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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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  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
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The Oxford-based team at Clyde & Co LLP has vast proficiency in handling high-value and high-stakes professional negligence matters. Led by Tony Nurse-Marsh, the team regularly handles large claims and disputes for leading clients in the legal and insurance sectors. Other key practitioners include Clive Brett, Jim Taylor, and Katherine Gregory, all of whom have expertise in construction-related claims.

Practice head(s):Tony Nurse-Marsh

Other key lawyers:Clive Brett; Jim Taylor; Katherine Gregory


'Absolutely a top performer.'

'Clyde and Co have strength in depth, high standards and a real understanding of litigation and PI issues through the eyes of the insurers.'

Cripps Pemberton Greenish's team has a focus on claimant related work and attracts a myriad of private clients for high-value matters. Led by 'brilliant' practice head Russell Simpson, the team has a strong grasp on fraud-related issues, coupled with knowledge on the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Truly standout in the region, the practice group also has expertise in professional negligence claims arising out of the financial services sector, an area in which Pradeep Oliver and newly qualified Tristam Razzell have a particular focus.

Practice head(s):Russell Simpson

Other key lawyers:Pradeep Oliver; Tristam Razzell


'Russell Simpson is very commercially astute and great with clients.'

'The practitioners are highly experienced, which puts them at an advantage to other firms. They are highly practical and efficient and great with clients.'

'It's a really impressive team. They kept me in the loop at all times and were honest and upfront from the beginning.

‘I can’t give them a better reference; they were simply brilliant.

Dentons is skilled in handling high-value negligence matters for its international roster of clients, which include major financial institutions, blue-chip companies, and high-net-worth private individuals. Milton Keynes-based James Fairbairn is the key name to note, bringing a blend of his litigation experience to professional negligence matters. Also recommended is practice head Tim Constable in the Watford office.

Practice head(s):Tim Constable

Other key lawyers:James Fairbairn 

Key Clients

Royal Bank of Scotland

Mayor and Burgesses of the London Borough of Haringey

National House-Building Council (NHBC)

West Bromwich Building Society

Co-Operative Bank

Barclays Bank

Work highlights

  • Representing Haringey Council in a £7m professional negligence claim against NPS Property Consultants Limited for negligent design and contract administration services in relation to the extension of a primary school.
  • Acting for a private individual in a claim against a nationally recognised specialist firm of solicitors arising out of their failure to issue personal injury proceedings within the correct limitation period.
  • Representing a high-net-worth individual in a professional negligence claim against Hughes, Jay & Panter for negligent contract administration and quantity surveying services in relation to the extension and refurbishment of a £4m Grade 2 listed property.
  • Representing NHBC in a professional negligence claim against Clancy Consulting Ltd (consultant) and  Sadler Brown (architect) for negligent design and project management/contract administration services in relation to the defective replacement of a five storey glazed façade in an apartment building suffering from water ingress.
  • Acting for a number of banks in claims against solicitors for negligence and breach of trust arising out of imposter fraud.

Freeths LLP's professional negligence practice is led by Duncan Crine and handles a wide range of high-value and complex matters for both claimants and defendants across a wide pool of industry sectors. Recent work highlights include acting for a director of a large drinks company in a shareholder dispute. Other key figures include managing partner Sarah Foster, who has particular expertise in trust and probate-related professional negligence matters, and William Richmond-Coggan, who joined the firm from Pitmans LLP.

Practice head(s):Duncan Crine

Other key lawyers:Sarah Foster;


'Duncan Crine is a wise head, able to use his experience to great effect in the trickier moments in a case.'

'The team has top quality people who have the same high level of experience in this sector as many at larger firms, and get stuck into every case. Warm, professional with a wide breadth of knowledge.'

'The team is organized, pragmatic and client focused.'

The team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has over four decades of experience in handling professional negligence claims exclusively for defendants, which primarily include market-leading insurers and financial institutions. Led by James Robins, the practice group has expertise in claims against residential and commercial property professionals, and also has a variety of experience in the technology sector. Justin Tivey is a key contact for policy coverage disputes.

Practice head(s):James Robins

Other key lawyers:Justin Tivey,


'They are all excellent lawyers that are good with clients; they're approachable, but fight hard with the other side.'

'They are a competent team with a professional approach.'

Blake Morgan LLP's practice is routinely involved in claimant work catering to professional services such as solicitors, property professionals and financial advisers. Headed by Richard Portlock, the team has recently acted for a client in a negligence claim against a solicitor pertaining to the latter's failure to advise on the existence of a restrictive covenant. The group has also made a number of notable recruitment, which saw Michael Colledge join from Russell-Cooke LLP, and Nichola Gordon-Jones from TWM Solicitors LLP.

Practice head(s):Richard Portlock

Other key lawyers:Heather Welham


'Richard Portlock is very experienced in professional negligence work, and guides his more junior team members accordingly and engages with counsel rather than simply relying on or deferring to counsel.'

'Heather Welham is thorough, thoughtful and intuitive in her approach to the development of litigation.'

'The team is very responsive, user-friendly and has a great rapport with clients, witnesses, and experts.'

'All members are thorough, thoughtful and intuitive.'

Mayo Wynne Baxter LLP is stands out as claimant-focused practice that acts for a diverse range of clients including private clients and organisations. The team is led by Lewes-based Karim Mohamed and has experience spanning the banking, legal and insurance sectors. It has recently acted for a private individual in a high-value claim against a banking corporation. Olivia Zeki, Rosie Fletcher, and Helen Bell from the Brighton office are all key members.

Practice head(s):Karim Mohamed


'Karim Mohammed is exceptionally good with clients'

'They offer unparalleled expertise on the South Coast in bringing and defending professional negligence claims'


Barlow Robbins LLP's negligence team handles a wide array of claimant work for high-net-worth individuals, with a particular focus on bringing claims against solicitors, banks and financial services providers. David Foster is a key figure in the practice group and brings a blend of his litigation expertise to professional negligence claims. Scott Taylor is another name to note.

Practice head(s):David Foster

Other key lawyers:Scott Taylor


'Most helpful and confidence-inspiring.'

'The team is warm and friendly while maintaining a very professional approach to the job in hand.'

'They are effective communicators and give quick responses, making sure I am in the loop at all times.'


The lawyers in Charles Russell Speechlys LLP's largely claimant-based practice frequently litigate claims against city-based insurers and within the accountancy and financial services sector. Stephen Burns and David Savage are crucial figures in the team and have recently acted for Icon 1992 in a dispute against an insurance broker pertaining to the recovery of sums. Duncan Elson is another name to note, and has vast expertise in trust and estate-based litigation.

Practice head(s):Stephen Burns; Duncan Elson; David Savage

Key Clients

Cancer Research UK

Royal National Institute of Blind People

Zenium Technology Partners Limited

Lab Lateral Limited

Icon 1992 Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented a construction client against an insurance broker to recover collateral sums paid by way of a deposit.

Duncan Lewis Solicitors covers a broad range of professional negligence work concentrated in the construction and engineering sectors with additional niche expertise in claims against financial advisors. The team acts for a diverse client base, especially vulnerable individuals, which often seamlessly overlaps with the firm's other practice groups such as personal injury. Key figures include Sobashni De Silva and Anthony Okumah, who jointly lead the team based in Harrow.

Practice head(s):Sobashni De Silva, Anthony Okumah

Other key lawyers:Shabana Masood, Shilpa Sehgal


'Sobashni De Silva is an exceptionally thoughtful and able litigator.'

'They are unusually well organised with a team of strong communicators.'

'The team is tenacious in pursuing and protecting the clients' interests and position.'

Moore Blatch LLP has established a strong track record of claimant-focused professional negligence work that ends in favourable commercial settlements for their diverse client base. Practice head Rob Evans has expertise in tax-related claims, whereas Mark Osgood handles insolvency matters. Also recommended is associate Andrew Reid who handles financial miss-selling claims.

Practice head(s):Rob Evans

Other key lawyers:Mark Osgood; Andrew Reid

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