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Richard Lynagh QC

Call 1975 • QC 1996

“He epitomises the perfect QC – he’s always well prepared, clients adore him and he’s an excellent advocate.”
(Chambers & Partners 2019)

Professional Liability

He has particular experience in cases involving allegations of negligence on the part of surveyors, estate agents, solicitors, barristers, accountants, insurance brokers, planning consultants and project managers.

Selected Cases

  • Lingfield Properties (Darlington) Ltd v Padgett Lavender Associates [2007] EWHC 2989 QB (Tugendhat J) – He was involved the defence of a town-planning consultant in respect of allegations of professional negligence arising out of the lapse of planning permission for a large retail park. The case raises interesting questions as to the extent of a professional’s duties, limitation of actions and the award of costs on an indemnity basis.
  • Goshawk v Buena Vista et al (2001) – He was instructed on behalf of loss adjusters accused of negligence in the placing of insurance cover for the American version of the television show “Who wants to be a Millionnaire?”
  • Motor Crown Petroleum Ltd v S J Berwin & Co & Unwin (1998) (Longmore J) – He represented a planning consultant accused of negligence in connection with an application for planning permission for a petrol station.
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“An extremely experienced barrister who is calm, measured and forensic, as well as extremely quick and responsive. He is very much a team player.”

Chambers & Partners 2020

‘He is very commercially aware. ’

Legal 500 2020

“His advocacy and client care are first rate.”

Chambers & Partners 2020

“The consummate QC, there is no better”

Legal 500 2018

“Highly knowledgeable in his field. Very thorough. He provides a pragmatic analysis of the issues informed by his wealth of experience.”

Legal 500 2017

“He is held in high regard for his tactical skills and steely determination – you want him on your side.”

Chambers & Partners 2016

“He’s extremely knowledgeable, easy to talk to and has a very good presence in court – all the things you would look for in a barrister.”

Chambers & Partners 2016

He manages expectations well, gives it to the client straight and is charming in court and in conference. He is confidence-inspiring and intellectually rock hard. Unflappable, easy to talk to and responsive”.

Chambers & Partners 2015

“Very well versed in insurance policy disputes.”

Legal 500 2015

“He has gravitas and a superbly sharp legal brain.”

Legal 500 2015

“Rated very highly across a range of professional negligence disputes.”

Legal 500 2015

Richard “has an astonishing grasp of detail.”

Chambers & Partners 2014

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