David Edwards specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration, both as an advocate and as an advisor, in particular in insurance and reinsurance where he is acknowledged as one of the leading silks at the bar, banking and finance, professional negligence, commercial arbitration and shipping and international trade.
David Edwards was named Chambers Bar Awards Insurance Silk of the Year in 2013. He had been previously nominated for the same award, and has been nominated twice since then in 2018 and again in 2020. He has been listed in the top tier of insurance and reinsurance silks in both Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 for many years, and is also listed as a leading silk for international arbitration and commercial litigation. The guides variously describe him as “supremely intelligent”, “a formidable advocate”, someone who is “without exception always completely prepared” and “very easy to work with, and … very collaborative”.
David Edwards appears most frequently in the Commercial Court or the Chancery Division, and on appeal in the Court of Appeal and the House of Lords (now the Supreme Court). A good deal of his work is done in confidential arbitration. His practice is international, and he has substantial experience of working together with foreign lawyers (particularly United States lawyers) and dealing with cases governed by a foreign substantive law (in particular New York law). He is well known as an expert in Bermuda Form arbitrations. In addition to his practice as an advocate, David Edwards has sat and accepts appointments as sole or as party-appointed arbitrator in ad hoc or institutional (ICC and LCIA) arbitrations. He has also been instructed to give expert evidence on English insurance law for the purposes of foreign proceedings.
In 2017 David Edwards was appointed by the Lord Chief Justice as a Deputy High Court Judge, assigned to the Queen’s Bench Division. David has also been admitted to the Bar in Bermuda for particular matters.
David Edwards has been instructed in relation to most of the major problems that have affected the insurance and reinsurance markets over the last 20 years from the Lloyd’s litigation in the early 1990 to the plethora of E & O and D & O disputes which have arisen out of the disruption in the financial markets in 2008. He is described in the guides as “a doyen on the Bermuda Form”, and has extensive experience of disputes and arbitrations under that form in relation to a wide variety of matters: prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals; medical devices; herbicides; automotive products; oil, gasoline and MTBE pollution; environmental liability; financial products; securities litigation; directors & officers’ insurance.
David Edwards was named Chambers Bar Awards Insurance Silk of the Year in 2013. He had been previously nominated for the same award, and has been nominated twice since then in 2018 and again in 2020. He has been listed in the top tier of insurance and reinsurance silks in both Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 for many years.
Many of David Edwards’ cases are dealt with in arbitration.
Much of the insurance and reinsurance work that David Edwards has been involved in is finance- related (see under Insurance and Reinsurance). He has also been involved in more general banking work.
Disputes over jurisdiction and issues concerning applicable law are a regular part of David Edwards’ practice.
David Edwards has dealt with a number of cases involving claims against professionals, most commonly insurance brokers but also solicitors, accountants or other finance professionals.
David Edwards has appeared in a number of reported cases (and many confidential arbitrations) concerning shipping, shipbuilding and international trade, including The “Nicholas H” – the landmark case concerning whether a duty of care was owed by a classification society. A particular area of specialty has been disputes between Protection and Indemnity clubs and their members.
For many years, both as a junior and since 2006 as a silk, David Edwards Q.C. has been listed by Chambers and Partners and by the Legal 500 as a leader in insurance and reinsurance and other sectors. David Edwards was listed as one of the ‘Most Highly Regarded’ insurance silks in Who’s Who Legal 2017. David Edwards was named Chambers and Partners Insurance Silk of the Year at the 2013 Chambers Bar Awards having been shortlisted for the same award previously. The current (2020) edition of the Legal 500 lists him as a leader in insurance, commercial litigation and international arbitration. Chambers and Partners (2020) lists him as a leader in insurance, commercial litigation and international arbitration. Recent editions comment that:
7KBW nominated for 9 awards at the Chambers Bar Awards 2020
AIG Europe Limited v Woodman
AIG Europe Limited v OC320301 LLP and Ors
Astrazeneca v XL Insurance A3/2013/0824
David Edwards QC named ‘Insurance Silk of the Year’
Member of the London Court of International Arbitration
Member of British Insurance Law Association
Member, Bar Standards Board, Standards Committee (2012-2016)
Trustee and Chairman of Council, Friends of Peterhouse (a registered charity) (2010-2016).
Peterhouse, Cambridge M.A. (Hons.) Cantab. (Law)
Inns of Court School of Law Tancred Studentship, Lincoln’s Inn