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John McDonald

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Practice Areas

Extensive experience of motor insurance claims, including coverage issues and contribution between insurers. Cases include Sahin v Havard [2017] 1 WLR 1853, Pinn & Guo v. Zenith Insurance (2014), Clarke and Clarke v MIB [2012] EWHC 2118, Harvey v MIB [2011] and McCall v Poulton & MIB [2009] RTR 11. Long experience of disease claims (esp asbestos, but also deafness, dermatitis and WRULD) for claimants and defendants (eg Smith v. Portswood [2016] EWHC 939, Prater v. British Motor Holdings (2016) Lawtel). Particular interest in stress and harassment claims (e.g. Mullen v Accenture [2010] EWHC 2336) and defending fraudulent/exaggerated claims (e.g. Singh v O'Shea [2009] EWHC 1251). Instructed in cases involving complex technical and accounting issues. Related practice areas include property and construction litigation.


MA (St. Andrews). Formerly a solicitor (admitted with Honours). Called to Bar 1981.

Professional Memberships

Fellow of Royal Society of Arts, Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, PIBA, PNBA TecBar, Western Circuit.


Contributor to Injury Times, PILJ.


Recreations: Classical music, fishing.