Penningtons Manches LLP's personal injury team 'provides a very good, proactive service and achieves appropriate settlements', with particular expertise in brain injury, fatal accident, product liability, cosmetic treatment and foreign travel cases, as well as group litigation matters. A highlight of 2017 was an occupiers' liability claim, handled by department lead Philippa Luscombe, against a hospital trust concerning a catastrophic brain injury that the cognitively impaired claimant sustained when they attempted to leave hospital and consequently suffered a fall due to unsecured accesses and furniture placed adjacent to safety rails. Senior associates Lucie Prothero and Charles O'Brien make up the rest of the core team [in Guildford], while partner Mark Lee heads the international travel claims department.
Its 'highly intelligent, dedicated and professional' solicitors [in London] have 'up-to-date knowledge' and provide 'an exemplary standard of care to clients'….. Core team members include the 'accomplished and proactive' Warren Collins, who has a niche specialism in representing UK individuals injured in the US and vice versa, and the 'very thorough' Charlene King, who shows 'excellent attention to detail'. The 'client-focused' Tristan Hallam joined in August 2017 - a client commented of him: 'His dogged determination and boundless energy are unparalleled.'
The Legal 500 - 2019 edition
Leading practice, well known for its expertise in catastrophic injury cases, particularly matters arising from RTAs. Also houses product liability expertise, and works closely with its clinical negligence team on cosmetic treatment claims. Works on domestic cases as well as claims brought abroad.
Strengths: One source commends the lawyers on their diligent nature: ‘They are smartly prepared, concise and accurate. They are willing to listen and adapt to circumstances.’
Others acknowledge the firm’s reputation: ‘It is a very good name in the market. There are relatively few firms that have the mark of Penningtons Manches.’
Philippa Luscombe is ‘a tremendous all-rounder who never rests on her laurels’. She is praised for her ‘good eye for detail’. She primarily focuses on brain injury and fatal accident claims arising from RTAs.
The ‘superb’ Warren Collins is described by sources as ‘creative, hard working, detail-oriented and extremely well organised’. He is routinely instructed on high-value cases of catastrophic brain and spinal injury and fatal accident claims arising out of RTAs.
Tristan Hallam has a diverse practice taking in claims arising out of serious accidents, including cases of amputation as well as catastrophic brain and spinal injury. Sources note his ability to take on highly complex cases.
Chambers UK - 2018 edition
Penningtons Manches LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice is ‘hugely experienced and respected in the field’ and is experienced in handling cases involving traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, burns and disfiguring injuries, and complex fatal accident claims.
The ‘formidable team’ in London is headed by the ‘exceptionally good’ Warren Collins, who is ‘an outstandingly able solicitor’ and has ‘a unique level of experience’; he is ‘tactically very astute and commercially-minded’ and specialises in high-value catastrophic injury cases, as well as being experienced in handling cross-border jurisdictional issues.
The team in Guildford ‘has a deep expertise and understanding of high-value and catastrophic personal injury cases’ in the fields of road traffic accidents, fatal claims as well as employers’ and public liability. Other areas of work are product liability and claims for injuries sustained abroad (led by travel law expert Mark Lee). The ‘outstanding, unflappable and pleasant’ Philippa Luscombe leads the practice and ‘has both an eye for detail and sound judgement’, focusing on brain and fatal injuries. She is supported by Charles O’Brien and Lucie Prothero.
The Legal 500 - 2017 edition
A leading practice covering all types of personal injury claims. Well known for its expertise in catastrophic injury cases, particularly matters arising from RTAs. Highly regarded for its expertise in claims involving international elements.
Strengths: 'Their approach is forensic in getting to the bottom of a claim.'
'Personal, friendly and empathetic - service comes naturally to this team of achievers.'
Warren Collins is a catastrophic injury solicitor with substantial experience in handling claims involving spinal injuries. Clients commend his technical excellence as well as his client service and 'matter-of-fact advice.'
Philippa Luscombe utilises her considerable expertise in multimillion-pound catastrophic injury claims. Sources say: 'She is an exceptional talent. She consistently delivers positive results that have enabled her clients and their families to move forward.'
Chambers UK - 2017 edition
Feel you are a fair, trustworthy and honest practice with solicitors who care about the individual.
Always professional, prompt, polite and positive.
Every member of the PI team I have worked with has impressed me. Philippa Luscombe is to my mind quite simply the best PI solicitor who instructs me.
Barrister specialising in personal injury
My impression of the firm is that it is modern, hard working and client focused - client care being second to none in my experience.
Barrister specialising in personal injury