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UK-Bar Guide

Professional Negligence — London (Bar)

Band 1

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

4 New Square has for many years enjoyed a pre-eminent reputation at the Professional Negligence Bar, and the set continues to impress with both the size of its team and the quality of its advice. Members are instructed by claimant and defendant parties in cases involving all kinds of professionals, and often appear against one another in the Commercial Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. Recent work highlights include Gemini v CBRE, a claim for negligent valuation totalling over £100 million, and Khanty-Mansisyk v Forsters regarding the execution of a deal for oil reserves in Russia. One instructing solicitor remarks: "4 New Square are a Rolls-Royce service at Chevrolet prices. The breadth and depth of their expertise is unparalleled."

Client service: "The clerks are always able to deliver someone at the right level and with the right expertise, regardless of the issues and how unusual they may be. They have a good understanding of the barristers' particular strengths and weaknesses and they are not afraid to make a recommendation and push it." Lizzy Stewart is the senior clerk.

SILKS

Justin Fenwick QC
A standout professional negligence silk who is well versed in both UK-based and offshore commercial litigation. A formidable advocate, he is particularly adept at handling professional negligence and related insurance matters that involve significant elements of fraud or dishonesty.
Strengths: "He has a sixth sense about strategy, and is a fantastic cross-examiner." "Justin Fenwick is a majestic and authoritative advocate who is also great to work with."
Recent work: Acted in Gemini v CBRE, concerning a substantial property portfolio that was allegedly overvalued for a loan syndication.

Roger Stewart QC
An exceptionally well-respected silk whose broad professional negligence practice particularly focuses on claims in the construction industry. He also maintains an impressive insurance practice, and is additionally instructed in complex international arbitration and appellate work.
Strengths: "He has seen and done it all, but his enthusiasm and skills are as fresh as ever." "Tough, practical, commercial and clever."
Recent work: Successfully appealed Gabriel v Little, a solicitors' negligence claim where it was found that the damages initially awarded actually exceeded the scope of the duty.

Nicholas Davidson QC
Offers vast experience in the professional negligence sphere across his more than 40 years of practice at the Bar. Regularly takes on high-profile negligence cases arising from complicated issues such as corporate governance breakdown, institutional fraud and downturns in the property market.
Strengths: "He's extremely thorough and detailed in his assessment, with a real enthusiasm for the law." "He's a great leader on complex cases who is always calm and measured."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Wright v Lewis Silkin, who alleged that the law firm had left him unprotected and therefore unable to properly enforce a previous judgment against another defendant.

Ben Hubble QC
Head of chambers and a specialist in professional liability, Ben Hubble QC is highly regarded for his ability to take the lead in complex, multiparty litigation. He has a strong track record of handling claims against lawyers, surveyors, accountants and actuaries, particularly in the wake of challenging situations such as market collapse or wide-scale fraud.
Strengths: "He's accessible, articulate and an excellent advocate who is very easy to work with." "Quickly identifies the key issues and provides practical and commercial advice."
Recent work: Acted in Hawksford v Halliwells LLP on behalf of the claimant, an offshore Jersey trust, which alleged that solicitors had wrongly drafted a sale and purchase agreement that exposed the trust to litigation.

Patrick Lawrence QC
Esteemed practitioner who has a long history of acting in professional negligence cases, particularly in the financial sector. He is eminently capable of handling litigation at first instance all the way up to appellate level, including the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "He's extremely good on cross-examination in court, and also very good with clients in conference." "A highly persuasive advocate who can make complicated arguments understandable."
Recent work: Acted in Titan v Colliers, a EUR70 million claim concerning the valuation of property in Germany.

Graeme McPherson QC
Known for the great strength of his professional negligence and discipline practice, Graeme McPherson QC expertly handles complex commercial litigation as well as mediation and arbitration proceedings. He is most often involved in cases concerning financial advisers and solicitors, although he has also advised on claims relating to the conduct of professionals in the art, sport and intellectual property arenas.
Strengths: "An experienced professional negligence specialist giving clear advice, ensuring the thorough preparation of disputes." "Excellent analysis and a common-sense approach."
Recent work: Acted in Marrache and Others v Baker Tilly Ltd, defending the accountants and auditors at Gibraltar's largest law firm against claims that they failed to notice senior partners' thefts from client accounts.

Ben Patten QC
A specialist in professional negligence and construction matters, Ben Patten QC has experience handling cases in the Commercial Court, TCC and Chancery Division, as well as through arbitration. He is very highly regarded for his expertise in claims concerning negligent advice on the part of solicitors, valuers and financial advisers.
Strengths: "My number one choice for advice on technical points, and someone who provides excellent strategic advice." "What he doesn't know about professional negligence isn't worth knowing."
Recent work: Acted for Persimmon Homes in a professional negligence claim against its former solicitors concerning conveyancing of a large development site.

Mark Cannon QC
Well-regarded silk who offers the benefit of his broad experience in construction and insurance as well as professional negligence. While he is especially known for his expertise in construction and property-related claims, he also advises on a diverse range of other matters, from healthcare to financial services.
Strengths: "Phenomenally clever, with practical and commercial sense as well." "Not only charming and friendly, he has an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of complex areas of law which he applies in a way that is easy to understand."
Recent work: Represented Goldsmith Williams against claims brought by numerous 'right to buy' council tenants who alleged that they completed property purchases based on negligent advice.

Ben Elkington QC
Diverse practice taking in extensive insurance and property damage work alongside professional negligence cases. His expertise in insurance brokers' negligence is well noted, and he also tackles claims relating to solicitors, tax advisers, valuers and barristers.
Strengths: "Ben is always on top of the finer details while keeping in mind the bigger picture." "He's very engaged, reliable and personable, a fantastic asset on your side."
Recent work: Defended tax advisers Afortis against claims that they had provided negligent advice to investors on the risks of certain tax avoidance schemes.

David Halpern QC
A highly experienced silk whose broad commercial chancery experience feeds into his sophisticated professional negligence practice. He handles a broad range of claims arising from business and property disputes, and also takes on cases involving insurance elements.
Strengths: "He's a first-rate analyst of the facts, and an impressive authority in chancery law. He provides excellent, clear delivery to clients." "Very technically gifted on property matters."
Recent work: Instructed by the claimant in the appeal of Hughes-Holland v BPE, a case concerning the proper measure of damages that are awarded for solicitors' negligence claims.

David Turner QC
Handles professional negligence claims brought against construction professionals, insurance brokers and solicitors, among others. Particularly adept at advising on cases of allegedly negligent tax and auditing advice, including pre-packaged schemes for tax mitigation.
Strengths: "His real strength is being able to cut through all the rubbish to get to the relevant point extremely quickly." "Incredibly knowledgeable, practical and commercial."
Recent work: Defended accountancy firm Lowick Rose LLP on appeal against an £18 million claim brought against it by a lender.

Graham Chapman QC
Highly regarded commercial barrister who acts for claimants and defendants on a range of professional negligence matters. Advises on cases of auditors', solicitors' and valuers' negligence, particularly in relation to substantial financial and property concerns.
Strengths: "He consistently provides robust and commercial advice, as well as advocacy of the highest quality." "Graham is very user-friendly and an excellent team player."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in Fortelus Special Situations Master Fund v Fried Frank, which concerned legal advice given by the Paris office of Fried Frank on French insolvency procedures.

Graham Eklund QC
Veteran practitioner Graham Eklund QC has extensive experience, including impressive professional negligence expertise, stretching back four decades. His work in this area is augmented by his strong practices in insurance, product liability and property damage.
Strengths: "Clients value his direct, no-nonsense approach and judgement." "His legal skills are first rate, but he's also calm and unflappable."
Recent work: Acted in McLughlin & Harvey Ltd v Zurich Professional and Financial Lines, in which contractors sought indemnity from their insurer regarding defects in the design and construction of a Scottish building.

Fiona Sinclair QC
Particularly strong on claims relating to tax and investment advice delivered by solicitors and accountants, as well as professionals in the property and construction spheres. She regularly handles litigation of substantial value and complexity, often involving a large number of parties. Also offers considerable expertise in professional indemnity issues.
Strengths: "She knows how the courts work inside-out, provides pithy, down-to-earth advice, and gets on top of the details quickly." "Fiona is charm personified; judges love her."
Recent work: Acted for a group of 48 firms of solicitors in the Concord Street litigation, defending a £24 million claim for damages brought by 104 claimants with regard to defects in a residential property development.

Jamie Smith QC
Estimable barrister whose already outstanding professional negligence practice has only strengthened since taking silk. He is a go-to adviser and advocate for high-value negligence claims, particularly those involving solicitors and valuers. He also has a commendable reputation for his work on insurance-related cases.
Strengths: "He is highly analytical and able to see through complicated issues." "Jamie is thoughtful, approachable and efficient, with an impressive grasp of lengthy facts."
Recent work: Successfully represented a barrister in Chinnock & Schumann v Rea, defending misconduct claims regarding a previous clinical negligence suit.

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC
Frequently instructed in high-value professional liability matters concerning accountants, lawyers and insurance brokers. She has broad advocacy experience, including significant appellate work, and is also known for her expertise in alternative dispute resolution.
Strengths: "She has a very good manner about her, and she's very technically able." "I found her to be very responsive, and she cuts right to the chase."
Recent work: Defended DWF LLP against a £12 million claim for negligence brought in relation to previous product liability litigation.

JUNIORS

Alex Hall Taylor
Highly regarded junior with a thriving professional negligence practice that incorporates claims concerning a wide range of professionals, including lawyers, accountants, valuers and tax advisers. Frequently involved in cases with significant chancery, offshore or tax elements.
Strengths: "His analysis is second to none and he is tremendous with clients." "He offers sound written advice and is happy to give a commercial steer on how to move a case forward or what to look for in a settlement. Clients are always happy for us to instruct Alex."
Recent work: Advised fine art dealers Hazlitts Gooden & Fox on a claim against a solicitors' firm for defective drafting of documents during the sale of a Monet painting.

Siân Mirchandani
Regularly instructed in negligence claims concerning financial, legal and construction professionals, acting for both claimant and defendant parties. Her scientific background before being called to the Bar enables her to handle highly technical claims with aplomb.
Strengths: "She's very user-friendly, good with clients and gets to the point quickly." "With a sharp mind and excellent attention to detail, Siân is the senior junior of choice for surveyors' negligence claims."
Recent work: Defended law firm Mathew & Mathew in a multiparty dispute concerning claims from right-to-buy council tenants that they had been given negligent conveyancing advice on property purchases.

Charles Phipps
Represents a broad range of clients, most often defendants, including insolvency practitioners, surveyors, valuers and financial services professionals. He has a particular specialism in claims relating to obligations of confidentiality and privilege.
Strengths: "He's a wonderful, steady pair of hands who always remains calm." "He's obviously hugely intelligent, approachable, and works well as part of a team."
Strengths: Represented law firm Ward Hadaway against allegations brought by multiple claimants concerning breach of fiduciary duty and negligence regarding buy-to-let property purchases.

Amanda Savage
Amanda Savage has a strong practice handling claims against valuers, financial sector professionals and lawyers, and also additional experience in wasted costs cases. She is regularly instructed in claims arising from legal advice given on property and matrimonial finance matters.
Strengths: "A brilliant lawyer, hard working and approachable, and a wonderful team member." "She's thorough, pragmatic and easy to work with."
Recent work: Represented solicitors in Evans v Challinors, concerning allegations that they mishandled an ancillary relief settlement.

Scott Allen
Experienced barrister who is instructed in cases featuring a diverse selection of professionals, including accountants, insurance brokers, solicitors and architects. He has handled several high-profile cases in recent years, and is well known for the practical tenor of his advice and meticulous approach.
Strengths: "He shows huge attention to detail and had a fantastic grip on the issues of the case, despite their complexity." "Very bright, but equally commercial and pragmatic. He's also very user-friendly."
Recent work: Advised Shorts Financial Services LLP on a claim that could potentially extend the principle laid down in White v Jones to professionals other than solicitors.

Hugh Evans
Highly experienced in the field of professional negligence, with additional experience in insurance matters and costs litigation. Represents claimants and defendants alike, and has a particular focus on claims against solicitors and other parties involved in property transactions.
Strengths: "Hugh demonstrates wit and energy, and is tremendously likeable too." "Hugh knows professional negligence inside-out, and is great to work with." "He is phenomenally bright and gives very practical advice."
Recent work: Acted for claimant lender Mortgage Agency Services Number One in a £5 million claim for fraudulent misrepresentation against a borrower's solicitors on a remortgage transaction.

Clare Dixon
Broad expertise in professional negligence matters, encompassing a wide range of claims against solicitors, barristers, insurance brokers and valuers. She often takes on cases that involve additional elements of fraud or wasted costs.
Strengths: "She's extremely intelligent, and gives her advice in a very understandable way." "She is fantastic to work with and quickly grasps the detail in large cases."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant law firm in Begum v Neejam LLP and Mallick, a claim related to an employment dispute that was allegedly under-settled.

Helen Evans
Regularly instructed on high-profile professional negligence cases against insurance brokers, surveyors, lawyers and financial professionals. She demonstrates particular proficiency in large-scale litigation involving multiple parties.
Strengths: "She's very attentive and thorough, and very good at managing expectations in terms of what she can do." "She is an extremely skilled tactician and a joy to watch in court."
Recent work: Sole counsel to the defendant trustee companies in a group claim from 160 investors, regarding advice on investments in Brazilian teak plantations.

Richard Liddell
Manages a healthy caseload of professional negligence work that includes claims against civil and structural engineers, accountants, barristers and solicitors. Takes on claimant and defendant work and has advocacy experience that extends all the way up to the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "Rick Liddell is very thorough and brings a rational approach to cases." "He's very capable, extremely hard working, very approachable and user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for defendant solicitors in response to a British company's allegations of negligent tax advice concerning the reconstruction of a French company.

Katie Powell
Highly adept at handling claims brought against lawyers for allegedly mishandled litigation and other legal matters. She is also regularly instructed in cases concerning independent financial advisers, construction professionals and valuers.
Strengths: "She is very good at thinking on her feet, even at short notice." "She's user-friendly, always available and able to grasp the details of a case swiftly."
Recent work: Acted in Antonio Caliendo & Barnaby Holdings LLP v Mishcon de Reya LLP, a claim that law firm Mishcon de Reya LLP failed to negotiate or note the lack of certain terms in a share sale agreement.

Carl Troman
Focuses particularly on professional negligence claims relating to solicitors, accountants, construction professionals and insurance brokers. Regularly instructed on complex and high-value litigation concerning a large number of parties.
Strengths: "He is very good at drafting and very good on his feet." "An accomplished advocate who has the confidence to hold his ground against far more senior barristers."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Ponsonby v Farmers & Mercantile, who alleged negligence on the part of insurance brokers in relation to a personal injury claim for which they were underinsured.

Timothy Chelmick
Can claim proficiency in a comprehensive array of professional negligence claims, acting for claimants and defendants. Widely encompassing cases concerning legal, financial and construction professionals, his practice has an increasing focus on international work, particularly in the Middle East.
Strengths: "He is extremely commercial, and clients love him for his no-nonsense approach." "He has excellent advocacy skills."
Recent work: Defended a number of independent financial advisers against claims that they had given negligent advice with regard to various investment schemes.

Lucy Colter
Has a flourishing practice in the professional liability space that includes cases concerning insurance brokers, investment managers and barristers, among others. Also adept at handling claims against a range of construction professionals, including project managers, architects and quantity surveyors.
Strengths: "She is extremely hard working, very bright and has an exceptional mastery of the detail of complex matters. Even as a junior member of the team, she provides valuable input." "She's thorough and tenacious in extracting information from clients."
Recent work: Acted in Boliari EAD and George Christoph v Rana Bains and Rabinder Senghera, bringing claims for negligence and breach of trust and fiduciary duty against two solicitors.

Miles Harris
Tackles professional liability matters relating to a broad range of financial and legal service providers, as well as disputes concerning professional indemnity insurance. He is capable of acting for both claimants and defendants and regularly undertakes alternative dispute resolution as well as litigation.
Strengths: "He's utterly charming, with very efficient and polished drafting, and he is strategically far-sighted." "He gives brilliant advice, and is just a joy to work with."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Fitness First Clubs Limited v Shoosmiths and Brodies LLP. It was alleged that solicitors had omitted certain commercial leasing liabilities from a company voluntary agreement.

Paul Parker
Highly experienced senior junior whose practice in professional liability encompasses claims against virtually all non-medical professions. Recent claims have concerned negligence in relation to commercial conveyancing, audit planning and financial mis-selling, among other areas.
Strengths: "He's very good to work with, very approachable, deals with matters promptly and he's good both on paper and on his feet in court." "He gives clear, robust advice."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant law firm in Paragon Mortgages Ltd v GM Wilson Solicitors, which concerned lenders' claims that the firm had conducted the conveyance of a housing development with a defective title.

George Spalton
Very capable of handling professional negligence claims against lawyers, accountants, auditors and actuaries, among others. In addition to his wide experience in the Commercial Court and Court of Appeal, where he often appears unled, he also has a strong reputation for his arbitration work.
Strengths: "George is good on his feet, and clients like him." "He provides clear, commercial advice." "A very bright and thorough junior who is a great team player."
Recent work: Defended a firm of accountants in Harlequin v Wilkins Kennedy, against claims relating to a Caribbean property scheme.

Benjamin Wood
Draws upon his previous career as a corporate financier to advise on complex professional liability issues in the financial sector. Has experience acting for both claimants and defendants in major litigation and has appeared in the High Court and Court of Appeal, both as junior counsel and unled.
Strengths: "He's a rising star, with experience and attitude which belie his years." "Ben has the ability to identify the key issues in a case quickly, and deliver clear and pragmatic advice."
Recent work: Acted for Harding Homes in a claim against Bircham Dyson Bell, alleging that the defendant allowed its investors to conduct a compromising debt deal that involved wider than usual personal guarantees.

Shail Patel
Specialises in high-end commercial disputes, including significant professional negligence and related insurance cases. He has advised on cases concerning property investments, trusts and tax advice, and regularly acts for both claimant and defendant parties.
Strengths: "Shail has a lot of insurance experience. He is bright, accessible and an excellent team player." "He's impressive in terms of his speed of response and commercial advice."
Recent work: Sole counsel to claimant valuers Esurv in a Contribution Act claim for conveyancing negligence against Goldsmith Williams Solicitors.

Ben Smiley
Up-and-coming junior who has cultivated a practice spanning an extensive array of professional negligence work, with a focus on claims against financial advisers and insurance brokers, as well as legal professionals. He has additional expertise in financial regulatory matters.
Strengths: "He's incredibly charming, hands-on and always responds. He's flexible in his methods and modern in his approach." "An impressive junior with strong analytical skills."
Recent work: Advised the defendants in Berntsen and Richardson v Tait and Rayment, at first instance and in the Court of Appeal, on a case concerning alleged dishonest conspiracy and misconduct among company administrators.

Since publication, Leigh-Ann Mulcahy has joined Fountain Court Chambers

Since publication, John L Powell has retired from this practice.

Since publication, Fiona Sinclair has joined 4 Pump Court

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Band 2

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Hailsham Chambers is firmly established as a go-to set at the Professional Negligence Bar, with its members acting in a wide array of high and low-value disputes. The set is instructed by claimants and defendants hailing from almost every sector and including lawyers, clinicians, accountants and surveyors. Recent work highlights include Wellesley v Withers, in which the Court of Appeal ruled on causation principles in tort, and E Surv v Goldsmith Williams, a case on the duties of conveyancing solicitors. Sources describe the set as "the best of the Bar" and "near the top of the market, without a doubt."

Client service: "The clerking at Hailsham is proficient, expeditious and user-friendly." "The clerks very much want to work with you and assist whenever they can." Stephen Smith is the senior clerk.

SILKS

Michael Pooles QC
Described by one source as "the best professional indemnity barrister there is," Michael Pooles QC is renowned for his skill in handling indemnity claims and related coverage matters. He acts for a comprehensive range of clients, but has particular focus on claims concerning surveyors, accountants and lawyers.
Strengths: "If we need to win a case, we instruct Michael. What he doesn't know about professional indemnity isn't worth knowing." "Confident, inspiring and reassuring: a superb lawyer with a refined and smooth style."
Recent work: Advised the defendant in Jackson v Thompsons and Prescott, an £80 million claim arising from the defeat of a group litigation order application.

William Flenley QC
Well versed in the full spectrum of professional liability work, William Flenley QC serves as an arbitrator and a mediator as well as an advocate. He specialises particularly in solicitors' negligence, on which subject he has co-authored a leading reference text.
Strengths: "He brings immaculately detailed preparation combined with an exhaustive knowledge of the law." "William Flenley is very concise, and incredibly likeable as well."
Recent work: Defended law firm Giambrone against more than 100 solicitors' claims for breaches of trust and contract relating to the conveyancing of property in Southern Italy.

Paul Mitchell QC
New silk who has considerable expertise in professional liability cases relating to financial advisers, accountants and solicitors. He represents claimants and defendants alike in court as well as in alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
Strengths: "Charming and incisive, with a real knack for thinking on his feet. A cool strategist who adds class to any team." "Phenomenally bright and the advice that he provides is very commercial."
Recent work: Acted for the second defendant in a claim brought by the beneficiaries of a will who accused its executors of conspiracy and breaches of trust and contract.

JUNIORS

Spike Charlwood
Standout junior who is typically instructed in higher-value professional negligence claims regarding financial professionals, lawyers and valuers. Noted expertise in cases with elements of dishonesty or fraud. He is widely praised for the strength of his "no-nonsense advocacy" and intellectual approach.
Strengths: "He gives really excellent, practical advice and he is frighteningly intelligent." "He turns things around very fast, he's really reliable and he's not afraid to say what he thinks."
Recent work: Part of the defence team for Gateley in a £100 million commercial court claim for solicitors' negligence brought against the firm.

Francis Bacon
Centres his practice on professional negligence cases and insurance coverage disputes, particularly those with an element of fraud. Often takes on high-value solicitors' negligence claims with significant international aspects.
Strengths: "A senior junior who is very sharp, very good with clients and extremely good on his feet. One thing I really like is that he will come to a view and then stick to it." "Unflappable under pressure, he never backs down from difficult work."
Recent work: Defended Notable Solicitors against a EUR100 million money laundering claim.

Derek Holwill
With more than 25 years' experience at the Professional Negligence Bar, Derek Holwill is well placed to counsel claimants and defendants, most commonly in the financial and legal sectors. He also advises on professional indemnity coverage issues.
Strengths: "His attention to detail and his ability to be resolute and approachable make him a force to be reckoned with." "When he speaks in court, everyone listens."
Recent work: Defended a financial adviser against a £5 million claim relating to a misappropriated premium for an insurance policy intended to cover a failed investment.

Simon Wilton
Head of the professional negligence group at Hailsham and an impressive practitioner in the field. He is most often instructed by professionals and indemnity insurers in the real estate and financial sectors, where he takes on high-profile multiparty cases.
Strengths: "He has excellent technical knowledge, a great grasp of the law and a very commercial approach." "Thorough, charming and quick on his feet."
Recent work: Represented a firm of surveyors facing a multimillion-pound claim for negligence with regard to a compulsory purchase of a warehouse and offices prior to the London 2012 Olympics.

Jamie Carpenter
Largely concentrates on representing defendants in professional negligence cases, though he also has a growing reputation for claimant work. He is best known for his work with claims against solicitors, and he can also provide the benefit of his strong practice in costs litigation.
Strengths: "His advice, his proactivity and his response time are second to none." "He dissected an extremely complex area of law with precision and intelligence, and then managed to explain it all in a clear and straightforward manner for the lay client."
Recent work: Represented an Italian solicitors' firm facing claims from would-be purchasers of off-plan property in Calabria who lost their deposits following failed transactions.

Simon Howarth
With an extensive practice in handling claims of solicitors' and barristers' negligence, Simon Howarth is also able to advise on claims regarding insurance brokerage disputes. He is also regularly instructed in complex, high-value claims arising in the financial sector.
Strengths: "He applies his formidable intellect in a way that makes his knowledge and advice accessible." "A real expert in professional negligence who understands all the nuances and who is an excellent tactician."
Recent work: Defended a solicitor in a dispute arising from the contested purchase of a fish farm, which called for a defence alleging the illegal manipulation of financial matters to the claimants' advantage.

Eva Ferguson
Specialises in solicitors' negligence claims and is able to handle a wide array of matters, including mishandled litigation, disputes over wills and trusts, lenders' claims and negligent conveyancing. She also represents clients in the financial sector, including valuers, receivers and investors.
Strengths: "She grasps the key issues quickly, she's very user-friendly and has an excellent bedside manner with clients." "Responsive, bright, comes up with interesting views and then has confidence in her convictions."
Recent work: Successfully defended the law firm Wolferstans against a claim that it had lost a client the chance to sue an NHS trust for alleged negligence.

Matthew Jackson
Senior junior with a strong track record in defending a range of professionals, including accountants, valuers and solicitors, as well as professional indemnity insurers. Often takes on high-value claims against law firms arising from prior personal injury or clinical negligence litigation.
Strengths: "He's very thorough, provides solid, practical advice, and knows the area very well." "He's a pugnacious and effective advocate who's good with clients and excellent on policy issues."
Recent work: Defended a number of law firms against allegations that claims for government-funded compensation made by miners suffering from "vibration white finger" were undervalued.

Joshua Munro
A junior who has many years' experience in the field of professional negligence, Joshua Munro is typically involved in claims against surveyors, lawyers and independent financial advisers. He complements his practice with experience in insurance and costs work.
Strengths: "He's a firm and persuasive advocate who shows attention to detail and has a really good manner with the court." "Clear and robust, and always willing to back his own judgement."
Recent work: Successfully defended law firm Preston Mellor Harrison against negligence claims brought by a property developer with regard to advice on an option agreement.

Nicola Rushton
A go-to junior for professional negligence work arising in the financial sector, Nicola Rushton regularly provides counsel to banks, lenders, accountants and mortgage brokers. She is especially well versed in complex claims relating to the restructuring or securitisation of loans.
Strengths: "She cuts through to the nub of a case to develop solutions that work well, and to advise in down-to-earth terms." "An exceptionally safe pair of hands who also innovates in terms of strategy and practical suggestions. The advice she provides is robust and concise."
Recent work: Advised Barclays Bank on a negligence claim concerning the valuation of a care home.

Jacqueline Simpson
Serves a comprehensive professional client base with particular focus on accountants, financial advisers, surveyors and solicitors. She is very well thought of for the quality of both her advice and her advocacy, as well as her approachability.
Strengths: "She gives excellent advice and is very commercially minded." "She has a good ability to see the wood for the trees and is also a pleasure to deal with."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the defendant in an appeal concerning the extent of a solicitor's retainer in ancillary relief proceedings.

Dan Stacey
Frequently provides counsel to clients facing major High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings. His work includes acting for and against accountants, surveyors and solicitors, and he has a particular flair for cases involving issues of limitation.
Strengths: "There's no area of professional negligence he doesn't know about. His written and oral advice is very clear, and he's genuinely very good to work with. He's a go-to person." "A very good advocate who is prepared to knuckle down and do the work."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant solicitors in a High Court claim alleging that the client had failed to provide an exclusive jurisdiction clause in a share purchase agreement.

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Band 3

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A leading commercial set which can claim an impressive number of heavyweight litigators among its ranks. The highly regarded silks at Brick Court Chambers are often instructed in high-profile and high-value negligence disputes on behalf of claimant and defendant parties alike. Recent work highlights include National Trust v IBM, concerning the provision of software and project management services, and the £1.6 billion audit negligence litigation which arose from the failure of subprime lender Cattles, in which members represented PwC. Commentators highlight the set as one to turn to with tough cases.

Client service: "They are very well run." "The clerks are easy to work with and to contact." Julian Hawes and Ian Moyler are the senior clerks.

SILKS

Mark Howard QC
Considered "right at the top" for major litigation, Mark Howard QC is best known for his extensive experience in banking and civil fraud cases. He also takes on considerable work in the professional negligence sphere, particularly in relation to financial services.
Strengths: "A legend at the Bar who is big in commercial and financial services and who is consistently rated for his cross-examination." "He's really strong in court, a very good analyst and examiner who would be one of the first you'd look to for a heavy hitter."
Recent work: Acted in an unusual dispute between two competing hedge fund entities that involved allegations of negligent fund management.

Simon Salzedo QC
Centres his professional negligence practice on cases relating to accountancy as well as other financial services. Also known for his strength in handling high-value insurance disputes, as well as his robust practice in banking and fraud matters.
Strengths: "Very bright, pre-eminent on difficult accounting issues and a pleasure to deal with." "The combination of his accountancy background and his formidable knowledge of the law is a real strength."
Recent work: Acted for the liquidator of an investment fund who brought a claim of £100 million against KPMG for negligent auditing of the fund.

Tom Adam QC
Typically advises on professional negligence matters relating to solicitors, insurance brokers and accountancy firms. He is known for the breadth of his commercial practice and wins praise for his ability to handle highly complicated cases.
Strengths: "He continues to impress on large complex litigation, and he's the first choice for challenges to existing law." "He has a great ability to break down complex issues."
Recent work: Defended Blake Morgan (previously Morgan Cole) as one of three law firms facing charges of conspiracy with automotive consultants Autofocus to provide misleading evidence relating to credit hire charges.

Charles Hollander QC
An experienced silk who is admitted to practise at both the Hong Kong and UK Bars. He is frequently called upon for professional negligence cases involving solicitors' firms, and has particular specialist expertise in issues surrounding professional privilege and conflicts of interest.
Strengths: "He has the ability to provide focused and practical solutions." "He is massively persuasive; it's very clear from a very early stage that he knows what he's talking about."
Recent work: Advised Dechert as the former solicitors of ENRC over whether a costs assessment arising from an alleged breach of retainer should be heard in open court.

Tim Lord QC
Takes on a highly varied stream of work in the professional negligence ambit, although he is particularly valued for his work on claims relating to financial and banking professionals.
Strengths: "A brilliant advocate who is able to get to the heart of a dispute very quickly."
Recent work: Leading counsel in the Court of Appeal on UBS v KWL, LBBW and Depfa, a banking dispute which includes significant professional negligence claims against a portfolio manager.

Thomas Plewman QC SC
New silk at the London Bar who also has many years' experience practising as senior counsel in South Africa. He is most often appointed to act in cases of accountants' and auditors' negligence, and is also experienced in a range of other general commercial claims.
Strengths: "He is fantastic value, with a great track record on accountancy cases."
Recent work: Defended Grant Thornton against claims of negligence in its role as reporting accountant, after the collapse of an American Leisure Group business following its IPO.

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Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Fountain Court Chambers is a leading set for claims against financial services professionals, including investment managers and insurance brokers. Members are in demand not only for their dispute resolution experience but also for their knowledge of regulatory matters. Recent case highlights include the Bank Sarasin litigation in Dubai, a significant mis-selling claim, and LBF v HSBC Private Bank (Suisse), a USD50 million claim by the administrators of Lehman Brothers. Instructing solicitors report: "The quality of the set is very impressive. Their individuals are extremely bright and the advice given is highly commercial."

Client service: "The clerks, led by Alex Taylor, are generally very good and helpful."

SILKS

Michael Brindle QC
Having cultivated a commercial law practice of international scope, Michael Brindle QC works on negligence claims alongside company law, banking and arbitration matters, among others. He focuses his negligence work in the financial area, including several multi-jurisdictional cases.
Strengths: "He's a great all-rounder and a fabulous advocate." "He's an absolute trooper."
Recent work: In the cross-border case of Al Khorafi v Bank Sarasin, defended a number of claims, including breach of contract, negligent investment advice and misrepresentation.

Mark Simpson QC
Highly regarded for the forcefulness of his advocacy and for his deep familiarity with negligence claims in the financial and legal sectors. As well as taking on high-profile litigated claims, he also regularly counsels businesses and firms on regulatory concerns and investigations.
Strengths: "Mark Simpson is a real heavyweight, a leader and a fantastic cross-examiner." "Very hands-on, tactically astute and very enthusiastic; I was impressed with him on his feet."
Recent work: Acted in Mortgage Agency Services Number One Ltd v Edward Symmons LLP, which queried whether lenders can recover hedging costs from negligent valuers.

Derrick Dale QC
Typically takes on cases involving claims against financial service providers, solicitors and barristers and has provided counsel to City and mid-market law firms, as well as insurers. Augments his professional negligence practice with his strong reputation in banking and general commercial work.
Strengths: "He has a fantastic eye for detail, and is good at seeing things as the court would." "I don't think I've ever met a harder-working member of the Bar."
Recent work: Defended Simons Muirhead Burton against a claim for wasted costs relating to alleged unreasonable conduct by the law firm during previous litigation.

Timothy Dutton CBE QC
Can claim a high level of expertise in regulated market sectors, which sees him regularly instructed in highly complex negligence claims involving financial, legal and accountancy professionals. His work in this space has seen him appear in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, and even the House of Lords.
Strengths: "He's extremely authoritative in court, he's good with clients, gives clear advice and gets to the heart of issues." "A doyen in relation to professional conduct."
Recent work: Defended Herbert Smith Freehills against London Underground's claim that they were negligently advised to exercise a put option in which they overpaid by £148 million.

Timothy Howe QC
Commands almost 30 years' experience at the Bar, including recurrent involvement in complex, high-profile professional negligence cases. He is especially adept at handling claims arising out of the recent financial crisis, and has acted for banks and financial institutions around the world.
Strengths: "He is a very able advocate and is very good with the law." "He's approachable and very easy to work with."
Recent work: Represented HSBC in a USD50 million claim brought by the administrators of the Lehman Brothers, alleging negligence during the close-out of a portfolio of ISDA swaps.

Bankim Thanki QC
An experienced commercial barrister with a focus on banking disputes, Bankim Thanki QC also centres his professional negligence work on the financial sector. He has dealt with numerous claims relating to insurance, fund management and financial mis-selling.
Strengths: "Bankim is technically excellent, very responsive and popular with the insurance market." "He doesn't sit on the fence: he gives very clear advice and isn't afraid to put his neck on the block."
Recent work: Represented Goldman Sachs against claims brought by two ultra high net worth individuals that the bank was negligent in realising certain margin securities.

Patrick Goodall QC
Known for the scope of his commercial practice which takes in a considerable amount of international work as well as UK cases. Regularly handles large-scale professional negligence matters that carry a significant level of exposure.
Strengths: "Very bright, easy to work with, clients are calmed by him." "He's very user-friendly."
Recent work: Represented the defendant in Bradbury v Mercer Limited, a claim for breach of duty and negligence in relation to the provision of pension consultancy services.

Stephen Moriarty QC
Head of chambers and a respected silk who maintains a broad commercial practice. His work includes significant professional negligence and insurance claims, most often concerning financial and legal services.
Strengths: "Once he takes you on he is really committed and gives 100% to the client. He has a policy to only ever make credible arguments and points worth making, so that now when he speaks, judges and arbitrators pay attention."
Recent work: Defended an aviation finance entity against claims by a lender that mortgaged aircraft were sold at an undervalue, in breach of duty.

Patricia Robertson QC
Handles the full length and breadth of professional liability concerns, including significant regulatory work. She is particularly familiar with claims in the banking and finance sphere, although she regularly handles cases concerning solicitors, accountants and auditors.
Strengths: "She's tenacious, quick-witted and on top of all the detail." "A superb advocate, she rolls her sleeves up and gets involved."
Recent work: Defended US law firm Fried Frank against high-value claims brought against its Paris office by a hedge fund that alleged it had received negligent advice relating to insolvency and restructuring proceedings.

Anneliese Day QC
With a strong reputation for her courtroom advocacy and commercial savvy, Anneliese Day QC is very often called upon to handle high-value professional negligence and insurance disputes. She is regularly instructed by both sides in complex multiparty litigation arising from major construction projects.
Strengths: "She's tough, tenacious and impressive on her feet." "She's a supremely intelligent litigator with the perfect balance between charm and incisiveness."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Barnsley College v White Young & Green & Galliford Try, a multimillion-pound claim brought against engineering consultants and contractors involved in the design and build of the college.

JUNIORS

Nik Yeo
Can claim a strong practice in financial sector professional negligence matters, often providing counsel in cases with high exposure. His recent work has included a number of large-scale claims against valuers, banks and liquidators.
Strengths: "Nik Yeo is technically superb, practical, client-friendly and very responsive." "Gets to grips with the issues of a case very quickly."
Recent work: Represented the claimant in Gemini (Eclipse 2006-3) v CBRE and King Sturge, a £173 million claim alleging the negligence undervaluation of over £1.2 billion of commercial property in the UK.

Ben Lynch
Highly regarded junior who recently moved to Fountain Court Chambers from Devereux. He is regularly instructed in high-exposure and high-value cases of professional negligence, and is also well known for his outstanding expertise in insurance matters.
Strengths: "He's client-friendly, responsive, and one of the hardest-working junior counsel around." "He's fabulous on coverage stuff, providing incredibly detailed, intelligent analysis."
Recent work: Represented the claimant in AIG Europe Ltd v OC320301 LLP, querying the impact of the aggregation clause within a solicitor's professional indemnity insurance.

Tamara Oppenheimer
A high-profile junior with a broad commercial practice and who has been appointed to the Attorney General's B-Panel of Counsel. She regularly takes on high-value professional negligence cases arising in the financial sector, including recent work advising banks on claims of financial mis-selling.
Strengths: "She was all over the detail, gave a very thorough review of the papers and had a very good understanding of the factual matrix."
Recent work: Defended RBS against a £200 million claim regarding the alleged mis-selling of an interest swap in the context of a securitisation. The case includes not only claims of negligence, but also allegations of fraud and Libor-related issues.

Since publication, Anneliese Day has joined 4 New Square

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC

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Band 3

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A set that is highly regarded for its experience in professional negligence, 4 Pump Court handles claims in a truly diverse range of sectors. Members take on cases involving accountants and auditors, solicitors and barristers, surveyors and valuers, financial advisers and insurance professionals. They are able to advise on cross-border disputes and claims with an element of alleged fraud. Recent cases include Maharaj v Johnson, in which the Privy Council reviewed certain principles of limitation in tort, and a claim against risk management consultants following a chemical plant fire. "The people I go to there are all at the top of their game," remarks one instructing solicitor. "They are bright and know what they are doing."

Client service: "The clerks are brilliant. Nothing is too much for them. They go out of their way to make sure we are happy." "They are on the ball in terms of offering in-house training and inviting us to their events." Chief executive Carolyn McCombe runs the set's clerking and administration team.

SILKS

Christopher Moger QC
A silk with more than 30 years' experience at the Bar, Christopher Moger QC often advises on professional negligence disputes that are international in nature. He works for and against financial and legal professionals such as insurance brokers, actuaries, accountants and solicitors.
Strengths: "He's a safe pair of hands, a clever and silky smooth advocate."

Nigel Tozzi QC
A highly versatile commercial silk who handles a diverse range of professional negligence cases. He regularly acts for major insurers as well as clients in the financial sector, and also has niche expertise in shipping-related disputes.
Strengths: "He's really fantastic in court, really organised and really methodical." "Nothing is too much trouble for him, he's also incredibly thorough and his preparation is amazing."
Recent work: Defended a firm of solicitors against claims that they had failed to correctly advise ship buyers on a decision to terminate two shipbuilding contracts.

Aidan Christie QC
Primarily handles negligence claims relating to the financial and insurance sectors, although he is eminently capable of tackling cases concerning almost every major profession. He regularly acts in high-profile cases, where he stands for and against clients that include brokers, underwriters, financial advisers, auditors and hedge fund directors.
Strengths: "He gives good, commercial and pragmatic advice. He's someone I'd go to to get things quickly analysed, he's very effective." "He's technically excellent, provides a great level of service and gives very accessible advice."
Recent work: Acted in Connaught Income Fund v Capita Financial Matters and Blue Gate Capital, relating to the mis-selling of an unregulated collective investment scheme.

Michael Douglas QC
Handles a broad spread of professional negligence matters that includes a particular focus on representing construction professionals. He also takes on cases that involve lawyers, valuers and insurance brokers, and is involved in a growing amount of work with international aspects.
Strengths: "A brilliant partner during tough litigation." "He's an excellent advocate and user-friendly."
Recent work: Represented a firm of surveyors facing allegations of dishonestly overvaluing a number of newly built harbour properties.

Sean Brannigan QC
Specialises in professional negligence cases arising in the energy and construction arenas, although he also handles claims involving accountants, solicitors, brokers and insurers. He has a growing reputation for his international work, particularly in the Middle and Far East.
Strengths: "Sean is great with clients, and can assimilate key technical issues so that they can understand." "If you need a fighter on your side, he is your man."
Recent work: Acted in Shangri-La Hotels v Sisk, a £45 million dispute arising from the construction of a hotel in the Shard building.

James Cross QC
Diverse negligence practice with a particular slant towards disputes arising in the construction sector. He regularly advises on high-value claims that relate to catastrophes such as collapse, flooding and fire.
Strengths: "He's got a brain the size of a planet and he can find different angles from which to approach an issue." "He has an incredible eye for detail and picks up points that others miss. When you have a complex multiparty issue, he is great."
Recent work: Represented the defendant HFL Risk Services in a high-value negligence case concerning a catastrophic fire at a Yorkshire chemical plant.

Andrew Neish QC
Strong insurance and reinsurance practitioner who is well placed to advise on disputes involving insurance brokers' negligence. He is also active on a range of other claims that include legal and financial professionals as well as those in the property sector.
Strengths: "I'll go to him when I want someone to take on a difficult coverage point." "Robust commercial advice on credit insurance disputes makes him the go-to guy for us."
Recent work: Acted in Brit UK Limited et al v BDO Canada LLP, a dispute relating to advice given to BDO Canada regarding tax avoidance schemes and coverage issues.

Benjamin Pilling QC
Previously a leading junior for construction and technology-related disputes, Ben Pilling QC continues to build a very strong professional negligence practice in silk. In addition to advising architects, engineers and surveyors, he is also adept at handling claims relating to legal, financial and property services.
Strengths: "He demonstrated an impressive and detailed knowledge of the factual and commercial issues." "A wonderfully calm advocate who makes the complex appear simple."
Recent work: Represented Hyde Housing Association in bringing claims of defective design and workmanship against contractors after the destruction by fire of a sheltered accommodation building.

JUNIORS

Kate Livesey
Very highly regarded junior who handles a wide array of professional negligence claims, including those brought against financial advisers, auctioneers, lawyers and many others. A significant amount of her work also comes from the construction sector.
Strengths: "She is excellent, she shows great attention to detail and is very personable." "She is a standout junior who is destined for the top. She always seems to make time to deal with our cases and puts so much extra effort in."
Recent work: Acted in Francis Bradshaw Partnership v AECOM, advising engineering consultants on a subrogated claim arising from allegedly negligent advice given by a geotechnical expert.

Luke Wygas
Junior with an engineering background who is particularly adept at handling highly technical professional negligence claims. He dedicates much of his practice to acting for individuals in the construction industry, but also advises on claims relating to surveyors, accountants and solicitors.
Strengths: "Inventive, bold and tenacious, he's very user-friendly with a quick turnaround." "He works hard to get the right result; he's great with clients and confident in court."
Recent work: Represented the claimant in Lloyds Bank v McBains, which set legal precedence on the duties required of a bank monitoring surveyor.

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3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

An outstanding set for claims against financial services professionals, due to its noted strength in banking litigation and financial matters. In addition to representing accountants and investment brokers, its members act in disputes involving software designers, veterinary surgeons and chartered surveyors. Recent work highlights include McGraw-Hill v Deutsche Apotheker, concerning the duties of rating agencies, and Zurich Insurance v Aon UK, an £80 million reinsurance dispute following an incident at a petrochemical complex in the Netherlands. Market sources refer to 3 Verulam Buildings as a "prominent and well-established set."

Client service: "Practice manager Stephen Penson is a joy to deal with." "Stephen isn't just a clerk. He understands our industry and is always a welcome port of call for advice. He is very approachable, very personable and works as hard as we do."

SILKS

Tom Weitzman QC
A formidable practitioner who has an equally strong reputation for his professional negligence and insurance expertise. As well as regularly representing professional indemnity insurers and brokers, he also works with a wide array of other professionals, including architects, engineers, solicitors, accountants and actuaries.
Strengths: "He's an excellent practitioner with great organisational and advocacy skills." "He has wide experience and good attention to detail." "Extremely intelligent, precise and a team player."

Andrew Onslow QC
Has a strong financial services and fraud practice which sits alongside his professional negligence work. As well as financial professionals, he also handles cases involving solicitors' negligence, and has niche expertise in representing auction houses in high-profile art disputes.
Strengths: "Andrew was incredibly easy to work with, which is important when you are working under intense pressure. On his feet you could see he had the trust of the tribunal." "A very accomplished practitioner and advocate who works very well in the financial area."
Recent work: Acted in Thwaytes v Sotheby's, defending the auction house against allegations of negligence relating to the appraisal of a Caravaggio painting.

Christopher Symons QC
Represents a broad spectrum of professionals, including barristers, insurance brokers and financial advisers. He balances his work in professional negligence arbitration with a particularly impressive practice in handling major arbitrations.
Recent work: Advised in SIAT v GMT Marine and Offshore Surveys Ltd, litigation brought against ship surveyors after a fire broke out in a shipyard.

David Head QC
A new silk who is frequently instructed in a broad range of professional negligence work, David Head QC also boasts strong expertise in fraud, insurance and banking. He regularly advises clients in the financial sector, including brokers, accountants and auditors, along with solicitors and surveyors and a range of other professionals.
Strengths: "He was very personable, instantly easy to work with, and at ease with the complex and scientific underlying factual substance of the dispute." "He's bright, and delivers a quick turnaround."

JUNIORS

Matthew Parker
Handles a range of high-profile professional negligence cases on behalf of claimant and defendant parties. He is particularly well known for advising on cases alleging negligence on the part of accountants and solicitors.
Strengths: "An impressive up-and-comer and an excellent advocate."
Recent work: Appeared in NatWest Bank v Healys, acting for the defendant solicitors' firm, which faced negligence claims from the bank in relation to a property development venture.

Peter Ratcliffe
Has considerable experience handling high-value claims relating to insurance brokers' negligence. His work in this area also regularly encompasses claims made against financial advisers and investment managers.
Strengths: "He is thorough, conscientious and user-friendly."
Recent work: Sole counsel for the defendant in Sanlam Securities v Merchant Cavendish Young, brought by a discretionary fund manager in relation to negligent fund management.

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Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Leading commercial and chancery set with an enviable reputation at the Professional Negligence Bar. Members at Wilberforce Chambers are often instructed to act for and against legal and construction professionals, including solicitors, engineers and architects. Recent cases include CIP Properties v Galliford Try, concerning the redevelopment of Birmingham Children's Hospital, and Accolade Wines v VolkerFitzpatrick, a £170 million claim in respect of defective concrete flooring at a drinks distribution warehouse. Instructing solicitors comment on the "good spread of specialists" at the set and say: "They are difficult to beat, frankly."

Client service: "The clerking team is very helpful and goes above and beyond those of other sets I have used." "The clerks at Wilberforce are very commercial and very responsive." Nicholas Luckman is the practice director and Mark Rushton is the head clerk.

SILKS

Ian Croxford QC
An impressive advocate who boasts an extensive track record of dealing with large-scale professional liability cases. Takes on claims involving a wide range of professionals, including civil engineers, stockbrokers, solicitors and management consultants, among others.
Strengths: "He's robust, very good with clients, and one of the best cross-examiners I've ever seen." "His attention to detail and ability to identify alternative and sustainable arguments, combined with his pragmatic advice, is invaluable."

Paul Newman QC
Best known for his pensions expertise, Paul Newman QC also has a wealth of experience in handling professional negligence claims relating to pension schemes and other financial services.
Strengths: "Paul is very committed as an advocate, very confident and energetic." "An absolutely outstanding advocate, who fights with a passion which seems to be lacking in many others."
Recent work: Acted in Strawson v Berkeley Burke, concerning an alleged failure to maintain accurate trust records as well as allegedly negligent tax advice.

Joanna Smith QC
Highly thought of for her advocacy and her technical skills, Joanna Smith QC takes on a full spectrum of professional negligence claims, although she is especially well versed in cases concerning the construction industry.
Strengths: "Her written work is fantastic, her advocacy is first class and she's excellent with clients." "By far the best and most supportive barrister I've ever worked with. She is down to earth and really values the importance of having a good relationship with her clients."
Recent work: Acted for a subcontractor as one of the defendants in CIP Properties (AIPT) Limited v Galliford Try and Others, a multiparty claim alleging negligence in the redevelopment of Birmingham Children's Hospital.

John Wardell QC
Maintains a strong commercial practice with a steady emphasis on professional negligence matters in which he acts for both claimants and defendants. He regularly takes on cases relating to legal, financial and property services, and also regularly defends other barristers against claims of negligence.
Strengths: "He's very experienced, with an unerring instinct for what is important in a case." "I like the fact that he's bold and he sticks to his guns, he never sits on the fence."
Recent work: In PB Limited v Watson Burton, defended a silk and junior facing negligence claims relating to advice they had given on the construction of an asset sale agreement.

James Ayliffe QC
An experienced practitioner who regularly takes on high-value professional negligence claims. Particularly active on cases arising in the property and legal sectors, he also handles claims relating to accountants, actuaries and financial advisers, among others.
Strengths: "He calms the clients down; he's very good at putting people at their ease." "James is very measured, and prepared to stick his neck out when it's the right thing to do."
Recent work: Acted in Royal Mail Estates v Maples Teesdale, representing the defendant against a claim concerning a contract for the sale of a high-value development site in Kensington.

Jonathan Seitler QC
Commands an impressive professional negligence practice in the property sector, often advising on claims relating to very high-value transactions. Regularly advises on cases brought as the result of allegedly faulty advice given by solicitors and valuers.
Strengths: "He's very personable, gives good practical advice and is not scared to jump off the fence." "If it's a property-based claim, he would be the first person I'd think to go to."
Recent work: Acted in Barker v Baxendale Walker, defending a solicitor against a £19 million professional negligence claim regarding tax advice.

Lexa Hilliard QC
Although she is most often called upon to handle claims regarding accountants and insolvency practitioners, Lex Hilliard QC also regularly takes on a range of other professional negligence work. She regularly advises and litigates claims concerning auditors, investment advisers and solicitors, among others.
Strengths: "Very good on complicated, cross-border matters, she's provided some concrete opinions on what are really complicated issues." "Widely experienced in the field, she has excellent client skills, is a pleasure to work with and is an extremely good advocate."

Clare Stanley QC
Represents a broad range of professionals in high-value negligence claims, including legal, financial, accountancy and insolvency practitioners. She is often involved in cases featuring highly complex and technical elements, as well as allegations of fraud.
Strengths: "With a very high level of technical ability, she's able to see a lot of the nuances in the case." "Clare provides highly intelligent, strategic and commercial advice."
Recent work: Successfully defended the law firm Mishcon de Reya against claims that they acted negligently in the drafting of documents pursuant to the sale of Queens Park Rangers FC.


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Band 4

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

1 Chancery Lane boasts a commendable team of silks and juniors who practise in diverse areas of professional negligence. Its members are particularly experienced in claims involving the insurance, healthcare and construction industries, and can provide direct advice to clients under the Public Access Scheme. Recent case highlights include Sugar Hut Group v AJ Insurance, which concerned the limits of a fire insurance policy, and Bank of Scotland v Anglo Law Solicitors, in which a firm of lawyers was alleged to have acted negligently in with an impostor.

Client service: Jenny Fensham is the practice administrator, and Clark Chessis leads the clerking team.

SILKS

John Ross QC
Venerable practitioner with over 40 years' experience practising at the Bar. Although he is highly experienced in handling negligence claims of all kinds, he typically focuses his work on cases involving surveyors, accountants, lawyers and insurance brokers.
Recent work: Acted in Sugar Hut Group v AJ Insurance, a claim alleging that an insurance broker had provided a client with inadequate protection in a fire insurance policy.

JUNIORS

Ivor Collett
A well-regarded junior who regularly handles claims relating to professionals in the construction and legal sectors. He also has considerable insurance expertise and regularly acts for insurers as well as defendants in professional indemnity litigation.
Strengths: "His advice was succinct and he was never on the fence." "He is forensic in his consideration of documents and able to explain complex legal principles to lay clients with ease."
Recent work: Acted in Santander v Fernandez, representing the defendant valuer against allegations of professional negligence, which also included claims of fraud.

Karen Shuman
Combines her specialist chancery practice with a broad range of professional negligence expertise. Particularly well versed in claims that involve significant underlying property or probate issues in addition to claims of negligence.
Strengths: "Karen has a breathtaking command of the practice area, combined with top-drawer client service and an ability to get to the heart of the matter with peerless acumen."

Andrew Spencer
Focuses his practice on claims against surveyors and solicitors, and has notable expertise in handling property-related professional negligence claims. In particular, he is regularly instructed in claims concerning mishandled litigation and lenders' claims against solicitors and valuers.
Strengths: "His ability to turn work around is incredible, he's very good at coming back with quick and considered certainty, and he's also a very commercial individual."

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Crown Office Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Crown Office Chambers has a broad practice which covers a wide range of professions, including construction, legal and financial services. Members are highly regarded for their knowledge and litigation experience, and receive instructions from both claimant and defendant parties in complex and high-value disputes. Recent work highlights include Involnert Management v Aprilgrange, a EUR13 million claim against Lloyd's insurers for a superyacht destroyed by fire, and a claim against an expert witness alleged to have given faulty evidence at trial.

Client service: "They deal with things efficiently and promptly and with a great deal of flexibility." "They are responsive and get things done." Andy Flanagan is the senior managing clerk and Steve Purse is the senior team clerk.

SILKS

Michael Harvey QC
Has a strong reputation for handling negligence issues in the arenas of construction and finance, and is often called upon to provide advice on the duties of professionals facing complex and difficult situations. He is also well known for his ability to handle claims against solicitors and insurance brokers.
Strengths: "He really seems to know the law inside-out, and will always turn up fully prepared." "He's meticulous and user-friendly."

JUNIORS

Daniel Shapiro
Top-level junior handling a broad spectrum of professional negligence cases that concern the actions and advice of lawyers, surveyors and insurance brokers, among others. He is able to act for both claimants and defendants, and has trial experience reaching all the way up to the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "I consider his particular strengths to be his technical knowledge and expertise, his views and recommendations on case strategy, and his thoroughness." "Highly intelligent, responsive and tactically astute."
Recent work: Appeared unled in the Commercial Court on behalf of the Greek brokers in Involnert Management Inc v Aprilgrange Ltd, concerning the destruction of a superyacht by fire.

Jason Evans-Tovey
Regularly advises on matters arising from insurance disputes, including both property damage and professional negligence claims. He is frequently instructed in cases concerning a range of professionals including valuers, solicitors, financial advisers and planning consultants.
Strengths: "He's very easy to work with, commercial, robust and practical, and he can be a bruiser in court when required." "I've used him on cases where I would have been happy to instruct a silk. He is a pleasure to work with and he doesn't just sit on the fence, he gives us an answer for where he thinks the case should go."
Recent work: Acted in Metropolitan Venues Limited v Watson Burton LLP, which concerned negligence and breach of contract claims regarding a large property development in the North East.

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7 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

A distinguished commercial set with a superb reputation in the insurance sector, 7 King's Bench Walk also offers robust representation on professional negligence matters. In particular, its members are regularly instructed on behalf of financial professionals including accountants, independent advisers, banks and hedge fund managers. Recent case highlights include Cattles v PwC, a £1.6 billion claim for audit negligence, and Sebry v Companies House, concerning the duty of care owed by the registrar to those on the UK register of companies.

Client service: "The clerks are very helpful. They take as much off your hands as they can." "We found the clerks easy to deal with, and we could always get hold of someone." Bernie Hyatt and Greg Leyden are the joint senior clerks.

SILKS

Jonathan Gaisman QC
Displays particular strength in handling professional negligence claims in the financial sector, most often those of especially high worth or exposure. He has handled a number of very substantial auditors' negligence claims, and is also known for his extremely strong insurance practice.
Strengths: "He's a very charismatic advocate and a great team player who knows when to be aggressive." "He is a terrifying advocate and very, very well established."
Recent work: Represented claimant Cattles Plc in its claim for over £1.6 billion against PwC, alleging negligent auditing of financial statements in 2006 and 2007.

Christopher Butcher QC
An insurance heavyweight who is also a well-established figure in the professional negligence world. He regularly acts on cases concerning insurance brokers, solicitors and accountants, with particular expertise in claims that arise out of allegedly faulty financial and auditing advice.
Strengths: "I find him a very careful and persuasive advocate, and a very good predictor of what the judge will think. He has a tremendously sharp intellect which can cut right through difficult issues."
Recent work: Defended Grant Thornton against Renewable Power & Light's claim that the firm breached its duty in affirming that the company was appropriate for AIM admission.

Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC
Well-respected silk who has developed an established presence in the professional negligence field alongside her broadly commercial practice. Her work in this space encompasses a wide variety of claims concerning insurance brokers and solicitors, auditors and accountants.
Strengths: "Clever, hard working and hands-on, she relishes responsibility and is fearless." "She has really good experience in the auditor negligence field and was able to get a good grasp of a fiendishly complicated case. She is extremely technical and very user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for Manchester Building Society in its claim against former auditors Grant Thornton, for negligence which allegedly cost the company £50 million in losses.

Andrew Wales QC
Provides counsel to professional indemnity insurers as well as professionals facing negligence claims. Recent cases have involved claims against auditors, solicitors and manufacturers, among others. He is known for the international breadth of his practice, particularly in Asia.
Strengths: "He has a huge intellect and is great on the detail."
Recent work: Defended PwC against allegations that for six years they had negligently audited a company complicit in fraudulent gold trading.

JUNIORS

James Brocklebank
Noted for his professional negligence and insurance expertise, James Brocklebank regularly handles major negligence claims relating to insurance brokers, financial advisers and accountants.
Strengths: "James Brocklebank does terrifically good skeleton arguments, and is a tremendously talented practitioner."
Recent work: Defended an insurance broker in the high-value Commercial Court claim concerning MY 'Galatea', a superyacht that was destroyed by fire.

Michael Ryan
Up-and-coming junior who advises on high-profile negligence issues across a comprehensive array of professions, with a particular focus on claims concerning solicitors and auditors. He has appeared regularly on high-value Commercial Court claims and in complex, multiparty litigation.
Strengths: "Michael Ryan is very approachable, and maintains a good knowledge of the case and the documents, even in complex matters." "He shows excellent attention to detail."

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Band 5

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Hardwicke demonstrates strength and depth across the professional negligence spectrum, and handles cases in the financial services, insurance, property and construction. The set's client base typically encompasses defendant solicitors, estate agents, architects and other professionals, as well as those on the claimant side. Members of this set have recently been instructed in Blakemores LDP (in admin) v Scott and Others, representing the claimant firm in pursuit of £700,000 in unpaid legal fees, on the grounds that the claim itself had been dealt with negligently. Those who instruct them observe that barristers at the set are "very commercial, very efficient and very smart."

Client service: "The clerks are extremely helpful, and always prepared to be flexible." "The clerks are very responsive, and alive to commercial and time pressures." Deborah Anderson is the practice director.

SILKS

Nigel Jones QC
Draws on his extensive experience in commercial litigation and insurance law to bolster his robust professional negligence practice. Regularly instructed in cases that concern accountants, solicitors and surveyors, among others. He is also co-head of chambers at Hardwicke.
Strengths: "He's absolutely charming, with an incredible intellect, and he made us feel at ease straight away." "He's a superb advocate, a great black letter lawyer on paper, and he has great commercial instinct as well."
Recent work: Represented Wright Hassall in a claim for unpaid fees as well as the firm's defence of a professional negligence claim brought by a former client.

John de Waal QC
Handles a broad range of professional negligence cases, most often on behalf of defendants, and is particularly well versed in claims concerning solicitors. He also maintains a broad advisory practice, largely catering to insurer clients.
Strengths: "He gives sound advice and is quick to respond: he is commercial and understands the work that we do." "He is technically very good, and he really understands the client's commercial needs and wants."
Recent work: Acted for defendant solicitors in Ivor Ferreira v Lloyd & Associates LLP, a £2 million negligence claim in relation to property investment.

JUNIORS

James Hall
A junior who moved to Hardwicke in 2015, James Hall takes on substantial negligence claims relating to surveyors, architects and solicitors. He is also able to draw upon his previous experience as an employed barrister in the financial services department of a national law firm.
Strengths: "He has an innovative approach to problem solving and gives commercial and pragmatic advice at a level clients love." "He's one of the most commercially minded barristers I've come across."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Freemont (Denbigh Ltd) v Knight Frank LLP, an £8 million claim for negligent overvaluing of a commercial property.

Sarah McCann
Highly capable junior who advises on professional negligence claims in the construction industry as well as the financial, property and legal sectors. Advises both claimant and defendant parties and also takes on matters concerning professional indemnity insurance.
Strengths: "She filtered through all the information to produce a great response that pulled everything together." "Fastidious in her preparation and extremely generous with her time."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant valuer in EGT Finance Ltd v Stocker & Roberts and Others, a £1.5 million claim relating to the alleged overvaluation of a property.

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Band 5

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Maitland Chambers is a leading commercial chancery set with a distinguished reputation, handling high-profile professional negligence cases. As leading practitioners in areas such as real estate and insolvency, members combine specialist knowledge of professional negligence matters with an expert command of the underlying law. Recent cases include Lloyds Bank v Nattrass Giles, a dispute regarding the proceeds of a global settlement with a negligent professional, and Instant Access Properties v Rosser, a £35 million claim against the directors and advisers of a property investment company.

Client service: Stewart Thompson is the chambers director and John Wiggs leads the clerking team.

SILKS

Thomas Grant QC
Acts mainly on financial and legal sector negligence claims, with broad experience in the courts all the way up to appellate level. He wins praise for the strength of his advocacy and is considered "a barrister you'd much rather have on your side than against you."
Strengths: "Powerful and persuasive in his advocacy." "Tom Grant is very forthright, and also extremely popular with his clients."
Recent work: Acted for the respondent bank in the Court of Appeal concerning Lloyds Bank v Nattrass Giles, which challenged the allocation of proceeds after a settlement with a negligent individual.

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Band 5

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

XXIV Old Buildings acts in a large number of high-value and complex professional negligence matters. Members are known for their expertise in financial mismanagement cases, and typically act in claims against trustees, fiduciaries and professional advisers. Recent work highlights include Jackson & Money v Gershinson, a claim against the directors of a company in liquidation, and Choicezone v Barclays Bank, a dispute in respect of a mis-sold interest rate swap.

Client service: Sue Medder is the chambers director.

SILKS

Alan Steinfeld QC
Seasoned practitioner who regularly advises on professional negligence cases of a highly complex nature as part of his wider commercial litigation practice. His work in this space is bolstered by his fine credentials in fraud, insolvency and company law.
Strengths: "He just gets the law; he's got something you can't teach. He's relentless, and judges defer to him on points of law." "He's brilliant in court."
Recent work: Acted in Crest Nicholson v Regional, a claim for rectification and professional negligence.

Francis Tregear QC
Experienced silk who offers comprehensive experience in the domain of professional negligence. He handles a vast array of claims arising from breaches of trust, contract and fiduciary duty, as well as misrepresentation and defective documentation.
Strengths: "Very good on shareholder disputes."
Recent work: Acted in Jackson and Money v Gershinson and Others, involving allegations that directors of a liquidated company breached fiduciary duty in their tax planning measures.

JUNIORS

Elizabeth Weaver
Senior junior Elizabeth Weaver has extensive experience in professional negligence cases and focuses particularly on claims in the financial sector. She is particularly adept at tackling negligence issues in the context of disputed trusts.
Strengths: "A senior junior who is very good and very reliable."

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Band 5

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Serle Court is noted for its strength in professional negligence disputes, particularly those with significant chancery elements. Members at the set are especially adept at handling claims for and against financial professionals, including banks, insurers and insolvency practitioners. Recent work highlights include Thwaytes v Sothebys, concerning a painting misattributed to Caravaggio, and Walker v Stuart Smalley, which arose from a tax avoidance case.

Client service: John Petrie is the chief executive of chambers, and Steve Whitaker is the head clerk.

SILKS

Philip Jones QC
Regularly instructed by both sides on professional negligence cases relating to a broad range of business professionals, including accountants, lawyers, company administrators and tax advisers. His practice benefits from his comprehensive understanding of commercial chancery law.
Strengths: "He gets to the point very quickly, takes a very clear approach to the case and in the interlocutory hearings he's good on his feet."
Recent work: Defended Monaco-based accountants and service providers against a negligence claim following the collapse of an investment fund in the Cayman Islands.

Philip Marshall QC
A commercial chancery barrister with a notable focus on professional negligence matters, Philip Marshall QC can also bring to bear his familiarity with insolvency, banking and civil fraud issues. He serves as both a Recorder and a Deputy High Court Judge.
Strengths: "His handle on the law and his advocacy are both incredible."
Recent work: Acted in Dickson v Christies, regarding the misattribution and inaccurate valuation of a painting by Titian.

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Band 5

2TG - 2 Temple Gardens

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

2 Temple Gardens is a common and commercial law set with a reputation for excellence in complex, high-value and sensitive professional negligence claims. Its members have diverse strengths covering areas such as insurance, healthcare and construction. Recent case highlights include Gaze v Harcus Sinclair, a £15 million claim against solicitors and barristers arising out of unsuccessful litigation, and Towergate Risk Solutions v Bluebon, concerning the alleged negligence of insurance brokers following a catastrophic hotel fire.

Client service: "The clerks are very good at picking the right people. They have been patient with us and kept diaries as clear as possible." Lee Tyler is the senior clerk.

SILKS

Charles Dougherty QC
Charles Dougherty QC is regularly instructed in negligence issues concerning a diverse range of professionals, including financial intermediaries, insurance brokers and other barristers. He complements this work with strong practices in insurance, fraud and product liability, and also has a broad focus on international work.
Strengths: "He is very thorough, clear and measured, as well as being user-friendly and easy to work with." "Absolutely razor sharp and confidence-inspiring."
Recent work: Acted for a firm of solicitors bringing a negligence claim against the Law Society for including the details of a firm on their website which turned out to be fake.

JUNIORS

David Thomas
An up-and-coming barrister who frequently tackles professional negligence claims relating to surveyors, brokers and solicitors. He has considerable expertise in commercial fraud, meaning that he often acts for defendants on claims involving fraudulent or dishonest behaviour.
Strengths: "He's easy to work with, very reliable and hard-working; he can take the lead when he needs to." "He turns things around quickly and always gives good-quality work."

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Star Individuals

Justin Fenwick QC

4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Justin Fenwick QC
A standout professional negligence silk who is well versed in both UK-based and offshore commercial litigation. A formidable advocate, he is particularly adept at handling professional negligence and related insurance matters that involve significant elements of fraud or dishonesty.
Strengths: "He has a sixth sense about strategy, and is a fantastic cross-examiner." "Justin Fenwick is a majestic and authoritative advocate who is also great to work with."
Recent work: Acted in Gemini v CBRE, concerning a substantial property portfolio that was allegedly overvalued for a loan syndication.

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Michael Pooles QC

Hailsham Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Pooles QC
Described by one source as "the best professional indemnity barrister there is," Michael Pooles QC is renowned for his skill in handling indemnity claims and related coverage matters. He acts for a comprehensive range of clients, but has particular focus on claims concerning surveyors, accountants and lawyers.
Strengths: "If we need to win a case, we instruct Michael. What he doesn't know about professional indemnity isn't worth knowing." "Confident, inspiring and reassuring: a superb lawyer with a refined and smooth style."
Recent work: Advised the defendant in Jackson v Thompsons and Prescott, an £80 million claim arising from the defeat of a group litigation order application.

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Star Individuals

4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Roger Stewart QC
An exceptionally well-respected silk whose broad professional negligence practice particularly focuses on claims in the construction industry. He also maintains an impressive insurance practice, and is additionally instructed in complex international arbitration and appellate work.
Strengths: "He has seen and done it all, but his enthusiasm and skills are as fresh as ever." "Tough, practical, commercial and clever."
Recent work: Successfully appealed Gabriel v Little, a solicitors' negligence claim where it was found that the damages initially awarded actually exceeded the scope of the duty.

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Michael Brindle QC

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Brindle QC
Having cultivated a commercial law practice of international scope, Michael Brindle QC works on negligence claims alongside company law, banking and arbitration matters, among others. He focuses his negligence work in the financial area, including several multi-jurisdictional cases.
Strengths: "He's a great all-rounder and a fabulous advocate." "He's an absolute trooper."
Recent work: In the cross-border case of Al Khorafi v Bank Sarasin, defended a number of claims, including breach of contract, negligent investment advice and misrepresentation.

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Nicholas Davidson QC

4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicholas Davidson QC
Offers vast experience in the professional negligence sphere across his more than 40 years of practice at the Bar. Regularly takes on high-profile negligence cases arising from complicated issues such as corporate governance breakdown, institutional fraud and downturns in the property market.
Strengths: "He's extremely thorough and detailed in his assessment, with a real enthusiasm for the law." "He's a great leader on complex cases who is always calm and measured."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Wright v Lewis Silkin, who alleged that the law firm had left him unprotected and therefore unable to properly enforce a previous judgment against another defendant.

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Band 1

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Anneliese Day QC  
With a strong reputation for her courtroom advocacy and commercial savvy, Anneliese Day QC is very often called upon to handle high-value professional negligence and insurance disputes. She is regularly instructed by both sides in complex multiparty litigation arising from major construction projects. 
Strengths:  "She's tough, tenacious and impressive on her feet." "She's a supremely intelligent litigator with the perfect balance between charm and incisiveness." 
Recent work:  Acted for the claimant in Barnsley College v White Young & Green & Galliford Try, a multimillion-pound claim brought against engineering consultants and contractors involved in the design and build of the college.

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Band 1

Devereux

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Colin Edelman QC of Devereux
An esteemed silk who is an expert in insurance and reinsurance brokers' negligence claims. He also takes on extensive work relating to other kinds of professional negligence, including acting for and against lawyers, architects and financial advisers, to name a few.
Strengths: "He's a prodigious and astonishing individual whose knowledge of the law is phenomenal, as is his ability to grasp the facts of a case." "He provides extremely clear and thorough advice."

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Band 1

Jonathan Gaisman QC

7 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Gaisman QC
Displays particular strength in handling professional negligence claims in the financial sector, most often those of especially high worth or exposure. He has handled a number of very substantial auditors' negligence claims, and is also known for his extremely strong insurance practice.
Strengths: "He's a very charismatic advocate and a great team player who knows when to be aggressive." "He is a terrifying advocate and very, very well established."
Recent work: Represented claimant Cattles Plc in its claim for over £1.6 billion against PwC, alleging negligent auditing of financial statements in 2006 and 2007.

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Band 1

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Howard QC
Considered "right at the top" for major litigation, Mark Howard QC is best known for his extensive experience in banking and civil fraud cases. He also takes on considerable work in the professional negligence sphere, particularly in relation to financial services.
Strengths: "A legend at the Bar who is big in commercial and financial services and who is consistently rated for his cross-examination." "He's really strong in court, a very good analyst and examiner who would be one of the first you'd look to for a heavy hitter."
Recent work: Acted in an unusual dispute between two competing hedge fund entities that involved allegations of negligent fund management.

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Band 1

4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ben Hubble QC
Head of chambers and a specialist in professional liability, Ben Hubble QC is highly regarded for his ability to take the lead in complex, multiparty litigation. He has a strong track record of handling claims against lawyers, surveyors, accountants and actuaries, particularly in the wake of challenging situations such as market collapse or wide-scale fraud.
Strengths: "He's accessible, articulate and an excellent advocate who is very easy to work with." "Quickly identifies the key issues and provides practical and commercial advice."
Recent work: Acted in Hawksford v Halliwells LLP on behalf of the claimant, an offshore Jersey trust, which alleged that solicitors had wrongly drafted a sale and purchase agreement that exposed the trust to litigation.

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Band 1

Patrick Lawrence QC

4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Patrick Lawrence QC
Esteemed practitioner who has a long history of acting in professional negligence cases, particularly in the financial sector. He is eminently capable of handling litigation at first instance all the way up to appellate level, including the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "He's extremely good on cross-examination in court, and also very good with clients in conference." "A highly persuasive advocate who can make complicated arguments understandable."
Recent work: Acted in Titan v Colliers, a EUR70 million claim concerning the valuation of property in Germany.

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Band 1

Graeme McPherson QC

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4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Graeme McPherson QC
Known for the great strength of his professional negligence and discipline practice, Graeme McPherson QC expertly handles complex commercial litigation as well as mediation and arbitration proceedings. He is most often involved in cases concerning financial advisers and solicitors, although he has also advised on claims relating to the conduct of professionals in the art, sport and intellectual property arenas.
Strengths: "An experienced professional negligence specialist giving clear advice, ensuring the thorough preparation of disputes." "Excellent analysis and a common-sense approach."
Recent work: Acted in Marrache and Others v Baker Tilly Ltd, defending the accountants and auditors at Gibraltar's largest law firm against claims that they failed to notice senior partners' thefts from client accounts.

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Band 1

Christopher Moger QC

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher Moger QC
A silk with more than 30 years' experience at the Bar, Christopher Moger QC often advises on professional negligence disputes that are international in nature. He works for and against financial and legal professionals such as insurance brokers, actuaries, accountants and solicitors.
Strengths: "He's a safe pair of hands, a clever and silky smooth advocate."

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Band 1

4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ben Patten QC
A specialist in professional negligence and construction matters, Ben Patten QC has experience handling cases in the Commercial Court, TCC and Chancery Division, as well as through arbitration. He is very highly regarded for his expertise in claims concerning negligent advice on the part of solicitors, valuers and financial advisers.
Strengths: "My number one choice for advice on technical points, and someone who provides excellent strategic advice." "What he doesn't know about professional negligence isn't worth knowing."
Recent work: Acted for Persimmon Homes in a professional negligence claim against its former solicitors concerning conveyancing of a large development site.

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Band 1

Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Keith Rowley QC of Radcliffe Chambers
Highly respected silk who acts for and against professionals ranging from financial advisers and stockbrokers to actuaries, accountants and barristers. His work encompasses the full extent of professional negligence, although he is particularly well known for his strength in pensions-related cases.
Strengths: "He's very thorough and very experienced. He often appears in hotly contested professional negligence claims."

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Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Salzedo QC
Centres his professional negligence practice on cases relating to accountancy as well as other financial services. Also known for his strength in handling high-value insurance disputes, as well as his robust practice in banking and fraud matters.
Strengths: "Very bright, pre-eminent on difficult accounting issues and a pleasure to deal with." "The combination of his accountancy background and his formidable knowledge of the law is a real strength."
Recent work: Acted for the liquidator of an investment fund who brought a claim of £100 million against KPMG for negligent auditing of the fund.

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Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Simpson QC
Highly regarded for the forcefulness of his advocacy and for his deep familiarity with negligence claims in the financial and legal sectors. As well as taking on high-profile litigated claims, he also regularly counsels businesses and firms on regulatory concerns and investigations.
Strengths: "Mark Simpson is a real heavyweight, a leader and a fantastic cross-examiner." "Very hands-on, tactically astute and very enthusiastic; I was impressed with him on his feet."
Recent work: Acted in Mortgage Agency Services Number One Ltd v Edward Symmons LLP, which queried whether lenders can recover hedging costs from negligent valuers.

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Band 1

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nigel Tozzi QC
A highly versatile commercial silk who handles a diverse range of professional negligence cases. He regularly acts for major insurers as well as clients in the financial sector, and also has niche expertise in shipping-related disputes.
Strengths: "He's really fantastic in court, really organised and really methodical." "Nothing is too much trouble for him, he's also incredibly thorough and his preparation is amazing."
Recent work: Defended a firm of solicitors against claims that they had failed to correctly advise ship buyers on a decision to terminate two shipbuilding contracts.

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3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tom Weitzman QC
A formidable practitioner who has an equally strong reputation for his professional negligence and insurance expertise. As well as regularly representing professional indemnity insurers and brokers, he also works with a wide array of other professionals, including architects, engineers, solicitors, accountants and actuaries.
Strengths: "He's an excellent practitioner with great organisational and advocacy skills." "He has wide experience and good attention to detail." "Extremely intelligent, precise and a team player."

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Band 2

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tom Adam QC
Typically advises on professional negligence matters relating to solicitors, insurance brokers and accountancy firms. He is known for the breadth of his commercial practice and wins praise for his ability to handle highly complicated cases.
Strengths: "He continues to impress on large complex litigation, and he's the first choice for challenges to existing law." "He has a great ability to break down complex issues."
Recent work: Defended Blake Morgan (previously Morgan Cole) as one of three law firms facing charges of conspiracy with automotive consultants Autofocus to provide misleading evidence relating to credit hire charges.

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Band 2

Christopher Butcher QC

7 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher Butcher QC
An insurance heavyweight who is also a well-established figure in the professional negligence world. He regularly acts on cases concerning insurance brokers, solicitors and accountants, with particular expertise in claims that arise out of allegedly faulty financial and auditing advice. 
Strengths: "I find him a very careful and persuasive advocate, and a very good predictor of what the judge will think. He has a tremendously sharp intellect which can cut right through difficult issues."
Recent work: Defended Grant Thornton against Renewable Power & Light's claim that the firm breached its duty in affirming that the company was appropriate for AIM admission.

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Band 2

4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Cannon QC
Well-regarded silk who offers the benefit of his broad experience in construction and insurance as well as professional negligence. While he is especially known for his expertise in construction and property-related claims, he also advises on a diverse range of other matters, from healthcare to financial services.
Strengths: "Phenomenally clever, with practical and commercial sense as well." "Not only charming and friendly, he has an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of complex areas of law which he applies in a way that is easy to understand."
Recent work: Represented Goldsmith Williams against claims brought by numerous 'right to buy' council tenants who alleged that they completed property purchases based on negligent advice.

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Band 2

Aidan Christie QC

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Aidan Christie QC
Primarily handles negligence claims relating to the financial and insurance sectors, although he is eminently capable of tackling cases concerning almost every major profession. He regularly acts in high-profile cases, where he stands for and against clients that include brokers, underwriters, financial advisers, auditors and hedge fund directors.
Strengths: "He gives good, commercial and pragmatic advice. He's someone I'd go to to get things quickly analysed, he's very effective." "He's technically excellent, provides a great level of service and gives very accessible advice."
Recent work: Acted in Connaught Income Fund v Capita Financial Matters and Blue Gate Capital, relating to the mis-selling of an unregulated collective investment scheme.

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Band 2

Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ian Croxford QC
An impressive advocate who boasts an extensive track record of dealing with large-scale professional liability cases. Takes on claims involving a wide range of professionals, including civil engineers, stockbrokers, solicitors and management consultants, among others.
Strengths: "He's robust, very good with clients, and one of the best cross-examiners I've ever seen." "His attention to detail and ability to identify alternative and sustainable arguments, combined with his pragmatic advice, is invaluable."

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Band 2

Michael Douglas QC

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Douglas QC
Handles a broad spread of professional negligence matters that includes a particular focus on representing construction professionals. He also takes on cases that involve lawyers, valuers and insurance brokers, and is involved in a growing amount of work with international aspects.
Strengths: "A brilliant partner during tough litigation." "He's an excellent advocate and user-friendly."
Recent work: Represented a firm of surveyors facing allegations of dishonestly overvaluing a number of newly built harbour properties.

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Band 2

4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ben Elkington QC
Diverse practice taking in extensive insurance and property damage work alongside professional negligence cases. His expertise in insurance brokers' negligence is well noted, and he also tackles claims relating to solicitors, tax advisers, valuers and barristers.
Strengths: "Ben is always on top of the finer details while keeping in mind the bigger picture." "He's very engaged, reliable and personable, a fantastic asset on your side."
Recent work: Defended tax advisers Afortis against claims that they had provided negligent advice to investors on the risks of certain tax avoidance schemes.

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Band 2

William Flenley QC

Hailsham Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

William Flenley QC
Well versed in the full spectrum of professional liability work, William Flenley QC serves as an arbitrator and a mediator as well as an advocate. He specialises particularly in solicitors' negligence, on which subject he has co-authored a leading reference text.
Strengths: "He brings immaculately detailed preparation combined with an exhaustive knowledge of the law." "William Flenley is very concise, and incredibly likeable as well."
Recent work: Defended law firm Giambrone against more than 100 solicitors' claims for breaches of trust and contract relating to the conveyancing of property in Southern Italy.

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Band 2

4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Halpern QC
A highly experienced silk whose broad commercial chancery experience feeds into his sophisticated professional negligence practice. He handles a broad range of claims arising from business and property disputes, and also takes on cases involving insurance elements.
Strengths: "He's a first-rate analyst of the facts, and an impressive authority in chancery law. He provides excellent, clear delivery to clients." "Very technically gifted on property matters."
Recent work: Instructed by the claimant in the appeal of Hughes-Holland v BPE, a case concerning the proper measure of damages that are awarded for solicitors' negligence claims.

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Michael Harvey QC

Crown Office Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Harvey QC
Has a strong reputation for handling negligence issues in the arenas of construction and finance, and is often called upon to provide advice on the duties of professionals facing complex and difficult situations. He is also well known for his ability to handle claims against solicitors and insurance brokers.
Strengths: "He really seems to know the law inside-out, and will always turn up fully prepared." "He's meticulous and user-friendly."

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Charles Hollander QC

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charles Hollander QC
An experienced silk who is admitted to practise at both the Hong Kong and UK Bars. He is frequently called upon for professional negligence cases involving solicitors' firms, and has particular specialist expertise in issues surrounding professional privilege and conflicts of interest.
Strengths: "He has the ability to provide focused and practical solutions." "He is massively persuasive; it's very clear from a very early stage that he knows what he's talking about."
Recent work: Advised Dechert as the former solicitors of ENRC over whether a costs assessment arising from an alleged breach of retainer should be heard in open court.

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Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul Newman QC
Best known for his pensions expertise, Paul Newman QC also has a wealth of experience in handling professional negligence claims relating to pension schemes and other financial services.
Strengths: "Paul is very committed as an advocate, very confident and energetic." "An absolutely outstanding advocate, who fights with a passion which seems to be lacking in many others."
Recent work: Acted in Strawson v Berkeley Burke, concerning an alleged failure to maintain accurate trust records as well as allegedly negligent tax advice.

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3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Onslow QC
Has a strong financial services and fraud practice which sits alongside his professional negligence work. As well as financial professionals, he also handles cases involving solicitors' negligence, and has niche expertise in representing auction houses in high-profile art disputes.
Strengths: "Andrew was incredibly easy to work with, which is important when you are working under intense pressure. On his feet you could see he had the trust of the tribunal." "A very accomplished practitioner and advocate who works very well in the financial area."
Recent work: Acted in Thwaytes v Sotheby's, defending the auction house against allegations of negligence relating to the appraisal of a Caravaggio painting.

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Band 2

Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Joanna Smith QC
Highly thought of for her advocacy and her technical skills, Joanna Smith QC takes on a full spectrum of professional negligence claims, although she is especially well versed in cases concerning the construction industry.
Strengths: "Her written work is fantastic, her advocacy is first class and she's excellent with clients." "By far the best and most supportive barrister I've ever worked with. She is down to earth and really values the importance of having a good relationship with her clients."
Recent work: Acted for a subcontractor as one of the defendants in CIP Properties (AIPT) Limited v Galliford Try and Others, a multiparty claim alleging negligence in the redevelopment of Birmingham Children's Hospital.

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Band 2

Alan Steinfeld QC

XXIV Old Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alan Steinfeld QC
Seasoned practitioner who regularly advises on professional negligence cases of a highly complex nature as part of his wider commercial litigation practice. His work in this space is bolstered by his fine credentials in fraud, insolvency and company law.
Strengths: "He just gets the law; he's got something you can't teach. He's relentless, and judges defer to him on points of law." "He's brilliant in court."
Recent work: Acted in Crest Nicholson v Regional, a claim for rectification and professional negligence.

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Band 2

4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Turner QC
Handles professional negligence claims brought against construction professionals, insurance brokers and solicitors, among others. Particularly adept at advising on cases of allegedly negligent tax and auditing advice, including pre-packaged schemes for tax mitigation.
Strengths: "His real strength is being able to cut through all the rubbish to get to the relevant point extremely quickly." "Incredibly knowledgeable, practical and commercial."
Recent work: Defended accountancy firm Lowick Rose LLP on appeal against an £18 million claim brought against it by a lender.

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Band 2

Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Wardell QC
Maintains a strong commercial practice with a steady emphasis on professional negligence matters in which he acts for both claimants and defendants. He regularly takes on cases relating to legal, financial and property services, and also regularly defends other barristers against claims of negligence.
Strengths: "He's very experienced, with an unerring instinct for what is important in a case." "I like the fact that he's bold and he sticks to his guns, he never sits on the fence."
Recent work: In PB Limited v Watson Burton, defended a silk and junior facing negligence claims relating to advice they had given on the construction of an asset sale agreement.

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Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Ayliffe QC
An experienced practitioner who regularly takes on high-value professional negligence claims. Particularly active on cases arising in the property and legal sectors, he also handles claims relating to accountants, actuaries and financial advisers, among others.
Strengths: "He calms the clients down; he's very good at putting people at their ease." "James is very measured, and prepared to stick his neck out when it's the right thing to do."
Recent work: Acted in Royal Mail Estates v Maples Teesdale, representing the defendant against a claim concerning a contract for the sale of a high-value development site in Kensington.

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Sean Brannigan QC

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sean Brannigan QC
Specialises in professional negligence cases arising in the energy and construction arenas, although he also handles claims involving accountants, solicitors, brokers and insurers. He has a growing reputation for his international work, particularly in the Middle and Far East.
Strengths: "Sean is great with clients, and can assimilate key technical issues so that they can understand." "If you need a fighter on your side, he is your man."
Recent work: Acted in Shangri-La Hotels v Sisk, a £45 million dispute arising from the construction of a hotel in the Shard building.

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Graham Chapman QC

4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Graham Chapman QC
Highly regarded commercial barrister who acts for claimants and defendants on a range of professional negligence matters. Advises on cases of auditors', solicitors' and valuers' negligence, particularly in relation to substantial financial and property concerns.
Strengths: "He consistently provides robust and commercial advice, as well as advocacy of the highest quality." "Graham is very user-friendly and an excellent team player."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in Fortelus Special Situations Master Fund v Fried Frank, which concerned legal advice given by the Paris office of Fried Frank on French insolvency procedures.

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Jeremy Cousins QC

Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jeremy Cousins QC of Radcliffe Chambers
Has almost four decades of experience at the Bar which includes considerable involvement in major professional negligence cases. Regularly takes on claims relating to solicitors' negligence, although he also handles issues arising from breach of fiduciary duty and other financial issues.
Strengths: "He is excellent: he has an eye for detail, is incredibly thorough and looks at things in a very calm way."
Recent work: Acted in AIB v Redler & Co, bringing a claim against a solicitor accused of breaching trust by releasing funds without authority during a property transaction.

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Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Derrick Dale QC
Typically takes on cases involving claims against financial service providers, solicitors and barristers and has provided counsel to City and mid-market law firms, as well as insurers. Augments his professional negligence practice with his strong reputation in banking and general commercial work.
Strengths: "He has a fantastic eye for detail, and is good at seeing things as the court would." "I don't think I've ever met a harder-working member of the Bar."
Recent work: Defended Simons Muirhead Burton against a claim for wasted costs relating to alleged unreasonable conduct by the law firm during previous litigation.

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John de Waal QC

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Hardwicke

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John de Waal QC
Handles a broad range of professional negligence cases, most often on behalf of defendants, and is particularly well versed in claims concerning solicitors. He also maintains a broad advisory practice, largely catering to insurer clients.
Strengths: "He gives sound advice and is quick to respond: he is commercial and understands the work that we do." "He is technically very good, and he really understands the client's commercial needs and wants."
Recent work: Acted for defendant solicitors in Ivor Ferreira v Lloyd & Associates LLP, a £2 million negligence claim in relation to property investment.

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Charles Dougherty QC

2TG - 2 Temple Gardens

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charles Dougherty QC
Charles Dougherty QC is regularly instructed in negligence issues concerning a diverse range of professionals, including financial intermediaries, insurance brokers and other barristers. He complements this work with strong practices in insurance, fraud and product liability, and also has a broad focus on international work.
Strengths: "He is very thorough, clear and measured, as well as being user-friendly and easy to work with." "Absolutely razor sharp and confidence-inspiring."
Recent work: Acted for a firm of solicitors bringing a negligence claim against the Law Society for including the details of a firm on their website which turned out to be fake.

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Timothy Dutton CBE QC

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Timothy Dutton CBE QC
Can claim a high level of expertise in regulated market sectors, which sees him regularly instructed in highly complex negligence claims involving financial, legal and accountancy professionals. His work in this space has seen him appear in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court, and even the House of Lords.
Strengths: "He's extremely authoritative in court, he's good with clients, gives clear advice and gets to the heart of issues." "A doyen in relation to professional conduct."
Recent work: Defended Herbert Smith Freehills against London Underground's claim that they were negligently advised to exercise a put option in which they overpaid by £148 million.

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4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Graham Eklund QC
Veteran practitioner Graham Eklund QC has extensive experience, including impressive professional negligence expertise, stretching back four decades. His work in this area is augmented by his strong practices in insurance, product liability and property damage.
Strengths: "Clients value his direct, no-nonsense approach and judgement." "His legal skills are first rate, but he's also calm and unflappable."
Recent work: Acted in McLughlin & Harvey Ltd v Zurich Professional and Financial Lines, in which contractors sought indemnity from their insurer regarding defects in the design and construction of a Scottish building.

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Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Thomas Grant QC
Acts mainly on financial and legal sector negligence claims, with broad experience in the courts all the way up to appellate level. He wins praise for the strength of his advocacy and is considered "a barrister you'd much rather have on your side than against you."
Strengths: "Powerful and persuasive in his advocacy." "Tom Grant is very forthright, and also extremely popular with his clients."
Recent work: Acted for the respondent bank in the Court of Appeal concerning Lloyds Bank v Nattrass Giles, which challenged the allocation of proceeds after a settlement with a negligent individual.

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Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Timothy Howe QC
Commands almost 30 years' experience at the Bar, including recurrent involvement in complex, high-profile professional negligence cases. He is especially adept at handling claims arising out of the recent financial crisis, and has acted for banks and financial institutions around the world.
Strengths: "He is a very able advocate and is very good with the law." "He's approachable and very easy to work with."
Recent work: Represented HSBC in a USD50 million claim brought by the administrators of the Lehman Brothers, alleging negligence during the close-out of a portfolio of ISDA swaps.

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Hardwicke

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nigel Jones QC
Draws on his extensive experience in commercial litigation and insurance law to bolster his robust professional negligence practice. Regularly instructed in cases that concern accountants, solicitors and surveyors, among others. He is also co-head of chambers at Hardwicke.
Strengths: "He's absolutely charming, with an incredible intellect, and he made us feel at ease straight away." "He's a superb advocate, a great black letter lawyer on paper, and he has great commercial instinct as well."
Recent work: Represented Wright Hassall in a claim for unpaid fees as well as the firm's defence of a professional negligence claim brought by a former client.

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Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Philip Jones QC
Regularly instructed by both sides on professional negligence cases relating to a broad range of business professionals, including accountants, lawyers, company administrators and tax advisers. His practice benefits from his comprehensive understanding of commercial chancery law.
Strengths: "He gets to the point very quickly, takes a very clear approach to the case and in the interlocutory hearings he's good on his feet."
Recent work: Defended Monaco-based accountants and service providers against a negligence claim following the collapse of an investment fund in the Cayman Islands.

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Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tim Lord QC
Takes on a highly varied stream of work in the professional negligence ambit, although he is particularly valued for his work on claims relating to financial and banking professionals.
Strengths: "A brilliant advocate who is able to get to the heart of a dispute very quickly."
Recent work: Leading counsel in the Court of Appeal on UBS v KWL, LBBW and Depfa, a banking dispute which includes significant professional negligence claims against a portfolio manager.

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4 Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Neish QC
Strong insurance and reinsurance practitioner who is well placed to advise on disputes involving insurance brokers' negligence. He is also active on a range of other claims that include legal and financial professionals as well as those in the property sector.
Strengths: "I'll go to him when I want someone to take on a difficult coverage point." "Robust commercial advice on credit insurance disputes makes him the go-to guy for us."
Recent work: Acted in Brit UK Limited et al v BDO Canada LLP, a dispute relating to advice given to BDO Canada regarding tax avoidance schemes and coverage issues.

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Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC

7 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC
Well-respected silk who has developed an established presence in the professional negligence field alongside her broadly commercial practice. Her work in this space encompasses a wide variety of claims concerning insurance brokers and solicitors, auditors and accountants.
Strengths: "Clever, hard working and hands-on, she relishes responsibility and is fearless." "She has really good experience in the auditor negligence field and was able to get a good grasp of a fiendishly complicated case. She is extremely technical and very user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for Manchester Building Society in its claim against former auditors Grant Thornton, for negligence which allegedly cost the company £50 million in losses.

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Jonathan Seitler QC

Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Seitler QC
Commands an impressive professional negligence practice in the property sector, often advising on claims relating to very high-value transactions. Regularly advises on cases brought as the result of allegedly faulty advice given by solicitors and valuers.
Strengths: "He's very personable, gives good practical advice and is not scared to jump off the fence." "If it's a property-based claim, he would be the first person I'd think to go to."
Recent work: Acted in Barker v Baxendale Walker, defending a solicitor against a £19 million professional negligence claim regarding tax advice.

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Fiona Sinclair QC

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Fiona Sinclair QC
Particularly strong on claims relating to tax and investment advice delivered by solicitors and accountants, as well as professionals in the property and construction spheres. She regularly handles litigation of substantial value and complexity, often involving a large number of parties. Also offers considerable expertise in professional indemnity issues.
Strengths: "She knows how the courts work inside-out, provides pithy, down-to-earth advice, and gets on top of the details quickly." "Fiona is charm personified; judges love her."
Recent work: Acted for a group of 48 firms of solicitors in the Concord Street litigation, defending a £24 million claim for damages brought by 104 claimants with regard to defects in a residential property development.

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4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jamie Smith QC
Estimable barrister whose already outstanding professional negligence practice has only strengthened since taking silk. He is a go-to adviser and advocate for high-value negligence claims, particularly those involving solicitors and valuers. He also has a commendable reputation for his work on insurance-related cases.
Strengths: "He is highly analytical and able to see through complicated issues." "Jamie is thoughtful, approachable and efficient, with an impressive grasp of lengthy facts."
Recent work: Successfully represented a barrister in Chinnock & Schumann v Rea, defending misconduct claims regarding a previous clinical negligence suit.

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Christopher Symons QC

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher Symons QC
Represents a broad spectrum of professionals, including barristers, insurance brokers and financial advisers. He balances his work in professional negligence arbitration with a particularly impressive practice in handling major arbitrations.
Recent work: Advised in SIAT v GMT Marine and Offshore Surveys Ltd, litigation brought against ship surveyors after a fire broke out in a shipyard.

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Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Bankim Thanki QC
An experienced commercial barrister with a focus on banking disputes, Bankim Thanki QC also centres his professional negligence work on the financial sector. He has dealt with numerous claims relating to insurance, fund management and financial mis-selling.
Strengths: "Bankim is technically excellent, very responsive and popular with the insurance market." "He doesn't sit on the fence: he gives very clear advice and isn't afraid to put his neck on the block."
Recent work: Represented Goldman Sachs against claims brought by two ultra high net worth individuals that the bank was negligent in realising certain margin securities.

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4 Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Cross QC
Diverse negligence practice with a particular slant towards disputes arising in the construction sector. He regularly advises on high-value claims that relate to catastrophes such as collapse, flooding and fire.
Strengths: "He's got a brain the size of a planet and he can find different angles from which to approach an issue." "He has an incredible eye for detail and picks up points that others miss. When you have a complex multiparty issue, he is great."
Recent work: Represented the defendant HFL Risk Services in a high-value negligence case concerning a catastrophic fire at a Yorkshire chemical plant.

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Patrick Goodall QC

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Patrick Goodall QC
Known for the scope of his commercial practice which takes in a considerable amount of international work as well as UK cases. Regularly handles large-scale professional negligence matters that carry a significant level of exposure.
Strengths: "Very bright, easy to work with, clients are calmed by him." "He's very user-friendly."
Recent work: Represented the defendant in Bradbury v Mercer Limited, a claim for breach of duty and negligence in relation to the provision of pension consultancy services.

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Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Lexa Hilliard QC
Although she is most often called upon to handle claims regarding accountants and insolvency practitioners, Lex Hilliard QC also regularly takes on a range of other professional negligence work. She regularly advises and litigates claims concerning auditors, investment advisers and solicitors, among others.
Strengths: "Very good on complicated, cross-border matters, she's provided some concrete opinions on what are really complicated issues." "Widely experienced in the field, she has excellent client skills, is a pleasure to work with and is an extremely good advocate."

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Philip Marshall QC

Serle Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Philip Marshall QC
A commercial chancery barrister with a notable focus on professional negligence matters, Philip Marshall QC can also bring to bear his familiarity with insolvency, banking and civil fraud issues. He serves as both a Recorder and a Deputy High Court Judge.
Strengths: "His handle on the law and his advocacy are both incredible."
Recent work: Acted in Dickson v Christies, regarding the misattribution and inaccurate valuation of a painting by Titian.

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Stephen Moriarty QC

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Moriarty QC
Head of chambers and a respected silk who maintains a broad commercial practice. His work includes significant professional negligence and insurance claims, most often concerning financial and legal services.
Strengths: "Once he takes you on he is really committed and gives 100% to the client. He has a policy to only ever make credible arguments and points worth making, so that now when he speaks, judges and arbitrators pay attention."
Recent work: Defended an aviation finance entity against claims by a lender that mortgaged aircraft were sold at an undervalue, in breach of duty.

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Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC
Frequently instructed in high-value professional liability matters concerning accountants, lawyers and insurance brokers. She has broad advocacy experience, including significant appellate work, and is also known for her expertise in alternative dispute resolution.
Strengths: "She has a very good manner about her, and she's very technically able." "I found her to be very responsive, and she cuts right to the chase."
Recent work: Defended DWF LLP against a £12 million claim for negligence brought in relation to previous product liability litigation.

Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC 

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Benjamin Pilling QC

4 Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Benjamin Pilling QC
Previously a leading junior for construction and technology-related disputes, Ben Pilling QC continues to build a very strong professional negligence practice in silk. In addition to advising architects, engineers and surveyors, he is also adept at handling claims relating to legal, financial and property services.
Strengths: "He demonstrated an impressive and detailed knowledge of the factual and commercial issues." "A wonderfully calm advocate who makes the complex appear simple."
Recent work: Represented Hyde Housing Association in bringing claims of defective design and workmanship against contractors after the destruction by fire of a sheltered accommodation building.

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Patricia Robertson QC

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Patricia Robertson QC
Handles the full length and breadth of professional liability concerns, including significant regulatory work. She is particularly familiar with claims in the banking and finance sphere, although she regularly handles cases concerning solicitors, accountants and auditors.
Strengths: "She's tenacious, quick-witted and on top of all the detail." "A superb advocate, she rolls her sleeves up and gets involved."
Recent work: Defended US law firm Fried Frank against high-value claims brought against its Paris office by a hedge fund that alleged it had received negligent advice relating to insolvency and restructuring proceedings.

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1 Chancery Lane

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Ross QC
Venerable practitioner with over 40 years' experience practising at the Bar. Although he is highly experienced in handling negligence claims of all kinds, he typically focuses his work on cases involving surveyors, accountants, lawyers and insurance brokers.
Recent work: Acted in Sugar Hut Group v AJ Insurance, a claim alleging that an insurance broker had provided a client with inadequate protection in a fire insurance policy.

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Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Clare Stanley QC
Represents a broad range of professionals in high-value negligence claims, including legal, financial, accountancy and insolvency practitioners. She is often involved in cases featuring highly complex and technical elements, as well as allegations of fraud.
Strengths: "With a very high level of technical ability, she's able to see a lot of the nuances in the case." "Clare provides highly intelligent, strategic and commercial advice."
Recent work: Successfully defended the law firm Mishcon de Reya against claims that they acted negligently in the drafting of documents pursuant to the sale of Queens Park Rangers FC.

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Francis Tregear QC

XXIV Old Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Francis Tregear QC
Experienced silk who offers comprehensive experience in the domain of professional negligence. He handles a vast array of claims arising from breaches of trust, contract and fiduciary duty, as well as misrepresentation and defective documentation.
Strengths: "Very good on shareholder disputes."
Recent work: Acted in Jackson and Money v Gershinson and Others, involving allegations that directors of a liquidated company breached fiduciary duty in their tax planning measures.

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7 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Wales QC
Provides counsel to professional indemnity insurers as well as professionals facing negligence claims. Recent cases have involved claims against auditors, solicitors and manufacturers, among others. He is known for the international breadth of his practice, particularly in Asia.
Strengths: "He has a huge intellect and is great on the detail."
Recent work: Defended PwC against allegations that for six years they had negligently audited a company complicit in fraudulent gold trading.

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New Silk

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Head QC
A new silk who is frequently instructed in a broad range of professional negligence work, David Head QC also boasts strong expertise in fraud, insurance and banking. He regularly advises clients in the financial sector, including brokers, accountants and auditors, along with solicitors and surveyors and a range of other professionals.
Strengths: "He was very personable, instantly easy to work with, and at ease with the complex and scientific underlying factual substance of the dispute." "He's bright, and delivers a quick turnaround."

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New Silk

Hailsham Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul Mitchell QC 
New silk who has considerable expertise in professional liability cases relating to financial advisers, accountants and solicitors. He represents claimants and defendants alike in court as well as in alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
Strengths: "Charming and incisive, with a real knack for thinking on his feet. A cool strategist who adds class to any team." "Phenomenally bright and the advice that he provides is very commercial."
Recent work: Acted for the second defendant in a claim brought by the beneficiaries of a will who accused its executors of conspiracy and breaches of trust and contract.

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Thomas Plewman SC QC

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Thomas Plewman QC SC
New silk at the London Bar who also has many years' experience practising as senior counsel in South Africa. He is most often appointed to act in cases of accountants' and auditors' negligence, and is also experienced in a range of other general commercial claims.
Strengths: "He is fantastic value, with a great track record on accountancy cases."
Recent work: Defended Grant Thornton against claims of negligence in its role as reporting accountant, after the collapse of an American Leisure Group business following its IPO.

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Hailsham Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Spike Charlwood
Standout junior who is typically instructed in higher-value professional negligence claims regarding financial professionals, lawyers and valuers. Noted expertise in cases with elements of dishonesty or fraud. He is widely praised for the strength of his "no-nonsense advocacy" and intellectual approach.
Strengths: "He gives really excellent, practical advice and he is frighteningly intelligent." "He turns things around very fast, he's really reliable and he's not afraid to say what he thinks."
Recent work: Part of the defence team for Gateley in a £100 million commercial court claim for solicitors' negligence brought against the firm.

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Hailsham Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Francis Bacon
Centres his practice on professional negligence cases and insurance coverage disputes, particularly those with an element of fraud. Often takes on high-value solicitors' negligence claims with significant international aspects.
Strengths: "A senior junior who is very sharp, very good with clients and extremely good on his feet. One thing I really like is that he will come to a view and then stick to it." "Unflappable under pressure, he never backs down from difficult work."
Recent work: Defended Notable Solicitors against a EUR100 million money laundering claim.

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4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alex Hall Taylor
Highly regarded junior with a thriving professional negligence practice that incorporates claims concerning a wide range of professionals, including lawyers, accountants, valuers and tax advisers. Frequently involved in cases with significant chancery, offshore or tax elements.
Strengths: "His analysis is second to none and he is tremendous with clients." "He offers sound written advice and is happy to give a commercial steer on how to move a case forward or what to look for in a settlement. Clients are always happy for us to instruct Alex."
Recent work: Advised fine art dealers Hazlitts Gooden & Fox on a claim against a solicitors' firm for defective drafting of documents during the sale of a Monet painting.

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Hailsham Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Derek Holwill
With more than 25 years' experience at the Professional Negligence Bar, Derek Holwill is well placed to counsel claimants and defendants, most commonly in the financial and legal sectors. He also advises on professional indemnity coverage issues.
Strengths: "His attention to detail and his ability to be resolute and approachable make him a force to be reckoned with." "When he speaks in court, everyone listens."
Recent work: Defended a financial adviser against a £5 million claim relating to a misappropriated premium for an insurance policy intended to cover a failed investment.

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4 Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Kate Livesey
Very highly regarded junior who handles a wide array of professional negligence claims, including those brought against financial advisers, auctioneers, lawyers and many others. A significant amount of her work also comes from the construction sector.
Strengths: "She is excellent, she shows great attention to detail and is very personable." "She is a standout junior who is destined for the top. She always seems to make time to deal with our cases and puts so much extra effort in."
Recent work: Acted in Francis Bradshaw Partnership v AECOM, advising engineering consultants on a subrogated claim arising from allegedly negligent advice given by a geotechnical expert.

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Siân Mirchandani

4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Siân Mirchandani
Regularly instructed in negligence claims concerning financial, legal and construction professionals, acting for both claimant and defendant parties. Her scientific background before being called to the Bar enables her to handle highly technical claims with aplomb.
Strengths: "She's very user-friendly, good with clients and gets to the point quickly." "With a sharp mind and excellent attention to detail, Siân is the senior junior of choice for surveyors' negligence claims."
Recent work: Defended law firm Mathew & Mathew in a multiparty dispute concerning claims from right-to-buy council tenants that they had been given negligent conveyancing advice on property purchases.

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4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charles Phipps
Represents a broad range of clients, most often defendants, including insolvency practitioners, surveyors, valuers and financial services professionals. He has a particular specialism in claims relating to obligations of confidentiality and privilege.
Strengths: "He's a wonderful, steady pair of hands who always remains calm." "He's obviously hugely intelligent, approachable, and works well as part of a team."
Strengths: Represented law firm Ward Hadaway against allegations brought by multiple claimants concerning breach of fiduciary duty and negligence regarding buy-to-let property purchases.

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4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Amanda Savage
Amanda Savage has a strong practice handling claims against valuers, financial sector professionals and lawyers, and also additional experience in wasted costs cases. She is regularly instructed in claims arising from legal advice given on property and matrimonial finance matters.
Strengths: "A brilliant lawyer, hard working and approachable, and a wonderful team member." "She's thorough, pragmatic and easy to work with."
Recent work: Represented solicitors in Evans v Challinors, concerning allegations that they mishandled an ancillary relief settlement.

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Crown Office Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Daniel Shapiro
Top-level junior handling a broad spectrum of professional negligence cases that concern the actions and advice of lawyers, surveyors and insurance brokers, among others. He is able to act for both claimants and defendants, and has trial experience reaching all the way up to the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "I consider his particular strengths to be his technical knowledge and expertise, his views and recommendations on case strategy, and his thoroughness." "Highly intelligent, responsive and tactically astute."
Recent work: Appeared unled in the Commercial Court on behalf of the Greek brokers in Involnert Management Inc v Aprilgrange Ltd, concerning the destruction of a superyacht by fire.

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Hailsham Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Wilton
Head of the professional negligence group at Hailsham and an impressive practitioner in the field. He is most often instructed by professionals and indemnity insurers in the real estate and financial sectors, where he takes on high-profile multiparty cases.
Strengths: "He has excellent technical knowledge, a great grasp of the law and a very commercial approach." "Thorough, charming and quick on his feet."
Recent work: Represented a firm of surveyors facing a multimillion-pound claim for negligence with regard to a compulsory purchase of a warehouse and offices prior to the London 2012 Olympics.

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4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Scott Allen
Experienced barrister who is instructed in cases featuring a diverse selection of professionals, including accountants, insurance brokers, solicitors and architects. He has handled several high-profile cases in recent years, and is well known for the practical tenor of his advice and meticulous approach.
Strengths: "He shows huge attention to detail and had a fantastic grip on the issues of the case, despite their complexity." "Very bright, but equally commercial and pragmatic. He's also very user-friendly."
Recent work: Advised Shorts Financial Services LLP on a claim that could potentially extend the principle laid down in White v Jones to professionals other than solicitors.

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James Brocklebank

7 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Brocklebank
Noted for his professional negligence and insurance expertise, James Brocklebank regularly handles major negligence claims relating to insurance brokers, financial advisers and accountants.
Strengths: "James Brocklebank does terrifically good skeleton arguments, and is a tremendously talented practitioner."
Recent work: Defended an insurance broker in the high-value Commercial Court claim concerning MY 'Galatea', a superyacht that was destroyed by fire.

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Hailsham Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jamie Carpenter
Largely concentrates on representing defendants in professional negligence cases, though he also has a growing reputation for claimant work. He is best known for his work with claims against solicitors, and he can also provide the benefit of his strong practice in costs litigation.
Strengths: "His advice, his proactivity and his response time are second to none." "He dissected an extremely complex area of law with precision and intelligence, and then managed to explain it all in a clear and straightforward manner for the lay client."
Recent work: Represented an Italian solicitors' firm facing claims from would-be purchasers of off-plan property in Calabria who lost their deposits following failed transactions.

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4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Hugh Evans
Highly experienced in the field of professional negligence, with additional experience in insurance matters and costs litigation. Represents claimants and defendants alike, and has a particular focus on claims against solicitors and other parties involved in property transactions.
Strengths: "Hugh demonstrates wit and energy, and is tremendously likeable too." "Hugh knows professional negligence inside-out, and is great to work with." "He is phenomenally bright and gives very practical advice."
Recent work: Acted for claimant lender Mortgage Agency Services Number One in a £5 million claim for fraudulent misrepresentation against a borrower's solicitors on a remortgage transaction.

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Jason Evans-Tovey

Crown Office Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jason Evans-Tovey
Regularly advises on matters arising from insurance disputes, including both property damage and professional negligence claims. He is frequently instructed in cases concerning a range of professionals including valuers, solicitors, financial advisers and planning consultants.
Strengths: "He's very easy to work with, commercial, robust and practical, and he can be a bruiser in court when required." "I've used him on cases where I would have been happy to instruct a silk. He is a pleasure to work with and he doesn't just sit on the fence, he gives us an answer for where he thinks the case should go."
Recent work: Acted in Metropolitan Venues Limited v Watson Burton LLP, which concerned negligence and breach of contract claims regarding a large property development in the North East.

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Hailsham Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Howarth
With an extensive practice in handling claims of solicitors' and barristers' negligence, Simon Howarth is also able to advise on claims regarding insurance brokerage disputes. He is also regularly instructed in complex, high-value claims arising in the financial sector.
Strengths: "He applies his formidable intellect in a way that makes his knowledge and advice accessible." "A real expert in professional negligence who understands all the nuances and who is an excellent tactician."
Recent work: Defended a solicitor in a dispute arising from the contested purchase of a fish farm, which called for a defence alleging the illegal manipulation of financial matters to the claimants' advantage.

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3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Matthew Parker
Handles a range of high-profile professional negligence cases on behalf of claimant and defendant parties. He is particularly well known for advising on cases alleging negligence on the part of accountants and solicitors.
Strengths: "An impressive up-and-comer and an excellent advocate."
Recent work: Appeared in NatWest Bank v Healys, acting for the defendant solicitors' firm, which faced negligence claims from the bank in relation to a property development venture.

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Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nik Yeo
Can claim a strong practice in financial sector professional negligence matters, often providing counsel in cases with high exposure. His recent work has included a number of large-scale claims against valuers, banks and liquidators.
Strengths: "Nik Yeo is technically superb, practical, client-friendly and very responsive." "Gets to grips with the issues of a case very quickly."
Recent work: Represented the claimant in Gemini (Eclipse 2006-3) v CBRE and King Sturge, a £173 million claim alleging the negligence undervaluation of over £1.2 billion of commercial property in the UK.

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1 Chancery Lane

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ivor Collett
A well-regarded junior who regularly handles claims relating to professionals in the construction and legal sectors. He also has considerable insurance expertise and regularly acts for insurers as well as defendants in professional indemnity litigation.
Strengths: "His advice was succinct and he was never on the fence." "He is forensic in his consideration of documents and able to explain complex legal principles to lay clients with ease."
Recent work: Acted in Santander v Fernandez, representing the defendant valuer against allegations of professional negligence, which also included claims of fraud.

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4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Clare Dixon
Broad expertise in professional negligence matters, encompassing a wide range of claims against solicitors, barristers, insurance brokers and valuers. She often takes on cases that involve additional elements of fraud or wasted costs.
Strengths: "She's extremely intelligent, and gives her advice in a very understandable way." "She is fantastic to work with and quickly grasps the detail in large cases."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant law firm in Begum v Neejam LLP and Mallick, a claim related to an employment dispute that was allegedly under-settled.

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Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Thomas Dumont of Radcliffe Chambers
A vastly experienced senior junior who is a veteran at the Chancery Bar, Thomas Dumont is also very active in the field of professional negligence. His main area of focus is in representing accountants and solicitors in negligence claims arising out of tax and estate planning disputes.
Strengths: "He has a practice balanced between professional negligence and chancery, which is a rare thing. He's an experienced advocate but he's also fun to work with and makes our clients feel relaxed."

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4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Helen Evans
Regularly instructed on high-profile professional negligence cases against insurance brokers, surveyors, lawyers and financial professionals. She demonstrates particular proficiency in large-scale litigation involving multiple parties.
Strengths: "She's very attentive and thorough, and very good at managing expectations in terms of what she can do." "She is an extremely skilled tactician and a joy to watch in court."
Recent work: Sole counsel to the defendant trustee companies in a group claim from 160 investors, regarding advice on investments in Brazilian teak plantations.

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Selborne Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Hugh Jackson of Selborne Chambers
Impressive senior junior who undertakes a significant number of professional negligence cases involving property and chancery elements. Regularly acts for clients on both sides of complex, multiparty litigation, especially with regard to allegedly negligent advice from solicitors, tax and financial advisers.
Strengths: "He's a pleasure to work with, commercial and a good tactician." "An extremely hard worker with great client skills, he's a real team player who goes the extra mile."
Recent work: Continues to represent Mishcon de Reya against a high-value claim of professional negligence by the former trustee in a case of personal bankruptcy.

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4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Liddell
Manages a healthy caseload of professional negligence work that includes claims against civil and structural engineers, accountants, barristers and solicitors. Takes on claimant and defendant work and has advocacy experience that extends all the way up to the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "Rick Liddell is very thorough and brings a rational approach to cases." "He's very capable, extremely hard working, very approachable and user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for defendant solicitors in response to a British company's allegations of negligent tax advice concerning the reconstruction of a French company.

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Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ben Lynch
Highly regarded junior who recently moved to Fountain Court Chambers from Devereux. He is regularly instructed in high-exposure and high-value cases of professional negligence, and is also well known for his outstanding expertise in insurance matters.
Strengths: "He's client-friendly, responsive, and one of the hardest-working junior counsel around." "He's fabulous on coverage stuff, providing incredibly detailed, intelligent analysis."
Recent work: Represented the claimant in AIG Europe Ltd v OC320301 LLP, querying the impact of the aggregation clause within a solicitor's professional indemnity insurance.

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Tamara Oppenheimer

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tamara Oppenheimer
A high-profile junior with a broad commercial practice and who has been appointed to the Attorney General's B-Panel of Counsel. She regularly takes on high-value professional negligence cases arising in the financial sector, including recent work advising banks on claims of financial mis-selling.
Strengths: "She was all over the detail, gave a very thorough review of the papers and had a very good understanding of the factual matrix."
Recent work: Defended RBS against a £200 million claim regarding the alleged mis-selling of an interest swap in the context of a securitisation. The case includes not only claims of negligence, but also allegations of fraud and Libor-related issues.

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4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Katie Powell
Highly adept at handling claims brought against lawyers for allegedly mishandled litigation and other legal matters. She is also regularly instructed in cases concerning independent financial advisers, construction professionals and valuers.
Strengths: "She is very good at thinking on her feet, even at short notice." "She's user-friendly, always available and able to grasp the details of a case swiftly."
Recent work: Acted in Antonio Caliendo & Barnaby Holdings LLP v Mishcon de Reya LLP, a claim that law firm Mishcon de Reya LLP failed to negotiate or note the lack of certain terms in a share sale agreement.

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4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Carl Troman
Focuses particularly on professional negligence claims relating to solicitors, accountants, construction professionals and insurance brokers. Regularly instructed on complex and high-value litigation concerning a large number of parties.
Strengths: "He is very good at drafting and very good on his feet." "An accomplished advocate who has the confidence to hold his ground against far more senior barristers."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Ponsonby v Farmers & Mercantile, who alleged negligence on the part of insurance brokers in relation to a personal injury claim for which they were underinsured.

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4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Timothy Chelmick
Can claim proficiency in a comprehensive array of professional negligence claims, acting for claimants and defendants. Widely encompassing cases concerning legal, financial and construction professionals, his practice has an increasing focus on international work, particularly in the Middle East.
Strengths: "He is extremely commercial, and clients love him for his no-nonsense approach." "He has excellent advocacy skills."
Recent work: Defended a number of independent financial advisers against claims that they had given negligent advice with regard to various investment schemes.

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4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Lucy Colter
Has a flourishing practice in the professional liability space that includes cases concerning insurance brokers, investment managers and barristers, among others. Also adept at handling claims against a range of construction professionals, including project managers, architects and quantity surveyors.
Strengths: "She is extremely hard working, very bright and has an exceptional mastery of the detail of complex matters. Even as a junior member of the team, she provides valuable input." "She's thorough and tenacious in extracting information from clients."
Recent work: Acted in Boliari EAD and George Christoph v Rana Bains and Rabinder Senghera, bringing claims for negligence and breach of trust and fiduciary duty against two solicitors.

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Hailsham Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Eva Ferguson
Specialises in solicitors' negligence claims and is able to handle a wide array of matters, including mishandled litigation, disputes over wills and trusts, lenders' claims and negligent conveyancing. She also represents clients in the financial sector, including valuers, receivers and investors.
Strengths: "She grasps the key issues quickly, she's very user-friendly and has an excellent bedside manner with clients." "Responsive, bright, comes up with interesting views and then has confidence in her convictions."
Recent work: Successfully defended the law firm Wolferstans against a claim that it had lost a client the chance to sue an NHS trust for alleged negligence.

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Hardwicke

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

James Hall
A junior who moved to Hardwicke in 2015, James Hall takes on substantial negligence claims relating to surveyors, architects and solicitors. He is also able to draw upon his previous experience as an employed barrister in the financial services department of a national law firm.
Strengths: "He has an innovative approach to problem solving and gives commercial and pragmatic advice at a level clients love." "He's one of the most commercially minded barristers I've come across."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Freemont (Denbigh Ltd) v Knight Frank LLP, an £8 million claim for negligent overvaluing of a commercial property.

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4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Miles Harris
Tackles professional liability matters relating to a broad range of financial and legal service providers, as well as disputes concerning professional indemnity insurance. He is capable of acting for both claimants and defendants and regularly undertakes alternative dispute resolution as well as litigation.
Strengths: "He's utterly charming, with very efficient and polished drafting, and he is strategically far-sighted." "He gives brilliant advice, and is just a joy to work with."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Fitness First Clubs Limited v Shoosmiths and Brodies LLP. It was alleged that solicitors had omitted certain commercial leasing liabilities from a company voluntary agreement.

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Hailsham Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Matthew Jackson
Senior junior with a strong track record in defending a range of professionals, including accountants, valuers and solicitors, as well as professional indemnity insurers. Often takes on high-value claims against law firms arising from prior personal injury or clinical negligence litigation.
Strengths: "He's very thorough, provides solid, practical advice, and knows the area very well." "He's a pugnacious and effective advocate who's good with clients and excellent on policy issues."
Recent work: Defended a number of law firms against allegations that claims for government-funded compensation made by miners suffering from "vibration white finger" were undervalued.

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Hardwicke

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Sarah McCann
Highly capable junior who advises on professional negligence claims in the construction industry as well as the financial, property and legal sectors. Advises both claimant and defendant parties and also takes on matters concerning professional indemnity insurance.
Strengths: "She filtered through all the information to produce a great response that pulled everything together." "Fastidious in her preparation and extremely generous with her time."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant valuer in EGT Finance Ltd v Stocker & Roberts and Others, a £1.5 million claim relating to the alleged overvaluation of a property.

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Hailsham Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Joshua Munro
A junior who has many years' experience in the field of professional negligence, Joshua Munro is typically involved in claims against surveyors, lawyers and independent financial advisers. He complements his practice with experience in insurance and costs work.
Strengths: "He's a firm and persuasive advocate who shows attention to detail and has a really good manner with the court." "Clear and robust, and always willing to back his own judgement."
Recent work: Successfully defended law firm Preston Mellor Harrison against negligence claims brought by a property developer with regard to advice on an option agreement.

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4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul Parker
Highly experienced senior junior whose practice in professional liability encompasses claims against virtually all non-medical professions. Recent claims have concerned negligence in relation to commercial conveyancing, audit planning and financial mis-selling, among other areas.
Strengths: "He's very good to work with, very approachable, deals with matters promptly and he's good both on paper and on his feet in court." "He gives clear, robust advice."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant law firm in Paragon Mortgages Ltd v GM Wilson Solicitors, which concerned lenders' claims that the firm had conducted the conveyance of a housing development with a defective title.

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One Essex Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Alexander Polley of One Essex Court
Highly capable junior who is regularly involved in complex, multiparty litigation, often with an international aspect. His professional negligence practice has a particular focus on handling claims against solicitors and auditors.
Strengths: "He's calm, assured, and he's got a modesty about him that belies how smart he is." "Very impressive, commercial and good at drafting."
Recent work: Defended PwC against claims by financial services group Cattles that auditors had failed to recognise fraudulent activity within the company over several years.

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3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Peter Ratcliffe
Has considerable experience handling high-value claims relating to insurance brokers' negligence. His work in this area also regularly encompasses claims made against financial advisers and investment managers.
Strengths: "He is thorough, conscientious and user-friendly."
Recent work: Sole counsel for the defendant in Sanlam Securities v Merchant Cavendish Young, brought by a discretionary fund manager in relation to negligent fund management.

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Hailsham Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nicola Rushton
A go-to junior for professional negligence work arising in the financial sector, Nicola Rushton regularly provides counsel to banks, lenders, accountants and mortgage brokers. She is especially well versed in complex claims relating to the restructuring or securitisation of loans.
Strengths: "She cuts through to the nub of a case to develop solutions that work well, and to advise in down-to-earth terms." "An exceptionally safe pair of hands who also innovates in terms of strategy and practical suggestions. The advice she provides is robust and concise."
Recent work: Advised Barclays Bank on a negligence claim concerning the valuation of a care home.

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1 Chancery Lane

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Karen Shuman
Combines her specialist chancery practice with a broad range of professional negligence expertise. Particularly well versed in claims that involve significant underlying property or probate issues in addition to claims of negligence.
Strengths: "Karen has a breathtaking command of the practice area, combined with top-drawer client service and an ability to get to the heart of the matter with peerless acumen."

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Jacqueline Simpson

Hailsham Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jacqueline Simpson
Serves a comprehensive professional client base with particular focus on accountants, financial advisers, surveyors and solicitors. She is very well thought of for the quality of both her advice and her advocacy, as well as her approachability.
Strengths: "She gives excellent advice and is very commercially minded." "She has a good ability to see the wood for the trees and is also a pleasure to deal with."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the defendant in an appeal concerning the extent of a solicitor's retainer in ancillary relief proceedings.

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4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

George Spalton
Very capable of handling professional negligence claims against lawyers, accountants, auditors and actuaries, among others. In addition to his wide experience in the Commercial Court and Court of Appeal, where he often appears unled, he also has a strong reputation for his arbitration work.
Strengths: "George is good on his feet, and clients like him." "He provides clear, commercial advice." "A very bright and thorough junior who is a great team player."
Recent work: Defended a firm of accountants in Harlequin v Wilkins Kennedy, against claims relating to a Caribbean property scheme.

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1 Chancery Lane

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew Spencer
Focuses his practice on claims against surveyors and solicitors, and has notable expertise in handling property-related professional negligence claims. In particular, he is regularly instructed in claims concerning mishandled litigation and lenders' claims against solicitors and valuers.
Strengths: "His ability to turn work around is incredible, he's very good at coming back with quick and considered certainty, and he's also a very commercial individual."

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Hailsham Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Dan Stacey
Frequently provides counsel to clients facing major High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings. His work includes acting for and against accountants, surveyors and solicitors, and he has a particular flair for cases involving issues of limitation.
Strengths: "There's no area of professional negligence he doesn't know about. His written and oral advice is very clear, and he's genuinely very good to work with. He's a go-to person." "A very good advocate who is prepared to knuckle down and do the work."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant solicitors in a High Court claim alleging that the client had failed to provide an exclusive jurisdiction clause in a share purchase agreement.

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XXIV Old Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Elizabeth Weaver
Senior junior Elizabeth Weaver has extensive experience in professional negligence cases and focuses particularly on claims in the financial sector. She is particularly adept at tackling negligence issues in the context of disputed trusts.
Strengths: "A senior junior who is very good and very reliable."

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4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Benjamin Wood
Draws upon his previous career as a corporate financier to advise on complex professional liability issues in the financial sector. Has experience acting for both claimants and defendants in major litigation and has appeared in the High Court and Court of Appeal, both as junior counsel and unled.
Strengths: "He's a rising star, with experience and attitude which belie his years." "Ben has the ability to identify the key issues in a case quickly, and deliver clear and pragmatic advice."
Recent work: Acted for Harding Homes in a claim against Bircham Dyson Bell, alleging that the defendant allowed its investors to conduct a compromising debt deal that involved wider than usual personal guarantees.

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4 Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Luke Wygas
Junior with an engineering background who is particularly adept at handling highly technical professional negligence claims. He dedicates much of his practice to acting for individuals in the construction industry, but also advises on claims relating to surveyors, accountants and solicitors.
Strengths: "Inventive, bold and tenacious, he's very user-friendly with a quick turnaround." "He works hard to get the right result; he's great with clients and confident in court."
Recent work: Represented the claimant in Lloyds Bank v McBains, which set legal precedence on the duties required of a bank monitoring surveyor.

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Pump Court Tax Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Yates of Pump Court Tax Chambers
Has a niche specialism in tax and finance-focused professional negligence claims, which is greatly enhanced by his former career as a corporate financial analyst. He has advised on a wide range of financial claims relating to film finance schemes and offshore trusts, as well as faulty tax, accountancy and legal advice.
Strengths: "With an absolute command of the most complex technical issues, and a matched ability to distil them for those less familiar, David provides a top-drawer service with style."

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4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Shail Patel
Specialises in high-end commercial disputes, including significant professional negligence and related insurance cases. He has advised on cases concerning property investments, trusts and tax advice, and regularly acts for both claimant and defendant parties.
Strengths: "Shail has a lot of insurance experience. He is bright, accessible and an excellent team player." "He's impressive in terms of his speed of response and commercial advice."
Recent work: Sole counsel to claimant valuers Esurv in a Contribution Act claim for conveyancing negligence against Goldsmith Williams Solicitors.

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3 Hare Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Helen Pugh of 3 Hare Court
Up-and-comer Helen Pugh increasingly focuses her practice on professional negligence disputes, in which she acts both for and against lawyers, accountants and surveyors, among others. She also takes on a significant amount of work in an advisory capacity as well as handling alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
Strengths: "A real asset to our team who worked incredibly hard and who clearly knows this area well." "She comes well prepared, she is very good at announcing right at the beginning what the main issues are going to be."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Symrise AG v Baker & McKenzie, a case involving allegations of negligent Mexican tax advice in connection with a USD1.5 billion merger.

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7 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Ryan
Up-and-coming junior who advises on high-profile negligence issues across a comprehensive array of professions, with a particular focus on claims concerning solicitors and auditors. He has appeared regularly on high-value Commercial Court claims and in complex, multiparty litigation.
Strengths: "Michael Ryan is very approachable, and maintains a good knowledge of the case and the documents, even in complex matters." "He shows excellent attention to detail."

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4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ben Smiley
Up-and-coming junior who has cultivated a practice spanning an extensive array of professional negligence work, with a focus on claims against financial advisers and insurance brokers, as well as legal professionals. He has additional expertise in financial regulatory matters.
Strengths: "He's incredibly charming, hands-on and always responds. He's flexible in his methods and modern in his approach." "An impressive junior with strong analytical skills."
Recent work: Advised the defendants in Berntsen and Richardson v Tait and Rayment, at first instance and in the Court of Appeal, on a case concerning alleged dishonest conspiracy and misconduct among company administrators.

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2TG - 2 Temple Gardens

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Thomas
An up-and-coming barrister who frequently tackles professional negligence claims relating to surveyors, brokers and solicitors. He has considerable expertise in commercial fraud, meaning that he often acts for defendants on claims involving fraudulent or dishonest behaviour.
Strengths: "He's easy to work with, very reliable and hard-working; he can take the lead when he needs to." "He turns things around quickly and always gives good-quality work."

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