Steven Fennell

Call 2014

"Steven's advocacy is always clear, concise and noticeably appreciated by the presiding judge and instructing solicitor."

The Legal 500, 2024
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Professional Negligence

Steven has extensive experience of professional negligence actions involving solicitors, accountants, insolvency practitioners and valuers, both as a solicitor and at the Bar.

Steven qualified as a solicitor in 1996, as an insolvency practitioner in 1999, and a solicitor advocate in 2013. He became a CEDR-accredited mediator in 2012. He transferred to the Bar in 2014 to join Exchange Chambers.

As a former solicitor, Steven understands the pressures and time constraints that are an everyday part of the solicitor’s life and brings a unique depth of experience to his practice.

In addition to professional negligence litigation, Steven regularly acts for insolvency practitioners and accountants in relation to non-contentious regulatory and compliance matters, complaints to their professional bodies, and proceedings before professional disciplinary tribunals.

Professional Negligence Cases

Illustrative cases include:

Defending professional negligence actions against insolvency practitioners, including challenges to levels of remuneration and allegations of deliberate overcharging;

Defending insolvency practitioners in regulatory proceedings before their professional bodies, including a recent 5 day hearing before the ACCA disciplinary tribunal leading to the dismissal of all charges against the respondent;

Negligence claims against solicitors and barristers arising from both contentious and non-contentious work;

Claims against valuers brought by financial institutions;

Claims against financial advisors.