Richard Sage > Chambers of Richard Lynagh QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Richard Lynagh QC
Crown Office Chambers


Richard practises in all the core areas of Chambers’ work, with a particular emphasis on construction law, professional negligence and insurance litigation. As well as having substantial experience in the High Court and Court of Appeal, Richard is regularly instructed in domestic and international arbitrations. Much of his work involves disputes involving large-scale engineering, infrastructure and energy projects and related insurance disputes. Richard also has a strong practice in property damage litigation, particularly fire-related claims involving technical expert evidence and claims under the Consumer Protection Act. He has been recommended in the directories as “exceptional and very highly regarded” and sharp and focused with an unassuming brilliance.” Richard was awarded a distinction in the Kings College MSc in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution, and was awarded the Kings College Construction Law Association Prize and the Arbitration Club Phillip Ranner Prize.

Reported cases include: Gee v DePuy International Ltd [2018] EWHC 1208 (QB); Clapham v Peacock (t/a Allflames) [2018] EWHC 518 (TCC); Ashfaq v International Insurance Co of Hannover Plc [2017] EWCA Civ 357; [2018] Lloyd’s Rep. I.R. 228; Carder v Secretary of State for Health [2016] EWCA Civ 790; [2017] I.C.R. 392; Milton Keynes Borough Council v Nulty and NIG [2013] EWCA Civ 15; [2013] 1 WLR 1183; [2013] 1 BLR 135; [2013] Lloyd’s Rep. I.R. 243; Genesis Housing Association v Liberty Syndicate Management Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 1173; [2013] B.L.R. 565; Flatman v Germany; Weddall v Barchester [2013] EWCA Civ 278; (2013) 163 NLJ 16; Premier Waste Management Limited v Towers [2011] EWCA Civ 923; [2012] B.C.C. 72; [2012] 1 B.C.L.C. 67; [2012] I.R.L.R. 73; Liberty Syndicate Management Ltd v Campagna Limited [2011] EWHC 209 (TCC); (2011) 27 Const LJ 275; [2011] All ER (D) 62; The Buncefield litigation (Commercial Court 2008-10).


Called 2006; Lincoln’s Inn. Lord Haldane Scholar (Lincoln’s Inn, CPE); Lord Mansfield Scholar (Lincoln’s Inn, BVC).


Lincoln College, Oxford (2001 (First Class) History); City University (2005 CPE, Distinction); BPP (2006 BVC, VC); Kings College London (2012 MSc (Distinction)).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Product liability

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Richard SageCrown Office ChambersHis quiet confidence belies a sharp, keen mind and a steady, measured determination and focus that make him an incredibly reassuring and competent advocate to work with.

Crown Office Chambers is an ‘exceptionally talented, sharp and dedicated set‘, which has ‘an offering of talented barristers across the spectrum from juniors to QCs‘. Many practitioners are experienced in group litigation actions in claims regarding defective or faulty medical devices, pharmaceuticals, electronic and mechanical products. Alexander Antelme QC, David Myhill and Richard Sage ‘work fabulously as a team‘, most recently in successfully acting for DePuy in the market-defining metal-on-metal hip litigation.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 5

Richard SageCrown Office ChambersHe is tactically astute, responds quickly and has excellent drafting skills.

An ‘excellent‘ set, Crown Office Chambers has ‘great strength in depth‘, with ‘first-rate silks‘ and ‘juniors who are all experts in their field‘. Members handle claims involving solicitors and barristers, insurance brokers, accountants and construction professionals, among others. Recent examples of the set’s strength in construction-related claims include Ivor Collett and Nicola Atkins representing parties in claims relating to the installation of flammable cladding, and Ben Quiney QC and Richard Sage representing the defendant in National Trust v Cuffe, which relates to a fire in a stately home. Other highlights include Daniel Shapiro QC acting for the defendant in Mayr & others v CMS Cameron McKenna, a high-value solicitors’ negligence claim.

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Richard SageCrown Office ChambersVery hardworking and will dedicate himself to a case. He is always available to provide a guiding hand and his advice is invaluable.

London Bar > Construction

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 4

Richard SageCrown Office ChambersRichard’s technical expertise is first rate, but his true strength is his ability to communicate complex technical legal issues in a manner which is readily understandable by the lay clients.