Hall Of Fame

Leading Individuals: Personal Injury: Defendant

Personal injury and clinical negligence; defendant in Wales

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co merged with BLM in summer 2022, expanding its reach into the Wales market with the acquisition of a substantial team of lawyers who specialise in motor claims, occupational disease and a range of other personal injury matters. Key names include ‘vastly experienced’ Cardiff head Kerris Dale, who heads up the motor practice group, John Roberts, who leads the public sector team, and Cenydd Edwards, who is regarded as a ‘go-to advisor for defendant insurers in difficult asbestos cases.’ Recent cases handled by the team – who all work remotely in the Cardiff area – have covered spinal injuries, mesothelioma and other claims involving senior workplace injuries.


The practice is unusual in combining individuals with strength in high value road traffic work (ie catastrophic injury/chronic pain cases) as well as a high level of experience industrial disease work, particularly asbestos.’

I deal with this team in relation to its professional regulatory work. They provide an exemplary service, with the right mix of client support and realistic advice.’

Knowledgeable, professional and friendly team. Always available to discuss a claim and provide any ad-hoc advice.’

Key clients


Signature Aviation Plc


Pro Global

Corin Underwriting


Drawing upon ‘a wide breadth of knowledge and experience’, Dolmans‘ ‘high-quality’ team provides ‘innovative and skilled advice in the insurance market’ across a wide range of personal injury mandates, including in relation to highly specialised and emotive areas such as sexual abuse claims. Led by Adrian Oliver, the practice remains best-known for its defence of Welsh (and English) local and public authorities and their insurers; this expertise was underscored by the firm’s reappointment to the NPS panel as an approved legal adviser in the provision of defendant insurance litigation services to the public sector in Wales. Justin Harris is ‘at the top of the tree in terms of high-value personal injury litigation’ and, as well as handling work for many of the firm’s public sector clients, has also been pivotal to the firm’s continued growth acting for several UK national insurers in the defence of signficiant motor claims. Peter Bennett is particularly adept at handling employers’ liability matters and ‘is a first choice for catastrophic personal injury claims‘ in this context including as it relates to industrial disease. ‘A very calm presence and a good judge of a case’, Simon Evans is well regarded by insurer clients in claims brought against public sector clients, as well as in relation to RTAs. The firm is also noted for its public authority defence work in the context of social services negligence and the Human Rights Act 1998, an area that the ‘determined and dogged’ Clare Hoskins, the ‘exceptionalAmanda EvansMelanie Standley and Nicola Edwards, who has ‘an in-depth knowledge of the law‘, are recommended.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Oliver


A proudly Welsh leading team with a long of history of acting for local and public authorities in Wales, but one which also competes very well in technically challenging claims across England.’

Dolmans has an extremely effective team. They have a wide breadth of knowledge and experience. They are always available and conduct themselves in a highly professional manner.’

Dolmans is a high-quality team providing innovative and skilled advice in the insurance market. They bring a blend of experience and knowledge that insurers value highly.’

Key clients

Ageas Insurance Company Limited

Travelers Insurance Company Limited

AXA XL Insurance

Aspen Insurance Ltd

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Europe Limited

Sompo Canopius

HCC Insurance Ltd

Specialist Liability Services

Kudos Loss Adjusters Ltd

Gallagher Bassett International Ltd

BMW UK Limited

Tesco Underwriting

Cardiff Council

Newport City Council

Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council

Pembrokeshire County Council

Swansea Council

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

Caerphilly County Borough Council

Bridgend County Borough Council

Vale of Glamorgan County Council

Rhonda Cynon Taf County Borough Council

Powys County Council

Torfaen County Borough Council

Monmouthshire County Council

Dorset County Council

Somerset County Council

Central Bedfordshire Council

Southampton City Council

Derbyshire County Council

West Midlands Police

South Wales Police

Dyfed-Powys Police

Mid and West Wales Fire Service

Work highlights

  • Took over a long-running motor-related personal injury claim for Ageas Insurance Limited.
  • Recently oversaw a settlement for Tesco Underwriting involving significant traumatic brain injury, supported by extensive and complex expert evidence.
  • Continuing to represent West Midlands Police with regards to over 600 personal injury claims arising out of the Hillsborough tragedy.

Geldards LLP

The corporate claims team at Geldards LLP defends clients against employer and public liability claims, ranging from commoditised volume-based matters including low-value slips and trips through to catastrophic injuries and death. Led by the ‘experienced and intelligentDonna Makin, the team has a particular niche advising on the management of large corporate liability portfolios and working with captive insurance managers.

Practice head(s):

Donna Makin

Other key lawyers:

Amy Probert


The Geldards team handle high value and complex litigation capably and without fuss. They are extremely capable litigators.’

‘Geldards greatly assisted my organisation in the management of many complex uninsured employers’ liability related claims for over two decades before the risks were transferred following an insurance portfolio transfer.’

Donna Makin is experienced, intelligent and has exceptional judgement.’

Donna Makin was a valued business partner to our organisation for several years providing a first-class client focused service and delivering excellent results.’

Key clients

Hampden PLC

National Museum Wales

National Library of Wales

Maxfort Insurance Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising a public landowner in relation to a £12m tetraplegia public liability claim following an accident on a mountain bike trail on its land.
  • Successfully repudiating a claim for contribution to a tetraplegia claim made against a highways authority following an accident on a major trunk road.
  • Advising a global manufacturing and technology client in respect of mesothelioma and noise induced hearing loss claims brought against its UK subsidiaries.

Hugh James

Led by Alun Tobias, Hugh James‘ ‘knowledgeable, professional and friendly’ insurance and recoveries team provides an ‘excellent service’ to insurers, as well as core firm-wide public sector and corporate clients, in the defence of a wide range of classes of liability, including public, employers’, motor and property claims. ‘First-rate’ senior associate Leon Lloyd is ‘excellent at summarising and condensing complex cases into easy to understand decisions’. 

Practice head(s):

Alun Tobias

Other key lawyers:

Stephanie Eedy; Leon Lloyd


‘The whole team work together in a very tight unit.’

‘Knowledgeable, professional and friendly. Always available to discuss a claim and provide any ad-hoc advice.’

‘Hugh James provides excellent service standards and levels, with faultless adherence to service levels, billings and accuracy of reporting, as well as high levels of knowledge and advice.’

‘Leon Lloyd is first rate. A real details man, but good with clients too.’

‘Leon Lloyd is one of the leaders in his field in Cardiff and beyond. Clear in his advice founded on many years of experience. He spots the factual and legal issues immediately and has a keen commercial eye to place his advice in context.’

‘Leon Lloyd is excellent at summarising and condensing complex cases into easy to understand decisions, and maintains excellent standards of record keeping and file management.’

Work highlights