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Professional indemnity and lawyers' liability

We understand that a negligence claim against a professional requires sensitive and careful handling given the significant reputational risks for the professional. Our experienced team of professional indemnity lawyers work closely with our client from the moment we are instructed to gain an understanding of their views on the claim, as well as the commercial considerations in play so that we can form a strategy that leads to a good outcome for our client and their insurer.

Our lawyers are experts in the professional services sectors in which they operate, allowing them to quickly identify the most pragmatic and commercial solutions to claims. Our specialist experience also means that we can provide value-added risk management support to our insurer clients’ policyholders, focused on mitigating the emerging exposures within the relevant professional sector. Our team has a substantial presence in London but the majority of our professional indemnity team is based in Nottingham. This allows us to provide dynamic claims solutions that offer genuine value for money, with a central base and five office network that gives our specialist lawyers national reach.

What we do...

  • Our clients – major professional indemnity insurers, Lloyd's syndicates, managing general agents, third party administrators, professional services firms and policyholders.
  • Bespoke claims handling schemes – providing fixed fee cost effective claims solutions.
  • Our experience – over 25 years acting for insurers and indemnifiers of a wide range of professions:
    • from the traditional; solicitors, accountants, surveyors,architects, construction professionals,insurance brokers, IFA's and other financial services professionals
    • all the way through to the emerging; management consultants, recruitment agencies, health and safety professionals and agronomists.
  • Specialist services - including professional liability claims defence, advising on institute ‘minimum terms’, coverage and indemnity disputes, claims handling, policy drafting, risk management advice and auditing, fraud and dishonesty investigations, and professional disciplinary enquiries.
  • Extension of your team - our clients regard us as an extension of their own team – whether we are working with underwriters on innovative new products, helping them win new business by attending risk presentations, or working with claims teams in mapping exposure to high value liabilities across entire books of business, such as those arising from mass mis-selling claims.
  • Industry membership – Forum of Insurance Lawyers, British Insurance Law Association, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, International Bar Association, Lloyd’s Market Association.

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Legal updates

Gosden and another v Halliwell Landau and another [2021] EWHC 159 (Comm)

This claim addressed the question, of when the date for assessment of damages in cases of negligence should be determined and shows that when appropriate the Courts will depart from the default position.


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Insurance annual review 2019-2020

Welcome to our review of 2019 as we look ahead to what is on the horizon for the insurance sector in 2020.


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SRA Standards and Regulations November 2019

On Monday 25 November the 2011 SRA Handbook is replaced by the 2019 SRA Standards and Regulations (often referred to as STARS).This is the 26th version of the Code of Conduct for Solicitors.


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Contingent loss in negligence claims

Contingent loss is relevant to limitation; specifically, the date at which a claimant’s cause of action accrues for the purposes of a claim in the tort of negligence (as many claims against professional advisers are framed).


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