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Osbornes
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England

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 2

Stephanie Prior, leading spokesperson on the high profile maternity scandal cases involving many NHS Trusts and head of the clinical negligence offering at Osbornes, is described as having ‘superb judgement and a medical knowledge that is second to none’. The team’s workload has particular emphasis on fatal claims; misdiagnoses and failure to diagnose; birth injuries; child and adult obstetric injuries; and ophthalmic claims. In addition, the team has a specialism in spinal injury work, with Ben Posford being described as the ‘undisputed powerhouse’ of cauda equina cases. The team also has a clear focus on diversity and inclusion, with fifty percent of its partners being female. It is also standout for its proportion of bilingual fee-earners and its resultant ability to comfortably assist clients for whom English is not their first language. Jodi Newton, described as a ‘true specialist’ and ‘star in the making’, is developing a reputation for her expertise in cases involving both cerebral palsy and childbirth issues.

Practice head(s):

Stephanie Prior

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Leahy; Jodi Newton; Ben Posford; Robert Aylott

Testimonials

‘Ben Posford’s particular expertise in this area focuses upon cauda equina claims, of which he is an undisputed powerhouse.’

‘Stephanie Prior is an experienced lawyer with immense knowledge of her specialism, which allows her to run her cases with strategic precision. Jodi Newton is a tenacious and intelligent fee earner. She fights tooth and nail for her clients and gains their trust and respect from the outset. Nicholas Leahy works extremely hard and understands the commercial sensitivities of clinical negligence litigation.’

‘Osbornes somehow combine the accessibility of a local firm, with the professional standards of a national or city outfit. They are ambitious for their clients and expect high standards from all who work with them.’

‘Jodi Newton has carved out a niche specialism in cerebral palsy and serious claims arising out of childbirth. She is so committed to her clients and their claims that she always gains and deserves their respect. A true specialist.’

‘Osbornes has impressed me with their personal touch for clients whilst offering a first-class handling of catastrophic injury claims. The partners all have vast experience and are highly respected in their field.’

‘Stephanie Prior is a standout solicitor. She knows her way effortlessly around any clinical negligence issue and has a great strategic mind. She has always shown great judgment and common sense whilst building valuable relationships with her opponents.’

‘Stephanie Prior and Jodi Newton are both superb. They always have the client at the centre of everything they do, they’re approachable, down to earth and dedicated.’

‘Stephanie Prior is highly respected in the marketplace, with a great wealth of experience, superb judgment and medical knowledge that is second to none. I’ve been hugely impressed by Jodi Newton – she’s truly passionate about her cases and her clients, a real fighter and a star in the making.’

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 2

The team at Osbornes is co-chaired by personal injury department head Stuart Kightley; head of child abuse and clinical negligence Stephanie Prior, who has acted on such high profile claims as those made by the abuse victims of Jimmy Saville; and head of catastrophic injury Ben Posford, who is described as being ‘one of the leading catastrophic injury lawyers in the country’. The team deals with multi-million pound, often multifaceted claims, involving such factors as severe brain, psychiatric, gynaecological and spinal injury, major trauma, amputation and fatality. Sophie Davies specialises in brain injury and lower limb amputation cases. The team is the official legal partner of the London Cycling Campaign, and Andrew Middlehurst has a growing specialism in cycling claims and in the laws around e-scooters. Notably, multiple members of the team are fluent in various eastern European languages. Recently appointed partner Sam Collard is one to watch. ‘Brilliant negotiatorRobert Aylott is another key team member.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Kightley; Ben Posford; Stephanie Prior

Other key lawyers:

Sophie Davies; Laura Swaine; Nicola Hall; Magdalena Knez; Andrew Middlehurst; Sam Collard; Robert Aylott

Testimonials

‘This team has carved out an exceptional reputation in catastrophic injury work. Osbornes have managed to recruit a team of outstanding catastrophic injury lawyers who are at the top of the game. Their key strength is the consistent high quality of fee earners and the fact that Ben Posford has his finger on the pulse as one of the leading catastrophic injury lawyers in the country, dealing with some of the highest profile cases.’

‘Ben Posford is a top-class litigator. He knows everything there is to know about catastrophic injury and major disaster litigation. He is a great tactician, a great negotiator and generally, the man you want on your side when dealing with serious personal injury work. Robert Aylott has a fierce intellect, which means he can analyse and evaluate even the most complex cases quickly. He is a brilliant negotiator who always gets the best deal for his client.’

‘This is a really excellent personal injury team that can be regarded as one of the major players in the London claimant personal injury market. Two features distinguish the team. First, strength in depth through having a large number of very high-quality solicitors. Second, the firm’s outreach to eastern European clients who have settled in the UK. The firm has high-calibre UK qualified lawyers who speak eastern European languages at native level.’

‘Ben Posford is a pre-eminent solicitor in the field of very high-value catastrophic injury claims. Robert Aylott is widely regarded by other professionals in the field as one of the best all-round personal injury solicitors practising; superbly experienced, he brings great practical flair and analytical ability to pursuit of claims.

‘Sam Collard is a very effective lawyer with great attention to detail on claims. Magdalena Knez is compassionate and really able to see the wood for the trees when handling matters. Stephanie Prior is very empathetic and practical, she gets to the heart of a case quickly.’

‘A really first-rate team, well capable of dealing with the most serious and complex injuries.’

The team at Osbornes deals with catastrophic injury claims with the same professionalism as the largest firms, but provides a much more client-focused experience. They are a boutique firm with highly experienced partners who are well-respected in the industry.’

‘Ben Posford has a very effective and engaging style, which puts injured clients at their ease. He is willing to take on the most challenging of clients and the most challenging of cases which sets him aside from many. He wears his exceptional intelligence lightly.’

Key clients

Families of the Deceased (Croydon Tram Crash Inquest)

Private client > Family: mediation Tier 2

Osborneshas a strong ethos for being conciliatory (rather than aggressive) with fair/ethical billing practices and strong ADR principles (mediation etc)’. Head of team is the ‘very experienced’ Lisa Pepper who is ‘compassionate, supportive and committed to hear clients, with a very warm manner’. Pepper continues to receive referrals from a large number of leading law firms and mediates on private law children matters, divorces and matrimonial finance cases. She also mediates for large adult family groups. David Leadercramer mediates on all issues. Andrew Watson, Mark Freedman and Bridget Thompson are resolution trained lawyer mediators.

Practice head(s):

Lisa Pepper

Testimonials

‘Osbornes has a hugely experienced mediation team with Andrew Watson, Bridget Thompson and Lisa Pepper who are able to offer financial and children mediation for a range of cases including those that are highly complex involving challenging clients.’

‘Lisa Pepper is fantastic. She goes the extra mile for her clients and is a superb mediator’.

‘They are experienced and competent and have a long tradition and a good reputation. I only deal with them as a mediator and I know (and have worked with) Mark Freedman, Lisa Pepper and Bridget Thompson’.

‘David Leadercrammer is such an experienced wonderful lawyer who you would want on the other side of your case. He’s sensible, pragmatic and hugely experienced in money and children cases‘.

‘Lisa Pepper is a complete all rounder. Her mediation skills are second to none. She is kind and compassionate and knows the law inside out!’.

‘The team has a good range of personalities and approaches, meaning that they should be able to find the right lawyer for any particular client/couple. They are a cost-effective alternative to Central London firms’.

‘Lisa Pepper is good at making herself available to clients and has a real focus on finding pragmatic solutions. Andrew Watson is relaxed and approachable with a really smart brain‘.

‘A family team that is able to offer the highest level of expertise across the family law spectrum from high-net-worth finances through to care proceedings and children matters. They have the experience, lawyers and mediators to be able to advise on a wide range of family matters at the highest level.’

Real estate > Social housing: tenant Tier 2

Osbornes acts for social housing tenants on disrepair, possession, warrants for eviction, homelessness, anti-social behaviour and illegal evictions claims. The practice is ‘undoubtedly one of the best in the business‘ and has a strong reputation for complex disrepair cases and possession claims against local authorities and housing associations. The team, which is ‘prepared to look at difficult situations‘ and willing to ‘take on cases that do not look promising‘, has a specialism at the intersection with community care law, acting for vulnerable clients that lack capacity in housing matters. Practice head William Ford ‘is a test case lawyer whose practice spans social housing and welfare issues‘ who ‘stands out as an exceptional and highly regarded lawyer in the field’.

Practice head(s):

William Ford

Other key lawyers:

Edward Taylor; Alex McMahon

Testimonials

‘As a legal aid practice their instructions are always full and precise. If a short deadline comes up on an urgent case, solicitors are active in collaborating to ensure it can be met. There’s a real sense of team ethic. It’s clear that internal communication and case recording are strong because if a solicitor handling a case is away the person covering is fully up to speed, has the necessary documents available to them and nothing falls through the cracks.’

‘It is clear the firm put the interests of the client first at all times. The associates have a thorough knowledge of the area of law, communicate effectively and are incredibly easy to work with. Will Ford recently took over a case from a departing colleague and was immediately on top of all the issues in a fact-heavy case; he is always available to speak to and in a case against a hard-to-manage litigant in person he was excellent.’

‘From the very first moment, I was aware and grateful to have been put in touch with Osbornes. From helping to receive legal aid which was vital, the expertise, advice, leaving no stone unturned right from the first minute until the very last, I would most certainly recommend every single time.’

‘The lawyer that was helping me with my case was William Ford was simply amazing – if a partner shows all these qualities, this must, I’m sure, filter down to the rest of the employees due to the example set.’

‘Osbornes is one of the firms that I consistently recommend. Excellent service, and thorough and knowledgable lawyers.’

‘Will Ford stands out as an exceptional and highly regarded lawyer in the field.’

‘Osbornes’ team have grown in size and stature under the excellent leadership of Will Ford. They are a firm that likes a challenge and are prepared to do the groundwork to develop cases, even if it means much preparation without remuneration. They are now recognised as firm that is prepared to take on test cases and will not shirk from meeting tight deadlines to ensure that their clients arguments are heard.’

‘Osbornes  are very approachable; in a time where many firms are unwilling to take on cases that do not look promising, they are prepared to look at difficult situations and find a way to assist their clients. Will Ford is a test case lawyer whose practice spans Social Housing and Welfare issues, his breadth of knowledge in both fields in invaluable to those working in his team.’

Private client > Family Tier 3

With Mark Freedman  and Bridget Thompson  at the helm, Osbornes ‘is an excellent firm for both children and financial cases’. It has a superb reputation for its work in all areas of family law from pre and post nuptial agreements to unravelling complicated trusts and advising on other complex cross-border issues. It is adept too at handling international child protection issues. Through Naomi Angell it has considerable strength in adoption, surrogacy and fertility issues. It is a ‘very large team with a number of standout lawyers where clients get a full service whether private client or on the legal aid side’. Claire Andrews has recently been promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Bridget Thompson; Mark Freedman

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Pepper; Joanne Wescott; Diana Bastow; Claire Andrews; Simone McGrath; Naomi Angell; Andrew Watson; Jessica Moore; Tom Trim; David Leadercrammer

Testimonials

‘Osbornes offers an excellent family law service spanning the wide range of disputes that may arise, in relation both to children and finances. The team has members of all levels of experience and seniority who are all eminently approachable and down to earth, committed, hardworking and who support their clients in a very effective, pragmatic way’.

‘Simone MacGrath has a fantastic children’s practice. She is one of the very best solicitors for dealing with international children cases. A first port of call in especially complex matters’.

‘Mark Freedman is a very good family lawyer who has a broad practice specialising in both children and financial cases. He gives excellent advice and knows how to achieve good results for his clients‘.

‘Osbornes offers a unique service of high quality advice and representation across a wide range of areas of law. Their family department is very strong, from adoption (what Naomi Angell doesn’t know abut adoption is not worth knowing) to child abduction and matrimonial finance, this is a very strong team. Naomi Angell is a stand out individual who is well regarded as to the go-to lawyer in her field’.

‘Andrew Watson is respected and tenacious in matrimonial finance. You would want him on your team. Jess Moore is one to watch. She is junior but has an understanding of law, and client skills which suggest much more experience’.

‘Jo Wescott represents the best of family law. Sensitive and caring with clients, tough yet effective in dealing with opponents, and showing fantastic judgment at all times. Considered a rising star in the past, she has fulfilled her potential. Absolutely fantastic and somebody you definitely want on your side.  Bridget Thompson: Bridget brings a wealth of experience to her work so that I know that she will have covered all aspects of a case comprehensively and sensibly; again, I find it easy to work in a collective spirit with her’.

‘Bridget Thompson is a firebrand. She has her clients’ back. She is dogged and fierce. Mark Freedman has a great reputation in financial remedies and private law. His instincts are great and he knows his clients and that really delivers benefits for them‘.

‘Lisa Pepper is fantastic with people and generates calm in her meetings to help clients give of their best’.

Key clients

BT v CU [2021] EWFC 87

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 3

The ‘confident and diligent‘ team at Osbornes is renowned for its Legal Aid work, achieving justice for the most marginalised in society. The firm is known for expertly running judicial review challenges against local authorities, and has recently succefully challenged the Secretary of State for the Home Department in a case relating to adverse age assessments for unaccompanied asylum-seeking putative minors. William Ford undertakes public law challenges across a wide range of areas, including housing, community care, welfare benefits, and support for migrants. Alex McMahon is a specialist within judicial review, frequently representing claimants against public bodies. Edward Taylor is singled out as ‘an exceptional advocate‘.

Practice head(s):

William Ford

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Osbornes are an extremely strong team with highly capable solicitors, associates and partners working in public law. They are a go-to for confident, diligent and careful work and really excel in client care and knowledge in the field. The team are regularly involved in complex challenges including strategic litigation and policy challenges.’

‘Edward Taylor is an outstanding solicitor who consistently goes above and beyond for every client. He is careful, diligent and has a keen eye for strategy. Edward has a very collaborative approach and is a delight to work with.’

‘The team are exceptionally dedicated and hard-working. The team also have an excellent command of the applicable legal principles and are adept at exploring the best evidence on behalf of their clients.’

‘Edward Taylor works to an exceptionally high standard throughout every stage of the legal process. He is very good at explaining technical legal points to clients and exploring the best evidence for the particular context.’

‘I have worked with Osbornes on judicial reviews, in which they have an excellent reputation.’

‘The administrative and public law team at Osbornes are highly experienced with a consistently high standard of work. They have tackled some of the most important recent public law cases involving housing and social welfare issues.’

‘I have nothing but praise for Osbornes Law. They provide an excellent client centered service. I would not hesitate to recommend them. A client would be in very safe hands with them.’

‘Edward Taylor is an exceptional advocate. He has represented many of our clients and he is outstanding. He has a clear focus on the individual person he is representing, adapting his communication approach to meet their needs, and he strives to ensure that they understand the complex issues at stake and can engage meaningfully in any process. He combines this with a sharp mind, very hard work, and a comprehensive understanding of the wider issues at stake.’

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

The agile team at Osbornes acts for a wide range of high-net-worth individuals and families in complex estate and trust litigation, advising on a wide array of contentious trust and estate matters. The department handles complex and high-value litigation on behalf of individuals and trust companies and many of its cases have a cross-border dimension.  It is ‘always a delight’ to deal with the head of department Jan Atkinson. The practice is also frequently appointed by the court as an independent administrator and litigation friend to resolve long running disputes.

Practice head(s):

Jan Atkinson

Other key lawyers:

Katie de Swarte; Elspeth Neilson

 

Testimonials

‘This team perhaps does not have the reputation in this area it ought to have. It quietly handles some very big, high profile disputes. it has an expert team to do so and provides sensible pragmatic advice to its clients. Jan Atkinson has huge experience in this area. She knows the law thoroughly and is an excellent tactician always looking for a good outcome for her clients which she generally achieves’.

‘Most of the team conduct both contentious and non-contentious work, giving them a solid grounding in estate and trust managing principles including tax that is valuable in conducting litigation. Jan Atkinson is a well established and respected partner in the field. Knowledgeable and sensible. Katie de Swarte is extremely client focused and caring and supportive to her clients’.

‘They are completely committed to doing the absolute best they can for every single client. They are bright, knowledgeable and innovative. Commitment to the cause, willingness to go the extra mile and complete command of the area mean they always give the right advice and do the best job possible’.

‘Jan Atkinson handled a difficult situation with great aplomb and tact. A wealth of experience which means clients are very well advised in these circumstances’.

‘A capable contested probate team that seems to care. Katie de Swarte is an up and coming star’.

‘I’ve worked with Elspeth Neilson and Katie de Swarte on various pieces of private client litigation – two in the Court of Protection and one probate dispute. I’ve found them, and the firm, very efficient and capable and dealing successfully with some difficult clients’.

‘Elspeth Neilson and Katie de Swarte are very competent private client lawyers, with good instincts for the merits of the case and a good manner with sometimes difficult clients’.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

Jan Atkinson  heads the practice at Osbornes that is ‘very approachable and knowledgeable’. Jenny Walsh  is another key member of the group.

Osbornes Law is an award winning specialist private client law firm advising clients from all over London,  the UK and  overseas. The firm and individual solicitors have for many years been highly rated by The Legal 500 for expertise and client care. Many in the firm also hold specialist accreditations from external bodies as well as holding appointments which bring an extra level of expertise and know-how to the advice Osbornes provides to clients. The firm is well-known for providing an outstanding client service and has a rating of 4.9/5 on TrustPilot.

Osbornes Law has two London office in Camden and Hampstead.

Types of work undertaken
Family: Divorce, financial disputes, freezing of assets, separation and prenuptial agreements, disputes about children, child abduction (both domestic and international), public law children proceedings and cohabitee disputes. Four partners are trained mediators. The department also houses one of the UK’s leading alternative families practice. Led by internationally renowned lawyer, Naomi Angell, the team advise on adoption, surrogacy and fertility law. The department also specialises in child abduction led by Simone McGrath.

Personal injury: The firm is known for representing clients who have suffered serious injuries including head, brain and spinal injuries. Head of the department Stuart Kightley specialises in head and brain injury claims and rehabilitation, especially those arising from bicycle collisions. The firm is the legal partner of The London Cycling Campaign. The firm specialises in all accidents including accidents at work, including injuries as a result of construction site and scaffolding accidents, and cosmetic surgery injuries. The department also handles high-profile child abuse claims. The firm is an approved lawyer of Headway UK, The Brain Injury Group, The Spinal Injuries Association, The Limbless Association and RoadPeace.

Catastrophic injury: Led by recognised leading individual Ben Posford, the firm acts exclusively for claimants who have suffered life-changing injuries, including spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, amputations and fatalities. Ben is a specialist in cauda equina syndrome and has a special interest in early rehabilitation for those have been seriously injured.

Medical negligence: The department is led by the highly regarded Stephanie Prior and specialises in serious injury cases with a particular interest in birth injuries. It can assist with all medical negligence claims from relatively minor injuries to catastrophic and life changing injuries such as spinal cord damage and brain injury. Lawyers are accredited by AvMA, The Law Society’s Clinical Negligence panel and the Society of Clinical Injury Lawyers

Property: Residential and commercial sales and purchases, leasehold enfranchisement, licences to underlet, remortgages, auction purchases, transfers of equity, staircasing leases, lease variations and licences for alterations.

Property litigation: Landlord and tenant disputes, restrictive covenants, rights of way/easements and disputes concerning interpretation of leases. All aspects of housing law are handled, including homelessness, possession proceedings, disrepair, unlawful eviction and transfer applications.

Private client: Preparation of wills and probate administration by expert lawyers. Also specialises in disputed estates and intestacy, powers of attorney, trusts and Court of Protection.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Conveyancing Simon Nosworthysimon.nosworthy@osborneslaw.com
Family Bridget Thompsonbridget.thompson@osborneslaw.com
Housing William Fordwilliam.ford@osborneslaw.com
Property litigation Shilpa Mathuradasshilpa.mathuradas@osborneslaw.com
Commercial property Guy Osbornguy.osborn@osborneslaw.com
Medical negligence Stephanie Priorstephanie.prior@osborneslaw.com
Personal injury Stuart Kightleystuart.kightley@osborneslaw.com
Wills, trusts and probate Jan Atkinsonjan.atkinson@osborneslaw.com
Catastrophic injury Ben Posfordben.posford@osborneslaw.com
Family Mediation Lisa Pepperlisa.pepper@osborneslaw.com
Adoption & Surrogacy Naomi Angellnaomi.angell@osborneslaw.com
Child Abduction Simone McGrathsimone.mcgrath@osborneslaw.com
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Claire Andrews photo Claire AndrewsAssociate solicitor
Naomi Angell photo Naomi AngellConsultant solicitor specialising in domestic and international adoption, surrogacy, fertility law and…
Jan Atkinson photo Jan AtkinsonPartner and head of private client department. Jan specialises in wills, probate…
Robert Aylott photo Robert AylottPartner
Diana Bastow photo Diana BastowAssociate Solicitor
Sam Collard photo Sam CollardPartner
Sophie Davies photo Sophie DaviesPartner specialising in personal injury and has a wide ranging caseload. Sophie is…
Mark Freedman photo Mark FreedmanMark is a partner in the family department and has been the…
Arjun Jethwa photo Arjun JethwaAssociate Solicitor
Stuart Kightley photo Stuart KightleyStuart is head of Osbornes’ personal injury department and the firm’s joint…
David Leadercramer photo David LeadercramerPartner
Nicholas Leahy photo Nicholas LeahySolicitor
Manjit Mandair photo Manjit MandairAssociate Solicitor
Shilpa Mathuradas photo Shilpa MathuradasHead of property litigation at Osbornes Law, Shilpa Mathuradas is an experienced property…
Simone McGrath photo Simone McGrathConsultant; expertise in children law, both domestic and international; child abduction specialist;…
Siobhan McIvor photo Siobhan McIvorSiobhan was made a partner of the firm in January 2012 and…
Alex McMahon photo Alex McMahonAssociate Solicitor
Elspeth Neilson photo Elspeth NeilsonPartner
Jodi Newton photo Jodi NewtonAssociate Solicitor
Simon Nosworthy photo Simon NosworthySimon is partner and head of the residential property team at Osbornes.…
Guy Osborn photo Guy OsbornGuy is the Head of the Commercial Property and Leasehold Reform departments at Osbornes…
Lisa Pepper photo Lisa PepperPartner specialising in family law including financial settlements on divorce (cases involving…
Ben Posford photo Ben PosfordBen is head of catastrophic injuries as a partner at Osbornes, and…
Stephanie Prior photo Stephanie PriorStephanie is head of medical negligence at Osbornes, with a particular focus…
Sarah Scott photo Sarah ScottAssociate Solicitor
Edward Taylor photo Edward TaylorAssociate Solicitor
Bridget Thompson photo Bridget ThompsonHead of the family department at Osbornes, Bridget practices in all aspects…
Jenny Walsh photo Jenny WalshPartner
Andrew Watson photo Andrew WatsonAndrew specialises in family law. Originally employed as a non-practising barrister, he…
Joanne Wescott photo Joanne WescottPartner
Number of UK partners : 22
Number of other UK fee-earners : 80
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