Catastrophic injury

 

The defence of catastrophic and complex injury claims is being shaped by the impact of the Civil Justice Reforms, including the front-loading of costs by claimant solicitors and the vigilant stance on cost budgeting adopted by the Judiciary.

We manage cases with total reserves approaching £1 billion, some of which arise out of cross border disputes and involve the most sensitive claims in our clients’ portfolios. Our lawyers are instructed by leading global, UK and specialist insurers, corporations, health and public sector bodies and defend the greatest range and volume of catastrophic injury claims in the UK today.

Each case is handled according to a bespoke strategy to best protect our clients’ position and drive a fair and timely resolution at an appropriate level of damages. Whether instructed from day 1 or at a later stage, our collaborative, no-nonsense approach relies heavily on fostering constructive dialogue with the claimant’s representatives. We encourage regular contact and information exchange, negotiation, ADR and mediation to create an environment in which early resolution is possible and achievable.

Client feedback consistently underlines the strength and depth of our offering. Our lawyers form part of a Catastrophic Injury Group that builds on our experience and assists in identifying innovation and sharing knowledge on strategy, claimant tactics and judicial attitudes. We also use our links with leading experts to ensure you benefit from the pre-eminent input in the field.

We work closely with the Civil Justice Council , FOIL, the Association of British Insurers and other industry and government bodies to exchange ideas and participate in key industry discussions. Our specialists are helping to coordinate an industry-wide group to examine legal costs in high value litigation and we are also working with insurers to pilot new approaches to catastrophic injury litigation to speed up the process for resolving claims and controlling costs.

Related expertise: Global 

Who to contact


Andrew Hibbert

Andrew Hibbert

Partner, Head of BLM’s Catastrophic Injury Practice Group,
Southampton



Val Jones

Val Jones

Partner,
Manchester



Nessa O'Roarty

Nessa O'Roarty

Partner,
Dublin




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Testimonials


BLM 'remains a top tier firm'

Legal 500 2019

The team are extremely knowledgeable and are able to handle the wide variety of claims we are exposed to.

Chambers & Partners 2020

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Catastrophic injury Team

Marie Atkinson

Marie Atkinson

Partner,
Manchester


Stephanie Atkinson

Stephanie Atkinson

Partner,
Southampton


Deirdre Brown

Deirdre Brown

Senior Associate,
Manchester


Deirdre Burgess

Deirdre Burgess

Partner,
London


Phillip Carney

Phillip Carney

Partner,
London


David Caswell

David Caswell

Partner,
Manchester


Mark Chetwood

Mark Chetwood

Partner,
Liverpool


Jonathan Clay

Jonathan Clay

Partner,
Manchester


Claire Collins

Claire Collins

Partner,
London


Patrick Connolly

Patrick Connolly

Partner,
Belfast


Sinead Connolly

Sinead Connolly

Partner and joint head of office,
Dublin


Simon Cradick

Simon Cradick

Partner,
Cardiff


Caroline Craigie

Caroline Craigie

Partner,
London


Kerris Dale

Kerris Dale

Partner, head of office and head of motor,
Cardiff


Karen Dance

Karen Dance

Partner,
Glasgow


Related contacts


Andrew Hibbert

Andrew Hibbert

Partner, Head of BLM’s Catastrophic Injury Practice Group,
Southampton


Val Jones

Val Jones

Partner,
Manchester


Nessa O'Roarty

Nessa O'Roarty

Partner,
Dublin