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DWF

20 FENCHURCH STREET, LONDON, EC3M 3AG, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 03333 202220
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Fax 03333 204440
DX:
584 LONDON CITY EC3 4AD
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Web:
www.dwf.law

John Groome

Tel:
Work +44 (0)20 7280 8832
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DWF

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I am a Partner in the Insurance team and head of the Global Casualty & Property group.

Position

Partner

Career

I act for insurers and reinsurers handling complex casualty and property coverage claims. I also act for insurers in respect of medical device and pharmaceutical claims, offshore and onshore energy risks, property losses, D&O liabilities and, for professional indemnity insurers, defending claims against insurance brokers.


London: Dispute resolution

International arbitration

Within: International arbitration

DWF hired Richard Twomey, who focuses on technology and energy based disputes, from Pinsent Masons LLP. He joins a team that includes Jonathan Moss, whose practice includes arbitration in the marine, non-marine and reinsurance sectors. Stefan Paciorek, Antony Woodhouse and John Groome are also recommended.

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Within: Leading individuals

John Groome - DWF

Within: Insurance and reinsurance litigation

‚ÄėA strong team who complement each other‚Äôs skill sets and good connections to lawyers abroad‚Äô are the key factors that define DWF's¬†practice. It has particular expertise in high-value international cases and a deep bench with a core team of 16 partner and 65 associates working in the sector, which makes ‚Äėthe service excellent as well as the response times, flexibility and advice market leading‚Äô. In a recent highlight, Kieran Walshe¬†acted for RSA in Spire Healthcare Ltd v Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Plc, a policy coverage dispute arising out of the medical malpractice and illegal practices of consultant breast surgeon Ian Paterson.¬†Practice head Jonathan Moss¬†is¬†currently acting for Travelers in a case involving a collision between a container vessel and a mobile harbour crane in Freetown Terminal, Sierra Leone. Global casualty team head¬†John Groome¬†has ‚Äėsignificant experience in the UK and US‚Äô and acts for direct insurers on coverage and property/product liability claims. Another notable team member is the ‚Äėefficient and strategic‚Äô Antony Woodhouse,¬†who is ‚Äėexcellent in insurance arbitration practice and an absolute pleasure to work with on a day-to-day basis‚Äô. David Abbott¬†joined from Clyde & Co LLP¬†in 2018.

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Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

DWF‚Äôs ‚Äėfirst-rate‚Äô team is particularly noted for its experience across construction, financial services, pensions and legal sector claims. Tim Barr¬†defended AIG and its insured, Follett Stock, against a ¬£1m professional negligence claim brought over the failure to bring proceedings against the claimant‚Äôs former solicitors for alleged negligence in relation to the execution of a will and an agreement entered into in 1997.¬†Michael Robin¬†and associate Chris Lewis¬†represented a law firm and its primary layer insurer, QBE, in a ¬£1.1m claim brought by a property development company. Joanne Staphnill, Robin and Lewis represented a leading law firm and its primary layer insurer, Chubb, in a ¬£34m claim brought by a company in liquidation and its liquidators. Harriet Quiney¬†is a ‚Äėgood strategic thinker‚Äô and is experienced in professional indemnity disputes in the financial services and pensions sectors;¬†John Bennett¬†is experienced across disputes involving solicitors, barristers, accountants, IFAs and patent agents; Peter Campion¬†and Mark Klimt¬†are particularly experienced in construction claims; and Simon Gildener¬†handles cases in the financial sector. Andrew Davis, Sheona Wood, John Groome, director¬†Jonathan Hyde¬†and recently promoted partner Eileen Pathiraja¬†are also recommended, as are senior associates Tom Mungovan, Joanna Batchelor¬†and James McKay. Peter Sewell¬†heads the team. Antony Marsh retired; Jacquetta Castle and Joseph Arazi departed for in-house roles;¬†Matthew Olorenshaw¬†joined DAC Beachcroft LLP;¬†Simon Durkin¬†joined Weightmans LLP; and Alexandra Goddard also left the firm.

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