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Fiona Sinclair QC


Professional indemnity work concerning lawyers (both solicitors and barristers) forms a very substantial part of Fiona's practice. Notable examples include:

  • Haydon-Baillie and Ors v Bank Julius Baer [2007] EWHC 1609 (Ch) and [2007] EWHC 3247 (Ch). Acting for solicitors in multi-party litigation concerning the title to the UK’s largest stately home and its contents. This case involved issues of conversion law and of a mortgagee’s duty to the mortgagor.
  • Acting for solicitors in a claim concerning the introduction of a client to an overseas investment opportunity. It culminated in the solicitors taking over the client's action against two overseas insurance companies, which defended the action (unsuccessfully) on the grounds of fraud by the solicitors.
  • Acting for solicitors in a £ multi-million fraud claim; ultimately discontinued against her clients with indemnity costs.
  • NM Rothschild & Sons Ltd v. Berenson [1997] NPC 15 (CA), a claim against solicitors concerning a line of credit for property finance.

Fiona is often instructed on wasted costs applications for (and appeals against) wasted costs orders against solicitors and barristers.

Fiona is a member of both the Commercial Bar Association and the Chancery Bar Association.