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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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In total, nearly 100 law firms are ranked across the Legal 500 London insurance section, which compares firms across both the defendant and claimant side of clinical negligence; personal injury and product liability work. Other areas ranked include insurance litigation; corporate and regulatory advisory work and professional negligence. Firms to feature prominently include insurance specialists such as Clyde & Co; DAC Beachcroft and Kennedys, as well as international firms including Herbert Smith Freehills, Hogan Lovells and Mayer Brown.


Clinical negligence: claimant

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Bolt Burdon Kemp fields a team that attracts praise for 'going the extra mile' and being 'consistently client focused'. The practice covers a broad range of catastrophic injury cases, and is sub-divided into specialist departments dedicated to one type of injury, such as spinal and child brain injury. Advising on the needs of ex-service personnel, such as mental health care within the Armed Forces, is another niche specialism offered by the Military team. Practice head Caroline Klage focuses on complex child brain injury cases, including cerebral palsy claims. Raquel Siganporia leads the spinal injury team, and regularly acts for those who, having a primary injury, then suffer a secondary complication indicative of negligence.

Practice head(s):Caroline Klage

Other key lawyers:Suzanne Trask; Raquel Siganporia

Testimonials

'The clinical negligence team at BBK incorporates first class lawyers who have had excellent training, along with a very client-focused approach. This ensures great attention to detail, and their concentration on high value claims means they have the resources to devote to each case.'

'They are very strong on making sure the client (often a child or protected party) gets the best treatment and care, frequently expending time and resources to benefit the Claimant, for which they realise they will not recover all their own costs.'

'A track record of achieving outstanding results in high value catastrophic claims, particularly involving birth injury. The team is highly knowledgeable, dedicated and fearless.'

'Raquel Siganporia is a stand out partner who demonstrates strengths in difficult situations and unending patience, empathy and thoroughness, as well as a strong legal knowledge in her field.'

'Raquel Siganporia is an exceptional solicitor who tenaciously represents her clients, many of whom have suffered life-changing spinal injuries.'

' Caroline Klage is one of the very best, if not the best, clinical negligence solicitor in the UK. Her understanding of birth injury claims is second to none and she has incredible empathy with her clients.'

Led by recommended Paul McNeil, the team at Fieldfisher boasts an extensive track-record acting for those injured through medical negligence in multi-million pound claims. The practice offers broad representation to UK-based and international clients in cases related to obstetrics, fetal medicine, neurosurgery, gynaecology and cancer, among others. Samantha Critchley regularly leads on high value birth and neonatal injury claims. Delayed cancer diagnosis and cerebral palsy-related claims are all areas of expertise for Mark Bowman, while Jonathan Zimmern's experience also spans spinal and orthopaedic injury.

Practice head(s):Paul McNeil

Other key lawyers:Samantha Critchley; Jane Weakley; Mark Bowman; Jonathan Zimmern

Testimonials

'Fieldfisher's approach is outstanding, from the point of initial contact to claim conclusion (some ten years later) we found everybody exceptionally helpful, understanding and highly approachable.  Their professionalism shines through.'

'They have attention to detail, great access to the best experts and excellent judgement in the management of their cases.'

'Very hardworking team of highly competent lawyers.'

'Mark Bowman's commitment to our claim went over and above our expectations.  He was hugely knowledgeable, supportive and reassuring; communication was clear and no question was too small for him to answer.'

‘Jonathan Zimmern's comprehension of complex medical issues and ability to present them simply is first rate.'

Work highlights

  • Representing a pregnant claimant before the Court of Appeal regarding the duties of care owed to her by the clinicians treating her father's Huntingdon's Disease. The case will address whether clinicians should be legally obliged to consider the interests of those beyond the patient who may be affected by genetic information.
  • Recovered  approximately £12m for a young woman who had a craniotomy, who suffered brain damage when she was allowed to fall from bed as a result of nursing negligence.
  • Recovered £37m for a six-year-old boy who suffered a catastrophic brain injury after contracting the herpes virus at Watford General Hospital.
  • Reached a £23m settlement for 2-year-old girl who suffered a stroke due to negligent heart surgery.
  • Recovering a damages payment of £19.6m (including a lump sum of £7.3 million) for a brain injured child as a result of negligent treatment at Barnet Hospital.

Irwin Mitchell fields 'a team of specialists with real strength in depth' that represents victims of medical negligence in complex claims and often multi-million pound settlements. The practice demonstrates particular expertise acting on behalf of brain damaged babies and adults left with life-changing neurological injuries. Team head Alison Eddy, who counts with more than 30 years of experience in the field, continues to focus on the implementation of early rehabilitation wherever possible. Auriana Griffiths specialises in maximum severity injuries sustained at birth, while Anita Jewitt has a particular interest in brain and spinal cord injury cases.

Practice head(s):Alison Eddy

Other key lawyers:Auriana Griffiths; Ian Christian; Leena Savjani; Anita Jewitt; Anne Kavanagh

Testimonials

'The team is able to call on the top experts to advise clients, counting on years of experience and a range of talent.'

‘Great litigators, always prepared to run the difficult cases, achieving remarkable results at the highest levels.’

'London team head Alison Eddy has great powers of analysis and sees straight to the heart of the matter.  She is not afraid to challenge people to ensure her clients get the best possible service.’

'Auriana Griffiths's dedication, attention to detail and ability to manage all aspects of complex cases are very impressive.'

‘Anita Jewitt has a tenacious approach to her cases and is one to watch: great client handling and super approach to getting the best out of her team.’

'Alison Eddy is a stellar performer with great judgement.'

'Anita Jewitt has a tenacious approach to her cases and is one to watch: great client handling and super approach to getting the best out of her team.'

'Anne Kavanagh analyses cases expertly.'

'Alison Eddy is definitively the nation's pre-eminent clinical negligence lawyer.'

 

'Anne Kavanagh will pursue her client's goals, to trial and appeal if necessary.'

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of a young female in a multi-million pound clinical negligence claim against Barts Health NHS Trust, in relation to a severe brain injury sustained as a result of anaesthetic errors at birth.
  • Representing claimant in liability and quantum claims regarding the negligent delay in the treatment of an infection and avoidable brain injury following an ear operation at the Tunbridge Wells Hospital.
  • Acting on behalf of the claimants in a wrongful birth claim, relating to the alleged negligence of the defendant’s sonographer in missing a defect in an  anomaly scan at the Princess Royal University Hospital.
  • Acting for a 64-year-old claimant who is now paraplegic in a £4.8 claim for injuries and losses against Barts Heath NHS Trust, in relation to negligent care and delayed treatment.
  • Represented claimant in XX v Whittington Hospital NHS Trust in seeking the costs of surrogacy, after the client was left infertile following a delayed diagnosis of cervical cancer.

Kingsley Napley LLP provides the full-range of clinical negligence advice, with a particular emphasis on spinal and brain injuries, meningitis and cerebral palsy related claims. The team's caseload ranges in scope and value, and includes maximum severity matters arising from wrongful birth, cancer misdiagnoses, surgical errors, as well as fatal claims where quantum is complex. Team head Terrence Donovan has developed a niche in suicide cases linked to poor psychiatric care. Kate Rohde has a lot of experience of cerebral palsy cases and fatal injury claims, while senior associate Punam Sood is frequently involved  in matters concerning catastrophic brain and spinal injuries.

Practice head(s):Terrence Donovan

Other key lawyers:Kate Rohde; Richard Lodge; Punam Sood; Laura Sylvester

Testimonials

'High quality work and excellent client care - the solicitors really do care and build strong and trusting working relationships with clients. The firm's solicitors are very sensible. They have the good judgement not to take weak points and are realistic in their assessments of their cases. Having said that, they fight hard to get the best result for their clients'. 

'Punam Sood is hard-working and dogged but also incredibly personable. She is smart and is not afraid to challenge counsel, which is a really positive attribute.'

'Senior associate Laura Sylvester is down to earth and builds great relationships. It is clear clients value her input and trust her. She is an excellent all-round claimant clinical negligence solicitor.'

'Laura Sylvester is one of the most measured clinical negligence solicitors in the sector. She has a very practical approach and is, I think, effective. If I had a clinical negligence case she would be on my short list of solicitors to instruct.'

'The clinical negligence team has unrivaled experience coupled with excellent people skills. Client care is a priority. In my judgment, the service provided is of the first rank. In terms of comparison with Leigh Day; Field Fisher; Irwin Mitchell and Slater & Gordon - they are their equals. Their technical abilities are unquestioned and in my experience, each claim receives the full scope of analysis and work up with no point overlooked. I would have no hesitation in recommending the team to any family member or friend who required the best advice in this area of practice'.

'The partners Terence Donovan, Kate Rohde and Richard Lodge are excellent leaders and lawyers of exceptional caliber. I have been instructed by each of them and the insight and commitment is inspiring. They stand comparison with any other lawyers practicing in this field. As to the associates Suzanne Farg demonstrates outstanding attention to detail and the ability to take forward the most complex of claims. Punam Sood has great empathy with clients and penetrating litigation instincts'.

The 'exceptionally meticulous team' at Leigh Day draws on a wealth of experience in complex medical cases involving life-changing injuries, such as amputations, spinal and brain injuries, as well as fatal claims. The department has seen a shift in leadership, when dual-qualified Suzanne White, whose specialist knowledge encompasses birth injury claims, succeeded the now retired Russell Levy. Claire Fazan has recently been active handling high value claims for children who suffer from cerebral palsy due to midwifery and/or obstetric negligence. Maternal birth injuries involving perineal tears and misdiagnosis of cancer are also among the team's service offering.

Practice head(s):Suzanne White

Other key lawyers:Olive Lewin; Claire Fazan; Sally-Jean Nicholes

Testimonials

‘From top to bottom, quality runs through Leigh Day's clinical negligence team. They have a huge wealth of experience and have been involved in some of the most complex and valuable claims that I have encountered. They are extremely good with client care and fight tirelessly for the clients' interests.’

'Leigh Day is the pre-eminent claimant clinical negligence firm not only in London but in the whole of the UK.  The team has great strength in its cross-section of people, with a vast depth of experience.The team is driven by a desire for the underdog patient to achieve justice against the establishment.'

'They are thorough in investigating potential claims, knowledgeable in their assessment of strengths and weaknesses of those claims and fearless when pursuing cases assessed to have genuine merit.’

'Suzanne White exemplifies the firm's commitment to achieve the best possible results for its clients. She has great tactical acumen and is able to step back and look at the bigger picture of a catastrophic case.'

'Claire Fazan is head and shoulders above the field, with an unrivalled caseload of high profile, complex clinical negligence cases for catastrophic injuries. Her judgement is second to none.'

Work highlights

  • Represented a family in an inquest regarding a fatal case involving the death of a young mother during an angiogram.
  • Representing the claimant in JRM v King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, who suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury during delivery, leaving him ventilator and wheelchair dependent for life.
  • Successfully acted for a patient who suffered tetraplegia following spinal surgery and failure by the surgeon to obtain informed consent (£4.4m recovered at trial).
  • Represented claimant who suffered tetraplegia following failure to make an early diagnosis of TB meningitis (capitalized value in excess of £16 m).
  • Acted on behalf of a claimant in a hard fought and complex £15m wrongful birth claim.

Stewarts Law LLP's London team exclusively undertakes cases with an estimated value in excess of £1m, which involve catastrophic or maximum severity injuries. Despite the cap on the value of cases, the practice's sphere of expertise is far from limited. Brain and birth injury, psychiatric claims, oncology treatments, failures to diagnose illness and fatal accidents are all key areas of activity for the department, which has been under the leadership of Muiris Lyons for a decade. Spinal Injury claims remain a mainstay of the practice, which often represents high-net-worth claimants.

Practice head(s):Muiris Lyons

Other key lawyers:Nick Knowles; Robert Dransfield; Hugh Johnson; Nadia Kreuger-Young

Testimonials

'Stewarts Law is a class act, with a spotless approach to the preparation of papers.  All lawyers have good tactical acumen and a sympathetic client-focused approach.'

'A vastly experienced team with an impressive practice in catastrophic injuries, and which is deeply committed to clients who suffered spinal cord injuries.'

'Stewarts offers a Rolls Royce service to clients, with each of its fee earners having the requisite time and resources to devote to their cases.'

'The team is selective in the work taken on and works cases up to the best state they could be in before trial/settlement. They constitute a formidable litigation force which defendant firms simply have to respect.'

'A team which engenders courage ( they do not shy away from difficult cases), total dedication to the clients' cause (leaving no stone unturned) and a winning combination of medical as well as legal know-how.'

'Muiris Lyons leads the team with exceptional charm, intelligence and unparalleled knowledge of the industry.'

‘Hugh Johnson has a first class brain, charming manner and diligent approach to all his cases.’

Work highlights

  • Successfully representing neurologically injured claimant against a neurosurgeon in relation to negligent post-operative treatment.

Anthony Gold offers representation to claimants on the full-array of severe injuries arising from treatment and medical negligence, including neurological, brain and spinal cord injury cases, misdiagnosis and psychiatric claims. The firm's cases are often high value and several lawyers within the core team hold dual-qualifications, bringing their practical experience and specialist medical knowledge to the forefront in each claim. Birth and child brain injury expert Jon Nicholson leads the practice, which is regarded as a go-to in London for international clients who have received negligent treatment in private hospitals.

Practice head(s):Jon Nicholson

Other key lawyers:Jock Mackenzie; Jenny Kennedy; Ali Malsher

Testimonials

'Anthony Gold offers a complete service for medical negligence claims.Their particular specialism is making the client feel special and delivering a tailored service for each Claimant.

'The clinical negligence team at Anthony Gold has medical knowledge linked to legal acumen, thereby giving them an edge on their rivals.'

'The team is consistently excellent, well prepared, knowledgeable and good with clients.'

'Jon Nicholson is a heavyweight practitioner with great enthusiasm and ability. He has an enormous intellect and compendious knowledge which he deploys to the good effect of his clients. He fights tirelessly.'

'Jenny Kennedy is a doughty fighter with excellent knowledge of medical issues.'

'Ali Malsher is a total star; she has knowledge in depth and can identify a claim's strengths and weaknesses in an instant.'

Work highlights

  • Settled a neonatal brain injury claim against Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, regarding a negligent delay in the treatment of hypoglycaemia for a total of £17 m.
  • Secured a £2m settlement on behalf of a five-year-old boy who was born prematurely with a disabling genetic condition, after a doctor failed to diagnose him with hydrocephalus.
  • Acted for the common-law wife and young children of a 32-year-old man who died following the mismanagement of a very rare condition at Croydon Hospital.
  • Settled a claim against Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust for a negligent failure to prescribe blood thinners to a then 82-year-old man following heart surgery (£700k).
  • Acting for a 68-year-old lady who suffered severe brain and orthopaedic injuries following a suicide attempt, after her GP and local walk-in-centre failed to diagnose her with psychosis.

Bindmans LLP offers legal representation to those who have suffered catastrophic injuries due to clinical negligence, placing significant emphasis on facilitating early rehabilitation. The team 'puts the client at the centre of the litigation process' and is typically instructed on cases involving complex child and adult head injuries, avoidable strokes, birth injury, orthopaedic-related negligence and amputations. Acting for claimants in cases arising from substandard medical treatment while in prison or detained is another core specialism. Team head Jonathan Crocker receives key support from Yagmur Ekici on catastrophic claims.

Practice head(s):Jon Crocker

Other key lawyers:Siobhan Kelly; Alla Murphy; Yagmur Ekici

Testimonials

'Bindmans has both medical and legal experience and extensive contacts with experts and counsel.The team has a strong supportive approach.'

'Instructions are always well prepared and the documentation carefully collated, sorted and presented.  The team has good experience and expertise of the underlying medical issues.'

'Jon Crocker is superb; he is very thorough, committed to his cases, professional and highly approachable.'

'Yagmur Ekici not only understands the law but has a good grasp of the medicine.  She does not push ideas beyond their natural conclusion and provides a good interface between expert and client, so that the client fully understands the strengths and weaknesses of a case.'

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors handles a wide array of medical negligence cases that range in value from several thousands to million-pound settlements. The team is composed of experts who bring a mix of previous medical experience to the application of law in difficult cases, which often elicit human rights' elements. Obstetric and maternal injuries, brain and spinal injury cases, surgery errors, misdiagnoses, delays in treatment and GP negligence are all key areas of activity for the practice. The team, which is headed by Agata Usewicz , includes the 'thoughtful' Nina Ali, whose expertise spans psychiatric cases, as well as former head of Slater and Gordon's London clinical negligence team James Bell.

Practice head(s):Agata Usewicz

Other key lawyers:James Bell; Nina Ali; Dawn Treloar

Testimonials

'A team which is known - rightly - for never giving up on a lost cause. Ruthless with defendants but really thoughtful with clients.'

'A leading firm with a wealth of experience. The team is capable of dealing comfortably and expertly with all sizes and types of claim, including very high value and complex claims.'

'I have been given total support by this law practice throughout my claim and every question I have raised concerning the ongoing litigation has been answered clearly and quickly. They are, undoubtedly, a leader in their field of expertise.'

'Agata Usewicz is easy to work with and gets good results.'

'James Bell is very experienced and knowledgeable - aware of all the recent cases and how best to use them. He is a safe pair of hands for the most difficult cases.'

Work highlights

  • Reached a capitalised settlement of £8m on behalf of a claimant in a birth injury case against a hospital.
  • Represented clients in a fatal claim against two GPs and ambulance service for the failure to recognise the symptoms of sepsis in an infant.
  • Acted for claimant who sustained a brain injury due to Herpes Simplex Encephalitis, following delay in admission to hospital and treatment.
  • Acted in a claim against a hospital for negligent failure to appropriately manage the client’s caesarean section wound, resulting in recurrent infections and a psychiatric injury.
  • Representing an acclaimed opera singer in a claim against a surgeon regarding surgery negligence resulting in bone and muscle damage.

Russell-Cooke LLP offers representation to the full-range of individuals requiring legal services, advising adults from all walks of life as well as children who  have been victims of medical negligence. Key areas of work include acting on claims concerning injuries sustained at the time of birth, head and spinal injuries, delays in treatment, misdiagnoses of sepsis and cancer, as well as dentistry, ophthalmology and orthopaedic injuries. Team leader Deborah Blythe acted in the landmark victory in the Supreme Court of Darnley v Croydon Hospital NHS Trust, which further defined the legal principle of the duty of care for non-medical staff and A&E departments.

Practice head(s):Deborah Blythe

Other key lawyers:Janice Gardner; Dominic Fairclough; Lucy Wilton

Testimonials

'The clinical negligence team offer the highest professional standards with expertise and service that sets them head and shoulders above others.'

'There is a comfort in knowing that Russell Cooke are a class- act who will fight their cases ethically, appropriately, but always to the best advantage of their clients.'

'The team is professional and succinct in their instructions, diligent, thoughtful and with excellent attention to detail.'

Work highlights

  • Successfully acted for claimant in Darnley v Croydon Healthcare NHS Trust before the Supreme Court on issue of Duty of Care for non-medical staff  in A& E departments.
  • Preparing case for the review of doctrine of ‘ex turpi causa’ in the Supreme Court, after a claimant with a long mental history of schizophrenia killed her mother, following alleged negligent treatment and failure to act by the Hospital Trust responsible for her care.
  • Representing claimants against Epsom General Hospital in fatal claim, resulting from various failures and delay in diagnosis of vascular problem.
  • Acting on behalf of claimant against St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in relation to treatment and surgery negligence.

Slater and Gordon's team is praised for offering a comprehensive service that goes beyond compensation by fully supporting injured clients. The team demonstrates particular expertise handling claims of maximum severity and has more recently gained recognition in group-actions, following its lead role in the Paterson (breast surgeon) litigation. Typical instructions include claims involving brain injury, spinal injury, amputations and surgical errors. Practice head Emma Doughty has developed a specialist interest in cancer and obstetric claims, while also dealing with high-value birth injury cases. The 'committed' Laura Preston further brings experience in fatal accidents and inquests.

Practice head(s):Emma Doughty

Other key lawyers:Penny Fitzpatrick; Laura Preston

Testimonials

'Extremely knowledgeable and with a wealth of knowledge of complex, multi party actions in light of their work on the Paterson case.'

'The team is full of real star individuals and is led by Emma Doughty who is a 'tour de force'. They are reassuring, calm under pressure and really fight for their clients.'

'No stone is left unturned and you know that Emma Doughty will have considered every possibility and line of attack to try and achieve the right result. Her abilities are far beyond what you would expect for her years.'

'Penny Fitzpatrick is a very safe pair of hands in more difficult and high value claims.'

Work highlights

  • Representing claimant who suffered with a Brown-Seuqard type syndrome with symptoms of incomplete paraplegia as a result of negligent corrective surgery.
  • Acting on behalf of an entrepreneur who suffered partial amputation as a result of a delay in diagnosis.
  • Representing a child in a claim, arising from the hospital's failure to diagnose sepsis and avoidable amputation of limbs.
  • Acting on behalf of a young mother who was left paralysed from the waist down after giving birth, following  negligent delays in scanning and treating a spinal bleed.
  • Acting in case related to a delay in diagnosis and treatment of a diabetic foot ulcer resulting in an unnecessary partial amputation of the Claimant’s foot.

Hugh James has developed a solid clinical negligence department in London, which covers a broad spectrum of high value claims, including those arising from obstetric negligence, surgical errors, fatal accidents and missed diagnosis. Led by the 'simply brilliant' Grainne Barton, the practice has witnessed a growth in inquest representation alongside the usual medical negligence litigation. Lynda Reynolds leads on inquest work and subsequent civil claims, while still offering assistance to Barton in multi-million pound cases. The team is also active advising on matters involving stillbirth claims, cauda equina syndrome as well as cerebral palsy.

Practice head(s):Grainne Barton

Other key lawyers:Lynda Reynolds; Helen Neville; Sophie Jones

Testimonials

'Hugh James is a highly professional firm inspiring confidence to attract clients to use their services. Navigating a clinical negligence claim requires sensitivity, competence and professionalism which Hugh James provided for us to make informed decisions.'

'Extremely cohesive team with experienced practitioners and a real 'down to earth' approach.'

'The team in London led by Grainne Barton are hard-working, exceptionally compassionate and caring with their clients. They are not motivated by lining their own pockets but getting the best results for their clients.'

'Grainne Barton is an extremely caring and compassionate lawyer. While she is technically very able she is also very sensible and pragmatic and looks to get the best results for her clients.'

'Lynda Reynolds continues to shine. She is a highly effective litigator and absolutely tireless on her clients' behalf. She is highly skilled and energetic and clients benefit also from the knowledge she has from her previous experience in intensive care nursing.'

'Sophie Jones is incredibly professional, compassionate and proactive in her approach dealing with cases.'

Moore Blatch LLP fields a team with an unparalleled success rate settling an array of high-value claims arising from clinical negligence. Practice head and neurological injury specialist Anne Cassidy provides key support to Tim Spring, who oversees both the Richmond and Southampton offices. Cerebral palsy is an area of particular expertise for the department, which is also adept at handling cases involving neurosurgery, cauda equina syndrome, as well as infectious diseases of the brain and endocrine conditions.

Practice head(s):Tim Spring; Anne Cassidy

Other key lawyers:Sarah Stanton

Testimonials

'Excellent case selection due to depth and breadth of the knowledge of the medical field. Work directly with the Charitable sector to support clients.'

'Tim Spring is an excellent person to work with'.

'Always found them to be very professional'.

'Very thorough and personable to deal with'.

'Moore Blatch quickly got back to me about my case after several solicitors had not answered. Once they took the case I was kept informed on progress, always in a helpful and courteous way. I was quite satisfied with the outcome of the case'.

'Tim Spring - Quick response to my initial inquiry, clearly an immediate insight of valid case Mala Sidebottom Very good conduct of the whole case start to finish Amie Ketteridge Lowe Excellent communication with frequent updates on case progress'.

Work highlights

  • Representing claimant in a cerebral palsy case, arising from a delayed diagnosis of acute fatty liver of pregnancy (estimated capitalised value  £5.5m).
  • Reaching a £700k settlement on behalf of claimant, who suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of inappropriate neurosurgery.

Osbornes is experienced at handling high-value clinical negligence work, with a particular emphasis on fatal claims, child and adult brain injuries as well as complex spinal damage cases. Stephanie Prior, who holds a dual qualification as a nurse and solicitor, brings to the department an in-depth knowledge of medical procedure. Spinal cord injury expert Ben Posford is regularly instructed to act on cases involving Cauda Equina Syndrome. The team further offers representation to claimants from non-English speaking communities against healthcare providers both in the public and private sectors.

Practice head(s):Stephanie Prior

Other key lawyers:Ben Posford; Rob Aylott

Testimonials

'Osbornes provides a very intimate and personal client service which is increasingly rare in this sector.'

'The lawyers in the team are highly experienced and will drive cases very hard on behalf of their clients.'

'Stephanie Prior has a realistic attitude to the complexities of the cases. She wins the trust of her clients and goes the extra mile to ensure they get the best outcomes.'

'Stephanie's background in medicine gives her an ability to read between the lines where medical records and expert evidence are concerned and is a great asset. '

Work highlights

  • Acting in a case against University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust concerning an overdose of Lidocaine given to the Claimant which caused her to sustain a cardiac arrest and suffer permanent brain damage (valued at £2m).

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP  advises on all aspects of clinical negligence claims, and is regularly involved in cases concerning maximum severity injuries. John Kyriacou has over 25 years of experience in the field of medical negligence litigation and leads a team that demonstrates strength across brain and spinal injury cases, gynaecological claims as well as delay in diagnosis of medical conditions. The 'meticulous' Rosie Nelson has specialist knowledge in cerebral palsy claims and orthopaedic injuries, while the 'hard working' Sarah Hibberd is the main point of contact for maternal injuries and cosmetic surgery claims.

Practice head(s):John Kyriacou

Other key lawyers:Sarah Hibberd; Rosie Nelson

Testimonials

'The clinical negligence team at Penningtons London is a small, close-knit collective of excellent lawyers. They have a range of seniority within the team, which results in cases of all values and complexities being handled with the same degree of consummate skill.'

'The team keeps the the client and their involvement at the heart of every case.'

'The whole team is extremely organised and is efficiently run by John Kyriacou, whose wealth of experience in the field is being continuously disseminated among his team.'

'Penningtons are knowledgeable, organised, professional. Everything is always explained to us in way we can understand and we are regularly updated about the progress of our case.'

Devonshires Solicitors LLP is adept at bringing claims on behalf of adults and children against hospitals, GPs, dentists and private healthcare providers. The team demonstrates experience handling claims involving birth and brain injuries, surgical errors, delay in diagnosis of medical conditions as well as fatal accident claims and inappropriate treatment claims. The practice is further recognised as a go-to firm for ophthalmology claims, fielding a specialist eye team led by Nick Grant.

Practice head(s):Nick Grant

Other key lawyers:Karen Cathcart; Nicola Bould

Testimonials

'Devonshires's clinical negligence team provide an approachable and personal service to clients.'

'The team takes on serious clinical negligence claims and gets consistently good results.'

'They are never afraid to make a tough decision but always treats clients with great humanity'

'Nicola Bould's strengths lie in her ability to identify the real issues in the case, analyse them and instruct excellent experts to advise and report on those issues. Her knowledge of anatomy is very impressive, which enables her to be on the same wavelength as experts.'

'Karen Cathcart is a rising star. She has enormous energy, a great strategic brain and she fights hard until the very end.'

Hudgell Solicitors is regularly sought out by people who have suffered life-changing and/or limiting injuries as a result of serious medical negligence. The team focuses efforts on prompt rehabilitation, and is often swift to obtain appropriate packages of life-long care and support for claimants. Shurouk Al-Sabbagh was recently appointed head of legal practice, bringing 25 years of experience in the field  to the post. The department has specialist knowledge in claims involving brain and spinal cord injury, fatalities, missed diagnosis of medical conditions, avoidable amputations, as well as birth negligence leading to conditions such as cerebral palsy.

Practice head(s):Shurouk Al-Sabbagh

Other key lawyers:Jodi Newton; Josie Robinson; Sue Jackson

Testimonials

'The London clinical negligence team has drawn on some of the best talent from other firms and recruited an excellent senior staff.'

'They manage to combine empathy and diligence with ruthless determination to secure the right outcome for their clients.'

'The stand-out solicitor is Jodi Newton, who has a huge track record of successful clinical negligence work. She is forensic in her attention to detail, but also sees the broad sweep of strategic considerations.'

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of a claimant against Tunbridge Wells Hospital that failed to diagnose a fracture to the patient's neck.
  • Instructed by the family of a deceased 34-year-old man, who following a ruptured Achilles, developed a DVT and pulmonary embolism, as a result of which he suffered a cardiac arrest and died two weeks later.

McMillan Williams offers representation to both children and adults in a range of claims involving spinal cord damage, neurological deficit, chronic pain and surgical errors arising from clinical negligence. The London team is headed by Lauren Phillips, who has developed an interest in matters concerning obstetrics, gynaecology and birth injury. Andrew Bentham's expertise spans orthopaedic claims, and he demonstrates particular experience in fatal accident claims and inquests.

Practice head(s):Lauren Phillips

Other key lawyers:Andrew Bentham

The  'efficient and supportive' clinical negligence team at Simpson Millar LLP handles a range of complex cases, and is often instructed against NHS Trusts, GPs,  as well as private healthcare providers. The team's service offering includes representation in claims involving late diagnosis and treatment, amputations, cosmetic and laser eye surgery, obstetrics and gynaecological injuries. Practice head David Thomas has more than 20 years of litigation experience, and runs a niche caseload of high-value birth injury claims, including cerebral palsy and Erb's palsy. The team receives key support from its Kingston office, where Geoffrey Simpson-Scott leads on catastrophic injury cases.

Practice head(s):David Thomas; Geoffrey Simpson-Scott

Other key lawyers:Dino Enahoro

Testimonials

'A diverse and knowledgeable group of experienced lawyers. They handle a wide range of claims both in terms of complexity and value.'

'The team thinks ahead to all the evidential issues that may arise in a case and tries to combat them as early as possible.'

'David Thomas is relentless in his pursuit of justice for his client. A fierce negotiator who often achieves very impressive settlements for his clients.'

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of claimant against St George's healthcare NHS Trust in a case arising from the delay and failure to diagnose endometrial cancer.
  • Represented claimant who was left with long-term neurocognitive problems/brain injury following negligent post-operative monitoring.
  • Acting on behalf of claimant against Peterborough & Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in an obstetric negligence case involving consent to an emergency caesarean section followed by a laparotomy.
  • Acting on behalf of a patient against Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust in a GP claim relating to negligent treatment and delayed diagnosis of cancer (£200k awarded damages) .
  • Representing client in a claim involving delayed diagnosis and treatment of sepsis, leading to amputation of several limbs, renal transplant surgery and psychological injury.


Clinical negligence: defendant

Index of tables

  1. Clinical negligence: defendant
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Leading individuals

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Next Generation Partners

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Rising stars

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Capsticks LLP's clinical law team has recently added five new NHS Trusts to the already more than 300 public and independent sector healthcare providers within its client portfolio. Group litigation expert Philip Hatherall leads the specialist inquest team, which provides both an advisory and advocacy service. Majid Hassan, who is the lead partner for The Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) specialising in the defence of claims againts GPs, also heads the medical malpractice insurance team, offering representation in a wide range of civil claims brought against private surgeons, clinics and hospitals, as well as providing risk management and governance advice to medical teams in elite sports. The team was involved in some recent landmark cases: legal Director Cassius Box led advice to the defendant in the landmark Supreme Court case Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, which clarified the scope of the duty of care of Emergency Department receptionists and non-medical staff; while Catherine Bennett represented three NHS Trusts in a high-profile case that has become the leading authority on the sharing of patient information. Catastrophic injuries, cardiac, obstetric, neonatal and consent-related cases are all areas of expertise for the department.

Practice head(s):Peter Marquand

Other key lawyers:Philip Hatherall; Majid Hassan; Cassius Box; Catherine Bennett

Testimonials

'Capsticks been the top specialist clinical negligence defendant firm for many years and remain so.'

'Capsticks' strength comes from the leadership of the senior partners and the care which has gone into assembling a team of bright lawyers, who are motivated and work well together in a challenging environment.'

'Cassius Box has extensive experience and superb judgement. On top of that, he is well respected by his opponents.'

Key Clients

MDDUS

NHS Resolution

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust

South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Acted for NHS Resolution and Croydon Health Services Trust in the Supreme Court decision Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust on the scope of the duty of care of Emergency Department receptionists and non-medical staff.
  • Acted on behalf of NHS Resolution and three Trusts in a case related to the sharing of patient information with a family member regarding a hereditary condition.
  • Acted for NHS Resolution and Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust in dismissing a a cerebral palsy claim regarding alleged negligence advice on breastfeeding.
  • Represented NHS Resolution on behalf of West Hertfordshire Hospital NHS Trust in what is thought to be the biggest settlement ever for a clinical negligence case in the UK (£37m).
  • Represented  the Trust in connection with the inquest into the death of Alice Brooks, who became ill after eating a meal at a branch of Wagamama.

Clyde & Co LLP fields 'an experienced team handling some of the weightiest clinical negligence cases'. The practice has a full-service healthcare offering, which not only includes defendant clinical negligence, but also encompasses regulatory and disciplinary proceedings, judicial review and representation at inquests. The team is instructed by heavyweights in the public sector as well as several private medical malpractice insurers, healthcare providers and privately paying individuals. Head of the Global Healthcare practice Claire Petts has particular expertise acting for medical professionals in brain injury, obstetric and other maximum severity claims. Gemma Brannigan 's experience spans advocacy in a number of high-profile inquests, including prison inquests. The 'very professional and first-class lawyer' Sam Holden often handles claims involving birth asphyxia and neurological injuries.

Practice head(s):Claire Petts

Other key lawyers:Gemma Brannigan; Robert Wilson; Sam Holden; Richard Manstoff

Testimonials

'Clyde and Co are a friendly, experienced and approachable team with a wealth of knowledge about the NHS and Healthcare Law.'

'They have strength in depth to provide an excellent service to NHS Trusts.'

'An excellent firm of Defendant clinical negligence solicitors who also have a wealth of experience in handling regulatory and inquest matters on behalf of their clients.'

' Claire Petts is hugely experienced in handling all types of complex and high value clinical negligence claims, as well as having a detailed understanding of the regulatory implications of such proceedings for doctors in the GMC or how to handle an inquest arising out of a clinical negligence death.'

'Sam Holden has a very thoughtful approach and is prepared to fight a claim to trial.'

'Richard Manstoff is excellent, with an extremely thorough knowledge of his cases and huge attention to detail.'

Key Clients

NHS Resolution

Medical Protection Society

MDDUS

MPLC

Premium Medical Protection

Berkshire Hathaway International Insurance

Care UK

Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

East Kent University Hospitals NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of CNA Hardy and ITH Pharma Limited in the civil litigation arising from the 2014 baby feed contamination scandal in which 3 babies died and 20 were taken ill with blood poisoning after allegedly receiving medicinal baby feed.
  • Representing Medical Protection Society in striking out a claim brought against the claimant's GP in connection with his prescribing of tramadol for pain relief following a prior road traffic accident.
  • Represented five  NHS Trusts in striking out a £15m fundamentally defective claim regarding the tying of the claimant's fallopian tubes without her consent and failure to diagnose pregnancy.
  • Instructed by Berkshire Hathaway International Insurance Ltd to represent a consultant neurosurgeon at an inquest which concerned the death of a man following the incorrect insertion of a sub-dural drain.
  • Representing Care UK at the inquest regarding an elderly deceased patient who died in a care home where she had developed numerous infected and necrotic pressure sores, on the grounds of negligent care.

DAC Beachcroft LLP fields a 'strong' clinical risk team with an in-depth knowledge of 'all legal aspects of healthcare law', which attracts both nationwide and international instructions. Its client portfolio is populated by a range of healthcare provider and insurer clients, with NHS Resolution taking up most of the 'diligent and approachable' practice's caseload. With more than 25 years' clinical negligence experience, Nigel Montgomery leads the national team, splitting his time between Bristol and London; the practice head is further noted for his management of group actions as well as catastrophic injury work. Birth injury claims are a key strength for co-leader Matthew Mcgrath, who has handled some of the largest claims made against the NHS. Simon Perkins is, in turn, the key point of contact for medical malpractice insurers, and specialises in ophthalmic and plastic surgery claims.

Practice head(s):Nigel Montgomery; Matthew McGrath

Other key lawyers:Simon Perkins

Testimonials

'The practice has a wide experience of complex high value cases that is almost unique.'

'Responsive, efficient and easy to work with.'

'Approachable and pro-active with a broad knowledge of healthcare law.'

'I have worked with the healthcare team at DAC Beachcroft for 10 years now. They are always helpful, efficient, provide first rate advice and provide excellent defence for those clinicians who are the subject of a claim.'

'They are courteous and show interest not just in particular cases, but in the needs of the organisation and its staff as well. As a client I feel looked after and have confidence in them.'

'Matthew McGrath is one of the best clinical negligence litigators of his generation.'

'Simon Perkins is in all respects an exceptional lawyer; knowledgeable, effective advocate, extremely helpful.'

Key Clients

NHS Resolution

The Medical Defence Union

Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Zurich Global Corporate

RSA

WR Berkley

Bupa Dental

Enstar

Optegra UK

Priory

QBE

Beazley

Neon

Renaissance

Bermuda Hospital Board

Newline

MS Amlin

Corvelia

The healthcare litigation department at Hempsons demonstrates 'great breadth and in-depth knowledge of clinical negligence', offering round-the-clock advice to public and private healthcare organisations, charities and social enterprises which commission, regulate or provide health and social care services. The team is involved in complex and high value cases that regularly involve multiple defendants. Practice head Mary Menjou deals with cutting edge medical claims, including those involving rare genetic syndromes, tropical diseases, as well as gender transition cases. Previous Claimant work experience provides the 'unflappable' Gautam Chawla with a valuable insight into healthcare litigation involving medical issues like birth injury, delayed diagnosis of cancer, surgical claims and spinal damage. Alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, is a growing focus of the practice for resolving claims.

Practice head(s):Mary Menjou

Other key lawyers:Nadya Wolferstan; John Holmes; Gautam Chawla

Testimonials

'Traditionally recognised in the clinical negligence field as a leader, Hempsons is able to handle cases at all levels. Fee earners are clever, knowledgeable and very easy to work with.'

'A great deal of thought goes into cases that reach the firm and their judgement as to the merits of cases is second to none.'

'A team which has a well established reputation but does not in any way rest on its laurels.'

'The team has a wealth of experience and access to  the best experts.'

'Mary Menjou is one of the most experienced partners anywhere in this field. She is a lawyer with a real feel for the work coupled with enormous practical skill.'

'Gautam Chawla is a first rate practitioner, with a fantastic intellect, great tactical nous and oodles of charm. Having seen matters from both sides of the fence, he has great insight into his opponents' minds.'

Key Clients

NHS Resolution

Medical Defence Union

Health Trust Europe

Crown Commercial Service

NHS Commercial Solutions

NOE CPC

Work highlights

  • Hempsons was approached by the Jersey Primary Care Body to advise and assist with its lobbying tactics for the introduction of a statutory discount rate within the Channel Island.
  • Acting on behalf of East London NHS Foundation Trust in a contentious inquest focusing on the death of a 35-year-old woman with a diagnosis of several mental health disorders, who resided at a private provider commissioned by the NHS.
  • Instructed on behalf of NHS Resolution in an inquest related to the alleged substandard management of ischaemic small bowel and negligent failure to diagnose and treat bile salt malabsorption and vitamin B12 deficiency thereafter.
  • Acted on behalf of East London NHS Foundation Trust in an inquest regarding the alleged insufficient efforts by the mental health team to assess a deceased patient and provide treatment.

Kennedys boasts a 'first-class team who provides realistic advice' on all issues of risk management, and also offers defendants representation in civil claims and advocacy at inquests. The team acts on behalf of all parts of the healthcare sector, and is often sought by the NHS, individual clinicians and private hospitals, with international private healthcare providers also featuring in its client roster. The 'innovative' Christopher Malla has more than 20 years' experience settling high value claims, and is an expert on quantum issues relating to periodical payments. Nico Fabri has an extensive track record handling multi-jurisdictional cases on behalf of medical malpractice insurers; while Ed Glasgow tends to focus on complex birth injury claims and cases involving paralysis following spinal injury. Former healthcare department head Janet Sayers retired.

Practice head(s):Christopher Malla

Other key lawyers:Ed Glasgow; Nico Fabri

Testimonials

'Kennedys is one of the leading defendant firms, with knowledgeable and committed solicitors and innovative partners.'

'Very strong team that is willing and open to discuss opinions. Nothing is ever too much trouble. They are open and quick to rectify if there are some aspects of the service you are not happy with.'

'Very consistent, keen to work collaboratively and a range of lawyers with different experiences/specialisms.'

'Christopher Malla is knowledgeable and always ready to assist and advise.'

'Nico Fabri is fantastic with clients and works really hard to get the best result possible.'

'Ed Glasgow is very strategic and good at looking at the bigger picture, especially on complex cases.'

Work highlights

  • Liability claim regarding delay in administering medication that was successfully defended at trial, resulting in a saving of around £10m for the NHS.
  • Acting on behalf of defendants in BP v Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust, an important win assisting NHS Trusts in outlining the scope of duty when taking informed consent.
  • Instructed to advise the Health and Social Care Advisory Service (HASCAS), Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) and Welsh Government on the independent inquiry into alleged institutional abuse of patients over three years at Tawel Fan Ward.

The clinical risk team at Bevan Brittan LLP has a strong track record in multi-party actions, as well as providing specialist support to clients on quantum issues. The NHS and an increasing number of private medical malpractice insurers and healthcare providers instruct the team, which has experience across the complete range of complex and high-value cases resulting from the provision of medical care. Department head Joanne Easterbrook's expertise covers group actions and claims arising out of fertility treatment; while cases involving the Human Rights Act and mental health are some of Julie Charlton's special areas of interest. Standout work saw Dan Morris lead advice to the defendants in the important public policy case of XX v Whittington Hospital NHS Trust, concerning the recoverability of damages for commercial surrogacy costs in California.

Practice head(s):Joanne Easterbrook

Other key lawyers:Julie Charlton

Testimonials

'The team have a wealth of experience across the healthcare sector and provide high quality, pragmatic advice.'

'Joanne Easterbrook and Julie Charlton are particularly attentive and supportive.'

Key Clients

NHS Resolution

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Basildon & Thurrock University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

CNA Hardy

Guys & St Thomas's NHS Foundation Trust

West London Health NHS Trust

Beazley

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

Kent & Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust

Neon

Work highlights

  • Represented Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust in a claim alleging failure to obtain informed consent during the course of labour and to deliver the claimant by caesarean section, thereby avoiding brain injury.
  • Acted for the Bermuda Hospitals Board as monitoring counsel in its successful defence of a claim for failure to diagnose and treat compartment syndrome following surgery after a road traffic accident.
  • Represented Whittington Hospital NHS Trust and NHS Resolution in the Court of Appeal on the question of whether a claimant could recover the commercial costs of surrogacy in the US even though such action would not be lawful in the UK.
  • Represented the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Foundation Trust in the successful defence of a claim for failure to provide appropriate post-natal care resulting in gynaecological complications.

Hill Dickinson LLP acts for a range of healthcare providers within the public and private sectors, with NHS Resolution standing out as its most prominent client. National head of Health Litigation Andrew Craggs splits his time between Liverpool and the capital, and is backed up by cerebral palsy and spinal injury specialist Janet McWhinney , who oversees the London department. Multi-million pound cerebral palsy cases as well as indemnity issues arising from a claim are common instructions for the team. The practice's expertise and increasing consideration of Alternative Dispute Resolution methods has also enabled a more cost-effective settlement of high-value and contentious matters.

Practice head(s):Janet McWhinney; Andrew Craggs

Other key lawyers:Alaw Owen; Lydia Shelton

Key Clients

NHS Resolution

Medical Protection

CNA Hardy

Care UK Clinical  Services Limited

Virgin Care UK

Vantage Insurance

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of NHS Resolution in dismissing birth mismanagement claims dating back to 1994, which required detailed investigations to trace witnesses (£10m claimed value).
  • Represented NHS England (indemnified by NHS Resolution) in a complex and important case concerning the provision of healthcare in prisons.
  • Successfully represented two GP members in striking-out a six-figure claim alleging breach of contract and pure economic loss arising from alleged negligent healthcare treatment provided to the claimant’s partner.
  • Represented NHS Resolution in denying a significant future dependency claim for a widow who remarried six months after the death of this wife.
  • Achieving excellent settlement on behalf of NHS Resolution for a shoulder dystocia claim (£100k), that would have become costly with the instruction of multiple experts in case litigation had continued.

RPC offers an umbrella service to insurers, private hospital groups, charities, individual practitioners, clinics and other healthcare organisations in the defence of a whole range of claims and related proceedings. The service offering also encompasses representation at inquests and regulatory body investigations. The 'excellent all-round lawyer, business thinker' and leading practitioner in the field of reproductive medicine Dorothy Flower leads a department that is adept at handling high-profile group actions, cosmetic and general surgery claims, as well as cases arising from mental health care provision and allegations of negligence in the care of detainees. Rowan Brown is regularly involved in the most complex work, including multi-party actions and matters with an international focus.

Practice head(s):Dorothy Flower

Other key lawyers:Rowan Brown; Sian Morgan; James Davies

Testimonials

'Depth and breadth of knowledge and experience combined with a large dose of pragmatism.'

'RPC's outstanding characteristic is their meticulous attention to detail at every stage of the process.'

'Solicitors work hard from the outset to ensure a comprehensive response to a claim is produced, thus helping to protect their defendants and preventing frivolous claims from developing further than they otherwise would.'

'Dorothy Flower is good at tactics and ensuring the client considers its aims.'

'Sian Morgan has reassured many of our clients who are concerned about the stressful and unknown process of facing a claim, and that element of calm makes for a better defence.'

'Rowan Brown is a careful member of the team who will ensure that important matters are not forgotten.'

Key Clients

Spire Healthcare plc

Royal Sun Alliance

British Pregnancy Advisory Service

Make Yourself Amazing

Society of Radiographers

Royal College of Nursing

Chubb

18 Week Support

Work highlights

  • Representing Spire Healthcare in potential group action and associated inquests arising out of treatment provided by Consultant Urologist, Paul Miller.
  • Defending a Hungarian dentist in a substantial claim for neurological damages as a result of alleged negligent removal of a tooth.
  • Representing Spire Healthcare in the high profile group action arising out of the actions of breast surgeon, Ian Paterson.
  • Acting on behalf of Spire Healthcare plc and Royal Sun Alliance in a potential group action related to the alleged negligent treatment of hundreds of prostate and bladder cancer patients by Consultant Urologist Manu Nair.
  • Successfully struck out a multi-million pound claim against the Royal Hospital for Neurodisability (RHN).

Weightmans LLP is recognised as one of the leading advisers to NHS healthcare bodies in all areas of litigation. The highest value and most complex claims arising from healthcare provision often feature on the practice's diverse caseload, where maximum severity catastrophic injuries (such as adult and birth brain injury and spinal damage cases) appear alongside group claims. Department head Rachel  Kneale focuses primarily but by no means exclusively in high value obstetric and neurological cases. Work involving difficult quantum claims is a key strength for Vanessa Splaine, who also has extensive experience representing clinicians at inquests. Isobel Michie  handles an impressive caseload of maximum severity catastrophic injury claims, including several cerebral palsy claims and highly-sensitive cases.

Practice head(s):Rachel Kneale

Other key lawyers:Vanessa Splaine; Isobel Michie

Key Clients

National Health Service Resolution

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

CFC

Public Health England

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

IDH

East of England Ambulance NHS Trust

Work highlights

  • Acted for the defendant NHS Trust in a wrongful birth claim pleaded at £10 million, securing a 50% liability discount.
  • Acted for the defendant NHS Trust in a cerebral palsy claim that settled for £19.5m, instead of the initially pleaded value of £28m.
  • Acted on behalf of four NHS trusts in a case relating to the delayed diagnosis of a rare neurodegenerative condition - settled for £6m.
  • Secured a discontinuance at trial of a £25k surgical claim on behalf of Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Acted for the defendant NHS Trust in a significant bowel injury claim that settled for around £4.4m (claim was for approximately £14m).

BLM receives instructions from a range of clients across the healthcare sector, offering advice in high-value and complex matters. Insurers, medical defence organisations, clinics, care homes and individual healthcare professionals not only seek the practice's representation in civil claims arising from negligence in clinical care but also at inquests, as well as before regulators in disciplinary proceedings. The 'highly competent' Vicki Swanton heads the 'responsive and knowledgeable' team that also has a strong track record handling multi-party litigation.

Practice head(s):Vicki Swanton

Other key lawyers:Greg McEwen; Rosie Shapiro

Testimonials

'The London office is led by some extremely experienced partners who manage a very strong team. Not only do they have the knowledge and experience to get great results, but they seem to be deeply committed to providing an excellent level of client service.'

'The BLM team is highly proficient and knowledgeable.'

'Vicki is effortlessly confident, which is immensely reassuring to clients and in the last few years she has worked on some very large cases and yet has remained entirely unflappable.'

'Greg McEwen is extremely thorough and has a very sharp eye for detail and numbers.'

'Rosie Shapiro is a delight to work with; she is an excellent communicator, very professional and responds quickly to any concerns or questions.'

Key Clients

Royal College of Nursing

Hiscox

Harley Medical Group

Specsavers

RSA

HCA

FODO

Zurich

CMS is noted for dealing with the defence of clinical negligence claims and professional disciplinary cases on behalf of leading medical defence organisations. The team also attracts instructions from other professional indemnity insurers and members of the medical profession, who trust it with often high value and sensitive work, including complex quantum issues involving periodical payments. Dental claims as well as medical advisory work are some of the key areas of activity for the national team's co-leader Chris Horsefield, who is based in the Sheffield office. Apart from acting for defendants in clinical negligence claims, Yvonne Screene's expertise also spans inquests and professional disciplinary investigations.

Practice head(s):Chris Horsefield; Rachel Cooper

Other key lawyers:Yvonne Screene; Nyree Bichard

Testimonials

'The team presents as one which has strength in depth, and vast experience in this field.'

'Instructions are clear and concise, and cases are conducted reliably and efficiently.'

'Yvonne Screene has many years' experience in this field. She is knowledgeable, firm and authoritative.'

Keoghs LLP fields a recently established healthcare team that has already built a leading position in the specialist private medical sector. The team acts for private healthcare providers and their insurers in high value clinical negligence claims and group actions. Other regular instructions include defending medical practitioners in a range of disciplinary matters before professional bodies. Department head Sian Davies counts 30 years' experience handling complex and high profile claims brought against a variety of primary care providers, including GPs, dentists, nurses, optometrists, psychiatric clinics and pathology units.  The overlapping area of healthcare and sports increasingly features on the practice's caseload, fast becoming a niche specialism.

Practice head(s):Sian Davies

Other key lawyers:Jason Howarth; Oonagh Webster

Testimonials

'The service provided by the clnical negligence team at Keoghs stands out on account of the exceptionally thorough way that matters are investigated.'

'Both opponents and clients alike are obliged to provide more information and material than is typically demanded, but that, combined with the instruction of experienced experts, enables a realistic appraisal to be made of the merits at an early stage.'

'Sian Davies consistently retains an excellent grasp of the issues and the strengths and weaknesses of her client's case and her advice is always well judged.'

Key Clients

Beazley Group

Enstar

Bluefin Sport

Nuffield Health


Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Index of tables

  1. Insurance and reinsurance litigation
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Leading individuals

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Next Generation Partners

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Rising stars

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The sizeable and well-respected team at Clyde & Co LLP stands out for its pedigree in handling high-profile cases, offering advice on a wide range of international and domestic matters involving directors and officers liability (D&O), warranty and indemnity, as well as political risk policies, among others. Strong areas of expertise include energy, construction and marine insurance. The practice, which is led out of London by global insurance head James Cooper, features the highly regarded Jane Andrewartha, reinsurance expert Nigel Brook, financial lines and management liability specialist Mandip Sagoo and head of the specialty practice Andrew Grant. Simon Jackson, who was recently promoted to senior equity partner, handles energy and marine insurance disputes, while Neil Beresford leads the global product liability practice.

Practice head(s):James Cooper

Other key lawyers:Jane Andrewartha; Nigel Brook; Neil Beresford; Simon Jackson; Andrew Grant; Mandip Sagoo

Testimonials

'Clyde & Co continues to be a market leader in energy, construction and marine classes of insurance litigation'

'Customer-focused and forward-thinking - the team not only has great partners but works hard to mentor the youngest members by delegating tasks and responsibilities'

'All the partners and associates are very knowledgeable and understanding. They don't try to sell a product but they tailor it around the specific customers and situation. They all have clarity and transparency and are always willing to go the extra mile to deliver for their clients. Having them on your side makes a stressful situation a much better journey'

'The partners and associates are absolutely first rate. They are extremely able, very bright and hard working, and they have an excellent knowledge of the insurance market. In addition, they have a very broad range of expertise. As a result they are one of the leading insurance practices'

'Mark Wing is extremely bright, immensely hard-working, very good with clients and commercially highly astute'

'Toby Rogers is extremely clever, very commercial, great with clients, very practical and robust, gives very clear advice - a superb lawyer'

'Mandip Sagoo is a sensible, practical lawyer'

'Mandip Sagoo shows absolutely sound judgement'

'Nicholas Bathurst is a very able and immensely pragmatic lawyer. He has a great feel for a case, is down to earth, robust and excellent with clients'

'Legal director Monique Banin is very bright, extremely hardworking and fantastic with clients - a pleasure to work with'

DAC Beachcroft LLP continues to expand and strengthen its insurance bench, recently welcoming the highly regarded Liam O’Connell from Norton Rose Fulbright as the new head of its global practice. With 'a very broad experience base', the team handles a range of complex and high-value claims covering construction, property, energy, data protection and professional indemnity policies. Wendy Hopkins leads the team in London, which features 'fantastic' property expert Nick Young, energy, construction and engineering specialist Chris Wilkes as well as the professional and financial lines insurance head Patrick Hill and the 'dynamic and insightful' James Deacon, ably supported by associates such as Sarah Hennessy and Lucy Dyson.

Practice head(s):Wendy Hopkins

Other key lawyers:Liam O’Connell; Patrick Hill; Nick Young; Chris Wilkes; James Deacon

Testimonials

'DAC Beachcroft has a very broad experience base within its team, ensuring that lawyers can advise on most matters. They are on the top of the list for go-to firms to work with'

'The individuals within the team understand their clients' needs. They proactively manage cases, ensuring regular updates are provided. Their ability to engage in plain English allows clear understanding of the issues, thus meaning better decisions are made'

'The team is able to deal with complex matters promptly and in a clear concise manner'

'The team is client friendly, commercial, intelligent and knowledgeable about current issues. Practitioners are very approachable, always keen to help and have great international connections'

'Nick Young is fantastic at managing a large team in complex claims and is a very experienced construction lawyer'

'Patrick Hill is very calm under pressure and has good rapport and connections with the market'

'Liam O'Connell is a fantastic addition to the team'

'James Deacon is dynamic and insightful, focused on providing comprehensive guidance and advice to his clients. He always delivers'

'James Deacon is determined, responsive and has a keen eye for detail. He's always looking for solutions not problems and keeps the client's best interest always to the fore'

'Legal director Stephen Turner is a brilliant legal mind'

'Fiona Gill provides very confident advice, is very experienced, and has a lot of compassion and understanding of how individuals may be affected'

'James Deacon, associate Eleanor Whittaker and senior associate Denise Eastlake can always be counted on to assist when needed'

Key Clients

Allianz

AXA XL

Chubb

HDI Global

Markel

Munich Re

Berkshire Hathaway/Resolute Management Services Ltd

QBE

Swiss Re

Tokio Marine Kiln

Zurich

Quilter

Ascot

Neon

Work highlights

  • Instructed by HDI Global and Rydon Maintenance following Grenfell Tower fire.
  • Acted for Zurich Insurance and East West Insurance Company on a dispute concerning the design and construction of prime residential properties at Lancaster Gate.
  • Advising property and public liability insurer Axa on a claim relating to industrial units destroyed by fire.

With a 'willingness to listen and the ability to provide concise and practical advice', the team at Kennedys handles the full spectrum of insurance matters, spanning a variety of sectors and classes of business, alongside its work for major insurers and reinsurers. As well as construction, the firm has dedicated teams focusing on aviation, marine, energy, property, professional indemnity and financial lines work. Praised for his 'great wisdom', Nick Williams leads the practice, which includes political risk expert and 'excellent communicator' David Chadwick, as well as Latin America, Middle East and energy specialist Nick Thomas, and property lawyer Michael Hogg. Trevor Davies undertakes high-value property, product liability and professional indemnity claims, while Alexandra Rodina focuses on aviation matters.T he team recently secured a major boost with the addition of 12 lawyers from Norton Rose Fulbright in June 2018, including highly regarded marine and energy partners Patrick Foss, Chris Zavos and Jo Ward.

Practice head(s):Nick Williams

Other key lawyers:David Chadwick; Nick Thomas; Trevor Davies; Alexandra Rodina; Michael Hogg

Testimonials

'What I like most about Kennedys is the willingness to listen and the ability to provide concise and practical advice even in situations which at first appear complex and difficult to grasp'

'The team really knows and understands their clients and their clients' specific needs. A lot of attention is paid to proactive solutions and to client engagement'

'This team is capable of covering the full spectrum of insurance work - both marine and non-marine. There is real strength in depth and specialist expertise. They are widely respected in the market because they are a one-stop shop for all aspects of insurance and reinsurance work'

'The team knows our business and understands our approach to the market; the lawyers are specialists in insurance law and well-connected'

'Nick Williams has great wisdom and excellent client handling'

'David Chadwick is an excellent communicator and is technically very sound. His commercial acumen is a real plus'

'Michael Hogg is always available, understands how to communicate with us and is able to present complicated legal issues in a businesslike manner. He is not afraid of addressing difficult questions and of voicing concerns he might have'

'Trevor Davies is very well known and highly respected across the market both for domestic and international work. He is superb with clients and instills confidence immediately'

'Trevor Davies is excellent'

'John Bruce has exceptional knowledge and experience, and provides practical advice'

'Andrew Westlake is an outstanding lawyer with an impressive ability to retain facts and figures. He goes the extra mile to deliver exceptional service'

'Tom Stapleton blends robustness and common sense'

'Carole Vernon is experienced, diligent, careful and intelligent'

'Mike Wells shows exceptional experience, wisdom, and great legal knowledge'

Key Clients

Chubb

AIG

Allianz

Aviva

RSA

Aspen

Novae

CNA Hardy

Solicitors Indemnity Fund

Aviation Logistics Network

Swiss Re

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Travelers Insurance and the following market, as project insurers of the Glasgow School of Art, in connection with the devastating fire in June 2018.
  • Representing Metrojet and Allianz in relation to all issues emanating from the Metrojet Flight 9268 incident.
  • Acted for AXA Insurance in a coverage dispute arising out of multiple incidents of theft of stock from the Ted Baker warehouse by an employee over a period of several years.
  • Advising Norwegian insurer Protector Forsikring following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
  • Acting for Willmott Partnership Homes and their insurers following the discovery, close to practical completion, that a care facility in Basingstoke was structurally unsound.

CMS is widely recognised for its expertise in advising insurers, reinsurers and brokers on a wide range of matters including property, construction, energy, aviation, marine, professional negligence and trade finance insurance, as well as D&O coverage. Practice head Ed Foss has a busy caseload in underwriters' liability and coverage work, aided by cyber and construction specialist Stephen Tester and property and reinsurance expert Alex Denslow, while Simon Kilgour focuses on international coverage disputes.  Simon Garrett focuses on claims against financial institutions and commercial D&O claims.

Practice head(s):Ed Foss

Other key lawyers:Stephen Tester; Simon Kilgour; Simon Garrett; Alex Denslow

Key Clients

AXIS Specialty Europe SE and Navigators Underwriting Agency Ltd

Coöperatie Koninklijke Cosun U.A

MS Amlin Underwriting Limited

Spire Healthcare

Work highlights

  • Acting for Coöperatie Koninklijke Cosun, its subsidiary Duynie and insurers in litigation arising from an alleged contamination incident at the UK’s largest pig farm.
  • Advising MS Amlin and co-reinsurers on exposures arising from reinsurance in respect of a major motor manufacturer, following damage and destruction of thousands of vehicles in an explosion in Tianjin, China,  and in a major snow storm in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • Fielding a London-led team for AXIS in an Illinois action by minority unitholders in an ethanol plant, against its former managers, and others, seeking damages in excess of $60m.
  • Advising Spire Healthcare in a coverage dispute with insurer RSA relating to the alleged medical negligence and fraud of a consultant surgeon.

With far-reaching international capabilities complementing a strong track record on domestic insurance and reinsurance disputes, DLA Piper has expertise in professional indemnity, cyber insurance and warranty and indemnity claims, as well as in traditional areas such as property and energy insurance disputes. 'Brilliant reinsurance lawyer' Leon Taylor regularly acts for major insurers on property, energy and aviation matters, while Andrew Symons focuses on financial lines, marine and cyber claims. Rebecca Hopkirk undertakes cross-border claims for reinsurers in a wide range of areas.

Practice head(s):Leon Taylor; Andrew Symons

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Hopkirk

Testimonials

'It was amazing to see the DLA Piper teamwork in action between partners and their associates, across countries/offices and across various specialist legal fields by which they are able to provide a superior legal service'

'The bespoke knowledge of certain areas of the international insurance arena and the very localised knowledge is excellent'

'Leon Taylor has proven himself to be a brilliant reinsurance lawyer with whom you can break new legal ground. I was impressed by his ability to dive into a highly complex matter and work out a powerful and compelling solution in a very congenial way'

'The experience and market presence makes instructing Rebecca Hopkins a must'

Key Clients

Aon

Zurich

AXA XL

Allied World

Swiss Re

Placing Platform Limited

R&Q

Berkshire Hathaway/Faraday syndicate/Resolute Management

AVIVA

Munich Re

Tokio Marine Kiln

Allianz/AGCS

Liberty Specialty Markets

Talbot Underwriting Limited

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented a pool of reinsurance clients in Commercial Court proceedings against reinsurers in circumstances where all contract wordings had been lost, proving the defendant was liable as to 100%.
  • Acted for London Market reinsurers in a property coverage coverage dispute arising out of losses caused by Hurricanes Maria and Irma.
  • Acted for London market reinsurers in a dispute between a Venezuelan insured and local insurer.
  • Acted for insurers in a Singapore based arbitration arising out of a complex warranty and indemnity insurance coverage dispute.
  • Acting for a major global insurer in a high value professional indemnity coverage dispute with a global construction firm, involving complex coverage, fraud and non-disclosure issues.

Property damage and professional negligence are the mainstays of Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's insurance and reinsurance litigation practice. The firm's client roster includes insurers, reinsurers, captive insurers and prominent brokers. Paul Lewis heads the 'knowledgeable' team, which features the 'trustworthy' Alexander Oddy and property damage and business interruption expert Anthony Dempster. Other key members of the group are David Reston, who specialises in professional negligence disputes, and Greig Anderson, who has cyber insurance expertise.

Practice head(s):Paul Lewis

Other key lawyers:Alexander Oddy; Anthony Dempster; David Reston; Greig Anderson

Testimonials

'The team is knowledgeable, capable of addressing most matters with minimal assistance and excellent judgement, and resources to tackle any problem'

'The team brings a forensic and technical eye to matters that few can match; it has significant expertise in bet-the-company litigation. The depth of associate talent is also a strong point'

'Paul Lewis knows how to extract the maximum for his client in any commercial settlement'

'Alexander Oddy is ferocious in his attention to detail, and reliably calm under pressure'

'Alexander Oddy and Fiona Treanor have complete mastery of the law and the facts, excellent client-handling and counsel-handling ability, and entirely trustworthy judgment'

'Fiona Treanor is a star. She has unrivaled technical expertise combined with a very approachable manner'

Key Clients

Aviva

Marsh

Barbican Insurance

With specific experience in reinsurance and professional negligence work, HFW covers a wide scope of matters relating to aviation, shipping, commodities and energy insurance. Christopher Cardona, who heads up the team, focuses on financial institutions and professional indemnity work, while Christopher Foster handles a broad range of matters, with the highly regarded Andrew Bandurka specialising in brokers and reinsurers liability claims. Jonathan Bruce and Nigel Wick frequently assist clients with marine and energy insurance and reinsurance matters.

Practice head(s):Christopher Cardona

Other key lawyers:Andrew Bandurka; Christopher Foster; Jonathan Bruce; Nigel Wick

Testimonials

'The team quickly identifies the crux of the case - they don't get bogged down in the detail, and are able to talk to their clients on the client's own level of legal understanding'

'HFW is comfortably the strongest, most consistently good aviation insurance defence firm in the London market. The strength and consistency also extends to its overseas offices putting HFW well ahead of the competition'

'Christopher Cardona is always calm, receptive and available at a minute's notice'

'Andrew Bandurka is a star lawyer who has an impressive experience of complex insurance coverage claims. He offered us an inventive and smart service and well understood from the start that litigation will be a lose-lose situation for both sides'

Work highlights

  • Representing a major insurer in pursuing long tail legacy claims against various international reinsurers.
  • Acting for insurers on major coverage matters including abuse and in relation to the Salisbury poisoning incident.
  • Advising an insurer on potential negligence by a broker for failing to increase the insurance period, leading to a shortfall of $15m in collected reinsurances.
  • Instructed to provide coverage advice to the underwriters of a personal accident insurance policy for a major national sporting institution in connection with a threatened claim.
  • Advising a reinsurance company in respect of an inwards reinsurance claim by a Middle Eastern insurance company relating to a facultative reinsurance of a Middle East construction bond.

Ince, which merged with Gordon Dadds in December 2018, has well-established credentials in cross-border energy, property, political risk and professional indemnity insurance work. The traditionally strong marine team has seen significant changes this year with the departure of Joe O’Keefe to Stephenson Harwood in late 2018, the return of Simon Todd  - who had retired - as a consultant in March 2019, and the recent promotion of Carrie Radford and Elle Young to lead the practice. Other key members of the team include global insurance group head Kiran Soar and property and construction insurance specialist Adrian Bingham.

Practice head(s):Kiran Soar

Other key lawyers:Carrie Radford; Elle Young; Simon Cooper; Adrian Bingham

Key Clients

Anglo American

Axa XL

CAN Hardy

Canopius

GBE

Hamilton Syndicate

Meinl Bank

R&Q

Resolute Management

Travelers

Work highlights

  • Acting for Travelers and the BBC in respect of insurance claims connected to a fire at a Sony warehouse in Enfield, North London.
  • Representing Hamilton Syndicate in proceedings against its own agent for failing to pay the appropriate amount of stamp duty in Australia.
  • Acting for insurer GBE in an inquest relating to the death of a man in India during an attempt to repatriate him to the UK.

The 'exceptional' team at RPC has a great reputation in the financial lines sector, spanning financial indemnity, D&O and professional indemnity claims. Practice head Simon Laird specialises in this sector and divides his time between Bristol and London. 'Excellent technical lawyer' Simon Goldring and James Wickes regularly handle D&O disputes. The team is also increasingly instructed on trade credit and political risk matters, often handled by expert Naomi Vary, as well as on cross-border and domestic property claims under the leadership of Victoria Sherratt. Other areas of growth are power generation and energy, for which the 'outstanding' Leigh Williams and Gary Walkling are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):Simon Laird

Other key lawyers:Leigh Williams; Simon Goldring; James Wickes; Naomi Vary; Gary Walkling

Testimonials

'The team at RPC is always available to talk about complex matters and give advice. They are happy to talk on a wide variety of issues and to a number of different audiences. They also provide expertise on wordings and relevant legal developments'

'Exceptional insurance and reinsurance litigation practice'

'RPC has an unparalleled reputation and expertise in insurance and reinsurance litigation. The firm is professional, market-aware and legally knowledgeable. Individuals approach each case with a strategic purpose'

'The individuals I have worked with all display the firm ethos of a legally-informed approach to dispute resolution with full knowledge of the workings of the insurance market. They are all team players and are effective and efficient in their approach to litigation'

'RPC has the right balance between great technical lawyers and understanding of the client's need for a pragmatic commercial approach. Lawyers are solutions focused and also a pleasure to work with'

'Superior analytical skills and above average knowledge of the law'

'Leigh Williams is outstanding - he is not afraid to change tack and direction upon the evolution of evidence. His legal logic and reasoning inspires confidence'

'Simon Goldring and Toby Higginson are the very definition of going the extra mile'

'Toby Higginson is always available and responsive, a brilliant commercial operator and exceptional in understanding his clients' needs'

'Simon Goldring is an excellent technical lawyer whose strength lies in being able to make even the most complex of legal issues seem simple. Unflappable and has a lovely manner'

'Legal director Ben Gold is as bright as a button and provides extremely impressive advice and litigation strategy'

Key Clients

AIG

Chubb

Liberty

Axis

QBE

AXA XL

Aviva

Probitas syndicate 1492

Dual

Sompo

Work highlights

  • Representing AIG Europe in a reinsurance coverage dispute in the High Court against Jordan Insurance Company relating to a £7m bank robbery at the Damascus branch of International Bank of Trade and Finance.
  • Successfully defending London market D&O insurers Arch, Hiscox, Liberty, and Barbican in international arbitration proceedings brought by the liquidators of collapsed Lithuanian bank Ukio Bankas.
  • Acted for W.R. Berkley Insurance and Lancashire Insurance participating on a second excess layer of insurance in a coverage dispute against SBM Offshore relating to the improperly installed legs of a mobile offshore production unit.
  • Representing QBE in D&O coverage proceedings against the directors of an Icelandic bank that collapsed in 2008.
  • Advising Navigators on their position arising from a claim that has been brought against a insured contractor, which is now in administration.

BLM, which has well-established strength in handling property damage claims, also fields a growing range of work for insurers and brokers on professional negligence, reinsurance, commercial risk, personal injury and cyber insurance matters. John O’Shea heads the property damage and recovery team, supported by property damage expert Mark Aitken. Head of reinsurance Gavin Coull and Damian Cleary, who specialises in business interruption, property and onshore energy, both joined from Foran Glennon (UK) LLP in July 2018. Ross Baker works on professional indemnity claims arising from personal injury accidents, data breaches, medical incidents and frauds.

Practice head(s):John O’Shea; Damian Cleary; Gavin Coull; Mark Aitken 

Other key lawyers:Ross Baker

Testimonials

'Painstaking, thorough, persistent, well-respected firm'

'This firm stands out from others in its approach - they understand our company's values and philosophies and provide advice that incorporates this. They are approachable, knowledgeable and thorough. Their advice is always detailed and balanced and they always get good outcomes'

'Martin Jensen is an impressive lawyer, very effective in complex cases involving financial and property professionals'

'Philip Adamis and associate Hanna Platt are incredibly approachable and professional. Their advice is always well balanced, detailed and gets to the heart of the issues perfectly. They also have great people skills'

'Alexander Traill and solicitor Nick Benson give outstanding attention to detail'

Key Clients

AGEAS

Allianz

Amtrust

Aspen

Aviva

AXA

Direct Line Group

Ecclesiastical

Generali

IGI

HDI Global Specialty

LV=

Mapfre

Munich RE

WRB

Zurich

Apollo Syndicate

Work highlights

  • Retained by Generali and Mapfre to advise on policy coverage and defend subsequent court proceedings in relation to an aluminium smelting loss where the insured, Lassan Holdings, sought €21m for property damage and business interruption.

Best known for its reinsurance work, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP also covers property claims arising out of natural disasters, as well as construction, cyber, marine and aviation insurance issues for bluechip insurers and reinsurers. Practice heads Jonathan Sacher and Anthony Lennox's experience spans a wide range of areas, with a particular focus on the reinsurance sector. Kelly Jones handles reinsurance and insurance coverage issues and debt recovery cases.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Sacher; Anthony Lennox

Other key lawyers:Kelly Jones

Testimonials

'The team is responsive and easy to contact'

'Exceptional attention to detail and always looking out for the best interests of the client. Individuals are my go to lawyers for particularly difficult matters'

'Anthony Lennox is practical, commercial, well-connected and well-known'

Work highlights

  • Instructed by one the insurers/reinsurers of the Address Downtown Hotel in Dubai, which suffered a major fire in 2015.

The 'highly specialised' Carter Perry Bailey LLP stands out for its international expertise in a wide range of matters including personal injury, reinsurance, property as well as various coverage claims. The firm's client roster includes insurers, reinsurers and brokers from the US, Europe and the Middle East. Stephen Carter, who 'provides clear unambiguous advice', is a highly regarded lawyer with a focus on reinsurance, while Bernadette Bailey regularly undertakes direct insurance claims and industrial work. 'Superb' senior counsel Bill Perry specialises in fine art insurance, international litigation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):Stephen Carter

Other key lawyers:Bernadette Bailey; Bill Perry

Testimonials

'Carter Perry Bailey is one of the best when it comes to reinsurance disputes'

'Experienced lawyers who are very open minded and able to listen to others' opinions and needs'

'The boutique style firm has specialised lawyers and is easy to retain'

'Specialist insurance and reinsurance knowledge from very experienced practitioners who have day to day control of each case they are responsible for'

'Nothing is too much trouble for this professional team'

'Stephen Carter provides clear unambiguous advice, is patient, prepared to listen and determined to get to the source of an issue'

'Stephen Carter is one of the few lawyers who still regularly do reinsurance disputes'

'Bill Perry is a superb lawyer as well as Stephen Carter. They are up to date, easily contactable, and one step ahead from competitors on strategy'

Key Clients

HDI Gerling Insurance (Netherlands)

Nasco France (France)

Syrian Arab Insurance Co (Lebanon)

Partner Re (UK)

FedEx Trade Networks Inc (USA)

NDI Insurance Brokers (UK)

Maas Lloyd Schadeverzekerings/Hampden Insurance NV (Netherlands)

Reaseguradora Patria (Mexico)

Sentry Insurance, A Mutual Company (USA)

Allianz IARD (France) &

Allianz Global Corporate (France)

Work highlights

  • Advising Sentry Insurance, which unexpectedly found itself the 100% reinsurer of AGF Insurance UK following a defective Part VII transfer, when that company was sued by Lexington Insurance for payment of claims resulting from Alcoa pollution.
  • Representing Allianz IARD (France) and the insured, a manufacturer of a wind turbine, regarding a product failure.
  • Representing the insurers of a Greek bus and coach co-operative in a claim regarding one of the drivers who allegedly injured two English tourists in an accident in Crete.
  • Instructed by continental European insurers in the defence of a series of industrial injury and industrial disease claims brought against them through UK interests of their insured’s.
  • Acting for insurers based outside the jurisdiction in implementing the 'fundamental dishonesty' provisions of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act in relation to employers’ and contractors’ liability claims for injuries arising out of on-site accidents.

The 'highly knowledgeable' Clausen Miller LLP has strong capabilities in handling insurance and reinsurance matters relating to coverage, property damage and business interruptions claims. The group's client roster includes global insurers and reinsurers. Jonathan Hall has specific expertise in handling work involving South American countries, supported by associate Tatiana Markovitch, while senior partner John Startin - who 'combines super-friendliness and approachability with an absolute command of the law' - is instructed on a wide range of international disputes.

Practice head(s):John Startin; Jonathan Hall

Other key lawyers:Tatiana Markovitch

Testimonials

'Clausen Miller provided us with a thorough and expedient review of a huge amount of information and framed our legal position and arguments, giving us confidence in our case. The communication strategy was targeted in a precise and planned way to give us the best chance of success'

'The firm is a market-renowned expert in advising clients on major insurance/reinsurance losses. This focus on a particular area allows strong insight into the industry practices and participants and a deep understanding of the commercial sector in which they operate. The team acts as a strong protector of the client's interests and examines projects in grinding detail to reveal arguments that larger law firms miss'

'Clausen Miller is knowledgeable on the technical aspects of construction involving wet works and related insurance litigation and have considerable familiarity with South American civil law jurisdictions. This is a unique combination of skills'

Cooley (UK) LLP is particularly experienced in advising reinsurers and insurers in the run-off market on liability insurance, reinsurance and coverage matters. Practice head Mark Everiss has a strong track record acting for insurers in the run-off market, while David Kendall - 'one of the best solicitors in the business' - covers coverage run-off and insolvency, third party liability, political risk, D&O and property insurance as well as reinsurance. Associate Sam Tacey is another key member of the practice. Former partner James Crabtree left to join Keystone Law in November 2018.

Practice head(s):Mark Everiss

Other key lawyers:David Kendall; Sam Tacey

Testimonials

'The team provides very detailed analysis of legal arguments'

'David Kendall is a vastly experienced insurance and reinsurance litigator with a very calm and steady demeanour. He can grasp complex claims very quickly'

'The leadership of David Kendall is quite exceptional. He is one of the best tacticians and one of the best solicitors in the business'

Key Clients

Lloyd’s Market Association

Munich Re

Municipal Mutual Insurance Limited

XL Bermuda

The Mediterranean Insurance & Reinsurance Company Limited

Equitas

Ambridge

FM Global

General Re/Faraday

Hiscox

RiverStone Managing Agency

Work highlights

  • Obtained a worldwide freezing order on behalf of Med Re against one of its former directors.
  • Acting for XL (Bermuda) in relation to disputes in London arbitration concerning coverage under Bermuda Form liability insurance policies for claims against policyholders relating to a variety of matters, including medical devices, pharmaceuticals, terrorism and construction defect.
  • Represented Equitas in an arbitration for payment of claims on reinsurance contracts brought against a non-paying reinsurer.
  • Representing a run-off insurer in relation to a high value dispute with complex coverage issues arising out of claims in the US for contamination of drinking water by the gasoline additive MTBE.
  • Acting for a German insurance company in a dispute with a major syndicate at Lloyd's regarding a complex reinsurance contract providing $250m cover.

With growing capabilities in the marine and energy sectors, DWF handles reinsurance, coverage, liability, personal injury and property damage claims. David Abbott, who was promoted to co-head of the team after joining from Clyde & Co LLP in November 2018, specialises in trade and political risk, credit insurance and reinsurance, while John Groome covers product liability, casualty and property work and Jonathan Moss focuses on marine, trade and energy matters. Antony Woodhouse regularly handles disputes with a cross-border element.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Moss; John Groome; David Abbott

Other key lawyers:Antony Woodhouse

Testimonials

'The team is flexible, fast, and watches out for any details'

'The firm is unarguably good'

Key Clients

ACE New York

Generali and Generali IARD (France)

Zurich Corporate Global

Novae Syndicates Ltd

Markel International Insurance Corporation Limited and Markel Syndicate 3000

QBE

HDI-Gerling

Canopius Group Limited

The American P&I Club

Dual Underwriting

Work highlights

  • Acting for Travelers Marine and its insured ship owners in a case involving the collision between a container vessel and a mobile harbour crane in Sierra Leone.
  • Appointed by an insurer on a subrogated recovery action concerning an oil platform which suffered water ingress under tow off Shandong, China.
  • Advised an insurer on the extent of cover in connection with the damage to a vessel's cabling, hydrophone tanks and main engine fuel oil heater after a fire in the engine room.
  • Instructed by Dual Australia to seek a contribution from the insured's marine protection and indemnity insurers in a case of double insurance.
  • Advising an insurer on reinsurance recoveries from the US, European and London reinsurance markets.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's offering covers all lines of business including tax, product liability, property damage and business interruption, trade credit and energy. As global head of the insurance group, Simon Brooks handles a wide range of matters including negligence claims against insurance brokers. He is supported by associate Naz Gauri, who has experience in financial, professional and property claims.

Practice head(s):Simon Brooks

Other key lawyers:Naz Gauri

Key Clients

Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc

Aon Limited

AXA XL

CNA Hardy

Crawford & Company

Motorplus

Lockton Companies LLP

United Insurance Brokers

AIG

IF P&C

JLT Specialty Ltd

The practice at Hogan Lovells International LLP benefits from the firm's huge international reach, regularly handling insurance and reinsurance litigation involving Latin America. The team, led by Nick Atkins, undertakes work spanning professional indemnity, trade finance, political risk, construction, and reinsurance coverage disputes. Jamie Rogers, who was promoted to partner in January 2019, covers a wide range of lines of business and has expertise in sanctions work.

Practice head(s):Nick Atkins

Other key lawyers:Jamie Rogers

Key Clients

Phoenix Group

Willis Towers Watson

Work highlights

  • Acting for PA (GI) in relation to liability for misselling claims made by customers of mail order retailers such as Next and Grattan.

Mayer Brown International LLP advises insurers on disputes across a variety of insurance sectors, including multi-jurisdictional coverage, warranty and indemnity policies, D&O, transactional liability and cyber insurance. Practice head William Glassey has particular expertise in professional indemnity, while Jane Childs specialises on financial lines and transactional liability claims. After a number of departures in 2017 and 2018, the firm reaffirmed its commitment to the sector with the promotion of two partners - James Whitaker and James Morris.

Practice head(s):William Glassey

Other key lawyers:Jane Childs

Testimonials

'The firm has genuine expertise of the insurance sector'

'The individuals I have worked with at the firm are very knowledgeable'

Key Clients

Chubb Insurance Company of Europe SE

Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK) SE

Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe Limited

Novae

Liberty Specialty Markets

QBE

Chaucer

Zurich

Resolute Management Services Limited (formerly Equitas)

XL Catlin

Norton Rose Fulbright has strength in advising on reinsurance, trade finance, aviation, and professional negligence work, and increasingly handles D&O and W&I indemnity claims. The firm recently saw the departures of former practice head Liam O’Connell, who joined DAC Beachcroft LLP, as well as a group of 12 lawyers to Kennedys, including marine and energy partners Patrick Foss, Chris Zavos. The team is now led by Adrian Mecz, who has broad expertise acting for insurers and reinsurers. The 'excellent' Michelle George focuses on professional liability claims and global data protection, while 'very impressive' privacy and cybersecurity co-head Ffion Flockhart specialises in W&I litigation, as well as cyber risk issues.

Practice head(s):Adrian Mecz

Other key lawyers:Michelle George; Ffion Flockhart

Testimonials

'The team knows the details of our business well and provide work product of a high quality to often tight deadlines'

'Michelle George brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience to the table as well as good commerciality. She is excellent at recommending the right counsel for the job as well'

'Jonathan Ogle is accurate, knowledgeable and very hard working. He has an excellent rapport with key sets of chambers and is a whizz at getting a good deal out of the clerks'

Key Clients

AIG

Aspen

Axis

AXA XL

Barbican

Beazley

Blenheim

Brit

Canopius

Cathedral

Chubb

Ellis Clowes

Enstar

Guy Carpenter

Hyperion

Liberty Specialty Markets

Marsh

MS Amlin

Novae

Pembroke

QBE

Resolute

Talbot/AIG

WR Berkley

Zurich

Work highlights

  • Acting for war risks insurers Talbot, Hiscox and other syndicates at Lloyd’s in defence of claims following an alleged piracy attack on the crude oil tanker Brillante Virtuoso off Aden in July 2011.

With a strong track record handling financial services and professional indemnity claims, Browne Jacobson LLP has recently seen an uptick in work relating to property damage, brokers' liability, D&O and reinsurance matters, among other areas. Practice head Jonathan Newbold, who splits his time between London and Nottingham, focuses on professional negligence. 'Fantastic lawyer' Colin Peck has particular expertise in property damage and business interruption disputes, while Francis Mackie advises on brokers' negligence.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Newbold

Other key lawyers:Colin Peck; Francis Mackie

Testimonials

'The firm is very experienced, thorough and proactive when dealing with the issues faced'

'Browne Jacobson is remarkably client-focused. The responsiveness and attentiveness to the requirements of the matter on which we worked was remarkable'

'A go-getting firm with a high profile presence in the insurance and professional negligence sectors'

'Colin Peck is a highly experienced and effective litigator who really knows his way around the insurance industry. He gives his all for his clients. He is imaginative and innovative, thinks around a problem from every angle and gets great results consistently'

'Colin Peck is a talented lawyer, capable of dealing with bespoke requests for analysis of complex, unusual matters. He thinks widely and is always able to offer practical, potential ideas and solutions, whilst pointing out the pitfalls we must avoid. He is engaging and extremely capable, conscious of the time demands placed upon us and finds the time to discuss matters, often at short notice'

'Francis Mackie is thorough and gives sound advice whilst advocating strongly on behalf of the client'

'Ed Anderson is a very shrewd litigator who knows precisely the right buttons to press to achieve what he wants. His relaxed manner belies a really tough core'

'Associate Zoe Bowden is clearly a rapidly rising star in this field. I expect her to be a leading practitioner in this area in the future'

Key Clients

Hiscox

Inter Hannover

Channel Syndicate

At Pinsent Masons LLP, practice head Nick Bradley  covers a wide range of insurance and reinsurance disputes including construction claims. Colin Read focuses on the financial services sector, while Ian Birdsey is an expert in cyber and data breach insurance.

Practice head(s):Nick Bradley

Other key lawyers:Colin Read; Ian Birdsey

Simmons & Simmons has 'excellent' capabilities in the product liability space, notably representing Munich Re in global claims relating to 'metal on metal' prostheses. The 'very capable' Jason Bright specialises in this area and advises primary and excess layer insurers on product liability and product recall losses. Another key member of the practice is the 'exceptionally intelligent' James Pollock, who focuses on professional liability, coverage, reinsurance and construction matters.

Practice head(s):Jason Bright; James Pollock

Testimonials

'The team is second to none for coverage advice regarding product liability matters'

'Excellent insurance division ahead of market trends and issues'

'James Pollock leads a very capable and strong team of lawyers who are market leaders in their field'

'Jason Bright is exceptionally intelligent, commercial and user-friendly, and reports in a succinct and understandable manner. He has the ability to make even the most complex matters digestible'

'Managing associate Sherry Goodman-Smith is switched on and exceptionally bright. She is destined for great things'

Key Clients

Munich Re

QBE

Chubb

Talbot Insurance

Allied World

Brit

Kubota

HDI Gerling

Sompo Japan

AmTrust Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Munich Re in connection with global claims affecting the medical devices industry relating to 'metal on metal' prostheses.
  • Advising liability insurers QBE, Chubb and Brit as to their coverage positions and potential recovery actions after the collapse of the Cologne Archive building during the construction of underground tram tunnels.
  • Advising Pembroke Managing Agents in connection with the reinsurance of CFE, Mexico’s state-owned electricity provider.
  • Advising Talbot Insurance in connection with a mass product recall of glass bottles used by one of Australia’s largest wine manufacturers.
  • Acting for Starstone Insurance Holdings in a coverage dispute with regard to an indemnity request under a professional indemnity policy in relation to defective wind turbines in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Stephenson Harwood boasts a highly specialised and 'vastly' experienced marine insurance team, which was further strengthened in October 2018 by the arrival of the highly regarded Joe O’Keeffe from Ince. 'Great commercial tactician' Alex Davis advises on cross-border hull, cargo, war risks, port risk, shipyard liability, general liability and mortgagee interest disputes. Simon Moore, who focuses on marine and energy matters, recently successfully argued in front of the Supreme Court in the B Atlantic case relating to war risks insurance.

Practice head(s):Alex Davis

Other key lawyers:Joe O’Keeffe; Simon Moore

Testimonials

'The team is made up of people who complement each other in their skills, expertise and knowledge and who are as comfortable in combat as they are working collaboratively alongside others'

'Stephenson Harwood is the market leader for marine insurance litigation and coverage advice in the City. The firm have vast experience and is the go-to firm for the London marine market'

'Team of good communicators who have approachable user-friendly expertise and are sensitive to the commercial relationship'

'Joe O'Keeffe and senior associate Richard Hugg demonstrate a high level ability, combined with a common sense approach'

'Alex Davis and Joe O'Keeffe provide honest legal advice and a practical approach to addressing problems in a cost effective manner'

'Joe O'Keeffe probably knows more about the law of marine insurance than any other partner in the City'

'Alex Davis and Nick Barber are impressive'

'Alex Davis is a great commercial tactician'

'Senior associate Richard Hugg has it all and is really going places'

'Associates Edward Cole and Richard Hugg provide excellent support and are prepared to think outside the box when addressing an issue'

Key Clients

Royal & Sun Alliance plc

Brit Insurance

Talbot Underwriting

Hiscox Insurance

Beazley Group

Liberty Mutual Insurance

AXA Corporate Solutions Assurance

Torus

Navigators Insurance Company Limited

India International Insurance

Canopius

Lancashire Insurance Group (UK) Ltd

Antares Managing Agency Limited

The Channel Syndicate

Atrium Underwriters Limited

Markel

Amlin

Axis Capital

Work highlights

  • Defending war risks insurers Navigators Insurance Company and others in proceedings relating to the constructive total loss of the vessel B Atlantic, which was detained in Venezuela in 2007 as a result of the discovery of cocaine strapped to its hull
  • Acted for H&M underwriters The Channel Syndicate in a dispute with the assured regarding whether the storm-damaged vessel qualified as a constructive total loss.
  • Acting for hull insurers Royal & Sun Alliance in respect of the total loss of a vessel following impact in the Red Sea with coral reef and subsequent sinking in deep waters.

Cozen O'Connor has expertise handling marine, power and industrial property damage, construction and trade credit insurance and reinsurance claims. Practice head Paul Dowsey focuses on mining, power generation, construction and treaty reinsurance disputes, often with a Latin American element, while co-head Andrew Tobin undertakes marine insurance, political risk and trade credit insurance work.

Practice head(s):Paul Dowsey; Andrew Tobin

Key Clients

Channel Syndicate at Lloyd’s

Beazley Syndicate at Lloyd’s

Tokio Marine HCC

Axa (Gulf)

Aspen Syndicate

Osprey Underwriting / Thomas Miller

Munich Re

QBE

Sompo (Japan)

XL Catlin

Work highlights

  • Represented marine insurers Thomas Miller Underwriting Agencies in a claim against an insured relating to a lost cargo.

Mills & Reeve LLP covers matters spanning professional indemnity, D&O, cyber liability, commercial property and construction insurance claims under the leadership of the experienced Neil Davis. Other key members of the team are Michael Mitchell, who heads the property risks team and has 'exceptional investigative skills', and Adrian Luto, who specialises in advising surety insurers on construction matters.

Practice head(s):Neil Davis

Other key lawyers:Michael Mitchell; Adrian Luto

Testimonials

'Handles a diverse range of cases with difficult and important coverage issues'

'The team is very refreshingly honest and reliable, with prognosis updates and opinion on how the matter is likely to pan out to conclusion'

'Excellent skills at communication, decent to work with on a personal level'

'Michael Mitchell combines an exceptional understanding of insurance law with a down-to-earth and client friendly approach. He has exceptional investigative skills'

Key Clients

AIG Europe Limited

Canopius Managing Agents Limited

Zurich

Work highlights

  • Defending a Lloyd’s syndicate from a claim for ownership of a valuable violin recovered from auction.
  • Advising on a claim relating to the design and build of the new Royal Liverpool University Project and demolition of the old hospital following Carillion's liquidation.

The 'highly skilled' team at Slaughter and May advises insurers and brokers on liability and coverage claims relating to D&O,  professional indemnity and business interruptions policies, and is regularly involved in multi-jurisdictional disputes. Practice head Efstathios Michael stands out for his 'impressive tactical ability' in a wide range of matters, regularly handling work for key client Marsh.

Practice head(s):Efstathios Michael

Testimonials

'Excellent client service with highly skilled but also personable lawyers who are actively aware of commercial issues'

'The insurance/reinsurance litigation practice is highly efficient and effective. A very well-run practice, with an unshakable determination to achieve the best commercial result for the client'

'Efstathios Michael has superb commercial instinct, impressive tactical ability and a sharp legal mind. He always brings refreshing good humour and perspective to even the most complex dispute. Always a pleasure to work with and a class act'

Key Clients

Marsh

Work highlights

  • Advising Marsh in respect of a D&O coverage dispute with Meinl Bank
  • Advising Marsh in relation to matters arising out of a specialist insurance policy following the explosion of a satellite.

Weightmans LLP covers a wide range of lines of business including construction, engineering and the renewable energy sector, and is increasingly involved in D&O, cyber, specie and aviation. This last area was recently strengthened by the arrival of Andrew Krausz, who joined from Clyde & Co LLP as head of the aviation practice. The 'technically outstanding' Ling Ong specialises in coverage issues, Edward Lewis has broad experience and Robert Crossingham focuses on professional and management lines work. Simon Durkin is a property and casualty expert.

Practice head(s):Rob Williams (Liverpool)

Other key lawyers:Ling Ong; Edward Lewis; Robert Crossingham; Simon Durkin; Andrew Krausz

Testimonials

'Provides pragmatic and consistent advice'

'The firm has developed an enviable reputation in the insurance sector'

'The team is a great combination of excellent technical legal knowledge and astute commercial awareness and practicality. Very strong and technically excellent but direct and readily understandable advice and communications'

'Ling Ong is willing to review difficult problems and present solutions'

'Ling Ong is technically outstanding on the law, very practical, capable and user friendly'

'Quentin Fox is a hugely experienced insurance litigator who has the ear, trust and confidence of insurers across the board. He is unshowy but highly effective and his extensive knowledge across every sector of the insurance industry is highly impressive'

'Robert Crossingham is a very clever man with great judgement. It's a winning combination'

'Edward Lewis is a very smart operator. He's tenacious and hugely effective'

'Christy Devon is very able and very well organised'

Key Clients

Zurich

AIG

Tokio Marine HCC

CFC Underwriting

Starstone SE

International Insurance Company of Hannover Limited

Sirius International Insurance Corporation

Channel Syndicate

Argo Global

Markel International

Markel UK

Hamilton

Allianz

Contessa

Work highlights

  • Representing reinsurers Sirius International Insurance Corporation and Allianz Insurance in a dispute regarding respiratory claims arising out of the 2011 World Trade Center attack.
  • Acting for Starstone in relation to declinature and avoidance of financial adviser network’s excess layer insurance.
  • Representing International Insurance Company of Hannover in Commercial Court proceedings in France issued by a major French group against insured and insurers concerning the sale and purchase of solar panels.
  • Defending Riverstone in proceedings issued in the Queen’s Bench division of the High Court following a coverage dispute involving a fire.
  • Advising the D&O insurers of a Swiss group of companies on a cover for directors held personally accountable by the Turkish authorities for tax liabilities on gold mining activities.

Keoghs LLP is particularly strong in handling property damage claims but also regularly represents clients in reinsurance, professional negligence, trade credit and marine insurance disputes. Richard Houseago heads the property risks and coverage group, while Daniel Crockford leads the marine team; Ruth Lawrence, who splits her time between London and Liverpool, leads on professional negligence matters.

Practice head(s):Richard Houseago; Ruth Lawrence; Daniel Crockford

Testimonials

'The team at Keoghs is efficient, professional and pragmatic. I cannot praise it highly enough'

'Technically able team with a wealth of experience and an ability to handle the most complex and high value claims'

'The team has excellent strength and depth in insurance and reinsurance matters'

Key Clients

Direct Line Group

LV=

New India

Zurich

AXA Insurance

Keystone Law's insurance disputes lawyers handle coverage disputes and claims in the aviation, construction, property, personal injury, cyber insurance and professional indemnity sectors. Jane Harte-Lovelace focuses on workplace safety and property damage disputes, while Jason Kallis covers product liability and personal injury claims. James Crabtree, who joined from Cooley (UK) LLP in November 2018, advises on a wide range of issues in the insurance and reinsurance space.

Other key lawyers:Jane Harte-Lovelace; Jason Kallis; James Crabtree

Testimonials

'Jane Harte-Lovelace is a fantastic lawyer and people person. She knows how to get the best for clients and she delivers time after time'

'Jason Kallis is attentive to the real life mechanics of the case and handles things in a dynamic fashion. Communication with the client is always at the right balance. Strategy and application of the law cannot be faulted'

Key Clients

Zurich/Navigators & General

Acasta European Insurance Company Limited

Agneet Sky Limited

HTTC Limited

National Insurance Corporation of Eritrea Share Co.

Argo Managing Agency Limited

Berkley Offshore Underwriting Managers UK Limited

HDI Global - SE

Allianz Global CS - UK

Bosch (aka BSH Home Appliances Ltd)

Work highlights

  • Acting as retained counsel for Acasta European Insurance Company in respect of bespoke drafting issues for performance bonds in the construction industry and advising and acting in respect of claims arising under the bonds.
  • Acting for the insurer and insured following an explosion on a pleasure vessel on the River Thames.
  • Acting for National Insurance Corporation of Eritrea in relation to an aviation reinsurance coverage dispute.
  • Acting for Allianz Global and Bosch in the defence of claims relating to alleged defects in its products.

Known for its marine insurance capabilities, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP also handles commercial property damage, cyber risks, construction and reinsurance claims. Practice head Celso de Azevedo specialises in cross-border disputes incorporating South American elements. Marine specialist Ceri Done  left the practice in June 2018.

Practice head(s):Celso de Azevedo

Other key lawyers:Mark Sachs

Testimonials

'Mid sized firm with a global reach through its network of offices. Excellent value for money compared to larger firms with similar international presence'

'John Strange is a no-nonsense litigator'

Plexus Law is particularly strong in property risk and coverage disputes, handling property damage claims arising from fires, defective products and professional liability. Other areas of expertise include product liability and construction insurance. Practice head Victoria Jordan is experienced in these areas and is supported by professional negligence expert Philip Lawrence.

Practice head(s):Victoria Jordan

Other key lawyers:Philip Lawrence

Testimonials

'Philip Tracey has in-depth knowledge; his proven record makes him the standout expert in his field.'

'Always able to provide the necessary level of expertise.'

Key Clients

Direct Line Group/NIG

RSA

QBE

Ageas

AIG

Work highlights

  • Acted for NIG in a policy dispute relating to a restaurant fire in January 2010.

Disputes boutique Signature Litigation LLP advises insurers and reinsurers on public and professional liability, energy claims and property damage arising from natural disasters and other catastrophes . The firm stands out for its Latin American expertise, with the 'outstanding' Hermes Marangos handling a variety of high-profile matters involving Brazil or Mexico.

Practice head(s):Hermes Marangos

Testimonials

'The team possesses extensive knowledge and experience and is quick and responsive'

'Very accurate, well-qualified and informed team, which gives prompt and accurate responses'

'Hermes Marangos is enthusiastic, has a unique knowledge of his subject and jurisdictions and an undoubted ability to think out of the box and to seek out a settlement which will benefit the insurer'

'Hermes Marangos is an outstanding lawyer who has a brilliant legal mind. His knowledge of many legal systems in Europe and South America as well as his ability to speak many languages gives him the edge over his competitors'

Steptoe and Johnson UK LLP's practice has contentious insurance expertise across several areas including aviation, and demonstrates litigation, arbitration and mediation skills, including international arbitration. Practice head Angus Rodger focuses on complex disputes, including major coverage claims.

Practice head(s):Angus Rodger

Key Clients

Generali

Cigna

Work highlights

  • Acting for Generali and other insurers in a dispute with Airbus over damage sustained by an A320 aircraft when the landing gear failed to deploy.


Insurance litigation: for policyholders

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  4. Rising stars

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Allen & Overy LLP advises clients in the construction, energy and pharma sectors on professional indemnity, product liability, property damage and business interruption disputes with insurers. Practice head Joanna Page handles a range of matters including director and officer’s liability, professional indemnity and political risk insurance claims, while Richard Farnhill mainly acts for financial institutions. Richard Smith specialises in insurance coverage arbitration and 'calm, unflappable' senior associate Russell Butland covers property damage and business interruption claims.

Practice head(s):Joanna Page

Other key lawyers:Richard Farnhill; Richard Smith; Russell Butland

Testimonials

'The team is very creative in its thinking, and very easy to work with. Individuals demonstrate rigour and inventiveness in their legal thinking, combined with practical commercial judgement'

'Excellent all round service - superb technical knowledge, excellent client service and very easy to get on with on a human level'

'Excellent client care skills. Very responsive and proactive in their approach in difficult circumstances. Always very commercial and client focused'

'Senior associate Sophie Nettleton has excellent client care skills, is very responsive and provides good summaries and updates. Excellent organisation skills.'

'Senior associate Russell Butland is calm, unflappable and has very good technical knowledge and commercial understanding'

Key Clients

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company

Work highlights

  • Acted for Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company in its claim against insurers relating to defects in the design of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

The 'extremely technically capable' team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP advises prominent policyholders such as banks, energy, mining and construction companies on large, complex matters; it has recently handled cases in the areas of warranty and indemnity, credit insurance, political risk, energy insurance and public liability. Paul Lewis has broad expertise while 'superstar' Alexander Oddy - dubbed 'the Ferrari of the solicitors' world' - focuses on the energy and natural resources sector while also handling work for other bluechip corporates. Sarah McNally specialises in the construction, infrastructure, and energy sectors and the 'very capable' Greig Anderson acts for financial institutions.

Practice head(s):Paul Lewis

Other key lawyers:Alexander Oddy; Greig Anderson

Testimonials

'The team has carved out a niche as the standout insurance policyholder firm. As an insurance broker, they are top of the list when a client asks me who they should go to for advice on difficult claims'

'Approachability and the ability to communicate on complex issues effectively sets Herbert Smith Freehills apart from its competitors'

'Technically extremely capable, the team also importantly understands the commercial realities of the clients and the insurance market'

'Very strong on policyholder coverage issues, with clear advice for non-lawyers and lawyers alike. Detailed understanding of technical factual matrix and application'

'Anthony Dempster has encyclopaedic knowledge of this area of law but manages to both bring it to life and explain it in an easily digestible form. He is simply my go-to external counsel for all such matters'

'Sarah McNally can be relied on to give good, practical advice, rooted in thorough analysis of the legal position'

'Alexander Oddy gets to the heart of the issue quickly, and is able to provide quality legal advice that assists in making commercial decisions'

'Alexander Oddy is a brilliant technical lawyer but also approachable, commercially savvy and a pleasure to deal with'

'Alexander Oddy is a superstar, the Ferrari of the solicitors' world'

'Fiona Treanor is an exceptionally bright and committed associate'

'Fiona Treanor has a first-rate legal mind'

'Greig Anderson is very capable, approachable, solutions focused and very much understands the commercial aspects of the insurance market with which his clients interact'

Key Clients

Drax Plc

Single Buoy Moorings

Work highlights

  • Advised Single Buoy Moorings in connection with a claim under its construction insurance programme arising out of damage to an oil platform at the Yme field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.
  • Acting for owner of a large power station on a substantial property damage and business interruption claim.

Reed Smith LLP is very experienced in handling cross-border and domestic work for major international players in the financial services, energy and commodities sectors. 'Great tactician' Peter Hardy has a strong track record in financial services, professional risks and offshore energy insurance disputes, while the 'very effective' Mark Pring covers a broad range of insurance work. 'Formidable opponent' Margaret Campbell focuses on shipping and transport matters as well as credit and political risk insurance and brokers’ negligence, and is often assisted by 'impressive' associate Laura-May Scott.

Practice head(s):Peter Hardy

Other key lawyers:Margaret Campbell; Mark Pring; Laura-May Scott

Testimonials

'The team is efficient, hard-working, commercially minded and highly knowledgeable of the applicable law and procedure. The lawyers are also extremely friendly and a pleasure to work with'

'The firm is great at explaining what needs to be done. Work is of very high quality'

'Excellent client care with solicitors who work extremely effectively with both clients and counsel, and have a robust and pragmatic approach to solving disputes and settling out of court'

The insurance litigation team at Clifford Chance LLP acts for policyholders on a range of disputes spanning credit insurance, D&O, professional indemnity, and property insurance. The group's client roster includes financial institutions, major companies and private equity firms. The 'strong and very effective'group is headed by the 'truly outstanding' Philip Hill, who has significant experience of handling a variety of often multi-jurisdictional insurance disputes. 'Proactive' senior associate Christopher Ingham is another key member of the practice.

Practice head(s):Philip Hill

Other key lawyers:Christopher Ingham

Testimonials

'The firm has significant expertise in this area that is evident from industry feedback and their input on the project. The strong skill set on both the insurance and banking elements of the transactions enabled the firm to provide a service that was reflective of our requirements whilst also being sympathetic to market expectation'

'This is a super team, featuring strong and very effective lawyers who give a lot of attention to detail'

'Clifford Chance matches a longstanding, deep experience with an ability to apply that experience to challenging litigation'

'This team are by far the best team I have worked in recent years. Lawyers really know their subject, they are practical in their approach to litigation and arbitration and they are a pleasure to work with'

'Philip Hill is a star. He is very thoughtful and really knows his stuff in this field'

'Philip Hill is a safe pair of hands in insurance related disputes. He has significant experience and is all over the litigation and the inevitable parallel settlement process'

'Philip Hill is approachable, hands-on, knowledgeable, and a team player'

'Philip Hill is a brilliant thinker, and manages to find a way around the thorniest of insurance problems – almost with ease, and always with subtle sophistication. Truly outstanding'

'Philip Hill and Baljit Rai are both knowledgeable and approachable, and can be depended upon to give good advice'

'Baljit Rai is knowledgeable, easy to work with, excellent at managing the team and spotting (and dealing with) obstacles on the horizon'

'Christopher Ingham is knowledgeable, proactive, and easy to work with'

Key Clients

HSBC

Société Générale

Royal Bank of Scotland

Macquarie

Work highlights

  • Advising the Financial Reporting Council in respect of an investigation and subsequent disciplinary proceedings relating to issues concerning redeeming practices at a motor insurer.
  • Acting for a client in a credit insurance claim resulting from the non-payment of sums due by a Chinese counterparty for licensing of Chinese version of global television format.
  • Acting for a co-defendant in an LCIA arbitration to determine whether the claimant is an insured for the purposes of the directors and officers policy.
  • Advising a client on the scope of cover under its professional indemnity policy and whether it responds to a particular claim.

Fenchurch Law has built a successful track record handling coverage disputes 'with skill and expertise' in a wide range of areas, including professional indemnity, public liability, financial risks and property policies. The firm also boasts particular expertise in acting for brokers. Led by the 'outstanding' David Pryce, the 'exceptional' team features professional risks expert Jonathan Corman, financial lines specialist John Curran, property risks lawyer Joanna Grant and construction insurance practice head Amy Lacey.

Practice head(s):David Pryce

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Corman; Joanna Grant; Amy Lacey; John Curran

Testimonials

'Good commercial advice and analysis of policy and claims'

'Fenchurch Law have established themselves as one of the leading insurance firms in the country. They are one of the very few firms with expertise and ability to go head to head with insurance firms and companies'

'The market leader for assured coverage disputes'

'Niche insurance litigation firm that gets results with right, good, hard-working, and agile lawyers'

'Partner led firm that is responsive and effective'

'Fenchurch Law has a market-leading practice in representing policyholders in their disputes with insurers. It acts with equal skill and expertise across a wide range of risk classes, and for both individual and corporate insureds. I have been particularly impressed by the client-focused approach, which involves a clear and consistent strategy being formulated and subject to regular review in each case'

'A unique offering for policyholders - excellent, straightforward and no nonsense advice from lawyers who know how to tackle tricky coverage issues'

'David Pryce is outstanding. Astute, commercial, passionate, a formidable litigator and real player in the market'

'David Pryce is excellent value, well-prepared, absolutely dedicated to his client's case and tactically astute'

'David Pryce has excellent commercial and strategic judgement that matches his technical knowledge'

'David Pryce is an outstanding insurance lawyer, who is always familiar with the latest developments in law and regulation. He has excellent commercial judgment and his tactical instincts in litigation are impressive'

'Joanna Grant is a very experienced and capable litigator, as is Amy Lacey. They both form part of an exceptional team'

'John Curran is a robust and strong litigator'

'John Curran is a very engaging and level-headed litigator. He is excellent technically with strong judgement'

'Senior associate James Morris is responsive and has a good understanding of commerciality and litigation tactics'

'James Morris is first class and holds the clients' trust'

Key Clients

Lancasters Management

Ground Rent Estates 5

Salim, Imtiaz, Imran and Zakir Patel

Coilcolor Limited (in administration)

Work highlights

  • Acting for Lancasters Management in disputes concerning the defects in the facade and bathrooms of an ultra-prime residential development facing Hyde Park.
  • Acting for Ground Rent Estates, who brought claims under a building defects insurance policy issued by BLP Insurance relating to fire cladding of Nova House in Slough.
  • Representing Coilcolor in a dispute with Allianz regarding a £3.6m claim in property damage and business interruption after the flooding of premises in Newport.
  • Defending a foreign research scientist diagnosed with cancer against two insurers claiming that he obtained critical illness policies as a result of fraudulent non-disclosures.
  • Representing claimants in a dispute with an insurer who declined a claim concerning property damage after a fire.

The team at K&L Gates LLP is best known for handling coverage disputes arising from professional indemnity, D&O and trade credit policies, often in the financial services arena. Other work includes advising clients in the energy, construction, retail and charity sectors on a wide range of insurance-related claims. The 'technically capable' and 'experienced' Sarah Turpin undertakes coverage disputes with insurers and senior associate Sarah Emerson has particular expertise in the construction and property sector.

Practice head(s):Sarah Turpin

Other key lawyers:Sarah Emerson

Testimonials

'K&L Gates has a deep understanding of what is achievable for its clients that translates into an ability to cut through unnecessary negotiation and get to the heart of the matter. It is the best firm working for policyholders in insurance for financial institutions'

'Sarah Turpin is technically capable, approachable and a pleasure to deal with'

'Sarah Turpin is excellent. She is experienced, client focused and a pleasure to deal with'

Key Clients

Michael Saville and Hugh Dickson as receivers

A major UK charity working in the legal sector

Halliburton Company

Work highlights

  • Providing coverage advice in relation to the professional indemnity insurance policy of a large charity operating in the legal sector.

Michelmores LLP's 'thorough and tenacious' team has significant experience in the insurance and reinsurance sector, handling work spanning professional indemnity, political risk, D&O, product liability and public liability matters. The group's client base includes policyholders in the real estate, public, utilities, financial services and manufacturing sectors, among others. Practice head Garbhan Shanks regularly acts for companies in the financial, energy, pharma and utilities sectors, while 'astute' senior associate Harriet Chopra focuses on product liability, professional indemnity and D&O insurance.

Practice head(s):Garbhan Shanks

Other key lawyers:Harriet Chopra

Testimonials

'The team at Michelmores is very thorough, tenacious, and very knowledgeable. Lawyers have your best interest at heart and you trust their judgement'

'Expert firm for insurance litigation matters. In depth understanding of insurers perspective. Attention to detail'

'Garbhan Shanks and associate Naomi Hall are very capable in this field'

'Senior associate Harriet Chopra is very astute'

Key Clients

Wyelands Capital

GFG Alliance

Aviva Canada Inc

Houlder Limited

Plurimi Wealth LLP / Plurimi Investment Managers

Walters Power International

Kot Addu Power Company Limited

G L Hearn

United Bank Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing a major national commercial property agency in a professional indemnity coverage dispute with insurers under the Insurance Act 2015.
  • Advising a public body on coverage of significant potential public liability legacy claims.
  • Acting for a former director of an insurance brokerage firm in a dispute with D&O insurers about cover of a professional negligence claim.
  • Providing advice in relation to a long-running insurance and reinsurance coverage dispute in Pakistan regarding proximate cause in a terrorist attack.
  • Representing an investment and wealth management firm in an insurance coverage dispute as to the responsiveness of a professional indemnity policy over legal costs incurred defending a US action.

Addleshaw Goddard counts infrastructure, construction, marine and finance as particular sector strengths, advising clients on matters including investigation insurance, property damage and business interruption losses, professional indemnity, business loan repayment insurance and M&A risk management disputes. 'Impressive lawyer' Richard Wise has particular expertise in Bermuda Form arbitration and mediation, and Richard Clayton focuses on acting for financial institutions.

Practice head(s):Richard Wise

Other key lawyers:Richard Clayton

Testimonials

'Addleshaw Goddard has a knowledgeable, professional team which understands the market and is able to provide a differentiating service'

'Deep sector knowledge, borne out of a long pedigree and history of insurance work'

'Richard Wise and associate Josianne El Antoury are both excellent in providing good technical information that can be understood. Their availability for discussions also adds value'

'Richard Wise is a very good insurance lawyer. He knows the area like the back of his hand and is always willing to think outside of the box'

'Richard Wise is an impressive lawyer and a tremendous individual'

Key Clients

Weyerhaeuser Company

Network Rail

2 Sisters Food Group

Capita Group

Rhiannon Properties

Tideland Limited

TSB Bank PLC

Ross Sloan Investments

Work highlights

  • Acting for Weyerhaeuser Company in responding to an anti-suit injunction obtained by XL and Catlin concerning the proper forum for the insurance coverage dispute between the parties.

The practice at Burges Salmon LLP, which is led out of Bristol by insurance litigation head Kari McCormick, is focused almost exclusively on work for policyholders, allowing the firm to avoid conflicts to a large extent. The practice, which has a sector focus on construction, transport, energy, rail and infrastructure clients, has recently seen an increasing of work originating in Latin America. Senior associate Matthew Walker is well-regarded for his 'sector expertise and calm, can-do manner'.

Practice head(s):Kari McCormick

Other key lawyers:Matthew Walker

Testimonials

'Strong and capable team. Extremely user-friendly and responsive. They feel like a natural extension of my in-house team - providing advice in the very specialist area of insurance litigation. They have a more constructive and solutions focused approach than some other private practice law firms I have dealt with.'

'Extremely thorough, engaged and user friendly.'

'We are extremely impressed by the way Burges Salmon are handling our insurance litigation. They were able to obtain a very quick understanding of the issues facing us and develop a cohesive strategy that was clearly communicated to us. To date, the work undertaken has been timely, clearly communicated and extremely compelling in respect of the legal arguments.'

'Senior associate Matthew Walker is capable and acts in the best interests of his clients whilst being sensible and pragmatic, allowing an acceptable resolution to be reached.'

'Matthew Walker is my go-to person for insurance litigation advice. His sector expertise and calm, can-do manner are valued attributes as is his ability to collaborate with lawyers from other firms to deliver pragmatic commercial solutions to very complicated and nuanced problems. This is a skill that few litigation lawyers possess and makes Matt stand out from the rest.'

'Kari McCormick and Reshma Adkin are knowledgeable, thorough and an absolute pleasure to deal with. We achieved an excellent result thanks to their endeavours. I highly recommend them both for any insurance related litigation.'

'Matthew Walker and Ian Tucker have impressed us immensely with their understanding of our business, the particular issues facing us with this litigation and the strategy and legal arguments being put forward to defend our position. They both have excellent communication skills and are able to talk to us in a language that we understand.'

Key Clients

Costain Group

Jaguar Energy LLC

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Limited

Marlborough Fund Managers

Andrew Brownsword Hotels Limited

FirstGroup plc

RHP Group Limited

Vero Liability Insurance

Power Electrics (Bristol) Limited

Work highlights

  • Concluded the long-running multi-party recoveries action for the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, the financial services compensation fund of last resort, relating to PPI mis-selling and unfair relationships under the Consumer Credit Act.
  • Acting for Vero, one of the largest insurance companies in Australia and New Zealand, and its insured in relation a subrogated claim and uninsured losses against the supplier of defective products used to produce heaters/boilers.

Edwin Coe LLP is particularly strong in covering property damage and business interruption matters arising from catastrophes such as fires. Other mainstays of the practice include public liability, product liability and broker's professional negligence disputes. 'Tough negotiator' Roger Franklin leads on business interruption and property loss claims, while Michael Whitton focuses on liability and coverage disputes arising from fires, floods, thefts and other perils. Nicola Maher is regularly involved in professional negligence and D&O work.

Practice head(s):Roger Franklin

Other key lawyers:Michael Whitton; Nicola Maher

Testimonials

'Undoubtedly the leading firm acting for SME and consumer policyholders - they are not afraid to take matters to trial and get excellent results'

'Roger Franklin has wonderfully sound judgement and is a tough negotiator'

'Michael Whitton is a crafty old fox who has seen it all before'

'Nicola Maher is excellent and handling challenging clients'

'Senior associate Oliver Pannell is a rising star'

Key Clients

Dalamd Limited

Euro Pools Plc

JBR Leisure Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising a textile company on matters arising from a fire at its premises
  • Represented waste recycler Dalamd in a claim against insurance broker Butterworth Spengler following a large fire at their premises.
  • Acting for Euro Pools in a claim for indemnity under a product liability policy of insurance with RSA, relating to design issues in swimming pools with moveable floors and booms.

While regularly advising insurers and captive insurers, HFW also acts for prominent policyholders such as energy corporates, oil and gas companies, manufacturers and construction companies. Christopher Cardona, who leads the team, is regularly involved in cross-border work for financial institutions, particularly in relation to Latin America. Jonathan Bruce specialises in marine and energy insurance and Nigel Wick has broad expertise.

Practice head(s):Christopher Cardona

Other key lawyers:Nigel Wick; Jonathan Bruce

Work highlights

  • Advising a client in a coverage dispute under a property damage and business interruption insurance policy.
  • Acting for the owner of an aluminium smelter following a 'tapping out' incident and consequent business interruption.
  • Acting for the owner of an hydro project and dam in relation to coverage claim following diversion tunnel collapse.
  • Acting for a Peruvian utility company in a dispute with insurers following the structural failure of a penstock shaft at a hydroelectric power plant.
  • Acting for the captive insurer of a major petroleum company in relation to two large losses on platforms off Mexico.

While Mishcon de Reya LLP's practice primarily advises clients on D&O and property damage claims, the team is also active in cross-border disputes involving political risk and professional indemnity policies, as well as insurance coverage claims. Richard Leedham has expertise in most lines of business, while Sonia Campbell is increasingly handling work for clients in the life sciences sector.

Practice head(s):Richard Leedham

Other key lawyers:Sonia Campbell

Key Clients

Saba Rock

Quest Consulting London, Lemma Insurance Europe

Cheval Roc Residential Limited and Bonne Nuit Cheval Limited

Total Site Projects

Now Casting

Work highlights

  • Acting for Quest Consulting London in the pursuit of reinsurance liabilities, primarily relating to solicitors professional indemnity policies written by a reinsurer now in run-off.
  • Advising an asset management company on an insurance claim relating to a cyber fraud.
  • Representing Cheval Roc Residential and Bonne Nuit Cheval, the owners of a residential care home in Jersey which was damaged during a storm, in a dispute with insurer Zurich.
  • Advising a company providing directorial services in a dispute regarding the alleged wrongful declinature of the client's claim under a D&O policy by Massy United Insurance.
  • Representing a global life sciences company in a claim relating to property damage and business interruption arising in consequence of interruption in the manufacturing process of one of the client's disease drugs.


Insurance: corporate and regulatory

Index of tables

  1. Insurance: corporate and regulatory
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Leading individuals

  1. 1

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Rising stars

  1. 1
    • Akiko Morioka - Ashurst
    • Owen Ross - Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP

At Clifford Chance LLP, global insurance sector group head Katherine Coates is described as being 'second to none on understanding of the market', working alongside deputy heads Ashley Prebble and Hilary Evenett. The practice sits at the top of the market for the corporate insurance matters, handling the full spectrum of work, covering transactions, advisory, risk and portfolio transfers, reinsurance, restructuring and regulatory matters. Major recent roles have included advising Legal & General on a £4.4bn pensioner bulk annuity buy-in with BA's Airways Pension Scheme. The firm has also been closely involved in the development of an effective UK framework for insurance linked securities (ILS), serving as legal adviser to the London Market Group and members of the ILS taskforce.

Practice head(s):Katherine Coates

Other key lawyers:Ashley Prebble; Hilary Evenett

Testimonials

'Extremely knowledgeable and competent. Confident and professional in the way they deal with problems and are well resourced to turn work around efficiently at short notice.'

'Exceptional industry knowledge - the team are able to leverage the rest of the firm to support on specific areas as required.  Advice is pragmatic and partners take the time to understand underlying business drivers for relevant matters.'

Excellent knowledge of the industry, the regulation and the perspective of the regulators.'

'Ashley Prebble is an excellent point of contact and leads the team very effectively. He is always available, often at short notice, to offer help and solutions to problems that may have arisen. He is also very approachable and personable. He is a trusted adviser who has developed a good relationship with our team over a number of years.'

'Katherine Coates has real industry knowledge, regulatory understanding and is able to connect dots across a variety of areas.'

'Katherine Coates is a clear market leader - second to none on understanding of the market and regulation.'

Work highlights

  • Advised Legal & General on a £4.4bn pensioner bulk annuity buy-in with British Airways’ Airways Pension Scheme, which will cover circa 60% of all pensioner liabilities.
  • Advised Cinven on the acquisition of AXA Life Europe from AXA.
  • Advised ING Group on a global partnership with AXA to provide insurance products and related services through a central digital insurance platform.
  • Advised the Chubb Group on its response to Brexit.
  • Advised AXA on the complex global restructuring and consolidation of its Lifestyle Protection Insurance business.

Clyde & Co LLP has a preeminent reputation for marine and aviation work, fielding a substantial team of insurance lawyers with an 'exceptionally deep pool of expertise' who deal with M&A, investments, reinsurance and commercial work for leading insurance companies. Global corporate insurance head Andrew Holderness, described as 'the UK's finest lawyer in the Lloyd's market', works alongside the 'extremely knowledgeable and pragmatic' Ivor Edwards, 'leading practitioner' Stephen Browning and Mark Williamson, who heads the firm’s commercial and technology practice. William Hogarth was promoted to partner in the team during 2018.

Practice head(s):Andrew Holderness

Other key lawyers:Ivor Edwards; Stephen Browning; Mark Williamson; William Hogarth

Testimonials

'Led by Andrew Holderness, the corporate and regulatory team at Clyde & Co is exceptionally strong, knowledgeable, responsive and business savvy.'

'Thoroughly knowledgeable in their field of insurance and in particular Lloyd's.'

'One of the largest corporate insurance practices in the City of London with an excellent ratio of experienced partners to associates. This ensures that there is a depth of expertise not always found in other top tier firms. It also generates confidence in the thoroughness and experience of advice delivered by the firm.'

'The firm's knowledge of London market insurance transactional and regulatory matters as well as the Lloyd's market is exceptional. Many firms in the City excel in one or two of these areas but Clyde & Co has top tier lawyers in all three. A stand out firm.'

'Clyde & Co rightly known as insurance specialists, with an exceptionally deep pool of expertise throughout the firm.'

'Andrew Holderness brings decades of experience, deep knowledge and exceptional business acumen to any transaction, making him a unique counselor to insurance companies.'

'Andrew Holderness is recognised as a go to lawyer on Lloyd's matters.'

'William Hogarth is good on transactional work and has a practical and pleasant presentation style.'

'Ivor Edwards is thoughtful on more esoteric insurance products.'

'Andrew Holderness is the UK's finest lawyer in the Lloyd's market.'

'Ivor Edwards is extremely knowledgeable and pragmatic. A trusted adviser who is not afraid of a challenge.'

'William Hogarth is at the vanguard of a new generation of corporate insurance partners who are leading the way in cutting-edge market developments, including, in particular, the insurtech space. He also boasts an impressive practice in more traditional corporate insurance areas such as portfolio transfers and M&A.'

'Ravi Masaon is a big-ticket M&A and part VII portfolio transfer specialist. A superb lawyer who is client focused and extremely efficient. Clients love to deal with him and know they can rely on him to make complex work look effortless.'

'Stephen Browning is the leading practitioner in the field of Lloyd's insurance regulation and legal practice. He is also a first rate general (re)insurance corporate practitioner who understands the commercial/business imperatives of often very complex deals. Stephen is extremely responsive, hard working and a pleasure to deal with.'

Key Clients

Barbican Insurance Group

Tokio Marine HCC

GIC Re

R&Q

ProSight Speciality Insurance

Phoenix Group

Canopius

Work highlights

  • Advised on the purchase by the Tokio Marine HCC group (through its UK entity HCC International Insurance Company PLC) of 100% of the Qdos Contractor business from the Qdos Group.
  • Advised Indian state sponsored (re)insurer GIC Re on entry to the Lloyd's of London insurance market by establishing an underwriting platform.
  • Advising Barbican on various quota share reinsurance arrangements with reinsurers to support underwriting on Barbican-managed Lloyd's Syndicate No. 1955 for the 2019 year of account.
  • Advising ProSight Specialty Insurance on the sale of Syndicate 1110 and its existing business to R&Q.
  • Advising Canopius on the making of a mandatory offer to acquire all third party-held capacity on Canopius managed Lloyd's Syndicate No. 4444.

Hogan Lovells International LLP's 'dynamic, forward-thinking and extremely knowledgeable' team is particularly well-regarded for its work in the life insurance market. The practice advises on Part VII transfers, M&A, pensions and longevity risks as well as insurance business restructurings. Practice head Charles Rix and Steven McEwan are seen as 'leaders in their field'; Rix recently led a large team from the firm advising insurance giant Royal London on a groundbreaking offer to its policyholders to adapt their pension policies to the newly introduced 'pension freedoms' environment. Solicitor advocate Jamie Rogers was promoted to partner at the beginning of 2019.

Practice head(s):Charles Rix

Other key lawyers:Steven McEwan; Jamie Rogers

Testimonials

'Extensive experience in insurance/reinsurance - dynamic, forward thinking and extremely knowledgeable.'

'Excellent quality legal advice, with a clear understanding of what our business does. Legal advice is commercial, to the point yet bespoke to the particular situation.'

'Steven McEwan and Charles Rix are leaders in their field.'

'Jamie Rogers knows our business inside and out. He always provides a personal service which goes beyond any lawyer that we have worked with. His team are also excellent, in particular Ellie Rees and Sarah McQuillan.'

Key Clients

AXA

Prudential

Royal London

Standard Life

Canada Life

Phoenix

Sompo

SCOR

Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc.

Enstar and its subsidiaries, including StarStone

Work highlights

  • Advised The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited on an offer to its policyholders to adapt their pension policies to the more flexible 'pension freedoms' environment.
  • Advising Canada Life, the UK insurance business of the Canadian financial conglomerate Great-West Lifeco, on the sale of a £2.7bn life insurance business to Scottish Friendly, a UK friendly society.
  • Advised Sedgwick on its acquisition of Cunningham Lindsey from a consortium of Sellers led by private equity firm CVC.
  • Advised Standard Life Assurance Limited on its acquisition by Phoenix.
  • Handled Brexit reorganisation for Tokio Marine including the transfers of EU branch businesses of two insurers to a new Luxembourg insurer, under one Part VII scheme.

The corporate and regulatory insurance practice at Norton Rose Fulbright exclusively represents insurance clients, handling matters including M&A, Part VII transfers, insurance joint ventures and corporate reorganisations. The department - which is led by global head of financial institutions and insurance James Bateson - also comprises a warranty and indemnity insurance practice, led by newly promoted partner Matthew Foster, which provides advice on the underwriting review process. David Whear is a key contact for Lloyds, while Nicholas Berry leads on the regulatory aspects of insurtech. Other key partners include Maria Ross, Robert (Bob) Haken and Noleen John.

Practice head(s):James Bateson

Testimonials

'Very deep industry experience; technically very strong, trusted advisers.'

Key Clients

AIG

Aquiline Capital Partners

Arch Insurance

AXA XL

Axis

Bain Capital

Berkshire Hathaway

Chubb

Generali

Liberty

Pioneer Underwriting

Primary Group

Stable Group

Travelers

Work highlights

  • Advised Bain Capital on the acquisition, by way of public offer, of UK motor and home insurer Esure.
  • Advised AXIS Managing Agency Limited on the transfer of approximately $1.1bn of gross liabilities and supporting assets to Syndicate 2008 managed by StarStone Underwriting Limited, part of the Enstar Group.
  • Advised on the establishment of Pioneer’s own Lloyd’s Syndicate.
  • Advised Aquiline Capital Partners on the sale of its interest in London-based broker Beach & Associates to US buyer, Acrisure LLC.
  • Provided both legal and technology consulting advice in relation to Arch Insurance’s potential insurance of cryptocurrencies.

Slaughter and May is regularly involved in the biggest insurance M&A transactions in the UK market, and in 2018 led for Standard Life Aberdeen on the £3.2bn sale of its UK and European insurance business to Phoenix and Marsh on its £4.3bn acquisition of JLT. The well-regarded Jonathan Marks leads an 'exceptionally gifted team', which also includes the 'solutions focused' Craig Cleaver and the 'impressive' Robert Chaplin. The practice also handles Brexit advisory work for insurers, as well as large scale cross-border reinsurance transactions, risk transfers and regulatory capital financings.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Marks

Other key lawyers:Craig Cleaver; Robert Chaplin

Testimonials

'Pragmatic, responsive, and with strong technical ability at all levels.'

'A sharp and intelligent practice with extensive experience.'

'The team provides practical, commercially minded legal advice, working seamlessly between partner and associates.'

'Exceptionally gifted team for complex corporate and regulatory matters and always willing to be available when needed. Fundamental partners for our regulatory matters.'

'Great team, meticulous attention to detail, solutions focused.

'Robert Chaplin is very strong technically, is always prepared to give a view and is always focused on the end goal.'

'Robert Chaplin provides well rounded advice that clearly demonstrates a full appreciation of his client's objectives and the broader factors that need to be taken into account in decision making. He seeks out creative solutions and is ready to challenge conventional thinking. He adds significant value on projects beyond purely on legal matters, drawing on his extensive commercial and deal experience.'

'Craig Cleaver is very knowledgeable but operates without ego. He also demonstrates real pragmatism and is very solutions-focused.'

'Robert Chaplin's market knowledge and experience is impressive, and is combined with an ability to command respect and a willing audience from stakeholders, including on the other side of the transaction.'

'Robert Chaplin is enthusiastic, knowledgeable and good to work with.'

Key Clients

Allianz

Aviva

Correlation

Department of Health and Social Care

Direct Line

esure

Legal & General

Marsh & McClennan

Phoenix/ Standard Life Assurance

Prudential

Quartz

Right Choice

Royal London

RSA

Swiss Re

Zurich

Work highlights

  • Advised SLA on the sale of its UK and European insurance business to Phoenix Group Holdings.
  • Advising Prudential on the proposed demerger of its UK & Europe business, resulting in two separately-listed companies.
  • Advised Right Choice Insurance Brokers Limited (RCIB) on the sale of a minority stake in RCIB to Lloyds Development Capital, as well as the related leveraged financing and security package.
  • Advised PA Pension Trustees on the derisking of the PA Pension Scheme.
  • Advised esure on the recommended takeover offer by Blue (BC) Bidco Limited.

Allen & Overy LLP's 'seen-it-all, done-it-all team' insurance team works closely with the firm's corporate department, advising on premium domestic and European M&A deals. The practice's work also includes pensions buy-ins, de-risking and Solvency II implementation cases, whilst a bespoke team provides AGM and annual reporting support for insurer clients. Practice head Philip Jarvis and Kate McInerney make for an 'outstanding' team; McInerney, who was promoted to partner in 2019, played a key role for the Co-op on the sale of its insurance underwriting business, CIS General Insurance Limited, to Markerstudy.

Practice head(s):Philip Jarvis

Other key lawyers:Kate McInerney

Testimonials

'The Allen & Overy insurance team is a seen-it-all, done-it-all team with strength in depth experience in all aspects of pensions insurance from collateralised buy-ins to umbrella arrangements to longevity swaps to complex Part VII transfers.'

'Philip Jarvis and Kate McInerney are an outstanding team. Technical expertise coupled with commercial, collaborative nouse.'

Key Clients

Prudential

Aviva

Rothesay Life

Quilter

Hiscox

AEGON

VIVAT

The Trustees of the Airways Pension Scheme

MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings

Catalina

Athora

Direct Line

Work highlights

  • Advised Prudential on its sale of £12bn of annuity liabilities to Rothesay Life, covering 400,000 policyholders.
  • Advised the Trustees of the British Airways sponsored Airways Pension Scheme on a £4.4bn pensioner bulk annuity buy-in with Legal & General.
  • Advised VIVAT on its €5.5bn longevity reinsurance with Canada Life.
  • Advised Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec and the management team on the $875m sale of entire issued share capital of Catalina Holdings (Bermuda) Limited (Catalina) to funds managed by Apollo.
  • Advised MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings, a leading Japanese insurance company on two minority investments in UK-based ReAssure Jersey One Limited (ReAssure) from Swiss Re.

Ashurst's 'exceptional' team revolves around the leadership of 'highly commercial and user friendly' Adam Levitt , a 'real expert in his field'. As co-head of Ashurst's global insurance industry group, his focus lies on corporate transactions for insurance companies and banks; he and his team cover M&A, restructurings, portfolio transfers and insurance-linked securities. The practice has picked up a number of major new clients in recent months, and key recent work has include advising advising European insurance giant Generali on the sale of its entire shareholding in Generali Worldwide Insurance Company and Generali Link to Life Company Consolidation Group. Senior associate Akiko Morioka is also regarded as a 'rising star'.

Practice head(s):Adam Levitt

Other key lawyers:Akiko Morioka

Testimonials

'There seems to be no transaction they can't cover.'

'Organised, efficient, proficient and above all they put client and performance delivery first.'

'Clients want Adam Levitt on their side - he is astute, technically and commercially impressive, strong in negotiation and has the ability to get complex transactions done.'

'Akiko Morioka is a rising star - she knows her stuff, is organised and gets things done.'

'Adam Levitt is a real expert in his field. Tons of market knowledge and experience.'

'Adam Levitt's team leadership is the standout factor for us in selecting Ashurst'.

Key Clients

Aviva

Chesnara

Delta LLoyd

Generali

Gryphon (Guardian Assurance)

Global Aerospace

Hannover Re

Hawthorne Life

Ing Bank N.V.

J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Lloyds Bank Plc

MetLife

Pacific Life

Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC)

Punter Southall Group

RGA

Swiss Re

UIA Insurance

Work highlights

  • Advised Generali on the sale of its entire shareholding in Generali Worldwide Insurance Company and Generali Link to Life Company Consolidation Group, a company backed by Oaktree funds.
  • Advising Swiss Re on the acquisition of a book of business in Hong Kong from QBE, effected by reinsurance plus Hong Kong portfolio transfer.
  • Advising MetLife on the UK and European aspects of an Irish portfolio transfer in favour of Laguna Life.
  • Advised J.P. Morgan on its investment into a digital pensions and insurtech platform.
  • Acted as lead counsel for Global Insurance Group with responsibility for advising on legal and regulatory aspects of a collateral deposit facility transaction.

CMS has a strong track record of work in the life, annuity and pension risk transfer markets, as well as European insurance M&A and insurance finance and capital matters. The firm's three-way merger with Olswang and Nabarro has also served to boost its technology offering, with fintech, insurtech and regtech clients now a key focus of the team. Mike Munro has particular expertise in longevity and pension de-risking transactions as well as collateralised (re)insurance, while insurance regulatory head Paul Edmondson receives praise for the 'combination of industry knowledge, knowledge of the regulators, technical ability and pragmatism'. In the last year he has predominantly dedicated himself to providing Brexit related advice to insurers and intermediaries.

Practice head(s):Paul Edmondson; Helen Johnson; Mike Munro; Chris Southorn

Testimonials

'CMS surpasses every other insurance practice for its ability to find pragmatic, practical, sound solutions to problems.'

'Paul Edmondson's combination of industry knowledge, knowledge of the regulators, technical ability and pragmatism makes him my first choice of regulatory adviser. There's no one I'd rather work with in this space.'

'Chris Southorn is outstanding. I don't think there''s any problem he can't find a solution for.'

Key Clients

Legal & General

Phoenix Life

Willis

Navigators

Beazley

Markel

Axis Managing Agency

Unum

Liberty Mutual

Pension Insurance Corporation

Met Life

Aon

Work highlights

  • Advised Unum Group on the acquisition of Pramerica Poland from Prudential Financial Group.
  • Served as lead adviser to Zurich on its large longevity swap transaction.
  • Took a lead role in the acquisition by Scottish Friendly of a book of bundled group pensions business from Mobius Life Limited.
  • Served as lead adviser to Pension Insurance Corporation on a £900m longevity reinsurance transaction with Prudential Insurance Company of America.
  • Acted for Phoenix Life Limited on its first-ever pension buy-in transaction with the Marks & Spencer Pension Scheme.

The corporate and regulatory insurance practice at DAC Beachcroft LLP acts for some of the UK's top insurers, while also handling key insurance matters for other clients such as HSBC, which it advised on its 10-year distribution deal with Aviva. The team also has a focus on data protection, which forms a core part of the insurance advisory practice. Mathew Rutter, who heads up the practice, specialises in advising on financial services regulation and the regulatory aspects of corporate and commercial agreements. He works alongside Mark Neville, Rhiannon Webster and Jade Kowalski , all of who are described as 'standout' partners. The firm is also a founding member of Legalign Global, a integrated alliance of four insurance focused law firms covering Germany, the US and Australia.

Practice head(s):Mathew Rutter

Other key lawyers:Mark Neville; Rhiannon Webster; Jade Kowalski

Testimonials

'The team clearly has a wealth of experience within the industry/sector and presents this in practical terms. Client service is also clearly at the forefront of what they do and they are generally incredibly responsive and helpful. For the service they offer, their fees are incredibly competitive.'

'A responsive and commercial team with excellent industry expertise.'

They seem to be on the forefront of current legislation and have vast knowledge of the insurance sector - each person brings something different in their area of expertise.'

'Mark Neville is our key relationship partner and is wonderful to deal with. He constantly seeks feedback at the end of each key transaction to ensure that the service provided remains in line with expectations - this level of interest is not something that we generally experience with our panel.'

'Rhiannon Webster and Jade Kowalski are standout individuals, always practical, responsive and the wider business has had nothing but positive comments about them.'

'A lovely bunch. Coupled with their excellent approach to client service and advice, they are one of our key firms.'

'Mark Neville is a stand out partner, providing a full client service, excellent drafting and strategic advice.'

Key Clients

Ageas

AIG

Hiscox

Arthur J Gallagher

AVIVA

BIBA

Bupa

Covéa Insurance

HSBC

QBE

Work highlights

  • Advised HSBC on its 10-year distribution deal with Aviva, one of the largest transactions of its kind ever entered into in the UK.
  • Instructed jointly by the Lloyd’s Market Association and Association of British Insurers to lead discussions with Government on processing of special categories of personal data by insurance industry.
  • Following an extensive review of HSBC’s life reinsurance contracts to take account of legislative changes, drafting bespoke life reinsurance contracts for further books of business written by the wider HSBC Group.
  • Advised AIG Life on its partnership with InsurTech start-up, Yulife, to provide life insurance and wellbeing tools to businesses and consumers.
  • Advised the US and UK arms of AJG/Gallagher on the acquisition of the insurance broker Pavey Group.

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP's London team has 'extensive' knowledge of the insurance M&A market and has worked on many of the largest deals in the sector over the last few years. The highly regarded Ben Lyon and practice head Clare Swirski are lauded for their 'excellent' technical insurance knowledge, particularly on Solvency II questions, for which Clare is described as 'the go-to person' in the market. Swirski, Lyon and James Scoville were recently part of a large transatlantic team which advised AXA on the $15.3bn acquisition of XL Group.

Practice head(s):James Scoville; Clare Swirski

Other key lawyers:Ben Lyon

Testimonials

'Good industry knowledge both for the UK and internationally'

'The team takes a commercial-minded approach to insurance transactions while focusing on an appropriate level of legal detail and risk mitigation. They are in a unique position to be able to advise on market developments and provide guidance on commercial positions to be taken in transaction documents.'

'Ben Lyon has a strong understanding of the insurance market and drivers for insurance clients, and uses that understanding to provide commercially relevant advice. He has a client-centric approach and is proactive in ensuring advice is provided in line with client requirements.

'Clare Swirski is a go-to person on Solvency II questions - she really understands the business implications.'

'Ben Lyon possesses a unique combination of deep insurance-industry knowledge and excellent M&A experience.'

'Ben Lyon applies a client-focused approach to legal representation by taking the time to understand what is motivating his clients and adjusting his approach accordingly.'

Key Clients

AXA

American International Group

Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd.

Ascot Underwriting Limited

AmTrust Financial Services

Prudential Financial Inc. / Prudential Financial Insurance Company

Assured Guaranty Corporation

The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc.

Greycastle Holdings Ltd.

Third Point Reinsurance Company Ltd.

TIAA-CREF

The Blackstone Group

The Carlyle Group

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

HarbourVest Partners

Work highlights

  • Assisted AIG in its $5.56bn acquisition of Validus Group, a Bermuda-based, NYSE-listed, (re)insurance company.
  • Advised AXA on the $15.3bn acquisition of Bermuda-based XL/Catlin Group.
  • Ongoing advice to Ascot Underwriting Limited on various insurance, corporate and regulatory matters.
  • Advised the Hanover Insurance Group on its $950m sale of Chaucer to China Re.
  • Advised HarbourVest Partners on the £1.2bn take-private of UK insurer esure.

The practice at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is led by non-contentious specialist and 'star performer' Geoffrey Maddock , who enjoys a strong reputation among clients, who recommend him for his 'very broad, deep and invaluable knowledge of insurance'. The practice has particular strengths in pensions de-risking and reinsurance and portfolio transfers, expertise that goes hand in hand with more general transactional capabilities. Senior associate Kaja Kluziak is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Geoffrey Maddock

Testimonials

'Excellent technical skills - they compare favourably to the magic circle firm working on the same deal.'

'The practice provides deep and broad expertise.'

'The team is very responsive and demonstrates high levels of accountability/ownership for the matters on which they are instructed.'

'Excellent corporate advice and relationship management skills.'

'Geoffrey Maddock is a star performer with decades of experience, and with the resulting assurance and versatility, not to mention unflappability.'

'Kaja Kluziak is a fast rising senior associate who delivers excellent work on time and has great promise.'

'Geoff Maddock is very knowledgeable in the field of insurance and provides practical solutions to what can be extremely complex problems.'

'Elizabeth McKnight has extraordinary depth of knowledge and is a provider of pragmatic advice.'

'Geoff Maddock provides excellent corporate advice and relationship management skills to ensure that we speak to the right people to get the advice we need in a timely fashion.'

'Kaja Kluziak has excellent knowledge, attention to detail and work ethic.'

Key Clients

Ardonagh Group (formerly Towergate Insurance)

JLT

Lloyds Banking Group (Scottish Widows)

Marsh & McLennan

MoneySuperMarket.com Group plc

Pool Reinsurance

Pension Insurance Corporation

Phoenix Life

ReAssure Limited (Part of Swiss Re)

Resolution

Royal London

Swiss Re

Willis Towers Watson

Financial Guaranty Insurance Company

Canada Life Group (UK) Limited

The Canada Life Assurance Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Canada Life Assurance Company (Barbados branch) on its role in connection with Legal & General's £4.4bn buy-in agreement with the BA trustees.
  • Advised Miller Insurance Services, 85% subsidiary of the Willis Towers Watson group, in relation to its acquisition of the entire share capital of Nelson Holdings, the holding company of Alston Gayler & Co.
  • Advising ReAssure on the Part VII transfer of the £650m mature savings business that ReAssure acquired from Legal & General in 2017.
  • Advised Sir Peter Wood, in his role as 30.69% shareholder and chairman of esure group plc, in relation to the acquisition by Bain Capital of the entire share capital of esure group by scheme of arrangement.

Linklaters LLP's corporate insurance practice acts for an impressive roster of prestigious clients, with insurance experts operating as part of the magic circle firm's market-leading corporate practice. For the past two years, the firm has led the Mergermarket rankings for insurance sector deals for both volume and value. Major recent work has included assisting on Old Mutual on its £12bn demerger. while it has also been serving as sole legal adviser to the Association of British Insurers in relation to Brexit, analysing matters of particular importance to the UK insurance industry. While long-serving partner Victoria Sander left to join Latham & Watkins, Duncan Barber remains the firm's point person for the sector, working alongside corporate duo Dan Schuster-Woldan and Kanyaka Ramamurthi.

Practice head(s):Duncan Barber; Dan Schuster-Woldan; Kanyaka Ramamurthi; Matthew Middleditch; Aedamar Comiskey

Key Clients

Ageas

Amlin

AXA

Lloyds Banking Group

Prudential

QBE

RSA

Rothesay Life

Swiss Re

Athene

Royal London

Assured Guaranty

Generali

Work highlights

  • Advised Old Mutual plc on its managed separation which delivered two separate entities into the hands of Old Mutual plc shareholders.
  • Acting for AXA on the sale of AXA Life Europe, a closed book variable annuities provider regulated in Ireland.
  • Advised Rothesay Life on its acquisition of a £12bn portfolio of UK annuities from Prudential in the largest deal of this type in the UK.
  • Advising the Generali Group on the disposal of its entire shareholding in Generali Nederland (and its subsidiaries) to ASR Nederland, one of the leading insurance groups in the Netherlands, for €143m.
  • Advised Jardine Matheson in relation to the sale of its 40% shareholding in JLT, in connection with the £4.3bn acquisition of JLT by Marsh.

Pinsent Masons LLP's corporate and regulatory insurance team is 'extremely capable' and provides 'first class advice', not only on business-as-usual matters, but also complex corporate and regulatory cases. 'Extremely personable' practice head Hammad Akhtar routinely works with insurers on Brexit planning and restructuring, and advised Royal London on a complex cross-border transfer of life insurance business. This breadth at the department has attracted talent from other firms in recent years, including Matthew Brewer, who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in November 2017 and Madhu Jain, who moved over from Linklaters LLP in November 2018 after almost 18 years at the magic circle firm.

Practice head(s):Hammad Akhtar; David Heffron

Testimonials

'Excellent knowledge, a can-do attitude and a problem-solving team that makes itself available.'

'The team has great coverage across the market, good industry knowledge and its commercial and technical expertise is market-leading.'

'Hammad Akhtar has exceptional knowledge of the law, market practice, and market developments. He has excellent experience in dealing with the regulators. Very engaged and exceptionally responsive. Very organised and proactive.'

'Hammad Akhtar has made a huge effort to build up an impressive understanding of how our organisation works, both from a legal, structural perspective as well as how we do things. His advice was always completely on point, taking into account our risk appetite and what would work for us as an organisation.

'Hammad Akhtar is very user-friendly. He can break down the most complex legal points and explain them. He also displayed an impressive understanding of the wider rules and regulations that apply to our business, demonstrating an ability to get into some pretty complex actuarial matters.'

'Hammad Akhtar is an extremely personable lawyer who provides excellent support and advice. His availability during complex and long project was first class.'

'Iain Sawers is excellent in terms of expertise, responsiveness and his knowledge of our business.'

Key Clients

Aegon

AIG

Allianz Group

Aviva Group

Axa

BUPA

Canada Life

Hiscox

Homeserve

HSBC Life

Legal & General

Marsh & McLennan Group

RAC

Reliance Life

Royal London Group

RSA

Standard Life Aberdeen

UnderwriteMe Limited

Wesleyan

Zurich Insurance

Work highlights

  • Advised Royal London Group on its Brexit strategy and the implementation of a complex cross-border transfer of life insurance business and related reinsurance and collateral arrangements.
  • Advised Zurich on the sale of its workplace pensions business to Scottish Widows and the Part VII transfer of that business.
  • Advising Zurich on its disposal, via auction sale, of the leading UK student insurance specialist, Endsleigh, to private equity backed A-Plan.
  • Advising actuarial consultancy firm Milliman on a (solvent) creditor scheme of arrangement that is being undertaken by one of the largest UK insurance consolidator groups.
  • Advising on a support model for Standard Life Aberdeen to amend and negotiate hundreds of external fund manager agreements for the Standard Life Wrap and Elevate platforms and related insurance wrappers to deal with regulatory change.

RPC's transactional insurance practice has had its busiest year ever, advising on a raft of M&A deals, Brexit restructurings, Part VII transfers and Lloyd's of London matters. The team also advises on broker and Managing General Agent Mandates, as well as an increasing volume of legacy business Part VIIs. The transactional and advisory insurance business is headed up by 'real standout' James Mee, who leads on almost all of the firm's insurance M&A mandates, working in tandem with the 'phenomenal' David Wallis. Major matters for the team have included advising RSA on its Brexit-related European business reorganisation.

Practice head(s):James Mee

Other key lawyers:David Wallis

Testimonials

'Throughout all of the challenges that we faced, James Mee and his exceptional team of talented lawyers remained professional and focused on supporting the management team achieve their strategic objectives. 110% my legal team of choice.'

'The team has extensive knowledge of the market in which we operate, as well as a very close appreciation of our firm's position and priorities. Consequently their advice is not only in line with or even ahead of trend but more importantly always appropriate to our circumstances.'

'James Mee is a strong leader for the practice.  He is extremely diligent but always able to step back and look at the bigger picture.  He has fantastic insight into the re/insurance world.'

'David 'the Professor' Wallis is a phenomenal asset to the team, bringing a wealth of unique experience to the table.'

'Rupert Wyles is extremely hard-working and always looking out for the interests of his clients.'

'James Mee is a real standout.  He knows the corporate insurance market very well and has a superb appreciation of the challenges and demands faced by insurance business in the current environment. He is extremely sensible and a pleasure to work with.

'Jenny Tran is extremely sharp and also very good to work with.'

Key Clients

AIG

RSA

Howden

Ironshore

Pembroke

QBE

Swinton

Keyhaven Capital

Castel

Equitable Life

Markel

AIG Greece (sellers)

Cove Programs/Bay Risk(and the sellers)

Work highlights

  • Advising RSA Insurance Group plc on its Brexit related European business reorganisation.
  • Advising Equitable Life Assurance Society on its Brexit-related European business reorganisation.
  • Advising Swinton (Management) on the sale process and the ultimate sale to Ardonagh.
  • Advising Paraline on the sale of its Lloyd's interests to, and its investment into, Beat (the innovative new MGA)
  • Advising Howden on its acquisition of Punter Southall's health and protection consultancy.

US firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher (UK) LLP has a well-established presence in the London insurance scene, advising major insurers, investors, brokers and intermediaries on big-ticket M&A, regulatory issues and insurance-linked securities matters. Joseph Ferraro's 'highly recommended' team includes the highly regarded Andrew Tromans, who is described as having 'more in-depth knowledge of insurance actuarial and business M&A matters than some actuaries or M&A advisory firms have.' The London team regularly works with their US counterparts on cross-border matters such as advising Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited on its $2.6bn acquisition by Apollo Global Management.

Practice head(s):Joseph Ferraro

Other key lawyers:Andrew Tromans

Testimonials

'The team consistently provides prompt, pragmatic advice.'

'Speed of response and knowledge of the practice area makes Wilkie stand out.'

'Willkie Farr & Gallagher have worked with all insurance M&A players and insurance M&A advisers. Hence they know the market, the players, the market standards and terms. Given their constant exposure to insurance M&A, they can properly estimate costs and offer alternative fee arrangements and deliver against it. Legal issues are identified easily by this team and addressed as required in lean legal documentation. Highly recommended - my insurance M&A go to team.'

'Andrew Tromans is extremely knowledgeable, practical and solution focused - an ideal combination for in-house clients.'

'Andrew Tromans is not only an expert in insurance M&A - he is more than just a legal adviser and has more in-depth knowledge of insurance actuarial and business M&A matters than some actuaries or M&A advisory firms have.'

'Andy Tromans provides consistently high quality, commercially focused advice and service on the most difficult of insurance law specific issues.'

'Andy Tromans is my most trusted adviser and, without question, one of the finest lawyers in the London market.'

Andrew Tromans is very responsive, very smart and most importantly commercially savvy - one of our go-to lawyers.'

Key Clients

Aspen Insurance Holdings

OSG / Aquiline

Nephila

Assurant

RenaissanceRe

MS Amlin

Aspen

Prudential

RenRe Ventures

Lancashire Insurance Holdings

Work highlights

  • Represented Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited in its agreement to be acquired by certain investment funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management LLC.
  • Advised OSG Group, an Aquiline portfolio company, in relation to its UK takeover offer to acquire Communisis PLC.
  • Acted for a major, US-headquartered international insurer on one of the most significant personal lines insurance transactions of the year, creating created an international lifestyle insurance provider with leading positions in insurance warranty and vehicle protection businesses.
  • Represented long-time client RenaissanceRe Holdings in its deal to acquire Tokio Marine Holdings’ international reinsurance platform, which includes Tokio Millennium Re and Tokio Millennium Re (UK) - collectively, TMR.
  • Represented MS Amlin, the specialist global (re)insurer, in the creation and establishment of a new Bermuda-domiciled special purpose reinsurer.

The corporate insurance practice at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP handles the full gamut of corporate and regulatory issues for an impressive roster of top insurers, and has been winning new clients in the months since the transatlantic merger which created the firm in 2018. The team is led by Adam Bogdanor, who advises FTSE 100 businesses on matters including M&A, Part VII business transfer schemes, reinsurance and schemes of arrangement, while the 'excellent' Geraldine Quirk specialises in business transfer schemes, as well as schemes of arrangement and regulatory work.

Practice head(s):Adam Bogdanor

Other key lawyers:Geraldine Quirk

Testimonials

'Good specialists in insurance with a depth of partner knowledge and experience.'

'Geraldine Quirk is excellent on business transfers and has a simple way of conveying advice and process.'

'Adam Bogdanor is a bright lawyer and experienced with transactional work.'

Key Clients

Aegon

AIG

Amlin

Armour

Aviva

AXA Insurance (UK) plc

AXA Liabilities Managers

Berkshire Hathaway

Chubb/Ace European Group

Clal Insurance

CNA Hardy

Enstar

Work highlights

  • Advised the majority shareholders of Nelson on the sale of Nelson to leading specialist insurance and reinsurance broker Miller.
  • Advising AXA on the Part VII transfer of all UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man employers’ liability and public liability policies issued by AXA prior to 1 January 2002 to RiverStone.
  • Advising R&Q as buyer of the ProSight corporate members that provide capital support to Lloyds Syndicate 1110 and the transfer of the management of the Syndicate to R&Q Managing Agency Limited with day to day claims handling on non-US business outsourced to R&Q Central Services.
  • Advising Reliance and QBE on a Part VII transfer of business written through the Italian and Spanish branches of QBE.
  • Advising Liberty as warranty and indemnity insurer on eight transactions including the sale by Macquarie Group of a 41MWp platform of UK solar PV assets to Fiera Infrastructure, manager of the Eagle Crest Infrastructure Canada LP and an affiliate of Fiera Capital Corporation.

The insurance practice at DLA Piper offers both transactional and regulatory advice, handling life and non-life matters in relation to cross-border M&A, insurance group reorganisations, longevity transactions, Part VII transfers, restructuring and other run-off insurance portfolio matters. The firm's substantial presence around the world means it can offer 'a global service in today's demanding international environment.' Global practice co-chair Prakash Paran - 'a great lawyer with deep insight of the insurance market' - covers M&A, portfolio transfers and insurance linked securities, while the 'outstanding' Melanie James, who was recently promoted to practice co-chair, deals with Brexit reorganisations for international insurance groups across company markets and Lloyd's of London.

Practice head(s):Prakash (PK) Paran; Melanie James

Testimonials

'The practice provides a global service in today's demanding international environment.'

'They believe in partnering with clients and help them advance their business objectives, rather than simply delivering legal opinions.'

'All the partners (wherever they are based) are very commercial and solutions-driven.'

'Responsive and proactive. Good team coordination across the globe.'

'The level of trust, reliability and confidence in the professional output of the team is always kept up.'

'Prakash (PK) Paran is a great lawyer with deep insight of the insurance market; he understands the client's needs quickly, and has a solution-oriented attitude.'

'Tim Baumgartner has deep technical expertise in the M&A area and general corporate law. He is a great lawyer to work with and quickly absorbs the client's needs and specific requirements. Tim is a solution-oriented lawyer.'

'PK Paran is an outstanding negotiator; highly personable.'

'Melanie James is very personable and technically very strong.'

'Melanie James and PK Paran have in-depth knowledge of our space and are committed to providing quality and speedy service to their clients. They believe in partnering with the clients and help them advance their business objectives, rather than simply delivering legal opinions.'

'Melanie James is outstanding in that she combines commercial sense, transaction related expertise and regulatory know-how while also recognizing different cultural approaches when dealing on international transactions.'

Key Clients

Aetna

AIG

Aon

Athora

Starstone

Euclid

Arag

Aviva Plc & Aviva Ventures

AXA

Compre

FM Global

Fosun

Generali

Hannover Re

Liberty Mutual

MS Amlin

Munich Re (HSB/Munich Re)

Saudi Re

Sompo Canopius

Swiss Re

Work highlights

  • Acted as lead counsel for Compre Holding Ltd on the acquisition of legacy insurance business from Generali's UK and US branches.
  • Advising AIG Europe Ltd on the acquisition of its managing agent and legal representative in Greece from its shareholders Calamos Investments and Canellopoulos & Adamantiades.
  • Advising Zurich Insurance Group subsidiary Cover-More on its acquisition of travel insurance intermediary Blue Insurance
  • Advising Zurich on the potential launch of a new digitally focused online insurance platform/website aimed at SME customers in a number of countries across Europe.
  • Advised ARAG on its acquisition of DAS's Irish legal expenses insurance business.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP has a broad insurance practice, which is led out of London but made up of partners and associates spread across the UK. The team acts for top insurers on matters of risk transaction (life and non-life), reinsurance and regulation, while distribution is another key area for the firm. The team is led by global insurance co-head Simon Brooks, while a key member of the London team is Hugo Laing, who specialises in M&A and Part VIIs, and led the firm's team advising longstanding client Legal & General on the £2.4bn buy-out of the Nortel Networks UK pension plan, a deal which represented the second biggest buy-out ever.

Practice head(s):Simon Brooks

Other key lawyers:Hugo Laing

Testimonials

'A pragmatic, commercial, responsive team backed by in-depth experience and technical expertise.'

'Hugo Laing is incredibly hard working, accessible and experienced; he  integrates very well with our in-house teams making completing transactions a pleasure with the confidence he gets it right.'

Key Clients

Generali Worldwide Insurance Company Limited

Aviva

Legal & General

Lloyds Banking Group

Gefion Insurance A/S the Danish insurer

Liberty

Aon Limited

Guarantee Protection Insurance Limited

LV

Phoenix

Canada Life

Ageas

Markel

Scottish Widows

Work highlights

  • Advised Pollen Street Capital, the majority owner of Speciality Risk Investments Limited, on the acquisition of the Underwriting Exchange and London Ireland Market Exchange.
  • Advising Legal & General on a £2.4bn buy-out for the Nortel Networks UK Pension Plan, which covers around 15,500 pensioner members and around 7,200 deferred members. The deal represented the second biggest buy-out ever.
  • Advised the trustee of the Airways Pension Scheme on its £4.4bn buy-in with Legal & General. This is the largest ever bulk annuity policy arranged with a UK pension scheme.
  • Advised the £800m BHS2 Pension Scheme on its buyout with Pension Insurance Corporation plc.
  • Advised Scottish Widows on its £880m buy-in with the Littlewoods Pension Scheme. The deal was Scottish Widows’ biggest bulk annuity transaction to date.

Mayer Brown International LLP's activity in the insurance sphere is focused on M&A, longevity insurance swap transactions, protection (re)insurance policies and catastrophe bonds. The practice is led by Colin Scagell, who has 'a wealth of knowledge' in insurance linked security (ILS) transactions and is 'friendly, knowledgeable, accessible and responsive' - providing an 'exemplary client service'. 2018 was a fruitful year for the team, as it was bolstered with the addition of 'outstanding insurance and corporate finance lawyer' Jeremy Hill, who joined as a senior counsel from Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, while Rebecca Bothamley was promoted to the partnership. The 'exceptionally collaborative' Jane Childs heads up the firm’s UK pensions risk transfer group.

Practice head(s):Colin Scagell

Other key lawyers:Jeremy Hill; Rebecca Bothamley; Jane Childs

Testimonials

'A very strong technically capable team, with real focus on collaboration - a very solutions-focused style.

'The team's industry knowledge always ensures they deliver an end product that is exactly what is needed.'

'Able to offer value on our transactions by simplifying the structure of deals.'

'I have a lot of time for Colin Scagell. He is always on the ball, enthusiastic and keen to help. He knows what he is talking about and knows the industry well.'

'Jeremy Hill is an outstanding insurance and corporate finance lawyer with vast experience in the Lloyd's market. When M&A deals come along both sides will want to be the first to appoint him. Definitely in the top three practitioners in his field.'

'Rebecca Bothamley is honest, pragmatic, and provides and market insight. She has shown a lot of flexibility delivering a product that best fits our requirements.'

'Jane Childs has an exceptionally collaborative style, with a solutions focused approach.'

'Colin Scagell is commercial yet very knowledgeable.  Easy to deal with but committed and focused.'

Key Clients

Beazley plc

Aspen

EU Lotto

The Hartford

Tokio Millennium Re

The Hanover

KD Group/Adriatica Slovenica

Peel Hunt LLP

Chubb

Brit Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc on its acquisition of The Navigators Group.
  • Advised The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. on its sale of Chaucer to China Re.
  • Advised Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc. on aspects of the $1.5bnn sale of its reinsurance platform, Tokio Millennium Re, to RenaissanceRe.
  • Advised KD Group on the sale of Adriatic Slovenica to Generali.
  • Advised EU Lotto Limited on its €120m jackpot protection insurance and reinsurance policies,

The practice at Simmons & Simmons has a strong regulatory offering under the leadership of the 'highly experienced and well connected' Pollyanna Deane. She and her team advise on reorganisations, distribution agreements, risk management and new products and innovative risk structures, with a particular focus on insurtech start-ups. Insurtech is a key area of focus for the firm - Deane sits on the UK Government’s Insurtech Board - while the team has recently developed and innovative Senior Managers and Certification Regime online tool aimed at the insurance industry.

Practice head(s):Pollyanna Deane

Other key lawyers:Laura Allen

Testimonials

'Pollyanna Deane is highly experienced and well connected; besides top notch advice, Pollyanna always goes the extra mile (including facilitating introductions to investors and insurers alike).'

'Laura Allen has worked hands-on with us on our regulatory insurance filings. She was responsive and well versed on the subject matter.'

Key Clients

Cuvva

Laka (previously Insure-a-Thing)

Bought by Many

MS Amlin

Work highlights

  • Assisted insurance start-up Laka with the Financial Conduct Authority authorisation process and its negotiations with its insurance provider.
  • Developing a suite of documents for the Insurtech Board to assist Insurtech start-ups.
  • Development of the innovative Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR) online tool aimed at the insurance industry.
  • On-going regulatory and commercial advice to insurance start-up Bought by Many.

Robert Stirling heads up the corporate insurance offering in Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (UK) LLP 's London office. The elite US firm has a top-tier global reputation for insurance M&A, and in 2018 Stirling led the firm's team which advised Phoenix on its $4.1bn purchase of Standard Life Assurance. Of late the team has also been providing Brexit planning advice for UK insurers setting up European subsidiaries. 'Terrific' associate Owen Ross  is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Robert Stirling

Testimonials

'Strategic, knowledgeable and dedicated.'

'An excellent team. Able to pull from talent around the firm on a global basis as well as work cooperatively with local counsel in jurisdictions in which they do not have a team.'

'Owen Ross is terrific. Thoughtful and results oriented.'

Key Clients

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, Limited

Phoenix Group Holdings

The Travelers Companies, Inc.

TDR Capital LLP

Gryphon Group Holdings Limited

Sompo Holdings, Inc

Prudential plc

XL Group Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Phoenix Group Holdings on its $4.1bn reverse takeover acquisition of Standard Life Assurance, the life insurance subsidiary of Standard Life Aberdeen plc.
  • Advised The Travelers Companies on its $490m acquisition of UK-based distributor Simply Business Holdings, the largest online insurance distributor for small and mid-sized businesses, from Aquiline Capital Partners.

  • Advised TDR Capital LLP and Retirement Advantage in the sale of the MGM group of companies to Canada Life (UK).
  • Advised Covéa Mutual Insurance Group Company on its £165m sale of Swinton Group Limited to The Ardonagh Group Limited.
  • Advising a leading European asset management business in connection with Financial Conduct Authority regulatory advice and internal investigations.

Global mega-firm Dentons describes its UK insurance offering as a "boutique practice with a focus on cross-border matters". Under the leadership of 'very safe pair of hands' Martin Mankabady, theteam provides 'concise but comprehensive' advice to Lloyd's insurers, global brokers and start-ups on commercial arrangements and cutting-edge matters involving insurtech. Mankabady, who was recently appointed as global chair of the firm's insurance practice, works in tandem with recently promoted partner Katharine Harle, who is an expert on regulatory matters and previously worked at the Financial Conduct Authority. Adriana Cotter joined the team as a partner from Sidley Austin LLP in mid-2019.

Practice head(s):Martin Mankabady

Other key lawyers:Katharine Harle

Testimonials

'Martin Mankababdy remains an expert on W&I, wordings and regulatory aspects. More broadly he is well regarded as a very safe pair of hands and extremely knowledgeable.'

'We work very closely with Katharine Harle and Martin Mankabady and find them both to have exceptional understanding of our needs and demands; advising concisely but comprehensively.'

Key Clients

AIG

Virgin

Ambridge

Work highlights

  • Advising Mobius Life Limited on the disposal of a block of individual businesses.
  • Advising Vitality Life on the launch of its investment proposition.

HFW has a broad offering and longstanding sector expertise, including a strong Lloyd's market practice and expertise in insurance regulatory matters. Key members of the team include Richard Spiller, who deals with acquisitions, risk transfers and restructurings, policy wordings and run-offs; Ashwani Kochhar, who focuses on non-contentious matters, including insurance M&A and corporate finance; and Carol-Ann Burton, who returned to the firm as a partner in 2018 after two years  at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. Senior associate William Reddie has a particular focus on innovative insurtech products.

Other key lawyers:Richard Spiller; Ashwani Kochhar; Carol-Ann Burton

Key Clients

Markerstudy Group

Miles Smith Holdings Limited

HIPCC Limited

ILS Investment Management Limited/Armour Group

Livingbridge

Abu Dhabi National Insurance Company (ADNIC)

Asta Managing Agency Limited

Barents Re

The Pallet Network Group Limited

Helodrium Limited and its network of international brokers

Coverys

Navigators International

Partner Re

Occam Underwriting Ltd (previously Sciemus Ltd)

Zurich Insurance Company

PICC

Work highlights

  • Advised Markerstudy on its acquisition of the Co-Operative Group Limited's carrier, CIS General Insurance Limited.
  • Advised the shareholders of Miles Smith Holdings Limited on the sale of a majority shareholding to funds managed by Pollen Street Capital.
  • Advised the management sellers of the TUE Companies on their MBO sale to private equity firm Pollen Street Capital.
  • Advised private equity firm Livingbridge on insurance and regulatory matters in relation to the acquisition by MBO of one of the UK’s leading independent insurance brokers, Coversure Insurance Services Group.
  • Advised The Pallet Network on its £52.8m sale to Eddie Stobart Logistics plc by mid-market private equity firm LDC.

The team at Shearman & Sterling LLP acts for both insurance and reinsurance companies, handling a range of corporate and regulatory matters, and has of late been busy advising clients on the likely implications of Brexit. Key partners include Barney Reynolds, who heads the US firm's global financial institutions advisory and financial regulatory practice and leads the insurance sector group. Reynolds and fellow City partner Thomas Donegan have been building a strong profile for their work on Brexit-related matters.

Practice head(s):Barney Reynolds

Other key lawyers:Thomas Donegan

Key Clients

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE)

Addleshaw Goddard's 'commercially sensitive and aware' insurance group relies on expertise collectively drawn from the firm's London team and its other offices throughout the UK, advising clients including banks and building societies on insurance distribution cases and day-to-day regulatory matters. Financial services regulatory partner Brian McDonnell leads the London team.

Practice head(s):Brian McDonnell

Testimonials

'Integrity, great knowledge and always have solutions to issues. Commercially sensitive and aware.'

 

Key Clients

Nationwide Building Society

Lloyds Banking Group

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Barclays Bank plc

CIS General Insurance Limited (The Co-operative Group)

Moneysupermarket.com

NFU Mutual

Simplyhealth

Thomas Cook (White Horse Insurance)

Synova Capital LLP

Work highlights

  • Acting for Inflexion on its investment into Quartz Holdings Limited which owns (directly and indirectly) the entire issued share capital of Granite Underwriting Limited and Pine Hill Holdings Limited.

  • Handled insurtech transaction involving advising Moore Stephens on the sale of the business and assets related to the insurance software known as 'Rulebook'.
  • Advising CIS General Insurance on legal basis for processing data for insurance products, including data sharing with partners, and drafting required privacy notices for customers and contracts with suppliers.

Burges Salmon LLP has national strength in regulatory work in the financial services and insurance sectors, including commercial and compliance insurance work. The firm's team includes Kari McCormick, who advises clients on insurance coverage and matters relating to warranty and indemnity insurance, credit insurance and directors and officers liability insurance.

Practice head(s):Kari McCormick

Other key lawyers:Anna Davis

Testimonials

'Extremely knowledgeable - the team has a great understanding of the issues facing their clients in a rapidly developing market.'

'Matthew Walker and Kari McCormick are both extremely knowledgeable. They have a great understanding of the issues facing their clients in a rapidly developing market.'

'One of their key strengths is combining expertise in insurance law and M&A law. They are commercial and sensible in their application of this knowledge.'

Key Clients

Ecclesiastical Insurance Group

Royal London Group

The Exeter Friendly Society Limited

AXA Insurance UK plc

FSCS

Work highlights

  • Secured panel appointment for Ecclesiastical Insurance Office plc, assisting with a range of queries and projects.
  • Advised on renegotiation of claims management outsourcing arrangements for Exeter Friendly Society.
  • Advising the Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited on the development and launch of a new pre-paid funeral plan proposition.
  • Advising a group of insurance intermediaries on the distribution of its ancillary insurance products in the UK.
  • Advice on the application of the FSCS and the fees applicable.

Boutique City firm Carter Perry Bailey LLP¬†is ‚Äėalways available‚Äô to give its clients ‚Äėunparalleled advice on any matter, large or small‚Äô. Stephen Carter¬†heads up the ‚Äėextremely collegiate‚Äô team which includes partner Bernadette Bailey, who specialises in advising brokers, insurers, consultants and public authorities on insurance, reinsurance and contractual documentation. The practice focuses on regulatory and commercial services, carrying out transactional work¬†for small to medium insurance intermediaries.

Practice head(s):Stephen Carter

Other key lawyers:Bernadette Bailey

Testimonials

'Deep understanding of the insurance market practices. Fantastic ability to navigate through complex issues and come up with a solution.'

'Bernadette Bailey is always available to give her unparalleled advice on any matter, large or small.'

Key Clients

Community Reinsurance Corporation Ltd - (UK)

Hampden plc - (UK)

Patria re - (Mexico)

Reaseguradora Patria - (Mexico)

Litmus Analysis Ltd - (UK)

NASCO France - (France)

NDI Insurance & Reinsurance Brokers – (UK)

NPA Insurance Company - (UK) and the National Pharmacy Association

Lime Street Broking Group - (UK)

Sentry Insurance, A Mutual Company - (USA)

The London team at Cooley (UK) LLP has recently been busy on transactions involving warranty and indemnity and tax indemnity insurance, as well as Brexit-related issues facing the insurance market. David Kendall and practice head Mark Everiss both handle all types of insurance and reinsurance work, with key clients including the Lloyd’s Market Association, which it advises on matters including competition law and data protection issues. The London team is also looking to leverage its connections to the wider firm's US platform and tap into the insurtech market.

Practice head(s):Mark Everiss

Other key lawyers:David Kendall

Key Clients

MedRe

The Lloyd’s Market Association (LMA)

National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance (NFU)

Ambridge Europe Limited

Municipal Mutual Insurance Limited

Ed Broking

Work highlights

  • Advising Rollings Butt, the administrators of MedRe, an insolvent reinsurance company, in relation to all insurance/reinsurance and claims matters arising from the insolvency.
  • Advised Ambridge, a leading underwriter of transaction insurance, on more than 30 transactions involving warranty and indemnity and tax indemnity insurance during 2018.
  • Advising The National Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Society on outsourcing, licensing and technology procurement contracts.
  • Advising the Lloyd’s Market Association on competition law issues, Brexit-related issues and data protection issues.

The team at DWF is led by Richard Burger, who joined from RPC in late 2018 and is now head of financial services regulatory investigations at the firm. Burger, who previously worked at the Financial Services Authority and also carried out a secondment as head of compliance for a London market insurer, works with head of financial services regulatory Robbie Constance, who also joined from RPC in 2018 and who has a particular focus on insurance-related matters.

Practice head(s):Richard Burger

Other key lawyers:Robbie Constance

Insurance firm EC3 Legal is made up of a number of lawyers with substantial experience gained at top-tier firms. Senior partner David Coupe, who founded the firm in 2012 after leaving Clyde & Co LLP, acts predominantly in the London and Lloyd’s insurance market, while Helena Coates, who also joined the firm from Clydes, was recently promoted to partner; she has a focus on policy wordings and compliance and regulatory issues, including cross-border matters.

Gowling WLG's team has recently been working with clients looking to navigate the ongoing consolidation in the insurance market by helping them create more efficient business and revenue models. The team has litigation at its roots, but also has a developing focus on non-contentious work, principally in relation to policyholders. The team, which is led by Samantha Holland, advises on matters relating to warranty and indemnity insurance, M&A and the insurtech sector.

Practice head(s):Samantha Holland

Testimonials

'Proactive, creative where required and very efficient. They are accountable and will hit tight deadlines.'

Key Clients

Thomas Miller Holdings Limited

Marsh

Ecclesiastical Insurance Office Plc

Ellipse

Crispin Speers and Partners Limited

Pirelli

Arthur J. Gallagher

Work highlights

  • Acted for Thomas Miller Holdings Ltd on its acquisition of international marine consultancy, Brookes Bell LLP.
  • Acting for Thomas Miller in connection with its acquisition of Navigators’ fixed-premium protection and indemnity business, which supports consolidation in the protection and indemnity market.
  • Advised a consortium on the insurance aspects of its £1bn+ acquisition of a commercial estate portfolio.
  • Advised the shareholders of a successful UK tech company on the insurance aspects of its sale including advising on the strategic use of warranty and indemnity cover.
  • Advised a large fund on the procurement and negotiation of a substantial rights of light insurance policy in connection with a large city centre mixed use development.

Sidley Austin LLP's London practice, which is well-regarded by many of its peers, specialises in Part VII business transfer schemes for both UK and non-UK businesses. Martin Membery, who co-heads the firm’s global insurance practice and leads the London insurance and financial services group, exclusively focuses on the insurance sector, handling work relating to M&A, distribution arrangements, regulatory matters and transfer of longevity risk.

Stephenson Harwood has a strong track record of work on insurance acquisitions, with Sam Gray recently handling a string of deals for clients such as The Ardonagh Group and Arthur J Gallagher & Co, including Ardonagh's acquisition of Carole Nash Insurance Consultants Limited. The team, which regularly handles transactions with a cross-border element, works in tandem with the wider firm's tax, commercial litigation, incentives and private equity teams.

Practice head(s):Andrew Edge

Other key lawyers:Sam Gray

Key Clients

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co

The Ardonagh Group Limited

Ed Broking Group Limited

Broker Network Partners Holdings Limited

Stevens & Bolton LLP has been developing its commercial insurance practice since the arrival of Gary Parnell from Clyde & Co LLP in 2015. He now works with a team of three partners in the field, covering a range of work including corporate insurance broker M&A transactions. David Steinberg, who joined the firm in 2016 after a long career at Clifford Chance LLP, has expertise in insurance restructuring and insolvency cases. The team also regularly advises underwriters, intermediaries and technology providers.

Practice head(s):Gary Parnell

Key Clients

Unum Limited

Allianz Insurance plc

QIC Global / Qatar Insurance Company

Broker Network Limited

AEGIS London

Stackhouse Poland

Home Insurance Company: Ernst & Young

JUST

Tokio Marine Kiln

Fadata

Work highlights

  • Acted for specialist insurance broker and longstanding client Stackhouse Poland on its sale to Gallagher and three further corporate transactions in 2018.
  • Advised the management team of Broker Network, the UK’s leading network for independent insurance brokers, on three acquisitions.
  • Advised EY as officeholders of the UK branch of US-incorporated insurer The Home Insurance Company, which has been in liquidation since 2003.
  • Provided Broker Network Limited with full-service commercial insurance support on all of its day-to-day commercial agreements.


Insurance: insolvency and restructuring

Index of tables

  1. Insurance: insolvency and restructuring
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

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Leading individuals

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Clyde & Co LLP's insolvency and restructuring Insurance practice is valued for its 'exceptional' expertise in Lloyd's market restructuring cases and Part VII portfolio transfers, which often have a cross-border element. The 'invaluable' Ravi Masaon, who is 'a real powerhouse on Part VII transfers' leads a 'very responsive, friendly and helpful' team. William Hogarth recently led the firm's team advising new client Phoenix on its £9bn insurance business transfer. Another busy area of work for the team has been restructurings related to Brexit.

Practice head(s):Ravi Masaon

Other key lawyers:William Hogarth; Ivor Edwards

Testimonials

'The team is very responsive, friendly and helpful, but their knowledge of the practice area is what makes them stand out. They are true insurance specialists with experience to help with any situation we find ourselves in, and this is what sets them apart and keeps us coming back to them for advice and guidance.'

'One of the largest corporate insurance practices in the City of London with an excellent ratio of experienced partners to associates. This ensures that there is a depth of expertise not always found in other top tier firms. It also generates confidence in the thoroughness and experience of advice delivered by the firm. The firm's expertise in Lloyd's market restructuring and Part VII portfolio transfers is exceptional.'

'They take great care to ensure their clients receive a gold standard service.'

'Ivor Edwards has detailed knowledge of the rules and a terrific appreciation of the big picture. He is always able to come up with a pragmatic answer to a difficult problem.'

'Ravi Masaon a real powerhouse on Part VII transfers. Generates flawless documents and always willing to do the heavy lifting.'

'Fiona Cassidy has an undimmable work ethic. She will always deliver a detailed document.'

'Ravi Masaon was invaluable in helping guide us through the process of our Part VII transaction, which was subject to shortened timelines and last minute changes. In particular, his organised and thorough approach to what we needed to do and when we needed to do it was especially helpful. Ravi is extremely responsive and always happy to help and come up with workable, realistic solutions, often on short notice. We were very happy with Ravi's work and support and quite frankly could not have got our transaction done without him.'

'Ravi Masaon is the standout lawyer in Clyde & Co's insolvency and restructuring practice. A Part VII specialist who is extremely adept at solving client challenges and identifying how best to restructure insurance businesses (whether as part of an intra-group restructuring or in the context of big-ticket M&A work). A lawyer who is efficient but also engaging - he is a leading practitioner who also takes great care to ensure his clients receive a gold standard service.'

Key Clients

Phoenix Group -Abbey Life and Phoenix Life

Travelers Insurance Group - Travelers Insurance Company Limited and Travelers Insurance DAC

Work highlights

  • Represented Phoenix Group on its £9bn insurance business transfer involving the transfer of 720,000 policyholders from Abbey Life Assurance Company Limited to Phoenix Life Limited.

Praised for its 'excellent technical skills', the insurance insolvency and restructuring team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP 'compares favourably to magic circle firms working on the same deals'. Geoffrey Maddock has led the firm's team on more than twenty transfers of insurance business. Other key partners include Barnaby Hinnigan, who has extensive experience in the sector, and worked on a number of of Brexit-related projects during 2018.

Testimonials

'The team is very responsive and demonstrates high levels of accountability/ownership for the matters on which they are instructed.'

'The team has the ability to find innovative solutions to complex problems and to convey these in a comprehensible way.'

Work highlights

  • Advised The Canada Life Assurance Company on its role in connection with Legal & General's £4.4bn buy-in agreement with the BA trustees, which involved the restructuring of the longevity-reinsurance transaction entered into between Canada Life and BA in 2017.

Hogan Lovells International LLP's impressive track record in insolvency matters speaks for the firm's significant capabilities in this space. Practice head Joe Bannister has a wealth of experience to draw upon, having worked on a raft of market-leading matters including the Lehman Brothers administration, the Orion scheme of arrangement and, in the past year, the Scottish Re group restructuring, working in tandem with his counterparts in the US. The London team is able to leverage the wider firm's significant global presence to attract an international client base, which includes some of the biggest insurers in the market.

Practice head(s):Joe Bannister

Key Clients

KPMG

Deloitte LLP

Scottish Re Group

Royal London

PwC

The London and Overseas Insurance Company Limited and OIC Run – Off Limited, acting by their joint Scheme Administrators, Dan Schwarzmann and Clare Whitcombe of PwC

Work highlights

  • Advised The Scheme Administrators of OIC Run-Off Limited and The London and Overseas Insurance Company Limited (OIC) on all legal matters relating to the implementation of closure schemes of arrangement.
  • Continued to advise The Scottish Re Group on the English law aspects of the recently filed Chapter 11 cases and Bermuda and Cayman liquidation cases.
  • Advised The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited on its offer to its policyholders to adapt their pension policies to the more flexible 'pension freedoms' environment.

The team at Mayer Brown International LLP benefits from 'diverse connections to other practice groups' around the US firm's global network, enabling it to handle complex cross-border mandates. Areas of particular expertise include long tail liability issues, insurtech and insurance-linked securities. Practice head Devi Shah and Colin Scagell are praised for their 'pragmatic' approach, while counsel Alexandra Wood is also recommended. In 2018 Shah and Wood were both part of the firm's team advising on insolvency of Lloyd's corporate member ACAL Underwriting Limited, securing an important High Court decision which brought the matter to a conclusion.

Practice head(s):Devi Shah

Other key lawyers:Colin Scagell; Alexandra Wood

Testimonials

'The team has diverse connections to other practice groups. not just in the UK but also in the worldwide Mayer Brown organisation, which makes it particularly helpful in identifying, tackling and resolving issues that involves multiple countries/jurisdictions. They work as a virtual one stop shop for any necessary legal resources that are unavailable internally at our company, whether in UK, US and Japan.'

'Devi Shah and Colin Scagell have been very pragmatic in their approach to providing recommendations and opinions in instances where other competitors had taken a rather more overly cautious approach that would have resulted in an unnecessarily increase workload.'

Key Clients

Ernst & Young LLP

Begbies Traynor

Aspen

Liberty Syndicates

Beazley plc

Zurich

Pension Protection Fund

Brit Limited

Government of Gibraltar

Work highlights

  • Acted for the joint provisional liquidators of ACAL Underwriting, the corporate member of Lloyd's Syndicate 1965, which ceased underwriting and was placed into run-off following losses due to natural catastrophes in the Asia Pacific region in 2010-11.
  • Advising the Government of Gibraltar on its strategy to attract insurance-linked securities business to the jurisdiction

The insurance restructuring practice at Norton Rose Fulbright handles some of the most high-profile Part VII transfers in the market, working with a premium roster of top insurer clients including Travelers, which it recently advised on the transfer of the entirety of the business of Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of Europe. The hugely experienced James Bateson leads the team, supported by partners including Robert (Bob) Haken and David Whear, both of who have a track record of restructuring work, and Maria Ross, who has expertise in Part VIIs. Nicholas Berry, who leads the firm's London insurtech practice, is also well-regarded.

Practice head(s):James Bateson

Other key lawyers:Robert (Bob) Haken; David Whear; Maria Ross

Key Clients

AIG

Aquiline

Aquiline Capital Partners

Arch Insurance

Asta

AXA XL

Axis

Bain Capital

Berkshire Hathaway

Cardif Pinnacle

Charles Taylor plc

Chubb

Electrical Contractors Association

Flock

Generali

Liberty

LV=

Markel

Nexus Mutual

North of England

Pioneer Underwriting

Prudential

Saga

Société Générale

Stable Group

Towergate Insurance Group

Travelers

Work highlights

  • Advised AXIS Managing Agency Limited, the managing agent of Lloyd’s Syndicate 2007, on the transfer of approximately $1.1bn of gross liabilities and supporting assets to Syndicate 2008 managed by StarStone Underwriting Limited, part of the Enstar Group.
  • Advised on the establishment of Pioneer Underwriting Limited’s own Lloyd’s Syndicate.
  • Advised Travelers on the Part VII insurance business transfer of the entirety of the business of Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of Europe to another group entity.
  • Advising Riverstone on the transfer of the management of Syndicate 780 to RiverStone’s managing agency, the interavailability of Advent’s funds at Lloyd’s to RiverStone’s corporate member and the sale of the remainder of the business of Advent to RiverStone.

Pinsent Masons LLP has a strong offering in insolvency and restructuring; practice head Hammad Akhtar has a track record of work on cross-border Part VII transfers and regularly works with large insurance groups on their Brexit strategies, including Royal London Group, which he recently advised on the cross-border transfer of life insurance business. He is assisted by legal director Matthew Brewer, who joined from Herbert Smith Freehills LLP in late 2017 and has been leading on the Part VII transfer process relating to Zurich's sale of its UK workplace pensions business to Lloyds Banking Group, involving assets under administration of £15bn.

Practice head(s):Hammad Akhtar

Other key lawyers:Matthew Brewer

Key Clients

Aegon

Aviva Group

Canada Life

HSBC Life

Legal & General

Reliance Mutual

Royal London Group

RSA

Wesleyan

Zurich Insurance

Work highlights

  • Advised Royal London Group on its Brexit strategy and the implementation of a complex cross-border transfer of life insurance business and related reinsurance and collateral arrangements.
  • Advised Zurich on the sale of its workplace pensions business to Scottish Widows and the Part VII transfer of that business.
  • Advising Zurich on its disposal, via auction sale, of the leading UK student insurance specialist, Endsleigh, to private equity backed A-Plan.
  • Advising actuarial consultancy firm Milliman on a (solvent) creditor scheme of arrangement that is being undertaken by one of the largest UK insurance consolidator groups.
  • Advising a UK insurer on the disposal of a managing general agent.

In the insurance restructuring and insolvency space, RPC's team advises on loss portfolio and Part VII transfers (both in the life and non-life, and in the legacy space), run-offs, Lloyd's members restructurings and schemes of arrangement. Matthew Griffith leads the practice; he has compelling transactional experience and carries out Brexit-related work for many broking groups, and the team recently advised Equitable Life on its Brexit-related restructuring. Former insolvency and restructuring head Vivien Tyrell stepped down as partner and now acts as a consultant to the firm.

Practice head(s):Matthew Griffith

Key Clients

QBE

Millburn Insurance Company Limited

RSA

PwC

Equitable Life

Work highlights

  • Advising on RSA's Brexit project, assisting in the establishment of a new EU insurance company for RSA and a cross-border transfer of RSA's European business.
  • Advising Equitable Life on its Brexit-related restructuring including its cross-border Part VII long term insurance business transfer scheme.
  • Advising the joint liquidators of Millburn Insurance Company Ltd, an insolvent insurance carrier.
  • Represented a US insurer opposing an English jurisdiction solvent scheme of arrangement.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London) LLP's insurance insolvency and restructuring team benefits from its position as part of the US firm's global insolvency and restructuring practice, and has been involved in a number of the most-profile insurance restructurings in recent years. The practice also works in tandem with the firm's private funds group, positioning it to win more work relating to the restructuring of insurance companies and assets. Practice head Alexander Wood works alongside Mark Lawford, restructuring heavyweight Andrew Wilkinson and recently promoted partner Gemma Sage.

Practice head(s):Alexander Wood; Andrew Wilkinson; Mark Lawford

Testimonials

'A really top-end restructuring team.'

'Alex Wood is an excellent lawyer and communicator with bundles of experience across a range of sectors.'

Key Clients

BAICO (Barbados)

The T&N Asbestos Trustee Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for KPMG as judicial managers to BAICO Barbados, part of the insolvent Eastern Caribbean BAICO insurance group.
  • Advising the directors of The T&N Asbestos Trustee Company, in its capacity as trustee of certain trusts, set up pursuant to the CVAs of T&N Limited and its affiliates to pay holders of asbestos-related personal injury claims against T&N.


Personal injury: claimant

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Anthony Gold is a go-to firm for major trauma injury cases, fielding a team that has extensive experience representing victims of accidents who have sustained serious and life-changing injuries. The practice achieves high-value settlements on behalf of claimants, and delivers high-quality work in areas such as catastrophic injuries of the brain and spinal cord injury cases, where Jenny Kennedy stands out for her handling of claims involving multiple jurisdictions. Managing partner David Marshall has expertise in complex claims involving brain damage and stress at work and child brain injury specialist Jackie Spinks is another key name. Practice head Jon Nicholson has considerable experience in limb loss cases.

Practice head(s):Jon Nicholson

Other key lawyers:David Marshall; Jenny Kennedy; Jackie Spinks; Ian Peters

Testimonials

'Anthony Gold's clinical negligence negligence team is certainly a leader in the field. It has strength in depth and attracts work of the highest quality through its excellent reputation.'

'The team has insight into the challenges facing its clients as a result of both their injuries, but also the litigation. The solutions provided address these challenges.'

'Ian Peters is a stand-out partner. His calm, measured and thorough approach sets him apart.'

Work highlights

  • Acting for a 35-year-old passenger that suffered a spinal cord injury and was rendered tetraplegic in a road traffic accident.
  • £3m recovered for a university lecturer who suffered serious injuries after a collision on her motorcycle.
  • Over £1m recovered in a contested case for a motorcyclist who suffered a severe brain injury.
  • Acting for a 27-year-old male who suffered an above-elbow amputation of his left arm as a result of the Croydon Tram Derailment in November 2016.
  • Representing a 44-year-old roofer who suffered a serious brain injury when he fell through a skylight at work.

Fieldfisher's 'bright, personable and efficient' team is acknowledged for its quick intervention in catastrophic accidents to ensure the funding of early rehabilitation for seriously injured people. Jill Greenfield heads the serious injury department, which has significant experience in road traffic and work accident cases involving neurological damage (brain and spinal injury) as well as serious orthopaedic injuries, psychiatric and fatal claims. Recent standout work includes acting on behalf of claimants in the high-profile sexual assault cases against producer Harvey Weinstein, as well as representing the families and victims of the Westminster Bridge and Finsbury Park mosque terror attacks. Paul McNeil has recovered multimillion-pound damages in several road traffic accidents. Cycling claims and rehabilitation are a niche strength for Jennifer Buchanan. Acting for clients involved in accidents abroad is a typical instruction for the practice, which is adept at handling cases with a significant international element. The firm also fields one of the 'leading industrial disease teams in London', which has 'longstanding experience' in asbestos disease litigation. Peter Williams leads on the mesothelioma claims that have been at the forefront of the developing area of law regarding immunotherapy and ongoing medical costs after settlement. Keith Barrett - described as 'a behemoth of personal injury litigation' - is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):Paul McNeil; Jill Greenfield; Peter Williams

Other key lawyers:Keith Barrett; Jennifer Buchanan; Andrew Morgan; Dushal Mehta; Shaheen Mosquera

Testimonials

'Fieldfisher has the resources to back up their worldwide reputation. Client care and pursuit of the very best results is at the heart of its team ethos.'

'Fieldfisher was head and shoulders above other firms in terms of integrity, competency and diligence in exploring every possible avenue of investigation to secure a positive outcome for claims.'

'Disarmingly low key in style, Peter Williams is a ruthless analyst of the other side's weaknesses and has very high client-care skills. He is pragmatic in negotiation and gets on well with his opponents in order to obtain quick results on favourable terms for clients. He is prepared to take on risky mesothelioma work in which liability is very hard fought.'

'Absolutely outstanding PI team for serious injury or fatal claims. Small team with a lots of partner involvement and strong support from very able associates and excellent, proactive PAs and paralegals.'

'Jill Greenfield inspires absolute confidence in her clients, meets and deals with them all personally, takes no nonsense from opponents and issues claims early or enters agreements with insurers to get vital rehabilitation early in a case.'

'Keith Barrett is a behemoth of personal injury litigation. He is extremely well regarded by his clients and opponents alike, receiving multiple weekly referrals through word of mouth/reputation. He is a unique operator, placing every one of his clients at the heart of his service and he is never afraid to run an application or trial if in the clients best interests. This often results in him working seven days a week for his clients. An exceptional litigator.'

Work highlights

  • Represented the claimant in test case Bussey v Anglia Heating Limited heard before the Court of Appeal, which concerned restrictions on the ability of claimants to make mesothelioma claims in low-level exposure asbestos cases.
  • Secured funding for a client exposed to asbestos, in the first contested case regarding payment for private immunotherapy treatment in mesothelioma claim.
  • Achieved £4.5m in compensation for a ten-year-old involved in a road traffic accident resulting in multiple fractures and serious neurological injury.
  • Representing several women in claims against the Weinstein Company UK Ltd and the Weinstein Company LLC in the US, listed as damages for personal injury.
  • Representing several victims that were catastrophically injured in Westminster Bridge and Finsbury Park mosque terrorist attacks.

Irwin Mitchell 's personal injury team is 'never afraid to push the envelope and do what is right for its clients', recognising that rehabilitation is as relevant as the preparation of litigation. It fields a team of lawyers who have vast expertise in handling accidents at work and road traffic collision cases as well as cases involving severe neurotrauma, spinal cord injuries, amputations, abuse and asbestos-related diseases. Alison Eddy, who regularly negotiates multimillion-pound settlements for children and adults suffering from catastrophic spinal and brain injuries, leads the medical negligence team, while Tracey Storey, whose expertise spans cases involving serious injury and child abuse, heads up the serious injury team. Demetrius Danas leads the international personal injury team, handling complex cross-border matters; while Ian Bailey is among the leading practitioners for asbestos law. Sarah Griggs has particular expertise in cases involving traumatic brain injury and capacity issues. Ian Christian leads the overall London personal injury department.

Practice head(s):Tracey Storey; Alison Eddy

Other key lawyers:Demetrius Danas; Richard Geraghty; Ian Bailey; Sarah Griggs; Chani Dhaliwal; Laura Middleton-Guerard

Testimonials

'Aggressive litigators prepared to take on large insurers in asbestos litigation on behalf of individuals (usually with fatal asbestos diseases). They are prepared to hold their ground under pressure and develop new points of law.'

'Ian Bailey and Jo Jefferies have been at the forefront of developing flexible solutions to obtaining compensation for life-extending immunotherapy. This has taken steady nerves, a very good grasp of the medicine underlying these new claims and the tenacity to force the insurers to provide compensation.'

'They are undoubtedly leaders in the field and provide an excellent service. From a seriously injured claimant's perspective they can have confidence that no stone will be unturned and no expense spared in investigating and preparing the claim.'

'The team really does have a huge breadth of experience and substantial resources that can be called upon to help get the case in order.'

'Tracey Storey leads the various teams and displays great tenacity as well as compassion. She is a vastly experienced lawyer who does a good deal of abuse work in addition to serious personal injury work and has considerable experience dealing with both types of cases. She can marshal expert evidence from disparate sources and is good at anticipating the twists and turns of litigation.'

'Chani Dhaliwal and Sarah Griggs run claims of the upmost severity and fight hard for their clients against increasingly aggressive defendant insurers.'

'Laura Middleton-Guerard is unafraid of getting to grips with detail in a claim just as she is unafraid of looking at the bigger picture and the commercial realities of a case. She is cautious and careful in her case preparation and assiduous in tracking down evidence in relation to lines of inquiry.'

Work highlights

  • Achieved £3.375m for a claimant who sustained a traumatic brain injury, and significant cognitive and psychiatric impairments after being hit by a car at a pedestrian crossing.
  • Settled a claim at a joint settlement meeting for £2.7m for a claimant who sustained catastrophic facial injuries and traumatic brain damage following an accident at work.
  • Reached £11m settlement for a claimant who suffered a severe brain injury, leg fractures and neuro-behavioural complications following a road traffic collision.
  • Obtained judgment for interim payments to access private treatment for a claimant suffering from mesothelioma.
  • Acted in a group action arising from the 2015 terrorist attack in Tunisia, representing the bereaved families at the inquests into the deaths of the British nationals, and subsequent civil claims.

Leigh Day is 'a leading light in the PI industry'and offers advice and legal 'guidance to claimants at every stage' of litigation. The department works across the complete range of personal injury, combining traditional high-value severe injury and disease cases with the international group claims' caseload, which brings corporations and governments to account for injury and abuse in foreign jurisdictions. Richard Meeran leads on this type of work, which frequently intersects with human rights issues and encompasses ground-breaking cases against UK-domiciled multinationals. Martyn Day is a specialist in international multi-party claims. Department head Sally Moore's expertise spans brain, spinal, amputation and fatal accident claims; she is also the main point of contact within the specialist cycling injury team. The firm also fields one of the largest asbestos and industrial disease groups, where Harminder Bains stands out for her work in precedent-setting mesothelioma cases.

Practice head(s):Sally Moore; Richard Meeran

Other key lawyers:Daniel Leader; Harminder Bains; Grant Incles

Testimonials

'The cycling team at Leigh Day is extremely well versed in cycling claims and applies this knowledge consistently well to support its clients from British Cycling.'

'They are all trained in putting the client's needs first and pride themselves on achieving positive and speedy outcomes on claims.'

'The compassion and determination of its key individuals and the depth of their specialist knowledge make it the stand-out claimant asbestos litigation firm in England.'

'This is a superlative firm responsible for some of the most groundbreaking work in the fields of personal injury, civil liberties and human rights. The team of lawyers are hugely capable, dedicated, ethical practitioners.'

'Extremely professional team that always made me feel that I was their number one client and treated me as a person not just another case, with my own interests very much at the top of their list of priorities.'

'Without Martyn Day's exceptional judgement and risk taking, some of the most important cases that have changed the face of litigation in this country over the last twenty years would never have been taken. He alone is responsible for taking claims that hold multinational corporations to account for abuses perpetrated by their subsidiaries on vulnerable and impoverished populations in the global south.'

'Sally Moore and her team came into our family in the early stages of recovery and were immediately highly professional, sensitive and most of all respectful of the complexities of trauma.'

'Harminder Bains is known throughout the industry as someone who will never be intimidated or back away from a fight.'

'Dan Easton has a phenomenal depth of knowledge and puts his client's interests above all else.'

'Grant Incles was careful to explain points of law and the process, which I wasn't familiar with. With incredible attention to detail, he was very quick to move my case forward and to secure outcomes which were always in my best interest.'

Key Clients

British Cycling Federation

British Triathlon Association

Work highlights

  • Acted for client who  was knocked off her bike by a hit-and-run driver, and as a result suffered serious brain and other orthopaedic injuries (settled for £1.15m to include damages for loss of earnings and support for life).
  • Representing 1,800 Zambian villagers, in an appeal brought by Vedanta in the English Courts, regarding a claim where the villagers allege that their water sources and farming land were contaminated by the copper mining operations of a subsidiary of KCM, causing them to fall sick and lose their crops.
  • Representing a client who sustained below the knee amputation as a result of a road traffic accident (lump sum-only damages award of around £4m).
  • Represented former Libyan dissident Mr Belhaj and his wife Ms Boudchar in their claim against the UK Security Services (MI5 and MI6), for alleged complicity in the couple’s extraordinary rendition to Gaddafi’s Libya in 2004 and their torture on the CIA rendition flight (£500,000 in damages).
  • Acting on behalf of a mesothelioma victim who was employed as a foreman at the time of diagnosis in a high-value case.

Stewarts Law LLP is 'a stand-out PI firm for catastrophic injury nationwide'. Its London practice exclusively acts for adults and children who have sustained severe life-changing injuries, most frequently resulting from amputation, spinal or brain damage. It houses a personal injury team of 'excellent lawyers' that takes on a limited number of high-value cases in order to enhance client care and its efforts to secure the highest settlements for catastrophically injured individuals. Paul Paxton, who specialises in complex brain and spinal cord injuries, heads the department, which also includes Charles Edwards who is 'a very safe pair of hands for high-value claims' arising out of road traffic accidents, accidents at work or in public places. Ben Rogers has particular expertise in spinal injuries and exoskeleton provisions.

Practice head(s):Paul Paxton

Other key lawyers:Charles Edwards; Ben Rogers; Andrew Dinsmore; Lucy Robinson; Stephanie Clarke; Nichola Fosler

Testimonials

'Stewarts is the premier firm for claimant personal injury work.  The firm only handles claims of high value and complexity and has an exceptional range of high-quality solicitors all of whom are experts in dealing with catastrophic injury claims.'

'Stewarts is always ready to help and explain the process as it develops and will use language that is understandable, avoiding the often complicated and long-winded legal jargon.'

'It is very pro-active in engaging with insurers not only on a case-by-case basis but also strategically, often working to agreed protocols to ensure swift access to justice. It also offers a very well-resourced pro bono legal service to assist the recently injured.'

'Paul Paxton leads by example as to how catastophic injury cases should be run. He is easy to reach, helpful and pragmatic.'

'Charles Edwards has an understated style but he is a determined and able lawyer. He is very sensible and easy to deal with.'

'The PI team at Stewarts is probably the most tenacious and successful for catastrophic injury claims. It does not shy away from difficult cases.'

Work highlights

  • Representing a protected party, an Irish national, in a severe brain injury claim with issues relating to periodical payments and tax treatment should he return to live in Dublin.
  • Currently acting for a young tetraplegic, father-of-two in a substantial claim estimated to be in excess of £10m.
  • Represented a 39-year-old client with spinal injuries securing damages of £15m (including periodical payment orders on a capitalised basis).
  • Represented the claimant in a brain injury claim for a protected party arising from a road traffic incident (£3.8m settlement).
  • Represented a claimant who suffered life-changing injuries including burns and below-knee amputation in an employers' liability claim for compensation with success in a full-liability trial.

Bindmans LLP is acknowledged for its expertise in managing complex cases and those involving catastrophic injury, where early interim funding for treatment and rehabilitation are prioritised. Jon Crocker, whose expertise also includes clinical negligence, leads the personal injury team, which has a strong track record in fatal accident cases and serious multiple injury claims, involving brain, spinal cord, orthopaedic as well as psychiatric injuries. Alla Murphy regularly attracts work where causation is difficult to establish, while Siobhan Kelly is an expert in claims concerning exposure to asbestos. Recent highlights include the team take on a leading role in a number of civil claims arising from the Grenfell Tower fire.

Practice head(s):Jon Crocker

Other key lawyers:Alla Murphy; Siobhan Kelly; Yagmur Ekici

Testimonials

'A firm that always puts the client at the centre of the litigation process and ensures they are informed and updated every step of the way.'

'This firm and its lawyers are totally driven by what they can do for the client. Whilst every firm has to be commercial, I  always think that is a secondary consideration for Bindmans.'

'Its preparation and management of cases is excellent and it is plain how concerned it is always to put the client first.'

'Alla Murphy is empathetic and always anticipates a client's needs and how to fulfill them.'

'Yagmur Ekici and Alla Murphy both have great knowledge of their clients and are empathetic and caring individuals.'

Bolt Burdon Kemp is noted for taking on high-risk and difficult liability claims, where it has 'an enviable record of success' in securing early rehabilitation. The team has 'a realistic appreciation of the risks of litigation', and solely specialises in complex and serious injury claims that regularly result in high-value settlements. The practice's niche specialisms set it apart in the market. The military claims team, where Ahmed Al-Nahhas is a key practitioner, has significant experience representing injured service personnel, veterans and their families in claims against the Ministry of Defence. The abuse department is led by David McClenaghan, who has been involved in several ground-breaking decisions in the field of child abuse law. Orthopaedic injury expert Joshua Hughes heads the complex injuries group, which covers a blend of clinical negligence and personal injury work. Jonathan Wheeler heads the team.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Wheeler

Other key lawyers:Rhicha Kapila; Dino Nocivelli; Ahmed Al-Nahhas; David McClenaghan; Joshua Hughes

Testimonials

'Bolt Burdon Kemp has an excellent team of serious injury specialists and really stands out for its work on abuse claims.'

'Bolt Burdon Kemp deals with higher value claims and is very strong in general and across its specialist areas. It has built up a genuine depth of knowledge within its specialist teams. It has very strong military claims, spinal injuries and brain injuries teams. It has very hardworking conscientious people who genuinely care about their clients.'

'Strengths are in client care, professional approach, going the extra mile and being consistently client focused.'

'David McClenaghan is one of the best abuse lawyers.  He is always on top of the details of his case; he is effective whether acting as a solicitor negotiating a settlement or as an advocate in court.'

'Josh Hughes is a wise head on young shoulders and his legal experience enables him to deal with clients sensitively and supportively.'

'From day one, the care and concern showed about my case was such that I felt not as their client any more but as part of their team. In essence, I was treated with respect and their ability to take time and understand my injuries helped a great deal. To say the least, their professional standards were exceptionally outstanding.'

'With regards to their personal injury work, Bolt Burdon Kemp has one of the best, if not the best, military teams, headed up by Rhicha Kapila and Ahmed Al-Nahhas. They are both stand-out practitioners in this area of work, dealing with their own clients with compassion, care and thoroughness that is second to none, whilst being resolute but open minded in their dealings with the Ministry of Defence.'

'The team dealing with historic sex abuse cases is very sympathetic and very good at allowing its clients to tell their stories.'

'Dino Nocivelli is very conscientious and meticulous in his work, offering guidance and support throughout and ensuring I have remained central to his approach. He has been sensitive in his nature and support offered, making himself available at all times possible to reassure myself and many other clients with queries, or concerns both about the case and / or with personal issues arising through the stresses of the case.'

Osbornes 'continues to build on its success', fielding a personal injury team that predominantly assists individuals who have sustained serious and life-changing injuries. The team receives instructions in high-value and complex trial litigation, involving severe brain, head and spinal cord injuries, as well as fatal accident claims. Ben Posford leads on catastrophic injury work, demonstrating particular expertise in cauda equina syndrome claims, while injuries of utmost severity, debilitating pain syndromes and functional neurological disorders are all key areas of activity for Robert Aylott. Department head and cycle injury team leader Stuart Kightley specialises in brain injuries as well as cycling and workplace accidents. The wide service offering also encompasses child abuse claims for which Stephanie Prior is noted.

Practice head(s):Stuart Kightley

Other key lawyers:Ben Posford; Stephanie Prior; Robert Aylott

Testimonials

'Osbornes now has a team of highly experienced personal injury lawyers; particularly strong on high-value quantum cases, workplace accidents and claims involving foreign workers injured in the UK.'

'The team provides fantastic strength-in-depth for personal injury claims. It is also particularly well placed to service clients from Eastern Europe with specialist native language speakers. From the smallest case to a multimillion-pound spinal injury case, Osbornes has the right staff to manage every claim.'

'Ben Posford remains pre-eminent in his field with expert understanding of litigating cases of the upmost severity. His experience builds on Stuart Kightley's running of the firm with recent partner additions of Rob Aylott making a fantastic addition.'

'A firm going from strength-to strength-which retains its client care whilst being able to offer a full personal injury service.'

'Rob Aylott is a top-class litigator who has an unrivalled knowledge of catastrophic personal injury. A ferocious eye for detail means that quantum claims are always maximised and every angle analysed in liability cases.'

'Beneath Ben Posford's calm and reassuring presence, which clients love, lies a formidable tactical and legal brain. His experience tells and he gets it right at every stage of the process from arranging the best possible rehabilitation, to ensuring, so far as possible, a polite relationship with those acting for the defendant in order to ensure best and early resolution of the claim.'

Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors undertakes the full gamut of personal injury matters, including cases of brain, spinal and other catastrophic injuries arising from all types of accidents. The team 'delivers a first-class service', and has a wealth of experience in dealing with inquests, fatal cases, repetitive strain and chronic pain. The firm houses a department of experts in asbestos disease litigation led by Isobel Lovett, who specialises in claims for those affected by mesothelioma and other related illnesses. Patrick Allen's experience spans complex personal injury and multi-party cases, while Riffat Yaqub frequently acts for those who lack capacity (children and clients under the Mental Capacity act) in claims encompassing road traffic accidents, employer liability and sexual abuse. Leticia Williams leads the team.

Practice head(s):Leticia Williams

Other key lawyers:Isobel Lovett; Patrick Allen; Riffat Yaqub; Louise Jukes

Testimonials

'With the continuing superlative support of the great Patrick Allen, the firm has strength across all of its practice areas.'

'This is one of the leading firms in the PI sector, innovative, energetic and responsive to clients' needs and rapidly changing legal and market landscapes.'

'Had it not been for this firm, we would have accepted a fraction of what was due, purely to put a bad period in our lives behind us.'

'The industrial disease team is particularly experienced and effective in dealing with asbestos claims and in my experience is the equal of any other in this field.'

'Isobel Lovett is a tenacious litigator who always gives 100% for her clients.  In addition to her ability as a litigator, Isobel also appreciates the "human element" of such claims and has an excellent manner with clients.'

'Riffat Yaqub is extraordinary. She is very talented and focused, leaving no stone unturned in pursuit of success for her clients.'

Work highlights

  • Settling a road traffic accident case for £185,000, where a 79-year-old pedestrian (claimant) was struck by a reversing motor vehicle.
  • Acted for a victim of a road traffic accident, who sustained a brain injury and developed cognitive impairments with significant psychiatric symptoms.
  • Representing the family of a man who suffered fatal injuries when he fell down an excavation in the street (the claim involves five defendants).
  • Representing three foreign claimants against Cumberland Hotel, after they were attacked by an intruder in their rooms and sustained psychological injuries.
  • Reached a £500,000 settlement for a claimant who suffered multiple catastrophic injuries as a result of a road traffic accident.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP undertakes claims of the utmost severity, focusing on proactive litigation to secure prompt rehabilitation for clients. Department co-head Warren Collins has a proven track record handling claims for clients based in the UK and USA who have been catastrophically injured; while Tristan Hallam's key specialisms include head and spinal injury work as well as acting for amputees and police officers. The team's expertise also extends to neurotrauma, fatal accident claims and psychiatric injuries, among others.

Practice head(s):Warren Collins; Tristan Hallam

Other key lawyers:Georgia Rowland; Renee Wright

Testimonials

'From the outset of my accident, Tristan went above and beyond in every way, and provided reassurance and practical support throughout all aspects of my recovery, rehabilitation and return to work for years afterwards, right up to settlement. I am sure that his knowledge around injured police officers and the consequences for them is unrivalled.'

'A strong PI firm, with particular expertise in dealing with claims on behalf of the police officers instructed through the Police Federation.'

'Tristan Hallam is a really excellent PI solicitor, very thorough in evidence preparation and hugely experienced in negotiating with defendants.'

'Tristan is clearly a highly experienced practitioner in his field with not only the knowledge but contacts to bolster and strengthen your claim.'

'Warren Collins takes a very creative and commercial approach to cases and looks for creative ways around problems. He is extremely experienced in the field and I rate him very highly indeed.'

'Warren Collins is without a doubt among a handful of lawyers who lead in this field. He has great knowledge, tireless energy and simply never stops.

Work highlights

  • Reached a £7.2m settlement on behalf of a claimant who was left seriously brain injured when he was hit by a car while crossing the road.
  • Acting for a 33-year-old claimant who sustained a severe brain injury in a motorcycle accident (£5m settlement).
  • Secured a £1.5m settlement within four months of the incident for a 21-year-old mother who suffered a serious head injury in a motor accident.
  • Assisting claimant in a case concerning a traumatic brain injury of a minor following a road traffic collision involving an uninsured vehicle where the driver absconded.
  • Acting for a 71-year-old cyclist who was knocked from his bicycle in a road traffic accident, having already secured funding for initial rehabilitation treatment.

Slater and Gordon acts for those who have suffered life-altering injuries, generally resulting from brain, orthopaedic and spinal trauma, as well as amputation and industrial disease. The main focus of the practice concerns supporting clients at the beginning of their injury to secure ongoing financial relief and rehabilitation. Nick Godwin specialises in catastrophic injury involving brain and spinal damage; while Edmund Young leads a team of expert asbestos lawyers. Typical instructions also include representing bereaved families in fatal accident cases. Patrick Maguire led the team that acted for a number of families of the victims as well as those that were injured in the Westminster and London Bridge terrorist attacks. Alicia Alinia heads the team.

Practice head(s):Alicia Alinia

Other key lawyers:Nick Godwin; Will Cornwell; Tracey Benson; Edmund Young; Patrick Maguire

Testimonials

'Slater & Gordon continues to be a true market leader in personal injury work. The sheer depth of expertise across the full spectrum of personal injury work marks the firm out.'

'The firm continues to achieve success in claims of the highest value and complexity.'

'Very good firm for asbestos-related disease. The London branch led by Mr Edmund Young especially sticks out.'

'Nick Godwin is a powerhouse lawyer who has a remarkable ability to see the wood for the trees in the most complex cases. He can cut through difficult medical and legal problems and get straight to the heart of the matter.'

'Will Cornwell is impressive. He is clearly hardworking and dedicated to his clients. More than capable of dealing with complex catastrophic injury cases.'

'Tracey Benson is a formidable negotiator who has a knack of getting concessions out of opponents and maximising damages claims.'

Work highlights

  • Enjoyed huge success in the Court of Appeal in the case of Bellman vs Northampton Recruitment Limited, which extends the boundaries of the law of vicarious liability.
  • Acted for a claimant, who was involved in a road traffic collision and suffered an amputation injury, in reaching an agreement in respect of liability with the claimant receiving a significant proportion of damages.
  • Representing a client in a fatal case regarding a mesothelioma claim.
  • Securing interim payments for accommodation and acting for claimant in a formal appeal regarding a spinal cord injury sustained in a road traffic accident.

Howard Kennedy LLP has a great reputation for advising clients in the entertainment and healthcare sectors who suffer serious injuries. Complex workplace stress cases are a key strength of the practice, which is led by Elizabeth Smith, whose expertise also covers upper limb disorder claims. Joel Leigh has a track record of assisting with a number of fatal accident cases at work, as well as sports injuries and claims arising from severe road traffic accidents and public liability issues. The team is particularly noted for its ability to handle complex quantum matters revolving around loss of earnings.

Practice head(s):Elizabeth Smith

Other key lawyers:Joel Leigh

Key Clients

Royal College of Nursing

Society of Radiographers

Work highlights

  • Acting for a widow in a fatal claim against Thames Valley Police and Buckinghamshire County Council, in relation to a serious road traffic accident.

Hudgell Solicitors puts the rehabilitation needs of clients first, while demonstrating 'an excellent anticipation of the other side's strategy' during litigation. The practice provides support to those who have suffered serious and life-changing injuries, commonly involving orthopaedic, spinal cord or severe brain injuries sustained in road or workplace accidents. Amanda Stevens specialises in these types of claims as well as Kent Pattinson, who has a proven track record of securing multimillion-pound damages. The team also includes Malcolm Johnson, who, according to one client, stands out as the 'go-to claimant solicitor' for abuse cases. Shurouk Al-Sabbagh heads the team.

Practice head(s):Shurouk Al-Sabbagh

Other key lawyers:Amanda Stevens; Kent Pattinson; Malcolm Johnson

Testimonials

'The team covers all the bases from straightforward PI to complex medical negligence and class actions.'

'Malcolm Johnson is always completely calm and unflappable, even when under a lot of pressure. He is very thorough and careful which was really important in this case as there was a lot of detailed financial evidence.'

'Key strengths lie in the team's ability to identify the core issues of an abuse case and give practical advice that manages the clients' expectations, but which at the same time ensures that damages' awards are maximised.'

'Kent Pattinson exemplifies absolutely everything that one would wish to see in the skill sets of an ace personal injury lawyer. He is professional and sociable and will let nothing get in the way in his efforts to achieve the best result for his clients.'

'Amanda Stevens is exceptional, bright, knowledgeable, energetic and sympathetic with a wide list of contacts and the ability to mentor other practitioners to strive for the best client care.'

Work highlights

  • Acting for 40 former pupils of a private school in London, who suffered physical and emotional abuse between 1975 and 1991.
  • Acting for 65 former residents of various children’s homes who are presenting claims to the London Borough of Lambeth under the Lambeth Redress Scheme.

Pattinson & Brewer provides advice to a nationwide client base and benefits from its strong following in the trade union sector. Typical instructions range from road traffic accident claims to occupational disease matters, and cases involving brain and spinal injury. Practice head Frances McCarthy has extensive experience in multi-party and disaster-related claims. Marcus Weatherby  generally deals with injuries of maximum severity, acting for clients with brain and spinal injuries in securing high-value settlements. Asbestos-related cases are an area of expertise for Caroline Phelan, who often handles high-profile claims against the police.

Practice head(s):Frances McCarthy

Other key lawyers:Marcus Weatherby; Caroline Phelan

Testimonials

'At multi-track level a strong fusion of dedication to the client, common sense and instinct.'

'Marcus Weatherby is a human dynamo and gets the points effectively.'

'Caroline Phelan is practical, friendly, personable and technically strong.'

Key Clients

UnionLine

Police Federation of England & Wales

National Association of Retired Police Officers

URTU

Unison

Civil Nuclear Police Federation

Association of School and College Leaders

The personal and catastrophic injury department at Prince Evans Solicitors LLP acts for claimants who have sustained severe and oftentimes catastrophic injuries, notably those who have suffered neurotrauma. Brain injury, amputation and advanced prostheses as well as spinal cord and brachial plexus injuries are the team's main areas of expertise. Gary Smith, whose specialisms include Mental Capacity Act and Court of Protection matters, heads the practice, which also counts Debra Harling, who is experienced across brain and spinal injuries.

Practice head(s):Gary Smith

Other key lawyers:Debra Harling

Key Clients

Headway

Spinal Injuries Association

Work highlights

  • Involved in an innovative quasi-Court of Protection application concerning whether a vulnerable claimant should be notified of the substantial damages recovered for him.

Russell-Cooke LLP has a strong record presenting the 'very best cases for its clients'. The team assists individuals who have sustained serious injuries, and occasionally attracts work where novel and interesting points of law are raised. Janice Gardner, whose personal injury legal experience spans nearly 25 years, supervises large multi-party actions as well as high-value cases involving psychiatric and criminal injury compensation claims, and those arising from road traffic accidents. Sarah Towler specialises in claims against local authorities, notably in relation to abused children. Deborah Blythe heads the team.

Practice head(s):Deborah Blythe

Other key lawyers:Janice Gardner; Sarah Towler; Nimmisha Aslam

Testimonials

'Russell-Cooke has a team of very experienced partners and associates, who are well supervised and exposed to work at an appropriate level which permits the development of properly rounded experienced lawyers .'

'Excellent representation of injured people to ensure they achieve justice.'

'Janice Gardner is an exceptional lawyer. She has the heart of a lion and will fight hard for her clients. However, she will not lose perspective and will both seek and heed advice where appropriate.'

'Janice is good at distilling complex issues and evidence into digestible  chunks for clients and will never lose sight of the bigger picture or commercial realities of a case.'

'Deborah Blythe is a very experienced lawyer with a gentle manner that belies a steely resolve to do well for her clients. She is a very safe pair of hands.'

'Nimmisha Aslam has excellent knowledge of the law and can identify the real issues in a case and focus on those to achieve the best outcomes for clients.'

'Sarah Towler is a market leader in the industry; she can pick the essence of a case and develop it to a successful conclusion.'

Work highlights

  • Represented a 75-year-old woman who sustained an injury at home involving a cupboard landing on her left shoulder.
  • Acted in a complex causation claim for a client who suffered a complicated left hip injury following an accident in a supermarket and had a long history of hip-related issues.

Thompsons Solicitors LLP's London branch concentrates on high-value cases, which frequently involve catastrophic injury and industrial disease claims. The firm has a long history of acting for trade unions, bringing claims on behalf of their members who sustain injuries predominantly at work, in road traffic accidents or elsewhere. Practice head Henrietta Phillips is 'absolutely focused on getting the best' result for clients, and has particular experience in catastrophic injuries. Maximum severity and high-value cases are also key areas of strength for Christalla Christodoulidou. Asbestos expert Lorna Webster surpervises occupational disease claims.

Practice head(s):Henrietta Phillips

Other key lawyers:Christalla Christodoulidou; Lorna Webster

Testimonials

'Its union lawyer background and commitment to protecting and promoting the rights of workers is Thompsons' unique selling point, tried and tested over the decades.'

'The firm specialises in personal injury claims for claimants only and has a supervision structure that ensures claims are prosecuted with efficiency and with the best outcome for its clients.'

'Christalla Christodoulidou is a capable and empathetic lawyer. She is easy to deal with and very reliable.'

Key Clients

Unison

Unite the Union

PCS

RMT

ASLEF

USDAW

NASUWT

CSP

NUJ

Work highlights

  • Success at liability trial for a client that suffered a catastrophic brain injury in a road traffic accident.
  • Achieved a high -value settlement for a claimant who suffered complex injuries in an accident at work.
  • Significant settlement for widower of a woman fatally injured in a road traffic accident.
  • Success at liability trial for a claimant who was employed as a receptionist at an A&E Department and slipped on vomit, sustaining injuries to her arm and shoulder.
  • Acted for claimant who sustained a stroke following an accident at work rendering him disabled in that he had right-sided weakness and restricted vision (£2.175m plus periodical payments of £80k per year).

Duncan Lewis Solicitors handles a wide range of complex and often high-value personal injury cases, and has a niche specialism in accidents at work claims. Acting against local authorities for slips and trips in public space, road traffic accidents as well as asbestos-related illnesses are some of the team's other areas of specialism. Julie Leslie, whose expertise includes life-limiting injuries, heads the Dalston office; while the team based in Harrow is led by Rebecca Thomas, who has experience in dealing with claims relating to fatalities.

Practice head(s):Rebecca Thomas; Julie Leslie

Other key lawyers:Nilma Shah; Shabana Masood

Testimonials

'It is the breadth of work that the firm as a whole undertakes that makes the team unique.'

'It gives personal attention to clients of every description, is far removed from the 'factory' experience so common to many other firms and blends compassion for injured and often vulnerable clients with diplomatic realism to guide them towards sensible settlements.'

'The personal injury team is able to draw on the knowledge of other teams so as to best advise their clients.'

'Rebecca Thomas knows what needs to be done in order to gather what is required to best present a case.'

'Julie Leslie understands that her clients come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and that many of them have difficulty participating in the litigation process.  She appears to work tirelessly to guide them through the process, without ever expecting too much from them.'

'Shabana Massood is learning fast and undertakes work well above her years with considerable success.'

McMillan Williams acts for individuals in a wide range of injury claims, and is fast building a solid reputation for spinal cord and chronic pain cases. Joanna Bailey, who has a proven track record of acting for those who sustain serious brain injury in road traffic accidents or families suffering bereavement, heads the team. Timothy Pyant's expertise also spans psychiatric injury, including post-traumatic stress.

Practice head(s):Joanna Bailey

Other key lawyers:Timothy Pyant; Simon Rooney; Caroline Kempster


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BLM 'remains a top-tier firm' serving the needs of the insurance industry in the context of catastrophic injury claims. Apart from major insurers, corporate clients as well as public sector entities seek the practice's advice on the full-range of personal injury matters, including accidents at work, motor claims as well as disease, public liability and fatal cases. The London casualty team is headed by Matthew Ford, who has a substantial track record defending complex and large loss claims across a range of industries, namely construction, retail, manufacturing and travel. Leading disease specialist Michelle Penn leads the occupational disease group; while the catastrophic injury team, which handles claims of the utmost severity often including cross-border elements, is under the supervision of Antony French. The team is regularly instructed to advise on spinal cord injuries, amputation cases, high-value chronic pain claims, as well as brain injury cases, for which Claire Collins is noted as a subtle brain damage specialist. High-profile group litigation related to sexual/physical abuse and bullying cases are the key areas of expertise for Michael Pether, who has a strong reputation for claims concerning local authority and institutional liability.

Practice head(s):Michelle Penn; Matthew Ford

Other key lawyers:Claire Collins; Michael Pether; Nick Pargeter; Nigel Lock

Testimonials

'One of the biggest players in the insurance market, handling personal injury claims across the whole range of sectors. They are a leading firm in handling non-recent abuse work for defendants, including public authorities, schools, religious organisations and sports bodies.'

'Great industry experience, professional approach, genuine commitment.'

'They can be guaranteed to provide sound and pragmatic advice which will ensure that their clients achieve the best outcome in what are sensitive and difficult cases.'

'The defendant insurance team at BLM provides not just efficient and tenacious defence of litigation, but also delivers this in a commercially astute and pragmatic way. They have wide knowledge and understanding of the insurance market and an awareness of the need to ensure that reserves are properly assessed and monitored.'

'The team from a claimant perspective is always robust, professional and whilst acting in their insurance client's best interests throughout, are nevertheless understanding of the impact injuries can have.'

'Vanessa Latham is outstanding in dealing with work-related stress claims.'

'James Chambers has a clear view of where a case should go and will always achieve that end for his client.'

'Caroline Craigie has great experience and tenacity. Her unflappability stands her in good stead and she is ably assisted in her work by Nicola Warren.'

'Michael Pether has two decades of experience in claims concerning local authority and institutional liability for sexual and physical abuse. There are few if any solicitors in the defendant insurance arena with more experience.'

'Claire Collins has mastered the balancing act of supervising her team whilst retaining an in-depth knowledge of her files. She provides excellent balanced advice.'

'Andrew Williamson is always on top of his brief and the provider of realistic advice.'

'Antony French is a very commercial operator who weighs up the economic balance of cases very well.'

Key Clients

Allianz Insurance

Aviva

AXA

Chubb

Hiscox

Liberty Mutual Insurance

QBE Insurance

Zurich

MS Amlin

Work highlights

  • Acting for Pro Global in a group action of 31 claims from former pupils of an independent school who alleged they were subjected to excessive corporal punishment, physical and emotional abuse.
  • Acting on behalf of Hiscox & Inter Hannover in a claim regarding an employee that sustained a severe head injury while removing asbestos from a garage roof.
  • Representing Middlesbrough Borough Council at the accountability and reparation public hearing regarding claims arising from allegations of abuse at Stanhope Castle School in the '60s and '80s
  • Acting for Direct Line Group in a claim regarding a road traffic collision in which the claimant alleged he suffered a minor traumatic brain injury.
  • Assisting QBE in contempt proceedings on the basis of dishonesty following a dismissed claim regarding an injury sustained in the workplace on the rail track.

DAC Beachcroft LLP is, according to one client, 'the stand-out personal injury defendant firm' and fields a 'knowledgeable' team of lawyers with wide-ranging expertise across high-value motor and other catastrophic injury claims, complex employers' and public liability cases, international matters, and the full array of disease work. Heavyweight names from the insurance, corporate and public sectors feature prominently in the practice's client list.  David Knapp is noted for his advice offered to public entities; while Tania Sless excels in employers' liability, high-value motor and international claims. Head of strategic litigation Andrew Parker advises on emerging issues in the injury and insurance fields, such as the whiplash reform and discount rate. The motor injury team includes Michelle Traxler, while Adrian Cottam's expertise encompasses catastrophic brain, spinal injury, amputations and chronic pain claims. Tom Walshaw is a key name for public sector work and has longstanding experience in complex liability claims.

Practice head(s):John Goodman; David Knapp; Tom Walshaw; Tania Sless

Other key lawyers:Andrew Parker; Michelle Traxler; Adrian Cottam; Andrew Sheppard; Danielle Singer

Testimonials

'They are all very adept at dealing with all manner of high-value personal injury cases and are very pragmatic, commercial and personable too.'

'They have the breadth of expertise, knowledge and personnel that makes them fitted to deal with cases at all levels, including the most serious and valuable cases.'

'The team has handled some of the leading cases on liability, including occupational stress claims, occupiers and employers' liability. Willing to fight cases on behalf of insurers and their clients.'

'The police team is prepared to roll up its sleeves and get stuck in and is focused on getting the best outcome for the client - the team is extremely supportive of the police service.'

'David Knapp is a really strong defender of the police but does not let this cloud his advice.  He draws on a very strong knowledge and experience of police claims and is robust when necessary.'

'Tom Walshaw has recently handled a hugely important claim, his strategic and technical skills played a large part in a very successful outcome.  He has a good rapport with witnesses and does not step back when the going gets a bit rough.'

'Tania Sless has an amazing grasp of detail, outstanding judgement.'

'Danielle Singer has excellent and sound judgment.'

'Andrew Parker is a fountain of knowledge regarding the industry and legal developments.'

'Michelle Traxler and the team she runs is efficient and effective. The advice given is transparent and realistic.'

Key Clients

Zurich Insurance

Allianz Insurance

Admiral Insurance

NFU Mutual

AXA Insurance

Ministry of Defence

Royal and Sun Alliance

Tokio Marine Kiln

Aspen Insurance UK Ltd

Marks & Spencer plc

Covea Insurance

David Lloyd

Samworth Brothers

MS Amlin

Barbican Insurance

NFU Mutual

Cardiff Council

Ashtead Plant Hire

Travelers

Thames Valley Police

Work highlights

  • Acted for Admiral Insurance in a catastrophic injury claim pleaded at just under £11m.
  • Acted for Admiral Insurance in defending a claim involving injuries sustained to a pedestrian following an assault at the side of the road.
  • Acted for EUI in defending a claim involving a motorcyclist who suffered a brain injury.
  • Acted for the London School of Economics defending a £5m plus claim for stress at work.
  • Successfully defended Bristol City Council against a claim alleging that the council failed to erect safety railings in relation to the death of a cyclist who fell into the docks and drowned while cycling along the harbourside.

DWF 'is one of the market leading defendant firms' for catastrophic injury and large loss, and also fields other specialist teams advise insurers on occupational health and industrial disease, as well as motor traffic accidents and public liability cases. The practice has particular strength in claims involving spinal injury and paralysis, amputation, fatal accidents and severe brain injury. Claire Bowler heads the international claims team and has a proven track record acting for UK and European insurers in claims of the utmost severity, including those with multi-jurisdictional elements. Graham Dickinson leads on catastrophic injury work, while John Lezemore's expertise includes 'invisible illnesses' cases, such as chronic pain claims. Recently promoted partner Rhys Sanchez is active across the full array of severe injury cases, but stands out for his depth of knowledge in complex brain injury cases.

Practice head(s):Steven King; Claire Bowler; Graham Dickinson

Other key lawyers:John Lezemore; Paul Greaves; Rhys Sanchez; Catherine Kober

Testimonials

'The DWF team is fantastic: it takes on important cases, seeking to uncover insurance fraud where there is cogent evidence of it, and runs its cases in an efficient manner.'

'It has a level of knowledge and understanding beyond compare and is known throughout the industry as leaders.'

'One of (if not the) top firms in the defendant insurance market, a vast pool of talent with a sharp commercial mindset, capable of servicing all needs for defendant insurers.'

'Some excellent individuals in personal injury litigation with a breadth of expertise in dealing with claims in all jurisdictions worldwide.'

'Rhys Sanchez leads a very experienced and knowledgeable team which deals with serious and catastrophic work. Rhys and his team are meticulous and have a fine eye for detail.'

'Rhys has an invaluable range of experience in dealing with both UK and cross-border disputes; he is always available when required and is commercially focused, personable and adept at putting clients at ease.'

Key Clients

MS Amlin

Markerstudy

LV

First Central

Travelers

Canopius

Aviva

DLG

Work highlights

  • Acting for SompoCanopius Managing Agency in dismissing a claim regarding a head injury, on the basis that the defendant did not owe an employer's duty of care to the claimant.
  • Represented MS Amlin in criminal and multimillion-euro civil proceedings brought in France as a result of a serious road traffic accident.

The liability division at Kennedys 'manages a prodigious' caseload of the highest value and 'most technically challenging' claims and is instructed by a range of leading insurance companies. Severe brain injury claims, including those concerning locked-in syndrome, vegetative state and altered consciousness, are the key areas of strength for Mark Burton, who is also recognised as 'a market-leading specialist in technology' and its application to the care and rehabilitation of the catastrophically injured. Charles Martin excels in cases of the utmost severity, namely those involving spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, while Stephen Foster has a particular specialism in the defence of amputation claims.

Practice head(s):Mark Burton

Other key lawyers:Mark Burton; Charles Martin; Joe McManus; Joanne Kelly; Stephen Foster

Testimonials

'The team at Kennedys has a very good understanding of not just the legal aspects of a particular claim but also the commercial and economic. It has, with increasing regularity, identified the correct claims to run to trial and our success rate at trial using Kennedys is very high.'

'Kennedys is a longstanding player in the defendant personal injury sector. It has an excellent understanding of complex injury claims and always provides a robust and forensic defence of claims.'

'Its advice is always tailored to the size and complexity of the claim and it is always looking for innovative ways to resolve claims.'

'It is head and shoulders above its competitors in this marketplace in terms of the breadth of its expertise at all levels of seniority, its commitment to technology and pushing the boundaries of the law and its results in resolving complex and high-value injury claims.'

'Mark Burton drives innovation in claims handling and the use of rehabilitative technologies in catastrophic injury claims.'

'Charles Martin is a highly experienced and robust litigator who is prepared to take matters to trial to secure the best outcome for the client and protect itsreputation in the sector.'

'Joanne Kelly as supervising partner of the team we use at Kennedys stands out, she provides exactly the service we need and has a very good understanding of our business.'

Key Clients

Chubb

Acromas

Aspen

Enstar

Axis

Allianz

Canopius

Newline

CNA Hardy

Allied World

PSV Claims Bureau/Stagecoach

AmTrust

Travelers Worldwide

Work highlights

  • Representing the excess insurers in The X Children v The Minister of Health & Social Service, that has a combined claim value of between £210-332m, and is considered to be one of the largest personal injury claims in European legal history.
  • Acting for Acromas Insurance Company Ltd in an utmost severity claim concerning a teenager who suffered brain injuries and was left quadriplegic following a road traffic accident.
  • Assisting NFU Mutual with a claim and rehabilitation package regarding a Hungarian claimant who suffered a severe amputation.
  • Representing Haven Insurance as the insurer of a car driver who used the vehicle as a weapon to run over his girlfriend, who was left severely brain injured.
  • Represented Aspen Insurance UK in an employers' liability claim, where fundamental dishonesty was alleged and the claim was dismissed in its entirety.

Clyde & Co LLP is a popular choice for domestic and international insurers, large corporate clients and public sector organisations in cases regarding serious injury and disease litigation. The team has strength in dismissing exaggerated or fraudulent claims, as well as defending class actions. Practice head Jennette Newman has extensive experience in casualty and motor claims, while Tony Cawley handles catastrophic injury claims arising from employers' and public liability matters, as well as complex occupational stress, workplace harassment and bullying claims. Multi-party claims, utmost severity cases and fatal incidents are all areas of expertise for Leanne Conisbee.

Practice head(s):Jennette Newman; Jonathan Edwards; Tony Cawley

Other key lawyers:Leanne Conisbee

Testimonials

'Clyde & Co is an excellent city practice offering exceptional service for our company across a broad spectrum of business requirements.'

'Strengths and key capabilities are the knowledge and experience of the team in handling and defending personal injury claims in a practical and economic way.'

'Its customer focus is excellent and you feel that you are in safe hands when it is conducting legal cases on your behalf.'

'It has a very strong team of practitioners who are able to handle a variety of challenging cases.'

'Jennette Newman and Leanne Conisbee are highly competent in the area of defendant personal injury litigation and regulatory work. Their experience in handling claims in these fields is excellent. Their customer service is superb.'

'Leanne Conisbee has great attention to detail and a pragmatic approach to the cases she handles.'

Plexus Law is regularly instructed on catastrophic injury and large loss claims, complex employers' liability matters and public liability cases. The firm also fields one of the leading occupational disease teams, and provides in-house services to a number of insurance clients. Anthony Baker, who specialises in work-related stress claims and is experienced in cross-border litigation, leads the casualty team, which also includes group actions' expert Michael Gwilliam. Joanne Pizzala predominantly acts for UK Motor insurers handling high-value claims, but is also experienced in dealing with cases involving sport injury.

Practice head(s):Anthony Baker; Michael Gwilliam; Steve Phillips

Other key lawyers:Joanne Pizzala; Philip Tracey

Testimonials

'The team is excellent at subtle brain injury claims and chronic pain cases.'

'Jo Pizzala is unquestionably one of the very best defendant PI lawyers in the country.'

'Jo Pizzala is a litigator with outstanding negotiation skills and attention to detail.'

'Anthony Bushell is an exceptional practitioner with an excellent grasp of all aspects of personal injury litigation.  He has the skill to assimilate information and communicate his recommendations to clients in a clear, concise and efficient manner.'

Key Clients

QBE

AIG

Tesco

Ageas

Swiss Re

Capita

Balfour Beaty

Aspen

Mears

RPC has a proven track record of handling complex personal injury cases, that usually involve life-altering injuries, namely amputation and brain injury. Practice co-head Gavin Reese's expertise includes cases involving stress and chronic pain claims. Nick McMahon's specialisms cover health and safety regulation, but he is also experienced across high-value severe injuries and group actions. Catastrophic as well as fatal injury claims are key areas of activity for Steven Aitken.

Practice head(s):Gavin Reese; Nick McMahon; Dorothy Flower

Other key lawyers:Steven Aitken

Testimonials

'The insurance team at RPC is extremely engaging. It does not operate in the volume market but is more of a boutique operation and meets the needs of the smaller insurers extremely well.'

'More than a match for the bigger firms, they get good results in catastrophic PI claims through a mixture of hard work and experience.'

'The team is approachable and is always happy to provide advice.'

'The RPC team maintains a good relationship with the claims team, and ensures that contact is maintained and any issues are swiftly addressed.'

'Gavin Reese is the go-to partner in the catastrophic PI team.  An extremely engaging and commercial individual.'

'Steven Aitken is thorough, sensible and approachable.'

Key Clients

AXA XL

Faraday

Weightmans LLP fields a team that specialises in providing advice to insurers, local governments and major commercial entities on the full spectrum of catastrophic personal injury and accident circumstances. Practice head Elaine Chapman has extensive experience handling cases concerning severe brain injury, spinal cord damage and amputations. Nick Richards has core strength in cross-border litigation and motor claims. Seva Singh is a key name to note for maximum severity injuries arising from road traffic accidents, employers' and public liability claims. Phillip Bratt regularly advises defendants on claims with challenging rehabilitation issues, and is experienced in severe brain damage and chronic pain injuries. David Johnson departed to DAC Beachcroft LLP.

Practice head(s):Elaine Chapman

Other key lawyers:Nick Richards; Seva Singh; Phillip Bratt; Patricia Williams

Key Clients

Zurich Insurance Plc

Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB)

Armour Risk Management

Work highlights

  • Represented the Motor Insurers Bureau in an uninsured passenger road traffic accident where the claimant was a minor with complicated drugs and alcohol history.
  • Advised Armour Risk Management on the £130k (costs inclusive) commercial settlement of a £3m personal injury claim arising from a road traffic accident where there was potential joint criminal enterprise.
  • Successfully acted for Armour Risk Management in a road traffic accident where a pedestrian was hit by a car, avoiding the payment of £3m for personal injury.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's personal injury practice focuses on providing advice to leading corporate clients from a range of sectors, particularly heavyweights in the energy field pertaining to serious injury claims and group litigation. The team is adept at handling both the civil claim and criminal prosecution that may arise from the same incident. Multi-party actions and catastrophic injuries specialist Howard Watson, who has notable experience of paraplegia and head injury claims, leads the department, which is frequently instructed on multi-jurisdictional matters.

Practice head(s):Howard Watson

Other key lawyers:Anthony Dempster; David Bennett

Key Clients

BP

Chevron

TXU

BAE

Diageo

Work highlights

  • Acting for BP in relation to the inquest following the 2013 In Amenas terrorist attack in Algeria and the resulting multi-party proceedings brought by the families of the deceased and injured.
  • Acting for Chevron in the police and HSE investigation following the explosion at Chevron's Pembroke refinery resulting in four fatalities and the resulting civil claims.
  • Acting for the administrators of TXU in asbestos claims brought against one of its group companies.

Keystone Law handles the full range of defendant personal injury matters arising from accidents at work, public liability issues, industrial disease and abuse. The team receives instructions from insurers, local authorities, self-insured organisations as well as income protection providers. Steven Conway is the go-to lawyer for local authority litigation and Cordelia Rushby stands out for representing defendants in substantial claims for psychiatric loss. The department also includes Naomi Hatchard, who has experience in claims involving foreign and multi-jurisdictional issues.

Other key lawyers:Cordelia Rushby; Steven Conway; Naomi Hatchard;

Testimonials

'Keystone Law has a high level of expertise, a willingness to engage and creativity.'

'Cordelia Rushby is always quick to respond, technically very competent and outstanding in face-to-face mediation.'

Key Clients

Allianz

Ipswich Borough Council

Travelers Insurance

Zurich Municipal

Top Mark Claims Management Limited

HDI Gerling SE

Work highlights

  • Represented London Borough of Enfield/ Travellers Insurance in the successful defence at trial of a suspected fraudulent employer liability claim valued at £40k.
  • Acted for London Borough of Harrow/Zurich Municipal in the successful defence of a high-value highway tripping case where the claimant sustained a serious fracture to the knee, requiring repeated surgery.

Browne Jacobson LLP has particular strength acting for clients from the public sector, notably those operating in the health and social care fields, in relation to claims that regularly involve sexual and physical abuse. The department is also well versed in employers' and public liability matters, stress at work cases, as well as fraudulent claims. The London team is led by David Maggs, who specialises in local authority insurance litigation and advises on risk management along with health and safety issues.

Practice head(s):David Maggs

Testimonials

'The team is at the forefront of keeping clients informed of case law, regulatory and legislation changes that may impact the industry, particularly public sector clients.'

'The group is approachable and readily available to offer advice and will listen to concerns and fully explore any issues.'

'Through the team's interaction with clients and with each other there is a family feel and that the group is all working to the same aim, to deliver an excellent service to clients.'

Key Clients

Hiscox

Municipal Mutual Insurance Limited

Gallagher Bassett

Ageas

Zurich Municipal

Liberty

Premier Insurance

Markel

Garwyn

Resolute

Insurance London Consortium

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Flintshire County Council, having successfully defended a claim for historical abuse on the basis of limitation.

Hill Dickinson LLP fields a team of specialist personal injury lawyers that handle claims within the marine sector, involving crew and passenger accidents, fatalities, sexual assault and group actions. The practice is instructed on the majority of disease claims in the ports and marine sectors, and predominantly deals with multi-jurisdictional cases where questions on choice of law are raised. The team is led by John Caddies, whose expertise spans catastrophic injury cases, stress and asbestos claims. Tony McDonach is the key point of contact for industrial disease cases concerning noise-induced hearing loss, while Laura Wilson's caseload includes brain injury cases, amputations, abuse and suicide claims.

Practice head(s):John Caddies

Other key lawyers:Tony McDonach; Laura Wilson

Testimonials

'Extensive knowledge in their respective areas, reliable and approachable and have a good understanding of our client needs.'

'This is a longstanding professional relationship and, as such, this firm has a deep knowledge of our company's business and history which enables them to provide a level of service that we would be unlikely to find elsewhere.'

'The stand out quality of the personal injury team at Hill Dickinson is their sheer breadth of knowledge and expertise, coupled with their straightforward advice which makes them a go-to firm of lawyers.'

'The comprehensive knowledge and the thorough analysis John Caddies provides on occupational illness claims is unrivalled.'

'John is always extremely responsive and accessible and his advice is always thorough and clear. He has negotiated very effectively for us on settlements and always delivers the best possible result.'

'Tony McDonach possesses a wealth of experience, specifically in the defence of noise-induced hearing loss claims, has a unique gift for setting out the weaknesses of a claimant's case and the hurdles that they may face in pursuing their claim ensuring that many cases go no further.'

Key Clients

Associated British Ports

Hutchison Ports

BP Shipping Limited

DFDS

Carnival

Royal Caribbean Cruises

P&O Ferries

Louis Hotels

UK P&I Club

West of England P&I Club

Generali

Maersk Shipping Company

Shipowners Mutual P&I Club

RSA

Gard P&I Club

Swedish Club

Steamship P&I Club

London P&I Club

Work highlights

  • Represented Compre Group/Bothnia International Insurance Company Ltd in a Court of Appeal case involving a claim by an opponent insurer for a contribution from the client in the context of a Fairchild mesothelioma settlement.
  • Representing Camomile Lines plc in a claim where the High Court rejected the claimant's application for a declaration in relation to future immunotherapy treatment.

Ince fields a personal injury team that undertakes the complete spectrum of low- to high-value public liability claims in the aviation, shipping and construction industries. Mesothelioma claims, cross-border matters, as well as catastrophic injury and group actions are key areas of activity for the practice. Practice head John McGowan is a go-to specialist for claims arising from incidents in lifts, travelators and escalators.

Practice head(s):John McGowan

Testimonials

'The team is conscious of the client's needs and ways of working as opposed to delivering a 'one size fits all' approach.'

'John McGowan is very aware of the end game (rather than adopting a very procedural approach which is not helpful in resolving claims). He is very thorough, personable and easy to work with.'

Key Clients

Kone plc

IF P&C

Anglo American

A2 Sea Group

Tidewater

Irish Ferries

AXA XL

CNA Hardy

Tulip Ltd


Product liability: claimant

Index of tables

  1. Product liability: claimant
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Rising stars

Leading individuals: Hall of Fame

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Rising stars

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The product liability practice at Hugh James has a strong track record representing claimants, particularly in claims relating to medical devices and pharmaceutical drugs. Team head Mark Harvey has an excellent reputation in the industry and is regularly involved in individual or group actions. He acts as the lead solicitor in the PIP breast implant litigation, in which multiple settlements have been reached. Chartered legal executive Pauline Roberts is experienced in multi-party litigation in the life sciences sphere. Senior associate Carlos Land combines criminal law and civil litigation experience. The team is based in Cardiff.

Practice head(s):Mark Harvey

Other key lawyers:Pauline Roberts; Carlos Land

Testimonials

'The team at Hugh James undertakes work of the utmost complexity in this field. They have the strength-in-depth to be able to take on litigation of any size, from single claims to complex, multi-party medical product litigation'.

'Mark Harvey is a complete master in the field; he combines legal knowledge, sound tactical skills and good judgement'.

'Mark Harvey is excellent and the person you would want running your product case'.

'Pauline Roberts is hardworking and very knowledgeable. She has superb client skills and the talent to find 'the something' that can make the difference in the mass of disclosure that often accompanies major litigation in this field'.

Work highlights

  • Representing clients at the pre-litigation stage in product liability and cross-jurisdictional border claims against Schaeffler and Airbus in regard to the Norwegian Super Puma Helicopter Crash.
  • Pursuing breach of contract claims against clinics that sold women Allergan-textured breast implants, which allegedly caused the lymphoma BIA-ALCL.
  • Obtained £2m in recovery in the PIP breast implant class action.
  • The firm, in conjunction with other claimant firms, is pursuing multiple cases seeking personal injury compensation under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 for the premature failure of Zimmer hips.
  • Acted in an against manufacturer DePuy, involving 342 claimants, regarding claims concerning the early failure of metal-on-metal hip prostheses.

Irwin Mitchell has a highly regarded practice, which is experienced in representing individuals and groups in claims relating to defective products and group actions. One area of expertise is medical negligence claims but the team has also noted an increase in work relating to claims arising from electrical and other consumer goods. Sallie Booth and Tim Annett are regularly instructed to handle pharmaceutical and life sciences cases. Birmingham-based Clive Garner, who jointly heads the team with Booth and Annett, is an expert in group actions. Associate Matthew Newbould is also noted. Named individuals are based in the firm's Sheffield office unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):Sallie Booth; Tim Annett; Clive Garner

Other key lawyers:Matthew Newbould

Testimonials

'The Irwin Mitchell team is arguably the best in the field of claimant product liability, and is good on all fronts: client care, strategy and tactics, and understanding of complex expert evidence, etc.'

'Sallie Booth is a fantastic tactician and is excellent to work with'.

'Tim Annett has an impressive grasp of technical issues. He provides insightful legal knowledge with a realistic appraisal of legal issues'.

Work highlights

  • Representing multiple claimants in a group action against Johnson & Johnson arising from the use of its pelvic organ prolapse products.
  • Acting for various claimants in a group action against DePuy International regarding its Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants.
  • Handling new claims on behalf of individuals (or their families) who have developed Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease; the claims are brought against the Department of Health and concern a contaminated human growth hormone.
  • Representing serving and ex-military personnel in claims brought against the Ministry of Defence for negligent medical treatment involving the incorrect prescription of the antimalarial drug, Lariam.
  • Acting for a range of individual claimants injured by exploding lithium ion batteries used in e-cigarettes.

Leigh Day stands out for its ability to handle claims relating to medical devices, pharmaceutical products, household appliances and electronics as well as toys, among others. The team saw an increase in demand to handle food and allergy-related matters following its involvement in high-profile work relating to fatalities pertaining to inadequately labelled food from Pret A Manger. The team is led by the highly regarded Bozena Michalowska-Howells and also includes Jill Paterson, Michelle Victor and Gene Matthews. Thomas Jervis, Sarah Moore, Chris Haan and Tina Patel are the names to note at associate level.

Practice head(s):Bozena Michalowska-Howells

Other key lawyers:Jill Paterson; Michelle Victor; Gene Matthews; Thomas Jervis; Sarah Moore; Chris Haan; Tina Patel

Testimonials

'A great team from top to bottom, knows the area inside out and has a great feel for where a case's strengths or weaknesses lie, and is absolutely on top of the law.'

'Leigh Day is almost unique in shouldering the burden of group action claimants taking on giant pharmaceuticals and medical device manufacturers and regularly goes beyond the call of duty on behalf of its clients.'

'Bozena Michalowska-Howells has good overall management of the relevant claims and is very knowledgeable in this area.'

'Jill Paterson is incredibly down to earth, and is always completely in control of every aspect of her cases. She is able to cut directly to the heart of a case, and knows exactly what needs to be done for her clients.'

'Thomas Jervis approaches cases in a highly thorough and methodical way, and he is always able to spot the best way to move a case forward.'

'Chris Haan is an exceptional senior associate, who displays independent and creative thinking, strong mastery of detail, and is easy to work with.'

'Tina Patel is a rising star.'

Work highlights

  • Representing the families of the victims in inquests and potential civil claims following their deaths as a consequence of consuming inadequately labelled food from Pret A Manger.
  • Continue to act in a group claim relating to the provision of NHS blood contaminated with the Hepatitis C virus, which seeks to force the Department of Health and Social Care to pay compensation.
  • Representing various clients against white-goods manufacturers following fires resulting in damage to property and/or loss of life.
  • Acting in a group claim against Volkswagen concerning the claimants' purchase of vehicles that were fitted with the emissions cheating software.
  • Acting for claimants against various eye clinics in the UK, which used oculentis intraocular lenses that allegedly caused vision problems.


Product liability: defendant

Index of tables

  1. Product liability: defendant
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Leading individuals

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Rising stars

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Arnold & Porter's team is highly regarded for its life sciences practice, which includes lawyers who are also qualified in medicine, toxicology, and pharmacy, among other areas. It represents clients in product liability litigation, including multi-party group actions and unitary claims, inquests with respect to deaths, investigations and public inquiries as well as in safety and recall matters. On the non-contentious side, the team also advises on a variety of risk management issues. Practice head Ian Dodds-Smith has an outstanding reputation in the market and also leads the firm's EU life sciences and product liability practice group. Adela Williams, who is also a registered medical practitioner and assistant coroner, is another key contact. Jackie Mulryne made partner in 2019 and, alongside counsel Tom Fox, is also noted.

Practice head(s):Ian Dodds-Smith

Other key lawyers:Adela Williams; Jackie Mulryne; Tom Fox

Testimonials

'Arnold & Porter has great strength-in-depth as well as enormous experience and is able to cover both the scientific and the legal aspects.'

'The team at Arnold & Porter is known to deliver a very good quality of work.'

'Ian Dodds-Smith is a seasoned lawyer, who helped to set the foundation in the area.'

'Adela Williams has enormous experience in the area and has great attention to detail. She manages to always secure the trust and confidence of the client.'

Key Clients

Grünenthal

Pfizer

Bayer

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Grünenthal in a group action, which claimed that individuals had been born with personal injuries as a result of exposure to thalidomide in utero.
  • Represented Pfizer in a multi-claimant litigation in Scotland arising from cardiovascular disorders following the use of Pfizer’s Cox-2 inhibitor analgesic, Celebrex, which included handling disclosure, witness evidence and expert evidence.
  • Acting for Bayer in a public inquiry initiated following the supply of Factor VIII and IX blood products caused hemophiliacs to become infected with HIV and hepatitis C.

Baker McKenzie's product and operational risk team provides its clients, which are predominantly international manufacturers, distributors and retailers, with comprehensive advice on the whole life cycle of a product. The team has core expertise in product liability litigation, recalls and regulation. Practice head John Leadley also regularly assists clients with media and communications issues concerning crisis management. Kate Corby is another key contact; she is well versed in regulatory compliance. Graham Stuart is noted for matters related to the management of environmental risk.

Practice head(s):John Leadley

Other key lawyers:Kate Corby; Graham Stuart

Testimonials

'Baker McKenzie is justifiably seen as a top team in the market.'

'John Leadley is among the leaders in the field.'

'Baker McKenzie's team head John Leadley does a very good job.'

 

Key Clients

CR Bard

Stryker Corporation

Work highlights

  • Acting for Bard Limited in the defence of multiple product liability claims concerning allegedly defective medical devices and procedures used to treat female pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence.
  • Acting for Stryker in a number of product liability claims, which includes negotiating multiple pre-action settlements in Consumer Protection Act cases related to hip and knee replacement products.
  • Advised a healthcare company on addressing the requests from a UK public inquiry.

DAC Beachcroft LLP has a strong profile in the product liability space, acting for insurers as well as corporates from a variety of industry sectors, including pharmaceutical, medical device, food, chemicals, cosmetics, consumer goods and, increasingly, new technology companies. The team is led by Wendy Hopkins, who is regularly instructed to advise on products manufactured in China. Simon Pearl and Alison McAdams  have significant expertise in vaccine litigations. Other names to note are Mark Kendall and senior associates Olya Melnitchouk and Stephen Turner.

Practice head(s):Wendy Hopkins

Other key lawyers:Simon Pearl; Alison McAdams; Mark Kendall; Olya Melnitchouk; Stephen Turner

Testimonials

'The team is very experienced and gives immediate feedback. The lawyers are likable and enthusiastic about their work.'

'They are very good in all insurance and liability matters.'

'Practice head Wendy Hopkins is very structured and noted for her sharp understanding.'

'Mark Kendall is easy to work with and very experienced in recall matters and international business.'

'Stephen Turner is a highly intelligent, responsive lawyer.'

Key Clients

Novartis

Alcon

Sandoz

BMI Healthcare

Optegra

Draeger

Fresenius Kabi

Ipsen Pharma

NHS Resolution

NHS Blood and Transplant Service

Rydon Maintenance

Clinimed

HDI

Zurich

Chubb

Allianz

QBE

XL Catlin

Newline

CNA Hardy

Hiscox

RSA

Work highlights

  • Represented BMI Healthcare and Spire Healthcare in a claim filed by numerous claimants, who alleged that the early failure of their replacement hip products has resulted in pain and muscle damage.
  • Acting for Novartis; Alcon, its eye care subsidiary; and Sandoz, its generics subsidiary, in various claims arising out of various clinical testing trials.
  • Acting for Rydon and HDI in an ongoing public inquiry, police investigation, and the civil litigation and claims-handling processes regarding the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
  • Represented Ipsen Pharma in a number of claims that allege the claimants suffered personal injury as a result of receiving an injection of botox products manufactured by the client.
  • Represented BMI Healthcare and Spire Healthcare in the High Court group litigation brought on behalf of women concerned about the fitness for purpose of silicone gel in breast implants manufactured by the now defunct French company, PIP, which resulted in the establishment of the breast implant registry.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP fields a team of dedicated lawyers, who specialise in industry sectors including manufacturing, pharmaceutical and healthcare as well as tobacco, food and beverages. It acts for insurers and corporate insureds in significant product liability disputes and provides commercial and risk management advice. The practice is jointly led by Howard Watson, who is vastly experienced in group/class actions; recall expert Tony Dempster; and Philip Pfeffer, who is well versed in the consumer products sector. Senior associate David Bennett is also noted.

Practice head(s):Howard Watson; Tony Dempster; Philip Pfeffer

Other key lawyers:David Bennett

Key Clients

Diageo

British American Tobacco

Associated British Foods

Volvo Trucks

Work highlights

  • Defended Diageo in a class action regarding its distribution of the drug thalidomide in the late 1950s/early 1960s. The team also handled the global coordination of legal and commercial issues.

The team at Hogan Lovells International LLP is regularly instructed in high-profile product liability disputes, which frequently involve multi-party and multi-jurisdictional elements. Clients also praise the group's expertise in scientific and technical issues, particularly in the life sciences area. 'Top-tier expert' John Meltzer has an excellent market reputation for his ability to handle the full gamut of product liability matters, from risk management to litigation. Valerie Kenyon's specialisation is in the technology sector and she co-heads the firm's global internet of things working group. Meltzer and Kenyon jointly lead the team with Matthew Felwick; he and Richard Welfare are noted for their automotive and food expertise respectively. Consultant Caroline Moore is involved in many of the group's most significant cases. Ruth Grant retired.

Practice head(s):John Meltzer; Valerie Kenyon; Matthew Felwick

Other key lawyers:Richard Welfare; Caroline Moore

Testimonials

'Hogan Lovells has strong knowledge in the life sciences space.'

'The team provides very good practical solutions, which take the client's business needs into consideration.'

'John Meltzer has a high profile in the product liability world. He is a sensible, experienced lawyer, who brings wisdom to any matter.'

Key Clients

Zimmer Biomet

Ford

Novartis

Google

Bristow Helicopters

Mylan

Nike

Guardian (part of Koch)

Oculus

Vodafone

Cardiorentis

Toshiba

British American Tobacco

Merck

Nest

NTT Data

Jimmy Choo

Mitsubishi Heavy Industry

Kingfisher

Fresenius

Work highlights

  • Defended Zimmer Biomet in a personal injury group action concerning the client's metal-on-metal prosthetic hip replacements, which was decided favourably for the client.
  • Acting for new client Ford in individual legal actions and a threatened High Court group action by owners of vehicles with EcoBoost engines regarding its allegedly defective cooling system.
  • Handling the whole product safety portfolio for Vodafone, which includes advising on regulatory compliance, scientific research, the development of industry standards, labelling, and product testing.
  • Acting for MSD regarding a threatened UK group action and in individual claims for compensation for conditions allegedly resulting from the administration of Gardasil, a preventive cervical cancer vaccine.
  • Advising Nike on product regulatory and compliance issues, as well as  pre-litigation and risk management matters concerning product marketing and product safety for the EU and international markets.

Addleshaw Goddard's team is a popular choice for clients from the pharmaceutical, retail, consumer goods, and food and drink industries to handle matters relating to recalls, safety and advisory work. The group is acting for GlaxoSmithKline in a group action relating to its antidepressant Seroxat; practice head Louisa Caswell leads on this. Insurance expert Richard Wise is well versed in coverage disputes. Erin Shoesmith in Manchester, who made partner in 2018, acts for the firm's corporate clients facing prosecution and investigation by regulatory bodies. Associates Mark Chesher and Cécile Burgess are regularly involved in the team's most significant matters.

Practice head(s):Louisa Caswell

Other key lawyers:Richard Wise; Erin Shoesmith; Mark Chesher; Cécile Burgess

Testimonials

'Addleshaw Goddard has a strong team that is on the rise in this area, handling in particular one of the largest pharmaceutical product liability cases in the UK.'

'Louisa Casswell is an excellent product liability practitioner and very well regarded.'

'Senior associate Cécile Burgess is an outstanding practitioner.'

Key Clients

GlaxoSmithKline

Britvic

Build-A-Bear Workshop

Totally Wicked (Pillbox 38)

Dixons Carphone Warehouse

PZ Cussons

Diageo

Sainsbury's/Sainsbury's Bank

Steel Dynamics UK Limited

Victrex Group

Work highlights

  • Represent  GlaxoSmithKline in numerous claims regarding its antidepressant drug, Seroxat, which allegedly caused symptoms that amount to personal injury when claimants discontinued or attempted to discontinue use; the outcome of the trial will make new law on the assessment of whether the medicine is a defective product under the Consumer Protection Act 1987.
  • Acting for Steel Dynamics in relation to claims relating to defective steel supplied to it by one of Europe's leading steel mills; the steel was sold on by the client and the team is advising on potential claims against the steel mill.
  • Advised an importer of electronic cigarettes on the UK/EU regulatory regime to help them shape the characteristics of their existing and proposed products, and on permitted marketing and branding, among other areas.
  • Advised a pharmaceutical client on government proposals concerning the pricing of medicines and associated regulations relating to the provision of information further to the Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Act 2017.
  • Challenged the treatment of a branded drug under the NHS Drugs Tariff for a pharmaceutical client.

Clyde & Co LLP's client base is a mix of insurers and manufacturers, frequently from the aviation, agriculture and food, automotive, medical devices and pharmaceutical, and retail sectors. The firm's international network allows a close cooperation with product liability groups in the rest of Europe, North America and Asia, which is particularly valuable in multi-jurisdictional product recalls and disputes. Neil Beresford specialises in claims involving  insurers, manufacturers and retailers and Jason McNerlin is the key contact for recalls. Edinburgh-based duo Duncan Batchelor and Claire Raftery, as well as Victor Rae-Reeves and legal director Erika Rainger in London are other names to note.

Practice head(s):Neil Beresford; Jason McNerlin

Other key lawyers:Duncan Batchelor; Claire Raftery; Victor Rae-Reeves; Erika Rainger

Testimonials

'Clyde & Co has in-depth knowledge of product liability with subject matter experts skilled in the industry fields. They are able to deploy lawyers with knowledge of the industrial sectors / specialisms.'

'The group has a very efficient use of resources.'

'Neil Beresford is very clever and pragmatic; he is always cool-headed and reasonable.'

'Beresford is extremely bright but has a sound commercial sense and acumen. He comes over as quite laid back but it is patently obvious there is a very sharp mind.'

Key Clients

Johnson & Johnson Medical Ltd

Stryker / Depuy International (Finsbury Orthopaedics)

Travelers Insurance Company Ltd

GlaxoSmithKline

CNA Hardy/ ITH Pharma Limited

Martin Baker Aircraft Company Limited

Cooley (UK) LLP's practice is led by the highly regarded Rod Freeman, who has a strong track record in product liability disputes on an international scale. The team covers a range of work in the space for clients from the life sciences, technology, cosmetics and consumer products sectors, among others. Sascha Grimm made partner in 2019 and is a key contact for civil litigation, regulatory investigations, product liability, as well as IP and brand protection matters. Associate Sarah-Jane Dobson combines experience in regulatory matters and disputes.

Key Clients

'Rod Freeman is a fantastic lawyer, who consistently is at the top of his game.'

Kennedys is regularly instructed by global insurers, including Chubb, AIG, Allianz, and Zurich, among others to handle high-stakes matters. The team is experienced in handling product disputes in key sectors including pharmaceuticals and medical devices; food and consumer products; and manufacturing. Trevor Davies leads the practice and is a key name for international product liability claims. Samantha Silver is well versed in medical devices, consumer products and pharmaceutical-related matters, while Katherine Proctor's focus is on the property, onshore energy, reinsurance and fine arts area. The group is able to benefit from Mirjam Schorr's dual-qualification in the UK and Germany in cross-border matters. Other key names include Ben Aram and senior associate Karishma Paroha, who can act as a solicitor and barrister. Shane Sayers left the firm.

Practice head(s):Trevor Davies;

Other key lawyers:Samantha Silver; Katherine Proctor; Ben Aram; Karishma Paroha; Mirjam Schorr

Testimonials

'Kennedys has one of the best teams in the London market, with exceptional expertise in cross-border work especially.'

'The team offers pragmatic, efficient, and top-quality advice and has real experts for every type of insurance dispute.'

'Trevor Davies is held in high regard'.

'Ben Aram is an exceptional litigator, who has an incredible depth of subject-matter knowledge, while at the same time always taking a commercial approach to a dispute.'

'Mirjam Schorr is an absolute pleasure to work with and has a real understanding and expertise in cases involving issues of German law.'

'Karishma Paroha is a very good lawyer.'

Key Clients

Chubb

AIG

Hiscox

Zurich

Generali

AGCS

GE Insurance Solutions

DePuy International Limited

Finsbury Orthopaedics Limited

Beko

XL Catlin Insurance

Work highlights

  • The team successfully acted for DePuy in defending and dismissing claims in several jurisdictions, including UK, Austria, Germany and Spain in connection with the worldwide recall of hip replacement products.
  • Defending Witzenmann and insurer XL Catlin against a £2m claim alleging defective stainless steel mesh carcassing in subsea oil well hoses.
  • Acting for Johnson & Johnson, as well as its subsidiary Ethicon, as the manufacturers of gynaecological products, in the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care's review into how the healthcare system has responded to concerns raised about different medical interventions, one of them being the relevant pelvic mesh.

RPC has an experienced team acting for insurers in claims arising particularly in the life sciences area, where Dorothy Flower is a key name, but is also active in the automotive, chemicals, household goods and technology fields. The group regularly acts in disputes which span multiple jurisdictions and works closely together with the firm's Singapore and Hong Kong offices. Gavin Reese took over the practice lead from Flower, and he and consultant Nick McMahon have longstanding experience in the field. Legal director Peter Rudd-Clarke advises on regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):Gavin Reese

Other key lawyers:Dorothy Flower; Nick McMahon; Peter Rudd-Clarke

Testimonials

'In all cases, the team has an eye for detail, it explains procedures in a way that is easy to understand and, importantly, is open to dialogue from all interested parties when agreeing a claim's next steps.'

'The team operates well together, key individuals are technically expert and also understand the client's particular and economic drivers.'

'While being highly regarded for their life sciences expertise, that reputation masks the strength in a wider range of product liability claims as well. Recent cases showcases RPC's depth of skills.'

'Dorothy Flower needs no introduction or embellishment. Her name is synonymous with and guarantees quality.'

'Gavin Reese is a very strong lawyer. He combines a ferocious intellect with a down-to-earth manner which clients adore.'

'Peter Rudd-Clarke is a star in the making. He is committed, focused and achieves stellar results for his clients.'

Key Clients

QBE

XL Catlin

Clover Leaf Products Ltd

Corin Limited

Bard Pharmaceuticals Limited

Make Yourself Amazing

BSI Group

Work highlights

  • Represented Corin and insurers in a metal-on-metal group litigation, which was eventually vacated.
  • Acts for Clover Leaf Products, the former UK distributor of PIP breast implants, and its insurers in the related litigation.
  • Acting for Bard Pharmaceuticals, which manufactures an opioid pain relief patch, in the defence of a claim concerning an alleged accidental opioid overdose.
  • Representing cosmetic surgery company Make Yourself Amazing in litigation concerning a claim involving an allegedly ruptured implant.
  • Defended a British manufacturer of electrical equipment in litigation claiming that a defective television caused a domestic house fire.

Shook, Hardy & Bacon International LLP handles the full gamut of product liability matters at an international level, including advice on risk management,  as well as developing strategies pertaining to defence, and assisting with regulatory issues. It also has notable expertise in a variety of industry sectors, where it acts from clients from sectors including tobacco, alcohol, pharmaceutical and medical devices, and automotive, among others. Practice head Simon Castley combines dispute resolution expertise with knowledge of regulatory and administrative law. Alison Newstead is a key contact for inquiries related to medical devices. Other noted team members include Sarah Croft, Trevor Bridges and Samuel Sebree.

Practice head(s):Simon Castley

Other key lawyers:Alison Newstead; Sarah Croft; Trevor Bridges; Samuel Sebree

Testimonials

'Simon Castley is a very good and well-regarded lawyer.'

Bird & Bird LLP is noted for its expertise in the technology and automotive  sectors and, as such, is a popular choice for issues concerning driverless vehicles. It advises clients at an international level on all stages of the product, from the initial concept and design phase through to its supply, use and disposal. The practice is jointly led by Jonathan Speed and senior associate Russell Williamson, who both have a strong dispute resolution background. The group also has strengths in the luxury goods and medical devices sectors.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Speed

Other key lawyers:Russell Williamson

Testimonials

'First and foremost, the team has the requisite experience to deal with legal issues within the relevant business sector and is further noted for its ability to treat its clients with the highest levels of professionalism and courtesy.'

'Extremely capable team, with both broad and deep knowledge and expertise in product liability.'

'Jonathan Speed is a very commercially minded partner who provides clear advice.'

'Senior associate Russell Williamson provided specific liability advice for completely new business models in a way that is extremely comprehensive and showcased his knowledge of the regulations, case law, and precedence.'

BLM fields a strong team of dedicated practitioners, who are regularly instructed by insurers, manufacturers and corporate clients. The firm also has a specialist food group, which assists with related claims and consultations. Jim Sherwood heads the practice and is a key contact for fire and flood damage and commercial property claims, as well as regulatory issues. Edinburgh-based Ian Leach has been active in the field for more than 30 years and has a particular focus on pharmaceutical disputes. Michael Harvey and Carys Oatham are also noted.

Practice head(s):Jim Sherwood

Other key lawyers:Ian Leach; Michael Harvey; Carys Oatham

Key Clients

Allianz

Aviva

Direct Line Group

Generali

QBE

Sunseeker International

Zurich

Work highlights

  • Representing Occulentis BV against claims pursued in England, Ireland, Spain, Italy, and Germany relating to alleged calcification of its lenses and consequent loss and injury sustained by claimants.
  • Acting for Royal & Sun Alliance in a €4.2m claim relating to damage to fruit crops in Belgium following a product liability dispute between the suppliers of fertiliser and the owners of the orchards where the damage allegedly occurred.
  • Acting for Sunseeker International and its insurer in respect of claims concerning a fire that is alleged to have originated on a vessel manufactured by Sunseeker.
  • Representing the Medical Protection Society in multiple claims brought against an individual practitioner, with claims involving both medical negligence allegations and product liability allegations in relation to the medical implants used.
  • Instructed by QBE in relation to a fire on a Princess Yachts International  luxury yacht relating to insured risks and the fire damage caused by products incorporated into the yacht.

Acting for insureds and insurers alike, DWF provides its clients with seamless support across Europe, Africa and Asia. The team includes various industry specialists: David Kidman is knowledgeable in the life sciences sector while Bristol-based Peter Barnes focuses on the aviation, automotive, engineering and construction industries. Dominic Watkins is noted for his expertise in technical food law compliance work and food litigation. John Groome acts for insurers and reinsurers in casualty coverage and product liability claims. Hilary Ross is well versed in regulated industries, where she advises on the compliance of products, systems and safety across the EU. Senior associate Tom Mungovan has strong technical expertise in chemical and medical issues.

Practice head(s):David Kidman; Dominic Watkins

Other key lawyers:Peter Barnes; John Groome; Hilary Ross; Tom Mungovan

Testimonials

'The team handles the most complex, sensitive cases with exceptional skill and good judgement.'

'The DWF group provides good, reliable coverage advice. The lawyers are very approachable and experienced.'

'David Kidman handles sensitive, often high-profile cases with rare skill. He combines his exceptional legal knowledge with good judgement and commercial sense.'

'John Groome has significant knowledge of US laws and coverage and product liability.'

Key Clients

RSA Insurance Group

QBE

Aviva

Chubb

HDI Global

Zurich

Travelers Insurance Company

MS Amlin

Direct Line Group

Newline Group

Pepsico

Marks & Spencer

2 Sisters Food Group

Morrisons

Chivas Brothers

Weight Watchers

Whitbread Group

Red Bull

Ferrero

WSH Group

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Tokio Marine Kiln

Pret A Manger

John Lewis Partnership

Work highlights

  • Advised Jelly Belly on EU requirements for labeling and food compliance, as well as assisting the client with its plans for expansion across the EMEA region.
  • Successfully acted for a supermarket chain in an investigation following the sale of a bread product which was erroneously labelled without the necessary allergen information; the client avoided prosecuted.
  • Appointed as the regulatory adviser across the EU for a global sugar refining company.
  • Assisted a British meat producer with multiple invitations to attend an interview under caution in relation to potential breaches of food hygiene legislation.
  • Advised a food producer on product naming and advertising in compliance with EU law.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is experienced in a variety of industry sectors, with notable expertise in the automotive and technology space, where the team is regularly instructed to advise on product safety and regulatory matters, as well as on emerging technologies. Other work includes defending clients in product liability claims, recalls and withdrawals, brand protection, and compliance advice. Leeds-based Richard Matthews leads the UK team, as well as the firm's pan-European practice, and is well versed in handling multi-jurisdictional disputes. Principal associate Peter Shervington, also in Leeds, has considerable knowledge of the automotive sector.

Practice head(s):Richard Matthews

Other key lawyers:Peter Shervington

Testimonials

'Peter Shervington has an incredible ability to engage and explain a subject in a clear and understandable way. I would recommend him, and by default Eversheds, wholeheartedly.'

'The team has a huge knowledge base and experience in dealing with consumer product liability claims, particularly involving products being sold in multiple jurisdictions.'

'Richard Matthews  has unrivalled experience in the field - and is especially strong at recognising and advising upon both the legal and commercial implications of any dispute.'

'Peter Shervington  is extremely adept in mastering difficult issues of technical and expert evidence so as to ensure it is deployed to best effect in his client's favour.'

Key Clients

Johnson Controls

Johnson Matthey

Allied Glass

DuPont

XL Insurance

Sodexo

Assa Abloy

Bettys and Taylors Group

Smiths Group

Honda Motors Europe

Siemens

B/S/H Group (formerly Bosch Siemens Hausgerate), a Bosch Subsidiary

Kingspan

Ricoh Europe PLC

Mayer Brown International LLP's team has considerable experience in the food, consumer products, automotive, energy and medical devices sectors. The team stands out for its close collaboration with the firm's other departments, which enables the group to provide comprehensive advice on construction, IP and regulatory aspects in the product liability space. Miles Robinson heads the practice and is a key contact for group actions, as well as recall, labelling and regulatory issues. Other team members include Mark Stefanini and recently promoted partner James Morris.

Practice head(s):Miles Robinson

Other key lawyers:Mark Stefanini; James Morris

Testimonials

'The team comprises of trusted advisers, who are responsive and provide business-oriented solutions.'

'Mayer Brown has expert knowledge and a calm approach.'

'Miles Robinson is a great listener and gives considered advice that is commercially savvy.'

Key Clients

Perrigo

Sunseeker International

The team at Pinsent Masons LLP handles the full gamut of product liability matters, ranging from advice on product compliance and regulatory requirements to product recall and the defence of claims. It also has a good technical understanding of numerous industry sectors, including food and drink, retail and medical products. Andrew Masterson leads the national team and is regularly instructed in defence and costs recovery claims. Jacqueline Harris in Edinburgh is an expert in medical devices and pharmaceuticals. Leeds-based legal director Louise Nahon is also noted.

Practice head(s):Andrew Masterson

Other key lawyers:Jacqueline Harris; Louise Nahon

Testimonials

'Lawyers who are not just legal experts but who also have significant knowledge of other industries.'

'The team is always highly professional, friendly, comprehensive and gives quick advice, even in difficult situations.'

'Louise Nahon's excellent engineering knowledge combined with significant litigation experience make her a real asset in any technical claim.'

Key Clients

Smith & Nephew

Syngenta

Eon NSchneider

Delphi SA

Heidelberg /Hanson

Chubb

Bosch

SIG plc

Centrica

Work highlights

  • Defended Schneider Electric in a $11.5m claim involving a two-week refinery shutdown allegedly caused by the failure of switch gear manufactured by a legacy business now owned by Schneider.

Shoosmiths LLP's team handles compliance and non-contentious matters; regulatory enforcement, investigation and prosecution; and product recalls and any resulting civil disputes. The department, which is led by Birmingham-based Alex Bishop and Roy Tozer, acts for manufacturers and retailers from a variety of sectors, with noteworthy experience in the automotive space. Other names to note are Philip Ryan and Paul Eccles in the Thames Valley office, Charles Arrand in Milton Keynes and senior associate Richard Marshall, who is based in Manchester.

Practice head(s):Alex Bishop; Roy Tozer

Other key lawyers:Philip Ryan; Paul Eccles; Charles Arrand; Richard Marshall

Testimonials

'Shoosmiths has a roster of fantastic clients who stay because of the great service they receive.'

'Hugely competent and punch well above their weight for a firm of this size with considerable experience and expertise in product liability. The team also is very effective in finding practical solutions for its clients which best serve their commercial interests.'

'Paul Eccles has sound commercial judgement.'

'Richard Marshall has exceptional knowledge in the field of product liability and he is a true asset to the firm.'

Key Clients

Hoover Candy Group

Ikea

Calor Gas Limited

Hitachi Rail

Chubb

HDI Gerling

Brentagg

Vauxhall

Volkswagen UK

The White Company

Citroën

Work highlights

  • Defending PSB UK Limited in the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry, which is looking into the design and operation of PSB’s ventilation system and its fire response mode. The team also handles  any resultant civil claims.
  • Successfully represented Hoover Candy Group in litigation arising out of fire claims.
  • Assisted British American Tobacco with labelling, regulatory compliance and a significant number of recalls concerning its e-cigarettes.
  • HDI Gerling instructed the team to represent its insured BASF in a claim against multiple defendants for catastrophic personal injuries after an accident at one of the insured's factories.

The Bristol-based team at Burges Salmon LLP has considerable experience in the food and drink industry, where it acts for an impressive client portfolio. It covers the full gamut of product liability matters, including compliance, recalls and reputation management, as well as disputes with suppliers and distributors over faulty products, and investigations. Sian Edmunds has a strong track record in the field. Andrew Burnette is a key name for civil fraud, professional negligence and product liability matters.

Practice head(s):Sian Edmunds; Andrew Burnette

Testimonials

'A strong team with in-depth knowledge of food and drink product liability matters.'

'Burges Salmon LLP has competent, knowledgeable and sensible practitioners, with a keen eye for commercial realities and the best tactics for the particular situation.'

'Sian Edmunds has an outstanding knowledge of the law relating to agricultural matters and food. She is also canny and articulate and very good at explaining a complicated subject to make it sound simple.'

 

Work highlights

  • Acting for a supplier and manufacturer of food flavourings in a claim against another supplier arising from the supply of onion powder contaminated with plastic.
  • Acted for a manufacturer of 'superfoods' in connection with a potential dispute following the receipt of a cease-and-desist letter from a well-known food manufacturer.
  • Advised a European food supplier on labelling, advertising and regulatory compliance issues in relation to a range of products designed to meet special dietary requirements.
  • Representing a global company in a claim against a supplier arising from the supply of defective glass bottles.

The team at DLA Piper is well versed in advising clients on product compliance, regulatory and product safety matters, recalls, investigations and transactional projects covering multiple jurisdictions. The group is instructed by retail, home appliance, and pharmaceutical companies, among others. Teresa Hitchcock in Sheffield leads the firm's safety, health and environment team; she is experienced in assisting clients with a variety of matters, including labelling and product withdrawals. Alastair Clough, who is also based in Sheffield, advises on regulatory and healthcare matters.

Practice head(s):Teresa Hitchcock

Other key lawyers:Alastair Clough

Key Clients

Newell Rubbermaid UK

Juul Labs Inc

Lloyds Pharmacy Limited

Smart Things Inc.

Magic Leap Inc.

Tenmat Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Newell Rubbermaid on advertisements and packaging requirements for products on the EU market, as well as on product composition and labelling laws under classification, labelling and packaging and REACH regulations.
  • Advised Juul Labs on regulatory risks and compliance requirements concerning launching an electronic cigarette in the EU market.
  • Assisted Lloyds Pharmacy Limited with the acquisition of two companies, Prescribing Support Services and Optimed Health, which required due diligence on regulatory and healthcare matters.
  • Advised Smart Things on product labelling requirements regarding bringing a new electronic product to the EU market.
  • Advised Tenmat on the risk management of its products in a highly regulated environment.

Keystone Law's team is regularly instructed by insurance companies to handle a variety of product liability matters; it is experienced in handling disputes that arise from international trade and has a specialised marine practice. Key contacts at the firm are Antony Colman, who has strength in multiple sectors, including technology, food and medical devices, and Jason Kallis, who is a key contact for product recalls and resulting claims.

Other key lawyers:Antony Colman; Jason Kallis

Testimonials

'Keystone Law stands out for its unique set up, quick processes with less bureaucracy and very client-focused practitioners.'

'Antony Colman is a very experienced product liability lawyer, who is reliable and always available when needed.'

Key Clients

HDI Global SE (London)

HDI Gerling Industrial Insurance Co Ltd

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company Limited

Royal & Sun Alliance

Allianz Global CS - UK

Work highlights

  • Acted for HDI Global in defending a claim for an allegedly defective pool liner manufactured by the client.

  • Acted for HDI Gerling in defending the insured client, a manufacturer of pumps and pump systems, against a claim that a flood was allegedly caused by the failure of a pump.
  • Acted for Royal & Sun Alliance in a recovery matter for Electrium against electricians who failed to act on a recall after its miniature circuit breakers caused a series of fires.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's impressive client list reflects the team's experience in the tobacco, retail and technology sectors as well as in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industry. The practice, which is led by John Doherty, handles international product liability cases, regulatory matters and dispute prevention and strategy. Senior associate Tim Wright, who is based in Basingtoke, also has clinical negligence expertise.

Practice head(s):John Doherty

Other key lawyers:Tim Wright

Testimonials

'Pennington's product liability team has first-rate experience in complicated international issues, but is set apart by its personal touch and great attention to detail. Partners lead the team, with the support of really talented associates, and are always there to support the client.'

'John Doherty has wide-ranging knowledge of product liability law and gives advice and opinions on cases with a balanced view of the pros and cons. His strong moral character gives reassurance that the legal advice given reflects the true legal position.'

'Doherty is bright and dedicated.'

'Tim Wright has great depth of knowledge and experience in handling liability cases.'

Key Clients

The Conran Shop

Andreas Stihl Limited

DAF Trucks Limited

Bharat Forge

British American Tobacco

Veg of Lund

Work highlights

  • Advised Veg of Lund on product safety and regulatory compliance in relation to the supply of its consumer products in the UK.
  • Assisted The Conran Shop with product safety and recall issues.
  • Advised Andreas Stihl Limited on product safety regulatory compliance issues.
  • Advised DAF Trucks Limited on product safety regulatory compliance issues.
  • Assisted British American Tobacco with product safety regulatory compliance and product liability issues.

Simmons & Simmons' practice is noted for its expertise in the pharmaceutical, and food and beverage sectors but has also noted an increase in work in the automotive, tobacco/ e-cigarette and life sciences space. The group acts for insurers and companies in product liability matters. Key contact and practice head Jason Bright has more than 20 years of experience in product liability  and intellectual property liability.

Practice head(s):Jason Bright

Testimonials

'The team is expertly led and individual members are tenacious in supporting their clients' interests.'

'Jason Bright has always been very client focused and sensitive to the commercial interests of clients. His experience goes back many years and demonstrates a depth of knowledge and a great feel for the subject and the processes involved.'

Key Clients

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

HDI Gerling Industrie Versicherung AG

Kubota Corporation / Kubota (UK) Limited

Sompo Nipponkoa Insurance

Munich Reinsurance

MS Amlin

Talbot Underwriting

Chubb

Brit Insurance

Allied World

Argo Global

Work highlights

  • Representing Allianz and its insured manufacturer in relation to significant losses suffered following an alleged defect within a printing press machine.
  • Defending HDI Gerlingof and Marley Plastics in product liability claims brought by Plasgran Limited, concerning alleged defects in waste extruded PVC supplied by the client.
  • Acted for Sompo and its insured Mugen Denko in respect of claims for failing to properly design a protective airbag jacket worn during horse riding.
  • Acting for Munich Re in an excess of loss programme issued to a global medical technology insured specialising in orthopaedic reconstruction, and in particular the design and manufacture of joint replacement systems for knees and hips; claims have been lodged against the insured on a worldwide basis alleging metal-on-metal injuries as a result of its hip replacement/resurfacing systems.

Squire Patton Boggs' areas of expertise include handling the criminal and regulatory aspects of product liability matters as well as civil claims, contractual protection and product recalls. The team has a particularly strong track record in the industrial and consumer products industries, as well as the food and beverage sector; it also works closely with the firm's US group, which is regularly involved in pharmaceutical cases. Rob Elvin, who is based in Manchester, heads the environment, safety and health group. Birmingham-based Simon Garbett and director Nicola Smith are also noted.

Practice head(s):Rob Elvin

Other key lawyers:Simon Garbett; Nicola Smith

Key Clients

Mamas and Papas

Molson Coors

Acorn Mobility Services

Morgan Advanced Materials

Luceco Plc/Nexus Industries Limited

Mayborn Group

Clipper Logistics

Makita

American Greetings/ Clintons Cards

MacDermid Performance Solutions

Elior

Gate Group

EI Group plc

Halewood International

Selecta TMP AG

Marstons

Navitas Organics

Work highlights

  • Acted for Mamas and Papas on the recall of child car seats and in subsequent prosecution and confiscation proceedings.
  • Ongoing advice to Gate Group on legislation updates covering EU level and national food and drink liability laws.
  • Advised an equipment provider on product safety issues, regulatory obligations and a potential dispute.
  • Advised a global business on liabilities for food labelling, particularly in relation to allergens.
  • Assisted a blue-chip client with a dispute relating to allegedly defective components.

Travers Smith LLP has particular strength advising clients on chemical and industrial product compliance as well as in product liability disputes. The client portfolio comprises of a mix of sectors, including consumer products, electronics, toys, cosmetics, automotive, pharmaceutical and medical devices, and tobacco. Practice head Doug Bryden specialises in product compliance, safety and recalls, and regulatory defence, and he has also experience in chemical and hazardous substances controls. Heather Gagen is the key contact for dispute resolution matters for individual and group actions.

Practice head(s):Doug Bryden

Other key lawyers:Heather Gagen

Key Clients

Integer

Greatbatch

Insurers, specialist underwriters, and corporations alike instruct Weightmans LLP, which acts on a broad range of product liability matters. The team handles disputes, recalls, supply chain issues and compliance. Fiona East leads the group; she is well versed in brand reputation matters and has notable expertise in the automotive sector. She is supported by Simon Durkin, who is a key contact for insurers; and Stephen Robb in Leicester, who is particularly involved in product liability claims. Aviation expert Andrew Krausz joined the firm in 2018 from Clyde & Co LLP.

Practice head(s):Fiona East

Other key lawyers:Simon Durkin; Stephen Robb

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is a popular choice for retail and consumer brands to advise on product safety, crisis management and technical compliance. The team has also noted an increase in work in the manufacturing sector. Consultant Nicky Strong in Southampton, who is experienced in regulatory matters, and Bristol-based Jon Cooper, who specialises in health and safety issues, jointly lead the group. Other key practitioners are Stuart Wardlaw in Newcastle and managing associate Ashley Borthwick, who is based in Bristol.

Practice head(s):Nicky Strong; Jon Cooper

Other key lawyers:Stuart Wardlaw; Ashley Borthwick

Testimonials

'The firm goes above and beyond what is required in the preparation and presentation of a case.'

'Jon Cooper is a class act leader in his field.'

'Ashley Borthwick is an up-and-coming practitioner and quality operator.'

Key Clients

Kingfisher plc

B&Q

Colgate-Palmolive (UK) Limited

Tempur-Sealy

Intersystems Corporation

DS Smith plc

elf Cosmetics

Post Office

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to Kingfisher on product safety, quality and assurance matters and assisting the company with limiting the exposure of the business, as well as senior management, to criminal sanctions and product liability claims.
  • Assisting B&Q with compliance issues concerning a wide range of products, as well as with product safety matters including product withdrawals and recalls.  The team was also instructed to handle investigations by regulators, including Trading Standards, in relation to suspected defective or unsafe products.
  • Acting for Colgate-Palmolive on product regulatory issues and advising on potential challenges under the cosmetic regulations against competitors' product claims.
  • Assisting Tempur Sealy with its product compliance strategy across the group; recent work included advice on product testing strategy and methodologies, as well as the potential framing of comparative claims based on these test results.
  • Ongoing advice to Intersystems on the application of the EU Medical Devices Directive concerning bespoke information management and lab management systems.


Professional negligence

Index of tables

  1. Professional negligence
  2. Leading individuals: Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next Generation Partners
  5. Rising stars

Next Generation Partners

  1. 1

Clyde & Co LLP 'rightly deserves its exclusive top-ranking, given its unrivalled knowledge of professional negligence law and insight into the thought-processes of insurers; its awesome bedrock of knowledge means that a client doesn't just get the time spent on the instant case, but also the fruits of the firm's last decade leading the pack in this practice area'. The London team, which works closely with teams in Bristol, Edinburgh, Manchester, Newcastle and Oxford, as well as dedicated teams internationally, is experienced in defending claims against all classes of professionals, advising insurers on policy coverage, and advising on professional ethics and regulatory proceedings. The team offers 'excellent sector knowledge' and acts for leading law firms, the leading accountancy firms, the top surveying firms, national and international construction and engineering firms, and it is regularly instructed by the lion's share of the major professional indemnity insurers. Richard Harrison is defending Dechert LLP on a £45m claim brought by a high-profile former client, Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC), alleging that it breached its duties and acted in a manner which was contrary to the interests of the company. Team head Andrew Blair is an 'excellent lawyer; he is very responsive, pragmatic and commercial'.

Practice head(s):Andrew Blair

Other key lawyers:Sarah Clover; Richard Harrison; Neil Jamieson; Simon Konsta; Richard Moody; James Roberts; Fergal Cathie; Mark Sutton; Jonathan Brown; Tim Crockford; Angus Duncan; Bryn Hodges; Mandip Sagoo; Tom White; Karen Boto; Nicole McKinnon; Tabitta Van Nouhuys; Niya Phiri; Ivan Wilkinson; William Glynn; Natalia Jeremiah; David Milner; Alex Oldershaw

Testimonials

Probably the strongest London firm in this area; the team has an enormous amount of experience and is very good at judging whether cases should be fought or settled.

Andrew Blair and Fergal Cathie have superb judgement of a case and are very robust where a decision has been taken to litigate.

Richard Harrison has an excellent grasp of sophisticated commercial transactions.

The firm has a great brand that has an excellent international presence and extensive local and international industry knowledge.

Bryn Hodges is an excellent communicator and tactician with a strong focus on client needs.

The fact that members of this team also have in-depth knowledge of professional services regulation and professional indemnity insurance means they can approach problems holistically.

Sarah Clover, Richard Harrison and Fergal Cathie each have an extensive track record of handling big-ticket professional negligence claims, regulatory investigations and professional disciplinary matters.

Neil Jamieson is utterly unflappable and massively experienced.

The team has excellent strategic awareness and provides a thorough and considered approach designed to achieve the most efficient and cost-effective result for its clients.

Ivan Wilkinson has a strong eye for detail and takes a thorough approach to all issues.

Sarah Clover has excellent strategic awareness.

Ivan Wilkinson is a force of nature who never seems to sleep; he is constantly one step ahead of the opposition.

Nicole McKinnon is incredibly hard working, technically very good and much admired by clients.

Richard Harrison is extremely able, hugely experienced and is a super strategist.

The firm has excellent sector knowledge and it provides honest, pragmatic and commercial legal advice.

Richard Moody is simply brilliant in all regards.

Key Clients

The vast majority of insurers of professional firms

CBRE

JLL

Dechert LLP

Work highlights

  • Sucessfully defended three LPA receivers, employed (at the time) by Jones Lang LaSalle, which were appointed by the Bank of Scotland to sell an office property in Liverpool which was Sony’s main location in the UK for the development and testing of computer games. The claimant, who was in default of the terms of a loan from the bank, alleged that the property was sold at an undervalue.

Beale & Co is noted for its experience in defending claims against construction professionals, including engineers, architects, contractors, surveyors, valuers and project managers. It is also involved in negligence cases involving accountants, actuaries, auditors, lawyers, brokers, financial institutions, trustees and financial advisers, and the team takes a 'collaborative approach'. The team's specialist construction practice has been bolstered by several new arrivals in recent months; a team, including Michael Salau and Keith Lonsdale, joined from BLM, and Peter Sewell and Eileen Pathiraja joined from DWF. It is instructed by a number of professional negligence insurers and brokers’ insurance schemes, and the team acts for the majority of the leading construction consultants;  it is 'fully up to speed with the issues affecting clients and insurers, and communicates in an informed manner, which helps all the team working to resolve each dispute'. Firm chairman Antony Smith 'has his finger on the pulse of the firm and the market place that all of his clients operate in; he is incredibly knowledgeable, with a flair for creative thinking'.

Practice head(s):Antony Smith; Sheena Sood; Damian McPhun; Stephen Reilly

Other key lawyers:Keith Lonsdale; Michael Salau; Ian Masser; Nathan Modell; Joanna Lewis; Kristina Vongas; Stephen Jones; Andrew Jones; Chris Bates

Testimonials

Ian Masser is pragmatic and sensible both legally and commercially.

Sheena Sood has extensive experience and knowledge of the industry which means she really understands issues and provides useful, pragmatic advice.

Joanna Lewis is able to very quickly understand complex technical principles and is able to identify and recall very precise details within the context of a great deal of information.

The firm's approach to defending professional indemnity disputes is first-class.

Key Clients

Aviva Insurance UK

RSA Insurance Group

Arup Group

Jacobs UK

AmTrust Europe

Hardy Underwriting Asia Pte Ltd (CNA Hardy)

Kier Group

Chubb Insurance

Atkins

Channel Syndicate and Hamilton Syndicate

CMS stands out for its international reach, as well as its 'first-rate' experience in professional negligence claims. The UK team, which is based across its London and Bristol offices, has in-depth experience in claims involving construction, financial, legal and brokers’ negligence. Department head Ed Foss, who is a 'fountain of knowledge', is representing Denton Hall and its insurers in a negligence claim relating to advice allegedly given to a Sea Containers pension scheme. Martin Fox is noted for construction-related negligence cases, as are Monica Lesny and Stephen Tester, and is instructed by consulting engineers, architects, design and build contractors, quantity and valuation surveyors and project managers. Tristan Hall is regularly instructed by insurers on complex claims and defends claims made against professional services firms, insolvency office-holders, and directors and officers.

Practice head(s):Ed Foss

Other key lawyers:Simon Garrett; Stephen Tester; Alex Denslow; Simon Kilgour; Martin Fox; Monica Lesny; Maxine Cupitt; Tristan Hall; Alaina Wadsworth; Robert Jones; Amit Tyagi; Scarlett West; Hayley Stevenson

Testimonials

Its advice is commercial and gets straight to the heart of any issue.

The lawyers are extremely knowledgeable and responsive.

Key Clients

Coöperatie Koninklijke Cosun U.A

Spire Healthcare

Denton Hall

Work highlights

  • The team is representing Spire Healthcare on a £10m negligence coverage dispute with its insurer, RSA.
  • The team is instructed by London market insurers on a claim against a Guernsey-based corporate director by its former client, a Guernsey company. The claim arises from alleged breaches of duty in relation to the development of a valuable property in Belgravia owned by the claimant, which is alleged to have resulted in a £6.5m loss to the potential value of the property.

With an international presence, the London team at DAC Beachcroft LLP works closely with its teams based across the UK to advise insurers and their key insureds in high-value and complex professional negligence disputes across the legal, cyber, construction, technology, legal, finance and insurance sectors. The team is 'experienced, hardworking and efficient at producing good results for its clients' and it stands out for its 'commercial awareness'.  Philip Murrin, who 'manages his cases with great skill and aplomb, and has sound commercial judgement', regularly handles high-profile claims against solicitors for household name insurers; he successfully represented Fox Williams LLP and its professional indemnity insurer in defending a £15m professional negligence claim. Senior associate Parminder Badhan, who supported Murrin in his advice for Fox Williams LLP, is 'calm, hardworking and intelligent'.  Julian Miller handles disputes involving accountants, fund managers, tax advisers, pensions trustees and solicitors, while Matthew Olorenshaw is instructed by major insurance clients on defending claims against construction professionals both in the UK and overseas. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of Liam O’Connell from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Practice head(s):Patrick Hill; Hans Allnutt; William Allison; Richard Highley; Mark Roach

Other key lawyers:Julian Miller; Ross Risby; Philip Murrin; Liam O’Connell; Matthew Olorenshaw; Parminder Badhan; Sarah Crowther; Leanne Rogers

Testimonials

Philip Murrin and Parminder Badhan are excellent lawyers and highly experienced.

Julian Miller has a superb legal mind and is an exceptional, market-leading lawyer.

The whole team is outstanding and particularly good with clients; it knows what clients want and it is very sensible and commercial.

Julian Miller is a real market heavyweight, amazingly smooth, highly intelligent and sophisticated.

Philip Murrin is very clever, very experienced; he is the perfect solicitor for serious insurance and professional negligence cases.

 

Key Clients

Zurich Insurance

AXA XL

Chubb

Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund

RSA

Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty

AmTrust

Axis

Beazley

Markel, Travelers, MS Amlin, QBE Insurance (Europe) Limited, Aviva and Swiss Re

Work highlights

  • Defending a boutique London law firm against a $100m negligence claim brought by the liquidators of former clients.
  • Advising Markel International on a Jersey-based dispute in relation to loss of £95m of trust monies.
  • Advising insurers on complex policy coverage issues concerning hundreds of hotel investment claims against solicitors, including acting in an ongoing arbitration against other insurers.
  • Advising a London market insurer on policy coverage issues concerning claims totalling £100m against an Irish firm of solicitors.
  • Represented Grant Thornton in respect of a significant and high-profile FRC investigation

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP's professional negligence team sits within the firm's 'formidable' dispute resolution practice and it is 'technically very strong, and has a very good understanding of the client's business, which helps advice to be commercially nuanced'. With a global reach, the London team handles high-profile claimant and defendant work across the insurance, pensions, legal, financial, technology and construction sectors for leading insurers, brokers and blue-chip clients; 'this is the team you engage on the most complex matters with the potential to impact the company significantly'. Recent highlights included defending Amber Fund Management on a £53m professional negligence claim brought by the Regeneration Investment Fund for Wales LLP (RIFW). Paul Lewis heads the firm's global contentious insurance practice and heads the pensions disputes group; he is regularly engaged in disputes involving solicitors, insurance brokers and pensions advisers. David Reston is noted for claims involving solicitors and Sarah McNally, who is 'technically superb and is always able to shape her advice so it can be easily digested and put into action', handles construction, infrastructure, projects and energy sector disputes.

Practice head(s):Damien Byrne Hill

Other key lawyers:Paul Lewis; David Reston; Tom Leech QC; Sarah McNally; Antonia Pegden

Testimonials

The depth of knowledge and ability to adjust to in-house legal as well as business audiences is unique and unparalleled.

Paul Lewis is consistently calm under pressure and practical.

Sarah McNally has shown unmatched levels of responsiveness and depth of thinking.

With the team's expertise and sound analysis of complex legal issues aside, what stands out is that it understands the client's business.

Its proactive management of matters allows the client to anticipate and be tactically ahead of issues, and to manage matters in a calm and effective manner.

Sarah McNally in particular is a very impressive lawyer; she is very calm, very pragmatic and provides tailored advice addressing the nub of the issue, almost always in time pressure situations.

David Reston and David Bennett are very good commercial thinkers and are extremely thorough with their advice and legal assessment

The team has the best thinkers and has a strong name for litigation in the City.

Key Clients

Amber Fund Management

Barbican Insurance

Marsh

Morgan Cole

Hogan Lovells International LLP is regularly engaged on complex claims against solicitors, actuaries, pension professionals, property professionals, insurance brokers and accountants; the team's 'pension expertise is second-to-none'. Its international presence allows it to effectively manage a raft of cross-border disputes for both claimants and defendants. Angela Dimsdale Gill is a 'superb lawyer', who has a 'wealth of experience in advising on complex professional negligence cases, particularly involving the pensions industry'. Department head Nicholas Heaton is engaged on claims against lawyers, professionals involved in pension schemes, and accountants. Via Mark Shaw and Shane Crooks of BDO LLP, the firm is acting for the sovereign wealth fund LIA on an £18m claim against Warwick Street (KS) (previously known as King Sturge), Beeson Property Investments (BPIL), and five other defendants.

Practice head(s):Nicholas Heaton

Other key lawyers:Angela Dimsdale Gill; Nathan Sherlock

Testimonials

It is outstanding in complex pensions-related professional negligence cases.

Key Clients

Willis Towers Watson

Libyan Investment Authority

Eurasian Natural Resources Corp. (ENRC)

Work highlights

  • The team is acting for Eurasian Natural Resources Corp Ltd (ENRC) on its landmark appeal related to legal professional privilege.  

Kennedys continues to build on the growth of its professional negligence department with the arrival of Paul Castellani from RPC, following several high-profile hires at the beginning of 2018 from Mayer Brown International LLP. It handles complex professional negligence disputes involving legal, construction and technology professionals as well as brokers, accountants and IFAs, and is instructed by a raft of market-leading insurers. Simon Gibson is noted for legal, construction, financial and insurance-related disputes and Martin Chesher handles claims involving solicitors, accountants, architects, surveyors, brokers and management consultants. Christopher Butler is leading on a number of high-profile cladding claims; representing Prater (part of the Lidner Group) and its professional indemnity insurer on a £6m claim brought by Portsmouth City Council was a key highlight.

Practice head(s):Simon Gibson; Paul Carter; Jeremy Riley

Other key lawyers:Martin Chesher; Tom Stapleton; Paul Castellani; David Chadwick; Ingrid Hobbs; Catherine Shuttleworth; Cat Yandell; Christopher Butler; Fleur Rochester; Matt Deaville; Andrew Hogan

Testimonials

Christopher Butler and Ingrid Hobbs are both fantastic.

The team is commercially astute, highly responsive and always willing to go the extra mile.

Key Clients

AIG

AXA XL

RSA

Bar Mutual

Allianz

Arch/Dual

CNA Hardy

Liberty

Neon Underwriting

W R Berkley

Work highlights

  • The team is instructed by KTD Facades on a £5m cladding claim.    
  • The team is acting for the claimant, a high-net-worth individual, in a claim against his accountants and solicitors regarding alleged negligence in the conduct of matrimonial proceedings.
  • The team is representing insurers Allianz and Barbican, and the insured client SRLV Accountants, on a complex, consolidated class-action claim regarding advice relating to ‘film finance’ partnership schemes managed by the Ingenious Group.
  • The team is defending Estera Corporate Trustees (Guernsey) and its financial liability insurers on claims for breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty and negligence.
  • The team is representing a leading boutique international arbitration and dispute resolution firm of solicitors and its professional indemnity insurers in relation to a claim regarding failed litigation against the claimant's former finance director and auditors.

Mayer Brown International LLP's 'robust and creative team' is engaged on high-profile professional negligence disputes across the legal, engineering, construction and property sectors, where it is instructed by a raft of leading insurers. The team is commended for its international reach and for its experience in cross-border disputes. Head of insurance William Glassey regularly defends claims against solicitors, barristers, pensions actuaries and property professionals, while Michael Regan, who heads the construction and engineering group, is noted for complex construction-related claims. Sally Davies, who co-leads the construction and engineering professional indemnity team, is 'very client-friendly, and is able to steer a course between insurer and insured to deliver a result'. Elsewhere, Jim Oulton delivers 'really outstanding client care and legal advice', and James Morris, who was recently promoted to partner, and Jonathan Stone are experienced in construction-related claims.

Practice head(s):William Glassey; Michael Regan

Other key lawyers:Sally Davies; Jim Oulton; Jonathan Stone; James Morris; Tim Shepherd; Michael Newham

Testimonials

Its advice is pragmatic, commercial and quick.

Sally Davies and James Morris are extremely knowledgeable, engaging and give very practical advice.

What really stands out is the team's responsiveness and clear eye for detail.

Jim Oulton is extremely hands-on.

Tim Shepherd is always available and very easy to deal with.

Michael Regan is very commercial and is able to quickly get to the heart of the matter and find a solution.

Jim Oulton heads a strong team which is proactive.

The team is very responsive and quick to grasp the issues.

 

Key Clients

QBE

Kier

BDO LLP

Markel

Graham Thompson

Beazley

Costain

Knight Frank LLP

AIG

Baker McKenzie

The 'well respected' team at RPC is based across its London and Bristol offices and it handles complex professional negligence disputes across the construction, legal, property, technology, cyber and financial sectors. Nick Bird is an 'absolute superstar' and is experienced in claims involving lawyers, architects and accountants, while James Wickes defends high-value and complex claims against financial professionals and institutions. Legal director Tom Green handles complex construction disputes and senior associate Laura Stocks defends leading law firms in professional negligence disputes. The team is representing Sense Network and Arch Insurance (Europe) on a claim brought by 95 individuals alleging that they lost money in a fraudulent investment scheme operated by a director of Sense's appointed representative, without Sense's knowledge.

Practice head(s):Tim Bull

Other key lawyers:Alexandra Anderson; Alan Stone; Nick Bird; James Wickes; Karen Morrish; Laura Stocks; Tom Green;

Testimonials

Its partners and associates are bright and savvy.

It is a market-leading team.

Nick Bird is very good; he is thoughtful, determined and very clever.

Nick Bird gets into the detail of cases and flushes out the key issues.

Tom Green is an absolute star.

Key Clients

Travelers

Bar Mutual Indemnity Fnd

MS Amlin

AIG

ALAS

Aviva

AXIS

Sompo

Hiscox

Tindall Riley

Work highlights

  • The team is defending Sompo International on a claim that has been brought against them under the 2010 Third Party Rights against Insurers Act.
  • The team is defending Corderoy Contract Services and its Insurers, Arch, on a claim brought by VG Clements for allegedly negligent advice.
  • The team is defending a firm of architects on a claim relating to the water-proofing of a residential block in Battersea.
  • The team defended a breach of warranty of authority claim against King & Wood Mallesons, and others.

Simmons & Simmons has an 'exceptionally talented team for professional negligence work', which is based across its London and Bristol offices. It handles cases for insurers and insured clients, in cases involving accountants, lawyers, actuaries, construction professionals, financial advisers, brokers, IT consultants, surveyors and valuers. The team utilises its global footprint to advise on cross-border disputes; it is regularly engaged on claims across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. International insurance and construction head James Pollock successfully defended CMS and its insurer, QBE, in two professional negligence claims in the Commercial Court. UK head of insurance and construction Emily Monastiriotis handles a range of complex construction claims and is involved in a number of post-Grenfell instructions involving cladding.  Felix Zimmermann is instructed on claims against insurance brokers, construction professionals, accountants and solicitors, and has particular experience in claims against lawyers arising out of complex conveyancing transactions.

Practice head(s):Emily Monastiriotis, James Pollock

Other key lawyers:Colin Passmore; Simon Hilditch; Jonathan Spencer; Felix Zimmermann

Testimonials

It is one of the very best professional negligence firms; it provides help and support in some of the most difficult cases.

The team is small but dedicated and produces quality work.

James Pollock is a stand-out individual who really cares about his clients and does everything and more for them.

James Pollock and Felix Zimmermann have excellent strategic skills.

James Pollock is very effective.

Work highlights

  • Advised Beaufort Securities (BSL) and Nexus Underwriting on liability and strategy in respect of over 1,000 claims.
  • Sucessfully defended Arthur J Gallagher Insurance Brokers Ltd (AJG) on a £2.5m claim brought by a former client.
  • Defended an architect and lead consultant on its role on the second largest development in the Middle East.
  • Defended a structural engineer in a complex multi-party construction dispute concerning a major residential project in London.
  • Advised a global architect in relation to a dispute concerning a major school project in Doha, Qatar.

Taylor Wessing LLP focuses on complex, high-profile claims and regulatory investigations, and the professional services disputes team is 'outstanding' on claims involving auditors and accountants. The team is experienced at managing the interaction between large and complex civil claims, disciplinary processes and regulatory enquiries. It also handles claims involving valuers, architects, surveyors, solicitors and other professionals, and it is instructed by claimants and defendants. Team head Andrew Howell is involved in complex professional negligence claims and regulatory investigations, and has been involved in cases against eight of the ten largest accounting firms in the UK. Julian Randall is 'exceptionally talented' and is experienced in cross-border disputes. Senior associates James Bryden and Stuart Broom are noted for accountancy claims.

Practice head(s):Andrew Howell

Other key lawyers:Julian Randall; Laurence Lieberman; Stuart Broom; James Bryden; Stephanie High

Testimonials

'The team is right at the top of the tree for auditors’ defence work.'

'Andrew Howell is the complete package for professional negligence defence litigation; he is super-bright yet has bags of common sense and is always in control.'

'Andrew Howell is the person you would want on your side if subject to a professional disciplinary issue.'

Key Clients

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Deloitte LLP

KPMG LLP

RSM

BDO LLP

Mazars LLP

BLM defends a range of professionals in complex negligence disputes; it handles cases involving lawyers, property professionals, construction professionals, accountants, auditors, IFAs, banks, insurance brokers, fund managers, local authorities, trade unions and educational institutions. The team has a 'versatile, pragmatic and business-led approach' and defended David Rubin & Partners, a prominent firm of insolvency practitioners and its insurers, in a £1.2m, long-running claim brought by a claimant creditor who alleged that the insured had acted in breach of trust. Despite the departure of construction experts Keith Lonsdale and Michael Salau to Beale & Co, construction specialists Gary Wicks and Gary Thwaites have joined from Plexus Law.

Practice head(s):Elliot Pound

Other key lawyers:Martin Jensen; Michael Harvey; Richard Wilkins; Ross Baker; Gary Wicks; Gary Thwaites; Alexander Traill; James Adams;ndrew Layton-Morris;Geneviève Rich;

Testimonials

It is approachable and knowledgeable and has an appreciation of the client's business needs.

Alexander Traill, Nick Benson and Gary Wicks are recommended.

Key Clients

Zurich

RSA

Aviva

Travelers

RIBA

UNISON

CNA Hardy

The Bar Council/The Bar Standards Board

HDI Global Specialty (formerly Inter Hannover)

QBE

Work highlights

  • The team is representing European Risk Insurance Company, which has been the victim of a large-scale fraud concerning its involvement in a scheme for solicitors professional indemnity insurance for the 2011/2012 policy year.
  • The team is defending the University of East London on a £43m claim brought by an international student.
  • The team is defending UNISON in a £30m claim brought by 429 claimants employed by North and South Lanarkshire Councils, alleging that UNISON acted negligently in the conduct of a job evaluation scheme undertaken by the councils and subsequently in advice provided to members in respect of their claims for equal pay.
  • The team represents various universities in relation to claims brought by students relating to lost teaching time caused by the well-publicised strike action in February and March 2018.

DWF acts for a raft of the UK’s largest general professional indemnity insurers and syndicates and handles a raft of construction, engineering, legal, financial and insurance sector claims. The firm offers an integrated service to professional indemnity insurers which includes claims handling (DWF Claims), legal defence (DWF) and loss adjusting (DWF Adjusting). It represented a professional indemnity insurer on a £3.4m coverage dispute relating to SRA minimum terms involving the first consideration of dishonesty. Peter Sewell and Eileen Pathiraja recently joined Beale & Co; Peter Campion  joined Caytons Law; Tim Barr joined Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP; Andrew Davis has retired; and Simon Gildener also departed the firm.

Practice head(s):John Bennett; Harriet Quiney; Mark Klimt

Other key lawyers:Sheona Wood; John Groome; Michael Robin; Joanne Staphnill; Jonathan Hyde; Joanna Batchelor; Tom Mungovan; Helen Smith; Ruth Lane

Testimonials

The team is comprised of highly intelligent, commercial and experienced  lawyers.

John Bennett is excellent.

The team is strong on volume work.

Work highlights

  • Represented a trade union on its refusal to pay the costs of a member in pursuing a claim against her employer following a retrospective application for support, on the basis that the member should have used the union's solicitors rather than her own solicitors.
  • The team represented a tax advice firm and its tax adviser, who was the subject of a regulatory investigation by the Chartered Institute of Taxation and the firm faced a large number of related professional negligence claims.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP defends claims against insurance brokers, pension advisors and accountants, and it is instructed by blue-chip professional services firms, insurers and major insurance brokers on complex claims. The London team is ably supported by its regional network of offices to handle high-profile claims. Its pensions sector expertise is demonstrated by its involvement in defending Airways Pension Scheme Trustee, the corporate trustee of the Airways Pension Scheme, in a long-running claim that examines the extent to which a trustee body must have regard to the sponsoring employer’s views and funding of the scheme when exercising its discretionary powers.

Practice head(s):Simon Brooks

Other key lawyers:Matthew Allen; Claire Carroll; Paula Gaddum; Jennifer Miles; Kate Hill; Chris Ives; Naz Gauri; Tomás Mac Gearailt; Richard Bacon

Key Clients

Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group

Aon

KPMG

Axa XL

Aon Hewitt

Lockton Companies

United Insurance Brokers

Aon Consulting

Airways Pension Scheme Trustee  (the corporate trustee of the Airways Pension Scheme, a British Airways pension fund).

Carey Pensions UK LLP/ Carey Pension Trustees UK

JLT Specialty

Work highlights

  • Defended Aon Consulting in a Part 8 claim regarding the validity of the governing documents of the Wandel & Goltermann Retirement Benefits Scheme, and the team is advising Aon on a related alleged professional negligence claim.    
  • The team is defending Carey Pensions UK LLP and Carey Pension Trustees UK on multiple mis-selling claims and complaints relating to Carey’s role as a SIPP (self-invested personal pension) administrator and pension scheme trustee.