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Bond Dickinson LLP is ‘among the best firms for defendant work’, especially for claims against solicitors. Ian Peacock and Gary Oldroyd’s clients include construction contractors and barristers. Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund and Liberty Mutual are also clients of the firm.

CMS is ‘among the top echelon’ for insurance disputes and defending solicitors and brokers. Key clients include practice head Belinda Schofield and ‘excellent’ construction disputes expert Cheryl Gibson. Clients include Chubb, W. R. Berkley and Novae Group.

Marcus Campbell’s practice at DAC Beachcroft LLP defends solicitors, property consultants and brokers, and provides an outsourced claims handling service to professional indemnity insurers. Zurich and XL Catlin are clients. Rebecca Smith joined from RPC.

RPC acts for major insurers and defendants in regulatory and disciplinary matters, as well as professionals in high-value claims. Department head Jeremy Barnes focuses on claims brought against accountants and brokers, and Peter Mansfield handles construction claims involving high-profile buildings.

At Burges Salmon LLP, Andrew Burnette manages a ‘seriously impressive outfit’ that acts for claimants in disputes against solicitors, surveyors, auditors and financial advisers. Clients include Nationwide, The Co-operative Bank and Paragon Finance.

Clarke Willmott LLP has a national reputation for claimant work, and fields specialist banking, financial mis-selling and negligence, construction and agriculture teams. Alex Jakubowski’s practice sits on the panels of Lloyds Bank and Julian Hodge Bank.

Osborne Clarke’s claimant-focused practice handles pensions, construction and investment-related disputes. Practice head Tom Ellis undertakes negligent art authentication claims and is recommended along with Clare Robinson. Clients include Capita, Temple Trustees and Clerical Medical.

TLT provides cross-border advice on corporate, pensions, financial services and construction claims. Clients include UPS and WHSmith. Practice head Richard Hall, Neil Franklin and Chris Owen are key contacts.

Rory Mac Neice and Victoria Bonnet’s practice at Ashfords LLP handles claims against surveyors, solicitors, projects managers and vets. It provides ‘a London service at South West prices’.

Beale & Company Solicitors LLP defends insurers and the insured, including solicitors, accountants and independent financial advisers. Rhian Howell heads the practice.

At Kennedys, Simon Combe acted for Riverstone and Brit Insurance on behalf of an insured engineer concerning allegations of negligence arising from a port development. Practice head Sarah Cornish is also recommended.

Veale Wasbrough Vizards represents defendants and claimants, including lenders, such as The Co-operative Bank and Bank of Ireland. Ed Husband and Ben Holt, who joined from Osborne Clarke, are the key figures.

Defendant firm DWF acts for leading insurers. Executive partner Simon Mason heads the practice. Ian Welland joined Reynolds Colman Bradley LLP.

Claimant firm Lester Aldridge LLP handles claims relating to tax schemes against accountants and independent financial advisers. Michael Giddins heads the practice.

Meade King LLP stands out for its ‘tenacious battles for clients against insurers’. Adam Chivers acts for professionals that have been denied cover.

At Michelmores LLP, Simon Barnett’s practice works alongside Andrew Oldland QC and the financial services team in representing claimants and defendants in cross-border and agricultural sector claims.

Chris Harper leads Stephens Scown LLP’s practice, which includes Catherine Mathews, who handles claims against financial advisers and accountants, and Toby Claridge, who joined from Foot Anstey.

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