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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • New revised guidelines for administrators in pre-pack sales

    Pre-pack sales by administrators are now used frequently enough for most people in business to be aware of them and many have come across them in their business lives. A small amount of controversy still attaches to pre-packs, but it is probably right to say that they are now an accepted part of the UK business scene as a useful means of rescuing a business in difficulty and preserving some or all of the jobs connected with the business.
    - Druces

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