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Julian Field

Call 1980

"As good as most silks, very easy to work with, very grounded and a go-to for difficult work."
(Chambers & Partners 2015)

Property Damage

Property damage is one of Julian’s core specialties. He is regularly instructed by leading firms acting on behalf of property or liability insurers in relation to substantial high value property damage claims following fires, floods, explosions, etc. Often these claims arise in the context of construction work and he is experienced in considering contractual obligations under JCT and other standard form building contracts. Julian has been retained in high profile property damage cases such as Grenfell Tower and Buncefield.

Adept at dealing with complex technical issues Julian was, for example, primarily responsible for Total’s case on its tank The recent case of Prezzo v High Point Estates in which he successfully argued for a limited application of the principle in Berni Inns has attracted significant interest.

Selected Cases

  • NMT Crane Hire v King Lifting collapse of mobile tower crane at shopping centre in Reading.
  • Prezzo v High Point Estates [2018] EWHC 1851 – £2m fire claim. Scope of the application of the principle in Berni Inns.
  • Grenfell Tower disaster – instructed in relation to the refurbishment works, in particular the technical issues relating to the cladding and it compliance with contract specification and Building Regulations.
  • The Hon. Edward & Mrs Iliffe v Feltham Construction, Affleck Mechanical Services, Docherty ChimneyGroup, Karl Callaway [2014] EWCH 2125 – £4.8m fire claim arising out of fire at recently constructed luxury timber house on private island in Poole harbour.
  • AJK Woodflooring v Clipfine Construction £2.4m fire claim arising out of fire at 21 Chesham Place during redevelopment of luxury apartments by the Candy brothers.
  • Tomlinson, Tomlinson, Van Riel, Van Riel, Knight, White and White v Yorkshire Water Services Ltd, Costain Ltd and Transcore Ltd – landslip at Whitby, N Yorkshire destabilising terrace of properties higher up slope. Properties demolished. Multiple actions by owners claiming landslip due to Yorkshire Water’s leaking sewers.
  • Crestel Partnerships Ltd v Anglian Water Services Ltd housing development construction site flooded by escape of water from Anglian Water’s pipework and infrastructure.
  • Re: City West Housing Trust – Irlam Gas Explosion – gas explosion in Irlam, Greater Manchester during course of renovation works to City West’s housing stock. Four houses destroyed. Claim by City West against gas contractors.
  • Car Hospital Ltd v AGM Services Ltd car bodyshop and accident repair centre destroyed by fire originating in paint spray booth. Claim against contractors who serviced the booth.
  • Accident Exchange Ltd v (1) Zurich Insurance Plc, (2) Aviva Insurance UK Ltd, (3) AXA Insurance UK Plc – test case by credit hire company Accident Exchange to determine proper measure of its loss when its hire vehicles are involved in accidents and as a result are unavailable to be hired out.
  • JF Finnegan Ltd v (1) Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering, (2) WSP North Ltd, (3) Carnby Structures Ltd £7m+ claim arising out of damage to recently constructed office building at Sheffield Business Park. Claims against piling contractors, steelwork contractors and engineers.
  • City of London & LS Bankside v (1) Bovis, (2) Carillion (3) Overbury, (4) Grattes, (5) Foreman Roberts, (6) Broadcrown – £12m claim arising out of damage to prestige office block adjacent to Tate Modern caused by overflow of diesel oil from storage tank on top floor.
  • Colour Quest Ltd v Total Downstream UK Plc [2009] EWHC 540; [2009] EWHC 823 (QB) – the Buncefield litigation. Explosion caused by overspill from fuel storage tank.
  • Tate Gallery v Duffy Construction Ltd [2007] EWHC 361 (TCC) – flooding at the Tate Gallery. Coinsurance and construction of contract.
  • BASF v Nu-Way explosion and fire caused by catastrophic failure of gas booster.
  • Rhodia (Albright & Wilson) v Biachem [2003] 2 All ER (Comm) 753 (House of Lords) – explosion at chemical plant. Contract – misdelivery of goods.







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  • ADR Registered Mediator
  • CEDR Registered Mediator
  • LLB, King’s College London


  • Commercial Bar Association
  • London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • Technology & Construction Bar Association


“Julian is very bright and hard-working. He’s easy to work with, very client-friendly.”

Chambers & Partners, 2024

“Commitment, an ability to analyze a case thoroughly and to express his views clearly and logically on paper. Supportive and an all round good barrister. Terrific on paper.”

Legal 500, 2024

“A fighter who works hard for his clients.”

Chambers & Partners, 2022

“Extremely knowledgeable, charming and commercially-minded – a real pleasure to work with and very popular with clients.”

Legal 500, 2022

“He’s an incisive, practical senior junior who offers commercial advice.”

Chambers & Partners, 2021

“He is thoughtful and cerebral and great on the details. He’s very good at managing several cases at a time without overstretching himself.”; “He has an excellent manner and grasp of the subject matter.”

Chambers & Partners, 2021

“Provides thorough, clear, advice, which allows an accurate assessment of the litigation risks of a particular case. He also provides commercial, pragmatic advice, which leads clients to the ends they wish to achieve.”

Legal 500, 2021

“He is considered, thoughtful and always has command of the key points in a case.”; “A senior junior who is approachable, hard-working and a pleasure to work with.”; “If you have a really knotty legal problem he’s a great person to go to.”

Chambers & Partners, 2020

“Has sound tactical judgement as a result of a wealth of experience.”

Legal 500, 2019

“Extremely experienced…very reliable, thorough and easy to work with.”

Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2019

“Highly rated”

Legal 500, 2017

“An insightful senior junior, who is as good as a silk”

Legal 500, 2016

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