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Roger ter Haar QC

Call 1974 • QC 1992

"Brilliant at cross-examination." "He's very good in court and clearly understands what judges and arbitrators want to hear."
(Chambers UK 2017)

Professional Liability

Roger has acted as Counsel for Claimants and Defendants in a large number of professional negligence cases involving allegations of negligence against financial service advisors, insurance brokers, underwriting agents, doctors, solicitors, barristers, surveyors and valuers, architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, patent agents, educational psychologists, teachers and others.

Roger sits as an arbitrator in professional negligence matters.

Selected Cases

  • Frederick and others v Positive Solutions (Financial Services) Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 431; [2018] 3 WLUK 275.
  • Greenwich Millenium Village Ltd v Essex Services Group Ltd [2014] 1 WLR 3512.
  • 199 Knightsbridge Development Ltd v WSP UK Ltd2014] EWHC 43 (TCC).
  • Trebor Bennett Holdings Ltd v ADT Fire and Security Plc [2011] BLR 661.
  • Jones v Kaney [2011] UKSC 13 (Experts’ immunity from suit) (Hill Dickinson).
  • Autofocus Ltd v Accident Exchange Ltd [2010] EWCA Civ 788 (Witness Immunity) (PCJ Solicitors).
  • Rowley v Secretary of State for Work & Pensions [2007] 1 WLR 2861 (CSA negligence) (Forshaws).
  • Carty v London Borough of Croydon [2005] 1 WLR 2312 (A.P. Law).
  • DN v London Borough of Greenwich [2004] EWCA Civ 1659 (Teacher Stern Selby).
  • Flaxman-Binns v Lincolnshire County Council [2004] 1 WLR 2232 (McKinnels).
  • Johnson v Gore Wood (No. 2) [2003] EWCA Civ 1728 and [2004] EWCA Civ 14 (Solicitors’ negligence) (Shoosmiths).
  • Guang Xin Enterprises Ltd v Kwan Wong Tan and Fong [2003] 3 HKLRD 527 (Accountants’ negligence) (Deacons).
  • Bradford-Smart v West Sussex County Council [2002] 1 FCR 425; [2002] EWCA Civ 7 (Teacher Stern Selby).
  • Johnson v Gore Wood [2002] 2 AC 1 (solicitors’ negligence) (Shoosmith).
  • Phelps v Hillingdon Borough Council [2001] 2 AC 619 (Teacher Stern Selby).
  • FNCB v Barnet Devanney [1999] Lloyd’s Rep IR 459 (Insurance brokers’ negligence) (Hextall Erskine).
  • Mortgage Corporation v Halifax [1999] Lloyd’s Rep PN 159 (valuers’ negligence) (Kennedys).
  • X v Bedfordshire County Council [1995] 2 AC 633 (Teacher Stern Selby).
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  • Deputy High Court Judge (2003)
  • Recorder (2003)
  • Boundary Commissioner (2000)
  • Bencher of Inner Temple (1993)
  • BA Jurisprudence (1973)
  • Magdalen College, Oxford


  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre Panel of Arbitrators (2013)
  • The Korean Commercial Arbitration Board Panel of International Arbitrators (2013)
  • Chairman, Inner Temple Estates Committee (1995 – 1999)
  • Former Chairman Lloyds Disciplinary Committee


“Formidable in court, and his ability to absorb an argument that is made, digest it and articulate a response while on his feet is really impressive.”

Chambers UK 2018

“He is very experienced, very charming and a real leader in the field.”

Chambers UK 2018

“He makes complex matters look easy. He’s relaxed but devastating at cross-examination. It is a pleasure to listen to him and to work with him. His memory is virtually photographic, and he’s so lovely.”

Chambers UK 2018

“A very experienced, persuasive and effective advocate, who is popular with clients….an absolutely excellent strategist and one of the best on his feet.”

Legal 500 2017

“Well respected, with a badge of quality…outstanding experience…A popular choice for construction disputes and international arbitration.”

Legal 500 2017

“His ability to quickly grasp the relevant facts and get involved in the strategy of a case is excellent.”

Chambers UK

“He is incredibly clever in a broad way, not just about a particular topic but almost everything.”

Chambers UK

“Judges listen to anything he says’, ‘a well-established construction silk’.”

Chambers UK

“A fearsome operator, whose cross-examination of witnesses can be devastating.”

Chambers UK

“A very thorough and very disciplined counsel who is very good with the detail.” “Simply a class act, who instinctively cuts through the issues to get to the heart of a dispute.”

Chambers UK

“Strong advocate with an understated approach who delivers outstanding results in cross-examination.”

Chambers UK

“An old-fashioned advocate who can pick up any case and run with it well…One of the very best.”

Chambers UK

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