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Wilberforce Chambers

Professional Negligence

6 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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Wilberforce Chambers can bring to bear deep expertise in a wide range of professional negligence claims, acting for both defendants and claimants. The set is frequently sought out for solicitors' liability claims and matters involving financial services professionals, often complicated by fraud elements. Property-related work is a strong suit, and the barristers are an obvious choice for negligence claims concerning the more complex of conveyancing matters, or major development projects. Members continue to act in matters of considerable size and importance, such as BASF Corporation v Carpmaels and Ransford, one of the largest patent attorney cases to date.

Client service:

"The clerks there are extremely helpful and approachable." Nicholas Luckman and Mark Rushton lead the team. Wilberforce places a premium on professional development for its practice management team: the clerks at all levels undertake regular training to ensure they are able to meet the evolving needs of their clients. The set facilitates an ongoing dialogue with insurers and litigation funders concerning the changing costs landscape.

Strengths:

Clare Stanley QC
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.

Strengths:

Ian Croxford QC
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."

Strengths:

James Ayliffe QC
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."

Strengths:

John Wardell QC
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.

Strengths:

Jonathan Seitler QC
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.

Strengths:

Paul Newman QC
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.

Professional Negligence

Wilberforce Chambers

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Professional Negligence


Clare Stanley QC
Band 3
Ian Croxford QC
Band 1
James Ayliffe QC
Band 2
John Wardell QC
Band 1
Jonathan Seitler QC
Band 3
Paul Newman QC
Band 2