Neil Frankland

Position: Partner
Phone: +(44)(0)121 456 8330
Fax: +(44)(0)121 456 8480

What can I do for you?

I am a dedicated professional indemnity insurance lawyer. My work involves helping professionals (and the insurers of professional risks) in defending claims made for compensation against them of all values – from £10,000 to £10 million – and also policy advisory work.

I am recognised by the legal directories, and clients, as a leader in my field and specialise in acting on professional indemnity claims against brokers and construction professionals.

In the broker arena I am regularly instructed on claims of a variety of different issues and value - from issues before the FOS, through to High Court actions of significant value. I champion risk management by brokers and am working with a number or firms, networks and professional bodies to try to educate from the experience I have of seeing matters go wrong. I also regularly lecture on important developments and changes in the law/regulatory provisions relating to brokers and the Insurance market.

With construction I continue to lead our development of regionally related construction insurance claims from our Birmingham office. This includes claims of wide ranging value against engineers (of all disciplines), architects, main contractors, surveyors and other consultants. The resolution strategy needed for any one claim is never the same, however we constantly look for the commercial result for all the parties involved - whether that is adjudication, mediation or trial. Again, I am a keen proponent of risk management for construction professionals and work with all clients - big or small, on ways to minimise their exposures. Equally I aim to provide a service to clients that appreciates their wider commercial needs and supports them in their business environment in a manner that they understand.

Supporting my clients’ objectives

Claims happen. When they do the objective of both my professional and insurance client is that they are dealt with in the right way – promptly, commercially and efficiently. Claims that need to be settled are resolved, those that need to be fought are fought hard.

I work closely with the leading counsel in the professional indemnity field (and am also recognised by them as a leader in my area), bringing together a team of experts in the subject matter I am working in, whether that be with colleagues in other departments at Mills and Reeve, leading accountants or underwriters.