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Graham Bartlett
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Specialisms: Personal Injury, Business, Chancery, Costs, Administrative and Public
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Graham Bartlett



Graham is a specialist insurance lawyer, drawing on the knowledge and experience gained in his previous career as a chartered loss adjuster. He advises policyholders, brokers and insurers on disputed claims and all aspects relating to the interpretation and application of insurance contracts.

Recent instructions include:

  • advising on non-disclosure on a price comparison website of previous flood damage
  • advising on the judicial review of a decision of the Financial Ombudsman
  • acting for the policyholder at the trail of disputed broker’s fees
  • advising on the liability of a householder for emergency stabilisation work on adjoining properties following a gas explosion
  • advising on recovery under the Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 2010 of the costs of rectifying insolvent contractors’ defective work.

Insurance Law Blog

As well as having a regular column in The Journal, the official magazine of the Chartered Insurance Institute, Graham also has a blog ( dedicated to all aspects of insurance law including up to date case reviews and industry analysis.

With his insurance expertise, Graham delivers seminars and webinars to local insurance institutes and to the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters.


Both as a barrister and as a chartered loss adjuster, Graham has been involved in a number of building disputes involving damage to both residential and commercial property. He has also dealt with claims under the insurance clauses in the JCT Standard Form of Building Contract and on Contractors All Risks insurance policies.

Commercial Property

Graham advises on commercial property disputes. Recent instructions include advising on the inclusion of fixtures and fitting within an asset sale agreement, lease renewal and car parking rights.

Company Law and Insolvency

Graham has had extensive involvement in company law litigation, including petitions for relief from unfair prejudice and other shareholder and director disputes. He has acted in insolvency proceedings including winding-up petitions and administration orders.

Personal Injury and Costs

Graham has a significant personal injury practice and advises on liability and quantum and drafts pleadings for both claimants and defendants. He has acted for claimants who have suffered permanent injuries and incapacity and when acting for insurer defendants is able to use his insurance background to advise on issues relating to reserves and litigation risk management. He also advises on costs and appears in contested assessments.

Emergency Applications

Both at the Bar and with solicitors Graham has extensive experience of applications for interim injunctions in the County Court and High Court, and in preparing responses on behalf of the respondent.


    • BSc Economics, University of Bath
    • Associate Chartered Insurance Institute
    • Associate Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters
    • Post-Graduate Diploma in Law, Northumbria University
    • Bar Vocational Course, Northumbria University
    • LLM Commercial Law, Northumbria University


Graham delivers CPD training to solicitors, insurers, insurance brokers and loss adjusters across all his specialist areas. He is also able to accept instructions from businesses and members of the public under the Direct Access scheme.

Graham Bartlett was called to the Bar in 2000 after a career as a chartered loss adjuster. More recently he was a senior lecturer Northumbria University where he taught civil litigation and was an accredited advocacy tutor.