Joe Wakeford > BLM > Southampton, England > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Catastrophic injury/clinical negligence.


Joe is a highly experienced catastrophe injury partner, dealing with complex loss and high value claims. He has a background in clinical negligence. He is nominated partner for the NHSLA and works with NHS Trusts, representing them through inquests and advising on a wide range of healthcare issues. He also manages their non-clinical claims. Joe was one of the key partners responsible for establishing BLM’s presence in Dublin. Member of the Bristol Medico Legal Society and Civil Courts Committee.


Trained at Peter Carter Ruck and Partners; qualified 1987; Bevan Brittan, partner 1994; Beachcroft, consultant; Berrymans Lace Mawer, partner 2009.


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Allhallows School, Dorset; University of Kent (BA Hons Law); Guildford College of Law (Law Society finals).


Tennis, sailing, golf.

Lawyer Rankings

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

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.

South East > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

The Southampton-based defendant personal injury team at BLM specialises in significant, high-value and complex cases covering a wide range of matters, including healthcare, health and safety, occupational disease, equestrian and construction claims, regularly handling cross-border matters. National catastrophic injury head Andrew Hibbert is praised for his ‘technical know-how and progressive approach’ and is described as one of the ‘leading defendant catastrophic injury lawyers in the country’. Other key figures in the team – which acts for top 10 insurers, transport companies and public authorities – include the ‘first-classJoe Wakeford, who has a background in clinical negligence, and the ‘very customer-focusedClare Garnett, as well as Andrew Williamson  – ‘a high-flying star who is enormously respected in the industry’ – and Richard Grayson, who ‘is hugely admired by clients for his tenacity and insight‘. Stephanie Atkinson has a particular interest in cases concerning premature birth, while Gemma Parker has recently led on a number of major road traffic accident claims.