Our reputation for defending claims and protecting our clients’ interests covers the widest array of professional risks, from solicitors to surveyors, accountants to brokers, valuers to media professionals, as well as emerging professions. We have extensive experience of dealing with high-profile claims, including some of the largest group actions of recent years, and have also handed many sensitive cases for clients, both in the UK and overseas.
The solicitors’ PI market may yet feel the impact of recent reforms and changes in the legal services sector – namely, the emergence of alternative business structures (ABS) and the courts’ increasingly tough stance on lawyers who fail to meet court directions and deadlines post-Jackson Reforms and in light of Mitchell. Claimants could attempt to widen the duty of care covering ABSs and multi-disciplinary firms. Construction and property professionals may also face increased exposure should the current upsurge in activity and prices go south. And brokers and other professionals are enhancing their risk management processes to deal with the growing number of claims.
Market-wide, in-depth expertise to deal with the particular issues arising across professional sectors is clearly essential. We offer just that, with one of the largest dedicated PI teams in the country, providing the skills, experience, resources, flexibility and geographical spread to meet your commercial priorities wherever required.
We deliver insightful, practical advice and representation in defending claims for breach of duty/negligence, but also advise on related areas that arise under professional indemnity policies such as D&O, fraud, employment practices liability, defamation, discrimination, professional discipline and data protection. Our client list is diverse – including global, national and London Market insurers, underwriters, Lloyd’s syndicates and brokers.
We never lose focus of the commercial and reputational consequences of a dispute and we take great care in preserving your market relationships, using our own in-house Queen’s Counsel to add another level of technical scrutiny and analysis around sensitive coverage issues. We also use our litigation experience to inform risk management, knowledge sharing and training to support claims prevention strategies.