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Chambers of Richard Lynagh QC

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Steven Coles

Work 020 7797 8100
Crown Office Chambers (Chambers of Richard Lynagh QC)


Regularly instructed in a wide range of insurance cases, such as policy liability disputes, defence of third parties’ claims under public liability or professional indemnity policies, and insurers’ subrogated recovery claims (e.g. insurance-related claims arising from fire, flood, other damage to property, damage from defective building works, product liability, professional negligence, and other contract or personal injury claims). Cases include high value claims, and heavy claims in terms of numbers of witnesses, experts, documents, and complexity of legal issues. He has often acted as junior to leading counsel, and on his own, often against leading counsel. Recent cases include : contribution claims for £2m+ between several contractors where several claimants seriously injured when a heavy fascia board fell onto them from the frontage of a High Street shop; claim for £5 Million under buildings and contents policy in respect of the complete destruction of a factory by fire; claim for £700,000 fire damage to a house, caused by defective loft insulation works; claim for £700,000 fire damage caused by faulty capacitors in a generator used for testing military systems; various subrogated claims for fire damage to other properties caused by a deep fat fryer at a restaurant; product liability claim for £200,000+ in respect of flood at a newly built school academy, allegedly caused by a defective boiler; Representing insurers in warehouse owners’ £2m claim for piling and floor slab defects; advising insurers in foreign product liability claim for £1.5m; representing insurers in arbitration appeal between insurers over £6m solicitors’ negligence claim; representing insurers in Buncefield Oil Depot explosion litigation, claims in £100s of millions; acting for insurers of building contractors in £5m supermarket fire claim; other large fire claims e.g. factory fire, public house fire; acting for insurers in £80m Centre Parcs fire claim.


Called 1983; Middle Temple; lecturing in English legal terminology at Comparative Law Institute, University of Paris 2, 1983-84.


French (also some German and some Spanish).


King Edward VII School; St John’s College, Cambridge (1982 BA 1st).


Chess, music.

London Bar

Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Insurance and reinsurance – Leading juniors

Steven Coles - Crown Office ChambersA calm presence, he is good with expert witnesses, has an eye for detail and is strong on technical issues.

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