Members of chambers have a wide range of experience and expertise in professional negligence matters. We are regularly instructed to act for and against individuals and corporate entities across the full range of professions including solicitors, barristers, auditors, accountants, surveyors, architects, engineers, financial intermediaries, insolvency practitioners and auctioneers.
Our members frequently specialise in professional negligence and another area of law, enabling us to provide an enviable depth and breadth of expertise in professional negligence claims. Individual members are frequently ranked as leading juniors in professional negligence in the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 directories.
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We act regularly in matters arising from solicitors’ and barristers’ negligence. Typical examples range from mistakes drafting legal documents such as missing beneficiary testamentary cases to the negligent conduct of litigation or failures in legal advice. Our renowned expertise in other substantive areas of law, including employment law, land and property law, personal injury, public law, commercial and insolvency law, is a particular strength when instructed on specialist cases. Notable cases have included a failed multi-jurisdictional debt push-down scheme in Symrise v Baker & McKenzie
Accountants, Auditors and Tax Advisors
Claims against accountants and auditors are a core area of our practice. Recent cases include a failure to follow standard accountancy practices compiling a company’s accounts and failing to advise on the tax treatment of foreign pensions. Many members have civil fraud expertise which is a particular asset when instructed in cases involving an auditors’ failure to identify management or other fraud.
Surveyors, architects and other construction professionals
We have substantial experience of disputes involving surveyors, architects and other construction professionals. Such disputes range from substantial engineering or structural disputes to typical householder disputes over negligent surveys or valuations of their property.
We have a number of members of chambers who are experienced in clinical negligence actions and disciplinary proceedings against medical professionals. Some of our work also has a cross-border dimension.
Chambers’ prominent insolvency expertise makes it a natural set for professional negligence claims with an insolvency dimension, particularly claims against administrators, liquidators and other insolvency practitioners and professionals. Recent cases include One Blackfriars Ltd
Financial and Other Intermediaries
Claims against financial intermediaries, such as mortgage brokers, insurance brokers and financial advisers, form a substantial part of chambers’ practice. Notable cases include a Court of Appeal case on mis-selling of pensions Williams v (i) Lishman and others
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