Leading regional law firm Bridge McFarland is prominent in the 2018 edition of the Legal 500 with recognition for five key areas of its work and for 14 of its specialist lawyers – up from 11 a year ago. The Firm have also features in the latest edition of Chambers & Partners with three of the team receiving special mentions from the exclusive awarding body.
The publication, which is accepted as a leading authority for the legal profession, recommends Bridge McFarland for its work on behalf of clinical negligence and personal injury claimants in the East Midlands region.
The firm also stands out for its services in many significant sectors in the Yorkshire and Humber region.
Bridge McFarland’s Grimsby-based clinical negligence and personal injury team has secured a number of high-profile successes for claimants during the last year and the Legal 500 specifically mentions department head Ian Sprakes, Danielle Barney, Chris Gresswell-Green, Stephanie Capindale and Kathryn Hudson.
The guide says the “excellent” team enjoys “a very good reputation” and is especially well-versed in a wide range of clinical negligence instructions, including birth and brain injuries, orthopaedics claims and surgical negligence.
It identifies ophthalmics, GP negligence, cauda equina syndrome and fatal cases as other areas of strength and acknowledges the team’s ability to assist with clinical negligence and personal injury cases involving Human Rights Act claims, representation at inquests, judicial review proceedings and cross-jurisdictional issues.
On the personal injury side, Kathryn Hudson is said to be particularly experienced in instructions involving injured seafarers, fatal accidents, brain injuries, amputations and burn injuries.
Kathryn is also mentioned for her personal injury expertise in the Yorkshire and Humber region along with department head Leanne Keating and James Burrell. The publication highlights the department’s work in matters ranging from work-related and industrial disease claims to those concerning catastrophic injuries, regional pain syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The Yorkshire and Humber region also features Lorraine Taylor, head of the clinical negligence practice in Hull, and her colleague Lynsey Furney for their ability to “handle a full spectrum of clinical negligence matters”.
Lorraine is listed for her experience in birth injury claims as well as representing families at inquests. Lynsey focuses on claims arising from delay in diagnosis and surgical error.
Bridge McFarland’s commercial litigation service is described by the Legal 500 as “a gem in the Hull legal market” and “a brilliant team of exceptional litigators who manage to balance a legal framework with a commercial approach to find the best possible solutions”.
It highlights the team’s expertise across contract disputes, business sale disputes, restrictive covenants, property litigation, professional negligence claims and insolvency matters.
Property litigator Lydia Hamnett is described as a “noteworthy individual”, as is Mike Wilson for his “great tailored advice”. Rob Ripley, who leads the group, “exudes confidence and well researches every case he has”.
The guide says Rob is praised by clients as “a vastly experienced lawyer, whose key strength is his ability to work with the client and maintain an eye on the broader commercial outcomes”
Nicola Barrass and Lee Whiting are recognised in the Yorkshire and Humber listing as part of the “exceptional” employment practice at Bridge McFarland which is “outstanding in service and cost effective in practice”. Both lawyers were recommended in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.
The team is praised for being “quick to respond and having a strong commercial understanding” in acting for local and national companies in a range of employment matters, as well as for senior employees.
Lee, who heads up the practice, is described as “the ‘go-to’ lawyer for employment advice in this region”.
The guide states: “With a ‘straightforward, no nonsense approach’ Whiting ‘considers matters from a business perspective, offering pragmatic solutions’ and has significant experience handling restrictive covenant and trade union issues.”
Nicola is recommended for her “diligent, skilful and in-depth knowledge on the application of the law” and for offering “excellent, informed and pragmatic advice, particularly on TUPE-related issues”.
Danielle Barney who is accredited by both the Legal 500 and Chamber & Partners for her Clinical Negligence work. One source appreciates that Danielle Barney “was down-to-earth and made sure you understood everything” and has a “very good understanding of legal and medical aspects.” She represents clients in a wide range of claims and also handles inquests and human rights cases.