Barrister Conor Dufficy

Conor Dufficy

Year of call: 2004  

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“Ability to provide in-depth analytical advice without losing sight of the requirements of the client.”

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Overview


Conor had a 16-year career in finance before qualifying as a barrister. He was European Head of Foreign Exchange and Global Head of Currency Derivatives at Bank of America.

Conor has a broad Civil practice.

Conor advises and acts in court for both claimants and defendants on a broad range of clinical negligence, personal injury, product liability and commercial matters. Conor also has considerable experience in allegations of fraudulent claims, historical abuse claims and commercial fraud.

Conor accepts instructions privately, on a Conditional Fee basis and through Direct Access.

Conor is an Accredited Mediator having mediated many commercial disputes, as well as personal injury, landlord and tenant and other civil disputes.

Conor was appointed to the board of arbiters for the RIPE NCC (the European Regional Internet Registry (RIR) which provides Internet resource allocations, registration services and coordination activities that support the operation of the Internet globally).

Conor holds a private pilot’s licence.

Clinical Negligence Commercial Offshore & International Personal Injury Product Liability Sport

Clinical Negligence


Conor is instructed in the main to act for claimants in clinical negligence claims advising drafting pleadings and in court. Conor has advised in all areas of clinical negligence including obstetric negligence, oncology, cerebral palsy claims, serious brain injuries, negligent orthopaedic surgery, dentistry, negligent prescription and administration of medication/pharmaceuticals, failed terminations, negligent breast and cosmetic surgery, pressure sore injuries, failure to diagnose and inadequate consent.

Conor has extensive experience in defective prostheses litigation and related surgical issues.

Conor has experience in claims of clinical negligence in the treatment of prisoners.

Conor has been instructed for both claimants and defendants in inquest matters.Conor has acted in clinical negligence, road traffic, accidents at work, alleged suicide and unlawful death cases, principally for claimants.

Conor has Direct Access rights and is happy to be instructed on a CFA basis.

Memberships


  • AvMA (Action Against Medical Accidents)
  • PIBA (Personal Injury Bar Association)
  • APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers)

Clinical Negligence Cases


  • Barnet v West Suffolk NHST: A claim for damages arising from allegations of inadequate advice in the prescription of medication.
  • Stanton v University Hospitals of Southampton NHSFT: Which went to trial on allegations of negligent surgery.

Commercial


Conor has advised and appeared in Court on a number of commercial cases involving contract disputes and complicated trust and company matters. Specifically Conor has advised on the sale of goods, title, unfair contract terms, forced selling, agency, misrepresentation, the interpretation of Articles of Association and the allocation of profits under IFRS. Conor has an extensive background in Banking and Finance, regularly advising on insurance matters.

Conor has advised on a number of insurance related matters, including withdrawal of indemnities, general obligations under policies and fraud.

Conor gives talks regularly on financial markets and regulation. He has also given talks on Corporate Governance, Money Laundering, Market Abuse, the new corporate offence in the Bribery Act, directors’ responsibilities and commercial mediation. Conor has a strong background in business – sitting on a number of company boards. Conor managed at a senior level (at Bank of America, where he was European Head of Foreign Exchange and Global Head of Currency Derivatives) in a sixteen-year career in Finance before coming to the Bar.

Conor has mediated a large number of commercial disputes and is a member of the board of arbiters for the RIPE NCC (the European Governance body for internet resource allocation).

Commercial Cases


  • Trilogy Management Limited v YT & Others [2012] JRC093: A dispute over the dividends declared by an investment company to its shareholder, a charitable foundation. The case involved interpretation of the application of IFRS to a company’s accounts for the first time and the allocation of profits to the correct year of account as a result. The Court ordered the investment company to declare dividends in excess of $150 million. Conor has been heavily involved in the case for a number of years, instructed by the Representor trustee. The litigation is on going.
  • UCC v Bender [2006] JLR 269: Involved allegations of civil fraud in a hedge fund setting, with a complex structure and complicated off-shore commercial issues.
  • A case concerning the hostile removal of a partner from a successful IT enterprise.
  • A claim for economic damages arising from works associated with compulsory purchase by TFL.
  • A claim for monies outstanding on a complex series of hotel management contracts.
  • Advised on the implications of money laundering legislation for a major commercial enterprise.

Offshore & International


Conor has extensive experience working in offshore jurisdictions in civil matters. He has advised extensively on trusts, company, fraud and commercial and regulatory matters. Cases have included disputes over the allocation of trading profits, allegations of fraud, declarations of dividends, application and interpretation of articles of association, the applicability and interpretation of IFRS, costs, tracing and negligent administration of funds and trusts structures.

Cross Border Product Liability Litigation

Cross Border Product Liability Litigation


Conor has acted for over 200 claimants in cross-border hip prosthesis claims. Conor appeared as junior to Hugh Preston QC in Allen v Depuy International Limited in a preliminary trial concerning applicable law under Rome II and PILA. The case also considered the territorial application of the Product Liability Directive and the Consumer Protection Act. Conor has also advised on other products sold and used across national frontiers.

Offshore & International Cases


  • Trilogy Management Limited v YT & Others [2012] JRC093: A dispute over the dividends declared by an investment company to its shareholder, a charitable foundation after a change in accountancy policies.
  • UCC v Bender [2006] JLR 269: Involved allegations of civil fraud in a hedge fund setting, with a complex structure and complicated off-shore commercial issues.

Personal Injury


Conor has been instructed in many areas of personal injury: employers’ liability road traffic accidents; Highways Acts claims and occupiers’ liability. Conor advises, drafts and acts in court for both claimants and defendants.

Conor has advised extensively on claims with international aspects and in particular in matters dealing with jurisdiction and applicable law.

Conor regularly advises upon and drafts complicated personal injury schedules of loss. Recent cases include schedules in excess of £4 million.

Conor has dealt with many alleged fraudulent claims.

Conor regularly acts for local authorities in all matters of personal injury arising from vicarious liability, highways and employment matters.

Conor acts for defendants in historic sexual abuse cases, in actions against educational and care institutions, for failure to remove and all aspects of Local Authority care.

Conor has advised both on liability and quantum in many areas of personal injury including but not limited to, orthopaedic injuries, sensory loss, loss of limb, loss of mobility, brain damage, low velocity impact injuries and psychiatric damage.

Conor has advised in a number of cases on behalf of military personal injured on active service.

Conor has direct access rights and is happy to be instructed on a CFA basis.

Memberships


  • Personal Injury Bar Association

Personal Injury Cases


  • Allen & Others v DePuy International Ltd [2014] EWHC 753 (QB): On-going international litigation concerning hip prostheses. Preliminary trial regarding applicable law under PILA and Rome II and the geographical extent of the Product Liability Directive and the CPA 1987.
  • Bailey & Others v GlaxoSmithKline (or the Seroxat Litigation): The case involved detailed reviews of many years of chemical clinical trials and practice and in-depth statistical analysis.
  • Dunnett v Devon CC: Where a convicted murderer sought compensation for historic abuse. Conor was instructed for the Defence. The claim was dismissed.
  • H v ABC Health Authority: Advising on quantum and drafting a personal injury schedule in a catastrophic injury claim in excess of £4 million.
  • Rzezniczak v BVLA: A claim for personal injury of nearly £1 million arising from an RTA which settled in a significant sum.
  • A v Hoare [2008] UKHL 6: As a pupil Conor worked on the H case at trial and the C case in the Court of Appeal that were conjoined appeals heard by the House of Lords. A v Hoare is the leading case on limitation in personal injury and historical sexual abuse.

Product Liability


Conor has acted for claimants in all areas of product liability advising on liability, quantum and limitation/long-stop matters. Conor has particular experience in hip-prostheses, cosmetic implants and pharmaceutical cases.

Conor has particular experience in cross border litigation in this field acting for claimants against other European entities and for foreign claimants against producers based in England.

Conor has presented regularly on the law and provided in-house training for solicitors in this area.

Product Liability Cases


  • Allen & Others v DePuy International Ltd [2014] EWHC 753 (QB): On-going international litigation concerning hip prostheses. Preliminary trial regarding applicable law under PILA and Rome II and the geographical extent of the Product Liability Directive and the CPA 1987.
  • Bailey & Others v GlaxoSmithKline (or the Seroxat Litigation): The case involved detailed reviews of many years of chemical clinical trials and practice and in-depth statistical analysis.

Sport


Conor has a keen interest in particular aspects of sports law including personal injury and commercial contracts.

Conor has advised on the money laundering aspects of commercial matters in sport, and defended motor sports manufacturers.

Conor has an extensive practice in commercial and personal injury law. He has a broad background in business and was a criminal barrister for the first 4 years of his practice. Conor has extensive experience in fraud trials and litigation. He also has extensive experience in financial matters both as a barrister and as a director of various companies.

He has a broad interest in sport with an emphasis on football and Rugby Union. Conor is an Accredited Mediator.

Memberships


  • British Association for Sport & Law
  • England Netball Disciplinary Panel
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How to get in touch


For more information please contact our clerks by calling +44 (0) 20 7242 3555 or email: clerks@7br.co.uk.

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