Leading Individuals: Clinical Negligence

Personal injury and clinical negligence; defendant in Yorkshire And The Humber

Capsticks LLP

In Leeds, Capsticks LLP is a key advisor to NHS Trusts across the north of England, sitting on the NHS Resolutions Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts panel since 1995. Counterfraud and fundamental dishonesty claims are key areas of strength for the team, with associate Ruth Day taking a lead on these cases. The group has also seen continued growth in its inquest work, regularly handling sensitive and high-profile matters. Key partners include group litigation specialist Philip Hatherall; trial lawyer Dominic Ip; head of private healthcare sector Ian Cooper; and inquest advocate Adam Hartrick. Emily Senior departed in October 2021 to DAC Beachcroft LLP, while Keith Blundred joined the team from DAC Beachcroft LLP in March 2022.

Practice head(s):

Philip Hatherall; Dominic Ip; Keith Blundred; Ian Cooper; Adam Hartrick

Other key lawyers:

Ruth Day; Lucy Harding


‘One of the strongest defendant clinical negligence teams outside of London. The Leeds office has gone from strength to strength, attracting real talent.’

‘Dominic Ip is very experienced, has real expertise and is a pleasure to work with.’

‘In my view, Capsticks are the pre-eminent clinical negligence defendant litigation firm. Continuity between the Leeds and London practice is in my experience seamless.’

‘Unparalleled knowledge of this sector and this work.’

‘All work hard and are committed to their cases. Ruth Day is outstandinglu good at seeing a case through to the finish.’

‘An excellent team of lawyers punching about their weigh in the clinical negligence market.’

‘Very strong team, and skilled at particularly complex or high value clinical negligence cases.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust

Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Northampton General Hospitals NHS Trust


Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Hull University Teaching Hospital NHS Trust

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Represented NHS Resolution and Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust in the fundamental dishonesty case of Darren Dommett, who sought to defraud the NHS of approximately £2m.
  • Representing NHS Resolution, Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Trust and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care in historic physical and sexual abuse claims from more than 80 patients at Hill End Hospital, St Albans.
  • Succesfully defended NHS Resolution and Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust against an alleged misdiagnosis of prostate cancer.

Clyde & Co

In July 2022, BLM merged with Clyde & Co to operate as a combined entity in the firm’s leading global insurance practice. Its broad workload spans catastrophic injuries, motor claims, and industrial disease, amongst others. The group has strong connections with underwriting departments, MGAs, authorities, insurance brokers and acts for a variety of insurers, including Aviva and Hiscox. Henry Kirkup is a key practitioner and provides ‘invaluable’ experience and knowledge in all aspects of health and safety law.

Practice head(s):

Henry Kirkup

Other key lawyers:

Richard Adams; Christopher Kilner; Jill Wigginton


‘BLM’s merger with Clyde & Co has allowed it to become a massive player in the insurance personal injury market.’

‘The practice has a very high-profile client base. They are involved in many claims which are of public interest. The team deliver very effective legal advice and services.’

‘They take time to understand a client’s needs and deliver high standards of service. They have a ‘can do’ attitude and go over and beyond to ensure, as a client, that you feel in safe hands.’

‘They have a broad technical capability to cover all our commercial needs. Added to this is their added value proposition, they offer a great relationship management proposition and alongside this they have provided us with training, an industry taskforce, HSE expertise and much more.’

‘Henry Kirkup in particular stands out for his excellent support and professionalism. His experience and knowledge is invaluable when dealing with HSE/regulatory matters and all aspects of health and safety law.’

‘Jill Wigginton is very good. Clear and concise communication at all times.’

‘Being able to offer pragmatic and commercial solutions, Henry Kirkup is the epitome of this, a sensible and knowledgeable legal practitioner.’

Key clients



Zurich Insurance plc

Pen Underwriting plc


One Insurance Limited

Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council



Arch Insurance

Plum Underwriting

Care UK

Vista Brokers

Work highlights


    Based in Sheffield, the personal injury team at CMS has extensive experience defending a range of industrial disease claims, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, pleural thickening, and silicosis. It also has particular expertise in resolving claims arising from offshore and onshore incidents in the oil and gas and other high-risk industries. Following Carl Dray’s retirement, Gregor Woods joined the team in May 2021 from Kennedys, where he was the national head of its employers’ and public liability product group. Timothy Riordan co-heads the practice with Woods. Jeremy Fletcher is a ‘very impressive’ senior associate.

    Practice head(s):

    Gregor Woods; Timothy Riordan

    Other key lawyers:

    Chris Horsefield; Jeremy Fletcher; Judith Ingham


    ‘The CMS team covering our work are high performing and supportive. They are passionate about their work and go the extra mile to ensure issues are fully explored, appropriate advice provided and our requirements and operational needs are fully understood and implemented.’

    ‘As far as personal injury claims are concerned, this is a very specific domain where the team has demonstrated the ability to efficiently manage individual claims while giving extremely clear commercial advice to the business.’

    ‘We have engagement across the whole CMS dedicated team. Value for money is achieved by empowering people to manage and take forward the work at the right level.’

    ‘The team has great expertise in industrial disease claims, particularly in the small but important area of claims by former coal miners. They combine excellent technical knowledge with a pragmatic approach – the team is small, efficient and fun to work with.’

    ‘Jeremy Fletcher is a very impressive junior solicitor who has a robust intelligence and a fine appreciation of how far to push points.’

    ‘Gregor Woods is highly engaged.’

    Key clients

    Serco Limited

    Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

    Tarmac Trading Limited

    Coal Products Limited



    Qatar Airways

    European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

    GE Oil & Gas Pressure Control Ltd

    GE Oil & Gas Pressure Control Ltd

    GE TIP

    GE Aviation


    Legal & General


    Imperial Chemicals Industries Ltd


    Electric Insurance



    Work highlights

    • Secured a favourable decision concerning the scope of an employer’s duty of care in respect of the risk of harm from practical jokes on behalf of Tarmac.
    • Secured a discontinuance in a £1m public liability claim from a motorcyclist on behalf of Tarmac.
    • Representing BEIS in a group action of 379 claims from British Coal Coke Oven Workers.

    DAC Beachcroft LLP

    DAC Beachcroft LLP is a ‘true leader in this sector’. The group acts for the majority of the NHS Foundation Trusts across the region, with David Roberts, Joanne Neale, Mark Ashley and Emily Senior being key practitioners involved in many of NHS Resolution’s national projects. It also acts on behalf of the MDU and Dental Defence Union, with Leeds practice head Paul Taylor leading this relationship. The team is particularly well known for its work in group action litigation and continues to advise on complex high value catastrophic injury claims. The arrival of David Roberts from Capsticks LLP in March 2022 has further strengthened the firm’s offering. Sean Doherty now sits in the firm’s Manchester office. Will Potts, Vicki Hilton and James Tallant are the key names for personal injury and asbestos-related claims.

    Practice head(s):

    Paul Taylor; Will Potts

    Other key lawyers:

    David Roberts; Joanne Neale; Mark Ashley; Emily Senior; Chloe Davies; Vicki Hilton; James Tallant


    ‘A true leader in this sector.’

    ‘They have excellent knowledge of both the legal issues and the practicalities for their clients. Commercially astute.’

    ‘The team is supportive and inclusive, ensuring excellent communication with the client to meet their needs. Written communication is clear, concise and effective.’

    ‘An excellent team who manages a high caseload with ease. They have a diverse range of knowledge and expertise that aptly meet the complexity of their cases.’

    ‘All members of the team are willing to go the extra mile to support and advise on matters. If they are unsure or need clarification, they do this quickly and efficiently and get back to the client. The partners are very approachable and helpful. Good role models for the team. Always very professional.’

    ‘They are professional but friendly. They take the time needed to look after each client’s individual needs.’

    ‘Extremely strong team in clinical negligence, particularly with the addition of David Roberts from Capsticks.’

    ‘Mark Ashley has a great deal of experience and is a safe pair of hands.’

    Key clients

    NHS Resolution

    MDU and Dental Defence Union Ltd

    NHS England

    Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

    The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

    Doncaster & Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

    Hull University Teaching 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 Foundation Trust

    Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

    NHS Digital

    Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

    Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Trust

    Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

    Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust

    Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

    United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

    Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

    Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

    Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

    Babylon Healthcare Services

    Work highlights

    • Acted for NHS Resolution in a claim brought relating to the extent of resection undertaken during decompressive spinal surgery for cauda equina syndrome.
    • Represented NHS Resolution and Doncaster & Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in a clinical negligence claim concerning allegations that when the claimant attended an appointment with the vascular surgery team, the clinician inappropriately used a probe over/into an open wound, causing the claimant unnecessary pain, inflammation and injury.


    DWF‘s major injury, casualty, and fraud teams advise across a broad range of sectors, including manufacturing, care, retail and transport. David Rogers is head of the major injury team in Leeds, handling spinal cord and brain injury cases as well as advising on policy issues in motor, employer's liability and public liability claims. For asbestos-related diseases and accidents, Richard Parker is recommended, while Paul Holmes handles fraud cases. Clients consider Owen Rees and Lisa Collins to be ‘two of the best catastrophic lawyers in the area’.

    Practice head(s):

    David Rogers

    Other key lawyers:

    Richard Parker; Paul Holmes; Owen Rees; Lisa Collins


    ‘Excellent lawyers with brilliant judgment.’

    ‘DWF seem to be ahead of others in ensuring that their technological resources serve the client’s best interests.’

    ‘DWF are at the cutting edge of detecting and combatting insurance fraud.’

    ‘Paul Holmes takes a robust, intelligent and commercial approach to claims. He knows his clients’ objectives and helps them get great results.’

    ‘Efficient, personable and well prepared, the team offer an excellent legal service to defendant clients in complex multi-million pound claims.’

    ‘David Rogers is a highly experienced solicitor who demonstrates excellent client care skills in combination with in-depth legal and industry knowledge, all of which qualities mean that he is a firm favourite with defendant clients.’

    ‘Richard Parker is assiduous and approaches his cases with care.’

    ‘DWF Yorkshire have two of the best catastrophic lawyers in the area in Owen Rees and Lisa Collins.’

    Work highlights

      Forbes Solicitors

      Forbes Solicitors houses a team of ‘go-to’ experts on complex and catastrophic injury claims. The team has a particular specialism in construction injury claims and also provides a regulatory service including representation at HSE interview, CQC investigations, inquests and sentence hearings - it represents more than 50 housing authorities nationally. Siobhan Hardy, Kella Bowers, Chris Booth and Tim Smith are ‘exceptional lawyers’; Bowers leads the firm’s social services and abuse claims team, undertaking child sexual exploitation work, while Booth has experience dealing with high value occupational disease claims.

      Practice head(s):

      Chris Booth; Kella Bowers; Siobhan Hardy

      Other key lawyers:

      Tim Smith


      ‘The Forbes team are far from cookie cutter lawyers and stand out from their competitors by really getting to know their clients and their needs then tailoring their offer accordingly.’

      ‘Forbes’ ways of operating is always efficient and the transition to digital-only servicing throughout the pandemic was seamless from a client perspective.’ 

      ‘Siobhan Hardy, Kella Bowers, Chris Booth and Tim Smith are exceptional lawyers and experts in their fields who deliver consistently and reliably for us on a vast range of insurance litigation.’

      ‘The team is always willing to provide advice on ad hoc matters and are our ‘go-to’ experts for strategic advice when we are faced with complex or difficult matters.’

      ‘Forbes is always very quick to respond to any requests for assistance. Their team has a broad range of expertise and all their communications are professional, yet easy to understand for a non-legal person.’

      ‘The practice employs staff with excellent skills and experience in defending personal injury claims. Their approach is very collaborative with the client to reach decisions and provide the best possible defence, but also robust in their process if the claim is one to settle.’

      ‘Forbes offers exceptional customer service and advice with their assistance being widely appreciated-  we have had continued success in being able to defend claims.’

      ‘Forbes is aware of the importance of relationships and strives to build and strengthen these.’

      Key clients

      Calderdale MBC

      Leeds City Council

      Thirteen Housing Group Ltd

      Hull City Council

      East Riding of Yorkshire Council

      Durham County Council

      Zurich Insurance

      Scarborough Council

      Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

      Lloyds Syndicate 2525

      Oldham MBC

      South Kesteven Council

      North Lincolnshire Council

      North East Lincolnshire Council

      Livin Housing Ltd

      Gallagher Bassett


      Maven Insurance


      Yorkshire Housing


      Sitex Orbis


      Protector Insurance

      Sunderland Council

      Sheffield City Council

      Newcastle City Council

      Work highlights

      • Represented one of eight defendants in a deafness claim.
      • Represented a construction company in a high value claim resulting from an injury whilst working on the London underground.
      • Defended a North Eastern council in a slipping claim relating to a tiled access ramp, the design of which was used in numerous council properties.

      Gordons LLP

      Under the leadership of Rachel Hudson, Gordons LLP‘s personal injury team specialises in defendant insurance work in the retail, distribution and industrial sectors. Notable clients include Morrisons and Hermes Parcelnet. Areas of particular expertise include occupational disease, chronic pain, employers' and public liability, and catastrophic injury. Legal executive Lisa Brough is another key member of the team.

      Practice head(s):

      Rachel Hudson

      Other key lawyers:

      Lisa Brough

      Key clients

      B&M Retail Limited


      Integra Insurance Solutions Ltd

      Freemans Grattan Holdings

      Hermes Parcelnet Ltd

      Heron Foods Limited

      William Cook Limited

      WM Morrison Supermarkets Limited

      Work highlights


        In Harrogate, Hempsons‘ clinical negligence team handles a wide variety of complex litigation for NHS Trust clients, including spinal injuries and catastrophic brain injury cases. Adrienne D’Arcy has been an NHS Nominated Partner for 20 years and leads the team ‘full of bright and highly capable lawyers’, including ‘star’ Kathleen Wilson and Helen Freeman, who spearheads the group’s developing stream of general practice work.

        Practice head(s):

        Adrienne D’Arcy

        Other key lawyers:

        Kathleen Wilson; Helen Freeman; Laura Scott


        ‘It is a small but highly experienced team with expertise across the board in high value claims.’

        ‘Hempsons in Harrogate are a close-knit and very effective team who have long-established links to their clients. The team has a combined level of experience which is very impressive.’

        ‘The team is always available for advice and support. They are flexible and approachable and always happy to help.’

        ‘Helen Freeman: very intuitive and empathetic lawyer.’

        ‘The star in Harrogate is without doubt Kathleen Wilson. Never flustered, always ready with a measured and insightful assessment of the case – she provides to her clients all that they could wish for.’

        ‘Adrienne D’Arcy is an authoritative leader . She has vast experience of maximum severity litigation.’

        ‘NHS panel firm, there for a reason. A big hitter in the region.’

        ‘The Hempsons team is full of bright and highly capable lawyers, always prepared to go the extra mile for their client.’ 

        Key clients

        NHS Resolution

        Work highlights

        • Handled a case concerning identification and prevention of fraud for NHS Resolution.
        • Representing NHS Resolution in various catastrophic injury cases, including high value ones relating to brain damaged babies.

        Hill Dickinson LLP

        Hill Dickinson LLP is primarily instructed by national and regional NHS bodies but also continues to grow its independent sector client base. In Leeds, the group has a particular specialism in the primary care sector and expertise in the niche area of dental clinical negligence claims. Practice head Joanne Hughes is ‘technically brilliant’ and is ably supported by senior associate Amy Lewis-Clark and associate Emily Bond on the gamut of complex issues, including multi-party claims and cases of vicarious liability and non-delegable duties of care. In Liverpool, Andrew Craggs takes the lead on health litigation matters. 

        Practice head(s):

        Joanne Hughes; Andrew Craggs

        Other key lawyers:

        Amy Lewis-Clark; Emily Bond


        ‘Small but friendly team with good communication and depth of experience.’

        ‘Very informative and swift advice and updates provided in high value cases.’

        ‘Joanne Hughes is technically brilliant and very commercial. She also outworks her opposition.’

        ‘Amy Lewis-Clark is very knowledgeable and focused. A future star.’

        ‘Emily Bond – efficient, pragmatic and approachable.’

        Key clients

        NHS Resolution

        Medical Protection Society

        NHS England

        Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

        Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust

        West Yorkshire Health & Care Partnership

        The Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

        Rotherham, Doncaster & South Humber NHS Foundation Trust

        South Yorkshire Integrated Care System

        Work highlights

        • Representing NHS Resolution in a complex multi-defendant case (six defendants) with each defendant separately represented and with three separate indemnifiers and treatment involving two separate NHS care providers and a private organisation.
        • Representing NHS Resolution and a GP defendant in relation to an alleged failure by a GP to examine a patient with rectal bleeding and an allegedly inappropriate diagnosis of haemorrhoids, leading to a 2-year delay in diagnosis of colon cancer and death.
        • Representing NHS Resolution and a GP defendant in relation to an allegedly incorrect diagnosis of trigeminal neuralgia and prescription of carbamazepine, resulting in development of toxic epidermal necrolysis.


        Kennedys has ‘a vast knowledge of all aspects of personal injury claims’ and is praised for its ‘attention to detail, approachability and empathy’. The group has a strong presence in Yorkshire, with offices in both Sheffield and Leeds. Helen Snowball is an expert on child abuse and neglect matters and leads the Sheffield team, which has a wide range of expertise including industrial disease claims and motor claims – these are primarily handled by Niall Edwards. In Leeds, practice head David Thompson acts on high value catastrophic injury claims; Darren Goldthorpe and Gary Brankin lead on occupational disease work; and Huw Edwards completes the roster of recommended practitioners.

        Practice head(s):

        Helen Snowball; David Thompson

        Other key lawyers:

        Niall Edwards; Cameron Clark; David Thompson; Huw Edwards; Laura Collins; Carol Dalton; Heidi Swales; Laura Siddall; Louise Bedford; Darren Goldthorpe; Gary Brankin; Laura Thompson; Liam Bedford


        ‘The team has a vast knowledge of all aspects of personal injury claims ranging from high value disease claims to serious back injuries.’

        ‘The team work with you, communicate well, and are willing to discuss your view as opposed to making a decision for you. Billing is clear and concise, all cost and time is shown.’

        ‘Good, solid EL/PL practice. The team built good, longstanding relationships through quality work.’

        ‘Very responsive team. Take time to know and understand your business. Always willing to offer insight and value-added support like training and awareness sessions.’

        ‘Their attention to detail, approachability and empathy with clients sets them apart from many firms whose approach is perhaps more formal and inflexible.’

        ‘Darren Goldthorpe and Gary Brankin have a refreshing and innovative approach to defending claims. Their technical expertise using IT is first rate and they have an extensive and thorough knowledge of the law concerning occupational disease.’

        ‘Niall Edwards has all the attributes you would hope for in a partner: excellent judgment; a wealth of knowledge; excellent client skills; a keen eye for detail.’

        Key clients


        Endsleigh Insurance Services

        Mitie Group Plc

        Veolia Environmental Services Ltd

        Cleveland Potash Limited

        Gallagher Bassett


        Beko PLC

        Government Legal Department



        Probitas 1492

        Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

        Brit Global Specialty

        Tokio Marine HCC

        RiverStone Insurance (UK) Limited

        DTW1991 Underwriting Limited

        Markerstudy Insurance Services

        North Yorkshire County Council

        Syndicate 2525

        Everest Insurance

        Pen Underwriting

        Tokio Marine Kiln


        Work highlights

          Plexus Law

          Defendant law firm Plexus Law represents insurance companies, corporates and public sector bodies in a variety of claims. The practice is led by Anthony Baker, Jarrod Parker, Alison Beesley and Andrew Steel, who are specialists in casualty work, aviation, occupational disease and public sector work, respectively. For motor claims, Sally Richmond is recommended, while Chris Foulkes represents clients in regulatory investigations undertaken by the police, the Environment Agency and other regulatory bodies.

          Other key lawyers:

          Sally Richmond; Chris Foulkes; Michael Samaan


          ‘We have worked with the Plexus team for many years and what we value is the flexibility and collaborative approach they bring to our matters.’

          We prefer to be closely involved in the conduct of our cases and Plexus facilitate this really effectively. This combined with a very strong understanding of our business leads to consistent risk-managed outcomes.’

          ‘Chris Foulkes and Michael Samaan are extremely pragmatic and provide advice strongly aligned to our overall objectives.’


          Key clients



          Tesco Stores Ltd



          The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis



          Whirlpool UK appliance Ltd

          UK power network


          Bolton CC


          Galliford Try

          Dyer & Butler

          XL Catlin

          WR Berkley Offshore

          Norfolk County Council

          Work highlights

          • Represented Enstar in a regulatory investigation by the local authority into an accident where a young man fell from a fire escape.
          • Represented Drainrod in a case concerning an alleged shoulder injury sustained at work.

          Weightmans LLP

          Weightmans‘ personal injury team is jointly led by ‘effective and tough negotiator’ Helen Brown and seasoned specialist Blaise Smith. The group acts for several of the UK’s leading insurers and has experience in casualty, disease, motor, public authority and large loss claims. Jim Byard is an occupational disease claims expert, while Lindsay Staddon has extensive experience in catastrophic injury claims.

          Practice head(s):

          Blaise Smith; Helen Brown

          Other key lawyers:

          Jim Byard; Lindsay Staddon


          ‘The Yorkshire and Humber team have the combined benefit of being part of a national firm, but with local knowledge. They have a very loyal following.’

          ‘Helen Brown is a really effective and tough negotiator.’

          ‘A large firm of defendant PI/insurance lawyers, its department in Leeds has a number of high quality players.’

          ‘Blaise Smith brings an interesting and unique intellectual slant to large claims, finding angles to exploit that others would miss.’

          ‘Lindsay Staddon brings a thorough and balanced approach to the careful organisation of her work.’

          Key clients




          Durham County Council

          East Riding of Yorkshire Council

          Leeds City Council


          Newcastle City Council

          Tesco Underwriting


          Work highlights

          • Representing Ageas in relation to a fatal accident involving the collapse of a chimney which fell onto an adjoining bungalow killing one occupant and seriously injuring the other.