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Chambers of Paul Reed QC and PJ Kirby QC

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Hardwicke (Chambers of Paul Reed QC and PJ Kirby QC)


Paul Reed is a leading commercial silk specialising in construction, professional liability, property damage and insurance. He is “really impressive”, “The go-to London authority for contentious construction insurance and all risks matters” and “ gives real authority and credibility to any opinion that he provides”. Paul Reed is also the author of Construction All Risks Insurance (Sweet & Maxwell, 2nd edition) and Construction Professional Indemnity Insurance (Sweet & Maxwell, 1st edition), the leading textbooks on construction insurance. He is regularly instructed in substantial, technical and complex civil, commercial, construction, insurance and professional negligence disputes in the UK and overseas. As well as being a popular and experienced advocate in court and in arbitration, he is regarded as “a natural choice for big-ticket, international infrastructure disputes”  being “A real expert in construction disputes with a deep understanding of the industry able to articulate complex technical issues in simple and easily digestible terms.”

Paul has an extensive domestic and international practice, instructed regularly in the Middle East, the Caribbean, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia . He is known as an approachable and client-focused silk and a team player who gives clear and consistent advice.


Qualified 1988; Inner Temple; QC 2010; head of chambers 2011.


COMBAR; Institute of Arbitrators; London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association; former member of Bar Council’s ADR committee; Professional Negligence Bar Association; Technology and Construction Bar Association.


LLB Hons; MSC; ACIArb.

London Bar


Within: Construction – Leading silks

Paul Reed QC - HardwickeReally impressive.

Within: Construction

Hardwickehas good depth in construction and a good diversity of barristers’. Key cases include Carillion Construction Ltd v Aecom & Emcor, a high-profile dispute led by Paul Reed QC concerning the Rolls Buildings, and leading case on concurrent delay; and in Ashe/Elim v DGT & HTS, David Pliener led a multi-million pound four-party TCC dispute arising out of the collapse of the City Gates Christian Centre in Ilford.

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Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Insurance and reinsurance - Leading silks

Paul Reed QC - HardwickeThe go-to London authority for contentious construction insurance and all risks matters.

Within: Insurance and reinsurance

The ‘consistently very goodHardwicke is ‘a really bright and knowledgeable set’. ‘Every member is a real specialist in their field and is nice to work with’, such as Nigel Jones QC, who is involved in high-profile claims relating to the insolvency of Enterprise Insurance, and Paul Reed QC, who regularly acts for leading insurance firms.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – Leading silks

Paul Reed QC - HardwickeVery impressive.

Within: Professional negligence

Hardwicke is a ‘progressive and agile set that wants to give practical solutions rather than getting hung up on technical arguments’, and it is active in commercial, construction, technology, property, financial services, insurance and insolvency claims. Paul Reed QC is involved in Carillion Construction Ltd v Aecom & Emcor and John de Waal QC is representing housebuilder Barratt in relation to a claim for damages following the discovery of asbestos at a site for residential development in South Wales.

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