Index of tables
- Bird & Bird
- Bond Pearce LLP
- Browne Jacobson LLP
- Clifford Chance
- DWF LLP
- Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
- Hill Dickinson LLP
- Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP
- Bolt Burdon Kemp
- Chadbourne & Parke (London) LLP
- Charles Russell LLP
- Edwin Coe LLP
- Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP
- Fladgate LLP
Fulbright & Jaworski International LLP
- Glovers Solicitors LLP
- Greenwoods Solicitors
- Matt Andrews - Kennedys
- Nick Bird - RPC
- Simon Brooks - Eversheds LLP
- Tim Brown - RPC
- Charlotte Capstick - Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP
- Richard Clark - Slaughter and May
- Sarah Clover - Clyde & Co LLP
Mark Connoley -
- Sean Connolly - Mayer Brown International LLP
- Andrew Davis - Fishburns LLP
Angela Dimsdale Gill -
Hogan Lovells International LLP
- Martin Fox - CMS Cameron McKenna LLP
- Andrew Hart - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
- Simon Konsta - Clyde & Co LLP
- Sonya Leydecker - Herbert Smith LLP
- Antony Marsh - Fishburns LLP
- Colin Passmore - Simmons & Simmons LLP
- James Pollock - Simmons & Simmons LLP
Michael Seymour -
Hogan Lovells International LLP
- Antony Smith - Beale and Company Solicitors LLP
A ‘serious player’ in the market, CMS Cameron McKenna LLP is ‘truly first class’ for professional negligence matters. Led by the ‘outstanding’ Liam O’Connell, the 18-partner team advises leading insurers in relation to claims involving accountants, surveyors, construction professionals, solicitors and brokers. The ‘first-rate’ team also includes the ‘hardworking’ Stephen Netherway; the ‘knowledgeable’ Belinda Schofield; Martin Fox, who is ‘truly brilliant’; the ‘excellent’ Peter Maguire; and Timothy Ingham, who is ‘pragmatic’. Kirsty Hick and Alex Denslow are also recommended. Simon Garrett, Monica Lesny and Bristol-based Cheryl Gibson were recently promoted to the partnership.
Clyde & Co LLP’s merger with Barlow Lyde & Gilbert LLP in November 2011 significantly strengthened its professional negligence practice. The ‘responsive and proactive team’ is recommended for its ‘great depth and ability’, and covers a variety of areas including legal, financial, accountancy, construction, property, and technology, among others. Key individuals include the ‘first-class’ practice head Sarah Clover, the ‘outstanding’ Richard Harrison, the ‘brilliant’ Andrew Blair, and the ‘expert’ Fergal Cathie. Patrick Perry, Neil Jamieson and Simon Konsta are also recommended.
Mayer Brown International LLP’s ‘strong, commercially focused practice’ is led by David Chadwick and Michael Regan. Focused on high-profile, high-value matters, the team gives ‘accurate, prompt and practical’ advice. Key clients include QBE, Chartis, ACE and Knight Frank. Notable individuals include the ‘proactive’ William Glassey; the ‘outstanding’ Sean Connolly; Jim Oulton, who is ‘technically excellent; Lindsay McQuillian, who is ‘outstanding’; Ingrid Hobbs, who is an ‘excellent negotiator’; and the ‘forward-thinking’ Sally Davies. The ‘thorough’ Mandip Sagoo and Tom Duncan were recently promoted to partner. Clare Canning joined Ernst & Young as global general counsel, while Matthew Lawson and Simon Willis moved to Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP.
The ‘excellent’ 20-partner team at RPC ‘values strong relationships with its clients’, and is ‘approachable, commercial, savvy and clever’. Led by Tim Bull (‘excellent on complex and sensitive matters’), the team focuses on high-value, complex matters across sectors including construction, technology, financial and legal. The ‘incredibly thorough’ Nick Bird has a ‘razor-sharp mind’; Alexandra Anderson is ‘brilliant’; Katherine Rees is ‘excellent with clients’; and Robert Hogarth is ‘impressive’. Paul Castellani is ‘first rate’, and Simon Laird is ‘responsive and very client focused’. Alison Clarke was promoted to partner. The firm recently expanded its professional negligence offering in Bristol, led by the ‘brilliant’ Jeremy Barnes, ex CMS Cameron McKenna LLP. Jane Howard moved to Wragge & Co LLP.
Led by the ‘knowledgeable and hardworking’ Sonya Leydecker, Herbert Smith LLP has a team that ‘lives up to its great reputation’. Acting for both claimants and defendants, its expertise covers a breadth of areas including insurance, financial services, technology and construction, and it has ‘top-quality expertise’ in high-value, high-profile and complex matters. Alexander Oddy is ‘truly brilliant’; Paul Lewis stands out for his ‘excellent legal advice and strategic thinking’; and the ‘professional’ David Reston is also singled out.
Hogan Lovells International LLP’s ‘highly rated’ 12-partner team is led by the ‘renowned’ Nicholas Heaton. It continues to act for major insurers as well as leading professional services firms in a variety of sectors including law, accountancy, pensions, property and insurance, as well as advising major clients in bringing professional negligence claims. Angela Dimsdale Gill is ‘a true expert’, and consultant John Trotter is recommended.
Matt Andrews heads Kennedys’ ‘first-rate’, ‘technically excellent’ 29-partner practice, whose headline clients include Chartis, XL, ACE, Travelers, WR Berkley, Allianz, and Mitsui. Simon Gibson and John Eastlake are ‘highly recommended’. Sue Plumb recently left the practice, joining Bond Pearce LLP in Southampton as a consultant.
The team at Beale and Company Solicitors LLP is ‘top class’, and has a ‘deserved reputation for excellence in disputes involving construction and engineering professionals’. The practice has also expanded into the areas of legal and financial negligence. Team head, Antony Smith is ‘pragmatic and sensible’, and has a ‘first-rate commercial brain’. Ed Anderson is ‘excellent’. Damian McPhun recently joined the team from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert LLP.
Led by the ‘renowned’ Charlotte Capstick, the ‘professional’ team at Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP covers a vast array of areas including legal, financial services, construction, insurance, social services, property and trade unions. Caterina Yandell, Simon Hilditch, Elliot Pound and Michael Salau are all recommended. Michael Harvey was recently promoted to the partnership.
DAC Beachcroft LLP’s ‘first-class’ 15-partner team is led by the ‘outstanding’ Harriet Strevens. Its high-profile client base includes names such as Allianz, Catlin, Chartis, Groupama, Markel, QBE and Zurich. The ‘experienced’ Richard Beaty, Karen Cargill, William Allison, Ross Risby and Julian Miller are singled out for praise. Dispute resolution head Trevor Chamberlain is also recommended.
The team at Eversheds LLP provides an ‘excellent’ service, and ‘really knows what it is doing’. The ‘commercial’ Simon Brooks heads a six-partner team, and is valued for his ‘detailed and practical advice’. It has notable experience in matters involving insurance brokers, accountants and lawyers, and clients include the Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group, Miller Insurance and KPMG. Jeremy Irving and Matthew Allen are also singled out.
Providing ‘great, commercial advice’, the 20-partner team at Fishburns LLP is led by the ‘experienced’ Antony Marsh. It has expertise in high-value, international and technical cases, and acts for Novae, Torus Insurance (UK), Travelers and Chubb. Andrew Davis and Peter Campion are ‘excellent’, and Peter Sewell, Harriet Quiney and Simon Mason are also recommended. Alexandra Goddard and Elizabeth Bell were recently promoted to partner.
Simmons & Simmons LLP has expertise across matters involving accountants, auditors, brokers, construction professionals, financial institutions, solicitors, surveyors and valuers. The ‘sound and reliable’ six-partner team is ‘technically excellent’, and recommended for its ‘high level of industry knowledge’. Team head James Pollock is an ‘excellent operator’; and Caroline Hunter-Yeats and Miles Alexander are ‘enthusiastic’ and ‘hardworking’. Felix Zimmermann recently joined from Plexus Law.
The ‘reliable’ and ‘focused’ team at Ince & Co is recommended for its work across the legal and insurance sectors, advising on the liabilities of lawyers, underwriters and brokers, as well as expanding into fields such as financial institutions and technology and construction. It was strengthened by the arrival of Simon Cooper and Kiran Soar from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert LLP; Nick Gibbons from Speechly Bircham LLP; and Nilam Sharma from Crowell & Moring. The ‘experienced’ David Rutherford heads the team, and Chris Jefferis is also recommended.
With a national practice, the team at Mills & Reeve LLP has an ‘impressive’ reputation for professional negligence work, advising names such as Amlin, Aspen, Brit and XL. Key individuals include Neil Davis, Virginia Hickley, Nicolas Oldham and Peter Driscoll, who are all highly recommended. Paul Spibey recently joined from Kennedys.
Colin Read heads an ‘excellent practice’ at Pinsent Masons LLP. Acting on both the claimant and defendant sides, the ‘formidable’ 14-partner team has experience across financial, insurance, construction, IT, pensions, property and tax cases. Noteworthy clients include Liberty, Hiscox, Torus and Mercer. Richard Slaven and Birmingham-based Jim Richards are ‘outstanding’.
Reed Smith’s ‘impressive’ practice is led by Nick Speed, and acts for high-profile clients such as QBE, AMEC, Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund and Nationwide in a variety of high-value cases involving accountants, banks, barristers, law firms, construction professionals and insurance brokers. Mark Connoley is ‘highly regarded’.
Robin Simon LLP’s ‘first-rate’ team advises in relation to the financial, legal, insurance and construction sectors, among others. Mark Aizlewood, Michael Robin and managing partner David Simon are singled out. London office head Neil Trayhurn is ‘excellent’.
Julian Randall heads the four-partner team at Taylor Wessing LLP, having followed Tim Strong and Andrew Howell from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert LLP. Clients include PwC, Deloitte, KPMG and Grant Thornton UK.
At Withers LLP, ‘highly regarded’ team head Christopher Coffin is noted for his ‘knowledge’ and ‘good response times’; and Jasmine Gill is also recommended. Key clients include BMIF Selenium Holdings and Travelers.
The team at Bird & Bird, led by Ludovic de Walden, is recommended for its ‘technical’ approach. The ‘tenacious’ Jonathan Speed is ‘very thorough and user friendly’. The firm represented Forsta AP-fonden in Commercial Court proceedings against one of the world’s largest securities lending agents. Jane Player recently joined King & Spalding International LLP.
Bond Pearce LLP’s ‘experienced and knowledgeable’ team includes the ‘first-rate’ Simon Gildener, who joined from Clyde & Co LLP, and the ‘hardworking’ Emily Monastiriotis, who has notable expertise in the construction sector. Key clients include QBE, CNA, Bar Mutual, Allianz and Travelers. Recent departures include Neil Trayhurn, who joined Robin Simon LLP; and Richard Dedman.
Browne Jacobson LLP’s team is ‘efficient’ and ‘knowledgeable’. Dividing his time between the London and Nottingham offices, Derek Bambury heads the team, and Jonathan Corman is also recommended. Active clients include Hiscox, ARP, Bar Mutual, HCC International, WR Berkley, Travelers and Chaucer.
DWF LLP’s ‘excellent’ team is led by Christopher Ryan, who recently joined from Bird & Bird. The team was also boosted by the arrival of the ‘pragmatic and commercial’ Joseph Arazi from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert LLP, and Adam Nell from Herbert Smith LLP. Key clients include Sterling Insurance, RSA and Isis Insurance.
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s ‘superb’ nine-partner team is led by Andrew Hart. It has experience assisting leading financial institutions and professional advisers, including accountants and solicitors, in high-profile, complex matters.
Led by the ‘brilliant’ Jamie Monck-Mason, the team at Hill Dickinson LLP advises clients such as Aviva, Aspen, RSA and Talbot. Nicholas Rochez joined from Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, and Dileep Pisharody and Tim Hague were recently promoted to partner. Angela Horneand Clare Walker are also recommended.
Led by Paul Wordley, the seven-partner team at Holman Fenwick Willan LLP has experience advising insurers and their professional insureds as wells as claimants, across a wide range of areas including accountancy, legal, estate agency and construction. David Robinson, Andrew Bandurka and Nigel Wick are also singled out for praise.
Key individuals in Norton Rose LLP’s ‘approachable and thorough’ team include Paul Morris and Susan Dingwall. Notable clients include Lloyds Banking Group, HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank, RBS, and HSH Nordbank.
Notable work for the ‘strong’ and ‘talented’ team at Plexus Law included advising insurers in relation to claims involving surveyors, valuers and construction professionals. RSA, QBE, Chartis and WR Berkley are among its clients. Team head Peter Court has ‘good commercial understanding’, and Nigel Plant is also recommended. Fiona Hayes recently joined from Pinsent Masons LLP.
Slaughter and May’s ‘reputable’ ten-partner team is led by Richard Clark. It advises a broad spectrum of clients including insurance brokers, law firms, actuaries, banks, and other financial institutions; names include Linklaters LLP, Mercer, and Norwich and Peterborough Building Society. Elizabeth Barrett is also recommended.
Led by the ‘first-rate’ Roland Foord, Stephenson Harwood’s ‘professional’ team advised Christie’s on a wide range of matters. Other clients include KPMG, HSBC and UBS. Stephen Roberts is also recommended.
Weightmans LLP has acted in a variety of high-profile matters, in areas including construction, legal, accountancy and financial services. Dominic Dennis-Browne joined from RPC, and Simon Loveday joined through the firm’s merger with Vizards Wyeth. Quentin Fox and Liverpool-based Mike Grant are ‘highly regarded’.