Diarmuid Laffan is developing a broad practice in Chambers’ core areas, including commercial dispute resolution, professional liability, insurance/reinsurance, construction, public law and sports law.

Diarmuid studied law at University College Dublin and Oxford, where he was awarded a Distinction on the BCL. Diarmuid’s previous experience includes two years working on Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s EU, competition and trade law team. He was called to the Bar in 2014, having been awarded a Major Scholarship by the Inner Temple.

Further details of Diarmuid’s experience are set out below.

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Areas of Expertise

Commercial

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Recent instructions include:

• Acting in a High Court misrepresentation / fraud claim.
• Acting for a retail bank in its defence of a claim relating to the sharing of information with credit reference agencies.
• Assisting Can Yeginsu in advising on a dispute regarding the termination of an international software reselling agreement.
• Assisting Tom Ogden in advising on a partnership dispute arising from a broadband venture.
• Acting for an estate agency claiming fees due under a joint sole agency contract.
• Advising on the regulatory compliance of a claims management company’s commercial arrangements.

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Construction

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Recent instructions include:

• Acting for a main contractor in an adjudication concerning the completion of a major energy project.
• Acting for a structural glass specialist in a claim alleging negligent design.

Insurance / Reinsurance

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Recent instructions include:

• Acting for a reinsurer in a substantial arbitration involving non-disclosure and coverage issues.
• Advising a national insurer in relation to ATE insurance.
• Advising underwriters regarding the ambit of specific fraud clauses and the fraudulent claims rule generally.

Professional Liability

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Recent instructions include:

• Acting for a firm of solicitors in a claim concerning the negotiation of a Share Purchase Agreement.
• Acting for a firm of solicitors in response to a claim regarding the issue of proceedings.
• Acting for a chartered building surveyor in an expert’s negligence claim.
• Advising a firm of solicitors on allegations regarding the settlement of matrimonial financial remedy proceedings.
• Advising a firm of solicitors on the settlement of a personal injury action.
• Assisting with the response to an intimated White v Jones claim (as a pupil).

Public Law and Human Rights

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Recent instructions include:

• Instructed as a member of the claimant’s counsel team in the landmark case of R v Jogee [2016] UKSC 8, in which the Supreme Court substantially revised the law of secondary criminal liability, abolishing the controversial doctrine of parasitic accessorial liability.
• Instructed by Article 19 in its intervention before the European Court of Human Rights in the pending case of Ganbarova and Others v Azerbaijan, the first ECHR case to consider travel bans as restrictions of the right to freedom of expression.

Sports

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Recent instructions include:

• Acting for the Appellant before the National Anti-Doping Panel in Hosseinpoor v UKAD (SR/NADP/667/2016), in which the Appellant was granted a 50% reduction in his two year additional sanction for training in breach of an existing anti-doping ban.

Qualifications & Memberships

Batchelor of Civil Law, University College Dublin (First Class Honours); BCL, Oxford University (Distinction).

VAT registration number: 237682285