Encompassing the medical professions, accountants, financial advisers, surveyors, architects, solicitors and barristers (including QC). Often these claims form part of wider commercial / civil claims or involve more than one profession or involve regulatory issues.

Relevant Experience

  • Trial of complex medical negligence claim relating to cosmetic surgery against leading counsel.
  • Claim against a solicitor where the latter’s Defence was that he had properly advised and discharged his retainer with the Claimant and produced a complete set of file notes and letters evincing this. The Claimant’s case whether these had been subsequently produced.

Relevant Experience

  • Advising and representing a number of professions and occupations in relation to disciplinary proceedings and at disciplinary tribunals, in particular solicitors, accountants, financial advisers and policemen.
  • Advising and representing two solicitors in an application made by an insurance company to have them, together with a doctor and a claims manager, committed to prison for contempt of court. The application concerned alleged false statements made in relation to a personal injury claim.
  • Instructed by the Attorney General and Treasury Solicitor as independent counsel to monitor and review interventions in and searches of firms of solicitors and accountants by HM Revenue & Customs and other law enforcement agencies.
  • Advising and representing directors in relation to director disqualification proceedings.
  • Advised local authorities, including upon the formulation of ‘charges’, in respect of internal disciplinary proceedings.

Extensive experience, both as an advocate and in an advisory capacity of a wide variety of complex, serious and multidisciplinary commercial claims.

In addition to litigious work, undertaken a substantial amount of advisory work and the drafting of commercial documents – eg terms and conditions of businesses, including those for a national loyalty reward scheme for small and medium size retailers, and competitive tendering agreements for local authorities.

Relevant Experience

  • Acting on behalf of directors and administrators in respect of claims arising out of director’s breaches of fiduciary duty and fraud. For a 2 year period acted as leading junior for the managing director of a multinational furniture manufacturer and retailer in proceedings alleging widespread breaches of duty and fraud over a substantial period. The case also included claims against other directors with whom there were conflicts of interest and against both the company’s solicitors and accountants in respect of their failure to discover these activities.
  • Presently acting on behalf of a leading provincial firm of solicitors in litigation involving twenty Defendants relating to Solicitor Management Agreements, loan agreements and after the event insurance policies in large-scale personal injury litigation.
  • Acting on behalf of leading sporting agency in claim for breach of contract against the captain of premier league football team.
  • Advising and representing partnerships and former partners, in particular solicitors, accountants, doctors and dentists. Recently advised a national firm of commercial solicitors on potential conflicts of interest and breach of confidentiality issues arising out of their acquisition of another major firm of solicitors that had gone into administration.
  • Instructed on behalf of the Legal Services Commission – replacing a QC – in proceedings brought against a former solicitor involving policy issues.
  • An interesting case involved the right of a bank to exercise a lien over a Raphael painting (estimated value £25-£30 million) that had been deposited at a bank for safety reasons.
  • Often instructed in cases involving a number of these areas of law and/or claims of professional negligence.

In excess of 20 years experience of personal injury litigation, acting on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants in a wide spectrum of claims, including a number of cases that have resulted in multi-million pound awards or settlements.

Experience includes:

  • Claims involving complex financial, medical and technical issues.
  • Tetraplegic and paraplegic claims.
  • Catastrophic injuries to the brain and spine.
  • Fatal accident claims.
  • Paediatric claims.
  • Industrial disease cases, including mesotheilioma.
  • Psychological injuries, including nervous shock and stress at work.
  • Product liability claims.
  • Acting on behalf of trade unions in group actions.
  • Acting for government departments.
  • CICA claims.

In addition to experience in litigating claims, substantial experience in resolving claims through mediation and ’round table conferences’, including against leading counsel. Linked to personal injury practice, extensive experience of:

  • Clinical negligence cases relating to the treatment of personal injuries.
  • Solicitor/barrister negligence claims arising out of their conduct of personal injury claims.
  • Health and safety prosecutions, including those involving fatalities.

Involved in a wide variety of construction disputes, including those involving professional negligence, ranging from single dwelling disputes to a claim of some £8 million, representing the owners of 26 houses who bought ‘executive homes’ from a national builder that had been built using an incorrect mix of mortar.

Relevant Experience

  • High profile dispute in the High Court between the members of the internationally known 60’s and 70’s pop group ‘The Hollies’ as to who was entitled to use the name and derive royalties therefrom.
  • Claim concerning patents and licensing rights to hydration system fitted to safety vests/jackets supplied nationally to the police and fire services.

In particular in relation to companies, partnerships and the internet.

Relevant Experience

  • Instructed on behalf of acclaimed rap artist in claim against senior officer in Metropolitan Police.
  • Represented a national chain of jewellers and their chairman in one of the first internet libels.

Instructed on behalf of applicants, police forces, local authorities and justices. Involved in high profile applications involving national chains and sporting venues.

Relevant Experience

  • Acted for a nationally known Leeds nightclub in judicial review proceedings in the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Extensive experience, both as an advocate and in an advisory capacity, of claims relating to the sale of land, trespass, adverse possession, easements, restrictive covenants and licences, encompassing the conduct and presentation of cases before the High Court, County Court, Land Appeal Tribunal and Land Registry. Instructed on behalf of individuals, companies, local authorities and government agencies.

Specialises in claims that have a land law element, including mortgages and professional negligence claims against solicitors, surveyors and land agents.

Also undertakes related fields of practice, such as town and country planning and environmental law.

Undertakes both contentious and non-contentious work, although the emphasis is weighted towards litigation. Practice encompasses:

  • Drafting wills, trusts and deeds of variation.
  • Advising and conducting claims relating to the construction and validity of wills and trusts.
  • Claims involving undue influence and fraud.
  • Claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975.
  • Beneficial ownership claims involving constructive and resulting trusts and claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.

Undertakes claims for financial provision ancillary to divorce, in particular those involving companies, partnerships, shares, trusts and hidden assets.

Also advises in respect of these discrete issues.

Professional liability claims relating to the negligent conduct of ancillary relief claims.

Instructed by a number of local authorities in relation to such diverse matters as landlord and tenant, planning, licensing and judicial review. Again the work is not solely litigation based. Drafted documents, relating to such matters as the allocation of houses, the provision of care and competitive tendering, and advised upon policy matters such as the legality of housing allocation schemes, disability discrimination and the refusal of the Crown Prosecution Service to disclose evidence required for possession claims prior to the completion of criminal proceedings.

Notable Cases

In addition to the above cases reported in various law reports has extensive experience of undertaking appeals, including cases where did not appear at first instance, in the various divisions of the High Court, including the Administrative Court and the Divisional Court By Way of Case Stated, and the Court of Appeal.

Appointments & Memberships

  • Attorney Generals Panel of Advocates - List A

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