Radcliffe Chambers has “an incredibly high level of knowledge and professionalism across the board: you can instruct anyone from the set and know they’ll be excellent in their field.” (Professional Negligence, Chambers UK Bar 2021)
Radcliffe Chambers is identified by Chambers UK Bar and The Legal 500 UK Bar as a leading set for professional liability litigation and advisory matters. The Legal 500 UK Bar 2021 describes us as having “’a stellar line-up of practitioners’ in the area of professional negligence, particularly in claims relating to property, trusts, financial services and pensions advice”.
As well as in those areas of professional liability work, our members have developed specialist liability expertise in relation to secured lending, conveyancing, major commercial transactions, corporate acquisitions, tax planning, and wills. Some have been involved in some of the most notable professional liability cases in recent years, including Dreamvar (UK) Limited v Mishcon de Reya, the leading case on solicitors’ breach of trust liability in fraudulent conveyancing transactions and, most recently, Mathew v Sedman in the Supreme Court (judgment awaited), which turns upon the critically important issue in limitation cases as to ascertainment of precisely when time begins to run against a claimant.
Our understanding of trust and fiduciary principles is of increasing importance in the litigation of claims against professionals, particularly those who handle client money. We also draw on our experience of regulatory law and the remedies available through bodies such as the Financial Ombudsman Service and the Pensions Ombudsman.
Our members regularly act for claimants and defendants in cases concerning solicitors, surveyors and valuers, financial practitioners, actuaries and pension consultants, accountants and auditors, barristers, LPA receivers, and other professionals.
We recognise that it is often in the best interests of our clients for their disputes to be resolved through ADR. Our barristers frequently represent clients in negotiations, mediations and arbitrations with a number of the team being themselves accredited mediators.