Express Solicitors continues strong record in Legal 500

Carlos Lopez, Head of Clinical Negligence

Express Solicitors is continuing its run of success with a Tier 3 placement in the Legal 500 for both personal injury and clinical negligence.

The Legal 500 rankings are in their 37th year and exist to showcase both firms and individuals for providing the highest quality of care to their clients in their respective areas of law.

For 2024, Express Solicitors is within Tier 3, sitting alongside other leading and national firms.

Practice heads noted in the report are Senior Partner and Head of Occupiers and Public Liability Claims, Daniel Slade; Richard Lowery, Partner and Head of Employers’ Liability; Kimberley Kirkby, Partner and Head of RTAs, and Carlos Lopez, Partner and Head of Clinical Negligence.

Additionally, Michael Hardacre, a Partner in the Occupier and Public Liability Team who has recently joined Express from Slater & Gordon, has also been recommended in the list.

Carlos Lopez, a former barrister, who joined Express Solicitors Ltd in March 2022 and brought with him his significant expertise in catastrophic injury clinical negligence work, regularly handles high-value and complex work. He’s described in the report as “doggedly determined in the pursuit of his clients’ interests”.

Sarah Smith, Senior Associate Solicitor, is noted as another key Express employee within the clinical negligence team as are Katryn Mercer, Senior Associate Solicitor Advocate (occupiers and public liability) and Jon Andrews, Partner (employers’ liability).

The UK edition of The Legal 500 is relied upon by millions as a reliable guide to the quality of lawyers and law firms. The Legal 500 rankings are applied after thousands of interviews with lawyers, barristers and clients. They provide a detailed qualitative assessment of a range of factors, including work conducted by law firms over the past 12 months, the level of experience and depth of specialist teams and an evidence-based assessment of level of service to the client.

Testimonials from the clients of Express Solicitors included in the report were:

“The team are all very professional and helpful.”

“The practice is very experienced with good quality solicitors who are very knowledgeable and skilled in pursuing claims.”

“Key capabilities – knowledge, experience, strength in depth, well resourced.”

Work highlights noted were:

  • Achieved a £3.2m settlement for a client whose case was due before the High Court.
  • Achieved a £7.6m outcome for a claimant and ensured she kept custody of her two young children.
  • Secured a settlement of £1.8m for a claimant and secured interim payments leading up to the settlement to help him sustain his quality of life.

CEO, James Maxey said: “We are thrilled to continue our Tier 3 ranking in the Legal 500. Over the past year, we have succeeded in many complex cases, including several appeals that have been reported by the legal press, and helped to provide guidance to personal injury law practitioners.

“Our Trustpilot rating has stayed consistently high which means a great deal to us. We take on cases that other firms don’t and we get our clients the successful outcome they deserve. Being recognised in the Legal 500 again is testament to all the hard work that goes on across all the departments at Express.”


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