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Carlo Taczalski

Call 2010

“An excellent advocate – a real fighter.”
(Legal 500, 2024)

Insurance & Reinsurance

Carlo has significant experience of advising on and appearing in proceedings concerning policy interpretation, avoidance of cover for nondisclosure, misrepresentation and breach of notification and other clauses.

Examples of work in this area include:

  • Advising and defending, as sole counsel, a leading income protection insurer on a £5m claim.  The claim was discontinued immediately after provision of Carlo’s Defence on a WP basis.
  • Advising on insurance coverage, with Ben Quiney KC, following the Hillsborough disaster.
  • Advising a leading insurance broker in a claim where it is alleged that the broker bound an insurer outside the scope of its actual authority.  The case overlaps questions of rectification, construction of the policy, and (in a separate aspect of the case) fraud.
  • Sole counsel for the claimant insurance company in a broker’s negligence claim arising out of the fraudulent ‘placement’ of a (non-existent) reinsurance policy by a sub-broker.  Damages are in the region of £15m. The case also involves questions of the broker’s warranty of authority.  Currently pre-action.
  • Advised on a claim (settled confidentially at mediation) arising out of the design of a new insurance product, which was found not to operate effectively immediately prior to launch.
  • Instructed (with Andrew Bartlett KC and James Medd) in relation to coverage provided by a £5m excess layer professional indemnity insurance policy, following alleged defective design of an office block overseas.
  • Junior to Andrew Bartlett KC in a London arbitration relating to coverage under a product liability policy, potentially determinative of claims and various layers of insurance worth up to £300m.

Selected Cases

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“Carlo is an excellent advocate – a real fighter. He is very tenacious and not afraid to pursue difficult points. He is able to persuade courts very effectively. His written advocacy is also of a very high standard.”

Legal 500, 2024

“Carlo’s enthusiasm and eye for detail are exceptional and he adopts a common sense approach to strategy which is a significant benefit to both us and our clients.”

Legal 500, 2024

“Carlo is superb – extremely bright, a great lawyer and immensely hard-working. An outstanding junior.”

Legal 500, 2024

“Carlo knows his craft extremely well. A very able draftsman and able to turn a phrase in court. His advocacy is fluent and persuasive.”

Legal 500, 2024

“Technically very able and quick thinking, able to communicate very effectively, and provides solid advice on strategy and the merits.”

Legal 500, 2022

“An astute and confident advocate who is very robust in his analysis. He is attentive and has a real eye for detail.”

Legal 500, 2022

“A great blend of being exceptionally bright, hardworking and responsive together with a charming personality. Engenders confidence of clients both in conference and courtroom. More than a match for experienced counsel both in mainstream professional indemnity work and more specialist.”

Legal 500, 2021

“Carlo is incredibly forensic in his approach to work, he deals with large quantities of information in a methodical manner and is an excellent communicator.”

Legal 500, 2021

“Handles a diverse range of construction disputes.”

Legal 500, 2020

“He is very bright and thorough when it comes to considering all the possible issues.”

Legal 500, 2020

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