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Professional negligence in Yorkshire And The Humber

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard handles professional negligence matters across a wide range of sectors. It has a particularly strong construction offering as well as a growing banking practice that has been bolstered by the arrival of finance litigation legal director Sandip Singh from Walker Morris LLP in November 2021. Singh has significant experience in bringing claims relating to negligence, fraud and misappropriation of funds. Ben Lowans handles investment negligence cases on behalf of high net-worth individuals while Bill Gilliam  assists commercial clients. Joe Wilkinson  is a key construction litigation partner. Sally Emerton, head of finance litigation in the North, leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Sally Emerton

Other key lawyers:

Ben Lowans; Joe Wilkinson; Sandip Singh; Rachel Elgar

Testimonials

‘They have an incredibly deep understanding of their clients and their sector.’

‘The Leeds team has recently been strengthened with the recruitment of Sandip Singh and Rachel Elgar. Both bring substantial litigation experience and technical knowledge from acting on behalf of banks including complex and multi-party frauds and high value claims.’

Key clients

Aldermore Bank Plc

Close Brothers Group PLC including Close Asset Finance , Close Leasing and Close Invoice Finance

Virgin Money Group

Natwest Group

Santander UK Plc including Santander Asset Finance

Skipton Building Society

Yorkshire Building Society

BNP Paribas Group

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 (including structural, M&E and fire related).
  • Acting for a financial institution following mortgage fraud and the professional negligence of its solicitors.

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co is praised for its ‘first-class legal acumen and client service.’ The Leeds team operates as part of the firm’s national network of offices and has a specialist insurance and professional indemnity offering. It handles both high-value and low-value claims for insurers, insured professionals and brokers. The ‘excellent’ Anthony Brown is the key practitioner, supported by senior associates David Meehan and Peter Tsimonos.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Brown

Other key lawyers:

David Meehan; Peter Tsimonos

Testimonials

‘Clyde & Co’s Leeds office is a delight to work with. They are prompt, thorough and pragmatic.’

‘This is a team that knows what they’re doing. Whenever I have anything that is particularly, complex, I know that I am in safe hands with Anthony Brown and his team.’

‘A small and close-knit team doing high-level work at very competitive rates. The team benefits from a high degree of partner engagement, excellent associates, and collaborative culture.’

‘Really first-class legal acumen and client service. Fantastic turnaround time on instructions and total attention to detail to protect the client’s position.’

‘Anthony Brown is absolutely excellent, highly commercial and very good on overall strategy.’

‘David Meehan is a rising star who is wise beyond his years and handles work that would ordinarily be dealt with at the partner level. An extremely capable lawyer.’

‘Peter Tsimonos is very good. I was very impressed at his ability to pick up an unfamiliar matter and deal with it admirably.’

Work highlights

  • Defending a sports governing body against a claim arising from a safeguarding disciplinary hearing and alleged breach of the GDPR achieving a strikeout of the claim.
  • Defending a claim against a consultant in land development, acquisitions and sales relating to alleged negligence in respect of an option agreement for the development of agricultural land.
  • Defending a claim against an investment manager in respect of the allegedly negligent investment of funds awarded following a personal injury claim.

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The large Yorkshire professional negligence practice at DAC Beachcroft LLP acts for all of the major UK PI insurers, specialising in defending claims concerning solicitors, property professionals, financial institutions, insurance brokers and construction contractors, professionals and their insurers. The key names are Duncan Greenwood, who heads the firm’s property professionals group; construction litigation head Andrew Marsh; and the well-regarded Suzanne Wharton, who has a focus on claims involving solicitors and accountants.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Wharton; Duncan Greenwood; Andrew Marsh

Other key lawyers:

Naomi Park; Mark Cawthorne; Laura Clayburn; James Hazlett

Key clients

Zurich Professional & Financial Lines

Markel (UK) Limited

Travelers Insurance Company

Aviva

QBE European Operations FSM

Countrywide Plc

AXA XL

CNA Hardy

Manchester Underwriting Management

International General Insurance Company

Amtrust

MS Amlin

Tokio Marine HCC

Global Risk Partners

Allied World

Great Lakes

Liberty

RSA

Gallagher

Hiscox

Sompo International

Work highlights

    DLA Piper

    DLA Piper has an ‘incredibly strong reputation in the marketplace’ and is ‘unrivalled in terms of expertise and bench strength’. Led by Adam Ibrahim , the group has experience acting on complex issues arising out of commercial lending and is regularly instructed on mandates with a multi-jurisdictional angle. Senior consultant Hugh Evans, legal director Paul McNamee and Sohail Ali, who clients consider a ‘genuine superstar’, have significant experience advising financial services clients.

    Practice head(s):

    Adam Ibrahim

    Other key lawyers:

    Hugh Evans; Rachel Tookey; Paul McNamee; Sohail Ali

    Testimonials

    ‘The firm has an incredibly strong reputation in the marketplace. They are unrivalled in terms of expertise and bench strength.’

    ‘It has always been a pleasure dealing with the firm and its transparency and innovation on issues such as billing (agreeing capped/fixed fees/offering third party funding) and use of legal tech.’

    ‘Sohail Ali is an incredibly slick operator and a genuine superstar of his generation. He is a formidable intellect and exceptional strategist.’

    Key clients

    NatWest Group

    Bank of Ireland

    Lloyds Banking Group (including Bank of Scotland)

    PwC

    Leeds Building Society

    GE Capital

    Beechbrook Capital

    Work highlights

      DWF

      DWF‘s professional indemnity team ‘punches above its weight’ and is regularly instructed on multimillion-pound, multi-party disputes. The team has a strong TMT sector focus, advising a wide range of media professionals on negligence claims. Practice head Matthew Reynolds has extensive mediation experience. Grant Walker is a ‘superb litigator’, defending claims against solicitors while Malcolm Rogers provides ‘first class’ defence in claims against construction professionals.

      Practice head(s):

      Matthew Reynolds

      Other key lawyers:

      Grant Walker; Malcolm Rogers

      Testimonials

      ‘DWF’s professional indemnity team is a real asset. Excellent sector-driven knowledge is at the heart of what they do and the partners are approachable, knowledgeable and strategically very sound.’

      ‘This team punches above its weight in both the local and national market. It is user friendly, extremely knowledgeable and excellent value.’

      ‘Well established professional indemnity department. Experienced in commercial negotiations and have a keen eye on what insurers want.’

      ‘Matt Reynolds is a very client friendly litigator who is not afraid to put a marker down with claimants.’

      ‘Malcolm Rogers’ sector knowledge was absolutely first class and he was always on hand with advice and built an excellent strategy for our defence.’

      ‘Grant Walker is a superb litigator. Measured, resourceful, highly intelligent and a master of detail, he gets brilliant results for his clients by the impeccably high standards he expects of himself and by the creative attention he devotes to his cases.’

      Key clients

      AIG Europe Ltd

      Arch Insurance Company

      Argo Global

      Armour Risk Management

      AXA XL

      BT

      Canopius

      Chancery PI

      Chubb

      CNA

      Hiscox Underwriting Limited

      Liberty Speciality Markets

      Markel (UK) Limited

      Medical Protection Society

      MS Amlin

      Navigators Insurance

      QBE

      RiverStone Management Limited

      Starr Underwriting Agents Limited

      Travelers

      Zurich Insurance Plc

      Work highlights

      • Defended Hiscox in a construction adjudication against a sports floor manufacturer.
      • Advised AXA XL in defending a professional negligence claim against a firm of solicitors, relating to the purchase of leasehold interests in two developments by 17 separate investors, which (once constructed) was intended to be a student accommodation complex comprising 302 apartments across the two sites.
      • Defending a firm of accountants who are being sued by a celebrity former client. The allegations concern a settlement agreement reached with HMRC arising from the celebrity’s failure to pay tax.

      Mills & Reeve LLP

      Mills & Reeve LLP is well known for handling complex claims, particularly those against solicitors and barristers. The group also continues to see growth in its work defending construction and financial professionals; newly promoted partner and practice co-head Liam Burnett is regularly instructed by accountants and insurance brokers when dealing with HMRC investigations. Neil Howes jointly leads the team and has a broad practice that includes a growing reputation in directors and officers claims for clients in the life sciences and technology sectors. Principal associate Laura Johnson is also recommended.

      Practice head(s):

      Neil Howes; Liam Burnett

      Other key lawyers:

      Laura Johnson; Giverny Wroe

      Testimonials

      ‘Experts in their specialist field, good rates, and a proactive and creative approach to legal issues and challenges in and out of litigation.’

      ‘Mills & Reeve are technically strong whilst being straightforward to work with and take a commercial approach within the parameters of acting on professional negligence matters.’

      ‘Very strong local team here in Yorkshire. They are all good lawyers, but also sensible and commercial when needs be.’

      ‘Neil Howes leads the team excellently. Provides partner level advice and support but with a humble and approachable style. Support provided by Laura Johnson in particular is delivered to a very high standard.’

      ‘The Mills & Reeve team’s greatest strength is it client care. Everything that is done is focused on delivering the most efficient, digestible product to the client.’

      ‘Liam Burnett gets to the heart of a matter quickly and with no fuss, and then zeroes in on what needs to be done to get the client in the best position either to contest the key points or to reach the best possible commercial deal.’

      Key clients

      Pen Underwriting

      Travelers Insurance Company

      Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund

      Markel Insurance

      CNA Hardy Insurance

      Navigators Pro

      Axis Specialty (London)

      W/R/B Underwriting

      AmTrust Europe

      Work highlights

        Walker Morris LLP

        The ‘excellent’ professional negligence practice at Walker Morris LLP is reflected in the strength of its practice heads; Gwendoline Davies, Nick Lees, Malcolm Simpson and Nick McQueen handle high-value claims in a commercial disputes context, while Paul Hargreaves, Tom Peel and Martin Scott are experts in construction and engineering litigation. For financial services sector expertise, Richard Sandford, Louise Power and Rob Payne are the key practitioners, advising clients on investor fraud rings, money laundering and cybercrime.

        Practice head(s):

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

        Testimonials

        ‘The professional negligence and title rectification team at Walker Morris is excellent – client service is outstanding as the team is friendly, approachable and efficient and the advice provided is clear, comprehensive and of an excellent quality.’

        ‘The teams work well together and also ensure every member is up to date on the proceedings.’

        ‘They stand out with their knowledge and attention to detail. I feel they would go above and beyond to get the best result.’

        ‘I appreciate their honesty, even with the information sometimes as a client you don’t want to hear. I would recommend the team to anyone looking for legal advice.’

        ‘Paul Hargreaves is fantastic; not only because he is great to work with, but because he doggedly pursues his clients’ interests. I cannot speak highly enough of him.’

        ‘Gwen Davies is a star individual.’

        Key clients

        Leaseholders of apartment blocks at Meridian Quay, Swansea

        Leaseholders of a development known as St Francis Tower, Ipswich

        Lloyds Banking Group

        Bank of Ireland

        UK Asset Resolution t/a Mortgage Express, Bradford & Bingley & NRAM Limited

        Topaz Finance Limited

        Oakwood Home Loans

        Pepper UK Finance

        Work highlights

        • Acting for various leaseholder owners of apartments in a residential development in Meridian Quay Swansea in claims against Zurich Insurance Plc in connection with the issue of insurance cover notes.
        • Acting for over 30 leaseholder owners of apartments at St Francis Tower, Ipswich in claims against the solicitors and licensed conveyancing practices in relation to advice provided to the claimants on the purchase of their flats.

        3volution Limited

        3volution Limited‘s claimant-based professional negligence practice is led by Tim Stone, who has particular expertise in pension-related claims. The group acts for clients across a range of sectors, including manufacturing and engineering, IT, retail, food and drink, as well as growing its specialism in the energy industry through its continued partnership with Business Energy Claims. Associate Jessica Bennett provides strong support on contractual and negligence disputes against energy brokers. Samantha Wragg is also recommended.

        Practice head(s):

        Tim Stone

        Other key lawyers:

        Samantha Wragg; Jessica Bennett

        Testimonials

        ‘The firm takes a thorough, considered and intelligent approach to litigation, analysing and questioning, yet pragmatic and commercial. Never wasting time yet always considering the likely complications from an early stage.’

        Key clients

        Mr Mark Grafton and RE Grafton Limited

        Nexus Vehicle Management Limited

        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 in respect of an investment in an off-shore scheme.
        • Advising an individual in respect of a claim against their financial advisor regarding advice received on their pension.

        Shoosmiths LLP

        Shoosmiths LLP‘s ‘efficient and professional’ professional negligence practice focuses on high-value claimant work. It has extensive experience acting for lenders and continues to develop its pensions litigation offering, advising in relation to negligent advice provided to pension scheme administrators. The practice is led by Matthew Howarth who clients describe as a ‘practical and astute litigator’.

        Practice head(s):

        Matthew Howarth

        Testimonials

        ‘Really diverse team of talent.’

        ‘A very efficient and professional practice.’

        ‘Matthew Howarth is a very practical and astute litigator. He is very commercially aware and will always highlight to a client the strengths and weaknesses of a claim.’

        Key clients

        Paragon Development Finance Limited

        Entrust Limited

        Pace Properties Limited

        Work highlights

        • Acting for Pace Properties Limited in a claim against solicitors regarding the exercise of an option to acquire valuable development land.
        • Advising Paragon Development Finance Limited on the negligent valuation of a purpose-built accommodation property.
        • Acting for Entrust Limited, professional pension trustees, in a claim against former pension scheme administrators over negligent administration.

        Irwin Mitchell

        Based in Sheffield, the professional negligence team at Irwin Mitchell acts for both individuals and corporate clients on claims against a range of professionals. It is recognised for its expertise in construction-related negligence disputes and has a particular specialism in representing insolvency practitioners in claims arising out of insolvency estates. Senior associate Natasha Guthrie is the key practitioner in Sheffiled; Duncan Hope sits as national practice head in Manchester while Steven Beahan is head of Sheffield’s commercial litigation team. Legal executive Joe Dunne is also recommended.

        Practice head(s):

        Natasha Guthrie; Steven Beahan; Duncan Hope

        Other key lawyers:

        Joe Dunne

        Testimonials

        ‘Particular expertise in property professional negligence matters.’

        ‘Joe Dunne handles a wide range of professional negligence matters on behalf of insured claimants, to a very high standard.’

        Key clients

        Arc Legal Assistance Ltd

        Aviva Insurance

        Axa Insurance

        Abbey Taylor Limited

        Aegus Insurance

        DAS UK Group Limited

        ESure

        Wilson Field Limited

        Begbies Traynor LLP

        LIM Insurance

        Trinity Claims

        Work highlights

          Kennedys

          Professional liability work is a cornerstone practice at Kennedys, which moved into the Leeds market with the 2021 acquisition of Langleys' insurance team. The professional liability practice acts exclusively for the insurance market and handles claims against a variety of professionals including solicitors and barristers as well as construction, financial and technology professionals. The team in Leeds was strengthened in November 2021 by the hire of senior associate Mark Cordingley from DAC Beachcroft LLP; former Langleys practice head Matthew Liston left to go in-house in April 2022.

          Other key lawyers:

          Mark Cordingley

          Testimonials

          ‘Well respected team.’

          ‘Matthew Liston is very knowledgeable, an excellent lawyer but above all else commercial, sensible and approachable.’

          ‘The quality of their fee earners is second to none. They are quick to respond and knowledgeable in everything that they do.’

          Work highlights

            Keystone Law

            Keystone Law has a ‘deep specialisation’ in claimant professional negligence work. The ‘outstanding’ Jonathan Watmough acts predominantly for businesses and high net-worth individuals. Sharon Duncan has strong experience representing both claimants and defendants in claims involving various national and international banking institutions.

            Other key lawyers:

            Jonathan Watmough; Sharon Duncan

            Testimonials

            ‘Outstanding service and high level of expertise.’

            ‘Very adaptable to changing situations.’

            ‘Keystone Law brings a wide range of expertise together under one roof, including a deep specialisation in claimant professional negligence work.’

            ‘Jonathan Watmough provided high-quality legal advice and negotiation skills. Always friendly and easy to get along with. An outstanding professional.’

            ‘Sharon Duncan is extremely quick to return calls and emails. She is attentive to details and thoroughly involved and invested. Her ability to swiftly assimilate all the information and provide professional and timely feedback is excellent.’

            Work highlights

              LCF Law

              LCF Law‘s professional negligence team specialises in claims against solicitors and accountants. It is notably strong in the property and financial services sectors, with practice head Charles Abraham noted for his expertise in financial services, while Bradford-based Ragan Montgomery has experience acting against surveyors.

              Practice head(s):

              Charles Abraham; Ragan Montgomery

              Work highlights

              • Advised a high profile lawyer in a successful professional negligence claim against their former financial advisor.
              • Advised a director in a professional negligence claim against their former accountants arising from an HMRC investigation.
              • Defended a financial services firm against allegations of professional negligence arising from the collapse of a business property relief investment.