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Personal Injury: Mainly Defendant — Northern Ireland


DWF LLP - Personal Injury: Mainly Defendant Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-regarded personal injury practice, fielding expertise across a broad range of claims. Regularly defends against industrial disease cases, as well as handling areas such as product liability, RTAs and employers' liability claims. Also recognised for its work on psychiatric injuries.

Strengths One source enthuses: "They are in my view exceptionally good. On industrial disease, I would regard them as the market leaders."

Notable practitioners

Scott MCarroll is a key contact.

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Johnsons Solicitors - Personal Injury: Mainly Defendant Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Outstanding team that frequently advises major insurers on personal injury claims. Extensive strength in cases involving issues of fraud. Experience across a range of areas, including workplace injuries and claims arising from RTAs. Also known for advising on product liability litigations.

Strengths One client says: "They are both good lawyers and client-oriented individuals who are all particularly efficient, pragmatic and professional in their approach to each case."

"They constantly liaise with us to keep us appraised of progress and provide prudent advice on cherry picking claims to defend," another source notes.

Work highlights Acted for AXA on an RTA claim relating to serious injuries sustained by the plaintiff after the insured lost control of his car. Secured a settlement of £150,000.

Represented Allianz and Henderson Retail in a case initiated by a customer who had slipped on a mat in a Spar store.

Significant clients Aviva, Tesco, Arcadia, Abacus, Prestige Underwriting Services.

Notable practitioners

Kenny Chambers is widely respected for his handling of the full range of personal injury claims, including RTA, product liability and employers' liability cases. Sources praise him as an "exceptional personal injury lawyer" and "a very personable operator."

David Craig is highly experienced in defending a variety of claims, such as complex RTA, product liability and professional indemnity cases. According to interviewees, he "is always willing to listen and discuss issues with the intention of working together to develop the right strategy going forward."

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McKinty and Wright - Personal Injury: Mainly Defendant Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Leading personal injury group that acts for prominent insurance and retail clients. Also noted for its representation of public authorities. Expertise extends to wide-ranging cases, including industrial disease, product liability and employers' liability claims. Increasingly active in the self-insured space. Frequently advises on motor claims.

Strengths One source states: "I felt the cases have been managed practically. They are a helpful and knowledgeable firm who go out of the way to help you even if you do not have a large account with them."

A client reports: "They are my go-to people for advice in these areas and their advice is reliable."

Work highlights Represented the UK office of an international insurer in a dispute brought by a customer who was alleged to have slipped on ice at a nightclub.

Defended an insurer after a claim was brought by the victim of a road traffic collision at a cycling event.

Significant clients Amlin, ASDA, Co-operative Group, Lloyds Banking Group, Northern Ireland Water.

Notable practitioners

Lester Doake is endorsed by market commentators as a "top-quality lawyer" who is "very respected in the field." He handles a wide spectrum of public liability and catastrophic injury claims for major insurers and has a particular specialism in industrial disease cases.

Department head Sean McGahan "brings a sophisticated and renowned approach to the key principles underpinning personal injury litigation," according to clients. He offers a wealth of experience in handling serious motor and defective product accidents. He is also reputed for his work in industrial disease claims.

Aisling Mellon is praised for working closely with a number of the firm's notable clients on RTA, workplace accident, and product and public liability claims. Sources appreciate her ability to "guard the interest of her clients and ensure all potential plaintiffs are placed on their proofs in any action."

Interviewees single out Kevin O'Hagan for "being very thorough" and "keen to drive home our viewpoint and point out the failings in the other side's case." He frequently represents insurers and public sector bodies in public and employers' liability claims, as well as RTA cases.

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McKinty and Wright are insurance claims litigation specialists, covering: -

  • casualty claims, including catastrophic injury;
  • employer’s liability, including industrial disease;
  • public liability, including occupier’s liability, property damage and commercial recovery actions;
  • motor claims including, credit hire, subrogated loss/recovery.

The firm's clients are global businesses and insurers, market-leading retailers, motor insurers and professional indemnity insurers covering the legal, financial, construction and medical sectors.

The team at McKinty and Wright are passionate about delivering a client experience based on direct communication and a commitment to service excellence, which includes: -

  • specialist legal advice setting out a tailored, strategic approach in each case;
  • pre-proceedings investigation and reporting;
  • a commercial focus, with a view to controlling costs and preserving business relationships;
  • partner led teams with a wealth of experience and proven track record;
  • the ability to resolve matters through alternative dispute resolution.

The firm's commitment to service excellence includes counter-fraud capabilities. Setting McKinty and Wright apart from any other firm operating in Northern Ireland, their counter-fraud specialists work in partnership with DAC Beachcroft’s market-leading specialist fraud and intelligence teams, operating throughout all jurisdictions in the UK and Ireland.

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Tughans - Personal Injury: Mainly Defendant Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Impressively versatile group that defends insurers against occupational disease, travel-related and catastrophic injury claims. Frequently advises on concomitant fraud and policy coverage issues. Also noted for its representation of self-insured companies. Increasingly active in travel claims and accidents abroad.

Strengths One client reports: "They are really good at making strategic decisions, cost-effective and very good with corporate clients. They do a really good job."

Work highlights Acted for Northern Ireland Housing Executive on a £70,000 claim after the claimant tripped over a defective stair tread on the client's premises.

Assisted Dunnes Store with a £90,000 dispute initiated by a claimant who had injured their shoulder after tripping on a carrier bag outside the client's premises. Successfully secured the dismissal of the case.

Significant clients 1st Central Insurance Management, InterEurope.

Notable practitioners

Practice head Kathy McGillie focuses her practice on industrial disease, serious injury and policy coverage for major insurers. One interviewee states: "I was impressed by her self-confidence, knowledge of the technical and complicated medical issues and her ability to run the administration of an exceptionally heavy case."

Neil Cahill receives warm praise for his expertise in accidents abroad as well as occupational disease, RTA and public liability claims. According to clients, he offers "a good balance of technical knowledge, keeping the client appraised and executing what he says he will do."

Neil Smyth maintains a strong reputation in assisting insurance companies in motor and employers' liability claims. He also possesses skill in working on travel and fraud cases. One impressed client observes: "He is extremely professional and knowledgeable, and works hard to provide a robust service."

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BLM - Personal Injury: Mainly Defendant Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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

What the team is known for Prominent and growing personal injury practice with broad expertise including RTA and historic abuse cases. Regularly handles catastrophic injury claims. Also reputed for advising on large loss and professional indemnity claims.

Strengths "They are a team of competent lawyers who offer practical sound advice based on their in-depth knowledge of both personal injury defence and our business sector," according to an interviewee.

Sources say: "They are a firm that takes its work seriously and is attentive to the needs of the clients."

Work highlights Represented the Police Service of Northern Ireland in legal proceedings pursued by a consultant anaesthetist who sustained severe spinal injuries as a result of an RTA while in an ambulance.

Defended Sharpe Mechanical Services in a £270,000 recovery dispute brought before the High Court in Belfast by Andras House following flooding at its Ramada hotel.

Significant clients Zurich, Aviva, AXA, RSA, Allianz.

Notable practitioners

Peter Campbell and Cormac Fitzpatrick are the key contacts at the firm.

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Kennedys - Personal Injury: Mainly Defendant Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Fields extensive experience in defending a wide range of claims, including public liability, employers' liability and RTA claims. Maintains a strong roster of major clients, including insurers and multinationals. Additionally adept at handling occupational disease cases, such as hearing loss.

Strengths Clients value that "they provide a highly professional service with skilled personnel and a broad range of experience," adding: "They are technically very sound."

Notable practitioners

Amanda Wylie maintains a healthy reputation defending catastrophic injury litigations, with a focus on traumatic brain injury and tetraplegia cases. She also handles high-value cases of public liability and accidents at work. Sources describe her as a "very efficient" and "very driven" lawyer who "ensures her clients' interests are protected."

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Murphy & O'Rawe - Personal Injury: Mainly Defendant Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Prominent firm acting on an impressive breadth of claims, including product liability, industrial disease and RTA cases. Also noted for its significant experience in accidents sustained abroad. Acts for a number of insurers and offers additional expertise in public liability claims.

Notable practitioners

Kevin Shevlin is an experienced practitioner with notable skill in defending insurers in professional indemnity, motor accidents and employers' liability cases.

Patrick Eastwood is highly regarded for his effective handling of employers' liability, RTA and industrial disease claims. Sources consider him to be "an extremely effective operator."

Andrew Burke draws praise for his expert defence of personal injury claims, including workplace and motor accident cases. Interviewees appreciate that he is "very easy to work with."

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Band 1

Johnsons Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Kenny Chambers is widely respected for his handling of the full range of personal injury claims, including RTA, product liability and employers' liability cases. Sources praise him as an "exceptional personal injury lawyer" and "a very personable operator."

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Band 1

Johnsons Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

David Craig is highly experienced in defending a variety of claims, such as complex RTA, product liability and professional indemnity cases. According to interviewees, he "is always willing to listen and discuss issues with the intention of working together to develop the right strategy going forward." 

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Band 1

McKinty and Wright

From the Chambers UK guide

Lester Doake is endorsed by market commentators as a "top-quality lawyer" who is "very respected in the field." He handles a wide spectrum of public liability and catastrophic injury claims for major insurers and has a particular specialism in industrial disease cases.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

McKinty and Wright

From the Chambers UK guide

Department head Sean McGahan "brings a sophisticated and renowned approach to the key principles underpinning personal injury litigation," according to clients. He offers a wealth of experience in handling serious motor and defective product accidents. He is also reputed for his work in industrial disease claims.

Aisling Mellon is praised for working closely with a number of the firm's notable clients on RTA, workplace accident, and product and public liability claims. Sources appreciate her ability to "guard the interest of her clients and ensure all potential plaintiffs are placed on their proofs in any action."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Tughans

From the Chambers UK guide

Practice head Kathy McGillie focuses her practice on industrial disease, serious injury and policy coverage for major insurers. One interviewee states: "I was impressed by her self-confidence, knowledge of the technical and complicated medical issues and her ability to run the administration of an exceptionally heavy case."

Neil Cahill receives warm praise for his expertise in accidents abroad as well as occupational disease, RTA and public liability claims. According to clients, he offers "a good balance of technical knowledge, keeping the client appraised and executing what he says he will do."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Tughans

From the Chambers UK guide

Neil Cahill receives warm praise for his expertise in accidents abroad as well as occupational disease, RTA and public liability claims. According to clients, he offers "a good balance of technical knowledge, keeping the client appraised and executing what he says he will do."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Patrick J Eastwood

Murphy & O'Rawe

From the Chambers UK guide

Patrick Eastwood is highly regarded for his effective handling of employers' liability, RTA and industrial disease claims. Sources consider him to be "an extremely effective operator."

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Band 2

Arthur Cox

From the Chambers UK guide

Chris Ritchie of Arthur Cox is noted for his expertise on large loss, EL/PL and defective product accident claims. One impressed source values that "his tactical approach to resolving issues combines an in-depth knowledge of the law and practice with a pragmatic commercial perspective."

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Band 2

Murphy & O'Rawe

From the Chambers UK guide

Kevin Shevlin is an experienced practitioner with notable skill in defending insurers in professional indemnity, motor accidents and employers' liability cases.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Tughans

From the Chambers UK guide

Neil Smyth maintains a strong reputation in assisting insurance companies in motor and employers' liability claims. He also possesses skill in working on travel and fraud cases. One impressed client observes: "He is extremely professional and knowledgeable, and works hard to provide a robust service." 

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Kennedys

From the Chambers UK guide

Amanda Wylie maintains a healthy reputation defending catastrophic injury litigations, with a focus on traumatic brain injury and tetraplegia cases. She also handles high-value cases of public liability and accidents at work. Sources describe her as a "very efficient" and "very driven" lawyer who "ensures her clients' interests are protected."

^ See whole ranking table

Up and Coming

Murphy & O'Rawe

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Burke draws praise for his expert defence of personal injury claims, including workplace and motor accident cases. Interviewees appreciate that he is "very easy to work with."

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Associates to watch

McKinty and Wright

From the Chambers UK guide

Aisling Mellon is praised for working closely with a number of the firm's notable clients on RTA, workplace accident, and product and public liability claims. Sources appreciate her ability to "guard the interest of her clients and ensure all potential plaintiffs are placed on their proofs in any action."

^ See whole ranking table

Associates to watch

McKinty and Wright

From the Chambers UK guide

Interviewees single out Kevin O'Hagan for "being very thorough" and "keen to drive home our viewpoint and point out the failings in the other side's case." He frequently represents insurers and public sector bodies in public and employers' liability claims, as well as RTA cases.

^ See whole ranking table