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UK Guide

Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant — Bristol and surrounds

From the Chambers UK guide

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

What the team is known for Acts on an impressive range of cases, including catastrophic injury claims such as brain damage, amputations and back injuries. Regularly acts on RTAs and workplace accidents. Increasingly active in cycling accident claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very organised and are clearly careful to manage cases strategically, being mindful of costs and efficiencies. They are kind, realistic and work hard for their clients."

"An approachable, professional and hard-working firm. I frequently recommend them."

Notable practitioners  

Richard Harries and Bill Willcocks head the firm's practice and are key contacts.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol, Taunton

What the team is known for Works with adults and children on life-changing and serious injury cases. Also noted for its expert handling of fatal accident claims, as well as its impressive expertise in severe brain injuries and RTAs.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They're fabulous. They're very professional but also very personable and responsive. They make my life a lot easier!"

"Very professional, client-centred approach." 

Notable practitioners  

Chris Thorne comes recommended for his expert handling of claims arising from life-changing injuries, including brain and spinal cord claims. Interviewees describe him as "very good with clients" and note that he "knows both the law and the practice, and everything about it."

The "very highly respected" Martin Pettingell heads the firm's personal injury and clinical negligence group and is particularly noted for his representation of adolescents and children in brain injury claims. "He's very compassionate and relates really well to his clients," one source notes.

According to interviewees, Stephen Trump "provides a very good service to his clients" and is "efficient, well organised and thorough." He frequently acts on complex brain injury claims, including those resulting in life-changing damage in adults and children. 

Lee Hart heads the firm-wide serious injury group, and is highlighted for his handling of fatal accident, spinal and brain injury claims. Commentators recognise that he is "very supportive of his clients," while also highlighting his deep experience in the field.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Well-regarded personal injury practice fielding deep expertise in workplace illness claims, fatal accidents and serious injuries such as brain and spinal cord claims. Increasingly recognised for its industrial disease capabilities.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are a very good outfit indeed. They are extremely well organised, have great business sense, work very hard for their clients and get consistently good results."

"Irwin Mitchell are truly remarkable. They are incredibly specialised and supportive."

Work highlights Acted for a claimant who sustained life-changing injuries, including an amputation and head injury, as a result of an RTA.

Represented a client with a serious brain injury as a result of an accident at work, recently obtaining an admission of liability from the claimant's employer.

Notable practitioners  

The "unflappable, astonishingly charming and very thorough" James Davies leads the Bristol serious injuries department. He frequently acts for children and adults who have sustained major spinal cord and brain injuries. Clients describe him as "incredibly supportive" and note that his "knowledge is second to none."

Jonathan Peacock draws significant praise for his handling of fatal accident and catastrophic injury claims, offering particular expertise in brain injury cases. Interviewees note that he is "very experienced and very good tactically," describing him as "a pleasure to deal with" and "very understanding."

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From the Chambers UK guide

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

What the team is known for Highly regarded for its representation of claimants in high-stakes claims, particularly those involving serious injuries. Frequently retained in complex cases involving multiple injuries and issues of liability, including RTAs and workplace accidents. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They work very much on having good personal service and the client is very much at the centre of cases. They fight and work very hard for their clients."

"I have been impressed by the dedication and diligence of all those whom I have come into contact with at Metcalfes." 

Notable practitioners  

The "fantastic" Kay McCluskey heads the firm's practice and is highlighted for her expertise in complex back and head injury claims. She is also noted for her experience in acting for the families of fatally injured parties. Clients state that "she is always available and incredibly personable, as well as being extremely knowledgeable in her field."

Steve Duddell has "fantastic judgement and is brilliant with clients," according to impressed sources. He frequently acts on catastrophic injury claims and comes recommended for his "very calm, measured and diligent" approach.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Wide-ranging personal injury practice that offers strength in depth across areas such as industrial disease, employers' liability and fatal injury claims.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They kept me informed all the way through my case and were very happy to answer all my questions in simple terms."

"They are experienced, technical and clever." 

Notable practitioners  

Crispin Edmonds is recognised for his representation of clients who have sustained catastrophic injuries, including acting for individuals who do not have independent capacity. Interviewees describe him as "very well regarded," noting that he is "effective and very good with client care."

Hugh Balchin offers particular expertise in employers' liability claims, including industrial disease cases and accidents at work. Sources praise his client-focused approach. 

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol, Plymouth

What the team is known for Dedicated claimants' practice that acts on high-value and lower-value claims across the South West. Specialist expertise includes industrial disease cases, employers' liability claims and serious injuries such as amputations and spinal cord issues.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They are very clever, experienced and knowledgeable." 

"I think they're very communicative and a pleasure to deal with."

Work highlights Acted for a client who sustained life-changing injuries as a result of a motorcycle accident.

Represented the father and stepmother of a victim who suffered fatal injuries while taking part in a vintage tractor rally.  

Notable practitioners  

Lisa Gunner offers "that combination of tact, practicality and intelligence" and has "a real focus on achieving good results for her clients," according to impressed commentators. She leads the serious injuries team and frequently acts on claims such as brain and spinal injuries.

Nick Seymour leads the South West personal injury group. He is described as a "terrific industrial disease lawyer" and regularly handles claims involving issues such as industrial deafness and asthma.

Significant clients FBU, Prison Officers Association, RMT, Unison, Unite. 

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Augustines Injury Law is the specialist personal injury practice within Veale Wasbrough Vizards and is noted for its expertise in multi-track claims. Offers impressive expertise in acting on employers' liability claims and cases involving catastrophic injuries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"There is a personal touch in the way they approach work. They are genuinely interested in the welfare of clients rather than the welfare of cases."

"They're brilliant. Every single one of them is very capable. They are very efficient, never make any mistakes and do exactly what they're supposed to do."

Notable practitioners  

Janice Markland advises clients on serious injury claims, including a notable focus on employers' liability cases and fatal accidents. She is "phenomenally good with clients," according to interviewees, one of whom adds: "She is one of the best and most experienced personal injury solicitors I know."

John Webster is "very good at negotiating and is very committed to his client," states a commentator. He focuses on catastrophic injury cases such as spinal and head injury claims.

Senior associate Dan Thompson is particularly noted for his handling of industrial disease claims and cases arising from accidents at work. Interviewees comment his "very thorough" approach and "good judgement" on cases.

Significant clients RCN.

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From the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 1 other qualified lawyer
- Office locations ranked: Bristol

What the team is known for Increasingly recognised for its active personal injury practice, which includes handling RTA and accident at work claims. Specialist head injury expertise.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

"They do an excellent job and provide a professional, helpful service. Where there are issues, they always make them very clear."

"They're a very good team." 

Notable practitioners  

Helen Boyd acts across a wide range of personal injury claims, including accidents at work and RTAs. Sources describe her as "an exceptional negotiator" who is "able to get results that other people wouldn't be able to."

Alison Underhill draws on long-standing experience in personal injury litigation, including fatal accident claims and employers' liability cases. She is "very tenacious and incredibly hard-working," according to interviewees.

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Irwin Mitchell

From the Chambers UK guide

The "unflappable, astonishingly charming and very thorough" James Davies leads the Bristol serious injuries department. He frequently acts for children and adults who have sustained major spinal cord and brain injuries. Clients describe him as "incredibly supportive" and note that his "knowledge is second to none."

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Veale Wasbrough Vizards

From the Chambers UK guide

Janice Markland advises clients on serious injury claims, including a notable focus on employers' liability cases and fatal accidents. She is "phenomenally good with clients," according to interviewees, one of whom adds: "She is one of the best and most experienced personal injury solicitors I know."

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Metcalfes

From the Chambers UK guide

The "fantastic" Kay McCluskey heads the firm's practice and is highlighted for her expertise in complex back and head injury claims. She is also noted for her experience in acting for the families of fatally injured parties. Clients state that "she is always available and incredibly personable, as well as being extremely knowledgeable in her field."

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Irwin Mitchell

From the Chambers UK guide

Jonathan Peacock draws significant praise for his handling of fatal accident and catastrophic injury claims, offering particular expertise in brain injury cases. Interviewees note that he is "very experienced and very good tactically," describing him as "a pleasure to deal with" and "very understanding."

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Clarke Willmott LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "very highly respected" Martin Pettingell heads the firm's personal injury and clinical negligence group and is particularly noted for his representation of adolescents and children in brain injury claims. "He's very compassionate and relates really well to his clients," one source notes.

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Veale Wasbrough Vizards

From the Chambers UK guide

John Webster is "very good at negotiating and is very committed to his client," states a commentator. He focuses on catastrophic injury cases such as spinal and head injury claims.

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Metcalfes

From the Chambers UK guide

Steve Duddell has "fantastic judgement and is brilliant with clients," according to impressed sources. He frequently acts on catastrophic injury claims and comes recommended for his "very calm, measured and diligent" approach.

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Thompsons

From the Chambers UK guide

Lisa Gunner offers "that combination of tact, practicality and intelligence" and has "a real focus on achieving good results for her clients," according to impressed commentators. She leads the serious injuries team and frequently acts on claims such as brain and spinal injuries.

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Humphreys & Co.

From the Chambers UK guide

Peter Montgomery is an experienced industrial disease expert based at Humphreys & Co. One interviewee describes him as a "leading expert in mesothelioma cases" and notes that "his analysis of the evidence is outstanding, as is the way he conducts each case."

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Burroughs Day

From the Chambers UK guide

Hugh Balchin offers particular expertise in employers' liability claims, including industrial disease cases and accidents at work. Sources praise his client-focused approach. 

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Wards Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Helen Boyd acts across a wide range of personal injury claims, including accidents at work and RTAs. Sources describe her as "an exceptional negotiator" who is "able to get results that other people wouldn't be able to."

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NewLaw Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

The "really approachable and friendly" Jo Darlington of NewLaw Solicitors focuses on serious personal injury claims, particularly those involving brain injuries. Clients note that she "puts us at ease and is very knowledgeable."

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Burroughs Day

From the Chambers UK guide

Crispin Edmonds is recognised for his representation of clients who have sustained catastrophic injuries, including acting for individuals who do not have independent capacity. Interviewees describe him as "very well regarded," noting that he is "effective and very good with client care."

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Clarke Willmott LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

According to interviewees, Stephen Trump "provides a very good service to his clients" and is "efficient, well organised and thorough." He frequently acts on complex brain injury claims, including those resulting in life-changing damage in adults and children. 

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Wards Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Alison Underhill draws on long-standing experience in personal injury litigation, including fatal accident claims and employers' liability cases. She is "very tenacious and incredibly hard-working," according to interviewees.

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Associates to watch

Veale Wasbrough Vizards

From the Chambers UK guide

Senior associate Dan Thompson is particularly noted for his handling of industrial disease claims and cases arising from accidents at work. Interviewees comment his "very thorough" approach and "good judgement" on cases.

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