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Steven Coles

Call 1983

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

Property Damage

Selected Cases

  • Paperback & Trustees for Roman Catholic Purposes v Kimberly Clark (2015) – Fire claim against paper manufacturer by owners and lessees of a warehouse destroyed by fire, claims totalling over £5 Million.
  • Daniel v Mode & Metnor (2014) – Claim for £800,000 against contractors and suppliers in respect of a fire to large residential property caused by defective wiring installation.
  • Middleton v MMA (2014) – Appearing for insurers at trial in a policy dispute claim over whether property damage by a tenant’s arson was covered or excluded under landlord’s property policy.
  • Itron v Grosvenor (2014) – Acting for suppliers in a claim for £1.5 Million against manufacturers and suppliers in respect of defective solder used in the manufacture of electronic printed circuit boards.
  • BAE v AVK (2014) – Acting for suppliers in a fire claim against suppliers and manufacturers arising out of defective capacitors used in frequency converter equipment, £500,000 claimed.
  • Rothschild v Instagroup (2013) – Claim for £700,000 against installers of roofing insulation in respect of a fire at a large residential property.
  • Plasteknik v Allianz & Caunce O’Hara (2011) – Claim against insurers for £5 million under a property policy for destruction of a factory by fire; issue over construction of policy conditions; and concurrent claim against insurance brokers for negligence.
  • Dunn Monarch & Searle v Cornish Bakehouse, Caffe Pasta & Others (2011) – Subrogated claims by insurers of various properties in respect of damage from a fire breaking out in a ground floor restaurant. Contribution claims between the restaurant, supplier of the fat fryer, and manufacturer of the fat fryer.
  • Aegon & GP Nominees v Blue Circle, Jarvis & Roger Bullivant (2008) – Claims by the freeholder and the leaseholder of newly built warehouse premises, claiming about £3 million against developers, contractors and piling subcontractors, arising out of cracking of floor slab due to defective piling works.
  • Safeway v McAlpine (2007) – Fire claim for £4 million against builders and architects arising from inadequate fire stopping in the roof space of a large supermarket which burned down.
  • Center Parcs v Axa & Marsh (2003) – Claim against insurers for £80 million under a property policy for destruction of a factory by fire; issue over misrepresentation and non disclosure; and concurrent claim against insurance brokers for negligence.
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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


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

Legal 500 2017

“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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