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James Medd

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Crown Office Chambers (Chambers of Richard Lynagh QC)


Barrister specialising in insurance, professional negligence, product liability (including group litigation), sale of goods, personal injury and construction. Group litigation experience includes Opren, Benzodiazepine, Organophosphate and MMR litigation; other cases include: North Western Housing Association v Percy Trent Partnership et al 1995 CILL; acted for architects; claim against architects; preliminary issue on limitation; whether damage to the property itself; economic loss; Latent Damage Act; unreported cases: Conder (UK) Ltd v Seward Wyon at al (TCC Summer 1997) – claim in respect of allegedly defective chains, engineer’s negligence; Medd Racing Limited v Racing Lines and Fonderia Flabo QBD December 1997; acted for plaintiffs; claim by racing team against supplier and manufacturer of defective motorcycle racing wheels; one such wheel failed during Isle of Man TT race seriously injuring well-known TT rider; sale of goods; Consumer Protection Act 1987; Civil Liability (Contribution) Act 1978; WS Atkins v Classic Interior Contracts Ltd (TCC June 1998) – claim by WSA in contract and tort for allegedly defective floor, issues of contract, tort, contributory negligence by WSA architect, estoppel; Carlsberg Tetley Brewing Ltd v Gilbarco Ltd (TCC March 1999) – claim in respect of allegedly defective repair to diesel fuel pump resulting in wide scale contamination of surrounding soil and groundwater by diesel; Stent Foundations Limited v M 3 Gleeson plc [2001] BLR construction of an exemption clause in a building sub-contract. Wessanen Foods Limited v Jofson Limited TCC 2006 – fire damage caused by allegedly defective forklift truck.; professional negligence adjudication 2006 – claim against consulting engineers arising from slope failure in embankment. Jones v BBC High Court Cardiff District Registry (2007) – acted for insurers refusing to indemnify insured in respect of claim for liability for serious personal injury on grounds of late notification; Biffa Waste Services Ltd v Maschinenfabrik Ernst Hese GmbH [2008] BLR 155 – claims against German construction company arising out of fire at waste processing plant. Whether claim caught and capped by liquidated damages clause. Whether intermediate party in contractual chain liable in tort for ultrahazardous welding work. High Command Productions Limited v Naprous – claim for contribution by film production company against keeper of horses, Animals Act 1971 (June 2008) QBD; Verizon v Bowmer and Kirkland Ltd & ors, multiparty claim for £15m in respect of defective air conditioning system at business park; instructed by insurers of water treatment company, TCC London 2009; Issues of misrepresentation, non-disclosure, fraud in claim 2010 Mercantile Court London; London borough of Haringey v Diamond Build PLC – (TCC December 2012), employer’s claim against contractor under IFC 98 for consequential losses following fire damage where it had been agreed that employer would take out joint names insurance in respect of direct losses. Ted Baker Plc v AXA Insurance, May 2012 Comm Ct. Claim for £2,7m in respect of stock losses due to theft by employee; issues of coverage, rectification, estoppel and claims co-operation Cleightonhills v Bembridge Marine et al. Successful defence of claim for contribution by employer against supplier and erector of steel platform from which employee fell sustaining serious injuries. Platform not fit for purpose to which employer put it. TCC London [2012] EWHC 3449 (TCC); [2013] CILL 3289. Successfully defended a claim brought by the rider of a bicycle under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 in respect of personal injuries sustained when the steerer tube of the bicycle failed. Love v Halfords Limited [2014] EWHC 1057


Called 1985; Middle Temple; director Endsleigh Fishing Club Limited.




Winchester College Scholar; Queens’ College Cambridge (LLB; 1983 MA).


Rackets, golf, (fly) fishing, singing tenor.

London Bar


Within: Construction – Leading juniors

James Medd - Crown Office ChambersArticulate but also very measured and his judgement of what the court will/will not wear is usually very accurate.

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Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Insurance and reinsurance – Leading juniors

James Medd - Crown Office ChambersWell liked and highly rated.

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Product liability

Within: Product liability – Leading juniors

James Medd - Crown Office ChambersHe has a truly excellent analytical ability.

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