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Leading Silks

Hugh Sims KC - Guildhall ChambersHugh is an excellent tactician. His sharp brain keeps him a step ahead of his opponents and his advocacy skills at trial are fantastic. He is very thorough and he wins clients over.'

Leading Juniors

Richard Whitehouse - 3PBRichard has excellent attention to detail, coupled with the ability to get straight to the main issues in a case.'
Oliver Manley - Guildhall Chambers 'Oliver is extremely knowledgeable in professional negligence matters, and possesses strategic nous. His calm temperament and ability to explain matters in lay terms is very reassuring.'
Joss Knight - St John's Chambers 'An intelligent, incisive and personable junior.'
John Virgo - Guildhall ChambersJohn is a hugely experienced litigator who brings confidence to clients. He is authoritative and tenacious and leads by example, with robust advice and opinions given whilst rolling up sleeves and getting stuck into the graft of cases. He has the ear of the Court.'
James Wibberley - Guildhall ChambersJames has a forensic knowledge of the law and can be trusted to consider every possible angle to an argument. He has an excellent engaging manner with clients which puts them at their ease. A first-rate advocate.'

Professional negligence in Regional Bar

Guildhall Chambers

At Guildhall Chambers, the ‘exceptionally brightHugh Sims KC has an excellent reputation for representing claimants and defendants in professional negligence disputes involving solicitors, surveyors, accountants and other professionals. John Virgo has established strength in cases in the financial arena, while Oliver Manley has niche expertise in handling cases involving negligent immigration advice. Jay Jagasia regularly acts for financial institutions in professional negligence matters. James Wibberley is singled out for his solid experience in handling claims brought against solicitors.



Good reputable set in the South West.’

Very good across the board.’

Members are very responsive.’


All very helpful and efficient.’

Quick and reactive.’

Highly responsive and a pleasure to deal with. Joe Stayte couldn’t be more helpful.’

Joe and Stephen Arnold are quick to respond and very helpful.’

St John's Chambers

Bristol’s St John’s Chambers houses a team which is regularly instructed in cases involving claims against surveyors and solicitors, and is especially strong in handling work brought against architects. John Dickinson acts for banks and insurer clients in a range of professional negligence disputes, and Joss Knight has solid expertise in advising on claims brought against valuers, contract administrators and builders. James Pearce-Smith is sought after for his expertise in assisting claimants, with a core focus on acting for lender clients in cases relating to the banking sector. James Marwick is also a key name to note.