Congratulations to Clare Dixon QC and George Spalton QC who formally took silk today.
Clare Dixon QC
Clare’s practice focuses on professional liability, insurance and disciplinary work. She was the winner of the Chambers & Partners ‘Professional Negligence Junior of the Year Award’ in 2019 and was shortlisted for ‘Insurance Junior of the Year’ in 2020. She is considered to be “superb both on her feet and on paper, and delivers superb results” (Legal 500, 2021), has been described as a “great courtroom performer” (Chambers & Partners 2021) and is said to “inspire confidence by the bucketload” (Who’s Who Legal 2020). Clare believes in taking a tough but commercial approach to litigation and relishes advocacy in all its forms.
Her professional liability practice focusses on high value, legally complex, litigation against lawyers, accountants/auditors and insurance brokers. Her insurance work spans across a range of policies including professional indemnity, property and employers’ liability. Clare also has considerable experience of disciplinary matters particularly SRA and BSB proceedings.
Clare has appeared in the Supreme Court on four occasions. In 2020, she appeared as part of a team of counsel in the FCA Test Case Litigation which considered the response of business interruption insurance to the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, she appeared, leading a junior herself, in the limitation case of Matthew v Sedman.
A link to Clare’s website profile is here.
George Spalton QC
George’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and international arbitration. He is regarded as an “exceptional advocate” (Legal 500, 2021) and he has been listed in recent years as one of the stars at the Commercial Bar.
He has considerable experience of multi-jurisdictional and offshore disputes and – by way of example – is currently acting in cases in Hong Kong, Dubai, India and BVI (having been called to the BVI Bar in 2015). He acts across the spectrum of corporate claims and is ranked as a leading practitioner in seven areas: commercial litigation, international arbitration, professional negligence, insurance/reinsurance, professional discipline, offshore and sports.
His commercial and arbitration work includes significant and heavy jurisdiction challenges (including recently before the Privy Council), claims for and against sovereign states and applications under ss. 9, and 66-69 of the Arbitration Act 1996. He is also frequently appointed as an arbitrator (recently in ICC, LCIA and ICAC claims) and he sits on the LCIA European Users’ Council. He has a blue-chip professional liability practice comprising claims for/against well-known law firms; audit and actuarial liability (acting for members of the ‘Big Four’ in ongoing cases) and pensions work – all of which dovetails with his insurance, professional discipline and construction experience. His sports work is predominantly football and cricket related – with particular expertise in issues relating to the IPL and Premier League football.
A link to George’s website profile is here.