Medical Negligence: What Others Say

  1. Legal 500 2017

    Legal 500 2017

    JMW Solicitors LLP’s lawyers ‘stand out for their attention to detail, hard work and dedication to their clients’.  Read more about the superb feedback the team has recieved in the 2017 Legal 500 listing: 

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    JMW Solicitors LLP’s lawyers ‘stand out for their attention to detail, hard work and dedication to their clients’. Practice head Eddie Jones leads a ‘successful practice that still manages to offer a very personal service’. He is renowned for his expertise in child and adult catastrophic brain injury cases and spinal injury work. The ‘very well-prepared and meticulous’ Olivia Scatesgains her clients’ trust and confidence’. Sally Leonards, who is very skilled at dealing with cerebral palsy, spinal injury and high-value catastrophic injury claims, is ‘thorough, experienced and approachable but steely when it comes to dealing with defendants when needed’. Melissa Gardner has extensive experience of successfully settling high-value child brain injury and cauda equina syndrome claims and is a ‘first-rate lawyer’. Beth Reay ‘combines academic excellence with the common touch. Clients consider her to be not just their lawyer, but also their friend’. Senior associate Steven Brown is a ‘highly competent solicitor who is going places’. The specialist practice deals with claims against the NHS, private sector healthcare organisations and individuals, with an emphasis on successfully settling high-value brain injury cases that have been vigorously defended by the NHS. Another niche area of expertise is the successful management of kernicterus brain injury and cauda equina syndrome spinal injury claims.

  2. Chambers and Partners 2017

    Chambers and Partners 2017

    JMW’s clinical negligence team has achieved another high ranking in the latest edition of legal industry guide Chambers and Partners. 


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    Our ranking in the 2017 edition highlights our expertise in serious brain and spinal injury cases. It quotes a client as saying our ‘wonderful blend between expertise and client empathy has been simply first-class in every respect. The communication, degree of engagement, the time given to the case and their clear understanding of me as a layperson has been beyond courteous’.

    Our head of department Eddie Jones is recognised as a leading brain and spinal injury expert and is described as approachable, down-to-earth and very genuine.

    Partners Olivia Scates, Sally Leonards and Melissa Gardner are also highly praised.



  3. Legal 500 2016

    Legal 500 2016

    The JMW Clinical Negligence team has achieved yet another high ranking in the 2016 edition of independent industry guide the Legal 500. All our partners received high praise in the glowing comments we received.


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    The 2016 edition praised our team for its ‘attention to detail, hard work and dedication to clients’ interests’. It comments that Eddie Jones, head of our team, is ‘very thorough’ and Olivia Scates is ‘very experienced and caring’. It says that partners Melissa Gardner, Beth Reay (whose ‘star is in the ascendancy’) and Angharad Hughes are also recommended, as is Sally Leonards, who is ‘just fantastic’. 


  4. Chambers and Partners 2015

    Chambers and Partners 2015

    The 2015 edition of independent legal guide Chambers and Partners has given us a top ranking. Our head of department Eddie Jones and partners Olivia Scates and Sally Leonards were highly praised. 

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    Chambers and Partners UK 2015 Chambers UK 2015, a guide to the legal profession, praises us for being renowned for our ‘personable and client-focused service’. It states that we are ‘distinguished for our expertise in kernicterus and cauda equina cases’ and have ‘in-depth experience in birth and neonatal injuries relating to cerebral palsy’. 

    Our head of department Eddie Jones is ranked as a Star Individual, one of only a handful in England and Wales for Clinical Negligence. Chambers states that ‘clients are impressed with his sympathetic manner when handling claims of a sensitive nature’. 

    Partners Olivia Scates and Sally Leonards are also praised. Olivia is described as ‘an exceptional practitioner’ and Sally is said to be ‘hugely experienced with strong people skills’.  

  5. Chambers and Partners 2014

    Chambers and Partners 2014

    Chambers and Partners is an independent guide to the legal profession. The 2014 edition had this to say about the JMW Clinical Negligence team after ranking us above many of our competitors. 

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    Chambers UK 2014, a guide to the legal profession, praises us for being a 'well organised, niche firm that does clinical negligence extremely well'. It notes that clients feel we helped to 'lift the burden at an extremely difficult time'. Eddie Jones, JMW's head of medical negligence, is described as having 'very good judgement of cases, works phenomenally hard and is undoubtedly a star'. 

    Clinical negligence partner Olivia Scates is described as 'another renowned name in the field who is good at chasing down an argument and for challenging experts to ensure she gets the best for her clients'. 

    Clients and contacts who spoke to Chambers about our service agreed that Sally Leonards, another one of our partners, is 'ultra-efficient and drives the case forward, has broad practice with extensive experience in birth injury claims'.  


  6. Legal 500 2014 - top tier ranking

    Legal 500 2014 - top tier ranking

    JMW's medical negligence team has been awarded a top tier ranking in independent legal guide the Legal 500. We are one of just four North West firms to have achieved Tier 1 status.  

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    The Legal 500 said that our team is ‘very knowledgeable’, ‘incredibly supportive’ and ‘consistently acts in the interests of the client’. Head of our team Eddie Jones is described as ‘very professional’ and partners Sally Leonards and Olivia Scates are said to be ‘outstanding’ and ‘tenacious’ respectively. 

  7. Chambers and Partners 2013

    Chambers and Partners 2013

    The 2013 edition of leading legal industry directory Chambers and Partners has awarded the JMW Clinical Negligence team an excellent ranking. Our head of department Eddie Jones has also achieved the coveted 'Star Individual' status. 

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    They had this to say about us:

    “This firm's clinical negligence team was praised for its ‘personable attitude with clients’ and ‘great expertise’.  Clients also praised the team's ability to keep a case progressing without delay, leaving ‘nothing to improve’. The team frequently handles multimillion-pound matters, with one case recently settling for £6.56 million. 

     “Department head Eddie Jones is the subject of universal praise. Sources describe him as ‘absolutely brilliant’ and ‘very articulate’. Clients are also impressed by his ‘great cultural awareness’ and his understanding of what they wanted to achieve in their claim. 

     “Olivia Scates has recently handled a number of high-value birth trauma cases. Clients praise her for her ‘very compassionate’ manner. Sources also state that ‘she's very professional and knows her job inside out’. 

     “Sally Leonards is praised for her ‘calm and collected’ demeanour and her ‘meticulous’ approach to cases.”

  8. High Court Judge Commendation

    It's not often that good work is recognised by the judge in a case but we recently received this comment from one High Court Judge: 

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    "This is an extremely pleasing settlement.  I see numerous settlements in the course of a week but this is one at the very top end and the parties are to be commended…this can only be described as an excellent result in every respect." 

    High Court Judge in the case of AS

  9. Legal 500 2012

    Legal 500 2012

    The Clinical Negligence department at JMW has been deemed 'outstanding' by the 2012 edition of industry bible the Legal 500.

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    "JMW Solicitors LLP provides an "outstanding level of service". It frequently acts in complex, multimillion-pound cases and has strong expertise in child brain injury matters, recently winning a £6.56m damages claim for a client. Team head Eddie Jones is "professional and empathetic".

  10. Chambers: Clinical Negligence

    Chambers: Clinical Negligence

    A key player in the North West...

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    The Firm 

     A key player in the North West, this "substantial and authoritative" team maintains a strong reputation in the field. It has considerable expertise in acting on behalf of both brain-injured children and adults, and has continued to consolidate its strong market position in this area over the past twelve months 

    Key Individuals 

    Eddie Jones has a fantastic reputation for acting on behalf of clients with severe brain injuries. Sources say: "He is absolutely meticulous, and his papers are always in perfect order." Olivia Scates impresses with her handling of high-value cerebral palsy cases, having obtained three substantial settlements in the past year. Sally Leonards continues to develop a strong reputation for complex brain and spinal injury claims.

  11. Legal 500: Clinical Negligence

    Legal 500: Clinical Negligence

    Eddie Jones at JMW Solicitors LLP is highly praised.

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    The firm achieved several awards in the £5m bracket this year, and is moving ahead of its competition in this tier. Sally Leonards is ‘outstanding’, and Ged Wilson, a Court of Protection Deputy, provides ‘excellent service and prompt action’.

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