Adam van Schaik

Adam van Schaik

Call: 2020

Practice Profile


Adam has a broad practice across all areas of commercial law, including insurance and reinsurance, shipping and shipbuilding, international arbitration, commodities, jurisdiction and conflict of laws, civil fraud, energy and natural resources, professional negligence and aviation. Adam accepts instructions, led and unled, in all of 7KBW’s specialist practice areas.

Adam’s current and recent work includes: acting in a circa £100 million professional negligence and civil fraud case relating to class-action style construction proceedings in New Zealand; acting in respect of insurance claims relating to a multi-million pound investigation into wrongful financial trading; acting in respect of a number of substantial fire damage claims concerning fair presentation of risk and breach of policy conditions.

Adam has spent time seconded to the insurance litigation departments of a Magic Circle and City law firm.

Prior to joining Chambers, Adam qualified as a solicitor at Slaughter and May where he experienced a wide range of corporate and commercial work (including tax) involving a number of FTSE 100 companies and other businesses. As a result of this experience Adam is used to working in teams and understands the needs of instructing solicitors and clients. Adam was also previously the judicial assistant to the President of the Queen’s Bench Division at the Court of Appeal where he experienced a wide range of appellate work and was involved in several high-profile cases. Adam studied law at St John’s College Cambridge, graduating within the top ten of his year with a double first and 11 academic prizes.

Adam has experience in a broad range of insurance and reinsurance work, including marine, liability, energy, aviation, directors and officers, business interruption, property and casualty and construction. Adam also has experience of coverholder/broking disputes.

  • Advised in respect of insurance claims relating to a multi-million pound investigation into wrongful financial trading.
  • Acted in a dispute between a coverholder and insurer in respect of profit commissions owed to sub-coverholders.
  • Advised in relation to a complex notification of claim issue regarding an international corporation and high-net-worth owner in the context of allegations of corruption and fraud.
  • Advised in relation to a number of substantial fire damage claims in respect of fair presentation of risk and breach of policy conditions.
  • Advised in relation to the application of the Fires Prevention (Metropolis Act) 1774.
  • Acting and appearing in a number of county court claims relating to diminution in value of damaged vehicles.
  • Assisted in a multi-million-pound Bermuda Form arbitration concerning an insurance claim by an ecclesiastical institution relating to purported cases of abuse.
  • Assisted in a multi-million-pound dispute, including an interlocutory hearing in the High Court, concerning a claim under an aircraft hull and spares policy relating to a private jet.
  • Assisted in a dispute concerning an allegedly fraudulent claim on an investment managers insurance policy by a well-known hedge fund.
  • Assisted in a number of disputes concerning non-appearance insurance in the context of Covid-19 and the cancellation of large events.
  • Assisted in an international arbitration between a U.K. University and a foreign entity providing educational courses under its name.
  • Assisted in an international arbitration concerning a brokerage commission dispute regarding the sale of a superyacht.
  • Assisted in an arbitration, including a two-day hearing, concerning Lloyd’s managing agent negligence.
  • Assisted in a dispute concerning the continuance of an interim injunction restraining payment of in excess of $300 million from an escrow account pursuant to an arbitration award.
  • Assisted in a multi-million-pound Bermuda Form arbitration concerning an insurance claim by an ecclesiastical institution relating to purported cases of abuse.
  • Assisted on a number of other international arbitrations including in relation to procedural matters.
  • Appeared as sole counsel for the successful respondent in a County Court claim involving a dispute over service outside the jurisdiction.
  • Assisted in a jurisdictional dispute involving substantial civil fraud and other proceedings in an E.U. jurisdiction and an English jurisdiction clause, including a challenge to English jurisdiction.
  • Assisted, including assisting in drafting advice concerning an anti-suit injunction, in a dispute regarding multiple bills of lading and an Israeli class action law-suit concerning the overcharging of port congestion charges.
  • Assisted in an international arbitration concerning a brokerage commission dispute regarding the sale of a superyacht.
  • Assisted, including assisting in drafting advice concerning an anti-suit injunction, in a dispute regarding multiple bills of lading and an Israeli class action law-suit concerning the overcharging of port congestion charges.
  • Acted in a circa £100 million professional negligence and civil fraud case relating to class-action style construction proceedings in New Zealand.
  • Advised in relation to a complex notification of claim issue regarding an international corporation and high-net-worth owner in the context of allegations of corruption and fraud.
  • Advised in relation to a potentially fraudulent claim for property damage and business interruption at a restaurant.
  • Assisted in a dispute concerning an allegedly fraudulent claim on an investment managers insurance policy by a well-known hedge fund.
  • Assisted in a dispute, including an interlocutory hearing in the High Court, concerning the issuing of a mandatory interim injunction to remove aircraft liens over a substantial fleet of commercial aircraft operated by a national carrier.
  • Assisted in a multi-million-pound dispute, including an interlocutory hearing in the High Court, concerning a claim under an aircraft hull and spares policy relating to a private jet.
  • Assisted in a dispute concerning the continuance of an interim injunction restraining payment of in excess of $300 million from an escrow account pursuant to an arbitration award.
  • Assisted in a dispute, including an interlocutory hearing in the High Court, concerning the issuing of a mandatory interim injunction to remove aircraft liens over a substantial fleet of commercial aircraft operated by a national carrier.
  • Assisted, including assisting in drafting advice concerning an anti-suit injunction, in a dispute regarding multiple bills of lading and an Israeli class action law-suit concerning the overcharging of port congestion charges.
  • Assisting in a multi-million-pound dispute regarding petroleum purchasing contracts, including in relation to joinder of parties and the English court’s approach to complex foreign law.
  • Acted in a circa £100 million professional negligence and civil fraud case relating to class-action style construction proceedings in New Zealand.
  • Assisted in an arbitration, including a two-day hearing, concerning Lloyd’s managing agent negligence.
  • Assisted in a dispute concerning the purchase of a gambling company, including assisting with advice and pleadings relating to the set-off of claims and summary judgement.
  • Adam has gained general experience in this area including experience of a substantial coal purchase contract dispute regarding quality and misrepresentation.

Judicial Assistant to the President of the Queen’s Bench Division, Court of Appeal (2019-2020)

Training Contract, Slaughter and May (2017-2019), qualified solicitor (2019)

Legal Practice Course, BPP London (2017): Distinction

BA Law, St John’s College Cambridge (2016): Double First, 11 academic prizes and top ten result in final year cohort