Ben Harding

Professional Negligence


36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082


5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123


Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

Clerked by:
Colin Griffin
Harry Young

Professional Negligence

Professional Negligence 

  • Claims against solicitors, surveyors/valuers, financial advisers, insurance brokers, construction professionals and accountants, some with value exceeding £1M


Ben joined chambers in April 2008 after pupillage at 8 King Street Chambers, Manchester.

Ben practises in all aspects of commercial dispute resolution and in a range of chancery and insolvency work, with strong specialisms in the areas set out below.  He undertakes drafting, advisory and advocacy work in equal measures.  He regularly appears across the Northern, North-Eastern and Midlands Circuits and in London.  He is increasingly instructed to handle multi-day trials and applications in the County Court and specialist District Registries.

Ben approaches every instruction with intellectual rigour, attention to detail, commercial pragmatism and speed.  His attitude is that cases are won on the facts and lost on the law, so that it is essential to identify and analyse the key issues early to achieve the best result for his client.  He is also aware of the ever-pressing need to give a firm, clear view on prospects, for the benefit of client and insurer/funder.

Ben acts predominantly as sole Counsel and has been led by chambers’ silks on a number of occasions.   His clients span the range from large corporations and institutions to private individuals; and the subject matter ranges from multi-million pound claims to his client’s home.  

Year of Call: 2005


"He is an exceptional intellect and a skilled advocate." - Chambers UK 2015

"He is as bright as a button; he has a great delivery and a good courtroom presence."- Chambers UK 2014


Northern Commercial Bar Association (committee member since 2015)

Chancery Bar Association

Northern Chancery Bar Association

British Irish Commercial Bar Association



-  The Consumer Rights Act 2015 – NCCBA seminar September 2015

-    “Professional negligence – Jackson and the litigator” – Kings Chambers conference series 2014

-    Third party costs orders, including orders against legal representatives – in-house seminar September 2013 for Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP

Qualifications and awards

BA (Hons) Literae Humaniores – first class (Balliol College Oxford)

GDL (City University, London)

BVC (BPP Law School, London)

Major Scholar (Inner Temple)

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