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David Platt QC

Call 1987 • QC 2011

"One of the best QCs 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.

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

Selected Cases

  • 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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Qualifications


  • MA (Law) Trinity Hall, Cambridge (scholar)

Memberships


  • London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association
  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association

Recommendations


“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

“His knowledge of the relevant areas dealing with asbestos litigation is second to none.”

Chambers & Partners, 2016

“He is the consummate tactician and a natural negotiator.”

Legal 500, 2016

“A persuasive advocate who is excellent at assimilating the detail of a case in a short space of time.”

Chambers & Partners, 2015

“He has an excellent understanding of complex medical and legal issues.”

Legal 500, 2015

“His legal skills are a given; he’s someone you’re happy to be locked in a room for a day. He’ll get on with your clients and adds something with his advice.”

Chambers & Partners, 2014

“A powerful weapon in any case” and “provides superb advice.”

Legal 500, 2014

Rated as “something of a genius” with “huge intelligence and expertise in EL claims”.

Chambers & Partners, 2013


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