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Chambers of Richard Lynagh QC

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John Greenbourne

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Crown Office Chambers (Chambers of Richard Lynagh QC)


Barrister specialising in professional negligence (chiefly concerned with insurance services, legal advice, property valuation and construction and clinical treatment), general commercial, insurance and reinsurance, personal injury. Cases include: Perry v Raleys Solicitors [2017] EWCA Civ 314, [2017] PNLR 27 (when appellate court can interfere with lower court’s findings of fact; whether claim for loss of chance of compensation if original claim dishonest);  Procter v Raleys Solicitors [2015] EWCA Civ 400, [2015] PNLR 24; (extent of duty of solicitors acting for large number of claimants under occupational disease scheme;  HLB Kidsons v Lloyd’s Underwriters [2008] EWCA Civ 1206, [2009] Lloyd’s IR 178; [2009] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 8 (timing of notification of claims and whether condition precedent – accountants suing professional indemnity insurers, brokers and solicitors after insurers refused to indemnify in respect of claims in respect of failed tax avoidance schemes); Lindsay v Wood The Times 08.12.06 [2006] EWHC 2895 (QB) (test of mental capacity to conduct claim for personal injury and manage the resultant fund); Skipper v Calderdale MBC [2006] EWCA Civ 238 [2006] ELR 322 (whether claim should be summarily dismissed, educational negligence); Bankers Insurance v South [2004] Lloyd’s IR 1 (whether holiday policy covered liability for jet ski accident, notification term a condition precedent, effect of unfair terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1994, whether breach of condition precedent entitled insurers to avoid in absence of prejudice); Wong v Parkside NHST [2003] 3 All ER 932 (CA) (whether common law tort of harassment; requirements for tort of intentional infliction of harm); Phelps v Hillingdon LBC [2001] 2 AC 619 (liability of LEA and educational psychologist to dyslexic pupil); Norglen v Reeds Rains Prudential [1999] 2 AC 1 (assignability of cause of action by company to legally aided individual); Kincardine Fisheries v Sunderland Marine Insurance (CA) The Times 12.02.97 [1998] CLY 3363 (construction of fish farm insurance policy; claim against brokers and insurers); Theodore Goddard v Fletcher King [1997] 2 EGLR 131 (liabilities of solicitor and surveyor for drafting defective lease); X v Bedfordshire CC [1995] 2 AC 633 (duties of care owed by statutory authorities and professional employees); Ezekiel v McDade [1995] 2 EGLR 107 (CA) (measure of general damages against residential property surveyors); Slade v Adco The Times 07.12.95 (CA) and Draper v Ferrymasters [1993] PIQR P356 (CA) (dismissal of personal injury claims for want of prosecution); Suttle v Simmons [1989] 2 Lloyd’s 227 (PC) (extent of insurers’ liability under compulsory motor insurance legislation).


Called 1978; Gray’s Inn (Holt Scholar).


London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association; Professional Negligence Bar Association; Personal Injuries Bar Association.


St Paul’s School; Trinity College, Cambridge (MA).

London Bar

Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Insurance and reinsurance – Leading juniors

John Greenbourne - Crown Office ChambersVery easy to deal with and gets to the meat of the issues quickly.

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Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

Within: Personal injury – Leading juniors

John Greenbourne - Crown Office ChambersHe is relentless in his pursuit of the right outcome and confronts the difficult issues.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – leading juniors

John Greenbourne - Crown Office ChambersHe is exceptionally clever and has a great eye for detail; he leaves no stone unturned.

Within: Professional negligence

Crown Office Chambers is highly regarded for its construction-related professional negligence experience, and is also active across claims involving insurance brokers, IFAs, auditors, lawyers, independent financial advisers, engineers, valuers, quantity surveyors and architects. Acting on both sides, Ben Quiney QC is leading James Sharpe against John Greenbourne in Perry v Raleys, a series of claims arising from the alleged under-settlement of miner’s VWF claims.

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