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Personal injury: defendant in Wales


Drawing upon ‘solid tactical acumen allied with shrewd financial awareness’, Dolmans is consistently engaged in the highest-profile mandates across the spectrum of personal injury work and richly deserves its reputation as ‘the go-to defendant firm in Wales for insurers and local authorities alike’. In addition to his multi-track work for a number of local authorities, ‘outstanding litigator’ Justin Harris heads up the firm’s road traffic department, which through its panel appointment with Ageas Insurance Company receives a raft of high-profile and complex catastrophic defence work. The ‘outstanding’ Peter Bennett regularly takes the lead on challenging matters, including group litigation for public authorities and insurers in the defence of claims relating to industrial accidents and industrial disease. Leveraging his ‘excellent legal knowledge’, Simon Evansis dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for his clients’ across a wide range of defence work, spanning employers’ and public liability, as well as road traffic and property-related defence work. Nicola Edwards has a ‘great understanding of the challenges of the public sector’ and regularly handles a range of work for both local authorities and police forces. Melanie Standleydelivers confident advice on complex matters’, including in the defence of claims against social services for alleged failure to protect children from abuse and neglect, work which Edwards and Clare Hoskins also specialise in. Adrian Oliver heads up the team and has vast experience representing police forces across many claims; he continues to represent West Midlands Police in the long-running litigation arising out of the Hillsborough disaster.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Oliver

Other key lawyers:

Justin Harris; Peter Bennett; Simon Evans; Clare Hoskins; Melanie Standley; Nicola Edwards; Amanda Evans


‘The firm has a dynamic ability to move with the times and consistently justifies its position as the go-to defendant firm in Wales for insurers and local authorities alike. It has been quick to adapt post-lockdown and delivers first- class advice and case management to its loyal clients.’

They are client focused, hardworking and what I would describe as a safe pair of hands. They are extremely professional and consistently provide prompt, confident and expert advice.’

‘Dolmans are highly professional, efficient and reliable. They always go above and beyond to achieve successful outcomes for their clients.’

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

  • Representing the interests of Ageas insurance Limited, in the defence of multiple claims arising from the Hinckley Point bus crash in January 2023.
  • Representing the interests of Travelers in connection with the Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) (early onset dementia) Group Litigation Claim brought by circa 170 former professional players against WRU, RFU and World Rugby.
  • Advised a Welsh local authority regarding multiple civil claims relating to failure to remove and breach of complainant’s human rights whilst children classed as ‘looked after children’ by the local authority.

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co‘s merger in the summer of 2022 with BLM afforded the firm its first office in Wales, however, while the merger had a number of synergies, as well as access to a greater pool of offices, a number of the previous highly recommended individuals have since left the firm. Nevertheless, Craig Hevicon  and Kerris Dale remain, and spearhead a ‘strong offering’ that is on the panel of many high-profile insurers, acting across a broad array of matters, ranging from relatively commoditised low-value claims through to catastrophic injury defence. Dale is particularly adept at defending motor claims, while Chartered Legal Executive Hevicon has a core focus on cases concerning occupational disease. Simon Cradick  rounds out the team at a senior level and has vast experience across a variety of occupational diseases and high-value employers’ liability, public liability, and road traffic claims.

Practice head(s):

Craig Hevicon; Kerris Dale

Other key lawyers:

Simon Cradick

Key clients

PwC Business Services Ltd

Signature Aviation Ltd


Pro Global

Corin Underwriting

Signature Aviation Ltd

Work highlights

Geldards LLP

The ‘knowledgeable, friendly and professional’ team at Geldards LLP excels in handling employer and public liability defence work for clients that operate insurance captives or self-insure. ‘Technically very able’ team head Donna Makin delivers ‘well thought out and sound advice’, including in the context of industrial disease claims, as well as in relation to the management of large corporate liability portfolios.

Practice head(s):

Donna Makin

Other key lawyers:

Amy-Beth Probert


‘The lawyers are knowledgeable, friendly and professional.’

The team is highly geared, efficient, client-focused and responsive.’

The advice is always clear, balanced and pragmatic.’

‘Donna Makin is an extremely bright and experienced senior lawyer.’

‘Donna Makin  is a formidable presence to have on your team.’

Donna Makin is technically very able, prepares thoroughly and delivers well thought out and sound advice.’

‘Amy-Beth Probert is a delight to work with, being very competent and enthusiastic and always responding quickly to queries.’

Key clients

Hampden PLC

National Museum/Amgueddfa Cymru

National Library of Wales


The Welsh Government

Maxfort Insurance Ltd

Natural Resources Wales

Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance PLC

Hugh James

The ‘efficient and user-friendly’ team at Hugh James regularly represents insurers, corporates and public sector entities across a wide range of personal injury matters, from low-value commoditised mandates, through to matters of the utmost severity, including industrial disease. Team head Alun Tobias has broad expertise within the insurance market, including on coverage issues and subrogated recoveries, while his personal injury defence work often flows from his broader professional negligence expertise. ‘Personable and strategic’ senior associate Leon Lloyd  ‘has a great deal of knowledge and experience’ in the defence of higher value employers’ and public liability claims for both public sector clients as well as private individuals.

Practice head(s):

Alun Tobias

Other key lawyers:

Stephanie Eedy; Leon Lloyd


‘Superb people who are efficient and user-friendly.’

‘Highly competent, excellent communicators, willing to tailor their approach to needs of clients.’

‘Leon Lloyd is an excellent lawyer. He is thorough, personable and a good strategic thinker.’

‘Leon Lloyd always goes the extra mile for the client.’

‘Leon Lloyd is professional, friendly and has a great deal of knowledge and experience.’

Work highlights