Professional Negligence in Company & Commercial
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
- Secured lending
- Surveyors, relating to:
- Building and other surveys
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
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.