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Weightmans LLP

6 NEW STREET SQUARE, NEW FETTER LANE, LONDON, EC4A 3BF, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7822 1900
Fax:
Fax 020 7822 1901
DX:
310 CHANCERY LANE
Email:
Web:
www.weightmans.com

Robert Crossingham

Tel:
Work 020 7822 1991
Email:
Weightmans LLP

Work Department

Professional indemnity.

Position

Partner in the professional risk team. Originally qualified as a barrister and has practised almost exclusively in the professional indemnity and liability fields since qualifying. During his career he has acted for all manner of professionals including architects, surveyors, engineers, solicitors, accountants and financial services professionals and has considerable experience in dealing with coverage disputes. Highly accomplished in all forms of dispute resolution, including adjudication, mediation, arbitration and litigation. Holds higher rights of audience in all courts. Accredited mediator. Has been involved in many complex and high-value disputes, including the mediation of a claim for in excess of £160m against a project manager and supervisor under an NEC2 project, the defence of a firm of hydraulic engineers in a claim relating to the failure of a major flood relief scheme and a claim in the Commercial Court concerning the scope of a block notification under a surveyor’s professional indemnity policy. In the financial services field he represented insurers in defence of a group action concerning the failure of a fraudulent pension scheme, and also for the insurers of numerous IFA’s, accountants and fund managers involved in the Split Capital Investment Trust scandal. Regularly represents financial services professionals before the Financial Ombudsman Service and has experience of dealing with the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. Also has experience of providing advice in relation to complaints to professional regulators.

Career

Pupil barrister 9 Old Square (now Maitland Chambers); Lincoln’s Inn 2000; freelance advocate LPC advocacy 2000-01; pupil barrister 11 New Square (now Radcliffe Chambers) Lincoln’s Inn 2001-02; associate then partner Squire & Co 2002-08; partner Weightmans 2008 to date.

Languages

French (good conversational), German (basic), Italian (basic).

Member

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; RIBA professional disciplinary panel; Professional Negligence Bar Association (PNBA); Solicitor’s Association of Higher Court Advocates (SAHCA); Society of Construction Law (SCL); Insurance Institute of London (and Chartered Insurance Institute); Civil Mediation Council.

Education

Strode’s College, Egham; UniversitĂ© de Paris I, PanthĂ©on-Sorbonne (1997 Law); King’s College, London, University of London (1999 LLB Hons Law 2(1)); Inns of Court School of Law (2000 BVC; post graduate diploma in legal services).

Leisure

Robert is a member of the Royal Institute of Great Britain, and the Royal Ocean Racing Club, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Robert’s interests include sailing (ocean racing and dinghy sailing); art and literature; wine; motoring; RSA ‘Profit with a Purpose?’ network; outdoor pursuits.


London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline

Within: Professional discipline

Weightmans LLP is 'immensely committed to providing the best service available, working above and beyond expectations'. The practice is well known for healthcare-related disciplinary issues; acts for all the medical defence organisations and is highly regarded for complex cases before the General Medical Council and General Dental Council; and regularly advises defence organisations on NHS Performers’ List and Health Service Ombudsman matters. The team also assists with barrister conduct work and is regularly involved in the judicial review of decisions of the Legal Ombudsman, who makes findings against barristers. It acted for the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, a statutory body charged with reviewing decisions of the health and social care regulators, which challenged a decision of the Professional Conduct Committee of the Nursing and Midwifery Council; the case involved allegations of improper strip searches carried out upon two vulnerable patients while detained in a mental health unit. Liverpool-based Richard Jolly was recently appointed as national head of healthcare advisory; Patrick Gaul is recognised for defending barristers in professional conduct matters before the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Council of the Inns of Court; James Rowley in Manchester is 'incredibly skilled in all areas of medico-legal law and is excellent in difficult and complex cases'; London's Robert Crossingham acts mainly for professional indemnity insurers, although he also advises private and commercial clients in relation to disciplinary and uninsured matters; Simon Turner is 'very able'; and consultant John Mitchell 'has great judgment, is hard working and thinks about the best way of doing a case'. Regularly receiving instructions from major medical defence organisations, Mitchell is recommended for his representation of doctors and dentists. Also highly regarded is solicitor Joanne Harrison, who is 'very much a rising star in medical law and very sharp, confident, articulate and knowledgeable'.

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Within: Insurance and reinsurance litigation

‘Really well-established with leading insurers and insured clients’, Weightmans LLP is ‘strongly recommended’. Experienced in reinsurance, property, construction, liability, and professional negligence coverage disputes, as well as handling increasing numbers of instructions in financial lines, D&O, cyber, and political risk matters, the team offers its expertise to both London market  and international clients. For construction coverage disputes, the firm is led by the ‘bright, commercial, serious and tough’ Ed Lewis, and Robert Crossingham provides ‘technical excellence’, particularly in the field of professional liability. The addition of partner Simon Durkin from DWF in October 2017 also gave the team a boost in policy coverage and related disputes. A recent highlight for the team is representing reinsurers Sirius International Insurance Corporation and Allianz Insurance in respiratory claims disputes arising out of the 9/11 attacks in New York. Coverage disputes specialist Ling Ong is leading in this matter.

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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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