Professional Negligence

Professional Negligence

What our professional negligence barristers offer

39 Essex Chambers includes barristers with extensive and wide experience of advising on professional negligence claims. We advise claimants and defendants. We provide advice and representation in relation to related professional indemnity insurance issues and regulatory and disciplinary proceedings.

Our professional negligence experience

A core team at 39 Essex Chambers represented the claimant insurers (Winterthur/NIG) dealing with the ground-breaking professional negligence litigation arising out of the collapse of The Accident Group.

Our barristers represent clients in professional negligence cases in the following professions:

Accountants and auditors

  • due diligence, tax and business advice
  • failure to detect corporate/management fraud
  • over-valuation of assets
  • under-statement of liabilities
  • breaches of corporate governance.

We have acted in disputes concerning the full range of accountancy firms – from the Big Four firms and the large London and nationally represented accountancy firms down to the high street practice.

Our experience extends to accountancy advice provided to clients in all commercial and construction industry sectors.

Construction professionals

Our barristers advise on cases involving architects, engineers, project managers, designers and surveyors in the construction, engineering, information technology, mining and energy sectors.

Financial practitioners

Our barristers have advised extensively on the growing number of cases arising out of a comprehensive and detailed regulatory regime on issues such as mis-selling of investments, pensions and other products, as well as tax advice.

We have been involved in drafting representations to the FSA and FCA. Our barristers have advised clients in hearings before disciplinary committees of the ICAEW and the British Insurance Brokers Association.

Solicitors and barristers

Our barristers are instructed by professional indemnity insurers and claimants in many disputes involving barristers and solicitors, particularly those arising from failed or settled litigation.

Significant cases dealing with professional negligence matters, include:

  • acting for London Underground and Kajima in negligence actions prompted by the Chancery Lane derailment
  • advising and representing a defendant firm of quantity surveyors facing a £12m  claim stemming from cost overruns in a large commercial development
  • advising and representing defendant engineers in Secretary of State for Transport v Pell Frischmann Consultants Ltd
  • advising and acting for the defendant engineers on the Thelwall Viaduct refurbishment – Secretary of State v Mott Macdonald Ltd
  • Landfast (Anglia) Ltd v Cameron Taylor One Ltd. (2008) 117 Con LR 53 (TCC)
  • Lingfield Properties (Darlington) Ltd v Padgett Lavender Associates (2007) EWHC 2989 (QB).

Who to contact

Ben Sundborg

Ben Sundborg is the Senior Practice Manager for the Professional Negligence team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.


Ben SundborgEmail


Call: +44 (0)20 7832 1179


Mobile: +44 (0)7921 880 668


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Charlie Cory-Wright QC

Charlie Cory-Wright QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2006

Simon Goldblatt QC

Simon Goldblatt QC

Call: 1953 Silk: 1972

John Tackaberry QC

John Tackaberry QC

Call: 1967 Silk: 1982

Nigel Pleming QC

Nigel Pleming QC

Call: 1971 Silk: 1992

Richard Spearman QC

Richard Spearman QC

Call: 1977 Silk: 1996

William Norris QC

William Norris QC

Call: 1974 Silk: 1997

Matthias Kelly QC

Matthias Kelly QC

Call: 1979 Silk: 1999

Neil Block QC

Neil Block QC

Call: 1980 Silk: 2002

Stuart Catchpole QC

Stuart Catchpole QC

Call: 1987 Silk: 2002

Colin McCaul QC

Colin McCaul QC

Call: 1978 Silk: 2003

Timothy Lyons QC BL

Timothy Lyons QC BL

Call: 1980 Silk: 2003

Adrian Hughes QC

Adrian Hughes QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2006

Charles Manzoni QC

Charles Manzoni QC

Call: 1988 Silk: 2009

Fenella Morris QC

Fenella Morris QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2012

Marion Smith QC

Marion Smith QC

Call: 1981 Silk: 2015

Vikram Sachdeva QC

Vikram Sachdeva QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2015

Derek O'Sullivan QC

Derek O'Sullivan QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2016

Kate Grange QC

Kate Grange QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2017

Karim Ghaly QC

Karim Ghaly QC

Call: 2001 Silk: 2017

Adam Robb QC

Adam Robb QC

Call: 1995 Silk: 2018

Parishil Patel QC

Parishil Patel QC

Call: 1996 Silk: 2018

James Todd QC

James Todd QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2019

David Brynmor Thomas QC

David Brynmor Thomas QC

Call: 2011 Silk: 2019

Rory Dunlop QC

Rory Dunlop QC

Call: 2002 Silk: 2019

Simon Edwards

Simon Edwards

Call: 1978

Geoffrey Brown

Geoffrey Brown

Call: 1981

Christian Du Cann

Christian Du Cann

Call: 1982

Jonathan Bellamy

Jonathan Bellamy

Call: 1986

Bernard Doherty

Bernard Doherty

Call: 1990

Emily Formby

Emily Formby

Call: 1993

Damian Falkowski

Damian Falkowski

Call: 1994

Christiaan Zwart

Christiaan Zwart

Call: 1997

John Denis-Smith

John Denis-Smith

Call: 1998

Judith Ayling

Judith Ayling

Call: 1998

Colin Thomann

Colin Thomann

Call: 1999

Katharine Scott

Katharine Scott

Call: 2000

Jess Connors

Jess Connors

Call: 2000

Alexandra Bodnar

Alexandra Bodnar

Call: 2004

Sadie Crapper

Sadie Crapper

Call: 2004

Robert Lazarus

Robert Lazarus

Call: 2004

Caroline Allen

Caroline Allen

Call: 2005

Alexis Hearnden

Alexis Hearnden

Call: 2005

Andrew Deakin

Andrew Deakin

Call: 2006

Peter Mant

Peter Mant

Call: 2006

Rachael O'Hagan

Rachael O'Hagan

Call: 2006

Quintin Fraser

Quintin Fraser

Call: 2006

Ned Helme

Ned Helme

Call: 2006

Edmund Townsend

Edmund Townsend

Call: 2006

Rebecca Drake

Rebecca Drake

Call: 2007

Jennifer Thelen

Jennifer Thelen

Call: 2007

Jack Holborn

Jack Holborn

Call: 2008

Catherine Dobson

Catherine Dobson

Call: 2009

Benjamin Tankel

Benjamin Tankel

Call: 2009

Patrick Hennessey

Patrick Hennessey

Call: 2010

Rose Grogan

Rose Grogan

Call: 2010

Angela Rainey

Angela Rainey

Call: 2010

Hannah McCarthy

Hannah McCarthy

Call: 2010

Annabel Lee

Annabel Lee

Call: 2010

Samar Abbas

Samar Abbas

Call: 2011

Tom Tabori

Tom Tabori

Call: 2011

Melissa Shipley

Melissa Shipley

Call: 2011

Jonathan Darby

Jonathan Darby

Call: 2012

Nicola Kohn

Nicola Kohn

Call: 2012

Adam Boukraa

Adam Boukraa

Call: 2013

Rosie Eleanor Scott

Rosie Eleanor Scott

Call: 2013

David Hopkins

David Hopkins

Call: 2013

Michelle Pratley

Michelle Pratley

Call: 2006

Augustus Ullstein QC

Augustus Ullstein QC

Call: 1970 Silk: 1992

Call +44 (0)20 7832 1111 for more information

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