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New 11 strong team to join Enable Law

By May 8, 2017January 26th, 2021Member News & Updates

Enable Law, Foot Anstey's newly created medical negligence practice, has recruited a team of 11 people from Michelmores LLP to help support the future growth of the new business.


Earlier this year Michelmores made the strategic decision to exit the clinical negligence market and therefore Enable Law will be significantly strengthened by the arrival of such an established and experienced team. The team has been ranked in tier one by Legal 500 for Clinical Negligence: claimant, alongside Foot Anstey/Enable Law.  The new employees will be joining the firm's offices in Exeter and Plymouth.


The 11-strong team includes Executive Director Bernadette McGhie and Legal Directors Angie Maxwell and Laurence Vick and, each of whom have a strong profile in the market.


Rob Antrobus, Head of Enable Law, said: “The growth of the team at this time represents an excellent start for Enable Law. The new team members bring a wealth of additional experience and are aligned with our strategy of supporting individuals with life altering conditions and building strong relationships with medical organisations and charities. This announcement also cements our position as the dominant medical negligence firm in the region and provides a platform for further growth.”


Enable Law launched on 1 May as a separate business entity to Foot Anstey and represents a new brand for their medical negligence, personal injury and mental capacity practice. The new brand will allow Enable Law to focus on the needs of the individuals affected by medical negligence, while also allowing Foot Anstey to focus on its core proposition of providing a client-centric service.


Image: Roberts Antrobus

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About Enable Law:

Enable Law, the largest medical negligence practice in the South West, launched in May 2017 as a separate business entity within the Foot Anstey Group. The team is made up of over 80 specialists in the areas of medical negligence, serious injury and mental capacity. We aim to provide a high quality service in a friendly and approachable way. We work for clients across the UK and have offices in seven locations across the South West, South Coast and London. We are passionate about providing our clients with a quality service which embodies the values that make us different: genuine, expert and supportive.

Members of our team are accredited by the Law Society, Action against Medical Accidents, STEP (our Consultant, Patricia Wass, acts as their Worldwide Chair) and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). We are also recognised by charities such as Headway, Meningitis Now, Child Brain Injury Trust, and the Spinal Injuries Association. Our teams are recognised in the Chambers and Legal 500 directories – both publications consult clients to find out what they think of their lawyers and how well they have done their jobs.

Mike Bird, one of the team's partners, was recognised in the Lawyer's Hot 100 for his work on significant group action, acting for over 200 women who received negligent care from gynaecologist Rob Jones – this was a landmark case that has contributed to a shake-up in medical standards at a national level. The team have also been involved with high profile care home abuse cases.

About Foot Anstey:

Top 100 UK Law Firm, Foot Anstey enjoys a reputation as an energetic, proactive firm, combining technical efficiency with a problem solving approach. This is supported by our top band rankings in independent legal directories, Chambers UK and Legal 500.

Putting clients at the heart of our business and developing and investing in talent have been key to our growth and enabled us to build on strong foundations by opening new offices across the country. We now operate out of seven locations and have over 500 staff. In 2016 we announced a 12% growth in turnover to £36m for the financial year 2015/16 showing strong growth as a result of our investment strategy and client centric focus.

We have a strong track record in advising clients across four key sectors: Banking and Financial Services, Media and Technology, Property, Infrastructure and Construction, Retail, Leisure, Food and Drink.