Kings Chambers has an 'outstanding range of very capable counsel' for professional negligence matters. Historically, the set's instructions related to actions brought against members of the traditional professions. However, since the financial crisis, chambers has been a significant increase in actions against banks, financial institutions, IFA's, accountants, and surveyors. The 'tactically astute', Lesley Anderson QC is well-known for acting in claims against solicitors and accountants. 'Very pragmatic with a down-to-earth approach' the 'creative and diligent' Mark Harper QC is acting for the claimant in an action against their financial advisers who it is alleged failed to properly advise the claimant in relation to an investment product that turned out to be a Ponzi Scheme. A highly skilled cross-examiner, Paul Chaisty QC is acting for the claimant in Grant v Ernst Young, a claim for alleged negligent advice in respect of tax mitigation film schemes. The 'very impressive' Andrew Grantham QC has strengthened chambers at the senior end following his elevation to silk in March 2020. At the junior end, the 'first-rate' Neil Berragan recently represented the defendant in Various claimants v Miller Pattison Ltd, a case in which over 50 historic claims alleging negligent advice and installation of cavity wall insulation. Martin Budworth recently acted for the defendant in Various claimants v KDP partnership, a multi-million-pound claim against architects for losses caused by false completion certificates on blocks of flats.
Professional negligence in Regional Bar
Exchange Chambers is 'a very good set' for professional negligence instructions, thanks to 'a variety of barristers for the job and knowledgeable and receptive clerks'. Mark Cawson QC has a strong presence within the professional negligence sector, acting for both claimants and defendants across a range of professions. In one example, Ahmed v Linder Myers, he successfully acted for a claimant developer in a £1.2m High Court claim against solicitors relating to failure to properly obtain an obligation to pay ground rents. The 'practical and pragmatic' James Malam has extensive experience acting for both claimants and defendants in professional negligence disputes including those within niche professions, such as agronomists. With 'unrivalled expertise in specialist tax law dove-tailed with a wide commercial law practice', George Rowell has particular expertise in negligence claims against accountants and tax advisers.