Professional negligence in East Midlands

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP, whose team has expertise in every stage of the lifecycle of an insurance claim, assists clients 'in a fast and efficient manner’. Jonathan Newbold, who is an expert in policy coverage matters, serves as the practice head. He is experienced in assisting underwriters with policy wording and insurers on strategy and risk management. Elsewhere in the team, Marlene Henderson has specialist knowledge of indemnity issues affecting professional indemnity policies and management liability portfolio policies. The group defends surveyors and valuers, estate agents, lawyers, accountants, designers and renewable energy consultants, among others.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Newbold

Other key lawyers:

Marlene Henderson; Nik Carle


The response times are good when requests are submitted for information‘.

They have an excellent understanding of unique industries

The team give practical, sensible and high quality advice which balances the legal position against the commercial reality of cases.  They are an extremely friendly team who are easy to work with an provide an excellent service‘.

The practice combines a programmatic awareness of its clients’ commercial imperatives with legal excellence‘.

Jonathan Newbold is a standout individual who is charming, intelligent and adept at managing the most challenging situations‘.

The team there excels in its assessments of not just the merits, legal and factual, but also the commerciality of litigation‘.

The team’s familiarity with recent developments in the law is impressive‘.

Marlene Henderson is excellent’.


Key clients


Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund

Pen Underwriting

International Insurance Company of Hannover SE

Arthur J Gallagher Insurance Brokers Ltd

Aston Scott Lark


Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Royal Institute of British Architects

Work highlights

  • The firm is acting for the actuaries of a pension scheme, and their primary and excess layer insurers, in a high value, multi-party, complex piece of pensions litigation.
  • The firm is advising on a claim against an agent acting in sale of a high-end property in London.

Flint Bishop LLP

At Flint Bishop LLP, department head Qamer Ghafoor is well-versed in professional negligence claims against solicitors, brokers, accountants and surveyors. His team also demonstrates prowess in disputes arising from corporate and commercial property transactions, as well as claims surfacing in the context of trusts and estates. Instructed by individuals and businesses alike, the practice solely undertakes claimant-led instructions.

Practice head(s):

Qamer Ghafoor

Other key lawyers:

Nick Wells; Lorna Trueman

Key clients

Henry Boot Developments

Work highlights

  • Acting for a business client in a claim against a quantity surveyor valued at over £9m.
  • Advising a significant brand in relation to a potential negligence claim against former solicitors which alleges breach of fiduciary duties by a director, breach of supply agreements and breach of lease agreements.
  • Advising the executors of and estate, worth a six figure sum, in relation to a negligence claim against solicitors who drafted the deceased’s last will.
  • Advising the beneficiaries of an estate worth a six figure sum upon negligence in relation to the administration of their deceased’s father’s estate.

Nelsons Solicitors Limited

Nelsons Solicitors Limited's client roster includes high-net-worth individuals, sports professionals and property businesses. It handles claims against solicitors and barristers, financial advisers, insurance brokers, surveyors and architects, among others. It has a notable specialism in defending professionals against claims where there is no insurance cover in place or where cover has been reserved. Although it predominantly acts for claimants, the team is also engaged by insurance companies on the defendant side. Daniel Brumpton heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Brumpton

Other key lawyers:

Cathryn Selby; Chris Adams

Work highlights

  • The firm is acting for the claimants in a group action for breach of duty against GPC SIPP Limited & Guardian Pensions Trustees Limited, being pension administrators and trustees.

Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Shakespeare Martineau LLP undertakes professional negligence claims against various professionals, such as solicitors, accountants, barristers, independent financial advisers, surveyors and pension trustees. Matters involving SIPP operators, as well as mortgage and insurance brokers, are also cornerstones of the practice. A key figure is legal director Kendal Litherland, whose practice is almost exclusively geared towards acting for claimants. The arrival of Anton Letten from Smith Partnership recently bolstered the practice. Martin Noble is the team head.

Practice head(s):

Martin Noble

Other key lawyers:

Kendal Litherland

Work highlights

  • Represented a private client in a landmark case establishing the liability of a SIPP operator.

Smith Partnership

Noted for the ‘breadth of its expertise’, Smith Partnership’s claimant-focused practice is well-equipped to represent both private individuals and corporate entities. Claims against financial service providers, accountants, architects, surveyors and builders, trade unions and lawyers are undertaken by the team, which is led by Alison Neate. She is praised as ‘exceptional, committed, diligent and commercial’.

Practice head(s):

Alison Neate


Every member of the team goes the extra mile‘.

They are always on top of their cases, developing good relationships with their clients and ensuring they receive an excellent service‘.

Alison Neate’s commitment to the client is unrivalled and she will always do her utmost to secure the best outcome for them‘.

Alison Neate is very knowledgeable and can talk in understandable terms that makes decision making an easier task‘.