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Crown Office Chambers

Property Damage

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Crown Office Chambers maintains a stellar reputation for its adroit handling of property damage matters arising from a variety of sectors. Members of the set leverage their renowned expertise across professional negligence, insurance and construction to provide highly effective advice and advocacy. They are capable of assisting with every kind of major property damage dispute, from those involving floods and fires to defective construction products and industrial-scale damage. Sources characterise it as a "go-to set with a really broad spread of expertise" and praise the barristers' "technical skills and insight."

Client service:

"They are excellent and well organised." "Very friendly and professional." Senior clerk Andy Flanagan is described as "very approachable and great to deal with."

Strengths:

Andrew Rigney QC
A leading silk who is regularly instructed in highly technical cases concerning damage caused by fire, collapse or defective construction. His practice has a significant international element to it, and he is often instructed in high-value, complex disputes. He also has experience in insurance and construction law.
"He has a technical grasp of matters and is capable of drafting complicated documents." "Andrew is always very impressive, with a superb command of the subject matter of any case."

Strengths:

Ben Quiney QC
Brings to bear a wide level of experience in related areas such as construction, professional negligence and insurance. He is regularly instructed in claims arising out of fire, flood and other disasters, and possesses deep expertise in coverage issues and subrogated recovery. He has appeared before the TCC and the Commercial Court numerous times.
"He's a very good cross-examiner and is very effective on the law."
Recent work: Acted for Sony in relation to a multimillion-pound claim brought by the BBC arising from the damage done by rioters in London in 2011.

Strengths:

Daniel Shapiro QC
Has an impressive commercial practice that involves a significant focus on property damage work, where he is frequently instructed on significant recovery actions, particularly subrogated claims. He is proficient in matters involving fires, flooding, explosions and subsidence.
"He is an extremely bright, able and thriving young silk. He has a very impressive all-round practice in the area." "He's very easy to work with and manages to simplify the most complicated matters."
Recent work: Acted for contracted cleaners B & A in a claim for over £10 million brought by Valero relating to a fatal explosion at a refinery.

Strengths:

Elizabeth Boon
Manages a fine property damage practice which incorporates her strong knowledge of professional negligence and product liability. She also demonstrates key insurance expertise, which she brings to bear on fire, flood and subsidence claims, among others. Boon is skilled in disputes involving both business and residential properties. She often appears in the TCC.
"She has a good client manner and provides honest, no-nonsense advice and a good turnaround time." "She is organised and structured in her analysis and extremely commercial in her approach."

Strengths:

Julian Field
A senior junior who frequently gets involved in multiparty cases and those involving highly technical aspects. He is highly sought after for multimillion-pound claims involving fire, flood and explosions, and has considerable experience of dealing with the insurance sector.
"He is thoughtful and cerebral and great on the details. He's very good at managing several cases at a time without overstretching himself." "He has an excellent manner and grasp of the subject matter."
Recent work: Acted in a £9 million claim arising out of a fire at Old Walworth Town Hall cause by hot works carried out by a subcontractor.

Strengths:

Michele De Gregorio
Enjoys a stellar reputation for his handling of complex property damage cases. He is a go-to for insurers in particular, who seek out his knowledge of flooding, fires and other matters when pursuing subrogated recovery actions.
"He's very pragmatic, commercial and looks at the bigger picture as well as the legal points." "He's very level-headed and is a team player. Lay and insurer clients also find him very approachable."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant on a circa £750,000 subrogated recovery claim arising out of a large fire at a motor vehicle police recovery storage facility due to a suspected arson attack.

Strengths:

Suzanne Chalmers
Possesses considerable expertise in insurance coverage and subrogated recovery claims arising from property damage. She offers experience in disputes involving such issues as construction, defective products and catastrophic fires.
"She offers the sort of sound advice you hope for when going to a barrister, and really steps up when you need her."
Recent work: Acted for insurers in successfully pursuing a subrogated recovery in the TCC against engineering consultants in respect of damage to part of a highway engineering project in Kent.

Property Damage Department

Crown Office Chambers

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2 Crown Office Row

Temple

London

Greater London

UK

EC4Y 7HJ

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Property Damage


Andrew Rigney QC
Band 1
Ben Quiney QC
Band 2
Daniel Shapiro QC
Band 3

Juniors

London (Bar)

Property Damage


Elizabeth Boon
Band 2
Julian Field
Band 2
Michele De Gregorio
Band 1