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'In the premier league for defendant personal injury in south Wales', BLM has the strength-in-depth to be able to handle a wide range of work for an impressive roster of insurers including Allianz, Aviva and Zurich. The 'excellent' Matthew Harrington heads up the office's general liability and occupational disease sub-group and as part of his broad-ranging practice regularly handles catastrophic injury cases including group litigation. Harrington also often advises clients in crisis management in the aftermath of serious incidents and in the defence of organisations against health and safety prosecutions. Kerris Dale heads the office's specialist motor unit and has vast experience handling a range of motor claims, from small straightforward matters through to catastrophic injury claims. Associate John Roberts has a particular focus on handling public sector, fraud and motor work and is a key member of the team that also includes Simon Cradick, who has a strong track-record handling occupational disease and high value employers’ liability and public liability matters, and Cenydd Edwards, who has a focus on short and long tail occupational disease including asbestos-related litigation.

With over 100 fee-earners based out of the firm's Newport office with a focus on defence work and also operating as an integral part of the firm's wider national network,  DAC Beachcroft Claims Limitedhas the critical mass to handle volume work in addition to more specialist areas including catastrophic injury, credit hire and health and safety. Sally Roff handles  personal injury defence work within a health and safety context and as well as defending clients in the aftermath of an incident is also well-versed in advising on risk management procedures and training to avoid problems further down the line. Roff recently provided crisis response advice to the engineering arm of a major insurer in the aftermath of fatal injuries to two engineer surveyors in separate incidents within a few weeks of each other. Nick Mahoney handles large loss and catastrophic injury claims arising out of motor accidents, employers' liability and public liability claims; he recently successfully defended a major general insurer using remoteness causation arguments against claims made by a claimant alleging brain injury following an accident at work. Faye Fishlock heads up the office’s motor injury team and is also responsible for managing the firm’s public sector relationships, following the team’s recent appointment to the National Procurement Service (NPS) for defendant litigation work. Other recommended practitioners include  Emma Fuller, who heads the firm's credit hire practice and associate Sean Harris, who specialises in the defence of chronic pain and fibromyalgia claims.

Praised for its 'depth of knowledge, responsiveness and clear advice', Dolmans¬†has a 'longstanding reputation for excellence in the field of personal defendant, local/public authority and insurance work'. The firm's deeply entrenched ties with Welsh local authorities sees it handle a significant volume of work within the public sector, where the 'quiet, calm, efficient and wily tactician' Justin Harris¬†has a tremendous reputation across¬† occupational stress, bullying, harassment and assault cases. Harris also heads up the firm's defendant road traffic practice and in this context handles work for numerous private sector entities including Tesco Insurance Company, which he recently acted for in a high-value and complex RTA case where the claimant suffered significant physical and psychological injuries. The 'thorough, tenacious and personable' Clare Hoskins¬†'always has a firm grasp of the cases she is dealing¬†with' and is the lynchpin of the firm's personal injury defence work on behalf of¬†Cardiff Council and Newport City Council. The 'highly experienced, pragmatic and commercial' Nicola Edwards¬†specialises in¬†complex claims against social services for alleged failure to protect children from abuse and neglect. Adrian Oliver¬†and Melanie Standley¬†'really understand their clients' aims and provide a high-quality service' to a myriad police forces in claims brought against them. Both are currently representing the¬†West Midlands Police in relation to litigation arising out of the Hillsborough disaster for psychological damage as a result of an alleged ‚Äúcover-up‚ÄĚ by police forces resulting in damaged reputations of Liverpool supporters. The 'hardworking and efficient' Peter Bennett¬†¬†heads the firm's occupational disease team and has an outstanding reputation representing clients in the defence of asbestos-related claims. Other recommended practitioners include 'rising star' Paul Veysey, Simon Evans¬†and associate Tom Danter, who is 'very able and has a growing reputation'.

Although it is better known for its claimant work, under the leadership of Stephanie Eedy,¬†¬†Hugh James¬†also provides an 'excellent service'¬† for blue-chip corporates, public sector entities and insurers across¬†a range of defendant personal injury work including industrial disease and public liability. Eedy has a particular focus on employers' liability and recently successfully secured a settlement of approximately half the initial claim for Calsonic Kansei UK following an action brought by an employee following a serious accident at work. Senior associate Leon Lloyd¬†'has vast experience in the field' and is praised for his 'clear eye for detail and commercial advice' on behalf government funded public bodies and private individuals.  

The 'experienced and knowledgeable' team at Geldards LLP¬†provides a 'thoroughly professional service' to insurers, manufacturing and construction companies, utility companies, charities, local authorities and retailers across the gamut of personal injury matters. Described as 'a pleasure to work with', team head¬†Donna Makin¬†has a 'thorough understanding¬†of her areas of specialism', that include advising self-insured corporates in the defence of¬†high-value industrial disease claims and fatal and catastrophic accident claims. Clients include National Museum of Wales, Maxfort Insurance, Schneider-Electric and Enersys.  

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