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Joshua Brown

Call 2017

Josh’s developing practice covers the range of Chambers’ practice areas, with a particular emphasis on commercial disputes, insurance, professional negligence, property damage and construction.

As well as settling pleadings, advising and other written work, Josh has a busy court practice. He is regularly instructed to appear in fast track trials and small claims, as well as interim applications and CMCs.

Before coming to the Bar, Josh read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Merton College, Oxford, gaining First Class, before reading for an MPhil in International Relations. He then completed his legal studies at City Law School.

Commercial

Josh’s current and recent instructions include:

  • Advising with respect to a claim for unpaid commission;
  • Advising and drafting Particulars of Claim in respect of an allegedly defective car;
  • Settling defences to sale of goods and services claims involving issues of contractual interpretation and reliance on various provisions of the Consumer Rights Act 2015.
  • Settling a Defence to a claim concerning an alleged defective shower unit;
  • Assisting (during pupillage) with a Skeleton Argument in relation to a claim concerning the correct interpretation of a retail operations agreement;
  • Drafting (during pupillage) Particulars of Claim alleging multiple breaches of a franchise agreement;
  • Drafting (during pupillage) Particulars of Claim alleging breaches of fiduciary duties, breach of confidence and breaches of contract against a former director of a voluntary association.

Professional Liability

Josh has a busy professional negligence practice. His current and recent instructions include:

  • Advising, settling a defence and a successful application for strike out/summary judgment in a breach of contract and professional negligence claim against property surveyors;
  • Advising insurer clients and settling Particulars of Claim with respect to an electricity failure at commercial premises against multiple defendants;
  • Settling a Letter of Response and advising a solicitors’ firm with respect to professional negligence allegations concerning multiple dwellings relief from stamp duty on a conveyance;
  • Advising and drafting a Defence to a claim alleging solicitors’ negligence concerning advice as to a forfeiture covenant in a lease;
  • Acting on behalf of a management company resisting an injunction application seeking interim performance of alleged contractual obligations.

Property Damage

Josh has a busy and developing property damage practice. His current and recent instructions include:

  • Advising on prospects in a claim against a plumber concerning allegedly negligent installations of shower fittings;
  • Settled a Reply in a contribution claim against a sub-contractor relating to flooding damage in a new-build property following allegedly defective plumbing works;
  • Advising insurer clients and settling Particulars of Claim with respect to an electricity failure at commercial premises against multiple defendants;
  • Settling a defence to a claim against a local authority for subsidence allegedly caused by tree roots;
  • Advising as to prospects with respect to a substantial escape of water claim.

Insurance & Reinsurance

In addition to his general property damage practice, Josh has been instructed on insurance disputes including:

  • Settling a defence to a contribution and/or indemnity claim involving issues of interpretation of indemnity clauses and s.1(4) of the Civil Liability (Contribution Act) 1978;
  • Settling a defence to a claim for economic losses following an alleged collision with a railway bridge made against an insurer under the Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 2010;
  • Advising insurer clients as to a potential claim against an uninsured driver pursuant to an indemnity agreement;
  • Advising as to the correct interpretation and effect of a contractual obligation to take out joint insurance;
  • Advising on jurisdiction under Article 13 of the Brussels Regulation in a contribution claim against an Italian insurer;
  • Advising (during pupillage) on whether the benefit of an indemnity policy had successfully been assigned to the prospective claimant.

Personal Injury

Josh has a broad personal injury practice. His recent instructions include:

  • Settling a Defence to an Occupiers’ Liability claim;
  • Settling a Defence to claims under the Animals’ Act 1971;
  • Settling a Defence to a claim concerning an accident at work;
  • Advising on quantum in a substantial general damages claim;
  • Advising on quantum for the purposes of infant approval settlements.

Awards


Winner of the Times Law Awards (2016): First Prize Essay on “Does Europe need a new legal framework to tackle the crisis of mass migration?”

Winner of the Maitland Advocacy Prize (2015), contesting the matter of European Ventures LLP & others v Cedar Capital Partners LLC [2014] UKSC 45.

Gray’s Inn (2016): Bedingfield Scholarship.

Gray’s Inn (2015): CPE/GDL Award.

City Law School (2015): GDL Scholarship.

 

Qualifications


Bar Professional Training Course (2016-2017): City Law School

Graduate Diploma in Law (2015-2016): City Law School

MPhil, Merton College, University of Oxford (2013-2015)

BA (Hons), Merton College, University of Oxford (2010-2013), First Class

 

Memberships


COMBAR

LCLCBA


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