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Leading Silks

Colin Edelman QC - DevereuxA great brain, with excellent presentational skills - he is the insurance/reinsurance barrister of the moment and a go-to QC for complex coverage advice.
David Edwards QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA solid, hardworking, client-friendly counsel.
Peter MacDonald Eggers QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA star in terms of analysis of legal problems, and has a calm, measured and appealing quality as an advocate. His written advice is also excellent, and what makes Peter stand out is how client friendly and commercially astute he is when giving his advice.
Jonathan Gaisman QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA widely respected silk who is great on his feet.
Gavin Kealey QC - 7 King's Bench WalkVery well versed in all aspects of insurance/reinsurance law, and his analysis of the principles of the law and their proper application to the facts is first-rate.
Dominic Kendrick QC - 7 King's Bench WalkVery bright and experienced.
John Lockey QC - Essex Court ChambersA brilliant silk who always strives to achieve the best for clients.
Andrew Neish QC - 4 Pump CourtHighly intelligent and deeply respected by clients.
David Railton QC - Fountain Court ChambersA highly respected silk.
Alistair Schaff QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA highly perceptive silk.
Tom Weitzman QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsSuper bright and easily one of the best insurance silks in the UK. He knows the law back to front, and has the ability to digest huge amounts of information and turn around the required work product quickly.
Andrew Guy Blackwood QC - Quadrant Chambers ‘Has a talent for making complicated concepts easy to understand, and communicates clearly and in a way that is accessible to lawyers and clients alike.
Bob Moxon Browne QC - 2 Temple GardensWith vast experience in insurance work, he is held in very high regard across the industry, and his advice is invaluable. He is very clear in his recommendations and in identifying the merits in complex, multi-faceted cases.
Aidan Christie QC - 4 Pump CourtAlways extremely calm, responsive and collaborative, and yet supremely authoritative with huge gravitas - number one on our list for insurance silks!
Siobán Healy QC - 7 King's Bench WalkClients really like her; she is very practical, gets to the nub very quickly and always delivers. She is also great in court.
Stephen Hofmeyr QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA very impressive advocate.
Mark Howard QC - Brick Court ChambersA highly respected silk.
Paul Reed QC - HardwickeWidely regarded as the leading authority at the Bar on construction all risks insurance - his knowledge and experience in that area is unmatched. He is also a brilliant and persuasive advocate.
Andrew Rigney QC - Crown Office ChambersExtremely bright and meticulous - a first-class silk!
Rebecca Sabben-Clare QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA brilliant advocate, who is exceptionally well organised, very intelligent, and able to cut through enormous amounts of detail.
Tom Adam QC - Brick Court ChambersA clever silk whose advice is always clear and considered.
Robert Bright QC - 7 King's Bench WalkVery aware of clients’ commercial needs and always committed to deliver what the client needs.
Mark Cannon QC - 4 New SquareA truly impressive silk.
Charles Dougherty QC - 2 Temple GardensAbsolutely first-rate for insurance and reinsurance work.
Philip Edey QC - Twenty EssexHardworking and tenacious in court.
Graham Eklund QC - 4 New SquareFantastic for both advice and advocacy.
Ben Elkington QC - 4 New SquareSharp, incisive and forensic. Ben is entirely approachable and engaging, with surgical precision in cross-examination. He quickly gets to grips with the key issues and has an excellent courtroom demeanour.
Justin Fenwick QC - 4 New SquareExtremely bright with an incredible recall of information, and a formidable opponent.
Nigel Jones QC - HardwickeGreat all-round knowledge of the law, with the ability to apply different areas of law to a set of facts.
Hodge Malek QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsDelivers advice that can be relied upon.
Stephen Moriarty QC - Fountain Court ChambersA truly brilliant mind. His ability to get quickly to the crux of complex legal issues, and articulate them clearly and simply, is second to none. He is one of our go-to QCs for insurance cases that raise really challenging legal points and require insightful and creative thinking.
Howard Palmer QC - 2 Temple GardensHis attention to detail is impressive.
Rory Phillips QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA widely respected silk.
Ben Quiney QC - Crown Office ChambersTechnically brilliant and happy to role up his sleeves.
Simon Rainey QC - Quadrant ChambersA first-class, all-round silk.
David Scorey QC - Essex Court ChambersUnderstands the pressures solicitors face from clients, which is extremely helpful in ensuring our advice to clients is consistent and caters to their needs. His knowledge of the Bermuda Form is second to none, but he is a class act in relation to any insurance/reinsurance form.
Richard Southern QC - 7 King's Bench WalkRichard is very thoughtful and diligent, and his courtroom demeanour and advocacy are both first-class. He manages to get on top of very complex cases very quickly and his attention to detail is excellent.
Nigel Tozzi QC - 4 Pump CourtA very experienced and highly regarded silk.
David Turner QC - 4 New SquareAdvice is proffered in a confident, thoughtful and ordered manner. David is bright, thorough, commercially aware and strategic.
David Bailey QC - 7 King's Bench WalkOutstanding and dynamic professional of sound judgement.
Andrew Burns QC - DevereuxVery client focused and highly commercial.
Raymond Cox QC - Fountain Court ChambersA very impressive silk.
Michael Curtis QC - Crown Office ChambersVery good with clients, and his explanations are clear and in plain language. He pays great attention to detail and knows his strategy, but is flexible in approach when necessary.
Adam Fenton QC - 7 King's Bench WalkAn extremely hard worker who is reliable, straight and clear in his assessment and advice, and prepared to get into the nitty gritty.
Andrew Green QC - Blackstone Chambers BarristersDecisive and provides valuable advice.
Christopher Hancock QC - Twenty EssexA very strong advocate.
Neil Hext QC - 4 New SquareNeil has a finely tuned intellect, is logical and calm, and his judgement is excellent. He is also very down to earth and engaging, and his manner inspires confidence and respect in equal measure.
Jonathan Hough QC - 4 New SquareUsed for the most sensitive and high-profile work. Jonathan is simply outstanding; he is able to grasp huge amounts of detail, and keep a clear view of the key issues and strategy at the same time.
Timothy Howe QC - Fountain Court ChambersA highly skilled counsel.
Ben Hubble QC - 4 New SquareA go-to QC for coverage claims, he is calm, detailed and decisive, as well as a first-rate analyst. He also has an excellent manner in dealing with clients facing serious claims, which reassures them that their claims will be tenaciously defended.
Stephen Kenny QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHas excellent analytical skills, understands the commercial pressures and is willing to be accommodating on fees where the case demands it.
Charles Kimmins QC - Twenty EssexA first-class counsel.
Richard Lynagh QC - Crown Office ChambersExtremely knowledgeable and pays great attention to detail, which is always necessary in indemnity/coverage cases - he draws on his vast experience to find solutions, is calm and unruffled, and a very good advocate.
Harry Matovu QC - Brick Court ChambersFirst-rate written advocacy, and he is clear and persuasive.
Graeme McPherson QC - 4 New SquareVery bright and great with clients.
Neil Moody QC - 2 Temple GardensAuthoritative, measured and technically gifted, and fantastically reassuring to both client and solicitor alike.
Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC - Fountain Court ChambersKnowledgeable, experienced, thorough and prepared - one of the silks who goes above and beyond to deliver a result for the client.
Luke Parsons QC - Quadrant ChambersImpresses with his graceful manner in court, aptitude and knowledge. I have nothing but respect for this formidable advocate.
Jamie Smith QC - 4 New SquareProvides a fantastic service - Jamie is thorough, insightful and a great support. His advice is detailed but engaging, his submissions (both on his feet and in writing) are clear and compelling, and he is quick to grasp the nuances of a case.
Roger Stewart QC - 4 New SquareAlways on my shortlist when we require sheer depth of experience, technical capability and gravitas.
Bankim Thanki QC - Fountain Court ChambersA widely praised advocate.
Andrew Wales QC - 7 King's Bench WalkStrong, practical intelligence, with careful, concise drafting, commercial acumen, and a user-friendly approach in terms of timing and accessibility.
Richard Waller QC - 7 King's Bench WalkIncredibly bright - destined to be one of the best advocates at the bar and is a great leader to juniors on cases. Delegates effectively but always remains on top of the detail.
Rachel Ansell QC - 4 Pump CourtA very talented silk.
Michael Ashcroft QC - Twenty EssexA highly skilled silk.
Steven Berry QC - Essex Court ChambersA highly skilled silk.
Neil Block QC - 39 Essex ChambersProvides excellent advice and his advocacy skills are impressive.
James Brocklebank QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHighly impressive in his grasp of the issues and analysis of the same - his advocacy is similarly clear and crisp.
Stuart Catchpole QC - 39 Essex ChambersHis writing and advocacy skills are very impressive.
Timothy Dutton CBE QC - Fountain Court ChambersApproachable, user-friendly, efficient and extremely thorough.
Nigel Cooper QC - Quadrant ChambersHe is knowledgeable, straightforward, hardworking and successful.
James Cutress QC - Fountain Court ChambersA outstanding silk undertaking strong work.
Derrick Dale QC - Fountain Court ChambersExtremely hardworking with excellent judgement, and we have always got results working with him.
Anneliese Day QC - Fountain Court ChambersDecisive and really good at getting to the heart of complex issues. She doesn't sit on the fence, has the courage of her convictions, and her written submissions are simply outstanding.
Julia Dias QC - 7 King's Bench WalkA silk whose expertise is very much appreciated by clients.
Roger ter Haar QC - Crown Office ChambersHardworking and focuses on the key issues.
Andrew Hunter QC - Blackstone Chambers BarristersInspires confidence in his clients.
Michael Kent QC - Crown Office ChambersAlways a calm and measured presence in conference and courtroom alike. His advocacy skills are excellent, as is his ability to provide clarity in the most complex of cases.
Jawdat Khurshid QC - 7 King's Bench WalkHas the ability to cut through complex issues, giving erudite practical advice that is rooted in a deep understanding of the underlying technical issues.
David Lord QC - Three StoneAn exceptionally good cross-examiner and advocate, who works immensely hard and is always committed.
Roger Masefield QC - Brick Court ChambersA first-class silk who is a very effective advocate.
Stephen Midwinter QC - Brick Court ChambersImpressive for financial institutions-related coverage disputes.
Andrew Miller QC - 2 Temple GardensHas a robust sense of the commercial realities faced by clients, and is excellent at helping them to achieve their best commercial outcome in litigation.
Andrew Mitchell QC - Fountain Court ChambersA great silk for strategic advice.
Martin Moore QC - Erskine ChambersHe has a deep understanding of both the insurance sector and wider financial services regulation that few, if any, of his peers can match.
Jeremy Nicholson QC - 4 Pump CourtGreat for very technical and complex cases.
Sean O’Sullivan QC - 4 Pump CourtHighly rated for marine and non-marine cases.
Alison Padfield QC - 4 New SquareAlison is an insurance guru and very well respected by clients and partners. She is always prepared, calm and unflappable and has a very easy manner that puts clients from all walks of life entirely at their ease. She is also intellectually outstanding and great on tactics.
Simon Salzedo QC - Brick Court ChambersHighly knowledgeable and strategic.
Akhil Shah QC - Fountain Court ChambersVery strong for highly complex cases.
Mark Templeman QC - Essex Court ChambersGreat knowledge and experience in heavyweight matters.
Geraint Webb QC - Henderson ChambersA brilliant advocate who is decisive, extremely responsive and always available for clients.

2019 Silks

Nicholas Craig QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsA great advocate for factually complex matters, where the tribunal may not have the same experience in the subject matter. He is also very good at reading tribunals.
Isabel Hitching QC - Crown Office ChambersVery sensitive to the needs of the client, and adopts a realistic and commercial view in order to achieve the best result.
Fionn Pilbrow QC - Brick Court ChambersVery bright, with the ability to win the confidence of clients, solicitors and the court. He is also commercially astute, as well as being intellectually gifted and grounded in common sense. The best type of barrister - superb to work with.
Daniel Shapiro QC - Crown Office ChambersAn excellent silk who is extremely knowledgeable and great for strategy.
Peter de Verneuil Smith QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsVery hardworking, great drafting skills, and highly skilled in complex matters.

2020 Silks

Ben Lynch QC - Fountain Court ChambersAn excellent lawyer, who is thorough, clever and analytical, with good knowledge of the insurance market. Judges know that his submissions are always soundly researched and reliable.
Amanda Savage QC - 4 New SquareAmanda has excellent attention to detail and is particularly skilled at drafting pleadings, while also being good on her feet in court.

2021 Silks

Clare Dixon QC - 4 New SquareFirm in her view, all over the detail and one of my top three seniors. She is superb both on her feet and on paper, and delivers superb results.
Michael Holmes QC - 7 King's Bench WalkVery knowledgeable on insurance and reinsurance - he is a true specialist in this area.
Adam Kramer QC - 3 Verulam BuildingsProvides very clear advice and picks things up extremely quickly.
Tony Singla QC - Brick Court ChambersAn outstanding all-round lawyer, whose knowledge in the insurance and reinsurance space stands comparison with anyone; but what sets him apart is the breadth of his practice.
George Spalton QC - 4 New SquareGeorge is an excellent advocate and particularly good with clients. He is technically excellent, with a detailed knowledge of insurance law, which he is able to apply effectively in any given case.

Leading Juniors

Peter Ratcliffe - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe does not disappoint. He is very able, has a good eye for detail and a great intellect. Peter also has a practical approach and meticulous preparation skills.
Richard Harrison - DevereuxApproachable and user-friendly, tailored advice, with impressive drafting skills.
Josephine Higgs - 7 King's Bench WalkHas a deep knowledge of the law and is good at formulating practical solutions to issues that arise. She is also very responsive and very good with clients.
Timothy Kenefick - 7 King's Bench WalkTenacious, hardworking and pleasant to work with.
Alexander MacDonald - 7 King's Bench WalkExcellent legal expertise balanced with practical acumen.
James Medd - Crown Office ChambersMy go-to barrister for indemnity work. He is efficient, can see the wood for the trees, and produces clear and structured advice on the most complicated legal problems.
Sonia Nolten - 2 Temple GardensEngages fully with the matters upon which she is instructed, with strong attention to detail and in-depth knowledge of insurance law.
Benjamin Parker - 7 King's Bench WalkA very bright and effective junior.
James Purchas - 4 Pump CourtOverriding strength is the responsiveness, clarity and effectiveness of the advice provided, which comes from diligence, organisation, intellectual power and attention to detail.
Sushma Ananda - 7 King's Bench WalkA bright, highly capable junior, who took in her stride a challenging cyber-insurance coverage case and provided insightful pragmatic advice.
Suzanne Chalmers - Crown Office ChambersExtremely clever and the quality of her work (advice and drafting) is exceptionally good; at the same time, she can explain complex points of law in a way that can be understood. A credit to the Bar and her chambers.
Helen Evans - 4 New SquareShe is intellectually brilliant, a clear thinker who cuts to the chase, and has exceptional knowledge of professional indemnity insurance. One of the most thorough barristers I have ever dealt with.
Julian Field - Crown Office ChambersProvides thorough, clear, advice, which allows an accurate assessment of the litigation risks of a particular case. He also provides commercial, pragmatic advice, which leads clients to the ends they wish to achieve.
Doré Green2 Temple GardensAn outstanding intellect which he doesn’t shout about, he has an all-encompassing understanding of both insurance and commercial issues.
Michele De Gregorio - Crown Office ChambersOne of my favourite juniors. He is bright, articulate and easy to engage with.
Sandra Healy - 7 King's Bench WalkWritten work was excellent and she was very impressive during the course of an arbitration, with a keen eye for detail.
Keir Howie - 7 King's Bench Walk ‘His drafting is above all other juniors of his call - he is simply superb. A delight to work with, hardworking, practical and mature beyond his years.
Tim Jenns - 7 King's Bench WalkAn excellent analyst of legal problems, who is comfortable with detail and at home with large and complex problems. His judgement is impeccable and he is a highly effective advocate, holding his own against QCs.
Simon Kerr - 7 King's Bench WalkA highly skilled junior.
Elizabeth Lindesay - 7 King's Bench WalkExtracts the essence from the most complicated case. She has extensive knowledge of the law, great analytical ability, and understands complex commercial transactions.
Tim Marland - Quadrant ChambersGreat ability to process incredibly complex information quickly, is excellent on his feet, and my go-to junior on all matters pertaining to insurance coverage disputes.
David Pliener - HardwickeA genuine specialist in insurance and construction insurance disputes, with deep knowledge and experience.
Michael Ryan - 7 King's Bench WalkDoes a very decent job - someone to look out for rising up the junior ranks.
James Sharpe - Crown Office ChambersDoes a good and detailed job, with sound judgement and common sense. A true all-rounder, who is bright, personable and commercial - a great asset to any team!
Jessica Sutherland - 7 King's Bench WalkMasters the detail rapidly, and provides clear, comprehensive, and pragmatic advice. She is very approachable, avoids jargon, and responds rapidly with authority.
Jonathan Bellamy - 39 Essex ChambersA highly astute legal mind.
Natasha Bennett - Fountain Court ChambersExceptionally clever, even by the standards of the commercial bar - a genuine star!
Nicholas Broomfield - 4 New SquareVery bright and intellectually able, and always comes up with a good solution for problems. He is also very good on his feet in court and able to change tack when circumstances demand.
Steven Coles - Crown Office ChambersExtremely intelligent, with a very patient manner.
Sarah Cowey - 7 King's Bench WalkHighly rated for her marine and non-marine insurance expertise.
Simon Goldstone - 4 Pump CourtHe is clearly hardworking and focused on providing a good outcome for his clients.
Anna Gotts - 7 King's Bench WalkHer written work is excellent - very clear and considered. She never misses a deadline.
John Greenbourne - Crown Office ChambersVery approachable, responsive and gives digestible advice. He is always willing to listen to views and takes time to discuss them.
Miles Harris - 4 New SquareHardworking and very proactive. His experience spans a wide range of insurance litigation from legal expenses insurance to property claims, and insurance brokers’ negligence. He has great client care skills.
Emma Hilliard - 7 King's Bench WalkA very clever and competent junior.
Kate Holderness - 3 Verulam BuildingsHardworking, efficient and knowledgeable. What I particularly admire about her is her judgement - she has no weaknesses, only strengths.
Timothy Killen - 2 Temple GardensBright, efficient and very user friendly.
Christopher Knowles - Fountain Court ChambersHighly intelligent, has a great eye for detail, and is completely reliable.
Christopher Langley - Fountain Court ChambersHas a good feel for the insurance market, is on the ball, understands nuance and has very good judgement.
Marcus Mander - 7 King's Bench WalkHis attention to detail is good and he responds promptly to queries.
Athena Markides - Crown Office ChambersVery bright, extremely conscientious and hardworking; she picks up issues and absorbs large volumes of information quickly and provides accurate, timely advice.
Sarah Martin - 7 King's Bench WalkShe is very attentive and focused and able to pay attention to great detail in cases. She is also very reliable, approachable and friendly. Highly responsive, practical and efficient.
Sarah McCann - HardwickeExtremely knowledgeable and able to analyse the issues from the viewpoint of all parties, which enables her to provide sound and solid advice.
Caroline McColgan - Crown Office ChambersQuickly assimilated large amounts of information and provided succinct advice. She was prepared, stuck to her guns under pressure, and artfully deflected some of the more difficult issues we faced.
Jessica van der Meer - 2 Temple GardensA first-class intellect, with great attention to detail. She builds strong relationships with clients and experts, and has sound commercial sense and amazing advocacy skills.
Shail Patel - 4 New SquareFantastically approachable and commercial - the go-to barrister for legal issues of a quirky nature.
David Peters - Essex Court ChambersA first-class act for highly complex issues.
Richard Sage - Crown Office ChambersVery hardworking and will dedicate himself to a case. He is always available to provide a guiding hand and his advice is invaluable.
Theodor van Sante - 3 Verulam BuildingsHe was admirably prepared and made his submissions forcefully and effectively.
Richard Sarll - 7 King's Bench WalkExcellent at picking out the important points from the detail, responds quickly and works very hard.
Ben Smiley - 4 New SquareApproachable, bright and his paperwork is excellent. He brings a fresh perspective to cases.
David Thomas - 2 Temple GardensHas established a first-class junior insurance practice, based on his excellent technical understanding of the law and his multi-disciplinary understanding of the issues underlying policy coverage claims.
David Walsh - Essex Court ChambersA go-to junior for complex marine insurance coverage cases. He has a first-rate brain, excellent judgement, and is prodigiously hardworking.
Michael Wheater - HardwickeExtremely intelligent and comes through for clients.
Harry Wright - 7 King's Bench WalkHis written advice is excellent and he really gets insurance. What makes Harry stand out is how commercially astute he is.

Rising Stars

Lucas Fear-Segal - 2 Temple GardensExtremely diligent, strategic and commercial, he can handle last-minute complex instructions efficiently and with success. His breadth of knowledge of the insurance sector is also impressive.
Josh Folkard - 4 New SquareThorough and approachable, and offers quality input.
Diarmuid Laffan - 4 New SquareAlways delivers reliable commercial advice.

Insurance and reinsurance in London Bar

7 King's Bench Walk

With 'real strength in depth', 7 King's Bench Walk is 'by far and away the leading insurance and reinsurance set, with particularly strong QCs covering the full range of insurance, as well as counsel of all levels, who are highly efficient and able to deliver high-quality service within tight deadlines'. In recent wor of note, James Brocklebank QC acted for Azzouz Group in a claim to recover losses, which arose from the occupation of manufacturing facilities in Syria by insurgent forces. Josephine Higgs, led by Peter MacDonald Eggers QC, acted for an insured sugar trading company in an approximately $20m Commercial Court claim, which related to sugar losses from a warehouse in Ghana.

4 New Square

'One of the best chambers around for service', 4 New Square is a well-established major player in insurance and reinsurance work. The set has 'outstanding practitioners at all levels and the clerks are organised, competent, responsive and efficient'. Jonathan Hough QC successfully represented Royal & Sun Alliance in a Court of Appeal case, which marked the first appellate decision about professional indemnity insurance notification in a decade. In the Supreme Court, Graham Eklund QC acted in UK Insurance Limited v Holden, while, in Liverpool Victoria Insurance Ltd v Cameron, Ben Smiley acted as junior counsel for the respondent, in a significant motor insurance case. In other recent news, Amanda Savage QC took silk in 2020 further strengthening chambers at the senior end. Meanwhile, among the set's junior ranks, Diarmuid Laffan and Josh Folkard are rising stars in chambers.

Brick Court Chambers

'One of the leading commercial sets', Brick Court Chambers' 'clerks are well known for providing a superb service over many decades'; and the set 'has a very long and distinguished pedigree in insurance and reinsurance, with strength in depth and first-class counsels, who are available at all levels of seniority'. Neil Calver QC (elevated to the High Court as of 1 October 2020) represented Single Buoy Mooring in reportedly the largest commercial court claim in the London insurance market in 2019, which arose out of the abandonment of a mobile offshore production unit in the Norwegian North Sea. Also of note, Harry Matovu QC  acted for Hiscox in a successful application for an anti-suit injunction to enforce arbitration provisions in an insurance policy.

Crown Office Chambers

Crown Office Chambers is 'a very strong set for insurance indemnity and represents good value for money'. Others praise the 'impressive barristers', as well as 'clerks, who are commercial in their approach and always quick and efficient'. The 'technically brilliantBen Quiney QC acted for a salt processing company in its insurance claim, which arose from an arson and raised complex issues relating to the alleged non-disclosure of material facts and breaches of warranty. 'A credit to the Bar and her chambers', Suzanne Chalmers represented the insurers of specialist building restoration and conservation contractors in proceedings, which arose out of the development of a terrace of luxury apartments overlooking Hyde Park.

Fountain Court Chambers

Insurance and reinsurance disputes concerning the avoidance of cover, coverage, and points of construction issues are a staple part of Fountain Court Chambers' practice. The set is 'superb at all levels, from the leading QCs through to the junior ranks and including the clerks'; and it is 'rightly regarded as one of the leading sets for commercial disputes (including insurance disputes)'. David Railton QC is highly recommended for substantial insurance and re-insurance disputes in both court and arbitration proceedings. The 'exceptionally clever' Natasha Bennett is regularly instructed in major actions, which involve the construction of aggregation clauses in solicitors’ professional indemnity insurance policies. In recent news, Ben Lynch QC took silk in 2020, further strengthening the set at the senior end.

2 Temple Gardens

'A first-class set with great strength in depth', 2 Temple Gardens 'has been a favourite of insurance companies and the London market for many years, and it has a strong track record of recruiting highly talented individuals at the junior end. The set also has an outstanding team of knowledgeable clerks'. Bob Moxon Browne QC acted on behalf of life insurers in a long-running case, which concerned a Russian oligarch who died in uncertain circumstances shortly after insuring his life for vast sums. Moxon Browne QC led Lucas Fear-Segal in the case, who, with his 'formidable intellect, commanding advocacy and absolutely ferocious cross-examination skills', is a rising star in chambers. Also of note, Sonia Nolten recently appeared in the Court of Appeal in Friends Life’s appeal against a decision in a permanent health case.

3 Verulam Buildings

3 Verulam Buildings 'has a number of very good re/insurance barristers at all levels in London, and the set's clerks are both friendly and helpful'. It has a long history of acting in insurance and reinsurance disputes, on behalf of brokers, insureds, insurers, and reinsurers, as well as insurance regulators and regulated entities. Peter De Verneuil Smith QC, who took silk in 2019, acted for Hannover Re in a reinsurance contract dispute, which related to funds at Lloyds. Elsewhere in chambers, Peter Ratcliffe is acting for the claimant in anticipated proceedings, which arise from catastrophic water damage to the roof structure of a prestigious building that was completed in 2015.

4 Pump Court

4 Pump Court's members act for insured parties and for insurers and reinsurers in disputes, both within the UK market and internationally. Andrew Neish QC acted for Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company in Commercial Court proceedings, which concerned the enforcement of a Dubai arbitration award against various layers of London market insurers. Aidan Christie QC is sought out for high-value insurance and reinsurance work with substantial international features, including in relation to the US, Caribbean, Russia, Korea, Africa, Australia, and Ireland. James Purchas acted in AmTrust v Thames Underwriting Ltd, a coverholder dispute that raised novel questions about the scope of duty of a wholesale coverholder under a binding authority.

Essex Court Chambers

Essex Court Chambers is 'a class act and a set full of good counsel'. Its members are experts in insurance disputes, including Bermuda Form arbitrations, but are also recognised in more traditional fields of insurance, such as marine insurance. David Scorey QC acted for Chubb in a $100m Supreme Court insurance policy claim that related to Deepwater Horizon, the worst maritime environmental pollution disaster in US history. John Lockey QC represented Weyerhaeuser in the Commercial Court, which produced the leading decision on resolving jurisdiction battles where the policy contains competing arbitration and jurisdiction clauses. The former head of chambers, David Foxton QC, has been appointed to the High Court Bench.

Quadrant Chambers

Quadrant Chambers 'provides excellent service and commerciality, while joint senior clerk Gary Ventura stands out as one of the best clerks in the city'. The set's insurance and reinsurance practice includes both marine insurance and non-marine insurance cases. In recent work of note, Andrew Guy Blackwood QC is acting for the underwriters in a large, six-week-long scuttling case, which is fixed to be heard in the latter part of 2020 and involves serious allegations of fraud; Tim Marland's experience includes insurance issues that arise in multi-jurisdictional aviation disasters; Luke Parsons QC represented the cargo underwriters in a claim that related to nickel fraud, and involved four parties in a 16-day Commercial Court trial.

Gatehouse Chambers

Gatehouse Chambers has 'a number of experienced barristers who really know their chosen fields and is really efficient and excellently led by chief executive Amanda Illing'. The set's insurance disputes work is focused on construction, property damage and professional negligence. In recent work of note, Paul Reed QC acted for Generali in a substantial Commercial Court insurance claim, which arose out of damage to an aluminium smelting facility in the Netherlands. And, in recent years, Nigel Jones QC has been heavily involved in litigation resulting from the insolvency of leading insurers, such as Enterprise Insurance. At the junior end, David Pliener is part of the legal team acting in a claim involving defective redevelopment works.


Devereux is 'a really good set' that is regularly involved in all aspects of insurance and reinsurance-related disputes, both domestically and internationally, including arbitrations. Insurance dispute clients also benefit from the set's experience in complementary areas of work, such as professional negligence, personal injury, tax, employment, sport and pensions. Frequently brought into actions at Court of Appeal or Supreme Court stages, Colin Edelman QC acted for Travelers Insurance Company in a case that allowed the Supreme Court to review the principles concerning third-party costs orders; Andrew Burns QC acted on appeal for the excess layers reinsurers of Port of New York, which was in relation to 9/11 claims.

Twenty Essex

Twenty Essex's members consistently act for and against insurance entities in cases that raise questions about the construction of standard forms in common use, and which impact upon insurers and the insured. In recent work of note, Christopher Hancock QC acted for the claimant in a major declaration application, which concerned a pollution liability claim by the insurers under a P&I contract, and Charles Kimmins QC appeared in a UK Supreme Court appeal of a Bermuda Form liability insurance award, which arose from the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe. Michael Ashcroft QC  also has extensive experience in insurance disputes, particularly in the marine and energy sectors, but also in relation to property and legal expenses.