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Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP¬†'s clinical negligence practice has¬†‚Äėa culture of making clients feel valued, reassured and comfortable during what is a very anxious time in their lives‚Äô. Practice head Rankeshwar Batta¬†¬†works across all areas of clinical negligence, and is ‚Äėvery experienced‚Äô and ‚Äėhas a¬†great manner with clients‚Äô . Senior associate Sarah Huntbach¬†is ‚Äėvery professional' with 'detailed and¬†timely interactions‚Äô and is ‚Äėparticularly caring with younger claimants and always involves them in¬†discussions‚Äô. 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 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'. Lucy Small leads the Hereford team and 'works tirelessly to get the best results'. Other key figures include: associate Emma Broomfield, who has 'great judgement' and 'can spot the winning point', and  associate Katherine Marriott-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 '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.

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