Leading Individuals

Professional negligence in East Anglia

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP has a specialist professional indemnity, insurance and financial disputes practice based in Norwich, which demonstrates ‘a thoroughly professional approach to the complexity that is modern litigation‘. The firm acts for financial and accounting, construction and clinical professionals, as well as brokers. It also provides in-depth advice on coverage and policies. Practice head Neil Davies and consultant Stephen King are the main contacts, while senior associates Matthew Wilson and Sophie Briggs, and manager of the claims handling unit Sue Surridge play key roles in the practice. They count Countrywide, Travelers, Aviva Life & Pensions and Key Group among their clients.

Practice head(s):

Neil Davies

Other key lawyers:

Sue Surridge; Matthew Wilson; Sophie Briggs


‘Wide experience. Innovative approach to fixed-fee agreements by class of case.’

‘Access to paralegal support unit is a great strength.’

‘Thoroughly professional approach to the complexity that is modern litigation, centred around teamwork.’

‘Very useful spread of regional offices which provides support nationally is real and meaningful.’

‘Smart and experienced team. Matthew Wilson is unflappable, experienced and excellent.’

‘Personable team. Quick. Commercial. Grasp key issues quickly.’

‘Neil Davies is personable. Good overall management of claims.’

‘Sue Surridge is quick, efficient and grasps client concerns.’

Key clients

Countrywide plc and group of companies

JD Cooling Group


Pen Underwriting

Aviva Life & Pensions UK Limited

W/R/B Underwriting

Canopius Managing Agents Limited

Knight Frank

Key Group

Birketts LLP

Birketts LLP is known for ‘clear advice, regular updates, and a strong team with a number of interesting matters‘. Commercial litigators Laurence Weeks in Cambridge, Andrew Kinnison in Norwich and Daden Hunt in Chelmsford are the principal contacts. In Norwich, Bernadette Baker handles negligence claims arising from wills and the administration of estates and trusts and senior associate Adam Blenkinsop is a ‘tenacious litigator‘ who handles predominantly claimant work. Matthew Atkins handles claims involving solicitors, accountants and surveyors.

Practice head(s):

Laurence Weeks; Andrew Kinnison; Daden Hunt

Other key lawyers:

Bernadette Baker; Adam Blenkinsop; Matthew Atkins


‘Clear advice, regular updates, use of technology instead of actual meetings.’

‘A strong team with a number of interesting matters.’

‘Adam Blenkinsop is a tenacious litigator.’

‘Daden Hunt communicated clearly and was responsive.’

Buckles Solicitors LLP

Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough has significant experience and expertise with many types of contractual and tortious claims arising from breaches of professionals’ duties, particularly matters concerning solicitors’ and accountants’ negligence, though the firm also handles claims against the construction industry and architects. Lead litigation partner James Maxey and senior associate Nick Porter are the key practitioners acting for claimants in complex matters. They recently acted for a company director in a £2m claim concerning the mis-selling of financial products.

Practice head(s):

James Maxey

Other key lawyers:

Nick Porter

Work highlights

  • Acting for a company director in proceedings arising from the mis-selling of financial products. Claimed value in excess of £2m.
  • Acting for purchasers of a property against their former solicitors for failure to deal with adoption of the road and rights of access to their property.
  • Acting for a company after their former solicitors failed to properly serve a break notice on their landlords.