Jon is an associate in the firm’s Bristol office. He specialises in professional negligence claims, acting for professionals and their insurers. Jon joined as a claims handler in 2014 before training and qualifying as a solicitor with Beale & Co in September 2019.
Throughout his time at Beale & Co, Jon has gained a broad understanding of professional indemnity work and has experience in defending litigated and pre-action claims against solicitors, barristers, financial advisers, accountants, surveyors, architects, engineers, and design and build contractors. Jon has extensive experience resolving disputes via alternative dispute resolution including mediation, early neutral evaluation, and via the various ombudsman schemes.
Jon routinely advises insurers under a sole retainer in respect of insurance policy terms and conditions, using his previous experience both as a claims handler and also from his time on secondment in the claims department of a Lloyd’s broker. Jon has represented professionals when they are referred to their supervising professional body. He has also acted on behalf of claimant professionals/insurers in relation to recovery actions and for claims relating to a professional’s unpaid fees.
Jon has particular experience in defending claims arising out of off-plan ‘buyer funded’ developments, Japanese Knotweed, Multi-Dwelling Relief (Stamp Duty Land Tax), and overvaluations by valuers (commercial and residential).
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