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Clinical negligence: claimant

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  1. Clinical negligence: claimant
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

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    • Inez Brown - Harrison Clark Rickerbys

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Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP 's clinical negligence practice has ‘a culture of making clients feel valued, reassured and comfortable during what is a very anxious time in their lives’. Practice head Rankeshwar Batta  works across all areas of clinical negligence, and is ‘very experienced’ and ‘has a great manner with clients’ . Senior associate Sarah Huntbach is ‘very professional' with 'detailed and timely interactions’ and is ‘particularly caring with younger claimants and always involves them in discussions’. Other key figures include associates Ann Houghton , Victoria Fullilove  and David Evison , who is heavily involved in abuse claims.

Irwin Mitchell  is 'one of the largest and most effective clinical negligence teams in the country' and 'attracts many of the biggest and most important cases'. The practice is led by Lisa Jordan, who has 'a huge wealth of experience' and 'is one of the foremost solicitors in this field'. Mandy Luckman focuses on birth injury and cosmetic surgery cases, and 'establishes a rapport even with the most difficult, damaged or suspicious clients'. Sara Burns specialises in brain, spinal or neurological injury cases. Jenna Harris posseses 'great tenacity' and is 'definitely a solicitor that a client would want in their corner'. Luke Daniels  is 'very experienced', and 'completely unphased by very difficult, complicated and high value cases'. Emma Rush was made partner in 2017 and 'prepares her cases exceptionally well' and has 'very good judgment when it comes to bringing them to a successful resolution'.  Associate solicitor Laura Daly 's 'legal analysis is second to none' and is 'entirely unafraid of a fight'. Fatal claims specialist Lindsay Tomlinson is also recommended.  

Lanyon Bowdler has a broad practice with a particular proficiency in handling brain and spinal injury claims. Kay Kelly co-heads the team and regularly advises on claims pertaining to birth injuries, brain injuries, surgical errors, gender reassignment and fertility. She is a 'great judge of cases' and 'clients love her friendly and efficient manner'. Fellow practice head Lucy Small is based in Hereford and 'works tirelessly to get the best results'. Other key figures include: associate Emma Broomfield, who has 'great judgment' and 'can spot the winning point', and  associate Katherine Marriot-Lodge, who has 'a lovely manner' and is 'intelligent' and 'works hard to get great results'. Also recommended is associate Beth Harrison , who is 'enthusiastic', 'well-read' and possesses a a 'sixth sense for cases with hidden substandard care'.

Shoosmiths LLP has 'an exceptionally talented team brilliantly running claims of the utmost complexity and severity'. Phil Barnes leads the team and recently advised a young dental nurse who suffered a career-ending injury to her dominant hand and acted for a family of four children who lost their mother allegedly though a delayed cancer diagnosis.  Nick Tubb is also a key figure and assisted an elderly woman who suffered a fracture on her leg while being treated at hospital. Kashmir Uppal regularly acts for claimants on birth injuries and Richard Follis is an expert in high-profile inquests. Senior associate Richard Bannister acted for a widow whose husband showed symptoms of acute coronary syndrome and was not placed on an urgent waiting list that would have prevented his death. Senior associate Sarah Corser is an expert in brain injury claims. Other notable names include senior associates Victoria Blankstone and Michael Burrell.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys operates under its 'Medical Accident Group' banner and is a 'force to be reckoned with on clinical negligence cases'. Practice head Inez Brown is particularly strong on birth and catastrophic injury claims, and has  'a firm but empathetic approach', 'impressive legal technical expertise' and 'solid team leadership and case management skills'. Peter Savage is known for 'his combative style which gets results', and has extensive experience in dealing with cases involving children. Charlotte Measures  is 'a very experienced and attentive litigator' who has 'a strong client focus' and 'drives cases home through all obstacles'. Ally Taft  is also recommended and has 'strength in her tactical focus on cases', 'thinks several steps ahead' and 'never takes her eye off the ball'.  

Higgs & Sons is 'an excellent firm for clinical negligence' with 'a strong and dedicated staff team'. Clare Langford  co-leads the team and focuses on brain and spinal injuries. She is known for her 'experience', 'efficiency' and 'determination to getting results'. Fellow practice head Andy Shaw  is 'a great strategist' and 'able to identify the case winning points swiftly and press home the advantage'. Liz Hickman  has advised on cases involving birth injuries, tetraplegia and cases involving a delayed diagnosis of cancer. Senior associate Sue Allen is 'very clever', 'hardworking' and 'clients love her'. Associate Jenny Shone  has 'extensive experience', 'medical knowledge' and 'empathy for her clients'.

Brindley Twist Tafft & James  covers negligence claims relating to cerebral palsy, brain damage, gynecology and orthopedics. The team is led by Tom Barnes , who is 'highly experienced', 'has  a great case load' and 'is popular with clients'. Also recommended is Richard Stanford , who is 'excellent', 'clever', 'hard working' and 'canny'.

GHP Legal's Oswestry office handles a number of high complex claims, with notable strengths in dealing with issues such as psychiatric injuries, sexual abuse,  and stress at work. John Hulme leads the team and has handled late diagnosis of cancer claims, as well as misdiagnosis claims.

Sydney Mitchell LLP  handle a range of clinical negligence claims, with 'an approach to client care that is second to none'. Mike Sutton  heads up the team and 'very well respected locally'. He is assisted by senior personal injury executive David Lydon ,Adam Hodson  and  Stephen Jesson.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP  is headed by Linda Millband , who specialises in high profile clinical negligence claimant work. She recently acted on a paraplegia case for a young woman which settled for £6m. Senior solicitor Martin Singh  is also a key figure, with significant expertise in handling birth injury claims. Also recommended is Tony Mikhael , who also has extensive experience in medical negligence cases.

Wright Hassall LLP is led by Jeanette Whyman who has a particular interest in obstetric claims, late diagnosis and inappropriate treatment of cancer.  Recent work highlights of hers include acting for claimants against notorious surgeons such as Manu Nair and Ian Paterson.


Clinical negligence: defendant

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  1. Clinical negligence: defendant
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

Hall of Fame

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Leading individuals

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Next generation lawyers

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Bevan Brittan LLP ‘first class service’ runs the gamut of clinical negligence work, with a client roster that includes a number of NHS trusts. Birmingham-based  Tim Hodgetts  defended University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust on a claim involving delayed treatment for artery occlusion. He also advised the Birmingham Women's NHS Foundation Trust on the mismanagement of a birth delivery which allegedly resulted in brain damage to the child. Adrian Dagnell   is ‘highly experienced’ and ‘very well regarded’ and focuses primarily on high profile indexation and high value quantum matters. Nicola Pegg is highly experienced in complex cerebral palsy and neurosurgical claims.

Browne Jacobson LLP has ‘real excellence amongst at all levels' and 'a track record of achieving results’. Sarah White is ‘a nationally recognised specialist in this field’ with ‘such vast experience that she has usually seen a particular situation which arises before’ and ‘has creative solutions to tricky tactical problems’. She represented George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust on the alleged mismanagement of deep vein thrombosis. She also defended Royal Wolverhampton Hospital NHS Trust and NHS Resolution against a claim involving the delayed diagnosis of cauda equine syndrome. Sarah Manning  advised the Medical Protection Society on an orthopaedic hip surgery claim as well as National Health Service Litigation Authority and Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust on a cerebral palsy claim. Jonathan Fuggle  advised George Eliot Hospitals NHS Trust and NHS Resolution on a gynaecological procedure claim as well as Southend University Hospital NHS FT and NHS Resolution on a claim of mismanagement of rectal cancer. Neil Ward  defended Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership Trust & National Health Service Resolution against an alleged delay in diagnosing acute angle closure glaucoma. He similarly defended NHS Resolution / Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust against a cerebral palsy medical negligence claim stemming from midwifery care. Simon Charlton has strong capabilities on mental health and governance matters. Other notable names include the recently promoted director Emma Rees , who has experience in birth, brain and spinal injury claims,  and solicitor David Toulmin van Sittert, who focuses on high-value traumatic injuries.

Weightmans LLP  work for both public and private health care providers with clients that include National Health Service Resolution, RSA and AIG Europe. Practice head Tony Yeaman handles complex and high value cases and recently advised Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and NHS Resolution on alleged negligence of arranging growth scans which resulted in brain damage. He also advised the University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust and NHS Resolution on allegedly providing inadequate advice and negligent foot surgery to remove a neuroma. Deborah Bannister  works for both NHS trusts and private healthcare providers on contentious matters. Melanie Isherwood  works for both NHS resolution and uninsured medical practitioners on clinical negligence claims. John Pinsent  is also an expert in handling clinical negligence claims.

Mills & Reeve LLP has expertise in clinical negligence claims and medical malpractice insurance matters for clients such as Virgin Care, Global Diagnostics and Zurich Global. Stephen King leads the practice and has notable expertise in health and insurance-related matters. Other key figures include professional indemnity insurance specialist Neil Frankland   and principal associate Sarah Kenyon  .


Personal injury: claimant

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  1. Personal injury: claimant
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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Next generation lawyers

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For some, Irwin Mitchell in Birmingham is 'without doubt the pre-eminent personal injury firm'. Managing partner Stuart Henderson leads the personal injury division and has extensive experience in handling brain and spinal cord injuries. Stephen Nye heads the serious injury team and is 'a tough operator' and 'a great man to have in your corner'. Hilary Wetherell has a particular focus on brain injury and lack of capacity cases. Clive Garner has 'a well-deserved and leading reputation as one of the foremost international personal injury lawyers in the country'. He advised a number of claimants who suffered physical and psychological injuries from being involved in the Costa Concordia Cruise disaster of 2012. Philip Banks also works on international claims and is 'a calm and wise head in the most difficult and complex cases'. Public health specialist Amandeep Dhillon is 'a genuinely creative lawyer who thinks outside the box' and recently represented a widower whose wife died from consuming contaminated food at The White Horse restaurant in London. Another key figure is the healthcare-focused Luke Daniels , who  is 'very senior', 'very experienced' and 'completely unphased by very difficult, complicated and high value cases'. Suki Chhokar, Alida Coates, Satinder Bains and Elizabeth Tetzner are also recommended.

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP has ‘a very good personal injury practice’ that includes ‘empathetic and talented solicitors who cover a wide range of work’. Practice head Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP  is ‘very thorough’, ‘tactically astute’ and ‘incredibly down to earth’. Associate David Evison  is ‘very good tactically’ and ‘handles clients extremely well’. Also recommended is associate Victoria Fullilove, who possesses a ‘tactical insight and knowledge that goes beyond her years of qualification’.

Lanyon Bowdler  is 'a top-quality outfit that dominates the personal injury market in Shropshire'. Practice head Neil Lorimer  is 'fearless' and 'tenacious', with 'an incredible attention to detail'. He recently acted in a claim arising from a jet ski colliding with another jet ski. Associate solicitor Dawn Humphries is 'delightful', 'very sympathetic to clients' and is 'very well organised in carrying a heavyweight caseload'. She recently handled a spinal injury case where the claimant was dropped by her then partner while dancing. She also worked on a road traffic accident claim suffered by a recent law graduate.  Also recommended are associate solicitors Claire Vale  and  Debbie Humphries , who both focus on fast-track claims. Louise Howard  was promoted to associate in 2017 and is 'caring' and 'always looking out for her clients'.  

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP's practice is headed by Tim Gray , who specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence claims. He recently represented a client who suffered brain and orthopaedic injuries during a motorcycle accident 10 years ago, which was logged with the Motor Insurers Bureau. Gray is supported by Susan Todhunter  who advised on a claim made by the parents of a child who fell from a window which had been poorly repaired by the local council shortly before the incident occurred. Other noteworthy figures include Sophie Ann Bridges   and associate Adam Wilson.

Higgs & Sons  is 'a large team of talented personal injury litigators' that is 'expertly led by Andy Shaw ' and 'supported by a range of quality lawyers at every level of experience'. Shaw advises on  head injury, fatal accidents and industrial disease claims and is 'a great strategist' who is 'able to identify the case winning points swiftly and press home the advantage'. He is supported by associate solicitor Claire Burnell , who handles road traffic accidents, work accidents and accidents abroad. Also recommended is associate Steven Santy , who works on claims arising out of road traffic accidents as well as employer and public liability. Santy is 'capable of taking on the most difficult cases' and 'gets great results again and again'.

Slater and Gordon  is led by Richard Langton , who regularly advises on fatal, spinal, and brain injuries, often resulting from road traffic accidents, or involving employer or public liability. Recent work highlights include representing a bus driver who was struck by a tree falling from parish council-owned land and acting on a claim where a toddler was hit by a car by a driver who was warned not to drive due to his poor eyesight. Langdon is supported by solicitor Jayne Campbell , who specialises in disease claims and employer's liability. Public liability claims solicitor Michele Taylor  is also a key figure.

Clarke Willmott LLP is led by Philip Edwards , who is 'extremely knowledgeable in all areas of personal injury law', 'a superb negotiator' and 'brooks no nonsense from any hard-nosed insurers seeking to avoid their responsibilities'. Edwards is highly experienced in handling claims pertaining to brain injuries amputations, spinal injuries and fatal injuries.  He recently acted for a family on criminal proceedings against a driver who caused the death of their husband.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP  'deal with claims of varying complexity, from straightforward road traffic claims to complex industrial accidents'. Tony Hannington leads the team and is 'a strategic thinker' and 'a calm and cool head no matter what the situation'. He represented a claimant who was run over by a vehicle while walking along the pavement and suffered physical and psychological injuries.  Peter Kelly  is also a key figure and focuses on spinal chord and product liability claims. Legal director Adam Parry  regularly works alongside Hannington on his cases and has 'a very close eye for detail', 'builds strong relationships with clients' and is 'formidable when negotiating'.

Sydney Mitchell LLP is 'a small team that has built up considerable experience', whose 'approach to client care is second to none'. Mike Sutton  leads the team and is 'very well respected locally within the profession'. He specialises in handling road and work accidents, and recently represented a client who suffered from complex regional pain syndrome due to falling from a ladder. David Lydon  recently joined the firm from Pearson Rowe Incorporating Springthorpes and has a similar focus on work and road accidents. He recently acted for an individual who required amputation to due to injuries suffered by his fingers while at work. Also recommended is solicitor Adam Hodson.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP  is led by the 'tenacious'  Karl De-Loyde , who 'leaves no stone unturned' and 'never gives up on a point until he has exhausted all enquiries'. He is supported by Alison Fahy , who regularly advises on work accidents, road  accidents and fatal accidents claims.  John Mullen  is known for his 'vast experience and knowledge' of industrial disease work and advised on a claim from trade union members against Severn Trent Water,  which alleged that there was exposures to excessive levels of hydrogen sulphide in the working environment. Amputations and fatal claims Elizabeth Ford  is also a key figure, as is the 'up-and-coming' Laura Harper, who similarly focuses on amputation claims. Other notable names include asbestos claims specialist Dave Fisher , Vicky Kingscote  and David Gauler.

Tony Hall heads the personal injury practice at Alsters Kelley LLP  and has a strong background in handling birth injuries, spinal injuries, and fatal injuiries. Another key figure is senior solicitor Haidee Vedy, who has worked on both physical and psychological injury claims.

Spinal cord injury claims are a hallmark of Brethertons LLP ' practice. Jonathan Rees leads the team and possesses 'the highly technical skills to deal with cases often with complex and difficult medical issues' and has 'a confident manner that instils confidence in his clients and legal team'. He is supported by assistant solicitor Sian Buxton, who has a similar focus on spinal injuries. Also recommend is senior associate Alison Goldney , who is 'a very skilled litigator' with 'an excellent technical grasp of what are often very complex medical issues'.

Vicky Blodwell  heads the team at DBS Law Limited  and is highly skilled in handling claims involving road traffic accidents, work accidents and accidents that arise in public spaces. The firm's particular niche is that it is regularly advises claimants from minority communities in the UK.

Based in Oswestry, GHP Legal is noted for its ‘mix of old-fashioned values with modern thinking and service’. John Hulme  leads the team and has ‘a wealth of experience’ and ‘a personable and effective manner’. Recent work highlights of the firm include advising on a delayed diagnosis of cancer and representing three individuals who suffered psychiatric injuries from a motorcycle accident.

Shoosmiths LLP  is led by Sara Hunt , who works across all aspects of personal injury and is particularly strong in advising on asbestos-related disease claims. She recently advised on a claim involving the death of an individual who removed asbestos from pipes by hand. Also recommended is solicitor Kate Price-Marson , who also regularly handles industrial disease claims.

Simpson Millar LLP is led by Howard Davies , who is notably strong in handling brain and amputation injury claims. He recently advised on a £30,000 claim involving an cyclist who was struck by a vehicle and suffered orthopaedic, neurological and facial injuries. He also represented an employee on a liabilility claim where he suffered injuries from an overturning fork lift truck. David Erwin  is also a key figure and focuses on brain injury and fatal accident claims.

Thursfields Solicitors has represented claimants on road traffic accidents, employer's liability, public liability and industrial diseases. Senior associate Bernadette Mackie leads the team and 'very experienced and capable in personal injury work' and 'takes a sensible and pragmatic approach to cases'.


Personal injury: defendant

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  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

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BLM is known for its 'exceptional work ethic', 'attention to detail', 'unparalleled knowledge' and 'ability to engage with its clients’. James Harvey co-heads the team and is ‘a tactical and tenacious litigator' who 'consistently goes the extra mile in order to achieve outstanding results’. He defended Compass Group against a £500,000 personal injury claim from an ex-employee and advised West Midlands Travel on a claim where a client was allegedly involved in a fault accident. Fellow practice head Mike Dobson is ‘exceptionally bright’ and ‘respected nationally, both by instructing insurers and opponents alike’. He acted for Allianz on an employer’s liability personal injury claim. Other notable names include:  Martin Smith  , who is an expert in motor insurance matters; and Stephen Hazelton, who focuses on catastrophic injury claims. Also recommended are: David Thompson, who is an expert in employer and public liability claims; and Verinder Bedi, who specialises in motor, employer liability and public liability claims. Chris Wiggin has joined Shakespeare Martineau LLP.

DAC Beachcroft LLP has a strong reputation in personal injury defendant work with clients that include Axa, Allianz and Aviva. Rhodri Richards is the group’s head of business development and has extensive experience in insurance and personal injury work. Sara May leads the complex and catastrophic injury team in Birmingham and is ‘very professional’ and ‘very efficient’ with ‘excellent industry knowledge’. Elizabeth Duley  is an expert in motor injury, employer’s liability and public liability claims. For some, Richard Stallard ‘is undoubtedly the leading authority on periodical payments in this area of law’ and ‘is exceptionally focused, attentive to detail and has a strong strategic sense but never forgets that the claimants are human beings’. Liz Jones regularly acts for insurers on claims stemming from motor accidents or employment and public liability. Anthony Carrington advised Aviva Insurance on a claim seeking damages for an injury which allegedly arose from a three-vehicle collision. Counter fraud specialist Jemma Lewis assisted Direct Line Group Insurance Services with three claims which were allegedly caused by a road traffic accident.

DWF  is ‘highly regarded by insurers’ and ‘is truly specialist in this field’. Insurance policy expert Derek Adamson heads the occupational health and casualty team and provides ‘top-drawer’ advice . Lorraine Carolan is also a key figure and is the national head of counter fraud. Kate Archer often acts for clients facing investigations from the police, HSE or local authorities. Other notable names include insurance liability specialist Lindsey McQueen and disease-related claims expert Rob Edwards. Paul Donnelly was promoted to partner in 2017 and advises on historic abuse claims. He recently advised Coventry City Council and Zurich Insurance on the alleged crimes of Kevin Donaldson at a care home in Coventry. Caroline Coates left the firm and works as an independent consultant

Keoghs LLP  has 'a good national presence’ and provides ‘prompt’, ‘sound’ and ‘pragmatic technical and legal advice’. Ken Young is ‘calm’, ‘knowledgeable’ and ‘an excellent negotiator’, with particular strengths in employer and public liability claims, as well as motor. David Pugh has extensive experience in complex disease claims, working alongside assistant solicitor Katie Rose.  Julie Park has ‘a strong legal mind’ and is ‘a fierce advocate’ on liability claims. Personal injury specialist Julian Dexter is ‘extremely dedicated and committed’ and ‘provides clients with excellent service’. Daniel Elder and Rada Campbell are also key figures.

Plexus Law provides ‘knowledgeable and detailed advice’, ‘robust handling’, and ‘efficient response times’. Damon Burt leads the team and recently defended Anglia Heating on a mesothelioma claim from an employee in the High Court. Catastrophic injuries specialist Anthony Bushell ‘has consistently demonstrated an ability to control cases to what is considered an appropriate and favourable conclusion’. Jennifer Bates is also an expert in fatal accidents and advised Ballymore Asset Management on an employer’s liability personal injury claim. Katrina Bennet defended Bluestone Resorts on a claim involving an alleged serious head injury suffered while attending a wedding at the client’s premises. Jacqui Kendall was promoted to partner in 2018 and is a ‘thorough’, ‘confident’ and ‘professional’ individual. Insurance litigation specialist Nigel Partridge also recently joined the firm.

The team at Weightmans LLP  covers the entire spectrum of personal injury defendant work. David Tuck  leads the practice and specialises in occupational lung disease issues, mainly relating to asthma, allergies or asbestos exposure claims. Penelope Marshall  focuses on social services claims, which can often involve abuse or assault claims. Tim Salthouse is an expert in public and employer's liability claims, and recently defended the Motor Insurer’s Bureau against a £1,000,000 motor accident claim. Chris Webb-Jenkins' interests lie in social care and regularly works on group action cases.  Zurich Financial Services,  AIG and Ageas are key clients.

Browne Jacobson LLP is ‘very highly rated’ and ‘one of the big national guns in this field’ with expertise in catastrophic injury claims, complex disease claims and dual insurance disputes. Bridget Tatham leads the team and is known for her ‘thoroughness, attention to detail but also a pragmatic and pro-active approach where needed’. She is assisted by Kevin Lawson, who has strong expertise in rehabilitation support and road traffic accident claims. Liability claims expert James Arrowsmith is ‘extremely efficient’, ‘well prepared’ and ‘has a sharp eye for detail'. Other notable names include: Paul Wainwright, who focuses on asset protection through counter fraud measures; technical claims director Paul Cox; and associate Matthew Harpin, who is experienced in public and employer’s liability claims.

Kennedys represents global and UK insurers where its ‘great knowledge coupled with its professionalism produces very favourable results’. Practice head Ian Davies  has extensive experience in motor accident claims, and is ‘widely respected’ and ‘very well liked by insurers’. Mark Walsh also focuses on motor accidents and is ‘a tremendously able solicitor’ and ‘a very skilled operator’. James Shrimpton is an expert in leisure industry claims and most notably advised on the civil claims that stemmed from the crash at Alton Towers on the Smiler ride in 2015. Robert Wallace has notable expertise in chronic pain cases and is ‘very well respected’ and possesses ‘a sensible approach to his cases having acted for claimants and defendants in the past’. Philippa Craven handles occupational disease cases and provides ‘excellent knowledge and advice’. James Shrimpton handles cases predominantly in the public sector.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP act for Direct Line, Zurich and DHL, where its ‘experience is outstanding’ and ‘response times exceed expectations’. Practice head Craig Wallace is an expert in catastrophic injury claims and splits his time between the firm’s Birmingham and London offices. Julia Messervy-Whiting has extensive experience in employer’s and public liability claims, as well as motor accident claims. Jayne Doore was promoted to partner in 2017 and ‘adopts a very thorough approach to the investigation and defence of high value personal injury claims’ and ‘her attention to detail is second to none’. Consultant Julia Holden has ‘a wealth of knowledge dealing with high value personal injury claims’ and ‘is able to negotiate with the claimant's lawyers and bring about early and sensible settlements’. The team has been strengthened with the arrivals of corporate risk specialist Christopher Wiggin, who recently joined from *BLM.


Professional negligence

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  1. Professional negligence
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

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The 'excellent' Mills & Reeve LLP  is 'commercially minded' and 'unafraid to take on the fight when necessary'. The firm is led by the trio of Angus Turner, Neil Frankland and David Gooding. Turner specialises in solicitors’ negligence claims and is 'highly respected in the professional indemnity market' and 'consequently carries weight in mediations'. Frankland  is an expert in construction and brokers negligence claims. Gooding has extensive experience in defending solicitors negligence claims, and is 'a real leader in big litigation' and 'is focused on getting the best result whether by way of settlement or litigation'.  Also recommended is Sarah Trendell-Smyth, who focuses on claims against lawyers and loss adjusters, and is 'brilliantly well prepared', 'a great communicator' and 'robust at just the right moments'.

DWF is 'a strong firm' with 'a solid following in the professional indemnity market'. Paul Chaplin heads the team and provides 'first-class advice' in defending professional negligence and indemnity claims. Steve Oates has similar strengths in negligence and indemnity claims, representing solicitors, brokers and construction professionals. Derek Adamason is an expert in occupational health policy coverage who is 'massively experienced' and 'will roll his sleeves up to break the back of any heavyweight case'. Also recommended is Paul Donnelly who focuses on professional indemnity defence cases.

The 'excellent' Kennedys works on both the defence and coverage of professional indemnity matters. Practice head Eamon Mooney focuses primarily on construction-related issues and is 'very commercial' and 'thorough'. He recently defended a firm of accountants on a group action that alleged the operation of tax avoidance schemes.  He also advised on alleged negligence from a construction firm stemming from structural steelwork issues on a residential buildings project. Patric Rouendaal is also a key figure, with notable expertise in professional indemnity defence claims against solicitors and surveyors.  Insurance coverage expert Robert Welfare is also recommended.

The 'excellent' Shakespeare Martineau LLP  works for both claimants and defendants and is known for its 'tough approach to litigation'. The 'long established' Mark Beesley leads the team  and has particular strengths in acting on claims against financial advisers, solicitors and accountants. He recently advised BDW Trading on a claim against an architect regarding a wrongly prepared reserved matters planning application, which resulted in the client being unable to appeal the application's a refusal and the subsequently denied the development of a site of 400 houses.  The 'very good' and 'very experienced' James Woolstenhulme acted for Brandscape in a claim against its marketing company on the failed launch and booking system behind the client's 'Top Gear Driving Experience'. Also recommended is Michael Young, who regularly advises on professional negligence claims.  

BLM is 'a strong firm in this region' with 'an established following' and 'proven expertise' in this field. Julian Smart  leads the team, and is 'pragmatic' , 'commercial' and 'has a very deep understanding of the sector'. He has extensive experience representing professional indemnity insurers in defending negligence claims against accountants, financial advisers, brokers, surveyors, architects and engineers. Lucy Tolond  has 'the understanding and range of expertise, crossing multiple different disciplines, necessary to answer the most complicated questions'. She focuses on claims against accountants, financial advisers, insolvency practitioners and insurance intermediaries.  

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP  provide an 'excellent level of service and knowledge' with 'a strong team of lawyers'. Chris Busby  leads the practice and is 'extremely experienced in finance-related professional negligence', 'good with clients' and 'commercially minded'. Neville Gray  has 'an excellent grasp of case management' and strong expertise in commercial and residential lending claims. Senior associate Daniel Murphy  is 'very thorough and experienced' and 'a very safe pair of hands'.  Associate Kyle Richards  is 'very engaged with the detail on his cases' and 'keen to test the strengths of difficult legal and evidential arguments to ensure a case is robust'.

Gowling WLG 's  work on professional negligence is particularly strong in the commercial and construction sectors. Commercial litigator Andrew Nugent Smith  regularly works on negligence claims and is particularly active in the automotive sector. Other key figures include construction disputes specialist Ashley Piggot  and landlord and tenant disputes expert Carole Peet . Andrew Manning Cox has joined CEDR Solve .

Wright Hassall LLP  deals with negligence claims against valuers, surveyors, solicitors, brokers and accountants. Gemma Carson  leads the team and has notable strengths in handling cases involving procedural irregularites or deceit. Managing partner Sarah Perry  is also a key figure and particularly strong on claims involving negligent tax planning or investment advise.  Daniel Jennings  specialises in fraudulent and necessitating injunctive relief cases. He recently acted for BA Property Management on a claim against an architect whose negligence cost the client its planning permission for a hotel and residential development. Susan Hopcraft  is also recommended.

Freeths LLP  is a 'strong broad practice', acting for professionals in legal services, financial services  and construction. Practice head Richard Coates has 'a great attitude' and 'an amazing presence when dealing with other aggressive firms'. Also recommended is Louise Wilson , who is 'a very good instructing solicitor' and a 'sensible', 'considerate', and  'an independent-thinking team player'.

Gateley Plc has a strong reputation in professional negligence, particularly on construction-related cases. Steve Goodrham is one of three partner who heads the practice and 'gets to the heart of a case very quickly', 'works out with the client what the right approach is' and 'then sticks to it'. Fellow practice head Peter Davies  is particularly active on construction related claims and advised a major house builder on a claim against geo-environmental engineers who failed to identify asbestos contamination on the client's purchased site. Also leading the team is Mark Wilson  , who focuses on claims against insolvency practitioners and offshore accountants and auditors. Also recommended is Michelle Davies who acts on claims against solicitors, tax advisers and accountants, and 'is very good at getting to grips with the detail of a case' and 'making sure that deadlines are met'.

Hatchers Solicitors LLP  is headed by senior associate Esther Richards, who has advised on claims against solicitors, accountants, surveyors and architects. Patrick Gittins is also a key figure, with notable expertise in claims against solicitors involving mishandled injury claims, regulatory breeches, costs issues and alleged poor service. Assistant solicitor Jennifer Woods, who specialises in contentious matters, is also recommended.  

Sydney Mitchell LLP 's litigation team is highly active in professional negligence cases, most notable against in the areas of legal services and construction. Sundeep Bilkhu is a key figure with extensive experience in negligence relating to property transactions.


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