St Johns Buildings QC hit with negligence action

Manchester firm GLP has launched a professional negligence case against St Johns Buildings silk David Berkley QC in a bid to recover a portion of damages it paid out to settle a claim against it by a former client.

According to the claim form filed at the High Court last month (9 September), GLP alleges that Berkley should be held liable for negligent advice given to former client Michael ­Keisner over a series of cases relating to his companies.

The claim alleges that Berkley was in breach of duty and failed to advise adequately on the prospects of success for the cases the firm advised Keisner on.

The form said that, had the barrister advised ­adequately, the client may not have entered into the litigation and would not have incurred losses, GLP alleges.

The 12-partner firm ­settled claims brought by Keisner, totalling more than £2.3m, for £1.65m. The claim form states that the legal bills incurred by GLP regarding the actions came to £155,000.

GLP is demanding £450,000 from the ­barrister, whose past clients have included Take That ­frontman and The X Factor judge Gary Barlow.

The claim for stated: “Had the defendant acted and advised as he ought to have done in these actions, GLP would have heeded that advice and GLP would not have continued to act.”

The firm has instructed Weightmans associate Susan Ford on the matter.

GLP did not return calls for comment.