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Colin Edelman KC specialises in high value complex commercial disputes with an emphasis on insurance, reinsurance, professional negligence, and energy. He has previously been voted Insurance Silk of the Year on a number of occasions and Professional Negligence Silk of the Year.

Key cases in 2019/20: Supreme Court – R&S Pilling v UK Insurance, Travelers v XYZ; Court of Appeal – Equitas v Municipal Mutual; Commercial Court – Catlin v Weyerhaeuser, FCA v Business Interruption Insurers Covid Test Case; and a number of high value arbitrations as counsel and as arbitrator.

For more information on Colin’s practice and latest case highlights, please visit his full Devereux profile.


Called to the Bar: 1977; Devereux Chambers: 1979; Assistant Recorder: 1993; QC: 1995; Recorder: 1996-2016; Deputy High Court Judge: (QBD & Commercial Court) 2008-2016. Head of Chambers: 2002-2011; Bencher of Middle Temple: 2003; Director of Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund: 2007, Deputy Chairman: 2009, Chairman: 2013.

Publications: Editor of The Law of Reinsurance (OUP). Contributor to Insurance Disputes (LLP). Speaker at seminars on insurance and reinsurance topics.


Commercial Bar Association; London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association; British Insurance Law Association.


Haberdashers’ Aske’s School, Elstree; Clare College, Cambridge (1976 MA).


Walking, skiing, badminton, Luton Town FC.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Colin Edelman KCDevereux

Devereux‘s members are consistently instructed on complex and high-value instructions involving all aspects of domestic and international insurance and reinsurance. Colin Edelman KC‘s cases are routinely at the forefront of insurance law, his recent track record including acting as lead counsel for the FCA at the Supreme Court, which clarified whether a variety of insurance policy wordings covered COVID-19 lockdown-related business interruption losses; and Andrew Burns KC is well-known for asbestos insurance cases, and assisting with direct claims against insurers under the Third Party Rights Act 2010. At the senior-junior end of chambers, Richard Harrison‘s recent highlights include acting for construction insurers in a claim involving one of the world’s tallest buildings.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Colin Edelman KCDevereux

London Bar > International arbitration: counsel

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Colin Edelman KCDevereux ‘Remains the outstanding insurance and reinsurance silk.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 4

Colin Edelman KCDevereux ‘An excellent silk in commercial litigation.’

London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators

(Leading counsel as arbitrators)Ranked: Tier 1

Colin Edelman KCDevereuxAn excellent arbitrator.’