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Simon Cooper

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Insurance & Reinsurance; Commercial disputes.


Simon has more than 25 years' experience of advising clients in the London and international insurance and reinsurance markets and has extensive experience of acting in large scale disputes in the English Commercial Court and Appellate Courts, in ad hoc arbitrations and in overseas jurisdictions. Many of these disputes have involved multiple parties and complex issues of fact and law. Simon also has comprehensive experience of mediation and other forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution. Simon's practice focuses on reinsurance and professional indemnity business (principally for insurance brokers but also for accountants and others) and has included most areas of non-marine insurance including contingency, property, energy and space risks.


Simon joined Ince as a partner in October 2011 from a leading international law firm.


IUA Clauses Subcommittee; edited second edition of 'Reinsurance Practice & The Law'; writes and lectures frequently.


St John's College, Cambridge (1979, Modern History); The City University (postgraduate diploma in Law).

London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Within: Insurance and reinsurance litigation

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.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

The ‚Äėhighly efficient‚Äô 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.

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