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Professional Liability

Our 30-lawyer professional liability team acts for a range of professionals, including accountants, actuaries, financial advisers and trust managers, lawyers, auction houses, property and construction professionals, as well as their professional indemnity insurers.

Our industry experts advise professional services firms across the full spectrum of their legal needs, backed-up by the support of the firm's dispute resolution group.

Professional negligence claims against accountants, actuaries and other financial professionals are on the increase. The length and severity of the current global recession led to a rise in claims in a number of areas - a trend that has accelerated in the past few years and is unlikely to abate.

We know how important reputation is to any professional. Dealing with these situations (be they civil claims, regulatory or disciplinary investigations or criminal proceedings) and managing the myriad of risks associated with being a professional services adviser is imperative.

In addition to our widespread litigation experience, we are also experienced in acting and advising clients in relation to regulatory investigations including FCA, SFO and ICAEW investigations.

Whether resolving complex disputes and negligence claims or advising on contractual structures and concerns over financial irregularities, we offer technically excellent commercial legal advice and a pro-active partner-led service.

The size and strength of our corporate client base means our lawyers are experienced in acting for both claimants and defendants on a wide range of disputes and insurance matters.

We know how important it is to understand our clients and so many of the team have hands-on experience gained in-house at major clients, and so are familiar with the daily challenges you face. This insight means they are well placed to help you manage potential risks; resolve disputes in a commercial and efficient manner; and in many cases avoid disputes arising in the first place.

We are not just there when things go wrong. In addition to our dispute resolution expertise, our team has experienced non-contentious experts who advise global networks of professional services firms on their structure and constitutional issues, as well as managing client engagement and regulatory issues.

Always on hand to help, we ensure clients can quickly access the right specialist through the use of bespoke telephone hotline service.

We currently act for eight of the top 20 accountancy firms, including four of the Big 6, as well as insurers, trustees, leading international networks and major corporates.

In the pensions arena we have extensive experience in handling complex, multi-million pound claims involving a range of pensions, professionals and our pensions disputes capability is backed-up with the support from our market leading strong non-contentious pensions team.

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Jane E Howard
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