Neil is a senior associate based in Kennedys’ London office. He qualified as a solicitor in 2014. He joined Kennedys in 2019, having previously spent 8 years at a boutique insurance firm based in the City. This included client secondments at an international insurance brokerage and very well respected insurer.  Prior to that, he spent a year working at another insurance firm in the City, working exclusively on the litigation arising from the design and construction of the new Wembley Stadium.

Neil acts for leading professional indemnity insurers in the London Market in relation to professional negligence claims brought against their insureds. He specialises in dealing with claims brought against construction professionals (including D&B contractors, architects and engineers), solicitors and insurance brokers. His practice also includes directors and officers liability (D&O) claims.

Whilst Neil’s caseload primarily involves defence work, he also undertakes claimant work; examples include bringing subrogated recovery actions within the construction sphere and contribution claims against underlying barristers on behalf of solicitor insureds.

Neil also has extensive experience in advising on policy coverage, with a particular focus on advising on discrete coverage issues arising in construction and solicitors’ professional indemnity policies (PII). He also has experience in drafting and reviewing PII wording for underwriters and delegated/binding authority agreements for insurance brokers.

Neil is involved in training and development of junior lawyers/support staff at the firm. This includes mentoring a solicitor apprentice. He has also mentored a student at his former university.

Work highlights

  • Successfully defending a mutli-million pound adjudication brought against a cladding contractor based on discrete challenges to the adjudicator’s jurisdiction
  • Striking out/obtaining summary judgment on behalf of solicitor Insured in relation to a professional negligence claim brought by a former client for alleged failed litigation; amount claimed in excess of £5m
  • Negotiating a favourable settlement on behalf of an insurance broker in relation to a claim for £10m arising from alleged negligence in relation to an underlying policy written under a DUA
  • Mitigating a £4m+ claim against a personal injury solicitor by successfully applying to disapply the Limitation Act under s33
  • Advising Underwriters on discrete policy coverage issues in relation to a claim brought against their Insured construction professional for £11m