Professional negligence cases involve alleged breaches of contractual and common law duties of care owed by those professing to have a special expertise. The general principles concerning what will or will not be regarded as negligent are relatively straightforward, but it is often difficult to predict how a court will apply them in a particular set of circumstances, and the evidence of experts is almost always necessary to enable the court to decide whether or not the professional concerned has attained the standard of care to be expected.
As in personal injury cases a barrister must have a good understanding of the expert witnesses' own areas of expertise. Professional negligence cases also raise their own legal difficulties regarding the causation and calculation of damages and a large body of law has been built up concerning these issues.
My particular interest lies in cases concerning surveyors, valuers, engineers and architects.
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