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Property Damage

Recognised as one of the leading sets of chambers for Property Damage. Members of 4 New Square Chambers regularly act for companies, individuals and their respective insurers in relation to claims arising out of damage to property caused by fire, flood, explosion, storm, impact, subsidence, heave or water penetration.

Chambers act for insurers in subrogated recovery claims, and for defendants (and their insurers) in defending claims and/or passing liability on to other parties. Many of us were involved in the litigation arising out of the Buncefield explosion and we are advising parties involved in the most recent huge loss (the Grenfell disaster) as well as numerous post-Grenfell cladding related claims, as well as losses in commercial and residential properties.

Members are experts in the issues of negligence, nuisance, Rylands v Fletcher, ignis suus and vicarious liability which typically need to be considered and applied in property damage claims.

The combination of specialisms found at 4 New Square Chambers makes us perfectly suited to property damage work. The claims commonly raise insurance questions, they frequently occur in the construction or product liability context, and they often involve claims against construction and other professionals. We have expertise in each of the fields of insurance, construction, product liability and professional liability.

Property damage claims typically require the involvement of expert witnesses in relation to liability (forensic scientists like Burgoynes and Hawkins, as well as experts on the standards to be expected of professionals and contractors). The claims also usually require the involvement of experts to deal with quantum (forensic accountants to assess financial losses, quantity surveyors and valuers to assess the cause and extent of property damage losses). Our leading expertise in the field of professional liability means that we are experienced in managing teams of experts, understanding and presenting the evidence of those experts, and undermining the evidence the opposing sides experts through skilled cross-examination.

Members of chambers are recommended in Chambers & Partners in the field of Property Damage.

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Chambers & Partners

“4 New Square is renowned for its expert assistance to institutional, individual and insurer clients on a broad spectrum of property damage disputes.”


Property Damage Barristers

Justin Fenwick KC

Call: 1980 Silk: 1993

Roger Stewart KC

Call: 1986 Silk: 2001

Graeme McPherson KC

Call: 1993 Silk: 2008

David Turner KC

Call: 1992 Silk: 2009

Ben Patten KC

Call: 1986 Silk: 2010

Ben Elkington KC, FCIArb

Call: 1996 Silk: 2012

Neil Hext KC

Call: 1995 Silk: 2015

Siân Mirchandani KC, FCIArb

Call: 1997 Silk: 2019

Richard Liddell KC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2020

Amanda Savage KC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2020

Clare Dixon KC

Call: 2002 Silk: 2021

Helen Evans KC

Call: 2001 Silk: 2022

Shail Patel KC

Call: 2006 Silk: 2024

Nicola Shaldon

Call: 1994

Carl Troman

Call: 2001

Miles Harris

Call: 2003

Tim Chelmick

Call: 2004

Hugh Saunders

Call: 2006

Tom Shepherd

Call: 2008

Ben Smiley

Call: 2009

Nicholas Broomfield

Call: 2010

Pippa Manby

Call: 2010

Benjamin Fowler

Call: 2011

Hannah Daly

Call: 2017

William Birch

Call: 2021

If you would like to know more or have a question please talk to our clerks

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