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PLANTATION PLACE, 30 FENCHURCH STREET, LONDON, EC3M 3BL, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7638 2811
Fax:
Fax 020 7920 0361
DX:
14302 MANCHESTER1
Web:
www.blmlaw.com

Mark Aitken

Tel:
Work 020 7029 4210
Email:
BLM

Work Department

Property damage team.

Position

Complex and high value property and commercial insurance claims, involving fraud. Insurance coverage disputes. Notable cases: Bate v Aviva Insurance [2013] EWHC 1687 (Comm); Yeates v Aviva Insurance [2012] EWCA Civ 634; Aviva Insurance v Brown [2011] EWHC 362 (QBD); Aviva Insurance v Joyce; Joseph Fielding Properties (Blackpool) Ltd v Aviva Insurance [2010] EWHC 2192 (QBD); Direct Line Insurance v Khan [2001] EWCA Civ 1794, [2002] Lloyd’s Rep IR 364.

Career

Trained Braby & Waller; qualified 1989; associate partner DAC Beachcroft 1998; partner Greenwoods 2009; partner Berrymans Lace Mawer 2014.

Member

BILA.

Education

Dundee University (1986 LLB Hons 2.2); College of Law Guildford.


London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Within: Insurance and reinsurance litigation

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.

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