Personal Injury - UK-wide
Basic facts about the department
- 113 partners
- 385 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, London, Southampton
What the team is known for Undisputed market leader with a top-flight client roster. Formidable depth in areas including catastrophic and fatal matters, industrial disease work, equine cases and abuse claims.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're very experienced and they have great understanding of legal issues. They deal with litigation in an appropriate way, they don't take bad points, they maintain interest in the cases and they work in a professional manner."
"They're a top player in personal injury for me - passionate, professional and dedicated."
What's new? New client wins include Compass UK and Ireland, Pfizer and Paccar.
Work highlights Successfully represented Aviva in a £3 million occupational stress and harassment claim against Medical Services International.
Acted for OIM on a £4 million civil claim for tetraplegia.
Manchester-based Roger Brooks is described as a "consummate professional with great gravitas." His expertise centres on catastrophic injury work, handling cases arising from RTAs as well as those involving public and professional liability.
Andrew Hibbert is described as "a sensible negotiator" who "is user-friendly and instils confidence." Based in Southampton, his practice emphasises psychiatric and catastrophic injury work, with particular expertise in motor cases and sports-related injuries.
In the London office, Nicholas Pargeter co-heads the firm's occupational disease team. Sources praise his depth of expertise in the area, calling him a "well-known name in the field."
Jenny Moates heads the London catastrophic injury team and is known for her experience with high-profile claims. Sources comment that "she has a really good manner with clients."
London-based Jennette Newman focuses on complex catastrophic claims, receiving acclaim for her track record on high-end work. Her expertise covers matters including brain and spinal injuries, as well as fatal claims.
The "very diligent" Michael Pether is a senior partner in the firm's London office. Sources highlight his breadth of experience, covering catastrophic injury, occupational disease and abuse claims.
Based in Liverpool, consultant David Evans maintains a significant profile in the field for his wide-ranging expertise, covering areas such as catastrophic injury and occupational stress. He is also well versed in claims involving the police, and is described as "reasonable, personable and professional."
Michael Renshaw heads the firm's Southampton offering, and sources comment that "he has a collegiate approach - he doesn't dig trenches and he gets the best possible outcome." His practice centres on catastrophic injury work, with particular expertise in RTA and workplace claims.
Henry Bermingham focuses his practice on public liability claims. He is based in the firm's Birmingham office, and his experience covers areas such as occupational disease and abuse. Sources call him a "good operator."
Birmingham-based Stephen Hazelton is well known for his depth of expertise in the field. He is especially highly experienced in catastrophic injury claims, and receives frequent instructions from an impressive array of insurer clients.
Valerie Jones's expertise covers areas such as catastrophic injury, occupational disease and psychiatric injury. She is based in Manchester, and is also experienced in advocacy.
London-based Terry Renouf retains an impressive profile in the field. His experience covers areas including occupational disease and catastrophic injury, and he is well regarded for his depth of market knowledge.
Christopher Gannon specialises in occupational disease work. Based in the firm's Leeds office, he represents a wide range of clients in the full spectrum of disease matters, with a strong reputation for asbestos claims.
Significant clients RSA, Fusion Insurance Services, Aviva, Rentokil, Direct Line Group.