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Fenchurch Law
40 LIME STREET
LONDON
EC3M 7AW
England

Insurance > Insurance litigation: for policyholders Tier 1

Insurance litigation for policyholders is the ‘raison d’etre’ of Fenchurch Law, which is praised for its impressive work ‘for policyholders engaged in complex coverage disputes with insurers’. The team is led by founder David Pryce, who ‘brings with him a long experience in the market’ and handles construction insurance claims, as well as cyber risk work. Joanna Grant heads firm’s property risk team, while Jonathan Corman leads the professional risk practice, and handles financial institution and professional indemnity claims. The team’s newest partner Aaron Le Marquer specialises in product liability and recall matters. Amy Lacey is also a key contact for construction risk matters.

Practice head(s):

David Pryce

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team at Fenchurch Law are particularly impressive in their work for policyholders engaged in complex coverage disputes with insurers. They are very client-focused, developing a clear strategy and pursuing it with rigour and determination, taking account of the client’s goals, funding capacities and risks. Lawyers at the firm are steeped in both the law and practice of insurance disputes, and can hold their own against top flight commercial firms.’

‘David Pryce is one of the very best lawyers working for policyholders in insurance litigation. He brings with him a long experience in the market, excellent technical abilities and a shrewd strategic brain.’

‘Jonathan Corman picks up the phone regularly and is very responsive, clear and decisive in his advice. Absolutely superb.’

‘Fenchurch are in a very limited market of litigation, their experience is without doubt. Insurance litigation is their raison d’etre. Most other firms, its a division, here, its the firm. That means the experience of all the partners and associates makes other firms pale in comparison.’

‘David Pryce – head of the team. Astute, knows his stuff, tough negotiator, great tactician, an asset to any case. Joanna Grant – excellent, especially on construction related claims.’

‘User-friendly firm with clear strengths in insurance policy coverage work. Approachable and energetic partners focused on relationship building as well as the deliverable.’

Key clients

Lancasters Management Ltd

Ground Rent Estates 5 Ltd (GRE5)

Stonegate Pub Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Lancasters Management Ltd, the management company of an ultra-prime residential development, where significant defects have been identified in the building façade and the bathrooms in each property.
  • Acting for the freeholder of Nova House in Slough, a privately-owned block of 68 residential apartments, where the cladding similarly combustible to Grenfell.
  • Representing Stonegate Pub Company in a dispute over business interruption coverage available in relation to Covid-19 losses valued  at around £900m.

Fenchurch Law specialises exclusively in insurance coverage.

The firm: Fenchurch Law was set up in 2010 to meet the growing demand for specialist insurance advice exclusively for brokers and policyholders. With backgrounds as brokers, claims adjusters and solicitors advising insurers, the founding partners have a unique insight into the market. As a result, the firm is increasingly seen as the ‘go-to’ law firm for brokers and policyholders with difficult or complex policy disputes. The client base continues to expand, as does their work on complex and high-profile cases.

The firm does not contain departments which deal with other areas of work, which means that policyholders and broker clients are genuinely central to the business. The firm exists for the sole purpose of serving the needs of policyholders and insurance brokers. An increasing number of leading insurance brokers retain its services on an ongoing basis, and many London market brokers refer some of their most important clients to the firm.

Some firms encourage policy holders to view the insurance market as inherently hostile. This is not Fenchurch Law’s approach.

Crucially, the firm understands the commercial relationships between policyholders, brokers, and insurers, and does everything possible to ensure that disputes are resolved in a way that strengthens and preserves the long-term value of those relationships.

Types of work undertaken
For policyholders: Fenchurch Law’s lawyers are specialists in acting for policyholders in situations where an insurer has refused to provide cover. Its unique position and background within the London insurance market enables it to provide specialist coverage advice to all types of clients, in order to ensure the best possible commercial result is achieved. The firm has successfully obtained millions of pounds in insurance settlements for its clients in relation to disputes arising under numerous different types of insurance policies, including professional indemnity insurance, contractors’ all risks insurance, public liability insurance, property/material damage insurance, business interruption insurance, sports personal accident insurance and health insurance.

Insurance brokers: from its offices in the heart of the London insurance market, Fenchurch Law helps insurance brokers throughout the UK to provide an outstanding service to their policyholder clients. Insurance brokers throughout the country retain the firm as legal counsel on an ongoing basis to provide advice on coverage disputes involving their policyholder clients. The firm also advises brokers in relation to various standard form and bespoke insurance policy wordings in use in the London insurance market today.

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Managing partner David Pryce
PhotoNamePositionProfile
Jonathan Corman photo Jonathan CormanJonathan is a partner specialising in insurance disputes, with a particular focus…
Rob Goodship photo Rob GoodshipSenior Associate
Joanna Grant photo Joanna GrantJoanna is a partner specialising in resolving insurance disputes for policyholders.
Amy Lacey photo Amy LaceyAmy is a partner specialising in policyholder insurance recoveries and advice on…
David Pryce photo David PryceDavid co-founded Fenchurch Law in 2010, and now acts exclusively for policyholders…
Daniel Robin photo Daniel RobinSenior Associate
Alex Rosenfield photo Alex RosenfieldSenior Assocaite
Number of UK partners : 5
Number of other UK fee-earners : 10