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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 has 'excellent' capabilities in the product liability space, notably representing Munich Re in global claims relating to 'metal on metal' prostheses. The 'very capable' Jason Bright specialises in this area and advises primary and excess layer insurers on product liability and product recall losses. Another key member of the practice is the 'exceptionally intelligent' James Pollock, who focuses on professional liability, coverage, reinsurance and construction matters.

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Professional negligence

Within: Leading individuals

James Pollock - Simmons & Simmons

Within: Professional negligence

Simmons & Simmons has an 'exceptionally talented team for professional negligence work', which is based across its London and Bristol offices. It handles cases for insurers and insured clients, in cases involving accountants, lawyers, actuaries, construction professionals, financial advisers, brokers, IT consultants, surveyors and valuers. The team utilises its global footprint to advise on cross-border disputes; it is regularly engaged on claims across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. International insurance and construction head James Pollock successfully defended CMS and its insurer, QBE, in two professional negligence claims in the Commercial Court. UK head of insurance and construction Emily Monastiriotis handles a range of complex construction claims and is involved in a number of post-Grenfell instructions involving cladding.  Felix Zimmermann is instructed on claims against insurance brokers, construction professionals, accountants and solicitors, and has particular experience in claims against lawyers arising out of complex conveyancing transactions.

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London: Real estate

Construction: contentious

Within: Construction: contentious

Simmons & Simmons has a broad construction practice with a key focus on transport infrastructure such as rail, roads, seaports and airports, advising clients including architects and consultants. The practice is led by the 'dedicated and commercially astute'  Emily Monastiriotis who advises insurers on construction disputes and handles claims for delays and associated costs, alongside her expertise in cladding claims. James Pollock is another key member of the team, and focuses on defending construction professionals.

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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.
    - Simmons & Simmons

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