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Derek Adamson

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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.

London: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

Derek Adamson, Toby Askin, Denise Brosnan and Caroline Coates are some of the senior practitioners at DWF who undertake substantial work for local authorities. Multi-disciplinary teams take on matters from the Birmingham and other offices for clients such as Newcastle City Council, Somerset County Council, Bristol City Council and the London Borough of Greenwich. The team is acting for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in connection with personal injury claims (and the public inquiry) arising from the Grenfell Tower disaster. It is also continuing to act for Coventry City Council and Zurich Insurance on around 25 historic abuse claims relating to the alleged crimes that took place at a care home in Coventry.

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West Midlands: Insurance

Personal injury: defendant

Within: Leading individuals

Derek Adamson  - DWF

Within: Personal injury: defendant

DWF  is ‘highly regarded by insurers’ and ‘is truly specialist in this field’. Insurance policy expert Derek Adamson heads the occupational health and casualty team and provides ‘top-drawer’ advice . Lorraine Carolan is also a key figure and is the national head of counter fraud. Kate Archer often acts for clients facing investigations from the police, HSE or local authorities. Other notable names include insurance liability specialist Lindsey McQueen and disease-related claims expert Rob Edwards. Paul Donnelly was promoted to partner in 2017 and advises on historic abuse claims. He recently advised Coventry City Council and Zurich Insurance on the alleged crimes of Kevin Donaldson at a care home in Coventry. Caroline Coates left the firm and works as an independent consultant

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

DWF is 'a strong firm' with 'a solid following in the professional indemnity market'. Paul Chaplin heads the team and provides 'first-class advice' in defending professional negligence and indemnity claims. Steve Oates has similar strengths in negligence and indemnity claims, representing solicitors, brokers and construction professionals. Derek Adamson is an expert in occupational health policy coverage who is 'massively experienced' and 'will roll his sleeves up to break the back of any heavyweight case'. Also recommended is Paul Donnelly who focuses on professional indemnity defence cases.

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West Midlands: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

DWF predominantly focuses on liability and negligence claims and is known for its ‘quality of service’, in terms of ‘knowledge’, ‘response times’ and ‘meeting client needs’. Insurance law specialist Derek Adamson heads the team and is especially experienced in handling mesothelioma and legionnaires' disease claims. Professional negligence experts Caroline Coates and Lindsey McQueen regularly represents public sector bodies on claims. Liability claims specialist Paul Donnelly advised both Coventry City Council and Zurich Insurance together on historic abuse claims relating to Kevin Donaldson at a care home in Coventry. Fellow liability claims expert Denise Brosnan is also highly active in this sector, focusing on stress, bullying and harassment cases. Melanie Williams’ work in the space focuses on the investment and funding of development projects. Real estate specialist Toby Askin, who works between both Birmingham and London offices is also a key figure.

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