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Clyde & Co LLP

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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 is 'a leading firm in the field of professional regulatory work'; it acts for a large number of professional organisations and its breadth of expertise covers the medical and healthcare, accountancy, legal, property, insurance and financial services sectors. Claire Petts is head of the global healthcare practice, Fergal Cathie has acted in complex professional malpractice litigation that involves professional conduct issues and Richard Harrison heads the lawyers’ liability and regulatory group. Also highly regarded are Tim Crockford, legal directors Sam Holden and Niya Phiri and consultant Judith Duffin.

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London: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Leading individuals

Richard Harrison - Clyde & Co LLP

Within: Professional negligence

Clyde & Co LLP 'rightly deserves its exclusive top-ranking, given its unrivalled knowledge of professional negligence law and insight into the thought-processes of insurers; its awesome bedrock of knowledge means that a client doesn't just get the time spent on the instant case, but also the fruits of the firm's last decade leading the pack in this practice area'. The London team, which works closely with teams in Bristol, Edinburgh, Manchester, Newcastle and Oxford, as well as dedicated teams internationally, is experienced in defending claims against all classes of professionals, advising insurers on policy coverage, and advising on professional ethics and regulatory proceedings. The team offers 'excellent sector knowledge' and acts for leading law firms, the leading accountancy firms, the top surveying firms, national and international construction and engineering firms, and it is regularly instructed by the lion's share of the major professional indemnity insurers. Richard Harrison is defending Dechert LLP on a £45m claim brought by a high-profile former client, Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC), alleging that it breached its duties and acted in a manner which was contrary to the interests of the company. Team head Andrew Blair is an 'excellent lawyer; he is very responsive, pragmatic and commercial'.

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