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Barrister who specialises in commercial law, in particular insurance and reinsurance law, professional negligence and private international law. Accredited ARIAS mediator and sits as an arbitrator. Experience of commercial law in major contractual disputes, including points on international law, European Union law and jurisdictional matters. Appeared for and advised major insurance and reinsurance companies, Lloyd’s underwriters, the Corporation of Lloyd’s, insurance brokers and insureds on a variety of covers. Recently instructed by Lloyd’s to provide independent expert evidence on the formation of insurance contracts at Lloyd’s for the purposes of an appeal in the Court of Appeal, Sao Paulo, Brazil arising out of Lloyd’s contingency insurance. Acts in professional negligence claims, has particular expertise in claims involving insurance brokers and insurance intermediaries. This year represented successful respondent/claimant in the Court of Appeal in Novus Aviation Ltd v Oman Air  EWCA Civ 122 (foreign jurisdiction dispute). Significant reported cases: Barber v Lloyd’s Underwriters  QB 103 (videotape evidence for US courts); Denby v The Hellenic Mediterranean Lines Co Ltd  1 Lloyd’s Rep 320 (marine insurance, jurisdiction); Lonrho Exports Ltd v ECGD  2 Lloyd’s Rep 649 (subrogation, holding insurance recoveries on trust); James Budgett Ltd v Norwich Union  Lloyd’s Rep IR 110 (insurance coverage under commercial insurance in respect of contaminated sugar); Bestquest Ltd v Regency Care Homes Plc and The Ecclesiastical Insurance Company Plc  Lloyd’s Rep IR 392 (failure to note interest on property and business interruption insurance).
Called 1974; Middle Temple; Robert Garaway Rice Pupillage Award. Publications of note: author of chapter on insurance terms ‘Insurance Law: An Introduction’ by Professor Merkin (2007); editorial adviser ‘Insurance Contract Law’ (now Colinvaux & Merkin’s Insurance Contract Law); UK news correspondent for ‘International Insurance Law Review’ 1995-98; has written numerous articles on insurance and reinsurance law. Regularly chairs and speaks at professional conferences on insurance and reinsurance law. Former lecturer at University of Surrey, tutor at Queen Mary College and at University College, London.
British Insurance Law Association (vice president, former chair); Bar Law Reform Committee (vice chair); Combar; PNBA; Chartered Insurance Institute; AIDA Reinsurance and Arbitration Society (UK) Insurance.
Bromley High School; University College London (1972 LLB; 1973 LLM); Belgian Government Scholarship; University of Louvain (1975); Certificate; trained mediator, Nottingham Law School.
Tennis, music and ballet; member Hurlingham Club.