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South West: Insurance

Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 2


BLM acts for insurances in respect of injury claims involving chronic pain, brain injuries, traumata, paralysis as well as upper and lower limb amputations arising from road traffic accidents, fire, animal escaping and accidents in the agricultural sector. Rebecca Shafto also deals with cases involving injuries and diseases caused by the consumption of legal and illegal drugs. The firm also deals with infant claimants.

Practice head(s):Joe Wakeford

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Shafto

Key Clients



Ecclesiastical Insurance Group

Gallagher Bassett

North Somerset Council


First Port


Work highlights

  • Advised NIG on a workplace injury claim involving an employee who allegedly tripped and feel as a result of equipment left on the floor.
  • Advised DLG on the settlement of a £6.5m paraplegic claim involving an unusual development of a syrinx in the spine of the claimant
  • Advising NIG on a claim arising from a labour only subcontractor supplied to a building site lost his right arm from below the elbow after an accident involding a circular saw.
  • Instructed LV= to progress rehabilitation and advance their interests.
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South West: Transport

Shipping - ranked: tier 2


BLM in Bristol predominantly focuses on marine insurance work, with a larger focus on so-called 'wet' shipping matters; this area is split relatively equally between injury and non-injury work. Team head Gemma Pearce, who is dual-qualified as a solicitor and as a barrister, has 18 years of experience of the sector. The work includes matters involving charter parties, bills of lading, the supply and carriage of goods, cargo, and passenger and crew claims. Policy coverage disputes are another area of strength.

Practice head(s):Gemma Pearce

Other key lawyers:Stephen Favali; Alice Walsh; Amy Frogson

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