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Chambers of Gavin Kealey QC

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James Brocklebank QC

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7 King's Bench Walk (Chambers of Gavin Kealey QC)


James has a broad practice encompassing all areas of commercial litigation, including conflict of laws, energy and natural resources, product liability, banking and finance, international trade, and confidentiality and privilege. He has a particularly prominent reputation in the areas of professional negligence, insurance and reinsurance, and commercial arbitration (often with an international element). He has wide experience of advising and acting in relation to all manner of contractual and tortious disputes. He has frequently been involved in substantial pieces of litigation and is familiar with the particular demands of large-scale court and arbitration proceedings.


Called 1999; Middle Temple.

Awarded Insurance Junior of the Year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2015.

Current directorships: non-executive director of Private Public Limited (PPL).

Publications of note:

Co-author of the chapter on Accountants and Auditors in Professional Negligence and Liability (ed. M.Simpson).

Stranger than Fiction (The Lawyer, 28 June 2013) – a discussion of the hold harmless principle in insurance and its connection with damages for late payment of a claim under an insurance policy.


French; basic Spanish and Japanese.




Cranleigh School; Pembroke College, Cambridge (MA History).

London Bar

Commercial litigation

Within: 2018 Silks

James Brocklebank QC - 7 King's Bench Walk ‘ Proved invaluable in countering others with far greater financial resources. ’

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Within: 2018 Silks

James Brocklebank QC - 7 King's Bench Walk ‘ An excellent strategic thinker with first-class legal knowledge; very good on paper and on his feet. ’

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Insurance and reinsurance

Within: 2018 Silks

James Brocklebank QC - 7 King's Bench Walk ‘ His advice is always well-thought through and is delivered in a timely fashion. ’

Within: Insurance and reinsurance

7 King's Bench Walk is 'the premier set for insurance and reinsurance work'; it 'consistently provides the desired balance of incredibly bright and talented barristers while also being approachable and enjoyable to work alongside'. Single Buoy Moorings v Zurich Insurance, which concerned damage to the MOPUstor platform in the North Sea, was a key highlight for the set where Jonathan Gaisman QC, Dominick Kendrick QC, David Bailey QC, Alistair Schaff QC, and several juniors from chambers, were instructed. Also of note, Peter MacDonald Eggers QC is instructed by Lloyd's Underwriters in Shuffle Along v Lloyd’s Underwriters, a claim under an event cancellation policy which is litigated in New York. In Cultural Foundation v Beazley Furlonge,  a key claim under a professional liability policy relating to two construction projects in the UAE, MacDonald Eggers QC led Marcus Mander on behalf of the excess insurers and James Brocklebank QC acted for the American School of Dubai.

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Professional negligence

Within: 2018 Silks

James Brocklebank QC - 7 King's Bench Walk ‘ He is very thorough. ’

Within: Professional negligence

7 King's Bench Walk's experience in professional negligence is 'very impressive' and its barristers are 'very robust and rigorous', according to clients. Members are experienced in complex disputes involving auditors, accountants, solicitors, and financial services professionals. As an example, Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC appeared on behalf of Manchester Building Society in the Court of Appeal case of Manchester Building Society v Grant Thornton, a high-profile auditors negligence claim. Elsewhere, James Brocklebank QC successfully struck out a claim against Ernst & Young in Cunningham v Ernst & Young, which alleged conspiracy between EY, Bank of Scotland, and former company directors, resulting in loss to the value of a company.

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