Focus On… Professional Liability

There has been considerable activity in the professional liability area during 2019.  This Focus On…Professional Liability gives you a snapshot on to what has been happening by looking at the content published by Hardwicke’s Professional Liability team.

A great deal of our activity during 2018/19 related to the publication at the end of 2018 of Risk & Negligence in Property Transactions which was edited by leading professional negligence practitioner, John de Waal KC, and to which a large number of the Hardwicke team contributed.  You may indeed have attended one of the workshops we have been running with the Law Society in London, Bristol, Leeds and Manchester!

We hope you find this Focus On…Professional Liability useful.

Martyn Griffiths, Editor

Amazing results in the latest edition of Legal 500

The Professional Liability Team did particularly well in this year’s Legal 500.

  • Chambers is stated to be: “an exciting, forward-thinking, solutions-focused set with a huge amount of commercial expertise” which is: “excellent from top to bottom” and “continues to impress.   Solicitors also note how chambers continues to go from strength to strength – its profile in the professional negligence and insurance spheres being raised hugely in recent years.”
  • The Professional Liability is seen as “going from strength to strength“.  As well as being recommended for Professional Liability as a set, we currently have 3 silks and 8 juniors recommended with eight of those members going up a band in the rankings.

You can see all our recommendations here.


We publish regular articles not only on our own website but also for third parties such as Practical Law and LexisNexis.  Below are some of our recent posts:

Podcasts and videos

Alongside our regular articles and posts, we have started:

  • a new podcast series.  These short podcasts give a slightly more informal view on topical legal issues.  You can access these via our website where they appear on the home page, Insights page and on the profile pages and practice area pages relevant to the practice area/s involved.  Watch out for the forthcoming podcast from James Hall and Tom Bell on the impact of changes in FOS jurisdiction on financial services and professional negligence claims.
  • making the slides of our seminars available in video form.
    • For example, click here to see the slides used in Sarah McCann and Ebony Alleyne’s recent seminar on professional negligence claims associated with adjudications.
    • And here to see the slides on James Hall and Tom Bell’s seminar on the impact of changes in FOS jurisdiction.


The Professional Liability team have given regular seminars over the last few months, some of which include cross-over practice area talks. Below are the recent events with which the professional liability team have been involved:

There are also a number of events planned for the next few months.  We set out the first below and details of this and the rest of the programme will be published shortly.

  • 11th December 2019 – a commercial litigator’s guide to financial services claims

Hardwicke also runs a comprehensive junior lawyer seminar programme across all its practice areas.

If you are interested in attending our events, wish to joining our mailing list, would like a copy of the slides and/or would like us to organise for us to do a training session for you, please email Events.

News and Appointments

  • Earlier this year the Professional Liability welcomed a new member, Lauren Godfrey.
  • Gemma Witherington was appointed not only a Deputy District Judge but also a Civil Recorder, Midland Circuit
  • The Hardwicke team were at MIPIM 2019 and will be back for more at MIPIM 2020 too so please do get in touch if you are also thinking of going.

Areas of Expertise

The areas of Professional Liability we cover are:

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

Related barristers

Charles Bagot KC

Call: 1997 | Silk: 2018
Jonathan Titmuss

Jonathan Titmuss

Call: 2001

Jasmine Murphy

Call: 2002
Tom Bell

Tom Bell

Call: 2006
Carl Brewin

Carl Brewin

Call: 2006

Lauren Godfrey

Call: 2007

Phillip Patterson

Call: 2008

Martyn Griffiths

Call: 2011

Simon Kerry

Call: 2012

Aneurin Moloney

Call: 2013

Helena Drage

Call: 2015


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