Michelle Penn > BLM > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Occupational Disease Team.
Care- Neglect .


Partner, heads up the OD team in London and specialises in all types of disease claims and advoises on plocy coverage issues. Michelle heads up the care /neglect group in London and manages a Care Matters Blog.
Michelle chaired the review of the disease and illness PAP which introduced the Mesothelioma annex. Michelle contributes to responses to consultations concerning reforms relevant to disease litigation. Michelle was appointed Chieff Assesor of the Disease Accreditation Scheme at The law Socety .Michelle also worked with the ABI on the developmentof the Mesothelioma Support fund.
Michelle is BLMs Training Principal and is reponsible for trainees nationally.
Mchelle presents at various seminars both for BLM and externally and also provides training for both clients and at BLM.


Trained at TV Edwards and the CPS; qualified 1993; Thompsons 1995 where she began to specialise in disease claims and became team leader in 1997; BLM 2000; partner 2003.


Was a council member on behalf of FOIL for 4 years and sat on the the Civil Justice Committee at The Law Society for 9 years.


Central Foundation Girls’ School; University of East London.


Films, music, dancing, grandson.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Insurance > Personal injury: defendant

BLM ‘remains a top-tier firm‘ serving the needs of the insurance industry in the context of catastrophic injury claims. Apart from major insurers, corporate clients as well as public sector entities seek the practice’s advice on the full-range of personal injury matters, including accidents at work, motor claims as well as disease, public liability and fatal cases. The London casualty team is headed by Matthew Ford, who has a substantial track record defending complex and large loss claims across a range of industries, namely construction, retail, manufacturing and travel. Leading disease specialist Michelle Penn leads the occupational disease group; while the catastrophic injury team, which handles claims of the utmost severity often including cross-border elements, is under the supervision of Antony French. The team is regularly instructed to advise on spinal cord injuries, amputation cases, high-value chronic pain claims, as well as brain injury cases, for which Claire Collins is noted as a subtle brain damage specialist. High-profile group litigation related to sexual/physical abuse and bullying cases are the key areas of expertise for Michael Pether, who has a strong reputation for claims concerning local authority and institutional liability.