City highlights strong position in rankings

Lawyer David Body who represented those who allege that the drug sodium valproate, also known as Epilim, caused a range of birth defects at a press conference in London as claims by more than 150 families were expected to be formally discontinued at a hearing before a judge at the High Court. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 28, 2011. Mr Justice Eady was told that a "difficulty" had arisen which meant that the proceedings would have to be adjourned. Lawyers representing the families had earlier announced they had been forced to abandon the trial of the action following the withdrawal of legal aid. They have been pursuing a legal action for damages against manufacturer Sanofi-Aventis, claiming there were inadequate warnings about possible harm in the 1990s. The firm has denied the claims, saying it has always provided appropriate precautions and warnings on the risks associated with possible side-effects of the medicine. See PA story COURTS Epilepsy. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons
Lawyer David Body who represented those who allege that the drug sodium valproate, also known as Epilim, caused a range of birth defects at a press conference in London as claims by more than 150 families were expected to be formally discontinued at a hearing before a judge at the High Court. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 28, 2011. Mr Justice Eady was told that a "difficulty" had arisen which meant that the proceedings would have to be adjourned. Lawyers representing the families had earlier announced they had been forced to abandon the trial of the action following the withdrawal of legal aid. They have been pursuing a legal action for damages against manufacturer Sanofi-Aventis, claiming there were inadequate warnings about possible harm in the 1990s. The firm has denied the claims, saying it has always provided appropriate precautions and warnings on the risks associated with possible side-effects of the medicine. See PA story COURTS Epilepsy. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons
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No fewer than seven Sheffield region firms secure Legal 500 rankings for the work on behalf of people making claims for clinical negligence.

Irwin Mitchell retains its top ranking, ahead of second ranked HLW Keeble Hawson, while Atherton Godfrey, from Doncaster, and Taylor & Emmet from Sheffield have both risen up the rankings to join Howells and Wake Smith in third.

Grayson with Watson Easam, who merged during the last year, continue to occupy the fourth rank.

Irwin Mitchell’s team operates from the firm’s Sheffield and Leeds offices, with the Sheffield practice being led by David Body and including Jane Wright and Tom Mather, who are also singled out for their skills.

Highlights for the year include being appointed to disability charity Scope’s legal panel to advise families on potential birth injury claims. HLW Keeble Hawson’s practice head Janet Baker’s willingness to take on difficult cases is highlighted by the Legal 500, which quotes clients as praising the firm’s team of “talented and emphatic individuals.”

Atherton Godfrey, whose litigation department is led by John McQuater, is praised for its “formidable” and expanding clinical negligence team.