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Julian Field

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Crown Office Chambers (Chambers of Richard Lynagh QC)


Barrister specialising in commercial litigation, in particular, insurance and reinsurance, product liability, commercial fraud, contract, construction and professional negligence involving all the major professions. Experienced in the conduct of large and complex actions. Notable cases include: Mandalia v Beaufort Underwriting [2013] (QBD) – property insurance – fraudulent claim; Finnegan v Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering [2013] (TCC) – defects in new build office block at Sheffield Business Park – piling. The Trustees of the Late Lord Iliffe 1969 Settlement v Feltham Construction Ltd [2013] – fire on private island off Poole; Bankside 2 [2012] (TCC) – diesel oil spillage at newly built prestige City offices; Colour Quest Ltd v Total Downstream UK Plc (the Buncefield litigation) [2009] EWHC 540, 823 (Comm); Tate Gallery v Duffy Construction Ltd (No 1) and (No 2) [2007] EWHC 361, 912 (TCC) – Tate Gallery flood- co-insurance, construction of contract, reasonable precautions condition; BASF v Nu-Way [2007] (TCC) – product liability – explosion and fire caused by catastrophic failure of gas booster; GeoAcoustics v QinetiQ [2006] (QBD) – commercial contract – misrepresentation, repudiatory breach, estoppel by convention; Axa General Insurance v Gottlieb [2005] Lloyd’s Rep IR 369 (CA) – insurance – fraudulent claims; Paine v Catlins [2005] Lloyd’s Rep IR 665 (TCC) – fire – insurance – construction of policy; Morant v Zurich & Amlin [2005] (Comm) – fire -insurance – misrepresentation, breach of warranty, fraudulent claim. Midland Mainline v Commercial Union & Eagle Star [2004] Lloyd’s Rep 739 (CA) – Hatfield derailment – insurance – proximate cause, exclusions, aggregation; Midland Mainline v Commercial Union & Eagle Star [2004] LRIR 22 (Comm) – Hatfield derailment – insurance – business interruption); Southampton FC v Avon [2004] EWHC 571 (QBD) -professional footballer – permanent health insurance – causation of injury); Rhodia (Albright & Wilson) v Biachem [2003] 2 All ER 753 (HL) – chemical plant explosion – contract – misdelivery of goods); Richardson v LRC [2001] 59 BLMR 185 (QBD) – product liability – failed condom – unwanted pregnancy. Commercial mediator (accredited with CEDR and ADR Group), mediating since 1998. Examples of disputes mediated include insurance, insurance brokers’ negligence, commercial contracts, product liability, construction, solicitors’ negligence, banking and sale of goods.


Called 1980, Gray’s Inn. CEDR mediator 1998. ADR Group mediator 2005.


Commercial Bar Association; London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association; Technology and Construction Bar Association; Professional Negligence Bar Association; Civil Mediation Council.


Christ’s College, Finchley; King’s College, London (1979 LLB).


Running, cycling, classical music, Newcastle United.

London Bar

Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Insurance and reinsurance – Leading juniors

Julian Field - Crown Office ChambersHas sound tactical judgement as a result of a wealth of experience.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – leading juniors

Julian Field - Crown Office ChambersHe is experienced in property damage and insurance cases.

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