Insurance Barristers

Insurance

What our barristers offer

39 Essex Chambers has a full complement of leading barristers with considerable experience of acting for clients in the insurance and reinsurance sector. They have a deep knowledge and understanding of all the business needs and practicalities that are particular to insurance and reinsurance. We offer our clients an expert, multi-faceted and practically focused service.

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 barristers act as arbitrators and mediators in insurance and insurance-related disputes domestically 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

Call +44 (0)20 7832 1111 for more information

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