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  1. Professional negligence – Leading sets
  2. Professional negligence – Leading silks
  3. Professional negligence – New silks
  4. Professional negligence – Leading juniors

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Professional negligence remains a vast practice area that an increasing number of chambers are involved in. The final cases relating to the credit crisis are now winding up due to the expiration of the limitation period, and the latest trend is that clients are increasingly seeking to bring claims against liquidators, receivers and valuers. Disputes involving construction, finance and legal professionals remain steady, with a noted rise in tax-related cases relating to tax avoidance schemes which have attracted headlines in recent times.

Commercial, accessible and client-friendly’ with a ‘wide and ready pool of talent’, 4 New Square is a ‘powerhouse for professional liability work’. Graeme McPherson QC, Siân Mirchandani and Nicole Sandells succeeded in the Supreme Court in AIB v Redler & Co, where Nicholas Davidson QC acted for the appellant. Key highlights also included Supreme Court case Scott v Southern Pacific, and Hunt v Optima (Cambridge) and others in the Court of Appeal.

With ‘strength in depth at all levels4 Pump Court’s ‘array of experts’ deliver ‘technical, relevant and commercial advice’ across a range of sectors including property, telecoms, legal, insurance and finance. However, it is often singled out as ‘outstanding on technology and construction’ related cases. Chambers’ sizable team in this area means multiple members frequently appear in high-profile cases.

3 Verulam Buildings is noted for its ‘strong prowess in professional liability cases’ and houses ‘a range of talented individuals’ that provide ‘commercial advice’, are ‘very accessible’ and ‘intellectually very strong’. The set is particularly ‘excellent on finance-related professional negligence’ as well as cases involving insurance brokers, software designers, lawyers, accountants, surveyors, architects and engineers.

The barristers at Brick Court Chambers have excellent in-depth legal knowledge as well as the commercial thinking that is required for clients’. Recent high-profile cases include Forsta AP Fonden v Bank of New York Mellon, and Cattles and Welcome Financial Services v PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The ‘impressive array of talent’ at Fountain Court Chambers draws praise for its ‘client focus’ and ‘strength in depth’. Key cases included Mortgage Agency Services Number One v Edward Symmons LLP and Gemini v CBRE examining alleged negligent valuation.

Hailsham Chambers houses ‘some of the finest legal brains at the Bar’ and its ‘depth of expertise means that it is able to handle the most complex cases’. Webb v Countrywide Surveyors and Rayner v Wolferstans Solicitors are among chambers’ key work highlights.

Wilberforce Chambers is ‘a powerhouse set; simply excellent at all levels, from the juniors to the top silks’ who are all highly regarded for their ‘client-focused’ approach. ‘Undoubtedly the leaders in pensions litigation’, the set is also noted for its expertise across trusts, tax, legal, financial services and construction professional negligence. Barker v Paul Baxendale-Walker, Caliendo v Mishcon de Reya and Accolade Wines v VolkerFitzpatrick feature among chambers’ recent work highlights.

Fielding ‘a strong professional negligence offering’, 1 Chancery Lane houses ‘strength and expertise at all levels’ and is highly regarded for defending claims against lawyers, construction and property professionals, accountants, insurance brokers and financial advisers.

2TG – 2 Temple Gardens has a ‘real forte in professional negligence’ and ‘incredible strength in depth from the most junior of juniors to the most senior of silks’. Recent case highlights include Co-Operative Group v Birse and others and Mitsui v Mayor’s Office for Policing & Crime.

7 King’s Bench Walk is ‘one of the foremost sets for professional negligence disputes with undoubted expertise in this area’ and ‘very high-calibre tenants’. It is particularly noted for its expertise in accounting and finance professional negligence. High-profile cases included Cattles and Welcome Financial Services v PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The ‘very efficient and flexibleAtkin Chambers fields an array of ‘brilliant minds’. It is regarded as a ‘pre-eminent set for construction-related professional negligence’ and ‘continues to enjoy great strength in depth’. Key matters included Accolade Wines v VolkerFitzpatrick, and CIP Property (AIPT) v Galliford Try Infrastructure.

Crown Office Chambers delivers a ‘first-rate service at every level’ and enjoys an ‘excellent reputation for professional negligence work’, acting for claimants and defendants. Highlights included 199 Knightsbridge Development Ltd v WSP UK Ltd and Milton Keynes Borough Council v Nulty & NIG.

Keating Chambers is ‘outstanding for construction-related professional negligence’ and also handles professional negligence cases involving legal and IT professionals. Accolade Wines v VolkerFitzpatrick is a recent case highlight.

Maitland Chambers’ ‘exceptional reputation’ is reflected through its ‘strong range of barristers’ in this area. Notable cases included Bank of Scotland v Wake Smith Tofields and Santander UK v RA Legal.

Clients ‘continue to be impressed by the breadth of knowledge and skill-sets’ at Serle Court, where headline matters included Thwaytes v Sotheby’s and Celtic Energy v Evans, Whiteley and others.

Radcliffe Chambers is ‘a friendly and accessible set’ that houses a range of ‘very strong performers’ and acts for claimants and defendants on a range of professional liability cases. Key highlights for the team include Marteyn v Wilcox and Bank of Ireland v various firms of solicitors.

Strong on professional negligenceSelborne Chambershas a core of good quality, reliable advocates’. Watson Farley & Williams v Ostrovizky was a recent highlight for the set.

The members of XXIV Old Buildings provide ‘sound advice’ and ‘excellent expertise’. Key cases included Jackson & Money v Gershinson and others.

11 Stone Buildings is a ‘friendly and accommodating’ set that enjoys a ‘great reputation’ in this area.

Essex Court Chambers is instructed in a range of professional negligence matters, including claims against lawyers, valuers and surveyors, as well as marine and non-marine insurance brokers.

One Crown Office Row houses a wide range of experience, with particular expertise in legal, construction, planning and environmental professional negligence.

One Essex Court has a ‘good spread of experienced barristers’ as well as the expertise to ‘handle demanding commercial cases’.

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