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Andrew Blair

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Andrew Blair

Andrew Blair

Partner

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Andrew Blair

Andrew Blair

Partner

Andrew heads up the brokers' professional liability sub-group. He has wide experience of defending claims against professionals, having acted for most of the "traditional" professions during his career.

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Profile & Experience

Andrew heads up the brokers' professional liability sub-group. He has wide experience of defending claims against professionals, having acted for most of the "traditional" professions during his career.

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Andrew's focus is in insurance and professional indemnity litigation, particularly in relation to solicitors and insurance intermediaries.  He has specialised in defending claims against solicitors since 1990, and has gained extensive experience in advising both solicitors and their insurers on a whole range of claims which are brought against the profession. 

Andrew also advises insurance brokers, accountants, surveyors and other property professionals, and their insurers, in relation to professional liability claims and specific risk management issues faced by the professions. 

Andrew is recommended both in Chambers and Legal 500.  The most recent Legal 500 describes Andrew as an "excellent lawyer; he is responsive, pragmatic and commercial".

Experience
  • Acting for a number of different firms of surveyors in relation to various multi-million pounds claims, principally brought by lending institutions, arising out of the last property boom.
  • Acting for various firms of insurance brokers in relation to claims concerning breach of binding authority agreements, failure to place insurance, failure to place insurance on the correct terms and failure to give correct advice on insurance requirements
  • Acting for a national firm of solicitors and successfully resisting a £50 million claim against them by the administrators of a former client company arising out of the dishonest practices of the former controlling mind of the company. Amongst other issues, it concerned the impact of the decision in Moore Stephens -v- Stone & Rolls Ltd in a claim against solicitors
  • Successfully defending Denton Wilde Sapte in relation to a claim made against the firm and a former employee which involved allegations of ostensible authority and ex turpi causa
  • Acting in relation to significant claims arising out of policy holders’ protection insurance, including challenges to the jurisdiction of the FOS
  • Acting for a firm of accountants in relation to hearings before the VAT Tribunal, concerning the correct treatment of VAT following an administrative receivership
  • Acting for a firm of solicitors and their insurers in relation to numerous issues arising out of the handling of volume motor claims
  • Acting for insurers on complicated aggregation issues arising out of volume conveyancing transactions
  • Acting for an actuary in relation to the giving of allegedly negligent advice in respect of traded endowment policies
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Sectors

  • Insurance & Reinsurance

  • Professional Practices

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