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Weightmans LLP

100 OLD HALL STREET, LIVERPOOL, L3 9QJ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0345 073 9900
Fax:
Fax 0345 073 9950
Email:
Web:
www.weightmans.com

Mike Grant

Tel:
Work 0151 242 7956
Email:
Weightmans LLP

Work Department

Professional indemnity and construction.

Position

Head of speciality insurance group and leads the professional risk team at Weightmans. Experience dealing with professional indemnity claims arising from all major professions, specialising in claims against construction professionals and advising on policy wordings. Mike has settled disputes worth more than £250m via mediation; has handled claims arising from construction projects throughout the UK involving iconic structures, PFI projects, subsiding housing estates and foundation damage to commercial premises; has spoken at international conferences on single project insurance cover, delivered talks to the ICE and been involved in research and the publication of articles upon construction insurance and mediation; and has also dealt with the resolution of a number of insurance disputes by means of arbitration. Mike is a regular contributor to insurance/commercial journals.

Career

Trained Percy Hughes and Roberts; qualified 1988; partner Weightmans 1996.

Member

Law Society; Insurance Law Association.

Education

Liverpool University (1984 LLB Hons 2:1)

Leisure

Tennis.


London: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

The team at Weightmans LLP is ‘very attentive and is certainly developing its industry knowledge’; it delivers ‘commercial and pragmatic advice, which doesn’t shirk from the realities of litigation’. The team handles a range of construction sector claims, claims against IFAs and claims against property professionals. It defended R T Financial Services UK, on the instructions of its professional indemnity insurer, Argo, against a £1.2m claim for allegedly negligent financial advice. Aspen Risk Management, AXA Insurance UK, CFC, Channel and Liberty are also clients. Quentin Fox regularly handles claims against clients in the construction industry, claims against financial advisers and policy coverage disputes. Ed Lewis is an ‘excellent negotiator’ and is instructed on claims across the construction, technology and professional services sectors. Robert Crossingham is noted for his expertise in handling disputes relating to property and financial transactions. James Denison has ‘very detailed knowledge of construction law and is able to explain complex matters in a simple way which is easier to understand and digest’, and associate Paul Lowe is ‘very commercial and pragmatic’. Liverpool-based Mike Grant is national head of professional risk and is noted for his expertise in the construction sector.

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North West: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Weightmans LLP  has a number of ‘excellent’ partners such as Mike Grant , Mickaela Fox , Patrick Gaul  and James Holman . The team that has a ‘major presence in the area’ regularly deals with complex claims on behalf of blue chip law firms and novel claims against senior barristers. It has been busy defending a number of claims against arbitrators and on complex construction professional negligence claims. Key clients include Liberty, Libra, Bar Mutual Indemnity Insurance and Barbican. Highlights included acting for an arbitrator in the defence of an application to remove her from office pursuant to s24 of the Arbitration Act. This was an unusual case as these applications are rarely heard. The claimant unsuccessfully applied to remove the arbitrator citing partiality, inexperience and procedural irregularity. The firm’s client was eventually awarded costs. In another matter involving complex engineering points, the team is currently defending a firm of structural engineers that was engaged in the design of a state-of-the-art and high value ‘eco home’.

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