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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:

  • Advising on the advice which should have been given in a film-based tax avoidance scheme in the early 1990s.
  • Advising in connection with a claim for professional negligence arising out of the conduct of pension scheme litigation.
  • Advising on the advice which should have been given in relation to a “Courage proviso” in the 1990s
  • 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.