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Simmons & Simmons

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Jonathan Spencer

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Simmons & Simmons

Position

Jonathan specialises in defending professional indemnity claims against construction professionals (including architects, engineers and surveyors) and major contractors. He also regularly advise on complex, high value policy coverage disputes for London market insurers. 

Jonathan has experience of a wide variety of construction disputes involving, for example, iconic buildings, sports grounds, schools, hospitals, large residential schemes, commercial/retail and waste to energy facilities.

His caseload routinely involves mediations and litigation (generally in the Technology and Construction Court) and he also has arbitration and adjudication experience.

Represented the engineer in the widely reported Technology and Construction Court case of Goldswain and Another v Beltec Limited (t/a BCS Consulting) and Another [2015] EWHC 556(TCC).

Undertaken a year-long client secondment at a major international Insurer.

Recommended for ‘strong commercial acumen’, particularly on behalf of both insurers and contractors – the Legal 500 UK 2017


London: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Simmons & Simmons provides the ‘highest level of technical knowledge in professional negligence matters’ and is regularly instructed in cases against accountants, lawyers, actuaries, construction professionals, financial advisers, brokers, IT consultants, surveyors and valuers. Team head James Pollock ‘gives superlative tactical guidance to ensure minimal wasted time or effort and ensures appropriate and speedy responses to any questions; you want him on your side’. Pollock is defending CMS in a £65m claim brought by a former client of the firm, Mr Alexander Mayr, and two of his companies in relation to a French investment undertaken in 2011. AIG, Starstone, KPF, Lockton Companies and MS Amlin are also clients. Colin Passmore is experienced in claims relating to accountancy professionals; Simon Hilditch is ‘first-rate’ and is noted for his expertise in finance-related mandates; and Felix Zimmermann specialises in defending professional negligence claims against insurance brokers, construction professionals, accountants and solicitors. Emily Monastiriotis is ‘practical, legally astute’ and ‘thoroughly understands the construction industry’, and Bristol-based managing associate Jonathan Spencer is also active in construction disputes. Managing associate Sherry Goodman-Smith is also recommended.

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