Claire Collinson Legal is a specialist, high quality solicitors’ practice. We deal solely with claims and complaints about financial products and services, insurance and professional negligence.

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Claire Collinson Legal is committed to providing high quality advice, access to justice and reasonableness and certainty of costs.

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Claire Collinson Legal is a compact firm based on maintaining a reputation for excellence. Our clients speak highly of us and we are recommended in the leading legal sector ranking publications.

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Claire Collinson Legal works with clients from numerous sectors, throughout England and Wales, from our base in Northumberland.

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Our Services

Our reputation

We have been recommended in both Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 for the last 3 years. We are the sole recommended solicitor for Broker Network members throughout England and Wales (a network of over 600 independent insurance brokers).

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Our clients

Our clients include private individuals, numerous owner managed businesses, through to large corporate concerns. Our clients span numerous sectors including care homes, high net worth individuals, property developers, the leisure industry and educational organisations.

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Our ethos

The values underpinning Claire Collinson Legal are high quality advice, access to justice and reasonableness and certainty of costs. Each client and each case is treated individually; our claims are not processed. Advice is tailored specifically for each case.

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Our pricing

We offer flexible funding options, discussed and agreed in advance.  Our charges will always represent the value of work done and be proportionate to the amount claimed.

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In claire's words

We provide a bespoke service from highly qualified and experienced solicitors yet due to our structure we are able to offer exceptionally reasonable rates and flexible funding options.

In our specialist areas, we have a national reputation, built on recommendations from past and existing clients

Case Studies

Insurance Disputes

Our client, a business owner in the Midlands, suffered a severe fire at their premises. The insurer alleged that the “waste warranty” had been breached because wood shavings may not have been swept up, and alleged fraud on the basis that (they said) our client had given a different version of events immediately after the fire than later. We present

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Case Studies

Interest Rate Hedging Disputes

We represented a London based property owner who had been sold a complex interest rate swap in conjunction with a refinance. The swap restricted the business to the extent that opportunities to develop the business could not be taken up. Prior to commencement of the FCA Review into hedging products, proceedings were issued then stayed to allow the

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Investment and Other Financial Cases

We represented a severely disabled young lady whose personal injury damages had been invested on an advisory basis by a high street bank. The portfolio of investments was highly geared in equities and in a situation where regular income withdrawals were required, the value of the portfolio fell severely. We alleged negligence in construction of the

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Professional Negligence

We pursued a claim against an insurance broker who had failed to notify an insurer of our client’s change of address which led to the declinature of a fire claim. Liability was denied and we pursued a complaint to the FOS, recovering substantial compensation for our client.

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News

Complaints or problems with transfer of benefits from a final salary or defined benefits scheme 2018 / March 5th, 2018

Since our last news report on the mis-selling of SIPP pension investments in December 2017, there has been renewed and deepening criticism over the practices of pension and investment advice providers and their introducers. The spotlight is now placed on potentially unsuitable advice by IFA’s to defined benefit scheme members, on transfer of their pension savings out of these valuable schemes to much more risky investments. Transfers out of defined benefit schemes have grown in […]

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Greater access for businesses to the Financial Ombudsman Service / February 19th, 2018

The current Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) Rules only allow businesses classed as “micro-enterprises” to participate in the FOS complaint redress scheme. At the end of January 2018, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) opened a consultation on proposals that would extend access to the FOS to a much larger group of businesses. The FCA consultation identifies that “small businesses often have more in common with individual consumers”, and “small businesses that buy or use financial products […]

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Mis-selling of SIPP investments – what are a consumer’s options? / December 14th, 2017

A SIPP is a Self Invested Personal Pension, and as the name suggests, allow the holder a wide degree of freedom to invest in different types of investments. The SIPP itself is simply a wrapper for the investments within it which can be FCA regulated products such as unit trusts, shares, bonds and gilts and also more risky, unregulated products including collective investment schemes and property investment schemes (UK and overseas). A SIPP can be […]

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Claims or complaints about Fixed Rate Loans – update / April 10th, 2017

Many thousands of businesses have been struggling over recent years to deal with the implications of long term fixed rate loans: ongoing interest costs significantly above current base rate, and unexpectedly high break cost charges for repaying loans early or refinancing. Businesses often feel that they were not fairly informed about the implication of long term fixes when entering into the loan and would either have not fixed their rate, would have chosen a different […]

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We are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and carry professional indemnity insurance of £3 million.