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BTO Solicitors LLP primarily defends engineers, accountants, solicitors and advocates on behalf of insurers, but also undertakes some pursuer work. Alan Eadie heads the practice, which includes Ashley Mawby. Insurer clients include RSA, Aviva and AIG.

Brodies LLP’s ‘strong, long-established team’ provides ‘excellent advice that demonstrates good sector knowledge’. Work includes defending accountants, architects and solicitors. Alisdair Matheson is ‘well regarded by the construction profession’ and practice head Alan Calvert is ‘very astute’. Clients include Amlin and Allianz.

CMS is ‘very competent in financial-sector professional negligence claims’. Harriet Munro, whose work includes construction disputes, has ‘excellent relationships with her clients’. Graeme MacLeod’s expertise includes defending solicitors. Clients include QBE and Chubb.

Clyde & Co LLP has ‘unequalled depth and breadth of knowledge defending claims’ against legal, construction and finance professionals. Graeme Watson is ‘a first-rate negotiator and imaginative thinker’ and is recommended for surveyors’ negligence cases. Charles McGregor is ‘one of Scotland’s leading advisers on construction negligence’.

Shepherd and Wedderburn is ‘able to take on cases that straddle England and Scotland’. The firm handles both pursuer and defendant work regarding alleged negligence on the part of professionals including architects, accountants and solicitors. Practice head Alastair Frood, who specialises in financial services, ‘engenders confidence’.

Burness Paull LLP’s ‘strong’ practice represents pursuers and defenders in cases regarding negligence by professionals including surveyors, solicitors and pension trustees. Ewan McIntyre (‘a good man to have in your corner’) represents the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

Harper Macleod LLP represents pursuers bringing claims against solicitors, architects, financial advisers and surveyors. Senior partner Rod McKenzie is ‘a very commanding presence’ and Professor Robert Rennie is a key name for solicitors’ negligence matters. Clients include the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission.

BLM’s ‘legal knowledge and prowess is unquestionable’ when defending insured solicitors, typically in conveyancing-related claims. Grant Maclean’s ‘welcoming attitude and approach is calming and reassuring’. David Taylor is also a key contact.

Balfour+Manson LLP represents pursuers in six-figure claims against solicitors and architects. David Flint is a key contact.

DWF’s Alison Grant defends accountants, tax planners, solicitors and surveyors in high-stakes cases.

HBJ Gateleypunches above its weight’ representing businesses and lenders in claims against solicitors, as well as for banks bringing actions against surveyors. Key names include the ‘focused and diligentGordon Steele and practice head Simon Catto.

Maclay Murray & Spens LLP’s work includes defending solicitors and the practice acts for both sides on actuarial, accounting and investment disputes. Tim Edward successfully defended Scottish Widows.

TLT’s Karen Cornwell and John Paul Sheridan act for a range of lenders including RBS and Barclays in claims against solicitors and accountants.

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