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How do I know I have a claim against my barrister?

We understand how daunting the prospect of bringing a claim against a negligent barrister can be. Barristers are highly qualified professionals and are often instructed to act in a variety of complex matters particularly in relation to conducting a case in court; or when seeking specialist advice in a complex area of law. Whilst in the majority of cases clients are satisfied with the level of professionalism conducted by the barrister, occasionally they make mistakes which can prove costly to their clients.

There are a number of situations where a barrister may have been negligent, including:

  • providing negligent advice (such as to settle a claim for less than it is worth, or to continue to fight a hopeless claim resulting in you incurring significant costs)
  • missing court deadlines resulting in your claim being struck out
  • negligently drafting documents
  • conducting their advocacy in court negligently

Our lawyers are experienced in successfully settling claims against barristers. If you feel that you have been let down by your barrister and that you have suffered loss as a consequence, you may have grounds to bring a professional negligence claim.

Contact us today so we can advise you whether you have a claim and we can help you to recover any losses you may have suffered as a result of your barrister’s negligence.

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Richard Locke


Richard is a Partner and an elected partner on the firm’s board of management.  He is also Group Head of the ever expanding dispute resolution team at Hugh James. He conducts major commercial disputes frequently with an international flavour including commercial claims, mining disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, professional negligence claims, contentious IT disputes, injunctive relief and insolvency.

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