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The upcoming legislative changes to insurance law have been the talk of the town, boosting activity in the market. The Insurance Act 2015 and the Enterprise Act 2016, intended to address the commercial needs of the insurance sector, are likely to generate work for barristers going forward, particularly on the front of delayed payments and general statutory interpretation. Meanwhile, advisory work continues, with insurers attempting to incorporate the new legislation in their policies and selected counsel participating in the governmental debate on the matter. Bermuda Form claims and coverage disputes remain a prominent feature of many ranked barristers’ recent work highlights.

One of the pre-eminent insurance and reinsurance sets’, 7 King’s Bench Walk comprises the sector’s ‘heavy-hitters’. Christopher Butcher QC represented Brit Insurance in the Court of Appeal case brought by Milton Furniture, while Dominic Kendrick QC appeared in the $175m Ocean Victory appeal concerning subrogation.

The ‘excellentEssex Court Chambers is ‘full of highly competent counsel at all levels’ with ‘vast experience and a commercial approach’. Apart from building their experience in Bermuda form claims, members have appeared in other high-value matters such as John Lockey QC’s involvement in the $1.3bn claim made by Single Buoy Moorings.

Brick Court Chambers is hailed as ‘the hallmark of excellence at the insurance Bar’. Cases include Mutual Energy v Starr (led by Tom Adam QC) and Brit UW v F&B Trenchless Solutions (led by Neil Calver QC).

Barristers at Fountain Court Chambers are ‘prepared to roll up their sleeves and not stand on ceremony’. Michael Crane QC acted in Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime v Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance and others, the Supreme Court case arising from the riots of August 2011. Ben Lynch joined from Devereux in 2015.

2TG – 2 Temple Gardens is recommended for European and cross-border cases, and is ‘the first port of call for property damage matters’. Highlights included cases concerning the interpretation of insured’s obligations (Maccaferri v Zurich Insurance) as well as coverage disputes (Glendale v ERGO Versicherung).

Members of 3 Verulam Buildingscombine strong technical ability with being easy to work with’. The set has developed expertise in insurance broker disputes; Nicholas Craig acted in Hyundai Marine & Fire Insurance v Houlder Insurance Services, concerning the placing of insurance for refund guarantees.

4 Pump Court has ‘excellent strength in depth and breadth’. Nigel Tozzi QC acted for a major bank in a $90m claim against fidelity insurers, while Jeremy Nicholson QC has been defending major insurers in a Court of Appeal case brought by Ted Baker and No Ordinary Designer Label.

20 Essex Street is a ‘first-class outfit for shipping and insurance’. Christopher Hancock QC acted for the claimant in ‘The Prestige’ case, arising from the major oil spill in Galicia in 2002.

Members of Crown Office Chambers are ‘friendly, helpful and very experienced in insurance and reinsurance’. Daniel Shapiro acted as sole counsel for the Greek producing broker in Involnert Management v Aprilgrange.

The ‘fantasticQuadrant Chambers has a ‘range of expertise’, extending to marine insurance matters. Simon Rainey QC and Guy Blackwood QC represented war risk underwriters in the “B Atlantic” case.

4 New Square’s strength in depth is ‘second to none’. It is ‘a go-to set for professional indemnity coverage disputes’.

39 Essex Chambers is ‘respected by the courts and competitors alike’ and has an excellent track record representing and advising insurers in a variety of sectors.

Blackstone Chambers is comprised of ‘intellectually excellent and responsive advocates’. Andrew Green QC represented the defendant in Unite the Union v Liverpool Victoria Banking Services and others. Adam Baradon joined from Devereux in 2015.

Devereux provides a ‘first-rate’ service. Recent highlights saw Colin Edelman QC act in Supreme Court cases Zurich Insurance v IEGL and Versloot Dredging BV and another v HDI Gerling Industrie Versicherung AG and others.

One Essex Court’s insurance and reinsurance experience ranges from professional indemnity claims to coverage disputes.

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