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Browne Jacobson LLP offers wide-ranging expertise in financial services and policy coverage matters, as well as work involving surveyors, estate agents, lawyers, designers and accountants. Professional negligence cases involving renewable energy consultants and human resources professionals are other key areas of focus. The team handles every stage of the professional negligence claims process, from pre-risk services to claims resolution and post-risk analysis. Practice head Jonathan Newbold’s team includes claim handlers in addition to solicitors, with Alan Radford a key litigator with experience in cross-jurisdictional disputes. Longstanding client Hiscox, the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund and The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors are on the client list.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP ‘provides an excellent service’ and is known for ‘taking on a wide range of claims’, with claims against solicitors, accountants and barristers, independent financial advisers, pension trustees and self-invested personal pension (SIPP) operators making up the largest portion of the caseload. The professional negligence team forms part of Martin Noble’s wider dispute resolution practice and includes legal director and ‘absolute star’ Kendal Litherland, ‘who is amazingly tenacious and determined’ and ‘well-known for his intellectual power, superlative client skills, bravery against corporate opponents and obtaining excellent results in difficult circumstances’. Litherland recently acted for Paul Denning in a widely reported High Court case involving a claim against an independent financial adviser regarding the extent of the duty to advise in connection with potential claims against former advisers. In a recent SIPP matter, Litherland obtained a landmark decision from the Financial Ombudsman regarding the extent of a SIPP operator’s duty to carry out due diligence checks on unregulated and high-risk investments before allowing them to be held in a SIPP.

Flint Bishop LLP’s areas of strength include negligent claims relating to property transactions (a specialism of Ian Beardmore), corporate transactions, and solicitors, brokers, accountants and surveyors. Key figures include Qamer Ghafoor, who has been appointed as chief executive of the firm, and Lorna Trueman. Recent highlights include acting for a major national developer in a claim against a quantity surveyor following negligent costing advice on an office development, with a value in excess of £8m.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited recently bolstered its professional negligence practice with the addition of Daniel Brumpton from Berg. The group is experienced in claims against solicitors and barristers, accountants, surveyors, architects and engineers. Practice head Cathryn Selby specialises in financial services and insurance litigation. The practice acts primarily for claimants but also handles defendant work.

Smith Partnership handles a broad spectrum of professional negligence claims, chief among which claims against architects, surveyors and builders, lawyers, financial service professionals and trade unions. ‘Highly experienced and competent’ practice head and mediator Alison Neate is praised for ‘her mastery of detail’; she recently led for the claimants in a group action against a firm of financial advisers regarding the investment of pension monies and other personal savings into a scam company. The group’s online platform ClaimsAgainst generates a significant portion of the caseload, including a recent instruction for a claim against accountants in relation to the preparation of incorrect company accounts.

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Legal Developments in East Midlands for Professional negligence

  • 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.
    - Druces

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