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Cooley (UK) LLP

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Commercial Litigation
Insurance & Reinsurance
International Commercial Arbitration


David Kendall is a partner in Cooley’s London office and focuses on all aspects of insurance and reinsurance, including coverage, delegated authorities, run-off and insolvency. His cases include insurance coverage disputes (including third-party liability, marine, financial institutions, political risk, D&0 and property insurance), reinsurance disputes, insurance/reinsurance run-off and insolvency, arbitration and commercial court litigation. He has extensive experience of Bermuda form arbitrations in London.

David has been appointed to the Advisory Council of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, where he is also a Visiting Professor. David was the Chairman from 2012 to 2014 of the British Insurance Law Association and co-author of A Practical Guide to the Insurance Act 2015.


  • Advisory Council of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies – Queen Mary University of London
  • British Insurance Law Association (Chairman 2012 to 2014)
  • Commercial Court Users’ Committee
  • Insurance Scoping Forum, Financial Markets Law Committee
  • Development Board, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London
  • AIDA Reinsurance and Insurance Arbitration Society
  • The Chartered Insurance Institute
  • Insurance & Reinsurance Legacy Association
  • Lloyd’s Market Association
  • The London Court of International Arbitration
  • London Maritime Arbitrators Association


  • Guildhall University
    MA, 1981
  • College of Law
    LSF (Hons), 1977
  • University of Birmingham
    LLB, 1976

Lawyer Rankings

London > Insurance > Insurance and reinsurance litigation

(Leading individuals)

David KendallCooley (UK) LLP

Cooley (UK) LLP is particularly experienced in advising reinsurers and insurers in the run-off market on liability insurance, reinsurance and coverage matters. Practice head Mark Everiss has a strong track record acting for insurers in the run-off market, while David Kendall – ‘one of the best solicitors in the business’ – covers coverage run-off and insolvency, third party liability, political risk, D&O and property insurance as well as reinsurance. Associate Sam Tacey is another key member of the practice. Former partner James Crabtree left to join Keystone Law in November 2018.

London > Insurance > Insurance: corporate and regulatory

The London team at Cooley (UK) LLP has recently been busy on transactions involving warranty and indemnity and tax indemnity insurance, as well as Brexit-related issues facing the insurance market. David Kendall and practice head Mark Everiss both handle all types of insurance and reinsurance work, with key clients including the Lloyd’s Market Association, which it advises on matters including competition law and data protection issues. The London team is also looking to leverage its connections to the wider firm’s US platform and tap into the insurtech market.

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

Cooley (UK) LLP‘s ‘practice group comprises individuals who work strongly together as a team to produce meaningful results‘. Its key strengths are international commercial (particularly oil and gas exploration matters) and investment treaty arbitrations, as well as insurance and reinsurance-related arbitrations. James Maton heads the London litigation team, which also includes Mark EverissMark Deem and Laurence Harris, along with David KendallKevin Perry and special counsels Christophe Bondy and Joshua Brien. Henry Stewart was promoted to partner, while James Crabtree left for Keystone Law.