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 & 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 & 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.

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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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

Edwin Glasgow CBE QC

Edwin Glasgow CBE QC

Call: 1969 Silk: 1987

Richard Wilmot-Smith QC

Richard Wilmot-Smith QC

Call: 1978 Silk: 1994

Paul Darling OBE QC

Paul Darling OBE QC

Call: 1983 Silk: 1999

Neil Block QC

Neil Block QC

Call: 1980 Silk: 2002

Susan Rodway QC

Susan Rodway QC

Call: 1981 Silk: 2002

Stuart Catchpole QC

Stuart Catchpole QC

Call: 1987 Silk: 2002

Timothy Lyons QC BL

Timothy Lyons QC BL

Call: 1980 Silk: 2003

Adrian Hughes QC

Adrian Hughes QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2006

Stephen Tromans QC

Stephen Tromans QC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2009

Charles Manzoni QC

Charles Manzoni QC

Call: 1988 Silk: 2009

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

David Brynmor Thomas QC

David Brynmor Thomas QC

Call: 2011 Silk: 2019

Karen Gough

Karen Gough

Call: 1983

Jonathan Bellamy

Jonathan Bellamy

Call: 1986

Damian Falkowski

Damian Falkowski

Call: 1994

Christiaan Zwart

Christiaan Zwart

Call: 1997

John Denis-Smith

John Denis-Smith

Call: 1998

Colin Thomann

Colin Thomann

Call: 1999

Anthony Edwards

Anthony Edwards

Call: 1999

Jess Connors

Jess Connors

Call: 2000

Alexandra Bodnar

Alexandra Bodnar

Call: 2004

Robert Lazarus

Robert Lazarus

Call: 2004

Alexis Hearnden

Alexis Hearnden

Call: 2005

Rachael O'Hagan

Rachael O'Hagan

Call: 2006

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

Hannah McCarthy

Hannah McCarthy

Call: 2010

Annabel Lee

Annabel Lee

Call: 2010

Tom Tabori

Tom Tabori

Call: 2011

Rosie Eleanor Scott

Rosie Eleanor Scott

Call: 2013

David Hopkins

David Hopkins

Call: 2013

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