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Plexus Law

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Managing Partners: Hilary Yeo (Managing Partner), Andrew McDougall (Senior Partner), Tim Roberts (Commercial Director)
Number of partners: 98
Number of lawyers: 215

FIRM OVERVIEW:
Plexus Law is a modern and flexible law firm, focussed on the delivery of dispute resolution legal services. Working with Plexus Law brings an opportunity to engage with a team of specialist lawyers across all classes and values of claims, subrogated recovery, insurance coverage and reinsurance disputes.

The focus of the firm is exclusively on the insurance legal market. Plexus works for insurers, reinsurers and self-insureds across a range of industry sectors and adopt a flexible approach to ensure that teams are tailored to meet the needs of their clients.

Their strategy has been to build up specialist teams covering all the major fields as well as developing a number of niche specialisms. The team of experts at Plexus Law work hand-in-hand with clients. They take the time to fully understand clients' specific requirements and develop tailored packages that best suits their needs, whatever its complexity or value – from a range of traditional services to the more specialist areas of law.

Protecting and improving margins whilst growing market share is imperative for the firm's clients. In an increasingly competitive and regulated environment Plexus understands the challenges facing insurers, reinsurers, underwriters and brokers.

Central to their approach is cost containment and the minimisation of leakage. Plexus aims to control indemnity spend and reduce life cycles. Senior practitioners will work across all classes of cases to ensure the best possible service and outcomes for their clients. In today’s highly competitive marketplace, the firm appreciates the importance of being proportionate in the advice they offer. Plexus always strives to keep costs down and endeavour to add value wherever they can.

MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE:
Clinical Negligence (London):
Partner No:
1
Number of Fee Earners: 2
Representative Case Summary: Instructed on a case where the Claimant alleged there was a delayed diagnosis for their tuberculosis infection leading to settlement at mediation, total damages £800,000 agreed with a contribution of £125,000 for damages.
Key Clients: Enstar, QBE Insurance Group, Neon Underwriting
Contact: Julie Pullen
Email: [email protected]

Property Risks and Coverage (London & Leeds):
Partner No:
7
Number of Fee Earners: 11
Representative Case Summary: Successful defence of claim brought by claimant leaseholder under Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 1930 for indemnity for major fire c. £4 million.
Key Clients: RSA, Direct Line Group / NIG, Ageas
Contact: Paul De La Porte & Victoria Jordan
Email: [email protected]

Personal Injury (UK Wide):
Partner No:
32
Number of Fee Earners: 91
Representative Case Summary 1: Nuisance contribution to settlement of high profile multi-party fatal accident claim worth in excess of £500k
Representative Case Summary 2: Claimant seeking £1.4m. Plexus’ defence lead to the insurer only awarded £300k
Key Clients: Transport for London, Aspen, QBE
Contact: Andrew Caplan(South), Anthony Baker(North)
Email: [email protected]

Travel (London):
Partner No:
3
Number of Fee Earners: 7
Representative Case Summary 1: Represented major airlines in defence of aero-toxicity claims concerning alleged exposure to organophoxite during flight.
Representative Case Summary 2: Advised tour operator following an accident at a hotel in Ibiza in which the claimant suffered a catastrophic spinal injury diving into the swimming pool.
Key Clients: Jet2Holidays, Tokio Marine HCC Insurance Tour Operators’ Liability Scheme, Virgin Holidays, Limited, Gatwick/Manchester/London City/Leeds-Bradford Airports + others
Contact: Michael Gwilliam
Email: [email protected]

Police (Manchester / Leeds):
Partner No:
8
Number of Fee Earners: 9
Representative Case Summary 1: Plexus Law were instructed to defend the MPS against a claim for damages pleaded at over £4.9 million by the Claimant for false imprisonment, assault, malicious procurement of a warrant, misfeasance and financial loss following three incidents of arrests and four incidents of detention. The claim was defended at Trial. The Judge dismissed the Claimant’s claim and found that the MPS officer had given credible and reliable evidence. The Claimant was ordered to pay the costs which Plexus are successfully recovering from the Claimant.
Representative Case Summary 2: The appeal involved a consideration of the different powers of the court when dealing with an appeal as opposed to an application to set aside a without notice order. The court decided that whilst the strike out decision was at the draconian end of the scale, it was made within the District Judge’s case management powers and could not be interfered with. Appeal dismissed.
Key Clients: Metropolitan Police Service, Greater Manchester Police, West Midlands Police
Contact: Andrew Steel, Matt Smith
Email: [email protected]

Local Government:
Partner No:
19
Number of Fee Earners: 17
Representative Case Summary 1: In defending London Bourgh of Tower Hamlets, the Claimant alleged she had suffered a serious injury in tripping over a defective pavement. During the Trial the Claimant was found to be fundamentally dishonest in the exaggerated restrictions in mobility.
Representative Case Summary 2: Plexus were instructed to defend a PL claim arising from the Claimant allegedly falling down an open manhole, suffering serious fractures to both legs resulting in permanent disability. The claim was dismissed on the basis the Council had in place a reasonable system of inspection. The Court found the inspections carried out on a fortnightly basis was sufficient to discharge its duty of care under s.2 of the Act.
Key Clients: Inner London Consortium, Crown Commercial Services, Hartlepool Borough Council
Contact: Simon Hills
Email: [email protected]

Occupation Disease:
Partner No: 7
Number of Fee Earners: 22 
Key Clients: RSA
Contact: Damon Burt, Steve Phillips
Email: [email protected]

Aviation(Leeds):
Partner No: 2
Number of Fee Earners:
6
Representative Case Summary 1: Plexus Law defended a multi-million dollar dispute arising from damage caused to a Boeing A330 aircraft while on the ground.
Representative Case Summary 2: Plexus Law are defending a claim arising from when their client collided with an Embraer Phenom 300 aircraft whilst it was on the ground, causing very serious structural damage to the wing.
Key Clients: Global Aerospace, Chubb, AIG
Contact: Jarrod Parker
Email: [email protected]

Financial Lines:
Partner No:
9
Number of Fee Earners: 14
Representative Case Summary 1: Successfully defended solicitor against allegations by developers arising from failure to advise on both assignment of leave, and permitted use of land, with the result that land purchased for developers could not in fact be developed.
Representative Case Summary 2: Advising insurers of managing agents in connection with a large mixed use development as a result of failures the agents do report on the absence of relevant fire stopping measures.
Key Clients: QBE, Pen Underwriting Limited, Chubb

Sensitive Claims and Abuse (Chelmsford):
Partner No:
2
Number of Fee Earners: 3
Key Clients: AIG, QBE
Contact: Andrew Caplan, Kate Prestige
Email: [email protected] [email protected]

Motor (UK Wide):
Partner No:
7
Number of Fee Earners: 24
Contact: Tim Short
Email: [email protected]

Costs (Leeds):
Partner No:
1
Number of Fee Earners: 13 
Contact: Jonathan Tetley
Email: [email protected]

Fraud (Manchester):
Partner No:
2
Number of Fee Earners: 11
Contact: Gary Petterson
Email: [email protected]

PRACTICE AREAS
• Professional Indemnity & Financial Risks
• Reinsurance
• Alternative Dispute Resolution
• Aviation
• Casualty
• Catastrophic Injury
• Catastrophic Loss
• Construction
• Costs
• Credit Hire
• Financial Institutions
• Fraud
• Healthcare
• Motor
• Occupational Disease
• Personal Injury
• Police Law
• Product Liability
• Product Recall
• Property Risks & Coverage
• Public sector
• Recoveries
• Regulatory
• Sensitive Claims & Abuse
• Sports Law
• Travel
• Wordings

OFFICES:
England
• Chelmsford
- Hyatt Place | 50-60 Broomfield Road | Chelmsford | CM1 1AW
o Phone – 01245 951 1700
o Email – [email protected]

• Evesham - Vale Chambers | 110-112 Hight Street | Evesham | WR11 4EJ
o Phone – 01386 769 160
o Email - [email protected]

• Halifax – G1 G Mill | Dean Clough | Halifax | West Yorkshire | HX3 5AX
o Email - [email protected]

• Leeds [HEAD OFFICE] - Joseph's Well | Hanover Walk | Leeds | LS3 1AB
o Phone – 0113 4681 600
o Email - [email protected]

London - Peninsular House | 30-36 Monument Street | London | EC3R 8NB
o Phone – 020 7220 5800
o Email - [email protected]

• Manchester - City Tower | Piccadilly Plaza | Manchester | M1 4BT
o Phone – 0161 245 7900
o Email - [email protected]

• Taunton– The Exchange | Express Business Park | Bridgwater | TA6 4RR
o Phone - 01823 792 800
o Email - [email protected]

Scotland
• Edinburgh– Exchange Place | 5 Semple Street | Edinburgh | EH3 8BL
o Phone – 0131 3229 250
o Email - [email protected]