UK Bar: Professional Negligence 2018

This year we recognise 29 barristers who are highlighted for their exceptional professional negligence work handling indemnity claims and liability disputes against individuals from the financial services sector, solicitors, accountants and other professionals. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Mark Simpson QC Fountain Court Chambers
2. Justin Fenwick QC 4 New Square
3. Patrick Lawrence QC 4 New Square
4. Ben Patten QC 4 New Square
1. Clare Dixon 4 New Square
2. James Purchas 4 Pump Court


4 NEW SQUARE is one of the leading sets for professional negligence and sees 10 silks achieve nominations this year for their outstanding work in the field.
Ben Patten QC is “a very clever, very crisp advocate” with “a measured presentational manner” according to sources. He has one of the pre-eminent practices in the field, which covers areas including claims for negligent audit work, professional indemnity insurance issues and insurance coverage issues.
Patrick Lawrence QC “really is one of the best” according to respondents who consider him “one of the top names in the field”. His work includes commercial and company law issues, working particularly with claims related to financial services advisers.
Justin Fenwick QC is highly rated by sources who regard him as “a great legal mind”. His practice spans claims for negligence against brokers, and disputes with insurers.
Roger Stewart QC is “an effective advocate” highlighted by peers for his specialist expertise in construction liability claims.
Graham Chapman QC is an outstanding silk recognised for his excellent work handling claims against construction and financial services professionals, auditors and insurance brokers.

BRICK COURT CHAMBERS impresses this year with a number of exceptional silks listed for their work in the field of professional negligence.
Mark Hapgood QC is a highly distinguished silk, commended for his knowledgeable insight into complex issues such as broker fraud, and damages relating to fraudulently concealed trading.
Mark Howard QC is “known for being a superb cross-examiner” according to sources. His practice covers an array of professional negligence issues for which he provides over 30 years’ experience.

HAILSHAM CHAMBERS sees two impressive silks listed in this chapter this year.
Sources describe Michael Pooles QC as “very good indeed”, and they commend his expert handling of claims against accountants, general insurance and indemnity disputes and claims against lawyers.
William Flenley QC is “a key player in professional negligence circles” according to respondents and is well versed in dealing with claims against financial advisers and auditors.

At FOUNTAIN COURT CHAMBERS Mark Simpson QC is described as “one of the best cross-examiners in the business”. He is among the most highly rated silks in our research this year and stands out for his strong expertise in breach of fiduciary duty and financial claims against both individuals and companies.

At ST PHILIPS STONE, Ed Pepperall QC is highlighted as “an outstandingly clever guy” recognised for his wealth of knowledge on negligence claims relating to fraudulent behaviour and contractual issues.

At DEVEREUX CHAMBERS, the “brilliant” Colin Edelman QC is “unparalleled on insurance and reinsurance issues” according to sources, who note his particular expertise in dealing with professional indemnity insurance based negligence claims.

WILBERFORCE CHAMBERSJoanna Smith QC is “extremely able and always fantastically prepared” according to respondents. She is highly sought after by clients who praise her work on auditor negligence matters, construction claims and conduct of litigation claims.


4 NEW SQUARE has an impressive junior bench with three barristers nominated this year for their professional negligence work.
Clare Dixon is “a brilliant advocate”, commended in particular for her first-class work relating to issues concerning lawyers, auditors, valuers and accountants.
Helen Evans is extremely well versed in areas of professional negligence pertaining to lost litigation, matrimonial issues and property work, and is described by sources as a “superb” and “first-rate” junior.
Siân Mirchandani is a standout junior with a highly regarded professional negligence practice. She is recognised particularly for her strong expertise in construction claims.

4 PUMP COURT’s James Purchas is one of the leading professional negligence juniors at the Bar, noted for his depth of knowledge in accountancy and financial services-related professional negligence disputes.

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