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Steven Coles

Call 1983

"Technically sound and very patient and detailed in his approach."
(Legal 500)

Professional Liability

Selected Cases

  • Acting for local council’s insurers in a claim against council and police for removal and sale of a flock of sheep, said to have been causing a nuisance to village, but removal and sale held to have been unlawful (2019)
  • Advising insurers in claim for £300,000 fire damage to factory as a result of failure of fire alarm and fire suppression system (2017)
  • Acting for defendant’s insurers in claim for £800,000 against contractors and suppliers in respect of a fire to large residential property caused by defective wiring installation (2014)
  • Acting for defendant’s insurers in claim for £700,000 against installers of roofing insulation in respect of a fire at a large residential property (2013)
  • Acting for claimant in solicitors’ negligence claim arising out of a conveyancing transaction (2012)
  • Solicitors’ negligence claim arising from failure to advise on tax implications of transfer of a French leaseback property into a SIPP (2012)
  • Claim against insurers for £5 Million under a property policy for destruction of a factory by fire; issue over policy conditions; and concurrent claim against insurance brokers for negligence (2012)
  • Fire claim for £4 Million against builders and architects for negligence arising from inadequate fire-stopping in the roof space of a large supermarket which burned down (2007)
  • Claim against two sets of solicitors for failing to issue proceedings in time for a mother against a health authority, arising out of the birth of a disabled child (2005)
  • Claim against insurers for £80 Million under property policy for destruction of a leisure centre by fire, issue over misrepresentation and non-disclosure; and concurrent claim against insurance brokers for negligence  (2003)
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Qualifications


  • MA (Cantab)

Memberships


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

Recommendations


“Extremely intelligent, with a very patient manner.”

Legal 500, 2021

“He is very analytical, forensic and has good ‘instinct’ on strategy.”

Legal 500

“A calm presence, he is good with expert witnesses, has an eye for detail and is strong on technical issues.”

Legal 500

“His technical excellence and calm manner put clients at ease.”

Legal 500

“Technically sound and very patient and detailed in his approach.”

Legal 500

“Technical skills combined with diligence.”

Legal 500

“Instructed in a range of insurance-related cases.”

Legal 500

“A very good insurance counsel.”

Legal 500


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