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David Kendall

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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

London: Dispute resolution

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

Cooley (UK) LLP's 'lawyers stand out due to their exceptional experience in the field of international investment law and their commitment to accomplish the best result for their clients'. The practice covers international commercial arbitration work, including oil and gas exploration matters, licensing rights in the Middle East, technology licensing rights, bio‐sciences and product testing disputes, and international supply agreements. It also acts in investment treaty arbitrations and insurance and reinsurance-related arbitrations. James Maton is London litigation head; Mark Everiss focuses on reinsurance litigation; and Mark Deem is 'a tough negotiator, but brings valuable commercial  perspective to the dispute resolution process at the right time'. Other key contacts are David Kendall, Kevin Perry  and James Crabtree. Special counsels Christophe Bondy, who 'has incredibly deep experience of investor-state arbitration', and public international law specialist Joshua Brien joined from Volterra Fietta and The Commonwealth Secretariat, respectively.

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Within: Leading individuals

David Kendall - Cooley (UK) LLP

Within: Insurance and reinsurance litigation

‘Response times are always quick and advice is detailed and to the point’ at Cooley (UK) LLP, which offers a ‘very in-depth knowledge’ of the sector. While it is best known for complex insurance and reinsurance disputes in arbitration or in the Commercial Court, the firm’s expertise extends to insurance run‐off and insolvency and cross-border work, particularly in the US market. An extensive and prestigious client base in the US, Bermuda, Europe, London market and South East Asia includes the likes of Lloyd’s Market Association, Munich Re, Swiss Re, AXA and XL Bermuda. David Kendall, who is 'intelligent, sophisticated, supportive and guileful, in the best possible sense’, acted for the latter in relation to disputes in London arbitration concerning coverage under Bermuda Form liability insurance policies. In another recent highlight,  ‘extremely knowledgeable, efficient and effective’ practice head Mark Everiss, assisted by Sam Tacey, obtained a worldwide freezing order on behalf of Med Re against one of its former directors. The team also includes the ‘strategic and business orientated’ James Crabtree.

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory

Within: Insurance: corporate and regulatory

The international service at Cooley (UK) LLP ‘has always been excellent’ and clients receive ‘quick response times with detailed and to-the-point advice’. The team offers ‘a very in-depth understanding’ of the sector to clients in the London and European markets, North and South America, Bermuda, South Africa, and Hong Kong. These include, among others, Lloyd's syndicates, P&I club managers, trade associations, insolvency practitioners, and brokers. At the helm is the ‘extremely knowledgeable, efficient and effective’ Mark Everiss, who recently took the lead in advising Rollings Butt, the administrator of insolvent reinsurance company MedRe, in relation to all matters arising from the insolvency. Jon Yorke and David Kendall are also key members of the team.

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Insurance: insolvency and restructuring

Within: Insurance: insolvency and restructuring

Specialising in restructuring insurance companies, both insolvent and solvent, Cooley (UK) LLP is often instructed by clients in the financial services sector with regard to fraud or mis-selling of products, which can include regulatory investigations and the involvement of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. Practice head Mark Everiss has been director of the Insurance & Reinsurance Legacy Association for ten years and David Kendall is a member of the Insurance Scoping Forum of the Financial Markets Law Committee. Kendall recently advised PwC as provisional liquidator of Lehman Re on the structured reinsurance transactions entered into by Lehman Re. Jonathan Yorke is leading the team advising Rollings Butt, the administrator of Med Re, an insolvent reinsurance company, in relation to all matters arising from the insolvency.

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