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UK-Bar Guide

Professional Negligence — London (Bar)

Band 1

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

4 New Square is a market-leading professional negligence set, reputed for the sweeping knowledge of its silks and juniors. Instructing solicitors comment upon its "genuine expertise in the professional negligence world" and barristers who "are amongst the best at what they do." Members act for both claimants and defendants in cases involving all types of professionals and crossing various jurisdictions. In addition to trial and appellate work, they also appear in arbitrations. Recent work highlights include Gabrielle v Little, which confirmed that solicitors have no duty to advise on commercial transactions.

Client service: "They deliver an incredibly professional service and have certainly moved with, and ahead of, the times in terms of their client service. It has good receptionists and clerks, superior client meeting rooms and a recently updated website. It is a very sleek organisation." 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. His current work pertains to various individuals, including auditors, tax advisers, insolvency practitioners, valuers and lawyers.
Strengths: "A long-time star in the professional indemnity world and someone always to consider for the most challenging cases." "An excellent trial advocate and tactician."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant accountants in a claim, pleaded at around £40 million, involving allegations relating to a property scheme in the Caribbean.

Nicholas Davidson QC
Offers vast experience in the professional negligence sphere across his more than 40 years of practice at the Bar. He regularly takes on high-profile negligence cases arising from complicated issues such as corporate governance breakdown, institutional fraud and downturns in the property market. He has a penchant for claims involving financial services professionals.
Strengths: "An expert in his field who knows the law back to front. He is a very responsive team player." "He is able to get to grips with the most complex issues and his particular strength is as a court advocate. He is a master of cross-examination."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the claimants in an action against solicitors in connection with negotiating the departure of the claimants' chief executive.

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, multi-party 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. He chairs the Professional Negligence Bar Association.
Strengths: "Unquestionably one of the best professional liability silks of his generation. He's not afraid of a difficult challenge or to break new ground. Clients trust him instantly." "Absolutely at the top of his game and excellent to work with."
Recent work: Acted in claims by 11 prominent investors in the Eclipse Schemes against one of the Big Four accountancy firms, who acted as the investors' tax advisers.

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. He has recently appeared in scores of cases resulting from failed securitisations.
Strengths: "A fantastic advocate who is really good with clients." "Amazing. I'd use him on anything incredibly complicated." "Prepared, analytical and thorough. Excellent on claims against property professionals."
Recent work: Acted in a £250 million claim concerning £2 billion valuation of a portfolio of commercial properties.

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: "He is brilliant but also massively approachable and great with clients. He is incredibly pragmatic, with super availability and a can-do attitude." "Exceptionally bright but also down to earth."
Recent work: Instructed to defend an eight-figure claim against a commercial firm of solicitors said to have mishandled complex property litigation against a well-known Swedish conglomerate concerning the acquisition and development of the sites surrounding the London Olympic stadium.

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 highly regarded for his expertise in claims involving professionals in the construction, financial services and legal sectors.
Strengths: "A real stalwart in the field. What Ben doesn't know about professional negligence isn't worth knowing." "A very clever, fast and impressive advocate. He is very crisp and develops a good rapport with the judge. He's three jumps ahead."
Recent work: Acted in a claim brought by a defrauded purchaser against a firm of solicitors which unwittingly acted for the fraudster.

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 cases containing allegations of fraud.
Strengths: "Very clever. He sees the points and problems and manages them carefully." "He has a very calming effect on clients, no matter how complex or high-value the claim is."
Recent work: Acted in a £100 million claim by Accident Exchange against three firms of solicitors for alleged fraudulent conspiracy in respect of the conduct of credit hire motor cases.

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 insurance-related claims, he also advises on a diverse range of other matters, from healthcare to financial services.
Strengths: "Bright, erudite and incisive." "An admirably clear advocate with a talent for making the complicated simple."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the solicitor defendants in a claim by the parents of a child born with severe disabilities, which led to her early death against solicitors and a barrister for allegedly failing to identify a viable claim against an NHS Trust for wrongful birth.

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: "Incisive, hard working and great to deal with." "Highly intelligent and user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant firm of solicitors in a multimillion-pound claim brought by two individuals who are well known in the football world alleging that the solicitors acted in breach of trust and breach of duty in relation to property investments.

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, trust and property disputes, and also takes on cases involving insurance elements.
Strengths: "Very personable and extremely knowledgeable with great technical skills and a great turnaround. He pays very close attention to detail."
Recent work: Defended a firm of solicitors against a £2.5 million claim brought by a farming family in relation to complex agreements with a purchaser of land and the local authority.

David Turner QC
Handles professional negligence claims brought against construction professionals, insurance brokers, accountants and solicitors, among others. He is particularly adept at representing defendants in cases of allegedly negligent tax and auditing advice, including pre-packaged schemes for tax mitigation.
Strengths: "Hugely competent in the field of professional negligence and indemnity insurance disputes." "Incredibly knowledgeable, practical and commercial, as well as easy to work with."
Recent work: Defended Arrandco in a £9.5 million claim arising out of the supply of accountancy services to Vale Mill and two of its directors, who claim that, appropriately advised, they would have become domiciled for tax purposes.

Graham Chapman QC
Highly regarded commercial barrister who acts for claimants and defendants on a range of professional negligence matters. He advises on cases of auditors', solicitors' and valuers' negligence, particularly in relation to substantial financial and property concerns. He is well equipped to handle cases with an international aspect.
Strengths: "Absolutely brilliant. He puts in the hard work and is also a really nice bloke. Authoritative and clever."
Recent work: Instructed by defendant surveyors and valuers in a substantial valuation case concerning the valuations of properties within a large property portfolio worth in excess of £1 billion.

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. He originally practised as a solicitor.
Strengths: "Determined, relentless and robust."
Recent work: Acted in a claim brought by Philip Kirk for an indemnity of around £7 million from insurers who have declined to indemnify and have avoided the policy.

Jonathan Hough QC
A well-rounded silk who has appeared in a number of substantial professional negligence cases. He acts for and against an impressive range of professionals, including lawyers, surveyors and financial advisers.
Strengths: "Very bright and methodical, with a great mastery of the detail. He is also able to think outside the box." "A ferociously clever go-to leader on defence and coverage cases."
Recent work: Acted for the banking department of Eversheds in its defence of a claim pleaded at over £100 million concerning allegedly negligent advice about the contents of annual loan account statements.

Roger Stewart QC
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. He acts for both claimants and defendants.
Strengths: "A first-rate advocate and analytical thinker. He is superbly crisp in his advice, as well as very responsive and user-friendly." "Committed, determined and bold; the person you want on your side."
Recent work: Acted for Fortelus Special Situations in a case concerning an investment fund which sued the Paris office of Fried Frank for breach of duty regarding advice on the recovery of a loan.

JUNIORS

Scott Allen
Experienced barrister who is instructed in cases featuring a diverse selection of professionals, including accountants, insurance brokers, solicitors and architects. He has appeared in a number of high-profile and precedent-setting cases.
Strengths: "Very effective in turning around a complicated defence. He gives pragmatic, commercial advice." "He is very user-friendly and writes succinctly and punchily. He's also not afraid to step off the fence and give proper opinions."
Recent work: Acted for BPE solicitors in a Supreme Court case concerning how the SAAMCO cases is properly to be applied to claims against solicitors.

Michael Bowmer
Recognised for his professional liability expertise within the context of a chancery-related practice. He represents both the defence and the prosecution in claims involving valuers, accountants, solicitors and other professionals.
Strengths: "Very good technically and very proactive." "His advice is always spot-on, clear and concise. He makes it all seem so easy."
Recent work: Acted for Peter Malcolm Jones, a professional executor of an estate, with respect to multiple allegations of negligence and breach of duty made by the co-executor of the estate.

Timothy Chelmick
Can claim proficiency in a comprehensive array of professional negligence claims, acting for claimants and defendants. Encompassing cases concerning legal, financial and construction professionals, his practice has an increasing focus on international work, particularly in the Middle East. He has impressive experience of High Court advocacy, both led and as sole counsel.
Strengths: "Clients love him for his no-nonsense approach, and he is a formidable advocate." "He is excellent at preparing cases."
Recent work: Acted for BNP Paribas in a claim pursued by various investors against it for a valuation it provided of technology relating to a tax scheme that did not deliver the promised tax benefits.

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, and is recognised for her robust advocacy.
Strengths: "Reliable, thorough and good from the start of a claim through to trial. She is down to earth and straightforward, as well as clever and commercial." "One of the best professional negligence juniors. Extremely trustworthy and super-fast."
Recent work: Acted for a Defendant solicitor in a claim for breach of warranty and fraudulent misrepresentation arising out of a number of loan agreements in a claim said to be worth about £7million.

Lucy Colter
Has a flourishing practice in the professional liability space that includes cases concerning insurance brokers, investment managers and barristers, among others. She is also adept at handling claims against construction professionals, including project managers, architects and quantity surveyors. She has developed an impressive understanding of claims resulting from failed syndicate investments.
Strengths: "Perfect with clients and one of the cleverest barristers I have worked with." "She provides consistently excellent service and understands entirely what we and our insured and insurer clients want."
Recent work: Acted for Belfast-based solicitors in an action arising out of a dispute over the sale of a property in London.

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. He is frequently involved in cases with significant chancery, offshore or tax elements. He acts for both the prosecution and the defence.
Strengths: "Really engaged and hands-on, as well as really good on big strategy and minute detail. He is really pleasant and easy to work with. A charming team player with a very good bedside manner."
Recent work: Acted for Miles Geldard, an investment fund manager, in a multimillion-pound claim against his former solicitors relating to their advice and alleged mishandling of his departure from his previous investment house.

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: "Well prepared, detailed, thorough and user-friendly. My default senior junior." "A very effective, hard-working practitioner with an eye for detail and the ability to present a highly persuasive argument."
Recent work: Defended the valuers of commercial property in a case concerning their allegedly negligent valuations of two seaside arcades being offered as security for the loan to purchase one of them.

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 has a massive intellect which he puts to great effect in his approach to cases. He has particular expertise in financial services disputes." "Very thorough, measured and knows the ins and outs of all of the law."
Recent work: Retained to defend multiple claims against conveyancing solicitors for alleged negligence and breach of fiduciary duty, relating to several buy-to-let properties.

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. She acts both led and unled.
Strengths: "A go-to senior junior for professional indemnity claims. Her attention to detail is second to none and she has a no-nonsense attitude. She's not afraid to really test her clients and provides sensible, reasoned and practical advice."
Recent work: Represented a leading tax silk in a substantial application to strike out proceedings against him in which it was alleged that the client acted in a position of conflict.

Hugh Evans
Highly experienced in the field of professional negligence, with additional experience in insurance matters and costs litigation. He represents claimants and defendants alike, and has a particular focus on claims against solicitors and other parties involved in property transactions. He is a respected contributor to the academic literature regarding professional liability.
Strengths: "A highly knowledgeable, technical barrister." "Extremely bright, user-friendly and decisive. He gives excellent pleadings."
Recent work: Acted for a large number of claimants in claims against various firms of solicitors for alleged failures of advice about purchases of buy-to-let properties.

Paul Parker
Highly experienced senior junior whose practice in professional liability encompasses claims against virtually all non-medical professions. This includes cases involving solicitors, barristers, accountants, insurance brokers and numerous others. Recent claims have concerned negligence in relation to commercial conveyancing, audit planning and financial mis-selling, among other areas.
Strengths: "Good at the analysis and getting to the heart of the manner, as well as good on his feet." "He knows his stuff and his pleadings are good."
Recent work: Defended a wasted costs application against a criminal barrister acting for a private prosecutor.

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: "Very smart and commercial, with a real eye for detail. Excellent on complex, detailed cases and very user-friendly." "She is the perfect blend of intellect and charm."
Recent work: Acted unled for defendant auditors sued by an international freight company for failing to detect a multimillion-pound fraud perpetrated by a manager over a period of five years.

Richard Liddell
Manages a healthy caseload of professional negligence work that includes claims against civil and structural engineers, accountants, barristers and solicitors. He takes on claimant and defendant work, and has advocacy experience that extends all the way up to the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "Very bright, extremely thorough, proactive and easy to work with." "Smart, enthusiastic and effective."
Recent work: Acted for numerous claimants in a multimillion-pound claim against various defendants arising from investments in film finance schemes.

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: "I have been impressed by Katie's attention to detail, thorough approach, receptiveness and commitment to a case. She provides sound advice and performs well in person." "A very smart cookie who will be QC a few years down the road."
Recent work: Acted in a claim arising from a firm of solicitors' allegedly negligent conduct in an arbitration brought by the buyer of a mega-yacht against the shipyard that built it.

Carl Troman
Focuses particularly on professional negligence claims relating to solicitors, accountants, construction professionals and insurance brokers. He is regularly instructed on complex and high-value litigation concerning a large number of parties. Before turning to the Bar he taught law at the University of Reading.
Strengths: "He has an intelligent, measured approach and a calm manner that clients find reassuring." "Gives clear reasoning and exudes charm and confidence. At trial, he is well mannered and entirely unflappable. His performance is exemplary."
Recent work: Defended DLA Piper in a multimillion-pound claim brought against it and another firm of solicitors by a well-known bank in respect of a failed 'whitewash' procedure pursuant to the Companies Acts.

Stephen Innes
Leverages his experience in areas such as employment, insurance, consumer credit and chancery law to undertake challenging professional negligence claims. He is particularly knowledgeable about lenders' claims, which often concern mortgage securitisation, fraud, subrogation and breach of trust issues. He receives instructions from both claimants and defendants.
Strengths: "He throws everything at a case but remains fair. He is very diligent and thorough, but at the same time practical. He listens and explains things, and his skills as a qualified mediator feed into his negotiations."
Recent work: Defended the BMA in a sensitive claim by a consultant psychiatrist who alleges it was negligent when drafting his unfair dismissal claim in failing to include a whistle-blowing claim.

Simon Hale
Thoroughly respected junior with a wide-ranging professional negligence practice. His cases relate to various sectors including housing, financial services, construction and sports.
Strengths: "He gets his head around things quickly. He's junior but he has gravitas beyond his age." "He has very strong procedural knowledge."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant property developers in a claim against a national firm of solicitors arising from the financial collapse of a redevelopment of flats in Manchester.

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. He appears both led and as sole counsel.
Strengths: "Exceptionally bright and very commercial." "He gives very good pleadings and he's calm and excellent on his feet."
Recent work: Defended Harfield Pickering, a firm of solicitors, in a claim by a man falsely convicted of attempted rape who alleged that its defence of him was negligent.

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 international arbitration work.
Strengths: "Commercial and clever." "Easy to work with and well prepared, with excellent judgment." "A bright and thorough junior."
Recent work: Acted for Lewis Silkin, a firm of solicitors, in a claim relating to allegedly negligent advice given about jurisdiction clauses in an employment contract for a team in the Indian Cricket Premier League.

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 is on the ball, very proactive and good at thinking commercially and outside the box." "He is really good at complex financial analysis; it is like having a barrister and an expert financial analyst."
Recent work: Instructed to defend a firm of solicitors in relation to its handling of bitterly fought civil and regulatory proceedings spanning several years.

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. He has appeared in a number of significant cases in the High Court and the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "He is smart, technically very good and provides watertight advice. He is also very good with clients." "Very intelligent, switched-on and on the ball commercially."
Recent work: Acted in defence of a multimillion-pound claim brought by former professional footballers against their former solicitor in respect of a property development investment gone wrong.

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: "Always first-rate. Very slick, personable and hard working. He beats deadlines and is ahead of the game." "He is hugely practical and delivers sound advice every time."
Recent work: Acted in a claim by several individuals against UK agents and Spanish solicitors after it transpired that properties the claimants had paid purchase prices for had been mortgages.

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Band 2

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Brick Court's professional negligence offering is held in much esteem by peers in the legal industry. A barrister at another set affirms that "the standard of counsel is really exceptional." Members appear in high-value cases involving all kinds of professionals including barristers, solicitors from Magic Circle firms, accountants and auditors. They also have significant experience in negligence allegations arising out of film finance schemes. A recent work highlight is Ferster v Ferster, which addressed the scope of prejudice privilege in the context of blackmail.

Client service: "We have a very close relationship with the clerks, which makes the day-to-day stuff easier. They're really nice people and they do a good job." Julian Hawes and Ian Moyler jointly head the clerking team.

SILKS

Mark Howard QC
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: "His reputation is absolutely outstanding." "Right at the top for big City litigation. He is really strong in court and a very strong analyst and examiner. A heavy hitter."
Recent work: Acted in Mortgage Agency Services v Edward Symmons, a Court of Appeal case relating to the alleged negligence of valuers.

Simon Salzedo QC
Centres his professional negligence practice on cases relating to accountancy, as well as other financial services. He is 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 accounting issues and a pleasure to deal with." "An accountant by training, Simon is an excellent choice for advice in this area, though his practice extends well beyond. He is bright, sensible and user-friendly."
Recent work: Successfully established a contingent claim for some USD400 million against UBS Global Asset Management for its alleged negligence in managing a synthetic portfolio of credit default swaps.

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: "A superb analyst and excellent to work with." "He has got a really excellent style in court and is very good with clients. He gives robust, clear advice."
Recent work: Defended Ernst & Young against around a dozen cases brought by clients following the failure of the Eclipse 35 film finance tax planning scheme.

Charles Hollander QC
An experienced silk who is admitted to practise at both the Hong Kong and UK Bars. As part of his wide-ranging commercial practice, he frequently takes on professional negligence cases involving solicitors' firms. He has particular specialist expertise in issues surrounding professional privilege and conflicts of interest.
Strengths: "A go-to silk on heavyweight commercial disputes and claims involving discrete conflict or confidentiality issues." "Charming and highly able."
Recent work: Appealed against the striking off of a high-profile solicitor on the basis of fresh evidence not previously available.

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. His cross-examination skills elicit admiration from instructing solicitors.
Strengths: "A punchy, effective barrister." "A fabulous courtroom operator. Very bright and very user-friendly." "Clients love him because he is incredibly enthusiastic and very good at strategy."
Recent work: Acted for Ingenious Media in group actions launched by investors alleging negligence in and about the tax structuring and selling of investments in film finance schemes.

Thomas Plewman QC SC
Active 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, including those concerning solicitors' negligence.
Strengths: "He is fantastic value and has a great track record on accountancy cases." "Very easy to work with and has a very clear style in court."
Recent work: Acted for Baker Tilly in successfully defeating claims for damages for audit negligence.

JUNIORS

Fionn Pilbrow
In addition to advisory work, he acts as counsel to both claimants and defendants in a broad range of professional negligence claims. He has appeared unled in a number of important cases before the Chancery Division and the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "He is a rare combination of an exceptional intellect and warm humour, which makes him stand out for both clients and judges."
Recent work: Instructed as sole advocate on behalf of PwC in a claim alleging negligence against administrative receivers and various co-defendants, including a bank.

Tony Singla
Has a broad commercial practice which includes frequently acting in high value professional negligence claims. He is also the co-author of a leading text on professional negligence claims brought against accountants.
Strengths: "A very strong lawyer with good tactical sense."
Recent work: Defended PwC in a £600 million auditor's negligence claim concerning historic pollution liabilities in the USA.

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Band 2

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Fountain Court Chambers is an established presence in the field of commercial litigation and offers impressive knowledge in relation to professional negligence. Members' instructions involve auditors, accountants, insurance brokers, solicitors and wealth managers, as well as an array of other individuals and institutions. Recent work highlights include the Supreme Court case of Impact Funding Solutions v AIG, which concerned alleged breaches of fiduciary duty by solicitors, as well as other issues. The set's barristers are active on the academic side, as well as the functional side of the law, and have authored and edited a number of leading texts on the subject of professional liability.

Client service: "They spend a lot of time with us and listen to our views. The service we get is very prompt and efficient." Alex Taylor is the senior clerk.

SILKS

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. Her cases often originate in overseas jurisdictions.
Strengths: "She is exceptionally good with clients, has a great sense of humour and produces work of the highest quality on a range of claims." "A real winner with clients and has an excellent skill set. She's one of the leading professional negligence silks."
Recent work: Successfully defended a barrister in a high-profile case arising out of an alleged under-settlement of a head injury case.

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. He receives instructions from both claimant and defendant clients.
Strengths: "A leading light in this area." "Hugely impressive and experienced in the field of professional negligence. His relaxed style, concise drafting and practical approach add tremendous value to the team."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant solicitors in a USD400 million claim arising out of alleged breaches of the solicitor's duty of confidentiality.

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: "An impressive advocate with experience of a range of professional negligence claims."
Recent work: Acted in a claim involving the alleged negligence of auditors not to detect fraud being perpetrated by the director of a company.

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. He appears in both individual and group actions, and augments his professional negligence practice with his strong reputation in banking and general commercial work.
Strengths: "He's very bright and rolls up his sleeves and gets involved." "Absolutely outstanding."
Recent work: Led a large group action claim by 150 property investors against three firms of solicitors for allegedly failing to advise their clients on the solvency and enforcement risk relating to the bond provider.

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. He acts for both the defence and the prosecution.
Strengths: "Highly respected by both clients and the court. When he speaks people listen."

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 very knowledgeable and prepares thoroughly. Judges listen to him. He is highly regarded at the Bar and very commercial." "There is a depth of analysis which comes with his work. He's very solid."
Recent work: Acted for an international investment fund in a claim for around £85 million in damages relating to alleged negligence on the part of Hong Kong-based investment managers in connection with inappropriately risky legal structures.

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. Many of these concern the credit crunch and its aftermath.
Strengths: "Technically excellent, a pleasure to deal with, very responsive and popular with the insurance market."
Recent work: Acted for Alliance Bernstein in a £120 million claim brought by the trustees of Philips Electronics Pension scheme seeking to recoup substantial losses relating to alleged negligent management and advice in connection with the fund.

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: "Great client-handling skills and emotional intelligence. She is extremely user-friendly and turns work around extremely quickly." "A very distinguished lawyer."

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, often relating to breaches of FSA rules such as mis-selling. Additionally, she regularly handles cases concerning solicitors, accountants and auditors.
Strengths: "Her strengths are her masses of intellect, the way she applies that intellect and her energy."
Recent work: Acted for Simmons & Simmons in a private equity dispute involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty.

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: "Technically superb, practical, client-friendly and responsive." "He is very user-friendly and gets the points across well, even in a complicated case."
Recent work: Represented RBS in a case testing a rating agency's professional liability to investors under English law, and the duties of RBS to investors.

Ben Lynch
Highly regarded junior regularly instructed in high-exposure and high-value cases of professional negligence. He acts both led and unled in litigation and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. He is well known for his outstanding expertise in insurance matters.
Strengths: "Excellent. Very bright and very engaging." "He is extremely meticulous and has technical ability beyond his peers. He also has an excellent bedside manner with clients."
Recent work: Acted in a claim against a Project Monitor, arising out of a series of loans made by a lending bank to a property developer.

Tamara Oppenheimer
A high-profile junior with a broad commercial practice, 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 has fantastic attention to detail and is a great advocate." "Fantastic. Incredibly clever and also incredibly approachable."
Recent work: Acted unled in a £5 million claim of product mis-selling and negligent investment advice by a financial adviser.

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Band 2

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Professional negligence litigation accounts for a significant proportion of Hailsham Chambers' business, thanks to its fine team of silks and juniors active in the area. Members conduct cases across the country embracing all kinds of professions, including accounting, veterinary medicine and legal work. Recent highlights include SREF v Gately, a Court of Appeal case regarding remoteness of damage and mitigation of loss, and Purrunsing v A'Court, which established that both the buyer's and the seller's solicitor can be liable in the context of identity fraud. An instructing solicitor professes admiration for the set's barristers, "They're excellent. That's why I keep going back. They're technically superb and a pleasure to work with."

Client service: "The clerks provide a really good service. They make an effort of keeping in touch." "The clerks are brilliant. There's always someone around to help and to deal with things expediently." Stephen Smith is the senior clerk.

SILKS

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 has phenomenal knowledge and an amazing mind. Judges really listen to him. He's a great talent." "Extremely knowledgeable in dealing with complex solicitors' claims. He is approachable, user-friendly and has the gravitas required to intimate your opponent."
Recent work: Acted for the seller's solicitor in Purrunsing v A’Court, a case relating to identity fraud in conveyancing, and successfully showed that the buyer's solicitor was also liable.

Paul Mitchell QC
Relatively 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: "A brilliant advocate. Very tenacious but clear thinking. He set out sensibly and clearly a technically secure, well-thought-out, compelling piece of advocacy. He gives very robust advice and is prepared to think out of the box."
Recent work: Acted in a Court of Appeal case concerning the date of assessment of loss in a lender's claim against solicitors.

Michael Pooles QC
Renowned for his skill in handling indemnity claims and related coverage matters. He acts for a comprehensive range of clients, but focuses in particular on claims concerning surveyors, accountants and lawyers. He has contributed over the years to literature on the subject of professional liability.
Strengths: "Top end, especially for solicitors' negligence. He is absolutely excellent."
"He provides clear and down-to-earth advice. He spots the key issues immediately and develops a strategy accordingly."
Recent work: Acted in a claim by property developers against former solicitors alleging loss of profits arising from negligent conveyancing.

JUNIORS

Spike Charlwood
Standout junior who is typically instructed in higher-value professional negligence claims regarding financial professionals, lawyers and valuers. He has noted expertise in cases with elements of dishonesty or fraud.
Strengths: "He has remarkable attention to detail and gives practical, no-nonsense advice."

Francis Bacon
Centres his practice on professional negligence cases and insurance coverage disputes, particularly those with an element of fraud. He often takes on high-value solicitors' negligence claims with significant international aspects. He routinely acts unled.
Strengths: "He is brilliant. A ruthless cross-examiner with a lot of experience." "His advice is always really practical and concise."
Recent work: Acted for NRAM in a £7 million claim against DLA Piper UK arising out of a £13.3 million commercial loan made in 2006 in relation to a Multiplex Cinema Complex in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

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 in relation to professional indemnity coverage.
Strengths: "Excellent on paper and even better in advocacy. His attention to detail and ability to be both resolute and approachable makes him a force to be reckoned with, particularly in the mediation environment."
Recent work: Acted in a professional negligence claim against solicitors arising out of an allegedly mishandled arbitration against insurers.

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 representation in claims against solicitors, though his practice has expanded to include litigation involving insurance brokers and financial services professionals. He can also provide the benefit of his strong practice in costs litigation.
Strengths: "Technically always very on the ball and his turnaround time is good. Very personable and very good value for money." "Phenomenal on the detail and extremely user-friendly. I have the utmost confidence in him."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant solicitors in a case concerning a novel point on the interpretation of various pieces of legislation concerned with adding and substituting parties after the expiry of the limitation period.

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 is much in demand, and justifiably so. He has exceptional technical knowledge." "Thorough in his analysis and advice, as well as very pleasant to work with."

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. Her professional negligence work benefits from her expertise in clinical negligence law.
Strengths: "She is responsive, bright and comes up with confident, interesting views." "Extremely diligent and extremely thorough."
Recent work: Acted in a claim against a second firm of solicitors for loss of chance to sue the first firm for alleged negligent advice on the terms of a pension-sharing order in matrimonial proceedings.

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. He often takes on high-value claims against law firms arising from prior personal injury or clinical negligence litigation. He acts in both individual and group actions.
Strengths: "Very bright and good to work with."
Recent work: Defended Hugh James, the firm of solicitors, in a VWF claim.

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: "A brilliant advocate. He is exceptional at trial." "He is clear, robust and willing to back his argument. He is also very personable and good at dealing with difficult clients."
Recent work: Acted in a claim against solicitors involving the negligent failure to advise in respect of Insolvency Act remedies.

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: "Amazing. She has a real knack for sorting out of the most knotty of cases and is a winner with clients. She is particularly well regarded in lender claims."
Recent work: Acted for Barclays Bank in a High Court claim against surveyors arising out of an allegedly negligent trading valuation of three casinos.

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. He has a deep knowledge of lenders' claims.
Strengths: "A pleasure to work with. He is superb on his feet, gives excellent advice on paper and in conference, and he's always got time to speak. He is a very friendly, switched-on, clever guy."
Recent work: Acted in a case about a wasted costs application against a barrister appearing in the Upper Tier of the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal.

Simon Wilton
Head of the professional negligence group at Hailsham and an impressive practitioner in the field who has written extensively on the subject. 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 offers a technically brilliant, commercial approach and he's excellent with clients, as well as robust in court." "A very solid performer. He really understands his cases, and he's very thorough and effective."
Recent work: Acted in a bank's High Court claim alleging negligence against conveyancing solicitors in the context of a property-lending transaction.

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Band 3

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

4 Pump Court draws upon its excellence in other commercial practice areas, including technology and construction, to deliver valuable representation in professional negligence disputes. The set's cases are both domestic and international in nature and involve a wide selection of professionals, including accountants, solicitors, barristers, financial advisors and surveyors. Recent work highlights include Healey v Shoosmiths, regarding an alleged failure by solicitors to give advice relating to a liquidated damages clause, and Francis Bradshaw Partnership v AECOM, regarding allegedly negligent advice provided by a geotechnical expert.

Client service: "The clerks there stand out. They're all very proactive." Sources comment that Carl Wall and Stewart Gibbs, the joint senior clerks, "are both very approachable and help out a lot." Carolyn McCombe, the set's chief executive, heads the clerking team.

SILKS

Nigel Tozzi QC
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. His cases involve a variety of professionals including accountants, solicitors, surveyors and fund managers.
Strengths: "He provides clear and concise advice and advocacy." "Very bright, able and to the point, as well as very good on his feet."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a Commercial Court case involving claims that a USD650 million Islamic finance transaction was rendered worthless because the bank failed to get a proper signature.

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 is technically excellent and provides a great service. He gives very accessible advice on complex issues." "Calm under pressure and commercially-focused."
Recent work: Advised a major property investment company in a claim against its former solicitors relating to a hotel in the Midlands.

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 great advocate with a talent for getting the judge on his side."
Recent work: Acted in a claim concerning allegedly fraudulent rental valuations by a valuer employed on 64 buy-to-let properties in Eastbourne.

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 counts the governments of the UK and other countries among his clients. His reputation is growing for international work, particularly in the Middle and Far East.
Strengths: "A tough and tenacious litigator." "Incredibly user-friendly and a good, strategic thinker. He's bright and works hard, but is also a pleasure to work with. On his feet he is extraordinarily good."
Recent work: Acted for Fluor, a US claimant seeking over USD400 million in damages from a Chinese contractor in relation to the construction of the Greater Gabbard Wind Farm in the North Sea.

Andrew Neish QC
Strong insurance and reinsurance practitioner who is well placed to advise on disputes involving insurance brokers' negligence. He is especially popular among insurers seeking to defend against big-stakes claims. He is also active on a range of other claims that include legal and financial professionals, as well as those in the property sector.

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. He acts for both claimants and defendants.
Strengths: "Rapaciously bright and excellent at distilling things down to the central issues." "He has a very good eye for detail, as well as a strong presence in the courtroom."
Recent work: Instructed by the insurers of licensed conveyancers in a case arising out of property fraud.

JUNIORS

Kate Livesey
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. She acts in both litigation and arbitration proceedings.
Strengths: "Very intelligent. She certainly knows the law. An exceptional lawyer." "One of the top juniors doing this work. Very impressive, very thoughtful and a great presence."
Recent work: Successfully defended a firm of solicitors against a £2.5 million claim alleging negligence in connection with the client's purchase of a super-yacht.

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: "Creative, bold, tenacious and very user-friendly, with a quick turnaround. His engineering background adds depth to his practice."
Recent work: Acted in a complicated lender's claim where the lender provided three valuations but only one is being challenged.

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. She also offers considerable expertise in professional indemnity issues.
Strengths: "She stands out. She is extraordinarily prompt and efficient while never compromising on quality. Her oral advice and written pleadings are consistently impressive. She is also very good at making technically complex areas of law accessible for clients."
Recent work: Defended insurance brokers against a claim alleging that their negligent failure to arrange and manage professional indemnity insurance prevented the claimant from enforcing a £3.5 million judgment for damages against engineers.

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3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

3 Verulam Buildings is a key player in the field of professional negligence litigation. It is particularly renowned for its expertise in banking-related cases involving collateral managers, surveyors, lawyers and other individuals. Members are also regularly instructed by insurance and reinsurance groups in cases that are often international in nature. A recent work highlight was the representation of an insurance broker in a dispute over losses incurred by an industrial incident at a Dutch petrochemical complex, involving parties in the UK, the US and Switzerland. An instructing solicitor attests to the set's "strength in depth across the board."

Client service: "They project an über-professional and outward-facing dynamic. They get back to you incredibly quickly and they're incredibly amenable. Just yesterday one of them moved heaven and earth to make a barrister available, to the extent that I almost felt guilty." Stephen Penson is the senior practice manager.

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: "A clever strategist." "He is great with clients and judges alike."

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: "A very bright silk with a particularly detailed knowledge of claims involving financial professionals." "You want to have him on your side."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant stockbrokers, Teather & Greenwood, in a claim for the allegedly negligent creation and management of a film finance investment scheme.

Matthew Hardwick QC
Has a broad commercial practice in which professional negligence cases feature prominently. He is frequently instructed to defend allegations against clients in the financial services and energy sectors.
Strengths: "He would definitely be on my litigation shortlist. He is very thorough and very analytical." "A really good all-rounder with tremendous energy."
Recent work: Acted for NRAM in a £9 million valuers' negligence claim against Knight Frank for the allegedly negligent overvaluation of a substantial commercial property.

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: "One of the sharpest juniors in London. We keep returning to him for his intellect and work ethic."
Recent work: Defended a firm of solicitors against a claim arising out of the alleged failure to identify the overvaluation of 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: "Thorough, conscientious and user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for Aon, defending a £120 million Commercial Court claim arising out of an oil refinery fire in Lithuania in 2006.

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Wilberforce Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Wilberforce vaunts impressive expertise in professional negligence, as well as other commercial practice areas such as trust, tax, insolvency and pensions law. Members act for both claimants and defendants in cases involving solicitors, barristers, accountants, valuers and other professionals. They are adept at bringing and striking out complex and high-value claims for compensation. Instructions emanate from all over the world, including the Caribbean and Hong Kong, and concern such allegations as negligent advice and undue influence.

Client service: "The clerks are always fantastic and will go out of their way to make counsel available." "They're very responsive and accommodating. You can be sure you'll get somebody at the end of the phone quickly." Mark Rushton is the head clerk.

SILKS

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. She appears at first instance and also provides appellate representation.
Strengths: "Forthright, prepared and clear. A real leader." "Very good technically and excellent with clients."
Recent work: Acted in a substantial negligence claim against numerous parties in respect of the design and construction of the Northern Triangle building at the Emirates Stadium.

Ian Croxford QC
An impressive advocate who boasts an extensive track record of dealing with large-scale professional liability cases. He takes on claims involving a wide range of professionals, including civil engineers, stockbrokers, solicitors and management consultants, among others.
Strengths: "A highly regarded silk with exceptional advocacy skills. His attention to detail and ability to identify alternative and sustainable arguments, combined with pragmatic advice, is invaluable." "He brings a wealth of courtroom experience and is outstanding at cross-examination. He also engages well with clients and instructing solicitors."

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: "Technically able and very robust in court. He fights his corner with great vigour." "He is great with clients and has lots of gravitas."

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 is very clever but equally commercial and down-to-earth. He is a pleasure to work with and bounce ideas off. He has all the qualities you would want in a QC."
Recent work: Acted for Orientfield in the prosecution of its claim for compensation against its former solicitors, Bird & Bird, for negligence in relation to the conveyance of a £26 million property in North London.

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 provides very balanced, measured advice and he is incredibly detailed. Everything is brought through to a logical conclusion by the way he approaches problem solving. His advocacy and written work is excellent."
Recent work: Acted for a barrister on a successful strike out of a claim brought against his instructing solicitors and him for contempt of court in allegedly failing to comply with a court undertaking.

Jonathan Seitler QC
Commands an impressive professional negligence practice in the property sector, often advising on claims relating to very high-value transactions. He regularly advises on cases brought as the result of allegedly faulty advice given by solicitors and valuers. He also has experience in general commercial litigation.
Strengths: "Excellent. Very client-friendly and very bright."
Recent work: Acted in a multimillion-pound claim by the Earl of Cardigan for breach of trust and the removal of his trustees.

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, especially in relation to trust law and fraud.
Strengths: "Terrific on her feet and her cross-examination is absolutely outstanding. She is a very practical, reassuring presence who can get up to speed with a difficult case incredibly quickly."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant solicitors in a claim by a large group of members of a union, who alleged that the union and the solicitors had negligently handled their compensation claims against their employer for equal pay.

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Crown Office Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

The professional negligence group at Crown Office Chambers taps the set's expertise in related areas such as construction and insurance to furnish clients with first-rate advice and advocacy. Members receive instructions from both claimants and defendants in cases regarding the actions of various professionals, including accountants, barristers, solicitors, financial advisers and, more unusually, beauty therapists and forensic scientists. They are often turned to by major insurers that provide professional indemnity coverage. An instructing solicitor comments: "The advice is spot-on, and the level of service and the manner with which they produce the product is just fantastic."

Client service: "The service is very good. The fee estimates are accurate and if you think you've got an issue they're happy to talk. Their turnaround times are very good." Andy Flanagan is the senior managing clerk and Steve Purse is the senior insurance and professional liability 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.

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: "Very user-friendly and intelligent. He provides sensible and concise advice." "He has sound academic and practical ability, and he's very approachable."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant solicitors in the appeal of a claim arising out of the alleged negligent settlement of ancillary relief proceedings in respect of the appropriate pension share between a couple divorcing in the early 2000s.

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: Acted in Haylett v Cayton, a dispute arising out of the termination of a professional negligence partnership for the purposes of valuation.

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7 King's Bench Walk

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

7KBW, a much admired commercial set with a heavy focus on insurance, features a number of silks and juniors specialising in professional negligence. Members' cases involve an impressive selection of professionals, including hedge funds, banks, solicitors, surveyors and large businesses. A recent work highlight is Brightside Group v RSM UK Audit, a high-value claim concerning alleged audit negligence. A client vouches, "They're very slick and don't let us down."

Client service: "The clerking is superb. They are my favourite clerks in London. They always go out of their way to solve problems for me. They know what I need and deliver it in a personalised way." 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. He often appears in disciplinary proceedings.
Strengths: "Exceptionally intelligent and a commanding presence, with a strong reputation."

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: "Fantastic for high-value disputes against lawyers." "He provides a really good service in terms of access, sensible approach and good quality advice in unusual situations."
Recent work: Defended solicitors alleged to have been negligent in relation to the wording and approval of an order of the Royal Court of Jersey, supposedly causing £30 million of loss.

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: "Extremely intelligent and very much into the details. She's strategic as well as excellent at drafting."

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: "The quality of his written advice is excellent. Complex issues are distilled into simple, plain and easily manageable advice. He also has a very fast turnaround."

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. He has taken on an increasing number of instructions from the energy sector.
Strengths: "Incredibly thorough."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of Ernst & Young in defending a claim brought by the liquidators of a short-term loan company.

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 at all levels of the court system in complex and high-value litigation, including before the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "Very personable and extremely bright, with excellent attention to detail. His drafting is also accurate and concise." "He has maturity beyond his years and grasps complex issues."
Recent work: Acting in a £2.2 million claim against King & Wood Mallesons concerning advice received by an international company on the termination of its CEO's employment.

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Band 5

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

1 Chancery Lane enjoys a growing reputation in the professional negligence space and possesses legal expertise relating to various sectors, including financial services, construction, real estate and insurance. Members act for both claimants and defendants in hard-fought cases concerning such allegations as breach of duty, misrepresentation and fraud. They have a unique specialism in claims concerning local authorities and schools. Many of their instructions involve novel points of law.

Client service: "The clerks are very pragmatic and commercial. They're willing to work with solicitors in order to make the overall fee package work, and whenever there are diary conflicts, they're flexible and make sure that solicitors or clients are never left without representation." Clark Chessis is the senior clerk.

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. He represents both claimants and defendants.
Recent work: Represented the owners of properties adjoining a garage from which leached polluting diesel, devaluing those adjoining properties.

JUNIORS

Ivor Collett
A well-regarded junior who regularly handles professional negligence claims relating to professionals in the construction and legal sectors. Additionally, he has considerable insurance expertise and regularly acts for insurers, as well as defendants in professional indemnity litigation. He also sits as an adjudicator.
Strengths: "Very impressive. He can unravel complex problems and explain things in a way that is very clear and easy to understand. He's also a good drafter." "He has been involved in a lot of fraudulent property cases recently. He is thorough and analytical."
Recent work: Successfully defended a £1.5 million 'imposter fraud' negligence claim against solicitors and vendor's agents in a residential property transaction.

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: "He is methodical and his advice is very clear. He is also great in conferences and in court." "Excellent, go-to counsel for professional negligence claims."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in his successful claim against two firms of solicitors that represented him in a police action that was struck out.

Karen Shuman
Combines her specialist chancery practice with a broad range of professional negligence expertise. She is particularly well versed in claims that involve significant underlying property or probate issues in addition to claims of negligence. She has appeared before the High Court a number of times.
Strengths: "She has a great ability to ferret out the nugget that will fold the case. She goes above and beyond for her clients." "She has an awesome command of the practice area, combined with top-drawer client service."

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Band 5

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Hardwicke brings broad-ranging commercial expertise to bear when litigating professional negligence cases. Members are retained by claimants and defendants with respect to a diverse array of issues, including football transfers, procurement and investment schemes that have gone awry. A recent instruction of significance was Clearway Drainage Systems v Miles Smith, a high-value High Court claim against insurance brokers. The set's barristers are described by one instructing solicitor as "solid, reliable and forward-thinking."

Client service: "They have the most accessible and friendly clerking team. They go out of their way." Deborah Anderson is the practice director.

SILKS

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: "In a complicated, document-heavy case, he provided good, clear advice at the outset. He can deal with difficult clients and understands the drivers behind the decisions made by insurers."

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 very clever and clients are drawn to him. He is also accessible at all hours and commercial."

JUNIORS

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 provides excellent advice and is an extremely successful advocate. His previous in-house experience is valued for its commerciality." "He is extremely thorough and bright while being very easy to work with and client-friendly."

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From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Maitland Chambers approaches professional negligence cases with the force of a set renowned for its expertise in commercial and chancery law. Members act for both claimants and defendants in proceedings relating to the allegedly negligent conduct of solicitors, surveyors and other professionals. Their cases often contain complex causation issues and are high in value.

Client service: John Wiggs is the senior clerk.

Thomas Grant QC
Acts mainly in financial and legal sector negligence claims, with broad experience in the courts all the way up to appellate level. He has contributed to several leading texts on the subject of professional negligence.
Strengths: "Very engaged and robust when getting to grips with all of the issues. He is a barrister you would much rather have on your side." "A very experienced and able trial advocate. Judges like him and opponents respect him."
Recent work: Acted in a trial in the Queen's Bench Division concerning the alleged negligent valuation of a nursing home in Devon.

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Band 5

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

XXIV Old Buildings receives a steady stream of instructions in high-profile professional negligence cases. Many of these relate to the financial services sector and involve trustees, solicitors and members of other professions. A recent instruction was Choicezone v Simmons & Simmons, a claim against a firm of solicitors regarding a SWAP entered into by Choicezone.

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 is the most impressive barrister I've ever used in terms of understanding the law and the likely outcome of a case, and being very clear and firm in his advice from a very early stage."
Recent work: Acted in Crest Nicholson v Region, 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: "Easy to work with and bright, he provides good advice in a timely fashion."
Recent work: Acted in a dispute regarding whether two remuneration trusts in which the documentation produced by solicitors was faulty can be set aside.

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 very safe pair of hands and a robust advocate."
Recent work: Advised the defendant about a claim for negligence in relation to the administration of an estate.

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Band 5

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Serle Court has acquired a reputation for handling challenging professional negligence claims with aplomb. Sources praise its "uniformly excellent counsel." Members are instructed on a wide array of matters and particularly excel at those with chancery elements. Recent work highlights include a high-profile claim against Sotheby's, the auction house, in connection with the alleged misattribution of a painting by Caravaggio to a lesser known follower.

Client service: "The clerking is excellent. They've got a good idea of what you want and will be able to suggest members of chambers. They're really helpful." Steve Whitaker heads the clerking team.

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 provides really superb legal analysis, allied to what's good for the client and what's commercial." "Quick in his responses and highly knowledgeable."
Recent work: Instructed by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund to defend a QC in a professional negligence case arising out of a tax avoidance case.

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2TG - 2 Temple Gardens

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

2 Temple Gardens has a prestigious professional negligence team, which benefits from the set's expertise in crossover areas such as insurance, fraud and energy. Members act for claimants, as well as defendants and their insurers, in claims that are often reputationally sensitive and high in value. Their cases concern a variety of allegations, from negligent advice to the mis-selling of financial products, and involve professionals of all kinds, including solicitors, barristers, surveyors, architects and financial advisers.

Client service: Lee Tyler is the senior clerk.

SILKS

Charles Dougherty QC
Regularly instructed in negligence issues concerning a diverse range of professionals, including financial intermediaries, insurance brokers and other barristers. He is sought after by law firms when solicitors are implicated in claims. He complements this work with strong practices in insurance, fraud and product liability, and also has a broad focus on international work.
Strengths: "Highly intelligent, pragmatic and commercial, as well as very user-friendly." "He is incredibly sharp and clients like him." "His judgement is extremely sound."
Recent work: Acting for a well-known QC and Bar Mutual in a £15 million claim against her former solicitors and counsel arising out of earlier unsuccessful litigation relating to the sale of shares in a business.

JUNIORS

Isabel Barter
Accomplished common law practitioner with an emphasis on property damage, product liability and professional negligence. She defends and prosecutes a range of individuals, including surveyors, accountants, financial advisors and construction professionals. She has appeared before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "She has an exceptional style with clients and produces a quality of advice well beyond her years." "The way she can digest thousands of pages and quickly pick out the issues is amazing. She is extremely bright and user-friendly."
Recent work: Defended a barrister and her insurers in a multimillion-pound claim relating to litigation alleged to have been conducted negligently, leading to extensive loss.

David Thomas
An up-and-coming barrister who frequently tackles professional negligence claims relating to surveyors, architects, brokers and solicitors. He has considerable expertise in commercial fraud and property damage, meaning that he often acts for defendants on claims involving fraudulent or dishonest behaviour.
Strengths: "Exceptionally bright, enthusiastic and hard working." "Very approachable."
Recent work: Defended a firm of solicitors against a claim relating to the alleged failure to spot the existence of a right of way through land that former clients wished to purchase.

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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. His current work pertains to various individuals, including auditors, tax advisers, insolvency practitioners, valuers and lawyers.
Strengths: "A long-time star in the professional indemnity world and someone always to consider for the most challenging cases." "An excellent trial advocate and tactician."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant accountants in a claim, pleaded at around £40 million, involving allegations relating to a property scheme in the Caribbean.

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Michael Pooles QC

Hailsham Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Pooles QC
Renowned for his skill in handling indemnity claims and related coverage matters. He acts for a comprehensive range of clients, but focuses in particular on claims concerning surveyors, accountants and lawyers. He has contributed over the years to literature on the subject of professional liability.
Strengths: "Top end, especially for solicitors' negligence. He is absolutely excellent."
"He provides clear and down-to-earth advice. He spots the key issues immediately and develops a strategy accordingly."
Recent work: Acted in a claim by property developers against former solicitors alleging loss of profits arising from negligent conveyancing.

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4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Roger Stewart QC
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. He acts for both claimants and defendants.
Strengths: "A first-rate advocate and analytical thinker. He is superbly crisp in his advice, as well as very responsive and user-friendly." "Committed, determined and bold; the person you want on your side."
Recent work: Acted for Fortelus Special Situations in a case concerning an investment fund which sued the Paris office of Fried Frank for breach of duty regarding advice on the recovery of a loan.

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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. He regularly takes on high-profile negligence cases arising from complicated issues such as corporate governance breakdown, institutional fraud and downturns in the property market. He has a penchant for claims involving financial services professionals.
Strengths: "An expert in his field who knows the law back to front. He is a very responsive team player." "He is able to get to grips with the most complex issues and his particular strength is as a court advocate. He is a master of cross-examination."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the claimants in an action against solicitors in connection with negotiating the departure of the claimants' chief executive.

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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. Her cases often originate in overseas jurisdictions.
Strengths: "She is exceptionally good with clients, has a great sense of humour and produces work of the highest quality on a range of claims." "A real winner with clients and has an excellent skill set. She's one of the leading professional negligence silks."
Recent work: Successfully defended a barrister in a high-profile case arising out of an alleged under-settlement of a head injury case.

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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. He chairs the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund.
Strengths: "Charming and thorough." "A very pragmatic advocate and adviser who is also very easy to deal with."
Recent work: Acted for AIG, the insurer of ILP, a solicitors' firm that faces £10 million in claims brought against it by over 214 investors.

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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. He often appears in disciplinary proceedings.
Strengths: "Exceptionally intelligent and a commanding presence, with a strong reputation."

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Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Howard QC 
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: "His reputation is absolutely outstanding." "Right at the top for big City litigation. He is really strong in court and a very strong analyst and examiner. A heavy hitter."
Recent work: Acted in Mortgage Agency Services v Edward Symmons, a Court of Appeal case relating to the alleged negligence of valuers.

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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, multi-party 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. He chairs the Professional Negligence Bar Association.
Strengths: "Unquestionably one of the best professional liability silks of his generation. He's not afraid of a difficult challenge or to break new ground. Clients trust him instantly." "Absolutely at the top of his game and excellent to work with."
Recent work: Acted in claims by 11 prominent investors in the Eclipse Schemes against one of the Big Four accountancy firms, who acted as the investors' tax advisers.

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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. He has recently appeared in scores of cases resulting from failed securitisations.
Strengths: "A fantastic advocate who is really good with clients." "Amazing. I'd use him on anything incredibly complicated." "Prepared, analytical and thorough. Excellent on claims against property professionals."
Recent work: Acted in a £250 million claim concerning £2 billion valuation of a portfolio of commercial properties.

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Graeme McPherson QC

A

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: "He is brilliant but also massively approachable and great with clients. He is incredibly pragmatic, with super availability and a can-do attitude." "Exceptionally bright but also down to earth."
Recent work: Instructed to defend an eight-figure claim against a commercial firm of solicitors said to have mishandled complex property litigation against a well-known Swedish conglomerate concerning the acquisition and development of the sites surrounding the London Olympic stadium.

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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 highly regarded for his expertise in claims involving professionals in the construction, financial services and legal sectors.
Strengths: "A real stalwart in the field. What Ben doesn't know about professional negligence isn't worth knowing." "A very clever, fast and impressive advocate. He is very crisp and develops a good rapport with the judge. He's three jumps ahead."
Recent work: Acted in a claim brought by a defrauded purchaser against a firm of solicitors which unwittingly acted for the fraudster.

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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. He is 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 accounting issues and a pleasure to deal with." "An accountant by training, Simon is an excellent choice for advice in this area, though his practice extends well beyond. He is bright, sensible and user-friendly."
Recent work: Successfully established a contingent claim for some USD400 million against UBS Global Asset Management for its alleged negligence in managing a synthetic portfolio of credit default swaps.

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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. He receives instructions from both claimant and defendant clients.
Strengths: "A leading light in this area." "Hugely impressive and experienced in the field of professional negligence. His relaxed style, concise drafting and practical approach add tremendous value to the team."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant solicitors in a USD400 million claim arising out of alleged breaches of the solicitor's duty of confidentiality.

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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. She appears at first instance and also provides appellate representation.
Strengths: "Forthright, prepared and clear. A real leader." "Very good technically and excellent with clients."
Recent work: Acted in a substantial negligence claim against numerous parties in respect of the design and construction of the Northern Triangle building at the Emirates Stadium.

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4 Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Nigel Tozzi QC 
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. His cases involve a variety of professionals including accountants, solicitors, surveyors and fund managers.
Strengths: "He provides clear and concise advice and advocacy." "Very bright, able and to the point, as well as very good on his feet."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a Commercial Court case involving claims that a USD650 million Islamic finance transaction was rendered worthless because the bank failed to get a proper signature.

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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: "A clever strategist." "He is great with clients and judges alike."

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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: "A superb analyst and excellent to work with." "He has got a really excellent style in court and is very good with clients. He gives robust, clear advice."
Recent work: Defended Ernst & Young against around a dozen cases brought by clients following the failure of the Eclipse 35 film finance tax planning scheme.

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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: "An impressive advocate with experience of a range of professional negligence claims."
Recent work: Acted in a claim involving the alleged negligence of auditors not to detect fraud being perpetrated by the director of a company.

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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: "Fantastic for high-value disputes against lawyers." "He provides a really good service in terms of access, sensible approach and good quality advice in unusual situations."
Recent work: Defended solicitors alleged to have been negligent in relation to the wording and approval of an order of the Royal Court of Jersey, supposedly causing £30 million of loss.

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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 insurance-related claims, he also advises on a diverse range of other matters, from healthcare to financial services.
Strengths: "Bright, erudite and incisive." "An admirably clear advocate with a talent for making the complicated simple."
Recent work: Successfully acted for the solicitor defendants in a claim by the parents of a child born with severe disabilities, which led to her early death against solicitors and a barrister for allegedly failing to identify a viable claim against an NHS Trust for wrongful birth.

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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 is technically excellent and provides a great service. He gives very accessible advice on complex issues." "Calm under pressure and commercially-focused."
Recent work: Advised a major property investment company in a claim against its former solicitors relating to a hotel in the Midlands.

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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. He takes on claims involving a wide range of professionals, including civil engineers, stockbrokers, solicitors and management consultants, among others.
Strengths: "A highly regarded silk with exceptional advocacy skills. His attention to detail and ability to identify alternative and sustainable arguments, combined with pragmatic advice, is invaluable." "He brings a wealth of courtroom experience and is outstanding at cross-examination. He also engages well with clients and instructing solicitors."

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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 great advocate with a talent for getting the judge on his side."
Recent work: Acted in a claim concerning allegedly fraudulent rental valuations by a valuer employed on 64 buy-to-let properties in Eastbourne.

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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: "Incisive, hard working and great to deal with." "Highly intelligent and user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant firm of solicitors in a multimillion-pound claim brought by two individuals who are well known in the football world alleging that the solicitors acted in breach of trust and breach of duty in relation to property investments.

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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 has phenomenal knowledge and an amazing mind. Judges really listen to him. He's a great talent." "Extremely knowledgeable in dealing with complex solicitors' claims. He is approachable, user-friendly and has the gravitas required to intimate your opponent."
Recent work: Acted for the seller's solicitor in Purrunsing v A’Court, a case relating to identity fraud in conveyancing, and successfully showed that the buyer's solicitor was also liable.

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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, trust and property disputes, and also takes on cases involving insurance elements.
Strengths: "Very personable and extremely knowledgeable with great technical skills and a great turnaround. He pays very close attention to detail."
Recent work: Defended a firm of solicitors against a £2.5 million claim brought by a farming family in relation to complex agreements with a purchaser of land and the local authority.

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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.

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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: "Technically able and very robust in court. He fights his corner with great vigour." "He is great with clients and has lots of gravitas."

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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 is very responsive, especially for a QC. He also has a very calming and methodical manner, so if anything troubles clients, he is brilliant at bringing it back to the fundamentals."

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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 cases containing allegations of fraud.
Strengths: "Very clever. He sees the points and problems and manages them carefully." "He has a very calming effect on clients, no matter how complex or high-value the claim is."
Recent work: Acted in a £100 million claim by Accident Exchange against three firms of solicitors for alleged fraudulent conspiracy in respect of the conduct of credit hire motor cases.

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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 is the most impressive barrister I've ever used in terms of understanding the law and the likely outcome of a case, and being very clear and firm in his advice from a very early stage."
Recent work: Acted in Crest Nicholson v Region, a claim for rectification and professional negligence.

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4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Turner QC 
Handles professional negligence claims brought against construction professionals, insurance brokers, accountants and solicitors, among others. He is particularly adept at representing defendants in cases of allegedly negligent tax and auditing advice, including pre-packaged schemes for tax mitigation.
Strengths: "Hugely competent in the field of professional negligence and indemnity insurance disputes." "Incredibly knowledgeable, practical and commercial, as well as easy to work with."
Recent work: Defended Arrandco in a £9.5 million claim arising out of the supply of accountancy services to Vale Mill and two of its directors, who claim that, appropriately advised, they would have become domiciled for tax purposes.

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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 is very clever but equally commercial and down-to-earth. He is a pleasure to work with and bounce ideas off. He has all the qualities you would want in a QC."
Recent work: Acted for Orientfield in the prosecution of its claim for compensation against its former solicitors, Bird & Bird, for negligence in relation to the conveyance of a £26 million property in North London.

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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 provides very balanced, measured advice and he is incredibly detailed. Everything is brought through to a logical conclusion by the way he approaches problem solving. His advocacy and written work is excellent."
Recent work: Acted for a barrister on a successful strike out of a claim brought against his instructing solicitors and him for contempt of court in allegedly failing to comply with a court undertaking.

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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 counts the governments of the UK and other countries among his clients. His reputation is growing for international work, particularly in the Middle and Far East.
Strengths: "A tough and tenacious litigator." "Incredibly user-friendly and a good, strategic thinker. He's bright and works hard, but is also a pleasure to work with. On his feet he is extraordinarily good."
Recent work: Acted for Fluor, a US claimant seeking over USD400 million in damages from a Chinese contractor in relation to the construction of the Greater Gabbard Wind Farm in the North Sea.

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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. He advises on cases of auditors', solicitors' and valuers' negligence, particularly in relation to substantial financial and property concerns. He is well equipped to handle cases with an international aspect.
Strengths: "Absolutely brilliant. He puts in the hard work and is also a really nice bloke. Authoritative and clever."
Recent work: Instructed by defendant surveyors and valuers in a substantial valuation case concerning the valuations of properties within a large property portfolio worth in excess of £1 billion.

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Jeremy Cousins QC

Radcliffe Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jeremy Cousins QC of Radcliffe Chambers 
Has four decades of experience at the Bar, which includes considerable involvement in major professional negligence cases. He regularly takes on claims relating to solicitors' negligence, although he also handles issues arising from breach of fiduciary duty and other financial issues.
Strengths: "A strategic thinker who is very good at professional negligence cases."
Recent work: Acted for Mishcon de Reya in a case involving fraudsters who posed as vendors of a valuable Earls Court property, deceiving their own solicitors.

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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. He appears in both individual and group actions, and augments his professional negligence practice with his strong reputation in banking and general commercial work.
Strengths: "He's very bright and rolls up his sleeves and gets involved." "Absolutely outstanding."
Recent work: Led a large group action claim by 150 property investors against three firms of solicitors for allegedly failing to advise their clients on the solvency and enforcement risk relating to the bond provider.

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John de Waal QC

A

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: "In a complicated, document-heavy case, he provided good, clear advice at the outset. He can deal with difficult clients and understands the drivers behind the decisions made by insurers."

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Charles Dougherty QC

2TG - 2 Temple Gardens

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charles Dougherty QC
Regularly instructed in negligence issues concerning a diverse range of professionals, including financial intermediaries, insurance brokers and other barristers. He is sought after by law firms when solicitors are implicated in claims. He complements this work with strong practices in insurance, fraud and product liability, and also has a broad focus on international work.
Strengths: "Highly intelligent, pragmatic and commercial, as well as very user-friendly." "He is incredibly sharp and clients like him." "His judgement is extremely sound."
Recent work: Acting for a well-known QC and Bar Mutual in a £15 million claim against her former solicitors and counsel arising out of earlier unsuccessful litigation relating to the sale of shares in a business.

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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. He acts for both the defence and the prosecution.
Strengths: "Highly respected by both clients and the court. When he speaks people listen."

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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. He originally practised as a solicitor.
Strengths: "Determined, relentless and robust."
Recent work: Acted in a claim brought by Philip Kirk for an indemnity of around £7 million from insurers who have declined to indemnify and have avoided the policy.

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Maitland Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Thomas Grant QC 
Acts mainly in financial and legal sector negligence claims, with broad experience in the courts all the way up to appellate level. He has contributed to several leading texts on the subject of professional negligence.
Strengths: "Very engaged and robust when getting to grips with all of the issues. He is a barrister you would much rather have on your side." "A very experienced and able trial advocate. Judges like him and opponents respect him."
Recent work: Acted in a trial in the Queen's Bench Division concerning the alleged negligent valuation of a nursing home in Devon.

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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. As part of his wide-ranging commercial practice, he frequently takes on professional negligence cases involving solicitors' firms. He has particular specialist expertise in issues surrounding professional privilege and conflicts of interest.
Strengths: "A go-to silk on heavyweight commercial disputes and claims involving discrete conflict or confidentiality issues." "Charming and highly able."
Recent work: Appealed against the striking off of a high-profile solicitor on the basis of fresh evidence not previously available.

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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 very knowledgeable and prepares thoroughly. Judges listen to him. He is highly regarded at the Bar and very commercial." "There is a depth of analysis which comes with his work. He's very solid."
Recent work: Acted for an international investment fund in a claim for around £85 million in damages relating to alleged negligence on the part of Hong Kong-based investment managers in connection with inappropriately risky legal structures.

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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 provides really superb legal analysis, allied to what's good for the client and what's commercial." "Quick in his responses and highly knowledgeable."
Recent work: Instructed by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund to defend a QC in a professional negligence case arising out of a tax avoidance case.

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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. His cross-examination skills elicit admiration from instructing solicitors.
Strengths: "A punchy, effective barrister." "A fabulous courtroom operator. Very bright and very user-friendly." "Clients love him because he is incredibly enthusiastic and very good at strategy."
Recent work: Acted for Ingenious Media in group actions launched by investors alleging negligence in and about the tax structuring and selling of investments in film finance schemes.

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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: "A very bright silk with a particularly detailed knowledge of claims involving financial professionals." "You want to have him on your side."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant stockbrokers, Teather & Greenwood, in a claim for the allegedly negligent creation and management of a film finance investment scheme.

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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: "Extremely intelligent and very much into the details. She's strategic as well as excellent at drafting."

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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. He regularly advises on cases brought as the result of allegedly faulty advice given by solicitors and valuers. He also has experience in general commercial litigation.
Strengths: "Excellent. Very client-friendly and very bright."
Recent work: Acted in a multimillion-pound claim by the Earl of Cardigan for breach of trust and the removal of his trustees.

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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. She also offers considerable expertise in professional indemnity issues.
Strengths: "She stands out. She is extraordinarily prompt and efficient while never compromising on quality. Her oral advice and written pleadings are consistently impressive. She is also very good at making technically complex areas of law accessible for clients."
Recent work: Defended insurance brokers against a claim alleging that their negligent failure to arrange and manage professional indemnity insurance prevented the claimant from enforcing a £3.5 million judgment for damages against engineers.

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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. Many of these concern the credit crunch and its aftermath.
Strengths: "Technically excellent, a pleasure to deal with, very responsive and popular with the insurance market."
Recent work: Acted for Alliance Bernstein in a £120 million claim brought by the trustees of Philips Electronics Pension scheme seeking to recoup substantial losses relating to alleged negligent management and advice in connection with the fund.

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Blackstone Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew George QC of Blackstone Chambers 
Talented commercial practitioner with a flair for professional negligence, as well as various other practice areas including civil fraud and media law. He is particularly adept at defending claims involving alleged financial misconduct.
Strengths: "Very good on paper, and able to discern and focus on the issues that matter." "Brimming with enthusiasm, as well as very approachable and flexible. He is also hard working and technically excellent."
Recent work: Defended a director against a £20 million claim alleging negligence by directors in their management of a property and leisure company by, in particular, authorising inappropriate loans and dividends.

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Matthew Hardwick QC

3 Verulam Buildings

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Matthew Hardwick QC
Has a broad commercial practice in which professional negligence cases feature prominently. He is frequently instructed to defend allegations against clients in the financial services and energy sectors.
Strengths: "He would definitely be on my litigation shortlist. He is very thorough and very analytical." "A really good all-rounder with tremendous energy."
Recent work: Acted for NRAM in a £9 million valuers' negligence claim against Knight Frank for the allegedly negligent overvaluation of a substantial commercial property.

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Jonathan Hough QC

4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Jonathan Hough QC 
A well-rounded silk who has appeared in a number of substantial professional negligence cases. He acts for and against an impressive range of professionals, including lawyers, surveyors and financial advisers.
Strengths: "Very bright and methodical, with a great mastery of the detail. He is also able to think outside the box." "A ferociously clever go-to leader on defence and coverage cases."
Recent work: Acted for the banking department of Eversheds in its defence of a claim pleaded at over £100 million concerning allegedly negligent advice about the contents of annual loan account statements.

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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 very clever and clients are drawn to him. He is also accessible at all hours and commercial."

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Paul Lowenstein QC

20 Essex Street

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul Lowenstein QC of 20 Essex Street 
Polished advocate with an expansive commercial practice that incorporates professional negligence claims. He predominantly represents lenders in litigation involving accountants, surveyors, valuers, solicitors and other professionals.
Strengths: "Calm, measured and authoritative in court." "He has knowledge of the subject area and he's really skilful." 
Recent work:  Acted for a nationalised lender in a claim for losses suffered as a result of fraudulent and negligent conduct by a surveyor.

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Band 4

Hailsham Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Paul Mitchell QC 
Relatively 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: "A brilliant advocate. Very tenacious but clear thinking. He set out sensibly and clearly a technically secure, well-thought-out, compelling piece of advocacy. He gives very robust advice and is prepared to think out of the box."
Recent work: Acted in a Court of Appeal case concerning the date of assessment of loss in a lender's claim against solicitors.

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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: "Great client-handling skills and emotional intelligence. She is extremely user-friendly and turns work around extremely quickly." "A very distinguished lawyer."

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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 especially popular among insurers seeking to defend against big-stakes claims. He is also active on a range of other claims that include legal and financial professionals, as well as those in the property sector.

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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. He acts for both claimants and defendants.
Strengths: "Rapaciously bright and excellent at distilling things down to the central issues." "He has a very good eye for detail, as well as a strong presence in the courtroom."
Recent work: Instructed by the insurers of licensed conveyancers in a case arising out of property fraud.

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Thomas Plewman SC QC

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Thomas Plewman QC SC 
Active 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, including those concerning solicitors' negligence.
Strengths: "He is fantastic value and has a great track record on accountancy cases." "Very easy to work with and has a very clear style in court."
Recent work: Acted for Baker Tilly in successfully defeating claims for damages for audit negligence.

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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, often relating to breaches of FSA rules such as mis-selling. Additionally, she regularly handles cases concerning solicitors, accountants and auditors.
Strengths: "Her strengths are her masses of intellect, the way she applies that intellect and her energy."
Recent work: Acted for Simmons & Simmons in a private equity dispute involving allegations of breach of fiduciary duty.

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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. He represents both claimants and defendants.
Recent work: Represented the owners of properties adjoining a garage from which leached polluting diesel, devaluing those adjoining properties.

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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, especially in relation to trust law and fraud.
Strengths: "Terrific on her feet and her cross-examination is absolutely outstanding. She is a very practical, reassuring presence who can get up to speed with a difficult case incredibly quickly."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant solicitors in a claim by a large group of members of a union, who alleged that the union and the solicitors had negligently handled their compensation claims against their employer for equal pay.

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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: "Easy to work with and bright, he provides good advice in a timely fashion."
Recent work: Acted in a dispute regarding whether two remuneration trusts in which the documentation produced by solicitors was faulty can be set aside.

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Band 4

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: "The quality of his written advice is excellent. Complex issues are distilled into simple, plain and easily manageable advice. He also has a very fast turnaround."

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Star Individuals

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. He has noted expertise in cases with elements of dishonesty or fraud.
Strengths: "He has remarkable attention to detail and gives practical, no-nonsense advice."

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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. He often takes on high-value solicitors' negligence claims with significant international aspects. He routinely acts unled.
Strengths: "He is brilliant. A ruthless cross-examiner with a lot of experience." "His advice is always really practical and concise."
Recent work: Acted for NRAM in a £7 million claim against DLA Piper UK arising out of a £13.3 million commercial loan made in 2006 in relation to a Multiplex Cinema Complex in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

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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. He is frequently involved in cases with significant chancery, offshore or tax elements. He acts for both the prosecution and the defence.
Strengths: "Really engaged and hands-on, as well as really good on big strategy and minute detail. He is really pleasant and easy to work with. A charming team player with a very good bedside manner." 
Recent work: Acted for Miles Geldard, an investment fund manager, in a multimillion-pound claim against his former solicitors relating to their advice and alleged mishandling of his departure from his previous investment house.

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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 in relation to professional indemnity coverage.
Strengths: "Excellent on paper and even better in advocacy. His attention to detail and ability to be both resolute and approachable makes him a force to be reckoned with, particularly in the mediation environment."
Recent work: Acted in a professional negligence claim against solicitors arising out of an allegedly mishandled arbitration against insurers.

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4 Pump Court

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Kate Livesey 
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. She acts in both litigation and arbitration proceedings.
Strengths: "Very intelligent. She certainly knows the law. An exceptional lawyer." "One of the top juniors doing this work. Very impressive, very thoughtful and a great presence."
Recent work: Successfully defended a firm of solicitors against a £2.5 million claim alleging negligence in connection with the client's purchase of a super-yacht.

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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: "Well prepared, detailed, thorough and user-friendly. My default senior junior." "A very effective, hard-working practitioner with an eye for detail and the ability to present a highly persuasive argument."
Recent work: Defended the valuers of commercial property in a case concerning their allegedly negligent valuations of two seaside arcades being offered as security for the loan to purchase one of them.

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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 has a massive intellect which he puts to great effect in his approach to cases. He has particular expertise in financial services disputes." "Very thorough, measured and knows the ins and outs of all of the law."
Recent work: Retained to defend multiple claims against conveyancing solicitors for alleged negligence and breach of fiduciary duty, relating to several buy-to-let properties.

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4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

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. She acts both led and unled.
Strengths: "A go-to senior junior for professional indemnity claims. Her attention to detail is second to none and she has a no-nonsense attitude. She's not afraid to really test her clients and provides sensible, reasoned and practical advice."
Recent work: Represented a leading tax silk in a substantial application to strike out proceedings against him in which it was alleged that the client acted in a position of conflict.

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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: "Very user-friendly and intelligent. He provides sensible and concise advice." "He has sound academic and practical ability, and he's very approachable."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant solicitors in the appeal of a claim arising out of the alleged negligent settlement of ancillary relief proceedings in respect of the appropriate pension share between a couple divorcing in the early 2000s.

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Band 2

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 appeared in a number of high-profile and precedent-setting cases.
Strengths: "Very effective in turning around a complicated defence. He gives pragmatic, commercial advice." "He is very user-friendly and writes succinctly and punchily. He's also not afraid to step off the fence and give proper opinions."  
Recent work: Acted for BPE solicitors in a Supreme Court case concerning how the SAAMCO cases is properly to be applied to claims against 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. He has taken on an increasing number of instructions from the energy sector.
Strengths: "Incredibly thorough."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of Ernst & Young in defending a claim brought by the liquidators of a short-term loan company.

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Band 2

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 representation in claims against solicitors, though his practice has expanded to include litigation involving insurance brokers and financial services professionals. He can also provide the benefit of his strong practice in costs litigation.
Strengths: "Technically always very on the ball and his turnaround time is good. Very personable and very good value for money." "Phenomenal on the detail and extremely user-friendly. I have the utmost confidence in him."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant solicitors in a case concerning a novel point on the interpretation of various pieces of legislation concerned with adding and substituting parties after the expiry of the limitation period.

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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. He represents claimants and defendants alike, and has a particular focus on claims against solicitors and other parties involved in property transactions. He is a respected contributor to the academic literature regarding professional liability.
Strengths: "A highly knowledgeable, technical barrister." "Extremely bright, user-friendly and decisive. He gives excellent pleadings."
Recent work: Acted for a large number of claimants in claims against various firms of solicitors for alleged failures of advice about purchases of buy-to-let properties.

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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: Acted in Haylett v Cayton, a dispute arising out of the termination of a professional negligence partnership for the purposes of valuation.

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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 is much in demand, and justifiably so. He has exceptional technical knowledge." "Thorough in his analysis and advice, as well as very pleasant to work with."

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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: "One of the sharpest juniors in London. We keep returning to him for his intellect and work ethic."
Recent work: Defended a firm of solicitors against a claim arising out of the alleged failure to identify the overvaluation of a property development venture.

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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 who has written extensively on the subject. 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 offers a technically brilliant, commercial approach and he's excellent with clients, as well as robust in court." "A very solid performer. He really understands his cases, and he's very thorough and effective."
Recent work: Acted in a bank's High Court claim alleging negligence against conveyancing solicitors in the context of a property-lending transaction.

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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: "Technically superb, practical, client-friendly and responsive." "He is very user-friendly and gets the points across well, even in a complicated case."
Recent work: Represented RBS in a case testing a rating agency's professional liability to investors under English law, and the duties of RBS to investors.

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Band 3

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. Encompassing cases concerning legal, financial and construction professionals, his practice has an increasing focus on international work, particularly in the Middle East. He has impressive experience of High Court advocacy, both led and as sole counsel.
Strengths: "Clients love him for his no-nonsense approach, and he is a formidable advocate." "He is excellent at preparing cases."
Recent work: Acted for BNP Paribas in a claim pursued by various investors against it for a valuation it provided of technology relating to a tax scheme that did not deliver the promised tax benefits.

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Band 3

1 Chancery Lane

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ivor Collett 
A well-regarded junior who regularly handles professional negligence claims relating to professionals in the construction and legal sectors. Additionally, he has considerable insurance expertise and regularly acts for insurers, as well as defendants in professional indemnity litigation. He also sits as an adjudicator.
Strengths: "Very impressive. He can unravel complex problems and explain things in a way that is very clear and easy to understand. He's also a good drafter." "He has been involved in a lot of fraudulent property cases recently. He is thorough and analytical."
Recent work: Successfully defended a £1.5 million 'imposter fraud' negligence claim against solicitors and vendor's agents in a residential property transaction.

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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, and is recognised for her robust advocacy.
Strengths: "Reliable, thorough and good from the start of a claim through to trial. She is down to earth and straightforward, as well as clever and commercial." "One of the best professional negligence juniors. Extremely trustworthy and super-fast."
Recent work:  Acted for a Defendant solicitor in a claim for breach of warranty and fraudulent misrepresentation arising out of a number of loan agreements in a claim said to be worth about £7million.

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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. He has appeared numerous times before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "Fun to work with, and has a wonderful turn of phrase. He gives straightforward advice."
Recent work: Acted in a claim brought by businessmen against their accountants when their tax mitigation schemes stopped working.

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Band 3

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: "Very smart and commercial, with a real eye for detail. Excellent on complex, detailed cases and very user-friendly." "She is the perfect blend of intellect and charm."
Recent work: Acted unled for defendant auditors sued by an international freight company for failing to detect a multimillion-pound fraud perpetrated by a manager over a period of five years.

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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. He regularly acts for clients on both sides of complex, multiparty litigation, especially with regard to allegedly negligent advice from solicitors, surveyors and tax and financial advisers.
Strengths: "Excellent with clients, extremely hard working and a real team player.

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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. He takes on claimant and defendant work, and has advocacy experience that extends all the way up to the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "Very bright, extremely thorough, proactive and easy to work with." "Smart, enthusiastic and effective."
Recent work: Acted for numerous claimants in a multimillion-pound claim against various defendants arising from investments in film finance schemes.

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Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Ben Lynch 
Highly regarded junior regularly instructed in high-exposure and high-value cases of professional negligence. He acts both led and unled in litigation and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. He is well known for his outstanding expertise in insurance matters.
Strengths: "Excellent. Very bright and very engaging." "He is extremely meticulous and has technical ability beyond his peers. He also has an excellent bedside manner with clients."
Recent work: Acted in a claim against a Project Monitor, arising out of a series of loans made by a lending bank to a property developer.

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Band 3

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: "I have been impressed by Katie's attention to detail, thorough approach, receptiveness and commitment to a case. She provides sound advice and performs well in person." "A very smart cookie who will be QC a few years down the road."
Recent work: Acted in a claim arising from a firm of solicitors' allegedly negligent conduct in an arbitration brought by the buyer of a mega-yacht against the shipyard that built it.

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Band 3

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. He is regularly instructed on complex and high-value litigation concerning a large number of parties. Before turning to the Bar he taught law at the University of Reading.
Strengths: "He has an intelligent, measured approach and a calm manner that clients find reassuring." "Gives clear reasoning and exudes charm and confidence. At trial, he is well mannered and entirely unflappable. His performance is exemplary."
Recent work: Defended DLA Piper in a multimillion-pound claim brought against it and another firm of solicitors by a well-known bank in respect of a failed 'whitewash' procedure pursuant to the Companies Acts.

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Band 4

2TG - 2 Temple Gardens

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Isabel Barter 
Accomplished common law practitioner with an emphasis on property damage, product liability and professional negligence. She defends and prosecutes a range of individuals, including surveyors, accountants, financial advisors and construction professionals. She has appeared before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "She has an exceptional style with clients and produces a quality of advice well beyond her years." "The way she can digest thousands of pages and quickly pick out the issues is amazing. She is extremely bright and user-friendly."
Recent work: Defended a barrister and her insurers in a multimillion-pound claim relating to litigation alleged to have been conducted negligently, leading to extensive loss.

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Band 4

4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Michael Bowmer 
Recognised for his professional liability expertise within the context of a chancery-related practice. He represents both the defence and the prosecution in claims involving valuers, accountants, solicitors and other professionals.
Strengths: "Very good technically and very proactive." "His advice is always spot-on, clear and concise. He makes it all seem so easy."
Recent work: Acted for Peter Malcolm Jones, a professional executor of an estate, with respect to multiple allegations of negligence and breach of duty made by the co-executor of the estate.

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Band 4

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. She is also adept at handling claims against construction professionals, including project managers, architects and quantity surveyors. She has developed an impressive understanding of claims resulting from failed syndicate investments.
Strengths: "Perfect with clients and one of the cleverest barristers I have worked with." "She provides consistently excellent service and understands entirely what we and our insured and insurer clients want."
Recent work: Acted for Belfast-based solicitors in an action arising out of a dispute over the sale of a property in London.

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Band 4

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. Her professional negligence work benefits from her expertise in clinical negligence law.
Strengths: "She is responsive, bright and comes up with confident, interesting views." "Extremely diligent and extremely thorough."
Recent work: Acted in a claim against a second firm of solicitors for loss of chance to sue the first firm for alleged negligent advice on the terms of a pension-sharing order in matrimonial proceedings.

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Band 4

4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Simon Hale 
Thoroughly respected junior with a wide-ranging professional negligence practice. His cases relate to various sectors including housing, financial services, construction and sports.
Strengths: "He gets his head around things quickly. He's junior but he has gravitas beyond his age." "He has very strong procedural knowledge."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant property developers in a claim against a national firm of solicitors arising from the financial collapse of a redevelopment of flats in Manchester.

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Band 4

Hardwicke

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

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 provides excellent advice and is an extremely successful advocate. His previous in-house experience is valued for its commerciality." "He is extremely thorough and bright while being very easy to work with and client-friendly."

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Band 4

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. He appears both led and as sole counsel.
Strengths: "Exceptionally bright and very commercial." "He gives very good pleadings and he's calm and excellent on his feet."
Recent work: Defended Harfield Pickering, a firm of solicitors, in a claim by a man falsely convicted of attempted rape who alleged that its defence of him was negligent.

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Band 4

4 New Square

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Stephen Innes 
Leverages his experience in areas such as employment, insurance, consumer credit and chancery law to undertake challenging professional negligence claims. He is particularly knowledgeable about lenders' claims, which often concern mortgage securitisation, fraud, subrogation and breach of trust issues. He receives instructions from both claimants and defendants.
Strengths: "He throws everything at a case but remains fair. He is very diligent and thorough, but at the same time practical. He listens and explains things, and his skills as a qualified mediator feed into his negotiations."
Recent work: Defended the BMA in a sensitive claim by a consultant psychiatrist who alleges it was negligent when drafting his unfair dismissal claim in failing to include a whistle-blowing claim.

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Band 4

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. He often takes on high-value claims against law firms arising from prior personal injury or clinical negligence litigation. He acts in both individual and group actions.
Strengths: "Very bright and good to work with."
Recent work: Defended Hugh James, the firm of solicitors, in a VWF claim.

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Band 4

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: "A brilliant advocate. He is exceptional at trial." "He is clear, robust and willing to back his argument. He is also very personable and good at dealing with difficult clients."
Recent work: Acted in a claim against solicitors involving the negligent failure to advise in respect of Insolvency Act remedies.

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Band 4

Tamara Oppenheimer

Fountain Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tamara Oppenheimer 
A high-profile junior with a broad commercial practice, 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 has fantastic attention to detail and is a great advocate." "Fantastic. Incredibly clever and also incredibly approachable."
Recent work: Acted unled in a £5 million claim of product mis-selling and negligent investment advice by a financial adviser.

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Band 4

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. This includes cases involving solicitors, barristers, accountants, insurance brokers and numerous others. Recent claims have concerned negligence in relation to commercial conveyancing, audit planning and financial mis-selling, among other areas.
Strengths: "Good at the analysis and getting to the heart of the manner, as well as good on his feet." "He knows his stuff and his pleadings are good."
Recent work: Defended a wasted costs application against a criminal barrister acting for a private prosecutor.

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Band 4

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Fionn Pilbrow 
In addition to advisory work, he acts as counsel to both claimants and defendants in a broad range of professional negligence claims. He has appeared unled in a number of important cases before the Chancery Division and the Court of Appeal. 
Strengths: "He is a rare combination of an exceptional intellect and warm humour, which makes him stand out for both clients and judges."
Recent work: Instructed as sole advocate on behalf of PwC in a claim alleging negligence against administrative receivers and various co-defendants, including a bank.

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Band 4

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: "Tremendously clever and easy to deal with."
Recent work: Acted for Christian and Nicholas Candy, and companies associated with them, in claims for professional negligence against Stewarts Law.

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Band 4

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: "Thorough, conscientious and user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for Aon, defending a £120 million Commercial Court claim arising out of an oil refinery fire in Lithuania in 2006.

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Band 4

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: "Amazing. She has a real knack for sorting out of the most knotty of cases and is a winner with clients. She is particularly well regarded in lender claims."
Recent work: Acted for Barclays Bank in a High Court claim against surveyors arising out of an allegedly negligent trading valuation of three casinos.

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Band 4

1 Chancery Lane

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Karen Shuman 
Combines her specialist chancery practice with a broad range of professional negligence expertise. She is particularly well versed in claims that involve significant underlying property or probate issues in addition to claims of negligence. She has appeared before the High Court a number of times.
Strengths: "She has a great ability to ferret out the nugget that will fold the case. She goes above and beyond for her clients." "She has an awesome command of the practice area, combined with top-drawer client service."

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Band 4

Brick Court Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tony Singla
Has a broad commercial practice which includes frequently acting in high value professional negligence claims. He is also the co-author of a leading text on professional negligence claims brought against accountants.
Strengths: "A very strong lawyer with good tactical sense."
Recent work: Defended PwC in a £600 million auditor's negligence claim concerning historic pollution liabilities in the USA.

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Band 4

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 international arbitration work.
Strengths: "Commercial and clever." "Easy to work with and well prepared, with excellent judgment." "A bright and thorough junior."  
Recent work: Acted for Lewis Silkin, a firm of solicitors, in a claim relating to allegedly negligent advice given about jurisdiction clauses in an employment contract for a team in the Indian Cricket Premier League.

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Band 4

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: "He is methodical and his advice is very clear. He is also great in conferences and in court." "Excellent, go-to counsel for professional negligence claims."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in his successful claim against two firms of solicitors that represented him in a police action that was struck out.

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Band 4

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. He has a deep knowledge of lenders' claims.
Strengths: "A pleasure to work with. He is superb on his feet, gives excellent advice on paper and in conference, and he's always got time to speak. He is a very friendly, switched-on, clever guy."
Recent work: Acted in a case about a wasted costs application against a barrister appearing in the Upper Tier of the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal.

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Band 4

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 very safe pair of hands and a robust advocate."
Recent work: Advised the defendant about a claim for negligence in relation to the administration of an estate.

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Band 4

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 is on the ball, very proactive and good at thinking commercially and outside the box." "He is really good at complex financial analysis; it is like having a barrister and an expert financial analyst."
Recent work: Instructed to defend a firm of solicitors in relation to its handling of bitterly fought civil and regulatory proceedings spanning several years.

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Band 4

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: "Creative, bold, tenacious and very user-friendly, with a quick turnaround. His engineering background adds depth to his practice."
Recent work: Acted in a complicated lender's claim where the lender provided three valuations but only one is being challenged.

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Band 4

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. He is often sought out by defendant insurers.
Strengths: "A diligent, bright and client-friendly barrister whose sector knowledge is second to none." "Has an absolute command of the most complex technical issues and provides top-drawer service with style."

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Up and Coming

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. He has appeared in a number of significant cases in the High Court and the Court of Appeal.
Strengths: "He is smart, technically very good and provides watertight advice. He is also very good with clients." "Very intelligent, switched-on and on the ball commercially."
Recent work: Acted in defence of a multimillion-pound claim brought by former professional footballers against their former solicitor in respect of a property development investment gone wrong.

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Up and Coming

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, surveyors and medico-legal experts, among others. She also takes on a significant amount of work in an advisory capacity, as well as handling alternative dispute resolution proceedings.
Strengths: "Meticulous in her analysis of the legal issues and a tenacious advocate." "An incredibly astute counsel who provides considered, balanced and practical advice, which is always well received by clients."

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Up and Coming

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 at all levels of the court system in complex and high-value litigation, including before the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "Very personable and extremely bright, with excellent attention to detail. His drafting is also accurate and concise." "He has maturity beyond his years and grasps complex issues."
Recent work: Acting in a £2.2 million claim against King & Wood Mallesons concerning advice received by an international company on the termination of its CEO's employment.

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Up and Coming

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: "Always first-rate. Very slick, personable and hard working. He beats deadlines and is ahead of the game." "He is hugely practical and delivers sound advice every time."
Recent work: Acted in a claim by several individuals against UK agents and Spanish solicitors after it transpired that properties the claimants had paid purchase prices for had been mortgages.

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Up and Coming

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, architects, brokers and solicitors. He has considerable expertise in commercial fraud and property damage, meaning that he often acts for defendants on claims involving fraudulent or dishonest behaviour.
Strengths: "Exceptionally bright, enthusiastic and hard working." "Very approachable."
Recent work: Defended a firm of solicitors against a claim relating to the alleged failure to spot the existence of a right of way through land that former clients wished to purchase.

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