Session 16: Playing nasty: strategic allegations of impropriety against professionals

28 February 2024

Speakers: Patrick Lawrence KC and Carola Binney

Allegations of impropriety invariably raise the stakes, but in claims against professionals they can have particularly damaging – and potentially catastrophic – consequences for the individuals involved, including from a regulatory and reputational perspective. Despite regular judicial reminders about the importance of ensuring that such allegations are properly founded, they are frequently used by claimants as a strategic device to leverage a settlement. With reference to recent case law, Patrick Lawrence KC and Carola Binney discuss the weaponisation of allegations of malpractice, and share their thoughts on how to respond sensitively but robustly when the propriety of a client’s conduct is called into question. The session is designed for all professional negligence practitioners, and will consist of a talk followed by a Q&A.

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Patrick Lawrence KC

Call: 1985 Silk: 2002

Carola Binney

Call: 2019



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