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BLM - Insurance: Contentious Claims & Reinsurance Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 85 partners (contentious and volume claims)
- 248 other qualified lawyers (contentious and volume claims)
- Office locations: London, Manchester

What the team is known for Provides comprehensive representation on claims of all sizes to some of the biggest names in the insurance industry. Often plays a leading role in substantial property damage cases resulting from catastrophic fires and explosions, as well as in high-value professional negligence claims. Also has strong expertise in construction-related disputes.

Strengths Clients say: "They are very approachable, their knowledge is very in-depth and impressive. Everything they do is really beneficial to us."

Another adds: "They are very proactive and thorough, and they align themselves closely with their client's preferred approach."

Significant clients Zurich, Aviva, Direct Line, AGEAS, Allianz.

Notable practitioners

John O'Shea is active across a variety of insurance mandates, including coverage disputes, claims defence and subrogation matters. He has notable expertise in cases concerning construction defects and property damage. Clients praise his "dedication and hard work" and also note his deep knowledge of the insurance industry, saying: "He understands our pressure points, needs and requirements."

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Brodies LLP - Insurance: Contentious Claims & Reinsurance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 10 partners
- 33 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: Edinburgh

What the team is known for Fields a broad spectrum of contentious insurance expertise, handling everything from complex property and casualty cases through to significant marine, offshore and construction losses. Capable of handling high-value claims for major insurers as well as matters on behalf of key policyholder clients. Offers significant specialist knowledge of the Scottish insurance market as well as demonstrating experience in cross-border matters.

Strengths Clients say: "They are very willing to discuss cases with you, to keep you up to date and to provide very detailed information."

Work highlights Represented Sunderland Marine and its insured, a fishing vessel owner, in a claim relating to a serious accident on board the fishing vessel 'Wanderer II', which resulted in a crew member losing a hand.

Defended a housing association against a large group of claims brought by tenants and former tenants who alleged they had suffered neurological and psychological damage as a result of solvent contamination.

Significant clients RSA, Aegis, Aviva, Novae, Covea.

Notable practitioners

Elena Fry is a key contact at the firm.

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP - Insurance: Contentious Claims & Reinsurance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 5 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Maintains a strong profile for its representation of an impressive roster of blue-chip companies in reinsurance disputes, including those arising from major instances of political unrest and financial misconduct as well as natural disasters. Also acts for insurers and underwriters on a range of matters. Exhibits considerable skill in international arbitrations as well as litigation.

Strengths One source says: "They are an absolutely excellent firm - pragmatic, businesslike and economical. They reliably deliver the service you need, both in strategy and in execution."

A client adds: "They provide high quality legal service - I am always comfortable with the quality of their advice."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Vibe Syndicate, a run-off manager of a Lloyd's syndicate, in arbitration proceedings brought by another syndicate over reinsurance payments it was allegedly due in relation to the 9/11 attacks. The key issue was whether claims could be aggregated under the wording of the relevant policies.

Continued to advise the Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania, an AIG subsidiary, in a USD6 million claim against global broker Arthur J. Gallagher, seeking compensation for losses which allegedly arose from lost reinsurance documents.

Significant clients Munich Re, Travelers, Brit, Imagine Insurance.

Notable practitioners

The "very smart and pragmatic" Jonathan Sacher leads the firm's insurance practice and is well regarded for his experience in a range of insurance and reinsurance matters. He has considerable knowledge of the international aspects of the market, including cross-border disputes. Clients report that he "offers thoughtful quality legal advice," with one adding: "He has a genius for producing succinct clean answers."

Anthony Lennox is highly regarded for his handling of complex reinsurance disputes, and has notable experience in both litigation and arbitration proceedings. He handles a wide range of reinsurance matters arising out of challenging circumstances, such as criminal activity, political unrest and police investigations. Clients say: "He is a very commercial lawyer with a very sensible approach to things, and he is good on the detail."

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BTO Solicitors LLP - Insurance: Contentious Claims & Reinsurance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 23 partners
- 34 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Glasgow, Edinburgh

What the team is known for Solid Scottish team offering a range of services to insurers, from advice in low-value volume claims to major catastrophic coverage cases. Clients benefit from the firm's strong practices in complementary areas such as personal injury and health and safety. Advises an impressive client roster featuring a number of market-leading international insurance companies.

Work highlights Instructed by the professional indemnity insurers of a law firm which faced allegations of negligence and breach of contract arising from a USD210 million private equity investment.

Advised a major insurer on numerous claims that arose out of an accident in May 2016, when an insured's tractor transporting a JCB failed and caused a significant traffic collision in which one driver was crushed to death.

Significant clients AIG Europe, NFU Mutual, Chubb, Partner Re, Aviva.

Notable practitioners

The "highly regarded" William Speirs is experienced across an array of insurance disputes, most notably in the product liability and personal injury spheres. He has expertise in handing high-value claims and group actions, including those with cross-border elements.

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Carter Perry Bailey LLP - Insurance: Contentious Claims & Reinsurance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Specialist insurance and reinsurance firm advising both domestic and international clients on a whole host of contentious and non-contentious matters. Handles sophisticated coverage disputes across a range of sectors, including aviation, construction and finance. Additional expertise in disputes involving insurance brokers and underwriters. Notable involvement in international matters, including complex disputes related to political unrest and conflict.

Strengths A client says: "We always use them because they are very efficient and personable."

Work highlights Represented a major insurer and its insured, a wind turbine manufacturer, in a complex multiparty coverage dispute arising from the collapse of one of the insured's turbines. The matter was further complicated by jurisdictional and insolvency issues.

Acted on behalf of a Greek insurance company and its insured, a Greek bus and coach company, after an accident in Crete which injured two English tourists.

Significant clients Sentry Insurance, Nasco France, Balva Insurance, AXA Art Insurance, PartnerRe Ireland.

Notable practitioners

The "very efficient and knowledgeable" Stephen Carter handles a wide range of disputes in the insurance and reinsurance market, and is also managing partner of the firm. He is often instructed on complex multi-jurisdictional matters and in cases where insolvency is an issue.

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Clyde & Co LLP - Insurance: Contentious Claims & Reinsurance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Enjoys a cast-iron reputation for insurance and reinsurance work, demonstrating an unrivalled strength in depth relied upon by some of the biggest names in the industry. Possesses high levels of expertise in the full spectrum of matters from small claims to major losses. Noted in particular for its strong global presence and the ability to provide unparalleled representation in international matters. Provides specialist advice to the Lloyd's market on a range of issues, including disputes and new syndicate start-ups.

Strengths Clients say: "They are very accessible, knowledgeable and provide advice that is both pragmatic and solution-driven."

One source reports: "They impressed me a great deal with their energy and commitment to the case, their understanding of insurance and the insurance industry, and their practical approach to dispute resolution."

Work highlights Advised AIG on product liability insurance issues associated with multiple class actions brought in the USA concerning the contamination of water with perfluorinated compounds.

Defended Feltham Construction along with its insurers, AXA and AIG, in claims brought against the company in relation to a fire that occurred during the latter stages of a construction project on a private island off the south coast of the UK.

Significant clients Allianz, QBE, Zurich, XL Catlin, Swiss Re.

Notable practitioners

Timothy Taylor enjoys a "huge reputation" for his insurance practice, which is especially focused on the marine and energy spheres. He also has considerable experience with international disputes concerning major construction and engineering projects.

Nigel Chapman is well known in the market for his experience across a range of insurance disputes, and has particular strength in energy and construction matters. He also has notable expertise in handing international arbitrations. One source comments: "He is very specialised in insurance and he's excellent at it."

Peter Hirst is well regarded for his vast experience in a range of international insurance matters, particularly in Latin America. As well as leading the firm's Latin America group in London, he is also registered to practise at the Brazilian Bar. One source says: "Peter is very pragmatic, commercial and engaging," while another adds: "He is very thorough, forensic and brilliant with clients."

The "very pragmatic" James Cooper is described by clients as an "outstanding individual who has always done a brilliant job." His insurance practice encompasses an array of disputes, including significant cross-border matters. He is particularly well versed in D&O liability claims concerning financial institutions.

Co-head of the global reinsurance practice David Abbott is active across a spectrum of insurance and reinsurance matters. He demonstrates considerable knowledge of cross-border disputes relating to trade credit and political risk, with notable expertise in the energy and industrial sectors.

Mark Wing has experience in a range of domestic and international insurance disputes, with noted focus on high-value property damage and product liability claims. One client reports: "His expertise in property damage is second to none," adding: "He is both pragmatic and very approachable."

Simon Konsta is the firm's senior partner and also enjoys a strong reputation for his significant experience across the insurance market. He advises key clients on a range of matters, most notably those concerning issues of professional negligence.

Firm chairman Michael Payton is a vastly experienced practitioner, highly regarded for his wealth of knowledge and expertise across the insurance market. Sources describe him as a "doyen" of the field, with one saying: "What he doesn't know isn't worth knowing!"

Nigel Brook co-leads the firm's global reinsurance practice and is widely recognised for his significant reinsurance expertise. He has considerable knowledge of both domestic and international disputes, on which he advises market-leading insurance companies and Lloyd's syndicates. A client says: "He is very accessible and always willing to provide assistance at short notice."

Andrew Grant maintains a robust practice with a strong emphasis on specialty lines insurance. He has particular expertise in political risk matters, with one client commenting on his "in-depth knowledge and market presence" in this area. He also advises on disputes relating to trade credit, along with niche areas such as fine art and specie.

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Speciality, International Risk and Reinsurance

This is separated into four sub-groups:

Political risk and trade credit - Political risk insurance (PRI), Confiscation, Expropriation, Nationalisation and Deprivation (CEND), Trade credit insurance (pre-export finance), Jeweller's
Block, Fine art, Specie, Commercial disputes

Reinsurance/insurance - International reinsurance disputes, advising on reinsurance policy wordings, Direct insurance, Irish work, Bi-lateral investment treaty disputes 

A wide variety of international insurance and reinsurance disputes

Excess insurance coverage disputes team - Professional negligence, Bloodstock, Kidnap and ransom, Bermuda Form

Commercial work – The team also deals with direct instructions for commercial litigation

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CMS - Insurance: Contentious Claims & Reinsurance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 43 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: London, Bristol

What the team is known for Offers an array of services to leading insurers and insurance brokers, who benefit from its strong international presence. Also has extensive expertise handling matters involving professional negligence, aviation, construction and cyber risk. Additional strength in the reinsurance market, particularly with regard to losses concerning the energy, mining and aviation sectors.

Strengths One client speaks highly of the firm's "niche expertise and commercial approach."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Spire Healthcare in a coverage dispute with its insurer arising from the medical negligence and fraud perpetrated by cosmetic surgeon Ian Paterson.

Represented Lloyd's broker Miles Smith and its professional indemnity insurers in a contribution dispute concerning conditions precedent in an insurance policy which led to the insurer denying coverage.

Significant clients Beazley, QBE, Liberty, Markel, Chubb.

Notable practitioners

The "excellent" Edward Foss leads the firm's insurance and reinsurance group and has considerable experience handling an array of coverage disputes. His expertise covers a range of professional indemnity issues, including brokers' negligence, and he also handles reinsurance matters. A client describes him as "helpful, knowledgeable, pragmatic and experienced."

Simon Kilgour is known for his strength in high-value domestic and international reinsurance disputes. He also offers a range of advice to clients on policy wording, contract issues and market conduct.

Stephen Tester is highly respected in the market for his experience across a range of insurance disputes, with particular knowledge of construction, D&O and cyber liability cases. One commentator notes: "He works hard for, and in the best interests of, his client while also being good to deal with."

Alex Denslow is active across a broad spectrum of insurance and reinsurance disputes, including financial lines, property and casualty and E&O matters. One client reports: "He is knowledgeable of the industry, very keen and proactive and very helpful in increasing the level of know-how within our company. He is also very accessible."

Stephen Netherway has considerable experience in domestic and international insurance disputes, including both litigation and arbitration proceedings. He regularly represents major financial institutions and also handles the defence of claims against brokers and other insurance intermediaries.

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Cooley LLP - Insurance: Contentious Claims & Reinsurance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 5 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Operates a robust practice on both sides of the Atlantic, handling insurance run-off and insolvency, as well as reinsurance matters. Also offers advisory services to policyholder clients. Particularly active in complex arbitrations, including Bermuda Form. Acts on behalf of a strong client base featuring a broad array of international reinsurance companies.

Strengths A client says: "The people dealing with our case are always detailed and excellent in the advice and service they provide."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Med Re in obtaining a worldwide freezing order against a former director and subsequently a £10 million judgment in the company's favour.

Advised PwC as provisional liquidators of Lehman Re on a number of disputes arising from structured reinsurance transactions the company had entered into prior to its insolvency.

Significant clients Munich Re, AXA, Hiscox, FM Global, XL Bermuda.

Notable practitioners

David Kendall has extensive experience across an array of insurance and reinsurance disputes, including significant expertise in Bermuda Form work. One client says: "He is wise, efficient, measured, understated and effective. There is no other lawyer I would prefer to have on my side in an insurance dispute."

James Crabtree handles a broad range of insurance disputes, with particular focus on the reinsurance market. He advises on risks concerning the pharmaceutical and energy sectors, among others, and also handles reinsurance run-off matters. Clients say: "He does very solid work - he knows the claim inside and out and is technically very strong with a good attention to detail."

The "very experienced and knowledgeable" Richard Hopley has a practice focused on reinsurance and handles high-value coverage disputes through both litigation and arbitration. He also advises on portfolio restructuring in the insurance market.

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DAC Beachcroft LLP - Insurance: Contentious Claims & Reinsurance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Well-resourced team with significant international capabilities. Handles a wide array of work on behalf of a client roster that features major UK and global insurers. Highly knowledgeable in the property and casualty arena but also has a strong offering in areas such as renewable energy, product liability, technology and cybersecurity. Notable experience handling volume claims as well as complex coverage disputes.

Strengths Clients praise the firm for its "excellent teamwork, great service and commercial attitude."

Another client adds: "One of the strongest firms for property and construction insurance matters, they are hugely respected and know what the customers need. Most importantly they understand how the insurance market works."

Significant clients Zurich, RSA, XL Catlin, Chubb, Munich Re.

Notable practitioners

The "very highly regarded" Chris Wilkes handles an array of complex coverage disputes with notable emphasis on the energy and construction sectors. He is also skilled in D&O and product liability claims. One client comments: "Chris is a highly experienced coverage lawyer who is hugely pragmatic and always focused on getting the right commercial result."

Julian Miller has deep experience of handling insurance and reinsurance coverage disputes for domestic and international clients. He has particular skill in professional indemnity issues and also provides advice on policy wording.

Nick Young is well known for his experience in insurance disputes, especially property and casualty matters. He often acts in large loss cases arising from catastrophic events, including explosions, building collapse and natural disasters. Sources report: "He is very versatile, extremely client-focused and proactive. He provides pragmatic advice that allows clients to reach the best possible resolution."

Anthony Menzies is active across a range of insurance and reinsurance mandates in the marine, energy and aviation sectors. He handles a number of disputes with international aspects, especially those concerning Latin American interests.

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What we do
Acting across the full breadth of the insurance market, we understand both the strategic and the day-to-day issues our clients face. DAC Beachcroft is recognised as a pre-eminent advisor to the insurance market, and we place a strong emphasis on the long-term relationships we build with you so that we can really add value to your business.

Our international reach includes a presence in key insurance markets across the UK, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and a representative office in Miami, as well as formal relationships with law firms across North America. DAC Beachcroft is pround to be a founding member of Legalign Global, a closely integrated alliance of four multi-national law firms focused on the insurance market.
What we are known for
■We act for leading UK and global insurance and reinsurers;
■We provide comprehensive claims resolution and policy advice including mediation, arbitration and litigation in UK, internationally and in multi-jurisdictional cases;
■We have a specialist insurance, corporate, commercial, regulatory and advisory team;
■We provide cross-class capability;
■We operate as one firm, one team, one approach;
■We demonstrate international expertise and local knowledge.

Please visit the DAC Beachcroft website for more details about our work in this area:
https://www.dacbeachcroft.com/en/gb/expertise/services/insurance/

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DLA Piper LLP - Insurance: Contentious Claims & Reinsurance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 6 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Global practice with impressive capabilities in a range of insurance and reinsurance work, with growing strength in aviation and cyber insurance matters. Regularly represents a range of prominent insurance providers and brokers in complex cross-border work. Additional expertise in warranty and indemnity, political risk and marine insurance.

Strengths Clients say: "Their client service is excellent, as is their commerciality, knowledge and understanding of the subject matter."

Another adds: "They are very knowledgeable, and able to guide you through tricky situations."

Work highlights Advised Placing Platform, a London market joint venture company, on the development of an online underwriting trading platform with the aim of modernising the market.

Represented the managers of a Lloyd's syndicate in a reinsurance dispute which followed the awarding of over USD50 million to emergency services and clean-up workers who developed respiratory diseases in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

Significant clients Zurich, Munich Re, Tokio Marine, Liberty, Beazley.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Symons handles a broad range of insurance and reinsurance disputes, including high-value claims under D&O, cyber risk and warranty and indemnity policies. One client comments: "He's knowledgeable and highly experienced," while another adds: "Andrew always ensured that we maintained confidence in the stance that we were taking, while keeping an eye on the bottom line."

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DWF LLP - Insurance: Contentious Claims & Reinsurance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 23 partners
- 1 consultant
- 65 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: London, Liverpool

What the team is known for Robust practice capable of advising a client base of major insurers and underwriters. Experienced in handling work relating to shipping, engineering and construction, and offers additional strength in product liability matters. With various offices in the UK and beyond, the team is well equipped to handle complex domestic and cross-border work. Noted for its presence in large loss cases including both complex coverage disputes and volume matters.

Strengths A client says: "As a whole they are very client-focused in terms of service and they are aware of the commercial reality clients face. They certainly provide excellent advice to ensure that you can proceed in an informed way."

"They have a strong client service focus as well as legal and technical knowledge. They are a well-respected team," say sources.

Work highlights Acted for HDI-Gerling in a complex cross-border dispute concerning the misappropriation of a valuable consignment of steel that was being traded by its insured, Tragifura.

Advised Travelers Marine and its insured shipowners on claims arising from a collision between a large container vessel and a mobile harbour crane in a Sierra Leone port terminal.

Significant clients Novae Syndicates, QBE, Markel, Zurich, Mitsui Sumitomo.

Notable practitioners

Jonathan Moss handles an array of complex insurance disputes with notable strength in transport, marine and energy matters. Sources describe him as "very organised, commercial and pragmatic," with one adding: "He is extremely capable, effective and always comes back in a timely manner."

John Groome is head of the firm's global casualty insurance team and has wide experience handling complex disputes on behalf of insurers. His expertise extends to international matters, particularly in the USA. Clients say: "John is extremely easy to work with and has a wealth of experience."

Antony Woodhouse joined the firm from Gowling WLG in August 2017. He demonstrates notable knowledge across various insurance disputes including financial lines, property and marine matters. He is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional disputes and Bermuda Form arbitrations.

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Eversheds Sutherland - Insurance: Contentious Claims & Reinsurance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 45 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: London, Manchester

What the team is known for Regularly acts on complex domestic and international insurance and reinsurance cases, with noteworthy expertise in professional indemnity matters. Also has strength in handling disputes involving brokers and captive insurance companies. Notable cross-border expertise, bolstered significantly by the recent merger between the Eversheds team and US firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan.

Strengths Clients say: "What stands out is their technical approach to complex insurance coverage disputes. They leave no stone unturned and provide comprehensive advice that you can rely on."

Significant clients Aon, XL Catlin, AIG, CNA Hardy, Scor Re.

Notable practitioners

Simon Brooks leads the firm's insurance group and has extensive experience in a range of insurance coverage disputes. He is well equipped to handle high-value professional negligence, property damage and business interruption claims, among others. One source reports: "I found him knowledgeable, commercially astute and easy to deal with."

Frank Thompson recently joined the firm from K&L Gates. He acts for policyholders and brokers on a range of insurance disputes, with notable expertise in professional negligence claims.

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Gowling WLG (UK) LLP - Insurance: Contentious Claims & Reinsurance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 2 partners
- 4 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Respected insurance group best known for handling Bermuda Form arbitrations, particularly those involving excess liability carriers. Also adept at providing coverage and regulatory advice to policyholders. Offers in-depth sector expertise in the engineering, marine and energy industries, among others.

Strengths A client says: "The team was strong in its client service, as well as in its knowledge of the insurance market, litigation and arbitration. I received quality legal advice and they were very responsive."

Significant clients Allianz, Chubb, Partner Re, Travelers, XL Catlin.

Notable practitioners

Samantha Holland is a key contact.

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Herbert Smith Freehills - Insurance: Contentious Claims & Reinsurance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 22 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Expertly represents major clients from all corners of the insurance market, including policyholders, insurers, reinsurers and brokers. Regularly instructed on high-profile and complex mandates, including those involving professional indemnity, product liability and financial lines claims. Also provides a wide range of advice to clients on policy drafting and review.

Strengths A client says of the team: "We cannot speak highly enough of them - we are very fortunate to be dealing with such a capable, well respected and likeable team."

Another client remarks: "We regard them as our premier firm. They are very methodical and very efficient."

Work highlights Defended Marsh against claims for breach of contract and fiduciary duty arising from alleged disclosure of confidential information.

Acted for RSA in a coverage dispute related to damage caused by a large fire at a restaurant and office complex in the City of London. The case involved complex issues concerning third party claimants and material misrepresentation.

Significant clients SBM, Aviva, Weir Group, Gen Re, Willis.

Notable practitioners

Alexander Oddy is highly regarded for his representation of policyholder clients in a range of coverage disputes. He has considerable expertise in major property damage and construction-related claims, particularly in the energy sector. Sources report: "His technical ability, availability, responsiveness and commercial awareness are all first-class."

Paul Lewis is head of the firm's insurance and reinsurance practice globally. He has considerable experience acting on behalf of policyholders and insurance brokers in complex coverage disputes. Sources describe him as "a really smooth operator who is very astute and a great tactician."

Anthony Dempster handles a wide array of insurance disputes, including high-value claims concerning property damage, business interruption and financial losses. Sources report: "He provides very clear, precise and pragmatic advice."

David Reston has wide experience in managing high-value insurance disputes, acting on behalf of insurers, brokers and policyholders. Sources describe him as "technically very strong, practical and commercial in approach," adding that he has an "excellent manner with clients."

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HFW - Insurance: Contentious Claims & Reinsurance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 15 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Renowned team regularly acting on London market reinsurance matters. Also involved in significant international work, including Latin American and South-East Asian matters. Offers standout experience in big-ticket claims relating to the aviation and energy and mining sectors. Notable expertise in reinsurance disputes arising out of product liability, property damage and political risk claims.

Strengths One client says: "Their service and responsiveness are second to none. They always follow through on commitments and manage expectations appropriately," adding that "they balance the strict legal position with practical, outcome-focused advice."

"The team is excellent," another client reports. "Client service is absolutely first-rate - my queries are dealt with quickly and efficiently."

Notable practitioners

Christopher Foster has considerable experience handling a range of insurance and reinsurance matters, including Bermuda Form arbitrations and insurance run-off work. He also regularly takes on professional indemnity-related disputes. One client reports: "He has a depth of knowledge but is able to translate that into something easy to digest."

Andrew Bandurka is a well-regarded reinsurance practitioner with considerable experience of handling complex disputes, including professional indemnity and environmental claims. Clients say: "He is a very methodical lawyer who has great experience and is very effective."

Head of insurance Christopher Cardona is widely recognised for his reinsurance expertise, especially in the Latin American market. He advises clients on numerous high-value disputes, including professional indemnity and financial line claims.

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Hogan Lovells - Insurance: Contentious Claims & Reinsurance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 3 partners
- 11 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Acts on a broad range of complex insurance and reinsurance matters, including coverage disputes, D&O claims, professional negligence claims and contentious regulatory matters. Ably handles domestic and multi-jurisdictional mandates. Instructed by a range of high-profile clients, including major insurers, financial institutions and brokers.

Strengths Clients say: "They are excellent: they offer some of the most practical, hands-on advice which is very useful and effective."

Another says: "They produce sterling work and we are absolutely happy with it."

Work highlights Acted on behalf of Latin American insurers Suramericana and El Pacifico Peruano in relation to issues arising from reinsurance contracts with London market reinsurers.

Represented PA(GI), a subsidiary of the Phoenix Group, against PPI mis-selling claims under historic policies dating back to the late 1980s which had changed ownership several times in the interim.

Significant clients Faraday, Willis Towers Watson, Munich Re, JLT, AXA.

Notable practitioners

Clients describe Nick Atkins as "genuinely knowledgeable, prompt and extremely helpful." He primarily advises large insurers and financial institutions on complex reinsurance disputes. He frequently acts on significant high-value claims and has considerable cross-border experience.

Jamie Rogers is a highly regarded associate who is skilled in a range of coverage disputes involving the Lloyd's market. He also does a considerable amount of work with leading brokers and underwriters in the industry. Clients say: "He is incredibly intelligent - his particular skill is interpreting and applying complex law and regulations to factual matters, then explaining it very clearly so we can pass it on to the business. He is very commercial and offers clear advice."

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Ince & Co - Insurance: Contentious Claims & Reinsurance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 14 partners
- 32 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Accomplished team with the expertise to tackle a broad range of insurance and reinsurance matters. Has an impressive track record in the marine, non-marine and energy sectors as well as a robust political risk offering. Represents a variety of players in the insurance market, including leading insurers and reinsurers, as well as captives and Lloyd's syndicates. Significant strength in handling international and multi-jurisdictional mandates.

Strengths A source says: "The team are sensible, practical, commercial and approachable," adding: "They are immersed in the market and so well placed to advise."

A client adds: "The team are a pleasure to deal with. They fully understand the technical side of the issues we deal with but also have a practical understanding of the situation."

Work highlights Represented HDI Global in a highly significant Supreme Court case concerning whether the use of 'fraudulent devices' in the presentation of an otherwise valid insurance claim should be considered sufficient to render the entire claim void.

Acted on behalf of Chubb in D&O coverage claims brought by former directors of a mutual insurance association which became insolvent.

Significant clients Anglo American, QBE, RSA, XL Catlin, Gen Re.

Notable practitioners

Clients describe Kiran Soar as "very engaging and knowledgeable" and also add: "He provided useful insight and helpful advice, and was very thorough in preparation." His practice encompasses a broad spectrum of insurance and reinsurance disputes, and he also has experience in complex international arbitrations.

Allan Hepworth is the firm's managing partner and also a "very strong reinsurance lawyer," according to sources. He has many years' experience in the insurance and reinsurance market, with particular expertise in handling arbitration proceedings.

Consultant Peter Rogan remains highly regarded in the market for his extensive experience across complex insurance matters. He has considerable knowledge in professional indemnity, political risk and marine insurance, among other areas.

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Kennedys - Insurance: Contentious Claims & Reinsurance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 113 partners (contentious and volume claims)
- 372 other qualified lawyers (contentious and volume claims)
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Continues to advise a core client base of many of the world's biggest insurers on high-value claims, particularly those requiring multi-jurisdictional capabilities. Experience spans a number of areas, including product liability, professional indemnity, financial misconduct and construction and energy projects. Broad practice encompassing volume claims as well as reinsurance matters.

Strengths One client says: "The team have a high degree of commercial awareness and actively strived to understand our business requirements."

Another client adds: "They have a number of particularly astute lawyers and are approachable and highly user-friendly."

Work highlights Acted for several insurers, including RSA, AIG and QBE, in professional negligence coverage claims arising from the Harlequin overseas property investment scheme.

Successfully defended R + V Versicherung AG against a jurisdictional challenge brought by a Swiss loss adjuster in an underlying dispute concerning the 2010/2011 earthquakes in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Significant clients Allianz, Chubb, XL, NFU Mutual.

Notable practitioners

Head of the firm's insurance practice Nick Williams is well regarded in the market for his experience handling an array of insurance and reinsurance disputes. His areas of expertise include Bermuda Form arbitrations and cross-border multiparty actions. Clients highlight him for his "knowledgeable approach" and ability to smoothly navigate highly complex matters.

The "impressive" Trevor Davies "knows his stuff," according to sources. He has experience across a range of insurance matters, with particular strength in professional indemnity and product liability disputes.

Nick Thomas is highly regarded for his strength in handling both domestic and international insurance matters. One client praises his "exceptional" expertise in property, construction and power-related claims, adding: "He is very client-focused and provides fast, pragmatic responses."

David Chadwick is highly thought of across the market for his significant expertise in complex cross-border disputes, particularly with regard to political risk and trade credit insurance claims. One source notes: "He is our go-to guy," and also says: "I enjoy working with him; he is approachable, receptive and very good at what he does. "

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Mayer Brown International LLP - Insurance: Contentious Claims & Reinsurance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 15 partners
- 25 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Frequently instructed to deal with large, complex and multi-jurisdictional insurance disputes. Key areas of expertise include political risk, energy, D&O and warranty and indemnity claims. Strong reputation for handling insurance claims involving financial institutions. Also handles a considerable number of high-value reinsurance mandates.

Strengths One source says: "They give good overview advice as well as drilling down to the minutiae, and they can be relied upon to provide clear and concise instruction."

A client notes: "They are excellent in terms of responsiveness and they are very popular with our team. They have done a great job for us."

Significant clients Chubb, Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK), Liberty Mutual, QBE, Novae.

Notable practitioners

Sean Connolly is highly experienced in handling sophisticated insurance and reinsurance disputes. His areas of expertise include professional liability claims and matters relating to financial institutions. He also provides a range of non-contentious advice concerning risk assessment and loss prevention.

Since publication, David Chadwick has joined Kennedys

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Norton Rose Fulbright - Insurance: Contentious Claims & Reinsurance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 28 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Handles the full spectrum of insurance and reinsurance disputes for clients in the UK and around the globe, with a particular focus on marine, aviation, energy, casualty and property insurance. Also has a growing advisory and policy drafting practice, offering clients expert counsel on regulatory issues and programme structuring and implementation. Clients include major underwriters, capital providers and regulators. Strengthened by its recent merger with Chadbourne & Parke, particularly in the reinsurance market.

Work highlights Continued to act for several London market underwriters, including Arch Insurance, in relation to the constructive total loss of Single Buoy Mooring's YME oil platform in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea in 2012.

Provided ongoing advice to London market war risk insurers with regard to high-value coverage claims arising out of an alleged attack in 2011 on the 'Brillante Virtuoso' crude oil tanker by Somali pirates.

Significant clients Amlin, XL Catlin, Brit, Beazley, Marsh.

Notable practitioners

Patrick Foss has considerable expertise in marine, political risk and energy market insurance disputes. He is highly skilled in handling complex reinsurance matters and cross-border arbitrations. Clients say: "He is experienced, very clever and provides solutions to difficult situations."

Liam O'Connell is skilled across an array of domestic and international insurance coverage disputes. He has considerable experience in professional liability, cyber risk and financial lines among other areas.

Chris Zavos is widely renowned in the market for his significant expertise in complex cross-border disputes concerning marine, construction and war risks. He regularly handles high-profile matters for insurers in the offshore oil and gas space.

The "very knowledgeable" Susan Dingwall is well versed in a range of insurance disputes, with particular expertise in professional liability and financial lines. She is also adept handling international matters, including political risk, trade credit and Islamic insurance matters.

Adrian Mecz exhibits considerable skill across a range of insurance and reinsurance matters, most notably on claims concerning financial, political and professional risks. Clients report: "He is excellent, very confident, knows what is he talking about and has lots of experience."

The "strategic and efficient" Michelle George is well regarded for her expertise in reinsurance disputes, with notable experience across financial lines and professional indemnity. One client comments: "Michelle is very organised, thorough, extremely commercial and savvy. Her advice is practical and straightforward."

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RPC - Insurance: Contentious Claims & Reinsurance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 16 partners
- 60 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Offers a broad range of services and significant domestic and international expertise to many of the largest insurance providers in the market. Especially prominent in the property, energy and construction sectors, with strong experience in a number of specialist areas, including financial lines, cyber and IT, political risk and D&O. Well equipped to handle claims of high value and with complex multi-jurisdictional aspects.

Strengths One client says: "They provide clear, concise coverage and defence work. Their turnaround is good and their reports are concise - short and sweet, they get to the point and cover all the issues."

Another adds: "They provide really high-quality service - they make a great deal of effort to understand what we do and who we are."

Work highlights Represented AIG in relation to high-value E&O policy exposures arising from the sale of interest rate hedging products by multiple English and Irish financial institutions.

Acted on behalf of a Lloyd's syndicate in respect of a significant cross-border D&O coverage dispute concerning its clients, an investment manager and a group of hedge funds based in London and the British Virgin Islands.

Significant clients QBE, Travelers, Hiscox, XL Catlin, Markel.

Notable practitioners

Simon Goldring is well regarded in the market for handling a range of insurance coverage disputes. He offers notable experience across property and professional indemnity matters. Sources describe him as a "very thoughtful litigator" who is "very impressive."

Victoria Sherratt manages a broad insurance practice which includes property and business interruption matters and claims involving allegations of fraud. She is also very knowledgeable about handling subrogated recovery claims.

The "hugely experienced" David Webster is knowledgeable across an array of domestic and cross-border reinsurance disputes, including those arising out of high-value financial and property-related claims. He is joint head of the firm's corporate insurance and financial services practice.

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A powerhouse in the insurance market, RPC has supported the sector throughout the world for over 70 years.

Our service goes beyond simply advising on the law. Our innate understanding of the commercial context in which insurance companies operate, means we can help you navigate complex business issues, as well as purely legal ones.

We offer the complete legal package covering claims, coverage and recoveries across all commercial lines of business to insurers, reinsurers, brokers, financiers and other intermediaries across the globe. Over a third of our claims practice involves working on international claims, using our network of specialist correspondent lawyers and through our offices in Hong Kong and Singapore.

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Simmons & Simmons LLP - Insurance: Contentious Claims & Reinsurance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 4 partners
- 18 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Well-regarded firm with expertise across a range of complex and high-end insurance disputes. Acts for a broad roster of insurers, financial institutions and brokers in both domestic and international mandates. Demonstrates particular strength in handling coverage disputes arising out of construction defect, professional indemnity and product liability claims.

Strengths One client says: "They are easily approachable, their ideas are innovative and they explain things very clearly as well."

Another adds: "Client service is at the forefront of what Simmons & Simmons does."

Significant clients Partner Re, XL Catlin, Hiscox, HDI-Gerling, Mitsui Sumitomo.

Notable practitioners

Head of the firm's insurance group James Pollock is well regarded for his expertise in sophisticated insurance disputes, especially in respect of professional negligence and construction matters. He represents clients in the insurance, reinsurance and excess market on both domestic and international cases.

Jason Bright has considerable experience in insurance coverage disputes, particularly large loss property and casualty claims. He also handles significant reinsurance matters. One client reports: "Jason is exceptionally astute and tuned to the needs of insurers. His style is clear and concise and he swiftly gets to the crux of the issue."

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Slaughter and May - Insurance: Contentious Claims & Reinsurance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 12 partners
- 51 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Involved in high-end disputes on behalf of insurers and reinsurers, while also representing brokers and policyholders. Can call upon the firm's extensive corporate and commercial expertise when tackling complex claims. Also offers the benefit of notable cross-border capabilities.

Strengths Sources say: "They get things done quickly and efficiently and always keep morale high. They are extremely commercial and focus on resolving a dispute in the most effective manner."

Another source describes the team as "formidable" for the "care and attention they show to a case and the analysis that goes into it."

Work highlights Defended a major broker against professional negligence and breach of contract allegations arising from an insurer denying coverage for an underlying fraud claim.

Represented Equitas in High Court proceedings concerning the company's pursuit of multiple reinsurance claims against R&Q Reinsurance. The claims arose out of historic excess losses related to claims made during the first Gulf War and the 'Exxon Valdez' oil spill.

Significant clients Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken, Interamerican Life Assurance.

Notable practitioners

Efstathios Michael is experienced in complex insurance and reinsurance matters, with noted expertise in handling international disputes. One source says: "He is an absolute delight to work with. He is exceptionally bright, pragmatic, commercial and good-humoured," while another adds: "He brings a light touch to cases and gets to the heart of the matter."

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Stephenson Harwood LLP - Insurance: Contentious Claims & Reinsurance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Office location: London

What the team is known for Recognised for its strong expertise in the full range of marine insurance matters, with specialist knowledge of marine casualty work. Also offers expert advice on marine cyber risk issues and security. Also represents insurers in non-marine insurance cases related to significant international mining and energy projects.

Work highlights Successfully represented a number of war risk insurers in the Court of Appeal in response to an earlier decision concerning the constructive total loss of the vessel 'B. Atlantic', which was detained in Venezuela after a large quantity of drugs was found strapped to the hull.

Advised Brit Insurance in relation to claims in excess of USD150 million arising from significant stock thefts from several coal storage facilities in Turkey.

Significant clients RSA, Liberty, Hiscox, Beazley, Canopius.

Notable practitioners

Alex Davis maintains a robust insurance practice with significant emphasis on marine insurance disputes. He also handles non-marine matters, including claims in the energy and mining sectors. One client comments: "He responds promptly and is very efficient."

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Weightmans - Insurance: Contentious Claims & Reinsurance Department

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Basic facts about the department
- 80 partners (contentious and volume claims)
- 370 other qualified lawyers (contentious and volume claims)
- Office locations: Liverpool, London

What the team is known for Highly experienced in representing domestic and international clients in coverage disputes, providing expertise in the areas of property damage, construction and professional negligence. Clients include insurers and Lloyd's syndicates. Also highly regarded for its ability to handle substantial volume claims on behalf of major motor industry insurers.

Strengths A client reports: "They are very effective and well organised - what stands out is that they have some really great individuals."

Speaking of the firm's best qualities, one client says: "Pragmatism. This applies to the entire firm, and it's why we use them."

Work highlights Defended Liberty Mutual against a substantial claim brought directly by a large number of third party investors who had suffered losses due to the advice of an insured IFA that had subsequently become insolvent.

Acted on behalf of a leading professional indemnity insurer in a coverage dispute, the main issue of which concerned whether a notification clause regularly used in the construction industry would pass for reasonable under the Unfair Contract Terms Act.

Significant clients Channel Syndicate, Beazley, Zurich, AIG, Inter Hannover.

Notable practitioners

Ling Ong enjoys a good reputation for her expertise in domestic and cross-border reinsurance disputes. She is also adept at advising on policy wording issues. Clients say: "Her quality of work and attention to detail is excellent," with one source adding: "She is a very good insurance litigation strategist who thinks things through very well and has command of her cases."

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Senior Statesperson

Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Firm chairman Michael Payton is a vastly experienced practitioner, highly regarded for his wealth of knowledge and expertise across the insurance market. Sources describe him as a "doyen" of the field, with one saying: "What he doesn't know isn't worth knowing!"

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Eminent Practitioner

Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Konsta is the firm's senior partner and also enjoys a strong reputation for his significant experience across the insurance market. He advises key clients on a range of matters, most notably those concerning issues of professional negligence.

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Band 1

Kennedys

From the Chambers UK guide

David Chadwick is highly thought of across the market for his significant expertise in complex cross-border disputes, particularly with regard to political risk and trade credit insurance claims. One source notes: "He is our go-to guy," and also says: "I enjoy working with him; he is approachable, receptive and very good at what he does. " 

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Band 1

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers UK guide

Anthony Dempster handles a wide array of insurance disputes, including high-value claims concerning property damage, business interruption and financial losses. Sources report: "He provides very clear, precise and pragmatic advice."

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Band 1

Cooley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Kendall has extensive experience across an array of insurance and reinsurance disputes, including significant expertise in Bermuda Form work. One client says: "He is wise, efficient, measured, understated and effective. There is no other lawyer I would prefer to have on my side in an insurance dispute."

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Band 1

Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Timothy Taylor enjoys a "huge reputation" for his insurance practice, which is especially focused on the marine and energy spheres. He also has considerable experience with international disputes concerning major construction and engineering projects.

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Band 1

Kennedys

From the Chambers UK guide

Nick Thomas is highly regarded for his strength in handling both domestic and international insurance matters. One client praises his "exceptional" expertise in property, construction and power-related claims, adding: "He is very client-focused and provides fast, pragmatic responses."

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Band 1

Kennedys

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of the firm's insurance practice Nick Williams is well regarded in the market for his experience handling an array of insurance and reinsurance disputes. His areas of expertise include Bermuda Form arbitrations and cross-border multiparty actions. Clients highlight him for his "knowledgeable approach" and ability to smoothly navigate highly complex matters.

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Band 2

Hogan Lovells

From the Chambers UK guide

Clients describe Nick Atkins as "genuinely knowledgeable, prompt and extremely helpful." He primarily advises large insurers and financial institutions on complex reinsurance disputes. He frequently acts on significant high-value claims and has considerable cross-border experience.

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Band 2

Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Nigel Chapman is well known in the market for his experience across a range of insurance disputes, and has particular strength in energy and construction matters. He also has notable expertise in handing international arbitrations. One source comments: "He is very specialised in insurance and he's excellent at it."

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Band 2

Mayer Brown International LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sean Connolly is highly experienced in handling sophisticated insurance and reinsurance disputes. His areas of expertise include professional liability claims and matters relating to financial institutions. He also provides a range of non-contentious advice concerning risk assessment and loss prevention.

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Band 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers UK guide

Patrick Foss has considerable expertise in marine, political risk and energy market insurance disputes. He is highly skilled in handling complex reinsurance matters and cross-border arbitrations. Clients say: "He is experienced, very clever and provides solutions to difficult situations."

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Christopher Foster

HFW

From the Chambers UK guide

Christopher Foster has considerable experience handling a range of insurance and reinsurance matters, including Bermuda Form arbitrations and insurance run-off work. He also regularly takes on professional indemnity-related disputes. One client reports: "He has a depth of knowledge but is able to translate that into something easy to digest."

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Band 2

Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Peter Hirst is well regarded for his vast experience in a range of international insurance matters, particularly in Latin America. As well as leading the firm's Latin America group in London, he is also registered to practise at the Brazilian Bar. One source says: "Peter is very pragmatic, commercial and engaging," while another adds: "He is very thorough, forensic and brilliant with clients."

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Band 2

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers UK guide

Adrian Mecz exhibits considerable skill across a range of insurance and reinsurance matters, most notably on claims concerning financial, political and professional risks. Clients report: "He is excellent, very confident, knows what is he talking about and has lots of experience."

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Band 2

Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers UK guide

David Reston has wide experience in managing high-value insurance disputes, acting on behalf of insurers, brokers and policyholders. Sources describe him as "technically very strong, practical and commercial in approach," adding that he has an "excellent manner with clients."

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Band 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "very highly regarded" Chris Wilkes handles an array of complex coverage disputes with notable emphasis on the energy and construction sectors. He is also skilled in D&O and product liability claims. One client comments: "Chris is a highly experienced coverage lawyer who is hugely pragmatic and always focused on getting the right commercial result."

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Band 3

Eversheds Sutherland

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Brooks leads the firm's insurance group and has extensive experience in a range of insurance coverage disputes. He is well equipped to handle high-value professional negligence, property damage and business interruption claims, among others. One source reports: "I found him knowledgeable, commercially astute and easy to deal with."

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Band 3

Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "very pragmatic" James Cooper is described by clients as an "outstanding individual who has always done a brilliant job." His insurance practice encompasses an array of disputes, including significant cross-border matters. He is particularly well versed in D&O liability claims concerning financial institutions.

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Band 3

Trevor J E Davies

Kennedys

From the Chambers UK guide

The "impressive" Trevor Davies "knows his stuff," according to sources. He has experience across a range of insurance matters, with particular strength in professional indemnity and product liability disputes.

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Band 3

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

The "excellent" Edward Foss leads the firm's insurance and reinsurance group and has considerable experience handling an array of coverage disputes. His expertise covers a range of professional indemnity issues, including brokers' negligence, and he also handles reinsurance matters. A client describes him as "helpful, knowledgeable, pragmatic and experienced."

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Band 3

Keoghs LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Richard Houseago is active across a range of insurance matters, with notable experience in construction, business interruption and property damage claims. Sources describe him as an "extremely able lawyer" and praise his "careful approach, attention to detail and judgement," adding: "He is everything you want in a lawyer acting for you."

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Band 3

Efstathios Michael

Slaughter and May

From the Chambers UK guide

Efstathios Michael is experienced in complex insurance and reinsurance matters, with noted expertise in handling international disputes. One source says: "He is an absolute delight to work with. He is exceptionally bright, pragmatic, commercial and good-humoured," while another adds: "He brings a light touch to cases and gets to the heart of the matter."

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Band 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers UK guide

Liam O'Connell is skilled across an array of domestic and international insurance coverage disputes. He has considerable experience in professional liability, cyber risk and financial lines among other areas.

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Band 3

EC3\LEGAL

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul Wordley joined EC3\LEGAL from HFW in July 2017. He is active across a range of insurance disputes, with notable strength in energy and environmental matters. He is frequently instructed on high-value business interruption and property damage claims, particularly in relation to mining and offshore facilities.

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DAC Beachcroft LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Nick Young is well known for his experience in insurance disputes, especially property and casualty matters. He often acts in large loss cases arising from catastrophic events, including explosions, building collapse and natural disasters. Sources report: "He is very versatile, extremely client-focused and proactive. He provides pragmatic advice that allows clients to reach the best possible resolution."

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Band 3

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers UK guide

Chris Zavos is widely renowned in the market for his significant expertise in complex cross-border disputes concerning marine, construction and war risks. He regularly handles high-profile matters for insurers in the offshore oil and gas space.

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Band 4

Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Co-head of the global reinsurance practice David Abbott is active across a spectrum of insurance and reinsurance matters. He demonstrates considerable knowledge of cross-border disputes relating to trade credit and political risk, with notable expertise in the energy and industrial sectors.

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Band 4

Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers UK guide

The "very knowledgeable" Susan Dingwall is well versed in a range of insurance disputes, with particular expertise in professional liability and financial lines. She is also adept handling international matters, including political risk, trade credit and Islamic insurance matters.

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RPC

From the Chambers UK guide

Simon Goldring is well regarded in the market for handling a range of insurance coverage disputes. He offers notable experience across property and professional indemnity matters. Sources describe him as a "very thoughtful litigator" who is "very impressive."

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Herbert Smith Freehills

From the Chambers UK guide

Paul Lewis is head of the firm's insurance and reinsurance practice globally. He has considerable experience acting on behalf of policyholders and insurance brokers in complex coverage disputes. Sources describe him as "a really smooth operator who is very astute and a great tactician."

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Browne Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Francis Mackie joined Browne Jacobson LLP in 2017, having previously worked at Weightmans. He is experienced across an array of reinsurance disputes, including Bermuda Form work, and also handles professional indemnity and financial matters. A source remarks: "His air of confidence and support helped to make us feel much more relaxed about our situation."

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DAC Beachcroft LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Julian Miller has deep experience of handling insurance and reinsurance coverage disputes for domestic and international clients. He has particular skill in professional indemnity issues and also provides advice on policy wording.

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DWF LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jonathan Moss handles an array of complex insurance disputes with notable strength in transport, marine and energy matters. Sources describe him as "very organised, commercial and pragmatic," with one adding: "He is extremely capable, effective and always comes back in a timely manner."

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Browne Jacobson LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Colin Peck joined Browne Jacobson LLP from Weightmans in 2017, and has considerable expertise in a variety of domestic and cross-border insurance disputes, particularly with regard to property damage and construction losses. He also advises on claims concerning fine art and specie. One client says: "Colin has extensive knowledge of our policies and company philosophy, and we respect his opinion immensely. He is extremely personable and a joy to work with."

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Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "very smart and pragmatic" Jonathan Sacher leads the firm's insurance practice and is well regarded for his experience in a range of insurance and reinsurance matters. He has considerable knowledge of the international aspects of the market, including cross-border disputes. Clients report that he "offers thoughtful quality legal advice," with one adding: "He has a genius for producing succinct clean answers."

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Victoria Sherratt

RPC

From the Chambers UK guide

Victoria Sherratt manages a broad insurance practice which includes property and business interruption matters and claims involving allegations of fraud. She is also very knowledgeable about handling subrogated recovery claims.

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Ince & Co

From the Chambers UK guide

Clients describe Kiran Soar as "very engaging and knowledgeable" and also add: "He provided useful insight and helpful advice, and was very thorough in preparation." His practice encompasses a broad spectrum of insurance and reinsurance disputes, and he also has experience in complex international arbitrations.

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CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Stephen Tester is highly respected in the market for his experience across a range of insurance disputes, with particular knowledge of construction, D&O and cyber liability cases. One commentator notes: "He works hard for, and in the best interests of, his client while also being good to deal with."

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Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Wing has experience in a range of domestic and international insurance disputes, with noted focus on high-value property damage and product liability claims. One client reports: "His expertise in property damage is second to none," adding: "He is both pragmatic and very approachable."

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Fladgate LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

David Breslin of Fladgate LLP has considerable experience across a range of complex insurance and reinsurance coverage disputes. His areas of expertise include marine, property and D&O liability claims, including cross-border matters. Clients say: "David is approachable, pragmatic and has an in-depth knowledge of the market."

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jason Bright has considerable experience in insurance coverage disputes, particularly large loss property and casualty claims. He also handles significant reinsurance matters. One client reports: "Jason is exceptionally astute and tuned to the needs of insurers. His style is clear and concise and he swiftly gets to the crux of the issue."

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Cooley LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

James Crabtree handles a broad range of insurance disputes, with particular focus on the reinsurance market. He advises on risks concerning the pharmaceutical and energy sectors, among others, and also handles reinsurance run-off matters. Clients say: "He does very solid work - he knows the claim inside and out and is technically very strong with a good attention to detail."

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Stephenson Harwood LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Alex Davis maintains a robust insurance practice with significant emphasis on marine insurance disputes. He also handles non-marine matters, including claims in the energy and mining sectors. One client comments: "He responds promptly and is very efficient."

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CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Alex Denslow is active across a broad spectrum of insurance and reinsurance disputes, including financial lines, property and casualty and E&O matters. One client reports: "He is knowledgeable of the industry, very keen and proactive and very helpful in increasing the level of know-how within our company. He is also very accessible."

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Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Andrew Grant maintains a robust practice with a strong emphasis on specialty lines insurance. He has particular expertise in political risk matters, with one client commenting on his "in-depth knowledge and market presence" in this area. He also advises on disputes relating to trade credit, along with niche areas such as fine art and specie.

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DWF LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

John Groome is head of the firm's global casualty insurance team and has wide experience handling complex disputes on behalf of insurers. His expertise extends to international matters, particularly in the USA. Clients say: "John is extremely easy to work with and has a wealth of experience."

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Crowell & Moring LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Mark Meyer of Crowell & Moring LLP is noted for his strength in insurance and reinsurance matters, particularly in disputes concerning the aviation industry. He also handles financial lines and property damage matters. Clients report: "He is one of those lawyers who tells you the truth, not just what you want to hear. He is also very responsive, has very broad knowledge and is client-centric."

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Stephen Netherway

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Stephen Netherway has considerable experience in domestic and international insurance disputes, including both litigation and arbitration proceedings. He regularly represents major financial institutions and also handles the defence of claims against brokers and other insurance intermediaries.

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BLM

From the Chambers UK guide

John O'Shea is active across a variety of insurance mandates, including coverage disputes, claims defence and subrogation matters. He has notable expertise in cases concerning construction defects and property damage. Clients praise his "dedication and hard work" and also note his deep knowledge of the insurance industry, saying: "He understands our pressure points, needs and requirements."

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Simmons & Simmons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of the firm's insurance group James Pollock is well regarded for his expertise in sophisticated insurance disputes, especially in respect of professional negligence and construction matters. He represents clients in the insurance, reinsurance and excess market on both domestic and international cases.

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BTO Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

The "highly regarded" William Speirs is experienced across an array of insurance disputes, most notably in the product liability and personal injury spheres. He has expertise in handing high-value claims and group actions, including those with cross-border elements.

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DWF LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Antony Woodhouse joined the firm from Gowling WLG in August 2017. He demonstrates notable knowledge across various insurance disputes including financial lines, property and marine matters. He is adept at handling multi-jurisdictional disputes and Bermuda Form arbitrations.

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Associates to watch

Hogan Lovells

From the Chambers UK guide

Jamie Rogers is a highly regarded associate who is skilled in a range of coverage disputes involving the Lloyd's market. He also does a considerable amount of work with leading brokers and underwriters in the industry. Clients say: "He is incredibly intelligent - his particular skill is interpreting and applying complex law and regulations to factual matters, then explaining it very clearly so we can pass it on to the business. He is very commercial and offers clear advice."

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