An excellent advocate – tenacious and extremely detailed, identifying potential problems and arguments even before they arise” - Legal 500 2019
“She always gets straight to the key legal points. She provides good, clear written advice and is excellent on her feet. She has a well-earned and deserved reputation as a construction specialist.” – Chambers & Partners, 2020
"Siân Mirchandani QC is "a tenacious advocate", and "highly respected" for her impressive handling of professional negligence and disciplinary proceedings." - Who’s Who Legal 2020
Repeatedly recognised as a Leading Junior by the directories, Siân won the Chambers & Partners ‘Professional Negligence Junior of the Year’ in 2015, and then took silk in 2019. Siân has an established and wide-ranging practice in commercial, professional liability claims, construction/engineering, insurance and regulatory.
Siân has wide and considerable experience of professional liability claims, including claims against lawyers (solicitors and barristers), architects, engineers, insurance brokers and agents, surveyors and valuers, accountants, financial services professionals, land management agents, farm management agents, estate agents, clinicians and veterinary surgeons. Siân is a TECBAR accredited adjudicator. Having recently qualified as a Fellow of the CIArb, Siân is now building a practice as an arbitrator.
Siân also has considerable experience of professional disciplinary matters (particularly architects), arbitrations, adjudications and mediations. Having qualified from Cambridge University as a veterinary surgeon in 1992, Siân worked in academic and general practice as a veterinary surgeon before coming to the Bar and joining Chambers in 1998.
Professional Liability: Siân relishes cases which involve scientific aspects or technical issues. Her practical, ‘hands on’ approach has led to instructions from civil engineering and other building contractors and sub-contractors, and this ‘pure construction’ work complements her continuing construction professionals’ practice. Siân has particularly developed a practice involving claims arising from cladding design & installation and design and construction of farm or agricultural buildings, where the combination of her veterinary background and her experience in construction claims as well as professional liability claims has given her clients a considerable advantage.
Construction & Engineering: Siân is a well-established construction & engineering practitioner and is especially recognised for her expertise in disputes involving mechanical, electrical and technical elements. Siân has wide experience of advising and acting for employers, contractors and sub-contractors in disputes brought in the London and regional Technology and Construction Courts, as well as Northern Ireland. Siân is sought after by major contractors facing difficult, complex, multi-party building claims who value her ability to ‘cover all bases’ due to her collateral expertise in insurance, insolvency and contribution claims. Siân was a longstanding committee member of TECBAR, and member of the Society of Construction Lawyers (SCL) where she is regularly called upon to speak at Construction law events.
Disciplinary: Siân has a significant practice in defending professionals before professional disciplinary bodies, including ARB, RIBA, ACCA, ICAEW, RICS. Siân is a former member of the Disciplinary Panel for the Council of the Inns of Court which is concerned with barristers’ conduct and service issues and was also part of a working party advising the RCVS and drafted the RCVS’ current guidance on the roles of expert witnesses. Siân has advised on and appeared many times before ARB panels defending architects against a range of complaints.
Commercial Supply / Property Damage: Siân has considerable experience of commercial claims, particularly feed supply and claims involving fires and destruction of commercial and residential property (and contents). Alongside her insurance and reinsurance practice, Siân is regularly instructed in insurers’ subrogated claims following fires.
Insurance: Siân has wide ranging experience of advising and acting for both insurer and insured on claims & arbitrations concerning policy construction and coverage issues.