Professional liability

Whether you are pursuing or defending a professional negligence claim, we are particularly skilled at handling both sides of disputes in this area.

Regulated professionals have many rules to adhere to when conducting their work. Our unique combination of both defending and prosecuting claims for a wide range of professionals – including accountants, architects, engineers, investment advisors, lawyers, physicians and hospitals, quantity surveyors, real estate professionals and tax advisors – ensures that you will receive holistic advice from our specialist team, whatever your situation.

Making a claim

If you feel you have been the victim of professional negligence, you may consider making a claim against the organisation or individual that resulted in the negligence. We represent claimants against all types of professionals on a variety of complex claims, including family, pensions, tax, judicial review, aviation, real estate, planning, wills/trusts and litigation advice professional standards. In Singapore, we also have experience representing public institutions who govern and regulate the conduct and ethics of associated professionals. In the past, we have prosecuted on behalf of the Law Society of Singapore and the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) in professional disciplinary matters.

Defending a claim

Being on the receiving end of a professional negligence claim can be incredibly daunting, particularly when you are faced with potential reputational damage. We understand that in these circumstances, the stakes are high. We are experienced in defending professionals on their negligence claims, as well as the unions that represent them. In Singapore, we specialise in representing real estate professionals at various levels of the disciplinary proceedings conducted by the Council of Estate Agencies whilst in the UK, we have represented the barristers’ insurance providers, Bar Mutual, for over 20 years defending claims against barristers.

Working together

The unique insight developed acting for both sides of professional liability claims enables our team to stay one step ahead and understand the tactics of the ‘other side’. Our team also works closely with colleagues across the firm, a particular advantage when advising in claims relating to international tax, trusts and matrimonial matters where the firm enjoys a leading reputation.

We will work with you to recognise your specific needs and represent you at the highest level to defend your interests, whether you are bringing a claim or defending one.

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Negligence claim for hedge fund exit advice

Our client suffered losses when they engaged a law firm to advise on their exit from the partnership of a hedge fund. We represented him on a claim of more than £5 million against the law firm for negligent advice.

Representing Bar Mutual and its clients

We have been a longstanding adviser to Bar Mutual, advising the organisation on claims by the barristers it represents, or on third party proceedings brought by solicitors facing professional negligence claims. We also directly advise barristers protected by Bar Mutual

Professional negligence claim for interest rate swap deal

A world renowned hotel entered into an interest rate swap with several banks, but ended up suffering significant losses. The hotel's owners approached us to pursue the law firm who represented them in a professional negligence claim. The case was listed for a five week High Court trial, but we arranged a settlement before the trial commenced.

VAT case dispute with former solicitor settled in mediation

We achieved our client's aims in a £1m+ claim against their former solicitors, after a VAT dispute with HMRC was mishandled, resulting in substantial losses. The matter was settled through mediation.

Negligence claim for misadvised property deal

When a property developer discovered that it did not have full rights of access to a development site it was acquiring, it turned to us for assistance, and we have represented it in a negligence claim against its former solicitor.

Restitution of various monetary gifts

Dr. Paul Freda Malliamalar ('P')'s executors have commenced an action against 4 individuals for the restitution of various monetary gifts made by P to them in her lifetime, on the basis that P lacked mental capacity or was under undue influence at the material time. We act for P's solicitors, who had assisted her in making the said gifts. Two of the individuals, Kulandaivelu Malayaperumal ('Perumal') and Gopal Subramanian ('Gopal'), commenced third party proceedings against P's solicitors premised on alleged professional negligence, putting into issue the nature of the duty of care owed by solicitors to third parties, and the obligations of solicitors in respect of elderly clients.

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