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  1. Insurance and reinsurance – Leading sets
  2. Insurance and reinsurance – Leading silks
  3. Insurance and reinsurance – 2016 silks
  4. Insurance and reinsurance – 2017 silks
  5. Insurance and reinsurance – Leading juniors

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β€˜Filled with barristers of the highest calibre’, 7 King’s Bench Walk receives β€˜top marks for quality, responsiveness and strategy’, and maintains β€˜the largest array of talent at all levels’. Its stellar track record includes Sobrany v UAB Transtira (decided in favour of the appellants represented by Christopher Butcher QC) and the Ocean Victory appellate proceedings (in which Dominic Kendrick QC was successful).

A β€˜practical and commercial approach’ permeates Essex Court Chambers at all levels of seniority. The set’s expertise ranges from marine insurance claims to matters related to political risk indemnity. Single Buoy Moorings v Zurich Insurance and others continues to be the highlight of John Lockey QC’s docket, while Jeffrey Gruder QC was instructed in the Ocean Victory proceedings.

There are β€˜no weak links’ at Brick Court Chambers, which maintains β€˜quality across the board’ and frequently receives instructions in high-profile cases with an international angle. Mark Howard QC is representing the claimants in Single Buoy Moorings v Zurich Insurance and others and is also acting in the Ocean Victory appeal proceedings.

Fountain Court Chambers has a broad insurance practice and is particularly a β€˜go-to set for banking and finance-related insurance matters’. Michael Crane QC and David Railton QC received instructions in high-profile arbitration proceedings and cross-border litigation. Headline cases included Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime v Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance and others.

2TG – 2 Temple Gardens provides β€˜a consistently first-class standard of service from very pleasant and helpful counsel’. Chambers’ headline instructions included Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime v Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance and R+V Versicherung AG v Robertson & Co SA, both handled by Charles Dougherty QC, and Re Alexander Perepilichnyy (deceased), where Bob Moxon Browne QC is acting for the life insurers.

3 Verulam Buildings is an β€˜excellent, professional and progressive’ set with β€˜in-depth resources’ and β€˜easy-to-work-with’ counsel. Notable instructions included Orient Insurance PJSC v ABN Amro and others, and Hyundai Marine and another v Houlder Insurance Services and another, both handled by Nicholas Craig.

4 Pump Court houses β€˜highly capable and unstuffy barristers’, who attract diverse instructions, including property damage and professional indemnity claims. Aidan Christie QC led James Purchas in Simmonds v Gammell, an appeal from an arbitration award related to the 9/11 attacks, while Andrew Neish QC workload includes several cross-border disputes pertaining to coverage, Bermuda Form reinsurance claims and credit insurance.

Renowned for its marine insurance practice, 20 Essex Street houses Christopher Hancock QC and Philip Edey QC, who appear in major litigation and arbitration proceedings, as well has handling a range of advisory work.

Crown Office Chambers β€˜gives the clients exactly what they are looking for’ thanks to its β€˜great breadth of practitioners in liability, property and construction-related claims’. Members were instructed in several reported cases, such as Spire Healthcare v Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance (handled by Daniel Shapiro), and numerous high-profile arbitration proceedings.

Quadrant Chambers is highly regarded for marine insurance matters. Guy Blackwood QC acted for the defendant in AXA Versicherung v Arab Insurance Group, while Simon Rainey QC represented a number of London hull market syndicates in the fallout litigation from Brilliante Virtuoso.

4 New Square’s barristers β€˜understand how insurers work’ and are β€˜well known for their professional indemnity expertise’. Headline instructions included AIG Europe v Woodman and others, and Teal Assurance Co v WR Berkley Insurance (Europe). Alison Padfield, who was involved in the latter case, joined from Devereux.

Members at 39 Essex Chambers are β€˜commercially focused and team-oriented’. The set receives instructions from insurers as well as construction professionals, regulators and policyholders, and maintains a varied docket across the board.

Blackstone Chambers has an β€˜increasingly impressive spread of silks’, including Andrew Green QC, who was instructed in Unite the Union v Victoria Banking Services. Members are praised as β€˜very accessible and down to earth’.

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