Julian Horne

Julian Horne

Call 1998 (Middle Temple)
Qualifications BA (Oxon), BCL (Oxon)
Professional Memberships Personal Injury Bar Association


In addition to recent experience with alleged fraud (including phantom passengers, staged accidents and low-velocity impacts) in road traffic cases, Julian has also dealt successfully with fraudulent or exaggerated claims in other areas of his practice, including fictitious highways claims and work accidents, bogus property damage and insurance claims.

In addition to his work in the construction field Julian is regularly involved in a range of other commercial and contract litigation, with particular emphasis on sensible commercial advice and trial advocacy. He has particular experience of claims involving the supply of goods and services, and an interest in cases involving highly technical expert evidence.

He also regularly represents local authorities and other landowners in cases of property damage caused by tree roots, fire and flood, and in other nuisance claims.


Julian has advised and appeared in a variety of insurance law disputes including those involving misrepresentation and non-disclosure, liability for accidental injury and death, fire damage, including several recent cases involving fires started negligently or deliberately, exclusion and indemnity clauses, and joint insurance. He was junior counsel in Co-operative Legal Services v Taylor Young Partnership and Hoare Lea and Partners [2000] 2 All ER 865, involving claims for contribution in the construction context and the issue of liability between co-insured.

Julian practices in all areas of construction and engineering law including adjudication, arbitration and litigation in building disputes, claims for payment by contractors and project professionals, claims for defective works, and in disputes arising out of everything from modest domestic building projects to large-scale commercial developments. He represented the successful contractor in the Court of Appeal in RMBS v Jervis [2004] 1WLR 1867 (claim for payment on an interim certificate).

Julian’s practice also includes dealing with negligence claims against surveyors and architects, and with property damage claims arising out of construction and street works.

As a part of his employers’ liability practice, particularly for defendants, Julian has a wide experience of industrial disease and workplace illness claims, including asbestos-related illnesses, noise-induced hearing loss, HAVS, industrial asthma and RADS, chemical exposure, upper limb disorders and stress at work. He is frequently instructed on issues of limitation and in cases involving contribution and apportionment between potential defendants, and understands the need for clear and practical advice in complex claims.

Julian is an experienced personal injury practitioner with expertise across the field. He has considerable experience of complex costs disputes in all areas of his work, and appears very regularly at costs and case management hearings across the country.

His work includes:

  • Employers’ liability, covering a wide variety of accidents at work together with industrial disease claims, including industrial asthma and RADS, asbestos-related illness, NIHL, upper limb disorders, and stress at work. He has particular experience in complex and multi-party actions arising out of accidents on construction sites, and has appeared in many claims involving foreign claimants and migrant workers.
  • Public liability, including claims against occupiers and landowners for both personal injury and property damage, cases involving defective products, and highway claims.
  • Road traffic accidents, including those raising low-velocity issues. He also has experience of dealing with claims involving issues of fraud, at all stages from initial assessment and investigation through to trial.

Julian has a particular expertise in complex assessments of damages, including extensive experience of future earnings loss claims using a differential multiplier approach, a subject on which he has lectured to a variety of different audiences. He receives frequent instructions in relation to substantial six-figure claims from costs management through joint settlement meetings and to trial where necessary.

His personal injury practice also encompasses inquests, CICA work, CRU appeals, medical appeal tribunals, and considerable expertise in costs. He is frequently instructed to appear at detailed assessments.

Julian regularly delivers seminars on a variety of current issues in personal injury law, both substantive and procedural.

Practice Overview

Julian is an experienced personal injury and commercial barrister with expertise across a broad range of legal areas, having practiced for seven years in London before moving to St John’s in 2005.

Julian acts for both claimants and defendants in all aspects of personal injury law including employers’ and public liability, industrial disease, road traffic accidents (including fraud work), product liability, insurance and indemnity issues, CRU and CICA appeals and inquests. He has particular experience of personal injury claims arising in the construction context, and of claims involving foreign claimants and migrant workers. He is frequently involved in complex quantum disputes.

Julian is also regularly instructed in commercial and contract litigation, with particular emphasis on property damage claims and construction disputes, and in a variety of cases involving insurance law. He has considerable experience of complex costs disputes across all areas of his work.

He accepts CFA instructions in appropriate cases.