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Ben Patten QC


Ben has extensive experience of appearing both for and against claimants and defendants in cases involving barristers and solicitors. He has acted in some of the largest and most important disputes concerning lawyers in recent years, including the TAG litigation and the Levicom case. He recently successfully defended Eversheds in a multi-million pound claim brought by Newcastle Airport, winning both at first instance and in the Court of Appeal. He has covered most aspects of lawyer’s negligence including claims arising from commercial, corporate and property transactions, claims arising from mortgage work and other aspects of lending transactions and claims arising from litigation. He has particular experience in disputes arising from, and difficulties arising in relation to, solicitors’ professional indemnity insurance and is experienced in dealing with dishonesty issues. He is a a co-editor of the solicitors chapter in the Professional Negligence and Liability Looseleaf.

Recent and current cases include:

  • Newcastle Airport v Eversheds
  • Levicom v Linklaters
  • Acting for a firm of solicitors alleged to have given inaccurate advice to a US based engineering consultancy, said to have resulted in a multi-million pound loss
  • Acting for a firm of solicitors where the partner was issued with a witness summons to give evidence about client confidential matters in Young v Young
  • Acting for solicitors in a dispute with former clients and a barrister concerning advice in relation to an appeal against a Customs and Excise ruling on alcohol.
  • Acting for a barrister on a wasted costs application.
  • Acting for the former partners of a firm of solicitors where a rogue partner was engaged in multiple mortgage fraud.
  • Acting for a firm of solicitors involved in a dispute with former clients arising out of commercial litigation in relation to a complex web of business interests.
  • Acting for claimants against their former solicitors in relation to advice concerning the purchase and development of a large block of land.
  • Acting for a lender in relation to a dispute with a solicitor concerning a fraudulent commercial loan.
  • Acting for a solicitor in a claim brought by shareholders in a company which was one part of a corporate joint venture advised by the solicitor.
  • Acting for claimants in a dispute with their former solicitors concerning the disposal of substantial overseas business.
  • Acting for a firm of solicitors jointly sued with Leading and Junior Counsel in respect of commercial litigation which was allegedly mishandled.
  • Acting for solicitors in a dispute with clients about the alleged misappropriation of client funds.
  • Acting for solicitors in a dispute over funding and alleged champerty and maintenance.
  • Acting for a firm of solicitors sued by a company in respect of the losses sustained by reason of contracts drawn up by the solicitors on the instructions of one of the directors, which instructions were alleged to be unauthorised.
  • Acting for a firm of solicitors, sued along with two other firms, in respect of alleged negligence in the conduct of substantial property transactions which were themselves said to be fraudulent transactions.
  • Acting for solicitors in relation to alleged negligent advice concerning international litigation and arbitration in different jurisdictions and specifically freezing orders.