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David Platt KC

Call 1987 • KC 2011

"One of the best KCs of his generation."
(Chambers & Partners)

Insurance & Reinsurance

David has been instructed in many policy construction and contested indemnity cases. He undertakes a wide range of PL and EL related policy work, particularly where integrated with other areas of expertise (such as disease litigation).

Originally rated as a “New Silk” in Insurance work by Legal 500 (2011/12).

Selected Cases

  • Recently instructed in the PL “Trigger” Litigation, Weyer v Riverstone Insurance UK [2022-3]
  • Instructed in the group EL “Trigger” litigation involving mesothelioma claims and historic EL policies: The Employers’ Liability “Trigger” Litigation [2012] 1 WLR 867; [2011] 1 PIQR P2 and [2009] Lloyd’s Rep IR 295.
  • Acted for insurers in Blanchard v Kiln & Well Operations UK Limited (2011) CLCC, in which the Court was asked to give a precedent judgment on marine diving insurance.
  • Appeared in a number of major fire claims e.g. Cornhill Insurance v Stamp Felt Roofing, [2002] Lloyd’s Rep IR 648, Court of Appeal (policy construction / insurance).
  • Ferngold Plant Hire v Wenham [2000] CL 1474, LTL 13/3/2000 (CA).
  • Ferngold Plant Hire v Crowe Underwriting Services Ltd (CA).
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“He is the stand-out silk in disease litigation and the one to go to for complex or leading issues.”….. “He has a huge capacity to absorb details of a case and a proper academic understanding of quite difficult issues that arise.”

Chambers & Partners, 2024

“One of the best disease silks in the country. Provides clear and analytical advice. He understands the broader commercial realities.”

Chambers & Partners, 2024

‘David is a Rolls Royce of a silk. Excellent robust and no-nonsense advice.’

Legal 500, 2024

“He is an incredibly intelligent person who offers logical advice. He is pragmatic, down to earth and very effective.”

Chambers & Partners, 2022

“David is without doubt the finest silk in practice in respect of his asbestos work.”

Legal 500, 2022

“Superb to work with – the advice he provides is clear, commercially sensible and tactically astute.”

Chambers & Partners, 2022

“He is a very good advocate who is always on top of his game and is well respected by both clients and opponents.” “He is bright, enthusiastic and extremely experienced in high-level disease cases.”

Chambers & Partners, 2021

“A real expert when it comes to dealing with complex medical and scientific issues and handling multiple experts on these issues.”

Legal 500, 2021

“A top-quality barrister who really knows his area.”; “He’s a very impressive advocate and has a good head for complex issues.”

Chambers & Partners, 2020

“Always immaculately prepared, demonstrating mastery of the papers. He has a prodigious intellect and is also highly personable and approachable. He understands the value of relationships.”

Chambers & Partners, 2018

“His courtroom manner is confident. He presents the arguments in a clear and logical fashion.”

Chambers & Partners, 2018

“He never wastes a word and just instinctively knows what the pressure points are for a judge.”

Chambers & Partners, 2016

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