Professional Negligence Bar Association
Common Law and Commercial Bar Association
Doré specialises in insurance, professional indemnity and product liability work. He is widely regarded for his thoroughness, attention to detail, and sound commercial judgement.
Doré has acted both for insurers in subrogated recovery claims and for indemnity insurers, in particular construction professionals. He regularly appears in the TCC. He is also widely experienced in coverage disputes, contentious technical issues on proximate cause of loss, policy avoidance for non-disclosure, fraudulent claims (including exaggeration) and inter-insurers claims. He acts for most of the leading insurers.
Doré’s product liability practice is largely insurance-driven and encompasses a very broad range of product liability claims.
The principal focus of Doré’s professional indemnity practice has been in claims for and against construction professionals (especially engineers and designers) and for and against valuers (defective buildings – commercial and domestic).
He has also acted against brokers, including Lloyd’s brokers (eg concerning coverage and notification), and for insurers against loss adjusters.
Doré has considerable expertise in claims raising complex technical issues, in particular claims relating to fires, floods, subsidence and landslip and other nuisance and statutory based forms of liability and raising complex design, engineering and geotechnical issues. In all these areas he has acted both for insurers in subrogated recovery claims and for indemnity insurers, in particular constructional professionals. He regularly appears in the TCC.
In insurance and reinsurance work Doré has considerable experience in coverage disputes, in particular policy wording and policy construction, breach of warranties, scope of cover, and claims raising contentious technical issues on the proximate cause of loss. He routinely acts in litigation arising from policy avoidance for non-disclosure, and fraud (both fraudulent claims and fraudulent exaggeration) in particular in the context of fire claims. He has acted for most leading insurers in all these areas. He has also acted in claims inter-insurers arising from double insurance.
In professional indemnity the principal focus of Doré’s practice has been in claims for and against construction professionals, in particular engineers and design professionals; and for and against valuers in claims relating to defective buildings – both commercial and domestic.
He has also acted in claims against brokers, including Lloyd’s brokers, in particular relating to coverage and notification, and for insurers in claims against loss adjusters.
Recommended as a leading Junior by Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for insurance and reinsurance and professional negligence. Described as "thorough and very bright...spots everything in a case."
Associated Yarns v Delta Laminates (instructed by Berrymans) vicarious liability for criminal act causing fire;
Hiscox Insurance v Haringey (instructed by Plexus) limitation in claims relating to loss of support;
Wynnstay v Heygate (instructed by Plexus) product liability in animal feed stuffs;
Armstrong v EDF Energy (instructed by Greenwoods) liability of energy supplier and related policy and coverage issues;
Davidson v NEDL (instructed by Eversheds) proper approach to causation in fire claims;
Chand v Hiscox Insurance (instructed by Reynolds Porter Chamberlain) limits on extent of insurers’ liability under first party policy in respect of fire;
Ali and others v Oakfield Developments (Yorkshire) Ltd (instructed by Halliwells) acting for claimants in multi-party claim involving catastrophic slope failure during development works;
Crossley and others v Roch Valley Developments (instructed by Plexus) acting for defendants in multi-party claim involving catastrophic slope failure during development works;
Gemini Riteway v Lonsdale and others (instructed by Lamport Bassitt) broker’s negligence and policy coverage issues in primary and excess layer insurance.
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