Insurance Barristers

Insurance

What our barristers offer

Our wide practice area expertise and international presence means that members advise and represent clients in litigation and in arbitration in a full range of commercial sectors including construction & engineering, infrastructure, energy, environmental, financial services , real property and professional sport. A number of our team specialise in insurance issues in the professional liability sector across a wide variety of disciplines including legal services and construction professionals. Our personal injury practitioners are experienced in insurance issues arising from clinical negligence and personal injury claims.

In reinsurance matters a number of our members are experienced in advising both before and after disputes arise in relation to underlying risks in commercial, construction, IT, environmental and energy sectors, including nuclear power.

Members regularly advise and represent both policyholders and insuring parties in technical subrogated insurance recovery claims arising from events including fire, flood, explosion, products, pollution, occurring both domestically and internationally and are experienced in dealing with the complex factual and technical issues arising in relation to both liability and the assessment of damages such as business interruption claims.

Who our insurance barristers act for

  • Insured parties
  • Insurers: companies and  Lloyd’s syndicates
  • Reinsured parties
  • Reinsurers
  • Brokers
  • Regulators

Which areas of insurance and reinsurance we cover

  • Policy construction
  • Policy coverage
    • non-disclosure
    • materiality disputes
    • fair presentation of risk
    • breach of warranty
  • Risks
    • employer liability
    • public liability
    • professional indemnity
    • credit risk
    • investment risk
    • war risk
    • business interruption
    • directors and officers’ liability
    • Contractors
    • Marine
    • Cargo
  •  Civil fraud
  • Regulation
  • Third party rights
  •  Subrogated insurance recovery claims (including fire, flood, explosion, products, pollution)
  •  Broker negligence claims
  • Reinsurance
    • Facultative
    • Treaty
    • Proportional
    • Excess of loss

Additional insurance sector knowledge

  • A number of our senior practitioners are qualified, practising arbitrators and are appointed by arbitration institutions or ad hoc to determine insurance coverage and related insurance and reinsurance sector disputes in the UK and internationally.

Who to contact

Alastair Davidson

Alastair Davidson is the Senior Clerk for the Insurance team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.


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Call: +44 (0)20 7832 1181


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Neil Block QC

Neil Block QC

Call: 1980 Silk: 2002

Edwin Glasgow CBE QC

Edwin Glasgow CBE QC

Call: 1969 Silk: 1987

Augustus Ullstein QC

Augustus Ullstein QC

Call: 1970 Silk: 1992

Richard Spearman QC

Richard Spearman QC

Call: 1977 Silk: 1996

William Norris QC

William Norris QC

Call: 1974 Silk: 1997

Stuart Catchpole QC *

Stuart Catchpole QC *

Call: 1987 Silk: 2002

Colin McCaul QC

Colin McCaul QC

Call: 1978 Silk: 2003

Timothy Lyons QC BL

Timothy Lyons QC BL

Call: 1980 Silk: 2003

Charles Cory-Wright QC

Charles Cory-Wright QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2006

Charles Manzoni QC

Charles Manzoni QC

Call: 1988 Silk: 2009

Peter Rees QC

Peter Rees QC

Call: 2014 Silk: 2009

Sean Wilken QC

Sean Wilken QC

Call: 1991 Silk: 2010

Hefin Rees QC

Hefin Rees QC

Call: 1992 Silk: 2013

Marion Smith QC

Marion Smith QC

Call: 1981 Silk: 2015

James Ramsden QC

James Ramsden QC

Call: 1987 Silk: 2016

Derek O'Sullivan QC

Derek O'Sullivan QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2016

Andrew Tabachnik QC

Andrew Tabachnik QC

Call: 1991 Silk: 2017

Kate Grange QC

Kate Grange QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2017

Karim Ghaly QC

Karim Ghaly QC

Call: 2001 Silk: 2017

Denys Hickey

Denys Hickey

Call: 1975

Simon Edwards

Simon Edwards

Call: 1978

Geoffrey Brown

Geoffrey Brown

Call: 1981

Christian Du Cann
Jonathan Bellamy

Jonathan Bellamy

Call: 1986

Bernard Doherty

Bernard Doherty

Call: 1990

James Todd

James Todd

Call: 1990

Emily Formby

Emily Formby

Call: 1993

Damian Falkowski

Damian Falkowski

Call: 1994

Adam Robb

Adam Robb

Call: 1995

Parishil Patel

Parishil Patel

Call: 1996

John Denis-Smith

John Denis-Smith

Call: 1998

Judith Ayling

Judith Ayling

Call: 1998

Jess Connors

Jess Connors

Call: 2000

Saima Hanif

Saima Hanif

Call: 2002

Ben Olbourne

Ben Olbourne

Call: 2003

Alexandra Bodnar

Alexandra Bodnar

Call: 2004

Robert Lazarus

Robert Lazarus

Call: 2004

Mungo Wenban-Smith
Rachael O'Hagan

Rachael O'Hagan

Call: 2006

Quintin Fraser

Quintin Fraser

Call: 2006

Ned Helme

Ned Helme

Call: 2006

Edmund Townsend

Edmund Townsend

Call: 2006

Jennifer Thelen

Jennifer Thelen

Call: 2007

Catherine Dobson

Catherine Dobson

Call: 2009

Patrick Hennessey
Rose Grogan

Rose Grogan

Call: 2010

Angela Rainey

Angela Rainey

Call: 2010

Hannah McCarthy

Hannah McCarthy

Call: 2010

Stephen Kosmin

Stephen Kosmin

Call: 2011

James Potts

James Potts

Call: 2011

Yash Bheeroo

Yash Bheeroo

Call: 2011

Cleon Catsambis

Cleon Catsambis

Call: 2011

Tom Tabori

Tom Tabori

Call: 2011

Melissa Shipley

Melissa Shipley

Call: 2011

Nicola Kohn

Nicola Kohn

Call: 2012

Adam Boukraa

Adam Boukraa

Call: 2013

Sarah Bousfield

Sarah Bousfield

Call: 2013

Paul Hayes

Paul Hayes

Call: 2005

Patrick Lane SC

Patrick Lane SC

Call: 1977

Vincent Nelson QC

Vincent Nelson QC

Call: 1980 Silk: 2001

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