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Colin Edelman QC

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Devereux (Chambers of Timothy Brennan QC)


Colin Edelman QC specialises in high value, complex commercial disputes with an emphasis on insurance, reinsurance, professional indemnity and energy. He has been involved in a number of high profile matters affecting the London and international insurance markets, including disputes arising out of major natural disasters and financial collapses. He has written and lectured extensively. He is considered by many as the leading silk for insurance matters. A number of his cases have been shortlisted by The Lawyer as Top Litigation Cases of the year. Key cases in 2018/19: R&S Pilling v UK Insurance (Supreme Court), Travelers v XYZ (Supreme Court), Equitas v Municipal Mutual (Court of Appeal); and a number of high value arbitrations as counsel and as arbitrator.
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Called Middle Temple 1977; QC 1995; tenant Devereux Chambers since 1979; assistant recorder, 1993; recorder 1996-2016; Deputy High Court Judge 2008-2016; head of chambers 2002-2011; Bencher, Middle Temple; director (2007-), deputy chairman (2009-2013) and chairman (2013-) of Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund; a contributor to ‘Insurance Disputes’ (LLP); editor ‘The Law of Reinsurance’ (OUP); regular speaker at seminars on insurance and reinsurance topics.


Commercial Bar Association; London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association; British Insurance Law Association.


Haberdashers’ Aske’s School, Elstree; Clare College, Cambridge (1976 MA).


Walking, skiing, badminton, Luton Town FC.

London Bar

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Colin Edelman QC - DevereuxA brilliant cross-examiner.

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Insurance and reinsurance

Within: Insurance and reinsurance - Leading silks

Colin Edelman QC - DevereuxA commanding and an effective advocate.

Within: Insurance and reinsurance

The ‘highly recommendedDevereux is home to the insurance sector’s ‘stand out silk’, Colin Edelman QC. Edelman was successful before the Supreme Court in the significant B Atlantic case in March 2018. The court held there to be no cover under standard war risks policy for vessels used to smuggle drugs Richard Harrison is also instructed in multiple high-profile, high-value insurance coverage disputes for blue-chip clients.

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International arbitration: arbitrators

Within: International arbitration: arbitrators – Leading individuals

Colin Edelman QC - DevereuxHighly recommended for major insurance arbitrations.

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International arbitration: counsel

Within: International arbitration: counsel – Leading silks

Colin Edelman QC - DevereuxFights tooth and nail for the client, even when the odds are stacked against him.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence – Leading silks

Colin Edelman QC - DevereuxHighly skilled.

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