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UK Bar: Insurance & Reinsurance 2017

We highlight 66 leading barristers for their stand-out work handling contentious, contractual and regulatory matters for a range of professionals in the field, including insurance underwriters, reinsurers, intermediaries and corporate insureds. 

Most Highly Regarded
Silks
Christopher Butcher QC 7 King’s Bench Walk
David Edwards QC 7 King’s Bench Walk
Dominic Kendrick QC 7 King’s Bench Walk
Colin Edelman QC Devereux Chambers
John Lockey QC Essex Court Chambers
Michael Crane QC Fountain Court Chambers
David Railton QC Fountain Court Chambers
Juniors
Josephine Higgs 7 King’s Bench Walk
James Brocklebank 7 King’s Bench Walk
James Cutress Fountain Court Chambers
Ben Lynch Fountain Court Chambers

Silks

7 KING’S BENCH WALK illustrates its reputation as one of the leading sets in the field, with over half of its silks recognised in this chapter. Bermuda Form, business interruption, political risk, marine, D&O, professional indemnity and reinsurance are just some of the areas in which its members excel. Thirteen silks are highlighted, including some of the most highly regarded at the Bar.
Head of chambers Gavin Kealey QC is one of the most established and recognisable insurance lawyers at the Bar. He is well noted for his coverage and Bermuda Form work, and is considered “a very appealing and persuasive advocate”.
Christopher Butcher QC is described by sources as “brutally fantastic” and “brilliantly intelligent”. His leading practice covers a large array of domestic and international litigation and arbitration.
Dominic Kendrick QC is a top choice for heavy-duty litigation. Peers also note that he is “very commercially minded” and “very down to earth, despite his brilliance”.
The “effortlessly smooth” David Edwards QC is known among peers as an outstanding Bermuda Form practitioner and “an extremely impressive advocate”.
Jonathan Gaisman QC boasts a reputation as “a very tenacious and terrifying opponent”. He is a popular choice for the most difficult marine and non-marine insurance disputes.
Known for both his advocacy and advisory work, peers describe Alistair Schaff QC as “a deep thinker” and “a powerful courtroom presence” who also “provides very clear and pragmatic advice”.
Peter Macdonald Eggers QC is an “extremely hardworking” and “very knowledgeable” barrister. He is considered by respondents to be a leading expert when it comes to policy validity and coverage disputes, and the Insurance Act 2015.
Richard Waller QC is well regarded for his wide-ranging litigation and arbitration insurance and reinsurance practice. He is highlighted for his “graceful” and “effective” advocacy style.
Andrew Wales QC is “very good technically on the law”. He is also valued for his “ability to pick up on points that other people miss”.

Leading commercial set ESSEX COURT CHAMBERS stands out for its first-rate insurance and reinsurance offering. Ten silks are highlighted this year.
John Lockey QC is well known for his “clever, tenacious and quick-thinking advocacy”. One peer effuses: “He would be my first choice every time.”
Paul Stanley QC is “careful and measured but very effective” according to peers. He is frequently engaged in insurance and reinsurance claims, including Bermuda Form arbitrations.
David Foxton QC is “one of the most highly sought-after silks in the field” and regularly handles avoidance issues, coverage disputes and Bermuda Form matters. A source adds, “He is a consistently excellent performer.”
Richard Jacobs QC is a senior and established figure in insurance and reinsurance coverage disputes. He is “a very appealing and charming advocate” who “throws himself into the case with 24/7 energy and enthusiasm”.
David Scorey QC is “an exceptionally talented and responsive silk” who is “very well-respected” for his impressive big-ticket Bermuda Form practice. One source notes, “Even for the commercial Bar he is outstandingly clever.”
Claire Blanchard QC is described as “the type of litigator that, as an opponent, you do not want to come across”. She is a popular choice for marine insurance mandates. 

BRICK COURT CHAMBERS is known for handling high-value claims in the area and its silks are all distinguished members of the commercial Bar. Five are selected for their insurance and reinsurance practices.
Joint head of chambers Mark Howard QC has “the highest possible reputation” as a commercial litigator, with insurance and reinsurance a key area of practice.
Simon Salzedo QC is described as “an extremely charming and effective advocate”. His practice encompasses a wide range of marine and non-marine claims.
Neil Calver QC is “a very good all-round advocate – tough, clever and very hard to fluster.”

FOUNTAIN COURT CHAMBERS is home to a large number of leading commercial silks, five of whom are recognised as leaders in the insurance and reinsurance field.
Head of chambers Stephen Moriarty QC’s practice covers a very broad range of claims. With a distinguished reputation and extensive experience, he is a popular choice for both domestic and international mandates.
Michael Crane QC, one of the top advocates in our research boasts “a big reputation” in the market as “an unbelievably brilliant, incisive and very persuasive advocate”, who is “brilliant with the Court, tribunals and clients”.
The “outstandingly good” David Railton QC is “incredibly pleasant to deal with and a seriously hard worker”. A source adds that he is “especially good at achieving the results his clients want in a hearing".

4 NEW SQUARE is one of the main commercial sets at the Bar with an international reputation for the excellence of its members, five of whom are recognised for their practices in insurance and reinsurance.
Justin Fenwick QC is one of the most well-known advocates at the commercial Bar and is very active in the insurance field, with a large amount of coverage work both as counsel and arbitrator. Peers summarise, “He is a very serious senior leader, a grandee of insurance at the Bar.”
Graham Eklund QC has a strong focus on insurance and reinsurance claims and possesses a very good reputation in the market. He is highly valued for his ability to remain “very calm and unflappable” under pressure.
Leigh-Ann Mulcahy QC wins praise for her reputation as “a personable, sharp, hardworking, thorough and effective silk, who can get the best out of everyone”.

As a specialist in shipping, 20 ESSEX STREET CHAMBERS has a particularly strong practice in marine insurance.
The “absolutely excellent” Philip Edey QC is “a very articulate and charming advocate”. He has a broad practice in the field with particular excellence in international arbitrations.
Christopher Hancock QC boasts a strong reputation among peers and solicitors alike, and is often instructed on high value claims in the shipping industry.
Charles Kimmins QC is described by sources as “a very measured and appealing advocate”, who has a “lovely manner in court”. His practice covers an array of big ticket marine and non-marine claims.

At DEVEREUX CHAMBERS, Colin Edelman QC “is the pinnacle of the insurance Bar that everyone else must aim for”, according to a respondent. As well as being “utterly brilliant both as counsel and arbitrator”, he boasts an “almost unparalleled knowledge of the insurance market and insurance law.” 

Before recently taking silk, Stephen Midwinter QC of BRICK COURT CHAMBERS was considered “a sensible choice for the best insurance barrister at the junior Bar”. He has acted both led and unled in a wide range of big-ticket insurance and reinsurance disputes.

Juniors

Four juniors from 7 KING’S BENCH WALK are highlighted for their leading insurance and reinsurance work, demonstrating the strength and breadth of the set’s expertise in the area.
Josephine Higgs is “undoubtedly the best junior in the field”, according to one respondent. She is very active in an array of large claims, including a claim for £100 million under a professional indemnity policy and a claim for a similar amount under professional liability insurance.
The “extremely bright” James Brocklebank is noted for his contentious insurance and reinsurance practice, acting for insureds or insurers in arbitration or in the commercial court. One senior peer comments, “He is a top-notch junior, I would recommend him without hesitation.”
Timothy Kenefick is a popular senior junior, recommended by a number of his peers and instructing solicitors. He regularly acts as the lead junior counsel in high value claims, often for the insurers.
Jawdat Khurshid is considered a leading junior in the field. He boasts experience across a wide range of insurance matters including life insurance, construction and professional liability.

3 VERULAM BUILDINGS is represented by three juniors. 
Nicholas Craig has a very good reputation as “one of the top senior juniors”, particularly for marine insurance matters.
Peter Ratcliffe is “extraordinarily busy and extraordinarily good”. He is very experienced in insurance matters and “a go-to junior for highly complex claims”.
He is joined by Robert Purves who is described as “the go-to man for insurance regulation.” 

Two juniors from FOUNTAIN COURT CHAMBERS achieve nominations in this chapter.
Ben Lynch is a very active junior in the insurance and reinsurance market, covering a wide variety of domestic and international claims. One solicitor notes, “He is very responsive, intelligent and has the willingness to go the extra mile.”
James Cutress is also deemed “a standout at the junior Bar”.

Alison Padfield is the top insurance junior at 4 NEW SQUARE, according to our research. She is described as “extremely knowledgeable, hardworking and charming”.

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