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PROFESSIONALS are increasingly being made scapegoats when things go wrong, according to Andrew Davis, new senior partner at insurance law firm Fishburn Boxer.
Davis, whose appointment will take effect from the beginning of next month, sees his role as "consolidating and building upon the existing success of the firm". He replaces existing senior partner Richard Ellis who retires after four years in the position.
Davis' experience in the professional indemnity insurance market has made him a prominent voice in supporting the professions against increasing litigation.
"I have seen an increasing tendency by decision makers to make scapegoats of professionals," he said.
His firm's experience in acting for insurers has led to the formation of a department advising professionals on management standards, a development Davis sees as an illustration of the firm's practical approach to advising insurers and their clients.
Davis' appointment comes after 18 years as an insurance expert with the firm, where he was a specialist in professional indemnity.
Speaking to The Lawyer he confirmed that he would continue to undertake client work, which he saw as a priority. However, his involvement in management and general policy decisions will, increase - a challenge which he welcomed.
Davis sees the 13-partner firm continuing to expand following the opening of a second office in the City last year.
"Our City presence, combined with our headquarters in The Strand, gives us an ideal base from which to practise. It is close to the insurance market as well as the Royal Courts," he said.