Personal Injury

The Lawyer

  • Penningtons Manches hires personal injury practitioner Warren Collins

    Penningtons Manches | 16-Apr-2014

    Warren Collins, a personal injury practitioner and former head of Simpson Millar’s catastrophic injury team, has joined the Penningtons Manches personal injury team.

  • Happy ever after? The Morgan Cole and Blake Lapthorn get hitched


    Morgan Cole and Blake Lapthorn have finally decided that three’s a crowd and, after months of flirting with Boyes Turner, gone ahead with a traditional two-way merger.

  • Services for individuals: personal injury

    Penningtons Manches | 14-Apr-2014

    Penningtons Manches is regarded as one of the leading specialist personal injury advisers in the UK, especially for serious injury claims involving brain and spinal injuries.

  • Services for individuals: holiday accident claims

    Penningtons Manches | 14-Apr-2014

    Our dedicated and highly experienced team of lawyers can help you pursue a claim at no financial risk to you wherever you are in the world.

  • Services for individuals: capacity and Court of Protection

    Penningtons Manches | 14-Apr-2014

    Our specialist team has established a reputation for advising and assisting on a range of issues relating to personal injury trusts, capacity and deputyships.

  • Private swimming pools by-laws download

    Hogan Lovells | 11-Apr-2014

    The City of Johannesburg has published the fourth draft Safety Measures for Private Swimming Pools By-laws for public comment. 

  • Almond, Jacqueline

    IBB Solicitors | 11-Apr-2014


  • Underhill, Malcolm

    IBB Solicitors | 11-Apr-2014


  • Palmer, Tim

    Penningtons Manches | 10-Apr-2014

    Partner and head of private individuals 

  • Services for business: travel

    Penningtons Manches | 10-Apr-2014

    The travel law team specialises in providing fast, innovative and effective solutions for travel industry clients in this complex and ever-changing area of law.

  • Irwin Mitchell expands IP volume offering through Unilever counsel hire


    Irwin Mitchell has expanded its new IP practice with the hire of IP lawyer Katrina Burchell and is planning on doubling in size over the next year by taking a personal injury volume approach to the IP market. 

  • Personal injury and clinical negligence

    IBB Solicitors | 7-Apr-2014

    At IBB Solicitors, our team of personal injury and clinical negligence solicitors are here to give you the help, advice and support you need.

  • Twenty-year fight for compensation concludes download

    IBB Solicitors | 4-Apr-2014

    University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust has settled a 20-year pay-out fight and agreed to pay a seven-figure settlement compensating Nathalie Sugden.

  • Anthony Collins secures damages for client in clinical negligence case

    Anthony Collins | 4-Apr-2014

    Anthony Collins Solicitors has secured £195,000 for a client who suffered spinal injury following surgery.

  • Royal Court emphasises duty of plaintiff to advance proceedings download

    Mourant Ozannes | 31-Mar-2014

    The court has emphasised the onus on a plaintiff to ensure their case is progressed expeditiously and the need to balance that obligation with the European Convention on Human Rights.

  • Linder Myers avoids administration with Assure Law rescue deal


    Manchester-based Linder Myers has avoided administration through a debt restructuring deal including investment from Assure Law director Tony Stockdale, who has become chief executive.

  • Morgan Cole and Blake Lapthorn to create £72m firm post July merger


    Blake Lapthorn is set to merge with Morgan Cole on 1 July 2014 to create a firm with a combined turnover of £72m.

  • No5 Chambers participates in Child Brain Injury Trust Conference and Exhibition

    No5 Chambers | 18-Mar-2014

    No5 Chambers is sponsoring this year’s Child Brain Injury Trust Conference and Exhibition, which is due to take place on 26 March in Manchester.

  • No5’s Adam Farrer acts for CICA in two catastrophic brain injury cases

    No5 Chambers | 17-Mar-2014

    Barrister Adam Farrer from No5 Chambers has acted for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) in two catastrophic brain injury cases.

  • No duty of care to passers-by download

    Wragge & Co | 13-Mar-2014

    For a duty of care to be established in a personal injury claim, foreseeability of harm on its own is not enough; proximity between the parties is also required. 

  • Dacheng wins court’s support for psychological injury compensations

    Dacheng | 6-Mar-2014

    Attorneys He Haojun and Xu Pengwei from Dacheng’s Kunming office have argued that damages for psychological injury should still apply in breach-of-contract cases.

  • In K2 Investment, NY high court reverses itself, confirms well-established case law download

    DLA Piper | 26-Feb-2014

    The New York Court of Appeals, in K2 Investment Group, LLC v American Guarantee & Liability Insurance Company, has vacated its own prior decision.

  • Private rights, public wrongs: Trafford v Blackpool Borough Council — the public law control of contractual discretion download

    Wragge & Co | 26-Feb-2014

    This case is a reminder that while local authorities have the power to do ‘anything that individuals generally may do’, this does not mean they are free to make decisions as individuals might.

  • Outer Temple Chambers achieves payout over ambulance delay

    Outer Temple Chambers | 26-Feb-2014

    Outer Temple Chambers has achieved a payout of more than £500,000 in the case of Ceri Leigh v The London Ambulance Service.

  • Education update: is this the end of school swimming lessons? weblink

    Walker Morris | 17-Feb-2014

    The Supreme Court has handed down its judgment in the long-running case of Woodland v Essex County Council and in the process rewrote the common law.

  • On your bike: jurisdiction in European product liability cases weblink

    Walker Morris | 17-Feb-2014

    The Brussels Regulation sets out a system that allocates jurisdiction to the courts of EU member states.

  • Slater & Gordon completes Pannone takeover


    Australian-listed Slater & Gordon has confirmed the completion of its merger with Manchester-based Pannone with an announcement on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) this morning.

  • Anthony Collins employees shortlisted for Birmingham Law Society Awards 2014

    Anthony Collins | 11-Feb-2014

    Rankeshwar Batta, Ann Houghton, Alexandra Loxton and Rose Klemperer have all been shortlisted in recognition of their work in the legal sector.  

  • Minster Law blames law change for £599K loss


    ABS Minster Law posted a £599,000 loss in 2012/13 after being swallowed up by price comparison site owner BGL in May 2013.

  • Irwin Mitchell to launch Southampton office


    Irwin Mitchell is due to open its ninth UK office in Southampton on 7 April.

  • Regional bar: Commerce raiders


    The regions might stand shoulder-to-shoulder with London on criminal justice issues but there is everything to fight for when it comes to commercial work

  • Leigh Day targets injured cyclists with PI office in Manchester


    Leigh Day is to open an office in Manchester so that it can provide legal support to members of the British Cycling and the British Triathlon Federation.

  • Proposed amendments to the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act download

    King & Wood Mallesons | 6-Feb-2014

    Western Australia’s workers’ compensation scheme commenced operation in 1981.

  • Health and safety: FAQs download

    Shoosmiths | 4-Feb-2014

    Shoosmiths partner and regulatory specialist Ron Reid answers questions on health and safety received from more than 1,200 viewers. 

  • "Cycling solicitor” sees off police fixed-penalty claim – then slams Boris


    London’s mayor is all bluster but produces little action for fellow cyclists, says the lawyer in the capital who several weeks ago forced prosecutors to drop a fixed-penalty fine in a landmark decision.

  • Keoghs puts 41 jobs at risk


    Bolton-headquartered insurance firm Keoghs has put 41 staff at risk of redundancy following a restructuring of its counter-fraud team.

  • Neil Hudgell takes on £1m of PI work


    Acquisitive personal injury firm Neil Hudgell Solicitors has bought the personal injury (PI) and clinical negligence practices of two regional firms in separate deals valued at £1m.

  • Court of Appeal takes significant step in sentencing large companies download

    Shoosmiths | 28-Jan-2014

    The Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) has handed down judgment on two appeal cases brought by companies contesting the level of fines each received.

  • See no evil — the consequences of clients failing to read documents weblink

    Mills & Reeve | 28-Jan-2014

    Two recent solicitors’ claims deal with the consequences of clients failing to read documents.

  • Slater & Gordon sets Pannone integration deadline


    Slater & Gordon UK chief executive Neil Kinsella has set the firm a 12-month target to fully integrate its merger with Pannone after the deal is complete.

  • Barnetts Solicitors in four-way sell off


    Southport-based Barnetts Solicitors has sold the business off to four separate buyers having appointed administrators on Tuesday (21 January).

  • Court gets in line with majority of jurisdictions on faulty products coverage download

    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman | 16-Jan-2014

    A recent decision from an appellate court in Pennsylvania is good news for policyholders who manufacture products.

  • Keoghs joins BLM, DAC Beachcroft and DWF on revamped Allianz claims panel


    Allianz Insurance has appointed DAC Beachcroft, Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM), DWF and Keoghs to its claims legal panel for England and Wales.

  • Profit plummets by 42 per cent at Morgan Cole


    The top of equity has plummeted from £278,000 to £162,000 at Morgan Cole with the top earner taking home 40 per cent less than last year, according to the firm’s latest LLP accounts.

  • Health and safety and fire safety

    Three Raymond Buildings | 9-Jan-2014

    Building on its experience and reputation in criminal cases, Three Raymond Buildings is regarded as a leading set in health and safety and fire safety work.

  • Key health and safety legislation update download

    Withers | 19-Dec-2013

    Following Prof Löfstedt’s review of health and safety legislation in the UK, a number of changes were introduced to address some of the concerns that had been identified.

  • Rawlinson of Kings Chambers secures judgment in solicitors negligence

    Kings Chambers | 10-Dec-2013

    Michael Rawlinson QC of Kings Chambers was instructed to admit breach of duty but deny causation on a novel basis in A v Avalon Solicitors.

  • Pannone puts more than 100 at risk of redundancy


    Pannone has put more than 100 people on notice of redundancy since the firm agreed to press ahead with a tie-up with Australian-listed Slater & Gordon. 

  • Chambers UK Bar Guide recognises No5 Chambers in latest rankings weblink

    No5 Chambers | 5-Dec-2013

    The Chambers UK Bar Guide has ranked No5 Chambers in 15 practice areas.

  • How does an employer know if its employee is disabled? download

    Addleshaw Goddard | 4-Dec-2013

    The EAT has held that an employee’s self-diagnosis is not necessarily conclusive.

  • Personal injury firm Neil Hudgell Solicitors launches London office


    Personal injury specialist Neil Hudgell Solicitors has opened a London office, having purchased collapsed litigation boutique Harris Cartier’s book of personal injury work.

  • Yorkshire firm Chadwick Lawrence sells PI book to Slater & Gordon


    Chadwick Lawrence has become the latest outfit to sell off its personal injury (PI) book, with the firm offloading the business to Slater & Gordon.

  • S&G agrees £33m takeover of Pannone consumer business


    Slater & Gordon has confirmed to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) that a sale agreement for £33m has been made with Pannone.

  • Gardner, Francesca

    Kings Chambers | 18-Nov-2013

    Junior counsel

  • Galloway, Rachel

    Kings Chambers | 18-Nov-2013

    Junior counsel

  • Steward, Claire

    Kings Chambers | 15-Nov-2013

    Junior counsel

  • Ralph, Craig

    Kings Chambers | 15-Nov-2013

    Junior counsel

  • Brown, Catherine

    Kings Chambers | 13-Nov-2013

    Junior counsel

  • Mulholland, Helen

    Kings Chambers | 13-Nov-2013

    Junior counsel

  • Young, Simon

    Kings Chambers | 12-Nov-2013

    Junior counsel

  • Slater & Gordon breaks silence over Pannone takeover


    Australian listed firm Slater & Gordon has confirmed that it is in tie-up talks with Pannone following months of silence from the firm about the top-level discussions.

  • Pannone vote on Slater & Gordon takeover delayed again


    Pannone has delayed a partner vote on its proposed merger with Slater & Gordon for a second time.

  • Remaining 30 Follett Stock staff made redundant after liquidation


    Follett Stock’s 30 remaining staff were made redundant at midday on Monday (4 November) when the firm was liquidated at a High Court hearing.

  • AA gains ABS licence through Bristol joint venture


    The AA has become the latest high-street company to be granted an ABS licence by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) after launching a joint venture with Bristol-based Lyons Davidson.

  • Freddie Humphreys joins Kings Chambers following completion of pupillage

    Kings Chambers | 4-Nov-2013

    Freddie Humphreys has joined Kings Chambers’ planning and public law team.

  • Machine safety download

    Shoosmiths | 31-Oct-2013

    There are dozens of deaths and more than 40,000 injuries each year related to the use of machines.

  • Ditchfield, Michael

    Kings Chambers | 29-Oct-2013

    Junior counsel

  • Slater & Gordon acquisition spree continues with industrial disease firm John Pickering


    Slater & Gordon is to take over niche industrial disease firm John Pickering and Partners, the Australian firm’s fourth acquisition since August.

  • Pannone takeover by Slater & Gordon hits delays as partners rebel


    Slater & Gordon’s planned takeover of Pannone has hit delays with the firm forced to allay individual concerns before any acquisition can go ahead.

  • Aviva drives Greenwoods' 50-strong PI team to DWF following Parabis tie-up


    DWF has picked up an 11-partner team from Greenwoods following its decision to merge with defendant insurance firm Plexus Law in May 2013.

  • Outer Temple set to host Headway East London artwork exhibition

    Outer Temple Chambers | 11-Oct-2013

    Outer Temple Chambers is supporting Headway East London by hosting an exhibition of artwork created by survivors of brain injury.

  • No gain in personal injury pain


    Those firms for whom personal injury is no longer viable should not wait to put a get-out plan in place

  • OTC is named Chambers of the Year at Legal 500 UK Awards 2013

    Outer Temple Chambers | 4-Oct-2013

    Outer Temple has been named Chambers of the Year at the Legal 500 UK Awards 2013.

  • Sintons takes on three new trainees

    Sintons | 4-Oct-2013

    Three new trainee solicitors have been taken on at law firm Sintons as part of its commitment to supporting aspiring legal talent in the region.

  • Stewarts Law quadriplegic trainee takes London Marathon to court after race entry refused


    Trainee quadriplegic lawyer Matt King, who was awarded an OBE for services to disability and charity in 2012, is challenging London Marathon organisers over their refusal to allow him entry to the 2013 event because he needs to use a motorised vehicle.   

  • Express Solicitors turnover rockets by 35 per cent


    Manchester firm Express Solicitors has increased its turnover from £5.3m in 2011/12 to £7.2m in 2012/13.

  • Personal injury

    No5 Chambers | 27-Sep-2013

    The No5 Chambers personal injury group has over 60 members, includes four silks and works with its own team of highly experienced clerks.

  • Outer Temple Chambers' teams and QC shortlisted in Legal 500 awards

    Outer Temple Chambers | 26-Sep-2013

    Outer Temple’s personal injury and clinical negligence teams and David Westcott QC have been shortlisted in the newly launched Legal 500 UK Awards.

  • Dr Simon Fox of No5 shortlisted for barrister of the year at BSL awards

    No5 Chambers | 26-Sep-2013

    Dr Simon Fox, a member of No5 Chambers’ clinical negligence and personal injury groups, has been shortlisted for barrister of the year at the Bristol Law Society’s 2013 Awards. 

  • Hunjan QC, Satinder

    No5 Chambers | 24-Sep-2013


  • Bleasdale QC, Paul

    No5 Chambers | 24-Sep-2013

    Head of No5 Chambers

  • Preserving your right to claim elsewhere: new rule 52 download

    No5 Chambers | 24-Sep-2013

    Charles Crow considers how claimants can move their cases between the tribunal and the court without getting caught by the doctrine of estoppel.

  • Court of Appeal allows damages claim for the manner of a dismissal to go ahead download

    Hogan Lovells | 24-Sep-2013

    An employer’s failure to allow an employee to have his appeal against the rejection of a grievance dealt with by a different manager could amount to a breach of the implied duty of trust and confidence.

  • Bright QC, Chris

    No5 Chambers | 24-Sep-2013


  • Anna Macey joins Kings Chambers

    Kings Chambers | 24-Sep-2013

    Anna Macey has joined Kings Chambers’ employment and personal injury team.

  • Jones, Jonathan

    No5 Chambers | 24-Sep-2013


  • Personal injury

    Kings Chambers | 23-Sep-2013

    The personal injury practice group stands out for the growth in its numbers of members, amount of work done and its overall profile.

  • Disapplying the Limitation Act weblink

    Mills & Reeve | 23-Sep-2013

    Two recent cases focus on the court’s discretion to disapply the Limitation Act 1980 and allow a claim to proceed that would otherwise be time barred.

  • Slater & Gordon circles Pannone as consumer legal services market consolidates


    Slater & Gordon is circling Manchester-based Pannone with the intention of making the firm’s consumer business its next strategic acquisition.

  • Slater & Gordon launches £1m ad campaign


    Slater & Gordon has spent £1m with M&C Saatchi on an TV advertising campaign that comprises of three advertisements to be aired at both peak and off-peak slots.

  • Slater & Gordon's stairway to high street heaven


    Slater & Gordon sets out to become the biggest name in UK consumer law

  • Winn Group sells 60 per cent stake to outside investors to drive growth


    Personal injury (PI) firm Winn has attracted investment from two high-profile investment companies, with JZ International (JZI) and Souter Investments taking a 60 per cent stake in the outfit.

  • Three 2013 UK Bar Award nominations for Outer Temple Chambers

    Outer Temple Chambers | 3-Sep-2013

    Outer Temple Chambers has received three nominations in the 2013 UK Bar Awards.

  • Slater & Gordon marches into Liverpool through Goodmans Law merger


    Slater & Gordon has topped off a month of merger activity with the completion of a move into the Liverpool market through a tie-up with personal injury firm Goodmans Law.

  • New ABS venture launches with backing from claims group Helphire


    Accident claims company Helphire Group has given its backing to a barrister-led alternative business structure specialising in road traffic accidents (RTA).

  • Slater & Gordon set to acquire UK's Fentons as revenue rises 37 per cent globally


    Australian listed firm Slater & Gordon has announced a 10 per cent increase in UK turnover and the acquisition of UK personal injury practice, Fentons.

  • Slater & Gordon acquires first of a trio of UK bolt-ons


    Australian listed firm Slater & Gordon has finalised its acquisition of Taylor Vinters’ Cambridge-based personal injury and Court of Protection practice.

  • US consumer firm Jacoby & Meyers sets out plans for UK ABS


    US consumer firm Jacoby & Meyers has enlisted the help of private equity boutique MJ Hudson to move into the UK market, with plans to acquire similar firms in the UK and Europe under an ABS banner.

  • Personal injury case study

    InjuryLawyers4U | 25-Jul-2013

    Mrs Williams has a potential claim against two separate parties: Great Crest Care Home and Spotless Floors.

  • Personal injury

    Outer Temple Chambers | 12-Jul-2013

    Recognised as a leading chambers in this field, we offer specialist advice and advocacy across the full spectrum of personal injury work — from tripping accidents to catastrophic brain and spinal injury cases — and extensive experience in multi-party actions and public inquiries.

  • Defendant litigation

    Sintons | 11-Jul-2013

    We defend thousands of personal injury claims for insurers every year.

  • Australia’s Shine Lawyers eyes UK acquisition


    Newly-listed Australian personal injury firm Shine Lawyers has set plans to expand into UK through acquisition, following in the footsteps of its listed rival Slater & Gordon.

  • Manchester's JMW parts with 8 PI secretaries in face of Jackson reforms


    JMW has parted company with eight of its 12 secretaries in its personal injury (PI) department, citing challenges caused by the Jackson reforms as a reason for the cuts.

  • Slater & Gordon set to acquire trio of UK personal injury practices


    Australian listed firm Slater & Gordon is to bulk up its UK presence with the acquisition of Simpson Millar, Goodmans Law and the personal injury practice of Taylor Vinters.

  • Hogan Lovells successfully defends US Airways in Supreme Court case

    Hogan Lovells | 18-Apr-2013

    Hogan Lovells has secured a victory in the Supreme Court on behalf of its client, US Airways, in US Airways v McCutchen.

  • Law firms cannot be held liable for disbursement costs, rules CoA


    Firms cannot automatically be held liable for costs when they have funded a claimant’s disbursements in a failed claim, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

  • BLM adds 17 to partnership with PI taking the bulk


    Berrymans Lace Mawer (BLM) has expanded its partnership after promoting 17 associates, with the majority of the promotions made in London.

  • Indemnity agreement for work-related injury revoked for obvious unfairness download

    King & Wood Mallesons | 20-Feb-2013

    King & Wood Mallesons comments on a case where an indemnity agreement for a work-related injury was revoked for obvious unfairness.

  • Crash course to success


    Jeff Winn’s extraordinary journey from small-town solicitor to £10m-a-year road accident law mogul is proof that entrepreneurialism pays

  • Hot 100: Alison Eddy, Irwin Mitchell video


    It is not every year that you make history in your firm, but 2012 has been significant for both Alison Eddy (scroll down for video interview) and Irwin Mitchell.

  • Hot 100: Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC, One Crown Office Row


    Like a handful of her peers, Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC chose the bar because a man told her it was no place for a woman.

  • Hot 100: Gregory Shields, Forster Dean video


    Gregory Shields (scroll down for video interview) showed off his taste for trying out the new as far back as 2007, when he led the first pure management buyout of a law firm in the UK.

  • Forster Dean CEO slams MoJ as firm makes 13 redundant


    Forster Dean has confirmed that more than a dozen lawyers and staff have left the firm following a redundancy consultation.

  • Forster Dean starts redundancy talks in response to Jackson reforms


    Personal injury and conveyancing firm Forster Dean has announced a redundancy consultation with up to 13 jobs under threat.

  • Irwin Mitchell takes on non-legal CFO after gaining five ABS licences


    Irwin Mitchell has turned to AIM-listed airline and logistics company Dart Group for the hire of its new chief financial officer.

  • Silverbeck Rymer unveils post-ABS expansion plans


    Liverpool firm Silverbeck Rymer, one of the first to announce a conversion to an ABS, has unveiled plans to create 300 new positions over the next 12 months.

  • Rival to QualitySolicitors targets corner shops and high street firms


    A new legal franchise aimed at rivalling QualitySolicitors has been launched, with plans to attract 50 high street firms to team up with local corner shops to market their services.

  • ABI secures compensation victory as CoA reverses earlier ruling


    The Court of Appeal (CoA) has handed a victory to the Association of British Insurers (ABI) after it ruled that only conditional fee agreements (CFA) entered into after 1 April 2013 will benefit from a 10 per cent rise in damages.

  • On the box: The TV tactics of post-Jackson PI firms


    Have you suffered an accident that wasn’t your fault? Well, tough, because the case is too risky to take on.

  • Edwards Hoyle reveals most bizarre personal injury claims


    North West personal injury firm Edwards Hoyle has revealed its most bizarre personal injury claims from the last year.

  • Listed company launches bid for Silverbeck Rymer


    Liverpool firm Silverbeck Rymer is set to become the first law firm to be acquired by a listed company after Quindell Portfolio announced it had agreed to pay almost £20m for the firm.

  • New PI firm to eschew referral fees ahead of Government ban


    A new personal injury law firm that will shun referral fees has been launched in the wake of the Government’s plan to ban the controversial payments.

  • RJW beefs up PI arm to take on high street rivals

    24 October 2011

    Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) is to expand rapidly the number of consumer products promoted through Claims Direct to compete with the arrival of alternative business structures (ABS) in the consumer markets.

  • Firms must inform clients of referral fees, says LSB


    Firms should be forced to disclose to clients when referral fees have been paid for cases, the Legal Services Board (LSB) has concluded.

  • Co-op’s LSA gambit casts pall on Pannone alliance

    11 April 2011

    The future of Pannone’s longstanding relationship with the Co-operative is in doubt as the mutual retailer prepares to ramp up its legal services division later this year.

  • Irwin Mitchell launches PI base in Bristol


    Irwin Mitchell is to open an office in Bristol in  a bid to break into the South West legal market.

  • The Jackson report: PI claimant lawyers rue detrimental effect on access to justice

    25 January 2010

    The personal injury (PI) claimant market has launched an all-out assault on Lord Justice Jackson’s report into civil legal costs, arguing that his proposals would actually impede access to justice.

  • Pannone focuses on disability rights

    18 January 2010

    ?Richard Copson has joined Pannone to head the disability rights legal services team following a move from Glaisyers.

  • Bott & Co launches iPhone accident app


    Law firm Bott & Co has launched a personal injury (PI) iPhone application that allows claimants to get instant access to a PI solicitor if they have been involved in an accident.

  • Thompsons snaps up rival to create union giant

    25 May 2009

    Thompsons has merged with rival Rowley Ashworth, making the largest trade union firm in the UK.

  • Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence Special Report: Health Checks

    18 May 2009

    Will justice ever be seen to be done when a profession regulates itself? Nicholas Braslavsky QC of Kings Chambers says it’s time for the independent regulation of healthcare professionals

  • Claimant lawyers speak out over NHSLA criticism

    27 April 2009

    Lawyers have rounded on NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) allegations that the claimant profession is bleeding the NHS dry by racking up massive legal bills.

  • 6 Pump Court closes its doors as fee cuts and Clementi bite


    One of the bar’s leading clinical negligence sets, 6 Pump Court, will dissolve on 17 January 2005.

  • RAC slates proposals to raise small PI claim limit to £5,000


    The RAC has hit out at recent proposals to raise the ‘small claims’ limit for personal injury work to £5,000. RAC Legal Services head Jonathan Gulliford said the plans, outlined recently by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, will seriously affect many people claiming compensation for injuries. “Raising the small claims limit is throwing the baby out with the bathwater,” he said.

  • Hill Dickinson merger hikes half-year figures


    Hill Dickinson has re-corded a 34 per cent turnover rise for the first six months of the 2004-05 financial year.

  • Blackstone gifts CC first-time instruction on care home deal


    Clifford Chance has sealed its first major UK deal for Blackstone Capital Partners (BCP), advising on the private equity firm’s recommended bid for care home business NHP.

  • LeBoeuf gets fourth partner in a year with IP hire


    LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has scooped an IP partner from Hammonds. Head of Hammonds’ biotech/life sciences practices, Marija Danilunas is dual-qualified as a Canadian barrister and a solicitor in England. She left Hammonds in September and becomes the fourth partner lateral this year to arrive at LeBoeuf’s London office. First revealed on 10 November

  • For the record...


    In ‘NHSLA launches new panel review’ (page 4, 11 October), it was incorrectly stated that George Davies & Co was a panel firm of the NHS Litigation Authority. George Davies Solicitors had been a panel firm until 2003, when it made a strategic decision to stop its clinical negligence work. We are happy to set the record straight.

  • Firm profile: Hempsons


    Established in 1890, Hempsons is anything but an old-fashioned firm. In the 115 years since it was created, when its partners broke away from Slaughter and May, the firm has remained independent, preferring, as managing partner Janice Barber puts it, to “slip the baton and ...

  • 1COR bags four clinical negligence experts


    With top sets growing in size to improve financial security, 1 Crown Office Row (1COR) has hired four tenants, including leading clinical negligence silk Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC.

  • Taylor Walton


    The philosophy at Taylor Walton is simple: regional is best.

  • PI lawyers slam Law Soc over referral fees


    the Law Society’s stance on referral fees.

  • Wheels of injustice


    There has been much lobbying for tough laws on corporate killing, but the Government has reneged on its promises to make them. By Joanne Harris

  • Careers: people


    Cobbetts has bolstered its IP, information, communications and technology and media teams with the hire of two solicitors for its Manchester office. Laura Harper arrives after a five-year stint at Pannone & Partners, while Sonia Luthra joins the top 50 firm from DWF Solicitors.

  • PI lawyers hit out over referral fees


    Personal injury lawyers hit out yesterday (Wednesday 8 August) at the Law Society’s stance on referral fees.

  • Personal injury law firm network to launch in London


    A new network of London firms is being launched to give personal injury advice across the capital.

  • Balfour & Manson hooks up with GW Tait


    Edinburgh firm Balfour & Manson has bolstered its private client practice by merging with GW Tait & Sons. The move will see two GW Tait partners, George Tait and Allen Kerr, join the partnership, along with three associates and the majority of the firm’s staff. The 18-partner firm has expanded significantly this year with the acquisition in May of a substantial part of the personal injury practice of Aberdeen firm Burnside Kemp Fraser and the opening of an Aberdeen office, its first outside ...

  • Irwin Mitchell names Knaggs as new Leeds leader


    Irwin Mitchell’s Leeds office has appointed a new managing partner.

  • Merriman White still open for business


    In our article of 9 August 2004 about Merriman White, we reported that the firm was closed for business. We understand however that the firm has been taken over by two new partners: Andrew Crossley and Dominic Murphy, who have bought the practice from its former partners. Merriman White acts for the majority of its predecessor’s clients and employs the vast majority of its support staff and fee-earners and, as before, will be a specialist practice in its core areas of commercial and ...

  • Clarkson Wright & Jakes


    Some of the highest achievers start late in life. Some of those people end up at the very top of their professions. It’s the benefit of life experience, they say.

  • Careers: people


    Davies Arnold Cooper has announced a trio of promotions and a new appointment at associate partner level. Janie Castle joins the commercial litigation team in London from Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker, while Gillian Dada, Mark Shaya and Crispin Tomlinson have all been promoted to associate partner level in the product liability, insurance and property divisions. The promotions follow the recent announcement of five new equity partners at the firm.

  • Bott & Co


    David Bott, the sole proprietor of Bott & Co, is a man on a mission. He says he wants to “put the people” back into the law.

  • Careers: people


    Gateley Wareing has recruited a new associate to bolster the corporate services division in its Birmingham HQ. Chris Reed, who specialises in acquisitions and disposals as well as joint ventures, joins from Wragge & Co.

  • Careers: people


    Matthew Arnold Baldwin announced a string of promotions last week, including Karen Jones, who became a partner in the firm’s IT and e-commerce division. Five lawyers have also been made up to associate.

  • CFAs set or further regulations


    Civil Justice Minister David Lammy last week launched another consultation paper on conditional fee arrangements (CFAs), proposing to scrap regulations introduced less than four years ago.

  • Leo Abse & Cohen


    Ian Hopkins, managing partner of South Wales law firm Leo Abse & Cohen (LAC), makes no bones about how the firm needed a shake-up two years ago. “We recognised that big changes were needed and went through an enormous cultural shift,” he admits. “We were a sleeping giant, but we’ve woken up.”

  • Careers: people


    Maxwell Batley has announced a slew of new appointments as part of its ongoing expansion drive. Mandeep Ubbey and Una McNamara join the London firm from Herbert Smith, where they were assistants in the real estate department. Emma Thornington arrives after completing her training in commercial property, property litigation and corporate work at Memery Crystal.

  • Careers: people


    Thames Valley firm Pitmans has appointed a new senior solicitor to its defendant personal injury team. Alan Davies joins from Merriman White, a firm based in London and Guildford. Davies was previously a partner at Gregory Rowcliffe & Milners and Edward Lewis in London and specialises in insurance litigation.

  • Law Society seeks repeal of limited liability prohibition


    The Law Society is to seek the repeal of a prohibition against limiting the liability of a solicitor in a contentious business agreement.

  • A sporting chance


    With sports claims becoming more prevalent, Richard Davies QC and Jonathan Bellamy discuss who will hold the burden of the claims

  • Stressing the point


    Barber v Somerset County Council has resurrected the debate on PI claims for occupational stress. Jeff Zindani and Adam Korn give the employer and employee perspectives

  • Ways of making you talk


    No one can be forced to mediate, but refusal to do so could be risky. Ralph Lewis QC reports

  • CFA success fee rate nailed down


    The Civil Justice Council has agreed the level of success fees payable under conditional fee arrangements in employer liability accident cases.

  • Report blames media for compensation culture


    The Better Regulation Task Force criticised stories suggesting that the UK is in the grip of a “compensation culture” in a report published last week. ‘Better Routes to Redress’ looks at the perception and management of personal injury claims. It concluded that media reports and claims management companies are encouraging people to make unreasonable claims and that, in response, public bodies go to unnecessary lengths to protect themselves from litigation. The report’s recommendations ...

  • BL&B solicitors


    Bishop Longbotham & Bagnall Solicitors (or, as it would prefer to be known in these days of abbreviated law firm names, BL&B Solicitors) perhaps sums up the dilemma faced by many established regional firms early in the 21st century. Should they keep the faith and retain tried-and-trusted ways of doing things, or jettison the status quo in favour of trendy alternatives, such ...

  • Leigh Day Manchester office sets up on its own


    Leigh Day & Co’s London and Manchester offices have parted ways after the North West four-partner group opted to set up as a separate entity.

  • Careers: people


    Specialist pensions law firm Sacker & Partners has promoted three associates to the partnership: Claire Carey, Alison Cribbs and Joanna Matthews.

  • Firm profile: JS Miller Solicitors


    JS Miller Solicitors senior managing partner Jeanette Miller knows more than just the technical side of personal injury (PI) litigation. As a trainee solicitor she became a victim herself after she fell down some faulty steps and injured her back at work. She successfully sued and the experience motivated her to form her own eponymous practice. Its ethos would ...

  • Court of Appeal rulings put paid to hopes of ADR boom


    Hopes of a sudden rise in mediation have been shattered after the Court of Appeal ruled against fining two companies that refused to consider alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

  • IBB Solicitors announces peak in turnover


    South East firm IBB Solicitors is boasting a record turnover of £10.59m for this financial year, an increase of 12 per cent from last yeart. In May, personal injury partner Malcolm Underhill joined the firm from Vizards Wyeth.

  • Firm profile: Clarke Willmott


    A lot of law firms talk about understanding their clients’ needs, but Clarke Willmott claims to offer “more understanding”. This is the South West firm’s brand, and it means what it says. “It could sound a bit nebulous,” says managing partner David Sedgwick, “but we’re serious.”

  • Balfour & Manson takes on rival’s PI team


    Edinburgh’s Balfour & Manson has scooped the bulk of the personal injury (PI) practice of Aberdeen’s Burnside Kemp Fraser, gaining its first office outside the Scottish capital in the process.

  • QC’s articles for The Lawyer lose him job


    One of the bar’s top personal injury barristers has effectively been barred from sitting as a part-time judge because of a perceived claimant bias identified through articles he wrote for The Lawyer.

  • Taylor Wessing shuts down clinical negligence group


    Taylor Wessing shuts down clinical negligence group" /Taylor Wessing has closed its defendant clinical negligence department, which brought in £1m a year, because of the squeeze by insurers on lawyers’ rates.

  • Firm profile: Branton Edwards


  • Bond Pearce in clinical negligence expansion


    Bond Pearce in clinical negligence expansion" /Bond Pearce has launched a claimant clinical negligence practice in Bristol as it continues to expand its insurance defence offering.

  • No 5 Fountain Court raid creates 150-tenant set


    Birmingham mega-set No 5 Fountain Court has become the first set to reach 150 tenants with the hire of a five-strong personal injury (PI) team from local rival St Philips. The set is also poised to launch a Bristol office, its third site in the UK after London and Birmingham. Graham Cliff, formerly head of the PI team at St Philips, Stephen Campbell, David Tyack and William Pusey are all to join No 5’s highly-rated PI practice. In turn, St Philips has taken on rated employment barrister ...

  • Firm profile: Withy King


    Withy King managing partner Martin Powell is unequivocal in his commitment to new ways of doing things. “To move with the times a firm has to be run as a business, not a traditional partnership,” he argues. “You’ve got to recognise the value of your capital assets and finds ways to value the firm’s work-in-progress and its goodwill in a way that keeps everyone enthused.”

  • Crown Office Row lures junior duo from Kings


    Crown Office Row has hired two junior tenants from Kings Chambers in Manchester. The barristers, John Cooper and Simon Antrobus, specialise in health and safety and corporate manslaughter. For the last seven years they have acted for the Department of Trade and Industry in Griffiths v British Coal Corporation.

  • Judge calls for reform of law in 'hit and run' cases


    A judge made the case for tougher laws governing illegal motorists after being forced to cut his own sentence in the controversial case of an asylum seeker who failed to stop after he ran over and killed a nine-year-old boy.

  • LSC ‘win-only’ payment scheme on the cards for UK class actions


    A radical overhaul of funding arrangements for group action litigation is understood to be under consideration.

  • Withy King brings London NHS to book


    Lawyers at Wiltshire-based firm Withy King have won a major victory against two hospital trusts, with a Coroner’s Court returning the unusual verdict of death by “natural causes, contributed to by neglect”.

  • Firm profile: Gibson & Co


    It was an eventful 2003 for Newcastle’s Gibson & Co. In just a year the 300-year-old firm grew from four partners to six with the hire of two Allen & Overy (A&O) litigators.

  • Legal frayed


    The funding of multiparty clinical negligence actions can be anything but fair, says Adam Korn

  • Insult to injury


    The amount of criticism aimed at PI means practitioners need to move with the times, argues Fraser Whitehead

  • Long live PI


    The bad times of Claims Direct and TAG are still fresh in the memory, but as Keith Miles argues, PI lawyers are positive about what the future holds

  • Grasping the nettle


    Law firms’ PI practices are fighting a tempestuous market and the legacy of the claims managers. Brendan Malkin investigates the flipside of the PI market

  • Eight South West firms create single PI entity


    A group of South West firms has responded to a troubled personal injury market by banding together to promote their services. Under the banner of the ‘Wessex Accident Link’, the eight member firms, which are based across Dorset and Hampshire, have each contributed to the cost of local radio advertising and the use of a call centre. The firms, ranging in size from two partners to 14, are Biscoes, Churchers, Dickinson Manser, Glanvilles, Knight & Co, Lawcomm, Steele Raymond and White ...

  • Firm profile: Fennemores


    The people of Milton Keynes were, until recently, inhabitants of the largest conurbation without a league football team in Europe. The consortium Inter MK was formed to change all that. It spearheaded the drive to bring London’s Wimbledon FC to Milton Keynes. This season, Wimbledon has played in front of capacity crowds in its temporary home of the Milton Keynes ...

  • Firm profile: Whitehead Monckton


    Last November, Kent firm Whitehead Monckton underwent a complete rebranding in a bid to raise its profile, not only in Kent but also across the South East. Its aim was to signal that the firm was no longer just a high street practice.

  • Master of the Rolls slams UK’s treatment of accident victims


    The Master of the Rolls yesterday attacked the UK’s shameful record on looking after accident victims. Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers made a plea for the Government to back the rehabilitation of those affected in its forthcoming plans to deal with the spiralling costs of employer’s liability insurance.

  • Alexander Harris loses PI head to growing firm


    Alexander Harris has lost its head of personal injury (PI) to South London law firm Anthony Gold. Jenny Kennedy is a serious injury specialist. She joins the firm as a partner. The appointment follows on from Anthony Gold’s recent mergers with local firms Warren & Co in Streatham and Jockelson McNulty & Co in Walworth.

  • PI partner quits Russell Jones


    The Birmingham office of Russell Jones & Walker is to lose one of its three partners at the end of the year, with the departure of John McDonnell and a senior associate.

  • Firms team up on GE's Amersham takeover


    A triumvirate of law firms has joined forces for one of the fewbillion-pound deals of the year, General Electric's (GE) £5.7bntakeover of UK healthcare group Amersham.GE has turned to its usual UK law firm Slaughter and May for corporatead...

  • Clarke Willmott gets separate funding for PI practice as new figures show growth spurt


    Clarke Willmott has broken new ground by arranging a separate funding facility with its bank, RBS, for its burgeoning personal injury (PI) practice. The move is an acknowledgement of the practice area's recent growth at the firm and the nature of PI work generally.The funding, established in the current financial year, is based on a proportion of the value of the work in progress (WIP) Clarke ...

  • Unspoken horrors


    Children in child abuse cases may go unprotected because doctors are too afraid to speak out. Bertie Leigh reports

  • Remote control


    As with any kind of new technology, telemedicine's growth is unstoppable. Will Marshall warns that this brave new world needs regulating

  • Bolam out?


    Does the Chief Medical Officer’s report into clinical negligence in the NHS signal the end of the Bolam test? Nicholas Wilkes discusses the merits of the old method as against new plans

  • Withy & King prepares for IVF battle


    The judgment in a groundbreaking challenge to the current law relating to IVF treatment, as laid down by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, is expected at the Royal Courts of Justice on 1 October.

  • Apil awareness campaign stains hair dye reputation


    The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Apil) has launched a campaign to raise awareness among women of the dangers lurking in hair dyes.

  • Underwoods teams with uni for SA training


    Personal injury (PI) firm Underwoods held talks last Friday (12 September) with Nottingham Law School on establishing a formal tie-up to train solicitors for its recently-launched South African operations (The Lawyer, 1 September).

  • HSE prosecution guide for directors slammed by CCA


    Legal profession voices fears that 'vague' guidelines will hamper health and safety investigations

  • Three is the magic number


    Stringent criteria ruling the law on psychiatric injury do not allow for cases to be judged individually. Alan Eadie says that worthy cases may not be getting the justice they deserve

  • Accident plan


    The Government is hoping to dig itself out of a hole with its new £30K NHS redress scheme. But will victims of negligence get short changed?

  • Manchester's Donns sues ex-personal injury partner


    Manchester firm Donns Solicitors is seeking damages and an injunction against a former partner after she allegedly solicited for business from clients before leaving the firm.Former personal injury partner Lesley Casey allegedly sent letters to clients on Donns' headed notepaper together with the brochure for her new firm, Alexander Harris, on 25 April this year.She is now being sued personally by Donns senior partner Raymond Donn, who is understood to hold all ...

  • Pattinson & Brewer faces negligence claim


    Personal injury (PI) and clinical negligence firm Pattinson & Brewer is being sued for negligence by a brain damaged former electrician.

  • 4 New Square loses civil liberties expert


    Nick Brown has quit 4 New Square for Doughty Street Chambers to develop his civil liberties and clinical negligence practice. Brown's broad-based professional liability practice has increasingly focused on clinical negligence and personal injury claims. He also developed a niche civil liberties practice. He is presently acting for Mumia Abu-Jamal, the prominent black activist on death row in Pennsylvania.

  • Barrister appeals on charge of negligence


    A professional negligence barrister is seeking leave to appeal to the House of Lords to overturn a finding of negligence against her.

  • Maclay hires for London corporate practice


    Scottish firm Maclay Murray & Spens has bolstered its London-based corporate practice with the appointment of Jonathan Brooks, head of Boodle Hatfield's corporate department. Brooks specialises in a wide range of work for private companies and joint ventures with particular focus in the healthcare, financial services, computer software and e-commerce sectors.

  • Russell Jones & Walker says New Claims Direct is no TAG


    Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) has sought to distance its New Claims Direct service from that of The Accident Group (TAG), which collapsed last week, as well as from the old Claims Direct service, which RJW purchased in February 2003.

  • QC hauled over the coals by Medical Defence Union


    Leading medical negligence silk Paul Rees QC is himself being sued for negligence by the Medical Defence Union (MDU).

  • Gage slams lawyers for high costs


    Claimant lawyers acting in the organ retention litigation were slammed in the High Court last week for overestimating the number of hours they would spend in preparation and during the trial.

  • Amelans' injurylawyers4u attracts high-profile panel


    Heavyweight personal injury (PI) firms, including Leigh Day & Co and Pannone & Partners, have signed up as shareholders of Manchester firm Amelans' TV-advertised claims company injurylawyers4u.

  • Brick Court wins barrister from 2 Temple Gardens


    Brick Court Chambers has recruited Tim Lord from 2 Temple Gardens. Lord has focused on personal injury and insurance work in the past, but has been signed to assist Brick Court with its banking and financial services work. He spent 10 years at 2 Temple Gardens after qualifying at Slaughter and May.

  • Accidental success


    TAG might not be the most popular company, but it is certainly successful. Its founder Mark Langford meets Jon Robins and tries to dispel some myths

  • Glaxo to review panel


    GlaxoSmithKline is carrying out a complete review of its outside law firms and will have a new panel by the end of the year.

  • Bayer launches first UK legal department


    New head Wilkinson to reassess external lawyers; Bristows to benefit

  • A&O instructed by Celltech on largest Euro biotech deal


    Allen & Overy (A&O) is acting on what is believed to be Europe's largest ever biotechnology deal.

  • Clarke Willmott hires clinical negligence ace


    Clarke Willmott & Clarke's medical team has hired the clinical negligence specialist who is advising the National Committee Relating to Organ Retention (Nacor).

  • Burroughs Day sets up biotech unit


    Bristol firm Burroughs Day has launched a specialist biotechnology acquisition and intellectual property (IP) unit.

  • Break on the border


    Fiona Callister finds out how Bevan Ashford chief executive Nick Jarrett-Kerr is reacting to a reduction in work for English firms due to changes prompted by Welsh devolution

  • Nabarros in Genpak biotech deal


    Nabarro Nathanson has clinched a biotechnology deal for Genpak through its involvement with a venture capitalist workshop, dubbed Venturefest.

  • Thompsons in drastic corporate restructure


    Personal injury (PI) firm Thompsons has appointed a chief executive officer, a chief finance officer and a chief operations officer as part of its strategy to devolve decision-making away from the partners. Senior managing partners Geoff Shears and Frank Foy have been appointed CEO and COO respectively. Both partners are PI and trade union lawyers.

  • Thompsons opts for corporate structure


    Personal injury firm Thompsons has defied years of legal tradition by becoming the first major law firm to structure itself as a plc.

  • Clyde & Co hires Novartis UK legal chief to open IP practice


    The head of legal at biotechnology company Novartis UK is leaving to join Clyde & Co.

  • Lawrence Graham drops PI practice


    Lawrence Graham is turning its back on two partners and around £1m worth of fees in the closure of its defendant personal injury practice.

  • 199 Strand overhauls management structure


    Long-established personal injury (PI) and professional and clinical negligence chambers 199 Strand is to undergo a major overhaul of its management structure as it becomes more proactive about bar reforms.

  • PFI health sector sparks controversy


    Will PFI lead to healthcare privatisation by the back door? Robert Parr reports on the implications for lawyers

  • Vizards targets NHS litigation


    London firm Vizard Oldham is taking on a leading healthcare litigation partner from Capsticks in a drive to turn its focus away from insurance litigation.

  • SmithKline Beecham


    Neither Thomas Beecham, who launched his Beecham's laxative pills way back in 1842, nor John K Smith, who opened his first drugstore in Philadelphia several years before, could have imagined the huge empire their businesses would become.