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  1. Professional negligence – Leading sets
  2. Professional negligence – Leading silks
  3. Professional negligence – 2017 silks
  4. Professional negligence – 2018 silks
  5. Professional negligence – 2019 silks
  6. Professional negligence – leading juniors

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4 New Square is β€˜regarded as one of the go-to sets for professional negligence work’ and it stands out for its β€˜great strength in depth’ and for a β€˜focus on quality.’ Members act for both claimants and defendants on an array of disputes; Roger Stewart QC and Scott Allen were successful in the leading Supreme Court case examining solicitors’ negligence, BPE Solicitors v Hughes-Holland, in which David Halpern QC also appeared. David Turner QC and Nicole Sandells QC were also victorious in the Supreme Court case Swynson v Lowick Rose LLP, which was a claim involving accountants’ negligence. In the Court of Appeal, Neil Hext QC acted for the successful respondent insurance broker in Channon v Ward.

4 Pump Court is a β€˜professional and accommodating set’, which boasts β€˜standout individuals’ for professional negligence work. Nigel Tozzi QC is acting for the defendant solicitors in Goddard-Watts v Burges Salmon LLP and others, a case examining the settlement of the claimant’s former wife’s financial claims, in which the claimant was found to have made inadequate disclosure of his assets. Tozzi also acted for the successful claimants in a $650m dispute against BNP Paribas and is leading James Leabeater in acting for the defendant solicitors in a claim brought by a professional footballer for allegedly failing to adduce evidence at his first criminal trial and on his first appeal against a conviction.

Hailsham Chambers is noted for its β€˜very clear and commercial attitude to litigation’ and houses an array of β€˜strong barristers’ for professional negligence disputes. William Flenley QC acted for the defendants in Group Seven v Nasir & Notable which involved an €100m fraud and a claim for €12m. He also led Jamie Carpenter in defending the solicitors in a Court of Appeal case, which involved a managed group of 100 claims, brought by claimants who had bought holiday homes in southern Italy. Michael Pooles QC acted for the defendant solicitors in Thomas v Hugh James , leading Matthew Jackson.

3 Verulam Buildings is a β€˜fantastic set’ that is particularly regarded for its experience in financial services sector professional negligence disputes and members are often instructed by major insurance and reinsurance groups.

Brick Court Chambers is a β€˜premier set’ for professional negligence work, it has β€˜excellent quality at all levels’, and is often instructed in cases involving major accountancy firms, banks and other financial institutions, solicitors, insurance brokers, actuaries, and tax advisers. Tim Lord QC led Simon Salzedo QC, Stephen Midwinter QC and Craig Morrison in acting for KWL in resisting the appeal by UBS in a case which examined the professional negligence of a portfolio manager. Tom Adam QC is acting for Ernst & Young in a case involving a film finance tax avoidance scheme. Adam is also leading Tony Singla in a case brought by Northern Rock against Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

Fountain Court Chambers is a β€˜high-class set of barristers’ with β€˜very effective advocates for professional negligence matters’. Financial services negligence is a key area of expertise and members have been advising on a number of claims arising out of or related to financial mis-selling issues. Bankim Thanki QC represented Lloyds Bank in a Β£20m LIBOR mis-selling claim, which included allegations of negligent advice in connection with the sale of financial products associated with lending to a property development company. Meanwhile, an unled Tamara Oppenheimer acted for Coutts in a Β£5m claim of product mis-selling and negligent investment advice. For valuers negligence, Mark Simpson QC led Nik Yeo and Nico Leslie in representing the claimant in the Gemini litigation, a claim arising out of alleged negligent valuation of 26 properties in a securitised portfolio valued at Β£1.2bn.

Wilberforce Chambers is an β€˜excellent set for professional negligence’ cases and its expertise spans claims against solicitors, barristers, accountants, auditors, actuaries, construction professionals, finance practitioners, company directors and insurance brokers. Joanna Smith QC is acting for the claimant lender in Tiuta International Ltd v De Villiers Chartered Surveyors, a valuers claim. John Wardell QC acted for the claimant in a case against Bird & Bird LLP, for negligence in relation to the conveyance of a Β£26m property in North London.

With a β€˜strong reputation’ 1 Chancery Lane is active in disputes involving professionals across the legal, insurance, financial services, property and construction sectors, and it is also noted for its expertise in education and local authority cases.

The β€˜impressive’ members at 2TG – 2 Temple Gardens are β€˜responsive and professional’ and the set has a β€˜good mix of senior and junior counsel to call on’ for professional negligence work. Charles Dougherty QC successfully appeared in the Court of Appeal, acting for the respondent in Schubert Murphy v Law Society, which raised the issue of the professional body’s duty of care to solicitors and the public. Dougherty also led David Thomas and Isabel Barter in Gaze v HS, acting for a silk and Bar Mutual in a Β£15m claim brought against the claimant’s former solicitors and counsel arising out of earlier unsuccessful litigation.

7 King's Bench Walk is a β€˜fantastic choice for professional negligence work’. The set is particularly noted for its accountants and auditors negligence expertise, but it is also active across cases involving solicitors and financial services professionals. Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC is active in National House Building Council v PwC, a Β£60m audit negligence claim, and Christopher Butcher QC is instructed in AssetCo v Grant Thornton UK.

Atkin Chambers is praised for its β€˜excellent strength in depth’ for professional negligence and it is a β€˜key choice for complex technology, construction and engineering negligence cases’; its β€˜outstanding reputation is well deserved’. David Streatfeild-James QC appeared in Supreme Court case MT Hojgaard AS v E.ON Climate and Renewables UK Robin Rigg East Ltd and Anor, which examined the failure of offshore wind farm foundations. Meanwhile, Fiona Parkin QC represented the respondent in Court of Appeal case Lejonvarn v Burgess and Anor, which held that an architect and project manager, who supplied professional services to friends free of charge and without entering into a contract, owed a duty in tort to exercise reasonable skill and care.

Crown Office Chambers is highly regarded for its construction-related professional negligence experience, and is also active across claims involving insurance brokers, IFAs, auditors, lawyers, independent financial advisers, engineers, valuers, quantity surveyors and architects. Acting on both sides, Ben Quiney QC is leading James Sharpe against John Greenbourne in Perry v Raleys, a series of claims arising from the alleged under-settlement of miner’s VWF claims.

Hardwicke is a β€˜progressive and agile set that wants to give practical solutions rather than getting hung up on technical arguments’, and it is active in commercial, construction, technology, property, financial services, insurance and insolvency claims. Paul Reed QC is involved in Carillion Construction Ltd v Aecom & Emcor and John de Waal QC is representing housebuilder Barratt in relation to a claim for damages following the discovery of asbestos at a site for residential development in South Wales.

Keating Chambers is a β€˜leading set for construction-related professional negligence cases’ and barristers are β€˜always accessible’. Technology cases are also a key area of expertise. Calum Lamont is acting against Adam Constable QC in a Β£20m dispute relating to a defective glazing system in a commercial property in the City of London. Simon Hargreaves QC is leading Jonathan Selby QC in the ongoing litigation relating to issues with the faΓ§ade of Selfridges in Birmingham.

Radcliffe Chambers is β€˜efficient and well run’ and its expertise spans negligence cases involving lawyers, surveyors, valuers, financial professionals, actuaries and pension consultants. Dreamvar v Mishcon de Reya is a key case highlight, with Jeremy Cousins QC and Peter Dodge appearing for Mishcon de Reya LLP in the high-profile dispute.

Serle Court has an β€˜excellent reputation’ for professional negligence cases and provides a β€˜top-quality service’. Lance Ashworth QC appeared in Instant Access Properties v Rosser and Others, which involved a claim for Β£35m and includes claims by the company’s liquidators that the company tax advisors and solicitors failed to give proper advice.

Maitland Chambers is regularly instructed in professional negligence claims involving accountants and auditors, financial professionals, lawyers, and property professionals.

Selborne Chambers is a β€˜fast-moving set’ with a β€˜deserved reputation for excellence’. Gary Blaker QC appears for the claimants in P & P Property Ltd v Owen White and Catlin and Crownvent Ltd, a Β£1.3m claim arising out of the fraudulent sale of a property in West London. NRAM Ltd v Evans was a key highlight for Nicholas Trompeter.

XXIV Old Buildings is regularly instructed in professional negligence cases involving lawyers, accountants, auditors, surveyors, valuers and trustees, and it is noted for its β€˜thorough and responsive’ approach.

Although well known for its medical negligence expertise, 1 Crown Office Row is often involved in a range of claims against lawyers, surveyors, construction, planning and environmental professionals.

39 Essex Chambers has an β€˜outward looking approach’ and is β€˜well respected’ for professional negligence cases, particularly involving construction and engineering issues.

Essex Court Chambers offers a β€˜client-orientated’ service and is instructed on cases against solicitors, barristers and insurance brokers, often with a cross-border element.

One Essex Court is experienced across a range of professional negligence cases, with experience in cases involving solicitors, accountants, actuaries, auditors and financial professionals.

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