Professional negligence in East Midlands

Browne Jacobson LLP

The 'excellent, very responsive, commercial and pragmatic' Jonathan Newbold heads the financial services and insurance group at Browne Jacobson LLP which includes the professional negligence practice. The team, which is focused on defendant work, assists clients with high value professional negligence disputes and related coverage matters and has particular experience in dealing with policy coverage matters that routinely arise out of books of professional indemnity business. 'Excellent strategist' Derek Bambury is noted for his work representing financial professionals, particularly tax advisers, accountants, actuaries and insurance intermediaries.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Newbold

Other key lawyers:

Derek Bambury


‘Jonathan Newbold is calm, approachable and extremely hard working.’

‘A firm that can go toe-to-toe with the best of the magic circle in insurance and prof neg matters. Expertise on the law runs through all levels, and the collaborative nature of the partnership and teams means that particularly on the larger cases, one gets excellent service across the board, with a sound strategy.’

‘Jonathan Newbold is hugely responsive, brilliant on the law, and calm under pressure.’

‘Derek Bambury is an excellent strategist and likewise calm under fire.’

‘What makes this practice stand out for us is the level of service we receive and the level of trust that we can place our work and it will be carried out to the very best standard. They really understand our business and continue to offer outstanding support. ’

‘We value the relationship we have with the individuals we work with – their approach is professional yet, human. Especially during the past year they have adapted to the restraints of our working remote from the office and gone out of their way to accommodate us. I only stepped into my role three weeks before lockdown and also had to cope with my experienced staff being on furlough – I cannot express highly enough how much the team supported me during what was a tough learning curve. ’

‘Jonathan Newbold heads a pragmatic and effective team, delivering great value of service.’

‘Browne Jacobson is a really good firm which provides an excellent level of service and really takes the time to build a relationship and to get to know us as a client. We always receive high quality advice within a reasonable timeframe.’

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

Work highlights

  • Advised the underwriters on the high-profile collapse of a financial services firm that sold over £250m of mini-bonds to the public. Advised in relation to both professional indemnity and D&O exposures.
  • Defended a bank against a multi-million pound claim alleging the mis-sale of interest rate hedging products.
  • Defended an insurance broker client against a high value claim involving allegations relating to breach of contract, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, unlawful means conspiracy and promissory estoppel.

Flint Bishop LLP

Flint Bishop LLP‘s professional negligence practice is led by overall dispute resolution head Nick Wells, who specialises in disputes arising out of corporate and commercial property transactions. The team’s recent work has included claims against quantity surveyors and solicitors.

Practice head(s):

Nick Wells


‘Litigation work is handled assuredly and sensitively.’

‘Nick Wells is a star – he is always there to help out and gives crisp, sensible, advice. He’s my go-to guy.’

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 acts for claimants litigating against professionals from all types of sectors, including financial and legal services, and has recently increased its offering for individuals litigating against conveyancing solicitors. In addition, the team acts for professionals in defending claims where there is no insurance cover or cover has been reserved. Practice head Daniel Brumpton has 'a great deal of experience' in claims against barristers, surveyors, architects and financial advisors and Cathryn Selby deals with professional indemnity disputes, professional fee disputes, complaints and regulatory matters, among others.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Brumpton

Other key lawyers:

Cathryn Selby


‘Exceptionally talented individuals with an enormous breadth of expertise between them’

‘Daniel Brumpton brings great deal of experience, realistic client advice and client sensitivity to this area. A delight to work with – clients warm to him and rightly trust his advice.’

‘Cathryn Selby – I can’t praise her enough: a brilliant lawyer, great negotiator; she is always calm and clear-headed, and always gets the right result.’

‘The Nelsons practice has a lot of strengths. They have an excellent team of lawyers that cover a breadth of areas and will offer a cost effective service to clients in the professional negligence field.’

‘They have very good tactical awareness and recognise the importance of giving clients practical advice. ’

‘A very good regional firm with a deservedly solid reputation. Reliably good at what they do.’

Work highlights

  • 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).
  • Acted for 100 or so clients who have claims against their conveyancing solicitors as a result of purchasing lease hold properties with onerous ground rents.
  • Continuing to act as solicitor agents for a number of clients who have allegedly been mis-sold interest only mortgages.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP acts predominantly in claimant professional negligence matters for individuals and businesses on one-off instructions, for example against legal professionals, financial advisors, pension trustees and SIPP operators. The practice, headed nationally by Andrew Taylor from the Birmingham office, is said to 'punch above its weight in this area of work'. 'Absolute star' Kendal Litherland heads the Nottingham office and specialises in highly complex claimant professional negligence claims and has recently acted in high-value claims against solicitors, specialist underpinning contractors an building contractors.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Kendal Litherland; Anton Letten


‘Shakespeare Martineau punches above its weight in this area of work. It is a relative small team but with concentrated expertise and has an enviable record of success, often against the odds.’

‘Kendal Litherland is an absolute star. He is a fighter for his clients, one of the most assiduous and determined litigators, whom opponents underestimate as their peril.’

‘Kendal Litherland has excellent technical knowledge and good commercial judgement. He is an outstanding practitioner.’

‘The team in the Nottingham office has a very strong work ethic and I think they really care about getting results for their individual clients. It is a big firm but regional offices means clients get a very good level of personal service from an individual solicitor.’

‘Kendal Litherland is extremely experienced, tactically astute and fearless – he always fights the client’s corner and holds out for the best possible result.’

‘Anton Letton is a brilliant solicitor. Having dealt with numerous professionals, he is by far the best at being transparent in his actions and communicating the reasons behind them. He shows compassion in dealing with very emotive subjects but always remains very true to what he feels are the best actions.’

Smith Partnership

The professional negligence practice at Smith Partnership is focused on claimant matters. Practice head Alison Neate 'gives sound and prompt advice' and offers alternative dispute resolution solutions as an accredited commercial mediator. Recently the team has acted in a number of claims relating to breach of contract on the part of insurers and insurance brokers where there has been a declinature of claims for losses arising from business interruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Practice head(s):

Alison Neate


‘Alison Neate  is very approachable and easy to talk to. She very quickly grasps the essentials of a problem and gives sound and prompt advice.’

Work highlights

  • Advised on a group action proceeding in the High Court against financial services firm True Potential Wealth Management LLP following the loss of investments into a scam scheme.
  • Advised on an action proceeding in High Court by a retired dentist against her financial advisors in connection with sale of an unsuitable income protection policy.
  • Advised on an action by a home owner against an approved building (control) inspector for deceit in certification of roofing works to her home, as consequence there was a serious structural failure.