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Recent developments in professional liability – the continued common law assimilation of Saamco, and abuse of process revisited

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1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Roger, Helen and Ben will analyse important decisions in the professional liability sphere from the past year, concerning illegality, scope of duty and abuse of process including MBS v Grant Thornton, Khan v Meadows, Hart v Large, Lawrence v Inter-Commercial Bank, Allsop v Banner Jones, Pricewaterhouse Coopers v BTI.  They will also pay tribute to the late Mark Cannon Q.C who very sadly died early this year.

Roger Stewart QC

Call: 1986 Silk: 2001

Roger has almost 30 years of experience working for every type of client in relation to disputes all over the world. Recognised as one of Chambers & Partners ‘Stars at the Bar’ and winner of the 2020 ‘Professional Negligence Silk of the Year’ award, Roger has received numerous plaudits being described in the Directories as “a great cross-examiner who is absolutely razor sharp and has an amazing facility in court”; “he is phenomenal and has cross-examination skills beyond compare”; “if something looks like it might turn into a fight he’s your man”; “Every word he says counts”; “a modern silk: he’s straightforward, courteous and clever” whose “top reputation has led to him being instructed on some of the highest-profile cases that have been fought”.  Roger is one of the three general editors of Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability (Sweet & Maxwell, 8th Edition 2017) and has been an editor since the 3rd Edition (1992). He has won “Professional Negligence Silk of the Year” four times. He is a Recorder and appointed to sit in the Technology and Construction Court.

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Helen Evans

Call: 2001

Helen is a leading barrister practising in professional negligence, fraud, disciplinary and insurance work. She is due to be appointed QC in March 2022. Helen is ranked by the legal directories as a leading junior in the fields of professional liability, insurance and professional discipline. In 2021 she was named Junior of the Year in the Professional Negligence category by Chambers and Partners. The Legal Directories describe her as “one of the most highly regarded barristers in the field”, “highly sought after for her professional negligence expertise” and “considered a go-to by solicitors.” Helen has been listed as a recommended junior for professional liability work for some years by Legal 500, Chambers and Partners, Who’s Who Legal and Legal Experts.

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Ben Smiley

Call: 2009

Ben has a broad commercial practice, with a particular focus on international disputes, insurance, professional liability work, costs and sport. Ben is named a “Leading Junior” in Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. He is described as “an extremely effective advocate who often out-performs his more senior opposing counsel. He is incredibly well prepared and has a sharp focus on the detail”; “highly adept at dealing with complex issues and difficult clients under extreme time pressure”; “an emotionally intelligent advocate who can adapt his style when necessary”; “a formidable advocate in court and has achieved some remarkable victories.” Ben edits the chapter of Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability on accountants and auditors.  In 2021, he was shortlisted for Professional Negligence Junior of the Year by Chambers & Partners.

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Roger Stewart QC, Helen Evans and Ben Smiley of 4 New Square Chambers


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