Hall Of Fame

Professional negligence in Yorkshire And The Humber

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co acts for insurers in defence of a large range of different professionals, leveraging the resources of the wider national firm to handle complex and demanding claims. Anthony Brown heads the Leeds-based practice, working primarily in defence of solicitors and accountants, but also possessing more broad capabilities handling claims against other professionals such as insurance brokers and property agents.

Practice head(s):

Anthony Brown


‘Gave high quality and easy to understand reports providing all necessary information. The team was  polite, friendly, and always willing to go the extra mile.’

‘My experience of the team goes back many years. The value add proposition is very good: there is a real desire to understand our and our clients’ needs and to do not only the basics but to go above and beyond.’

‘Anthony Brown is a genuine approachable chap and is always willing to go the extra mile.

Work highlights

  • Defending a firm of solicitors in a claim by a former client alleging the negligent preparation of a suite of contractual documents for his departure from a company.
  • Defending a firm of accountants against allegations that it gave negligent tax advice relating to the development of land by a consortium of owners.
  • Defending a university against a claim by a law student alleging unfair treatment following a suspension for plagiarism.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP acts for all of the main professional indemnity insurers, with proven capabilities assisting solicitors, property professionals, financial institutions, insurance brokers, and construction specialists; the firm has also worked across disputes relating to coverage for property damage and D&O claims, in addition to advising on policy wording for a range of insurance products. The large team has a range of competences, with practice head Duncan Greenwood working with London market insurers and large corporates; Andrew Marsh specialising in construction litigation; Suzanne Wharton leading in respect of accountant and solicitor liability, and Laura Clayburn covering all aspects of construction.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Greenwood

Other key lawyers:

Suzanne Warton; Andrew Marsh; Laura Clayburn

Key clients

Zurich Professional & Financial Lines

Markel (UK) Limited

Travelers Insurance Company


QBE European Operations FSM

Countrywide Plc


CNA Hardy

Manchester Underwriting Management

International General Insurance Company

AmTrust NoMS Amlin

Tokio Marine HCC

Global Risk Partners

Allied World

Great Lakes






Sompo International

DLA Piper

DLA Piper advises major financial institutions on the management of complex and high-profile claims brought against them, in addition to assisting the same clients as claimants; the firm has expanded its offering by taking instruction on claims related to fintech, cybersecurity and APP fraud. The Leeds-based practice is led by Adam Ibrahim, who employs his extensive experience in financial services to represent clearing banks and building societies in significant class actions. Also of note are Hugh Evans, well regarded for his market-leading expertise in professional negligence in the finance space; Chris Harvey, focussing on disputes; and Sohali Ali, experienced in litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Adam Ibrahim

Other key lawyers:

Hugh Evans; Chris Harvey; Sohail Ali


‘Breadth and depth of experience of its lawyers from partners to associates. Excellent teamwork and organisation.’

‘A responsive, intelligent and commercially sensible team that is able to provide exceptional advice as well as rolling up their sleeves and getting into the nitty gritty. Punch well above their weight.’

‘Chris Harvey: exceptional commercial acumen and nous whilst also remaining on top of the detail.’

‘They have excellent expertise in professional negligence, and approach their cases with a strong commercial sensibility. Thoroughly recommended.’

‘Adam Ibrahim: very sensible and pragmatic, and very collaborative with clients and counsel.’

‘Hugh Evans has seen it all, and knows when to fight, when to settle, and makes great tactical decisions. Very hands-on with the details of expert reports and the like.’

Key clients

NatWest Group

Bank of Ireland

Lloyds Banking Group


Leeds Building Society

GE Capital

Beechbrook Capital

Sapphire Developments Solihull Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Sapphire Developments on a £1.2m finder’s fee reneged upon by the buyer due to the failure of the client’s solicitors to document the transaction properly.


DWF has the capacity to provide a full-service offering with respect to representing a wide range of professionals, working with all of the major insurers to defend claims against solicitors, accountants, insurance brokers, construction professionals, architects, surveyors, and media and IT professionals. The firm is well established in the region, and the team has the benefit of a number of secondments with major local clients. The team in Leeds is led by Matthew Reynolds, who is particularly active in defamation and data breach claims, and has significant experience in mediation in this space. Grant Walker focuses on claims against solicitors and construction professionals, the latter also being a specialism of Malcolm Rogers.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Reynolds

Other key lawyers:

Grant Walker; Malcolm Rogers


Extensive and indisputable experience and deep tactical awareness.’

From my perspective, with too many years in a litigious environment, I do believe that this one experience was not as painful as it might have been had we not had them batting for us, and it is extremely comforting to know that insurers have such talent and quality in their armoury. In a professional capacity I’ve met and faced many adversaries over the years and all I can say is that without any hesitation whatsoever I would always prefer Matthew Reynolds and Malcolm Rogers on my side.’

Matthew Reynolds and Malcom Rogers had a forensic understanding of the relevant issues and facts so that on every occasion we went into battle with the opposition, they dwarfed their lawyers. They were merciless with the opposition (and us) when they needed to be and yet were considerate of their duties to the insurers and us, and handled themselves with the utmost professionalism.’

Key clients

AIG Europe Ltd


Arch Insurance Company

Argo Global

Armour Risk Management




Chancery PI



Hiscox Underwriting Limited

Liberty Speciality Markets

Markel (UK) Limited

Medical Protection Society

MS Amlin

Navigators Insurance


RiverStone Management Limited

Starr Underwriting Agents Limited


Zurich Insurance Plc

Work highlights

  • Defending Hiscox against a high-value claim relating to asbestos surveyors, made by a large multinational corporation.
  • Defending solicitors in negligence proceedings relating to contested probate proceedings where there was a dispute between the claimant and her sister over the legitimacy of their mother’s will.
  • Defending a firm of accountants who are being sued by a celebrity former client.

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP is regularly instructed by major insurers to defend claims, with a particular focus on mandates revolving around legal professionals; the ‘technically very strong‘ team is also active in relation to the construction sector, finance professionals, and insurers’ own liabilities, the team being able to draw on the wider firm’s strengths in family, construction, and tax to advise on the liabilities of this diverse client base. Neil Howes heads the Leeds-based practice, with an established track record for defending solicitors and barristers and developing experience in the construction and technology spaces. Liam Burnett and associate Giverny Wroe are likewise recommended.

Practice head(s):

Neil Howes

Other key lawyers:

Liam Burnett; Giverny Wroe


In-depth knowledge of the professional negligence practice area. They are able to fight your corner whilst taking a balanced and commercial approach when required. They are quick to understand the issues and technically very strong.

Neil Howes is technically excellent and able to quickly grasp the issues. He’s also good under pressure, able to adapt his style to a particular situation and able to apply a good level of commerciality to a situation.

It is a very well run team, dedicated to their clients, collaborative and good legal minds.

Above all, the team is ruthlessly geared to achieving the client’s commercial aims in the most cost-efficient way. The advice given is pragmatic and avoids giving prominence to legal issues over the commercial realities of the client’s situation. Further, Mills & Reeve places a high emphasis on team work and clients can be sure that they receive a cohesive, joined-up service.’

Liam Burnett is wise beyond his years; he is a tough cookie and exceptional negotiator. His dedication to the client is second to none.’

The team has a wide range of expertise and is able to bring in the most suitable individuals for the particular issue. The people are always friendly, honest and looking to provide solutions, whilst listening to the needs of the customer. Between their team and my team, we collaborate to achieve results which are beneficial to my company.’

They listen and offer advice having taken time to understand what I am looking to achieve. If my desired outcome is not possible, explanations are provided as to why and various options available to me are explained.’

‘Mills and Reeve are always well prepared, commercial and pragmatic. They fight their client’s case with ability and intelligence.’

Key clients


Pen Underwriting

Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund


Axis Speciality SE

WRB Underwriting

AM Trust

Tokio Marine HCC


Accredited Insurance (Europe) Ltd

IGI Insurance

Manchester Underwriting Management

Walker Morris LLP

Walker Morris LLP draws on the expert teams of its commercial dispute resolution, construction and infrastructure, and banking litigation practices to provide sector-specific expertise in its handling of professional negligence claims. Gwendoline Davies heads up the commercial dispute resolution team, with experience bringing claims against accountants, trustees, and other professionals, where she works alongside Nick Lees and Malcolm Simpson. Paul Hargreaves, Martin Scott and senior director Sue Harris handle matters relating to engineering and construction, with a strong track record in claims against professionals involved in the development and sale of major projects. Richard Sandford, Louise Power and Rob Payne work on claims arising against professionals in the finance space.

Practice head(s):

Gwendoline Davies; Paul Hargreaves; Nick Lees; Martin Scott; Malcolm Simpson; Nick McQueen; Tom Peel; Richard Sandford; Louise Power; Rob Payne


Friendly and effective delivery of advice, and practicable (no fence sitting).

High quality and easily understood; clear directions.’

‘Brilliant team of lawyers who are a delight to work with.’

Key clients

A number of leaseholders of a development known as St Francis Tower, Ipswich

Lloyds Banking Group

Bank of Ireland

UK Asset Resolution

Topaz Finance Limited

Oakwood Home Loans

Pepper UK Finance

Prospective purchasers of off-plan units at The Rise, Liverpool

Work highlights

  • Acting for over 30 leaseholder owners of apartments at St Francis Tower, Ipswich, on their claim for aproximately £2.4m against the solicitors and licensed conveyancing practices.
  • Acting on behalf of 94 clients on a multi-party claim for approximately £6m relating to the failed development known as The Rise, Liverpool.

3volution Limited

3volution Limited acts in a number of diverse sectors, but has a particular focus on the pensions and the energy industries. Practice head Tim Stone handles a wide range of claims, and brings his substantial expertise to the firm’s pensions-related disputes and has been involved in a number of landmark cases in the sector. Associate Jessica Bennett is noted for her sector specialism in energy, and handles a range of disputes against energy brokers.

Practice head(s):

Tim Stone

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Bennett

Key clients

Nexus Vehicle Management Limited

Alan Parker

Jacqueline Newdick

The General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous

Work highlights

  • Acting for various claimants in claims against energy brokers in respect of secret commission earned.
  • Advising two individuals on an investment in an off-shore scheme.
  • Representing an individual in a claim against their financial advisor regarding advice received on their pension.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard works across banking, construction and general commercial litigation, with a growing focus on cladding and fire safety targeted at high-value claims for residential, office, leisure and healthcare buildings. Sally Emerton heads the finance litigation department from Leeds, working on some of the most significant banking mandates in the region; she regularly works with Ben Lowans, with claims by lenders against solicitors in real estate finance being an area of particular focus. Bill Gilliam leads the practice’s work for commercial clients outside of the finance sector, specialising in major project disputes and claims arising from the sale and purchase of businesses. Joe Wilkinson is noted for his extensive experience in the handling of construction and engineering disputes, specifically in relation to issues with designs and defects. Legal director Sandip Singh is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Sally Emerton

Other key lawyers:

Ben Lowans; Bill Gilliam; Joe Wilkinson; Sandip Singh; Rachel Elgar


Strong service joined up seamlessly with other offices, including London.’

Sandip Singh is capable with a good grasp of figures and quantum.

Well-regarded team in the region, with strong presence and knowledge of banking and finance-related professional negligence issues in particular.’

Rachel Elgar is a very promising associate: detail-focused and responsive.’

Sandip Singh is an excellent banking litigator with a huge amount of experience.’

Sandip Singh: huge experience, great determination, very robust and knowledgeable.

Key clients

Aldermore Bank Plc

Close Brothers Group PLC

Virgin Money Group

Natwest Group

Santander UK Plc including Santander Asset Finance

Skipton Building Society

Yorkshire Building Society

Work highlights

  • Acting for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in its claim relating to a new-build hospital in Cramlington which has multiple high-value defects.
  • Acting for Peel Media in a claim concerning cladding and fire safety against five defendants, including the professional team, cladding sub-contractor and management contractor.

Keystone Law

Keystone Law handles the full range of professional negligence claims, drawing upon the resources of the wider national firm to provide an offering across a range of industries and professions. Jonathan Watmough brings his valuable experience and insights from his time as a defendant lawyer for a number of the leading insurers to the claims pursued by businesses and individuals. He works alongside consultant solicitor Sharon Duncan, who has experience acting in claims against solicitors, valuers, surveyors, insurance brokers, and accountants.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Watmough

Other key lawyers:

Sharon Duncan


‘A very good practice from all aspects. From engagement the whole process was handled very well. Very professional and experienced in all the services provided to me.’

‘The level of service was exceptional. All communication was received in a timely manner and the representation in my case was of the highest level. I dealt with Sharon Duncan and the level service was unquestionable.’

‘Our main contact is Jonathan Watmough, who our clients are always very happy with. He used to defend professionals for insurers, so he understands the other side of the market. He’s good on the law, but also practical and user-friendly, which is important.’

‘Jonathan Watmough has specific expertise in this area and solely practices in professional negligence and is a true specialist.’

‘The team is very professional and well organised. Most importantly, they collaborate well with colleagues to ensure that the most appropriate knowledge is applied to the matter. Some other firms appear more siloed and work is not given to the most appropriate person. This is vital to any client. It is a well managed firm.’

‘Jonathan Watmough is clearly expert in his field; he leaves you feeling confident that they have thought of everything. Jonathan is attentive and proactively seeks feedback to ensure you are receiving the service you expect.’

‘Jonathan Watmough is extremely diligent, practical and professional in his approach. He communicates well and I would have no hesitation in recommending him to others.’

‘The service I received was excellent from start to finish. I have nothing but praise for all the people involved with my claim.’


LCF Law represents both claimants and defendants in respect of professional negligence claims, with financial services and related mandates being a particular area of focus. Practice head Charles Abraham operates out of Leeds, and is noted for his work in relation to tax advice. Bradford-based Ragan Montgomery regularly handles negligence claims arising out of trusts and inheritance disputes.

Practice head(s):

Charles Abraham; Ragan Montgomery


Excellent firm that is highly responsive and client focused.’

Very experienced and reasonably priced for the quality of service provided.

Work highlights

  • Acted for the claimant in a multi-million pound claim against a major accountant for negligent advice relating to the restructuring of their business.
  • Successfully acted for a claimant against their former tax advisors for negligent advice in relation to offshore trusts and sale of their interest in a business.
  • Acted on a variety of professional negligence claims against solicitors concerning probate and property work.