David Cole Partner

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David is a partner in the firm’s insurance team.  

Main areas of practice 

David's specialist areas include acting on behalf of insurers, the self-insured and local Authorities, advising and defending claims arising from employer’s liability / public liability/ product liability and motor claims.

He also deals with HSE Defence work, inquests and contract law. His particular areas of expertise are in high value and complex personal injury cases, contract law and cases involving fraud, contempt of court proceedings and private prosecution for insurance fraud.

Significant experience

  • Following successful nominal settlement of a personal injury claim, obtained permission in the High Court for insurer client to bring contempt of court proceedings and took to three day contested trial.
  • Defended personal injury claim brought by a member of the public wounded by a stallion against the Verderers of the New Forest. Claim abandoned three days before a five day trial.
  • Acted for Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue service and successfully defended s claim made by a female firefighter claiming injury arising from 13.5 meter ladder drill.
  • Acted for a London restaurant in a HSE investigation. Represented them at five day jury inquest following a fatality when a lump of concrete fell from the façade of the building onto a customer.

Expertise

Related Knowledge & Resources

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