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Tom has experience of advising and acting in professional liability claims against solicitors, conveyancers, accountants, book-keepers, tax advisors, corporate finance advisors, surveyors, valuers, directors and trustees.
He has recently been instructed to act on a series of professional negligence claims against conveyancing solicitors and valuers in connection with development finance and bridging loans (currently at the pre-action stage, with Joanna Smith QC).
Other illustrative cases include:
- Acting with John Wardell QC in ongoing professional negligence claims against a leading accountancy firm in respect of allegedly negligent audits and corporate finance advice.
- Working, on behalf of the former trustee (Investec Trust (Guernsey) Ltd), on the preparation of the appeal against the first instance Guernsey decision of Lieutenant Bailiff Chadwick in litigation concerning, amongst other issues, whether the former trustee was grossly negligent and therefore not entitled to an indemnify in respect of liabilities incurred in its capacity as trustee: Investec & ors v Glenalla & ors (unreported) (6 December 2013). Tom first became involved in this litigation whilst on secondment in the litigation department of Mourant Ozannes’ Guernsey office between September and December 2013.
- Frequent instructions to appear at CMCs and other directions hearings on negligence actions arising from mortgage lending.
- Acting for a claimant seeking damages from a solicitor who failed to advise as to the location of a sewer on the purchase of land, which prevented a planned development.
- Acting (with Terence Mowschenson QC and Sebastian Allen) on a claim by an Isle of Man company against one of its former directions, on the basis that the former director had caused the company to incur unnecessary legal fees in the pursuit of hopeless litigation.
- During pupillage, assisting John Wardell QC in a claim against solicitors, on the grounds that the solicitors had advised their client to settle proceedings against a negligent tax adviser at an undervalue: Langsam v Beachcroft LLP  EWHC 1451 (Ch).