Marie-Claire’s experience in the field of professional liability includes litigation and advice in respect of solicitors’, accountants’ and surveyors’ negligence and includes acting for Claimants and insurers.
She has particular expertise in solicitors’ negligence actions arising out of conveyancing errors (including the failure to declare trusts on the joint acquisition of property), will drafting errors and in respect of advice regarding landlord and tenant, real property, probate and Inheritance Act claims.
She is praised by clients both for the effort and commitment she puts into all her cases and for the importance she attaches to communicating well with clients at every stage of the case.
She excels in the cut and thrust of advocacy in court, particularly witness actions where her skill at cross-examining witnesses and her mastery of the legal arguments and the trial bundles ensure that her clients feel that she has done everything possible to fight their corner.
In her advisory work she relishes complex legal questions, but ensures that her advice is practical, sensible, focused on the client’s commercial objectives and easy to understand.
Clients commend her user-friendly approach and the fact that she is a good team-player, always prepared to help out with all aspects of the preparation of the case when time or resources are tight.
Other cases of note include considering whether advice given in relation to an Inheritance tax planning scheme was negligent; claims relating to the failure to search for key documents in the custody of professional advisers and failure to advise in respect of Inheritance Act claims.