Claire Bushen

Claire Bushen

Partner Manchester, United Kingdom


  • Qualified in England and Wales in 2001

Claire is a Manchester-based partner. She became a partner at Kennedys in 2013.

Claire specialises in defending and advising on professional negligence claims. Her clients include national and international reinsurers, accountants and auditors, insurance brokers, estate agents, solicitors and regulatory bodies.

Her particular expertise lies in solicitors’ negligence cases across all specialisms including conveyancing, failed litigation, matrimonial, wills and probate, mortgage lenders’ claims and corporate transactions (including group actions). Claire also specialises in defending claims against accountants pertaining to tax advice, audit practice and procedure and fraud allegations. She defends claims against insurance brokers and intermediaries, including failure to place cover. She deals with issues relating to disclosure, misrepresentation and due diligence, and obtaining of appropriate performance bonds.

Claire provides coverage advice regarding policy issues and wordings, and is experienced in dealing with regulatory bodies and fraud investigations. She also advises on risk management and professional conduct.

Claire has managed an impressive range of negligence claims from defending a high-profile MP to providing coverage advice in relation to 40 separate claims against a solicitors firm totaling £3m. Another highlight includes advising on an unenforceable collateral agreement regarding development properties that resulted in alleged losses in the region of £1.5m.

In addition to her work at the firm, Claire is a member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers and regularly lectures on reinsurance issues.

... provides ‘proactive yet succinct advice’.

The Legal 500 UK 2018/19

Market recognition

  • Notable practitioner for 'Professional Negligence (North West)'
    Chambers UK 2019
  • Recommended Lawyer for 'Professional negligence (North West)'
    "…the ‘approachable’ Claire Bushen who provides ‘proactive yet succinct advice’."
    The Legal 500 UK 2018/19

  • Claire is described as "insightful and very accessible"
    Chambers UK 2017
  • Claire is described as "...very knowledgeable; she keeps me informed of what's going on. The advice is balanced between legal and commercial."
    The Gracechurch London Market Insurance Law Report 2016
  • Claire has been praised for her "…client service and knowledge of the insurance market."
    Chambers UK 2016

Work highlights

  • Advising on coverage in respect of numerous claims, totalling €172.3m, against a well-known firm of accountants.
  • Advising on coverage, and dealing with the defence of numerous claims against a sizeable firm of solicitors. This arose out of the fraudulent activities of one of its employees. This fraud was part of a large scale fraud ring uncovered by the City of London police involving a network of solicitors from all over the UK.
  • Dealing with the defence of a significant number of claims arising out of the Foreign Office’s revocation of a business’s licence to provide sponsorship to overseas students. This resulted in the curtailment of the student’s visas and their having to return to their countries of origin. The indication is that there will be in excess of 650 claims.
  • Defending a £1.64m claim, brought by lottery winners, against a firm of accountants for allegedly negligent advice given regarding various investment opportunities, including property investment, investment into the private healthcare sector and Enterprise Investment Schemes.
  • Defending a claim against an insolvency practitioner who acted as a Trustee in Bankruptcy against allegations that it sold a property at a significant undervalue and that it made payments to a party who had no valid claim in the bankruptcy. The total claim was for £2.5m. We were successful in having part of the claim struck out and the remainder was discontinued.
  • Defending a claim against an immigration company with offices in New Zealand and the UK, arising out if its advice to a couple seeking to emigrate to Australia with their granddaughter. The claimants sought to recover in excess of £1m and the matter was settled at mediation for £40,000.
Market recognition
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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2019

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    Leading Individual

    The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017

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    Leading Individual

    Chambers UK 2016