Personal injury: defendant in London

Clyde & Co

The London personal injury team at Clyde & Co has, as of July 2022, officially merged with the large personal injury offering formerly at BLM, significantly bolstering its strength-in-depth. The consolidated team is now co-led by industrial disease specialist Michelle Penn, and casualty and large loss expert Matthew Ford. The team has a multitude of areas of specialism, including: rail and airport; motor and transport, including severe road traffic accidents; health and safety, including accidents at work; catastrophic and sub-catastrophic injury and disease; and abuse and neglect, led by Paula Jefferson. The team’s client list contains an impressive array of leading insurers. The claims which the team defends include such factors as harmful chemical exposure leading to long-term health conditions, orthopaedic injury and amputation, fatalities, severe head injuries and brain trauma, abuse and psychological harm, spinal injury, paraplegia and tetraplegia. Michael Pether and Claire Collins are also recommended.

Responsables de la pratique:

Michelle Penn; Matthew Ford

Autres avocats clés:

Tony Cawley; Paul Smith; Leanne Given; Paul Charter; Michael Pether; Nick Pargeter; Nigel Lock, Claire Collins, Paula Jefferson, Sharon MacArthur-Powell, Peter James; Sharon Moohan, Sarah Murray-Smith, Phillip Carney; Ian Walker; Edward Sainsbury; Clare Garnett

Les références

‘Standout defendant insurer team with high value catastrophic injury work.’

‘Tony Cawley is a stand-out performer: excellent manner, highly professional, inspires confidence in clients and offers effective teamwork to instructed counsel. An excellent ‘people-person’, who helps shape the personal injury team.’

‘Paula Jefferson is probably the leading defence solicitor in handling abuse claims, particularly for faith organisations.’

Principaux clients

AIM Mutual

Allianz Insurance

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

The Arcadia Group








Barclays Bank

Barry Nilsson Lawyers

Berkley Homes

British Land

British Car Auctions

Broadspire (Crawfords)



Center Parcs


CNA Hardy

Coca Cola Europacific Partners


The Davies Group


European Risk Insurance Company hf.


Gallagher Bassett

Grosvenor Casinos Limited

HCA International


Hamilton Managing Agency Ltd


Honeywell Group



InterContinental Hotels Group


Jet2 Holidays

Kentucky Fried Chicken

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Liverpool Victoria Insurance

Marshall of Cambridge


Mecca Bingo Limited

MS Amlin

New India Assurance

Olympic Holidays

Pro Global

QBE Insurance


Royal Opera House

The Rank Group

Red Sea Holidays




Thomas Cook Travel Operations Ltd

TK Maxx

Tokio Marine





Vero Insurers

Willis Towers Watson

Whitbread (Premier Inn, Brewers Fayre, Beefeater)

Woodgate & Clark



Steven King and Mark Whittaker co-lead the personal injury defendant offering at DWF. The team is comprised of experts in complex injury litigation and is well adept at defending high-value, complex claims arising from: motor and road traffic incidents, workplace accidents, property damage, health and safety issues, as well as public and product liability cases. It is also experienced in dealing with group actions. Presently, it is acting for the defendant council in the multi-claimant, high-profile action regarding the Grenfell Tower disaster, and has set up extensive rehabilitation for victims and their families as part of its work. In addition, the team is well equipped to handle cross-jurisdictional matters; recently promoted partner Michelle Knapp is developing a strong reputation for handling international catastrophic injury cases. Other noted senior practitioners include Claire Bowler, Graham Dickinson and Rhys Sanchez. ‘Future partner in-the-making’, Adela Carrasco, is one to watch at senior associate level.

Responsables de la pratique:

Steven King; Mark Whittaker

Autres avocats clés:

Seema Bains; Charles Ashmore; Rhys Sanchez; Alison Standfast; Dan Mitchell; Stuart Giddings; Paul Greaves; Adela Carrasco; Graham Dickinson; Olly Bowes-Smith; John Lezemore; Dan Jordan; Emma Clarke

Les références

‘Seema Bains is the best in the business. A bright, thorough tactician with excellent judgement – charming to work with. Other stand-outs are Mark Whittaker, Alison Standfast and Dan Mitchell. All have good judgment and are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Charles Ashmore is a robust, no-nonsense insurance lawyer.’

‘Rhys Sanchez is approachable, client-focused and knowledgeable across a number of different fields including personal injury, property damage and overseas jurisdiction matters.’

Principaux clients



The Markerstudy Group


Direct Line Group


MS Amlin


Tokio Marine Kiln


Antares Managing Agency Limited



Van Ameyde (UK) And Ireland

Hastings Direct

HDI Global

Mannheimer Versicherung AG

Wuerttembergische Versicherung AG

Gefion AS (In Administration)

Ergo Hestia



First Central

Accredited Insurance Europe


Kennedys‘ sizeable serious and catastrophic personal injury offering is led in London by Mark Burton; the wider firm specialises in the global defence of insurers. The team deals with consistently high-value claims in a variety of areas, including: motor, workplace and leisure, and travel; notably of late, the team defended on the high-profile, landmark Supreme Court case made against the Four Seasons Hotel Group regarding whether an incident in a foreign jurisdiction can indirectly injure a UK-based claimant. In addition, the team has a strong reputation for defending sports-related claims; Ben Appleton has a strong reputation for his brain trauma work and is currently involved in defending on the high-profile World Rugby action relating to concussion and brain injury in multiple players. Anthony French, one of three partners who joined the team from BLM in 2021, is described as a huge asset to Kennedys’. ‘Visionary partner’ Richard West is a well-regarded member of the team, while Burton led on the development of the team’s Serious Injury Suite, an innovative technology created to assist clients through the legal process. Joe McManus and Stephen Foster are also noted.

Responsables de la pratique:

Mark Burton

Autres avocats clés:

Richard West, Stephen Foster, Jennifer Harris, Andrew Purdie; Anthony Rawlins; Joe McManus; Antony French; Stephen Foster; Joanne Kelly; Alexandra Riley; Ben Appleton; Amber Jenner; Deirdre Burgess; Rebecca Woods; Rachel Moore; Amber Jenner; Tracey Perry

Les références

‘Richard West, Mark Burton, Stephen Foster, Jennifer Harris and Andrew Purdie are all handling very high-value catastrophic personal injury claims. The results they achieve for their clients are regularly exceptional due to the drive and care that they bring to every claim brought before them by their wide range of insurance clients.’

‘Anthony Rawlins is a fearless and unflappable solicitor who always fights his clients’ corner. Richard West is a visionary partner.’

‘Antony French is a real star and a huge asset to Kennedys. He is trusted by his clients to handle complex, high-profile and high-value claims. He has a great and calm personality that clients, claimant solicitors and counsel appreciate and warm to, which when combined with his commercially-focused mindset, leaves him unmatched by his peers.’

Principaux clients










CNA Hardy

Allied World

PSV Claims Bureau/Stagecoach



Principaux dossiers

  • Defending test cases brought by a group of nine former international rugby players who are suing governing bodies for failing to take adequate steps to prevent concussion.
  • Defending the Four Seasons Hotel Group in a notable case concerning personal injury jurisdiction law.
  • Successfully defended a trial of high-value claims arising from a multi-vehicle motorway pile-up.

Weightmans LLP

The ‘dynamic and diverse’ large loss and technical team at Weightmans LLP in London is led by the ‘fantastic’ Elaine Chapman, who has a strong reputation for catastrophic injury work and vast experience handling issues of care, statutory funding, rehabilitation and accommodation. The team deals with high-value, serious injury and industrial disease, as well as employers’ and public liability matters and complex motor incidents. Notably, principal associate Phillip Bratt is assisting with the defence of Cornwall Council against a fatal road traffic claim, which is awaiting approval at the Supreme Court. In addition, Nicholas Richards has a strong reputation in cases concerning accidents which took place abroad. Factors often involved in the matters the team defends include severe injury, paraplegia and tetraplegia, amputation, severe brain and spinal injury, and fatal claims. Associate Shaun Lavery, described as ‘a true natural with tremendous skill’, is one to watch in the team.

Responsables de la pratique:

Elaine Chapman

Autres avocats clés:

Seva Singh; Nick Richards; Catherine Kearney; Patricia Williams; Kathryn Hinchey; Phillip Bratt; Shaun Lavery; Karyn Brannigan

Les références

‘Elaine Chapman heads this dynamic and diverse team. Her London team deals with claims of the highest value. They have an impressive client base, consisting of composite insurers, who are loyal to the team.’

‘A heavyweight defence personal injury firm with many impressive individuals. The standout stars in the London team are Seva Singh and Elaine Chapman. They are both seasoned lawyers with great talent, insight and ability.’

‘Shaun Lavery is immensely capable and works at a level many years beyond his current level of qualification. He is a true natural, with tremendous skill and instinct for a case.’

Principaux clients

Zurich Insurance Plc

Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB)

Armour Risk Management

Premia Re

Direct Commercial Limited

Haven Insurance

Catalyst Insurance

Prometheus Insurance Company Limited

Tradex Insurance Company Ltd

AIG Europe


Van Ameyde

Cornwall Council

TUiR Warta

Enterprise Rent A Car

Swiss Re Commercial Solutions

Principaux dossiers

  • Repudiated a £22m traumatic brain injury claim for MIB.
  • Repudiated an £8m complex multi-party liability claim arising out of a building site accident.
  • Represented Cornwall Council in the Court of Appeal against the appeal of a successful strike out.

Browne Jacobson LLP

James Fawcett leads the insurance team at Browne Jacobson LLP, with frequent assistance from Nottingham-based head of public law Laura Hughes. The group has experience in dealing with injury cases of maximum severity, including brain and spinal injuries. It also defends on foreseeable risk of injury cases in more minor incidents. The firm’s particular specialism is in adult and child abuse cases; namely acting in public liability matters defending local governments against vicarious liability claims in instances of child sexual abuse, as well as in ‘failure to remove’ cases involving complex Human Rights issues.

Responsables de la pratique:

James Fawcett; Laura Hughes

Les références

‘They have specialist knowledge and experience in handling rather complex claims.’

‘In addition to providing us with detailed reports, they are happy to discuss cases over the phone directly with us in a friendly and helpful manner.’

‘The work is detailed, of a high standard and provides a good service.’

Principaux clients

Environment Agency

Liberty Syndicates

Markel (UK) Ltd

Municipal Mutual Insurance Ltd

Marble Arch – Lexham Insurance Services

London borough of Lambeth Insurance team

Department for Education (RPA)

Gallagher Bassett International Ltd

TopMark Claims Management Ltd

Zurich Insurance

London borough of Enfield Insurance team


Natural England

Norfolk County Council

Insurance London Consortium

Resolute Management

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Howard Watson leads the personal injury disputes offering at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP. Its caseload is focused on representing defendants in fatal and catastrophic accident cases, complex sensitive stress and bullying at work claims, and high-value group litigation matters. The team has recently acted on some notable cases, including fatal explosion and train derailment cases, as well on a multi-party, cross-border action regarding the long-term effects of ingestion of thalidomide by pregnant mothers in the 1950s and 60s.

Responsables de la pratique:

Howard Watson

Autres avocats clés:

David Bennett

Principaux clients






Post Office


Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for Diageo in relation to claims for injuries arising from the alleged ingestion of thalidomide in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
  • Acting on behalf of Chevron following the explosion at their refinery on 2 June 2011, which resulted in four fatalities, a serious personal injury and a number of stress and related claims.
  • Acting for the Post Office in relation to personal injury issues raised by former sub-postmasters and postmistresses who are bringing claims against the client in connection with its internal computer system.

Horwich Farrelly

The complex injury group at Horwich Farrelly is led by Malcolm Henké, and has a strong reputation for defending high-value road traffic claims on behalf of motor insurers, as well as acting on a variety of catastrophic claims, including employers’ and occupiers’ liability cases. The team's typical workload includes cases involving adult and child brain injury, spinal injury, paraplegia and tetraplegia, and complex quantum factors. The team also has expertise in advising on liability and indemnity issues, as well as on policy disputes. In addition, it has significant experience of dealing with insurance fraud. New to the London team is head of product liability, Daniel West, who joined from BLM in January 2022.

Responsables de la pratique:

Malcolm Henké

Autres avocats clés:

Daniel West; Raouf Achour

Principaux clients

Hastings Direct

1st Central

Liverpool Victoria (LV=)

Ageas Insurance

Tesco Insurance

AXA Insurance


Admiral N

XS Direct


Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for XS Direct in a claim involving 14 expert disciplines, which settled for £26m on a variable PPO basis.
  • Acted for the successful insurer in a case which set the new precedent for the fact a vehicle can be shown as being insured on the Motor Insurance Database, but that does not mean that the insurer did in fact insure the vehicle, or that they have any liability to third parties under the Road Traffic Act 1988.
  • Acted for a large motor insurer, and secured a finding of fundamental dishonesty in a personal injury claim, which had been pitched at over £2m by the claimant passenger in an road traffic accident.

Ince & Co

Rachel Butlin, described as ‘one of the best lawyers in this field’, co-leads the team at Ince & Co with recently recruited partner and ‘outstanding lawyer’ Leanne Conisbee, formerly of Clyde & Co. Along with Conisbee, senior associate Imogen Webb, and seasoned specialist Jennette Newman - who brings to the team experience dealing with sensitive, multi-party, multi-jurisdictional cases - also joined the team in December 2021. The team maintains a strong reputation for its niche specialism defending on maritime and offshore incidents, and its new recruits bring with them expertise in terror attack and aviation matters.

Responsables de la pratique:

Leanne Conisbee; Rachel Butlin

Autres avocats clés:

John McGowan; Imogen Webb; Jennette Newman

Les références

‘They are experts in relation to the most complex multi-jurisdictional claims and insurance coverage disputes, and deliver skilful management of the most high-profile and reputationally sensitive matters.’

‘Jennette Newman is pro-active, strategic and client-focused. She has massive experience of all aspects of death and personal injury proceedings and insurance work. She is a calm and incredibly safe pair of hands.’

‘Imogen Webb is thorough, with great attention to detail. She is quick and highly intelligent. She grasps complex concepts quickly and adapts legal principles to the technical and factual environment with great skill.’

Principaux clients

Major vessel and yacht insurers

Various P&I Clubs

Kone Plc

Global Maritime

Tulip Limited

If P&C

Major vessel and yacht insurers

Various P&I Clubs

Kone Plc

Global Maritime

Tulip Limited

If P&C

Hill Dickinson LLP

The personal injury, travel and regulatory team at Hill Dickinson LLP is led by the ‘extremely experienced’ John Caddies. The sectors the team’s workload covers include disease, travel, and workplace and factory cases. In particular, the team has a niche specialism in marine and offshore cases, and deals with complex matters of significant value in that sector; new recruit formerly of Plexus Law, associate Grace Skinner, has a particular specialism in this area.

Responsables de la pratique:

John Caddies

Autres avocats clés:

Laura Wilson; Sarah Barnes; Grace Skinner

Les références

‘The firm’s shipping industry knowledge and expertise sets it apart and brings added value in the handling of these claims, all of which arise from service at sea. Due to the many years in which we have instructed Hill Dickinson, the individuals who advise us have a detailed knowledge of our company’s history and relevant records, enabling them to advise accordingly.’

‘John Caddies is extremely experienced and is meticulous and thorough in his analysis of a case and setting out the relevant facts. He is also tenacious when seeking the best possible settlement. Laura Wilson, who initially worked under John’s supervision, displays all of the same attributes.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the market. Always happy with the results and reporting received.’

Principaux clients

Associated British Ports

Hutchison Ports

BP Shipping Limited



Royal Caribbean Cruises

P&O Ferries

Louis Hotels

UK P&I Club

West of England P&I Club


Maersk Shipping Company

Maersk Offshore (Guernsey) Limited

Viking Ocean Cruises

Shipowners Mutual P&I Club


Gard P&I Club

Swedish Club

Steamship P&I Club

London P&I Club

MS Amlin

MSC Crociere

The North of England P&I Association and Seatruck Ferries

American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection & Indemnity Association, Inc

Svitzer Marine Limited

Assuranceforeningen SKULD (GJENSIDIG)

Principaux dossiers

  • Obtained a court order refusing the claimant’s application for either a periodical payments order or a personal injury trust in order to pay for the claimant’s non-NHS funded immunotherapy and associated treatments for his mesothelioma.
  • Representing a ferry company in relation to both the civil and criminal claims arising out of a fatality.
  • Representing a cruise company in relation to numerous passenger injury claims brought about due to an engine failure in bad weather.

Keystone Law

Cordelia Rushby and Steven Conway are key individuals in the Keystone Law personal injury defendant team. The group’s caseload often involves defending employers against workplace claims and defending local authorities against public liability claims. In addition, the team deals with matters involving such complex factors as retrospective abuse, and Animals Act claims.

Autres avocats clés:

Cordelia Rushby; Steven Conway

Principaux clients


HDI Gerling SE

Ipswich Borough Council

Top Mark Claims Management Limited

Travelers Insurance

Zurich Municipal

Principaux dossiers

  • Successfully defended on an employers’ liability claim where a caretaker suffered a back injury whilst moving defective refuse bins and claimed he was unable to work again as a consequence.
  • Defended a claim for personal injury when the store manager of an international luxury retailer fell down the architecturally designed staircase in the client’s flagship Bond Street store.
  • Applying to strike out a claim for injury, discrimination and breach of human rights brought by a claimant.


Gavin Reese leads the London and Bristol-based team at RPC. It represents defendants on a range of cases, often involving public liability, road traffic or workplace accidents. Its cases often involve defending claims of significant value, and involve such injuries as brain damage, psychiatric illness, amputations, somatoform disorders and fatalities, and can often involve claimants lacking capacity.

Responsables de la pratique:

Gavin Reese

Autres avocats clés:

Fiona Hahlo; Steven Aitken; Mamata Dutta

Les références

‘Gavin Reese is a quality lawyer.’

‘A very commercially-oriented practice known for a depth of talent among senior associates and partners.’

‘Fiona Hahlo has a forensic approach to witness and expert evidence, is not afraid to litigate cases to trial where appropriate and is robust in doing so.’

Principaux clients




Principaux dossiers

  • Represented a hospitality provider and its insurer in connection with an accident involving an employee who sustained a brain injury.
  • Represented a waste recycling company and its insurer in a claim involving an amputated arm, arising from a workplace accident.
  • Represented a ship maintenance company and its insurer in connection with the death of an engineer.