David Gooding > Mills & Reeve LLP > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Mills & Reeve LLP
B3 2AB

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David is a professional indemnity and policy coverage specialist. His practice is focussed on advising lawyers, accountants and financial professionals and their insurers on defending and resolving claims as well as assisting accountants and solicitors with disciplinary investigations. He also advises insurers on policy coverage disputes and dishonesty investigations. David is head of the national accountants disputes practice.

David is regularly instructed to assist and defend businesses facing high profile and significant claims. He recognises the financial, personal and reputational impact of a claim on professionals and their businesses. David is able to reduce that impact by relying on 20 years’ experience, working closely with clients and by providing insightful, commercial and clear advice. 

His recent experience includes helping strike out an unmeritorious multi-million pound claim against a professional firm pursued by a determined litigant in person. This year, he successfully led the defence of an accountants claim at the Supreme Court, Matthew & Others v Sedman & others [2021] UKSC 18 


Trainee solicitor Hammond Suddards 1999-2001; solicitor Mills & Reeve 2001-07; associate 2007-11; partner 2011 to date.




Birmingham Law Society; Chartered Insurance Institute; Birmingham Insurance Institute.


Leicester Grammar School; University of York 1997 (BA (hons) History with French); University of Strasbourg; De Montfort University 1998 Diploma in Law; College of Law (York) 1999 Diploma in Legal Practice.


Family, ultra marathon running, hiking, reading 

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Insurance > Professional negligence

(Leading individuals)

David GoodingMills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP is a recognised name for its work in the professional indemnity market and regularly deals with substantial claims and coverage disputes – the team is well regarded for its ‘commitment to excellence and standout client service’. Angus Turner focuses on solicitors’ negligence claims and related coverage issues. Neil Frankland concentrates on construction and brokers’ negligence claims while David Gooding is skilled at defending accountants and solicitors’ negligence claims as well as advising insurers on various coverage issues. In addition Gooding deals with claims against other financial professionals including IFAs and trustees.