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Irwin Mitchell Leeds fields a 'fantastic' medical negligence team based in Sheffield and Leeds that is 'deserving of its very strong reputation in this area'. The team attracts praise for its ability to 'deal with cases of maximum severity and complexity' and 'undoubtedly works hard for clients to achieve the best possible result'. Headed by Julianne Moore in the Sheffield office and Rachelle Mahapatra in Leeds, the practice represents clients in complex matters involving brain and spinal injury cases and birth injury claims, including cerebral palsy, neonatal deaths and still birth . Mahapatra led a team in a complex development dysplasia case, whereby the practice was able to successfully establish causation, and achieved a favourable settlement for the client. In Leeds, Ross McWilliams is also recommended for his 'great client manner and good understanding'. New additions to the team include senior associate Lisa Swales in the Leeds office and associate Tania Harrison in Sheffield; they joined from Simpson Millar LLP  Leeds and Howells Sheffield respectively.

Minton Morrill is an 'excellent niche firm' that specialises in the most complex cases, including birth injury matters, fatal accidents, brain injury matters and cerebral palsy claims. 'Excellent tactician' Simon Minton is 'a class act' and heads the practice which includes Sahida Patel who is capable of 'operating at a similarly high level'. Minton and Patel have handled several complex birth injury matters, achieving significantly high value results for clients. Consultant Charles Gillott is also 'an excellent lawyer, painstaking and thorough' and is adept at acting in complex matters concerning cerebral palsy. The practice is able to leverage its Court of Protection department which it employs in particularly in high-value infant matters, with Julia Morrill often acting as deputy in these cases. In addition, the team also works closely with the firm's inquest team advising on civil claims resulting from deaths investigated at inquest.

'A pre-eminent claimant clinical negligence firm', Stewarts Law LLP is many clients' 'first port of call for high-value claims'. 'Immensely knowledgeable and tactically aware'' practice head Frank Pinch  is 'extremely experienced, very knowledgeable and pragmatic'. Key areas of expertise include  matters involving spinal cord, brain injury and other serious and complex injuries. The team is also highlighted for offerings a 'personal service' with its strength for 'client care and case preparation' being described as 'the hallmark of the firm'. The 'truly excellent' practice also includes senior associate Gabrielle Ross, who employs a 'tenacious approach and particular attention to detail'.

The practice at Atherton Godfrey Solicitors is acknowledged for its capabilities in a wide range of complex medical negligence representations, including in birth injury claims, general surgery and GP care matters, cerebral palsy cases and fatalities. John McQuater heads the litigation team which encompasses both the clinical negligence and complex injury teams, which are led by Christopher Noble and Stephanie Veysey respectively. The practice continues to stand out as one of few firms in the region able to offer legal aid for birth injury claims.

Simpson Millar LLP's clinical negligence practice handles a range of complex matters, and is particularly known for acting on obstetric claims. The team benefits from being able to draw upon the firm’s national network of offices and significant strengths in other areas, including social care, rehabilitation, court of protection and financial matters, to provide a holistic approach to advice. Liverpool-based +Ian Cohen joined the team from Slater and Gordon > Birmingham and heads up the national practice following +Neil Fearn's departure to Pryers Solicitors LLP > York. Cohen has considerable experience in group actions against the NHS. Another key name to note is Lisa Swales who frequently deals with high value birth injury matters. Litigator Daxa Patel joined Ridley & Hall.

Switalskis Solicitors' 'really strong team' combines 'excellent technical and client skills' with 'a passion for justice'. Considered 'one of the biggest hitters in the area' the significant team is spread across two offices, with Suzanne Munroe heading the practice in Huddersfield, and the 'technically excellent' +Janet Baker heading the team in Sheffield. The 'hugely experienced and highly competent' Munroe 'goes the extra mile for her clients' and has particular experience handling cases concerning cerebral palsy, brain injury, birth injury, chronic pain. Baker also deals with complex matters with 'attention to detail and a cool, calm and collected approach'. The 'thorough and dedicated' team acted in relation a fatal claim which involved complex consideration of cross-border elements due to dependents of the deceased residing in Russia. In another matter, Sarah Tipton led a team in a claim for brain injury matter successfully achieving significantly high value compensation. 

The clinical negligence department at Taylor & Emmet LLP handles complex and high-value matters, as well as being one of few firms able to offer legal aid for birth injury cases. Recently made up to equity partner, +James Drydale is on the Law Society’s clinical negligence panel and a senior litigator of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. Drydale leads the practice, which also includes +Paul Fouad, who is regularly instructed on cerebral palsy, delayed diagnosis of cancer and birth injury matters. Camilla Attwood is another key name to note.

The 'exceptional specialist clinical negligence team' at Wake Smith Solicitors Limited is known for 'undertaking claims of the highest complexity'. noted for its 'very big skill base and determination to provide an exceptional service to clients', the practice represents clients in a range of claims including neurodisability, product liability and those involving human rights breaches. Practice head Terry Regan has the capabilities to handle a wide range of matters from missed diagnosis of cancer cases to cosmetic injury claims. The 'hardworking and thorough' John Vallance has over 30 years’ experience and is recommended as being a 'very assured and practical lawyer combined with the ability to put clients at ease'. Other key names to note include Holly Dobson for inquest preparation and advocacy and the 'well prepared and conscientious lawyer' Kate Lax, who is praised for 'going that extra mile for her clients'.

The medical law department at Harrowells Solicitors is 'very good and quick to respond' and acts for clients in variety of complex and high value clinical negligence claims. Richard Wood is head of the practice which deals with medical negligence cases involving surgical, spinal and birth injuries including cerebral palsy cases. Other key practitioners include John Coulson and Kim Daniells.

Howells is recognised for its 'longstanding experience in the field' of clinical negligence and its 'personal attention to clients'. The practice has expertise in niche claims such as those relating to prison healthcare, walk in centres, provision of mental health care and human rights considerations. The team also handles wrongful birth claims, delayed and misdiagnosis of cancer, substandard orthopaedic surgery claims as well as representing clients at inquests. In addition, it is one of the few practices with a legal aid agency clinical negligence franchise. The 'very experienced claimant clinical negligence solicitor' Michelle Gyte is singled out for having 'managed many high value claims'.

Considered to be 'a strong player in clinical negligence' Pryers Solicitors LLP is 'an up and coming star firm' with 'good quality instructions and knowledgeable individuals'. The team benefits from the addition of Neil Fearn, a 'terrific solicitor, with bags of commercial nous', who previously led the clinical negligence team at Simpson Millar LLP. Fearn is a 'dynamic innovator, deal-maker and very good litigator' and heads the practice alongside Carmel Walsh, +Robyn  Hawxby and +Richard Starkie. The practice also boasts a team dedicated to product liability claims, led by Starkie who is considered 'star of the medical device world with unparalleled knowledge of relevant issues'. The team is adept at handling cerebral palsy claims and other birth injuries, as well as spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, and neuro-surgical issues. Senior solicitor Alistair Stokes is highlighted as 'one to watch'.

Bridge McFarland has the capabilities to handle a full spectrum of clinical negligence matters. Lorraine Taylor heads the clinical negligence practice in Hull and has experience in birth injury claims as well as representing families at inquests. The team also includes solicitor Lynsey Furley, Furley focuses on claims arising from delay in diagnosis and surgical error. 

The 'terrific' clinical negligence practice at Chadwick Lawrence LLP Solicitors has a breadth of experience in this area. Practice head Tony May provides 'very solid and sensible advice', particularly in cerebral palsy and other birth related injury cases, where he also often also acts as court of protection deputy. The team regularly handles fatal cases with issues of dependancy and mental health, as well as claims arising from delayed diagnosis of cancer and cauda equina syndrome. Another key name to note at the practice is the 'highly competent' associate Jacqueline Vance.

Graysons Solicitors fields a 'good niche clinical negligence practice' that is highlighted for its 'professional, but at the same time empathetic' approach. Managing partner Peter Clark leads the team and splits his time between personal injury and clinical negligence work.  Nikki Yavari is adept at handing medium to high value, complex cases with 'professionalism, compassion and empathy'. Yavari successfully represented an individual who suffered  gynaecological problems following an operation and was able to prove a breach of care and causation in complex circumstances, achieving a substantial settlement. Chartered legal executive Jodie Cook is also singled out as a 'careful litigator' who 'is prepared to go the extra mile when necessary'. Former practice head Helen Donaghy now leads the clinical negligence team at Joseph James Law.

Hudgell Solicitors' substantial clinical negligence practice is spread across the Hull and Leeds office and provides 'fantastic overall service' and handles matters with 'complete professionalism'. Vince Shore, who splits his time between the Hull and Leeds offices, jointly heads the team alongside Hull-based Chris Moore and is experienced particularly in hospital negligence, surgical error and dental negligence cases. Moore tends to deal with claims relating to brain injury, catastrophic injury and birth negligence, and recently achieved a multi-million-pound damages settlement was secured for a teenage girl left with life-long injuries after errors during her mother’s pregnancy. Based in Leeds, the 'helpful and professional' Caroline Murgatroyd represents clients in a wide-range of matters and has 'a very good grasp of all the legal complexities'. 

The clinical negligence team at Morrish Solicitors LLP represents private individuals and trade unions in matters of varying complexity, from fatal cases and birth injuries through to cosmetic surgery and dental negligence claims. The team also stands out for holding a legal aid franchise for this specialist field of work in the Bradford. Head of the department Duncan Gardiner acts for clients in the full spectrum of claims and has particular expertise in matters arising from birth injury and fatalities. Another key name to note is Jane McBennett.

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