Professional negligence in East Midlands

Browne Jacobson LLP

Spead across East and West Midlands, Browne Jacobson LLP has a strong presence in defending claims against solicitors, accountants, surveyors, financial institutions, insurance brokers and construction professionals. It has recently established a Delegated Authority scheme in the Midlands specifically for claims against technology professionals. Jonathan Newbold impresses with his ‘superb technical knowledge and vast experience’ in financial services and policy coverage. Marlene Henderson , Derek Bambury, Jude Cummings and senior associate Joanne Lewis are the other key members of the ‘very capable and experienced team’. 

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Newbold

Other key lawyers:

Marlene Henderson; Derek Bambury; Jude Cummings; Joanne Lewis


‘Very capable and experienced team’

‘Jude Cummings is fantastic. She’s incisive, proactive and inspires great confidence.’

‘Browne Jacobson have a really strong Midland professional indemnity practice, having offices in both Nottingham and Birmingham. I don’t think there is any other firm with substantial offices specialising in prof neg in both cities. They also have real strength in depth.’

‘The lawyer I know best from their Midlands offices is Jo Lewis, who I haver worked with for many years. She has always had a really sound nose for the good and bad points, she is very efficient and proficient, and particularly experienced in claims concerning negligent conveyancing, where she handles a number of multi-million pound claims. Quality lawyer.’

‘Very sound commercial judgment – when to fight and when to settle. Excellent when assessing when it is sensible to instruct Counsel and when it is unnecessary to incur that expense.’

‘Marlene Henderson (partner). Excellent commercial instincts and very good client management skills’

‘Jonathan Newbold is by far the stand out partner from Browne Jacobson. All areas of our business(claims, underwriting, wordings) like working with him and respect his advice. His technical knowledge is superb and his experience is vast, so when this is applied with a very customer centric approach, it is a winning combination.’

‘The PI Team at Browne Jacobson have a wide and diverse areas of expertise . The team are all approachable and work along our philosophy to provide an excellent service to our clients, they have embraced our billing system and work closely with us to resolve claims in both a pragmatic and commercial way.’

Flint Bishop LLP

Flint Bishop LLP excels at bringing professional negligence claims against solicitors, brokers, and surveyors on behalf of businesses and individuals. Head of practice, Nick Wells has developed a specialism in dealing with complex disputes arising out of corporate and commercial property transactions. Commercial litigators Qamer Ghafoor and senior associate Sundeep Sandhu also have a significant insurance focus.

Practice head(s):

Nick Wells

Other key lawyers:

Qamer Ghafoor; Sundeep Sandhu

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Nelsons Solicitors Limited‘s team is led by Daniel Brumpton who is ‘hugely experienced in the industry, knows the market inside-out, and a strong and realistic practical thinker’. Representing claimants against solicitors, financial advisors and property professionals, the practice continues to develop its offering in claims against conveyancing solicitors as a result of purchasing leasehold properties with onerous ground rents. Fellow partner Cathryn Selby deals with relation to mishandled litigation, tax advice, financial product mis-selling and hedging claims.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Brumpton

Other key lawyers:

Cathryn Selby


‘The team is well led by Dan Brumpton who is hugely experienced in the industry, knows the market inside-out, and is very easy to get on with. He is also a strong and realistic practical thinker.’


Shakespeare Martineau LLP

‘Tenacious and determined litigator’ Kendal Litherland is the lead professional negligence practitioner at Shakespeare Martineau LLP, undertaking highly complex claims against solicitors, barristers and accountants through to claims against financial advisers, SIPP operators’ mortgage and insurance brokers.

Practice head(s):

Kendal Litherland


‘A very capable and dedicated team. Hard-working and on top of all the latest developments.’

‘Kendal Litherland in particular is a star. A tenacious and determined litigator who opponents underestimate at their peril. Consistently gets the best possible results for clients.’

‘Kendal Litherland: very knowledgeable and responsive with excellent background experience.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP handles pensions related professional negligence claims involving actuarial/administrative firms and solicitors, acting for pension trustees and corporates (as claimant) as well as for the professional services firms (as defendant). It is also experienced in residential claims and those arising from commercial transactions. Nottingham based Sarah Langham is the lead partner.


Practice head(s):

Sarah Langham

Smith Partnership

Smith Partnership has seen a growth in instructions relating to solicitors’ negligence in preparation of wills, negligence of accountants and new build housing developers. Practice head Alison Neate, located in Leicester, is the lead figure.


Practice head(s):

Alison Neate


‘The team are fantastic to work with and put clients at the forefront of everything. They offer practical and cost effective advice and are not daunted by delivering bad news to a client. They show diversity and equality in their team and embrace those values.’

‘Alison Neate is a real specialist and understand the legal elements whilst show empathy with clients. Its the balance between her technical and client skills that makes her stand out in this field. Her advice in my view is second to none in negligence cases. You always know when she is involved in a case that she is actively involved and you get the true “Partner led” service.’

‘This team were extremely diligent and showed great professionalism and empathy for my situation regarding previous firms negligence negligence. I had several meetings with them and they were most efficient and understanding of my needs in an awful situation.’