Professional negligence in North

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP's Newcastle team works with a range of major insurers, insured professionals and insurance brokers, providing specialist insurance and professional indemnity advice. Key team members include practice head Anthony Brown, whose particular area of expertise is the defence of professional negligence claims against solicitors and other professionals such as accountants, technology consultants and medical professionals. He works alongside construction expert Gavin Henderson and associate Peter Tsimonos, while the team was also recently boosted by the arrival of associate Adam Dymock from Weightmans - he regularly defends negligence claims against solicitors.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Blair


They have an excellent reputation and they maintain high standards in all the work they do.

Anthony Brown has a way about him that puts you at ease straight away. In addition, he is technically extremely able and thinks out of the box to try to resolve claims.

Peter Tsimonos has an amazing eye for detail.

‘Anthony Brown and his team work to very high standards and, in return, provide their clients with work of a very high standard.’

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The team at DAC Beachcroft LLP has expertise across a number of specialist areas, including advising solicitors and financial institutions, construction sector professionals, and assisting with coverage disputes and policy wording. The firm is also handling an increasing amount of public authority indemnity matters, including advising on issues ranging from procurement challenges to allegations of misfeasance in public office. Practice head Paul Davison works closely with Leeds-based Suzanne Wharton, who leads the Northern cluster of teams, and is an experienced mediator. Also recommended at the Newcastle office are construction specialist Stephen McLellan and legal director Gillian Burnett.

Practice head(s):

Paul Davison


‘Paul Davison is an excellent coverage lawyer, provides realistic, succinct coverage advice.’

‘Gill Burnett has excellent attention to detail. Leaves nothing unturned.’

‘Steve McLellan is an excellent construction lawyer. Very client focused and approachable to both insured and insurer clients.’

Key clients

Zurich Professional & Financial Lines

Markel (UK) Limited

Travelers Insurance Company

International Insurance Company of Hannover SE

QBE European Operations FSM

Countrywide Plc


CNA Hardy

Manchester Underwriting Management / IGI


MS Amlin

Tokio Marine HCC

Global Risk Partners


Great Lakes



Work highlights

  • Acting for a firm of tax advisors and their insurers in the defence of a £35m claim, arising out of a failed property investment club.
  • Advising several firms of surveyors on allegations of negligence and overvaluation concerning a series of investment properties in the North West.
  • Defending a firm of solicitors and their professional indemnity insurers following an allegation of negligent advice.


Weightmans moved into Newcastle in 2019 via the takeover of Watson Burton LLP, a deal which gifted the national firm a strong team of professional negligence lawyers in the local market. The practice advises insurers on the defence of a wide variety of claims, including those involving architects, surveyors, solicitors, accountants, and other construction professionals. Practice head Richard Palmer is known for advising on issues relating to the Grenfell Tower tragedy, and has assisted a number of insurers, brokers, insureds and private clients with claims regarding the incident. Other key figures include the hugely experienced Anne-Marie Knight and associate Tom Thurlow.

Practice head(s):

Richard Palmer

Other key lawyers:

Anne-Marie Knight; Tom Thurlow


Responsive, engaged, provide quality advice.

Approachable and friendly.

Key clients

Hiscox Underwriting Limited

CNA Hardy

Travelers Insurance Company Limited

Hamilton Underwriting Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing a corporate core participant at the Grenfell Tower public inquiry.
  • Acting for a contractor and its professional indemnity insurers in the recovery of a £4m damages payment from a designer, following an adverse adjudication concerning cladding.
  • Defending an architect and its professional indemnity insurer in multi-party litigation concerning a sink hole at a residential development.