Clyde & Co LLP

Personal Injury: Mainly Defendant Department

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What the team is known for Stellar defendant team focusing on complex high-value claims, including those with international elements. Well equipped to handle the full range of personal injury matters, ranging from catastrophic accident and mesothelioma claims to occupational stress. Works with an enviable list of major insurers, defending both group actions and substantial individual claims. Experienced in handling cross-border matters.

Strengths A client comments: "They've got a very broad offering and a lot of technical ability. Their large loss team is very good and successful. They have a mix of long-in-the-tooth, experienced lawyers and also younger ones coming through, which helps us for longevity and is more cost-effective because we are not paying senior partners for things juniors can do."

Sources say that this is "a very good team, with proper delegation to various people within it to handle different areas."

"They are very highly regarded and good for the insurance side of things," says an interviewee.

Notable practitioners

Christopher Murray has a broad defence-side practice, routinely representing both public and private sector clients in claims for severe RTA, accident at work and disease-related injuries. He is known among sources as a "very sound" practitioner with the capacity to "deal with anything." He is also praised for being "enjoyable to work with."

Peter Whitehead is highlighted for his extensive experience in the personal injury space and deemed a "very sound practitioner" by commentators. He routinely defends prominent insurers against significant and big-ticket public liability, employers' liability, motor and product liability claims brought by policyholders. He offers well-established expertise in cases involving brain and spinal cord injury arising out of accidents.