Stuart Furniss > BLM > Liverpool, England > Lawyer Profile
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- Stuart joined BLM in 2002 after qualifying in 2000 with a north west firm. He was promoted to associate in 2004 and made partner in 2006.
- Stuart heads the motor and large loss/ catastrophic injuries teams in in Liverpool. He is one of BLM’s Lead Catastrophic Lawyers and specialises in catastrophic injury cases arising from employers’ liability, public liability and motor claims involving complex liability issues, head injuries, amputation, serious orthopaedic injuries and other claims with a high level of damages. He is currently dealing with a number of traumatic brain injury and serious spinal injury claims valued in excess of £10m.
- Stuart is one of a very small number of lawyers appointed to handle claims of the highest value and complexity by a number of large insurer clients. Stuart takes a commercial and pragmatic approach when handling such claims, working closely with both the client and claimant’s solicitors. In addition, Stuart is part of the Motor Practice Group and manages a team that handles mainly fast and multi-track motor bodily injury claims for insurers.
- Stuart regularly writes articles and provides seminars and training on various topics within his areas of expertise.
- Stuart also contributed to and co-edited the 15th edition of Bingham and Berrymans’ Personal Injury and Motor Claims Cases.
Trained Littmann & Co, London and Hillyer McKeown, Chester; qualified 2000; assistant solicitor Berrymans Lace Mawer 2002; associate 2004; partner 2008.
Law Society; FOIL.
Wirral Grammar School for Boys; Manchester Metropolitan University (1995 LLB Hons 2(1)); Nottingham Law School.
Football, golf, music, playing guitar, travel, Liverpool Football Club season ticket holder.
BLM‘s defendant clinical negligence practice is known for its expertise in delay of diagnosis of cancer claims, surgical claims (particularly neurosurgery), wrongful birth, brain injury claims, dental negligence and ophthalmic treatments. Sarah Woodwark heads the practice. Chris Dexter is particularly recommended for claims in a prison healthcare context. The firm’s personal injury department handles occupational disease claims, catastrophic injury, abuse claims, and employers’ liability claims. The department has a dedicated motor practice. Jonathan Clay, Joanne Francis, Simon Jones and Stuart Furniss head the team, which also includes Ruth Graham, Andrew Kerr, David Spencer and Lauren Gosnell, as well as ‘thorough and clever‘ associate Nicola Overmire.
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- Public sector > Local government
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- Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester
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- Employment > Employment
- Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester
- Real estate > Construction
- Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant