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

BLM

Led by Henry Kirkup, the general liability team at BLM has strong working relationships with claims departments, underwriters, managing general agents, local authorities and insurance brokers. In particular, it is known for handling cases relating to serious damage of the spine and brain as well as orthopaedic injuries and fatalities. The firm is well-versed in claims issues pertaining to ‘fundamental dishonesty’ and also has strategic focus on periodical payments orders and Court of Protection matters. Christopher Kilner is another key partner in the team.

Practice head(s):

Henry Kirkup

Other key lawyers:

Chris Kilner; Richard Adams; Jill Wigginton

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable and easy to deal with. Very hardworking team.’

‘Chris Kilner is a key support from the Leeds branch, assisting on technical liabilities claims and training.’

‘Jill Wigginton is a pleasure to work with. Always friendly and nothing is too much trouble. She is always willing to to advise and explains all the pitfalls that could happen, as well as what we would hope would happen.’

‘Henry Kirkup is a rising star in the team at BLM.’

‘I have had a very good working relationship with BLM Leeds for over 10 years. They are technically sound, also provide ad hoc support and have some great initiatives that they provide to their key clients. This includes many training sessions for my team on liability matters.’

‘The team are knowledgeable and very easy to communicate with. Their explanation of things is always in a language that is understood and not complicated by the use of jargon and phrases that non professionals find hard to understand as some companies do. The team have assisted us on a few occasions and made time to learn our procedures which assists with the speed of replies as we do not have to start over from the beginning each time.’

Key clients

Fusion Insurance Services

Towergate Commercial Underwriting

Asda

Zurich Insurance plc

Pen Underwriting plc

Liberty

One Insurance Limited

Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

Sompo International

Hiscox

Builders Direct

Arch Insurance

Plum Underwriting

Care UK

GRP Panel

Vista Brokers

Manchester Underwriting

Capsticks LLP

Key partners in the Capsticks LLP clinical law team in Leeds include Philip Hatherall, who leads the firm’s national inquest service; Emily Senior, who leads the team of 14 lawyers working for NHS Resolution in Leeds; private health and social care head Ian Cooper; and experienced inquest advocate Adam Hartrick. The team covers matters for mental health providers, ambulance trusts, government departments and social care regulators. Working closely with NHS Resolution, the firm also acts for the MDDUS in defending negligence claims brought against GPs and assists their members with inquests and 'fitness to practise' cases. As experts in clinical law, the practice is adept at handling CQC reports, Court of Protection issues and inquests pertaining to mental health.

Practice head(s):

Philip Hatherall; Emily Senior; Ian Cooper; Adam Hartrick

Other key lawyers:

Ruth Day; Dominic Ip; Lucy Harding

Testimonials

‘Ruth Day fights her cases unhesitatingly.’

‘Dominic Ip is intelligent and engaged with the case, efficient, willingly deals with things at the last minute, never gets flustered, a great sounding board..  He has excellent judgment, never overbearing but gets excellent results.’

‘Right at the forefront of clinical negligence work, including the most high-value and difficult work.’

‘Full service provided for the defence of NHS claims. Comprehensive knowledge and a very hard working team. A pleasure to work for.’

‘Capsticks are a great clinical negligence defence firm.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Northampton General Hospitals NHS Trust

MDDUS

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

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust and East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust in a complex cauda equina case.
  • Acted for Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust in a sensitive case involving the murder of an asylum seeker by a former in-patient of a secure mental health hospital, which centred on the decision to discharge.
  • Acting for an NHS Trust in relation to a number of technical claims (requiring an understanding of biomechanical engineering), where specialist implants were used in complex in shoulder surgery between 2008 and 2012.

CMS

The Sheffield defendant personal injury team at CMS counts Legal & General, Capita and Chubb within its impressive client portfolio. Led by Carl Dray, the team has a strong track record in group actions, collective redress and representative actions, particularly within the context of employment. In addition, the firm handles a substantive number of noise-induced hearing loss claims, most notably those that touch on issues such as diagnosis and quantification, limitation, breach of duty and fundamental dishonesty. Tim Riordan was recently promoted to the partnership, and the team was also boosted by the arrival of Gregor Woods from Kennedys.

Practice head(s):

Carl Dray

Other key lawyers:

Greg Woods; Tim Riordan; Gareth Watkins; Amanda Davies

Testimonials

‘A very efficient team in all aspects of personal injury litigation. All fees earners are of a very high standard, knowledgeable and well trained. They deal with a considerable amount of industrial disease litigation and employers liability claims. The team work well together and have maintained efficiency in the pandemic.’

‘This is a hugely experienced industrial disease department headed by Carl Dray and supported by a hugely experienced team.’

‘Tim Riordan has sound judgment and considers all the angles.’

‘Carl Dray is one of the outstanding industrial disease litigators in the UK.’

‘Amanda Davies – highly effective practitioner, huge knowledge and experience, robust when she needs to be but also highly pragmatic and realistic in her approach, everyone respects her on both sides of the litigation.’

‘Gareth Watkins – the voice of calm and good sense, wise.’

Carl Dray – driven, committed, highly knowledgeable and effective.’

‘Carl Dray – he’s the doyen of the defendant solicitors in group actions. It’s difficult to identify any other senior partner who has his experience.’

Key clients

SSE

SGN

Legal & General

Chubb

Imperial Chemical Industries PLC

Electrical Contractors’ Insurance Company

National Museums Scotland

USAA

Novae

Scottish Agricultural Industries

Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy

UK Coal Mining (now in administration)

GE Oil & Gas Pressure Control Limited

Yoplait

Capita

Tarmac Group

GE Aviation

Electric Insurance

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Qatar Airways

Coal Products Limited

Atos

MS Amlin

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of the Secretary of State for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy and Coal Products Limited in Defence of a group action arising out employment at various coke works spanning a period of up to 50 years.
  • Represented Tarmac Trading Limited in a claim that considered the extent of the second limb of the test for vicarious liability of sufficient connection between the wrongful act and the employees usual scope of duties that had been subject to consideration in several high profile Supreme Court decisions.
  • Represented the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy in a threatened group action where claims have been intimated by 80 workers from a Fuel Plant in the Midlands. The claim is for malignant and non-malignant diseases allegedly caused by exposure to dust and or fume between 1966 and 2000.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The Leeds clinical negligence team at DAC Beachcroft LLP is 'highly experienced team from top to bottom'- key names include NHS Resolution nominated partners Sean DohertyPaul Taylor and Joanne Neale, who co-manages the clinical risk team in Leeds and also has a long record of defending clinical negligence claims on behalf of NHS Resolution. Mark Ashley, who was promoted to partnership in 2020, led on the landmark Henderson case, the first successfully defended by NHS Resolution in the Supreme Court since 2003. The team is also well known for its success in group actions, and its 'unrivalled knowledge of both their client hospital trusts and the NHS Resolution personnel and requirements'. The firm’s client portfolio includes major Foundation Trusts, NHS England, NHS Digital, the MDU and Dental Defence Union Ltd. Former Capsticks partner David Roberts joined in April 2021. On the personal injury side, key names include Vicki Hilton, UK disease team head Will Potts and claims handling head James Tallant.

Practice head(s):

Sean Doherty; Paul Taylor; Joanne Neale; Mark Ashley

Other key lawyers:

David Roberts; Vicki Hilton; Will Potts; James Tallant

Testimonials

‘Highly experienced team from top to bottom. The training given to the junior staff whether they be trainee solicitors or legal executives is excellent and results in a robust team.’

‘Mark Ashley is a standout lawyer with superb legal knowledge. He successfully acted for NHS Resolution in the organisation’s first success in the Supreme Court.’

‘The solicitors in this team a truly experts in their area. They have a thorough grasp of the details of their cases. They strike the right balance between commercially sensible and prepared to fight. In terms of notable strengths, when they have a case that they think will go to trial, they ensure they lay the right groundwork early on – they picture how the case will play out at trial and make sure they gather at the outset the evidence that will be required later on in the case.’

‘Joanne Neale is hugely experienced and very astute in assessing strengths and weaknesses of claims.’

‘Paul Taylor is a partner of long standing and a wise old owl in the field.’

‘Sean Doherty is the key partner who has an outstanding reputation.’

‘Highly experienced department in defending clinical negligence claims. Excellent use of technology with very experienced lawyers.’

‘The team have tackled something which is imperative for NHS Trusts such as mine – triangulation. Through the seminars held, tangible aspects regarding triangulation and how it can happen in practice are advanced and this is due to the team at DACB.’

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 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

  • Advised (and continue to advise) NHS England in relation to novel indemnity issues arising outof the response to the Covid-19 pandemic including on Nightingales, Independent sector hospital use and Vaccinations.
  • Advised on the lead case in respect of ex turpi causa in the Supreme Court, Henderson v Dorset Healthcare – the first success for NHS Resolution in the Supreme Court since 2003.
  • Advised NHS Resolution and various NHS Trusts nationally in relation to the claims arising out of the use of metal on metal hips including on novel issues such as product liability and combination hips.

DWF

Catastrophic injury head David Rogers, occupational heath head Richard Parker and fraud & technical insurance head Paul Holmes are the key partners for defendant personal injury in DWF's Leeds office. The firm's strong bench of lawyers advise insurers and self-insured businesses in areas such as manufacturing, engineering, automotive, construction, leisure and retail, and is regarded as 'the leading brain injury and serious injury insurer firm in Yorkshire'. The firm's 'Connected Services' division enables clients to access in-house medical and rehabilitation specialists, a forensic accountancy arm, costs specialists, advocates and document management services.

Practice head(s):

David Rogers; Richard Parker; Paul Holmes

Other key lawyers:

Owen Rees; Lisa Collins; Helen Elsworth; Paul Banks

Testimonials

‘David Rogers is a very experienced litigator in this area with particular expertise in multimillion-pound brain injury cases. He is a subtle and effective advocate on behalf of wide range of defendant clients and has impressive tactical awareness.’

‘David Rogers is a thoughtful solicitor with a good flexibility of mind.’

‘Owen Rees and Lisa Collins at two of the most respected fee earners around.’

‘The office is the leading brain injury and serious injury insurer firm in Yorkshire and the north east.’

‘Paul Banks is an extremely able lawyer who heads up the office. He has an excellent reputation with insurer clients. He is approachable and has a good tactical brain.’

‘The person who stands out most is Helen Elsworth. She has a great deal of experience, is very used to handling clients sympathetically but firmly and is one of the most efficient solicitors I know.’

‘DWF are undoubtedly one of the market leaders in defendant personal injury work. Engaging and have their finger on the pulse of legal and market matters. Very knowledgeable and adaptable team. Very effective to work with.’

Key clients

Aviva

QBE

Ageas

Tesco

LV=

Liberty

NFU Mutual

HDI

Gallagher Bassett

DLG

Department of Transport

British Telecommunications Plc

LVFS

Amazon

Markerstudy

RSA

Insure the Box

Covea

Work highlights

  • Acted for LV= in successfully obtaining committal proceedings/suspended prison sentences against nine individuals involved in a crash for cash scheme.
  • Represented Allianz in a claim in 2018 for an alleged noise induced hearing loss injury sustained from 1986 and 1993.

Forbes Solicitors

The insurance department at Forbes Solicitors is led by fraud and disease head Chris Booth, retail head Siobhan Hardy and Kella Bowers, who heads up the social services and abuse claims team. As a full-service defendant (pre and post litigation) offering, the team handles casualty claims for local authorities, fraud matters for insurance clients, historic abuse and Human Rights cases for the public sector. In addition, the firm covers inquest management, disease and housing issues for related associations and is currently building its offering in relation to environmental matters such as damage from tree roots and Japanese knotweed.

Practice head(s):

Chris Booth; Siobhan Hardy; Kella Bowers

Other key lawyers:

Tim Smith; Sarah Davisworth

Testimonials

‘Tim Smith is extremely knowledgeable and is able to present complex legal arguments appropriately to his audience. This helps put our witnesses at ease and enable open discussion on the matters at hand. Tim’s calm approach instills confidence in those meeting him, which is a great quality as many of our employees have not previously been involved in legal interactions.

‘Siobhan Hardy has extensive experience within the Local Authority sector, is approachable and provides robust advice in a timely manner.’

‘The stand out person for me is Sarah Davisworth. She is knowledgeable and very helpful. Nothing is too much trouble.’

‘Siobhan Hardy  maintains strategic oversight of the partnership approach and provides opportunities to feed back on the arrangements and  informs on horizon scanning issues that are relevant and constructive.’

‘Sarah Davisworth is the jewel in the crown and is valued and respected throughout the organisation – she takes an active part in supporting the claims team, the witnesses and others in understanding the claims environment, the issues that  leave the organisation compromised and with the provision of robust claims review reports that can be shared to inform learning and  improvements.’

‘Chris Booth provides a determined and effective approach to complex asbestos disease claims.’

‘Tim Smith is thorough and knowledgeable on a wide range of matters.’

‘They will mentally roll their sleeves up and will provide excellent legal support. As a client I have the feeling that nothing is too much trouble for them.’

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

Broadspire/Crawfords

Maven Insurance

RSA

Yorkshire Housing

Travelers

Sitex Orbis

AIG

Symphony Housing Group

Northamptonshire County Council

Preston City Council

Tameside MBC

Wigan Council

Protector Insurance

Knowsley MBC

Salix Homes Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented Sunderland City Council after a claimant claimed to have been thrown from his motorcycle by a pothole. Analysis of a combination of social media accounts, electoral roll searches and other cross-referencing tools established that the ‘independent witness’ was related to the claimant. The claim was dismissed at trial and a finding of fundamental dishonesty made.
  • Acted for a heavy engineering firm in Wales; the claimant alleged a serious shoulder injury following use of metal press machinery. A detailed and comprehensive witness statement showed weights involved were very modest. The firm advised that the defendants had no case to answer and the claimant served notice of discontinuance.
  • Acted for a national housing provider on an employer’s liability claim involving a gas engineer employed by a housing association who had a pre-existing diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. He alleged he suffered a serious exacerbation of his condition due to a role change, rendering him incapable of returning to employment.

Gordons LLP

Bradford-based partner Rachel Hudson heads up the personal injury offering at Gordons LLP. Leading a team working for clients in practice areas such as retail, manufacturing and logistics, it counts WM Morrison Supermarkets and Hermes Parcelnet within its impressive portfolio. Types of matters covered include employer and public liability, occupational disease, chronic pain and catastrophic injury.

Practice head(s):

Rachel Hudson

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Brough

Testimonials

‘The defendant PI team is excellent and puts in the hard work (and long hours) to give a top notch service.’

‘Gordons understands what is important to retailers. Their advice is  focused very much on our commercial interests.’

‘Lisa Brough and Rachel Hudson in particular are superb.’

The whole team understand how our company works, they feel part of our  team and share our culture & values.’

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 Plc

Hempsons

The Hempsons team in Harrogate is well regarded for 'handling complex high value litigation in a calm, focused and courteous way'. Adrienne D’Arcy leads a team with substantive experience in catastrophic injury cases, most notably those pertaining to brain damaged babies. Handling disputes over both liability and quantum, it is also has a strong track record in issues pertaining to cauda equina and vascular surgery. D'Arcy, Kathleen Wilson and Helen Freeman are all NHS Resolution nominated partners. The team now also features the 'exceptional' Richard Greensit and Mikaler Cutts, who joined from Ward Hadaway LLP and DAC Beachcroft LLP respectively in late 2020. Hannah Stephenson transferred to Harrogate from the firm's London office in August of the same year.

Practice head(s):

Adrienne D’Arcy

Other key lawyers:

Richard Greensit; Mikaler Cutts; Hannah Stephenson; Kathleen Wilson; Helen Freeman

Testimonials

‘Richard Greensit is a major hire for Hempsons and is a real asset to their team. He has brilliant knowledge of the law, and in particular of procedural issues as well as issues concerning consent to treatment.’

‘Adrienne D’Arcy capably leads the heavyweight team, with both Kathleen Wilson and Helen Freeman providing an excellent service for clients.’

‘Richard Greensit – exceptional partner in healthcare, very strong negotiator and strategist, very knowledgeable and pragmatic.’

‘Richard Greensit is a fantastic and skilled solicitor – great tactics, great outcomes. Has a good business head on him – a natural leader in the legal game. Plus, he is lovely to work alongside and that always helps.  You gain confidence from him.’

‘Kathleen Wilson stands out – sensible and pragmatic, with a collaborative approach.’

‘Adrienne D’Arcy has a wealth of experience. She is particularly knowledgeable about spinal cord injury and is no pushover to litigate against.’

‘Helen Freeman is an expert in cerebral palsy claims. She has a huge amount of experience and works collaboratively to get the evidence together and work towards settlement.’

‘The stand-out individual is Kathleen Wilson. She is extremely experienced and a solicitor who from the outset is able to measure the case accurately in terms of managing the claim so as to produce the best outcome for her client.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Work highlights

  • Represented Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust in committal proceedings against an individual who received a six-month custodial sentence and was ordered to pay costs for her deliberate attempt to defraud the NHS and deceive the Court in her £5.7m clinical negligence claim.

Hill Dickinson LLP

Working from Leeds and Liverpool, the health litigation team at Hill Dickinson LLP is led by Joanne Hughes and Andrew Craggs. Acting for a range of clients in the public and private sectors, the NHS Resolution panel firm counts the Medical Protection Society within its client portfolio. In particular, it handles healthcare, dental and pharmacological claims brought against both trusts and individual practitioners (including GPs, dentists, and surgeons). Leeds associates Amy Lewis-Clark and Emily Bond are additional names to note.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Hughes; Andrew Craggs

Other key lawyers:

Amy Lewis-Clark; Emily Bond

Testimonials

‘The team benefits from a number of extremely tenacious individuals at partner and associate level who are determined to achieve the best outcome for the client.’

‘Joanne Hughes is a strong and decisive litigator who always makes a positive impression on clients.

‘The firm just has great lawyers all round, providing an excellent, practical and pragmatic service, particularly for NHS work.’

‘Fantastic firm – great lawyers who provide consistent superb pragmatic advice.’

‘Joanne Hughes has significant experience and has developed an excellent team. She blends charisma and steel in her approach and does not back down.’

‘Amy Lewis-Clarke – excellent knowledge and on top of every case she is involved in.’

‘Joanne Hughes is excellent. She is on the ball and her instinct on all cases is spot on.’

‘Joanne Hughes is technically brilliant and a clear leader in her field. Head and shoulders above the rest. Highly commercial and very savvy.’

Key clients

Medical Protection Society

NHS Resolution

Kennedys

Kennedys recently launched in Leeds with the acquisition of the insurance division of Langleys Solicitors LLP, with David Thompson, Huw Edwards, Laura Collins and Carol Dalton all coming on board. The Leeds office was bolstered further by the addition of a two-partner team from BC Legal, led by industrial disease partners Darren Goldthorpe and Gary Brankin. Strengthening an already impressive Yorkshire practice led from Sheffield by Helen Snowball, the new recruits have significantly boosted the 'absolutely first class' team's expertise across a range of business-critical matters. The firm's broad client portfolio includes leading names from various industries such as Arcadia Group, Costco and Veolia. In Sheffield, Heidi Swales specialises in claims against retailers, Laura Siddall covers issues affecting facilities managers (including landscaping, security, and maintenance) and Paul Bedford handles cases that stem from the entertainment industry. In addition, clients can benefit from its strong track record in key personal injury areas such as disease, motor and child abuse. Niall Edwards leads the motor team, while Cameron Clark heads the disease team.

Practice head(s):

Helen Snowball

Other key lawyers:

Niall Edwards; Cameron Clark; David Thompson; Huw Edwards; Laura Collins; Carol Dalton; Heidi Swales; Laura Siddall; Louise Bedford

Testimonials

‘Niall Edwards knows his law inside and out, has excellent judgement and can motivate his team to achieve fantastic outcomes for clients. Exactly what you need.’

‘Niall Edwards is always able to provide detailed, focused and no-nonsense assistance to his clients in a very short space of time. I am not sure how he manages his time so well. He is absolutely client-focused, proposing the best solutions for the client and advising on all different options with a clear steer provided. He is without question one of the very best in his field, able to affably deal with the most complicated and demanding of cases.’

‘The team is ably headed up by Niall Edwards. They are a friendly team, working incredibly efficiently and proposing dynamic solutions to many issues. They have success where others would not through sheer tenacity and hard work.’

‘Their clarity in dealing with claims makes it very easy to deal with them. It is clear as to who will be dealing with what aspect of each claim and they ensure that I am kept up to date with any developments in a timely manner. We find dealing with Kennedys very easy, irrespective of the complexity of a claim. They do ensure that the person with the appropriate expertise handles a claim.’

‘Carol Dalton – the absolute go-to partner for stress and harassment claims. She knows her stuff inside out, is thorough, robust and commercial but very easy to work with. She works very well with clients and has secured some excellent outcomes on very tricky cases.’

‘David Thompson is a vastly experienced litigator who handles the most complex cases with grace under pressure.’

‘Laura Collins is a seasoned litigator who delivers results for her clients.’

‘Huw Edwards is very experienced, unflappable, and has sound judgement.’

Plexus Law

The casualty team at Plexus Law is led by Anthony Baker, Jarrod ParkerPhilippa Bell and Andrew Steel. Specialists in major loss, aviation, occupational disease and the public sector, they sit at the helm of a practice that acts for a range of major insurers and are praised for 'fostering a "no surprises" culture.' In addition, the offering is notable for handling matters for all the major police forces, a substantive number of local authorities and the Ministry of Defence. Motor injury expert Sally Richmond and seasoned regulatory investigations practitioner Chris Foulkes are other key contacts. Steel succeeded Simon Hills as head of public sector services; Hills has now taken up a consultancy role at the firm.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Baker; Jarrod Parker; Philippa Bell; Andrew Steel

Other key lawyers:

Sally Richmond; Chris Foulkes

Testimonials

‘Anthony Baker – always available, great quality advice, very personable.

‘They have strong commercial acumen, and they take the time to understand their clients’ business and strategy.’

The team at Plexus continue to provide us with clear advice. They understand the businesses specific needs and try to accommodate them in the service provided.’

‘Plexus have an excellent delegated authority team and are expert at scalability. Having worked with Plexus for a decade I can attest to their professionalism, value for money, courage, entrepreneurialism, and versatility. Plexus manage to maintain excellent standards across their organisation and are particularly adept at fostering a ‘no surprises’ culture.’

Key clients

QBE

AIG

Tesco Stores Ltd

Ageas

DLG

The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

Barclays

Honda

Ocado

H&M

Whirlpool UK appliance Ltd

UK power network

Virridor

Bolton CC

KCOM

Galliford Try

Dyer & Butler

XL Catlin

WR Berkley Offshore

Weightmans LLP

Blaise Smith and office head Helen Brown are the key defendant personal injury partners in Weightmans LLP's Leeds base. They oversee a strong bench of lawyers that is divides into dedicated teams for casualty, disease, motor and large loss. Counting AIG and Ageas within its client portfolio, the firm acts for a substantive number of insurers and also has a market affairs group which advises clients on regulatory, strategic and political issues. Brown is known for her 'loyal following of local authority clients in the Yorkshire area'; Jim Byard and Lindsay Staddon are additional key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Blaise Smith; Helen Brown

Other key lawyers:

Jim Byard; Lindsay Staddon

Testimonials

‘Helen Brown has a loyal following of local authority clients in the Yorkshire area; she gets amazing results through her down to earth approach.’

‘Linsday Staddon is an experienced and effective litigator who pushes her cases on.’

Weightmans have a national presence and act in all categories of personal injury litigation. They have a particular expertise in claims involving local authorities and the police. They handle many personal injury claims on behalf of their public sector clients efficiently and effectively.’

Key clients

Ageas

AIG

Covea

Durham County Council

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Leeds City Council

Markel

Newcastle City Council

Tesco Underwriting

Zurich