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Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant — Wales


Hugh James - Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 19 partners
- 46 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Cardiff

What the team is known for Exceptional claimant practice with a large team specialising in high-profile catastrophic personal injury claims and industrial disease cases. Notable strength in brain and spinal injuries. Further focuses include product liability, multidisciplinary claims, abuse cases and the recovery of nursing home fees.

Strengths Clients say: "Their performance was excellent, they provide advice in a timely manner. They all go over and above what is needed, and their personal commitment to helping us is clear."

Another notes: "They have empathy for your circumstances. They were efficient and vigorous while negotiating an agreeable outcome."

Significant clients Jersey Care Leavers Association.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Harding is well reputed for coordinating multidisciplinary claims, with a focus on traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. One client states: "He really gets to know you as a person, and wants to know the full story. He knew what questions to ask, and helped to put me at ease. He was just brilliant."

Head of the claimant division Mark Harvey is best known for his work on product liability, sports accidents and injuries sustained abroad. He is particularly praised for his technical knowledge, one interviewee stating: "He is very good at complex areas of law," while another adds: "He has a breadth and depth of knowledge which is unrivalled."

Ciaran McCabe is held in high regard for his "good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of a case from a legal perspective." He acts for clients facing life-changing injuries including brain injuries and amputations. He joined Hugh James in Autumn 2017.

About the Team (content provided by Hugh James)

Hugh James’ specialist personal injury teams advise in a range of complex cases including catastrophic injury, clinical negligence, environmental nuisance, industrial disease, mis-sold pensions, overseas accidents, harmful products, sexual abuse and transport disasters.

 We have helped thousands of people who have been either injured or developed an illness as a result of their work, including exposure to asbestos or harmful emissions. The team also has significant experience in working on industrial disease and environment group actions. 

Hugh James advises significant numbers of current and former military personnel suffering with various chronic conditions including noise induced hearing loss.

Hugh James is appointed lead solicitor in group actions, on behalf of hundreds of former coke oven workers nationwide in the British Coal coke workers litigation and in the Tata Steel (formally British Steel) coke workers litigation, for cancer and respiratory claims. 

The Court of Protection unit is a specialist team dedicated to dealing with the management of the property and financial affairs of those who lack the ability to deal with these themselves.

Hugh James is currently represented on the steering committees of numerous group litigation cases including Pinnacle, ASR and PIP breast implants as well leading numerous other group actions.

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NewLaw Solicitors - Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 34 qualified lawyers
- Office location: Cardiff

What the team is known for Leading personal injury team known for its activity in high-value claims. Represents clients involved in RTAs with a particular focus on motorcycle claims. Serious injuries practice advises on cases of amputations, fractures and brain injuries sustained from accidents at work, holidays or as a result of crimes.

Strengths Sources say: "They are well organised and good at distilling what the issues are likely to be."

Interviewees add: "They have a good way of dealing with clients, as well as a collaborative approach to the other side and insurers to settle cases effectively."

Significant clients British Medical Association, Royal College of Nursing, H&R, CNLS, Ageas.

Notable practitioners

Cenric Clement-Evans is best known for his strength in injuries at work, including accidents and industrial disease claims. One interviewee attests: "He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of employers' liability law, and the determination he has to get the right result for his clients is unparalleled."

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JCP Solicitors - Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Swansea

What the team is known for Reputed personal injury practice with a strong foothold in south west Wales, focused on catastrophic injury claims. Advises on high-value RTA cases as well as employers' liability. Also acts as deputy for several of its clients, working closely with the firm's Court of Protection team.

Strengths Interviewees state: "They are excellent, and have really good client relationships. They understand brain injuries, and the cultural issues of people in the area, so that clients are comfortable dealing with them."

Another source adds: "They are very knowledgeable and supportive of their clients."

Notable practitioners

The highly acclaimed Keith Thomas is praised for his long-standing experience in personal injury law, most notably in brain injuries and birth injury claims. Sources say: "He is excellent to work with, his knowledge is impeccable. He has the ability to build a good relationship with the defendant, and is able to tie things up quite quickly."

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Slater and Gordon Lawyers - Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 8 lawyers
- 9 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Cardiff, Wrexham

What the team is known for National firm with a strong team operating in both north and south Wales. Notable employment liability practice that maintains connections with major trade unions. Also acts for individual claimants on matters such as RTAs. Recovers significant compensation for injuries, including spinal cord and brain damage, leg amputations and psychiatric injuries.

Strengths Interviewees say: "They combine knowledge of the topic with caring for the clients and efficiency of management."

Notable practitioners

Julian Cason is highly experienced in industrial disease claims, especially asbestos-related illnesses. Sources attest: "He is very comfortable with asbestos litigation and he really cares about the clients."

About the Team (content provided by Slater and Gordon Lawyers)

With a North Wales office in Wrexham and our flagship office, classed as a "Centre of Excellence" in Cardiff, we have an unparalleled range of expertise and deep commitment to our clients. 

The Personal Injury department is made up of a large number of specialist areas such as catastrophic injury (brain, spinal, amputation and fatal injury), industrial disease, travel law, abuse law, human rights and inquest law. Each of these areas has a range of legal experts specialising specifically in these fields.

We will fight for our clients, sometimes going on to the Court of Appeal and also the Supreme Court to succeed, and fight to make changes in the law for the good of the injured.

Although we do pride ourselves on the expertise and best possible outcome we provide our clients in respect of their personal injury case, our dedication does not stop there. Often when someone suffers a personal injury, it can lead to other issues which may require legal advice. We provide our clients with a range of legal services from a host of specialist lawyers to relieve any additional burden at what can be an extremely difficult time.

We’re aware that there are also a range of issues which don’t require the advice of a lawyer, but can be difficult to deal with at a time of stress. We therefore have a Client Liaison Team to provide our seriously injured clients with a free service, assisting them with a range of practical issues and support throughout their case and beyond.

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Thompsons - Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Office location: Cardiff

What the team is known for Dedicated claimant firm with a broad UK-wide personal injury presence. Significant focus on employment liability claims, including a strong industrial disease practice, in particular for asbestos-related claims. Also maintains a notable catastrophic injury team.

Strengths Interviewees note: "They specialise in personal injury and, as a nationwide firm, they have access to a lot of resources in terms of training and expertise."

Notable practitioners

Anthony Welsh is a key contact.

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Watkins & Gunn - Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant Department

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Band 2

第二等

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office locations: Cardiff, Newport, Pontypool

What the team is known for Regional firm with a strong presence in South Wales. Significant experience in employers' liability claims, with a long-standing tradition of union representation. Also assists with historical abuse and negligence claims as well as serious brain injury cases. Frequently deals with high-profile and high-value cases of a sensitive nature.

Strengths Interviewees say: "It is a good local firm, with a nationwide reach. They build relationships with their clients, and are very well respected."

Other sources add: "They have a good rapport with clients, cases are well prepared and you always have the information you need."

Significant clients Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union, Community Union.

Notable practitioners

Clive Thomas is praised primarily for his strength in brain injury and employers' liability cases. One interviewee states: "He is very good at negotiating. He reaches settlements with the other side, and his client care is very good." Another client highlights his strong expertise: "If we are dealing with something more complex, he is our guy."

Michael Imperato is best known for dealing with cases of a sensitive nature, including fatal accidents and sexual abuse cases. One source states: "He works very hard on his cases, and he likes to pursue aspects of a case that other solicitors wouldn't. He is prepared to take risks."

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Simpson Millar LLP - Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- Office location: Cardiff

What the team is known for Well-regarded team specialising in employment liability cases. Handles industrial disease claims such as asbestos-related cases, with particular strength in mesothelioma cases. Also assists with accidents at work, including those with fatal outcomes, as well as breach of confidence claims.

Strengths "I was very impressed, they really helped me. They kept me up to date, and I was pleasantly surprised with how quick the process went," says a source.

Another interviewee describe this as a "very good, responsive team."

Notable practitioners

Philiip Gower is a key contact.

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Eminent Practitioner

Cenric Clement-Evans

NewLaw Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Cenric Clement-Evans is best known for his strength in injuries at work, including accidents and industrial disease claims. One interviewee attests: "He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of employers' liability law, and the determination he has to get the right result for his clients is unparalleled."

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Eminent Practitioner

Hugh James

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Harding is well reputed for coordinating multidisciplinary claims, with a focus on traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. One client states: "He really gets to know you as a person, and wants to know the full story. He knew what questions to ask, and helped to put me at ease. He was just brilliant."

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Band 1

Watkins & Gunn

From the Chambers UK guide

Clive Thomas is praised primarily for his strength in brain injury and employers' liability cases. One interviewee states: "He is very good at negotiating. He reaches settlements with the other side, and his client care is very good." Another client highlights his strong expertise: "If we are dealing with something more complex, he is our guy."  

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Band 1

JCP Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

The highly acclaimed Keith Thomas is praised for his long-standing experience in personal injury law, most notably in brain injuries and birth injury claims. Sources say: "He is excellent to work with, his knowledge is impeccable. He has the ability to build a good relationship with the defendant, and is able to tie things up quite quickly."

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Band 2

Hugh James

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of the claimant division Mark Harvey is best known for his work on product liability, sports accidents and injuries sustained abroad. He is particularly praised for his technical knowledge, one interviewee stating: "He is very good at complex areas of law," while another adds: "He has a breadth and depth of knowledge which is unrivalled."

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Band 2

Watkins & Gunn

From the Chambers UK guide

Michael Imperato is best known for dealing with cases of a sensitive nature, including fatal accidents and sexual abuse cases. One source states: "He works very hard on his cases, and he likes to pursue aspects of a case that other solicitors wouldn't. He is prepared to take risks."  

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Band 2

Hugh James

From the Chambers UK guide

Ciaran McCabe is held in high regard for his "good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of a case from a legal perspective." He acts for clients facing life-changing injuries including brain injuries and amputations. He joined Hugh James in Autumn 2017.

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Star Associate

Slater and Gordon Lawyers

From the Chambers UK guide

Julian Cason is highly experienced in industrial disease claims, especially asbestos-related illnesses. Sources attest: "He is very comfortable with asbestos litigation and he really cares about the clients."

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