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Professional Liability

We have expertise in relation to both traditional and emerging professions, and our lawyers have a thorough understanding of the commercial, reputational and regulatory pressures faced by those defending claims. We handle claims of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest.  In addition to claims defence work, we also offer coverage advice, as well as assistance with wordings. 

Building on our strong reputation handling solicitors' negligence claims, we have significantly widened the scope of our expertise to cover a broad range of professions, including:

  • accountants and actuaries
  • banking
  • design, construction and engineering
  • directors and officers
  • financial and pensions advisers
  • insurance brokers and other intermediaries
  • management and recruitment consultants
  • marketing and advertising
  • surveyors
  •  TMT
  •  tax

As one of the largest dispute resolution law firms in the UK, we can provide insurers and their insureds with confidence when is comes to handling claims involving court proceedings.  We also have experience in the full range of alternative forms of dispute resolution including arbitration and mediation.  Our in-house team of forensic accountants enables us to provide in-depth analysis of evidence at every stage of a dispute – an invaluable resource when dealing with financial claims and fraud.  We also guide professionals through regulatory investigations and proceedings, and are experienced in the issues that can arise for professionals facing parallel proceedings.

Recent examples of our work

Recent examples of our work include:

  • Acting in the defence of the largest claim ever made against a barrister arising out of tax advice 
  • Defending London market insurance brokers in relation to a series of disputes concerning the placement and operation of binding authorities in the French and Spanish markets
  • Acting for insurers defending a number of claims against a firm of solicitors arising out of the dishonesty of a partner
  • Defending a £16m claim against an IT supplier for non-delivery of a mobile phone portal
  • Advising on a series of negligence claims against architects and quantity surveyors who had allegedly certified substantial payments had been made by a lender to a borrower constructing residential developments across Northern Ireland
  • Advising insurers of an IFA network on their liabilities and consequential recoveries for claims arising from the fraudulent collapse of the Imperial Consolidated "Alpha Plus" Fund

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