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Richard Harrison

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Clyde & Co LLP


Richard Harrison heads Clyde & Co's Lawyers’ Liability Group. He specialises in all areas of claims against English solicitors and barristers. He has more than 25 years' experience in claims arising out of every area of lawyers' commercial practice, including all aspects of dishonesty/fraud. He also specialises in associated policy/coverage issues and risk management as well as advising in relation to regulatory and disciplinary matters. Richard has regularly taken cases to final hearings in all of the divisions of the High Court, Court of Appeal and House of Lords/Supreme Court and has considerable experience representing clients as their advocate at mediation.


  • Acted on behalf of a law firm in relation to the Defence of a number of claims brought against the firm in the London High Court. The claims against include: claims for conspiracy fraud; breach of undertaking; negligence; and breach of trust.
  • We acted for a law firm in defence of a Claim in the Commercial Court brought by a German public body. The Claim related to a legal opinion provided in connection with a complex financial derivatives transaction between an investment bank and the German public body. This case demonstrates Clyde & Co's capability to deal with professional liability disputes of the most complex kind and our capacity to manage cross-border disputes governed by foreign law which are heard in English court proceedings.

London: Dispute resolution

Professional discipline

Within: Professional discipline

Clyde & Co LLP 'provides excellent response times and available partners, and clients are convinced that the quality at partner level is reflected in the team's associates'. The practice's expertise covers a number of sectors, including medical and healthcare, legal, accountancy, property, insurance and financial services.  The team defended a leading agricultural law solicitor (PW) in the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT), followed by a successful appeal in the Administrative Court, which overturned an SDT order striking PW off the roll. The department heads are Claire Petts, who regularly defends health professionals. including doctors, dentists and opticians, in disciplinary proceedings; and the 'extremely easy to work with and incredibly responsive' Fergal Cathie, who has a particular focus on complex disputes and regulatory investigations involving professionals, particularly in the legal and financial services sectors. Richard Harrison heads the firm’s lawyers’ liability group, Sarah Clover chairs the executive of the firm's UK professional and financial disputes team, and James Roberts heads the firm's accountants' liability and disciplinary group. Sam Holden  is a highly regarded legal director and Tim Crockford and consultant Judith Duffin  were hired from Gowling WLG and BLM, respectively.

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London: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Leading individuals

Richard Harrison - Clyde & Co LLP

Within: Professional negligence

With a ‘richly deserved reputation’, Clyde & Co LLP is a ‘leader in the field of professional negligence’ and defends claims against all classes of professionals in the UK and worldwide. Its advice is ‘excellent and pragmatic’ and it ‘deals with the other side courteously, firmly and clearly’. The London team, which works closely with the firm's Manchester, Oxford, Leeds and recently opened Bristol offices, is led by Andrew Blair, who is ‘completely unflappable, highly respected and has a flair for imaginative thinking in terms of resolving complex claims’. Tom White defends claims against professionals in the property, construction and IT sectors and successfully defended CBRE in relation to a claim by Dunfermline Building Society arising out of a 2007 valuation of a residential development site in Reading. Sarah Clover, who is ‘technically excellent, responsive and gets to grips with the detail of a case’, specialises in lawyers' professional liability, and Richard Harrison, who heads the lawyers’ liability group, specialises in all areas of claims against English solicitors and barristers. Neil Jamieson, who is ‘diligent, meticulous and known for his mastery of case detail’, defends solicitors, accountants, actuaries and surveyors against claims; construction liability group head Richard Moody has a ‘proven commercial and technical track record’; Simon Konsta defends claims against property, accounting and technology professionals; Stuart Hall represents accountants, financial institutions and D&O insurers; James Roberts heads the accountants' liability group; and Fergal Cathie, who is ‘robust, resolute and good in a fight’, handles complex disputes and regulatory investigations involving professionals in the legal and financial services sectors. Mark Sutton, who is ‘excellent at the technical detail’, Bryn Hodges, Helen Rowlands, Jonathan Brown and of counsel Andrew Forsyth are also recommended, as are senior associates May Ahmed and William Glynn, and legal directors Chris Dunlop, Karen Boto and Nicole McKinnon. Notable hires include Tim Crockford from Gowling WLG, and Mandip Sagoo and Angus Duncan from Mayer Brown International LLP. Ian Peacock, who joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, and John Eastlake, who joined from Kennedys, are based in Bristol.

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