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β€˜Home to a number of high-calibre counsel’ 7 King's Bench Walk remains β€˜the go-to set for insurance and reinsurance work’. Recent standout work includes Single Buoy Mooring Mopustor, the largest marine insurance case in the Commercial Court, led by Jonathan Gaisman QC, and AIG v Woodman with David Edwards QC instructed, as well as acting for both sides in the high-profile Brillante Virtuoso case.

The β€˜enormous strength in breadth and depth’ of the β€˜excellent barristers at all levels of call’ helps Brick Court Chambers to occupy a dominant role in the insurance litigation market. Six members, including Mark Howard QC and Neil Calver QC, are instructed on both sides of Single Buoy Moorings Inc v Zurich Insurance plc, which, at the time of publication, was the highest value case before the Commercial Court. Calver is also instructed in respect of a multi-million dollar arbitration arising out of New Zealand earthquake damage.

Essex Court Chambers is β€˜an excellent set full of highly competent counsel of all levels’. With particular expertise in marine insurance and Bermuda Form the set β€˜brings a practical and commercial approach to its work’. At present, members of chambers are involved in coverage disputes totalling billions of dollars including 2010’s Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico and Single Buoy Mooring v Insurers, a $1bn insurance claim in the Commercial Court in which John Lockey QC is instructed.

The already stellar Fountain Court Chambers continues to β€˜increase its offering in the insurance coverage and professional negligence arena’, and is cementing itself as β€˜dominant market players’. The β€˜pleasant and responsive’ set includes Michael Crane QC, who is involved in high-profile cross-border disputes, and Stephen Moriarty QC, who is acting for AIG in the complex XL Insurance v AXA and AIG case, with judgment pending.

β€˜The excellent, professional, dedicated and progressive’, 3 Verulam Buildings is β€˜very well regarded for insurance and reinsurance work’ and β€˜a rising force in international arbitration’. With barristers such as Tom Weitzman QC, who is involved in significant professional indemnity and directors and officers liability policy work, and Peter Ratcliffe, continuing to be instructed in several high-value market disputes, β€˜they have the brains, the depth and the experience’.

4 New Square is β€˜still the go-to set for professional negligence claims,’ but with recent arrivals, such as new silk Alison Padfield QC, it has strengthened an offering already β€˜strong in the insurance arena, particularly in coverage disputes relating to professional indemnity insurance’. Members are β€˜most impressive, among the best in the profession, with fearsome intellects which instantly get to the nub of the issues’. Such issues as the landmark Supreme Court decision AIG Europe Ltd v Woodman, in which members appeared at all levels.

From a Commercial Court claim to avoid IFA network’s professional indemnity policy, to continued involvement in the London and Bermuda credit insurance markets, 4 Pump Court is involved in a broad range of work in the insurance and reinsurance sector. β€˜The set has some excellent barristers with someone always available to assist’ and a β€˜full strength in depth within the chambers’. This is demonstrated by leading silks Andrew Neish QC and Aidan Christie QC, the latter recently concluded a London market reinsurance dispute concerning aggregation of respiratory claims arising out of 2001’s World Trade Center attack.

Crown Office Chambers is β€˜a very good set, which has strength in depth, particularly in insurance’. This can be seen from high-profile cases such as British Gymnastics Association v Perkins Slade, with Ben Quiney QC taking the lead, and complex aggregation dispute Spire Healthcare v Royal Sun Alliance, in which Daniel Shapiro is acting as sole counsel for Spire. The set β€˜provides excellent service’ across an insurance practice that spans both construction and property-related insurance claims on the one side, and complex personal injury and clinical negligence cases on the other.

A β€˜first-rate’ set for marine insurance, Quadrant Chambers can boast involvement in some of the largest cases of the past year. Notably B Atlantic in which Guy Blackwood QC was successful in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court for the underwriters, and Simon Rainey QC was brought in to protect the insurers’ interests in a claim connected to the controversial case of the Brillante Virtuoso. Outside of marine insurance β€˜the standard of the set is excellent’, with cases such as Ted Baker v Axa and others, where Tim Marland successfully represented the well-known fashion retailer in a Β£6m insurance coverage dispute.

2TG – 2 Temple Gardens β€˜has specialist knowledge and experience’ in insurance disputes β€˜and it always delivers a first-class service’. Particular areas of expertise lie in cases related to property damage and product liability. β€˜A good mix of senior and junior counsel to call upon’ includes Bob Moxon Browne QC, who is representing insurers in Zurich Insurance Plc v Maccaferri Ltd.

Involved in several high-profile cases, 20 Essex Street had Charles Kimmins QC appear in the Court of Appeal in Axa v ARIG, one of the leading cases on the law of inducement, as well as Christopher Hancock QC instructed on further claims by the insurers under a P&I contract in respect of losses out of the landmark Prestige case, relating to one of the largest oil spills in history.

The β€˜highly recommended’ Devereux is home to the insurance sector’s β€˜stand out silk’, Colin Edelman QC. Edelman was successful before the Supreme Court in the significant B Atlantic case in March 2018. The court held there to be no cover under standard war risks policy for vessels used to smuggle drugs Richard Harrison is also instructed in multiple high-profile, high-value insurance coverage disputes for blue-chip clients.

The β€˜consistently very good’ Hardwicke is β€˜a really bright and knowledgeable set’. β€˜Every member is a real specialist in their field and is nice to work with’, such as Nigel Jones QC, who is involved in high-profile claims relating to the insolvency of Enterprise Insurance, and Paul Reed QC, who regularly acts for leading insurance firms.

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