7 King's Bench Walk

Professional Negligence Department

London (Bar)
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Both silks and juniors at the set are sought out for their deep expertise in matters concerning financial services professionals, including leading accountancy firms. The barristers are also highly experienced in solicitors' negligence claims and various disputes involving insurance brokers. They have recently appeared in notable appellate cases including Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton and Group Seven v Nasir, as well as a novel claim brought by the footballer Mamadou Sakho against WADA. Sources say: "It is a phenomenally strong commercial set and has excellent people doing professional negligence work."

Client service: The clerking, led by Bernie Hyatt and Greg Leyden, is "responsive and helpful."


Harry Wright

An intellectual and creative junior who has appeared in a number of highly significant cases in the field. He has strong experience in claims relating to auditors.
Strengths: "Exceptionally bright, gets to the heart of the issues and is easy to deal with." "An inspired thinker who is totally prepared to go the extra mile."
Recent work: Acted for the appellant in Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton, a Court of Appeal case on the application of the SAAMCO rule to auditors' negligence claims.


James Brocklebank QC

Noted for his professional negligence and insurance expertise, and regularly handles major claims relating to insurance brokers, financial advisers and accountants. He is experienced in cases with an international element.
Strengths: "He is very clever and an excellent advocate." "He is good at brokers' negligence work: very careful, thorough, thoughtful and aggressive when he needs to be."
Recent work: Led the team defending Ernst & Young against a claim by a company for negligent preparation of an interim financial report, linked to allegations of fraud and conspiracy with the former directors and a bank.


James Goudkamp

Has excelled in high-profile instructions involving negligence claims brought against construction professionals and insurance brokers. He also has notable experience running claims brought by professional sportspeople.
Strengths: "Has become an indispensable member of the team – incredibly hard-working, extremely knowledgeable and thorough and considered in his approach." "Very strong on the law of tort and writes extremely well."
Recent work: Acted for Mamadou Sakho in a professional negligence claim against the World Anti-Doping Agency, for losses suffered after he was incorrectly charged with a doping offence.


Jonathan Gaisman QC

Displays particular strength in handling professional negligence claims in the financial sector, most often those of especially high worth or exposure. He has handled a number of very substantial auditors' negligence claims and is also known for his extremely strong insurance practice.
Strengths: "He is so utterly focused and meticulous. He has an excellent brain: you will always get a Rolls-Royce service from him."


Michael Ryan

Valued for his advice on high-profile negligence issues across a comprehensive array of professions including solicitors and auditors. He focuses on claims with an element of fraud and those arising out of commercial transactions. He has appeared at all levels of the court system in complex and high-value litigation, including before the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "He is absolutely brilliant: extremely hard-working, intelligent, calm, and has very strong tactical abilities." "Very personable, easy to work with and extremely bright. Has really good attention to detail and provides good, accurate and concise drafting."
Recent work: Appeared in Group Seven v Nasir, an appeal which raised important issues for the liability of lawyers and accountants in relation to money laundering schemes and other fraudulent conduct.


Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC

Well-respected silk who has developed an established presence in the professional negligence field alongside her broad commercial practice. She has developed a particularly strong practice acting for claimants against accountants.
Strengths: "Has a brilliant manner with opponents and clients, and is good at handling people – she can put people at ease." "She's handled some heavyweight cases, and is one to watch."
Recent work: Acted for the appellant in Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton, a Court of Appeal case on the application of the SAAMCO rule to auditor's negligence claims.