Chris Webb-Jenkins > Weightmans LLP > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Weightmans LLP
First Floor, St Philips Point
TEMPLE ROW
BIRMINGHAM
B2 5AF
England

Work Department

Local government and police.

Position

Partner specialising in defending Social Care and Safeguarding. Defending claims, in particular against local authorities, education providers, sports clubs and sports governing bodies. Often these claims are high profile, and of great sensitivity to all parties involved. Particular expertise in issues relating to duty of care, vicarious liability, human rights, mental health, data protection, defamation and judicial review. Particular sectoral expertise in the legacy insurance market. Also provide advice on Safeguarding governance and regulation, and in relation to public inquiries, with extensive involvement in IICSA (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse). Clients include Zurich Insurance, Municipal Mutual Insurance, AIG, Travelers, Gallagher Bassett, QBE, Barnardo’s, and many local authorities and local authority consortia. Notable cases: North Wales Children’s Homes Group Action; South Wales Children’s Homes Group Action; Staffordshire Children’s Homes Group Action; NA v Nottinghamshire County Council; JB v Leicestershire County Council.

Career

Dawson & Co – September 1989 to April 1993 – Articled Clark and Solicitor; Osborne Clarke – April 1993 to April 1996 – Solicitor; Browne Jacobson – April 1996 to April 2015 – Solicitor; Associate; Partner; Weightmans – May 2015 to date – Partner.

Memberships

Member of the FOIL Public Sector and Blue Light sector focus team.

Education

St Georges College, Weybridge; University College, Durham (1988 BA (Hons) Law, 2(:1)).

Leisure

Running, golf, table tennis, watching rugby.

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

Weightmans LLP is home to a ‘really strong team that is tenacious in its approach’. It remains appointed to all NHS Resolution panel lots which includes advising on clinical claims for NHS trusts and primary care beneficiaries and also handles numerous medical malpractice claims for insurers and independent practitioners. Tony Yeaman  and Deborah Bannister are both NHS Resolution nominated partners while Jasmine Armstrong has advised on numerous defendant clinical negligence actions for NHS Resolution. Sarah Hopwood heads the healthcare fraud service while the personal injury practice is likewise large and highly regarded, acting for most major insurers and 1/3 of FTSE 100 companies. Chris Webb-Jenkins is an experienced advocate and has particular expertise in group actions whereas Navdip Wilson  has particular strength in various areas such as chronic pain claims. Henry Bermingham is a known name for his handling of social care abuse/inquiry matters. David Tuck  is a key member of the disease team while Penelope Marshall  handles a wide range of litigation on behalf of local government and public sector clients as well private care home and educational bodies. Bruce Ralston is adept at advising on sports liability and frequently advises insurers, sports governing bodies and sports companies/organisations on a whole host of issues. The team was pleased to add Nicola Pegg to its ranks from Bevan Brittan LLP .