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Clients receive ‘a high standard of service – London level at regional rates’ from Mills & Reeve LLP, which is ‘one of the leaders in the field and always provides timely advice; it is conscientiously precise in its assessment of claims, liability and quantum’. Stephen King and Neil Davies (who is noted for his ‘pragmatic approach and legal acumen’) lead a team with ‘a wealth of experience’ and which is ‘extremely flexible depending on the insurer’s needs’. Consultant Guy Hodgson is also recommended for insurance disputes and focuses largely on policy and coverage matters arising from claims against solicitors. ‘Thorough, efficient’ principal associate Clare Howard attracts praise for her ‘clear and robust advice’. Clients also recommend senior associate Matthew Wilson, who is ‘a star of the future and is calm under pressure’. The firm counts Countrywide, Sompo Canopius, CNA Hardy and Travelers among its clients. In 2016, the firm acted for a major international insurance group and its insured in a complex claim arising out of the purchase of a leasehold property and alleged failure to advise on enfranchisement issues. The team also advised an insurer on a claim against solicitors for breach of trust and negligence that arose out of a property sale.

The claimant practice at Birketts LLP has a strong reputation across its Cambridge, Ipswich and Norwich offices, handling claims against solicitors, accountants and many other professionals. The firm has a particular specialism in claims relating to negligent probate advice. Experienced litigator Max Roessler leads the professional negligence practice, which has input from partners in the firm’s respected commercial dispute resolution team, including Paul Matthews and Laurence Weeks. Senior associate Bernadette Baker has a long track record in matters relating to trusts, wills and the administration of estates, and senior associate Robert Tiffen has a busy caseload of claims against accountants, financial advisers and solicitors. Key work included advising on a claim arising from negligent management of a £350,000 claim by solicitors; acting in a claim against solicitors for the negligent handling of an £800,000 company sale; and bringing a claim against a firm of chartered accountants for negligent advice on a share issue and dividend payment.

Buckles Solicitors LLP regularly acts in complex and high-value professional negligence claims, predominantly for claimants, and last year saw a significant increase in the number of claims relating to negligent financial advice. The firm also has a busy caseload of claims against solicitors, architects, surveyors, accountants and property consultants. Solicitor-advocate James Maxey leads the team and fellow CEDR-accredited mediator Paul Branch has particular expertise in claims relating to advice on property and trust matters. Senior associate Nick Porter has a broad litigation practice that includes professional negligence claims. In 2016, the team advised a business client on a multimillion-pound claim against a well-known financial institution that arose from the mis-selling of complex financial instruments. In another key mandate, the firm acted for a family in a claim against an IFA that recommended investment in unregulated collective investment schemes that were subsequently liquidated.

Clients of GMS Law Ltdcan’t sing the firm’s praises enough’. The ‘gentle and caring’ Richard Clegg leads the team and is ‘there for his clients every step of the way’. Clegg’s practice focuses primarily on professional negligence, though he also handles defamation and personal injury matters. Among his recent successes is a claim against conveyancing solicitors relating to excessive charges for a deal in which a parcel of land had been left without any means of access. The client recovered the losses incurred on the sale of the land and the money spent on solicitors’ fees. Ongoing cases include a matter concerning the relationship between the claimant’s solicitors and a car hire company. The matter centres on car hire charges that exceeded the value of the client’s personal injury claim and resulted in a costs order against the claimant when the solicitors ceased to act for the client.


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