Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant in West Midlands

Bevan Brittan LLP

Tim Hodgetts leads a stellar clinical risk team at Bevan Brittan LLP. Hodgetts acts for NHS Resolution and many NHS trusts and also represents numerous leading insurers on  various medical malpractice issues. Joanne Easterbrook is another recognised name for her work on cases involving brain injury and novel mental health and human rights issues. In Birmingham Adrian Dagnall heads the Midlands clinical negligence team and is an NHS Resolution nominated partner. Dagnall is best known for his work on high-profile indexation, periodical payment and high-value quantum cases. Penelope Radcliffe is praised for her work on substantial cerebral palsy and neurological claims. Nicola Pegg has a particular focus on brain injury at birth claims and other catastrophic injury cases.

Practice head(s):

Tim Hodgetts

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Easterbrook; Adrian Dagnall; Penelope Radcliffe; Nicola Pegg; Simon Lindsay

Testimonials

‘The team is always really helpful, ensures that messages are passed on and calls returned promptly. The lawyers always listen and work carefully to ensure that all voices in a legal matter are heard, they are responsive and engaging.’

‘Simon Lindsay is a superb advocate, tackles difficult issues diplomatically and quickly helps to achieve early resolution. He is responsive and really easy to talk to about some of the more complex clinical issues that can arise‘.

The team is clearly focused on getting the best outcome for the client and has the knowledge and skills necessary to handle complex clinical negligence cases. The lawyers are responsive to our needs and we are confident that the team has the depth and breadth to manage our cases well.’

‘Adrian Dagnall is skilled and clever. He is calm and collected when these attributes are needed. I value his advice‘.

‘I am always highly impressed with Bevan Brittan and the work it assists us with. All members of the team that we liaise with are brilliant, easy to approach, talk through cases succinctly but thoroughly. I very much enjoy working with all the team members, in particular Penelope Radcliffe‘.

‘Joanne Easterbrook is our client care partner and very efficient at processing  urgent requests for advice/representation and assigning an appropriate person from the team. Jo is always very professional, helpful and her training sessions with our clinicians are always very enthusiastically received‘.

Key clients

NHS Resolution

CNA Hardy

Allianz

Allied World Assurance Co.

Berkshire Hathaway

States of Jersey

Whttington Healthcare NHS Trust

University Hospitals Birmingham

The Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust

Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co LLP has a superb full-service insurance practice that assists an extensive range of insurers, corporate clients as well as local authorities. The general liability unit is led by Mike Dobson and deals with issues such as employers’ liability and public liability. James Harvey heads up the corporate risk team; Paul Owston leads the public sector unit and the fraud practice group is led by Sarah Hill.  Val Hughes is a key contact at the occupational disease unit - this unit deals with issues such as asbestos related diseases and noise induced hearing loss. At associate level David Thompson works for insurers and corporates on employers' liability, public liability and motor claims.

Practice head(s):

James Harvey; Mike Dobson; Paul Owston; Sarah Hill; Val Hughes

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Marston; David Thompson

Testimonials

Adrian Marston identifies the key issues and pursues them with resolve, but retains the ability to see the case in the round and knows when to back off. Brilliant on chronic pain cases’.

Key clients

Affinity Water

Ageas Allianz

Allianz

Argenta

Aviva

AXA XL

Birmingham City Council

Bloor Homes

City of Wolverhampton Council

Derby City Council

DLG

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Glen Dimplex

Insurance London Consortium (nine London boroughs)

Jet2

Kent County Council

MIB

Moto

National Express

Fairmead Insurance (formerly L&G)

QBE

Shropshire Council

Telford & Wrekin Council

Travelodge

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Zurich

Zurich Insurance (principally Municipal)

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP has a large national defendant clinical negligence practice that handles the full array of claims ranging from missed fractures to claims relating to avoidable brain damage for every type of healthcare provider. It continues to be on the NHS Resolution panel and in 2020 the team was immersed in the legal challenges that were presented by the covid-19 pandemic. It acts as sole provider to the MPS on high value/complex work and also acts for a wide range of independent healthcare providers. Among the key contacts for clinical negligence work are Sarah White; Jonathan Fuggle and Sarah Manning. On the personal injury side of the practice catastrophic brain and spinal injury claims as well as complex employer’s liability and public liability claims remain at the cornerstone of the practice along with sports, disease and abuse claims. Kevin Lawson is a notable figure for his work on catastrophic injury claims while Bridget Tatham is a key member of the adult social care practice. Matthew Harpin continues to garner praise for his work on local authority claims. Rachel Lyne heads up the Birmingham regulatory team and the firm's public inquiry team. Cynthia Watts is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Fuggle; Sarah Manning; Sarah White; Kevin Lawson; Bridget Tatham; Rachel Lyne; Cynthia Watts

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Harpin; Emma Rees; Hannah Wallace; Louise Jeffers; Paul Smith

Testimonials

‘The team is head and shoulders above others in this region for clinical negligence work. The huge experience of the partners coupled with the quality of the work they are doing for their clients, both high profile, complex and significant value claims mean it is a market leader.

‘Sarah White remains at the top of her game in the clin neg world – unrivalled experience and judgment. Jonathan Fuggle and Sarah Manning are both leading clin neg partners with a busy case load of high quality work run by a team of capable associates‘.

Sector leading defendant clin neg firm. The quality of representation for GPs and Trusts is extremely high and they are tenacious litigators. Hannah Wallace manages to combine an empathetic and conscientious approach with a steely determination to take the good points in a case. Her advice is extremely high quality. Louise Jeffers is a clinical negligence expert, she is thorough and an extremely safe pair of hands‘.

Browne Jacobson is well situated in the clinical negligence market, dealing with both NHSR and medical defence organisation work. The team is large and highly specialised. This is a top firm for defence work, providing a professional and polished service‘.

‘Despite being a large firm, there is still very much a personal touch to all dealings with them. You feel that the lawyers take the time to get to know the client and their needs. Their seminars are well pitched and informative. Matthew Harpin brings a wide ranging knowledge and enthusiasm to the table. This is tempered by a realistic approach to litigation and what ultimately is the best solution for the client. Cynthia Watts brings a wealth of experience to the tricky area of Social Service claims. She is reassuring when dealing with the front line Social Care employees and draws the information out in a caring manner‘.

Kevin Lawson is a highly experienced defendant personal injury lawyer. His technical expertise and knowledge of the industry is second to none. He is very quickly able to identify the key issue in a case and his commercial and pragmatic approach is highly valued by his very loyal insurer clients. From a litigation perspective Kevin is a master tactician. From the outset of a case he brings to bear a uniquely strategic approach which invariably yields exceptional results. He is also a fantastic team player and gets the best out of all those he works with. Paul Smith’s cases are without exception of high quality. He is incredibly personable and is able to deal effectively with even the most difficult opponents. His meticulous approach to case management‘.

A team with great judgment and impressive client skills even in the face of difficult and, on one occasion, fraudulent clients. Bridget Tatham and Matthew Harpin are very impressive lawyers: great judgment and tactical awareness, clear sighted, calm, firm and personable‘.

A highly experienced personal injury team specialising in defendant work.  Very sound judgment in picking the cases to fight and those to settle.  Very solid relationships with insurer clients based on longstanding mutual trust. Paul Smith is very good at assessing the evidential strength of a client’s case and reacting accordingly. If he needs to pull out the stops to obtain further evidence, he will do so. Also good at building relationships with clients throughout a case‘.

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Medical Protection Society

CNA Hardy

BMI Healthcare

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust

The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust

Southend University Hospitals NHS Trust

Care UK

Hiscox

Municipal Mutual Insurance Limited

Marble Arch and Lexham Insurance Services

Zurich

Gallagher Bassett

Davies Group

Resolute

Ageas

Work highlights

  • Advised NHS Resolution and Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust in a case which is likely to have profound consequences for secondary victim claims in clinical negligence contexts.
  • Advised the Medical Protection Society and successfully defended an Equality Act Claim on behalf of a GP practice at trial.
  • Advised the Medical Protection Society and obtained a finding of fundamental dishonesty in relation to a claim brought by a glamour model.
  • Successfully defended a claim valued in excess of £5m when an indoor climber fell from the top of a climbing wall suffering paraplegia. Also secured a 70% discount against a brain injured pedestrian hit by a motorbike who did not see the claimant crossing the road.
  • Resolved a claim for under £25k despite it being pursued with an alleged value exceeding £3.5m.
  • Secured strike out of a claim in excess of £1m from a vexatious litigant in person around allegations of misfeasance in public office.

DWF

DWF has a first-rate and full service national defendant personal injury offering that spans motor, casualty, disease, catastrophic injuries, public sector and abuse claims. Derek Adamson is vastly experienced in diverse areas such as mesothelioma claims, legionnaires’ disease and local authority work. Lorraine Carolan is a key member of the superb fraud practice along with Michael Henman and Miles Hepworth. Charles Ashmore has a wealth of experience in handling injury claims of the utmost severity. Paul Donnelly is adept at dealing with sensitive cases involving children, sexual abuse and chronic neglect cases. Denise Brosnan has a focus on personal injury claims that involve stress, bullying and harassment in the public and blue light sectors.

Practice head(s):

Derek Adamson; Charles Ashmore; Lorraine Carolan; Lionel Marcus

Other key lawyers:

Michael Henman; Miles Hepworth; Paul Donnelly; Denise Bronsnan; Jayne Doore; Samantha Chambers

Testimonials

The Birmingham office is extremely well regarded in the marketplace in the West Midlands and increasingly nationally, led by Derek Adamson‘.

DWF is the increasingly dominant force in the defendant insurance market. Its presence and prestige is derived from the supreme ability of the lead partners who, without exception, combine attention to detail, commerciality and a compelling strategic sense. They know precisely how to outflank their opponents; they know how to secure an advantageous compromise; they know exactly what to do effectively to exploit the strengths in their client’s case‘.

In any one generation of insurance litigators, there are only ever a handful of market leaders. One such market leader is Charles Ashmore. A towering figure in the industry, Charles stands out because of his rigorous analysis of the issues, both legal and technical, the intellectual firepower he brings to bear in pursuit of his clients’ cases and his exceptional judgement which tells him exactly how far to push an argument. He is an opponent whom claimant lawyers respect and dread in equal measure‘.    

Charles Ashmore remains a big hitter, but special mention should go to Jayne Doore too, whose diligence and industry mean clients receive the very best service. Extremely proactive insurance practice servicing some of the biggest names in the game‘.

The department is efficient, well-organised and effective. It attracts good-quality work and, in my experience, provides clients with an excellent service. Paul Donnelly 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, with a proven track record in complex PI claims‘.

Denise Brosnan does very high quality local authority work.‘.

‘Standout partners are Paul Donnelly (particularly for his age truly excellent tactical ability, and an uncommon level of intelligence), Derek Adamson (a real big-hitter with unparalleled experience) and Denise Brosnan (who runs a very tidy ship with public authority practice)‘.

Paul Donnelly is one of the best defence solicitors operating in this field. Samantha Chambers is excellent at marshalling the detail and facts and hugely hardworking‘.

Key clients

RSA

Aviva

Zurich

Markerstudy

QBE

Covea

Argo

DLG

Travelers

MS Amlin

Ecclesiastical Insurance

Ageas

Work highlights

  • Acting for Coventry City Council, Zurich Insurance, AIG, Munich Re in the largest failure to remove claim ever pleaded. The case will produce ground breaking law in the area of causation surrounding neurodevelopment specific to learning disabilities and is likely to become the leading case on the circumstances in which a duty of care is owed by a local authority in the conduct of its social care function.
  • Acting for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in connection with the personal injury claims (and the public enquiry) arising from the Grenfell Tower disaster in June 2017.
  • Acting for QBE/Stepping Stones School in the inquest into the death of Frankie Thomas.

Kennedys

Kennedys is regularly instructed on complex and multi-faceted cases of national significance that are frequently under media scrutiny. Ian Davies is the firm’s product head of motor claims and advises some of the UK’s largest insurers. James Shrimpton leads a team that specialises in employers' and public liability claims and has considerable expertise in leisure industry cases. Philippa Craven is recommended for her occupational disease work especially for asbestos disease litigation. Mark Walsh receives plaudits for his work on a variety of high-value and catastrophic injury claims. Christopher Malla (who splits his time between London and Birmingham) is at the helm of the clinical negligence team, which has considerable experience of a wide range of claims and undertakes all types of NHS Resolution claims from the Birmingham office. Avinder Sidhu primarily acts for NHS Trusts and Katie Tonks also acts for NHS Resolution for both NHS Trusts and GPs – both are senior associates.

Practice head(s):

Ian Davies; Christopher Malla

Other key lawyers:

James Shrimpton; Philippa Craven; Mark Walsh; Avinder Sidhu; Katie Tonks; Paul Morris

Testimonials

Kennedys’ clinical negligence team is full of high quality lawyers who go the extra mile for their clients.

‘Christopher Malla leads a team that embraces a collaborative and innovative approach to litigation with a focus on identifying the issues in a claim and resolving them effectively. He is clearly very knowledgeable but with a practical edge that seeks to find a way to resolution rather than to just argue for the sake of arguing. He is very personable and compassionate – not personality traits I would usually use to describe a defendant lawyer!

A small but highly specialist and experienced team, it punches above its weight. Avinder Sidhu is clever and thoughtful, realistic in her approach, a pleasure to work with and highly effective. Katie Tonks is very experienced, reliable, sensible and with good judgement’.

‘Avinder Sidhu is a skilled and diligent litigator who goes the extra mile to secure good results in the most complex cases. Very experienced in high value quantum claims. Katie Tonks is a capable, energetic lawyer who gets the job done with no fuss‘.

This is superb business with great acumen for managing complex and high value and esoteric claims brought against its insurer clients. The lawyers can identify the issues quickly and focus resources on those while maintaining  any other arguments to the advantage of its clients. James Simpson is a class act who identifies the core issues and thinks innovatively about solutions and the timing of any offer’.

‘Paul Morris is excellent. He stands out because he gets both clients and the judges. He truly understands the balancing act between listening to the insurers who want to fight and making sure that cases do not go to trial unnecessarily. He consistently gets deep discounts on claims by making the right offer at the right time. He has great commercial acumen‘.

The West Midlands team has a Central London quality insurance practice, retaining many top-tier insurers amongst its loyal clients. Adept at case handling efficiently and cost-effectively, without skimping on quality, the team remains a firm favourite amongst insurers. Mark Walsh is a thoughtful titan in the field of insurance litigation and a natural leader who keeps his industry and legal knowledge bang up to date to ensure he remains at the cutting edge‘.

Highly personable service delivered by Philippa Craven. Philippa Craven has a deep knowledge of the EL/PL insurance market‘.

Key clients

Hertz

EON

Merlin Entertainment PLC (which includes Alton Towers, Chessington World of Adventures, Legoland)

Zenith Marque Insurance Services (formerly Chaucer)

XS Direct

Gallagher Bassett

Western Power Distribution

ERS

Liberty Insurance /Quinn

SAGA/Acromas

Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Ltd

NHS Resolution

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Keoghs LLP

Keoghs LLP acts for more than two thirds of the insurance market, including nine of the top ten UK motor insurers. The nimble team that provides ‘high quality advice‘ acts for a range of self-insured clients, commercial companies and public sector organisations. It covers a wide spectrum of areas including motor, liability, disease, abuse, catastrophic injury, marine, professional negligence and insurance fraud.  Ken Young handles various complex employers’ and public liability claims in addition to motor claims – he has a particular interest in chronic pain cases and those involving amputations, brain and spinal cord injuries. David Pugh is recommended for his work on occupational disease claims. Rebecca Williams and Ryan Bird have both recently been promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Ken Young; David Pugh

Other key lawyers:

Helen White; Julie Park; Rebecca Williams; Ryan Bird

Testimonials

Keoghs has a deservedly strong reputation for defendant insurance/PI work.  Ken Young is an outstanding, experienced and pragmatic lawyer. He knows how to properly assess the strengths and weaknesses of the most serious of cases at an early stage and gives insurers a clear and unvarnished assessment of the pros and cons, together with unerringly sound tactical advice‘.

‘Ken Young is astute at seeing (and advising insurers) of strengths and weaknesses and he delivers a level of bespoke attention to his cases which is pretty rare in the competitive world of defendant insurance work.  He really is an outstanding defendant lawyer‘.

The team does top quality disease and personal injury work on behalf of defendants. The lawyers are very experienced and the firm is diverse and forward thinking in the way that it goes about things. It was very well set up to deal with working from home as all of the infrastructure was already in place and they were already working flexibly‘.

‘I think Keoghs Coventry has the best ‘pound for pound’ team of all those I come across. Ken Young – one of the best around. Helen White – extremely thorough never misses a trick. Julie Park – a really good judge of a case‘.

Keoghs Coventry is one of the strongest insurance/ PI offices outside London and stronger than many London offices of other leading firms. The partners are hugely admired by insurer clients – hardworking, easy to work with and diligent‘.

Keoghs has a very wide and experienced skillset to offer, with the partners and support staff being the best in the market. They able to offer advice, strategies and support in a number of areas, both at case level and within the market. Helen White is an incredibly experienced lawyer who demonstrates minute attention to detail in order to achieve the best results. She has a particular strength in case planning and route mapping cases from an early stage through to settlement. Her handling of experts and getting evidence into shape is second to none‘.

Ryan Bird stands out as affable, determined, knowledgeable and commercially astute‘.

‘An excellent team with strength and depth, both in terms of the multiple class-leading partners and their associates assisting. Keoghs Coventry has an exceptional roster of partners – Helen White, Ken Young and Julie Park all provide outstanding client focused service, which is justly recognised by the wide range of insurer clients‘.

Key clients

Direct Line Group

AXA Insurance

Hastings Direct

RSA NAviva

MIB

Zurich

Plexus Law

With Damon Burt and Anthony Bushell at the helm at Plexus Law, the team is well-placed to advise on inquests, complex health and safety related prosecutions as well as industrial diseases of all types. The firm recently added Julia Messervy-Whiting to its ranks from Shakespeare Martineau LLP  she specialises in regulatory work and major loss claims. Burt receives plaudits for his handling of high-value employer liability and public liability claims and has a particular interest in asbestos related matters. Bushell represents major insurers and their policyholders in employer and public liability claims involving fatal and catastrophic injuries. Jacqui Kendall has particular strength in public sector litigation.

Practice head(s):

Damon Burt; Anthony Bushell

Other key lawyers:

Julia Messervy-Whiting; Jacqui Kendall

Testimonials

‘They offer nationwide coverage, which helps when local enquiries/site visits are required. The lawyers offer both civil and regulatory services, with some of the lawyers having expertise in both. Good use of technology and innovation‘.

Very thorough and detailed approach to handling claims, ensuring all relevant liability and quantum enquiries are undertaken. Proactive approach in terms of trying to drive a claim to an early resolution‘.

Key clients

QBE

PWC

Catalina

Aspen

Ageas

Sutton Specialist Risk

Lang O’Rourke

DPD

Ceva Logistics

National Grid Gas Plc.

Mears Group

Wolverhampton City Council

West Midlands Police

Rugby Borough Council

Phoenix Loss Adjusters

SLS Crawford’s

Gallagher Bassett

SSC Energy

Weir Group

Work highlights

  • Advised QBE in a matter where the claim was for £1.5m -the  judge assessed damages at just £17,600, 1% of the damages claimed, and consequently ruled the claimant should receive nothing, and his claim should be dismissed with him paying the costs of the entire action because he had been fundamentally dishonest and exaggerated the value of his claim.
  • Acted for Longhurst Group Ltd in a matter where the claim was dismissed – the judge found that the claimant, had not, on the balance of probabilities, persuaded the court that the accident had happened in location/manner alleged.
  • Achieved a good settlement for Metal Processing Limited in a case involving very serious accident.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Under the leadership of Ravinder Johal, the defendant insurance team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP  acts for a diverse range of insurance companies, intermediaries and self-insured organisations. The team is skilled at handling  catastrophic injury claims with experience in employer, public, property and motor liability claims.  It also advises insurers and syndicates on indemnity coverage and declaratory proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Ravinder Johal

Testimonials

‘The insurance division of Shakespeare Martineau is a relatively small team; however, they respond to all requests for information immediately. The lawyers also provide invaluable advice. Ravinder Johal’s knowledge is second to none and he always replies in a timely manner. He always goes the extra mile to provide assistance‘.

The people make this firm succeed. They provide a personal touch which makes you feel comfortable when dealing with matters, with the confidence that they are on your side. They always listen and do their best to ensure we have the outcome we are hoping for, whether that is to successfully defend a claim or negotiate a fair settlement. They are more approachable due to their friendly attitude and ability to make you feel at ease. You get a feeling that they are genuinely here to help you, rather than just provide a service‘.

‘I enjoyed working with the entire team at Shakespeare Martineau who always provided very good advice and knowledge when dealing with claims. Very professional‘.

‘Ravinder Johal is experienced at the mid range work, thorough and reliable.  I have every faith in Ravinder‘.

‘The majority of cases have been handled by Ravinder Johal. He has an excellent eye for detail. His advice on all issues are very well thought out and all investigations required have been undertaking in a timely fashion. When I have needed to contact them they will always come back to us quickly if they are not available. You never feel in the dark on any given case and are always kept updated. I have achieved great results with all cases handled by them and feel as though I am kept involved at all times in the way in which cases are progressed‘.

Ravinder Johal is very approachable, straightforward and easy to deal with. Very thorough and practical in his approach and extremely prompt with his reporting.‘.

The partners at Shakespeare Martineau are well informed, accessible and reliable, providing a professional service to all clients in the market. Everyone I have worked with at the firm provides the highest degree of service. Ravinder Johal is extremely capable, well-organised and knowledgeable. Always available at the end of the phone. A pleasure to work with‘.

‘I have recently worked on a high value case with Ravinder Johal. From the outset he has had a sensible approach to dealing with the matter and considered the costs as a whole of running the case. His advice was always detailed and thorough and he had a good understanding of the claimant, their solicitor and what was important to them. We ended up with an excellent settlement, well below what we anticipated paying, and solicitor costs were kept to a minimum. I was very pleased with the outcome and would be keen to work with Ravinder again‘.

Key clients

DHL

Europcar

Sixt

Amlin Insurance

Zurich Insurance

Sainsbury’s

Keir Group

Morrison Utility Services

Hawkwell Underwriting

North West Ambulance Service

QBE Insurance

NEC Group

Sedgwick International Limited

Aviva Insurance

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP is well-known for its work with NHS Resolution and for its large number of trust clients. The agile team frequently handles high-value, repercussive and complex cases as well as advising on mediation and ADR. It has many first-rate practitioners. Deborah Bannister handles all types of catastrophic injuries, misdiagnosis, birth injury and surgical errors as well as fatal accidents. Tony Yeaman is recommended for his work on cases of the utmost severity that are media sensitive involving multiple parties - Bannister and Yeaman both oversee NHS claims under their Nominated Partner status. Sarah Hopwood excels in advising on cases involving fraud. Jasmine Armstrong particularly specialises in managing periodical payment claims following brain injury at birth. Navdip Wilson has a wealth of experience in chronic pain claims. David Tuck heads the Birmingham disease team – he has a particular focus on asbestos induced injuries, asthma and allergy claims. Henry Bermingham specialises in social care claims and other areas such as employers’ liability, stress and public rights of way claims. Penelope Marshall handles a wide range of litigation on behalf of local government and public sector clients. Bruce Ralston is knowledgeable about all aspects of sports liability and Chris Webb-Jenkins leads the social care and safeguarding practice.

Practice head(s):

Deborah Bannister; Tony Yeaman; Jasmine Armstrong; Sarah Hopwood; David Tuck; Chris Webb-Jenkins; Penelope Marshall; Henry Bermingham; Navdip Wilson; Bruce Ralston

Other key lawyers:

Melanie Isherwood; Maryam Storr; Sarah Skinner; Catherine Ainsworth; Sarah Hopwood

Testimonials

‘Weightmans is the Rolls-Royce of the defendant clin neg sector. The lawyers are reliable and experienced and offer a terrific all-round service to their clients. Jasmine Armstrong is a leading light and fine lawyer. Maryam Storr is a fearsome opponent and really good on the technical issues’.

‘The team deals with complex and high-value clinical negligence work for a number of local trusts. The team in Birmingham is great at getting to the heart of the issues and giving practical and pragmatic advice to defendants in such complex cases.’

‘Catherine Ainsworth is thorough, tactically astute and very pragmatic in her approach to complex high value cases. She is extremely knowledgeable about clinical negligence and health related personal injury matters’.

‘Dedicated disease practitioners. David Tuck is rightly regarded as a very seasoned campaigner by the disease market with an enviable portfolio of work form the leading  insurers as a result’.

‘The team is tight knit, very experienced and knowledgeable and works very hard.  The senior people definitely support and encourage the more junior and together they are a formidable team.  They also know when to turn for advice.   David Tuck is excellent. Very experienced and very knowledgeable’.

‘Henry Bermingham represents public sector clients in a range of litigation. His ability to marshal and master the enormous amount of documentation generated by an investigation is remarkable and his analysis of the evidence and the issues is exceptionally thorough’.

‘This firm handles both industrial disease and past abuse claims and has a very good depth of experience in both of these fields. Individual fee earners are experienced and developed to provide a very good claims handling service.’

‘Chris Webb-Jenkins and Henry Bermingham are both very experienced fee earners in the abuse claim field. The service provided is such that it ensures cases are investigated and decisions made at the earliest possible time, ensuring claimant’s lawyers are advised of the position as quickly as possible.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

NHS England

Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS FT

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Combined Legal services NHS Trust

University Hospitals of Birmingham NHS FT

University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS FT

University Hospitals of Derby & Burton NHSFT

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHST

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

Northampton General Hospital NHS FT

S Warwickshire Hospital NHS T

Weight to Go Ltd

Broadspire

Baxter Healthcare Ltd

AIG

Broadspire

Gallagher Bassett

MMI

Medical Defence Union

NHSLA

Sandwell MBC

Topmark Claims

Travelers Insurance

Warwickshire County Council

Worcestershire County Council

Zurich

Work highlights

  • Advising NHS Resolution/Department of Health and Social Care in ongoing group litigation involving in excess of 150 claims: requiring management of several claimant law firms; a forensic review of historic records to best inform tariff based scheme for settlement and managing all claims through the scheme. Over 100 claims were settled in the first six months of the scheme being agreed.
  • Advised NHS England in a highly sensitive claim concerning inadequate professional indemnity cover, leading to NHSE (commissioner) being added as a defendant. Defeated the claim following complex analysis and submissions upon NHS Statutory Framework: no non-delegable duty to cover liabilities of the commissioned service.
  • Secured a trial win for Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust – the NICE guidance was followed and the midwife in charge of care acted reasonably. The still birth was not caused by negligent obstetric/midwifery management, as alleged.
  • Acting in the case of Wells v Dave Thorpe Honda Off Road Centre Ltd [2020] – the claimant attended the defendant’s motor sport centre to participate in challenging off road motor bike trails. Whilst out riding the claimant hit a rock and collided with a tree suffering a catastrophic spinal injury. The claim was dismissed at trial.
  • Acting in the case of Jaworski v Daventry District Council [2021] – the claimant climbed onto the roof of a disused building to retrieve his football. The trial judge dismissed the claim.
  • Acting in the case of Tayton v Warwickshire CC [2020] – the claimant’s claim for damages and an injunction was dismissed at trial at the TCC.