Clinical negligence: claimant in Wales

Hugh James

Jointly led by the 'superbMari Rosser and Stephen WebberHugh James' 14-strong team has the critical mass and expertise to handle a huge volume and variety of matters, including those of the utmost severity such as brain and spinal injuries. The team is aided by a Court of Protection service which offers support to clients after an award of compensation has been made. The size of the team has enabled practitioners to develop particular areas of specialism including Sarah Davies, for surgical cases; Katie McCraith, who excels at orthopaedic and gynaecological cases; and Rhian Parsons, for brain and catastrophic spinal injury matters.

Practice head(s):

Mari Rosser; Stephen Webber

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Davies; Katie McCraith; Rhian Parsons: Elin Davies



‘Overwhelming level of involvement and detail.’

‘Dogged and indefatigable work ethic.’

‘Rhian Parsons provides a high level of professionalism which is tempered by a considerate and personal touch.’

Harding Evans LLP

Headed by the 'superbKen ThomasHarding Evans LLP's 11-strong team has an 'excellent reputation' in Wales and beyond, across a wide range of clinical negligence cases brought against medical, nursing and dental practitioners. As one of the very few firms in Wales with a clinical negligence Legal Aid franchise contract, the team receives a significant flow of publicly-funded mandates. Alongside Thomas, Lauren Watkins  has had a key role in developing the practice, and is noted for her expertise across a range of negligence claims, including in relation to brain and birth injury, spinal injury, obstetric and gynaecologic cases.

Practice head(s):

Ken Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Lauren Watkins; Sara Uren; Debra King; Danielle Howell


‘Strong team.’

‘Ken Thomas is a leader in the field.’

JCP Solicitors

The 'leading claimant clinical negligence team in Swansea and west Wales', JCP Solicitors excels at handling maximum severity cases, where it provides a partner-led service and also benefits from working alongside the firm's Deputyship team. 'Outstanding' team head Keith Thomas has a market-leading reputation for handling maximum severity birth injury cases and heads an eight-strong team that also includes the 'excellentMatthew Owen, who is particularly noted for his expertise at handling brain injury cases.

Practice head(s):

Keith Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Owen; Mei Li; Thomas Rees


‘Very well-organised.’

‘Take a genuine interest in clients’ welfare.’

Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon is able to call upon the expertise of a large number of 'excellent lawyers' at varying levels of experience, across the full spectrum of claimant clinical negligence cases, including those of the utmost severity. As well as the firm's litigation expertise, it is also provides a holistic service through the life-cycle of a case by virtue of its national client liaison team, specialist Court of Protection offering and independent financial planning company. Team head Yvonne Agnew has extensive experience across all types of clinical negligence cases, particularly in relation to high-value and complex birth injury, brain and spinal/vascular injury claims. Praised for his 'skill and sensitivity', senior associate Luq Ali is head of fixed fees for clinical negligence claims in Cardiff.

Practice head(s):

Yvonne Agnew

Other key lawyers:

Luq Ali; Julia Reynolds; Lara Bennett; Kelly Lloyd Davies


‘Luq Ali has a very busy case load with many complex and high-value cases.’

‘Lara Bennett handles complex and high-value cases with excellent skill.’


Work highlights

  • The firm achieved an excellent settlement for a claimant who underwent an above knee amputation.
  • The team is acting for the claimant in a sensitive misdiagnosis case.
  • The team is acting for the claimant who suffered complications as a result of a delay in diagnosis and treatment of Cauda Equina Syndrome.
  • The team successfully acted for a claimant who suffered significant loss of vision as a result of a delay in referring for specialist ophthalmic treatment.

Geldards LLP

Geldards LLP's four-strong team has expertise across all aspects of clinical negligence, from maximum severity brain injury to fatal accident claims and orthopaedic and surgical matters. 'Highly experienced' team head Spencer Collier has an 'excellent feel for a case' and  has recently handled numerous cases related to delayed ambulance response times in Wales.

Practice head(s):

 Spencer Collier

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Kirby


‘They have a great deal of experience in this area and provide an excellent service to clinical negligence claimants.’

‘Spencer Collier is very pragmatic.’


Hutton's team head Tim Musgrave has an excellent reputation in the market, particularly in relation to handling catastrophic injury, birth injury and fatal accident claims.

Practice head(s):

Tim Musgrave

NewLaw Solicitors

Able to resource matters from its Cardiff and Bristol offices, and recently enhanced by the arrival of several paralegals, NewLaw Solicitors excels in handling a significant volume of cases, ranging from low-end matters to those of the utmost severity. The firm's Court of Protection offering enables the team to provide a holistic service through the life-cycle of a case. Consultant Emma Scourfield has a strong reputation in the market particularly in complex, high-value cases, including sensitive matters involving child birth injuries.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Edwards

Other key lawyers:

Emma Scourfield


‘There is nothing that Emma Scourfield hasn’t seen or can’t handle.’

Thompsons Solicitors LLP

Thompsons Solicitors LLP 'has an excellent reputation on behalf of unions' and regularly acts for their members in bringing clinical negligence claims. Team head Cathryn Davies has a strong reputation for handling claims of the utmost severity, including brain injury at birth cases.

Practice head(s):

Cathryn Davies

Key clients

Unite the union


Fire Brigades Union