hard to beat in terms of first-class client care.’

Irwin Mitchell are a fantastic nationwide firm who have a strong presence in the West Country. They have a good selection of cases and get great results for their clients.’

The claimant team at Irwin Mitchell has vast experience of dealing with catastrophic injury claims. It also has a class-beating reputation and huge resources, meaning it can hold its own against any defendant firm or insurance company. This is important for claimants and ensures the best results are achieved. The team has strength in depth of staff and there is always a partner involved in catastrophic claims.’

James Davies is a very experienced litigator with great judgement and a sound reputation. He will go the extra mile for his clients. He is also very personable and someone in whom clients naturally have a lot of confidence. I rate him highly in this field of work.’

In the South West, the Bristol Irwin Mitchell office is the big beast in the claimant personal injury market. Part of a nationwide organisation of renown, it has a wealth of experience in dealing with catastrophic injury claims. Its approach is marked by joined-up thinking – appreciating and being skilled in dealing with rehabilitation, litigation and Court of Protection questions alongside each other.’

Highly organised. Excellent grasp of the law, underpinned by a good understanding of tactics and leavened with common sense.

Work highlights

  • Settled a £9.4m case on behalf of a client who suffered a traumatic brain injury as the result of a road traffic accident that has left him with impairments for the rest of his life
  • Acted on behalf of a client who was diagnosed with mesothelioma following her employment at a Boots pharmacy that had undergone a refurbishment during her employment, and settled the case for £600,000.
  • Acted on behalf of a widow whose husband was diagnosed with mesothelioma and unfortunately passed away from it, and settled the case for £500,000.

Lester Aldridge LLP

Lester Aldridge LLP‘s Bournemouth team is composed of personal injury and clinical negligence generalists, although its lawyers have particular expertise in brain and spinal injury and birth injury claims. After joining the team from Stewarts Law LLP in 2020, David Healy was recently appointed group leader and head of personal injury.

Practice head(s):

David Healy

Lyons Davidson

Lyons Davidson's lawyers in the South West work closely with the firm's national offices, advising insurance customers on a wide range of personal injury claims. The catastrophic injury team is instructed on claims resulting from road traffic accidents, non-motor injury cases, and claims related to employer's liability and occupier's liability. The department is led by Emma Saville, who is a veteran personal injury lawyer. Laura Merry heads the brain and spinal injury group, with a specialism in child brain injuries. Principal associate Rachel Green leads the fatal injuries team, with a practice centred on fatal road traffic accidents. Senior associate Chris Kemp, a non-motor specialist, takes the lead on claims arising from accidents at work or in public spaces, as well as product liability cases.

Practice head(s):

Emma Saville; Laura Merry

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Green; Chris Kemp; Kerry Dutton; Katie Charlesworth


The team members have excellent technical knowledge coupled with exceptional client care and empathy. They go the extra mile for their clients.’

Katie Charlesworth has significant experience and expertise in catastrophic claims, especially in head injury cases. She goes well beyond what is expected in providing client care.’

Lyons Davidson have dealt with my case in a very personal but professional manner. I have put my absolute trust in them as a firm, but also in the individuals I have liaised with.’

Kerry Dutton has been an absolute pleasure to work with. She is exceptionally organised, takes detailed notes about everything and never fails to make time to talk to me, whether to inform me of updates that I need to know, or to answer any of the million questions I have about my claim. She always provides reasoned and detailed responses by email.’

Always engaged with me through a very difficult process and empathised when I found the case very difficult to cope with at times. They kept me going even when there were times when I had had enough. In the end without them I would never have had justice.’

This is a standout firm in Bristol and the West Country for serious personal injury, dealing with serious injury cases of the utmost severity. The firm has a fantastic team of partners and solicitors who possess a wealth of experience in the field. ‘

Both Laura Merry and Kerry Dutton are extremely experienced in catastrophic claims. They are both extremely empathetic with seriously injured claimants and focused on the practicalities for those living with such injuries. Clients are in very capable hands.’

‘They deal with high-value cases, including claims under the Fatal Accidents Act and traumatic brain injury cases. The existence of a dedicated fatal claims team headed by Rachel Green ensures the speciality needed in these cases.’

Nash & Co

At Nash & Co in Plymouth, the team has a niche in claims against the Royal Navy, as well as handling a steady flow of accident at work claims. Michael Shiers is the practice head.

Practice head(s):

Michael Shiers

Other key lawyers:

Jamie Carr

Novum Law

Novum Law is a boutique claimant-only firm focusing on personal injury, industrial disease and clinical negligence claims. For personal injury, lawyers are highly experienced in claims involving traumatic brain injuries, catastrophic spinal injuries resulting from road traffic accidents, work and sports accidents. Anna Cole is a core member of the team and is an expert in serious injuries and chronic regional pain claims. Kim Chamberlain is an expert in accidents at work and public and occupier's liability claims. The firm's clinical negligence practice is also well regarded by clients, with a 'strong reputation' in cases involving orthopaedic injuries, amputations, fatalities and neurological injuries in babies and children. Lawyers of note include Daniel Green and associate legal director Mary Smith.

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Green; Neil Elliott; Mary Smith; Hannah Carr; Anna Cole; Kim Chamberlain; Andrew Stinchcombe


The firm has a strong reputation for specialist clinical negligence practice in complex and high-value claims, with a team of dedicated practitioners.’

Neil Elliott is vastly experienced in high-value and complex claims and applies that experience with intelligence and sound judgement. He has the ability to obtain appropriate, credible expert evidence in complex situations and excellent preparation and management skills to ensure that cases run smoothly and so as to secure a successful outcome. Hannah Carr is an up-and-coming clinical negligence practitioner who applies both common sense and tenacity to achieving successful outcomes for clients.’

Novum Law build a team of specialists and experts around you that help you understand the effects of clinical negligence that you have suffered. I found a lot of useful information from these experts that helped me deal with my medical problems.’

Good lawyering all round.’

‘There is a good communication system in place following the Covid lockdown.’

This team has unrivalled experience in asbestos-related claims. No stone is left unturned in seeking evidence to support each claim. They go the extra mile that other firms don’t consider taking.’

Royds Withy King

Royds Withy King's team has 'an exceptional reputation in clinical and dental negligence work', with a strong track record for representing claimants in catastrophic birth injury cases, Erb's palsy claims and issues arising from bariatric surgery. Court of Protection and trusts work is another area where the practice stands out, drawing on firm-wide resources. Through Paul Rumley, the group also has expertise in newer areas of medical law, including metabolic and genetic brain injury cases. Simon Elliman leads the team, with expertise in cerebral palsy and Erb's palsy claims. Kerstin Scheel is recommended for her work in relation to obstetric cases. The firm's well-developed personal injury team is most noted for spinal cord and brain injury claims for adults and children, and clients are able to draw on the firm's deputyships and personal injury trust expertise. Industrial diseases are another area of expertise. The group is co-led by orthopaedic claims expert Louise Hart and Stuart Brazington, a specialist in brain injury claims. Mark Hambleton leads the road traffic accidents practice, while Jennifer Seavor is responsible for industrial diseases work.

Practice head(s):

Simon Elliman; Louise Hart; Stuart Brazington

Other key lawyers:

Mark Hambleton; Jennifer Seavor; Paul Rumley; Kerstin Scheel; Ali Cloak


Royds Withy King has an exceptional reputation in clinical and dental negligence work. It has a specialist team from partners through to junior solicitors who are highly experienced in a wide variety of claims. There are only a small number of firms that I would personally recommend to any client and they are one of them. ‘

Royds Withy King is a market leader in PI and clinical negligence. The firm boasts a really impressive line-up of lawyers from associate through to partner level.

Simon Elliman is an exceptional lawyer and superb with people.’

Paul Rumley is assiduous in approach, efficient and kind.’

Kerstin Scheel is professional and caring. She pitched her advice at the appropriate level, so I understood both the legal side and the reality side. I would recommend her. She was sensitive to the aspects of my case.

RWK is highly experienced in catastrophic injury claims, particularly brain injury. It has a very well-resourced team and provides a personal service. The partners and associates are well regarded and have a good relationship with defendant firms and many of the experts involved in catastrophic injury claims.’

Stuart Brazington is well known in brain injury claims. He is a very capable litigator with excellent strategic and technical skills. He will always go the extra mile for his clients.’

Louise Hart provided a superb and thorough service throughout our case. She showed great empathy for our situation and negotiated an excellent deal.’

Slee Blackwell

Slee Blackwell's 'professional and compassionate' personal injury team is focused on high-value, complex claims, with a niche in cases involving the Animals Act, sexual abuse issues and workplace injuries. The group is also active in the area of fatal accident claims. Recent instructions have included cases relating to employees contracting Covid as a result of exposure in the workplace and failure by employers to provide PPE. James McNally heads the department and is a recognised expert in the area of Animals Act cases. Promoted to partner in March 2020 alongside colleague Rachel Thain, the 'outstandingElizabeth Duncan is an expert in abuse cases, as well as having an increasingly active workplace stress practice. Oliver Thorne leads the clinical negligence department, with a specialism in cases relating to negligently performed cosmetic surgery. Other key members of the team are senior solicitors Andrew Wood, a specialist in spinal injury cases, and Caroline Webber Brown, who joined in October 2020 from Enable Law and specialises in gynaecological cases.

Practice head(s):

James McNally; Oliver Thorne

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Duncan; Rachel Thain; Andrew Wood; Caroline Webber Brown


I felt the firm dealt with all my queries professionally and compassionately.

I have had an excellent experience with Slee Blackwell. They are quick to respond to emails and have always returned my calls within a day or two.

Oliver Thorne has been kind, caring and empathetic whilst always remaining professional. He has always been very approachable and never made me feel like I am asking a silly question.’

Everyone we have come into contact with has been very supportive and proactive with regard to our claim from day one. They were also able to facilitate an online video conference with our medical expert and barrister during lockdown.

Slee Blackwell has been a great firm to use and recommend over the years. They are forward thinking and offer a great range of services.’

Elizabeth Duncan has been outstanding in so many ways. She has been very supportive and quick to respond. Her approachability has been so warming during a difficult situation. She is fantastic in her position and I couldn’t have asked for better qualities.

‘A regional firm carving out a niche for themselves, particularly in Animals Act work and dog cases in particular. They have a string of successful claims under their belt and any opponent knows that this firm has the determination and knowledge to pursue their clients’ cases energetically.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP

At Thompsons Solicitors LLP, the personal injury team is highly experienced in traumatic brain injury cases, as well as claims relating to spinal cord injuries and amputations, where the group has a strong track record in obtaining payments for the purpose of setting up private care and rehabilitation packages. Lawyers are also called upon to represent clients in road traffic and workplace injury cases. The department is jointly led by Lisa GunnerNicholas Seymour and industrial disease lawyer David Coulthard. For clinical negligence, the 'strong' group is led by the 'capable and experiencedMadeleine Pinschof, who coordinates the firm's efforts in gynaecological mesh litigation. The group under Pinschof's leadership, which includes Sonia Fu, has substantial experience bringing claims against negligent surgeons and other healthcare professionals.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Gunner; Nicholas Seymour; David Coulthard; Madeleine Pinschof

Other key lawyers:

Sonia Fu; Ian Cross


Nick Seymour demonstrates an acute understanding of the needs of clients and also the industrial context of claims in relation to wider health and safety issues.’

Thompsons have a strong clinical negligence team over a number of different offices nationwide. They are fairly unique, I think, in prioritising the outcome for the client above all else and not, for example, seeking to recover costs from clients’ damages as most other firms in this area of work do.’

Madeleine Pinschof is a capable and experienced solicitor. Sonia Fu is up and coming and shows excellent organisational skills.

They are specialist clinical negligence practitioners who really fight hard for their clients.’

They have attention to detail in their research and in their familiarity with the case records, and in addition they communicate with their clients really well.’

Madeleine Pinschoff is an excellent solicitor in Bristol. She is liked by clients, hardworking and achieves tremendous results.’

Tozers Solicitors LLP

Tozers Solicitors LLP's Exeter-based team has a reputation for representing clients in Erb's palsy cases, with significant experience in birth injury claims. The group is jointly led by Endurance Arthur and Stuart Bramley.

Practice head(s):

Endurance Arthur; Stuart Bramley

Other key lawyers:

Clair Hemming; Simon Mansfield

Trowers & Hamlins LLP

The Exeter-based personal injury team at Trowers & Hamlins LLP is known for its expertise in representing claimants in cases involving road traffic collisions and accidents involving animals and at work. The group sits within the firm's travel, tourism and insurance department and regularly handles cases involving injuries and accidents abroad, a specialism of practice co-head Bronwen Courtenay-StampIan Brown, who also leads the team, has experience in claims against tour operators and arising from traffic collisions and accidents at work.

Practice head(s):

Bronwen Courtenay-Stamp; Ian Brown

Other key lawyers:

Tom Sampford; Nicola Johnston


VWV‘s ‘strong and efficient‘ personal injury practice, trading under the name Augustines Injury Law, has deep experience in brain injury cases. Jonathan Peacock is praised for his ‘intelligence‘, ‘strategic thinking‘ and ‘clear empathy for clients‘, and has experience in cases involving injuries acquired abroad. Dan Thompson has an active practice covering fatal accident and head injury cases. Mandy Yeandle specialises in disease claims. Nicola Bickham heads the personal injury claims practice in Bristol; she is 'meticulous in preparation, collegiate in approach, and enjoys the total confidence of her clients.'

Practice head(s):

Nicola Bickham

Other key lawyers:

Dan Thompson; Mandy Yeandle; Jonathan Peacock


‘They provide a personal service and are always available – nothing is too much trouble. They explain things in an easy, clear, concise way.’

Jonathan Peacock is a joy to work with. He communicates readily and directly, and you never feel rushed. He is very intelligent and has a vast knowledge of personal injury law and medical conditions, which he is always happy to share. He excels at strategic thinking, often coming up with novel solutions. He knows and understands his clients well and maintains excellent relationships with them and the team around them.’

The team is longstanding and very experienced, allowing for a bespoke, niche, high-end approach to personal injury cases in this firm.’

Jonathan Peacock is one of the best litigation strategists that I have ever come across. That, combined with his intelligence, clear empathy for clients and ability to cut out the noise from a case, makes him a standout performer, nationally.’

Mandy Yeandle was a very professional, understanding and efficient solicitor.’

Nicola Bickham is excellent in catastrophic PI and clinical negligence claims. She is able to adeptly understand and analyse the evidence so that she can guide the client sensitively through the case.’

A strong and efficient team. All are very understanding with clients and there is no grandstanding. It feels as if there is a team ethic that is not present in all firms. My experience is that they are very adept at dealing with complex liability disputes and not afraid of a challenge.

I work mostly with Dan Thompson. Dan is excellent with clients and has the human touch that is sometimes missing in the legal profession. He is very prompt in preparing papers and adept at using IT to the best effect for conferences.’

Wards Solicitors LLP

The personal injury team at Wards Solicitors LLP is noted for its work handling claims arising from road accidents, accidents at work and industrial disease. The group is led from Bristol by Alison Underhill, an experienced personal injury and medical negligence litigator. Helen Boyd‘s practice extends to accidents abroad, claims against the police, including in relation to wrongful arrest, and assault claims. Associate Richard Green handles workplace injury and industrial disease issues.

Practice head(s):

Alison Underhill

Other key lawyers:

Helen Boyd; Richard Green; Angela Carnell


‘Helen Boyd was extremely efficient and helpful in achieving my successful personal injury claim. She explained every step clearly and sent me all the relevant information to guide my decisions. She had considerable expertise and knowledge of what was legally possible in terms of damages. She arranged specialist appointments and ensured that I met deadlines. She always explained the costs involved and possible risks clearly. Her attention to detail was excellent. She is by far the best solicitor I have worked with.’

‘Alison Underhill was outstanding through my process. I would highly recommend Alison and cannot thank her enough for her work.’

‘Alison Underhill is always available and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of her cases. She has a all-too-rare ability to take a step back and understand the bigger picture.’

‘Richard Green has outstanding skills and knowledge. Helps me understand all legal technicalities. Spends the time and effort in me and my case.’

‘Helen Boyd is an experienced personal injury solicitor and very skilled in her field. She stands out among her peers in the manner she calmly and respectfully conducts her duties and represents her clients. The level of support and care that she provides to their clients is outstanding. A true legal gem.’

‘My case was dealt with by Richard Green who I can’t recommend highly enough. Even though it was a long, emotionally sensitive and legally complicated case, Richard thoroughly explained every aspect of the case in understandable terms and with a compassionate manner, which really made me feel at ease.’

‘Alison Underhill is extremely professional and efficient as a lawyer, but what marks her out is her knowledge of and empathy with her clients. Because of this, when required, she is able provide extremely useful feedback and insights into the client’s perspective on matters such as rehabilitation or treatment options.’

‘The solicitor dealing with my case was Helen Boyd. What an incredible person she is. From the moment I met her I knew that she was the right person to take on my case. During the first hour she produced more notes than the previous solicitor did in eight months! She was professional at all times and I had complete faith in her. She explained everything and kept me updated on a regular basis. She took the stress away from me and I cannot thank her enough. The case concluded with a positive outcome.’