UK Bar: Professional Negligence 2019

This year 23 silks and 10 juniors are recognised for their exceptional work in the field of professional negligence.

Most Highly Regarded
Silks
1. Mark Simpson QC  Fountain Court Chambers
2. Ben Hubble QC  4 New Square
3. Jamie Smith QC  4 New Square
Juniors
1. Helen Evans  4 New Square
2. Amanda Savage  4 New Square

Silks

Leading set 4 New Square performs exceedingly well in this year’s research, with 10 lawyers listed for their work in professional negligence.
Ben Hubble QC is an exceptional professional negligence barrister and receives high commendation from peers who remark that he is "incredibly wise, and at the top of the tree".
Jamie Smith QC is very well regarded for his work in the field. He is praised by sources for being “very impressive” and “extremely diligent”, and always brings “a great energy” to proceedings.  
Roger Stewart QC is highlighted for his “exceptional experience” of complex professional liability matters, an area in which he is considered a leading silk.
Ben Patten QC is a “very clever” advocate whose practice covers a broad range of professional negligence claims. His client base includes insurers, developers and contractors.
Justin Fenwick QC is very well regarded for his work in the field of professional negligence. Noting his “great brain”, sources say they “really rate him”.  
Graham Chapman QC focuses his first-rate practice on a broad range of complex matters within the field, including claims against lawyers, insurance brokers, auditors and other professionals.
Patrick Lawrence QC is “a fantastic advocate with very good judgement” say peers, who commend his expertise in cases involving financial services professionals such as auditors, as well as pensions, tax and investment advisers.
Nicholas Davidson QC is extremely well regarded in the field and is well versed in handling complex liability claims from various sectors, particularly matters relating to company valuation. 
Graeme McPherson QC’s “advocacy is second to none” according to sources. He draws high praise for his expert handling of domestic and international professional liability claims. Siân Mirchandani QC is recognised for her superb professional negligence practice. She works with many professionals including architects, clinicians, estate agents and engineers.

Crown Office Chambers sees silks lawyers recognised here.
Andrew Bartlett QC is described by peers as a “very impressive silk, especially on construction matters” and an “excellent cross-examiner” when it comes to professional negligence disputes.
Michael Harvey QC is well known for working on “complex, high-value professional negligence matters” and is particularly highlighted for his impressive work on professional liability of lawyers.  
Daniel Shapiro QC gains recognition here for his top-notch professional liability practice, where he frequently represents a range of clients from insurance brokers to solicitors.

Fountain Court Chambers sees two top professional negligence lawyers listed here.
Mark Simpson QC is one of the foremost professional negligence silks at the bar. He is a “strategic operator and highly intelligent” and is “not afraid to take on the difficult points”. 
Anneliese Day QC’s “advocacy skills are first rate, and she’s excellent with clients”, say peers who commend her work on cases involving a number of financial services professionals, as well as patent agents, valuers and lawyers.

Hailsham Chambers achieves two listings in this chapter.
William Flenley QC is “a very smooth operator” who regularly works on complex professional liability cases involving financial services advisers.
Michael Pooles QC has “a brilliant courtroom style and excellent judgement” say sources who commend his particular expertise in matters involving insurance brokers and professional indemnity.

Brick Court Chambers sees two lawyers listed here.
Mark Hapgood QC “has an excellent reputation that is well deserved” according to respondents who praise his extensive experience handling sophisticated professional negligence and liability claims.
Mark Howard QC is recognised for his first-class professional negligence practice, which spans a range of commercial litigation matters – most notably before the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.

Colin Edelman QC of Devereux Chambers is highly regarded for his work in the field. He is “an excellent professional negligence QC, particularly where there is an insurance angle”, say peers.

Joanna Smith QC at Wilberforce Chambers is highly commended by peers who note, “She prepares with exhaustive thoroughness and has every fact at her fingertips.”

John Randall QC of St Philips Chambers is a brilliant professional negligence barrister. “The quality of his advice is outstanding. He has the ability to go straight to the heart of the issue,” say sources.

Juniors

4 New Square performs very well with six juniors listed.
Amanda Savage is an exceptional professional negligence junior. She is “incisive” and “combines legal acumen with pragmatic commercial advice”.
Helen Evans stands out as one of the most highly regarded barristers in the field. Peers regard her as “thorough and meticulous”, and say she “can unpick the most complicated of cases”.
Clare Dixon is “technically outstanding” according to sources, who note she is “very impressive on her feet” and “an excellent strategist”.
Scott Allen is a “very strong junior” in the field of professional negligence, often working on cases involving solicitors’ liability. He is “extremely clever, and very hardworking”.
Nicholas Broomfield is highly commended for his work in the field. He has the “ability to get to the heart of the matter very quickly” and is “ferociously bright as well as very hard-working”.
Hugh Evans “is extremely well versed” in professional negligence matters, particularly in acting for defendants and claimants in cases relating to lawyers’ liability.

Hailsham Chambers achieves two listings in this chapter.
Francis Bacon is an “excellent professional negligence junior” with “very good judgement”. His practice involves working with a number of different professionals, including trustees, architects, insurance brokers and auditors.
Spike Charlwood is recognised for his stellar professional negligence practice. He has a wealth of experience in working on lawyers’ liability cases, and regularly acts for defendants.

4 Pump Court sees two lawyers recognised for their work.
Luke Wygas has a “very strong practice in professional negligence” that spans liability cases involving construction professionals, as well as architects and engineers.
James Purchas is a superb professional negligence junior who works with many professionals, including auditors and accountants, on complex liability claims.

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