Emily Bradshaw is an experienced employment lawyer, having worked for over 12 years advising individual and trade union clients in both the private and public sectors.

Working in employment law since her qualification as a solicitor in 2006, Emily has a track record of successful employment tribunal and civil court litigation.  She has considerable knowledge and expertise in unfair dismissal, discrimination, whistle-blowing, national minimum wage, TUPE and redundancy consultation claims.

Emily has a particular interest in discrimination work and represented actor, Helen Hains in her nationally reported succesful claim for sex discrimination and harassment. 

Emily is passionate about improving the rights of working people, the importance of trade unions and being the best role model she can be for her two wonderful daughters. 

For over 25 years Jamie has been at the forefront of fighting for justice.  He has represented thousands of people who have been injured, discriminated against and treated unfairly.   He is particularly proud of the work he has been able to do on behalf of the victims of major incidents, and for the families of those who have lost their lives because of the actions of others.  He has pursued claims across all different sectors and has acted for a number of high profile members of the sporting and entertainment sectors, as well as the victims of corporate negligence and fraud.

Jamie particularly enjoys representing Trade Unions and dealing with ‘head office’ matters on behalf of General Secretaries and their senior teams.

He manages all key client relationships for Pattinson & Brewer and sits as a member of the firm’s Management Board. 

Jamie has written many articles and worked to support high profile campaigns, including seeking justice for asbestos victims, maintaining proper health & safety standards, the erosion of workplace rights, and in support of the victims of various mis-selling scandals.

As an active campaigner, Jamie has represented his Trade Union and the Labour Party nationally.  He has worked and tutored abroad including in the Middle East, the Americas and Eastern Europe, and he has had the privilege of working with former US President Jimmy Carter as well as a number of international and domestic Prime Ministers and Foreign Ministers.  He is a former Labour Party Parliamentary candidate.

Jamie and his wife have two sons. He is a regular at Elland Road, having followed the ups and downs of Leeds United FC since he was a boy.  He used to be a half decent squash player, but his love of good food, wine, and Tetley’s bitter, has ended any dream of playing competitively.

Practice Areas:
Partner specialising in serious injury work for Claimants. Considerable experience acting in all types of personal injury work including clinical negligence, major catastrophic injury/disability, and notably spinal injuries. Settled spinal case this year for £4.1 million. Particular interest in industrial disease claims, acting for victims of asbestosis and mesothelioma. Reported Court of Appeal cases include Anderson v Newham College of Education on contributory negligence.

Professional Memberships:
The Law Society; APIL Accredited Fellow and Secretary for the Environmental SIG, APIL; PEOPIL; Multidisciplinary Association of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (MASCIP)

JPIL, Hospital Medicine, The Psychiatrist, Contributor to Jordan’s APIL Personal Injury Law, Practice and Precedents. College of Law media video: personal injury fatal accident claims. Regular presenter.

Qualified Walker Smith & Way 1996, Assistant Solicitor at Mace & Jones 1998. Joined Pattinson and Brewer in 2001. Partner from 2005.

Long distance runner, cyclist, squash, sailing and musician.

Jane Radcliffe is Managing Partner and Head of Pattinson & Brewer’s York office.

A recognised expert in claimant medical accident, and personal injury work, she has a strong commitment to a claimant practice. Jane fights passionately on behalf of all her clients regardless of their type of injury. She recognises that a “minor” injury resulting in two weeks off work can result in as much financial devastation for a low paid worker as six months for someone on full sick pay so “You need to fight their corner just as hard.”

Jane has a long personal history acting on behalf of clinical negligence victims, with an emphasis on actions for children, and the Legal 500 acknowledges her ‘excellent reputation’ in the clinical negligence field.

Under Jane’s guidance Pattinson & Brewer’s York Office continues to build on a solid reputation for claimant clinical negligence work in the North of England. She is particularly sensitive to the needs of claimants in actions for clinical negligence who already feel badly let down by professionals by the time they meet a solicitor.

She continues to act for claimants (including claims for injuries of the utmost severity and psychiatric injury) and advises on settlements, many in excess of £1 million, Court of Protection matters, structured settlements and cases arising overseas.

Notable cases are:-

  • Norman -v- Ali & Aziz (CA) – Interpretation of the MIB Uninsured Drivers Agreement and limitation periods for Monk v. Warbey breach of statutory duty claims.
  • -v- North Yorkshire Health Authority – £3.25 million for claimant suffering cerebral palsy as a result of birth injury.
  • Rhodes -v- Walton – £1m for child injured in a near drowning incident. Claim brought against individual acting in loco parentis.

Caroline Phelan has over 20 years experience dealing exclusively for Claimants.

Caroline specialises in civil litigation most notably serious personal injury and occupational disease claims. Caroline is currently leading on a multi million pound breach of contract claim involving hundreds of Claimants.

Caroline compliments her practice by acting as a deputy appointed by the Court of Protection for brain damaged children and adults.

Client feedback

” Excellent, well informed and updated at every step of the way. very friendly and very helpful all the time ” Mrs S

“Caroline Phelan has given a first class service for which I am grateful. I will miss our chats” Mr H

“Excellent service” Mr M

” It has been very stressful but I found I could speak to you whenever I needed to, you were more like a friend” Mrs J

In her spare time, Caroline is vice Chair of governors in a local school. along with her husband and three children, Caroline is a passionate Welsh rugby fan.


Senior Partner & Head of Personal Injury

Frances McCarthy is head of the Personal Injury Department and the senior partner. She acts exclusively for Claimants; specialising in workplace accidents and occupational disease claims. She also has extensive experience handling injuries of maximum severity, fatalities, asbestos-related claims, clinical negligence cases and other areas of personal injury. Frances has represented victims in most of the major disasters in recent years.

Frances is recognised as a leader in her field in both the Legal 500 and Chambers directories and acknowledged by peers as “robust and tough, but sensible – a fighter and knowledgeable with it.” She is highly respected by those she works with and, during her career, Frances has managed successful appeals to the European Court of Justice on the question of equal treatment in matters of social security.

Further independent recognition of Frances’s work has also come from two leading international rating services – Super Lawyers, a listing published by Thomson Reuters and Best Lawyers, the eldest peer reviewed listing published in over 65 countries around the world. Their selection processes include independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

She is a joint editor of Jordans’ new Personal Injury book, a contributor to the ‘Brown Book’Civil Procedure Rules and former editorial board member of the ‘Journal for Personal Injury Law’. (JPIL). Experienced trainer of other legal professionals, regular lecturer, broadcaster and active campaigner for law reform which retains access to justice for injured people.

Frances is a member of the working party set up by Lord Woolf for pre-action protocols. She is a past President of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), a former member of the Civil Justice Council; an accredited senior fellow of APIL and a member of Unions 21committee.

Frances and her husband, a journalist, have three boys and she believes this makes her an expert on all matters sporting. She is a keen supporter of Munster in particular and Irish Rugby in general.

Client Comments:

“I wanted to personally thank you for taking over my case and dealing with it in such a friendly and professional manner. It was always a pleasure talking with you…” – Miss W

“… I would like to take this time to thank you for your continued commitment and support over the years. I myself would not have got this far without your continuing fighting for what I was clearly owed” – Mrs S

“…I am really pleased with the services provided by Frances McCarthy. She kept me updated regularly and was always very fair and professional. She took time to explain the legal situation…” – Miss L

Find out more about Frances McCarthy here:

Gary Lightwood is the Managing Partner of Pattinson & Brewer Bristol office. During his career he has specialised in personal injury litigation, clinical negligence and family law. As a personal injury expert he is engaged in all areas of serious accident, disease and injury law and clinical negligence claims and has been an accredited member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel and of APIL. Gary also heads the firm’s specialist motorcycle claims unit. As a Family law specialist Gary deals with the range of matrimonial, family and Child care services.

Gary has worked closely with and represented Police Federation and Trade Union members and private clients for over 20 years. He believes strongly in the work that he does, representing only claimants in his personal injury work and in the right of accident victims to have legal representation, usually against larger organisations, whether their claim is small or large.

Gary is a member of the Bristol Medico-Legal Society, the Bristol Court User Committee and is the Immediate Past President of the Bristol Law Society

Linda heads Pattinson & Brewer’s Clinical Negligence team, which works exclusively for claimants. Linda has over 20 years’ experience of dealing with a broad range of complex injuries of maximum severity including brain injury, spinal injury and fatal cases. She has extensive medical knowledge. She handles many claims for injured children and adults under a disability and this involves regular contact with the Court of Protection. Linda has particular skill in dealing with people with acquired brain injury such as cerebral palsy, meningitis and cerebral abscess. She has had considerable success with claims involving thrombo-embolic events such as stroke, DVT and coagulation problems.

She has concluded many high value cases including recent settlements of a brain injury case worth £10 million and a spinal injury case for £7.5 million. She has settled numerous cases with damages awards in excess of £1 million. She has also recently been involved in a landmark catastrophic injury case that she successfully took to the Court of Appeal and won. Her clients are impressed by her down to earth nature and commitment to obtaining the best outcome for them. She is well known for her empathetic and insightful approach.

Linda is very highly regarded by experts and counsel alike. She is well recognised within the field and praised by legal peers as “a vastly experienced practitioner with a track record of obtaining substantial settlements for severely injured clients”(Chambers).

Her work has also been independently recognised by a number of leading international rating services. Super Lawyers, a listing published by Thomson Reuters, has this year again ranked Linda in the top 50 female lawyers in London. Best Lawyers, the oldest peer review in the legal profession, has selected Linda for inclusion again in the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers in the United Kingdom in the practice area of clinical negligence. Best Lawyers’ peer reviewed listings are now published in over 65 countries around the world. At their 9th annual GLE Awards, Global Law Experts gave Linda the 2018 award for Clinical Negligence Lawyer of the Year (England).

Linda and her team are included on the Headway Head Injury Solicitors List. Headway is a charity which works to improve life after brain injury and Pattinson & Brewer solicitors work within the Headway Personal Injury Lawyers Code of Conduct.

Other professional memberships:

  • Law Society Clinical Negligence panel member
  • Law Society Personal Injury panel member
  • AVMA Clinical Negligence panel member
  • Spinal Injuries Association panel member
  • APIL Senior Litigator


Linda lives in North West London with her husband who is a GP and her two sons who are a source of support, pleasure and entertainment!
Linda enjoys travelling and particularly likes visiting Spanish speaking countries. She has been taking Spanish language lessons for the last four years and enjoys the challenge of practising on the locals when she is on holiday.  She is often amused when she uses her best Spanish and the reply is in English!
Linda’s current goal in her personal life is to learn to cook competently.

Client Comments:

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for bringing this matter to a conclusion in a manner which far exceeded my expectations” – Mr D

“I would like to give my heartfelt thanks to you for all the hard work that has been put into my case.”- Mr F

“Thank you for all your efforts and the wonderful compensation you achieved on my behalf. Thank you so much.”

“I have nothing but good to say about you and your company. Thank you for helping me to achieve such a fantastic settlement.”

“Professional and courteous service with the personal touch.”

Read more about Linda Levison here:

NHS to pay £10m compensation to girl, 11 – Hospital blunders left her severely disabled

Landmark Settlement Illustrates the Dangers of Birth Outside Fully Equipped Hospitals