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Richard Sage

Call 2006

Professional Liability

Richard has a well-established practice in the field of professional negligence, particularly in cases involving construction (architects, engineers, and surveyors) and insurance.

Selected Cases

  • Acted (led by David Sears QC) for M&E contractors in a substantial dispute arising out of the construction of a college.
  • Acted in professional negligence claim against actuaries who had advised in matrimonial proceedings.
  • Acted for solicitors in professional negligence claim arising out of failed litigation.
  • Acted for property developers in a claim against civil engineers arising out of failure to detect presence of asbestos during a ground survey.
  • Acted in several claims against LPA receivers and claims of sales of property at an undervalue.
  • Acting for residential purchasers in a claims against conveyancing solicitors arising out of failure to obtain deposit protection insurance under NHBC.
  • Acting for firm of architects in professional negligence claim in dispute over assessment of final account and allegations of failure properly to administer the contract.
  • Acting for owners of a warehouse in a claim against design and build contractors arising out of defects in the design and construction of the roof.
  • Acting for property owners in a claim against architects / project managers arising from a failure to carry out an effective restoration of a water damaged building
  • Acting for firm of architects in claim involving allegations of negligent over-valuation of contractors’ applications for payment.
  • Acting for sub-contractors in c.£4m dispute involving allegations of defective piling / ground improvement leading to the settlement of a leisure centre.
  • Acting for Northern Rock in claim against solicitors firm, arising out of negligence in residential conveyancing.
  • Acting for building contractors in a c.£400,000 claim following a fire at a listed residential property, involving allegations of negligent construction work and / or breach of contract.
  • Acted in professional negligence claim against solicitors firm following negligent conduct of divorce proceedings resulting in dispersal of matrimonial assets.
  • Liberty Syndicate Management Ltd v Campagna Ltd [2011] EWHC 209 (TCC); (2011) 27 Const LJ 275; [2011] All ER (D) 62 – Acted as a junior counsel in a three-week multi-million pound professional negligence claim against technical auditors under a latent defects policy.
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Awards


  • Arbitration Club Phillip Ranner Prize
  • Kings College Construction Law Association Prize
  • Lord Mansfield Scholar (BVC), Lincoln’s Inn
  • Lord Haldane Scholar (CPE), Lincoln’s Inn

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Qualifications


  • BA History (First Class), Oxford University
  • CPE (Distinction), City University
  • BVC (Very Competent), BPP University
  • MSc Construction Law & Dispute Resolution (Distinction)

Memberships


  • Technology and Construction Court Bar Association (TECBAR)
  • Society of Construction Law
  • Adjudication Society
  • Young International Arbitration Group
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR)
  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association (LCLCBA)

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