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Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea defend long running subsidence claim

News | 23rd May 2019

Following a long running and bitter dispute that lasted almost 12 years and following a 5-day trial heard in November 2018 and March 2019, HHJ Bailey dismissed the claim against the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea (“RBKC”) for subsidence due to the effect of tree roots. The Claimants are the freehold owners of a […]

James Sharpe successfully defends flooding claim

News | 5th Oct 2018

In Murphy v Barnsley MBC, the claimant alleged that Barnsley MBC had failed to maintain adequately a disused canal, which had become a designated local wildlife site, with the result that water had overtopped the canal causing extensive flooding of large parts of her land. She claimed that she had suffered financial losses as a […]

Very late amendments refused by the Commercial Court: BAGA v PSL & Ors

News | 27th Nov 2017

On 21 August 2017, Mr Justice Knowles heard and dismissed the Claimants’ application to amend their claim, which would have extended the allegations against the Third Defendant, Perkins Slade Limited (“PSL”), to include acts or omissions as regards excess layer insurers in addition to the allegations already made as against the primary layer insurers. From […]

The Court of Appeal reviews Fire Claims & Claimants’ knowledge

News | 1st Sep 2016

Howmet v EDL, Court of Appeal, [2016] EWCA Civ 847 On 31 August 2016, the Court of Appeal (Jackson LJ, Arden LJ and Sir Robert Akenhead) dismissed an appeal brought by Howmet Limited against the decision of Edwards-Stuart J ([2014] EWHC 3933 (TCC)) dismissing a claim against EDL Limited, the manufacturer of a thermolevel safety […]

Crown Office Chambers welcomes James Sharpe

News | 3rd Oct 2012

We are delighted to announce that James Sharpe has accepted a tenancy following succesful completion of his pupillage. Before joining Chambers James read Jurisprudence at Somerville College, University of Oxford and was then a research assistant in the Commercial and Common Law Team at the Law Commission during which time he was heavily involved in […]


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