24 Old Buildings head in negligence case

The head of chambers at leading Chancery set 24 Old Buildings, Colin Brodie QC, is being sued for negligence.

He is being sued for damages in respect of advice given in a property dispute compromise.

The writ, issued by Olswang, alleges the advice either given, or omitted to be given, in respect of the effect of the compromise was negligent.

Hugh Wodehouse, manager of the Bar Mutual Management Committee, which reviews and assesses potential claims against barristers, dismisses the writ's significance. “I do not think there has been any negligence, nor do I think that those who issued the writ think there has been any negligence,” he says.

Brodie is a highly rated chancery and insolvency barrister, having earned several mentions in The Lawyer's regular who's who of commended counsel.

He was also cited in a 1997 Guardian poll as one of the top earners from civil legal aid.

At the same time, Martin Pointer QC, of 1 Mitre Court Buildings, and City practice Collyer-Bristow are being sued in a claim for negligence over advice given in a £500,000 divorce action.