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William Lacey

Call 2022

Property Damage

William is developing considerable experience in dealing with property damage claims. He is able to advise on coverage, defence and recovery. During pupillage, he received a solid grounding in the law of fire, escape of water, causation, and damage to chattels/real property.

Current and recent work includes:

  • Advising a builder facing a six-figure claim for property damage. The builder is accused of having negligently caused a fire to break out on site, with the result that a building was severely damaged. William has also settled the Defence, and is instructed to attend an upcoming CCMC.
  • Drafting a Defence for a major water utility accused of causing damage to property as a consequence of negligent repair work.
  • Settling Particulars of Claim in a six-figure recovery claim for water damage to an industrial property.
  • Advising an insurer on coverage where its insured had notified a substantial property damage claim arising from a construction project. The property in question belonged to a third party, with the result that the policy’s operative clause was not triggered.
  • In the County Court, securing the dismissal of claim for vehicle damage on the basis that the documentary evidence regarding diminution in value/reasonable cost of repair was inadequate and unconvincing.
  • Carrying out research for Daniel Shapiro KC and James Sharpe on the law concerning damage to chattels and its application in the context of road traffic accidents (as a pupil).

Selected Cases

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• Lord Denning Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn, 2021)
• Senior Advocacy Scholarship (The University of Law, 2021)
• Lord Brougham Scholarship (Lincoln’s Inn, 2020)




• Bar Practice Course (Outstanding); The University of Law
• GDL (Distinction); The University of Law
• MA Music (First Class); King’s College, Cambridge


  • BILA
  • PIBA
  • PNBA

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