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BLM - London
  • Salisbury House
  • London Wall
  • London
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC2M 5QN
  • Tel:(020) 7638 2811
  • Fax:(020) 7920 0361
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  • Senior Partner Michael Brown
  • Managing partner Andrew Relton
  • Number of partners 200
  • Other fee-earners 675
  • Total staff 1,550

The Firm On 1 May 2014 Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP and HBM Sayers combined to become BLM, the UK and Ireland’s leading risk and insurance law business. BLM is a £100m business and operates from 12 offices across England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The combination of both firms provides BLM with the strength and breadth to work with more clients across more lines of business and in more locations. The firm has an established and deep-rooted presence in the general insurance sector, the London Market and amongst brokers. It also boasts a significant presence amongst corporate insureds, the public sector and the healthcare industry. BLM works with clients to save time and money reducing risk, resolving disputes and managing claims. Clients’ interests are at the very heart of all processes, delivering value for money at every stage to assist in controlling costs and indemnity spend, sharing knowledge and protecting brand and reputation. In the past 12-18 months the firm has expanded considerably. BLM launched a new office in Dublin in October 2012, partly attributable to requests from insurer clients to provide the same level of advice offered to UK-based clients. The strategy is to offer the local market an alternative proposition for claims resolution services, providing a more effective and complete offering that encapsulates investigatory expertise, pre-litigation advice and claims handling. This expansion was further boosted by the launch of an office in EC3 in September 2013. This was a direct response to the material increase in work, in addition to feedback from insurer clients who seek locally based specialists at the heart of the market. The team has since expanded its client-base to include leading London Market insurers and secured a number of new panel appointments. With increased turnover year after year and with a positive outlook for the year ahead, BLM prides itself on innovation. Technology is at the heart of its processes and the use of management information and matter inception tools not only allows the team to heighten performance as it manages more than 100,000 claims annually, it also allows BLM to predict outcomes and make strategic decisions earlier in the case management process.

Principal Areas of Work The firm has an established reputation for its excellent record in handling a full range of aviation matters, commercial disputes, family law, healthcare disputes, liability claims, marine insurance claims, professional liability, public service risks and regulatory matters. BLM’s depth of expertise is pre-eminent in these areas and the firm is recognised by clients, competitors and the judiciary. In addition the firm has an established policy development team which often acts as a conduit between government, policymakers and the firm and its clients. BLM takes a high level and active role in ongoing debates and consultations relating to legal and procedural reforms, actively engaging with Government, the Civil Justice Council, The Law Society, FOIL and other industry bodies on emerging legal developments. The firm is regularly involved in test cases and high profile litigation. A key example is the highly publicised and precedent-setting fraud case Summers v Fairclough Homes, where the Supreme Court ruled that courts now have the power to strike out an entire claim where there is evidence of fraud, including the genuine part. BLM was awarded the coveted Outstanding Case of the Year Award at the Eclipse Proclaim Personal Injury Awards in 2013 for its involvement.

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance 46%
  • Public Sector 13%
  • Property & Construction 10%
  • Retail 5%
  • Leisure 5%
  • TMT 5%
  • Healthcare 7%
  • Family Law 1%
  • Business Services 8%
    Contacts
  • Birmingham Mike Dobson
  • Bristol/Cardiff Kerris Dale
  • Dublin Aidan Carr
  • Leeds Henry Kirkup
  • Liverpool Joanne Francis
  • London Jennette Newman
  • Manchester Helen Devery
  • Southampton Mike Renshaw
  • Edinburgh Ian Leach
  • Glasgow Louise Gallagher
  • International Jim Sherwood

Branches

  • Salisbury House,
  • London Wall,
  • London,
  • Greater London
  • UK
  • EC2M 5QN
  • Tel (020) 7638 2811
  • Fax (020) 7920 0361
  • DX 33861 Finsbury Sq.
  • Email : info@blm-law.com
  • Website : www.blm-law.com
  • King's House,
  • 42 King Street West,
  • Manchester,
  • Lancashire
  • UK
  • M3 2NU
  • Tel (0161) 236 2002
  • Fax (0161) 832 7956
  • DX 14302 Manchester 1
  • Email : info@blmlaw.com
  • Castle Chambers,
  • 43 Castle Street,
  • Liverpool,
  • Merseyside
  • UK
  • L2 9SU
  • Tel (0151) 236 2002
  • Fax (0151) 236 2585
  • DX 14159 Liverpool 1
  • Email : info@blmlaw.com

Construction - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Frequently acts for consultants, professionals, contractors and their insurers. Experienced in substantial and complex construction disputes, both domestically and internationally.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They were excellent, very thorough and had a good understanding of the engineering aspects of the project. They had attention to detail and a personal touch. They represented us well."

"Their performance has been consistently good. Their approach is always completely client-focused."

Notable practitioners  

Guy Lane has a broad practice that includes advising on agreements, appointments and construction-related IP issues. He also handles contentious matters, predominantly acting for insurers.

The "very assured" Keith Lonsdale acts in disputes, both in the UK and internationally. Sources praise his "great in-depth knowledge" and his ability to "create elegant legal solutions for what are often complex technical issues."

Michael Salau advises a range of clients on both contentious and non-contentious issues. "He is excellent, very attentive, easy to get on with and a good tactician," notes one commentator.

Significant clients Griffiths & Armour, Aviva, Arup, AECOM, Zurich.

Environment - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 3 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises clients on a comprehensive range of environmental matters including civil litigation, defending Environment Agency prosecutions and nuisance group actions. Rated for its work on contamination and pollution issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"Up to speed with the legal issues and the detail you need in environment work and they are very personable and very happy to work as a team." 

"Very pragmatic, helpful and good communicators, they keep you updated as to current positions." 

Notable practitioners  

Michael Salau acts on non-contentious and contentious environment matters. He defends clients facing criminal prosecutions and has a great deal of experience defending nuisance group action claims. Sources say: "He is tactically astute, very hard-working, he has an excellent grasp of the legal analysis and he is very personable."

Zita Mansi is an associate who acts for clients in the defence of environmental claims and Environment Agency prosecutions. Sources say: "She's very good indeed. Very quick on the ball."

Significant clients Viridor, Northumbrian Water, Aviva, Pennon Group, Zurich.

Professional Negligence - London (Firms)

Basic facts about the department
- 17 partners
- 32 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Adept at handling the full remit of professional negligence matters. Frequently represents insurers in fraud-related liability claims. Noted for its expertise in complex cases with a cross-border element.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They handle large cases very proactively and very thoroughly." 

Work highlights Defended Savills in a £5.5 million claim for a negligent valuation of a quarry site.

Acted for the Bar Standards Board in defence of a £5 million claim by an individual who claimed it failed to prevent and take action against discrimination leading to a loss of a lucrative legal career.

Notable practitioners  

Charlotte Capstick acts as a consultant for the firm. Peers praise her, and clients say: "She is very user-friendly, nice to deal with and an able lawyer."

Keith Lonsdale is recommended for high-value construction professional negligence cases.

Significant clients Zurich, Aviva, The Travelers Companies, NIG Skandia, RSA.

Professional Negligence - Midlands

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office location ranked: Birmingham

What the team is known for Acts on behalf of all types of professionals, with a number of cases relating to solicitors, financial advisers and those involved in the property sector. The team regularly runs extensive training sessions for its clientele.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They have an increasing presence in the field and have a good reputation."

Work highlights Represented one of the defendants, Craigcrook Management Services, in a claim arising from the collapse of a broker based in Scotland.

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Julian Smart has recently been involved in a range of significant cases for banks and insurer clients. He has a strong reputation in the market and is praised for his client service.

Significant clients Zurich Financial Lines, QBE, Allianz, Liberty Mutual, Aviva.

Litigation - North West

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Manchester

What the team is known for Go-to firm for high-profile insurance companies with a national presence, having experienced excellent outcomes in recovery and liability matters. Renowned for its excellence in construction and engineering disputes, particularly in matters with an insurance aspect.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They know what they are doing and are going from strength to strength."

"They are technically very skilled and adept in what they do. I think they understand our business very closely."

Work highlights Represented Zurich Insurance in a subrogation against subcontractors. Successfully argued against the terms of insurance obligation stated in a letter of content and recovered 95% of the claim.

Advised Allianz Insurance on liability and coverage, after the client faced claims for negligence and misuse following an oil spill. Successfully argued against liability for contribution. 

Notable practitioners  

Robert Steele is the key contact.

Significant clients Ecclesiastical, QBE, HSB.

Professional Negligence - North West

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 24 other qualified lawyers
- Office location ranked: Manchester 

What the team is known for Predominantly advises solicitors and insurers in their complex and high-value claims. Increasingly sought after to act for professionals in the construction industry. 

Notable practitioners  

Head of department Jason Nash leads a strong team in Manchester. He is recognised by peers as a "rainmaker" whose "skill in life is getting the clients on board." He advises professionals from a range of sectors, including solicitors, insurance brokers and contractors.

Social Housing - North West

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Liverpool

What the team is known for Significant expertise in housing management cases for property owners and social landlords, including antisocial behaviour intervention, possession, disrepair and tenancy management. Also advises on insurance claims and leasehold management.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"A good team on complex areas." 

Work highlights Assisted East Midlands Housing Association with possession proceedings against a tenant, which included the judgment in separate criminal proceedings and an interim injunction.

Assisted Liverpool Housing Trust with possession proceedings after the tenant occupier was convicted for possession of ammunition.

Notable practitioners  

Department head Sarah Mansfield is praised by clients for "her strong empathy for housing associations and their tenants. She looks to balance those interests and reflect our responsibilities." Her practice encompasses occupiers' liability claims.

Sources praise the confident advice given by associate Matthew Hyam and describe him as "a highly experienced lawyer on delicate matters, who follows the process and delivers on his promises."

Significant clients Golden Gates Housing Trust, Halton Housing Trust, Symphony Group, Wolverhampton Homes.

Health & Safety - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners 
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Recommended office locations: Glasgow

What the team is known for Conducts general civil and criminal work in the field, with a number of insurer and insured clients. Specialises in reactive advice to major incidents, with a 24/7 emergency helpline to hand. Team members are also skilled in RTA matters.

What's new? BLM has gained a presence in Scotland following its merger with HBM Sayers, which has led to additional offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Notable practitioners  

Jamie Varney has extensive experience in criminal health and safety matters, including investigations of corporate manslaughter. He also advises on motoring and credit hire matters.

George Moore QC is renowned for his abilities in professional negligence and personal injury in addition to health and safety. He is a civil solicitor advocate who is also appointed as QC.

Personal Injury: Mainly Defendant - Scotland

What the team is known for A clear market leader, offering exceptional service to clients across the gamut of cases. Combines a tremendously large workload with excellent quality of representation.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"A superb and well-organised team." 

Notable practitioners  

Karen Dance is respected by peers as being "trustworthy, straightforward and a good opponent on any case." Her practice encompasses EL/PL claims and catastrophic injuries resulting from RTAs.

John Morrison is praised for being forthright and pragmatic, with one source specifically noting that he "manages clients' expectations well." He is vastly experienced in defending clients in RTA cases and in offering counsel in FAI proceedings.

David Taylor enjoys a good reputation among peers and is an expert on industrial disease issues.

George Moore is a well-known figure with considerable experience on all aspects of insurance litigation. He is a consultant with the team.

Professional Negligence - Scotland

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyer
- Office locations ranked: Glasgow 

What the team is known for Continues to act for a broad range of professionals, including accountants, surveyors and engineers. Highly active in handling claims against legal professionals.

What's new? BLM was formed by the merger of Berrymans Lace Mawer with HBM Sayers in May 2014.

Notable practitioners

David Taylor is a key contact for the firm's professional negligence team.

Clinical Negligence - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 16 partners
- 42 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations recommended: Cardiff, London, Manchester, Southampton

What the team is known for Boasts a diverse client roster in the clinical negligence field. Acts on a number of high-value claims, including widely publicised inquests.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"In terms of the client care, BLM is first-rate. They are very good at following things up; very proactive for the client."

What's new? In the last year, Rachel Margetts has been promoted to partner in the London office.

Won a place on the NHSLA's clinical liability panel.

Work highlights Successfully represented members of the Medical Protection Society in a case regarding an alleged breach of the Data Protection Act.

Notable practitioners  

Vicki Swanton is widely respected in the field of clinical negligence and is described by peers as "very competent and knowledgeable." She defends clinical negligence claims brought against numerous insurer clients, doctors and dentists and routinely appears at inquests.

Manchester-based Claire Batchelor is well known for her clinical negligence defence practice. She is noted in particular for her experience in handling high-value obstetric and neurosurgical claims. 

Gary Allison heads up the firm's healthcare department in London. In addition to clinical negligence, he focuses on catastrophic injury and coroners' inquests.

Significant clients Medical Protection Society, NHSLA, RCN.

Education - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: London, Leeds

What the team is known for Offers considerable strength in a range of contentious matters. Acts for universities against harassment, negligence, breaches of human rights and contract claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"Excellent client service, with timely, accurate and thoughtful advice." 

"The lawyers are high calibre." 

Work highlights Represented the University of Portsmouth against claims of a breach of contract and defamation.

Successfully advised Imperial College London against a former PhD student alleging a breach of contract.

Notable practitioners 

Elliot Pound and Roy Woollard are key contacts.

Significant clients Cambridge University, London Metropolitan University, King's College London, Oxford University, University of Leeds.

Health & Safety - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: London, Cardiff

What the team is known for Principally insurance-based practice with experience in taking on cases relating to injury and fatality, including corporate manslaughter. Takes on a large volume of work for the construction sector, and is renowned for its workshops and training sessions for clients.  

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"A very good firm and very experienced."

"They're excellent!" 

Work highlights Advised Four Seasons Health Care on the HSE investigation following the fatality of an elderly resident who choked on a solid meal. The 74-year-old woman's dietary requirements necessitated eating pureed food with assistance.

Acted for a care home on the corporate manslaughter investigation after the fatality of an elderly patient who fell from a hoist during assistance by care workers.

Notable practitioners  

Jennette Newman heads the London office and maintains a fine reputation in the field. Peers say she "knows her law and is switched-on." 

Jonathan Edwards is highly regarded in the marketplace as an experienced practitioner and is noted for advising companies on regulatory compliance. 

Matthew Harrington is a senior partner located in Cardiff. He has a mixed defence practice that covers occupational disease and traumatic injury alongside health and safety.

Significant clients Allianz, Argent Liability Adjusters, Zurich Commercial, PC Harrington Contractors, OIM Underwriting.

Insurance - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 157 partners (contentious and volume claims)
- 691 other qualified lawyers (contentious and volume claims)

What the team is known for Wide-ranging insurance practice covering all types of cases, from reasonably straightforward volume claims to high-level insurance disputes. Offers advice on complex property damage claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They offer fantastic advice on cases that are costly, complex and reputationally difficult."

It provides good strategic support, advising on policy issues."

Work highlights Acted for a claimant and its insurer, RSA, on a £960,000 claim for costs of rectifying defects in a slab caused by defective ground stabilisation work.

Representing Mitsui in a complex personal injury claim resulting from a construction accident.

Notable practitioners  

Catherine Hawkins is expert in dealing with property damage claims for insurer clients. She is especially adept at claims related to fire spread and property liability. Interviewees praise her "pragmatic approach, which is geared towards getting the best result for the client as quickly as possible."

Significant clients ACE, Motor Insurers Bureau, QBE, Zurich, The Travelers Companies.

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.

Notable practitioners  

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.

Police Law - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 17 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London, Liverpool 

What the team is known for Acts for major police forces and police insurers in the full range of civil claims including wrongful arrest, malicious prosecution and defamation actions. Further capacity to act in judicial reviews and inquests.

Work highlights Represented the City of London Police in a well-publicised case brought by Ian Puddick alleging false imprisonment, trespass, damage to property and malicious prosecution. 

Acted in O'Brien v Kent Police in a case concerning the limits of the duty of care owed by Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). It is alleged that a PCSO failed to remove a health and safety risk on private land prior to the death of a child.

Notable practitioners  

Orla Scanlan is a "shrewd and pragmatic" lawyer who recently acted on behalf of Kent Police in a case concerning the scope of an officer's duty of care.

Jim Sherwood offers a broad practice encompassing areas including misfeasance in public office, wrongful arrest and battery. He is currently defending the City of London Police against claims brought by protesters at the G20 summit of 2009.

David Hill has wide-ranging police law experience, regularly defending public authorities and other emergency services in judicial reviews. Recent highlights include his representation of North Wales Police in a wrongful arrest and assault case.

Significant clients National Crime Agency, Kent Police, City of London Police, North Wales Police, Zurich Insurance.   

Product Liability - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regularly instructed by both the insurance market and companies facing significant product liability risks both domestically and abroad. Also handles matters in the healthcare and food sectors.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 

"They really know what they are talking about and they are specialists in this area."

"We get good value. They are very astute." 

Work highlights Instructed by the lead defendant in the PIP litigation, Transform Medical Group, against in excess of 650 claims by individuals who received allegedly defective implants.

Notable practitioners  

"Very efficient" rising star David Kidman is described by sources as "an emerging force in product liability work who is measured and thinks a couple of steps ahead." His recent practice has involved activity in the food sector and in PIP litigation.

Significant clients Zurich Global, Direct Line Group, QBE, The Travelers Companies, Aviva.  

Professional Discipline - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 19 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: Cardiff, London, Manchester, Southampton

What the team is known for Large team with broad UK coverage. Noted for its work defending dentists and doctors in disciplinary proceedings. Provides regulatory advice to a breadth of medical practitioners.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are good at nipping the investigations in the bud and providing responses that prevent the regulator from pursuing the matter further."

"They are very thorough and set out the case very well."

Notable practitioners  

Vicki Swanton is highly regarded for her role in representing medical practitioners before both the GDC and the General Medical Council (GMC). Sources are particularly complimentary of "her manner with clients and ability to assimilate large quantities of information." 

Clare Chapman is instructed by medical defence organisations and individuals on regulatory matters in the healthcare industry. She is praised for her "client management skills and attention to detail."

Gary Allison leads the firm's London healthcare department and is especially knowledgeable about professional discipline matters in this area.

Michael Brown is regularly instructed by medical defence organisations to act for doctors in disciplinary tribunals.

Mark Shaw represents a range of healthcare professionals in disciplinary tribunals, including doctors, dentists and opticians.

Katie Costello regularly acts for doctors in disciplinary proceedings before the GMC. She is also noted for her expertise in advising doctors accused of criminal wrongdoing.  

Jane Lang heads the firm's department in Cardiff and regularly receives instructions from medical protection organisations.

Juliette Mellman-Jones leads the firm's professional discipline team and represents healthcare professionals in disciplinary proceedings. Sources praise her ability to "grasp a brief very quickly."

Rosie Shapiro is noted for representing a range of healthcare professionals in disciplinary tribunals.

Well-regarded associate Judith Duffin focuses on professional discipline in the healthcare sector. Clients consider her a pleasure to work with.

Associate Laura Smith is regularly involved in complex and difficult cases in the healthcare regulatory sphere.

Andrew Truby is recognised for defending healthcare professionals. Sources report that "he is very good at handling the more complex cases."

Significant clients Medical Protection Society, Abbey Legal Protection, Dental Protection, Government Litigation Panel.  

Travel - UK-wide

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 2 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Advises on a broad range of matters relating to personal injury abroad. Frequently acts for defendant insurers and tour operators.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're reliable, client-friendly, approachable and efficient. Good advice is always given."

Notable practitioners  

Clients appreciate that Matthew Ford is "always helpful, always willing to talk formally or informally, and very knowledgeable." He is also praised for his ability to "cut through the legalese and talk normally about complex things." 

Significant clients Olympic Holidays, LastMinute.com, QBE, Hiscox, InterContinental Hotels Group.

Personal Injury - Wales

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 13 other lawyers
- Recommended Office: Cardiff

What the team is known for Well respected for its work on high-end technical claims and in large loss, with a focus on motor casualty claims and occupational disease. The team has additional strength in volume work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are a national practice and well known for work in this area. Their sheer size means that they handle a lot of work." 

What's new? BLM recently hired five lawyers from Morgan Cole's Cardiff office, including standout partner Simon Cradick.

Notable practitioners  

Widely recognised as "a leader in the field," Simon Cradick is best known for his work in industrial and disease claims. He is considered strong on technical claims and has impressed sources with his pragmatism and communication skills.

Matthew Harrington is respected for his work in large-loss and industrial claims, with additional strength in high-value disease cases. His practice is national, with regular work before the higher courts.