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John McDonald FCIARB

Call 1981

+44 (0)20 7822 1200

“His cross-examination is devastating”

Chambers UK 2018

"comprehensive knowledge, innovative approach"

Chambers UK

"...he's excellent: incredibly prompt, pragmatic and very astute when it comes to risk management.”

Chambers UK 2017

"...effective, well-judged advocacy"

Chambers UK 2015

Practice Overview

John’s practice focuses on personal injury, insurance and construction-related claims.

He has particular expertise in the law of motor insurance  and he is praised in Chambers UK for his “comprehensive knowledge, innovative approach and ability to get to the nub of complex policy issues”.

John also acts in asbestos, stress and other disease claims (he features in the Chambers UK Industrial Disease Spotlight Table), and in claims involving technical and accounting evidence.

He has been instructed in arbitrations in Egypt, Tunisia, and several European countries.

Personal Injury

Long experience of all areas of personal injury law, with particular expertise in:

Asbestos claims:
Instructed in over 250 asbestos-related cases by firms including ASB Law, Browne Jacobson, CLM, DWF, Langleys, Mackrell Turner Garrett, Pickerings, Rollingsons, Tayntons, Thrings, Watmores & Wragge & Co.

Health & Safety:
Instructed by Greenwoods, Buller Jeffries, Plexus & others in many inquests and health and safety prosecutions.

Stress & Bullying:
Instructed for defendants in many cases.

Other:
Instructed in many other personal injury cases, including industrial disease (e.g. deafness, dermatitis & WRULD), paraplegia & brain damage cases, quantification of complex loss of earnings cases. Accepts instructions from claimants on conditional fee basis.

Motor Insurance

Particular interest and expertise in motor insurance. Member of the 2TG MIB team. Advised on redrafting of MIB Hong Kong Agreements. Instructed in many cases by BLM, Browne Jacobson, DWF, Greenwoods, JAG Shaw, Kennedys, Aviva, RSA, Travelers, RPC, Weightmans & others.

Property Damage

Wide experience of most areas of practice in the construction field, including delay and disruption claims, defects claims, tree root cases, and other work with a technical content. Particular interest in cases involving complex financial or quantity surveying evidence, John’s experience includes ICC arbitrations with hearings in Egypt, Tunisia and several European countries as well as the UK. Instructed on behalf of both employers and contractors, in cases before the Technology and Construction Court, arbitrators (both domestic and international) and adjudicators. Such cases have involved civil and marine engineering projects, as well as office and industrial building developments.

Professional Negligence

Professional negligence of solicitors, as well as engineers, architects and other construction professionals. Particular interest in fiduciary duties of solicitors and in liability of loss adjusters.

Insurance & Reinsurance

Particular interest and expertise in motor insurance. Member of the 2TG MIB team. Advised on redrafting of MIB Hong Kong Agreements. Instructed in many cases by BLM, Browne Jacobson, DWF, Greenwoods, JAG Shaw, Kennedys, Aviva, RSA, Travelers, RPC, Weightmans & others.