Nature of practice
Adam acts as an advocate in Court and Arbitration work in the following core areas of practice: Insurance, Reinsurance, Professional Negligence, Shipping and Sale of Goods.
Recent directory recommendations
Adam is recommended in the current main directories. Under Insurance and Reinsurance in Chambers and Partners 2017 he is known for his “enormous attention to detail” and “is an excellent lawyer, who is very thoughtful and able to assist with the early resolution of matters”, in Chambers and Partners 2016 he is described “a very practical person and commercially minded” and “assured and user-friendly particularly on difficult insurance disputes”, and in the same category in the Legal 500 2015 “ A very strong insurance barrister with good expertise in professional negligence”.
In the past four to five years, the focus of his work has remained his ongoing insurance and reinsurance practice. Most recent cases include liability/CAR insurance disputes in relation to a major building project, liability insurance in relation to OFCOM, OAR insurance in relation to OFGEM rulings, Products liability insurance in relation to a large damage to goods claim, D & O claims and insurance issues arising out of the Madoff claims. Adam has also been involved in a major international sale of goods arbitration.
In addition to acting in disputed matters, he is involved from time to time in advising on the contents of and drafting insurance policies and has acted for a number of both insurers and blue chip companies in this respect in recent years. As an example of work for insurers he has done a large drafting job this year, making amendments to the private and taxi drivers car insurance for an insurer operating in the English market. He had to become familiar with the market background. The cover in question included cover for hire cars (where the insured had hired the car out) as an option. It necessitated (among other things) looking at a framework agreement and considering what was required under the RTA. As regards blue chip assureds he was instructed (with a junior) in an across the board review (property, motor, D & O, Products Liability, Crime, Media amongst others) of a Footsie 100 company’s insurance coverage.
In addition to insurance and reinsurance he deals with other matters: over the last four to five years he has been involved in a series of major shipbuilding arbitrations and in the Cattles case, the biggest claim ever to be brought against an accountant, which settled shortly after the start of trial in the Commercial Court in October 2015. He has also been involved most recently in another major international arbitration.
Arbitration and mediation
Adam also sits as an arbitrator in his core areas of practice and is a CEDR accredited mediator. Current arbitration cases include maritime and international sale of goods cases, as well as insurance matters. Adam has recently mediated sale of goods, maritime and insurance matters.