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Leading Silks

Lesley Anderson QC - Kings ChambersAn excellent advocate, tactically astute, and very user friendly.
Mark Cawson QC - Exchange ChambersA charming man who has the highest standards. He is extremely dedicated and very detailed in his approach. Very approachable and is very well liked. He has a great manner with clients.
Paul Chaisty QC - Kings ChambersHe has superb cross-examination skills.
Mark Harper QC - Kings ChambersExtremely sharp witted, bright,accommodating, determined and understands the importance of getting to the nub of the issue quickly. Popular with clients.

2020 Silks

Andrew Grantham QC - Kings ChambersHe is very impressive.

Leading Juniors

Neil Berragan - Kings ChambersAn excellent senior-junior and first-rate advocate.
Martin Budworth - Kings ChambersAlways well prepared and unflappable. Client friendly and very easy to work with.
James Malam - Exchange ChambersVery good on paper, with clear and forceful pleadings. Just as good before the court. Always feel in safe hands with James on determining the key technical points, putting forward our best case on them.
George Rowell - Exchange ChambersHe is practical, pragmatic and puts clients at ease, excellent at tax and developing a specialism in professional negligence in tax-related cases.

Professional negligence in Regional Bar

Kings Chambers

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.

Exchange Chambers

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 pragmaticJames 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.