UK Bar: Insurance & Reinsurance 2019

In this chapter we highlight 55 silks and 16 juniors who stand out for their exceptional advocacy work in complex insurance and reinsurance disputes.

Most Highly Regarded
Silks
1. Colin Edelman QC  Devereux Chambers 
2. John Lockey QC  Essex Court Chambers 
3. Tom Weitzman QC  3 Verulam Buildings 
4. Alistair Schaff QC   7 King’s Bench Walk  
5. Philip Edey QC   20 Essex Street Chambers  
6. David Foxton QC   Essex Court Chambers 
Juniors
1. Tim Marland  Fountain Court Chambers 
2. Josephine Higgs 7 King’s Bench Walk 
3. Timothy Kenefick 7 King’s Bench Walk 

Silks

7 King's Bench Walk performs well this year with 12 silks highlighted for their excellence in the field.
Alistair Schaff QC is one of the foremost silks in the field with a “rightly deserved stellar reputation”. He is recognised for his “leading insurance practice”, and is said to be “extremely good” when it comes to handling complex liability claims.
Peter MacDonald Eggers QC is “a go-to silk for a learned opinion” according to sources, who commend his standout work on commercial insurance disputes.
Jonathan Gaisman QC is a top-tier advocate who receives plaudits for his excellent work on high-value insurance disputes. One source notes, “He is the best cross-examiner I have ever seen.”
Head of chambers Gavin Kealey QC is highly recommended for his impressive commercial practice that includes sophisticated insurance and reinsurance contractual disputes. According to one respondent, “He can strip a case down to its bare essentials like no other.”
David Edwards QC is a widely recognised practitioner who draws high praise from market sources for his skill and experience in Bermuda Form work.
Dominic Kendrick QC is “one of the top practitioners at the Bar” according to peers, whom he impresses with his strong expertise in commercial disputes involving insurance and liability claims. 

Essex Court Chambers sees nine silks recognised in this chapter.
John Lockey QC is “a first-rate advocate” with “an excellent reputation” in the field. He receives widespread praise from peers who consider him “simply brilliant when it comes to heavy reinsurance matters”.
David Foxton QC possesses vast experience handling complex commercial disputes, and is highly recommended for his leading work on coverage issues and D&O claims.
David Scorey QC is “the leading silk for Bermuda form work” say market sources, who praise his impressive work on both domestic and international disputes.
Paul Stanley QC is known for his first-class insurance and reinsurance practice, with particular expertise in product liability and coverage claims.
Steven Berry QC is “a very good advocate” who stands out among peers for his top-notch work in a range of insurance disputes including marine, product liability and professional indemnity. One peer says, “He is a devastating cross-examiner.”
Mark Templeman QC is a well-established figure in the insurance and reinsurance field, where he enjoys a great reputation as “very strong on marine insurance coverage”.

Brick Court Chambers achieves six listings here.
Stephen Midwinter QC is “a very effective advocate” who is well versed in handling insurance-related disputes in both litigation and arbitration proceedings.
Neil Calver QC continues to impress peers and clients alike, who consider him “extremely good” and “very effective” when it comes to dealing with high-value commercial insurance disputes.
Mark Howard QC is “a standout figure” in the insurance and reinsurance space, commended for his extensive experience representing clients in complex insurance litigation.
Tom Adam QC has a strong reputation in the market for his excellent work on insurance and reinsurance arbitration proceedings. One source comments, “He is one of the best legal minds of his generation.”

At Devereux Chambers, Colin Edelman QC is credited with a “standout insurance practice” by impressed peers who note, “He has been at the top for a long time and still is.” His “exceptional” work on key insurance cases contributes to his profile as “an extremely effective appellate advocate”.

Tom Weitzman QC at 3 Verulam Buildings is very active in insurance and reinsurance disputes and is commended for his “unparalleled legal knowledge” and his “ability to identify the key issues of a case”.

Philip Edey QC at 20 Essex Street Chambers is “an excellent and very polished advocate” who is recommended for his outstanding work on sophisticated insurance disputes before various UK tribunals, including the Supreme Court.
Christopher Hancock QC is “very experienced” in handling complex insurance disputes, say peers who praise his premier commercial practice.

At Fountain Court Chambers, David Railton QC is “an exceptional silk” who stands out for his expert handling of multi-jurisdictional insurance disputes. One peer effuses, “I have a lot of time for David.”
Stephen Moriarty QC is recognised for his vast experience in the insurance and reinsurance space, as well as his impressive representation of insurers and brokers in related disputes.

Andrew Neish QC at 4 Pump Court is “a very experienced litigator” according to peers who praise his “excellent work” on insurance disputes in litigation and arbitration proceedings. 

At 4 New Square, Justin Fenwick QC is a well-recognised name in the insurance and reinsurance space, an area in which sources note he is “very good at all aspects”.

Luke Parsons QC at Quadrant Chambers is “a persuasive and knowledgeable silk” with a strong reputation for his work on insurance disputes across a range of sectors including commodities, aviation, and oil and gas.

Juniors

7 King’s Bench Walk sees five junior barristers recognised in this chapter.
Josephine Higgs is “really top drawer” according to market commentators who consider her a go-to name for complex insurance and professional negligence claims.
Timothy Kenefick is a well-recognised advocate in the insurance and reinsurance space who, according to peers, is “so experienced you’re almost getting a silk”.
Harry Wright draws high praise from respondents who commend his strong understanding of insurance and reinsurance disputes, and note he is “very knowledgeable on the 2015 Insurance Act”.

Fountain Court Chambers sees three juniors listed.
Ben Lynch stands out as the most prominent insurance and reinsurance junior at the UK Bar in this year’s research. He is “very well known” for his superb work on coverage and contractual disputes.
Laura John receives widespread plaudits from peers who highlight she is “great with clients”, and praise her “very straightforward and clear thinking” when it comes to insurance and liability claims.

Daniel Shapiro at Crown Office Chambers focuses his skilful practice on a range of insurance-related matters, from contract coverage to marine insurance claims. One source particularly commends his “impressive professional negligence client base”.

At Devereux Chambers, Richard Harrison is “a much-respected figure” in the insurance field. He is recommended by peers who note that “the courts really like him”.

Adam Kramer at 3 Verulam Buildings is “a brilliant advocate” recognised by market sources for his excellent handling of commercial disputes on behalf of brokers, insurers and insureds.

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