Irwin Mitchell leads way on clinical issues

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Irwin Mitchell stands out ahead of all the other law firms in Yorkshire and Humber when it comes to representing claimants in clinical negligence cases.

The Sheffield-based firm’s practice, led by David Body, also includes a special damages team, led by Karen Codling, and recently acted in major epilepsy-related litigation, representing over 100 children.

Second-ranked Keeble Hawson wins praise from clients for its “first-class” team and providing “very good customer service,” while Janet Baker, who leads the team, is hailed for working hard to achieve “fantastic results.”

Keeble Hawson’s specialist expertise in birth injury cases and surgical and diagnostic errors and delays is also highlighted in the latest edition of the Legal 500.

Meanwhile, Nabarro secures a place in the second rank for its work on behalf of defendants.

The Victoria Quays firm’s team, which acts for a number of major insurers, and often works on matters with an international element, was bolstered in 2010 by the arrival of solicitor Ben Marshall, formerly of Halliwells.

Wake Smith & Tofields practice, headed by Terry Regan, secures a place in the third rank for law firms representing claimants in clinical negligence cases.

The firm also gets a special mention for the significant number of referrals it handles which are related to damage caused by cosmetic surgery.

Wake Smith & Tofields comes in ahead of a number of other South Yorkshire practices, representing claimants, including Atherton Godfrey of Doncaster, Ison Harrison of Rotherham Switalskis of Barnsley and Sheffield firms Howells and Taylor & Emmet.

Sheffield-based Graysons also gains a mention in this year’s Legal 500 for its work on behalf of claimants alleging medical negligence.