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Paul Castellani
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Paul Castellani specialises in the defence of professionals, particularly solicitors, surveyors and insurance industry professionals.

Paul predominantly acts for larger professional services firms or in claims involving complex issues of fact or law or with multiple parties. He also advises insurers in relation to coverage issues arising under professional liability policies.

Directory quotes

Paul Castellani is highly regarded for his work in the professional negligence sphere. He has a broad practice regularly advising brokers, solicitors and surveyors. - Chambers UK 2019

Paul Castellani "has a really strong reputation on the coverage side." - Chambers UK 2018

"can get to the bottom of any tricky problem extremely quickly", - Legal 500 UK 2017

Paul Castellani is "our superhero," says one market source, adding: "He can write a letter that will change everything, and takes on the very high-value complex stuff."  -  Chambers UK 2017

Paul Castellani is a solicitor advocate with considerable experience representing lawyers and surveyors in sophisticated negligence claims. Observers report that "he has a real gift for running cases in a very practical and successful way and he can manage difficult clients and insurers really well." -  Chambers UK 2016

"excellent on claims involving lawyers"; - Legal 500 UK 2016

"Observers report that "he has a real gift for running cases in a very practical and successful way and he can manage difficult clients and insurers really well"" - Chambers UK 2016

"Quick thinking" - Legal 500 UK 2015

"A very good lawyer who thinks outside the box and is loved by clients." "He's very quick at grasping the subject matter, tenacious and an effective speaker" - Chambers UK 2015

"Very highly regarded" - Legal 500 UK 2014

"Paul Castellani is praised for being "quick and inventive." Peers note his strength on matters involving solicitors and brokers, with a lawyer from a rival firm describing him as a "constant thorn in our side" because of his ability" - Chambers UK 2014

Memberships

British Insurance Law Association

Relevant work

 Challinor –v- Bellis – Quistclose trust, pooled property investment schemes, investment manager liability

Balogun –v- Boyes Sutton & Perry – duty to warn, alleged negligence in commercial conveyancing transaction

Rahim –v- Arch – solicitor dishonesty, challenge to declinature of indemnity

Luke v Kingsley Smith - loss of opportunity to pursue litigation, break in chain of causation and same damage

JP Morgan Chase v HIH - film finance litigation, broker's negligence

Hedrich v Standard Bank and EFFORT v Mengiste - wasted costs applications and judicial recusal

Hadley Law v Joseph – freezing orders, client theft, enforcement

Wellesley v Withers - foreseeability of damage on tortious and contractual bases