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Where disputes arise with insurers you need advice from lawyers who know both the law and how the market operates.

We have a wealth of experience acting for Claimant Policyholders and Insurers. We regularly handle complaints to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FSA) and follow-on actions against relevant professionals, including insurance brokers.

Our experience includes acting on a range of disputed insurance claims arising from the denial of liability and policy avoidance by insurers. We have particular experience of business interruption claims.

Whether you operate in the public or private sector, rest assured our team of insurance dispute experts will fight your corner, offering straightforward advice and guidance at every step.

Our experience
  • Acting for Pride Valley Foods in its claim against various insurance and construction professionals. The first part of this multi-million pound claim involved issues of non-disclosure by Pride Valley’s broker and related insurance issues such as waiver and reliance, which resulted in a reported Court of Appeal decision.
  • Advising on policy coverage and potential waiver issues in relation to a major fire at a pharmaceutical company.
  • Acting for a cleaning business in successfully contesting Insurers declinature because of alleged non-compliance with a warranty following a fire.
  • Pursuing a successful claim against a firm of solicitors in respect of their failure properly to advise on and obtain sufficient legal expenses insurance for litigation.
  • Acting for a number of Lloyds Insurers in a range of technology related claims providing advice on policy coverage and the merits generally.

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Peter Hornsey

Partner | Head of Commercial Litigation

+44 (0) 330 137 3314

+44 (0)792 149 8908

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Tim Toomey

Partner | Commercial Litigation

+44 (0) 330 137 3317

+44 (0)773 802 8207

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Martin Woodford

Partner | Commercial Litigation

+44 (0) 330 137 3319

+44 (0)791 232 8152

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Nichola Evans

Partner | Commercial Litigation

+44 (0) 330 137 3335

+44 (0) 773 330 6502

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What people say

  • They offer unparalleled legal knowledge and advice to clients at critical moments during disputes providing practical effective solutions including unparalleled litigation expertise.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • The Manchester team are dynamic. They have excellent client management whilst, at the same time, maintaining great relationships with counsel and experts to ensure that the litigation team are joined up throughout. The team are affable and down-to-earth with a broad and growing practice.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • The team have top-to-bottom talent. Their client care, especially over the past 12 months, has been great. I have been really impressed with the way in which cases have been kept on track and there has been continuous client engagement. The expertise and ability to handle complex, multi-party litigation is really impressive. Additionally, there is real focus on achieving the clients’ objectives and an eye on strategy.

    Legal 500, Client quote
  • Their expertise and ability to handle complex, multi-party litigation is really impressive.

    Legal 500
  • Ward Hadaway are absolutely first rate - they are an excellent firm for litigation, regionally, nationally and, increasingly, internationally.

    Chambers & Partners
  • This team earns strong market endorsement for its deft handling of a wide range of commercial litigation matters including director and shareholder disputes, professional negligence and IT claims.

    Chambers & Partners
  • This is ‘a go-to team for clients with big commercial claims’… the team's lawyers ‘combine legal aptitude with common sense’.

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • An exceptional and wide-ranging presence in high-value commercial litigation in the North East and Northern England. Enviable bench strength with the capacity to handle matters including shareholder disputes, professional negligence, insurance disputes and fraud.

    Chambers & Partners
  • Highly sought-after to handle complex litigation, including contractual claims, shareholder disputes and debt recovery. Regularly called upon to act for public sector bodies in addition to its local and national corporate client base.

    Chambers & Partners