Professional negligence: claimant in Yorkshire And The Humber

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard has an 'exceptionally talented and innovative' team in Leeds which handles a range of professional negligence matters - Leeds litigation head Sally Emerton is the lead partner; she specialises in financial services matters. Other key names include Ben Lowans, who acts for lenders in real estate finance disputes against solicitors, and construction litigator Joe Wilkinson. The team is able to draw on the wider firm's well-established bank litigation capabilities, and also acts for a wide range of commercial clients, led by Bill Gilliam.

Practice head(s):

Sally Emerton

Other key lawyers:

Ben Lowans; Joe Wilkinson; Bill Gilliam; Matt Dibb


‘The team is exceptionally talented and innovative. They knew their clients incredibly well and know how to get results. They are the standout practice in Yorkshire and the whole North East.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Northumbria Healthcare Facilities Management Limited in their multiparty TCC claim against Lendlease Construction (Europe) Limited Contractor) and Lendlease Construction Holdings (Europe) Limited (under a Parent Company Guarantee) in relation to a new build hospital in Cramlington which has multiple high value defects.

DLA Piper

The professional negligence team at DLA Piper is led by Leeds-based partner Adam Ibrahim. An expert in financial services litigation, he works with well-regarded consultant Hugh Evans and legal director Paul McNamee in Sheffield. Handling matters for clearing banks, accountants, international financial institutions and building societies, it counts Lloyds and PwC within its impressive client portfolio. In particular, a recent highlight was its successful defence of NatWest Markets and RBS in a purported breach of care and fraudulent misrepresentation - an order for summary judgment/strike out was secured. Senior associate Rachel Tookey is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Adam Ibrahim

Other key lawyers:

Hugh Evans; Rachel Tookey; Paul McNamee

Walker Morris LLP

The professional negligence team at Walker Morris LLP includes a wide range of experts, including commercial disputes head Gwendoline Davies, construction specialist Paul Hargreaves, Nick Lees, banking and finance litigation head Louise Power, Richard Sandford, construction and engineering head Martin Scott and managing partner Malcolm Simpson. Experienced in claims against professional advisors, the team handles high value matters with a focus on investor fraud, property hijack, money laundering and cybercrime. In addition, the firm is increasingly active in issues raised against conveyancing solicitors, many of which related to defects within off-plan apartments, hotel rooms and student accommodation. Director Sandip Singh has expertise in multi-party frauds and the misappropriation of funds.

Practice head(s):

Gwendoline Davies; Paul Hargreaves; Nick Lees; Louise Power; Richard Sandford; Martin Scott; Malcolm Simpson

Other key lawyers:

Sandip Singh


‘Sandip Singh stands out for his excellent legal knowledge. He is keenly focused on protecting the client’s interests and achieving a commercial and practical result.’

‘Sandip Singh is one of the best solicitors I have had the pleasure of working with. He is calm, considered, and careful, as is his advice.’

‘They are uniquely brilliant at handling professional negligence claims on behalf of hundreds of claimants against many defendants, with great accuracy and strategic thinking.’

Key clients

Accord Mortgages Limited

Bank of Ireland

Leeds Building Society

Yorkshire Building Society


Taylor Wimpey plc

Lloyds Banking Group

Work highlights

  • Advised high net worth individuals in design and construction defects affecting a ‘Grand Designs’ house
  • Acted for a mortgage lender in a multi-million pound fraud claim involving impersonation, ID theft and property hijack.
  • Acted in claims in excess of £11m for negligent advice relating to off-plan apartment purchases.

3volution Limited

At 3volution Limited, pensions disputes expert Tim Stone leads the firm's professional negligence practice. In broad terms, the team has continued to develop its footprint in the energy space and has an established reputation in manufacturing, engineering, retail and media. Handling complex, high-value matters against solicitors, accountants and professional advisers, it recently partnered with Business Energy Claims to address purported breaches of fiduciary duties by industry brokers. Samantha Wragg and associate Jessica Bennett are additional key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Tim Stone

Other key lawyers:

Samantha Wragg; Jessica Bennett

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's Sheffield professional negligence team acts for both corporate clients and individuals at local and national levels. Handling claims against a variety of professionals (including solicitors, barristers, construction professionals and insurance brokers), the team also acts on behalf of practitioners in issues arise out of insolvency estates. Key contacts include Steven Beahan and senior associate Natasha Guthrie.

Practice head(s):

Steven Beahan

Other key lawyers:

Natasha Guthrie


‘This team sits on the borders of construction, professional negligence and insolvency. These are areas that often go hand in hand but which are seldom treated in that way. A particular innovation for which this team is responsible is identifying professional negligence claims by insolvent companies and individuals against their former advisers. I’m not aware of another firm with such a specialism.’

‘Natasha Guthrie has been operating at partner level for a while now. She is great with clients and is absolutely steadfast when things get tricky.’

Key clients

Arc Legal Assistance Ltd

Aviva Insurance

Axa Insurance

Abbey Taylor Limited

Aegus Insurance

DAS UK Group Limited


Wilson Field Limited

Begbies Traynor LLP

LIM Insurance

Shoosmiths LLP

Increasingly active in the financial services sector, where it handles matters against accountants, valuers and insurance brokers, the team at Shoosmiths LLP is led by dispute resolution specialist Matthew Howarth. In addition to this work, the practice has broad expertise in the pensions field, an area in which it advises scheme trustees on the potential for high-value claims against professional advisers. Associate Anna Marsden-Ragnarsson, a specialist in banking negligence, is another important contact.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Howarth

Other key lawyers:

Anna Marsden-Ragnarsson


‘Matthew Howarth has great commercial judgement andan easy manner – he never loses sight of the commercial goal and sees to it that you get there in one piece, whatever obstacles life, or the other side, might throw in your way.’

Key clients

Paragon Development Finance Limited

Mortgage Trust Limited

Entrust Limited

Pace Properties Limited

LendInvest Capital SARL

Work highlights

  • Acted for Paragon Development Finance Limited in a substantial property valuation claim in excess of £1m.
  • Acted for Entrust in a claim valued in excess of £4m against the former pension scheme legal advisers and Scheme administrators, the case involves complex issues of limitation, causation and scope of duty of the defendants.
  • Assisted client in the pursuit of a claim in excess of £1m against a valuer who valued a development project. The claim turns on expert retrospective evidence, and arguments on causation and reliance.

Blacks Solicitors LLP

Led by Luke Patel, the team at Blacks Solicitors LLP has a strong track record representing claimants against professionals such as solicitors, accountants, surveyors and mortgage brokers. The practice supports clients with negotiation, mediation and adjudication and has notable experience in construction disputes relating to breach of contract or defective workmanship. Yat Wong is another important contact in a team whose members speak a variety of languages including Gujarati, Hindu, Urdu, Spanish, French and Hakka.

Practice head(s):

Luke Patel

Other key lawyers:

Yat Wong

Work highlights

  • Handled a professional negligence claim against a client’s former solicitors where they failed to protect her interests in respect of the recovery of a settlement sum that had been agreed in litigation.

Keystone Law

Keystone Law's Jonathan Watmough has substantive experience working for professional indemnity insurers and acts exclusively for claimants and uninsured defendants. The expertise on offer covers claims against solicitors, accountants, insurance brokers and financial advisers, including matters concerning structural engineering, surveying, project management and real estate.

Other key lawyers:

Jonathan Watmough


‘The team is very hands-on, pragmatic and easy, as well as pleasant, to work with. My experience was that cases are managed by small teams, which is often the most effective way to deal with them. I think clients can rest assured that their case is in safe hands if it is with Keystone. ’

‘Jonathan Watmough is a very experienced professional negligence specialist. He has the great advantage of having spent most of his career representing insurance-funded defendants, so he is highly effective in settlement negotiations. ’

‘A very professional team with a clear knowledge of our particular situation. They have an excellent support team of experts to facilitate our claim and we feel grateful for all their collective hard work. ’

‘Jonathan Watmough has been our main point of contact from when Keystone Law took over this specific case. Jonathan has been an excellent support throughout the process and has given us confidence in how the legal process works at every step of the way.’

‘Jonathan Watmough has uniquely turned from being a defendant lawyer to the claimant side. In my opinion this puts him a step ahead of his peers and competitors and allow his clients to benefit from a real understanding of both sides of the litigation process. Allied with a sensible, commercial approach, Jonathan is a real asset to his clients.’

‘I first contacted Jonathan Watmough in May 2020; from the start I was impressed by his efficiency and manner. In particular, although forthcoming and affable, I noted a care in both what he said and, more importantly, what he left unsaid. I felt he was approachable, knowledgeable and professional, and guarded without being obstructive, the latter I considered a key quality of a good advocate’.


Led by Charles Abraham in Leeds and Ragan Montgomery in Bradford, the team at LCF Law specialises in claims against law firms and accountants. The team, which is active in both the real estate and financial services sectors, also includes property disputes specialist Tom Edwards, who was promoted to the partnership in October 2020. 

Practice head(s):

Charles Abraham; Ragan Montgomery

Other key lawyers:

Tom Edwards

Work highlights

  • Advised a mortgage company in respect of allegedly negligent advice.
  • Advising on a claim in professional negligence arising from the construction of a residential block of flats.
  • Advised an executive in respect of a professional negligence claim against his former tax advisor