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Harriet Holmes

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

Professional Liability

Harriet regularly accepts instructions in professional indemnity matters with a property dimension, including acting and advising in relation to claims against solicitors, surveyors and valuers.  Her expertise in real property and landlord and tenant enables her to bring that knowledge and understanding to the claim against the professional.

In the year between bar school and pupillage, Harriet worked at a solicitors’ firm acting as a fee earner in group litigation against conveyancing solicitors for failure to adequately advise on right-to-buy conveyances.  This makes her particularly well-placed to deal with solicitors’ negligence claims, especially those involving conveyancing.

Harriet has facilitated workshops and spoken at the annual Wilberforce Chambers professional liability conference.

Notable recent work includes:

Acting for the tenant of commercial premises in a claim against their solicitors for failing to exercise a break clause. Causation and mitigation are keys issues in the dispute.  (led by Jonathan Seitler QC) (on-going, trial listed for 2018)

Acting unled for purchasers of a maisonette in Chelsea against their conveyancing solicitors for failing to advise adequately in relation to the title to be transferred, and for failing to identify that there were only two roof terraces within the demise, not three. Settlement achieved pre-action.