Professional Negligence

Highly reputable set acting for individuals, banks and many others. The lawyers represent clients in claims relating to the conduct of litigation, probate, conveyancing and financial advice. The set can also field strong expertise in actions against valuers and architects."

Chambers UK  2021
Professional Negligence

St John’s Chambers has an experienced team of professional negligence barristers who advise and represent individuals on a wide range of disputes concerning breach of contract and duty.

Professional negligence claims can be complex matters, involving difficult issues about the nature and scope of the professional’s duty of care, and about liability, reliance, causation, loss, contributory negligence, mitigation and limitation.

Our barristers analyse professional negligence claims carefully, in order to be able to provide the best possible advice about prospects and strategy. We understand the importance in professional negligence claims of gaining a thorough understanding of the negligence alleged and the way in which it is said to have caused the client to suffer loss. If a claim is strong, our barristers will say so, but will likewise advise if a claim is weak or uncertain. We appreciate that it is critically important for clients to be given a thorough, accurate and realistic appraisal of their prospects, so that they can make properly informed decisions about how to proceed.

Our team has barristers across the spectrum of seniority so that we can select a barrister with the right level of seniority for any claim. Some members of the team are professional negligence specialists who are experienced in claims against a wide range of professionals in many differing factual situations.

Our barristers are also experienced in claims relating to their particular practice areas which include:

We advise numerous professionals, including:

  • Solicitors
  • Barristers
  • Medical professionals
  • Accountants
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Estate agents
  • Financial advisers
  • Surveyors and other professionals

Our friendly and professional clerks can assist in directing a client to the barrister with the most appropriate expertise.


Professional negligence claims often go to mediation. Our team is experienced in acting for and advising clients in relation to mediations. We also have a number of qualified mediators. Our facilities are specifically designed to meet with clients’ needs for a mediation venue. Read more.


Our team regularly delivers lectures to solicitors and other professionals on recent developments in the law and practice of professional negligence. If you are interested in arranging a bespoke seminar please contact Robert Bocock, Practice Manager.

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