Firms To Watch: Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

Capsticks LLP fields a ‘proactive team that demonstrates competence at all levels’. It acts for various NHS Trusts and other bodies such as government departments, health and social care regulators and medical malpractice insurers. Charlotte Rathbone and Tracey Lucas  lead the team along with Peter Marquand  .

Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant in West Midlands

Bevan Brittan LLP

Tim Hodgetts leads the excellent team at Bevan Brittan LLP which is a member of the NHS Resolution’s clinical negligence panel and has a close relationship with various leading NHS Trusts. In addition, the group acts for a growing number of private medical insurers and healthcare providers and is increasingly advising on some international claims. Adrian Dagnall, who is an NHS Resolution nominated partner, is best known for his work on high profile indexation, periodical payment and high value quantum cases. Senior associate Lauren Halliday handles a wide range of substantial claims involving brain, spinal and surgical injuries.

Practice head(s):

Tim Hodgetts


‘Tim Hodgetts leads a strong team from the front and his proactive approach permeates the team, who all have a very “hands on” attitude, assessing the risks and the best tactical approach to a case from the outset‘.

‘Tim Hodgetts is a strong tactician and good communicator who gets the job done with a minimum of fuss. Elena Goodfellow is a rising star: very experienced: sensible, reliable and with excellent judgment. Though an associate, she deals confidently with very complex liability issues and the highest value quantum claims’.

‘The team’s strength lies in its knowledge base, ability to handle a variety of disputes and robust approach. Compared to other firms, I find the team at Bevan Brittan efficient, organised and on-top of the issues which arise in complex clinical negligence cases. Tim Hodgetts – very impressive. On top of all the issues and dependable in his approach to running a case’.

‘Bevan Brittan has a team of committed and effective clinical negligence specialists. They are good at identifying the issues worth fighting about and the issues to compromise. Amongst the partners I would single out Tim Hodgetts in Birmingham’.

‘A strong team of top quality lawyers, very sensitive to their clinician witnesses and the realities of clinical negligence litigation. They fight difficult cases hard and well. Lauren Halliday – an iron fist in a velvet glove’.

Key clients

NHS Resolution


The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Guys & St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust

C.N.A Hardy

St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust

Mid & South Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

    Browne Jacobson LLP

    Browne Jacobson LLP‘s team of ‘true specialists’ are ‘capable of managing busy caseloads with ease and good humour’. It has one of the largest national defendant clinical negligence offerings in the UK and also has a strong social care practice. Sarah White is an experienced NHS Resolution nominated partner who frequently handles high-value clinical negligence claims. Jonathan Fuggle  is likewise a nominated partner for NHS Resolution who has particular expertise in neurological, obstetric and gynaecological matters whereas Sarah Manning regularly works on GP indemnity issues. At the cornerstone of the personal injury practice is catastrophic brain and spinal injury claims, complex employer’s liability and public liability claims, as well as other issues that arise in the context of sports, disease and abuse. Kevin Lawson  is a specialist in brain injury, paraplegic and chronic pain claims meanwhile Bridget Tatham  is skilled in EL/PLL casualty work. Rachel Lyne heads up the Birmingham regulatory team and the firm’s public inquiry team, Cynthia Watts is a key member of the social care and abuse practice and Matthew Harpin  continues to be lauded for his representation of local authority clients, his work on adult social care claims and on all aspects of employers’ liability claims.


    ‘Without exception, all members of Browne Jacobson’ s PI team are excellent team players. As a result they provide the highest level of service to their clients. The PI team’s knowledge of the law, the market and of their insurer clients’ needs is also second to none.  Kevin Lawson always has a laser like focus on obtaining commercial and pragmatic solutions for his insurer clients who are incredibly loyal as a result. Kevin is also exceptionally good at considering problems from all angles and values input from all members of his team, associates and counsel alike‘.

    ‘Kevin Lawson’s team is vastly experienced. The lawyers know the field inside out and make good strategic decisions as to how to fight a case. Kevin Lawson. Sound judgment. Paul Smith. Hardworking. Sensible. Calm under pressure’.

    ‘Matthew Harpin is an invaluable member of the team. He has provided us with fantastic support and advice over many years and can be relied upon to put opponents under pressure to deliver the right result’.

    Matthew Harpin & Bridget Tatham are first-rate: both are tactically astute, calm and measured and seem to enjoy effortless relationships with clients even in difficult cases’.

    ‘Bridget Tatham is impressively client focused and commercial in her mindset. She doesn’t flinch in the face of the most challenging and interesting cases. Matthew Harpin is the ultimate team player. He is always on top of his cases‘.

    Over the years I have worked on multiple cases with David Toulmin van Sittert and Sarah Manning among others. I have found them efficient and effective in their management of their cases. They have sound strategic insight and are a pleasure to work with’.

    ‘Jonathan Fuggle and Hannah Wallace. Jonathan has a fantastic eye for detail and is very commercial. Hannah is hardworking and has exceptional judgment‘.

    ‘David Toulmin van Sittert stands out as an incredibly intelligent, hardworking and effective senior associate. I have been instructed by him now in a number of cases. His instructions are always extremely thorough – identifying for counsel the key issues and referencing the relevant evidence. He is totally committed to every client and every case and always available to discuss any points arising, however complex‘.

    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

    Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust

    Care UK


    NHS Resolution

    Municipal Mutual Insurance Limited

    Marble Arch and Lexham Insurance Services


    Gallagher Bassett

    Davies Group


    Work highlights

    • Advised NHS Resolution and The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust in a successful appeal to the Court of Appeal in a case that has profound consequences for secondary victim claims in clinical negligence contexts. Permission has been granted for a further appeal to the Supreme Court.
    • Summary judgement was secured following exchange of liability expert evidence, once it became apparent that the claimant (who proceeded as a litigant in person) no longer enjoyed the continued involvement of his experts. The case also proceeds to the Court of Appeal.
    • Successfully resolved a significant traumatic brain injury claim at mediation (with no counsel instructed for its client) for 20% of its agreed value, saving £1.88m in damages.

    Clyde & Co

    Clyde & Co, which acquired BLM in summer 2022, has ‘a nationally recognised team which is going from strength to strength, acting for an extensive range of insurer and corporate clients, as well as an impressive number of local authorities. The general liability unit is led by Mike Dobson; meanwhile, James Harvey  heads up the corporate risk team nationally. Paul Owston  fronts the public sector unit, dealing with employers’ and public liability claims, whereas the fraud practice group is led by Sarah Hill. Other strengths lie in asbestos related diseases, hand arm vibration syndrome, noise induced hearing loss and short tail disease claims. Newly-promoted partner David Thompson is another key figure.


    This is an exceptionally experienced and qualified team of defendant personal injury lawyers. They are highly skilled in defending employers’ liability, public liability and road traffic claims. They have a number of large corporate and public sector clients and in my experience, deal capably with the tensions and difficulties which working with large corporations inevitably bring. James Harvey is  an extremely able lawyer. I think he is particularly adept at dealing with senior employees of his corporate clients. Verinder Bedi – Definitely an up and coming star. Verinder is a very talented lawyer’.

    The practice manages to combine a robust litigation style with a feel for commercial settlement when appropriate. The client is always at the centre of the case strategy. James Harvey: a tenacious and tactically astute litigator, who is in consistent high demand in the most complex PI cases. Has been a leading partner in his field for several years and is a stand out performer. He has particular expertise and excellent medical knowledge in cases involving TBI, Pain and/or FND issues. No matter how difficult the case he is able to explain the issues clearly to the client and provides exemplary practical advice’.

    ‘Mike Dobson: Calm, assured and very bright. His technical knowledge in CAT cases is second to none. He has an excellent manner with the client and is robust but fair with opponents. A real class act and leader in the field. Matthew Stanton: always delivers excellent service to the client. Great communication skills and destined to be a leader in the field in coming years. Is able to see the big picture in the more complex cases’.

    ‘A lot of strength through depth in this team. Experts on all liability and quantum aspects of EL/PC claims. Always on the lookout for the case which can be fought successfully and publicised to boost insurers’ interests going forwards. Verinder Bedi, partner. He has an effective and down to earth manner with insurers and manages not to take any nonsense from the other side whilst remaining scrupulously courteous and composed’.

    ‘Very capable team able to hold its own against any other defendant PI practice. David Thompson: very detailed and in-depth knowledge of travel and aviation claims coupled with a mastery of general PI defence. Khalid Mahmood: good judgment across a range of cases, not afraid to run points to a hearing’.

    ‘It has a far higher proportion of qualified solicitors undertaking file-handling work than many of its competitors, and this shows in the quality of the case preparation and in their instructions. Adrian Marston: Tenacious and realistic in equal measure. Hugely knowledgeable on chronic pain and fundamental dishonesty cases. Brings a calming presence to even the most fraught litigation. Carole Eaton: Dedicated and a pleasure to work with. Highly experienced in fundamental dishonesty cases’.

    ‘The team is extremely knowledgeable but also hugely approachable and always happy to discuss claims over the telephone in more depth. The lawyers provide clear and concise advice that I always feel confident I can rely upon. All the staff is professional, knowledgeable and approachable. If ever I have a question or need help with a matter, I know that I can pick up the phone and receive their advice. Paul Owston and Emma Taylor are both excellent’.

    ‘Having worked with a number of solicitors and barristers over a number of years Adrian Marston has always provided valuable and reliable advice and constantly provides clear legal options that a layman can understand with the ability to lead a client to the correct position but more importantly listens to our concerns’.

    Key clients

    Affinity Water



    Allianz (Fraud)



    AXA xl

    Birmingham City Council

    Bloor Homes

    City of Wolverhampton Council

    Derby City Council


    DLG (Fraud)

    Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

    Glen Dimplex

    Insurance London Consortium (9 London Boroughs)


    Kent County Council



    National Express

    Fairmead Insurance(formerly L&G)


    Shropshire Council

    Telford & Wrekin Council


    Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council


    Zurich Insurance (principally Municipal)

    20 or so smaller district and borough councils

    Work highlights


      DWF ‘s team has ‘an exceptional degree of technical mastery, tactical shrewdness and vigorous determination to secure the result their clients want'. Derek Adamson  specialises in issues surrounding mesothelioma claims and legionnaires’ disease and local authority work. Lorraine Carolan  leads the national fraud and financial crime team while Charles Ashmore often handles injury claims of the utmost severity. Paul Donnelly  handles a variety of claims such as historic abuse claims for social services and EL/PL claims. Michael Henman is another key figure along with Denise Brosnan , Robert Edwards and Miles Hepworth , all of whom are praised as ‘exceptional’.


      ‘The team’s depth of technical expertise and commitment to client engagement is second to none’.

      ‘The team has an excellent group of lawyers who are truly specialists in catastrophic personal injury work. Charles Ashmore is head and shoulders above the competition. Greatly respected by opponents‘.

      ‘A hard hitting outpost serving the needs of some demanding insurer clients. They have great experience and some combative individuals with a very loyal following. Charles Ashmore is a force of nature’.

      Case preparation is outstanding. The lawyers are proper tacticians, who fight hard for their clients. I have been impressed by every lawyer I’ve worked with – they’ve been head and shoulders above other firms. They offer a thoughtful and insightful analysis of legal and factual problems. An absolute pleasure to work with’.

      Paul Donnelly is a stand-out. He’s fantastic with clients. Very responsive. He’s tenacious and a real fighter. He offers a really thoughtful analysis of cases, with a keen eye for tactics. He engages with the issues in a much deeper way than most of the solicitors I work with in this area. He’s also very personable. Samantha Chambers – really impressive eye for detail and engagement with the case. I’m sure she’ll go far’.

      A strong team of extremely capable lawyers; excellent communication both regarding case management and outside of claims. Easy to communicate with. Strong strategic skills. Rob Edwards – extremely knowledgeable and thorough, especially in his research of the company’s historical activities, allowing us to settle or defend claims appropriately. Provides a great deal of good quality information throughout the life cycle of a claim. Claire Joseph – strong skills in respect of HAVS claims, in addition to claims that may be considered to have a potential fraud risk. Keeps us closely informed as a claim progresses’.

      ‘Denise Brosnan – very detailed and intelligent approach. Paul Donnelly – most tactically astute and intelligent solicitor I have met’.

      ‘Charles Ashmore is an exceptional litigator. He has the intellectual ability to get to the heart of a case, the tactical mastery to outmanoeuvre the nimblest of opponents and the application and focus to achieve outstanding results for his clients’.


      Key clients










      Work highlights

      • In DFX v Coventry City Council [2021] EWHC 1382 (QB) the team was successful in defending Coventry City Council in the first trial to consider the circumstances in which a common law duty of care may (or may not) be owed by a local authority in the conduct of its social care function in  a failure to remove claim related to the alleged professional negligence over a 15 year period by its client’s social services department in failing to take a family of nine children into care sooner.
      • Acting for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in connection with the personal injury claims (and indeed the public enquiry) arising from the Grenfell Tower disaster in June 2017.
      • Continuing to receive a high volume of failure to remove claims that are being brought under the Human Rights Act.


      Christopher Malla at Kennedys divides his time between London and Birmingham and leads the clinical negligence offering. Malla has extensive experience in a wide range of claims including cerebral palsy, obstetrics, gynaecological, paediatrics and high-value spinal and orthopaedic claims. The team is appointed to the NHS Resolution clinical panel and also acts for various private healthcare providers and their insurers. Ian Davies leads a ‘tenacious and innovative‘ group of personal injury defendant lawyers with James Shrimpton heading up the firm’s employers’ and public liability product group. Philippa Craven plays a pivotal role in the occupational disease practice advising an array of insurer and corporate clients. Mark Walsh specialises in high-value and catastrophic injury claims and Naomi North is adept at helping companies and individuals facing investigations by the police and HSE. Katie Tonks and Avinder Sidhu have been promoted to the partnership.

      Practice head(s):

      Christopher Malla; Ian Davies


      ‘Kennedys has several offices which enables them to pool expertise and enhance the quality of the advice by sharing experience. Kennedys West Midlands benefits from working within the overall Kennedys umbrella which enables it to provide specialist advice in healthcare and clinical negligence at a regional level. There is a strong team of very specialist lawyers under the leadership of Christopher Malla, which continues to “punch above its weight”‘.

      ‘Avinder Sidhu combines tenacity with pragmatism to deliver excellent results for the client. She also has long experience in bringing difficult catastrophic quantum cases to a sensible settlement. Christian Lowden is undoubtedly a rising star. Already a senior associate he shows the tactical skills of a much more senior lawyer’.

      ‘Talented and innovative team of defendant lawyers keen to find efficient and effective ways to resolve disputes. Christopher Malla – a strong leader who clearly inspires his team and gives motivational direction in developing a pioneering and collaborative approach to litigation. Christian Lowden – Talented, efficient and composed’.

      ‘Highly experienced Katie Tonks –  superb, with excellent judgement. Steven Sehmar – gaining significant experience, one to watch‘.

      ‘In the personal injury legal world it has an enviable reputation for “playing hardball” in appropriate cases. They are adept at boxing a claimant in and making timely and carefully thought out offers. James Shrimpton is a startlingly good and analytical solicitor who knows and reads his insurer clients very well, responding quickly but realistically to their requests. His quiet and unassuming manner disguises a powerful intellect and a sensible pragmatist. He leads a great team, who are comfortable with his supervision and guidance of them‘.

      ‘Mark Walsh – a tough but pragmatic litigator with an eye firmly on finding a favourable compromise when that makes sense, but equally prepared to dig in and see a case through to trial when a full defence is justified. A great team leader‘.

      ‘Philippa Craven has deep knowledge of and care for the occupational disease market’.

      ‘Mark Walsh, an absolute star. The only problem he has is that there is only 1 of him. His work ethic is extraordinary, and his judgment about a case outstanding. I would hate to have to litigate against him, for all the right reasons’.

      Key clients

      NHS Resolution

      Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

      West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


      Allied World

      CNA Hardy




      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


      Liberty Insurance /Quinn


      Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Ltd

      Work highlights

        Keoghs LLP

        Keoghs LLP has a ‘team of outstanding lawyers who pay enormous attention to detail and are hugely experienced strategists’. Ken Young heads the department that acts for more than two thirds of the insurance market including eight of the top ten UK motor insurers. It also acts for a range of self-insured clients, commercial companies and public sector organisations. David Pugh is a key contact in the occupational disease team. Julie Park is experienced in handling multi-track and high-value motor, employers’ and public liability claims. Helen White specialises in defending high-value and catastrophic motor claims.

        Practice head(s):

        Ken Young


        ‘In my experience of the defendant PI team, members of the team are particularly strong in dealing with high value cases, often involving complex medical and other expert evidence, and they are committed to achieving the best possible outcome on each case. They adapted quickly to ‘virtual’ and ‘paperless’ working during the pandemic’.

        ‘Extremely good to work with, very commercially aware, and goes the extra mile for its clients. Ken Young  and Helen White – both give a very good service and are very capable lawyers’.

        ‘The team is fantastic – friendly, approachable and really knows their stuff. The lawyers are very experienced in defending high value personal injury claims. Marsha Godwin and Ryan Bird stand out as experienced, calm and with sound judgment’.

        ‘This is the strongest team in the region and one of the strongest nationally. Ken Young, Julie Park and Helen White are all heavyweight fee earners who combine common sense with a detailed knowledge of the law. They keep abreast of developments in the marketplace and are very good to work with‘.

        Julie Park leads by example and is one of the most outstanding defendant personal injury lawyers in the market. Rebecca Williams has worked under Julie and is now a partner cut from the same mould‘.

        ‘The team is professional and provides excellent advice. Simple and easy processes, including billing. Rebecca Williams is a pleasure to work with. She always listens and investigates any concerns. She communicates clearly and demonstrates excellent customer care, responding quickly and proactively. Rebecca takes on the challenge having understood the case and works to achieving an early resolution’.

        ‘The team delivers high quality output, on time and with great attention to detail.  Not only is the advice comprehensive I find the various partners and associates easy to talk to, easy to contact and engage with and overall personable.  Both Rebecca Williams and Catherine Puffett are personable and approachable as well as being professional’.

        ‘Ryan Bird has fantastic attention to detail whilst never losing sight of the bigger picture’.


        Key clients

        AXA Insurance



        Zurich Insurance

        Motor Insurers’ Bureau

        Work highlights

          Plexus Law

          Damon Burt and Anthony Bushell lead the team at Plexus Law which is adept at handling a range of casualty, motor, disease, fraud and large loss claims. The agile team handles all types of major personal injury claims for its client base of insurance companies, corporates, self-insured and local authorities. Julia Messervy-Whiting is an experienced litigator who represents insurers and their insured on employers’ and public liability claims as well as road traffic cases. Jacqui Kendall has particular expertise in dealing with public sector litigation including Highways Act matters and claims against schools, also demonstrating a tenacity for industrial deafness claims.

          Practice head(s):

          Damon Burt; Anthony Bushell


          ‘My experience of Plexus is a team of great people, who are committed and professional with unrivalled expertise in the work they do for us‘.

          ‘Approachable, friendly and helpful, with excellent leadership. Plexus is a key strategic partner on a panel arrangement and we have both invested a lot of time and energy into the relationship and the lawyers care deeply about the preservation of that and the service they provide’.

          Key clients






          Sutton Specialist Risk

          Laing O’Rourke


          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

          • Acting in a case involving Drayton Manor Park Limited in the High Court appeal- judgment was upheld following an initial finding of fundamental dishonesty – personal injury claims following alleged injuries from cable car accident.
          • Acting in a case involving Laing O’Rourke Plc in a matter where an employee of the client pursued a claim for personal injury and substantial financial losses which he stated arose as a result of bullying and unfair treatment which caused him to suffer stress such that he was unable to continue working.

          Shakespeare Martineau LLP

          At Shakespeare Martineau LLP, Ravinder Johal  leads the department that is well-placed to advise on a variety of high-value catastrophic injury claims from defending employer and motor liability claims to property and employer liability claims. Johal represents various insurers, companies, public sector organisations and self-insureds. Tony Hannington  deals with numerous accident claims ranging from relatively low value industrial disease claims to defending catastrophic injury claims arising from motor, employers and liability insurance policies.

          Practice head(s):

          Ravinder Johal

          Other key lawyers:

          Tony Hannington


          ‘The team is very friendly and happy assist in any way it can. All correspondence and communications are clear and professional. The lawyers come across as really wanting to do everything that they can for you in achieving the best outcome possible. Nothing is too much for them. The advice we get is always very detailed and explained in a way which can easily be understood’.

          Ravinder Johal is very thorough in his work and will investigate and cover off every single issue that he identifies. He works very proactively and will respond to you very quickly. He is very detailed in his advice and will back this up with any relevant evidence. He can be trusted to protect our interests without us having to worry about anything. He is innovative in his approach to progressing claims’.

          Ravinder and his team can be relied upon to provide in depth advice and support on all cases. He is reliable and efficient and can be depended upon to provide the level of assistance required on all cases. Communication is key to many of the cases we work on and Ravinder is always approachable and makes sure he is available for any support at all times. It is always a pleasure to work with Ravinder’.

          Shakespeare Martineau has a wealth of knowledge in respect of defendant personal injury claims. I have dealt with the team there for many years and have faith in its ability to provide an excellent service in this area‘.

          ‘I have worked with Ravinder Johal for many years. He is very approachable and has extensive knowledge of the personal injury arena‘.

          ‘A very proactive team always looking for new ways to move cases forward. Approachable and knowledgeable on all aspects of personal injury cases’.

          ‘Ravinder Johal is very approachable and hands on with the cases he has. He constantly looks for ways to be proactive, is well organised and very thorough and is excellent‘.

          ‘The lawyers make me feel part of their team and they feel part of my team. It is a partnership that achieves the right result’.

          Key clients




          Amlin Insurance

          Zurich Insurance


          Keir Group

          Morrison Utility Services

          Hawkwell Underwriting

          North West Ambulance Service

          QBE Insurance

          NEC Group

          Sedgwick International Limited

          Aviva Insurance

          Work highlights


          Weightmans LLP

          Weightmans LLP is home to a ‘really strong team that is tenacious in its approach’. It remains appointed to all NHS Resolution panel lots which includes advising on clinical claims for NHS trusts and primary care beneficiaries and also handles numerous medical malpractice claims for insurers and independent practitioners. Tony Yeaman  and Deborah Bannister are both NHS Resolution nominated partners while Jasmine Armstrong has advised on numerous defendant clinical negligence actions for NHS Resolution. Sarah Hopwood heads the healthcare fraud service while the personal injury practice is likewise large and highly regarded, acting for most major insurers and 1/3 of FTSE 100 companies. Chris Webb-Jenkins is an experienced advocate and has particular expertise in group actions whereas Navdip Wilson  has particular strength in various areas such as chronic pain claims. Henry Bermingham is a known name for his handling of social care abuse/inquiry matters. David Tuck  is a key member of the disease team while Penelope Marshall  handles a wide range of litigation on behalf of local government and public sector clients as well private care home and educational bodies. Bruce Ralston is adept at advising on sports liability and frequently advises insurers, sports governing bodies and sports companies/organisations on a whole host of issues. The team was pleased to add Nicola Pegg to its ranks from Bevan Brittan LLP .


          ‘Deborah Bannister and Tony Yeaman are part of a strong and cohesive team. Sophie Quinney is a “stand-out” associate, who punches well above her weight. Clever, thoughtful and tenacious, she is definitely one to watch’.

          ‘Weightmans healthcare team in Birmingham is extremely professional and knowledgeable but also very friendly and approachable. The team ensures that clear precise and practical advice is delivered at the right level which has helped to build trust and a robust and professional relationship with the in-house legal team. Jasmine Armstrong is an excellent lawyer, very client focussed and leads an exceptional team‘.

          ‘Provides useful claims analysis for individual trusts. Very strong client relationship partner – previously Tony Yeaman and recently Jasmine Armstrong. Receptive to feedback’.

          ”Go to’ firm for defendant clinical negligence work in the Midlands. The team handles all forms of defendant clin neg work at all levels. Maryam Storr – relentlessly brilliant. Jasmine Armstrong – charming and assiduous in equal measure’.

          ‘Leading firm dealing with CN cases for defendants including the NHS in this area. Richard Briggs. Very skilled and experienced in dealing with high value and complex CN cases including claims relating to birth injury and other neurological trauma’.

          ‘Always provides good sound advice, which is easy to understand. Professional and good value for money. Have good systems in place and can work fully electronically. Expert in their field and pro-active management of cases where possible’.

          ‘Reliable, excellent advice and friendly, they build up good relationships with a client. Peppy Marshall, Chris Webb-Jenkins,  Shaheen Akhta, Roger Bishop, Yvonne Hudders are especially good’.

          Key clients

          NHS Resolution

          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

          Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS FT

          Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust


          Weight to Go Ltd

          Baxter Healthcare Ltd



          Gallagher Bassett


          Medical Defence Union


          Sandwell MBC

          Topmark Claims

          Travelers Insurance

          Warwickshire County Council

          Worcestershire County Council

          Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust


          Work highlights

          • Advising Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust on a complex claim linked to a CQC prosecution involving emotive issues as well pure clinical analysis. The defendant did not admit the poor management in ED caused the death as the evidence suggested the sepsis was established on presentation to ED. Nevertheless, there was a desire by both parties to resolve the claim without formal civil proceedings. Settlement £900,000.
          • Advising Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS FT in a case where a 75% discount was secured following forensic review of the literature dating back to 2007 – 2013 regarding a newly recognised genetic condition. The condition and lack of treatment caused the claimant’s stroke at age 6. The defendant demonstrated the condition was not well known, nor were there established practices for diagnosis or treatment at the time. Settlement £3.75m.
          • Advising Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust where liability was disputed in litigation associated with birth injury (brain damage): secured 15% liability risk discount. Quantification by 10 experts per party during the pandemic to resolve by negotiation: agreeing lump sum and PPO settlement in the region of £17m.
          • Acted on behalf of Zurich Insurance and its local authority insured who had a significant financial interest in this claim. The claimant alleged he developed functional neurological disorder because of being assaulted at a residential care home whilst working there as a care worker. The defendant could find no record of the incident which they said could not therefore have happened. Following the exchange of evidence, the claimant sought to discontinue the claim.
          • Advising MMI Insurance / Humberside Police in a case whereby the claimant was employed by the police force since the age of 16 and during her employment with them she alleged exposure to asbestos within the basement where she would access custody files. The claimant was diagnosed with mesothelioma (an incurable cancer caused by asbestos exposure) at the age of 48. The claim was valued at more than £1.5m. A forensic analysis of the claimant’s promotion prospects, pension and lump sum payments was undertaken by the handler, significantly reducing the value of the claim.