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Scott Ashby

Scott Ashby is an expert in professional liability, regulation and insurance of solicitors and accountants.

Scott has a wealth of experience in defending a wide variety of claims and regulatory complaints against lawyers and accountants. He has acted for major national and international firms including a number of Top 200 UK law firms as well as small and medium sized professional services businesses and sole practitioners.

Scott's experience spans defending multi-million-pound claims in the High Court and the Court of Appeal to lower value County Court proceedings as well as complaints to Ombudsman services such as the Legal Ombudsman. He is also very experienced in all forms of ADR, including mediation.

Scott frequently advises on regulatory and compliance matters and has defended professional clients subject to interventions, investigations and formal disciplinary proceedings brought by their regulators including the SRA and the ICAEW.

Scott is an expert in professional indemnity insurance and is frequently instructed to advise on policy coverage disputes.

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"Scott is highly responsive and friendly. He combines deep technical knowledge with great commercial acumen, as well as leading an exceptional team." - Chambers UK 2024

"Scott's advice is always great and he's very commercial." - Chambers UK 2023

Top Ranked – Chambers UK 2022

Scott Ashby regularly acts on negligence claims relating to professionals in the legal sector. - Chambers UK 2022

"Scott Ashby has been an excellent addition to the team in Bristol and has led to an increased instruction on my part for solicitors’ negligence claims. He is always there to assist and nothing is too much trouble – his advice is commercial and cuts through to the key issues in a way which is easy to understand and also cost effective." - The Legal 500 UK 2022

Scott Ashby regularly acts on claims relating to professionals in the legal sector. Sources describe him as "a wise and pragmatic lawyer who takes responsibility for cases." - Chambers UK 2021

Clients value Scott's "clear and helpful advice." - Chambers UK, 2020