Alan Dury

Alan Dury

Partner Sheffield, United Kingdom

Alan is a partner in our Sheffield office. With over 25 years’ experience of defending companies and insurers against complex and significant claims for employers' and occupiers' liability, Alan specialises in defending complex, high-value and catastrophic claims on behalf of insurers, Lloyds' syndicates, corporate clients and loss adjusters. He also advises on claims relating to property damage and product liability, and provides policy advice to clients.

Alan has successfully defended clients at many trials, but constantly seeks the best possible and most cost-effective result for his clients through effective and appropriate alternative dispute resolution.

His experience includes defending a unique £3 million claim for chronic pain and psychiatric injury, defending a national business against a personal injury claim for over £1 million arising from alleged complex regional pain syndrome and defending an international charity against high value personal injury claims arising from a serious car accident in Ethiopia. He has defended many high value claims for amputations, brain and psychiatric injuries, spinal injuries, fatal accidents and multiple orthopaedic trauma.

He is also a member of The Law Society and the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL).


  • Qualified in England and Wales in 1991

Market recognition

  • Included in the The Best Lawyersin the United Kingdom 2019 for Personal Injury Litigation (Sheffield)
  • Described as “customer focused”
    The Legal 500 UK, 2016
  • Next generation lawyer
    The Legal 500 UK, 2017

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended a British business against a multi-million dollar personal injury claim for product liability brought against it in the USA.
  • Using adjudication to recover the outlay of the insurers of a property construction company from a subcontractor whose work was substantially responsible for damage to surrounding property of over £1 million.
  • Green v Grimsby & Scunthorpe Newspapers Ltd [2005] Represented a successful defendant in the Court of Appeal in a landmark claim for stress at work.
  • Alan successfully defended a building contractor in a claim for over £1 million for flood damage to multiple domestic properties and psychiatric injury to the residents, allegedly caused by its negligent drainage work at an adjoining property.
  • Spencer v Wincanton [2009] Helped clarify the law of causation in defending an international logistics business against a £2 million+ amputation claim in the Court of Appeal.
Market recognition
  • 2017 - The Legal 500 - UK_next_generation_lawyer (low res).png (1)

    Next Generation Lawyer

    The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017