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Michael Furness QC

Call: 1982    QC: 2000

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

Professional Liability

A substantial part of Michael’s practice involves professional liability litigation, mainly in the areas of occupational pension schemes and tax, making and defending claims against accountants, lawyers, actuaries, tax advisers and benefit consultants.

Recent cases include:

  • Appearing for the successful appellant in Barker v Baxendale Walker (CA) [2017] – an important case on the duty to warn on risk.
  • Representing a firm of actuaries accused of giving negligent advice regarding sex equalisation in a pension scheme.
  • Representing a firm of solicitors sued for failing to advise pension scheme trustees of the unlawfulness of their investment strategy.
  • Representing a pension scheme trustee suing a previous trustee for damages arising out of negligent scheme administration.