Partner promotions at BLM

03 Nov 2010
National law firm Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP (BLM) has boosted its national offering by welcoming seven associates to the partnership.
The following promotions, which are in the firm’s London, Manchester and Southampton offices, take the firm’s partnership total to 137:
BLM London: Martin Jensen (professional indemnity), Adam Lidster (costs), Greg McEwen (healthcare) and Alex Traill (professional Indemnity)
BLM Manchester: Naomi Grant (fraud)
BLM Southampton: Matthew Burfield (catastrophic injury) and Philip Gibbons (personal injury)
Commenting on the promotions, BLM national senior partner Terry Renouf, said: “These promotions have enabled us to recognise and reward our lawyers for the hard work and dedication they have demonstrated since joining BLM, as well as for their positive contributions to both client work and to the firm.
“The promotions also reflect our continued commitment to developing and further strengthening the talent available to the firm’s clients in these core areas.”
BLM also promoted four solicitors to associates in October this year; these are Andrew Layton-Morris (professional indemnity), Rachel Margetts (healthcare), Sophie Meer (occupational disease) and Charlotte Owen (occupational disease).
More information on the partners is below:
Martin Jensen, professional indemnity: Martin qualified as a solicitor at BLM in 2002, having trained at the firm. He has extensive experience of defending claims against a wide variety of professionals and has specific expertise in relation to claims brought against solicitors and surveyors, in particular those brought by mortgage lenders. He also has extensive experience of advising in relation to professional indemnity policy coverage disputes.
Adam Lidster, costs: Adam qualified in 1998, having trained with BLM.  After seven years of dealing with all types of personal injury claims he became a costs specialist and heads up the London costs department.  Adam has a particular expertise in costs in occupational disease cases and regularly provides lectures, papers and articles on the subject, as well as appearing as an advocate in the Senior Courts Costs Office.
Greg McEwen, healthcare: Greg qualified as a solicitor in 1999 having trained within the Government Legal Service. He joined BLM’s healthcare team in July 2008. Greg specialises in defending complex and high value clinical negligence claims, previously for the NHSLA and now predominantly for the MPS.  He continues to receive instructions across the full range of clinical negligence claims for medical defence organisations and insurers.  He also handles some disciplinary matters before the GMC, GOC and GDC.
Alex Traill, professional indemnity: Alex joined BLM as a solicitor in 2004. He has in depth experience in acting for London Market and composite insurers who underwrite directors and officers and professional indemnity products for financial institutions, surveyors, insurance brokers and other professionals. He also handles contentious, non-contentious (and non-insurance) matters on behalf of professional firms from various disciplines, and advises insurers and reinsurers on issues with multi-jurisdictional elements.
Naomi Grant, fraud: Naomi qualified as a solicitor in 1999, joining BLM in December 2006. She specialises in insurance fraud litigation and is a member of BLM's Manchester fraud unit. Naomi has extensive experience in all aspects of motor fraud claims including cross-industry fraud investigations, having specialised in claims fraud for seven years.  She regularly advises clients on regulatory and policy indemnity issues and on debt recovery matters. 
Matthew Burfield, catastrophic injury: Matthew qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and joined BLM Southampton the same year. Matthew's practice has concentrated upon advising in relation to motor and employers' liabilities involving catastrophically and seriously injured claimants along with some property loss claims.  Matthew has extensive experience advising in relation to uninsured matters and insurers' liabilities arising under the Road Traffic Act.
Philip Gibbons, catastrophic injury: Philip qualified as a solicitor in 1993 and joined BLM Southampton in 2004. He handles a caseload of motor, employers’ and public liability claims where claimants have been seriously or catastrophically injured. He also manages the credit hire team in Southampton.

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