Rebecca Shafto > BLM > Bristol Region, England > Lawyer Profile

Postal Address
2 New Bailey Square
Stanley Street
M3 5GS

Work Department

Personal injury.


Rebecca’s practice is focused on the defence of catastrophic injury claims arising out of RTA, EL and PL accidents. Her caseload consists mainly of claims concerning severe brain injury, amputations and other multiple traumatic injuries. Historically most of her cases have damages valued in excess of £1m. She has dealt with a number of cases involving children who have sustained severe brain injuries and liability has been in dispute. She has dealt with claims involving periodical payments. She has handled a number of cases involving serious injuries arising from falls from heights where alcohol was an issue. She has investigated and defended numerous complex EL claims involving a number of parties such as employers, main contractors and occupiers.


Trained Sansbury Hill; qualified 1997; partner John A Neil 2002; partner BLM 2010.


Lawnside School, Malvern; Bristol University (LPC).

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence; defendant

(Leading individuals)

Rebecca ShaftoBLM

BLM‘s defendant-side large loss and catastrophic injury team in the Bristol region, which includes ‘some of the best lawyers and support‘, has a varied practice, representing major insurers. It has developed additional niches in marine and abuse-related cases, as well as a strong local authority practice. Other areas of expertise are industrial disease, casualty and health and safety claims. The group also has experience defending foreign claims. Andrew Lawson specialises in claims involving brain injuries, upper and lower-limb amputations and paralysis, as well as representing insured defendants in regulatory prosecutions. The ‘very bright‘ Rebecca Shafto handles a wide variety of catastrophic injury cases for the firm’s insurer clients. ‘Leaving no stone unturned‘, associate Emma Palmer is building a reputation for defending brain injury cases. The firm’s Bristol office was closed during 2020, with all staff moving to remote working; the department is coordinated from Southampton by Joe Wakeford.