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Ian Collinson's name carries exceptional weight in insurance and professional negligence cases.


The 6 partner commercial litigation department at Ward Hadaway is one of the firm's flagship groups.

Clients were effusive in their praise for his work describing him as 'Intelligent, understanding and responsive' and also a 'seasoned and successful mediator'.

From Chambers UK 2007

"Clients identify head of department Ian Collinson as a lawyer who is "not afraid to litigate". "He will use expert advice and choose the right barristers to complete the job".


Enthusiastic recommendations poured in for Ward Hadaway's litigation team. Clients reported that it "covers every angle and knows which direction to take". They added that "the lawyers know what they are talking about" and have a "wealth of experience" helping the group get positive results. Litigation is a flagship department of the firm and the team attracts instructions from across the UK".

Ian's expertise covers insurance claims, complex trust matters, professional negligence and financial services disputes.

Commentators tout associate-to-watch Robert Glassford as a lawyer "who knows what he's taking about and is very capable".

From Chambers UK 2008

Spearheading this "impressive practice" is the market-revered Ian Collinson, who is lauded as "experienced and commercially aware" and wins further praise for his "exemplary analytical ability".


Clients attribute this firm's standing as a leading litigation player in the North East to its assemblage of "smart user friendly and responsive lawyers". The team is famed for handling a broad range of disputes and continues to attract high quality instructions from both within the North East and outside the region, particularly in the fields of professional negligence, insurance and private wealth disputes.

He recently put these attributes to use dealing with a professional negligence claim against an insurance broker arising from a major fire in Greater London. He also leads teams handling a number of multi million pound claims for national and international companies, individuals and trustees who have suffered investment losses.

Clients identify Robert Glassford as a skilled lawyer who continues to enhance his reputation in the North East.

From Chambers UK 2009

The highly rated team includes the 'simply excellent' Ian Collinson and Tim Toomey.

Legal 500

Ward Hadaway's 6 partner team has seen a continuing flow of high quality instructions both from within the North East and from outside the region, in fields of professional negligence, insurance and IT.

The firm has delegated authority from First Assist (a division of Munich Re) to grant after the event insurance to clients.

From Legal 500 2007

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