Professional negligence in East Midlands

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP‘s sizeable Nottingham team is led by the ‘exceptionally responsive and smart’ Jonathan Newbold , who deals with claims with a financial services and management liability element, as well as insurance coverage disputes. Also specialising in the financial sector, Derek Bambury represents accountants, solicitors, and insurance intermediaries. Marlene Henderson is another market leading defence lawyer for claims against solicitors, accountants and a number of emerging professionals such as interior designers and management consultants; she has significant expertise in advising on indemnity issues affecting professional indemnity policies and management liability portfolio policies.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Newbold

Other key lawyers:

Derek Bambury; Marlene Henderson


‘Amazing team work- one of the best in terms of applying their minds to cases before they come to chambers’

‘The firm’s breadth of knowledge about my client’s industry, the firm’s efficiency, its billing rates, and the quality of its written work product all are exceptional, among other strengths. I think of Browne Jacobson LLP first when brainstorming choices in outside counsel for many of our matters.’

‘Jonathan Newbold is exceptionally responsive and smart. He instils confidence. We’ve sought his counsel in connection with a handful of our most sensitive and challenging matters, and I’ve strongly valued his analysis and guidance.’

‘Browne Jacobson’s professional negligence practice provide an excellent level of service. The team have really taken time to build a relationship with us and get to know us as an organisation. They are friendly and responsive, really easy to work with and give excellent legal advice.’

‘Jonathan Newbold – Jonathan is sufficiently involved at Partner level to make a real impact without overdoing it. Jonathan and his team give practical, sensible and high quality advice and balance the legal position against the commercial reality of cases.

‘Great attention to detail; Marlene Henderson has excellent judgement and able to take a commercial view at an early stage – very valuable for insurer clients; strong team below the partners’

‘Jonathan Newbold is a key advisor. It is his detailed knowledge of us, as his client, that makes him so easy to deal with and a trusted “go to” advisor. Jonathan can always be relied upon for prompt, clear and strategic advice.’

‘Marlene Henderson is probably my ‘go to’ person at B.J. I will never forget her kindness to me. Marlene will do everything she can to get a good and fair result for our clients. I cannot thank her enough.’

Key clients


Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund

Pen Underwriting Ltd

International Insurance Company of Hannover SE

Arthur J Gallagher Insurance Brokers Ltd

Aston Scott Lark


Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

Zurich Insurance Plc

Flint Bishop LLP

Flint Bishop LLP is an attractive choice for clients wishing to bring a claim against all types of professionals, in particular solicitors, brokers and surveyors. Department head Nick Wells and Qamer Ghafoor have developed a specialism in complex disputes arising out of corporate and commercial property transactions.

Practice head(s):

Nick Wells

Other key lawyers:

Qamer Ghafoor

Work highlights

  • Acting for a major property developer in a claim worth c£9m against a firm of quantity surveyors for losses arising out of negligent construction costs plans for a large grade A office development.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Nelsons Solicitors Limited fields a balanced claimant and defendant professional negligence practice, with clients ranging from high net worth individuals and commercial and property businesses, to professionals in defending claims where there is no insurance cover. The practice is considered a leader in assisting individuals bring claims against their conveyancing solicitors as a result of purchasing leasehold properties with onerous ground rents. Daniel Brumpton is a successful litigator in claims against solicitors, surveyors, accountants, barristers, architects and financial advisors meanwhile Cathryn Selby is recommended for professional indemnity disputes, professional fee disputes, complaints and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Brumpton

Other key lawyers:

Cathryn Selby


‘Quality of service from a long established medium size firm.’

‘Daniel Brumpton is a professional partner who is measured and confident.

‘Daniel Brumpton heads up the professional negligence team and is a very competent and knowledgeable lawyer.’

‘Dan certainly has a lot of experience, and a good sense for the good and bad points. Also very responsive and easy to work with.’

‘A strong regional firm, looking to move onwards and upwards. Extremely likeable and capable.’

‘Daniel Brumpton – partner. A very practical, capable lawyer who is excellent with clients. He has an excellent and natural way of explaining complex legal issues to lay clients. He is an experienced litigator and a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Woodford Fund Group Action – Various

Ground Rent Professional Negligence Claims – Various

Work highlights

  • Woodford Fund Group Action – Various Acting for a small group of investors in claims against the Woodford Fund, Link Fund Solutions and Hargreaves Lansdown (for continuing to recommend the Woodford Fund as one of their 50 Best Buys).
  • Ground Rent Professional Negligence Claims – Various Nelsons act for around 100 clients who have claims against their conveyancing solicitors as a result of purchasing lease hold properties with onerous ground rents.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

‘Punching well above its weight’, Shakespeare Martineau LLP acts for a wide mix of claimants in professional negligence claims against solicitors, accountants, financial advisors and SIPP operators.  The unit is headed by director Kendal Litherland, a ‘first-class lawyer’. 

Practice head(s):

Kendal Litherland


‘Kendal Litherland has most certainly deserved our confidence in them. Their energy and enthusiasm has shown to be far superior to any previous experience with another practice that we have retained in the past.’

‘Shakespeare Martineau has a wealth of expertise in professional negligence claims, both acting for claimants and for professional defendants. It provides a first-class level of service to its clients, fights hard, but also keeps a close eye on the need for a commercial resolution where possible. Punches well above its weight.’

‘Kendal Litherland is a first-class lawyer and one of the most hard-working and determined litigators in the business. No stone (or page) is left unturned, he’s completely in command of his brief, and he gets the best possible result for his clients. Opponents underestimate him at their peril.’

‘The team has a wealth of experience in professional negligence practice, led by solicitors with many years’ experience. They understand the commercial aspects of professional negligence litigation and are tenacious in securing good results for their clients.’

‘Kendal Litherland approaches his cases pragmatically and strategically to ensure clients fully understand the approach used and rationale. He is very personable, this is reflected in the interest and care he takes to understand the problem.’

Smith Partnership

Outstanding litigatorAlison Neate heads the professional negligence unit at Smith Partnership, which deals exclusively in claimant professional liability against financial advisors, accountants, solicitors and real estate developers.

Practice head(s):

Alison Neate


‘In the Smith Partnership we found their technical abilities and reporting to be excellent. The case was a difficult case and one we felt may lose but they managed to negotiate an excellent compensation award for the clients, all of whom were elderly and needed extra care.’

‘The Professional Negligence team at The Smith Partnership are absolutely first class. Their levels of client care, awareness of the needs of the clients and ability to solve even the most complicated of legal problems is fabulous.

‘Alison Neate heads up a brilliant team of legal professionals. Her dedication and commitment to clients is outstanding. Alison will always do her utmost to ensure that her clients achieve the very best in every situation.’

‘Alison Neate is personable, kind and an excellent communicator whilst being a skilful negotiator and first class litigator.’

‘Alison Neate: Outstanding litigation solicitor, always answered and returned my calls/emails, came over really confident and reassuring at every stage. All correspondence was detailed and thorough.

‘Alison Neate: professional but with empathy, likable and determined. Confident. Kind. Approachable.’

‘Alison Neate is the star of the show. Her instructions are always very thorough and she is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Gorman (retired dentist claim)

Drakeley (group action, financial services)

Work highlights

  • Drakeley and others (group action): Group action proceeding in the High Court against a national financial services firm, arising from losses by a number of private investors of funds which they were advised to invest into a scheme which transpired to be a scam.
  • Ms Gorman An action Proceeding in the High Court by a retired dentist against her former financial advisors, a national firm, following the mis-selling of an unsuitable protection policy designed to replace her professional income upon loss of her livelihood due to a medical condition.