Clyde & Co > Edinburgh, Scotland > Firm Profile

Clyde & Co
18 George Street
EH2 2PF
Scotland

Private client > Family Tier 4

With decades of experience litigating a broad array of family, child and matrimonial cases in both the Court of Session and Sheriff Court, Caroline Gillespie spearheads Clyde & Co LLP’s family practice. Gillespie and her team concentrate on international child relocation and cohabitation cases, as well as complex financial provision cases. Key assistance is provided by Alison Nicol, who joined the team from Jones Whyte LLP in January 2020.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Gillespie

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘BLM took my case when I was at my wits end in what turned out to be a very difficult and protracted case. They have kept me up to date timeously in a courteous manner.’

‘Caroline Gillespie’s unfailing support and handling of fragile matters are second to none. Caroline was able to put herself in my shoes and navigate clear-headed through the complexity of matters. Caroline has the ability to go right to the heart of the matter.’

‘Caroline Gillespie strikes me as a very experienced and knowledgeable operator who operates in a pragmatic and solution driven basis.’

‘Caroline Gillespie and her team are always very professional in their approach. They listen to clients from both a commercial and professional perspective. They are very easy to work with in a collaborative basis’

‘Caroline Gillespie is very knowledgeable in her field and offers a personable approach to her dealings with clients and other professionals. I have referred her to a number of clients and intend to do so in the future’

‘Alison Nicol is very knowledgeable and also has a strong understanding of the needs of parents who are involved in the family court process’

‘The BLM family law team in Glasgow are excellent, able and highly motivated. They have a good manner with clients and with agents. Their level of commitment and service is high.’

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 4

Three leads direct the offering at Clyde & Co LLP: road traffic litigation specialist Ian Walker and medical crime team head Adam Weston in London, and national health and safety head Helen Devery in Manchester. The team is highly regarded for its experience in corporate and individual crime in healthcare and health and safety, and has particular specialisms in abuse and neglect offences, indecent images prosecutions, medical crimes (particularly those falling under the Mental Health Act and Medicines Act) and white collar matters.  Iskander Fernandez, Clare Chapman, Peter James and Diana Goldstein are other key names to note.

Practice head(s):

Ian Walker; Helen Devery; Adam Weston

Testimonials

Really exceptional client care offered. The work is done to the highest standard, and communications are always answered swiftly and appropriately. A smooth, professional outfit‘.

Key experience in corporate and individual crime in healthcare and health and safety make this team go to experts in their chosen fields‘.

Adam Weston – a leading disciplinary/regulatory practitioner who can also act in heavyweight criminal cases involving doctors‘.

Iskander Fernandezhas long experience in the field and it tells. He is a smooth, charming lawyer who clients really trust. I have worked on cases with him involving highly vulnerable clients, and have seen that his client care is exceptional. His work is of the highest standard, and he really cares about achieving the best results for his clients‘.

Iskander Fernandez was superb. On top of the brief at all times and navigated through the complexities with calm and skill‘.

Clare Chapman is an absolutely first class solicitor. She is incredibly dedicated and hard working, cares enormously about her clients and will do whatever it takes night or day to ensure that she gets the best outcomes for them. Her cases are always immaculately prepared and she makes sure every angle is covered‘.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 4

Clyde & Co LLP's 'always commercial' dispute resolution team is particularly well-known for its 'breadth of experience in insurance claims'. Other areas of specialism include manufacturing sector litigation and disputes involving fraud elements, asset tracing and injunctive relief. Julian SmartCaroline Kane and Jagdeep Hayre jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Julian Smart; Caroline Kane; Jagdeep Hayre

Testimonials

‘BLM is a stalwart of the insurance/property damage market, punching in the upper echelons with the range, volume and profile of claims handled by their teams. Their teams are user-friendly and experienced, and I enjoy working with them.’

‘Very broad experience in insurance claims.’

‘Caroline Kane and her team are excellent to work with. Knowledgeable and responsive but always commercial.’

Key clients

Compass Group UK & Ireland Ltd

Affinity Water

Fujitsu Plc

European Risk Insurance Company hf

Birmingham City Council

Towergate Financial Group Ltd

AS Watson plc

Glen Dimplex Group

Allianz

Fairmead Insurance Ltd (formerly Legal & General)

RSA

Welsh Water

Work highlights

  • Representing a major corporate client in its recovery of interchange fees erroneously overcharged to a number of its group companies.
  • Acting for a major commercial crime insurer in pursuit of the recovery of sums misappropriated from its insured assisted by numerous claims for injunctive relief.
  • Acting for a private client who has been the victim of a cyber-fraud and misdirected a payment to a fraudster who had infiltrated the client’s email account.

Insurance > Professional negligence

Employment > Health and safety

Transport > Travel

Employment >

Clyde & Co LLP has one of the largest UK health and safety practices by volume of work and breadth of industries, with its clientbase almost equally split between corporates and insurers. The cases the firm undertakes involve fatalities and catastrophic injuries, often in the manufacturing, energy, and construction sectors.  While the national reduction in court proceedings due to COVID-19 did impact the team, advisory instructions increased significantly, with the firm providing compliance advice to clients in historically low risk sectors. The team is led by Chris Morrison,  supported by health and safety criminal enforcement specialist Rod Hunt. Mark Brookes is a solicitor of choice for blue-chip clients, SMEs and individuals seeking advice in relation to fatalities and serious injuries across a range of industrial sectors. Associates Stephanie Lunt and Alan Kells are praised for their 'diligence' and recommended by their peers. The practice was recently strengthened by the firm's merger with BLM - key names joining the newly combined firm include dual-qualified, corporate and individual duty specialist Peter James, who leads the safety, health and environment team, supported by investigations and prosecutions specialist Diana Goldstein.Claire Petts 'leads an amazing team' at Clyde & Co LLP; the group is equally proficient at handling matters involving negligence claims, fatal accident inquiries, inquests, and a wide range of disciplinary, regulatory and criminal proceedings. The team's expertise in conducting such multi-layered cases was recently enhanced even further by the arrival of 'simply excellent' partner Joanna Bower from Capsticks LLP. Other notable practice members include Sam Holden and Gemma Brannigan. The firm continues to expand its international footprint, bringing an ever-increasing global outlook to its work, and allowing the department to advise on high profile issues internationally as well as nationally. The team was recently strengthened by its combination with BLM; key names joining the practice include health and social care partner Ella Partner, whose clinical negligence experience includes defending high value spinal injury and spina bifida cases.Clyde & Co LLP fields one of the largest insurance teams in the market and offers ‘fast, effective and pragmatic advice’ to multinational organisations on insurance litigation matters, including cases involving Directors' and Officers' liability insurance (D&O), marine, product liability, financial lines and business interruption policies. The London team frequently collaborates with the firm’s offices worldwide to advise its roster of UK and international clients on international litigation. Practice lead James Cooper has considerable experience acting for directors and officers and financial institutions on contentious multijurisdictional matters. Andrew Grant heads up the specialty practice, ‘solution-orientatedSimon Jackson handles marine and energy insurance work, while Nigel Brook leads the firm’s reinsurance team, as well as the climate change risk practice. Neil Beresford handles product and environmental liability matters, and is another key contact in the team alongside Emma Ager, Mark Sutton, Mandip Sagoo, Michelle Crorie and experienced arbitrator and litigator Jane Andrewartha. The practice was strengthened by the firm's recent merger with BLM and its ‘wealth of knowledge’, particularly in property damage claims and covers matters involving professional indemnity, construction and public liability claims. John O’Shea provides ‘superb strategic advice’ on property damage claims alongside Mark Aitken, who ‘stands out as market leading when it comes to fraud investigation’-related claims. Elizabeth Whittingham, Edwin Millburn and newly promoted partner Hanna Platt are other names of note.Clyde & Co LLP's professional negligence team contains a huge team of lawyers working from offices across the UK and globally. The team is highly skilled at defending very complex commercial issues for professional services firms, including the Big Four accountants, magic circle law firms, top property consultants and international construction and engineering firms. Richard Harrison leads the firm’s liability team, with expertise in conducting cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court; James Roberts focuses on claims against financial services firms; and Richard Moody has strengths in the construction arena. Sarah Clover is skilled in defending barristers and law firms both in the UK and the US, whilst Fergal Cathie has a specialism in complex malpractice disputes in the legal sector. Former barrister Jane Williams joined the firm in 2018 and advises solicitors, accountants and insurance brokers, while Penrose Foss was added to the team in 2020, furthering strengthening the firm's ability to represent financial services institutions. The team was significantly strengthened by its recent merger with BLM, a deal which saw it gain a team known for handling professional negligence matters for insurers and their insured, across professions such as financial services, legal, construction and property, as well as defending claims from local authorities, charities, educational institutions and policy coverage issues. Key names include solicitor-advocate Elliot Pound, who has been successful in the High Court, County Courts and tribunals, in addition to settling claims through mediation, and Alexander Traill.Clyde & Co LLP has strong international expertise and covers a range of industries, from aviation, agriculture and food, automotive, construction and engineering to medical devices and pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and retail. It advises manufacturers and insurers alike on product liabitly matters with special expertise in recalls and supply chain disputes. Neil Beresford leads the team, which also includes healthcare specialist Claire Petts. Emma Ager is a key contact for insurers and reinsurers, and Ian Plumley focuses on product recalls. The practice was strengthened by the firm's recent merger with BLM; its team is 'well known and highly regarded' for advising insurers from a wide range of industries, including food and beverages, automotive, cosmetics and engineering. Work also covers injury claims brought under the Consumer Protection Act, international contractual B2B disputes, and property damage product liability claims. Michael Harvey has particular experience acting in cross-border disputes.Clyde & Co LLP 's team, which has been boosted by its recent merger with BLM, focuses on work relating to the core delivery of student services, and has extensive experience working with sector insurers. The practice stands out for its litigation experience, handling freedom of speech claims, student occupations, disputes between collaborating institutions and academic disputes, as well as failure of facilities, fitness to practice and accommodation claims, with discrimination proceedings a particular strength. In addition to litigation, the team undertakes risk management work in relation to procedures. Elliot Pound advises colleges and universities on student and staff complaints, and all issues relating to the fairness of procedures; he has a strong track record in defending judicial reviews. The practice stands out for its experience in advising UK universities expanding into the Middle East and Asia, having assisted institutions on establishing branded campuses in the UAE and Qatar. Other areas of work include defending employment claims and claims by students relating to teaching, staff behaviour and personal injury issues. David Hansom heads up the procurement team, and co-leads the firm's global education sector group.Clyde & Co LLP is well known for defending local government clients in complex and difficult litigation. Other key areas of work include misfeasance claims, abuse and CSE claims, inquests and inquiries, development projects and social housing. Associate Nicholas Leigh specialises in claims involving allegations of physical and sexual abuse, representing charitable institutions, local authorities, churches and schools.Clyde & Co LLP continues to be instructed by a broad range of insurers and corporates on a variety of high-value and complex claims. It represents professionals of all disciplines and is skilled at handling professional indemnity litigation in addition to advising on a whole host of complex coverage issues. Recently the team has seen an increase in ‘farmed’ claims against professionals that are prompted by claims management companies particularly in relation to claims about mortgage advice, pension mis-selling and financial advice. Julian Smart leads the experienced team that includes Alison Siniver, who covers claims against various professionals such as accountants, surveryors and solicitors.Clyde & Co LLP is well placed to handle cross-jurisdictional matters due to its extensive global network and has recently acted on cases involving Europe, the US, Africa and Asia Pacific. The team has broad expertise across road, marine, rail and air transport, assisting multinational insurers. Advising on motor claims concerning the Fourth EU Directive and Green Card Regulations is a key area of strength. The ‘superb’ Chris Murray, who divides his time between London and Manchester, leads the practice. Also recommended is Mark Hemsted, a French law graduate and fluent French speaker who is uniquely placed to handle matters within the country. At junior level, legal director Craig Evans is singled out for his ‘excellent client skills and sound judgement’The practice was strengthened by the firm's recent merger with BLM; its department is ‘very well regarded for representing defendants’, primarily acting for insurers and package holiday providers on injury and liability claims. Matthew Ford leads the practice and has recently acted for clients with injuries suffered in Europe, North Africa and the Caribbean. Other key contacts include Emily List, who specialises in large loss tour operator liability claims under the Package Travel Regulations. Bristol-based Gemma Pearce, a dual-qualified solicitor and barrister who focuses on marine travel, and Birmingham-based Sarah Phillips, who specialises in fraud claims concerning holiday sickness, are further key contacts.Clyde & Co LLP fields strong teams in both clinical negligence and personal injury defence. On the personal injury side, the casualty team has significant strengths in industrial disease, catastrophic injury and road traffic accident claims. David Wynn heads the legacy and industrial team, Chris Murray the catastrophic injury team and Mark Hemsted the motor team. Other sub-groups encompassing fraud, costs, local authority and credit hire cases are led by Damian Rourke, Robert Muttock, Siobhan Mullins and Mel Mooney respectively. Chris Eccles and James Dadge are also noted. Vanessa Splaine now heads the Manchester clinical negligence practice after joining from Weightmans LLP in mid-2020; she is supported by a number of other recent recruits, including senior associate Beverley Smith. The team focuses on complex cases involving brain injuries in newborns and adults, claims involving serious spinal injuries and cases involving the delayed diagnosis of cancer. The practice was strengthened by the firm's recent merger with BLM; its work includes claims alleging delay in diagnosis of cancer, surgical claims, wrongful birth, and brain and spinal injury claims. Manchester-based Sarah Woodwark is a clinical negligence expert, leading matters involving opthalmic treatments, cosmetic procedures and dental claims, where Chris Dexter is also prominent. Jonathan Clay and Stuart Furniss specialise in personal injury, with a uniformly strong offering across occupational illness and disease, catastrophic injury, abuse, employers’ and public liability and motor claims. Ruth Graham, Andrew Kerr and David Spencer are all noted, as is associate Nicola Overmire.

Practice head(s):

Chris Morrison

Testimonials

‘Great strength and depth and quality experience throughout. The team is consistently strong, with wide-ranging expertise  – one of the leading firms for insurance-funded health and safety work.’ 

‘Specialist team regularly instructed by organisations from an array of sectors to handle health and safety matters including corporate manslaughter cases, construction accidents and deaths and injuries caused by drivers in the course of employment.’

‘The work ethic of their regulatory team is second to none and their attention to detail absolutely uncompromising. Because of their experience, they are consistently able to identify the key issues to ensure the best outcome for their clients.’

‘Peter James: leads from the front. Great tactician, commands loyalty and respect with his team. Provides outstanding reassurance to his clients.’

‘Diana Goldstein: extremely passionate on behalf of and dedicated to all her clients. A real fighter. No stone is left unturned in the defence of her clients‘.

Key clients

Airbus

Beaufort Maintenance Ltd

Natwest/RBS

RSA

AXA

Aviva

Work highlights

  • Representing Beaufort Maintenance Ltd, specialist conveyor contractors, in respect of the Police/HSE investigation following the Avonmouth waste treatment plant explosion of December 2020 which killed 4 workers.
  • Advised Chapman & Sons in relation to the successful acquittal of food business and directors before Durham Crown Court linked to a fatal salmonella outbreak and representation at associated Coroners Inquests.
  • Advising Natwest/RBS Mentor( one of the largest Health & Safety Consultancies in the UK) in relation to regulatory investigation, enforcement notice appeals and prosecutions in the criminal courts.

Practice head(s):

Claire Petts

Other key lawyers:

Gemma Brannigan; Robert Wilson; Sam Holden; Richard Manstoff; Joanna Bower; Ella Partner

Testimonials

‘A very energetic team with a strong emphasis on practice development and client service, which is delivered to a very high standard.’

‘Claire Petts is incredible and leads an amazing team. Joanne Bower is also simply excellent.’

‘Friendly, polite, efficient and helpful. Advice is given and explained exceptionally well and you are guided every step of the way.’

‘Excellent team with strength in depth.’

‘Phenomenally knowledgeable and user friendly with great tactics and acumen.’

‘Very pro-active and tactically astute.’

‘Richard Manstoff has superb technical knowledge and fights extremely hard for his clients.’

‘Gemma Brannigan and Claire Petts are always on hand to help the Trust with Court of Protection matters. They are efficient and reliable.’

Key clients

Berkshire Hathaway International Insurance Ltd

Medical Protection Society

RSA

Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust

NHS Resolution

MDDUS

Premium Medical Protection

Zurich

Chubb

Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Work highlights

  • Defending a surgeon following hernia repair surgery in which it was alleged that the client a) failed to obtain informed consent having not warned of a risk of death, b) should have refused/declined to operate owing to the claimant’s BMI and c) performed the surgery to an inadequate standard/incompetently.
  • Successfully secured discontinuance against the represented NHS bodies in a complex clinical negligence claim, concerning treatment that was carried out in the private sector, but for which the claimant tried to sue the NHS for compensation.
  • Successfully defended a claim brought against a GP and practice nurse for failing to detect that the headaches which preceded a subarachnoid haemorrhage were sentinel headaches and not migraines on behalf of NHS Resolution.

Practice head(s):

James Cooper

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Fast, effective and pragmatic advice.’

‘Simon Jackson is user-friendly and solution-orientated.’

‘Paul Lowrie: Highly skilled and empathic. Makes the difficult understandable. Gives the right recommendation.’

‘Mark Aitken is an extremely capable insurance litigator, specialising in complex commercial insurance disputes (especially property and general liability). He has a real flair for investigating a claim and marshalling evidence for insurers. John O’Shea handles large and important insurance disputes as well as subrogated claims. He is cerebral and has an excellent technical acumen, as well as providing superb strategic advice. Hanna Platt is a rising star in the area, with strong tactical instincts and a rigorous commitment to the detail of a case.’

‘The firm’s great strength is listening to their clients’ needs and always remembering their clients’ commercial objectives. So, whilst their legal analysis is second to none, they never let the law dominate the agenda – instead it is seeking to secure what their clients need. They are also highly collaborative and great team players. Clients are brought into the decision-making process and remain there.’ 

‘Mark Aitken stands out as market leading when it comes to fraud investigation. Some fantastic recent results in cases. He has a wealth of experience in this area. A safe pair of hands. Philip Adamis has for many years provided valuable guidance on matters, his previous experience as a loss adjuster means that he truly understands claims pressures. He is quick to respond to urgent matters and discuss practical steps. He is particular good at navigating contentious issues which result in economic savings.’  

‘Elizabeth Whittingham – calm under pressure, universally admired and liked by her team who clearly respond to her and enjoy working with her. Great clarity of thought and insight into client needs. John O’Shea – consummate professional. Clear-headed, able to pinpoint issues and provide crisp and incisive advice within tight timeframes.’

Key clients

Axis

Practice head(s):

Richard Harrison; Richard Moody; James Roberts

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Clover; Andrew Blair; Simon Konsta; Fergal Cathie; Mark Sutton; Jonathan Brown; Tim Crockford; Bryn Hodges; Jane Williams; Helen Rowlands; Penrose Foss; Andrew Forsyth; Tom White; Karen Boto; Tabitta Van Nouhuys; Niya Phiri; Ivan Wilkinson; William Glynn; Natalia Jeremiah; David Milner; Alex Oldershaw; Elliot Pound; Alexander Traill

Testimonials

‘Well regarded Insurance and Professional Negligence team. Carries weight and acts for our insurers so a good fit for us. Provide very sound legal and practical advice based on experience.’

‘Clyde & Co are simply the best of the best in this field. Unrivalled strength in depth; unrivalled experience; unrivalled judgement. They lay across the area like the Great Wall of China! Their team-working skills and document management skills are second to none.’

‘Richard Moody and Jonathan Brown are simply the leaders in UK professional indemnity insurance law. They each have huge experience, a real understanding of the insurance market and very agile legal minds that can see into all the corners of an insurance dispute.’

‘Mark Sutton is a well established and good leader of his teams.Detailed line by line billing, support on jobs, good use of client knowledge and good referrals regarding specialist help.’

‘James Roberts is incredibly knowledgeable in this area and works extremely hard on client’s behalf. Highly rated.’

‘Tim Crockford (Partner) and Natalia Jeremiah have both been very helpful on a difficult matter. Their guidance and expertise has been appreciated.’

‘Sarah Clover retains her place as the doyenne of the professional negligence world. Calm, careful, measured, but deadly! It has been said many times  – Sarah is the iron fist in the velvet glove.’

‘Bryn Hodges, Richard Moody and Jonathan Brown each very proactive and articulate credible negotiators and experienced insurance lawyers and litigators.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for global engineering company, Mott MacDonald, on a dispute with the main contractor, Trant Engineering Limited, arising from MM’s design of the mechanical and electrical elements of a power station at the UK’s permanent military base on the Falkland Islands.
  • Represented Caunton Engineering Limited and their professional indemnity insurers in a multiparty dispute relating to the design and construction of the Starr Gate Tram Depot in Blackpool
  • Acting for Dentons Europe LLP and its professional indemnity insurers in defending a claim regarding losses arising out of investments made in a gold investment scheme undertaken by the law firm’s former client which is now dissolved.

Practice head(s):

Neil Beresford

Testimonials

‘The team is well known and highly regarded for product liability matters. They cover a great range of industries and they are absolutely outstanding in the insurance sector. Furthermore, the firm has maintained an excellent quality of work during the pandemic.’

‘Michael Harvey is one of the leading insurance lawyers in the UK. He is very skilled and determined.’

Practice head(s):

David Hansom

Other key lawyers:

Elliot Pound; James Major

Testimonials

‘David Hansom and the team at Clyde & Co combine excellent knowledge and insight with a very personable style to provide support of the very highest calibre. They are knowledgeable, responsive and pragmatic.’

‘David Hansom’s insight regarding all issues of procurement law are unparalleled. He is friendly, engaging and understands the issues we face and how best to provide appropriate insight and advice.’

‘Clyde & Co really make the effort to get to know their clients which makes the advice they relevant and accessible. They go the extra mile and deliver – even to ridiculous deadlines.’

‘Very strong and pragmatic procurement and commercial advice for a variety of high-value matters.’

‘Elliot Pound is exceptionally competent, driven and professional and whenever I knew he was handling a case, I knew we were in good hands.’

‘A safe choice for complex disputes in the HE sector; they consistently deliver results.’

‘Listening and observing, they communicate openly and focus on goals and results in line with what is achievable and what the client wants and managing expectations. Their team members’ areas of specific expertise are diverse which enables confidence in ensuring full support. In a highly specialised area their expertise is second to none.’

Key clients

University of Cambridge

University of Exeter

Imperial College London

King’s College London

Newcastle University

University of Nottingham

Royal Veterinary College

University College London

Birkbeck, University of London

Brunel University London

University of Central Lancashire

Coventry University

University of East Anglia

University of East London

Goldsmiths, University of London

University of Portsmouth

University of Reading

University of Roehampton

Sheffield Hallam University

Royal College of Music

University of Surrey

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Lintott; Natalie Puce; Nicholas Leigh

Testimonials

‘Natalie Puce is an astute lawyer who has a comprehensive knowledge of the case.’

‘The team are commercial and solution focused. Always helpful and honest about cases and possible outcomes giving a balanced view of risk whilst working tirelessly to achieve positive outcomes for their clients.’

Key clients

Wirral MBC

Knowsley MBC

Sheffield City Council

Oldham MBC

Stockport MBC

Manchester City Council

Halton Housing

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Lancashire County Council

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Rochdale MBC

Blackpool Council

London Fire Brigade

Practice head(s):

Julian Smart

Other key lawyers:

Alison Siniver; Leonie Salter

Testimonials

‘It has real strength and depth in professional negligence claims against tax advisors, financial advisors and mortgage brokers. The partners properly know their stuff, as well as any of the professional indemnity teams in these fields.’

‘’Alison Siniver is outstanding in claims against accountants and tax advisors. Her knowledge of the actual tax schemes and tax judgments themselves is exceptional, and she is also excellent on the professional liability side as well’.

‘Leonie Salter is very calm and very bright’.

‘The team with Julian Smart is unusual in that it engages in both defendant and claimant professional negligence work, particularly in the financial services sector.’

‘The lawyers are very approachable and offer a strong all round service with pragmatic and client orientated advice. In addition to their core work of professional negligence, they also have a strong focus on civil fraud. Julian Smart is calm and unflappable with a strong expertise in civil fraud and recovery claims.’

Key clients

Zurich Financial Lines

QBE

RSA

Ardonagh Group (formerly Towergate Financial (Group) Limited / Towergate Insurance Limited)

Liberty Mutual

Everest Syndicate 2786

European Risk Insurance Company

Aviva

Hiscox

NFU Mutual

Collegiate

Arch

Practice head(s):

Chris Murray

Testimonials

‘Our primary and longstanding contact is Mark Hemsted. Mark has an excellent bespoke knowledge of all our claims business requirements. He also has an extensive knowledge of the work where he is instructed and provides a personal and detailed service to our team for complex and catastrophic motor injury claims.’

‘Craig Evans is an old pro despite his young age, with a clear ability to bring on juniors in his team and shape them into fine young lawyers who then become a credit to his team. A true leader and destined for partnership.’

‘Craig Evans is experienced, with up-to-date expertise in the area. He is approachable with excellent client skills and sound judgement.’

‘Excellent knowledge and experience allied with commercial nous. Chris Murray is superb – a big hitter in the insurance defendant catastrophic injury litigation arena for both motor and all liability fields.’

‘The team has a strong lead in Matthew Ford, who is very well respected in the sector.’

‘Matthew Ford is experienced, knowledgeable, has excellent communication skills and is very personable.’

‘Matthew Ford has assisted on a number of claims and has been excellent. He has a pragmatic but creative approach which has enabled us to reach settlements and avoid lengthy legal action. I have complete confidence in him to negotiate the best possible outcome but at the same time respect the relationships we have with our supplier partners.’

‘Matt Ford is an extremely effective partner. He has excellent judgement and knows the law in this area backwards.’

Practice head(s):

David Wynn; Chris Murray; Mark Hemsted; Damian Rourke; Robert Muttock; Siobhan Mullins; Mel Mooney; Vanessa Splaine

Testimonials

‘Vanessa Splaine is a stand-out lawyer with vast experience of handling and supervising the most complex NHS claims. Exceptionally skilled at building relationships with all involved in a case, she is extremely popular for her combination of good humour and nerves of steel.’

‘Claire Petts is a tough and capable litigator with an excellent nose for the case to fight.’

‘Chris Murray: commercially very astute, providing exceptional client service; justly loved by his insurer clients.’

‘Siobhan Mullins is an outstanding individual. Her expertise and knowledge are complemented by her exceptional commitment to customer care.’

‘Kate Duffy has impressed for her humanity and her professionalism in dealing with complex life-changing injuries claims. Her communication skills and collaborative approach to identifying and narrowing issues in dispute make her stand out amongst her peers. She brings a perspective and understanding of the often complex issues in life changing injuries claims that secures the trust and confidence of those involved in the litigation on the other side. It should not be underestimated how important that is in resolving often difficult disputes.’

‘Neil Southern is on top of the detail, as well as having an excellent strategic view and understanding of what the insurer client is seeking to achieve.’

‘Chris Eccles is a thorough and effective lawyer who understands both what is achievable and what the client wants, and can sail that difficult course to maximise outcomes.’

‘Judith Martin is an expert in difficult matters of work-related stress, abuse and bullying and harassment.  She is approachable and delivers on client expectations.’

Key clients

Berkshire Hathaway International Insurance

Medical Protection Society

RSA

Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust

NHS Resolution

MDDUS

Premium Medical Protection

Zurich

Chubb

Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dispute resolution > Professional discipline Tier 1

Insurance > Personal injury: defendant Tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP is home to a practice regarded by clients from across a wide spectrum of sectors as a ‘premier team in the defendant personal injury market‘. The firm, which was recently strengthened by its combination with BLM, is known for its ‘great collaborative approach to strategy and case preparation‘, and comprises a multitude of dedicated departments and specialists, all of whom have a wealth of experience in their core fields. In London, Michelle Penn leads the disease group, while Matthew Ford heads up the casualty offering. Michael Pether and Paula Jefferson oversee work relating to abuse and neglect. Widely recognised practitioners Claire Collins and Caroline Craigie are the names to note for catastrophic injury claims, including those with an international element. The team’s strength at senior level was recently elevated further by the promotion of Ben Jones and Diana Goldstein to partner. The firm’s client portfolio features the biggest names in the UK and European insurance markets, as well as a number of FTSE-listed corporates, and the offering is complemented by the presence of in-house costs, regulatory and forensic accounting groups, enabling the firm to provide coverage across the full span of civil and criminal casualty work. The department is also known for its capability in relation to international cases, which is facilitated by its extensive global footprint. Tony Cawley and legal director Paul Smith are among the core practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Michelle Penn; Matthew Ford

Other key lawyers:

Claire Collins; Michael Pether; Nick Pargeter; Nigel Lock; Paula Jefferson; Diana Goldstein; Ben Jones; Caroline Craigie; Ian Walker; Sharon MacArthur-Powell; Tony Cawley; Paul Smith

Testimonials

‘Their experience and reputation is second to none.’

‘They are a genuine heavyweight personal injury firm, capable of dealing proficiently with the full range of claims.’

‘A premier team in the defendant personal injury market.’

‘Caroline Craigie is an excellent partner: astute, insightful, good team player.’

‘Paula Jefferson is a lawyer you want on your side. She is measured and knows her subject inside out.’

‘Great collaborative approach to strategy and case preparation.’

‘Claire Collins is a tough and determined litigator who brooks no nonsense en route to getting a just outcome for her clients.’

‘Well-established firm in the field with particular strength in abuse and complex injury cases. The firm is particularly good at looking at the bigger picture.’

Key clients

AIM Mutual

AIG

Aspen

Arch

Armour

AVIVA

AXA

AXA XL

Barclays Bank

Berkley Homes

British Land

British Car Auctions

Broadspire (Crawfords)

Capita

Catalina

Center Parcs

CHUBB

CNA Hardy

Coca-Cola Enterprises

Costa

The Davies Group

Ecclesiastical

European Risk Insurance Company hf.

Faraday

Gallagher Bassett

Grosvenor Casinos Limited

HCA International

HDI

Hamilton Managing Agency Ltd

Hiscox

Honeywell Group

Ikea

Intu

InterContinental Hotels Group

Ironshore

Kentucky Fried Chicken

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Liverpool Victoria Insurance

Lloyds Banking Group

Marshall of Cambridge

Marsh

Mecca Bingo Limited

New India Assurance

Pro Global

QBE Insurance

QuestGates

Royal Opera House

The Rank Group

Riverstone

Regis

Subway

TK Maxx

Tokio Marine

TSB

Sedgwick

Willis Towers Watson

Whitbread (Premier Inn, Brewers Fayre, Beefeater)

Woodgate & Clark

Zurich

Jet2 Holidays

MS Amlin

Sandals

Lastminute.com

QBE

Olympic Holidays

AXA

Vero Insurers

Barry Nilsson Lawyers

Red Sea Holidays

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP recently merged with BLM, acquiring a team which is praised as a ‘market leader in personal injury and professional negligence in Northern Ireland’, bringing ‘a large multinational approach’ combined with ‘a local/regional style to client care, management and communication’. The team’s strong reputation in the market is further illustrated by its client base of major insurers including AXA, Aviva, QBE and Zurich. Heading up the team are Cormac Fitzpatrick, who focuses on catastrophic injury claims; Patrick Connolly, who covers employer, product and public liability issues; and Eileen Doherty, who specialises in employer and public liability work as well as road traffic accident issues. Newly promoted partner Rachel Keenan is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Cormac Fitzpatrick; Patrick Connolly; Eileen Doherty

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Market leaders in Personal Injury and professional negligence in Northern Ireland bringing a large multi-national approach to preparation, resource and technical ability but combining that with a local/regional style to client care, management and communication.’

‘Patrick Connolly has the rare ability of marrying the resolute defence of his client with an overarching appreciation of the commercial realities of litigation. His charm and personality also make him a firm favourite with practitioners and clients alike.’

‘Rachel Keenan is a rising star in the local market who always has in depth knowledge of the cases she is involved in and a commercial client based approach to their resolution.’

Key clients

QBE

Aviva

AXA insurance

Zurich

Ageas

DLG

Education Authority

Hastings

RSA

MIB

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

The Southampton-based defendant personal injury team now at Clyde & Co LLP following its merger with BLM specialises in significant, high-value and complex cases covering a wide range of matters, including healthcare, health and safety, occupational disease, equestrian and construction claims, regularly handling cross-border matters. Andrew Hibbert is praised for his 'technical know-how and progressive approach' and is described as one of the 'leading defendant catastrophic injury lawyers in the country'. Other key figures in the team - which acts for top 10 insurers, transport companies and public authorities - include the 'first-class' Joe Wakeford, who has a background in clinical negligence, and the 'very customer-focused' Clare Garnett, as well as Andrew Williamson  - 'a high-flying star who is enormously respected in the industry' - and Richard Grayson, who 'is hugely admired by clients for his tenacity and insight'. Stephanie Atkinson has a particular interest in cases concerning premature birth, while Gemma Parker has recently led on a number of major road traffic accident claims.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Hibbert; Joe Wakeford; Clare Garnett

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Vast experience of insurance litigation and a firm that fosters individual responsibility for its lawyers and not afraid to let their team make tough decisions early in their career.’

‘Andrew Williamson and Lucy Pragnell make a formidable team. Very down-to-earth but extremely knowledgeable.’

‘Andrew Williamson is a high-flying star who is enormously respected in the industry.’

‘Joe Wakeford is a first-class defence lawyer with strong strategic sense.’

‘Diverse experience with expertise in a number of areas from personal injury litigation (disease and accident) to complex product and contractual liability situations. Particularly in-depth knowledge of defending noise induced hearing loss and mental wellbeing losses.’

‘The team is led by Andrew Hibbert who is probably the leading defendant catastrophic injury lawyers in the country, in terms of his technical know-how, his progressive approach to cases, and his ability to recognise when and how to make the right argument. He heads up an impressive team, all of whom are first-rate.’

‘Big hitters in the field of defendant catastrophic injury work. I have always found them to be very collaborative to work with and we have been able to cut through numerous issues in order to focus on those issues that really determine the value of a claim. ’

‘Andrew Hibbert is the standout member of the team. He was at the forefront of developing a transparent and collaborative approach between our firms on cases that we are both involved in.’

Key clients

DLG

QBE

Travelers

Hastings

Allianz

MIB

ERS

Certo

Markel International

Aviva

LV

Dorset Council

Colas Limited

Hampshire Police Authority

Liberty Global

Brit

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence; defendant Tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP's defendant-side large loss and catastrophic injury team in the Bristol region, which includes 'some of the best lawyers and support', has a varied practice, representing major insurers. It has developed additional niches in marine and abuse-related cases, as well as a strong local authority practice. Other areas of expertise are industrial disease, casualty and health and safety claims. The group also has experience defending foreign claims. Andrew Lawson specialises in claims involving brain injuries, upper and lower-limb amputations and paralysis, as well as representing insured defendants in regulatory prosecutions. The 'very brightRebecca Shafto handles a wide variety of catastrophic injury cases for the firm's insurer clients. 'Leaving no stone unturned', associate Emma Palmer is building a reputation for defending brain injury cases. The firm's Bristol office was closed during 2020, with all staff moving to remote working; the department is coordinated from Southampton by Joe Wakeford.

Practice head(s):

Joe Wakeford

Testimonials

‘Strong team. Adapted well to online working with good preparation of e-bundles. Excellent client care.’

‘Rebecca Shafto is very bright. Andrew Lawson demonstrates excellent preparation and is thorough. Emma Palmer leaves no stone unturned.

‘I know I can rely on their skills, knowledge and experience to get the job done correctly first time. They are prepared to kick back when they don’t agree with me, which I like.’

‘Andrew Lawson and Rebecca Shafto stand out for me. They are both extremely reliable, efficient and knowledgeable.’

Key clients

DLG

LV=

QBE

Gallagher Bassett

North Somerset Council

NSL

First Port

Hastings Direct

Herefordshire Council

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence; defendant

Clyde & Co LLP provides an 'excellent service across the board' to defendants in the context of both personal injury and clinical negligence claims. The six-partner personal injury team is the larger of the two groups and has the critical mass to allocate resources to key sub-sectors. The 'professional and friendly' Kerris Dale heads up the motor unit group and is 'vastly experienced and knowledgeable' in defending insurers in claims ranging from the relatively commoditised, through to those of the utmost severity. John Roberts leads the public sector offering which continues to represent numerous Wales-based local authorities across a myriad claims relating to highways, abuse, stress, public liability and employment liability. The team is rounded out by Craig Hevicon, who specialises in the defence of occupational disease cases, particularly those involving asbestos-related illnesses. The 'tenacious and dedicatedJane Lang  heads a 'fantastic healthcare group' which has a 'wealth of knowledge and experience' defending healthcare professionals in regulatory/disciplinary proceedings, as well as in any attendant inquests and clinical negligence proceedings. In September 2021 the firm announced that it would not be renewing the lease on its Cardiff office, and that the firm's lawyers in the region would now work remotely on a permanent basis.

Practice head(s):

Kerris Dale; John Roberts; Craig Hevicon (Personal Injury) Jane Lang (Clinical Negligence)

Other key lawyers:

Simon Cradick; Matthew Harrington; Victoria Garvey; Holly Miles

Testimonials

‘The Cardiff team has a strong knowledge of all aspects of industrial disease work: eg asbestos claims, noise induced hearing loss, upper limb injuries. They have embraced new technology to get through the Covid period with aplomb.’

‘Professional, friendly, vastly knowledgeable and experienced in defendant personal injury claims.’

‘Kerris Dale is professional, friendly, vastly experienced and knowledgeable. Always available to discuss a claim or provide advice.’

Jane Lang is tenacious and dedicated and is exceptionally good at dealing with difficult and at times very nervous clients.’

Jane Lang is a stand out star in healthcare-orientated work. Her capacity for work is prodigious, her judgement is superb and she is able to be both tough and empathetic where required.’

Key clients

Sedgwick UK

Aviva

PwC

Tata Steel UK

QBE Insurance

Liberty Mutual

Zurich

Stagecoach/PSV

Welsh Water

Pro Global

Armour Risk

Signature Aviation

Resolute Management

Medical Protection

Dental Protection

National Pharmacy Association

All Med Pro

Abbey Legal Protection (Markel)

Specsavers Optical Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Specsavers in an inquest and potential claim following death of patient after visiting the optician.
  • Defending Caerphilly County Borough Council in a claim arising out of claimant being the witness to the aftermath of a notorious murder and act of cannibalism.
  • Representing the former employer of an accounts clerk who claims he developed mesothelioma as a consequence of alleged transient exposure to asbestos.

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP has a superb full-service insurance practice that assists an extensive range of insurers, corporate clients as well as local authorities. The general liability unit is led by Mike Dobson and deals with issues such as employers’ liability and public liability. James Harvey heads up the corporate risk team; Paul Owston leads the public sector unit and the fraud practice group is led by Sarah Hill.  Val Hughes is a key contact at the occupational disease unit - this unit deals with issues such as asbestos related diseases and noise induced hearing loss. At associate level David Thompson works for insurers and corporates on employers' liability, public liability and motor claims.

Practice head(s):

James Harvey; Mike Dobson; Paul Owston; Sarah Hill; Val Hughes

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Marston; David Thompson

Testimonials

Adrian Marston identifies the key issues and pursues them with resolve, but retains the ability to see the case in the round and knows when to back off. Brilliant on chronic pain cases’.

Key clients

Affinity Water

Ageas Allianz

Allianz

Argenta

Aviva

AXA XL

Birmingham City Council

Bloor Homes

City of Wolverhampton Council

Derby City Council

DLG

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Glen Dimplex

Insurance London Consortium (nine London boroughs)

Jet2

Kent County Council

MIB

Moto

National Express

Fairmead Insurance (formerly L&G)

QBE

Shropshire Council

Telford & Wrekin Council

Travelodge

Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council

Zurich

Zurich Insurance (principally Municipal)

Public sector > Education: institutions Tier 2

Public sector > Local government Tier 2

Real estate > Social housing Tier 2

The team at Clyde & Co LLP attracts praise for its 'knowledge and experience of social housing law and procedure that is second to none’. Matthew Hyam has a focus on the public and third sectors, and he acts for stock owning local authorities and registered providers. Hyam co-heads the practice with Stephen Lintott, who has longstanding relationships with a number of housing providers, with particular expertise in development, funding and planning agreements. Tessa Leonard assists local councils with regeneration schemes.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Hyam; Stephen Lintott

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth McCulloch; Tessa Leonard

Testimonials

‘The team at BLM has knowledge and experience of social housing law and procedure that is second to none. I have not encountered a department with such broad casework.’

‘The team is led by Matthew Hyam who has perhaps the most impressive knowledge of social housing law and procedure of any lawyer that I have encountered. His careful analytical approach to each case permeates throughout the whole team.’

‘They are very proactive and user friendly. Able to deal with the whole gamut of issues that arise in social housing with aplomb and sensitivity.’

‘Matthew Hyam: keeps a cool head under pressure, whilst retaining positive attitude. Thinks about practical solutions to resolve issues rather than strict legal answers: ensures that people’s needs are addressed and met, and that everyone keeps an eye on the bigger picture.’

‘The whole team are very well educated in the area of housing law. They are all very approachable and will give their advice and recommendations as quickly as possible.’

‘Elizabeth has become my main go to person lately simply because I find her so helpful and knowledgeable, if she is not around a quick voice message or email will be returned as soon as is possible.’

‘I am mainly instructed by Elizabeth McCulloch, who is an excellent and efficient solicitor who has the respect of her clients. The work is always well prepared.’

Key clients

Urban Splash

First Choice Homes

The Riverside Group

Halton Housing

Places for People Group

Peaks & Plains Housing Trust

Notting Hill Genesis

Clarion Housing Group

Sanctuary Housing Group

Phoenix Community Housing Group

Lancaster City Council

Greatwell Homes

Work highlights

  • Represented Greatwell Homes in the successful recovery of possession, using the absolute ground for possession following conviction and imprisonment for sexual offences against children.
  • Represented Halton Housing in the successful recovery of possession pursuant to Grounds 12, 13 & 14 HA 1988 when the defendant tenant pleaded an Equality Act 2010 defence and public law arguments.
  • Assisted Silver Homes with  updating a policy in respect of decants and drafted a licence agreement in accordance with the updated policy.

Transport > Shipping Tier 2

Clyde & Co LLP fields a team of 'very experienced lawyers in a complex niche market, who are always at the forefront of changes in this area of law.' It deals with  the full range of matters arising from the wet, dry and other related trade services; the group has special expertise in representing insurers, reinsurers and P&I clubs in claims regarding collisions, unsafe ports, fatal accidents, pollution and environmental incidents. The firm's Bristol office was closed during 2020, with all staff moving to remote working. The highly rated Gemma Pearce leads the practice, whil associate Stephen Favali is well versed in large loss claims; the team works closely with colleagues in Belfast and Glasgow.

Practice head(s):

Gemma Pearce

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Attentive and quick in understanding the commercial challenges.’

‘Very experienced lawyers in a complex niche market. Always at the fore front of changes in this area of law. Keeping clients regularly updated.’

‘The team is young and agile, spread over all jurisdictions of the UK and Republic of Ireland, the team has a solution with that breadth of knowledge you need especially when tackling incident that straddle multiple jurisdictions.’

‘Gemma Pearce, the lead partner is very much solutions orientated and that filters down to the rest of team. Understanding the economics of the business is vital, providing solutions which fit with the facts, law and economics is a rare commodity which this team has in abundance.’

Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

Insurance risk and commercial law firm Clyde & Co LLP has a core focus on defence work for manufacturing, construction, public and care sector clients in high-stakes investigations, inquests and litigation, including as it pertains to corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter claims. Although the majority of the work is handled by offices outside of Wales, the team in Cardiff includes the market leading expertise of senior partner Matthew Harrington, who splits his time between Cardiff and London. A separate niche also relates to defence work for healthcare professionals, an area that the 'responsive and proactive' Jane Lang excels. She oversees the firm's national healthcare advisory group, which is well-equipped to provide a comprehensive service to healthcare individuals across disciplinary, regulatory and criminal proceedings. In September 2021 the firm announced that it would not be renewing the lease on its Cardiff office, and that the firm's lawyers in the region would now work remotely on a permanent basis.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Harrington

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team always deals with matters swiftly and responds quickly to all communications.’

‘They communicate complex legal matters in an easy to digest and understand way, cutting straight to what does and what does not matter with clear advice.’

‘Jane Lang is responsive, proactive, engaging and supportive.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for one of the defendant contractors in relation to a gross negligence manslaughter claim following the death of a scaffolding contractor.
  • Acting for farming business in a work related accident involving two employees at a third party contractor’s site.

Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

The Birmingham team at Clyde & Co LLP consists of specialist criminal regulatory lawyers who manage a busy work load that is focused on defendant based health and safety, environmental and health and safety manslaughter cases. It also excels in motor defence work involving serious driving offences and on complex fatal accident investigations. The group provides a cross-sector regulatory service for private and public sector clients and has a strong presence in sectors such as manufacturing, construction, transport and logistics. Head of department Robert Davies specialises in criminal regulatory work and in coronial proceedings

Practice head(s):

Robert Davies

Testimonials

‘The team at BLM has been able to lead us through some difficult waters with respect, patience and most importantly, clear and concise explanations.’

‘Bob Davis has fostered an approach to his customers that serves both sides of the table exceptionally. During a period where face to face meetings have been impossible, the team is quick to respond, will pick up the phone, and importantly walk us through the intricacies of a case in a manner perfectly suited to our limited understanding. The lawyers speak from experience, not superiority. They coach with compassion and understand that the stress felt by their clients often needs a comforting tone, even when the content should be matter of fact’.

Key clients

Allianz Insurance

QBE Insurance

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 2

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence; defendant Tier 2

Led by Henry Kirkup, the general liability team at Clyde & Co LLP has strong working relationships with claims departments, underwriters, managing general agents, local authorities and insurance brokers. In particular, it is known for handling cases relating to serious damage of the spine and brain as well as orthopaedic injuries and fatalities. The firm is well-versed in claims issues pertaining to ‘fundamental dishonesty’ and also has strategic focus on periodical payments orders and Court of Protection matters. Christopher Kilner is another key partner in the team.

Practice head(s):

Henry Kirkup

Other key lawyers:

Chris Kilner; Richard Adams; Jill Wigginton

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable and easy to deal with. Very hardworking team.’

‘Chris Kilner is a key support from the Leeds branch, assisting on technical liabilities claims and training.’

‘Jill Wigginton is a pleasure to work with. Always friendly and nothing is too much trouble. She is always willing to to advise and explains all the pitfalls that could happen, as well as what we would hope would happen.’

‘Henry Kirkup is a rising star in the team at BLM.’

‘I have had a very good working relationship with BLM Leeds for over 10 years. They are technically sound, also provide ad hoc support and have some great initiatives that they provide to their key clients. This includes many training sessions for my team on liability matters.’

‘The team are knowledgeable and very easy to communicate with. Their explanation of things is always in a language that is understood and not complicated by the use of jargon and phrases that non professionals find hard to understand as some companies do. The team have assisted us on a few occasions and made time to learn our procedures which assists with the speed of replies as we do not have to start over from the beginning each time.’

Key clients

Fusion Insurance Services

Towergate Commercial Underwriting

Asda

Zurich Insurance plc

Pen Underwriting plc

Liberty

One Insurance Limited

Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

Sompo International

Hiscox

Builders Direct

Arch Insurance

Plum Underwriting

Care UK

GRP Panel

Vista Brokers

Manchester Underwriting

Insurance > Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 3

Northern Ireland > Dispute resolution Tier 3

Clyde & Co LLP‘s renowned insurance defence practice handles professional negligence cases involving engineering professionals as well as those in the construction, financial and legal services sectors, and its client base includes many major insurers. The team takes a ‘multinational‘ approach to cases, with experience acting alongside the firm’s other UK offices. Graeme Moore leads the team and is highly skilled in handling professional indemnity claims.

Practice head(s):

Graeme Moore

Testimonials

‘BLM brings a large multinational approach to preparation, resource and technical ability but combines that with a local/regional style approach to client care, management and communication.’

Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud Tier 3

Clyde & Co LLP handles a broad array of claims fraud in the insurance sector and has developed niche expertise in advising tour operators in the area of unconfirmed sickness claims. Head of practice Sarah Hill has considerable experience in advising on all aspects of fraud from large scale organised fraud to high-value exaggerated fraud cases. Daniel Thomas represents various leading insurance companies and deals with staged and contrived accidents as well as fraudulent exaggeration claims. Naomi Grant covers all aspects of motor claims fraud.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Hill

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Thomas; Naomi Grant; Carole Eaton; Siân Owen-Atkins

Testimonials

‘The lawyers have detailed and long-standing knowledge of insurance fraud and the various ancillary issues that flow from this. As a team it is efficient, proactive and realistic. It gets results.’

‘Carole Eaton is a pleasure to work with. Thorough and diligent. Experienced in cases involving fundamental dishonesty and the associated costs issues‘.

‘Strong experience in dealing with all aspects of fraudulent insurance claims.  A leading firm in this area.’

‘Sian Owen-Atkins is highly experienced. She gives sensible and pragmatic advice.  She is a tenacious opponent‘.

Key clients

DLG

NFU

QBE

Generali

Jet2

Allianz

Ageas

MIB

Tesco

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Reputation management Tier 5

Clyde & Co LLP acts for a wide range of clients and is noted for its work defending claims against publishers, usually on behalf of insurers. Led by Tim Smith, the team advises on both contentious and non-contentious issues, as well as on risk and crisis management. Smith is supported by associates Tom Double and Dominic Ward, who provides 'exceptional client care'.

Practice head(s):

Tim Smith

Other key lawyers:

Steve Kuncewicz; Tom Double; Dominic Ward

Testimonials

‘Excellent legal knowledge, approachable, clear in delivery and explanation, with a good mix of styles and approaches within the team which made for a good balance.’

‘The relationship between us (as a client) and BLM felt more like a partnership of equals than a classic client/solicitor arrangement.’

‘Very experienced and effective at doing libel defence work for insured public authorities. This is a particularly challenging area, given the need to keep insurers involved.’

‘Tim Smith – very experienced in the field. Shows good judgement and tactical thinking.’

‘Dominic Ward provided exceptional client care. He presented all information with clarity and detail. We valued the readiness to answer any question we had. We would gladly recommend Dominic Ward.’

Key clients

Hiscox

QBE

RSA

Aviva

Zurich Insurance

CNA

Ecclesiastical Insurance

Medical Protection Society

Manchester Underwriting

Private client > Family

Clyde & Co LLP has a strong team across London and the South East, led by the experienced and well-regarded Grainne Fahy who joined the firm in mid-2019.

Public sector > Local government

Over the past few years Clyde & Co LLP has developed a growing local government practice that primarily advises universities, local authorities, parish councils, insurers, and police on negligence, discrimination, and other liability claims.

The firm: BLM is more than an insurance and risk law firm – it understands and is firmly embedded into the sector. Its purpose is to have a positive impact upon its customers’ businesses. As well as having more experts dedicated to the sector than any of its competitors, BLM’s ‘one team’ philosophy is delivering extraordinary outcomes for its customers. Fundamentally, it is helping them to reduce the time and money they spend on managing risk and resolving disputes. BLM obtains beneficial leading judgments on cases of utmost importance to its customers. BLM is described in customer surveys and legal directories as a firm with ‘its finger on the pulse of the market’€ and as a ‘technical powerhouse’€. It presently represents 13 of the top 15 UK insurers, and many corporate clients, both in the UK and worldwide.

With ambitions for growth and expansion, BLM has an existing strong remit of international work and contacts, representing UK companies operating abroad, acting for a breadth of international organisations and handling high profile multijurisdictional cases. In 2017 BLM launched, with several founding members, Global Insurance Law Connect; it comprises like-minded risk and insurance law businesses. What sets Global Insurance Law Connect apart is its understanding of the insurance industry and it comprises really specialist insurance lawyers across more classes of business in more countries than many other and similar networks. Global Insurance Law Connect was inspired by customer demand and was established to support customers to confidently receive solutions to insurance and legal challenges around the globe.

BLM’s award winning Customer Insight programme has assisted the firm in gaining an independent view of what customers really think, with the aim of building a better understanding of their perceptions of the firm, and their needs and requirements now and in the future.

BLM’s team of over 200 partners and more than 800 legal specialists is focused upon the insurance and risk market and is recognised for having the capability, creativity and energy to support customers and help them find solutions to their problems.

Accolades and industry awards: In 2016 senior partner Mike Brown was awarded Director of the Year (Large Company) for the North West (Institute of Directors); Commercial Insurance Law Firm of the Year in 2016 (Commercial Insurance Awards); Winner – Client Care Initiative (Modern Law Awards 2016); Third Party Claims Management Team of the Year for Profecta (Insurance Times Claims Excellence Awards); Insurance Law Firm of the Year (Claims Awards 2014).

Types of work undertaken: BLM has established a deep-rooted presence in the general insurance sector, the London Market and amongst brokers and has an excellent record in handling a full range of matters including commercial disputes, family law, healthcare disputes, liability claims, marine insurance claims, professional liability, public service risks and regulatory matters. BLM’s depth of expertise is pre-eminent in these areas and the firm is recognised by customers, competitors and the judiciary. The firm also has a significant presence amongst corporate businesses many of whom are multi-national, the public sector and the health and care industry. In addition BLM has an established policy development team which often acts as a conduit between government, policymakers and the firm and its customers.

BLM has a vibrant and growing family law team. The formidable team, with accreditations in Family Law & Child Law, collaborative practice and mediation, has an excellent reputation in cases involving high net worth financial provision upon divorce, as well as in high profile and international cases.

BLM takes a high level and active role in ongoing debates and consultations in Scotland relating to legal and procedural reform. The firm has partners who are members of various committees of the Law Society of Scotland (Civil Justice, Regulatory and Legal Services Reform), as well as being members of the Court Personal Injury Users Group, the ABI and the Chartered Institute of Insurers. There are three former chairs of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers in Scotland as well as five civil solicitor advocates, including an in-house QC, and with Law Society of Scotland Specialist Accreditation amongst its partners.

The firm is regularly instructed in high profile and strategic, campaigning litigation and advice. Current themes are the firm’s continuing instructions from insurers in low velocity impact motor cases and costs challenges, where BLM has featured consistently and most prominently in the Scottish market throughout the past year, as well as advising upon the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Bill.

Other offices: Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Londonderry, Manchester, Southampton

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Senior partner Michael Brown
Managing partner Gary Allison
Belfast Cormac Fitzpatrick
Birmingham Mike Dobson
Bristol Joe Wakeford
Cardiff Kerris Dale
Derry Cormac Fitzpatrick
Dublin Gavin Campbell
Edinburgh Ian Leach
Glasgow Gillian Rushbury
Leeds Henry Kirkup
Liverpool Joanne Francis
London Jennette Newman
Manchester Luisa Lamb
Southampton Joe Wakeford
Global insurance law network Nicola Lynch
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Ian Leach  photo Ian Leach Ian heads up the firm’s Edinburgh office and has over  30 years…
Greg MacDougall  photo Greg MacDougall Greg is a partner and a complex loss specialist dealing with the…
Shirley Wyles  photo Shirley Wyles Shirley is a partner and head of the Scottish property team. She…
Number of UK partners : 200
Number of other UK fee-earners : 675
Total staff : approx 1,600

We are committed to developing, maintaining and supporting a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion for our workforce. We seek to sustain a working, learning and social environment in which all our people can achieve their potential and are valued, recognised, supported and celebrated. In 2019 we were proud to have been ranked in a list of Top 50 UK employers for inclusiveness, a definitive list of UK based organisations that promote inclusion at each level of employment within their organisation. The list represents those companies which promote all strands of diversity including age, disability, gender, LGBT, race, faith and religion.

We were also the first law firm to officially sign up to The Inclusive Behaviours in Insurance Pledge, an initiative set up by Lloyd’s of London and Zurich to demonstrate the insurance industry’s commitment to creating a “culture where inclusive behaviours become the norm and where everyone is accepting of diversity.”

We are committed to creating an inclusive workplace which reflects the diverse nature of the communities in which we work. We know that embracing difference contributes positively to a flourishing workforce.

We have completed our 2019 Gender Pay Gap overview, which reflects the required reporting details, including statistics for the firm’s pay and bonus gap, proportionality of male and female employees, as well as an overview of the approach we take to the wellbeing of all our employees. It is encouraging that the percentage of women in our upper quartile has increased this year along with significant improvement to our gender pay gap median, trends we are continuously seeking to maintain and improve. We have a constantly evolving leadership development programme at the firm, and the equality of opportunity provided by this programme can clearly be seen in the positive changes to our Gender Pay Gap year-on-year.

The Lex 100 Verdict

BLM is an insurance litigation firm, making it a unique place to train. The national firm has 13 offices across the UK and Ireland and its ‘diverse range of litigation seats’ plus ‘expertise in insurance law’ were the main factors driving trainee applications. Plenty of client secondment opportunities round off the broad training experience. Hands-on tasks are the norm, with standout moments including ‘drafting applications to court, instructions to counsel and witness statements’ and ‘being given the main role in settling a £1m claim on an insurance policy’. However, this doesn’t mean that trainees don’t have to do grunt work such as ‘large document review projects’, ‘reviewing social services records of over 10,000 pages’ and ‘having to run to court at 3pm to issue proceedings by 4pm’. Recruits are very grateful for ‘the amount of trust placed in us’ and for ‘approachable partners’ from whom they receive plenty of supervision. What’s more, ‘there is a big emphasis on employee welfare, which has been particularly valuable during the pandemic’. Recruits feel that the salaries in some locations ‘could be a little higher – more in line with our competitors’. Another gripe is that ‘we are not always kept up to date with matters relating to our training’. Because of lockdown, some trainees feel that they have ‘missed out on opportunities and building relationships’, whilst others commented that they have had longer hours due to working from home. But ‘overall, the firm has adapted well to this new way of working and supervision’. For plenty of exposure and high-profile clients in a friendly firm with a good work/life balance, look into BLM.