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Elizabeth Boon

Call 2006

"She is brilliant on the detail, very team-friendly and very accommodating of the client's wishes."
(Chambers & Partners 2016)

Elizabeth Boon specialises in construction and property damage, professional negligence, product liability, insurance, and general commercial litigation. In addition to drafting and advisory work, she has considerable experience of appearing as an advocate in court. She has regularly appeared in the High Court (particularly the TCC) and in the Court of Appeal.

Commercial

Elizabeth is experienced in general commercial litigation, especially claims relating to the provision and supply of goods and services, which frequently overlaps with her practice in construction, property damage, professional negligence, and product liability.

Construction & Engineering

Elizabeth’s experience ranges from acting both as a junior to other members of Chambers to acting in her own right in relation to construction and property damage claims. She is frequently instructed as junior counsel in multi-million pound claims in the TCC, and in addition to such work, Elizabeth advises on and appears at trial in her own right in smaller disputes, especially those relating to domestic construction and maintenance works. Elizabeth also acts for and advises adjudicating parties and appears in the TCC on enforcement proceedings.

Selected Cases

  • Acting for global logistics provider in relation to multi-million pound claim in the TCC arising out of fire damage to a large warehouse due to a defective sprinkler system (with Andrew Rigney QC).
  • Acting for consortium in relation to defective design of earthworks by civil engineers resulting in delay and claims for costs of additional work and loss of profits (with Anna Laney).
  • Acting for Total in relation to claims for commercial property damage and business interruption arising out of the explosion at the Buncefield Oil Storage Depot. in particular, a £80m claim brought by Keystone, the distributor for McDonald’s Restaurants in the UK (with Michael Harvey QC and Daniel Shapiro).
  • Acting for residential owner who successfully recovered damages for a bespoke piling foundation scheme, arising out of property damage caused by a leaking water main.
  • Acting for contractors facing a claim for flooding damage resulting from allegedly negligent repairs to a water tank.
  • Acting for contractors facing a claim for business interruption resulting from damage to fibre optic cables.

Insurance & Reinsurance

Elizabeth has experience in insurance matters, including disputes concerning policy construction, non-disclosure, late / non-notification, fraudulent claims, and brokers duties. She is regularly instructed in relation to claims arising from fire and flood damage, and subsidence.

Selected Cases

  • Acting for insurers seeking to resist 197 claims by solicitors arising out of conveyancing transactions where the firm had failed to comply with their reporting obligations to the lender clients when fraud was suspected.
  • Acting for insurers in a claim brought against a number of insurers arising out of the provision of legal expenses insurance.
  • Acting for insurers in relation to a licensed premises policy and in particular whether an alleged assault incident was covered under the terms of the policy.
  • Acting for insurers in relation to an allegedly fraudulent insurance claim brought by a husband and wife for fire damage, involving complicated questions of law regarding joint and composite policies.

Product Liability

Elizabeth’s practice continues to develop in product liability, and frequently overlaps with her practice in construction, property damage, and professional negligence. Elizabeth has been instructed in a number of high value cases for high profile multinational companies including Siemens, Kubota and Indesit, often involving very complex forensic evidence and difficult questions of law.

Selected Cases

  • Acting for multinational company in $4m claim arising out of an allegedly defective boiler management unit, involving complex issues as to whether the product was defective at the time of delivery.
  • Acting for multinational company in £6.5m claim arising out of defective automatic number plate recognition cameras, which were unable to recognise the third character on UK number plates.
  • Acting for product importer in property damage claim arising out of a fire involving a ride-on lawn mower. As well as complex forensic evidence and arguments on causation, it involved issues regarding assignment.
  • Acting for residential property owner in £1.1m property damage claim arising out of fire caused by an allegedly defective tumble dryer.
  • Acting for commercial property owner in property damage claim arising out of a fire involving a water cooler, which suffered resistive heating at a poor electrical connection.

Professional Liability

Elizabeth’s practice continues to develop in professional negligence, particularly against a commercial and construction background. Elizabeth continues to be instructed in increasing value professional negligence claims and has recently advised on claims relating to alleged negligence by insurance brokers concerning material non-disclosure, solicitors in relation to conveyancing transactions, and chartered surveyors involving valuation practices, as well as various members of the construction industry.

Selected Cases

  • Acting for architect involving allegations of a failure to supervise and inappropriate certification of works under the JCT contract.
  • Numerous instructions from nationwide chartered surveying firms, ranging from representation at trial involving the usual issues of valuation and mortgage lending practises, to preliminary issues as to the validity of mortgage sale agreements.
  • Acting for NHS in claim for against a dentist seeking to recover monies paid under a dental services contract in respect of inappropriately claimed units of dental activity.
  • Acting for company director in claim against accountant in relation to negligently prepared yearly accounts and tax returns resulting in substantial interest and penalties being due to HMRC.
  • Acting for solicitor, arising out of allegedly negligent conveyancing transaction where the two copies of the contract of sale were different, and the purchaser subsequently relied on one of them.
  • Worked as the junior on a £7 million claim concerning alleged professional negligence by contractors that led to a large fire in a local authority timber-framed building.

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Qualifications


  • Major Scholarship, Inner Temple
  • BA (Hons) (Oxon)

Memberships


  • Adjudication Society
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • LCIA Young International Arbitration Group
  • London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • Society of Construction Law (UK & Gulf)
  • Technology & Construction Court Bar Association

Recommendations


“Her attention to detail is impressive; she turns things around quickly, and she really rolls her sleeves up and gets involved.”

Chambers & Partners 2017

“She is brilliant on the detail, very team-friendly and very accommodating of the client’s wishes.”

Chambers & Partners 2016

“Impressive.”

Legal 500 2016

“She’s a very good, younger barrister who is professional, focused and driven.”

Chambers & Partners 2015

“A real rising star.”

Legal 500 2015


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