A high-flying Tyneside solicitor is heading to the West coast to set up a new law firm and help it spread its wings into niche legal markets.

Litigation specialist Peter Maughan from Whickham, whose medical negligence expertise spans 40 years and the settlement of several multi-million-pound claims, has been recruited to lead the legal team at PMR Solicitors at its new headquarters on the site of Blackpool Airport.

Mr Maughan will take charge of an expert litigation team specialising in financial and medical claims, dispute resolution and mediation.  The new law practice will focus primarily on the mis-selling of financial services, medical negligence and personal injury, as well as family law services such as wills and probate.

Qualified Chartered Accountant and Chairman Ian Gillings joins Mr Maughan as company directors, with GDPR legal expert James Grundill completing the senior team.

“It’s an exciting move to be heading up the PMR litigation team in Blackpool and I’m looking forward to representing people whose health and financial situation has suffered unduly,” explains Peter Maughan.

“There has been an incremental rise in financial mis-selling and medical negligence claims in recent years and that means much greater demand for the services we’re offering.  Whilst our aim is to settle cases as early as possible, most people are finding that going to court is their only route to resolution and so they need expert advice.”

Ian Gillings adds: “We’ve brought Peter in to strengthen our team and head up the legal department because financial mis-selling and medical negligence claims are affecting more and more people.  He has an exceptional track record in all types of litigation, he’s is an expert in dispute resolution, is a practicing mediator and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  Our clients will be in safe hands.”