St John’s Chambers Banking team provide advisory and advocacy services to both businesses and individuals who have suffered a loss due to negligence of a banking or financial professional.

We have acted for and against banks, stock brokers, fund managers, accountants, auditors, independent financial advisors, mortgage brokers, insurance brokers and intermediaries, companies and private individuals and generally act in professional negligence claims relating to any financial professionals.

Our team, which includes former investment bankers, accountants and management consultants who have re-trained to become barristers, is highly experienced and understands the technical financial details of the products and services involved in these cases.

Our barristers act in relation to complex mis-selling claims and claims relating to a range of negligent advice given by banks, stock brokers, fund managers, accountants and IFAs to both their corporate and individual clients. We also act in relation to negligent audits and financial statements provided by accountants.

Our team is familiar with the financial services regulations, the FSA Handbook and the FOS procedure and regularly advises clients on these rules and regulations.

St John’s is well regarded for its expertise in financial services disputes and our barristers have been instructed in high value cases involving negligent advice and mis-selling of various derivative instruments including options. Members of St John’s are also regularly instructed to represent lenders, typically in claims against solicitors and surveyors, but also against property developers. A particularly interesting case recently undertaken by one of our barristers involved the duties owed by a bank to the mortgagor when selling assets secured under a mortgage.

We advise a broad range of clients including:

  • Banks and Bankers
  • Stock Brokers
  • Fund Managers
  • IFAs/Financial advisers
  • Accountants
  • Insurance brokers (who provide professional negligence cover)
  • Companies
  • Private individuals

Professional Negligence in Banking Team

James Pearce Smith

James Pearce-Smith

  • Call: 2002

James has particular expertise in professional negligence disputes.  He specialised in professional negligence claims as a solicitor, and has continued to do so as a barrister. He generally acts for claimants, but is also instructed from time to time...

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John Dickinson

John Dickinson

  • Call: 1995

John is a barrister advising on professional negligence claims in relation to banking, accountancy and fraud sectors, as well as company and commercial, real estate and wills and trusts matters. His practice includes professional negligence claims acting both...

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Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones

  • Call: 2004

Christopher acts for businesses and individuals in claims concerning all aspects of professional negligence related to his areas of expertise. He has a particular interest in bringing and defending claims against solicitors (litigation, conveyancing, wills and tax planning),...

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Natasha Dzameh

Natasha Dzameh

  • Call: 2010

Natasha has a wealth of experience representing claimants and defendants in this field. Her practice concerns the professional liability of agents, brokers, legal professionals (solicitors and barristers), construction professionals (architects, surveyors etc.), engineers, executors, financial professionals, trust companies,...

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Charlie Newington Bridges

Charlie Newington-Bridges

  • Call: 2011

Charlie acts in professional negligence claims involving architects, builders and surveyors. Recent work includes: Acting in multi-million pound professional negligence claim against a national tax advisory business in relation to the re-patriation and re-basing of offshore assets by...

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Joss Knight

  • Call: 2014

Joss has acted in a wide variety of professional negligence disputes including claims against solicitors, architects, builders, contract administrators, approved inspectors, valuers, and surveyors. His current solicitors’ negligence caseload includes: Acting for the claimant in a seven-figure claim...

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Guy Adams

Guy Adams

  • Call: 1989

Guy has extensive experience of acting in professional negligence matters, but in particular in relation to solicitors and financial advisers. He has extensive appellate experience and his Court of Appeal appearances in professional negligence matters include Joyce v...

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