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

Professional negligence – Leading silks

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Professional negligence is a very active practice for a number of sets, approaching the area from different angles. Changes in pension rules have spurred an uptick in related claims, and cases regarding tax avoidance schemes are also prevalent. Matters spanning the financial, legal and construction sectors continue to be disputed, while observers have also commented that cases against newer professions such as project managers are increasingly gaining traction.

As the ‘go-to set for professional negligence’, 4 New Square is ‘jam-packed with sharp, focused, affable and hardworking barristers’. Nicholas Davidson QC is facing Justin Fenwick QC and George Spalton on Harlequin Property’s £70m claim against Wilkins Kennedy LLP relating to a construction project in St Vincent and the Grenadines. Jamie Smith QC is appearing in Khanty-Mansiysk v Forsters LLP, concerning the alleged failed execution of a deal concerning three blocks of oil reserves in Russia.

A ‘fantastic choice for professional negligence’, 4 Pump Court houses ‘high-calibre counsel at all levels’, who take a ‘very pragmatic and commercial approach’. Michael Douglas QC appeared in Maharaj v Johnson and others, and Jeremy Nicholson QC is leading Kate Livesey against Lynne McCafferty in Francis Bradshaw Partnership v AECOM.

The ‘professional and reliable’ barristers at 3 Verulam Buildings are particularly noted for their experience in financial services disputes. Praised as ‘one of the leading sets for professional negligence’, recent work highlights saw Matthew Parker acting for the defendant in NatWest v Healys, a case arising out of a property development venture and an alleged overvaluation.

Highly regarded commercial setBrick Court Chambers houses ‘many good brains’ and has ‘obvious strength in depth’. Mark Hapgood QC led a team of five in the set acting for PwC in Cattles and Welcome Financial Services v PwC, where over £1.6bn was at stake. Another work highlight for chambers was Court of Appeal case ENRC v Dechert.

Fountain Court Chambers is the ‘go-to set for disputes involving banks, financial intermediaries, accountants and regulatory issues’. Chambers is also rated for handling matters concerning the negligence of lawyers, insurance brokers, stockbrokers, surveyors and architects, and it has ‘great expertise’ in tax-related cases. Work highlights included Al-Khorafi v Bank Sarasin, litigation brought in Dubai involving alleged mis-selling of financial products.

With real depth of specialist knowledge’, Hailsham Chambersis deservedly one of the leading sets for professional negligence’ that adopts a ‘user-friendly’ approach. The set’s ‘reputation for solicitors and financial negligence is very strong’, and particular case highlights included E.Surv v Goldsmith Williams, a key case examining the current status of a solicitor’s duties to report unusual features of a transaction to its lender client.

Wilberforce Chambers is ‘a very pleasant set to deal with’, containing ‘some of the very best barristers in the professional liability market’, who are ‘client-friendly’ and have ‘good availability’. They are praised for their experience across pensions, trusts, construction, tax, insurance and finance sectors.

1 Chancery Lane is ‘highly regarded’ for professional negligence work and demonstrates niche sector expertise across the local authority, police, education, insurance, financial services, healthcare and construction sectors.

Rated as an ‘impressive’ chambers for professional negligence cases, 2TG – 2 Temple Gardens delivers ‘outstanding service’. F&M (Investment Holdings) v Seabourne Lawleys is a key case highlight.

7 King’s Bench Walk is a ‘fantastic choice for professional negligence’, housing ‘top-quality’ barristers, who ‘really know their stuff’. Cattles and Welcome Financial Services v PwC was a notable case highlight for the ‘top-notch’ set.

Atkin Chambers has ‘superb quality and depth at all levels’, and is dubbed ‘a construction powerhouse’. Goldswain and Hale v AIMS and Beltec was a headline case, concerning the collapse of residential premises in North London.

Crown Office Chambers is praised for its ‘strength in depth’ and ‘first-class expertise’ in professional negligence matters. It is particularly noted for legal, construction and property-related cases.

Keating Chambers is ‘a very strong set for professional negligence’ containing ‘exceptional talent’. Members’ expertise spans construction and property-related matters, involving various parties.

Maitland Chambers contains ‘outstanding barristers’ and is ‘excellent’ for professional negligence matters, particularly property-related cases.

Serle Court is considered by some as ‘a go-to set for professional negligence’ and ‘a huge resource of knowledge and expertise

Hardwicke is a ‘modern set’ that provides ‘good strength in depth’. It is a ‘great choice for construction-related professional negligence’, and also handles matters in the finance and property sectors.

Radcliffe Chambers renders ‘excellent client care’ and houses ‘friendly and approachable’ members, who act for and against solicitors, surveyors, valuers, financial practitioners, actuaries and pension consultants, accountants and auditors, and barristers.

Selborne Chambers has ‘strength in depth’ in the context of professional negligence. Zoë Barton recently handled a case concerning a professionally drafted mirror will containing a number of errors.

XXIV Old Buildings houses a range of ‘experienced members’. Case highlights include a number of financial mismanagement cases.

Essex Court Chambers handles claims against lawyers, valuers and surveyors, as well as marine and non-marine insurance brokers.

At One Crown Office Row, members are experienced in cases involving lawyers, doctors, and construction, planning and environmental professionals

One Essex Court has ‘fantastic depth’ and is particularly noted for financial services matters.

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