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Tom White

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Clyde & Co LLP


One of Legal Business' "next generation of disputes partners shaping the market" and one of Legal Week's "rising stars".

Tom's practice focuses principally on commercial litigation and professional liability disputes arising in the property, construction and IT sectors.

He has experience of handling a wide range of solicitors’ liability disputes for a variety of firms, large and small, and their insurers arising out of real estate transactions and the drafting of property documents, among other things.

Tom advises a number of the country’s largest firms of property professionals on risk management and professional liability issues, including in particular advising on high value property valuation claims. Tom also has a growing practice in the IT sector, where he advises IT consultants and their insurers on errors and omissions disputes.

In addition, Tom handles a range of disputes outside the insurance sectors including matters relating to commercial or high value residential real estate, financial service disputes and regulatory matters, shareholder disputes and partnership disputes.

Tom also co-authored the Pre-Action Protocol for Professional Negligence.


• Advising a leading multinational firm of surveyors on an 9-figure claim for damages in respect of the alleged overvaluation of a large, high value portfolio of commercial properties.
• Advising entities owned by a Middle Eastern government on allegations of and investigations into potential large-scale money laundering.
• Acting for a FTSE 250 client on more than 24,000 claims in respect of the management and maintenance of a large portfolio of office premises.
• Advising on judicial review claims and statutory appeals against a statutory body in the pensions sector.
• Advising IT consultants and their insurers on allegations of defective software installations in the health sector.
• Representing a leading construction firm in the defence of a claims in relation to alleged defects at a major distribution center in Hatfield and on a hospital project in the north west of England.
• Advising a large firm of solicitors on a multi-million pound claim relating to the development of a hotel site in the West Country.
• Advising solicitors and their insurers on a range of claims arising out of unsuccessful leasehold enfranchisement applications.

London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

Clyde & Co LLP's¬†'litigators have good commercial judgment and provide good-value service'.¬†The practice manages litigation across the full gamut of commercial disputes, including contractual disputes, defence of class actions, shareholder disputes, M&A and joint venture conflicts, fraud, jurisdictional issues, warranty disputes, and enforcement proceedings. It acted for¬†Stichting Vestia,¬†a Dutch social housing association that is pursuing a claim against Deutsche Bank in amounts up to approximately ‚ā¨800m; the matter involves allegations of bribery, lack of authority and inappropriate financial transactions.¬†Chris Burdett, who divides time between London and Guildford,¬†has particular expertise in the technology, airline and security sectors; Richard Power¬†is noted for oil and gas and energy disputes; and Neil Jamieson, who¬†is 'an extremely clever solicitor', acts in professional negligence claims. Other experienced advisers include¬†Helen Rowlands, Tom White¬†and¬†consultant Conrad Walker.¬†The legal directors to note are Anna Myrvang, who¬†'has a phenomenal memory for detail',¬†and Nicola VinovrŇ°ki.¬†Tim Crockford, who¬†has particular expertise in professional negligence liability disputes, joined from Gowling WLG.

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London: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

With a ‚Äėrichly deserved reputation‚Äô,¬†Clyde & Co LLP¬†is a ‚Äėleader in the field of professional negligence‚Äô and defends claims against all classes of professionals in the UK and worldwide. Its advice is ‚Äėexcellent and pragmatic‚Äô and it ‚Äėdeals with the other side courteously, firmly and clearly‚Äô. 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 ‚Äėcompletely unflappable, highly respected and has a flair for imaginative thinking in terms of resolving complex claims‚Äô. 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 ‚Äėtechnically excellent, responsive and gets to grips with the detail of a case‚Äô, specialises in lawyers' professional liability, and Richard Harrison, who heads the lawyers‚Äô liability group, specialises in all areas of claims against English solicitors and barristers. Neil Jamieson, who¬†is ‚Äėdiligent, meticulous and known for his mastery of case detail‚Äô, defends solicitors, accountants, actuaries and surveyors against claims; construction liability group head Richard Moody¬†has a ‚Äėproven commercial and technical track record‚Äô; 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 ‚Äėrobust, resolute and good in a fight‚Äô, handles complex disputes and regulatory investigations involving professionals in the legal and financial services sectors. Mark Sutton, who is ‚Äėexcellent at the technical detail‚Äô, 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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