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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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  1. Professional negligence
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
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Next Generation Partners

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Clyde & Co LLP 'rightly deserves its exclusive top-ranking, given its unrivalled knowledge of professional negligence law and insight into the thought-processes of insurers; its awesome bedrock of knowledge means that a client doesn't just get the time spent on the instant case, but also the fruits of the firm's last decade leading the pack in this practice area'. The London team, which works closely with teams in Bristol, Edinburgh, Manchester, Newcastle and Oxford, as well as dedicated teams internationally, is experienced in defending claims against all classes of professionals, advising insurers on policy coverage, and advising on professional ethics and regulatory proceedings. The team offers 'excellent sector knowledge' and acts for leading law firms, the leading accountancy firms, the top surveying firms, national and international construction and engineering firms, and it is regularly instructed by the lion's share of the major professional indemnity insurers. Richard Harrison is defending Dechert LLP on a £45m claim brought by a high-profile former client, Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC), alleging that it breached its duties and acted in a manner which was contrary to the interests of the company. Team head Andrew Blair is an 'excellent lawyer; he is very responsive, pragmatic and commercial'.

Practice head(s):Andrew Blair

Other key lawyers:Sarah Clover; Richard Harrison; Neil Jamieson; Simon Konsta; Richard Moody; James Roberts; Fergal Cathie; Mark Sutton; Jonathan Brown; Tim Crockford; Angus Duncan; Bryn Hodges; Mandip Sagoo; Tom White; Karen Boto; Nicole McKinnon; Tabitta Van Nouhuys; Niya Phiri; Ivan Wilkinson; William Glynn; Natalia Jeremiah; David Milner; Alex Oldershaw

Testimonials

Probably the strongest London firm in this area; the team has an enormous amount of experience and is very good at judging whether cases should be fought or settled.

Andrew Blair and Fergal Cathie have superb judgement of a case and are very robust where a decision has been taken to litigate.

Richard Harrison has an excellent grasp of sophisticated commercial transactions.

The firm has a great brand that has an excellent international presence and extensive local and international industry knowledge.

Bryn Hodges is an excellent communicator and tactician with a strong focus on client needs.

The fact that members of this team also have in-depth knowledge of professional services regulation and professional indemnity insurance means they can approach problems holistically.

Sarah Clover, Richard Harrison and Fergal Cathie each have an extensive track record of handling big-ticket professional negligence claims, regulatory investigations and professional disciplinary matters.

Neil Jamieson is utterly unflappable and massively experienced.

The team has excellent strategic awareness and provides a thorough and considered approach designed to achieve the most efficient and cost-effective result for its clients.

Ivan Wilkinson has a strong eye for detail and takes a thorough approach to all issues.

Sarah Clover has excellent strategic awareness.

Ivan Wilkinson is a force of nature who never seems to sleep; he is constantly one step ahead of the opposition.

Nicole McKinnon is incredibly hard working, technically very good and much admired by clients.

Richard Harrison is extremely able, hugely experienced and is a super strategist.

The firm has excellent sector knowledge and it provides honest, pragmatic and commercial legal advice.

Richard Moody is simply brilliant in all regards.

Key Clients

The vast majority of insurers of professional firms

CBRE

JLL

Dechert LLP

Work highlights

  • Sucessfully defended three LPA receivers, employed (at the time) by Jones Lang LaSalle, which were appointed by the Bank of Scotland to sell an office property in Liverpool which was Sony’s main location in the UK for the development and testing of computer games. The claimant, who was in default of the terms of a loan from the bank, alleged that the property was sold at an undervalue.

Beale & Co is noted for its experience in defending claims against construction professionals, including engineers, architects, contractors, surveyors, valuers and project managers. It is also involved in negligence cases involving accountants, actuaries, auditors, lawyers, brokers, financial institutions, trustees and financial advisers, and the team takes a 'collaborative approach'. The team's specialist construction practice has been bolstered by several new arrivals in recent months; a team, including Michael Salau and Keith Lonsdale, joined from BLM, and Peter Sewell and Eileen Pathiraja joined from DWF. It is instructed by a number of professional negligence insurers and brokers’ insurance schemes, and the team acts for the majority of the leading construction consultants;  it is 'fully up to speed with the issues affecting clients and insurers, and communicates in an informed manner, which helps all the team working to resolve each dispute'. Firm chairman Antony Smith 'has his finger on the pulse of the firm and the market place that all of his clients operate in; he is incredibly knowledgeable, with a flair for creative thinking'.

Practice head(s):Antony Smith; Sheena Sood; Damian McPhun; Stephen Reilly

Other key lawyers:Keith Lonsdale; Michael Salau; Ian Masser; Nathan Modell; Joanna Lewis; Kristina Vongas; Stephen Jones; Andrew Jones; Chris Bates

Testimonials

Ian Masser is pragmatic and sensible both legally and commercially.

Sheena Sood has extensive experience and knowledge of the industry which means she really understands issues and provides useful, pragmatic advice.

Joanna Lewis is able to very quickly understand complex technical principles and is able to identify and recall very precise details within the context of a great deal of information.

The firm's approach to defending professional indemnity disputes is first-class.

Key Clients

Aviva Insurance UK

RSA Insurance Group

Arup Group

Jacobs UK

AmTrust Europe

Hardy Underwriting Asia Pte Ltd (CNA Hardy)

Kier Group

Chubb Insurance

Atkins

Channel Syndicate and Hamilton Syndicate

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RPC

RPC has one of the largest and most well-respected professional indemnity practices, with extensive experience defending many professions including lawyers, accountants, brokers, financial advisors, construction professionals and others.

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CMS stands out for its international reach, as well as its 'first-rate' experience in professional negligence claims. The UK team, which is based across its London and Bristol offices, has in-depth experience in claims involving construction, financial, legal and brokers’ negligence. Department head Ed Foss, who is a 'fountain of knowledge', is representing Denton Hall and its insurers in a negligence claim relating to advice allegedly given to a Sea Containers pension scheme. Martin Fox is noted for construction-related negligence cases, as are Monica Lesny and Stephen Tester, and is instructed by consulting engineers, architects, design and build contractors, quantity and valuation surveyors and project managers. Tristan Hall is regularly instructed by insurers on complex claims and defends claims made against professional services firms, insolvency office-holders, and directors and officers.

Practice head(s):Ed Foss

Other key lawyers:Simon Garrett; Stephen Tester; Alex Denslow; Simon Kilgour; Martin Fox; Monica Lesny; Maxine Cupitt; Tristan Hall; Alaina Wadsworth; Robert Jones; Amit Tyagi; Scarlett West; Hayley Stevenson

Testimonials

Its advice is commercial and gets straight to the heart of any issue.

The lawyers are extremely knowledgeable and responsive.

Key Clients

Coöperatie Koninklijke Cosun U.A

Spire Healthcare

Denton Hall

Work highlights

  • The team is representing Spire Healthcare on a £10m negligence coverage dispute with its insurer, RSA.
  • The team is instructed by London market insurers on a claim against a Guernsey-based corporate director by its former client, a Guernsey company. The claim arises from alleged breaches of duty in relation to the development of a valuable property in Belgravia owned by the claimant, which is alleged to have resulted in a £6.5m loss to the potential value of the property.

With an international presence, the London team at DAC Beachcroft LLP works closely with its teams based across the UK to advise insurers and their key insureds in high-value and complex professional negligence disputes across the legal, cyber, construction, technology, legal, finance and insurance sectors. The team is 'experienced, hardworking and efficient at producing good results for its clients' and it stands out for its 'commercial awareness'.  Philip Murrin, who 'manages his cases with great skill and aplomb, and has sound commercial judgement', regularly handles high-profile claims against solicitors for household name insurers; he successfully represented Fox Williams LLP and its professional indemnity insurer in defending a £15m professional negligence claim. Senior associate Parminder Badhan, who supported Murrin in his advice for Fox Williams LLP, is 'calm, hardworking and intelligent'.  Julian Miller handles disputes involving accountants, fund managers, tax advisers, pensions trustees and solicitors, while Matthew Olorenshaw is instructed by major insurance clients on defending claims against construction professionals both in the UK and overseas. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of Liam O’Connell from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Practice head(s):Patrick Hill; Hans Allnutt; William Allison; Richard Highley; Mark Roach

Other key lawyers:Julian Miller; Ross Risby; Philip Murrin; Liam O’Connell; Matthew Olorenshaw; Parminder Badhan; Sarah Crowther; Leanne Rogers

Testimonials

Philip Murrin and Parminder Badhan are excellent lawyers and highly experienced.

Julian Miller has a superb legal mind and is an exceptional, market-leading lawyer.

The whole team is outstanding and particularly good with clients; it knows what clients want and it is very sensible and commercial.

Julian Miller is a real market heavyweight, amazingly smooth, highly intelligent and sophisticated.

Philip Murrin is very clever, very experienced; he is the perfect solicitor for serious insurance and professional negligence cases.

 

Key Clients

Zurich Insurance

AXA XL

Chubb

Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund

RSA

Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty

AmTrust

Axis

Beazley

Markel, Travelers, MS Amlin, QBE Insurance (Europe) Limited, Aviva and Swiss Re

Work highlights

  • Defending a boutique London law firm against a $100m negligence claim brought by the liquidators of former clients.
  • Advising Markel International on a Jersey-based dispute in relation to loss of £95m of trust monies.
  • Advising insurers on complex policy coverage issues concerning hundreds of hotel investment claims against solicitors, including acting in an ongoing arbitration against other insurers.
  • Advising a London market insurer on policy coverage issues concerning claims totalling £100m against an Irish firm of solicitors.
  • Represented Grant Thornton in respect of a significant and high-profile FRC investigation

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's professional negligence team sits within the firm's 'formidable' dispute resolution practice and it is 'technically very strong, and has a very good understanding of the client's business, which helps advice to be commercially nuanced'. With a global reach, the London team handles high-profile claimant and defendant work across the insurance, pensions, legal, financial, technology and construction sectors for leading insurers, brokers and blue-chip clients; 'this is the team you engage on the most complex matters with the potential to impact the company significantly'. Recent highlights included defending Amber Fund Management on a £53m professional negligence claim brought by the Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales LLP (RIFW). Paul Lewis heads the firm's global contentious insurance practice and heads the pensions disputes group; he is regularly engaged in disputes involving solicitors, insurance brokers and pensions advisers. David Reston is noted for claims involving solicitors and Sarah McNally, who is 'technically superb and is always able to shape her advice so it can be easily digested and put into action', handles construction, infrastructure, projects and energy sector disputes.

Practice head(s):Damien Byrne Hill

Other key lawyers:Paul Lewis; David Reston; Tom Leech QC; Sarah McNally; Antonia Pegden

Testimonials

The depth of knowledge and ability to adjust to in-house legal as well as business audiences is unique and unparalleled.

Paul Lewis is consistently calm under pressure and practical.

Sarah McNally has shown unmatched levels of responsiveness and depth of thinking.

With the team's expertise and sound analysis of complex legal issues aside, what stands out is that it understands the client's business.

Its proactive management of matters allows the client to anticipate and be tactically ahead of issues, and to manage matters in a calm and effective manner.

Sarah McNally in particular is a very impressive lawyer; she is very calm, very pragmatic and provides tailored advice addressing the nub of the issue, almost always in time pressure situations.

David Reston and David Bennett are very good commercial thinkers and are extremely thorough with their advice and legal assessment

The team has the best thinkers and has a strong name for litigation in the City.

Key Clients

Amber Fund Management

Barbican Insurance

Marsh

Morgan Cole

Hogan Lovells International LLP is regularly engaged on complex claims against solicitors, actuaries, pension professionals, property professionals, insurance brokers and accountants; the team's 'pension expertise is second-to-none'. Its international presence allows it to effectively manage a raft of cross-border disputes for both claimants and defendants. Angela Dimsdale Gill is a 'superb lawyer', who has a 'wealth of experience in advising on complex professional negligence cases, particularly involving the pensions industry'. Department head Nicholas Heaton is engaged on claims against lawyers, professionals involved in pension schemes, and accountants. Via Mark Shaw and Shane Crooks of BDO LLP, the firm is acting for the sovereign wealth fund LIA on an £18m claim against Warwick Street (KS) (previously known as King Sturge), Beeson Property Investments (BPIL), and five other defendants.

Practice head(s):Nicholas Heaton

Other key lawyers:Angela Dimsdale Gill; Nathan Sherlock

Testimonials

It is outstanding in complex pensions-related professional negligence cases.

Key Clients

Willis Towers Watson

Libyan Investment Authority

Eurasian Natural Resources Corp. (ENRC)

Work highlights

  • The team is acting for Eurasian Natural Resources Corp Ltd (ENRC) on its landmark appeal related to legal professional privilege.  

Kennedys continues to build on the growth of its professional negligence department with the arrival of Paul Castellani from RPC, following several high-profile hires at the beginning of 2018 from Mayer Brown International LLP. It handles complex professional negligence disputes involving legal, construction and technology professionals as well as brokers, accountants and IFAs, and is instructed by a raft of market-leading insurers. Simon Gibson is noted for legal, construction, financial and insurance-related disputes and Martin Chesher handles claims involving solicitors, accountants, architects, surveyors, brokers and management consultants. Christopher Butler is leading on a number of high-profile cladding claims; representing Prater (part of the Lidner Group) and its professional indemnity insurer on a £6m claim brought by Portsmouth City Council was a key highlight.

Practice head(s):Simon Gibson; Paul Carter; Jeremy Riley

Other key lawyers:Martin Chesher; Tom Stapleton; Paul Castellani; David Chadwick; Ingrid Hobbs; Catherine Shuttleworth; Cat Yandell; Christopher Butler; Fleur Rochester; Matt Deaville; Andrew Hogan

Testimonials

Christopher Butler and Ingrid Hobbs are both fantastic.

The team is commercially astute, highly responsive and always willing to go the extra mile.

Key Clients

AIG

AXA XL

RSA

Bar Mutual

Allianz

Arch/Dual

CNA Hardy

Liberty

Neon Underwriting

W R Berkley

Work highlights

  • The team is instructed by KTD Facades on a £5m cladding claim.    
  • The team is acting for the claimant, a high-net-worth individual, in a claim against his accountants and solicitors regarding alleged negligence in the conduct of matrimonial proceedings.
  • The team is representing insurers Allianz and Barbican, and the insured client SRLV Accountants, on a complex, consolidated class-action claim regarding advice relating to ‘film finance’ partnership schemes managed by the Ingenious Group.
  • The team is defending Estera Corporate Trustees (Guernsey) and its financial liability insurers on claims for breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty and negligence.
  • The team is representing a leading boutique international arbitration and dispute resolution firm of solicitors and its professional indemnity insurers in relation to a claim regarding failed litigation against the claimant's former finance director and auditors.

Mayer Brown International LLP's 'robust and creative team' is engaged on high-profile professional negligence disputes across the legal, engineering, construction and property sectors, where it is instructed by a raft of leading insurers. The team is commended for its international reach and for its experience in cross-border disputes. Head of insurance William Glassey regularly defends claims against solicitors, barristers, pensions actuaries and property professionals, while Michael Regan, who heads the construction and engineering group, is noted for complex construction-related claims. Sally Davies, who co-leads the construction and engineering professional indemnity team, is 'very client-friendly, and is able to steer a course between insurer and insured to deliver a result'. Elsewhere, Jim Oulton delivers 'really outstanding client care and legal advice', and James Morris, who was recently promoted to partner, and Jonathan Stone are experienced in construction-related claims.

Practice head(s):William Glassey; Michael Regan

Other key lawyers:Sally Davies; Jim Oulton; Jonathan Stone; James Morris; Tim Shepherd; Michael Newham

Testimonials

Its advice is pragmatic, commercial and quick.

Sally Davies and James Morris are extremely knowledgeable, engaging and give very practical advice.

What really stands out is the team's responsiveness and clear eye for detail.

Jim Oulton is extremely hands-on.

Tim Shepherd is always available and very easy to deal with.

Michael Regan is very commercial and is able to quickly get to the heart of the matter and find a solution.

Jim Oulton heads a strong team which is proactive.

The team is very responsive and quick to grasp the issues.

 

Key Clients

QBE

Kier

BDO LLP

Markel

Graham Thompson

Beazley

Costain

Knight Frank LLP

AIG

Baker McKenzie

The 'well respected' team at RPC is based across its London and Bristol offices and it handles complex professional negligence disputes across the construction, legal, property, technology, cyber and financial sectors. Nick Bird is an 'absolute superstar' and is experienced in claims involving lawyers, architects and accountants, while James Wickes defends high-value and complex claims against financial professionals and institutions. Legal director Tom Green handles complex construction disputes and senior associate Laura Stocks defends leading law firms in professional negligence disputes. The team is representing Sense Network and Arch Insurance (Europe) on a claim brought by 95 individuals alleging that they lost money in a fraudulent investment scheme operated by a director of Sense's appointed representative, without Sense's knowledge.

Practice head(s):Tim Bull

Other key lawyers:Alexandra Anderson; Alan Stone; Nick Bird; James Wickes; Karen Morrish; Laura Stocks; Tom Green;

Testimonials

Its partners and associates are bright and savvy.

It is a market-leading team.

Nick Bird is very good; he is thoughtful, determined and very clever.

Nick Bird gets into the detail of cases and flushes out the key issues.

Tom Green is an absolute star.

Key Clients

Travelers

Bar Mutual Indemnity Fnd

MS Amlin

AIG

ALAS

Aviva

AXIS

Sompo

Hiscox

Tindall Riley

Work highlights

  • The team is defending Sompo International on a claim that has been brought against them under the 2010 Third Party Rights against Insurers Act.
  • The team is defending Corderoy Contract Services and its Insurers, Arch, on a claim brought by VG Clements for allegedly negligent advice.
  • The team is defending a firm of architects on a claim relating to the water-proofing of a residential block in Battersea.
  • The team defended a breach of warranty of authority claim against King & Wood Mallesons, and others.

Simmons & Simmons has an 'exceptionally talented team for professional negligence work', which is based across its London and Bristol offices. It handles cases for insurers and insured clients, in cases involving accountants, lawyers, actuaries, construction professionals, financial advisers, brokers, IT consultants, surveyors and valuers. The team utilises its global footprint to advise on cross-border disputes; it is regularly engaged on claims across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. International insurance and construction head James Pollock successfully defended CMS and its insurer, QBE, in two professional negligence claims in the Commercial Court. UK head of insurance and construction Emily Monastiriotis handles a range of complex construction claims and is involved in a number of post-Grenfell instructions involving cladding.  Felix Zimmermann is instructed on claims against insurance brokers, construction professionals, accountants and solicitors, and has particular experience in claims against lawyers arising out of complex conveyancing transactions.

Practice head(s):Emily Monastiriotis, James Pollock

Other key lawyers:Colin Passmore; Simon Hilditch; Jonathan Spencer; Felix Zimmermann

Testimonials

It is one of the very best professional negligence firms; it provides help and support in some of the most difficult cases.

The team is small but dedicated and produces quality work.

James Pollock is a stand-out individual who really cares about his clients and does everything and more for them.

James Pollock and Felix Zimmermann have excellent strategic skills.

James Pollock is very effective.

Work highlights

  • Advised Beaufort Securities (BSL) and Nexus Underwriting on liability and strategy in respect of over 1,000 claims.
  • Sucessfully defended Arthur J Gallagher Insurance Brokers Ltd (AJG) on a £2.5m claim brought by a former client.
  • Defended an architect and lead consultant on its role on the second largest development in the Middle East.
  • Defended a structural engineer in a complex multi-party construction dispute concerning a major residential project in London.
  • Advised a global architect in relation to a dispute concerning a major school project in Doha, Qatar.

Taylor Wessing LLP focuses on complex, high-profile claims and regulatory investigations, and the professional services disputes team is 'outstanding' on claims involving auditors and accountants. The team is experienced at managing the interaction between large and complex civil claims, disciplinary processes and regulatory enquiries. It also handles claims involving valuers, architects, surveyors, solicitors and other professionals, and it is instructed by claimants and defendants. Team head Andrew Howell is involved in complex professional negligence claims and regulatory investigations, and has been involved in cases against eight of the ten largest accounting firms in the UK. Julian Randall is 'exceptionally talented' and is experienced in cross-border disputes. Senior associates James Bryden and Stuart Broom are noted for accountancy claims.

Practice head(s):Andrew Howell

Other key lawyers:Julian Randall; Laurence Lieberman; Stuart Broom; James Bryden; Stephanie High

Testimonials

'The team is right at the top of the tree for auditors’ defence work.'

'Andrew Howell is the complete package for professional negligence defence litigation; he is super-bright yet has bags of common sense and is always in control.'

'Andrew Howell is the person you would want on your side if subject to a professional disciplinary issue.'

Key Clients

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Deloitte LLP

KPMG LLP

RSM

BDO LLP

Mazars LLP

BLM defends a range of professionals in complex negligence disputes; it handles cases involving lawyers, property professionals, construction professionals, accountants, auditors, IFAs, banks, insurance brokers, fund managers, local authorities, trade unions and educational institutions. The team has a 'versatile, pragmatic and business-led approach' and defended David Rubin & Partners, a prominent firm of insolvency practitioners and its insurers, in a £1.2m, long-running claim brought by a claimant creditor who alleged that the insured had acted in breach of trust. Despite the departure of construction experts Keith Lonsdale and Michael Salau to Beale & Co, construction specialists Gary Wicks and Gary Thwaites have joined from Plexus Law.

Practice head(s):Elliot Pound

Other key lawyers:Martin Jensen; Michael Harvey; Richard Wilkins; Ross Baker; Gary Wicks; Gary Thwaites; Alexander Traill; James Adams;ndrew Layton-Morris;Geneviève Rich;

Testimonials

It is approachable and knowledgeable and has an appreciation of the client's business needs.

Alexander Traill, Nick Benson and Gary Wicks are recommended.

Key Clients

Zurich

RSA

Aviva

Travelers

RIBA

UNISON

CNA Hardy

The Bar Council/The Bar Standards Board

HDI Global Specialty (formerly Inter Hannover)

QBE

Work highlights

  • The team is representing European Risk Insurance Company, which has been the victim of a large-scale fraud concerning its involvement in a scheme for solicitors professional indemnity insurance for the 2011/2012 policy year.
  • The team is defending the University of East London on a £43m claim brought by an international student.
  • The team is defending UNISON in a £30m claim brought by 429 claimants employed by North and South Lanarkshire Councils, alleging that UNISON acted negligently in the conduct of a job evaluation scheme undertaken by the councils and subsequently in advice provided to members in respect of their claims for equal pay.
  • The team represents various universities in relation to claims brought by students relating to lost teaching time caused by the well-publicised strike action in February and March 2018.

DWF acts for a raft of the UK’s largest general professional indemnity insurers and syndicates and handles a raft of construction, engineering, legal, financial and insurance sector claims. The firm offers an integrated service to professional indemnity insurers which includes claims handling (DWF Claims), legal defence (DWF) and loss adjusting (DWF Adjusting). It represented a professional indemnity insurer on a £3.4m coverage dispute relating to SRA minimum terms involving the first consideration of dishonesty. Peter Sewell and Eileen Pathiraja recently joined Beale & Co; Peter Campion  joined Caytons Law; Tim Barr joined Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP; Andrew Davis has retired; and Simon Gildener also departed the firm.

Practice head(s):John Bennett; Harriet Quiney; Mark Klimt

Other key lawyers:Sheona Wood; John Groome; Michael Robin; Joanne Staphnill; Jonathan Hyde; Joanna Batchelor; Tom Mungovan; Helen Smith; Ruth Lane

Testimonials

The team is comprised of highly intelligent, commercial and experienced  lawyers.

John Bennett is excellent.

The team is strong on volume work.

Work highlights

  • Represented a trade union on its refusal to pay the costs of a member in pursuing a claim against her employer following a retrospective application for support, on the basis that the member should have used the union's solicitors rather than her own solicitors.
  • The team represented a tax advice firm and its tax adviser, who was the subject of a regulatory investigation by the Chartered Institute of Taxation and the firm faced a large number of related professional negligence claims.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP defends claims against insurance brokers, pension advisors and accountants, and it is instructed by blue-chip professional services firms, insurers and major insurance brokers on complex claims. The London team is ably supported by its regional network of offices to handle high-profile claims. Its pensions sector expertise is demonstrated by its involvement in defending Airways Pension Scheme Trustee, the corporate trustee of the Airways Pension Scheme, in a long-running claim that examines the extent to which a trustee body must have regard to the sponsoring employer’s views and funding of the scheme when exercising its discretionary powers.

Practice head(s):Simon Brooks

Other key lawyers:Matthew Allen; Claire Carroll; Paula Gaddum; Jennifer Miles; Kate Hill; Chris Ives; Naz Gauri; Tomás Mac Gearailt; Richard Bacon

Key Clients

Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group

Aon

KPMG

Axa XL

Aon Hewitt

Lockton Companies

United Insurance Brokers

Aon Consulting

Airways Pension Scheme Trustee  (the corporate trustee of the Airways Pension Scheme, a British Airways pension fund).

Carey Pensions UK LLP/ Carey Pension Trustees UK

JLT Specialty

Work highlights

  • Defended Aon Consulting in a Part 8 claim regarding the validity of the governing documents of the Wandel & Goltermann Retirement Benefits Scheme, and the team is advising Aon on a related alleged professional negligence claim.    
  • The team is defending Carey Pensions UK LLP and Carey Pension Trustees UK on multiple mis-selling claims and complaints relating to Carey’s role as a SIPP (self-invested personal pension) administrator and pension scheme trustee.

HFW is regularly instructed on high-value, complex claims involving a range of professionals, including accountants, auditors, insurance and other brokers, insolvency practitioners, financial intermediaries and institutions, surveyors, architects, engineers and lawyers. Negligence cases relating to marine surveyors and marine salvage work are also a key specialism of the team. It is regularly engaged on cross-border instructions and acts for claimants and defendants. Key work included representing Sterling Developments (London) on a claim against its former legal representatives that it failed to adequately advise in connection with an underlying claim concerning the mis-selling of an interest rate hedging product.

Practice head(s):Christopher Cardona; Andrew Bandurka

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Bruce; Christopher Foster; Costas Frangeskides; Adam Strong; Nicola Vickers; Rupert Warren; Alison Tasker; Ciara Jackson; Lizzie Gray

Work highlights

  • Defended a firm of structural engineers in relation to a claim arising from its structural design for a timber frame building.
  • The team is instructed by a Colombian reinsurance broker in respect of a claim against it regarding alleged professional negligence.
  • The team is representing a former joint administrator in misfeasance proceedings brought by the liquidators of a group of companies.
  • The team is involved in a multi-party litigation, defending a roofing contractor against allegations of defective firestopping that apparently allowed the spread of a fire that destroyed a large part of a residential development.
  • Instructed to provide coverage advice to the insurers of an excess professional indemnity insurance policy, in connection with underlying claims against the insured property consultancy, arising out of its failure to meet the deadlines for submitting several thousand business ratings appeals for various clients across the UK.

Mills & Reeve LLP's insurance disputes team houses a 'very effective claims team that has good professional indemnity knowledge, and is well respected by the insurance market'; the London team is able to draw on the firm's national network of offices to advise on complex professional negligence cases. The team has a focus on claims involving lawyers, construction and financial services professionals, and it is increasingly involved in claims involving insurance brokers as well as technology sector claims. Aspen Insurance instructed the team to defend an independent financial advisor on £1.5m of claims that were brought under a group litigation order by 22 claimants alleging that they were wrongly advised to transfer their investments in GAS Verdant (Australian farmland) into another fund, which then failed.

Practice head(s):Neil Davis; Virginia Hickley; Nicolas Oldham

Other key lawyers:Eric France; Harriet Strevens; Lisa Taylor; Claire Roake; Tom Filby; Adele Evans

Testimonials

Virginia Hickley delivers excellent and practical service.

The team has a variety of capabilities across numerous types of insurance, and it is able to utilise these capabilities when dealing with insurance cases.

Neil Davis and his team are good at getting through to difficult insureds, working through complex issues and explaining those issues in plain English.

Key Clients

AIG Europe

Aspen Insurance

CNA Hardy

Pembroke Managing Agency

Starr Insurance and Reinsurance

AXA XL

Pen Underwriting Group

IGI

Manchester Underwriting Management

Work highlights

  • The team is instructed by insurers to protect the interests of a law firm which is the victim of a £1.5m fraud, which was perpetrated from within the client and which resulted in funds being paid to various fraudsters in connection with multiple property transactions.
  • The team is instructed by Starr Insurance and Reinsurance to defend a claim against a law firm arising out of its instruction in divorce and ancillary relief proceedings.
  • The team is instructed by Starr Insurance and Reinsurance to defend a design and build contractor regarding claims brought by a hotel chain for the cost of re-cladding five hotels.
  • The team is instructed by a consultant, and its insurer, who advised in relation to the construction of the basement floor slab to part of the St Marks Square, Bromley development.
  • It is representing IGI and others on a matter involving  coverage issues relating to a contractor who designed and built two anaerobic digestion plants. The matter involves various allegations of defects and a claim for those losses.  The sub-contractor also claims for losses it has suffered.

Norton Rose Fulbright's 'strong team' stands out for its financial services sector expertise; it handles high-value claims involving financial institutions, asset managers, solicitors, accountants, actuaries, insolvency practitioners, stockbrokers and insurance brokers, as well as claims involving pensions and property professionals. The team also offers contentious regulatory experience and handles professional negligence disputes relating to regulatory matters. The London team utilises the firm's global network of offices to advise clients across various jurisdictions and the team is instructed by a raft of leading insurers. It represented five directors of Asa Resource Group (in administration) in an unfair prejudice petition brought by two shareholders of the company. Of counsel Helen Fairhead is 'very bright and tenacious, with great attention-to-detail'. Liam O’Connell has joined DAC Beachcroft LLP and Angela Savin has joined KPMG United Kingdom.

Practice head(s):Peter Scott

Other key lawyers:Kirsty Hick; Ffion Flockhart; Michelle George; Paul Morris; David Stevens; Lesley Browning; Dominic Stuttaford; Adrian Mecz; Katie Stephen; Helen Fairhead; Charlie Weston-Simons

Testimonials

Kirsty Hick is a great partner; as well as being highly knowledgeable about the black letter law issues, she is great with clients and defence counsel, and she is pragmatic and diplomatic, but not afraid to stand her ground when required.

Michelle George is thoughtful, analytical and strategic in her approach to cases, always commercially minded, and delivers outstanding results for her clients.

Paul Morris is unflappable and very easy to deal with.

 

Key Clients

Beazley

Brit

Hyperion

Liberty Specialty Markets

Lloyds Banking Group

Marsh & McLennan Companies

Ironshore  Europe Limited /Pembroke Managing Agency Limited

QBE

Axa XL (XL Catlin)

AJ Gallagher

PwC

Swiss Re

Neon

Aspen

Barbican

Pinsent Masons LLP is instructed on professional negligence disputes by claimants and defendants. It is particularly noted for its expertise in cases across the financial services and legal sectors and it is also active on complex pensions-related professional negligence claims. Disputes involving tax, property, fraud, construction and the TMT sector are also key focuses of the team. Its international presence is particularly utilised in the construction sector, where it handles claims covering multiple jurisdictions, and the London team is also able to draw on its resources throughout the UK. Newly promoted partner Michael Fletcher is leading advice for James Goddard-Watts, one of the founders of the Screwfix DIY chain, on a £6.35m claim for professional negligence against his former solicitors, Burges Salmon LLP, and his accountants, Dixon Walsh, following the re-opening of his divorce which had originally concluded in 2010. Isabel Nurse-Marsh  is 'outstanding' on pensions-related disputes.

Practice head(s):Michael Fenn; Nick Bradley

Other key lawyers:Isabel Nurse-Marsh; Ben Fairhead; Jonathan Fortnam; Jim Richards; Michael Fletcher; Hayley Goldstone

Testimonials

Isabel Nurse-Marsh is razor sharp in professional negligence litigation.

Michael Fletcher is super-brainy, on the ball and very commercial.

 

Key Clients

Dalriada Trustees

James Goddard-Watts

Work highlights

  • The team is representing a global insurance company on a complex rectification matter; the insurance company is suing two leading law firms for around £60m, for negligent document drafting for two pension schemes.
  • It is representing a pension scheme employer and its trustee company on a £6m professional negligence claim against its former solicitors, relating to the consolidation of their group pension scheme rules in 2009.
  • The team is representing a renewable energy company in a £3m claim against its former solicitors, relating to a corporate restructuring, for negligent drafting of the relevant agreements.
  • It is representing two clients in the advanced manufacturing sector on a professional negligence claim against their former auditors for failing to prevent and/or detect material misstatements arising from a prolific fraud in the companies' financial statements which had been perpetrated for 11 years.
  • The team is defending a well-known pension scheme administrator on a £1m claim in relation to numerous transfers made of members’ pension funds to a fake overseas pension scheme.

Reed Smith LLP delivers 'personal, timely, precise and clear advice'. The team is experienced in high-profile professional negligence disputes where it is regularly instructed by leading global and national firms, as well as individuals. The team has experience in cases involving accountancy, financial, legal, construction, technology and insurance sector professionals. Consultant Nick Speed is experienced in disputes across the construction, engineering and technology sectors and handles claims against lawyers and surveyors. Jane Howard  is an 'exceptional lawyer' and is experienced in accountants' and auditors' liability.

Practice head(s):Jane Howard; Charles Hewetson

Other key lawyers:Nick Speed; Eleanor Chapman; George Hoare; Anna Grieves; Elizabeth Mason; Sharon Law

Testimonials

The quality of Jane Howard's advice is second-to-none; she cuts through the complexity and delivers advice with superb clarity.

Jane Howard is extremely pragmatic; she applies common sense and has a superb command of the technical aspects of her subject.

Stephenson Harwood has an 'extremely able team that is well-capable of managing the most complex litigation'; its expertise is 'strong and deep'. The team handles complex claimant and defendant work and is instructed by individuals, as well as leading accountancy firms, auction houses, pension consultants and actuaries, leading law firms and global professional services insurers, as well as global financial institutions and senior management. The team regularly handles negligence cases relating to regulatory and criminal investigations. Roland Foord, who heads the team with Stephen Roberts, led advice for National House-Building Council (NHBC) on a £41m claim against its former auditor and tax adviser, PwC. Kate Cordery is engaged on claims involving solicitors, tax advisors, accountants, auditors and professional services firms.

Practice head(s):Stephen Roberts; Roland Foord

Other key lawyers:Andrew Myers; Helena Berman; Richard Garcia; Tony Woodcock; Kate Cordery; Guy Harper; Paul Hollands; Danielle Maddox

Testimonials

Roland Foord is outstanding; as well as having the sound legal expertise you would expect from a professional indemnity partner, he is commercial in approach and adept at managing and reassuring client stakeholders.

Jenny McKeown and Helena Berman have unrivalled experience of pensions professional negligence cases; they are the best in the business, combining great legal understanding with strategic awareness and sound judgement.

Stephen Roberts is a pleasure to deal with; he is very knowledgeable, thoughtful and measured, whilst also seeing the practical issues and considerations.

Roland Foord is a very savvy litigator; he is tough and prepared to play the long game and he understands litigation better than a lot of solicitors. The assistants are of notably high quality.

Richard Garcia is highly intelligent and hardworking, with an excellent grasp of the detail of even the most complex financial transactions.

Richard Garcia is one of those rare partners who has both an incredible brain, great tactical sense and a smooth manner with clients.

Guy Harper stands out for his thorough and skilful handling of complex litigation.

Louis Flannery QC is committed, driven, a highly analytical thinker and has a passion for getting to the truth.

Key Clients

KPMG

National House-Building Council

FTI Consulting

Christie's

Mercer

Sedgwick Noble Lowndes

Mark Weiss

Deloitte

Insolvency practitioners from BDO

Insolvency practitioners from KPMG and associated firms

Work highlights

  • The team is defending KPMG in relation to a £10m professional negligence claim against it and Barclays Bank
  • The team is acting for Mark Weiss Ltd (MWL) on a high-profile claim by Sotheby’s in relation to the sale of a painting attributed to Frans Hals which is now alleged to be a forgery.
  • The team sucessfully defended an individual in a professional negligence claim brought against her by two high-net-worth individuals
  • The team continues to advise Mercer, Sedgwick Noble Lowndes and Sedgwick Financial Services on a long-running and complex pensions professional negligence dispute arising out of the Sea Containers Chapter 11 insolvency proceedings.

After recent growth and several high-profile hires, the team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is now 'comprised of some well-known and impressive individuals from across the market'. The team recently added Simon Beckwith and Mark Ratcliff from Plexus Law, and Tim Barr from DWF. The team regularly defends claims against solicitors, valuers, construction and property professionals, auditors, accountants, tax advisors, insurance brokers, financial advisers, directors and officers, and financial institutions. The arrival of Beckwith also brings substantial pensions-related expertise to the department. Sushma MacGeoch, who heads the insurance disputes practice, 'manages litigation with skill and efficiency, and strikes a perfect balance between keeping a high-level strategic view and knowing the detail'.

Practice head(s):Sushma MacGeoch; Jonathan Drake; Hannah Cane

Other key lawyers:Simon Beckwith; Mark Ratcliff; Tim Barr; Belinda Fox; Rachel Lawrie; Jo Rideout; Jan Foster

Testimonials

Simon Beckwith has first-class knowledge of IFA professional indemnity claims and a strong commercial approach.

It is a team of highly respected insurance lawyers who go the extra mile for results.

The team is approachable and provides concise and commercial legal advice.

The partners and associates gel perfectly together; the partners bring the supervision and high-end input and the associates carefully and meticulously work through the core issues.

Sushma MacGeoch is a stand-out partner; she has enormous courage and steely determination which is matched with poise and finesse.

Sushma MacGeoch is a formidable and tough negotiator.

Sushma MacGeoch is an exceptional professional; her knowledge, style, resilience and personality are what set her aside and ensure she is the leader of this impressive and growing team.

Key Clients

AIG Europe (UK)

Solicitors' Indemnity Fund

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund

Ashurst stands out for its 'strong' financial services sector expertise and it is instructed in professional negligence disputes relating to audits, actuarial, funds, major projects, legal and pensions work. Team head James Levy is 'thoughtful and he really knows how to get a team to pull together'. Levy led advice for Daiwa Capital Markets Europe in the defence of a claim for over $200, which involved allegations of dishonesty and breach of duty.

Practice head(s):James Levy

Testimonials

James Levy is one of the most experienced solicitors for claimant-side audit negligence cases.

 

Key Clients

Daiwa Capital Markets

Browne Jacobson LLP is 'very strong in professional negligence' and it enjoys 'a national reputation' for handling claims involving lawyers, accountants, surveyors, valuers, financial institutions, IFAs, insurance brokers, actuaries and architects. The team is also engaged on disputes involving new and emerging professions and it is 'innovative in the services that are provided'. The 'brilliant' Ed Anderson defended a firm of solicitors against a claim arising out of what was the largest ever divorce settlement in the UK. The team 'perfectly combines a comprehensive understanding of the factual and legal issues involved, with a commercial and strategic overview'.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Newbold

Other key lawyers:Derek Bambury; Ed Anderson; Jim Hobsley; Lisa Henty; Charlotte Gregory; Zoe Bowden; Rhys Davies

Testimonials

Jim Hobsley is exceptionally good; he combines both an academic and commercial awareness, has very good client skills, and explains complicated matters in a clear, direct manner.

Ed Anderson is a highly qualified but approachable partner; he can be trusted to deal with difficult cases in a professional but strong way.

Lisa Henty has a good grasp of cases and the parties involved.

Jonathan Newbold is absolutely stand-out in terms of service and commercial advice.

Jim Hobsley is the lawyer that you want on your side; he founds everything on a complete mastery of all aspects of his cases that ensures that he is the lawyer who is able and going to control the case from the outset.

Key Clients

Hiscox

Inter Hannover

Channel Syndicate

Barbican Syndicate

Pen Underwriting

International General Insurance Company

Tokio Marine HCC

Bar Mutual

Work highlights

  • Defended a large firm of insurance brokers against a £5m claim brought by an insurer.
  • The team is instructed to defend a firm of insurance brokers, where it is alleged the firm has negligently placed an insurance policy for an educational establishment with a retroactive date, meaning that a large number of sexual abuse claims that have been made now fall outside of cover.
  • Defended an accountant against a £2m claim arising out of a complex share buyback.

Fieldfisher is engaged on negligence disputes involving professionals across the legal, construction, property, finance and tax sectors. Louise Elmes has joined Trowers & Hamlins LLP.

Ince has a 'highly professional team of experienced lawyers, whose close attention to detail is unequalled in this subject'. The team is regularly instructed on disputes involving lawyers and insurance brokers, and it also offers specialist expertise in representing ship surveyors and managers in maritime negligence cases. The team is instructed by professional indemnity insurers, brokers, accountants, law firms and intermediaries. The team represents Ed Broking (previously CGNMB) on a number of professional indemnity cases. It is also representing Meinl Bank, a leading Austrian banking group, on a D&O insurance claim that was brought against the underwriters, AIG.

Practice head(s):Ben Ogden; Simon Cooper

Testimonials

Max Robinson has wisdom that belies his years.

Ben Ogden, Christopher Crane and Chris Farmer are highly professional and provide a thorough analysis of all background details and relevant facts in all cases; they provide very experienced opinions.

The firm provides a highly efficient service.

Ben Ogden is excellent, and he manages his cases very well.

Key Clients

Ed Broking (previously CGNMB)

Griffin Insurance Association

International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC)

LAMP Insurance Company

Resolute Management

Libra

Travelers

Willis Towers Watson

Work highlights

  • The team advises International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) on a number of shipping-related professional negligence cases.

Based across its London and Liverpool offices, the team at Keoghs LLP is 'very organised, and has an extremely positive attitude'. It is regularly instructed to defend its clients in high-value claims across the legal, property, construction, cyber, technology and electrical sectors. In the construction sector, the team has been involved in a raft of cladding-related instructions. The 'growing' team has fostered strong relationships with a range of insurer clients and it is also well-placed to advise on coverage disputes.

Practice head(s):Neil Trayhurn; Ruth Lawrence

Other key lawyers:Dragos Stoica; Connie Cobb; Andrew Schütte; Sarah Naylor; Dale Hilton

Testimonials

The team does its best to meet the requests of its clients.

Ruth Lawrence is exceptional; she has a collaborative approach and thinks outside the box.

Neil Trayhurn has an excellent reputation.

Key Clients

RSA

Arch Insurance

Starr Companies

Pen Underwriting

AM Trust

Omnyy LLP

Aviva

ECIC

Enstar

Plexus Law is experienced across claims involving accountants and tax advisers, as well as solicitors, valuers and surveyors. The team has a 'collaborative approach' and it is 'very able to handle complex claims'. The team also advises on policy coverage issues. Despite several recent departures, which included the departures of Mark Ratcliff and Simon Beckwith to Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, and Gary Wicks' move to BLM, 'a core team of talented and experienced professional liability lawyers remain'. New arrivals include Leeds-based Gordon Walker, who joined from Clyde & Co LLP and Paul Spibey, who joined from Mills & Reeve LLP.

Practice head(s):Sara Cornish; Gordon Walker

Other key lawyers:Paul Spibey; Jacqui Gillespie; Alasdair Dick; Rachel Auld

Testimonials

Alasdair Dick has particular experience of claims concerning tax planning and tax advantaged investments, which gives them a particular edge over some other competitors.

Alasdair Dick is a fearless and energetic lawyer who fights his client's corner aggressively and with focus.

Jacqui Gillespie manages a huge caseload whilst giving each matter careful attention and focus.

Key Clients

QBE

Liberty

RSA

Tokio Marine HCC

Chubb (formerly ACE)

Axis

Allianz

AIG

Partner Re

Markel

CFC Underwriting

Pioneer/Arch

TLT has a 'strong reputation' for handling claimant professional negligence cases in the financial services sector, acting for lenders. The firm's claimant lender professional negligence team, based in London, draws strengths from its network of UK regional offices to advise on a raft of instructions for a number of the main UK clearing banks, challenger banks and non-bank lenders; it stands out for its 'deep knowledge of institutional clients'. It also acts for private companies and high-net-worth individuals. The team is increasingly engaged to defend financial institutions against allegations of negligence in the handling of banking relationships; it defended a major UK clearing bank on a negligence claim for breach of duty of care.

Practice head(s):Andrew Lyon; Peter Richards-Gaskin

Other key lawyers:Nick Curling; Claire Kershaw

Testimonials

The team is smoothly efficient on the ordinary stuff, which leaves room for good strategic thinking.

Nick Curling has fine attention to detail, is hardworking, and is good at building a case, assessing its deficiencies and then addressing them.

Peter Richards-Gaskin is very personable, has excellent judgement, and is good at understanding clients and building secure relationships with them.

Key Clients

Royal Bank of Scotland Group

Paratus AMC

Bank of India

Bank of Baroda

Santander

Work highlights

  • The team defended Coutts & Co on two related sets of proceedings relating to allegations that the bank (among multiple other defendants) gave negligent advice to customers in relation to their investment in various tax mitigation film finance schemes arranged by the Ingenious Media group.
  • The team defends National Westminster Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland and Coutts & Co in a large issued group action relating to the banks’ involvement  in various tax mitigation film finance schemes arranged by various intermediaries.
  • It is representing an individual client on a £2m claim against investment advisers.
  • The team is advising a bank on its recovery options in relation to a loan facility, which was meant to be secured by way of a ship mortgage.

Weightmans LLP handles claims against financial services professionals, construction professionals, solicitors and property professionals. The team is experienced in SIPP trustees’ liability and claims concerning pension transfers. The team also offers experience in policy coverage advice and wider insurance disputes, and it has a growing specialism in cyber insurance and risk. The team represented excess layer professional indemnity insurers Starstone Insurance in Commercial Court proceedings regarding a coverage dispute over the attachment of a block notification concerning UCIS investments.

Practice head(s):Robert Crossingham; Ed Lewis

Other key lawyers:Quentin Fox; James Denison; Paul Lowe;

Key Clients

AmTrust Europe

Antares

Aspen Risk Management

AXA Insurance UK

CFC

Markel (UK) Ltd/Markel International

Tokio Marine HCC

Starstone Insurance SE

Vibe

Argo Global

Work highlights

  • The team is representing a major provider of local property search services in multi-party proceedings by the purchasers of newbuild development homes. The case concerns allegations against the council that a contemplated new road scheme was not noted on the public register and an alternative case that the various search providers involved should have reported on it to prospective purchasers.
  • The team acts for various London market insurers concerning the potential liability and risk implications of FCA activity around DBT pension transfers and SIPP administrator liability.
  • The team defended the professional liability insurers of Integral Geotechnique  on a claim brought by national housebuilder Barratt.    
  • The team is advising and representing insurers on coverage matters in connection with a substantial cladding-related claim concerning a large new public building.
  • The team is instructed by the London City office of a major US law firm in defence of a very substantial claim arising from the conduct of an international arbitration.

Withers LLP defends and brings professional negligence claims against lawyers, valuers, accountants, tax advisors, engineers and investment advisors; the team acts for insurers and claimants. It is particularly noted for its experience in defending claims brought against barristers and it is regularly instructed by Bar Mutual. The team is 'committed and determined to get the best results for its clients' and it is an 'experienced team in the professional liability field'. Consultant Christopher Coffin, who heads the team, led advice for the claimants (Anchor Hedge Fund (in liquidation), Galaxy Fund Inc (in liquidation), Futuresone Diversified Fund (in liquidation), all acting by their liquidator John Greenwood of Baker Tilly (BVI)), on a claim to recover substantial settlement proceeds arising from a dispute between the claimants, associated companies and Société Générale. Associate Caroline Thompson is experienced in handling claims against legal professionals.

Practice head(s):Christopher Coffin

Other key lawyers:Eleni Polycarpou; Caroline Thompson; Sinead Harris; Sonia Michaelides; Peter Leckey; Joshua Swift

Testimonials

Peter Leckey and Joshua Swift are both thoughtful, hardworking and a pleasure to work with.

Christopher Coffin is an excellent lawyer.

 

Key Clients

Anchor Hedge Fund (in liquidation), Galaxy Fund Inc (in liquidation), Futuresone Diversified Fund (in liquidation), all acting by their liquidator John Greenwood of Baker Tilly (BVI)

Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Limited and its insured David Lowe QC

Work highlights

  • The team is representing the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund  and its insured David Lowe QC, for an indemnity/contribution arising from a claim made against it by a number of individual claimants that the firm represented in an unsuccessful action against various high-street banks relating to shared asset mortgages.

The team at Burges Salmon LLP mainly operates from the firm's Bristol office and it has a 'good commercial approach that is popular with clients'. It largely acts for claimants and it is instructed by lender clients on various claims, such as claims against lawyers and surveyors. The team is increasingly involved in developing areas such as peer-to-peer lending and it is acting for a growing number of challenger banks and funds. It is also noted for its expertise in pensions-related professional negligence claims and the team is instructed on significant claims by pension schemes and its trustees. A recent highlight is representing Gleeds UK and the trustees of the Gleeds Group Pension Scheme on a £60m professional negligence claim against the scheme’s former advisors and former lawyers for work on the connected Part 8 proceedings.

Practice head(s):Andrew Burnette

Other key lawyers:Kari McCormick; Justin Briggs; Matthew Walker

Testimonials

It is one of very few firms with individuals who can handle pensions professional negligence claims from both perspectives.

Justin Briggs is an excellent pensions professional negligence litigator, who provides a first-rate service to clients, seeing both the big picture and the granular detail.

Andrew Burnette combines great commercial awareness with excellent legal instincts.

Key Clients

Gleeds UK

Nationwide Building Society

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Ltd

HR Trustees

Sea Containers Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advising the trustees of the Sea Containers pension scheme on a £6m claim against its former actuaries.
  • Advising an ultra-high-net-worth individual, who purchased a significant rural estate, in a claim against negligent architects, builders and quantity surveyors for failing to manage the major redevelopment of a stately home in a VAT-efficient manner.
  • Advising on a valuer negligence claim against Cushman & Wakefield for significantly over-valuing two neighbouring mansions in St James' Park, London which stood as security for a £30m bridge-to-sell loan to a developer.

Carter Perry Bailey LLP is a 'boutique firm that offers a bespoke service' and it stands out for its 'attention to detail'. The team is instructed by insurers, reinsurers, insurance brokers, financial institutions, public authorities and corporates, and its expertise spans defence and coverage advice, claimant work for insurance entities, and it also provides professional indemnity insurance advice to other corporations and public authorities. The team is defending the insurers and LPA receivers on a claim that is alleging sale at undervalue for the claimant’s £12m property portfolio.

Practice head(s):Mark Aizlewood; Stephen Carter

Other key lawyers:Simon Thomas; Bernadette Bailey; William Sturge; Robert Harrison; Samantha Zaozirny

Testimonials

The team is excellent; it has senior and very experienced individuals managing cases, helping the client to get the very best results possible.

Mark Aizlewood is simply excellent, very thorough and he thinks through the law and tactics clearly and in advance, enabling clients to gain a tactical edge.

Stephen Carter knows just about everything when it comes to insurance, and is able to apply it successfully to large professional negligence cases; he is an excellent negotiator and tactician.

Simon Thomas is very organised and hardworking.

William Sturge and Samantha Zaozirny are very responsive, sharp, trustworthy, and always willing to think laterally.

 

Key Clients

Syria Arab Insurance Company (Lebanon)

Balva Insurance Company AAS (Latvia)

PartnerRe Ireland Insurance Ltd (Ireland)

Hampden Insurance NV (Netherlands)

Solicitors Indemnity Fund (UK)

Nexus Claims Management  (UK)

NPA Insurance Company (UK)

NASCO France (France)

NASCO Saudi Arabia (Saudi Arabia)

Sentry Insurance, A Mutual Company (USA)

Work highlights

  • The team is advising professional indemnity insurers on coverage issues in connection with a claim arising from investment advisers misappropriating client funds.
  • The team is advising an electrical and mechanical engineers and its insurers on a multi-party claim arising from failed pipework at a major UK gas facility, together with recovery action against technical designers.
  • The team is advising a financial services firm following an alleged underpayment of VAT on international swap transactions.
  • The team is acting for the insurers and a policyholder (insurance brokers) on a substantial claim made following flood damage at the claimant’s business.
  • The team is defending a firm of solicitors and its insurers on a claim for loss of a retail business arising from missed time limits under the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954.

Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP is 'dedicated to achieving the correct result for the client, and it really works as a team'; it has a 'raft of highly-motivated and experienced litigators operating in a tight knit, boutique firm'; and it is an 'innovative firm that is known for taking on some of the toughest opponents and the hardest cases against the biggest City firms'. The team is increasingly involved in high-value and complex disputes involving bankers, other financial sector professionals, accountants and architects. The team represented two high-net-worth individuals in a £3.5m professional negligence claim against their former financial advisors. The team is 'not afraid of thinking outside the box and pushing the boundaries of the law, if this is in the client's interest'.

Practice head(s):Marc Keidan

Other key lawyers:Sinead O’Callaghan; Stephen Elam

Testimonials

Marc Keidan is a real team player, very pleasant to work with, is bright and wholly committed to getting the right result for the client.

Marc Keidan is excellent and goes the extra mile.

Sinead O’Callaghan is very good with clients.

The key strength of this team would seem to be the leadership of Marc Keidan; he is a confident litigator with sound judgement, and the quality and degree of his engagement and the supervision of his team makes him stand out.

Marc Keidan is adept at tailoring the approach to the case to the client's needs and requests.

Marc Keidan is a force of nature; he is irrepressibly energetic, absolutely determined to find the right strategic solution, hugely client focused and ever sensitive to the client's commercial needs.

Lydia Danon is a superb litigator; extremely diligent, responsive and client focused, she is someone you want on your side.

Sam Roberts handles extremely complex work with ease.

 

Work highlights

  • Representing a client in relation to individual and proposed collective actions in relation to selected retail CFD brokerage firms.
  • Acted for property developers on a substantial interest rate swaps mis-selling matter against a major Swedish Bank
  • Represented a claimant suing Bank of Scotland for the mis-selling of a complex financial derivative product.
  • Acted for a commodities and FX broker on a claim by a former customer arising out of the client’s close-out of the customer’s trades and termination of its user agreement.
  • The team is instructed by an AIM-listed natural resources company in a seven-figure professional negligence claim against international insurance broker.

Edwin Coe LLP is instructed by claimants in disputes against insurance companies and brokers' professional indemnity insurers; it is a 'leading expert at bringing claims against insurance brokers'. The team, which is 'tenacious in fighting for its client but is also pragmatic', is instructed by Sartex Quilts & Textiles on a £3m dispute against insurers and a broker claim for negligence, relating to a fire at its premises in 2011. Head of insurance litigation Roger Franklin acts on domestic and international disputes and is noted for his experience in claims against insurance brokers. Franklin has 'very sound judgement and excellent attention to detail'.

Practice head(s):Roger Franklin

Other key lawyers:Michael Whitton; Nicola Maher; Kate Dwyer

Testimonials

Michael Whitton is hugely experienced and a tough negotiator.

Roger Franklin has an incredible command of the English language, which he adapts to create communication of sometimes extremely complex issues to any audience.

Key Clients

Sartex Quilts and Textiles

Dalamd Limited (formerly JL Sorting Limited (in liquidation) and Widnes Land Partnership LLP (in liquidation)

RR Securities

Work highlights

  • The firm represented Dalamd (formerly JL Sorting (in liquidation) and Widnes Land Partnership LLP (in liquidation)) on a £5m claim against the insurance broker Butterworth Spengler, following a large fire at their premises.

With lawyers spanning its London and Brighton offices, Healys LLP is instructed by claimants on a variety of professional negligence disputes. The team is experienced in claims spanning the legal, accountancy, financial services, property and construction sectors. The firm recently took a lead role on the high-profile Dreamvar case, advising the property company on its £1.1m claim against two firms of solicitors in relation to a fraudulent property transaction.

Practice head(s):Robert Johnson

Other key lawyers:David Bailey; Jerome O’Sullivan; Adrian Taylor; Gemma Williams; Ben Parr-Ferris

Key Clients

Roskill Advisors/Alternative Real Estate Fund

Dreamvar (UK)

Kiritkumar & Smita Bhrambhatt

Cameron Worth

Hilary West

Maximilian Ward

Rob James and Linda Deslandes

Leigh Porter

Nick Way

Philip Freeborn and Christina Goldie

Work highlights

  • The team represented the claimant, Dreamvar, on the high-profile £1.1m claim against two firms of solicitors, in relation to a fraudulent property transaction.
  • The team was instructed by Kiritkumar and Smita Brahmbhatt on a claim against a firm of estate agents arising out of their failure to carry out proper due diligence on the tenant of the claimant's property, and/or any sufficient security checks of the property.
  • The team was instructed by the claimant on a dispute against a firm of solicitors regarding an alleged failure to advise on a shareholders' agreement and the subsequent termination of the claimant's relationship with one of the shareholders.
  • The team is acting for the claimant on a £1.25m claim against Clydesdale Bank, Alder King and Stags (estate agencies) relating to the sale of a Georgian mansion in Somerset.
  • Represented the claimant on a dispute with its former solicitors which involved an alleged failure to advise on the prohibition against alterations to the property.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's professional negligence team is 'approachable, available and is able to describe complex legal points to non-specialists'. The team is regularly instructed on group action claims against solicitors and is increasingly involved in claims involving construction professionals. Claims against accountants are also a key area of expertise. The firm has 'expertise in multi-party claims particularly arising from professional negligence and failed property investments abroad'; the team is representing around 90 clients in a £6m high-profile group action against Italian law firm Giambrone. The claimants instructed the law firm on negligence claims relating to the purchase of off-plan properties in Calabria, Italy.

Practice head(s):David Niven; Rustam Dubash; Peter Stockill

Other key lawyers:Richard Marshall; David O’Brien

Testimonials

The team is rigorous and passionately committed to serving the interests of its clients.

David O’Brien is tenacious, intellectually rigorous, fearless in the pursuit of his clients' interests, but also a realist; he is an excellent commercial litigator who runs rings around his opposition.

David Niven is a very tough opponent, commercially savvy and he always has his eye on the endgame and optimising the clients' position.

The lawyers are energetic champions of their clients; professional and diligent with great attention to detail.

David O’Brien has indefatigable energy; he takes nothing at face value but instead thinks round the problem from every angle.

The firm fosters strong relationships between clients and customers, and the team is adaptable and resourceful.

The firm provides a personal, hands-on service that is second-to-none.

David Niven has an extremely pragmatic approach and a good overall grasp of the case.

David O’Brien is a very bright lawyer with a good grasp of the legal issues involved, both in the areas of professional negligence and in relation to insurance issues that arise.

The teamwork from different individuals delivers consistent and seamless communications and status updates.

Key Clients

Multiple claimants in action against a law firm (the firm acts for around 90 clients)

Multiple claimants in group action against a law firm (firm acts for around 49 clients)

Work highlights

  • The firm is representing 47 claimants in a £2.2m dispute brought against their former solicitors,  in relation to sums lost in off-plan property transactions in Enterprise house, Leicester; Evolution in Liverpool and Fiveways House in Leicester.

Boutique firm Signature Litigation LLP has a focus on complex and cross-border cases, and it is instructed by claimants and defendants on high-value mandates. It handles claims involving the financial services sector and also advises on cases involving other professions. In an example of its cross-border experience, the team represented the Ivanishvili family, and its corporate investment vehicle, on a claim against the Credit Suisse Group, for losses arising out of breach of trust, breach of mandate, breach of duty, breach of agency investment obligations and more generally for negligent or dishonest investment and fund practices, carried out by employees of the bank, its sister and subsidiary companies.

Practice head(s):Daniel Spendlove; Graham Huntley

Other key lawyers:Abdulali Jiwaji; Simon Bushall

Hamlins LLP largely acts for claimants in complex professional negligence disputes against solicitors, accountants, financial advisors, trustees and construction professionals. The team 'understands the position from an insurer's perspective, which gives a different insight that not all firms can offer' and it 'always delivers on agreed time frames and is always readily available to answer any queries'. In an example of its experience in handling cases against solicitors, the team advised on a significant claim against a leading London law firm, which examined the drafting of an estate management deed.

Practice head(s):Amanda Burge

Other key lawyers:Laura Daly

Testimonials

Amanda Burge is a particularly tenacious litigator who is exceptionally proactive at driving cases forward.

Laura Daly has experience in specialist banking litigation.

Amanda Burge has a sharp focused mind, great tenacity and an ability to negotiate forcefully and effectively.

Amanda Burge has the gravitas, experience and know-how to get the job done.

 

 

Key Clients

European Land & Property

Triple Point Investment

Westminster Academy

VolkerFitzpatrick

Freshwater Group

Work highlights

  • The team is representing a client on a claim for negligent advice that was provided by a law firm regarding reputation management and failure to secure the take-down of images online.
  • The team is representing a client on a professional negligence action against its former directors, for material non-disclosure which led to the declinature of a business interruption insurance policy following a serious fire at one of its care homes.
  • Representing a large property developer in a professional negligence case against a surveyor, relating to a sizeable retail building, which was part of a large property portfolio.
  • The team represented a client on a dispute with its contract administrator for poor project and contract management.
  • The team represented two investors who loaned money to a company under two debentures which were inadequately prepared.

Irwin Mitchell's professional negligence team is instructed by claimants in disputes against architects, accountants, lawyers, financial advisers, insurance brokers and surveyors. The London team works closely with the firm's national network of offices to advise on disputes.

Testimonials

Jonathan Sachs is fantastically knowledgeable about professional negligence law; he is particularly great at running difficult cases in such a way that the defendant is brought to the table.

Kingsley Napley LLP is instructed by entrepreneurs and individuals on disputes against solicitors, accountants, IFAs, trustees, property and construction professionals. The team offers particular expertise in financial services and banking disputes and it is involved in several claims against financial institutions.

Practice head(s):Richard Foss

Other key lawyers:Ryan Mowat; Mary Young; Jemma Brimblecombe

Testimonials

'The team is a cohesive unit with members being able to take the lead at different times with no drop in the level of skill and service. '

'Richard Foss and Mary Young were excellent in dealing with an ever changing case and were both very extremely professional in sometimes challenging circumstances.'

Based across its London, Exeter and Bristol offices, the team at Michelmores LLP is 'specialised, which means it has in-depth knowledge both of the law and of the defendant insurers and their solicitors; this allows the team to offer an informed tactical approach to disputes'. The team handles claimant and defendant work across disputes involving financial service providers, architects, chartered surveyors, solicitors, accountants, valuers and receivers. The team is noted for its specialist knowledge of agricultural-related professional negligence cases.

Practice head(s):Garbhan Shanks; Simon Barnett

Other key lawyers:Ben Sharples; Jonathan Kitchin; Fiona Pearson; Jayne Clemens; Jane Swannell; Rachel O'Conner

Testimonials

Jayne Clemens is highly experienced and has excellent client management skills; she is effective at communicating the strengths and weaknesses of the position to the client, and helps the client identify and focus on their real objectives.

The team is incredibly professional and diligent in their work, at both strategic and operational levels.

Fiona Pearson and Tim Richards stand out for their calmness, tenacity and negotiating skills.

Fiona Pearson is a highly experienced and pragmatic lawyer; she is hardworking, great to deal with and always has the interests of her clients at heart.

Fiona Pearson is experienced, knowledgeable, and is prepared to go the extra mile for her clients.

Jane Swannell is very measured in her dealings and is quick to grasp the technical law, issues and facts.

Key Clients

Cancer Research UK

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