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Mills & Reeve LLP

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Neil Davis

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Mills & Reeve LLP


Neil joined Mills & Reeve in 2000 and became a partner in 2004. Since 2008 Neil has led the London insurance and reinsurance team and in 2012, he became head of the firm’s national insurance group with responsibility for developing and delivering the firm’s strategy for this core sector. Neil’s own experience is principally in relation to professional negligence disputes and his particular areas of focus are in defending claims against solicitors and insurance brokers, where he is currently dealing with a number of substantial and complex claims. In addition, he has a growing practice defending professional negligence and breach of contract claims against IT companies. Neil has significant experience of advising on coverage issues. He is client partner for a number of the firm’s key clients including AIG, Allianz and WR Berkeley.


Trainee solicitor Clarkson, Wright & Jakes 1994-96; qualified 1996; solicitor Browne Jacobson 1996-2000; solicitor Mills & Reeve 2000-01; associate 2001-04; partner 2004 to date.


University of Birmingham (1993 LLB Hons Law).


Triathlons; skiing; spending time with his family.

London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Within: Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Mills & Reeve LLP's practice has contentious coverage expertise spanning a range of insurance areas including D&O, technology and cyber. The firm also offers a longstanding professional indemnity practice within the London market, which has involved advising on coverage as well as defence. Neil Davis leads a team that is seasoned in handling complex, high-value crime, civil liability and D&O claims. Thanks to the firm’s national construction practice, the team can also draw on expertise in multi-party construction disputes in the insurance sector. It is currently representing six sureties, including AIG Europe, Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe and Zurich Insurance Company, in negotiating the extension and amendments to their existing facilities and general arrangements of indemnity and a new security sharing agreement. Adrian Luto is leading the team in this matter; he joined the practice along with Justin Hennessey in June 2017 as a result of the merger with legacy firm Maxwell Winward, adding their significant experience and expertise to the pool.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

The ‘outstanding’ department at Mills & Reeve LLP ‘punches well above its weight’; it handles claims across the legal, financial and construction sectors, as well as claims involving insurance brokers and tech sector professionals. Collegiate Claims, IGI and CNA Hardy are clients. Department head Neil Davis is a ‘robust and effective litigator’; Nicolas Oldham, who ‘explores every avenue to resist ambitious claims’, heads the construction and engineering risks team; head of financial claims Virginia Hickley is ‘first-rate’; and ‘impressive’ consultant Harriet Strevens is also singled out for praise. Recently promoted partner Eric France and principal associates Lisa Taylor and Tom Filby, who is ‘very bright’, are also key contacts. Paul Spibey has joined Shakespeare Martineau LLP.

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