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The ongoing uncertainty surrounding the future of the UK’s relationship with the EU continues to dominate insurance practices as many insurer clients seek to optimise the future of their businesses in the UK.

On the corporate side, consolidation remains a key trend in the insurance market as pressures on costs and expensive regulatory compliance continue to be a driver. This has been key, particularly in the brokers sector, which has raised some regulatory concerns regarding market power.

Firms involved in contentious work continue to report a softening in insurance litigation; contentious mandates that fight tend to be fewer and high-value. On the regulatory side, requirements continue to be a significant cost for insurers, and an increase in the monitoring of personal data in underwriting has sparked some concern that this may impact insurance product development. Part VII transfers and the future regulatory implications of Brexit also provide firms with significant instructions. Data privacy and IT security are key areas of focus for many insurers as the development of cyber risk products evolves.

InsurTech is increasingly important area of growth for a number of firms as its application and use becomes more prevalent. There has been an increase in commercial relationships developing between InsurTech start-ups and established insurers which has spiked growth in this area.

There has been a slight uptick in potential Brexit-related restructuring mandates which has caused some concern, however firms have reported that there is largely less insolvency and restructuring work.

Product liability practices report that group actions in the medical device liability arena has slowed partially due to the fact that claimants continue to struggle to secure funding, while the fallout after the Grenfell Tower tragedy continues to dominate workloads. On a wider legislative front, the European Commission is preparing to review the existing EU legislation on liability for defective products, and the UK government has established a new code of practice for product recalls. The UK has also formed a new centralised body for product safety.

Enhanced regulatory scrutiny in the financial services sector has meant that firms are anticipating an increase professional negligence claims against financial services professionals. The FCA’s announcement in 2017 that it would be investigating the efficiency of the wholesale insurance distribution market could significantly impact the London market and possibly lead to an uptick in claims against insurance brokers. Cyber fraud and IT security claims are also key areas of focus for many practices due to the recent number of high-profile data breaches. Cases involving tax avoidance schemes continue to dominate professional negligence practices, while construction-related claims are poised to increase, particularly in response to the Grenfell Tower disaster and the liquidation of construction firm Carillion. On the pensions front, there has been a slight surge in claims involving overseas pensions schemes, and there have been several recent high-profile cases brought against legal professionals.

Clinical negligence: claimant

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  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
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Bolt Burdon Kemp is 'excellent in terms of service delivery and knowledge' and 'undertakes good quality work in a professional manner and with a good degree of efficiency'. Its areas of expertise include cases involving brain injuries in both children and adults and delays in diagnosis. The team is headed by Caroline Klage who specialises in child brain injury cases and is 'incredibly responsive'. Raquel Siganporia is 'tenacious, but utterly charming' and has 'incredible insights into the more difficult spinal cases'. The 'very knowledgeable' Suzanne Trask is 'tough and uncompromising in seeking the best for her clients'; she is experienced in claims involving adult brain injury.

Fieldfisher provides 'a level of service that is 10/10 in all aspects'. The team of 'excellent litigators' handles all types of high-value claims both in the UK and abroad and combines 'a highly compassionate and client-oriented approach with the resources and the hard-driving attitude of a City firm'. It expanded its team further with the recruitment of Jane Weakley from Irwin Mitchell, Will Jones from Leigh Day and Jenny Urwin from Slater and Gordon. Paul McNeil and Nilam Patel reached favourable settlements in cases involving a catastrophic birth injury and a failure to treat eosinophilic vasculitis properly.

Irwin Mitchell is praised for 'managing claims and dealing with cases professionally and effectively'. It has a strong focus on handling cases of maximum severity involving brain injuries and adults left with severe neurological injuries. Team leader Alison Eddy focuses on brain and spinal cord injuries and has the ability 'to look at the bigger picture when managing claims to achieve results'. Anita Jewitt is praised for her 'excellent judgement' and Auriana Griffiths is 'unflappable and incredibly hardworking'.

Kingsley Napley LLP is a firm with 'a well-deserved, longstanding reputation in this field'. Cases range in value from to several thousands of pounds to several million pounds, covering cerebral palsy, brain damage and a range of catastrophic injury cases. A 'doyenne of the field', Kate Rohde is 'experienced and reliable' and committed to 'achieving the best possible outcome for the client'.  Terrence Donovan is a 'highly experienced litigator' who focuses on cases involving cerebral palsy and brain injury. Laura Sylvester is a 'notably caring and conscientious practitioner, but with a steely core'. Bridget Hughes is an 'excellent and careful lawyer' and Punam Sood is a 'front rank litigator'.

 Leigh Day is praised for having 'a large pool of shared knowledge and expertise' in complex claims involving life-changing injuries or difficult question of law and ethics. Claire Fazan’s experience is 'second to none'; she combines 'sensitivity with superb judgement'. Birth injury claims specialist Suzanne White is known for her 'enthusiasm and advocacy of her clients’ rights'. Sally-Jean Nicholes is a 'shrewd lawyer with great judgement' and is 'committed to get the best result for her clients without losing sight of what is achievable'.

Stewarts Law LLP  is 'competent, responsive, organised and attentive to detail'; all in all it provides 'first-class service'. A 'standout practice for catastrophic injury', the practice has an extensive track record handling multimillion-pound neurological, spinal and fatal injury cases. Alison Goldney re-joined the firm from Brethertons LLP, and is recommended alongside Muiris Lyons, who is recognised throughout the UK and abroad as one of the leading figures for maximum severity work. Nick Knowles has many years of experience and 'a caring heart to his cutting-edge practice'.

Anthony Gold's highly respected includes Dr Jock Mackenzie, who is a qualified medical doctor, and Ali Malsher  and Jenny Kennedy, who are former nurses. The firm has a 'long-held reputation in handling cases of varying severity and especially complex catastrophic litigation'. The practice's track record includes cases involving brain injuries, amputations, cardiac arrests and tumors and is 'dedicated professionals achieve incredible results for their clients in an impressive cost-efficient manner'. Jon Nicholson heads the injury and medical claims team and  is 'a master of detail and extremely tenacious'. Jenny Kennedy is 'well-respected in the industry'.

The 'strong team' at Bindmans LLP  attracts praise for its 'excellent and highly personal service'. The practice workload includes claims arising from delayed diagnosis, birth or brain injuries and psychiatric disorders. It also provides pro bono advice to vulnerable members of society. The practice was strengthened by the arrival of Alison Mackintosh from Plexus Law and Darren Conway, who previously worked at Tollers. Department head Jon Crocker 'sets the tone of the team' and is 'intelligent, enthusiastic and able'. Other notable individuals include Siobhan Kelly, who is a 'good and determined negotiator' and 'offers first-class client care' and the 'warm and dedicated' Alla Murphy, who is 'very focused on the client but is not afraid to call a halt to a claim which is likely to fail'.

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors fields a team of 'very experienced clinical negligence solicitors', many of which have medical backgrounds. The practice handles a range of complex cases including failure to diagnose, birth injury and psychiatric disorders, often with a human rights element. Medical negligence head Agata Usewicz focuses on obstetric claims and is a 'very calm, competent and reassuring practitioner'. James Bell is a “warm, empathetic lawyer, who never forgets the personal dimension in each case'. Andrew Harrison  represents clients with birth-related injuries, misdiagnosis and delayed treatment.

Russell-Cooke LLP handles the full range of clinical negligence advice from mobility issues to brain injuries and has 'an excellent track record in handling novel, complex and high-value cases'. The 'incredibly intelligent and diligent' Deborah Blythe heads the team and 'shows great competence and compassion'. Janice Gardner is 'at the peak of her powers with a grasp of difficult issues and complex cases that is second to none'.

Devonshires Solicitors LLP is a 'practical firm that takes an interest in the needs of each client' and offers a 'shrewd awareness of the risks of litigation and routes to effective resolution'.The firm has 'a well-established, conscientious and knowledgeable team' and 'represents great value for money'. Nick Grant has more than 18 years of experience in a wide variety of complex and high-value claims. Other notable individuals include Karen Cathcart and the 'detailed and sensible' Katie Hughes.

Penningtons Manches Cooper  handles a range of cases, from those involving brain and spinal injuries through to delayed diagnosis and mental health. John Kyriacou heads the department and brings 25 years of experience in the field of clinical negligence. Emily Palmer handles cases involving spinal injuries and Sarah Gubbins has specialist expertise in cases involving cosmetic surgery, obstetrics and gynecology. Warren Collins has developed a niche for representing injured UK nationals in the US and vice versa.

The 'professional, thorough, efficient and helpful' practice at Simpson Millar LLP has an 'excellent track record' in cases related to cerebral palsy, amputation, spinal injuries and neo-natal deaths. The department was joined by Ian Cohen from Slater and Gordon, who is national head of clinical negligence, and Law Society accredited mental health specialist Alison Hills, who joined from Girlings. Other recommended individuals include David Thomas, who focuses on high-end catastrophic birth injury and 'the always helpful and understanding' Geoffrey Simpson-Scott.  Carley Ann Hurley and Justin Gleinster left the firm at the end of 2017.

Slater and Gordon's team is composed of 'hardworking lawyers' who 'fight hard for their clients' and 'know their clients and cases inside out'. The practice handles a wide range of cases including those involving brain and spinal injury, amputations, delayed diagnosis of cancer, orthopedic and surgical claims. Emma Doughty, who was appointed joint head of the London and Cambridge clinical negligence department acted in more than 750 claims for unnecessary surgeries, achieving a global landmark settlement of £37m as well as provision for recovery of compensation for future claimants. Laura Preston 'prepares cases skillfully'.

Hudgell Solicitors is known for handles a range of work, often involving life-changing injuries or illnesses. Jodi Newton handles cases involving spinal and organ transplant surgery, nursing errors, claims against fertility clinics, plastic surgery, and dentistry matters. Other key figures include Josie Robinson and Renu Daly.

Hugh James has a 'fantastic, kind and committed' team that is praised for its 'speedy responses and excellent service'. It handles a range of claims including those arising from delay in diagnosis, surgical error, mental health issues and death as a result of inaccurate treatment . Grainne Barton handles maximum-value obstetric cases and complex high-value claims. Lynda Reynolds is 'incredibly determined and inventive' and 'leaves no stone unturned in trying to find a remedy for clients'.

The clinical negligence department at McMillan Williams is made up of 'highly experienced, knowledgeable and reputable lawyers' that includes Nisha Sharma, who joined the team from Slater and Gordon. High-value pediatric brain injury cases are a key area of activity, as are cerebral palsy cases, which are handled by Nicola Mooney and Lauren Phillips. Phillips heads the department and has a particular interest in claims concerning gynecology, birth injury, spinal surgery and cardiology and in quantification of claims as well. Mooney also focuses on birth injury cases.'Rising star' Andrew Bentham represents clients in inquests and fatal accident claims and is described as 'immensely hardworking and really sharp'. Gwyneth Munjoma left the firm.

Osbornes has a 'highly experienced clinical negligence team' which handles a wide range of claims including brain and spinal cord injuries, wrongful surgery and late diagnosis. Key figures include Stephanie Prior, who has in-depth knowledge of medical practice; Ben Posford, who is instructed in cases involving spinal injury but is 'especially good on the crossover between personal injury and clinical negligence cases'; and Robert Aylott, who focuses on brain and spinal cord injuries.

Clinical negligence: defendant

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Capsticks LLP's team is a 'safe and reliable pair of hands' that offers 'a fantastic overall level of service' and 'outstanding value for money'. The practice acts for the MDDUS and as well as more than 300 NHS and private sector health clients. Recent work includes a case concerning the scope of the duty of care of emergency department receptionists which reached the Supreme Court and a complex case involving claims against five defendants for delay in diagnosis of the claimant's spinal cord compression, resulting in spinal tuberculosis and paraplegia. Catherine Bennett acted in both cases; she 'inspires confidence' and has 'very sound knowledge of the field and a successful track record'. Tracey Lucas is praised as having 'a breadth and depth of knowledge that is unsurpassed'. Gemma Brannigan joined Clyde & Co LLP.

Clyde & Co LLP has a full-service healthcare offering that is praised for its 'thorough knowledge' and ability to achieve 'successful results'. The practice represents healthcare professionals in negligence claims, fatal accident inquiries, inquests, internal disciplinary, criminal and regulatory proceedings. The practice is 'rapidly responsive and leaves no stone unturned in protecting the client’s interest'. The arrival of Gemma Brannigan from Capsticks LLP and Judith Duffin from BLM has strengthened the team, which is headed by Claire Petts, who specialises in brain injury and obstetric claims of maximum severity or complexity. She is described as a 'titan who takes no prisoners and gets the best results for her clients'. Also recommended is Sam Holden, who is 'excellent with clients' and has 'good judgement'.

DAC Beachcroft LLP provides strategic, commercial and regulatory advice to NHS and private healthcare clients. The practice is particularly active in large group actions arising from the work of individual surgeons in the fields of breast surgery and orthopedics. It acts for three of the UK’s five largest providers of independent acute hospital services – Spire, Bupa and Nuffield. Nigel Montgomery is highly active in defending against cases involving catastrophic injury and group actions. Matthew McGrath is also recommended.

The healthcare practice at Hempsons handles a range of complex and high-value claims as well as multi-party actions, and is known for its 'common-sense and pragmatic advice, as well as its depth of knowledge and experience'. The firm acts for the NHSR and MDU, as well as several NHS trusts and commercial medical practice insurers. Key individuals include John Holmes and Nadya Wolferstan, who concentrates on clinical governance, mental health law interpretation, public inquiries, judicial review challenges, information governance and inquests.

Kennedys is an 'exemplary firm with a very clear client care strategy and culture'. The practice acts on behalf of NHS trusts, private hospitals, clinics and their insurers and is noted for its active role in the development of legislative and regulatory framework in the area. Christopher Malla has 'an impressive ability to uphold and maintain high standards of service'. His track record includes defending cases involving cerebral palsy, obstetric and gynecological claims, and high-value spinal and orthopedic claims. Malla's recent work includes defending the NHSR in the nationwide 3M Capital hip implant litigation. The 'charming and effective' Edward Glasgow acts for a number of NHS Trusts and is also recommended, as is healthcare department head Janet Sayers, who is recommended for her 'leadership and strategy'.

Bevan Brittan LLP fields a team of 63 lawyers who are described as 'highly experienced and talented practitioners'. The firm was recently reappointed to the NHSR's panel and acts for several trusts and private medical malpractice insurers and healthcare providers such as Neon and CNA Hardy. Its areas of expertise include provides legal support for issues arising from the change in the discount rate; representing clients in sensitive group actions; and handling Human Rights Act claims. Dan Morris acted for Whittington Hospital NHS Trust in a case involving allegations that the hospital failed to detect signs of cervical cancer, which caused the claimant to be infertile. Department head Joanne Easterbrook handles complex and high-value cases involving brain injury and mental health issues, as well as handling claims arising from fertility treatment. Recommended senior associates include Catherine Radford, who is known for her work on establishing the limits to interim payments in high-value cases, and Verity Danziger, who specialises in birth and spinal injury claims.

Hill Dickinson LLP's lawyers are a 'pleasure to work with' and deal with 'incredibly complex cases in a firm and reassuring manner'. The firm is described as 'one of the very best in terms of efficiency', with 'good response rates' and 'exceptional industry knowledge'. It was appointed to the NHSR's London panel and was one of two firms appointed to the MPS's panel. Other clients include private healthcare providers such as Priory Group, Care UK, Virgin Care and major trusts, as well as Health Education England, for which it is the sole legal provider. Key figures include Andrew Craggs, who specialises in stress/bullying claims involving the NHS; Janet Mcwhinney, who is 'measured, focused and efficient'; the 'very experienced and calm' David Locke; and Joanne Hughes, who 'the rising star of the team'.

The 'commercial, strategic and pragmatic' practice at RPC defends against a range of substantial and highly complex claims, with notable expertise in cases involving general surgery, reproductive healthcare, clinical trials, psychiatric injury and cauda equina. Key work in 2017 includes claims concerning cosmetic and bariatric surgery, large group actions and international issues. The 'very experienced and high skilled' team works with private hospital groups, clinics, hospices, international assistance organisations, home carer services and individual practitioners. Head of Department and 'star performer' Dorothy Flower  led the team defending consultant surgeon Ian Paterson and Spire Healthcare and NHS Trust in high-profile litigation concerning the performance of unorthodox mastectomies and other unnecessary surgical procedures. The 'hardworking' and 'very friendly' Rowan Brown is noted for her 'good attention to detail'; sheis experienced in group litigation and matters with international focus.

Weightmans LLP has an extensive track record handling complex and high-value cases, often with a cross-border component. Organ transplant and blood donor cases are key areas of focus, as are claims against ambulance services.  The NHSR is a key client, with the firm being one of only four reappointed to all three lots on the NHSR's panel. Isobel Michie joined from BLM and is described as 'an extremely experienced case handler with a strong depth of knowledge and experience of the NHS'. Other key individuals include Vanessa Splaine and Rachel Kneale, who leads the healthcare team nationally. Sarah Ellington departed to become a district judge in the Court of Protection

The 'very experienced' team at BLM has a 'wealth of clinical negligence knowledge' and 'a good understanding of the commercial interests of clients'. Clients include the MPS and NHSR, as well as a number of NHS trusts, insurers, care homes and individual healthcare professionals. Vicki Swanton heads the healthcare department nationally and is regularly involved in high-value claims defending both doctors and dentists. Rosie Shapiro has 'excellent in-depth knowledge', 'focuses on crucial points' and uses her 'sensible approach to cases'. Matthew Trinder joined Browne Jacobson LLP and Rachel Margetts joined Gordons Partnership LLP. Gary Allison and Jane Littlewood left the firm.

CMS regularly acts on behalf of the MDU and DDU in a range of clinical negligence and professional disciplinary cases brought against its members. The team also acts for medical and professional indemnity insurers and members of the medical profession. The firm is 'particularly trusted' with high-value, complex and sensitive work involving brain injury, breach of duty and negligence resulting in fatality. Chris Horsefield heads the department and specialises in dental claims and medical advisory work. Yvonne Screene is described as 'one of the most proficient in this area of law'.

Insurance and reinsurance litigation

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With almost 200 partners across the UK involved in insurance work, a team that continues to recruit, and a client list that includes almost every leading (re)insurer globally - the likes of AIG, Allianz, Aviva, Swiss Re and Zurich - Clyde & Co LLP has earned its reputation as ‘a juggernaut for insurance matters’. The firm specialises in all types of insurance matters, spanning a variety of sectors and classes of insurance business, meaning it has the ‘ability to offer insurance companies the broadest coverage of business lines, at the highest quality and on a global scale’. This strength in depth is utilised in teams dedicated to specific sectors, such as aviation and space, directors' and officers' (D&O), marine, product liability/recall and cyber insurance. With regard to the latter, in September 2017 the firm launched Clyde Code, a consultancy service advising clients on all aspects of the burgeoning new area of smart contracts, blockchain and distributed ledger technology. Nigel Brook leads the global reinsurance team and James Cooper heads up the firm’s Lloyd's and London market practice. Another notable asset is the ‘very knowledgeable’ Neil Beresford, who provides ‘excellent service’, particularly for insurers and reinsurers, evidenced by instructions on some of the largest claims in the market with values in excess of $1bn. Jane Andrewartha and Andrew Grant, both well regarded for their ‘significant market acumen and specialist knowledge’, are also key members of the prolific team that also includes marine and energy insurance specialist Simon Jackson. David Abbott joined DWF in 2018.

DAC Beachcroft LLP's team ‘has a pragmatic, focused approach and adds real value for its clients’. This is married with a ‘very good level of service with strong knowledge in key areas such as construction’. David Bear, ‘a specialist in the field of construction insurance’ who makes clients ‘feel confident and comfortable when cases are in his hands’, is noted for his work in this sector. As well as construction, the firm has dedicated teams focusing on product liability, marine, and global insurance, to name but a few. The particular strength of the firm’s Latin American practice has attracted prominent partners such as Mark Kendall and Duncan Strachan from Sedgwick, Detert, Moran and Arnold LLP, along with senior associates Sarah Hennessy and Lucy Dyson, to a growing team that has also seen the lateral hire of Matthew Olorenshaw from DWF. This expansion has strengthened a team that already includes the likes of Chris Wilkes, Ilana Gilbert and James Deacon. With ten offices across the UK and eight international offices, the practice offers an insurance service across all lines of business from straightforward to complex claims, and the information security and cyber team headed by Hans Allnutt demonstrates ‘the level and quality of service you would expect from a leading firm’ in the key market areas. Leading the practice is Nick Young, who, along with Fiona Gill, was also recently instructed by HDI Global and Rydon Maintenance following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Known for its ‘high quality, integrity, wide competence and very good understanding of the insurance industry’, Kennedys continues to expand and strengthen its global insurance teams. In June 2017 the firm completed its US merger with insurance firm Carroll McNulty & Kull and in October announced the establishment of a Bermuda office, with two partners joining from Sedgwick, Detert, Moran and Arnold LLP, both of which gave a major boost to its global practice and cross-border capabilities. David Chadwick, the former head of Mayer Brown International LLP’s London insurance and reinsurance team, also recently joined the practice. This ambition is matched by instructions on some of the highest-value coverage claims in the London insurance market; notably, Trevor Davies is acting for Protector Insurance, the property and liability insurer of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) and the RBKC Tenant Management Organisation (TMO), in relation to the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The firm has a particularly strong offering in property, energy, construction, professional indemnity and financial lines work; in addition, a specialised team handles large product-related defence and coverage litigation, as well as recalls in the entire EMEA region. This can be seen in highlights such as acting for AXA Insurance against Ted Baker, in claims arising out of the theft of stock by an employee from its warehouse over a period of years, in which Christina MacGregor achieved a win on appeal in September 2017. Nick Williams heads the active team that also includes the ‘quality and knowledgeable’ Michael Hogg, and the experienced David Wilkinson.

The ‘exemplary’ level of service at Clausen Miller LLP is combined with a ‘legal knowledge, value for money and quality of advice that is second to none’. ‘A market leader on conflict of laws and jurisdictional issues’, the boutique firm is renowned for handling complex, high-value claims that range across many industries including construction, engineering, energy, finance and manufacturing, and it specialises in insurance and reinsurance litigation. Among its clients are major insurers and reinsurers, including Lloyd’s syndicates, and international companies. John Startin and Jonathan Hall ‘are an exceptional double act: their strengths include thorough research and the depth of their analysis, along with their subsequent advice’. These ‘absolute experts in the field are tenacious in pursing the interests of their clients’, and are aided in this by associate Tatiana Markovitch, who is ‘exceptionally able on Latin American matters and has an excellent grasp of the commercial realities that underpin legal relationships’. Significant cross-border work includes contentious losses in the Middle East, Latin America and Africa, involving both direct action and negotiation with insurers and reinsurers. In these matters, too, the firm remains a ‘first port of call for difficult or complex work’ thanks to ‘a strong global network’.

CMS’ May 2017 merger with legacy firms Nabarro and Olswang created one of the largest law firms in the UK, significantly increasing its capabilities. Ed Foss heads a team of 13 partners and seven associates, which includes construction specialist Monica Lesny, who also handles significant professional negligence claims on behalf of insolvency practitioners, insurance brokers, and PR and tech consultants, as well as Simon Garrett, whose practice focuses on claims against financial institutions, commercial D&O claims and complex professional indemnity disputes, not to mention a particular expertise in the aviation insurance market. Combined with a global reach and a full-service offering, the firm has helped to design new insurance products for cyber risks and is handling various complex cyber/data breach claims internationally. The large team is composed of experts in data protection and security, data loss and information management and can draw on this expertise when necessary. Recent highlights include Stephen Netherway leading the advice to Spire Healthcare in a high-profile coverage dispute with its insurer, RSA, relating to the medical negligence and fraud of consultant surgeon Ian Paterson.

What Herbert Smith Freehills LLP ‘lacks in pure numbers, it makes up for in quality and depth of talent’. Paul Lewis heads the team, which has ‘an extremely high level of quality from the senior partners down to the trainees’ and ‘technical abilities that are really second to none’. This can be seen in the work of partners such as Alexander Oddy, ‘who applies real intellectual rigour to complex claims’; he recently took the lead advising Single Buoy Mooring on a claim under its construction insurance programme arising out of damage to an oil platform on the Yme field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. Another key member of the team is the ‘approachable and personable’ Anthony Dempster, ‘one of the best property insurance and reinsurance lawyers working in London, who provides clear and concise advice’. He acted for RSA in defending claims made under a property/liability risks insurance policy for losses arising from a major fire at a restaurant and office complex in Tabernacle Street in the City of London. In addition, the ‘top-drawer’ practice can claim to act for all interested parties in the insurance sector, from corporate policyholders and brokers to insurers and reinsurers, with blue-chip clients including RSA, Marsh, Willis and Aviva, for whom David Reston is the key contact. It is also progressing in emerging markets, with Greig Anderson advising on major cyber insurance claims, as well as assisting Airmic with producing a guide on the same topic.

HFW ‘provides a well-rounded service’, offering a comprehensive range of dispute resolution, transactional and regulatory legal services to the insurance sector, specialising in high-value, complex, multi-party, and cross-border work. Practice highlights include advising insurers in relation to coverage issues arising out of the SociĂ©tĂ© GĂ©nĂ©rale employee fraud, which cost the bank €5bn, and advising an insurer on its liability for claims made by the investment banks which advised Enron and HealthSouth, with claims totalling $100m. The team includes experienced insurance specialists Andrew Bandurka, Alison Proctor and Edward Rushton, as well as Christopher Foster, ‘a standout lawyer whose memory for cases is exceptional but who is able to translate that knowledge into a real pragmatism’, and the noteworthy Adam Strong, a seasoned negotiator of complex issues, with ‘a very good understanding of client requirements’.

Hogan Lovells International LLP advises across the full range of insurance disputes, specialising in those involving sanctions, regulatory issues and white-collar crime and investigations. It has a commitment to the cost and time-saving benefits of alternative dispute resolution and a track record in multi-party arbitrations. The firm’s belief in providing a value-for-money service has also driven the development and implementation of Prism, an early case assessment tool generating a timetable, costs and actions lists for clients facing complex disputes. Among these clients the firm counts major players in the insurance market such as Phoenix Group, AXA and Willis Towers Watson. Practice head Nick Atkins’ work extends from disputes about complex reinsurance and insurance coverage issues to negligence actions involving brokers and third-party administrators. He leads a team that includes Lloyd's market specialist Jamie Rogers and Victor Fornasier, who is currently acting for PA(GI) in relation to liability for payment protection insurance (PPI) policies dating back to the late 1980s.

Ince specialises in marine and energy-related insurance, with around 50% of its insurance work coming from these sectors; the team also handles property, business interruption, political risk, trade credit, professional negligence, D&O, and reinsurance matters. The roots of the practice lie in marine insurance law, and the firm handles ship casualty investigations as well as advising on marine insurance coverage questions. Kiran Soar is the global head of insurance. While Chris Jefferis and Johanna Ewan recently left the firm to join long-term client XL Catlin, the practice maintains a strong UK and international capability, with a network of overseas offices and a number of partners qualified to practice in more than one jurisdiction. Recently promoted Elle Young is a go-to name for contentious matters across a wide range of marine classes of direct insurance and facultative reinsurance business. In another recent highlight that demonstrates the firm's place in the market, Simon Cooper was instructed to prepare the single claims agreement to govern the model formed by Lloyd's and the International Underwriting Association to allow a single insurer to agree claims on behalf of the whole insurance market.

Norton Rose Fulbright provides a ‘Rolls-Royce service’ that offers ‘sound advice and good team work’. A practice that works across the board, it has seen a particular increase in activity by regulators, with clients relying on its D&O and regulatory investigation expertise. The firm is also increasing its cyber and data protection insurance practice as a result of new mandates such as its appointment as data breach response counsel to AIG’s large corporate insureds in Europe. Several of the team's highlights came from its strong marine practice: it was instructed to pursue a recovery action on behalf of Aspen Insurance, Travelers and AXA, as hull underwriters, against the owners and mortgagee bank of Atlantik Confidence, in respect of the payment of a constructive total loss following the fire on board and eventual sinking of the vessel on 3 April 2013. Chris Zavos led on this case and is currently also acting for London market war risks insurers in defence of claims following an alleged piracy attack on a crude oil tanker in the high-profile and well-publicised case of the Brillante Virtuoso. The practice is headed by Liam O’Connell, known for his ‘sound legal advice and innovative solutions to problematic legal issues’, and continues to grow. The arrival of the ‘excellent’ Adrian Mecz, Michelle George and Jonathan Ogle from the firm's combination with legacy firm Chadbourne & Parke has further strengthened the insurance and reinsurance practice in London, adding ‘strong technical knowledge, tempered with good commercial and common sense’.

‘A pre-eminent insurance litigation firm’, RPC has a reputation for contentious insurance work in the financial lines, international property and power generation and energy sectors, areas in which it receives increasing numbers of instructions. The team is also investing in new sectors, having recently hired Naomi Vary, who specialises in trade credit and political risk insurance, from Sedgwick, Detert, Moran and Arnold LLP. Karen Morrish also joined from Sedgwick, Detert, Moran and Arnold LLP, while Toby Higginson and Toby Savage were promoted to partner. The team, headed by Simon Laird, also includes energy insurance market expert Gary Walkling, and is known for its ‘excellent personnel and very capable and effective resources' and for 'providing a quality service’. The practice also has significant capability in the cyber risks field and has developed a cyber incident response service called ReSecure. The team acts for some of the major insurers, London market companies and global composites, including AIG, Liberty, AXA CS, XL Catlin and Aviva. Recent highlights include Simon Goldring applying for a declaration, on behalf of AXA CS, that the English court does not have jurisdiction over XL's claim for double insurance against it, and Leigh Williams acting for WR Berkley Insurance and Lancashire Insurance Company in the high-profile case of Single Buoy Moorings Inc v Aspen Insurance UK & Ors. The latter represents the largest single asset insurance claim that has ever been litigated in the UK and one of the largest contested insurance claims brought in any jurisdiction.

Berwin Leighton Paisner and Bryan Cave merged to form Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP in April 2018, giving clients access to a ‘very professional service’. The team handles major insurance coverage disputes, usually international in nature and often with an unusual element, for blue-chip clients such as AIG, Munich Re and Travelers; it recently advised the latter in relation to a disputed insurance claim in excess of £1m. Another highlight for the practice, which is particularly known for its ‘good knowledge of D&O defence’, was Anthony Lennox defending the former finance director of a large refrigeration business that became insolvent, assisted by Kelly Jones. Lennox, who heads the firm's insurance and reinsurance disputes practice, has 25 years’ experience of (re)insurance litigation and arbitration. Another notable attraction for clients is head of insurance Jonathan Sacher, who has not lost a reinsurance case in over 20 years.

The ‘very knowledgeable and responsive’ team at niche insurance firm Carter Perry Bailey LLP, based in the heart of London’s insurance and reinsurance market, is ‘top class’, but its real selling point is ‘the expert and approachable founding partners’. Stephen Carter has over 30 years’ experience of insurance and reinsurance, and specialist in international direct insurance claims Bernadette Bailey ‘is consummately professional and highly effective’. The ‘responsive and pragmatic’ Bill Perry is handling a complex ongoing case for mutual insurance company Sentry Insurance following a Part VII transfer which turned out to be defective. Despite a general downturn in London market reinsurance disputes, the international nature of the practice has meant that it continues to receive instructions in reinsurance matters, whether direct from overseas insurers/reinsurers, through brokers or through its membership of Insuralex, the leading international group of specialist insurance and reinsurance law firms. Among its diverse clients the firm can count AXA ART Insurance, FedEx Trade Networks, Nasco France and Syrian Arab Insurance.

‘Response times are always quick and advice is detailed and to the point’ at Cooley (UK) LLP, which offers a ‘very in-depth knowledge’ of the sector. While it is best known for complex insurance and reinsurance disputes in arbitration or in the Commercial Court, the firm’s expertise extends to insurance run‐off and insolvency and cross-border work, particularly in the US market. An extensive and prestigious client base in the US, Bermuda, Europe, London market and South East Asia includes the likes of Lloyd’s Market Association, Munich Re, Swiss Re, AXA and XL Bermuda. David Kendall, who is 'intelligent, sophisticated, supportive and guileful, in the best possible sense’, acted for the latter in relation to disputes in London arbitration concerning coverage under Bermuda Form liability insurance policies. In another recent highlight,  ‘extremely knowledgeable, efficient and effective’ practice head Mark Everiss, assisted by Sam Tacey, obtained a worldwide freezing order on behalf of Med Re against one of its former directors. The team also includes the ‘strategic and business orientated’ James Crabtree.

With a global platform of over 300 lawyers worldwide in the insurance and reinsurance practice, not to mention the addition of two new associates in the London team, DLA Piper offers experience and strength in depth, particularly when it comes to dealing with high-profile cross-border matters. Aviation, transaction liability and cyber insurance and reinsurance claims disputes are where the team thrives, and a focus on new emerging specialist lines such as cyber security and warranty and indemnity insurance helps give the practice an edge. Clients include major actors in the market such as Swiss Re, Aviva and R&Q. Among other notable instructions, the team advised Placing Platform, a London Market Group venture company set up to promote competitiveness and technological development in the London market, and represented R&Q, the manager of Lloyd's Syndicate 102, in liability claims arising from the collapse of the World Trade Center on 9/11. These cases were led by practice heads Leon Taylor and Andrew Symons respectively. Rebecca Hopkirk joined the team from RPC in September 2018.

‘A strong team who complement each other’s skill sets and good connections to lawyers abroad’ are the key factors that define DWF's practice. It has particular expertise in high-value international cases and a deep bench with a core team of 16 partner and 65 associates working in the sector, which makes ‘the service excellent as well as the response times, flexibility and advice market leading’. In a recent highlight, Kieran Walshe acted for RSA in Spire Healthcare Ltd v Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Plc, a policy coverage dispute arising out of the medical malpractice and illegal practices of consultant breast surgeon Ian Paterson. Practice head Jonathan Moss is currently acting for Travelers in a case involving a collision between a container vessel and a mobile harbour crane in Freetown Terminal, Sierra Leone. Global casualty team head John Groome has ‘significant experience in the UK and US’ and acts for direct insurers on coverage and property/product liability claims. Another notable team member is the ‘efficient and strategic’ Antony Woodhouse, who is ‘excellent in insurance arbitration practice and an absolute pleasure to work with on a day-to-day basis’. David Abbott joined from Clyde & Co LLP in 2018.

The Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP team is ‘excellent and provides great value for money’. It distinguishes itself with its ‘technical breadth and experience, as well as its understanding of the industry’. Major clients such as XL Catlin, AON, RiverStone and AIG come to the firm for its ‘responsive, helpful and proactive’ approach. The team in London has advised on disputes connected to several other jurisdictions, in collaboration with its insurance colleagues in the firm’s network of over 60 foreign offices. This international reach has increased since the merger with US legacy firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, which took effect on 1 February 2017, with the firm acquiring a number of US market-leading insurance practitioners. The particular strength of its real estate practice group gives the team a competitive advantage, as does the 25 years’ experience in insurance coverage disputes of practice head Simon Brooks. Another asset for the team is high-profile financial and professional risks expert Naz Gauri. Recent highlights include representing the successful defendant Motorplus in a claim brought by a firm of solicitors against the legal expenses insurance underwriting agency. Taking the lead in this case was Paula Gaddum, who was also instructed by Guarantee Protection Insurance to bring a claim against a Lloyd’s broker which had allegedly acted outside of its authority in concluding overseas insurance contracts.

‘With an impressive reputation in insurance litigation, BLM's London office can hold its own with any firm’; it has ‘a very strong team with market-leading expertise in coverage disputes, notably in the fields of commercial property insurance and liability insurance’. This has recently been enhanced by the arrival of professional negligence expert Ross Baker, who specialises in professional indemnity and D&O liability insurance, from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. ‘A modern litigator who gets excellent results’, Baker is ‘an insurance and reinsurance coverage expert with superb people skills’. The strong team is headed by John O’Shea, who has ‘great experience of coverage litigation and major subrogated claims’, as well as ‘a very acute understanding of the law', and is 'admirably cool under pressure'. Another noteworthy member of the team is Mark Aitken, ‘an insurance litigator with particular strength in factually complex coverage disputes such as major fire claims’, whose ‘rigorous pursuit of every line of enquiry has secured an enviable series of victories in the High Court’. The team acts for major insurers in important reported cases and ‘achieves excellent results through its meticulous enquiries and clear, rigorous litigation strategies’. A recent example is its advice to Network Rail Infrastructure on a variety of property-related disputes including environmental issues, boundary disputes, engineering issues and other liability claims relevant to land ownership and the rail industry, notably the Court of Appeal case of Williams and Waistell v Network Rail Infrastructure Limited.

‘Creative and innovative in proposing solutions’, Pinsent Masons LLP is ‘very responsive and excellent at analysing the problem’. A particular expertise is in construction; the team is handling several insurance claims arising from significant global construction projects. The ‘tactically very sound’ Colin Read is the firm’s specialist in this sector and ‘runs a happy and engaged team that uses junior and senior resources well’. Another key area of work is cyber and data breach insurance, in which Ian Birdsey is an expert. The team has also been working with a number of UK general insurers on cyber terrorism extension wordings within UK commercial property covers. Heading the practice is Nick Bradley, an expert in claims arising in the run-off sector, with clients including RSA and Armour Re.

Simmons & Simmons provides ‘excellent service, quick responses and very technical individuals who will go above and beyond to assist the client, whatever the query’. One of the clear stand-outs is Jason Bright, who is ‘an excellent and extremely approachable lawyer, with an immense understanding of the needs of the insurance market and the difficulties it faces’. Focused on product liability and product recall losses, ‘his advice is always clear and concise and he has the intelligence to find solutions where others wouldn’t’. Overall, the firm specialises in five key sectors: financial institutions, asset management, life sciences and technology, media, and telecoms. The insurance team focuses on practice areas that complement these sectors, such as cyber liability, fine art claims, intellectual property liability and media professional liability claims. Headed by James Pollock, the practice spans Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and includes experts in other jurisdictions such as Latin America. This allows for a crucial cross-border capacity.

The ‘stellar’ team at Slaughter and May ‘adopts a rigorous but commercially sensible approach to insurance and reinsurance litigation’. Across disputes in a variety of insurance sectors, including multi-jurisdictional coverage, reinsurance insolvency subrogation issues, product recall, and professional indemnity insurance, the practice maintains ‘a great track record’. Sarah Lee leads a team that includes the pre-eminent Efstathios Michael, who ‘has a great intellect, but also very good commercial instincts, and always adopts a practical approach to insurance dispute resolution’. Highlights included successfully representing Equitas in proceedings in the High Court regarding its pursuit of multiple, substantial and complex reinsurance claims against its reinsurer, R&Q, as well as advising Marsh in respect of a claim in the Commercial Court brought by Meinl Bank.

At Browne Jacobson LLP, ‘the overall level of service is excellent’ and the team ‘provides balanced, considered, high-quality advice on a very wide range of coverage’; its ‘combined business acumen is excellent and the lawyers are some of the best in field in the London market’. Jonathan Newbold heads the group, which comprises seven partners, 11 solicitors and four claims handlers. One of the firm’s leading partners for contentious insurance claims, he primarily acts on behalf of underwriters, from whom he has received instructions in connection with some very high-value and high-profile insurance work. ‘The strong and reliable’ Colin Peck ‘exudes an air of authority and depth of knowledge without being overbearing’. For 25 years he has specialised in insurance and reinsurance policy coverage advice and related disputes involving the London and Lloyd’s market. Another key team member, Francis Mackie, has over 30 years of experience in the London (re)insurance market. These stand-out partners both arrived in early 2017, significantly strengthening the firm’s offering, and the team continued to grow with the December 2017 hire of professional indemnity specialist Ed Anderson from the London office of Beale & Co. Add to this recently becoming the London member of the Harmonie Group of insurance law firms and it can be seen as a firm with great ambition in the sector.

An international law firm with offices in London and across North America, Cozen O'Connor ‘has good geographic spread and is responsive to questions’; it is well positioned to assist clients with cross-border claims, litigation and regulatory issues and handle insurance matters in more than 40 jurisdictions, including the UK, Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, and Africa. A particular focus is representing underwriters in complex coverage litigation, focusing on international property and casualty, aviation, mining, power, oil and gas, construction, and political risk insurance. ‘Very knowledgeable and personable’ practice head Paul Dowsey advised more than 15 insurers in respect of a potentially very large engineering loss in Latin America with a possible claim in excess of $300m; the matter eventually came to a successful conclusion. The team is also advising AXA Insurance (Gulf) on a reinsurance coverage dispute concerning employee health insurance programmes.

Mayer Brown International LLP covers the spectrum of insurance work, including financial institutions; political and trade credit risks; reinsurance; professional indemnity; public and products liability; D&O liability; property and fire damage; and offshore disputes. David Chadwick and his team moved to Kennedys; Jane Childs now heads the practice along with Sean Connolly, who continues to advise insurers including Chubb Insurance Company of Europe, Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe, and Lloyd's of London syndicates on five years of cover in respect of exposures of an independent financial adviser arising out of advice to invest in various film finance schemes. The firm has a strong international offering with offices in South America and links with Bermuda and Ireland; this allows for expertise in cross-border disputes. In addition, the team features lawyers who cover a broad range of insurance risks for major clients such as MDO Management Company, Chubb Insurance Company of Europe, Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK) and Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe.

Mills & Reeve LLP's practice has contentious coverage expertise spanning a range of insurance areas including D&O, technology and cyber. The firm also offers a longstanding professional indemnity practice within the London market, which has involved advising on coverage as well as defence. Neil Davis leads a team that is seasoned in handling complex, high-value crime, civil liability and D&O claims. Thanks to the firm’s national construction practice, the team can also draw on expertise in multi-party construction disputes in the insurance sector. It is currently representing six sureties, including AIG Europe, Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe and Zurich Insurance Company, in negotiating the extension and amendments to their existing facilities and general arrangements of indemnity and a new security sharing agreement. Adrian Luto is leading the team in this matter; he joined the practice along with Justin Hennessey in June 2017 as a result of the merger with legacy firm Maxwell Winward, adding their significant experience and expertise to the pool.

Stephenson Harwood's marine insurance group is ‘excellent in terms of quality of advice’, offering clients ‘legal and offshore industry knowledge and speed of response’. Its focus on marine insurance makes it a go-to firm for London and continental insurers and reinsurers in relation to insurance coverage liability and subrogated disputes; the team also advises on policy wordings across the board in offshore disputes. Simon Moore acted for Navigators Insurance Company, Travelers Syndicate 5000 at Lloyd's, and others in the high-profile case of the B Atlantic, which was detained in Venezuela in 2007; the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the clients in May 2018. In other highlights, team head Alex Davis oversaw the firm’s appointment to the legal panels of RSA and Brit Insurance, as well as managing the firm's relationship with Talbot and Hiscox. Also noteworthy is the ‘experienced and commercially minded’ Nick Barber, who specialises in hull, cargo and liability insurance, ‘demonstrates a clear grasp of the legal issues and provides excellent advice’. Joe O’Keeffe has joined from Ince & Co, where he was formerly the global head of insurance.

Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP ‘provides sensible, pragmatic advice’, focusing on high-value, high-complexity disputes, particularly Bermuda Form arbitrations. A high-profile example of this work was practice head Angus Rodger representing the insurer in a Bermuda Form arbitration arising out of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. A solicitor advocate who has advised and represented insurers and reinsurers for 26 years, Rodger is a ‘first choice’ in the field. Major insurance clients include Enstar, Hannover Re and Generali, and in October 2017 the firm also hosted the Lex Mundi international (re)insurance symposium, a knowledge-sharing event for insurance law specialists from around the world.

Gowling WLG offers a compact but experienced team of insurance lawyers who focus on litigation, arbitration and mediation skills, including international arbitration. Particularly known for coverage and Bermuda Form arbitration work, the team is led by Samantha Holland, who was promoted to partner in May 2017. She is supported by David Breslin, who specialises in insurance and reinsurance, major and complex claims. Among its clients the firm can claim some major market players such as Allianz Insurance, Argo Re, XL Catlin and Chubb Atlantic.

Gordon Dadds LLP is noted for its focus on bespoke, partner-led work; the key names in the department are Adrian Bingham and Max Robinson. The team handles complex and high-value disputes relating to interpretation of policy conditions and exclusions; professional negligence claims involving principally construction industry and financial professionals; material damage claims; and environmental pollution matters for a client base predominantly centred on the London market, but also including international risks. It has a particular specialism in claims concerning construction and engineering projects, and commercial legal expenses.

The ‘professional and dedicated’ Keystone Law ‘fully understands the insurance market and the type of advice that is required to assist its clients’. Employers’ and public liability claims specialist Steven Conway and  Jason Kallis, a litigator who specialises in construction, product liability and property are key members of the team. In a recent highlight, Kallis, who is ‘intelligent yet down to earth and gives concise and accurate advice which helps insurers get to the crux of the matter’, defended pool equipment manufacturer Certikin International and its insurers against a £3.1m claim over an allegedly defective pool liner.

The London team of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP forms part of a global insurance practice advising on insurance coverage issues, dispute resolution and sophisticated restructurings using insurance recoveries. In 2017 the team continued to expand its litigation capabilities with the recruitment of Chris Warren-Smith and Melanie Ryan. The multi-jurisdictional set-up of the firm translates to a particular expertise in representing clients on cross-border matters involving Bermuda Form policies. Peter Sharp and Nick Greenwood lead a team experienced in a variety of insurance recovery, insurance and reinsurance matters, as well as emerging markets.

Boutique firm Plexus Law acts exclusively for insurers, and is instructed in the full range of matters, including higher-value complex claims. The practice has a particular focus on property risks and coverage, with a dedicated team that provides specialist legal advice and services in the areas of property and casualty insurance. In addition, the team offers a bespoke recovery unit for subrogated claims, and has gained instructions from clients including Direct Line, RSA, QBE and Ageas, as well as being active in the Lloyd’s market. Victoria Jordan, who specialises in property-related insurance including construction and liability risks, heads the team, which also includes Paul Cha. He recently acted for Ageas and Aviva in a claim in relation to a major fire that occurred in the claimant's hotel.

Signature Litigation LLP's team focuses on complex international insurance disputes, making it ‘an excellent, trustworthy firm for heavyweight litigation’. The highly specialised dispute resolution boutique has a strong focus on large, complex and often cross-border cases, particularly in Latin America. In this regard, practice head Hermes Marangos is the go-to expert, as one of the pioneers on complex matters for the insurance and reinsurance industry in Latin America. ‘Intelligent, with an excellent knowledge of the field’, he offers the ability to ‘think outside the box and get inside the Latin American psyche’. The breadth of experience in the practice covers a wide range of sectors, including losses arising out of natural disasters and claims under D&O policies, but especially multi-jurisdictional disputes and large-scale infrastructure projects. Julian Connerty recently advised Gable Insurance on a potential claim against underwriting agency Morgan Law.

Instructed in a range of matters, Thomas Cooper LLP is particularly active in cross-border and marine work. Celso de Azevedo’s practice focuses on international insurance and litigation, particularly complex, cross-border Latin American and European disputes; he is also a founding committee member of the Cyber Insurance Association. An example of de Azevedo's work in these fields is his advice to London reinsurers in a Chilean reinsurance claim arising from the placement of a cyber risks policy programme in Chile and Peru. In the marine insurance area, clients can rely on Ceri Done, who has a broad practice with a focus on marine and yacht disputes. She is currently acting for the owners and insurers of a superyacht that was destroyed by fire while undergoing repairs under warranty. A welcome new addition to the London team is Mark Sachs, who relocated in May 2017 to take up a position in the shipping and international trade group, heading the China/Japan team.

‘Really well-established with leading insurers and insured clients’, Weightmans LLP is ‘strongly recommended’. Experienced in reinsurance, property, construction, liability, and professional negligence coverage disputes, as well as handling increasing numbers of instructions in financial lines, D&O, cyber, and political risk matters, the team offers its expertise to both London market  and international clients. For construction coverage disputes, the firm is led by the ‘bright, commercial, serious and tough’ Ed Lewis, and Robert Crossingham provides ‘technical excellence’, particularly in the field of professional liability. The addition of partner Simon Durkin from DWF in October 2017 also gave the team a boost in policy coverage and related disputes. A recent highlight for the team is representing reinsurers Sirius International Insurance Corporation and Allianz Insurance in respiratory claims disputes arising out of the 9/11 attacks in New York. Coverage disputes specialist Ling Ong is leading in this matter.

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‘Composed and measured in advocating the client’s case’, the team at Allen & Overy LLP offers ‘clarity and firmness and exhibits a clear strategic approach’ for policyholders in high-value coverage disputes against Lloyd’s market, Bermuda market and international insurers. It has significant experience and expertise in complex financial instruments, tricky capital markets structures and insurance arbitrations, directors' and officers' (D&O) cover, and cross-border disputes such as Bermuda Form matters. Notably, Richard Smith is particularly active in this field, bringing a ‘coordinated and conversant’ approach to cases. Joanna Page, who demonstrates ‘great practical judgement and is hugely experienced’, heads the team, which also includes Richard Farnhill: he has ‘a very inventive legal mind which finds solutions to problems that most others would overlook’. He is currently leading the advice to Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) in its claim against insurers under the Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 1930.

The team at Clifford Chance LLP advises banks, major corporates and private equity firms on large, complex matters, frequently with a cross-border element; it has recently handled cases in the areas of D&O, warranty and indemnity (W&I), credit, political risk and professional indemnity insurance. The team also advises major clients on the drafting of insurance policies. With the chair of the City of London Law Society Insurance Law Committee, Philip Hill, as practice head, ‘nothing is done without careful thought, in a good way’. Twenty-five years' experience representing insureds in disputes has earned Hill a reputation as ‘one of the most brilliant solicitors working in London, a true superstar’. Insurance regulatory expert Dorian Drew, authority on reinsurance law Terry O’Neill and experienced litigator Christopher Ingham are also members of the formidable team of experts.

Fenchurch Law is ‘a superb boutique for policyholder disputes’: what the team ‘does not know about insurance law is not worth knowing’. Specialising exclusively in insurance coverage disputes for policyholders, it offers ‘a thorough and professional service’. With ten specialist coverage lawyers, the firm has a large team dedicated to serving the needs of policyholders and their brokers, making it a ‘well-respected niche firm and genuine leader in this field’. The team is headed by David Pryce, ‘an incredibly smart and experienced insurance lawyer who is not afraid to go toe-to-toe with anyone in the industry’. Jonathan Corman, who ‘is diligent and instills confidence', is also a key member of the team, as are Joanna Grant, Amy Lacey, Daniel Brooks and John Curran (‘all especially fine choices for any policyholder dispute’). Clients include US law firms, BVI accounting firms, Peruvian energy companies, Canadian brokers, and numerous Guernsey and Jersey pension trustees, fund managers and hedge funds.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP ‘has excellent partners who quickly analyse and understand technical coverage issues, providing practical advice’. The firm's leading policyholder practice recovered over £500m in 2016/17 in insurance recoveries for policyholders, acting for ten FTSE 100 clients. It also remains the UK Association of Insurance and Risk Managers' preferred service provider on insurance law issues. The full-service firm specialises in handling claims under political risk and political violence polices, with mandates arising from events in parts of Africa and the Middle East; claims under W&I insurance; and claims under credit risk policies. Paul Lewis leads the team, ‘conducting litigation with a firm eye on his client’s commercial realities, with a forte in driving a commercial settlement where appropriate’. ‘Ferociously committed litigator’ Alexander Oddy is advising Single Buoy Moorings on a claim arising out of damage to an oil platform on the Yme field - the largest contested insurance claim in the energy insurance market and in the English courts at present. In terms of emerging markets, the recently promoted Greig Anderson is building the team's expertise in the cyber insurance arena.

‘Aside from the quality of the advice itself, the administrative processes at K&L Gates LLP are very smooth and efficient.' Offering insurance coverage advice exclusively to policyholders allows the firm to avoid conflicts of interest when acting against insurers, and the London office is part of a global coverage practice with over 100 insurance coverage lawyers. This means working on Bermuda Form arbitrations is a major growth area. Sarah Turpin leads the team, which has extensive experience across the insurance sector, particularly in D&O liability, professional indemnity and cyber risk insurance, as well as W&I insurance. Turpin provides ‘an excellent service, giving clear, practical advice in a very tight time frame’. Sarah Emerson is also a noted member of the growing team, which was recently given a boost with the addition of commercial dispute lawyers Jeremy Farr and Clare Kempkens, who joined from Ince; their practice includes coverage matters in the energy sector.

‘Very pleasurable to work with and a step ahead all the time’, Reed Smith LLP is ‘one of the top firms in London, and internationally, for policyholder work’. Operating a full-service, policyholder-only practice in all sectors, with a particular strength in the financial services, energy and commodities, war and political risk, and marine areas, the firm can boast an ‘extremely slick and professional service’. Peter Hardy heads the practice and is a ‘measured tactician with excellent client skills’. The team also includes Bermuda Form arbitration expert Mark Connoley; the ‘extremely commercial and well-respected’ Margaret Campbell, ‘a tough fighter who achieves excellent results’; and the ‘stand-out’ Mark Pring, who is ‘clear thinking and realistic, with a good technical grasp of the law and long experience of how the insurance market works’. Also noteworthy is ‘very able associate’ Laura-May Scott, who is ‘always on top of the details and excellent with the clients’.

‘The Rolls-Royce of firms acting for policyholders’, Edwin Coe LLP has built a successful track record in this field over the past 35 years, giving it almost ‘unrivaled experience’. The team regularly handles claims against the most well-known insurers, who ‘absolutely hate having them on the other side’, and offers ‘superlative value for money’. It also works closely with the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters. Practice head Roger Franklin demonstrates ‘very sound judgement and is excellent with clients’; he is also a particular expert in responding to allegations of fraud, as well as dealing with issues arising from under-insurance in the context of business interruption claims and property loss. His team includes ‘hugely experienced negotiator’ Michael Whitton, who is ‘not afraid to run matters to trial’, and the ‘incisive and tough’ Nicola Maher, who provides ‘performance and results that are nothing short of outstanding’ with ‘expertise and authority’.

‘A stand-out firm in this area’, Michelmores LLP is ‘first class in everything it does in the insurance sector’. Specialising in acting for policyholders, the team is ‘strong for the technically difficult issues’ and can provide ‘a straight answer to a tricky question, with analysis that can be trusted’. The practice has recently handled a number of coverage disputes arising from professional indemnity policies, often in the financial services arena, particularly for clients facing regulatory investigations. It is also developing a real specialism in credit risk and political risk insurance coverage disputes. Highlights included practice head Garbhan Shanks, who is noted for his ‘superior legal mind’, representing Munnelly Support Services in a coverage dispute with its broker, Absolute Insurance Brokers, and its professional indemnity and employers' liability insurers, Liberty Syndicates and ACE European Group. Shanks and associate Harriet Chopra form ‘a wonderful double act in this sector - technically superb with client-facing skills that are second to none’. Associate Fiona Pearson is also ‘a pleasure to deal with and extremely practical’.

Regularly advising major clients such as TSB and Capita, Addleshaw Goddard has significant experience in the sector. W&I insurance, product liability issues and Bermuda Form matters are particular areas of expertise. Practice head Richard Wise has acted in Bermuda Form arbitrations and mediations worth more than $2bn combined, and partner Richard Clayton is a specialist in the financial services industry. The team also utilises a base of specialist insurance litigators, including associates Laura Payne and Josianne El Antoury; the latter joined in May 2017 from HFW's insurance practice in Dubai.

Burges Salmon LLP's team provides ‘concise and pragmatic advice, with a very quick turnaround’. A client-focused approach means ‘the firm as a whole provides top-quality service’. The practice is now centred almost exclusively on work for policyholders. As well as a growing workflow of international cases originating in Latin America, the firm’s broader reputation in the areas of construction, transport, energy, rail and infrastructure attracts clients in these key sectors thanks to a combination of industry knowledge and insurance expertise. Thus the practice particularly focuses on public liability, professional indemnity and property damage matters. Kari McCormick heads the insurance team and specialises in the financial services, energy and construction sectors; ‘she excels at handling heavy multi-party litigation’, using her ‘sound litigation instincts and deep understanding of cases to identify and exploit an opponent’s weaknesses’. McCormick is currently assisting the Financial Services Compensation Scheme with a project to recover sums from the professional indemnity insurers of various insurance intermediaries and independent financial adviser firms that are in default. Other noted members of the team are the ‘practical, commercial and technically competent’ Matt Walker and ‘impressive senior associate and partner in the making’ Hannah Miller, who has ‘experience far beyond her years and is highly astute legally and tactically’.

The ‘extremely helpful, knowledgeable and experienced’ team at HFW ‘has a good understanding of the London market and its practices and thus is able to give concise and pertinent advice’. It provides dispute resolution and transactional legal services to the insurance sector for both policyholders and insurers. The ‘excellent, practical and common-sense advice’ is combined with ‘good litigators and a depth of knowledge’ in the practice, making it a ‘go-to firm for advice'. A specialist global insurance and reinsurance team of 20 partners and more than 40 lawyers includes, in London, Nigel Wick, who is ‘always willing to go the extra mile to assist, on top of which he is a good lawyer’, and Jonathan Bruce, who is known for his ‘application of the law, ability to manage expectations, and policy interpretation skills’.

The ‘very professional’ team at Mishcon de Reya LLP offers 'top-drawer guidance’ in policyholder coverage disputes, Bermuda Form matters, and non-contentious advice. Richard Leedham, who heads the insurance litigation practice in the dispute resolution department, ‘is very experienced and seems to know what buttons to push when dealing with the insurers’. Specialising in insurance disputes, he acts predominantly for corporate policyholders on coverage issues across a wide range of industries; in a recent example, he acted for Saba Rock, which owned a hotel destroyed by Hurricane Irma. Sonia Campbell, who also specialises in acting for corporates and FTSE companies in relation to insurance coverage, is another key member of the team. Clients note that the team ‘has really strengthened its offering, and now has a particularly strong pharma insurance practice’.

Insurance: corporate and regulatory

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The 'first-class’ Clifford Chance LLP can boast an ‘utterly rock-solid understanding of the sector’. It provides a full service offering, with ‘a genuine market leader’ in Katherine Coates, who heads the team, as well as an ‘incredible depth and range of knowledge’ across the firm. This is evidenced by Ashley Prebble's advice on the LV= joint venture with Allianz, which will create the UK’s third largest personal insurer with an annual premium income of over £1.7bn. In addition, the ‘pragmatic’ Narind Singh - who is described as ‘gold dust’ by clients - handles insurance regulatory advisory work combined with the skill set of an M&A lawyer, as seen in his work for Deutsche Bank on the process of seeking credit protection insurance for a repackaged book of debt through the use of an SPV mechanism. The team also advised specialist Lloyd’s (re)insurer Neon on its successful application to undertake an insurance-linked securities (ILS) transaction in the UK, the first of its kind under the UK’s new ILS framework.

The corporate insurance team at Clyde & Co LLP is ‘excellent, very responsive and has deep knowledge of the insurance and reinsurance sectors’. This can be seen in a prodigious list of high-profile work, including acting as global adviser to Expedia in relation to the sale of travel insurance-related products via its global businesses around the world, and advising Madison Dearborn Partners on the completion of a multi-million-dollar investment into Sentry Holdings and TIG Topco. Specialising in large, complex M&A deals, the experienced team is particularly well known for its cross-border work, aided by its strength in depth in London as well as the global practice. The ‘extremely knowledgeable and client-focused’ Ivor Edwards leads the team along with Andrew Holderness, ‘the go-to lawyer for Lloyd’s matters', who ‘combines professionalism with practical advice’. In another recent highlight, Stephen Browning led the advice to the management team of Sompo Canopius concerning its sale to a private equity consortium, assisted by William Hogarth.

Hogan Lovells International LLP's ‘extremely knowledgeable and responsive’ practice has a strong track record of advising clients on insurance business transfers under Part VII of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA), M&A, pensions and longevity risk insurance transactions, and insurance business restructurings. Charles Rix heads a team with global expertise and strength in depth; the 12 partners have the ability ‘to turn documents around at short notice using their industry knowledge and expertise to reach sensible commercial positions’, a quality that has attracted some of the leading insurers in the UK, including AXA, Generali, Munich Re, Phoenix, Prudential, Royal London and SCOR. A notable figure in this experienced team is the ‘top-tier’ Steven McEwan, who is ‘responsive, committed and very well respected in the market'. A recent highlight of his is advising Qatar Re on its acquisition of the insurance companies of Markerstudy Group, a UK-based insurance-broking and underwriting group.

‘Outstanding and excellent value for money’, the team at Linklaters LLP ‘is ruthlessly efficient with its time so you never feel that costs are being wasted’. The firm’s global reach gives it expertise in cross-border and emerging markets transactions, and it has advised on over 400 insurance matters globally. These matters cover the full spectrum, from M&A and portfolio transfers on the corporate insurance side to Solvency II and pre-enforcement support at the regulatory end; a particular highlight was advising Prudential on its conflicts of interest policy. The team includes the ‘extremely smart’ Duncan Barber, who is a ‘go-to person on really tricky regulatory issues’, as well as Dan Schuster-Woldan and Kanyaka Ramamurthi, who are ‘second to none for transactional work’.

James Bateson leads Norton Rose Fulbright's ‘extremely knowledgeable’ insurance team, which is continuing to develop, with Nicholas Berry and Noleen John recently promoted to partner. The practice is particularly notable for cross-border M&A and restructurings work, but can also boast a leading life assurance practice headed by corporate finance expert Maria Ross, as well as a UK InsurTech practice, which means it is well positioned to advise clients on the regulatory and legal aspects of this emerging market. However, the firm’s Lloyd’s practice remains its stand-out area, and it demonstrates its expertise and experience by advising across all aspects of the Lloyd’s market. David Whear is a leading practitioner in this field, as shown by his work advising on the disposal (outsisde of Lloyd's) of leading UK managing general agent UK General Insurance to certain funds/vehicles managed by global private equity house J.C. Flowers & Co. Also noteworthy is the ‘very bright and easy to deal with’ Robert (Bob) Haken, who remains at the forefront of developments relating to Solvency II, and financial institutions M&A specialist Matthew Foster who advises insurers and banks.

‘There is strength in depth’ in the ‘outstanding’ team at Slaughter and May, which offers ‘the kind of market insight you would expect of a firm with its client list’, which includes the majority of the major UK life insurers. Recent highlights for the practice, which is particularly noted for large M&A deals, include Jonathan Marks advising Standard Life on its merger with Aberdeen Asset Management, and Robert Chaplin acting for Legal & General on the sale of its mature savings business. Elsewhere in this sector the firm has seen some notable Solvency II work and consistently provides ‘practical and insightful advice’ in this area. Another stand-out member of the team is Craig Cleaver, ‘a great lead partner on complex transactions’, who advised Swiss Re on the sale of a minority stake in ReAssure.

The active team at Allen & Overy LLP has advised on over 80 transactions and regulatory matters in the last three years, with prominent work in both life and non-life insurance. Practice head Philip Jarvis, who specialises in corporate insurance and regulatory matters, is extremely well regarded in the field; this is demonstrated by his advice to Prudential on its sale of £12bn of annuity liabilities to Rothesay Life covering 400,000 policyholders, the largest deal of its kind. In addition, the practice is noted for its advice on significant Solvency II issues, cross-border deals, and pensions buy-ins, as well as its experienced debt capital markets team. Another prominent highlight was advising Scottish Equitable on two significant disposals, the first to Rothesay Life and the second to Legal & General Assurance Society, which were completed in June 2017 and September 2017 respectively. Experienced senior associate Kate McInerney played a crucial role in both.

Ashurst's team ‘has real expertise and a wealth of experience in this area’.  Practice head Adam Levitt provides ‘a rare combination of technical excellence, commercial mind-set and pragmatism' and 'is a force who always delivers for his client'; he spearheads ‘a strong team with depth and breadth’ that offers a full-service capability. The range of work includes providing advice on M&A and portfolio transfers and reinsurance and alternative risk transfer arrangements, as well as on product development, distribution and regulatory issues. The team is also particularly active in evolving areas of insurance law such as cyber insurance, which can be seen in its ongoing strategic advice to the Australian Department of Defence on the purchase of insurance for its acquisition and sustainment projects. The team's ability to provide ‘timely, high-quality advice and insurance expertise’ marks it out as a go-to practice for complex matters, such as advising Gryphon, a new challenger offering protection products via consumer-friendly technology, on its proposed capital structure from a Solvency II perspective, as well as structuring generally. Senior associate Akiko Morioka is also noted.

CMS has seen significant growth in its client base and workflow, and has particularly strengthened its capabilities in the ever-important FinTech market. New clients include Legal & General and Phoenix Life, emphasising the practice's strong offering in life, pensions, and longevity de-risking transactions. The talented team extends beyond experienced practice heads Chris Southorn  and Paul Edmondson, with Thomas Lockley taking the lead in advising Scottish Widows on its high-profile £1.3bn longevity reinsurance transaction with Prudential, and Mike Munro advising RGA on a £900m asset and longevity risk transaction.

The addition of the 'focused and responsive' Clare Swirski from Clifford Chance LLP as a consultant has boosted Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's already impressive team, as her 'technical and practical knowledge of insurance business transfers is superb'. Known for its experience in substantial cross-border matters and high-profile, complex M&A transactions, the team also regularly represents insurers in Europe, Asia and the Bermuda market in debt and equity capital markets transactions, as well as in catastrophe bond and other regulatory capital transactions. Highlights included Benjamin Lyon advising AmTrust on the acquisition of an insurance services provider; he is also leading the ongoing negotiation of local sale agreements and UK, European and US insurance regulatory advice in connection with AIG's global disposal programme.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's ‘full-service offering for insurance clients is of a high standard’, and the experienced team's ‘all-round strength in depth makes it a market leader in the insurance field’. A dedicated de-risking team, which focuses on the provision of pension de-risking products through the insurance market, forms a key part of the practice, and the firm has become highly sought after for its regulatory work, with clients including Canada Life, Scottish Widows and Royal London. Team leader Geoffrey Maddock is ‘eminent in the corporate insurance field’ and is seen as ‘a market leader for his combination of market expertise with wider knowledge and wisdom’. This is demonstrated by highlights such as his advice to Canada Life on the £3.4bn longevity-risk programme for Marsh & McLennan’s defined benefit pension scheme.

As well as being among a select group of firms which have a reputation for advising on the regulatory and transactional aspects of business at Lloyd's, RPC has an integrated team, led by Mark Crichard, which advises insurance clients on their developing technology needs and on both technology and business outsourcing. This is part of what makes the firm ‘particularly commercial and responsive’, as well as demonstrating its ability ‘to show good initiative’ in the market. ‘Very capable and bright’ practice head James Mee is ‘a pleasure to deal with’, and acted as lead counsel to Citynet Insurance Brokers on its sale to Carlyle-backed PIB. Another key highlight for the firm was Matthew Griffith's advice to QBE and Compre on the Part VII transfer of QBE’s share of the Ridgwell Fox & Partners pool legacy reinsurance business to a Finnish member of the Compre group.

The ‘excellent’ practice at Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP has advised some of the major players in the insurance industry on corporate and regulatory matters, and the team continues to grow with the internal promotion of Jennifer Tait to partner, as well as several hires at associate level, which has helped to strengthen its already ‘deep knowledge of the insurance and reinsurance sectors’. The firm’s diverse recent highlights include high-profile cross-border M&A deals such acting for Assurant in its purchase of The Warranty Group, one of the most significant personal lines insurance transactions of the year globally, in which Andrew Tromans took the lead. In another key deal, practice head Joseph Ferraro, admired for his ‘excellent industry awareness and ability to find solutions to difficult issues’, was instructed by Aquiline Capital Partners in its 2017 sale of Simply Business, the UK’s biggest online SME business insurance provider.

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP continued to grow its experienced team in the lead up to and in the wake of the 2018 merger between Berwin Leighton Paisner and Bryan Cave, with senior associate Martin Griffiths, ‘a future leading light in this area’, joining from Clifford Chance LLP. Recent highlights include practice head Adam Bogdanor leading the advice to R&Q on its acquisition of the corporate members of Lloyd’s Syndicate 1110 from ProSight Specialty Insurance and the novation of the managing agency of the syndicate to R&Q Managing Agency (RQMA). The team is also acting for Chubb as W&I insurer on the acquisition by BUPA of Oasis Dental Care, the UK’s leading private dental provider, in a transaction totalling £835m. Regulatory and restructuring expert Geraldine Quirk is also a key member of the team.

With a strong international presence and one of the largest global insurance/reinsurance practices, DAC Beachcroft LLP has the influence and depth of expertise to bring in work from most of the UK's top insurers. In addition to this, it is a partner of choice for bodies such as the Association of British Insurers, the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters, the Law Commission, and the British Insurance Brokers' Association. The firm separates itself from the crowd with a particularly strong data protection practice, which makes up a core part of its insurance advisory practice. This cyber risk team is an industry leader for contentious data protection issues and data breaches arising out of cyber incidents, an example of which can be seen in the team's support and advice to Ecclesiastical on compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation, led by senior associate Jade Kowalski. In another stand-out matter, Mark Neville acted for HSBC on a ten-year distribution deal with Aviva, one of the largest transactions of its kind signed in the UK.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's practice covers the full breadth of transactional and regulatory advice, and also boasts a strong technology team acting on FinTech and InsurTech corporate transactions. The ‘responsive and personable’ Hugo Laing ‘has deep knowledge of the law’; he handled high-profile matters including advising Legal & General on longevity insurance covering £800m of pensioner longevity risk in the Scottish Hydro-Electric Pension Scheme, the first transaction to use Legal & General’s “UK-based pass through" structure to transfer longevity risk to the end reinsurer. The team also advised Markel on an unusual matter involving its acquisition of EC Insurance Company, a specialty line insurer providing insurance to contractors and affinity groups. Manchester-based Paula Gaddum is also a key member of the team.

Pinsent Masons LLP's team was significantly strengthened by the addition of experienced corporate and insurance specialist Hammad Akhtar from Ashurst to lead the firm’s corporate practice. This hire further cements the team's strength in depth, allowing it to compete with the full-service insurance teams of other London firms. Skills across the board include major distribution deals, Part VII transfers and complex pensions buy-outs/buy-ins, but a particular highlight in M&A was advising Zurich on the high-profile sale of its UK workplace pensions and savings business; Hannah Brader took the lead in this matter.

Simmons & Simmons provides ‘consistently high service levels as well as depth of industry knowledge’, and offers ‘a stand-out insurance and regulatory team with a wealth of experience’. This experience comes in a range of areas, from re-organisations, insurance business transfers and building innovative risk structures to regulation of general insurers and M&A; in these sectors the practice can ‘provide spot-on advice and has the ability to come up with creative ideas where required to remove roadblocks’. In an example of the innovative work the team specialises in, practice head Pollyanna Deane assisted unconventional insurance start-up Laka with the Financial Conduct Authority authorisation process and its negotiations with its insurance provider, assisted by associate Laura Allen. However, the area where the practice most sets itself apart is FinTech; it has set up a fund to help early-stage FinTech and InsurTech businesses solve some of the legal problems they often encounter at the outset. The first recipient was Cuvva, which was supported in its negotiations with its insurance provider.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP puts an emphasis on structuring acquisitions, disposals and mergers, joint ventures, asset transactions and portfolio transfers, while providing a broad range of regulatory advice. In addition, the practice is heavily involved in industry planning and contingency planning around the response to Brexit. The insurance team is headed by Robert Stirling, whose extensive work highlights included advising Phoenix Group on its proposed £2.93bn acquisition of Standard Life Assurance and strategic partnership with Standard Life Aberdeen, as well as leading the advice to TDR Capital and MGM Advantage Holdings in connection with the sale of the MGM group of companies to Canada Life. European counsel George Belcher and associate Owen Ross are also noted.

The international service at Cooley (UK) LLP ‘has always been excellent’ and clients receive ‘quick response times with detailed and to-the-point advice’. The team offers ‘a very in-depth understanding’ of the sector to clients in the London and European markets, North and South America, Bermuda, South Africa, and Hong Kong. These include, among others, Lloyd's syndicates, P&I club managers, trade associations, insolvency practitioners, and brokers. At the helm is the ‘extremely knowledgeable, efficient and effective’ Mark Everiss, who recently took the lead in advising Rollings Butt, the administrator of insolvent reinsurance company MedRe, in relation to all matters arising from the insolvency. Jon Yorke and David Kendall are also key members of the team.

A high-quality practice with a strong focus on international matters, Dentons deals with a number of wide-ranging regulatory matters relating to corporate governance, product development, ILS, policy wording issues and the ever-growing InsurTech area. It is particularly active in advising on complex cross-border deals, especially in the USA, Latin America and Eastern Europe, with work including M&A, restructuring and joint ventures. Among several significant new clients, the team can boast adding one of the biggest insurers in the world to its roster, demonstrating its quality of work and reputation in the market. Global general insurance specialist Martin Mankabady heads the practice.

DLA Piper prides itself on its geographical reach and value for money, as well as a deep bench that allows for a full-service offering. The practice covers both life and non-life insurance matters, including cross-border M&A, insurance group reorganisations, longevity arrangements, Part VII transfers, restructuring, Solvency II and other regulatory advice. Recent highlights include acting for AON on the acquisition of Henderson Insurance Brokers, a leading insurance intermediary group. The advice was spearheaded by team head Prakash Paran, who also acted as lead counsel for Compre on the acquisition of certain legacy insurance businesses from Generali’s UK and US branches. Melanie James is also noted.

Gowling WLG's corporate insurance practice focuses on M&A and joint ventures, particularly specialising in innovative, bespoke policy wording. Most team members have a litigation background, as well as being non-contentious insurance lawyers, meaning they are well placed to identify risk. Samantha Holland, who focuses on advising policyholder clients on all aspects of transactional insurance, was promoted to partner in 2017 and now leads the team, which also includes Michael Lacey, an expert in non-contentious insurance, M&A and joint ventures in insurance and financial services.

HFW provides advice on a broad range of insurance and corporate issues relating to M&A transactions, the Lloyd's market, non-traditional risk transfers, and domestic and cross-border regulation at all stages. Richard Spiller heads the team, which also includes experienced corporate and commercial lawyer Nick Hutton and corporate finance specialist James Lewis.

Mayer Brown International LLP’s team has experience in investigations and enforcement as well as transactional matters, including M&A, capital raising, and sophisticated structured finance. FinTech is also a significant area for the practice, which recently advised EU Lotto on its €120m jackpot protection insurance and reinsurance policies, and subsequent novation of such policies to Fortuna Insurance PCC. Practice head Colin Scagell, who led on this matter, also acted for Beazley on the sale of its accident and health insurance business in Australia.

Shearman & Sterling LLP's team is equipped to handle significant cross-border work, thanks to the firm's international presence, and is particularly prevalent in the regulatory field. A key area of expertise and activity for the firm is Brexit preparation and advice. Barney Reynolds and Frankfurt-based Andreas Löhdefink lead the practice.

Taylor Wessing LLP provides extensive, in-depth knowledge of the commercial insurance and reinsurance markets globally. The market-focused practice has expertise in key areas including insurance acquisitions and transfers, new structures and alternative capital arrangements, claims and disputes, policy wordings, and regulatory issues. It also boasts a dedicated team that specialises in cyber and related IT risk, and offers targeted data breach security coaching for the insured on behalf of insurers. The team of regulatory specialists advises clients in each key insurance sector on all aspects of regulation, particularly market entry, transactions, and cross-border issues; the international team is well known in the Lloyd’s market. Jonathan Rogers heads the practice.

With a client list that includes Barclays, Lloyds, TSB, Nationwide and Skipton Building Society, Addleshaw Goddard is particularly well known for advising banks and building societies on commercial and regulatory issues relating to the distribution of insurance products. Brian McDonnell leads the insurance practice, which brings together corporate, commercial, regulatory and contentious specialists, including Richard Wise. The hire of corporate specialist Peter Wood, who joined in September from Pinsent Masons LLP, bolstered the team.

Burges Salmon LLP has a strong offering for regulatory work in the insurance sector and is noted for advising clients on transactional insurance. The practice is also at the forefront of a number of innovative projects, particularly in relation to driverless cars, which will almost certainly have far-reaching consequences for insurers going forward. Chris Jackson advised South Gloucestershire Council in connection with Venturer, a UK-funded research project set up to investigate public acceptance of driverless cars, and the team also acted for AXA in relation to Flourish, a similar research project. Kari McCormick heads the team, and brings experience and expertise in insurance coverage matters, including insurance issues arising out of corporate and banking transactions such as warranty and indemnity insurance, credit insurance, and directors’ and officers’ liability insurance. She recently acted for major client Ecclesiastical Insurance Office on a number of agreements relating to its insurance services.

‘Dedication to clients and an ability to manage complex situations’ are the cornerstones of Carter Perry Bailey LLP's practice. At the niche insurance and reinsurance firm, ‘service is always good and of a personal nature and the firm has great communication at all stages of work’. This is helped by the dedicated and focused nature of the team, allowing for all matters to be handled by a hands-on partner. Practice head Stephen Carter has over 30 years’ experience in the sector, specialising in reinsurance and insurance coverage, including international arbitration, litigation and (re)insurance contract drafting.  However, the whole team can boast industry knowledge and expertise born of substantial in-house experience, and an international service bolstered by being the UK member of Insuralex, the leading international group of specialist insurance and reinsurance law firms. It also has strength in transactional matters, recently enhanced by specialist employment lawyer Joseph Sutton joining as a consultant.

DWF combines ‘excellent response times’ with ‘very knowledgeable, solid and practical commercial advice’. The team has particular expertise in advising on insurance market commercial operations such as distribution and outsourcing arrangements, as well as bespoke insurance policy terms for commercial insureds, which is complemented by its significant involvement in consolidation in the UK general insurance intermediary market. Recent highlights include advising Hannover Re in relation to the acquisition of Argenta Holdings, which owns various companies operating in the Lloyd's insurance market. The advice was led by Douglas Howie, who co-heads the practice along with compliance, regulatory and operational specialist Jeremy Irving.

Boutique corporate/commercial insurance practice EC3 Legal has handled an impressive quantity of instructions: 75 transactions worth collectively in excess of £1bn. The addition of Sara Ager in 2016 meant the firm was able to offer a full range of regulatory and strategic advice in addition to facilitating major transactions, including M&A, portfolio transfers and distribution agreements, and now with the recent hire of senior associate Helena Coates from Clyde & Co LLP, it has again strengthened its depth of expertise, particularly in the Bermuda market and cross-border issues. The growing team of specialists is headed by Lloyd’s market expert David Coupe and recently attracted instructions from two of the top ten InsureTech companies in the UK.

Ince combines specialist industry knowledge, geographic reach and experience, enabling it to provide M&A and transactional advice in both domestic and cross-border matters. The firm acts for a range of insurers, reinsurers, brokers, run-off companies/discontinued businesses, and large financial institutions. For many of these clients a particular recent focus is Brexit planning. Kiran Soar is a noted member of the team; he primarily focuses on property and liability insurance, reinsurance and run-off claims, acting for clients based in London, the US, Bermuda and Europe.

Insurance: insolvency and restructuring

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‘Industry knowledge and a full-service offering with good strength in depth’ make Clyde & Co LLP an ‘exceptional firm’. The skilled team offers ‘experience in commercial negotiations, as well as practical advice and technical excellence’. Led by Ravi Masaon, a particular expert in Part VII transfers, the team successfully completed the Part VII transfer of largely US businesses from Markel International Insurance Company to RiverStone Insurance, a significant transfer for key insurance players. It has a reputation for acting in large transfers, often with a cross-jurisdictional dimension and with a sizeable number of policyholders. In addition, the practice is increasingly busy advising clients in connection with Brexit preparations and the use of the Part VII transfer tool to assist their preparations. Andrew Holderness and William Hogarth are also noted.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's restructuring and insolvency practice advises some of the largest and most prominent debtors and lenders, offering restructuring and insolvency expertise, alongside a fully integrated contentious practice. This combined offering is a particular strength of the firm, and demonstrates the ability of the highly skilled and multidisciplinary team. Highlights included advising the Greater Manchester Waste PFI Project on all aspects of its landmark restructuring in the infrastructure sector, and acting for Three Hills Capital Partners on its acquisition of Byron, which was conditional on a successful company voluntary arrangement. Practice head Kevin Pullen, who led the team in the latter of these two matters, has over two decades of experience advising on all forms of debt restructuring and insolvency, acting for debtors, creditors and insolvency practitioners in a wide variety of domestic and international situations. John Whiteoak is also acting as lead disputes counsel to Sea Trucks International and several of its group companies in connection with disputes arising out of a large-scale insolvency; he specialises in insolvency, corporate fraud and recovery, as well as complex banking and commercial disputes.

Mayer Brown International LLP offers a cross-jurisdictional team specialising in advising businesses with regard to their legacy portfolios. Instructed by clients such as Ernst & Young, Beazley, Zurich and Liberty Syndicates, the practice is particularly well known for its experience in long-tail liability issues and those that arise in London underwriting pools, as well as regularly advising financial institution clients, pension trustees and other counterparties on insolvency. Cross-border mandates are another key area where the practice has strength and depth, handling matters in Asia, the US, the UK and Germany. Recent cross-border mandates include advising on the provisional liquidation of ACAL Underwriting, the corporate member of Lloyd's Syndicate 1965. Practice head Devi Shah is leading the team in this ongoing matter, supported by cross-border specialist Alexandra Wood.

The insurance team at Norton Rose Fulbright is best known for its work in financial lines (including directors' and officers' insurance); marine, energy and aviation; cyber and technology; complex claims; class actions; and regulation. Commercially aware and client driven, it has particular expertise in complex transactions, especially cross-border mandates. The team, headed by James Bateson, also includes Robert (Bob) Haken, who previously spent nine months on secondment to the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), where he worked on the implementation of the Solvency II Directive. Recent highlights include Lloyd's market expert David Whear advising Probitas Holdings (Bermuda), the holding company for Lloyd’s turnkey Syndicate 1492, in relation to an investment by Saudi Reinsurance Company and a related group reorganisation. Also noteworthy is the team's continued innovation in areas such as InsurTech, with newly promoted partner Nicholas Berry leading the firm’s InsurTech practice. The growing practice also saw the promotion to partner of Noleen John, a member of the corporate insurance team.

The combination of RPC's legal business with its consulting arm gives it a broad service offering and deep understanding of the insurance market. Between them, Vivien Tyrell and Matthew Griffith, who co-head the practice, have over 50 years' experience advising in this area, while RPC Consulting partner Jonathan Broughton is a PRA-approved independent expert for Part VII transfers, a particular area of expertise for the firm. An example of this kind of work is the team's advice to QBE and Compre on the Part VII transfer of QBE’s share of the Ridgwell Fox & Partners pool legacy reinsurance business. Other key areas of work include loss portfolio transfers; insurance exit mechanisms, particularly in the run-off field; and providing general assistance to insurers which have discontinued business.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP ‘has a fantastic offering with very strong experience and good bench strength’. ‘Restructuring is what the team is really good at’, although it is also known for its specialist insurance-related insolvency capabilities; the leading global restructuring practice has been involved in several high-profile recent matters. With the ‘very bright, accessible and hugely knowledgeable’ Alexander Wood leading efforts in the insurance restructuring field, the firm offers a comprehensive service. Wood is currently acting for KPMG as judicial manager to British American Insurance Company (Barbados) (BAICO), part of the insolvent Eastern Caribbean BAICO insurance group. In another insolvency highlight, Mark Lawford is advising the directors of the T&N Asbestos Trustee Company.

Specialising in restructuring insurance companies, both insolvent and solvent, Cooley (UK) LLP is often instructed by clients in the financial services sector with regard to fraud or mis-selling of products, which can include regulatory investigations and the involvement of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. Practice head Mark Everiss has been director of the Insurance & Reinsurance Legacy Association for ten years and David Kendall is a member of the Insurance Scoping Forum of the Financial Markets Law Committee. Kendall recently advised PwC as provisional liquidator of Lehman Re on the structured reinsurance transactions entered into by Lehman Re. Jonathan Yorke is leading the team advising Rollings Butt, the administrator of Med Re, an insolvent reinsurance company, in relation to all matters arising from the insolvency.

Hogan Lovells International LLP has an extensive track record of advising its international client base on both insurance restructuring and insolvency and general insurance matters. It is increasingly involved at the start of transactions to "insolvency test" or insolvency proof structures before they are put in place. The practice has a reputation for cross-border work, acting for major clients including KPMG, Deloitte, Lloyds Banking Group and Scottish Re Group. Practice head Joe Bannister is acting for OIC Run-Off and its subsidiary, which became subject to closure schemes of arrangement, as well as advising on the English law aspects of cases recently filed under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code and Bermuda and Cayman liquidation cases for Scottish Re.

The arrival of Hammad Akhtar has given a major boost to the insurance team at Pinsent Masons LLP, and he is currently leading on a number of complex and strategic restructuring transactions for some of the world's leading insurers and reinsurers. The firm's full-service offering means the team is able to advise on both business-as-usual matters and, at the other end of the spectrum, complex strategic corporate, commercial and regulatory matters. It has particular expertise in cross-border restructurings, with a non-contentious insurance team of over 70 lawyers; this strength in depth has also earned the firm a place on some significant insurance client legal panels. Highlights included advising on the demutualisation of Reliance Mutual, whose business is being transferred under Part VII of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 to a new UK-authorised life insurance company. Legal director Matthew Brewer, who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in November 2017, is also a noted member of the team.

Personal injury: claimant

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Anthony Gold is 'well organised and easy to deal with' and is home to lawyers who demonstrate 'a clear understanding of a broad range of claims', which are often of substantial value. The team has expanded, with Katherine Lennon joining as a senior associate from Brethertons LLP in September 2017. Lennon specialises in brain injury cases and has a wealth of experience in claimant litigation. Of late, the firm has handled cases involving multi-million-pound settlements, including one with a value of £3.5m for a client who sustained catastrophic injuries in a road traffic accident, which was resolved without resorting to litigation. The case was handled by Jackie Spinks. In other work, David Marshall was successful following a 14-day High Court trial for a client who had suffered psychological injury following allegations of sexual assault while he was a prison officer. Other key individuals are the 'excellent, calm, patient and cordial' Ian Peters and injury and medical claims team head Jon Nicholson. Jenny Kennedy has substantial expertise in cases involving complex brain and spinal injuries and amputations. She is also noted for acting for foreign as well as UK nationals.

Bindmans LLP is a 'market leader with an increasing profile' and is 'very highly rated in this area'. The team is described as 'thorough and balanced' and 'a breath of fresh air to work with': the lawyers 'involve their clients in each stage of the legal process and ensure that the claimant is able to become an empowered participant'. The team handles claims involving catastrophic injuries, in particular birth-related injuries and brain injuries where damages can reach over £1m. Siobhan Kelly, who 'stands out among the group', and 'the meticulous and persistent' Alla Murphy, who is one of the lead lawyers in the Grenfell fire inquiry team assisting many of the bereaved and survivors, are key individuals. The 'unflappable' Jon Crocker heads the clinical negligence and personal injury team and is assisted by associate Yagmur Ekici.

Fieldfisher is 'one of the best firms' in this area and takes on high-value and cross-border claims. The firm’s overall 'level of service is excellent' and it adopts a 'tactical approach to resolve issues very quickly'. It recently handled a number of high-profile cases, including the first English civil claim against the Weinstein Corporation and Harvey Weinstein personally on behalf of a client who alleged sexual assault. In other work, it is representing victims of the Finsbury Park terrorist attack. The team, which is 'dedicated to achieving the best results for its clients', is headed by Paul McNeil; the 'tenacious' Jill Greenfield leads the serious injury team and is 'the person to call on for any difficult case'; and the 'meticulous' Jennifer Buchanan has 'a superb eye for detail' and is an 'aggressive and effective litigator'. Other notable individuals are the 'very experienced' Peter Williams, Dushal Mehta and Andrew Morgan, who are 'exceptional lawyers' and have 'excellent client-handling skills'.

Irwin Mitchell is reported to be 'fantastic on all levels'; the team specialises in brain, spinal and other complex injuries and amputation, as well as cases of abuse and industrial diseases. It has secured damages in excess of £100m for some clients and is noted for taking on cases that 'other firms would shy away from', some of which have a cross-border aspect. It is also considered to be a 'leader in the field' for asbestos-related disease claims. The team is led by Ian Christian and composed of 'a range of well-informed and able lawyers' and was further boosted by the addition of Richard Geraghty, who joined from Slater and Gordon in September 2017 and is described as a 'life-changing man' and 'generally excellent all around'. The 'sensitive, patient and intelligent' Ian Bailey is an expert in asbestos-related diseases and mesothelioma in particular. Other key individuals include Tracey Storey , who leads the serious injury team in London and specialises in  brain and spinal injuries alongside  Alison Eddy . Recently promoted partner Chani Dhaliwal leads one of the firm's five serious injury teams and is described as being  'cut from the same cloth' as Colin Ettinger, who has 40 years of experience representing clients with serious injuries and occupational health issues.

The team at Leigh Day is considered to be 'a class act'; it focuses on severe injuries and asbestos disease work and is made up of specialists including Grant Incles, Sally Moore, who heads the personal injury department, and Andrew Bradley, who specialises in cycling-related injuries. Clients include the members of the British Cycling Federation, Asbestos Victims’ Support Groups Forum and the Spinal Injuries Association. Martyn Day acts for individuals in injury claims which often have a cross-border aspect and associate Bethany Sanders takes on catastrophic injury claims. The 'highly regarded' Laura Murphy focuses on brain injury, amputee and fatal accident claims.

Stewarts Law LLP is a 'first choice' and 'the premier claimant firm in the field', according to clients. It assists individuals who have sustained serious, life-changing injuries, including brain and spinal injuries and amputations. Changes in the team include the arrival of 'first-class litigator' David Healy from BL Claims Solicitors and the promotion of the 'absolutely superb' Peregrine Redgrave to partner in May 2017. Paul Paxton, the 'technically first-class' head of the personal injury team, is 'the leading claimant lawyer in the country'. Other key figures are the 'great all-round' Clare Salmon, who has 'extensive experience of both difficult liability claims and high-value quantum'; the 'exceptionally good and collaborative' Charles Edwards; and the 'able and dedicated' Stephanie Clarke. Julian Chamberlayne heads the international injury department, acting for UK nationals who are injured abroad and for foreign nationals injured in the UK.

The 'outstanding' Bolt Burdon Kemp has 'strong expertise' in complex, higher-value cases including brain and spinal injury, military and child abuse claims. The team is also highlighted for 'going the extra mile' for clients and being 'brilliant on costs'. In highlight work, it is handling a number of serious injury cases, including brain injury claims arising from various road traffic accidents. Key team members include military claims head Rhicha Kapila, who is 'a great fighter' and 'all-round good lawyer', and Ahmed Al-Nahhas, who is 'determined, thoughtful and excellent with clients' and 'has a superb eye for tactics'. Marilene Antoni left the team in August 2017.

Osbornes has 'a growing influence and impressive work load' and is 'gaining a reputation for handling complex catastrophic work'. It often handles claims valued at over £1m, particularly relating to severe brain and spinal cord injuries and niche areas such as cauda equina syndrome, cycling accidents and child abuse. In recent work, the team settled a high-profile case regarding the Croydon tram crash, in which it acted for the husband of the only female fatality. The 'hard-working, thorough and committed' Robert Aylott, who brings 'significant heavyweight personal injury experience', joined the team in October 2017 from Minster Law Limited. Key team members include the 'energetic and personable' Stuart Kightley, who is the head of the personal injury department; catastrophic injury cases head Ben Posford, an 'excellent practical litigator' who offers 'exceptional service'; and 'the approachable, compassionate and efficient' Stephanie Prior , who heads the child abuse claims department.

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors is a 'very strong and high-quality niche firm' doing 'a mix of work including some cutting-edge injury claims'. Its work covers life-changing and life-limiting injuries, including rehabilitation and funded care packages. The team is made up of 'very hard-working, committed lawyers' who are 'prepared to push the boundaries of legal authority to obtain the best results for their clients', and the disease and illnesses team is highlighted for its excellent work. Core team members include managing partner Vidisha Joshi, who is the head of the personal injuries team; Anne Sanders, who is 'superb in all respects'; Anita Rattan, who 'has extensive experience' and 'understands how a personal injury claim should be run'; and industrial disease and illnesses team head Isobel Lovett, a 'first-class litigator' whose client care 'is second to none'.

Prince Evans Solicitors LLP  is a 'strong player' and a 'premium firm in terms of quality'. It 'operates with nothing but integrity' and 'offers expertise but does not sacrifice personal service along the way'. The firm attracts work where damages or values range from £200,000 to some millions and it is a panel member of Headway and the Spinal Injuries Association. 'Sensible' team head Gary Smith puts 'his client’s best interests to the fore'. In a recent, novel case concerning contributory negligence, he successfully argued that although the victim of a road traffic accident had not been wearing a seat belt, a brain injury would still have been sustained and so the standard deduction on all damages was not applied. Senior associate Debra Haring is reported to be 'very approachable and committed to her clients' and has a 'keen eye for detail and very thorough legal knowledge'.

Slater and Gordon is acknowledged as 'a very large firm undertaking a wide range of work, including the whole range of personal injury and industrial disease work'. It is a panel member of the Child Brain Injury Trust, Cycling UK and asbestos support groups around the country, and counts a number of unions among its clients. The team delivers 'high-quality work' in areas such as brain and spinal trauma and fatal accident cases resulting from road traffic collisions and accidents in the workplace. In one highlight, it is acting for an individual who was assaulted by the managing director of a company, which resulted in a brain injury. The case, which is going to the Court of Appeal, will examine whether the employer is vicariously liable for the injury. Key lawyers include Nick Godwin, who is 'extremely thorough' and has 'great tactical insight', and the 'pragmatic, realistic and hardworking' Will Cornwell, who specialises in orthopedic and traumatic brain injuries. The 'first-class and very knowledgeable' Edmund Young and Lisa Fountain, who exhibits 'good judgement and great negotiation skills', are also names to note, as is Alicia Alinia, the national head of the specialised personal injury group.

Howard Kennedy LLP's client list notably includes those from the entertainment and media sectors and the medical professions. In addition to work relating to injuries and fatalities at work, it also has a focus on claims relating to workplace stress. The team members are valued for being 'very clear communicators' and for being 'firm when needed'. The department is headed by Elizabeth Smith, a 'no-nonsense solicitor with excellent negotiating skills' who 'thinks clearly and quickly and gets to the heart of the problem'. Another key member of the team is Joel Leigh, who specialises in fatal accident claims.

Pattinson & Brewer has a long history of acting for victims of accidents causing injuries or death and those suffering from industrial diseases and illnesses, ranging from asbestos-related illnesses to repetitive strain and occupational stress. It also has established links with trade unions and their members, with a particular focus on workers' compensation. Frances McCarthy, who is said to 'possess a finely tuned tactical mind and has second to none negotiation skills', leads a substantial team of experts.

The 'excellent' Penningtons Manches Cooper manages high-value catastrophic injury claims 'effectively' and secures 'good outcomes'. Its 'highly intelligent, dedicated and professional' solicitors have 'up-to-date knowledge' and provide 'an exemplary standard of care to clients'. The team's work involves cases of brain and spinal cord injuries, loss of limbs, fatal accident claims and psychiatric disorders. Core team members include the 'accomplished and proactive' Warren Collins, who has a niche specialism in representing UK individuals injured in the US and vice versa, and the 'very thorough' Charlene King, who shows 'excellent attention to detail'. The 'client-focused' Tristan Hallam joined from Slater and Gordon in August 2017 - a client commented of him: 'His dogged determination and boundless energy are unparalleled.'

Russell-Cooke LLP is considered by a client to have 'an enormously good reputation' in personal injury work. Deborah Blythe leads a team that offers a blend of clinical negligence and personal injury expertise. Its recent work includes acting for the family of a doctor who was killed in a road traffic accident while working abroad. Another complex case concerned the death of an individual in a road accident in the UK where the victim did not have UK immigration status. Janice Gardner is 'diligent and fair' and has a 'strong work ethic and a keen sense of justice', which makes her 'admired by her opponents and loved by her clients'. Other key individuals are Dominic Fairclough, who mainly deals with fatal personal injury claims, and Sarah Towler, who covers accidents in the workplace, public liability and road traffic accidents.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP handles a large volume of serious road traffic and workplace injuries and fatalities and industrial disease cases. It has long-standing relationships with a number of unions, including UNISON and Unite the Union, and is reported to 'run cases efficiently and effectively'. Names to note are Henrietta Phillips, who manages the personal injury department in London, Andrew Hutson, who has significant experience with work-related accidents and stress claims, and Christalla Christodoulidou, who conducts fatal and catastrophic injury claims.

Hudgell Solicitors is acknowledged for its expertise in personal injury cases involving brain, spinal and other injuries sustained in road accidents, during medical care or in the workplace, and clients report that it is 'committed to achieving the best for its clients'. It backs driving safety and supports such organisations as Brake’s Road Safety Week and also has a focus on rehabilitation, partnering with a number of organisations in that field.The 'outstanding'Kent Pattinson undertakes high-value and complex cases, and department head Amanda Stevens is described as 'more than value for money' and 'in a class of her own'. In a work highlight, the team acted for a pregnant woman who tripped on a defective pavement on a hospital premises. The case became complicated due to a number of factors including court proceedings regarding the costs element of the case. 

McMillan Williams assists clients in spinal injury and chronic pain cases. The team continues to act for victims of the Croydon tram crash. A key individual is Joanna Bailey, who focuses on road traffic accidents. There have been several changes in the team: Justina Molloy left the firm in late 2017; Heather Petrie joined Bolt Burdon Kemp; Caroline Kempster joined the team from Leigh Day in January 2018; Emma Wilson joined from Minster Law Limited; and Allen Myers joined from O H Parsons & Partners.

Seth Lovis & Co is well regarded for its handling of personal and military injury cases and it has a substantial practice dealing with challenging claims related to exposure to asbestos. The team attracts praise for its 'very good response times' and for providing 'carefully thought-out and accurate advice'. A key individual is industrial disease department head John Jackiewicz .The team acted for a claimant in respect of illnesses related to asbestos exposure; following his death, the case was continued on behalf of his executrix and the team managed to secure a settlement for the estate. In other work, it acted for an ex-member of the armed forces who alleged work-related hearing loss.

Simpson Millar LLP undertakes the gamut of personal injury matters including cases of work accidents, industrial illnesses and accidents, and road traffic accidents. The experienced Melanie Burden, who is based in Manchester, heads the department; Gary Tierney and Adrian Fawden are also key practitioners. The team is noted for providing 'quality client service and low legal costs'.

Personal injury: defendant

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BLM is a 'market leader for defendant personal injury in all areas'. Its expertise runs the gamut of personal injury matters, from catastrophic injury and occupational disease cases to motor, rail industry, abuse, travel and public sector cases. Clients include major insurers such as DLG, Aviva, Allianz, Hiscox and Hastings. The 'proactive and energetic' team 'always meets clients’ expectations' and is noted for its 'good value for money' and 'well-informed, careful and constructive advice'. Matthew Ford heads the London casualty team and regularly acts for insurers, brokers and corporate clients in class actions, fatal accidents and catastrophic injuries. Michelle Penn heads the occupational disease team in London; she has a longstanding reputation for handling cutting-edge cases and assists clients with reviewing the strategy in their handling of occupational disease cases. Other key figures include Claire Collins, who has more than 16 years' experience handling high-value, complex cases, including spinal, brain injury and amputation cases; the 'exceptional' Nick Pargeter, whose expertise encompasses complex policy coverage issues, disease claims and test litigation; Nigel Lock, who is noted for his 'calm and unruffled presence' and who has particular expertise in deafness and HAVS claims; and Anthony French, who heads the London catastrophic injury team and is 'the port of first call for amputation cases'.  Jonathan Edwards and Jennette Newman joined Clyde & Co LLP, Victoria Kennedy joined DAC Beachcroft LLP and Jenny Moates retired.

'One of the leading firms in this area', DAC Beachcroft LLP  offers 'excellent service' and has 'a long track record for handling claims effectively'. The practice handles the full range of PI cases, from high-value motor claims, complex employers’ and product liability matters, to disease, care home and international work. Clients include major insurers such as Zurich, Allianz, AXA, Admiral and Aspen, as well as individual corporate clients and government bodies such as the Ministry of Defence. The practice was strengthened further by the arrival of 'top-level solicitor' Victoria Kennedy and Emily Osborne from BLM. They join a team that includes Andrew Parker, who has a longstanding reputation of handling strategic litigation for a range of insurers; David Knapp, who is particularly active in handling public sector claims; and Tom Walshaw, who specialises in cases concerning social services and abuse claims. Other key individuals include Michelle Traxler, Adrian Cottam and Patricia Baxter.

DWF  is one of 'the largest catastrophic defendant personal injury departments in the UK' and their 'knowledge and advice is first rate'. They specialise in international claims, severe and subtle brain injury, spinal injury and paralysis, amputation, chronic pain and fatal accidents. They believe they have “technical excellence and a commercial approach'. Their clients’ list is 'extensive and growing' and includes major insurers like Aviva, Amlin, DLG, RSA, Markerstudy, Ageas and Canopius.  Claire Bowler and Graham Dickinson  are key figures in the team, which includes Peter Goodwill and Peter Murray, who are 'very experienced and realistic in their approach' and have a 'good regard to the economic realities of claims settlements'.

'True market leaders', Kennedys acts for an intimidating roster of insurance clients as well as corporates and public sector bodies, and is praised for its 'top-quality legal service' and “excellent client care'. In a landmark matter, Joe McManus acted for AIG before the Supreme Court in a case which setted out the basis that claimants injured abroad can claim damages in England and Wales. In another key mandate Roger Jones acted for the defendent's insurers, Aviva, in a claim brought by a company director and volunteer at the London Olympic and Paralympic Games who suffered an accident causing long-term disability; the case resulted in the first High Court decision on the meaning of fundamental dishonesty under Section 57 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015. Tracy Head leads the casualty team and focuses on complex stress and large loss/catastrophic injury cases; she recently settled a claim for periodical payment order for £11m and an £8m carbon monoxide poisoning claim. Senior associate Stephen Foster handles a range of cases including those involving brain and spinal injuries, fatal accidents and motor coverage. Stephanie Rogerson specialises in handling inquests arising from death in custody.

Clyde & Co LLP  attracts praise for 'excellent level of service' and 'unparalleled level of expertise in motor claims'. The practice acts for insurers, syndicates, corporate and public sector organisations and is on the panel of key insurers such as AXA, Chubb and Zurich Insurance. It was joined by Jennette Newman and Jonathan Edwards from BLM in May 2018; they bring extensive expertise in catastrophic injury and employers' liability claims, respectively. Kevin Bitmead heads the casualty team in London and specialises in catastrophic injury claims, motor and employers’ and public liability cases. The 'outstanding' and 'proactive' Damian Rourke handles employers' and professional liability cases and is 'able to explain complex points of law in a straightforward manner'. Newly promoted partner Tony Cawley is 'excellent with clients' and a 'real pleasure to work with'. Charles Brown left the firm in May 2017.

Plexus Law is 'excellent in all regards'. The practice's longstanding track record covers casualty, motor, disease, fraud, large loss and policy coverage claims, with clients comprising public sector entities such as the Metropolitan Police and MOD as well as multiple insurers and corporates. The team is led by Anthony Baker, who is 'fantastic with clients', and includes Joanne Pizzala, who focuses on cases involving catastrophic injuries arising from road traffic accidents, and Michael Gwilliam, who regularly handles group actions on behalf of tour operators. Manchester-based Philip D’Netto, who joined from DWF in 2018, is the head of catastrophic injury.

RPC's 'tremendously knowledgeable' team acts for major insurers such as XLCatlin, Faraday, Arch and Hiscox. Gavin Reese heads the personal injury practice and specialises in cases involving catastrophic injury, stress and chronic pain. Fiona Hahlo  ('the personification of calm under pressure') has a strong track record handling high-value catastrophic injury claims and 'the extremely diligent and hardworking' Steven Aitken focuses on fatal injury claims where he is 'always on top of legal issues'. health and safety head Nick McMahon is also recommended.

Weightmans LLP's clients include major insurers, local authorities and self-insured corporates, and is on the panel of a number of insurers including the Motor Insurers' Bureau.  The 'very experienced' and 'hugely knowledgeable' Elaine Chapman heads the London team and is highly active in large loss and technical claims involving brain injury, paraplegia and tetraplegia, and amputations and severe limb injury. David Johnson is 'a really good judge of the long-term strategy for a case'. His wide-ranging expertise covers cases involving severe head and spinal injury, amputation and fatal accidents. Nicholas Richards has a strong record acting for European and UK-based insurers in cases involving accidents abroad.

Browne Jacobson LLP ’s insurance department is particularly active in the health and social care sectors, and its strong local government expertise makes it a natural choice for local authority liability and social care claims. Clients include Gallagher Bassett International Ltd, Hiscox, Ageas/Tesco, Insurance London Consortium, NPS Wales and London Borough of Enfield. Leah Jones acted for the Environment Agency in a claim for workplace stress and bullying in which it was alleged to have caused the claimant to suffer severe psychiatric illness. David Maggs acted for Wigan Council in personal injury claims arising from allegations of historical abuse at an observation and assessment centre. Other key figures include Nick Parsons, who is noted for his track record handling claims against children’s and adults services departments, and James Fawcett, who specialises in employers’ and public liability claims.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP ’s personal injury practice handles complex claims and group litigation for major corporate clients including Diageo, BP, Chevron and TXU. Howard Watson is currently acting for BP in relation to claims arising from the terrorist attack upon a gas plant in Algeria in 2013 in which the client was participating in a joint venture. Watson also acted alongside Damian Grave for Diageo in multi-party proceedings arising from the distribution of thalidomide in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Anthony Dempster handles a range of insurance and reinsurance litigation involving personal injury, product liability, environmental claims and professional negligence. Senior associate David Bennett is acting for the administrators of TXU in relation to asbestos claims brought against one of its group companies.

Keystone Law acts for insurers and local authorities including Zurich Municipal, Travelers Insurance Company Limited, and Allianz. In an illustration of the firm's local government expertise, the 'exceptional' Steven Conway acted for the London Borough of Enfield and its insurers, Travellers, in a personal injury claim involving a foster carer who was assaulted by a foster child, causing PTSD and depression; the claim was dismissed after a four-day trial. Cordelia Rushby has more than 25 years' experience handling complex claims, often involving cross-jurisdictional issues; she 'gets to the bottom of a problem suggesting a cure in a pragmatic manner'.'The methodical' Naomi Hatchard  is a 'great communicator'. Alex Penberty joined Keoghs LLP and David Beckenham joined Honda Motors Europe.

Hill Dickinson LLP is singled out for its expertise in handling cases involving crew and passenger accidents, sexual assault, class actions and fatalities throughout the marine sector. Clients include DFDS, P&O Ferries, Carnival, and Royal Caribbean Cruises. The firm is also on the BP Shipping and RSA Marine panels. Other areas of expertise include aviation, offshore and general travel. John Caddies heads the marine personal injury and regulatory practice and specialises in cases involving fatalities, catastrophic injuries, class actions, legionella, stress and asbestos claims. Other key individuals include Laura Dobbs, who has a track record of handling cases involving sexual assault, class action gastric illness and fatal accidents. Joanna Kolatsis left the firm to establish a legal consultancy business.

Ince handles a range of public liability claims in the transport, trade and energy sectors. It also acts for construction firms in mesothelioma claims. Recent work includes acting for the insurers in a complex claim under a pilot's loss of licence policy in which the insured lost their licence to fly for a major airline as a result of the removal of a cancerous tumour. John McGowan heads the department.

Product liability: claimant

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Key figures at Hugh James include the Cardiff-based Mark Harvey, who is noted for his ‘sound judgement’ and who is ‘very good at translating the law for the clients’. The firm has strong expertise in medical device claims and continues to represent 1000 claimants as the court-appointed lead solicitor in the PIP breast implants litigation, a matter valued at £10m. The firm is also part of several metal-on-metal hip actions, including a multi-party claim brought against DePuy Synthes concerning the early failure and revision of the Pinnacle hip prostheses; the firm is also acting in the Wright Medical Conserve hip replacement group litigation order, valued at £3.5m. Other notable practitioners include chartered legal executive Pauline Roberts, who is working alongside Harvey on the DePuy Pinnacle group action and Wright Medical claims; and associate Carlos Land.

Irwin Mitchell  is ‘a leading firm in product liability claims and not afraid to take on large group actions’. In Sheffield, Sallie Booth  ‘is an excellent solicitor’ who is ‘not afraid to challenge the established way of doing things when this is in her clients’ interests.’ Booth has brought proceedings against manufacturers from Canada, Scotland and various other jurisdictions for a number of claimants relating to transvaginal mesh, which allegedly caused serious injuries, including soft tissue erosion, severe pain and perforation to surrounding organs. Also in Sheffield, partner Tim Annett  – who is praised as ‘practical and thorough in his approach to cases’– leads the product liability team and is acting alongside Booth in claims related to the Corin Cormet and DePuy Pinnacle group actions with Booth. Solicitor Matthew Newbould  is also working on the DePuy group action, and continues to act for an individual in a property damage and personal injury dispute with a retailer of an Air Runner Hoverboard that exploded. Clive Garner splits his time between London and Birmingham and is national head of the personal injury and product liability department.

Leigh Day  is ‘unquestionably one of the leading firms in the area of product liability’, with an excellent track record in group  litigation. Bozena Michalowska Howells specialises in group actions relating to pharmaceutical and medical device claims with specific expertise in defective orthopaedic product claims. She is the lead solicitor in the ongoing Volkswagen Emissions group litigation. Jill Paterson is the lead partner representing 40 residents of Shepherd’s Court, an 18-storey tower block in West London, who were affected by a serious residential fire in 2016.  It is alleged that the fire was caused by a tumble dryer manufactured by Indesit, a Whirlpool brand. Clinical trials and product safety expert Gene Matthews is representing a claimant who took part in a clinical trial for the drug MK-3475, a type of antibody used as an immunotherapy, and who subsequently developed a severe life-threatening neurological illness. The case settled in 2017. Additional areas of expertise include claims relating to food poisoning, cosmetic products and faulty white goods. Consumer rights expert Michelle Victor is representing numerous claimants in high-profile medical device and food product cases. Associate Sarah Moore  has successfully represented clients seeking compensation for historic thalidomide injuries and has played a key role in the DePuy Pinnacle Metal on Metal Hip Group Litigation. Assistant solicitor Thomas Jervis has played a key role in the Biomet and Conserve metal-on-metal hip group actions; he is also highly experienced in representing families in high-profile inquests.

Product liability: defendant

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Arnold & Porter  is well regarded for its ‘strategy, tactics, and ability to work with experts’ . The firm specialises in high-level pharmaceutical and life sciences work, counting Sanofi and Bayer as clients. Practice head Ian Dodds-Smith continues to act for GrĂŒnenthal across a number of EU jurisdictions, following the successful defence of 28 claims brought by a group of individuals alleging that they were born with injuries after being exposed to thalidomide during pregnancy. Adela Williams is representing Pfizer in multi-party litigation in Scotland, which centres on cardiovascular disorders that were allegedly caused by Celebrex. The firm is acting in five other high-level pharmaceutical matters. Counsel Tom Fox is recommended for his ‘strategy, co-ordination and day-to-day support’.

Baker McKenzie  continues to be involved in cases at the forefront of product liability law, with practice head John Leadley  (who ‘has great experience and is an outstandingly good strategist’) leading the way in pharmaceutical and industrial manufacturing work. Other key figures include associate Joanne Redmond and Kate Corby, who is highly recommended for multi-jurisdictional product recalls. The practice is defending C.R. Bard against multiple claims relating to allegedly defective transvaginal mesh and an inferior vena cava filter. Another significant mandate saw Leadley lead a team representing Stryker Corporation (UK) in negotiating numerous pre-action settlements in a Consumer Protection Act case related to a hip replacement products. The firm recently increased its involvement in policy, becoming the only law firm to act as a member of a UK government working group on product safety.

Cooley (UK) LLP  significantly enhanced its product liability practice with the recruitment of Rod Freeman  as practice head from Hogan Lovells International LLP in 2017. Since his appointment the practice has acted on a number of high-profile matters: Freeman is leading on defending Whirlpool in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, as well as advising its rollout of a $250 million product safety action for customers globally. New clients for the practice include EsteĂ© Lauder, Sony, Nike and Motorola. Other significant matters for the team include acting for XL Insurance’s Bermuda business on London arbitration of disputes. Associate Sarah-Jane Dobson brings experience in cross-border matters and a biomedical background; she has been involved in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s consultation and report on product safety law in the era of the internet of things.

‘A major player in the field’, DAC Beachcroft LLP  is renowned for its track record in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. Simon Pearl, now a consultant at the firm, continues to lead the practice, which has particular strength in issues arising from clinical trials; recent work includes acting for Novartis in a matter concerning the alleged side-effects of two optical trial drugs. Alison McAdams and senior associate Olya Melnitchouk are representing Optegra and Allergan in complex medical device claims. The firm has won several new instructions across the tech, consumer products and medical devices sectors, as well as several new instructions from insurers.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP's team is headed byJohn Blain and defends corporate clients across sectors including consumer goods, automotive, healthcare, aviation, chemicals, telecoms and tobacco. Key mandates included acting for VW Group group litigation action arising from the highly reported VW Emissions scandal. Other key figures include Jonathan Isted, who co-heads the retail and consumer goods practice, tobacco-sector expert Paul Bowden,  and Andrew Austin.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP attracts praise for its ‘excellent depth of knowledge in relation to complex liability claims’. The firm is representing Diageo in relation to injuries allegedly suffered in the late 1950s and early 1960s caused by thalidomide. It is also acting for SIG in relation to the supply of cladding to Grenfell Tower, and for British American Tobacco in numerous product liability matters including product regulation concerning their new Generation Products (including e-cigarettes). Other clients include Associated British Foods, for which it is handling strategic product liability matters. Partner Philip Pfeffer  ‘brings superb industry knowledge and dedication to defence work’, and practice head Howard Watson has ‘vast experience and is always incredibly helpful’. Up-and-coming associates Yasmin Mitha  and David Bennett are also recommended. The team has a strong depth of expertise in class actions, risk management advice and product safety, focusing on regulatory and criminal matters.

Kennedys has ‘a premier position in defendant product liability’. Partners Samantha Silver , Trevor Davies  and Andrew Hunn are ‘exceptionally talented experts in this field’: all have acted for DePuy in claims regarding metal-on-metal hip products, worth tens of millions of pounds, with one matter involving 90,000 claimants globally. Other key mandates included representing Zurich as insurer in a multimillion-pound case against a maker of gas valves, and defending a major supplier of petrochemical products under a team led by Shane Sayers. Senior associate Karishma Paroha  is part of a team handling numerous claims against the insured of a number of large insurance clients. Recently promoted partner Ben Aram is heavily involved in one of the DePuy cases and achieved a successful outcome in the form of a discontinuation of proceedings against his client Tremco Illbruck, arising from the supply of allegedly defective polyurethane chemicals for use as part of the flooring system at the Dubai Mall.

Addleshaw Goddard has added a host of new clients, including many household names across the automotive, consumer goods, fashion and retail sectors. The practice continues to defend GlaxoSmithKline in a landmark product liability group action relating to its antidepressant Seroxat, including recently obtaining a significant security for costs judgment for GlaxoSmithKline against the claimants' third party litigation funders.  Louisa Caswell  ‘is a very experienced practitioner in pharmaceuticals and the product liability area generally. She has built a strong team around her.’ Other key figures include legal directors Mark Chesher and Erin Shoesmith, and managing associate CĂ©cile Burgess.

DWF's 'outstanding' product liability practice was strengthened with the recruitment of Antony Woodhouse  from Gowling WLG, and Emma Spence  from BLM. Key work included acting for a consortium of insurers in a Bermuda Form arbitration commenced by Monsanto arising from hundreds of underlying claims alleging property damage and personal injury from polychlorinated biphenyls added to various products supplied throughout the US. The firm also acted for insurers Tokio Marine Kiln and Liberty Mutual in two matters involving fires for, and on the manufacturer side defended pharmaceutical firm Newline Group against claims by Spanish beekeeping cooperatives alleging that a product for the control of a parasitic mite led to the loss of 150,000 bee colonies in Spain. Simon Durkin joined Weightmans LLP in 2018.

Hogan Lovells International LLP  has an excellent track record defending clients in significant cases, including the PIP implants litigation, metal-on-metal hip cases, and tobacco claims matters. Its top-level client base includes British American Tobacco, Toshiba, Zimmer Biomet, and blue-chip tech companies. ‘Widely respected’ partner John Meltzer  ‘combines an encyclopaedic knowledge of the area with a keen appreciation of what is important to the client’.  In addition to his expertise in the life sciences sector, he also leads on matters involving tech companies, including Vodafone, who he is advising on product safety. Recently promoted partners and heads of practice Matthew Felwick  and Valerie Kenyon have been defending major clients across the life sciences and technology sectors: Felwick is defending TÜV Rheinland and its affiliates in the PIP case, and is defending Zimmer Biomet (formerly Biomet) against various claims brought across Europe and a group action concerning the early revision of all-metal prosthetic hip replacements, which was allegedly caused by adverse reactions to metal debris. Kenyon is providing ongoing regulatory and product liability advice to two innovative blue chip tech clients, as well as being part of the team advising on complex claims for heavy industry and consumer goods clients.

The product liability practice at RPC  is particularly well regarded for its work in the medical and life sciences industries. Practice head Dorothy Flower (‘truly exceptional; unflappable under pressure and a real intellectual heavyweight’) is acting alongside health and safety practice head Nick McMahon  for Cloverleaf Products, a former distributor of PIP breast implants, in relation to a number of Part 20 claims brought by clinics which face action for implanting PIP products. In another key matter, the practice is defending Corin in metal-on-metal hip group litigation that went to trial in October 2017. McMahon is also defending an electrical goods manufacture in a house fire claim. Gavin Reese acts for clients across the consumer goods, food, transport and medical devices sectors.

Shook, Hardy & Bacon International LLP's product liability practice in London is headed by long-serving managing partner Simon Castley and undertakes a range of complex defence work for high-profile international clients. Recent matters have covered the tobacco, alcohol, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, automotive, food and beverage, electronics and consumer products sectors. As well as advising on regulatory issues and product recalls, the firm also manages risk and brand reputations. Castley works closely on advisory and defence work for large tobacco, automotive and life science clients. Practice head Gregory Fowler, who relocated from the firm’s Kansas office, acts for global manufacturers across the tobacco, beverage and firearms industries. Alison Newstead acts primarily for electrical product manufacturers and food and drink producers based in East Asia and globally. Sarah Croft  focuses on the pharmaceutical, medical device and automotive sectors. The firm’s recent caseload includes personal injury claims relating to allegedly defective medical mesh devices, international risk mitigation and class actions

Bird & Bird LLP's product liability team is led by Jonathan Speed, who is praised for his ability to ‘synthesize complex legal issues in ways that are easily digestible for clients’. Senior associate Russell Williamson is also recommended. The team has developed expertise in advising on and managing product liability risks that arise out of new and disruptive technologies – including Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud services and autonomous technology for cars and drones. Related work in this area includes advising a multinational technology company, a global automobile manufacturer and a semi-conductor/software design company. Russell's recent experience includes acting for  a global technology company, in relation to a worldwide recall of defective laptop computers, and for an international producer and supplier of gardening equipment, in relation to a recall of defective chainsaw products.

BLM's practice is headed by Jim Sherwood, who ‘builds a good team for the case in hand'. Michael Harvey leads on matters for a food and drinks conglomerate client, and Carys Oatham advises large insurers including QBE. The practice’s clients also include consumer products multinationals and an Asian IT software and technology giant. Suppliers and manufacturers also instruct the firm in everything from cross-border disputes to recall claims. RSA and Globachem have retained the firm in a multimillion-euro claim relating to crops that were allegedly damaged, and the group continues to represent Sunseeker and QBE in claims relating to a fire, which allegedly originated from a vessel that was manufactured by the insured.

Clyde & Co LLP's  product liability and recall practice is headed by Neil Beresford , who is ‘a very knowledgeable and shrewd operator and runs a happy and efficient team’. The firm’s industry strengths include the automotive, pharmaceutical, healthcare, manufacturing and retail sectors. Duncan Batchelor  is defending Johnson & Johnson in a pelvic mesh claim. Legal director Jason McNerlin focuses on product recall and contaminated products insurance. Claire Petts  has experience in medical devices and drug trial cases. Other team members include senior associate Jamie Hui, who has been involved in numerous product liability disputes concerning food, fuel, medical devices, industrial machinery and consumer goods.

At DLA Piper UK LLP Teresa Hitchcock led the team advising Arconic on the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry, which implicated a material it manufactured that was used to form the external cladding panels. She also acts for Bacardi-Martini on product liability claims and labelling matters in the EU. John Gollaglee leads the team in the North West of England and is also recommended. Other recent work includes acting for Airwair on the product recall of its Dr. Martens Vegan range of boots, and representing Hewlett-Packard in claims related to ink products. The firm also acts for Newell Rubbermaid, an industrial products manufacturer, on marketing claims, promotional advertisements and packaging requirements in relation to healthcare and cosmetic products.

In Leeds, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's Richard Matthews  has ‘strong experience, particularly on commercial product liability matters’. Recent mandates for the practice included high-profile product recalls, warranty disputes and personal injury claims relating to allegedly defective consumer products. Senior associate Peter Shervington  is an expert in the transport and automotive sectors. Clients include Siemens, Honda, Rolls Royce and DuPont.

Mayer Brown International LLP's practice is led by Miles Robinson, who praised as a ‘practical, personable, bright lawyer with calm authority’. Robinson acts for insured entities facing allegations of supplying defective products, including Perrigo, Sunseeker International and Mitsui Bulk Shipping. Mark Stefanini represents manufacturers in a wide range of industries in relation to product safety and product recall issues; he advised a leading bicycle manufacturer on a product recall and advised a well-known chemicals manufacturer regarding the proposed withdrawal of various brands of insecticide.

Pinsent Masons LLP's product liability team is led by Andrew Masterson, who is as a ‘trusted and reliable adviser whose advice is high quality’. Hi recent work includes on matters  relating to a fire caused by switchgear and a recall and loss  of profits claim caused by cross contamination of chemical  products. The team also includes Sarah Taylor  who works with retailers and food and drinks manufacturers on product safety issues. Her clients include Asda and William Hill. Jacqueline Harris acts for clients across a range of product issues from electrical goods to medical devices and pharmaceuticals. She is  representing a key defendant in a metal-on-metal hip matter. At legal director level, the recently promoted Louise Nahon  – who is a qualified chartered mechanical engineer – is recommended for her ‘very good technical engineering knowledge and ability to analyse complex contractual issues including indemnities’.

Shoosmiths LLP has particular strength in defending claims involving white goods and vehicles. Volkswagen, IKEA and Tesco are key clients along with Hoover, which retains the group as its sole product liability adviser. Manchester-based senior associate Richard Marshall provides ‘great attention to detail and enjoys the intricacies of the law, without ever losing sight of the wider commercial picture’. The team successfully helped Hoover distinguish its appliances from the Hotpoint tumble dryer fire scandal which has brought the sector under intense media and government scrutiny. It also assisted Hoover defeat a £1m claim in relation to a house fire. Other recent mandates include a high-value dispute over goods not fit for distribution.  Philip Ryan is also recommended.

Simmons & Simmons  acts for a number of insurers and reinsurers that underwrite product liability policy covers. practice head Jason Bright specialises in highly complex insurance and reinsurance claims, with a primary focus on large-scale product liability losses, as well as significant commercial property claims and intellectual property liability. Managing associate Sherry Goodman-Smith specialises in complex policy coverage disputes within the product liability and recall, commercial property, media and construction sectors. She also has experience in defence work and class actions involving various jurisdictions predominantly across the life sciences sector, with a focus on medical devices and consumer products. Ironshore, Lockton Companies and AIG are key clients.

Keystone Law  bolstered its team by hiring Sam  Samaratunga , a dual-qualified lawyer and medical doctor with over 15 years’ experience of handling litigation and regulatory issues affecting the life sciences and pharmaceuticals sectors. Also in the team are Antony Colman who acts for manufacturers and insurers in international trade disputes and health and safety expert David Beckenham who specialises in product recalls and defending against enforcement actions under food and safety laws, among other work. The practice is defending Bosch against a claim served in Germany, which relates to a fire caused by a product bearing the client’s branding. The firm also counts HDI Global, Electrium and ThyssenKrupp Elevator UK as clients.

John Doherty  heads Penningtons Manches Cooper practice and acts for large multinationals in unsafe consumer products matters and investigations conducted by Trading Standards, among other work. The practice was boosted with the hiring of Dan Hyde  from Howard Kennedy LLP in August 2017, and Jeremy Clarke-Williams  who joined in September 2017 from Slater and Gordon. The practice continues to act for Cannon Automotive and C.A. Holdings in proceedings against its former US distributor in relation to BMW car mats and Hyundai vehicles that were allegedly defective and sold across the US. Other key practitioners to note are Richard Marshall and Elise Bevan.

Squire Patton Boggs  is recommended for giving 'prompt, clear advice, and the telephone advice on recall topics is always very helpful.' The firm's clients include household names such as Mamas and Papas, which it continues to advise on a global product recall and reputation matter. The client roster also features manufacturing clients across the furniture, food and drink and automotive industries. The firm work on product recall matters, regulatory advice and enforcement matters in the main, with a lesser focus on civil litigation. Notable lawyers in the team are Manchester-based managing partner Rob Elvin  and Birmingham-based director Nicola Smith.

Douglas Bryden heads the operational risk group at Travers Smith LLP  and is the primary contact for product and trade law, including work relating to chemical and hazardous substances, liability matters, market access, and product safety and recalls. Other key contacts include senior associate and regulatory expert Carl Boeuf and partner Heather Gagen. The firm continues to advise Nike on EU regulatory matters. It is also acting for an electronics manufacturer in a commercial dispute and product safety issues and advising an international clothing retailer with regard to regulatory compliance issues concerning product composition and labelling.

Weightmans LLP's practice is led by Fiona East, who is 'experienced, commercial and well-liked by clients and insurers alike.' Her recent work includes acting for the defendants in the case of a factory fire allegedly caused by the defendant's product, and a series of complex matters across the retail, food and drink and consumer goods industries via the defendant's insurers. Other notable lawyers in the team include Blaise Smith, a partner in the Leeds office with expertise in injury and property claims, many of which arise from defective products. He is defending a £1 million claim involving a fire in a restaurant and shopping area. Leicester-based partner Stephen Robb  is currently acting for a household name clothing company. Its expertise extends to food contamination claims, malfunctioning industrial components, product recalls, brand protection and numerous other matters.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's impressive client list includes Tempur Sealy International, e.l.f. Cosmetics and InterSystems Corporation. The firm continues to assist Kingfisher with centralising its product, safety and assurance procedures, and handled several matters for its subsidiary B&Q, which included advising on legislation concerning water fittings and hazardous chemicals, product withdrawals, and bringing claims against suppliers. Consultant Nicky Strong  heads the practice from Southampton and is recommended alongside Bristol-based associate Ashley Borthwick, who is well regarded for product safety, compliance and recall work.

Professional negligence

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  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
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With a ‘richly deserved reputation’, Clyde & Co LLP is a ‘leader in the field of professional negligence’ and defends claims against all classes of professionals in the UK and worldwide. Its advice is ‘excellent and pragmatic’ and it ‘deals with the other side courteously, firmly and clearly’. The London team, which works closely with the firm's Manchester, Oxford, Leeds and recently opened Bristol offices, is led by Andrew Blair, who is ‘completely unflappable, highly respected and has a flair for imaginative thinking in terms of resolving complex claims’. Tom White defends claims against professionals in the property, construction and IT sectors and successfully defended CBRE in relation to a claim by Dunfermline Building Society arising out of a 2007 valuation of a residential development site in Reading. Sarah Clover, who is ‘technically excellent, responsive and gets to grips with the detail of a case’, specialises in lawyers' professional liability, and Richard Harrison, who heads the lawyers’ liability group, specialises in all areas of claims against English solicitors and barristers. Neil Jamieson, who is ‘diligent, meticulous and known for his mastery of case detail’, defends solicitors, accountants, actuaries and surveyors against claims; construction liability group head Richard Moody has a ‘proven commercial and technical track record’; Simon Konsta defends claims against property, accounting and technology professionals; Stuart Hall represents accountants, financial institutions and D&O insurers; James Roberts heads the accountants' liability group; and Fergal Cathie, who is ‘robust, resolute and good in a fight’, handles complex disputes and regulatory investigations involving professionals in the legal and financial services sectors. Mark Sutton, who is ‘excellent at the technical detail’, Bryn Hodges, Helen Rowlands, Jonathan Brown and of counsel Andrew Forsyth are also recommended, as are senior associates May Ahmed and William Glynn, and legal directors Chris Dunlop, Karen Boto and Nicole McKinnon. Notable hires include Tim Crockford from Gowling WLG, and Mandip Sagoo and Angus Duncan from Mayer Brown International LLP. Ian Peacock, who joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, and John Eastlake, who joined from Kennedys, are based in Bristol.

CMS is regularly instructed on a range of high-value claims, with particular expertise in disputes involving construction, financial, legal and brokers’ negligence. Martin Fox and Monica Lesny specialise in construction professional indemnity claims; Lesny is advising design and build contractor Geoffrey Osborne in relation to a claim following a fire at Marlborough House, and also led advice for the joint administrators of Sixty UK in a case brought by its liquidators for alleged negligence in the conduct of an administration. Stephen Netherway heads the financial institutions insurance sector group; Alex Denslow is the insurance group head; Cheryl Gibson specialises in advising construction professionals and insurance brokers; Zoe Burge is active in disputes relating to solicitors, insurance intermediaries and accountants; Stephen Tester handles construction and engineering disputes; Simon Garrett focuses on disputes involving financial services companies and other professionals, particularly solicitors, IFAs, insurance brokers, accountants and other financial services professionals; and Anna Crew heads the solicitors’ negligence team. Maxine Cupitt, senior associate Thomas Pangbourne, and of counsels Jenny Williams, Neil Beighton, Sarah Hyde and Martin Davis are also noted. Ed Foss heads the team, which spans the firm's Bristol and London offices.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s expertise spans the cyber, construction, legal, technology, finance and insurance sectors; the team is instructed by clients such as Zurich, Aviva, XL Catlin, Deloitte, Grant Thornton, TalkTalk, McLaren Construction and Markel. The ‘brilliant’ Ross Risby is defending a $100m claim against a boutique London law firm which is alleged to have conspired with the directors of a Gibraltarian investment company to siphon off investor funds for private objectives; he is also defending a claim brought against a QC arising from failed litigation against Port of London Authority and Hutchison Whampoa. William Allison, who heads the D&O and financial institutions group; professional risk team head Patrick Hill, who routinely advises insurers on claims against technology companies; Michael Blackburne and Mark Roach, who head the construction practice; cyber and data risk group head Hans Allnutt; accountancy head Richard Highley; Phil Murrin, who is experienced in claims against solicitors; and Matthew Olorenshaw, who recently joined from DWF and handles construction-related cases, are also key members of the team, as is Duncan Strachan, who recently joined from Sedgwick, Detert, Moran and Arnold LLP, and is advising a London market reinsurer on its involvement in the programme of reinsurance for Bancolombia. Julian Miller, who is ‘highly intelligent’ and ‘excellent at spotting the key issues’; Graham Ludlam; and senior associates Sarah Crowther and Mark Healing are also recommended. Consultant Trevor Chamberlain heads the professional liability practice.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP houses a ‘dedicated team which has unquestioning willingness to go out of their way to meet requests without hesitation’ and provides ‘complete and comprehensive advice with a quick and thorough grasp of the matter’. The team handles insurance, legal, financial, technology and construction-related disputes and regularly acts for insurers, brokers and blue-chip clients in both claimant and defendant professional negligence cases. Chris Bushell is defending Amber Fund Management against a £53m claim brought by Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales and Alan Watts is advising PwC on a number of professional negligence matters, including defending it against a claim brought by a British entrepreneur and a claim that it was negligent and/or in breach of contract in respect of legal services provided to the claimant. Barbican Insurance and Marsh are also clients. Paul Lewis is ‘brilliant in professional indemnity claims involving pensions’ and heads the firm’s global contentious insurance and reinsurance practice; David Reston is a ‘first-class litigator who you want on your side in complex difficult disputes’; Sarah McNally has ‘excellent attention to detail and delivers on very speedy turn-around times’; and Mark Shillito heads the US and UK dispute resolution department. Tom Leech QC , Harry Edwards, who ‘gives clear advice and is very responsive’, John Corrie and senior associates Antonia Pegden and James Rickards, who recently joined from Outer Temple Chambers, are also recommended.

Hogan Lovells International LLP is a ‘high-class outfit’, which provides ‘client-friendly, commercially minded, legally sound advice and fights tenaciously for its clients’. It acts for and against a range of professionals, with particular expertise in claims against solicitors, actuaries, other pension professionals, property professionals, insurance brokers and accountants. The team is acting for Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation in its Solicitors Act cost assessment proceedings against Dechert LLP in relation to £11m of fees incurred. Willis Group Holdings is also a key client. Department head Nicholas Heaton has a ‘great eye for detail and is very pragmatic’; he specialises in substantial claims against lawyers, professionals involved in pensions schemes, and accountants. The ‘indomitable’ Angela Dimsdale Gill has a ‘wealth of experience, tactical nous and detailed legal knowledge’ and stands out for her expertise in pensions-related disputes. Ruth Grant handles disputes for a variety of commercial clients and is noted for cross-border mandates. Senior associate Nathan Sherlock is a ‘very bright associate with a maturity and performance in advance of his years’.

Kennedys has recently bolstered its insurance department with several key hires from Mayer Brown International LLP, including the former head of its London insurance and reinsurance group, David Chadwick, Tim McCaw and the ‘excellent’ Ingrid Hobbs. The team handles disputes involving professionals from the insurance, financial, legal and construction sectors, among others. Martin Chesher heads the UK-wide solicitors’ defence group and defended Travelers and its insured solicitors against a claim brought by the Connaught Income Fund Series 1 (in liquidation) in relation to sub-lending between the claimant and a now defunct bridging lender in reliance on certificates of title issued by the insured solicitors. Tom Stapleton acted for Wilkins Kennedy and its insurers, RSA, AIG and QBE, in a high-profile dispute relating to an overseas property investment scheme. Simon Gibson regularly defends solicitors, brokers, surveyors and construction professionals; Catherine Shuttleworth ‘leaves no stone unturned’ and is a ‘tenacious and highly knowledgeable lawyer’, who is particularly noted in legal sector claims; and David Wilkinson acts for solicitors, valuers, pension fund trustees and accountants. Fleur Rochester, Christopher Butler and senior associates Laura Hurst and David Robinson are also recommended. Jeremy Riley, who is based in Manchester, and John Bruce head the team. Former team co-head John Eastlake joined Clyde & Co LLP.

Mayer Brown International LLP defends sensitive and high-profile professional negligence claims, often with an international element, for clients such as QBE, Kier, Beazley, AIG and Knight Frank. Jim Oulton is defending two BDO partners against allegations of negligence and dishonesty made in relation to the administration and sale of a hotel, and is defending HW Fisher & Company against allegations of negligence and breach of fiduciary duty, among others. Tom Duncan, who regularly handles construction-related professional indemnity claims, continues to advise Costain and its insurers on a number of issues which have arisen at three microbiological treatment plants and four IVC plants in Manchester, which are part of a £4bn waste-to-energy project; he is also advising Costain and its insurers on a case relating to paving at the Port of Felixstowe. The ‘unflappable and very commercial’ William Glassey is a ‘rare mix of technical legal knowledge, gravitas and practicality’; he heads the department with Michael Regan, who is noted for construction and engineering disputes alongside the ‘brilliant’ Sally Davies. Sean Connolly handles disputes involving a range of accountancy, legal, investment banking, property management and design consultancy professionals, chartered surveyors, and insurance and reinsurance brokers; Jonathan Stone is active in construction and engineering disputes; and Matthew Williams, James Morris, and Hannah Cartwright are key senior associates. Lindsay McQuillian left the firm for an in-house role and Ingrid Hobbs joined Kennedys in 2018.

RPC’s ‘practical’ team is active in disputes across the legal, construction, technology, cyber and financial sectors. The team is defending Marsh in a £50m claim brought by NatWest relating to the placement of its public liability policy and is advising several major insurers on regulatory issues and various complaints made against a self-invested personal pensions operator. Aviva, AIG, Libra and Barbican are also key clients. Tim Bull heads the professional and financial risks team; Paul Castellani is ‘outstanding’; Alexandra Anderson heads the construction insurance team, where Alan Stone is also active; Simon Greenley is regularly instructed on capital markets and financial services disputes; Nick Bird has an ‘eye for detail’ and is ‘sound on strategy’; James Wickes handles claims against financial professionals and institutions; and Simon Laird is head of insurance. Senior associate Laura Stocks focuses on solicitors’ negligence, while Tom Green, who is also a senior associate, handles construction-related disputes. Legal directors Alison Clarke and Rachael Healey are also recommended. Karen Morrish recently joined from Sedgwick, Detert, Moran and Arnold LLP. The department is based across the firm’s Bristol and London offices.

Simmons & Simmons provides the ‘highest level of technical knowledge in professional negligence matters’ and is regularly instructed in cases against accountants, lawyers, actuaries, construction professionals, financial advisers, brokers, IT consultants, surveyors and valuers. Team head James Pollock ‘gives superlative tactical guidance to ensure minimal wasted time or effort and ensures appropriate and speedy responses to any questions; you want him on your side’. Pollock is defending CMS in a £65m claim brought by a former client of the firm, Mr Alexander Mayr, and two of his companies in relation to a French investment undertaken in 2011. AIG, Starstone, KPF, Lockton Companies and MS Amlin are also clients. Colin Passmore is experienced in claims relating to accountancy professionals; Simon Hilditch is ‘first-rate’ and is noted for his expertise in finance-related mandates; and Felix Zimmermann specialises in defending professional negligence claims against insurance brokers, construction professionals, accountants and solicitors. Emily Monastiriotis is ‘practical, legally astute’ and ‘thoroughly understands the construction industry’, and Bristol-based managing associate Jonathan Spencer is also active in construction disputes. Managing associate Sherry Goodman-Smith is also recommended.

Taylor Wessing LLP boasts a ‘highly regarded and experienced team with real strength in depth, particularly for claims involving auditors and accountants’; it focuses on complex, high-profile claims and regulatory investigations, and acts for both claimants and defendants. Team head Andrew Howell and Julian Randall are ‘outstanding litigators’; Howell is ‘good with clients and managing large teams on the most complex cases’ and Randall has ‘a brilliant mind and an eye for the killer point’. Stephen Flaherty is ‘quiet, measured and meticulous’. Howell and Flaherty led advice for PwC and one of its retired partners in relation to disciplinary complaints brought by the Financial Reporting Council following its investigation into the audit of Connaught; Randall is advising PwC on Irish litigation brought against the firm by the administrators of Quinn Insurance. Laurence Lieberman is experienced in claims against financial institutions, and senior associates Stuart Broom, James Bryden and Stephanie High are also key members of the team.

Beale & Co is a ‘leading specialist firm’ with a ‘fantastic reputation for construction sector cases’. It is also active across legal and financial sector professional negligence disputes. Aviva Insurance UK, RSA, Kier Group and Chubb are clients. Stephen Reilly, who ‘understands the important issues at stake early in the process’, represented ERC Accountants & Business Advisers and its insurer in a £1.5m professional negligence claim arising out of alleged negligent financial advice relating to tax mitigating schemes. Practice head Antony Smith is a ‘real star in this field’ and is ‘extremely knowledgeable, tactically astute, and has excellent judgement’. Damian McPhun, who is noted for his experience in financial sector disputes, ‘cuts to the important issues, has a great bedside manner, and gives clear and concise advice’. Construction insurance group head Ian Masser is ‘commercially savvy and gives sensible advice’. Nathan Modell, Sheena Sood, who ‘brings huge energy, strategic awareness and dedication to her cases’, and associates Joanna Lewis, who ‘really gets to grips with the factual and technical issues’, and Kristina Vongas are also recommended. Ed Anderson has joined Browne Jacobson LLP.

The team at BLM is made up of ‘true specialists in professional negligence’, handling disputes in the property, public, construction, education, legal and financial sectors, among others. It is also noted for claims involving trade unions and regulatory bodies; team head Elliot Pound is advising UNISON and Zurich on a claim concerning employment law advice given in relation to difficulties experienced by Leicestershire County Council relating to the 2015 general election count. Pound is also advising the University of East London and RSA on a claim brought by an international student. Michael Harvey is representing an international insurer which was the victim of a large-scale fraud concerning its involvement in a scheme for solicitors’ professional indemnity insurance. Richard Wilkins defended solicitors accused of making a will which was argued to be invalid for want of capacity, and acted for the Bar Standards Board in a claim by a practising QC disputing its handling of a complaint from another barrister. Martin Jensen is a ‘brilliant, instinctive lawyer’, who shows ‘courage, a very high degree of intelligence and calmness in difficult circumstances’, and Alex Traill is ‘sensitive to the requirements of all stakeholders, while being technically very thorough’. Keith Lonsdale and Michael Salau specialise in construction sector mandates. Ross Baker is also recommended, as are associates Geneviùve Rich, Andrew Layton-Morris and Katherine Heath. Peter Stockill joined Penningtons Manches LLP in 2018, and Charlotte Capstick left the firm.

DWF’s ‘first-rate’ team is particularly noted for its experience across construction, financial services, pensions and legal sector claims. Tim Barr defended AIG and its insured, Follett Stock, against a £1m professional negligence claim brought over the failure to bring proceedings against the claimant’s former solicitors for alleged negligence in relation to the execution of a will and an agreement entered into in 1997. Michael Robin and associate Chris Lewis represented a law firm and its primary layer insurer, QBE, in a £1.1m claim brought by a property development company. Joanne Staphnill, Robin and Lewis represented a leading law firm and its primary layer insurer, Chubb, in a £34m claim brought by a company in liquidation and its liquidators. Harriet Quiney is a ‘good strategic thinker’ and is experienced in professional indemnity disputes in the financial services and pensions sectors; John Bennett is experienced across disputes involving solicitors, barristers, accountants, IFAs and patent agents; Peter Campion and Mark Klimt are particularly experienced in construction claims; and Simon Gildener handles cases in the financial sector. Andrew Davis, Sheona Wood, John Groome, director Jonathan Hyde and recently promoted partner Eileen Pathiraja are also recommended, as are senior associates Tom Mungovan, Joanna Batchelor and James McKay. Peter Sewell heads the team. Antony Marsh retired; Jacquetta Castle and Joseph Arazi departed for in-house roles; Matthew Olorenshaw joined DAC Beachcroft LLP; Simon Durkin joined Weightmans LLP; and Alexandra Goddard also left the firm.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has ‘excellent technical breadth and experience’ and stands out for its expertise in claims against insurance brokers, accountants and pension advisers. Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group, Aon, HCC International Insurance Company, KPMG, XL Catlin and Lockton Companies are among its clients. Claire Carroll regularly defends claims brought against pensions professionals, trustees and advisers, and is acting for a global consultancy and the trustee of one of its occupational pension schemes in a potential professional negligence claim in relation to the possible overpayment of tax-free lump sums to more than 100 members of an occupational pension scheme. Practice head Simon Brooks, who has a ‘good understanding of the law and a common-sense approach to legal issues’, is experienced in claims against insurance brokers, lawyers, accountants and construction professionals. Matthew Allen handles claims involving finance professionals and Paula Gaddum is active across claims involving accountants, solicitors, construction professionals and brokers. Jennifer Miles and Frank Thompson are also key members of the team, as are principal associates Kate Hill and Christopher Ives, who is based in Manchester, and senior associate Naz Gauri.

Fieldfisher is active in a range of professional negligence mandates across the legal, construction, property, finance and tax sectors. Hartley Foster is representing the claimant in an £8m claim against McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP for fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty. Owen Talfan Davies’ ‘factual and legal analysis is always spot on’ and he is noted for his experience in real estate-related professional negligence cases; commercial dispute resolution head Colin Gibson is active in cases relating to accountants and financial advisers. Antony Phillips, who heads the real estate team; Jonathan Ray-Smith, who is experienced in financial sector claims; Simon Moore, who handles disputes involving high-net-worth individuals; Louise Elmes, who heads the contentious construction team; Tony Lewis, who handles fraud and finance-related cases; and George Gillham, who is active in cases involving tax advisers, are also key members of the department. Associates Vanessa Wilkinson, Hannah Piper and Jamie Mangan are noted, as are Manchester-based office managing partner Ian Austin, James Lappin and associate Daniel Sheehan.

HFW receives praise for its ‘strong’ department, which handles high-value and complex claims against accountants, auditors, brokers, insolvency practitioners, financial intermediaries and institutions, surveyors, architects, engineers and lawyers. It is also experienced in negligence cases relating to marine surveyors and marine salvage work. Professional negligence head Andrew Bandurka is regularly instructed by leading insurance and reinsurance brokers on complex matters, often with a cross-border element; he handles lawyers' professional indemnity coverage disputes and is also instructed on architects' and surveyors' negligence cases. Jonathan Bruce is often instructed by Latin American reinsurance brokers; Costas Frangeskides handles a range of brokers, solicitors and property transaction claims; Christopher Cardona is global head of insurance and reinsurance; Christopher Foster defends significant claims against solicitors; and Adam Strong defends claims against solicitors, architects, insurance brokers, surveyors and IFAs. Nigel Wick and senior associate Rupert Warren are also recommended. David Robinson is now a consultant.

The ‘outstanding’ department at Mills & Reeve LLP ‘punches well above its weight’; it handles claims across the legal, financial and construction sectors, as well as claims involving insurance brokers and tech sector professionals. Collegiate Claims, IGI and CNA Hardy are clients. Department head Neil Davis is a ‘robust and effective litigator’; Nicolas Oldham, who ‘explores every avenue to resist ambitious claims’, heads the construction and engineering risks team; head of financial claims Virginia Hickley is ‘first-rate’; and ‘impressive’ consultant Harriet Strevens is also singled out for praise. Recently promoted partner Eric France and principal associates Lisa Taylor and Tom Filby, who is ‘very bright’, are also key contacts. Paul Spibey has joined Shakespeare Martineau LLP.

Norton Rose Fulbright is praised for its ‘friendly and collaborative approach’ and is best known for its experience in the financial services sector, advising on a range of high-value claims involving financial institutions, asset managers, solicitors, accountants, actuaries, insolvency practitioners, stockbrokers and insurance brokers. Beazley, Brit, Hyperion, Liberty Specialty Markets and Lloyds Banking Group are clients. Ffion Flockhart is defending Keoghs LLP and its professional indemnity insurers against a £127m fraud and conspiracy claim brought against it and two other solicitors' firms by Accident Exchange, a credit hire company. Liam O’Connell has a ‘calm but authoritative style of delivery’; Kirsty Hick is ‘fantastic’; and Susan Dingwall stands out for her ‘in-depth experience’. Corporate tax specialist Angela Savin; Lesley Browning, who handles pensions-related matters; head of tax for Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Brazil Dominic Stuttaford; property litigation head David Stevens; and Paul Morris, who focuses on banking and finance-related disputes, are also recommended, as are Katie Stephen, Michelle George, Jonathan Ogle and Adrian Mecz, who joined the team as a result of the merger with Chadbourne & Parke LLP, and senior associates Simon Radcliffe and Helen Fairhead. Deirdre Walker is now based in the firm’s Dubai office.

Pinsent Masons LLP represents claimants and defendants in disputes across the financial services, pensions, construction and TMT sectors. Legal director Michael Fletcher is representing a UK-based company in the renewable energy sector in a £3m claim against its former solicitors, and Jonathan Fortnam is acting for a pension scheme employer and its trustee company in a £6m claim against its former solicitors. Ben Fairhead focuses on pensions-related disputes and is representing the trustee of a defined benefit pension scheme in a £1m negligence claim against a well-known pension scheme administrator, in relation to numerous transfers of members’ pension funds to an overseas pension scheme. Jim Richards is acting for two group companies in a £2.6m claim against its former auditors. Stuart McNeill regularly handles finance-related professional negligence disputes; ‘while charming to deal with’, pensions litigation head Isabel Nurse-Marsh is a ‘no-holds barred litigator’; Colin Read is active in construction sector mandates; Ian Birdsey is experienced in the TMT sector; and Neal Morris leads the global construction advisory and disputes team. Legal director Chamika Hand and senior associate Danielle Williamson, who is experienced in tax-related claims, are also recommended. Michael Fenn, who is the litigation and regulatory head, and insurance head Nick Bradley lead the team.

Reed Smith LLP is active in disputes across the financial, technology, construction and legal sectors. The team is advising a number of insurers on €1bn-worth of claims relating to the collapse of part of the Cologne Metro in 2009. It also defended a surveying company in three professional negligence claims regarding alleged overvaluations of high-end residential properties in and around London. Nick Speed, who is experienced across construction, engineering and technology sector disputes, heads the team along with Jane Howard, who ‘always demonstrates considerable knowledge and experience, is always tremendously supportive and really rolls her sleeves up and gets involved’ and ‘fully understands the accountants' indemnity market’. Also noted are deputy head of the London insurance recovery group Margaret Campbell, who is a ‘tenacious litigator’, and Charles Hewetson, who is an ‘excellent adviser and litigator’. Of counsel Eleanor Chapman, who was recently promoted, and senior associates Louise Ioannides and Simon Greer are also key members of the department.

Stephenson Harwood’s ‘experienced team’ is ‘very switched on, very able’ and provides ‘excellent commercial advice’ for claimants and defendants across a range of professional negligence disputes. The team is representing the National House-Building Council in a £41m claim against its former auditor and tax adviser, PwC; advising Mark Weiss Limited and Mark Weiss in a $10.8m case against Sotheby's relating to the sale of a painting which is now alleged to be a forgery; and acting for Mercer, Sedgwick Noble Lowndes and Sedgwick Financial Services in a £10m pensions tax negligence case arising out of the Sea Containers chapter 11 insolvency proceedings. Among the team, Andrew Myers is noted for property-related disputes; regulatory litigator Tony Woodcock is ‘excellent’; the ‘incredibly clever’ Richard Garcia is active in finance-related disputes; Helena Berman is ‘absolutely first-rate, brings a huge amount to any case’ and is active across a range of pensions, trusts, legal and tax-related cases; and recently promoted partner Kate Cordery has ‘plenty of energy and verve and is a clear thinker who inspires confidence’. Senior associates Guy Harper and Paul Hollands are also recommended. Roland Foord and Stephen Roberts, who is ‘very commercial, bright, is able to see the wood for the trees’ and is ‘not afraid of arguing his point in the most charming of ways’, head the team.

Ashurst is regularly instructed by financial services sector clients on a range of disputes involving audits, actuarial matters, funds, major projects, legal and pensions work. ‘Thoughtful’ team head James Levy, who ‘really cares about his cases’, led the advice to Daiwa Capital Markets Europe in a $200m case alleging breach of duty and dishonest assistance by Singularis Holdings. Levy also advised Gala Coral Group on a £2m claim brought by the wife of a former high-stakes sports gambler at Gala, alleging a breach of duty of care. Other clients include NRAM, Cattles and Welcome Financial Services. Lynn Dunne and consultant Edward Sparrow are also key contacts.

Browne Jacobson LLP delivers a ‘truly customer-focused and highly personal service’. Key mandates included defending a solicitors' firm against a £65m claim arising out of one of the largest divorce settlements ever in the UK; defending a QC and the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund against a claim which alleges negligent pleading of a statement of case in litigation against accountants; and defending a firm of patent and trademark attorneys and insurer PAMIA in a claim alleging failure to protect design rights in several jurisdictions worldwide. The ‘exceptional’ Nottingham-based Jonathan Newbold is head of the financial and professional risks group; Michael Howard specialises in professional indemnity claims made against construction professionals, insurance brokers, accountants and solicitors, and is also experienced in cases involving green engineers, IT contractors and recruitment consultants; Ed Anderson, who recently joined from Beale & Co, is ‘prompt with his advice and thorough in his analysis’; Jim Hobsley acts for solicitors, barristers, accountants, surveyors and patent and trade mark attorneys; associate Rhys Davies is active across policy coverage cases and defends claims involving insurance brokers, solicitors and surveyors; and head of business and professional risk Derek Bambury is also recommended.

The ‘highly efficient’ team at Ince regularly defends claims brought against professionals and their insurers, with a focus on acting on behalf of solicitors and insurance brokers. The team also acts for ship surveyors and managers in maritime negligence disputes. Ben Ogden represented individuals insured with Chubb in $16m-worth of claims brought against two former directors relating to the 2011 liquidation of the South of England P&I Club. Ed Broking, Griffin Insurance Association, International Transport Intermediaries Club and LAMP Insurance are also clients. Ogden and Simon Cooper head the team and senior associate Christopher Crane is also a key contact. Chris Jefferis moved to an in-house role.

Plexus Law is a ‘very experienced firm with a wide range of expertise in professional indemnity matters’; the team regularly handles cases arising from claims against legal and financial professionals and is also active in claims against surveyors and valuers. The team represented Champion Consulting and its insurers in a £130m claim alleging negligent tax advice. It also represented QBE, the professional indemnity insurer of a financial adviser which had become insolvent, in case which examined the construction of exclusion clauses in policy wordings. Peter Court is a ‘wise head with huge experience’; he is ‘unflappable and calm under pressure’. Simon Beckwith is a ‘thorough and very able litigator with particular expertise in claims concerning financial professionals; he has a first-rate legal brain’. Mark Ratcliff handles a range of claims against accountants, actuaries, IFAs, insurance and mortgage brokers, trustees of occupational pension schemes, fund administrators and managers. Recently promoted partner Alasdair Dick specialises in defending claims against accountants and tax advisers and is a ‘real fighter who will go the extra mile to dig up a document or formulate a point for the benefit of his client’. ‘Excellent lawyer and shrewd strategist’ Gary Wicks heads the construction team and Gary Thwaites is also noted for construction-related professional negligence cases.

The team at Weightmans LLP is ‘very attentive and is certainly developing its industry knowledge’; it delivers ‘commercial and pragmatic advice, which doesn’t shirk from the realities of litigation’. The team handles a range of construction sector claims, claims against IFAs and claims against property professionals. It defended R T Financial Services UK, on the instructions of its professional indemnity insurer, Argo, against a £1.2m claim for allegedly negligent financial advice. Aspen Risk Management, AXA Insurance UK, CFC, Channel and Liberty are also clients. Quentin Fox regularly handles claims against clients in the construction industry, claims against financial advisers and policy coverage disputes. Ed Lewis is an ‘excellent negotiator’ and is instructed on claims across the construction, technology and professional services sectors. Robert Crossingham is noted for his expertise in handling disputes relating to property and financial transactions. James Denison has ‘very detailed knowledge of construction law and is able to explain complex matters in a simple way which is easier to understand and digest’, and associate Paul Lowe is ‘very commercial and pragmatic’. Liverpool-based Mike Grant is national head of professional risk and is noted for his expertise in the construction sector.

The ‘exceptional’ team at Withers LLP regularly defends claims against barristers and also represents claimants in disputes with a range of professionals such as solicitors, valuers, accountants, tax advisers, engineers and investment advisers. It represented claimants Hugo Page and Nigel Meares and the Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund in their application for a further extension of a general civil restraint order. Christopher Coffin has ‘excellent client-facing skills, is extremely bright and able, and is commercially savvy’; recently promoted partner Eleni Polycarpou is ‘very intelligent and switched on’. Associates Caroline Thompson, Sinead Harris and Stephanie Balsys, who is ‘very efficient, hardworking and has good client relationship skills’, are also recommended.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s ‘commercial, responsive, pragmatic and approachable’ department regularly defends claims against solicitors, valuers, construction professionals, auditors, accountants, tax advisers, brokers, financial advisers, directors and officers, and financial institutions. It is also experienced in claims with an insolvency aspect. Insurance disputes head Sushma MacGeoch, a ‘natural born litigator’ and a ‘calm and impressive operator’, is defending a solicitors' firm and its insurer in the High Court against a £130m claim brought by Accident Exchange against various former directors of Autofocus and solicitors who dealt with road traffic accident claims; she is also defending a firm of solicitors in a $210m negligence claim arising from a share purchase agreement relating to Russian oil exploration licences. Construction insurance head Hannah Cane is ‘tough yet commercially astute’ and ‘incisive in her analysis’, and ‘goes out of her way to put the clients’ needs at the heart of the excellent service she delivers’. Jane Williams routinely handles claims against solicitors, brokers and accountants, and represented a firm of solicitors in a claim by a former client alleging that steps taken by the firm in connection with the sale of the client's company were in breach of trust and facilitated a fraud. Jonathan Drake is head of insurance, while managing associates Belinda Fox and David Rees Smith, who is a ‘real team player’, are singled out for praise, as is associate Lucy Murphy.

The team at Edwin Coe LLP is an ‘impressive outfit with a good track record of appearing for claimants in professional negligence claims’, and is 'not afraid of taking on the big guns’. It is particularly recognised for its ‘strong experience in brokers' negligence cases’. It represented Sartex Quilts and Textiles in a £3m claim against its insurers regarding matters arising from a fire at its premises in May 2011. Michael Whitton is ‘hugely experienced, a very tough negotiator and is not afraid to run matters to trial’ and has ‘the ability to present a claim efficiently’; Nicola Maher is ‘hungry and determined’; and head of insurance litigation Roger Franklin has ‘very sound judgement and is excellent with clients’, has ‘wide-ranging technical insurance knowledge and is able to advise in very clear and concise way’. Senior associate Kate Dwyer is also noted.

Healys LLP regularly acts for claimants in cases against solicitors, barristers, architects, surveyors, financial advisers and accountants. Department head Robert Johnson is ‘incisive and attentive, responding instantly to queries with clear answers and explanations’; he is advising two Cayman Islands-based companies in a £25m case against a firm of solicitors and its three individual partners. The ‘brilliant’ Jerome O’Sullivan is leading advice for the claimant in a £1.1m dispute against two firms of solicitors in relation to a fraudulent property transaction. David Bailey is experienced in acting for financial institutions in cases against solicitors and valuers and Adrian Taylor, who recently joined from Rosenblatt, is also noted.

As a result of the transfer of Hill Dickinson LLP’s insurance business to Keoghs LLP, the firm now has a presence in the professional negligence arena. The London team, which is led by Neil Trayhurn, features Dragos Stoica, Andrew SchĂŒtte and senior associate Dale Hilton. Head of professional indemnity Ruth Lawrence  and Sarah Naylor are based in Liverpool. Connie Cobb, who joined from Plexus Law, is also a key member of the team. The department regularly defends high-value professional negligence disputes across the legal, property, construction, cyber and electrical sectors. The team is also increasingly involved in coverage disputes, often with a cross-border element.

Dispute resolution boutique Signature Litigation LLP handles large, high-profile professional negligence claims, often with a cross-border element, for claimants and defendants. It represented Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation in a claim against its former solicitors' firm, Dechert LLP. Daniel Spendlove and Graham Huntley head the team, and Abdulali Jiwaji is also a key name.

TLT’s London-based claimant lender professional negligence practice works closely with the firm's Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow and Belfast offices. Team head Andrew Lyon advised a property developer in a £2m claim against a solicitor for failure to advise on the correct date by which a notice had to be served under a conditional contract and for failing to serve said notice by the correct date. Lyon also defended a major UK clearing bank against a £1m negligence claim for breach of duty of care. Peter Richards-Gaskin represented an Irish bank in a claim against solicitors for failing to ensure the bank obtained adequate security. Richards-Gaskin and Lyon also defended Coutts & Co and RBS in a £6m group action relating to the banks' involvement in lending money to well-known ex-professional sportsmen to invest in a Spanish property scheme. Legal director Nick Curling and associate Claire Kershaw are also noted.

Burges Salmon LLP’s predominantly claimant-focused practice operates across its London and Bristol offices and is noted for its experience in making claims on behalf of lenders. It also acts for private clients, companies and large financial institutions in claims against professional advisers across the banking, legal, pensions, construction, environmental consultancy, energy, accountancy and auditing, cyber, tax, brokerage, actuarial, IT and fund management sectors. The team is continuing to advise Nationwide Building Society on a £35m portfolio of claims arising from debts in its commercial lending book, concerning negligent advice provided by surveyors and solicitors in connection with commercial property transactions; it is also continuing to advise Nomura London Retirement Benefits Plan Trustee and Nomura International on a £10m claim against Mercer, examining the negligent drafting of pension scheme rules. HR Trustees, as trustee of the Robert Horne Group Pension Scheme, is continuing to instruct the team on a £30m claim against Aon Consulting. Department head Andrew Burnette is ‘commercial, effective and on the ball’; Justin Briggs is experienced in claims involving pension providers and consultants; Kari McCormick heads the financial services team; and senior associate Matthew Walker handles disputes in the construction, accountancy and financial services sectors.

Carter Perry Bailey LLP is praised for its ‘tailored service’ and it delivers a ‘personal touch’. The team predominantly focuses on defendant matters involving accountants, architects, asset managers, banks, directors and officers, engineers, fine art valuers, insolvency practitioners, insurance brokers, letting agents, pharmacists, the police, property agents, public authorities and solicitors. It also handles claimant work for insurance entities. The ‘brilliant’ William Sturge is advising an insurer client on its coverage and response in connection with a claim made by a UK-based claimant against US and UK-domiciled directors and corporate entities. Department head Mark Aizlewood is advising a firm of structural engineers and its insurers on a claim for negligent design relating to the construction of a lagoon supporting an anaerobic combined heat power plant. Simon Thomas ‘maximises his client’s position in every case, even the most legally and technically complex; he remains calm under fire and always has a good solution to a problem’. Bernadette Bailey is ‘consummately professional and highly effective’ and associate Samantha Zaozirny is experienced in insurance and banking professional indemnity work.

The ‘highly responsive’ and ‘accessible’ team at Cubism Law specialises in representing claimants in high-volume professional negligence cases in the legal, financial, construction and property sectors, among others. Anjan Patel is ‘extremely commercial’, ‘clever and very determined’, and is ‘particularly sharp, focused and committed to achieving the best outcome’. Solicitors Avi Gordon, who is ‘very responsive and ensures a well-researched and thorough response at all times’, and Stephen Bane, who is noted for his financial services expertise, are also recommended.

Fladgate LLP is praised for its ‘excellent communication skills’ and the team regularly handles high-value claims for high-net-worth individuals and companies in disputes against solicitors, accountants and construction professionals. It also defends claims for clients such as Deloitte, the Medical Defence Union and Zurich. Team head Simon Brew acts for claimants and defendants in claims involving accountants, solicitors and construction professionals, and represented a Hong Kong-based company in a $1m claim against its former solicitors for professional negligence, breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract. Litigation head Simon Ekins, Janet Keeley, Sophia Purkis, Jonathan Hibberts and Digby Hebbard are also key members of the department.

The ‘very able’ department at Hamlins LLP acts for claimants in professional negligence cases against law firms, accountants, financial advisers, trustees, construction consultants, surveyors and civil engineers; clients include European Land & Property, Triple Point, Westminster Academy, VolkerFitzpatrick and ICF Group. Litigation head Amanda Burge is an ‘extremely tenacious litigator who treats every case as being her top priority and provides common sense and commercial advice in a short time frame’. Associate Laura Daly, who joined in 2017 from Dentons, is also recommended.

Irwin Mitchell represents claimants such as lenders, financial institutions, companies and private individuals, and is representing the claimants in a £20m claim against Alpha Bank and Bank of Cyprus. Representing Crocker Enterprises in a £4.3m claim for negligent contentious patent advice was also a key highlight. Practice head Jonathan Sachs is noted for his experience in lender claims and claims against tax advisers. Southampton-based Andrew Jackson is also a key contact, as is Birmingham-based senior associate Jane Anderson, who regularly acts for lenders.

The ‘strong’ team at Kingsley Napley LLP acts for entrepreneurs, high-net-worth individuals and corporate clients in claims involving solicitors, accountants, IFAs, trustees, and property and construction professionals. It also stands out for its experience in combined probate and professional negligence disputes. Team head Richard Foss is a ‘very experienced litigator’ who has ‘sound judgement’ and ‘excellent client skills’. Senior associate Mary Young is praised for her ‘great attention to detail’; she is ‘technically very sound’ and a ‘determined fighter’. Ryan Mowat and senior associate Jemma Brimblecombe are also key members of the department.

Penningtons Manches Cooper’s ‘very professional’ team regularly acts for claimants in multi-party professional negligence claims. David Niven represented multiple claimants in a £6m action against an international solicitors' firm in relation to purchases of off-plan properties in two developments in Calabria, Italy; he is also representing various claimants in a £1.3m group action against a solicitors' firm, regarding losses arising out of failed off-plan transactions for the purchase of leasehold interests in hotel rooms and student accommodation in a number of failed property developments across Britain. Richard Marshall heads the international trade and commerce group and specialises in negligence and regulatory claims involving solicitors, accountants, architects and surveyors. Senior associate David O’Brien is also a key member of the team. Rustam Dubash heads the commercial dispute resolution team.

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