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Irwin Mitchell's personal injury team is split across the Leeds and Sheffield offices and has 'a well-deserved reputation for excellence' thanks to its 'wealth of experience and knowledge'. Recognised for 'excellent client care' the team, led by Adrian Budgen, is instructed in some of the most complex, serious and sensitive claims, and has the capabilities to offer financial and asset management advice; handle any family and child care matters; and leverage its strong public law team to advise on human rights and other issues. The practice also benefits from a strong court of protection team, which deals with clients' tax affairs; care needs, including house adaptations; and the preparation of trust and wills. Rachael Aram is described as 'fearless in promoting her clients' interests' and has particular expertise acting for claimants with brain injury and spinal cord injury. Louise Jenkins, also leads a serious injury team from the Sheffield office, and is praised for building 'amazing rapport with clients' and for successfully securing interim payments for accommodation adapted to meet their needs. Following Jane Wright’s retirement in May 2017, the firm's Leeds-based practice is headed up by Sion Kingston  and includes Carolyn Heaton  and Ian Toft , who lead the neurotrauma and asbestos diseases teams respectively. Another key name to note at the firm is senior associate David Withers who is 'willing to take on the most difficult arguments'.

Highlighted as 'true specialists in personal injury matters' Stewarts Law LLP Leeds is described as 'the pre-eminent firm for catastrophic injury claims'. The team handles fatalities, brain and other serious injuries, with 'particular expertise in dealing with spinal cord injuries'. 'Highly knowledgeable' and 'frighteningly intelligent' practice head Daniel Herman  is 'a formidable opponent, but puts clients at ease'; he led representation of six claimants based in India following a minibus crash in England, which resulted in one fatality and five individuals sustaining serious injuries including spinal cord and brain injuries. In this complex cross-border matter, the team successfully argued for a discount rate of -5% rather than 2.5%, achieving a substantial result for clients. The team's other key partners, Warren Maxwell - who is singled out for his 'charm, sheer tenacity and attention to detail' - and 'master tactician' Ben Townsend, have specialisms in employer and occupiers liability cases and brain injury claims respectively. Senior associate Rebecca Hill is also a key name to note.

Atherton Godfrey Solicitors has an established reputation in personal injury, and has capabilities to handle the most complex and serious injury cases. The practice has experience acting in claims arising from fatalities or life changing injuries or illnesses, as well as those arising from holidays abroad, criminal injury compensation claims and motor insurer’s claims. John McQuarter heads the litigation department which incorporates the personal injury team, led by Diane Parker. Parker represents clients across a full spectrum of claims, including those involving brain injury and employers’ and public liability issues; she also has particular experience acting in cases of industrial diseases, including Mesothelioma caused by asbestos and noise induced hearing loss. Head of complex injuries Stephanie Veysey and Janet Lee, who handles a range of fast track and multi-track cases,  are also strong in this area.

Offering 'an approachable, friendly and personal service but with a depth of resource', Thompsons Solicitors LLP is considered 'one of the market leaders in catastrophic injury work'. The 'claimant-oriented firm, with specialists at every level' is instructed by trade unions and has 'a justified reputation for protecting the rights of those injured in the workplace'. 'Expert in high value claims', associate Simon Wilson leads the national serious injury group, and 'combines experience and knowledge with charm and a sensible, pragmatic approach to litigation'. Partner Simon Wood, who heads up the firm’s operations in Yorkshire and the North East, bolsters the team with over 20 years of experience and a specialism in hand arm vibration syndrome and work-related upper limb disorder cases. The department is also experienced in handling asbestos and industrial disease claims, Marion Voss and Helen Tomlin are key contacts in this area.

'Characterised by its efficiency and client friendly nature' Emsleys Solicitors Limited has been described as 'one of the best firms of its size in the Yorkshire region'. The team has the capabilities to handle a range of complex matters including road traffic accident claims and employers' liability, occupiers' liability and public liability claims. Practice head Andrew Greenwood combines his 'fantastic intellect' and 30 years' experience with 'excellent client relations'. The 'thorough and experienced' +John Hutchings was recently promoted to director, has expertise in employer liability claims, and is additionally experienced acting in brain and spinal cord injuries and traumatic amputation cases. Natalie Mousavi and Jennifer Harle are also adept at handling high value and serious injury matters. Natalie Marrison left the team to join Ramsdens Solicitors LLP.

Acknowledged as being 'a strong player in the Yorkshire personal injury market' Harrowells Solicitors offers a 'superb service to their clients'. Richard Wood heads up the personal injury and medical law team which is experienced in advising clients on complex claims and those arising from catastrophic injuries. John Coulson is singled out for his 'gravitas in negotiations, and bundles of charm with clients'. Kim Daniells is also active in this area.

Morrish Solicitors LLP has the experience and capabilities to handle a range of personal injury matters, with clients including individual claimants and trade unions. Laura Nabozny heads up the team and has expertise handling employer’s liability and occupational disease claims. The firm is instructed by Unite the union and has successfully represented several bus drivers who have sustained injury at work. In another recent work highlight a team led by Martin Bare, who is acknowledged for his 'vast experience', advised a claimant injured in a road traffic accident during the course of employment. Changes to the team include Bare stepping down from the partnership and John Morrison's recent promotion to partner.

The 'modern and forward thinking' personal injury department at Slater and Gordon has been highlighted as a 'big player' in the market in Yorkshire. Head of operations at the Sheffield office, and 'stand out practitioner', Matthew Tomlinson leads the team and handles accident at work claims including those resulting in life changing injuries. Tomlinson recently advised a police constable at the Metropolitan Police Force following an incident whereby a fire extinguisher was sprayed in the claimants face by a colleague.  In another recent work example, senior associate Joanne Markham successfully represented a individual who sustained an injury resulting in chronic regional pain after having an accident at work, and successfully achieved a significant settlement. The 'very strong' Sheffield-based team also includes senior associate Christopher Briggs who has particular expertise in claims arising from industrial diseases, including those relating to asbestos. The practice is ably assisted by the 'down to earth and friendly' associate Alicia Townsend, who has 'a good deal of experience in personal injury work'.

The personal injury practice at Switalskis Solicitors is based across the firm's Wakefield and Doncaster offices and specialises in child abuse claims and serious injuries respectively. David Greenwood heads the child abuse claims team, which includes Rob Casey. The practice has successfully represented clients nationally against both public and private institutions and individuals . In South Yorkshire, Mark Hollinghurst leads the department's brain and serious injury practice and is supported by three litigation executives.

The personal injury team at Taylor & Emmet LLP handles the full spectrum of matters, from small claims to high value claims and those concerning catastrophic injury. Department head Jonathan Stittle has expertise in serious head injuries, paraplegia, industrial diseases and fatal accidents, and successfully represented an individual who was diagnosed with lung cancer following asbestos exposure. John Green has experience representing clients from initial instruction to trial, advising on a range of personal injury cases. The department also leverages the firm's probate department to offer assistant to clients with the formation of personal injury trusts as well as arranging court of protection orders and wills.

Bridge McFarland's personal injury department, led by Leanne Keating, is instructed in matters ranging from work-related and industrial disease claims to those concerning catastrophic injuries, regional pain syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder. Working alongside Keating in Hull, James Burrell has a specialism for handling high value and complex industrial disease cases. Another key partner to note is Kathryn Hudson, who leads on personal injury matters in the Grimsby office.

Offering 'excellent service, advice and representation', the personal injury department at Graysons Solicitors maintains 'the best of old-fashioned values whilst evolving with the times'. Peter Clark heads the litigation departments which encompasses the six-partner personal injury practice. Key personal injury partners include, Belinda Lancaster who has 'impressive knowledge' of claims arising from asbestos exposure. Lancaster recently acted in a claim involving complex issues of causation arising from the death of an individual from lung cancer, following years of exposure. In another work highlight, the 'tenacious, imaginative and highly effective' Mark Fisher achieved a  significant settlement for a client in a complex accident at work matter.

The personal injury department at Hudgell Solicitors includes solicitors across the firm's Hull and Leeds offices. The team has the capabilities to deal with particularly complex and high value cases. In an ongoing collaborative law case, the team is instructed on a sensitive claim arising following a car accident which resulted in the death of the client's wife and daughter and severe brain injury of the his infant son. The practice is led by Hull-based Jane Woodcock and Karen Smith in Leeds, who are both ably supported by two additional practitioners in each office. Woodcock regularly acts in a broad-range of claims, while Smith is acknowledged for her niche in representing with sports personalities who have sustained injuries which compromise their careers.

The personal injury team at Keebles is experienced in representing claimants in employer's liability, industrial disease claims, public liability and road traffic accident matters. David Jones heads up the practice, which also includes Owen Brown and associate Leanne Farey.

Lupton Fawcett is recognised for its experience in handing a range of personal injury matters, particularly relating to road traffic accidents, public and occupier's liability, and employer's liability cases. With a wealth of varied experience, Jack Ferraro heads up the practice which also includes consultant Graham Ford, who's specialisms lies with public liability and prison law. Director Jackie Rowe leads the road traffic team and deals with fast and multi-track cases, as well as employers' liability matters. 

Howells' personal injury practice focuses on handling high value and complex cases. +Sharon Rinaldi heads up the team, which has experience representing clients in matters of catastrophic injury, accidents at work, fatal road traffic claims, accidents abroad, product liability and occupier's and public liability claims.

Ramsdens Solicitors LLP's personal injury practice has been described as 'very professional, helpful and good value for money', comprising of individuals of a 'high professional standard'. The practice falls within the the litigation team which is headed up by +Steven Singh. The team is bolstered by the addition of Natalie Marrison, who joined from Emsleys Solicitors Limited, who established the abuse team, handling proceedings relating to physical and sexual abuse against private institutions and establishments. Ably supported by experienced solicitor Anne Scott, the group has the capabilities to handle a range of claims including fatalities and catastrophic Injuries; road traffic accidents; employers', occupiers' and public liability; and criminal injury compensation. Former consultant Jonathan Dixon left the practice.

The 'excellent' personal injury practice at Wake Smith Solicitors Limited has been instructed on occupational health claims, work place injuries as well as an accident occurring in a public place which resulted in leg amputation. Terence Regan  heads up the department which includes chartered legal executive David Brown , who is recommended for his 'thoroughness' and 'commitment to his clients'.

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