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The ‘pre-eminent’ practice at Browne Jacobson LLP provides a ‘tailor-made’ service and ‘very strong’ level of industry knowledge, particularly on complex high-value policy issues, acting for financial institutions, corporates and insurers. Jonathan Newbold has an ‘exceptional understanding of complex policy coverage issues’ and ‘adopts a clear strategy that he follows rigorously’. Newbold defended an excess layer insurer in a professional negligence coverage dispute and Nik Carle represented a surveyor in a claim pertaining to allegedly negligent property valuation. Marlene Henderson, who is ‘incredibly calm under pressure, and handles difficult cases, clients and opponents with aplomb’, is acting for an insured on a policy coverage dispute in the real estate sector. Hiscox, Solicitors Assigned Risks Pool, Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund and Liberty Mutual are clients.

Flint Bishop LLP’s team, led by Qamer Ghafoor, represents claimants in cases against professional advisers, lawyers and insurers. Lorna Trueman is acting for a beneficiary of an estate against a law firm in a claim alleging negligent administration of a substantial will, including failure to insure or secure two properties devalued by squatting. Nick Wells is representing former directors of a company in a claim against the company’s solicitors pertaining to allegedly negligent insolvency advice. The firm also acted for a client suing a financial adviser for negligent advice on a policy purchase.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP’s lawyers are ‘well capable of holding their own against opponents’. In particular, ‘determined litigator’ Kendal Litherland is ‘strongly protective of his clients’ interests’, ‘tigerish in obtaining results’ and ‘always on top of the detail’. The firm acted for an individual in a claim alleging negligent due diligence against financial advisers and independent pension fund trustees, and represented an individual suing a law firm which failed to prevent a serious clinical negligence claim from being struck out.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited acts for a range of professionals, including solicitors, barristers, insurance brokers and financial advisors. Cathryn Selby pursued a claim pertaining to negligent financial planning advice against a large firm of accountants and is representing claimants in proceedings against their solicitors arising from the latter’s failure to conduct due diligence in a property investment scheme. Selby is also handling a group action against self-invested personal pension operators and trustees, and a claim brought against a bank alleging mis-sale of interest rate hedging products. Kevin Modiri resolved a dispute claiming negligence of a trustee in a bankruptcy matter.

Smith Partnership exclusively acts for claimants in professional negligence claims against professional advisers, solicitors and others. Alison Neate is ‘very detailed in her approach’ and has ‘excellent client-handling skills’. She is representing two private owners of food retail premises suing their former solicitors for negligent misrepresentation. The group is also pursuing a group action against financial advisers whose advice allegedly resulted in a major financial loss in a scam investment scheme.

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  • New revised guidelines for administrators in pre-pack sales

    Pre-pack sales by administrators are now used frequently enough for most people in business to be aware of them and many have come across them in their business lives. A small amount of controversy still attaches to pre-packs, but it is probably right to say that they are now an accepted part of the UK business scene as a useful means of rescuing a business in difficulty and preserving some or all of the jobs connected with the business.
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