Graham Eklund QC > Chambers of Mark Cannon QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Mark Cannon QC
4 New Square

Living Wage

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Work Department

Professional negligence group; insurance group; personal injury group.


Practice encompasses all insurance-related matters, particularly fraudulent insurance claims and coverage issues; also undertakes general commercial work, professional negligence, computer-related disputes, and personal injury work; arbitrations. Reported cases include: Green v Building Scene [1994]; Hill Samuel Bank Ltd v Frederick Brand Partnership & Anor [1995]; Tudor Jones v Crowley Colosso Limited [1996]; Aldridge Estates Investment v McCarthy [1996]; John Munroe v LFCDA [1997]; Yorkshire Water v Sun Alliance & London [1997]; Chapman v Christopher [1998]; Greatorex v Greatorex [2000]; Beckett & Sons v Midland Electricity [2001]; Cornhill v Stamp [2002]; James v CGU [2002]; Scottish & Newcastle v G D Construction [2002];Wattleworth v (1) Goodwood Road Racing Company Ltd (2) RAC MotorSports Association Ltd (3) Federation Internationale De L’Automobile [2004]; Johnson Control Systems v Techni-Track (construction engineering) Europa Limited [2002]; Forrest & Sons v CGU Insurance [2006]; Bartoline v RSA [2007]; Evans v Koshmar Villa Holidays [2007]; Perrin v Northampton Borough Council [2008]; Koshmar v Trustees of Syndicate 1243 [2008]; Harris v Perry [2009]; Reilly v NIG [2009]; Chubb Fire v Vicar of Spalding [2010]; Joseph Fielding Properties (Blackpool) v Aviva Insurance [2011]; Synergy Health v CGU Insurance [2011]; Aviva Insurance v Brown [2011]; Sharon’s Bakery (Europe) v Axa Insurance UK and Ors [2012]; The Seashell of Lisson Grove and Ors v Aviva Insurance and Ors [2012]; Milton Keynes Borough Council v Nulty and Ors [2012], Argos and Ors v Leather Trade House [2012]; Hughes v Williams [2013]; Mueller Europe Limited v Central Roofing (South Wales) Ltd [2013]; Bate v Aviva [2013].


Called 1984; Inner Temple; private practice 1985-2010; FCIArb 2000; Silk 2002.


PNBA; Combar; PIBA.


Auckland University (1973 BA; LLB Hons).


Music (opera and piano), sport (cricket, rugby, cycling).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Graham Eklund QC4 New SquareA fine and rigorous eye for detail and an enormously calm but determined presence in consultation and in court.

4 New Square has ‘good strength-in-depth‘ for insurance and reinsurance disputes, is ‘outstanding on professional negligence disputes‘, and has a ‘good number of excellent general insurance counsel‘ boasting an ‘excellent blend of technical ability, approachability and commerciality of service delivery‘. Coverage dispute Europools v RSA, which involved Ben Elkington QC, Jonathan Hough QC and George Spalton, was a notable matter for the set. Elsewhere, Graham Eklund QC appeared in Spire Healthcare v RSA which upheld a judgment in favour of insurers on whether numerous claims arising from the misconduct of a consultant breast surgeon fell to be aggregated under a policy of liability insurance. Neil Hext QC successfully acted for the defendant insurance broker in the Court of Appeal in Channon v Ward.

London Bar > Product liability

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Graham Eklund QC4 New SquareReliable, approachable and well-liked by clients.

A ‘very strong set‘ with ‘strength in depth‘, 4 New Square has developed a notable product liability practice, predominantly on the defence side. In recent work worthy of note, Matthew Bradley was instructed to defend various claims against consultant surgeons in the combination hip prosthesis litigation, and Graham Eklund QC was instructed to defend a crane hire company in Wind Management Limited v Weldex International (Offshore) Limited and Alstom Power Ltd, and Eklund acted for Weldex, a case concerning a crane which failed and toppled over, causing loss and damage of £5m.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Graham Eklund QC4 New SquareHe is very capable.