Professional negligence in North West
The BLM professional negligence team acts for professionals from all disciplines, and specialises in professional indemnity legislation. Another key area of work is claims relating to fraud, particularly for solicitors; experience ranges from seller fraud cases to phishing and email modification. Jason Nash leads the practice, and has represented a wide range of professionals, including solicitors, accountants, surveyors and construction professionals. Jennie Bebbington specialises in professional indemnity claims, primarily against solicitors, and also represents insurers in subrogated claims against banks.
‘The associates and partners are extremely able both for technical and legal analysis, as well as seeing the commercial imperatives of the position.’
‘Their juniors are exceptional.’
Clyde & Co LLP handles defendant professional negligence cases on behalf of a broad range of professions, from lawyers and surveyors to finance, construction and veterinary to other less traditional professions including IT consultants, pest controllers, recruitment agents and heating and insulation service companies. The Manchester team has added a claims handling unit this year. James Preece, who has extensive experience of advising solicitors and barristers and their professional indemnity insurers, leads the team jointly with Louisa Robbins, who specialises in the defence of property professionals, notably surveyors and valuers.
‘Their knowledge of the law and commercial approach is second to none. They turn work around quickly, are easy to deal with and great value for money.’
‘The partners are exceptional, and they are supported by highly able associates. The quality of work is unrivalled.’
‘Louisa Robbins is an exceptional lawyer.’
‘Louisa Robbins is one of a kind, and the best all-round litigator I know.’
The professional negligence department at DWF covers claims involving all the ‘traditional' professions, and has recently advised on high-value claims on architects’ and contractors’ professional indemnity insurance policies. Experience within the team extends to Directors & Officers coverage advice, and matters in the IT and media sectors relating to breach of contract and intellectual property issues. Andrew MacLeod heads the team and has significant experience in the defence of complex claims against construction professionals and insurance brokers. Senior associates Nathan Penny-Larter and Hilary Harrison are also recommended.
‘Great with clients and complex advice.’
‘Hilary Harrison, in particular, stands out from the crowd, and is more than capable of running complex litigation without partner input.’
Litigation boutique FS Legal specialises in claimant professional negligence work, often acting against banks, financial institutions and major insurers, with a strong offering in tax negligence disputes and financial services professional negligence claims. Experienced litigator Kit Sorrell jointly heads the team with Julia Norris. Senior associate Nicola Stanley is recommended for her expertise in sub-prime lending and shared ownership.
‘A small but perfectly formed team who have brought together their individual experiences in this area to form a very bespoke team that takes on the big firms acting for the professional indemnity insurers.’
‘They have developed some excellent and very sizeable work in this area and really know what they are doing whilst maintaining a personal relationship with clients.’
The professional negligence team at Kennedys defends the full range of professionals, particularly solicitors and construction professionals, while also advising on insurance coverage issues. The team also defends claims relating to Directors and Officers insurance, commercial crime and fidelity, as well as related policy issues. The department has established a dedicated cladding group and has experience in defending cladding and fire safety-related claims against construction professionals and contractors. Jeremy Riley leads the group. Claire Bushen has wide experience defending claims against accounts and auditors, insurance brokers, estate agents and solicitors. Senior associates Tom Handley and Hannah Williams are also noted.
‘Very good on complex cases. Their access and availability of lawyers in other jurisdictions has been particularly useful.’
Royal & Sun Alliance
The team at Keoghs LLP is best known for its defence of claims against construction professionals, solicitors, brokers, IFAs and vets. Other key areas of work include professional disciplinary matters, and representing policyholders in litigation, arbitration and ombudsman referrals. Ruth Lawrence heads the team and has significant experience in construction claims. Christopher Stanton is also recommended for defending claims against lawyers, brokers and accountants. Sarah Naylor handles complex London market litigation, while associate Graham Taylor is experienced in coverage and policy issues and property damage claims.
‘Excellent team of pre-litigation and litigation experts who deliver real value for money.’
‘They have good legal knowledge, great understanding of complex situations and are in my view first among many good professional negligence practitioners. ‘
‘Christopher Stanton is a stand-out individual. He has done extremely well for us and provided first class service.’
The Veterinary Defence Society
Amtrust at Lloyd’s
International General Insurance CO. Ltd
QIC Europe Ltd
Armour Risk Management
Prosight Lloyd’s Syndicate 1110
European Risk Insurance Company
Boots UK Plc
John Lewis & Partners
The professional negligence department at Mills & Reeve LLP is focused on insurance disputes involving professional indemnity, construction, and D&O and management liability policies. The team handles work on behalf of construction professionals, insurance brokers and other professionals including accountants, financial advisers and IT professionals. Other key areas of work include policy coverage issues such as fraud and dishonesty and inter-insurer disputes. Niall Innes, who has significant experience in defending claims against legal professionals, jointly heads the team with Ben Hardiman, who specialises in construction disputes.
‘Unafraid to fight a point but always have their eye on the most commercial way out of a claim. ‘
Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund Ltd
Countrywide plc and group companies
International Insurance Company of Hannover
Tokio Marine HCC
The team at Weightmans LLP is known for its professional negligence work in the legal and construction sectors, but also defends claims on behalf of brokers, accountants and IFAs. The practice has particular experience defending claims against engineers. Other key areas of work include the defence of claims against arbitrators, and complex coverage and D&O matters. Mike Grant, who represents construction professionals, jointly leads the team with Mickaela Fox, who acts for law firms, barristers and a range of insurers. Associate Deborah Sullivan frequently deals with lenders’ claims and cases involving complex commercial transactions.
‘Mickaela Fox’s knowledge of professional indemnity matters and regulatory issues are second to none.’
Markel International and Markel UK
Addleshaw Goddard’s team is known for its claimant lender professional negligence work, pursuing claims against solicitors, valuers and other professionals. Following the Grenfell disaster, the department has been acting for clients across the residential, office, student accommodation, hotels and health sectors in relation to defective cladding, compliance and fire safety legislation. Commercial disputes head Mark Molyneux leads the team.
DAC Beachcroft LLP
DAC Beachcroft LLP has an impressive client base of professional indemnity insurers, and also has significant experience acting for ‘traditional’ professions, including solicitors, insurance brokers, property managers, engineers and architects. Key areas of work include defending complex and high value claims against solicitors, insurance brokers and D&C contractors, and claims against ‘emerging’ professionals in the media and IT sector. Ian McConkey heads the team; Martin Paxton is also noted.
Other key lawyers:
QBE European Operations
Travelers Insurance Co Limited
Zurich Insurance CO Limited
Great Lake SE
Allied World Assurance Company
Legal Risk LLP
Specialist firm Legal Risk LLP, headed by the 'extremely knowledgeable and responsive' Frank Maher, provides advice to law firms and their insurers and regulators on professional liability, including professional indemnity insurance, and professional disciplinary issues. Another key area of work is advising on coverage issues arising from mergers, acquisitions and closures of law firms.
‘The firm demonstrates a consistent and exceptional level of expertise and always give us added value.’
‘Frank Maher is extremely knowledgeable and responsive.’
Pannone Corporate LLP’s professional negligence practice, which is part of its wider litigation practice, is primarily claimant-side; the team acts against a wide range of professionals including tax professionals, accountants, solicitors, architects and surveyors. The practice also acts for defendants where there is no insurance, or the insurance that is in place does not respond to the claim. Key names in the team include Paul Jonson, partnership/LLP dispute specialist Nicola Marchant and David Brown, who has significant experience of share and business sale agreements.
‘This is a highly efficient team, which brings focused intellect and expertise to any case they are retained in.’
The team at Shoosmiths LLP has significant experience in construction professional negligence claims, including acting against architects and surveyors and handling cladding claims, product professional negligence, and insurance broker claims. Adam Draper, who focuses on solicitor negligence and investment advice, jointly heads the team with Richard Marshall, who is known for his work involving professional negligence arising from defective product design.
‘Enormous expertise and exceptionally capable.’
Comparethemarket.com – BGL Group
MD Insurance Services
PSB UK Limited via Chubb Insurance European Limited (Grenfell Inquiry)
HDI Gerling Insurance Company
The team at Gorvins Solicitors handles a range of professional negligence and liability matters involving solicitors, barristers, surveyors, valuers, architects, accountants, insurance brokers and a wide variety of other non-medical professionals. Mark Deverell, David Guest and Guy Lightowler jointly head the practice, which both brings and defends complex contentious actions.
The claimant-focused professional negligence practice at Myerson Solicitors LLP has a strong track record in claims against solicitors and accountants. Other key areas of work include claims in the finance and construction sectors. Tim Norman, who has significant experience in professional negligence work for clients in the construction sector, heads the team.
LTS Lohman Therapie-Systeme AG
Clearway Drainage Services Limited
- Advised Clearway Drainage Systems Limited in connection with a claim against former solicitors.
- Advised LTS Lohman Therapie-Systeme AG, a German pharmaceutical company, in connection with a defective product claim against it.
- Advised an individual on a claim against former solicitors for their handling of a claim, which resulted in that claim being struck out.