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Professional Negligence Overview

Chambers is regarded as a leading set for professional negligence and is consistently ranked in both Chambers and Partners and Legal 500.

Our experience encompasses the full range of professions across all business sectors, including solicitors, auditors, accountants, investors, taxation advisers and even auctioneers. Members of chambers regularly act for both claimants and defendants, on high and low value claims, on discrete issues, and in multi-party and group litigation.

Members of chambers routinely advise at the pre-action stage and can advise on coverage issues, where required.


Chambers & Partners 2018

Serle Court has acquired a reputation for handling challenging professional negligence claims with aplomb. Sources praise its "uniformly excellent counsel." Members are instructed on a wide array of matters and particularly excel at those with chancery elements. Recent work highlights include a high-profile claim against Sotheby's, the auction house, in connection with the alleged misattribution of a painting by Caravaggio to a lesser known follower. 

Client service: "The clerking is excellent. They've got a good idea of what you want and will be able to suggest members of chambers. They're really helpful." Steve Whitaker heads the clerking team. 

Philip Jones QC 
Regularly instructed by both sides on professional negligence cases relating to a broad range of business professionals, including accountants, lawyers, company administrators and tax advisers. His practice benefits from his comprehensive understanding of commercial chancery law.

Strengths: "He provides really superb legal analysis, allied to what's good for the client and what's commercial." "Quick in his responses and highly knowledgeable."

Legal 500 2017

David Blayney QC - ‘Exceptional’

Hugh Norbury QC - ‘Very astute’ 

Lance Ashworth QC - ‘Excellent’ 

Philip Jones QC - ‘He provides excellent legal knowledge and analysis, but is also pragmatic and commercial’ 

Philip Marshall QC - ‘Technically excellent’

Daniel Lightman QC - 'Thorough'

Dakis Hagen QC - 'Very talented'

Andrew Bruce - ‘He provides commercially focused advice’

David Drake -  ‘Brilliant’

Richard Walford - ‘Vast experience’

Thomas Braithwaite - 'Highly regarded'



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Notable Cases

Solland International Ltd v Clifford Harris & Co [2015] EWHC 3295 (Ch)

Whether a professional negligence claim should be struck out as... more

Lemos v CIBC

A claim alleging gross negligence by professional trustees in the... more

Lexi Holdings v Pannone

Philip Marshall QC and Ruth Holtham continued to appear on... more

Lexi Holdings plc (in administration) v. (1) DTZ; (2) Mace & Jones [2010] EWHC 2290 (Ch)

In a professional negligence claim brought by a mortgagee, the... more

Dickson v Christie’s

The facts of the case are widely reported - e.g.... more

Littman v Aspen Oil (Broking) Ltd [2005] EWCA Civ. 1579

Case concerned a lease of commercial premises in London. The... more

Saab v Jones Day Reavis & Pogue [2002] EWHC 2616 (Ch, Peter Smith J)

Professional negligence claim with respect to advice given for a... more

Cave v Robinson Jarvis & Rolf [2003] 1 AC 384

A solicitor undertook the drafting of an agreement as a... more

Gribbon v Lutton [2002] QB 902

The defendant solicitor had drawn up a stakeholder agreement for... more

Cave v Robinson Jarvis & Rolf [2002] 1 WLR 581

Held that the Court of Appeal would be bound by... more

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