Focus On… Professional Liability

Focus on
15 Jul 2021

This is the last time that we will be writing under the name of “Hardwicke”.  From 19th July 2021 we will become Gatehouse Chambers which coincides with our move to 1 Lady Hale Gate, Gray’s Inn.

You may have seen the publicity surrounding our name change and building move, which was announced on 15th June 2021.  The name change was reported across all the major legal news outlets, and has elicited a very positive response.  But what really matters to us is that our clients, and many colleagues across the professions, have seen it for the uncynical, genuine attempt to move forward and distance ourselves from indirect links to (what we had discovered was) past injustice.

Our new name Gatehouse befits our new building, sited as it is over one of the historic gates into Gray’s Inn, with a new postal address of 1 Lady Hale Gate after the great Justice of the Supreme Court herself.  We hope, regulations permitting, to hold some of upcoming Professional Liability events in the new building which is fully refurbished with state-of-the-art facilities and has a spacious roof terrace for open-air after-seminar mingling.

Apart from the new name and new building, the rest remains the same: our professional liability team has legal directory-recognised strength and depth.

In this Focus On…Professional Liability, we have collated our activity and articles from the last four months or so – not least our very recent article on Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton and SAAMCo.  We hope you find it useful.

Recent articles

Throughout recent months, the Hardwicke Professional Liability team has continued to produce articles aimed at assisting those operating in this area. In case you missed any of these, just click on the links below:


We continue to host a varied programme of online events. Some of these follow our #HardwickeBrew format (a 30 minute online interactive discussion hosted by a panel of our members). Our events also include our Property Liability Seminar Series (a 1 hour online interactive discussion hosted by a panel of our members).

Those coming up include:

  • 26th July – #HardwickeBrew – Advocacy in the tribunal setting/inquests/inquiries
  • 15th September – #HardwickeBrew – Animals Act
  • 24th September – Professional Liability Seminar Series – Solicitors’ (and/or barristers’) negligence
  • 24th November – Professional Liability Seminar Series – Surveyors’ negligence

Recent topics covered have included:

  • Part 36 conundrums
  • Liability of expert witnesses for costs
  • The A to Z of a Solicitors Act claim
  • Clinical Negligence Review 2020 – 2021
  • Choice of law clauses
  • We also have a full programme of events in our other practice areas – construction, private client, property and clinical negligence/PI.

You can sign up to any of these by either following the requisite link or emailing

Recorded content

If you would like to access our library of recorded content, please click here.

Areas of practice

The team covers all aspects of Professional Liability including:

  • Clinical Negligence & Personal Injury
  • Financial Professionals, Insolvency Professionals, Directors & Officers
  • Legal Professionals
  • Property & Construction Professionals

You can find out more about each area by going to the Professional Liability page on our website.

If you would like to discuss a possible instruction, please contact the Practice Management Team.

There is also a dedicated suite of useful information and documentation on our Covid-19 Hub.

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This content is provided free of charge for information purposes only. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied on as such. No responsibility for the accuracy and/or correctness of the information and commentary set out in the article, or for any consequences of relying on it, is assumed or accepted by any member of Chambers or by Chambers as a whole.


Please note that we do not give legal advice on individual cases which may relate to this content other than by way of formal instruction of a member of Gatehouse Chambers. However, if you have any other queries about this content please contact: