Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant in West Midlands

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP fields a well-respected team of specialist lawyers who have built up a strong national reputation for working on a range of matters from modest value to complex multi-million pound cases and associated public law, abuse and human rights matters. It also represents people at inquests. The practice is praised for its 'first-class client-based focus' and has developed all round-experience in related areas such as mental capacity and court of protection matters. Head of department Rankeshwar Batta specialises in clinical negligence and personal injury litigation. Batta has extensive experience of all types of cases including maximum severity/catastrophic injury as well as professional negligence work. Sarah Huntbach handles all aspects of clinical negligence claims including nerve injuries following surgery and infection leading to amputation and birth injuries.  Ann Houghton has extensive experience of cases with a foreign jurisdictional element. Victoria Fullilove does professional negligence work arising out of clinical negligence and personal injury matters to addition to her main practice of clinical negligence and personal injury claims. David Evison has established a niche in abuse and human rights claims for both children and adults and receives instructions from the Official Solicitor.

Practice head(s):

Rankeshwar Batta

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Huntbach; Ann Houghton; Victoria Fullilove; David Evison

Testimonials

The team at Anthony Collins Solicitors is absolutely dedicated to securing justice for its clients. The lawyers do this in a kind, considerate and caring manner and really get to know the people that they are working on behalf of. Rankeshwar Batta has the needs of the client and the whole family at the centre of the approach to his work. He has a unique way of ensuring that a client and the family is not daunted by pursuing legal action.  He combines his unique personality with absolute efficiency and professionalism and is a highly skilled litigator.  His experience in the field of serious injury is unquestionable‘.

Victoria Fullilove and David Evison are both excellent lawyers who deliver results for their clients whilst demonstrating care and compassion for the challenges ahead‘.

Anthony Collins works to the highest possible standard, working collaboratively with its clients, ensuring that they understand every step of the litigation process.  Providing timely and measured advice. Ann Houghton has a uniquely insightful knowledge of her clients and the difficulties that they and their families / loved ones are facing.  Ann works tirelessly, with great care and patience to provide her clients with the support that they need, in order to move through the litigation process, navigating the inevitable pitfalls with grace and determination‘.

Rankey Batta – brilliant at responding quickly and sharing information that helps to move things forward for a client, always supportive, professional and takes time to explain and help problem solve a tricky situation! Great person to have on your team! Sarah Huntbach – Great to work with – helpful, knowledgeable and resourceful. Always prepared to discuss and problem solve situations and share information to keep you in the loop and understand the direction being taken‘.

They work hard for injured people – excellent quality of work. Superb outfit. Rankeshwar Batta is a first-class stand out partner. Has a brilliant relationship with clients, charms defendants, wins cases. Ann Houghton. Smart, switched on and someone who runs and wins the sort of difficult cases that others would not. Victoria Fullilove. Efficient, hardworking and very capable‘.

‘Exceptional knowledge and communicates well with each other within the team. Good leadership from the top down. Rankeshwar Batta and Victoria Fullilove are very approachable. They communicate in very simplistic terms/language. Sarah Huntbach – determined, compassionate, hugely experienced, and a fierce litigator.  You’d want her in the trenches with you if you had to fight a case‘.

‘The team is very client focused and feels less corporate than some of the bigger claimant personal injury firms. The team is tactically astute and gives great levels of service. The team will fight the difficult cases when some other firms may not. The stand out personal injury practitioners are Rankeshwar Batta, Victoria Fullilove, David Evison and Ann Houghton. They stand out due to their approachable and client friendly manner but also being tactically astute and detail driven‘.

‘A very ethical firm bringing tremendous professionalism and capability tempered by its interpersonal skills and client care. Technically very proficient with great strength in depth amongst the team. Its ethos gives clients the belief that they are cared for and that staff genuinely care about them and do their best for them‘.

Work highlights

  • Supported a client and family following injury derived from surgery. The court approved a settlement of £2.2m plus annual payments of £231k for the rest of the client’s life.
  • Supported a client with a claim against a hospital trust for having caused her to sustain a brain injury due to compromised oxygen supply and delay in her delivery. Following lengthy negotiations, terms of settlement were agreed (£4.9m lump sum plus annual six figure payments).
  • Advised a client in respect of a compensation claim against Warwick Hospital. The team secured a seven-figure sum of compensation.
  • Acted on behalf of a young teenage girl who was catastrophically injured following a road traffic accident. The settlement achieved was £2.25m plus annual payments for the rest of the client’s life.
  • Acted on behalf of a young boy who was catastrophically injured following a road traffic accident. The settlement achieved was £5.5m.
  • Acted for the client who suffered a psychological injury, the symptoms of which prevented her from continuing her nursing career in the NHS. The team’s work challenged issues in the NHS, rather than solely focusing on compensation. A six-figure settlement was achieved and the case litigated an untested cutting edge area of law.

Brethertons LLP

Brethertons LLP focuses exclusively on injuries of the utmost severity, with a particular focus on spinal cord injury claims. Jonathan Rees is a notable figure and specialises in both higher and lower level spinal cord injuries including tetraplegia and paraplegia. Rees has settled numerous significant compensation claims involving spinal cord injury arising from road traffic accident collisions, accidents at work/public places and through clinical negligence. In addition he is  adept at advising on other life changing injuries such as amputation and brain injury. Senior associate Sian Buxton is recommended too for her work with people who have suffered serious injuries as a result of clinical negligence and accidents.

Practice head(s):

Linda Jones; Jonathan Rees

Other key lawyers:

Sian Buxton

Testimonials

‘This practice is lead by individuals who have a very good knowledge of their client base and work with a team of experts who also understand the nature of the clients’ injuries or disabilities.’

‘Jonathan Rees – a very professional individual who understands the complexities of the clients’ needs and works to a professional standard to achieve the best results for the client’.

‘The practice uses team meetings to good effect to ensure that any fee earner can take on the case for the client should the need arise. The billing has the utmost clarity and the client is given the fullest information about the billing including regular estimates. The people are caring and conscientious. Standout partner is Jon Rees. Standout associate is Sian Buxton’.

‘The whole team at Brethertons is firstly very professional yet understands so well the needs of its clients and the importance of making sure its clients likewise are fully aware of all the issues that may be very complex depending on the individual’.

‘Jon Rees leads the team – he always makes sure that the client receives the very best support and compassion at such a stressful time. Clients remark on how the team puts them at ease with the legal process. Along with this the team is also totally aware of the client’s injury and how that affects them too. This is very important when dealing with spinal cord injury clients because there are so many complex issues that their clients are dealing with each day’.

Work highlights

  • Acted in a significant multi-million pound settlement at a mediation that took place shortly before what would have been a two-week High Court trial that would have involved experts in 10 disciplines, following spinal cord injury occasioned by risky and unnecessary surgery that left the claimant with a spinal cord injury (paralysed from waist down) and with lifelong medical, psychological, care, therapies, equipment and accommodation needs.
  • Successfully mediated a six figure settlement shortly prior to High Court trial, where incomplete paraplegia was occasioned by the negligent misdiagnosis of a spinal epidural abscess (admitted) but with the case contested on causation (whether surgery would have been too late) and the extent of loss caused by the admitted breach of duty.
  • Advised on a road traffic collision case proceeding under Guide To The Conduct Of Claims Involving Serious Injuries. Constellation of injuries including broken neck, brachial plexus injury, traumatic brain injury, collapsed lungs and all overlayed on undiagnosed myotonic dystrophy. Extensive rehabilitation, significant interim payments, proceedings issued but multi-million pound settlement reached at recent joint settlement meeting. The claimant is not able to work in the same professional capacity or at all and with lifelong care, equipment, therapies needs

Clarke Willmott LLP

Clarke Willmott LLP has a major focus on brain injury claims. Philip Edwards is the team leader in Birmingham and has handled some very high-value claims. In addition Edwards is an accredited specialist for APIL. Other core areas of expertise include amputation claims and the full range of serious injury cases, spinal cord injuries, fatal injuries and multiple orthopaedic injuries and burns.

Practice head(s):

Chris Thorne; Lee Hart

Other key lawyers:

Philip Edwards

Testimonials

Phil Edwards is a highly skilled and experienced personal injury lawyer. He has the innate ability to relate to clients with complex and catastrophic injuries explaining the law and options to them in a way that they and their significant others can understand. He is a strong advocate for rehabilitation and truly achieves the optimum outcomes for his clients. He works extremely well with the rehabilitation teams’.

‘Philip Edwards has excellent client skills. He is extremely experienced. Not risk averse in the slightest. Adapted to lockdown and remote working very well. Easily contactable‘.

Phillip Edwards is a non-judgemental, trustworthy and understanding person. Phillip is always at the end of the phone. He is empathetic, honest, creative and he has integrity‘.

What I particularly like about Clarke Wilmott is that clients get a personal service from very experienced lawyers. Philip Edwards provides representation in high-value accident claims. He is happy to fight but also prepared to work constructively with the other side when the time is right.  He stands out for me as a grown-up litigator who adds enormous value‘.

Work highlights

  • Settled a highly complex and contested claim for a client who sustained significant injuries whilst attending a charity wilderness survival weekend. The claim was complex as the defence raised issues about the social desirability of the event, consent and how to undertake dynamic risk assessments. The team obtained detailed witness evidence from all participants and issued proceedings and because of their persistence the defendant ultimately was persuaded to settle the claim at a value which allowed no discount for the litigation risk.

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

Tim Gray leads a large and dedicated serious injury team at FBC Manby Bowdler LLP that is well-placed to handle complex brain and spinal injuries including those that arise from the mismanagement of births. Gray routinely handles high-value and complex multi-track cases and is regularly involved in head and spinal injury and amputation cases. Susan Todhunter has extensive experience of acting for child and adult claimants who have suffered traumatic brain injury. Todhunter works closely with the firm’s court of protection team to ensure that clients have access to deputyship services where they are unable to make financial and long-term care decisions themselves.

Practice head(s):

Tim Gray

Other key lawyers:

Susan Todhunter; Michael Portman-Hann

Testimonials

Tim Gray leads a small, but highly skilled team of clinical negligence litigators.  This is a burgeoning area of work for FBC.Tim Gray has vast experience of a real range of medical negligence matters. He gives unrivalled attention to cases, whether they are of modest value or the utmost severity‘.

The lawyers deliver a high end product for their clients and get great results.  The firm is in Wolverhampton but offers coverage across the country.  Tim Gray heads up the CN team at FBC and is likeable and approachable.  Always looking to do the best for his clients and with strong and successful working relationships with key barristers‘.

‘A highly ethical firm with exceptional  presence in the personal injury and clinical negligence sectors. Tim Gray and Sue Todhunter are two of the best and most respected solicitors in the jurisdiction – they are exceptional and get amazing results‘.

Very proficient firm handling PI and clin neg cases of the utmost gravity.

‘Michael Portmann-Hann is an absolute rising star. Michael is good at working with vulnerable clients.’

Work highlights

  • Acted in a complex clinical negligence claim involving the discrete areas surrounding consent including those arising from Montgomery, but also incorporating the issue of trespass against the person which is incredibly rare in a clinical setting.
  • Acting in a complex claim surrounding clinical decisions made during an emergency situation. Matters of liability relate to actions which took just several minutes. In addition, the team was responsible for the listing of an Inquest more than three years after the death by making submissions to HM Coroner after it came to light that the defendant trust had provided misleading information at the time of reporting the death. Alongside the claim, the team is providing representation to the family of the deceased at the Inquest.
  • Instructed by a number of families in the local area to investigate the standard of addiction services provided in Shropshire, which has resulted in avoidable deaths of young adults. It is hoped that by bringing these actions, standards will improve across the region and country in order to improve standards for all.

GHP Legal

GHP Legal has a specialist team of lawyers with a wealth of experience in dealing with clinical negligence and personal injury claims. The group has experience across the full gamut of accident and injury cases ranging from accidents in public, on holiday or in the workplace, to road traffic and motorcycle accidents, injury from defective products, serious brain injuries, criminal assault, and claims arising from abuse whilst in the care of others. It has experience in some of the most difficult cases including major psychiatric injury cases and acts for adult survivors of child sexual abuse as well as stress at work and wrongful diagnosis claims. The group also covers all aspects of clinical negligence work and acts in negligence claims against the NHS and private hospitals, as well as misdiagnosis and incorrect treatment claims.  Robert Williams and Claire Parfitt are the main contacts. John Hulme is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Robert Williams; Claire Parfitt

Other key lawyers:

John Hulme

Testimonials

‘A superb team with a range of experience between those who have seen and done it all and the newer hands who are keen to prove themselves.’

‘John Hulme provides old school service combined with a willingness to go the extra mile.’

‘Local, old-fashioned firm in the best way.’

‘John Hulme is experienced in major personal injury litigation. Knowledgeable and client caring’.

 

Harrison Clark Rickerbys

Harrison Clark Rickerbys has an excellent clinical negligence team that assists clients with varied and complex clinical negligence matters involving birth injuries, delayed diagnoses and surgical errors. Other areas of expertise include claims concerning mental health issues and dental negligence claims. The team is managed by Inez Brown who specialises in brain injury cases. Ally Taft is another accomplished practitioner who is skilled at handling claims relating to surgical errors as well as delayed diagnosis cases. In addition Taft has recently concluded several difficult fatal claims.

Practice head(s):

Inez Brown

Other key lawyers:

Ally Taft

Testimonials

An up and coming firm in Birmingham. Very good individuals. Inez Brown is an excellent head of department.’

‘Local firm with impressive commitment – Inez Brown is a driving force‘.

‘HCR offers a quality CN offering. Inez Brown is very well known within the legal community. She leads a team of dedicated and hardworking lawyers. She is a joy to work with. She is incredibly hardworking and very well respected within the local and wider legal community‘.

A great team which is friendly and committed. Inez Brown and Ally Taft are the two lawyers I have worked with. They are both excellent clinical negligence solicitors, completely committed and very successful’.

The partners are all stars in the field, with long-standing and well-deserved reputations for providing a great service – handling claims with expertise and skill, as well as being great with clients.’

‘Inez Brown and Ali Taft are very prominent in the field, known for handling even the most complex cases with absolute and well-placed confidence’.

Higgs LLP

Under the supervision of Clare Langford and Liz Hickman, the clinical negligence team at Higgs LLP is particularly noted for its expertise in serious birth injury claims and other claims involving delayed diagnosis and cerebral palsy. Langford has extensive experience of cerebral palsy, spinal and brain injury claims and is particularly interested in cases involving a delay in diagnosing meningitis and loss of vision. Hickman handles a wide variety of complex claims including tetraplegia and delayed cancer diagnosis. Sue Allen is another first-rate practitioner; she is described as 'an excellent litigator with a great mind for legal costs and funding'. Andy Shaw leads a large and nimble personal injury practice that is known for its expertise at handling claims involving major traumas such as brain and spinal cord injuries, amputation and serious orthopaedic injuries. It also handles claims involving severe psychological injuries and fatal accidents. Associate Steven Santy has a particular emphasis on ensuring that clients gain early access to rehabilitation.

Practice head(s):

Clare Langford; Liz Hickman; Andy Shaw

Other key lawyers:

Sue Allen; Steven Santy; Claire Burnell; Charlotte Measures

Testimonials

Excellent team work. This is the best clinical negligence team in the Black Country. Very strong pedigree in client care. Clare Langford has first-rate client skills in very difficult and sensitive cases. A big hitter in the area‘.

‘Liz Hickman is a very experienced clinical negligence practitioner whose recent case load includes a case involving anaesthetic negligence leading to a catastrophic brain injury. Sue Allen is another highly experienced clinical negligence practitioner who is very well regarded‘.

‘Clare Langford has long experience of dealing with cases involving injuries of the utmost severity and has the technical knowledge, judgement and organisational skills necessary to secure to best possible results in this complicated area. She has recently been involved in a claim concerning the very highest levels of care requirements‘.

The PI team at Higgs is truly innovative, working in partnership with other firms alongside major trauma units. This gives it the ability to add real value to the clients’ experiences from the earliest stages. This team is really going places. Andy Shaw is the talisman of this excellent team. His vision has taken its workload to another level. He is increasingly seen as the leading claimant solicitor for catastrophic personal injury work in the Midlands‘.

Steve Santy is determined, thorough and enthusiastic about his work but with a calm reassuring manner which immediately puts clients at ease and achieves excellent results in the most difficult cases‘.

‘Charlotte Measures is one of the best clinical negligence solicitors in Birmingham.  She has great empathy, intellect, case load and is very hardworking. Anyone would be lucky to be represented by her.’

‘Clare Burnell and her team are all very good and have some excellent cases. Clare is a tenacious representative for her clients, who really value her fearless representation‘.

‘Very strong commitment to achieving the best result for clients, well resourced, commitment to technology, very good local reputation, high quality caseload, attract cases of significant value and complexity. Andy Shaw is bright, well organised, a great leader, an excellent communicator and always achieves great results for clients. Steve Santy – great legal knowledge, as well as being an instinctively good litigator‘.

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell has market-leading offerings for both clinical negligence and personal injury. Luke Daniels heads the 'brilliant', large and 'forward thinking' clinical negligence team that specialises in the most complex, varied and high profile cases such as birth injury claims, stillbirths, neonatal deaths, cosmetic/dental surgery as well as spinal and brain injuries, cancers and mental health. The department is committed to rehabilitation and attempts to secure early interim payments for its clients. Lisa Jordan is highly regarded and has particular expertise in cerebral palsy claims. Emma Rush is another notable member of the team.  The personal injury department handles a substantial caseload of high-value claims supporting children and adults who have sustained brain injuries and those who have suffered spinal cord injuries, limb loss and multiple orthopaedic traumas. It is regularly instructed in cases involving fatalities, psychiatric injury, severe burns and loss of vision. The child abuse team is well-regarded and deals with cases against individuals, local authorities, schools, religious and other organisations. Its specialist mesothelioma and lung cancer team garners praise too. The dedicated industrial disease/workplace illnesses group is also recommended. In addition the practice has a large personal injury team that handles cases for those who have suffered serious injuries while abroad.

Practice head(s):

Luke Daniels; Stephen Nye; Alida Coates; Philip Banks

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Jordan; Sara Burns; Emma Rush; Lindsay Tomlinson; Mandy Luckman; Hilary Wetherell; Philip Banks; Tom Fletcher; Clive Garner; Jenna Harris; Rebecca Hearsey; Jatinder Paul; Iain Shoolbred; Hayley Hill

Testimonials

‘Luke Daniels is one of the smartest and most pragmatic lawyers that I work with. A real problem solver who is highly respected. Emma Rush is an outstanding partner, who has rightly risen to the top quickly. Works extremely hard. Tom Fletcher is a real rising star, who is clearly partnership material and increasingly taking on complex and high value work in his own right’.

Lindsay Tomlinson is very experienced, very able, particularly good in sensitive cases and fatal claims. Dedicated to her clients and always achieves a good result‘.

Sara Burns is a fearsome and experienced operator.’

‘Jenna Harris and Emma Rush are both exceptional lawyers with great attention to detail, fine analytical skills and are very popular with the clients. Mandy Luckman stands out as an exceptional person to deal with – she is a great communicator, organised, efficient and a pleasure to work with’.

‘The only claimant firm with the infrastructure capable of taking on large, high risk and important cases. Jatinder Paul is an expert in the travel litigation field with his finger on the pulse of developing case law’.    

Leaders in the West Midlands. Historically strong. Well resourced. Ultra professional.  Stephen Nye is a tough and seasoned litigator. He is the absolute best for the highest value catastrophic injury cases. A pitbull in negotiations and a tactical genius. There really is no-one better‘.

‘Philip Banks is extremely experienced and, as with his team generally, he adopts a pragmatic and sensible approach. Jatinder Paul in the travel sickness department has risen through the ranks to his current position due to his tenacity and hardworking ethos.  He is commercially and tactically savvy‘.

Irwin Mitchell Birmingham is amongst the best in the country for personal injury work. The lawyers conduct the most serious cases with great skill and adeptness. Its wealth of experience and expertise is practically unrivalled and it secures fantastic results. Rebecca Hearsey is the hardest-nosed claimant solicitor in personal injury. She tells is like it is and clients love her for it‘.

Work highlights

  • Advised in a claim where the claimant suffered brain damage consequent upon hypoglycaemia in the neonatal period. Achieved capitalised settlement of £14m.
  • Advised in a birth injury claim which led to a settlement of £24m inclusive of periodical payments.
  • Advised in respect of an adult claimant who suffered brain injury whilst an inpatient in hospital. Claimant left with no independent function and reduced life expectancy. The claim was settled for £1.5m.
  • Advised client with regards to an abuse claim, securing interim payment for mental health treatment during the course of litigation. In addition to this the team secured a five year graduate loss of earnings at a joint settlement along with a number of additional losses. A sum of £210,000 was successfully recovered in full and final settlement of the claim.
  • Acted on behalf of the claimant after he consumed a meal allegedly contaminated with the listeria bacteria. Liability was denied.
  • Instructed by the claimant after he developed mesothelioma. Judgment was entered and an immediate interim payment secured in the sum of £50,000, which enabled the client to move into more suitable accommodation. The matter settled at JSM, the week prior to trial, in the lump sum of £290,000 and in addition, the team secured an unlimited indemnity from the insurer, to provide for the cost of future private medical treatment.

Lanyon Bowdler

Lanyon Bowdler has two distinct and outstanding departments that deal with personal injury and clinical negligence claims. These teams work from seven offices throughout Shropshire, Herefordshire and North Wales. The clinical negligence department is led by Kay Kelly. The group has extensive experience across a wide range of medical negligence claims including birth, brain and spinal injuries, fatalities, amputations and delay in diagnosis. Other strengths lie in advising on negligent surgery, ophthalmic and vascular conditions. Lucy Small has considerable experience in dealing with a range of complex clinical negligence claims. Its highly skilled and specialist personal injury team handles a broad range of claims from accidents abroad, accidents at work to asbestos and industrial disease claims and military actions. With ' the 'very responsive and excellent'  Neil Lorimer at the helm other areas of expertise include fatal accidents, RTAs and amputations as well as brain and spinal injuries. Debbie Humphries and Dawn Humphries are also recommended. The department is praised for its holistic approach to claims and for its strong track record of achieving excellent results in tough and complex cases.

Practice head(s):

Kay Kelly; Lucy Small; Neil Lorimer

Other key lawyers:

Dawn Humphries; Debbie Humphries; Emma Broomfield; Beth Heath ; Louise Howard; Holly Edwards; Phillip Roberts; Adam Hodson

Testimonials

Lanyon Bowdler has an exceptional commitment to its clients and to the impact on the wider society of the issues it deals with in the claims, publicly campaigning, raising the profile of concerns relating to local hospitals, and raising money for charities supporting people like its clients‘.

‘Lanyon Bowdler has a strong team of clinical negligence solicitors who are well led and, in my experience, are prepared to go the extra mile for their clients. I would particularly recommend Kay Kelly, who heads up the clinical negligence team. I worked with her recently on a very difficult and complex ‘wrong birth’ claim which both involved unusual issues of law and clients who (having gone through a traumatic experience) required careful and sympathetic handling. Kay excelled at all of those aspects‘.

The lawyers provide a very high quality service when it comes to their clients’ claims – working diligently, tactically and with great empathy – ensuring their clients not only get the maximum compensation but feel supported and prioritised throughout the litigation process‘.

‘Emma Broomfield is an extremely experienced, astute lawyer who knows her field inside out. She identifies potential problems instinctively and tackles them confidently. She works well as a team player, collaborating and contributing effectively. She is also simply very kind and thoughtful towards her clients‘.

The lawyers work well as a team and have good in-house training. They take on difficult cases and get really good results‘.

The more junior members of the team, whilst acquiring invaluable experience, have now progressed to partnership and leadership positions. Dawn Humphries has a zen-like calm determination and relishes the most complex and difficult cases. Debbie Humphries now carries an impressive caseload of brain and spinal injuries as well as the more complex orthopaedic cases. She is well used to multimillion-pound claims‘.

Holly Edwards was extremely professional and communicated really well. It was obvious there was collaboration between Holly and Neil Lorimer. Holly and Neil offered superb advice and support‘.

Phillip Roberts is an experienced catastrophic injury specialist who is increasingly noted for activity on high-value cases in the catastrophic personal injury sphere. Good on his feet, he has a very sure grasp of the case and is genuinely helpful. His attention to detail is absolutely second to none. He posses significant expertise in cases involving severe neurological injuries. He works incredibly hard for his clients.

Work highlights

  • Secured a £800,000 settlement in a complex wrongful birth case involving severely neurologically impaired twins who subsequently died. Compensation was achieved in respect of the mother’s PTSD as well as in respect of the suffering and care needs of the twins.
  • Acted in a complex birth injury case resulting in a £17.2m settlement following admissions of liability being secured. The client had challenging behavioural needs and an extensive support and therapy package was implemented pre-settlement funded by substantial interim payments.
  • Settlement was achieved (despite liability remaining disputed) of £400k in a fatal claim for a widow concerning suicide of her husband due to a failure to provide appropriate mental health care and treatment. The family was also represented by the firm at the inquest.
  • Acted in a very complex TBI arising from RTA with significant pre-accident history of behavioural issues and causation hotly contested. Also consideration needed in respect of difficult causation aspects of contributory negligence re failure to wear seatbelt. Settled for £3.75m.
  • Settled fatal accidents claim within approx. one year of accident for £875,000 including consideration of nuanced and novel claims re gifts for children towards weddings, vehicle purchases and deposit for first house.
  • Advising the claimant who suffered serious spinal injury with a total loss of function below the chest with sensory impairment following RTA. The team has worked collaboratively with the defendant to ensure the claimant has 24 hour care package in place.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP has a large, experienced and well-established clinical negligence team under the leadership of the 'very impressive' Phil Barnes. It has a varied case load of high-value and complex claims with particular expertise in birth and spinal injuries as well as amputations. It also deals with fatal claims and associated secondary victim claims and represents its clients at inquests. Kashmir Uppal has particular expertise in dealing with claims against ‘rogue surgeons’ and managing multi-party actions. Nicholas Tubb is vastly experienced in surgical errors, spinal and brain injuries as well as complex birth injury cases. London-based Richard Follis is also recommended. Principal associate Richard Bannister works on a range of complex cases and is an accredited CEDR mediator. The personal injury team works closely with its clinical negligence team. Head of team Chris McKinney specialises in spinal and brain injury cases as well as amputation claims and is developing a reputation for his work on claims involving novel areas of personal injury law. Senior associate Kate Price-Marson frequently helps claimants where the defendant cannot be traced or there is a company that is no longer trading.

Practice head(s):

Phil Barnes; Chris McKinney

Other key lawyers:

Kashmir Uppal; Nicholas Tubb; Richard Follis; Richard Bannister; Chris McKinney; Kate Price-Marson; James Wright; Natasha Read; Amy Greaves; Victoria Blankstone; Kishma Bolaji

Testimonials

‘We can say that the communication, compassion and sensitivity given to our family from Chris McKinney and Kate Price-Marson has been exceptional and given our circumstances when needing them, they have been a breath of fresh air. They have listened to us, given us the knowledge to enable us to make the correct decisions and demonstrated the professionalism that has made our difficult journey easier to manage’. 

‘Chris McKinney has always been excellent. He provides comprehensive and clear advice and is obviously very knowledgeable. He is also very pleasant to deal with, both by email and telephone’.

‘This large, reputable and national firm gives the unique impression that notwithstanding its size in numbers of staff, the team members illustrate a personal and attentive service for the individual client as if it were a much smaller firm where personal care and attention is all important. Christopher McKinney always gives the impression that he is never rushed for time, such that he can devote a proper level of attention that a client who has suffered great trauma, to put that client at their ease’.

Phil Barnes is a true gentlemen, but with a steely determination and a encyclopaedic knowledge of his area of law. Natasha Read – exceptionally clever, hardworking and knowledgeable. Natasha is quickly becoming a star practitioner in her field. James Wright – an incredibly bright, knowledgeable and hardworking individual. He produces work of the highest standard in every case. Amy Greaves – very determined and hardworking. Amy handles complex cases with ease. Amy is very calm under pressure and never loses her focus’.

‘An experienced team with a solid bank of reliable fee earners. Phil Barnes is a leader in this field. He has excellent instincts and effective leadership of his team. Kishma Bolaji is thorough, practical and easy to collaborate with‘.

I am very impressed by the Shoosmiths ethos. Its willingness to support clients and social causes with work on a pro bono basis is outstanding. Kashmir Uppal is fabulous. Her ability, her knowledge, and her commitment is second to none and she has the cool no-nonsense style that a client needs to see to feel supported by a winning solicitor. She also has the deep compassion so necessary to support people who are suffering the trauma of having survived wrongful or unnecessary surgery‘.

A large successful team. Victoria Blankstone, Kashmir Uppal and James Wright are all lawyers I have worked with on difficult high value cases and all of them are particularly dedicated and resourceful and do a really excellent job‘.

Nick Tubb is a thorough lawyer who builds up good relationships with clients and pursues cases passionately. Richard Bannister works incredibly hard and I have been very impressed by his attention to detail in a number of cases. He is firm in negotiations but his excellent client care skills do not prevent him giving difficult advice when it is necessary. He is intelligent, enthusiastic and very able‘.

Work highlights

  • Acted in a complex spinal injury claim that resulted in a seven-figure award. The case highlights its expertise in pursing complex, high value claims.
  • Acted in a fatality case involving an operation to remove a meningioma carried out by Mr El – Maghraby, against whom the firm now has 12 cases. The case highlights its expertise in cases involving rogue surgeons where the team has needed to protect patients to ensure doctors who put patients’ lives at risk are appropriately managed, whether that be through a regulatory procedure such as the GMC, or the criminal courts where there is evidence of deliberate harm.
  • Acting in a complex inquest whereby the deceased had possible Covid symptoms. The paramedic opened an oxygen cylinder in the wrong sequence as a result of which an oxygen enriched fire started. The deceased could not be evacuated and died in the fire. Members of her family, including her husband, daughter and granddaughter, who were present in the house at the time of the fire, managed to evacuate but have been left with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Slater and Gordon

The Birmingham team at Slater and Gordon primarily deals with serious, catastrophic and fatal accident claims usually arising out of road traffic accidents. It covers the whole of the Midlands and the South West and has particular expertise in dealing with complex fatal claims and claims to the MIB. Associate solicitor Jayne Campbell helps accident victims who have suffered life changing injuries such as brain and spinal injury, serious orthopaedic injuries and amputations as well as significant losses or bereavement.

Practice head(s):

Madelene Holdsworth (Manchester)

Other key lawyers:

Jayne Campbell

Testimonials

The team at Slater and Gordon is hardworking and happy to make every effort to pursue claims on behalf of its clients.  With the back up of a national firm it is able to offer a wealth of experience in claims at every level including very high-value claims. Jayne Campbell is a very diligent and thorough solicitor who is very popular with her clients and provides a very high level of client service‘.

Jayne Campbell who is nothing short of superb. She is so polite and communicates brilliantly both in person and in the written format.  I find her friendly and kind, but so incredibly full of knowledge‘.

We have been so well supported by Jayne Campbel throughout the last three years.  She has been encouraging and has given us such positive feedback. .  She understands the devastating impact a road traffic death has on family‘.

‘Jayne Campbell was always clear in her communication with myself and then later with my husband. She showed compassion and understanding, very thorough. I would highly recommend Jayne Campbell‘.

Jayne Campbell has been really helpful, accessible and supportive‘.

Sydney Mitchell LLP

Mike Sutton leads the department at Sydney Mitchell LLP; the team handles both personal injury and clinical negligence cases, with particular strength in cases relating to cancer. It has also advised on several cases involving fatalities and has dealt with numerous claims involving elderly patients who have suffered falls in hospital often resulting in hip fractures with life-changing consequences. David Lydon advises on a broad array of personal injuries; the team has a track record of handling cases involving work accidents and road traffic accidents resulting in very serious injury.

Practice head(s):

Mike Sutton

Other key lawyers:

David Lydon

Testimonials

A small team which focuses on the personal approach. Runs a range of cases, with particular expertise in cancer claims. Many clients appear to come to them through word of mouth from previous satisfied claimants. Mike Sutton leads the team. Many years of experience make him the classic ‘wise lawyer’. A good medical brain which allows him to translate the expert evidence into client friendly language’.

‘Mike Sutton is a very strong litigator; excellent technically and good with clients. He manages a very able and experienced team of lawyers, who handle a wide range of clinical negligence cases. He consistently goes over and above for clients in order to achieve the best outcomes. Mike has a wealth of experience and expertise in the field of clinical negligence. A very safe pair of hands‘.

The PI team at Sydney Mitchell is what I would describe as good old-fashioned personal injury lawyers. That might not be trendy or modern, but it reflects a team that isn’t focused on turnover of cases to maximise profit but rather on providing a professional and personal service to clients.’

‘David Lydon and Mike Sutton.  Both manage to balance being sufficiently mission orientated so as to get the best outcome for the client whilst maintaining a level of detachment so that their view of the case is not blinkered. David has a down to earth manner that clients engage with‘.

‘Sydney Mitchell’s personal injury and clinical negligence team offers a thorough, expert service with a personal touch. David Lydon will prepare a case thoroughly and tactically; however, he is so personable and persuasive when speaking with opponents that most of his cases don’t get there‘.

Sydney Mitchell is an established and well-regarded regional firm. David Lydon is a shrewd operator. He is personable and forms a good rapport with clients. He has always stood out as not only a very professional man but also very courteous and caring individual. Always gets the job done properly ‘.

‘I worked closely with Mike Sutton on a personal injury claim and he was brilliant from start to finish. Mike made the process very straightforward and was very clear about options through each stage of the negotiations. I would describe Mike as an excellent lawyer who gets the best result for his client but does so in a friendly and professional manner‘.

Work highlights

  • Acted for a man who had knee replacement surgery and the wrong sided prosthesis was inserted into his knee. This left him with restricted mobility and he was in considerable constant pain. Whilst breach of duty was admitted, causation was denied, with the trust relying on expert medical evidence which indicated that the negligent surgery would have made very little difference to the claimant’s knee problems. The matter settled for approximately £180,000.
  • Acted for the claimant who went into hospital with a stomach condition and, whilst in, had various x-rays and scans carried out. One of those scans showed a tumour on his right kidney although that was an incidental finding, completely unconnected to the reason for his admission. That incidental finding should still have been reported on by the radiologist but it was not. The following year, the claimant was admitted to hospital with a kidney tumour and the affected kidney was removed. Some years later, the disease returned with the claimant having to undergo significant on-going chemotherapy for metastatic disease. Expert oncological advice was obtained in respect of the natural progression of disease and likely treatment regime had there been an earlier diagnosis.
  • Acting for an elderly lady who tripped and stumbled on an internal step when entering a shop. She suffered significant injury to her leg/hip, requiring a partial hip replacement. Liability has been denied throughout and the court will need to decide whether the premises were “reasonably safe” for the purpose of The Occupiers Liability act 1957.
  • Acting for the claimant who was working on a demolition site, removing asbestos. He fell through the floor, falling approximately 14 foot to the floor of the level below. He suffered a fracture to his lower back. He continues to suffer considerable ongoing pain and the impact of the injuries on his ability to continue to work in the construction industry will be a significant issue.
  • Acting for a crane operator who was injured at work, suffering significant hand and wrist injuries which will impact on his ability to work into the future. This matter was complicated by the fact that it had to be pursued against four defendants before the firm received an admission of liability from one of them. The team is obtaining the evidence to fully quantify the claim.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP

Thompsons Solicitors LLP is part of a strong national offering and is a recognised name for its work with various trade unions. Its clinical negligence team is well-equipped to handle group and negligent actions against surgeons in the Midlands. Linda Millband is a key member of the department that is currently representing claimants in over 40 cerebral palsy cases and 20 cases involving injuries of maximum severity. Karl De-Loyde heads the serious injury teams in Birmingham and Nottingham; he typically handles cases with values exceeding £1m, and has particular strength in brain injury and spinal cord injury cases. The team continues to recover millions in damages every year, and covers the whole range of claimant PI work, including workplace accidents, road traffic cases, sporting activity and product liability. The firm’s asbestos and industrial disease team also receives plaudits.

Practice head(s):

Linda Millband; Karl De-Loyde; Alison Fahy; Peter Magee

Other key lawyers:

Laura Harper

Testimonials

‘Thompsons in Birmingham has an extremely strong team led by Linda Millband. It has a very strong regional presence which is due in part to its relationship with the trade unions but also based on its strong reputation for this work. Its strength is in the quality of its senior and up and coming fee earners. Linda Millband is vastly experienced and will leave no stone unturned in getting to the bottom of a case. Very good judgement‘.

Thompsons has a strong clinical negligence team over a number of different offices nationwide. It is unique in prioritising the outcome for the client above all else and not, for example, seeking to recover costs from clients’ damages as most other firms in this area of work do. Linda Millband is a very experienced and high profile leader of the team‘.

‘Karl De-Loyde. Meticulous preparation and incredibly hardworking. Excellent client skills. Not in the slightest bit risk averse and is prepared to take on cases that other solicitors would not consider‘.

‘Alison Fahy – very bright, personable, excellent tactician, consistently gets excellent results, prepared to go the extra mile‘.

The firm has a long union history of representing claimants which gives it a unique perspective, in particular acting for those who have been seriously injured in workplace accidents, although this is carried through into all aspects, including road traffic claims. Karl De-Loyde is an incredibly tenacious solicitor who is fantastic in both tough liability disputes and catastrophic quantum cases. It would be hard to find a solicitor prepared to fight harder. Laura Harper is an extremely empathetic and caring solicitor who focuses on a claimant’s needs from the outset of case‘.

An exceptionally strong serious injury team lead in Birmingham by Karl De-Loyde. First class service with very strong client skills and willing to take on cases that might be unattractive to other firms. Karl is an extraordinarily hard worker, extremely conscientious and a master of detail. A very shrewd tactician‘.

‘Thompsons has a very large PI team handling predominantly union work, and it is this experience of union work (and its prioritisation of the interests of its clients) that make it unique. Karl De-Loyde is an experienced and capable solicitor in the area of catastrophic injury work‘.

Laura Harper has excellent client skills in sensitive cases‘.

Work highlights

  • Successful at trial, in establishing that a faulty electric heater caused a fire, which resulted in catastrophic injury to two young children.
  • Acted as the main solicitors in a large group action against a rogue breast surgeon, for negligent/ unnecessary surgery.
  • Took a case all the way to the Supreme Court to ensure that victims who suffer injury as a result of an accident with an uninsured driver on private land, are entitled to compensation through the Motor Insurers Bureau scheme.
  • Successful at trial, in establishing that a faulty electric heater caused a fire, which resulted in catastrophic injury to ywo young children.

Thursfields Solicitors

Thursfields Solicitors offers the full range of claimant personal injury advice, dealing with all types of claims that arise from road traffic accidents, tripping/slipping accidents, accidents at work as well as criminal injuries. It is also adept at advising on product and public liability issues, industrial disease and clinical negligence cases. Senior associate Bernadette Mackie is the department head and has substantial experience of traumatic brain injury and amputation claims.

Practice head(s):

Bernadette Mackie

Testimonials

‘The team provided a very human and personal service, which I feel is most important when an individual is suffering injustice and needs a human touch‘.

‘The firm is a small player in West Midlands but provides a high degree of client personal attention. Bernadette Mackie is a very experienced personal injury solicitor who takes a very sensible and pragmatic approach to cases‘.

‘The team is very experienced and extremely knowledgeable about all manner of PI claims. The lawyers deal with claims sympathetically and professionally. They provide the personal touch with experienced and qualified lawyers dealing with the claims rather than delegating claims to unqualified staff. They are approachable. Bernadette Mackie is professional, empathetic and approachable. She leaves no stone unturned in securing the best settlement for her clients‘.

Good solid PI solicitors doing good work. Bernadette Mackie is a very dedicated and diligent lawyer – a real world solicitor‘.

Bernadette Mackie is an excellent all-round personal injury solicitor. She is bright, acute, experienced, and very thorough. I would unhesitatingly recommend her for personal injury work’.

Work highlights

  • Advised client in relation to complex fatal industrial disease claim involving exposure of father to asbestos during the course of his employment, resulting ultimately in death, recovering damages of £105,000.
  • Advised client in relation to cycling road traffic accident, recovering damages of £10,000.
  • Advised client in relation to public liability claim where mild traumatic brain injury sustained, recovering damages of £20,000.

Wright Hassall LLP

Jeanette Whyman leads the medical negligence team at Wright Hassall LLP; the practice advises on all types of clinical negligence cases and is involved in a number of high-profile group actions. The group has specific expertise in cases where the mother and/or the baby have suffered severe birth trauma and also boasts considerable expertise in late or missed diagnoses of cancer as well as orthopaedic cases. Whyman also represents clients at inquests.

Practice head(s):

Jeanette Whyman