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David Platt QC

Call 1987 • QC 2011

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

Professional Liability

Legal Professional Negligence

He undertakes both solicitors and barristers’ negligence claims and has been instructed by the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund. He is frequently instructed in professional negligence claims involving underlying personal injury claims.

Surveyors’ Negligence

He has considerable experience of residential surveying claims, and has drafted the standard exclusion clauses for the Architects and Surveyors’ Institute. He appeared in the lead case of Smith v Eric S. Bush; Harris v Wyre Forest District Council [1989] 2 WLR 790, House of Lords.

He also undertakes claims involving architects, insurance brokers and accountants.

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


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


“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

“One of the best QCs of his generation.”

Legal 500 2012

“There is not a better senior junior at the personal injury bar than the simply brilliant David Platt.”

Legal 500 2011

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