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Michael Harvey

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Michael trained at Henmans in Oxford. He qualified in 1999 and became an associate in 2004 before joining BLM in 2009. Michael became a partner in 2011. He is experienced in handling most types of professional indemnity claims, and all types of product liability claims. Michael’s professional indemnity practice includes acting for insurers on behalf of a wide range of professionals, specialising in particular in defending claims against solicitors, accountants, auditors and surveyors. His work defending solicitors covers most solicitors’ practice areas. Michael acted in both the TAG and CLE (‘son of TAG’) cases. His work defending accountants and auditors includes failures to properly draw up and file accounts and/or properly to audit, tax and tax advice-related claims, commercial/business advice, and claims arising from financial advice and finance management. Michael’s practice also includes advising major professional indemnity insurers on policy coverage matters. He is regularly instructed to advise on issues such as scope of notification, aggregation of claims, and the impact of non-disclosure, and suspected dishonesty; including a successful arbitration of a multi-million pound dispute between major professional indemnity insurers over the purported notification of a laundry list of claims. Michael’s product liability practice includes acting for insurers on behalf retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers. Recently handled product liability claims include those with an international element, including acting for Italian and German insurers and manufacturers, a global drinks distributor, a claim involving allegedly defective industrial gas valves distributed worldwide. Other claims include those where significant losses have been claimed arising from allegedly defective biomass fuel, industrial storage tanker coating, pressure reducing (water) valves, and various claims arising from different contaminated food products. His products practice also includes advising on recalls, and pursuing recovery and contribution claims, including claims against manufacturers in other jurisdictions, including Italy, Greece, Malaysia and Egypt. Michael also advises on policy coverage matters on product liability and recall policies. Michael is experienced at achieving successful outcomes for clients through different routes, including the use of mediation, arbitration, and taking cases to trial where appropriate. Key clients include Zurich Professional, Zurich Global Corporate Allianz and CNA.


Trained Henmans, Oxford; qualified 1999; associate 2004-09; Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP 2009 to date; associate 2010; partner 2011.


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Willink School, Berkshire; University of Liverpool (1994 LLB Law 2(1)); Nottingham Law School (1996 LPC).


Football, tennis, skiing, reading, walking, spending time with family.

London: Insurance

Product liability: defendant

Within: Product liability: defendant

BLM fields a strong team of dedicated practitioners, who are regularly instructed by insurers, manufacturers and corporate clients. The firm also has a specialist food group, which assists with related claims and consultations. Jim Sherwood heads the practice and is a key contact for fire and flood damage and commercial property claims, as well as regulatory issues. Edinburgh-based Ian Leach has been active in the field for more than 30 years and has a particular focus on pharmaceutical disputes. Michael Harvey and Carys Oatham are also noted.

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