Paul Chaplin

Paul Chaplin

Partner (FCILEx) Birmingham, United Kingdom

Paul is a partner in our Birmingham office and is a professional indemnity specialist. He qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) in 1992.

Paul has a wealth of experience in advising insurers on policy related matters and in the defence of claims against a wide range of their professional insureds, most notably solicitors, financial service providers, accountants, construction professionals and brokers.

He brings experience of defending claims to trial and subsequent appeals to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court; as well as dispute resolution expertise, including mediation and arbitration. This includes resolution of disputes before the Financial Ombudsman and Pensions Ombudsman.

Paul is a member of the Birmingham Law Society


  • Qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEx) in 1992

Market recognition

  • Paul Chaplin…”has strong expertise in financial and IFA related professional indemnity claims”
    Chambers UK 2019
  • Paul Chaplin is praised by clients for being "incredibly helpful, and he spends time explaining the finer points in layman terms… He is particularly renowned for assisting insurers with claims involving solicitors, financial services and construction professionals.”
    Chambers UK 2018
  • Paul Chaplin “…provides ‘first-class advice’ in defending professional negligence and indemnity claims”
    Legal 500 2018

Work highlights

  • Representing a significant number of IFAs following the high profile collapse of Keydata Investment Services, which resulted in the FSCS bringing a large number of claims against our clients and approximately 500 other IFAs. Paul was actively involved with the London Market Group of Insurers and their solicitors which had been formed to deal with these claims in a uniform, co-ordinated and efficient manner.
  • Acting for a large Network of IFA’s (and Insurers) regarding mis-selling of products in the retail services sector.
  • Acting for a large firm of IFA’s (and Insurers) in relation to the defence of a number of multi million pound High Court claims regarding investment recommendations which allegedly did not match the clients’ risk profile (and which included a number of UCIS investments) and related breaches of COBS.
  • Successfully mediating a lost opportunity claim for damages in excess of £3 million against a Top 50 law firm arising out of its alleged negligent handling of a sports injury claim which had left an amateur rugby player a paraplegic.
  • Acting for the solicitors and their insurers in White v Jones [1995] 2 AC 207 in which the House of Lords imposed on solicitors a duty to take reasonable care in favour of intended beneficiaries when preparing a Will.
  • Successfully defending a multi-million pound claim for damages brought against a firm of accountants (following a 25 day trial) arising out of a family dispute regarding ownership in a London tourist attraction  - Scriven v Scriven and others 2015 EWHC 1690 (ch)