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Nikki Singla QC

Call: 2000    QC: 2018

+44 (0)20 7306

Professional Liability

“Incredibly commercial with clients and speaks their language. He gets the balance right between impressing clients, working with solicitors, and understanding the commercial realities of day-to-day business.” Chambers & Partners

He acts for claimants against a variety of professionals, in particular, solicitors, directors, and trustees; and he acts for defendants (and insurers who insure them). He has acted in a number of cases concerning the construction and coverage of insurance policies including the minimum terms and EL policies in light of the Trigger litigation. He is one of the appointed counsel on the Prosecution Panel of the Bar Standards Board that prosecutes barristers in breach of the Handbook.

His recent cases include:

  • Penta Ultimate Holdings Ltd v Storrier (Chancery Division): Setting aside default judgment on liability in a negligence claim against a former financial director.
  • Trustees of 3 Settlements v A Firm (Expert Determination): Acting for the claimant trustees in their negligence claim against former solicitors who had drafted invalid deeds of retirement and appointment. Complex dispute over what heads of loss are recoverable in law.
  • Ripples Homeland Security v Osborne Clarke Solicitors (Mercantile Court): Acting for claimant in a professional negligence claim against former solicitors for their role in a failed share sale transaction depriving the claimant of investment capital to take the claimant’s technology to market.
  • Symrise v Baker McKenzie (Commercial Court): Acted for the defendant solicitors’ firm in its defence against professional negligence claims arising out of a corporate debt pushdown transaction that resulted in a tax investigation in Mexico.
  • In the Matter of the H Trust (Jersey): Acted for a corporate fiduciary services provider defending beneficiary claims against several defendants for over £30million in fraudulent and negligent investment advice. Allegations made against well-known accountant and adviser for fraud and breach of trust which led to criminal proceedings.
  • In the Matter of a Company (Guernsey): Acted for the defendant corporate fiduciary services provider and director defendants with local advocates in the defence of breach of trust proceedings and professional negligence in respect of investment policy for approximately £10million. Case required consideration of the duties of non-executive directors and offshore corporate services providers.
  • Re R Solicitors (Ch Div): Acted for a former client of a solicitors’ firm in its claim for breach of trust, professional negligence and fraud in the conduct of managing the probate and distribution of a very substantial estate and the handling of the client account. Claims for negligence and fraud commenced against the solicitors concerned and compensation sought from the SRA’s compensation fund.
  • A v B (DIAC arbitration in Dubai): Acted in the trial for the claimant company building the world’s largest theme park in Dubai against contractors and designers alleged to have acted in breach of the design contract and defending counterclaim for lost profits arising on termination.
  • IEGL v Zurich Insurance plc (Court of Appeal): Acted for defendant insurer seeking the development of new law that would permit equitable contribution from other EL insurers on risk under EL insurance policies for the expanded liability created by the decision of Fairchild v Glenhaven.
  • Re a Hong Kong Bank (Hong Kong): Advising on the application of insurance policies to loss caused to a well-known and large commercial and retail Hong Kong bank arising out of fraudulent activities of a senior executive at the bank. Consideration of adequacy of investigation by the bank and whether compensation given to customers was an insured loss.
  • Re A Company (Commercial Court): Advising a large firm of accountants in respect of claims brought against it for allegedly negligent audits and advice.