Penningtons Manches LLP's clinical negligence team delivers an 'impeccable level of service within excellent response times'. Brain and birth injuries, as well as amputation, oncological, sepsis, cauda equina and orthopaedic claims, are some of the multi-track areas which are handled on a national and cross-border level, while the team also engages in lower-value cosmetic surgery and product liability matters. A highlight from 2017 was Alison Appelboam-Meadows' settlement of a matter in which the claimant suffered a placental abruption and lost her baby following the negligent treatment of her unusual CTG tracing results. The 'knowledgeable, professional and caring' practice co-lead Philippa Luscombe and associate Emma Beeson are recommended. Associate director Alison Johnson heads the maternal and gynaecological injuries team.
Other key practitioners include Elise Bevan.
John Kyriacou heads the department [in London] and brings 25 years of experience in the field of clinical negligence. Emily Palmer handles cases involving spinal injuries and Sarah Gubbins has specialist expertise in cases involving cosmetic surgery, obstetrics and gynecology. Warren Collins has developed a niche for representing injured UK nationals in the US and vice versa.
The Legal 500 - 2019 edition
Distinguished practice that possesses a well-respected team with a depth of expertise, in addition to a sizeable bench of junior lawyers. Handles birth injury, spinal injury and delayed diagnosis of cancer claims. Team members also have experience advising on challenging fatal cases, including at the inquest stage. Other areas of strength include orthopaedic cases, and negligent gynaecological and cosmetic surgery matters.
Strengths: An interviewee enthuses: ‘They respond promptly and helpfully to any queries. They put the client at the centre of everything and are extremely caring in their dealings with patients.’
A client adds: ‘It was a first-class service. I was kept well informed throughout the case and felt that they were proactive at all stages.’
Sources hail Alison Appelboam-Meadows as ‘a superstar’ and commend her handling of cases on behalf of minors: ‘She's always thought about the case, deals with parents brilliantly and is extremely organised.’ She is held in particularly high regard for her expertise in handling cerebral palsy claims.
Stephanie Code is regarded as ‘an excellent solicitor for heavy, demanding work.’ She handles a range of maximum severity and catastrophic injury cases, including those concerning cerebral palsy, birth injury and brain damage. Sources add: ‘She tends to put claimants at ease when faced with a sea of threatening, incomprehensible legal procedures.’
Philippa Luscombe is noted by clients for her ‘humble and sensitive approach, awareness of the psychological implications, and ability to deal with sensitive material.’ She predominantly handles claims regarding brain and spinal injuries, cauda equina syndrome, oncology and fatal accidents.
Chambers UK - 2018 edition
I want to thank you and your colleagues for all your hard work and effort to reach such a positive outcome. Your support has been a major part in helping us survive the last four and a half years.
The outcome of the claim is fantastic news. I am very grateful that you worked so hard on my case - the result has exceeded my expectation!
A highly professional service with a personal approach. Honest and realistic of our prospects throughout the course of the case.
Without all your support, advice and recommendations we would never have got to this stage. As a result, we no longer need to worry financially about our son's future.
I'd like to thank you for all your support. My family always had great faith in your ability. I know that this case has been extremely frustrating with the lack of response from the NHS Litigation team and thank you seems so inadequate for all the hard work entailed.
I would again like to say how grateful we are to you for all the sterling work you have done for us - we could not have had a nicer or more hard-working solicitor.
You combine the highest level of professionalism with a very human touch for your clients, and a personable interaction with your experts.
Feel you are a fair, trustworthy and honest practice with solicitors who care about the individual
This is what your hard work and commitment is all about, and why we stuck with this ... Just to let you know how worthwhile your job can be when we see this sort of result.
I am so thankful for having such great people on my side. All your dealings with me have always been with care and compassion.
It feels like a weight has been very subtly removed from my shoulders. I couldn't have asked for anyone better to take on my case and I will wholeheartedly recommend you and your team.
You and your staff have done an incredible job. I can’t thank you enough for what you have done for us. It will enable me to enjoy life more.