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Senior Partner: Matthew Harrington
Managing Partner: Vivienne Williams
Number of partners: 190
Other fee-earners: 864
Total staff: 1525

Contacts:
Belfast:
Cormac Fitzpatrick
Birmingham: James Harvey
Bristol: Joe Wakeford
Cardiff: Kerris Dale
Derry: Cormac Fitzpatrick
Dublin: Gavin Campbell
Edinburgh: Ian Leach
Glasgow: Gillian Rushbury
Leeds: Henry Kirkup
Liverpool: Joanne Francis
London: Paula Jefferson
Manchester: Luisa Lamb
Southampton: Joe Wakeford
Global Insurance Law Connect: Jim Sherwood


THE FIRM BLM is a leading insurance risk and commercial law specialist firm. Its purpose is to have a positive impact upon its clients’ businesses. As well as having considerably more experts dedicated to the sector than many of its competitors, BLM’s ‘one team’ philosophy is delivering extraordinary outcomes for its clients. Fundamentally, it is helping them to reduce the time and money they spend on managing risk and resolving disputes. BLM obtains beneficial leading judgments on cases of utmost importance to its clients. Described in client surveys and legal directories as a firm with ‘its finger on the pulse of the market’ and as a ‘technical powerhouse’, it presently represents 13 of the top 15 UK insurers, and many corporate clients, both in the UK and worldwide.

Recent diversification has seen the formation of a new commercial advisory business stream which has added to the breadth of services and expertise available to BLM clients in the UK and beyond. Alongside this, BLM has an existing strong remit of international work and contacts, representing UK companies operating abroad, acting for a breadth of international organisations and handling high profile multijurisdictional cases.

In 2017 BLM launched, with several founding members, Global Insurance Law Connect; it comprises likeminded risk and insurance law businesses. What sets Global Insurance Law Connect apart is its understanding of the insurance industry and it comprises really specialist insurance lawyers across more classes of business in more countries than many other and similar networks. Global Insurance Law Connect was inspired by client demand and was established to support clients to confidently receive solutions to insurance and legal challenges around the globe.

A key aspect of BLM’s strategic ambition is to provide an innovative offering around its advanced analytics capability. 2018 has seen the announcement of the firm’s partnership with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) to grow this capability, developing prediction models to guide BLM’s advice to clients, as well as more sophisticated approaches to value litigation risk, improve decision-making and better manage portfolios of litigation risk.

BLM’s award-winning Insight programme has assisted the firm in gaining an independent view of what clients really think, with the aim of building a better understanding of their perceptions of the firm, and their needs and requirements now and in the future. Recent awards include: Combatting Fraud Award (Modern Law Awards); Service Provider of the Year (West Midlands Insurance Institute); Insurance Law Firm of the Year (Claims Awards); and Legal Personality of the Year – Steve Kuncewicz (2018 Mancoolian Awards). B

LM’s team, of over 190 partners and more than 800 legal specialists focused upon the insurance and risk and commercial advisory markets, is recognised for having the capability, creativity and energy to support clients and help them find solutions to their problems.