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Charles Phipps

Professional Liability

"He has the ability to get to grips with extremely detailed factual and regulatory issues and present them to lay clients in a clear and orderly manner. He provides robust and pragmatic advice in a calm and measured way and is a pleasure to work with." "Charles's preparatory work is of the highest order - he prepares very insightful and useful written submissions, often within very short timescales." - Chambers & Partners, 2016

He has a brilliant legal mind and looks at cases upside-down and back-to-front to absolutely get to grips with the issues.’ - Legal 500, 2015

The successful conduct or defence of professional liability litigation requires clear analysis of underlying legal issues and a firm grasp of forensic practicalities.  In his advice Charles aims always to cover both aspects thoroughly. He seeks also to ensure that his clients’ cases are presented in a manner that is both articulate and forceful.

Charles has specialised in professional liability cases since he first began to practise at the Bar in 1993 and has seen more than one full revolution of the business cycle (with all its attendant economic side-effects). A large part of his practice is devoted in particular to claims of all kinds against lawyers, auditing and tax-related claims against accountants, negligent investment and mis-selling claims against financial services professionals and over-valuation claims against surveyors.

Charles (led by Patrick Lawrence QC) was instructed on behalf of the respondents to the appeal to the Supreme Court in Jones v Kaney (relating to the immunity of expert witnesses).

Charles also has recent experience, in particular, of claims relating to the tax treatment of a number of film finance schemes (eg Imagine, Charity Shell, Eclipse, and Scion), and has been instructed to represent both tax advisors and accountants defending such claims.