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Ben Hubble QC

Accountants, Auditors & Actuaries

 

Ben regularly acts on claims against accountants and actuaries. He acted for the Learning and Skills Council in its £40m claim against Deloitte & Touche for alleged negligent auditing of a further education institution. He acts on large litigation involving the consequences of Revenue challenged tax schemes; he is currently acting on the Innovator Litigation as well as for a number of high net worth individuals (often from the sports world) who entered into ill-fated tax avoidance schemes. He also has in depth knowledge of the pensions industry and the workings of large life offices having spent two years leading the successful prosecution of the successive chief executives of Equitable Life for professional misconduct.

Examples of other recent cases include:

  • claim by bank’s liquidator for $900m against Cayman auditors for alleged failure to spot fraudulent business model; claim involves both ex turpi causa and traditional breach and causation issues
  • claim by hedge fund manager against insolvency practitioner for £10m+ for alleged inability to work in investment due to criminal conviction said to be caused by insolvency practitioner’s negligence (Griffin v Hacker Young [2010] PNLR 20)
  • claim against tax advisers for advising company and shareholder to enter into a defective Share Scheme tax avoidance scheme
  • claims against auditors for failure to identify director’s fraud and thefts
  • claim against big 4 firm of accountants for negligent advice in relation to a non residency scheme aimed at avoiding CGT
  • claims against accountants for negligent accounting and tax advice
  • various claims against actuaries relating to pension schemes, including re Barber window problems