Chambers has extensive experience and expertise in most aspects of professional negligence litigation, particularly in relation to lawyers, doctors and construction, planning and environmental professionals. The strength of individual members in different specialist fields is carried across into a wide range of professional negligence issues. Members of the team all have substantial experience in the fields concerned; they understand the underlying factual and technical issues which may arise. So, in legal professional negligence, different members will have hands on experience of clinical negligence and personal injury work as well as matrimonial finance work and a wide range of other civil litigation whose previous management has become a matter of dispute. Members bring this keen and practical insight into the subject matter and couple it with first class advocacy skills
Guy Mansfield QC (former Chairman of the Bar), Paul Rees QC, David Hart QC and Angus McCullough QC have all been listed in the main legal directories in this category as well as in other specialist fields. William Edis QC (prior to taking silk) has been named "Professional Negligence Junior of the year" in the Chambers and Partners Bar Awards.
Important recent Professional Negligence matters in which Members have appeared include –
Warner v Penningtons & Ors (2011), Guy Mansfield QC for costs consultant
(CA) Part 20 claim by defendant solicitors against expert witness (a rehabilitation costs consultant) summarily dismissed: no reasonable prospect of success.
Rybak v Langbar International (2011), Guy Mansfield QC for solicitors
(Ch D), Solicitors had not failed in their duty to the court either to give full and frank disclosure for a without notice injunction or later in preparing witness statements
D Morgan Plc v Mace & Jones (a firm)David Hart QC, John Whitting QC and John Joliffe for the Solicitors.
(2010)(TCC): £50m solicitors’ negligence claim concerning planning permission for landfill dismissed
McFaddens v Platford (2009) TCC, Guy Mansfield QC for solicitors
Barrister facing contribution claim by solicitors; it was reasonable to advise that client might need a litigation friend, he owed a duty to inform court and opponents preparing for forthcoming trial of the problem; client’s subsequent defaults broke chain of causation anyway.
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