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UK Bar: Insurance & Reinsurance 2016

This year 69 practitioners have been identified by our research as the leaders in the field.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Leading Silks
Michael Crane QC Fountain Court Chambers
Colin Edelman QC Devereux Chambers
David Scorey QC Essex Court Chambers
Gavin Kealey QC 7 King's Bench Walk
Christopher Butcher QC 7 King's Bench Walk
Jonathan Gaisman QC 7 King's Bench Walk
Leading Juniors
Stephen Midwinter Brick Court Chambers
James Cutress Fountain Court Chambers
Jawdat Khurshid 7 King's Bench Walk
Josephine Higgs 7 King's Bench Walk
Richard Harrison Devereux Chambers
James Brocklebank 7 King's Bench Walk

Silks

Essex Court Chambers leads the research this year with an impressive 12 listings. David Scorey QC is an “exceptionally talented lawyer” who possesses particular “expertise” in Bermuda Form work. Alongside him, John Lockey QC is “one of the most sought-after silks in the field”, and is praised by clients for his “dedicated practice”. The “highly intelligent” Paul Stanley QC gains recognition for his “measured” approach to complex cases. David Foxton QC is a “first-rate practitioner” whose work encompasses avoidance disputes, coverage issues and both domestic and international insurance market disputes. The “charming” Richard Jacobs QC is commended for his Bermuda form work, while Jeffrey Gruder QC has been described as a “stand-out” practitioner in the field. The “acclaimed” Mark Templeman QC practices primarily in London, but is also involved in international court proceedings and arbitrations. Steven Berry QC’s practice covers a broad range of insurance and reinsurance matters including marine, professional indemnity and product liability disputes. Gordon Pollock QC “needs no introduction” as he is recognised for his “vast experience” in the practice area. The “sensational” David Joseph QC is admired by peers for his work on high-profile and high-value commercial disputes. Ian Hunter QC wins praise for the “sound advice” that he delivers to clients. V V Veeder QC is described by peers as an “excellent” practitioner with a “strong reputation”.

7 King’s Bench Walk also receives 12 nominations in this chapter. Head of chambers, Gavin Kealey QC is recognised for his “unsurpassed experience”. He is joined by the “top-notch” Christopher Butcher QC who is admired for his work presenting cases before the Supreme Court, the House of Lords, the Privy Council, the High Court and the Court of Appeal. Jonathan Gaisman QC is praised by clients for his “astute legal mind” and “technical expertise”. The “esteemed” Dominic Kendrick QC runs a broad commercial practice which covers energy and commodities as well as insurance and reinsurance matters. Alistair Schaff QC is “one of the leading silks in the field”, and is commended for his “excellent style of delivery”. The “fantastic” Peter MacDonald Eggers QC gains recognition for his “diverse” practice, while David Edwards QC garners praise for his “incredibly good” Bermuda form work. Siobán Healy QC runs a “distinguished” practice which deals with mis-selling of financial products, construction risks and directors’ and officers’ liability matter. Stephen Kenny QC’s practice focuses particularly on shipping and maritime insurance disputes, but he has also dealt with claims against brokers, civil disputes and aviation insurance cases. Andrew Wales QC is described as a “consummate expert” in the field, and is praised by peers for his “intuitive” practice. The “accomplished” Adam Fenton QC is regarded by peers as a “key player” in the practice area. Richard Waller QC specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration, and acts as both advocate and in an advisory capacity.

Eight leading silks from Brick Court Chambers are recognised this year. Head of chambers Jonathan Hirst QC has almost 40 years of experience at the bar, and is commended by peers for his “tremendous understanding of the practice area”. Neil Calver QC is noted for the “detailed advice” that he provides to clients when dealing with high profile international commercial disputes. The “revered” Mark Howard QC is described by clients as the “go-to lawyer” for insurance and reinsurance matters. Roger Masefield QC is a “true star” of the bar, whose work has included claims on behalf of the Libyan Investment Authority against Goldman Sachs and a reinsurance arbitration relating to the 2010 New Zealand earthquakes. Tom Adam QC is renowned for his “brilliant legal mind” and regularly deals with professional negligence claims involving prominent accounting, solicitor and insurance broker firms. The “outstanding” Simon Salzedo QC is regarded by peers as an “extremely effective litigator”, while Michael Swainston QC is recommended for his “clear and thoughtful advice”. Harry Matovu QC is a “terrific cross-examiner” whose experience in the field includes dealing with cases in both England and Bermuda. 

Graham Eklund QC is one of six silks at 4 New Square who have achieved listings in this chapter. He possesses a “stellar reputation”, particularly for his work defending insurers against fraudulent claims and cases involving policy coverage issues. Justin Fenwick QC is “very well respected” among peers, and specialises in both onshore and offshore commercial litigation. Roger Stewart QC is a “first-class litigator” who is regularly appointed as counsel and arbitrator in international arbitrations. Mark Cannon QC is “a favourite with clients” and has written widely on the practice area. Ben Elkington QC is recognised for his “insightful” counsel and Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC is admired by clients for her “forensic approach” to cases.

Fountain Court Chambers receives five listings this year, including the “commercially astute” and “incredibly bright” Michael Crane QC. He is viewed by peers as being “a leader in the field” and described by clients as “well prepared” and “user-friendly”. Alongside him, David Railton QC runs a “prestigious practice” that covers a broad range of practice areas including insurance and reinsurance, banking and finance and commercial dispute resolution. Stephen Moriarty QC wins praise for his “sharp intellect” and “resolute focus”. Also representing the set is Patrick Goodall QC, who is known for his “high quality legal advice” and “commanding presence in the courtroom”. Timothy Howe QC’s practice “goes from strength to strength”, and deals with work in overseas jurisdictions including Hong Kong, Dubai and the Caribbean.

20 Essex Street Chambers garners four nominations in this chapter. Christopher Hancock QC is a “stand-out” practitioner who possesses “intricate knowledge” of the field. Iain Milligan QC is a “very well-respected” member of the bar, while Philip Edey QC gain recognition for his “quick grasp of complex issues”. Andrew Baker QC is “worl-class” and highly rated by clients and peers alike.

3 Verulam Buildings achieves three nominations, including the “pragmatic” Christopher Symons QC and Tom Weitzman QC, who is known for his “very quick mind” and “great flair”. Rory Phillips QC is also a “major player” in the field, and often deals with highly sensitive cases.

Crown Office Chambers also receives three listings this year. Michael Harvey QC has worked on a number of high-profile insurance-related cases, particularly in the construction and engineering industry, such as the Heathrow Tunnel collapse, Jubilee Line cofferdam problems and Hong Kong’s new airport. He is joined by Andrew Bartlett QC who is praised by peers for his “resourcefulness” and “attention to detail”. Ben Quiney QC is regarded as the “barrister of choice” for insurance matters concerning disaster claims.   

At Devereux Chambers, the “pre-eminent” Colin Edelman QC is “utterly brilliant”. According to peers, he is “in a league of his own” and “an absolute stand-out star”.  Alongside him Colin Wynter QC is regarded as a “leading authority” in the field and is recommended for his “remarkable” appearances before the Supreme Court.

4 Pump Court garners two listings, including the “exceptional” Andrew Neish QC, who is often instructed by clients not only in London but also in New York and the British Virgin Islands. Aidan Christie QC, whose practice covers professional indemnity, investment management and legal expenses insurance, is lauded by peers as a “formidable opponent”.

At Quadrant Chambers, Andrew Guy Blackwood QC is “extremely hard working”, and is praised for his “strategic approach” to professional negligence cases.

One Essex Court is represented by Craig Orr QC in this chapter, who is revered for his “careful handling of complex cases”.

At 2 Temple Gardens, Bob Moxon-Browne QC is “highly sought after” by clients, who commend him for his “no-nonsense approach”. 

Juniors

Four leading juniors form 7 King’s Bench Walk achieve listings this year. Jawdat Khurshid “consistently impresses” when advising on various insurance and reinsurance matters. He is joined by the “resoundingly brilliant” Josephine Higgs who is recognised for her work before the Court of Appeal and Commercial Court. James Brocklebank is a “great all-rounder”, whose practice is well known for its work on insurance and reinsurance, commercial arbitration and professional negligence cases. Timothy Kenefick is “one of the best juniors at the bar” regarding insurance and reinsurance matters.

Stephen Midwinter at Brick Court Chambers “instils confidence” in clients with his broad practice and “piercing intellect”.

At Fountain Court Chambers the “incredibly bright” James Cutress is praised by clients for being “very good on his feet”.

Richard Harrison at Devereux Chambers is “junior of choice” for many clients, who admire him for his “diligent” practice.

Julian Burling represents Serle Court in this chapter. His practice deals with both London market and international insurance and reinsurance matters, and he is often referred to as “one of the leading juniors” in the field.

3 Verulam Buildings is represented by Robert Purves, whose recent work has led peers to assert that he is “destined for a very bright future”.

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