COVID-19

The Members of Chambers and staff of 7KBW will be working remotely from the afternoon of Tuesday 24th March 2020. Chambers’ switchboard (+44 207 910 8300) will be open as usual between 08:00 and 19:00 on Monday to Friday and a duty clerk will be available on +44 (0)7831 394 225 outside of these hours.

Should you have a query about current or new instructions, or would like to arrange delivery of papers, the clerks (collectively) can be contacted by email on seniorclerks@7kbw.co.uk, through the switchboard or on their direct line numbers below:

Bernie Hyatt

bhyatt@7kbw.co.uk

+44 207 910 8312

Greg Leyden

gleyden@7kbw.co.uk

+44 207 910 8314

Eddie Johns

ejohns@7kbw.co.uk

+44 207 910 8311

Gary Rose

grose@7kbw.co.uk

+44 207 910 8313

Joe Clayton

jclayton@7kbw.co.uk

+44 207 910 8378

Sean Hulbert  (Arbitrators’ clerk)

shulbert@7kbw.co.uk

+44 207 910 8379

For more information please call our Clerks on

+44 (0)20 7910 8300

Insurance & reinsurance


Insurance Set of the Year

Chambers UK Bar Awards 2017

Nominated for Insurance Set of the Year at the

2018 Chambers Bar Awards

7KBW is a leading insurance and reinsurance chambers, comprising an enviable array of barristers who have significant practices in this area of law.

7KBW has won Chambers and Partners Insurance Set of the Year for ten of the past twelve years.  We are top-ranked in all the other major directories.

Virtually all members of 7KBW have formidable experience in insurance and reinsurance.  Many have been involved in cases that are at the cutting edge of developments in insurance law, and some have also been heavily involved in recent statutory amendments to the law.  Members act for insureds and insurers, and for reinsureds and reinsurers, both in the Lloyds’ and companies’ markets and worldwide. Senior members regularly act in arbitrations, both in England and overseas, and both as counsel and as arbitrators in ICC, LCIA and other arbitrations.

Our expertise

The members of 7KBW practise in all areas of insurance law, including the following areas amongst others:

  • Aviation
  • Avoidance disputes
  • Bankers’ blanket bond
  • Bermuda Form – more information here.
  • D&O
  • Business interruption
  • Contractors’ all risk insurance
  • Investment risk
  • Marine
  • Negligence (brokers and advisers)
  • Political risk
  • Professional indemnity
  • Reinsurance
  • War

Expertise in reinsurance covers all types of facultative and treaty, proportional and excess of loss re-insurance.  Members have been involved in most of the high-profile insurance and reinsurance market disputes over the last decades, including cases arising out of:

  • The September 11th terrorist attacks
  • 2011 floods in Thailand
  • LMX spiral and contingency claims
  • Piracy in the Indian Ocean and elsewhere

Leading Cases

  • AIG Europe Ltd v Woodman [2017] EWCA UK SC 18
  • WR Berkley Insurance Europe and anor v Teal  Assurance Co Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 25
  • Teal Assurance v Berkley (liability insurance: time of ascertainment of liability)
  • The “Galatea” (marine insurance: overvaluation and non-disclosure)
  • Rathbone v Novae (excess professional indemnity policy)
  • The “B Atlantic” (war risks insurance) [2016] EWCA Civ 808
  • Ocean Victory (subrogation)
  • The Federal Mogul Asbestos Personal Injury Trust
  • The “Suez Fortune”
  • Astrazeneca v XL (Bermuda Form)
  • Was v Lexington (back to back reinsurance)

 

“Insurance top to bottom”

(Chambers & Partners 2017)

“There’s no better chambers when it comes to dealing with extremely
high-value insurance coverage matters”

(Chambers & Partners 2015)

“A go to chambers for the largest and most complex insurance cases, which operates at a much higher level than the majority of other sets in the market. There is no better chambers when it comes to dealing with extremely high-value insurance coverage matters”
(The Legal 500 2014)

 

 

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