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 are better placed than any other firm to deal with emerging challenges and trends in this area – based on the level of specialist resources we offer and our market presence.

We manage cases with total reserves approaching £1 billion, some of which involve the most sensitive claims in our customers portfolio. 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 customers 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.

Customer 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 (CJC), 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.

Who to contact


Roger Brooks

Roger Brooks

Partner,
Manchester



Andrew Hibbert

Andrew Hibbert

Partner and head of catastrophic injury,
Southampton



Val Jones

Val Jones

Partner,
Manchester



Nessa O'Roarty

Nessa O'Roarty

Partner,
Dublin



Upcoming Event


Catastrophic Injury Seminar, Subtle Brain Injury - London - Tuesday 14 November 2017

BLM London - Thursday 14 november 2017 | 1.30pm - 5.00pm

Join us for the first event in our programme of UK Catastrophic Injury Seminars. Our first seminar will focus on Subtle Brain Injury, drawing together legal specialists from BLM, expert neuropsychiatrist and neuropsychologist and legal counsel, to discuss case strategies and assessments. Read more »

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Testimonials


Leading personal injury lawyer Andrew Hibbert is known for instruction on some on the most complex and high-value claims in this space.

Chambers and Partners 2017

The absolutely first-rate Roger Brooks is a catastrophic injury lawyer with substantial experience handling claims involving brain and spinal injuries and amputation.

Chambers and Partners 2017

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Catastrophic injury Team

Roger Brooks

Roger Brooks

Partner,
Manchester


Deirdre Brown

Deirdre Brown

Senior Associate,
Manchester


Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Senior partner,
Nationwide


Iain Buchanan

Iain Buchanan

Partner,
Glasgow


Gavin Campbell

Gavin Campbell

Partner and head of office,
Dublin


Peter Campbell

Peter Campbell

Partner,
Belfast


Phillip Carney

Phillip Carney

Partner,
London


Alison Cassidy

Alison Cassidy

Partner,
Belfast


Stephanie Castell

Stephanie Castell

Partner,
Southampton


David Caswell

David Caswell

Partner,
Manchester


Mark Chetwood

Mark Chetwood

Partner,
Liverpool


Jonathan Clay

Jonathan Clay

Partner,
Manchester


Claire Collins

Claire Collins

Partner,
London


Leanne Conisbee

Leanne Conisbee

Partner,
London


Patrick Connolly

Patrick Connolly

Partner,
Belfast