Alicia specialises in professional liability, insurance, regulation, and commercial disputes including civil fraud. She enjoys acting as sole counsel or as a junior, and frequently appears as sole counsel in complex claims.
Alicia has strong relationships with her clients and enjoys working as part of a team. She is currently being led by Nicola Rushton QC in a civil fraud case to recover over £16.5m. Recently, Alicia was also led by Jamie Carpenter QC in a large professional negligence claim arising out of fraud.
A substantial part of Alicia’s practice involves professional liability work focusing on lawyers, property and financial professionals.
Alicia has an extensive practice in lawyers’ liability, including barristers and solicitors’ claims. Her cases include claims arising out of the following areas:
Alicia is an expert in professional liability claims involving clinical negligence and personal injury, having practised extensively in these areas.
Currently, Alicia is led by Nicola Rushton QC in a £16.5m+ civil fraud claim, which may lead to associated lawyers’ negligence claims.
Recently, Alicia was led by Jamie Carpenter QC in a £2m+ professional negligence claim against a fraudulent solicitor acting as trustee for a victim of clinical negligence.
Previously, Alicia was led by Michael Pooles QC and Spike Charlwood in the defence of an alleged
£100m claim brought by a property development company against a solicitors’ firm, which settled close to trial. Alicia has also been led by William Flenley QC in a solicitors’ negligence dispute.
In 2018, on secondment to Herbert Smith Freehills, Alicia assisted with a multi-billion GBP potential claim against a major City solicitors’ firm.
Alicia’s work relating to financial professionals is broad, including accountants, IFAs, insolvency practitioners, tax advisors, and insurance brokers.
Alicia’s recent cases include:
Alicia’s expertise in professional negligence is closely supported by her practices in insurance coverage disputes, commercial disputes, property disputes and regulatory law.
Alicia has strong expertise in insurance coverage and brokerage claims. She is frequently instructed to advise policyholders and insurers on insurance disputes including notification, aggregation, exclusions and other coverage issues.
Recently, Alicia has advised an insurer on cover under a professional negligence policy which included Insurance Act 2015 extensions for inadvertent breaches by the policyholder. She has also advised on the extent of cover for a complex commercial dispute under a professional negligence policy.
Alicia has advised on:
Alicia advised extensively on insurance disputes when on secondment to Herbert Smith Freehills’ insurance litigation team in 2018.
Alicia’s commercial practice is busy, varied and expanding. She is frequently instructed in significant commercial claims, both in her own right and as a junior.
In her own practice, Alicia advises as sole counsel on a range of commercial claims including haulage, hire, agency, sale and purchase agreements and non-compete clauses. In a recent trial, she successfully struck out a claim for non-solicitation fees as an abuse of process, and recovered substantial defendant costs.
She is currently led by Nicola Rushton QC in a civil fraud claim for losses of over £16.5m of investment in an unregulated collective investment scheme, where she assisted in obtaining a freezing injunction and continues to represent the claimants.
Recently, she was led by Simon Howarth QC in defending a £4m commercial dispute involving a solicitor’s business, which has led to associated issues of costs law and regulation.
Alicia was led by Bernard Livesey QC in the first instance decision of the High Court (ChD) of Willers v Gubay, which led to the recognition by the Supreme Court of the new tort of civil malicious prosecution (UKSC 2015/0154).
Alicia’s work in regulation involves issues of dishonesty, incompetence, health and misreporting. Her practice spans medical and non-medical regulators, including acting for the SRA in a misconduct case which concerned complex health issues for the respondent: SRA v Ashurst, (8 February 2018, Law Society Gazette).
Alicia advises parties throughout ombudsman investigations (including FOS and the Legal Ombudsman) and has an in-depth knowledge of both judicial review and financial regulatory issues such as the authorised representative statutory scheme.
Alicia has been led by William Flenley QC and Simon Howarth QC in complex cases involving the SRA, the Solicitors Compensation Fund and the FCA.
Alicia has a specialist practice in costs which dovetails with her specialisms in professional liability, regulatory and commercial disputes. She regularly appears in costs hearings in the SCCO and County Court, and advises on costs issues.
Alicia’s practice includes:
Alicia is keen to work closely with parties to ensure that their strategy achieves a commercial result.
Alicia is a member of the Professional Negligence Bar Association, Chancery Bar Association, British Insurance Lawyers Association, Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers and Bar Human Rights Committee.
Alicia enjoys dancing, skiing, music and travelling. Alicia has a strong commitment to pro bono work and frequently acts for clients via Advocate and the Centre for Women’s Justice.
Alicia is the co-lead on Outreach for chambers and she regularly appears on interview panels for pupillage and tenancy.
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