Firm Profile > Serious Law LLP > Bolton, England

Serious Law LLP

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

Bolton-based Serious Law LLP has a strong record on work on complex cases involving spinal, brain and other catastrophic injury, with particular expertise in difficult liability cases. The team specialises exclusively in catastrophic personal injury matters. The 'empathetic and incisive' Tim Walters manages the firm; Ben Priestley is also recommended and has significant experience in cases involving brain and spinal injuries and rehabilitation. The well-regarded Jonathan Syddall was promoted to partner in May 2019.

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‘This firm is absolutely dedicated to providing access to justice to severely injured claimants. The experience they have developed in understanding the claim and providing support and rehabilitation sets them apart.’

‘Able to combine a team of absolutely top drawer lawyers, with a personal and personable service that is often difficult with the bigger firms.  A truly stand-out group of partners.’

‘Serious Law are passionate and dedicated to supporting injury victims. Our organisation works with many law firms who support seriously injured claimants, and Serious Law are right up there with the best in terms of calibre of lawyers, methods of working, delivering tangible rehabilitation benefits to their clients.’

‘Ben Priestley is a superstar. He is calm, methodical and personable with clients, but he is a ruthless litigator with a first-class brain.’

‘Jonathan Sydall has a great manner with clients and an excellent profile of high-value and complex cases.’

‘Tim Walters is utterly brilliant at dealing with Court of Protection matters – he very obviously puts the client’s interests first.’

‘Tim Walters has the ability to be empathetic yet incisive as he ensures that the clients needs are paramount in negotiations. His client-first attitude set him apart from many other lawyers I have met that will sometimes look for compromise in negotiation to move on from certain issues. His integrity and strength of character cannot be doubted and I have amazing trust in him and the partners at Serious Law to deliver on promises.’

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.

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
PI/catastrophic injury Jonathan Syddall
Photo Name Position Profile
 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