Clinical negligence and personal injury: claimant in Yorkshire And The Humber
The team at Atherton Godfrey LLP in Doncaster includes members with a medical background, and has the capacity to deal with a variety of claims, such as those involving birth injuries. Litigation head John McQuater oversees both the personal injury and clinical negligence practices; Diane Parker is head of personal injury.
Bridge McFarland LLP
Lorraine Taylor and Leanne Keating head the clinical negligence and personal injury litigation departments at BRIDGE MCFARLAND LLP respectively. The clinical negligence team has experience of a wide spectrum of cases, covering birth injuries, brain injuries, orthopaedic, cauda equina cases, gynaecology, general surgery, oncology, colo-rectal, gastroenterology, pressure sores, inquest representation and infant loss. In addition to complex and catastrophic injury work, the personal injury team have specific niche experience in diverse areas such as maritime and shipping work as well as asbestos - particularly mesothelioma - work.
‘Professional and diligent. Excellent service. Real people skills.’
‘Lorraine Taylor and Staci Liversedge are outstanding, professional, approachable and have much empathy.’
‘The individuals I work with have expertise and also common sense. They have empathy with their clients.
‘Lorraine Taylor is particularly efficient and helpful.’
‘The team are very good at explaining the processes and next steps, they have been very honest about the process as to not get our hopes up about a successful claim.’
‘The practice is unique due to its friendly but professional staff. The relationship with the staff was very easy due to this and facilitated the whole process. Compared to other firms, I believe they have excellent people skills.’
‘Professional and kind.’
‘The team at Bridge McFarland develop a personal relationship with their advisers. They are consistent in their approach and reply promptly to communications.’
- Took over a matter concerning a patient with cerebral palsy from a leading national clinical negligence firm who had discontinued the matter due to low prospects. Carried out own investigations, submitted a letter of claim and received full admission of liability.
- Advised client who felt that their case had not been properly investigated. Investigations were carried out, supportive evidence was obtained, a letter of claim was put forward and a settlement was agreed.
- Advised on a Cauda Equina case with allegations of substandard treatment. The case ultimately settled for a significant sum.
Chadwick Lawrence LLP Solicitors
Tony May, a specialist in cerebral palsy and birth related cases, heads the medical negligence department at Chadwick Lawrence LLP Solicitors in Huddersfield. The team is comprised of lawyers specialising solely in clinical negligence and representing clients who have suffered serious, complex or catastrophic injuries.
Other key lawyers:
‘I felt they were very efficient in dealing with my enquiry. I can email whenever and always get quick updates.’
‘They are efficient and don’t drag their feet like some other solicitors.’
‘The service I received was second to none and I couldn’t fault the work of Jacqueline Vance – she explained everything in a simple and easy to understand way at every stage. She always kept me updated on how things were going and was very thoughtful and always put me at ease. She was very easy to talk to and never made me feel like I was wasting her time. I couldn’t have made a better choice of solicitors and have highly recommended them to friends and others.’
‘Jacqueline Vance is very helpful and a pleasure to work with.’
‘An excellent firm of solicitors.’
Emsleys Solicitors Limited
Leeds-based Emsleys Solicitors Limited offers a 'Review My Claim' service, created by 'forward-thinking' personal injury head Andrew Greenwood. This aims to attract new business from clients who have issues with the way their case is currently being handled, looking at four key scenarios: under-settled cases; cases where the client is unhappy with their solicitor; professional negligence cases; and when the client has been told their case holds no merit. Reviews are free and the firm provides an informed opinion on whether the client has a justifiable claim or if the compensation offer is reasonable.
‘A well organised and well run practice, with the personal injury department split into different teams for pre- and post-litigation fast track work, making for efficient working practices. Multi-track work is performed by a number of experienced fee earners and overseen by directors with expertise in such work. A large portion of the fee earners have worked at Emsleys for many years, which suggests that they are both happy and fulfilled in their work there. It is a very friendly firm.’
‘Andrew Greenwood is extremely experienced as a personal injury lawyer. He is very forward-thinking in terms of how the business operates. He also has his own case load of high value cases, often involving significant head injuries. He is very approachable and instills his personality into the firm.’
‘John Hutchings is exceptionally efficient in terms of processing his cases and he is very good at obtaining settlements and winning cases.’
‘Natalie Mousavi is an associate who has significant experience in personal injury work at fast track and multi-track level. She is very proactive, charming in how she deals with clients and opponents, and secures a good outcome whenever that is possible.’
‘Ian Miles is a fee earner who is extremely diligent in his handling of fast track and multi-track work and never misses a point. He works on a variety of employers’ liability, public liability and road traffic cases and has a great understanding of the relevant law and procedure.’
- Advised a pedestrian on claiming damages for serious lower limb injuries following a collision with a texting driver.
- Secured damages following a fatal road traffic accident for the claimant’s dependant family.
- Settled a claim for an elite sportsman following a cycling accident.
The personal injury department at Graysons Solicitors in Sheffield is headed by managing partner Peter Clark, who leads a firm with 'local knowledge that is second to none'. Within the PI department, a dedicated team handles industrial disease matters, such as mesothelioma, asbestos related cases and industrial deafness. Carol Simpson - described as an 'experienced and effective litigator' - leads on the clinical negligence front and has experience with birth injury claims involving Erbs and cerebral palsy in addition to spinal, orthopaedic, ophthalmic and GP claims. As a former midwife, Simpson also brings valuable medical insight.
‘Great people that really care about their clients. Communication is very strong at all levels of the business.’
‘It is the attention to detail and care that is provided by the business.’
‘Carol Simpson has experience, attention to detail, tenacity. Not daunted by a difficult case.’
‘I have 100% trust in the work that is carried out. In particular I would mention Belinda Lancaster.’
‘Everyone is so helpful and accommodating.’
‘Their local knowledge is second to none and they have years of experience in industrial disease litigation. They know the right questions to ask to get good results.’
‘Belinda Lancaster is a leader in her field with decades of experience in heavy duty industrial disease litigation. She is great with clients and tough with opponents.’
‘Efficient, caring and compassionate.’
- Advised on a complex, high value case where a minor was injured in a car accident and in which the defendant denied liability.
- Advised on a case in which a man was hit by a car whilst inebriated. The case was taken to the Court of Appeal.
- Advised on a clinical negligence case in which the firm secured £110,000 compensation for a client who suffered negligent treatment from a hospital during chemotherapy treatment.
Richard Wood heads the clinical negligence and catastrophic injury team of Harrowells Solicitors in York. The team acts for clients nationwide and specialises in unusual or high risk cases with particular expertise in catastrophic brain and spinal injuries. The team's wide-ranging expertise enables it to assist clients in a variety of complex and high value claims, including those relating to serious psychiatric issues and fatal accidents.
Other key lawyers:
‘A well resourced and very experienced team of professionals. They handle the whole range of PI and clinical negligence work. They work very hard for their clients, providing realistic advice about prospects and value. They achieve great results and are not afraid to take on difficult cases.’
‘John Coulson is a great partner who brings real expertise to his cases, which is recognised by the fact that he is a part-time District Judge. He handles multi-million pound claims and has particular expertise with complex brain injury work as well as product liability group actions.’
The accident and personal injury department at Howells is led by Sharon Rinaldi in Sheffield. The team aims to avoid routine processing of claims and instead offers personal attention from an individual and specialised solicitor who sees the claim through from start to finish. Michelle Gyte heads up the clinical negligence team.
‘The team are well-resourced and have very good experience in a wide range of personal injury claims.’
‘Sharon Rinaldi is very approachable and committed to her clients and cases. She approaches matters sensibly and with care.’
Chris Moore and Vince Shore head the clinical negligence teams in Hudgell Solicitors in Hull and Leeds. The practice has expertise in brain and spinal cord injuries, missed diagnosis claims, avoidable amputations and serious birth injuries. The firm collaborates with a network of organisations and individual specialists to give high quality rehabilitation support to clients, and is also a panel member of the national amputee charity, the Limbless Association. Helena Wood is a team leader in the clinical negligence practice. Jane Woodcock heads the personal injury offering in Hull.
‘Hudgell Solicitors have a significant presence nationwide in the clinical negligence field. They are meticulous in their approach to investigating claims. The litigators are friendly, collaborative, and are a delight to work with.’
‘Chris Moore is the standout solicitor, with perhaps 25 years experience in clinical negligence claims of maximum severity. He has a painstaking approach. Vince Shore has similar experience.’
‘Excellent communication skills, significant attention to detail and practical advice. Focus, drive and determination. Specialism in birth injuries.’
‘Nick Stojanovic is an exceptional litigator. His practice covers a wide range of clinical negligence work, including fatal injuries, chronic pain and delays in diagnosis. He is thorough in his approach and offers pragmatic advice.’
‘The firm has offices in London, Manchester and elsewhere, but the heart of the firm is in Hull and Leeds. It specialises in clinical negligence work. There is much skill and experience, particularly in the senior roles.’
‘Sarah Scully is brilliant and a safe pair of hands. Her instructions are clear and she is able to put her clients at ease. She is experienced in all aspects of clinical negligence claims and related inquest work.’
‘Tasmin White is sympathetic to client needs, focused, practical and has significant attention to detail. Will always go the extra mile.’
- Advised on a case concerning negligent management of a client’s birth which resulted in an avoidable period of hypoxia, which is responsible for brain-damaging hypoglycaemia.
- Advised on a case where the client suffered a brachial plexus injury during birth following a shoulder dystocia, which left her with a severe Erbs palsy affecting her entire right arm. The condition is permanent. Liability was conceded following service of the Letter of Claim.
- Advised on a claim on behalf of a young woman who required a below knee amputation as a consequence of the defendant’s admitted negligence. The settlement comprised of a lump sum payment and periodical payments to the capitalised value of in excess of £5m.
Irwin Mitchell leads the market for personal injury and medical negligence, fielding a large Yorkshire team across offices in Leeds and Sheffield. The personal injury offering, led by Adrian Budgen in Sheffield and Sion Kingston in Leeds, features a raft of APIL accredited specialists for brain injury, spinal injury and fatal cases, as well as for asbestos and occupational disease matters, and regularly handles cases of the highest complexity. The medical negligence teams, which are headed by Julianne Moore in Sheffield and Sarah Coles in Leeds, deal with the full gamut of cases, focusing on complex, high-value claims including birth injury, maternal injury, spinal injury, brain injury, sepsis, delays in diagnosis or amputation cases. A client liaison manager is present in each office, working closely with the case managers to ensure practical assistance and additional needs of clients are met and delivered quickly and efficiently. The firm is praised for being 'incredibly knowledgeable, with the resources to make sure claimants are put in the best possible position.' Other key lawyers include Louise Jenkins, who heads the the serious injury team in Sheffield, while the 'truly excellent' Carolyn Heaton leads the neurotrauma team in Leeds. Senior clinical negligence litigator Tom Mather is highly recommended, as is his clinical negligence colleague Sarah Rowland.
Other key lawyers:
‘Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield office has a small team of dynamic lions running high value injury claims. They run those claims with skill and care, as would be expected from the country’s premier personal injury law firm.’
‘Client centred, friendly, efficient and well organised. They liaise well as a team and keep up to date with developments so as to maintain standards and I have found that whoever the case handler is, the approach and efficient preparation of the case is the same.’
‘Sion Kingston remains a dogged litigator and will tread where other partners would not dare.’
‘They work hard to achieve the best outcome for their clients, whilst being fair and approachable. The cases appear well prepared and based on a sound assessment of the current law and the facts. At all levels they impress as a firm.’
‘Carolyn Heaton is a brilliant lawyer and meticulous in everything she does – she spots problems coming and deals with them and then gets brilliant results. I cannot recommend the team more highly.’
‘An excellent team of dedicated personal injury lawyers doing catastrophic injury work. A joy to work with and brilliant with clients, case managers and experts and make the traumatic experience for families of dealing with personal injuries as easy as it reasonably can be.’
‘This team is probably one of the strongest in the Irwin Mitchell set. The irrepressible Rachelle Mahapatra is a dynamic force of legal nature. She is ably assisted by Sarah Coles. Both have created a team that consistently succeeds in getting impressive settlements over a spectrum of cases, but particularly in higher value brain injury, genetic birth injury and oncology cases.’
‘The team is friendly and professional. I always felt in safe hands.’
‘An impressive performer is Rachel Roach, who takes on and succeeds in high value complex cases. The team overall is really professional and dedicated but always seem to demonstrate a real appetite for this area of the law and they love a challenge (and a good legal scrap!). I rate this team as one of the most tightly knit and effective clinical negligence outfits in the area of claimant clinical negligence.’
‘Highly experienced team who are always well prepared and work hard to get the best result for their clients.’
‘In my view, this clinical negligence team is the standout team in the whole country. The work is invariably high quality and excellent from all viewpoints.’
‘There are many fantastic individuals in the team, including the brilliant and tactical Sallie Booth; Julianne Moore, who has fantastic judgement, and Tim Annett, who is compassionate and incredibly thorough.’
‘Tom Mather is very professional, knowledgeable and trustworthy. Exceptionally well organised and strives for the best possible outcome. Highly recommended.’
‘Sarah Rowland sets the tone for her team. She is an excellent solicitor and is totally committed to her clients. She is firm in negotiations but her excellent client care skills do not prevent her giving difficult advice when it is necessary. She is intelligent, enthusiastic and very able. Despite her responsibilities as head of her team, she has a large and loyal client following.’
- Advised 27 year old male who sustained catastrophic injuries including a traumatic brain injury as a result of a road traffic incident.
- Advised client who had lost his job upon his diagnosis of occupational asthma. Damages were agreed just two days before trial for the PSLA, loss of earnings and pension loss.
- Advised construction manager who lost the use of his legs as a result of failure to diagnose sepsis and a spinal abscess. Breach of duty and some causation was accepted at the Letter of Response.
- Represented client in a wrongful birth claim against Harrogate Hospital for a failure to identify a fetal abnormality at her 20 week scan.
- Advised on medical negligence claim against Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in respect of the negligent care provided to the claimant’s mother during the claimant’s delivery, in which it was alleged that the claimant should have been born 10-15 minutes earlier and, had she been, she would have avoided her catastrophic neurological injury.
- Advised on a case which involved a delay in diagnosis of intrauterine growth restriction during pregnancy and a failure to carry out an earlier delivery by C-section. The client suffered cerebral palsy as a result of this delay and failures in respect of the neonatal management of his hypoglycaemia and hypocarbia.
Owen Brown leads the claimant personal injury department at Keebles in Sheffield. The team acts for clients who have been injured in accidents or have developed diseases due to exposure to chemicals at work, and handles a wide variety of cases ranging from minor road traffic injuries to complex brain injuries.
Minster Law Limited
The large serious injury team at Minster Law Limited, which is headed by Richard Harwood and Stuart Hanley, has particular expertise in road traffic accidents and motor-related personal injury claims. The firm aims to handle cases with the client’s financial security and wellbeing in mind, and works alongside a number of charities and support groups to support clients where needed. The practice also features a pro bono clinic, which provides free legal advice and representation to clients who could not otherwise afford legal services.
‘I found Minster Law very professional and competent when dealing with my case.’
‘Minster Law are very helpful, understanding and compassionate.’
‘The team are very thorough in their work. They take their time in getting all the facts right. You are also kept up to date with every thing that they are working on on your case. They do not rush you; they encourage you to take your time in telling them all the facts about your case. Minster Law are also completely transparent, with no hidden agendas.’
‘You are made to feel like a person, not just another case. You are always given time to speak and are not rushed.’
‘The Minster Law team handled my case very professionally. I felt my case was given a personal touch, and not just a routine case. The team made numerous visits to my house as I was unable to travel in the early months of my accident. I was put in contact with people who could help me cope while injured. The people who I had dealings with were very professional, and I always felt I was getting a personal service.’
‘The people were never anything but friendly, while providing a strong case for me, I don’t think I could have found a better team to fight my case. I had many visits to my house by Minster Law team members, and also a barrister who offered top advice. They have even kept in contact with me after my case was resolved.’
- Represented a client who was involved in a serious road traffic accident, which resulted in a complete spinal cord injury to the thoracic spine, an incomplete cervical spinal cord injury, bony fractures to the spine, a traumatic brain injury and clavicular and scapula injuries.
- Represented a client who was involved in a road traffic accident and suffered relatively minor soft tissues injuries. After being prescribed Naproxen to ease the pain from these injuries, the client suffered near fatal injuries and is now left with severe ongoing damage to his lungs.
- Represented a client who was involved in a motorcycle accident and consequently suffered significant injury to her left leg consisting of multiple fractures to her fibula and tibia along with a degloving injury. After undergoing various surgeries to correct this, the client suffered from an infection and medical evidence suggested that there is a lifetime risk of osteomyelitis carrying with it a lifetime risk of amputation.
Leeds firm Minton Morrill is a true boutique with a strong specialism in clinical negligence matters; it is praised for its 'compassionate' approach and 'excellent standard of client care'. The department, headed by 'exceptional' managing director Simon Minton, includes four accredited panel members and a number of other highly experienced solicitors. Director Julia Morrill, head of civil litigation, deals with claims relating to maximum severity brain injuries for infants and adults. Sahida Patel handles very high value, complex birth injury claims, often achieving multimillion-pound settlements, and also specialises in gynaecological clinical negligence matters. Associate solicitor Guy Pomphrey is also recommended.
‘One of the most competent practices there is in dealing with maximum severity and complex cases concerning brain injuries in children.’
‘Simon Minton is a truly exceptional solicitor, with all the qualities you could want: diligent, thorough, enormous breadth of legal knowledge and experience, terrific judgement and commanding huge respect. His client care is second to none, and the polish with which he presents cases should be a standard for the profession.’
‘A personal service. Very discreet. Kind and caring but also very professional. The team works really well together.’
‘Simon Minton’s attention to detail is outstanding. Very quick to respond to emails. Sahida Patel has a lovely caring manner, very approachable. They are the ‘A team’ and complement each other.’
‘After spending a lot of time on research to find the right solicitor for my daughter’s case, I was confident that Minton Morrill was the perfect one, and how right I was! They kept me up to date every step of the way, and were always there to answer any questions I had. Sahida Patel and Simon Minton went way above and beyond what I had hoped for – I am so grateful to them and couldn’t possibly thank them enough. My daughter’s future is now secure – thanks to Minton Morrill, I know that no matter what the future holds, she will always be okay.’
‘I found the practice to be very welcoming and approachable. They explained options clearly and provided clear and concise advice and recommendations. They were very commercial and went the ‘extra mile’ to ensure the best outcome for the family. They were compassionate and seemed to really care about the case and getting the best result. I could not fault them.’
‘Guy Pomphrey is kind, understanding, compassionate and cared about our case. He was very knowledgeable and commercial and we were very pleased with the outcome and result of our action. I would certainly recommend him to others.’
‘Excellent standard of client care at all times. They give the personal touch which makes all the difference when clients need it most. The practice is small enough to give tailored, personal care, yet sophisticated and with bang-up-to-date technical knowledge to underpin it.’
Morrish Solicitors LLP
The personal Injury and disease department at Morrish Solicitors LLP in Leeds is headed by Laura Nabozny. The team has considerable experience across a wide variety of matters, including catastrophic injury, spinal injury, occupational and industrial disease, road traffic accidents, workplace accidents, infant claims, stress claims, product liability or criminal injuries compensation. Duncan Gardiner heads up the clinical negligence department in Bradford.
‘They are all very committed to achieving the best outcome for their clients. They have a niche expertise in accidents involving performers and actors.’
‘The firm has gone in the opposite direction to most similarly sized offerings and instead of employing the greenest, least expensive litigators, it has focused on talent and experience, which is reflected in its retention of key fee earners. Clients are therefore assured of strong continuity, quality advice and favourable outcomes.’
‘John Morrison and Laura Nabozny stand out head and shoulders above their peers in Yorkshire.’
‘They are very experienced union personal injury solicitors with considerable experience and expertise with employers’ liability claims.’
Neil Fearn, Robyn Hawxby, Carmel Walsh, Richard Starkie and Lisa Swales lead the growing clinical negligence team at Pryers Solicitors LLP in York. A specialist firm focusing on clinical negligence and personal injury claims, the firm has specialisms in the areas of brain injuries and spinal injuries, and also handles other maximum severity claims, such as for children with cerebral palsy and other birth injuries, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries or neuro-surgical issues. The department also regularly provides advocacy services for bereaved families at inquests.
‘Pryers, particularly Richard Starkie and his team, are fantastic claimant lawyers.’
- Represented a claimant who had a misdiagnosis of strangulated bowel which led to an extended recovery period.
Ramsdens Solicitors LLP
Ramsdens Solicitors LLP's personal injury team, headed by the 'exceptional' Natalie Morrison, offers specialist expertise across the full spectrum of injury claims, including those involving employers’ liability or public liability. The firm's abuse team, which was set up in 2017, specialises in claims on behalf of children who have been exposed to harm due to identified failings of their corporate parent.
Other key lawyers:
‘A really approachable and friendly team who are down to earth and are easy to communicate with.’
‘Natalie Marrison is a really motivated individual; she is at the forefront of arranging training and events that support the industry and her clients.’
‘Ramsdens are one of the leading firms in the country when it comes to litigating historic sexual abuse claims on behalf of claimants.’
‘Natalie Marrison is one of the leading child abuse claims lawyers in the country, certainly in the North. Excellent with clients. Brisk and to the point. Manages a formidable workload.’
‘Ramsdens is an excellent team and what stands out most about them is their dedication to the client and their can do attitude. Ramsdens also strikes me as a firm that does the work because they care, rather than being solely motivated by making money.’
‘Natalie Marrison is dedicated, personable and goes the extra mile for the clients.’
‘They are very approachable, extremely knowledgeable, professional at all times and helpful to clients and claimants.’
Kay Barnes heads up the 'experienced, effective and commercially savvy' clinical negligence team in Simpson Millar LLP's Leeds office. She deals with various maximum severity injury cases. The team also handles claims relating to Erb’s palsy, failed cervical screening, delays in cancer or HIV diagnosis, spinal injury, orthopaedic negligence and amputations.
‘An experienced, effective and commercially savvy team representing clients with determination and success.’
‘Penny Stead is efficient, empathetic, experienced and effective.’
‘Julie Dudson leaves no stone unturned for her clients.’
‘Leading multidisciplinary national practice. Excellent management systems and ability to call upon internal expertise across all legal areas to benefit individual clients.’
‘Jodie Cook is an exceptional associate. I’ve been impressed on numerous occasions with her dealings in large, complicated clinical negligence matters.’
The personal injury and clinical negligence teams at Stewarts Law LLP focus on acting for clients who have sustained life-changing injuries, and set the benchmark for damages recovered per case. The PI department, headed by 'supreme strategist' Daniel Herman, has secured the highest reported settlements or awards for a tetraplegic, a paraplegic, a brain injury, a criminal injury and a fatal accident. The clinical negligence team, led by the 'completely unflappable' Frank Pinch, regularly recovers the highest damages per case in claims against the NHS. As an additional service, Stewarts employs wheelchair users as 'independent living advisers' to assist clients with the practical issues associated with life-changing injuries. Ben Townsend has particular expertise in severe brain injuries and has acted for clients injured in road traffic accidents whilst overseas, while personal injury specialist Warren Maxwell - who is praised for his 'wonderful' manner with clients - draws on his experience in the Coldstream Guards to advise on claims brought by past and present HM Forces personnel.
Other key lawyers:
‘Stewarts are pre-eminent in the fields of catastrophic clinical negligence and personal injury litigation. They are unique in only handling the most severe, high end work. They offer an unparalleled Rolls-Royce service to their clients.
‘Stewarts put effort into helping clients understand the litigation process and are excellent at communicating with other professionals involved.’
‘Frank Pinch is knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. Ben Townsend is on completely on top of his cases. Both are flexible in response and take a good team approach.’
‘Emma Lyons has been fantastic and I have valued her support.’
‘Dan Herman is a brilliant, top flight PI solicitor – bright, effective and a supreme strategist.’
‘ I have been hugely impressed by Gabrielle Ross: extraordinary attention to detail and dedication to her cases, with excellent judgement.’
‘Frank Pinch commands great respect in the marketplace: calm, knowledgeable and terrific with clients.’
‘Warren Maxwell is wonderful with clients, respected by his opponents and very much one to watch.’
‘Rebecca Hill is superb. She builds a really strong relationship with her clients. Really thorough and detailed when explaining matters to clients.’
‘Chris Smith is an empathetic colleague who chooses good teams. He is a team player. He is clear in his communication and he always gets back to you. He has very high standards and high expectations of people he works with but he leads by example.’
‘Amy Fielding’s nursing background means she is particularly adept at dealing with complex medical cases and she is always mindful of the holistic needs of clients.’
‘Anna Higham combines a thorough and effective approach to cases with an approachable and friendly manner which puts clients at ease.’
- Achieved a successful settlement for a man in his forties who sustained spinal cord damage during the course of spinal surgery, which did not adequately decompress his spinal cord.
- Acted for a 44 year old man who sustained severe crush injuries to his leg which led to years of pain. He ultimately underwent a below the knee amputation funded via his claim of £1.725m.
- Acted on behalf of a 49 year old man who sustained a severe traumatic brain injury following an accident at work, settling for £3.9m.
- Acted for a 24-year-old man who is paraplegic following a motorcycle accident. Although he was found to be two-thirds to blame for the accident, the firm recovered compensation of £2.75m (£8.25m on full liability).
Switalskis Solicitors’ clinical negligence team operates from offices in Huddersfield and Sheffield, advising clients on the full range of medical negligence matters both nationally and internationally. Director and solicitor Suzanne Munroe specialises in complex birth injury cases, particularly cerebral palsy and birth trauma and campaigns on patient and healthcare safety issues, working with charities and MPs. Janet Baker specialises in complex maximum severity claims, mainly brain injuries, cerebral palsy, and multiple amputation cases arising from birth injuries or neonatal negligence. Sian Morris has particular expertise in gynaecology, cauda equina, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism cases. In Doncaster, Mark Hollinghurst is head of the brain and serious injury department, while the Wakefield-based David Greenwood leads the child abuse compensation team.
Taylor & Emmet LLP
Taylor & Emmet LLP's Sheffield base provides a 'high quality' service for both clinical negligence and personal injury clients. The growing clinical negligence team, led by the 'standout' James Drydale, is praised for its 'patient and understanding' approach. The team works in tandem with the wider firm's probate and trusts lawyers to arrange trusts, wills and Court of Protection orders, thereby servicing all the needs of injured clients. The personal injury team - which is led by Jonathan Stittle, who is accredited as a senior litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers - deals with all types of claims including catastrophic injuries, fatal accidents, industrial diseases, criminal injuries and all types of fast-track matters.
‘Superb. The firm has recently expanded and recruited new fee earners. The team is handling high quality work.’
‘James Drydale is a standout individual locally.’
‘All of the clinical negligence team have been amazing support for me and my family. Through my darkest times they have been patient and understanding. Got the job done, worked extremely hard for us as a family.’
‘Paul Fouad is very capable.’
‘James Drydale is an amazing solicitor, very kind, patient, very sharp, gets the job done and gets back to you very fast. Always explains what’s next . Very passionate about his job in helping families like mine. His team has also been very understanding and patient and got the job done.’
- Represented a mother in a claim for negligence, after a significant injury to her external sphincter was caused by forceps during childbirth.
- Represented a man in his assertion that the risks relating to vasectomy were not highlighted adequately prior to the procedure.
The Asbestos Law Partnership LLP
Paul Glanville, Fozia Hussain and Helen Wilson are the key partners at The Asbestos Law Partnership LLP. All three are accredited as occupational and asbestos disease specialists by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. Unique due to its specialised focus, the firm deals solely with asbestos litigation, in particular claims involving clients with mesothelioma throughout the UK and abroad. The firm's sharp focus on this area of work often enables it to resolve cases more quickly than its less specialised competitors.
‘The team are professional and sympathetic in dealing with claims.’
‘Fozia Hussain was very kind, patient and encouraging. She was thorough, honest and easy to work with.’
‘They are specialists, meaning every partner knows what they are doing for us, how to help, and how to get results.’
‘Helen Wilson was wonderful. Very professional, extremely knowledgeable, considerate and compassionate to the circumstances of the claim, and incredibly sympathetic to the claimant and his wife. Helen was always on hand to discuss any matters arising, and always knew all about the case and the facts, never needing to revert to the case file or any notes – seemed to make the case truly personal to her. An amazing representative of her firm and industry.’
‘This is a niche firm, as its name implies, with really standout skills and experience in asbestos disease litigation. There can be no one more well versed in the field. They go the extra mile for every client.’
‘Paul Glanville was very thorough in his investigations and kept me informed of the progress with my claim. This concluded with a successful outcome.’
‘The firm provides an attentive service – I was frequently kept up to date with developments and the staff were friendly, kind, professional.’
‘Fozia Hussein was terrific. She showed great patience with my elderly father, she spoke clearly and carefully, using terms that were easy to understand. She visited my father at home and moved through her work at his pace. Her explanations were clear. Throughout she showed a caring and gentle manner. She communicated by letter and email in a frequent basis. She chased up the other side when they were slow. One always felt that she kept the case on the boil and would not let it drift.’
- Represented a client in a mesothelioma claim that was originally turned down by another specialist asbestos law firm. The matter was successfully concluded in 6 weeks, recovering £138,599 in damages.
- Represented a client in mesothelioma claim which settled for £460,000 plus the cost of future medical treatment including immunotherapy shortly before a three-day trial.
- Represented the 79-year-old widow of a Canadian ex-patriate and recovered £135,000 for the death of her husband from mesothelioma by quickly obtaining vital evidence from the deceased about his exposure in the 1950s after initial instruction.
Thompsons Solicitors LLP
The personal injury team at trade union firm Thompsons Solicitors LLP is led by Nicola Harrison in Leeds and Natalie Harvey in Sheffield, with Lois McCaughey acting as unit manager in Leeds. As well as national trade unions, the firm also works with leading charities. The Yorkshire asbestos and personal injury teams acts for clients in relation to the full range of industrial diseases, and is praised for being 'one of the few firms who genuinely prioritise the client over their own profits.'
‘Very strong at individual and team level. Unique union background. One of the few firms who genuinely prioritise the client over their own profits.’
‘Helen Shakespeare is absolutely top notch. Very experienced and will fight relentlessly for the client.’
‘The team kept me informed on everything every step of the process.’
‘Helen Tomlin was totally professional, approachable and empathetic, gave a lot of attention to detail, worked tirelessly to achieve the best result she could. She knew her subject and kept me up to date at every stage of the claim. In fact, any terms of praise for her duties, advice given and work ethic couldn’t be higher.’
‘The leading union firm in the country, Thompsons has a well-earned reputation for fighting hard to achieve the best results for claimants who have suffered serious injuries.’
‘Helen Shakespeare is a fantastic lawyer. She is loved by clients because of her warm manner and straight-talking.’
‘I would recommend Thompsons without reservation.’
- Advised a client in his personal injury claim for mesothelioma, seccuring significant damages for the client and an agreement from the defendant that they would pay for any future medical treatment which may be available to the client outside of the NHS.
- Advised a client in his personal injury claim for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, securing judgment at trial and a provisional damages award.
- Advised the family of a deceased man in their claim following the man’s fatal accident at work, securing significant damages for the dependents and supporting the family throughout.
Wake Smith Solicitors Limited
The clinical negligence team at Wake Smith Solicitors Limited is led by the 'immensely experienced and highly personable' Terry Regan. The team deals with all types of clinical negligence claims, with an emphasis on neuro-disability, fatal claims, cancer cases, cosmetic surgery, surgical injury, as well as cases involving the Human Rights Act 1998 and breaches of the European Convention on Human Rights. The team has experience in all aspects of alternative dispute resolution as well as all levels of court hearings up to the European Court of Justice.
‘An excellent practice with high quality work. Very efficient with great attention to detail. One of the best practices I have dealt with in the UK.’
‘Terry Regan is an immensely experienced and highly personable solicitor. He is able to engage well with his clients.’
‘All email and letter communications were prompt and phone conversations were always offered to give further clarity when needed. I was never pushed to make a decision or encouraged to proceed with anything that I wasn’t comfortable with and didn’t understand fully. Kate Lax was knowledgeable and showed great empathy.’
‘Kate Lax is a pleasure to deal with and always demonstrates a very clear understanding of the issues.’
‘Communication is both verbal and by email. The team are consistently professional and helpful.’
‘Whilst I have worked with each of the members of the team and have been thoroughly impressed with each, I have been repeatedly exceptionally impressed with the quality of work of Scott Haslam. He is a rising star and would shine in any specialist clinical negligence team. He is very bright and incredibly hardworking. His manner with clients is at all times professional and appropriately empathetic, and with advice delivered clearly.’
‘Whilst the clinical negligence team at Wake Smith is small, the practitioners in the team are very experienced and able. There are no weak links in the team. Each of the practitioners in the team is capable of handling the most complex of clinical negligence claims and they each do that on a weekly basis. There are only strong links in this team.’