Professional negligence in North

Clyde & Co LLP

As part of an international department, the team at Clyde & Co LLP has the benefit of a wide pool of resources and specialist knowledge, which it seamlessly applies at local level. Insured professionals regularly instruct experienced practitioners Anthony Brown and Gavin Henderson, who specialise in dealing with solicitors and accountants, and clients from the construction industry, respectively. Other noted team members include senior associate David Meehan and associate Peter Tsimonos; the former is singled out as 'a star in the making' while the latter provides 'a London-standard service at regional rates'.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Blair

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Brown; Gavin Henderson; Peter Tsimonos; David Meehan


‘Excellent knowledge and expertise in the field of professional negligence.’

‘Anthony Brown is a very sharp minded lawyer who knows professional negligence and insurance disputes inside out. Exceptionally thorough in dealing with all aspects of an issue – really covers all bases.’

‘This is a small but highly regarded team that serves a local and national client base, and punches well above its weight. It benefits from the infrastructure of a big firm but has excellent local knowledge.’

‘Anthony Brown and Peter Tsimonos are both excellent, providing a London-standard service at regional rates.’

‘The lawyers are extremely capable, and willing to go the extra mile for their clients. They are also highly approachable and easy to work with.’

‘Anthony Brown is excellent. A great strategist, with fantastic attention to detail. David Meehan is a star in the making, with experience far beyond his years. An excellent lawyer who is a delight to work with.’

‘Exceptional thoroughness and very high standards of legal knowledge.’

‘Anthony Brown has excellent knowledge and provides clear, concise advice. He is able to weigh up practical considerations vs the legal requirements. A great team leader who clearly leads by example.’

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP has an enviable national client base, and is noted particularly for working with insurance brokers, solicitors, and financial institutions. Construction and engineering specialists also regularly turn to the firm, most commonly for representation in disputes; Stephen McLellan is the name to note for this type of work. The firm's other key strengths are acting in coverage disputes, assisting with specialist policy wording and advising on insurance issues arising in a wide range of commercial contexts. Core contacts in the growing team include practice head Paul Davison and legal director Gillian Burnett. In recent developments, the group welcomed Rory Ogden from Swinburne Maddison.

Practice head(s):

Paul Davison

Other key lawyers:

Stephen McLellan; Gillian Burnett; Rory Ogden

Key clients

Zurich Professional & Financial Lines

Markel (UK) Limited

Travelers Insurance Company

QBE European Operations FSM


CNA Hardy

Manchester Underwriting Management / IGI


MS Amlin

Global Risk Partners

Great Lakes

Work highlights

  • Representing MS Amlin in business interruption claims arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, including the test case brought by the FCA , culminating in the Supreme Court judgement in January 2021.


Weightmans' Newcastle-based offering was recently strengthened by the arrival of principal associates Amy Nesbitt (who joined from the firm's London office) and Adam Dymock (formerly of Clyde & Co LLP). They join a well regarded professional indemnity team, which is regularly instructed by a wide range of both insurers and their insured clients. Richard Palmer heads up the practice, which also includes 'skilled negotiatorAnne-Marie Knight. The firm is particularly noted for its expertise in construction disputes, with a particular focus on cladding and related façade claims arising in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster; recently promoted principal associate Tom Thurlow is the name to note for this type of work.

Practice head(s):

Richard Palmer

Other key lawyers:

Anne-Marie Knight; Tom Thurlow; Adam Dymock; Amy Nesbitt


‘Very good customer care and a commitment to really understanding and digesting complex law for a corporate client.’

‘Anne Marie Knight oversaw our case as the main partner – very impressive with the clients and had an intimate knowledge of the facts.’

‘Tom Thurlow was our solicitor on the ground – the case turned on the Buildings Act and Tom was a key part of the various written legal submissions on the roles of an improved inspector. Wise beyond his years – a very good lawyer who was prepared to put in all the hours to get to the final article.’

‘Highly specialist team. Approachable and diligent and very collaborative.’

‘Richard Palmer and Anne-Marie Knight stand out in the insurance practice. Approachable and provide practical advice.’

‘Weightman’s defended a claim against my company and I received excellent service, for me the highlights were: clear information, I could understand what I was being asked to do, what others were doing and why; I was guided to make rational decisions based upon where we were over the life of the claim, this changed as we neared the end of the liability period and I was able to understand why we agreed to a different approach; prior to mediation, a Zoom call bringing us together was very useful.’

‘Anne-Marie Knight was a very skilled negotiator and had a confident manner, we felt that the claim was successfully defended and obtained the best result for my PI insurers.’

‘The team are approachable, knowledgeable and produce high quality reports. Short email-based updates are provided to keep claims moving rather than lengthy reports.’

Key clients

Hiscox Underwriting Limited

CNA Hardy

Travelers Insurance Company Limited

Hamilton Underwriting Limited

Tokio Marine HCC

StarStone Insurance SE

Work highlights

  • Advising on a multi-million pound claim against a design and build contractor on a differential settlement that has occurred at a development site in the south of England.
  • Representing a corporate core participant in the Grenfell Tower public inquiry.
  • Advising an approved inspector on a multi-million pound claim concerning alleged defective cladding and other façade works at a significant development in the public sector.