Professional negligence: defendant in Yorkshire And The Humber

DAC Beachcroft LLP

With senior practitioners in Leeds, DAC Beachcroft LLP utilises its breadth of expertise to act for major insurers in professional negligence claims; the practice also counts financial institutions, property consultants and solicitors as clients. The team has recently grown its public authority indemnity work, which includes acting for insurers and public bodies in a range of issues including procurement challenges and claims of misfeasance in public office. Practice head Suzanne Wharton acts for the London market in high-value complex claims against solicitors and financial services professionals, while Duncan Greenwood leads the firm's national property professionals service line.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Wharton


‘Suzanne Wharton is a standout partner in the professional liability market, a real star.’

‘Duncan Greenwood is one of if not the best professional negligence solicitors that we know and we take great reassurance when he is appointed by our professional indemnity insurers. Very bright and quick to get to the key points of a case, he will work hard on your behalf. Very commercial and plain speaking, Duncan gives straight advice even if sometimes it is uncomfortable to hear.’

‘Naomi Park is an intelligent, perceptive lawyer with a brilliant manner with clients.’

Key clients

Zurich Professional & Financial Lines

Markel (UK) Limited

Travelers Insurance Company

WRB Underwriting

QBE European Operations FSM

Countrywide Plc



Manchester Underwriting Management



London Borough of Ealing

Gerald Eve

Global Risk Partners

Isle of Wight Council

Great Lakes



Work highlights

  • Acting for a firm of tax advisers and its insurers in the defence of a £35m claim arising out of a failed property investment club.
  • Acting for an offshore law firm which was retained by a City firm and its client to act in a trusts dispute. The underlying claim failed on limitation grounds, and the former client is now pursuing the City firm.
  • Instructed by two separate professional indemnity insurers to defend three different firms of surveyors against allegations of negligence and overvaluation concerning a series of investment properties in the North West.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP has a strong reputation for handling large, complex claims including claims against lawyers, construction professionals, insurance brokers and pensions practitioners. The team has recently seen considerable growth in its work defending construction professionals and is currently handling several multi-million-pound claims brought against a firm of cladding consultants following the Grenfell tragedy. Key practitioner Neil Howes leads the firm’s national construction and engineering risks team, which fields Laura Johnson.

Practice head(s):

Neil Howes

Other key lawyers:

Laura Johnson


‘They obviously have great experience in professional negligence work and the tenacity to follow a strategy to a successful conclusion. Their people skills are such that even difficult opponents remain on friendly terms so that settlements are easier to achieve.’

‘Neil Howes always has an excellent grasp of the facts and the law and is able to marshal arguments convincingly. He is very persuasive.’

Key clients

Pen Underwriting

Travelers Insurance Company

Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund

XL Catlin Insurance

CNA Hardy Insurance

Navigators Pro

AmTrust Europe

International Insurance Company of Hannover

Chancery Pii

Work highlights

  • Acted for a North East firm of solicitors and its insurers facing a claim from a former client in respect of a complex offshore tax avoidance structure.
  • Acted for a firm of consulting engineers in relation to an Archimedean screw hydropower system, which was installed on an estate near Bath and failed to achieve expected power outputs..

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP's 'committed and bright lawyers' provide specialist insurance and professional indemnity advice to insurers, insured professionals and insurance brokers. Operating as part of the firm's national network of offices, the Leeds practice handles claims made against solicitors, barristers, accountants, financial advisers and valuers. Anthony Brown is the key Leeds-based practitioner; he 'never misses a point' and is an 'extremely thorough' litigator.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Brown


I don’t think I can say there is anything unique about the practice – it is just a very strong offering of committed and bright lawyers whom I have very much enjoyed working with and been impressed by. I think Clyde & Co has exceptionally high quality lawyers and resources its cases very well.’

Anthony Brown – exceptionally persuasive in writing and extremely thorough – he never misses a point.’



The 'close-knit team' at DWF defends complex, high-value claims brought against a variety of professionals. The practice has a notable specialism in the TMT sector, representing IT professionals, web designers and a wide range of media professionals. Practice head Matthew Reynolds regularly handles High Court claims and is an experienced mediator. Grant Walker defends claims brought against solicitors, structural engineers, architects and accountants. Senior associate Malcolm Rogers is recommended for construction sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Reynolds

Other key lawyers:

Grant Walker; Malcolm Rogers


Matthew Reynolds and Malcolm Rogers will always go above and beyond to understand what we and our policyholders need and to meet our expectations.’

Matt Reynolds – Partner. Provides commercial advice and has significant experience to guide businesses through the complex litigation process. Very good with clients.’

Malcolm Rogers seems to know the civil procedure rules and law generally off by heart. Can’t give a bigger compliment to his technical knowledge. Great with clients too.’

Key clients

Hiscox Underwriting Limited






Zurich Insurance Plc

The Law Society

MS Amlin

Markel (UK) Limited

Starr Underwriting Agents Limited

Liberty speciality Markets


Armour Risk Management


Neon Underwriting Limited

AIG Europe Ltd

Work highlights

  • Instructed in professional negligence claims against Wilsons Solicitors relating to 190 property investments pursued by three separate firms of solicitors involving allegations related to three developments in the UK in which individuals invested off-plan in hotel rooms and flats.