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Jonathan Newbold

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Browne Jacobson LLP

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Financial and professional risk.


Partner, Jonathan, specialises in dealing with claims with a financial services or management liability element. Jonathan has particular expertise in policy coverage matters.  He also regularly assists underwriters with the drafting of policy wording and advises insurers on strategy and risk management across professional indemnity books of business.

Jonathan is head of Browne Jacobson’s Financial & Professional Risks Group in Exeter, London and Nottingham, which comprises 11 Partners, 13 Solicitors and six Legal Assistants.

He is one of Browne Jacobson’s leading partners for insurance coverage disputes. He advises on both primary layer and excess layer insurance matters.

His coverage work has arisen primarily out of professional negligence matters but he has also received notable instructions in the context of product liability, property, public liability and employers’ liability covers.

He spends the majority of his time providing strategic advice to one of Browne Jacobson’s most significant clients, Hiscox Insurance Co Ltd. As part of his role as the partner with key responsibility for managing that client relationship Jonathan also takes responsibility for the delegated authority claims handling schemes that we successfully run for Hiscox in relation to professional liability and employment practices liability claims.


Trained Browne Jacobson; qualified 2003; partner 2011.


University of Newcastle upon Tyne (1999 LLB Hons Law); Nottingham Law School (2001 LPC).


Golf and football.

East Midlands: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Leading individuals

Jonathan Newbold - Browne Jacobson LLP

Within: Professional negligence

Browne Jacobson LLP offers wide-ranging expertise in financial services and policy coverage matters, as well as work involving surveyors, estate agents, lawyers, designers and accountants. Professional negligence cases involving renewable energy consultants and human resources professionals are other key areas of focus. The team handles every stage of the professional negligence claims process, from pre-risk services to claims resolution and post-risk analysis. Practice head Jonathan Newbold’s team includes claim handlers in addition to solicitors, with Alan Radford a key litigator with experience in cross-jurisdictional disputes. Longstanding client Hiscox, the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund and The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors are on the client list.

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Within: Insurance and reinsurance litigation

At Browne Jacobson LLP, ‘the overall level of service is excellent’ and the team ‘provides balanced, considered, high-quality advice on a very wide range of coverage’; its ‘combined business acumen is excellent and the lawyers are some of the best in field in the London market’. Jonathan Newbold heads the group, which comprises seven partners, 11 solicitors and four claims handlers. One of the firm’s leading partners for contentious insurance claims, he primarily acts on behalf of underwriters, from whom he has received instructions in connection with some very high-value and high-profile insurance work. ‘The strong and reliableColin Peck ‘exudes an air of authority and depth of knowledge without being overbearing’. For 25 years he has specialised in insurance and reinsurance policy coverage advice and related disputes involving the London and Lloyd’s market. Another key team member, Francis Mackie, has over 30 years of experience in the London (re)insurance market. These stand-out partners both arrived in early 2017, significantly strengthening the firm’s offering, and the team continued to grow with the December 2017 hire of professional indemnity specialist Ed Anderson from the London office of Beale & Co. Add to this recently becoming the London member of the Harmonie Group of insurance law firms and it can be seen as a firm with great ambition in the sector.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Browne Jacobson LLP delivers a ‘truly customer-focused and highly personal service’. Key mandates included defending a solicitors' firm against a £65m claim arising out of one of the largest divorce settlements ever in the UK; defending a QC and the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund against a claim which alleges negligent pleading of a statement of case in litigation against accountants; and defending a firm of patent and trademark attorneys and insurer PAMIA in a claim alleging failure to protect design rights in several jurisdictions worldwide. The ‘exceptional’ Nottingham-based Jonathan Newbold is head of the financial and professional risks group; Michael Howard specialises in professional indemnity claims made against construction professionals, insurance brokers, accountants and solicitors, and is also experienced in cases involving green engineers, IT contractors and recruitment consultants; Ed Anderson, who recently joined from Beale & Co, is ‘prompt with his advice and thorough in his analysis’; Jim Hobsley acts for solicitors, barristers, accountants, surveyors and patent and trade mark attorneys; associate Rhys Davies is active across policy coverage cases and defends claims involving insurance brokers, solicitors and surveyors; and head of business and professional risk Derek Bambury is also recommended.

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