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Led by Clare Hughes-Williams, DAC Beachcroft Claims Limited’s ‘knowledgeable, practical and down-to-earth’ specialist defendant professional negligence team has an excellent pedigree in the market, particularly in relation to claims brought against solicitors. Associate Catrin Davies provides ‘pragmatic and real-world advice’ to insurers on coverage issues. Clients include Hiscox, Libra and Zurich.

Led by William Ellerton, Eversheds LLP provides ‘an excellent service’. The firm acts for lenders including Nationwide, Santander and HSBC on professional negligence disputes.

At Berry Smith, the ‘knowledgeable and commercially minded’ Iwan Doull handles claims against solicitors and real estate disputes. Doull also handles a raft of work for ARAG seeking to recover after-the-event insurance payouts where the insured made misrepresentation.

Darwin Gray LLP handles a substantial volume of claimant work – predominantly against solicitors – as part of its broader commercial litigation function. Stephen Thompson handles a significant amount of this work and is also currently acting in claims made against numerous banks regarding alleged negligent mis-selling of interest rate hedging products. Ian Herbert is also recommended.

Hugh James regularly handles negligence claims brought against professional services entities including law firms and architects. The ‘commercial and no-nonsenseRichard Locke often handles professional negligence mandates.

JCP Solicitors has ‘a good grasp of the complex issues which tend to arise in professional negligence cases’. The firm is regularly instructed by banks, private clients and local businesses in claims against solicitors. ‘Outstanding’ team head Kevin O’Brien is ‘highly intelligent, robust and firm while remaining courteous and sensible’.

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