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Anna Laney

Call 1998

"As well as being a robust advocate she often finds the small point of detail which turns the case."
(Chambers UK 2016)

Professional Liability

Anna has experience in a wide range of professional negligence disputes acting both for and against professionals.

Given the construction bias of her practice, Anna has particular expertise in claims involving Architects, Structural Engineers; Civil Engineers; M&E Engineers; Ground Investigation and Site Investigation Reports, Building Surveyors; and Quantity Surveyors. She also has experience of claims involving allegations against solicitors both construction related and involving matters of procedural default.

Examples of recent work include:

  • Acting for homeowners against an architect who negligently issued a completion certificate having failed to identify a number of serious defects (both structural and architectural).
  • Acting for a school in relation to the negligent design and procurement of works for s new cricket pavilion.
  • Acting for a contractor in relation to a ground investigation report which failed to identify serious limitations in the ground conditions, which affected the piling design resulting in delay and additional costs where the structural engineers were also alleged to be at fault.
  • Acting for a surveyor in relation to a Building Survey where it was alleged he had failed to identify structural defects.

Selected Cases

  • Upton McGougan Ltd v Bellway Homes Ltd [2009] EWHC 1449 (TCC) – Considers the requirement for particulars of breach to be pleaded where professional negligence is alleged – relationship between statements of case and expert reports.
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Recommendations


“Enthusiastic, hard-working and a tremendous team player. She rolls up her sleeves and gets involved. She’s a very effective advocate…Proactive, commercial, clever and resourceful.”

Chambers & Partners UK Bar

“A fabulous lawyer, who is great with clients and very responsive…Great at cutting out the waffle and putting matters in the right order to achieve results in hopeless cases.”

Legal 500, 2017

“She’s quick to identify the commercial issues”; “as well as being a robust advocate she often finds the small point of detail which turns the case.”

Chambers UK 2016

“Her swift focus is unsettling for opponents and commands confidence in her submissions”; “she tailors her approach to the specific case with a view to achieve the best outcome for the client.”

Legal 500 2016

“She is a team player who is robust and decisive and who provides very clear in advice.”

Chambers UK 2015

“Expert across a range of fields, from ground works to engineering”; “a very good communicator who gives clear and straightforward legal advice.”

Legal 500 2015

“Tremendously enthusiastic, she is an energetic, hard-working and effective advocate.”

Chambers UK 2014

“Sharp, authoritative and robust on her feet”; “a tremendous asset”; “a popular choice for construction related arbitrations.”

Legal 500 2014

“An absolutely excellent senior junior. She is always on top of things, has very good tactical sense, and if you see her name on the pleadings you know you’re in for a fight.”

"An absolutely excellent senior junior. She is always on top of things, has very good tactical sense, and if you see her name on the pleadings you know you're in for a fight." Chambers & Partners 2013

“A tremendous asset to any team”; “totally dedicated, utterly dependable, and someone in whom faith can safely be placed.”

Chambers & Partners 2012

“Sources were quick to highlight commerciality as a key attribute…a diligent and proactive senior junior who relates well to lay clients and has a great rapport with judges.”

Chambers & Partners 2011

“Excellent…well respected…no praise is high enough”

Legal 500 2011


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