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Chambers and Partners

The Chambers Guides have been ranking the best law firms and lawyers since 1990. They conduct extensive research into lawyers and law firms nationwide, speaking to former clients and individuals who have worked with each law firm. We are delighted to have enjoyed a high ranking within the North West for a number of years, with the most recent edition of Chambers positioning us in band 2. Three of our partners, Gordon Cartwright, Andrew Lilley and Paul Breen, are individually ranked in band 2. On interviewing some of our clients, Chambers have garnered such quotes as: "They are very well organised and extremely efficient. Their strengths are client care and a determination to reach the best outcome for their client." The 2023 edition of Chambers and Partners said that the team "have leaders in niche areas of personal injury law, including cycling claims, accidents abroad and criminal injuries".

See our Chambers and Partners profile here.

The Legal 500

JMW Solicitors LLP‘s practice is recommended for complex personal injury matters, ranging from heavily contested liability disputes to cases of uncommon injuries such as carbon monoxide poisoning. The practice is jointly led by paediatric brain injury specialist Gordon Cartwright and industrial disease specialist Andrew Lilley. Joanne Brine, who is experienced in cross-border injury claims, is another key name in the team.Catherine Leech, a highly regarded specialist in spinal injuries and polytraumas, joined the firm fromIrwin Mitchellin October 2022.

The Manchester Legal Awards celebrate excellence in every legal field, throughout Greater Manchester. JMW Solicitors have the privilege of winning “Firm of the Year” in 2013 and 2014, and winning “Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence Team of the Year” in 2018. We were also shortlisted for the award in: 2012, 2013 and 2017.

Claims Innovation Awards – winner

JMW Solicitors is proud to have won “Legal Services Team of the Year” at the 2013 Claims Innovation awards. These awards celebrate how law firms, teams and individuals from across the legal services, claims management and associated industries are able to find new ways of raising standards, growing business and improving access to justice.

Personal Injury Awards – winner

The Personal Injury Awards ensure that individuals and organisations who have demonstrated excellence in their field are celebrated. They deal with both sides of personal injury law; claimant and defendant, identifying high standards of practice and intending to inspire others to emulate the achievements of the firms and individuals who have been shortlisted and who win. JMW Solicitors were overjoyed to have won “Claimant Team of the Year” at the awards in 2011.

Child Brain Injury Trust

JMW Solicitors has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with this national charity, which supports children and families dealing with the issues surrounding an acquired brain injury. We are proud to be their sole legal support services provider in North West England. Our legal support services ensure that all the children, young people and families that we work with get the right legal support as soon as possible and we are proud to work together to ensure that we are providing the right approach and facilitating the recovery of the children we work with.

Read more about the Child Brain Injury Trust here.


Headway is a nationwide organisation that promotes understanding of brain injury and provides information, support and services to survivors, their families and carers. It campaigns to reduce the incidence of brain injury. Our Partner, Andrew Lilley, is a Trustee of Headway Preston and Chorley, and we are delighted to have been able to support them through fundraising activities and time provided in kind. We are also proud members of the Headway Directory and offer our support to the charity when we are required to.

Read more about Headway here.

Spinal Injuries Association

The Spinal Injuries Association is the leading national user-led charity for spinal cord injured (SCI) people. They seek to meet the needs of those living with spinal cord injury, providing key services to share information and experiences, and to campaign for change, ensuring everyone can live a full and active life. JMW Solicitors have been a member of their directory for a number of years now, having previously provided support for the Vocational Officer post the charity has; a vital part of the charity’s operations. We are currently a Bronze Accredited member.

Read more about the Spinal Injuries Association here.

Mesothelioma UK

Mesothelioma UK is a natural resource centre dedicated to providing free specialist information, support and improved care and treatment. JMW Solicitors is delighted to have made it onto their approved list of solicitors.

Read more about Mesothelioma UK here.

Back Up Trust

Back Up Trust is a charity that is designed to benefit everyone affected by spinal cord injury, regardless of age, level of injury or background. They provide support to those who have spinal cord injuries and their family members.

Read more about Back Up Trust here.

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