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Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

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Simon Brooks

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Eversheds Sutherland

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Simon is head of the Insurance and Reinsurance Group and specialises in high value insurance and reinsurance disputes and complex professional indemnity claims. His cases have included major insurance market disputes such as the long running and high profile film finance and leading cases involving claims against insurance brokers.

Simon has a great deal of experience in defending insurance brokers, solicitors, accountants and construction professionals, as well as advising on property damage and product liability claims. He has acted in high value and complex energy related claims in the UK and abroad, and also advises in relation to Directors and Officers insurance claims and coverage issues.

He is recommended in Legal 500 and Chambers as an expert in insurance and reinsurance litigation and professional negligence.

Recent comments from the directories include:

“‘Go-to lawyer’ Simon Brooks heads the practice, and is considered ‘tenacious, unwavering but solidly commercial in approach’”

"The quick thinking and cost-effective approach employed by Simon Brooks illustrates his understanding of a client's needs".

“’Simon Brooks knows the area of insurance like the back of his hand and is very well respected.’ He is experienced advising on the full range of professional negligence matters.”

“Simon Brooks … draws on extensive experience in coverage disputes, negligence claims and D&O issues among others. He draws praise for his dedication and loyalty to clients.”

Eversheds won Insurance Team of the Year at the 2016 Legal Business Awards, and the Corporate LiveWire 2016 Global Award for Dispute Resolution in the Insurance and Reinsurance Sector.

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Within: Insurance and reinsurance litigation

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.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

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.

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