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Anthony Speaight QC has a civil and commercial practice, specialising in the sometimes overlapping fields of professional negligence, construction and technology, related property litigation, Technology and telecoms contracts.

He also has specialist experience in public, regulatory and disciplinary work, especially in relation to the financial services industry.

Anthony is qualified to undertake Public Access work.

Anthony is recommended in Chambers & Partners, Legal Experts and Legal 500 where comments include:

  • A superb advocate and a talented wordsmith who has everybody eating out of his hand in court
  • Precise and unequivocal in his advice
  • Greatly esteemed; a class performer
  • Intellectually first-class
  • Reassures clients that their concerns are his absolute priority
  • Very hands-on and very approachable
  • Very good on his feet, a very smooth QC
  • A seasoned TCC practitioner, appearing in many construction arbitrations and adjudications.

He has practiced extensively in the Technology and Construction Court. He acted at first instance, Court of Appeal and House of Lords in Linden Gardens v Lenesta Sludge concerning assignment of rights of action to new property owners. He appeared in 2005 in the Court of Appeal case Connex v M J Building concerning construction adjudication.

Recent engineering work has included acting in a TCC claim for $177 million relating to a ‘BOT’ project for a power station in Mexico. He also has considerable recent experience of railway engineering work.

He has been in many arbitrations and adjudications concerning building projects. He has been appointed as an arbitrator on several occasions. He is a TECBAR accredited adjudicator.

His technology work includes considerable experience of computer cases. He had the leading brief in the TCC action relating to the London Fire Brigade command and control system. He recently acted in a contractual and copyright dispute about a web site tried in the Chancery Division.

In 2007 he acted for Lord Malmesbury in the £100 million claim against Strutt & Parker. He appeared in Gable House Estates v Halpern, which is believed to be the largest architect’s negligence claim ever tried. He has acted in many professional negligence claims involving engineers, architects and surveyors.

He has appeared in important reported cases on the meaning of policies of professional indemnity insurance and property insurance.

He also has a long standing interest in property aspects of public law. He has been in numerous reported cases concerning enforcement of town and county planning. He appeared in the House of Lords in R v Wicks concerning the status in public law of enforcement notices.

Other property work has included securing leave to appeal from the House of Lords on the issue whether the law of adverse possession in registered land is incompatible with the European Convention of Human Rights.

He acted for one of the largest British independent financial advisers in an action against the regulators. He appeared in R (Fleurose) v Securities and Futures Authority where the issue was whether the European Convention of human Rights affected financial services disciplinary proceedings. He has advised one of the largest insurance companies on regulatory matters.

He has appeared in professional disciplinary tribunals on behalf of barristers, architects, and regulated members of the financial services industry. In 2005 he acted for the successful party in P (a barrister) v Bar Council concerning disqualification for bias, as a result of which the composition of all Bar Council disciplinary tribunals had to be changed. He has recently acted in a judicial review of the Legal Services Commission’s tendering exercise for legal aid contracts as well as a judicial review of FSCS in relation to allocation of compensation levy.

Contact Tracing – The Ethical and Legal Issues

Anthony Speaight QC, Iain Munro and Anna Hoffmann Three members of chambers examine the ethical debate and legal...

The Third Annual SCL West Midlands Debate

Four Members from 4 Pump Court will debate the question of "Are independent experts really doing their job?" at the...

Should the UK apply to re-join the EFTA?

Anthony Speaight QC and a colleague have published a paper arguing that the UK could secure advantage by making an...

Legal Aid Agency ordered to disclose IFFO offers policy document

Anthony Speaight QC acted for the successful claimant and interested parties in the judicial review of the Legal Aid...

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  • TECBAR accredited adjudicator
  • Trained mediator
  • Member of the Bill of Rights Commission
  • Co-editor of Butterworths Professional Negligence Service. Author of chapters on Construction Professionals, Barristers and Independent Financial Advisers
  • Co Author of The Law of Defective Premises
  • Contributor to The Construction Act: Time for Review
  • Editor of The Architects Legal Handbook from 3rd to 8th editions
  • LCIA Users’ Council
  • Kuala Lumpur Regional Arbitration Centre’s Panel
  • MA (Oxon) Modern History
  • French (working knowledge)

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