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Neil Calver QC

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Brick Court Chambers (Chambers of Mark Howard QC and Helen Davies QC)


Barrister specialising in insurance and reinsurance law, general commercial law, energy and natural resources law, aviation law, banking law, professional negligence, sports law and EU law. Neil acts as Leading Counsel in both High Court and Appellate litigation, as well as domestic and international arbitrations (he has recently acted in LCIA; ICC and PCA Hague arbitrations). Neil also frequently sits as a commercial arbitrator in both domestic and international arbitrations (most recently as an arbitrator in the Hague), and is also a Crown Court recorder (SE Region). Neil represented the successful reinsurer-appellants (AGF) in the landmark case of WASA and AGF v Lexington [2009] UKHL 40, being the last case determined by the House of Lords (before the establishment of the new Supreme Court). By way of example of the types of cases which Neil frequently acts in, Neil just finished successfully defending a insurance broker in a negligence claim before the High Court (Eurokey Recycling Ltd v Giles Insurance Brokers Ltd [2014] EWHC 2989 (Comm)) and successfully representing Aspen in their appeal before the Court of Appeal in respect of a contractor’s liability policy (Aspen Insurance UK Ltd. v. Adana Construction Ltd. [2015] EWCA Civ 176). Neil is currently acting for a number of different high-profile oligarch clients from Eastern Europe in both arbitrations and High Court proceedings (he recently finished acting in the largest ever claim brought in London ($47 billion) by way of an LCIA arbitration on behalf of Russian oligarch clients). He is currently engaged in four separate insurance arbitrations concerning significant material damage and business interruption claims concerning damage to a Brazilian hydro electric dam. He is also currently acting as Leading Counsel in a number of Bermuda form insurance disputes; in a number of liability insurance disputes; in an EU public procurement dispute and in EU pharmaceutical competition law claims; and for war risks reinsurers in relation to loss of aircraft. He also recently acted for a hedge fund in a dispute arising out of the Irish banking crisis; for Aspen Insurance in successfully extending the law concerning an insurer’s right to refuse to pay a claim by reason of its late notification (Aspen v Pectel [2008] EWHC 2804 (comm)) and again for successful reinsurers in a similar dispute (Loyaltrend v Brit [2010] EWHC 425 (Comm)). Some other of his well-known cases include: Equitas v Horace Holman [2007] EWHC 903 (Comm); Euler Hermes v Apple Corps [2004] EWHC 1584 (Comm); Bonner v Cox [2004] EWHC 2963; Sphere Drake v Orion [2001] Lloyd’s Rep 1 142; Syndicate 1242 v Morgan Read & Sharman [2003] Lloyd’s Rep IR 412; Warner Chappell v Michael Bolton; BP Amoco v GE Frankona [2003] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 537; Sir Elton John v PWC [2002] EWCA Civ 889 (CA); AIG v QBE [2001] 2 Lloyds Rep 268; Heaton v AXA [2002] 2 AC 329; Wurttembergische v Home Insurance Co [1999] LRLR 397; The Sivand [1998] 2 Lloyds Rep 97; The Kyriaki [1993] 1 Lloyds Rep 137; NLA v Bowers [1999] 1 Lloyds Rep 109; Walker v Rowe [2000] 1 Lloyds Rep 116; Rowland v Bock [2002] 4 All ER 370; Kirklees v Wickes [1993] AC 227; Stoke CC v B&Q [1993] AC 900; Ernst & Young v Butte Mining [1997] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 313 and [1996] 2 All ER 623.


Called 1987, Gray’s Inn; QC 2006; Recorder (SE region) 2009.


French, Italian.




Christ’s College, Cambridge (MA Hons First Class).

London Bar


Within: Aviation – Leading silks

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court ChambersVery strong; a brilliant barrister.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court ChambersTicks all the boxes, he is a very effective and persuasive advocate.

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Fraud: civil

Within: Fraud: civil – Leading silks

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court ChambersTakes the fight to the opponents with not a word wasted.

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Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Insurance and reinsurance - Leading silks

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court ChambersHis preparation is second to none.

Within: Insurance and reinsurance

The ‘enormous strength in breadth and depth’ of the ‘excellent barristers at all levels of call’ helps Brick Court Chambers to occupy a dominant role in the insurance litigation market. Six members, including Mark Howard QC and Neil Calver QC, are instructed on both sides of Single Buoy Moorings Inc v Zurich Insurance plc, which, at the time of publication, was the highest value case before the Commercial Court. Calver is also instructed in respect of a multi-million dollar arbitration arising out of New Zealand earthquake damage.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court ChambersHis submissions are clear, well focused and highly effective.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – Leading silks

Neil Calver QC - Brick Court ChambersExcellent.

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