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Neil Howes

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Neil rejoined Mills & Reeve in 2010 and became a partner in 2011. He heads up the Leeds part of the firm’s insurance disputes group which has undergone a rapid rate of expansion over the last three years. Neil specialises in defending professional negligence claims on behalf of insurers and their insureds. He acts for a wide range of professionals including lawyers and professionals in the construction industry. Over the past year, he has acted in connection with a number of high profile, multi-million pound claims. He has extensive experience of claims involving fraud and of both making and defending applications for injunctions (including asset freezing and search and seizure orders).


Trained Browne Jacobson; qualified 1999; solicitor Mills & Reeve 2001-03; Walker Morris 2003-10 (appointed director 2009); Mills & Reeves 2010 to date (appointed partner 2011).


Leeds Law Society.


St John’s College (University of Durham) 1995 LLB Hons Law; College of Law (Chester) 1996 LPC.


Following Nottingham Forest FC; archery; hill walking.

Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

Professional negligence: defendant

Within: Professional negligence: defendant

Mills & Reeve LLP is 'one of the leading firms for professional negligence in the area'. The team has the ability to 'handle the biggest and best cases with a human touch' and frequently represents legal professionals in addition to individuals in other sectors including construction, tech, finance, insurance and life science. The 'very experienced and commercially sensible' Neil Howes heads the practice and is praised for his 'legal expertise' and 'excellent judgement'. Howes acted for Pen Underwriting concerning a claim against a firm of solicitors regarding a purchase of a cinema complex which alleged a duty of care was owed to another firm of solicitors involved in the transaction. The team reached a favourable settlement at mediation. Other key names Matthew Liston and consultant Edward Coulson, who is at the 'top of his game'.

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