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'At the forefront of personal injury litigation', Hugh James's 16-partner team is 'at the top of the tree not only in Wales but across the UK in this sector', and has the critical mass to handle a tremendous volume and variety of cases including major pieces of group litigation. Headed by Mark Harvey, the team benefits from partners with sub specialisms including the 'fantastic' Gwen Evans, who has 'vast experience of handling environmental cases' - particularly group litigation relating to private nuisance claims. Andrew Harding is 'very easy to work with' and heads up the multi-disciplinary neurolaw department which includes a specialist Court of Protection unit providing professional deputy input to those who lack the necessary capacity to manage and administer their own finances. The 'outstanding' Cari Sowden-Taylor has a 'lovely manner with clients' and along with 'thorough and meticulous' consultant Sian Warren (who 'knows her way around a catastrophic injury case and is unfazed by the litigation process') are also part of the neurolaw team and handle work for claimants with traumatic brain injuries. Alan Collins is the firm's go-to-partner for sexual abuse claims and is 'widely recognised as one of a handful of specialists in this field and has acted in some of the most sensitive and important cases in the UK', including the Jimmy Saville litigation. The 'very experienced' Simon Ellis specialises in noise induced hearing loss and unitary disease work and is praised for his 'superb approach to client care and depth of knowledge'. The 'fantastic' Richard Green is 'excellent at asbestos-related disease work' and is a key member of the diverse team that also includes the 'pragmatic' Neil Stockdale, who heads up the firm's group actions department; consultant Gareth Morgan a market leader for mining compensation claims; multi-track specialist Iain Scott; and Kevin McCarthy, who specialises in noise induced hearing loss claims.

With personal injury work accounting for a large part of the firm's business, the 'expert and committed' team at NewLaw Solicitors is effectively able to manage a wide range of cases, ranging from low-value road traffic claims through to catastrophic cases involving spinal and head injuries. As well as being able to call upon lawyers with significant expertise across the gamut of personal injury claims - with a 'particular strength in handling motorcycle accidents' - clients benefit from a holistic service which also includes access to welfare managers (should the need arise) whose role is to support the injured party and their family across a whole host of non-legal aspects. The 'very experienced and detail-oriented' Nicola Edwards  heads the firm's serious injury team and recently settled a complex orthopaedic case for a sum of just under £800,000. Benefiting from 'decades of experience', Cenric Clement-Evans is, according to one barrister, 'probably the best workplace injury and disease solicitor in the UK', and as well as his fee-earning work is also involved at a governmental level including his involvement as Secretary of the Cross Party Group on asbestos at the National Assembly for Wales. Lisa Samuel  'demonstrates excellent judgement and tenacity in achieving a good result for the client' and is a key member of the team that also includes 'superb industrial disease specialist' Lowri Morgan ; Hilton Obery , who specialises in spinal injury cases; and Mark Gayler , who specialises in amputation claims and complex orthopaedic injuries caused by motorcycle accidents.

'Well-versed in dealing with complex/high-value personal injury claims and asbestos litigation', Slater and Gordon provides an 'excellent service' on behalf of a loyal cadre of clients including numerous trade unions such as GMB, Unite and USDAW. Due to the size of the team, lawyers are able to specialise in certain niche areas, including the 'experienced and knowledgeable' John Browne who heads the industrial disease team in Cardiff and 'has recently been successful in extending the firm's presence into the South West where it now regularly acts for asbestos injury claimants'. 'A formidable litigator',Nicholas Collins has a 'wealth of experience of undertaking complex/high value personal injury litigation and is a great man to have in your corner'. Senior associate Julian Cason's  'forte is asbestos litigation' and is 'eminently suited to this area of work by virtue of the excellent manner he has with clients, which fills them with absolute confidence'. The 'excellent' Susan Edwards heads the office's serious injury department and has significant experience handling spinal injury and brain injury cases. The firm no longer has a capability in north Wales following the recent closure of its office in Wrexham.

The 'friendly, knowledgeable and responsive' team at JCP Solicitors specialises in high-value catastrophic cases arising from brain and spinal injuries and is acknowledged in the market for taking a 'genuine interest in its clients' welfare'. Team head Keith Thomas has a 'wealth of knowledge and experience' and is particularly accomplished at handling maximum severity acquired brain injury and birth injury cases. The 'excellent' Matthew Owen is also recommended for birth and brain injury cases, Mei Li has significant experience across an array of catastrophic injury cases, while Welsh speaker Ian Rees is able to undertake personal injury matters in Welsh or English. The merger in April 2017 with Glamorgan Law has enhanced the firm's coverage extending from its pre-existing south west Wales foothold through to the south east of the country where the experienced Helen Cradick has expertise across a range of personal injury mandates including road traffic accidents (RTA) and employers' liability claims.

Able to leverage 'strong and longstanding trade union relationships', including on behalf of Unite, Unison and RMT, the 'very committed and experienced' 16-strong team at Thompsons Solicitors LLP receives a significant volume of work across a wide range of cases ranging from low-value matters to those of the utmost severity. The 'excellent asbestos litigation expert' Amanda Jones is well regarded in the market, as is the 'very knowledgeable and experienced' Eamonn McDonough, who also handles asbestos-related litigation. The 'intelligent and hardworking' Anthony Welsh provides 'very pragmatic and well-prepared advice' in relation to multi-track cases, where he is noted for the 'speed with which he recognises the salient issues' and his ability to 'prosecute his client’s case to the maximum advantage'. The 'very thorough' Paul Rosser is also recommended.

Mackenzie Jones Solicitors has a strong reputation advising north and mid Wales and north west England-based clients across a range of personal injury claims, ranging from RTA cases through to industrial disease claims. Founding member and team head Richard Jones has a raft of experience handling cases of the utmost severity including spinal and head injuries. Anna Mills Morgan is also recommended.

At Simpson Millar LLP, 'excellent' Cardiff-based team head Phillip Gower has a 'fantastic reputation', in particular for handling industrial disease personal injury work and has a particularly strong track-record handling mesothelioma cases caused by exposure to asbestos.

With practitioners based in Newport, Pontypool and Cardiff, Watkins & Gunn Solicitors has excellent coverage across south east Wales and acts for clients across a range of personal injury matters including RTA, holiday cliams, elder abuse, and industrial disease cases. The team is, however, best-known for its employers' liability prowess and has represented the Bakers Union for over 25 years. Team head Clive Thomas has an excellent reputation across a variety of cases, including catastrophic injuries and psychiatric injury. Thomas recently settled a case for a claimant who suffered significant injuries in a workplace accident; the case was complicated by having to determine the extent to which her ongoing symptoms were the result of the accident and how much of them were caused by pre-existing arthritis and how this impacted on her inability to work. Jonathan Wellington and Lisa Guscott are also recommended.

Although it is principally a defendant practice, Dolmans also 'handles some high-quality claimant work as well'. The 'exceedingly thorough' Philip Bradley provides a 'very professional and polished approach' to clients engaged in a wide array of personal injury claims including employers’ and public liability, road traffic claims and clinical disputes. Bradley's past work has included recovering major settlements for a self-employed building contractor who had suffered serious lower leg injuries in a road traffic accident and for a holiday maker who sustained serious back injuries in a slipping accident in Heathrow Airport. Peter Bennett is also recommended.

'A¬†good local alternative to the now familiar ‚ÄúBig Fish‚ÄĚ', north Wales-based GHP Legal combines 'old-fashioned values with modern thinking and service' across¬†everything from small claims to more complex multi-track cases, including major psychiatric injury and brain injury cases. Recent highlights include representing¬†a claimant who suffered severe multiple orthopaedic injuries and brain damage in an RTA involving a foreign driver and insurance company. The 'personable' John Hulme¬†'has a wealth of experience' and provides an 'effective service'. Robert Williams¬†is also recommended.

Headed by Andrew Christie, Harding Evans LLP’s three-strong team has capacity across the spectrum of personal injury claims including fatal and catastrophic accidents, occupational diseases and RTAs. Christie is particularly accomplished at handling employers' liability cases.

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