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Carter Perry Bailey LLP

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 3

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.

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‘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.’

Key clients

HDI Gerling Insurance

NASCO France


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

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 4

Led by Stephen Carter, boutique city firm Carter Perry Bailey LLP advises brokers and insurers on insurance matters. A large proportion of the firm's work is cross-jurisdictional, and Carter specialises in regulatory and contractual insurance work.

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‘Quick to respond. Exceptional service, with commercial nous.’

‘Experienced professionals who genuinely value their client relationships.’

‘Stephen Carter – a veteran in the re/insurance sector. Combines great knowledge/experience with commercial understanding.’

Key clients

Community Reinsurance Corporation Ltd

Hampden Group/Maas Lloyd Schadeverzekeringsmaatschappij

Patria re

Pareto Re

Litmus Analysis Ltd

Nasco France

NDI Insurance & Reinsurance Brokers

NPA Insurance Company

Lime Street Broking Group

Sentry Insurance, A Mutual Company

Professional negligence Tier 5

Carter Perry Bailey LLP goes ‘the extra mile’ to defend claims against solicitors, property agents, brokers, pharmacists and financial institutions, as well as handling claimant work for insurance entities. The team's international client base includes insurers, brokers, financial institutions, public authorities and corporates. The 'exceptional' Mark Aizlewood works with insurers on a wide range of coverage issues. Managing partner Stephen Carter handles both contentious and non-contentious insurance work.

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‘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.’

‘Mark Aizlewood is exceptional. A real fighter who has his clients’ backs and can be relied upon to leave no stone unturned.’

‘Stephen Carter knows everything there is to know about insurance and reinsurance, and associated professional negligence (for example brokers) litigation.’

‘The team at the firm have excellent subject matter expertise, are very pragmatic and accessible. They all go the extra mile for the client and every assignment, however big or small, matters.’


Key clients

Syria Arab Insurance Company

Balva Insurance Company AAS

PartnerRe Ireland Insurance Ltd

Maas Lloyd Schadeverzekeringsmaatschappij NV

Solicitors Indemnity Fund

Nexus Claims Management

NPA Insurance Company


Towerbridge Group

Carter Perry Bailey LLP (CPB) is one of the leading boutique insurance and reinsurance practices in the UK and the international market. Expertise includes reinsurance, insurance claims and coverage, insurance defence, commercial and regulatory advice drafting and transactional work. The firm has represented UK and international insurers and reinsurers, Lloyd’s syndicates, brokers, agents, run-off managers and others involved in insurance and reinsurance transactions and disputes. CPB also acts in international commercial disputes, including international arbitration, and in trust and fiduciary disputes.

The firm: CPB was formed in 2009. Its partners are all experienced professionals in the international insurance and reinsurance marketplace. All have worked with large City firms and share a desire to provide high-quality specialist service in a modern and innovative boutique environment.

Much of CPB’s work is international, a capability uniquely enhanced by being the exclusive UK member of Insuralex, the leading international grouping of independent law firms with specialisms in insurance and reinsurance law, covering more than 50 jurisdictions worldwide. CPB’s partners are also active in other international legal organisations, including the International Association of Defense Counsel (of which Bill Perry is a past president), the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (of which Stephen Carter is a vice-chair of the international section and past chair of the reinsurance section), the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, British Institute of International and Comparative Law and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. CPB’s lawyers also include members of the Association of Contentious Trust & Probate Solicitors, the Institute of Art & Law, the British Insurance Law Association, the Chartered Insurance Institute, the Insurance & Reinsurance Legacy Association and the Association of Insurance & Reinsurance Service Providers (of which Bill Perry is current chairman).

Types of work undertaken
Insurance and reinsurance contentious: CPB acts in insurance and reinsurance disputes, including complex international litigation and arbitration. In reinsurance CPB acts in proportional and non-proportional risks, both facultative and treaty. Insurance coverage involves a wide variety of classes of business, including property/casualty, professional indemnity, D&O, BBB, credit, cyber, business interruption, fine art and specie, construction, marine, general aviation, contingency, EL, PL and life and health. Insurance defence work includes a range of business areas, such as professional and financial risks, public liability, industrial injury and fine art.

Professional and financial liability: expertise includes solicitors, barristers, brokers, property agents, surveyors, valuers, accountants, directors and officers, banks, financial advisors, insurance professionals, construction professionals, trustees and executors, dentists, galleries and auction houses.

Insurance and reinsurance non-contentious: CPB’s non-contentious work includes advising on the establishment of brokers and insurers in the UK, drafting insurance/reinsurance documentation (including ART/ILS-related), agency agreements, advice on FSMA 2000 Part VII transfers of business and run-off issues, regulatory advice and representation, sales and purchases of companies, brokers and portfolios, as well as in other transactional matters including warranty and indemnity provisions in corporate M&A work. CPB has also been instructed to assist corporate law firms in relation to the specialist insurance aspects of transactions that they act in.

Trust and fiduciary disputes: this work can involve the breakdown of relationships between family members, beneficiaries, trustees and advisers, often with large sums at stake and multi-jurisdictional involvements. Expertise ranges from issues of mental capacity to execute wills to international disputes involving the suitability of complex debt instruments as trust investments and proper administration of extensive international trust assets.

Trade and commerce: CPB also acts for domestic and overseas corporations in international commercial arbitration and commercial litigation. The firm acts for companies involved in commerce and international trade-related disputes.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Stephen Carter 020 3697 1902
Partner Bernadette Bailey 020 3697 1903
Photo Name Position Profile
 Stephen Carter  photo Stephen Carter Partner
Number of UK partners : 5
Number of other UK fee-earners : 12
- APEBI Moroccan Federation of Information Technology
Insuralex (Global Insurance Lawyers Group)
British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL)
FDCC – Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
International Association of Defense Counsel (iADC)
Association Internationale de Droit des Assurances (AIDA)
Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Solicitors
Chartered Insitute of Arbitrators