Rhian Howell > RPC > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

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Partner Rhian Howell is a leading professional negligence expert with significant experience dealing with claims against lawyers and construction professionals.

She also handles disciplinary and regulatory matters on behalf of professionals and has a particular reputation for dealing with fraud and dishonest assistance claims against solicitors.

Rhian led the defence on behalf of BPE in the leading Supreme Court decision of BPE Solicitors and another (Respondents) v Hughes-Holland (in substitution for Gabriel) (Appellant) [2017] UKSC 21 which limited the extent of a professionals’ exposure when errors are made.

Rhian also regularly provides training to clients on risk management, legal updates, as well as best practice when handing claims.

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South West > Insurance > Professional negligence

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RPC‘s sizeable professional negligence practice offers wide-ranging expertise in this space, acting for professionals in the legal, financial services and construction sectors as well as for insurance brokers. The team is also adept at handling directors and officers claims. The practice counts many of the most prominent PI insurers in the market amongst its clients, and also receives direct instructions from professional firms. Rhian Howell leads the Bristol office and has many years of experience acting in the defence of barristers and solicitors. Will Sefton is also active in representing legal professionals and also handles prominent cases involving directors, and Ben Goodier leads much of the team’s work in the construction industry. Rachael Healey and Robert Morris are the key names to note in cases related to financial services, with Healey particularly focused on the pensions industry. David Allison and Kirstie Pike were promoted to the partnership in May 2021.