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Clare Stanley QC

Call: 1994    QC: 2015

+44 (0)20 7306 0102cstanley@wilberforce.co.uk

Professional Liability

Clare specialises in professional liability claims against solicitors, accountants, brokers, directors and trustees.

  • Accountants: negligent tax advice, negligent valuations.
  • Directors: negligence, breach of fiduciary duty cases, fraud claims, tracing claims.
  • Investment professionals: negligence, breach of fiduciary duty cases, fraud claims, tracing claims.
  • Property professionals: negligent valuations.
  • Solicitors: negligence claims, and also fraud and trust claims against solicitors.
  • Trustees and fiduciaries: acts for beneficiaries, third parties, trustees in claims for negligence, breach of fiduciary duty cases, fraud, constructive trusteeship and asset tracing.

Recommendations:

  • Terrific on her feet and her cross-examination is absolutely outstanding.” Chambers & Partners, 2018
  • She is a very practical, reassuring presence who can get up to speed with a difficult case incredibly quickly.” Chambers & Partners, 2018
  • With a very high level of technical ability, she’s able to see a lot of the nuances in the case.” Chambers & Partners, 2017
  • Clare provides highly intelligent, strategic and commercial advice.
    Chambers & Partners, 2017
  • Excellent in court but can similarly advise clients in a pragmatic and commercial way.” Legal 500, 2017
  • Described as a ‘powerful advocate’, Clare is an experienced commercial chancery practitioner, well-known and highly regarded for contentious trust litigation, commercial and professional liability cases. Often instructed on behalf of PLC’s or high net-worth individuals in respect of large-scale and bitterly fought litigation, Clare is ‘praised for her grasp of detail’ and as someone ‘who is not afraid to take on challenging the odds’. Clare’s cases often involve allegations of misrepresentation, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty.” Legal 500, 2017
  •  “Her practice covers a wide range of sophisticated professional negligence matters and she acts for a number of leading law firms. She has a strong track record in claims involving negligent trust, tax and insolvency advice.” Chambers & Partners, 2016
  • Clare provides highly intelligent, strategic and commercial advice combined with excellent advocacy skills.” Chambers & Partners, 2016

Recent cases:

  •  Caliendo v Mischcon de Reya [2015] – one of The Lawyer’s “Top 20” cases of 2015. Clare acts for the solicitors in a claim in relation to sale of Queen’s Park Rangers to Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone. [Reported in the Court of Appeal on relief from sanctions at [2016] C.P. Rep. 3; [2015] 5 Costs L.R. 849]
  • Page v Unite the Union & EAD Solicitors LLP (settled) – Clare acted for the solicitors in a claim for alleged negligent handling of claims by Union members for equal pay compensation. Page v Unite the Union & EAD Solicitors LLP (settled) – Clare acted for the solicitors in a claim for alleged negligent handling of claims by Union members for equal pay compensation.
  •  Brudenell-Bruce (Earl of Cardigan) v Moore & anor [2015] W.T.L.R. 373 –acted for the professional trustee in high- profile trial of a trustee negligence claim by the Earl of Cardigan against the trustees of his family’s estate.• Brudenell-Bruce (Earl of Cardigan) v Moore & anor [2015] W.T.L.R. 373 –acted for the professional trustee in high- profile trial of a trustee negligence claim by the Earl of Cardigan against the trustees of his family’s estate.
  • Challinor v Juliet Bellis (A firm) [2015] EWCA Civ 59 (Court of Appeal) – Clare acted for the successful defendant solicitors in this failed claim that the firm had received monies from non-client investors in a property investment scheme on trust.
  • Rentokil v Goodman Derrick [2014] EWHC 2994 (Ch) – Clare acted for the successful defendant solicitors in a claim for loss of a chance relating to the sale of Rentokil’s office premises in Croydon.

Other relevant cases:

  • Acting for well-known West End firm in a high value claim for negligent IHT advice
  • Acting in a series of cases for solicitors in relation to series of allegedly fraudulent conveyancing transactions
  • Acting for well-known firm of solicitors in relation to allegedly negligent advice in defending large scale litigation against trustees