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Norton Rose Fulbright

Michelle George

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Norton Rose Fulbright

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Insurance and reinsurance; alternative dispute resolution (ADR); litigation; international arbitration.


London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Within: Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Norton Rose Fulbright provides a ‘Rolls-Royce service’ that offers ‘sound advice and good team work’. A practice that works across the board, it has seen a particular increase in activity by regulators, with clients relying on its D&O and regulatory investigation expertise. The firm is also increasing its cyber and data protection insurance practice as a result of new mandates such as its appointment as data breach response counsel to AIG’s large corporate insureds in Europe. Several of the team's highlights came from its strong marine practice: it was instructed to pursue a recovery action on behalf of Aspen Insurance, Travelers and AXA, as hull underwriters, against the owners and mortgagee bank of Atlantik Confidence, in respect of the payment of a constructive total loss following the fire on board and eventual sinking of the vessel on 3 April 2013. Chris Zavos led on this case and is currently also acting for London market war risks insurers in defence of claims following an alleged piracy attack on a crude oil tanker in the high-profile and well-publicised case of the Brillante Virtuoso. The practice is headed by Liam O’Connell, known for his ‘sound legal advice and innovative solutions to problematic legal issues’, and continues to grow. The arrival of the ‘excellentAdrian Mecz, Michelle George and Jonathan Ogle from the firm's combination with legacy firm Chadbourne & Parke has further strengthened the insurance and reinsurance practice in London, adding ‘strong technical knowledge, tempered with good commercial and common sense’.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Norton Rose Fulbright is praised for its ‘friendly and collaborative approach’ and is best known for its experience in the financial services sector, advising on a range of high-value claims involving financial institutions, asset managers, solicitors, accountants, actuaries, insolvency practitioners, stockbrokers and insurance brokers. Beazley, Brit, Hyperion, Liberty Specialty Markets and Lloyds Banking Group are clients. Ffion Flockhart is defending Keoghs LLP and its professional indemnity insurers against a £127m fraud and conspiracy claim brought against it and two other solicitors' firms by Accident Exchange, a credit hire company. Liam O’Connell has a ‘calm but authoritative style of delivery’; Kirsty Hick is ‘fantastic’; and Susan Dingwall stands out for her ‘in-depth experience’. Corporate tax specialist Angela Savin; Lesley Browning, who handles pensions-related matters; head of tax for Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Brazil Dominic Stuttaford; property litigation head David Stevens; and Paul Morris, who focuses on banking and finance-related disputes, are also recommended, as are Katie StephenMichelle George, Jonathan Ogle and Adrian Mecz, who joined the team as a result of the merger with Chadbourne & Parke LLP, and senior associates Simon Radcliffe and Helen Fairhead. Deirdre Walker is now based in the firm’s Dubai office.

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