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James Medd

Call 1985

"He has a wonderful ability to pick apart detail and then pull it together in a practical and user-friendly manner."
(Chambers & Partners 2016)

James Medd’s practice focuses on claims relating to insurance, property damage, product liability and construction. He is consistently ranked in the major legal directories as a leading junior in these fields.

He has considerable experience of the insurance and liability aspects of fires, explosions, floods and personal injury accidents particularly those occurring on construction sites.

Many of his cases involve more than one party and include questions of insurance, professional and other negligence, sale of goods law and contribution.

Construction & Engineering

Many of the fire, flood and property damage cases with which James is instructed are in the context of construction disputes.

Selected Cases

  • £600,000 claim against Civil Engineers in respect of allegedly drainage design which resulted in properties on a development flooding
  • £2m claim in respect of allegedly defective vibropiling
  • £750,000 claim for defective installation of heat source piping at a site in Oxfordshire
  • £3.5m claim for contribution in respect allegedly defective design and construction of a gantry in marine engineering premises in the Isle of Wight

Insurance & Reinsurance

Much of James’ practice involves acting for and against insurers on issues of policy interpretation, particularly in claims arising from Contractors All Risk Insurance, Property Policies and Liability Insurance.

Selected Cases

  • Successfully represented insurers who, in view of the terms of the Third Parties Rights Against Insurers Act 2010, refused to disclose a copy of their insured’s liability policy to a company who sought it by way of a pre-action disclosure application before the insured had become insolvent.
  • Acted for AXA against Ted Baker in commercial insurance coverage and quantum dispute concerning a claim for £1.8m business interruption losses consequent upon fidelity losses.
  • Advised PL insurer on double insurance and as to whether they could claim contribution from another liability insurer in respect of an accident to a school pupil on an artificial ski slope in which the pupil suffered significant head injuries.
  • Advice to Employer’s Liability insurers on whether they could recover contribution from a public liability insurer in respect their insured’s liability for personal injuries suffered by an employee
  • Advising PL insurers as to whether they were liable to indemnify their insured for serious head injuries sustained by a sub-contractor
  • Advised in reinsurance dispute involving in excess of £1m
  • Acting for insurers in £4m personal injury claim, advising on validity of policy avoidance by co-Defendant’s employer’s liability insurers
  • Advice to property insurers in respect of entitlement to avoid a policy for misrepresentation: serious fire claim
  • Advice to CAR insurers and RTA insurers on liability to pay defence costs of criminal prosecutions
  • Advice to road traffic insurers on policy interpretation; very serious personal injury claim
  • £3m claim on multiple ATE and BTE insurance policies
  • Acting for excess of loss insurers in multi-million pound dispute over policy coverage for M&E engineers sued for alleged defects in design of air-conditioning and smoke management of development in Grand Cayman
  • £2.5m Contractors All Risk Insurance dispute in respect of damage to contract works by fire in circumstances where the employers’ property insurers had already paid for reinstatement
  • Advised product liability insurers in breast implant litigation

Product Liability

James is regularly instructed in cases involving damage and losses caused by allegedly defective products and products that are alleged not to be fit for purpose. Recent cases have included products ranging from electrical components, white goods generally, chains, gas regulators, fire suppressant installations, ladders and bicycles.

Selected Cases

  • Acted for insurers of the seller of a bicycle sued by a Claimant for head injuries when he fell from the bicycle. Claimant dropped his claim following application for summary judgement being served
  • Multimillion pound claim arising from allegedly defective fuel ash sold to breezeblock manufacturers
  • Claim for several millions in respect of property and personal injuries following collapse of a cherry picker
  • £2.5m claim arising from a fire in a printing machine
  • £3m claim: chain of sales of defective steel tubes causing damage to end-user’s engines
  • £500,000 claim for explosion allegedly caused by defective gas-regulator
  • Acting for an electrical component manufacturer and supplier in £8m claim said to arise from with an electrical flashover in high voltage switchgear in an oil refinery.
  • Advising water heater manufacturer in connection with multi-million pound dispute arising out of alleged defective rubber seals supplied to them by a third party which caused the water heaters to leak in service.

Professional Liability

He has considerable experience in acting for and against professionals, particularly structural, geotechnical and consulting engineers.

Selected Cases

  • £600,000 claim against Civil Engineers in respect of allegedly drainage design which resulted in properties on a development flooding
  • £2m claim in respect of allegedly defective vibropiling
  • £750,000 claim for defective installation of heat source piping at a site in Oxfordshire
  • £3.5m claim for contribution in respect allegedly defective design and construction of a gantry in marine engineering premises in the Isle of Wight

Property Damage

James is regularly instructed by insurers on both sides of claims arising from property damage often caused by fires and floods.

Selected Cases

  • Successfully defended a contract claim brought by property owners for damage from a fire which started when contractors were carrying out work in the roof space (Ball Ponds Securities v Envirocure Limited and others TCC Soole J. July 2016)
  • £500,000 claim against Water Authority in respect of damage to a slope alleged to have been caused by a leaking sewage pipe
  • £250,000 fire claim arising from alleged hot works in a roof space
  • £1m claim for flood damage caused by blocked drains on construction site in Swansea
  • Acted for parties to separate claims for damage caused by Japanese knotweed and asbestos contamination
  • £380,000 claim for damage to an MRI scanner, which was dropped from a crane. CPA conditions
  • £3m Chip shop fire in Glasgow
  • Multiple flooding incidents in Wales resulting from inadequate sewage-treatment works
  • £800K claim for fire damage to a train following allegedly defective overhaul of engine
  • Acting for multi national electrical component manufacturer in multi party fire claim in a Boots shop involving in excess of £11m.
  • Acted for property insurers in claim for £250,000 arising out of a fire caused by a faulty electrical consumer unit.

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Qualifications


  • Queens College Cambridge (1981 – 1983)
  • Winchester College Scholar (1975 – 1980)

Memberships


  • COMBAR
  • LCLCBA
  • PIBA
  • PNBA
  • TECBAR

Rankings


  • Leading Junior in Construction, Insurance & Product Liability (Chambers & Partners 2018)
  • Leading Junior in Construction, Insurance & Product Liability (Legal 500 2018)
  • Leading Junior in Construction, Insurance & Product Liability (Chambers & Partners 2017)
  • Leading Junior in Construction, Insurance & Product Liability (Legal 500 2017)
  • Leader at the Bar in Construction, Insurance & Product Liability (Chambers & Partners 2016)
  • Leader at the Bar in Construction, Insurance & Product Liability (Chambers & Partners 2015)
  • Leader at the Bar in Construction, Insurance & Product Liability (Legal 500 2015)
  • Leader at the Bar in Construction, Insurance & Product Liability (Chambers & Partners 2014)
  • Leading Junior in Construction, Insurance & Product Liability (Legal 500 2014)
  • Leading Junior in Construction, Insurance and Product Liability (Legal 500 2013)
  • Leader at the Bar in Construction, Insurance & Product Liability (Chambers & Partners 2012)
  • Leader at the Bar in Construction, Insurance and Product Liability (Chambers & Partners 2011)
  • Leading Junior in Construction, Insurance and Consumer & Product Liability (Legal 500 2011)
  • Leader at the Bar in Construction, Insurance and Product Liability (Chambers & Partners 2010)
  • Leading Junior in Construction, Insurance and Consumer & Product Liability (Legal 500 2010)
  • Leader at the Bar in Construction and Product Liability (Chambers & Partners 2009)
  • Leading Junior in Insurance and Consumer & Product Liability (Legal 500 2009)

Recommendations


“A class act.”

Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2018

“Thoroughly grasps complex information and adds considerable value to a case…You are always confident in the advice he gives you.”

Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2018

“He has a capacity for obtaining a thorough grasp of complex information and documentation in high-value cases and of adding considerable value to the case and overall client strategy.”

Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2018

“An excellent advocate, recommended for property damage matters with complex technical background.”

Legal 500, 2017

“Technically flawless, immensely hardworking and a superb advocate.”

Legal 500, 2017

“An intelligent and highly skilled junior.”

Legal 500, 2017

“He has a wonderful ability to pick apart detail and then pull it together in a practical and user-friendly manner.”

Chambers & Partners 2016

“Very good to work with – he will go the extra mile for you. He is somebody who is, frankly, a pleasure to deal with.”

Chambers & Partners 2016

“I go to him on cases where I need someone who can get to grips with the very technical aspects of a case, and is very good at getting down to the minute detail of a case.”

Chambers & Partners 2016

“You can have confidence in his advice and he is someone who looks at everything very thoroughly.”

Chambers & Partners 2015

“Excellent on policy cover points – goes through complex issues in an easy-to-digest way….Will dot every ‘i’ and cross every ‘t’: essential for technical, high-value cases.”

Legal 500 2015

“Impressive. His ability to collate and then disseminate information to support our various arguments on coverage was excellent…A real details man…phenomenally bright and very experienced.”

Chambers & Partners 2014


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