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Medical Negligence: What Others Say
Legal 500 2020
The JMW Clinical Negligence team has once again been awarded the top Tier 1 ranking by the 2020 edition of legal industry guide the Legal 500, one of only two firms in the North West to achieve the highest rating.
Read what the Legal 500 had to say about us below.
The Legal 500 comments that we provide “an excellent service in the north west, with a national reach in claimant clinical negligence work.” It says that we are “well-renowned for our expertise in settling high-value and contentious brain injury and spinal injury cases defended by the NHS particularly those involving kernicterus brain injury and cauda equina syndrome.”
One interviewee told the guide we are unique in the way we communicate and are “all very approachable and will explain and put you at ease with every task that is undertaken.” They add that we do “a sterling job and they “could not sing their praises high enough. I would recommend JMW Solicitors to anyone in need of their expertise as they are second to none.”
Head of our team Eddie Jones is described by an interviewee as a “genuinely caring individual who is very efficient and knowledgeable in the machinery of the legal process……..The man is a shining star for JMW and I can think of nothing worthy of criticism.”
Angharad Hughes, one of the partners in our team, is said to be “determined, efficient and tactically astute” while fellow partners Sally Leonards and Steven Brown are also said to be highly rated
Our work highlights listed include a £25 million compensation settlement we secured on a birth injury cerebral palsy claim
Legal 500 2019 - Tier 1 ranking
The JMW Clinical Negligence team has been awarded the top Tier 1 ranking by the 2019 edition of legal industry guide the Legal 500, one of only two firms in the North West to be ranked so highly.
The Legal 500 comments that JMW fields an ‘excellent team of tenacious and down-to-earth solicitors who fight hard for their clients to ensure that they get the best possible compensation’. It states that our ‘highly specialised and dedicated team has real expertise in the most serious cases of birth injury, brain injury and spinal injury cases’.
Head of our department and partner Eddie Jones is names as a leading individual and described as having ‘an excellent grasp of the key issues of law, practice and strategy’ and ‘immensely hardworking’. Partner Sally Leonards is also ranked as a leading individual and is said to be ‘very experienced’ and to adopt a ‘tenacious but realistic approach to each case’.
Partners Melissa Gardner and Angharad Hughes are also highly praised. Melissa is said to strike ‘a great rapport with her clients’ and Angharad is said to be ‘enormously sympathetic to her clients and has excellent attention to detail’.
Senior associate Steven Brown is ranked as a Next Generation Lawyer and is described as a ‘highly committed and proactive claimant lawyer.’
Chambers and Partners 2020
The JMW Clinical Negligence team has once again been awarded the top Tier 1 ranking by the 2020 edition of legal industry guide Chambers and Partners, one of only two firms in the North West to achieve the highest rating.
Chambers 2020 describes us as a strong local team attracting serious brain and spinal injury cases from across the country, owing to our large team of highly regarded clinical negligence specialists. It states that we handle major obstetric and neonatal cases in which babies have been left with cerebral palsy and severe brain damage. It also comments on our experience in spinal injury cases, particularly cauda equina syndrome and negligently performed surgery cases.
One client interviewed by Chambers said we work like “a well-oiled machine” and are “great communicators who are always diligent, accurate and responsive to any queries”, adding that our ability to accurately explain in layman’s terms is “exceptional”.
Another source commented that we “operate on the highest level of the claimant spectrum” with a further client adding that we “took time to explain in detail the legal process and worked exceptionally hard to secure the best possible outcome.”
Head of our team Eddie Jones is ranked as a Star Individual with one client describing him to Chambers as “a diligent lawyer who worked very hard to fight for justice on my behalf when I felt that nobody was listening and I didn't have a voice.”
Our partners Sally Leonards, Melissa Gardner and Angharad Hughes are ranked as leading individuals. They are praised for their expertise in birth, brain injury and cerebral palsy cases. Sally is described by a client as a thorough lawyer who “never misses a point” while Melissa is said to be “assured and confident” with a client stating that whenever they need assurance she is “only a phone call away”. Angharad is said to be a “canny and effective operator” and “very industrious” with “very good attention to detail”.
Chambers and Partners 2019
JMW’s specialist clinical negligence team has been awarded a Tier 1 ranking in the 2019 edition of legal industry guide Chambers and Partners. The ranking is based on glowing comments from clients and other legal professionals about our service.
In the 2019 edition of Chambers and Partners we are described as “a strong local team attracting serious brain and spinal injury cases from across the country, owing to its large team of highly regarded clinical negligence specialists.”
It states that we handle major obstetric and neonatal negligence cases in which babies have been left with cerebral palsy and severe brain damage and that we have further experience with spinal injuries and failure to diagnose cases, including cauda equina syndrome. It adds that we also act on “failure to refer and negligently performed surgery cases.”
We receive praise for our client-driven work ethic and a source is quoted as saying: “They work tirelessly on behalf of the client; their dogged determination ensures that clients know that they are dealing with a top law firm that will always put them first and fight tooth and nail to get the best for their clients."
Eddie Jones, head of our department, is named as a Star Individual and is said to receive extensive praise from clients. One told interviewers that he “went above and beyond the demands of his role………..he was sensitive and empathetic when dealing with issues I found difficult to discuss. Eddie is quite simply brilliant.”
Partner Sally Leonards is named as a Leading Individual and described as “extremely hard-working and very efficient”. Partner Melissa Gardner is also ranked and is described as having notable experience handling claims regarding severe brain injury.
Chambers and Partners 2018
JMW has been recognised as one of the three best clinical negligence firms based in Manchester in the 2018 edition of legal industry guide Chambers and Partners.
Our Band 1 ranking by Chambers and Partners is recognition of the outstanding results we achieve for our clients nationwide and our reputation for excellent client care.
Chambers states that our strong team attracts serious brain and spinal injury cases from across the country ‘owing to its large team of highly regarded clinical negligence specialists’.
Our expertise in cerebral palsy, spinal injury and stroke cases is highlighted. It quotes sources as stating we always work hard, exceed expectations and have the client’s best interests at the heart of what we do.
Head of our department Eddie Jones is said to receive ‘superlative praise from sources as he “really cares about his clients’ wellbeing” Another client is quoted by Chambers as saying “his clinical negligence advice has changed my life”
Partners Sally Leonards and Melissa Gardner are also highly praised. Sally is said to be ‘extremely experienced and capable’ and a ‘fantastic support all the way’. Melissa is commended for her work in child brain injury and spinal injury cases and is said to have a ‘solid approach’.
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.
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 Sally Leonards and Melissa Gardner are also highly praised.
Legal 500 2017
JMW Solicitors LLP’s lawyers ‘stand out for their attention to detail, hard work and dedication to their clients’.
The 2017 edition of thre Legal 500 comments that 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. 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’.
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.
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.
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’. Partners Melissa Gardner and Angharad Hughes are also recommended, as is Sally Leonards, who is ‘just fantastic’.
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 partner Sally Leonards were highly praised.
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’.
Partner Sally Leonards is also praised as ‘hugely experienced with strong people skills’.
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.
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'.
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'.
Chambers: Clinical Negligence
A key player in the North West...
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
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." Sally Leonards continues to develop a strong reputation for complex brain and spinal injury claims.
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.
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 partner Sally Leonards is also praised.
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.
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.
“Sally Leonards is praised for her ‘calm and collected’ demeanour and her ‘meticulous’ approach to cases.”
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:
"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
Legal 500 2012
The Clinical Negligence department at JMW has been deemed 'outstanding' by the 2012 edition of industry bible the Legal 500.
"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".
Legal 500: Clinical Negligence
Eddie Jones at JMW Solicitors LLP is highly praised.
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'.