• A reputation for professional excellence with integrity

    A reputation for professional excellence with integrity

  • Accurate understanding and technical analysis

    Accurate understanding and technical analysis

  • National and International Experience

    National and International Experience

  • 34 years in private legal practice

    34 years in private legal practice

  • A focus on events and consequences, not gossip

    A focus on events and consequences, not gossip

  • Helping lawyers, brokers, accountants, surveyors and other professions

    Helping lawyers, brokers, accountants, surveyors and other professions

  • There when you need him

    There when you need him

About

F Mike Willis Ltd is an incorporated solicitors practice established by Mike Willis.

The firm offers the same niche services Mike has been providing to clients and colleagues for three decades: helping professionals in England and Wales with their identified civil liability, regulatory and contractual risks, exposures and opportunities. His experience equips him to provide advisory and representative services, with commerciality, objectivity and professionalism, at proportionate or attractive cost.

Services are offered at hourly rates scaled according to complexity and value of the exposures in issue; with flexibility to negotiate fixed fees or retainers. New clients should expect to be requested to provide funds on account.

About Mike Willis:

  • Brief Details 

Mike has been handling professional indemnity claims on behalf of solicitors, brokers, accountants, surveyors, and other professions since the mid-'80s, advising firms and/or their Insurers on coverage issues and claims defence and mitigation, including strategic advice; fraud; loss of chance; multiple claims and systemic wrongs/exposures; and Professional Regulatory and Disciplinary defence and risk management.

As the professional risks Partner of a law firm (national and international) for two decades, Mike's experience includes consultations by colleagues and by other firms on a variety of technical, procedural, ethical, regulatory/disciplinary, and purely practical problems.

Mike has been a speaker at conferences and seminars; an author of various trade and general press articles, and a solicitors negligence textbook.

  • Employment History

2006: Member: Beachcroft LLP (now DAC Beachcroft LLP)

1993: Partner: Wansbroughs Willey Hargrave

1988: Joined Willey Hargrave

1986: Lawrence Messer, London

1985: Qualified

Trained: Lawrence Graham and Gordon Dadds & Co, London

  • Degree/University

Magdalene College, Cambridge (MA Law)

  • Professional Bodies/Associations

Law Society; Leeds Law Society; Forum of Insurance Lawyers (Professional Indemnity Group); Institute of Risk Management

  • Leading cases:
  • 2000 – 04: Multiple negligence and fraud claims against a W Yorks firm of solicitors;
  • Aer Lingus v Gildacroft Limited and Sentinel Lifts Limited, (2006; Court of Appeal: curing an anomaly in limitation rules for contribution claims)
  • Langsam v Beachcroft LLP (2011; Court of Appeal: testing balance of duties between barristers and solicitors)
  • 2006 – 2010 Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and Legal Complaints Service proceedings against 'Miners Scheme' solicitors;
  • Magical Marking Ltd v Ware & Kay LLP & Anor [2013; V-C : Solicitors duties under general retainer; intellectual property losses; insolvency)

Testimonials:

Thank you for your guidance whenever my team or I have had any issues; calm, helpful and always making difficult situations a little easier. 

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You have always dealt with such matters in your stride and with a complete understanding of the commercial awareness that sits around these matters

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The [client's] recent new instruction is a testament to the dextrous way that you handled the claim and mediation with them.

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Thank you for all your support …. The voice of reason and calm when things might not always have been going so well for me/the team.

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I have very much valued your help, professionalism, intellect and wisdom at difficult times

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You have always been an absolute pleasure to deal with, even if one tends to be in the poo at the time

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I have really appreciated your help in dealing with the client issues that have arisen

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It has always been a pleasure working with you and I have welcomed your wise guidance on many occasions.

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Thanks for your support on the "difficult" matters we have had to deal with!

Professional Risk Expertise

Mike Willis has worked with a diverse range of professions including...

The FMWL Approach …

  • Accurate understanding and technical analysis;
  • Focus on duty, causal event(s) and consequences; not gossip…
  • Sensitive but objective empathy;
  • Overarching commerciality; and
  • Clear aims, with vision where necessary to explore indirect routes to solutions.