Keoghs LLP

Personal Injury Department

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What the team is known for Stellar reputation for defending insurers and self-insured clients on catastrophic injury and occupational disease claims. Clients also rely on the firm's outstanding counter-fraud team for advice in case of suspected fraud and exaggeration. Particularly well established in the motor insurance industry. Notable experience in advising public sector bodies in abuse cases.

Strengths According to one impressed commentator, "they're streets ahead of other firms; they are very bright and really visionary."

Work highlights Acted for AXA in relation to a claim brought by a worker rendered paraplegic following a fall at a construction site. Successful in bringing the original £17.5 million claim down to a £7.5 million lump sum settlement without the need for court proceedings.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Underwood heads the firm's complex injury team and is a pre-eminent authority on policy in the space as well as a highly successful litigator, offering substantial experience in taking cases to the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and ECJ. He is often seen advising on high-value serious and catastrophic injury claims. Impressed sources describe him as a "brilliant technician on catastrophic injury cases," adding: "He is superb on liability issues and is a pragmatic negotiator."

David Pugh offers considerable experience in advising on strategic and test litigation, with an emphasis on legacy and industrial disease cases. He is routinely sought out to represent an impressive roster of clients, including  governments, international insurers and multinationals. Sources praise him as a "wise, experienced and pragmatic" lawyer.

Jamie McCabe offers notable experience in handling RTA claims on behalf of major motor insurers. Clients say: "His technical knowledge is second to none."

Ken Young is experienced in advising on catastrophic injuries arising out of accidents on the road, including amputations, brain and spinal injuries. A source says: "He's very impressive. He is easy to get on with and is very well respected."

Michael Renshaw regularly defends insurers and their policyholders in high-value claims for severe injuries such as paralysis, amputation and neurological damage. He is adept at handling claims in overseas jurisdictions. Sources describe him as a "rock solid and unflappable" lawyer who is both "pragmatic and solution-driven." Another source appreciates that he is "tenacious and determined to get the right result."