Professional liability

Professional liability overview

Members of our market-leading and substantial Professional Liability team are frequently instructed to act in claims for or against solicitors, barristers, engineers, architects, surveyors, project managers, accountants, auditors, actuaries, financial advisers and insurance brokers. We are also regularly retained in D&O matters. Both Legal 500 and Chambers UK Bar recognise us as a leading set for Professional Liability and our ranked members are particularly regarded for their technical expertise and accessibility.

Members act for both domestic and international individuals, businesses and insurers.  Several members of the team have substantial relevant in-house experience from having worked at or been seconded to insurers, large solicitors’ firms, claims handlers or brokers.

As well as advising on the substantive dispute, members also deal with associated issues such as coverage and other professional indemnity insurance issues, as well as regulatory disputes.

Members of chambers are contributing authors to Construction All Risks Insurance, Construction Professional Indemnity Insurance (both Sweet & Maxwell), Insurance Broking Practice and the Law (Informa) and Risk and Negligence in Property Transactions (Law Society).

Members also frequently speak at industry events and seminars (and have continued to do so despite the recent lockdown), including Hardwicke’s own Zoom-based, informal #Hardwicke Brew series which involve great participation and uptake from clients.

Recognition

“Strength in depth across the professional negligence spectrum”Chambers UK
“A great choice for construction-related professional negligence”Legal 500
“Strength and depth across the professional negligence spectrum”Chambers UK
“a set going from strength to strength”Legal 500
“Really sensible...good quality advice and they always provide a safe pair of hands”Chambers UK
“Experienced barristers who really know their chosen fields.”Legal 500
“There is a culture of integrity at Hardwicke, which is led from the top.”Chambers UK
“An excellent set”Legal 500

News

Gatehouse Chambers receives record number of recommendations in Chambers UK Bar Directory 2022

21/10/2021

Patrick Sarson shortlisted for Pro Bono Chambers Professional of the Year award

07/10/2021

Paul Strelitz and Oliver Hyams appear in first ever English Court of Appeal case on abuse of process by reason of inconsistent position in earlier court proceedings

05/10/2021

Jaysen Sharpe and William Golightly become members of Gatehouse Chambers

04/10/2021

Gatehouse Chambers achieves fantastic results in the Legal 500 UK Bar Directory

30/09/2021

Nigel Jones QC – The Lawyer’s “lawyer of the week”

01/09/2021

Gatehouse Chambers involved in mentoring scheme for underrepresented groups at the Bar

01/09/2021

Guideline Hourly Rates – an update

18/08/2021

Articles

Questioning professionals – When should a client know that a professional has given them defective advice? Professional negligence claims and section 14A

06/10/2021

Paul Strelitz and Oliver Hyams appear in first ever English Court of Appeal case on abuse of process by reason of inconsistent position in earlier court proceedings

05/10/2021

Silence is true wisdom’s best reply – the use and misuse of the Reply

28/09/2021

Aggregation – solicitors’ professional indemnity insurance: an update on Baines v Dixon Coles & Gill

09/09/2021

Guideline Hourly Rates – an update

18/08/2021

Your Breach of Trust is My Breach of Trust: Limitation and Liability of Innocent Partners for Wrongs Committed by a Co-Partner

16/08/2021

Guideline hourly rates – Emma Zeb provides an update on the Civil Justice Council’s final report

02/08/2021

SAAMCO and MBS v Grant Thornton: a further retreat from the false binary of ‘information’ versus ‘advice’

01/07/2021

Upcoming events

Professional Liability Online Seminar Series – Surveyors’ negligence

24/11/2021

Professional Liability Online Seminar Series – Financial advisors’ negligence

14/12/2021

Professional Liability Online Seminar Series – Clinical negligence claims

20/01/2022

Behind the Façade Series Webinar: Freehold title issues: a look at sale and purchase agreements, conditional agreements and forward funding

26/01/2022

Behind the Façade Series Webinar: Avenues of redress for landlords and tenants part I: service charges

03/02/2022

Behind the Façade Series Webinar: Avenues of redress for landlords and tenants part II: non-service charge related solutions

24/02/2022

Behind the Façade Series Webinar: Identification of the key technical issues and the evidence needed

10/03/2022

Behind the Façade Series Webinar: So who is responsible? A look at key professional negligence issues

27/04/2022

Behind the Façade Series: Façade and cladding claims: Who can sue and what are the key issues?

05/05/2022

Behind the Façade Series Webinar: claims against contractors and professional consultants

02/06/2022

Newsletters

Focus On… Professional Liability

15/07/2021

Focus On…Professional Liability

16/03/2021

Focus On…Professional Liability

10/09/2020

Focus On… Professional Liability

19/09/2019

Focus On…Hardwicke

26/09/2018

Podcasts

Aggregation in Solicitors’ Professional Indemnity Insurance

27/04/2021

Videos

Professional Liability Online Seminar Series – Construction professionals’ negligence

20/10/2021

Professional Liability Online Seminar Series – Solicitors’ and barristers’ negligence

24/09/2021

Aggregation in Solicitors’ Professional Indemnity Insurance

27/04/2021

Pupillage at Hardwicke

28/01/2020

Preventative Injunctions: How to apply and why they work seminar

20/11/2019

The impact of changes in FOS jurisdiction on financial services and professional negligence claims

25/09/2019

Books

Electronic Disclosure Law & Practice

17/05/2019

Risk & Negligence in Property Transactions

28/01/2019