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Alison Padfield KC
Alison is a commercial silk with particular expertise in insurance and reinsurance, professional negligence, and professional regulation including conduct and discipline. Alison’s recent court appearances include: Cohen v Lorrells LLP & Anr  EWHC 32 (QB); Dorairaj v Bar Standards Board  EWHC 2762 (Admin); W R Berkley Insurance (Europe) Ltd v Teal Assurance Co Ltd  Lloyd’s Rep IR 259, CA (with Colin Edelman QC); O’Connor v Bar Standards Board  UKSC 78; Aspen Insurance UK Ltd v Adana Construction Ltd  EWCA Civ 176 (with Colin Wynter QC).
Called: 1992. Silk: 2018. Author of ‘Insurance Claims’ (2016, 4th edition, Bloomsbury Professional). Lawyer (référendaire) in the registry of the European Court of Human Rights, 1999-2000. Elected member of the Bar Council; Vice-Chair of the Bar Council Legal Services Committee; Trustee, Free Representation Unit.
Able to conduct conferences in French.
COMBAR; BILA; PNBA; ARDL; ARIAS Panel of Arbitrators.
BA (Oxon), Lic Spéc Dr Eur (Brussels), BCL (Oxon).
Lawyer Rankings(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3
Alison Padfield KC – 4 New Square ‘With Alison there is never anything less than 100% effort. She is always prepared, calm and unflappable, and has a very easy manner that puts clients from all walks of life entirely at their ease. Not only is she intellectually outstanding and great on tactics, but you can always rely on the fact that she will work with you seamlessly as part of the team. Her text book on Insurance Claims is a go-to text book – the only text solicitors consider worth having two copies of. ’
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.
Alison Padfield KC –4 New Square ‘Alison is an absolute pleasure to work with. With Alison there is never anything less than 100% effort. She is always prepared, calm and unflappable and has a very easy manner that puts clients from all walks of life entirely at their ease. Not only is she intellectually outstanding, great on tactics, but you can always rely on the fact that she will work with you seamlessly as part of the team. I always find it surprising that her ranking in the directories is not very much higher given the quality of her work and her commitment to the cases.’