Professional negligence: defendant in Yorkshire And The Humber

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP's North East and Yorkshire professional and financial risks team, which is split across Leeds and Newcastle, acts for all of the major UK PI insurers, as well as financial institutions, construction companies and major players in the property world. Duncan Greenwood specialises in claims against property professionals, solicitors and insurance brokers, while fellow Leeds partner Suzanne Wharton  focuses on high value complex claims against solicitors and financial services professionals.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Wharton

Other key lawyers:

Duncan Greenwood


‘The firm knows what we want and delivers on it. Great subject knowledge.’

‘Excellent client relationships. Legally proficient yet realistic and commercial. Great strength in depth.’

‘A disciplined, honest and very experienced team; very perceptive and commercially astute.’

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

Work highlights

  • Acting for a Lloyd’s insurer in relation to a complex policy coverage dispute arising from design of a number of wind farms.
  • Acting for a firm of tax advisers and their insurers in the defence of a £35m claim arising out of a failed property investment club.
  • Acting for an offshore law firm who were retained by a City firm and its client to act in a trusts dispute.
  • Instructed by an electrical engineering contractor to defend a claim concerning the outbreak of a fire at Gemini Retail Park in Warrington.
  • Acting for a firm of chartered surveyors in defence of a claim concerning an alleged negligent expert determination.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP's Leeds team specialise in professional negligence litigation for defendants and their insurers, handling work in sectors including financial services, construction, engineering and medical product liability. The department routinely acts for large professional firms in claims against insurance brokers, pensions and construction professionals and lawyers.

Practice head(s):

Neil Howes

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Liston

Key clients

Pen Underwriting

Travelers Insurance Company (recent appointment to core panel)

Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund

XL Catlin Insurance

CNA Hardy Insurance (panel reappointment)

Navigators Pro

AmTrust Europe

International Insurance Company of Hannover

Chancery Pii

Work highlights

  • Instructed by a northeast firm of solicitors facing a claim from a former client in respect of an offshore tax avoidance structure.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s Leeds practice is part of a national insurance disputes team covering professional risks for a wide range of clients, including solicitors, barristers, surveyors, architects, engineers, construction contractors, IFAs, accountants, brokers, IT professionals, pensions professionals and estate agents. The team is led by the 'exceedingly practical and commercially minded' Karen Eckstein, who combines her expertise in accountancy professional indemnity litigation with a background as a chartered tax adviser, as well contentious trust and probate experience.

Practice head(s):

Karen Eckstein


‘Always very approachable – knowledgeable, with a can-do attitude.’

‘Each and every member of the team are kind and considerate and make our engagement a pleasure.’

‘Karen Eckstein is well known as being highly regarded in this type of work.’

‘Karen Eckstein’s  knowledge of tax law is exemplary. She is exceedingly practical and commercially minded.’

‘The unique blend of both tax and legal experience means that a more rounded view can be taken rather than just a legalistic view.’

‘Each and every member of the team are kind and considerate and make our engagement a pleasure. I honestly cannot think of a time when i have been left confused or unhappy after a discussion with them.’

‘Karen Eckstein has built a formidable and well-deserved reputation defending accountants and tax advisers. She is never daunted, no matter how complex the underlying dispute appears to be. She makes very complicated tax disputes very simple to understand.’

Key clients

AIG (Current Leeds/national client)