Professional Negligence

In an increasingly litigious world, issues around professional negligence make up a considerable proportion of our dispute resolution team’s work.

Our experience in complex negligence actions has given our team an appreciation of the many difficult and novel issues that can arise in connection with matters such as tax advice, takeovers, general corporate finance advice and allegations of failure to discover fraud. Our in-depth knowledge of professional negligence and indemnity, from the perspective of the insurer, the defendant and the claimant, means that we can offer clients practical, commercially aware advice that focuses on reaching the right solution quickly.

We act for one of the UK’s leading medical malpractice indemnifiers; we act for a ‘big-four’ firm of accountants; and we have considerable experience in acting for claimants and defendants on major professional negligence claims relating to solicitors, accountants and financial services professionals. We have acted for architects’ firms in defence of professional negligence and have a growing practice in relation to claims against construction professionals, drawing on the firm’s considerable expertise in the construction sector.

We have a wide-ranging understanding of the issues involved in insured disputes, having acted for insurers and insured on a variety of matters, as well as for banks and other lenders in claims against valuers, surveyors, solicitors, receivers and insurance brokers.

If you have any questions or queries please call Simon on +44 (0)20 3036 7272 or email

Acts for both claimants and defendants, with recent experience handling actions against financial advisers and solicitor firms.

Chambers UK 2017
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Simon Brew of Fladgate LLP is prized for the quality of his client care and his abilities “identifying and analysing critical issues in a timely and accurate manner”. He acts for both claimants and defendants, with recent experience handling actions against financial advisers and solicitor firms.

Chambers UK

Simon Brew of Fladgate LLP is a seasoned practitioner with extensive expertise in all kinds of negligence work including claims against legal and construction professionals. Sources comment: “He has a wide range of skills and expertise and a very strong relationship with the Big Four.”

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Sophia Purkis of Fladgate LLP “has an overwhelming ability to grasp and use detail to guide strategy and always positions her clients in the best place.” She is noted for handling cases that cross over between fraud and professional negligence.

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Simon Brew heads the professional negligence department. He acts for both defendants and claimants in high-value and complex financial negligence claims. He is regarded as “thoughtful and measured” by market sources.

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Simon Brew of Fladgate LLP is noted for his commerciality and works with both claimants and defendants from a range of professions.

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“They are consistently proactive in their approach, providing solutions rather than problems to complex issues. They seem to have a natural ability to go straight to the heart of any issues, analyse the situation and provide very good advice.”

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The ‘professional’ team at Fladgate LLP has ‘good commercial awareness’. The group acts for high-net-worth individuals and companies in claims against solicitors, accountants and construction professionals, and handles defence work for clients including Deloitte and the Medical Defence Union. It is representing a family trust in a claim against a firm of solicitors pertaining to the loss of opportunity to invest in property. Professional negligence head Simon Brew is ‘very knowledgeable’ and dispute resolution head Simon Ekins is ‘excellent’. Janet Keeley, Sophia Purkis, Jonathan Hibberts and Digby Hebbard are also noted.

Legal 500

  • US media corporation – advising in connection with a £multimillion claim against its project and programme management contractors on an infrastructure project.
  • Architect – successfully defending an adjudication on behalf of an architect arising out of the alleged negligent choice of metal roofing.
  • Contractor – defending court proceedings brought against the contractor, architect and engineer in respect of the design and construction of a nursery using an innovative construction technique.
  • Media company – acting in a claim against accountants for negligence arising out of due diligence report.
  • High net worth Saudi – acting in a £multimillion claim against a leading investment bank for the mis–selling of leveraged structured notes.
  • Former partner of large firm of solicitors – acting for and successfully defending one of 30 defendants, in claims brought by 555 investors in relation to a number of tax schemes derived and promoted by an another party with a total value of £60m plus costs.
  • Large international insurance company and its insured law firms – acting in defence matters.
  • Property investment company – acting in a professional negligence claim against a barrister and solicitors in connection with a £1m+ claim arising out of the off plan purchase of 16 flats in London in excess of £5m.
  • Property development client – acting against a firm of solicitors in a £2m claim relating to negligent advice on a large property acquisition.
  • Large property company – acting in a claim against accountants in respect of negligent audit.
  • High net worth individual – acting in a large claim against a firm of accountants in relation to alleged negligent tax advice relating to the taxation of offshore remittances.
  • Overseas trustees – acting in a multi–party claim against a large national firm of solicitors in relation to negligent offshore tax planning advice.
  • Big four firm of accountants – advising in connection with various risk issues, most recently on a substantial claim against it by a wealthy individual in connection with tax issues arising out of the taxation of share options.
  • Financial services firm – acting in a claim against insurance brokers for professional negligence in relation to advice given in connection with the renewal of a professional indemnity policy.