Clyde & Co LLP's professional negligence team contains a huge team of lawyers working from offices across the UK and globally. The team is highly skilled at defending very complex commercial issues for professional services firms, including the Big Four accountants, magic circle law firms, top property consultants and international construction and engineering firms. Richard Harrison leads the firm’s liability team, with expertise in conducting cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court; James Roberts focuses on claims against financial services firms; and Richard Moody has strengths in the construction arena. Sarah Clover is skilled in defending barristers and law firms both in the UK and the US, whilst Fergal Cathie has a specialism in complex malpractice disputes in the legal sector. Former barrister Jane Williams joined the firm in 2018 and advises solicitors, accountants and insurance brokers, while Penrose Foss was added to the team in 2020, furthering strengthening the firm's ability to represent financial services institutions. The team was significantly strengthened by its recent merger with BLM, a deal which saw it gain a team known for handling professional negligence matters for insurers and their insured, across professions such as financial services, legal, construction and property, as well as defending claims from local authorities, charities, educational institutions and policy coverage issues. Key names include solicitor-advocate Elliot Pound, who has been successful in the High Court, County Courts and tribunals, in addition to settling claims through mediation, and Alexander Traill.
Professional negligence in London
Richard Harrison; Richard Moody; James Roberts
Other key lawyers:
Sarah Clover; Andrew Blair; Simon Konsta; Fergal Cathie; Mark Sutton; Jonathan Brown; Tim Crockford; Bryn Hodges; Jane Williams; Helen Rowlands; Penrose Foss; Andrew Forsyth; Tom White; Karen Boto; Tabitta Van Nouhuys; Niya Phiri; Ivan Wilkinson; William Glynn; Natalia Jeremiah; David Milner; Alex Oldershaw; Elliot Pound; Alexander Traill
‘Well regarded Insurance and Professional Negligence team. Carries weight and acts for our insurers so a good fit for us. Provide very sound legal and practical advice based on experience.’
‘Clyde & Co are simply the best of the best in this field. Unrivalled strength in depth; unrivalled experience; unrivalled judgement. They lay across the area like the Great Wall of China! Their team-working skills and document management skills are second to none.’
‘Richard Moody and Jonathan Brown are simply the leaders in UK professional indemnity insurance law. They each have huge experience, a real understanding of the insurance market and very agile legal minds that can see into all the corners of an insurance dispute.’
‘Mark Sutton is a well established and good leader of his teams.Detailed line by line billing, support on jobs, good use of client knowledge and good referrals regarding specialist help.’
‘James Roberts is incredibly knowledgeable in this area and works extremely hard on client’s behalf. Highly rated.’
‘Tim Crockford (Partner) and Natalia Jeremiah have both been very helpful on a difficult matter. Their guidance and expertise has been appreciated.’
‘Sarah Clover retains her place as the doyenne of the professional negligence world. Calm, careful, measured, but deadly! It has been said many times – Sarah is the iron fist in the velvet glove.’
‘Bryn Hodges, Richard Moody and Jonathan Brown each very proactive and articulate credible negotiators and experienced insurance lawyers and litigators.’
- Acting for global engineering company, Mott MacDonald, on a dispute with the main contractor, Trant Engineering Limited, arising from MM’s design of the mechanical and electrical elements of a power station at the UK’s permanent military base on the Falkland Islands.
- Represented Caunton Engineering Limited and their professional indemnity insurers in a multiparty dispute relating to the design and construction of the Starr Gate Tram Depot in Blackpool
- Acting for Dentons Europe LLP and its professional indemnity insurers in defending a claim regarding losses arising out of investments made in a gold investment scheme undertaken by the law firm’s former client which is now dissolved.
Beale & Co is a specialist construction and insurance boutique which has an impressive client list, including major professional indemnity insurers. The team's expertise extends globally and, in addition to construction, its lawyers are also active defending claims against clients in the legal, architectural and financial sectors. Antony Smith is chairman of the firm but is still active in handling construction disputes nationally and globally. Sheena Sood is head of the contentious construction team and is skilled in civil claims and health and safety related matters in this sector. Michael Salau is experienced in both the construction and environmental arenas.
Peter Sewell; Antony Smith; Sheena Sood; Damian McPhun; Stephen Reilly
Other key lawyers:
Michael Salau; Ian Masser; Keith Lonsdale; Ross Baker; Martin Jensen
‘The team are at the cutting edge of advising on professional negligence disputes. In particular, they have great expertise in construction. They lead the way in offering complimentary seminars and advice notes on key topics and developments affecting the industry to ensure their clients have a great all-round understanding’
‘Beales now has one of the best mix of established partners and new blood in the partnership in the market. This makes it both a dynamic and also very experienced team.’
‘All team members are approachable and give sensible, sound advice. The standout is Damian McPhun. He finds solutions that others wouldn’t and achieves exceptional results. He manages to do this whilst being a pleasure to work with!’
‘All of the people I have worked with at Beale have been outstanding. They are all knowledgeable, respectful of others views and a formidable and challenging opposition when you are working against them as individuals.
‘Sheena Sood is competent, knowledgeable and respectful in equal measure.’
‘Antony Smith, Sheena Sood, Michael Salau and Keith Lonsdale are all heavyweights in their field. They build confidence and a rapport with clients very early on and that relationship develops as cases progress.’
‘Peter Sewell is outstanding.’
‘Ian Masser is very engaging and in no way arrogant in his legal debates and discussions with me, particularly where the subject matter can be very complex and confusing – he gives me confidence in the direction of travel chosen.’
‘Ross Baker is a pleasant, personable and disarming individual with a penchant for simplifying the dry and byzantine principles of law into digestible and relatable bites.’
‘Ross Baker is a delight to work with – highly engaged and responsive and an eye for the key issues, combined with great attention to detail.’
‘Martin Jensen was superb. He provided clear, pragmatic and on the money advice. Never seemed flustered and was always positive whilst being sympathetic to one’s position. He made me feel entirely confident that he was protecting my position and ensuring the very best outcome. He is not only technically able but also sees the higher-level strategic view, combining the two to plot the route to success for his clients.’
Aviva Insurance UK Ltd
RSA Insurance Group
Arup Group Ltd
Jacobs UK Limited
Hardy Underwriting Asia Pte Ltd
DAC Beachcroft LLP
DAC Beachcroft LLP 's professional negligence team is strong across a wide range of different types of claims, defending City law firms and accountants, legal professionals and members of the construction and property sector. The team also has strength in cyber-related disputes, which are led by Hans Allnutt, Patrick Hill and Julian Miller. Head of the firm's global insurance group, Liam O’Connell, arrived in 2019 from Norton Rose Fulbright and has developed the team's abilities. Kirsty Hick and Sarah Crowther are both active for major international insurance brokers.
Liam O’Connell; Patrick Hill; Mark Roach; Hans Allnutt; William Allison; Richard Highley
Other key lawyers:
Julian Miller; Ross Risby; Philip Murrin; Matthew Olorenshaw; Parminder Badhan; Sarah Crowther; Kirsty Hick
‘Able to concentrate enormous effort and resource to achieve the right result under a tight timescale.’
‘Calm, thoughtful and strategic.’
‘Very knowledgeable, supportive and understanding.’
‘DAC Beachcroft are a respected and established team of individuals that are well known and trusted by the Insurance market.’
‘Sarah Crowther was dynamic, forward thinking and innovative. ‘
‘Richard Highley is a very wise counsellor.’
‘William Allison and Parminder Badhan are a great duo; both with an eye for detail and Will with an ability to see through the labyrinthine complexities of the thorny issues and get to the bigger picture!’
‘Ross Risby is excellent. He is good with clients, managing expectations, intelligent, hardworking and strives for the best outcome.’
Reich Insurance Brokers Limited
Norton Rose Fulbright
Leading Counsel from Commercial Bar
Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund
Shepherd & Wedderburn
London Market Insurers
BdR (Civil and Structural Engineering) Limited
- Acted for Norton Rose Fulbright and its professional indemnity insurers in ABN Amro Bank NV v Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Plc & Others.
- Advising London Market Insurers on the coverage implications under D&O and POSI Policies, subject to both New Zealand and England and Wales Law, arising from the administration of an International integrated insurance business giving rise to various sets of proceedings including representative actions, regulatory proceedings, criminal proceedings and proceedings relating to breaches of statutory duty.
- Acted for Taxbak Limited and its professional indemnity insurers regarding a tax mitigation scheme resulting in liability for accounting firms and IFAs in the context of well-known schemes called Icebreaker and Blackstar.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is instructed by insurers, law firms and financial institutions regarding their professional negligence claims. The team is also active in handling construction, engineering and pensions related disputes. Paul Lewis leads the firm's global contentious insurance practice. Lewis has expertise in disputes involving solicitors, insurance brokers and pensions advisers, and is adept at resolving these through ADR, especially mediation. The 'excellent' Sarah McNally is skilled at handling claims in the construction, infrastructure and energy arenas. Tom Leech QC joined the team from Maitland Chambers while Antonia Pegden has extensive experience advising on pension-related disputes. The firm made a significant hire in summer 2021, with the hire of Mayer Brown International LLP London insurance head William Glassey, a renowned professional negligence specialist, who previously worked at legacy Herbert Smith.
Other key lawyers:
Sarah McNally; Tom Leech QC; Antonia Pegden; William Glassey
‘Deep knowledge of (re)insurance market and many years’ experience working in this field.’
‘HSF combine naturally excellent knowledge of insurance law with a really strong knowledge of the business environment, meaning that their advice is not simply spot-on technically but is given in full strategic context.’
‘Sarah McNally is excellent: thoughtful and considered, always across the detail, but able to step back and offer a strategic view. Particularly adept at understanding the advice requirements of particular clients, and adapting her style accordingly, which is impressive.’
‘Sarah McNally is in our view “stand out”. She has a phenomenal mind and recollection – she can identify important (but subtle) legal issues, can explain them in understandable terms, and can evaluate the strengths and risks.’
‘Will Glassey is an outstanding individual, particularly when dealing with regulatory matters – he has an excellent bedside manner when dealing with individuals in stressful situations.’
- Advising UBS in connection with complex group litigation arising out of schemes promoted by the Ingenious Media group and various financial intermediaries involving multiple Claimants and Defendants.
HFW is active in handling domestic and international professional liability disputes for major insurance and reinsurance brokers, especially regarding coverage disputes. It also acts for clients including auditors and accountants, as well as those within the aerospace, construction, energy, trade and shipping sectors. Whilst mostly acting for defendants, the team does also act for selected claimants. Christopher Cardona and Andrew Bandurka co-lead the team; Cardona heads the insurance side of the practice, while Bandurka leads the professional indemnity side, acting for a wide range of clients including insurance brokers, lawyers, construction professionals, architects and surveyors. Jonathan Bruce has expertise in the energy and marine sectors.
Christopher Cardona; Andrew Bandurka
Other key lawyers:
Jonathan Bruce; Christopher Foster; Costas Frangeskides
‘HFW has great PI experience which steps up a gear further when combined with their unparalleled marine expertise.’
‘They have a genuinely impressive depth of experience and understanding of the insurance market and of the roles of professionals within it. One of only a handful of firms who can accurately claim to have this level of expertise.’
‘Andrew Bandurka is rightly regarded as a star in the field – blends decades of experience with good judgement and excellent client skills.’
‘Andrew Bandurka is excellent, clear and focused in advice and very bright. ‘
‘Costas Frangeskides stands out because of his ability to understand the client’s needs, to bring together an appropriate team, and to focus that team efficiently to deliver appropriate advice. It has been particularly appreciated on international matters where we’re dealing with legal systems (and languages) other than English.’
‘Chris Foster is absolutely first class. He provides clear, commercial advice on very complex cases.’
The 'absolutely brilliant team' at Hogan Lovells International LLP has substantial expertise in handling pension-related professional negligence claims. The team is also active in claims against law firms, as well as financial institutions. The team's reach in this sphere is international. Nicholas Heaton leads the practice and has great experience in helping clients to bring or defend claims against solicitors, accountants and consultants. Angela Dimsdale Gill holds particular expertise in the pensions sector and has been noted as 'the absolute doyenne of the industry'. Nathan Sherlock is also a notable team member.
Other key lawyers:
Angela Dimsdale Gill; Nathan Sherlock
‘Absolutely brilliant team.’
‘The Hogan Lovells professional negligence offering is seriously impressive, particularly when defending claims against solicitors in the pensions field or wider financial services sectors. They combine supremely sharp knowledge of the law with utterly resolute defence of their clients’ interests. One of the toughest firms to be against in this sector. They responded to the pandemic with great efficiency, not breaking step for a moment in the major pieces of litigation we were working on together.’
‘The team has great attention to detail and an ability to find angles that others might miss, even in cases that might look like losers. They pay meticulous attention to the quantification of claims which is often where a case is won and lost.’
‘Very collaborative, extremely thorough and a huge amount of relevant experience.’
‘Angela Dimsdale Gill is a very experienced litigator and a great strategist. Nathan Sherlock is her hardworking and able associate. ‘
‘Practice head, Nicholas Heaton, is one of the brightest lawyers in the sector. He just understands how all of the legal arguments fit together, giving him a truly impressive strategic vision. He is utterly unflappable and doesn’t fall prey to knee-jerk reactions when new issues are raised. He checks the facts, tests the legal conclusions and delivers a measured solution. He entirely merits his listing as a leading individual.’
‘Angela Dimsdale Gill is the absolute doyenne of the industry. Amazing thinker and able to cut to the issues very quickly. Able to understand and get into the figures as well as the law. Great at taking clients through the salient issues in an easy to understand way.’
‘Nathan Sherlock is extremely competent and diligent.’
- Acting for ENRC in proceedings against its former solicitors and in a series of interconnected cases.
Kennedys has strengths in advising clients on professional negligence claims in the global insurance sector. The team is also active within the legal, financial and construction sectors, in particular regarding cladding issues. Head of the team, Paul Carter , has expertise in advising (re)insurers on first and third party claims regarding incidents causing major losses. Paul Castellani , who joined from RPC, is skilled in defending professionals, including solicitors, surveyors, IT, financial and insurance industry professionals. Simon Gibson specialises in advising on professional indemnity insurance defence and coverage matters. Martin Chesher defends claims against lawyers, accountants, insolvency practitioners and brokers.
Other key lawyers:
Simon Gibson; Paul Castellani; Martin Chesher; Christopher Butler; Catherine Shuttleworth; Fleur Rochester; Cat Yandell; David Robinson
‘A good team with some very good associates who are able to provide concise advice which is easily understood.’
‘They carefully reviewed the matter and once they had understood the nuances of the arguments were clear upon the advice they gave as to merits.’
‘Very approachable team and are easy to discuss matters and ideas with.’
‘Paul Castellani and David Robinson are hands down the best PI lawyers I have worked with other the past 10 years. Their advice is clear, commercial and strategic. They have a fantastic ability to cut through the noise of a claim and get to the nub of it. They are responsive and provide fantastic client care.’
‘Fleur Rochester was very able and congenial to deal with during the course of the dispute. The esprit de corps of the team was notable throughout the various meetings between parties.’
W R Berkley
- Representing Rollecate Facades Ltd in a number of potentially precedent-setting cladding-related claims involving Premier Inn Hotels, after a review by Premier Inn of its hotels following the Grenfell fire in 2017.
- Representing SRLV Accountants / Allianz and Barbican and its insurers in group proceedings regarding advice it gave in relation to tax-efficient investments in film and video-game finance schemes managed by Ingenious Media.
- Represent Estera Corporate Trustees (Guernsey) Limited and its Insurers regarding claims collectively totalling US$40m pursued on behalf of over 500 investors who invested in a proposed luxury eco-friendly resort in St Lucia, known as Freedom Bay.
Mayer Brown International LLP advises clients on a range of professional negligence claims against them, including members of the construction sector, major law firms and barristers, accountancy firms and real estate organisations. The team handles both national and international mandates, and has particular expertise in the construction sector. It has conducted litigation in a variety of court settings, including the High Court, the Court of Appeal, the Lands Tribunal, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, and the Supreme Court. The team is led by Michael Regan, who strengths lie in construction and engineering, and Jim Oulton, who is well-regarded for his work for insolvency practitioners, accountants and auditors. Former co-head William Glassey left for Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in mid-2021. London managing partner Sally Davies is also a name to note.
Other key lawyers:
Sally Davies; Jim Oulton; James Morris; Jonathan Stone; Matthew Williams; Tim Shepherd
‘The team are very responsive and innovative with considerable experience in professional negligence matters relating to solicitors but their particular strength is in handling regulatory issues. In this regard, they have obtained favourable outcomes for our firm through their meticulous approach and attention to detail.’
‘Great attention to detail without getting lost in it. They worked together as a team with clear guidance and direction from the lead partner to provide sound strategic advice always with an eye on the end game. Inclusive team working, with the professional client made to feel part of the team, engaged with the issues and the problem solving.’
‘There is a phenomenal team ethos . There are no weak links. Everyone has real enthusiasm and desire to do a great job.’
‘Very thorough grasp and analysis of facts. Great awareness of insurance market and implications for a case. Top quality people at all levels. Strong and effective IT support team.’
‘Jim Oulton has excellent forensic detail on issues and responds very quickly to questions. Alys Jones has great attention to detail in the work she does.’
‘Michael Regan is a senior and seasoned partner, calm and considered with an ability to see through complex matters and simplify them. Excellent insurance awareness which really helps the commercial analysis. James Morris is a very astute and hard working partner. Phenomenal capacity to absorb facts and identify what’s important. Rob Hobson is a complete brain-box! Seems to have limitless knowledge of case law and an ability spot where it applies. A very clear communicator.’
‘Jim Oulton is one of the leaders in this corner of the market: phenomenally knowledgeable, with a laser-like commercial brain, he consistently delivers the goods for his clients.’
- Successfully defended two BDO LLP partners, who acted as the former administrators of One Blackfriars Limited, against a complex £250m claim.
Norton Rose Fulbright has strength advising on high-value claims for clients in the financial and legal services and insurance sectors, whilst also advising on liability and risk management issues. The team benefits from the expertise of the firm’s tax and pensions teams which it frequently works alongside. The firm’s extensive global firm network means the practice frequently advises on international matters. Michael Godden leads the team and is adept at handling high value claims with a cross-border element, and also conducts overseas arbitrations. Ffion Flockhart is skilled on cyber mandates, while Katie Stephen handles regulatory disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Ffion Flockhart; Paul Morris; David Stevens; Lesley Browning; Dominic Stuttaford; Adrian Mecz; Katie Stephen; Helen Fairhead; Charlie Weston-Simons; Michelle George; Mike George
‘A conscientious, hard-working and analytical team with an excellent knowledge and understanding of professional negligence cases against solicitors and barristers.’
‘Highly commercial and pragmatic. Advice that is worth paying for.’
‘Creative thinking, engaged with the key issues promptly and can see the wood from the trees. Forceful but always reasonable. Personable and a pleasure to work with.’
‘Mike George is diligent, resourceful and gives careful thought to issues.’
‘Michelle George and Mike George are excellent professional negligence lawyers. Experienced in defending high profile and heavyweight solicitor negligence claims.’
‘Michelle George is excellent. She is experienced and calm under pressure whilst providing succinct advice on technical legal issues.’
Lloyds Banking Group
Marsh & McLennan Companies
M S Amlin
Markel International Limited
- Acting for Ward Hadaway LLP in defence of a professional negligence claim brought by its former client, Tanfield Group plc, in respect of legal advice relating to an AIM circular which Ward Hadaway LLP gave in 2013 in connection with the transfer of Tanfield’s majority interest in the Snorkel group of companies.
- Acting for Osborne Clarke LLP in defence of a professional negligence claim brought against the firm by national house builders, Persimmon Homes Limited and Taylor Wimpey UK Limited, with respect to the drafting of an option agreement to acquire land.
- Acting for Bevan Brittan LLP and their insurers in defence of High Court proceedings brought by its former client, Cheltenham Borough Council, in connection with the advice relating to the development of real estate in Cheltenham into a supermarket, public parking space and residential development.
The 'outstanding' team at RPC is active in defending national and international firms, financial institutions and members of the construction sector on professional negligence claims. An interesting specialism within the team is a focus on the art industry, defending claims against auction houses and art dealers, with Davina Given particular active in these mandates. Head of the London practice, Tim Bull, holds expertise in defending professionals such as solicitors, insurance brokers, trustees and financial services employees and is praised for 'a deep understanding of professional negligence'. Nick Bird represents architects, accountants and lawyers in their professional negligence disputes. James Wickes is involved in claims against financial professionals, while Tom Green , who was promoted to partner in 2020, has substantial expertise in the construction sector.
Other key lawyers:
Nick Bird; James Wickes; Davina Given; Tom Green; Laura Stocks; Alexandra Anderson
‘RPC really knows its stuff in this area.’
‘This is one of the outstanding prof neg teams in the country. It has strength in depth with partners such as Nick Bird and many outstanding associates and juniors.’
‘A highly experienced team at the forefront of professional negligence.’
‘Excellent – full of clever people with great knowledge about the sector and deep expertise.’
‘Tim Bull has a deep understanding of professional negligence and professional indemnity insurance. He is pragmatic, engaging and a pleasure to work with.’
‘ Nick Bird is careful, thoughtful and perfect for the really complex matters.’
‘Laura Stocks is an excellent associate, with high attention to detail. Nick Bird is a very experienced partner who sees the big picture, and quickly.’
Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance
Ernst & Young LLP
Stewarts Law LLP
- Advising Bonhams 1793 and Bonhams Auctioneers Corp in a high value, multi-party claim relating to alleged conspiracy, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duties.
- Advising Edge Brokers (London) Limited in a multi-party litigation brought by ABN Amro Bank against various marine cargo underwriters at Lloyd’s.
- Advising Stewarts Law LLP regarding its conduct in the high profile Orb v Ruhan litigation.
Simmons & Simmons
Simmons & Simmons' professional liability offering covers disputes regarding construction, financial institutions, and professional services for both professional and insurer clients. The team also holds particular expertise in cladding, and has ongoing involvement in representing parties regarding the Grenfell tragedy. The 'excellent' James Pollock leads the team and is adept at handling High Court litigation, adjudication and mediation. His clients include solicitors, construction professionals and brokers. Emily Monastiriotis leads the UK dispute resolution offering and has considerable experience in construction disputes. Other key members of the team include Colin Passmore, 'savvy negotiator' Jonathan Spencer and the 'highly intelligent' Felix Zimmermann .
Other key lawyers:
Emily Monastiriotis; Colin Passmore; Jonathan Spencer; Felix Zimmermann.
‘Simmons & Simmons have an outstanding, and well deserved reputation in the professional negligence market. They tend to pick up big ticket cases, across the full range of professions. They are focused, tenacious, shrewd and commercial, and fight incredibly hard to get the best result for their clients.’
‘Excellent understanding of professional negligence disputes, dealing with experts and coverage issues. Great eye for negotiation and risk assessment.’
‘Quickly understood the technical aspect of our issues, and as well as looking at the legal perspective also factored in other tangibles in the response, such as business relationships, reputation etc. Throughout the pandemic regular contact was sought and a prompt professional response and plan formulated.’
‘Working with Jonathan Spencer has been a pleasure and they have represented our interests very professionally but also in a way which factored in other business interests for us. Their speed of understanding the situation and mindset of key stakeholders made the responses given tailored perfectly to our predicament.’
‘James Pollock works extremely hard to ensure that cases are very well managed and effectively resolved.’
‘Jonathan Spencer is exceptionally hard working. Extremely attentive to the client’s needs. Great strategist and a savvy negotiator.’
‘James Pollock is very well known in this practice area. He has excellent judgement on the big calls that have to be made – borne of long experience. His client handling and team management are excellent. He can be very tough when that is what is required. Felix Zimmerman is highly intelligent, an excellent lawyer and has very good judgement.’
Pollard Thomas Edwards LLP
Beaufort Securities Limited/Nexus Underwriting Limited
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang
- Defending a counterclaim in relation to the second largest construction project in the Middle East.
- Advising a construction and property services firm in relation to the defence of its entire portfolio of properties on post-Grenfell cladding claims, the cumulative value of which is in excess of £100m.
- Acting for the fire consultant who provided advice in the early stages of the Grenfell Tower refurbishment project, in relation to matters arising out of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
The 'market-leading' professional services disputes practice at Taylor Wessing LLP advises a range of clients including solicitors, barristers, architects and surveyors, but it has 'an extremely deep knowledge in particular of the accountancy market.' Andrew Howell is 'technically excellent' and leads the London team and co-leads the firm's international disputes group. Julian Randall and Laurence Lieberman focus their practice on the financial services sector; Randall has expertise in the operation of complex financial instruments, and insurance disputes, whilst Lieberman is familiar with handling cases in the Financial Ombudsman Service. Stuart Broom was promoted to partner in 2020, and has expertise in corporate and commercial disputes in addition to expertise in the financial services sector.
Other key lawyers:
Julian Randall; Laurence Lieberman; Stuart Broom; James Bryden; Stephanie High
‘They are one of the top teams in the market for high level professional negligence work, with an extremely deep knowledge in particular of the accountancy market. Very deep experience in this area, which means the team is familiar not only with all the obvious issues but also with less obvious ones.’
‘The senior audit negligence team carry decades of experience built up from Andrew Howell and Julian Randall’s previous positions at BLG; and have in my view in the last 10 years built up the country’s leading team for audit negligence; with superb accounting and auditing knowledge to back their legal and strategic experience’
‘Julian Randall is the “go to” individual for defending accountancy firms against negligence cases with unrivalled experience in the field.’
‘Andrew and Julian have acted in major auditing negligence cases for the better part of two decades and have massive industry experience and knowledge of the ins and outs of professional negligence litigation. Stuart Broom is a real asset: deploying quiet, methodical effective diligence.’
‘Andrew Howell is brimming with common sense as well as technically excellent: he never puts a foot wrong tactically. He is supported by a strong team of associates. Stuart Broom is another strong partner.’
‘Andrew Howell is one of the most knowledgeable partners in the market in accountancy work. Stuart Broom is a strong junior partner with a big future. Stephanie High is a top level senior associate.’
Grant Thornton UK LLP
- Acted for Deloitte regarding FRC proceedings into audits of Autonomy Corporation plc (a former FTSE 100 company) and in relation to related litigation taking place between Hewlett Packard and former Autonomy management.
- Acting for Grant Thornton in respect of proceedings by the liquidators of Patisserie Holdings Plc and its group companies arising from GT’s role as statutory auditor of PH for the financial years ending 30 September 2014 to 2017.
- Acting for Grant Thornton in defending a claim for approximately £50m arising from Grant Thornton’s role as auditor of the Manchester Building Society in the period 2005 to 2012.
Ed Foss leads the insurance and reinsurance group at CMS; he advises clients including major international insurance brokers and other large law firms, and is able to draw on his previous years of experience as group legal adviser at Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group. He works in tandem with a large team of partners handling a broad range of mandates – other key names include Martin Fox, who specialises in specialises in construction professional indemnity claims, and Monica Lesny, who also has a strong focus on construction matters alongside a range of other general professional negligence claims spanning numerous international jurisdictions.
Other key lawyers:
Cheryl Gibson; Simon Garrett; Alaina Wadsworth; Alex Denslow; Monica Lesny; Martin Fox; Zoe Burge
- Defended a fire strategy engineer in post-Grenfell cladding claim in relation to a well-known hotel chain.
- Advised an accouting practice which has acquired a considerable number of practices in recent years. A significant number of negligence claims have emerged against the prior practices in respect of tax and accountancy advice given pre-acquisition.
- Acted for Spire Healthcare in its successful coverage dispute against its primary layer insurers, RSA.
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has strengths in the financial services sector, in particular defending claims against insurance brokers, pension advisers and accountants. The team also has the ability to handle cross-border mandates. Practice head Simon Brooks has expertise in professional negligence claims against insurance brokers, lawyers, accountants and construction professionals. Claire Carroll is skilled in defending professional negligence claims brought against pensions professionals, trustees and advisers. Kari McKormick joined the team in 2020 from Burges Salmon LLP , strengthening the practice further.
Other key lawyers:
Claire Carroll; Kari McCormick; Matthew Allen; Paula Gaddum; Jennifer Miles;
‘A large firm with a good capacity to scale up on difficult matters when needed.’
‘Kari McCormick has been excellent on a large high-priority matter for our business. She was able to get on top of some very difficult legal issues quickly, and then follow up on the practical implementation of that advice over a large amount of documents.’
Lockton Companies LLP
United Insurance Brokers Limited
Airways Pension Scheme Trustee Limited
Options Personal Pensions
- Acted for Aon Consulting Limited in Shannan v Viavi Solutions UK Limited relating to the validity of the governing documents of the Wandel & Goltermann Retirement Benefits Scheme.
- Defending Options UK Personal Pensions LLP against multiple mis-selling claims and complaints relating to Options’ role as a SIPP administrator and pension scheme trustee.
The team at Keoghs LLP is active in defending professionals who work in the legal, construction and electrical sectors, and the team is also adept at handling coverage matters. The firm became a part of specialist professional services and technology firm the Davies Group in 2020 and has since been appointed to several significant insurance panels. Neil Trayhurn has been praised as a 'very strong negotiator' and leads the team with expertise in defending professional negligence claims against solicitors, accountants, surveyors and construction professionals. Other notable team members include Andrew Schütte, Dragos Stoica and Connie Cobb.
Other key lawyers:
Dragos Stoica; Connie Cobb; Andrew Schütte; Dale Hilton
‘Approachable. Knowledgeable. Commercial. Strategic. Specific mention to Andrew Schutte who also gives talks to the market and on behalf of the LMA.’
‘Insurance-focused firm with all insurance needs covered.’
‘Diverse and innovative team. Comprehensive reportng and varied experience over different sectors.’
‘Robust, down to earth and committed to development in the area. A relatively small team, well supervised by highly experienced seniors.’
‘Andrew Schütte brings insurance law to life and makes the impenetrable accessible. A fantastic legal mind and breadth of knowledge.’
‘Neil Trayhurn has decades of experience and is a very strong negotiator.’
‘Richard Houseago is hugely experienced, technically outstanding and a genuine pleasure to work with’
Arch Insurance Company (Europe) Limited
Argenta Syndicate 2121
Canopius Managing Agency
EC Insurance Company part of Markel UK
HDI Global Specialty
International General Insurance
RiverStone Management Ltd
Royal & Sun Alliance
Strategic Insurance Services
Mills & Reeve LLP has strengths in defending complex claims against members of the construction, legal and financial professions. Neil Davis and Nicolas Oldham co-lead the team; Oldham is strong in the construction arena, with claims regarding cladding playing a prominent part of the practice, whilst Davis leads the technology and cyber team. Tom Filby has developed expertise in the recovery of funds stolen from professional services firms. Andrew Tobin and Eric France are also notable team members.
Neil Davis; Nicolas Oldham
Other key lawyers:
Eric France; Andrew Tobin; Tom Filby; Lisa Taylor; Virginia Hickley
‘Partners and associates are insightful, responsive, flexible, commercial, tenacious.’
‘Practical advice that is direct and no nonsense. You know what your options are very quickly.’
Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty
Hamilton Managing Agency
- Acting for HCB Accountants LLP and its insurers in the defence of a claim against accountants alleged to have failed to carry out proper due diligence on a company prior to the claimant clients’ purchase.
- Act on behalf of a main contractor defending the claim regarding the refurbishment and maintenance of a number of London residential tower blocks pursuant to a PFI Project and pursuing additional claims against a number of Co-Defendants and additional parties
Pinsent Masons LLP
Pinsent Masons LLP is strong in the financial services sector, especially regarding pension-related professional negligence. The team, which benefits from an in-firm forensic accountancy team, an e-data advisory team, and in-house advocates, also regularly advises on matters in the construction sector, including cladding-related claims. Isabel Nurse-Marsh has been noted as 'a superb, creative and strategic lawyer', and heads up the firm's national pensions litigation team. Michael Fletcher predominantly handles claimant work, but also has experience of defending professional negligence claims.
Laura Camero; Michael Fenn; Colin Read; Carolyn Saunders; Neil Morris
Other key lawyers:
Isabel Nurse-Marsh; Michael Fletcher; Stuart McNeil; Hayley Goldstone
‘The combination of technical skill, strategic vision, and a willingness to fight makes Pinsent Masons’ practice unique. The firm is particularly good at knowing which points to fight and which to ignore; they get to the heart of a case efficiently and cost effectively to further their clients’ best interests.’
‘The team has huge experience of professional negligence claims in the financial services sector, particularly in the pensions field. They seamlessly integrate their litigation expertise with technical specialists in the particular field in which the claim arises. They are also very efficient and agile in deploying different personnel at the right level of seniority and cost for differing tasks.’
‘The collaboration across various teams that might be relevant to a matter is a real strength of Pinsent Masons. An example would be utilising a Scottish team member when the jurisdictional aspect of a case requires that input, or having a view from the data privacy team where relevant.’
‘Isabel Nurse-Marsh is a superb, creative and strategic lawyer. She is always available and thinks several moves ahead of the other side in any case. Hayley Goldstone shares the same combination of intellect, strategic vision and exemplary client care. Clients love her and her teams are always effective, efficient and responsive.’
‘Isabel Nurse-Marsh, heading the team I worked with, is steel in a velvet glove: she is fearsomely tough, but utterly charming. She is also pragmatic and measured. Hayley Goldstone is another outstanding partner in the team, delivering brilliant results for her clients. She is unflappable; impressively calm under fire. She also shows superb judgement for how her opponents will act next, playing many moves ahead of them down the chess board.’
Univar UK Limited
- Advising a global organisation on a complex matter spanning decades with linked professional negligence proceedings.
- Acting for Univar UK Limited in a rectification claim arising out of the switch from RPI to CPI, and advising on the follow-up claim against the previous lawyers.
- Advising a UK infrastructure company on one of the first pieces of litigation to deal with the question of negligence in cladding design following Grenfell.
Reed Smith LLP
Reed Smith LLP has particular strength advising clients in the financial and legal services arena, and with 30 offices worldwide, the team has excellent cross-border capabilities. Jane Howard and Charles Hewetson co-lead the team and are considered to be 'leaders in the professional negligence field'; they are both recognised for their expertise in advising major accountancy firms on their regulatory and professional negligence needs. Eleanor Chapman, Mark Pring and Margaret Campbell are also notable team members;
Jane Howard; Charles Hewetson
Other key lawyers:
Eleanor Chapman; Mark Pring; Margaret Campbell
‘If you have a heavyweight matter in this space you will want Reed Smith on board with their depth of experience.’
‘Knowledgeable team; transparent on costs; practical and sensible advice.’
‘Jane Howard and Charles Hewetson are leaders in the professional negligence field. Both find time to juggle a considerable workload but also communicate with clients and advisers on a personable level.’
‘Jane Howard is a standout lawyer in her field. Her wealth of experience is second to none. ‘
Stephenson Harwood acts for major accountancy firms, law firms, auction houses, pension consultants and insurers. It advises on both claimant and defendant mandates, which can frequently involve regulatory matters. The practice is co-led by Kate Cordery and Roland Foord; Cordery has particular expertise acting for the Big Four accountancy firms, whilst Foord specialises in cross-border mandates. Adam Culy joined the team in 2020 from BDO LLP , along with commercial litigator Genevieve Quierin from Mishcon de Reya LLP. Stephen Roberts retired in early 2021.
Kate Cordery; Roland Foord
Other key lawyers:
Andrew Myers; Helena Berman; Jenny McKeown; Tony Woodcock; Adam Culy; Genevieve Quierin
‘The Stephenson Harwood professional negligence team has extensive experience defending professional negligence claims against solicitors and benefits consultants, particularly in the context of pension schemes and private trusts. They are very efficient at resolving claims collaboratively and diplomatically; e.g. identifying where rectification or other equitable doctrines can be deployed to correct drafting errors or reverse other mistakes, removing a claimant’s loss. They have a deep understanding of this sector, meaning that they are always on top of the latest arguments and case law.’
‘Stephenson Harwood provide an excellent, all-round legal service. Good client management, very able lawyers, with sound judgement.’
‘You get extremely high-powered partner-time from a major City firm with none of the usual filtered advice.’
‘Andrew Myers is very savvy and has a real ability to drive through cases to satisfactory outcomes in a pragmatic way.’
‘Jenny McKeown has been brilliantly astute: she wears her learning lightly, but her judgement calls have been faultless, knowing which strategy to pursue when and predicting accurately how the litigation will play out. Helena Berman is another notable partner in the team; not afraid to back herself in picking the points to litigate. She has a strong track record.’
‘Kate Cordery is pragmatic, sensible and has fantastic client skills.’
‘Andrew Myers is robust and tenacious , but with sound judgement. Kate Cordery is an extremely able lawyer, very good strategic thinker.’
Gibraltar Financial Services Commission
Sedgwick Noble Lowndes Limited
FTI Consulting LLP
Mark Weiss Limited
Insolvency practitioners from KPMG LLP
Insolvency practitioners from BDO LLP
Raiffeisen Bank International AG
- Defending Deloitte LLP in a claim made against it for £54m by Christopher Rokos, a high-profile hedge fund founder, in relation to his participation in an Enterprise Zone Investment Scheme which is currently under challenge by HMRC.
- Acting for the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission to undertake a statutory investigation into the collapse of Enterprise Insurance Company Ltd and the conduct of its directors and auditors.
TLT has a focus on financial institutions. While a core part of the practice has been bringing claims against professionals, such as solicitors and surveyors, for negligent advice, in recent years it has also increasingly been defending financial institutions against allegations of negligence, such as failing to protect customers from fraud. Andrew Lyon leads the London financial services disputes & investigations team, while Peter Richards-Gaskin heads the London professional negligence team. Both have significant experience in the banking and financial services arena.
Andrew Lyon; Peter Richards-Gaskin
Other key lawyers:
Nick Curling; Claire Kershaw
‘A great team who work very hard for their clients and are sensitive to their clients’ needs.’
‘Excellent links with banks and lenders; especially good on claimant side. Know their market inside out, and what their needs are.’
‘An excellent proactive team with a proven track record in dealing with insurance litigation and Banking work. Highly recommended.’
‘An excellent all round litigation team for complex banking matters.’
‘Claire Kershaw is a wonderful associate solicitor adept at running the most complex cases.’
‘Peter Richards-Gaskin is extremely smooth, has great client focus and is seriously bright. Nick Curling has exceptional attention to detail and is tenacious.’
Coutts & Co
- Defending claims brought against Coutts by 21 individuals in connection with their investments in film finance schemes promoted and operated by the Ingenious Media group.
- Defending claims brought against Coutts, NatWest and RBS, together the Banks, by individuals in connection with their investments in film finance schemes promoted and operated by the Ingenious Media group.
- Defending Barclays Bank UK PLC regarding a claim in respect of an Authorised Push Payment (APP) fraud.
Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP advises on complex high-value disputes for insurers, brokers and their clients, defending claims against legal, financial, construction and property professionals. In additional to benefitting from its significant presence around the UK, the firm also gains from related practices including tax, trusts and pensions. Sushma MacGeoch , Hannah Cane and David Clark lead the team; MacGeoch and Cane both have expertise in the construction sector. Simon Beckwith has extensive experience handling pension claims.
Sushma MacGeoch; Hannah Cane; David Clark
Other key lawyers:
Simon Beckwith; Tim Barr; Mark Ratcliff
‘WBD have deep roots in the professional negligence field. As such, whatever the case, whatever the predicament, they have practitioners who have experience of precisely that situation and can assist calmly and with authority.’
‘Excellent team with extensive knowledge of the market. Readily available to discuss issues and provide clear advice in complex situations.’
‘The standards and professionalism of the partners is of the highest quality. They have set a culture within the firm that has been replicated by all Fee Earners and Associates providing a client first relationship at the core of the business.’
‘The team have strength in all disciplines and a vast knowledge of each professional industry. They are interactive and always try to find practical solutions. They have invested heavily in a state of the art claims management system for the benefit of Insurer clients who require this service.’
‘Sushma MacGeoch and James Robins have always supported insurers and both calmly and professionally guided our clients when they required strong legal support.’
‘Simon Beckwith is the best IFA professional negligence lawyer in London: a brilliant lawyer with impeccable judgement.’
‘Mark Ratcliff has a huge breadth of knowledge and experience. I have found him to be very hard working and a pleasure to work with. He gets results for his clients in an economical way.’
‘Sushma MacGeoch is a profoundly brilliant practitioner. She showed enormous courage in staying firm and patient in her approach to a huge case, when all around the guns were blazing.’
AIG UK Limited
Solicitors’ Indemnity Fund
Liberty Global Group
Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund
The 'hardworking and dedicated team' at Ashurst is adept at handling large-scale, high-profile professional negligence claims involving audit, funds, major projects, and pension work. The team is particularly skilled in acting for clients in the financial services sector. The team is led by James Levy , who is active in banking and financial litigation. Lynn Dunne is also a notable team member.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is hardworking and dedicated to achieving the desired outcomes and objectives. The work was resourced appropriately with the right amount of partner involvement and very bright associates doing the day-to-day work. ‘
‘James Levy is smart and leads his team well. He is good at managing the client relationship.’
Browne Jacobson LLP is active in defending claims made against solicitors, barristers, brokers, accountants, architects, actuaries, construction professionals and surveyors. The team also has international reach through its membership of the Harmonie Group. Ed Anderson is head of the London team and has expertise in tax and pension-related claims, and Jonathan Newbold leads the business and professional risks division. Derek Bambury is skilled in litigation, having conducted cases in the Supreme Court and the Cayman Grand Court and Jim Hobsley is also a notable team member.
Ed Anderson; Jonathan Newbold
Other key lawyers:
Derek Bambury; Jim Hobsley
‘Alternative fee arrangements have proved helpful while other innovative services, such as a free notification review service, help with the relationship between insurer and law firm.’
‘Ed Anderson will take any point on coverage which most lawyers will shy away from.’
International General Insurance Company
Tokio Marine HCC
- Advising insurers on several thousand buyer-financed property claims involving purpose built student accommodation and the developers Pinnacle Alliance and North Point Group.
- Acting for a firm of chartered accountants and defending them in connection with various large tax avoidance claims brought by various premier league football managers and players.
- Defending an architect and his insurer regarding a claim by a client that an architect who worked with a structural engineer to build a residential property to a novel design is responsible for errors in calculations made by the structural engineer which led to defects in the property.
DWF advises insurers on claims made against professionals in the construction, property, accounting and legal sectors. The practice also has an in-house accountancy team. John Bennett has particular expertise defending claims against solicitors, as well as accountants, IFAs and patent agents. Harriet Quiney focuses on disputes and regulatory investigations in the financial services and pensions arena. Mark Klimt is active in defending major architectural firms.
John Bennett; Harriet Quiney; Mark Klimt
Other key lawyers:
Sheona Wood; Jonathan Hyde; Joanna Batchelor; Lucy Tolond
‘The two partners I have worked with, Jonathan Hyde and John Bennett, both have really strong industry knowledge and client management skills. They are also a firm where the partners have a proper substantive involvement and understanding of the case.’
‘John Bennett is particularly strong and experienced on barrister’s negligence cases. He understands the details and has really sound assessment of the prospects of success, and clearly very strong judgement. Jonathan Hyde also has very sound judgement and tactical awareness.’
‘Joanna Batchelor is a fantastic day to day support throughout the case, very knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with.’
‘Jonathan Hyde is extremely knowledgeable, efficient, approachable and friendly.’
‘Harriet Quiney is an excellent litigator who gets straight to the heart of the issue and works to her clients’ objectives in an unserving manner.’
‘Lucy Tolond is also really solid on claims against accountants and tax advisors, properly gets to know the case, and really engages with cases in a way many others don’t’.
‘Lucy Tolond is a real star.’
‘Lucy Tolond is an outstanding lawyer, both in terms of technical ability and strategic focus. She adopts precisely the correct tactics in cases, and is appropriately robust with the opposition without losing sight of commercial objectives. One of the best prof neg solicitors I have come across, and also does both claimant and defendant work’.
Hiscox Underwriting Limited
Starr Underwriting Agents Limited
Liberty Speciality Markets
Arch Insurance Company Limited
- Defending a law firm against an £84m claim by its former client, a property developer, for advice given in connection with a claim against a large national bank.
- Defending a top 50 law firm in connection with a £50m claim by a former client, a property development company, for advice given in connection with the acquisition, development and attempted sale of a large block of prime real estate in London.
- Defending a multi-disciplinary property consultancy in relation to a £15 m claim by a large developer for the alleged failure to notice construction deficiencies when the consultancy was acting as Employer’s Agent.
The 'skilled and insightful practitioner' Roger Franklin leads the professional negligence team at Edwin Coe LLP. The practice focuses on acting for claimants in their professional negligence claims against insurance companies and brokers' PI insurers. The team has a particular specialism in handling quantum losses and business interruption losses. Nicola Maher has expertise in advising claimants in commercial insurance matters, with a focus on assisting policyholders as well as handling substantial property claims regarding fires and other catastrophic incidents. Michael Whitton is adept at handling professional negligence claims against insurance brokers arising from coverage disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Nicola Maher; Michael Whitton
‘A first-rate team that handles a wide range of professional negligence claims, and which has standout experience in claims against insurance brokers – they have been bringing such claims for longer, and more effectively, than any other firm.’
‘An elite firm of solicitors. They have an encyclopaedia of knowledge that can deal with most things in-house.’
‘Edwin Coe has a deserved reputation acting for claimants, particularly in insurance brokers’ negligence claims. EC stand out as one of the very small number of firms showing high standards in this field.’
‘Michael Whitton is so experienced, he just about invented claims against insurance brokers. Roger Franklin is a powerhouse with a huge caseload who gets first class results. Nicola Maher is another outstanding partner.’
‘Nicola Maher is an exceptional solicitor with a wide breadth of knowledge. You are in very safe hands when dealing with Nicola. She’s personable and highly dedicated to doing the best for you and she is always very invested in her clients success. She delivers what she promises but never over promises. You’d be very lucky to have her as your solicitor; I couldn’t recommend her enough. A stand out solicitor that I will always remember for the right reasons.’
‘Roger Franklin stands out in this practice. He has a deserved reputation as a skilled and insightful practitioner.’
Sartex Quilts and Textiles Limited
RR Securities Limited
- Represented Sartex Quilts and Textiles Limited on matters arising from a fire at its premises in May 2011 in the Court of Appeal.
Fieldfisher's professional negligence team is'the right firm for high-value professional negligence claims' according to clients. The cross-practice team comprises lawyers from the firm's dispute resolution, tax disputes and investigations and real estate litigation teams. It has a particular focus on bringing claims against professional advisers such as law firms, accountants and IFAs and has been involved in some very high profile matters. Disputes partner Colin Gibson heads the practice, and has brought claims against a host of professions. He also regularly works on behalf of professional regulators. Aymen Khoury is another key name to note.
Other key lawyers:
Aymen Khoury; Anthony Phillips; Owen Talfan Davies
‘An team that puts excellence at the heart of its operation. My experience of working with Fieldfisher is that the partners and associates work as an integrated unit to deliver first class service and advice to its clients. They have a deep expertise in professional negligence disputes and offer clients in very high value disputes an exceptional level of service.’
‘I know them through their work in representing clients at mediation. Very good teamwork with all members encouraged to contribute. Not dominated by the partners. They understand that representing clients at mediation is different from representing them at court.’
‘Very on top of the detail in a complex case. They have ability to do the hard work: to go through mountains of information and emails and find what is necessary. Online document management system has been very helpful in interactions with counsel. The right firm for high-value professional negligence claims: they can see the big picture and combine it with the ability to do the hard graft and be on top of all the technical detail.’
‘The team at Fieldfisher provides an excellent service and competes with the best litigators in London.’
‘Antony Phillips has become one of the go-to people for any property or prof neg case in my view. Excellent “feel” for the case, good with the law, excellent manager as well.’
‘Aymen Khoury leads from the front but allows his team the latitude and autonomy to complete work quickly, efficiently and to a high standard. He is extremely thorough whilst pulling no punches when the opportunity arises.’
Aurium Real Estate London Ultra Prime Limited
Consortium of private individuals
Hoegh Capital Partners
- Acting for Aurium Real Estate London Ultra Prime Limited, a property development company, in relation to a professional negligence claim in the High Court against Mishcon de Reya LLP regarding a £160m transaction involving a number of parties in various jurisdictions.
- Acting for Hoegh Capital Partners in a professional negligence claim against a number of leading accountants and solicitors in relation to failures to provide tax advice to ultra-high net worth Scandinavian clients.
- Acting for Bernardo Hartogs, a high net-worth individual, to bring a professional negligence claim against Mr Hartog’s previous firm of tax advisers, Attendus Trust Company AG.
The team at Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP specialises in group claims against law firms and construction professionals and places an emphasis on out of court settlements. Co-heads of the team, Rustam Dubash and David Niven, have both developed the joint group action professional negligence practice. Peter Stockill leads the construction side of the practice. Kamran Rehman joined the team in 2021 from Shakespeare Martineau LLP, strengthening the team's expertise in the banking and lending professional negligence arena.
Rustam Dubash – Head of CDR; David Niven – Head of Professional Negligence
Other key lawyers:
David O’Brien; Peter Stockill
‘Penningtons Manches has a highly profitable practice advising Indian clients on banking and commercial cases in the UK. The team also conducts a range of complex commercial cases.’
‘Penningtons are the ‘go to’ team for claimant class action professional negligence cases. They have massive, unrivalled experience in this field, and have a track record of securing huge settlements for their clients.’
‘David Niven and his team are specialists in group action claims – that means that they know the law and the practical difficulties of dealing with such claims, inside out.’
‘Penningtons Manches Cooper is particularly good at handling class action professional negligence litigation. The firm distinguishes itself by its strategic approach to such litigation, planning an effective strategy from pre-issue correspondence to final resolution.’
‘They have particular expertise in acting for multi claimants, many of whom live abroad and whose first language is not necessarily English. This involves standardised advice whilst at the same time keeping advice to clients as clear as possible and taking into account individual facts.’
‘David O’Brien combines an unparalleled attention to detail with the ability to communicate clearly to clients about their claims.’
‘David Niven is very experienced and commercially minded and keeps a close eye on day-to-day matters, whilst in charge of overall strategy.’
‘David Niven is the doyen in this area: he is a hugely experienced practitioner who can calmly navigate claims through to trial with absolute focus and a minimum of fuss.’
North Point Pall Mall
Hever and Needham Hotel
Hope Capital Ltd
Welby London Ltd
Cutlers Holdings Limited
Scarborough Group International Limited
Wed-in-style Limited and others
City and Country Group Plc
- Acting for 200 investors of Northern Powerhouse Developments Ltd following its collapse in 2019 seeking to recover their losses in the hotels and care homes operated by NPD or its subsidiaries.
- Acting for Giambrone in a professional negligence claim against their former solicitors, who acted for them in purchases of off-plan properties in two developments in Calabria, Italy.
- Acting for 138 clients seeking to recover losses arising from the failed property developments, Baltic House, Angelgate and North Point Pall Mall
Plexus Law 'offers a finely-tuned and highly experienced specialist service for insurance backed claims' according to clients, and has a focus on financial lines and coverage claims. Andrew Crocombe heads the team after joining the firm in 2019 from Kennedys. He specialises in coverage disputes and defending claims against professionals. Jacqui Gillespie , Alain Orengo and Alasdair Dick are also notable team members.
Other key lawyers:
Jacqui Gillespie; Simon Coombe; Alain Orengo; Alasdair Dick; Angela Horne; Laura Mellstrom
‘The team are extremely personable and whilst advising on complex matters ensure that it is relayed in an understandable and bitesize format. They are focused, customer driven and nothing is too much effort even if it is beyond original instructions. ‘
‘Plexus offers a finely-tuned and highly experienced specialist service for insurance backed claims. They are a class act providing a high level of expertise combined with a very commercial approach to claims handling.’
‘The team we use is exceptionally strong in the defence of barristers’ disciplinary proceedings and professional negligence claims.’
‘Laura Mellstrom – good experience, good value for money and takes a pragmatic and commercial approach. Andrew Crocombe – measured approach to difficult clients and easily accessible’
‘Alain Orengo is very experienced, has an uncanny knack of being able to call a case correctly, and is a brilliant negotiator. Also really hard-working and tenacious. A very determined litigator. Jacqui Gillespie is also very able indeed. Another very experienced lawyer, and an extremely capable litigator. Always has one eye on the larger picture and a good judge of when to settle and when to fight.’
‘Jacqui Gillespie works closely with clients to build strong relationships.’
‘Angela Horne is a lawyer with exceptional abilities. She can distill the most difficult of cases to their essence and the breadth of her practice allows her to deliver very practical advice. She is also wonderfully good with clients.’
Pen Underwriting Ltd
- Acted for RSA/Birchfields solicitors in a case involving property developers who brought a professional negligence claim against their former solicitors in respect of alleged negligence relating to the purchase of properties in 2006.
- Defending RSA after the claimants brought a professional negligence claim against a building surveyor, who was instructed in 2001 to supervise the conversion works to a Grade II listed building, which included the installation of a damp-proofing system to prevent flooding to the basement kitchen area
- Successfully defended a criminal silk facing 3 charges brought by the Bar Standards Board, alleging that he had accused prosecution counsel in a conspiracy to murder case of acting in bad faith without reasonable grounds to do so.
Edward Lewis and Simon Adam lead the professional negligence team at Weightmans LLP. The team has expertise in the construction, property, cyber and financial services sectors, and has specific expertise in claims against IFAs, financial services professionals, financial institutions and SIPP providers, where Robert Crossingham is particularly adept. Since the Grenfell tragedy, the practice has also been heavily involved with defending a large volume of cladding-related claims on behalf of construction professionals, with Paul Lowe providing advice to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in relation to the draft Building Safety Bill. Quentin Fox and James Denison are also notable team members.
Ed Lewis; Simon Adam
Other key lawyers:
Quentin Fox; James Denison; Paul Lowe; Robert Crossingham
‘Weightmans approach their cases in a thoroughly modern way. They have superb electronic document-management systems that permit a paperless approach to their work. They work efficiently, with manageable fees, and they have great teamworking skills.’
‘Weightmans hits all the right notes in terms of the excellence and deep bench of its insurance team. Not only do they offer technical brilliance, but they are accessible, engaged and extremely bright professionals, who excel in giving each client a personal touch.’
‘Provides quality service within the required timeframes and fully conversant with London Market Practices and procedures.’
‘Our Insured’s appreciate the work Quentin Fox performs for them as defence counsel as it is concise and commercial. From a coverage point of view, we find Quentin’s team’s work of the highest quality.’
‘The team has many long-time Partners and associates and with steadiness infuses confidence for clients. As a business they have introduced various focus parties/projects on specialist areas within construction, professional indemnity, motor etc. which is useful for clients’ own understanding and building confidence that the lawyers are continually pushing the corners of the envelope.’
‘Rob Crossingham is dynamic, thoughtful, hard-working and client-orientated.’
‘Robert Crossingham brings a statesman-like panache to the matters on which he works, but manages to combine that with a personal touch. He is a reassuring, calm and brilliant presence on matters.’
‘Quentin Fox is commercial, realistic and loyal.’
AmTrust Europe Ltd/Collegiate
AXA Insurance UK Plc
Markel (UK) Ltd
Tokio Marine HCC
Starstone Insurance SE
The professional negligence team at Withers LLP advises a range of clients with claims against insured parties such as solicitors, valuers, accountants and tax advisers. The team is also known for its longstanding relationship with Bar Mutual, advising barristers on behalf of their insurer. Clients are also able to benefit from the strength of the firm's other teams, such as tax and family, with the firm seeing an increase in tax professional negligence claims in recent years. Head of the team, Eleni Polycarpou, specialises in professional negligence and regularly advises on high profile matters for Bar Mutual and its insured. Her broader practice includes commercial disputes and art litigation.
Other key lawyers:
Christopher Coffin; Caroline Thompson; Joshua Swift
‘An excellent team. A very thorough knowledge of disclosure techniques and the tools required for litigation generally. Great team to work with. Very understanding. Excellent client skills. Excellent at managing all the arrangements for virtual trials and hearings.’
‘A very experienced and well-regarded team within a leading firm with wide range of expertise to draw on.’
‘Withers frequently act in high-value, complicated, multi-party professional negligence cases. They also handle a significant amount of professional negligence claims against barristers and clearly have the trust of Bar Mutual.’
‘The team is extremely supportive of one another and of the client, which makes them very easy to deal with and there is a flow of knowledge that means everyone is aware of the issues on the case and able to respond intelligently to issues as they arise. This inspires a considerable degree of confidence.’
‘Eleni Polycarpou is very sensible and always keeping the bigger picture in focus. Has a good feel for likely outcomes and pragmatic and practical in getting there.’
‘Joshua Swift is very bright and diligent, with an appreciation for tactics more in keeping with someone much more senior.’
‘Eleni Polycarpou is a tenacious litigator who leaves no stone unturned in pursuit of tactical advantage for her clients. She has natural and deep understanding of the dynamics and commercial drivers of a dispute, whilst remaining involved in the detail.’
Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund and various parties
- Acting for a successful entrepreneur in a £10m claim against their former solicitors, arising out of a complex shareholder dispute following the sale of a successful business.
- Acting for Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Limited and individual barristers in negligence claims made against them.
- Acting for Barrowfen Properties Limited in a derivative action against a former director and his legal representation in respect of various claims including forgery, conspiracy and professional negligence.
Burges Salmon LLP 's professional negligence team is led by Andrew Burnette in Bristol, and the practice has particular experience advising lenders making claims against professional advisers such as solicitors and surveyors. It is also strong on pensions professional negligence claims, acting for pension funds and their trustees. Justin Briggs has particular expertise in professional negligence claims involving pension-related matters.
Other key lawyers:
Justin Briggs; Suzanne Padmore
‘They are a well-regarded practice in the litigation area.’
‘They have carved out a niche representing Trustees/ Rep Bens in pensions prof neg cases at competitive prices compared to London firms but with no loss of quality.’
‘ The team led by Justin Briggs was outstanding – I would also mention the first rate contributions of Suzanne Padmore. They broke down a hugely complex matter into comprehensible parts and then provided a most thorough examination of the issues that were for and against what we were trying to achieve. I do not recall us ever being on the back foot as a result of any point put forward by the other side – quite the opposite we were always in a position to respond quickly to points given the prior consideration of the facts of the case.’
‘Andrew Burnette is first and foremost a real person, and by that I mean he does not come across as a typical lawyer; he comes across as a close and trusted friend. I have come to rely on him for advice in both my business and personal life.’
‘Justin Briggs has a wealth of experience in pensions prof neg work, gets fantastic results and always gets the strategy right.’
Financial Services Compensation Scheme Ltd
- Represented Financial Services Compensation Scheme Limited in a significant recovery action concerning the collapse of a development company offering off-plan timeshares in a hotel development in St Lucia. The claim relates to advances worth at least US$38.5m.
- Acting for HR Trustees Ltd in a high-value claim against a leading pensions consultancy and leading International Law Firm, stemming from alleged errors committed in the closure of a defined benefit scheme to future accrual, as well as in implementing other scheme changes.
The USP of Carter Perry Bailey LLP 's niche practice is 'the involvement and genuine thought given to cases by the partners,' according to one client. The firm counts insurers, reinsuers, brokers, financial institutions and corporates among its client base and advises across a breadth of work from defence and coverage to claimant matters. Mark Aizlewood and Stephen Carter co-lead the team.
Mark Aizlewood; Stephen Carter
Other key lawyers:
Simon Thomas; Samantha Zaozirny
‘The USP is the involvement and genuine thought given to cases by the partners.’
‘Because Carter Perry Bailey LLP is a small practice, the partners are hands on and it is easier to establish a meaningful working relationship with the fee earner. There is definitely added value if a close working relationship between client and the fee earner can be established.’
‘I work predominantly with Mark Aizlewood and Stephen Carter. Both are excellent. Stephen has a uniquely thorough knowledge of insurance law, and practice, and is both robust and pragmatic. Mark is a softly-spoken fighter, who you would want in your corner; he is excellent for both straight insurance, and professional negligence.’
Syria Arab Insurance Company
Balva Insurance Company AAS
PartnerRe Ireland Insurance Ltd
Maas Lloyd Schadeverzekeringsmaatschappij NV
Nexus Claims Management
NPA Insurance Company
- Advising Nexus Claims Management on coverage issues in connection with a cross-border claim arising from investment advisers misappropriating client funds, with proceedings having been commenced in the US.
- Advising a financial services firm and Insurers following an alleged underpayment of £10m VAT on international swap transactions; claims are being raised in the US and France.
- Assisting insurers and a policyholder to defend an £8m claim brought against insurance brokers following rejection of a substantial claim following a fire at the Claimant’s business premises.
Cooke, Young & Keidan LLP advises on complex, high value claims against bankers, financial service providers, accountants and architects. Sinead O’Callaghan is skilled in commercial litigation, and has experience handling claims against real estate valuers and financial institutions. Stephen Elam acts for both claimants and defendants in professional negligence mandates involving financial services and banking professionals. Marc Keidan departed to establish Keidan Harrison LLP in 2020.
Other key lawyers:
‘Fantastic team, always a pleasure to deal with. Efficient, energetic and always happy to pitch together with new clients from different jurisdictions.’
‘CYK remains groundbreaking in its fearlessness in bringing claims.’
‘The team at the firm are excellent – efficient, pro-active and intelligent – and a pleasure to work with.’
‘This is a good team which takes care of its clients.’
‘Sinead O’Callaghan is brilliant to work for and very approachable. Stephen Elam is very popular. Lydia Danon has fantastic energy, a real team player, great with clients.’
‘Steve Elam is an extremely thoughtful lawyer whose measured approach reassures clients and flusters opponents.’
‘I am impressed by Sinead O’Callaghan who has instructed me and is careful and thoughtful and works well with clients.’
‘Stephen Elam has the ability to explain the most complex concepts clearly so that rational decisions can be made. He is always available to discuss issues and he is a great strategist.’
Mary Ward House Limited and Timothy Murphy
- Act for Mary Ward House Limited and Timothy Murphy in respect of litigation against Lloyds Bank alleging negligence and breach of statutory duty relating to the historic sale of inappropriate and unsuitable interest rate hedging products sold in 2008 that have caused substantial losses.
The professional negligence team at Hamlins LLP is able to handle cases acting for and against professionals in areas including financial services, law and construction. 'Stand-out partner' Amanda Burge leads the team and has past experience working at defendant insurer firms. Jamie Lister joined the firm in 2020 and also has expertise in commercial litigation and insolvency.
Other key lawyers:
‘Well respected firm in insurance market.’
‘Amanda Burge is the stand-out partner here – widely known and respected. Her no-nonsense approach is what is required to get the best result.’
‘Amanda Burge is fantastic at leading a dynamic litigation team. She has enormous experience and is absolutely devoted to understanding and furthering her client’s interests.’
European Land & Property Limited
Triple Point Investment Limited
The Pears Group of Companies
Dobler Metallbau GmbH
- Acting for a large property investment and development company in a claim for breach of contract and professional negligence against a national firm of surveyors.
- Acting on behalf of an industry regulatory body in respect of multiple clams against one of its members for professional negligence and/or fraudulent activity.
- Advising a property developer on a professional negligence claim against a statutory manager for negligent conduct in the course of his appointment.
The professional negligence team at Kingsley Napley LLP has doubled in size over the past four years. In addition to its core professional negligence offering to claimants with disputes against banks, law firms or financial services firms, clients are able to benefit from the firm's related strength in areas such as criminal law, civil fraud and media/reputation management. Ryan Mowat leads the practice and has expertise in complex professional negligence claims against solicitors, accountants, architects, surveyors, fund managers, IFAs and trustees.
Other key lawyers:
Richard Foss; Fiona Simpson
‘ As well as comprising excellent lawyers, the team can cope with the largest pieces of litigation and consistently demonstrate impressive strategic insight. They are also strong in advising on professional indemnity insurance.’
‘Fiona Simpson (partner) is an excellent commercial litigator, with experience of some very high value professional liability litigation, especially in the fields of brokers’ negligence and complex financial claims.
Goal Taxback Ltd
Stewarts Law LLP 's practice focuses on advising claimants on tax-related professional negligence matters, with the lawyers sitting within the tax litigation team. The team is able to call on the technical tax knowledge of former HMRC lawyers, big four tax litigators and a former tax inspector. David Pickstone leads the team, which regularly finds itself working against some of the large defendant law firms.
Other key lawyers:
Lee Ellis; Darren Kidd; James Le Gallais
‘The team has an impressive and deserved reputation for dealing with commercial professional negligence matters against a range of professionals, including counsel, solicitors and IFAs. It has great strength in depth with talented individuals at all levels of seniority which enables effective teams to be put together and deployed as necessary.’
‘The in-depth experience of partners in the Tax Litigation Practice enables them to provide great insight in dealing with disputes with HMRC and and handling negligence claims against financial advisers and institutions. This results in the highest quality legal advice but what is particularly valuable is their tactical and strategic advice. The Practice has good strength in depth with a number of heavyweight partners and high quality Associates. Client communication and and responsiveness is excellent, and they are very skilled in handling group litigation claims.’
‘Excellent knowledge of a complex area of law. They provided a detailed analysis of the strengths and weakness of our case, reassuring us that their willingness to proceed was based on merit not fee generation.’
‘James Le Gallais is impressively clear in his laying out of the issues, both in structuring the case and in case-management matters (an important aspect, particularly in class actions with many claimants having different fact patterns to their individual claims).’
‘David Pickstone is hugely experienced in tax litigation and has been involved in some of the most high profile recent and current large group tax litigation claims against professional advisers. Very astute but also very personable and a pleasure to work with, providing great re-assurance if you are an individual involved in complex litigation. Great tactical and strategic insight.’
‘I have worked with James Le Gallais on a tricky litigation matter and he has been ahead of the curve throughout. He has been good at keeping me and the client informed during the process.’
‘David Pickstone is a senior partner with specialist tax expertise and Darren Kidd is a highly experienced litigator.’
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Neil Blair & The Blair Partnership
- Acting for 110 investors in a professional negligence action against Andrew Thornhill QC.
- Acting for 130 investors in a complex professional negligence claim against Mr Peacock QC arising out of their failed investments in The Invicta Film Partnership No.43 LLP.
- Acting for Neil Blair & The Blair Partnership in claims against his former accountant and tax advisers SLRV.
Duncan Lewis Solicitors advises on negligence claims being made against those working in professions including law, construction and engineering, advising a range of high-net worth individuals, vulnerable individuals, businesses and charities. Sobashni De Silva and Anthony Okumah co-lead the team, both of whom have expertise in dispute resolution.
Sobashni De Silva; Anthony Okumah
- Acted for a client in bringing a claim against a structural engineer in relation to complex structural defects.
- Assisted a client in bringing a professional negligence claim against his former solicitor in connection with a property matter.
- Assisted a client in bringing a professional negligence claim against his former solicitor who assisted with a conveyancing matter.
Claimant-focused Healys LLP advises clients on claims against a range of professionals, including solicitors, barristers, architects, surveyors, financial advisors and accountants, with a significant amount of its work centred around claims against solicitors. Robert Johnson has previously acted for defendants, providing him with an advantageous skillset regarding claimant work. David Bailey handles claims for financial institutions against solicitors and valuers, and also acts for individuals against accountants, financial advisers, wealth managers and barristers.
Other key lawyers:
David Bailey; Ben Parr-Ferris
‘Quick response and very efficient in the handling of files. Dedication towards the client and the ability to see and understand the client’s needs. The ability to foresee future costs; and a well planned strategy.’
‘Exceptional care, attention and professionalism. Healys has excellent strength in depth and offer quality advice.’
‘The work and advice Robert Johnson has given me over the last few years has been first-class. His advice has always been well thought through and assesses risk in terms of action throughout. I have never used a competitor and I don’t expect to have to.’
‘David Bailey’s City experience shines through in his advice and work.’
‘Robert Johnson was very transparent in communicating his strategy with us and his regular updates on the status of our claim. He took off our shoulders all the work and we were very pleased with the final outcome.’
Roskill Advisors (Cayman) Limited
Alternative Real Estate Ltd
- Acted for Roskill Advisors (Cayman) Limited and Alternative Real Estate Limited regarding a claim against a firm of solicitors and its three individual partners for professional negligence.
- Acted in a claim against Clydesdale Bank, Alder King and Stags (estate agencies) relating to the sale at undervalue of a substantial Georgian mansion in Somerset.
Kyriakides & Braier Solicitors specialises in pursuing high-value claims against City law firms, specialist practices and counsel. Avi Gordon leads the team having moved to the firm in 2019. He has substantial experience handling largescale professional negligence claims against solicitors
Other key lawyers:
‘Kyriakides & Braier are a practice that I have been dealing with for a few years years now. Everyone that I have dealt with have proven to be diligent, reliable, hugely effective in their chosen field of law and clear communicators. They are commercial and roll their sleeves up to get into the detail of a case and invest far more into resolution of a matter than I have encountered with any other firm.’
‘Avi Gordon is an excellent litigator. He is tenacious, firm and assesses litigation risk well. His willingness to act on risk sharing arrangements is rare for someone of his calibre.’
‘I have worked with this firm on a large professional negligence claim arising out of negligent private client advice. They were very focused and professional and in my view outperformed the other teams working for co-claimants.’
‘Avi Gordon – very much the mastermind of the strategy and very clear headed about the claim.’
‘Josh Cocklin is calm and able to think laterally around problems.’