Guildhall Chambers

Professional Negligence Department

Western (Bar)
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Well regarded for its representation of clients in claims involving solicitors, accountants, architects and surveyors. Areas of strength include claims arising in the financial services context, including those concerning independent financial advice, and the related area of financial product mis-selling. The barristers are also able to advise on insolvency-related claims.

Client service: "The clerks are impressive and they are always able to solve all my needs." Oliver Edwards leads the civil clerking team.

Holly Doyle

An established practice in professional negligence arising in various circumstances, including financial services mis-selling and insolvency. She has strong knowledge in respect of claims brought against solicitors, accountants and IFAs.
Strengths: "She gets to the heart of a matter very quickly and brings clarity to cases."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a claim against an IFA for damage caused by advice to invest her life savings into a high-risk offshore bond wrapper wholly invested in an unregulated collective investment scheme in Arizona.

Hugh Sims QC

A leading figure for advising claimants on professional negligence matters against solicitors, surveyors, accountants and construction companies. He receives instructions both locally and nationally. 
Strengths: "I am in awe of him because he is always three or four moves ahead of the opponent and he always gets it right."

James Wibberley

Offers skilful representation of claimants and defendants in claims involving solicitors, surveyors, financial advisers and insurance brokers.
Strengths: "He is lovely with clients – he speaks the same language as them. His drafting is excellently succinct."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a claim against her former solicitors for failure to advise her of the limitation period for bringing a claim against her former financial adviser.

John Virgo

Enjoys an outstanding reputation for advising on financial services-related professional negligence claims. Areas of excellence include cases concerning the mis-selling of financial products, fraud and rate rigging. He is frequently instructed in claims against financial advisers, accountants and solicitors, among other professionals. 
Strengths: "A pleasure to deal with. Thorough and detailed, he has excellent courtroom skills and an authoritative manner." "He's thorough, highly respected and very versatile."