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Chambers of Gavin Kealey QC
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Barrister specialising in marine and non-marine insurance (including Lloyd’s matters), reinsurance, banking, shipping, and in all aspects of commercial law. Recent cases include: Imperio v C.E. Health (Com Ct) 1999 Lloyds IR 571 CA (unreported) (leading authority on limitation in relation to breach of fiduciary duty, in the context of reinsurance brokers); Shinhan v Sea Containers (Com Ct) [2000] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 406 (successful claim against Sea Containers for fraud and negligence in relation to the issue of banking documentation); ‘ABT Rasha’ [2000] 2 Lloyd’s Rep 575 CA (successful claim against insurers for balance of general average liability; Kircaldy v Adrian Walker (Com Ct) 1999 Lloyds IR 410 (successful defence of claim against underwriters in respect of sinking of a floating dry dock); North Atlantic v Bishopsgate (Com Ct) [1998] 1 Lloyd’s Rep 459 (accrual of cause of action under variable excess reeinsurance).


Qualified 1984; Queen’s Counsel 2003.


Oxford University (BA).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Insurance and reinsurance

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3

Adam Fenton QC7 King’s Bench WalkExtremely client friendly – he builds an immediate rapport and his experience oozes, so he has a natural yet understated self-confidence that conveys his many years of experience and commands respect.

7 King’s Bench Walk is ‘undoubtedly the leading set for insurance disputes‘. Several of the set’s silks and juniors played roles in the leading insurance market test case (The Financial Conduct Authority v Arch Insurance (UK) & others), brought by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) against various insurers over pandemic-related losses and business interruption cover, including Jonathan Gaisman QC leading Adam Fenton QC and junior Harry Wright in the representation of Hiscox. In recognition of his longstanding work involving the insurance and reinsurance markets, Michael Holmes QC took silk in the 2021 round.

London Bar > Professional negligence

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Adam Fenton QC7 King’s Bench WalkAdam has a first-class intellect. His attention to detail is phenomenal.