Personal injury: claimant in Wales

Hugh James

With seven partners focused on personal injury claimant work, Hugh James has the critical mass and experience in the market to be able to resource matters using true specialists in areas including industrial disease, environmental, military litigation and sexual abuse. The firm is perhaps best-known for its industrial disease offering and has a national reputation in bringing group action claims on behalf of former miners. The 'vastly experiencedMark Harvey and Andrew Harding lead the overall claimant personal injury team, which also includes the 'empathetic and knowledgeableRichard Green - who is 'a leader in his speciality' of asbestos-related matters.  Other recommended practitioners include Alan Collins for his work on behalf of sexual abuse victims; Kevin McCarthy, who specialises in noise induced hearing loss claims; and associate Lucy Strong, who has a focus on asbestos-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Mark Harvey; Andrew Harding

Other key lawyers:

Richard Green; Alan Collins; Kevin McCarthy; Iain Scott; Gwen Evans; Cari-Sowden-Taylor; Lucy Strong; Ciaran McCabe

Testimonials

‘The Industrial Disease team at Hugh James work tirelessly to advocate and prioritise their clients needs.’

‘Attentive and tactful at a time that is distressing given the palliative nature of their asbestos-related malignancy.’

‘Able to progress challenging cases that others have declined and successfully achieving compensation for clients.’

‘Richard Green is a gentleman when in contact with patients/clients and attentive to their individual circumstance.’

‘Ciaran McCabe is diligent, intelligent drives a hard bargain. I’d want him on my side in a negotiation.’

‘Ciaran McCabe is a top division player who has gravitas as a litigator.’

Work highlights

  • The firm represented clients who were sexually abused by Douglas Slade in successful compensation claim.
  • The firm is representing the former residents of the Les Chenes children’s home in Jersey in their claim for damages arising from unlawful imprisonment.
  • The firm is representing various claimants sent to Australia and Southern Rhodesia between 1950 and 1970 in case against the UK government.
  • The firm is representing various claimants waiting for their retrospective NHS Continuing Healthcare cases to be considered.
  • Representing claimant in complex and on-going living mesothelioma claim.

JCP Solicitors

The leading personal injury claimant firm in west Wales, and increasingly spreading its sphere of influence further east (largely due to the firm's recent acquisition of Glamorgan Law), Swansea-headquartered JCP Solicitors excels at handling high-value catastrophic cases arising particularly from brain and spinal injuries. As well as receiving direct instructions, a significant proportion of the work handled by the team is by way of transfer from other firms upon the recommendation of other brain injury professionals. 'Excellent' team head Keith Thomas is noted for his prowess at handling acquired brain injury cases. Mei Li also excels at handling catastrophic personal injury claims.

Practice head(s):

Keith Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Mei Li; Matthew Owen; Helen Cradick; Peter Davies; Owain Davies

Testimonials

‘An excellent practice, particularly in relation to high-value claims.’

NewLaw Solicitors

With personal injury matters accounting for the majority of work handled by the firm, the 'approachable and dedicated' 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. The team is able to provide a fast and responsive service, particularly in relation to the more commoditised and lower-value claims by virtue of a new and evolving case management system. Clients also benefit from a holistic service which includes access to welfare managers. Head of the firm's specialist claims team, Nicola Edwards, has an excellent reputation for handling personal injury claims of the utmost severity. The experienced Hilton Obery is noted for his expertise at handling spinal injury cases.

Practice head(s):

Karl Ford (Head of Fast Track) and Nicola Edwards (Head of Specialist Claims)

Other key lawyers:

Hilton Obery; Cenric Clement-Evans; Mark Gayler; Lisa Samuel; Emma Louise-Jones; Melanie Ford

Testimonials

‘The very experienced Hilton Obery has a lovely manner with clients.’

‘Nicola Edwards is very experienced and strong.’

‘Lisa Samuel and Emma Louise-Jones are sensitive, sensible and demonstrate sound judgement.’

‘Lisa Samuel has a comprehensive knowledge of her speciality of spinal injury claims.’

‘Melanie Ford is clever and tactically very astute.’

Key clients

Carol Nash Legal Services

Ageas Law

RCN Legal

Your Law

BMA Law

FMG Legal

H & R Legal

National Accident Helpline

Work highlights

  • Secured a £6.1m settlement on behalf of a claimant who suffered a severe spinal injury and other complications whilst felling trees as part of his employment.
  • Secured £85,000 in compensation for a 48-year old male for a lower limb fracture and an ACL tear injury.
  • Secured settlement for future aids and equipment to assist the claimant being able to return to work following a road traffic accident.
  • Securing a settlement for £125,000 when the defendant’s sought to argue the debilitating audio- vestibular condition was not genuine

Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon has a strong reputation among private individuals, as well as for members of numerous trade unions, across a wide range of personal injury claims, ranging from RTA and employers' liability through to serious industrial disease. Clients also benefit from various ancillary services, including a Court of Protection offering and a client liaison and welfare benefits adviser. John Browne has 'in-depth knowledge' in relation to industrial disease-related claims, and Nicholas Collins has vast experience dealing with workplace injuries, particularly within heavy industry environments. The 'empathetic and sensitiveJulian Cason excels at handling asbestos-related matters.

Practice head(s):

John Browne (Head of Cardiff Industrial Disease Team) and Andrew Owen (Head of Cardiff Personal Injury Team)

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Collins; Michael Jenkins; Julian Cason

Testimonials

‘Vastly experienced and resourced personal injury team with a long history of fighting for claimants.’

‘Impressive breadth of knowledge.’

‘The experienced Nicholas Collins has a good tactical approach to complex claims.’

‘John Browne is a canny litigator who has a wealth of experience in dealing with asbestos litigation and always seems to be one-step ahead of the opposition.’

‘Julian Cason has an excellent manner in dealing with people in very difficult circumstances.’

Thompsons Solicitors LLP

The 'responsive and approachable' team at Thompsons Solicitors LLP derives most of its claimant personal injury work as a result of its deeply embedded union ties. The team benefits from 'experienced solicitors in a wide range of fields with expertise spanning many years', including the 'excellentAmanda Jones, who manages the asbestos sub-group and 'pragmatic and well-prepared' associate Anthony Welsh , who manages the multi-track accident team in Cardiff.

Mackenzie Jones Solicitors

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. Managing director Richard Davies Jones and Anna Mills Morgan both have vast experience across a range of matters, including those relating to spinal and brain injuries.

Practice head(s):

Richard Davies Jones

Other key lawyers:

Anna Mills Morgan

Work highlights

  • Secured a £5m gross settlement on behalf of a claimant in a personal injury matter involving catastrophic injuries.
  • Represented the claimant in a claim for compensation for very serious injuries sustained as a result of a road traffic accident, a result of which the defendant was killed.
  • Represented the claimant in a personal injury claim which settled for in excess of £300,000
  • Represented the claimant in a tripping accident.
  • Represented the personal representatives of the deceased in a fatal accident claim which settled for £165,000.

Simpson Millar LLP

Although it lacks the critical mass to handle the volume of instructions many of its higher-ranked peers do, Simpson Millar LLP regularly handles industrial disease work, including asbestos-related and vibration white finger claims. Team head Gavin Evans has specialist expertise in asbestos and chest disease claims, as well as occupational cancer cases.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Evans

Other key lawyers:

Simon Rosser

Testimonials

‘The knowledgeable and experienced team provides solid advice.’

Watkins & Gunn Solicitors

Traditionally strong throughout the Gwent region, and increasingly gaining a foothold in Cardiff courtesy of the growth of the firm's office there since its opening seven years ago, Watkins & Gunn Solicitors handles a range of personal injury work for private clients and trade union members. The firm has particular strength in relation to employers' liability, an area that managing partner Clive Thomas has particular expertise in.

Practice head(s):

Clive Thomas

Other key lawyers:

Michael Imperato; Jonathan Wellington; Lisa Guscott

Key clients

Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union

Community Union

Work highlights

  • The firm is involved in a fatal accident case following the death of a pedestrian in a road traffic accident.
  • The firm recently concluded a complex case (made particularly challenging as a result of the claimant having no recollection of the accident) on behalf of a schoolgirl  who suffered significant injuries in a road traffic accident when she was struck by a passing tractor.

Dolmans

Although it is best-known for its defendant practice, Dolmans also handles a small amount of claimant work. Team head Philip Bradley has particular skill in handling personal injury claims arising from road traffic accidents, as well is in the context of employers' liability.

Practice head(s):

Philip Bradley

Other key lawyers:

Peter Bennett

GHP Legal

Servicing clients in north and mid-Wales, as well as across Cheshire and Shropshire, Wrexham-based GHP Legal has a strong offering across a range of personal injury matters, from small claims to more complex multi-track cases including major psychiatric injury and brain injury cases.

Practice head(s):

Robert Williams

Other key lawyers:

Rod Waters

Work highlights

  • The firm secured damages awards for the psychiatric injuries suffered by three secondary victims of a fatal motorcycle accident, including one who was not proximate to the scene.
  • Acting on behalf of a claimant who suffered severe multiple orthopaedic injuries and brain damage in a road traffic accident involving a foreign driver and insurance company.

Harding Evans LLP

At Newport-based Harding Evans LLPAndrew Christie has vast experience across the gamut of personal injury claims, including those of the utmost severity.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Christie