Professional Negligence


Chambers’ Professional Liability Group acts for professionals and their insurers and claimants in all types of claim or other forms of dispute. We have deep expertise in acting for claimants and professionals, insurers and insured, or regulators and professionals.

We have particular experience in cases involving legal professionals, construction professionals, insurance brokers, accountants, and disputes concerning insurance coverage.

Members provide expert advice on claims involving the most complex and challenging areas of professional negligence and have established track record of representing parties in some of the most ground-breaking cases, recent cases including Stoffel v Grondona in the Supreme Court. Our work is known for spanning legal boundaries, drawing in expertise from the set’s other core areas including personal injury, travel, local authorities, education, and crime.

Our particular strength is in combining this depth of experience and legal knowledge. The team is particularly favoured by insurers and professional indemnity organisations for this reason.

Professional Negligence Expertise

Notable Cases

  • Miller v Irwin Mitchell LLP [2024] EWCA Civ 53
  • Stoffel & Co v Grondona [2020] UKSC 42
  • McGlinn v Waltham Contractors Ltd [2007] EWHC 149 (TCC)
  • Adams v Bracknell Forest BC [2005] 1 AC 76
  • DN v Greenwich LBC [2004] EWCA Civ 1659
  • A v Essex CC [2004] 1 WLR 1881
  • Moy v Pettman Smith (A Firm) [2002] EWC Civ 875
  • Phelps v Hillingdon LBC [2001] 2 AC 619

Exceptional history and ongoing practical experience and training in professional negligence cases.

Legal 500

A very good set for Professional Negligence.

Legal 500

[Chambers] goes the extra mile for you, and… the juniors are always excellent , and the depth of experience and knowledge with all the barristers we have used shines through.

Legal 500

Professional Negligence Barristers

King's Counsel

John Ross KC

Call 1971 | Silk 2001

Grahame Aldous KC

Call 1979 | Silk 2008

Andrew Warnock KC

Call 1993 | Silk 2012

Giles Mooney KC

Call 1998 | Silk 2019

Tim Parker KC

Call 1995 | Silk 2022

Edward Lamb KC

Call 2006 | Silk 2024

Juniors (15 years +)

Roger Hiorns

Call 1983

Gaurang Naik

Call 1985

Julian Waters

Call 1986

Edwin Buckett

Call 1988

Maurice Rifat

Call 1990

Cyrus Katrak

Call 1991

Laura Elfield

Call 1996

Simon Butler

Call 1996

Johnathan Payne

Call 1997

Perrin Gibbons

Call 1998

Saleem Khalid

Call 2001

Ben Hicks

Call 2001

Ian Stebbings

Call 2001

Giles Bedloe

Call 2001

Andrew Spencer

Call 2004

Bernard Pressman

Call 2004

Ian Clarke

Call 2005

Ben Rodgers

Call 2007


William Dean

Call 2011

Conor Kennedy

Call 2011

John Schmitt

Call 2013

Kerry Nicholson

Call 2015

Daniel Searle

Call 2015

Dominique Smith

Call 2016

Richard Collier

Call 2016

Susanna Bennett

Call 2017

Thomas Yarrow

Call 2018

Lucy Lodewyke

Call 2018

Amelia Katz

Call 2018

Henk Soede

Call 2019

Thomas Clarke

Call 2022


Michael Goodridge

Director of Clerking & Business Development

Senior Clerks

Clark Chessis

Senior Clerk

David Barrow

Joint Deputy Senior Clerk

Jaime Brooks

Joint Deputy Senior Clerk

Practice Managers

Ellie Brand

Practice Manager

Phillip Austin

Practice Manager

Assistant Practice Managers

Matthew Shepherd

Assistant Practice Manager

Jamie Moylan

Assistant Practice Manager

George Housden

Assistant Practice Manager

Jay Levell

Assistant Practice Manager

Junior Clerks

Cameron Baker

Junior Clerk

Ronnie Scarlett

Ronnie Scarlett

Junior Clerk

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