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Serious Law LLP

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Bolton-based Serious Law LLP specialises exclusively in serious personal injury cases. The practice has a strong record in spinal, brain, and other catastrophic injury claims, and is particularly recommended for complex liability cases. Ben Priestley jointly heads the department with Tim Walters, who also heads the Court of Protection team. Jonathan Syddall is noted for his experience in fatal accidents and amputations.

Practice head(s):

Tim Walters; Ben Priestley

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Syddall; Chris Lecky


‘The team are devoted to this area of the law. The maxim of putting the customer first is truly displayed in everything that they do.’

‘Ben Priestley and Jonathan Syddall provide a wealth of expertise in personal injury with excellent attention to detail and client care.’

‘Richard Crabtree is vastly experienced in catastrophic injury work. He has a very driven and effective approach to complex litigation and has good judgment on tactical issues.’

‘Ben Priestley is an outstanding individual. He is a leading practitioner in the field of catastrophic injury. His technical knowledge is first-rate as is his ability as a negotiator and he combines this with a personable approach to his clients.’

‘Jonathan Syddall has tremendous experience of brain and spinal injuries, including cases of the most severe brain injuries. He is a very switched on litigator.’

‘Ben Priestley and Tim Walters are very capable solicitors who will go the extra mile for their clients and families. Having an understanding of brain injury and spinal cord injury also helps them to inform their practice whilst improving the quality of life of those they aim to help. They work as a team and problem solve in some very complex situations.

‘Chris Lecky – experienced and more than competent enough to be a partner, and making the very best of the learning opportunities he has been given.’

‘Tim Walters’ Court of Protection reputation grows annually – he is a leader in this area.’

This is one of the country’s leading practices specialising in catastrophic injury, focusing on cases including brain injury, spinal injury, amputation and cerebral palsy. It operates on a nationwide basis and is dedicated to rebuilding the lives of those affected by serious injury.

The firm: Serious Law LLP is a distinct and highly innovative firm. Founded in 1989, it was one of the first practices in the UK to be established with the specific intention of dealing exclusively with personal injury cases on behalf of claimants and later to develop its nationwide practice extensively in the then-emerging legal expenses insurance sector. Serious Law LLP has now become established as one of the UK’s leading firms in the field of catastrophic injury claims, with a particular emphasis on high-value, difficult liability cases. The firm has achieved numerous multimillion-pound settlements in cases of the utmost complexity.

The practice is committed to excellence in all areas of client care and is dedicated to the pursuit of professionalism and results. The practice has developed close relationships with leading charities, spinal centres, medical and care experts, consultants, specialist barristers and other leading professionals in the catastrophic injury field and is recommended by many leading organisations to act in such cases. It has a particular interest in investigating difficult liability cases. A number of high-value settlements have been achieved in cases that were rejected by other firms on the assumption that there were insufficient prospects of success.

The practice maintains investment in cutting-edge technology and offers a nationwide face-to-face client service, delivered professionally and sensitively. In order to help clients rebuild and regain control of their lives, it offers an all-encompassing service that not only includes legal assistance, but also the facilitation of rehabilitation, vocational training, housing adaptation, and more.

The practice has also been involved in a joint venture ABS, in partnership with the leading international insurance group Allianz, which has undertaken work on behalf of the motor manufacturers BMW, Volkswagen and Ford.

Types of work undertaken: All aspects of brain injury are dealt with, from mild traumatic brain injury to cases of the utmost severity.

Spinal injury is also a specific area of expertise, with a track record of involvement in cases of the utmost severity involving complete spinal cord injury and resulting in paraplegia and tetraplegia.

The practice also specialises in cerebral palsy cases, injuries resulting in amputation, cases involving medical negligence, serious/multiple orthopaedic injuries, and significant injuries arising from criminal assault.

The practice offers a full service for maximum severity cases and it has developed a dedicated panel of experts to ensure the provision of a comprehensive rehabilitation package. Its Court of Protection department is also highly rated.

Serious Law LLP intends to expand significantly as its market share grows in line with its reputation as well as its marketing and business relationships. The firm is currently recruiting in several areas of its practice.

Senior partner John Sherrington
Managing partner Tim Walters
PI/catastrophic injury Matthew Dixon
PI/catastrophic injury Ben Priestley
Clinical negligence Matthew Dixon
Clinical negligence Ben Priestley
Court of Protection Tim Walters
PI/catastrophic injury Jonathan Syddall
Matthew Dixon  photo Matthew Dixon Matthew is a solicitor, partner and head of litigation at Serious Law…
Ben Priestley  photo Ben Priestley Ben is a solicitor and partner at Serious Law. He has been…
John Sherrington  photo John Sherrington John is the senior partner of Serious Law LLP and a solicitor…
Jonathan Syddall  photo Jonathan Syddall Jonathan is a solicitor and partner at Serious Law.  He has many…
Tim Walters  photo Tim Walters As the head of Serious Law’s Court of Protection department and a…
Number of UK partners : 5