Derek Adamson > DWF > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

B4 6GA
Derek Adamson photo

Work Department

I am a leading insurance lawyer involved in cutting edge litigation. My expertise is in policy interpretation arising from mesothelioma claims, environmental litigation, product liability and construction cases, including a wide experience of group litigation cases.




In recent times, my work has focused on policy interpretation especially in connection with the still developing mesothelioma jurisprudence.

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant

(Hall of Fame)

Derek AdamsonDWF

DWF has a first-rate and full service national defendant personal injury offering that spans motor, casualty, disease, catastrophic injuries, public sector and abuse claims. Derek Adamson is vastly experienced in diverse areas such as mesothelioma claims, legionnaires’ disease and local authority work. Lorraine Carolan is a key member of the superb fraud practice along with Michael Henman and Miles Hepworth. Charles Ashmore has a wealth of experience in handling injury claims of the utmost severity. Paul Donnelly is adept at dealing with sensitive cases involving children, sexual abuse and chronic neglect cases. Denise Brosnan has a focus on personal injury claims that involve stress, bullying and harassment in the public and blue light sectors.

West Midlands > Insurance > Professional negligence

DWF has a growing reputation in sizeable accountancy negligence claims that supplements its historic expertise in claims against construction professionals and public authorities. The Birmingham team has strong relationships with some of the UK’s leading insurers and has substantial niche expertise in areas where professional negligence overlaps with other areas such as criminal law, health and safety and public law.  Derek Adamson specialises in insurance policy interpretation and in mesothelioma, abuse, legionnaires disease and product liability claims. Paul Donnelly handles a wide range of claims too.

West Midlands > Public sector > Local government

(Leading individuals)

Derek AdamsonDWF

DWF distinguishes itself through its expertise in complex litigation involving local authorities, including historic abuse claims, professional negligence cases and disputes under the Human Rights Act. The team is also well known for advising clients on procurement and state aid arrangements. Gruop co-head Melanie Williams primarily handles the investment and funding aspects of development projects, while fellow co-head Derek Adamson specialises in advising public sector bodies in connection with health and safety issues, including contentious matters.