Insurance and reinsurance litigation in London
With one of the largest insurance teams in the market, Clyde & Co LLP handles insurance litigation for large multinational organisations, including cases involving marine, professional negligence, D&O, product liability and business interruption insurance policies. The London team, which is led by James Cooper, frequently collaborates with the firm’s offices worldwide to advise on international litigation. The partners in the team have a wide range of specialisms; Nigel Brook leads the team’s climate change risk practice, Simon Jackson focuses on energy and marine risks, while Mark Sutton handles D&O work, and Neil Beresford acts in product and environmental liability matters. Andrew Grant is head of the team’s speciality practice, and is another key contact in the team alongside Emma Ager, Mandip Sagoo, Michelle Crorie and the highly experienced Jane Andrewartha.
Other key lawyers:
‘Knowledgeable streamlined teams that means there is little duplication and fast work product turn around.’
‘Emma Ager is a the leader in the industry on a global basis in the Bermuda Form. Knowledgeable and experienced. Top of the class.’
DAC Beachcroft LLP
Led by Wendy Hopkins, DAC Beachcroft LLP's department handles insurance and reinsurance disputes involving construction, property, energy, data protection and professional indemnity policies. Other key contacts in the team include Nick Young, Christopher Wilkes, Patrick Hill and James Deacon, as well as global head Liam O’Connell. Lucy Dyson was promoted to the partnership in 2020, and Sarah Hennessy is a key name at senior associate level.
‘The firm has top-flight expertise and response times are efficient. The firm is user-friendly and they have great depth of experience. They also handle claims in a pragmatic and cost efficient manner.’
‘Nick Young provides exceptional service. Nick is an experienced and talented litigator who always displays an excellent grasp of the underlying issues.’
‘James Deacon is the stand out property insurance partner. Determined, responsive and with a keen eye for detail. Always looking for solutions rather than problems, and with the client’s best interest always to the fore.’
Kennedys acts for insurers and reinsurers in some of the most prominent insurance disputes in the market. The practice covers both UK-based and international disputes, across marine, construction and property damage claims. In addition to coverage disputes, the team also handles complex cases involving fraud. Practice head Nick Williams is active across a range of insurance matters; other key figures in the team include Nick Thomas and David Chadwick. The team was bolstered in 2019 by the addition of three marine insurance specialists from Norton Rose Fulbright - Patrick Foss, Chris Zavos and Jo Ward.
Aviation Logistics Network
- Defending Talbot Underwriting Ltd, Hiscox Dedicated Corporate Member Ltd and eight other Lloyd’s syndicates in claims following an alleged Somali piracy attack on the crude oil tanker “Brillante Virtuoso” in July 2011.
- Acting for the insurers and their insured, Keadby Generation Limited, in relation to a subrogated recovery for losses sustained by Keadby as a result of a fire at Ferrybridge C Power Station on 31 July 2014.
- Instructed by Travelers Insurance and the following market, as project insurers of the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) in connection with a devastating fire that occurred in June 2018.
Led by Ed Foss, CMS’ insurance litigation practice acts for insurers and reinsurers in claims across energy, property, professional negligence and aviation insurance policies. Foss has a particular focus on insurance broker liability; Simon Kilgour and Tristan Hall are also key contacts. Alaina Wadsworth is noted for her work in healthcare, aviation and professional negligence insurance disputes.
‘This firm has some of the best professionals in the field for contractor’s PI. This leads to excellent training of junior lawyers and the firm appears to fully support those up-and-coming lawyers in their career development, ensuring continuity over the years.’
‘Very strong Market knowledge and very experienced. The experience runs to a wide range of Market issues making them well placed to advise effectively. The Market knowledge assists with the ability to provide a pragmatic and business oriented approach rather than just looking at the technical theoretical approach.’
‘Simon Kilgour. An excellent Advocate. Very pragmatic yet focused. Provides clear and balanced advice. Extensive market experience which makes his advice of significant value.’
Tokio Marine Kilne
- Acting for AXIS and Navigators in Illinois state court proceedings brought by former minority unitholders in an ethanol plant against its former directors and other related parties seeking damages in excess of $60m on account of being forced to sell units for an unfair low price.
- Acting for Spire Healthcare in respect of a coverage dispute with its insurer, RSA. The underlying claims against Spire relate to the alleged medical negligence and fraud of consultant surgeon, Mr Ian Paterson. It is anticipated that around 800 patients were impacted.
DLA Piper is noted for its work in cross-border insurance disputes, with the London-based insurance team acting alongside the firm’s global network of offices to represent clients. The group’s work spans a wide range of insurance policies including aviation, financial lines, property and casualty insurance. The team is jointly lead by Leon Taylor, Andrew Symons and Rebecca Hopkirk. In addition to representing clients in international disputes, Taylor is experienced in acting in UK courts, having been involved in a number of reported decisions in the High Court and Supreme Court. Symons’ practice focuses on financial line disputes, while Hopkirk is active in cross-border matters. Jane Childs joined in late 2020 from Mayer Brown International LLP and leads the international financial lines insurance disputes group.
Other key lawyers:
‘Excellent technical knowledge and commercial awareness.’
‘Leon Taylor is an expert in the field.’
‘Andrew Symons – very experienced, has to ability to take the heat out of things.’
‘Very strong knowledge of clients and how they operate. Strong associates.’
‘Rebecca Hopkirk – strong knowledge of market and various jurisdictions.’
Berkshire Hathaway/Faraday syndicate/Resolute Management
Tokio Marine Kiln
Liberty Specialty Markets
Talbot Underwriting Limited
Placing Platform Limited
Atrium Underwriters Limited
Crawford & Co
Hiscox syndicate at Lloyds
Beazley syndicate at Lloyds
- Representing Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance plc (RSA) and the individual defendants in a High Court litigation brought by Caisse Primaire d’Assurance Maladie Deux-Sèvres (CPAM), which is a body forming part of the French social security system, regarding a claim arising out of a road traffic accident which occurred in France in 1997 where RSA was the driver’s insurer.
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP acts for insurers, reinsurers, captive insurers and brokers in insurance litigation involving financial lines, property damage, professional negligence and E&O insurance. Paul Lewis leads the London team and the overall global contentious insurance practice, while Anthony Dempster focuses on property damage claims. Professional negligence specialists David Reston and Greig Anderson are also key contacts.
‘David Reston – exudes gravitas and experience; great judgement and a pleasure to work with. Paul Lewis – a terrific fighter; knows the market extremely well.’
‘Great depth of knowledge and specialisms.’
‘David Reston is a superb solicitor whose advice is always excellent and a man I turn to for the most difficult legal problems I have Fiona Treanor is a great Senior Associate who is very broad in her legal knowledge.’
‘HSF always provide you with excellent advice and will tell you when your case is not strong. Overall the quality throughout the Team is excellent. Although they do a lot of work for Claimants they remain one of the strongest Insurance and Reinsurance Teams in London.’
- Advising NAB on its insurance coverage claims and UK banking and regulatory issues.
HFW acts for both insurers and reinsurers in litigation, and is particularly active in disputes in Latin America. Many of the firm's matters involve energy, mining and shipping assets, areas in which the firm has specialist knowledge. The overall practice is led by Christopher Cardona; other key contacts in the London team include Andrew Bandurka, Christopher Foster and Jonathan Bruce.
‘Simply the ability to communicate simply, quickly and effectively and not engage in verbiage.’
‘HFW has an extremely smart and considerate team that places its clients needs first, ahead of a focus on the billable hour and with a sharp focus on providing the best advice and work product. HFW is very knowledgeable and experienced in insurance and reinsurance, and we view them as our go-to firm in the UK and also try to partner with them elsewhere around the globe. They have a great team with great people.’
‘Chris Foster is another top notch litigator. They are a talented group.’
‘This is a serious insurance firm – my go to for real “market” issues that require in-depth insurance market knowledge and expertise.’
‘Chris Foster’s laser focus on the legal issues makes him a stand out black letter lawyer. His memory for case law is unnervingly precise.’
‘Daniel Martin provides user friendly and excellent value for money advice on sanctions issues.’
‘The person with whom I am working and have worked for many years is partner Christopher Cardona. He is an excellent attorney, very experienced and knowledgeable in handling complicated cross border insurance cases.’
RPC handles international litigation and arbitration proceedings for major insurers and reinsurers. The team has a broad practice, and is particularly strong in matters relating to financial lines, energy and cyber risk insurance. The practice is led by Simon Laird, who splits his time between London and Bristol. Other key partners in the team include energy specialist Leigh Williams, Simon Goldring and James Wickes. Naomi Vary focuses on political risk and trade credit insurance, while Toby Savage specialises in property, energy and marine work. Gary Walkling was promoted to the partnership in 2020.
Other key lawyers:
‘The members of the team come from a broader variety of professional backgrounds which provides a greater depth to the perspective they can give performing advocacy roles. Whether this is because of their relative size or a personnel trait, they are never afraid to continually re-evaluate the initial assumptions made in the light of fresh discovery.’
‘I’ve worked with Leigh Williams for many years. He’s a fighter when fighting is necessary and not averse to a “healthy discussion” with instructing principals. One of his better qualities though is that he is secure enough in himself to let the associates do the talking. Gary Walkling for me is a stand out offering because his background in broking meaning he’s seen the other side of the fence. From his demeanour he is very approachable and knowledgeable which makes him a “go to” interface for the current generation of claims handlers. In my opinion his recent elevation to the partnership was overdue.’
‘RPC’s relatively young Partnership bring a fresh perspective to issues that have long been faced by the Insured market. There is a trust from senior leadership that allows Associates to progress through the firm with the confidence that comes with the support from above.’
‘Their attention to detail, but ultimate understanding that whilst legal issues remain at play, there is a commercial relationship between Insurer and Client that prevails in most cases. Legal advice is sought for an important purpose, and a lot of the time it is to assist with getting other market players on board with your thought process and to back that up with sufficient legal commentary. Especially true of Toby Savage, Hugh Thomas and Gary Walkling.’
‘The team at RPC are exceptional when compared with their peers. They are also available to discuss key issues and will, at very short notice, provide education and training on any number of subjects, even during lock down. This is something that others simple do not offer.’
‘Simon Goldring – an expert in this field. Contactable, approachable, fair and will explain things in an articulate manner.’
- Advised Navigators in relation to a claim that has been brought against a contractor.
- Successfully defended London Market D&O Insurers in international arbitration proceedings brought against it, by the liquidators of the collapsed Lithuanian Bank, Ukio Bankas, pursuant to Lithuania’s Third Parties (Rights Against Insurers) Legislation. This was the first case of its kind involving the London Market under this legislation.
- Acting for AIG in a US Sanctions dispute.
Alongside its strength in property damage claims, BLM's insurance litigation practices covers matters involving professional indemnity, personal injury and public liability claims. The team, which is jointly led by John O’Shea, Mark Aitken and Damian Cleary, acts for insurers, reinsurers and brokers. O'Shea, who is praised as an 'incisive and no-nonsense lawyer', focuses on property damage claims, while Aitken is a 'formidable litigator' with a specialism in claims with fraud elements. Ross Baker, Elizabeth Whittingham and Edwin Millburn are other key partners in the team.
‘They are true experts with long-standing and extensive experience of advising on and litigating insurance claims,’
‘Ross Baker (Partner) knows insurance law and practice inside-out, has excellent judgement, and is commercial and user-friendly – the complete package.’
‘BLM’s insurance practice has real strength in major coverage litigation, especially related to property and commercial liability insurance, in which areas it is market-leading. It is particularly impressive how the team will become involved in a coverage dispute from an early stage and will follow avenues of inquiry exhaustively, working closely with insurers.’
‘John O’Shea (partner) is an expert in high-value coverage disputes and has exceptional judgement. Mark Aitken (partner) is a formidable litigator and terrier-like in pursuing investigations for insurers. Hanna Platt (associate) is a rising star, with skills and experience well beyond her years. She is a fine lawyer.’
‘Ross Baker: superb tactician and strategist; Ross gets to grips with issues very quickly and distils the key points down to their essence. Always keeps an eye on the client’s commercial aims and objectives.’
‘Sensible and solid advice drawing from deep experience and understanding of the field.’
‘Mark Aitken, Partner and one of the best fraud lawyers in the UK. Very engaging, tough and resilient when he needs to be, and results driven.’
Direct Line Group
HDI Global Specialty
- Acted for the defendant firm of solicitors Raleys in the successful defence of a lost opportunity claim made by a former client concluding with an overturning of the judgment of the Court of Appeal in the Supreme Court.
- Represented the MGA platform of a leading Lloyd’s broker in connection with its exposure to a $2bn class action claim in Florida.
- Represented a leading Lloyd’s broker in connection with a $4.5m claim brought by a globally-renowned music artist following the postponement of their world tour.
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Fielding a 'highly capable team' with a proven track record in acting for reinsurers, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP also acts for insurers in disputes including property, marine and D&O claims; the team also frequently handles cross-border matters. The practice is co-led by Anthony Lennox and Jonathan Sacher, who have decades of experience in insurance litigation. Kelly Jones is also a key part of the team, and has a broad contentious insurance practice.
Other key lawyers:
‘A highly capable team who are very responsive to their client’s needs.’
‘Anthony Lennox (partner) provides excellent leadership to his team and is very client-focused.’
‘Very experienced in a broad form of disciplines. A lot of dialogue detailing the wider issues in the market plus regular Webinars and updates. Always at the end of the phone to discuss discreet issues. Can rely on them to work with me on the best solutions, not necessarily further legal steps.’
‘Jonathan Sacher and Anthony Lennox stand out as consistently reliable supporters of me as an individual and what ever company I am working for.’
Carter Perry Bailey LLP's varied practice handles work for insurers and reinsurers in both the live and run-off markets across a wide range of sectors. In addition to its experience in disputes involving property, construction, employers' liability and cyber insurance, the team's strength in life, accident and health insurance was bolstered by the arrival of Helen Tilley from Kennedys. The practice is led by Stephen Carter, who has over 30 years' experience in this sector, and also includes Bernadette Bailey, who is particularly focused on direct insurance claims.
‘I would like to recommend Helen Tilley, who has had career-long experience working at the highest level in life, critical illness and income protection insurance, with a formidable reputation in this very specialised insurance field.’
‘They are a very experienced team, where you can be assured that one of the partners will bring their considerable skill and experience to work on your case.’
‘Stephen Carter knows everything there is to know about insurance and reinsurance.’
‘Highly experienced team who are always willing to look at claims with an open mind and to stick to budgets agreed upfront. They leave no stone unturned when it comes to maximising claims.’
‘Everyone I have worked with at the firm is attentive to the need of the client and they are super responsive. Top quality legal brains with very reasonable charge out rates.’
HDI Gerling Insurance
NDI Insurance & Reinsurance Brokers
Maas Lloyd Schadeverzekerings/Hampden Insurance NV
NPA Insurance Limited
Sentry Insurance, a Mutual Company
Lime Street Insurance Brokers
Syria Arab Insurance Co
Community Reinsurance Corporation
- Advised a Middle Eastern insurer as the reinsured in respect of insurance claims arising out of terrorism related property losses in a Middle Eastern country, under a War Risks insurance policy.
- Instructed by Continental European insurers in relation to a series of industrial injury and disease claims brought against them in the UK, through the UK interests of overseas insureds.
- Acted for an insurance company in a dispute over the allocation of losses.
Clausen Miller LLP
Led by John Startin and Jonathan Hall, Clausen Miller LLP frequently acts for insurers and reinsurers in disputes and is particularly active in international property insurance litigation. Startin is praised as 'an exceptional problem solver' while Hall is a 'master of detail'; Hall's practice is especially focused on Latin America.
‘The lead partners, John Startin and Jonathan Hall, are exceptional lawyers who are able to provide advice that you would not receive anywhere else: between them they are simply able to see things and formulate arguments that I have not seen from any other firm.’
‘Both John Startin and Jonathan Hall are fierce guardians of their clients’ interests, who take time without wasting time to achieve a grasp of detail that far exceeds that of other law firms and that has on several occasions been pivotal to the successful resolution of complex disputes in favour of their clients.’
‘Small, but highly experienced firm specialising in insurance and reinsurance litigation. Intellect and knowledge make them special. They look at problems differently, focus in on the key points and are thereby effective.’
‘John Startin, in my opinion, is one of the brightest lawyers I have ever worked with in this field. He has immense experience. He also has a huge appetite for work. He is an exceptional problem solver.’
‘John Startin and Jonathan Hall consistently give concise and practical advice that allow you to move your issue forward. You can tell when you talk to them that they are focused entirely on your problem, and they are always a pleasure to work with.’
‘John Startin – A strategist. John is able to take a complex puzzle and through careful considered analysis he can identify all the key aspects and how they interact with each other. His communications are well thought out and precise.’
‘Jonathan Hall – A master of detail. Able to assimilate huge volumes of information and recall minute detail at will. Will analyse problems from a multitude of angles to ensure he formulates the best possible position.’
Cooley (UK) LLP's contentious insurance practice acts for insurers and reinsurers both in the UK and abroad. Recently, the team has represented clients in arbitration proceedings and has been active in the High Court and the Supreme Court. Practice head Mark Everiss provides a 'first-class service' and handles matters ranging from cyber claims to warranty and indemnity disputes. David Kendall retired as a partner at the end of 2019, but continues to act for clients as a senior counsel. Associate Sam Tacey is also a key contact.
‘Cooley’s insurance practice provides detailed and technical advice across all areas of insurance law. The quality of advice provided is outstanding, particularly when advising on extremely technical and complex issues across different jurisdictions.’
‘Mark Everiss always puts his client’s needs first and goes all out to provide a first class service, which stands out against other firms. Mark’s approach is very technical, but his advice is always crystal clear and practical.’
Lloyd’s Market Association (the LMA)
Municipal Mutual Insurance (MMI)
RiverStone Management Limited
The Mediterranean Insurance & Reinsurance Company Limited – in Administration (Med Re)
OTM Insurance Specialists LLC
- Advising MMI on its ability to recover UK EL claims on its reinsurance programme.
- Acting for Texas broker OTM Insurance Specialists LLC in relation to a High Court application for an emergency injunction to restrain UK broker Basil Fry for acting in breach of a restrictive covenant.
DWF handles high value and complex international reinsurance, coverage, liability, personal injury and property damage claims through its London markets & global risks team. The team, which advises on cases across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, in addition to the US and Europe, is jointly led by David Abbott, John Groome and Jonathan Moss. Abbott, who joined in late 2018 from Clydes, leads the London markets and global risks practice, while Groome and Moss head the global casualty and transport teams, respectively. Iftikhar Ali and Antony Woodhouse are other names to note; Ali specialises in construction and energy claims, while Woodhouse is known for his work in the Bermuda market. Kiran Soar, the former global head of insurance at Ince, joined in summer 2020.
Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP's insurance practice spans the full gamut of insurance litigation, from broker negligence claims to property damage disputes. The London practice is led by Simon Brooks, who is also global head of the firm's insurance practice and has 25 years' experience in the field. Principal associate Naz Gauri is another key member of the team.
Other key lawyers:
‘Eversheds’ practice in this area is small, so you really get to know the team and build a relationship. Their lawyers are down to earth as well as being capable – the type of people you can enjoy going for a drink with once they’ve handled your case. That shouldn’t be underestimated as a value add.’
‘Simon Brooks is a no-nonsense lawyer who gives pragmatic and sound advice.’
‘Naz Gauri is a stand out associate – capable, commercial and, importantly, doesn’t over bill for the work undertaken.’
Qatar Insurance Company
Sedgwick Loss Adjusters
Glenmont Partners (owners of Port Clarence Energy Ltd)
Lockton Companies LLP
United Insurance Brokers
- Instructed by an insurer to bring a claim against a Lloyd’s of London broker, which had allegedly acted outside of its authority in concluding overseas insurance contracts.
- Instructed by the project company in relation to a significant, heavily contested claim on a delay in start up policy following damage to a beam at a biomass plant in the North East of England.
In addition to its traditional focus on marine insurance matters, Ince also acts in claims related to business interruption, casualty, property damage and aviation insurance. The practice is led by Ben Ogden, whose expertise encompasses a broad spectrum of insurance disputes, and marine insurance specialist Fionna Gavin. Elle Young is also a key name to note.
Other key lawyers:
‘Very pragmatic approach, solution oriented.’
Libya Insurance Company
Skuld Marine Agency
- Acting for Libya Insurance Company in defending a claim for a total loss of an insured oil tanker on coverage grounds, in a matter where the vessel owner has been deprived of the use of the vessel for more than six months.
- Acting for QBE as one of the Interested Parties in an inquest relating to a man who passed away in India during an attempt to repatriate him to the UK.
- Acting for insurer Travelers (and its insured the BBC Group) in respect of insurance claims connected to the London riots in 2011.
Mayer Brown International LLP's insurance practice handles international insurance disputes for insurers and reinsurers. The practice is led by William Glassey, who is experienced in the full range of insurance matters, and also includes D&O specialist Jim Oulton. Since his promotion to the partnership in 2019, James Whittaker has also been active in D&O disputes, in addition to handling professional liability and political risk claims.
‘I work with Will Glassey and Tom Ataii – both excellent at dealing with complex legal and policy issues.’
Chubb Insurance Company of Europe
Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK)
Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe
Resolute Management Services
- Representing Adler Shine in the defence of a professional negligence claim by the liquidators of a group of companies, in respect of audit work.
Norton Rose Fulbright is active in insurance litigation across traditional policies including financial lines, property and D&O insurance, as well as growing areas including cyber insurance. The team is led by Adrian Mecz, who has broad contentious experience; other key contacts include Ffion Flockhart, Jonathan Ogle and Michelle George.
‘NRF have leading insurance and disputes experts with Michelle George and Adrian Mecz. Michelle and Adrian have an outstanding grasp of insurance and reinsurance law and how it is best deployed to effectively resolve matters.’
‘The breadth of experience within the team is very useful to my business. It ensures that time and costs are not wasted tilting at windmills and we focus on resolving the real issues.’
‘I have worked predominantly with Adrian Mecz in the London team. Adrian is the Father of the House as far as London Insurance lawyers go. His dual qualifications and experience means that he is a very safe pair of hands for highly contentious claims.’
- Acting for Resolute Management Services Limited in relation to a reinsurance test case regarding asbestos exposure due to be heard in the Supreme Court.
- Acted for a firm of solicitors defending a high-profile professional negligence claim brought against them by a professional footballer for allegedly failing to adduce evidence at his first criminal trial for rape, and on his first appeal against the conviction.
- Acted for insured directors who had dismissed minority shareholder directors of a mining company following the investigation of whistleblower allegations of wrongdoing.
Pinsent Masons LLP
Pinsent Masons LLP acts for major insurers in matters ranging from D&O disputes to construction and engineering claims. The team is also involved in cases involving data breaches, a growing area of insurance litigation, and recently acted in a challenge to a Part VII transfer in the Court of Appeal. Following Nick Bradley's move to a consultancy role, Colin Read now leads the practice; he previously worked in-house at a major insurer, and has acted for insurers in disputes in the High Court.
‘This team has a very strong ability to deliver on insurance based litigation while keeping an eye on regulatory compliance.’
‘Colin Read – strong tactical awareness. Jonathan Cavill – tremendously hard working. A partner in the making.’
‘Excellent industry profile. Experience and innovation combined. A thoroughly good team to work with.’
‘Colin Read (partner) years of experience and commercial knowledge. Personable, approachable, excels at finding solutions. Jonathan Cavil (associate) a details man, very knowledgeable in his field, hard working, efficient, approachable. Must be in line for partnership very soon.’
‘Colin Reid (partner). He’s one of an elite band of truly experienced insurance & reinsurance litigators in the London market; he has a real depth of knowledge, both of the law and of the market and its practices; he’s extremely bright; he’s tactically very smart; and he runs a big team on a big case with confidence and effortless ease. Truly impressive.’
Policyholders of PAC/Rothesay
OIC (in Administration) – PWC
- Defending the former directors of Sturgeon Central Asia Balanced Fund in D&O case in relation to investigations into their conduct by the Joint Provisional Liquidators of a Bermuda Fund.
- Acting for three policyholders of The Prudential who objected successfully to the sanction of a Part VII business transfer of annuity business to Rothesay Life.
- Acted for Axa France entities in High Court litigation regarding legacy PPI claims.
Simmons & Simmons
Simmons & Simmons' insurance team draws on the firm's experience in the financial, asset management, life sciences and media sectors to advise insurance clients working in these areas. The team is particularly active in product liability cases, and also handles complex construction claims. Practice co-head James Pollock focuses on professional liability and construction matters, while Jason Bright is experienced in product liability cases. Fellow co-head Emily Monastiriotis handles construction and professional indemnity claims, and Simon Hilditch frequently advises on matters related to financial institutions.
‘The firm has some of the very best lawyers in the field for the class of business for which I use them. It has been lucky enough to secure some exception lawyers, whom I have used for many years.’
‘Jason Bright (Partner) and Sherry Goodman-Smith (of Counsel) are exceptionally switched on and grasp the salient points with ease. Fearsome adversaries, I would not like to be on the opposing side to them.’
‘This team is exceptional in big disputes, and gets the job done effectively.’
‘James Pollock – exceptional leader and very pragmatic.’
- Acting for Munich Re in a $25m global claim affecting the medical devices industry relating to “metal on metal” prostheses.
- Acting for Munich Re in relation to adverse claims arising from the class action against Syngenta in connection with genetically modified corn seed sold to China by US growers.
- Representing QBE, Chubb and Brit in relation to liability coverage and potential recovery actions following the Cologne Archive building collapse during construction works. The value of the claim is $1bn.
Traditionally singled out for its professional indemnity and financial services expertise, Browne Jacobson LLP has recently expanded its practice to cover brokers’ E&O matters, coverholder issues, property claims and reinsurance work. The practice is led by Colin Peck, while Jonathan Newbold heads up the firm’s financial and professional risks group, and splits his time between Nottingham and London. Francis Mackie handles both insurance and reinsurance disputes.
‘I have been very impressed with the team at Browne Jacobson – they have good work, sound judgement and are efficient.’
‘Jonathan Newbold – has very sound judgement and is technically excellent.’
‘A very close knit insurance focused team with top notch skills across the full gamut from coverage through regulatory to corporate. You get as good if not better than a magic circle service.’
‘Jonathan Newbold – one of the finest insurance minds and with a rare ability to sense the key big picture issues from a regulatory perspective early on.’
‘Colin Peck is a standout in international construction/energy risks. He attracts major global clients and handles really high quality international work. He is a very assured performer at the top of his game.’
‘Francis Mackie – terrific service and sound advice. Terrific client advocate.’
‘Browne Jacobson are an extremely polished and professional firm. They present themselves impeccably and their capabilities are admirable. The individuals working for the firm are extremely respectable and clearly immensely knowledgeable. Overall, they exude trust.’
‘We work with Colin Peck who consistently provides us with swift, accurate, all-encompassing advice which is entirely appropriate and it is delivered in such a way that it is user friendly. We respect his opinion immensely and his recommendations on strategy are without doubt invaluable. He carries out his work with an energy which is admirable. He has an extraordinary ability to foresee potential consequences of our actions / inactions and advise us of the path to take accordingly.’
Hiscox Dedicated Corporate Syndicate 33
Starr Managing Agents Ltd (trading as Syndicate CVS 1919)
- Advised London Market insurers on an anti-suit injunction to enforce UK arbitration provisions against a US insured.
Led by Nick Atkins, Hogan Lovells International LLP's practice handles insurance disputes involving warranty and indemnity claims, property damage issues and white-collar crime. The team acts for clients in court and in arbitration proceedings, and has an international client base. Jamie Rogers is another key contact in the team.
Other key lawyers:
‘Enormously helpful and experienced team who are capable of fully getting to grips with the most complex of issues.’
‘Nick Atkins is someone you can trust to give knowledgeable and wise guidance.’
‘Nick Atkins – deep experience and knowledge. A thinker who inspires confidence and a long track record of successful management of complex insurance issues. Jamie Rogers – Great expertise on sanctions and export control issues as well as regulatory issues.’
Willis Towers Watson
Society of Lloyd’s
- Advising Citi in relation to Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) claims and advising on cutting edge legal developments arising from the end stage of the PPI mis-selling.
Praised as 'utterly committed to the cause in heavyweight commercial litigation', Stephenson Harwood’s insurance practice specialises in marine insurance claim. Led by Alex Davis, the firm acts for all major insurers in the marine insurance space in matters involving total losses, cargo losses and fraud. Joe O’Keeffe recently handled a number of complex matters involving war risks and detaiments, while Simon Moore is singled out for his work on energy matters. Senior associate Richard Hugg is also recommended.
‘A very strong professional group who know their subject matter and the applicable law. They tell you how it is , in clear direct terms.’
‘Always approachable , never afraid to tell you the truth, they will not try and make a case out of something if they don’t believe in it.’
‘Great attention to detail, personal contact & commercial overview.’
‘They really go the extra mile for their clients. Utterly committed to the cause in heavyweight commercial litigation.’
‘Joe O’Keeffe – undoubtedly the most knowledgeable lawyer operating in the marine insurance market in London. At the very height of his powers.’
‘Alex Davis – a real street fighter you would not want to cross in litigation.’
‘Richard Hugg – a guaranteed star of the future. He has worked on all the big marine insurance cases, knows the law and has a great manner with the clients.’
Royal & Sun Alliance plc
Liberty Mutual Insurance
AXA Corporate Solutions Assurance
Navigators Insurance Company Limited
India International Insurance
Lancashire Insurance Group (UK) Ltd
Antares Managing Agency Limited
The Channel Syndicate
Atrium Underwriters Limited
- Acting for Royal & Sun Alliance plc as hull insurers in respect of the total loss of a vessel following an impact in the Red Sea with coral reef and subsequent sinking.
- Acting for Markel Capital Ltd and 25 other underwriters as war risks underwriters in respect of a claim for $77m following a vessel’s three-year detention in Venezuela related to a series of criminal allegations against an agent of the vessel’s sub-charterers involved in the contemplated loading of the cargo in Puerto La Cruz.
Under the leadership of insurance sector head Neil Davis, property risk specialist Michael Mitchell and Adrian Luto (who heads up the team advising surety clients), Mills & Reeve LLP acts for insurers in professional indemnity, D&O, warranty and indemnity, and construction claims. Andrew Tobin joined from Cozen O'Connor in mid-2019; he focuses on marine, political risk and trade credit insurance mandates.
Other key lawyers:
”The group stands out for its approachability and level of knowledge.’
‘Michael Mitchell is a senior partner but is always available and has the knack of making complex legal matter easy to understand for his clients.’
Canopius Managing Agents Limited
HCC International Insurance Company Plc, Chubb European Group SE, Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe SE
American International Group Limited
HCC International Insurance Company Plc, Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe SE
- Acting for London insurers defending an insurance coverage dispute in Belgium arising out of a fire at a gold and silver refinery.
- Acted for the insurers following the intimation of a claim following a catastrophic fire at the Ty Belgrave Hotel in Aberystwyth.
- Advising AIG in relation to the terms of its indemnity arrangements with Thomas Cook Group and advising AIG in the lead up and following liquidation of Thomas Cook Group.
Slaughter and May
Slaughter and May acts for insurers in complex and unique insurance claims; in a recent highlight, the team handled a claim made under a pre-launch satellite insurance policy. The practice handles a notable volume of work for insurer Marsh, and is led by Efstathios Michael.
‘The team is exceptionally responsive and hard-working, led by inspiring partners with excellent commercial judgement.’
‘Efstathios Michael (partner); his stand out qualities are his combination of great commercial judgement, pragmatism and good humour. He is a pleasure to work with and a fantastic lawyer.’
Standard Life Aberdeen plc
- Representing Marsh in a high-value and rare claim under a pre-launch satellite insurance policy.
- Acted for Marsh in a dispute with an Austrian bank relating to costs claimed under a Directors & Officers insurance policy.
- Represented Standard Life Aberdeen in an arbitration relating to the purported termination of investment management agreements in respect of insurance and other assets worth £100bn.
Weightmans LLP's London insurance practice works with the firm's network of offices around the UK to act for clients in international insurance litigation. Particular areas of focus include energy, construction, D&O and cyber insurance litigation. The national practice is led by Rob Williams in Liverpool, while Edward Lewis (who is qualified as a barrister and solicitor) and team manager Simon Adam head up the London team. Other key partners in the team include Simon Durkin, who is experienced in property and casualty work, and Ling Ong, who specialises in coverage issues.
‘Ed Lewis is a very smart operator. He’s tenacious and hugely effective.’
‘Ling Ong is totally on top of the practice area, technically outstanding on the law and is very practical and capable, and user friendly.’
‘Innovative answers to complex questions. clear and pragmatic advice.’
‘We have worked with Ling Ong for some years. The standard of advice provided is excellent.’
Tokio Marine HCC
HDI Global Specialty
Sirius International Insurance Corporation
- Representing reinsurers in a dispute regarding respiratory claims arising out of World Trade Centre/September 11.
Keoghs LLP's London insurance team acts for clients in conjunction with the firm's other offices around the UK. The practice, which is jointly led by Richard Houseago, Ruth Lawrence, and Daniel Crockford, has particular expertise in property damage claims; it also handles matters involving professional indemnity, D&O and cyber insurance claims. Houseago leads on material damage matters, while Lawrence focuses on professional risk issues.
Other key lawyers:
‘Richard Houseago – Hugely experienced, very sound judgement and technically excellent.’
‘Matthew Rogers: approachability and engagement; commercial common-sense & judgement. Richard Houseago: highly respected in the industry; first-rate legal mind; excellent tactical & strategic approach.’
‘The firm has always had a strong base of insurance work and seems to be on an upward trajectory, building its London office with excellent partners.’
‘Keoghs provide sound advice and get to the crux of the matter quickly. They do not waste time with peripheral issues. More importantly they listen to the client’s views and are not afraid to provide a balanced, measured response should they feel that the client hasn’t developed the proper analysis of the issues in the case.’
‘Richard Houseago is probably the go to man for insurance issues. Incisive, thorough and extremely pleasant to work with.’
‘Matt Rogers is a very close second to Richard. He gets to the crux of matters quickly, is thorough and very amenable to work with.’
Keystone Law acts for insurers and reinsurers in coverage disputes across aviation, construction, property and personal injury insurance policies. Key individuals in the team are Jane Harte-Lovelace and Jason Kallis; Harte-Lovelace focuses on disputes involving property, while Kallis' practice covers a range of insurance areas. The group also includes product liability specialist Antony Colman and James Crabtree.
‘Jane Harte-Lovelace offered relevant and suitable advice and had an appropriate understanding of the insurance industry and the subject matter.’
‘James Crabtree is an outstanding business orientated lawyer, very structured, always on the top of the case.’
HDI Global SE
Allianz Global CS
Barbican Managing Agency Limited
UNIQA Österreich Versicherungen AG
WR Berkley (Offshore)
Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co. Ltd
Yamaha Motor Europe NV, Branch UK
- Acted for insurer Allianz on a wide-reaching insurance matter concerning limitation.
- Acting for client on the action needed in response to issues arising in batteries used in e-cigarette machines, which have been blowing up and causing personal injuries.
Plexus Law is recognised for its work in property insurance disputes, particularly those involving fires, flooding, structural defects and construction faults. Paul de la Porte became head of the team in 2020, replacing Victoria Jordan, who continues to play a substantial role in the team. Paul Cha is also a key contact.
‘Excellent customer service and outstanding expertise. Whilst a large firm they manage to keep the personal touch.’
Direct Line Group / NIG
UK Power Networks
- Successfully defended NIG and UK Insurance Ltd. in a claim brought by a leaseholder under Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 1930 for indemnity for major fire.
Signature Litigation LLP stands out in the market for its expertise in litigation in Latin America. The team is active in property damage disputes, and also handles professional negligence and D&O insurance claims. Hermes Marangos leads the team; he is praised by clients as 'very committed' and a lawyer who 'lives his cases'.
‘Always there to support, updated with the developments, deep knowledge of their subject, experienced.’
‘You can bank on very thourough, precise and reliable advice in a simple to understand style that clients can understand and base important decisions on. A quality not easy to come by.’
‘Hermes Marangos lives his cases. He is very committed, delves into the very fine details of his work and understands the important issues that are so crucial as well as if not better than his client. He makes clients feel he is in full charge and that they are in safe hands. When working with foreign lawyers he makes one feel very comfortable and an important part of the team.’
‘Signature Litigation is a really strong litigation boutique, and a capability in insurance litigation is just one of many focuses.’
‘Hermes Marangos stands out for the international breadth of his insurance disputes practice. He has lots of experience advising the market, but now uses that experience to work exclusively for policyholders.’
‘Only deal with Hermes Marangos, who I find is particular enthusiastic about his work. He is helpful and always knows what is happening on the file.’