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Patrick Blakesley QC

Call 1993 • QC 2018

"He is calm, thoughtful and has a good manner with clients and judges."
(Legal 500 2016)

Insurance & Reinsurance

Patrick is experienced in policy and coverage disputes in a wide variety of accident, indemnity and liability policies. He is regularly instructed to advise insurers on fraud and other avoidance issues, often in claims arising out of personal injury accidents.

  • Negative declaratory relief.
  • Dual insurance and the interplay between policies (such as EL, PL and motor).
  • Claims under permanent health insurance policies.
  • Actions for negative declaratory relief.
  • He has acted in a number of claims arising under permanent health insurance policies.
  • Fire and flood claims.

Selected Cases

  • Humphrey v Aegis Defence Services [2016] EWCA Civ 11 – Claim arising from activities in Iraq and the application of a “desirable activity” defence under the Compensation Act 2006.
  • Foxtons v Bicknell [2008] EWCA Civ 419; [2008] 2 EGLR 23 – Criteria for establishing estate agent’s entitlement to commission.
  • Healy v Corporation of Lloyd’s [2004] EWCA Civ 262 – Permanent health insurance policy – quantification of damages – litigant in person alleging unfair trial.
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  • Commercial Bar Association
  • London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association
  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association


“He is rated because of his excellent outcomes both from trials and JSMs.”

Chambers & Partners 2016

“He is excellent with the client and forensic in his ability to digest a lot of medical information.”

Chambers & Partners 2016

“He is calm, thoughtful and has a good manner with clients and judges.”

Legal 500 2016

“He’s not frightened of having a conflict where it needs to be had, and his advocacy and negotiation skills are particularly strong.”

Chambers & Partners 2015

“He’s measured and practical, and reduces things down to the key points.”

Chambers & Partners 2015

“He has a good bedside manner in conference but takes no prisoners in the courtroom.”

Legal 500 2015

“A very strong advocate, who you certainly want on your side.”

Legal 500 2015

“My choice of counsel on high-value cases against leading silks.”

Chambers & Partners 2014

“An exceptional talent.”

Chambers & Partners 2014

“A superb advocate” and “impresses with his approachability, and obvious ability”.

Legal 500 2014

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