Tom Whitfield


Tom has over 20 years’ litigation experience.

Tom Whitfield
Specialises in:
Professional Negligence, Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Newcastle office
0191 227 6712

The main focus of Tom's practice has been professional negligence claims in relation to claims brought against a broad range of professionals but in the main solicitors, accountants and surveyors.

He also has acted for insurers for many years in relation to disputes over coverage and is now able to use that experience to assist policyholders who may have had their cover declined.

He has also handled a large range of commercial disputes, which have included partnership and shareholder disputes, landlord and tenant matters, boundary disputes and contract claims.


  • Professional Negligence claims in respect of a wide range of professions.
  • Significant experience of acting in specialist courts and is well versed in the use of various forms of ADR
  • Specialist advice on coverage when insurers have taken policy points refusing to meet their policyholders’ claims thereby avoiding cover to try to ensure that the insurer provides an indemnity under the policy
  • Advice on insurance policy wording
  • Defend claims which are related an insured claim but which are uninsured
  • Act on defending any claims themselves whilst the issue of cover is in limbo or in circumstances where the insurer has legitimately declined cover

Outside of the office
Tom played rugby until he should have known better and now continues to enjoy watching rugby. He also plays golf badly and tennis less badly. He has recently welcomed Willow a Golden Retriever puppy into his life who he hopes to train to find his lost golf balls.

I was impressed at how readily grasped the issues in the case and showed such commitment throughout. I particularly appreciated the steadiness and reassurance that you were able to give me through your experience and expertise. I always felt confident that the case was in the most capable hands. I will always be very grateful to you, and to Bethany.


Tom Whitfield is exceptional. His dedication to providing accurate advice and looking for innovative solutions is unrivalled in my opinion.

Legal 500

Tom Whitfield is quick and effective and will stand no nonsense from his opponents.

Legal 500

Tom was very professional and has a very sharp mind. You see when we get angry the emotions run through our letters and Tom with his careful words channelised it well. I could never be a lawyer. You guys are great.


Tom Whitfield stands out as knowledgeable, thorough, personable and approachable.

Legal 500

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‘Hay & Kilner’ and ‘Hay & Kilner Law Firm’ are both trading names of Hay & Kilner LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in England & Wales with registered number OC418767. Our registered office is at The Lumen, St James' Boulevard, Newcastle Helix, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 5BZ and we are authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (Authorisation number 643191). We use the word ‘partner’ to refer to a member of Hay & Kilner LLP. A list of the members is available at our registered office.