Our Commercial team has considerable experience of representing clients in professional negligence claims.  We are regularly instructed to act both for claimants (the clients) and defendants (the professionals) in a broad spectrum of professional negligence claims arising out of commercial matters, including claims against:

Solicitors, e.g. for negligence in:

  • Drafting share purchase agreements and other commercial contracts
  • Conduct of litigation
  • Conveyancing
  • Secured lending
  • Surveyors, relating to:
  • Building and other surveys
  • Valuations

Architects, relating to:

  • Designs, drawings and plans
  • Supervision and certification of building contracts
  • Accountants, e.g. for negligence in:
  • Carrying out audits
  • Preparing accounts
  • Advising on financial issues, including tax
  • Providing advice about company issues

Financial advisers
Insurance brokers
Planning consultants

Our barristers pride themselves on their ability to apply their skills and experience to different types of claim made against all of the many types of professional involved in commercial matters.  Our team members are pragmatic, flexible and commercially minded lawyers who provide sensible and realistic advice, focused on the interests of our clients.

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 so too 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 offer a barrister with the right level of seniority for any claim.  Some members of the team have expertise in specialist areas, such as lenders’ claims, and are on the panels of approved counsel for major banks and building societies.

Whatever the claim, we can assist.

Professional Negligence in Company & Commercial Team

John Sharples

John Sharples

  • Call: 1992

John is a very experienced adviser and advocate and has practised in the area of professional negligence for over 25 years. He is ranked in Band 1 for both real estate litigation and chancery in Chambers UK and...

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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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Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke

  • Call: 2009

Michael undertakes professional negligence instructions for both claimants and defendants in a wide range of practice areas including representation at mediations. Michael’s recent experience includes: Representing a claimant in respect of a negligent coveyancing transactions. Representing a claimant...

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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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