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Addleshaw Goddard's professional negligence practice represents regional, national and international clients in claims across a range of sectors, but has particular expertise acting for major lenders bringing actions against solicitors, valuers and other professionals. +Sally Emerton is head of litigation for the North, and leads the firm's clinical negligence department. +Joe Wilkinson specialises in claims arising from the construction space, while Bill Gilliam is the firm's go-to for claims brought by commercial clients, outside of the financial sector. Managing associate Lee O’Sullivan is highlighted as 'extremely competent', particularly in complex banking matters.

The 'excellent' practice at DLA Piper UK LLP has experience acting for claimants and defendants in professional negligence claims. The department is spread across the firm's Sheffield and Leeds offices and is jointly led by Hugh Evans - who has expertise in the banking sector - and head of the litigation and regulatory team +Adam Ibrahim. In a recent highlight, David Young led advice to Goodwood Estate Company and Goodwood Estate Pensions in claims against two of the companies' former law firms for alleged negligent advice. Other key names to note include legal directors Chris Harvey  and Sheffield-based Paul McNamee. Clients include the RBS group, Leeds Building Society, Bank of Ireland and GE Capital. The team has also represented high profile individuals.

Made up of 'a number of experienced and specialist solicitors', Walker Morris LLP's 'excellent professional negligence department' acts for groups of individuals and companies on claims across a variety of sectors. +Andrew Beck heads the 'strong practice', which has been described as 'having the edge' in mortgage fraud claims. Andrew Bennett is advising Dunfermline Building Society in a case against CBRE for the alleged negligent overvaluing of a development site, for which the client and a second bank lent a significant amount of money. In another work highlight, a team, led by Martin Scott, is instructed in a £13m multi-party claim involving 222 individuals against three solicitors firms, for alleged negligence in a conveyancing transaction. The 'organised and proactive' senior associate +Jonathan Brooks is singled out for his 'strong grasp of the law' and 'excellent client-care skills'. The team was further strengthened with the arrival of banking litigator Rob Aberdein from Aberdein Considine.

The commercial litigation practice at 3volution Limited is regularly instructed by both individuals and companies in professional negligence claims against solicitors, surveyors, insurance brokers and professional pensions advisers. Tim Stonehas particular expertise handling pensions-related claims, and heads up the department which includes associate Samantha Wragg. The team recently acted for Mark Grafton and RE Grafton following the failure of Whitehead & Low to register Mr Grafton's floating charge of the companies assets on the sale of the company. Matthew Pugh who focused on property related claims, left the practice to join Legal Studio.

Gordons LLP's professional negligence practice is highlighted for its expertise in representing claimants in the financial services sector. The team acted for two buy to let mortgage lenders, in the same group of companies, on a £1.8m claim relating to advice given on over 100 mortgage transactions by its former solicitors practice. In addition to companies, the team has been instructed by groups of individuals and estates. The department is advising 13 estates in a £1.3m claim for the misappropriation of funds by a former partner at the defendant solicitors firm. Andrew Breckenridge joined the practice from DWF and heads up the practice following the departure of James Laylock to Irwin Mitchell. Other changes to the team include Matthew Howarth's departure to Shoosmiths LLP.

With 'a fantastic team of very able lawyers' Irwin Mitchell's 'excellent' professional negligence team handles claims brought by both corporate clients and individuals against a spectrum of professionals. The department has particular expertise in claims arising out of insolvency estates, which 'sets the firm apart from its peers', and is instructed by insolvency practitioners such as Wilson Field and Begbies Traynor. The 'extremely knowledgeable and efficient' Natasha Guthrie has been highlighted as a 'stand-out star' in this area and heads up the professional negligence group. The team sits within the wider commercial litigation team, which is led by the 'tactically astute, highly experienced and very commercial' Steven Beahan.

The commercial dispute resolution practice at Blacks Solicitors LLP has a 'commercially sound approach' and 'a track record of success' in professional negligence claims. Luke Patel is a 'standout professional negligence lawyer' and heads the team, which has represented individuals and SMEs in claims against solicitors, accountants and surveyors.

The 'very sharp' and 'commercially aware' disputes team at LCF Law are considered 'among the best' for representation of individuals in professional negligence claims. The 'born litigator' Charles Abraham heads the practice which has acted for several individuals in claims against former solicitors arising from real estate transactions. It is also advising a company on a multimillion-pound claim against its former accountants. The Bradford-based Ragan Montgomery is another key name to note.

Lupton Fawcett's claimant professional negligence practice has a 'deserved reputation for excellence'. Key individuals include Leeds-based Arif Khalfe , who 'works tirelessly for his clients to achieve the best possible outcomes' and Simon Lockley in Sheffield, who attracts praised for his 'outstanding professional manner'. Former head of dispute resolution Nigel Broadbent left the practice to join Tilly Bailey & Irvine and Paul Sykes joined Levi Solicitors LLP.

The 'exceptional' professional negligence department at Schofield Sweeney, headed up by Richard Stockdale, is known for its representation of high net worth individuals and SMEs in claims against solicitors, counsel, financial and tax advisers and construction professionals. Alistair Kennedy, who is singled out for his 'sound, practical advice', acted for an individual in a £4m claim arising from auditing, and other accountancy errors, which contributed to the collapse of a car sales business. The Leeds-based practice has been bolstered with the arrivals of Leo Jones-Rowe, Matthew Fidler and Gary Ashton from LCF Law, Stewarts Law LLP and Hawkswell Kilvington Limited, respectively.

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