Personal injury and clinical negligence; claimant in Wales

Dolmans

Although it remains far better-known for its public sector defendant side offering, under the leadership of the 'very thoughtfulPhilip BradleyDolmans handles a not inconsiderable volume of claimant work, where it is appreciated for its effective negotiating skills, as well as its aptitude at taking matters to court, if necessary.

Practice head(s):

Philip Bradley

Other key lawyers:

Peter Bennett

Testimonials

‘They work as a team to ensure the best possible outcome. They are dedicated to ensuring we felt updated as to the case and explained the processes.’

‘Philip Bradley handles a range of cases, including high value and complicated injuries arising from accidents and clinical negligence. He always prepares very thoroughly and covers all angles. No stone is left unturned.’

‘Philip Bradley is a very thoughtful person with our best interests in mind. He was fully supportive and took time to explain the process and put together our case. He was always contactable and it was a pleasure to have him as our solicitor.’

Geldards LLP

Despite lacking the resources of some of the larger firms in the ranking, Geldards LLP's five-strong team punches above its weight and regularly handles cases of the utmost severity, including as it relates to brain injuries, spinal cases and surgical orthopaedic matters. Much of the firm's success in the area is down to 'highly experienced' team head Spencer Collier , who has a superb reputation in the market and is 'very skilled at dealing with high value and complex matters'.

Practice head(s):

Spencer Collier

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Kirby; Amy-Beth Probert

Testimonials

‘Spencer Collier is a highly experienced and effective clinical negligence partner. He is well prepared and very skilled at dealing with high value and complex matters.’

GHP Legal

Led from Wrexham by the 'diligent and professional' Robert Williams, and also aided by a significant presence out of Oswestry, GHP Legal has a strong reputation across north Wales and the borders for claimants seeking recourse for both physical injuries, including in the context road traffic accidents, as well as pyschiatric damage following sexual abuse. Williams also deals with clinical negligence claims under the NHS Wales Redress scheme.

Practice head(s):

Robert Williams

Other key lawyers:

Rod Waters

Testimonials

‘Robert Williams is diligent and professional.’

Harding Evans LLP

Led by the 'experienced and knowledgeableKen ThomasHarding Evans LLP's three-partner team has an 'excellent knowledge of the local market' and continues to receive a raft of private and publicly-funded instructions across the waterfront of claims against medical, nursing, pharmacy and dental practitioners. As well as the firm's capability and willingness to take matters through to trial, the team is 'often able to settle cases on excellent terms, without even needing to issue a claim', a testament to the stature with which it has gained over the years. Other notable practitioners include Lauren Watkins , whose workload includes high-value cerebral palsy claims, and associate Debra King, who has developed a particular niche in cases of negligence at nursing homes and whose 'dedication to her clients shines through in every case'. Associate Victoria Smithyman is the main contact for personal injury work and has a broad practice that includes representing clients having suffered injuries at work, in a road traffic context, and in product liability claims.

Practice head(s):

Ken Thomas (Clinical Negligence); Victoria Smithyman (Personal Injury)

Other key lawyers:

Lauren Watkins; Sara Uren; Debra King; Danielle Howell; Justin Chisnall; Carys Jones; Emma Scourfield

Testimonials

Ken Thomas is experienced and knowledgeable.’

‘Emma Scourfield is a first-class practitioner who gets on very well with clients and is a good team player.’

Debra King’s dedication to her clients shines through in every case.’

The team has an excellent knowledge of the local market.’

‘Emma Scourfield is a first class practitioner.’

They are often able to settle cases on excellent terms, without even needing to issue a claim.’

‘Emma Scourfield is someone who takes her role very seriously; not only in building the best possible case and doing what’s best for her clients, but also going the extra mile in supporting them.’

Howells Solicitors

At Howells Solicitors, team head Susan Edwards has considerable personal injury expertise, including on cases of employers' liability and road traffic accidents causing serious brain and spinal injuries.

Practice head(s):

Susan Edwards

Hugh James

Claimant clinical negligence and personal injury are core areas of focus for Hugh James and with over 30 partners specialising across both areas, the firm has the strength-in-depth to be able to handle a tremendous volume and range of work. The size of the team also affords it the luxury of allowing practitioners to develop niche specialisms and thereby to very effectively resource matters utilising with true market experts. Richard Green and Lucy Strong  are both 'calm and caring' and are key members of the firm's industry leading asbestos team that continues to provide 'reliable and holistic support to their clients with life limiting asbestos-related cancer'.  Kathryn Singh  has 'considerable experience in group litigation' and continues to work tirelessly for clients seeking compensation for personal injury caused by industrial disease. Mark Harvey heads up the specialist personal injury group, within which his work encompasses product liability matters, as well as a niche expertise in travel-related claims. Simon Ellis has a national profile as a market-leader in the military claims sector, earned as a result of numerous high-profile victories, including a notable success in a case against the MOD (Inglis v MOD), which has opened the floodgates to other noise induced hearing loss claims. Cari Sowden-Taylor is 'unflappable and emotionally intelligent', traits which are both particularly useful when representing clients who have suffered brain and spinal cord injuries. The 'very able and intelligentCiaran McCabe  is also vastly experienced at handling catastrophic personal injury matters, and is lauded for his eagernes to 'tenaciously fight his client's corner from start to finish'. The 'immensely experiencedMari Rosser leads the firm's 'consistently excellent' clinical negligence team which excels in handling cases of the utmost severity and is complemented by the ability to provide important ancillary services to clients, including a Court of Protection service which is led by neuro law expert Andrew Harding. The 'pragmatic and determinedRhian Parsons has vast experience at handling high-value clinical negligence claims and is appreciated for her 'excellent  judgement when it comes to deciding how far to take a claim (up to and including trial).' Sarah Davies is an 'extremely efficient and effective negotiator' for clients seeking recourse across a range of serious clinical negligence cases, including a specialism in orthopaedic claims. Stephen Webber is an 'absolute leader in the field' across a myriad high-value medical negligence cases including cerebral palsy and spinal injuries. Katie McCraith is also recommended at a partner level, while 'very clever and energetic' senior associate Hannah Webber has developed an excellent practice as a result of her involvement in a wide array of complex and high-value cases, including bowel, spinal and brain injuries arising from both obstetric mismanagement and delay in diagnosing meningitis.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Webber

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Harding; Mari Rosser; Mark Harvey; Kathryn Singh; Richard Green; Rhian Parsons; Kevin McCarthy; Sarah Davies; Lucy Strong; Katie McCraith; Cari Sowden-Taylor

Testimonials

‘The team is highly knowledgeable and experienced.’

The claimant personal injury practice at Hugh James is in division one and that is on an England and Wales basis.’

First-class claimant firm in Wales, providing a service at the same level as the very top players in the field. Masses of experience and will never short sell a claim until they have achieved the right result for their clients.’

Richard Green and Lucy Strong are both calm and caring, have a wealth of experience and are capable of handling the most complicated claims.’

Kathryn Singh has considerable experience in group litigation.’

Cari-Sowden Taylor is unflappable and emotionally intelligent to the demanding needs of vulnerable clients.’

Ciaran McCabe is very able and intelligent and tenaciously fight his client’s corner from start to finish.’

The immensely experienced Mari Rosser is an absolute leader in the field.’

The pragmatic and determined Rhian Parsons displays excellent judgement when it comes to deciding how far to take a claim (up to and including trial).’

Sarah Davies is an extremely efficient and effective negotiator.’

Stephen Webber is an absolute leader in the field.’

Hannah Webber is very clever and energetic.’

Hutton's

Hutton's has a strong reputation in the market for claimant clinical negligence work, chiefly as a result of team head Tim Musgrave's 'vast experience handling high-value and complex cases', including birth and brain injury matters.

Practice head(s):

Tim Musgrave

JCP Solicitors

Benefiting from a good mix of lawyers at various levels of seniority, some of which enjoy particular areas of niche focus, the 'efficient and approachable' injury services team at JCP Solicitors is cost-effectively able to resource and run a myriad personal injury and clinical negligence claims for clients throughought Wales. The 'canny and unflappableMatthew Owen heads up the clinical negligence offering at the firm and continues to provide 'outstanding' representation on behalf of clients suffering injuries of the utmost severity, including brain injuries. An 'extremely hard worker', Mei Li  is also 'developing great expertise in catastrophic personal injury and clinical negligence cases' and alongside 'fearless litigatorKeith Thomas, who heads up the personal injury offering, is one of the core members of the team, including Professional Deputy, Lynne Morgan , that is able to provide a truly holistic service to clients who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. Carmarthen-based partner Thomas Rees  has a focus on servicing clients in the south west of the country, particuarly those that have suffered high-value spinal cord injuries and is appreciated for his 'calm and focused' demeanour. A 'robust litigator, who does not shy away from difficult claims', associate Charlotte Perkins  heads up the firm's asbestos team that is gaining visibility in the market since her arrival at the end of 2019.

Practice head(s):

Keith Thomas; Matthew Owen

Other key lawyers:

Mei Li; Ian Rees; Charlotte Perkins; Kirsty Meech; Thomas Rees

Testimonials

The firm is efficient and approachable.’

JCP have a good sized team of experienced personal injury and medical negligence lawyers dealing with a wide range of issues.’

JCP offers expertise in complex and catastrophic injury claims.’

The canny and unflappable Matthew Owen provides an outstanding service and is a terrific operator.’

‘The extremely hardworking Mei Li is developing great expertise in catastrophic personal injury and clinical negligence cases.’

Keith Thomas is a fearless litigator who relishes challenging cases and fighting hard for the client.’

Thomas Rees is a very good clinical negligence solicitor. He is calm and focussed under pressure and achieves excellent results for his clients.’

Charlotte Perkins is a robust litigator, who does not shy away from difficult claims.’

Mackenzie Jones Solicitors

Co-headed by Anna Mills Morgan  and Richard Davies Jones from the firm's St Asaph office, Mackenzie Jones Solicitors has a strong reputation for clients throughout north Wales across a range of personal injury claims, including those which involve catastrophic injuries resulting from road traffic accidents. Mills Morgan also handles some clinical negligence claimant work.

Practice head(s):

Anna Mills Morgan; Richard Jones

NewLaw Solicitors

Benefiting from a huge number of lawyers with a focus in the area and also able to streamline workflows by dint of a very effective case management system, NewLaw Solicitors is able to handle an 'enormous diversity of work', ranging from relatively commoditised road traffic claims, through to highly complex matters involving spinal and neurological damage. The 'very talented and experiencedCenric Clement-Evans  has 'encyclopedic legal knowledge' across a range of complex cases, including on asbestos-related matters, and is noted for his 'natural ability to engage with clients from all walks of life, to support them through the stresses of injury and litigation, and work in partnership with them to optimize the outcome of a claim'. Hilton Obery leads the firm's spinal injury team and as well as his pure legal advice, he is also able to add value to clients, in what is often a very stressful and emotionally draining time, by his involvement in rehabilitation management, including helping to purchase accommodation and adapt properties. The 'solutions-oriented' Jo Darlington 'stands out because of her tenacity in difficult cases', including those where the claimant lacks capacity due to brain trauma. Nicola Edwards maintains a significant roster of case work, in addition to overseeing the firm's overarching specialist claims team which encompasses serious personal injury claims, clinical negligence and occupational and public liability work. The firm is described as 'very accessible and accomplished, offering really good expertise in south Wales and the South West.'

Practice head(s):

Nicola Edwards (Head of Specialist Claims); Karl Ford (Personal Injury head)

Other key lawyers:

Tina Ashley; Daniel Thomas; Cenric Clement-Evans; Hilton Obery; Jo Darlington; Lisa Samuel; Melanie Ford; Darren Hackley-Green; Alex Hamilton -Brown; Jincy George

Testimonials

A huge team with an enourmous diversity of work across the whole of personal injury.’

In a very competitive market New Law manage to maintain first-class client care and deal with serious catastrophic injury work but also inquest matters with potential claims related to them.’

‘A very accessible and accomplished team offering really good clinical negligence expertise in south Wales and the South West.’

The very talented and experienced Cenric Clement-Evans has encyclopaedic legal knowledge as well as a wealth of experience, equipping him to deal with the most complex of cases.’

Cenric Clement-Evans has a natural ability to engage with clients from all walks of life, to support them through the stresses of injury and litigation, and work in partnership with them to optimize the outcome of a claim.’

The solutions-oriented Jo Darlington stands out because of her tenacity in difficult cases.’

Slater and Gordon

Led by the ‘hugely experienced‘ Yvonne Agnew on the clinical negligence front and ‘heavyweight litigator‘ Andrew Owen for personal injury matters, Slater and Gordon has a ‘very strong and experienced team that is comfortable litigating both high-value and volume litigation’. Agnew excels in handling matters of the utmost severity, and is ‘one of the best solicitors in the UK at getting excellent results in very complex cases’, including as it relates to brain injuries and cerebral palsy matters. 'Consummate professional’ Julia Reynolds has an excellent reputation in the market developed over many years’ involvement in complex matters, including obstetric cases and those involving paediatric brain damage. The ‘exceptional‘ Nicholas Collins ‘understands what evidence will impress judges’ and is well-placed to represent his traditional roster of blue and white collar union members, as well as a growing number of matters for children who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. John Browne has an excellent reputation across Wales and the West Country for trade union members, bringing industrial disease claims. He has over the years, secured notable court victories in both individual cases and group actions, some of which have reached as far as the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):

Yvonne Agnew (Clinical Negligence); Andrew Owen (Personal Injury)

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Collins; John Browne; Julia Reynolds; Lara Bennett; Kelly Lloyd-Davies

Testimonials

‘A very strong and experienced team that is comfortable litigating both high-value and volume litigation.’

The hugely experienced Yvonne Agnew is one of the best solicitors in the UK at getting excellent results in very complex cases.’

Julia Reynolds is a consummate professional.’

Nicholas Collins understands what evidence will impress judges.’

Andrew Owen is a heavyweight litigator.’

Thompsons Solicitors LLP

With two partners based out Wales and also able to draw from experts from across the firm's UK-wide network of offices, Thompsons Solicitors LLP has the strength-in-depth and resources to be able to handle a tremendous range and volume of personal injury claims, principally for members of the numerous unions, which make up a substantial proportion of the firm's client base. The 'exceptionalAmanda Jones  has developed a very strong reputation assisting clients throughout Wales and the South West of England (including those who have developed respiratory illness through secondary exposure) in asbestos-related diseases and 'guides clients through the often difficult process of litigation with ease'. Specialising in multi-track cases, including for claimants with serious injuries sustained at work, or as a result of a road traffic accident, Anthony Welsh  has a 'knack for spotting good cases' and for 'negotiating good settlements'. As well as her role as branch manager across the firm's offices in Wales and the South West of England, Catherine Cladingbowl also regularly handles fee-earning work and co-heads the personal injury team alongside Jones. Although it is somewhat overshadowed by its better resourced personal injury offering, under the guidance of 'wonderful' senior solicitor Matthew Jones , the firm is also well-versed at handling clinical negligence claims (including those involving brain injuries and amputations) for union members and private clients.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Cladingbowl; Amanda Jones (Personal Injury co-heads); Matthew Jones (Clinical Negligence head)

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Welsh; Chris-Marie Niemala; Lisa Osborne; Robert Jones; Madeleine Pinschof; Sonia Fu; Max Simpson

Testimonials

The team has a wealth of experience in asbestos-related claims and are dedicated to their clients.’

The lawyers at the firm are professional, kind, compassionate and understanding.’

‘The exceptional Amanda Jones guides clients through the often difficult process of litigation with ease.’

Anthony Welsh has a knack for spotting good cases and for negotiating good settlements.’

Matthew Jones is wonderful and always keeps us informed of everything that is going on, in language that we can understand.’

Work highlights

  • Recovered £175,000 for a client who was seriously injured in a workplace accident.
  • Recovered £345,000 for a client who suffered from mesothelioma as a result from exposure to asbestos by his employers.
  • Successfully securing in securing significant interim payments to enable the purchase of a more suitable property and for adaptations works to commence on the property, for a client who suffered a brain injury.

Watkins & Gunn Limited

With lawyers based out of the firm's Cardiff, Newport and Pontypool offices, Watkins & Gunn Limited has 'a long-established presence in south east Wales and a good reputation for representing local clients' across a range of personal injury and clinical negligence matters. 'Vastly experienced' Pontypool-based partner Clive Thomas has a 'knack for spotting and running cases successfully that others may not take on' and heads up the personal injury offering at the firm that regularly handles high-value catastrophic cases for private clients, as well as employers' liability matters for key union clients. Jonathan Wellington  has a 'good relationship with his clients and is alive to all of the salient issues in a case' across both clinical negligence matters, as well as on multi-track personal injury cases involving medical issues.

Practice head(s):

Clive Thomas (Personal Injury head); Jonathan Wellington (Clinical Negligence head)

Other key lawyers:

Michael Imperato; Lisa Guscott; Lyndsey Gordon-Webb

Testimonials

‘Watkins & Gunn has a long-established presence in south east Wales and a good reputation for representing local clients in and around Cardiff, Newport and Pontypool.’

Clive Thomas has a vast amount of experience and a very good manner with clients. He always prepares his cases well and covers all bases. He is good and negotiating with defendants and also has a knack for spotting and running cases successfully that others may not take on.’

‘Jonathan Wellington represents clients in clinical negligence claims and multi-track cases. Jonathan has a good relationship with his clients and is alive to all of the salient issues in a case which is invariably well-prepared.’

Key clients

Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union

Community Union

Work highlights

  • Advising a client bringing a public liability case following an injury suffered as a result of falling on a slippery decking outside a bar/restaurant in Cardiff.
  • Acting in a fatal personal injury when a young man was killed in a road traffic accident whilst on a trip to Southern Ireland, leaving behind a young family.
  • Acting for Community union members who suffered significant psychiatric injuries arising out of the Port Talbot steelworks explosion in April 2019.