Firms To Watch: Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Founded in 2019, Wordley Partnership is a specialist insurance/reinsurance litigation boutique set up by ex-HFW lawyers Paul Wordley, Graham Denny and Alison Proctor.  
At gunnercooke LLP, David Breslin is well known for his work in London and Bermudian reinsurance markets, as well as in the marine and energy, and in property and casualty business.
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Insurance and reinsurance litigation in London

Clyde & Co

Clyde & Co is home to one of London’s preeminent contentious litigation practices, with a long track record of successes in a range of sectors, from aviation through to energy, cyber and reinsurance. Global insurance practice chair James Cooper offers particular expertise in claims concerning financial services and D&O policies, while Andrew Grant ‘is head and shoulders above the competition’ in the areas of political risk/trade credit, specie and bloodstock. Other partners of note include Simon Jackson for marine and energy insurance; Emma Ager is the ‘doyenne’ of the Bermuda Form market’, and Mandip Sagoo for professional indemnity and warranty & indemnity claims. Michelle Crorie leads the global offering on event cancellation, sport, entertainment and film insurance, while Paul Lowrie is an authority on renewables insurance claims. Through its recent merger with its merger with BLM, the combined firm now boasts a deep bench of specialists in casualty, personal injury, healthcare and professional liability. Former BLM partners John O’Shea and Mark Aitken are also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

James Cooper

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Grant; Simon Jackson; Nigel Brook; Neil Beresford; Emma Ager; Mark Sutton; Mandip Sagoo; Michelle Crorie; Jane Andrewartha; Paul Lowrie; John O’Shea; Mark Aitken; Elizabeth Whittingham; Edwin Millburn; Hanna Platt

Testimonials

‘The Clydes team is client focused. Additionally, they provide excellent service through high quality advice, timely responses, and have shown strong management skills working with multiple interested parties, all for the benefit of their clients.’

‘Clyde & Co are – by a league – the market leaders in insurance and reinsurance. The wealth of experience, knowledge and institutional wisdom is unparalleled.’

‘Emma Ager is the ‘doyenne’ of the Bermuda Form market – she has unrivalled experience of Bermuda Form arbitrations, and a profoundly understanding of how the Form operates.’

‘Simply the best insurance specialist form in the market.’

‘Andrew Grant has exceptional contacts and sector knowledge which is second to absolutely no one. An exceptionally gifted legal strategist, not afraid of a fight. One of the best insurance litigators in London, who has built an exceptional team around him. Simply the best.’

‘The Clydes team is outstanding in all respects. True re/insurance experts and the premier market-leader in political risk insurance.’

‘Andy Grant is head and shoulders above the competition.’

‘Nigel Brook is something of a sage when it comes to reinsurance matters. Not only is his wisdom and experience readily apparent, but he makes difficult concepts easy to understand and always ensures the client feels valued.’

‘Paul Lowrie is clever, charming and fun to work with. He will leave no stone unturned to get to the bottom of a case for his client and to ensure the best possible result.’

Kennedys

Kennedys is a recognised name for high-value, high-profile, precedent setting multijurisdictional insurance and reinsurance cases. The firm has of late been particularly active representing (re)insurers across multiple jurisdictions in claims arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, such as property damage, business interruption, and non-damage extensions. The London team, led by Nick Williams has also developed a strong reputation in product-related defence and coverage litigation. Williams’s practice spans financial institution litigation through to Bermuda Form arbitrations, with David Chadwick  specialising in political risk, and Nick Thomas in energy and power generation claims and business interruptions. Elle Young and senior associate Suzy Oakley are noted for energy and marine policies.

Practice head(s):

Nick Williams

Other key lawyers:

Nick Thomas; David Chadwick; Elle Young; Suzy Oakley

Testimonials

‘David Chadwick is an expert in his sector and my go-to lawyer every time. The team always deliver excellent advice and are always sensitive to our commercial considerations.’

‘The partners have a lot of experience and are extremely knowledgeable.’

‘Dave Chadwick is the number one lawyer in his field.’

Key clients

Chubb

AIG

Allianz

Aviva

RSA

Aspen

Starstone (Enstar)

CNA Hardy

Protector Forsikring ASA

Swiss Re

Liberty

Zurich

Travelers

Axa XL

Work highlights

  • Advising Protector Forsikring ASA, the Norwegian insurer of the Grenfell Tower following the tragic events of 14 June 2017 on all legal issues arising out of this tragedy, in relation to both the property and liability cover they provide (including both first- and third-party issues).
  • Acted for WPHV Limited (formerly known as Willmott Dixon Housing Limited), the Main Contractor and insurers following the discovery of severe construction issues to a care facility in Basingstoke.

CMS

CMS is best known for its work for non-marine insurers, reinsurers and insurance brokers, particularly in cases involving professional negligence, aviation, construction and coverage issues. In the reinsurance market, the Ed Foss-led group are sought after for matters concerning losses in the energy, mining and aviation sectors. Often leading cases with an international element, Simon Kilgour is a top counsel for non-standard coverage disputes. Simon Garrett’s practice focuses on claims against financial institutions, commercial D&O claims and professional indemnity disputes. Alaina Wadsworth is a E&O specialist.

Practice head(s):

Ed Foss

Other key lawyers:

Simon Kilgour; Alaina Wadsworth; Simon Garrett

Key clients

QBE

Axis

Brit

AXA XL

WR Berkley

Beazley

Markel

Liberty

Tokio Marine Kilne

CNA Hardy

Work highlights

  • Advising Lonsdale Insurance Brokers Limited and its insurers on Commercial Court  proceedings issued against them by Harwood Capital LLP for allegedly failing to procure appropriate insurance to cover a high profile claim brought against Harwood in the US.
  • Acting for Marine War Risks insurers in a claim for the alleged constructive total loss of a tanker following detonation of an explosive device by persons unknown when the vessel was at anchor off Fujairah, UAE, in May 2019.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper is a popular choice for cases concerning COVID-19 related property and other losses in the Lloyd’s insurance and reinsurance markets. Other key areas of strength include aviation, cyber insurance, warranty and indemnity and political risk matters. Jane Childs continues to build the practice’s offering in international financial lines. With over 25 years’ experience Rebecca Hopkirk is the go-to advisor for property, energy, construction, utilities and infrastructure mandates. For financial lines, Andrew Symons is the contact of note, and practice head, Leon Taylor taking the lead on policy coverage, commercial contractual and coverholder disputes.

Practice head(s):

Leon Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Jane Childs; Rebecca Hopkirk; Andrew Symons

Testimonials

‘The team are exceptionally knowledgeable about warranty & indemnity insurance, very focussed on client service and finding solutions to problems. Great to work with.’

‘Andrew Symons and Jane Childs have all the qualities a client would look for. They are both extremely knowledgeable, responsive and supportive – a pleasure to work with .’

‘An efficient and responsive team with a broad commercial skillset and excellent interpersonal skills.’

‘Leon Taylor is highly skilled, technical in his approach, collaborative and responsive to the needs of insurer clients. Expert in the field.’

‘Andrew Symons is excellent with reps and warranties business- an industry leader.’

‘Andrew Symons is extremely knowledgeable across multiple insurance and reinsurance lines of business. He is always willing to go above and beyond to provide assistance where needed.’

‘Leon Taylor – stand out leader, very commercial and excellent advice.’

Key clients

Swiss Re

AIG

Zurich

Chubb

Berkshire Hathaway/Faraday syndicate/Resolute Management

AXA XL

Munich Re

Tokio Marine Kiln

Allianz/AGCS

Liberty Specialty Markets

Talbot Underwriting Limited

Placing Platform Limited

R&Q

RSA

Atrium Underwriters Limited

Crawford & Co

Hiscox syndicate at Lloyds

Beazley syndicate at Lloyds

Gen Re

Partner Re

Brit

Mosaic Insurance

Liberty Global Transactions Solutions (GTS)

Work highlights

  • Supporting Brit UW Ltd across their suite of insurance products and reinsurance contracts exposed to COVID-19 related losses, including representing Brit in the defence of proceedings commenced in the Commercial Court by a policyholder under a Property Damage/Business Interruption policy written through a major Brit coverholder (to date, the only such COVID-19 case litigated against Brit in the UK).
  • Instructed on behalf of of a significant market of London Liability Reinsurers in respect of the high-profile crash of LaMia Flight 2933, in which 71 people died, including almost all of the members of Chapecoense, a Brazilian professional football team which was on its way to a match. Continue to advise London Market Reinsurers on their strategy to mitigate their liability exposures in respect of the various claims and losses arising out of the accident.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

Instructed by policyholders, insurers, reinsurers and brokers, the ‘outstanding' team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP is continuing to bolster its successful solicitors’ professional indemnity and regulatory practice, with recent recruits of note including Will Glassey, the former head of insurance disputes at Mayer Brown International LLP. The firm also boasts a strong offering in financial lines, policy coverage, cyber insurance, and has been increasingly active in matters relating to the crisis in Ukraine and on claims arising out of Covid-19. Paul Lewis leads the practice which includes Greig Anderson, Fiona Treanor and Alexander Oddy, an expert in energy and natural resources coverage disputes. David Reston continues to work with the team as a consultant.

Practice head(s):

Paul Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Will Glassey; Greig Anderson; Fiona Treanor; Alexander Oddy; David Reston

Testimonials

‘The team is very well versed in the commercial realities of the sector, and are able to provide sound legal advice within the context of the matter at hand.’

‘Outstanding team work on very high profile, highly compressed multi party litigation where stakes were very high in terms of profile. Practice has incredible depth of experienced litigators. Heavily partner-led approach gives outstanding service and produces great strategic insight, technical savvy and efficiency of client communication. Especially at best in the toughest, multi-party litigation where the team is utterly dependable.’

‘Paul Lewis is flexible, pragmatic and an effective leader.’

‘Greig Anderson is highly astute with good judgement and great resilience. Very much on the up.’

‘Alex Oddy is very experienced, has a great view of the market and provides excellent customer service.’

‘Alex Oddy and Fiona Treanor are very focused on key issues, with a detailed grasp of the facts. Alex’s ability to represent policyholders, especially in the specialist area of oil & gas coverage law, when many law firms operating in this risk category have elected to represent insurers, really makes Alex stand out.’

Key clients

Axis

Korean Re

Marsh

Sky

Willis

Axis

Korean Re

Marsh

Sky

Willis

Work highlights

  • Advising Sky on a significant insurance claim under a construction all risks project policy relating to the design and build of its new office headquarters in West London.
  • Advising insurers on their position under an Innocent Owners marine insurance policy in respect of Vessels alleged by Owners to have been lost pursuant to orders of a foreign government authority.
  • Advising Korean Re on a dispute with retrocessionaire reinsurers in relation to the grounding and subsequent constructive total loss of a vessel off the coast of Brazil.

HFW

Christopher Foster leads a team of ‘renowned specialists in insurance and reinsurance’ at HFW, which is well-regarded for its work on cases concerning property and business interruption, and losses associated with major political upheaval and environmental disasters. ‘Up-and-coming new partner’ Rupert Warren and senior partner Christopher Cardona specialise in international financial institutions and professional indemnity work, with expertise on litigation issuing from Latin America. Consultant Andrew Bandurka has extensive experience defending liability (products, public and professional indemnity) claims, while Jonathan Bruce takes the helm on energy and marine insurance claims.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Foster

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Cardona; Andrew Bandurka; Jonathan Bruce; Rupert Warren

Testimonials

‘They are renowned (and deservedly so) specialists in insurance and reinsurance. They fight a client’s corner very hard, but not at a disproportionate cost.’

‘Andrew Bandurka is a leading light in English insurance and (especially) reinsurance. He has unparalleled experience and commercial nous. He is imaginative. He fosters a collaborative approach in his team which leads to high quality outcomes.’

‘Chris Foster is probably the best solicitor I had the pleasure of working with. He is razor-sharp and gives no quarter.’

‘Rupert Warren is an up-and-coming new partner with a bright future.’

‘Great knowledge, capability, client focus and advice.’

‘Chris Foster is a market leading litigator, huge experience in all areas of insurance and re-insurance law. He is my ‘go to’ solicitor for any tricky case!’

‘Christopher Cardona – Exceptional knowledge, skills, abilities, acumen and discusses issues with the client based on the client’s own personal legal skills and knowledge – meaning he doesn’t talk down to the client.’

‘Good commercial knowledge. Can act across the Market. Very good knowledge of international markets.’

‘Chris Cardona – very responsive. Excellent knowledge of Latin America/international markets. Turns things round quickly. ’

RPC

RPC has a well-earned reputation in financial, liability and professional lines, property, power generation, energy and marine insurance and reinsurance lines. Continuing to bolster its bench strength, the firm recently recruited Mike Newham from Mayer Brown International LLP to bolster its coverage practice and on regulatory investigations against professionals. Global department head Simon Laird and James Wickes represent financial institutions, with Wickes being one of London’s leading specialists on W&I claims. Property specialist Victoria Sherratt and onshore/offshore energy, power and heavy industry insurance risks partners Leigh Williams and Gary Walkling, are also highly recommended. For political risk, Naomi Vary is the lead, and Lucy Dyson is noted for casualty exposures in the US, Caribbean and Latin America.

Practice head(s):

Simon Laird

Other key lawyers:

James Wickes; Victoria Sherratt; Leigh Williams; Gary Walkling; Naomi Vary; Lucy Dyson; Mike Newham; Sarah Hennessy

Testimonials

‘An extremely approachable team that are always prepared to listen to their clients. This means the advice I get is as relevant as possible. The response provided is also proportionate to the issue at hand. ’

‘Gary Walkling is an excellent lawyer; very thorough and practical in his advice. He takes time to understand the circumstances beyond the documentation. This makes his advice particularly relevant and therefore more helpful.

‘Leigh Williams is an excellent lawyer. He provides a deep and well-thought through analysis of complex issues but is able to present the central issues in a concise way and with recommended steps set out.

‘I think that RPC have a great energy offering to assist us with energy related claims. The experience in the team is brilliant and it is is a very strong team as far as legal experience is concerned. I also think they have a very communication billings team and have my queries answered very quickly when I need to agree billings.’

‘Gary Walkling is an expert on energy claims under one Upstream Energy construction policy. ‘

‘RPC is one of the few firms left that with a committed insurance practice, made up of real specialists. They staff their files well – everybody involved in a matter is given responsibility, visibility and credit – and so their fees are reasonable. They’re a friendly firm with a long-term approach to client retention and relationships.’

‘James Wickes is a true all-rounder. Technically astute, commercially aware, adaptable, and down to earth. One of my go-to’s for all aspects of financial institutions / directors & officers disputes and coverage.’

‘I thoroughly enjoy working with Victoria Sherratt. She is a sound lawyer technically but it is her commerciality and knowledge of the market which really sets her apart. She is an excellent sounding board and extremely client-friendly and client-focussed.’

Key clients

Probitas 1492

QBE

Arch

AIG UK

Liberty

Hiscox

Axis

AXA XL

Hamilton

Chaucer

Work highlights

  • Conducting Lancashire’s defence, in Alcot Shipmanagement Co & Ors v (1) Lloyd’s Underwriters (2) Lancashire Insurance, in a claim made by vessel owners under an Excess Innocent Owners Insurance policy arising out of the alleged detention in Venezuela of three oil tankers with a cumulative value of $180m in 2019.
  • Pursuing a subrogated recovery against the Design and Build Team following a high profile fire in elderly care residence where absence of any duty of care is evident.
  • Acting for various reinsurers in a coverage dispute against ABSA Group Limited (a South African bank) and related companies.

Carter Perry Bailey LLP

Specialist boutique Carter Perry Bailey LLP fields insurance and reinsurance specialists with ‘excellent depth of experience’. As the only UK member of Insuralex, the leading international grouping of specialist insurance firms, it also receives a significant number of referrals from overseas (re)insurers, brokers and agents.  Stephen Carter is an authority in London Market and international insurance disputes, with a particular specialism in reinsurance and coverage. Covering contentious and non-contentious aspects, Bernadette Bailey works on direct insurance coverage and defence to property/casualty, industrial injury, public liability and professional indemnity claims. Helen Tilley is another authority on Life, Accident & Health insurance.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Carter

Other key lawyers:

Bernadette Bailey; Helen Tilley

Testimonials

‘Precise and deleted approach with proper concentration and proper resources. Attending to details, great knowledge and experience.’

‘The team as a whole is extremely knowledgeable, practical and turnaround times are excellent.’

‘Bernadette Bailey, Stephen Carter and Helen Tilley are all very approachable and extremely knowledgeable.’

‘Small specialist firm, excellent depth of insurance experience. Sensible billing rates and very responsive service. Good use of technology makes interactions across channels effective.’

‘Helen Tilley has excellent communication skills, attention to detail and a deep knowledge of insurance law. Helen is our go-to resource for both disputes and general advisory work.’

‘CPB is our go to firm for legal advice on protection claims where we receive an exemplary service’

‘Helen Tilley is the foremost legal expert in protection claims in our view’

Key clients

Allianz IARD

CIG Pannonia First Hungarian Insurance Co

HDI Gerling Insurance

Partner Re

Lime Street Insurance Brokers

Maas Lloyd Schadeverzekerings/Hampden Insurance NV

NASCO

NDI Insurance & Reinsurance Brokers

Klaverblad Schadeverzekering Maatschappij NV

SCOR Global Life

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the nine defendant reinsurance intermediaries in Equitas & Anor v Sande Investments Ltd and Others [2021].
  • Instructed by Eurolife General Insurance FFH SA in the defence of a high value international injury claim.

Clausen Miller LLP

'Consummately professional, with an excellent knowledge of insurance/reinsurance industry theory and practice’, Clausen Miller LLP is a well-reputed insurance and reinsurance litigation boutique. The team advises on liability defence, policy coverage, business interruption and subrogation, and senior partner and practice head John Startin ‘is unequalled in his knowledge of the law, and understanding the working of the marketplace’. Fellow senior partner Jonathan Hall is another international litigation specialist, particularly in claims originating from Latin/South America. He is an expert in engineering/ construction, business interruption and DSU claims.

Practice head(s):

John Startin; Jonathan Hall

Testimonials

‘The team at Clausen Miller is very friendly and it is always a pleasure to work with them. Their approach make them user-friendly and integrate themselves perfectly to the team.’

‘Jonathan Hall and John Startin are extremely capable individuals who do not hesitate to get into the details as needed, whilst providing effective strategic advice. They have an ability to grasp complex matters very quickly, analyse them and breakdown the issues into simple and digestible elements for the team to manage and work through.’

‘The team at Clausen Miller are consummately professional and have an excellent knowledge of insurance/reinsurance industry theory and practice. They are fair, extremely thorough and transparent in their actions. It is a testament to the regard that the firm are held in that they have handled some of the best-known, multi-jurisdictional insurance and reinsurance disputes in the London and LatAm markets.’

‘John Startin is invaluable in protecting my business interests. He is unfailingly honest and pragmatic. He places the commercial interests of his clients above his own billing.’

‘Jonathan Hall can take a difficult situation and simplify it, setting out a step-by-step action plan that is effective despite an increasing level of legal and industry complexity in the areas I deal with. I have worked with John and Jonathan for nearly 20 years, during which they have continually impressed me with very high levels of service, professionalism and support. I value their clear understanding of my busy commercial interests.’

‘Highly skilled and insightful lawyers who are adept at finding practical solutions to challenging legal problems’

‘John Startin stands out for his depth of experience and the way he formulates multiple ideas to try and solve problems. His warm and supportive personality genuinely make him a pleasure to work with.’

‘Clausen Miller has hands down the most knowledge of insurance and reinsurance black-letter law of anyone practicing today. And they are always available just when you need them.’

‘John Startin is unequalled in his knowledge of the insurance and reinsurance law, and understands the working of the market-place. Most importantly, he uses this knowledge to craft a strategy to obtain a favorable outcome and discusses the approach in advance. He is not averse to disagreeing with his client.

‘Jonathan Hall prodigiously digs through the documents, reports and materials in such detail, that he always finds the needed pieces to promote the case. Having done this herculean labor, he explains the facts of the case in a way that is succinct, coherent and convincing.’

DWF

DWF has been particularly busy in respect of COVID-related instructions at direct insurance and reinsurance levels, acting for both London market and international carriers, in addition to its expanding workload in product liability, property and Bermuda form. Described as a ‘pioneer in the classes he specialises in’, David Abbott is known for his political risk, trade credit and reinsurance work. For property and product liability, senior partner John Groome , Peter Barnes (particularly for Japanese and Far East markets) and Charlotte Kelly are also noted. Jonathan Moss and Antony Woodhouse also come recommended.

Practice head(s):

David Abbott

Other key lawyers:

John Groome; Jonathan Moss; Antony Woodhouse; Charlotte Kelly; Peter Barnes

Testimonials

‘David Abbott is a pioneer in the classes he specialises in.’

‘Peter Barnes’ team offer an exceptional service and I have never seen any drop off in attention, quality or service. Outstanding.’

‘Peter Barnes is a partner who is second to none in the rest of the market. A nice chap with an extremely keen eye for the detail, outstanding legal skills and utterly professional. Keeps his client in mind all of the time.

‘Charlotte Kelly is a go to partner who cannot do enough to assist her clients, is always available and very skilled and professional. She is always smiling which is contagious too. Her output is always first class.’

‘Antony Woodhouse is market savvy with extensive knowledge and considerable expertise in insurance and reinsurance law. Always gives well-defined advice without unnecessary equivocation.’

‘Antony Woodhouse is a pleasure to work with. He brings an intelligent strategic focus to a case, and works together with the client as an integral part of a legal team.’

‘David Abbott is a recognised industry leader.’

Key clients

Hamilton Group

Canopius

AXA XL

QIC

Talbot Underwriting

RSA

Chubb

Markel

Liberty Specialty

Zurich Insurance

Work highlights

  • Acting for London Market and Global insurers on coverage issues following a fire at AKM semi conductor factory in Nobeoka City, Japan on 29 October 2020.
  • Representing Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Services Ltd, Chubb, QBE, The Underwriter in a coverage dispute with Purdue Pharma arising from the US opioid epidemic. On behalf of insurers, a successful motion to stay was filed, citing arbitration provisions in Bermuda Form policies.
  • Advised Whole London Contingency (event cancellation) Market (Axa XL, Beazley, Brit, Argo, Ark, Tokio Marine HCC) on various event cancellation claims throughout the world  arising from numerous Covid 19 restrictions.

Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP

With its strong presence in the UK, U.S and around the world, Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP is frequently instructed on multijurisdictional high-value disputes involving brokers and captive insurance companies. Simon Brooks ‘ varied practice includes coverage disputes, negligence claims against insurance brokers, property damage and BI disputes, product  liability claims and D&O issues. Matthew Allen specialises in international arbitration under the Bermuda form, and is sought after for business interruption claims arising from industrial, commercial and retail interests in Latin America, Turkey, U.S and Europe. ‘Future star‘ principal associate Naz Gauri is active on property, specialty risks and Covid-19 mandates.

Practice head(s):

Simon Brooks

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Allen; Naz Gauri; Mark Everiss

Testimonials

‘The team takes the time to get to know our business intimately. That results in better, more helpful, advice. The team is highly diverse and generous with their non-billable time. I feel like I always get value for money because they get the right balance of partner and associate time recording.’

‘Simon Brooks is incredibly knowledgeable. Provides high quality legal and commercial advice.’

‘Naz Gauri gives me the comfort level of a partner, yet he is an associate. He’s a current and future star. Very good instincts on litigation and asks all the right questions.’

‘Naz Gauri is a rising star in the team. He is client focused, technically outstanding and delivers on his promises – particularly when there are tight timescales. I would recommend Naz to anyone.’

‘Mark Everiss stands out for his in-depth knowledge of the insurance and reinsurance markets based on years of experience, combined with an excellent eye for detail and a determination to deliver the best results for his clients.’

Key clients

Qatar Insurance Company

Aon Limited

AXA XL

CNA Hardy

Sedgwick Loss Adjusters

Aon Middle East LLC

Lockton Companies LLP

United Insurance Brokers

IF P&C

Gefion

Work highlights

  • Acted for a broker in an insurance coverage dispute for organisers an Ultra Techno music festival in Abu Dhabi, which was cancelled because of the spread of coronavirus.

Hogan Lovells International LLP

Hogan Lovells International LLP is known for its work involving unusual insurance policies and clauses, handling cases within the Lloyd’s Market and economic/trade sanctions in the (re)insurance market, as a result of Jamie Rogers’ expertise in this field. Global co-chair Nick Atkins has 30 years’ experience in insurance disputes for insurers and insured parties. Counsel Lydia Savill is active on property damage, trade credit, construction, fidelity/crime, D&O and professional liability claims.

Practice head(s):

Nick Atkins

Other key lawyers:

Jamie Rogers; Lydia Savill

Key clients

Mulsanne Insurance Company Limited

Citibank

CV Starr

Willis Towers Watson

Society of Lloyd’s

AXA

Securis

SCOR

Work highlights

  • Represented Mulsanne and its shareholders in ongoing litigation against a former distributor, Marshmallow Financial Services Limited.
  • Advised Citibank in relation to PPI claims for more than 10 years, and are now advising on cutting edge legal developments arising from the end stage of the permitted period for PPI claims.
  • Acting in test case litigation on issues of limitation and related strategy in response to volume claims, as part of ongoing engagement by Citibank, namely the leading case of Potter v Canada Square Operations, which has been heard in the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Ince

Leading Ince‘s practice, Jennette Newman has ‘fantastic capacity in complex, multi-party disputes’, acting for insurers, reinsurers, intermediaries, corporates, and other risk carriers in coverage cases. Ben Ogden ‘s experience covers professional indemnity work in relation to lawyers, insurance brokers and ship surveyors, and political risk, reinsurance and marine insurance. Fionna Gavin is also recommended for marine insurance, and Christopher Crane for political risk and trade credit policies.

Practice head(s):

Jennette Newman

Other key lawyers:

Ben Ogden; Fionna Gavin; Chris Crane

Testimonials

‘Professionalism and responsiveness. Ince are a partner of ours and we find them extremely driven and knowledgeable. Excellent client facing skills, always available and willing to support us.’

‘Super-proactive and client focused, always willing to go the extra mile. Easy to work with. Skilfully manages the most high profile and reputationally sensitive matters. Experts in relation to the most complex multi-jurisdictional claims and insurance coverage disputes.’

‘Jennette Newman has massive experience in insurance litigation. Fantastic capacity, in complex, multi-party disputes, to understand every involved party’s role and contribution and balance how each party and their brokers, underwriters and lawyers should participate. Quickly compels respect from other parties and leads and facilitates in multi-party actions.’

‘They have a depth and breadth of experience that I have found to be valuable in the complex London market casualty claims space. They are able to advise on matters ranging from straight forward claims to more complex international matters in a cost effective way.’

‘Jennette Newman in particular has handled some complex claims for me, she stands out given her depth of expertise and connections within the market. I always find she is very good at looking at the bigger picture.’

‘Ince have an extremely knowledgeable team who give you the confidence that you are being looked after by the best. You know you are in the right hands when other highly regarded professional bodies are pleased to be working along side Ince.’

‘Christopher Crane displays professionalism and experience in his field, always available and able to provide solid, swift advice which was so important to a time sensitive case. It was clear that his work ethic and expertise were appreciated by all professionals involved, which can be rare and vital for a positive outcome. ’

Key clients

Libya Insurance Company

Skuld Marine Agency

Anglo American

Norton Rose Fulbright

Norton Rose Fulbright has strong relationships with London based insurers and owing to its global presence, is a popular choice for overseas clients for high-value multi-party claims involving multiple jurisdictions. The practice demonstrates expertise in financial lines, property, general liability, professional indemnity D&O insurance and aviation. Moreover, it continues to expand its offering in large-scale data breaches, climate change/ESG and trade credit. Practice head Michelle George and senior consultant Adrian Mecz are the figures to note.

Practice head(s):

Michelle George

Other key lawyers:

Adrian Mecz

Key clients

AIG

Bevan Brittan LLP and its insurers

Ince & Co and its insurers

Ward Hadaway LLP, and its insurers

Charles Russell Speechlys and Speechly Bircham (together CRS) and their insurers

ERGO Versicherung AG (ERGO)

Osborne Clarke LLP and its insurers

AmTrust

AXA XL

Premia Re

Brit

Canopius

Enstar

Liberty Specialty Markets

Marsh

MS Amlin

Munich Re

Pembroke/Hamilton

QBE

Resolute

Talbot/AIG

Vitality

WR Berkley

Zurich

AIG

Bevan Brittan LLP and its insurers

Ince & Co and its insurers

Ward Hadaway LLP, and its insurers

Charles Russell Speechlys and Speechly Bircham (together CRS) and their insurers

ERGO Versicherung AG (ERGO)

Osborne Clarke LLP and its insurers

AmTrust

AXA XL

Premia Re

Brit

Canopius

Enstar

Liberty Specialty Markets

Marsh

MS Amlin

Munich Re

Pembroke/Hamilton

QBE

Resolute

Talbot/AIG

Vitality

WR Berkley

Zurich

Work highlights

  • Advising AIG on the AIG CyberEdge cyber insurance product that gives insureds pan-European, UAE, South African and Indian data breach coverage for data breach response.
  • Advised Osborne Clarke LLP defending a High Court litigation in respect of allegations of professional negligence in connection with a 2,000 unit development brought by two of the country’s leading house builders.
  • Advising Ward Hadaway LLP in respect of a High Court dispute concerning allegations of professional negligence with quantum in the region of US$45m.

Pinsent Masons LLP

Housing ‘one of the most experienced insurance teams in the UK with an international reach’ Pinsent Masons LLP is a known for depth of experience in cyber insurance, financial lines, pensions PI claims, and professional negligence cases involving law firms. Its key partners include practice head Colin Read, ‘a superb lawyer, very commercial and strategic’; pensions litigator Isabel Nurse-Marsh and cyber partner, David McIlwaine. Director Chamika Hand is also noted for directors liability claims.

Practice head(s):

Colin Read

Other key lawyers:

Isabel Nurse-Marsh; David McIlwaine; Rebecca Carrera; Chamika Hand

Testimonials

‘Excellent – extremely bight very practical and approachable and extremely’

‘Colin Read is outstanding – a superb lawyer, extremely bright, very commercial and strategic, and fantastic with clients – a real pleasure to work with’

‘One of the most experienced insurance teams in the UK with an international reach.’

‘Rebecca Carrera is the stand out legal director and a partner in waiting.’

‘Colin Read is simply outstanding. He has gift of making the complex simple; of easing client through their challenges and overall is a pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Aviva

Argo

Chubb

Balfour Beatty

OIC (in Administration) – PWC

Axa

RSA

Partner Re

HSBC

Riverstone

Simmons & Simmons

Working across bases in London and Bristol, the team at Simmons & Simmons collaborate with colleagues across the firm's international network to represent insurers, financial institutions and brokers in coverage disputes arising out of construction defect, professional indemnity and product liability claims. The firm is also noted for its specialism in life science and media and telecoms. James Pollock leads the team which includes Felix Zimmermann and Jonathan Spencer.

Practice head(s):

James Pollock

Other key lawyers:

Felix Zimmermann; Jonathan Spencer

Browne Jacobson LLP

Boasting a ‘superb team with brilliant lawyers across the spectrum’ Browne Jacobson LLP has maintained a steady stream of activity in Covid-19 business interruption claims, construction, coverholder issues and reinsurance. Through its membership of Harmonie Group, a global network of independent specialist insurance law firms, the practice receives a significant amount of cross-border work. Practice head Colin Peck primarily handles large-scale property damage and business interruption claims. Francis Mackie ‘s practice covers energy, professional indemnity, political risks, pharmaceutical/product liability.

Practice head(s):

Colin Peck; Francis Mackie

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge and understanding of the market and the law, but still excellent value.’

‘Colin Peck: a highly knowledgeable and thoughtful lawyer and a delight to deal with.’

‘A superb team with brilliant lawyers across the spectrum. They stand-out from their hands-on and collaborative approach, able to bring to any dispute the right mix of partner and associates.’

‘Colin Peck is an authority on all matters connected with insurance and is a go to figure in the London insurance and reinsurance market with an enviable following of international clients.

‘Francis Mackie. Always keen to help, very constructive and imaginative with solutions. Terrific knowledge of the law.’

‘Colin Peck – such an experienced litigator with outstanding knowledge of insurance matters

Key clients

Hiscox Dedicated Corporate Syndicate 33

Starr Managing Agents Ltd (trading as Syndicate CVS 1919)

Chaucer Plc

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP is routinely instructed on complex reinsurance and coverage disputes involving an international element. With 35 years experience covering all aspects in the insurance sector, Jonathan Sacher is one of London’s senior practitioners, and co-leads the ‘technically strong, commercially minded’ team alongside reinsurance expert, Anthony Lennox. Kelly Jones is another sought after reinsurance specialist.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Sacher; Anthony Lennox

Other key lawyers:

Kelly Jones

Testimonials

‘A technically strong, commercially minded, client focused and professional but friendly team. Very good at working with the client to find a practical solution.’

‘Jonathan Sacher – very strong technical reinsurance expertise which is mirrored in his team.’

‘We cannot recommend the team more highly. We have used them for very different tasks, from wording updates to comply with new English new laws, to dispute resolution and litigation. Their advice is imaginative and often very effective.’

‘Jonathan Sacher is outstanding. He has produced tactics on two separate occasions that produced speedy agreement and avoided a dispute.’

Cooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP‘s vast experience covers third-party liability insurance, professional indemnity, product liability, financial institutions and Bermuda Form, through to cyber risk, business interruption, marine, energy and property. Senior counsel David Kendall has extensive experience of Bermuda form arbitrations in London. For coverage disputes involving product liability or innovative insurance products, fellow senior counsel Richard Hopley is the go-to figure.

Other key lawyers:

David Kendall; Richard Hopley

Testimonials

‘Cooley’s insurance and reinsurance litigation team have vast experience and knowledge of insurance and reinsurance litigation and the markets, and real strength in depth. All of the members of the team whom I have worked with on cases have been first-rate and a pleasure to work with.’

‘David Kendall is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable insurance and reinsurance lawyers in London. What he doesn’t know about insurance and reinsurance isn’t worth knowing!’

‘Richard Hopley also stands out for his vast experience of insurance and reinsurance litigation and his ability to master complex and difficult cases.’

Key clients

Lloyd’s Market Association (the LMA)

MMI

Ambridge Partners

The Mediterranean Insurance & Reinsurance Company Limited (in Administration (Med Re)

Equitas

Hiscox

FM Global

Keystone Law

Keystone Law's bench of specialists are active across the active in marine, life sciences and aviation sectors. James Crabtree and Jason Kallis are among the key names; they were recently joined by James Healy-Pratt, formerly of Stewarts Law LLP, an experienced aviation litigator with a history representing families and pilots/crew, as well as aviation insurers in aviation accidents. Antony Colman and Elaine Chan advise insurers and manufacturers in product liability claims. 

Practice head(s):

James Crabtree; Jason Kallis

Other key lawyers:

James Healey-Pratt; Antony Colman; Elaine Chan

Testimonials

‘James Crabtree is a fantastic solicitor.’

‘Keystone Law pay huge attention to detail in these complex areas, do not take no for an answer and push problems until they create a resolution, using all the weapons at their disposal, including ADR.’

‘Elaine Chan is a particular expert in product liability and also Chinese litigation which is particularly challenging because China’s unique jurisdiction challenges.’

‘Keystone Law provides an amazing stable thoroughbred lawyers to practice law without the attendant management concerns of large firms.’

‘Antony Colman is great, he is able to provide top-drawer advice and represent his trusted clientele in their important product liability and insurance litigation.’

‘Antony Colman is an excellent lawyer – and a first rate litigator. He has earned respect and trust of his long-standing and loyal clients as the result of the sheer quality of his tireless work on their behalves. He is one of the best in the field and his strategic insight and intellectual acumen that he is a formidable opponent. His fluency in German is that he has particular rapport with German companies and insurers – and has carved out a niche practice in this area. He’s not only clever and calm but also very courteous – a deadly combination in any litigator.’

‘Keystone has a profound practice in the insurance and reinsurance sector. The quality of advice benefits maximally from the experience and know-how of the individual team members, especially James Crabtree, whose advice is always considered, efficient and to the point.’

‘James Crabtree: His knowledge of the insurance and reinsurance sector and industry is very strong and he is an experienced and trustworthy advisor to his clients.’

Key clients

HDI Global SE

Allianz Global CS

Barbican Managing Agency Limited

UNIQA Österreich Versicherungen AG

Samsung SDI

WR Berkley (Offshore)

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co. Ltd

Yamaha Motor Europe NV, Branch UK

Argo Global Insurers

Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance

CFC Underwriting

Work highlights

  • Advising Samsung and their Captive on fires and related damage caused by misuse or defective batteries manufactured by the Insured entity and pursuing distributors and retailers for breach of distribution agreements made between Samsung and its distributors.

Mayer Brown International LLP

Mayer Brown International LLP has a long-established track record of work on cross-border disputes and in claims in offshore jurisdictions such as the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Gibraltar, and Jersey. Its varied practice spans professional indemnity, through to cyber, construction, energy and financial lines. Known for his work in the professional liability field, Jim Oulton acts in the English courts on claims concerning accountants, insolvency practitioners, lawyers and tax professionals. James Whitaker is recommended for mandates in the financial services, and Tim Shepherd defends claims relating to transactions.

Practice head(s):

Jim Oulton

Other key lawyers:

James Whitaker; Tim Shepherd

Testimonials

‘Mayer Brown’s construction insurance team are very experienced in this area with a strong understanding of the issues, a pragmatic approach to dispute resolution and good judgment.’

‘The team at Mayor Brown delivered bespoke technical expertise and guidance. At all stages of the process we felt confident in the advice provided and the support given. Communication was detailed, timely and consistent with our service requirements.’

‘Very thorough case preparation and analysis coupled with sound judgement.’

Key clients

QBE

Axa XL

Beazley

Chaucer

Zurich

Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe

HCC

Shoosmiths LLP

Shoosmiths LLP‘s practice is led by the triple-qualified (England, New York and Bermuda) Susie Wakefield, who has extensive expertise advising direct insurers, excess carriers, reinsurers and Lloyd’s coverholders as well as intermediaries and policyholders. Other key figures include partner Philip Tansley and principle associate Matthew Brown. Elliot Bishop continues to lead the luxury asset group.

Practice head(s):

Susie Wakefield

Other key lawyers:

Philip Tansley; Matthew Brown; Elliot Bishop; Richard Marshall

Testimonials

‘First rate. Formidable opponents in litigation – hard hitting, close attention to detail and commercially very astute.’

Matthew Brown is bright and very thorough. One to watch.’

‘High quality insurance practice with strong leadership and strength in depth.’

‘Richard Marshall is an insurance expert who has an encyclopaedic knowledge of insurance law and is tactically astute. He is also a delight to deal with.’

‘Richard Marshall: savvy and experienced. Very quick to identify the core strengths and vulnerabilities in any litigation.’

Key clients

Chubb European Group Limited

AmTrust Europe Limited

Bothnia International Insurance Company Limited/ CompRe

Starstone Underwriting/ Enstar

Zurich Plc

SCOR SE

Allianz North America

HDI Gerling

MD Insurance Services

Nexus

Comparethemarket.com (BGL Group)

AIG

Work highlights

  • Successfully dismissed a high value claim for AmTrust addressing complex issues of mistake, estoppel and waiver.
  • Advising London market insurers on significant D&O coverage dispute headed to trial later this year.
  • Representing Zurich and Scor in upcoming trial in the Commercial Court addressing insurability of fines arising out of T-Mobile hack in 2018.

Slaughter and May

Efstathios Michael at Slaughter and May approaches ‘reinsurance disputes with excellent commercial judgement and an incisive legal mind’. He continues to be highly sought after for policy coverage and interpretation, aggregation, non-disclosure and misrepresentation, and business interruption insurance. Damian Taylor, financial institutions specialist Ewan Brown and associate Nupur Upadhyay are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Richard Swallow

Other key lawyers:

Efstathios Michael; Ewan Brown; Nupur Upadhyay

Testimonials

‘The team is highly pragmatic and commercial, efficient, responsive and switched on. They are also a pleasure to deal with.’

‘Efstathios Michael is a truly class act – he approaches even the most difficult, complex insurance and reinsurance disputes with good humour, excellent commercial judgement and an incisive legal mind. Not only an impressive all-rounder but always great fun to work with.’

‘Nupur Upadhyay is a bright and energetic insurance lawyer with an eye for detail and a very engaging manner. A great team player.’

‘The practice remains unique in the breadth of experience of the team and their ability to cover such a broad range of issues. They are, contrary to reputation, extremely practical and commercial in their approach with a willingness to give clear, strategic advice.

Key clients

Marsh Limited

Zurich

Aviva

Work highlights

  • Advising Marsh Limited, a leading insurance broker, in relation to matters arising out of a specialist insurance policy following the explosion of a satellite.
  • Providing strategic advice to Zurich Insurance plc on high profile business interruption insurance FCA test case.

Stephenson Harwood

Recognised for its specialist knowledge in coverage and marine insurance, Stephenson Harwood advises on cases concerning constructive total losses, notices of abandonment and increased value policies, war risk, as well as complex cargo and commodity fraud and multiple shipment losses. Shipping partner Alex Davis has significant experience of acting primarily for international insurance markets handling casualties, collisions, salvage, and wreck removals.

Practice head(s):

Alex Davis

Other key lawyers:

Richard Hugg

Testimonials

‘Alex Davis has been around long enough to not only have got the t-shirt but the sweatshirt and hoodie as well. This means he has the contacts and is not afraid to use them to open a channel of communication, rather than what we often see where the lawyer simply fires off antagonistic letters. He is refreshingly commercial and tells it like it is.’

‘Richard Hugg is a non-typical lawyer who knows the market and is able to give pragmatic advice. Richard is at home across the various niche areas in the marine market and this generalist knowledge gives him a broader view of the issues.’

Key clients

Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Limited

Brit Insurance

Talbot Underwriting

QBE

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

North of England

Sunderland Marine

British Marine

GAREX

AXA XL

Allianz Global Corporate Solution

Generali

Work highlights

  • Representing a consortium of War Risks insurers in respect of a claim brought by claimant under a policy of marine insurance for an alleged constructive total loss of the vessel ‘WIN WIN’.
  • Advised war risks insurers in respect of US$20m+ claim arising following the detention of fully laden bulk carrier in Indonesia following a major casualty involving damage to subsea pipeline, subsequent major pollution and resultant explosion killing five local fishermen.
  • Instructed to advise and assist war risk underwriters in respect of a potential constructive loss claim arising out of the detainment of a vessel in Nigeria. The vessel was detained following the discovery of drugs on board during discharge operations.

Plexus Law

Insurance specialist Plexus Law is home to a number of expert advisers including Victoria Jordan, a senior partner focusing on property risk and coverage and expertise advising on construction risks and property related professional liability. Elsewhere, Paul Cha advises on coverage issues such as misrepresentation and the aggregation of losses arising from multiple events. Andrew Crocombe leads the P&I and and financial risk team. 

Practice head(s):

Victoria Jordan; Andrew Crocombe; Paul Cha

Testimonials

‘They have great experience and strength in depth, and are real leaders in the insurance field.’

‘Victoria Jordan: fantastic experience, and knows how to achieve a good result for her clients.’

Beale & Co

Continuing to strengthen and expand its market presence, boutique insurance practice Beale & Co recently welcomed ex-BLM duo Ross Baker and Martin Jensen to form a combined five-partner strong team of litigators with significant capabilities and expertise in defending professional negligence claims, and on policy issues arising from PI and D&O policies. Senior associate Nathan Penny-Larter specialises in defending professional negligence claims against architects, engineers and other professionals.

Practice head(s):

Ross Baker; Martin Jensen

Other key lawyers:

Nathan Penny-Larter

Testimonials

‘Very bright lawyers who are technically excellent with sound judgement.’

‘Ross Baker – a new arrival who has excellent understanding of the law, sound judgment and is very good with clients.’

‘Already a strong team in insurance and reinsurance (and the overlap area of insurance brokers’ negligence claims), Beale & Co have recently added Ross Baker and Martin Jensen from BLM at partner level, along with some experienced associates.’

‘Ross Baker – insurers and reinsurers trust him with their very high profile and high value work – with good reason. He has huge experience of insurance litigation and is tough but also has great soft skills.’

‘Martin Jensen – an intelligent and pragmatic litigator. Excellent on liability insurance coverage including professional indemnity insurance.’

‘Martin Jensen is a very gifted lawyer: technically brilliant, but never allowing the law to obscure a sensible commercial settlement for the client. Martin is a superb team player; he is collaborative, supportive and generous in his praise of others. If I were in trouble myself, Martin is the person I would want to look after my interests.’

‘An excellent firm with an exceptional insurance and reinsurance litigation practice. Beale & Co’s lawyers are a detail-driven team, leaving no stone unturned, and offering their clients a quality of service that is not easily matched. With an extensive level of expertise within this area of the law, Beale & Co offer excellent advice and undertake a diligent approach to each of their matters.’

‘Ross Baker is a true expert in insurance and reinsurance litigation, offering unbeatable knowledge in this area of the law and a wealth of practical experience to match it. He demonstrates excellent judgement and offers clients sound and strategic advice, whilst also ensuring that clients are always kept up to date throughout the litigation process. A very safe pair of hands, no matter how challenging the case.’

Dechert LLP

Dechert LLP handles cross-border insurance disputes of all types, including Lloyd’s-related matters and Bermuda Form arbitration. Coverage issues are a key area of instruction, along with a steady stream of mandates involving brokers’ negligence, disputes over complex hybrid reinsurance products and issues arising from insurer insolvency. Head of commercial disputes Dorothy Cory-Wright leads the practice, working alongside fellow senior litigator, Stephen Surgeoner .

Practice head(s):

Dorothy Cory-Wright

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Surgeoner

Keoghs LLP

Keoghs LLP is known for being 'on top of what is going on in the insurance and reinsurance market, proactive in looking for new opportunities and always ready to deal with new challenges.' The team focuses on medium to high value contentious insurance and reinsurance claims; Sian Davies advises on sensitive claims for private sector healthcare providers and their insurers in respect of coverage and product liability matters. Richard Houseago is an authority in property, engineering and energy matters, as is Andrew Schütte for D&O, professional indemnity, cyber insurance and reinsurance.

Practice head(s):

Richard Houseago; Sian Davies

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Schütte

Testimonials

‘Keoghs offers a diverse skill set, well suited to the vagaries of the types of claims the insurance market can throw up. While offering uniformly good service, they will also seek to tailor this not only to the individual insurer client but the individual within the client providing the instruction.’

‘The team is on top of what is going on in the insurance and reinsurance market, proactive in looking for new opportunities and always ready to deal with new challenges. A well organised outfit.’

‘Andrew Schutte has an excellent knowledge of the insurance and reinsurance market. He is proactive in ensuring he knows where the next round of disputes are going to be, and ensuring he is on top of it. In terms of litigation, he has an excellent instinct for taking the right course, and has a well organised team.’

‘Richard Houseago is very responsive, gets to the point quickly and provides excellent advice very quickly.’

Key clients

AXA

Zurich

Argo Global

Esure

Markel

LV/Allianz

Ageas

Mills & Reeve LLP

Mills & Reeve LLP is instructed on cases ranging from cyber and D&O through to political risk and credit insurance. Since joining the firm in 2019, Andrew Tobin has strengthened its offering in the fields of political risk, credit insurance, political violence, fine art and UK international property and casualty. Neil Davis is the lead contact for professional indemnity, cyber and D&O insurance. Its newest partner, Tom Filby works with the its international network on cross-border mandates, often with Francophone jurisdictions and on D&O and corporate liability issues under sports governance policies.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Tobin; Neil Davis

Other key lawyers:

Tom Filby

Testimonials

‘Mills & Reeve provide a fantastic service to the insurance industry, which feels considerably more personal and better focused than their competitors. They understand the commercial side of our relationships with our clients, and give honest advice as to when we should take a firm position and when we should compromise. The utilisation of resources is sensible, with appropriate numbers of associates appointed to claims, resulting in reasonable billing outcomes.’

‘Andrew Tobin is very personable and easy to work with; he has the ability to make complex matters of law sound relatively simple. He is very responsive and makes himself available at short notice, and I’m confident of obtaining the best possible outcome on anything he’s involved with.’

‘I do not feel that we would have received the same level of dedication and responsiveness on our important claim from another firm.’

Work highlights

  • Defending RiverStone Insurance and Lloyd’s of London in proceedings issued by 5R Metal in Ljubljana District Court in Slovenia against Lloyd’s of London and FUNK International SpA. 5R are seeking damages for breach of its specie insurance policy following Underwriters’ declinature of its claim for losses apparently suffered in an alleged armed robbery in Northern Italy on the basis of fraud.

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP's London team is led by senior partner Rhys Clift, who holds over 35 years’ experience in insurance and reinsurance. Marine insurance, coverage disputes and credit risk are his key areas, working alongside consultant John Strange, associate director Louise High and Guildford-based travel law head Mark Lee.

Practice head(s):

Rhys Clift; Mark Lee

Other key lawyers:

John Strange; Louise High

Testimonials

‘The team has a strong insurance practice, at all levels. A distinguishing feature is the very high quality of trainees that the firm attracts. Consequently, most trainees end up having an important role within individual matters and the partners then have a tough time deciding who to retain from among a very strong pool. This is good for clients since having a large number of trainee hours keeps costs down.’

‘Louise High and her team are very very good – sensible, unflappable, responsive to industry and very knowledgeable.’

‘Rhys Clift at PMC has many years of experience in acting for and against insurers in a wide variety of marine and energy insurance risks. He has the ability to see the bigger picture which is of great assistance to his clients.’

‘Rhys Clift has decades of experience in insurance and particularly marine insurance. He has some of the most interesting cases in the market. His technical knowledge and understanding of principles of insurance is second to none, and far superior to that of partners at other comparable firms, in my experience. He is also extremely committed and dedicated to his clients, frequently working around the clock to get the job done.’

‘The key person from my perspective is Rhys Clift. He has enormous experience and is a shrewd and highly competent litigator, a real force to be reckoned with, and a veteran of some huge cases particularly in the marine sector.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for Fleetscape in coverage litigation against MI underwriters on multiple total loss claims (11 vessels).
  • Acted for GNMTC in coverage litigation against hull and war underwriters in London,  on total loss claim for vessel BADR, in multiple jurisdictions.

Signature Litigation LLP

Hermes Marangos is the key figure at Signature Litigation LLP, a boutique practice with expertise leading high value disputes in emerging markets in Latin America, the Mediterranean basin, Asia and West Africa. Marangos stands out for his work in political and trade and war and terrorism risks, and knowledge in developing wordings for investors and the reinsurance market. Joining in from Dechert LLP in November 2021, Simon Fawell ‘s practice focuses on cyber-breach recovery.

Practice head(s):

Hermes Merangos

Other key lawyers:

Simon Fawell

Testimonials

‘Highly professional and very experienced litigation team. Provides in-depth and prompt advice. High-caliber litigation lawyers.’

‘Hermes Marangos is a top-notch litigator. He is very thorough and able to work in many jurisdictions as he can speak seven languages fluently; a talent that is very difficult to come by.’

‘Hermes Marangos is well known for insurance disputes work which has an international element. He has arbitrated and litigated insurance disputes in more different jurisdictions than almost any other solicitor I know.’

‘Excellent knowledge of local practice in several countries. Excellent collaboration with Hermes Marangos.’

‘Hermes Marangos has demonstrated passion, been proactive and displayed out-of-the-box strategic advice. He has a never-say-die approach and has been a great motivator of the team.’

‘Hermes Marangos is an excellent lawyer who cares about his cases and his clients. Always available and happy to discuss his cases. He is always on the look out for a chance to get the claim settled to our advantage. His knowledge of Latin American particularly Brazil is second to none.’

Work highlights

  • Advising various retail investors on a claim arising from allegations against two life insurance companies in respect of commercial insurance products sold to a range of investors, in a group action against Old Mutual (now Quilter) and Friends Provident.

Weightmans LLP

Weightmans LLP continues to diversify its offering with a steady stream of instructions in D&O, cyber and aviation, complemented by its existing reputation for insurance work in the property, construction and financial services. Rob Williams heads the practice from Liverpool where he primarily acts for composite insurers.

Practice head(s):

Rob Williams

Other key lawyers:

Ling Ong; Alex Marler

Testimonials

‘The insurance/reinsurance team brings a very bespoke service for insurance/reinsurance disputes that keeps cost down and tends to bring a positive resolution.’

‘They are responsive and think through the steps they take in dealing with a claim, but without spending excessive amounts of time (and money) doing so.’

‘Ling Ong is my go to reinsurance dispute legal advisor. She has a way of always making herself available and providing key opinions in a short timeframe to enable good decision making. Her opinions are also well though out and she brings both an intellectual and commercial approach to her opinions.’

‘Alex Marler is a highly professional and personable practitioner which is underpinned by his outstanding technological knowledge. His ability to communicate and convey complex matters in a structured and well rounded manner is first-class.’

Key clients

Zurich

AIG

Tokio Marine HCC

CFC Underwriting

Starstone

HDI Global Specialty

Sirius International Insurance Corporation

Argo Global

Markel International

Markel UK

Hamilton

RiverStone