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For some, Irwin Mitchell in Birmingham is 'without doubt the pre-eminent personal injury firm'. Managing partner Stuart Henderson leads the personal injury division and has extensive experience in handling brain and spinal cord injuries. Stephen Nye heads the serious injury team and is 'a tough operator' and 'a great man to have in your corner'. Hilary Wetherell has a particular focus on brain injury and lack of capacity cases. Clive Garner has 'a well-deserved and leading reputation as one of the foremost international personal injury lawyers in the country'. He advised a number of claimants who suffered physical and psychological injuries from being involved in the Costa Concordia Cruise disaster of 2012. Philip Banks also works on international claims and is 'a calm and wise head in the most difficult and complex cases'. Public health specialist Amandeep Dhillon is 'a genuinely creative lawyer who thinks outside the box' and recently represented a widower whose wife died from consuming contaminated food at The White Horse restaurant in London. Another key figure is the healthcare-focused Luke Daniels , who  is 'very senior', 'very experienced' and 'completely unphased by very difficult, complicated and high value cases'. Suki Chhokar, Alida Coates, Satinder Bains and Elizabeth Tetzner are also recommended.

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP¬†has ‚Äėa very good personal injury practice‚Äô that includes ‚Äėempathetic and talented solicitors who cover a wide range of¬†work‚Äô. Practice head Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP¬† is ‚Äėvery thorough‚Äô, ‚Äėtactically astute‚Äô and ‚Äėincredibly down to¬†earth‚Äô. Associate David Evison¬† is ‚Äėvery good tactically‚Äô and ‚Äėhandles clients extremely well‚Äô. Also recommended is associate Victoria Fullilove, who¬†possesses a ‚Äėtactical insight and knowledge that goes beyond her years of¬†qualification‚Äô.

Lanyon Bowdler  is 'a top-quality outfit that dominates the personal injury market in Shropshire' and beyond. Practice head Neil Lorimer  is 'fearless' and 'tenacious', with 'an incredible attention to detail'. He recently acted in a claim arising from a jet ski colliding with another jet ski. Partner Dawn Humphries is 'delightful', 'very sympathetic to clients' and is 'very well organised in carrying a heavyweight caseload'. She recently handled a spinal injury case where the claimant was dropped by her then partner while dancing. She also worked on a road traffic accident claim suffered by a recent law graduate.  Also recommended are associate solicitor Claire Vale  and partner Debbie Humphries. Louise Howard  was promoted to associate in 2017 and is 'caring' and 'always looking out for her clients'.

FBC Manby Bowdler LLP's practice is headed by Tim Gray , who specialises in personal injury and clinical negligence claims. He recently represented a client who suffered brain and orthopaedic injuries during a motorcycle accident 10 years ago, which was logged with the Motor Insurers Bureau. Gray is supported by Susan Todhunter  who advised on a claim made by the parents of a child who fell from a window which had been poorly repaired by the local council shortly before the incident occurred. Other noteworthy figures include Sophie Ann Bridges   and associate Adam Wilson.

Higgs & Sons  is 'a large team of talented personal injury litigators' that is 'expertly led by Andy Shaw ' and 'supported by a range of quality lawyers at every level of experience'. Shaw advises on  head injury, fatal accidents and industrial disease claims and is 'a great strategist' who is 'able to identify the case winning points swiftly and press home the advantage'. He is supported by associate solicitor Claire Burnell , who handles road traffic accidents, work accidents and accidents abroad. Also recommended is associate Steven Santy , who works on claims arising out of road traffic accidents as well as employer and public liability. Santy is 'capable of taking on the most difficult cases' and 'gets great results again and again'.

Slater and Gordon  is led by Richard Langton , who regularly advises on fatal, spinal, and brain injuries, often resulting from road traffic accidents, or involving employer or public liability. Recent work highlights include representing a bus driver who was struck by a tree falling from parish council-owned land and acting on a claim where a toddler was hit by a car by a driver who was warned not to drive due to his poor eyesight. Langdon is supported by solicitor Jayne Campbell , who specialises in disease claims and employer's liability. Public liability claims solicitor Michele Taylor  is also a key figure.

Clarke Willmott LLP is led by Philip Edwards , who is 'extremely knowledgeable in all areas of personal injury law', 'a superb negotiator' and 'brooks no nonsense from any hard-nosed insurers seeking to avoid their responsibilities'. Edwards is highly experienced in handling claims pertaining to brain injuries amputations, spinal injuries and fatal injuries.  He recently acted for a family on criminal proceedings against a driver who caused the death of their husband.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP  'deal with claims of varying complexity, from straightforward road traffic claims to complex industrial accidents'. Tony Hannington leads the team and is 'a strategic thinker' and 'a calm and cool head no matter what the situation'. He represented a claimant who was run over by a vehicle while walking along the pavement and suffered physical and psychological injuries.  Peter Kelly  is also a key figure and focuses on spinal chord and product liability claims. Legal director Adam Parry  regularly works alongside Hannington on his cases and has 'a very close eye for detail', 'builds strong relationships with clients' and is 'formidable when negotiating'.

Sydney Mitchell LLP is 'a small team that has built up considerable experience', whose 'approach to client care is second to none'. Mike Sutton  leads the team and is 'very well respected locally within the profession'. He specialises in handling road and work accidents, and recently represented a client who suffered from complex regional pain syndrome due to falling from a ladder. David Lydon  recently joined the firm from Pearson Rowe Incorporating Springthorpes and has a similar focus on work and road accidents. He recently acted for an individual who required amputation to due to injuries suffered by his fingers while at work. Also recommended is solicitor Adam Hodson.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP  is led by the 'tenacious'  Karl De-Loyde , who 'leaves no stone unturned' and 'never gives up on a point until he has exhausted all enquiries'. He is supported by Alison Fahy , who regularly advises on work accidents, road  accidents and fatal accidents claims.  John Mullen  is known for his 'vast experience and knowledge' of industrial disease work and advised on a claim from trade union members against Severn Trent Water,  which alleged that there was exposures to excessive levels of hydrogen sulphide in the working environment. Amputations and fatal claims Elizabeth Ford  is also a key figure, as is the 'up-and-coming' Laura Harper, who similarly focuses on amputation claims. Other notable names include asbestos claims specialist Dave Fisher , Vicky Kingscote  and David Gauler.

Tony Hall heads the personal injury practice at Alsters Kelley LLP  and has a strong background in handling birth injuries, spinal injuries, and fatal injuiries. Another key figure is senior solicitor Haidee Vedy, who has worked on both physical and psychological injury claims.

Spinal cord injury claims are a hallmark of Brethertons LLP ' practice. Jonathan Rees leads the team and possesses 'the highly technical skills to deal with cases often with complex and difficult medical issues' and has 'a confident manner that instils confidence in his clients and legal team'. He is supported by assistant solicitor Sian Buxton, who has a similar focus on spinal injuries. Alison Goldney moved to Stewarts Law LLP.

Vicky Blodwell  heads the team at DBS Law  and is highly skilled in handling claims involving road traffic accidents, work accidents and accidents that arise in public spaces. The firm's particular niche is that it is regularly advises claimants from minority communities in the UK.

Based in Oswestry, GHP Legal¬†is noted for its¬†‚Äėmix of old-fashioned values with modern thinking and service‚Äô. John Hulme¬† leads the team and has ‚Äėa wealth of experience‚Äô and ‚Äėa personable and effective manner‚Äô. Recent work highlights of the firm include advising on a delayed diagnosis of cancer and representing three individuals who suffered psychiatric injuries from a motorcycle accident.

Shoosmiths LLP  is led by Sara Hunt , who works across all aspects of personal injury and is particularly strong in advising on asbestos-related disease claims. She recently advised on a claim involving the death of an individual who removed asbestos from pipes by hand. Also recommended is solicitor Kate Price-Marson , who also regularly handles industrial disease claims.

Simpson Millar LLP is led by Howard Davies , who is notably strong in handling brain and amputation injury claims. He recently advised on a £30,000 claim involving an cyclist who was struck by a vehicle and suffered orthopaedic, neurological and facial injuries. He also represented an employee on a liabilility claim where he suffered injuries from an overturning fork lift truck. David Erwin  is also a key figure and focuses on brain injury and fatal accident claims.

Thursfields Solicitors has represented claimants on road traffic accidents, employer's liability, public liability and industrial diseases. Senior associate Bernadette Mackie leads the team and 'very experienced and capable in personal injury work' and 'takes a sensible and pragmatic approach to cases'.

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