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Professional Negligence — Scotland


Brodies LLP - Professional Negligence Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 21 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Market-leading practice that represents claimants and defendants in a full range of matters. Clients include property developers, construction professionals and financial institutions. Growing expertise in specialist areas such as oil, gas and fishing. Noted for its relationships with large insurers.

Strengths One source praises the lawyers for their intellect: "They manage to rise above the nitty gritty. They have a lot of competency; they're clever and strategically very good."

Another client recommends the practice for its "developed affinity between team members and clients that encourages effective two-way communication."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of a firm of solicitors and its professional indemnity insurers on a claim arising from the drafting of notices to quit in agricultural tenancies, a matter valued at over £8 million.

Significant clients RSA, Aviva, RBS, Zurich, Amlin.

Notable practitioners

Alan Calvert acts for the full range of traditional professionals, encompassing those in construction, insurance and law. He carries out mediation and ADR following allegations of negligence, and works for an impressive roster of insurance clients. He is praised for his strategy when handling claims, as well as for being "a go-to solicitor for a wide range of complex work."

Manus Quigg specialises in professional negligence claims arising against construction professionals. He is additionally qualified to handle matters in England and Wales. Clients consider him "very personable and knowledgeable" and say that he "comes across as extremely adept."

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BTO Solicitors LLP - Professional Negligence Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Strong team that covers all aspects of professional negligence. Particularly well regarded for defending claims against solicitors. Also noted for its work on cases involving accountants, surveyors and construction professionals. Acts for a broad spectrum of professionals including insolvency practitioners, estate agents and insurance brokers.

Strengths Sources recommend the lawyers for their dedication to clients: "They value our work, put in a very high level of performance and are very easy to speak to. Their advice is well reasoned."

Further market sources describe the team members as "very methodical," noting: "They provided good strategic advice and good execution."

Work highlights Defended a USD210 million action raised by the principal shareholder of an oil service company against the professional indemnity insurers of a firm of solicitors.

Acted for the insurers of a firm of solicitors on a litigation arising from a historical arbitration.

Significant clients RSA, Aviva, W R Berkley, AIG, PartnerRe.

Notable practitioners

Alan Eadie works for solicitors and construction professionals, representing clients in construction disputes with multiple claimants and large values. He provides support in adjudication and mediation as well as training in risk management and ADR. Clients describe him as "helpful and effective with a great technical understanding."

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Clyde & Co LLP - Professional Negligence Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Excellent team recommended for its work representing leading insurers and their policyholders. Department comprises professional negligence specialists with experience in a variety of sectors. Strong across the board with the capability to advise on matters relating to law, finance and construction.

Strengths Clients value the department's support: "They have a very wide range of experience and provide a personal service tailored to our needs."

Another source describes the lawyers as "experts in their field who take professional indemnity claims personally and are prepared to go the extra mile."

Work highlights Represented a firm of consulting engineers in a multiparty dispute arising from the failure of a concrete slab. The case was valued at £3.6 million.

Defended RIAS and its insured firm of solicitors in an action relating to alleged failings in architects' design of a building, amounting to £1.9 million.

Significant clients RSA, Hiscox, Markel, CNA, RIAS.

Notable practitioners

Peter Anderson has a wealth of experience in financial and construction professional negligence. His practice encompasses claims involving architects and insurance brokers. He continues to be recognised for his expertise and, according to one client, he "likes to get to the bottom of issues for you and is upfront when telling you news."

Anne Kentish focuses on matters relating to legal market players. She is widely recognised as a leader in the field, acting on the defence of solicitors facing claims of negligence. Her dedication is recognised by interviewees: "She does a phenomenal amount of work and gets good results for her clients."

Charles McGregor is active on a range of matters, specialising in claims affecting construction and property professionals. He has recent experience leading a team on architects' negligence. He is praised for his superb client service: "He always makes himself available for us, pre-empting problems before they arise."

Gavin Henderson is active on cases involving construction, financial and legal professionals as well as those in emerging disciplines such as IT. He has additional expertise in policy coverage. Sources describe him as "prominent, sensible and well regarded."

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CMS - Professional Negligence Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Notable for the breadth of its practice, with work involving claims against construction and media professionals as well as insurance brokers and accountants. Well known for its long-standing core client base of major insurers and its ability to advise on coverage issues. Growing involvement in technology and cyber matters.

Strengths One client is pleased with the team's commitment: "All of the lawyers are quick to respond to telephone calls and e-mails with good advice. Also, they are nice people to work with."

Another source appreciates the department's "knowledge of the subject matter and guidance towards resolution."

Significant clients QBE, Chubb, AIG, Markel International, RSA.

Notable practitioners

Sources single out Harriet Munro for both her client service and her expertise: "She understands the specific technical nature of the dispute and works expeditiously." She is particularly adept at construction claims affecting the full spectrum of professionals in the sphere. Her further experience relates to a broad range of disciplines including insurance, finance and media.

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DWF LLP - Professional Negligence Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 10 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Well reputed for representing insurance companies, with a focus on claims relating to property and construction. The team has further expertise in assisting legal professionals. Dedicated claims-handling service provides increased depth of resources.

Strengths An interviewee notes: "They show empathy towards clients and have expert knowledge in their field. I have always found that they offer an excellent service."

A further commentator enjoys a "sense of being part of a team when working with this vibrant and forward-looking firm."

Significant clients RSA, Zurich, Aviva, Chaucer, WR Berkley.

Notable practitioners

Alison Grant handles a variety of claims for those in the legal profession. She leads a team representing insurers and their insureds in such areas as finance, construction and IT. Sources value her "insight and judgement" in cases, and one client notes: "She's very confidence-inspiring and we think that cases are in competent hands with her; she is excellent."

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Balfour+Manson LLP - Professional Negligence Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Claimant-driven firm handling a broad range of cases against professionals. Advises on property and trust claims, as well as on solicitors' negligence. Also handles claims pertaining to trusts and executries.

Strengths The team is praised for its strong advice, which one source describes as "very robust and directed," adding: "They get straight to the point."

Notable practitioners

David Flint is skilled in claims against a number of professionals. He has additional expertise in matters arising from recovery of debts and insolvency. "I find that he is a supportive solicitor," notes a source.

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It remains in the prevailing economic climate that the trend is of increased claims against professionals. As in previous years we have sought, whether acting on behalf of claimant or insured professional, to achieve an economic resolution in what are becoming increasingly complex areas of law. We continue to see our role as facilitating such resolution, whether by negotiation, mediation or litigation.

We have seen an increase in claims for claimant clients arising out of alleged negligence settlement of litigations against both counsel and the client's former solicitors.

Our broad practice gives our clients access to a wide range of expertise in other areas, including insolvency, so that we are well placed to offer practical and innovative assistance in the present adverse conditions for professional firms.

We continue to deal with claims arising out of the administration of trusts, executries and contentious disputes arising out of litigations. There remain a significant level of claims arising out property related matters.

We continue to invest in the expansion of our civil litigation department with the recruitment last year of Iain Nicol who is highly experienced in civil litigation. Iain holds specialist accreditations in Professional Negligence law and Personal Injury Law.

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BLM - Professional Negligence Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 3 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Advises on all aspects of professional negligence, representing both claimants and defendants. Active in various sectors including construction and insurance. Also works on claims relating to the legal sector such as on the defence of solicitors following alleged misrepresentation. Further experience in financial lines as well as in claims of accountants' negligence.

Strengths Clients cite the team's strengths as "accessibility of personnel, industry knowledge, in-depth legal knowledge of negligence claims and prompt service."

Further sources confirm the department's "careful attention to detail, sound knowledge of the relevant law and realistic appraisal of prospects."

Notable practitioners

David Taylor and Grant Maclean are the key contacts for the practice.

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Burness Paull - Professional Negligence Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Advises corporate clients on a full range of matters. Active on claims involving construction, pensions and fiscal concerns. Represents a range of professionals, including actuaries, tax advisers, solicitors and accountants.

Strengths One client describes the department as belonging to "a very modern firm, right at the front of the technical revolution," and adds: "They are very IT-savvy and up to date with what's happening in the courts. You feel like you've got the whole big modern firm behind you."

Another interviewee reports: "I always have a good impression working with them."

Work highlights Acted for the FSCS on litigation based on over 90 professional negligence claims against Dunedin's insurers, valued at approximately £4.3 million.

Acted for the Trustees of the Elliot of Harwood Trust on a £250,000 professional negligence case relating to defective conveyancing.

Significant clients Highlands and Islands Airports.

Notable practitioners

Ewan McIntyre is active on a variety of claims arising against solicitors and tax professionals. Impressed clients note: "He gets to the nub of the issue very quickly," adding: "As a person he is absolutely charming. He always has a smile on his face."

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Dentons - Professional Negligence Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Covers all areas of professional negligence for a client base that includes insurers and corporate clients. Active on litigious matters for both claimants and defendants. Notable for its work relating to solicitor negligence as well as on matters involving accountants, surveyors and brokers.

Strengths One market source lists the firm's strengths as "an ability to listen, good client care, a sense of purpose and urgency, and excellent, clear and prompt communication."

The team is also recognised as being "very helpful with a high degree of expertise."

Work highlights Defended a claim by Aviva's insured against a Scottish law firm arising from its role in the executry of a deceased's estate. Sought recovery of costs amounting to £200,000.

Acted for a Charles Taylor subsidiary on the defence of a claim by liquidators for alleged negligent advice.

Significant clients RSA, Zurich, Bernard-Hertz-Béjot, Cousin Biotech.

Notable practitioners

Tim Edward acts on solicitors' negligence for a variety of high-profile insurers. Sources commend his skills with clients and list his abilities as "thinking around the obvious, planning the next steps and communicating strategy."

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Senior Statesperson

Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Peter Anderson has a wealth of experience in financial and construction professional negligence. His practice encompasses claims involving architects and insurance brokers. He continues to be recognised for his expertise and, according to one client, he "likes to get to the bottom of issues for you and is upfront when telling you news."

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Band 1

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Alan Calvert acts for the full range of traditional professionals, encompassing those in construction, insurance and law. He carries out mediation and ADR following allegations of negligence, and works for an impressive roster of insurance clients. He is praised for his strategy when handling claims, as well as for being "a go-to solicitor for a wide range of complex work."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

BTO Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Alan Eadie works for solicitors and construction professionals, representing clients in construction disputes with multiple claimants and large values. He provides support in adjudication and mediation as well as training in risk management and ADR. Clients describe him as "helpful and effective with a great technical understanding."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

DWF LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Alison Grant handles a variety of claims for those in the legal profession. She leads a team representing insurers and their insureds in such areas as finance, construction and IT. Sources value her "insight and judgement" in cases, and one client notes: "She's very confidence-inspiring and we think that cases are in competent hands with her; she is excellent."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Anne Kentish focuses on matters relating to legal market players. She is widely recognised as a leader in the field, acting on the defence of solicitors facing claims of negligence. Her dedication is recognised by interviewees: "She does a phenomenal amount of work and gets good results for her clients."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Charles McGregor is active on a range of matters, specialising in claims affecting construction and property professionals. He has recent experience leading a team on architects' negligence. He is praised for his superb client service: "He always makes himself available for us, pre-empting problems before they arise."

Gavin Henderson is active on cases involving construction, financial and legal professionals as well as those in emerging disciplines such as IT. He has additional expertise in policy coverage. Sources describe him as "prominent, sensible and well regarded."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Dentons

From the Chambers UK guide

Tim Edward acts on solicitors' negligence for a variety of high-profile insurers. Sources commend his skills with clients and list his abilities as "thinking around the obvious, planning the next steps and communicating strategy."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Gavin Henderson is active on cases involving construction, financial and legal professionals as well as those in emerging disciplines such as IT. He has additional expertise in policy coverage. Sources describe him as "prominent, sensible and well regarded."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Manus Quigg specialises in professional negligence claims arising against construction professionals. He is additionally qualified to handle matters in England and Wales. Clients consider him "very personable and knowledgeable" and say that he "comes across as extremely adept."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Balfour+Manson LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Flint is skilled in claims against a number of professionals. He has additional expertise in matters arising from recovery of debts and insolvency. "I find that he is a supportive solicitor," notes a source.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

Ewan McIntyre is active on a variety of claims arising against solicitors and tax professionals. Impressed clients note: "He gets to the nub of the issue very quickly," adding: "As a person he is absolutely charming. He always has a smile on his face."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources single out Harriet Munro for both her client service and her expertise: "She understands the specific technical nature of the dispute and works expeditiously." She is particularly adept at construction claims affecting the full spectrum of professionals in the sphere. Her further experience relates to a broad range of disciplines including insurance, finance and media.

^ See whole ranking table