Firm Profile > Plexus Law > Leeds, England

Plexus Law
JOSEPH'S WELL
HANOVER WALK
LEEDS
LS3 1AB
England

Yorkshire and the Humber > Transport Tier 1

Plexus Law is singled out for its market-leading aviation practice and has various airlines and airport operators as key clients. Overseen by aerospace specialist Jarrod Parker, the team handles aircraft damage and loss claims, personal injury claims, and airport-related claims; the group also handles contractual disputes and liability claims. Louise Brown focuses on fatality matters and inquests, while Jennifer Chan acts for insurer clients on liability claims.

Practice head(s):

Jarrod Parker

Other key lawyers:

Louise Brown; Jennifer Chan

Testimonials

‘A good, friendly and efficient team handling aviation claims. Very approachable and knowledgeable.’

‘I have found the Plexus team to have excellent knowledge of our specific business and they have formed relationships with many individuals within our business. This is hugely beneficial when exchanging information and key details.’

‘The Plexus team are extremely friendly and approachable. They have a very good understanding of our business structure and methods of working. They are always willing to support us through complex scenarios, helping us understand ‘jargon’ and striving for the best outcome. Jarrod Parker is always very enthusiastic and positive when working with us and it is a pleasure to work with him and the team. Their wealth of experience in their field is obvious and serves us very well.’

‘The Plexus team has proven to be effective on a range of aviation legal matters. We have seen first hand the practical application of this work and the benefit it has derived. We draw excellent value from the Plexus offering of being a London-level market aviation law practice, located outside of London, which in our experience has never compromised the service.’

‘Jarrod Parker and Louise Brown are our main contacts within the practice, with whom we have a strong relationship and where exists an understanding between us of expectations and delivery of their product. Jarrod works well with clients, who feel they can speak with him freely when faced with an issue, which is testament to his approach and ethos, being a clear and open channel of communication, supported by a strong knowledge base.’

‘When visiting clients, Jarrod Parker takes the time to find out precisely which level of service the clients require and is very happy to tailor his work to fit that level. Does not have preconceived ideas of what the clients should want.’

Key clients

Global Aerospace

Heathrow Airport

AIG

Starr Underwriting Agents Limited

Chubb

Schiphol Airport

Copenhagen Airport

Generali Insurance

Manchester Airport

Belfast International Airport

NATS

Stansted Airport

Employment > Health and safety Tier 3

At Plexus Law, practice head and 'star performer' Anthony Baker remains the key name in the group and handles health and safety instructions from insurers and large corporates including workplace investigations and fatal accident issues. The team is experienced in the full range of regularly work and fields litigator Chris Foulkes, Richard Salvini, who has a wide defendant insurance practice, and Ciaran Garnet, who handles casualty claims. Jonathan Tetley is the key name for high-value litigation and public liability cases.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Baker

Other key lawyers:

Richard Salvini; Ciaran Garnett; Chris Foulkes; Jonathan Tetley

Testimonials

‘Ciaran Garnett has excellent attention to detail and drafts extremely clearly and persuasively. He is also very focused on what the client needs and wants.’

‘The team has a collective experience period of nearly 100 years between them in health and safety, together with related matters.’

‘The individuals are Anthony Baker, Richard Salvini, Chris Foulkes, and Ciaran Garnett. Each individual goes above and beyond for their clients. They will respond quickly, providing critical advice at every stage, with a measured confidence due to the depth of knowledge and experience which each has.’

‘The Plexus team is a match for any department operating in this field of practice. Operating under the watchful eye of senior partner Antony Baker, the team members are efficient, knowledgeable and pragmatic. They understand the need for early assessment and determination of merits in litigation, and clear decisive advice. Clients are well served by this combination.’

‘Antony Baker remains a star performer, combining attention to detail with responsiveness to client needs.’

Key clients

AIG

QBE

Markel

Novae

Chubb

Swiss Re

Aspen

WR Berkley

Fusion/Alliance

Whirlpool UK Appliances Ltd

XL Catlin

WR Berkley Offshore

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence; defendant

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

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 2

Plexus Law launched in Chelmsford in 2019 with the hire of a large team from Kennedys, and has quickly developed a strong reputation in the region for its work representing corporates and insurers on high-value and complex matters. Practice head Andrew Caplan is a highly experienced litigator handling catastrophic claims for insurers, alongside a specialism in representing individuals, charities and organisations facing sensitive allegations. Kate Prestidge heads up the heads up the abuse and sensitive claims team alongside Caplan. Thom Lumley works with clients across sectors including leisure, sport, retail and construction, Ron Ruston heads up the public sector team, while Angela Hanmore leads a team focusing on transport and travel claims.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Caplan

Other key lawyers:

Thom Lumley; Ron Ruston; Angela Hanmore; Kate Prestidge

Insurance > Personal injury: defendant Tier 2

Insurance companies, corporates, self-insureds and local authorities regularly instruct Plexus Law, which they value for its 'impressively collaborative approach' to personal injury work of the 'very highest calibre'. The firm has a very specialised approach, and fields numerous expert practitioners; 'particularly impressive solicitor' Michael Gwilliam heads up the national travel group; Mark Dyson leads a dedicated large loss team for composite insurers; Paul de la Porte is the name to note for property-related issues; Joanne Pizzala, whom a client picks out as 'one of the leading minds in the defendant personal injury sector', is known for representing major UK motor insurers in catastrophic injury cases; Philip Tracey is a core contact for employers’ and public liability claims; and Steve Phillips is noted for his occupational disease work.

Practice head(s):

Philip Tracey; Paul de la Porte; Steve Phillips; Joanne Pizzala; Mark Dyson; Michael Gwilliam

Other key lawyers:

Paul Phillips; Robert Harris

Testimonials

‘Joanne Pizzala is excellent at handling large loss claims.’

‘Michael Gwilliam is a particularly impressive solicitor. He is meticulous and achieves great results on the most complex of cases.’

‘Impressively collaborative approach with a real desire to understand the needs of individual clients and adapt internal firm processes to fit.’

‘Excellent large loss handling/litigation team.’

‘They have diverse knowledge across the company and you will find the right expertise to suit your individual needs.’

‘My main point of contact at Plexus is Joanne Pizzala – she continues to be one of the leading minds in the defendant personal injury sector. She leads a department consistently providing legal services to clients of the very highest calibre. I have worked closely with various of the Plexus insurance clients over the past year and, without exception, they have applauded the services that they have received from Jo Pizzala’s team throughout the pandemic.’

Key clients

QBE

Metroline

Rugby Football Union (RFU)

DLG

AIG

TfL

Tesco

Gatwick Airport

Virgin Holidays

Insure the Box

Employment > Health and safety Tier 3

Plexus Law has extensive experience in advising organisations and individuals in all areas of health and safety and environmental legislation. It is particularly skilled at assisting in the aftermath of workplace accidents and incidents as well as in the defence of HSE, EA and local authority investigations and regulatory prosecutions. The practice is also recommended for its work on corporate and individual manslaughter investigations, inquests and serious case reviews. Its clients include insurance companies, corporates, self-insureds, local authorities and individuals. Anthony Bushell and Damon Burt head the department, which also recently added Julia Messervy-Whiting to its ranks from Shakespeare Martineau LLP.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Bushell; Damon Burt

Other key lawyers:

Julia Messervy-Whiting

Testimonials

‘Plexus is a dynamic, innovative firm that is the go-to team for a number of big insurance clients – who value its cost effectiveness, which is never at the expense of providing a high quality work product. The lawyers have embraced the challenges of the pandemic and are now established as a significant player in the competitive health and safety sector.’

‘Anthony Bushell is a hugely experienced litigator who brings a wealth of technical knowledge and court experience to his clients. He has a huge personal following with Insurers who value his clear and prompt advice’.

‘Very thorough and detailed approach to handling claims, ensuring all relevant liability and quantum enquiries are undertaken. Proactive approach in terms of trying to drive a claim to an early resolution. Expertise in handling catastrophic losses/injuries of the upmost severity and large/complex third party property damage claims’.

‘The Evesham branch of Plexus Law contains some of the finest defendant personal injury and industrial disease lawyers in the country. The absolute stand outs are Anthony Bushell and Damon Burt. They have fantastic technical knowledge, great courage and exceptional commitment. Their investigations are prompt and thorough’.

‘Anthony Bushell has an exceptional forensic skills and a keen eye for detail. He is tough in negotiations, knows when to hold his ground and how to fight. A pleasure to work for.’

‘Damon Burt is the king of asbestos work. Regularly acts for insurers in cases in the higher courts. Well known on all sides for brilliance in this field’.

Key clients

QBE

Tata Steel

GHG Adjusters

Worcester County Council

Dual Oliva insurance company

Employment > Health and safety Tier 3

Plexus Law's health and safety team offers corporate and insurer clients a regulatory practice that extends the usual boundaries due to its insurance and regulatory expertise. Specialist areas of work include care homes/domiciliary care, travel/adventure holidays, sports, and marine work. The team also advises high hazard industries, and regularly provides post incident management advice, and representation following major incidents. Recent highlights include the class action being brought against World Rugby/The RFU - an intersection of injury and health and safety risk management at a professional level. The team is led by insurance litigation expert Philip Tracey, who covers all aspects of employer, public, and product liability claims.

Practice head(s):

Philip Tracey

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Baker; Damon Burt; Natacha Kikkine; Paul De La Porte; Ron Ruston

Testimonials

‘The team has many decades of experience. The approach is client based, and is both pro-active and reactive.’

‘A no-nonsense approach with bespoke advice across a national practice that is well recognised.’

‘Clients have great confidence in the team, and receive best outcomes at all levels.’

 

Key clients

QBE Insurance

AIG Insurance

Direct Line Group (NIG)

Otis Lifts

Rugby Football Union (RFU)

Bovis Homes Ltd

Homes for Haringey

XL Group

Ageas

Tata Steel

HDI Global Insurance Company

China Taiping Insurance Company

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 4

Plexus Law 'offers a finely-tuned and highly experienced specialist service for insurance backed claims' according to clients, and has a focus on financial lines and coverage claims. Andrew Crocombe heads the team after joining the firm in 2019 from Kennedys. He specialises in coverage disputes and defending claims against professionals. Jacqui GillespieAlain Orengo and Alasdair Dick are also notable team members.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Crocombe

Other key lawyers:

Jacqui Gillespie; Simon Coombe; Alain Orengo; Alasdair Dick; Angela Horne; Laura Mellstrom

Testimonials

‘The team are extremely personable and whilst advising on complex matters ensure that it is relayed in an understandable and bitesize format. They are focused, customer driven and nothing is too much effort even if it is beyond original instructions. ‘

‘Plexus offers a finely-tuned and highly experienced specialist service for insurance backed claims. They are a class act providing a high level of expertise combined with a very commercial approach to claims handling.’

‘The team we use is exceptionally strong in the defence of barristers’ disciplinary proceedings and professional negligence claims.’

‘Laura Mellstrom – good experience, good value for money and takes a pragmatic and commercial approach. Andrew Crocombe – measured approach to difficult clients and easily accessible’

‘Alain Orengo is very experienced, has an uncanny knack of being able to call a case correctly, and is a brilliant negotiator. Also really hard-working and tenacious. A very determined litigator. Jacqui Gillespie is also very able indeed. Another very experienced lawyer, and an extremely capable litigator. Always has one eye on the larger picture and a good judge of when to settle and when to fight.’

‘Jacqui Gillespie works closely with clients to build strong relationships.’

‘Angela Horne is a lawyer with exceptional abilities. She can distill the most difficult of cases to their essence and the breadth of her practice allows her to deliver very practical advice. She is also wonderfully good with clients.’

Key clients

QBE

Pen Underwriting Ltd

IGI LTD

Chubb

Nexus Underwriting

Allianz

AIG

TMHCC

Markel

CFC Underwriting

Axis

Enstar

Pioneer Arch

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

Plexus Law's personal injury department acts for insurers, major public sector clients, government departments and local authorities. The team's core areas of focus include defending casualty, motor, disease, fraud and large loss claims. Anthony Baker heads the team, and has a specialism in dealing with work-related stress claims.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Baker

Other key lawyers:

Tim Short; Gary Petterson; Philip D’Netto; Louise Shaw; Andrew Steel; Matthew Smith; Lorien Helm

Testimonials

‘The Plexus team are probably the most helpful team I have come across. It is very clear that they have a very strong team ethic and all members of that team will drop their own work to help others.’

‘Great client relationship. Small group of high quality practitioners. The firm is completely up to speed with remote working and electronic instructions. Insurer clients love the very personal client care and the bespoke working methods. ’

‘Phil D’Netto is the lead for catastrophic injury and a wealth of knowledge in all areas of liability and quantum issues.’

‘A fantastic team, who are always ready to assist. Advice provided is clear and covers all aspects. Prepared to do whatever it takes to investigate, clarify and establish risk, liability and quantum.’

‘Lorien Helm is a pleasure to work with. She is very understanding of all parties and roles. Lorien is always on point with her advice. She’s not afraid of a challenge and rolls her sleeves up to investigate and establish issues and risks. Lorien’s investment in cases is demonstrated by her knowledge and attention to detail. ’

Phil D’Netto has a vast array of experience in catastrophic cases. He is very approachable and responds in a very timely fashion.’

‘The whole team provide sound, sensible advice which totally assists with our decision making process’

‘All members of staff are available, approachable and very knowledgeable in their area of expertise.’

Key clients

QBE

AIG

Tesco Stores Ltd

Ageas

Swiss Re

Balfour Beatty

The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

Greater Manchester Police

Cumbria Police

Lancashire Police

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

With Damon Burt and Anthony Bushell at the helm at Plexus Law, the team is well-placed to advise on inquests, complex health and safety related prosecutions as well as industrial diseases of all types. The firm recently added Julia Messervy-Whiting to its ranks from Shakespeare Martineau LLP  she specialises in regulatory work and major loss claims. Burt receives plaudits for his handling of high-value employer liability and public liability claims and has a particular interest in asbestos related matters. Bushell represents major insurers and their policyholders in employer and public liability claims involving fatal and catastrophic injuries. Jacqui Kendall has particular strength in public sector litigation.

Practice head(s):

Damon Burt; Anthony Bushell

Other key lawyers:

Julia Messervy-Whiting; Jacqui Kendall

Testimonials

‘They offer nationwide coverage, which helps when local enquiries/site visits are required. The lawyers offer both civil and regulatory services, with some of the lawyers having expertise in both. Good use of technology and innovation‘.

Very thorough and detailed approach to handling claims, ensuring all relevant liability and quantum enquiries are undertaken. Proactive approach in terms of trying to drive a claim to an early resolution‘.

Key clients

QBE

PWC

Catalina

Aspen

Ageas

Sutton Specialist Risk

Lang O’Rourke

DPD

Ceva Logistics

National Grid Gas Plc.

Mears Group

Wolverhampton City Council

West Midlands Police

Rugby Borough Council

Phoenix Loss Adjusters

SLS Crawford’s

Gallagher Bassett

SSC Energy

Weir Group

Transport > Travel

Plexus Law has an enviable client roster which includes Virgin and easyJet’s holiday operations, as well as three of London’s major airports. The team is also known to assist travel agents, hotels and insurers. Michael Gwilliam leads the practice and is an expert in advising on catastrophic injury and fatality claims. One of his recent mandates of note involved defending airlines against claims by staff with aerotoxic syndrome, an illness incurred through overexposure to cabin air. Angela Hanmore has a similar focus but is also skilled in product liability claims. The team’s recent workload has involved travel incidents which occurred in Europe and Latin America.

Practice head(s):

Michael Gwilliam

Other key lawyers:

Angela Hanmore

Key clients

Jet2 Holidays

Tokio Marine HCC Insurance Tour Operators’ Liability Scheme

Virgin Holidays Limited

easyJet Holidays

On The Beach

Mapfre Middlesea

PGL Travel

Hotelbeds

Gatwick, Manchester, Stansted, London City, Leeds-Bradford Airports and many others

AIG Travel EMEA Limited

Travel Claims Services

Direct Line Group

Plexus are Pioneers. For many years, we have been at the forefront of defendant law, delivering innovative, high quality legal services to our clients.

Practice areas cover all insurance business lines, span international work and include a dedicated subrogation and recoveries offering. Claims handling and litigation services are provided to our insurance and corporate clients via dedicated handling centres.

As typifies all employees of the firm, our team of experts work hand-in-hand with clients. We take the time to fully understand your specific requirements and develop tailored packages that best suits your needs, whatever their complexity or value – from a range of traditional services to the more specialist areas of law.

Working in partnership throughout the complete timeline of your claim means we are always there for you; providing a personal service that enables us to resolve any issue quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively.

In today’s highly competitive marketplace, we appreciate the importance of being proportionate in the advice we offer. We always strive to keep costs down and endeavour to add value where we can.

Department Name Email Telephone
Commercial/Outsourced Claims Handling Tim Roberts tim.roberts@plexuslaw.co.uk 020 7398 9809
Personal Injury Anthony Baker anthony.baker@plexuslaw.co.uk 0113 4681 702
Sensitive claims and abuse Andrew Caplan andrew.caplan@plexuslaw.co.uk 01245 951 730
Travel Michael Gwilliam michael.gwilliam@plexuslaw.co.uk 020 7469 4943
Aviation Jarrod Parker jarrod.parker@plexuslaw.co.uk 0113 4681 636
Occupational Disease Damon Burt damon.burt@plexuslaw.co.uk 01386 578 859
Professional Indemnity Andrew Crocombe andre.crocombe@plexuslaw.co.uk 020 7220 5940
Fraud Gary Petterson gary.petterson@plexuslaw.co.uk 0161 2457 968
Scotland Cameron McNaught cameron.mcnaught@plexuslaw.co.uk 0131 3229 252
Public Sector/Police Law Matthew Smith matthew.smith@plexuslaw.co.uk 0161 2457 966
Public Sector/Police Law Andrew Steel andrew.steel@plexuslaw.co.uk 0161 2457 965
Major/Catastrophic Loss Philip D'Netto philip.dnetto@plexuslaw.co.uk 0161 245 7929
Healthcare (Clinical Negligence) Julie Pullen julie.pullen@plexuslaw.co.uk 020 7220 5865
Regulatory Philip Tracey philip.tracey@plexuslaw.co.uk 020 7079 4658
Motor Tim Short tim.short@plexuslaw.co.uk 0161 2457 908
Costs Jonathon Tetley jonathon.tetley@plexuslaw.co.uk 0113 4681 642
Sports Law Richard Salvini richard.salvini@plexuslaw.co.uk 0113 4681 820
Property Risks & Coverage Paul de la Porte paul.delaporte@plexuslaw.co.uk 020 7469 4945
Sensitive Claims and Abuse Kate Prestidge kate.prestidge@plexuslaw.co.uk 01245 951 726
Photo Name Position Profile
 Anthony Baker  photo Anthony Baker Partner
 Alison Beesley  photo Alison Beesley Partner
 Phillipa Bell  photo Phillipa Bell Partner
 Duncan Brockway  photo Duncan Brockway Partner
 Chris Foulkes  photo Chris Foulkes Partner
 Simon Hills  photo Simon Hills Consultant
 Stephen Johnson  photo Stephen Johnson Partner
 Gavin McClenaghan photo Gavin McClenaghan Partner
 Carl McGuire  photo Carl McGuire Partner
 Jarrod Parker  photo Jarrod Parker Partner
 Helen Randall  photo Helen Randall Operating and Finance Partner
 Sally Richmond photo Sally Richmond Partner
 Richard Salvini photo Richard Salvini Partner
 Jonathon Tetley  photo Jonathon Tetley Partner
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