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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)

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


“My go-to barrister for indemnity work. He is efficient, can see the wood for the trees, and produces clear and structured advice on the most complicated legal problems.”

Legal 500, 2021

“Very good to work with and grasps the background circumstances and the technical elements of complex matters.”; “He offers practical solutions and brings an element of clarity to his advice.”’ “He’s very thorough and masters the facts.”

Chambers & Partners, 2021

“His advice is clear, honest and realistic – simply brilliant at the job.”

Legal 500, 2021

“Very experienced and an extremely safe pair of hands.”

Chambers & Partners, 2020

“Excellent all round.”

Chambers & Partners, 2019

“A class act.”

Chambers & Partners, 2018

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

Chambers & Partners, 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, 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


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