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Maurice Holmes

Call 2015

"Maurice Holmes is a very bright and clear advocate."
(Chambers and Partners, 2023)

Professional Liability

Maurice has extensive experience of professional negligence claims. Although his practice in this area spans the entire range of professions, Maurice has particular expertise in claims against insurance brokers, financial services professionals, surveyors (marine and non-marine) and lawyers.

Maurice’s work in the context of brokers is complemented by his insurance practice, with frequent experience of claims against both insurer and broker.

Maurice has specific experience in relation to disputes arising from alleged failures in the implementation of effective tax and/or inheritance arrangements.

Selected Cases

Maurice’s recent instructions as sole counsel include the following:

  • A claim against a leading accountancy firm relating to alleged failures in the implementation of a corporate structure to maximise EIS relief over a shareholding. (Led by Daniel Shapiro QC.)
  • A claim against solicitors concerning the alleged failure to implement and effective Deed of Variation within the required time, resulting in the loss of a transferable nil rate band and further related losses.
  • Numerous claims against marine surveyors concerning alleged failure to identify accurately the condition of yachts for the purposes of pre-purchase valuations.
  • A claim against solicitors following the alleged failure to implement effective and complete security against sums loaned under a borrower agreement.
  • A claim against an insurance broker concerning alleged failure in the placement of appropriate professional indemnity insurance.
  • A claim against a firm of solicitors following the provision of negligent advice upon the settlement of proceedings.
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