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The impact of Brexit has been the key talking point for insurance practices over the last 12 months, with clients increasingly keen to ascertain their ability to sell products to EU companies following the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, there has been a significant increase in the demand for regulatory and compliance advice. Alongside this, there has been a steady pipeline of corporate and M&A activity, with significant consolidation observed amongst both brokers and insurers. Part VII transfers also remain highly prevalent, and the Lloyds market shows no signs of slowing down. The regulatory space has also seen the effects of the Insurance Act, which came into force in August 2016 and represents a significant change in English insurance law, a development which may have a substantial impact on insurers’ business models.

The contentious space has seen a slight downturn in disputes taken to trial as insurers and reinsurers continue to face challenging conditions; investment income has remained low, and underwriting profit has been squeezed by low rates. Nonetheless, lawyers report an increase in policy wording and cyber risk work, with data protection insurance products rapidly becoming a key market issue. Data privacy and security have risen to the top of the agenda for many organisations, and there is an ongoing development of cyber risk products across the UK, US, Europe and Latin America.

Traditional insurance market coverage disputes remain prevalent, key areas of activity being claims related to property damage, directors and officer’s liability, professional indemnity and claims arising from natural disasters. Firms in the contentious space tend to act either on the insurer and reinsurer side, key names among these being Clyde & Co LLP, Kennedys and CMS, or on the policyholder side, where Allen & Overy LLP, Reed Smith LLP and Fenchurch Law are the main players.

Brexit has also been a key issue on the insolvency and restructuring side, with many companies reviewing their structure and business plans for potential changes, aiming to account for uncertainties and continue operations with the least amount of disruption. Solvency II has now been in force since January 2016, however firms report a continued knock-on effect on deals, most notably in the life insurance space where companies have come under pressure.

Firms on the professional negligence side have seen significantly fewer claims in the last 12 months, which has caused some difficulty for the so-called ‘volume firms’, however more sizable cases continue to be brought to trial. Nonetheless, access to justice for smaller-scale matters has undeniably become more difficult, with many firms seeing cost budgeting as an increased priority following cuts to Legal Aid. Waste-to-energy, property and construction claims remain they key areas of focus, and cases arising out of negligent tax advice are also prevalent among high-profile individuals. Clyde & Co LLP and Mayer Brown International LLP are the key names in this space.

Clinical negligence: claimant

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  1. Clinical negligence: claimant
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals (Claimant and Defendant)
  4. Next generation lawyers

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The ‘excellent’ team at Fieldfisher has ‘a strong reputation for winning challenging and high-profile cases’ and combines ‘the strengths of a niche department with the resources and capabilities of a city firm’. The practice has notable experience in matters of maximum severity and specialises in obstetric and paediatric claims; recent work includes a £10m neonatal brain injury case resulting in hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Heading the department is the ‘exceptionally talented’ Paul McNeil, who is arguably ‘the leading lawyer in the field’ and has expertise in catastrophic injury cases, including spinal injury and obstetric negligence. The ‘exceptional’ Samantha Critchley is ‘a first-rate’ specialist in paediatrics, neonatology and neurology; she is praised for her ‘incredible dedication and outstanding professionalism’. Clients also recommend the ‘outstanding’ Mark Bowman, the ‘extremely capable’ Iona Meeres-Young, and the ‘passionate and courageous’ Jonathan Zimmern.

‘Top-class firm’ Irwin Mitchell is a ‘market leader in catastrophic work’, with notable experience in high-value cases of maximum severity. The practice’s workload encompasses a broad spectrum of multimillion-pound cases involving obstetrics, brain injury, spinal injury and misdiagnosis claims, among others. Head of medical negligence Alison Eddy is a highly recommended specialist in birth-related and spinal injury claims and recently secured an £8.1m award in a claim concerning a delay in diagnosis of neonatal meningitis. Auriana Griffiths is also regarded for her work in obstetric mismanagement and has handled several cases involving neonatal hypoglycaemia and kernicterus, including a recent £12m hypoglycaemic brain damage claim concerning sub-standard midwifery management. Ian Christian, who recently handled a £6.5m hypoxic brain injury claim, also has notable experience in paediatrics and sporting injuries. Keith Barrett joined Fieldfisher in January 2017.

Kingsley Napley LLP is a ‘first-class’ practice that provides a ‘specialised’ service that is ‘of the highest standard’. The ‘confident and efficient’ team is ‘extremely experienced in handling high-value and complex cases’, and works on a broad spectrum of catastrophic injury matters, including brain injury, spinal cord injury, delay in diagnosis and medical mismanagement claims. The ‘exceptionally good’ Kate Rohde is a ‘leading light in the field’ who is ‘unmatched by any other solicitor’; she frequently acts for bereaved families and on behalf of profoundly injured children and adults, and is regarded for high-value catastrophic injury cases. Also recommended are the ‘excellent’ Terrence Donovan, who heads the practice and is a ‘leading’ specialist in maximum severity cases, including cerebral palsy, brain damage and fatal accidents; and the ‘talented’ Richard Lodge, who is noted for brain and spinal injuries.

Praised for its ‘superior’ expertise and ‘excellent value for money’, Leigh Day’s ‘professional, thorough and talented’ practice handles a range of clinical negligence cases, including delay in diagnosis, brain injury and birth-related injury claims. The firm was recently involved in a £5m wrongful birth claim resulting from a failure to identify foetal microcephaly, as well as concluding a £1.4m settlement in a fatal surgical negligence claim involving post-operative complications in an aortic root replacement surgery. Olive Lewin is singled out for her ‘exceptional ability’ and ‘particular experience in the highest-value cerebral palsy claims’. Claire Fazan is noted for representing children who have suffered a brain injury as a result of midwifery or obstetric negligence; she combines ‘excellent judgement with steely determination’ and is praised for her ability to ‘get the best deals for her clients’. Other key figures include ‘top solicitor’ and department head Russell Levy, the ‘excellent’ Nicola Wainwright and the ‘brilliant’ Suzanne White.

‘Technically and strategically very good’, Stewarts Law LLP’s practice has significant expertise in high-value catastrophic injury claims and a notable track record for securing multimillion-pound settlements on behalf of its clients. The ‘strong’ firm covers a range of clinical negligence claims and specialises in neurological, spinal and fatal injury cases. Recent work includes a tetraplegia claim against the NHS Trust that settled for £1.2m. Department head Muiris Lyons has particular expertise in birth-related injury cases. Other key figures include Nick Knowles, who is noted for his successful representation of children and protected parties, as well as his experience in brain and spinal injury claims; Robert Dransfield, who has a particular interest cauda equina cases; and Antonia Jones, who is highly experienced in cases of obstetric negligence, spinal cord and psychiatric injury and has acted for a number of claimants suffering from cerebral palsy and cauda equina.

Anthony Gold’s ‘excellent’ practice has ‘good legal and medical knowhow’ and is experienced in cases involving catastrophic negligence, birth-related injury and surgical mismanagement. The firm also specialises in representing foreign nationals in private medicine cases, recently handling a £2m claim on behalf of a Kuwaiti national who was left in a permanent vegetative state after undergoing treatment at The London Clinic. Department head Jon Nicholson is ‘efficient, strong and skilled’ and is noted for his ‘particularly good’ expertise in birth and child brain injury; he recently acted in a £16.3m obstetric mismanagement case on behalf of a client suffering cerebral palsy. The ‘creative’ Dr Jock Mackenzie is a ‘particularly cerebral solicitor’ who provides ‘fantastic client care’ and has a unique level of expertise as a dual-qualified solicitor and doctor; Dr Mackenzie has specialist experience in neurological, brain and spinal cord injury cases, as well as cases involving rare medical conditions. Ali Malsher has experience in surgical, cardiac and emergency medicine cases, and is an expert in the field of vulnerable clients. Catastrophic injury specialist Ian Peters joined the partnership in May 2016 from Hodge Jones & Allen LLP.

The ‘accomplished’ team at Bindmans LLP is ‘highly experienced and provides consistently excellent advice in clinical negligence matters’. The firm regularly represents those who have suffered catastrophic injuries and has a reputation for success in particularly complex and high-value medical cases. The ‘cutting-edge’ team has notable experience in representing claimants in cases of birth-related injuries, cerebral palsy, cardiology, spinal cord injury and orthopaedic-related negligence, and regularly acts for claimants of medical negligence in prisons or immigration detention centres. Practice head Jon Crocker is ‘formidably experienced’ and has particular expertise in complex head injury claims. He leads a team that includes Siobhan Kelly, who is one of ‘the best in the business’ and has ‘great instinct’; and the ‘excellent’ Alla Murphy, who specialises in catastrophic brain and spinal injuries.

Bolt Burdon Kemp’s ‘simply outstanding’ practice has a ‘truly excellent’ roster of ‘competent and experienced’ solicitors who are ‘experts in their field’ and ‘go the extra mile to look after their clients interests’. The firm is ‘well versed in the highest value and most complex clinical negligence cases’ and is experienced in complex and serious injury claims, including catastrophic brain injury, spinal injury, obstetric mismanagement and surgical negligence. the practice also has specialist expertise in representing ex-service personnel and is ‘one of the leading firms in military clinical negligence work’. It recently handled a neglectful medical discharge case against the MoD on behalf of a client suffering from chronic PTSD. Heading the ‘exceptional’ team is Caroline Klage, who is ‘one of the very best’ solicitors in the field with ‘second-to-none’ legal knowledge. Suzanne Trask is ‘an excellent and highly experienced litigator’. New additions to the partnership include the ‘extremely driven, able and effective’ Rhicha Kapila; Raquel Siganporia, who is ‘an immensely impressive and committed’ solicitor with ‘an excellent reputation’; and Ahmed Al-Nahhas who is a ‘super tactician and superb negotiator’.

Russell-Cooke LLP’s ‘efficient, effective and approachable’ team has a ‘terrific reputation’ and provides the full range of clinical negligence support to clients, with notable expertise in public law and Court of Protection matters. The practice is experienced in handling ‘a large number of claims of very high value and enormous complexity’, including brain injury, surgical negligence, obstetric mismanagement and dental negligence cases. Recent work includes acting in a claim against Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust on a delay in diagnosis and negligent discharge from hospital case, ultimately reaching a settlement of £250,000. Heading the ‘excellent’ team is Deborah Blythe who ‘works tirelessly for her clients’ and is ‘utterly professional’; Blythe recently secured a multimillion-pound settlement in a case concerning midwifery mismanagement on behalf of a client suffering from cerebral palsy as a result of birth-related injuries. The ‘very experienced and very capable’ Dominic Fairclough regularly handles cases involving surgical negligence and misdiagnosis. Janice Gardner (‘a practitioner of very high calibre’) is praise for her experience in cases involving obstetric mismanagement and surgical negligence.

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP is ‘a high-quality claimant firm’ with experience in maximum severity cases; recent work includes a £430,000 settlement in a case involving brain damage as a result of prolonged circulatory arrest case. The ‘unflappable’ Agata Usewicz specialises in obstetric claims and heads the team, which includes the ‘utterly devoted’ Nina Ali, who is ‘a shrewd and committed litigator’ with experience in high-value brain and spinal injury claims and expertise in psychiatric cases; and Andrew Harrison, who is experienced in handling cases of birth-related injury, misdiagnosis and delayed treatment, specialising in disablement and life-limiting injury claims. James Bell joined the firm from Slater and Gordon and brings expertise in amputation and serious brain injury cases.

McMillan Williams handles a wide range of clinical negligence cases, including catastrophic brain and spinal injury, birth-related injury, delayed or misdiagnosis of cancer and surgical negligence claims. Lauren Phillips is experienced in cases involving birth injury, cardiology and delay in diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome, while Shurouk Al-Sabbagh specialises in complex maximum severity claims for adults and children.

Penningtons Manches LLP’s practice ‘always sets and attains high standards’ and is ‘among the best in complex high-value claims’. The firm is experienced in handling a range of negligence matters, specialising in particular in cases involving brain injury, spinal injury, surgical mismanagement and failure to diagnose. Department head John Kyriacou stands out for his expertise in maximum severity claims, including cases of spinal injury and brain damage in infants.

Devonshires Solicitors LLP fields an ‘intelligent’ practice with ‘excellent client-care skills’ and ‘an exceptional team ethos’. The firm is experienced in handling high-value cases involving spinal injury, paediatrics, surgical mismanagement, dental negligence and misdiagnosis. Nick Grant is ‘good with clients’ and is experienced in a range of complex, high-value claims including birth injuries, obstetric care, negligent surgery and orthopaedics. Nicola Bould is a ‘prominent’ solicitor with experience in complex negligence claims and expertise in surgical error, diagnosis of cancer and fatal accident claims. The ‘very smart’ Karen Cathcart provides a ‘refreshingly no-nonsense approach’ and regularly handles cases involving obstetric negligence and brain injury cases; she ‘pushes as hard as she can for her clients’.

Hugh James has a ‘fantastic’ team with extensive experience in high-value complex negligence claims, including cerebral palsy, obstetric mismanagement, cauda equina syndrome and fatal accident cases. The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Grainne Barton has expertise in maximum-value obstetric negligence claims. Stephen Webber regularly handles fatal accident claims and surgical negligence matters; his recent work includes acting for a client who was infected with Hepatitis B during an operation. Helen Neville is also highly experienced in misdiagnosis and surgical negligence claims, and specialises in cases involving the delay in diagnosis of head and neck cancer.

Hudgell Solicitors is an ‘excellent’ firm that ‘prides itself on a more personal touch’. Its ‘conscientious and committed’ solicitors are ‘pragmatic, approachable and very easy to work with’ and are ‘prepared to go the extra mile’ for their clients. Key figures include Amanda Stevens, who ‘works tirelessly and constructively’ on a range of matters including brain injury, spinal injury, birth injury and misdiagnosis claims; and Chris Moore, who specialises in complex brain injury cases. Rosamund Rhodes-Kemp left to establish her own firm.

Osbornes is ‘a well-regarded niche firm’ that provides ‘an excellent personal service to clients’. The practice is ‘a specialist in the field’ and handles a range of matters including child and adult brain injuries, complex spinal injury and fatal claims. The ‘highly experienced’ Stephanie Prior is ‘a very practical negotiator’ who ‘drives hard to achieve a good outcome’ and has ‘strong’ experience in birth-related injuries. ‘Star performer’ Ben Posford is ‘a dynamic and impressive’ solicitor who takes ‘a creative and dedicated approach to claims of the utmost complexity’; he specialises in catastrophic injury claims, including complex spinal cord injury and cauda equina cases.

Simpson Millar LLP handles a wide range of clinical negligence claims, including delayed and misdiagnosis of cancer, spinal injury and hypoxic brain damage following surgery. Department head David Thomas is experienced in high-value cases and specialises in birth injury claims including cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy; he recently acted on a case involving delayed diagnosis of malignant melanoma, obtaining a £150,000 settlement on behalf of his client. Geoffrey Simpson-Scott has expertise in high-value and technical claims.

Slater and Gordon’s ‘long-established’ clinical negligence practice includes a roster of ‘excellent up-and-coming junior solicitors’. The firm handles a broad spectrum of cases including spinal injury, obstetrics, orthopaedics and oncology, and is experienced in dealing with high-value claims. Deputy department head Emma Doughty is ‘committed, intelligent and hardworking’ and has experience in a variety of complex and mid-high value cases including amputation claims, surgical error and fatal claims; she has also developed a particular specialism in cancer and obstetrics. Former department head James Bell joined Hodge Jones & Allen LLP, while Paul Sankey left for Foot Anstey.

Clinical negligence: defendant

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  1. Clinical negligence: defendant
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals (Claimant and Defendant)
  4. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals (Claimant and Defendant)

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For some, Capsticks LLP is ‘the best in the field’ and provides ‘a superb’ service to its clients, who rate the ‘range of expertise among its specialist team’; its ‘depth of knowledge and well-executed tactics are second-to-none’. The practice acts for a number of notable clients, including the NHSLA, MDDUS and various leading private healthcare providers, and specialises in abuse claims and psychiatric injury. Recent work includes a £2m settlement reached on behalf of The Secretary of State for Health and the NHSLA in a case involving the investigation of more than 70 claims relating to Jimmy Savile’s association with various NHS hospitals and his sexual abuse of patients; the case was led by Philip Hatherall, who is a key partner for the NHSLA. Heading the department is Peter Marquand, who specialises in high-value and complex cases, and acts as liaison partner with the NHSLA. Singled out by clients for his ‘excellent’ representation, Majid Hassan acts as lead partner for the MDDUS, as well as advising the NHS and a number of professional sports bodies on clinical risk management.

‘Undoubtedly one of the leading players’ in the field, Clyde & Co LLP has a ‘responsive, efficient and empathetic’ team of solicitors who ‘work hard and show good judgement’. The firm has maintained its position on the NHSLA panel since 1999 and continues to undertake complex, high-value work for a number of insurers and healthcare providers. The practice also provides an international service and has extensive healthcare capabilities across the globe, including in the Middle East, South Africa and the Far East. Recent work includes defending a private neurosurgeon in a spinal decompression case; the claimant alleged that he suffered post-operative nerve injury, however the case was ultimately dismissed. Heading the department with ‘enormous drive’, Claire Petts specialises in medical malpractice and has particular expertise in brain injury claims. Rob Wilson is experienced in acting for both medical malpractice insurers and NHS bodies, with an emphasis on medical malpractice defence litigation and inquests.

DAC Beachcroft LLP has acted for the NHSLA for a number of years and is experienced in providing strategic, commercial and regulatory health advice on a range of issues affecting the NHS and other private healthcare providers. The practice specialises in catastrophic injury claims brought against the NHS and handling claims with potential liabilities in excess of £2bn. Recent work includes defending the NHSLA in a £6m catastrophic brain injury claim; the claimant allegedly suffered hypoglycaemia and subsequent brain injury as a result of negligent care. Nigel Montgomery, who heads the national health sector team, is a nominated partner for the NHSLA and is experienced in catastrophic injury claims. Also recommended are Matthew McGrath, who is head of clinical risk and specialises in handling brain injury claims; and Heather Durston-Hillyer, who has experience in maximum severity cases with an emphasis on cerebral palsy and other birth-related injury claims.

Hempsons handles the full range of clinical negligence claims for the NHSLA, MDU and a range of commercial medical practice insurers. The practice has worked on a number of multi-party cases; recent examples include a £6m cerebral palsy claim against the NHSLA and Northern Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust allegedly caused by obstetric negligence. Key figures include John Holmes, who specialises in cases involving mental health; Nadya Wolferstan, who is experienced in acting on behalf of NHS Trusts and has experience in handling cases involving clinical governance, mental health law interpretation and public inquiries; and Mary Menjou, who has experience in dealing with complex wrongful birth claims involving rare syndromes such as crit du chat and peters plus syndrome, as well as jaundice leading to kernicterus.

Kennedys’s ‘excellent’ practice ‘compares well with its peers’ in the field and provides ‘very good and reliable’ advice. The ‘personable’ team takes ‘a sensible and pragmatic approach’ to dealing with a broad range of cases, including cerebral palsy, obstetrics, gynaecological claims, paediatrics and high-value spinal and orthopaedic claims. The firm is also experienced in acting on behalf of the NHSLA and medical malpractice insurers; recent work includes defending the Medical Protection Society over a liability claim involving an alleged negligent antibiotic prescription resulting in a fatal allergic reaction. Department head Janet Sayers led on that matter and is experienced in spinal injury and anaesthetic claims, as well as advising on issues of consent and the Human Rights Act. Christopher Malla is ‘very knowledgeable’ and specialises in advising NHS trusts on consent to treatment, end of life decisions, emergency declarations and judicial reviews. Ed Glasgow specialises in high-value birth injury cases and claims involving paralysis following spinal injury. Nico Fabri is experienced in acting on behalf of private healthcare providers, medical malpractice insurers and defence organisation, in addition to NHS Trusts.

Bevan Brittan LLP’s ‘extremely professional’ team has ‘outstanding experience and expertise’ in the field. The practice sits on the NHSLA’s panel and acts for a number of private healthcare providers and medical malpractice insurers, as well as having significant expertise in Human Rights Act claims. Recent work includes a £6m birth injury claim brought by a mother and son alleging delay in the management of delivery, leading to brain damage to the child and an emergency hysterectomy for the mother; the claim was successfully defended on behalf of Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust. The ‘very knowledgeable’ Joanne Easterbrook heads the department and has experience in complex and high-value cases, often involving mental health and the Human Rights Act. Also recommended is Julie Charlton, who is noted for her ‘excellent client care’ and has experience in managing the complete range of clinical negligence cases, including spinal and brain injury. Matthew Trinder joined BLM.

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘outstanding’ practice provides ‘depth, breadth and scope of knowledge and expertise’ and is a key member of the NHSLA panel. The firm has experience in handling a range of high-value cases including brain and birth-related injury claims. Recent work includes a multimillion-pound case involving an alleged failure to diagnose infective endocarditis, which resulted in the claimant suffering post-operative brain damage; liability was agreed between parties and the team was able to secure a more favourable settlement on behalf of the defendant. Department head Andrew Craggs specialises in cases of stress and bullying and is recommended alongside Mike McKenna, who has ‘enormous intellect’ and provides ‘outstanding service’. and Kiran Bhogal joined from Weightmans LLP and Emma Galland joined from Clyde & Co LLP.

Weightmans LLP is experienced in handling a range of complex and high-value cases and advising major clients on law reform, risk management and alternative dispute resolution. The practice recently defended the NHSLA and Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust in a claim concerning alleged negligent treatment of an infant with febrile convulsion who later developed meningitis, profound brain damage and disability; the £8m claim was successfully defended on the basis that there were no symptoms at the time of review, meaning that a blood test which would have shown the need for treatment was not required. The case was led Rachel Kneale, who heads the practice alongside Vanessa Splaine and has expertise in high-value obstetric and neurological cases. Splaine is experienced in handling high-value maximum severity claims including neurological injuries sustained at birth and spinal injury in adults and children. Paul Thomson joined from Capsticks LLP and has particular expertise in obstetric and neurological cases of maximum severity and is experienced in handling multimillion-pound matters on behalf of the NHSLA.

BLM’s ‘highly rated’ practice represents a range of clients across the healthcare sector including insurers, healthcare defence organisations, care homes and individual healthcare professionals. The firm handles a broad spectrum of cases, including claims involving birth-related injury, delay in diagnosis and amputation. The ‘very knowledgeable’ team includes Gary Allison, who acts as a nominated partner for the NHSLA and is instructed by clients on the full range of healthcare matters, including professional discipline, coroner’s inquests and criminal liability; Vicki Swanton, who heads the national healthcare department and has experience in handling high-value claims, disciplinary cases, and allegations of medical negligence or malpractice; Greg McEwen, who specialises in defending complex and high-value negligence claims for the NHSLA and the MPS; and Matthew Trinder, who joins the partnership from Bevan Brittan LLP and brings with him specialist experience in obstetric brain injury cases, neurosurgical claims, and matters involving screening and pathology.

CMS’s clinical negligence and medical advisory team predominantly handles negligence claims and professional disciplinary cases on behalf of members of The Medical Defence Union and the Dental Defence Union; other clients include medical and professional indemnity insurers and members of the medical profession involved in matters not covered by a medical defence organisation. The practice has experience in cases involving surgical malpractice, orthopaedics, delayed diagnosis and cosmetic surgery. Department head Chris Horsefield is experienced in defending clinicians in complex high-value and high-profile claims.

Plexus Law’s ‘outstanding’ practice provides ‘commercial, practical and expert’ advice in a range of clinical negligence areas, including catastrophic brain injury claims, orthopaedics, gynaecological complications and psychiatric treatment. The firm is also particularly experienced in representing clients at inquests involving deaths in custody, care homes and psychiatric clinics, as well as specialising in sports injury law. The department has ‘excellent industry knowledge’ and is led by Sian Davies, who is experienced in handling high-value cases involving surgical negligence, birth injury and cosmetic surgery claims for a range of clients, including major healthcare providers and insurers. Other partners within the department include cosmetic negligence expert Jason Howarth; Jamie Colman, who deals with judicial review claims brought under the Human Rights Act; and catastrophic injury specialist Dr Julian Morris.

RPC has ‘a strong presence in the clinical negligence market’ with experience in complex cases including brain injury, spinal injury and the negligent care of patients who are sectioned or detained; the practice also specialises in reproductive healthcare and fertility services and is singled out by clients as ‘a market leader for claims relating to the provision of sexual health services’. The firm has recently been involved in the defence of Spire Healthcare Limited in a high-profile £50m case brought against consultant surgeon Ian Paterson and the NHS Trust over the alleged performance of ‘cleavage sparing mastectomies’ and other unnecessary surgical procedures. Department head Dorothy Flower has acted for a variety of medical malpractice insurers, private hospitals, individual healthcare practitioners, and other healthcare organisations; she is a leading solicitor in the field of reproductive medicine and has experience in mental health, psychiatric injury, overdose and mis-prescription claims.

Insurance: corporate and regulatory

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  1. Insurance: corporate and regulatory
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
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Clifford Chance’s team provides ‘an excellent service’, advising clients on the full array of issues including M&A transactions, financings, capital raisings and regulatory matters. The firm’s client roster includes property and casualty insurers and reinsurers, participants in the Lloyd’s market, offshore captives and insurance and reinsurance brokers, among others, and the team has a strong reputation across both domestic and international insurance markets. Recent highlights included acting for Pension Insurance on its £250m equity capital raise and advising Enstar on the reinsurance of a Lloyd’s syndicate managed by StarStone Underwriting, which covered approximately £120m worth of liabilities. Practice head Katherine Coates is a well-regarded figure in the market and advises on all aspects of commercial work, including M&A transactions, joint ventures and product strategy issues. Other leading practitioners include Hilary Evenett, who acts primarily for financial institutions, asset managers and life and non-life insurers; Ashley Prebble, who specialises in IPO’s, Part VII transfers and regulatory matters; and Narind Singh, whose key clients include Legal & General, Swiss Re and Abbey Life.

The ‘excellent, responsive and pragmatic’ team at Clyde & Co LLP has ‘a good level of strength across the department’ and is praised for its ‘expert knowledge of the insurance industry’. In addition to handling a vast array of corporate and M&A work, the firm has been notably active in advising on new business structures and arrangements put in place as a result of the challenging market environment. Recent work included advising QBE on the high-value sale of its UK legacy employers’ liability portfolios and advising on the reinsurance of its Spanish and Italian medical malpractice books, and assisting Mexican reinsurer Pena Verde with the expansion of its underwriting footprint and its establishment within the Lloyds market. The group also advised home insurance broker Avantia on its delegated authority agreement with AXA, an arrangement aimed at allowing more customers to obtain affordable home insurance. Key individuals include Mark Williamson, ‘an accessible and pragmatic lawyer’ who focuses on IT, product distribution, data protection and outsourcing; the ‘sharp and business-focused’ Gary Thorpe, who advises on the full gamut of corporate and transactional issues; and Stephen Browning, who has significant startup and reorganisation expertise. Andrew Holderness and Ivor Edwards are the practice co-heads.

The ‘highly responsive and commercial’ practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP advises a mix of insurers, reinsurers, intermediaries and corporate policyholders on all aspects of UK-based insurance and reinsurance, and the team has a strong track record in high-profile M&A transactions, joint ventures and business transfers under Part VII. In a recent highlight, the team advised Ascot on its $1.1bn sale by AIG to the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board, one of the largest deals done within the Lloyds market this past year. The group also advised on a number of Part VII transfers, key among these being its work for Prudential on the transfer of its retirement income business to the Prudential Assurance Company, and its assistance to Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance with the transfer of a portfolio of reinsurance businesses to Berkshire Hathaway, a cross-border transaction valued at $54m. The practice is headed by Charles Rix, who is noted for his expertise in various digital projects including IT procurement, outsourcing, cyber security and digital payments. Other key figures include Steven McEwan, who specialises in matters involving regulatory capital and the Lloyd’s insurance market, and Tim Goggin, who focuses on non-life corporate and regulatory work.

Linklaters LLP has significant expertise in M&A transactions, reinsurance, portfolio transfers and insurance business restructurings, and the ‘strong’ regulatory practice advises on the full range of issues including Solvency II regulation, clearance control changes, compliance and enforcement. Recent highlights included advising AXA on Project Wolf, which involved the sale of its UK Life & Savings businesses via three disposals to Phoenix Group, Standard Life and Life Company Consolidation Group, and acting for the Vickers Pension Trustees on a £1.1bn pension scheme buyout with Legal & General Assurance Society. The team is also advising Swiss Re on its acquisition of Guardian Financial from Cinven, and assisting AXA France with the reinsurance of its £1.3bn longevity risk. Practice lead Victoria Sander advises on the full gamut of corporate insurance work, and Duncan Barber and Dan Schuster-Woldan are also names to note.

Norton Rose Fulbright has ‘a well-established insurance and M&A practice which is capable of handling very complex transactions with a commercial approach’, and the team ‘provides detailed expertise as required, seamlessly cooperating with its cross-border offices to advise on different areas of the law in multiple jurisdictions’. The practice is known for its role in various big-ticket deals, and has significant expertise in financial lines, class actions, technology-related matters and the marine, energy and aviation sectors. Notable work included acting for AXA on the establishment of a new venture with Chaucer Syndicates aimed at underwriting specialty insurance risks in Africa, political risks, energy and infrastructure being key among these, and advising Towergate Insurance on the £41m sale of the Broker Network and Countrywide Insurance Management to Highbridge Principal Strategies. James Bateson heads the practice, which also include corporate finance expert Maria Ross, Lloyds market specialist Bob Haken and David Whear, who has significant expertise in regulatory insurance law. Other significant clients include Prudential, Cardif Pinnacle and XL Catlin.

Slaughter and May is active in the transactional and regulatory insurance space, and has had a notable focus on Solvency II-related advice over the last year. Highlights have included advising Aviva on the re-risking of the RAC Pension Scheme by way of a £600m longevity swap transaction, thus reinsuring the longevity risk of approximately 10k customers; acting for Royal Philips on the de-risking of its Philips UK Pension Fund via a £2.4bn transaction with Pension Insurance Corporation; and advising China Re on the global offering and listing of its shares on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Oliver Wareham heads the insurance group and has a vast range of expertise, advising on regulatory matters, portfolio transfers and capital management techniques. Jonathan Marks is particularly strong in the pensions space and has been involved in a number of re-risking transactions, and Craig Cleaver’s key clients include Standard Life, Old Mutual and Allianz.

The ‘excellent’ team at Ashurst is headed by Adam Levitt, who advises on M&A transactions, restructurings, capital raisings and portfolio transfers under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. Other key practitioners include David Page, who specialises in the financial services and general insurance space, and James Perry, who advises on corporate governance and regulatory capital issues. Highlights for the group included advising Chesnara on its firm placing and open offer with respect to the €160m acquisition of Legal & General Nederland, and acting for Hannover Re in its reinsurance of longevity risks by way of three separate agreements with Rothesay Life. Other active clients include Aviva, Pacific Life Re and Delta Lloyd.

CMS’ ‘outstanding’ team has ‘a deep understanding of the market, the transactional parties and the relevant issues in each matter’, and ‘its collegial approach and straightforward negotiating style allows difficult issues to be resolved in a straightforward manner’. The lawyers are ‘experts in the field of pensions and longevity transactions, and there is a strong depth of knowledge within the team rather than a reliance on one key individual’. Highlights included advising the Trustees of Manweb Group on a £1bn longevity insurance arrangement with Abbey Life Assurance Company, the first arrangement entered into by a pensions provider in the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme; acting for Zurich Assurance in four separate longevity transactions with the Trustees of various UK pension schemes; and advising Standard Life on its acquisition of AXA Portfolio Services, a matter involving intellectual property, data protection, employment and real estate issues. James Parker and Mike Munro co-head the practice; Munro is ‘an expert in his field’ and is ‘extremely helpful in giving the client real commercial insight’. Senior associate Jenny Nanalal is also a name to note, and ‘can understand very intricate technical issues while working tirelessly to get the deal over the line in a mutually beneficial way’.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP represents a range of UK, US and EU-based insurers and reinsurers as well as other participants in the insurance sector, private equity clients and financial insurers being among these. The team also acts for new market participants, advising on their formulation and capitalisation, and utilises its strong regulatory practice to assist new and established entities with licensing, Brexit and Solvency II issues. In a recent highlight, the group advised Canada Pension Plan Investment Board on its $1.1bn acquisition of Ascot, the Lloyd’s platform of AIG. Other work included representing AIG in its strategic partnership with Fairfax, a matter involving the sale of its local insurance operations across multiple jurisdictions worldwide, and advising property and casualty insurer AmTrust Financial Services on its $219m acquisition of ANV Holdings and its affiliates. Department head James Scoville advises on complex transactions involving insurance companies, and also handles securities and capital markets transactions across a broad range of industries. David Innes focuses on cross-border private equity and M&A transactions, and Aatif Ahmad specialises in financial services regulation, advising on issues such as market abuse, passporting, change of control and regulatory reform.

HFW is noted for the strength of its Lloyds practice, and also has substantial experience in mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and regulatory issues. The practice utilises its extensive international network to represent a growing number of foreign insurers, and has recently handled various regulatory projects for clients including Ironshore, Swiss Re and Argenta. Other highlights included advising Ironshore on its $3bn acquisition by Fosun International, acting for ILS Investment Management on the reinsurance of QBE’s legacy industrial disease book, and assisting Appleclaim with the sale of Jubilee Group to Ryan Speciality Group. Richard Spiller heads the practice, and Nick Hutton and James Lewis are also key figures.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP provides ‘an excellent service in terms of appropriate advice and responsiveness to requests’, and the team ‘inspires complete confidence in the client with its expertise and refreshing openness to alternative fee structures’. The department is praised for its portfolio transfer expertise, and also has a strong track record in M&A transactions, restructurings and Solvency II advice. Barnaby Hinnigan handles the full gamut of corporate and regulatory matters for insurance sector clients, and recently advised Old Mutual on the disposal of its subsidiary, Rogge Global Partners, to Allianz Global Investors. Other highlights included advising Pension Insurance Corporation on several transactions, including a £900m buy-in with the trustees of Aon Retirement Plan; acting for HSBC, Morgan Stanley, Cazenore and Commerzbank on the £735m rights issue by Phoenix Group to fund its acquisition of Abbey Life Assurance Company; and assisting Credit Suisse with a reinsurance transaction entered into with Dai-ichi Life. The team is headed by Geoffrey Maddock, who focuses on non-contentious insurance sector work, and Alison Matthews wins plaudits for her ‘extensive knowledge of regulatory matters and personable manner’.

Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP provides ‘an excellent service’ and ‘solid, in-depth industry knowledge’, and the team ‘makes every effort to understand the clients’ business and deliver high-quality advice’. The firm dedicates significant focus to the development of insurance-linked securities across various jurisdictions including Bermuda, Guernsey, the UK and the US, and is also well placed to handle all types of insurance sector transactions including M&A deals, longevity reinsurance transactions and hedge fund reinsurance startups. Recent work included advising Allstate on its $1.4bn acquisition of SquareTrade, a leading provider of consumer electronics and appliance protection plans, and acting for Prudential Financial on a number of reinsurance deals with various UK counterparts including Legal & General. The ‘responsive, thoughtful and considerate’ Joseph Ferraro heads the practice, and is well regarded for his work in the Lloyd’s, Bermuda and US insurance markets. Nicholas Bugler has significant experience in cross-border insurance and reinsurance matters, and Andrew Tromans advises a mix of life and non-life companies, financial institutions and Lloyds vehicles.

Philip Jarvis is the key figure at Allen & Overy LLP, where highlights have included advising Aviva on its £5.6bn all-share acquisition of life insurance specialist Friends Life, a transaction to be implemented by way of a scheme of arrangement. The team also acted for Aviva on its £1.7bn disposal of its latent risk portfolio to Swiss Re, and advised BCE on its high-value longevity insurance agreement with Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada. The team attracts a mix of life and non-life mandates, and has also been significantly active in the longevity risk transfer market, advising on pension portfolios and the reinsurance of longevity risks. Other notable clients include Guardian Financial Services, Royal & Sun Alliance, Legal & General Group and Morgan Stanley.

The ‘practical and commercial’ team at DAC Beachcroft LLP is ‘always willing to go the extra mile to provide assistance’ and ‘offers advice which is very much tailored to the client’s requirements’. The group has been notably active in the data protection space, working with cyber insurance experts to advise on compliance with data protection regulations. It has also seen a steady pipeline of corporate and M&A transactions, and regularly advises on the impact of Solvency II and other regulatory changes. Recent work included advising Flood Re on a strategic policy document for cyber risk management; acting for AXA PPP Healthcare on its business transfer agreement with Universal Provident, an employee benefits and insurance provider; and assisting AIG Life with its new partnership with NFU Mutual. Regulatory specialist Mathew Rutter heads the practice and ‘has great industry knowledge’, and Emma Bate advises on the full range of commercial and contractual issues.

At Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP, key areas of expertise include pension de-risking and risk transfer transactions, corporate and M&A deals, distribution arrangements and regulatory matters. Transactional lawyer Hugo Laing heads the practice, and recently advised Legal & General on a distribution agreement with Aegon to offer individual annuities to Aegon customers, a partnership expected to generate £190m in annuities within the first year. The team also advised Legal & General on a £1.1bn pension buyout for the Vickers Group Pension Scheme, and acted for Capita on its £412m public takeover offer for Xchanging, a provider of insurance services to various market participants including Lloyd’s of London. Paula Gaddum advises a mix of insurers, intermediaries and other financial services clients on the full gamut of non-contentious issues. Richard Lewis is also a key figure, and has significant cross-border expertise.

The ‘strong team of professionals’ at Pinsent Masons LLP ‘always has access to wider expert resources within the firm when necessary’ and provides ‘excellent value for money’. The firm has a strong track record in major distribution deals, M&A work and complex regulatory issues, and has retained a strong client base in the general insurance, life and pensions, savings and investments and health sectors. Notable work included acting for AXA on its joint venture with Trov, a Silicon Valley-based app designer, and advising Legal & General on its £140m sale of Cofunds, a UK investment platform for financial institutions. The team also has substantial expertise in acting for startups, and recently advised an IT/insurance distribution startup on the initial setup, development and implementation of its business. David Heffron heads the practice, where Alexis Roberts and Bruno Geiringer are the other key figures. British Gas Insurance, Reliance Mutual and Marsh & McLennan Group are also active clients.

RPC has seen a significant number of restructuring mandates, and is a key name for big-ticket M&A deals across the insurance sector. The group also has significant regulatory expertise, advising on the full range of issues including systematic risk management, product governance, distribution agreements and new business propositions. Clients include RSA Group and Novae. The team recently advised ANV on the strategic review and disposal of ANV Holdings, which was acquired by AmTrust Financial Services for $219m. The practice also acted as sole legal advisor to Besso and B.P Marsh & Partners, its strategic investor, on its £70m sale of BGC Partners, and is advising QBE and Compre on the Part VII transfer of QBE’s share in Ridgwell Fox & Partners’ pool legacy reinsurance business. Practice head James Mee has notable expertise in private equity transactions; Matthew Griffith focuses on the financial services sector; and Neil Brown has a particular interest in Lloyd’s startups.

Shearman & Sterling LLP’s regulatory team has seen increasing demand for Brexit-related advice within the insurance market, and regularly advises clients on key UK and European financial regulatory issues, policy developments and related legislation. The firm is also strong in the M&A transactional space, and has handled a number of high-value acquisitions, disposals and private equity transactions in the last year. The team is advising Sompo Holdings on its $6.3m acquisition of Endurance Specialty Holdings, and acted for a consortium including Fairfax Financial, Albright Capital Management and Acon Equity Management on the $253m recommended public offer to acquire APR Energy, a London-listed energy company based in the US. Abu Dhabi Global Market is also a notable client, which the team advises on various market regulations and compliance issues. Barney Reynolds and Frankfurt-based Andreas Löhdefink are the practice co-heads, and Jo Rickard is also a name to note.

Sidley Austin LLP has a strong track record in high-end insurance transactions and regularly acts for insurers, reinsurers, brokers and investors on cross-border mergers, acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures. The team handled a number of deals for Catalina Holdings, a Bermuda-based acquisition and management company, in the non-life space; among these was its £270m acquisition of AGF Insurance from Allianz, and its purchase of The Hartford Financial Products International and Downlands Liability Management, companies with combined total assets of £712m. The group also advised various insurance-linked securities funds on the establishment of Probitas 1492 at Lloyd’s, and assisted Genworth Financial with the $55m disposal of its European mortgage insurance business to AmTrust Financial Services. Martin Membery leads the firm’s global insurance practice and financial services group, and has significant experience in insurance and reinsurance projects, joint ventures and regulatory matters. Nancy Corbett is also a leading practitioner, and stands out for her expertise in public and private capital raising.

Simmons & Simmons’ team has particular expertise in insurance business transfers, company reorganisations, M&A transactions and risk management programmes, and regularly advises the life and general insurance markets on the full range of non-contentious issues. The department also has significant cross-border capabilities, most notably in China and Latin America, where it advises clients in the engineering, construction and energy sectors on casualty and specialist risks. Pollyanna Deane specialises in transactional and regulatory insurance matters, and has particular expertise in Solvency II matters and Part VII transfers, along with professional indemnity policy wording. Simon Thrower is the name to note for corporate lending and acquisition finance in the insurance sector, and Jocelyn Ormond advises on private equity transactions, financing agreements and corporate governance issues. Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance is also a client.

Taylor Wessing LLP’s client base includes risk carriers, underwriters, brokers and run-off agents, and the team is also involved in various insurance-related matters for clients across other sectors and areas of practice. The firm covers a broad industry spectrum, advising on insurer and reinsurer setup, raising of capital and M&A activity, as well as Lloyd’s regulatory issues. Clients include Heritage Insurance Managers, AXA Liabilities Managers and HSB Engineering Insurance. The firm recently advised Ariel Re on the role of certain Lloyd’s participants in providing capacity to one of its syndicates, a matter valued at £50m. Jonathan Rogers heads the practice, Peter Kempe specialises in corporate finance, private equity and venture capital, and Dion Williams has substantial experience in the setting up of alternative capital structures for the insurance and reinsurance market. Susannah Wakefield joined Shoosmiths LLP in August 2017.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s full-service offering covers corporate transactions, restructuring issues and regulatory advice, and the group also supports insurance and reinsurance companies facing investment management and governance issues. Clients include a mix of general insurers such as Aviva, MS Amlin and CNA Europe, along with life insurance and pension companies, healthcare insurers, and Lloyd’s syndicates. Highlights included advising Chubb/Ace European on its warranty insurance policy concerning Bupa’s acquisition of Oasis Dental Care, the UK’s main private dental provider; acting for Markel International Insurance Company on the transfer of its book to RiverStone Insurance; and assisting Randall & Quilter Investment with its £12m acquisition of all shares in The Royal London General Insurance Company, a non-life insurance company in the run-off space. Adam Bogdanor heads the practice and advises on M&A transactions, Part VII transfers and schemes of arrangement, among other matters, and Geraldine Quirk is well-regarded for her expertise in portfolio transfer schemes.

Cooley (UK) LLP’s ‘excellent, commercial lawyers’ provide ‘sound advice on the law’ and ‘are aware of how to act to best protect the client’s commercial interests’. The team handles the full range of insurance and reinsurance-related matters, offering support with policy placement negotiation, book sales and purchases, compliance matters and insolvencies. Notable work included advising Rollings Oliver, the administrators of MedRe, on all matter arising from its insolvency including claims negotiation, administration agreements and policy construction. The team also acted for Ambridge Europe as underwriter in over twenty transactions, and advised NFU Mutual on several outsourcing, licensing and technology procurement contracts, as well as its £18m cyber security programme. Key practitioners include Jon Yorke, who has notable insolvency and restructuring expertise and advises extensively on schemes of arrangement; Mark Everiss, who focuses on M&A due diligence and policy construction issues; and David Kendall, who has substantial experience across contentious and non-contentious insurance.

DLA Piper stands out for its ‘good customer focus, commercial approach and overall strength in depth’, and its ‘willingness to adapt its advice and fee structure to the nature of the transaction’. The practice covers life and non-life matters including domestic and cross-border M&A, group reorganisations, Part VII transfers and other run-off insurance portfolio matters, and the team has a strong working relationship with many European insurance regulators, including the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Recent work included advising AIG on the sale of its 51% shareholding in AIG Greece to Exin Financial Services, and acting for MS Amlin on a merger under SE regulation as part of a corporate restructuring, where the client aims to merge RaetsMarine Insurance, its Dutch subsidiary, into Amlin Underwriting Services, its UK subsidiary. Prakash Paran co-chairs the global insurance group, and is ‘an excellent negotiator who always remains calm under pressure’.

Dentons’ ‘incredibly responsive’ team provides ‘a partner-led service’, and is ‘able to provide accurate and commercially sound advice within a very short window of time, i.e. in the final stages of a transaction’. The firm focuses on high-end M&A, commercial and regulatory matters across all sectors of the market including underwriting, broking, life, non-life and run-off, and regularly utilises its global offices in a range of cross-border transactions. Highlights included advising Virgin Money South Africa on the creation of Virgin Money Insurance, an unincorporated joint venture with AIG Life South Africa; acting for AIG on various M&A matters spanning the UK, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic; and handling a range of regulatory issues for longstanding client Ambridge. Practice head Martin Mankabady has ‘an all-round knowledge of the insurance industry’, and is ‘always prepared to do what needs to be done in order to execute a deal’. The ‘commercial, pragmatic and responsive’ Darren Acres is also a key figure, and provides ‘excellent advice to M&A insurers’.

Gowling WLG’s group acts for insurers and policyholders alike, and regularly advises corporate and real estate clients on policy wordings, risk transfer projects and various regulatory issues. The firm also has a strong track record in M&A transactions, and has been actively involved in assisting clients with warranty and indemnity insurance procurement and contingent risk policy issues to support their M&A activity. Highlights included advising Thomas Miller on its proposed merger with Tindall Riley, a transaction that would significantly impact the protection and indemnity sector; acting for Ecclesiastical Insurance Office on a variety of tax, data protection and employment issues; and assisting internet-based risk insurer Ellipse with the structuring of its new life product. Other active clients include Marsh, Crispin Speers and Partners, and the Trustees of the Pirelli Tyres Pensions Scheme. David Breslin heads the team, and has notable expertise in the financial lines, marine and energy sectors. Michael Lacey is the name to note for non-contentious matters.

The ‘professional and well-established’ practice at Ince & Co is ‘very well regarded in the insurance industry’, and has notable expertise in the insurance capital markets space, advising on a range of insurance-linked securities and the management of longevity and pensions deficit risks. The group’s client roster includes a mix of insurance and reinsurance companies, Lloyd’s syndicates, intermediaries and brokers, and the team also advises equity banks and other financial institutions on developing insurance products. Recent work included advising International Underwriting Association on the review of its standard contract clauses in relation to the newly-implemented Insurance Act 2015, a matter involving revision and policy re-wording, and acting for East Coast Capital, Munich Re and various other clients on a range of corporate and regulatory issues. Transactional specialist Jennifer Donohue heads the practice, and Simon Cooper is ‘experienced and clear in his advice, providing expert knowledge on issues within the insurance and reinsurance markets’.

Mayer Brown International LLP is ‘strong in insurance-related matters’, working closely with its US, South America and Asia-based teams to advise on cross-border transactional and regulatory issues. The firm is increasingly handling sanctions and compliance-related work, advising its broad range of clients on UK, EU and US sanctions regimes. Recent work included acting for Beazley on the return of the group’s management from Ireland to the UK by way of a scheme of arrangement; advising EU Lotto on its €116m jackpot protection insurance and reinsurance policies with a number of companies; and assisting GBGI with its admission to trading on the AIM, and on its £30m IPO of new shares. Aspen Risk Management is also a key client, and the team recently advised on its £42m acquisition of Liberty Specialty Markets, a UK-based property and casualty insurance business. Colin Scagell heads the practice, and Andrew McGahey and Alexandria Carr are also key figures.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP acts for insurance and reinsurance companies, financial advisors and underwriters on a range of corporate transactions including mergers and acquisitions, public and private financings, risk transfers and reorganisations. The team also provides a broad range of regulatory advice, handling regulatory capital issues, securities issuances, insurance law issues and investments. Recent highlights included advising Phoenix Group on its rights issues and the related $1.2bn acquisition of Abbey Life Assurance Company from Deutsche Bank; acting for Endurance Specialty Holdings on its $6.3bn acquisition by Sompo Holdings; and advising BTG Pactual on its $235m sale of Ariel Re to Argo Group. Robert Stirling heads the practice, and has substantial experience across the life, general, reinsurance and broker sectors.

Addleshaw Goddard acts for a number of high-profile insurance clients including AIG, Aviva, Direct Line and Simplyhealth, and also assists banking, financial institution and building society clients with their arrangements with insurers. The firm has notable expertise in the regulated and unregulated asset finance industries, advising clients including Close Brothers and JCB Finance on the full range of corporate, commercial and regulatory issues. In a recent highlight, practice head Neil Woolhouse acted for Family Assurance Friendly Society on the disposal of its subsidiary, Engage Mutual Health, to Exeter Friendly Society. Nikki Worden recently left for Osborne Clarke LLP.

At DWF, key areas of expertise include insurance market corporate transactions, commercial operations, regulatory investigations and funding and investment ventures. The team also has a strong track record in new product development, most notably in the warranty and indemnity space, and regularly advises on the drafting, operation and enforcement of underwriting and distribution agreements. Key practitioners include Jeremy Irving, who specializes in compliance and regulatory matters including investigations, disputes and corporate matters, and Douglas Howie, who advises on M&A transactions, commercial alliances, group reorganisations and business transfer schemes. Markerstudy and HW Kaufman Financial Group are active longstanding clients, and new client wins include Gallagher Bassett, Inflexion and Rockbourne.

Insurance specialist EC3 Legal provides ‘an exemplary level of service’, and the team is ‘very well placed to handle all matters in the London market insurance arena’, providing ‘professional and timely advice on all topics raised’. The firm has a strong track record advising on Lloyd’s market matters, including the establishment of Lloyd’s syndicates, and also handles M&A transactions, governance issues and regulatory matters in the general insurance and reinsurance space. Clients include a growing list of managing agents, brokers and other insurance service providers, with key names including Hyperion Insurance Group, Leviathan and Meridian Risk Solutions. Recent work included acting for Lorega in a management buyout from a number of minority shareholders, a deal backed by Alcuin Capital Partners; advising Integro Insurance Brokers on its purchase of a London-based Lloyd’s broker; and assisting the shareholders of Cavendish Munro Professional Risks with the sale of its business to Global Risk Partners. David Coupe heads the practice, and is praised for his ‘in-depth knowledge of the Lloyd’s and London insurance markets, which is invaluable to clients facing complex issues’.

Fieldfisher acts for a broad range of insurance clients, and has a notable focus on providers of long-term insurance products for investment purposes, personal pensions products being among the most prevalent. The team deals with a vast array of regulatory issues and also regularly handles restructurings, Part VII transfers and reassurance arrangements. Highlights have included advising B&CE insurance on its new investment arrangements with State Street, and assising Falcon Fine Art with a review of its financing activities and regulatory practices. Financial services specialist Kirstene Baillie is a key figure, along with Nicholas Thompsell, who advises financial sector clients on transactional, commercial and compliance issues.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s expertise spans corporate and M&A transactions, business transfers in the Lloyd’s market, restructurings and regulatory work. George Swan is the key individual, and has advised a number of companies including Phoenix Group, The Hartford, AIG and AXA on a range of mergers and acquisitions, reorganisations and disposals. Neil Golding is the name to note for restructuring and insolvency issues, and regularly advises insurance and reinsurance companies on schemes of arrangement and Part VII transfers with liabilities totalling up to £10bn.

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Clyde & Co LLP’s ‘excellent, responsive and pragmatic’ team provides ‘quick response times, expert knowledge of the insurance industry and a fair and practical approach to fees’. The firm has notable expertise in Part VII transfers, and has recently advised a number of clients including Riverstone, Markel Insurance and Covéa Insurance on insurance-related business transfers, restructuring issues and corporate compliance. The group also has significant multijurisdictional expertise, and often advises on matters involving a large number of policyholders; a recent example included handling a transfer involving Covéa Insurance, where the reorganisation involved the transfer of over 600,000 customers. Andrew Holderness heads the practice, and the ‘focused and perceptive’ Ravi Masaon has substantial expertise in the life and non-life sectors.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s practice ‘scores high on all fronts’, advising a range of finance companies, brokers, and insurance and reinsurance companies on UK and EU regulatory regimes with regards to restructuring, tax issues and insolvency. The team acts for the provisional liquidators and scheme administrators of the Independent Insurance Company on the formulation of a ‘cut off’ scheme of arrangement, a scheme sanctioned in the High Court in July 2015, and is also advising Close Brothers on the insolvency of Gable Insurance, a Liechtenstein-based insurance company whose business provided policies to customers in the UK. Other highlights included acting for Close Brothers on premium finance matters arising out of the insolvency of Enterprise Insurance Company in Gibraltar. Financial Services Compensation Scheme, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Towergate Insurance are also key clients. Laurence Elliott heads the team, and has extensive experience advising on debt restructurings, workouts and insolvencies, most notably in the financial services and energy sectors. Geoffrey Maddock, who is the other name to note, focuses on non-contentious work in the insurance sector.

Mayer Brown International LLP has ‘a strong traditional insolvency practice’, which is ‘particularly good in restructurings and insolvency-related litigation’. The team has notable cross-border capabilities with particular depth in Asia, Germany and the UK, and has advised on several schemes of arrangement and insolvency disputes involving multiple jurisdictions. Clients include a mix of financial institutions, pensions trustees and other counterparties, and the team also has a strong track record in broker insolvency matters. Highlights included advising the provisional liquidators of ACAL Underwriting, which was placed into run-off following losses resulting from unprecedented natural catastrophes in the Asia Pacific region; assisting Beazley with the return of the group’s management from Ireland to the UK by means of a scheme of arrangement; and acting for Assured Guaranty on the restructuring aspects of its acquisition of MBIA UK, a legacy financial guaranty insurance company. Devi Shah heads the team and ‘is good at identifying commercial solutions’, and of counsel Alexandra Wood is ‘a very strong lawyer who is good on detail’.

Norton Rose Fulbright provides ‘an extremely positive level of service’ and ‘has a great knowledge of the insurance industry’. The team is noted for its strength in cross-border insolvency, and the restructuring group advises on the full spectrum of work including liquidation, alternative business structures, cross-border mergers and the establishment of UK businesses. Recent work included advising Towergate Insurance on its £41m sale of the Broker Network and Countrywide Insurance Management to a buyer entity, a transaction done as the next step following the client’s financial restructuring and recapitalisation, and assisting Enstar Group with the purchase of RSA’s legacy business. James Bateson heads the team, and has substantial expertise in regulatory and transactional matters. Other key figures include Bob Haken, who has a notable focus on discontinued insurance businesses, Maria Ross, who specialises in corporate finance matters, and Nicholas Berry. Prudential, XL Catlin and Charles Taylor are also active clients.

RPC has a strong track record across all insurance-related insolvency matters including Part VII transfers, exit mechanisms, Lloyd’s corporate member restructurings and schemes of arrangement. The firm has also had an increasing presence in the run-off field, and regularly advises its run-off, broker and general insurance clients on the implementation of Solvency II. The team recently acted for Carter Backer Winter LLP as liquidators of Fenton Insurance Company, assisting with its voluntary liquidation as an alternative to a scheme of arrangement, and are also advising Western Pacific Insurance following its insolvency as a result of the Christchurch earthquake, advising on insurance losses and possible commutation of reinsurance liabilities. Matthew Griffith and Vivien Tyrell co-head the practice, which saw the arrival of legal director James Phythian-Adams from Sidley Austin LLP in 2016.

The ‘top-notch’ team at Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP has ‘an impeccable understanding of structured insurance transactions’ and ‘provides advice which is highly specialised and to the point, with a good balance of both risk protection and commerciality’. The firm has been involved in a number of high-profile insurance restructurings, and is well-placed to advise on domestic and cross-border issues on both the general and life assurance side. The group also has significant expertise in advising financial sector clients and acting liquidators, some key names including Barclays, Washington Mutual and MF Global. Highlights included acting for KPMG as judicial managers to British American Insurance Company Barbados, part of the insolvent Eastern Caribbean British American Insurance Company insurance group, and advising the directors of The T&N Asbestos Trustee Company on various matters including the commutation of an insurance policy, and an arrangement with the company’s US counterpart. Key practitioner Alexander Wood is ‘very technical’, and his ‘know-how of English law, particularly in schemes of arrangement, is outstanding’. The ‘client-focused and commercial’ Andrew Wilkinson is also noted.

Cooley (UK) LLP provides ‘an excellent and committed service’, and the team is ‘highly responsive’ and ‘clearly understands the context of each matter, offering swift and sound advice’. The firm has recently assisted with various schemes of arrangement, most notably within the financial services sector, and also handles regulatory and compliance matters associated with insolvencies and restructuring activity. Highlights included advising Rollings Butt as administrators of Mediterranean Re on all matters arising from the latter’s insolvency, including obtaining a worldwide freezing order against one of its former directors. Practice head Jonathan Yorke has particular expertise in insolvency matters within the financial services sector, and John Clark, who is a recent arrival from Mayer Brown International LLP, is ‘an excellent commercial lawyer who provides sound advice’ and is ‘aware of how best to act to protect the client’s interests’. Emily Farrington is another key name.

Hogan Lovells International LLP has a strong track record in advising life and non-life insurers and reinsurers, Lloyd’s participants, banks and intermediaries on the full range of insolvency issues, and the team has increasingly advised on transactions to ‘insolvency proof’ certain structures before they are put in place. The firm regularly advises on cross-border matters spanning the US, Europe and Asia, and has notable expertise in Hong Kong and China-related issues. Highlights have included assisting the scheme administrators of OIC Run-Off and The London Overseas Insurance Company, and advising on High Court-sanctioned schemes of arrangement that aim to facilitate all determination and payment of the creditor’s claims. Joe Bannister heads the practice.

Pinsent Masons LLP provides ‘excellent value for money’, and has notable expertise in Part VII transfers, restructurings and exit strategies involving asset segregation. The cross-border practice also has significant experience across the Middle East, working closely with its Qatar office to advise on insolvencies in the Doha and Dubai insurance markets. Highlights included advising Reliance Mutual Insurance Society on a major project involving life insurer demutualisation and sale to US-based private equity investors, followed by a Part VII transfer involving £1.9bn worth of assets, and handling a range of insolvency issues on behalf of Allianz, Canada Life, Royal London and Zurich, among others. David Heffron jointly heads the practice with Nick Bradley, who has significant experience in the insurance legacy and run-off field, and has been involved in various legacy business projects on behalf of major insurers. Richard Williams, Colin Read and Claire Massie are also names to note.

The ‘experienced practitioners’ at Sidley Austin LLP have significant experience in all phases of run-off, from inception to completion and the release of capital. The team also handles intra-group reorganisations, most frequently by way of Part VII and cross-border business transfers, along with schemes of arrangement, net-worth maintenance and guarantee agreements. Highlights included advising Catalina Holdings on its acquisition of AGF Insurance, a target company with total assets of £270m, from Allianz; assisting various clients with legal and regulatory matters related to their involvement in the Lloyd’s market; and advising on changes in FCA and PRA requirements in relation to group reorganisation and restructuring. Martin Membery heads the practice, and Adriana Cotter is ‘extremely diligent, thorough and considered in her work, always driving the matter forward, coming up with new ideas and making sure they are delivered upon’. Other key active clients include Genworth Financial, United Services Automobile Associate and Arch Insurance Group.

Insurance litigation: for policyholders

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Allen & Overy LLP is ‘absolutely excellent’ in disputes against international insurers from the Bermuda and Lloyd's markets. As well as D&O claims and high-value coverage disputes, the practice’s recent caseload included property and business interruption claims under the leadership of Joanna Page, who ‘has great judgment and is totally unflappable’. Richard Smith excels in arbitration and is renowned for his work in Bermuda Form insurance policies and senior associate Lauren Lindsay is highly regarded. The ‘extremely ingenious’ Richard Farnhill - who ‘thinks outside the box’ in financial services work - acted for a major bank in a claim relating to its comprehensive crime policies, which arose out of investments in funds in the liquidated company Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities LLC. Johnson & Johnson features on the impressive client list with well-known banks, insurers and manufacturers.

Fenchurch Law ‘is at the top of its game’ and specialises in acting for policyholders and insurance brokers in multimillion-pound coverage disputes. ‘The ethos of the firm is very client centred’, with high-net-worth individuals and companies from a range of sectors instructing the practice in everything from D&O claims to cross-border work as well as professional indemnity, property damage and Lloyd's market disputes. Legal, energy and construction companies feature on the practice’s first-rate client roster. With ‘an extremely fine legal mind’, managing partner David Pryce ‘is excellent and rightly respected in the market’ for construction and technology risk matters; John Curran is the main contact for energy, industrial and institutional risks; and consultant Rob Fink ‘has a sound grasp of insurance law’ in regards to filing indemnity claims against insurers and defending the uninsured in disputes. Jonathan Corman ‘really knows his stuff’ and is well respected with construction practice head Daniel Brooks and Amy Lacey, who both ‘strive to achieve the best result for clients, based on a real understanding of the underlying insurance issues and the needs of the client’. Joanna Grant arrived from Allen & Overy LLP and professional indemnity expert Pauline Rozario joined as a consultant from Zurich. Senior associate James Morris was a significant hire from JLT Specialty, who has ‘a high quality and sharp legal mind’ in disputes concerning claims under financial lines policies.

‘Standing head and shoulders above his peers’, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s, Alexander Oddy ‘has a great knowledge of the London Market and how insurers see things’ - particularly in the energy, natural resources and financial sectors – and is representing Single Buoy Moorings in a claim filed under the company’s construction insurance programme against its insurers, which concerns the alleged constructive total loss of a platform that was damaged in the Yme oil field. The ‘experienced and astute veteran’ Paul Lewis heads the practice and prevented AXA from obtaining an anti-suit injunction in the Commercial Court for The Weir Group plc, which stayed English proceedings based on the outcome of pending Australian litigation. Financial, cosmetic and IT sector clients also instructed the firm in matters pertaining to D&O claims, property damage losses and employment practices liability insurance. BP is a significant client of the practice, which includes property damage and business interruption claims expert Anthony Dempster, Sarah McNally – who has ‘in-depth knowledge and attention to detail’ - and the ‘committed and diligent’ recently promoted partner Greig Anderson.

Led by Sarah Turpin, K&L Gates LLP is instructed by an array of leading companies, including Capita plc, Brightstar and Man Group plc; the firm has also been appointed to the Amnesty International panel to provide pro bono work. The practice is acting for Trade Finance Solutions in a dispute regarding English law insurance coverage and procedural matters in relation to a claim that has been brought under a trade credit risk insurance policy, which is the subject of Canadian court proceedings. Other recent mandates included a multimillion-dollar claim for industrial loss, an excess layer professional indemnity policy dispute and Bermuda Form arbitration. Jane Harte-Lovelace is recommended with senior associate Sarah Emerson.

Clients ‘receive a fantastic service’ at Reed Smith LLP across a broad range of matters. Recently promoted partner Tom Webley is adept in financial services and cyber work, and represented UK Asset Resolution in a dispute with its insurers to recover losses that the company had incurred for failing to comply with requirements set out in the Consumer Credit Act. An expert in the marine and commodities sectors, Margaret Campbell is acting for a trade financing bank in bringing a claim against its cargo insurers, which questions whether the wording of a policy can override insurable interest and considers what responsibilities insurers have before making a decision on a claim. Other clients include Trafigura, Kosmos Energy and ArcelorMittal. Practice head Peter Hardy leads the practice, which hired the ‘very knowledgeable, approachable and hands on’ Mark Pring from Addleshaw Goddard. Mark Connoley became a consultant and is highly experienced in marine war and political risk claims and Bermuda Form arbitration. He also has notable strength in the mutual insurance sector and the open market.

Clifford Chance is lauded as ‘one of the best’ for its ‘slick outfit’ and strength across the board in everything from D&O claims to professional indemnity and credit insurance matters. Its first-rate client roster includes BNP Paribas, ASR Group and Fujitsu. The ‘absolutely superb’ Philip Hill is ‘as canny an insurance litigator as it is possible to be’ in representing insured entities in major coverage disputes. Highlights included acting for a bank in D&O claims concerning regulatory investigations into the operation of alternative trading systems; handling a large claim relating to losses that occurred on the cancellation of a tour; and representing a European energy company in insurance arbitration arising out of political events in Egypt. Senior associate Christopher Ingham – who is ‘a good technical insurance lawyer with a high level of attention to detail’ – acted for a European bank in two London Court of International Arbitration actions pertaining to disputed claims under two credit insurance policies. Senior associate Maximilian Buttinger is an additional contact in the practice.

Covington & Burling LLP is also ranked.

Edwin Coe LLP is singled out for quantum matters and business interruption claims. Recent mandates for the practice also included property damage, and warranty and indemnity disputes. Members of the team are highly praised: the ‘inflappable, experienced and charming’ Nicola Maher ‘has a great rapport with clients and is prepared to fight their corner’; senior associate Kate Dwyer is ‘particularly good’; practice head Michael Whitton ‘is able to focus on the major issues in any particular matter and hones in like a guided missile’, and principally focuses on representing claimants with Roger Franklin, who ‘is able to get to grips with very complicated issues very quickly, achieving excellent results’. Franklin won an appeal brought by Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK) against Western Trading, which was successful in the first instance in litigation concerning a fire that took place at the company’s site. The firm’s clients include energy, education and manufacturing sector companies.

Garbhan Shanks leads Michelmores LLP’s ‘impressive’ practice head and handles an array of coverage disputes, including credit risk and cyber cases. Associate Harriet Chopra is particularly strong in pharmaceutical sector disputes, which concern Bermuda Form and product liability coverage claims. Individuals and various corporate policyholders have instructed the practice in disputes brought under export insurance policies, D&O cover, group income protection insurance and professional indemnity claims, among other matters. Clients of the practice include healthcare, engineering and financial sector companies.

At Addleshaw Goddard, recently promoted partner Richard Wise became practice head and ‘has a very strong awareness of client needs and priorities’, with particular strength in Bermuda Form disputes. In addition to this, the firm is highly regarded for warranty and professional indemnity claims as well as coverage disputes arising out of regulatory investigations. The firm, together with the Singapore office, represented 273 individuals in a dispute in relation to substantial losses that the claimants had incurred by investing in social housing projects run by EcoHouse Group Developments. Britvic is a key client with Chilli Marketing and D2 Legal Technology, which were recent additions to the ‘top-class firm’s’ extensive client list. In another personnel changes, Manchester-based Victoria Pool joined from DLA Piper and was recently promoted to managing associate.

The ‘very proficient’ HFW has been handling a high number of disputes in the energy sector, which included loss of production income, property damage and constructive total loss claims. Healthcare, legal and financial sector companies also feature on the varied client roster with insurers. Practice head Christopher Cardona is the key contact with Jonathan Bruce, whose expertise includes marine work in coverage and recovery claims pertaining to collisions, hull damage and other losses. Nigel Wick’s ‘work and response times are excellent’ in a variety of mandates, ranging from business interruption to corporate liability matters. Christopher Foster joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and is well regarded for professional indemnity, Bermuda Form and run-off market work. Paul Wordley and Graham Denny joined EC3 Legal.

Richard Leedham heads Mishcon de Reya LLP’s practice and is retained by corporate policyholders in a broad range of claims, including employers’ liability, political risk and trade credit matters. Managing associate Ralph Fearnhead stands out with Sonia Campbell, who joined from Addleshaw Goddard, where she garnered expertise in representing corporate clients and high-net-worth individuals in litigation and arbitration. The practice recently acted for Standard Life Assurance, Standard Life Investments, Standard Life Master Trust, Leicestershire County Council, Somerset County Council, The London Borough of Havering, Staffordshire County Council, Gloucestershire County Council, Civil Aviation Authority, The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, Citi, UNISON, Saint-Gobain and Hogg Robinson plc in proceedings brought against the D&O insurers of Cattles’ former directors in relation to misleading statements that were made by the defendants in a Rights Issue prospectus, which resulted in the claimants losing money. Other clients include William Hill, Transfercom and Chase Lodge Health.

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Clyde & Co LLP provides targeted advice through specialist teams, which includes Nigel Chapman’s energy insurance practice, Nigel Brook and David Abbott’s global reinsurance group, and the global specialty insurance, political risk, trade credit, specie and bloodstock groups led by Andrew Grant. With 131 partners in London alone, the firm also has a substantial international presence. The ‘well-connected’ Lee Bacon, arbitration group co-head Peter Hirst and Maurice Kenton are among key contacts for cross-border work and their combined ‘strong knowledge of international files’ covers multiple jurisdictions, including Latin America, Central Asia and the Middle East. Kenton, in particular, is singled out for mining and power generation sector disputes in Africa, Australia and Brazil. As well as being ‘the market leader for aviation litigation’, the firm has strength across the board, handling everything from cyber to property claims, professional indemnity and D&O matters. Department head Simon Konsta became senior partner following James Burns’ relocation to San Francisco, and, together with Tom White, defended CBRE in a professional indemnity dispute with Gemini (Eclipse 2006-3) plc relating to the alleged overvaluation of 37 commercial properties. Helen Bourne represented Feltham Construction and its insurers, AXA and AIG, in litigation pertaining to a fire that took place during a construction project, which had been filed by the defendant’s employers and its insurers; the firm also filed claims against sub-contractors to recover losses incurred by the employer and Feltham’s contractors' all risks (CAR) insurance. Leading insurers and reinsurers such as QBE, Aviva and Swiss Re instruct the practice, which includes the ‘very impressive’ Jane Andrewartha. Also recommended are James Cooper, Simon Jackson, firm chairman Michael Payton QC (Hon), Mark Wing, Toby Rogers and legal director Richard Butt, who is ‘first rate in his dedication and hard work’. Personnel changes included the hires of aviation guru Rob Ireland and marine expert Christopher Pratts from Kennedys and Waltons & Morse, respectively.

Kennedys ‘operates a first-class practice across the whole range of work’ and recently boosted its marine insurance caseload by merging with boutique firm Waltons & Morse, adding Christopher Chatfield, Mark Lloyd, Andrew Purssell and marine practice head Christopher Dunn to the team. Under the leadership of Nick Williams, the practice has been handling cutting-edge matters for preeminent insurers, including representing them in disputes centred on professional indemnity, cyber insurance and constructive total loss claims as well as litigation arising out of high-profile tragedies. David Wilkinson and recently promoted partner Ben Aram represented R+V Versicherung in successfully challenging Robertson and Co’s attempt to contest using an English Court as the jurisdiction for a claim. Tom Stapleton acted for insurers in the professional negligence case Harlequin Property (SVG) and Harlequin Hotels & Resorts v Wilkins Kennedy, which centred on an overseas property investment scheme and set a precedent on how adequate after the event insurance is for providing security for costs; the court upheld a claim for damages, but the case raised important issues surrounding conflicts of interest in accountancy. NFU Mutual and Allianz feature on the impressive client roster. Philip West provides ‘first-class commercial judgement’, Nick Rouse is ‘especially good’ and Trevor Davies is ‘a real heavyweight, who is very highly regarded in the market’ for disputes concerning product liability, property, contingency risk and professional indemnity issues. John Farrell and Catherine Shuttleworth are well-respected individuals. Barnaby Winckler and aviation specialist Noelia Mann were among partner promotions and the firm also hired construction professional indemnity experts Fleur Rochester and Christopher Butler from Hill Dickinson LLP and RPC, respectively.

CMS’ recent merger with Olswang LLP and Nabarro LLP added a further office in Singapore and added political risk, energy and aviation expert Christopher Gooding to the London team. Led by Ed Foss, the practice’s expertise spans various defence and coverage claims, including professional indemnity, construction, reinsurance, cyber risks and trade credit. Insurance sector group head Alex Denslow acted for Miles Smith before the Court of Appeal, which denied Clearway Drainage Systems’ request to overturn the decision that prevented it from obtaining relief from sanctions after the appellant had failed to provide witness statements. Another highlight saw ‘insurance and reinsurance heavy weight’Simon Kilgour represent a bank in trade credit disputes concerning non-honouring policies, while Simon Garrett acted in cases regarding trading activities and breach of duty allegations. W. R. Berkley Corporation, Novae and MS Amlin plc are additional clients of the practice, which includes Monica Lesny, cyber and construction expert Stephen Tester and Stephen Netherway, who leads the financial institutions insurance sector team. Senior associate Tom Pangbourne joined the practice from DAC Beachcroft LLP.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s 70-strong London team provides ‘great service’ and impresses with its ‘excellent technical knowledge’ and ‘commercial attitude’ under the leadership of Helen Faulkner, who ‘has vast knowledge’ and ‘finds new solutions within moments’ for professional indemnity and coverage issues. The department is formed of specialist groups, which includes Hans Allnutt’s cyber and data risk team, and the marine, aviation and transport group led by Anthony Menzies, who also heads the onshore and offshore energy team. Construction and engineering practice head David Bear is known for his ‘great market knowledge’ and ‘very client focused’ approach, the ‘very intelligent and friendly’ William Allison leads the D&O and financial institutions team and is recommended with ‘talented partner’ James Deacon. Professional risk group head Patrick Hill is another key figure with barrister and recently promoted partner Graham Ludlam. The ‘extremely client focused and proactive’ Nick Young leads the property insurance team and is representing Zurich in a high-profile property damage and business interruption matter in relation to a landslide caused by coastal erosion. Chris Wilkes, who is ‘a legend in the insurance market’, acted for Swiss Re in investigating coverage for losses incurred by the İzmit Bay Bridge collapse, and is representing the insurer in a subrogation claim against suppliers of allegedly faulty materials. Chubb and RSA appointed the firm to their panels and other clients include Allianz, XL Catlin and AXA. Simon Jones joined from Cozen O'Connor, Rachel Cropper-Mawer arrived from Willis Towers Watson and senior associate Sarah Crowther was a key hire from Simmons & Simmons. Associate Ilana Gilbert is well regarded.

The ‘extremely competent and client-focused’ HFW has a wealth of experience in the Lloyd’s and London reinsurance markets. Major insurers, energy companies and financial institutions feature on its impressive client roster. Nigel Wick has been handling high-profile mandates in the oil and gas sector with Jonathan Bruce, who represented a captive insurer in a claim relating to the constructive total loss of an offshore platform following a fire. The firm’s recent caseload also included disputes arising out of natural and environmental disasters, and losses incurred through protests and social unrest. Fluent Greek speaker Costas Frangeskides is the name to note for cross-border work, Andrew Bandurka excels in reinsurance, coverage, product liability and professional indemnity disputes, and practice head Christopher Cardona has notable strength in the Latin American market. Senior associates Edward Rushton and Alison Proctor are rising stars. Adam Strong joined from Gowling WLG and the ‘top-draw’ Christopher Foster arrived from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, where he garnered expertise in the run-off market, Bermuda Form work and professional indemnity disputes concerning solicitors and brokers. James Clibbon sadly passed away. Paul Wordley is now with EC3 Legal.

Led by the ‘great client communicator’ Paul Lewis, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s practice is ‘absolutely top draw’ in representing industry leaders such as Gen Re, Aviva, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance and underwriter Barbican Insurance Group. The ‘very experienced’ David Reston has ‘superb strategic skills’ and provides ‘sound advice’ in disputes relating to a range of liability policies, including professional indemnity, D&O and cyber matters. Anthony Dempster is ‘one of the best’ for property damage and business interruption claims, and is defending RSA in dispute filed under a property and liability risks policy regarding the insurer’s decision to decline a claim following losses that that were allegedly caused by a fire. The ‘extremely smart’ Greig Anderson made partner and his expertise includes bankers’ blanket bond policies and cyber work. Senior associate Fiona Treanor is recommended for reinsurance and offshore energy claims in the London and international markets.

Practice head Nick Atkins ‘provides an excellent service and goes beyond what is expected’ at Hogan Lovells International LLP, where he ‘excels’ in a broad range of mandates, including cross-border disputes, coverage matters and professional negligence claims against brokers and third-party administrators. As well as defending an energy company in a subrogation recovery claim brought by insurers, Atkins has been handling claims arising out of criminal proceedings and commercially sensitive arbitration actions, which includes Bermuda Form work. Victor Fornasier is representing PA (GI) in a multi-party dispute to establish liability relating to the mis-selling of payment protection insurance (PPI) to customers of well-known mail order retailers such as Next; this highlight is particularly complex, as some policies date back to the late 1980s and have gone through different transfers and ownership, giving rise to indemnity claims. Munich Re, Pacifico Seguros and Society of Lloyd's are additional clients. Counsel Jamie Rogers is the other key contact and, in addition to D&O, professional indemnity, coverage and agency disputes, he is well regarded for advising on economic and trade sanctions in the insurance and reinsurance market.

‘Excellent’ in marine insurance, Ince & Co’s caseload includes P&I work, builders’ risks, and owners, charterers and ship repairers liability insurance. Simon Todd leads the marine and energy insurance group with global insurance practice head Joe O'Keeffe, who acted for HDI Global in a disputed insurance claim made by the assured in relation to the DC Merwestone’s flooding, which went to the Supreme Court; this case was particularly significant as it changed how the law treats fraudulent claims made by policyholders across all business lines. Chris Jefferis previously led the practice and is bringing a contribution claim against AXA and AIG on behalf of XL Catlin, which alleges that the defendants failed to pay into a compensation fund following a train crash in California. Captive insurance work increased for the firm, with insurance group managing partner Johanna Ewen representing Holdac in industrial disease claims brought by former gold miners in South Africa against the client’s owner Anglo American plc. Brit Insurance, Alpha Travel Insurance and Travelers are other key clients. Allan Hepworth, who became a consultant, retained an active practice in reinsurance disputes with Kiran Soar, who also ‘has an excellent grasp’ of property and liability insurance and various specialty lines, including bloodstock and health. Senior associate Elle Young is also recommended.

Mayer Brown International LLP’s enviable client roster includes Liberty Specialty Markets, MDO Management Company and Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK). William Glassey excels in bringing professional negligence claims and, in a recent mandated, he acted for AIG Europe in filing proceedings against a law firm in relation to professional indemnity insurance provided by the client and the wording of the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s Minimum Terms and Conditions aggregation. Senior partner Sean Connolly is representing multiple insurers in claims pertaining to actions brought against independent financial advisers and accountants that were involved in film finance and other tax avoidance schemes. David Chadwick heads the practice and is the main contact for political risk with Andrew Westlake, who is also noted for trade credit policies. The firm covers all bases, with Lindsay McQuillian excelling in professional indemnity, financial, liability and reinsurance work. Andrew McGahey and Jane Childs are highly experienced. Mandip Sagoo and Angus Duncan joined Clyde & Co LLP.

Norton Rose Fulbright is ‘one of the best firms’, providing ‘excellent advice’ in D&O, political violence and terrorism, and marine and offshore claims. The firm merged with Chadbourne & Parke LLP in 2017, adding Adrian Mecz, Michelle George, Jon Ogle and associate Michael George to the practice. They have extensive experience in international cases, including representing insurers and an education sector client in political risk policies, professional indemnity arbitration actions and reinsurance disputes. War and liability insurance expert Chris Zavos is defending Talbot Underwriting, Hiscox and Lloyd’s syndicates in underwriters’ liability litigation, which relates to a piracy attack that allegedly took place on the Brillante Virtuoso. Marine and energy sector guru Patrick Foss is acting for Munich Re, Zurich, Arch Insurance, Tokio Marine HCC (formerly Houston Casualty Company) and Ascot Underwriting in proceedings brought by Single Buoy Moorings concerning the alleged constructive total loss of a platform in the Yme oil field. Consultant Tim Ingham has been retained by the Civil Aviation Authority and its liability insurers in relation to a number of inquests into the deaths of pilots and cabin crew that were allegedly caused by aerotoxic syndrome. Key clients include MS Amlin plc, Beazley and Sompo Canopius. Practice head Liam O'Connell is praised for ‘making himself available at a moment’s notice’ and focuses on multi-party and cross-border disputes relating to professional indemnity claims for a range of professionals and their insurers. He also has strength in the contingency market and cyber insurance products. In addition to leading the Islamic insurance team, ‘tough and uncompromising litigator’ Susan Dingwall heads the department with O'Connell and is adept in financial, professional, political and trade credit risks. Ffion Flockhart handles a broad range of matters, including policy wording work and transaction liability issues.

Cross-border work is a core strength of RPC’s practice. Richard Breavington and international property loss expert Rebecca Hopkirk head the reinsurance team with Leigh Williams, who is defending W. R. Berkley Corporation, Lancashire Group, QBE, RSA, Tokio Marine Kiln, AXIS and CNA Hardy’s $362m total loss layer of an offshore CAR policy in relation to the $1.3bn claim brought by Single Buoy Moorings against its insurers for the alleged constructive total loss of the Yme platform. Markel International, Travelers, XL Catlin and Pembroke Syndicate 4000 are other clients of the practice, which is now led by Simon Laird following James Miller’s promotion to managing partner. James Wickes is instructed by financial professionals and institutions and Simon Goldring is recommended for coverage disputes and claims against directors, accountants and brokers, and Victoria Sherratt’s caseload includes subrogated recovery actions and business interruption matters. Gary Walkling is an up-and-coming senior associate in energy insurance.

At Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP, insurance and reinsurance disputes practice head Anthony Lennox is ‘very easy and trustworthy to work with’ and is well respected, as is the ‘world-class’ Jonathan Sacher, who leads the insurance sector and international arbitration teams. Praised for being ‘very professional and to the point’, the firm shines in complex reinsurance matters and cross-border coverage disputes. Highlights included acting for Imagine Insurance Company in bringing a counterclaim in relation to a commutation amount that was calculated by Markel International in a reinsurance treaty, and representing Vibe Syndicate Management in an appeal, where it challenged the decision of an arbitration action brought by another Lloyd’s syndicate regarding reinsurance payments pertaining to respiratory disease claims that were made by individuals who removed debris following the attacks on the World Trade Center. Insurers and reinsurers have also instructed the practice in a large claim relating to the Arab Spring. Travelers is a significant client of the practice, which includes senior associates Oliver Saunders and Kelly Jones.

Lauded for its ‘excellent’ service, Cooley (UK) LLP is retained by high number of well-known insurers and reinsurers, including Hiscox, Gen Re and Swiss Re. The firm is respected for run-off and insolvency work, with David Kendall acting for PwC, as provisional liquidators of Lehman Re, in various disputes with financial institutions and reinsurers regarding structured reinsurance transactions; the cases have involved cross-border proceedings and challenging matters relating to life insurance products, swap transactions and industry loss warranties. The ‘outstanding’ James Crabtree is ‘a highly experienced and solution-oriented lawyer’ and Richard Hopley and practice head Mark Everiss ‘provide detailed and succinct advice’. The latter is acting for The Mediterranean Insurance & Reinsurance Company in a dispute, which saw Everiss obtain a worldwide freezing against a former director. Employers’ liability claims, arbitration actions and reinsurance disputes were among recent mandates for the team. Associate Sam Tacey is well regarded for a broad range of work, including High Court litigation.

Specialist firm Clausen Miller LLP ‘impresses with its innovative thinking and willingness to go the extra mile for clients’, which include Munich Re, Tokio Marine Kiln and Travelers. Known for its ‘intellectual rigour’ and ability to ‘compete and win at the highest levels’, the firm has been retained in complex cross-border work, including construction and reinsurance recovery claims, and subrogated and business interruption claims in the energy sector. Senior partner and international litigation and arbitration expert John Startin ‘is a very high-level strategist, who is extremely able at building a watertight and bulletproof position for clients’, and Jonathan Hall ‘is exacting in his legal advice and finding weaknesses in any opposing argument’. Together, they represented Infrassure in Single Buoy Moorings v Zurich and others. Managing partner and ‘extremely good litigator’ Jane Beacham acts in a range of disputes, including professional indemnity, product liability and coverage matters.

DLA Piper’s excellent’ practice is ‘first class’ in aviation and cyber work, with recent work including cases pertaining to aircraft losses and large-scale data breaches. ‘Extremely tenacious’ practice head Leon Taylor ‘is a sound pair of hands’ with an ‘open, approachable and helpful manner’, who is acting for the London war risks reinsurance market in relation to the disappearances of Malaysia Airlines’ flights MH17 and MH370. Andrew Symons leads the group with Taylor and represented R&Q in an significant appeal brought by another Lloyd’s syndicate, which saw the Commercial Court rule that respiratory claims relating to World Trade Center attacks could be aggregated. Allied World Assurance Company and Munich Re are additional clients of the practice, which has also been handling professional indemnity and D&O disputes.

DWF shines in marine disputes that cover multiple jurisdictions such as Sierra Leone, Malaysia and Indonesia. In addition to leading the transport group, Jonathan Moss (‘extremely thorough and has the ability to put people at ease’) heads the marine, trade and energy practice, and is enforcing a $150m arbitration award on behalf of Trafigura, which concerns a claim against Tanjung Langsat Port for the loss of insured and uninsured cargo in a fire. Moss is also defending RaetsMarine against an insured claimant in relation to a vessel that collided with a jetty. The firm ‘makes clients feel valued and respected’, with Zurich and Travelers featuring on the extensive client roster. Global casualty practice head John Groome has a wealth of experience in coverage, property and product liability matters, and senior associate Elliott Bromley is recommended for a range of claims, including business interruption and construction disputes. As well we merging with Fox Hartley, the practice absorbed Triton Global, adding Michael Robin, chairman David Simon, John Coleman and Leeds-based Jason Ford to the team. Other personnel changes included hiring Antony Woodhouse from Gowling WLG.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s recent caseload included cross-border reinsurance disputes, professional indemnity cases against brokers, energy claims relating to property damage, and warranty and indemnity coverage issues. The firm acts for numerous global insurers, reinsurers and brokers, counting Aon, IRB Brasil Re, XL Catlin and United Insurance Brokers as clients. Practice head Simon Brooks handles all manner of disputes, ranging from D&O to product liability claims, and senior partner Matthew Allen is the main contact for international arbitration, including Bermuda Form actions. Manchester-based Paula Gaddum is the other name to note. Senior associate Naz Gauri recently joined from Chadbourne & Parke LLP and Frank Thompson arrived from K&L Gates LLP. The latter represents clients in professional negligence disputes and coverage matters brought under a broad range of policies, including CAR and trade credit insurance.

Sedgwick, Detert, Moran and Arnold LLP predominantly acts for London, Bermuda and Lloyd’s market insurers. Mark Kendall, together with San Francisco-based Bruce Celebrezze, is defending Ark Syndicate Management and XL London Market in cross-border coverage proceedings brought by Foster Farms, which is challenging the terms of a product recall policy and losses that it allegedly incurred on suspending the operations of its Livingston plant. Managing partner Edward Smerdon has particular expertise in liability matters, which include D&O, pharmaceutical product liability, umbrella insurance and commercial general liability claims; Karen Morrish focuses on defending lawyers, accountants, insurance intermediaries and various other professionals in indemnity matters; and financial, professional and cyber risks expert Tristan Hall is recommended with recently promoted partner Duncan Strachan, who handles diverse mandates, ranging from construction to financial institutions matters. Lucy Dyson and Sarah Hennessy are up-and-coming associates.

Led by the ‘responsive, knowledgeable and client-centric’ Stephen Carter, Carter Perry Bailey LLP is a member of Insuralex, a global network of insurance law firms, and is instructed to act on behalf of insurers and brokers across a number of jurisdictions, including the US, France, Italy and Switzerland. The firm, which impresses with its ‘outstanding legal skills’ and ‘profound knowledge of the market’, often receives referrals from the network and other law firms in varied disputes, ranging from public liability to jurisdictional and industrial injury matters. Bill Perry is defending an insurer and its insured energy sector client in a product liability dispute with a purchaser. William Sturge’s expertise includes war risks, bankers’ blanket bond, terrorism insurance and challenging cross-border claims, and Bernadette Bailey has experience in broker regulatory disputes and coverholder cases, among other work. AXA ART, Hampden Insurance NV and Lime Street Insurance Brokers are key clients.

The expertise of Pinsent Masons LLP’s ‘highly experienced litigators’ includes cyber insurance, reinsurance, D&O matters, and warranty and indemnity claims; its strengths extend to professional indemnity disputes in the pensions sector and product liability work. Manoj Vaghela is representing Generali in relation to group litigation that has been brought against Morrisons regarding allegations that a former employee released the data of other workers. Practice head Nicholas Bradley ‘is a first-rate litigator with excellent judgment and strong commercial instincts’, who has been acting in international coverage, commutation agreement and reinsurance recovery disputes. Daman, Chubb and Direct Line are key clients of the practice, which recently hired senior associate Georgina Fleet from Legal & General. Ian Birdsey was made up to partner and is well regarded for data risks, cyber liability, policy wording and various other matters. Colin Read leads contentious regulatory disputes and has experience with the Financial Ombudsman Service, FCA and Prudential Regulation Authority. His expertise also includes energy and liability policies, and health and safety risks. Senior associate Ravi Nayer is another key figure.

Simmons & Simmons ‘treats every instruction, regardless of value and profile, with care, pride and professionalism’, acting for Hiscox, Chubb and other preeminent insurers. Under the leadership of James Pollock, the practice ‘does not sit on the fence and grasps technical matters’ that cover multijurisdictional disputes concerning CAR, professional liability and business interruption policies, among other work. Jason Bright, who ‘goes above and beyond to assist his clients’, represents primary and excess layer insurers and reinsurers in complex coverage disputes, which include casualty, product liability and specie claims. Simon Hilditch is retained by insurers and their insured in litigation and arbitration relating to financial institutions, professional liability and D&O policies. Of counsel Iftikhar Ali joined from Signature Litigation LLP.

A ‘formidable and fearsome opponent’, Slaughter and May’s Efstathios Michael ‘has a truly first-class brain combined with absolutely excellent tactical and commercial skills’ in a broad range of matters, including brokers’ liability and coverage disputes. He is acting for Marsh in a breach of contract and professional negligence claim filed by the Bank of London and The Middle East. The practice, which sits in Deborah Finkler’s dispute resolution department, provides ‘excellent value’ and ‘outstanding’advice to its clients, which include SEB and Equitas. Damian Taylor’s promotion to partner was among recent personnel changes.

BLM provides a ‘consistently reliable and professional’ service and has been handling construction and professional indemnity disputes. The practice recently defended a law firm in High Court proceedings filed by P&P Property, which alleged that the client and an estate agent breached their duty of care and warranty of authority by advising an individual, who fraudulently posed as a property owner, on selling a residential property in London. Alexander Traill has been acting for major insurers in several cross-border matters, including liability claims under D&O policies and cyber insurance mandates concerning large-scale data breaches. Mark Aitken ‘is very respected’ and ‘highly experienced’ in coverage disputes relating to property damage arising from arson and theft, among other claims. John O'Shea heads the policy indemnity and coverage team and was appointed to head of the property damage group following Cathy Hawkins departure to Cubism Law. His recent caseload included property damage, CAR policy and public liability work. Philip Adamis, Warren King and Michael Salau are additional contacts in the ‘top-class’ practice, which counts LV= and Direct Line as clients. Caroline Berens now works in-house at Allianz.

Colin Peck ‘always provides clients with swift, accurate and all-encompassing advice’ at Browne Jacobson LLP, where he handles matters concerning the Lloyd’s and London markets, representing syndicates, managing agents and brokers. Peck recently joined the practice from Weightmans LLP with Francis Mackie, whose caseload includes contingency risks, professional indemnity and D&O matters. Jonathan Newbold heads the department from Nottingham and has a wealth of experience in claims against various professionals such as accountants, independent financial advisors and solicitors. Hiscox and Zurich are key clients of the group, which has been particularly active in cross-border work.

Cozen O'Connor is renowned for its ‘very high level of service and commitment to clients’. With support from its US offices, the practice has notable strength in international mandates and is retained by leading insurers and reinsurers, brokers, third-party administrators, managing general agents and various other clients. Managing partner Paul Dowsey leads the practice and is adept in facultative and treaty reinsurance disputes, with an emphasis on work from the downstream oil and gas, mining, power, industrial process, construction and engineering industries. Recent instructions for Andrew Tobin included political, trade credit and war risks work. Simon Jones is now with DAC Beachcroft LLP and Mark Meyer joined Crowell & Moring.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP focuses on contentious regulatory work and has been acting in investigations conducted by the FCA. It has also represented telecoms, financial and pension sector clients in a plethora of work, ranging from PPI to Financial Ombudsman Service matters and disputes relating to cross-border regulatory investigations. David Scott leads the dispute resolution department and is recommended with counsel Chris Chapman, who became practice head following Raj Parker’s departure to Matrix Chambers.

As well as handling professional indemnity, D&O and marine claims, Hill Dickinson LLP acts in first-party, reinsurance and cyber matters. Recent mandates for Rhys Clift included constructive total loss and property retrocession reinsurance claims. The ‘commercially minded’ Andrew Schütte has ‘excellent experience’ in representing underwriters and insurers in multijurisdictional cash in transit, reinsurance coverage and D&O disputes, and in challenges to professional indemnity policies, among various other work. Generali, Aspen and Aviva are significant clients of the practice, which is led nationally by Ruth Lawrence in Liverpool, where Sarah Naylor is also based. Neil Trayhurn heads the London insurance practice and joined from Triton Global with Dragos Stoica. Senior associate Andrew Hill is another key contact. In other personnel changes, Jamie Monck-Mason moved in-house at Willis Towers Watson.

Under the stewardship of Neil Davis, Mills & Reeve LLP is singled out for professional indemnity cases, although its strength encompasses financial lines, multi-party construction disputes, casualty claims and numerous other matters. Underwriters, insurers, law firms and engineering companies instructed the firm in the full range of work, including disputes arising from fraud investigations, coverage matters relating to pension litigation and cross-border professional indemnity claims. Michael Mitchell acts for insurers and Lloyd’s syndicates in first and third-party policy coverage matters and pursues recoveries on behalf of them and their insured. Principal associate Tom Filby is recommended with Nicolas Oldham and Norwich-based Stephen King, who leads the construction and engineering risks, and medical malpractice risks groups, respectively.

Sidley Austin LLP’s Steven Pitt defended C&S Associates (UK) in proceedings brought by the liquidated company Enterprise Insurance Company plc, which alleged that the client had breached a motor insurance claims handling agreement; the defendant, in turn, filed a counterclaim alleging that a minimum period agreement had been breached. Other clients include Federal-Mogul, Magnetar Capital and Aon. The practice is headed by Martin Membery, who focuses on non-contentious work. Simon Fawell handles high-value litigation and is well regarded for international arbitration. Dorothy Cory-Wright joined Dechert LLP in 2018.

Marine insurance expert Stephenson Harwood specialises in hull and machinery insurance, port and harbour liability, cargo losses and numerous other matters. Through the efforts of marine and energy expert Simon Moore, war risk insurers won a significant appeal, which overturned a High Court decision by ruling that the constructive total loss of the B Atlantic was caused by its detention following the discovery of concealed drugs that were attached to the vessel’s hull. Alex Davis leads the team. The Channel Syndicate, Lancashire Group and India International Insurance feature on the group’s impressive client list. Senior associate Sophie Cordonnier recently arrived from Hill Dickinson LLP.

Praised for its ‘sound commercial advice’, Taylor Wessing LLP is often retained in the full range of disputes. Recent mandates included claims pertaining to funds and investment management liability, operational all risks and after the event insurance policies. Direct and excess insurers, reinsurers and Lloyd’s coverholders instruct the practice. Susannah Wakefield joined Shoosmiths LLP in August 2017.

At Gordon Dadds LLP, Adrian Bingham’s caseload includes coverage and professional indemnity disputes as well as construction-related property claims. The practice also represents clients in claims-handling, material non-disclosure and misrepresentation issues. Defending third-party claims and pursuing subrogation matters are further strengths of the team, which acts for Burford Capital and AmTrust Europe.

Allianz, Arthur J. Gallagher and Validus are among Gowling WLG’s key clients. Practice head David Breslin is ‘very insightful with respect to the London market’ and also excels in industry loss warranty claims, multijurisdictional disputes and Bermuda Form arbitration. He has been acting in marine reinsurance, D&O and property damage matters. Principal associate Susannah Fink is recommended for financial lines coverage issues. Before joining DWF, Antony Woodhouse represented Grands Moulins de Mali in Commercial Court proceedings brought under a marine cargo insurance policy against Nedbank.

HDI Global, MS Amlin plc and Zurich feature on Keystone Law’s extensive client list. Marine specialist Jonathan Hadley-Piggin joined from Keates Ferris and acted for CGI Finance in proceedings against AXA regarding the total loss of a superyacht. Other key contacts include dual-qualified US and UK solicitor Nilam Sharma, who handles D&O claims and professional negligence actions against professionals that advise on financial transactions. Steven Conway arrived from Browne Jacobson LLP and product liability expert Antony Colman was hired from Thomas Eggar LLP. Daniel Crockford and Alex Penberthy joined Keoghs LLP.

Nicholas Greenwood and Peter Sharp are the names to note at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP, which is adept in Bermuda Form arbitration. The practice’s recent caseload included product liability, reinsurance disputes, professional negligence and cross-border litigation claims.

‘Respected’ boutique firm Plexus Law has a dedicated subrogation and recoveries offering, and provides specialist advice through focused teams, which include the aviation, professional indemnity and financial risks, occupational disease and D&O groups. Recent personnel changes included associate partner Michael Morris’ hire from DAC Beachcroft LLP and Victoria Jordan (‘a really knowledgeable lawyer with sound judgment and deep understanding of how insurers think’) and Julia Wilkinson becoming heads of the property risks and coverage practice following Richard Houseago’s move to Keoghs LLP. The team represents well-known insurers in coverage matters pertaining to casualty claims and a number of property damage issues, including flooding, environmental contamination and the collapse of buildings. Paul Cha is recommended with Sarah Cochran and ‘extremely diligent and knowledgeable’ Phillip Lawrence. Ageas, QBE and UK Power Networks are clients.

Specialist dispute resolution firm Signature Litigation LLP focuses on international work in emerging markets, particularly Latin America; barrister and solicitor Hermes Marangos heads the practice and also has experience in litigation and arbitration across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean Basin. The firm is representing an insurer in a high-value claim made under a public liability policy and another highlight saw the group bring a professional negligence action against an international law firm. Large infrastructure projects, D&O claims and losses arising from natural disasters are among core strengths of the practice, which includes Daniel Spendlove, senior associate Kathleen Leslie and Josh Wong, who recently arrived from DLA Piper. Of counsel Sean Redden accepted an in-house position at Chubb.

Angus Rodger is the main contact at Steptoe & Johnson UK LLP and is recommended for Bermuda Form matters heard before the London Court of International Arbitration. His expertise also includes PPI matters and non-contentious advice covering policy wordings and risk transfers.

As well as business interruption claims, Thomas Cooper LLP is well respected for war and terrorism matters, port and political risks, and onshore and offshore insurance, among other work. Celso de Azevedo handles London and Latin American matters, where he acts in cross-border disputes concerning cyber risks, property, energy losses and various other claims. Shipping specialist Ben Browne is singled out for casualty and offshore construction-related mandates. His clients include International Union of Marine Insurance and London marine property underwriters. Richard Morris is another name to note.

Singled out for its ‘high level of business and strategic acumen’, Weightmans LLP’s ‘overall level of service is excellent in all areas’. Liverpool-based David Holt – who has a ‘brilliant strategic mind for litigation’ - heads the large loss and technical claims team and was successful in overturning the Court of Appeal’s decision in Jacobs v Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) before the Supreme Court, which decided that MIB did not have to pay compensation for an accident that happened in an EU member state. Kieran Jones is recommended in the same office with Mike Grant, who heads the national professional risks practice. Quentin Fox leads professional risks group in London and recently defended Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe in proceedings against 99 claimants relating to the avoidance of a professional indemnity policy for material misrepresentation and non-disclosure. The ‘clever, thorough and knowledgeable’ Ling Ong ‘is an experienced and adept insurance litigator’, who handles coverage and reinsurance disputes in varied matters, ranging from property damage to terrorism claims. Also recommended are Robert Crossingham and Ed Lewis. Clients of the group include Sirius International Insurance, The Channel Syndicate and Inter Hannover.

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Anthony Gold is ‘a leading firm with abundant experience’ in a range of high-value personal injury matters, and is noted for ‘retaining a personal approach to all its cases’. The practice has recently handled a number of complex multimillion-pound road traffic accident claims involving catastrophic brain injury, amputation and psychiatric damage. Recent high-profile matters include a multimillion-pound amputation claim relating to the Croydon tram crash in November 2016; Ian Peters acted on behalf of the client. The ‘exceptionally organised and very experienced’ team is led by the ‘bright and experienced’ David Marshall, who is ‘a pleasure to work with’ and specialises in claims involving stress at work, brain damage and psychiatric injury. The ‘committed and effective’ Jenny Kennedy has expertise in complex brain, spinal and amputation injury, as well as experience in handling cross-jurisdiction claims. The ‘brilliant’ Jackie Spinks is ‘a leader in her field’ and ‘a very good tactician’ with expertise in child brain injury claims.

Fieldfisher’s ‘excellent’ practice is ‘a leading firm in this field’ and ‘provides an excellent, bespoke service to clients’. The ‘solid’ team is among ‘the best’ and has ‘impressive industry knowledge’ and expertise in handling high-value catastrophic injury claims such as brain and spinal injury, as well as asbestos-related cases and matters involving victims of terrorist atrocities while abroad. Recent work includes a £2m cross-border claim involving a client suffering from spinal cord damage as a result of a road traffic accident. This case was handled by ‘standout litigator’ Jill Greenfield, who is ‘very smart and relentless in her pursuit of her clients’ interests’ and has expertise in cases involving neurological damage, serious orthopaedic injuries, psychiatric matters and fatality claims. Also recommended are the ‘highly professional and knowledgeable’ Peter Williams, who is ‘a leading industrial disease litigator’ and specialises in fatal mesothelioma claims; and Andrew Morgan, ‘a highly skilled lawyer who puts a great deal of time and effort into cases’ and is experienced in claims involving industrial disease and workplace accidents. ‘A first-rate performer’, Keith Barrett joined from Irwin Mitchell and is noted for his ‘his unique, personable approach’.

Irwin Mitchell’s personal injury practice handles serious brain, spinal, amputation, abuse and disease cases and is experienced in dealing with international matters, as well as acting for claimants in multi-jurisdictional claims. Recent examples of the firm’s work include a multimillion-pound group action case arising from a terrorist attack in Tunisia in 2015; the group is representing the families of 18 British citizens who were killed during the attack, as well as many of the injured victims. Department head Colin Ettinger (who is ‘the leading personal injury solicitor in the country’ according to one commentator) and specialises in handling high-value spinal and brain injury claims, as well as representing clients with serious occupational health issues. Also recommended are Alison Eddy, who is ‘a leader in this field’ and is experienced in acting for children and adults who suffer catastrophic injuries resulting in permanent profound disability; Tracey Storey, who heads the child abuse team and has particular expertise in head injury, amputation and fatal claims; and Demetrius Danas, who handles complex and high-value international cases and cross-border matters which involve jurisdictional or choice of law issues. Keith Barrett joined Fieldfisher.

Leigh Day’s ‘first-class’ team of ‘extremely committed and able lawyers’ is ‘a leader in the field’ and ‘devoted to the interests of its clients’. The firm represents a range of clients, including individuals, companies and public bodies, and is experienced in handling cases such as catastrophic spinal and brain injury, amputation and abuse claims. Department head Sally Moore has ‘broad experience’ in brain, spinal and amputation injuries and has handled high-profile fatal and severe injury claims involving cyclists. Other key figures include Martyn Day, who heads the international group claims department; the ‘careful and quietly effective’ Daniel Easton, who is ‘very experienced, organised and understanding of the issues at hand’ and specialises in industrial disease and personal injury, including complex high-value asbestos claims; the ‘fearless and determined’ Harminder Bains, who is ‘highly motivated and a formidable opponent’ and has expertise in asbestos cases and serious injury claims; and the ‘clever and measured’ Vijay Ganapathy, who specialises in public accident and child injury cases.

Stewarts Law LLP handles a range of catastrophic cases, including brain and spinal injury, amputation, burns and brachial plexus. It has acted on a number of high-profile matters, including the Alton Towers ‘Smiler’ roller-coaster accident. ‘First-class lawyer’ Paul Paxton, who is leading on that case, is ‘a supreme tactician’ and specialises in handling high-value and high-profile catastrophic and fatal injury claims. Other key figures include brain and spinal injury specialist Charles Edwards, who has a track record of handling high-value and complex personal injury cases; ‘outstanding lawyer’ Clare Salmon, who is experienced in catastrophic injury cases and has ‘great attention to detail’; the ‘determined and innovative’ Ben Rogers, who handles contentious liability disputes and claims for new assistive aids and technologies; and the ‘absolutely dedicated’ Stephanie Clarke, who is ‘an impressive solicitor’ and specialises in life-changing injuries and fatality claims arising from accidents on the road and at work.

Bindmans LLP’s ‘very highly rated’ practice is ‘known for undertaking cutting-edge litigation, particularly in the field of individual rights’. The firm provides ‘high-quality legal advice’ its ‘extremely efficient’ solicitors have ‘excellent knowledge of civil litigation for people with acquired brain injury’. In addition to complex brain injury claims, the practice is also significantly experienced in handling cases involving orthopaedic injury, neuropsychological damage, physical injury and matters relating to road traffic and cycling accidents. Department head Jon Crocker is ‘patient and good at identifying key issues early’; he is experienced in acting for clients in overseeing their complex care regimes. Complex injury specialist Siobhan Kelly is ‘efficient, knowledgeable, with great instincts’, and is recommended alongside the ‘very knowledgeable’ Yagmur Ekici, who ‘manages cases actively and efficiently’ and specialises in the quantification of complex catastrophic personal injury claims; and Alla Murphy, who has expertise in cases of catastrophic brain and spinal injury, as well as orthopaedic, psychiatric and pain conditions.

Bolt Burdon Kemp ‘provides exceptional service on a whole range of claims, from minor to catastrophic’ and ‘gives a premium service to clients’. The practice has ‘a very efficient’ team of ‘dedicated solicitors with considerable expertise and experience’ in a range of personal injury case areas including catastrophic brain and spinal injury, military claims and abuse; according to one client, it has ‘one of the best military personal injury teams around’. In addition, the firm has recently created a dedicated child brain and spinal injury department. The ‘hard-hitting and determined’ Rhicha Kapila is acting for 10 claimants in a high-profile case against the Ministry of Defence; the case concerns the Voyager aircraft which plunged 4,400 feet due to human error and caused PTSD in many of the passengers. The ‘highly rated’ Ahmed Al-Nahhas, who has expertise in military claims, is ‘classy, knowledgeable, charming and client-focussed’. Marilene Antoni is ‘a tenacious litigator’ and specialises in complex, life-changing injury claims such as brain injury.

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP’s ‘excellent’ and ‘committed’ practice is ‘a growing and impressive force in high-value personal injury work’ and has ‘a strong team of dedicated performers who work enormously hard and with tremendous diligence’. Its solicitors are ‘well-known in the field, with many great cases to their credit’ and have ‘a track record for doing good quality work’. Managing partner Vidisha Joshi shows ‘unending commitment’ to her clients and specialises in high-value cases involving life-changing injuries arising from road traffic accidents and employers liability. The ‘very thorough’ Leticia Williams is ‘an excellent litigator’ and has extensive experience in dealing with accidents that have occurred on aeroplanes, package holidays, and in prisons. Also recommended are Isobel Lovett, who is ‘highly experienced in the field of asbestos litigation’ and handles a range of other work-related illnesses; and Anne Sanders, who provides ‘very thorough and sound judgement when it comes to strategy’ and specialises in catastrophic injury cases such as serious burns, double amputation and head injury.

Osbornes fields a team of ‘strong practitioners’ who are ‘specialists in the field’ and have experience in handling high-value cases involving catastrophic brain and spinal cord injury, neurophysiological damage, abuse, injury arising from road traffic accident and workplace accident claims. The practice has handled a range of multimillion-pound cases, including representing individuals involved in a high-profile tram accident. Head of personal injury Stuart Kightley is ‘a very strong and able representative for clients’ interests’ and specialises in claims involving brain injury, cycling collisions, fatal accidents and construction site/workplace accidents, as well as being experienced in acting for foreign-based clients. The ‘dynamic and impressive’ Ben Posford is ‘a star performer’ and has expertise in severe spinal cord injury cases, including cauda equina claims.

Pattinson & Brewer continues to handle a range of accident and injury claims for individual clients and union members, with experience in cases involving asbestos-related diseases, mesothelioma, occupational stress, noise-induced hearing loss and cancer. Frances McCarthy specialises in handling maximum severity cases involving workplace accidents, occupational disease and fatal accidents. She heads the team, which includes Caroline Phelan, who is a key figure in the accident and industrial department, and Marcus Weatherby who has expertise in catastrophic spinal injury claims.

Howard Kennedy LLP’s solicitors are experienced in handling a range of accident and injury claims including spinal injury, workplace exposure, occupational stress, repetitive strain and manual handling injuries. The team acts for individuals, trade unions, professional associations, businesses and non-profit organisations, with particular experience in representing clients in the healthcare and entertainment industries. ‘Tireless and dynamic’ department head Elizabeth Smith is ‘hugely well regarded’ and ‘achieves incredible results for her clients’; she is ‘gritty and tenacious’ and specialises in work-related stress and upper-limb disorder claims.

Penningtons Manches LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice is ‘hugely experienced and respected in the field’ and is experienced in handling cases involving traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, burns and disfiguring injuries, and complex fatal accident claims. The ‘formidable team’ is headed by the ‘exceptionally good’ Warren Collins, who is ‘an outstandingly able solicitor’ and has ‘a unique level of experience’; he is ‘tactically very astute and commercially-minded’ and specialises in high-value catastrophic injury cases, as well as being experienced in handling cross-border jurisdictional issues.

Prince Evans Solicitors LLP ‘stands out as a firm that really knows what it’s doing’ and has a team of ‘excellent’ solicitors who ‘have the experience, legal knowledge and tactical ability to bring cases to successful conclusion’ and ‘achieve fantastic outcomes for their clients’. The practice handles a range of complex, high-value personal injury cases and has expertise in claims involving acquired brain injury, spinal cord and brachial plexus injury, and amputation and advanced prostheses. Recommended solicitors include the ‘meticulous’ Gary Smith, who is ‘a successful negotiator’, and Debra Harling, who ‘combines a methodical and diligent approach to litigation with a sensitive and practical touch’.

Russell-Cooke LLP’s ‘highly regarded’ practice has ‘a terrific reputation’ and ‘a fantastically high-quality team’ experienced in cases involving amputation, psychological damage, workplace accidents and road traffic accident claims. The firm recently acted on a £1.3m liability claim in which the client had to undergo a leg amputation as a result of a road traffic accident; the case was led by ‘supreme performer’ Janice Gardner, who is ‘incredibly client-focused’ and ‘a practitioner of very high calibre’. Department head Deborah Blythe is ‘hugely experienced and completely unflappable’ and specialises in catastrophic complex injury claims. The ‘tough, dependable and collaborative’ Dominic Fairclough is experienced in handling workplace accident claims and high-profile inquest cases.

Simpson Millar LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice has ‘an excellent team of lawyers’ who ‘go the extra mile on behalf of clients and routinely obtain excellent results for them’. The firm handles a range of cases and is known for working on behalf of trade union members and migrant workers and has expertise in catastrophic and maximum severity injury claims. The ‘particularly good’ Adrian Fawden ‘has sound judgement and many years’ experience behind him’ and is ‘not afraid to take on difficult claims’. Gary Tierney ‘provides a high level of service’ and is experienced in handling group action claims for trade union members injured in severe weather conditions.

Slater and Gordon ‘maintains a powerful presence in the personal injury market, particularly with regards to abuse work’. The practice specialises in representing adult and child victims of sexual abuse, and handles cases involving catastrophic spinal cord and brain injury, amputation and complex, high-value fatal accident claims. Recent work includes acting on behalf of 168 clients involved in the high-profile Jimmy Savile sexual abuse case. Department head Alicia Alinia is experienced in handling multimillion-pound claims and cases involving amputation, occupational stress and deafness. Nick Godwin is ‘very clever, conscientious and extremely committed’ and has particular expertise in cases involving life-changing injuries as a result of brain and spinal trauma.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP continues to handle the full range of accident and injury claims for major trade unions, as well as clients involved in road traffic or other accidents. Key figures include national head of serious injury Samantha Hemsley, who has handled a number of multimillion-pound claims and specialises in maximum severity cases, including brain injury, spinal cord injury, severe burns and amputation; and serious injury specialist Henrietta Phillips, who has expertise in catastrophic and life-changing injuries caused by accidents and work or road accidents.

McMillan Williams’ Justina Molloy is experienced in a range of health and injury claims involving serious life-changing injuries, and has particular experience in injuries arising from cycling accidents, road traffic accidents and accidents at work; she recently acted on a number of high-value employers’ liability and motor claims involving brain injury and tetraplegia.

Seth Lovis & Co’s ‘very good’ practice provides ‘a very high standard of advice and industry knowledge’ and specialises in cases involving asbestos-related disease such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening. For example, the firm recently concluded a £236,000 settlement on behalf of a client in an asbestos-related disease claim for compensation after being diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma. Heading the department is the ‘excellent’ John Jackiewicz, who provides ‘a very high standard of advice and industry knowledge’ and is experienced in handling industrial disease and asbestos-related injury claims. Ingrid Esien is ‘a high-quality lawyer in this field’ and specialises in technical fatal mesothelioma cases.

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BLM is ‘one of the leading defendant insurance practices’ and provides an ‘excellent’ service in its handling of a wide range of cases, including occupational illness and disease, catastrophic injury, abuse and travel claims. The firm recently acted in a multimillion-pound asbestos case in which the High Court found that the defendant, a former manufacturer of asbestos insulation board, was entitled to a full indemnity for previous, ongoing and future asbestos-related claims made by employees during the 1950s and 1960s. The practice has a team of ‘excellent professionals’ who are ‘known for their strength and depth in the field’, including Matthew Ford, who specialises in high-value claims; Jenny Moates, who specialises in RTA and EL/PL liability cases; Jennette Newman, who specialises in health and safety, major loss and catastrophic injury claims; complex policy coverage expert, Nick Pargeter; and Clare Garnett, who specialises in handling equestrian, bovine and canine cases.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s ‘exceptional’ practice is ‘market leading’ and provides ‘excellent expertise’ in a range of areas, specialising in cases involving complex EL, product liability, disease and care home claims. Recently, the firm defended claims relating to asbestos and chemical exposure, occupational strain injury and noise-induced hearing loss. The ‘innovative’ and ‘solution-driven’ Tania Sless heads the department and specialises in employers’ liability, product liability and catastrophic injury disputes; she is ‘a good negotiator who obtains good settlements’ and ‘takes a business-like approach to handling claims’. Andrew Parker is at the forefront of strategic litigation and advises insurers on a range of emerging issues affecting injury claims. Tom Walshaw, Nigel Adams, John Goodman, David Knapp, Danielle Singer and Michelle Traxler joined from Clyde & Co LLP.

DWF’s ‘well-prepared’ group is led by Graham Dickinson who has notable experience acting on international claims, particularly involving large-loss injury cases for French and Spanish insurers. Claire Bowler heads the international claims group and acts for a number of UK and European insurers across the entire spectrum of catastrophic injury and large-loss claims, specialising in high-value international cases, motor claims, employers’ liability and product liability cases.

Kennedys is ‘a market leader for catastrophic injury work’ and has ‘a formidable reputation for getting excellent results’. Recent cases include a £2m claim relating to the Tunisian Beach Massacre in June 2015 seeking to widen the scope of the duty owed by tour operators in relation to holidaymakers and security at resorts. Mark Burton heads the department and is ‘a leader in the field of catastrophic injury for defendants’; he specialises in handling maximum severity brain injury cases involving ‘locked-in’ syndrome, vegetative state cases and matters involving altered consciousness. The team includes Tracy Head, who is ‘well known for her excellent client-handling skills and ability to find creative solutions’, and has significant experience in complex stress and large loss/catastrophic cases; Claire Mulligan, who has expertise in crisis management and cases involving travel claims; and Joe McManus, who has experience in EL, PL and catastrophic injury claims, and handled civil claims arising from the death of four miners at the Gleision Colliery in Wales.

Clyde & Co LLP’s practice provides a ‘high level of service which is maintained across a large but high-functioning team’ and specialises in handling cases involving brain injury, spinal cord damage and amputations. The ‘pragmatic and effective’ team also has specialist experience in industry sectors including rail, power, pharmaceuticals and aviation, as well as providing expertise in cross-border, cross-jurisdictional and global matters. Kevin Bitmead heads the department and has experience in complex catastrophic injury claims, motor claims, employers’ liability and public liability cases. ‘Star performer’ Peter Walmsley, dual-qualified barrister and solicitor Charles Brown, and catastrophic injury specialist Peter Whitehead are also recommended. Whitehead recently acted for AXA Insurance in a £10m personal injury claim involving two claimants suffering severe brain injury and tetraplegia following a motor accident; the case was settled on a stepped periodical payment basis which included a first call reverse indemnity to allow AXA to recover statutory funding obtained by the claimant. The practice recently lost a number of partners to DAC Beachcroft LLP, including Danielle Singer and David Knapp.

Plexus Law provides ‘a consistently high level of service’ and a ‘commercial approach to the resolution of claims’ in a range of practice areas, including employers’ liability, occupational disease, motor, public liability and fraud. The team acted on behalf of QBE in defence of the insured McGee Group Ltd in a £500,000 employers’ liability claim; the claimant, a HGV driver employed by the client, is alleged to have suffered brain damage as a result of an accident in which his tipper truck overturned. The matter was taken to a liability-only trial and the court found for the defendant and dismissed the claim. Acting as lead partner on this case is the ‘very experienced’ Anthony Bushell who is ‘tenacious in his desire to obtain the best overall outcome for his client’ and specialises in cases of brain damage and spinal injury. The team is led by asbestos claims specialist Steve Phillips, occupational disease expert Damon Burt, defendant EL/PL and disease claims expert Philip Tracey, and Connie Cobb, who specialises in catastrophic personal injury claims.

RPC has a track record in handling complex personal injury cases involving life-changing injuries, such as amputation and brain damage, and is experienced in crisis management. The firm represents a number of clients and major insurance providers, such as XLCatlin, Faraday, Arch and Hiscox. Recent work includes a £1m EL claim in which the claimant suffered brain damage and numerous physical injuries after falling from height whilst working on a ladder at work; a split-trial on liability decided in the defendant’s favour. The ‘superb and tenacious’ Gavin Reese acted as lead partner on the case and specialises in catastrophic injury claims. The ‘highly professional, approachable and knowledgeable’ Nick McMahon has expertise in high-value complex injury cases, pharmaceutical and product claims, and group actions.

Weightmans LLP is ‘one of the top defendant personal injury firms in the city’ and has ‘strength in both numbers and depth’. The ‘diligent and focused’ team provides ‘expert knowledge’ in a range of areas including employers’ and public liability claims, catastrophic injury, fatal accidents, and cross-border litigation. The ‘tenacious’ practice also acts for numerous insurance providers, such as Zurich, Ageas and the Motor Insurers’ Bureau, and is ‘not afraid to take on difficult challenges’. The firm recently acted on behalf of Octagon Insurance in defence of a £9m RTA which the claimant suffered severe brain damage after attempting to cross the road through oncoming traffic. The case was led by Elaine Chapman, who is ‘very knowledgeable and proactive’ and ‘delivers excellent results for her clients’. Also recommended are Nicholas Richards, who is ‘an approachable and proficient lawyer with excellent legal and analytical skills’ and is ‘brilliant at handling foreign insurer clients’; and ‘tactical thinker’ David Johnson, who specialises in brain injury, spinal injury and amputation. Sarah Hamilton retired from the practice.

Browne Jacobson LLP’s ‘excellent’ practice has ‘second-to-none’ expertise in child abuse claims and is ‘one of the leading firms in this field’. The firm is experienced in handling cases involving complex local authority liability, social care, stress at work, defamation, safeguarding and Data Protection Act damages claims, and acts for a number of major insurance providers and local authorities. David Maggs specialises in acting for local authorities on social services claims and heads the department, which includes James Fawcett, who has significant experience in defendant insurance litigation, with particular expertise in defending clients faced with employers’ and public liability claims; and Sarah Erwin-Jones, who advises clients on risk management, child protection, human rights and Data Protection Act matters, and is particularly experienced in handling cases involving institutional abuse and professional negligence.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is experienced in handling high-value complex claims and group litigation cases where the subject matter is sensitive and potentially high-profile, for example personal injury claims involving quadriplegia/paraplegia and severe head injury. The practice acts for major insurers and corporates such as Diageo, BP, Chevron and TXU. Recent work includes representing Diageo in high-value multi-party litigation in relation to the distribution of Thalidomide in the late 1950s and early 1960s, as well as acting on behalf of BP in a case relating to the terrorist attack on the Amenas gas plant in Algeria. Department head Howard Watson specialises in group action and catastrophic injury claims and is experienced in litigating in foreign jurisdictions.

Hill Dickinson LLP’s solicitors provide ‘an extremely good service’ and have ‘great depth of knowledge’ in a range of areas, with an emphasis on personal injury and regulatory work in the shipping, aviation, port, travel and offshore industries. The practice is experienced in defending small, large and multi-party claims and has acted on behalf of a number of major clients such as BP Shipping, P&O Ferries and Disney Cruise Line. Recent examples of the firm’s work include handling a $20m claim involving the total loss of aircraft, passengers and crew. The case is led by department co-head Joanna Kolatsis, who specialises in advising clients on disaster planning and risk management. The ‘exceptional’ Maria Pittordis leads the practice alongside Kolatsis; according to one client, she is ‘the best lawyer in the marine industry’, while another singled out her ‘extremely broad and detailed knowledge’. John Caddies, who has ‘vast knowledge of industrial disease claims’, is also recommended.

Ince & Co is singled out for its work within the marine, offshore oil and gas, transport and aviation industries. The firm advises major operators and their insurers on public and employers’ liability, and handles claims related to workplace and construction accidents, health and safety issues, asbestos liability and deafness. Department head John McGowan has expertise in silicosis claims by miners and construction cases involving mesothelioma.

Keystone Law handles the full range of defendant personal injury cases involving public liability, local authorities, marine injury and health and safety. The firm recently acted in a case involving a passenger vessel collision. Also recommended are the ‘highly professional’ Cordelia Rushby, who specialises in identifying medical and financial fraud, and Steven Conway, who joined from Browne Jacobson LLP and has expertise in handling cases involving local authorities. Alex Penberthy joined Keoghs LLP.

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Leigh Day fields ‘an outstanding team of talented individuals’, who are at the forefront of group litigation. Bozena Michalowska Howells ‘has an excellent understanding of scientific issues’ that underpin group actions concerning pharmaceutical and medical devices, and is representing 312 claimants in a dispute with DePuy Synthes regarding injuries that were allegedly caused by the early failure of the Pinnacle hip prostheses. The ‘tenacious and extremely hard working’ Jill Paterson, together with clinical trials and product safety expert Gene Matthews, is representing 157 individuals in proceedings against Corin, which faces allegations its Corin Cormet 2000 Hip Resurfacing System was defective, resulting in early failure and the development of adverse reactions to metal debris. Additional work streams for the group include claims relating to food poisoning, cosmetic products and faulty white goods. Tower block residents have retained Paterson in litigation against Whirlpool regarding a fire that was allegedly caused by an Indesit tumble dryer. Department head Martyn Day is ‘a leading light’ with ‘experience that is not matched elsewhere in the field’ and consumer rights expert Michelle Victor ‘leaves no stone unturned in pursuing the client’s interests’. The ‘outstandingly bright and phenomenally hardworking’ Sarah Moore was promoted to associate with Thomas Jervis, who is ‘not only a knowledgeable and skilled litigator, but is compassionate and empathetic’.

Based in Cardiff, Hugh James’ Mark Harvey is ‘a legend’, who ‘heads an extremely well-oiled team that is absolutely superb’ in group litigation. Claims relating to defective medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs are the practice’s forte, having represented 1000 claimants as the court appointed lead solicitor in the PIP breast implants litigation. The firm is also part of several metal-on-metal hip actions, including a multi-party claim brought against DePuy Synthes for the early failure and revision of the Pinnacle hip prostheses and, in addition to this, the firm is the lead solicitor in the Wright Medical Conserve hip replacement group litigation order. Acting for a claimant in a dispute with a well-known manufacturer of a dental product, which allegedly caused serious neurological injuries, was another highlight for the team, which includes Chartered Legal Executive Pauline Roberts.

The ‘excellent’ Irwin Mitchell is ‘a preeminent claimant firm, with a huge depth of experience’. It receives further praise for its scientific understanding of complex cases brought by groups and individuals. In Sheffield, the ‘very experienced’ Sallie Booth is ‘a great tactician’, who has brought proceedings against manufacturers from Canada, Scotland and various other jurisdictions for a number of claimants relating to transvaginal mesh, which allegedly caused serious injuries, including soft tissue erosion, severe pain and perforation to surrounding organs. In the same office, recently promoted partner Tim Annett – who ‘is intelligent, strategic and excellent with clients’ – leads the product liability team and is handling numerous claims in relation to the Corin Cormet and DePuy Pinnacle group actions with Booth and Birmingham and London-based Clive Garner, who is national head of the personal injury and product liability department; solicitor Matthew Newbould is also working on the matters in Sheffield and recently acted for an individual in a property damage and personal injury dispute with a retailer of an Air Runner Hoverboard that exploded. Also recommended is ‘technically astute’ solicitor Kevin Timms, who ‘punches above his weight’ and is ‘a good strategic thinker’.

Hodge Jones & Allen LLP’s Peter Todd ‘is a hugely experienced and impressive’ partner with ‘a first-class reputation for successfully pursuing difficult and high-profile claims’ relating to injuries caused by vaccines, defective pharmaceutical products, organophosphates and acquired spinal cord and brain injuries. In an illustration of its strength, the practice has been instructed by a number of young women, who allege that their chronic fatigue was caused by the HPV vaccine, and is representing multiple claimants in group litigation against GlaxoSmithKline regarding allegations that the clients developed narcolepsy and cataplexy after receiving the Pandemrix Swine Flu vaccine. The firm is also acting for individuals that have allegedly been injured by defective hip replacements. Isobel Lovett is the name to note for mesothelioma cases and has a wealth of experience in asbestos product claims.

At Slater and Gordon, group litigation practice head Jacqueline Young, together with Harcus Sinclair LLP, is acting for car owners against Volkswagen Group (VW) pertaining to ‘defeat devices’ that realised when a car was being tested for emissions to improve its performance. Fraser Whitehead is the other main contact and heads the business and specialised litigation team.

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Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP is ‘second to none’ in pharmaceutical and life sciences work, counting Sanofi and Bayer as clients. Practice head Ian Dodds-Smith – who receives praise for his strategic thinking - is defending Grünenthal in 28 claims brought by a group of individuals, who allege that they were born with injuries after being exposed to thalidomide during pregnancy. Adela Williams is representing Pfizer in multi-party litigation in Scotland, which centres on cardiovascular disorders that were allegedly caused by Celebrex. Alison Brown’s recent caseload included inquests into deaths linked to diabetes care and matters relating to product recalls. Counsel Tom Fox is recommended for litigation and filing judicial reviews on behalf of pharmaceutical companies and, in addition to this, he is adept in a broad range of non-contentious work, including labelling, conformity marking and compliance matters. Associate Rhiannon Hughes is the other key figure.

At Baker McKenzie, John Leadley is ‘the doyen of defendant product liability law’ and leads the way in pharmaceutical and industrial manufacturing work. ‘He leads an impressive band of lawyers’, which includes Graham Stuart, senior associate Joanne Redmond and recently promoted partner Kate Corby, who is highly recommended for multijurisdictional product recalls. In an illustration of its standing as ‘a serious player in the market’, the practice is defending C.R. Bard against multiple claims relating to the allegedly defective transvaginal mesh and an inferior vena cava filter. Another significant mandate saw Leadley and Charles Thomson represent Foodles Production (UK) in proceedings pertaining to health and safety breaches that resulted in Harrison Ford being injured by a hydraulic metal door on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Monica Vinader, Kingfisher plc and Sony feature on the extensive client list.

‘Up there with the leaders in the field’, DAC Beachcroft LLP is renowned for pharmaceutical and healthcare sector work, where it excels in disputes arising out of clinical trials. Simon Pearl became a consultant and ‘lends gravitas to the team’, which includes ‘genuine products, pharmaceutical and medical devices specialists’ Alison McAdams and senior associate Olya Melnitchouk; together, they are representing Novartis and its subsidiary Alcon in claim relating to a phase two trial for a drug that is being tested for treating myelofibrosis, which allegedly caused neurological and cognitive impairment. The ‘very experienced and efficient’ Wendy Hopkins ‘is always a calm and very safe pair of hands’, who recently took over from Pearl as practice head. Together with ‘skilled’ and ‘very bright’ legal director Stephen Turner, Hopkins is acting for Spire Healthcare in relation to metal-on-metal-hip litigation and High Court proceedings brought against defunct company Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP), which concerns implants that were manufactured with unapproved silicone gel; Pearl represents BMI Healthcare in both cases, with Melnitchouk also working on the hip litigation. The firm’s technology caseload increased, with McAdams advising EE on recalling all of its power bar mobile phone chargers in relation to allegations that they overheated and caused fires, resulting in personal injury and property damage. GlaxoSmithKline, Optegra and Allianz are additional clients of the practice, which includes Chris Wilkes.

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s John Blain heads the practice and is defending Volkswagen against a high-profile group litigation order filed by thousands of motorists regarding the VW Emissions Scandal. Other recent mandates included advice on product portfolios, pharmaceutical products and Consumer Rights Act compliance. Standout companies such as Smith & Nephew and Japan Tobacco International instruct the team. Jonathan Isted co-heads the retail and consumer goods practice and is the other key figure with tobacco sector expert Paul Bowden and Andrew Austin.

Hailed as ‘one of the preeminent practices in London’, Hogan Lovells International LLP ‘features in many of the leading cases in the area’, where it represents an ‘impressive client base’, which includes Estée Lauder and Merck. Dual-qualified UK and Australian partner John Meltzer ‘combines unrivalled experience with acute judgment’ and ‘is particularly good at understanding the client’s objectives’ in cross-border claims spanning Canada, Australia, the US and various European jurisdictions. He is defending Zimmer Biomet (formerly Biomet) against various claims brought across Europe and a group action concerning the early revision of all-metal prosthetic hip replacements, which was allegedly caused by adverse reactions to metal debris. Representing Vodafone in claims concerning radiofrequency radiation exposure is another highlight. Tobacco sector expert Ruth Grant jointly heads the practice with Meltzer and is retained by British American Tobacco in cross-border litigation filed by smokers, governments and health authorities, and she also advises on regulatory issues such as product testing. Senior associates Valerie Kenyon and Cécile Burgess are well regarded with ‘highly experienced’ consultant Caroline Moore, who has ‘a natural forensic awareness, which allows her to understand how points will play out in court’. Counsel Matthew Felwick ‘is a rising star’ and ‘combines sharp intelligence with a strong commercial awareness’.

The ‘well-respected’ Anthony Dempster heads Herbert Smith Freehills LLP’s practice and is ‘very strong technically’ in representing corporate clients and insurers in high-value claims, including product recalls. Coca-Cola and The Weir Group plc are key clients of the group. Howard Watson ‘is a star performer’ in group actions and has been handling major cases relating to drug distribution and fires caused by defective batteries. He is also defending the administrators of TXU Energy in asbestos claims brought against one of its group companies. Through the efforts of Philip Pfeffer, British American Tobacco Italia was successful in having Codacons’ attempt to appeal a class action dismissed by the Supreme Court, which concerned allegations that the defendant partook in a dangerous activity by manufacturing cigarettes in regards to nicotine manipulation and addiction issues. Senior associate David Bennett is a name to note.

Kennedys is a ‘prominent player’ and defending DePuy Synthes in several high-profile matters: recently promoted partner Samantha Silver (‘handles her clients with assurance and aplomb’) and Trevor Davies (‘has long experience and brings a reassuring calm to even the most trying of situations’) are representing the company in a group litigation order regarding its liability for metal-on-metal hip replacements that were allegedly defective. Davies, Andrew Hunn, Joti Penrose-Stevens and recently promoted partner Ben Aram are acting for DePuy in claims brought by foreign claimants under English law in relation to hip replacements. Department head Shane Sayers has been representing manufacturers and insurers in disputes concerning a range of products that were allegedly defective in the retail, technology and transport sectors, and Daniel Turner is handling various matters for Beko and its insurer, including an inquest into a death caused by smoke inhalation from a fridge freezer that caught on fire; the family of the deceased have filed a civil claim against the insured, which faces allegations that it declined recalling the defective product. Additional clients include leading insurers and Johnson & Johnson. Highly experienced solicitor Karishma Paroha is well regarded with David Philip, who is an expert in product design disputes.

Praised for ‘combining commercial awareness with technical expertise’, Addleshaw Goddard’s Louisa Caswell ‘expertly leads the highly experienced and well-regarded team’, which includes legal director and ‘class act’ Mark Chesher. They are defending GlaxoSmithKline against a number of claims brought under a group litigation order regarding the antidepressant drug Seroxat, where the claimants allege that discontinuing the drug amounts to personal injury; the case will be heard in 2018. The practice also advised on Trading Standards investigations and large-scale product recalls. McBride plc, Associated British Foods plc and Dixons Carphone are key clients of the ‘particularly strong’ group. Recently promoted partner Richard Wise is recommended for product liability and policyholder work.

Jim Sherwood leads BLM’s practice and is praised for ‘balancing what is right for the client with protecting the insurer’s interests’. Suppliers and manufacturers also instruct the firm in everything from cross-border disputes to recall claims. RSA and Globachem have retained the firm in a multimillion-euro claim relating to crops that were allegedly damaged, and the group is also representing Sunseeker and QBE in claims relating to a fire, which allegedly originated from a vessel that was manufactured by the insured. Mitchells & Butlers features on the impressive client roster with Generali, Direct Line and other leading insurers. Carys Oatham arrived from DWF, where she garnered expertise in mandates involving French and Italian courts. Michael Harvey is another key contact.

Clyde & Co LLP’s industry strengths include the automotive, pharmaceutical, healthcare, manufacturing and retail sectors. Legal director Jason McNerlin focuses on product recall and contaminated products insurance, and Claire Petts has experience in medical devices and drug trial cases. Jamie Hui was promoted to senior associate and is a name to note. Practice head Neil Beresford has particular expertise in the agriculture and food industries and is acting for an insurer in relation to contaminated fish that was sold by its insured to a restaurant. The practice is also representing AIG in a case involving allegations of defective product design and negligence in connection to US class actions relating to the water contaminated by perfluorinated compounds. In addition to this, the firm defended Caffè Nero in proceedings brought by Wandsworth Council, which alleged that a customer was injured after digesting a cleaning brush wire that had found its way into food sold by the client. Iveco, Chubb and Travelers are also clients.

The ‘very strong’ practice at DWF merged with specialist insurance firm Fox Hartley, which saw London and Bristol-based Trevor Fox and Peter Barnes join the team. Dedicated groups provide targeted advice to clients and include John Groome’s global casualty and property team, executive partner Hilary Ross’ retail, food and hospitality practice, and Dominic Watkins’ food group. Sara-Jane Eaton heads the European team and ‘has an excellent track record’ in representing foreign insurers and their insured in product recalls and claims brought under EU legislation and the Consumer Protection Act. Food, drink and automotive sector matters are core strengths of the firm, with David Kidman handling a claim arising out of a fatal car accident and Ross advising a fast-food company on cross-border compliance with marketing claims for poultry and beef products. Other clients include PepsiCo, Aviva and Marks & Spencer.

In Leeds, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s Richard Matthews ‘is experienced, pragmatic and helps construct a solid defence’ in all manner of work, ranging from group litigation proceedings to supply chain disputes and assisting with product recalls. Recent mandates for the practice included high-profile product recalls, warranty disputes and personal injury claims relating to allegedly defective consumer products. Senior associate Peter Shervington is an expert in the transport and automotive sectors. The latter is a core focus of the group, which also acts for clients in the retail, security and insurance industries.

Mayer Brown International LLP’s ‘absolutely outstanding’ practice is led by the ‘solution-oriented’ Miles Robinson and Ingrid Hobbs, who acts for insured entities facing allegations of supplying defective products. Insurers and manufacturers from various industries instructed the practice in the full range of work, including multi-party disputes relating to products that were allegedly defective in the transport sector, proceedings concerning personal injury claims arising from chemical contamination and business interruption loss claims relating to alleged faulty products. Sunseeker is a key client of the team with food, automotive and construction sector companies.

Pinsent Masons LLP is representing Hamad M. Aldrees & Partners in a multimillion-pound dispute filed against Rotex Europe, which allegedly supplied deficient mineral separating units and has filed a counterclaim against the client for unpaid fees. Leeds-based practice head Andrew Masterson acted for Laleham Health & Beauty in a dispute with a supplier of specialist labels to recover losses for products that were defective, inaccurate and delivered late. Asda and Tecoglas are additional clients. At legal director level, the recently promoted Louise Nahon – who is a qualified chartered mechanical engineer – is recommended in Leeds with the ‘outstanding’ Sarah Taylor, who ‘can be depended on to get the best possible result’, leaving ‘no stone is left unturned’ when advising on product safety matters for retailers and food and drink manufacturers. Manoj Vaghela is the main contact in London.

The ‘very experienced’ Dorothy Flower leads the medical and life sciences team at RPC and is adept in defending suppliers and manufacturers of medical devices and pharmaceutical products in major disputes, which includes defending Corin in the metal-on-metal hip group litigation that will go to trial in October 2017. In another illustration of strength, Flower and health and safety practice head Nick McMahon are representing Cloverleaf Products, a former distributor of PIP breast implants, in relation to a number of Part 20 claims brought by clinics which face action for implanting PIP products. Senior associate Peter Rudd-Clarke is a key figure with practice head Gavin Reese, who is defending a Chinese manufacturer in a property damage claim relating to a fire that was allegedly caused by a bottle cooler supplied by the client. Well-known insurers such as QBE and XL Catlin feature on the client roster with Stanmore Implants Worldwide and Endologix.

Shook, Hardy & Bacon International LLP provides ‘expert opinions that are reliable’ and ‘ensures that it is one step ahead of the other side in litigation’, which predominately concerns consumer products. As well as advising on regulatory issues and product recalls, the firm also manages risk and brand reputations. Managing partner Gregory Fowler relocated to London in 2016 as practice head and has ‘an exceptional depth of knowledge’ in acting for global manufacturers across the tobacco, beverage and firearms industries. Sarah Croft focuses on the pharmaceutical, medical device and automotive sectors and is highly experienced with Alison Newstead, whose expertise includes electronics and industrial components. Associate Andrew Davidson is recommended, as is the ‘hugely experienced’ and ‘very strategic thinker’ Simon Castley, who previously led the practice. Samuel Sebree joined the London team following the closure of the Geneva office with Trevor Bridges, who is well regarded for assisting with new product launches and representing clients in investigations conducted by government entities, among other matters. The ‘outstanding’ firm’s recent caseload included personal injury claims relating to allegedly defective medical devices, international risk mitigation and class actions. Insurance, automotive, technology and retail sector companies feature on the extensive client list.

A high number of Simmons & Simmons’s instructions derive from insurers and reinsurers that underwrite product liability policy covers. Jason Bright ‘explains complex matters brilliantly’ and is representing Allianz and its insured in a case that was reopened due to new found evidence, which relates to allegations that a defective printing press destroyed a commercial building, resulting in large business interruption losses. Ironshore, Lockton Companies and AIG are key clients of the ‘extremely well-organised and helpful’ group. Managing associate Sherry Goodman-Smith is recommended for consumer products matters and handles medical devices work with Bright, who has additional strength in pharmaceuticals and cyber liability risk.

Rod Freeman joined Cooley (UK) LLP as practice head from Hogan Lovells International LLP and has a track record in high-stakes litigation and international matters spanning all manner of work, including defective medical devices and pharmaceutical products and large product recalls. Global companies also instruct him in non-contentious matters relating to reputational management, product safety and regulatory compliance work. Associate Sarah-Jane Dobson joined from the same firm and is noted for international mandates. Laurence Harris is the other key figure with David Kendall, who is representing XL Insurance Bermuda in various arbitration actions against policyholders in relation to coverage under Bermuda Form liability policies regarding medical devices, pharmaceuticals, construction defects and numerous other matters. The firm, which is praised for its ‘excellent’ service, also acts for Swiss Re, Munich Re and Textron.

Covington & Burling LLP is also ranked.

John Doherty heads Penningtons Manches LLP’s practice and acts for large multinationals in unsafe consumer products matters and investigations conducted by Trading Standards, among other work. He represented Collier Environmental Services in a claim concerning a defective Volvo vehicle and commercial litigator Richard Marshall acted for Cannon Automotive and C.A. Holdings plc in proceedings against its former US distributor in relation to BMW car mats and Hyundai vehicles that allegedly defective and sold across the US. Guildford-based senior associate Elise Bevan has been active in medical devices work.

Shoosmiths LLP’s practice stretches across the UK and is well regarded for product safety work in the manufacturing, retail and automotive sectors. Volkswagen, IKEA and Tesco are key clients with Hoover, which retains the group as its sole product liability advisor. Manchester-based senior associate Richard Marshall – who provides ‘exemplary client care and attention to detail’ – defended Hoover against a number of claims in relation to fires in residential and commercial properties. Other recent mandates for the practice included high-profile product recalls and personal injury claims pertaining to defective product allegations. In Reading, Philip Ryan is ‘highly experienced and totally unflappable’ and is recommended with commercial insurance practice head Paul Eccles. Ron Reid retired from practice and Milton Keynes-based Charles Arrand joined from DLA Piper UK LLP with Birmingham’s Roy Tozer, who took over as practice head from Ryan and Marshall.

Weightmans LLP fields ‘industrious and knowledgeable practitioners’ across the UK, which include Stephen Robb and Blaise Smith in Leicester and Leeds, respectively. Insurers, automotive companies and retailers often retain the firm, which is acting for an insurer in a dispute relating to solar panels that were allegedly defective. Its expertise extends to food contamination claims, malfunctioning industrial components, product recalls, brand protection and numerous other matters. In Dartford, practice head Fiona East ‘is very knowledgeable and thorough in her analysis’ and is the name to note for automotive work regarding defective components from supply chains.

Ashurst’s Edward Sparrow became practice head following Mark Clarke’s move to White & Case LLP. In other personnel changes, Sophie Law was promoted to senior associate and has expertise in a range of matters, including health claims pertaining to smoking and product safety advice. The group shines in tobacco sector work and represents Imperial Brands in international litigation relating to conventional tobacco products, and e-cigarettes and other non-conventional tobacco products. Highlights included defending the company’s Moroccan subsidiary in a claim brought by the heirs of a deceased individual, who passed away from lung cancer that was allegedly caused by smoking.

Bond Dickinson LLP’s impressive client list includes Tempur Sealy International, e.l.f. Cosmetics and InterSystems Corporation. The firm is assisting Kingfisher plc with centralising its product, safety and assurance procedures, and it also handled several matters for its subsidiary B&Q, which included advising on legislation concerning water fittings and hazardous chemicals, product withdrawals and bringing claims against suppliers. Consultant Nicky Strong heads the practice from Southampton and is recommended with Bristol-based associate Ashley Borthwick, who is well regarded for product safety, compliance and recall work.

Keystone Law bolstered its team by hiring ‘strong negotiator’ and ‘real specialist’ Antony Colman from Thomas Eggar LLP, who acts for manufacturers and insurers in international trade disputes. Health and safety expert David Beckenham arrived from an in-house position at Harsco Corporation and is adept in product recalls and defending against enforcement actions under food and safety laws, among other work. Jason Kallis is defending Bosch against a claim served in Germany, which relates to a fire caused by a product bearing the client’s branding. The ‘dynamic and up-and-coming firm’ also counts HDI Global, Electrium and ThyssenKrupp Elevator UK as clients.

Associate director Claire Temple leads Osborne Clarke LLP’s product regulation service line and advises clients on various matters in relation to bringing their products to market, including assisting with by assisting with labelling, regulatory issues and packaging; handling product recalls and representing clients in regulatory investigations and disputes are among other strengths. Products wise, Temple’s expertise includes drones, driverless cars and food and drink. The firm has experience in acting for automotive, media and technology companies and other diversified clients.

Mamas & Papas was a recent addition to Squire Patton Boggs’ client roster and instructed Manchester-based managing partner Rob Elvin in product recall and regulatory matters in relation to a loose catch in a batch of its Armadillo Flip Pushchairs, which covered multiple jurisdictions, including Australia, Canada and the Middle East. Molson Coors, Acorn Mobility Services and Morgan Advanced Materials are additional clients. Work relating to compliance, investigations, product quality and brand protection are further strengths of the firm, which has dedicated practices for industrial products, brands and consumer products, and food and beverage litigation. Director Nicola Smith is ‘personable and great in a crisis’ and stands out in Birmingham with Simon Garbett, who also works out of the London office.

Doug Bryden heads the operational risk group at Travers Smith LLP and is the primary contact for product and trade law, including work relating to chemical and hazardous substances, liability matters, market access, and product safety and recalls. Senior associate and regulatory expert Carl Boeuf is also recommended with Heather Gagen, who was made up to partner. Advising Nike on EU regulatory matters was a highlight for the team, which advised on chemicals and safety regulation, among other work. Specialized Bicycle Components is another key client.

Professional negligence

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The ‘very professional’ team at Clyde & Co LLP has ‘great experience and sector knowledge’, ‘broad experience across a range of professions’ and is ‘outstanding in defendant professional negligence cases’. The team acts for a range of major insurers, as well as major national and international professional organisations; AIG, Markel Insurance, Aviva. Allianz and WR Berkley are clients. The ‘brilliant’ Simon Konsta and Tom White, who has a ‘fantastic eye for detail’, acted for for CBRE in a £260m claim concerning the alleged over-valuation of a portfolio of 37 commercial properties. Fergal Cathie, who has a ‘razor sharp legal mind’, defended an international law firm in a breach of duty case regarding advice relating to the enforcement of a €20m commercial loan by its Paris office. Sarah Clover, who heads the firm’s professional and financial disputes team, is ‘a "go-to" litigator for heavyweight, high value claims’ and is ‘exceptional on lawyers’ liability cases’. Andrew Blair is managing partner of the UK professional and financial disputes team and heads the brokers’ liability group. Head of the lawyers’ liability group, Richard Harrison is ‘cool under pressure’ and Neil Jamieson is particularly noted for real estate-related matters. Richard Moody leads the construction liability team and Jonathan Brown is also noted for construction-related matters. The ‘astute’ James Roberts heads the accountants’ liability group. Mark Sutton and Stuart Hall are also recommended, while associate May Ahmed and legal directors Chris Dunlop, Karen Boto and Nicole McKinnon are also singled out. Bryn Hodges and Helen Rowlands were promoted to partner in 2016. Gaby Kaiser joined Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP.

Mayer Brown International LLP is ‘one of the pre-eminent firms for professional negligence work’ and its ‘formidable team’ is ‘exceptional in complex, high-value claims’ and ‘adept at cross-border instructions across a range of professions’. Clients include QBE, Markel International, Graham Thompson, Beazley, Knight Frank and AIG. The ‘astute and authoritative’ William Glassey is ‘unrivalled in intellectual firepower’ and jointly heads the practice with the ‘brilliant’ Michael Regan, who is ‘outstanding on construction disputes’. Regan is handling various claims for Kier, including the recovery of costs associated with rectifying extensive damage to the car park at the Castlepoint shopping centre, as well as a claim arising out of the design and construction of Hairmyres Hospital in Scotland. Sean Connolly is ‘an exceptional lawyer’ and is particularly noted for his expertise in disputes in the financial sector. Jim Oulton is defending allegations of negligence and dishonesty made against two BDO partners concerning the administration and sale of a hotel. Tom Duncan is advising Costain and its insurers on matters relating to three microbiological treatment plants and four IVC plants in Manchester, which are part of a significant waste-to-energy project. Lindsay McQuillian is ‘very experienced’; Ingrid Hobbs is ‘exceptional’; and Tom Duncan and Sally Davies are particularly noted for construction-related cases. Jonathan Stone was promoted to the partnership in 2017. Senior associates Matthew Williams and James Morris, and associate Hannah Cartwright are other names to note. Mandip Sagoo and Angus Duncan joined Clyde & Co LLP.

CMS has ‘a fantastic reputation’ for handling work concerning various professional services sectors. The team, which is based across the firm’s London, Bristol, and other UK offices, stands out for its ‘vast geographical reach’ and its ‘in-depth sector expertise’. Department head Ed Foss has ‘a wealth of experience’ and ‘vast knowledge’. Martin Fox specialises in construction professional indemnity claims and acted for Galliford Try Infrastructure in a dispute pertaining to an £18m claim brought by the owners of Broadway Plaza, a development on the site of a former children’s hospital in Birmingham. The ‘first-rate’ Monica Lesny defended Nick O’Reilly, the former joint administrator of Sixty UK, in a dispute pertaining to professional indemnity issues brought by the liquidators for alleged negligence in the conduct of an administration. Stephen Netherway heads the firm’s financial institutions insurance group and is acting for Spire Healthcare in a £10m coverage dispute with its insurer, RSA. Insurance head Alex Denslow is representing Miles Smith and its insurers in a case against Clearway Drainage Systems. In Bristol, Cheryl Gibson specialises in advising construction professionals and insurance brokers and Zoe Burge is also noted. Other key team members include Stephen Tester, who is ‘exceptional in construction cases’; the ‘fantastic’ Simon Garrett; Anna Crew, who leads the solicitors’ negligence team; and of counsels Neil Beighton, Martin Davis, and Sarah Hyde. Senior associate Thomas Pangbourne is also singled out. Belinda Schofield left the firm in 2016.

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s team has ‘in-depth market knowledge’, provides ‘very good response times’ and is ‘client friendly’. Its expertise spans disputes in the legal, construction, technology, financial and insurance industries. Head of the D&O and financial institutions practice Will Allison, who is ‘very responsive’, is acting for the D&O insurer of the directors of a fund management company facing various criminal investigations instigated by Germany’s Public Prosecutor related to cum/ex trading involving several investment banks. The ‘brilliant’ Ross Risby is representing Markel Insurance, Brit Insurance, Liberty Speciality Markets and Chubb in a case pertaining to fraudulent acts committed by an employee of a solicitor’s firm in the Isle of Man. Other names to note include head of professional risk Patrick Hill, who is ‘calm under pressure’, Michael Blackburne, who is ‘first-rate for construction matters’, Hans Allnutt who is the head of cyber and data risk, Mark Roach, who is noted for construction and engineering disputes, head of accountancy Richard Highley, Phil Murrin, who is experienced in defending claims against solicitors, and the ‘highly regarded’ Julian Miller. Trevor Chamberlain is now a consultant and Evi Hava moved in-house with the RenaissanceRe Group.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is particularly noted for its ‘exceptional’ expertise in financial services professional negligence and mis-selling claims, and is ‘a leading firm in insurance litigation’. The team is also experienced in claims involving pensions, accountancy, tax, legal, technology and construction professionals, and acts for a range of key insurers, as well as blue-chip corporate clients. The team is representing PwC in two High Court actions: litigation pertaining to a professional negligence and conspiracy claim arising from the collapse of Keydata Investment Services, and a dispute concerning a professional negligence and breach of contract claim brought by John Hargreaves (the founder of Matalan) relating to tax advice. Goldman Sachs International, Barbican Insurance, Willis Tower Watson and Marsh are also clients. Paul Lewis leads the global contentious insurance and reinsurance practice and handles cases for solicitors and pension advisers. David Reston is ‘first-class’ for complex-high value disputes, particularly involving solicitors’ negligence. Tom Leech QC is ‘very able’, and Sarah McNally and Harry Edwards are also noted. Mark Shillito heads the firm’s UK and US dispute resolution practice and John Corrie was recently promoted to partner. Ian Gatt QC recently joined Stewarts Law LLP.

At Hogan Lovells International LLP, the ‘technically astute and commercial’ team has a ‘deservedly excellent reputation’ for professional negligence work, handling claims against solicitors, actuaries, other pension professionals, property professionals, insurance brokers and accountants. Willis Tower Watson is a client. Practice head Nicholas Heaton, who is ‘very clever and a strategist who combines an overall view with an eye for the detail’, specialises in claims against lawyers, professionals involved in pensions schemes and accountants. Angela Dimsdale Gill, who is ‘tenacious, never gives up on a case and really fights the client’s corner’, acts for claimants and defendants, with a particular specialism in claims arising from the pensions sector. Ruth Grant is ‘very experienced’ and senior associate Nathan Sherlock is ‘bright, organised and hardworking’ and acts for a number of law firms.

Kennedys’ group has ‘vast experience across a range of professional negligence specialisms’, including disputes pertaining to the legal, technology, construction, financial and insurance sectors. AIG, XL Catlin, RSA and Allianz are clients. The ‘very experienced’ John Eastlake jointly heads the team with Manchester-based Jeremy Riley. Martin Chesher is particularly noted for solicitors’ negligence cases and is defending Travelers and its insured solicitors against a claim brought by the Connaught Income Fund Series 1 (in liquidation). Tom Stapleton, who has ‘in-depth expertise’, represented Wilkins Kennedy and various insurers in a High Court case against Harlequin relating to an overseas property investment scheme. The team also includes Simon Gibson, who is ‘a true expert’, the ‘excellent’ Catherine Shuttleworth, David Wilkinson, who is ‘first-rate’, and Fleur Rochester, who is particularly experienced in construction disputes and claims against brokers. Christopher Butler joined from RPC in 2016, and senior associate Laura Hurst is also recommended.

RPC’s team, which is based across the firm’s London and Bristol offices, is ‘one of the most efficient, effective and market aware firms for professional negligence litigation’ and fields a range of ‘astute and adept litigators’. Its expertise spans disputes pertaining to the legal and construction sectors, as well as those involving financial risks, and tech and cyber issues. AIG, Axis Capital, QBE, Libra Insurance Services, Aon and Liberty Speciality Markets are clients. Practice head Tim Bull is defending Confiànce against a £40m claim. Paul Castellani, who ‘can get to the bottom of any tricky problem extremely quickly’, defended Arch Insurance Company against a £5m claim. Alexandra Anderson heads the insurance construction team, where Alan Stone is also very active; Stone defended Colliers International in a dispute before the Commercial Court pertaining to a claim brought by White Tower regarding the valuation of a portfolio of Central London office buildings. Simon Greenley is particularly active in capital markets and financial services disputes, head of insurance Simon Laird specialises in claims against accountants and independent financial advisers, Nick Bird ‘fights cases hard’, and James Wickes is ‘a rising star’. Laura Stocks is focused on defending complex and high value claims against solicitors and fellow senior associate Tom Green is experienced in construction-related disputes.

Simmons & Simmons’ team is ‘an excellent choice for complex, high-value cases’, where it stands out for its ‘industry expertise, acumen and clout’. It specialises in claims against brokers, accountants, surveyors, valuers, actuaries, lawyers, construction professionals and IT consultants. Insurance head James Pollock provides ‘real care and attention to clients’ and focuses on defending solicitors, construction professionals and brokers in complex, high-value claims. Colin Passmore has a ‘fantastic reputation’ and handles disputes involving accountancy professionals and solicitors. Simon Hilditch is ‘a strong technical resource’ and handles financial liability matters and Carol Hewson specialises in commercial real estate and related professional negligence claims. Recently promoted partner Felix Zimmermann is also recommended alongside of counsel Jeremy Roberts. The ‘highly rated’ Emily Monastiriotis who is ‘excellent in construction disputes’ recently joined the team from Bond Dickinson LLP. Emma Kendrick-Jones is now in-house with AIG.

Taylor Wessing LLP is ‘a pre-eminent firm for claims against auditors and accountants with unrivalled expertise and experience in this field’. The group focuses on complex and high-profile claims and regulatory investigations, and it ‘gets on with the job in a thoroughly professional, determined and "unflashy" manner’. The team defended PwC against a £1.6bn claim arising out of the collapse of the sub-prime lender, Cattles and its trading subsidiary, Welcome Financial Services. It is also advising PwC and one of its retired partners in relation to disciplinary complaints brought by the Financial Reporting Council following its investigation into the audit of Connaught, and represented White Tower 2006-3 in a professional negligence claim against Colliers International (in liquidation) arising out of the valuation of a London property portfolio. Shane Gleghorn heads the disputes and investigations practice, and Andrew Howell, who is ‘vastly experienced, a superb team leader and is completely unflappable’ leads the professional services group and has ‘vast experience’ in claims and regulatory investigations involving the accountancy profession. Julian Randall is also ‘fantastic for accountancy disputes’ and is ‘extremely clever, a deep strategic thinker, utterly reliable and has excellent judgement’. Stephen Flaherty is ‘outstanding’, Laurence Lieberman is noted for his financial disputes experience, and senior associates Stuart Broom and James Bryden are also recommended.

BLM has ‘a highly commercial approach to dispute resolution’ and the ‘approachable and friendly’ team includes ‘true specialists in professional negligence work’. The group is adept at defending trade unions, as well as clients from a range of sectors, including education, legal, accounting and other financial services, and construction. Highlights included defending Imperial College London in High Court proceedings brought by a former lecturer, which includes a claim for negligence. The Bar Standards Board, Zurich, RSA, Aviva, Travelers and Unison are also clients. Practice head Elliot Pound is ‘insightful’, consultant Charlotte Capstick is ‘immensely experienced, calm, authoritative and shrewd’ and is experienced in property and legal professional indemnity, and Martin Jensen has notable expertise advising on policy coverage. Michael Harvey is ‘always prepared to go the extra mile’, and Richard Wilkins is ‘cerebral with excellent legal knowledge and is particularly good at coming up with creative solutions to procedural and tactical challenges’ and is noted for his experience handling disputes pertaining to the education sector. Peter Stockill, Keith Lonsdale and Michael Salau are experienced in construction disputes, and Alex Traill handles professional indemnity, D&O and financial lines claims. Ross Baker joined from Bond Dickinson LLP in 2017. Associates Geneviève Rich, Andrew Layton-Morris and Katherine Heath are also noted.

Beale & Company Solicitors LLP provides ‘quick and efficient responses’ and ‘clear and concise’ advice. The team has ‘in-depth experience in the construction sector’, but also has considerable experience handling disputes involving accountants, acturies, auditors, lawyers, brokers, D&O issues, financial institutions and trustees. Clients include Aviva, CNA Hardy, RSA, Kier, Arup, Capita and First Title. Practice head Antony Smith acts for construction professionals and insurers, and is supported by Sheena Sood, who specialises in claims for construction professionals. Damian McPhun specialises in claims against IFAs, investment managers, accountants, actuaries and other professionals associated with the financial services sector, Ed Anderson is ‘very knowledgeable and experienced’ and handles claims involving complex tax and pension issues, Stephen Reilly has ‘a good way of communicating complex issues in a simple and understandable format’ and Heidi Kapadia is also recommended. Ian Masser and Nathan Modell were recently promoted to the partnership.

DWF’s group is ‘experienced’ in handling construction, engineering, legal, financial and insurance disputes, and its clients include XL Catlin, Novae, MS Amlin and Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund. Antony Marsh heads the team and is focused on the construction and engineering sector. John Bennett is noted for his expertise in solicitors’ negligence and recently represented a law firm in a Court of Appeal case. Andrew Davis handles disputes involving financial services sector companies, actuaries, insurance brokers, surveyors and construction professionals, Harriet Quiney is ‘experienced, down-to-earth and inspires great confidence’ and is active in disputes in the financial services and pensions sectors, and Joseph Arazi is ‘calm, authoritative’, has ‘a great strategic brain’ and is ‘fantastic in complex, high-value cases’. Other key individuals include the ‘brilliant’ Alexandra Goddard, Peter Campion, Peter Sewell, John Groome, Mark Klimt, Matthew Olorenshaw, Jacquetta Castle and Simon Durkin. Senior associate Tom Mungovan is also noted. The team has recently been bolstered by the arrival of ‘good strategist’ Michael Robin, Tim Barr and Joanne Staphnill following its acquisition of Triton Global, as well as the arrival of Simon Gildener from Bond Dickinson LLP.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP’s ‘strong and reliable’ team has ‘excellent knowledge and understanding of complex issues’, and is ‘highly professional, diligent, thorough and efficient’. It handles a range of disputes, notably those involving insurance brokers, accountants, lawyers and construction professionals. Headline matters include representing Aon in Part 8 proceedings relating to the validity of the governing documents of the Wandel & Goltermann Retirement Benefits Scheme. JLT Group, HCC International Insurance Company, KPMG, XL Catlin, and Lockton Companies are clients. Practice head Simon Brooks is ‘very loyal and very hardworking’ and defends claims against insurance brokers, lawyers, accountants and construction professionals; Matthew Allen is experienced in handling accountants’ negligence cases; Paula Gaddum is ‘first-class’ and focuses on disputes involving accountants, solicitors, construction professionals and brokers; Claire Carroll is ‘highly regarded’ and defends claims brought against pensions professionals, trustees and advisers; and Jennifer Miles has expertise handling disputes involving professional advisers including pension consultants, actuaries and accountants. Recent hires, including the arrival of Frank Thompson from K&L Gates, have ‘given the firm’s insurance practice added depth and breadth’. Principal associates; Kate Hill and Christopher Ives, who is based in Manchester, are also recommended.

The team at Fieldfisher has ‘wide experience’ and handles a range of cases involving solicitors, and construction, property, accountancy and financial services professionals. The team is representing a client in a claim against its former solicitors arising out of a £750m property transaction, and is also acting in a professional negligence dispute against a firm of solicitors arising from the terms of a lease of substantial central London offices. Owen Talfan-Davies has ‘in-depth expertise in property-related negligence work’ and ‘is a man you want on your side’; Colin Gibson is ‘incisive, has good commercial judgement’ and is ‘personally charming, but also tough and single-minded in pursuit of his clients’ interests’; Jonathan Ray-Smith regularly acts for claimant banks, particularly in cases against surveyors and also acts for corporate and individual clients in cases against lawyers and accountants; Simon Moore specialises in disputes for and against high-net-worth individuals and has ‘great judgement, great vision’ and is ‘a delight to work with’; Louise Elmes leads the engineering, projects and construction disputes team; and Tony Lewis is ‘level-headed, an experienced operator’ and is ‘intelligent and creative, and thinks strategically about cases’.

HFW handles ‘high-profile and difficult work with ease’ and focuses on defending high-value, complex claims against professionals, including claims against accountants, auditors, brokers, insolvency practitioners and lawyers. Andrew Bandurka is ‘a good team leader with good judgement’ and specialises in defending professional negligence claims against insurance and reinsurance brokers; Nigel Wick is ‘effective, experienced and knowledgeable, and has a realistic appreciation of the issues facing his clients’. Costas Frangeskides, David Robinson and Christopher Cardona, who heads the firm’s insurance and reinsurance global group, are also noted. Christopher Foster joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP and Adam Strong was a recent arrival from Gowling WLG. John Barlow is now based in the firm’s Dubai office. Graham Denny and Paul Wordley joined EC3 Legal in 2017.

Norton Rose Fulbright has ‘a fantastic practice’ and its ‘experienced’ team is ‘flexible and able to adapt to the needs of the particular case’. It is noted for its ‘strong’ expertise in the financial services sector, and regularly advises clients on professional liability issues in this space. Headline work includes representing Gemini in its high-value professional negligence claim against CBRE and Warwick Street relating to property valuations. Beazley, Brit Insurance, Hyperion, Liberty Speciality Markets, Lloyds Bank and Marsh are also clients. Liam O’Connell is ‘one of the best lawyers in the field’, Paul Morris ‘stays calm in the face of attempts by the other side to create turmoil, and is great at managing a large team of solicitors and counsel’, Kirsty Hick is ‘outstanding’, Susan Dingwall is ‘a calm and reassuring presence to clients’, and Ffion Flockhart is also noted. Senior associate Helen Fairhead is ‘a real star in the making, intelligent, dedicated and a fighter and able to stand up to the most aggressive opponents’. Deirdre Walker heads the dispute resolution group. Chris Warren-Smith and Melanie Ryan joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius UK LLP

Pinsent Masons LLP’s ‘highly skilled team’ has ‘considerable strength-in-depth’, ‘a client-focused approach’, and is ‘commercially astute’. It acts for insureds and insurer clients as defendants and claimants, and its expertise spans financial services, pensions, legal, construction, technology and tax disputes. Nick Bradley and Jason Collins jointly head the team. Stuart McNeill handles financial services matters and represented Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (in administration) in purusing a valuation claim against the German banking group, DZ Bank and a high-value negligence claim against its collateral manager, Bank of New York Mellon. Zurich, Argo International, Ulster Bank, Inter Hannover, Chubb and RSA are also clients. Pensions litigation head Isabel Nurse-Marsh is ‘tenacious, hardworking, and goes to great lengths to get the best for her clients’ and Colin Read has ‘vast knowledge and experience of the engineering and construction sectors’. Recently promoted partner Ian Birdsey combines a ‘sensible commercial approach with a keen eye for detail’ and handles TMT and cyber matters, and Neal Morris heads the construction advisory and disputes team. Jim Cormack and Jonathan Fortnam are also recommended. Legal director Michael Fletcher is ‘sharp’ and has broad expertise, and fellow legal director Chamika Hand is experienced in D&O liability.

Reed Smith LLP handles a range of professional negligence matters in the technology, construction, legal and financial services sectors. The team is representing QBE and other insurers in litigation pertaining to the collapse of the Cologne metro, and is defending De Villiers Chartered Surveyors against three professional negligence claims concerning alleged overvaluations of high-end residential properties in London. Amec Foster Wheeler, Mott MacDonald, BASF and The Griffin Insurance Association are also clients. Department head Nick Speed is ‘excellent’ in disputes in the construction, engineering and technology sectors; Patrick Beale is ‘first-rate’ for barristers’ and solicitors’ defence work; ‘insurance expert ‘Margaret Campbell defends brokers and solicitors; Charles Hewetson is ‘highly regarded’ and handles claims against lawyers, accountants, and financial institutions. Senior associates Louise Ioannides and Simon Greer are also noted. Jane Howard joined from Gowling WLG in 2017.

Stephenson Harwood’s ‘reliable’ and ‘innovative’ department is ‘pure class, a team of the highest quality, offering a tailored service with complete discretion’. It acts for claimants and defendants in a range of complex professional negligence cases. Highlights included defending a large professional services firm of auditors, tax advisers and insolvency practitioners against a claim of alleged breach of fiduciary duty, negligence and breach of contract; and representing a fine art dealer in a £14m claim against its former solicitors in the Commercial Court. The ‘extremely experienced and shrewd’ Roland Foord and Stephen Roberts, who has the ‘ability to own a case and empathise with the client’, jointly head the team. Andrew Myers has ‘boundless enthusiasm’, ‘great attention to detail and considerable tenacity’ and a specific focus on property disputes. Tony Woodcock specialises in professional standards within the financial services sector and Richard Garcia, who is ‘energetic, imaginative and has excellent client skills’, is noted for banking, asset management and financial services matters. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of Helena Berman, who is experienced in pensions, trusts, legal and tax cases, from Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP.

Ashurst’s ‘impressive’ department includes ‘a number of very experienced litigators, who are also a pleasure to work with’ and specialises in handling a variety of negligence disputes for clients in the financial services sector. The group defended Daiwa Capital Markets Europe against a $200m claim for breach of duty and dishonest assistance by Singularis Holdings and is defending Gala Coral against a £2m claim brought by Nadia Isaacs alleging a duty of care breach. Practice head James Levy ‘often brings a different perspective to strategic decisions’; Lynn Dunne regularly acts for large financial institutions and insolvency practitioners; and Edward Sparrow is another key name. Senior associate Lauren Bernard ‘doesn’t shy from taking the big decisions, and is also on top of the detail’.

Bond Dickinson LLP’s professional negligence team has ‘heaps of experience’ and ‘an attentive and proactive’ approach, and acts for a range of insurer clients. It is representing insurers in a claim brought by a UCIS against a firm of solicitors, and in a dispute pertaining to a £3.5m claim pursued against a firm of accountants, acting as auditors, concerning the alleged failure to advise on the solvency of a company following a £6m share sale by the company’s sole director that was funded entirely by a loan from the company. Head of insurance disputes Sushma MacGeoch is ‘a good strategist and excellent negotiator’; Jane Williams, who is ‘a true star’, advises insurers on professional negligence coverage issues and defends claims against solicitors, brokers and accountants; and construction disputes head Hannah Cane defends claims pursued against solicitors, management consultants, and clients in the property, construction and financial services sectors. Southampton-based James Robins and legal director Dan Hall are other names to note. Emily Monastiriotis moved to Simmons & Simmons, Simon Gildener joined DWF, and Ross Baker is now with BLM.

‘Insurance specialists’ Ince & Co regularly defends professional negligence claims brought against professionals and their insurers, and has a focus on the legal and insurance brokerage industries, as well as acting for ship surveyors and managers in maritime negligence cases. The team is acting for individuals insured with Chubb in a a dispute pertaining to a $16m claim against two former directors, relating to the liquidation of the South of England P&I club. The Griffin Insurance Association, Ed Broking, Meinl Bank, International Transport Intermediaries Club and Lamp Insurance are also clients. David Rutherford is experienced in defending solicitors in professional negligence cases, and Simon Cooper is noted for his expertise in acting for insurance brokers. Ben Ogden and insurance department head Chris Jefferis jointly head the team.

Mills & Reeve LLP’s ‘impressive’ team is ‘professional and forward thinking’ and handles claims involving lawyers, financial services and construction professionals, and insurance brokers, and is increasingly active in advising on risks in the technology sector. It defended a mid-sized firm of accountants in a dispute pertaining to advice given in relation to the settlement of two Jersey trusts. Pembroke Managing Agency, PartnerRe, Nexus, Hamilton, XL Catlin, and Collegiate are also clients. Practice head Neil Davis is ‘first-rate’; he defends claims against insurance brokers and has a developing practice in handling cases involving technology and life sciences companies. Head of the firm’s construction and engineering risks practice Nicolas Oldham handles disputes and claims against construction professionals, including surveyors and valuers. Head of financial claims Virginia Hickley has recently handled several tax avoidance claims. Paul Spibey defends claims brought against a range of professionals, and is particularly active in acting for clients in the financial services sector. Consultant Harriet Strevens has ‘vast experience’.

Plexus Law is ‘a heavyweight in professional negligence litigation’ and ‘brings a meticulous eye for detail’ and ‘a robust approach to litigation’. The team’s expertise includes handling professional negligence cases involving solicitors, valuers, construction professionals, surveyors and clients in the financial services sector. It defended Greenhalgh Financial Services and its professional indemnity insurers against a £1m claim, and defended RSA against allegations of negligent advice concerning a compulsory purchase compensation claim. Peter Court has ‘an excellent commercial feel, and a first-rate understanding of his client’s needs’ and Simon Beckwith, whose ‘attention to detail is meticulous and advice on legal issues and tactics first-rate’, jointly head the team. Mark Ratcliff handles claims against accountants, actuaries, IFAs, insurance and mortgage brokers, trustees of occupational pension schemes, fund administrators and managers; Gary Thwaites is experienced in defending claims against architects, engineers and other construction professionals; Gary Wicks handles claims against architects, engineers, M&E engineers, quantity surveyors and other construction professionals.

Weightmans LLP’s team is ‘a growing force’, which ‘combines a strong regional presence with London market expertise’. It handles claims against construction professionals, IFAs, and property professionals, and also advises on coverage issues. Quentin Fox is ‘commercial and good under pressure’ and has experience in defending claims against clients in the construction industry, including architects, engineers, quantity surveyors, project managers and contractors, and claims brought against financial advisers, and also handles policy coverage disputes. Ed Lewis specialises in policy coverage advice and related disputes, and acts exclusively for insurers, with a particular focus on insurance issues pertaining to the construction, technology and professional services sectors. Robert Crossingham has particular expertise in matters concerning property and financial transactions. Associate James Denison is also recommended. National head of professional risks Mike Grant is based in Liverpool.

Withers LLP’s team has ‘an established expertise in this field, acting for individual claimants, and for defendants’, and it brings ‘strong, stable, competent and calm representation to any claim or defence’. The team is highly regarded for its work in defending barristers, on the instruction of insurer, Bar Mutual, and also acts for claimants in matters against a range of professionals. Department head Christopher Coffin ‘is a good person to have on high-profile, high-value cases which require a calm head and a willingness to take on the opposition’. Associate Caroline Thompson is ‘one to watch, providing really skillful and measured input’. Special counsel Eleni Polycarpou is ‘an excellent lawyer who combines strong forensic analysis with brilliant people skills’.

Browne Jacobson LLP’s team provides ‘sensible, measured and thoughtful advice’ and has ‘extensive knowledge of the insurance market’. It handles cases involving the insurance brokerage, construction, financial services, legal and technology sectors, among others. Michael Howard has ‘a wealth of experience in professional negligence’ and handles claims made against construction professionals, insurance brokers, accountants and solicitors and has developed expertise in cases involving the emerging professions. Jim Hobsley’s ‘depth of knowledge and mastery of a case is impressive’; he acts for solicitors, barristers, accountants, surveyors and patent and trade mark attorneys. Head of the financial and professional risks group Jonathan Newbold specialises in claims with a financial services or management liability element, as well as handling policy coverage matters. Associate Rhys Davies is also recommended. Head of business and professional risk Derek Bambury is ‘superb’. Colin Peck and Francis Mackie were recent arrivals from Weightmans LLP.

Edwin Coe LLP’s claimant-focused practice is ‘one of the go-to firms for claims against insurance brokers; it knows the subject inside out’, and provides ‘a highly commercial service’ and ‘is able to explain complex legal matters in simple terms’. Michael Whitton has ‘an instinctive feel for where a case will end up’ and ‘achieves great results’, Nicola Maher ‘leaves no stone unturned in her pursuit of her client’s interests’, and Roger Franklin, who is head of insurance litigation, has ‘an in-depth grasp of the nuances involved’ and is ‘a solicitor you would be glad to have on your side in a crisis’. Senior associate Kate Dwyer is another key name.

Gowling WLG’s practice is noted for its pensions disputes expertise, acing for accountants, actuaries and other pension professionals, and is also active in construction disputes. It acted for Philips Electronics UK and Philips Pension Trustees in a £300m claim against Aon Hewitt and AllianceBernstein, the fund’s investment advisers and investment managers. It is also representing E.On in a dispute pertaining to defects encountered at E.On’s offshore windfarm development, known as Robin Rigg. ‘Excellent litigator’ Ian Gordon and the ‘fantastic’ Peter Shave are noted for their expertise in pensions-related cases. Recently promoted director Tim Crockford is ‘bright, highly capable and very personable’. Former team head Jane Howard joined Reed Smith LLP in 2017, and James Gordon has also left the firm.

Hill Dickinson LLP’s ‘strong and reliable team’ provides a ‘superb service’ and stands out for the ‘interaction and knowledge sharing between lawyers’. It advises a range of professionals, with particular specialisms acting for barristers and dentists, as well as acting for clients in the technology, cyber and construction industries and other areas of the legal profession. The group also handles high-value coverage disputes. Practice head Neil Trayhurn and Dragos Stoica joined from Triton Global in 2017. Andrew Schütte, who handles claims and coverage matters pertaining to a range of sectors, is ‘excellent’. Senior associates Dale Hilton, Andrew Hill, who is experienced in cyber-related matters, and Rachel Evans are also singled out. Sarah Naylor, who splits her time between London and Liverpool, is another name to note. Jamie Monck-Mason left the firm to join Willis Towers Watson and Dileep Pisharody joined Rosling King LLP.

Boutique firm Signature Litigation LLP specialises in handling larger, high-value matters, often with a cross-border element, and acts for claimants and defendants. It is representing Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation in pursuing claims against its former solicitors, and acted for Fortelus Special Situations Master Fund and Trimast Holding in a £37m claim against an international law firm. Daniel Spendlove represents corporations, financial institutions and directors in professional negligence disputes. Graham Huntley and Abdulali Jiwaji are also recommended.

TLT is ‘excellent for banking-related professional negligence’ disputes and handles claims against financial advisers, accountants, insurance brokers, claims handlers, tax mitigation advisers, and law firms, and also defends claims against valuer subsidiaries of its banking clients. It acted for a major clearing bank in a professional negligence claim against a property valuer pertaining to the valuation of a care home. RBS, Nationwide Building Society, Paratus AMC, Bank of India, Bank of Baroda and Santander are clients. Andrew Lyon has ‘a fantastic claimant practice’ and Peter Richards-Gaskin, who ‘builds an excellent rapport with clients and can lead a team in the most complex disputes’, is defending a number of large lenders against high-value claims. Recently promoted legal director Nick Curling, and associate Claire Kershaw, who is an ‘astute lawyer who is totally dedicated to the client’s cause’, are also recommended.

The team at Burges Salmon LLP is based across its London and Bristol offices, and has a predominantly claimant-focused practice, and is adept at bringing cases against companies in the financial, legal, pensions, IT, construction, environment, energy, accountancy and tax sectors, among others. Team head Andrew Burnette is ‘commercial, effective and on the ball’ and Paul Haggett is ‘experienced’. The group is acting for Nomura London Retirement Benefits Plan Trustee and Nomura International in a £10m claim against Mercer regarding the drafting of pension scheme rules. It is also pursuing a large portfolio of claims for Nationwide Building Society concerning advice provided by surveyors and solicitors’ firms regarding commercial property transactions. The Co-operative Bank, Volvo Group (UK) and Cobb Europe are also clients.

Carter Perry Bailey LLP’s team is ‘approachable’, ‘agile and proactive, and moves quickly when needed’. The group handles professional negligence cases for various insurers, and is adept at handling matters involving insurance brokers, solicitors, property agents and financial institutions. AXA Art Insurance, PartnerRe Ireland Insurance, NPA Insurance, DIP Investments and Hampden Group are clients. Practice head Mark Aizlewood is ‘not afraid of a fight’ and ‘thinks through the law and tactics clearly, and in advance, enabling clients to gain a tactical edge’. Simon Thomas is ‘an excellent negotiator and tactician’, ‘provides calm advice’ and ‘sticks to his guns’.

Cubism Law is included in the table for the first time following its merger with Neumans LLP. The legacy Neumans LLP team represented Continental Transfert Technique in pursuing a claim for the alleged negligent enforcement of an arbitration award against a law firm. Anjan Patel is ‘tenacious in the pursuit of his client’s interests’.

The ‘professional’ team at Fladgate LLP has ‘good commercial awareness’. The group acts for high-net-worth individuals and companies in claims against solicitors, accountants and construction professionals, and handles defence work for clients including Deloitte and the Medical Defence Union. It is representing a family trust in a claim against a firm of solicitors pertaining to the loss of opportunity to invest in property. Professional negligence head Simon Brew is ‘very knowledgeable’ and dispute resolution head Simon Ekins is ‘excellent’. Janet Keeley, Sophia Purkis, Jonathan Hibberts and Digby Hebbard are also noted.

Hamlins LLP’s ‘quick and efficient’ team predominantly handles claims against law firms, accountants, financial advisers, trustees, and construction professionals, including surveyors and civil engineers. European Land & Property, Triple Point, ICF Group and VolkerFitzpatrick are clients. Head of litigation Amanda Burge ‘has superior strategic insight and considers all options and the impact of any steps on other related proceedings’.

Healys LLP handles claimant work for clients in disputes against a range of professions, including solicitors, valuers, architects, IFAs, construction and financial services professionals. The team is acting for a private individual in a claim against its former solicitors regarding alleged failure to deal with an employment claim, and represented Dreamvar (UK) in a claim against two firms of solicitors concerning a fraudulent property transaction. Dispute resolution head Robert Johnson is ‘bright, commercial and manages to master the detail while at the same time being focused entirely on the commercial aims of the client’. Jerome O’Sullivan is ‘tenacious and a strong negotiator’. David Bailey joined from Shakespeare Martineau LLP in 2016.

Irwin Mitchell handles claimant instructions against surveyors, financial services advisers and solicitors. HSBC, RBS and Kleinwort Benson are clients. Practice head Jonathan Sachs is ‘super experienced and massively knowledgeable’ and, according to one client, ‘his number should be the first dialed for anyone who becomes involved in a professional negligence case’.

With offices in London, Bermuda and the US, Sedgwick, Detert, Moran and Arnold LLP acts for insurers in a range of professional negligence cases, primarily those involving companies in traditional sectors, but is increasingly handling disputes pertaining to cyber liability issues. It is handling coverage and strategy issues for Beazley relating to a claim made against an offshore law firm. Karen Morrish who handles defence and coverage work relating to cases involving lawyers, accountants and insurance intermediaries, Tristan Hall, who handles coverage work relating to fund managers, and advises insurers on cyber liability issues, and Edward Smerdon, who is instructed on coverage issues relating to financial lines claims, are the practice co-heads.

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