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Michael Curtis QC

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Crown Office Chambers (Chambers of Richard Lynagh QC)


Michael is deputy head of chambers. He has a broad commercial and civil practice with particular emphasis on construction, insurance, property damage and professional negligence. In the last three years he has been instructed in two of the leading reported cases concerning causation, remoteness and measure of loss: in Coal Pension Properties v NuWay [2009] 124 Con LR 50 (measure of loss in commercial property damage claims) he acted for the claimant; in Supershield v Siemens [2010] 129 ConLR 52 (causation/remoteness) he acted for Slaughter & May in the settled litigation, to which Supershield and Siemens were additional parties. in the same period he also acted for the insured in a two-month $150m international Cayman Island arbitration; for London Fire in Veolia plc (formerly Three Valleys Water) v London Fire & Emergency planning Authority [2009] EWHC 3019 and [2010] EWHC 208; and for Total in the Buncefield quantum litigation. He is currently acting for the Allianz and Provident policyholders in Coles v Hetherton, the RSAI test case litigation, where the defendants recently obtained permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal.


Called 1982; Middle Temple; QC 2008; part-time lecturer in constitutional and administrative law at PCL 1982-85; frequently speaks and writes articles on a variety of commercial topics.


Commercial Bar Association; LCL; CBA; TECBAR.


King Henry VIII School, Coventry; Brasenose College, Oxford; Council of Legal Education; Kings College; London University (1981 BA Law; 1995 MA; 1995 MSc; 1996 ACIArb).

London Bar


Within: Construction – Leading silks

Michael Curtis QC - Crown Office ChambersProvides an air of confidence: takes control of the room in a calm but commanding way.

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Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Insurance and reinsurance - Leading silks

Michael Curtis QC - Crown Office ChambersTechnically excellent and very thorough, he has a very calm manner that puts clients at ease.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – Leading silks

Michael Curtis QC - Crown Office ChambersA brilliant choice for construction cases.

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