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Offers unparalleled capabilities in this area, regularly attracting key instructions for and against professionals in the legal, financial and insurance sectors. The set excels in any case involving advice on financial planning, investments, tax liability, property or the conduct of litigation. It is notable for its deft handling of the high-value – such as an estimated £1.5 billion claim brought by the Danish tax authority against funds and their advisers – and the legally complex, including a number of recent cases on limitation, or causation, or successor practices in claims against solicitors. The barristers have continued to appear before the appellate courts in high-profile cases such as Sir Christopher Evans v PwC and Matthew v Sedman. They attract high praise from instructing solicitors, who say: "It is the best professional negligence set in the country: the strength and depth it has is phenomenal."
"It is a modern set with efficient and commercial clerks, excellent facilities and client services." "Lizzy Stewart is always happy to talk and very keen to help, and Alex Dolby also stands out to me because he is so client-focused."
Alison Padfield QC
Has particular expertise in professional negligence claims brought against insurance brokers, drawing on her wider experience as a leading insurance silk. She is also well versed in the defence and prosecution of actions against solicitors, financial advisers, architects and others.
"She is always well prepared, calm and unflappable and has a very easy manner that puts clients from all walks of life entirely at their ease. Not only is she intellectually outstanding and great on tactics, but you can always rely on the fact that she will work with you seamlessly as part of the team." "She is very clever, very approachable and achieves excellent results."
Recent work: Successfully applied to strike out a claim brought against a firm of solicitors designated as a successor practice under the solicitors' indemnity rules.
Amanda Savage QC
Has a strong practice handling claims against valuers, financial sector professionals and lawyers, and additional experience in wasted costs cases. She is regularly instructed in claims arising from legal advice given on property and matrimonial finance matters.
"Her pleadings are always well crafted and thorough." "She's extremely pleasant to deal with, very hard-working, and I was impressed when I worked against her."
Recent work: Acted in relation to a large claim brought by hundreds of investors against a number of firms of solicitors, who acted on their purchase of hotel rooms as investments.
Praised by clients and peers for his skilful representation of solicitors and other professionals, typically in negligence actions relating to the conduct of litigation, or advice on investments.
"He is razor-sharp, and spots the good and bad points in a case very quickly. He is a creative thinker and uses this to find a way out of tricky issues. He is very solution-oriented, is very much part of the team and works hard for clients." "Anthony gives focused advice and is quick to respond."
Recent work: Defended Stephenson Harwood LLP in a multimillion-pound claim brought by a number of trusts associated with Robert Tchenguiz, regarding high-profile litigation brought by and against Mr Tchenguiz and his associates, including by the Serious Fraud Office.
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.
"He is a complete delight to work with and is brilliant with clients." "Ben is very clear and concise, and he is firm in his position. He's very approachable and always happy to discuss his advice."
Recent work: Acted for a property developer in a claim against Walker Morris LLP, alleging negligence in respect of the sale of half of a London property, which created rights of light over his remaining land, causing him to lose a valuable development opportunity.
Ben Hubble QC
A specialist in professional liability, Ben Hubble QC is highly regarded for his ability to take the lead in complex, multiparty litigation. He has a strong track record of handling claims against lawyers, accountants and actuaries, and is also experienced with negligence disputes in relation to divorce settlements. He is the Senior Decision Maker for the Guernsey Financial Services Commission.
"Always approachable and robust with his advice." "Ben has an excellent manner with clients and gives straightforward, pragmatic and commercial advice."
Recent work: Acted for Wilsons LLP in a claim brought by hundreds of investors against the solicitors who acted in their purchase of hotel rooms as investments. The investors alleged the solicitors had failed to carry out proper due diligence on a St Kitts insurance firm instructed to protect the deposit, which turned out to be insolvent.
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.
"He is very firm and clear about his views when the client needs direction. Ben came in with clear and succinct advice." "Very personable and efficient and to the point; if you have queries he is straight with you. He thinks outside of the box and considers different ways to approach things."
Recent work: Acted for the footballer Ched Evans in a claim against his former solicitors, alleging they negligently conducted the defence of his prosecution for rape.
Represents insurance brokers, insolvency professionals and financial advisers, among others, and has acted as sole counsel in a number of high-profile cases in the field.
"Highly adept at dealing with complex issues and difficult clients under extreme time pressure, and very user-friendly. He deals with matters pragmatically and commercially which is a great help." "He just works incredibly hard and produces excellent work."
Recent work: Defended the former administrators of One Blackfriars in a claim for around £250 million brought by the liquidators of the company. They alleged that the defendants negligently sold the development site owned by the company at a substantial undervalue.
Draws upon his previous career as a corporate financier to advise on complex professional liability issues in the financial sector. He has experience acting for both claimants and defendants in major litigation, and has appeared in the High Court and Court of Appeal, both acting as junior counsel and unled. He also handles claims against a range of other professionals, including solicitors, and acts in disputes between professionals and their indemnity insurers.
"His performance at hearings is excellent." "He is good at recommending bold strategic approaches."
Recent work: Acted for Mitchell Griffin Wealth Management in defence of a claim concerning its advice to transfer a pension into a SIPP, which allegedly led to losses of around £1.5 million.
Focuses particularly on professional negligence claims relating to solicitors, accountants, construction professionals and insurance brokers. He is regularly instructed in complex and high-value litigation concerning multiple parties.
"He is responsive, smart and sensible, and always has one eye on commerciality, which is key for my insurer clients." "He's an excellent tactician when dealing with cases. He is incredibly speedy, meticulous on detail but also very efficient."
Recent work: Acted as sole defence counsel in two jointly managed claims against Withers LLP, arising from a failed commercial property development and unsuccessful litigation.
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.
"He is very clever and is highly experienced in claims against solicitors." "A very punchy and persuasive advocate."
Frequently defends a range of professional clients including lawyers, financial advisers, surveyors and construction professionals against negligence claims. He additionally handles some claimant-side work. Recently, he has handled a number of claims arising from tax avoidance schemes.
"He stood out in a complex accountants' tax mitigation scheme matter. He's got a real understanding of the underlying tax matters, and produces very thorough written advice. He's excellent in conference and is a real team player." "A very tenacious opponent."
Recent work: Acted for a financial planning firm in relation to the Ingenious litigation.
Clare Dixon QC
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. She is frequently instructed to act as sole counsel.
"She has excellent cross-examination skills and is very detailed and thorough with her writing. A great courtroom performer." "She is absolutely steeped in professional negligence law."
Recent work: Acted for a firm of accountants in Matthew v Sedman, a Court of Appeal case which explored a complex issue of limitation.
Daniel Saoul QC
Has a thriving practice which spans claims against lawyers, accountants, auditors and others, representing claimants and defendants. He particularly focuses on cases with an international or commercial angle.
"Always a standout for me for being the ultimate team player and a real value adder. You never feel you are not getting something worthwhile from him."
Recent work: Advised Stephenson Harwood LLP in relation to a substantial dispute with various trustees of trusts connected with high-profile entrepreneur Robert Tchenguiz.
David Halpern QC
A highly experienced silk whose broad commercial chancery experience feeds into his sophisticated professional negligence practice, and who has been involved in numerous appellate cases of substantial legal importance to the field. He handles a broad range of claims arising from business, trust and property disputes, and also takes on cases involving insurance elements. He acts for both claimants and defendants.
"He has particular expertise in solicitors' negligence, and is very hands-on and extremely approachable." "He's an imaginative advocate."
Recent work: Acted in a claim brought by a group of professional footballers against a solicitor who acted for them in the purchase of apartments in a hotel development in Turks & Caicos. The claimants alleged that losses they sustained when the development company went insolvent were attributable to the solicitor's negligence in explaining the risks of the venture.
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.
"Very bright and just the man for the job when you need a rottweiler." "David is very intelligent and extremely knowledgeable, and quickly takes a strategic view on a case, setting it off in the right direction from the start. Clients love him and he is very responsive."
Recent work: Defended a claim against Nabas International Lawyers LLP, alleging negligence in relation to property developments in Brazil causing loss of investments by retail customers.
George Spalton QC
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.
"George is very commercially aware and properly explores the needs of the client. He is calm under pressure and has a significant intellect which, combined with charm, makes him a formidable opponent. A pleasure to work with." "George is incredibly bright and very commercial."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the claimant insurance broker, Towergate, in proceedings against 18 defendants arising out of allegedly negligent advice by independent financial advisers.
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 ADR 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 sport and music industries.
"Just really intelligent and brilliant to work with; very good with clients." "His advice is clear and pragmatic and he is highly regarded by clients."
Recent work: Instructed to defend a City law firm in connection with the allegedly negligent drafting of a 'tax trigger' in a sale and purchase agreement for the disposal of a multimillion-pound travel company.
Graham Chapman QC
Highly regarded commercial barrister who acts for claimants and defendants in a range of professional negligence matters. He advises in 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. He is also a contributor to the academic literature of the field.
"Very attentive and user-friendly, and an excellent advocate. He is able to give great advice because he sees the strategic reasons for doing things." "He is helped by his previous experience as a solicitor and as a result, comes up with very practical and commercial solutions."
Recent work: Acted for PwC and Landwell in defence of a professional liability claim concerning a sophisticated tax planning arrangement based on futures trading.
Regularly instructed in high-profile professional negligence cases against insurance brokers, surveyors, lawyers and financial professionals, benefiting from especially broad expertise with respect to solicitors' negligence. She demonstrates proficiency in large-scale litigation involving multiple parties.
"Absolutely brilliant technically; she has certainly developed a niche in freezing orders and injunctions." "Helen is straightforward, highly analytical and impressive on her feet. She is methodical and quickly gets to grips with fact-heavy cases."
Recent work: Acted for the solicitors Banner Jones in defence of a claim by a former client concerning an unfavourable outcome of his dispute with his former wife about the division of their assets.
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.
"He's got encyclopedic knowledge and is good on his feet." "A real heavyweight junior. He is very easy to deal with and offers very sensible and pragmatic advice."
Recent work: Acted in a claim brought by a number of property investors against solicitors, for failing to notice or deal with existing charges over the property in question.
Jamie Smith QC
Outstanding professional negligence specialist whose practice continues to flourish in 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 in cases containing allegations of fraud.
"Absolutely brilliant: he is extremely technical and hands-on; he will give you a view and stick to it. Very client-friendly." "Great intellect – a top-quality silk."
Recent work: Defended Canaccord Genuity in a claim relating to the alleged mis-selling of film finance schemes.
Jonathan Hough QC
Has appeared in a number of substantial professional negligence cases, including those which have contributed to the clarification of the law. He acts for and against an impressive range of professionals, including lawyers, surveyors and financial advisers.
"He is a brain on a stick - fantastic on insurance coverage, very determined to please you and clients, and very user-friendly." "He's just fantastic, really responsive, really 'on it' and just brilliant all round. We always know we'll get very clear advice."
Recent work: Acted in relation to a claim by Skatteforvaltningen, the Danish customs and tax authority, for over £1.5 billion, arising from the allegedly fraudulent withholding of tax reclaims submitted on behalf of pension funds and custodians purportedly engaged in dividend arbitrage trading.
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 work pertains to various individuals, including auditors, tax advisers, insolvency practitioners, valuers and lawyers.
"A fountain of infinite knowledge about what courts like and don't – he just knows how everything will be received by the judiciary. He goes about things tactically." "A very experienced silk with excellent judgement, insight and foresight."
Recent work: Defended the former administrators of One Blackfriars in a claim for around £250 million, brought by the liquidators of the company. They alleged that the defendants negligently sold the development site owned by the company at a substantial undervalue.
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.
"Has excellent procedural knowledge even in the most complicated matters." "She is incredibly clever, thorough and pragmatic. She is very hands-on and doesn't miss a thing."
Recent work: Acted for Jamie Rhodes Champkin as the defendant solicitor and acting company director in claims for £20 million arising out of the claimant’s conviction for large-scale VAT fraud and the subsequent restraint and confiscation of his assets.
Mark Cannon QC
Well-regarded silk who offers the benefit of his broad experience in construction and insurance-related professional negligence, but who also advises on a diverse range of other matters, including those relating to healthcare and financial services.
"He's well versed in all the issues I've spoken to him about. He never gets stuck on anything and is always able to answer any questions, so the turnaround has always been very quick." "Always friendly and available, and open to suggestions."
Recent work: Defended a silk in a claim by a dentist relating to allegedly negligent advice on an appeal from the Professional Conduct Committee of the General Dental Council.
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. He also handles claims arising out of insolvency matters.
"Fantastic on paper – he gives very focused and technical advice, has excellent attention to detail and picks up on issues others wouldn't." "Very thorough and a really detailed man who is good at the deep analytics and very nice to deal with."
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.
"He is very friendly, articulate and considered in his work." "He's so commercial and gets straight to the point."
Recent work: Defended DWF solicitors in defence of a substantial claim arising from the sale of a subsidiary of Grainger plc.
Neil Hext QC
A well-regarded silk with recognised expertise in a range of professional negligence claims. He acts for both claimants and defendants, and is especially experienced in complex matters involving insurance brokerage.
"He is incredibly calm, drafts beautifully and has a very good way with the judges. A very balanced advocate." "Neil is highly intelligent and has an analytical eye for detail. He is an excellent advocate who is extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Represented a waste management company in Dalamd v Butterworth Spengler, a claim against insurance brokers arising out of fire at a recycling facility. The case involved consideration of difficult issues of causation.
Nicholas Davidson QC
Offers vast experience in the professional negligence sphere. 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 particular flair for claims involving financial services professionals. He also serves as a deputy High Court judge.
"He has great attention to detail and is extremely technically astute and tactically very clever." "He's very savvy and is effortlessly authoritative."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in a claim against solicitors and corporate financiers, and against the financiers' insurers under the Third Parties’ Rights Act, arising from introduction of a Chinese manufacturing business to the AIM on the London Stock Exchange.
Nicole Sandells QC
An authoritative source of advice on professional negligence matters relating to areas including mortgage brokerage, insolvency and tax advice. Many of her cases involve consideration of breach of trust, fiduciary duty and other equitable principles. She has appeared in important cases before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
"She's got an understanding of the complex legal issues around the case which is quite amazing. Her intellect works at lightning speed." "A heavyweight practitioner."
Recent work: Acted in a claim against accountants concerning their alleged failure to advise a recycling company on the availability of research and development tax relief in the recycling industry.
Patrick Lawrence QC
Esteemed practitioner who has a long history of acting in professional negligence cases, particularly in the financial services sector. He is eminently capable of handling litigation all the way up to the Supreme Court. He has appeared in scores of cases resulting from failed securitisations. He has recently been particularly occupied in relation to claims brought against insurers and brokers, solicitors and professionals in the real estate sector.
"Renowned in the surveyor and valuer market; he brings real attention to detail and is good at dealing with professional clients in sensitive matters." "His analytical ability is excellent. He is a very strong cross-examiner and is very calm in court."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a claim against Farrer & Co LLP for failing to take proper steps to ensure that a high-value divorce settlement was properly secured.
Paul Mitchell QC
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.
"My chosen counsel because of the depth of his experience – he's a polymath, has excellent investigation skills and has an interest in legal history, which helped in this case." "Incredibly easy to deal with, exceptionally bright and knowledgeable and a very effective negotiator."
Recent work: Instructed to act on behalf of the claimant litigation funders in a multimillion-pound claim against Saunders Law. The claimants funded an unsuccessful attempt to enforce an Egyptian arbitral award in England.
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.
"A technically very proficient lawyer." "He really does live and breathe professional negligence. He is very committed to the area."
Recent work: Acted in a successful appeal to the Court of Criminal Appeal of a wasted costs order made against a barrister accused of having ignored the trial judge’s rulings regarding his jury speech, thus bringing about the discharge of the jury and a retrial.
Possesses a strong reputation in the professional negligence sphere, with notable strength in cases relating to financial transactions. She typically acts for lawyers or accountants, or other finance professionals, in high-value cases involving advice on investments or tax liabilities.
"She is a rising star and is just very straightforward in her advice and advocacy – she makes complex things simple."
Recent work: Acted for PwC in defence of a claim for negligent tax advice in relation to a 'round the world' tax scheme designed to mitigate liability to capital gains tax on the sale of trust assets.
Richard Liddell QC
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. His clients benefit from his wider practice in handling sport-related claims.
"We received amazing feedback for him from our clients."
Recent work: Acted for Baker Tilly and RSM as defendants in proceedings brought by the former liquidator of a company.
Roger Stewart QC
Renowned for his skill in handling indemnity claims and related coverage matters. He acts for a comprehensive range of clients and has recently focused in particular on claims concerning patent agents and lawyers. He has contributed over the years to the literature on the subject of professional liability, and is instructed at the appellate stage in some of the most important cases in the area.
"Incredibly helpful on very knotty accountants' negligence claims. Very responsive and provides terrific advice."
Recent work: Acted for BASF in a negligence claim against its patent agents, in relation to their failure to proceed with a patent appeal before the European Patent Court. The patent related to high-value diesel filter technology.
Experienced barrister who is instructed in cases featuring a diverse selection of professionals, including solicitors, valuers and receivers. He has appeared in a number of high-profile and precedent-setting cases.
"He is very proficient at navigating through tricky issues." "He stands out for being a very diligent and hard-working advocate."
Recent work: Defended Colliers International Property Advisors in respect of the survey and valuation of a large commercial property in Bournemouth, comprising a hotel, casino, nightclub, office buildings and car park.
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.
"He's an expert in professional negligence and very approachable to clients." "He is very knowledgeable and practical."
Recent work: Acted for Canaccord Genuity in defence of a claim brought by 40 high net worth individuals who invested in a number of film schemes across several years.
Siân Mirchandani QC
Regularly instructed in negligence claims concerning financial, legal and construction professionals, acting for both claimant and defendant parties. Her scientific background enables her to handle highly technical claims with aplomb.
"She's fantastic: just brilliant to work with and very easy-going and responsive. Very hard-working and diligent." "Very bright and incredibly determined and tenacious."
Recent work: Successfully defended the Law of Property Act receivers appointed by the defendant lender, in a claim brought by a borrower who alleged misrepresentation and negligence in respect of the sale of commercial property in Liverpool, following a default on a euro loan.
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 also handles claims brought under the Inheritance Act. He receives instructions from both claimants and defendants.
"A real expert, who is hard-working, extremely easy to work with and has encyclopedic knowledge." "Produces very user-friendly, commercial and pragmatic advice, and good client service."
Recent work: Acted for a global media company in a claim against solicitors alleging the failure to validly pass a right under an option agreement, in the context of company-wide restructuring.
Held in high esteem by a number of specialist solicitors, who instruct him in substantial claims involving architects, solicitors or financial services professionals. He acts for claimants and defendants.
"Very insightful and considered in his expression of his views on legally and evidentially complex issues."
Recent work: Defended PwC in a large negligence claim brought by the pharmaceutical wholesaler NSL and other companies, concerning a tax avoidance scheme which was challenged by HMRC.
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 brings a scientific background to technical cases, having previous professional experience as a software developer, as well as a degree in chemistry.
"His advice is excellent and he just gets on with things."
Recent work: Instructed as sole counsel for the defendant solicitors, Alen-Buckley, in a negligence claim brought by an independent financial adviser against his former solicitor for mishandling litigation.
Experienced in a broad range of professional negligence matters for accountants, solicitors and surveyors. He is capable of acting as sole counsel and has been instructed in cases involving high-value claims, as well as those requiring knowledge of foreign jurisdictions.
"Tom gives clear and commercial advice and takes a robust approach. Working with Tom on a complex insurance policy coverage issue, he demonstrated an excellent rapport with clients and a keen eye for detail." "Excellent on claims against professionals in the financial sector."
Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.