The Legal Press – what the independent analysts say
We are top rated by independent publications the Legal 500 and Chamber & Partners and have been for more than a decade. Our latest editorial comments are:
2014: The ‘first class' Ashtons Legal ‘rivals the best London competitors'. Tom Cook, ‘one of the most experienced clinical negligence solicitors in the country', secured £8.9m in a mismanagement at birth claim. Sandra Patton is ‘a delight to work with'; Sharon Allison ‘applies vast knowledge with sensitivity and dedication', and fellow associate Julie Crossley is ‘impressive, bright and conscientious'; and ‘meticulous' solicitor Ben Ward is a rising star.
2016: Clients trust Ashtons Legal ‘to make good decisions and do an excellent job’, thanks in no small part to ‘shrewd practitioner’ Sandra Patton, who has ‘deep tactical and technical knowledge’. Leading practitioner Tom Cook (whose ‘exceptional interpersonal skills make for excellent client relationships’) secured £5m for a victim of avoidable respiratory collapse. Newly promoted partner Sharon Allison is ‘a tenacious warrior and fearless crusader for her clients’. The firm has strong associates in the ‘hardworking, sensible and sympathetic’ Julie Crossley, and the ‘thoughtful and reliable’ Amanda Cavanagh.
What is the team for - Well-regarded team of clinical negligence specialists, undertaking a full range of complex claims, including matters arising from cerebral palsy resulting from injury at birth. Handles a broad caseload encompassing such matters as elderly care and mental health cases. Also houses services for Court of Protection and inquest representation.
Strengths - "They are a very good firm. They identify problems to tease out, and the correspondence is very clear."
Tom Cook's practice focuses on complex matters, including brain injury cases. Sources report that he is "approachable" and "very skilled at framing issues for families."
Tom Cook handles a broad range of catastrophic injury cases, including those involving cerebral palsy and spinal injury. Sources affirm that Cook is "undoubtedly one of the founding fathers in clinical negligence, and a leader in the field."
Sandra Patton receives particular praise for handling cases involving neurological injury during birth and childhood. Peers identify her as one of the "standout" practitioners in the market, and admire her "immaculate" preparation of cases.
Sandra Patton heads the firm's medical injury team. She specialises in cases of the utmost severity, including brain injuries sustained by children and birth injury claims. Sources laud her as "an amazing clinical negligence solicitor who is incredibly caring to her clients but gives robust advice when it's needed."
Julie Crossley's recent caseload includes misdiagnosis and surgical negligence claims. She has significant experience in advising on injuries involving elderly patients.
Head of Medical Injury