David Turner KC > 4 New Square Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

4 New Square Chambers
4 New Square

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David specialises in commercial insurance and reinsurance as well as professional indemnity and commercial product liability litigation; past and current cases include the FCA Business Interruption Insurance Test Case at first instance and in the Supreme Court; international arbitrations in relation to the reinsurance of a UAE health insurance programme and an excess of loss liability insurance programme; Swynson v Lowick Rose in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court; Costain v Tarmac; an arbitration seated in Mumbai between insured and CAR/ALOP insurers arising out of the construction of a 12MMTPA oil refinery; Cyprus naval base explosion; Buncefield litigation; Little Wing Films litigation; AC Ward v Catlin; Doheny v New India Assurance; Blackburn Rovers v Avon Insurance; GNER v Avon Insurance.


Called 1992; Gray’s Inn; QC 2009. Publications of note: author of chapter on professional indemnity insurance in Jackson & Powell on Professional Liability (6th, 7th & 8th editions).


Combar; Tecbar.


Radley College; Trinity College, Cambridge (1990 BA); City University (1991 Diploma in Law).


Equestrian, hill walking, sub-aqua, skiing.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

David Turner KC4 New SquareKnowledgeable in insurance law and hardworking.

A a leading player in insurance and reinsurance work 4 New Square is a ‘go-to chambers for its excellence of barristers and depth of skilled counsel‘. In a case brought under the Financial Markets Test Case Scheme by the FCA to establish the response of non-damage business interruption insurance extensions to the COVID-19 pandemic, David Turner KC led 2021-appointed silk Clare Dixon KC, and senior juniors Shail Patel and Anthony Jones, in the set’s representation of Royal & Sun Alliance. Elsewhere in chambers, Alison Padfield KC‘s advice is sought in relation to the insurance or reinsurance aspects of high-profile incidents, recent examples including the Grenfell Tower disaster, as well as the insurance issues surrounding COVID-19. Additional growth at the top end saw Helen Evans KC take silk in the 2022 round.

London Bar > Product liability

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

David Turner KC4 New Square

4 New Square‘s members work on either side of both individual cases and group actions in this space. The set offers a depth of expertise in consumer, commercial and regulatory product liability work. Graham Eklund KC and David Turner KC are both involved with a number of products alleged to cause fires and newly-appointed silk Matthew Bradley KC has taken on a number of group actions relating to allegedly defective medical devices. Expertise in this area crosses over with the set’s strong costs team.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

David Turner KC4 New SquareA careful and thoughtful leader, very highly regarded by his peers.’