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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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The professional and financial risks team at DAC Beachcroft LLP provides 'excellent technical and commercial knowledge, good value for money and successful outcomes'. The 'established and well-respected' practice represents insured companies across a range of industries. It was instructed by Liberty Mutual Insurance to advise a firm of insurance brokers in a £6m claim resulting from declined cover of the fire at a waste recycling plant. Duncan Greenwood led a team in this matter successfully settling at less than 10% of the original claim value. David Weatherburn heads the group which includes the 'intelligent and capable' Suzanne Wharton and 'very bright, thoughtful, diligent and conscientious' senior associate Naomi Park as well as Mark Cawthorne, who is singled out for his 'excellent judgment and tactical know-how'. Other clients include First Title Insurance, Countrywide plc and Zurich Professional & Financial Lines.

Mills & Reeve LLP is 'one of the leading firms for professional negligence in the area'. The team has the ability to 'handle the biggest and best cases with a human touch' and frequently represents legal professionals in addition to individuals in other sectors including construction, tech, finance, insurance and life science. The 'very experienced and commercially sensible' Neil Howes heads the practice and is praised for his 'legal expertise' and 'excellent judgement'. Howes acted for Pen Underwriting concerning a claim against a firm of solicitors regarding a purchase of a cinema complex which alleged a duty of care was owed to another firm of solicitors involved in the transaction. The team reached a favourable settlement at mediation. Other key names Matthew Liston and consultant Edward Coulson, who is at the 'top of his game'.

The professional and financial disputes group at Clyde & Co LLP is highlighted for its 'first-rate service' and is frequently instructed by insurers, such as AIG, Hiscox and QBE. London-based Andrew Blair heads up the national practice which includes a team of 'excellent practitioners' in Leeds. Key names to note include experienced partner Anthony Brown  and the 'very talented' senior associate Simon Oliver is considered to be 'particularly good with client relationships'.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has 'a well-earned reputation' as a 'major player in professional indemnity work'. Professional negligence specialist and chartered tax adviser, Karen Eckstein is a 'market leader in tax-related negligence cases' and heads the team in Leeds.  Eckstein works closely with London-based Sushma MacGeoch, who leads the UK-wide professional risks team and head of insurance Jonathan Drake. The team acts for national insurer clients including AIG. Jonathan Watmough !Leeds left the practice to join Keystone Law.

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