Clare Dixon > Chambers of Mark Cannon QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Mark Cannon QC
4 New Square

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Clare’s practice encompasses three main areas: professional liability, insurance and commercial litigation. At the cross over of her insurance and professional liability work come cases involving professional indemnity policies. Clare has advised both insurers and insureds on a variety of issues including policy interpretation, non-disclosure and fraud. Clare believes in taking a tough but commercial approach to litigation and relishes advocacy in all its forms.

Notable cases include:

  • Jenkins v JCP Solicitors [2019] PNLR 21: decision on the substitution of parties for the purposes of CPR 19.5.
  • Matthew v Sedman [2019] EWCA Civ 475: Court of Appeal decision (Clare leading Nicholas Broomfield) regarding the calculation of the limitation period when the cause of action accrues at the stroke of midnight.
  • Avondale Exhibitions Ltd v Arthur J Gallagher Insurance Brokers Limited [2019] Lloyd’s Rep IR 104: successful defence of a claim against a broker for failure to disclose material facts to insurers.
  • Costain v Tarmac Holdings Limited [2017] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 331: decision on the existence, and application, of an arbitration agreement in a construction contract;
  • Impact Funding v Barrington [2017] AC 73: Supreme Court decision on the interpretation of the trade debts exclusion in professional indemnity policies;
  • Travelers Insurance Co Ltd v Advani [2012] EWHC 623: claim in fraud by insurers against former insured; and
  • Employers Liability Trigger Litigation [2012] 1 WLR 867: Supreme Court case concerning the proper interpretation of certain employers’ liability policies in mesothelioma cases.


MA (Oxon). Called to the Bar in 2002.


PNBA (member of the executive committee), COMBAR, TECBAR.


Leeds Girls High School; St Anne’s College, Oxford; President of the Oxford Union; Inns of Court School of Law (BVC).


Leisure interests: travel, running and walking (particularly in the Yorkshire Dales).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Clare Dixon4 New SquareShe is firm, incisive and has the ear of the court.

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Clare Dixon4 New SquareA formidable opponent because of her robust style in written and oral advocacy and in negotiations.