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  1. Professional negligence – Leading sets
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  3. Professional negligence – 2016 silks
  4. Professional negligence – 2017 silks
  5. Professional negligence – Leading juniors

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4 New Square is β€˜an outstanding chambers for professional negligence work, with huge strength in depth’; β€˜it is known as a specialist set for this and it shows’ – β€˜there is always somebody available, no matter what the problem’. Members act for both claimants and defendants the most high-profile litigation and arbitration. For example, Roger Stewart QC appeared against David Halpern QC in solicitors’ negligence case Gabriel v Little, concerning scope of duty, and Nicholas Davidson QC was opposite Justin Fenwick QC and George Spalton in Wright v Lewis Silkin LLP, a case examining jurisdiction and judgment enforcement issues. Gemini v CBRE was another recent highlight that involved five members; a Β£100m claim regarding the alleged the over-valuation of a 37-property portfolio and related loan securitisation.

4 Pump Court β€˜consistently impresses’ with its β€˜considerable strength in professional negligence law’. Nigel Tozzi QC is instructed by the claimant in the β€˜Golden Belt’ litigation, and also led Kate Livesey in acting for the defendant in Healey v Shoosmiths LLP. Aidan Christie QC is appearing in Connaught Income Fund v Capita Financial Managers and Blue Gate Capital; a high-profile financial mis-selling case, while Sean Brannigan QC acted for the US claimant, Fluor, in Fluor v ZPMC, a $400m claim against a Chinese contractor relating to the construction of the Greater Gabbard Wind Farm in the North Sea.

With β€˜good strength in depth from QC level through to juniors’, Hailsham Chambers is β€˜very accommodating’, and members are β€˜eager and keen’. The set is also commended for its β€˜cohesive’ and β€˜realistic’ way of operating. Michael Pooles QC and Paul Mitchell QC appeared in LSREF III Wight v Gateley LLP, a Court of Appeal case on remoteness of damage and mitigation of loss issues. William Flenley QC and Francis Bacon acted in Group Seven v Nasir and others, a Β£10m claim against solicitors and accountants, while Imran Benson is appearing in Deutsche Pfandbriefbank v BNP Paribas, concerning a Β£60m valuation claim.

3 Verulam Buildings has β€˜excellent strength in depth across all commercial areas’ and is β€˜a strong set for professional negligence’, with a particular specialism in cases in the financial services sector.

Brick Court Chambers is a β€˜pre-eminent commercial litigation set’ with β€˜excellent individuals’ and β€˜vast experience in professional negligence cases’, including high-value accountancy claims. Several members appeared in UBS v KWL – the professional negligence part of a Commercial Court trial. In other work, Simon Salzedo QC and Tom Adam QC defended Ernst & Young in multiple cases brought by clients following the failure of a film finance tax planning scheme.

With a broad professional negligence practice, Fountain Court Chambers is β€˜a real force to be reckoned with’; β€˜a very progressive set, embracing change and keeping up with legal trends’. Bankim Thanki QC is acting for Alliance Bernstein in an Β£120m claim brought by the trustees of Philips Electronics Pensions scheme, while Patricia Robertson QC defended Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, with Rosalind Phelps QC, in a claim against its Paris office brought by a hedge fund. Among a number of recent arrivals, Anneliese Day QC and Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC joined from 4 New Square, shortly after Nicholas Medcroft’s move from Wilberforce Chambers.

Wilberforce Chambers is β€˜one of the leading sets for professional liability matters’ and is β€˜an excellent choice when you know you have a fight on your hands’. Barker v Baxendale Walker Solicitors and Baxendale-Walker, relating to tax advice on employee remuneration trusts and other trusts, was a key case for Michael Furness QC and Jonathan Seitler QC. ZoΓ« Barton recently joined from Selborne Chambers.

1 Chancery Lane has β€˜considerable expertise and depth of talent in the field of professional indemnity’ with β€˜excellence at every level’. The set is recognised for legal, insurance, financial services, real estate and construction professional negligence work, as well as local authority and education claims. John Ross QC appeared in Legg v Sterte Garage and Aviva UK, and Andrew Warnock QC acted in CFC v Westminster City Council.

2TG – 2 Temple Gardens is applauded for its β€˜real strength in depth in professional negligence’. Bob Moxon Browne QC appeared in Towergate Risk Solutions v Bluebon, which examined the alleged negligence of insurance brokers following a catastrophic hotel fire, while Neil Moody QC acted for the claimants in Thompson v SEPN, a case against a power company and builders.

The barristers at 7 King’s Bench Walk β€˜consistently demonstrate excellence in professional negligence cases’, and are frequently instructed in an array of professional indemnity matters involving surveyors, solicitors, independent financial advisers, companies, banks and hedge funds. Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC is instructed in Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton, a Β£50m audit negligence case.

Atkin Chambers is β€˜excellent in construction, engineering and energy-related professional negligence cases’, and is an β€˜approachable set’ containing β€˜top-quality individuals’. Multiple members are instructed in ITV Properties v Capita Property and Infrastructure regarding a construction dispute, and Nicholas Baatz QC is representing The Bull Ring in proceedings against architects, engineers and design and build contractors relating to defects on the exterior of a department store.

Crown Office Chambers is β€˜an excellent set, with a great reputation for insurance work including professional negligence’. Adopting a β€˜proactive’ and β€˜creative’ approach, the set shows β€˜fabulous attention to client care’. David Sears appeared in a high-profile Court of Appeal case, Mrs Basia Lejonvarn v Mr & Mrs Burgess, which examined if a professional consultant owed a tortious duty of care when providing gratuitous services in relation to a friend’s garden redevelopment.

Hardwicke’s members have β€˜good experience’ and are β€˜excellent on complex construction cases’, as well as more general professional negligence claims. Newlon Housing Trust v Sir Robert McAlpine, Buro Happold and Populous is recent case highlight.

Keating Chambers is β€˜a leading set for construction-related professional negligence’ and β€˜due to its depth, there is always someone able to assist when needed’. Arcadis Consulting (UK) v AMEC (BCS), which concerns a Β£40m claim for alleged defective design, and CMI v Mitchell Design & Construct, which involved a subcontract for ground engineering services, are key case highlights.

Maitland Chambers delivers a β€˜smooth service’ and has β€˜strong individuals’, who are β€˜adept’ at professional indemnity matters. Recent instructions include Instant Access Properties v Rosser and others, involving a Β£35m claim against a tax adviser for professional negligence and fraud arising out of tax mitigation measures.

With β€˜considerable depth’ for professional negligence cases, Radcliffe Chambers houses β€˜intelligent and knowledgeable’ barristers, and delivers a β€˜highly efficient’ service. It handles claims arising from mortgage lending and other property transactions, as well as cases involving trusts, financial services transactions or the administration of pension funds. Dreamvar v Mishcon de Reya LLP and another is a notable case.

The β€˜technically strong and user-friendly’ barristers at Serle Court are commended for their β€˜cooperative spirit’ and β€˜strong’ professional negligence practice, particularly at the senior level. Notable recent work includes Walker v Stuart Smalley and others, which involved a professional negligence claim arising out of a tax avoidance case.

Selborne Chambers has β€˜a great variety of experts’ in professional negligence cases. P&P Property v Owen White and Catlin & Crownvent is a key case regarding a Β£1.3m claim arising out of the sale of a property in West London.

XXIV Old Buildings’ β€˜impressive’ barristers typically handle cases involving claims against trustees, fiduciary and legal advisers, and other professional advisers. Jackson & Money v Gershinson and others, a case alleging breach of fiduciary duty, is a notable highlight.

1 Crown Office Row handles professional negligence cases involving lawyers and construction, planning and environmental professionals. The practice is also closely linked to its market-leading clinical negligence expertise.

With an β€˜innovative and modern approach’ 39 Essex Chambers is particularly applauded for its professional negligence prowess in construction and engineering disputes.

Essex Court Chambers’ β€˜experienced’ members handle a range of professional negligence matters, including claims against solicitors and barristers, valuers, surveyors, and insurance brokers.

One Essex Court focuses on negligence involving financial services professionals, and also handles cases concerning solicitors’ negligence.

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