Public Sector


Our Insurance Litigation Team has extensive experience of defending claims brought against local authorities and other public bodies, such as the police and fire services. We have  a thorough understanding of both the insurer and insured, and continually develop our team’s capabilities in order to provide the best possible service.

We have a strong reputation for our public sector work, both locally and nationally, with clients ranging from small local authorities to large international insurance companies. We have an enviable success rate and we work hard to save our clients both time and money on claims that can be extremely complex. This has helped us to develop long term relationships with clients who appreciate our efforts on their behalf:

“They are without doubt the most efficient firm we have dealt with”

“Over the years they have provided me with invaluable legal advice and guidance.”

“I have always found their level of service to be of the highest standard.”

“We continually deal with the same members of their team so there is continuity which helps to establish an effective working relationship.”

“The team have a broad width of knowledge and more importantly specialist knowledge in Local Authority claims and systems of work.”

“The team work in partnership with the Council and .. show commitment often working beyond the call of duty to get the job done… All have friendly dispositions ..”

“We are confident that when handling claims they carry out thorough investigations leaving no enquiry unchecked.”

2014 Chambers entry describing our Insurance Litigation Team and Robert Hams: 

"Rob is recognised for his expertise in claims involving stress.  Sources highlight his 'absolutely first-rate reputation with local authorities - he's really pragmatic, sensible and thorough'."

2012 Chambers entry describing our Insurance Litigation Team and Robert Hams :

"Rob Hams is noted for running a tight ship at Wansbroughs and is considered "first-rate" in his advice for local authorities on EL / PL and abuse claims."

2011 Chambers entry describing our Insurance Litigation Team :

"Operating out of Devizes, this firm maintains a strong reputation as a regional player on personal injury matters. It handles a wide range of claims." Rob Hams should be "praised by sources for his "extensive knowledge” and “pragmatic approach.”

2011 Legal 500 Entry describing our Insurance Litigation Team and Robert Hams :

"Robert Hams handles defence work for local authority, police, fire service and other public sector clients. The insurance litigation team acts for a major insurer, and handles all types of civil claims made against local and public authorities throughout the region."

2010 Chambers entry describing our Insurance Litigation Team :

"Wansbroughs is based in the small market town of Devizes, outside the South West's larger commercial centres. In spite of this lower-profile location, the firm has an enviable reputation in the personal injury field. Sources say " An outstanding practice and a market leader when it comes to working for local authorities". According to claimant's firms "Rob Hams is an extremely tough adversary" while client's note that he is  "an approachable solicitor and an excellent litigator."

2009 Chambers entry describing our Insurance Litigation Team :

" This team has earned a reputation for strong niche work in local authority matters and takes on the full range of personal injury defendant work, including defending claims against education clients for failure to diagnose dyslexia. Rob Hams has 20 years of experience  defending against personal injury claims. He retains a loyal client following, thanks to his widely renowned experience and knowledge."

2008 Chambers entry describing our Insurance Litigation Team :

“ This Devizes-based firm enjoys a solid reputation in the market and moves up the Chambers’ tables this year following numerous commendations for its “exceptional niche PI practice.” The team handles the full range of accident and injury cases including employers’ and public liability as well as industrial disease claims and clinical negligence matters. Local authorities form a significant part of the firm’s client list.”


Team Partners


Robert Hams
Team Leader / Partner
Insurance Litigation, Public Sector
John Osman
Insurance Litigation
Cynthia  Watts
Insurance Litigation