Neil Davies

Position: Partner
Phone: +(44)(0)1603 693440
Fax: +(44)(0)1603 611697

What I do and what I can do for you?

I specialise in acting for insurers and their insured professional clients. I have experience of acting on behalf of a broad range of professions (including accountants, brokers, construction professionals, financial advisers, solicitors and surveyors/valuers). I also advise insurers on policy interpretation and coverage issues.

My role is one of analysing disputes in order to identify solutions that meet the business and commercial needs of my clients. My extensive experience of court proceedings, pre litigation and intra-litigation dispute resolution has honed my skills in negotiating solutions, even in the most challenging cases. I have acted in a number of cases that have appeared before the Court of Appeal. I also regularly resolve cases via mediation and through other forms of ADR.

Supporting my clients’ objectives

My expertise is in supporting the potentially competing interests of our insurer and insured clients. Clients want us to deal with matters effectively and efficiently. It is important that clients are confident we are fighting their corner, even when it may be clear that a mistake has been made by an insured. A classic example is a claim I dealt with where, while a finding of breach of duty was inevitable, I advised our clients to defend the claim on issues of causation and loss. This was a significant claim that we successfully defeated at trial, and subsequently at a two-day hearing in the Court of Appeal.

On occasions, I am able to assist before claims are actually made. I have been able to review client files and provide early advice in instances where, for example, there was a suspicion of large scale potential mortgage lender claims and wholesale mis-selling by IFAs. This early and effective intervention allowed a plan to emerge that would mitigate the losses and manage the potentially damaging exposures of errors made by the insureds.

What do others say?

Clients have said that they like the fact that, in addition to being hard working and good at what they do, our lawyers are approachable and friendly. They also like our ability to bring to their cases expertise which is available from our broad cross section of practice areas.

Clients also recognise that we are ambitious, progressive and able to provide a high quality service across the UK.

“Clients return to this firm time and again for its regional reach and the ‘experience, dedication and tenacity’ of the lawyers.” – Chambers UK