Index of tables
- Professional negligence - Leading sets
- Professional negligence - Leading silks
- Professional negligence - New silks
- Professional negligence - Leading juniors
Professional negligence - Leading sets
Professional negligence - Leading silks
- Andrew Bartlett QC - Crown Office Chambers ‘Outstanding advocate.'
- Nicholas Davidson QC - 4 New Square ‘An exceptionally stylish and effective cross-examination technique.’
- Michael Douglas QC - 4 Pump Court ‘Consistently shows steely determination.’
- Justin Fenwick QC - 4 New Square ‘An absolutely top quality advocate - showing real judgement and court craft.’
- Mark Hapgood QC - Brick Court Chambers ‘Very persuasive advocate.’
- Patrick Lawrence QC - 4 New Square ‘Razor sharp and very effective, both in dealing with clients and opponents.’
- Christopher Moger QC - 4 Pump Court ‘Fabulous with clients who love his elegant manner and way with words.’
- Michael Pooles QC - Hailsham Chambers ‘Cool headed, steady and extremely experienced.’
- John Powell QC - 4 New Square ‘A true expert.’
- Roger Stewart QC - 4 New Square ‘Has the ability to absorb large quantities of information very quickly and extract the essential points.’
- Roger ter Haar QC - Crown Office Chambers ‘Outstanding on his feet, particularly in cross-examination.’
- Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump Court ‘Total mastery of the law and immediate understanding of commercial context'.
- John Wardell QC - Wilberforce Chambers ‘Client friendly, articulate and exceedingly clever.'
- Michael Brindle QC - Fountain Court Chambers ‘Exceptional ability.’
- Stuart Catchpole QC - Thirty Nine Essex Street ‘Excellent cross-examiner'.
- Jeremy Cousins QC - 11 Stone Buildings ‘An encyclopaedic knowledge of the law coupled with comprehensive and formidable preparation.'
- Ian Croxford QC - Wilberforce Chambers ‘An excellent cross-examiner and really gets stuck into every case.’
- Colin Edelman QC - Devereux ‘Cuts through to the core of the problem and explains things clearly to the lay client.’
- William Flenley QC - Hailsham Chambers ‘Excellent analytical skills.’
- Jonathan Gaisman QC - 7 King’s Bench Walk ‘Pragmatic and always well prepared.’
- Michael Harvey QC - Crown Office Chambers ‘Extremely focused and well organised.’
- Mark Howard QC - Brick Court Chambers ‘Sees the key issues immediately.’
- Ben Hubble QC - 4 New Square ‘An outstanding intellect coupled with being approachable; takes a commercial approach to problem-solving.’
- Bernard Livesey QC - Hailsham Chambers ‘Shrewd, quick-witted, accomplished and powerful - a force to be reckoned with.’
- Simon Lofthouse QC - Atkin Chambers ‘Outstanding ability and quick on his feet.’
- Graeme McPherson QC - 4 New Square ‘Fantastic advocate.’
- Stephen Moriarty QC - Fountain Court Chambers ‘An exceptionally bright and very creative thinker.’
- Robert Moxon Browne QC - 2TG - 2 Temple Gardens ‘A renowned cross-examiner.’
- John Ross QC - 1 Chancery Lane ‘Excellent depth of knowledge.’
- Keith Rowley QC - Radcliffe Chambers ‘A renowned figure for professional negligence.’
- Jonathan Seitler QC - Wilberforce Chambers ‘A fantastic fountain of knowledge.’
- Mark Simpson QC - Fountain Court Chambers ‘An exceptionally able cross-examiner, extremely hardworking and highly committed to clients.’
- David Streatfeild-James QC - Atkin Chambers ‘Leaves no stone unturned.’
- Christopher Symons QC - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘Technically very able.’
- Marcus Taverner QC - Keating Chambers ‘Tenacious, thorough, has a clear vision for strategy and a formidable cross-examiner.’
- Thomas Weitzman QC - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘A strong ability and willingness to work as part of a team to find practical solutions to difficult problems.’
- Tom Adam QC - Brick Court Chambers ‘He has a phenomenal intellect and a very robust style.’
- Martin Bowdery QC - Atkin Chambers ‘Very well respected for professional negligence matters.’
- Christopher Butcher QC - 7 King’s Bench Walk ‘A real heavyweight in the field of professional negligence who is very accommodating to client needs.’
- James Cross QC - 4 Pump Court ‘Impressive on strategy.’
- Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC - Atkin Chambers ‘A great team player. Very impressive in her analytical skills as well as on her feet.’
- Timothy Dutton QC - Fountain Court Chambers ‘Possesses a real wealth of experience and knowledge.’
- Graham Eklund QC - 4 New Square ‘Goes beyond the call of duty for clients.’
- Clive Freedman QC - Littleton Chambers ‘An impressive breadth of knowledge and extremely good client handling skills.’ *now at 7 King's Bench Walk
- Michael Furness QC - Wilberforce Chambers ‘An excellent analyst.’
- David Halpern QC - 4 New Square ‘He has first-rate ability to analyse difficult legal problems and to find a commercial way through them.’
- Charles Hollander QC - Brick Court Chambers ‘A wealth of expertise and excellent judgement.’
- Nigel Jones QC - Hardwicke ‘Impressive drafting skills.’
- Guy Mansfield QC - One Crown Office Row ‘Very thorough and extremely well versed'.
- John Martin QC - Wilberforce Chambers ‘Great attention to detail.’
- Alexander Nissen QC - Keating Chambers ‘Provides clear and effective advice.’
- Guy Philipps QC - Fountain Court Chambers ‘In-depth experience.’
- Rory Phillips QC - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘Very approachable and easy to work with.’
- Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office Chambers ‘A charming and persuasive advocate, a first-rate mind and meticulous preparer.’
- David Sears QC - Crown Office Chambers ‘Hardworking and dedicated.’
- Alan Steinfeld QC - XXIV Old Buildings ‘A brilliant advocate and an excellent tactician.’
- Anthony Temple QC - 4 Pump Court ‘A superb cross-examiner.’
- Michael Tennet QC - Wilberforce Chambers ‘Fantastic tactical insight.’
- Adrian Williamson QC - Keating Chambers ‘Gets straight to the heart of any case and is a brilliant advocate.’
- Lance Ashworth QC - Serle Court ‘Very quick on his feet.’
- James Ayliffe QC - Wilberforce Chambers ‘Very strong on getting to the nub of an issue.’
- Nicholas Baatz QC - Atkin Chambers ‘Deep knowledgebase'
- David Bailey QC - 7 King’s Bench Walk ‘Fiercely clever - a wolf in sheep’s clothing'.
- Neil Block QC - Thirty Nine Essex Street ‘First-rate advocate.’
- David Blunt QC - 4 Pump Court ‘An extremely valuable advocate with exceptional expertise.’
- Sean Brannigan QC - 4 Pump Court ‘Very user friendly, hands on, extremely good with clients, and has an insightful and logical mind.’
- Neil Calver QC - Brick Court Chambers ‘Always thoroughly prepared and gets results.’
- Mark Cannon QC - 4 New Square ‘Outstanding expertise in claims against financial services professionals.’
- Alain Choo Choy QC - One Essex Court ‘Solution-oriented approach.’
- Aidan Christie QC - 4 Pump Court ‘Fantastic preparation and a tactical and well thought out approach.’
- Adam Constable QC - Keating Chambers ‘Excellent turnaround times.’
- Derrick Dale QC - Fountain Court Chambers ‘Very responsive and client-friendly.’
- Anneliese Day QC - 4 New Square ‘An outstanding lawyer of her generation. She is calm and controlled in the most tense of situations.’
- Nicholas Dennys QC - Atkin Chambers ‘His strategic vision and ability to call the outcome is uncanny.’
- Michael Driscoll QC - Maitland Chambers ‘A superb intellect. Always well prepared and organised.’
- Graham Dunning QC - Essex Court Chambers ‘Consistently gets to the root of the issue and has a broad intellect.’
- Nicholas Elliott QC - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘A true legal brain.’
- David Foxton QC - Essex Court Chambers ‘Consistently aware of the commercial issues for the client.’
- Peter Fraser QC - Atkin Chambers ‘Very thoughtful and good at bringing strategic input to cases.’
- David Hart QC - One Crown Office Row ‘A star performer.’
- Philip Havers QC - One Crown Office Row ‘Very focused and determined.’
- Lexa Hilliard QC - 11 Stone Buildings ‘A top-quality performer.’
- Adrian Hughes QC - Thirty Nine Essex Street ‘Very skilled performer.’
- Edwin Johnson QC - Maitland Chambers ‘Possesses excellent attention to detail.’
- Philip Jones QC - Serle Court ‘Bright, very easy to work with and not at all pompous; he is very commercial and pragmatic.’
- Andrew Lenon QC - One Essex Court ‘Excellent on financial-related professional negligence cases.’
- Tim Lord QC - Brick Court Chambers ‘He has a considered and thorough approach.’
- Richard Lynagh QC - Crown Office Chambers ‘Superior intellect.’
- Ali Malek QC - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘A formidable advocate and cross-examiner, real heavyweight in terms of his impact in the court and with clients.’
- Philip Marshall QC - Serle Court ‘Consistently delivers excellent results.’
- Ian Mill QC - Blackstone Chambers ‘Technically very good.’
- Simon Monty QC - 4 New Square ‘Very decisive, good with clients, responsive and an effective performer.’
- Neil Moody QC - 2TG - 2 Temple Gardens ‘Recommended for construction-related professional negligence cases.'
- Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC - 4 New Square ‘Very attentive and provides clear advice in conference and in writing, particularly with regard to explaining complex legal positions to clients.'
- Andrew Neish QC - 4 Pump Court ‘A strong player for professional negligence work and is very popular with clients.’
- Jeremy Nicholson QC - 4 Pump Court ‘Incredibly proactive in giving advice and you can always rely on him to think outside the box.'
- Hugh Norbury QC - Serle Court ‘Extremely good at assimilating large amounts of complex information quickly, and he makes complex legal issues comprehensible to clients.’
- Andrew Onslow QC - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘Has a very calm and reassuring manner, he quickly gets to the heart of the issues, and is a very strong tactician.’
- Craig Orr QC - One Essex Court ‘Always attentive and focused on the needs of the client.’
- Howard Palmer QC - 2TG - 2 Temple Gardens ‘Excellent expertise.’
- Robert Pearce QC - Radcliffe Chambers ‘Very hardworking.’
- David Phillips QC - Wilberforce Chambers ‘Deeply knowledgeable.’
- David Pittaway QC - Hailsham Chambers ‘Recommended for his experience in solicitors’ negligence.'
- Laurence Rabinowitz QC - One Essex Court ‘Excellent expertise.'
- Dominique Rawley QC - Atkin Chambers ‘A superb team player, and an excellent and persuasive advocate who can unlock the most difficult witness in cross-examination.’
- Paul Rees QC - One Crown Office Row ‘Noted for architects and accountants cases.'
- Patricia Robertson QC - Fountain Court Chambers ‘Extremely hardworking and thorough and, as a result, always impresses clients with her understanding of the key issues.’
- Alistair Schaff QC - 7 King’s Bench Walk ‘He has a good legal brain and is very client-friendly.’
- Kuldip Singh QC - Serle Court ‘Keen eye for detail and a strongly persuasive advocate.’
- Christopher Smith QC - Essex Court Chambers ‘Hardworking, very intelligent, very close attention to detail and sees all angles to a case.’
- Joanna Smith QC - Wilberforce Chambers ‘A robust and resilient advocate; provides concise and thorough advice and representation in a manner which clients find reassuring.’
- Michael Soole QC - 4 New Square ‘Has a wonderful calmness and is the right side of direct which is important when dealing with difficult claims.’
- Peter Susman QC - Henderson Chambers ‘Thorough knowledgebase.'
- Andrew Sutcliffe QC - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘Responsive, provides clear advice and doesn’t sit on the fence.’
- Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court Chambers ‘Extremely hardworking.’
- Anthony Trace QC - Maitland Chambers ‘Noted for his tenacity, cross-examination and attention to detail.’
- Francis Tregear QC - XXIV Old Buildings ‘Vast experience.’
- David Turner QC - 4 New Square ‘Great with clients.’
- Ronald Walker QC - 12 King’s Bench Walk ‘Very well respected.’
- Andrew White QC - Atkin Chambers ‘He has a very measured approach to advocacy and anticipates all the counter arguments from the other side.’
- Joanne Wicks QC - Wilberforce Chambers ‘A powerful, talented but approachable advocate who can really get to the guts of a problem, no matter how complicated.’
Professional negligence - New silks
- Rachel Ansell QC - 4 Pump Court ‘A very strong advocate.’
- Graham Chapman QC - 4 New Square ‘His advice and analysis is robust and thorough.’
- Jonathan Evans QC - Wilberforce Chambers ‘He has a very measured style, is very experienced and prudently pragmatic.’
- Catherine Gibaud QC - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘Excellent expertise in finance-related matters.'
- Patrick Goodall QC - Fountain Court Chambers ‘Excellent judgement and incisive analysis.’
- Matthew Hardwick QC - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘Enthusiastic and pragmatic.’
- James Howells QC - Atkin Chambers ‘His advice is extremely clear, he is very good with clients and extremely user-friendly.’
- Andrew Miller QC - 2TG - 2 Temple Gardens ‘Always extremely well prepared.’
- Ben Quiney QC - Crown Office Chambers ‘A real fighter.’
Professional negligence - Leading juniors
- Spike Charlwood - Hailsham Chambers ‘His ability to read and retain large volumes of material is second to none.’
- Derek Holwill - Hailsham Chambers ‘Superb and leaves no stone unturned.’
- Jamie Smith - 4 New Square ‘His impressive intelligence and analytical abilities get to the heart of the issues swiftly and incisively.’
- Francis Bacon - Hailsham Chambers ‘Extremely capable and easy to work with. His insight into cases is second to none.'
- Hugh Evans - 4 New Square ‘Very bright and able to zoom in on the relevant points and issues instantly.’
- Jason Evans-Tovey - Crown Office Chambers ‘Brings maturity and enthusiasm to his impressive caseload.’
- Hugh Jackson - Selborne Chambers ‘Great client-facing skills and a sensible, commercial approach.’
- Justin Kitson - Selborne Chambers ‘A brilliant team player.’ *now at Enterprise Chambers
- Kate Livesey - 4 Pump Court ‘Highly intelligent, tactically very astute, commercial, and proactive in giving advice.’
- Matthew Parker - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘Always on the money; provides a thorough analysis and clear and straightforward advice.’
- Daniel Shapiro - Crown Office Chambers ‘Very responsive and user friendly.'
- Scott Allen - 4 New Square ‘Personable, easy to engage with, perceptive and very bright.’
- James Cutress - Fountain Court Chambers ‘A great tactician.’
- Anthony de Freitas - Hailsham Chambers ‘Provides sound, commercial advice, strong pleadings and is excellent on his feet.’
- Thomas Dumont - Radcliffe Chambers ‘Outstanding ability.’
- Andrew George - Blackstone Chambers ‘A brave litigator who is succinct in the advice he gives and shapes cases for the benefit of the client.’
- John Greenbourne - Crown Office Chambers ‘His analysis is thorough and his advocacy is fierce.’
- Julian Greenhill - Wilberforce Chambers ‘Very thorough and always well prepared.’
- Alex Hall Taylor - 4 New Square ‘He has an incisive brain and is a great team player.’
- Simon Henderson - 4 Pump Court ‘Very knowledgeable.’
- Simon Howarth - Hailsham Chambers ‘Very sharp and a real expert in the field of claims against financial professionals.’
- Peter Irvin - Brick Court Chambers ‘Very commercial and reacts quickly.’
- Siân Mirchandani - 4 New Square ‘Dedicated and articulate, with excellent attention to detail.’
- Paul Mitchell - Hailsham Chambers ‘Bright and persuasive, with a good manner with clients.’
- Deepak Nambisan - Fountain Court Chambers ‘Hardworking and very thorough.’
- Andrew Nicol - 4 New Square ‘A fantastic advocate who is very commercially aware.’
- John Norman - 1 Chancery Lane ‘Very high intellectual ability.’
- Charles Phipps - 4 New Square ‘Very good at the detail, and embraces the larger, more complex problems.’
- Leona Powell - Blackstone Chambers ‘A very experienced pair of hands.’
- Christopher Russell - 2TG - 2 Temple Gardens ‘Very hardworking.’
- Clare Stanley - Wilberforce Chambers ‘Extremely client friendly.’
- Oliver Ticciati - 4 Pump Court ‘Very easy to deal with.’
- Giles Wheeler - Fountain Court Chambers ‘Technically brilliant, an extremely precise drafter and always talks a lot of common sense.’
- James Brocklebank - 7 King’s Bench Walk ‘Personable, hardworking and commercial.’
- Glenn Campbell - Hailsham Chambers ‘Sharp, versatile and practical, he makes the most complex of matters untroublesome.’
- Suzanne Chalmers - Crown Office Chambers ‘Quick and determined.’
- Jonathan Dawid - Brick Court Chambers ‘Intellectually brilliant, wonderful written work and a tremendous team player.’
- Ruth den Besten - Serle Court ‘Incredibly hardworking and meticulous.’
- David Drake - Serle Court ‘An exceptionally lucid and clear thinker; he can get to the grips with the most complex issues with enormous speed.’
- Michael Gadd - XXIV Old Buildings ‘Very experienced.’
- Timothy Harry - Maitland Chambers ‘A very deep knowledge of the law as well as a calm and measured approach.’
- Matthew Jackson - Hailsham Chambers ‘Immensely knowledgeable and diligent.’
- Krista Lee - Keating Chambers ‘Excellent on construction matters.'
- Richard Liddell - 4 New Square ‘Easy to get on with and very approachable.’
- Daniel Lightman - Serle Court ‘Fantastic attention to detail.’
- Shantanu Majumdar - Radcliffe Chambers ‘Highly intelligent, articulate and knowledgeable.’
- Elizabeth Ovey - Radcliffe Chambers ‘Produces fantastic client service with very quick turnaround time.’
- Paul Parker - 4 New Square ‘Very good on detail.’
- Rosalind Phelps - Fountain Court Chambers ‘Incredibly bright and efficient.’
- Fionn Pilbrow - Brick Court Chambers ‘Very user friendly, enthusiastic and responsive.’
- Benjamin Pilling - 4 Pump Court ‘Very bright and a real expert on professional negligence law.’
- Angus Piper - 1 Chancery Lane ‘Very commercially minded.’
- Camille Slow - Atkin Chambers ‘A charming, down-to-earth manner and immediately puts worried clients at ease.'
- Richard Smith - One Crown Office Row ‘High level of experience.’
- Jonathan Steinert - Henderson Chambers ‘Approaches any matter with enthusiasm and a reassuring air of calm.’
- Kate Vaughan-Neil - 4 Pump Court ‘Impressive in court.’
- Richard Walford - Serle Court ‘Very approachable and well-liked by clients who are engaged by his confident manner and excellent knowledge.’
- Ian Wright - Crown Office Chambers ‘Impressive in dealing with tricky problems in a calm, measured and most helpful way.’
- Jeffrey Bacon - Littleton Chambers ‘Very experienced pair of hands.’
- James Barnard - 11 Stone Buildings ‘Under a charming exterior lies hard steel.’
- Zoë Barton - Selborne Chambers ‘A concise, effective and tenacious advocate.’
- Gary Blaker - Selborne Chambers ‘He is not scared to get his hands (or shoes) dirty by going that extra mile to ensure a client is fully represented.’
- Michael Bowmer - 4 New Square ‘Very thorough, with a keen eye for detail and an ability to get to grips with the key issues quickly.’
- Thomas Braithwaite - Serle Court ‘An ability to communicate complex legal points to lay clients in conference in a succinct, jargon-free way.’
- Andrew Bruce - Serle Court ‘Meticulous and forensic in approach but also appreciates the commercial realities of litigation.’
- Jamie Carpenter - Hailsham Chambers ‘Very intelligent and always extremely personable and helpful.’
- N G Casey - 7 King’s Bench Walk ‘A solid advocate who masters every last detail.’
- Tim Chelmick - 4 New Square ‘Highly responsive and resourceful.’
- Camilla Chorfi - Selborne Chambers ‘Always tenacious and determined to achieve the best result.’
- Geraldine Clark - Serle Court ‘Very thorough with excellent drafting skills.’
- Ian Clarke - Selborne Chambers ‘Engages well with the client, and has his own particular style - direct, to the point and with good humour.’
- Ivor Collett - 1 Chancery Lane ‘Bright, commercial and technically able.’
- Nicholas Collings - Atkin Chambers ‘Very approachable and an excellent team player.’
- Nicholas Craig - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘Provides clear, timely advice.’
- Peter Cranfield - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘Very hardworking and efficient manner.’
- Grant Crawford - Radcliffe Chambers ‘Excellent drafting skills.’
- Clare Dixon - 4 New Square ‘Stands out for her ability to hit deadlines, and always gets the job done.’
- Peter Dodge - Radcliffe Chambers ‘First-class skeleton arguments and goes the extra mile for clients.’
- William Edwards - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘Great attention to detail and consideration of all the issues.’
- Helen Evans - 4 New Square ‘Very thorough with an excellent eye for detail.’
- Eva Ferguson - Hailsham Chambers ‘Grasps the key issues quickly, can identify the cases to fight, and is prepared to do so with vigour.’
- Julian Field - Crown Office Chambers ‘Excellent reputation.’
- Helen Galley - XXIV Old Buildings ‘Very well prepared.’
- Doré Green - 2TG - 2 Temple Gardens ‘Always goes the extra mile.’
- Dakis Hagen - Serle Court ‘Supports his intellect with a fabulously pragmatic and practical approach to litigation.’
- Simon Hale - 4 New Square ‘A real rising star.’
- Graeme Halkerston - Wilberforce Chambers ‘Excellent attention to detail and an appetite to undertake significant legal research.’
- Rónán Hanna - Atkin Chambers ‘Thorough and enthusiastic.’
- Miles Harris - 4 New Square ‘Great commercial awareness, as well as technical ability which sets him apart.’
- Richard Harrison - Devereux ‘Very experienced and focussed.’
- David Head - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘Pragmatic and sensible.’
- Neil Hext - 4 New Square ‘An excellent analyst of claims and gives careful and well-considered advice.’
- Alexander Hickey - 4 Pump Court ‘Tactically excellent.’
- Daniel Hochberg - Wilberforce Chambers ‘First class.’
- Stuart Hornett - Selborne Chambers ‘An excellent team player.’
- Riaz Hussain - Atkin Chambers ‘His oral advocacy is excellent. He is a ferocious cross-examiner and is able to distil complex issues succinctly.’
- Stephen Innes - 4 New Square ‘Extremely good on paper and very user friendly.’
- Jennifer Jones - Atkin Chambers ‘Friendly and approachable and adapts to the level of legal knowledge that each client has.’
- Edward Knight - XXIV Old Buildings ‘Excellent on financial matters.'
- Adam Kramer - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘Incredibly thorough.’
- Calum Lamont - Keating Chambers ‘Extremely hardworking.’
- James Leabeater - 4 Pump Court ‘Tenacious and well prepared.’
- Christopher Lewis - Atkin Chambers ‘Intelligent and exceptionally good at identifying the issues quickly and giving clear, precise and understandable advice.’
- Gary Lidington - 11 Stone Buildings ‘Identifies a clear and logical strategy towards attaining the best outcome possible.’
- Christopher Lundie - 2TG - 2 Temple Gardens ‘Excellent advocate.’
- Ben Lynch - Devereux ‘Very hardworking.’
- Sophie Mallinckrodt - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘She has incredible attention to detail and a deep understanding of the complex financial issues in a case.’
- Lynne McCafferty - 4 Pump Court ‘Excellent with clients.’
- Stephen Midwinter - Brick Court Chambers ‘Highly intelligent and knowledgeable.’
- William Moffett - Radcliffe Chambers ‘He is a joy to work with and clients readily accept his advice because they have confidence that he gets it right.’
- David Mumford - Maitland Chambers ‘Very well organised.’
- Joshua Munro - Hailsham Chambers ‘Fiercely intelligent and pulls no punches with the opposition.’
- David Murray - Fountain Court Chambers ‘Excellent reputation with clients.’
- Sonia Nolten - 2TG - 2 Temple Gardens ‘Combines a pleasant manner with a comprehensive and thorough approach.'
- Dov Ohrenstein - Radcliffe Chambers ‘His work is always crystal clear, well thought out and presented, and easily understood by the lay client.’
- Tamara Oppenheimer - Fountain Court Chambers ‘Extremely organised and quick in identifying key issues.’
- Alison Padfield - Devereux ‘User friendly and responsive.’
- Shail Patel - 4 New Square ‘Always right on top of the detail, is incredibly user friendly and always makes time to provide advice when required.’
- Alexander Polley - One Essex Court ‘Very clever, practical and user friendly.’
- Katie Powell - 4 New Square ‘Bright, able, user friendly and definitely performs beyond her year of call.’
- Peter Ratcliffe - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘Outstanding advocate.’
- Marc Rivalland - 1 Chancery Lane ‘Exceptional skill in accountancy cases'.
- Jonathan Selby - Keating Chambers ‘Very dedicated with excellent client-handling skills.’
- Tiffany Scott - Wilberforce Chambers ‘Very persuasive and adaptable on her feet.’
- Karen Shuman - 1 Chancery Lane ‘She has the ability to deal with large volumes of paperwork effectively and has a “can do” attitude.’
- Nikki Singla - Wilberforce Chambers ‘Deeply knowledgeable.’
- George Spalton - 4 New Square ‘Very responsive.’
- Dan Stacey - Hailsham Chambers ‘First rate.’
- Angharad Start - 3 Verulam Buildings ‘Excellent breadth of expertise.’
- Michael Taylor - 4 Pump Court ‘Grasps issues quickly, is very organised in his approach and his drafting is of a high quality.’
- Rebecca Taylor - Crown Office Chambers ‘Very astute.’
- Carl Troman - 4 New Square ‘Able to handle complex instructions often with multiple issues which he distils quickly and well.’
- Nicholas Trompeter - Selborne Chambers ‘Very responsive and proactive, willing to get stuck into a case.’
- Elizabeth Weaver - XXIV Old Buildings ‘Tough, sensible and logical.’
- Simon Williams - Radcliffe Chambers ‘Extremely thorough in his work and never gets flustered.’
- Simon Wilton - Hailsham Chambers ‘Able to grapple with complex issues very quickly. He provides pragmatic advice in a way which is easy to understand.’
- Benjamin Wood - 4 New Square ‘Very bright and user friendly, with an ability to get to grips with the key issues quickly.’
- Luke Wygas - 4 Pump Court ‘He has valuable engineering expertise and builds a great rapport with clients.’
- David Yates - Pump Court Tax Chambers ‘Recommended for tax-related matters.'
- Nicholas Yell - 1 Chancery Lane ‘Highly knowledgeable and effective.’
- Nik Yeo - Fountain Court Chambers ‘Immense intellectual ability and great commercial acumen. Destined for the very top.’
- Andrew Young - 3 Hare Court ‘Provides well researched, thorough and comprehensive advice, and deals with matters promptly.’
Professional negligence has proved to be a booming area in recent years as the recession sparked an increase in claims against professionals. Sets have reported a slight increase of cases this year as the limitation period for post-recession claims approaches. As a result, property-related matters and cases against legal professionals remain buoyant, while financial services disputes are also prominent. Sets are increasingly being instructed directly, possibly due to economic pressures on the client and cases with an international element are becoming more common as professionals are increasingly looking overseas to expand their business models.
‘So often the first port of call for professional negligence work', 4 New Square is an ‘excellent chambers with real strength in depth' and ‘a vast range of experienced individuals'. Recent highlights include London Underground v Freshfields and Herbert Smith, a dispute regarding the drafting of a failed private finance initiative contract for the modernisation of underground lines; the high-profile case Langstone Leisure & Ors v Pannone LLP & Ors; and significant breach of trust case AIB v Redler & Co.
‘A set of real experts for professional negligence work', 4 Pump Court is ‘a modern chambers with a strong offering at junior and silk level'. Core areas include IT, telecoms, construction, finance, insurance, legal and property related professional negligence disputes. Notable recent cases include Barclays v Knight Frank, regarding the valuation of a large portfolio of luxury hotels in the UK; Ronnie v Halliwells; and Barclays Bank International v Savills, Montague Lambert, Stocker and Roberts, regarding an alleged mortgage fraud.
‘A seriously impressive set that is packed with quality', 3 Verulam Buildings has ‘very strong credentials in financial services disputes', as well as insurance coverage matters and other professional disciplines. Standout cases for the set included Orlen Lietuva v Aon Limited, regarding an insurance brokerage negligence claim, and Pensioenfonds Vervoer v Goldman Sachs Asset Management Goldman Sachs.
Brick Court Chambers houses ‘an array of top-notch individuals for professional negligence matters' and provides ‘first-rate service'. It is active in finance, accountancy, tax, law and property-related disputes. Recent high-profile cases include Cattles Group Limited v PwC and Stichting Beheer Beroepsvervoer v Goldman Sachs Management International.
‘Thoroughly deserving of its excellent reputation', Wilberforce Chambers’ recent cases include the construction-related Accolade Wines Limited v VolkerFitzpatrick and others; and Park Lane Holdings v Dentons, examining an alleged drafting error. The set houses ‘strong individuals at all levels'.
The ‘top-notch' 1 Chancery Lane ‘fields a real depth of expertise in the professional negligence arena'. Although the set’s main emphasis is on defending professionals it undertakes work for claimants and defendants in litigation, arbitrations, mediations and construction adjudications, and is noted for its ‘first-rate' property-related professional negligence expertise.
The ‘efficient and helpful' team at 2TG - 2 Temple Gardens is particularly noted for its ‘promising array of juniors', as well as its experienced silks. It has ‘a strong construction practice', as well as expertise in a number of other sectors. Recent instructions include: AIG Europe v Douglas Jackson & Co, regarding the alleged misappropriation of funds by loss adjusters, and Woodman v International Law Partnership, regarding alleged solicitor and adviser negligence in overseas property deals.
A ‘first-rate professional negligence set' that has ‘a client-focused approach', Atkin Chambers is ‘outstanding for construction-related disputes' and has ‘excellent strength in depth'. Headline cases include Cadbury v ADT, regarding a fire that destroyed a Cadbury factory in Pontefract, and Accolade Wines Limited v Volker Fitzpatrick and others.
Crown Office Chambers is ‘rated very highly for professional negligence', and has ‘a strong array of experts'. Key highlights for members included appearing in the high-profile case Woolfe, Collyer Bristow LLP v Lockton International & others, and Roy Parker v Freeth Cartwright Solicitors, regarding solicitors’ negligence.
Fountain Court Chambers is ‘very strong, commercial and user friendly'. The set received high-profile instructions across solicitors, barristers, financial services and tax-related professional negligence. Recent cases include Levi Roots v Simons Muirhead Burton and London Underground v Freshfields and Herbert Smith.
Hailsham Chambers ‘offers serious strength for professional negligence', with ‘first-class barristers at every level'. Key cases included Hellard v Irwin Mitchell; Paratus (GMAC) v Connells, a Court of Appeal case regarding property valuations; and Wellesley LLP v Withers LLP, regarding alleged negligent drafting of agreements.
Maitland Chambers houses ‘consistently high-quality barristers', for whom notable cases included Makar v PwC, regarding auditors’ negligence, and Bhandal v Irish Nationwide Building Society, regarding the allegedly negligent sale of a high-value property in the UK.
The ‘first-rate' Serle Court has ‘strong individuals at both silk and junior level', and is ‘extremely experienced' in professional negligence work. High-profile cases have included Thwaytes v Sothebys, a claim for misattribution in relation to a high-value painting, and Roberts v Cavanagh Financial Management Ltd, regarding a claim by pension investors against IFAs following the collapse of an esoteric pension scheme.
7 King’s Bench Walk is ‘really first-rate for finance and accounting related professional negligence claims'. Recent cases include Cattles Ltd and Welcome Financial Services Ltd v PwC, which was an auditors’ negligence claim, and Primary Capital v Ernst & Young, regarding alleged negligence in conducting due diligence.
Keating Chambers is ‘one of the leading sets for construction work' and also handles professional negligence cases in the legal and IT sectors. It was instructed in high-profile cases such as Accolade Wines v GJ3 and others; Investec v Watts, a claim by the bank against managing surveyors; and UK Highways A55 Ltd and Others v Hyder Consulting UK Ltd and Hyder Consulting, a claim against the consulting engineers by a joint venture responsible for building a new road.
Radcliffe Chambers has ‘an excellent number of very able barristers for professional negligence matters', and is ‘always accommodating to the needs of the client'. The set was instructed in Jacobs v Sesame Ltd, a case regarding the alleged mis-selling of an investment product.
Selborne Chambers is ‘rated highly for professional negligence matters', and is particularly noted for its ‘deep expertise'. Key work includes Kaupthing Singer & Friedlander v CBRE, a case concerning negligent valuation.
XXIV Old Buildings is recommended for its ‘exceptional depth and breadth of expertise'. Recent instructions include the property-related case, Stephen and Leslie Plant v Orientfield Holdings, and Rawlinson & Hunter v Investec, regarding claims of gross negligence against former trustees.
The ‘approachable' team at 11 Stone Buildings has ‘a deep level of expertise and real strength in depth in professional negligence'.
One Crown Office Row’s ‘very knowledgeable' barristers provide ‘prompt and accurate responses'.
One Essex Court has a ‘strong track record in professional negligence work' with numerous members having particularly ‘high levels of experience'.
Essex Court Chambers provides ‘an excellent level of service' and ‘strong expertise'.
Littleton Chambers is ‘highly regarded for professional negligence work'.