Firm Profile > Serious Law LLP > Bolton , England

Serious Law LLP

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

Serious Law LLP, which is based in Bolton but also has an office in Cambridge, acts on the most serious and complex personal injury cases including spinal, brain, and other catastrophic injuries. The group has particular strength in difficult liability cases and regularly obtain substantial interim payments on behalf of clients. Key individuals include senior partner John Sherrington, Ben Priestley, Tim Walters and Matthew Dixon. Senior associate Jonathan Syddall is also recommended. Senior solicitor Gillian Lakes joined the firm in February 2018 from Horwich Farrelly.

Leading individuals


The team have considerable strength in depth. The solicitors are experts in their field and have substantial expertise in dealing with complex and high value litigation.

Gillian Lakes, Ben Prestley and Richard Crabtree have display an excellent ability to understand complex issues. They make clients feel comfortable and at ease.

This firm has an almost unrivalled depth of catastrophic injury work. The quality of their cases is matched by the quality of their work. The team is able to take the most challenging, high-value cases in their stride and get terrific results for their clients. The team has an in-depth knowledge of the sector, with excellent connections to leading silks, junior barristers and experts.

Ben Priestley is a real star of the personal injury profession. He is unfailingly calm and polite, unflappable and able to conduct the most complex litigation. He is superb with clients, opponents and counsel.’

‘Jonathan Syddall has an excellent practice of really high-value personal injury cases, including brain and spinal cases. He is excellent with clients and is a real expert in his field.

‘A niche practice for catastrophically injured claimants competing with all the major firms on a par.’

Matthew Dixon is excellent with all his clients and shows a level of compassion well beyond the norm but without losing his focus away from the claim. He manages his client expectations brilliantly and there are never any surprises when defendants raise points in the claim because he has covered them already.’

‘Tim Walters is recognised as being a safe pair of hands.

Experts in their field. Always willing to explore every avenue of a case in thorough detail. Client care is exceptional.

Tim Walters is able to describe often complex situations in appropriate terms with great empathy.

They are a multidiscipline practice with a breadth of knowledge across the legal profession with a particular specialism in complex high value claims, often surrounding tragic circumstances resulting in severe spinal cord injuries or acquired brain injury. These are two areas that require a high level of skill as legal practitioners to navigate the complexities of the case accordingly and produce optimum outcomes for their clients.’

The team’s legal knowledge, when it comes to serious injuries, is as good as it gets but for me what makes the Serious Law team stand out is their ability to communicate with their clients. Building genuine relationships, keeping the client informed in a caring, non-patronising way comes naturally to the team. Combine this with an obvious comprehension of the actual injury and you’re in the hands of a team that will fill you with confidence and ensure you’re in the best possible position to rebuild your life.

Ben Priestley – Ben has a very calming manner and amazing people skills; he’s someone you’ll look forward to seeing as he builds a strong bond with his clients. Don’t confuse kindness with weakness, Ben’s legal knowledge and experience means he’ll fight for his clients every step of the way.’

‘John Syddall has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law when it comes to serious injury. John is someone who is always thinking about how he can help his clients to get the best possible outcome and is someone everyone would want on their team.’

‘Tim Walters – a client of Tim is a client for life, not just the duration of the case. He is a ‘doer’- if Tim says something will be done, you can rest assured it will be done.

The team are very experienced and have excellent interpersonal and communication skills. They carry out their responsibilities with the the utmost professionalism. They are very experienced in neurological injury which enables them to fully understand the needs of the client and their families. They make themselves available in a very responsive and timely manner and are approachable and sincere in everything they do. Internally they function very well as a team and have clear roles and responsibilities which enable the efficient management of information. If a solicitor is not available they will always ensure there is someone else available to respond.

Ben Priestley, Tim Walters and Chris Lecky care about their client and families and demonstrate this by taking a clinical and personal interest whilst maintaining professional boundaries. They go above and beyond in terms of facilitating for any issues that arise and help to troubleshoot by acting as an extension of the treating team.’

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 is also involved in a joint venture ABS, in partnership with the leading international insurance group Allianz, which undertakes 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Matthew Dixon  photo Matthew Dixon
 John Sherrington  photo John Sherrington
 Jonathan Syddall  photo Jonathan Syddall
Number of UK partners : 5