Alison Neate

What I do

Head of Professional Liability, Accredited Commercial Mediator, Member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association & Recommended by the Legal 500.

I joined the firm in 1994 as a Solicitor in the Dispute Resolution team, I became a Partner in 2000. In 2014 I launched an online service,, righting the wrongs of professionals who have been negligent.

Technical expertise. Excellence in client service.

I live with my young family in Rutland.

I have worked with Alison for more than three years and have always found her to be knowledgeable, diligent and professional. Alison works hard to understand her clients and their individual needs and thus makes her a pleasure to work with.

Client, Professional Negligence

Alison Neate’s commitment to the client is unrivalled and she will always do her utmost to secure the best outcome for them.

Client, Professional Negligence

Alison is exceptional, committed, diligent and commercial.

Client, Professional Negligence

The quality of your legal advice and speed of turnaround surpasses what you would expect from a top London law firm and your understanding and knowledge of our business makes it feel like we have our own in-house lawyer, the best of both worlds.

Client, Professional Negligence

The market is crying out for sensible, specialist claimant professional liability lawyers, and it is a shame that clients often end up not knowing where to turn.

Client, Professional Negligence

We were very impressed with every aspect of the way in which the case was handled. The advice given throughout was expansive and welcome and we felt that the Smith Partnership had our best interests at the forefront of their action.

Client, Professional Negligence

‘Outstanding litigator‘ Alison Neate heads the professional negligence unit at Smith Partnership, which deals exclusively in claimant professional liability against financial advisors, accountants, solicitors and real estate developers.

In the Smith Partnership we found their technical abilities and reporting to be excellent. The case was a difficult case and one we felt may lose but they managed to negotiate an excellent compensation award for the clients, all of whom were elderly and needed extra care.

The Professional Negligence team at The Smith Partnership are absolutely first class. Their levels of client care, awareness of the needs of the clients and ability to solve even the most complicated of legal problems is fabulous.

Alison Neate heads up a brilliant team of legal professionals. Her dedication and commitment to clients is outstanding. Alison will always do her utmost to ensure that her clients achieve the very best in every situation. 

The Legal 500, 2023