Philip Atkinson


DD: +44 (0)20 7398 7613

Philip is a dual qualified New York Attorney and English Solicitor with over 20 years insurance and construction industry experience. Having worked in both London and New York, Philip has extensive experience of litigation and arbitration in the UK and the US.

Philip’s practice advises on contentious and non-contentious matters primarily involving professionals or business directors and officers (particularly the construction, engineering, environmental, and legal professions) and advising on insurance and reinsurance wordings, coverage and disputes. His non-contentious practice includes advising on construction projects and contracts, environmental and corporate social responsibility issues, as well as IT/IP matters and "Smart City" initiatives.

Emma Baker

Office Manager

DD: +44 (0)20 7398 7630

Emma Baker joined Caytons Law 3 years ago as a senior claims administrator. Prior to joining, she spent 5 years working for a claims management company that specialised in handling professional indemnity claims, predominantly against surveyors, architects, engineers, financial advisers and insurance brokers. Emma also has experience in reporting to Insurer clients, advising them on payments and reserves.

Emma became the office manager in March 2014. Her additional duties include general admin tasks, running payroll, invoicing clients, assisting in the induction process for new employees, delegating work to staff and managing their workload and output, organising the office layout and maintaining the condition of the office.

Peter Campion

Senior Consultant

DD: +44 (0)20 7398 7605

Peter studied at Kings College. London and has over thirty years’ experience providing legal services in arbitrations, High Court Proceedings, mediations and other ADR. This has covered the full range of professional indemnity-related matters, with particular specialism in contractor, construction-consultant, surveyor/valuer and broker claims. His construction caseload, which includes both first and third party claim resolution, has covered civil and structural, mechanical and electrical, geotechnical, transport, infrastructure, marine, oil and other energy issues. He has substantial international experience, in particular in the Middle-East, the Far-East and in Ireland, where he practised for several years. He has been involved in numerous complex and high value claims including leading the defence team for the engineer on the Wembley Stadium dispute in what was then the largest construction claim ever in the TCC. He has also advised on numerous coverage issues and has drafted several suites of policy wordings.

John Cayton

Senior Partner

DD: +44 (0)20 7398 7628

John has extensive litigation experience with particular expertise in handling professional indemnity disputes. He started his career managing claims for the London market. He therefore understands the market's requirements. He was one of the first to use mediation to resolve a dispute long before it became fashionable.

John also has considerable experience drafting professional indemnity policies. He has advised most of the London professional indemnity market on some aspect of their policy wordings. His experience in drafting policies gives him an invaluable insight when differences arise on the interpretation of a policy provision. He has used this insight to obtain successful outcomes for his clients on many occasions. John is qualified as a solicitor in England and Ireland.

Dominic Collier

Senior Associate Solicitor

DD: +44 (0)20 7398 7609

Dominic specialises in professional negligence and insurance litigation on behalf of insurers, brokers and corporate clients as well as general commercial litigation. His professional liability practice focuses on claims against a wide range of professionals with a particular focus on insurance brokers, solicitors and professionals within the construction sector including architects, contract administrators, engineers, project managers and surveyors.

Dominic has litigated claims at all levels including the TCC and has extensive experience of resolving claims within the Pre Action Protocols and in mediation, adjudication and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution.



DD: +44 (0)20 7398 7629

Robin has worked in the London insurance market since 1992. He started his career working for a Lloyd's broker, dealing with reinsurance and professional indemnity claims. He then decided to specialise in professional indemnity claims and moved to another Lloyd's broking house, handling the claims from one of the largest construction professional indemnity facilities in the Lloyds's market.

Having spent some time with a Lloyd's Syndicate, Robin decided to return to broking and spent over 10 years working for a Lloyd's broker dealing with professional indemnity and Directors & Officers liability claims for most professionals, including surveyors, architects, engineers, financial advisers, solicitors, accountants, hedge fund managers, insurance brokers and underwriting agents.

Robin qualified as an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute in 1997.

Hollie Dearman


DD: +44 (0)20 7398 7624

Hollie began her career in the insurance market as a professional indemnity claims broker where she gained experience with the Lloyd's and company markets. She was later recruited by a leading Lloyd's syndicate where she acted as a claims assessor before working for one of the UK's largest company insurers.

Hollie has experience in dealing with claims against professionals ranging in classes of business such as solicitors, surveyors, IFAs, architects and engineers in the UK, Ireland and Australia. Hollie became an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Insurance in 2011 and in doing so won 5 awards for her examination achievements and became the Institute's highest achiever under the age of 30.

Matt Driscoll

Claims Assessor

DD: +44 (0)20 7398 7634

Matt joined Caytons Law in early 2014 as a claims assessor. Prior to joining Caytons Law, Matt worked for another specialist professional indemnity practice as a claims handler. Throughout his time in claims, Matt has gained experience in dealing with professional negligence claims against solicitors in the UK and Ireland as well as professional negligence claims against architects and surveyors. Matt also spent a number of years working in IT. He gained experience supporting various systems relating to the handling of insurance claims as well as leading projects to upgrade his former company's infrastructure.

Mark Exley

Senior Claims Assessor

DD: +44 (0)20 7398 7635

Mark has extensive experience within the insurance market, covering a wide spectrum of areas but specialising in Casualty Claims. Having gained considerable experience as a claims adjuster within one of the leading Casualty company insurers in the UK, he furthered his experience working as a claims adjuster for a global TPA, adjusting claims on behalf of one of the most prominent MGA’s within the City, whom underwrite large amounts of business for SMEs.

Mark has a thorough knowledge of civil law, legislation and case law, together with a profound understanding of the litigation process, including trials, Joint Settlement Meetings and HSE prosecutions, all of which allows him to achieve the best results possible for the client.

During his career Mark has been fortunate enough to be exposed to a high level of different risks, all carrying different levels of complexity. Mark has experience with multi-national corporations, to sole traders and is able to adapt his approach to suit the needs of the client, whilst still delivering the best possible result.

Holly Gradwell

Senior Claims Assessor

DD: +44 (0)20 7398 8050

Holly graduated from university, having studied Law. She began her career working for the UK's largest company insurer. There she gained experience within the corporate and speciality risk team dealing with one of the country's largest architects and engineers schemes along with other professional lines and managed outsourcing functions.

Holly progressed to claims adjusting for a leading Lloyd's Syndicate specialising in professional indemnity for solicitors and accountants. She is experienced with defending contentious claims against professionals and resolving claims and litigation by means of mediation.

Nicola Grant

Finance Manager

DD: +44 (0)20 7398 7632

Nicola joined Caytons Law 6 years ago as an office assistant and has since completed the ILFM diploma. Nicola is now head of finance and has in-depth knowledge of all financial aspects of the firm, in her role as head of the finance team and reports directly to the senior and managing partner.

Nicola holds a key role within the firm. Her duties include day-to-day financial transactions and ensuring compliance with the Solicitors Accounts Rules, bank reconciliation for office and client bank accounts, firm expenditure, managing sales and purchase ledgers, credit control, management reporting, financial forecasting, quarterly VAT Returns and preparing reports for auditors.

Emily Harris

Trainee Solicitor

DD: +44 (0)20 7398 8054

Emily obtained a first class honours degree in Law from Nottingham Trent University where she studied International Commercial Insurance Law as a speciality. She went on to achieve a Distinction in the Legal Practice Course. During this time she worked as a legal advisor for Nottingham Law School’s Legal Advice Centre, gaining valuable experience in alternative dispute resolution. Prior to joining Caytons Law as a trainee, Emily worked for a prominent clinical negligence law firm.

Since joining the Firm, Emily has assisting with claims involving professionals and advised on appointments and collateral warranties.

Nicola Hennessy


DD: +44 (0)20 7398 7622

Nicola graduated from University College Cork with a First Class Honours law degree in 2007. Following her undergraduate degree, Nicola completed a Master's degree in law in 2009.

Prior to joining Caytons, Nicola trained in a reputable law firm in Dublin and received an award from the Law Society of Ireland for her academic achievements. Nicola qualified as a solicitor in 2013 and upon qualification worked as an assistant solicitor specialising in commercial law. Nicola is qualified as a solicitor in both Ireland and England.

At Caytons Law, Nicola assists on professional negligence cases involving solicitors and other professionals.

Somme Khatir


DD: +44 (0)20 7398 7618

Somme attained a 2:1 Law degree from Brunel University. Before joining Caytons Law as a paralegal, Somme gained invaluable experience at a number of law firms whilst completing his degree, before deciding to specialise in professional negligence.

Somme's main role is to provide support for the staff at Caytons Law in professional negligence claims, predominantly claims against solicitors.


Managing Partner

DD: +44 (0)20 7398 7606

John is a solicitor with over thirty five years' experience of insurance and other commercial litigation, in both private practice and in-house. John has extensive experience in professional negligence liability claims including those against construction professionals, solicitors, barristers, insurance brokers, managing agents, accountants and surveyors. He also has expertise in disputes relating to professional indemnity insurance policies and in regulatory and disciplinary matters.

John's career includes being a Practice Manager for a leading professional indemnity underwriting agency. In that role he managed claims handling and litigation under delegated authorities, drafted policy wordings and dealt with compliance issues. John qualified as a fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives in 1990, a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute in 1999 and is a solicitor in the Republic of Ireland.

Kelly Line

Senior Legal Assistant

DD: +44 (0)20 7398 7620

Kelly obtained a 2:1 Law Degree in 2011. Prior to joining Caytons Law as a paralegal, Kelly undertook work experience placements gaining experience in professional negligence claims before completing her degree. Since joining Caytons Law in 2011, Kelly has assisted in defending claims against a wide range of professionals with a particular focus on claims against solicitors. She has also been exposed to cases concerning a variety of underlying matters, including litigation, conveyancing and administration of wills. In addition she has also been involved in disputes involving coverage. Kelly has now extended into the Irish jurisdiction and is currently involved in a large commercial claim. Kelly became senior legal assistant in 2015.



DD: +44 (0)20 7398 7602

Robert has more than 20 years of experience as a solicitor with expertise in dispute resolution relating to insurance, construction, professional negligence, professional conduct, statutory liabilities, reinsurance, shipping and legal costs. He has handled many cases concerning architects', engineers' and contractors' professional and contractual liabilities, often with significant technical dimensions, in a variety of industries including energy and transport. He also has extensive experience in relation to liabilities of financial advisers and actuaries.

Robert has undertaken advocacy in final hearings in the County Court, private arbitrations and adjudications, and before disciplinary panels.

Robert is an insurance market intellectual with degrees from Cambridge and UCLA and recently obtained a post graduate degree at Kings College in strategic war studies. He insists that analysis of strategy is directly applicable to litigation which is always about the goals that can be realistically obtained with finite means.

Alison McGuinness


DD: +44 (0)20 7398 7612

Alison obtained a first class honours degree in Psychology from Royal Holloway, the University of London, before converting to law, completing both the Graduate Diploma in Law and the Legal Practice Course at the College of Law in London. Prior to joining Caytons Law as a trainee, Alison worked for a large dispute resolution service, resolving insurance disputes and providing training and guidance in respect of the effects of recent changes to insurance law.

Since joining Caytons Law, Alison has supported in claims involving professionals, and assisted in advising on appointments and collateral warranties.

Maurice Meads

Claims Assessor

DD: +44 (0)20 7398 7638

Maurice studied at The University of Kent where he obtained a first class honours degree in Law. He subsequently achieved a Commendation on the Legal Practice Course. Prior to joining Caytons Law, Maurice was Head of Claims at a leading professional indemnity MGA. He also has experience on the claims broking side, dealing with miscellaneous professional indemnity, general liability, D&O insurance, which often had an international element. He has also obtained valuable experience in other legal and insurance related roles. These include working as a paralegal for a large national firm in the City, where he acquired experience handling professional indemnity claims against IFAs and brokers.

Sam Moore


DD: +44 (0)20 7398 7623

Sam is a qualified solicitor. Prior to joining Caytons Law Sam worked for another professional indemnity practice as a claims handler dealing with claims against professionals.

During his time at Caytons Law as a trainee Sam completed the Legal Practice Course obtaining a Distinction. Sam deals with claims against solicitors, insurance brokers and architects and other professionals engaged in the construction industry. Of particular note, Sam acted on behalf of a firm of solicitors who were being sued for negligent advice in relation to a lease along with 19 other firms of solicitors. Sam successfully assisted in the defence of a claim at court on the basis of a limitation defence which no other firm pursued. Sam also advises on appointments and collateral warranties.

Tom Morris


DD: +44 (0)20 7398 7621

Tom gained a First in Chemistry from the University of Cambridge, before converting to law. He was called to the Bar in 2010 and is a Lord Denning Scholar of Lincoln's Inn. He achieved a commendation in the Graduate Diploma in Law and a distinction in an LLM at King's College London. His LLM included modules in ICT Law, Civil Procedure and Clinical Negligence, in all of which he obtained a distinction.

Prior to joining Caytons Law, Tom completed a pupillage at Hailsham Chambers where he focused on professional negligence. He covered all major areas of chambers' practice, clinical negligence and professional negligence (including actions against solicitors, surveyors, financial advisors and auditors). Since joining Caytons Law as in-house Counsel, Tom has adapted well to private practice, and currently assists in a range of cases.

Jean-Francois Oliva

Trainee Solicitor

DD: +44 (0)20 7398 7636

Jean-Francois obtained a master degree from Nice Sophia Antipolis University, France, where he studied Business Law and Corporate Finance as a speciality. He went on to undertake a doctoral research on French and English Corporate and Insolvency Law before completing the Legal Practice Course with Commendation in the United Kingdom.

Prior to joining Caytons Law, Jean-Francois worked in London where he gained experience in general practice. He later joined a prominent International Law Firm, gaining valuable experience in Capital Markets and Debt Finance.

Since joining the Firm, Jean-Francois has provided support with claims involving professionals and assisted in advising on appointments and collateral warranties.

Angela Roberts


DD: +44 (0)20 7398 7611

Angela is a qualified solicitor. She obtained a 2:1 Law degree and completed the LPC with a Distinction.

At Caytons Law, Angela specialises in professional negligence and insurance litigation on behalf of insurers. Primarily, Angela works on solicitors negligence cases, construction cases and coverage disputes. She also advises our construction clients on warranties and appointments. Angela has litigated claims at all levels including resolving claims within the pre-action protocols, arbitration, adjudication and mediation.

Richard Senior

Senior Associate

DD: +44 (0)20 3948 3662

Richard is an experienced dispute resolution lawyer, who has specialised for most of his career on professional indemnity, coverage and construction disputes. His professional indemnity experience has spanned most non-medical professions and included defending claims against top 100 firms of solicitors and some of the biggest names in the construction professions. His caseload has ranged from small claims brought by individuals to complex multi-million-pound arbitrations involving several parties across different countries throughout the world. He has a strong track record of resolving claims with Pre-action Protocol Letters of Response alone and of defeating litigated claims with strike out/summary judgment applications. In addition to his dispute resolution practice, he has gained significant non-contentious experience, for example advising construction professionals (including world-famous landmark architects) on appointment documents and negotiating terms with international employers and co-consultants.

After reading Law at Bristol, Richard was called to the Bar and completed pupillage at a leading Commercial Chancery set in Lincoln’s Inn. Thereafter, he moved worked for several years at another highly-regarded specialist insurance law firm. He joined Caytons Law in 2017.

Jordan Stokes

Claims Assessor

DD: +44 (0)20 7398 7610

Jordan attained a First Class Law degree in 2011 and was awarded the Sweet and Maxwell Law Prize. Prior to joining Caytons Law in March 2012 as a paralegal, Jordan gained valuable experience working for the Citizens Advice Bureau. Jordan became a legal assistant at Caytons Law in December 2012. At Caytons Law, Jordan works on English and Irish claims in professional negligence and insurance litigation on behalf of insurers, brokers and corporate clients, Jordan assists in defending claims against a wide range of professionals. In addition, Jordan has advised on numerous coverage issues.

Jessica Watling

Executive Assistant

DD: +44 (0)20 7398 7631

Jessica is an executive and personal assistant at Caytons Law. Her duties include; preparing all invoice documentation as well as accurate input and verification of data into the company’s accounts system. Organising and maintaining diaries and making appointments, arranging travel and accommodation, screening phone calls, enquiries and requests, and handling them when appropriate, meeting and greeting visitors at all levels of seniority, dealing with incoming email, faxes and post.

Jessica also provides support to our finance and office manager. Her duties include managing the process of supplier payment requests, invoices and expense-related documentation, daily transactions and assisting with year-end and taxation procedures.

Janet Williams

Senior Associate Solicitor

DD: +44 (0)207 398 8051

Janet specialises in professional negligence and insurance litigation. She has acted on behalf of a wide range of professionals, including those involved in the construction industry (architects, engineers, surveyors) and the financial services sector, and solicitors. She has also been involved in coverage and D&O disputes.

She has extensive experience of litigation in the English courts, as well as international arbitration. She aims to resolve claims effectively, whether through court proceedings, Pre-Action Protocols or Alternative Dispute Resolution, such as mediation. Janet has been involved in a number of high profile cases.

Prior to joining Caytons Law, she worked for a number of years with a leading specialist professional indemnity practice.

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