Personal Injury: Mainly Defendant - UK-wide
Basic facts about the department
- 101 partners
- 373 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Bristol, Southampton, Leeds
What the team is known for Widely recognised as a major force in the field of defendant personal injury, occupying an enviable market position in terms of nationwide coverage and client base. Offers a comprehensive defendant personal injury service, providing a wealth of specialist expertise in areas including catastrophic injury work, industrial disease, equine claims, and cases relating to abuse.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Problem solving: "Their responses are appropriate, progressive and helpful."
Technical ability: "They know their stuff and they're not afraid of a fight."
What's new? Nick Rogers joined the Southampton office as a partner.
Manchester-based Roger Brooks is known for his specialism in catastrophic injury claims, handling cases including brain and spinal injury, and amputations. Sources highlight his "technical expertise, commercial acumen and practicality."
In the Southampton office, Andrew Hibbert is adept in dealing with catastrophic claims arising from RTAs and sports-related injuries, as well as claims for severe psychiatric injuries. Sources describe him as "very logical and sensible to deal with," and a "really impressive opponent."
Nicholas Pargeter is a recognised specialist in industrial and occupational disease claims based in the London office. Sources note that "he's on top of the disease market."
Sources note Jennette Newman's expertise and reputation for "top-end work." Based in the London office, she handles major catastrophic and psychiatric injury claims, and has particular experience in those relating to employers' liability.
Jenny Moates heads the London office's catastrophic injury team and is described by sources as "very high quality. She really can add value to cases – she thinks about them very carefully and gives good instructions."
London-based partner Michael Pether is experienced across a range of complex areas of personal injury litigation, including catastrophic injury and disease. He is particularly noted as a specialist in defending abuse claims.
Based in the Liverpool office, David Evans handles a variety of serious and catastrophic injury claims, specialising particularly in cases involving public or employers' liability and those with an element of fraud.
Operating out of the Leeds office, Christopher Gannon is recognised for his extensive experience in claims involving industrial disease, particularly those relating to asbestos exposure.
Southampton-based partner Michael Renshaw is known for his deft handling of high-value catastrophic injury claims, including cases involving spinal cord and brain injuries, and amputations. He is particularly experienced in claims arising from RTAs.
Henry Bermingham operates out of the Birmingham office and is known for his ability in a range of particularly complex areas of personal injury work, including high-profile disease litigation, claims involving psychiatric injury, and cases relating to abuse.
Valerie Jones is a partner in the Manchester office focusing on claims for psychiatric injuries. She is also highly experienced in catastrophic brain injury claims and cases involving disease work.
London-based national senior partner Terry Renouf receives widespread acclaim for the depth of his experience throughout the personal injury sphere. He handles cases across the spectrum of complex personal injury claims, particularly those relating to disease.
In the Birmingham office, Stephen Hazelton concentrates his practice on serious and catastrophic claims. Sources describe him as a "sharp lawyer; we've had some extremely good successes due to his tenacity and ability to spot the interesting points of law. He's fantastic for the client."
Significant clients Aviva, Barclays, Corporation of London, Gallagher Bassett, Zurich.