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The firm: Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP is a leading insurance and dispute resolution law firm specialising in advising insurers, Lloyd’s syndicates, underwriters, MGAs, brokers, corporate policyholders, public sector organisations, professional indemnifiers and other market organisations. The national senior partner is Michael Brown with 26 years experience in the profession and he leads a capable and experienced team of partners and lawyers. BLM’s breadth and depth of expertise in dispute resolution and insurance law is pre-eminent and is recognised by clients, competitors and the judiciary.

With over 1,300 people and ten offices in the UK and Ireland, the firm promises to deliver clear concise advice and a stellar service to all its clients, through building long term partnerships with them. This means putting clients’ interests at the very heart of the process, delivering value for money at every stage to assist in controlling costs and indemnity spend, sharing knowledge and protecting brand and reputation. In addition, BLM is part of an international network of litigation specialists that enables the firm to advise and assist on litigation arising in all EU jurisdictions, Africa, the Middle East, Asia/Pacific and the Americas.

Types of work undertaken:The firm is instructed on a broad spectrum of legal issues and acts for clients in key sectors such as construction and property, healthcare, leisure and retail, transport and logistics, professional services, education, the public sector, manufacturing and in the London Market. The firm also has extensive experience advising in relation to corporate risks involving regulatory issues, employment, environment, reputation management, intellectual property and commercial litigation. Dispute resolution and insurance law are the firm’s main activities and BLM has an established reputation for its superb record in handling EL/PL and motor liability, fraudulent claims, public sector claims, catastrophic injury, occupational disease, clinical negligence, professional indemnity, D&O, property insurance, contractors’ prosecutions, reputation management, product liability and product recall. We also frequently advise on judicial reviews, coroner’s inquests and safety, health and environment cases and prosecutions.

BLM is relied upon by corporate and public sector clients to deliver contentious and non-contentious legal services in the areas of healthcare law, information law, construction, employment and HR and education.

BLM is regularly involved in test cases and high-profile litigation on behalf of its clients, including Baker v Quantum Clothing Group Ltd & ors (the first noise induced hearing loss claim to reach the Supreme Court), as well as the Supreme Court case of EL trigger litigation whereby BLM acted for policyholders Derby City Council, Middlesbrough Borough Council and AMEC plc (resolving disputes concerning the definition of the ‘trigger’ event in employers’ liability policies relating to mesothelioma claims). The firm acted for the defendant in the Supreme Court case of Summers v Fairclough Homes, (determining whether a substantially fraudulent personal injury claim could be struck out in its entirety for procedural abuse) and the professional negligence Supreme Court case of Jones v Kaney (in which the court abolished the immunity afforded to expert witnesses from claims for negligence arising out of evidence prepared for the purposes of legal proceedings.

The firm takes a high level and active role in ongoing debates and consultations about legal and procedural reforms. BLM’s policy development department engages with Government, the Civil Justice Council, the Law Society, FOIL and other bodies on emerging legal developments.

Other offices: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Leeds, London EC3 and Southampton

Breakdown of work %
Business services 9
Construction and property 10
Insurance and indemnity 40
Leisure 5
Media and technology 4
Public sector 14
Retail 5
Transport 5
Healthcare 8

Number of UK partners 166

Number of other UK fee-earners 793

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