The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon


Work 020 7638 2811
Fax 020 7920 0361

Elliot Pound

Work 020 7638 2811

Work Department

Insurance/reinsurance, professional indemnity.


Elliot is a leading partner within BLM’s London office. He has provided advice on professional indemnity claims and insurance disputes throughout his 20 years at the firm, the last 14 years of which as a partner. He has considerable experience of all forms of civil litigation, including litigated claims in the High Court and county courts (including discrimination claims), judicial reviews and tribunal claims. Elliot has also been extremely successful in recent years in achieving excellent results for his clients through mediations. His professional indemnity practice covers a broad mix of emerging and traditional professions, from solicitors and surveyors, to educational establishments and trade unions. His key clients include the Royal College of Nursing and UNISON, for which his reported EAT decisions are Carl Jervis v UNISON (2006) and Brennan & ors v Sunderland City Council, GMB and UNISON (2012). Another important area is his work in an education context, where important clients include the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London. His reported decisions in this field include R v University of Oxford ex parte Ahmed (2000, Administrative Court), Ahmed v University of Oxford (2002, Court of Appeal), Van Mellaert v University of Oxford (2006, High Court), S v Chapman (2008, Court of Appeal), Speed v London Borough of Waltham Forest and others (2010, Court of Appeal) and Saha v Imperial College (2011, High Court). He is often instructed in complex and high value matters, a notable example being nine distinct (but forensically similar) sex discrimination claims brought on behalf of in excess of 5,000 claimants which, had the claims been successful, would have had extremely damaging consequences for the client, both reputational and financial. In addition, Elliot regularly advises insurers in relation to all types of policy issues (such as the scope of coverage, aggregation, double insurance, insurer obligations and responsibilities and the insured’s obligations in relation to matters such as notification requirements, policy conditions, breach of warranty, misrepresentation, non-disclosure and fraud). He also advises in relation to a wide range of policies (including public liability, employer’s liability, products liability, medical malpractice and other forms of professional indemnity) and is frequently called upon to advise insurers when they are considering, or wish to investigate the possibility of, taking a policy point against an insured, or where proceedings are issued or threatened against them (whether by insureds, other insurers or claimants).


Called to the Bar 1993; cross-qualified as solicitor-advocate 2001.




Perse School, Cambridge; University of Cambridge; Inns of Court School of Law.

London: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

The team at BLM¬†is made up of ‚Äėtrue specialists in professional negligence‚Äô, handling disputes in the property, public, construction, education, legal and financial sectors, among others. It is also noted for claims involving trade unions and regulatory bodies; team head Elliot Pound¬†is advising UNISON and Zurich on a claim concerning employment law advice given in relation to difficulties experienced by Leicestershire County Council relating to the 2015 general election count. Pound is also advising the University of East London and RSA on a claim brought by an international student. Michael Harvey¬†is representing an international insurer which was the victim of a large-scale fraud concerning its involvement in a scheme for solicitors‚Äô professional indemnity insurance. Richard Wilkins¬†defended solicitors accused of making a will which was argued to be invalid for want of capacity, and acted for the Bar Standards Board in a claim by a practising QC disputing its handling of a complaint from another barrister. Martin Jensen¬†is a ‚Äėbrilliant, instinctive lawyer‚Äô, who shows ‚Äėcourage, a very high degree of intelligence and calmness in difficult circumstances‚Äô, and Alex Traill¬†is ‚Äėsensitive to the requirements of all stakeholders, while being technically very thorough‚Äô. Keith Lonsdale¬†and Michael Salau¬†specialise in construction sector mandates. Ross Baker¬†is also recommended, as are associates Genevi√®ve Rich, Andrew Layton-Morris¬†and¬†Katherine Heath. Peter Stockill¬†joined Penningtons Manches LLP¬†in 2018, and Charlotte Capstick left the firm.

[back to top]

London: Public sector

Education: institutions

Within: Education: institutions

BLM is noted for its 'extensive experience in cases involving educational institutions and regulators' and counts universities such as Cambridge, Surrey and Newcastle, as well as insurance companies, among its clients. The highly experienced Richard Wilkins advises both colleges and insurers on a range of contentious and advisory matters, including acting for Bridgwater & Taunton College in a claim brought by the University of Plymouth which alleged that the college was liable for payments made by the university to over 30 students due to breaches of obligations by the college in course delivery. Elliot Pound and associate Geneviève Rich are defending the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in High Court proceedings brought by a former lecturer who was dismissed after a disciplinary hearing; the matter is further complicated by an Employment Tribunal case being handled by a different firm.

[back to top]

Education: schools

Within: Education: schools

BLM's team, which is headed by Elliot Pound, is, according to one client, 'quite excellent in all respects and always very responsive'. It advises clients in the schools sector on risk management issues pertaining to disciplinary procedure policies, admissions and academy conversions. The group acted for St Olave’s Grammar School on a controversial issue pertaining to the grades required to progress to A-level courses, which included a contentious element. The well-regarded Richard Wilkins and Tim Smith are other noted names and associate Geneviève Rich is also 'excellent'.

[back to top]

Back to index

Legal Developments in London

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to