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Insurance litigation: for policyholders in London

Allen & Overy LLP

Allen & Overy LLP advises clients in the construction, energy and pharma sectors on professional indemnity, product liability, property damage and business interruption disputes with insurers. Practice head Joanna Page handles a range of matters including director and officer’s liability, professional indemnity and political risk insurance claims, while Richard Farnhill mainly acts for financial institutions. Richard Smith specialises in insurance coverage arbitration and 'calm, unflappable' senior associate Russell Butland covers property damage and business interruption claims.

Responsables de la pratique:

Joanna Page

Les références

The team is very creative in its thinking, and very easy to work with. Individuals demonstrate rigour and inventiveness in their legal thinking, combined with practical commercial judgement

Excellent all round service – superb technical knowledge, excellent client service and very easy to get on with on a human level

Excellent client care skills. Very responsive and proactive in their approach in difficult circumstances. Always very commercial and client focused

Senior associate Sophie Nettleton has excellent client care skills, is very responsive and provides good summaries and updates. Excellent organisation skills.

‘Senior associate Russell Butland is calm, unflappable and has very good technical knowledge and commercial understanding

Principaux clients

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company in its claim against insurers relating to defects in the design of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

Herbert Smith Freehills LLP

The 'extremely technically capable' team at Herbert Smith Freehills LLP advises prominent policyholders such as banks, energy, mining and construction companies on large, complex matters; it has recently handled cases in the areas of warranty and indemnity, credit insurance, political risk, energy insurance and public liability. Paul Lewis has broad expertise while 'superstar' Alexander Oddy - dubbed 'the Ferrari of the solicitors' world' - focuses on the energy and natural resources sector while also handling work for other bluechip corporates. Sarah McNally specialises in the construction, infrastructure, and energy sectors and the 'very capable' Greig Anderson acts for financial institutions.

Responsables de la pratique:

Paul Lewis

Autres avocats clés:

Alexander Oddy; Greig Anderson

Les références

The team has carved out a niche as the standout insurance policyholder firm. As an insurance broker, they are top of the list when a client asks me who they should go to for advice on difficult claims

Approachability and the ability to communicate on complex issues effectively sets Herbert Smith Freehills apart from its competitors

Technically extremely capable, the team also importantly understands the commercial realities of the clients and the insurance market

Very strong on policyholder coverage issues, with clear advice for non-lawyers and lawyers alike. Detailed understanding of technical factual matrix and application

Anthony Dempster has encyclopaedic knowledge of this area of law but manages to both bring it to life and explain it in an easily digestible form. He is simply my go-to external counsel for all such matters

Sarah McNally can be relied on to give good, practical advice, rooted in thorough analysis of the legal position

Alexander Oddy gets to the heart of the issue quickly, and is able to provide quality legal advice that assists in making commercial decisions

Alexander Oddy is a brilliant technical lawyer but also approachable, commercially savvy and a pleasure to deal with

Alexander Oddy is a superstar, the Ferrari of the solicitors’ world

Fiona Treanor is an exceptionally bright and committed associate

Fiona Treanor has a first-rate legal mind

Greig Anderson is very capable, approachable, solutions focused and very much understands the commercial aspects of the insurance market with which his clients interact

Principaux clients

Drax Plc

Single Buoy Moorings

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Single Buoy Moorings in connection with a claim under its construction insurance programme arising out of damage to an oil platform at the Yme field in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.
  • Acting for owner of a large power station on a substantial property damage and business interruption claim.

Reed Smith LLP

Reed Smith LLP is very experienced in handling cross-border and domestic work for major international players in the financial services, energy and commodities sectors. 'Great tactician' Peter Hardy has a strong track record in financial services, professional risks and offshore energy insurance disputes, while the 'very effective' Mark Pring covers a broad range of insurance work. 'Formidable opponentMargaret Campbell focuses on shipping and transport matters as well as credit and political risk insurance and brokers’ negligence, and is often assisted by 'impressive' associate Laura-May Scott.

Responsables de la pratique:

Peter Hardy

Les références

The team is efficient, hard-working, commercially minded and highly knowledgeable of the applicable law and procedure. The lawyers are also extremely friendly and a pleasure to work with

The firm is great at explaining what needs to be done. Work is of very high quality

Excellent client care with solicitors who work extremely effectively with both clients and counsel, and have a robust and pragmatic approach to solving disputes and settling out of court

Exceptional at translating clients’ goals into effective litigation strategy – the team has a depth of experience and resource which pays dividends for complex matters

Reed Smith has genuine experience of significant insurance work from a policyholder perspective, and deep knowledge and understanding of the law coupled with tactical good sense

Hugely capable firm in high-value disputes, with a wealth of resources from the US offices to draw on

Peter Hardy is an able, sensible and experienced leader, and a good team player

Peter Hardy has wonderful client skills and is a great tactician – a pleasure to deal with

Margaret Campbell is commercially minded but down to earth. She thinks practically, anticipating difficulties

Margaret Campbell is highly experienced and has a very strong market reputation. She is a formidable opponent and very effective litigator

Mark Pring instills confidence, is shrewd, excellent at communicating with clients and coordinating a team, and knows how to achieve sensible objectives with the minimum of fuss

Mark Pring is a very effective partner, quick to assimilate complex insurance matters with an innate appreciation of client sensitivities. His legal analysis is outstanding, as is his ability to translate this into practical and highly effective tactics. Calm and friendly to work with – with an acid-sharp edge when required

Senior associate Laura-May Scott is an impressive up-and-coming insurance lawyer, who provides highly effective service to clients and works very effectively with counsel and expert witnesses

Associate Catherine Lewis is friendly, sharp and efficient. She is hard working and a great team player

Clifford Chance LLP

The insurance litigation team at Clifford Chance LLP acts for policyholders on a range of disputes spanning credit insurance, D&O, professional indemnity, and property insurance. The group's client roster includes financial institutions, major companies and private equity firms. The 'strong and very effective' group is headed by the 'truly outstanding' Philip Hill, who has significant experience of handling a variety of often multi-jurisdictional insurance disputes. 'Proactive' senior associate Christopher Ingham is another key member of the practice.

Responsables de la pratique:

Philip Hill

Autres avocats clés:

Christopher Ingham

Les références

The firm has significant expertise in this area that is evident from industry feedback and their input on the project. The strong skill set on both the insurance and banking elements of the transactions enabled the firm to provide a service that was reflective of our requirements whilst also being sympathetic to market expectation

This is a super team, featuring strong and very effective lawyers who give a lot of attention to detail

Clifford Chance matches a longstanding, deep experience with an ability to apply that experience to challenging litigation

This team are by far the best team I have worked in recent years. Lawyers really know their subject, they are practical in their approach to litigation and arbitration and they are a pleasure to work with

Philip Hill is a star. He is very thoughtful and really knows his stuff in this field

Philip Hill is a safe pair of hands in insurance related disputes. He has significant experience and is all over the litigation and the inevitable parallel settlement process

Philip Hill is approachable, hands-on, knowledgeable, and a team player

Philip Hill is a brilliant thinker, and manages to find a way around the thorniest of insurance problems – almost with ease, and always with subtle sophistication. Truly outstanding

Philip Hill and Baljit Rai are both knowledgeable and approachable, and can be depended upon to give good advice

Baljit Rai is knowledgeable, easy to work with, excellent at managing the team and spotting (and dealing with) obstacles on the horizon

Christopher Ingham is knowledgeable, proactive, and easy to work with

Principaux clients


Société Générale

Royal Bank of Scotland


Principaux dossiers

  • Advising the Financial Reporting Council in respect of an investigation and subsequent disciplinary proceedings relating to issues concerning redeeming practices at a motor insurer.
  • Acting for a client in a credit insurance claim resulting from the non-payment of sums due by a Chinese counterparty for licensing of Chinese version of global television format.
  • Acting for a co-defendant in an LCIA arbitration to determine whether the claimant is an insured for the purposes of the directors and officers policy.
  • Advising a client on the scope of cover under its professional indemnity policy and whether it responds to a particular claim.

Fenchurch Law

Fenchurch Law has built a successful track record handling coverage disputes 'with skill and expertise' in a wide range of areas, including professional indemnity, public liability, financial risks and property policies. The firm also boasts particular expertise in acting for brokers. Led by the 'outstanding' David Pryce, the 'exceptional' team features professional risks expert Jonathan Corman, financial lines specialist John Curran, property risks lawyer Joanna Grant and construction insurance practice head Amy Lacey.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Pryce

Les références

Good commercial advice and analysis of policy and claims

Fenchurch Law have established themselves as one of the leading insurance firms in the country. They are one of the very few firms with expertise and ability to go head to head with insurance firms and companies

The market leader for assured coverage disputes

Niche insurance litigation firm that gets results with right, good, hard-working, and agile lawyers

Partner led firm that is responsive and effective

Fenchurch Law has a market-leading practice in representing policyholders in their disputes with insurers. It acts with equal skill and expertise across a wide range of risk classes, and for both individual and corporate insureds. I have been particularly impressed by the client-focused approach, which involves a clear and consistent strategy being formulated and subject to regular review in each case

A unique offering for policyholders – excellent, straightforward and no nonsense advice from lawyers who know how to tackle tricky coverage issues

David Pryce is outstanding. Astute, commercial, passionate, a formidable litigator and real player in the market

David Pryce is excellent value, well-prepared, absolutely dedicated to his client’s case and tactically astute

David Pryce has excellent commercial and strategic judgement that matches his technical knowledge

David Pryce is an outstanding insurance lawyer, who is always familiar with the latest developments in law and regulation. He has excellent commercial judgment and his tactical instincts in litigation are impressive

Joanna Grant is a very experienced and capable litigator, as is Amy Lacey. They both form part of an exceptional team

John Curran is a robust and strong litigator

John Curran is a very engaging and level-headed litigator. He is excellent technically with strong judgement

Senior associate James Morris is responsive and has a good understanding of commerciality and litigation tactics

James Morris is first class and holds the clients’ trust

Principaux clients

Lancasters Management

Ground Rent Estates 5

Salim, Imtiaz, Imran and Zakir Patel

Coilcolor Limited (in administration)

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for Lancasters Management in disputes concerning the defects in the facade and bathrooms of an ultra-prime residential development facing Hyde Park.
  • Acting for Ground Rent Estates, who brought claims under a building defects insurance policy issued by BLP Insurance relating to fire cladding of Nova House in Slough.
  • Representing Coilcolor in a dispute with Allianz regarding a £3.6m claim in property damage and business interruption after the flooding of premises in Newport.
  • Defending a foreign research scientist diagnosed with cancer against two insurers claiming that he obtained critical illness policies as a result of fraudulent non-disclosures.
  • Representing claimants in a dispute with an insurer who declined a claim concerning property damage after a fire.

K&L Gates LLP

The team at K&L Gates LLP is best known for handling coverage disputes arising from professional indemnity, D&O and trade credit policies, often in the financial services arena. Other work includes advising clients in the energy, construction, retail and charity sectors on a wide range of insurance-related claims. The 'technically capable' and 'experienced' Sarah Turpin undertakes coverage disputes with insurers and senior associate Sarah Emerson has particular expertise in the construction and property sector.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sarah Turpin

Autres avocats clés:

Sarah Emerson

Les références

K&L Gates has a deep understanding of what is achievable for its clients that translates into an ability to cut through unnecessary negotiation and get to the heart of the matter. It is the best firm working for policyholders in insurance for financial institutions

Sarah Turpin is technically capable, approachable and a pleasure to deal with

Sarah Turpin is excellent. She is experienced, client focused and a pleasure to deal with

Principaux clients

Michael Saville and Hugh Dickson as receivers

A major UK charity working in the legal sector

Halliburton Company

Principaux dossiers

  • Providing coverage advice in relation to the professional indemnity insurance policy of a large charity operating in the legal sector.

Michelmores LLP

Michelmores LLP's 'thorough and tenacious' team has significant experience in the insurance and reinsurance sector, handling work spanning professional indemnity, political risk, D&O, product liability and public liability matters. The group's client base includes policyholders in the real estate, public, utilities, financial services and manufacturing sectors, among others. Practice head Garbhan Shanks regularly acts for companies in the financial, energy, pharma and utilities sectors, while 'astute' senior associate Harriet Chopra focuses on product liability, professional indemnity and D&O insurance.

Responsables de la pratique:

Garbhan Shanks

Autres avocats clés:

Harriet Chopra

Les références

The team at Michelmores is very thorough, tenacious, and very knowledgeable. Lawyers have your best interest at heart and you trust their judgement

Expert firm for insurance litigation matters. In depth understanding of insurers perspective. Attention to detail

Garbhan Shanks and associate Naomi Hall are very capable in this field

‘Senior associate Harriet Chopra is very astute

Principaux clients

Wyelands Capital

GFG Alliance

Aviva Canada Inc

Houlder Limited

Plurimi Wealth LLP / Plurimi Investment Managers

Walters Power International

Kot Addu Power Company Limited

G L Hearn

United Bank Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Representing a major national commercial property agency in a professional indemnity coverage dispute with insurers under the Insurance Act 2015.
  • Advising a public body on coverage of significant potential public liability legacy claims.
  • Acting for a former director of an insurance brokerage firm in a dispute with D&O insurers about cover of a professional negligence claim.
  • Providing advice in relation to a long-running insurance and reinsurance coverage dispute in Pakistan regarding proximate cause in a terrorist attack.
  • Representing an investment and wealth management firm in an insurance coverage dispute as to the responsiveness of a professional indemnity policy over legal costs incurred defending a US action.

Addleshaw Goddard

Addleshaw Goddard counts infrastructure, construction, marine and finance as particular sector strengths, advising clients on matters including investigation insurance, property damage and business interruption losses, professional indemnity, business loan repayment insurance and M&A risk management disputes. 'Impressive lawyerRichard Wise has particular expertise in Bermuda Form arbitration and mediation, and Richard Clayton focuses on acting for financial institutions.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Wise

Autres avocats clés:

Richard Clayton

Les références

Addleshaw Goddard has a knowledgeable, professional team which understands the market and is able to provide a differentiating service

Deep sector knowledge, borne out of a long pedigree and history of insurance work

Richard Wise and associate Josianne El Antoury are both excellent in providing good technical information that can be understood. Their availability for discussions also adds value

Richard Wise is a very good insurance lawyer. He knows the area like the back of his hand and is always willing to think outside of the box

Richard Wise is an impressive lawyer and a tremendous individual

Principaux clients

Weyerhaeuser Company

Network Rail

2 Sisters Food Group

Capita Group

Rhiannon Properties

Tideland Limited


Ross Sloan Investments

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for Weyerhaeuser Company in responding to an anti-suit injunction obtained by XL and Catlin concerning the proper forum for the insurance coverage dispute between the parties.

Burges Salmon LLP

The practice at Burges Salmon LLP, which is led out of Bristol by insurance litigation head Kari McCormick, is focused almost exclusively on work for policyholders, allowing the firm to avoid conflicts to a large extent. The practice, which has a sector focus on construction, transport, energy, rail and infrastructure clients, has recently seen an increasing of work originating in Latin America. Senior associate Matthew Walker is well-regarded for his 'sector expertise and calm, can-do manner'.

Responsables de la pratique:

Kari McCormick

Autres avocats clés:

Matthew Walker

Les références

‘Strong and capable team. Extremely user-friendly and responsive. They feel like a natural extension of my in-house team – providing advice in the very specialist area of insurance litigation. They have a more constructive and solutions focused approach than some other private practice law firms I have dealt with.’

‘Extremely thorough, engaged and user friendly.’

‘We are extremely impressed by the way Burges Salmon are handling our insurance litigation. They were able to obtain a very quick understanding of the issues facing us and develop a cohesive strategy that was clearly communicated to us. To date, the work undertaken has been timely, clearly communicated and extremely compelling in respect of the legal arguments.’

‘Senior associate Matthew Walker is capable and acts in the best interests of his clients whilst being sensible and pragmatic, allowing an acceptable resolution to be reached.’

‘Matthew Walker is my go-to person for insurance litigation advice. His sector expertise and calm, can-do manner are valued attributes as is his ability to collaborate with lawyers from other firms to deliver pragmatic commercial solutions to very complicated and nuanced problems. This is a skill that few litigation lawyers possess and makes Matt stand out from the rest.’

‘Kari McCormick and Reshma Adkin are knowledgeable, thorough and an absolute pleasure to deal with. We achieved an excellent result thanks to their endeavours. I highly recommend them both for any insurance related litigation.’

‘Matthew Walker and Ian Tucker have impressed us immensely with their understanding of our business, the particular issues facing us with this litigation and the strategy and legal arguments being put forward to defend our position. They both have excellent communication skills and are able to talk to us in a language that we understand.’

Principaux clients

Costain Group

Jaguar Energy LLC

Financial Services Compensation Scheme Limited

Marlborough Fund Managers

Andrew Brownsword Hotels Limited

FirstGroup plc

RHP Group Limited

Vero Liability Insurance

Power Electrics (Bristol) Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Concluded the long-running multi-party recoveries action for the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, the financial services compensation fund of last resort, relating to PPI mis-selling and unfair relationships under the Consumer Credit Act.
  • Acting for Vero, one of the largest insurance companies in Australia and New Zealand, and its insured in relation a subrogated claim and uninsured losses against the supplier of defective products used to produce heaters/boilers.

Edwin Coe LLP

Edwin Coe LLP is particularly strong in covering property damage and business interruption matters arising from catastrophes such as fires. Other mainstays of the practice include public liability, product liability and broker's professional negligence disputes. 'Tough negotiator' Roger Franklin leads on business interruption and property loss claims, while Michael Whitton focuses on liability and coverage disputes arising from fires, floods, thefts and other perils. Nicola Maher is regularly involved in professional negligence and D&O work.

Responsables de la pratique:

Roger Franklin

Autres avocats clés:

Michael Whitton; Nicola Maher

Les références

‘Undoubtedly the leading firm acting for SME and consumer policyholders – they are not afraid to take matters to trial and get excellent results’

‘Roger Franklin has wonderfully sound judgement and is a tough negotiator’

‘Michael Whitton is a crafty old fox who has seen it all before’

‘Nicola Maher is excellent and handling challenging clients’

‘Senior associate Oliver Pannell is a rising star’

Principaux clients

Dalamd Limited

Euro Pools Plc

JBR Leisure Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising a textile company on matters arising from a fire at its premises
  • Represented waste recycler Dalamd in a claim against insurance broker Butterworth Spengler following a large fire at their premises.
  • Acting for Euro Pools in a claim for indemnity under a product liability policy of insurance with RSA, relating to design issues in swimming pools with moveable floors and booms.


While regularly advising insurers and captive insurers, HFW also acts for prominent policyholders such as energy corporates, oil and gas companies, manufacturers and construction companies. Christopher Cardona, who leads the team, is regularly involved in cross-border work for financial institutions, particularly in relation to Latin America. Jonathan Bruce specialises in marine and energy insurance and Nigel Wick has broad expertise.

Responsables de la pratique:

Christopher Cardona

Autres avocats clés:

Nigel Wick; Jonathan Bruce

Principaux dossiers

  • Advising a client in a coverage dispute under a property damage and business interruption insurance policy.
  • Acting for the owner of an aluminium smelter following a ‘tapping out’ incident and consequent business interruption.
  • Acting for the owner of an hydro project and dam in relation to coverage claim following diversion tunnel collapse.
  • Acting for a Peruvian utility company in a dispute with insurers following the structural failure of a penstock shaft at a hydroelectric power plant.
  • Acting for the captive insurer of a major petroleum company in relation to two large losses on platforms off Mexico.

Mishcon de Reya LLP

While Mishcon de Reya LLP's practice primarily advises clients on D&O and property damage claims, the team is also active in cross-border disputes involving political risk and professional indemnity policies, as well as insurance coverage claims. Richard Leedham has expertise in most lines of business, while Sonia Campbell is increasingly handling work for clients in the life sciences sector.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Leedham

Autres avocats clés:

Sonia Campbell

Principaux clients

Saba Rock

Quest Consulting London, Lemma Insurance Europe

Cheval Roc Residential Limited and Bonne Nuit Cheval Limited

Total Site Projects

Now Casting

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for Quest Consulting London in the pursuit of reinsurance liabilities, primarily relating to solicitors professional indemnity policies written by a reinsurer now in run-off.
  • Advising an asset management company on an insurance claim relating to a cyber fraud.
  • Representing Cheval Roc Residential and Bonne Nuit Cheval, the owners of a residential care home in Jersey which was damaged during a storm, in a dispute with insurer Zurich.
  • Advising a company providing directorial services in a dispute regarding the alleged wrongful declinature of the client’s claim under a D&O policy by Massy United Insurance.
  • Representing a global life sciences company in a claim relating to property damage and business interruption arising in consequence of interruption in the manufacturing process of one of the client’s disease drugs.