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Joanne Wicks QC

Call: 1990    QC: 2010

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Professional Liability

A significant proportion of Joanne’s work concerns allegations of professional liability and she acts for claimants, defendants and their insurers. She is ranked as a Leading Silk for professional negligence by The Legal 500, which describes her as “commercial and very client- friendly in her approach”.

Joanne’s expertise in property law and litigation give her a sound understanding, and practical experience of, the issues which underlie the claim of liability. She is often asked to advise, not only on the claim against the professional, but also on how the problems which gave rise to the claim may be resolved or the losses mitigated. She deals with insurance coverage issues and gives guidance on professional ethics and conflicts of interest.

Her professional liability practice includes claims against:

  • Lawyers (barristers, solicitors)
  • Property professionals (surveyors, valuers, managing agents and other consultants).

Recent/notable cases include:

  • Advising a commercial tenant which lost the benefit of a valuable option to purchase the freehold of its property by virtue of its solicitors’ failure to register the option, including as to whether it should pursue litigation against the landlord to seek to reinstate the option.
  • Acting for solicitors alleged to be personally liable to an opposing party on a remortgage transaction by virtue of the answers given to pre-contract inquiries, including on hard-fought interlocutory applications (Mortgage Agency Services Number One Ltd v Cripps Harries Hall LLP [2016] EWHC 387 (Ch)).
  • Advising individuals whose professional negligence action against former solicitors was itself struck out by reason of the negligence of the solicitors representing them in that action.
  • Acting for a mortgage lender on a surveyor’s liability claim involving a portfolio of over 40 properties and including complex contributory negligence allegations.
  • Advising on the professional liability of solicitors in relation to a defective leasehold enfranchisement process.
  • Acting for the Crown Estate in relation to a claim of negligence against managing agents arising out of a serious fire in a building on Haymarket.