Insurance & Reinsurance

Insurance & Reinsurance

What our barristers offer

39 Essex Chambers’ barristers provide advice and representation covering the full range of the insurance and reinsurance field.

Our members advise on coverage and claims arising out of a wide range of insurance policies, such as business interruption, contractors’ risk, employers’ liability, environmental risk, financial and credit risk, fire, flood, life, permanent health, professional indemnity, public liability and war and terrorist risk. Many of the claims involve allegations of material non-disclosure and fraud.

Construction

Members of Chambers regularly advise both insurers and the insured in relation to coverage disputes arising out of construction and engineering projects, dealing with issues such as aggregation and non-disclosure.

Property damage

Members of Chambers are regularly instructed in relation to substantial and complex claims arising out of property damage caused by fire, flood, pollution and other risks. These claims arise in a variety of ways. Often brought by owners against contractors, sub-contractors and construction professionals, they may also be made against the manufacturers and suppliers of equipment or products said to be implicated in the fire or flood and against adjoining landowners or utilities companies. Barristers at 39 Essex Chambers has experience of all of these types of claim.

Recent significant cases include:

  • Laker Vent Engineering Ltd v Templeton Insurance Ltd  [2009] EWCA Civ 62, Court of Appeal, advising and representing the insured in a dispute over the insurer’s claim to avoid a legal expenses insurance policy for material non-disclosure and that the claim was notified late.
  • McCall v Poulton [2009] 1 CMLR 45 advising and representing insurers in a reference to the European Court concerning payment of subrogated claims under the Second Motor Insurance Directive.
  • Field v CSI and Phoenix Life Limited ET 2317956/2007 representing a respondent in the first substantive case concerning the interpretation of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 as regards the provision of group income insurance.
  • Shepherd Neame v EDF Energy Networks (SPN) Plc [2008] Bus LR D43 (TCC) advising in relation to the use of the disclosed experts reports of another party that withdrew from the proceedings.
  • Kajima UK Engineering Ltd v Underwriter Insurance Company Ltd [2008] EWHC 83 (TCC) advising and representing underwriters in a dispute as to whether notification had been given to professional indemnity insurers under a “claims made policy”.
  • Advising in a £150m insurance and reinsurance dispute arising from incidents of radioactive contamination at Thorp nuclear plant.
  • Bee v Jenson (No 1) [2007] Lloyd’s Rep IR 451 (Comm) and (No 2) [2008] Lloyd’s Rep IR 221.  Advising and representing insurers in long running dispute dealing with the capacity of legal expenses insurers to act as agents for receipt of global offers of amends and insurers obligation in making subrogated claims to give credit for commission payments from suppliers.
  • Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery v Duffy Construction Ltd & another (2007) BLR 216 advising and representing the contractors in a dispute about co-insurance and the meaning of “flood” and “burst” in the insurance policy

Who to contact

Niki Merison

Niki Merison is the Senior Practice Manager for the Insurance & Reinsurance 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 7634 9011


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Neil Block QC

Neil Block QC

Call: 1980 Silk: 2002

Simon Goldblatt QC

Simon Goldblatt QC

Call: 1953 Silk: 1972

John Tackaberry QC

John Tackaberry QC

Call: 1967 Silk: 1982

Edwin Glasgow CBE QC

Edwin Glasgow CBE QC

Call: 1969 Silk: 1987

Nigel Pleming QC

Nigel Pleming QC

Call: 1971 Silk: 1992

Richard Wilmot-Smith QC

Richard Wilmot-Smith QC

Call: 1978 Silk: 1994

Matthias Kelly QC

Matthias Kelly QC

Call: 1979 Silk: 1999

Gregory Treverton-Jones QC

Gregory Treverton-Jones QC

Call: 1977 Silk: 2002

Susan Rodway QC

Susan Rodway QC

Call: 1981 Silk: 2002

Stuart Catchpole QC

Stuart Catchpole QC

Call: 1987 Silk: 2002

Colin McCaul QC

Colin McCaul QC

Call: 1978 Silk: 2003

Charles Cory-Wright QC

Charles Cory-Wright QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2006

Adrian Hughes QC

Adrian Hughes QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2006

Stephen Tromans QC

Stephen Tromans QC

Call: 1999 Silk: 2009

Charles Manzoni QC

Charles Manzoni QC

Call: 1988 Silk: 2009

Sean Wilken QC

Sean Wilken QC

Call: 1991 Silk: 2010

Marion Smith QC

Marion Smith QC

Call: 1981 Silk: 2015

Vikram Sachdeva QC

Vikram Sachdeva QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2015

James Ramsden QC

James Ramsden QC

Call: 1987 Silk: 2016

Derek O'Sullivan QC

Derek O'Sullivan QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2016

Kate Grange QC

Kate Grange QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2017

Karim Ghaly QC

Karim Ghaly QC

Call: 2001 Silk: 2017

Adam Robb QC

Adam Robb QC

Call: 1995 Silk: 2018

Parishil Patel QC

Parishil Patel QC

Call: 1996 Silk: 2018

Simon Edwards

Simon Edwards

Call: 1978

Geoffrey Brown

Geoffrey Brown

Call: 1981

Christian Du Cann

Christian Du Cann

Call: 1982

Karen Gough

Karen Gough

Call: 1983

Jonathan Bellamy

Jonathan Bellamy

Call: 1986

David Bradly

David Bradly

Call: 1987

Bernard Doherty

Bernard Doherty

Call: 1990

James Todd

James Todd

Call: 1990

Emily Formby

Emily Formby

Call: 1993

Damian Falkowski

Damian Falkowski

Call: 1994

Christiaan Zwart

Christiaan Zwart

Call: 1997

John Denis-Smith

John Denis-Smith

Call: 1998

Judith Ayling

Judith Ayling

Call: 1998

Caroline Truscott

Caroline Truscott

Call: 1998

Nicola Greaney

Nicola Greaney

Call: 1999

Colin Thomann

Colin Thomann

Call: 1999

Katharine Scott

Katharine Scott

Call: 2000

Jess Connors

Jess Connors

Call: 2000

James Burton

James Burton

Call: 2001

Rory Dunlop

Rory Dunlop

Call: 2002

Alexandra Bodnar

Alexandra Bodnar

Call: 2004

Robert Lazarus

Robert Lazarus

Call: 2004

Caroline Allen

Caroline Allen

Call: 2005

Alexis Hearnden

Alexis Hearnden

Call: 2005

Andrew Deakin

Andrew Deakin

Call: 2006

Peter Mant

Peter Mant

Call: 2006

Rachael O'Hagan

Rachael O'Hagan

Call: 2006

Quintin Fraser

Quintin Fraser

Call: 2006

Rebecca Drake

Rebecca Drake

Call: 2007

Jennifer Thelen

Jennifer Thelen

Call: 2007

Jack Holborn

Jack Holborn

Call: 2008

Catherine Dobson

Catherine Dobson

Call: 2009

Benjamin Tankel

Benjamin Tankel

Call: 2009

Patrick Hennessey

Patrick Hennessey

Call: 2010

Rose Grogan

Rose Grogan

Call: 2010

Angela Rainey

Angela Rainey

Call: 2010

Hannah McCarthy

Hannah McCarthy

Call: 2010

Annabel Lee

Annabel Lee

Call: 2010

Samar Abbas

Samar Abbas

Call: 2011

Tom Tabori

Tom Tabori

Call: 2011

Denys Hickey

Denys Hickey

Call: 1975

Augustus Ullstein QC

Augustus Ullstein QC

Call: 1970 Silk: 1992

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