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David Gooding

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Mills & Reeve LLP


David’s national practice is principally focused on defending lawyers, financial professionals and their insurers. 

He has over 16 years experience in acting for law firms from sole practitioners to top 20 firms. In 2017 he led the defence of one of the largest pieces of litigation run by Mills & Reeve involving multi-million claims against a solicitor for negligence and fraud in respect of his involvement in international loan warranties. In 2017 he has also handled the successful striking out of significant claims against solicitors in the County and High Courts.

David also leads the firm’s regional teams in defending claims against accountants and financial advisers. He advises a range of accountancy firms from high street to national practices dealing with a multitude of claims arising out of audit and tax advice to multi million pound corporate finance transactions and claims against insolvency practitioners and professional trustees. Recent examples in 2017 include defending a national firm of insolvency practitioners in relation to multi-party proceedings for £10m for breach of contract and breach of confidence; and defending a claim against a national firm in respect of tax advice given to the owners of a limited company. He also advises national IFA networks on negligence claims and FOS complaints.  

As a lead partner in the firm’s Policy Advice & Disputes team, he has extensive experience on advising Insurers on policy coverage disputes, dishonesty investigations and arbitrations.  Examples in 2017 include handling an extensive dishonesty investigation arising out of claims for over £10million against a firm solicitors; advising insurers on policy issues relating to prior claims, successor practice, dishonesty and reckless non-disclosure following the collapse of a law firm and advising insurers on remedies for late notification and fraud in relation to claims under an accountants’ policy.

David is the editor of the firm’s internal manual on handling coverage investigations.

David is regularly asked to speak to firms and organisations on risk management, trends and the root causes of claims. This year for example, he talked at Cambridge University and the HLB International Conference on accountants’ claim trends. He also provides regular training for insurers on handling policy issues.


Trainee solicitor Hammond Suddards 1999-2001; solicitor Mills & Reeve 2001-07; associate 2007-11; partner 2011 to date.




Birmingham Law Society; Chartered Insurance Institute; Birmingham Insurance Institute.


Leicester Grammar School; University of York 1997 (BA (hons) History with French); University of Strasbourg; De Montfort University 1998 Diploma in Law; College of Law (York) 1999 Diploma in Legal Practice.


Family, ultra marathon running, hiking, reading 

West Midlands: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Leading individuals

David Gooding - Mills & Reeve LLP

Within: Professional negligence

The 'excellent' Mills & Reeve LLP  is 'commercially minded' and 'unafraid to take on the fight when necessary'. The firm is led by the trio of Angus Turner, Neil Frankland and David Gooding. Turner specialises in solicitors’ negligence claims and is 'highly respected in the professional indemnity market' and 'consequently carries weight in mediations'. Frankland  is an expert in construction and brokers negligence claims. Gooding has extensive experience in defending solicitors negligence claims, and is 'a real leader in big litigation' and 'is focused on getting the best result whether by way of settlement or litigation'.  Also recommended is Sarah Trendell-Smyth, who focuses on claims against lawyers and loss adjusters, and is 'brilliantly well prepared', 'a great communicator' and 'robust at just the right moments'.

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