Louis Browne QC

Call 1988
Silk 2017


"Highly skilled barrister with excellent knowledge of his working area."

The Legal 500 2021
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Professional Negligence

Louis has wide experience of advising and representing both claimants and defendants in professional liability actions in particular in claims against:

  • Accountants, auditors and actuaries
  • Construction professionals
  • Financial services professionals
  • Lawyers
  • Surveyors and valuers

He is regularly instructed in high-profile high value (multi-million pound) cases.  He has particular experience in cases where there is a commercial element and where there are difficult issues of causation.  He is a highly experienced trial lawyer.  He places considerable emphasis on meticulous and detailed preparation and teamwork.  He is widely regarded as being a person with whom lay and professional clients, other advocates and trial judges work effectively.

He is a member of the Professional Negligence Bar Association.

Louis has a First Class Honours Degree in Law and the Postgraduate Degree of Bachelor of Civil Law, Balliol College Oxford.

He was called to the Bar in 1988 and began practising in 1992.  He was appointed Treasury Counsel in 2000 and has remained on the Panel until he took Silk in 2017 . He is now on the Government Silk Panel.

He is a Recorder of the Crown Court and is also authorised to sit on civil claims.

Professional Negligence Cases

Recent high profile and important cases in which Louis has appeared include:-

Billett v. Ministry of Defence [2015] EWCA Civ 773; [2016] PIQR 1
Assessment of future loss of earning capacity adjustment of Reduction Factors in Ogden Tables A – D. The first case of its kind to reach the Court of Appeal.

Gilruth v. Harding [2015] EWCA Civ 1085.
Court of Appeal. The calculation of damages arising from the putative sale of a high class/high value show jumping horse.

Tyrell v. HM Coroner for Durham/Secretary of State for Justice [2016] EWHC 1892
Louis acted for the Secretary of State for Justice in this test case to determine the applicability of ECHR Art 2 to the death of a prisoner who died from natural causes.

Hadfield v. Cooke [2015] EWHC 3480
Difficult and complicated shareholder dispute.  Louis acted for the successful Claimant at trial.

Rai v. Ministry of Defence [2016] High Court
Whether an Army training exercise in Canada fell within the definition of “civil and commercial matters” within Rome II.  Limitation: did Albertan or English law apply.

Ifede v. Ministry of Defence [2015] EWHC 3835
Important and high value claim, at which Louis successfully argued was statute barred.