Charles is a specialist in professional liability claims involving lawyers, accountants and auditors, financial services professionals, insolvency practitioners, surveyors and valuers, construction professionals and insurance brokers. He is also instructed in more general chancery and commercial litigation and has a particular interest in disputes relating to obligations of confidentiality and privilege. He is the co-author, with Sir Roger Toulson, of Confidentiality (2nd edition, Sweet & Maxwell, 2006).
He has been rated for several years by both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 in the Professional Negligence section. The Directories have described him in the following terms: “Charles Phipps … is regarded by many as something of an unsung hero of the Professional Negligence Bar. Clients say he is ‘unbelievably clever and hard-working...’. He has had great success in high-value claims relating to a number of professions.” “Renowned for his incredible intellect, Charles Phipps has a ‘wonderfully analytical brain’ that lends itself to handling complex cases”. He “has ‘an amazing ability to grasp a large volume of detail, quick turnaround on papers and a sensible approach to difficult legal issues’. He is particularly strong on accountants’ negligence…” … “specialises in accountants’ and solicitors’ negligence. He wins praise for his ‘consistency and objectivity’ in cases” … “‘terribly thorough and very reliable’, Phipps ‘certainly puts himself out for you’.”
M.A. (Oxon.) (Literae humaniores, First class) Dip Law (City)