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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


“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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