David is a partner in the Bristol Office, specialising in defending claims against professionals, with a particular emphasis on legal and construction professionals and providing policy coverage advice to insurer clients.
Before joining Beale & Co, David had accumulated a wide body of experience in advising professionals – firstly as a claims handler on behalf of several Professional Indemnity Insurers and secondly providing in-house legal and commercial advice to a large international firm of Consulting Engineers.
Since joining Beale & Co, David has built a wide ranging practice by regularly advising a wide variety of Insurers and their professional clients. These matters range from the provision of claims handling advice under a delegated authority to large and complex, multi-party disputes with numerous issues for each class of professional involved. This allows David to have a detailed working knowledge of the common issues affecting professionals and their insurers.
In recent years, David has developed a particular expertise in advising solicitors, and their professional indemnity insurers, in the defence of detailed and high value claims. These include claims arising from complex commercial or conveyancing transactions, probate matters, failed or under settled litigation and claims where there has been first party or third party fraud.
Alongside this, David has continued to provide expert advice to construction professionals and their insurers in claims before the TCC and other courts. He regularly advises Architects, Engineers, Building Surveyors and Project Managers in respect of claims ranging in value from several hundred pounds to several million pounds. David also has substantial experience of arbitration, adjudication and mediation as alternative means of resolving disputes.
In addition to the above, David regularly provides seminars and presentations on legal and regulatory issues relevant to Insurers and their professional clients.
David is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales.
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