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Robert Stokell

Call 1995

“Rob [is] a go-to barrister on construction and product liability disputes. He is fiercely intelligent and highly organised.”
(Legal 500, 2023)

Insurance & Reinsurance

Robert’s experience includes coverage disputes, non-disclosure, misrepresentation, late / non-notification, and fraudulent claims.

Selected Cases

  • Associated Newspapers Ltd v Buckingham Group Contracting Limited: (TCC) [ongoing]: This is a c.£10m claim by a newspaper publisher against a building contractor relating to the differential settlement of concrete slabs at a warehouse and production unit, and a claim by the contractor under the Third Party (Rights Against Insurers) Act 2010. Robert acts for excess insurers.
  • Haberdashers‘ Aske’s Federation Trust Ltd v Lakehouse Contracts Ltd [2018] EWHC 558 (TCC); [2018] B.L.R. 511; [2018] Lloyd’s Rep. I.R. 382; [2018] C.I.L.L. 4121: acting for contractors (with Andrew Bartlett KC) in a £10m claim arising out of a fire at a school. Issues included joint insurance and the construction of project insurance policies.
  • Advising the insurers of a building services subcontractor alleged to be liable for an escape of water whether it had the benefit of a project insurance policy.
  • Harrison v Shepherd Homes Limited [2010] EWHC 1398 (TCC) – Acting for the home owners (with Andrew Bartlett KC) in a hearing against the NHBC concerning section 3 of the Buildmark Policy and the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999.
  • Acting for PL insurers (with Roger ter Haar KC) in an arbitration before Gavin Kealey KC dealing with coverage, rectification and estoppel, in a claim by a major housebuilder for fire damage.
  • Acting for insurers (with Andrew Rigney KC) in an action arising out of a house building policy, with issues relating to coverage, waiver and estoppel.
  • Advising the landlord of a large London property on notification and coverage in respect of claims under a PL policy relating to numerous water leaks.
  • Advising insurers on declinature based on fraud in a claim for fire damage to the premises of a vehicle maintenance business.
  • Advising EL insurers in relation to the identity of the policyholder.
  • Advising PL insurers on misrepresentation, non-disclosure and breach of warranty in a claim for damage to a yacht.
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  • Eastham Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Sir Thomas More Bursary, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Hardwicke Entrance Award, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Boulter Exhibition (Law), Christ Church, Oxford University
  • MA (Hons), Christ Church, Oxford University


  • Technology & Construction Bar Association
  • Society of Construction Law
  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association


“Robert is good at the details, thoughtful and measured in his advice, and very good on paper.”

Legal 500, 2024

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