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Blaise Smith

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Weightmans LLP

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Large loss.

London: Insurance

Product liability: defendant

Within: Product liability: defendant

Weightmans LLP's practice is led by Fiona East, who is 'experienced, commercial and well-liked by clients and insurers alike.' Her recent work includes acting for the defendants in the case of a factory fire allegedly caused by the defendant's product, and a series of complex matters across the retail, food and drink and consumer goods industries via the defendant's insurers. Other notable lawyers in the team include Blaise Smith, a partner in the Leeds office with expertise in injury and property claims, many of which arise from defective products. He is defending a £1 million claim involving a fire in a restaurant and shopping area. Leicester-based partner Stephen Robb  is currently acting for a household name clothing company. Its expertise extends to food contamination claims, malfunctioning industrial components, product recalls, brand protection and numerous other matters.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

Personal injury: defendant

Within: Personal injury: defendant

The substantial personal injury department at Weightmans attracts praise for its 'strong understanding of the commercial objectives of the insurer clients' and regularly defends large loss, commercial insurance, motor, fraud, local government, casualty and costs claims. The practice, headed up by Blaise Smith, is described as 'very good, particularly in respect of employer's liability claims'. Smith has significant experience handling high profile, high value and complex claims and acts exclusively for insurers, with a focus on catastrophic claims. Other key names to note include Jim Byard, the 'commercially astute' Iain Davison and Lindsay Staddon for occupational disease claims, insurance fraud matters and high value, large loss cases, respectively. Clients include Zurich, AIG, Leeds City Council and Durham County Council.

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