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James Pollock

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Simmons & Simmons

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Dispute resolution.


James is head of Simmons & Simmons’ international insurance litigation and professional risk group whose principal areas of practice are High Court litigation, adjudication and mediation, with a particular focus on professional liability, coverage disputes, reinsurance and construction. His professional liability practice focuses on defending solicitors, construction professionals and brokers. James is recognised for his expertise in contentious matters. Clients commend him for remaining “calm, clear and concise under pressure”.


Qualified 1993; partner Simmons & Simmons 2003.

London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Within: Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Simmons & Simmons provides ‘excellent service, quick responses and very technical individuals who will go above and beyond to assist the client, whatever the query’. One of the clear stand-outs is Jason Bright, who is ‘an excellent and extremely approachable lawyer, with an immense understanding of the needs of the insurance market and the difficulties it faces’. Focused on product liability and product recall losses, ‘his advice is always clear and concise and he has the intelligence to find solutions where others wouldn’t’. Overall, the firm specialises in five key sectors: financial institutions, asset management, life sciences and technology, media, and telecoms. The insurance team focuses on practice areas that complement these sectors, such as cyber liability, fine art claims, intellectual property liability and media professional liability claims. Headed by James Pollock, the practice spans Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and includes experts in other jurisdictions such as Latin America. This allows for a crucial cross-border capacity.

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Professional negligence

Within: Leading individuals

James Pollock - Simmons & Simmons

Within: Professional negligence

Simmons & Simmons provides the ‘highest level of technical knowledge in professional negligence matters’ and is regularly instructed in cases against accountants, lawyers, actuaries, construction professionals, financial advisers, brokers, IT consultants, surveyors and valuers. Team head James Pollock ‘gives superlative tactical guidance to ensure minimal wasted time or effort and ensures appropriate and speedy responses to any questions; you want him on your side’. Pollock is defending CMS in a £65m claim brought by a former client of the firm, Mr Alexander Mayr, and two of his companies in relation to a French investment undertaken in 2011. AIG, Starstone, KPF, Lockton Companies and MS Amlin are also clients. Colin Passmore is experienced in claims relating to accountancy professionals; Simon Hilditch is ‘first-rate’ and is noted for his expertise in finance-related mandates; and Felix Zimmermann specialises in defending professional negligence claims against insurance brokers, construction professionals, accountants and solicitors. Emily Monastiriotis is ‘practical, legally astute’ and ‘thoroughly understands the construction industry’, and Bristol-based managing associate Jonathan Spencer is also active in construction disputes. Managing associate Sherry Goodman-Smith is also recommended.

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London: Real estate


Within: Construction

The 'very responsive and commercial' Richard Dyton heads the transnational team at Simmons & Simmons, specialising in PPP/PFI concessions, with a particular focus on the energy and infrastructure sectors. Recent work includes advising Momentum Infrastructure, a JV of three leading contractors bidding for enabling and civil works on the HS2 project, on their bid documents and risk analysis. The team have also provided English law advice to Russian law firm Ivanyan & Partners for their purchaser client, who are under an €85m contract for the supply and installation of coal handling equipment at Vanino Port. The 'extremely knowledgeable' Emily Monastiriotis heads the disputes team. James Pollock is recommended. Rob Horne departed in October 2017 for Osborne Clarke.

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Legal Developments by:
Simmons & Simmons

  • Failure to counter financial crime: Norwich Union Life

    In December 2007, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) imposed a fine of £1.26m on Norwich Union Life (part of the Aviva Group), one of the largest life insurance businesses in the UK with around seven million customers. The fine related to failures to take reasonable care to establish and maintain effective systems and controls for countering the risks of financial crime. The fine is the latest confirmation of the emphasis being placed on protecting clients and customers from the threat of financial crime.
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