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Carter Perry Bailey LLP

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 3

The 'highly specialised' Carter Perry Bailey LLP stands out for its international expertise in a wide range of matters including personal injury, reinsurance, property as well as various coverage claims. The firm's client roster includes insurers, reinsurers and brokers from the US, Europe and the Middle East. Stephen Carter, who 'provides clear unambiguous advice', is a highly regarded lawyer with a focus on reinsurance, while Bernadette Bailey regularly undertakes direct insurance claims and industrial work. 'Superb' senior counsel Bill Perry specialises in fine art insurance, international litigation and arbitration.


Carter Perry Bailey is one of the best when it comes to reinsurance disputes’

Experienced lawyers who are very open minded and able to listen to others’ opinions and needs

The boutique style firm has specialised lawyers and is easy to retain

Specialist insurance and reinsurance knowledge from very experienced practitioners who have day to day control of each case they are responsible for

Nothing is too much trouble for this professional team

Stephen Carter provides clear unambiguous advice, is patient, prepared to listen and determined to get to the source of an issue

Stephen Carter is one of the few lawyers who still regularly do reinsurance disputes

Bill Perry is a superb lawyer as well as Stephen Carter. They are up to date, easily contactable, and one step ahead from competitors on strategy

Key clients

HDI Gerling Insurance (Netherlands)

Nasco France (France)

Syrian Arab Insurance Co (Lebanon)

Partner Re (UK)

FedEx Trade Networks Inc (USA)

NDI Insurance Brokers (UK)

Maas Lloyd Schadeverzekerings/Hampden Insurance NV (Netherlands)

Reaseguradora Patria (Mexico)

Sentry Insurance, A Mutual Company (USA)

Allianz IARD (France) &

Allianz Global Corporate (France)

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 5

Boutique City firm Carter Perry Bailey LLP is ‘always available’ to give its clients ‘unparalleled advice on any matter, large or small’. Stephen Carter heads up the ‘extremely collegiate’ team which includes partner Bernadette Bailey, who specialises in advising brokers, insurers, consultants and public authorities on insurance, reinsurance and contractual documentation. The practice focuses on regulatory and commercial services, carrying out transactional work for small to medium insurance intermediaries.


‘Deep understanding of the insurance market practices. Fantastic ability to navigate through complex issues and come up with a solution.’

‘Bernadette Bailey is always available to give her unparalleled advice on any matter, large or small.’

Key clients

Community Reinsurance Corporation Ltd – (UK)

Hampden plc – (UK)

Patria re – (Mexico)

Reaseguradora Patria – (Mexico)

Litmus Analysis Ltd – (UK)

NASCO France – (France)

NDI Insurance & Reinsurance Brokers – (UK)

NPA Insurance Company – (UK) and the National Pharmacy Association

Lime Street Broking Group – (UK)

Sentry Insurance, A Mutual Company – (USA)

Professional negligence Tier 5

Carter Perry Bailey LLP is a 'boutique firm that offers a bespoke service' and it stands out for its 'attention to detail'. The team is instructed by insurers, reinsurers, insurance brokers, financial institutions, public authorities and corporates, and its expertise spans defence and coverage advice, claimant work for insurance entities, and it also provides professional indemnity insurance advice to other corporations and public authorities. The team is defending the insurers and LPA receivers on a claim that is alleging sale at undervalue for the claimant’s £12m property portfolio.


The team is excellent; it has senior and very experienced individuals managing cases, helping the client to get the very best results possible.

Mark Aizlewood is simply excellent, very thorough and he thinks through the law and tactics clearly and in advance, enabling clients to gain a tactical edge.

Stephen Carter knows just about everything when it comes to insurance, and is able to apply it successfully to large professional negligence cases; he is an excellent negotiator and tactician.

Simon Thomas is very organised and hardworking.

William Sturge and Samantha Zaozirny are very responsive, sharp, trustworthy, and always willing to think laterally.


Key clients

Syria Arab Insurance Company (Lebanon)

Balva Insurance Company AAS (Latvia)

PartnerRe Ireland Insurance Ltd (Ireland)

Hampden Insurance NV (Netherlands)

Solicitors Indemnity Fund (UK)

Nexus Claims Management  (UK)

NPA Insurance Company (UK)

NASCO France (France)

NASCO Saudi Arabia (Saudi Arabia)

Sentry Insurance, A Mutual Company (USA)

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
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