Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP receives plaudits for its’ very diverse group of highly dedicated lawyers and legal support staff’. The ‘highly experienced and well-respected’ Rankeshwar Batta leads the practice which has built up a strong reputation for its work with claimants on a broad range of matters, from more modest value to complex multi-million pound cases and associated public law, abuse and human rights matters. Batta has extensive experience in all types of clinical negligence and personal injury cases including some maximum severity/catastrophic injury cases. Newly-promoted partner David Evison deploys niche expertise in abuse and human rights claims for both children and adults and receives instructions from the Official Solicitor. Ann Houghton routinely handles cases of maximum severity and has considerable experience of cases with an international dimension. Victoria Fullilove is another key member of the department which also provides representation at inquests.
Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant in West Midlands
‘Anthony Collins Solicitors really looks at the client, the family and support network in a holistic way. The team goes above and beyond to make a positive difference to those affected by a catastrophic injury. Also, the team offers its support to many charitable organisations. Over the many years that I have worked with the firm, I have been so impressed by the caring and ‘can do’ attitude that is reflected across all levels of personnel from the senior partners to newly qualified solicitors‘.
‘Rankeshwar Batta brings to his work the highest level of expertise and knowledge. He genuinely cares about his clients and securing access to justice for catastrophically injured individuals. Rankeshwar is passionate about his work and his clients and really goes the extra mile to help those in need. Under Rankeshwar’s guidance, both Victoria Fullilove and David Evison are stand out individuals. They embody the ethical values of the firm and also approach the work in the most caring and considerate way, always putting the client’s needs at the heart of their work‘.
‘It has good strength and depth; is well resourced; and is very friendly and down to earth. Rankey Batta is hugely experienced and excellent with clients. Victoria Fullilove is hardworking and efficient‘.
‘Easily one of the best firms outside of London. The law firm benefits from a very diverse group of highly dedicated lawyers and legal support staff with a wealth of experience that they are able to draw upon as a team under the leadership of the highly experienced and well respected head of department Mr Rankeshwar. Batta Rankey heads a first class team with David Evison and Victoria Fullilove’.
‘The team is very professional. The lawyers put clients at ease under very difficult circumstances. I have advised many clients to go to Anthony Collins Solicitors. I will continue to recommend it. The service they receive is first class. It is a very caring team to some of the most disabled clients and always makes allowances for the clients’ needs‘.
‘Mr. Batta leads the team exceptionally well. He is professional, knowledgeable, caring and very straightforward. He shows enormous patience when dealing with my clients who have cognitive difficulties. In other words the legal approach is explained in layman’s terms and often has to be repeated numerous times’.
‘Anthony Collins, what can I say, it has a complete array of knowledge and sees things from all angles, amazing at explaining things and making sure you really understand, it is really a rock for you in hard times. Ranky is amazing I felt so at home in his company, he always kept me informed and listened really listened when I mentioned something. Also Victoria you just feel comfortable in her company, you know things are going to be right, 100% confidence in them‘.
‘Rankeshwar Batta conveyed in layman’s terms very simply the legal process and all that is entailed in the litigation process. Mr Batta is very approachable and nothing is too big or too small with regards to email communication and a response can be obtained within hours. I feel very much at ease with him. Victoria Fullilove works very closely alongside Mr Batta offering the same professional service and qualities, as detailed above. Mrs Fullilove is our first port of call with any matters relating to our son’s claim and she is very thorough‘.
The team at Brethertons LLP has considerable strength in advising on complex, life-changing and high-value serious injuries. It has notable expertise in spinal cord injuries and is also recommended for its work on amputations and brain injury cases. Jonathan Rees heads the serious injury team and has secured large amounts of compensation for claimants who have suffered spinal cord and other life changing injuries. Senior associate Sian Buxton frequently supports clients who have sustained life changing injuries as a result of accidents or clinical negligence.
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‘A true delight work with. The team is exceptional, and the client care it provides is second to none. Jon Rees is outstanding. He goes above and beyond to ensure the best possible results for his clients, displaying at all times empathy, coupled with an outstanding ability to get cases over the line’.
‘The team at Brethertons is extremely professional and is totally committed to the client. From the first meeting the team gets to know the client and the immediate family and builds and maintains an excellent relationship throughout the claim process. At all times you feel valued and nothing is too much trouble. At all times the legal specifics were presented and explained very clearly. Costs were explained from the onset and were updated regularly so the final bill was as expected’.
‘I would say that the personal approach Brethertons uses is unusually reassuring to clients’.
‘Top of the list is the accessibility and rapid response of this firm when I was assigned a particular solicitor and friendly, personal service from the solicitor herself where appropriate, rather than a paralegal. I received no-nonsense straightforward advice given in layman’s language‘.
‘The team as a whole was very friendly, always happy to help and whilst you had a main few individuals who you spoke to about your case anyone you called or emailed could help you as they all knew about every case and were always happy to help with it!’
‘The firm has a small dedicated team that is acutely aware of the sensitivities associated with a clinical negligence claim. Jon Rees is a stand out individual who works tirelessly for his clients and whose attention to their needs is paramount to him’.
‘The firm operates a small dedicated team to serious personal injury work. The client always has someone to turn to who knows about their situation. The client’s needs and requirements are paramount to the team. Jon Rees is an exceptional personal injury lawyer. His focus is always on what is best for the client. He will go that extra mile to ensure the client is properly looked after‘.
‘Sian Buxton is professional, empathetic and has exceptional knowledge in her field of work. Contact was regular with her and her team and any queries were dealt with efficiently and there was never an occasion when we weren’t aware of the status of our claim. As a family we felt that Sian Buxton and her team at Brethertons valued us and consistently worked to achieve the best possible outcome‘.
- Acting for a vulnerable adult who suffered head and neck injuries (resulting in complete tetraplegia) when she was locked overnight in a pub and disorientated fell through an unlocked cellar door and down concrete steps immediately behind the door to the basement cellar. The claim was successfully settled days before a liability trial.
- Acting for an elderly client who suffered spinal cord injury when she broke her neck following a fall at home. She was taken to the defendant hospital where they failed to diagnose the fracture at C6/7. The case was litigated but settled at a joint settlement meeting in a substantial seven figure lump sum.
- Acting for a client who fell from a step ladder. He was a long-time sufferer of ankylosing spondylitis. The fall caused an unstable fracture of his spine. The defendant hospital failed to x-ray or carry out an adequate assessment and sent him home suggesting it was a soft tissue injury and he should seek painkillers from his GP. The litigated case settled at a mediation and for substantial six figure lump sum.
Philip Edwards of Clarke Willmott LLP is recomended his handling of high-value cases. Edwards specialises in brain injury cases and also has extensive experience in spinal cord injuries, amputations, burns, multiple orthopaedic injuries, fatal claims and amputations. In addition, he notably serves as an accredited specialist for APIL.
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‘Really committed, yet realistic, a mastery of detail but the big picture is not lost. Philip Edwards is exceptional. His capacity to read into a complex case, assess its strengths and weaknesses and plan a way through to a conclusion is second to none. He gives realistic advice, laying the ground well. Pragmatic, but willing to firmly hold the line where it is justified. The complete package‘.
‘First -class service with impeccable client service, fighting for its clients’ best outcome from first to last. Always acts in the clients’ best interests and advice is always of the highest order’.
‘Phil Edwards – one of the very best personal injury litigators in the country. Hugely experienced in high value catastrophic injury work. Always upholds the very best values and integrity in terms of always acting in his client’s best interests. The solicitor you would send your own mother to. He is always remarkably courteous throughout his dealings with insurers but also displays a dogged determination and razor sharp arguments in securing the right result and justice for his clients and those affected by what are invariably life-changing injuries‘.
‘Phil Edwards is very approachable. He shows great empathy for clients and their families which makes them feel at ease in what can be a stressful and alien situation for them. He is very supportive of me and my thoughts on a clients rehabilitation‘.
‘Very knowledgeable and passionate team. Phillip Edwards is an expert in the field of acquired brain injury. He is exceptionally compassionate and empathetic’.
‘I work with and for the Birmingham based team which is headed by Phil Edwards. The knowledge and expertise of the team is exceptional, which is partnered by a down to earth approach to clients and excellent communication skills. The team is focused on getting the very best rehabilitation outcomes for clients and to enhance their quality of life‘.
‘I have worked with Mr Edwards for 20 years and I never fail to be impressed by his commitment, knowledge and ability to engage with clients with the most complex needs and their significant others. He is a highly experienced and knowledgeable lawyer. He is a strong advocate for rehabilitation and a strong communicator‘.
FBC Manby Bowdler LLP
Tim Gray at FBC Manby Bowdler LLP focuses on clinical negligence claims, particularly those involving severe brain injuries including injuries that have been acquired during mismanaged births; he is also accredited by the APIL and sits on the Law Society’s personal injury and clinical negligence panels. Susan Todhunter leads the firm’s catastrophic injury and multi-track team and deals with a variety of high-value and complex catastrophic injury claims, showing particular tenacity in acting for children and adult claimants who have suffered traumatic brain injury.
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‘FBC has decades of experience of the heaviest of PI caseloads. The lawyers bring this knowledge to bear, but maintain a very friendly and open attitude. Susan Todhunter is the solicitor I would instruct if I was seriously injured or a loved one. She is meticulous and tenacious‘.
‘Rachael Lomas and Susan Todhunter were brilliant throughout the process and really made me feel as though my claim was important to them as well as me. They all spent hours on my case and I felt they really went the extra mile when explaining all details and outcomes. I could not speak highly enough of the team. Speed of communication and their approach to customer experience were amazing and that is what made my experience great’.
‘The people who work here make this practice unique. They are all very open and honest about my claim and I drew confidence from this. Tim Gray was very honest about what the many outcomes of the case could be and asked whether I still wanted to proceed’.
‘Tim Gray is an experienced litigator who knows good cases from bad. He recognises cases that have merit which other firms have turned down previously. Michael Portman-Hann has an understanding of clinical negligence cases far beyond his years. He is exceptionally understanding with clients in emotional situations, has a calming presence, and gives clear and helpful advice’.
‘It has a broad range of experience and expertise. The lawyers are very approachable and very supportive of clients. They have a strong presence in the Midlands and can reach out effectively to clients in the area. They are not afraid to take on hard and unusual cases and always put their client first and foremost’.
‘Sue Todhunter is extremely impressive and has a good grasp of law and its application. She is meticulous with the details of a case. Michelle Hartshorn has a very reassuring way with clients, mixed with honesty and realism’.
‘The team member I regularly deal with is Adam Wilson who is very personable, approachable and highly efficient. He will make a client feel at ease and strive to achieve the best result possible‘.
‘Michael Portman-Mann’s approach to his cases is just outstanding. He keeps us up to date and is very approachable and always listens to our points of view and takes our comments on board. Our cases have been very distressing for us and he always shown compassion towards us and helps us understand the law and to give us a way forward’.
- Providing representation to the family of the deceased at an inquest more than 3 years after her death alongside the ongoing investigation of clinical negligence allegations in her care and treatment which caused her death. The inquest was only listed after the team raised concerns with HM Coroner about the information which was initially reported by the trust following her death.
- Investigating the care provided to a number of Parkinson’s patients who received Deep Brain Stimulation at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. Independent reviews into the standards of care provided have revealed that there were substantial failings in the treatment provided to a vast number of patients of the department.
- Advising on the ongoing investigation into potential failings which resulted in the death of its client following receipt of the Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccination. The team is instructed to provide representation at the inquest into his death as well as investigate a clinical negligence claim.
The team at GHP Legal has a wealth of experience in dealing with clinical negligence and personal injury claims. It covers the full gamut of accident and injury cases ranging from accidents in public through to injury from defective products and claims arising from abuse. It has particular strength in acting for adult survivors of child sexual abuse, stress at work cases and wrongful diagnosis. Wrexham-based Robert Williams and Oswestry-based Claire Parfitt are both well-regarded.
- Young skilled fitter suffered career changing injury to arm which ended his work as welder / fabricator. Limited qualifications but very good earning prospects. Obtained employment expert career projection pre issue which supported a £250k settlement at a covid JSM.
- Young skilled fitter suffered injury on home made machinery leading to finger amputations. Able to obtain better paid employment. Prosthetic expert evidence obtained that supported a life long claim for the cost of functional and cosmetic prosthesis. Settled pre-trial at covid JSM for £410k.
Harrison Clark Rickerbys fields a specialist team which is led by Inez Brown. It has recently been busy advising on an array of complex and high-end mandates and has won several cases against local hospitals. Brown continues to advise on a range of general surgery clinical negligence matters with particular specialisms in birth injuries and catastrophic injury cases. Ally Taft is particularly experienced in advising on claims relating to surgical errors as well as delayed diagnosis cases. The group is also recommended for its work on claims concerning mental health issues and dental negligence cases.
‘Ally Taft and Inez Brown are exceptional lawyers who have extensive medical knowledge, with both showing empathy to clients who have suffered medical negligence’.
‘The person I worked with was great. Always took my calls quickly and made herself available. I was an emotional wreak and I felt like she held my hand the whole way. It was Elizabeth Wickson’.
‘A very keen team. Ali Taft I have worked with for many years she is an excellent solicitor’.
‘The specialist CN team, operating as the Medical Accident Group, is up-and-coming and has real strength in depth amongst its associates and paralegals. Very dedicated and client focus. Inez Brown, having just finished her term as President of the Birmingham Law Society, leads the team and is well known within clinical negligence circles. Ally Taft is known for her tenacity in difficult cases and for vulnerable clients’.
‘A brilliant firm based in Cheltenham and Worcester. High quality caseload and real experience. Inez Brown and Ally Taft are both exceptional lawyers who fight tooth and nail to get the best for their clients’.
‘ Amrit Dhaliwal is hardworking and strives to achieve good results for her clients. She ensures they have an opportunity to be heard and understand the complexities of their case’.
‘Harrison Clark Rickerbys is a great firm to work with. Led very expertly and efficiently by Inez Brown, the lawyers are very well informed , prompt and responsive. The firm is well balanced in expertise and diversity and the team work is very apparent, when dealing with their case load’.
‘I have worked very closely with Inez Brown and Stephanie Pincher. one word to describe them both is “exemplary” in their attitude, work ethics and care for their clients. Very thorough’.
Under the leadership of Clare Langford, Higgs LLP‘s clinical negligence team is well-regarded for its work on a broad spectrum of high-value and complex clinical negligence claims. It has particular expertise in cases involving serious birth injuries, such as cerebral palsy, in addition to spinal cord injuries, delayed diagnosis and fatal claims. Langford is particularly renowned for her work on cases involving a delay in diagnosing meningitis and loss of vision. Andy Shaw receives plaudits for his expertise in claims involving major trauma such as brain injury, amputation and serious orthopaedic injury, as well as severe psychological cases. Newly-promoted partner Steven Santy specialises in complex and multi-site orthopaedic injury claims, among many others. Claire Burnell was made principal associate in 2021 and the team has also been adding to its ranks with the addition of Charlotte Measures from Harrison Clark Rickerbys and Sarah Huntbach from Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP.
‘Very professional – determined to deliver a good outcome for the client – Andy Shaw‘.
‘Progressive PI team looking to expand its high quality PI market share. Innovative work with local Trusts to provide representation to catastrophic injured patients early. Excellent at bringing in early rehabilitation and helping injured people on their journey to recovery. Steve Santy, partner real ‘go getter’. Not afraid to work on difficult cases. Has achieved some great results with cases that have been abandoned by other firms. Hardworking and always user friendly (either to client and counsel!)’.
‘The team here has great experience in representing claimants in personal injury claims. They are all very capable and there’s not much they haven’t seen before. I work with Claire Burnell, who is a tenacious and effective negotiator. She will always get the best deal for her clients, no matter what it takes’.
‘The solicitors I work with are extremely proactive and communication is seamless between myself and the client. They seem to go over and above for the client and are much easier to contact/ deal with compared to most other legal firms. Steve Santy and Andy Shaw – both are extremely approachable and knowledgeable within their industry field’.
‘Clare Langford leads the team but is readily available to assist junior members of the team. She is very personable. Her focus is always on client care, and she is always looking out for the needs of clients and their families following significant injuries. Her focus on the client is inspiring. Charlotte Measures has very quickly found her feet at Higgs, and having worked with her (before and since her move) it is easy to understand why. Charlotte is an exceptional lawyer who will get to the heart of a case quickly and directly’.
‘A small, specialist team with a high level of knowledge and experience. Charlotte Measures – recruited in 2021, Charlotte is a real asset to the team. Her experience and knowledge are second to none and she has the determination and dedication to get excellent results for her clients. She is calm, considered and intellectually rigorous in her approach to cases yet empathetic and supportive to clients’.
‘Clare Langford is very personable and user-friendly. She always has an eye on innovative solutions to problems and is a great team player. Liz Hickman is unflappable and a tenacious representative. She is very good in sensitive matters and can carefully manage client expectations. Sarah Huntbach adds real value due to her vast experience in clinical negligence and coronial law‘.
‘This is a rapidly growing and dynamic team. The focus seems to be on catastrophic injury, seeing clients from the very earliest stages and supporting them through their rehabilitation journey. A team that is really going places in the market. Andy Shaw is a formidable head of department. He is ambitious for the firm, but principally for his clients, bringing an unflappable nature, but with true empathy. He is as good as any PI lawyer in the country‘.
Irwin Mitchell provides ‘a personal touch and is genuinely driven to get the best results for its clients’. Luke Daniels leads the ‘superlative‘ team which specialises in the most complex medical negligence cases that span birth injury cases, stillbirth, neonatal deaths and cosmetic/dental surgery. Other core areas of focus include spinal and brain injuries, cancers and mental health. Sara Burns has extensive experience in all aspects of medical negligence work while Lisa Jordan has particular expertise in cerebral palsy claims. Emma Rush advises on cerebral palsy, brain injury, spinal cord injury and amputation cases. Lindsay Tomlinson frequently handles a variety of complex and high-value claims meanwhile Jenna Harris was promoted to the partnership. On the personal injury side, the team handles a substantial caseload of high-value claims supporting children and adults who have sustained brain and spinal cord injuries, limb loss and multiple orthopaedic traumas. Stephen Nye handles all types of serious injury cases and Hilary Wetherell specialises in brain injury, polytrauma and complex high-value fatal accident work cases and coronial law. Alida Coates has a wealth of experience in asbestos disease cases with Philip Banks serving as head of the international personal injury team. Senior associate Jayne Campbell joined the department from Slater and Gordon.
Other key lawyers:
Clive Garner; Lisa Jordan ; Emma Rush ; Hilary Wetherell ; Tom Fletcher; Jenna Harris ; Sara Burns ; Lindsay Tomlinson ; Christopher Hurlston ; Laura Daly ; Iain Shoolbred ; Jatinder Paul ; Hayley Hill ; Rebecca Hearsey; Satinder Bains ; Jayne Campbell; Jennifer Shipley; Rosalie Reading ; James Riley ; Richard Sweetman
‘Luke Daniels -head of department – the complete package – supremely able, fights hard, great tactical skills, fantastic manner with clients, achieves results. A complete star. Lindsay Tomlinson – senior partner – very able and experienced, great judgment on difficult cases, fights hard for clients, great manner with clients’.
‘I work regularly with Lisa Jordan, Sara Burns, Luke Daniels, Lindsay Tomlinson, Jenna Harris and Emma Rush , Chris Hurlson and Rosalie Reading and they are all excellent. They show a good balance between letting me deal with things in my time and gentle reminders if something is overdue. Their choices of barristers are good, and conferences are supported by excellent documentation and administration’.
‘Emma Rush, my solicitor, is so passionate about what she does. She’s very caring & compassionate, treading sensitively knowing that things being dredged up again can still be very raw. She works long hours & is always quick to respond to any queries, giving reasonable timelines where needed. She worked so hard with the team, fighting tooth & nail to win my case, I cannot thank her enough!’
‘Unrivalled expertise in serious injury claimant work. Led by the remarkable Hilary Wetherell, the team is close knit and committed to achieving the best outcomes for their clients. Terrific firm to work for. Hilary Wetherell is an inspirational leader and brilliant leader Rebecca Hearsey – associate – feared by opponents, nobody better on a fatal case’.
‘Philip Banks is a brilliant lawyer with unmatched experience. He is enormously popular with clients. He has an excellent bedside manner and great judgment. James Riley is an up-and-coming lawyer with bags of enthusiasm and a real passion for cross-border personal injury work in particular‘.
‘One of the largest teams in the country dealing with claims arising out of child sexual abuse and neglect. Luke Daniels and Tom Fletcher are very able and have considerable experience in the field‘.
‘The lead partner, Luke Daniels, supports the team and has established a culture of responsiveness to clients and colleagues alike. All members of the team I have worked with, without exception, have been knowledgeable and committed to ensuring their clients’ interests by progressing matters keeping them informed. They include the following: Chris Hurlston, Richard Sweetman Tom Fletcher and Hilary Weatherall’.
‘I would highlight in particular Laura Daly, who is excellent to work with, incredibly smart, very personable, clients love her and she is never ruffled by the ups and downs of running the serious and heavy caseload she does‘.
- Advised a client in respect of an injury to his spinal cord caused during a surgical procedure. The claim settled for £4.25m
- Advised a client following brain damage caused during elective surgery to remove a brain tumour. Secured a liability admission and claim value over £5m.
- Advised a client and secured judgment in respect of negligent medical management leading to an avoidable stroke. Matter valued over £10m.
Beth Heath, who is based in Shrewsbury, heads the clinical negligence department at Lanyon Bowdler, following the retirement of Kay Kelly. Hereford-based Lucy Small is a key member of the team who has considerable experience in complex clinical negligence cases including birth/brain injury and catastrophic spinal injury claims. The highly experienced team has substantial expertise in a variety of catastrophic injury cases, also including amputations and fatal claims, and continues its key engagement in a large number of birth injury cases involving the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS trusts. Emma Broomfield possesses wide ranging experience of advising claimants with cerebral palsy, catastrophic brain injury and other injuries such as amputations and paraplegia. The personal injury practice is headed by Dawn Humphries . It has a wealth of experience in handling a wide range of claims including accidents abroad, asbestos, industrial disease and military claims as well as amputations, brain injuries and spinal injuries. Neil Lorimer also plays a pivotal role in the department along with Debbie Humphries .
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‘Neil Lorimer -he got to gain my husband’s trust very quickly. He also showed my husband a lot of respect and formed an extremely good bond with him and myself too. He took the time to learn my husband’s interests and hobbies, he listened to him no matter what he was talking about, he picked up on signals my husband would give me when he was unsure and his body language so that Neil could understand him personally rather than just a client‘.
‘Dawn Humphreys who is in charge of the case is so approachable and nothing is too much trouble no matter how trivial the question is‘.
‘Beth Heath – articulate and thorough but approachable and able to communicate complex matters to her clients. She responds promptly and considers all perspectives’.
‘Louise Howard has been an outstanding advocate for me during the past 5 years. Always assured of her personal, sympathetic and deep knowledge and understanding of my circumstances has been, literally, a lifeline and a source of great strength for me and my family during an exceptionally difficult period of my life’.
‘Emma Broomfield has been outstanding. She has kept me up to date at every point in the case. Even though she has other cases she consistently makes me feel that my case is important. She has treated me with dignity and respect in upsetting circumstances which brought the case. She has been able to deliver difficult news on occasion in an appropriate and honest manner. She always knows exactly where we are in the case and is able to update me without delay. Emma is able to explain things in layman’s terms at a level in which I can understand’.
‘Lucy Small and her team has been absolutely amazing helping with our case. They have always gone the extra mile and have supported us massively throughout. Where face to face meetings have not been possible Lucy has made sure we have stayed up to date and in contact via zoom meetings. Lucy has always made me aware and up to date with billing amounts and has always made sure I’ve fully understood everything‘.
‘Debbie Humphries and Neil Lorimer are friendly, down to earth and evidently caring individuals. Debbie has a unique ability to make everyone in a room feel at ease and engages claimants, therapists, family and professionals alike. They both present a genuine caring face of litigation to their clients and families. The fact that both of them provide expert advice in relation to a predominantly life changing event on top of these attributes make them exceptionally valuable in a claimants team‘.
‘This is a very talented team that punches well above its weight in the market. Although it is a regional firm, its work is high quality and on a par with major London players. Files are well organised, the best experts are instructed, instructions to counsel are clear, and the approach is collaborative. Laura Weir is standout’.
- Advising on a £500k settlement that was obtained in a fatal claim following the death of a mother from sepsis after giving birth to twins. Extensive expert evidence was obtained including with regard to the future care and dependency needs of the twins, one of whom has additional needs, to ensure appropriate compensation was secured.
- Advising on a spinal injury claim where a £3.5m settlement was negotiated prior to trial despite ongoing denials of liability and significant challenges to the extent of the injury arising from the alleged negligence. The claimant is now able to move to adapted accommodation with care and therapy support package and a secure financial future.
- Advising on an unusual birth injury case (negligence by a GP re contraceptive device in pregnancy) where the team has secured early admissions of liability enabling an interim payment to be obtained and case management/rehabilitation package to be put in place pending final settlement of the claim – likely to be in excess of £10m.
The ‘exceptionally strong’ clinical negligence team at Shoosmiths LLP is led by Phil Barnes , ‘a great tactician‘, who is also described as a ‘tenacious lawyer who will leave no stone unturned for his client’. The team regularly advises on a variety of high-value and complex cases involving birth injury, brain injury, spinal injury and amputations and is also adept at handling fatal claims, secondary victim claims and also represents clients at inquests. Kashmir Uppal is experienced in dealing with claims against rogue surgeons and managing multi-party actions. Nicholas Tubb is known for his work on spinal and brain injuries, as well as complex birth injury cases and surgical errors. Under the leadership of Chris McKinney , the personal injury team is well-regarded for its work on various serious and life-changing injuries. Such claims include complex pain and severe burns cases as well as serious psychological trauma and industrial disease claims. Senior associate Kate Price-Marson has particular expertise in helping claimants in cases where the defendant cannot be traced or a company is no longer trading.
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‘Phil Barnes – leader of the clinical negligence team that attracts the best work in the Midlands and delivers a service that is authoritative and yet personal. A hard mix! The team manages cases efficiently and with in-depth knowledge’.
‘The clinical negligence team is highly motivated, hugely industrious and leaves no stone unturned to ensure the optimum result for its clients. The success rate is impressive. Kashmir Uppal has vast experience and fantastic judgment; and (like all her team) works incredibly hard for the client. Sharon Banga has all the qualities needed in this sector: determination, endless energy and is very focused’.
‘Kashmir Uppal is a formidable and hardworking advocate for her clients. She radiates calm when matters are difficult. Kashmir builds excellent relationships with her clients, colleagues and barristers and is extremely able at expressing understanding and empathy, particularly when dealing with the severely injured and bereaved’.
‘The strength in depth in the Shoosmiths clinical negligence team is impressive. The ability to deal with claims of all sizes and complexity is a credit to the leadership team. An exceptional level of service is provided to the lay client. Nick Tubb, Natasha Read and Amy Greaves warrant special mention. Their attention to deal is impressive and gives rise to excellent results which might not have been achieved by other lawyers. A genuine desire to achieve the best result for their client is obvious in all dealings with each of them’.
‘Shoosmiths LLP has an exceptionally strong team of clinical negligence lawyers with a breadth of experience in the legal and healthcare sectors. Its expertise is second to none. Amy Greaves is an excellent lawyer who inspires confidence in clients, barristers and judges. A solicitor who can be trusted to deliver on any case. Victoria Blankstone – her experience of the NHS is a massive asset. This experience coupled with a tenacious approach and a clever tactical mind makes her a formidable clinical negligence lawyer’.
‘Natasha Reid (clever, kind and endlessly patient and supportive of her clients. She has a real flair for difficult and complex cases which would make many solicitors run a mile. Kishma Bolagi- empathetic and generous with her time. Her cases are always meticulously prepared and carefully reasoned’.
‘I have found Shoosmiths LLP extremely easy to work with. The lawyers have a very structured approach and clear knowledge in the sectors. Having a lawyer who was easy to deal contact was very important. It’s fair to say that you don’t just feel like a number you feel like an important client. Very happy with the service provided. Chris Mckinney – I find his knowledge of medical experts and issues around my injury very good. He clearly has a depth of experience in dealing with personal injury claims’.
‘Chris McKinney has been leading my case and he is exceptional. His communications are professional and clear, but also easy to understand from a lay person’s perspective. It is clear that he brings with him a huge amount of experience in this area and in discussions we have had during the course of my claim, he has explained all options available to me in a very open and understandable way’.
- Acting in a case involving an avoidable above the knee amputation incurred by its client who was a 45 year old lorry driver at the time with a young family. With the team’s representation, a liability admission was eventually achieved from two of his GP’s for failing to recognise and refer his serious vascular symptoms to the hospital. Settlement was achieved via a remote round table meeting.
- Advising on a fatal case that was fully contested at trial in relation to liability and causation. The defendant made an offer to settle on the 4th day of trial that was accepted by the claimant. The trial was fully remote due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Steven Baylis is now a key contact at Slater and Gordon, having joined the team from Shakespeare Martineau LLP. The group primarily acts for victims of serious and catastrophic RTA claims with injuries covering traumatic brain injury, amputations, serious poly-trauma, fatal accidents and spinal fractures, including paralysis.
‘Steven Baylis is my solicitor, I have found that he is very approachable, can easily and quickly get hold of him, nothing is too much trouble, you are made to feel important, not just another client‘.
‘I found that all the individuals members that I have collaborated with are very professional in their approach towards me, extremely helpful and always respectful. In particular reference Steven Baylis who has been outstanding from every perspective’.
‘This firm has been at the top of firms undertaking claimant personal injury work for many years. Few other firms have the breadth of knowledge and experience in all types of such claims. Steven Baylis has great experience in this field. His preparation is excellent and he has a very good manner with clients‘.
‘Responsive, client centered and team players. Steven Baylis – possesses the qualities all of us would want in a PI lawyer. Approachable, knowledgeable, kind, responsive to communications and will go the extra mile‘.
- Represented a pedestrian who was hit by a vehicle when crossing the road and sustained a traumatic brain injury.
- Represented a motorcyclist who sustained a traumatic brain injury when he was hit by a car, forcing him to collide with an oncoming vehicle.
- Represented a client who suffered a traumatic brain injury when a lorry collided with the car she was driving.
Sydney Mitchell LLP fields a team well-placed to advise on a wide range of clinical negligence disputes. It regularly pursues claims against hospitals in the West Midlands area and has dealt with various issues relating to delayed diagnosis and falls. Mike Sutton heads both the personal injury and clinical negligence offerings at the firm, the former of which is currently instructed in a number of significant cases where clients have suffered life-changing injuries and where damages are in the region of £1m. Senior personal injury executive David Lydon is another key member of the team.
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‘Sydney Mitchell is a friendly firm with committed lawyers who passionately support the local community based around its three offices in the West Midlands. The personal injury team comprises a small number of experienced, skilled practitioners who have an excellent reputation‘.
‘Sydney Mitchell is a small firm in the market, but manages to obtain and proficiently run a number of high value personal injury claims, including amputation claims. Although smaller in size than many of its rivals, this allows for good levels of client contact and support. Mike Sutton – a highly tenacious associate who always goes the extra mile for his clients’.
‘Mike Sutton heads the personal injury and clinical negligence team and is exceptionally skilled at handling serious and catastrophic injury claims. Mike’s talent is understanding his clients and tailoring the service that he provides. He speaks to clients on their own level and quickly gains their trust. Mike possesses over 30 years experience in personal injury and clinical negligence law and matches the finest in the industry for insight and expertise’.
‘The PI team at Sydney Mitchell is, in my experience as counsel, excellent. It is clear that an exceptional service is provided to the clients, the instructions are always clear and on point. David Lydon and Mike Sutton‘.
‘Mike Sutton, associate – vastly experienced litigator. Highly motivated. Client focussed and always realistic about outcomes and endpoints. Clients clearly love his style and candid approach. Significant experience in this field means his medical knowledge is impressive’.
‘Mike Sutton stood out in that he was inclusive in his approach to the case always taking extra time to speak to our family and explain in clear detail the pathways and options available. He set timescales and objectives and never once did he fail to achieve a positive outcome. At all times Mike was a very knowledgeable, calm, experienced professional who worked closely with us to achieve a very positive outcome’.
‘David Lydon has been very helpful, understanding and brilliant at his work. He has made this process easy to understand and he’s always very happy to speak to you. He answers my emails and calls very prompt’.
‘David Lydon has always struck me as everything that a claimant clinical negligence lawyer should be – accessible, sympathetic, realistic and tenacious. He combines good technical knowhow with practical litigation experience in every case he has conduct of’.
- Acting for the claimant who suffered a serious hand injury whilst working on a circular saw. The claimant received a prosthetic device and settlement was ultimately agreed at £825K.
- Acting for the claimant who was working on a demolition site, removing asbestos panels. As he was working, he fell through the floor, falling to the floor below and suffering a fracture to his lower back. It is likely that the claimant will need to re-train in order to change roles.
- Acting for the claimant who was a passenger in a taxi that was involved in a head on collision when another vehicle came on to the wrong side of the road. As a result of the accident, the claimant’s most obvious and serious injuries were a fracture to his hip and a fracture to his wrist.
Thompsons Solicitors LLP
Linda Millband leads the well-regarded clinical negligence team at Thompsons Solicitors LLP, which forms part of a strong national offering. It is skilled at acting in group actions and has brought claims against a number of negligent surgeons. The team is currently representing claimants in over 40 cerebral palsy cases and 20 cases involving injuries of the maximum severity and is led by Karl De-Loyde, a lawyer well-placed to represent claimants who have suffered life-changing injuries. Clients include trade union members and their families who benefit from the team’s focus on securing early admissions/interim payments and bespoke packages to help their clients and families.
‘Large, nationally recognised firm of specialists. Well resourced and well organised. Capable of putting teams of lawyers together to run highly complex or group type litigation. Have been in some of the largest cases in recent years e.g Patterson / vaginal mesh. Linda Millband, great strategist. Always able to see the big picture and drive the cases forward accordingly. Incredibly hardworking. Clearly very supportive of her team. A joy to work with as counsel’.
‘I was extremely impressed with the service I received from Thompson’s, particularly Karl and Laura. I was kept updated with every step of my case and all emails were replied to promptly. I felt like I received a personal service and that I wasn’t just a number or another client’.
‘Karl was genuinely interested in getting me the best outcome and his communication was excellent. He was friendly down to earth and extremely professional throughout. I was almost disappointed when my case was settled as it meant I wouldn’t be in touch with Karl as much!‘.
‘Thompsons’s serious injury team has become a real heavyweight in the area of TBI and spinal injury in recent years, across all of their offices but particularly in Birmingham, where Karl De-Loyde heads up the team’.
‘Karl De-Loyde is highly experienced, down-to-earth and approachable and carries a heavyweight TBI caseload. David Gauler has an excellent reputation in TBI and spinal cases, and is known for his hands-on, supportive approach with clients. Victoria Kingscote is up-and-coming and one to watch, and is working on increasingly complex high-value cases’.
‘A leading set of personal injury lawyers in the West Midlands. Victoria Kingscote is very efficient, had a huge caseload and is loved by her clients’.
‘Thompsons serious injury team is an exceptionally capable claimant personal injury unit, handling the full spectrum of the most difficult and complex cases including brain, spinal cord injuries and amputations. As a Union firm, Thompsons pride itself on exceptional client care and achieving the best possible results’.
‘Karl De Loyde is one of the most tenacious claimant personal injury solicitors in the market, handling a case load across the spectrum of claims of the utmost severity. He is highly experienced, with a wealth of experience in the most difficult and complex claims. Victoria Kingscote and David Gauler – Associates are two highly knowledgeable, extremely capable and experienced solicitors handling a wide range of high value and complex claims’.
- Acted for a client who suffered a traumatic amputation of his leg when struck by a vehicle on the hard shoulder of a motorway. The team secured early interim payments and appointed a case manager, to coordinate a care package to include private prosthetics. The team achieved settlement at £3.5m within 18 months of taking the case over.
- Successfully represented the claimant in the Supreme Court, establishing liability of the Motor Insurers Bureau to compensate victims of uninsured drivers on private land.
- Acted for the widow of a man killed in an explosion at the workplace, achieving a substantial settlement.
Wright Hassall LLP
Jeanette Whyman heads the clinical negligence department at Wright Hassall LLP which has been busy advising on various group actions, including some claims against Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust. Whyman also represents clients at inquests and her team is also adept in advising on cancer cases where there has been a late or missed diagnosis, particularly in respect of obstetric and gynaecological cases.
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‘Jeanette Whyman handled my wife’s claim from start to finish. We always felt confident dealing with Jeanette who we found so helpful and easy to chat to and she certainly never let us down. Jeanette would always give us a date and a time to let us know when she was telephoning us so that we could be organised with the appropriate information she required to expedite my wife’s claim’.
‘The service provided for local clients is second to none – it really focus on the clients’ needs and has a personal touch to litigation. Jeanette Whyman has a wealth of experience and brilliant insight into her clients’ needs. Rachael Flanagan is committed to her clients and manages to balance caring for injured claimants, efficiently progressing their claims and strong yet realistic negotiations’.