Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant in West Midlands

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell has an outstanding and large team. On the clinical negligence side it continues to specialise in the most complex, varied and high-profile cases including birth injury cases, stillbirth, neonatal deaths, cosmetic/dental surgery as well as spinal and brain injuries as a result of negligence, cancers and mental health. Led by six partners, the department is committed to rehabilitation and the ongoing care needs of clients and attempts to secure early interim payments for its clients. The personal injury team also handles a substantial caseload of high-value claims dealing with children and adults who have sustained brain injuries, spinal injuries, limb loss and multiple orthopaedic traumas. The practice is regularly involved in cases involving fatalities, psychiatric injuries, severe burns and loss of vision and is made up of two partners. The child abuse group is well respected and has ten lawyers who specialise in dealing with cases against individuals, local authorities, schools and religious organisations. The public health team handles group claims in relation to food poisoning and other illnesses throughout England and Wales and the specialist mesothelioma and lung cancer team is highly recommended. Its large international personal injury team is also well-regarded for clients who have suffered serious injuries while abroad.

Testimonials

The leading firm in the country for PI and clinical negligence. Vast resources. Highly motivated and highly skilled teams. Exceptionally well led by a team of highly competent and experienced partners’.

The best in Birmingham. Very strong individuals, great resources. Emma Rush – brilliant, dedicated, hardworking – difficult to imagine a better solicitor‘.

The clinical negligence team is efficient and shows huge attention to detail –  leaves no stone unturned in its pursuit to achieve the very best outcome for clients. Although there are many different personalities who work at Irwin Mitchell the key characteristic is that there is a cohesion within the firm to work towards a set of deeply embedded shared values woven into the fabric of the company‘.

The industrial injuries team is an extremely competent and friendly group of solicitors in the traditional centre of manufacturing in the West Midlands. The experience this team has enables it to have built up a detailed knowledge of industry. Alida Coates and Satinder Bains deserve a special mention‘.

Luke Daniels is extremely able, bright, thorough, really cares for his clients and fights hard to get them the best result he can. Instils those same virtues into the rest of his team. Tom Fletcher – disarmingly relaxed solicitor who is at the top of his game in clinical negligence‘.

You never feel as though you are just a file when you speak to Sara Burns. Sara has not only extensive legal knowledge but she conveys a genuine interest in her clients and their outcomes. One of Sara’s strongest qualities is that she is able to explain the legal position of a case well‘.

The whole department fields very strong teams who all very much work together as a team. Hilary Weatherill is very experienced and Stephen Nye is excellent‘.

Jenna Harris – hardworking, great judgement, practice beyond her years. Rosie Reading has excellent people skills and is an asset to the Irwin Mitchell team‘.

Key clients

Masen Rushton-Walley

Jack Robinson-Morris

Robert Walker Deceased

Claimant male aged 7

Catherine Hartley

32 year old female

Chelsie Thomas

Sarah Haywood

Kathryn Corbin

Jenson Francis

Mr J

AC

KG

JS

Brian Greaves

Claims for families against Boeing following the crash of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft operated by Ethiopian Airlines (Flight ET302)

Work highlights

  • Instructed by parents in 2016 following the tragic death of their son who was prematurely born at 28 weeks.
  • Instructed on a claim which concerned a neonatal death after the incorrect ambulance was sent to the client who had called the ambulance service complaining of pain and bleeding.
  • Instructed in a matter where the man died after he was sent home from A&E without the doctor first checking his blood results.
  • Instructed in a matter where the claimant suffered a left Erb’s Palsy injury (neurological injury to arm) due to a failure to appropriately manage his mother’s labour and delivery and, in particular, a failure to appropriately manage the claimant’s shoulder dystocia.
  • Acted for a lady after her cervical smear was misread and she went on to develop cervical cancer.

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP has a very well-respected team of specialist lawyers who have built up a strong nationwide reputation. The first-rate team acts for claimants in a broad range of matters ranging from modest-value claims to complex multimillion-pound claims. Its expertise spans birth injury and associated public law matters as well as abuse and human rights cases. The skilled team also represents people at inquests. It adopts a holistic approach and helps clients with other issues such as community care claims, mental capacity issues and Court of Protection matters, in addition to trust work/education issues. Significantly it continues to help clients under the legal aid scheme. Rankeshwar Batta is the sole partner and head of department who specialises in clinical negligence and personal injury litigation. Batta has extensive experience of all types of cases including maximum severity/catastrophic injury and professional negligence work. He is also the deputy legal aid contracting representative for the firm. Victoria Fullilove and Ann Houghton are both vastly experienced in all aspects of personal injury and clinical negligence claims. Sarah Huntbach is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Rankeshwar Batta

Testimonials

The team is organised and hardworking. Rankeshwar Batta – knowledgeable, diligent and a great team player – leads an efficient and goal-orientated team. Its strengths are very good communication and listening skills‘.

‘The professionalism, technical expertise and dedication to clients is outstanding. I have particular respect for Rankeshwar Batta. I have also been impressed by David Evison, Sarah Huntbach and Victoria Fullilove – they will all respond to any enquiries promptly and efficiently‘.

‘One of the best teams in the Midlands if not the UK. Led by the nationally known Ranke Batta. Fantastic history and track record. Ranke Batta – fantastic caseload, good fun, knowledgeable, clever’.

A practice that really focuses on the client. The team empowers the client to feel that they are a key member of the team‘.

Both Rankeshwar Batta and Victoria Fullilove are superb with great client-focused skills, genuinely caring and sensitive people whilst at the same time putting the client at the forefront‘.

Rankeshwar is top notch and exemplifies all the qualities of the firm: highly approachable, knowledgeable, great judgement and wonderful client skills: in short, a first-rate lawyer. Sarah Huntbach handles a high-value, catastrophic case load with compassion, dedication and tenacity. Victoria Fullilove is very much one to watch, with excellent attention to detail and extremely sound judgement‘.

‘Ranki is a truly excellent lawyer who is very empathetic, a recognised industry leader. Ann Houghton is hugely impressive‘.

Sarah Huntbach – dedicated, legally astute, good forensic analysis of the case. Very tenacious. Victoria Fullilove – clever, hardworking, good judgement, practice beyond her years‘.

Work highlights

  • Advised a client in respect of a complex compensation claim against Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for a psychological injury.
  • Acted on behalf of a child for damages arising from brain injury sustained at birth, negotiating an overall settlement of £16.5m – the firm’s Court of Protection team continues to ensure that the monies are utilised in best interests.
  • Advised an elderly RTA victim who was hit by a speeding driver failing to stop, ultimately securing compensation for supported living after obtaining serious injuries.
  • Advised its client in respect of a clinical negligence claim against The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust – the claim arises from negligent care in December 2012, which caused the client to suffer a severe life-changing stroke.
  • Advised its client in respect of a clinical negligence claim against Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust – the claim arose from a failure by the hospital to properly perform a barium radiological examination in 1997 when the client was three years old.

Lanyon Bowdler

Lanyon Bowdler has two excellent personal injury and clinical negligence teams that operate as separate departments but work closely together. There is a focus in both departments on serious injury cases and both departments serve the West Midlands from the firm's six offices based throughout Shropshire and Herefordshire, with a main presence in Shrewsbury and Hereford. The firm continues to expand as it has opened a seventh office in Conwy, North Wales. The personal injury department fields a strong team that is led by Neil Lorimer. Its focus is on serious injury claims including brain injury, spinal injury, amputation and fatal injury claims. Debbie Humphries and Dawn Humphries are some of the other key members of the team. The excellent clinical negligence team for the West Midlands is led by Kay Kelly with Lucy Small leading the Hereford office. Emma Broomfield and Beth Heath have also recently been promoted to the partnership. The team has extensive experience across a wide range of claims from birth, brain and spinal injuries through to delay in diagnosis and negligent surgery, in addition to cardiac and vascular conditions. Louise Howard assists veterans and serving personnel with claims against the MOD and applying for the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.

Practice head(s):

Neil Lorimer; Kay Kelly

Testimonials

Neil Lorimer is meticulous, he leaves no stone unturned and will go to the ends of the earth for his clients’ cases. Dawn Humphries is also outstanding‘.

The teams in personal injury and clinical negligence are both very strong – the best in Shropshire but they could compete with any team in the country. Neil Lorimer – one of the finest solicitors in the country. Amazing attention to detail, leaves no stone unturned, wonderful track history of results, really tenacious‘.

Absolutely top notch and provides a high-quality service. Kay Kelly – heads clin neg – very confident, easy to deal with, great negotiator‘.

Emma Broomfield – partner – extremely able, very thorough, calm, competent – gets great results for clients. Beth Heath – not surprised she has been appointed partner at a very young age – extremely intelligent, thorough, able – a star of the future‘.

‘Dawn Humphreys – hardworking, loved by clients, a joy to work with. Kay Kelly – hardworking, clever, clients think she is the best – and she is. Emma Broomfield – one of the cleverest solicitors I know. Superb understanding of cases, spots points which most would miss. Has a terrific track record’.

Work highlights

  • Achieved a £10.8m settlement for a claimant who was ejected as not belted following a RTA, causing a traumatic brain injury – managed to maximise the claim value and limit deduction for contributory negligence to only 5%.
  • Secured £2.75m for a claimant who sustained a brain injury and double amputation following a failed suicide attempt due to negligent psychiatric care – there were highly complex issues with liaison required re health and welfare proceedings.
  • Secured admissions of liability for a family following the avoidable death of a 19-year-old mother two days after giving birth to twins.
  • Advised on a claim for damages for severe brain injury following a delay in diagnosis of subarachnoid haemorrhage by hospital and also by two GPs.
  • Representing a four-year-old child who suffered a four-limb amputation following delay in diagnosis of meningococcal septicaemia in hospital following referral with suspected sepsis by his GP.

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP has one of the leading clinical negligence practices that represents claimants across the UK in all types of actions ranging from complex, multimillion-pound cerebral palsy, brain, spinal injury and amputation cases through to fatal claims. Phil Barnes is an experienced litigator who has dealt with a wide range of complex and high-value claims including neurological injury actions and has a specialist interest in infection and sepsis cases. Barnes also regularly appears as an advocate before coroners. Kashmir Uppal is particularly renowned for her work on major group actions while Nicholas Tubb has considerable expertise in surgical errors and spinal and brain injury as well as complex birth injury cases. Richard Follis is a known name for his work on inquests – he has also conducted many multi-party, pharmaceutical and catastrophic injury cases. Senior associate Richard Bannister advises on a broad array of complex matters from cardiology, orthopaedics and ophthalmology to general surgery cases.

Testimonials

‘Strong team with a nationwide practice. Gets some fantastic work and results’.

The team from the top down has exceptional clinical negligence practitioners, with superb client skills and knowledge. The team is comprised of the brightest and the best solicitors‘.

An excellent and highly personal service. Outstanding people skills and very conscientious‘.

Philip Barnes is technically astute, straightforward and honest‘.

Kashmir Uppal: exceptional litigator who is very attuned to her clients’ needs. Will leave no stone unturned in investigating a claim. Leads by example. A pleasure to work with‘.

An exceptionally strong team, providing outstanding advice and service for all its clients. Meticulous, knowledgeable, experienced and sensitive, the lawyers all give everything to ensure they get the best result possible. Sarah Corser for her relaxed but efficient attitude, knowledge of the field and excellent judgement. Nick Tubb is also a top performer. Nothing gets past him and he is absolutely dedicated to his clients and achieving success‘.

Richard Bannister is totally committed to his clients who have commented on his warmth and dedication. They feel he understands and supports them. He works incredibly hard and I have been very impressed by his attention to detail. He is firm in negotiations but his excellent client care skills do not prevent him giving difficult advice when it is necessary‘.

Natasha Reid – fiercely intelligent, tenacious and fearless in pursuing her clients’ interests. Amy Greaves – compassionate, clever and tactically astute. Victoria Blankstone – combines exceptional medical and legal knowledge with an impressive grasp of every nuance of complex claims‘.

Key clients

Kamaljit Uppal

Judith Mills

Oliver Hall dec’d

Mrs H

Abigail Jones

Balbir Paul

Sada Hamza

David Cowdrill dec’d

Maureen Robson dec’d

Jean Myatt

Lynne Stafford

Work highlights

  • Achieved a successful outcome in a highly complex cerebral palsy claim where in excess of £22m was won in compensation for the client.
  • Achieved a settlement of over £15.5m in a complex brain injury case where the claimant has a significantly reduced life expectancy.
  • Advising on a case involving an appeal in relation to the strike out of a secondary victim claim which it is anticipated will provide clarity to all litigators dealing with this complex and contentious area of the law.
  • Advising on one of a number of claims being brought due to the alleged  poor standard of care at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust.
  • Advising on one of a number of claims being brought due to substandard surgery of a rogue surgeon.

Higgs LLP

The clinical negligence team at Higgs & Sons has some first-rate practitioners including Clare Langford and Sue Allen, both of whom are widely recognised for their expertise at handling a variety of high-value and complex clinical negligence claims, especially serious birth injury claims and other claims including cerebral palsy and delayed diagnosis actions. Langford leads the clinical negligence department and has extensive experience of handling a broad range of complex claims. She is particularly interested in cases involving a delay in diagnosing meningitis and loss of vision claims. The personal injury team has increasingly focused on helping people who have suffered a major trauma. It has particular experience in dealing with cases involving brain injury, spinal injury, amputation and serious orthopaedic injury as well as severe psychological injuries and fatal accidents. Personal injury practice head Andy Shaw handles a wide range of claims with considerable experience of achieving multimillion-pound settlements. Steven Santy aids clients who have suffered major trauma, concentrating on ensuring that they gain early access to rehabilitation.

Practice head(s):

Andy Shaw; Clare Langford

Other key lawyers:

Sue Allen; Steven Santy; Claire Burnell

Testimonials

‘A very experienced team, capable of dealing with the heaviest and most complex of PI and clinical negligence cases. Andy Shaw – vastly experienced. Highly competent. Excellent at picking out the “case-winning” point and pressing it to achieve great results for clients‘.

Very strong links with local hospitals, charities and service providers mean the team has wonderful access to rehabilitation for its clients. The lawyers work hard to foster relationships with those on the other side, without ever compromising their key purpose. Andy Shaw: very switched on, hugely knowledgeable, and an exceptional talent.

‘Andy Shaw – very effective and impressive litigator.’

‘Andy Shaw has a real empathy with clients and always has his clients’ best interests at heart. Sue Allen is caring and excellent‘.

Andy Shaw is very down to earth and a very firm litigator. Steve Santy is a very safe pair of hands. Clare Langford develops a fantastic relationship with her clients without losing her objectivity.

‘Superb medium-sized firm. Excellent reputation for dealing with complex and high-value PI claims. Very well prepared instructions and excellent communication with counsel. Steve Santy – excellent litigator. Always well prepared. Excellent judgement. Very good at connecting with clients and obtaining their trust‘.

‘Sue Allen is wise, calm, sensible and the service she provides is outstanding. She has a real understanding of the medical issues in the most complex clinical negligence cases and never misses a deadline or a point that can be deployed in her clients’ favour‘.

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP continues to build on its already well-established reputation for handling specialist and complex cases involving severe brain and spinal injury and clinical negligence in addition to industrial disease claims. Tim Gray is currently overseeing a case worth £10m and heads up the firm’s clinical negligence team. In addition to managing high-value and complex multi-track cases he is often involved in head and spinal injury and amputation cases. Susan Todhunter leads the firm’s catastrophic injury and multi-track team and deals with a variety of complex catastrophic injury claims. Todhunter has particular expertise in brain injury claims and has extensive experience of acting for child and adult claimants.

Practice head(s):

Tim Gray

Testimonials

Responsive, friendly, practice with a personal touch. Good communication, willing to discuss and listen. My experience in terms of its PI and Med Neg departments is excellent. Considered, logical, efficient. Tim Gray, Jaswinder Kaur Tawana and Adam Wilson have been effective and easy to work with in all aspects of work‘.

‘FBC Manby Bowdler has a very strong presence in the Midlands and deals with much of the serious personal injury cases in the area. The team offers a personalised service on several different sites giving excellent service and easy access. Bearing in mind that many of the clients have considerable mobility issues this is a great advantage ‘.

Sue Todhunter oozes compassion; is robust with opponents; and realistic with clients. A real stand-out performer in the field. Tim Gray: great at getting the most out of a case, particularly where the client might have brought some degree of problem on themselves. Always upbeat, and great to work with; but always with an eye on the end game‘.

Sue Todhunter is a force of nature. She works extremely hard and is extremely bright, taking on complex medical cases. Adam Wilson is very experienced in chronic pain cases which are difficult to run. Tim Gray is very pragmatic. He has a lovely manner with clients‘.

At my very darkest moments Susan Todhunter has been able to talk me through the steps necessary to carry on with life‘.

Jaswinder Tawanna – a very tenacious and effective representative. Manages her team well‘.

Key clients

Samantha Jones

Work highlights

  • Representing the claimant after she sustained injuries at Wickes, when she was hit by a piece of wooden shelving that was blown by the wind, causing her to fall to the floor.

HCR Hewitsons

Harrison Clark Rickerbys has an established clinical negligence team that is led by Inez Brown. The department continues to work on a large number of maximum severity and complex birth injury cases under the legal aid franchise. It has seen a noticeable growth in work in cases against local hospitals recently. The group is also recommended for its representation of clients under the Human Rights Act. Brown routinely advises on a broad range of general surgery clinical negligence matters with particular specialisms in areas such as birth injury and catastrophic injury claims and those involving delayed diagnosis of cancer resulting in secondary cancer. Charlotte Measures is recommended for her work primarily in obstetric/birth injury cases involving brain injured babies with cerebral palsy. Measures also handles other cases where there are acquired brain injuries. Ally Taft is well-equipped to handle negligent care and lack of consent claims as well as fatal incidents.

Practice head(s):

Inez Brown

Testimonials

The team cares who you are and gives a personal service. Inez Brown always gets back to you – she has the wonderful balance of caring and excellent professional conduct‘.

An up and coming team in Birmingham, but firmly established in Worcestershire. Charlotte Measures – quietly determined, clever, tenacious, takes no messing, brilliant to work for. Inez Brown – loved by clients and admired by peers, fantastic caseload, knows how to win a client, great leader‘.

Ally Taft, Inez Brown, Amrit Dhaliwal  and Elizabeth Wickson are all equally business-like and efficient and are also extremely helpful‘.

Charlotte Measures – an exceptionally capable lawyer who is well-liked and trusted by professional and lay clients‘.

A very friendly relatively small team who are very efficient and dedicated. Ally Taft is an excellent solicitor‘.

Key clients

Ms LC

Elaine Kyte

LR

Carol Sammut

EPK (A Child by EJK, his father and litigation friend)

Mrs LF (Executrix Of The Estate Of AF Deceased)

Mrs PFS

Mrs Stacey Scott

Mr D

Family of JL (deceased)

Family of KA (A Minor)(Deceased)

Mr M R (Son and Administrator of the Estate of S R) deceased

Mr J S

Work highlights

  • Advised on a case where there had been a failure to diagnose the cancer two years earlier leaving the claimant with a terminal prognosis after the cancer was found to have spread to his lungs.
  • Acted for a client who underwent an operation for spinal degeneration during which her blood pressure was allowed to fall to a critical level three times –  this led to ischaemic damage to the spinal cord resulting in post-operative paralysis.
  • Acted in a case where there had been a two-year delay in diagnosing a tubo-ovarian tumour resulting in the claimant’s untimely death in 2018.
  • Advised on a claim whereby during childbirth the claimant suffered permanent damage to her bladder as a result of a failure by the defendant to recognise and drain her full bladder.
  • Instructed to act on behalf of one of the former patients of colorectal surgeon Anthony Dixon, who has been under investigation in relation to multiple bowel mesh surgeries performed at Southmead hospital (Bristol) dating back to 2007.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP

Thompsons Solicitors LLP has a strong national offering and is well-known for its work with a number of leading trade unions. Its clinical negligence team has six members and is particularly skilled at handling group actions and negligent actions against surgeons in the Midlands. The serious injury team led by Karl De-Loyde handles catastrophic injury cases typically valued in millions of pounds. It runs cases dealing with brain injury, spinal cord, amputations, serious burns, loss of vision and complex orthopaedic claims. It is also recommended for its representation of clients (primarily members of trade unions) in the full range of industrial disease cases, including hearing loss, COSHH, HAVS, WRULD and stress. In addition the group has recently developed expertise in acting for members of the armed forces who have sustained non-freezing cold injuries. Linda Millband is another key figure. Millband is currently representing over 200 women in a group action mesh case. Martin Singh is experienced in running maximum severity cases and has specialist knowledge of dealing with complex product liability actions.

Other key lawyers:

Victoria Kingscote

Testimonials

Karl De-Loyde is one of the most diligent and thorough solicitors around, he is terrifically hardworking, goes to the end of the earth to look after his clients. Linda Millband is enormously experienced‘.

Victoria Kingscote is a name for the future‘.

Key clients

Double lower limb amputation

Missed diagnosis of breast cancer

Mr M McKeown

Al Iqra

CX – anonymity order

Michael Lewis

SI

Work highlights

  • Successfully took a matter to trial, for two seriously injured children who suffered significant burn injuries as a result of a house fire that was caused by a faulty electric heater.
  • Successfully defeated an appeal by the MIB (in the Court of Appeal) in relation to the MIB’s obligations to victims of uninsured motor accidents on private land.
  • Secured compensation for a claimant who attended the hospital with lower back pain and severe pains in the legs – had a correct diagnosis been made, a double lower limb amputation would have been avoided.
  • Acted for the claimant who attended her GP reporting a lump on her breast – GP refused a hospital referral and later there was a diagnosis of advanced breast cancer.
  • Acted in a  successful clinical negligence claim involving a delay in diagnosis of a wrist fracture.

Brethertons LLP

Brethertons LLP has particular expertise in spinal cord injuries including tetraplegic/paraplegic cases. It is also recommended for its work on serious personal injuries arising in road traffic collisions and employers’ liability and public liability claims. Jonathan Rees heads the serious injury team. The group is adept too at advising on cases arising from misdiagnosis/delayed diagnosis as well as claims relating to negligent surgery and treatments. Other strengths include acting in cases under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority and the Fatal Accident Act where it advises on claims for dependent relatives where there has been clinical negligence. The team only deals with very high-value serious injury litigation and with claims that are valued at significant six, seven or eight figure sums. It also has experience in brain injury cases including traumatic and acquired brain injuries.

Practice head(s):

Linda Jones; Jonathan Rees

Testimonials

Brethertons rivals the very best in the business and combines fantastic legal acumen with a significant commitment to doing its utmost for clients with life-changing injuries. The lawyers are technically and tactically very astute and know how to achieve the best results on behalf of their clients‘.

Jon Rees is a superb litigator who works hard to achieve the best results and leads his team with a remarkable tenacity and a light touch. It is clear when he fights on behalf of his clients that the defendant team knows that it faces a formidable opponent‘.

Jon Rees is outstanding in the field of spinal cord injuries and each client he supports always knows that he will do his very best no matter how complicated the case may be‘.

Clarke Willmott LLP

The serious injury team at Clarke Willmott LLP in Birmingham only handles cases where the injuries are of the utmost severity or fatal claims. The team locally is led by Philip Edwards who is well-regarded for his work on brain injuries. The practice is known for its work on all aspects of serious injuries but has a particular reputation for its work in brain injuries. Edwards handles both adult and child brain injury claims but also advises on spinal cord injury, amputation and fatal claims. Of note is the fact that Edwards holds Accredited Brain Injury Specialist status from APIL.

Other key lawyers:

Philip Edwards

Testimonials

Philip Edwards’ attention to detail and his client care is top rate and first-rate’.

Phil Edwards is doing some high-quality work‘.

Apart from Philip’s undoubted professional competence, he is really good at understanding the impact on not only the victim but also the whole family‘.

I know Philip is on our side and he only wants what is best for our son (his client) and our family. I feel very privileged to know Philip and have him supporting us‘.

Philip is an excellent solicitor. Knows his case back to front, invariably makes the right tactical call and is very good at establishing a strong rapport with his clients. Very good at refining expert evidence and at negotiating the right result‘.

Phil Edwards has a truly down to earth approach with clients. He is able to explain complex matters in client-specific ways. He strongly supports rehabilitation and works closely with the client and their teams to ensure quality of life outcomes‘.

Work highlights

  • Representing a client in an accident at work case where there was a significant dispute on causation and loss of earnings but successfully pursued the matter at a formal mediation and secured significant damages to compensate for a lifelong loss of earnings.
  • Over the year the firm has brought to a conclusion a number of cases for seriously injured claimants where total damages have exceeded £10m.

DBS Law

DBS Law is well equipped to deal with every type of personal injury claim from road traffic accidents to mesothelioma disease cases. It is also adept at handling employer liability and public liability cases. The practice often handles serious injury cases including head and spinal injury in addition to cases involving the amputation of limbs, fatal accident claims and clinical negligence cases. Shairoz Ahmed leads the team and divides her time between Nottingham and Birmingham.

GHP Legal

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, on holiday or in the workplace, road traffic and motorcycle accidents through to injury from defective products. The practice also covers serious brain injuries, criminal assaults and claims arising from abuse while in the care of others. Some of the difficult injury cases the team covers include major psychiatric injury cases such as acting for adult survivors of child sexual abuse, stress at work and wrongful diagnosis. Similarly the clinical negligence team covers all aspects of claims against the NHS and private hospitals as well as misdiagnosis and incorrect treatment claims. Robert Williams and Claire Parfitt are the names to note.

Other key lawyers:

John Hulme

Testimonials

This is an outstanding local team with a real feel for the local community. John Hulme has a great team. Claire Parfitt provides first-class support. This team provides the very best “old school” service. No stone is left unturned‘.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP acts for a wide range of clients who are seeking compensation in the aftermath of personal injury arising out of accidents. Such accidents range from relatively minor whiplash claims to military, catastrophic injury and group actions. Tony Hannington is the main contact. Hannington regularly deals with a myriad of catastrophic injury claims and fatal accident cases as well as dependency claims on behalf of a deceased’s family. He frequently advises on cases where there has been an amputation of limbs/fingers in addition to brain injury claims. The practice also advises on cases where there is post-concussion syndrome and pain syndromes such as conversion disorder, various complex pain issues and fibromyalgia.

Practice head(s):

Tony Hannington

Other key lawyers:

Vicky Blodwell

Testimonials

Shakespeare Martineau’s PI department is efficient, well-organised and effective, as one would expect from a large and well-respected law firm. It attracts good-quality work and, in my experience, invariably provides clients with an excellent service‘.

It does a great deal of heavy PI work and has real expertise‘.

Tony Hannington is extremely capable, well-organised and affable. He is a strategic and tenacious negotiator. He brings clear-minded common sense to each claim. He has excellent communication skills’.

Tony Hannington was extremely helpful, knowledgeable and always on the end of the phone if needed‘.

Vicky Blodwell is a very experienced solicitor who has a proven track record in complex PI claims. She deals with chronic pain cases which are very complex and involve multi-discipline experts. She is tenacious and always fights for her client’.  

Vicky Blodwell – hardworking and caring for her clients. Amazing how many of her clients end up sending thank you cards after the claim is concluded. Tony Hannington – very experienced and good with the big claims’.

Slater and Gordon

The Birmingham team at Slater and Gordon deals solely with serious and catastrophic injury claims usually arising from road traffic collisions. It is also adept at handling multiple fatality claims involving children, paralysis, traumatic amputation as well as brain injury. The practice has particular expertise in dealing with claims to the MIB. London-based Patrick Maguire heads the team. Jayne Campbell is among the main contacts; she is skilled at representing clients who have suffered brain and spinal injuries in addition to serious orthopaedic injuries or amputation. Richard Langton has retired.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Maguire (London)

Other key lawyers:

Jayne Campbell

Testimonials

Slater and Gordon offers an excellent service to clients from this office. The team here tends to concentrate on complex higher value litigation. The team has an impressive strength in depth‘.

Key clients

SW

DG

Work highlights

  • Advising its client in a case whereby the client was riding his motorcycle to work when a car pulled out of a side road and collided with his left leg/foot, causing a severe mid foot open dislocation fracture.
  • Advising its client in a case when the client who was a pedestrian was hit by a reversing car at speed and crushed against the corner of a building.

Sydney Mitchell LLP

The personal injury department at Sydney Mitchell LLP continues to receive a good amount of high-value and complex work. The group also handles the full range of clinical negligence claims. It is currently instructed in a number of cases involving very serious injuries where the likely damages will be in the region of £1m. The practice advises on the full spectrum of personal injury matters ranging from very minor injuries involving road traffic accidents to accidents resulting in very serious injury or death. Mike Sutton represents those who have suffered an injury as a result of accidents at work, on the road or any other public place. Senior personal injury executive David Lydon deals with all areas of personal injury such as accidents at work, road traffic accidents and accidents involving slipping or tripping.

Practice head(s):

Mike Sutton

Other key lawyers:

David Lydon; Adam Hodson

Testimonials

Sydney Mitchell has a small team of PI and clinical negligence professionals that is able to deal with every type of claim in this field, from the lowest financial value, to multimillion catastrophic claims. A long-established firm in Birmingham, much of the work comes from previous clients who have been impressed by the service that they have received‘.

I have found Sydney Mitchell to be clear, professional and easy to deal with. David Lydon has kept me informed through each step in a professional and supportive manner‘.

The team is really good and helpful and David Lydon is so nice in fact all the team is always there to help‘.

‘David Lydon makes everything so simple and the whole legal process is simplified for you, and he never pushes on you any decision, but always helps you make an informed decision‘.

David Lydon is personable, affable and effective. He puts clients at ease and is a shrewd practitioner, whose decisions are rooted in common sense’.

Mike Sutton is a very tenacious and capable lawyer who is always prepared to get stuck into a fight in difficult cases‘.

Adam Hodson – thoughtful and thorough in his approach, exceptionally supportive of clients‘.

Key clients

Mr B

Mr S-W

Mr A D

Work highlights

  • Represented Mr B in a medical negligence claim for compensation following negligently performed surgery, which led to the client suffering with significant and disfiguring scarring, as well as a debilitating life-long chronic pain condition.
  • Represented the  claimant who suffered life-changing injuries when a ‘hit and run’ driver knocked him from his motorcycle.
  • Represented the claimant who suffered a mutilating hand injury at work when he cut off the middle and index finger of his left hand on a saw while cutting wood.

Thursfields Solicitors

Thursfields Solicitors offers the full range of claimant personal injury advice and deals with all types of claims. It often advises on claims arising from road traffic accidents, tripping/slipping accidents, accidents at work as well as criminal injuries, product and public liability.  It is also skilled at handling industrial disease claims. Senior associate Bernadette Mackie heads the team. Mackie has substantial experience of traumatic brain injury and amputation claims.

Practice head(s):

Bernadette Mackie

Testimonials

Bernadette Mackie is a very experienced litigator, who handles difficult and complex claims in a caring but pragmatic manner‘.

Bernadette Mackie is extremely hardworking and meticulous with detail‘.

Wright Hassall LLP

At Wright Hassall LLP  Jeanette Whyman advises on all types of medical negligence claims but has a particular interest in obstetric claims, late diagnosis and claims relating to the inappropriate treatment of cancer. Whyman also deals with orthopaedic and general surgery claims and represents her clients at inquests. The team overall is involved in a number of group actions and has established expertise in cancer cases where there has been a late or missed diagnosis of cancer. The group has also undertaken a number of successful claims where prostheses that were used in hip surgery have proved to be the wrong length or have been set at the wrong angle which has then led to the necessity of further or corrective surgery. Other areas of expertise include advising on cases where the mother or baby has suffered severe birth trauma or where other operative procedures have gone wrong.

Practice head(s):

Jeanette Whyman

Work highlights

  • Conducting a group action on behalf of 20 claimants who are pursuing claims against Mr Manu Nair, a consultant urologist.