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UK 2022
South West Professional Negligence
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5 Ranked Lawyers

About

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With the expected tailing off in lender claims against surveyors and solicitors, the professional risk market, both nationally and locally, is extremely competitive. In Bristol we are the largest and most established professional negligence team, acting for most of the leading insurers, as well as large professional services firms themselves, across all disciplines (including property consultancies, where a number of the leading global practices are clients).

This scale allows us to differentiate ourselves from our competitors, by delivering our services through specialist service lines covering all the key professions, including in the legal, surveying, financial services and construction sectors. This approach also facilitates service delivery for our clients across our other regional offices, as well as working seamlessly with our London Global team.

Another key differentiator from our local competitors remains the scale and reputation of our claims handling team, DAC Beachcroft Specialist Claims Services, which provides outsourced claims handling to leading professional indemnity insurers and receives consistently excellent feedback (on audit).

The team also has considerable expertise in insurance coverage, including Directors' and Officers' (D&O) risks and cases involving fraud on the part of professionals. The team has also developed a niche in handling claims under title indemnity policies and advises a number of the leading insurers in this area.

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Professional Negligence: Mainly Defendant - South West
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What the team is known for

Excellent defendant-focused practice representing leading insurers in claims involving a range of professions, including those relating to the legal and construction sectors. Aided by the firm's Specialist Claims Services, which provides outsourced claims-handling support to indemnity insurers.

Work highlights

Defended Liberty Mutual Insurance in a claim brought by an insured waste recycling business alleging that Liberty was negligent in advising it to take out business interruption cover for 12 months instead of 24 months.

Notable practitioners

Marcus Campbell specialises in defending professional negligence claims on behalf of insurance brokers. He also advises clients on issues relating to D&O insurance.

Phillip Roberts specialises in construction negligence cases and frequently defends architects, engineers and contractors.

Helen Staines has a noteworthy reputation for her adept handling of solicitors' negligence and title indemnity insurance claims.

Marcus Thomson offers particular expertise in defending claims raised against legal professionals and is praised for his knowledge of alternative dispute resolution.
"Marcus is very experienced and calm. He has brilliant judgement."

Clive Brett has a strong focus on policy coverage, offering regulatory investigation experience to solicitor clients as part of a broad professional negligence practice.

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Marcus Campbell
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