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Mills & Reeve LLP has the region's largest professional negligence practice, which is led from Norwich by partners Stephen King and Neil Davies. King has specialised in professional and medical negligence for 29 years and he leads the firm's national insurance disputes service line. Davies leads the East of England insurance practice. Principal associate Clare Howard, who also 29 years' experience in this field of law, and senior associates Matthew Wilson and Venetia Hanison are highly recommended.

Practice head(s):Stephen King; Neil Davies

Other key lawyers:Clare Howard; Matthew Wilson; Venetia Hanison

Testimonials

"Quietly sensible, very proficient and pragmatic."

Key Clients

Countrywide plc and group of companies

Canopius Managing Agents Limited

CNA Hardy

Travelers

Pen Underwriting

Collegiate Claims

Aviva Life & Pensions UK Limited

Protek Group Limited

W/R/B Underwriting

Birketts LLP has a claimant professional negligence practice that handles claims against solicitors, accountants and other professionals on behalf of clients across the UK. It also has a niche focus on negligent probate advice. Max Roessler in Norwich handles numerous claims against solicitors, the majority of which concern negligent property and transactional advice. Laurence Weeks is the lead partner in Cambridge, where senior associate Sara Sayer frequently defends defends colleges, universities and schools in actions brought against them for negligence.

Practice head(s):Max Roessler; Laurence Weeks

Other key lawyers:Sara Sayer

Testimonials

"The firm has competent and able litigators who we would expect to be proficient in professional negligence actions."

Buckles Solicitors LLP focuses predominantly on claimant professional negligence work and has a growing workload of claims against solicitors and accountants concerning estate planning and associated tax issues. Practice head James Maxey also handles claims against banks relating to the sale of swaps and derivatives, matters involving lawyers accused of negligence in litigation, and cases against architects that are referred through the firm's construction and engineering team. Associate Nick Porter  is also recommended.

Practice head(s):James Maxey

Other key lawyers:Nick Porter

Litigator Philip Lumb at Clapham & Collinge Solicitors has a broad practice encompassing commercial litigation, personal injury, property litigation and contentious trusts and probate, but professional negligence claims make up a significant part of his workload. He leads the practice from Norwich and also covers the firm's offices in North Walsham and Sheringham. Consultant Mel White, who focuses on family and education matters, also acts for clients bringing claims of negligence against solicitors in those fields of law.

Practice head(s):Philip Lumb

Other key lawyers:Mel White

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