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Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant — Bristol and surrounds


Barcan+Kirby - Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 9 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. Also experienced in cycling accident claims. Other areas of strength include cases arising from psychiatric and neck injuries.

Strengths A commentator notes: "I believe they have always provided an efficient service for their clients."

Another source describes them as "a solid local firm, very approachable and easy to deal with."

Notable practitioners

Department heads Richard Harries and Bill Willcocks are key contacts.

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Burroughs Day - Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant

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Commentary 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. Another area of specialism is public liability, including animal cases and product liability.

Strengths One source notes: "They really punch above their weight and are known as an accessible and approachable firm."

Notable practitioners

Hugh Balchin centres his practice on employers' liability cases. He frequently handles claims involving stress and harassment at work, as well as industrial diseases. Sources remark that he "understands clients and gets results for them."

Crispin Edmonds maintains a good reputation for his work assisting claimants with severe brain injuries. Clients appreciate his "professionalism and clarity," adding: "He explains things extremely well" and is "down to earth, approachable and strategic."

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Clarke Willmott LLP - Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant

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Commentary 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. Additional areas of strength include cases relating to complex spinal cord and amputation injuries.

Strengths Interviewees report: "They are excellent and so helpful, and it is never too much trouble for them to help you when you ring them."

Clients add: "They are very ethical, responsive and knowledgeable about complex conditions."

Notable practitioners

Department head Martin Pettingell receives widespread recognition for his deep experience in acting for children and adolescents on severe brain injury claims. Commentators note: "He has an extremely good rapport with his clients. He is very thorough and meticulous in the way he litigates his cases."

Stephen Trump focuses his practice on adult and child severe brain injury cases and amputee claims. Interviewees praise his "high degree of efficiency and professionalism." A client explains: "He goes to great lengths to explain everything clearly at every stage of the process."

Lee Hart heads the firm's serious injury group and is held in high regard for his skill in brain and spinal injury claims. One impressed client states: "When I speak to Lee about my case I always feel better. He make you feel that you are the most important person and that he has your best interests in mind. "

Chris Thorne maintains a strong reputation for his handling of serious brain and spinal cord claims. Sources enthuse: "He has the ability not only to be on top of the details in complex cases, but also is possessed of the necessary tact and pragmatism of a skilled litigator."

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Clarke Willmott has a specialist team of dedicated personal injury solicitors who are experts in

niche serious injury and clinical negligence cases, particularly relating to brain, spinal cord and amputation injuries, which often result in long term complex care needs.

The team offers a Partner led service and handle cases of the utmost complexity.


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Irwin Mitchell - Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant

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Commentary 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. Recognised for its industrial disease capabilities. Also offers specialist support in Court of Protection matters and rehabilitation.

Strengths Clients appreciate that "they are happy to talk ideas through regarding case management. It is easy to talk through options with them; you feel as if you are all part of a team."

Notable practitioners

Head of Bristol serious injuries department James Davies is recommended for his extensive expertise in assisting children and adults with life-changing brain and spinal cord injury cases. Interviewees describe him as a "go-to person" who is "seriously brave in litigation." A commentator explains: "He is very thorough indeed and has astonishingly good client skills."

Jonathan Peacock is well reputed for his experience advising on fatal accident and serious brain injury claims. He also handles child abuse cases. One source remarks: "He has a remarkable intellect. He challenges you and is good at seeing the tangents to a case."

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Metcalfes - Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 3 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. Also handles industrial disease cases.

Strengths Clients say: "They are a highly experienced and hard-working team that care about their clients."

Another source adds: "They are very professional and offer a very personal service."

Notable practitioners

Head of department Kay McCluskey maintains a broad practice that includes back and head injury claims. She is also highlighted for her work assisting the families of fatally injured claimants. One client describes her as an "engaging, personable and very insightful" lawyer. Another adds: "She has an amazing eye for detail and really did go that extra mile to get the best possible results for my case."

Steve Duddell offers expertise in a broad range of personal injury cases, with particular strength in claims arising from accidents resulting in life-changing injuries.

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NewLaw Solicitors - Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

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

What the team is known for Highly skilled team with notable experience in life-changing brain injury cases, especially arising from RTAs and accidents at work. Offers additional strength in psychiatric injuries and complex regional pain syndrome issues.

Strengths One source explains: "They are a young and vibrant company at the forefront of brain injury research and treatments," adding: "They understand the complexity of brain injury."

Work highlights Acted on a £300,000 claim for a client who sustained physical and psychiatric injuries as a result of an RTA.

Significant clients BMA Law, FMG Legal, Ageas Law, Carole Nash Legal Services, H&R Legal.

Notable practitioners

Jo Darlington heads the brain injury group and is described by sources as "extremely empathetic and a fierce advocate for her clients," whose "strengths are her detailed knowledge of both the legal and medical sides of claims." She specialises in brain injury cases and also undertakes amputee and psychiatric injury claims.

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Thompsons - Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

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

What the team is known for Dedicated claimant practice that acts on high-value and lower-value claims across the South West. Specialist expertise includes fatal accidents, industrial disease cases, employers' liability claims and serious injuries such as amputations and spinal cord issues. Well regarded for its representation of trade unions.

Strengths One source explains: "They are personal injury specialists and have a reputation for fighting harder to secure the highest possible compensation settlement from the party at fault than any other law firm."

Another adds: "They are very well known and established. They have been in the market for a long time."

Work highlights Acted for a client relating to the severe brain injury sustained after the client was run over by their own car, which had been stolen by the defendant. Secured a settlement of £2 million.

Assisted a client with a £200,000 claim after they suffered multiple injuries as a result of a workplace accident.

Significant clients Unite the Union, Unison, Prison Officers Association, Rail & Maritime Workers Union, Fire Brigade Union.

Notable practitioners

The "very competent" Lisa Gunner is held in high regard for her focus on acquired brain and spinal injury claims. One impressed source highlights she has "good client skills" while also being "meticulous and unflappable."

South West and Wales unit manager Nick Seymour acts on significant multi-track and occupational diseases cases. Interviewees state: "He is a very sensible and good lawyer" who is "knowledgeable and able to assist with additional issues."

Ian Cross is "phenomenally experienced" and "a very good lawyer" in the personal injury space. He offers specialist expertise in industrial disease cases.

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VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards) - Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant

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Commentary from the Chambers UK guide

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 6 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. Also handles claims relating to RTAs and industrial disease.

Strengths One client enthuses: "They are a reliable, client-friendly and capable team of experienced personal injury lawyers."

Another confirms that "they are just utterly brilliant," adding: "They add the human touch and build relationships with you."

Notable practitioners

Janice Markland is recommended for her extensive expertise in catastrophic injury claims, comprising employers' liability, RTA and occupational disease matters. Sources consider her to be "marvellous" and "the best in Bristol." One client says: "She is everything you want from a solicitor when you go through a difficult process like this."

John Webster remains prominent in severe spinal and head injury claims. Clients value that "he always goes the extra mile and his clarity and explanations of the processes are excellent."

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Wards Solicitors - Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant

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Commentary 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 Recognised for its active personal injury practice, which includes handling RTA and accident at work claims. Provides specialist head injury expertise, and also skilled in cases arising from third-party negligence.

Strengths Sources say: "They are a well-run, effective team who seem to put their clients first."

One client enthuses: "I was never left wondering how things were developing, as they constantly kept in touch," adding: "I rate them very highly."

Notable practitioners

Helen Boyd has a wealth of experience in representing claimants, advising on matters such as RTAs, employers' liability and accidents abroad. One source highlights: "She is a highly intelligent and able lawyer who demonstrates excellent judgement in the way she conducts her cases."

Alison Underhill is a "well-respected practitioner" and is well versed in high-value personal injury claims, including RTAs, product liability and workplace injury cases. According to clients, "she is realistic and managed our expectations but fought for what was right."

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Eminent Practitioner

Humphreys & Co.

From the Chambers UK guide

Peter Montgomery of Humphreys & Co is held in high esteem for his long-standing experience in the personal injury space. He is particularly noted for his specialist advice on industrial diseases claims.

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Irwin Mitchell

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of Bristol serious injuries department James Davies is recommended for his extensive expertise in assisting children and adults with life-changing brain and spinal cord injury cases. Interviewees describe him as a "go-to person" who is "seriously brave in litigation." A commentator explains: "He is very thorough indeed and has astonishingly good client skills."

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Janice Lynne Markland

VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

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Janice Markland is recommended for her extensive expertise in catastrophic injury claims, comprising employers' liability, RTA and occupational disease matters. Sources consider her to be "marvellous" and "the best in Bristol." One client says: "She is everything you want from a solicitor when you go through a difficult process like this."

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Metcalfes

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of department Kay McCluskey maintains a broad practice that includes back and head injury claims. She is also highlighted for her work assisting the families of fatally injured claimants. One client describes her as an "engaging, personable and very insightful" lawyer. Another adds: "She has an amazing eye for detail and really did go that extra mile to get the best possible results for my case."

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Irwin Mitchell

From the Chambers UK guide

Jonathan Peacock is well reputed for his experience advising on fatal accident and serious brain injury claims. He also handles child abuse cases. One source remarks: "He has a remarkable intellect. He challenges you and is good at seeing the tangents to a case."

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Martin Pettingell

Clarke Willmott LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Department head Martin Pettingell receives widespread recognition for his deep experience in acting for children and adolescents on severe brain injury claims. Commentators note: "He has an extremely good rapport with his clients. He is very thorough and meticulous in the way he litigates his cases."  

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VWV (Veale Wasbrough Vizards)

From the Chambers UK guide

John Webster remains prominent in severe spinal and head injury claims. Clients value that "he always goes the extra mile and his clarity and explanations of the processes are excellent."

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Metcalfes

From the Chambers UK guide

Steve Duddell offers expertise in a broad range of personal injury cases, with particular strength in claims arising from accidents resulting in life-changing injuries.

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Thompsons

From the Chambers UK guide

The "very competent" Lisa Gunner is held in high regard for her focus on acquired brain and spinal injury claims. One impressed source highlights she has "good client skills" while also being "meticulous and unflappable."

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Thompsons

From the Chambers UK guide

South West and Wales unit manager Nick Seymour acts on significant multi-track and occupational diseases cases. Interviewees state: "He is a very sensible and good lawyer" who is "knowledgeable and able to assist with additional issues." 

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Burroughs Day

From the Chambers UK guide

Hugh Balchin centres his practice on employers' liability cases. He frequently handles claims involving stress and harassment at work, as well as industrial diseases. Sources remark that he "understands clients and gets results for them."

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Wards Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Helen Boyd has a wealth of experience in representing claimants, advising on matters such as RTAs, employers' liability and accidents abroad. One source highlights: "She is a highly intelligent and able lawyer who demonstrates excellent judgement in the way she conducts her cases."

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Thompsons

From the Chambers UK guide

Ian Cross is "phenomenally experienced" and "a very good lawyer" in the personal injury space. He offers specialist expertise in industrial disease cases.

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NewLaw Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Jo Darlington heads the brain injury group and is described by sources as "extremely empathetic and a fierce advocate for her clients," whose "strengths are her detailed knowledge of both the legal and medical sides of claims." She specialises in brain injury cases and also undertakes amputee and psychiatric injury claims.

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Burroughs Day

From the Chambers UK guide

Crispin Edmonds maintains a good reputation for his work assisting claimants with severe brain injuries. Clients appreciate his "professionalism and clarity," adding: "He explains things extremely well" and is "down to earth, approachable and strategic."

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Clarke Willmott LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Stephen Trump focuses his practice on adult and child severe brain injury cases and amputee claims. Interviewees praise his "high degree of efficiency and professionalism." A client explains: "He goes to great lengths to explain everything clearly at every stage of the process."

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Wards Solicitors

From the Chambers UK guide

Alison Underhill is a "well-respected practitioner" and is well versed in high-value personal injury claims, including RTAs, product liability and workplace injury cases. According to clients, "she is realistic and managed our expectations but fought for what was right."

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