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Frederick Simpson

Call 2018

Professional Liability

Frederick has a busy professional liability practice in both the High Court and County Court. He is regularly instructed pre-action to advise on liability and strategy, and then to draft correspondence and pleadings as necessary.

Selected Cases

  • The Ingenious Litigation. Represented one of the principal intermediary defendants, led by Ben Quiney QC and Carlo Taczalski, against allegations of having given negligent tax-planning advice. One of The Lawyer’s top 10 cases of 2018. Frederick and Carlo appeared in the Court of Appeal ([2021] EWCA Civ 29) successfully overturning an order requiring a cross-undertaking in damages in return for security for costs against a litigation funder.
  • Representing (as junior counsel) the same intermediary defendant in a separate claim brought by the same former client, for allegedly negligent tax planning advice in a separate matter. Value over £200,000.
  • Sole counsel for a firm of agronomic (farming) advisors accused of giving negligent advice. Value £120,000. QC opponent.
  • Junior counsel for a contract administrator accused of failing to issue timely payless notices. Value £370,000.
  • Sole counsel for a firm of solicitors accused of failing to honour an undertaking. Value £160,000.
  • Sole counsel for an engineer accused of giving negligent advice. C discontinued prior to the hearing of a strike-out application.
  • Sole counsel for a contract administrator accused of failing to properly oversee works.
  • Advice and representation as sole counsel in various claims against constructions professionals (e.g. architects, surveyors, engineers, lighting designers), solicitors, professional trustees, investment advisors, lettings agents and others.
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  • MA Philosophy (Cantab)
  • GDL, BPTC (University of Law)
  • Academic Scholar, Christ’s College Cambridge
  • ‘Best Junior Officer’ Sword, Irish Guards
  • Lord Brougham Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Debating Shield, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn


  • SCL

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