Geoffrey Brown

Year of call:
1981
Email:
geoffrey.brown@39essex.com

Clerks:
+44 (0)20 7832 1111

“Unbelievably intelligent and quick to get to the key issues.”
Chambers & Partners 2010

Geoffrey Brown is recommended in the Insurance & Reinsurance, Personal Injury and Construction section of the Legal 500, and the Personal Injury section of Chambers & Partners 2015.

“He is very calm and collected, and takes the stress out of litigation.” Legal 500 2015

“Very experienced in construction insurance.” Legal 500 2015

“He is very approachable and he delivers a good service. He’s not pompous and speaks to you as an equal.” “Extremely bright, he is able to deal with large amounts of paperwork and complex issues in a short period of time.” Chambers & Partners 2015

“He is commanding. What comes over is that he is smooth and unflappable. If you put him before an insurer client they calm down very quickly.” Chambers & Partners 2015

Sources note that he is “unbelievably intelligent and quick to get to the key issues.” Regarded particularly highly for his work in stress cases, he is also praised for “having a keen eye for a deal and a delightful manner with clients.” Chambers & Partners 2010

“Strong legal acumen, advocacy and client handling skills” Legal 500 2009

The “bright, clear-thinking” Geoffrey Brown “really does his homework and picks up all the details” Chambers & Partners 2009

Related Cases


Civil Liability

 

Cartwright v Surrey County Council (2013/2014), Guildford MC

Highway Authority duties – Highways Act s.56 proceedings in relation to alleged drainage deficiencies

Duggan v JD Wetherspoon (2013/2014) King’s Lynn DR

Nuisance – long running dispute between adjacent pub owners in relation to withdrawal of support, damp ingress, damages and costs

Maritsave v NFU Insurance [2011] EWHC 1660 (QB)

Fire Insurance. Trial of dispute in relation to alleged breach of warranty (security precautions for unoccupied property).

French v Groupama Insurance [2011] EWCA Civ 1119

Costs – CA decision on costs consequences of a pre-litigation offer made to a litigant in person of a costs-inclusive figure which had not been stated to be without prejudice save as to costs.

French v Groupama Insurance [2010] EWHC 2829 (QB)

Insurance – trial of issues as to whether an insurer had entered into agreement with claimant to repair her flat (following subsidence damage) and which party had repudiated any such agreement (following dispute with contractors and alleged denial of access).

Sika Ltd v UNUM Ltd [2009] EWHC 169 (QB)

Health insurance. Trial dispute as to whether a partner in city law firm was incapacitated for the purposes of a group permanent health insurance policy.

Lifely v Lifely [2008] EWCA Civ 904 CA

Dairy farming partnership dispute. Successful appeal to Court of Appeal for retrial on grounds of new evidence; Court of Appeal entertaining oral evidence and cross-examination to determine status of the new evidence.  Successful retrial.

Shepherd & Neame and others v EDF [2008] EWHC 123 (TCC)

Fire damage. Claim arising out of electrical fire in Canterbury city centre, settled in course of trial. Ruling on use of expert evidence.

Gayner v Southend and Howland TCC April 2008

Landslip damage. Claim for property damage and business losses arising from landslip of cliff owned by local authority following ineffective stabilisation shceme drawn up by geotechnical engineers, discontinued in course of trial.

Sahib Foods v PKS (TCC) [2003] EWHC 142 TCC

Architects’ liability. Claim and appeal in relation to liability for fire damage to factory (use of EPS panels).

Personal Injury etc

 

O’Callahan v Idexx (2014) Manchester CC

Employer’s liability claim re allegedly unsuitable seat in company car.

Tarkpessi v Norfolk County Council (2013) Cambridge CC

Stress claim by teacher.

Hickman v London Central Bus Co [2013] EWHC 1703 (QB)

RTA.  Bus/pedestrian.  Issues as to liability and contributory negligence.

Steadman v London United Buses [2011] EWHC 2136 (QB)

RTA.  Bus/car.  Issue as to whether accident arose through motorist deliberately causing bus driver to brake.

Dalton v Nottinghamshire County Council [2011] EWCA Civ 776

Highway authority liability – tripping accident. Issue as to whether Judge misdirected himself in presuming breach of duty for post-accident actions of highway authority in carrying out repair.

Re Bryant (2011) WInchester

High profile inquest re role of probation services in relation to sex offender released on licence.

R v Holmes Place and Thyssen Krupp (2010)

High profile health and safety proceedings arising from a life fatality.

Abdallah v Trustees of Walduck Settlement (2010) Reading CC

Fatal accident claim / Human rights. Issues as to status of surviving partner of the same sex relationship (whether the same as that of surviving partner of opposite sex relationship) and whether he qualified as a dependant.

Merelie v General Dental Council & Ors [2009] EWHC 1165 (QB)

Successful strike out of claim against GDC for psychiatric injury alleged to have been caused by failure to investigate a complaint.

DETR v Mott Macdonald [2006] EWCA Civ 1089

Highway authority. Liability in respect of deficient drainage.

Green v DB Group Services [2006] IRLR 764

Stress claim

Merelie v Newcastle Primary Care Trust [2006] EWHC 1433;

Stress claim; 3 week High Court Trial

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