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Weightmans LLP

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East Midlands: Insurance

Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant
Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 2

Weightmans LLP

The core areas of focus at Weightmans LLP include disease, large loss and casualty personal injury matters. Another cornerstone of the practice involves acting for the police and public authorities. Dave Cottam heads up the team, whose other clients include fire services, housing providers and education establishments. Cottam exclusively undertakes catastrophic personal injury claims, including matters involving spinal and brain injuries, paralysis, amputation and chronic pain. Also knowledgeable about catastrophic personal injury cases is Clare Malpus. Paul Debney, who leads a specialist disease counter fraud team, advises local authorities, insurance companies and corporates.

Practice head(s):Dave Cottam

Other key lawyers:Paul Debney; Andrew Clarke; Clare Malpus;

Key Clients


Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB)

NHS Resolution

Cooperative Insurance

AIG Europe Insurance

Ageas Insurance

Tesco Insurance

Sabre Insurance

Collingwood Insurance

First Central Insurance

AXAXL Insurance

Travelers Insurance

Insure the Box

Liberty Mutual Insurance



Enterprise Rent A Car


Rolls Royce

Work highlights

  • Acted for AXAXL in Swift v Carpenter, which is the leading case on accommodation claims. The case arose from the claimant sustaining a below knee amputation in a road traffic accident.
  • Represented AIG Europe Insurance in a  noise induced hearing loss claim that was struck out for dishonesty.
  • Represented the Highway Authority in an important case that established that, in erecting a warning sign , it was under no duty to prevent that sign becoming obscured by adjacent vegetation.
  • Acted for Zurich Insurance in a noise-induced hearing loss claim that was discontinued after evidence was obtained about the claimant's dishonesty in relation to his date of knowledge.
  • Acted for AXAXL in the Supreme Court in the leading case on compensation for sensitivity to platinum salts.

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East Midlands: Public sector

Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

Weightmans LLP

At Weightmans LLP, the local authority and governance work includes licensing, anti-social behaviour matters and advice on new highway codes of conduct. The group also handles public inquires, and is knowledgeable about adult and social care issues. The firm undertakes a significant amount of work for police authorities, particularly in the context of litigation and general governance matters. Names to note include Robin Constable, Belinda Moore and John Riddell.

Practice head(s):Belinda Moore; John Riddell; Andrew Clarke; Robin Constable; Asema Natha; Joanna Carty; Asad Hadadi; Sera Jones; Amy Roberts-Morrow; Fiona Evans; Richard Osborn;

Key Clients

EM Lawshare

Leicestershire County Council

Derbyshire County Council

Derby City Council

Rotherham MBC

Nottinghamshire County Council

Rutland County Council

Charnwood Borough Council

Independent Commission to Investigate Haiti Sexual Exploitation

Chief Constable of Warwickshire

Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire

Chief Constable of Norfolk

Chief Constable of Suffolk

Peterborough City Council

Bolsover District Council

Walsall MBC

University of Loughborough

University of Leicester

Bassetlaw District Council

Hinkley and Bosworth District Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Rotherham MBC on a report into child sexual exploitation issues.
  • Repeat instructions on age assessment cases for asylum seekers from Derby City Council.
  • Instructed at short notice by Hinkley and Bosworth to deal with injunction breach and committal hearings  at the county court and closure order applications at the magistrates court.
  • Advise the Independent Commission to Investigate Haiti sexual exploitation claims on all governance and related issues, including GDPR, cyber security, its constitution, reporting formats, confidentiality and privilege and cross jurisdictional issues.

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East Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Elsewhere in the East Midlands
Commercial property: Elsewhere in the East Midlands - ranked: tier 3

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP's commercial property practice is led by Richard Osborn, who is the firm's regional office head in the Midlands, and divides his time between the Leicester and Birmingham offices. Osborn is particularly experienced in commercial and residential development and regeneration projects, where he acts for developers, landowners and funders. Also notable is that Osborn has expertise in restructuring transactions in the retail sector. In addition, he advises schools on academy conversions, and he also handles real estate work for universities and other higher education institutions. Osborn works alongside associate Catherine Bowen, whose experience includes property portfolio transactions and landlord and tenant matters.

Practice head(s):Richard Osborn

Other key lawyers:Catherine Bowen

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East Midlands

Offices in Leicester


Offices in London EC4A, London EX3A, and London EC1M

North West

Offices in Liverpool, Manchester M2, Manchester M3, and Knutsford


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