Professional Negligence

Professional Negligence

What our professional negligence barristers offer

We have experience in a wide range of commercial and construction professional negligence claims and the associated regulatory issues: accountants and auditors, construction professionals, financial practitioners, insurance brokers, solicitors and barristers and surveyors. 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.

Accountants and auditors

Instructions are regularly received to advise and act in disputes involving due diligence, tax and business advice/professional services. Our auditors’ work includes failure to detect corporate/management fraud, over-valuation of assets, under-statement of liabilities and breaches of corporate governance. Members of 39 Essex Chambers act and 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 right down to the high street practice. Our experience extends to accountancy advice provided to clients in all commercial and construction industry sectors and includes claimant as well as defendant work. In addition to mainstream negligence actions, our team provides advice and representation in relation to related professional indemnity insurance issues and regulatory and disciplinary proceedings.

Construction professionals

39 Essex Chambers has a longstanding reputation in the field of construction law and members of this team are also recognised as leaders at the Bar in the related area of professional negligence claims against construction professionals.  Members of Chambers are regularly instructed to advise and act for both claimants and defendants in disputes involving alleged professional negligence on the part of architects, engineers, project managers, designers and surveyors in the construction, engineering, information technology, mining and energy sectors.

Financial practitioners

The financial services sector is subject to a comprehensive and detailed regulatory regime. The relationship between that regime and civil claims for loss incurred by deficient advice on investments, pensions, tax, product mis-selling or other financial matters is an area requiring sophisticated legal advice and a sound knowledge of the sector. The regulatory framework of financial services gives those who believe that they have suffered loss in consequence of the failings of their financial advisers the opportunity to seek redress from the FSA rather than embarking on litigation. Members of 39 Essex Chambers have extensive experience in advising on all aspects of such claims and drafting representations to the FSA. They have also appeared before disciplinary committees of the ICAEW and the British Insurance Brokers Association. We believe that experience of the inter-relationship between the regulatory framework and the outcomes afforded by litigation/arbitration is critical to ensure the best route to obtain the most advantageous redress or defence for the client. In addition to mainstream negligence actions, our team provides advice and representation in relation to related professional indemnity insurance issues and regulatory and disciplinary proceedings.

Solicitors and barristers

Members of Chambers are instructed by professional indemnity insurers including the BMIF and claimants in many disputes involving barristers and solicitors, particularly those arising from failed or settled litigation.

Significant recent cases dealing with professional negligence matters:

  • 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 £12 million claim stemming from cost overruns in a large commercial development.
  • Advising and representing defendant engineers in the sprawling railway infrastructure case, 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) advising and representing consulting engineers and building surveyors in a dispute about an alleged failure to advise on the amount of site preparation needed.
  • Lingfield Properties (Darlington) Ltd v Padgett Lavender Associates [2007] EWHC 2989 (QB) advising in a dispute about Architects’ negligence in relation to the use of fire-retarding materials.

Who to contact

Niki Merison

Niki Merison 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.


Niki MerisonEmail


Call: +44 (0)20 7634 9011


Mobile: +44 (0)7872 178 645


Mark Winrow

Mark Winrow 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.


Mark WinrowEmail


Call: +44 (0)20 7634 9082


Mobile: +44 (0)7930 333 993


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Neil Block QC

Neil Block QC

Call: 1980 Silk: 2002

Alison Foster QC

Alison Foster QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2002

Edwin Glasgow CBE QC

Edwin Glasgow CBE QC

Call: 1969 Silk: 1987

Nigel Pleming QC

Nigel Pleming QC

Call: 1971 Silk: 1992

Richard Wilmot-Smith QC

Richard Wilmot-Smith QC

Call: 1978 Silk: 1994

Richard Spearman QC

Richard Spearman QC

Call: 1977 Silk: 1996

Paul Darling OBE QC

Paul Darling OBE QC

Call: 1983 Silk: 1999

Gregory Treverton-Jones QC

Gregory Treverton-Jones QC

Call: 1977 Silk: 2002

Stuart Catchpole QC

Stuart Catchpole QC

Call: 1987 Silk: 2002

Stephen Tromans QC

Stephen Tromans QC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2009

Charles Manzoni QC

Charles Manzoni QC

Call: 1988 Silk: 2009

Sean Wilken QC

Sean Wilken QC

Call: 1991 Silk: 2010

Eleanor Grey QC

Eleanor Grey QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2011

Jenni Richards QC

Jenni Richards QC

Call: 1991 Silk: 2011

James Strachan QC

James Strachan QC

Call: 1996 Silk: 2013

Marion Smith QC

Marion Smith QC

Call: 1981 Silk: 2015

Vikram Sachdeva QC

Vikram Sachdeva QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2015

James Ramsden QC

James Ramsden QC

Call: 1987 Silk: 2016

Andrew Tabachnik QC

Andrew Tabachnik QC

Call: 1991 Silk: 2017

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

Rory Dunlop QC

Rory Dunlop QC

Call: 2002 Silk: 2019

Simon Edwards

Simon Edwards

Call: 1978

Jonathan Bellamy

Jonathan Bellamy

Call: 1986

David Bradly

David Bradly

Call: 1987

Bernard Doherty

Bernard Doherty

Call: 1990

Christiaan Zwart

Christiaan Zwart

Call: 1997

John Denis-Smith

John Denis-Smith

Call: 1998

Judith Ayling

Judith Ayling

Call: 1998

Nicola Greaney

Nicola Greaney

Call: 1999

Colin Thomann

Colin Thomann

Call: 1999

Katharine Scott

Katharine Scott

Call: 2000

Jess Connors

Jess Connors

Call: 2000

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

Rebecca Drake

Rebecca Drake

Call: 2007

Jack Holborn

Jack Holborn

Call: 2008

Rose Grogan

Rose Grogan

Call: 2010

Tom Tabori

Tom Tabori

Call: 2011

David Hopkins

David Hopkins

Call: 2013

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