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As individuals and businesses, we trust our professional advisers implicitly. But when that advice is inadequate or wrong it can be costly, both personally and professionally.

When that happens, it is vital to have an experienced team to fight your corner. Not least because tricky legal issues arise such as limitation, the exact cause of the loss and contributory negligence.

Our team has an outstanding reputation in this field, predominantly supporting claimants against solicitors, accountants, surveyors, insurance brokers, engineers, project managers and other professionals.

Rest assured you’ll have the right team on your side. Our reputation is based not only on our legal expertise and results, but also our experience in finding alternative funding solutions for clients often placed in huge difficulty because of professionals failings. We understand how professional indemnity insurers operate and you’ll also benefit from our experience in mediation, adjudication and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

If you think you’ve been wrongly advised, our friendly team is here and ready to help with clear, straightforward advice and guidance.

Our experience
  • Acting for a wealthy individual in a multi-million pound claim against Accountants/tax advisers in relation to negligent tax advice and the failure to disclose secret commissions.
  • Acting for Newcastle Airport against Eversheds, where the Court of Appeal found that solicitors retained to draft contracts between the company and its directors breached their duty of care by simply carrying out the instructions of the directors.
  • Acting for a waste recycling business in successfully recovering substantial damages from its insurance broker following a catastrophic fire and declinature by its Insurers of policy cover
  • Acting for beneficiaries of a trust in a claim against solicitors who advised the trust. The case was funded by after the event legal expenses insurance and resulted in the recovery of substantial damages for the beneficiaries
  • Acting for major lenders in numerous claims against solicitors and valuers
  • Acting for a sports club in a claim against its insurance broker for failing to obtain adequate Contents and Business Interruption cover
  • Acting for a company in a claim against engineers in respect of advice given in relation to dredging activities in the vicinity of a dock, which subsequently collapsed. This case involved complex issues of expert evidence and quantification
  • Acting for a large pharmaceutical supplier in a claim against its insurance brokers in respect of negligence in the placing of the client’s fire insurance, which was repudiated by insurers following a devastating fire
  • Pursuing a successful claim against a firm of project managers for negligent advice on polystyrene filled panels in a factory. The claim proceeded in the Technology & Construction Court in London and involved two successful Court of Appeal hearings before a successful settlement was achieved
  • Representing a commercial client in a claim against its auditors/accountants relating to advice given in relation to a HMRC investigation

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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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Robert Glassford

Partner | Commercial Litigation

+44 (0) 330 137 3313

+44 (0)752 522 4545

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Emma Digby

Partner | Commercial Litigation

+44 (0) 330 137 3308

+44 (0) 774 040 5743

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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

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