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Clinical negligence: claimant

Index of tables

  1. Clinical negligence: claimant
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

Leading individuals

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Next Generation Partners

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Rising stars

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The Yorkshire region is established as a clinical negligence stronghold for Irwin Mitchell. The national firm's Leeds and Sheffield offices, headed by Sarah Coles and Julianne Moore respectively, enjoy an enviable reputation and a large and varied workload. A total of 59 case handlers from both locations deal with high value cases relating to births, brain and spinal injuries, amputations and mental health, while a dedicated mini-team in Sheffield handles lower value cases from around the country. The department collaborates with charities and organisations to raise awareness of specific conditions and encourage early diagnosis and fast treatment. Rachel Roach, one of three team leaders in the medical negligence team in Leeds, is a key member of the practice.

Practice head(s):Rachelle Mahapatra; Julianne Moore

Other key lawyers:Rachel Roach


'First class in every respect and definitely recommendable.'

'The team is professional and organized, but more importantly approachable and with a personal touch.'

'An excellent clinical negligence team at the heart of the firm's national operation. The team has strength in depth in Sheffield with very high standards and simply a vast amount of experience over many decades in all types of clinical negligence. The team is a market leader in its region and, of course, has the firm's national resources to draw on.'

'Irwin Mitchell have been extremely caring, efficient, thorough and easy to talk to. We have been kept informed and each stage has been explained to us. Their legal expertise and persistence has been very impressive.'

'I have nothing but praise for the whole team, especially Ross McWilliams. Always available, excellent knowledge, friendly and helpful.'

'The clinical negligence teams in Sheffield and Leeds are particularly strong when compared with their peers in other firms undertaking the same work. They are excellent with client care, which is all the more important with claimant clinical work and they have an extremely wide breadth of experience and knowledge to call upon where it is required.'

'Irwin Mitchell is the go-to firm in the Sheffield area. The team provides an excellent and highly personal service. Without exception, those with whom I have regular contact have outstanding people skills and are very conscientiousness.'

'I was very fortunate to choose Irwin Mitchell as they were first class in every respect and I would definitely recommend them.'

'Rachelle Mahapatra is very experienced, robust and fearless in the representation of her clients.'

'Julianne Moore is a terrific, very hardworking and hugely experienced and practical lawyer. She recently achieved a fantastic result for a catastrophically injured client with cerebral palsy.'

Key Clients

Janet Booth in her capacity as administratrix of the Estate of Craig Booth (deceased) and on behalf of all dependants

Katie Burgess

Charlie Scales

Group B Strep Support

UK Sepsis Trust

Back-Up Trust

Child Brain Injury Trust (CBIT)

Work highlights

  • Advised on a case involving child and adolescent mental health service failures, which resulted in a 17-year-old with a short history of self-harm inflicting a catastrophic brain injury to himself.
  • Advised on a case involving a delay in diagnosis of a fatal brain tumour.

Minton Morrill, which has 'unparalleled experience in complex clinical negligence claims' have a well-established position in the competitive Yorkshire market, punching above its weight against bigger regional players. Practice head and 'masterful tactician' Simon Minton and Julia Morrill - 'one of the canniest litigators in the business' - are supported by a hugely experienced team, who are entrusted with complex, high-value cases ranging from Court of Protection work and infant settlements to birth injury, cerebral palsy and fatal claims. Sahida Patel is recommended by clients for her 'tireless and loyal' approach.

Practice head(s):Simon Minton

Other key lawyers:Julia Morrill; Susan Bartfield; Sahida Patel


'All the team at Minton Morrill deliver a high class service which beats any other competitor in this field.'

'Understanding, professional, compassionate, persistent, caring and down to details.'

'Simon Minton is an top-notch solicitor who has a team reflecting his values.'

Stewarts Law LLP's strategy of quality over quantity has helped the firm to establish itself as a leader in its chosen specialist areas, which centre around catastrophic injury claims and serious neurological injuries, including spinal cord damage and brain injuries. The team, which is led by practice head Frank Pinch - who can 'charm the birds from the trees' - benefits from its close connections with the firm's well-regarded London office. The team's up-and-coming bench of associate talent includes Gabrielle Ross, who is described as 'a future star' who 'leaves no stone unturned for her clients'.

Practice head(s):Frank Pinch


Stewarts sets itself apart by providing a second-to-none service for clients.'

'Dynamic and thorough, ensuring that no stone is left unturned.'

'The best clinical negligence law firm I have had dealings with in 20 years.'

'Frank Pinch is knowledgeable and tactically excellent.'

'Amy Fielding is extremely thorough with excellent client rapport.'

'Frank Pinch has a profound amount of experience. His judgement is always very sound.'

'Gabrielle Ross is plainly partnership material. She has a real eye for detail, but equally is able to filter out the good points from the bad.'

'Anna Higham is very hardworking. She is an excellent tactician and i always thinking of how to second guess and outdo her opponent.'

'Esther Gaudoin handles high value, complicated actions with aplomb.'

'Amy Fielding's nursing background gives her the edge over may non-medically trained lawyers which she uses to her advantage, coupled with her dogged determination to get justice for her clients. Utterly fearless, prepared to go all the way and beyond, she rarely fails to get the result. Sheer class.

'Frank Pinch is a fantastic lawyer, able to charm the birds from the trees. Experienced, tenacious, pragmatic and wonderful with clients and opponents alike.'

'Gabrielle Ross has an unbelievable eye for detail and leaves no stone unturned for her clients: she is a future star.

'Frank Pinch is committed, thoughtful and diligent.  Very experienced.  Great attention to detail and tactically astute.'

'Gabrielle Ross is outstanding in her knowledge of my case; I can ask her anything and she can recall facts of my case in a flash. She is also very patient and explains things in a way I can understand.'

The clinical negligence offering at Atherton Godfrey Solicitors is part of the larger litigation department, which also includes a complex injury team. The multi-layered nature of the practice, headed by John McQuater (litigation), Christopher Noble (clinical negligence) and Stephanie Veysey (complex injury), enables the firm to take on a wide spread of cases, covering claims relating to obstetric and general practitioner care to birth injury, ophthalmology, orthopaedics and beyond. The team has strong connections to key associations and charities such as the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, Action against Medical Accidents and the Legal Aid Agency.

Practice head(s):John McQuater; Christopher Noble


'A well established firm with strength in depth. A professional coordinated approach with each fee earner delivering expertise. All of the cases are run efficiently and they instinctively pick up on the key issues. All of the fee earners are personable and a delight to work with.'

'Christopher Noble was fantastic at explaining legal terms and proceedings in really simple terms.'

'The team make you feel you matter. They aren't intrusive but are very friendly and respectful.'

'Christopher Noble is an expert at running high value complex cases.'

Pryers Solicitors LLP is continuing to progress under the leadership of CEO Neil Fearn, who joined in 2017 from Simpson Millar LLP. The firm recently achieved Lexcel accreditation and secured a major legal aid contract while also acquiring a caseload of clinical negligence files from Linder Myers. Based on NHS statistics, the firm is the sixth largest in the country for claimant clinical negligence work, and handles maximum severity cases relating to birth injuries,  spinal cord injuries, brain injuries and neuro-surgical issues. The firm has also recently established a Court of Protection team. Lisa Swales joined the team from Irwin Mitchell in late 2019.

Practice head(s):Neil Fearn; Robyn Hawxby; Carmel Walsh; Richard Starkie

Other key lawyers:Lisa Swales


'Lisa Swales has excellent client care skills, is a pleasure to work with and takes a flexible approach to dispute resolution.'

Work highlights

  • Represented a minor for negligence at birth by the Hospital Trust, with an interim payment of £750,000 awarded.
  • Client was awarded £200,000 for physical and neurological symptoms which occurred as a result of an excessive dosage of zinc.
  • Represented client who had suffered from infections and an adverse reaction to metal debris following contraindicated bi-lateral hip replacements. The client was awarded a £160,000 settlement.
  • Complex claim representing both mother and child seeking compensation for health complications following poor care of the mother when she was admitted to hospital for suspected appendicitis.
  • Represented client hrough mediation after her left arm was amputated as a result of delayed treatment for her vascular problems which was misdiagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Switalskis Solicitors are held in high esteem in the clinical negligence arena, both by competitors who recognise the quality and depth of their caseload, and by clients, who benefit from an 'absolutely personal approach'. Jointly led by Suzanne Munroe - 'the driving force behind the success of the firm' and Janet Baker - 'one of the most experienced, capable and successful clinical negligence lawyers in the country' - the practice deals with brain, spinal and birth injury claims, as well as psychiatric injuries and cancer claims among others, while a cluster of smaller specialist teams focus on specific areas, such as inquests and fatal cases, complex and unusual cases as well as lower value healthcare claims.

Practice head(s):Suzanne Munroe; Janet Baker

Other key lawyers:Sarah Tipton Walker


'Janet Baker is one of the most experienced clinical negligence practitioners in the country and brings to the firm depth of knowledge and experience as well as leadership.'

'Suzanne Munroe and Sarah Tipton Walker (along with Janet Baker) head up an exceptional team of clinical negligence specialists who provide outstanding service to their clients.'

'From the first consultation to the aftercare, Switalskis provide a level of service that is second to none.'

'The firm is client driven, collegiate, and hard working. They are resolutely not corporate in their approach to work and this reflects in their willingness to run difficult cases.'

'Janet Baker is one of the most experienced, capable and successful clinical negligence lawyers in the country. I have worked with her in numerous claims by individuals who suffer from cerebral palsy. She is quite simply the best.'

'Suzanne Munroe has experience, commitment, drive and enthusiasm which results in exceptional client care.'

'Suzanne Munroe is the driving force behind the success of the firm. She is very experienced and highly regarded in the region.'

'Sarah Walker is a courageous solicitor, not frightened to take on difficult cases or to argue difficult points on her clients' behalf, but who is also skilled at working co-operatively with her opponents and fostering opportunities for early resolution. She is very hard working, and always tries to make herself available.

'Janet Baker is without doubt one of the most experienced, capable and successful maximum severity clinical negligence lawyers in the country. She combines experience and empathy with a superb eye for detail.'

'Associate Natalie Cosgrove is phenomenal. A force of nature. I have encountered few people who can litigate a case as well as she can. Her clients absolutely love her. She has a real dedication to making life better for people with disabilities. I have never met anyone who worked so hard to understand the types of problems faced by people with disabilities. Most lawyer see their role as being to value a claim and organise the evidence. Natalie sets out to gain a better understanding of her client's life and apply that to the legal problems that they face. If everybody did this the legal profession would be better for it.'

Work highlights

  • A very tragic case involving Mr Learoyd’s partner, who died postpartum at the age of 23 years.
  • Advised on a case in which the defendant admitted liability for failing to diagnose and appropriately treat the claimant’s right elbow fracture.
  • A newborn passed away following a delay in transfer of her mother to hospital by the ambulance service.
  • A complex claim which involved sub-standard treatment from various clinicians.

Harrowells Solicitors has a well-established regional practice across seven local offices, which provides a specialist service in relation to cases involving dental issues, NHS and GP treatment and private medical care. Birth injury claims are an additional strength of the practice. The team, headed by Richard Wood, prides itself on taking on unusual or challenging cases such as those which are close to limitation or are considered to be high risk, including birth injuries.

Practice head(s):Richard Wood

Howells fields a 'relatively small but strong' team of clinical negligence solicitors with a significant background in claims of all values, headed by the 'very experienced and very knowledgeable' Michelle Gyte. The firm, which represents clients in litigation involving spinal injuries, birth injuries, fatal accidents and ophthalmic claims, is one of a small number in Sheffield with a legal aid agency clinical negligence franchise.

Practice head(s):Michelle Gyte; Peter Mahy


'Michelle Gyte is very experienced and very knowledgeable, both on the medical issues and also relevant legal issues.'

Hudgell Solicitors has eschewed a partnership structure in favour of a more collaborative business model, as part of an effort to speed up decision-making and introduce more flexibility. The practice, which is jointly led by Chris Moore in Hull and Vince Shore in Leeds, handles serious medical negligence cases which often involve life-changing or life-limiting injuries. Helena Wood is developing a strong reputation for her work in claims against NHS trusts.

Practice head(s):Chris Moore; Vince Shore

Other key lawyers:Paul Cain; Helena Wood

Work highlights

  • Advised a client on a claim for injuries arising out of a delay in diagnosing Charcot foot.
  • Represented the parents of a child who died of sepsis after being left unmonitored for six hours as his condition worsened, with antibiotics not given quickly enough.
  • Advised on a case of negligence following the death of client’s baby girl just three hours after birth at Darlington Memorial Hospital.
  • Representing a woman whose baby boy died after being born at just 24 weeks.
  • Acted on birth injury case which left client with neurological abnormalities best described as bilateral cerebral palsy with extra pyramidal motor abnormalities.

Taylor & Emmet LLP's practice is headed up by James Drydale , who has almost 20 years' experience of advising on clinical negligence for claimants. His work includes advising on claims of maximum severity and complexity, including cerebral palsy cases, operating alongside fellow partner Paul Fouad, who also acts as the firm's training principal, and associate Camilla Attwood, who is now taking lead roles on much of the firm's key work.

Practice head(s):James Drydale

Other key lawyers:Paul Fouad; Camilla Attwood

Work highlights

  • Acted for a client in an unusual matter involving what was initially thought to be a product claim in a hip case, but in fact was, following investigation, clinical negligence in respect of his original surgery.
  • Acted for a client in a case concerning Cauda Equina delay in diagnosis and surgery.

Wake Smith Solicitors Limited's practice, which is led by 'excellent communicator and first class litigator' Terry Regan, attracts both local and national cases, with claims relating to cerebral palsy, cerebral cancer and orthopedic claims against the NHS increasingly complemented by cases involving breaches of the European Convention on Human Rights. The team retains the Clinical Negligence Legal Aid Franchise, which secures high value neurological injury work.

Practice head(s):Terry Regan

Other key lawyers:John Vallance; Holly Dobson; Kate Lax


'High-level professionalism at all times, together with support and patience.'

'Wake Smiths combine professionalism and compassion; in this regard they go above and beyond what one would expect from a law firm.'

'The key clinical negligence firm in the region - impressive client care and ability to manage complex cases.'

Key Clients

Specialist Clinical Negligence Law Society Panel

AvMA Panel

APIL Senior Litigator

Work highlights

  • Represented a claimant in a clinical negligence claim against an NHS Trust arising out of the claimant developing cerebral palsy at the time of his birth.
  • Representing a claimant in a clinical negligence claim against an NHS Trust relating to failure to identify bilateral developmental dysplasia of the hips.
  • Represented a claimant in a clinical negligence claim against an NHS Trust and achieved an out-of-court settlement of £95,000.
  • Represented a client in a litigated clinical negligence claim against an NHS Trust. The matter settled shortly before trial in the sum of £92,500.
  • Represented a client in a clinical negligence claim and a claim under the Human Rights Act 1998 against an NHS Trust.  The claims arose out of a four-year delay in diagnosing his late mother’s lung cancer, and settled pre-action for £50,000.00.

As part of a medical negligence department spread across four offices, Bridge McFarland's Hull team is headed by Lorraine Taylor and deals with a wide portfolio of cases relating to birth and brain injuries, orthopaedics and cauda equina, gynaecology, general surgery, oncology and gastroenterology. The team is accredited by The Foundation for Infant Loss, enabling it to deal with infant loss claims. The firm's commitment to this area of law is underlined by its engagement with local charities and other similar organisations.

Practice head(s):Lorraine Taylor

Other key lawyers:Lynsey Furley


'Bridge McFarland can't be praised enough for the patience they demonstrate and the help they provide to clients who are going through difficult times.'

Work highlights

  • Acting for a client in respect of a clinical negligence claim arising out of a misdiagnosis of cancer, achieving £40,000 in damages.
  • Acting for a client in respect of an ongoing complex cerebral palsy case and providing a full package of support by way of links with local charities. .
  • Acting for a client in respect of a clinical negligence matter and achieving damages in the sum of £250,000.
  • Acting for a client in respect of a potential claim for damages in medical negligence in connection with a missed wrist fracture.
  • Acting for a client in respect of a clinical negligence matter in connection with the delayed diagnosis of Hirschsprungs disease when he was a newborn baby.

The medical negligence department at Chadwick Lawrence LLP Solicitors includes a team of lawyers with huge experience in settling serious and catastrophic injury claims, primarily acting for clients in the West Yorkshire area. Tony May established the department in 1998 and continues to head it, while also acting as a Court of Protection deputy for clients who have suffered brain and birth injuries and cerebral palsy.

Practice head(s):Tony May

Other key lawyers:Jacqueline Vance

With the arrival of former Chadwick Lawrence LLP Solicitors lawyer Carol Simpson as the new head of the department, Graysons Solicitors is looking to build up its presence in the clinical negligence sphere. Simpson's caseload covers moderate to high value complex claims of birth injury involving cerebral palsy, amputation, spinal, orthopaedic and ophthalmic issues. The firm saw turnover and profit increase during 2018-19 financial year and more hires are in the pipeline.

Practice head(s):Peter Clark; Carol Simpson

Other key lawyers:Nikki Yavari

Work highlights

  • Negotiated a settlement of £20,000 in a complicated negligent hernia operation case.
  • A complex claim with jurisdictional difficulties against Optical Express, where the client had not given adequate consent to lasik monovision surgery.
  • A complex case of negligent laparoscopic gallbladder surgery which led to severe complications. Negotiated a settlement of £200,000.
  • A delay in treating carcinoma of the thumb led to necessity of amputation.
  • Fatal claim following RTA where the defendant failed to recognize significant thoracic aortic injury leading to the death of the personal representative’s father.

Morrish Solicitors LLP's clinical negligence team exclusively represents individuals, rather than employers or insurance companies. Many of these clients are referred by institutions such as trade unions, which turn to the firm for its expertise in cases involving fatalities, birth injuries, cosmetic surgery and dental negligence. Duncan Gardiner heads up the team.

Practice head(s):Duncan Gardiner

Work highlights

  • Represented a claimant on behalf of the deceased for longstanding failure to refer by the GP and the hospital, a settlement of £490,000 was agreed.

Clinical negligence: defendant

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  1. Clinical negligence: defendant
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Rising stars

Rising stars

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DAC Beachcroft LLP's well established clinical negligence team has a firm grip on its position at the top of the market, acting for both public and private clients including blue chip insurers and an array of NHS trusts. Leeds clinical negligence head Paul Taylor's talent in catastrophic injury work, especially spinal and birth injury claims, is universally recognised. He leads the department with the equally highly regarded Sean Doherty, who also has experience of complex metal hip claims. As well as high-profile national work, the practice also advises a regional client base on matters relating to patient safety, risk management and governance.

Practice head(s):Sean Doherty; Paul Taylor


'This team has unique and complete expertise in NHS hip claims, especially those arising from failed 'metal-on-metal' implants.'

'Excellent lawyers, all of whom are experts in the field, very approachable and easy to work with.'

'Great ability to understand our needs and to work collaboratively towards just and fair outcomes.'

'They provide a thorough review of the risk of litigation and the strengths and weaknesses of a claim. They keep us fully informed.'

'Sean Doherty runs the team with military efficiency. He is incredibly hardworking and committed to getting the best results. Nicola Perrott is absolutely in control of her cases and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the field. Mikaler Cutts has the same work ethic and excellent grasp of the work.'

Key Clients

NHS Resolution

MDU and Dental Defence Union Ltd

NHS England

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Doncaster & Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Sheffield Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

York Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Digital

Work highlights

  • Represented the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and various NHS Trusts on behalf of NHS Resolution in all metal on metal hip claims including as an interested party in the Pinnacle litigation.
  • Advised NHS Digital on the development and implementation of the new NHS App, which started its public rollout across England in January 2019.
  • Advised NHS Resolution, on behalf of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust and Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, on the largest orthopedic group action in claims against various trusts involving one surgeon in Yorkshire undertaking hip, knee, ankle and shoulder surgery.
  • Helped the Dental Defence Union Ltd to secure discontinuance of a multi-party clinical negligence claim brought against a dentist.

Since launching in Leeds in 2011, Capsticks LLP's Yorkshire practice has established a firm foothold in the region, and was reappointed to the NHS Resolution panel in 2017, increasing the volumes of defendant clinical negligence work it handles in recent months. The 13-strong Leeds team prides itself on resolving a wide spectrum of cases, from low to high-value and technical claims, while also championing the use of mediation and alternative dispute resolution. Leeds office head David Roberts - 'a pragmatic, sound and wise operator' - leads the team while also serving as nominated partner for NHS Resolution.

Practice head(s):David Roberts; Ian Cooper

Other key lawyers:Emily Senior


Available, easy to get hold and very easy to work with.

They understand the needs of their client and work with them at all times.

Excellent knowledge of property legal matters and very responsive service.

Clear answers to any questions,  happy to help and knowledgeable.

'David Roberts is a pragmatic, great operator. Sound and wise.'

'Peter Marquand and David Roberts display high levels of intelligence, competence and judgement.'

Key Clients

NHS Resolution

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust


Work highlights

  • Represented NHS Resolution and the Trust in a Court of Appeal case on both a doctor’s duty to disclose material treatment risks following the Supreme Court decision in Montgomery and the application of the ‘but for’ causation test following the Court of Appeal decision in Chester v Afshar.
  • Represented NHS Resolution and NHS Direct in connection with the inquest and claim resulting from the death of a young mother following attempts to seek telephone advice.

Hempsons provides 'high quality advice and practical support' to NHS trusts and health authorities during litigation. The team brings its considerable expertise to bear in assessing the legitimacy of claims and ensuring a rapid settlement with the view of protecting NHS resources and public money. The workload consists mostly of high value and specialist cases, from spinal cord and cauda equina to child abuse and brain damage. The 'hugely experienced, intuitive and pragmatic' Kathleen Wilson handles sensitive and complex  cases on behalf of NHS trusts and health authorities, while the similarly experienced Adrienne D’Arcy is head of the Harrogate team.

Practice head(s):Adrienne D’Arcy

Other key lawyers:Kathleen Wilson; Adam Hartrick; Helen Freeman


'A small team with unrivalled knowledge of the healthcare sector'.

'The team is extremely client focused, especially at the more senior levels.'

'High quality advice and helpful practical support.'

'Kathleen Wilson is a hugely experienced solicitor with an intuitive and pragmatic approach to litigation. She is particularly skilled in dealing with maximum value quantum claims and bringing them to a successful and speedy conclusion.'

'Chloe Davies is outstanding - unstinting in her commitment and work ethic.'

'The Hempsons team is comprised of highly experienced, dedicated and professional lawyers but ones with whom you can still have an easygoing conversation and who are good humoured.'

'Adam Hartrick and Stephen Evans are both brilliant to work with; extremely knowledgeable and experienced - you relax when you know they are involved.'

Key Clients

NHS Resolution

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

Humber NHS Foundation Trust

Bradford District Care Trust

South West Yorkshire Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust


Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Succeeded in establishing that a compensation claim against the NHS was fraudulently exaggerating the effect of minor injuries - a landmark case, as it was the first time that an NHS Trust has engaged in proceedings of this kind.
  • Successfully advised Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust in a case over chronic pain allegedly caused by a negligently performed injection during surgery.
  • Acted for The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust & South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in a case relating to the alleged failure to provide appropriate psychiatric treatment to the claimant resulting in a failed suicide attempt.

CMS has a wealth of experience ranging from inquiries to complex, high-stakes claims and disciplinary work. The firm's specialised defendant clinical negligence and medical advisory/professional discipline and regulatory team is spread across the firm's offices in Sheffield, London and Manchester and deals with cases of national breadth. Chris Horsefield’s leadership and his recognized 'tactics in overall decision-making' assist in the handling of medical and dental claims, his particular specialism.

Practice head(s):Chris Horsefield

Other key lawyers:Rachel Cooper


CMS compares favorably with other firms acting for medical defense organisations; the quality of the work is very good.

'Chris Horsfield is an experienced defendant lawyer with a wealth of experience - he is strong on client relationships and overall tactical decision-making.'

'Chris Horsefield has a wealth of knowledge and experience and acute tactical acumen.'

Ward Hadaway's Leeds office, while smaller than the firm's Newcastle and Manchester bases, is building up a strong reputation in Yorkshire. The firm is growing its presence in the market on the back of work on cases involving injuries of the utmost severity, including birth injuries and cerebral palsy claims. The firm is a member of the NHS Resolution clinical negligence panel, which provides much of its key work, while risk management is also a particular area of expertise.

Practice head(s):Jeffrey Keeble; Nicola Richardson

Other key lawyers:Liz Hackett

Key Clients

NHS Resolution

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation

North-East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

NHS North Cumbria CCG

South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS

Gateshead Health NHS FT

Cumbria Partnership & North Cumbria Uni

Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust

Intraining Group Limited

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Hartlepool & Stockton CCG

NHS South Tees CCG

Northern Life Care Ltd t/a ubu

City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Gro

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Durham Dales, Easington & Sedgefield

NHS North of England Commissioning Suppo

University Of Newcastle

Delta Academies Trust

Tyneside Surgical Services Limited

Saint John of God Hospitaller Services

Gainford Care Homes Limited

St. Oswalds Hospice

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation

Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Found

Personal injury: claimant

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  1. Personal injury: claimant
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next Generation Partners

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Irwin Mitchell has a strong presence in Yorkshire with two personal injury claimant teams based in Sheffield and Leeds. With a focus on high value and complex cases, covering brain and spinal cord injuries, amputations and disease, the firm stands out as a true national leader in this field. Adrian Budgen, head of the Sheffield office, specialises in asbestos disease and mesothelioma cancer cases, while his Leeds counterpart Sion Kingston leads the neuro trauma, criminal injuries, polytrauma and multi-track motor teams. In Sheffield, Louise Jenkins leads the 'amazing' serious injury team, while the 'hugely experienced' Rachael Aram is a specialist in brain and spinal cord injuries. In Leeds, the 'truly exceptional' Carolyn Heaton leads the neuro team and the national children’s serious injury group, while up and coming partner Ian Toft heads the asbestos disease team.

Practice head(s):Adrian Budgen; Sion Kingston

Other key lawyers:Carolyn Heaton; Rachael Aram; Louise Jenkins; Ian Toft


'The key strengths of team are communication, legal knowledge and ultimate care and attention given to the client.'

'They establish good relationships with clients and professionals alike.'

'The partners and associates take an active interest in the rehabilitation and quality of life of their clients and do not purely concentrate on the litigation process. They are true advocates and champions for their clients whilst also being realistic.'

'Claire Newstead is an astute and experienced litigator. An excellent tactician - able to progress cases to settlement extremely efficiently.'

'Carolyn Heaton has exceptional experience in this field and has consistently over many years achieved success for those who are the most catastrophically injured. She leads her department with great skill but has not lost her eye for critical detail in an individual case.'

'Hema Rana is incredibly hard-working and committed to her clients. She is operating at the highest level, representing clients in multi-million pound, complex cases.'

'David King is a very strong member of this team - his contribution to the team is exceptional.'

'Carolyn Heaton is emotionally intelligent and an excellent communicator - she has a strong work ethic, works collaboratively, has great attention to detail, easily develops trusting and productive relationships with clients and experts, always knows what questions to ask to get to the heart of the matter, and is creative in solving problems.'

'Louise Jenkins is a very experienced partner with huge empathy for her clients.  She manages a wide and diverse team with great aplomb.'

'David Withers is an up and coming star who is willing to take on and fight the most difficult cases to obtain a result for his client. Despite this difficult case load he is almost always successful, obtaining great outcomes for his client despite the difficulties he faces.'

'Claire Pilsworth is an associate who is willing to tackle complex and difficult cases. She is unafraid of difficult points and always produces excellent results for her clients.'

'Carolyn Heaton is a truly exceptional partner who is very popular with everybody she works with, extremely conscientious and really delightful to work with. She gets brilliant results for her clients.'

'The serious injury team based in Sheffield under the direction of Louise Jenkins are just amazing - it is hard to find the right words to describe the dedication and care shown by the whole team, they are a credit to Irwin Mitchell.'

Key Clients

James Casey

SARAG South Yorkshire Asbestos Victims Support Group (Sheffield & Rotherham Asbestos Group)

Back-Up Trust

Child Brain Injury Trust (CBIT)

Work highlights

  • Helped client to secure access to vital mesothelioma therapies.
  • Advised on multimillion-pound pedestrian case.
  • Represented a client in multimillion-pound claim involving a complex accident at work.

Stewarts Law LLP is recognized as a leading firm in the field of catastrophic injury. This reputation has helped the firm to generate a steady flow of high-value work, securing record settlements and awards in a number of areas, recovering more than £500m for clients in 200 cases over three years. The team - which only acts for clients who have sustained life-changing injuries - is led by Leeds office head Daniel Herman, the first ever accredited spinal cord injury specialist appointed by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. Ben Townsend advises on high-value personal injury claims and has a particular focus on brain and spinal cord injuries.

Practice head(s):Daniel Herman

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Hill; Warren Maxwell; Ben Townsend

Work highlights

  • Represented a 24-year-old man who sustained a spinal cord injury following a motorcycle accident
  • Recovered damages of £16.25m on behalf of a 19-year-old man who sustained tetraplegia following a motorcycle accident.
  • Recovered damages of £6.1m on behalf of a 25-year-old man who sustained a spinal cord injury when he fell from ladders whilst cleaning gutters.
  • Recovered £3.655m on behalf of a 30-year-old man who sustained paraplegia following an accident in which he was a passenger in a car which was alleged by the defendant to have been stolen or unlawfully taken.
  • Recovered £1.7m for a 44-year-old man who sustained a serious knee injury at work which ultimately led to an amputation of his left leg below the knee.

Atherton Godfrey Solicitors’ personal injury practice sits within the firm's overall litigation department, together with clinical negligence and the new complex injury team, which was created to reflect the growth in this area. The team routinely provides advice in employers’ liability, industrial disease, accident at work and motor accident cases; in addition, complex cases involving fatalities or significant injuries are also handled. The majority of the team holds APIL accreditation, with hugely experienced litigation head John McQuater sitting on the APIL executive committee and acting as assessor for the APIL personal injury accreditation scheme.

Practice head(s):John McQuater; Diane Parker

Other key lawyers:Janet Lee; Stephanie Veysey; Diane Parker


'This firm is a strong force in the locale for PI and clinical negligence work.'

'John McQuater who has a deep knowledge of the legal issues in this field.'

'John McQuater has a very good knowledge of the legal issues in clinical negligence and personal injury, and a good communicator with clients and other lawyers.'

Work highlights

  • The claimant suffered a fractured ankle. Liability of 90/10 was agreed at an early stage, however quantum remained in issue. Settled for £500,000.
  • Employers’ liability. The client suffered traumatic amputation of the thumb, fractures and damage to the tendons and ligaments, when a circular saw he was using malfunctioned. Liability was admitted, subject to negotiation on contributory negligence
  • The claimant was riding his motorcycle off road when he was in a collision with the defendant who ran in to the back of his stationary motorcycle.
  • The claimant sustained a fractured femur when he fell around 10 feet from a roof while working for the defendant
  • Fatal road traffic accident. The claimant’s 20-year-old son was hit by a car and subsequently died of traumatic brain injury.

Switalskis Solicitors personal injury practice operates out of the firm's Doncaster and Wakefield offices, which respectively focus on brain injury/serious injury and child abuse claims. The child abuse team is led by David Greenwood , who is hugely experienced in his field, acting on a series of landmark cases in the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. Meanwhile, the brain injury team, which is headed by the 'calm, courteous and doggedly determined' Mark Hollinghurst, handles claims in excess of £5m concerning profound brain injury and minimally conscious clients.

Practice head(s):Mark Hollinghurst; David Greenwood

Other key lawyers:Rob Casey


'Mark Hollinghurst is a very good lawyer and approaches his cases with care and thought. He has a pragmatic approach to litigation, seeking the sensible and workable outcome rather than becoming fixated upon being right - an admirable quality in a good solicitor. He is nobody's pushover and his calm manner and courteous style, even in the face of aggression from his opposite numbers, is a reflection of his quiet strength. I have no hesitation in saying that he is more than a safe pair of hands. He knows his stuff. He is doggedly determined - refusing to give up on cases many others had turned down.'

'Julie Wilkinson is efficient and a pleasure to deal with. She ensures the nuts and bolts are dealt with, without fuss'

'Switalksi's is a small firm but provides an excellent service - up there with the big players but with a more personal touch.'

Work highlights

  • Settlement achieved for victim in vicarious liability claim against local authorities for assault by a foster carer.
  • Complex claim for personal injuries arising from child sexual abuse.
  • Child sexual exploitation claim against local authority and police.
  • Serious abuse claim settled against detention centre.
  • Proceedings against local authority for failure to return child to birth family.

Trade union specialist firm Thompsons Solicitors LLP does not act for employers or insurers, meaning it is instead focused on fighting for "the injured and mistreated". The workload is divided between a national 'fast track centre' and a Yorkshire personal injury unit, both of which handle work for the largest and most important trade unions in the country. Natalie Harvey heads up a national unit in Sheffield and deals with accident claims such as slips and trips in the workplace, manual handling injuries and falls from height, while in Leeds, Simon Wood’s expertise is in industrial disease claims.

Practice head(s):Simon Wood; Lois McCaughey; Natalie Harvey

Other key lawyers:Marion Voss; Helen Tomlin


'Thompsons have unrivalled strength in claimant PI work, with a long-established history as the leading trade union firm.'

'Helen Shakespeare is outstanding. She has a sound legal knowledge and excellent client-handling skills, but above all her instincts are always right. She has the innate ability to sense when to settle and when to fight on.'

Work highlights

  • Represented a client who sustained traumatic brain injury in road traffic accident and successfully recovered £3.9m in damages.
  • Represented a client who sustained a brain injury in a pedestrian road traffic accident and recovered £1.4m in damages.
  • Represented a client who was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma and received £200,000 in damages plus private treatment costs for the future.
  • Represented a Client who was diagnosed with lung cancer and was awarded £40,000 damages
  • Represented a client who died of mesothelioma and his estate was awarded £350,000.

Emsleys Solicitors Limited, which has several offices in the Leeds area, has recently expanded its personal injury team into the field of occupational disease work, taking on a number of new lawyers across the UK to handle new workstreams. The firm offers an online service dubbed 'Review My Claim', which helps clients make well-informed decisions about their claim if they are unhappy with the service they are receiving. Road traffic accidents, employers’ and occupiers’ liability and occupational disease are key areas of work for the team, which is led by Andrew Greenwood, a deputy district judge in the High Court and County Court who is lauded for his 'experience, charm and gravitas'.

Practice head(s):Andrew Greenwood


'A small to medium sized firm that really punches above its weight. The serious injury team is led by directors Andrew Greenwood and John Hutchings.'

'Emsleys is led from the front by managing partner Andrew Greenwood. It prides itself on its core values, whereby its employees are valued and encouraged to work as a team. This leads very much to a happy, busy workforce, who are well managed yet independent.'

'Andrew Greenwood brings vast experience, charm and gravitas to bear in the management of claims, securing excellent results for his clients. John Hutchings goes the extra mile for his clients and is lauded by them for his fantastic client management skills and the favourable results he secures on their behalf.'

Work highlights

  • High value claim for a complex pain injury case settled through a Joint Settlement Meeting.
  • Undersettled compensation claim through Review My Claim.
  • Employers’ liability claim including future losses
  • Serious road traffic accident claim
  • Compensation claim for an accident at a college.

The backbone of Minster Law Limited's practice is made up of motor car cases, which constitute 89% of the team's workload. The team handles all types of road traffic accidents, while it is also a market leader in motorcycle claims. The Yorkshire offering is split into ten 'mini-teams' which cover the whole spectrum of personal injury cases. Rachel Di Clemente is head of serious injury and one of a number of APIL accredited members in the team; her areas of expertise include neurotrauma and amputation injuries.

Practice head(s):Rachel Di Clemente; Richard Harwood

Work highlights

  • Client suffered a serious fracture to her right knee resulting in her being admitted to hospital for surgical stabilisation of the fracture before being allowed home wearing a knee brace. The injury has led to early onset degenerative changes in the right knee making a total knee joint replacement inevitable in future years.
  • Advised a client who was on his motorcycle when the third party turned right across his path causing an accident

Morrish Solicitors LLP has a focus on advising trade unions and other membership based associations, which it advises on claims relating to catastrophic injury, spinal and brain injury, road traffic and workplace accidents, occupational disease and product liability. The team is led by Laura Nabozny, who is an active campaigner for improvements in the laws relating to personal injury and the rights of injured accident victims.

Practice head(s):Laura Nabozny

Other key lawyers:Martin Bare

Key Clients

Transport Salaried Staff Association (TSSA)

National Education Union (NEU – ATL Section)

Equity National Association of Racing Staff (NARS)

Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association (HCSA)

British Grooms Association (BGA)

Musicians’ Union Society of Union Employees Social Workers Union (SWU)

Work highlights

  • Represented a client for an injury at work involving asbestos with a settlement of £190,000 agreed.
  • Represented a client who was a member of Unite and was injured at work - a settlement of £174,000 was agreed.
  • Advised a Unite the Union member injured at work - a settlement of £150,000 was agreed.

Taylor & Emmet LLP¬†acts on all types of claims ‚Äď from catastrophic injury and fatal accidents to industrial disease and lower value work. The practice is led by Jonathan Stittle, who is accredited as a senior litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers for his expertise in road traffic, public liability claims and criminal injuries. John Green¬†,¬†who handles cases of all types, including those of maximum severity,¬†is seen as a future head of department.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Stittle

Key Clients

Association of Personal Injury Lawyers

Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel

Work highlights

  • Acted for a client who sustained a serious hip injury following a cycling accident, recovering compensation of just under £200,000 without using counsel.
  • Acting for a seriously injured man whose claim is likely to be valued in the region of £2m.
  • Acted for a woman and her son poisoned by toxic chemicals; a complex claim involving seven defendants.
  • Handled a serious life-changing head injury claim for a man with pre-existing learning difficulties, which was settled for £500,000.
  • Helped an amateur footballer to win more than £200,000 following a bad tackle during a charity match.

Bridge McFarland’s personal injury work is handled by a three-partner team, which, as well as industrial disease and road traffic accident cases, has experience of claims relating to asbestos and mesothelioma. Leanne Keating, who heads up the department, has been a partner for almost 15 years and handles a broad range of claims relating to brain injury and chemical exposures, among others.

Practice head(s):Leanne Keating

Other key lawyers:James Burrell; Kathryn Hudson

Key Clients

Michael O’Neill

Stephen Cottrell

James Robinson

Daniel Edwards

Graysons Solicitors has a very experienced department which deals with the whole spectrum of personal injury work; led by Peter Clark, the team handles public liability and road traffic cases while a smaller, dedicated group specialises in industrial disease, being particularly strong in coal mining, mesothelioma and asbestos litigation. The firm also provides representation at inquests

Practice head(s):Peter Clark

Other key lawyers:Belinda Lancaster; Mark Fisher; Lucy Flynn


'They go the extra mile for clients and are not afraid to run novel cases.'

'Robust but realistic as well as being commercially savvy.'

'A solid choice for any personal injury case, big or small.'

Key Clients

National Accident Helpline

Accidents Direct

Work highlights

  • Won a settlement of £100,000 for a woman who slipped on water at work.  The settlement was won on a 100% basis, despite the defendant asserting contributory negligence.
  • Pursued a claim against a company that had become insolvent and had to be restored, securing a settlement of £70,000 for his client, who had been kicked in the face whilst working for the care home company, resulting in significant and chronic pain.
  • Settled an occupiers’ liability, winning £100,000 for an elderly woman who fell and injured herself.
  • Won compensation for a woman who was bitten by a dog in a grooming parlour when the owner of the parlour had not warned that the dog was dangerous.
  • Pursuing the first appeal made by Graysons against the MIB, which has now gone to a QC, relating to an accident in a petrol forecourt.

Harrowells Solicitors ' longstanding personal injury department is led by Richard Wood and operates for national clients under the CNCI brand name. Its caseload includes claims relating to spinal injury, road traffic accidents and work injuries.

Practice head(s):Richard Wood

Other key lawyers:John Coulson

Specialist personal injury firm Hudgell Solicitors has grown significantly in recent years. The personal injury team is led out of the firm's Hull office by the experienced Jane Woodcock  - who has expertise in coordinating and obtaining substantial rehabilitation packages - and Karen Smith in Leeds, who handles a wide variety of personal injury matters including road traffic accidents, catastrophic accidents, public liability and occupiers’ liability, while also acting for injured professional sportspeople.

Practice head(s):Karen Smith; Jane Woodcock

Work highlights

  • Advised on an ongoing package of financial, physical, emotional and psychological support to a client and his family following a car accident in 2005 which his partner and their daughter were killed.
  • Acted for a client who was left fighting for life after a head-on car crash caused her to suffered compound fractures to both legs, fractures to both knees and hips and nine broken ribs.
  • Acted for a client who suffered an open fracture to his left tibia and fibula in an accident at work.
  • Acted for a client who suffered an amputation of the left arm from the shoulder joint, an open fracture to the right wrist, a fracture to the right hand and a fracture to the left eye socket in an accident at work.
  • Acted for a client who suffered a fracture to his left femur, permanent nerve damage to his right leg, fractured ribs, urinary incontinence and psychological injuries in a road traffic accident.

The claimant personal injury department at Keebles  focuses on claims relating to injuries sustained in accidents and occupational diseases, as well as road traffic accidents and complex cases involving brain injuries. The bulk of the firm's work is led by Owen Brown, who has been a partner at the firm since 2014.

Practice head(s):Owen Brown

Work highlights

  • Represented client in claim against employer following traumatic amputation of eight fingers.
  • Represented client in a claim against a roller-skating rink following an accident while a visitor there.
  • Represented client in a claim against the occupier of a car park following an accident when she slipped and fell due to ice.
  • Represented client in a claim against his employers following an accident at work when a colleague suffered life threatening injuries in front of him, causing him to develop post traumatic stress disorder.

The team at Lupton Fawcett specialises in claims relating to road traffic accidents, public, occupiers' and employers' liability. The practice, which is led by Jack Ferraro, is spread across Leeds, Sheffield and York.

Practice head(s):Jack Ferraro

Other key lawyers:Jackie Rowe


'My case with Lupton Fawcett  was handled in a very professional manner from start to finish. There was always a voice and the end of the phone to answer all my queries or concerns that I may of had. Every query was answered with a very satisfactory answer and at no time did I feel uneasy or worried about my claim.

'The firm treated me like a member of their family. Everyone who helped out with my claim obviously worked well as a team to get the best results possible for me and myself and my family are extremely grateful for that.'

Work highlights

  • A claim under Law Reforms (miscellaneous provisions) Act 1934 and a dependency claim under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976.
  • The claimant, a pedestrian, was suddenly struck with some force by a scooter having lost control.
  • Claimant signalled and began his overtaking manoeuvre when the Defendant suddenly and without warning, turned across the claimants path.
  • The Claimant was carrying out building works at a construction site, he was instructed to demolish a concrete wall using a hammer drill when a section of the wall collapsed onto the Claimant causing injury.
  • Claimant was footing the ladder for a colleague when a gust of wind caught the ladder and trapped the Claimant’s wrist

The Asbestos Law Partnership LLP is a boutique asbestos disease firm for claimants, set up in 2017 by the 'assiduous' Helen Wilson, 'thorough and helpful' Paul Glanville and the 'standout' Fozia Hussain , who were all previously partners at a niche asbestos practice prior to its acquisition by Slater and Gordon in 2013. The firm has a presence in Halifax, Birmingham and has recently expended into Manchester. A key goal of the practice is secure rapid resolution of claims, with the team aiming to take cases to conclusion within three to six months of instruction.


'Very focused and experienced.'

'Dedicated to getting the client the best and timely compensation.'

Key Clients

Asbestos Support Central England

Sheffield & Rotherham Asbestos Support Group (SARAG)

Cumbria & Lancashire Asbestos Support & Advice Group (CLASAG)

Greater Manchester Asbestos Victim Support Group (GMAVSG)

Mesothelioma Support Yorkshire (Messy)

Asbestos Support Central England

Sheffield & Rotherham Asbestos Support Group (SARAG)

Cumbria & Lancashire Asbestos Support & Advice Group (CLASAG)

Greater Manchester Asbestos Victim Support Group (GMAVSG)

Work highlights

  • Advised on six-figure mesothelioma settlement within six months for single man.
  • Secured £145,000 award for mesothelioma following exposure as a schoolchild visiting factory.
  • Secured provisional damages claim for client living in Canada for pleural thickening with potential limitation issues.
  • Mesothelioma case settled for £400,000 involving payment for immunotherapy.
  • Disputed mesothelioma claim for a single man exposed as a school leaver.

Howells’ personal injury practice draws on department head Sharon Rinaldi’s 18 years’ post-qualification experience. She is a member of the Law Society Panel and of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and works with paralegal Lesley Dixon to offer assistance on all types of claims including high value and complex cases.

Practice head(s):Sharon Rinaldi

Ramsdens has a small personal injury team that deals with occupational, incident, road and spinal injury cases. Former Emsleys Solicitors Limited director Natalie Marrison joined the firm in late 2017 to establish an abuse team, which handles proceedings relating to physical and sexual abuse against private institutions and establishments. She is supported by partner Steven Singh, who heads the commercial dispute resolution department, which the personal injury team is part of.

Practice head(s):Natalie Marrison

Other key lawyers:Anne Scott


'The team work with their client's needs as central to everything they do. They are professional, responsive, timely and realistic in their advice and deadlines'.

'Clients respect them and their advice and they work holistically across all departments to deliver the best outcome for their clients at all times'.

'Put simply they deliver what they say in the best way possible with a professional approach and in a timely manner'.

Work highlights

  • Acted for a Claimant who was injured in a work place accident. Case was settled for £565k.

Personal injury: defendant

DAC Beachcroft LLP has a large and evolving presence in Leeds, with heavy volumes of work and a breadth of expertise marking it out as a top player in the regional market. The firm undertakes work across the whole spectrum, from severe and catastrophic injuries to motor cases, as well as claims in emerging areas such as accidents involving animals, amputations and chronic pain. The latter is an area of expertise for Andrea Drew, who was promoted to partner in mid-2018. Catastrophic injury specialist Owen Rees left to join DWF later in the year.

Practice head(s):Vicky Hilton; William Potts; James Tallant

Other key lawyers:Andrew Drew

Key Clients

Allianz Insurance

Aviva Insurance

AXA Insurance



NHS Resolution

Zurich Insurance

Work highlights

  • Represented the defendant in an employers' liability spinal injury claim, achieving a settlement on the basis that the claimant's injury alleged spinal injury (which was causing him to use a wheelchair) was the manifestation of symptoms of a psychological condition and would resolve on the conclusion of the litigation.
  • Secured an indemnity from a contractor whose workmanship had led to the claimant suffering a brain injury when struck by falling roof tiles.
  • Settlement achieved for mesothelioma claimant securing payment of ongoing treatment.

DWF's 'technically strong and vastly experienced' team has a particular focus on insurance clients, offering an extensive portfolio of services. The practice’s legal offering is enhanced by a 24/7 crisis response service, an in-house accident reconstruction engineer and a team of medical rehabilitation managers, while the firm also boasts an in-house advocacy team, forensic accountants and specialist legal costs draftsmen to provide a more rounded service to clients. In late 2018 the practice received a significant boost with the arrival of Owen Rees from DAC Beachcroft LLP.

Practice head(s):David Rogers; Richard Parker

Other key lawyers:Owen Rees


'Other firms do not have the same extent or depth of knowledge and experience.'

'A close-knit team operating to high standards and producing consistently good results.'

'They are highly motivated to deliver a quality service - conscientious with an obvious pride in their work.'

'Strong technically and strong negotiators - robust where appropriate but also commercially aware.'

'Daniel Jordan is definitely a name to watch out for. He is professional, articulate and strong in all areas - an outstanding ambassador for the future of DWF.

'Paul Davies is very well respected and will always go the extra mile to get a result. He is absolutely passionate about his job and always puts the client first.'

'Paul Greaves is experienced, respected and understands client needs and always delivers excellent service.'

'Glyn Jones is respected throughout the world of insurance for his experience, his sureness of touch and his quickness to grasp the commercial realities of any claim.'

I have done a lot of work with Richard Welsh (senior associate). He is an excellent lawyer with great litigation instincts.

Helen Elsworth

quite exceptional service provided seamlessly and always provides value for money

Key Clients








Gallagher Bassett


Department of Transport

Work highlights

  • Represented a professional rugby union club in litigation brought by a former player for concussion suffered during play. Achieved discontinuance of the action.
  • Acted for an insurer in defending a case of alleged micro diffuse axonal injury with loss of capacity. The dispute was settled for a third of the damages claimed.
  • Advised on a strike-out of claim worth potentially £500,000 as an abuse of process.
  • Represented the Department for Transport at trial on an asbestos related case pleaded at worth in excess of £2m.
  • Represented Ageas Insurance in relation to a dispute as to whether there was a binding settlement at stage 2 of the MOJ portal for low value personal injury claims.

Kennedys' Sheffield-based practice comprises of a variety of teams with specific competences. Disease, motor, child abuse and neglect and emergency services are a few of the practice areas covered for an ever-increasing client base of local authorities, public bodies and retailers, among others. The firm also has a strong focus on innovation and technology, with members of the personal injury department involved in innovative projects such as the development of an online litigation management system, KLAiM, and an incident investigation tool, @Scene. The hugely experienced Suzanne Liversidge  heads up the Sheffield office.

Practice head(s):Suzanne Liversidge

Other key lawyers:Niall Edwards; Cameron Clark


'Work is always done in an efficient and timely manner. Advice is clear and knowledge of the appropriate law is very good.'

'The strong core team is reliable and have a great deal of expertise in their subject areas. They are friendly but professional and believe in building relationships with clients so it becomes a real team effort.'

'The team has excellent strength in depth. There is always someone available who can assist. They take the time to get to know you and have the personal touch when investigating claims. They give sound commercial advice. They are very supportive with witnesses.'

'Angela Merad has considerable experience - she is very thorough in her investigations; she is very efficient and her advice is clear and concise.'

'Louise Bedford is very competent and I entirely trust her judgement.'

'Dan Couldrey has developed so much over the last couple of years and is real partner material. He is enthusiastic, extremely helpful and knowledgeable.'

Key Clients


Endsleigh Insurance Services

Mitie Group Plc

Veolia Environmental Services Ltd

Arcadia Group Ltd

Cleveland Potash Limited

Gallagher Bassett


Arla Foods

Riverstone Management Ltd

Nottinghamshire Tramlink

West Midlands Combined Authority


Work highlights

  • Advised on a claim against an independent body for assault and battery, loss of liberty, loss of business and psychiatric damage. At court, the claimant failed to beat Kennedy’s low Part 36 offer and was awarded only £6,000. The claimant was ordered to pay our costs.
  • The claimant made a claim for £850,000, claiming she had developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome as a result of having to lift heavy boxes of folders. Kennedys pleaded fundamental dishonesty.

Plexus Law’s Leeds office is its largest in the UK, and it deals with the majority of the personal injury claims that the firm takes on nationally. Its wide client base includes a number of major insurers and corporates, as well as public sector clients and government departments, most of which are assigned a dedicated team on the basis of its experience and suitability. Anthony Baker  is head of the team and specialises in work-related stress claims.

Practice head(s):Anthony Baker

Other key lawyers:Chris Foulkes; Sally Richmond; Gary Petterson


'A no nonsense, practical approach - advice is clear and confident. Case preparation is performed with skill and efficiency. Their litigation is conducted with insight and good judgement.'

'Anthony Baker and Jarrod Parker are sensible and effective litigators with a direct, no-nonsense manner.'

'Anthony Baker gives commercially excellent advice and considers all aspects of the matters before giving an opinion. He always strives to deliver the best result for clients.'

'Tom Silson is a subject matter expert for local authority Highways Act claims.'

'Associate Tom Middlebrough understands our business - he is an excellent relationship builder.'

Key Clients



Tesco Stores Limited

The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis






Whirlpool UK Appliance Ltd

UK Power Networks


Bolton County Council


Galliford Try

Dyer & Butler

XL Catlin

WR Berkley Offshore

Work highlights

  • Advised a construction company whose employee developed laryngeal dystonia following an electrical fire during a construction project.
  • Acted for a defendant in a case wich saw a £1m claim for functional neurological disorder settled for £15,000.
  • Defeated a £250,000 claim by successful strike out application.
  • Acted for a large white goods manufacturer in relation to a large claim following a fire at a public house in Wales.

Insurers, corporates and public bodies alike tap into BLM’s expertise for advice on various types of claims, such as those involving fatalities, severe bodily and spinal injuries and stress. The firm also operates a catastrophic injury group led by Andrew Hibbert , comprising of nine sub-groups, each focusing on specific strategies to tackle catastrophic injury related topics such as periodical payments orders, subtle or severe brain injury, court of protection and mental issues. The firm also provides a specialist costs recovery unit.

Practice head(s):Henry Kirkup

Other key lawyers:Arion Jones

Key Clients

Fusion Insurance Services

Towergate Commercial Underwriting


Zurich Insurance plc

Pen Underwriting plc


One Insurance Limited

Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

Sompo International

Work highlights

  • Advised on a case in which the claimant, who was employed by defendant, had dropped a cling film holder onto her arm. She alleges she suffers complex regional pain syndrome but the defendant’s evidence suggested the claimant has developed a somatoform disorder.
  • Claimant was driving a landrover with an extending platform fitted to the back, when he overturned the vehicle going around a bend.
  • Claimant alleged she had been hurt whilst on ride at defendant’s theme park.
  • Acted on behalf of a manufacturing company in a claim relating to an upper limb injury claimed to have developed as a consequence of the claimant’s employment. The case was successfully defended to trial.
  • Instructed in claim for damages for brain injury and internal injuries by celebrity following charity bike ride.

CMS's 2017 merger with Nabarro and Olswang significantly ramped up the number of lawyers at the firm with expertise in personal injury defendant work, spread across six UK offices in Sheffield, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Bristol, London and Glasgow. The practice does not act for insurers, and as a consequence, does not feature on panels as a matter of choice. The team's forte is acting for large self-insureds on life science and healthcare claims, especially legacy disease (asbestos related), psychiatric injury, stress and noise induced hearing loss claims; the energy sector is another key area for the firm. Carl Dray  heads up the personal injury offering in Sheffield.

Practice head(s):Carl Dray

Other key lawyers:Tim Riordan

Key Clients




Coal Products Limited

Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy

Electric Insurance

Electrical Contractors’ Insurance Company

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

GE Aviation

GE Oil & Gas Pressure Control Limited


Imperial Chemical Industries PLC

Work highlights

  • Represented the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy and Coal Products in defending group litigation from coke works.
  • Advised the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy on a matter concerning exposure to dust fumes which caused COPD, CB and death by lung cancer and for asbestos dust causing pleural thickening.
  • Advised leading building materials group Tarmac on a workplace accident claim.

The personal injury defendant department at Forbes Solicitors is geographically distributed between Manchester (fraud and disease), Blackburn (social services and abuse claims and complex claims) and Leeds. In Leeds, the 'extremely knowledgeable and passionate' Siobhan Hardy is joint head of insurance and head of retail, an area that has strong recent expansion with the addition of key national clients. The firm at large focuses mainly on the public sector, which represents 50% of its entire activity.

Practice head(s):Siobhan Hardy

Other key lawyers:Chris Booth


'Forbes by far outweighs other firms as their customer service is absolutely excellent.'

'Communication is fantastic and their desire to do the very best they can is always evident.'

'Their honesty, integrity and help to introduce a smarter way of working is admirable.'

Key Clients

Zurich Insurance

Travelers Insurance


Cunningham Lindsay Construction t/a Sedgwicks

SportsCover Europe

Lloyds Syndicate 2525

Gallagher Bassett



Calderdale MBC

Coast and Country Housing

Doncaster MBC

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended a claim for Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council on causation grounds due to inconsistencies identified in the claimant’s case.
  • Successfully defended a highways claim for Newcastle City Council in which fundamental dishonesty was established.
  • Advised on an employer’s liability claim for Asda which alleged that the design and build of the store was such that the claimant was placed at unnecessary risk of injury from snowfall from the roof.
  • Successfully defended Oldham Council at trial in an alleged defective equipment claim, post the coming into force of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013.
  • Instructed to act in group of 80 personal injury claims arising out of allegations of Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham.

At Gordons LLP , the focus is on making the claims handling process as efficient as possible. By engaging a litigator at the front end of the process and getting legal input in the early stages, the team achieves better results for its clients and reduces costs. The firm, which has a longstanding relationship with key client WM Morrison Supermarkets, operates in sectors such as retail, manufacturing and logistics, with personal injury head Rachel Hudson leading on much of the practice's key work.

Practice head(s):Rachel Hudson

Other key lawyers:Lisa Brough


'The whole team work well together and give help and advice on how to improve the safety culture to reduce claims going forward.'

Key Clients

B & M Retail Limited

Integra Insurance Solutions Ltd

Hermes Parcelnet Limited

William Cook Limited

Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC

Heron Foods Limited

Work highlights

  • Successful defence at trial of a £1.5m injury claim

Langleys Solicitors LLP's recent organic growth has brought about a rebranding and an expansion into Manchester, where the new office will house eight to twelve insurance lawyers. The firm's York-based team is sought out by a national client base, both public and private, to deal with catastrophic and high profile claims, regulatory and counter-fraud matters. Practice head David Thompson is renowned for handling complex cases of chronic conditions, serious brain and spinal injuries, paraplegia, tetraplegia and amputations.

Practice head(s):David Thompson

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Howitt


'Unlike many corporate lawyers, Langleys understand economics and the importance of finding a simple solution to a complex matter.'

'Langleys have an excellent team who build good relationships with insurers and provide a first class service to match their bigger rivals. I really rate them very highly; the quality of their people and the service they provide easily matches their bigger rivals in the defendant PI market.'

'They are highly commercial and realistically minded. They understand insurers and their real priorities. They know how to provide swift valuations and swift solutions. Insurer clients speak very highly of their services.'

'Langleys have specialisms in a number of different areas and in each area, deal with cases of high value. They have an impressive client list and from the most junior associate to the most senior partner, deliver a knowledgeable, commercial, responsive and friendly service. For a relatively small firm in the north of England, they deal with a large number of significant cases and are the equal of any of the larger London firms. Their strength in personal injury is particularly marked.'

'Carol Dalton has an impressive knowledge of stress at work claims and is adept at dealing with the particular commercial and sensitive considerations of local authority clients. She is efficient and responsive, very approachable and is very adept at negotiating excellent settlements for her clients. She is very easy to work with and an excellent team player.'

'Will Jones is an outstanding partner, who produces consistently good results for clients. He is a pleasure to work with.'

'Tom Spring is a very bright and articulate lawyer. He always performs at the highest of standards. His instructions are a step above the rest and he performs at a consistently excellent level.'

'Huw Edwards is a really first rate defendant PI lawyer who is superb with clients and has a very tactical and grounded approach to litigation. Fantastic to work with.'

'Will Jones is an excellent partner who is fantastic to work with.

'Emma Cahill is probably the best associate I deal with across all of the defendant personal injury firms. Incredibly hardworking and assiduous as well having an excellent knowledge in the field.'

'David Thompson provides a prompt service and delivers excellent results. His work is detailed and thorough - an invaluable resource.'

Key Clients

Syndicate 2525

Everest Syndicate 2786

Builders Direct S.A.

DTW 1991 Underwriting Limited

Brit Global Specialty

Tokio Marine Kiln

RiverStone Insurance (UK) Limited

UK General Insurance

Rural Insurance

Aspen Insurance

North Yorkshire County Council


Pen Underwriting

Probitas 1492

Tokio Marine HCC

Vodafone Ltd

Aioi Nissay Dowa

Lyndon Scaffolding plc

City of York Council

Work highlights

  • Represented the defendant, Grafton, in a criminal prosecution, securing a fine of £70,000 against a guideline fine of up to £750,000.
  • Represented the defendant, Brit Global Specialty, in an HSE prosecution, following a fatal accident, securing a fine of £45,000 against a potential starting point for the fine of £950,000.
  • Secured the strike out for Dual Specialty Risks of a claim with potential of around £200,000 following the claimant’s procedural failings.
  • Represented defendant security company RiverStone Insurance in a claim for around £850,000 against allegations that unnecessary and excessive force was used to restrain him.
  • Secured the strike out of a claim for RiverStone Insurance on the grounds of fundamental dishonesty, recovering the defendant’s costs.

The practice at Weightmans breaks down into eight personal injury practice areas: disease, large loss, commercial insurance, motor, fraud, local government, casualty and costs. The large team in Leeds acts for leading insurer clients, whose volumes of claims often require a separate group of individual lawyers exclusively assigned to them. Dealing with the full spectrum of injury, local government, social welfare, property and disease claims, the firm also represents numerous FTSE 100 companies, PLCs and large private and public organisations. Team head Blaise Smith works on cases up from County Court to the Supreme Court.

Practice head(s):Blaise Smith

Other key lawyers:Jim Byard; Iain Davison; Lindsay Staddon

Key Clients


East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Durham County Council

Leeds City Council



Work highlights

  • Advised on fatal mesothelioma assessment of damages in the RCJ in November 2018, acting for major EL insurer.
  • Advised on chronic pain/fibromyalgia type claim from a road traffic accident.
  • Instructed on behalf of a local authority client’s social services department to defend a claim of alleged sexual exploitation whilst in care.

BC Legal is a boutique occupational injury firm which defends insurers, corporate bodies and local authorities in personal injury litigation. While the market has been consolidating in the hands of bigger players, the firm is seeing more high-profile and higher value catastrophic litigation claims. Department heads Gary Brankin and Darren Goldthorpe are not partners, but share in profit derived from their clients, translating into significantly lower hourly rates.

Practice head(s):Gary Brankin; Darren Goldthorpe

Other key lawyers:Harjinder Gill


'BC Legal covers all aspects of personal injury claims but their in-depth knowledge of disease claims is both detailed and educational.'

'A niche firm of quality.'

'Excellent technical knowledge of the issues facing insurers in the occupational disease arena combined with a good commercial awareness adds up to good 'common sense' advice. Excellent client care, always prepared to go the extra mile, whether providing informal advice on minor of issues to detailed consideration of major strategic issues.'

Key Clients

BAI Claims Services






CPA Adjusting

Croda PLC

Work highlights

  • Acted in the Court of Appeal on the instruction of Zurich and Resolute Management on a strategic costs point on recoverability of defence costs from the claimant's damages.
  • Acted for BAI Claims on the successful defence of a claim for thickening of the pleura of the lung.
  • Acted for BAI Claims in the High Court disputing the recoverability and mechanism of payment, of pioneering immunotherapy treatment for cancer of the lung.
  • Instructed by Generali to defend a claim for carpal tunnel syndrome caused by tool usage.
  • Advised CPA Adjusting/Zurich on a claim for chest symptoms from cleaning fluids on sandwich boards.

Professional negligence: claimant

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  3. Next Generation Partners
  4. Rising stars

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Addleshaw Goddard's strong Leeds office carries out work on a regional, national and international level. Construction-related litigation is an area of particular focus, particularly in the aftermath of the Grenfell tragedy ‚Äď although unlike some of its competitors, the practice does not focus on one particular practice area. The team, which is led by head of litigation north¬†Sally Emerton, works in tandem with the wider firm's commercial litigation bench to pursue professional negligence claims for commercial clients across many business sectors, including an impressive roster of banks and building societies.

Practice head(s):Sally Emerton

Other key lawyers:Joe Wilkinson; Bill Gilliam

Work highlights

  • Advised the freeholder in relation to a claim for breach of contract / in negligence against the architect in relation to the impact on the microclimate around a new building, which led to in increased wind speeds.
  • Successfully represented a manufacturing business in relation to a complicated tri-party action involving numerous cross claims concerning the procurement, design, installation and commissioning of a combined heat and power unit.
  • Successfully advised a banking client on a complex claim against commercial property surveyors in a claim arising out of a series of defective valuations of commercial property.
  • Acting in a high value professional negligence claim against a well-known valuation firm arising out of their valuation of a multimillion-pound collateral security.
  • Claim against a top-tier commercial real estate and investment services firm which over-valued two student halls of residence as part of a £10m commercial real estate transaction.

DLA Piper UK LLP’s professional negligence offering is primarily dedicated to banking institutions. The team, which is based in the international firm's Leeds office, handles high value claims arising out of commercial lending, both for claimant and defendant banks, building societies and other lenders. The sizeable team is well-established and counts on the experience of many widely recognised individuals, including consultant Hugh Evans and Leeds litigation and regulatory head Adam Ibrahim. The practice's other areas of expertise include conspiracy, mis-selling, companies forced into insolvency and poor consumer credit advice.

Practice head(s):Hugh Evans; Adam Ibrahim

Other key lawyers:David Young

Key Clients

Bank of Ireland

Lloyds Banking Group

The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (including NatWest)


Leeds Building Society

GE Capital

Walker Morris LLP has a notably large professional negligence team covering a plethora of areas of work. The 14-partner practice advises financial institutions and other companies on claims regarding fraud, money laundering and cybercrime; the practice is also sought out by lenders, borrowers and investors involved in cases relating to defective construction, while it also has expertise in multi-party disputes. The firm's already strong client base is continuing to expanding to include overseas clients involved in claims against conveyancing solicitors back in the UK.

Practice head(s):Rob Aberdein; Andrew Beck; Gwendoline Davies; Paul Hargreaves; Nick Lees; Louise Power; Richard Sandford; Martin Scott; Malcolm Simpson


'Very experienced and knowledgeable professionals with high integrity.'

'Knowledgeable and professional, and also very caring.'

'They show strong logical thinking and excellent analytical skills.'

'Team members are detailed in their analysis, intelligent and of good judgement.'

Key Clients

Lloyds Banking Group


Accord Mortgages Limited

Bank of Ireland

Leeds Building Society

Yorkshire Building Society


Taylor Wimpey plc

Work highlights

  • Advised on a claim for over £13m by a group of claimants against three sets of solicitors for negligence arising from conveyancing transactions, on the basis that inter alia the defendants were negligent in failing to ensure that the claimants' deposits were protected.
  • Advising on all aspects of a multi-party claim including liability and quantum plus ancillary advice to international clients regarding the English legal system and processes.
  • Acting for a lender in a mortgage fraud and negligence claim arising from 80 transactions involving a solicitor's wife and a close friend worth over £6m.
  • Acting for a lender in one of the largest mortgage frauds to hit the Welsh residential market.  
  • Acting for a lender in the prevention of a large scale mortgage fraud worth £50m and the recovery of mortgage advances from fraudulent and negligent solicitors.

The practice at 3volution Limited generally acts on claims involving banks, solicitors, pensions professionals and accountants. Tim Stone, who co-founded the firm in 2011, has a particular focus on pensions-related disputes, as well as contractual, shareholder and warranty claims.

Practice head(s):Tim Stone

Key Clients

TMD Friction UK Limited

Univer Manufacturing Co Limited

Fresh Pastures CIC

Omega Atlantic Limited

Mr Mark Grafton and RE Grafton Limited

Nexus Vehicle Management Limited

TSA Service Limited

Irwin Mitchell's professional negligence department in Sheffield delivers 'fantastic results', drawing on the firm's national brand and collaborating with lawyers in the firm's London and Manchester office. The practice represents both corporate clients and individuals against solicitors, barristers, construction professionals, financial advisers and accountants. Particular focus is put on claimant (non-lender) insurance tax, rather than more regional and traditional commercial litigation work. Natasha Guthrie, who supervises all instructions in Sheffield, is lauded for her 'excellent manner with clients.'

Practice head(s):Steven Beahan; Natasha Guthrie


'Great technical knowledge and ability to progress claims efficiently.'

Key Clients

Arc Legal Assistance Ltd

Aviva Insurance

Axa Insurance

Abbey Taylor Limited

Aegus Insurance

DAS UK Group Limited


Wilson Field Limited

Begbies Traynor LLP

LIM Insurance

Lupton Fawcett has the capacity to handle a variety of complex professional negligence disputes of the highest value, including contractual, shareholder and partnership disputes, civil fraud and property matters.

Other key lawyers:Arif Khalfe; Simon Lockley

Key Clients

Seabrook Crisps




TNT Fireworks

Yorkshire Cancer Research

Hand Picked Hotels

Chaucer Foods Limited

York Mailing Group Limited

Survey Roofing

Work highlights

  • Successfuly advised on seven-figure claim against client’s former surveyors.
  • Advising on a claim against Pinsent Masons over the firm's negligent failure to advise the client to take active steps to counter a neighbour’s claim for adverse possession of valuable land adjoining our client’s property.
  • Instructed in relation to a professional negligence claim against consulting civil engineers on behalf of a large regional housing developer.
  • Acting in a legally complex claim brought by a residential developer against a building firm.

Blacks Solicitors LLP's professional negligence team regularly handles claims against solicitors, accountants and surveyors; it includes partner Luke Patel, who heads up the commercial dispute resolution and personal injury and medical negligence teams, and solicitor Yat Wong, who is well versed in litigating cases.

Practice head(s):Luke Patel

The team at Gordons LLP has undergone some changes over the past year, reducing its previous focus on buy-to-let mortgage lenders. The team now increasingly focuses on financial services and pensions-related claims, in particular against solicitors, valuers and corporate trustees.

Key Clients

Goldcrest Finance Limited

Goldcrest Distribution Limited

James Hay Pension Trustees Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a clearing bank in a claim brought against it and the valuer commissioned by it, by two guarantors in respect of commercial lending and successfully obtaining summary judgment.
  • Advised on a group claim for 53 individuals against a former firm of solicitors for more than £660,000.
  • Acting for six estates in professional negligence claims against a former firm of solicitors, concerning the misappropriation of funds by a former partner for a value in excess of £1m.
  • Acting for a corporate SIPP trustee which faced two High Court actions in Manchester by a SIPP scheme’s current trustee and the scheme Member, essentially alleging negligence and breach of duty in relation to an alleged failure to collect commercial rent arrears and to complete distraint many years earlier.

Keystone Law’s Yorkshire professional negligence offering is led by Leeds-based solicitor Jonathan Watmough. His substantial experience includes working for indemnity insurers, while he has also previously acted on the defendant side, meaning he has extra insight to offer clients. He mainly acts in tax-related cases against accountants and insurance brokers, while conveyancing claims are also a key source of work.

Key Clients

Gable Homes Limited

Simon Philips

Lawrence Botsoff

Argo Managing Agency Limited

Absolutely Anything Plc

Agneet Sky Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a developer in a claim against an architect in relation to delays that caused loss and significant expense to the client.
  • Acting on a dispute with a consultant, contractor, and BBS Building Control over the construction of the roof of an indoor swimming pool.
  • Advising on a high-value dispute against an estate agent involving the sale of a prime London residential property.
  • Advising on insurance coverage disputes and professional negligence claims against various insurance brokers.
  • Advised on a professional negligence claim against White & Co, Ben White and Over Private Clients Ltd and others.

LCF Law‚Äôs professional negligence practice is split across the firm's Leeds and Bradford offices. The departments are particularly noted for their specialisation in the litigation of property and financial matters ‚Äď areas in which practice heads¬†Ragan Montgomery¬†¬†and Charles Abraham¬†are knowledgeable. The duo also handle claims in a number of other sectors too, including a significant amount involving solicitors and accountants.

Practice head(s):Charles Abraham; Ragan Montgomery

Work highlights

  • Representing a car industry executive in pursuing a professional negligence claim against his former tax advisers arising from a HMRC investigation.
  • Aadvising the executors of an estate in pursuing a negligence claim against a firm of solicitors concerning inheritance tax liabilities arising from a trust deed.
  • Successfully represented a doctor in respect of a professional negligence claim against her former solicitors following her purchase of a long lease of a residential property.
  • Represented an individual in relation to a claim against his former solicitors in respect of litigation advice received in a High Court claim.

Shoosmiths LLP’s nascent Leeds office is now becoming a magnet for professional negligence claimant work, acting for clients including banks and financial institutions. The team has moved to address clients' cost concerns by developing a system enabling them to bring multiple claims against defendants and grouped claims to be run in the same action. Matthew Howarth, who heads up the practice, has been acting on claimant lender professional negligence claims since the mid-1990s, acting on standalone, and grouped litigation claims bringing multiple claims against defendants.

Practice head(s):Matthew Howarth

Key Clients

Mortgage Trust Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised on long-running claim against a firm of solicitors where it is alleged that the firm failed to advise Mortgage Trust of the true nature of the applications it was funding.
  • Acted on claim against former legal advisers for failing to properly advise on a professional negligence claim against a firm of solicitors acting on a buy to let transaction.
  • Advised on valuer claim against firm of valuers in their valuation of buy to let property.
  • Instructed by HDI Gerling to defend its insured, global chemicals group BASF, against a high value claim against multiple defendants for catastrophic personal injuries after a contractor fell several metres into a sump at their factory.

Professional negligence: defendant

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DAC Beachcroft LLP's North East and Yorkshire professional and financial risks team, which is split across Leeds and Newcastle, acts for all of the major UK PI insurers, as well as financial institutions, construction companies and major players in the property world. Duncan Greenwood specialises in claims against property professionals, solicitors and insurance brokers, while fellow Leeds partner Suzanne Wharton  focuses on high value complex claims against solicitors and financial services professionals.

Practice head(s):Suzanne Wharton

Other key lawyers:Duncan Greenwood


'The firm knows what we want and delivers on it. Great subject knowledge.'

'Excellent client relationships. Legally proficient yet realistic and commercial. Great strength in depth.'

'A disciplined, honest and very experienced team; very perceptive and commercially astute.'

Key Clients

Zurich Professional & Financial Lines

Markel (UK) Limited

Travelers Insurance Company

International Insurance Company of Hannover SE

QBE European Operations FSM

Countrywide Plc


CNA Hardy

Manchester Underwriting Management / IGI


MS Amlin

Tokio Marine HCC

Global Risk Partners

Work highlights

  • Acting for a Lloyd’s insurer in relation to a complex policy coverage dispute arising from design of a number of wind farms.
  • Acting for a firm of tax advisers and their insurers in the defence of a £35m claim arising out of a failed property investment club.
  • Acting for an offshore law firm who were retained by a City firm and its client to act in a trusts dispute.
  • Instructed by an electrical engineering contractor to defend a claim concerning the outbreak of a fire at Gemini Retail Park in Warrington.
  • Acting for a firm of chartered surveyors in defence of a claim concerning an alleged negligent expert determination.

Mills & Reeve LLP's Leeds team specialise in professional negligence litigation for defendants and their insurers, handling work in sectors including financial services, construction, engineering and medical product liability. The department routinely acts for large professional firms in claims against insurance brokers, pensions and construction professionals and lawyers.

Practice head(s):Neil Howes

Other key lawyers:Matthew Liston

Key Clients

Pen Underwriting

Travelers Insurance Company (recent appointment to core panel)

Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund

XL Catlin Insurance

CNA Hardy Insurance (panel reappointment)

Navigators Pro

AmTrust Europe

International Insurance Company of Hannover

Chancery Pii

Work highlights

  • Instructed by a northeast firm of solicitors facing a claim from a former client in respect of an offshore tax avoidance structure.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s Leeds practice is part of a national insurance disputes team covering professional risks for a wide range of clients, including solicitors, barristers, surveyors, architects, engineers, construction contractors, IFAs, accountants, brokers, IT professionals, pensions professionals and estate agents. The team is led by the 'exceedingly practical and commercially minded' Karen Eckstein, who combines her expertise in accountancy professional indemnity litigation with a background as a chartered tax adviser, as well contentious trust and probate experience.

Practice head(s):Karen Eckstein


'Always very approachable - knowledgeable, with a can-do attitude.'

'Each and every member of the team are kind and considerate and make our engagement a pleasure.'

'Karen Eckstein is well known as being highly regarded in this type of work.'

'Karen Eckstein's  knowledge of tax law is exemplary. She is exceedingly practical and commercially minded.'

'The unique blend of both tax and legal experience means that a more rounded view can be taken rather than just a legalistic view.'

'Each and every member of the team are kind and considerate and make our engagement a pleasure. I honestly cannot think of a time when i have been left confused or unhappy after a discussion with them.'

'Karen Eckstein has built a formidable and well-deserved reputation defending accountants and tax advisers. She is never daunted, no matter how complex the underlying dispute appears to be. She makes very complicated tax disputes very simple to understand.'

Key Clients

AIG (Current Leeds/national client)

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