We act in domestic and international disputes for and against professionals across the whole spectrum of professional negligence work and in all forums.
Particular expertise lies in disputes concerning solicitors and barristers; insurance and financial services; architects and engineers; surveyors and valuers; and other construction, project management and design professionals.
Allied to this specialism in resolving professional disputes, is our experience of advising on issues concerning professional indemnity insurance policies, in particular in relation to issues of coverage and the proper meaning and interpretation of policy terms, including disputes concerning the avoidance or denial of cover and the effect of policy wordings. Members are regularly instructed directly by major insurers in this regard.
Our barristers act on an impressive range of cases, from reasonably modest professional liability claims by private individuals to multi-million-pound international claims in a wide variety of complex commercial contexts. We have the expertise and experience our clients expect from our established place at the heart of the professional negligence bar.
Our barristers have been instrumental in shaping the development of the law, having acted in ground-breaking cases such as SAAMCO, Allied Maples v Simmons & Simmons and Haward v Fawcetts. The team combines practical advice with unparalleled advocacy experience across all levels of seniority: our clients can be confident that whatever the year of call, they are instructing a barrister with the court-craft that comes only from regular appearances in front of judges in every civil court, as well as regulatory tribunals.
We adopt a commercial approach to litigation, from pre-action to trial and beyond, and are focussed on ensuring that every decision taken brings the case closer to the client’s desired outcome, in the most cost-effective way possible.
Our work complements, and overlaps with, the work of our other principal practice groups such as insurance, product liability, property damage, disciplinary and regulatory, management liability, civil fraud, clinical negligence and private international law, for those cases with a cross-border or jurisdictional element.