David Pliener > Chambers of PJ Kirby QC and Brie Stevens-Hoare QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of PJ Kirby QC and Brie Stevens-Hoare QC
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David is an expert in Construction and Engineering, Insurance and Commercial work.  He also specialises in Property Damage and Professional Negligence work.

Well versed in complex and high value disputes representing clients in litigation, arbitration, adjudication and mediation, his expertise covers the international as well as the domestic and he has worked across a number of jurisdictions including the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands. Recent work has included disputes concerning construction projects in Peru and Georgia.

Clearly a silk in the making” (Legal 500), he is known as “very insightful, a good advocate” (Chambers UK).  Recognised by clients and legal directories alike for the fact that he is “a very commercial problem solver, who is brilliant with lay clients and an active part of the legal team” (Chambers Global), David is someone who “is very incisive and picks out the important issues from a significant number of documents” (Legal 500).

David is a regular and popular speaker both internally and for external conference providers.  He also writes for Practical Law, LexisNexis and other publications.

Outside of the law, David divides his time between family, friends and football; not always in that order.


  • TECBAR (Committee Member)
  • Society of Construction Lawyers
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • British Insurance Law Association
  • Adjudication Society
  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association
  • London Court of International Arbitration


  • BSc (Hons) First Class
  • Dip Law
  • Tecbar Adjudicator
  • ADR ODR Accredited Mediator

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

David PlienerHardwickeHe is responsive, very bright, collaborative and very good with clients.

Hardwicke is ‘extremely easy to deal with‘ and it handles a range of disputes involving insurers and insurance cover, with expertise across construction, property damage, professional liability, clinical negligence, personal injury, public liability, consumer, employer’s liability, and health and safety disputes. Paul Reed QC and David Pliener are involved in the long-running case, Volkerfitzpatrick & Keller v Stewart & Harris. Members are also experienced in insolvency matters relating to insurance disputes; Nigel Jones QC and Sarah McCann are involved in various high-value and high-profile claims relating to the insolvency of Enterprise Insurance.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

David PlienerHardwickeHe has an excellent ability to see issues clearly.

Hardwicke is a set that is ‘going from strength to strength‘. Its members handle a raft of negligence instructions involving solicitors, construction and financial professionals. Paul Reed QC is leading David Pliener in acting for the claimant in Volkerfitzpatrick & Keller v Stewart & Harris, a case brought against the engineers following the settlement of the £200m ‘Accolade’ multiparty dispute in 2015. Meanwhile, John de Waal QC is instructed in Harringay Meat Traders Ltd v Ray Stevens, a £7.5m claim against a surveyor in relation to land compulsorily purchased by the London Development Agency.

London Bar > Construction

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

David PlienerHardwickeHas a well deserved reputation as one of the leading juniors.