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Sarah Clover

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Clyde & Co LLP


Sarah Clover is Chair of the Executive of Clyde & Co's UK Professional and Financial Disputes team. She has specialised in lawyers' professional liability for nearly 30 years and has been involved in some of the most high profile claims against law firms. She acts for both barristers and law firms in relation to sensitive professional negligence claims. Sarah is the first point of contact for a number of top City, national and US firms. Sarah also advises clients on regulatory issues and proceedings, risk management and policy coverage. Sarah has a wealth of experience in mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. She is a well-known speaker and author on the subject of solicitors’ professional liability.


Sarah Clover has acted for law firms and for barristers in relation to claims of professional negligence and regulatory issues arising out of a very wide range of work undertaken by them. For example, work in relation to pension schemes, high net worth divorces, family trusts, banking and finance, commercial property, litigation, commercial contract, AIM listings, to name but a few. She has also acted for firms in cases in which their partners or employees are alleged to have acted dishonestly.

London: Corporate and commercial


Within: Partnership

In addition to the spectrum of non-contentious partnership matters, Clyde & Co LLP is noted for providing 'expert' technical and commercial advice to professional services firms on partner exits and facing professional liability claims. The team draws on a multi-disciplinary set-up; Sarah Clover leads on professional liability, Chris Holme on employment and Simon Vere Nicoll on corporate partnership issues. Holme has particular experience in advising law firms on claims arising out of partner redundancies. Gary Thorpe was instructed by Vitruvian Partners on its 40% investment in CFC Underwriting via a limited partnership structure.

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London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline

Within: Professional discipline

Clyde & Co LLP 'provides excellent response times and available partners, and clients are convinced that the quality at partner level is reflected in the team's associates'. The practice's expertise covers a number of sectors, including medical and healthcare, legal, accountancy, property, insurance and financial services.  The team defended a leading agricultural law solicitor (PW) in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT), followed by a successful appeal in the Administrative Court, which overturned an SDT order striking PW off the roll. The department heads are Claire Petts, who regularly defends health professionals. including doctors, dentists and opticians, in disciplinary proceedings; and the 'extremely easy to work with and incredibly responsive' Fergal Cathie, who has a particular focus on complex disputes and regulatory investigations involving professionals, particularly in the legal and financial services sectors. Richard Harrison heads the firm’s lawyers’ liability group, Sarah Clover chairs the executive of the firm's UK professional and financial disputes team, and James Roberts heads the firm's accountants' liability and disciplinary group. Sam Holden  is a highly regarded legal director and Tim Crockford and consultant Judith Duffin  were hired from Gowling WLG and BLM, respectively.

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London: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Leading individuals

Sarah Clover - Clyde & Co LLP

Within: Professional negligence

With a ‘richly deserved reputation’, Clyde & Co LLP is a ‘leader in the field of professional negligence’ and defends claims against all classes of professionals in the UK and worldwide. Its advice is ‘excellent and pragmatic’ and it ‘deals with the other side courteously, firmly and clearly’. The London team, which works closely with the firm's Manchester, Oxford, Leeds and recently opened Bristol offices, is led by Andrew Blair, who is ‘completely unflappable, highly respected and has a flair for imaginative thinking in terms of resolving complex claims’. Tom White defends claims against professionals in the property, construction and IT sectors and successfully defended CBRE in relation to a claim by Dunfermline Building Society arising out of a 2007 valuation of a residential development site in Reading. Sarah Clover, who is ‘technically excellent, responsive and gets to grips with the detail of a case’, specialises in lawyers' professional liability, and Richard Harrison, who heads the lawyers’ liability group, specialises in all areas of claims against English solicitors and barristers. Neil Jamieson, who is ‘diligent, meticulous and known for his mastery of case detail’, defends solicitors, accountants, actuaries and surveyors against claims; construction liability group head Richard Moody has a ‘proven commercial and technical track record’; Simon Konsta defends claims against property, accounting and technology professionals; Stuart Hall represents accountants, financial institutions and D&O insurers; James Roberts heads the accountants' liability group; and Fergal Cathie, who is ‘robust, resolute and good in a fight’, handles complex disputes and regulatory investigations involving professionals in the legal and financial services sectors. Mark Sutton, who is ‘excellent at the technical detail’, Bryn Hodges, Helen Rowlands, Jonathan Brown and of counsel Andrew Forsyth are also recommended, as are senior associates May Ahmed and William Glynn, and legal directors Chris Dunlop, Karen Boto and Nicole McKinnon. Notable hires include Tim Crockford from Gowling WLG, and Mandip Sagoo and Angus Duncan from Mayer Brown International LLP. Ian Peacock, who joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, and John Eastlake, who joined from Kennedys, are based in Bristol.

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