UK law firm Wragge & Co has appointed Jane Howard as its head of accounting and actuarial liability. Howard joins from Reynolds Porter Chamberlain where she has been head of accounting and actuarial liability teams since 2003.
Howard, a judge at this year’s IAB Awards, has more than 20 years of experience working with and defending claims involving a range of financial professionals including auditors, accountants and actuaries. She specialises in defending claims on network definition issues, constitutional matters and issues involving the conduct of member firms.
Howard’s clients include the Big Four and several global accounting networks. She has acted for nearly half of the top 30 accounting networks and associations.
Howard is well known in the accounting industry as one of the world’s leading experts on auditor liability litigation. She said Wragge & Co has a “first-rate” dispute resolution practice but isn’t as well known as it should be.
“It already acts for four of the top six accountancy firms, as well as actuaries, trust managers, lawyers, surveyors, architects and insurers. There is huge potential for Wragge & Co to forge a leading reputation for professional liability work,” she said.
Howard’s appointment takes the total number of dispute resolution partners to 33. She is the fourth senior dispute resolution expert appointed in the past six months.
Hafez partner and head of construction disputes Anthony Wilson joined as head of international construction disputes. Actuarial and pensions litigation director Ian Gordon also came across from Reynolds Porter Chamberlain. IT and outsourcing dispute resolution director Patrick Arben was promoted to the partnership on 1 May.