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. She is regularly instructed to act on behalf of high-profile law firms and additionally represents claimants against lawyers.
"She is a go-to barrister for any professional negligence case with chancery issues." "Very approachable and personable, she gives good strategic advice that looks at all the commercial aspects and not just the law." "Great at assessing the strengths and weaknesses of difficult and complex cases. Very impressive grasp of the detail and the ability to distil it down."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant solicitors in a claim that they had received money from the claimants on trust for them and had disbursed it in breach of trust.
Ian Croxford QC is 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.
"He's a real warhorse with great presence in court. An outstanding trial lawyer." "A very good courtroom advocate. He's hard-working, sensible and very good to work with."
James Ayliffe QC is an experienced silk who regularly takes on high-value professional negligence claims. Particularly active in cases arising in the property and legal sectors, he also handles claims relating to accountants, actuaries and financial advisers, among others.
"Simply excellent. He's hugely intelligent, hard-working and a master tactician. Superb on his feet, hugely persuasive and always a real pleasure to work with." "A very calm barrister who wears his intelligence lightly." "He is a superb, technically outstanding barrister."
John Wardell QC maintains a strong commercial practice with a steady emphasis on professional negligence matters, in which he acts for claimants and defendants. He regularly takes on cases relating to legal, financial and property services, and also defends other barristers against claims of negligence. His professional negligence practice is supported by his experience of fraud-related work.
"He is a pleasure to work with. He has fantastic cross-examination techniques and is very approachable."
Recent work: Represented Carpmaels and Ransford, patent attorneys, defending a major claim concerning a failure to file a notice of appeal to the revocation of a patent, alleged to have caused the claimant loss of over EUR100 million.
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.
"Absolutely top-drawer. It's such a pleasure to work with him, he's really user-friendly." "He's very robust and direct, and clients like him a lot. Very sound on the core commercial issues. Also a nice man who speaks his mind."
Recent work: Represented Persimmon and Taylor Wimpey in a claim against Osborne Clarke for failure to draft option agreements in a way that avoided foreseeable loss.
Paul Newman QC has a wealth of experience handling professional negligence claims relating to pension schemes and other financial services. He has particular expertise in cases arising out of failure to equalise the retirement ages of pension schemes.
"He gives sound commercial advice, understands the bigger picture and inspires confidence in the client."
Recent work: Acted in a claim against benefit consultants for not obtaining a tax benefit for members of a pension scheme.