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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)

Property Damage

Robert acts in claims concerning a wide range of damage to property, including damage by fire, water, oil and tree roots.

Selected Cases

  • Advising and acting in a mediation for the supplier of a commercial drinks chiller alleged to have caused a fire due to an electrical fault.
  • Advising on the incorporation and effect of exclusion/ limitation clauses in a contract for security services following loss and damage caused by theft.
  • Acting for a local authority in respect of flooding and water damage allegedly due to a defective drainage pipe.
  • Acting for a local authority in a tree roots claim, defending principally on the basis that the damage was not reasonably foreseeable. The claimants discontinued just before trial.
  • Acting for an M&E contractor against the supplier/ commissioner of an air-cooled water chiller, in relation to water damage.
  • Acting for an occupier of commercial premises in a claim against an M&E maintenance contractor in respect of damage to the premises and neighbouring premises caused by a fuel oil leak.
  • Acting for a welder in a claim relating to fire damage.
  • Acting in a claim for fire damage to straddle carriers.
  • Acting (with Michael Curtis KC) for the installer of a woodburner and flue in a warehouse damaged by fire.
  • Acting for the operator of retail premises in a fire claim against the manufacturer and the supplier of a commercial refrigerator.
  • Acting for consulting civil and structural engineers in a claim for alleged defects and water damage in a car park.
  • Acting for a contractor responsible for the construction of a basement and the installation of a damp proof membrane, in a claim for water damage.
  • Acting for an engineering and earthworks contractor facing a claim for alleged vibration damage to a house.
  • Acting for insurers of an archive building against the contractor who installed a sprinkler system which failed, causing water damage.
  • Acting for a residential owner/ insurer in a tree roots claim.
  • Advising insurers on a claim relating to fire damage against the manufacturer of a washing machine, and the electricity company.
  • Defeating a claim for fire damage to commercial premises alleged to have been caused by the spontaneous ignition of linseed oil.
  • County Motor Works (Chelmsford) Ltd v PBFW Ltd [2014] EWHC 3392 (QB) – Defeating a claim for fire damage to commercial premises alleged to have been caused by the spontaneous ignition of linseed oil.
  • Siddiqui v Hillingdon Borough Council [2003] EWHC 726; 89 Con LR 13 – Acting for the homeowner / insurers in respect of property damage allegedly due to tree roots.
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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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